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by Andrew Kermath in Las Vegas. 


н A's have it - but it was Atari, 
not Amstrad and its new portable, 
that stole most of the glory at last 

в Comdex show to the press. 


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C] CPC6128 Databases 
C] Soundcheck.. 
Kenn Garroch 
О Interfacing... 































lory in Vegas 


Comdex Fall, as it is more 
strictly known, is to microcomput 
ers what Winter CES is to the 
consumer electronics industry. It's 
the biggest US show of the year, 
and although suits are more com: 
mon there than at CES, practically 
гуопе who's anyone is there, 
and in that sense Atari has аг. 
rived, complete with Saville Row 
tailoring 

The 














loring comes courtesy of 


British chip manufacturer Inmos 
and development house Perihelion, 
i with the 


who have provided At 
wherewithal to launch th 
supermiero based on Inmos' 
superchip, on the world. The 
type Atari whieh was show. 
ing at Las Vegas was by no means 
finished, but Atari expects to have 
it singing and dancing some more 
by its first European showing, 
currently scheduled for Hanover 
next spring, and we should be 














LQ ball in Epson’ 


AMSTRAD has made a detailed 
response to the legal action initiat 
ed last month by Epson over the 
use of the LQ designation on Из 
new range of printers. 

‘The affair has placed the Brent. 
wood-based company on the ге 
ceiving end of legal action itself - a 
strange state of affairs for a com- 
pany which has embroiled itself in 
litigation against others several 
times in the past year. 

Epson has produced its range of 
LQ printers for four years, and 
considers the letters are connected 
with Epson as PC has come to 
mean IBM-compatible. 

An Amstrad spokesperson 
vowed that the company would 
continue to market the LQ3500 and 
would “strenuously defend” any 
action taken by Epson. 














looking for first shipments towards 
the close of 1988, 

The basic Авад comes with four 
megabytes of Ram plus another 
megabyte for the display, and 
allows up to four T800 transputers 
running at 10-12 mips (million 
instructions per second) to be con 
nected together for parallel pro 

sing purposes. Its own operating 
system will be Helios, currently 
being developed by Perihelion, but 
Atari has also announced support 
for Idris, a version of the Unix 
rating system, 

Pricing of the machine is likely 
to be on the end of the $3-5,000 
scale, Inevitably a PC emulator for 
the machine is under development, 
but the transputer is so powerful 
this should actually be faster than 
the PC AT. Alongside the Арад 
Atari beefed up its PC range, first 
shown last winter at CES, and was 
showing a PC/ST/ Apple local area 


























Epson public relations manager 
Tony Westray last week confirmed 
that Amstrad has responded point 
by point to each of the allegations 
levelled at the company over the 
matter. 


network, genlock for the ST and its 
laser printer. 

The new PCs, the РС? and РСА, 
should be shipping in the UK any 
time now, with the PC2 being a 
5499 8088-based machine with 
built-in EGA (Enhanced Graphics 
Adaptor). The РСА uses an 80286, 
again has EGA, and has а VGA 
(Video Graphics Adaptor, IBM's 
mew graphics standard) option 
Barring the launch of another 
dozen STs at CES the next major 
move from Atari should be the 
80386 machine, 

The first publie showing of this 
is scheduled for Hanover, with 
machines starting to ship next 
July. The spec of the machine is. 
now starting to firm up, with Atari 
talking about optional 16MHz ог 
20MHz speed processors (this will 
probably firm up to 20MHz as the 
supply position on these chips 
eases), 


s court 


"They responded to each of the 
points that we raised,” he said 
"Хоу we have to respond to each 
of the points that they've made, 

A further announcement is ex- 
pected later this week 























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Here’s the 
new style 
again... 


Y: another incarnation of Popular Computing Weekly 





hits the stands! Onee again it's all change at Britain 

only computer weekly - we've moved offices, there's 
юте new additions to the team, and over the past few weeks 
we've been busy planning and preparing a new look, and 
dreaming up new ideas and new things to put in the pages of 
the revamped magazine. Now we can reveal the fruits of our la- 
bours in this week's issue, 

Some of you might be holding your hands up in horror at the 
new style - but we think you'll find it better than eyer before. 
The magazine might look different, but it doesn’t stop there. 
There're also a lot of new things which will be happening in the 
future, 


Important news 

It's our intention to bring you the important news first - as we 
always have done, Whether it's new machines, company news, 
new software releases or just interesting stories from any area 
of computing, no other magazine can compete when it comes to 
finding out what's going on. But we think you deserve more of 
and so do you, Judging by the results of our last rea- 











urvey. 
We've also got a mixture of your favourite features - Kenn 
Garroch's still here, with a squeaky-clean new picture - and 








new ideas, starting today with more news and better games 
coverage. We also hope to bring you the return of the puzzle 
very shortly! 

Please let us know what you think about the new-look 
Popular Computing Weekly, and what you would like to see 
covered. In the weeks to come there'll be even more happening 
than usual, with new machines, new software, price reduc- 
tions, price rises - plus all the usual gossip from the computer 
industry. You'll read it all first in Popular Computing Weekly. 








The perfect 
incentive 


AS an incentive to buy Amiga for 
Christmas, Sentinel is reducing its 
WordPerfect Amiga word proces- 
sor from $255 to £199, 

According to Jags Alfred, sales 
director at Sentinel, there were 
two reasons for this decision: 
"Firstly, worldwide demand has 
enabled WordPerfect Corporation 
to exceed projected sales so that 
initial production costs have been 
reduced more quickly than 
expected." 


CHARTS 





Top Twenty 


1 (1) Joe Blade 
2 (4) Soccer Boss 

3 (2) Grand Prix Simulator 
4 (5) Indiana Jones 

5 (6) Pro Ski Simulator 

6 (3) Renegade 

7 (10) Back To The Future 

в (8) BMX Simulator 

9 (11) Dizy 

10 (14) Paperboy 

11 (18) World Class Leaderboard 
12 (85) Game Set Match 

13 (NE) Live Ammo 

14 (9) International Karate 
18 (15) Super Robin Hood 

16 (7) Fruit Machine Simulator 
17 (19) UchiMata 

18 (16) АТУ Simulator 

19 (84) Comp. Hits 10 Vol, 4 
20 (NE) Six Pak 2 








All figures compiled by Gallup/Computer Trade Weekly 


EDITORIAL. 


Alfred then went on to say that 
Sentinel really just wanted to give 
‘consumers the chance to buy the 
best Amiga, if they wanted to get 
оле for Christmas. 

As well as the offer оп Amiga, 
Sentinel is still offering Scribble 
owners a trade-in, this is with 550 
off the WordPerfect in return for 
old master discs, the manual ani a 
copy of the invoice for the 
WordPerfect. 





Players 
Alternative 
Code Masters 
US сом. 
Code Masters. 
iagine 
Firebird 

Code Masters, 
Code Masters. 
Elite. 

Access. US Gold 
Ocean 

Ocean 
Endurance 
Code Masters 
Code Masters 
Alternative 
Code Masters 
Beau Jolly 

t Pak 








A vacas шили новия. 
Tim Owen 


Classified Executives Robert Cole, 


Printed by McCorquodale Magazines, 
Andover, Hampshire 





POPULAR 
COMPUTING 
WEEKLY 


Executive Editor Francis Jago 
Deputy Editor John Brissenden 
Features Editor Duncan Evans 
Production Editor Yvonne Hartland 
Staff Writer Nikki Carvey 
Advertisement Manager David Osen 
Advertisement Executive Athena 
Peerman 

Classified Manager Susannah King 





Managing Editor Brendan Gore 
Publisher Trish Philtips 

Group Publisher Paul Coster 

Chief Executive Richard Hease 
Financial Director Brendan McGrath 
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Popular Computing Weekly. Tel: 01-834 
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13-19 NOVEMBER 1987 


POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/3 














NEWS DESK 





Music Machine goes multi-track 


By Tony Sachs 


GOOD news for owners of the 
Amstrad CPC version of RAM's 
Music Machine package: you will 
soon be able to buy a Software 
package that turns the CPC into a 
multi-track MIDU recorder using 
the Music Machine hardware as a 
MIDI interface, 

When the $49.95 Music Machine 
made its debut last year it was 
widely praised for offering ex- 
tremely good value for money. It 
includes a sound sampler, drum 
machine, effects box and MIDI 
interface in a single package. 

But the software originally sup- 
plied with the package demon: 
strated only a fraction of the 
hardware potential. In particu- 

















lar, its use of MIDI was extremely 
rudimentary 

Ram has now teamed up with 
DHOP Electronies, a specialist in 
MIDI software for Amstrad ma- 
chines, to produce an eight-track 
MIDI sequencer program based on 
the Musie Machine hardware. The 
33495 package will act like a 
multi-track tape recorder, storing 
MIDI data from synthesizers, drum 
machines and other MIDI- 
equipped electronic instruments 
This data can later be played back 
by up to eight instruments or 
groups of instruments, 

In addition, DHCP has produced 
editing packages for the Casio 
CZI00 and CZ230 synthesizers 
which will also run on the Music 
Machine. For CPC owners who do 





not have a Music Machine, DHCP 
will supply a more comprehensive 
MIDI interface costing $60, 

‘There are no immediate plans to 
produce a sequencer for the Spec- 
trum version of Music Machine. 

DHCP is also developing MIDI 
products for the Amstrad PC and 
PCW machines. 

Items for the PC (and similar 
IBM compatibles). include а 
$134.95 MIDI interface with two 
independent MIDI Out ports, allow- 
ing up to 32 different groups of 
instruments to be controlled simul- 
taneously, and a 899 Music Compo- 
sition Language package which 
will drive the interface. Also in the 
PC pipeline are a $70 editor for 
Yamaha's ЕВО! synthesizer mod. 
ule, and a rhythm programmer 











package, 

For the PCW series, DHCP has 
produced а $79.95 MIDI interface 
and a matching 12-track sequencer 
program costing $60 (for $45 if you 
hurry) A range of editors and 
toolkits for synthesizers including 
Casio's С2101 and С2280, Yama- 
ha’s FBOL and Korg’s DW6000 is 
planned. 











Addresses 
Ram Electronics, Unit 16, Red- 
fields Industrial Park, Redfield 
Lane, Church Crookham, Hants 
GUIS ORE. (0252) 850085, 








DHCP Electronics, 32 Boyton 
Close, Haverhill, Suffolk CB9 
002. (0440) 61207. 











Quantum 
Leap 


SINCLAIR QL users can now ех 
periment with Artificial Intelli- 
fence аз Compware has just 
launched its Expert System Shell. 

Designed for both the experi 
enced and the amateur user, the 
produét enables you to produce 











useful rule based systems at a low 
cost 

The Expert System Shell has a 
wide range of features, including 
tokenised rules to save memory, 
intelligent scanning and pre- 
scanning of rule base and on-line 
sensitive help. It comes complete 
with a comprehensive manual 
which provides examples and a 
tutorial section. 

The Expert System Shell cost 
349,95, including postage and VAT, 
and is available from Compwat 
57 Repton Drive, Haslington, 
Crewe CW! ISA. 

















Professional release 


THE Mini Office Professional is 
the latest product to be released by 
Database Software. 

Costing just $20.95, the pro 
gramme goes further than its pre- 
decessors, Mini Office and Mini 
Office II. The five integrated то: 
dules ~ word processor, Database, 
graphics, spreadsheet and commu: 
nications have now been enhanced 
by a host of new features, 

The modules are easily accessed 











Stalking the mazes 


DEMON Stalker is a new one or 
two-player arcade game being re- 
leased this month by Electronic 
Arts. Produced for the Commodore 
64, the game offers 99 levels of 
mazes on which you will encounter 
various things from keys to mon: 
sters to magic 

Whilst some of the items will be 
good, many such as Calurak the 
Demon, will be evil and you must 
destroy their sources if you are to 
increase your health and strength 
points and win the game. 

Since Demon Stalker contains a 
complete menu-driven construc 
tion set which enables you to 
practise play any level, m 
existing levels or even create your 
own game from scratch. 

The Commodore cassette costs 
30.95 and the disc, released next 
month, is $14. 























amd the system assists the user 
with built-in messages and con 
tent keystroke commands. Since 
the modules are interconnected 
you cam use them together, for 
stance, to create graphs from 
spreadsheet figures 

The word processor has been 
improved upon so that you can now 
scroll from top to bottom of your 
text in less than a second. You will 
also find a word count permanent- 
ly displayed on screen. 

The new graphics module is a 
feature that will enable you to 
display three bar charts or overlay D 
up to three line graphs, and hold а) 
many as ten sets of data in 
memory 
Tn addition, the free-format da- 
ase will give you 256 fields with 
characters per field, search 
facilities, and various type styles 
Similarly, the spreadsheet has up 
to 255 rows or columns with 12,000 
cell available, 

‘The communications feature, on 
the other hand, embodies full ter- 
minal emulation with a viewdata 
































option for accessing Prestel 
graphics 
Mini Office Professional comes 





оп two discs containing machine 
code programs and example files 
It is accompanied by a 70-page text 
and graphics manual, complete 
with tutorials. 





For further information contact 
Database Software, Europa House, 
68 Chester Road, Hazel Grove, 
Stockport 8КТ БМУ. 








A/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 


13-19 NOVEMBER 1987 




















ACCORDING to a report in the 
Sunday Times, computers may be 
the solution to the exam failures of 
dyslexic children, 

Richard Challi year-old 
public schoolboy from Wiltshire, is 
currently appealing to his exam 
authorities to let him use his 
Amstrad PC 1512 when he takes 
his GCSE exams next year. 

Having dystexia means that Ri- 
Rhard has great reading and spell- 

ing difficulties and is therefore at 
a disadvantage to his class-mates. 
According to Sandra Maloney, PR 
person for the Dyslexia Associa 
tion, "Exams are the worst time 
for dyslexic children because of 
the pressure and the need to write 
quickly. Often they know all the 
answers but just. can’t put it on 

















PC help for 
dyslexics 


paper properly." With a word pro- 
cessor, however, Richard makes 
fewer spelling errors and can write 
faster. 

From this, one would assume 
that the authorities couldn't poss 
bly refuse Richard. But they will 
be contemplating the matter for 
some time, saying that they have 
to study the effect of a computer 
оп other children taking exams, 
whether a technician has to be 
present and whether the print-out 
time is incorporated into the exam 
time. 

If Richard does win his ease, he 
will set a precedent for 320,000 
other school children who suffer 
from severe dyslexia. Рог them the 
fear of exams is well and truly 
Justified. 











ELITE publisher Superior Soft- 
ware was taking legal advice last 
(Greek over the appearance of a ВВС 

game Star Clash, published by 
Gremlin. 

Superior Software claims that 
the game is a clone of its best 
selling game, and as a gesture 
Gremlin boss lan Stewart has 
agreed to withdraw Star Clash 
from sale while both companies 
continue their investigations. 

Several of the original features 
first used in Elite also occur in 
Gremlin Graphics’ game," said Su- 
perior managing director Richard 
Hanson last week 

“There is even a slight bug in 
the Star Clash program which is 
identical to a bug that is evident in 
Flite, Indeed many of the machine 
code routines appear to have been 
copied verbatim from Elie." 

Star Clash programmer Julian 
Bushell offered an early version of 
the game to Superior some months 
‘ago, but it was refused. 

“We took one look at the game 
and refused to publish it because it 











Elite legal row 
over Star Clash 





Elite = the original 


was so similar to Elite," 
Hanson. " 


said 
must say that my anger 
is mainly directed towards the 
programmer, because I have con- 
tacted Gremlin Graphics and 1 





firmly believe they have been 
duped by Julian Bushell.” 

an Stewart confirmed that the 
company has written to Bushell 
about the affair, but was unwilling 
to comment further pending his 
reply. 

“it’s no great hassle as far as 
I'm concerned - but 1 don't con- 
done programmers re-using other 
people's code." 





SOFTWARE 
HOTLINES 


People said they could not do it, 
they said it was impossible, Büt, 
take one look at the picture and 
prepare to be astonished. Yes, it's 
Outrun on the Commodore 64. 

Judging by the preprodu. 
version, as far as one can judge in 
these circumstances, it's going to 
be pretty fabby. Outrun is very 
fast, and the way the ground 
undulates, just like in Enduro 
Racer, is very well done. 

Release date is provisionally 
scheduled for mid-November, but 
even if there are delays US Gold 
should have it out for Christmas, 
The ST version is also under devel 
opment, but is пос due until the 
turn of the year. 

‘The Microdeal machine motors 
oh. Tanglewood on the ST is 
nearing completion, mid-November 
again. It features 3000 locations, 
which you can visit, out of a total 
of 12000, 1 wonder what the other 
9000 are for? 

The press release for the game 
claims that “You've never played 
an adventure like Tanglewood." 
Since there is no text input and it's 
all graphics I imagine not. 

Also from Microdeal, but this 
time for the Amiga, /nsanily 
Fight, programmed by a Swiss 
team would you believe, is another. 
vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up. 
This one looks quite good, and you 
cannot say that about many games 
of this type on the ‘ultimate’ home 
computer. Price will be $24.95 and 
release is... Guess? 

Those nice lads from Outlaw 
Productions, the Palace Software 
offshoot, showed us something 
very interesting on the Commodore 
64 last week. The Shoot 'Em-Up 
Construction Kit allows you to 
design professional looking hori- 
zontal scrollers, single screeners, 
or Commando-style games. For 



































such a complicated package it 
looks remarkably simple to use, 
and the results, if you use some 
imagination, are well up to budget 
software standard. Price is $14.95 
оп tape and $19.95 on disc. It hits 
the streets next week, and me 
thinks they are going to sell quite а 
few 

US Gold is, as always, planning 
а bumper crop of games for your 
delectation this Xmas, and of 
these, Captain America is a fav- 
ourite to storm his way into unsus: 
pecting stockings as few will be 
able to resist a game that takes 
place in ‘the doom tube of Dr 
Meglomann 

All the games for US Gold and 
GO! will be similarly priced. $8.09. 
on cassette for Commodore and 
Amstrad, S898 for Spectrum, 
31199 on disc for Amstrad and 
$11.99 or $14.99 on Commodore 
dise. 

Well, last week was Guy Fawkes 
Night, and 1 have heard that a 
game to commemorate the event is 
planned for next year. However, 
you cannot get by without having a 
big licence or name involved, so I 
сап see it now = David Owen's 
Gunpowder Plot. 

Pirate Software is putting 
three of its most tasteful games on 
3” dise for all those Spectrum +3 
owners out there with nothing to 
run on their machines. The titles 
are Call Me Psycho, Holiday in 
Sumaría and Smash 0ш. 

