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JUNE 1988 


BEST-SELLING AND BIGGEST BBC/ACORN MAGAZINE 


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Erasure profile 
Crazy rhythm 
Music 5000 
UMI sequencer 

THE FIRST WORD: 


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An Arc wordprocessor 
sets the standard 

HINTS AND TIPS: 

Screen compression 
and Lotus menus 


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An Interactive Expose 


Outside No. 10 
Drowning Street 


The London Skyline 
Viewed from Blackhall 


Waiting to see"M' 


Meeting the RM. 


All the Thrills and Intrigue of the World of Espionage 


Spycat is a skilfully-written arcade adventure game which takes place 
amongst the corridors of power in Blackhall, Drowning Street and the 
M.I.4V2 underground surveillance complex. 

You play the role of Spycat: a cat with a purpose. You are devoted to 
spending your life embroiled within the fascinating but dangerous 
arena of professional secrets. It’s a good career — full of security; and 
when you retire you can always supplement your pension by 
emigrating to Greenland and publishing your memoirs. 


The game features nearly 100 different screens, with 30 different objects 
— including computers and passports — to locate and employ in 
appropriate ways. An icon-driven control system is used to orchestrate 
your manoeuvres and actions. There are secret passages to discover, 
and hatches and lifts to assist your progress. Guest appearances are 
made by: the Prime Minister and the spy-chiefs "Q" and "M”. 

Spycat Is a thoroughly captivating game. To complete the adventure, 
you will need to use clear logical thought as well as fast reactions and 
arcade skills. Your life as an undercover cat may not be easy but it will 
always be exciting! 


BBC Micro Cassette £9.95 Acorn Electron Cassette £9.95 

BBC Micro 5V4 a Disc £11.95 BBC Master Compact 3 V 2 " Disc £14.95 

(Compatible with the BBC B, B+ and Master Series computers) 


PRIZE COMPETITION 

The first prize in our competition Is a specially-produced ESPIONAGE KIT (worth over 
£100) comprising: quality prism binoculars, a mini camera, a mini cassette-recorder, 
Invisible Ink pens, and a book on codes and ciphers. There are 20 congratulatory 
certificates for runners-up 

To enter the competition, you must complete the game and write to us describing the 
final messages that you receive 
Closing Date: 31st July. 1988. 


^/superior 

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ACORN USER JUNE 1988 












PIPEDREAM 


POWER 
AT YOUR 
FINGERTIPS 


And database and spreadsheet functions can 
work together. 

You can use PipeDream as a database program to 
maintain your address book or sales ledger. 
Perform selections and sorts to invoice all of those 
customers living in London who have bought 
more than 100 products from you since 
February but haven't paid within 30 days. 

The price of all this power? Just £994 VAT. 


New facilities include: 

• user-definable colour displays 

• a comprehensive range of financial functions 

• full usage of foreign characters including direct 
editing and printing 

• loading and saving in several formats giving 
compatibility with Lotus 1-2-3 

• linking files enabling you to pass the results of 
calculations between spreadsheets. 


This in addition to all the facilities many 
thousands of Z88 PipeDream users have come to 
expect: 

• fully Wysiwyg display 

(what you see is what you get) 

• many columns of formatted text on screen 


With Archimedes, you have a breakthrough in 
personal computing power. Enough power for 
the next breakthrough in integrated software - 
PipeDream. 


With existing integrated packages, you have to 
divide your work into artificial sections, such as 
text, numbers and calculation, and database. 



With PipeDream, you compose your work in the 
order you want to print it, with text and numbers 
all together in one document. Incorporate 
calculations directly into paragraphs of text and 
formatted paragraphs directly into spreadsheets. 


But don’t just take our word for it. This is what 
Michael Bywater of Punch had to say: 

" PipeDream itself is a remarkable achievement 
It offers a spreadsheet, a word processor and a 
database, and if you think I am talking about a 
conventional integrated program, you are wrong. 
PipeDream does all those things within one 
program. No switching between modules or 
cutting and pasting; PipeDream simply offers you 
a matrix of ‘slots 1 into which you can either type 
continuous text or figures or formulae or 
database ‘ fields ' . " 

That was PipeDream on the Z88. 

Now we’ve completely rewritten it for 
Archimedes. The result is even friendlier, faster 
and more powerful. There are full menus and 
dialogue boxes, making the most complex 
operations easy to carry out. You’ll probably 
never even need to look at the comprehensive 
PipeDream tutorial and reference book. And 
keyboard wizards will love the optimised 
keystroke alternatives to the menus. Some will 
even devise their own key layouts, using 
PipeDream’s unique keyboard programmability. 

We’ve maintained 100% file and keystroke 
compatibility with Z88 PipeDream, so you can 
transfer files between the Z88 and your 
Archimedes. 


PipeDream is also 100% file compatible with 
PipeDream on the IBM PC, and Acornsoft’s VIEW 
PROFESSIONAL for the BBC Microcomputer, 
so you could work at home on your BBC 
Microcomputer and take your files to the office 
on your Z88, to use on your Archimedes or IBM 
PC. No other software enables you to share your 
files with all these computers. 


• full spreadsheet power includes dates 

• live calculations within formatted text 

• flexible printing of special highlights such as 
underlining and bold text 

• documents consisting of many separate files. 



POWER 
AT YOUR 
FINGERTIPS 



For more information or to order PipeDream cut 
out the coupon or phone us on 0954 211 472 

In most cases orders will be despatched the same 
day, but please allow 28 days for delivery. 


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Please send me more information on PipeDream □ 

Please send me PipeDream packs - 


With this new approach you get a whole new 
dimension of power . . . 


PipeDream is a word processor offering many 
columns of formatted text. That film script you 
were going to write next holiday? Ideal. 


Retail price 

£99.00 

£. 

VAT 

£14.85 

£. 

Postage UK 

Free 


Postage overseas 

£10.00 

£_ 

TOTAL 


£_ 


PipeDream is a spreadsheet program with a 
work area of 500,000,000 columns by over 
500,000,000 rows, so you’ll grow out of your 
computer before you grow out of PipeDream. 

And being able to mix numbers and text together 
means you can calculate invoices and mail-shot 
them without resorting to expensive accounting 
software. 


In fact, PipeDream’s unique integration means 
that mail-shots couldn't be easier. 


Please tick box. Acorn Archimedes 3 W disk □ MS-DOS 5W disk □ MS-DOS 3Vi" disk □ 

Payment X Visa □ O Access □ Cheque □ 

Credit card number I I I I I I I I I I I I I II II 

Credit card expiry date 

Name (as on credit card) 

Address 


Simply type in your letter or invoice, leaving gaps 
for names, addresses and payment dates. Tnen 
PipeDream will print the letter to each addressee, 
automatically inserting all the details, and 
keeping the text neatly formatted and aligned. 


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Postcode. 


I Send to Colton Software, Broadway House, 149-151 St. Neots Road, Hardwick, Cambridge CB3 7QJ AU/6/88 

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PipeDream is a trademark of Colton Software Limited Archimedes is a trademark of Acorn Computers Limited. 

IBM and PC are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation. MS-DOS is a trademark of Microsoft. 

Lotus 1 -2-3 is a trademark of Lotus Development Corporation Z88 is a trademark of Cambridge Computer Limited. 




ACORN USER JUNE 1988 




ISSUE No 71 JUNE 1988 



COVER FEATURE 

Music from drums, MIDI, 
Music 5000, and hit band 
Erasure all in this issue - pages 
49-69 

Photography by Dave King. 
Roland D50 and PG1000 from 
Music Lab, London; Ultimate 
Support from the Synthesiser 
Centre, London. 


A corn is a very small 

company. To put them 
in perspective, Apple’s 
profit last year was more than 
Acorn’s total turnover. 

Acorn made a loss of more 
than £3m last year. This has 
depressed the share price and 
provoked heavy criticism. But 
its significance shouldn’t be 
overstated. Most of the losses 
occurred in one department, 
now axed. In addition, there 
were heavy costs involved in 
launching the Archimedes, 
and Arc sales late in the year 
contributed almost no 
income. The management 
expects better results in 1988. 

But Acorn is shying away 
from direct contact with its 
customers, encouraging them 
to go to dealers for help: even 
software developers are feeling 
cut off. This very small 
company can’t afford to hide 
from its customers, and refuse 
to provide support, in the 
workstation and niche 
markets it wants to enter. 

Graham Bell , Editor 


NEWS 

NEW ARC OS 7 

Computer Concepts to launch 
Arc operating system; Acorn 
results; Bill Oddie at Micronet 

COMMS COLUMN 13 
EDUCATION NEWS 15 
READER SERVICE 17 
N0TICEB0ARD 19 

ERASURE COMPETITION 19 
BLUNDERBOX 19 

FEATURES 

JOE’S JOTTINGS 49 

The drums are a-thumping in 
Joe Telford’s household as he 
turns his BBC into a beat box 



HYBRID MUSIC 55 

Even TV theme tunes are being 
written with the Hybrid sys- 
tem, which offers musicians 
more than just a Music 5000, 
says Ian Waugh 

ERASURE’S BIG HIT 64 

Vince Clarke of hit band Era- 
sure and producer Eric Ratclif- 
fe tell Carol Atack what a BBC 
and UMI system do for them 
and their music 

THE MIDI STAR 67 

Martin Russ explains what 
MIDI is all about and why the 
UMI system is so popular with 
the professionals 

INTERWORD PLUS 71 

Alan Archer uses Basic prog- 
rams to format his word- 
processor files for a weekly 
parish newsletter 



IT’S THE BUSINESS 77 

Simulations for use in the class- 
room abound, from mail order 
to concrete companies, can 
teach about computers and 
businesses 


REVIEWS 


GAMES PAGE 109 

Arc adventures, more Rep ton 
and the Barbarian cover-up 

GAMES 111 

Tanked-up Arc, Egyptian re- 
venge and a jousting Skirmish 
are put through their paces 

THE FIRST WORD 112 

At last, a' real wordprocessor 
for the Archimedes, says Gra- 
ham Bell, which has facilities 
beyond those on offer on a 
model B 


DATABASES 119 

Roger Carus finds seven pro- 
ducts for use at secondary level 
and into the business world, on 
BBC Master and Arc 


LEARN A LANGUAGE 125 

Spanish, German and French 
learners will find three packs in 
the best BBC tradition, says 
Dave Futcher 


EDUCATION 

NEWS 15 

Baker plugs business links at 
CBI conference 

FEATURE 77 

Simulations provide a link be- 
tween computing and business 
studies. Nick Evans and Chris 
Drage play the field 


REGULARS 

HINTS & TIPS 31 

Lotus-style menu, mode 7 
screen compression, and print- 
ing music from David Atherton 
and readers 


ARC AGORA 34 

Dave Acton presents sprites for 
animation, in-betweening, and 
a relocatable module to print 
the screen 


STEP BY STEP 37 

InterChart can handle View- 
Sheet as well as Computer 
Concepts’ files. Bruce Smith 
explains 


BUSINESS BRAINS 

127 

Weather watching, controlling 
a kiln, setting type by hand - 
Roger Carus finds BBC micros 
everywhere 

YELLOW PAGES 

81 

OFFERS 

97 

ORDER FORMS 

101 

LETTERS 

135 

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX 

142 

FREE ADS 

143 

ABUSER'S DIARY 

144 



MONTHLY DISC 


Lissajous curves, fractals and a 
graphics bonus on this month’s 
discs. For 5.25in discs see page 
97; 3.5in users, write to Red- 
wood at the address below. 


Editor Graham Bell. Reporter Carol Atack. Technical Assistant Robert Miller. Editorial Secretary Pauline McLernon. Sub-Editor Stuart Anderton. Production Assistant Teri T -- ' ' _ _ I 
; North. Art Editor Liz Thompson. Assistant Art Editor Paul Holmes. Ad Sales Controller Seamus Geoghegan. Sales Executives Gregg Lorenz-Andrcc, Gautam Paul. Ad | AbL | 
s Production Jonathan Marsh. Publishing Services Manager Sarah Bullard. Merchandising Manager Scran Anderson Haddick. Group Editor Tony Quinn. Art Director Mike ;; . ... , 

S Lackcrsteen. Editorial Manager Ellen Brush. Group Ad Manager David Castle. Publishing Director Michael Potter. Editorial Director Christopher Ward. 

^Published by Redwood Publishing, 20-26 Brunswick Place, London Nl 6DJ. Tel: 01-490 1444. Telecom Gold 81: RED001. Micronet 919992492. Printed by Riverside Press, Gillingham. Typeset by 
’ Tabloid Fotosct, London. Colour by Trumps Studio, Ware, Herts. Print production by Aquarius Print and Design, London. Distributed by Comag, West Drayton. ©Redwood Publishing 1988. All 
rights reserved. Acorn is a registered trademark of Acorn Computers Ltd. Redwood Publishing is a registered data user. ISSN 0263 7456 


ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


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The latest disc for the BBC’s 
Domesday AIV player is Vol- 
canoes. It was produced jointly 
with the Oxford University 
Press and combines text, still 
and moving images with new 
AIV features like Hypertext. 

To produce the explanations 
graphics, the BBC’s engineers 
didn’t use the Quantel Paint- 
box, but one of their own 
Archimedes computers, with 
Artisan software and the Wat- 
ford digitiser. Maps show 
where the volcanoes are found. 
Six example eruptions are 
shown on the disc. 

Other sections explain geolo- 
gical concepts and, give Oxford 
English Dictionary definitions 
of terms. A complete geology 
textbook is included. The disc 
costs £194.35 including manuals. 

C source 

Mijas has released a new ver- 
sion of its C compiler for £50. 
The company claims that it is 
better and faster, now including 
full graphics capability with 
VDU commands and the abil- 
ity to change mode at any time 
during the program. The source 
code is available to users and is 
itself written in C. 

Over the top 

Alpine Software has announced 
a range of new products, and 
changed its name from Summit 
Software due to legal problems. 

The company’s ALP adven- 
ture programming language is 
now available as an Electron 
ROM with added features 
compatible with the Plus 3 and 
most DFS systems. 

A 3.5in Compact disc con- 
taining a ROM image is also 
ready at £28.95 and an Archi- 
medes version is promised. 
ACORN USER JUNE 1988 



Arthur at risk from 
Concepts’ new OS 



By Graham Bell and Carol 
Atack 

Arthur’s place as the Archi- 
medes’ operating system is 
being challenged. Computer 
Concepts has developed an 
alternative and future Archi- 
medes releases, including their 
desktop publishing program, 
will run under it. 

The software, known as Im- 
pulse, is being used in-house at 
Computer Concepts but could 
be made available later in the 
year. It may be sold separately 
or as a package with applica- 
tions using it. 

The company took the deci- 
sion to write a new operating 
system when it found that 
Arthur was incapable of sup- 
porting the demands of the 
DTP program. Both Arthur 
and Impulse versions of the 
DTP package will be shown at 
September’s PCW exhibition. 

Charles Moir of Computer 
Concepts said ‘We have specific 
applications in mind that 
Arthur cannot support. We had 
no real choice for the DTP 
program and our other long 


term developments.’ 

‘We have hundreds of re- 
quirements which arc not met 
by Arthur,’ said Moir, ‘one in 
particular is true multi-tasking.’ 

An operating system that is 
much more powerful than 
Arthur is needed to take on 
machines like Apple’s Macin- 
tosh II and Atari’s Abaq, 
claims Moir. ‘Perhaps that’s 
why Acorn are turning to 
Unix.’ he suggests. Continuity 
with the BBC and Master series 


has been achieved at the ex- 
pense of exploiting the full 
capability of the RISC chips. 

A fax and modem podule 
will be available as soon as 
BABT approval has been 
granted. It is being shown at 
May’s Micro User ' show. 
Another idea is for an Impulse- 
based RISC board for IBM 
compatibles. This would com- 
pete with Acorn’s Springboard 
card, which can be plugged into 
most PCs. 


Second source for ARM chips 


Acorn’s RISC chip set, used in 
the Archimedes, now has a 
second source. Sanyo, the 
Japanese company best known 
for TVs and videos, will be 
supplementing the supplies 
from US manufacturer VLSI. 

Last year 30,000 sets of the 
four chips were sold, capturing 
a third of the world market in 
RISC technology. ‘A very large 


majority went to Acorn’ said 
VLSI’s marketing director, 
Charlie Parr. 

He anticipates that Sanyo 
will use the chip as the basis for 
controllers for other equip- 
ment. Whether this will result 
in actual products like a laser 
printer remains to be seen. 

‘We hope that other com- 
panies will produce machines 


based on these chips and estab- 
lish a standard,’ said Parr. 
‘Sample quantities have been 
sold to other companies for 
development purposes.’ 

A second manufacturer 
means greater continuity in 
supplies to hardware com- 
panies, maing the chips more 
commercial and attractive to 
other manufacturers. 


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ACORN USER JUNE 1988 



NEWS 



Optimism reigns 
despite ’87 losses 


Acorn’s announcement of a 
£3.3 million loss in 1987 caused 
ripples of concern. Acorn’s 
managers, although dismayed 
and disappointed, are neverthe- 
less confident that next year’s 
financial results will tell a diffe- 
rent story. 

‘We are running according to 
budget for the first quarter this 
year and this is a reflection of 
increased sales’ said corporate 
communications manager 
Michael Page. 

‘Our customers are confident 
in our products.’ 

The now-closed custom sys- 
tems division was responsible 
for more than two-thirds of the 
shortfall. Development and 
launch costs of the Archimedes 
also played a part. 

Sales of the Archimedes are 
beginning to have their effect 
on Acorn’s balance sheet. The 
440, first available in Decem- 
ber, has sold in larger numbers 
than predicted. This has re- 



Communicator: abandoned 

suited in delivery delays and 
the further postponement of 
the lower-specified 410 model. 
The 410 will not appear until 
October at the earliest. 

‘Demand for the 440 has just 
taken off’ explained Page. 
Acorn’s lack of experience in 
selling such expensive equip- 
ment lead to demand being 
underestimated. Production 
lines which were supposed to 
be making the 410s have had to 
be turned over to the 440. 

Page admits that Acorn 


would really prefer to sell 440s; 
a higher price, after all, means a 
higher eventual profit. 

Acorn expected the cheaper 
models to be the best sellers at 
first but experience with the 
300 series has proved other- 
wise. 

More than 75% of all cus- 
tomers have chosen the more 
expensive but better equipped 
310 model rather than the 
entry-level 305, and Page be- 
lieves the same would happen 
with the 400 series if both 
models were available. 

The 410 is not the only pro- 
duct to be delayed. Following 
the departure of the head of its 
development team to Perihe- 
lion, a floating point co- 
processor is unlikely to be re- 
leased as planned this year. 

The Master is also selling 
better than expected, with an 
extra 40,000 being built to 
satisfy demand from education 
al users. 


Archimedes has 
own Pipedream 


Much 

more 

music 


Fast boot 

Acorn has reacted swiftly to 
grumbles that the Archimedes’ 
PC Emulator did not leave 
much space for applications on 
1Mb machines. It has released a 
new boot program which is 
quicker and leaves almost dou- 
ble the space - 540k - for 
applications. Send the original 
disc plus a cheque for £15 to 
Acorn Customer Services at 
Fulbourne Road, Cherry Hin- 
ton, Cambridge CB1 4JN. 

Lift-off 

Market researchers and consul- 
tants can turn to a new service 
from Launchpad Commercial 
Researchers. This company 
maintains a huge database of 
business information with de- 
tailed entries on all major com- 
panies. For a minimum of £200 
they will provide at least 500 
entries relevant to your request. 
These will be sent to you in 
Viewstore format on any stan- 
dard BBC filing system, or 
ASCII files if you prefer. 

Spray away 

The latest release from Nidd 
Valley Micro Products is low- 
cost colouring software Paint- 
box. It is designed to work 
with the Nidd Valley Digi- 
mouse and the Illustrator 
graphics package. It includes 22 
shades and a random spray fea- 
ture to keep young Jackson 
Pollocks happy. The disc-based 
software is £14.95 for BBC B, 
B+, Master and Compact, and 
£29.90 with the complementary 
Illustrator. 

Utwo 

Archimedes users have a wider 
choice of comms software with 
the release of U-Connect from 
Magenta Research Ltd. Written 
in C and Assembler it offers 
several terminal emulations, file 
transfer protocols (including X- 
modem and Kermit) and mod- 
em configurations. Its specifica- 
tion will be bettered by U- 
Direct, available this summer. 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


Pipedream marches on with a 
special Archimedes version fol- 
lowing the MS-DOS version 
announced last month. The 
program originated on the Z88 
but is descended from BBC 
stalwart View Professional. 

This ancestry makes it an 
ideal program for use with the 
Archimedes. All versions are 
completely file-compatible with 
each other and with View Pro- 
fessional. Arc users with a BBC 
and with MS-DOS files can 
transfer files at will from 
machine to machine - useful if 


you’ve got one in the office, 
another at home and a Z88 to 
use on the train. The program 
will cost £1 14. 

Rival wordprocessor First 
Word Plus is now available and 
cheaper than originally 
announced at £91. And Auto- 
sketch will also cost £91. It 
should be available now, but 
Autocad is considering extra 
documentation for the Arc ver- 
sion. This will cover extra fea- 
tures such as the software’s 
ability to transfer sprites to 
First Word Plus. 


Musicians with BBC micros 
can double the complexity of 
their work with a new ROM 
from Electro Music Research. 
The Pro-performer allows 16 
tracks of sound to be created 
compared with the eight pro- 
vided by its predecessor the 
Performer. The price is £69.95 
or £52.46 for existing Perfor- 
mer users. 

Musicians eager to get their 
tunes down on paper should 
add the Scorewriter to their 
EMR systems, at probably 
£100 on release. 

9 




News in brief 


Sound sampler and 
synthesiser for sale 



Too old to rock W roll? Mike Beecher and friends lay down a groove 


■ Acorn users in Australia will 
have their first ever show soon. 
Hosted by Sydney user group 
Ozbeeb, it is on July 23 and 24 
at the Museum of Fire, Castel- 
reagh Road, Penrith, Sydney, 
New South Wales. Organiser 
Phil Gothard welcomes ideas 
and assistance at 483 Pacific 
Highway, Asquith, New South 
Wales 2077, Australia. 

■ A new book aims to interest 
‘recreational mathematics’ en- 
thusiasts with a selection of 
puzzles previously published in 
the trade magazine Computer 
Weekly. The book costs £6.95 
and is called The Computer 
Weekly Book of Puzzlers. 

■ A Warwickshire company is 
offering five of its own prog- 
rams about pneumatics free to 
teachers. They should send a 
formatted 40 or 80-track 5.25- 
inch disc to the Training Cen- 
tre, Norgren Martonair Ltd, 
Campden Road, Shipston-on- 
Stour, Warwickshire CV36 
4PX. Tel: (0608) 61676. 

■ Callers to the Dudley Col- 
lege of Technology Database 
can download free educational 
software for the BBC micro. 
Colouring Puzzle is a maths- 
based primary program, Lid-off 
looks inside the computer and 
Mugger is a French language 
program. The college needs 
volunteers to test a planned 
second line who should contact 
David King on (0394) 455433. 


By Carol Atack 
The Archimedes should follow 
the BBC micro’s success in 
making music with two com- 
panies’ new products. 

First on to the bandwagon is 
Electro Music Research with its 
Arpeggio Soundsynth. This is 
the first in a range of products 
which will eventually build up 
into a complete MIDI- 
compatible system. It is even 
compatible with the music edi- 
tor on the Archimedes’ Wel- 
come disc. 

The Soundsynth program 
allows users to load, edit, com- 
bine and save sounds. They are 
stored in the form of waves and 
can be seen as well as heard. 
EMR plans to sell disc-based 
sound libraries as well as a 
MIDI interface for people with 
their own keyboards and drum 
machines. 

Another sound source is 
Armadillo’s A448 sound sam- 
pler podule. It will take sound 
from any source which can 
output to the quarter-inch jack 
plug it accepts; adding a mic- 
rophone sets up the system for 
voice sampling. If you tire of 
distorting voices, use the sam- 
pler and Soundsynth together 


to become the next Stock Ait- 
ken Waterman; it’s surprisingly 
easy. 

Future additions will include 
devices to help the disabled use 
the system, developed with 
Newcastle University, and to 
record acoustic instruments 
with Cardiff University. 