Dunean Evans 























13-19 NOVEMBER 1987 


POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/5 














“NEWS DESK 








DIARY 
DATES 





NOVEMBER 





13-15 November 

Electron and BBC Micro 
User Show 

New Horticultural Hall, London 
БИ 

Details: Latest hardware and 
software across the Acorn range 
Organiser: Database Exhibitions, 
001-456 8388 


21 November 

Wales and West Computer 
Show 

Central Hotel, Cardiff 

Details: Regional computer show. 
оГ particular interest to Dragon 
users 

‘Tickets $1 adults, 50р children 
Organiser: R & А J Preston, 
(0056) 880065 





DECEMBER 





5 December 

6809 Colour Show 

Grand Hall, Connaught Rooms, Gt 
Queen Street, London 

Details: Show for Dragon and 
‘Tandy owners 

Tickets $2 adults, $1 children 
Organiser: John Penn, (04203) 
5970 


12 December 

Christmas ZX Microfair 
New Horticultural Hall, London. 
SWI 

Details: Latest innovations for 
Sinclair users 

Advanced tickets: $1.50 adults, $1 
children 

‘Tickets on the door: 82 adults, 
£1.50 children 

Organiser: Mike Johnson, 
01-801 8172 


alterations — to 
arrangements. 





Electric’ goodies 


FOLLOWING last week's review of 
Ocean's Christmas software, this 
week we look at Electronic Arts 
and US Gold. 

Electronic Arts announced it 
would be releasing eight new 
games for Christmas - Skate or 
Die, Ferrari Formula One, Test 
Drive, the fantasy Bard's Tale II, 
Chuck Yeager's Advanced Flight 
Trainer, PHM Pegasus - a hydro- 
foil combat simulation, Apollo 18 
and Mini Put. In addition its 
original Bard's Tale will be avail 
able for all popular home comput- 
ers and Marble Madness will be 
ош for the Atari ST and IBM РС. 

You will also be able to purchase 
Wiz Wars, a compilation of Archon 
and Archon П: Adept. Of these the 
skateboarding simulation, Skate or 
Die, is Electronic Arts’ pride and 
Joy. With professional contests, 
special events and computer oppo. 
nents, the game offers a multitude 
of moves and is graphically rich, 
Available on the Commodore 64, it 
will cost $14.95 on disc and $9.95 
on cassette, 

Also of interest are Ferrari 











Christmas treats from Electronic Arts 


Formula One and Test Drive. The 
first has you racing a Ferrari 
F1/36 on 16 top-class racetracks, 
whilst Test Drive enables you to 
speed in several top sports cars 
including the Lamborghini 





Countach. 

Both games are available on the 
Amiga, priced $24.95. Test Drive 
will also be out on the ІВМ at 
$24.95 and the Commodore, $9.95 
оп cassette and $14.95 on disc, 











Going for gold 


EXCITING things are also going on 
at US Gold for Christmas. 

Five new games are scheduled 
for release, including a conversion 
of the coin-op hit Outrun. A chal- 
lenging motor sports simulation, 
Ошғип comes with the original 
soundtrack which you сал slot into 
your hi-fi. 

The other games are Rygar, 
another coin-op conversion, set in 
prehistoric times, the skateboard: 
ing simulation - 720 degrees, and 
Gauntlet П, The latest game is a 
sequel to Gauntlet but also has 
many new features such as the evil 
Dragon and ‘IT’ creature, over 100 
different levels and extra amulets 
- Temporary Repulsiveness, Trans- 
portability and Supershots. 

Tn addition to these games there 
is also the Solid Gold compilation, 
consisting of five top games - 
Gauntlet, Ace of Aces, Leader- 
board, Winter Games and Infit- 
trator. Solid Gold is priced at 
9.99 on cassette for C64, Spec- 
trum and Amstrad, $12.99 on disc. 
for the Spectrum +3 and $14.99 for 
the others. 








THE PHENOMEN 





IN CONTINGES....: 





Gauntlet (Кот US Gold 


Gold's new GO! label, which 
licences predominantly British 
products, is also set to release five 
games - Bravestar - Mattel’s New 
Texan hero, Ramparts ~ a medi- 


eval jaunt, Side Arms - Cameom’s 
shoot ‘em up, Wiz Warz - the 
magical strategy/action game and 
Captain America. GO's first 
adventure, 





6/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 


13-19 NOVEMBER 1987. 











Amiga 500 is here. 

With a mind-blowing array of 
features and capabilities, 

And a £499.99: price ticket 
(inc. VAT), hundreds of pounds less 
than anyone could have predicted. 
а miracle of compression. 
writes Popular Computing Week 
itall adds up to a formidable 
stem which is clearly better than 
anything else at the price” 

This elegant little machine 
family computing into new 
dimensions of creativity, excitement 
and producti 

It outruns and outguns office 
а business multi-tasker, 
performing a deskful of different 
jobs simultaneously, at over 7 million 
Steps per second in realtime. 

So other home computers may 
not be the only machines it consigns 
to the toy cupboard. 
AMAZING SCIENCE FACT. 

Amiga is used by Disney, 
Universal and other Hollywood 
studios for its dazzling 3D graphics 






































manipulation and animation powers. 


A sophisticated high-speed 
graphics processor called a blitter 


chip transforms images in realtime. 


You can paint the screen with 
more than 4,000 colours. Create and 
modify designs and effects as you 
like, with pin-sharp resolution. 

You command an almost 
limitless workshopful of stunning 
professional graphics capabilities. 

With an optional Genlock 
interface, you can capture images 
off videotape. Manipulate and mix 








NEW AN 
NOW OTHER HOME COW 


them with graphics. Then re-transfer 
them to videotape! 

‘This means you can produce 
spectacular special effects like those 
created by Amiga computers for 
Channel 45 Chart Show and the 
American TV science fiction series 
Amazing Stories, 





Includes DeluxePaint from Electronic Arts worth £79 + VAT! (Excludes monitor or TV modulator) 


COMMODORE BUSINESS MACHINES (UK) то, COMMODORE HOUSE. THE SWI 





te on ү 


Len 4 





YOU AIN'T HEARD NOTHING YE? 
Concealed within the sleek 

Amiga shape, there is also 

a pro-quality sound synthesiser ап 

four-track stereo sound system. 
Driven by another powerful 

and unique custom chip, it can 

synthesise musical instruments an 





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Your Amiga can also 
synthesise the human voice. 
Itcan speak back anything 
you care to write on the keyboard. 
So this is one computer 
that can not only word process with 
faultless professionalism, and 
incorporate superlative graphicsinto 
the text, it can also read the text back 
to you aloud. 
GAMESMANSHIP 
AND WORKMANSHIP! 
The new Amiga 500, in 
fact, dumbfounds its competitors in 
every way. 
Graphics, stereo sound, multi 
windowing, multi screens, 512K to 
1Mb RAM (expandable by an 
incredible 8 further megabytes 
externally**), 3/2” internal disk drive 
with 880K of mass memory, 
4 unique dedicated chips plus the 
16/32-bit power and 714MHz speed 
of its central processor, communica- 
tions and vast expansion potential 
| 3 all add up to a computer of 
immense professional capability. 
Yet the same technology 
allows the Amiga 500 to play games 
so mind bending that only full- 
scale arcade machines 
have been able to play 
them until now. 


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HE launch of the Amstrad 
portable two weeks ago was a 
hard sell affair. 

Chairman Alan Sugar laid spe- 
cial emphasis on the ‘Amstrad 
Effet of the PCIBI2, whereby 
Amstrad produced the ‘right 
machine at the right price’ and so 
managed to succeed where others 
failed, 

Sugar maintained that this 
would continue with the Amstrad 
portable. But since portables cur- 
rently occupy only 3 per cent of the 
market and even IBM has declined 
to produce one, a question. mark 
hangs over the success of this new 
venture. 





All times, all places 


gs But Sugar is adamant that there is 
Da large market for the portable 
since demands now extend beyond 
the home and office, with people 
requlting access to computers at 
all times and all places. 

He sees the target consumers as 
“people who recognise where they 
would could use it and who find 
the portability an incentive.” 

He added that the PPC was “a 
hive off between a Laptop and a 
luggable. 

‘The crucial aspect is of course, 
price. With Toshiba and Compaq 
selling their portables from around 
$1000 to 82000, Sugar believes that 
the customer is simply not pre- 
pared to buy such a large amount. 

Despite Amstrad's faith in its 
product, however, the scepties re- 
main, A spokesperson for Boots 
stated that it would not be stocking. 
the portable "purely for commer- 
cial reasons”. In other words they 
do not think there will be enough 
demand for it. 

















Will the 


imminent 





launch of 


Amstrad's Portable PC be a re-run 
of the huge success of the 
PC1512? Nikki Carvey reports. 








Whilst Rymans will be stocking 
the product, it is more the result of 
а ‘give them a chance’ attitude 
than a belief in the market. 

Machines buyer, Graham Green, 
was interested to hear of Boots’ 
decision since it confirmed his own 
doubts, 

He commented, “I'm not person- 
ally convinced there is а huge 
market for them. People will be 
buying them as toys and not really 
using them." He added that there 
һай, as yet, been no advance 





orders from any of the Rymans 
shops. 

The two other main retailers 
likely to stock the Amstrad port- 
able are W.H. Smiths and Dixons. 

Whereas Dixons has been un- 
available for comment, W.H. 
Smiths was, although its computer 
buyer, lan Laurie, was noncommi- 
tal. “We have not yet reached a 
decision as we still have to evalu- 
ate the machine”. But he did say 
that 1988 was the year for the 
portable to succeed if it was going 





NEWS ANALYSIS- 


Amstrad Effect 2 


to take off, 

So when the Amstrad PPC goes 
on sale in January 1988, it will 
probably meet with mixed 
reaction 

Some support Sugar's view that 
the portable market is a viable 
‘one, whilst others believe that this. 
time Amstrad won't succeed where 
others have failed. 





Getting to grips 

What seems to be the biggest 
problem in sight for Alan Sugar 
and the Portable Personal Comput- 
er is the continuing difficulty Am- 
strad is having getting to grips 
with the ‘corporate’ market, 

Whilst the PC1512 and PC1640 
have both been well received by 
the press and public, the large 
corporations are still backing PC 
specialists such as Compaq and 
Zenith, and IBM themselves. 

For the portable to succeed, it 
too will have to broach the corpo- 
rate gap. 

The machine may, and T suspect. 
will, sell well to computer users 
who purchase their own machines 
(if only on its price to performance 
basis) but will companies to whom 
price is not the biggest considera- 
tion take the PPC seriously? 

Ironic as it may seem, the gen- 
eral conclusion is that Amstrad is 
under-pricing itself out of 
contention. 

When asked to comment on 
expected sales figures, Sugar him- 
self conceded that it was “dodgy 
territory" but said that Amstrad 
was looking for figures in the 
hundreds of thousands. Will this 
be achieved. Will the ‘Amstrad 
Effect’ continue? Next year will 
reveal ай. ü 














13-19 NOVEMBER 1987 


POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/11 


— S тен 

















"LETTERS 


An open letter to 
Micronet 


was interested to read your 
reaction in Vol 6 No 41 of 
Popular Computing Weekly to my 
article on the French Teletel sys- 
tem. I don't blame you for plugging 
Micronet on the back of my article. 
But honestly Mieronet and Minitel 
are not really that comparable! 

Minitel is à silicon substitute for 
the national telephone directory ~ 
а free alternative for registered 
telephone subscribers. So you in- 
clude a modem for the price of a 
306 subscription for access to a 
system in which many services are 
free (as with Minitel). Fine. But 
for many of us that means forking 
ош more cash for an RS232 to join 
Modem and Micro, unless yours 
takes this into account. 

Does Micronet include free on- 
line access to the Telecom national 
phone directory? Or hardware on 
which games can ~ at a price - be 
played? 

Tmay not have to pay to access a 
free service, but I'll have to pay to 
use telephone lines, This isn't so 
straightforward for someone living 
outside the urban areas, 

‘The PSS network in France goes 
someyhat further than the British 
system to equalise the costs of 
access nationally. The cheaper you 
make entry level, the easier it is 
for more people to get into the 
habit of using the system. This 
reduces costs, and people become 
more willing to pay the extra for 
leisure and less essential online 
services. 

100 or so, plus the costs of local 
phone calls to start becoming fa- 
miliar with the whole concept of 
online information, is to many 
home computer users a luxury that. 
they cannot afford. H's yet another 
price threshold people are reluc- 
tant to cross unless the usefulness 
of doing so can be justified, Look at 
the way more people will fork out a 
couple of quid for a budget game 
today, than pay a tenner for just 
one - however good. 

In the end budget game prices 
may lead people to spend more 
money on games, but they'll do so 
convinced they're getting better 
value for money. 

Т work from home for a third 
world church charity, which is cost. 
conscious, So Гуе paid for the 
computer tools most colleagues 
prefer to do without, It’s unlikely 1 
could improve my business effi- 
ciency dramatically with online 
services. Am I losing out by not 
subserit ? 

Та like to discover how Micronet 
could be useful in my modest 
office, but simply cannot afford 











Wow! This “Jack The Ripper” game 
certainly is realistic! 











the cash outlay for equipment, 
membership and call charges. 

My financial controller's ques- 
tion about the value of a service is: 
"What does it cost not to have 
what you feel is essential?" So I do 
without, yet curiosity and intuition 
tell me I should be exploring - not 
only to get quick access to travel 
info, telephone numbers etc; but to 
see if 105 possible to update my 
information on third world issues 
which matter to people I work 
with. 

ЇЇ do you а deal. Lend me a 
modem and RS232 for my CPC6128 
for a year, and free access. ГЇ pay 
the phone bills, and ГИ pay the 
year's subscription retrospectively 
if Т get what | want out of the 
system. Moreover, I'll keep a diary 
of my exploits which you'll be 
welcome to publish in whatever 
magazine you persuade to take it, 
Who knows - perhaps Popular 
Computing Weekly might be 
interested? 

Keith Kimber 
Chepstow, Gwent 


This is a genuine letter, honest - 
Ed. 


ST adventures - 
results 


ark Sarul of Barwell, Leics, 

asked on the October 30 let- 
ters page if there were any adven- 
ture writing utilities available for 
the Atari ST, The reply given was 
that there were only the GAC and 
another by Gilsoft name unknown 
(which is obviously the Quill), but 
neither is out for the ST. 

You asked if anyone knows 
different. | haven't got an ST yet 
but according to various public 
domain software lists this is 
what's available with each lib- 
rary's disc numbers: 





Page 6, PO Box 54, Stafford ST16 
IDR, has ST50 The Eamon Adven- 
ture System, ported from the Apple 
(it doesn't mention whether it's 
the Apple 1 or the Macintosh) and 
now fully implemented on the ST. 
The disc contains several adven- 
tures and full documentation. 
There's also 5159 Adventure Writ- 
er, including a Gem.IMG graphics 
screen. 

Floppyshop ST, 50 Stewart Cres- 
cent, Northfield, Aberdeen АВ? 
SSR has САМ.04 Adventure 
Writer. 

STAR UK, Elmdale House, 8 Elm 
Place, Aberdeen AB2 3SU has 226 
Adventure Writer, 

MCSOFT, 9 Abingdon Gardens, 
Bath, Avon BA2 2UY has GAM 
05H - an adventure building sys- 
tem complete with a sample adven- 
ture, and GAM ОБН Eamon Ad- 





Obviously 1 can't say which 
discs apart from the Eamon Ad- 
venture System are duplicated on 
this list until I get an ST, but 1 hope 
this has been of some help, As for 
using an ST with an Amstrad CTM 
monitor, as supplied with their 
CPCs, I thought 1 should mention 
that a ready made lead for this 
purpose is available from Micro- 
snips, 37 Seaview Road, Wallasey, 
Merseyside 145 49%, telephone 
(051) 830 3013, Credit card hotline 
оп (051) 691 2008, for $9.95 plus $1 
p&p. 





Paul Brown 
Sidcup, Kent 


Faith in a 
cruel world 


irst, thanks and praise to your 

advertiser, Schoen Keyboards, 1 
bought а board for my QL but 
made a terminal cods of fitting the 
terminal tails, Chris Smith charita- 
bly suggested a now-corrected de- 
sign frailty as well as my banana 
fingers deserved blame, and fitted 
ап immediate free replacement. 1 
have now a splendid keyboard and 
the warmth of а good deed shining 
іп а naughty world. 

Second, 1 put your publication to 
ordeal by dilemma. Mrs Seager (5 
Oct) will forsake you if you don't 
refurbish the public face of Kenn 
Garroch. 1 will consign you to 
Robert Maxwell if you do, And 
what's my reason? Week on week 
and month upon month through 
your pages and over your columns 
‘strides the wild sage of Och na 
Garr calling Forth in the tongues 
of Lisp and C and Modula 2, man- 
handling monitors, out-facing in- 
terfaces, and unthreading all the 
labyrinths that could interlink an 
Archimedes, a Cray 1 and an 








orphan Orie via the French Midi 
with а comb and paper. As a Basic 
Basher whose highest flight is a 
pert peek or a pragmatic poke, 1 
am rebuked, cast down. Then I 
glance at that tortured picture 
the hunted, staring eyes, the pai 
stitched lips, the endless deformity 
of that left shoulder thrice the size 
of ts other, the giant hand clawed 
їп a timeless spasm - and I can say 
“Genius maybe, but my God how 
he's paid for it!" Here is a terrible 
levelling, Reconciliation, word over 
all, beautiful as the sky, is spoken: 
and | am free to return humbly to 
ту next loop for ay, och ay. Would 
you and Mrs Seager conspire to rob 
me of this? 

Lastly, а little knock to help 
David Talbot (5 Oct) persuade the 
trade to turn on its hearing aid, I 
have just bought from the local 
Dixons a Spectrum +8, 1 like 
printing from RS232 or Centronics 
parallel im full printer cont 
without having to buy a ransom 0 
interfaces to do it; a Copy com- 
mand for Ad-wide screen dumps; 
an integral compact Spectrum sys- 
tem. My heart sang a leaping song 
as the manual confirmed my brief- 
ing that I could transfer my golden 
heritage of home-grown programs 
Via cassette and the special lead to 
the Sound/Tape sock 

“Be still, my heart" says quite 
another song. So too say Dixon 
"The special lead is specially un- 
available. The only reason why I 
did and any other would buy a +3 
rather than another similarly 
priced discequipped machine is 
onward compatibility of softwar 
If Alan Sugar can't stick so essen- 
tial a lead in with the main pack, 
should not Dixons feel bound in 
commercial honour to have th 
thing available at sale? Why do 
who want only to be a customer 
find myself coursing around Croy- 
Чоп like a demented Aneka Rice 
without her helicopter looking for | | 
REN ы Ө 

| 
| 























I have to order the special lead 
with a special order form specially 
for те. It will take а week while 
my genius lies fallow, How long 
then at Xmas time? And what is | | 
the sage of Och na Garr going todo | | 
about it? 
George Watson. 
Croydon 








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псе upon a time there was a 
game called Dandy. In most 
respects it was a pretty bor 

ing game, with one major attrac- 

tion; four people could pla the 

game simultaneously. Although a 

{#0 ordinary game, Dandy’s one 











claim to fame is that it was 
responsible for a bod at Atari 
Games creating Gauntlet 

Once upon another time, there 


was an arcade game called баин. 
let. It was tremendously successful 
d, as tends to happen, lots of 
software houses wanted to release 








it. Only US Gold, however, had the 
rights to publish Gauntlet. 