Mike Beecher, whose com- 
pany EMR is developing the 
Arpeggio system and selling the 
podule, believes Archimedes is 


a natural choice for musicians. 
‘So many people say the Atari 
ST is the “music computer” 
because of its MIDI output, 
but it’s the software and what’s 
inside that’s really important.’ 

He will be demonstrating the 
Archimedes and Aipeggio to 
musicians at the British Music 
Fair at the Wembley Confer- 
ence Centre (July 19-24). The 
sampler podule costs £126.50 
and the Soundsynth £49.50. 


Arc operating system problems persist 


Acorn continues to have trou- 
ble with Arthur, the Archi- 
medes’ operating system. Ver- 
sion 1.2, intended as the 
finished version and distributed 
to users on that basis, has some 
100 documented bugs. Occur- 
ring in almost every section, 
from DOS to WIMPs, they are 
mostly quite obscure. 

At the same time the com- 
pany is minimising difficulties 
for users by laying down stan- 


dards to be followed by soft- 
ware developers in their new 
products. These anticipate 
changes being made to both 
Arthur and the associated im- 
plementation of C, the lan- 
guage Acorn is recommending 
to developers. 

A new version of Arthur is 
being developed by Acorn and 
sho’uld deal with all known 
problems. ‘Development work 
on the operating system con- 


tinues’ said Acorn’s micro- 
systems manager David Bell. 
‘There will be a new, enhanced 
version but it’s quite a long 
way off. It will probably be 
next year.’ 

However Acorn is doing its 
best to keep software develop- 
ers, the people most affected by 
the problems, up to date with 
the bugs and corrective work. 
A three page list of problems is 
attached to the current issue of 


the newsletter that is sent to 
software companies. 

Software developer Dave 
Clare said ‘The bugs are to be 
expected. They’re mostly quite 
obscure and just something we 
have to work around. It’s good 
of Acorn to have let us know. 
A lot of people pretend bugs 
don’t exist.’ He points to other 
operating systems which have 
taken several years to develop 
and improve.. 


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ACORN USER JUNE 1988 




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11 




Starship Icarus is plummeting towards the sun, and the only 
hope of averting the impending cataclysm is for you to 
teleport on board, disable the master computer and regain 
control . . . 

This spectacular fast-action game has a unique split- 
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Icarus is the result of six months' 
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NEWS 



Bill Oddie, former Goodie, interviewed online by Micronet 

Bird man backs the 
Great Worm Hunt 


THE COMMS COLUMN 


Acorn Users Great Worm 
Hunt activities spread to 
Micronet one Wednesday 
evening when birdwatcher Bill 
Oddie was interviewed on-line 
by the Prestel-based magazine. 
Speaking both as the vice- 
president of the British Trust 
for Conservation Volunteers 
and as a former Goodie and 
comedian he answered ques- 
tions sent in by readers. 

His answers were typed into 
the BBC B that Micronet uses 
for its chatlines by writer Paul 
Needs. However, Bill typed in 


Frenching 

The famed French Tcletel sys- 
tem is a largely untapped re- 
source for language teachers 
and learners but has always 
been difficult to access from 
the classroom. 

Harrogate College of Arts 
and Technology’s previous 
Teletel emulation package 
proved a success with schools 
with comms facilities. 

Now the college’s computer 
unit has released a disc of real 
Teletel pages. No more expen- 
sive phone calls but it still 
provides authentic French in- 
formation based on tourist 
facilities in the Limousin. The 
£24.95 pack includes docu- 
mentation. 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


his name in response to re- 
quests for autographs. 

A competition on Micronet 
was part of Acorn User's con- 
tribution to the BTCV’s Great 
Worm Hunt. By calling up the 
competition page entrants 
automatically donated 25p to 
the BTCV. One hundred and 
fifty entries were received and 
the winners will be announced 
in Acorn User. 

More information is avail- 
able from Tim Boote at the 
BTCV, 80 York Way, London 
N19AG. 


Ink free 

The journalistic exodus from 
Fleet Street has reached com- 
puter programs with the release 
of Watford Electronics’ Wap- 
ping Editor. The price has not 
yet been set for the 
PALPROM-based program 
but it is likely to be around 
£50. It is compatible with all 
BBC models from B to Com- 
pact and also with the Quest 
range of programs. 

The freehand drawing mod- 
ule is like Quest Paint but in 
screen mode 0. Other features 
are a wordprocessor, font de- 
signer and page make-up facili- 
ties. Several fonts are provided 
and text can be imported from 
View and Wordwise. 


■ Over the past year or so, 
there has been a phenomenal 
growth in value-added services, 
the special telephone numbers 
on exchange 0898 or with the 
double zero prefix which re- 
cover their costs by high call 
charges, a percentage of which 
is paid to the operator by BT. 
Although obviously most of 
these services have been 
voiced-based, the first two data 
systems have been launched. 

Desire, which runs on (0898) 
555555 on Prestel and scrolling 
standards, contains a bulletin 
board, email, classified ads and 
a problem page. Hotel Califor- 
nia is a similar system run by 
Telemap, operators of Mic- 
ronet 800, on (0898) 100890. 
This contains a casino, where 
games can be played for money 
prizes, teleshopping, telecon- 
ferencing, as well as offering 
the same features as Desire. 

Both systems are non- 
technical, aimed at a general 
audience. If calling these ser- 
vices, remember that they are 
very expensive - 25p a minute 
at cheap rate times, 38p a mi- 
nute at peak times. That’s over 
£20 an hour! Nevertheless, get- 
ting a simple system of pay- 
ment for use of online services 
has long been a problem, and 
the BT charging structure, 
which avoids the need for pre- 
registration, may be very useful 
in this respect. 

How long before we see 
serious business databases us- 
ing this system? For further 
information telephone 01-583 
4303 (Desire) and 01-278 3143 
(Hotel California). 

■ Micronet 800 has undergone 
a re-launch with a new manag- 
ing director, John Tomany; a 
managing editor, Francis Jago: 
and a new advertising cam- 
paign. The main alterations are 
a general tidying up of the 
news and machine-specific 
areas, which over the past few 
years have grown in a rather 
uneven fashion. The BBC sec- 
tion is now updated every 


Monday, rather than at irregu- 
lar times as before. All non- 
micro related material is now 
split off into a separate area 
called Xtra, and the micro news 
section, a very popular area, 
has been reorganised to make 
stories easier to find. 

■ Telecom Gold celebrated its 
sixth birthday and announced 
that the service now has 

105.000 active users. Phil Mad- 
den, head of sales, said, T am 
delighted that on its sixth 
birthday, Telecom Gold can 
announce that its users now 
run into six figures.’ The inter- 
national Dialcom network has 

250.000 users, all of whom can 
be contacted on Gold in the 
same way as UK subscribers. 

■ Bulletin board spotlight this 
month falls on Phantom View- 
data, a Viewdata standard 
board in Barnsley run by Keith 
Burton. The board exists to 
broaden public awareness and 
knowledge about all micro- 
based subjects. About a quarter 
of the system is free to anyone, 
but to see it all you need to 
subscribe (£6 a year). Phantom 
Viewdata can be called 24 
hours a day on (0226) 732140 at 
1200/75 baud. Keith Burton 
can also be contacted on Prestel 
mailbox 919998422. 

■ Microlink is running an ex- 
perimental colour system for 
users of ANSI/VT102 termin- 
als. To use the system you need 
an ANSI terminal which sup- 
ports colour in 80-column 
mode. This is impossible on a 
BBC, but may be possible on 
one of the up-and-coming 
Archimedes terminal prog- 
rams. If you think you have a 
suitable terminal try typing TY 
MAG043>PCGOLD 1 while 
online, and if it works, send 
MAG043 a mailbox to say so. 

If you have any comms news 
for David Atherton, you can 
write to him here at Acorn 
User , or through his mailboxes 
on Prestel 942876210 and Tele- 
com Gold 72: MAGI 1596. 
David Atherton 


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The RM Nimbus 



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like a letterbox. Or business roots -with little interest in educations 
special needs. (You can guess which machines were talking about.) 

Ten years of direct commitment to education have taught RM to 
do better. We know that computers aren’t just for the elite. Skills must 
be spread around. The ideal machine must be an all-rounder: fast, 
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stack of software. And that describes the RM Nimbus. 

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present and the future. No wonder 90% of 16-bit computers in 
education are Nimbuses. 

If your school installs a Nimbus network, much of this software is 
supplied free.t In fact, RM’s list of free software is almost as long as 
some machines’ list of available software. 

Rather than one virtue -the Nimbus has many. Too many to list 
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EDUCATION 



Baker joins CBI 
to forge IT links 


Mary Rose 
sails again 

The raising of the Tudor 
warship Mary Rose is the sub- 
ject of a simulation from Cam- 
bridge Software House. It has 
been prepared in co-operation 
with the Mary Rose Trust. 

With the 400th anniversary 
of the Armada, the software's 
release coincides with a number 
of television programmes on 
the Tudor navy, the sinking of 
the Mary Rose and its later 
re-discovery. 

The pack includes a range of 
support materials including a 
colour booklet, slides and post- 
cards. The software is entirely 
new, and not a re-write of the 
existing Ginn software of the 
same name. 

Shell sell 

A graphing package for the 
Archimedes called Mouse Plot- 
ter comes from the Shell Centre 
for Mathematical Education. 

The software can use Quest , 
Inform and Grass files, among 
others, and can recognise the 
type of data file automatically. 
The program is easy to use and 
takes care of scaling on its own. 

The Shell Centre has also 
released a disc containing many 
of the popular ITMA packages. 
Details are available from the 
Shell Centre. 

Econetworking 

The next Econet Conference - 
Econet ' 88 - Econet Plus - Edu- 
cational networking for the 
nineties will take place at New- 
man College, Bartley Green, 
Birmingham on Monday and 
Tuesday, September 12 and 13. 

The conference will be joint- 
ly organised by Acorn, Net- 
work User and Resource. A 
comprehensive exhibition will 
accompany the numerous lec- 
tures and seminars which, last 
year, attracted nearly 200. 
ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


Integrating computers across 
the curriculum is a vital step 
that all schools must take, Ken- 
neth Baker told industrialists at 
a CBI conference in London. It 
was vital for Britain's future 
success that all school-leavers 
were computer literate; the 
‘skills shortage’ was one of the 
greatest problems facing British 
industry at the moment and the 
difficulty would increase as the 
number of school-leavers began 
to decline. 

The NCET, or rather the 
part of it which used to be 
MESU, had invited several 
schools to share its stand in the 
small exhibition which was part 
of the conference. The minister 
referred in his speech to the 
children demonstrating their 
work on these stands. Their 
ability and confidence with the 
computers should be matched 
by all children and all adults as 
well, he said. 

The conference, New Tech- 
nology for Better Schools , 



Baker: integration is vital 


sprang from the CBI’s inves- 
tigation of links between 
schools and industry. Delegates 
from companies including Brit- 
ish Gas, BP and Unilever met 
to discuss government policy 
on IT and ways in which 
businesses could help schools. 
Dr Donald Grattan, chair of 
the NCET, explained the orga- 
nisation's role in evaluation 
technology for schools and 
providing ideas for its use. 

Staffordshire's chief educa- 


tion officer Dr Philip Hunter 
explained how computers are 
used in the classroom, and John 
Wilson outlined some of the 
resources available. Other 
speakers detailed particular case 
studies to the delegates. 

The schools’ stands showed 
the Domesday machine in ac- 
tion, various Lego vehicles, and 
Morecambe High School de- 
monstrated a program and 
gadgetry to control the feeding 
of a tropical fish collection 
while its owners were on holi- 
day. One school brought its 
DTP system, produced a news- 
letter and presented a copy to 
the minister after his speech. 
Baker also used the platform to 
ask industrialists to increase in- 
volvement with their local 
schools both by giving teachers 
industrial experience and by 
acting as school governors. But 
some delegates thought that too 
little support was given to 
teachers already working in 
cooperation with industry. 

PC progress 

A researcher who is trying to 
discover which MS-DOS pack- 
ages won’t run under the 
Archimedes' IBM PC emulator 
has been having quite a hard 
time - she has yet to find one 
package which fails! 

Lesley Chetland of Simnetts 
has been testing commercially 
available programs for Acorn, 
and the few she originally 
found to be incompatible have 
been made to work by mod- 
ifying the emulator. 

The latest version of the 
emulator is available from 
Acorn and existing owners can 
return their original discs and 
upgrade for a fee of £15. 


EDUCATION OPINION 


The quality of the Archimedes 
wordprocessor, ArcWriter , is 
inadequate for educational 
purposes. We have monitored 
its poor performance and con- 
demn both its lack of speed 
and unreliability. 

Our criticisms are levelled at 
shortcomings such as the ex- 
tended loading time for even 
comparatively short docu- 
ments and at its lack of robust- 
ness - in tests the software 
‘crashed’ twice. 

Another drawback is the 
fact that there was no apparent 
means of preventing the print- 


out from being double-spaced, 
and most of all there is a 
general impression of rather 
hasty preparation. 

It seems strange that, on the 
‘fastest micro in the world', 
Acorn’s chosen wordprocessor 
package should in practice be 
such a poor performer. 

At present the only com- 
petition to ArcWriter is the 
Clares Graphic Writer which 
enables the inclusion of 
graphics in printed texts, and 
Acornsoft's own First Word 
Plus package. 

Nick Evans and Chris Drage 


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Archimedes 305 

£699.00 (a) 

Archimedes 305 mono 

£749.00 (a) 

Archimedes 305 col 

£899.00 (a) 

Archimedes 310 

£775.00 (a) 

Archimedes 310 mono 

£825.00 (a) 

Archimedes 310 col 

£975.000 (a) 

Archimedes 310m 

£835.00 (a) 

Archimedes 310m mono 

£885.00 (a) 

Archimedes 310m col 

£1035.00 (a) 

Archimedes 410 

£1399.00 (a) 

Archimedes 410 mono system 

£1449.00 (a) 

Archimedes 410 colour system 

£1599.00 (a) 

Archimedes 440 

£2299.00 (a) 

Archimedes 440 mono sytsem 

£2349.00 (a) 

Archimedes 440 colour system 

£2499.00 (a) 

Archimedes podule backplane 

£39.00 (d) 

Archimedes ROM podule 

£59.00 (d) 

Archimedes I/O podule 

£79.00 (d) 

Archimedes MIDI add on to I/O podule 

£29.00 (e) 

Master 128 

£369,00 (a) 

Master Compact 

from £310.00 (a) 

Master Turbo Upgrade 

£99.00 (c) 

Master 512 Upgrade 

£189.00 (c) 

Master 128 Eprom Cartridge 

£11.00 (c) 

Master 128 Dust Cover 

£4.50 (e) 

Compact RS 232 Interface 

£26.00 (c) 

Compact TV Modulater 

£26.00 (e) 

1770 Disc Interface 

£41.00 (d) 

ADFS ROM (B+ or B with 1770) 

£25.00 (e) 

B+64 64 K Upgrade 

£30.00 (d) 

Cambridge Computers Z88 

£244.00 (a) 

Z88 PSU £8.65 (d) 128K RAM £43.00 (e) 128K EPROM £43.00 (e) 

Printers (Dot Matrix) 

Epson LX800 80col/150cps + 22cps NLQ 

£229.00 (a) 

Citizen 120 D 80col, 20cps + 25cps NLQ 

£150.00 (a) 

Citizen MSP10E 80col, 160cps + 40 cps NLQ 

£225.00 (a) 

Citizen MSP50E 136c/160cps + 40cps NLQ 

£259.00 (a) 

Citizen MSP40 80c/200cps + 50cps NLQ 

£300.00 (a) 

Citizen MSP45 136c/200cps + 50cps NLQ 

£400.00 (a) 

Citizen MSP50 80/250cps + 60cps NLQ 

£379.00 (a) 

MP165 80col/165cps + 38cps NLQ 

£179.00 (a) 

Citizen MSP55 136c/250cps + 60cps NLQ 

£520.00 (a) 

Citizen HQP45 24pin 136col 200 cps + 60cps LQ 

£454.00 (a) 

CITIZEN HQ P40 24pin 80col 200cps + 60cps Q 

£379.00 (a) 

MP20O 80co!/200cps + 40cps NLQ 

£264.00 (a) 

MP201 136col/200cps + 40cps NLQ 

£289.00 (a) 

STAR LC10 120cps + 30cps NLQ 

£174.00 (a) 

Printers (Daisy Wheel) 

Juki 6100 llOcol 20cps 

£290.00(a) 

Citizen Premier 35 132col 35cps 

£554.00 (a) 

MP26-26cps Diablo 630 compatable 

£234.00 (a) 

MP40-40cps Diablo 630 compatable 

£319.00 (a) 

2yr warranty on Citizen. Juki and mp printer 

Printers (Laser) 

New Citizen Laser Overture 110 


10 pages/min 250 Sheet cassette 


dual interface. 

£1450.00 (a) 

with one year on site maintenance. 

^^y AMX Mouse and Software 

AMX Mouse + Super Art 

£60.00 (d) 

AMX Pagemaker 

£37.00 (d) 

Extra Extra 

£21.00 (e) 

Mouse Mat 

£4.34 (e) 

Disc Drives 

Single DS 40/80T 

£96.00 (a) 

Single DS 40/80T in psu 

£111.00 (a) 

Dual DS 40/80T 

£189.00 (a) 

Dual DS 40/80T in psu 

£209.00 (a) 

Dual DS 40/80T in psu and plynth 

£214.00 (a) 

20mB Winchester 

£449.00 (a) 

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ACORN USER JUNE 1988 
















EDUCATION 



Arc packs on 
show to LEAs 


Acorn has offered all computer 
advisers a package of software 
to show off the capabilities of 
the Archimedes. 

The programs include Arti- 
san , Clares' graphics package, 
the System Delta Plus database 
from Minerva, and First Word 
Plus and Logistix , both of 
which were originally IBM PC 
business software. 

The offer comes as the battle 
for the hardware element of the 
Government's Education Sup- 
port Grant between Acorn, Re- 



Clares’ Artisan: given away 


search Machines and Apple 
reaches new heights. 

Acorn believes the Arc tech- 
nically out-classes RML’s Nim- 
bus machine. 

In response, Research 
Machines points to the lack of 
software for the Arc compared 
with its own machine. 

RML also cites the sophis- 
tication of new developments 
on the Nimbus, such as the 
controversial Windows 2 oper- 
ating system, over which Mic- 
rosoft is being sued by Apple. 

Meanwhile, Apple insists 
that despite the guidelines 
issued by the DES, its easy-to- 
use Macintosh micro has a 
place in the classroom. 

Apple is expected to be 
promoting itself very heavily in 
the education market in the 
months to come. 



NCET chair 

The governing body of the 
National Council for Educa- 
tional Technology (NCET), the 
new organisation formed from 
the merger of the CET and 
MESU, has been finalised by 
Kenneth Baker. 

The Education Secretary 
announced that the governing 
council will include regional 
representatives from Scotland 
and Northern Ireland, not pre- 
viously covered by MESU. 

Other council members in- 


On reflection 

BBC Soft has the entered soft- 
ware for drama market with a 
new release, Hall of Mirrors. It 
is an adventure in four parts 
which cover a whole realm of 
dramatic activities. The prog- 
ram may be used as an adven- 
ture game in its own right and, 
although it is based on a suc- 
cessful radio series for schools 
entitled First Steps in Drama , 
the software is not dependent 
upon that input. 


finalised 

elude Dr Ian Birnbaum, former 
chair of the advisers' associa- 
tion and Mike Nichol of 
MESU. Donald Gratton, 
formerly of the CET, will chair 
the council. Also represented 
are all levels of education, plus 
industry and commerce. 

The NCET’s brief is to ‘offer 
an integrated service covering 
the range of educational tech- 
nology’, but it is intended to be 
more efficient than its prede- 
cessors. Staff cuts are likely. 


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NOTICEBOARD 



Contacts 

Acorn Computers, Fulbournc 
Road, Cherry Hinton, Cam- 
bridge CB1 4JN. 

Tel: (0223) 245200. 

Alpine Software, PO Box 25, 
Portadown, Craigavon, Northern 
Ireland BT63 5UT. 

Tel: (0762) 42510. 

Armadillo Systems Ltd, 17 
Glaston Road, Uppingham, Leics 
LE15 9PX. 

Autodesk Ltd, 90 London Road, 
London SE1 6LN. 

Tel: 01-928 7868. 

BBCSoft, BBC Enterprises, 80 
Wood Lane, London W12 0TT. 
Tel: 01-576 0202. 

Cambridgeshire Software 

House, Town Hall, St Ives, 
Huntingdon PEI 7 4AL. 

Colton Software, Broadway 
House, 149-151 St Ncots Road, 
Hardwick, Cambridge CB3 7QJ. 
Tel: (0954) 211472. 

Computer Concepts, Gaddesden 
Place, Hcmel Hempstead, Herts 
HP2 6EX. 

Tel: (0442) 63933. 

Electro Music Research, 14 
Mount Close, Wickford, Essex 
SS11 8HG. 

Tel: (0702) 335747. 

HCAT Computer Unit, Horn- 
beam Park, Hookstonc Road, 
Harrogate, North Yorkshire 
HG2 8QT. 

Tel: (0423) 879466. 

Launchpad Commercial Re- 
searchers, 25 Priory Road, New- 
bury, Berkshire RG14 7QS. 
Tel: (0635) 45849. 

Mijas, Winchester Road, 

Micheldcver, Winchester, Hants 
S021 3DG. 

Nidd Valley Micro Products, 

Freepost, Wetherby, West York- 
shire LS23 7YP. 

Tel: (0937) 844661. 

Resource, Exeter Road, Doncas- 
ter, South Yorks DN2 4PY. 
Tel: (0302) 63800. 

Shell Centre, University of Not- 
tingham, NG7 2RD. 

Watford Electronics, Jessa 
House, 250 Lower High Street, 
Watford. 

Tel: (0923) 37774. 

Wait for it 

For readers and advertisers 
who have been asking about 
this year’s Acorn User Exhibi- 
tion, we’re still negotiating 
with Acorn on relaunching the 
event at a different time of the 
year. Unfortunately there 
won’t be a Show in July this 
year, but we’ll keep you in- 
formed on progress. 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


Competition roundup 


After checking what seemed 
like and were indeed hundreds 
of your programs we are finally 
able to announce the winners 
of our C competition from the 
December issue. 

A copy of Acornsoft C each 
goes to J Thewlis of Watford, 
M Glass of Truro, CK Sem- 
mens of Tong, Isle of Lewis, 
MRV Jansen of Lisse, Holland, 
MJ Dumbrell of Shepperton, D 
Knell of Leamington Spa, R 
Whiteley of Belfast, S Cree of 
Bebington, M Boura of Lin- 
coln, and to A Storkey of Lon- 
don N14. 

We would like to apologise 
for the delay in judging this 
competition. 

We are also able to announce 
the winners of last month’s 
Abuser competition in which 
the prizes were copies of Arctist 
from Fairhurst Instruments. 
These will be going to Mrs 
Walling of Exeter, Bruce Goat- 
ly of London SW1, Paul Rolfe 


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1LS 


Owners of Epson LQ series 
and NEC 2200 printers should 
take a look at the screen dumps 
(modes 0, 1 and 4) printed in 
the April and May issues. 
These were under the Top of 
the List heading in Yellow 
Pages and some people appear 
to have missed them. 

No-one has spotted any 
errors in the May issue except 
for Listing 4 in Hints and Tips. 
Line 660 should be a colon (:) 
not the single floating dot 
which appeared in some copies. 

Finally a reminder that in the 
April issue the last two dia- 
grams in Step by Step were 
transposed, so that the ‘Read- 
ing in write’ illustration 
appeared in ‘Writing the ba- 
lance.’ Bruce Smith’s Viewsbeet 
demonstration files mentioned 
in the article finally appeared 
on our Mau disc. 



This month’s Artisan winner, E Wragg’s Mercedes 


of Boston and Roger Battley 
of Oxford. 

The pictures submitted to 
our long-running Artisan com- 
petition have been of a very 
high standard and this month’s 
winner is no exception. E 
Wragg of Hounslow’s portrait 
of a classic car (see above) wins 
this month and he will soon be 
receiving his box of discs. The 


Artisan competition is now 
closed; thanks to Dave Clare 
for his help and the prizes. 

Next month we will 
announce the final winner 
whose entry will be turned into 
an oil painting by Clares’ resi- 
dent artist Jon Warmisham, a 
judge along with Dave Clare 
and AU’s group editor Tony 
Quinn. 


Record prizes 


If you’ve read our interview 
with top group Erasure and are 
wondering just what they 
sound like, their record com- 
pany Mute has given us 10 
copies of new album The Inno- 
cents on LP or cassette to give 
to you. 

All you have to do to book 
your berth on the ship of fools 
for hours of listening pleasure 
is answer these three quetions. 
Send your answers on a post- 
card or the back of an en- 
velope, with the competition 
voucher attached firmly, to 
Acorn User Erasure Competi- 
tion, 20-26 Brunswick Place, 
London N1 6DJ to reach us by 
June 20. 

1. Who invented the electronic 
sound synthesiser? 

2. Which company first de- 
veloped the MIDI standard? 



Are these men Innocents ? 


3. Vince Clarke has had hits 
with three groups other than 
Erasure; name them. 


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Finally, thoro’s a porsonal computor that not only solves problems like other computers, but also solves I 
tho one problem that other computers have created. Affordability. Silica Shop aro pleased to present tho 
ST rango of personnl/buslnoss computers from Atari. The ST was designed utilizing tho most rocont 
broaklhroughs In semiconductor technology, producing a personal computer that performs tasks with 
fewer parts. Which means it costs loss to make. And less to buy. The latest ST computers now include 
bulll In power supplies and built in disk drives. The TOS operating system and GEM window environment 
aro now on ROM chips which are already installed In the ST keyboard. This enables automatic Instant 
booting when you switch on. Silica Shop are pleased to offer the complete Atari ST range. Our mall ordor 
department is situated In Sidcup and we have 3 retail outlets at Sidcup, Lion House (Tottenham Court Rd) I 
and Selfridges (Oxford Street). Wo have eight years experience of Atari products, longer than any other I 
UK company, and aro well established as the UK's No.1 Atari specialist. With a group turnover of over £9 f 
million and in oxcess of 80 staff, we offer you unbeatable service and support. Wo provide several 
facilities which you will find invaluable during your Atari computing life and most of those facilities aro 
available ONLY FROM SILICA. We suggest that you read through what we have to offer, before you 
decide where to purchase your Atari ST. 1 

FREE STARTER KIT - Only From Silica 

When you purchase any Atari ST keyboard, you will not only receive the best value for monoy computer I 
on tho market, but you will also receive the following from Atari Corporation as pan of the package; 

* BASIC Language Disk * BASIC Manual * ST Owners Manual * TOS/GEM on ROM 
If you buy your ST from Silica Shop, you will also receive; 

* NEOchromo Sampler - colour graphics program ' 1st Word - Word Processor 

In addition, we at Silica would like to see you get off to a flying stan with your new computer, so wo have I 
put together a special ST STARTER KIT worth over £100. which we are giving away FREE OF CHARGE 
with every ST computor purchased at our normal retail prices. This kit is available ONLY FROM SILICA 
and is aimed at providing users with a valuable introduction to the world of computing. Wc are continually 
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At Silica Shop, wo have a dedicated service department of seven full time Atari trained technical staff 
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them is of tho highest standard A standard of servicing which wo believo you will find ONLY FROM 
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warranty), our team is also able to offor memory and modulator upgrades to ST computers. 

1Mb RAM UPGRADE: Our upgrade on tho standard Atari 520ST-M or 520ST-FM keyboard will I 
Increase tho momory from 512K to a massive 1024K. It has a full 1 year warranty and is available from 
Silica at an additional rotail price of only £86 96 (+VAT = £100). 

TV MODULATOR UPGRADE: Silica can upgrado the 1040ST-F to include a TV modulator so I 
that you can thon uso it with your TV sot. This Is an internal upgrade and does not involve any untidy 
externnl boxes A cable to connect your ST to any domestic TV is included in tho price of tho upgrado 
which is only £49 (inc VAT). The upgrade is also available for early 520ST computers at tho same prico. 

THE FULL STOCK RANGE - Only From Silica 

We aim to keep stocks of all Atari related products and our warehouse carries a stock of over £’A million. 
Wo import many softwaro titles direct from the USA and you will find that wo have now roloasos in 
advance of many of our competitors Unliko dealers who may only stock selected titles, we havo the full 
rango. In addition, we carry a complete line of all books which have been written about the Atari ST. A | 
range as wide as ours is something you will find is available ONLY FROM SILICA. 

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Rest assured that when you buy your ST from Silica Shop, you will be fully supported. Our free mailings 
give nows of releases and developments. This will help to keep you up to date with new softwaro releases 
as well as what's happening in tho Atari market. And in addition, our sales staff aro at the end of a 
telephone line to service all of your Atari requirements. If you purchase an ST from Silica and would liko 
any technical advice, we have a full time technical support team to help you get the bost from your 
computer. Bocauso we havo both the staff and the systems specifically dedicated to providing after sales 
service on Atari ST computers, we aro confident that our users enjoy an exceptionally high level of 
support. This can bo received ONLY FROM SILICA 

FREE CATALOGUES - Only From Silica 

At Silica Shop, we recognise that serious users roquire an in-depth information service, which is why wo I 
mail free newsletters and prico lists to our ST owners These are up lo 48 pages long and are crammed 
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us. This information service is available ONLY FROM SILICA. 

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Most orders aro processed through our computer within 24 hours of receiving them. Most hardwaro I 
ordors are sent by the ovornight GROUP 4 courier service FREE OF CHARGE to customers within tho | 
UK. This method helps to ensuro minimum delay and maximum protection. 

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Wo hope that tho combination of our low pricos, FREE UK delivery service, FREE Starter Kit and FREE I 
after salos support, will be enough to make you buy your Atari equipment from Silica Shop. If howovor, 
there is something you wish to purchase, and you find one of our competitors offering It at a lower price, 
then please contact our sales department, providing us with our competitor's name, address and I 
tolophono numbor. If our competitor has tho goods in stock, we will normally match tho offer (on a 'somo I 
product - snmo price' basis) and still provide you with our normal free dollvory. Wo realise that wo are not I 
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+VAT=£299 

ISO MUCH FOR SO LITTLE! 

There is nothing that can compare with the incredible value for money offered by Atari’s 
520ST-FM. For only £260 (+VAT=£299), you can purchase a powerful 512K RAM computer, 
with a 95 key keyboard (including numeric keypad), MIDI interface, GEM, a palette of 512 

| colours, mouse controller, and a 512K built-in disk drive. The 520ST-FM has a TV modulator 
built-in, and comes with a lead to allow you to plug it straight into any domestic colour 
television set. The mains transformer is also built-in to the keyboard, so there are no messy 
external boxes. You couldn’t wish for a more compact, powerful and stylish unit. Atari ST 
computers are now firmly established in the UK, there are nearly 500 software titles already 
available for a wide variety of applications and the list is growing all the time. And that’s not 
all. When you buy your new 520ST-FM (or any Atari ST computer) from Silica Shop, you will 
get a lot more, including a FREE Silica ST Starter Kit worth over £100. Read the ONLY FROM 
SILICA section on the left, to see why you should buy your new high power, low price 520ST- 
FM from Silica Shop, the UK’s Nol Atari Specialists. For further details of the range of Atari 
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I ATARI 520ST-FM NOW ONLY £260 (+VAT=£299) 

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We are pleased to announce a new reduced price point on the 
1040ST-F which is now available for only £499 (inc VAT). The 
1040 is a poworful computer with 1Mb of RAM and also includes 
a built-in 1Mb double sided 3W disk drive. Tho 1040 has been 
designed for use on business and professional applications 
most of which require a high resolution monochrome or colour 
monitor. It does not therefore have an RF modulator for use 
with a domestic TV sot. Modulators can be fitted for £49 (inc VAT). 
1040$ T- F Keyboard Without Monitor £499(ineVAT) 

1040STF Keyboard • High Res SM12S Mono Monitor £599 (me VAT) 

If you would like further details of the 1040ST-F, return the coupon below. 

MEGA STs NOW IN STOCK 

For the user who requires even more RAM than the 520 or 1040 
ST's offer, the new MEGA ST computers are now available. 
There are two MEGA ST's. one with 2Mb of RAM and the other 
with a massive 4Mb Both new computers are fully compatible 
with existing ST's and run currently available ST software. The 
MEGA ST's are styled as an expandable Central Processing 
Unit with open architecture and a detachable keyboard. They 
aro supphod with GEM, a free mouse controller and all extras 
as with the 520 or 1040. Prices are as follows: 

MEGA ST 2Mb Keyboard * CPU £S99(incVAT) 

MEGA ST 2Mb Keyboard * CPU • SM125 Mono Monitor £999 (me VAT) 

MEGA ST 4Mb Keyboard * CPU £1199 (me VAT) 

MEGA ST 4Mb Keyboard • CPU * SM125 Mono Monitor £1299 (inc VAT) 

L II you would like further details of the MEGA ST's. return the coupon below. 


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U-Connect provides: 

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File Transfers - ASCII, X-Modem, Kermit, CET (Prestel Download) 

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Modem Drivers - support fa all common types of modems, fully user configurable (Hayes. 
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PhoneBooks - Multiple Phonebooks allowed, each with 40 entries, defining phone numbers, 
logon, function keys etc. , allowing the complete environment to be pre-configured automatically 
before connectbn. 

U-Connect is ideal for the Archimedes User who wishes to connect to remote computer 
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systems etc. It is supplied on 3.5” disk, with a comprehensive user manual covering all 
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PINEAPPLE SOFTWARE 



DIAGRAM II now also auallable for ARCHIMEDES 


Diagram II represents a major breakthrough in the techniques used for 
drawing software on the BBC micro. It works on a completely different principle 1. 

to other drawing software by storing the drawing information straight to disc 
as coded 8*8 pixel blocks. 2. 

This technique has three major advantages. First, the size of the diagram is 
only limited by the amount of space on disc. Second, there is no limit to the 3. 

amount of information uiiich can be stored on a given diagram as the information 
is stored on disc and not in computer memory. Third, the disc storage technique 4. 

allows the smooth scrolling of the screen over the whole surface of the 5. 

diagram. 

For people not familiar with Diagram, the basic operation of the program is 6. 
to first display any part of the diagram, either by quoting an index name or 

screen number. At this point you are free to scroll the diagram around the 7. 

screen using either cursor keys, trackerball or mouse. You may stop scrolling 
at any point and enter the edit mode which allows you to modify or add new 8. 

information to the diagram, When you have finished making alterations, the new 
information is stored to disc and you are free to scroll elsewhere on the 9. 

diagram stopping to edit at any time, 

The edit features are now very comprehensive. Text may be typed straight 10. 

from the keyboard, and if other fonts are stored as user defined characters 

then these fonts may be printed using the normal keyboard keys. 11. 

The print routines are now completely 'scaleable' with both the horizontal 12. 

and vertical scales being totally variable in 1 V, steps between a size that will 13. 

give 18 rode 0 screens on an A4 sheet and a size that would print Just one pixel 

on a sheet 1 The routines are adaptable to most types of dot matrix printer and 

full advantage may be made of wide carriage printers. The printouts may be 
rotated through 90 deg. if required. 

The new editing features make DIAGRAM II suitable for all types of serious 
drawing application including scale drawings, flow charts, architectural , 
family trees, and many other subjects as well as circuit and schematic diagramis. 

As an example of what Diagram II can do, this complete advertisement (with the 15. 
exception of the PCB drawing) has been produced with the package, 


Works on any model BBC computer with either DFS or ADFS. (ADFS only if 
Shadow memory available). 

Will automatically take advantage of shadow memory (any make) to 
provide more User Definable Characters, 880 with Shadow, 381 without 
Shadow. 

Rapid horizontal and vertical line drawing routine with automatic 
joins for circuit diagrams. 

Full rubber band line drawing and circle drawing modes. 

Takes advantage of the Acorn GXR rom to provide drawing of arcs, 
sectors, chords, paral lelograms, ellipses, and flood filling. Note 
this rom is already fitted to Master and Compact machines. 

Pixel cursor drawing and deleting mode allows very fine detail to be 
added. 

Defined areas of screen may be moved, copied, deleted or saved to 
disc. 

On-screen indication of cursor position shows either the cursor 
position on the overall diagram or the distance from a preset point. 

Keyboard keys may be predefined to print User Defined Characters, 
enabling new character sets to be stored as user defined characters 
and then printed straight to the screen using the keyboard keys. 

Wordprocessor files may be loaded to the screen and automatically 
formatted into any shape screen area. 

Index names may be set up to point to given areas of a large diagram, 


to enable rapid access to a given point on a diagram, 
Fully corpatibl 
All D 


combat ible with Marconi trackerball and most makes of mouse, 
iagram ' Util i ties' are included, enabl ing screen i dent numbers 
and borders to be added, and any area of diagram to be moved or 
copied. The whole diagram may be displayed in reduced scale (either 
4*4 or 8*8 format) on a single screen, and the size of the overall 
diagram may be increased or decreased. 

14. Completely scaleable print routines allow any area of the diagram to 
be printed either horizontally or through 90 deg. in scales that may 
be varied in IV. steps allowing up to 18 mode 0 screens to be printed 


... up t. __ . 

on an A4 sheet (still with readable text), 
Complete with 40 page easy to understand handbook. 






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Diagram II consists of a set of disc files and a 
16k Eprom. The disc supplied is formatted in 40T 
on side 0 and 80T on side 2. Please state if this 
is unsuitable for your system, or if you require 
a 3.5" Master Compact disc. 

ARCHIMEEGS version on SCGk 3.5" disc. 


DIAGRAM II - £ 55.00 + uat 

P 8. P free (except overseas) 


H.B. Upgrades are available to existing Diagram 
owners. Please contact Pineapple if you have 
not received an upgrade letter. 


PCB 


Pineapple's now famous printed circuit board drafting aid produces complex 
double sided PCB' s very rapidly using any model BEC micro and any FX compatible 
dot-matrix printer. 

The program is suppl ied on Eprom and up to 500 component and 500 ASCII 
component descriptions may be stored for each PCB. There is no limit to the 
number of tracks that may be stored for a given PCB although the maximum board 
size is restricted to 8" • 5,6". 

Using a mode i screen, tracks on the top side of the board are shown in red, 
while those on the underside are blue. Each side of the board may be shown 
individually or superimposed. A conponent placement screen allows component 
outlines to be drawn for silk screen purposes and component numbers and 
outlines entered on this screen may be displayed during track routing to aid 
identification of roundels, 

The print routines allow separate printouts of each side of the PCB in a 
very accurate expanded definition 1:1 or 2:1 scale enabling direct contact 
printing to be used on resist covered copper clad board. The print routines 
are very fast taking typically 5 minutes for a 1:1 print of a 7" • 5" board. 

This program has too many superb features to describe adequately here, so 
please write or 'phone for more information and sample printouts. 


PRICE £85.00, 


URT 


Plotter Driver to suit 
nost plotters £ 35.88 ♦ vat 



PCB AUTO -ROUTING 

This brand new addition to the PCB program 
greatly increases the power of the software 
and speeds the design of PCB’ s even more. 

A connection list of up to 190 connections 
may be entered in the form of a 'rats nest' 
and then the computer does the rest! 

You may specify which side of a board you 
wish the track to be on or leave the choice to 
the computer, and you may also say whether 
tracks should be allowed to pass between I.C, 
pins. Tracks may still be drawn manually at 
any time so boards may be produced by a 
combination of manual and auto techniques if 
required. 

The program is> ir£>the form of a second Eprom 
and all the features are available even with 
an unexpanded model ' B' computer, 

Please write or 'phone for full details. 

COMPLETE RUTOROUTE PACKAGE r IOC fif) 

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MARCONI TRACKERBALL 


This high quality device comes in three versions. Version one is for the 
standard BBC micro and comes with the Icon Artmaster drawing package from 
Micro-Draw, and Trackerball Utilities which allow the trackerball to be 
used with other software. 

Version two is for the Master 128 computer and this comes with the 
Pointer Rom. This is a Rom which allows the Master to be configured for use 
with the Trackerball and has commands to enable the Trackerball to 
intercept the cursor key or joystick routines of other software. Commands 
are also available to reverse the axes of the trackerball and set the 
sensitivity. The three buttons may also be set up to produce any ASCII code. 

Version three is simply the bare Trackerball which comes without software 
but is suitable for use with specially written software such as Diagram or 
Diagram IJ. 

Trackerball adapters are also available which plug onto the end of the 
cable and convert the connections of the trackerball to be the same as a 
mouse. This enables the trackerball to drive all types of 'mouse' software. 

For Model 'B' and 8* (with Icon Rrtaaster) £ 60.00 ♦ vat 

For Master 128 (with Pointer Ron) £ 60.00 * vat 

Bare Trackerball (no software) £ 49.00 ♦ vat 

Pointer Ron - available separately £ 12.50 * vat 

Trackerball to aouse adapters £ 8.00 ♦ vat 

Postage & packing on Trackerballs £ 1.75 



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MITEYSPICE 

Miteyspice is a very powerful AC $. EC circuit analysis package with graphics 
suitable for use with any model BBC micro including those with 2nd processors 
As well as all the usual facilities available with this type of program, 
non-1 inear effects, small signal, noise measurements and sweeps may be 
performed. Component values may be swept, allowing component tolerances to be 
investigated as well as thermal performance etc. comprehensive transistor 
modelling is incorporated using a 20 parameter Ebers Moll description. The 
Frogram is supplied on disc with a very comprehensive 49 page manual. 

PRICE £119.00 + uat 


ADFS Utilities Rom — ADU 


ADU is an invaluable utility for all ADFS users. It adds over i2 new 
•commands to the ADFS filing system as well as providing an extensive Menu 
facility with over 35 sub commands covering areas such as repeated disc 
compaction, saving and loading Rom images, auto booting of files and many more 
Copying of DFS discs onto ADFS discs can be made in one pass with automatic 
creation of the required directories on the AEFS disc. All functions are fully 
compatible with Winchester drives including *BACKIP which allows backing up of 
Winchesters onto multiple floppies. ^ 

Additional *commands include:- *AEU. *BACKUP, *CATALL, *Q4ANGE, *DFSDFS, 
•BIRALL, *DIPC0PY. *DIRD6STR0Y, •DIRRE^TAME, *DI^CEDIT, *I)RIVG, *FlLEFIND, 
•FORMAT, *KILLABU, *L0CK, *MENU, *PLRGE, *PURBRK, *LNL0CK, *LGRIFY, *VFORMAT , *WIPE 


PRICE £29.00 + uat 


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BBC COMPUTER THEFT 

STOP YOUR BBC OR MASTER 
COMPUTER BEING STOLEN 

INSTALL THE NEW COMPUTERLOCK SYSTEM 


Consists of an integrated circuit manufactured uniquely for you 
which can be permanently installed in your computer. 

When the computer is switched on, a display screen announces 
your name, address and telephone number and asks for your six 
digit password. Three wrong passwords result in SIREN 
sounding at full volume for one minute, increasing by one minute 
for each three wrong passwords. Once correct password 
entered, COMPUTERLOCK is invisible. COMPUTERLOCK also 
(1 ) Locks up the computer when required during work on word 
processing or spreadsheets without losing data thus keeping 
prying eyes at bay and (2) to comply with the Data Protection Act, 
scrambles individual files on disc, no matter what length. The 
scrambling is intelligent as COMPUTERLOCK recognises 
different types of files and whether they are DFS or ADFS. 
Brilliant programming makes this the ultimate in theft protection. 
COMPUTERLOCK comes complete with full instructions and 
sticker for outside of computer. 

LAUNCH OFFER - £25.00 FULLY INCLUSIVE 
48 HOUR DELIVERY 


Send cheque/postal order with full name, address, post code 
and telephone number and your choice of six digit password - 
numbers or letters or a combination of both to: 



COMPUTERLOCK 
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LEEDS, LS13 2PW 


Barclaycard/Visa holders may telephone their order on 

0332 693393 


Fint with a 

Relocatable Assembler and Linker 
first with Source-Level Debug. 
Now bring you a New 'C' Compiler. 


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~ Bringing the new software world to YOUR BBC Micro 

Updated ! Exciting ! Fast ! 'C' Compiler 

A NEW Software system 
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on YOUR BBC MICRO. 

Use it for games New version 1.5 

buisness or industrial software. compiles faster, runs faster 
Ideal for learning structured and even easier to use 

programming and compiler techniques, on ANY BBC B or Master. 

Written in 'C' itself for speed and portability 

FULL SOURCE-CODE of the 'C' Compiler 
and libraries with EVERY COPY. Can be modified 
and re-compiled on any BBC 'B' or MASTER. 

Small ‘C’ v 1.5 1 

A true compiler. Does not use p-code 
Full Source-Level Debug 
Full I/O and C libraries 
Separately compilable source-files 
Produces ’stand-alone 5 programs of minimum size 
Full support of BBC Graphics 
Screen Mode may be changed at any time. 

40+ K of Program space even without overlays 
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Use any editor, a simple line editor is included. 

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Maths 
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DIFFERENTIATION & 
INDEFINITE INTEGRALS:- 

SOLUTSONS 
ON SCREEN! 

Watch your problems transformed 
mathematically into worked examples with 

’SYMBOLIC CALCULUS’ 

In a radical departure from conventional software 
we offer:- 

• STEP BY STEP solutions 

• EXPLANATIONS at every step 

• Take problems from ANY book or paper 

• Superb colour highlighting for clarity 

• Product, Quotient & Chain rules 

• Integration by parts 

• Integration by substitutions 

• Integration of powers of SIN and COS 

• e, Logs, SIN, ARCSIN, SINH, ARCSINH 
etc. 

• Choice of variables 

• Editor with error trapping 

• Control over the solution process 

Symbolic Calculus is a powerful string handling 
program linked to a mathematical knowledge 
base. 

Problems can range from the very complex to the 
deceptively simple. 

If one technique fails to solve the problem, 
Symbolic Calculus will start again applying a 
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Learn the BEST way - by example. 

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Please specify computer i.e. BBC B/B+/Master 128 
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PRESS 


Dabhand 

User 

News 

David Atherton and 
Bruce Smith bring 
you the latest in 
Expert Software and 
Dabhand Guides for 
your Acorn micros. 

If you have a printer 
then we believe 
HyperDriver will be 
one of the most 
significant purchases 
you can ever make. 

Here's what Beebug 
said about it: "...an 
ingenious blessing., a 
million other good 
design features..." 

C: A Dabhand Guide 
Hot off the presses, 
and in our opinion 
the definitive guide to 
this remarkable 
language. Covers the 
Archimedes, BBC & 
Master. Don’t miss it! 

Master Operating 
System: The Master 
owners bible now in 
its 2nd edition. Do 
you have a copy? 

Send or phone for 
our FREE 32 page 
catalogue which 
contains full details 
on all our products. 


HyperDriver: 
Printer Power 

Possibly the most significant purchase you can ever make. 

HyperDriver isn't just another printer ROM - it's the ultimate 
one. It's absurdly easy to use and provides you with so many of 
the facilities missing from your current printer orientated soft- 
ware including: on-screen preview, CRT graphics, NLQ font, 
and user definable macros to name but a few. 

The integral VIEW 
printer driver means 
that it is as easy as 
pie to gain access to 
all your printers fa- 
cilities. Every effect 
is just a simple two 
letter command 
away! The on-screen 
preview allows you 
to see exactly how 
your text will look 
before printing. 

Price: Just £29.95 for ROM, disc and 100 page user guide. 

MOS Plus 

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Invaluable advice on printing music staves, emulating the Lotus 123 menu, 
compressing mode 7 screens, and more besides 



Install a Lotus - style menu on your BBC micro 


£5 


MUSIC 

RULES 

Terry Blunt from Crowthorne has sent an 
excellent little program for musicians who 
find manuscript paper prohibitively expen- 
sive. The program will print out a sheet of 
manuscript paper containing 12 staves on a 
standard sheet of printer paper. Terry says 
that the program will work with any 
Epson-compatible printer, but as it simply 
uses the underline symbol to do its work, 
it will probably work with non-Epson 
compatibles as well. 