Once upon another time (last 
time, honest) Firebird released a 
game called Druid, to be followed 
shortly afterwards by Dandy from 
Electric Dreams, These games had 
опе thing in common, they were 
both closely modelled on Gauntiet 

‘The reason for this laborious 
introduction is that yet another 
Gauntlet clone has been launched, 
only with two major differences. 
Firstly it is for the Amiga, and 
secondly it is as good, if not better, 
than the arcade original, 

Garrison is set to be released 
any day this week, priced at $23 
and sold, in the UK at least by an 














Amiga specialist called Simply 
Megaware, They were not, how 
ever, responsible for the program- 
ming of the game. The team behind 
Garrison are collectively known 
as Digital Dreams, a German com- 
pany of whom I for one have never 
previously heard. 

Perhaps the most immediately 
impressive thing about Garrison is 
the music. Strictly for head. 
bangers, it consists of a bastardisa- 
tion of Dire Straits Money For 
Nothing reproduced immaculately 
оп the Amiga. Although not the 





same atmospheric music as the 
original, this is a pretty good 
alternative. 

In play the game allows two 
people to play simultaneously (this 
is limited by the two joystick 
ports), with each player choosing 
any one of the five available 
characters (Dwarf, Valkyrie, Wiz- 
ard, Warrior and Elf). Each of the 
five characters has different 
strengths, which manifest them- 
selves in good and bad points. 

Graphically, Garrison is a 
curate clone of Gauntlet, with a 
number of notable changes. All the 
dungeon floors are complicatedly 
designed, and the baddies (ghosts, 
devils, ete) all well defined. One 














criticism 1 would level at the game 
is that, unless you have a 1024K 
Amiga (and how many of those are 
there?) your men ай look the 
same, thus making life somewhat 
confusing 

Throughout the game, sound 
effects are used well, with some 
xeruciatimgly painful sounding 
noises as you despatch of various 
baddies. People unused to the ins 
and outs of Gauntlet will find the 
game confusing at first, but after a 
few nights play, you will be 
hooked. 

Garrison is quite simply the 





САМЕ OF THE WEEK- 


Garrison Throws Down 
the Gauntlet 


teeta Add 





best arcade game yet to be re 
leased on the Amiga. It combines 
excellent gameplay with graphics 
and sound that matches the origi- 
nal arcade machine - what more 
could you possibly want? 

If you own an Amiga and you 
don't crack open the piggy bank for 
Garrison then you're а fo 

Daniel MeGrath 














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Warrior 
Бер ра 


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d 


Valkyrie 
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Да" or Tau Ceti 1, flops 
onto the ST. One of the more 
eagerly awaited conversions of 
the year for the average ST 
owner has arrived, and if sighs of 
disappointment were heard 
around the office, it was only 
because so much was expected of 
the program, 

You play а cadet at the Gal 
corp Academy, set up to train 
skimmer pilots for colonisation 
and reconnaissance work. To 
graduate from the Academy you 
must score 90% on 20 missions, 
grouped in five levels of four. 

You have a choice of three 
skimmers, or you design your 
own with its own capabilities, 
weapons systems and power 
plants, Once you've got your 
wheels the next thing to do is 








lorizontally serolling screen, 

men running around firing at 
you, the action viewed from 

ebove, prisoners to rescue from 
(Wine clutches of an evil enemy. 
What could it possibly be? Cc 
mando? No, not quite. This 
Konami's Jackal, a home сот. 
puter version of their popular 
arcade game. 

The idea is a simple one. Drive 
through enemy territory in a 
Jeep, mowing down gooks with a 
machine gun, or simply running 
them over (hee hee). You must 
rescue the prisoners from their 
huts and deliver them to safety 
at the helipads where a heli- 
copter will arrive and whisk them 
away to safety. 

Having done the decent thing 
you can then progress on 
towards the enemy headquarters 
and try to finish the game by 
blowing it off the map. 

As well as the soldiers firing at 
you, care must be taken when 
there are tanks around as these 
аге very proficient at relieving 
you of the odd life. 


















check out the mission briefing 
before passing out into the bar- 
теп wastelands where the action 
commences. I don't think barren 
is quite the word though, feature- 
less is more appropriate. 

The front panel of your space- 
ship is disappointingly plain. 
Rather than fancy instruments, 
monitors and dials, the display is 
boringly similar to the Spectrum 
version. The small viewport 
through which the alien planet 
Surface can be seen reveals stars, 
the sun, and the oncoming enemy 
complete with laser fire. AL 
though you can speed up and 
slow down, there is no indication 
of such action on the scenery, no 
sensation of going anywhere. A 
counter creeps up or down ac- 
cordingly on the control panel 





On the Spectrum version, 
which as one might expect is not 
the best implementation, the 
scrolling is quite good, and the 
use of colour is up to scratch, but 
the soldiers, tanks and jeep are 
not much better than black blobs. 

While running the opposition 
over is fun, the general gameplay 
is below par. The Amstrad and 





but I'm afraid that's not good 
enough. 

The extra equipment that a 
standard skimmer can take on 
board is interesting as well as 
useful. A scanner gives you a 360 
degree radar scan of the sur- 
rounding area, which is extreme- 
ly useful for locating the guy 
that's blowing your tail to pieces. 
Оп worlds where the sun sets it 
gets pretty dark out there on the 
plain, so remember to pack a few 
flares to illuminate the scene. 
You could always use the infra- 
red viewer as well. 

It’s not all destruction though, 
many of the larger buildings 
have docking facilities, and jump 
pads to enable you to leap from 
location to location and so save 
time (and avoid danger). Talking 
to your computer while docked 
allows а few useful functions to 
be carried out, including, ma- 
nipulating code pieces found 
while on the mission. 

What was a cracking game on 
the Spectrum has turned into a 
mediocre one on the ST, complete 
with fairly poor graphics and 
sound. 











Duncan Evans 





Program Acai Micro 
Atari ST Price $19.95 Supplier 
CRL, CRL House, 9 Kings Yard, 
Carpenters Road, London El 
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C64 versions are a good deal 
better. 
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Program Ninja Mission Type Ar- 
cade Price 50.95 Supplier Master- 
tronic, 8-10 Paul Street, London 
ЕС? 


Mastertronic moves into the Amiga 
market with this conversion 
Graphically it is very similar to the 
ST version, something of a disap- 
pointment when the Amiga is ca- 
pable of better, but the sound is 
noticeably less tinny, The mi 
quite good, in a Europop sort of 
жау, and accompanies the limited 
martial action proceedings. Good 
enough for а wet afternoon, but 
worth a tenner? 














Program Jackal Micro Spec- 
trum Price $7.95 Supplier Kon 
ami, Bank Building, Bank 
Street, Newton Abbot, Devon 
TQI2 2IL. 





























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Program Countdown to Doom 
‘Type Adventure Price £9.95 (disc) 
Supplier Topologika, PO Box 30, 
Stilton, Peterborough РЕТ SBR. 











Program Philosophers Quest 
Туре Adventure Price $9.95 ( 
Supplier Topologika, PO Box 39, 
Stilton, Peterborough РЕТ SBR, 





Program Kingdom of Hamil Type 
Adventure Price $9.95 (disc) Sup- 
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Software guide 
continued 





Program Acheton Type Adven- 
ture Price $9.95 (disc) Supplier 
Topologika, PO Box 38, Stilton, 
Peterborough РЕТ 3BR. 














Amstrad CPC 


Program Peter Shiliow's Hand- 
ball Maradona Type Arcade Price 
$2.95 Supplier Bug-Byte, Victory 
House, Leicester Place, London 
WO2H ТАВ, 








Oh по, The naffest licence ever 
reaches the Amstrad. Owners of 
said machine steer well clear. 


Program Aliens Type Arcade 
Price $9.95 Supplier Electrie 
Dreams, Terminus House, Termi: 
mus Terrace, Southampton 801 
IFE. 


Some attractive graphics and at 
mospheric games make this US 


version of Aliens a reasonable 
alternative, 

The first game though, dropping 
into the asteroids atmosphere, is 
still ridiculously hard, but at least. 


you can skip that section. 

Even less palatable is the fact 
that this is a multi-load job on 
cassette, 


Program Guild of Thieves Type 
Adventure Price £19.95 Supplier 
Rainbird, Wellington House, Upper 
St Martins Lane, London WC2H 
§DL, 


‘This 6128 only version features 
similar graphics to the ST version, 
but not quite as good obviously. 
Still, excellent adventure in which 
you undertake mass thievery 

AIL 6128 owners should rush out 
and buy immediately 








Program Super Sprint Type Ar 
cade Price $9.95 Supplier Electric 
Dreams, Terminus House, Termi- 
nus Terrace, Southampton 801 
ІЕЕ, 


The officially licensed version of 
the arcade classic. Oh, you've al- 
ready bought the Codemasters 
budget version. Never mind. The 
Official version still looks 
antiquated. 


Program Jackal Type Arcade 
Price $7.95 Supplier Konami, 
Bank Building, Bank Street, New- 
ton Abbot, Devon 7912 2JL. 


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the production line over at 
Infogrames HQ has recently 


cranked into full gear, and 
Phoenix is one of the latest 
offerings. 


Programmed by Ere Informati- 
que, Phoenix resembles a cut 
down version of Stargliders; 
has wire frame graphics, 
your 





ut 
movements are strictly 
limited. 








{г о cam be President Re 
gan in the latest release from 
PSS on their Classic Conflicts 
label. No, I don’t mean it shrinks 
your brain or gives you wrinkles, 
merely that you can control East 
or West in a game of ‘Super- 
power Politics’, 

Although the C64 doesn't have 
the capability for displaying high 
res, colour graphics with loads of 
detail, the actual world map in 
the central window of the display 
is still effective. A blow up of the 
area under the map cursor ap- 
pears in the bottom left of the 
screen anyway 

Every turn, each player has a 
number of options points, doing 
anything takes up a few points. 
Your options including attacking 
adjacent countries, building up 
the industrial strength, enforc- 
ing countries with the forces 
from the one next door, exerting 
political influence and building 
factori 














You are the pilot of the 
Phoenix AY21, with orders to re- 
open some disused space lanes by 
flying down them and shooting 
anything that gets in the way. 
The control panel is fairly 
pretty, but doesn't offer a great 
deal of information, Your energy 
level, level number and a short 
range scanner are about it. That. 
latter item isn't much use, be 








а oneplayer game it is 
interesting enough for a couple 
of plays, but the lack of sophisti- 
cation and strategy (this isn't an 
bit Balance of Power) results in 
it becoming stale before too long. 
As a two-player game, the thing 
has more longer lasting appeal. 
Quite а nice, easy game for 
indulging in the odd bout of 





cause everything moves во fast 
you don’t have time to look away 
from the out-of-the-cockpit view. 
Rushing towards you in wire 
frame 3D are tracks of panels 
which mark the space lane, along 
with coloured squares which can 
mean bad news, and large ob- 
structions, which definitely mean 
bad news. 

To start with, the space lane is 
three blocks wide and wrapped 
into a canyon shape, it does level 
ош into а plain later on though, 
and expand to six lanes. ‘The 
greatest problems arise when 
sections of the space lane are 
simply missing, and you must 
change lane in order to avoid 
disappearing into a black hole (is 
this the A1 or what?). Given that 
everything hurtles at great speed 
towards you, your reactions need 
to be quite quick initially, When 
great chunks of the space a) 
are missing, and you have й 
swap lane at every panel, 
thought goes out of the window 
and you simply have to react 
correctly and in time. It can be 
quite exhilarating when you 
flash through a particularly hard 
sector, but equally annoying 
when you blow it, just short of 
the end of the level. 

Very reminiscent of the Star 
Wars game, Phoenix is one for 
those with only the fastest of 
reactions and sharpest of minds. 

Duncan Evans 








Program Phoenix Micro Atari 
ST Price £19.95 Supplier Info- 
grames, Mitre House, Abbey 
Road, Enfield, Middlesex, 








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low to ruin a potentially good 

game, part 1: perfectly rea- 
sonable basic idea and add inter- 
esting weapons systems. Throw 
in fourway movement for the 
players, ship and docks for re- 
fuelling and rearming. Give the 
game three different paths so as 
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and mix it all together. Finally, 
give your cake-mix to people with 
little talent at baking. 

‘The result: a limp, irritating 
and unprofessional product. Call 
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as a game, 

Piranha’s game of life and 
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drawing board. 

The ship sports hydrofolls 
which can carry it over sandbars 

shallow water, and engines 
slow reversing. 

‘The weapons systems include a 
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fire, torpedoes, mines and a mis. 
sile which automatically goes for 
the biggest target on the screen. 

‘The problems start when you 
realise that this is a joystick and 
Keyboard affair, and that when 
you start firing the deck gun you 
lose control of the ship. When 
you're in a tight corner this can 
be fatal, 

The answer is supposedly 
don't use the deck gun in those 
circumstances, but when you're 








surrounded by foes on land, sea 
and in the air there's not much 
choice. 

What really lets Gunboat 
down are the flickery sprites, the 
dismal background graphics, ap- 
palling horizontal scrolling and 
mediocre sound effects. 

As a game released in early 
1984 this wouldn't be too bad, 








Software guide 
continued 














Atari XE/XL 














but it isn't 1984, need I say 
more? 
Duncan Evans 





Program Gunboat Мито СМ 
Price $895 (tape), S13. 
(disc) Supplier Piranha, 
ton House, 1 Melbourne 
London, 




















eath or Glory was pretty 

dreary on the Commodore 64, 
but on the Spectrum it takes on 
whole new levels of dreadfuülness. 
Lavishly illustrated with screen- 
shots (hah!) the packaging in- 
forms you that your task is to 





fleet (after the souvenirs 
should think). 

Harrassed by what look like 
swarms of angry saltshakers, 
you fly your spaceship across the 
resolutely non-scrolling starfield, 
avoiding missiles until you locate 








The bits I particularly like are 
the edges, which consist of a thin. 
coloured strip and lots of black 
space - still, the space explodes 
too when you bomb it, so what 
the heck? 

Complete one mothership, and 
you're thrown into another wave 
of salt shakers and have to chase 
after another lego leviathan. 
Since 1 scored 290,000 on my 
first go with both hands shut and 
my eyes tied behind my back, 
EITHER I am the galaxy's great- 
est arcade game player OR 
“Death or Glory” is hideously 
uncomplicated and unsatisfying. 

Could I just say that the high- 
score table is pretty? Because 1 
wouldn’t want to be accused of 
ignoring the good points. 

John Renwick 





Program Death or Glory Ar- 
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spectrum Supplier CRL, CRL 























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Program Knight Ore Type Adven: 


ture Price $14.95 (dise and tape) 
Supplier Rainbitd, 74 New Oxford 
Street, London WCIA IPS. 
Another version of Level 9's latest, 
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Price 57.09 Supplier Audiogenic, 
Winchester House, Canning Road, 
Harrow НАЗ 78), 

















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l good games eventually 
spawn imitators, and Thun- 
dercats is pretty clearly derived 
from that ultimate slash'n'hack 
feast, Nemesis the Warlock. 
However, rather than simply 
hewing your way through screens 
full of platforms and ladders, 
here you have to keep moving, 
running through parallax hori 
zontally scrolling backgrounds 
while you do your bloodthirsty 
work. 

‘Thundercats is licensed from а 
cartoon series, but don't lets 
hold that against it. Tidily pro- 
grammed, colourful, and accom. 
panied by one of those insistent 
weebly music tracks, it's a fine 
example of what the Commodore 
64 is good at. You play the heroic 
Liono (can you believe that?), 
leaping chasms, jumping over 
obstacles and slashing down 

grdes of Molemen on your way 

retrieve the Eye of Thundera 
from the wicked Mumm-Ra (stop 
this, it's getting too silly). 

Leaping to catch shields of 
power, ducking to cut down teeny 
little moles, and keeping an eye 
оп the timer, Lion-o speeds to the 
rescue, You get а bonus accord. 
ing to how many enemies you 

















kill, and another if you complete 
a level in time. Bonus levels give 
you one chance to rescue a caged 
pussycat; fall, and it's back to 
the main game, 

You can pick up time bonuses, 
and extra weapons such as fire 
balls, along the way. Here the 
resemblance to Nemesis is stron 
gest, as you must decide whether 
to use sword or fireball to get out 
of tough spots. In a pinch, you 
ean sometimes leap over your 
enemy and do him in from be- 
hind. Collide with а moleman or 











get hit by a flying raven and you 
do а most NemesisJike backflip 
and keel over. 

Fine, then, apart from a few 
very obvious similarities to the 
otherwise less sophisticated 

wW. 











John Renwick 





Program Thundercats Type 
Arcade Price $0.95 Machine 
CBM64 Supplier Elite, Anch 
House, Anchor Road, Aldridge, 
Walsall 














Деве tany вата tee 
at least this time it's from 
Disney, which gives it something 
of a pedigree. Despite the cutesy 
animal tag, Basil is a pretty good 
example of the platformsand- 
ladder - arcade - adventure 
strategy genre. You're a mouse 
detective, spiritual descendent of 
eat Man of Baker Street (or 
Weu could be an actual descen 
dent - old Sherlock had some 
funny habits . . .), and your task 
is t0 rescue your kidnapped 
partner, 
Each 








scene contains eight 














clues, which you must collect by 
examining objects while avoiding 
the rodent henchmen of the evil 
Professor Ratigan. Only five of 
these clues are genuine, but you 
won't know which to keep and 
which to discard until you have 
filled all your Clue Pockets, and 
can activate your magnifying 
glass. 

When assembled, the clues will 
also indicate the way ont of the 
level and onto the next. The three 
levels depict the seedy water- 
front, the sewers, and finally 
Ratigan’s hideout. Finding 














cheese boosts your energy and 
allows you to make longer leaps, 
and mousetraps can be collected 
and later dropped in front of the 
henchmen to paralyse them. 

Here's a clue which will gain 
you access to hidden sections of 
the game; letter boxes are made 
for jumping in 

The larger single colour graph 
ies are very stylish, nicely de. 
signed and perfectly masked to 
avoid all colour clashes with the 
detailed backgrounds. 

The only annoying aspect of 
the game is the plipplip-PLIP. 
plipplip Basil makes every time 
he jumps, which can become a 
tad tiresome. 

Otherwise, Basil is excellent, 
in fact the best programmed 
Spectrum game I've seen for 
some time. I hope the enjoyment 
lasts long enough for me to 
complete the quest. 

John Renwick 

















Program Basil the Great 
Mouse Detective Type Arcade/ 
adventure Price $7.99 Machine 
Spectrum Supplier Gremlin 
Graphics, Alpha House, 10 
Carver Street, Sheffield SI 4FS. 











GAMES- 


Software guide 
continued 


Program Cops 'n' Robbers Type 
Arcade Price 51.99 Supplier At- 
lantis, 28 Station Road, London 
SE25 546. 














Commodore 
C16 


Program Survivors Type Arcade 
Price $1.99 Supplier Atlantis, 28 

















Commodore 64 


Program Survivors Type Arcade 
Price $1.90 Supplier Atlantis, 28 
Station Road, London SE25 БАС. 