The program contains three FOR... 
NEXT loops which control the printing, 
and another to control the space between 
staves. The inner loop prints each line by 
outputting 80 underline characters (ASCII 
95). The next loop repeats this four times 
to give a five-line stave, and the outer loop 
prints 12 staves encompassing a separate 
loop which feeds the paper with the VDU 
10 command (linefeed). 

You might like to experiment with 
values to produce pairs of staves for treble 
and bass clefs. To do this you could 
introduce another loop, or make the spac- 
ing loop decide whether long or short 
spacing is required. This can be done by 
testing whether the outer control variable 
is odd or even; the simplest way is to test if 
‘stave DIV 2’ and ‘stave/2’ are equal. 


£5 


LOTUS 

M ENUS 

Many readers who use PCs as well as their 
BBC micros may have used Lotus 123 , the 
industry standard spreadsheet, and liked its 
detailed but unobtrusive menu structure. If 
you’d like menus like this in your prog- 
rams, then a skeleton program from Gra- 
ham Crow of Monmouth is just what you 
need. Graham’s program is an outline 
which allows you to use this menu style in 

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your own programs. Th eLotus menu 
works by listing the options as single 
words on the top line or two of the screen. 
Items are selected by moving the cursor 
keys from left to right, or pressing the 
initial letter. A more detailed line of text 
appears underneath the menu, and pressing 
Return confirms your choice. Program 
activity or another menu, working in the 
same way, is the result. 

Pressing the Exit option takes you back 
up a level through the menu. This system 
supplies all the information you are ever 
likely to need, in a simple-to-use and 
extremely compact format, which doesn’t 
disturb your screen display. 

This is how it works. The procedure 
PROCinit is used to declare the maximum 
number of menu items (in M%) and the 
STRINGS definitions to give the maximum 
length of each menu item, and the max- 
imum length of the full text string. The 
PLACE% array is used to hold Tab posi- 


tions but you don’t need to work these out 
as the program does it for you. There is no 
need to alter any of these settings. The 
main routine, FNmenu, is called every time 
you want a menu printed. It returns with 
the user’s selection. The procedure prints 
all menu items, highlighting and showing 
the full description of the first item. All the 
necessary Tab positions and so on are 
calculated. The function returns a number 
giving the item selected. The menu item on 
the far left of the screen is 1, the next is 2 
and so on. If Escape was pressed to exit, 
the variable escape% is set to TRUE. 

Before you call the menu function, you 
must fill two arrays and set a variable. The 
arrays MENUS and SUBS should be 
matched to the short and long descriptions 
of the item respectively, and the variable 
N% set to the number of items for this 
menu. This is done in the example program 
in the procedure PROCmainmenu, where 
one of the actions is coded for a further 


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menu. All you need to do to add your 
menus to the program is alter the text in 
the data statements in PROCmainmenu, 
and if appropriate, the value of N%, and 
then change the actions taken at the end of 
this procedure. 


£5 


UPPER TO 

LOWERCASE 

Programs are so much more legible if all 
the variable are printed in lower case. This 
also helps to avoid the misuse of any 
keywords, the reason we always use lower 
case variables in Acorn User programs. But 
what if you have written or inherited a 
program that contains many upper case 
variables? This is particularly relevant if 
you are converting a program to BBC 
Basic from another Basic, perhaps originat- 
ing on another machine and transferred as 
a text file to the BBC. 

Roger Stark of Cambridge has written a 
program which converts all the upper case 
variables, procedure names and function 
names within a program to lower case, 
without affecting text in quotes, DATA 
statements and REMs. 

The program is itself a Basic program 
and works by being appended to the prog- 
ram which needs conversion. It is 15 lines 
long, and should be entered as listed. To 
convert a program you should first save a 
copy of the converter program in the 
normal way, and then save a copy as 
ASCII. This is done by typing 
"SPOOL CONVASC 
LIST 
•SPOOL 

Next you should LOAD the target pro- 
gram, ensuring that the lowest numbered 
line is 20. You may have to renumber the 
program to do this, or remove a REM or 
two. With the target program still in mem- 
ory, type *EXEC CONVASC. The prog- 
ram is now ready, and you should type 
RUN. When the program is finished, the 
extra lines which performed the conversion 
are not required and can be deleted with 
DELETE 1, 15. The program can now be 
renumbered again if necessary or REMs 
can be re-entered, and the program is ready 
to be saved. If it worked before, it will still 
work, but obviously any new lines refer- 
ring to the variables must now conform to 
the lower case in use. 

The program works by looking through 
the memory for upper case characters, and 
converting them to lower case while avoid- 

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ing certain areas. Most of the code is taken 
up by working out what to avoid. The 
program runs a loop from PAGE to 
LOMEM, reading each byte in turn. After 
reading the byte, the next line is used to 
print, and skip over the first (and subse- 
quent) line numbers. Then the program 
checks for the following exceptions. 

If quote marks are found, no changes are 
made until further quote marks or the end 
of a line is found. If a DATA (&DC) or 
REM (&F4) Basic token is found, the rest 
of the line is skipped. If the code for an 
embedded line number (one following a 
GOSUB, GOTO or ELSE) is found, the 
number is skipped. 

Finding an ampersand the program 
assumes that a hex number will follow. 
This must remain in upper case, so the 
program moves on to the next non- 
alphanumeric character. At this point the 
program does something positive. If the 
character is upper case, and it is not an 
isolated character followed by a % symbol, 
then it is converted to lower case. 

However this doesn’t convert the last 
character of an integer variable, and a 
separate step is required for this. These two 
steps avoid the conversion of the variables 
A% to Z%. 

The way Basic works when you enter 
lines means that any keywords recognised 
are converted into tokens, single bytes in 
the range 128-255, which are then ex- 
panded back into full text when the LIST 
command is used. Line numbers are coded 
in a special way, but everything else is 
stored as normal ASCII text. This means 
that the converter program has a side-effect 
of converting any Basic keyword which 
has been entered incorrectly, and therefore 
unrecognised by the Basic interpreter, as 
the machine will be storing it as full text, 
rather than the token. 

There are two exceptions which Roger’s 
program does not cater for. Assembly 
language code used within square brackets 
is not tokenised (other than the word 
AND, and the first two letters of ORA), 
and so will get converted to lower case, 
which is not usually required. This can 
quite easily be solved by adding an addi- 
tional line to the program, but I’ll let you 
work out how to do that. The second is the 
use of EVAL statements. If the statements 
FRED =5 : a$="FRED" : PRINT EVAL 
(a$) are issued, the value 5 will be printed. 
The program as it stands will convert the 
first occurence of FRED but not the 
second, which causes an incorrect result. 


There is no easy solution to this, and you’ll 
just have to check EVAL statements in 
your program before you convert it. 


£5 


MODE 7 


SCREEN COMPRESSION 



Save this screen with fewer bytes 


V j Spanner of Seaford, East Sussex, is 
concerned about the amount of space taken 
up by mode 7 screens when many of them 
are stored; say in a database application, or 
perhaps downloaded from or Prestel. He 
has provided a program which compresses 
the screens, saving up to 400 bytes or 25 
per cent on each one. To use the compress- 
ion program you must have already saved 
your screens to disc. The standard screen 
save option in the ATS and most Prestel 
terminals, and teletext editing programs 
will be the correct format. Note that some 
editors, particularly the Communitel view- 
data system save in a slightly different 
format, and if you’re using these you’ll 
need to alter the FFFF7C00 address in the 
load command to FFFF7B98. 

When run, the compression program 
asks for the filename of your screen on 
disc, and a filename for the compressed 
screen, which obviously must be different. 
It then loads the original screen in, and 
processes it. This takes about 20 seconds, 
and then a message tells you the number of 
bytes saved. To redisplay a compressed 
screen, the decompression program is used. 
All that is required this time is the file- 
name, and the screen is restored as it was. 
A facility hasn’t been built in to resave the 
screen in an uncompressed form. 

The program works by using a popular 
compression system known as run-length 
encoding. It works by counting the num- 
ber of times each byte occurs in sequence, 
so the string ‘AAAAA’ (five bytes), is 
replaced by the code for ‘A’ followed by a 
five (two bytes). If every byte of the screen 
I was different, for example if it were solid 

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HINTS & TIPS 


text, then the ‘compression’ would actually 
produce a file twice as long as the original, 
with every byte recorded, followed by a T 
marking a single occurrence. In practice, 
even text-based screens have plenty of 
spaces together on them, so the results are 
rarely this bad. The real savings come, 
however, when there are vertical graphics 
lines on the screen, or even better, half- 
empty screens with dozens of consecutive 
space characters. As only one byte is used 
to store the frequency, only 255 consecu- 
tive occurrences can be recorded in a 
double-byte combination. Any more than 
this are treated as a separate set. Neverthe- 
less you can see how a completely empty 
screen can be saved as eight bytes, so in 
certain circumstances the technique can be 
very powerful. 

The program was designed to work with 
teletext screens. There is absolutely no 
reason, however, why you should not use 
the same idea with screens in other modes, 
although it has to be said, this will not be a 
fast process. The only modifications re- 
quired to the programs are to change the 
start address (and the MODE statements, 
obviously). Modes 4 and 5 start at &5800 
(&57FF in the decompressor), and modes 
0,1 and 2 start at &3000 (&2FFF). 

As it stands the program compresses to 
and reloads from a disc file. But it would 
be quite practical to load to and from 
memory, by altering the BGET and BPUT 
statements to set a memory byte and 
increment a counter. The case converter 
program above shows you how to write to 
and read from successive memory bytes. 


£5 


PATESTAMPYOUB 
BASI C PROGRAMS 

If you’ve ever forgotten which version of 
your masterpiece is latest one, and added a 
large chunk of code to an obsolete version, 
then you’ll be pleased to receive this useful 
utility from Geoff Davis of Lydney. It 
automatically adds the date and time to 
your program. The program is designed to 
run on the Master 128, but will also work 
on other BBC micros which have a real- 
time clock fitted which supports the 
Os word 14 call to read the date and time. 
The Solidisk RTC and Genie Watch add- 
ons do this, but not Econet, which uses a 
different call to read the clock. 

The program in the yellow pages gener- 
ates a machine code file called STAMP 
which when run (with "‘STAMP or :; *RUN 


STAMP) will add a line 0 to your program 
which contains a REM statement followed 
by the date and time. If you keep the 
STAMP file on your current development 
disc, and run it just before you save a file, 
then you’ll always know where you’re up 
to. If you’re using ADFS, then the STAMP 
file should be placed in the library direc- 
tory. Running the program on a previously 
stamped file simply replaces the old date 
and time with a new one. Any existing line 
0 will be deleted. 

The program works by reading the date 
and time using the system call 14, which 
returns a string in the format ‘Sat, 02 Apr 
1988.15:23.00’. The call requires that a 
buffer be specified into which to copy the 
information in text form. The buffer is 
placed immediately after a fixed string 


>«<sTnm’ 

>LI • REM Thu. npr 1900 . 20 t 26 t 27 
JLM REM Proar«#% Datestanpitr 
20 REM by G K Davis 
30 REM for M/t)sB*'ExC with RTC 
40 REM <c> Rcorn Ustr Juno 1980 
SO : 

60 PROCc 1 ear 
70 PROCasseMbl* 

80 PROCcheoksuM 
90 PROCsavacode 
100 END 
110 : 

120 DEF PROCc learwen 

130 FOR IX-8.R00 TO 8.R2F 

140 ?IX=0 

130 NEXT IX 

160 ENDPROC 

170 : 

100 DEF PROCassembl* 

190 oodeX-fcflBB 

200 FOR pass~0 TO 3 STEP 3 

210 PX"cod*X 

220 COPT pass 


Date and time in line 0 

‘OREM’ and then the entire string is read, 
byte by byte, and placed into the keyboard 
buffer with the Osbyte 138 call. This is a 
standard call which mimics keypresses. 

The program then ends, and the bytes in 
the keyboard buffer are ‘typed’ out as 
though you had entered the line yourself. 
The carriage return that is required at the 
end of the line is supplied as part of the 
Osword 14 call, and so does not need to be 
entered separately. 


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IS BUSS 

The Master 128 operating system has 
slightly improved printer control software, 
including a NOIGNORE facility, whereby 
all 256 characters can be sent to the printer. 
Robin Burton of Groby has been looking 
at this, and has come up with a routine 
which replaces the BBC and Master’s char- 
acter ignore facility. As well as providing 
the BBC with the Master’s specification, 
Robin’s routine also allows you to override 
the ignore settings of both machines. This 
could be used to standardise a number of 


machines for use with one printer, or with 
perhaps one software package which 
doesn’t correctly interpret the IGNORE 
character. This is particularly so on the 
Master 128, where when a NOIGNORE 
setting is in use, the standard Osbyte call 
(&F6) which reads the IGNORE character 
will still return the last ignored character. 
This is because NOIGNORE is a separate 
flag, which overrides but does not cancel 
the IGNORE setting. Many software 
packages for the BBC read the ignore 
character, but don’t check if a NOIG- 
NORE overrides this. Programs need to 
directly read to IGNORE setting as the 
ignored character is actually sent to the 
printer (ie, not ignored) when characters 
are preceded with VDU 1. 

The routine is supplied as a listing which 
generates a machine code file IGNSWCH, 
which can be run with : TGNSWCH. The 
action of the program depends on the flag 
set after the variable ‘ignflag’. If the flag is 
zero (as listed), then there is no ignore 
character and all bytes output are sent to 
the printer. If the flag is set to 1, then the 
ignore character on the micro itself is used, 
effectively cancelling the routine. 

A setting of 2 is primarily for Master 
users, and causes the IGNORE character 
to be used, ie as normal, even when a 
NOIGNORE setting is active. In other 
words it disregards the Master’s NOIG- 
NORE override. The flag can be set at 
assembly time, or altered later by directly 
poking the flag byte, which is identified 
during assembly. 


QUICK 

UPS 

To test a program that uses a printer, but 
without the printer, try :: *FX5,0. This sets a 
‘printer sink’ - all characters sent to the 
printer will be ignored. 

If your printer is not set for auto-line 
feed and everything you print is on one 
line, you can try :: ‘FX 6,0. This makes the 
computer send out an extra line feed at the 
end of every line. 

You can use :; ‘FX 3,10 instead of VDU 2 
in your programs to switch on the printer. 
*FX 3,0 switches it off again. 
Contributions to the Hints & Tips column 
are most welcome. Submissions are prefer- 
red on paper and disc (which will be 
returned), and should be sent to David 
Atherton, Hints & Tips, Acorn User> 20-26 
Brunswick Place, London N1 6DJ. 


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33 





ARC AGORA 


ANIMATED ACTIVITY 

The sprites and graphics of the Arc make 
it ideal for computer animation 



The Arc’s speed animates the goblet’s motion smoothly 


We kick off this month with a little bit of 
animation. The first offering comes from 
an Acorn User regular Dave Lawrence, and 
tackles the problem of ‘in-betweening’ - 
taking two pictures and working out an 
animated sequence N to join them together. 

The program, listing 1 on the yellow 
pages, is quite simple. The mouse pointer is 
enabled and PAoCinput is called to re- 
quest a set of lines. To draw a line, move 
the pointer to the start position and press 
the Select (left) mouse button. Subsequent 
lines can be added by pressing Select again. 
If you do not want the next line to follow 
on from the end of the last, move the 
pointer to the new start position, and press 
the Menu (middle) button. 

Once you have entered your first set of 
lines, press the Adjust (right) button. 
PROCinput is called again to request the 
destination set of lines. Enter these in the 
same way as the first set - they are shown 
in a different colour. You have to enter the 
same number of points as the first time. 

PROCinput uses a new facility of Basic 
5. The start positions are held in the array 
start(), and this array is passed to PROCin- 
put as a parameter. In the definition of 
PROCinput, the first parameter is defined 
as RETURN a(). This takes an array in, 
refers to it locally as a(), and then returns 
the new values of the array elements to the 
original array - startQ. 

So that the animation is smooth, a 
‘double-screen’ process is used. In other 
words, two banks of screen memory are 
utilised - the non-displayed one is 
changed. Once the new image has been 
drawn, the banks are swapped over so that 
the next image can be plotted invisibly. 

The Osbyte calls 112 and 113 have been 
extended to make ‘double-screening’ easier. 
Osbyte 112 sets the screen that is to be 
written to; Osbyte 1 13 sets the screen to be 
displayed. In each case, the parameter after 
the Osbyte number is the screen bank 
number, 1 or 2. In listing 1, bank% 
contains the screen to be updated, and this 

34 


value alternates between 1 and 2. 

Sufficient space for the two screens 
should be configured beforehand. Users 
with 300 series machines should configure 
ScreenSize to at least 10 and those with 400 
series machines might as well configure 
ScreenSize to 0 as their machines will 
allocate sufficient memory by default. 

Finer control over the displayed portion 
of screen can be achieved by using an 
Osword call - Osword 22 to be exact. This 
call takes an offset to the start of screen 
memory. This offset must be placed in a 
control block. A procedure to change the 
start of screen address could be something 
like this: 

lOOO DEF PROCstart (address'/.) 

1010 ?block7.=3 

1020 block"/.! I=address7. 

1030 SYS "QS_Word" , 22, blockX 
1040 ENDPROC 

The first byte of the parameter block 
contains a ‘type’ byte. Bit 0 of this byte 


should be set if the new address is to be 
used by the VDU drivers. Bit 1 is set if the 
new address is to be used when displaying 
the screen. So a value of 3 updates both. 
These two bits correspond to the two 
Osbyte calls described above. 


SPRITELY 

SPRITES 

Using multiple screens is a good way of 
animating objects or smoothing graphics 
operations. But each screen does take up a 
lot of memory, so to provide a more 
flexible means of animating smaller areas a 
different approach must be taken. 

The sprite system of the Archimedes is 
perhaps the most impressive part of the 
Arthur operating system, and by using 
sprites, the user can achieve some impress- 
ive animation using little memory. 

Listing 2 illustrates how this method 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


may be employed. Before trying the prog- 
ram out, ensure that you have sufficient 
memory allocated to sprites by typing: 

"CONFIGURE SpriteSize 23 
and pressing CTRL-Break. This will allo- 
cate 23x8k or 184k to the sprite system. 
400-series owners need only configure 
SpriteSize to 6 since memory is allocated in 
32k rather than 8k chunks. 

Listing 2 rotates a wire-frame image in 
stages, storing a sprite for each stage of 
animation. The points of the image are 
stored in the array p() and the vectors that 
form the sides of the image are stored in 
v(). As this is an illustration of animation 
rather than co-ordinate geometry, the 
method of plotting the object in perspec- 
tive is left to you to fathom out! 

The Basic 5 feature of passing arrays to 
and from procedures is again employed, as 
is the array operand V which performs 
true array multiplication. Sadly, although it 
is a joy to have some matrix operations 
available in Basic, they haven’t been fully 
implemented, which has made it necessary 
to use the temporary array temp() to carry 
out some array calculations. In particular, 
the program has to apply a matrix trans- 
formation to an array of points. However, 
Basic 5 can only apply such a matrix to a 
single vector - and not a vector which is an 
element of a larger array. 

The standard command for ‘grabbing’ a 
sprite from the screen is *SGET. However, 
a useful extension exists in the form of 
VDU 23, 27 which can be used to select 
and grab sprites with ‘names’ of 0, 1,2 and 
so on. Not only does this make it easier to 
use a series of sprites, but VDU 23, 27 is 
considerably faster than its "SGET and 
"SCHOOSE counterparts. 

The procedure PROCperspective is used 
to draw the lines that form the image and 
PROCrotatex is called to transform each 
point within the image. The individual 
frames are ‘grabbed’ by moving to the 
bottom left-hand and top right-hand cor- 
ners of the animated area before issuing a 
VDU 23, 27, 1, n command. This stores 
the bounded area as sprite ‘n’. VDU 23, 27, 
0, n is used to recall the sprites. Note that 
sprite plotting is so fast that the 
Archimedes can easily plot 50 sprites per 
second - one per display field. The whole 
operation is made smoother by preceding 
die command that plots the sprite with a 
WAIT - the equivalent of "FX19 on the 
earlier BBC micro. 



Dave Lawrence’s ‘in-betweening’ 



Instant screendumps 


£20 


EVENTFUL 

.PRINTING 

Our first relocatable module comes from 
Ian Macfarlane of North Humberside, who 
receives £20 for his efforts. Having seen the 
Print key in use on the PC emulator, Ian 
thought it would be useful to set up the 
key so that it could be used to provide a 
more general screen dump facility. 

However, as Ian notes, the screen dump 
commands "'HARDCOPY FX, "HARD- 
COPY MX and "HARDCOPY RX take a 
very long time to complete and require 
interrupts enabled. So they cannot be cal- 
led from within an event routine - which 
would be the easiest way of detecting the 
Print key has been pressed. 

Ian’s clever solution makes use of the 
operating system routine OS_CallBack. 
The idea is that the depression of Print key 
is detected within an event routine, and 
once control has passed out of that routine, 
the screen dump command is issued. 

Ian’s program assembles a piece of 
machine code which is saved automatically 
as ‘SPCODE’. This code is a module, and 
so will respond to all of the standard 
module commands. A single star command 


is supported by the module - "PRINTI- 
NIT - and this command is issued auto- 
matically if the code is installed with 
-SPCODE. 

Sadly, limited space means that we can- 
not carry the full version of Ian’s program, 
which included a means of selecting which 
type of screen dump was required. Howev- 
er, the core program is included as listing 3 
on the yellow pages. The full version is on 
the 3.5-inch version of the monthly disc - 
see page 19 for details. 

The first part of Ian’s program is the 
module header. This is standard to all 
modules, and could be the starting point 
for writing your own. 

After running the module or issuing 
"'PRINTINIT, the routine ‘printinit’ 
claims the event vector using the call OS_ 
Claim, and appends - ‘keyevent’ to the 
‘chain’ of event routines. The ‘key pressed’ 
event is then enabled. 

The subroutine ‘keyevent’ first checks to 
see if the event is of the correct type and, if 
so, that the key pressed was ‘Print’. If so, 
register 14 is preserved (because we are 
about to issue a SWI) and OS_CallBack is 
invoked to ensure that the screen dump 
command is issued at a more appropriate 
time. OS _CallBack takes two parameters - 
in R0 the address of a block of memory 
where the registers may be saved; and in 
Rl the address of the routine to call later, 
in this case, ‘callbackhandler’. 

So, the event routine is left promptly and 
then, just before control is returned back 
down to the user level, ‘callbackhandler’ is 
called. This routine simply preserves R14, 
issues the command at ‘hardcopystring’ 
and returns. The sequence of commands 
following the SWI “OS_CLI” is crucial if 
control is to be returned successfully to the 
user level. Those of you who have copies 
of the Programmer's Reference Manual 
might like to refer to page 340 in part 1. 

The string stored at ‘hardcopystring’ 
could be changed to ‘SCREENSAVE PIC- 
TURE’ for example. In this case, pressing 
the Print key would cause the screen to be 
saved on disc as ‘PICTURE’. A useful 
extension to this might be to alter the 
filename used each time so that different 
‘snapshots’ are stored. 

Details of the listings are on page 81. All 

submissions - hintSy tips, programs or simply 
ideas - should be sent to Archimedes Agora , 
Acorn User, Redwood Publishing, 20-26 
Brunswick Place , London N1 6DJ. 


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STEP BYSTEP 


GET INTO THE CHARTS 

Line graphs, bar charts and pie charts are effective ways of 
displaying data: here’s how to use Interthart to draw by numbers 

HmSSK 


They say a picture’s worth a thousand 
words and certainly when it comes to 
representing data or trying to analyse sets 
of figures, comparing two graphs is much 
easier than relating columns of numbers. 
To that end Computer Concepts’ Inter- 
Chart is one of the best of a surprisingly 
limited range of graphic display software 


which is available for the Acorn micros. 

The data InterChart uses to produce 
graphs can come from just about any 
source, though taking it directly from a 
package other than one of the Inter family 
is difficult: it first has to be massaged into a 
format which InterChart understands to 
enable it to be used. The manual explains 


the details of the format. This Step by Step 
will show how to display two sets of data - 
in this case money in and money out or, 
income and expenditure. The data could be 
from the office, home or school accounts, 
or even the ones the tax man is unaware of! 
We’ll take the data month by month so 
there will be two sets of 12 figures. 


Month 

Income 

Expenditure 


<*) 

(£) 

Jan 

1300 

870 

Feb 

1245 

895 

Mar 

905 

790 

Apr 

1570 

905 

May 

1250 

920 

Jun 

985 

940 

Jul 

750 

815 

Aug 

1065 

915 

Sep 

885 

860 

Oct 

710 

850 

Nov 

1450 

910 

Dec 

825 

1255 


| Generating data 

Of course the principles involved could 
be applied to any two sets of data. And 
once you master displaying two sets of 
data together then displaying three or more 
sets of data graphically is easy. 

For our purposes the data to be 
displayed by InterChart can come from 
three sources: InterSheet , a Basic 
program’s data file or another spreadsheet 
such as a ViewSheet link file. Importing 
data directly from InterSheet to InterChart 


is easy as the excellent ROM-Link 
software connects the two packs directly. 

As always, plan first. The graph we wish 
to create will be a labelled graph which has 
months along the horizontal (X) axis and 
monetary amounts listed along the vertical 
(Y) axis. 



I Data from ViewSheet 

The two sets of data must be generated to 
contain a label (the month) followed by a 
numeric amount (the value) which is to be 
plotted against it. 

Importing data from ViewSheet is best 
done via a link file as this is a pure file in a 
format that can be readily manipulated. 
The dump (left) shows how a typical 
ViewSheet annual summary file might be 
constructed to write to a link file. The 
second set of figures (in the columns with 


the W suffix) contain the link file 
connection, and write to a file called ‘VS10’ 
previously created with CREATE 10 2 12. 

Listing 1 on the yellow pages converts 
the link file into two equivalent InterChart 
format import files (Income and Expend). 
The program could easily be adapted to 
handle larger link files. 

V 



| Direct entry 

If you do not have a spreadsheet then 
listing 2 on pages 39 and 41 will create the 
import file by reading in a set of data 
consisting of labels and values. The data in 
the Basic program and the final format are 
identical to that generated by listing 1. 

You can in fact type the information 
directly into InterChart. Select option 5 
from InterChart' s main menu and enter 
the name of the graph when requested to 
do so: ‘Income’, for example. As the graph 


to be labelled, press L when prompted and 
return to the main menu. Press Escape to 
move into the editing window and then 
enter the value and label. Precede the label 
with a double quote mark first, ie: 

“Jan <Return> 

1250 <Return> 

The vertical dotted line is the editing 
cursor and moving this along the axis with 
the cursor keys makes it possible to edit 
data by re-typing it. 


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STEP BY STEP 



| ROM-Link and import 

Using sets of InterSheet data is easy. As 
they are three columns of figures, their 
references should be noted, ie: 

Labels A3-A14 
Income B3-B14 
Expend C3-C14 

Once you have entered InterChart and set 
the graph name with option 5, this data can 
be directly imported using ROM-Link. 

Dealing with the income data first, select 
‘Income’ as the graph name for a labelled 


INTER-CHART 0 


). Mi ; .,1 • •••!’' 

•1 • • .. ;• • .i< I r h- 

(EXPEND) 

%« » . . 1 • 

I'isn 

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ESC » >ti ♦ •».». » 

Please enter choice 
:IS.0:GETB0XES<n3:fU4> 


| More data 

Importing the second set of data - 
expenditure - requires two import actions 
as the expenditure data is separated from the 
label data: the income column is in between. 
To do this select a new labelled graph 
(Expend) with option 5, Escape to Edit 
mode and set the auto step on to ‘label’ by 
pressing f6. Then from the main menu 
enter: 

:IS.O:GETBOXES (A3:A14) 

Press Escape to auto edit mode and set auto 


graph and then enter the following 
command from the main menu: 

:IS.O: GETBOXES (A3:B14) 

This will read in the data directly from 
InterSheet. Press Escape to view the graph. 


step on to ‘value’, re-position the cursor at 
the ‘Jan’ entry and enter following colon 
command from the main menu: 

:IS.O:GETBOXES (C3:C14) 

If you press Escape you will see that both 
have been entered. 


KN-; 

IIJ*- 

588 - 

Jift F*b Hir Apr Hjy Jui. Jot Huy Sep Oct Nov 0»c" 
Expenditure Month by Month 


I Displaying graphs 

Data created with listings 1 or 2 must be 
imported using option 9 from the main 
menu - ‘Import file’. As with all graphs, 
first select the name and type with option 5, 
and then enter the filename when requested. 
The data will be read from disc. 

With both sets of data in position, the 
current graph is displayed by selecting 7 
(Display Graph) from the menu. 

By default this will display a line graph, 
but any values over 999 will be displayed 


exponentially on the Y-axis, which is not at 
all desirable. To alter this, press N followed 
by G (for General). As numbers will not go 
above 9999, select ‘4’ when prompted for 
the number of figures. The vertical axis will 
be re-numbered accordingly. 



In f*b Mar Apr Miy Juft Jul 8ui iff &c( Nov 
Earn'd Ineont: Month by Month 


| Adding labels 

Graphs may be annotated once displayed. 
To do this press f5 and using the cursor 
arrow keys position the cursor under the 
graph - enter a suitable title and press 
Return followed by Escape. 

Do the same with the income graph, 
selecting it first with the main menu. Labels 
can be edited by moving the cursor on to 
the label in question and pressing the Copy 
key. The text will be moved back down on 
to the editing line. 


Line graphs may be altered so that the 
lines connecting points are not displayed. 
Press ‘J’ and answer the prompt 
accordingly. By pressing ‘M’, each point 
will be marked with a cross to make it more 
prominent (left). 


10 REM Create Inter Chart Data File 
20 REM by Bruce Smith 
30 REM for BBC B/B+/M/C/A with IC 
40 REM <c) Acorn User June 190B 
30 i 

60 MODE 3 

70 fi lei**" Income" 

80 f i le2**"Expend" 


90 PRINT "IC Data Creation Utility"" 
100 PRINT ""Creating data files" 

110 handlelX-OPENIN filel* 

120 handl e2X*0PENIN file2* 

130 « 

140 FOR loop=l TO 12 

150 READ 1 abel *, i n, out 

160 PROCwri te (handl el*/., CHR*34+1 abel ♦) 


170 BPUT# handl el’/., 9 
1 BO PROCwri te(handlel7.,STR* (in) ) 

190 BPUT# handlelX, 13 

200 i 

210 PROCwri te(handle2X,CHR*34+l abel*) 

220 BPUT# handl e2X, 9 

230 PROCwr i te (handl e2X, STR* (out ) ) 

240 BPUT# handl e2X, 13 


Listing 2. Creates an import file for InterChart 


Continued on page 41 


ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


39 



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From BEEBUG ^ I Archimedes 


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For a limited period we are able to offer 0% APR finance 
over 9 months on the purchase of any Archimedes. You pay 
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below. 


A305 Base 
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Deposit 9 Payments 
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A310M Colour £119.25 


£86.00 

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Deposit 9 Payments 
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Prices Including VAT 

A305 Base £803.85 Mono £861.35 Colour £1033.85 

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2 


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BBC, MASTER OR COMPACT 
FOR AN ARCHIMEDES 


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Allowances are as follows: 

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OVER 12 TO 36 MONTHS 




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STEP BY STEP 



| Overlaying graphs 

With the income graph displayed (using 
option 7), the expenditure graph can be 
overlaid by pressing fO and then entering its 
name when prompted. 

Note that the whole graph is overlaid, 
including any annotations, so if titles are 
used in the same place it can make 
combined graphs messy. As a general rule, 
if you plan to overlay graphs, it’s best to 
annotate them after they have been overlaid. 
Alternatively, re-import the data using a 


slightly different graph name and overlay 
these instead. 

To clear the overlays away press function 
key f2. 




IW 



Sv Our I Incww v EipHtditurm 
tftUr corwwmi. 


| Bar charts 

With overlays cleared (f2) it is possible to 
change the graph type from line to pie or 
bar chart. 

The different types of charts have 
different uses, according to what you are 
trying to convey with your graphic 
presentation of data. For instance, in our 
example, a bar chart (left) displays clearly 
how each month’s expenditure compares 
with that month’s income. Conversely, a 
pie chart is a useful way of showing one 


month’s income as a percentage of the 
year’s total. 

To create a bar chart, first display the 
graph or graphs, then press f3 followed by 
B. The data will be re-displayed. 



Enter command: 


| Pie charts 

To change to a pie chart, first display the 
graph, then press f3 followed by P. If you 
have a label entered then this will also be 
displayed and will probably overlay the 
chart itself. Because of this it is a good idea 
to re-import the data using a different graph 
name - perhaps with a P or B in the 
filename to signify the chart type. Then the 
labels don’t overlap and all types of graph 
are instantly available. 

When a pie chart is displayed one 


segment is offset slightly. To show an 
alternative segment, Escape to the edit 
mode and position the dotted line cursor in 
the segment required and re-display the 
chart. Pressing ‘IT will remove the segment 
altogether. 

To display the pie chart in percentage 
terms rather than value terms press P and 
answer Y for yes. 


2111 * 



Bar and Line Chart : Income v Expenditure 

Enter commend: 


| Overlaying different types 

Bar charts can be overlaid on line charts, as 
overlaying several bar charts on another one 
can be quite messy. All that is required is to 
display one graph as a bar chart and overlay 
the other as a line graph, in the way we’ve 
already described. 

It’s best to select the graph with the 
lowest values (in our example, expend) as 
the bar chart and overlay the chart with the 
higher values (income) on this. 

Graphs can be printed at any time simply 


by pressing f4 if an Epson-compatible 
printer is attached. 

Finally don’t forget to save your graphs, 
either individually or together, using one of 
the save options on the main menu. 


230 

NEXT 

340 

FOR loop-1 TO LENistring*) 

420 

DATA 

"Apr", 1570,920 

260 

1 

350 

BPUTD file, ASC (MID* (string*, 1 oop, l 

430 

DATA 

"hay", 1250,905 

270 

CLOSED handlel* 

) ) 

440 

DATA 

" Jun" , 985, 940 

2B0 

CLOSED handl e2X 

360 

NEXT 

430 

DATA 

"Jul ",730,813 

290 

l 

370 

ENDPROC 

460 

DATA 

"Aug", 1065,915 

300 

END 

3B0 

l 

470 

DATA 

"Sep ",885,860 

310 

l 

390 

DATA "Jan", 1300, B70 

480 

DATA 

"Oct", 710, 830 

320 

DEF PROCwri te(-file, string*) 

400 

DATA "Feb", 1243,895 

490 

DATA 

"Nov", 1430,910 

330 

LOCAL loop 

410 

DATA "Mar ",903, 790 

300 

DATA 

"Dec", 823, 1233 


Listing 2 continued 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


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Technomatic 

BBC COMPUTERS & ECONET CENTRE 
17 Burnley Road, London NYVIO 1 ED Tel: 01-208 1177 Fax: 01-452 1500 
305 Edgware Road, London YV2 Tel: 01-723 0233 Telex: 922800 



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£89(c) 

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£49(d) 

£29(c) 

£283(b) 


£25(c) 

£29(c) 

£25(d) 


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£12(d) 


300 & 400 SERIES 

Archimedes 305 Basic 
Archimedes 310 Basic 
Archimedes 310M Basic 
Archimedes 410 Basic 
Archimedes 440 Basic 
Monochrome Monitor* 

PC Emulator Software 
(when purchased with computer) 

Colour Monitor* 

'Monitor prices applicable only when purchased with the micro. 

ADD-ONS 

0.5Mb Ram upgrade kit (for 305) 

2nd Floppy drive (for 305,310 & 410) 

Econet Module (with stn set disc) 

Backplane for 2 podules 
I/O Podule 

20Mb Hard Disc + Podule 
Acorn Rom podule 
CC Rom Podule 
Acorn Midi I/O card 

IEEE Interface Podule 

Full implementation of IEEE std 488 1 978 & supp. IEEE std 488A 1980. Full 
specification on request. 

SERIAL LINKS 

Arc. to BBC Serial Link 
(Software for both Arc & BBC) 

Arc. to PC/XT 
(Software for both Arc & PC) 

Arc External Drive Adaptor 

BOOKS: (no VAT) 

Arc. Ref Manual 
ARM Assy Lang Prog 
SOFTWARE: 

PC Emulator 

LANGUAGES: 

ANSIC £95(c) 

Prolog X £199(b) 

LISP £199(b) 

PROGRAMMERS TOOLS: 

TWIN Editor 
Toolkit Plus Module 
Software Dev T/Box 
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PRODUCTIVITY TOOLS: 

Logistix 

(incl Spreadsheet, timesheet, d/base & Graphics) 

WORDPROCESSORS 

First Word 
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ViewSKM31 (e) 

InterWord (e) 

DATABASES 

Deltabase 
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Viewstore SKM27 (e) 

SPREADSHEET 

Viewsheet SKM07 (e) 

Intersheet (e) 

GRAPHICS & ART 

AutoSketch (ARC) 

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Artisan 

Artisan Support Disc 
Interchart (e) 

Clares Buffer Module 


£99(d) 


ISO PASCAL 
FORTRAN 77 
COMAL 


£95(c) 

£95(c) 

POA 


£29(d) 

£41(d) 

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POA 


£95(c) 


£POA 

£29(d) 

£49(d) 

£39(d) 


£79(d) 

£30(d) 

£60(c) 

£32(d) 

£17(d) 

£25(d) 

£17(d) 


Special Offer 

FREE £1 15 inc vat VOUCHER 


with every Archimedes model 310, 410 
and 440 purchased from us. 

This voucher can be redeemed against 
any future purchase made from us. 
Additionally we will offer discounts 
upto 10% on Archimedes software and 
upto 5% on Archimedes hardware 
stocked by us to all purchasers of 
Archimedes computers. 

This is a limited period offer so do not 
miss your opportunity for a bargain not 
to be repeated. 


ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE 

Minerva’s suite 5 Modules (ea) £54(d) 

Order Processing, SalcsLcdger, StockManager, Purchase Ledger 
& Nominal Ledger 

GAMES: 

ZARCH £17(d) 

Minotaur £ll(d) 

Software packages marked with (e) run under 6502 emulated mode. 


Please check on availability of some of the above 
packages 


FILESTORE 


Acorn’s new file server system 
Filestore E01 
Filestore E02 
Full details on request 


£825(a) 

£699(a) 


EClONET ACCESSORIES 


Econet Starter Kit £85(b) Econet Bridge £174(b) 

Econet Socket Set £29(c) Printer Server Rom £4l(d) 

File Server Level II £75(b) 10 Station Lead Set £26(d) 

Master FS Utility Disc £17.25(d) 


ECOLINK 


Ecolink allows you to connect a PC/XT or AT to 
an econet network. Supplied complete with 
comprehensive manual, software and cable. 

Full spec on request £299 (b) 


£26(d) 

UPGRADE KITS 

£60(d) 

£41(d) 

1.20S ROM 

£15(d) 

ADFSROM 

£26(d) 

£52(d) 

DNFSROM 

£19(d) 

1770 DFS Kit 

£43.50(d) 

£52(d) 

£'1QCA\ 

BASIC II ROM 

£22. 50(d) 

Econet Kit 

£55(d) 


EPROMS/RAMS 


2764-25 

.27128-25 (12.5V Vpp) 

27128-25 (21.0V Vpp) 

6264LP-15 

27256 

27512 


All 

prices 

on 

application 


MASTER SERIES 


AMB15 Master 128K £356(a) 

Includes free Educational/Fun software bundle from BBC 

Publications range (RRP £40) and a STARdafaBASE package 
worth another £40. 

AMC06 Turbo 65C102 Module £95(b) 

ADC08 512 processor £185(b) 

includes MS-DOS and GEM Suite 


ADF10 Econet Module £40(c) Acorn Rom Cartridge £13(d) 

ADJ22 Ref Manual I £14(c) ADJ23 Ref Manual II £14(c) 

View User Guide £8.50<d) V/shect User Guide £8.50(d) 

TRC22ROM TRC44ROM Cartridge £ll(d) 

Cartridge £7.50(d) Master Dust Cover £4.75(d) 

TRC3232K RAM Cart. £29fd) 

Acorn 32016 Co Processor £949(a) 

Acorn X25 Gateway £2175(a) 

Acorn IEEE Interface (forB, B+ Master) £265(b) 
Universal CoProc Adapter £69(b) 

Send for detailed list of DOS software for 512 


MASTER COMPACT 


All Compact systems come complete with 128K of 
RAM, 640K 3.5" double sided drive and 
educational software. Additionally we include our 
Education/Fun software bundle to the package. 
SYSTEM 1 Entry system £310(a) 

SYSTEM 2 with 12" Hi Res Mono 
Monitor £365 (2xa) 

SYSTEM 3 with 14" Med Res Col Monitor 

£475 (2xa) 

£95(c) 
£25(d) 
£26(c) 
£35(c) 


Compact 2nd Drive Kit 
Serial Kit 
TV Modulator 
Mertec Adapter 


(upgrades Compact to almost Master level) 
External Drive adapter Cable £9(d) 


Z88 PORTABLE MICRO 


A lightweight compact micro that can be carried 
in a brief case. Software available for transferring 
data to BBC and PC systems. 

Z88 Micro c/w rechargeable batteries £239(a) 
Mains Adaptor £8. 65(d) 

NiCad Rechargeable Battery £2(d) 

32K RAM or Eprom Pack £17.35(d) 

128K Ram or Eprom Pack £43. 40(d) 

Z88 BBC Link with software £21. 70(d) 

Parallel Printer Cable £24(d) 

Serial Printer Cable £8. 65(d) 


SANYO CRT 70 

14" Hi Resolution RGB Monitor 

includes lead for BBC 

£209 

RRP £429 12 months Warranty 

CANON PW1080 Printer 

includes lead for BBC 


£ 199(a) 

' i|||S i 


RAM/ROM EXPANSION 


ATPL Board for Model B. Simple 
to instal, no soldering. Allows 
expansion to 15 Roms +2*8K RAMS 
ATPL Battery backup kit 
ATPL Board for BBC-F 


£37(c) 

£18(d) 

£3I(c) 


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Technomatic 

17 Burnley Road, London NW10 1 ED Tel: 01-208 1 177 


TECHNOMATIC DISC DRIVES 



A range of high quality high performance drives to meet the needs of all BBC Micro Users. 

All drives fitted with high quality, slim line Mitsubishi drive mechanism and necessary cables. 

*A1I drives are fitted with high quality slim line ultra low power mechanisms capable of single and double 
density operation and offering fast track access and head setting times. Our confidence in their quality 
enables us to offer a two year parts and labour warranty on these mechanisms without any extra charge. 
*5.25" floppy drives are fitted with 40/80 track switches as standard at no extra cost. The switches are 
located in the front and clearly marked to indicate the status at a glance. 

*The mechanisms arc set inside attractively styled, sturdy metal casings painted in BBC beige colour. 

*AU drives fitted with all necessary leads and are ready for operation on unpacking. The drives with the 
mains power supply are supplied with a mains lead fitted with a suitably fused 13A moulded plug. 
*TECHNOM ATIC drives stand out from other drives because of the high quality of construction and use of 
reliable switchmode power supply units on dual drives. 



PD 800P 


5.25" Single Drives 40/80 switchable: 
TS400 400K/640K 

£90(b) 

PS400 400K/640K with integral 
mains power supply 

£104(b) 

5.25" Dual Drives 40/80 switchable: 
TD800 800K/1280K 

£170(a) 

PD800 800K/I280K with 
integral mains power supply 

£190(a) 

PD800P 800K/1280K with 
integral mainspower supply and 
monitor stand 

£209(a) 

3.5" 80T DS Drives: 

TS351 single 400K/640K 

£67(b) 


PS351 single 400K/640K with 

integral mains power supply £85(b) 

TD352 Dual 800K/1280K £126(b) 

PD352 Dual 800K/1280K with 

integral mains power supply £149(b) 

Combo Drives (5.25" & 3.5" drives) 

PD853 with integral psu £165(a) 

PD853P with integral psu £179(a) 

DISC DRIVE MULTIPLEXER 

see page 5 of this ad for details 

For Master, B, B+ and any DFS/ADFS 

TDM2 Two computers/one drive unit £65(b) 

TDM4 Four computers/one drive unit £1 15(b) 


TECHNOMATIC WINCHESTERS 


Technomatic offer the most popular range of 
Winchester drives for BBC micro systems at 
competitive prices. The drives are fully 
compatible with Acorn ADFS system. Fan cooled 
switch mode power supply ensure efficient and 
reliable operation. Combination of floppy and 
winchester drives in our elegant plinth housing 
provides an ideal solution for need to have large 
storage and ease of transferring data to floppies. 

Technomatic front end utility for the Master 
supplied with the winchesters at no extra cost 
provides an easy and efficient file management 
system. The entire contents of the drive are 
displayed on the screen on boot up, each file or 
directory appearing as an icon. The icon type 
indicates whether directory or file and type of data 
if latter. 

Larger capacity drives available on request. 


P20HD TECHNOMATIC 20 Mbyte 
Winchester Drive £429(a) 

P30HD 30Mb Winchester Drive £449(a) 

P40HD TECHNOMATIC 40 Mbyte 

Winchester Drive with Acorn 

ADFS ROM £749(a) 

P204HP TECHNOMATIC 20 Mbyte 
Winchester and a 80T DS floppy Drive 
built in a monitor stand. 

Includes ADFS Rom. £609(a) 

P2041HT As P204HP but also with a 
10 Mbyte tape streamer backup unit 
and backup utilities. 

Includes ADFS Rom. £1 179(a) 

TS10 10 Mbyte Tape Streamer 

Backup unit with utilities. £599(a) 


TFC10 10 Mbyte Pre-formatted 

Cartridge for use with P2041HT 

andTSlO. £19(d) 


Technomatic Winchesters can be adapted to 
operate with the SJ Research FileServer by 
internal modification. However this must be 
specified at the time of ordering otherwise the 
drive has to be returned to us for modification. 

Adaptor for SJ FileServer £28 


WINCHESTER Drive Multiplexer 

These units let you share aWinches- 
ter drive between a number of com- 
puters. Full details on request. 

TWM2 for two computers. £99 (b) 

TWM4 for four Computers. £149 (b) 



Following the great success enjoyed by our P20HD unit, 
we are pleased to announce the launch of P30HD - a 30Mbyte 
hard drive. This drive is also supplied with the free front end utility 
for the Master. £449(a) 


BULK DISCS 


3M FLOPPY DISCS 


5.25" Discs in packs of 10 
74440TSSDD £8.00(d) 

74540TDSDD £9.75(d) 

746 SOT SS DD £12.00(d) 

747 SOT DS DD £12.75(d) 


3.5" Discs in packs of 10 
80TSSDD £13. 50(d) 

80TDSDD £15. 00(d) 

(Add £1 for library case packing) 



FREE Leatherbound Personal Organiser 

with every 50 3M discs 


50 5.25" 40 T single sided discs with sleeves 
in lockable box. • £25(b) 

50 5.25" 80 T double sided discs with sleeves 
in lockable box. £32(b) 

50 3.5" 80T double sided discs with sleeves 
in lockable box. £60(b) 

FLOPPICLENE DRIVE HEAD 
CLEANING KIT 

5.25" Kit with 20 disposable discs £14.00(d) 
3.5" Kit with 20 disposable discs £14.75(d) 

DISC STORAGE BOXES 
DB340 Lockable 40x3.5" £8.50(c) 

DB550 Lockable 50 x 5.25" £6.50(c) 

DB570 Lockable 70 x 5.25" £8.50(c) 

DBS 1 00 Lockable 100 x 5.25" £10.50(c) 











Technomatic 

305 Kdgwarc Road, London \V2 Tel: 01-723 0233 


PRINTERS 


£185(a) 

£249(a) 


EPSON FX800 £309(a) EPSON fxiooo £419(a) 
EPSON EX80«£395(a) EPSON EXiooo£539(a) 
EPSON LQ10S0 £529(a) 

EPSON GQ3500 Laser Primer £1290(a) 

TAXAN KP815 £249(a) TAXAN KP91S £350(a) 
NATIONAL PANASONIC KXP1081 £149(a) 

NATIONAL PANASONIC KXP1082* £175(a) 

STARLC10 
STAR LC 10 Colour 
INTEGREX Multicolour 
Inkjet printer 
BROTHER HR20 
NAT PANASONIC KX P3131 
includes massive buffer of 38K 
JUKI 6100 Daisy wheel printer 
BBC/Master Parallel Lead (1.2m) 

BBC/Master Parallel Lead (2m) 

Compact Parallel Printer Lead (1.2m) 

Archimedes Parallel Printer Lead (2m) 

♦ Price includes Free Master printer lead and 
WYSIWYG + ROM 


£5 19(a) 
£349(a) 
£249(a) 


£295(a) 

£5(d) 

£7(d) 

£9(d) 

£9(d) 


KPSON LX800 


Epson’s latest budget printer offers a host of new 
features all utilising Epson’s unrivalled knowhow 
of printer technology and reliability. 