Program Knight Ore Type Adven. 
ture Price $14.95 Supplier Rain. 
bird, Wellington House, Upper St 











Martins Lane, London WC2H 901, 
Program Radius Type Arcade 
Price $1.90 Supplier Players, Mer 
сшу House, Calleva Park, Alder 


maston, Berks RG7 4QW 


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IBM PC 


Program Quantum Type Utility 
Price 580 Supplier Brigite Neese 
& Associates, 53 Osborne Terrace, 
Bacup, Lancashire 














Spectrum 


Program 3D Game Maker Type 
Utility Price $8.95 Supplier CRL, 
CRL House, 9 Kings Yard, Carpen- 
ter's Road, London B15 2HD. 











Program Ball Breaker Type Ar- 
cade Price $8.95 Supplier CRL, 
CRL House, 9 Kings Yard, Carpen- 
ter's Road, London E15 2HD. 








Program Home Builder Type 
Educational Price $4.95 Supplier 
Coxsoft, 31 Fullwell Avenue, Bark- 
ingside, Ilford, Essex. 


Program World Class Leader. 
board "Type Sport Simulation 
Price $0.95 Supplier US Gold, U 
2-4, Holford Way, Holford, Bi 
mingham B6 ТАХ. 








$ lation fans will probably 
ave spent the last few 
months bemused at the lack of 
noise from one particular com- 
pany: Digital Integration. Now 
this silence has ended with the 
arrival in this morning’s post of 
Bobsleigh. 

The stage is set immediately 
after the game has loaded with a 
rendition of the theme from Ski 
Sunday (quite what this has to 
do with bobsleighing, Pm not 
sure, but it's pretty good 
nevertheless). 

Anyone who has played World 
Games from Epyx will be famil 
iar with the concept of this game, 
although to be fair to DI, this 
game has taken the concept of 
Bobsleigh considerably further 
than World Games even attempt- 
ed to do. 

‘The object of this game is пос 
only to compete with the rest of 
the world, but to manage your 
finances, and make decisions 
that will prove crucial to the long 
term challenge your team will, or 
won't, be at the Olympics (your 
ultimate goal). 

To be painfully honest, the 
first half an hour with this game 
only reinforced my doubts about 
the game as а concept. After a 
few more goes, however, as I 


began to master the techniques 
of getting through each course, 
my feelings started to change. 

What makes the game so play- 
able is the level of concentration 
and planning needed to make a 
series of successful runs. 

You must reach optimum fit- 
ness, choose the right bob, and 
make all the right decisions on 
runs that can last up to one and a 
half minutes. 

Graphically, Bobsleigh is simi- 
lar in many ways to previous 
Digital Integration launches, It 
may not be quite up to 7T Racer, 


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but it is both representative and 
fast enough. 

Bobsleigh is another winner 
from DI. It may not (quite) be in 
the ТТ Racer league, but it 
still well above the recent ore) 
blast games. Miss it at your pé 

Francis Jago 











Program Bobsleigh Micro Var- 
ious Price $8.95 Supplier Digi- 
tal Integration, Watchmoor 
Trade Centre, Watchmoor 
Road, Camberley, Surrey, 








while ago now, Metrocross 

was all the rage. In case you 
missed it, it featured horizontal 
scrolling and a hero who had to 
leap over obstacles, dodge 
hazards and generally mess 
around with all the objects to 
score bonus points, go faster, 
etc. 

Dateline November 5th, and 
Audiogenic has released Des- 
patch Rider for the BBC. Its 
programmed by Phil Whitehurst 
and it does bear something of a 
resemblance to the aforemen- 
tioned US Gold game. 




















The plot this time cases you as 
а motorbike courier, delivering 
mail, avoiding obstacles, and 
picking up gas, as you speed on 
your way to the end of the level 
and to meet your girlfriend. How 
sweet. 

Anyone who has spent more 
than five minutes on the roads of 
London will know that in fact, 
most Despateh riders spend their 
time screaming around on GSXR 
1100 Suzukis pretending to be 
Barry Sheene, and avoiding the 
unwanted attention of the eagle- 
eyed constabulary. 

And as for the likelihood of 
them having girlfriends; who 
needs them anyway? (Оовег 
sounds a bit dodgy!), 

The similarities between this 
and Metrocross are obvious, but 
Despatch Rider is a much more 
inferior product. 

It runs in Mode S so that 
means four colours and chunky 
graphi 

Fair enough, but to have blue 
and green all over the place 
makes it look prefty disgusting. 

‘The horizontal scrolling leaves 
a lot to be desired, as does the 
gameplay, although the sprites 
are large so at least that's 
something. 





You can speed up or slow 
down, but if you take too long, 
then you start to run out of time 
and before you can say Kamikazi 
you've lost another of your seven 
lives. You're definitely running 
out of lives by now. 





In the audio department 
there's not much happening 
either. 


Хо music on the title page or 
anywhere else, and entirely pre- 
dictable noises for the bike and 
collisions. 

‘There is nothing in the way of 
glossy frills. The control key 
arrangement is standard and you 
can redefine them if you want to. 

Ага couple of quid, Despatch 
Rider would make a decent bud- 
get game for the Beeb, but at this 
price it really can’t be 
recommended, 





Duncan Evans 





Program Despatch Rider Mi- 
cro BBC/Electron Price $7.95 
Supplier Audiogenic, Winch 
ter House, Canning Road, Har- 
row HAS 78]. 




















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; SOFTWARE 


ly marked path of evolution from the 

character-based displays of machines 
like the Commodore Pet and original Apple 
1I through low resolution pixel graphics on 
Spectrums, Amstrads and Có4s to the very 
high resolutions possible on the Amiga and 
ST. 

And as the hardware facilities im- 
proved, so did the software, Paint and 
üraw programs for producing two dimen- 
sional images are now commonplace. But 
Sculpt 8D, the latest. graphies package for 
the Amiga, represents another step for- 
ward on the evolutionary path: full three 
dimensional image processing. 

То date such software has been confined 
to dedicated graphics workstations or large 
mini and mainframe systems. Of course 
there have been many 3D wireframe 
graphics programs for older 8-bit comput- 
ers but Sculpt 3D goes well beyond this to 
handling solid filled objects in full colour 
and as icing on the саке adds ray tracing 
facilities too. 

Ray tracing is something of a flavour of 
the month thanks (0 the well known 
graphies demos Juggler on the Amiga and 
Shiny Bubbles on the Atari ST (in fact 
Sculpt 3D was written by Eric Graham 
creator of Juggler). Sculpt 2D is a very 
powerful program and will allow you to 
create your own sophisticated images but 
there are some major drawbacks. 


Ci graphics has followed a clear- 





Features 

The program comes on a single 34” disc 
accompanied by a 96-page laser-printed 
manual, The dise as supplied is close to full 
with the program file and several demo 
files and therefore lacks Workbench or a 
CLI boot routine. To load Sculpt 3D you 
therefore either have to load Workbench 
separately or create a CLI boot disc. 

Once the program has loaded you are 
presented with the main work screen 
which comprises three viewing windows 
and the Amiga's usual hidden menu bar. 
‘The three windows show a bird's eye view, 
the view from east to west and the view 
from south to north, corresponding to the 








Shapely Creations 


Peter Worlock reviews Sculpt 3D -а 
program which will allow you to create 
three-dimensional images. 


familiar plan views and elevations used in 
architects’ drawings and blueprints. 

This can take some getting used to since 
you have to visualise your objects from 
these three viewpoints and as you create 
an image in one window it is rendered from 
the appropriate viewpoints in the other 
two windows, 

Objects are created by defining points in 
3D space (called vertices) and edges link- 
ing these points. Once again, this is not a 
natural process for anyone used to draw 
and paint programs. To create а square 
face (a tabletop or a wall for example) 
requires the following steps. 


Method 


First select one window, say the top down 
view for a tabletop. Holding the left mouse 
button down you move the cursor to the 
desired location and then with the left 
button still down press the right button to 
create the first point, Repeat for the other 
three corners. 

















Next, you have to select only two or 
three points to create the edges. If you 
select three then click on the edge-building 
tool you create a triangular face with three 
edges, ie, half of the tabletop cut diagonal- 
ly. Then deselect the first three points, 
select the fourth plus the two adjacent 
ones and then click on the edge building 
tool again. 

This creates a rectangle composed of 








two touching triangles. In the top down 
window this looks like a rectangle with a. 
diagonal line through it. In the other two 
windows the image is a single horizontal 
line since these are edge-on views. 

This process sounds complicated and 
time consuming and in the early stages it 
сап be both, However, once you get used to 
the method of working it does become 
quicker, The main thing to remember is 
that edges can only be created by connect- 
ing two or three points. 

If all objects had to be created like this 
Sculpt 3D would be a very tedious program 
to use. Instead, it provides quick and easy 
tools for creating a variety of shapes. From 
а menu selection you сап add cubes, 
spheres hemispheres, cones and other 
shapes and solids to your image. 





Creative facilities 


Moreover, there are a number of other 
useful facilities to make the process of 
building 3D shapes easier. One of these is 
the extrude tool which takes a 2D image 
and then builds it up layer by layer. This is 
a quick and easy way of making three 
dimensional lettering for example: 

Once your image has been created you 
then have a number of options of how to 
view it. Helpfully, these options are pre- 
sented in a way that lets you treat your 
objects as a film set. First you can position 
your camera (called the observer) any- 
where in the scene and specify а target 
which governs where the camera is 
pointed. 

Next you can light the scene with one or 
more lamps hanging these in different 
positions to cast shadows and to illuminate 
areas that would otherwise be unlit 

Finally, you can specify the lens on the 
imaginary camera, using another from a 
telephoto wide angle to a fish eye. 

So you've created your image, positioned 
your camera and lighting but you still 
haven't seen anything except the three 2D 
windows. Sculpt 3D creates the full scene 
on a separate screen in one of five sizes 
tiny, small, medium, full and jumbo, Start 
things going and sit back. And wait and 
wait and wait. 

The quickest image is wireframe in 
which only the edges are portrayed, Next 
is painting in which visible faces are filled 
in solid colour but there is no shading or 
shadows and no difference in texture. 
Third up is snapshot which adds crude 
shadows and some difference in texture, 
Finally there is photo which reveals your 
image in all its realistic glory. 

Apart from the increasing time needed 
to calculate these images they carry an 
increasing penalty on memory overhead 
(more on this later). 

So much for the basics, there's a lot 
more. For example. you can change all of. 


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the colours in an image using the full 32- 
colour palette from the Amiga 4096 shades 
and different faces be painted different 
colours, 

Moreover each face can be a different 
texture ranging from dull through shiny to 
mirror, There is also glass texture which 
features varying degrees of, transparency 
and reflection depending on the angle from 
which it is being viewed. 

You can also add a sky and а chequer- 
"board ground pattern stretching away 
towards the horizon. The software handles 
perspective automatically aid calculates 
shadows from your lamps, too 

The really clever stuff and the most 
impressive visually is the ray tracing 
facility, which will calculate, reflections 
(and indeed reflections in refléctions) on 
surfaces defined as glass and mirror. This 
is what gives Sculpt 3D pictures their 
realism. 

What all this means is that you can 
Pereate on your Amiga something like the 
following, a town with roads, streetlights, 
shopwindows and office blocks. Define 
Windows as glass texture and put some 
lamps inside the buildings and Sculpt 3D. 
will realistically draw all the shadowing 
and reflections and the varying light 
levels. 

Next position your observer within the 
model, generate a finished image and save 
this to disc. Move your observer and 
generate a new image, Save this one to 
disc. Repeat umpteen squillion times. Write 
a batch file to successively display these 
images and bingo, you have an astounding 
ly realistic computer-generated cartoon of 
someone moving through this solid-looking 
world, 

This kind of project is possible but - 
here we come crashing back to reality. А 
large project such as the one just described 
‘would be a lifetime's work because power- 
ful though the Amiga is itis a dinosaur at 
this kind of application 


Problems 


The first problem is that the kind of 3D 
images Sculpt creates require an awful lot 
of memory to calculate. On a 512K Amiga 
you won't have room to do anything except 
he crudest scenes of simple blocks and 
spheres and no reflections either. On a 1МЪ 
system you can go further but 2 or 4 
megabytes is preferable. (Once the image 
is created, of course, it сап be stored on 
dise, occupying only the memory required 
for the sereen display.) 

Secondly ray tracing involves unimagin- 
able numbers of calculations and not even 
the Amiga’s 68000 processor can rattle 
these off at anything like a sufficient 
speed. A maths co-processor might help 
but there's no mention of this in the 
manual so I imagine it isn't supported. This 


























speed problem is why computer generated 
animation is largely confined in mega 
mainframes like the Cray used for The 
Last Starfighter. 

А very simple image can take 10 to 15 
minutes calculation in photo mode assum: 
ing you have the memory to accommodate. 
it, Complex images will take hours and 
possibly days to develop. 





Conclusions 


Sculpt 3D is an incredibly powerful pro- 
gram which can create truly astounding 
displays, Provided you can get to grips with 
the system of using points in three sep 
rate windows and the problems of visualis- 
ing 3D objects in three 2D windows it is 
relatively easy to use, 

Unfortunately on a 512K Amiga it is 
little more than a curiosity since you 
cannot do more than create the most basic 
images. To fully exploit the software you 
will need a massively expanded system 
with a megabyte or more of RAM and two 
disc drives or a hard disc. 

Apart from these limitations of the 
hardware (not the fault of Sculpt 3D) 
there are one or two snags with the 
software. Least among these is the lack of 
а line-drawing tool. 1 suppose there's a 
good reason why the software works in 














points rather than edges but for us humans 
edges are a more natural reference point, 
A line drawing facility with rubber band- 
ing would make Sculpt 3D a great deal 
easier to use. 

Another improvement would be the 
ability to correct drawings by specifying 
co-ordinates for points, There is a co- 
ordinate system in the software, but trying 
to adjust using the mouse can require a 
great deal of trial and error, Typing in a 
couple of numbers would be a lot easier. 

Most importantly, however, the memory 
problems do not appear to have been 
properly catered for. Usually if Sculpt 3D 
runs out of memory it simply tells you so 
and lets you carry on working but on one 
оссазїоп it threw me back to Workbench 
trashing the image I was working on and a 
second time it simply crashed. 

Anyone seriously interested in solid 
modelling and ray tracing will jump at 
Sculpt 3D but you should be prepared to 
pay for the hardware expansion you'll 
need. The rest of us will probably stick to 
Deluxe Paint. a 

Peter Worlock 











Program Sculpt 3D Micro Commodore 


Amiga Price £79.00 Supplier The Amiga 
Centre. 








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hilst there are a good number of 
Wis: programs available, some of 
them do not exploit the full capabili- 
ties of the machine, especially in games 
software, However, in the business/ 
creative section and primarily, graphics 
packages, the standard is much higher. 
Two such programs, DelureVideo and 
DeluxePrint, both from the makers of 
Райи, Electronic Arts, combine power 
with ease of use. 


DELUXEVIDEO 


DelusceVideo is а powerful graphics 
manipulation tool which combines static 
pictures, moving objects, sound effects, 
music and various graphic effects such as 
rotations, colour cycling, move to, fade 
in/out, strobe and resizing. 

The package comes with three dises and 
а fairly large manual, The main disc is 
called the Maker disc where you put 
together your videos, together with a 
Player disc and a Utilities disc. 

The whole system is controlled by 
Intuition, the Amiga menu and window 
system. 16 is easy to understand for a 
complex program, but the theory of the 
video hierarchy will mislead, unless the 
user has read the tutorial section in the 
manual beforehand, 


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The main video seript contains the 
scenes and music on different ‘tracks’. The 
tracks are where you place the effects and 
there are four different ones for back- 
ground, foreground, music and control on 
the video script, For each scene on the 
video, there is a separate scene script just 
like the main screen, complete with more 
tracks and effects. The tracks on each 
scene allow background, foreground, con- 
trol, picture, object, sound, text line and 
polygon text effects. 

Selecting a picture track will load in any 
IFF picture and the ability either to 
display immediately or to fade in the 
picture. One restraint is that DeluxeVideo 
only uses eight colours and the pictures 
will be displayed in the best or current 
palette. However, the display is still quite 
good. Objects are selected in the same way 
and can be loaded in on the video and made 
to appear, disappear, move, shrink and 
expand. Any brushes made in DPaint can 
be used as an object. 

Text can be put on the screen in two 
ways. Text in the usual fonts can appear, 
move or disappear. Polygon text, though 
not giving different fonts, can be rotated in 
three axes to give better effects, 

Sound effects can be incorporated and 
changed in DeluxeVideo. Even IFF sam- 
pled sounds may be included, memory 
permitting. Music files can be used to play 
at the same time as the graphic effects. 
Electronic Art's own Instant Music and 
DeluxeMusic programs, or any other using 
IFF format, can be used to compose your 
soundtracks. Included with DeluxeVideo 
are ready-made 3D bar and pie chart 
videos, as well as a text slide show, 
enabling you to create a video in minutes, 

The whole video or a separate scene can 
be viewed at any time and controlled with 
the DeluxeVideo control panel which will 
play, fast forward, rewind, pause, mute, 
stop and restart the video. А timer shows 
the time in seconds and can be used for 
exact timings. The time at which the video 
runs can be changed from normal to 
realtime, half or quarter speed and 
Superslow. 

Finished videos can be played using the 
Player disc, without the Maker program. 
The final disc, DeluxeVideo Parts, has 
drawers for music, instruments, objects, 
pietures and videos. It also includes Un- 
pack, a program that unpacks the demo 





Delicious Deluxe 


Matthew Palmer reviews two graphics 
programs for the Amiga 


videos into their corresponding drawers 
and Vidcheck, a video file compressor. One 
last utility is The Framer, which loads in a 
Райи picture and using a six frame box, 
splits the picture into six and animates 
through all six of them. 

Overall, DeluzeVideo is a sophisticated 
graphics tool, able to put together files 
from other Amiga programs and make 
them work well together. DeluceVideo 
costs $69.95 and if you can afford it is a 
very good program. 


DELUXEPRINT 


DeluxePrint is an easy to use printing 
program, enabling you to design greeting. 
cards, letterheads, signs, banners, posters 
and calendars. Upon loading the program, 
you are presented with the main format 
menu, from which you choose one type of 
design. Choosing one of them with the 
mouse will display the blank page, occupy- 
ing about half the screen for greeting cards 
and posters and half the area again for 
letterheads or banners. On each one, you 
are given the choice of selecting a border, 
images (small pictures) from the library of 
clip art or placing text on the page, in a. 
variety of fonts and sizes. 

Selecting a border from the range of 
designs on the disc is the first thing to do. 
There is a good range available, in any 
colour. Once you have selected a border, 
you have the option of removing it again if 
you don't like it, or editing the pattern, 
Choosing the edit will allow you to use 
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draw and oval, as well as the ability to 
move or reverse the design. 

There are a wide range of cartoon type 
images to choose from, including such 
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with the border, once selected, images can 
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moved, copied, flipped, enlarged and edit- 
ed. They can also be placed in patterns, 

The last thing to add to a document is 
the text, in a limited variety of fonts and 
sizes. As with before the text can be moved 
or enlarged. One useful feature is a built-in 
calendar of every month of every year 
since 1 AD. 

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can save it or print it out. As you can see 
from the sample, printing gives good 
results on dot matrix printers. Greeting 
cards, signs and banners which take up 
half the screen will be printed double the 
size, but letterheads remain as they are 
shown. 