★ 180 cps draft/25cps NLQ ★ two modern fonts as 
std: Sans Serif and ROMAN. NLQ font selection 
from front panel ★ Tractor and friction feed 

★ Single sheet guide with auto load switch. 
Original + 2 copies. 

★ 3K input buffer with character downloading 
facility 

★ Fully compatible with BBC & IBM graphics 

★ Centronics interface as standard 

★ Price including BBC master lead £179(a) 


KPSON 1.0500 


Epson’s budget 24pin letter quality printer pro- 
vides unrivalled print quality with two built in 
letter quality fonts and widest repertoire of type 
styles at low cost. Sans Serif and Roman or draft 
font can be selected from the front panel. 
Maximum resolution of 360 x 180 dpi. 
Friction and tractor as standard. Parallel interfa- 
ce. Designed for low noise operation 55dB(A). 
Introductory price incl. master lead £329(a) 


KPSON 1.0850 


Epson’s latest 24pin letter quality printer has been 
specifically designed for optimum paper handling 
convenience. Both single sheets and fanfold paper 
can be loaded simultaneously and a single lever 
enables the selection of either for printing. Micro 
adjust feature enables paper feed forward or 
reverse in increments as fine as 1/180" - ideal for 
form setting. Auto load of selected paper to 
printing position. Very fast printing speeds 264cps 
draft & 88cps LQ. Sans Serif & Roman LQ fonts 
can be selected from front panel as can the 
character pitch. 

LQ850 has been specially insulated to keep the 
noise level down to 55db(A). Parallel & Serial 
interface as std. 

Introductory Price including BBC Master 

lead £419(a) 


MODEMS 


MIRACLE WS4000 V21/23 
MIRACLE WS3000 V21/23 
MIRACLE WS3000 V22 
MIRACLE WS3000 V22 bis 
(All modems are BABT approved) 
BBC Data Cable for WS3000/4000 


£135(b) 

£244(b) 

£409(b) 

£537(b) 


£10(d) 


MIRACLE WS2000V21/23 & BELL stds £92(c) 


PLOTTERS 


Hitachi 672XD A3 4 Colour HPGL £499(a) 

Plotmate A4S £420(a) 

Plotmate A3M £640(a) 

Roland 880 A3 Flat bed 8 col £599(a) 

Variety of Plotter pens and accessories in stock. 
Larger Plotters a vail able. Please enquire. 


PRINTER SHARERS & 
Bl'KKKRS 


£189(b) 


TSB256 Printer Sharer 
Buffer 

Provides a massive buffer size of 
256K and connects three computers 
to one printer. Autoswitching 
between computers. Facility to 
print copies. 

BUFFALO PB Buffer 

Parallel buffer for internal fitting to 
most Epson printers. Simple to 
instal. 

PB128(128K) 

PERIPHERAL & COMPUTER 
SHARERS 

High quality switches to allow the user to switch 
between computers, printers, modems etc. Fully 
shielded metal cases, all lines fully switched. 


£89(c) 



Parallel 


Serial 

2 Computers to 1 Printer 36v36-2 

£25(c) 

25v25-2 

125(c) 

3 Computers to 1 Printer 36v36-3 

mo 

25v25-3 

£39(c) 

4 Computers to 1 Printer 36v36-4 

£45(c) 

25v25*4 

£45(c) 

2 Computers 2 Printers 
X*over36v37-x 

£49(c) 

25v25-x 

£49(c) 

BBC Cable Set 3 to 1 ( lm ea) 

£24(c) 



BBC Cable Set 4 to 1 ( 1 m ea) 

£3<Hc) 




BBC Computer Sharer: TCS26 

1 computer to 2 printers fitted with 

BBC cable £21(c) 

Paper & Labels 

Plain fanfold paper with microperforation: 

2000 sheets 9^x 11" £12 (£3.50) 

2000 sheets \4 l /z x 11" £18.50 (£4.50) 

1500 sheets A490gsm £18.00 (£4.00) 


Labels/1000 

Single Row3Vi x V/i6 
Triple Row2 7 /i6 x 1 7 /i6 


£5(d) 

£5(d) 




A new style printer stand with easy paper feed and 
paper seperation, provides complete access to 
paper. Can be used with both top and bottom 
paper feed. Very space efficient. £26 (b) 


PROGRAMMING 
ACC KSS( ) R I ES/SOKTW ARK 


Compatible with B, B+ and Master 
EpromRyter (Epromer II) 
EpromRyter is compatible with 
BBC Master only. See page 7. 

EPROMER II 


META ASSEMBLER 

PORTAL EPROM 

EMULATOR 512K 

TEAM Disassembler 

EPROM ERASERS 

UV1B 6 eproms, safety cutout 

UV IT 6 eproms, timer, safety cutout 

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MONITORS 


All Monitors supplied with a suitable lead. 

12", 14" and 20" MONITORS 


£179(a) 
£1 99(a) 
£225(a) 
£255(a) 
£359(a) 


£239(a) 


£209(a) 

, suitable for 


Microvitec 1431 
Std Res, 14" 

Microvitec 1431AP 
Std Res + PAL/Aud, 14" 

Microvitec 1451 
Med Res, 14" 

Microvitec 145 1AP 
Med Res + PAL/Aud, 14" 

Microvitec 1441 
Hi Res, 14" 

Philips 8833 14" RGB 
Med Res, 14", high contract screen, 

TTL/Linear Input, Mono/Colour 
Switch Sound Input. Separate 
controls for brilliance and 
contrast. This is the monitor used by 
Acorn with Archimedes and Compact 
Computers. 

Sanyo CRT 70 
14" High Resolution Monitor 
Resolution better than Microvitec 1441, 

Master 

Microvitec 2030CS 
20" Standard Resolution RGB/ 

Comp Video 
Microvitec 2040CS 
20" High Resolution RGB/Comp 
Video 

TAXAN SUPER VISION 620 
12" Hi Res/Hi Contrast Option to 
switch to green/amber BBC/IBM 
Compatible 

TAXAN SUPER VISION 625 
12" Super Hi Res and contrast RGB 
Monitor with option to switch to 
mono BBC/IBM compatible. 

TAXAN 770+ 

MultiSysnc Autoscan 14", ideal for 
utilising the hi res modes on 
Archimedes. Our price includes a 
tilt & swivel stand 

NEC MuItiSync II 14" 

Enhanced version of the original NEC MuItiSync. 
complete with tilt & swivel base. Suitable for 
Archimedes and PC compatibles. £489(a) 


£380(a) 

£675(a) 


£269(a) 

£319(a) 


£499(a) 


12" MONOCHROME MONITORS 

PHILIPS BM 7502 

Hi Res green screen 

£69(a) 

PHILIPS BM 7522 

Hi Res amber screen 

£75(a) 

Tilt & Swivel Stand for 

Philips Mono 

£6(c) 

TIME WARP 



Real Time Clock, Plugs into the 
user port, battery back up as 
standard, includes manual, demo 
software including a diary/planner 



application program 

£29(d) 

£89(b) 

MONITOR ACCESSORIES 


£89(b) 

Microvitec Swivel Base 

£17(c) 

£145(b) 

(14" plastic monitors) 

Monitor Stand Models B & B + 

£10(0 

£245(b) 

£145(b) 

Monitor Stand Master 

£13(0 

Double Tier Stand Models B, 

B+ or Master 

£24(b) 


Taxan RGB Lead 

£7(d) 

£47(b) 

Microvitec Lead 

£4(d) 

£59(b) 

Monochrome BNC/Phono Lead 

£4(d) 


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AD/DRAWING PACKAGES 


NOVACAD 

Cad Package for B, B & MASTER. 

(See page 5 for specification) 

Tracker Ball/Mouse Version (TM) £49 (d) 
TM Version plus Tracker Ball 
TM Version plus Mouse 
Plotter Driver Generator 


£94 (d) 
£79 (d) 
£15 (d) 


MOUSE 

AMX MOUSE with SUPER ART 

(pse specify B, B+ or Master) 


£59 (d) 


STOP PRESS (Pagemaker) 

EXTRA/EXTRA 
(utility for the Pagemaker) 
MAX 

STAND ALONE MOUSE 


£32 (d) 


£19 (d) 
£17 (d) 
£34 (c) 


RB2 TRACKER BALL 

RB2 Tracker Ball with Icon Master 
(for B, B+ & Master) 


£59 (c) 


RB2 Tracker Ball with Cursor Control 
Rom 

(for Master only) 


RB2 Tracker Ball ‘Stand Alone’ 

for use with NOVACAD & other 

software) 


£59 (c) 
£47 (c) 


Cursor Control Rom for Master 


MIRRORSOFT FLEET 
STREET EDITOR 


£12.50 (d) 
£35 (d) 






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software for Acorn/Torch Z80 2nd Processors 


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DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 


VIEWSTORE 
STARdataBASE 
MASTERFILE II 

ACORN OVERVIEW PACKAGE 
Special Offer 
(RRP £86) 


£37 (d) 
£39 (d) 
£17 (d) 


£69 (b) 


WORD PROCESSORS 


ACORN VIEW PROFESSIONAL (BBC) £69 (c) 

£35 (d) 
£45 (c) 

VIEW INDEX £12 (d) 

VIEW PRINTER DRIVER 
GENERATOR 


VIEW 2.1 
VIEW 3.0 


VIEWSPELL 
DOT PRINT PLUS 
WORDWISE 

WORDWISE PLUS 
WYSIWYG PLUS 
SPELLMASTER 
INTERWORD 
WORDEASE 
SPELLCHECK III 
EDWORD II 


£8(d) 
£29 (d) 
£28 (d) 
£24 (d) 

£38 (d) 
£21 (d) 

£47 (d) 
£39 (d) 
£24 (d) 
£31 (d) 
£43 (c) 





SPREADSHEETS 




£37 (d) 
£15 (d) 
£22 (d) 
£37 (d) 
£26 (d) 
£26 (d) 


VIEWSHEET 

WINDOM ATIC (A Vicwsheet Utility) 

VIEWPLOT 
INTERSHEET 
INTERCHART 
ULTRACALC 

MINI OFFICE II DISC Version 
For B & B + 40T or 80T 
For Master 80T 
For Compact 

MINI OFFICE II ROM Version 

For Master, Compact, B + & B 

MEGA 3Rom 

CC’s integrated package offering 
Intersheet & Interchart on one 128K ROM. For 
Master, Compact, B-f & B 


£14.75 (d) 
£17.30 (d) 
£19 (d) 


£48 (c) 
£82(b) 

Interword, 


LANGUAGES 


META ASSEMBLER 
TEAM DISASSEMBLER 
MACROM 

ACORN MICRO PROLOG 
ISO-PASCAL 

ISO-PASCAL STAND ALONE 

GENERATOR 

OXFORD PASCAL 

(40 or 80T) Specify B or B + 

OXFORD PASCAL 
for Master 

ACORN LOGO 

LOGOTRON LOGO 

BBC PUBLICATIONS OPEN LOGO 

ACORN LISP ROM 

ACORN FORTH ROM 

ACORN COMAL ROM 

MICROTEXT 

MICROTEXT PLUS 


£145 (b) 
£145 (b) 
£33 (d) 
£62 (d) 
£51 (c) 


£30 (d) 


£36 (d) 
£52 (d) 
, £46 (c) 
£55 (c) 
£59 (c) 
£39 (d) 
£39 (d) 
£39 (d) 
£52 (c) 
£229 (b) 


COMMUNICATIONS 


TERMULATOR 

£25 (d) 

COMMSTAR II 

£28 (d) 

MAYA Comms Package 


See next page for details 

£49 (d) 

MODEM MASTER 

£11 (d) 

COMMAND 

£34 (d) 

MASTER TERMULATOR 

£34.75 (d) 

UTILITIES 

ACORN BASIC EDITOR 

£24 (d) 

MONITOR (BBC Pub) 

£19 (d) 

SLEUTH 

£23 (d) 

TOOLKIT PLUS 

£31 (d) 

TOOLBOX 2 (BBC Pub) Manual 

£9.50 (d) 

Cassette 

£9 (d) 

ACORN GXR GRAPHICS 1 

ROM 

specify B or B + 

£24(d) 

PRINTMASTER 

£24 (d) 

PRINTYVISE 

£24 (d) 

DUMPMASTER 

£26 (d) 

FONTWISE PLUS 

£17 (d) 

ADV TK1.KTKXT UTILITIES ROM £7.95 (d) 

COMPACT (ail on 3V 2 " disc) 

ARTROOM 

£27 (d) 

FONTWISE + 

£22 (d) 

FONT EDITOR 

£22 (d) 

BETABASE 

£27 (d) 

WHITE KNIGHT MKII 

£16 (d) 


BBC PUBLICATIONS 
EDUCATIONAL SOI-'TWARE 


A series of programs developed in many cases along- 
side Radio & TV programmes by BBC’s Education 
Department which supplement the classroom studies 
by moving and colourful displays helping in clear 
understanding of a variety of subjects. Some packages 
also include audio cassettes. 


PRIMARY EDUCATION 


ASTRONOMY £11 (d) 

COMPUTERS AT WORK Aud/EC/disc£16 (c) 
PICTURE CRAFT Disc£17 (d) 

INTRODUCING GEOGRAPHY Disc£16 (d) 
MATHS WITH A STORY 1 Cass£8 (d) 

MATHS WITH A STORY 2 Cass£8 (d) 

NUMBER GAMES Cass/EC£7.50 (d) 

USING YOUR COMPUTER Cass£24 (c) 

THE HALL OF MIRRORS Disc£13 (d) 

MATHS Disc+AudCas£17(d) 


SECONDARY LEARNING 


£21.50 (c) 
£10.50 (d) 


Disc£23 (d) 


Disc£17 (d) 
Prog Cass£10 (d) 
Audio Cass£5 (d) 


Disc£14 (d) 
Disc£14 (d) 
Disc£14 (d) 


TECHNOLOGY & DESIGN Ptl 
ELECTRIC FIELDS x 
ADVANCED LEVEL 
STUDIES: STATISTICS 
ADVANCED STUDIES: 

GEOGRAPHY 
INSIDE INFORMATION 
Book£8 (d) 

OPEN LEARNING 

PACK Disc/AudCas+book£36(b) 

SCIENCE TOPICS (ST) 

S.T.: WAVES 
S.T. -.RELATIONSHIPS 
S.T.:BONDING 
S.T.:ELECTROMAGNETIC 
SPECTRUM 

S.T. ELECTRONICS IN ACTION Disc£14 
S.T.:NEWTON & THE SHUTTLE Disc£19 
S.T. ECOLOGY Disc/EC£19 

S.T.:POLYMERS Disc/EC£19 (d) 

S.T. CLASSIFICATION & 

PERIODIC TABLE 
S.T.EOOD & POPULATION 
SEC.SCIENCE 
MICROTECHNOLOGY 
SEC.SCIENCE:THE 

MOLE CONCEPT Disc/Aud/EC£16 (c) 
BIRD SPY Disc£13(d) 

GEORDIE Racer Disc£13 (d) 


Disc£20 (d) 
Disc£20 (d) 


Cass£7 (d) 


GENERAL 


— 


VU-TYPE PROFESSIONAL 
WHITE KNIGHT MK II 
(for 1770 DFS) 
BATTLEFIELDS 
A VOUS LA FRANCE 

Book£5.25 (d) 


Disc£19 (d) 


Disc£16 (d) 
Cass£8.50 (d) 
Disc£20 (d) 
Aud Cass(2)£7 (d) 


ESPANA VIVA 

Audio Cass(2)£8 (d) 


Disc£19 (d) 
Book£6.95 (d) 


(2) £7.50 (a) 


DEUTSCH DIREKT I)isc/aud/EC£16 (c) 

Book£5.95 (d) 

BLACK QUEEN 

A long awaited bridge game. ( 1770DFS) £13(d) 

BISMARCK < 

History of the famous battleship. 

(1770DFS) £13(d) 


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No VAT Carriage Code (c) 

LANGUAGES 

6502 Assy Lang Prog £19.95 

6502 Programming £13.95 

8086 Book £23.95 

Acorn BCPI User Guide £15.00 

Acorn FORTH £7.50 

Acorn LISP £7.50 

Acorn ISO Pascal Ref Manual £10.00 

Intro to COMAL £10.00 

Intro to LOGO £7.50 

Micro Prolog Ref Manual £10.00 

Introduction to Turbo Pascal £14.95 

Prog the Micro with Pascal £8.50 

The Supervisor’s BBC Micro £10.95 

BBC MICRO GUIDE BOOKS 

Inside Information £8.95 

Maths Prog in BBC Basic £7.95 

The Friendly Computer Book £4.50 

Toolbox 2 £10.95 

ARCHIMEDES 

Archimedes Reference Manual £29.95(b) 

ARM Assembly Language Prog £12.95(b) 

PROGRAMMING/UTILITY 

Advanced Sideways Ram User Guide £9.95 

Advanced User Guide (BBC) £15.95 

Applied Assembly Language on the BBC ...£9.95 

BBC Micro Advance Programming £9.95 

BBC Micro Ref Guide (B Smith) £10.95 

BBC Micro Sideways ROM’s RAM’s £9.95 

Guide to the BBC Rom £9.95 

Beginners Guide to W.P £7.95 

Mastering Assembly Code £8.95 

Mastering Interpreters & Compilers £14.95 

Master Operating System £12.95 

Mastering View, Viewsheet & Viewstore... .£12.95 

View by B. Smith £12.95 

View 3.0 User Guide £9.00 

Viewstore User Guide £9.00 

Viewsheet User Guide „ £9.00 

Wordwise Plus £9.95 

SOUND & GRAPHICS 

Computer Graphics & CAD Fundementals .£9.95 
Mastering Music £6.95 

DISC DRIVE SYSTEMS 

Advanced Disc User Guide £16.95 

Disc Book £3.50 

Disc Programming Techniques £7.95 

Disc Systems £6.95 

File Handling on the BBC £6.95 

Discovering Disc Drives £POA 

Practical Disc File Techniques £5.95 

Mastering the Disc Drive £12.95 

Mastering DOS plus £12.95 

APPLICATIONS 

Interfacing Proj for BBC £6.95 

BBC and Small Business £5.75 

The Software Business £5.50 


Musterin'* Operatin'* System 
(David Atherton) £6.05 


WYSIWYG PLUS 


WYSIWYG PLUS is a printer and screen utility for Wordwise Plus, View, Interword, and Basic users, 
supplied on a 16K Eprom. To obtain a particular printer effect, such as enlarged text, it used to be 
necessary to discover the appropriate ‘printer control code’ from your manual and incorporate it into 
your text. Secondly, you had to print several trial copies in order to position the effect correctly in 
relation to the rest of your text. 

WYSIWYG PLUS simplifies this trial and error approach using easily remembered ‘commands. For 
example, ‘ENLARGED not only selects enlarged text on your printer, but uniquely shows you double 
width characters on your screen, even from within Wordwise Plus! 

WYSIWYG PLUS incorporates a logo editor. Just draw your design on screen using the arrow keys, and 
save the results. Use the ‘GRAPHICS command to incorporate your design anywhere in your text; 
position and see your design in your text before faithfully reproducing a hard copy. 

There is also special help for daisy wheel users. The ‘WHEEL command will prompt you to change 
daisy wheels whenever a change in type style is about to occur. 

WYSIWYG PLUS is designed to work with the following systems: 

BBC Model B 6502 Second Processor, BBC Master 128 All printers (Except lasers) 

BBC Model B-f Turbo coprocessor BBC Compact 

WYSIWYG PLUS workspace is relocatable. 


MAYA TERMINAL EMULATOR 


A comms package for the professional user. MAYA emulates DEC VT52, VT100 and Tandberg 
TDV2215. Special BBC VDU mode allows full access to the BBC VDU driver. 

Menu driven software allows the setting up of parameters and function key definitions which can be 
saved to disc for future use. 

Flexible command parser provides a uniform user interface and allows full access to * commands and 
HELP facilities. 

Xmodem and Kermit file transfer protocols are included as standard. Unique feature of MAYA is 
that Kermit can also be used in ‘remote mode’, which allows file transfers to be initiated by other 
computers connected to the BBC. File transfers can also be done with a ‘dumb’ ASCII protocol. Open 
architecture allows for expansion and addition of new features. Options currently under development 
are graphics drivers for Tektronix 4010/4014 emulation, TDGR driver for TDV2215 and a Viewdata 
patch (provisional version included in the current issue). Registered users will be provided with regular 
updates and customisation service will also be available to those interested. 

The package comprises of a rom, utils disc and a comprehensive manual. It is compatible with Master, 
Models B & B + . It supports DFS, ADFS, NFS and ANFS filing systems. 


BLACK QUEEN 


VU-TYPE 


A contract bridge program from BBC Publica- 
tions both for beginners and for club players. 
Features include rebid and/or reply of any deal 
just played. Deals can be saved to a disc. Unique 
feature of Black Queen is its ability to construct 
deals from standard or classic ones in newspapers 
etc. 

Compatible with Master, B and B + £13(d ) 


EDUCATION A-L/FUN 
SOFTWARE BUNDLE 


Do you have finger trouble when typing? 

Do your letters look like this? 

Dear Sor, 

I wuold like to... 
then you need: 

VU-type, a complete touch typing program pro- 
duced by BBC/Pitman. 

It allows you to learn at your own pace and has a 
wide range of exercises. Screen displays show the 
keys you have pressed and it will report on your 
speed and accuracy. 

Supplied on a 40T Disc with a manual. 

Available at a special price of £7. 50(d) instead of 
the usual £15. Offer valid while stocks last. 


Drawstick 

Locomotion 


Wordmover 

Wordplay Pantry Antics 

These programs are supplied from the BBC 
Publications Educational Software range and will 
be supplied on a 5.25" disc for BBC Master, B + 
and B and on a 3.5" disc for the Compact. 

5.25" Disc £17. 50(d) 

3.5" Disc £18. 50(d) 

(Normal RRP over £40) 


BISMARCK 


An enthralling game of strategy involving the 
famous German battleship of the same name. 

You can play the role of British Navy in its quest 
to find the Bismarck and sink it or take either 
British or German role against another player. It 
requires the highest qualities of judgement, obser- 
vation and decision to plan strategy and tactics to 
plot the death of Bismarck. £13(d) 


PRINTER ACCESSORIES 

EPSON ACCESSORIES: 

Interfaces 

8143 RS232 £30 (d) 

8148 + RS232 + 8k £65 (d) 

8177P NLQ for FX80 +/FX100 + ..£99 
(d) 

Parallel & Serial Buffers of various 
size also available. 

LQ800 Tractor Feed £47 (b) 

LQ1000 Tractor Feed £52 (b) 

SHEET FEEDERS: 

LQ850 £135 (b) 

LQ1050 £169 (b) 

EX800 £135 (b) 

EX 1000 £309 (b) 

FX800 £135 (b) 


FX1000 £179 (b) 

Ribbons: 

RX/FX 100/100 +, FX105 £7 (d) 

RX/FX80/80 + . FX85 £4 (d) 

LX80/LX800 £4.50 (d) 

LQ800/850 £8.50 (d) 

LQ1000/1050 £10 (d) 

EX800/1000 £7.50 (d) 

H180 Pen Set (Aqucous/Ball point) 

£8.25 (d) 

HITACHI 672 Plotter 
Aqueous Pen Set six pens ....£18,50 (d) 
Oil Based Pen Set six pens ...£25.00 (d) 
TAXAN CANON Accessories: 

Ribbon, K P8 1 0/8 1 5/9 1 0/9 1 5 £6 (d) 


Star Printer 

NL10/LC10 Sheet Feeder £52 (b) 

NL10/LC10 Ribbon £4.50 (b) 

National Panasonic KX P1080/81 

Spare Ribbon £4.50 (d) 

KXP3 131 Tractor £90 (a) 

KXP3131 Sheet Feeder £189 (a) 

KXP3131 Ribbon £4.50(d) 

JUKI 6100 

Tractor Feed £149 (a) 

Ribbon (Carbon) £2.00 (d) 

Sheet Feeder £219 (a) 

BROTHER HR20 

Sheet Feeder £229(a) 

Tractor Feed £116 (a) 

Sparc Ribbon Nylon £3.00 (d) 

Spare Ribbon Carbon £4.50(d) 


INTEGREX INK JET COLOUR 
PRINTER 

Spare Ink Cartridge Black £9 (d) 

Spare Ink Cartridge Colour £15 (d) 

Paper Roll £7 (d) 

Printer Leads: 

BBC Parallel Lead ( 1 .2m) £6 (d) 

PAPER & LABELS 

Plain Fanfold paper with micro 

perforations: 

2000 sheets 91" x 1 1" 60 gsm/sq m . .£12 
(£3.50) 

2000 sheets 141" x 11" 60 gsm/sq m 

£18.50 (£4.50) 

1500 sheets A4 90 gsm £18 (£3.50) 

Labels/1000: 

Single Row 31 x 1^" £5. 25(d) 

Triple Row 2iY'.X £5 (d) 




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NON ACAD 

Computer Aided Draughting 
System 


Novacad can drive a plotter to produce drawings of highest quality... 
Novacad is excellent. It is flexible, genuinely easy to operate 
without much practice, and a pleasure to use. Bcebug Dec 86 

A sophisticated CAD package with unique 
facilities. Thousands of Novacad packages are 
being used in widely differing fields ranging 
from industries for producing engineering 
drawings to accountants offices for producing 
flow charts. Architects, engineers, plumbers, 
kitchen planners and many other professions 
requiring easy to use facilities for producing 
high quality output are making extensive use 
of Novacad’s unique features. Novacad t is 
proving to be an invaluable teaching aid in 
technical schools simply because of the ease 
with which it can be used. 



Novacad is compatible with all models fitted 
with Acorn DFS. Hardware requirements can 
be minimum; single drive and FX80 
compatible printer are enough to get started, 
though its performance is enhanced 
considerably by use of 6502 2nd processor, 
dual drive and to a degree with B+ and 
Master’s shadow ram. 


The major features offered are: 

★ Simple and easy to use with logical command 
sequence. 

★ A large drawing area (approx 15 screens) 

★ Unique ability to create complex icons made 
up of upto 500 lines instead of the usual 15 to 
20 pixels, store them in a library and recall 
them at different scales and orientations. 

★ Zoom facility. 

★ Create multi level drawings. 

★ Text entry at any 90° orientation anywhere on 
the screen. 


★ Grid scaling and locking, displacement 
measurements. 


★ Printer routine for FX80/100 compatible 
printers 

★ Cursor control from keyboard/tracker ball/ 
mouse. 


Plotter driver generator available as an optional 
utility, configures a routine for any - BBC 
coompatible plotter. Pre configured routines for 
popular plotters like Epson HI80, Hitachi, 
Plotmate are included. Drawings can be scaled to 
maximumm plotter size. 

NOVACAD T/M Version £49(d) 

NOVACAD T/M + Plotter DG £61(c) 

Plotter Driver Generator £15(d) 


KpromRvter 


♦Highly sophisticated & Advanced Programmer 
♦All current single rail eproms handled 
♦State of the Art Programming Algorithms 




EpromRyter is a powerful eprom programmer 
designed for use with the BBC Master Computer. 
It takes full advantage of the latest developments 
in the eprom technology and the extra facilities on 
the Master to provide fast, simple and efficient 
programming and editing facilities. 

The software is totally menu driven and on 
screen help messages make the programming 
simple for both specialists and novices alike. 

The EPROMRYTER interfaces with the 
Master through 1MHz bus. It is mains powered 
with its own psu. 3M Textool zif socket has been 
fitted to ensure consistent and reliable service 
over long periods. 


The single rail eproms handled by the EpromRyter are: 

• 2716 2732 2764 27128 27256 27512 27513 2701 1 
2516 2532 2564 (NMOS & CMOS) 

• One time eproms P27XXX, 87CXXX etc. 

• Also A suffix eproms such as 27XXXA 


£89(b) + VAT 


META Ver III ASSEMBLER 


“ All the good features you would expect to find in a good source code 
editor are present ... Meta assembler lives in a different world. It is 
structured to work with any new processor ...as new instruction sets 
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JOE'S JOTTINGS 

MEAN DRUM 
MACHINE 


You don’t need an expensive drum machine to generate 
rhythms for your music - just program your micro 



Joe Telford 


Have you been to a disco lately? I have to 
come clean and say that I haven’t myself, 
but let me also say it’s only because of an 
allergy to loud noises - my idea of a 
musical experience is a tea dance at the 
Waldorf. But I do have the occasional 
experience of the events, as my darling 
daughter requires a half-termly visit to the 
parish hall disco in the small hamlet foot- 
ing Telford Towers. 

It was on one such occasion in my role 
as chauffeur that I noticed the words of a 
song were quite unimportant. The only 
function of the music was to provide a beat 
for these mini-debs to, er, dance to. 

Children generally live in a noisy world. 
Within that world, rhythm is pretty impor- 
tant, and although some develop an intui- 
tive sense of rhythm, many don’t. Merely 
listening to a rhythm doesn’t make you 
adept at producing them or playing in 
time. Adults too have the same problems. 
Whatever your age or musical ability, there 
is much fun to be had from exploring 
sounds and rhythms. With the BBC micro 
you have the facility to produce a drum kit 
without the expense of buying or building 
your own. 

Making percussive sounds 

A percussive sound is what you hear when 
you hit something. Tap your desk, your 
computer screen, your disc drive and each 
one will give a different sound. Tap with a 
pencil and the sound changes from what 
you get when you tap with your fingers. 
Have you ever tapped teacups and saucers 
with a knife? This is real percussion. 

To produce such noises with the BBC 
micro, you have to shape a noise to sound 
like percussion. The BBC micro can make 
and modify noises so that the same sound I 
ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


AVolumc 



Figure 1. ADSR envelope for percussion 


generator and loudspeaker sound different. 
Remember that the SOUND statement has 
four parts; channel, volume, pitch and 
duration. If we want to examine sound 
effects linked to percussion, we have to use 
channel number zero. The name given to 
the type of sound which channel zero 
generates is ‘white noise’, a sort of hiss 
sound. The pitch values from 4 to 6 control 
the amounts of high and low frequencies 
which make up this hiss. First type: 
SOUND 0,-4, 4, 20 

When you press Return try to describe the 
sound. Now try SOUND 0, -4,5,20 and 
SOUND 0, -4,6,20. Try them a few times 
and use your imagination to decide which is 
closest to, say, the sound of rubbing your 
hands together. Now alter the second num- 
ber from -4 and try it with different values 
up to -15. 

Try to imagine real life which might make 
these noises, a kettle, wind, a storm at sea or 
trains perhaps. With this last one, you can 
very quickly write a steam train program 


using channel zero - type in the listing 
below. Notice how the ‘beat’ of the train is 
steady in each section. 


10 

REPEAT 


20 

FOR si ow=l TO 

10 

30 

SOUND 0,-8, 4, 15 

40 

SOUND 0,0,0, 10 

50 

NEXT 


60 

s 


70 

FOR puff=l TO 

10 

80 

SOUND 0,-10, 4, 

10 

90 

SOUND 0,0, 0,5 


100 

NEXT 


110 

: 


120 

FOR fast=l TO 

10 

130 

SOUND 0,-15, 4, 

5 

140 

SOUND 0,0, 0,3 


150 

NEXT 


160 

UNTIL FALSE 



Unfortunately the BBC micro doesn’t come 
equipped with a full set of percussion 
instruments, and so we need to modify the 
sound of the percussion voice by packaging 
it in what is called an envelope. The 
envelope shows how the volume of the 
sound varies through time. Figure 1 shows 
what we call an ADSR envelope for a 
sound. The acronym ADSR stands for 
Attack, Decay, Sustain and Release, and 
each relates to a different part of the 
envelope’s shape. The ‘attack’ element is the 
speed with which the sound builds up from 
silence to full volume. Decay is the speed 
which the sound decreases in volume from 
full volume to the level which it sustains for 
the rest of the sound. The release element is 
the tail off in sound back to silence when 
the sound finishes playing. This last element 
is particularly important in drum playing, 
because the tail-off should be gradual unless 
another sound is played, at which point the 
first drum sound should vanish altogether. 


49 


JOE’S JOTTINGS 


Because of the way that the BBC micro’s 
sound chip works, we can only have one 
percussion instrument sounding at a time, 
and so two rhythm tracks will be difficult to 
produce. However this is not so great a 
problem as you might think. 

Setting the envelope 

Figure 1 shows the general ADSR envelope 
for percussion, and this envelope is used 
within the programs in the yellow pages. 
These can be viewed like this. 

ENVELOPE 1,1, 0,0, 0,0, 

0,0, 126, -5, 0,-1, 126, 100 
SOUND 0, 1,4, 1 

The first value is simply the name of the 
envelope, ranging from zero to 15. The 
second value is the time base of the envelope 
in hundredths of a second - effectively the 
scale along the bottom of figure 1. The next 
six values are all set to zero and indicate the 
pitch changes to the sound as it is played. 
The last six values are most important 
because they give the effect of percussion. 
The first of these six (126) is the rate of 
increase in volume during the attack phase. 
The next is the decrease in volume per 
timebase unit during the decay phase. The 
next is the decrease in volume over the 
sustain part of the noise (zero or flat in this 
case), and the fourth value (-1) is the slow 
tail-off in volume if no other notes are 
sounding. The last two values are the 
volume settings for the end of the attack 
part of the envelope and the end of the 
decay part of the envelope. 

Applying envelopes 

Try typing: 

ENVELOPE 1,1, 0,0, 0,0, 

0,0, 126, -5, 0,-1, 126, 100 

The result will be a cracking sound. Now 
try pitch values of 5 and 6 in the SOUND 
statement. Notice that the volume setting is 
intentionally set to 1 rather than -8 or -15. 
This is so that envelope 1 is used for the 
volume pattern - negative numbers mean a 
straight volume setting, positive numbers 
mean an envelope. 

A simple drum machine 

Enter listing 1 on the yellow pages, called 
DRUM1, and save it. RUN it and you will 
get a very short introduction to the prog- 
ram, then after pressing Space, a list of 
instruments available will appear. Make 
sure the Caps Lock is engaged then tap a 
key indicated on the screen; that sound will 


T. . . 

Triangle 

C. , . 

. . . .Cyabal 

H. . . 

High Orua 

H. . . 

Hid Orua 

1 

. . . .Low Orua 

You can cr»«t« 

the rhythai by tapping 

tht dlMvrunt 

Try now! 

lay*. 


Trying out sounds with listing 1 


The Room User Rhythn Machine v.l 


Ptrous* ion Track i 8 




12 


24 

36 


48 


68 


72 


1 84 


Hjh» 


188 


128 


The basic rhythm machine 



A simple 4/4 beat 


be played. Because the sounds are only my 
impressions of the instruments, I fully 
expect you to tweak the envelopes to 
improve the sounds. I’d be particularly 
grateful for a better cymbal sound, which I 
feel could be more impressive. 

Notice that of the five sounds available, 
three are generated using envelope one and 
channel zero. The ‘high’, ‘mid’ and ‘low’ 
drums differ only by using pitch values of 4, 
5 and 6 respectively. The percussion sounds 
are extended by using channel one as a 
triangle, with its pitch set to 190, and then 
fed through envelope 1. The cymbal is more 
complex, because it uses two sounds, a 
triangle-like sound at pitch 180, played 
alongside a high drum sound. A separate 
envelope is used for this to improve the 
quality of sound, and to make it more 


‘fuzzy’. Finally to give the ringing effect of 
the cymbal, the pitched note is replayed 
after a few hundredths of a second to add to 
the chiming sound which is associated with 
some cymbals. 

This program is a very easy introduction 
to the sort of percussion sound that the 
BBC micro is capable of. Note that the 
sounds fall into two categories: tuned per- 
cussion, ie, the triangle which makes a noise 
at a set pitch when hit; and untuned, ie, the 
drums whose pitch is not associated with a 
particular note, although they can still be 
classed as low, mid and high drums. 

Enter rhythm 

The most natural thing to do when playing 
with this simple program is to start to form 
patterns of sound: 

tar tar ta ta tar ta ta ta tar ta tar 
When you tap this out by hand on the desk, 
you naturally tap harder when you get to 
the italicised beats. On the simple percus- 
sion machine, just select an instrument and 
tap out the rhythm on the keyboard waiting 
a tiny while longer after each italicised beat. 

Automated rhythms 

If you are given a drum kit, you tend to sit 
down and play. But pity the poor drummer 
- he has the task of maintaining time for a 
whole band. No wonder that in many 
famous groups, the drummer is becoming 
automated with pre-recorded sounds or 
MIDI-controlled instruments. 

There are benefits to having your 
rhythms in a box; it generates them on 
demand, is never out of tune or time and it 
can produce brilliant drum rolls. For a 
band, the few hundred pounds for such a 
system is very quickly repaid. 

However, Acorn users can make a drum 
machine by extending our simple program 
to cope with rhythm patterns. These can be 
entered from the keyboard, then replayed at 
different speeds. 

There are two programs for this, both 
included in the yellow pages. The one 
which we will describe here is listing 3, 
which was designed to work on a Master 
128 or Compact. Listing 2 is a smaller 
version. It will work on a BBC B if PAGE 
can be lowered to &1400. To run listing 2, 
type: 

PAGE=&1400 
CHAIN “DRUM2” 

A BBC micro drum kit 

Type listing 3 into the machine, then save it 
to disc as DRUM3 so that if there are any 
mistakes, the program can be reloaded 


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JOE’S JOTTINGS 


easily. Because the program generates its 
own data files, it might be worth reserving a 
new disc for its use. It will also be useful to 
build a !BOOT file, and this can be done 
easily as follows: 

-BUILD !BOOT 

0001 CH. “DRUM3” 

0002 Escape 
*OPT4,3 

Starting the program 

RUN the program and the front page will 
appear. The bottom of the screen is used as 
a message space to tell you any important 
actions which you should take. On either 
side of the boxed area is a column of 
numbers which ascend in multiples of 12 to 
120. These tell you the number position of 
any box in the grid in the centre of the 
screen. This grid is actually 120 beats long 
and starts in the top-left, moving left to 
right and down the screen to beat 120 which 
is in the bottom-right corner. The other two 
messages are the percussion track number 
which is set at zero to start, but increases to 
a maximum of five, meaning that we can 
hold five tracks in memory at any one time. 
The version for the BBC micro has only one 
track, because of memory constraints. The 
other box tells us the tempo of the rhythm 
track in beats per minute. This is normally 
set at 480 beats per minute. Musicians will 
recognise this as four semi-quaver beats to 
the crotchet. I decided to work in semi- 
quaver intervals so that quite complex 
rhythm patterns can be developed, but 
setting tempo to 960 allows demi-semi- 
quaver patterns. Setting Tempo to 120 
increases the time interval to crotchet beats, 
but will allow you to write a longer 
percussion track. 

The only keys which affect the grid are 
the function and cursor keys. The cursor 
keys move the yellow cursor around the 
grid. Notice that it wraps around at both 
left and right margins and from top to 
bottom. It also wraps from last to first beat. 

The function key overlay strip 

On the right is the function key strip for 
this program. Notice that not all the keys 
are in use, and that the normal keys control 
major program functions. Shift and CTRL 
keys are used to enter instruments to make 
up a rhythm pattern. There are seven 
instruments available, and these can be 
played either loudly or quietly. This facility 
allows us to accentuate individual beats. 

Let’s start by putting in four crotchet 
beats of a high drum, which might be quite 
useful as a rhythm backing in many tunes. 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


The yellow cursor appears around the 
first beat in the track. Press CTRL and fO to 
enter a loud high drum beat in this position. 
Now move to position five, leaving three 
blank beats, and place a soft high drum 
using Shift and fO. Repeat this in position 
nine and in position 13, the first beat of the 
.second row. Now move to position 17, 
under the first ‘h’ in the top row, and press 
Shift or CTRL and f7. This places an ‘R’ in 
that beat; this informs the program that it 
should repeat the pattern up to this point 
over and over. 

If you make a mistake, then move the 
cursor over the incorrect beat and press the 
Delete key on the keyboard - not f7 - this 
will remove the offending beat, and you can 
replace it with another instrument. Once 
the result looks like this: 

H h h 

h R 

press Play (fO). The rhythm which you have 
designed will begin to play. For the musi- 
cians, this is a single bar of 4/4 time, stressed 
on the first note of each bar. When the 
moving star reaches the R at the end of the 
pattern, the whole thing repeats. To stop 
the sound, simply press Escape. The cursor 
will reappear and you can edit your work. 
Try this simple pattern: 

H h tH 

m - t - R 

or this one: 

L-t-m-t-L-tt 
m - t - R 

Both are in 4/4 time, but you can switch to 

waltz time (3/4) by designing a bar like this: 

H h h 

R 

or like this: 

R 

Notice that the last beat is an accidental, to 
improve the flow of the rhythm. Note also 
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The other functions 

While a rhythm is being played, the only 
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have access to the other keys on the 
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overlay indicates the function of the red 
keys by themselves. Keys fl and f2 control 
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increases the tempo by 10 beats per minute. 
A beep indicates that you have reached the 
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Function key f3 erases the beats in the 
grid, effectively clearing out the current 
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this catalogue can be removed, and the 
rhythm track editing screen restored by 
pressing the Space bar. 

Key f5 allows the current rhythm to be 
saved to disc, and prompts for a filename. 
To get a catalogue at this point, simply press 
Return. Pressing Escape at any point re- 
turns to the rhythm track. Remember not to 
enter more letters in a filename than the 
filing system can cope with - seven for DFS 
or 10 for NFS or ADFS. 

Function key f6 allows a new rhythm to 
be loaded from disc; it prompts for a 
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as above, and again remember the number 
of letters which the filing system accepts. 
Function key f7 prompts for a file to delete, 
then removes it from disc. Again a catalogue 
is available with Return. 

The last function key is f8, which stops 



A more complex rhythm 

the program. Be careful how you use this. 

In the Master version of the rhythm 
machine there are six rhythm tracks labelled 
0 to 5. Switching between tracks is done by 
pressing a number key from 0 to 5. Because 
of lack of memory, the BBC model B 
version does not have this facility - only 
one track can be written. The benefit of the 
Master version is that up to six patterns can 
be stored for instant access, and then saved 
to disc, one by one. But remember that 
loading and saving only operates on the 
current rhythm track! To save all the 
patterns, you’ll have to save them one by 
one and load them individually as well. 


JOE’S JOTTINGS 


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Most musicians are disparaging about the 
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The system currently consists of 
three items of hardware: the 
Music 5000 synthesiser, the Music 
4000 keyboard and the Music 
1000 amplifier. By the time you 
read this the Music 2000 MIDI 
interface will be available. 

The Music 5000 houses the 
synthesiser circuitry, the bit 
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digital oscillators which each 
form one channel of sound. 

Channels are normally paired to 
produce a single voice but a voice 
be assigned more than one pair of 
channels. Each channel can be 
controlled independently so the 
scope for producing a wide varie- 
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The Return of Sherlock Holmes . 

The output volume appears 
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it that way so that at maximum 
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typical hi-fi DIN input and blow 
up your stereo. 

The Music 5000 plugs into the 
BBC computer’s 1MHz bus and 
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slight modification made to the 1MHz bus 
to ensure compatibility with the Master. 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 



Ian Waugh 


This was necessary due to Acorn’s unfor- 
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some 500 and Master combinations work 
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The second piece of hardware 
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coated steel case. A foot switch 
plugs into a jack socket on the 
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puter’s user port. 

Soon after the Music 500 was 
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pack to give Symphony owners 
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The third item of hardware is 
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was designed primarily for use in 
education. It’s a stereo amp 
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The Hybrid Music System is 
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An Electron version is now 
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and the displays are in black and white. 
This results in horizontal lines on the staff 
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The Electron has less available memory 
than the BBC and less processing power, 
so the maximum user program size is 
reduced and the execution of some of the 
programs will be slightly slower. Within 
these limitations however, most programs 
which run on the BBC will run on its 

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containing many useful new utilities plus additional screens 
and fonts. Features include: 

'display module to create your own slide show' with 8 
standard or user defined fades. The fades are used to merge 
one picture into another just like TV. you control the speed 
of the merge and you can even design your own fades with 
the supplied definer. 

* integrex colour dumps-one standard and one high quality 

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' pattern editor for mono dumps 

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All the utilities work with any Mode 12 screen and so you are 
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MUSIC 


junior cousin too. 

If you’ve followed the develop- 
ment of the Hybrid Music System 
over the years you will know that 
all the hardware units and all the 
software modules are totally inte- 
grated. Hybrid is firmly commit- 
ted to supporting the Music Sys- 
tem and has a long term strategy 
for its development. Look out for 
the Music 3000 some time next 
year, and the Music 6000 soon 
after that. 

At the centre of the Hybrid 
Music System is the Ample 
ROM. Ample stands for Advance 
Music Production Language and 
Environment and it contains all 
the basic functions for program- 
ming and playing music. 

A version of the language called 
Ample BCE was supplied with 
the Music 500 but it was far from 
friendly. Many owners probably 
relegated the system to the cup- 
board under the stairs and 
chalked the whole thing up to 
experience. If you were one of 
them then dig it out because the 
new software is much simpler to 
use. It contains helpful music edi- 
tors and control panels under the 
banner of the Studio 5000. You 
can use it quite happily to pro- 
duce music without getting in- 
volved in direct programming. 

This is not a tutorial so I won’t 
attempt to explain how to prog- 
ram in Ample but to give you a 
flavour of it I’ll mention some of 
its most important features. 

Ample has been very carefully designed 
to be largely independent of the music 
output device in use. Although the Music 
5000 hardware was made specifically for 
use with the system, Ample is quite cap- 
able of controlling other devices. The 
Music 2000 MIDI interface, for example, 
allows it to control any MIDI-compatible 
electronic instrument. 

The basic programming unit in Ample is 
the ‘word’, and a word can be defined to 
do anything. For example, it may contain a 
sequence of notes, it may hold an instru- 
ment definition, perform a computation, 
produce a glissando or catalogue a disc. 
There are many words supplied with the 
system, referred to as system words, which 
are distinguished from user words by being 
in upper case. 

Ample uses suffix or reverse Polish nota- 


tion. For example, to save a program you 
would use “myprog” SAVE. 

Ample’s main purpose is to produce 
music and it has its own text-based music 
composition language (MCL). Notes are 
represented by their letter names, an upper 
case note moving up in pitch and a lower 
case note moving down in pitch. The 
length of a note can be specified directly 
with a number followed by a comma (a 
comma is the length word). To extend the 
duration of a note a slash (/) is used. The 
octave can be set directly with a number 
followed by a colon (the colon is the 
octave word). For example, here’s a few 
bars of Happy Birthday To You : 

24, 0: CC D/c/F/ e///cc D/c/G/ f /// 
There are other music words to produce 
accents, affect a transposition, <>lur notes, 
alter the tempo and define key signatures. 
You can create non-standard key signa- 


tures containing, for example, both shar- 
pened and flattened notes for use in a 
minor key. 

As a language, Ample also provides 
loops, conditional structures and con- 
ditional loops. It has string handing, arith- 
metical and random number generating 
functions so you can apply computational 
processes to music lines and structures. 
This is one of the most fascinating aspects 
of Ample and one which is relatively 
unexplored. Some music has been written 
which uses the random function and I have 
myself written several pieces which rely 
heavily on loops. 

One of the most important features of 
Ample is ‘concurrency’ or multi-tasking, 
the ability to do more than one thing at the 
same time. This feature lets you play 
several musical parts in parallel and control 
the music from the keyboard as it plays. 


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MUSIC 



The Music 5000 synthesiser and 4000 keyboard in action with a Master 


There are three main front-end modules 
through which you enter your tunes: the 
notepad, the mixing desk and the staff 
editor. They are loaded from disc when 
required, which optimises the amount of 
free memory available for user programs. 
The modules are selected from a main 
menu. The modules arc really application 
programs written in Ample, although at a 
level beyond that at which it will normally 
be used to create music. 