As with DeluxeVideo, this package 
combines ease of use with powerful fea- 
tures, Its also quite cheap at only $24.95. 
All-in-all, another good program from Elec- 
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Sharp Syncopations 


Mark Jenkins ends his series on music 
software for the Commodore 64, with 
a look at two more programs in the 
Sonus range of music packages. 


dore 64 will be beside themselves with 

glee to hear that this is our last look - 
for the moment - at the Sonus range of 
(64/0128 musie packages, 

The packages, which include two 
sequencers, an event editor, a Yamaha К 
drum machine librarian and a Yamaha РУ 
synth editor/librarian will run on most 
MIDI interfaces such as those from Datel 
SIEL, Jellinghaus and the fortheoming 
model from Cheetah, although it would be 
as well to check out the interface you 
intend to use before purchasing. 

Prices for most of the packages are very 
reasonable, and the last two we have to 
look at are ScoreTrack, a musie notation. 
package, and Sonic Editor, a sample editing 
package available for the Ensonia Mirage 
(or its rack-mounted version) and the 
Sequential Prophet 2000 or its rack-mount- 
ing version, the 2002/2002 Plus. We will 
cover Sonic Editor as soon as we can get 
our sticky hands on the appropriate 
samplers. 

ScoreTrack will convert files from the 
Sonus SuperSequencer and Studio 1 pack- 
ages into conventional musical notation 
and allow you to print them out. The file 
convertor is on the reverse of the master 
disk and you must save the routines 
needed for your particular printer onto the 
front side of the disk before replacing the 
write protect sticker. 

ScoreTrack comes with a large and 
fearsome-looking anti-copying dongle for 
the User port - this can be replaced for 
395, but only if you have already registered 
ав a purchaser. ScoreTrack displays treble 
and bassclefs with unlimited polyphony, 
notes down to 1/32nd notes, double sharp 
and double flat and other less common 
pieces of notation, all rest values, and key 
signatures. The package includes its own 
sequencer routines, which may be easier to 
use in some cases than importing music 


Т: ве of you who do not own a Commo- 














from SuperSequencer. Alternatively, notes 
can be placed on the screen using a cursor, 
moving on to the next note with the +/— 
keys. 

SeoreTrack can hold 69 patterns each 
with 16 tracks, so theoretically you can 
store 1,008 short musical passages. There 
is а 255-position Song Table, and it is 
possible to mute tracks on some passes зо a 
passage need not always sound the same, 
ScoreTrack gives out MIDI clocks when 
playing so you can synchronise a drum 
machine or other sequencer, and you с 
quantise your performances to exact divi- 
sions of notes, 





!ScoreTrack is about the 
cheapest notation package 

available on the market at 
the moment, and having its 
own sequencer built-in makes 
it unmatched if you need to 
score out your music without 
having the budget available 

for a professional music 
copyist."" 





If you choose any recorded track and 
then press "E" for "Edit", ScoreTrack will 
do some calculations and then display the 
passage in musical notation. This could be 
а pretty slow process if you have used 
many tracks, but the relative cheapness of 
the package can excuse this. 

The way notes are displayed on the 
screen is subject to the chosen quantisa- 
tion, a minimum length value, a legate 
function which specifies the minimum 
amount of time by which notes have to 





overlap before being considered as a single 
chord, a staccato function which definesQ" 
minimum rest length, and the chosen key 
with up to 7 sharps or flats, You can also 
transpose the whole display and alter the 
colours of the display 

ScoreTrack uses two linked cursors, one 
showing the current note, one the MIDI 
event which created that note. The F5, 6, 7 
and 8 keys move the display to new notes, 
and а change in any Note On time will 
automatically be matched with a change in 
the appropriate Note Off. 

You can delete and insert notes with the 
Inst/Del key and delete and insert more 
specific MIDI events (pitch bends, patch 
changes and so on) using the Event Editor 
section. After-touch is not recorded as it 
uses up too much memory, although you 
can insert it using the Event Editor section. 

On the Note Editor page, pressing P will 
print out the whole screen display, апд. 
Epson, Panasonic and Star printers ar 
currently compatible. There is also a 
routine on the disk to set up ScoreTrack for 
other printers as well. 

ScoreTrack is about the cheapest nota- 
tion package on the market at the moment, 
and having its own sequencer built-in 
makes it unmatched if you need to score 
out your music without having the budget 
available for a professional music copyist. 

If you intend to use other players who 
read, or if you want to copyright any of 
your compositions, ScoreTrack could be 
invaluable. 

Also included in the Sonus range are the 
MIDITech System Exclusive Librarian 
(860), The Sonic Editor ($60), the basic 
Glasstracks sequencer ($47), the RX drum 
machine Librarian ($80), and the Double 
Banked Librarian/Programmer ($60) for 
the Yamaha DXT/TXT. ScoreTrack costs 
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ав a serious personal computer for the 

home; more recently, though, Amstrad 
have instead been pushing their newer 
IBM compatibles, and POWs, to the serious 
home user, and the serious side to the CPC 
micros seems to have tailed off. 

After a wordprocessor, a database is 
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software package їп the home, and despite 
the trend away from serious software for 
the OPCs, there are several available to the 
6128 owner, Each, of course, claims to be 
the ultimate in databases = with the most 
power and yet easy to use. How do these 
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to reveal the relative strengths and weak- 
nesses of three packages. 

Databases are basically great for access- 
ing information in all sorts of different 
ways, far faster than could be done 
manually, But before you can manipulate 
the files, you have to install them. You 
need to set up what form you want to store 
your chosen data in terms of what informa- 
tion you want for each record (name, 
address, ‘phone number, ete) and how 
much space you want for each entry. This 
requires substantial planning before you 
actually touch the keys. It also means that 
а successful database needs to be easy to 
operate, so that you spend your time using 
the data, rather than working around the 
limitations of the software. 

Tt is this which is to my mind the biggest 
disadvantage of At Last, by Rational Solu- 
tions. It comes on dise for both the СРС 
6128 and the PCW computers - useful if 
you have both, or at some stage wish to 
change, It also comes with a pretty hefty 
tome as a manual. Whether it is a fault of 
the manual or of the program, 1 do not 
know, but I must confess to finding the 
combined package very hard to come to 
terms with. This could be because I have 
used other databases, while the manual is 
aimed at first-time users; but be warned. 

When starting to use At Last, it soon 
becomes clear that setting up is going to 


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take an awful long time. For a start, 
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а few sample databases. It works under 
CP/M, and because it consists of several 
separate programs (to set up the keyboard, 
define a database, and use a database), 
your dise-drive will be working overtime 
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will make things considerably easier; not 
that that is mentioned in the ads, of 
course! You even need to go through the 
entire initialising process just to look at the 
worked examples! 

On Page 1, the manual makes a point of 
explaining that there are no short cuts to 
reading the manual in its entirety and 
working through all the examples. For 
anyone who has read a database before 
this is infuriating, since much of what is 
said is pretty basic. It is, though, excellent 
for beginners; especially since things are 
spelt out in painstaking detail. A concise 
reference section would have helped a lot 
here. 

Still, At Last offers some tremendously 
powerful features for a program of this 
price - its search commands being of 
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“<Databases are basically 
great for accessing 
information in all sorts of 
different ways, far faster 
than could be done 
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Pump That Base 


David Lester looks at the more serious side of 
computing and compares three database pro- 
grams for the Amstrad CPC 6128. 


and memory. While it is nowhere near as 
powerful as something like DBase II or Ill, 
it does not aspire to be. It stands up well, 
though, in comparison with other cheap 
database programs, including those on 
view here. 

Other points of note include an excellent 
screen editing facility, and a large capacity 
(only limited, in fact, by the capacity of 
your disc). 

Indexes are used to put files in a. 
database into order; normally, you need to 
constantly update these index files as you 
alter your records - At Last scores highly 
by doing this automatically, saving pre- 
cious time. It is also very flexible in terms 
of how to print any information reports 
you might want. The disadvantage to this 
flexibility, though, is that even for simple. 
reports, there is a fairly lengthy process 
you need to plough through prior to 
printing, 

Yet another disadvantage is that At Last 
does not allow you to perform calculations 
on any arithmetical data you may have 
stored, This means that you could not use 
the database to, for example, keep track of 
any savings or investments you might have 
(as you could very easily with professional 
programs). 

Campbell Systems’ Masterfile Ш is, in 
contrast to At Last, a sheer delight to get to 
know and use. Menu-driven, the package is 
easy to learn how to use, and is extremely 
versatile. It, too, comes with а comprehen- 
sive manual, which is well-written, and 
easy to follow. One key difference is that 
this is designed so that you do not need to 
spend а weekend reading it prior to seeing 
the program in action, If you know any- 
thing about database management soft- 
ware, you can dip into the clearly divided 
manual to find out just how Masterfile 
works, and be off. 

Hence getting started with the program 
is relatively simple. The program uses 
AMSDOS - so you do not need the hassle of 
booting up CP/M all the time. For first 
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disc out of the box, and load it up there and 
then; you can load in the example files 
which come as a tutorial, and learn by 
doing in a very simple and easy-going way 
Not using CP/M also has the added bonus 
that you can adapt the program for your 
own needs, from BASIC, This is well 
described in the manual, and adds huge 
Potential for you to tailor the program to 
exactly how you want it. 

Masterfite has the relational facility 
touted by At Last, and is second to At Last 
only in terms of capacity. With two dise 
drives. At Last has a much higher storage 
capacity. One less obvious advantage 
which Masterfile Ш has is that it has 
almost become the standard for СРС 
computers; which means that relevant 
software such as spreadsheets and word- 
processors tend to be compatible with it 
Whereas they may not be with some of the 
others. 

Minerva Systems, despite having a lower 
profile for their Random Access competi- 
tor, make some pretty strong claims for it 
("the most powerful ever for the price"). 
Perhaps, 

Like Masterfile, it uses Amsdos so that. 
it is tailor-made to fit the CPC, rather than 
happening to run on it via CP/M, which 
makes it significantly easier to start to use. 
‘And its emphasis is different. As part of 
Minerva’s almost unique approach to uti- 





lity software, it is very user-friendly. And 
simpler, too. I do not mean this in a 
derogatory sense; compared to At Last it is 
а positive advantage. It is much easier to 
use, and more clear. But one cannot deny 
the lack of power relative to the first two 
packages, not only by not being a relational 
database, but also by virtue of its having a 
smaller storage capacity, and having 
simpler search commands. 

Ав suggested by its пате, this package 
uses a random access system to reduce the 
time taken to find data, this is important 
unless you have time to waste. This works 
well, and is a very useful feature 

It allows you to use BASIC to customise 
it to your own needs, like Masterfile, and 
provides more arithmetic calculations than 
the other two. Furthermore, you can 
incorporate your own feel to it by designing 
the “record cards” on which you will s 
your data to include graphics and boxes, 
and even different sizes of characters. 
(Quite how useful this is depends upon 
what you are using it for; I confess to not 
needing that feature at the moment, but 
you never know . .!) 

Which really brings me to the crux of 
the article. There can be no one outright 
winner in terms of features, power, or ease 
of use. The three packages tested are 
clearly very strong in their own ways, and 
it is for you to decide whether or not you 

















require the extra storage of At Last, the 
power and compatibility of Masterftle III, 
or the simplicity and speed of access 
provided by Random Access. It makes a 
pleasant change for a reviewer to be able 
to conclude that all three packages work 
well. It merely remains for you to sort out 
your own priorities, and choose 
cordingly 

If the old adage that the customer is 
always right holds true, Masterfile wins 
the day by outselling the other two by 
quite a large extent. It offers the most 
power for the least effort, and is to my 
mind far preferable to At Last, But 1 
cannot deny that there is always the other 
hand... n 














PROGRAMS EVALUATED: 


1) Database Manager (At Last) 
528.95 from Rational Solutions Ltd. 


2) Masterfile III 
339.05 from Campbell Systems, 


3) Random Access Database 
330.05 from Minerva Systems. 








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Time for a 
change 


Minmy Grubb, of Carlisle, writes: 

Tam at present the owner of 

а 016 with which I use a 

1541 disk drive, a great 
little machine, little referring to 
the memory. In the near future I 
intend to upgrade to either a C64 
or C128, Lam in my thirties and 
completely self-taught about 
‘computing I am finding the C16 a 
bit restrictive but with money a 
little short, I will be purchasing 
Second hand one, во 1 wonder if 
you could clear up a few points 
for me? 

1) What advantages and disad- 
vantages the C64 has over the 
128 and vice versa? 

2) When buying second hand, 
are there any simple tests I could 
carry out on either computer to 
check for faults? 

3) What are likely to be the 
main faults with either 
computer? 

4) A friend reckons that only 
about. 75% of C64 software will 
work on the 128 in 64 mode, why 
is this, or is he wrong? 

5) I have, at present, got Lazer 
Basie (Disk), Simons Basic (Cart) 
and in future was thinking about 
the Phanton add ons. Will these 
work on the 128 in 64 mode or 
not? 

Your help will be greatly ap- 
preciated on this matter. I see 
that second hand 64's are rough- 
ly 880-8110 wheras C128's are 
5140-5200, is it really worth 
saving up the extra? 


As far as | know, the 064 

doesn't have any advantages 

over the C128, since the 128 
includes a 64 mode. The 64 is 
physically а smaller machine but 
that’s about all. On the other hand, 
the C128 has a number of advan- 
tages, larger memory, better Basic, 
three machines in one (C64, C128, 
and (P/M), and a better keyboard. 
Basically the C128 is an improve- 





"KENN GARROCH 








ment, by quite a long way on the 
би. 

When buying second hand, the 
first and most obvious thing is to 
set-up the machine and see that it 
works. While it is running, rattle 
the power leads around to see if 
there are any faults in them - not 
usually too difficult to fix but you 
may reduce the price a little. 
Check all the keys on the keyboard 
to make sure that they work, and. 
take a good look at the display to 
make sure it is steady. It's a good 
idea to take along a game that you 
know and run it. Something that 
makes use of all the machine's 
facilities including the joysticks, 
the graphics and sound. I all these. 
are fine then the machine is proba- 
bly in good shape, 

If you have chance with either 
of the machines, leave it on for 20 
minutes or ко, and then touch the 
power supply casing. If this burns 
your hand then its reasonably 
likely to pack up in the next few 
months. If it is only warm then it 
should be OK. There are two types. 
of supply for the 64, the old green 
shoe type, and the newer black 
ribbed box. The latter is better and 
should give much less trouble over 
the years to come. Apart from the 
above tips and a good look at the 
bodywork, 1 cannot think of much 
else to suggest. In general, comput- 
ers are fairly reliable, and only the 
moving parts ever get a chance to 
wear out. Obviously, if the 
machine is looking battered then 
second thoughts might be in order 
(unless, of course, its very clean). 

Where faults are concerned, I'm 
not a great expert on the C128 and 
so, 1 cannot say what they may be. 
The 064 however, sometimes 
suffers from bad power supplies 
and knackered VIC and sound 
chips. Leaving the machine on for 
an hour or so will turn up th 
faults and, as 1 said above, running 
a well-known game also helps: 

As far as I know, the compatibi- 
lity between the C64 and the 128 in 
64 mode is about 99%. Most 64 
software that has been written 
since the advent of the 128 will run 
in 64 mode, Older stuff is not 
guaranteed to, but it should. You 
may have problems with car- 
tridges and interfaces as the 128 
has different hardware that is not 
completely 64 compatible. I cannot 
го into details since 1 don't have 
any, but. most, if not all, Commo- 
dore peripherals should work. 

As to which you should buy, if 
depends on what you want. The 64 
is great for games and game pro- 
gramming (machine code) but is a 
little naff when it comes to word 
processing. The 128 on the other 
hand is capable of running an 80- 











column screen (but only with а 
monitor 1 suspect) and has a better 
keyboard. Since most 64 games will 
run in 64 mode, I would think it 
better to save up the extra money 
and go for the larger machine, On 
the other hand, you might be able 
to get a second hand non-Commo- 
dore machine for around the same 
price as the 128 - this is worth 
considering. 





Confusions 


M 1 Armstrong, of Welton, Lin- 
сот, writ 
I have just purchased an 
Amstrad 9512 and would 
like to ask a couple of 
questions about the disc system. 
The first is: what kind of disc 
should I use, the СЕ or CF-2DD? 
I read in another publication 
comments referring to the use of 
discs from the 8256/8512, both 
A drive (SD) and B drive (DD) 
which I find confusing. Could you 
perhaps explain which you would 
recommend and why? 

I also notice the caveat 
‘almost’ used with monotonous 
regularity with reference to the 
use of 8000 series software on 
the 9512. Could you perhaps 
enlarge upon this? 

Finally, page 25 of the manual 
mentions the possibility of add- 
ing an extra disc drive, specifi- 
cally the FD4. Is this an integral 
drive or simply a bolt on addition 
and would it involve changing the 
type of discs used ie, single or 
double density? 


There are basically four 
types of disc which can be 
split into two groups: single- 
sided (SS), and double-sided (DS). 
Each of these can be either single 
or double density. The CF-2 ap- 
pears to come in the double-sided 
category and can be either single 
or double density (SD or DD). SD 
dises normally have 40 tracks per 
side giving approximately 360K of 
storage whereas DD dises have 80 
tracks giving roughly twice the 
storage with 720K. The 9152 is 
quoted as having 720K of storage 
оп its drive and so must be using 
DD discs. 
The way in which dises are 
manufactured means that after 
testing, those that do not qualify 
for DD status are sold as SS and 
those that don't make that are 
junk. However, it is possible for a 
DD disk drive to read a SD disc in 
DD format since, most of the time, 
the discs are of quite a high 
quality - the only drawback being 
that they are not quaranteed 




















against loss of data if you use them 
in this way. What is also usually 
possible is for a DD disc 
read a SD disc in SD format. This is 
easy since the read/write head of 
the drive simply jumps two steps 
ага time to access every other 
track effectively, halving the num- 
ber of tracks. 

‘The 8000 series of PCW comput- 
ers uses one drive of each type ie, a 
SD as A and a DD as B. This daft 
arrangement means that the B 
drive, which is usually used for 
storage only, has twice the amount 
of space as the A drive but needs 
higher quality discs. Since DD 
dises work easily with SD drives, 
most POW users will end up buying 
DD discs all of the time. 

The ‘almost’ you mention presu- 
mably refers to the compatibility 
of software between the two ma- 
chines. Not being a great expert on 
either, I can't expound a great deal 
оп the subject. However, the best 
thing to do when acquiring soft 
ware for your system is to make 
absolutely sure that it will run ie, 
get some kind of guarantee from 
the dealer. This then p 
the position that if something does 
go wrong, you can take steps to 
rectify the problem st someone 
else's expense. 

From the look of the 9152 (I've 
never actually used one). I'd say 
that it is possible to fit an extra 
drive in the slot to the right of the 
one thatis already there. Judging 
by Amstrad's usual marketing 
strategy, they will produce either 
an upgrade or, more likely, another 
machine that uses both slots. 

Tm afraid | have to admit 
(again?) that I know nothing about 
the FDA; however, I'd guess that it 
is an external drive. The best way 
to find out is to look for expansion 
slots at the back of the machine, If 
one of these is labelled disc drive 
or even PDS then you have the 
answer, As to whether it is single 
ог double density, 1 suggest you 
contact a dealer and ask. 




















Keyed-up 


Pearce Jameson, Clapham, Lon 
don, writes: 

As you probably know, the 

Atari ST keyboard is ac- 

cessed by way of an exter- 
mal processor (Hitachi 6301). 
The problem I have is reading 
multiple keypresses from it. It 
appears to only reveal the last 
two keys pressed, if you hold 
down any more, they are ignored. 
What I would like to know is how 
to read more or alternatively, 
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6301, obtain a data sheet for the 
processor so that I can disassem- 
ble the commands and see how it 
works with a view to changing 
things round for multiple keys. 

Obviously, the best answer 
would be to recommend a book 
that explains ‘in detail” how the 
keyboard system operates. As 
far as 1 can see from my re 
searches, there are no published 
details on the subject. Гат at my 
wits end ~ can you help? 


Mmmm this is a hard one - в 
A you say, there doesn’t appear 
lo be any details on the 
subject. AIL I can find is a list of 
the Intelligent Keyboard Command 
Set in Anatomy of the Atari ST but 
these are of no use with this 
problem, It would be quite useful 
for games programming to be able 
to poll the keys as on other micros; 
owever, I'm afraid Т don't know 
Son it's done, If any reader's know 
the details, please send them to 
Peek and Роке so that I can let 
everyone in on the secret, 


Load of... 


H Spencer, of Wirral, Cheshire, 
writes: 

1 faye heard rumours that 

there are some problems 

with games that use the 
internal disk drives on the 
520STFM. The rumour says that 
some games will not load, is there 
any truth to this, and if so, what 
is the problem? 


Apparently this rumour is 

true, some of the software 

houses have used a form of 
protection that involves accessing 
rack numbers above 40. This is 
Useful in that validity information 
can be held here that will not 
normally be copied by disk copiers. 
However, the problem arises that 
some (perhaps many) of the inter- 
mal drives cannot cope with read- 
ing these extra tracks, and so the. 
disk looks like it's а copy, As far as 
I'm aware, the problem has now 
been acknowledged and the soft- 
ware houses are using other forms 
of protection. If you have any 
software that causes problems and 
won't load, send it back to the 
software house and complain, 
making sure you have receipt and 
proof that it is an original. 
-- 


Link up 


J Bentham, of Thornton, Black- 
pool, writes: 


Firstly, my friend has a 
mono Amstrad CPC 464 
which he wants to use with 















the Commodore 1701 monitor. 
This would require an RGB to 
‘composite video converter. 

Secondly, I require the oppo- 
site, composite video to analogue 
RGB, to use my Commodore 64 
with my NEC Multiscan monitor 
which I use with my Atari 1040 
ST. 

Does any company supply 
these RGB - composite con- 
verters? Also, does any company 
sell a TV Tuner that I could use 
with my RGB monitor? 


1 must say first of all that I 
know of no-one selling such 
devices - which doesn't mean 
that there aren't any. Considering 
the number of different video for- 
mats, such devices would be quite 
useful and, as far as 1 know, there 
is no technical reason why they 
cannot be built. 
If any Popular readers know of 
а company which supplies them or 
who knows how they are designed, 
then please write to Peek and Poke 
with the details, I need all the help 
Т can get. 








Stubborn 
revolutions 


А D Bishop, of Sidmouth, Devon, 
writes 

1 have а 1541 disk drive 

(CBM) which is refusing to 

rotate the disk most of the 
time. I believe that the central 
hub which looks like a segmented 
plastic ring which mates with 
another receptor ring and grips 
‘the disk from the inside edge - is 
worn. Do you know anyone who 
сап fit another clamp ring or 
where I can get one please? 


The best thing to do is look 

through the adverts at the 

back of the magazine and 
find a reasonably priced repair 
service. Make sure, if you сап, that 
payment can be made via credit 
card (this has numerous advan- 
tages over а cheque). 

After looking inside my 1541, it 
seems more likely that there are 
problems with the motor or the 
drive belt than with the clamp. 

To check the clamp, try a disk 
with hub supports (usually a white 
ring in the middle) and then one 
without. The supports make the 
hub a little thicker and should 
improve the grip. If there is no 
difference then the clamp is proba- 
bly OK. It is well worth getting the 
drive completely serviced and re- 
aligned, especially if it is getting 
old. l'm afraid that I cannot recom- 
mend anyone in particular since 
this would, first of all, be free 








advertising, and secondly, not hav- 
ing used them, I don't know of any. 





Games master 


Geoff Salter, of Dinas Powis, 
8 Glamorgan, writes: 
Town a Toshiba T300 com- 
puter and wonder if you or 
any of your readers could 
help with the following points: 

1) Where could 1 get the 
Graphics Package 1 from? 

2) What software will my 
machine run ie, games? 

At present the system is fine 
for the reason I bought it, name- 
ly COBOL programming but, as I 
wish to begin writing games, I 
need to find the answers to the 
above questions. 


Unfortunately, 1 have never 

heard of the 7300 let alone 

acquired any software for it, 
However, if you want to begin 
writing games, the two main pack- 
ages you will need are an assem. 
bler, and, as you mentioned above 
graphic package. Probably the best. 
place to look is in the various 
computer magazines and their ad- 
vertising pages. l'm sorry I can't be 
of more help, perhaps our readers 
know more? 





Discovered 


Gerry Fisher, of Duffield, Derby. 
shire. В Manning, of Kiddermin- 
ster, Wores. L W Dewhurst, of 
Leaington Spa, Warwickshire. 
And others. 


My thanks to the above, all 
who wrote in with solutions 
to G Thibaudeau's letter in 
the 9th October issue of PCW 
concerning the Opus Discovery 
disk drive problems. First of ali, 
two user's clubs for this gadget 
are: 
Mr D Lilley, 
The Spectrum Discovery Club, 
8 Rayham Crescent, 
Black Hill, 
Keighley, 
West Yorks 
and, 
Mr Mike Kuklewsky, 
The Discovery User's Club, 
Urkwal 92, 
1824 HR Almere, 
The Netherlands, 

Mr Dewhurst says that the first 
is quite helpful and the second can 
supply (presumably to members 
only) а dissassembiy of the Discov- 
егу ROM in English. This costs 18 
Gilders (about $6) and covers 
versions 21, 22 and 222 of the 
ROM. The club also produces a 











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RE TES EE E ae A TY SEE) 


magazine in English and also re- 
plies 10 queries in English, al- 
though they can be a little slow 
about it. 

Suggestions for loading in the 
very long program start off simply 
with trying CLEAR 65585 ro re- 
move the UDGs. 

The explanation for the problem. 
is that the Discovery allocates a 
small amount of space below the 
Basic program (blocks of 198 
bytes) before saving or loading, 
giving it back after the operation. 
Since the program was very long 
(41K), running the program allo- 
cates variables and saving the 
program saves these as well, Due 
to the increased size of the pro- 
gram, the Discovery is unable to 
allocate enough work space al- 
though it was able to save, On 
trying to load the program back in, 
the header on the disk tells the 
Discovery that there is not enough 
RAM ie, the program was too large 
to allocate the work space, and 
then load it in. The answer to this 
is to doctor the header so that the 
Discovery thinks that there are no 
variables present, thus reducing 
the size of the progam, The best 
жау to do this is to get hold of the 
Opus Disk Manager from Bradway 
Software of 33 Conalan Avenue, 
Sheffield 517 4PG. 

Other solutions are to make sure 
that no channels have been opened 
ie, #8 for the printer, before load- 
ing the program in the 48K Spec- 
trum, use random access on the 
file - or а copy of the file - to 
produce a shorter version of the 
file which will load. Other possibi- 
lities are to edit the file and cut off 
the last line or so instead of the 
line ending with chr$13, termina- 


























tion can be achieved with chr$128. 
With а 128K Spectrum, the Dis- 
covery RAM disk 6 can be used, 
MOVE the program file to disk 6 
and load it from there ie, 
MOVE 


lj"program" TO 





LOAD #6; "program" 

‘The Discovery normally uses a 
256 byte buffer (equivalent to one 
disk block) whereas the RAM disk 
only uses 32 bytes, The 224 bytes 
that are saved should release suffi- 
cient memory to load the program. 

‘Once loaded, it is a good idea to 
shorten the program by VALing - 
use GOTO VAL"1234" instead of 
GOTO 1234 as this save 3 bytes. 
When saving CLEAR will delete 
the variables and shorten the file, 
remove REM statements and join 
lines as this save 4 bytes each 
time. 

Finally, thanks to all the people 
who have written in on this sub- 
ject, hopefully Mr. Thibaudeau 
will be able to fix the problem now. 














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looking at how to connect computers 

to the real world, and make them 
control and sense much more than simple 
keyboards and video screens, which is all 
they normally do, 

All home micros ean be connected to the 
outside world, some far more easily than 
others. 

‘The two main processors in use today, 
the 6502 and the 280, show the two main 
methods of input/output (i/o) control, The 
6502 (also used in 6800, 6809 and 68000) 
system is simplest and relies on the fact 
that the i/o controller is part of the 
memory тар, 

A set of memory locations are directly 
connected to an i/o chip such as the 
commonly used 6522 VIA. This has a 
number of registers that can be directly 
written or read as though they were any 
other memory location. The most impor- 
tant of these is the i/o port itself. 


Input/output port 


An Мо port usually has eight lines (see Fig 
1), one corresponding to each bit of the 
memory byte. 

Each of these can be either input or 
output, in the first case, voltages placed on 
them can be read simply by looking at the 
memory location eg, with PEEK. 

In the second case, values written to the 
memory location set up voltages on the 
output pins of the i/o chip. As with all 
computers, the only values possible are 
zero or one, corresponding to the voltages 
OV and 5У ie, off or on. 

The direction in which the signals travel 
lie, for input or output, is set up in another 
register of the chip, usually an adjacent 
memory location, known as the data direc- 
tion register. A bit set in this register tells 
the chip that the corresponding line is an 
output, zero defining in. 


0: the next few weeks I will be 








The 280 


The 780 (8080, 8085 ie Intel /Zilog) employs 
а different format for its i/o. Instead of 
using up valuable memory space for i/o 
and data a direction registers, the miero- 
processor chip has an extra output that 
informs the system that the information on 
the address and data buses refers to i/o 
and not memory. 

The INP and OUT instructions are used 
for the access and hence the i/o section 
does not appear on the memory map, There 
аге similar chips to the 6522 VIA that work 
with this extra line known as PIO's 
(Parallel Input/Output) but they are sel- 
dom used. Instead, the whole of the system 
bus is usually available at the back of the 
machine as on the Spectrum and Amstrad 
machines. 


“ДИ home micros can be 
connected to the outside 
world, some far more easily 
than others . . . in this 
series we take a look at how 
to do this, and make them 
control much more than 
simple keyboards and video 
screens, which is all they 
normally йо.?? 














Ground Control to Major Kenn 


In the first of another Kenn Garroch series, 
this time on interfacing, Kenn looks at the 
two basic input/output systems to use on 
home microcomputers. 


Connecting things up to this is reasona; - 
bly easy, but nowhere near as simple аи 
using a VIA chip where the address 
decoding is automatically taken care of. 

Looking at the system bus of a 280 
machine (Fig 2), the lines that are impor- 
tant are the address bus lines A0-A15, the 
data bus lines D0-D7 the RD (Read), WR 
(Write), and TORO (Input/Output Re- 
quest). Note that the last three have lines 
or bars above them denoting that they are 
active when low (zero volts). 





Logic circuit 

Some simple electronic logic circuits are 
needed to make some sense of these 
signals, basically, because, i/o ports use 
the same address and data buses as the 
memory but are not active until an i/o 
request is made. 

То see how the decoding is done, the 
basics of logic circuits have to big 
understood. 

There are three basic forms of circuit, 
the simplest being NOT or invert, then 
come the two standards AND and OR. NOT 
takes its input voltage and reverses it ie, 5 
Volts at the input gives OV at the output, 
and OV at the input gives 5V at the output. 

AND and OR are a little more complex, 
however, but their operation сап easily be 
seen in the diagrams in Fig 3. AND and OR 
gates can have two or more inputs, and the 
operation is performed on all of them, 

The tables in Fig 3. show the two inputs 
with all their possible states and are 
known as truth tables, 

Simply stated, AND gates show OV at 
their outputs unless all of the inputs are 1 
(БҮ is usually denoted as 1 and OV as 0). OR 
gates show 1 at their outputs unless all of 
the inputs are zero. 

This may make them sound opposites 
which, after careful examination of the 
truth tables, is not the case. The inverse of 














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pe 


Reading i/o reg gives 00110000 
DD (Data direction) sets in and out 


FIG 1 the ‘in memory' type of i/o. 





“Once contact with the 
outside world has been 
achieved, what can be done 
with it? . . . the only limit is 
your imagination, 
microprocessors can control 
anything." " 














WRIT -)2V. RESR А10 
+ 

















an AND is known as NAND (NOT AND) 
and is an AND gate with a NOT gate after 
it, the inverse of OR is NOR, 


sequence to obtain the required function 
and are available in a number of different 
forms and chip packages. 








SB 12V | MI 8 
E 
ШЕ Т 
E RT ja an 
в 
КО A? 5 ROMS #9 
AND OR NOT 
ia ib | out іа ib] out Та | out 
9 0 [0 0 0 То 1 То 
к Out 0 Q0 1 1 0 1 
Logie gates can be connected together in се (M 
КТ 1 Фа 1 
lel it S t J>et 
andard symbols (or rather the | $4 & }-™ + = А 


Тһе 
symbols 1 shall изе) are shown below to 
their truth tables, 

Once contact with the outside world has 
been achieved, what can be done with it? 
Attaching such things as ADCs (Analogue 
to Digital Converters and their comple- 
ments DACs (Digital to Analogue Con- 
verters) allow reading of varying voltages 
from sensors such as thermometers and 
microphones, 

The switchable outputs can control 
relays that can switch things on and off. 

In fact, the only limit is your imagina- 
tion, microprocessors can control 
anything. a 














Fig 3 AND/OR/NOT/NAND/NOR truth tables and symbols 





+ Means invert (NOT) 














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POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/39 


bi 











-PROGRAMMING: ST 
Film Show 


D Eaton 


his GPA Basic program is a Degas picture 
show utility. When the program is run, 
after being debugged, all files on drive A 
with the extender „РП will be shown one after 
another in ten interesting ways. As can be seen 
from the extender, this program is only suitable 
for displaying low resolution pictur п 

















Start: 
Rez%=Xbios (4) 
If Rez%=2 
System 
Endit 
If Rez%=1 
Void Xbios(5,L:-1,L:-1,W:0) 
Endi f 
Hi dem 
On Error Gosub Fixit 
For T%=0 To 15 
Setcolor T%,0,0,0 
Next T% 
Deftext 1,1,,52 
Text 15,50, "Degas Picture Show" 
Deftext ‚0 
Text 75,105, "Written Буг" 
Deftext ‚1 
Text 70,160, "David Eaton" 
Poy 
Dim 8%(5),0%(5›,РЖ%(В› 
Мате 
aGet_dir 








To Fix 
@Get_pic 
Pause 175 


S=Varptr (A$) +34 
Physbase-Xbi os (2) 
5%(0)=5 

Su 
5702. 
5705) 2320/16 
зи (4 
5%(5: 











D%(3) =320/16 
DZ(4)-0 
DX(5)-4 
P*.CO| 










РУ (2) =3520 
PAG 


Fx7,FxB,Fx9,Fx10 

lumi 

If Numz-ii 
Numi 

Endif 





XKf** degas low res picture show program ##к&# 
X***** written by David Eaton 29-Sep-1987 %#%4%% 


Оп Num% Gosub Fx1,Fx2,Fx3,Fx4,FxS,Fx6, 


Next PX 

Loop 

Procedure Ех1 
асо1 
For T%=0 To 50 





Bmove S+(160%T%) ,Physbase* (160KT7) , 160. 


Bmove S+( (50%160) +160%T%) ,Physbase*( 
(508160) +160%T%) , 160 


Bmove S+((100#160)+160%T%) , Physbase+( 


(1008160) +1604T%) , 160 
Bmove S+( (1508160) +160ЖТХ) , Physbase+ 
(0150160) +1608T%) „160 
Pause 1 

Next TX 

Return 


Procedure Ек2 
ӘСо! 
For T%=0 To 100 
Bmove S+1608T%, Physbaset 160877. 








160 





Bmove (8+52000) -160ЕТУ, (Physbase+32000) 


-1возтх, 160 
Pause 1 
Next TX 
Return 


Procedure Fx 

2со1 

Р (0) =0 

Р2(1)=0 

РХ (4) =0 

РЖ (5) 50 

For X%=0 To 320 Step 3 
PX(2)7XY 
PXGYEXX/1.6 
PUG) =X% 
P%(7)=X%/1.6 
Bitblt 820 ,DZO, PXO 


Next x% 
Bmove S,Physbase, 52000 
Return 


Procedure Fx4 
acol 
For T%=0 To 200 Step 2 
Bmove S+T%#160,Physbase+T%#160, 160 
Pause 1 
Next T% 
For TZ=1 То 200 Step 2 
Bmove S+T%#160,Physbase+T2#160, 160 
Pause 1 
Next T% 
Return 


Procedure FxS 
$Col 
For Т/=0 To 200 
Bmove S+T%#160,Physbase+T%#160, 40 


Втоуе S+80+T/%160, Physbase+80+T%8160, 40 


Vsync 
Next TX 
For T%=200 Downto 0 





Bmove S*40*TZK160,Physbase*404T74160, 40 


Bmove S+120+TZ#160, Physbase+120+T% 
4160, 40 
Vsync 
Next T% 
Return 


Procedure Fxé 

















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PROGRAMMING: ST- 





aCol 


For T%=0 To 201 Step 2 
Bmove S+T%#160,Physbase+T%#160, 160 


¥160, 160 
Pause 1 
Next T% 
Return 


Procedure Fx7 
Color 0 
For T%=0 To 200 
Line 0,T2,320, TX 
Vsync 
Next TX 
acol 
For T%=200 Downto 0 
Bmove S+T%#160,Physbase+T%#160, 160 
Pause 1 
Next TX 
Return 





Procedure Fx8 
Color 0 
ф For T%=200 Downto 0 
Line 0,T4,320, TX. 
Vsync 
Next T% 
ӘСо1 
For T%=0 To 200 
Bmove S+T%#160,Physbase+T%#160, 140 







Pause 1 
Next T% 
Return 
Procedure Fx9 
$Col 
For Ти! To 3000 
X%=Int (Rnd (0) #510) 


Y%=Int (Rnd (0) £190) 
PLC) =X% 
PLG)SYX 
РИ (2) X10 
PLCS) =VL+10 
РА (4) =X% 
Yu 
=x%+10 
7)=ҮЖ+10 
» Bitblt SXO,DZO,PXO 
Next T% 
Bmove S,Physbase, 32000 
Return 











Procedure Fx10 
2со1 
хж=о 





(о)=хх 





Bmove 5+ (201-ТХ) #16О,РһузЬаве+(201-Т%) 


PZD =Y% 


PG) 
PD 
РХ (5) 


Bitblt SZO,DXO, 
Next TX 
' Bmove S,Physbase, 32000 


Return 


Procedure P. 
Setcolor 0,7,7,7 
Setcolor 15,0,0,0 


Return 


Procedure Get dir 
Dim D$(512) 


Fiz=0 
Sudz-o 
Sdirs-" 


Pths="\" 


‘Sdd%=0 
Fu=0 
Pu=1 


While РХ0 
Buf #=Spaces (45) 
Pth$-Sdir$ 


Евъз" 


Dec PX 


Attry 
Get. 
Whi 


9Get next 


мепа 
мепа 
Return 


Procedure Get_first 
Void Gemdos(kHia,L:Varptr (Buf$)) 
Ax=Gemdos (&H4E,L:Varptr (Ев?) , Bt tr) 
1€ A%=0 

зка вие 


Endit 
Return 


Procedure Get_next 
Void Gemdos(&H1A,L:Varptr (Bu£$)) 
Аў=бетдов (&HAF) 

If _A%=0 
ƏRd_buff 


Endif 


Return 

















epii” 


"Аг "+Sdir$+"%, E" «Chr$ (0) 





мно 
first 
Ax=0 


continued next week. 








you're armed likewise, with a solitary missile. 
However, the enemy sometimes has shields 
which make him impervious to your fire, so 


UFO2 


Steven Pattullo 


reade action and graphical splendour in 
Steven Pattullo's successor to UFO, The 
objective is to fly to the end of each level. 

‘and shoot the thingy that floats down. 
On level one, one of the enemy fighters will 
try and shoot you down, so it's a good job that 


watch out! 











‘The game will be presented over a number of 
weeks, in a number of parts. Simply type in 
each listing and save 
two next week, but i 


More details 


Уой can't wait and you 
want a copy of the game with excellent 
graphics and fast moving sprites then send 52 
(turbo-load tape) or $3 (disc) to 34 Birchfield 
Road, Widnes, Cheshire WAS 7SU. 


PROGRAMMING: C64 


on level 


о continued on page 42 ye 








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POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY/41 


т 











‘PROGRAMMING: C64 








NO 





ARS THEM Ef="ERROR. . CHAI 
SCREEN AT SAME AODRESS" GOTO 50000 

40 IF_INT(SCREEN/16384 )-IMTCCHRRS/16584 THEN 
60 

"ERROR. «CHARS AND 

AME BANK" :сото E0000 

WeINT(SCREEN/16384 ) 

645/64 








REEN NOT IN THE 































200 PRINTCHR$CL47);"DOME" 
60000 POKE 44,4:POHE 1024,0:MEH 





READY. 


READY. 
5 PRINT "дананс ABOUT READING SPRITE DATA!!!" 
10 б=57344 

20 FOR М=і то 19 

30 FOR Р=@ TO 62 

40 READ X:POKE AFF, X:NEXT F 

50 6464: МЕХТ М 

50000 REM 

50010 DATA 000,000,000, 000, 252,000,003 

50020 DATA 255;000,015,250,192,015,251 

50050 DATA 128,063,234, 160,063, 174, 150 

50040 DATA 252,048, 088,252,032, 154,250 

50050 DATA 186,148,254, 223, 148,250,233 

50060 DATA 084,224, 000,020, 163, 156,148 

50070 DATA 042, 169,030,042, 101,080, 005 

50080 DATA 095, 064,005,085, 064,001,085 

50090 DATA 000, 000, 064, ооо, оде, 000, 000 

50100 REM 
50110 DATA 
50120 DATA 
50130 DATA 


ооо, 000, 000, 000,252, 000, 003 
255, 000,015,250, 192,015,251 
128, 063,234, 160,063,174, 160 
50140 DATA 255,186,088,252,032,164,250 
S0150 DATA 186,148,254,222,148,246,000 
50160 DATA 084,224,204,020,162,002,148 
50170 DATA 042, 169,050,042, 101,060,005 
50180 DATA 085, 064,005,085,064,001,055 
50150 DATA 000, 000,054,000, 000,000,000 
50200 REM 
50210 DATA 
50220 DATA 
50230 DATA 
50240 DATA 
50250 DATA 
50260 DATA 


000, 000, 000 , 000,252,000, 003 
255, 000,015,250, 132,015,251 
128, 063,234, 150, 063, 174, 160 
252, 048,085,252, 032, 164,250 
186, 148,254,001 , 148,249, 204 
084,224,204, 020, 163, 000, 148 
50270 DATA 042, 137,080,042, 101,080,005 
50280 DATA 085,064, 005,085, 064,001,085 
50230 DATA 000, 000,054,000, 000, ооо. асо 
50300 REM 





ва. Z=(CHARS-X#16354)/ 1024 

30 IF Zc54 AND 226 THEM 

1800 PRINTCHRE(147 "HANG ABOUT THIS WILL TAKE 
A COUPLE 0 

11@ POKE 56534, 

120 POKE 1,PEEK(1)nND251 

130 FOR I-0 TO 2047:РОКЕ CHRRS«I,PEER(53248«15 
NEXT 

140 POKE1,PEEKC130R 4 

150 POKE 56554,PEEK(S6354)0R1 

150 POKE 56578,РЕЕК(56578 ОВ 

170 POKE 56576, (PEEK(S6576 УАНО: 

180 POKE 53272,14 

190 POKE 645, ЗСБЕЕМ/256 


50310 
50320 
50330 
50340 
sesso 
50360 
50370 
50380 
50390 
50400 
50410 
50420 
50430 
50440 
50450 
50460 
50470 
50460 
50450 
50500 
50510 
50520 
50530 
50540 
50550 
50560 
50570 
50580 
50530 
50500 
s0510 
Sacco 
50650 
50540 
Sesso 
50560 
50670 
50650 
50630 
50700 
50710 
50720 
50730 
50740 
50750 
50760 
50770 
50780 
50750 
50500 
50510 
50820 
Sesso 
50840 


50860 
50870 
Sesso 
sesso 
50900 
50510 
50320 
50230 
50340 
50952 
50960 
50370 
50350 
sesso 
51000 
51010 
51020 
51030 
51040 


DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 








осо, оса, ооо, оор, ооо, 000, 00O 
084,000,001,153,000,001,155. 
064,006, 166, 144, 023, 085, 050 
206, 154, 164, 006, 056, 084, 001 
117,080, 001,253, 128,001,117 
030, 006, 086, 084, 006, 154, 164 
023,085, 050, 006, 155, 144, 001 
155,064,001, 153, 000 , 000, 054 
ооо, ооо, ога, ооо, 200,000,000 


200, O00, 000, ооа, 000, 000, 000 
009, 000, 000, ооо, ооо, ого, 000 
040, 064, 000,170,085, 000,170 
085,000, 171, 085, 000,175,086 
000, 151,050, 000, 254, 106, 000 
250, 170, 000,234, 170, 000, 170 
170,000, 163, 171, 194, 165, 175 
234,143,131, 170,085, 254, 163 
085,250, 165,085,042, 143, 084 


осо, 000, 000, 000, 000, 000, ооа 
ооо, ооо, 000, 000, 00A, 021, 106 
240,085, 171,248,086, 175,232 
030, 191, 160, 106, 128,000, 170 
ово, 000, 171 , 00, 000, 175,000 
000, 191,170, 000, 254, 153, 000 
250, 165,000,234, 128,000, 170 
900, ооо, 170, 000, 000, 165, 000 
000, 165, 000, 000, 148, 000, 000 


ого, ооо, оса, ооо, ога, гоо, 000 
ооо, 008, 000, 000,000, 221,106 
168,085, 170, 170, 086, 170, 170 
90, 000,171, 104, 000,047, 168 
000, 063, 165, 000, O63, 158, 000 
052, 163, 000, 053, 165,000,042 
168,000,042, 165, 000,042,172 
000,041 , 131,000, 165,255, 170 
143,254, 170,085,055, 163,084 





200, 000, 000, 000 
000, 000, 048, 000. 
250,118, 171,234 
106,130, 170,010. 


200, 000,048 
200,253, 170 
122, 175, 170 
134,176,011 





134,240,015, 131,224,014, 131 
160,010, 130, 16@, 010,194,160 
011,194,176,015,130,240,014 





131,224,170 
165,170,250 


175,163, 170,190 
149.171.234.088 I 


900,000, 000, 008, ого, 000, 000 
ооо, ооо, ооо, осо, ооо, ооо, ооо 
ооо, 000, 000, ооо, 020, 000, 000 
оро, 000, ооо, 000, ооо, 000,000 
900,000, 000,000, 000, 085,055 
065,170, 170,170, 160,002,126 
160, 002,126,000, 000,000,255 
195, 132, 000, 000, 000, 002, 130 
126, 170, 130, 128, 085) 065,064 


оро, 000, ега, 200, 000, 000, 252 
051,000, 195,051, 000,130,054 
O00, 136, 042, 000, 123,001,000 
123,001 , 000, 984, 021, 000, 000 
ооо, ооо, ога, ооо, 000,055, 065 
985,170,170.170,160,002,128 
160,002, 125, 000, 000 , 000, 255 
003, 132, 002, 000, 000, 160, 002 
128, 170, 130, 125, 085, 065, 064 


оро, ооо, ооо, ооо, ооо, ооа, ооа 
009, ооо, 000, 000, 000,000,000 
ооа, 000, ооа, ога, ого, ооа, ова 
200,909, 000, оро, 200, 000, 000 











42/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 


13-19 NOVEMBER 1987 





PROGRAMMING: C64- 
ааа a a БАЛИ OE TS SN, HS ETE 





51050 
51060 
51070 
51050 
51030 
51100 
51110 
51120 
51130 
51140 
5115@ 
5116@ 
51170 
51180 
51130 
51200 
51210 
51220 
51гз@ 
51240 
51250 
51260 
51270 
51280 

51290 
I 51500 
51310 
51320 
51330 
51340 
51350 
51360 
51370 
51380 
51339 
51400 
51419 
51420 
51430 
51440 
51450 
51460 
51470 
51480 
51430 
51500 
51510 
51520 
ще 

51540 
51550 
51560 
51570 
51560 
51530 
51500 
51610 
51520 
51630 
51640 
51650 
$1660 
51670 
51660 
51690. 
51700 
51719 
51720 
51750 
51740 
51750 
51750 
51770 
51780 





DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
REM 

DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 


200, 000, ооо, ооо, OO, 055, 064 
ооо, 170, 125, 000, 160,000,000 
150, 000, 000, 000, 000,000,255 
132, 000, 000, 000, 00, 002, 123 
000, 170, 135, 000, 085,053, 000 


282,000,000, 000,000,000, ова 
000,000,000,000,000,250,163 
085,000, 000, 000, 062, 170, 085 
ооа, 200,080,000, 000,000,000 
000,000,062,178,035, 000, 000 
ооо, 200,080, 000, 000,000,000 
O62, 170,085, 000, 000,000,250 
165,085.000,000,000,000, 200 
280, 000, 000, ооо, 000,000,000 


200, 200, 000, ооо, ово, 000, 201 
085,000, 022, 166,064, 126,154 
144,021, 085,084 ,@01,163,215 
O06, 170,095,026, 055, 153,024 
050, 163,027,254, 183, 024, 050 
163,026,058, 153, 006, 170,093 
001,163,213, 021,055,084, 126 
154,144,022, 156, 064,001,085 
200, 000, 000, 000, 000, ооо, 000 


200, 000, 900, 001 , 298, 000, 023 
064,000,122, 144,000,022, 060 
000, 091 , 100,000,000, 105,000 
000, 025, 050, 005, 005, 164, 026 
083,217,111, 170,093,111, 170 
093,026,089, 217,005,006, 154 
000, 025,080, 000, 105, O00, 001 
100, 000,022, 080, 000, 122, 144 
000,023,054, 000, 001, 008,000 


200, 000, 000, 021, 030, 000, 126 
164,000,022, 153, 000,001,030 
264,001,070, 144, 006, 145, 144 
027, 165,084, 104, 223, 165,096 
217, 153.111, 154,109,096.217 
183, 104,229, 165,027, 165,084 
006, 145,144, 001,070, 144,001 
030,064,022, 169, 000,126,164 
200,021 , 060, ога, 000, 000, 000 


200, 000, 000, ога, 000, 000, 000 
000,000, 000, 000, 000, 000,255 
000,015,255, 240,063, 255,252 
063,255,252, 255,255, 255,170 
165, 106,157,290, 224,170,167 
234,085, 035, 055,021,085, 084 
021 , 085, 084, 005, 085, 050, 000 
085, ооо, ооа, ооо, ооо, 000, 000 
900,000, 000, 200,000,000, 000 


ооо, 200, ода, одо, ооо, ооо, 000 
009, 000, 000, 000, ооо, 200, 200 
200, 000,200, 200, 000, 000, 000 
000, 000, 000, поо, 000. 000, 000 
290, 000,021, 196, 188,000, 000 
ооо, 200, 000,000, воо, воо, ого 
ога, 000, 000, 020, еее, 000, ооо 
ооо, 000, 000, 220,000, 200,000 
000, 200, 200, осо, ооо, O00, 000 


ооо, 090,000, ога, ога, ого, 000 
202,000, 00, 000, 000,255,255 
900,003,255,192,015, 255,240 
063,255,252,255,255,255,182 
218,170,182,218.175,182,218 
170,035,035, 025, 021,035, 054 
205,085,030, 001, 055,064,085 
285, 000, 000, ооа, оса, ова, 000 


51730 


51800 REM 


51810 
51820 
51830 
51840 
51850 
51860 
51870 
51580 
51530 


READY. 


READY. 


DATA ога, 000, 000, ога, 000,000,000 


DATA оса, 000, 000, 000,000,000, 000 
DATA ова, аго, ого, ооо, 000,000,255 
DATA 080,015, 255,240,063, 255,252 
DATA 063,255,252,255,255,255,255 
DATA 255,255,255, 255,224, 255,255 
DATA 255,255, 255,255, 063,255,252 
DATA 063,255,252, 015,255,240, 000 
DATA 255,000, 000, 00, 090,000,000 
DATA ого, ооо, 200,200, 000, ооо, ооа 


190 FOR Ме51480 TO S12504(5478):RERD А:РОКЕ 
м, в: NEXT 


1000 
1002 
1004 
1006 
1008 
1010 
1012 
1914 
1016 
1015 
1038 
1040 
1042 
1043 


1044 
1045 
1046 


1447. 
1048 
1050 
1052 
1054 
1966 
1068 
1070 
1072 
1074 
1076 
1078 
1050 
1082 
1084 
1986 
1088 
1050 
1092 
1054 
1036 
1098 
1108 
1102 
1194 
1106 
1105 
1110 
1112 
1114 
1415 


DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 
DATA 


255,255,213,213,213,219,213,213 
255,255,85,85,85,85,85,85 
255,254,86,86,86,86,86,86 
213,213,213,213,213,213,213,213 
56,56,86,86,86,86,86,86 
213,213,219,213,213,213,234,170 
85,85,85,85,85,95,170,170 
56,86,66,86,86,86,170,170 
85,105,125,85,85,105,125,85 
128, 128, 128, 128, 128, 128, 128, 128 
170, 170, 149, 149, 143, 143, 145, 143 
170, 170,85,85, 85,85,85, 85 


DATA 170,171,87,87,87,87,87,87. 

DATA 0,126,70,74,86,102,126,0,0,8,8,8, 
24,24,24,0 

DATA Q, 126, 66,2, 126,96, 126,0, 0, 124,66. 


30,6, 70, 126,0,0,124,68,68,66, 126,12 


DATA 


0,0,126,64,126,6,70,126,0,0, 126 


64,126,70,70,126,0,0,124,4,4, 12, 12,12 


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87,87,87,87,87,87,87,87 
3,3,13,13,53,53,213,213 
213,213,53,53,13,13,3,3 
86,86,68,88,36,36,128,128 
128,128,26,96,88,86,66,86 
85,85, 106, 106,106,106, 106,106 
85,85, 170, 170, 170, 170, 170,170 
106,106,106, 106, 106, 106, 106, 106 
170, 170, 170, 170,170,170, 170,170 
283,253,253, 253,253, 253,85,85 
255,255, 255,255,255, 255,85,85 
253,253,253, 253,253, 253, 253, 253 
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255,285,213, 222,222, 222,222,222 
255,255,85,65, 121,121,121, 121 
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121,121,121, 121,85,85, 170, 170 , 
0,126, 160, 104, 30, 230, 230, 230 
230,230,230, 90, 104, 150, 128,0 
170,170, 190, 174, 142, 130, 174, 142 
170, 170, 251, 186,56,251 , 186,56 
170,171,239,235,227,239,235,227 
190, 174,142,190, 174,142, 191,255 
251, 186,56,251, 186,56, 255,255 
233,235,227, 239,235,227, 255,255 
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MICRO-FILE 











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The popular pub game six card cribbage is now 
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WORK LEAD, INSTRUCTION CARTRIDGE AND FLEX. 





MICRODRIVES WITH SOLID CONNECTOR... £24.95 


SUPADRIVE UTILITY .... mene EED 
FORMATS TO LOOK, FINDS FILES ETC. ` 


ACCESSORIES 
MICRODRIVE FLEX CONNECTOR... 
MICRODRIVE SOLID CONNECTOR. 


DEMOANTHO CARTRIDGE.” 
CARTRIDGE BLANKS (10). icem 
CARTRIDGE SINGLE.......... £1.28. 


POWER SUPPLIES 
SPECTRUM AND SP+ (400m). .£8.98 
128K (1850mÀ). : £9.95 


* RS 232 PRINTER LEADS s £12.95 


MINIMUM ORDER £10, UNDER £35 ADD £2 P.&P. OVERSEAS 
ADD £4. TERMS СЛМ.О. OR VISA. 








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BUCKS 51,9 9UE. Tol: 0753 888866. 





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AMIGA 500 Various packages now 
Phone £ available 
опе 
ATARI With free mouse, Atari Basic, 
manual, and 5 public domain 
520 STFM discs and software, lus 
Abacus book of your choice 
Phone £ worth £14.95 


20 day replacement on our computers 
1 year full warranty 


Other computers not listed here/enquiries, 
please phone 0706 43519 (after 1pm please) 


FES recess wtephone orders accepta. АЗ 


(Not Visa) 


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AMIGA A500 NOW IN STOCK 
FOR ONLY £429 


AMIGA HARDWARE 


Amiga Internal 1 Meg Upgrade. 

Triangle 1 Disc. 

Eum 

слота 

Commodore 64 C рад £159.00 
‘Now in rut SEGA Моле Syn Li, Y saa son Bk 


AMIGA SOFTWARE 


King's Quest (3 pack... £2.95 Chess Master 2000... 

Barberian £18.75 Ear Weaver Baseball. 

Gold Runner. £18.75 Seven Cities of Gold... 

Тетрож = £18.78 Mean 18 Gal. x 
ye б E1875 Deep Space 

Archonjtoni £17.95 Areo/Bratticus 

Flight Sm 1L... £37.95 Diablo У 

Deluxe Paint il £57.95 Allon Strike. 

Marble Madness £14.95 Mouse Trap. 

Instant Music... £18.75 Putos. 

Sinbad....... £29.95 Road War 2000 

‘Super Huey £14.95 Ропа! 

Bards Tale 1 618:76. 


BUSINESS SOFTWARE 
Word Perfect £239.95 
Super Base -£79.95 


Моге Software than we can show please ring. 























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OEMs/TRADE WELCOME 


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NEW TLX: 9312100158 - TD G 
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Те: 01-807 7644 
Fax: 01-807 2748 


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All trade enquiries welcome 


ATARI 520 STFM NOW IN STOCK FOR 
NEW PRICE ONLY £289.95 


Includes mouse controller, manual, language disc and starter pack 
ВАР ‘OUR 


Atari 1040 ST... 


£499.95 £459.95 


Atari 1040 ST + SM125 mono monitor £599.95 £559.95 


Atari 520 STEM. 


£299.95 £289.00 


‘Atari Mega ST 2 + SM125 mono monitor £999.95 £894.95 


Maga ST4 + SM128 mono monitor 


Atari 12" medium ros colour monitor. 


‘Triangle 1 meg drive, 
Cumana 1 meg drive, 





f120595 61149.95 
£39999 £369.95 
£169.95 £139.95 
£15995 £144.85 





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Blight Sim. £37.95 Barbarian 
Knight Hawk (1496 Mud Рис. 

Arctic Fox £14.95 Indiana Jonos. 

Musie Солис $90... £185. Tv Purus 

Barda Talo. nnns £18.75 Impact 

Gato. £19.95 Barbarian (Palaca). 
Engles Nest £14.95 Rama Rama 

Fip Side £695 Timablast 

Terrapods £18.75 Pinos. 

Gentine! £14.95 Diablo 

Dogan cite £19.98 30 Galax 

Chess Master 2000, £18.75 Defender of the Crown 
Sty Fos 11489 Sur Trok, 

Director £39.95 Chopper X... 
Fantasy П E1875 





BLANK DISCS 
20 


50 
£21.50 £49.95 
Trade enquiries welcome 


100 


10 
£10.95 £97.00 














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11 Silk St, Leigh, Lancs WN7 1AW. 
Phone now for details — Tel: (0942) 673689 
Cheques and P/Orders payable to: Sound N Vision P.RP./VAT INCLUDED 
‘ome in d S.A E. гр 


JACKPOT 1 


The ultimate pools development program 
for the ATARI ST 


Analyses every team's past performance and predicts the 
result. Not only draws but home and away wins. Also create 
your own lines with guarantees that if a specific amount of 
your selections are correct you will have winning lines. It can 
be used for any events, not only football. It comes with the 
latest league tables. 
Colour and b/w. State single(s) of double(s) diskette. 


ONLY £24.95 (inc. VAT & P.&P.) 


‘Send cheques or postal order to: 


FUTURESOFT 
11 Meath Close, На) ling Island 
Hants PO11 


54” 48ТРІ 96 TPI 

10-£5.50 inc. 10-£6.50 inc. 

25-£12.50 inc. 25-£13.00 inc. 
100+ Silly Prices; please call. 


Despatch by Return—no quibble guarantee!! 


Cheques/P.O. to: 
V. MARSHALL 
35 Rochford Way, Croydon 


Surrey CRO 3AE Tel: 01-689 3487 
500 











Athene Consultants 
33 Holly Grove, Fareham, Hants PO16 7UP. Tel: 0329 282083 
ALL DISCS SUPPLIED WITH LABELS AND LIFETIME GUARANTEE 
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MICROWARE COMPUTE 


AMIGA HARDWARE 


‘Amiga 500 inc. Deluxe Paint modulator & Starter Pack £499 
‘Amiga 500 inc. Deluxe Paint modulator & Starter Pack & 1081 Colour 
Medium res monitor £739 
Amiga 500 inc. Deluxe Paint modulator & Starter Pack + NEC 33” Disc 
Drive. £559 
‘Amiga 800 inc. Deluxe Paint modulator & Starter Pack + 1081 Monitor & NEC 
disc... £849 
PERIPHERALS 

1081 medium res. colour monitor £328 
Philips ATH43 med. res. colour monitor stereo £279 
Philips 8852 med/hi res. colour monitor stereo £319 
NEC 31^ ВВОК disc drive £129 
512K RAM expansion with clock £99 
Diggi view II with A500 £189 
Easy drawing tablets for ASOO £289 
20Mb hard disc for А1000 £669 
2Mb RAM expansion for A 1000 £410 
ATARI HARDWARE 

Atari STM with {Mb disc drive, mouse and software. £279 
Atari STM as above + mono monitor. £369 
1040 STF 1Mb drive mono monitor 24K RAM £499 
Atari XE and computer games consul with joystick £79 
PRINTERS 

Cannon PJ1080A colour inkjet printer £479 
Citizen 1200 120CPS with interface of your choice £189 
Epson LX86 Parallel interface 100 (16 CPS) £259 
Star NL1O with parallel interface 120/30CPS £249 


Full range of printers from lasers to plotters. Phone for details 
Desktop publishing mono package includes Amiga 500 mono monitor, 


Citizen 1200 printer page setter software all cables £869 
Colour version as above but with 1081 colour monitor £1049 
PCW 9512 Word processing system 1499 


THIS IS ONLY A VERY SMALL SELECTION OF OVER 250 PRODUCTS. PLEASE PHONE FOR CHRISTMAS SPECIAL OFFERS 


PO Box 2, Skegness, Lincolnshire PE25 2QL. Tel: 0754 610217 


Order instructions: write name, ac 


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All prices are fully inclusive. Prices subject to 


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postcode and phone number. Write order out clearly stating quantity, description and price, make 
and send to above address 
ange without notice on availability. E. & O.E. 
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ANY PRICE AND WE WILL MATCH ITH! 
In Stock now 
Atari 520 STFM bss 20269.95 
Amiga 500 Sports Bundle =. 519,00 
NEW 
PC 1640 Mono Single Drive... 539.95 | | 
РС 1640 Colour Single Drive........ 699.95 в 
PWW 9512 Mono/M Daisy Printer + Software ..... 539.95 
PC 1512 Mono Single Drive. 445 45 
РС 1512 Colour Single Drive. 599,00 
‘Commodore, Amstrad, Spec 10% off RRP 
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NEW RELEASES NEW RELEASES. 
Defender Of The Crown.....£2405 Marble Madness £15.95 
Marble Madness ............. £19.85 ыз mel Pea Va au Е 
‘Academy £19.95 лее быу 
Baristale #1895 Kins Ouest 3. Bed 
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Цък Ва Winter Games £18.95 
Starter K но. DEN Tele Advers £34.95 
Bally Yhoo. £1295 Chess Master 2000. £1995 
Chopper X £7.95 бой Runner £18.95 
Fahrenheit 451 6986. Мас Fox £14.95 
Perry Mason „8% Defender OF The Crow......£19.95 
Impact #118 Юри E50 
FIS Strike Eagle fuas. Se ae £1885 
Boulderdash Con. Set DT MD bares 
Barhstáe.......—. £19.95 
Winter Games... ETAS Rocket Anal m 
Golden Path £1295 Fight Simulator 2 £3495 
Strike Force Harer.........£ M50 — Mouse Trap... £1150 
Silicon Dreams... £995 Barbarian, = £1795 
Chessmaster 2000. 1895 Оре... £150 
Thai Boxing £9.95 Guild Of Thieves £17.95 
Barbarian £11.95 Phalanx m -£895 
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BBC Master 128 £399 
Acorn Archimedes taking order now, prices from £799 to £1199 
8 BIT HARDWARE 


Commodore 64 package includes Computer data recorder joystick, 11 top. 


ames. 159 
Bommodore 64 + 84 16 disc drive + joystick à 17 games £299 
1541C disc drive 22159 
Commodore music expansion system. 1.98 
Commodore Sound sampler £69 
Atari XE computer games consul, with game and Joystick £79 
AMSTRAD PC 

PC1640 SDM mono monitor 1 x 54” disc drive. £575 
PC1640 DDM mono monitor 2 x 51" disc drive £688 
PC1640 SDC colour monitor 1 x 53” disc dive £746 
РС1640 DDC colour monitor 2 x 54” disc drive £859 


РС1640 SDECG extended colour graphics monitor 1 x 5j" disc drive £899 
PC 1640 DDECG extended colour graphics monitor 2 x 51” disc drive £999 
PC160 HDECG extended colour graphics monitor 1 x 54” disc drive, 


20Mb hard disc. £1299 
AMIGA SOFTWARE Small selection of over 200 titles 

Maxi Plan 500 Spread Shoet.....€99 igi Pit сө 
Max Plan Pas TMS ^ She Ray Tracing im 
Scrabble Vera i 80 Barbarian £n 
Аиввот Poner iia —— £i 
Sige Base Personal Bran боз Fatal £n 
Aen Fires £34 Defender of бе Crown. ооф. 
Borrowed Tane E22 Demolition. £10 
Marte Madness 2198 Faty Tale advert. м 
WordPerfect word processor £285 Fight бао t 
Lists £99 Визи гл 
V pressions £129 Тен pods, £n 


Aegis Communications programme £68 Winter Games. £21 

















* We deal in the whole range of 
computers from PCs to Spectrums 
* Atari STFM now at the new price — 
£275 
with Ferguson colour monitor — £450 
Amiga A500 - £499 inc. VAT 
Send S.A.E. for list of software 
We are now also at 
1000 Uxbridge Road, Hayes 
Tel: 01-573 2726 


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100 2900 3000 3100 3500 


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DISKS 
10 5} DS/DD 
£6.00 inc. case 


193}; эз/рр 
£11 inc. case 


10 MAXELL 3° CF2 
£20 























SPECULATOR ROM £30.00 
| mb. DISK DRIVE а INTERFACE E160 
A mb: DISK DRIVE В INTERFACE. £160, 
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DD/DS BOXES OF 10 
Ди £7.90 
3; £12 
Es £20| 
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Disk & Cassette Labels 


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Pink; Grey, Cream, Yalow, Orange, Gree 
S00: C21 36. бо: E3105 2000. Вие. 
5a" Dist, 95 36 rom, Wit. 800 
1-1) 75. 2000 io S6 Той, 
500+ тъ 20 1000 EM 65, P000 ЕМ. 
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Inclusive of parts, labour and VAT 


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Free collections/delivery available for local area 
ж AUTUMN OFFERS x 


SPECTRUMS £14 inc. + Free Game 
Сва £22 inc. + Free Game 
£18 inc. 
£22 inc. 
£32 inc. 
£18 ine. 
£32 inc. + Free Game 
£16 inc. 
£20 inc. 


with item - 3 month warranty on repair 
‘enclose advert with repair 


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ON ALL COMPUTER REPAIRS 


AMSTRAD CPC 128. £17.60 AMSTRAD PCW 8512 (+ pars) £18.00. 
BBC B £17.60 ACORN COMPACT £18.00 
COMMODORE 64 £16.00 COMMODORE 128 £18.00 
ATARI 130 XE £17.60 ATARI 520 ST £18.00 
тов NOT INC. PARTS OR VAT 


1 week turnover. Free collection for businesses, 








WYNTER ELECTRONICS 


Unit 30Р, Atlas Village, Oxgate Lane, 
Staples Corner, London NW2 THU. 
Telephone office hours 9-5. 
01-452 5660 


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Spectrum, Commodore, Amstrad, 





MSX COMPUTER SHOW 
Sunday 6th December 
11am-5pm 
Leisure Contre 
Market Deeping 
Nr. Peterborough 


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MICRODRIVES MICRODRIVES 
limited number of clean, unlabelled, 
used once cartridges: £2 65 for four. 

Chegues/POs to: V. 1. JENKINSON, 
Beausite House, Meadow Lane, Over, 
Cambridge СВА SNF э 





Atari, MSX plus репрпогав 
Turnaround typical of 2-Б days. 
Three months warranty. 
guaranteed, 

Postal repairs undortaken, 
Computer IC's components sold. 
Budget games, software and 
accessories sold. Mail order 


ELM COMPUTING 
Amiga A500 - £469 + VAT 
(Vouchers accepted) 
Atari 520 STM — £269 
Software for all machines at discount 
incting ST Amiga, MSX, BBC ес. 


























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‘Amiga A500. £399] DUPLICATION 
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Monitors, leads and drives 
Blank discs D/D D/S....£1 each 
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PERSONAL СОМЕ! Nace es 


Amiga A500 + Deluxe Paint + 100 PD Discs 
(Value of extras over £180) 
+ Mouse Mat + Book + Game ....... £499 inc. 


520 STFM + st Word + 5 PD Discs. 

+ 3 Games (extras value £115)..... £299 inc. 
Victoria Circus Shopping Centre 
Up escalator from Rail Station 
SOUTHEND ON SEA, ESSEX 

(070) 614131 


5 WALES 


A.S. and T. Ltd. VETA LTD 


Largest Atari St dealer in са орг прага 
Essex Business/home computers 








Tel: 0702 510151 





Unit 32/33 "E" mall order service SW 
Rutherford Close я 

Eastwood Industrial Estate Mole cod Abercwmboi, Aberdore. 
Leigh-on-Sea маките. 

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* £499 5с 


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* Atari 520 STFM plus starter kit э 


* £260 yx 


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Jr Atari 520 STFM - £299 


Including starter pack 


зх Amiga A500 — £449 


пойт starter pack 
yy Sega Master Systems – £94.95 
ALL HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE AVAILABLE 
моми! 
MAIL ORDER OFFER 
4 Graham Street, Airdrie, 


Scotland ML6 6BU 
Telephone: (0236) 69874 














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Atari 520 STFM... 292 .. £279.95 
Monitor 12” mono ... 59.96 
Telemod modem.......... nu. £24.95 
Fantastik joystick ........... £4.95 





£22.50 
..£9.95 


CBM power supply... 
‘Spectrum power supply... 











PRINTERS 


Star NL1O 
Citizen 1200 
Olivetti, spark jet. 
51" discs (box of 10) 
3” discs (box of 10) 


COMPUTER DEPOT 
205 Buchanan Street 
Glasgow G1 2JZ 
Telephone: 041-332 3944 


- £219.95 
.£179.95 









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EDINBURGH GLASGOW 


GLASGOW 
COMPUTER CENTRE 


Atari appointed dealer. 
and Service Contre 








CENTRE SCOTLAND 
Commodore Business Centre 
Amiga Specialis since 1885. 


Amiga А500 and A2000 пон maii. 


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M. keyboard/mouse/0.5 meg drive 25995 

Е keyboard/mouse/1 meg drive £43995 
1040 STF plus colour monitor. £799.95 
SF 314 1 meg drive. £169.95 


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A500 + Otfer Pack + modulator £435.00 
A1010 disc-drive. £24995 
35 inch discs DD/DS guaranteed (packed in 10s) £12.00 
25 bulk packed 3.5 inch discs DS/DD guaranteed £25.00 


Free public domain software on request wi discs. Ай products МЛ guaranteed 
Amazing prices on peripherals and all software. All prices include VAT at 15% 
and РАВ on UK mainland. For more information cail us on (0830) 411485 or 
send SAE for full price list. To order send cheques/PO or Visa/Access detalis 
to the address below or phone with credit card. 

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10 The Green, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LEG 5JU 


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ATARI SPOUSE SOFTWARE ETC. £22999 


APCHMEDES - AXIS BASE SYSTEM C879 95 
“ARCHIMEDES - MONO SYSTEM E093. 
ARCHIMEDES - COLOUR SYSTEME W9 


COMMODORE, 
AMIGA A500: £ 480 95. FREE DISKS, 
AMA Azo са OUS MENTO tid 99 


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CAL ABOUT OUR SPECIAL ОТР PACKAGE! 


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AMSTRAD РС 3640 20MB MONO SYSTEM C909 


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CITIZEN 1200 £199 CITIZEN LSP100 £260.35, 


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М: computer pricing policy has 
М virtually unchanged 
since the launch of the ZX8I in 

the dim and not so distant past. 

The majority of new micros have alw; 
been launched with an almost mandator; 
substantial price tag. Once the company 
has recouped enough to offset its initia 
investment, the machine suddenly drops 
£100 or so in price. Why? Because that's 
business. 

Although computers have tended to 
follow this trend, many of their associated 
peripherals have not. Disc-drives, printers 
and notably monitors, admittedly costing 
than they did a few 
remain on a relatively high, yet static 
price plateau, Why? 

One reason may be that not enough 
units are sold in relation to the number of 
computers to enable peripheral prices to be 
lower. But, by the same token, if the prices 
were to drop, would not more people 
consider adding these peripherals to their 
system? 

Many home computer users must соп- 
tend with the tortuously slow, unreliable 
and often frustrating cassette filing зу 
tems of their micros simply because a 
faster and more efficient dise filing system 
is out of their financial reach, 

I (and Т am sure many others will agree) 
find it difficult to justify the expense 


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involved in building a reasonably efficient 
system around a micro which cost probably 
well under $200. The computer is pre- 
dominantly master and all peripherals are 
merely servants, or so one is led to believe. 

‘To make an analogy, imagine a company 
director, he is the decision maker and the 
delegator, and therefore is normally the 
highest paid, thus the most expensive 
asset. When we look at computer systems 
we find that this is not necessarily the 
case. 

This facet appears inherent throughout 
the computer industry, Look at the intro- 
duction of the cheap PC clones. Many of 
the existing PC software packages were, in 
several cases, more expensive than the 
machines they were destined to be used on. 

When the existing user-base decides to 
upgrade many users will be turning their 
attention to the 16-bit market. This means 
that they will be paying, roughly, the same 
price for a 16-bit machine now that they 
would have paid for an §-bit machine a 
couple of years ago. Features which cost 
the 8-bit user extra at the moment eg, a 
mouse, disc-drive ete, are included in the 
price of the 16-bit machines. 

When will the third party support 
manufacturers realise that they must take 
stock of their position, They have a 
responsibility to take an objective view of 
their industry and should endeavour to 

















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provide the items the consumer wants at a 
price he can afford, 

Pricing policies must be reviewed before 
the end of the decade if this faction hopes 
to survive the dramatic changes which, 1 
feel, the industry is about to experience, 
technology takes another leap forward. 

With the price of electronic component 
steadily decreasing in tandem with the 
extensive automation of the produetion 
line it is only fair that a percentage of the 
increased profit margin should be passed 
on to the end user. 

In an area as volatile as computing the 
peripheral manufacturers must strive to 
counter each new move adopted by the 
major computing companies. With in- 
creased sales they could provide a larger 
turnover, some of which could be invested. 
in advanced research and development 
technology. 

The software sector, at least, has begun 
to realise that by adopting realistic pricing, 
levels their continued success and profit- 
ability is greatly enhanced. 

If radical changes are not forthcoming 
in the very near future, the dependants of 
-bit technology will only succeed in си 
ting their own throats as well as inflicting 
serious subsequent damage on the rest of 
the micro-computing community. o 














STUART LOW 








54/POPULAR COMPUTING WEEKLY 


13-19 NOVEMBER 1987 





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