The mixing desk 

The mixing desk is the most immediately 
accessible module. It provides a mode 7 
display of an eight-channel mixing desk 
complete with faders, pan pots (to select the 
stereo position) and instrument names 
above each channel. You can enter the 
mixing desk, play a piece and mix it live. 
You can also change the instruments 
assigned to each channel and alter the tempo 
of the piece. When you have produced a 
mix you like you enter ‘MAKE* to turn the 
mix into an Ample word. The module 
MAKEs the word for you automatically. 
You can produce several mixes and use 
them at different points in the music. 

The staff editor 

The staff editor is used to write music on 
the staff using traditional music notation. It 
supports all the usual musical symbols - 
notes, rests, accidentals, dotted notes, ties, 
slurs, triplets, duplets and chords. You can 
insert volume changes, and staccato and 
legato instructions. When you’ve entered a 
piece, you give it a name then enter MAKE 
and the module turns it into a word. 

When the staff editor MAKEs a music 
part into a word, it turns it into Ample 
MCL notation. This is ultimately the most 
powerful and most flexible form of music 
notation within the system: there are many 
things you can do in Ample which would be 
impossible using traditional notation. All 
Ample words, whichever module they are 
made in, can be displayed and edited in the 
third module - the notepad - a screen-size 
multi-purpose text editor. The mixing desk 
and staff editor are only front-ends which 
display the data in an alternate form, a form 
which may be easier to understand or more 
convenient for the user. 

The notepad 

All the words in the yellow pages program 
can be typed into the notepad and all except 
Mix were constructed there. It could have 
been entered in the notepad but it was far 
easier to select the instruments and adjust 


the volumes and stereo positions of the 
sounds in the mixing desk and let it MAKE 
the word. 

The program was written to demonstrate 
a few of the features of Ample but I hope it 
stands up as a piece of music in its own 
right, too. Even if you are totally unfamiliar 
with Ample and music notation you will be 
able to pick out the strings of notes, the 
FOR structures and some instrument names 
in the listing. 

As well as its use as a text editor, the 
notepad can create panels which can be used 
to define instrument sounds. Panel mode 
differs from text mode because it allows you 
to scroll through parameters. Not only can 
you alter numeric values but you can select 
new ‘word’ options such as waveforms. 
Press Shift and the available waveforms 
appear on the bottom of the screen. Select 
one with the cursor keys, release Shift and it 
will be in place on the panel. The notepad is 
the most powerful and flexible of all the 
music editors. 

Music 4000 

Many people can knock out a tune on a 
piano but aren’t so hot at working with 


written music. Using a keyboard like the 
Music 4000 to control program and synth- 
esiser is a great help to these people. It has 
two main functions. First, it can be used to 
play any instrument whose definition is 
resident in the program - several dozen 
instruments are supplied on the system disc 
and some of these are amazing. There are six 
special keyboard effects including trans- 
pose, exotic scalings, stereo positioning, 
echo effects and a facility which transforms 
a single key press into an arpeggio, chord 
sequence or echo pattern. 

Second, there is the powerful recorder 
screen. Here you can record music live as 
you play or enter it in step-time (one note at 
a time) into the notepad or the staff editor. 
As in all the other modules, the music you 
play is converted into an Ample word and 
this can be displayed in the staff editor.; 
That’s real-time musical input converted! 
into traditional notation. If you are not a, 
musician and haven’t dreamed about this! 
then you may not think it that spectacular. i 
But if you have ever had to transcribe a ; 
piece onto manuscript, you will! It is one of 
those things which make computing both, 
wonderful and useful. 


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Total integration 

The Ample environment contains every 
possible means of entering music into the 
system: traditional notation, real and step- 
time input from a keyboard and Ample’s 
MCL notation. There are also the options 
afforded by computer-processed music and 
computer-generated music. You can use all 
or any combinations of these methods in a 
single piece of music. 

These modules are totally integrated, like 
t he rest of the system, so program words 
and data are available to all modules at all 
times. For example, the Music 2000 adds 
another module to the system which - 
transparently - handles the MIDI output. 
It’s very neat. 

The User Guide is an excellent introduc- 
tion to Ample and contains all you need to 
know to create music with the system. 

Hybrid has also recently published the 
Ample Nucleus Programmer Guide which 
provides more information about the sys- 
tem words and gives a greater insight into 
the language. It is essential reading if you 
want to delve further into and get more out 
of the system. If any Ample user has any 
suggestions for new users of this powerful 
music language, oddball or otherwise, then 
let me know. Fd be interested to see how far 
Ample's versatility can be stretched. 

Ample albums 

Interest in the Hybrid Music System is 
such that several people have produced 
Ample music albums for it. These are novel 
in that they contain music on floppy disc 
written in Ample software format. You 
load it into your Music 5000 system and it 
plays it for you. 

The best thing about this is that it 
provides a demonstration. You can pinch 
other people’s instrument definitions and 
examine their programs to see how they’ve 
been constructed. One exponent of the 
Music 5000 is Pilgrim Beart, whose music 
is featured on the disc supplied with the 
Music 5000. His albums include Cosmix 
and Notes. An album, Music City by Ian 
Guinan contains arrangements of pop 
tunes along with four original pieces. Hyb- 
rid has an agreement with the Mechanical 
Copyright Protection Society which allows 
them to release copyright material in Am- 
ple format. Part of the cost of the disc goes 
to the MCPS. Music City can, therefore, 
bring you Jump to the Beat , Heartbreak 
Hotel and Grace Jones’ classic, Slave to the 
Rhythm. 

The Music City album is really a sampler 
for the Music City Microbase (co-edited 


MUSIC 



P ar t 3d part 4a 
par' t'4d 

X5 words, no data 

X 


part4a part4b part4c v 


Writing in conventional notation with the staff editor 


Perform 

making "part la" 

O items 

Record 

Plau original 

Play final 

o oars 

Count - in : 

OH 

Backing: 

ON 12343678 

Player : 
Sect ions : 

1 

abaca 

Voices: 

3 

Inst ru : 

Simpleins 

T empo : 

12S 

Me t ro : 

IS 

Quantum : 

12 

Beat : 

48 

Bar: 

4 

Key sig : 
Text : 

+F+C 

SCORE 

strings4 stringsyn supaglo4 tarimba 
usekfx vocoder uurlizter 

1 43 words, no 

1 *■ 

data 


The powerful recorder screen 


by Ian Guinan), an area within Micronet 
accessible from Prestel. It began late last 
year, mainly to support the Hybrid Music 
System, and contains many tunes in Music 
5000 format (along with some for the 
Music 500. and some which use the BBC’s 
internal sound chip) which you can down- 
load with the aid of a modem for a nominal 
cost (around 75p). 

Music City, has a similar agreement with 
the MCPS. This is good news as it means 
Ample musicians can arrange any piece of 
music for the system and sell it legally 
through Hybrid or Music City. No longer 
are you restricted to traditional tunes and 
Christmas carols. 

Music City relies on contributions from 
readers so there is plenty of opportunity to 
get involved. 

User groups 

There have been Ample user groups in the 
past, some of which have vanished without 
trace, but Amplinex (standing for AMPLe 
INformation EXchange) is the latest one to 
appear. It is edited by Kevin Doyle and the 
administration is handled by Roy and Jack- 


ie Follet. The group hopes to stimulate the 
interest of Ample users enough to make 
them contribute and share their experience 
and exchange information. 

So far the response has been huge with 
contributions ranging from complete pieces 
of music to instrument definitions, hints 
and tips. 

The magazine comes on disc and is 
written entirely in Ample. The contents are 
accessed through a master program with a 
series of menus and display screens. Four 
issues have been produced so far. Mem- 
bership of Amplinex is only £5 and if you 
send them a contribution - however small 
- the next issue will be sent to you free. 
Otherwise the cost is a mere £2. 

I cannot recommend Amplinex highly 
enough: I think it is simply essential 
reading. 

Music 5000, £161.00; Music 4000, £ 169.00 ; 
Music 200, £161.00; Music 1000 , £161.00; 
Music 500 upgrade pack , £69.00. 

Hybrid Technology Limited, Unit J, 
Robert Davies Court, Nuffield Road, 
Cambridge CB4 1TP. Tel: (0223) 316910. 
Amplinex, 26 Arbor Lane, Winnersh , 
Berks, RGll 5JD. 

Music City, 138 Prescot Road, Augbton, 
Ormskirk, Lancs L39 4SIV. 

Micronet, Durrant House, 8 Herbal Hill, 
London EC JR 3EJ. Tel: 01-278 3143. 

The details of Ample listing mentioned 
by Ian Waugh can be found on the yellow 
pages indec on page 81 
Last April's Acorn User contained an Am- 
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entitled \ Sunrise-sunset '. Back issues are still 
available, as is the April listings disc - see 
page 97. 


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PHOTOGRAPH BY DAVE KING 



N ot many micros get the chance 
to shine under the Hammer- 
smith Odeon spotlights. For 
Vince Clarke’s collection of four 
BBC Bs and a Master it’s all in a 
day’s work. Since he adopted the UMI 
MIDI system four years ago they have 
played a part in all his records with his 
group, Erasure. Now they even control the 
lighting effects and slide shows which are a 
feature of Erasure concerts. 

I spoke to Vince and producer Eric 
Radcliffe as they put the final touches to 
Erasure’s latest album The Innocents. Its 
songs, including the single Ship of Fools , 
further develop Vince’s trademark sound of 
richly textured synthesisers from its tinny 
beginnings seven years ago on Depeche 
Mode’s hits like New Life. 

The studio is full of expensive equipment, 
with several racks of keyboards dominated 
by a huge central mixing desk - all flashing 
lights, control knobs and sliding faders. 
However, Vince is sitting in front of a less 
than totally flash Casio synthesiser with 
Master and monitor perched precariously 
on top. Various Rolands, Yamahas and 
Prophets gather dust on each side. An 
Apple Macintosh sits unused in one of the 
quieter corners. 

It is about seven in the evening, but in the 
stuffy, windowless room it could be any 
time of day or night. Unlike many musi- 
cians Vince prefers to work during the day 
and to go home in the evening. Singer Andy 
Bell is the opposite; he had chosen to work 
what Vince calls the nightshift and isn’t 
expected for a few hours yet, so there is 
time for an interview with Acorn User. 

T started to get interested in synthesisers 
years ago when I was in Depeche Mode. I 
wasn’t a very good guitarist and when these 
keyboards came out, cheap monophonic 
ones, I started using them.’ 

He demonstrates the jerky robotic move- 
ments the band used to make their two 
finger playing technique seem practised and 
confident and not a result of the limited 
technology which allowed only one note at 
a time to be played. 

Keyboards have come a long way since 
then, and home computers, MIDI control- 
lers and samplers have all helped to open up 
musical technology. Now the UMI MIDI 
system is well established and sophisticated 
enough to do everything Vince demands. 
‘We write the songs at home, mainly on the 
guitar, and only use all this equipment when 
we get into the studio. We bring in all our 
dodgy demo tapes, and build up the songs 
from them. To save studio time and money 


we program the drums, and perhaps the 
bass at home, on a Casio keyboard and a 
Roland TR-505. 

‘One of the good things about the UMI 
system we use is that it comes from a small 
company. If I don’t know how to get an 
effect or something goes wrong I can phone 
up Lynton Naiff who makes it and get an 
answer and the help I need.’ 

The lyrics are left till last with singer 
Andy Bell just humming or yodelling the 
vocal lines till he and Vince have stopped 
arguing about the words. This sometimes 


causes problems but Vince thinks it is the 
best way for them to work. 

Before then the backing tracks have to be 
recorded. Vince works by layering one 
track on top of another till the sound and 
texture is right. Using MIDI simplifies this; 
in the middle of the ranks of keyboards and 
little black boxes is one keyboard, desig- 
nated the master keyboard, and the compu- 
ter and UMI controller. Pressing the keys 
on the master keyboard produces drum or 
bass sounds, or samples from the other 
keyboards or whatever is switched in at that 


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time. Vince explains: ‘You start off with a 
two-bar pattern. You’ve got two ways of 
recording it; one-shot, where you play it 
once and the computer records it, and 
looping. Then it keeps repeating the pattern 
and you can add things. Using the master 
keyboard I can ajdd drum sounds one by 
one, starting with the bass. It corrects the 
timing automatically, although you can get 
it to record slight discrepancies. 

‘At first I would use the computer to play 
things I couldn’t, the fast bits, by entering 
them step by step. Now the edit facility 
ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


MUSIC 


ERASURE 

HEAD 

Why does chart-topping band Erasure prefer BBCs and Masters to 
more expensive music-making equipment? Vince Clarke reveals all 


means that I am able to scrutinise and 
correct a real performance. 

‘For that you leave the keyboard and turn 
to the computer and the edit page. There 
you can see what you’ve done visually, all 
the notes and mistakes. 

‘Each note can be adjusted. There arc 
parameters for things like length of notes 
and volume. I might impose a universal 
gate, to make all the notes the same length, 
or use the slope facility to make the high 
hats get louder through the song. When 
you’ve made all the patterns you assign 
them to a page and link them up there. 

‘When we add the vocals, a verse or 
chorus might be the wrong length but it’s 
easy to drop in extra patterns.’ 

One advantage of the UMI system is that 
it has four MIDI ports (to which the synths 
are connected) rather than one, as is stan- 
dard on the Atari ST. Producer Eric ex- 
plains: ‘Having only one MIDI port slows 
down the handling of information. That 
means that if you have 16 synths connected 
to it they tend to get out of time.’ 

MIDI as a means of control is capable of 
much more than mere music. Vince allo- 
cates spare channels to controlling the 
lights: ‘I assign the last four channels and 
some notes on the keyboards to the lights 
and program them just like music. It’s just 
triggers really. It’s so much better having 
the lights properly timed than a horrible 
mess, and you know they’ll be the same 
every night.’ 

However it is Eric who has come up with 
the most inventive application of MIDI: his 
robot the ‘MIDI Man’. ‘I’ve already built 
him on a small scale. He’s very humorous; 
he can dance, stuff like that. We’ve even got 
him to play a keyboard. At the moment he’s 
only small but I hope to make him on a 


larger scale. The small version is pretty 
convincing but it will be very different at 
human size.* 

While the two of them plan these diver- 
sions the central problem of the reliability 
of computers used in the volatile musical 
arena still remains. Relying on the 
machines, as Vince does, instead of backing 
tapes to provide sound on stage takes a 
certain amount of courage. Travelling from 
town to town and country to country, 
being flung from lorry to stage and back 
again takes a lot out of equipment designed 
to sit quietly on a desk. The BBC’s firm 
construction gives it an advantage over 
many other machines for survival ‘on the 
road’. Says Eric ‘The last thing roadies are 
concerned with when they’re unloading 
anything is whether they’ve broken it. A 
computer’s not like a guitar; you can’t put a 
new string on it. If it goes it goes. But our 
only difficulty with the BBC has been the 
extended model Bs where the board falls off 
and it rattles when you unpack it.’ 

There are advantages; taking a computer 
and a couple of boxes of discs on tour 
means fewer heavy keyboards and conse- 
quently a smaller road crew. Vince now 
takes four computers with him to avoid 
potential mishaps, although the problem 
centres not on the computer but the availa- 
bility of a steady power supply. ‘Sharing a 
power source with other equipment causes 
problems. Someone switches on the lights 
and the computer crashes.’ 

Vince points out that any piece of equip- 
ment is liable to fail under the strain of 
touring. Now he often leaves the computer 
to look after all the keyboards and drums, 
and devotes his energies to playing guitar. ‘I 
always keep a close eye on the computer, 
though,’ he admits. ‘It’s the band.’ 


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But UMI will also operate on a far more sophisticated level. You can 
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MUSIC 


THEUIHI 

LEAGUE 


Want to make music to professional standards? Then the UMI sequencer, 
which allows you to control musical instruments using your BBC micro, could be your answer 



Martin Russ 


f you’ve ever played around with the 
SOUND and ENVELOPE com- 
mands in BBC Basic, you’ll have 
found that subtlety of tonal character 
is not the Beeb’s strong point. You 
probably thought that the only music you 
were likely to produce would be something 
akin to the repetitive overtures so popular 
in games. But times change and the compu- 
ter revolution has come to electronic music 
as well: there is now a world standard 
which enables you to produce high quality 
music- MIDI. 

What is MIDI? 

MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital 
Interface. It is a standard which specifies 
both hardware - a serial interface - and the 
software - the protocol needed to enable 
communication between electronic musical 
instruments. The software is designed to 
enable any two MIDI-equipped musical 
instruments to talk to each other at least at a 
basic level. In general, MIDI allows one 
‘master’ instrument to control the workings 
of other ‘slaves’, the MIDI input effectively 
replacing the fingers on the slave’s 
keyboard, plectrum on strings or whatever. 
You can control a drum machine by tapping 
on a keyboard for example. 

MIDI is a digital standard, and one of the 
best ways of manipulating digital informa- 
tion is by computer - for example the BBC 
micro. But the MIDI serial interface runs at 
31.25 kilobaud, nearly twice as fast as the 
BBC serial port’s highest speed. So how can 
you use MIDI with a BBC micro? 

UMI is a system which enables you to use 
your BBC as a MIDI controller. There is a 
small hardware box which acts as the 
interface between the 1 MHz bus and user 



port and the five-pin DIN sockets of the 
MIDI world, plus system software supplied 
on a ROM. Once the two ribbon cables and 
the ROM are installed, all it needs is a 
*UMI command to get going. Then the 
micro can communicate with your MIDI 
instruments, can gather data from them and 
send them commands to play notes. 

Musical structures 

Stop and think about music itself. You need 
some idea of what you want from a system 
designed to control music. The first thing 
that springs to mind is that music seems to 
have many things happening at once - 
drums, bass, vocals and other instruments 
all have separate parts, but they usually 
occur at specified times - on beats. There is 
also a structure to most music - there are 
repeats of verses or choruses, and classical 
music often seems to develop in a mathema- 
tical sort of way. 

It seems as if you would need a system 


capable of controlling several musical events 
at once or in parallel. Most computer 
languages work sequentially, carrying out 
one instruction after another, and so parallel 
events aren’t common. 

UMI keeps all these parallel strands of 
music simple. You can record melodies or 
phrases and then play them back. Using an 
analogy with drum machines, these sections 
of music are called patterns. You can have a 
maximum of 127 patterns, and bearing in 
mind the repetitive nature of music, this is 
easily adequate - much like using proce- 
dures in Basic, the simple ones can be 
reused and built into many complete struc- 
tures. Each pattern can be as short as one 
beat or as long as 255 beats, so you can 
work on phrases of any size you want. 
Usually a pattern length based on the 
number of beats in a bar, say eight or 16 
beats, is a good choice, and there are steps in 
between the beats for finer detail. Most 
usually, a pattern will contain the notes for 
one instrument for a bar or two. 

There are two methods of inputting the 
music into a pattern; real-time and step- 
time. Real-time is a ‘tape recorder’ emula- 
tion, with the advantage of instant ‘tape’ 
rewind. All you do is play the notes on your 
MIDI keyboard - and the BBC micro stores 
them and can replay them at will. You can 
even overdub continuously as you record, 
adding new sounds to what you’ve already 
got, making the building up of complex 
patterns easy and quick. If you do not like 
what you have recorded, it is easy to 
re-record with a single key press. Step-time 
gives more precise control over what hap- 
pens, because you enter each event indi- 
vidually. So you would play a note, chord 
or rest, decide on its length, and then move 



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MUSIC 



Using UMI you build notes into patterns, patterns into chains and chains into your final song 


on to the next event. Step-time allows you 
to enter very complex sequences of notes 
into patterns, as well as giving very precise 
control over when the notes happen. 

You now have a pattern recorded and 
want to play it back. This is where some of 
the parallelism comes into action. Suppose 
that the pattern you have recorded is a bass 
sequence common to large parts of the 
music. You can play this back, and use it as 
a guide as you record new patterns in 
real-time. This process could then be re- 
peated, monitoring the bass sequence and 
recording patterns for other instruments. 

You can play back as many patterns at 
once as you wish, but the essence of music 
is to hear how they sound when played 
back in a particular order. This is where you 
use the next level up in UMI’s structure: 
you can assemble ‘chains’ of patterns, which 
will then play back in the order you have 
specified. The UMI software provides 16 
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play a different sequence of patterns. Each 
track can be assigned to any one of up to 16 
MIDI-equipped musical instruments. The 
first track, track A, is normally used as the 
reference track, and can control repetitions 
of the patterns, providing for very complex 
ordering possibilities. 

Storing your songs 

Once you have recorded your patterns and 
organised them into chains, and ultimately a 
song, you will need to save them. UMI uses 
floppy discs to store either patterns or chain 
data, and has facilities to use the disc as a 
voice file librarian for synthesisers. 

This means that the BBC micro can store 
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If you play back your composition, then 
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One is a simple means of making quick 
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quick editor to tidy up patterns as you 
record them, and leave the fine detail of the 
micro-editor until later. Editing in a musical 
context implies rather more than just chang- 
ing a few notes, and UMI provides a large 
number of functions designed to provide 

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meaningful changes to the often large 
amounts of data which are produced by 
MIDI-based music. 

Professional system 

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WORDPROCESSING 


AUTOMATIC 

WRITING 

Once you understand InterWord's layout codes, you can 
write Basic programs to create wordprocessor files 


*DUMP temp 


0000 

OD 

C8 

65 

72 

65 

20 

69 

73 

. . ere i s 

0008 

20 

61 

6E 

20 

65 

78 

61 

6D 

an exam 

0010 

70 

6C 

65 

2E 

20 

54 

68 

69 

pie. Thi 

0018 

73 

20 

73 

68 

6F 

72 

74 

20 

s short 

0020 

FO 

61 

72 

61 

67 

72 

61 

70 

. aragrap 

0028 

68 

20 

69 

73 

20 

6D 

61 

72 

h is mar 

0030 

6B 

65 

64 

2C 

20 

73 

61 

76 

ked, sav 

0038 

65 

64 

20 

61 

6E 

64 

20 

74 

ed and . 

0040 

68 

65 

6E 

20 

F4 

68 

65 

OD 

hen the. 

0048 

2A 

44 

55 

4D 

50 

20 

69 

73 

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0050 

20 

70 

72 

69 

6E 

74 

65 

64 

printed 

0058 

20 

6F 

75 

74 

2E 

OD 

** 

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out. . 


Figure 1. An InterWord i\\e examined by *DUMP 


A wordprocessor such as Inter- 
Word can be very useful in pre- 
paring weekly news-sheets. 
News-sheets and circulars can be 
particularly time consuming. In 
my particular case, much of the material in 
our parish news-sheet is repetitive, appear- 
ing at regular intervals. Much of the front 
page is from the Alternative Service Book, 
readings required by the congregation for 
the next Sunday’s worship. The back page, 
a list of forthcoming services, always has 
the same format. The time-consuming ele- 
ment is typing in the material, and especial- 
ly laying it out in tabulated form. As this 
form is regular, the process can be speeded 
up by using a Basic program to generate 
the wordprocessor file. The readings for 
the front page are more complex, but they 
too can be generated automatically by 
drawing the data from a database file 
containing all the readings for a two-year 
cycle of services. 

Both these programs produce InterWord 
files, so that the data can be combined with 
the normal text of the centre pages of the 
news-sheet. To do this, you need to under- 
stand how InterWord stores its data, and 
the specific layout codes used to generate 
underlines, indents and embedded charac- 
ters. If the Basic program is written cor- 
rectly, it can do all of this, so there’ll be no 
editing to do. 

The DFS’s *DUMP command allows a 
disc file to be examined byte by byte. So 
any InterWord file can be looked at, and 
the control codes used can be discovered. 
There are three ways of saving text from 
InterWord' s main menu. Option 8 allows 
you to spool text, but this converts all the 
layout codes to suitable spaces and printer 
control codes. So *DUMP tells you no- 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


thing about how InterWord stores the 
layout codes. Menu option 1 saves the 
whole text, and stores all the layout codes. 
But there also over 500 bytes of prelimin- 
ary data, which contain all your prefer- 
ences and default setup. The best way of 
saving data for :: 'DUMP is to use option 3, 
a marked save. This saves just the text 
between two markers. Then you have a 
short file that can easily reveal the layout 
codes Interword uses. 

Figure 1 shows an example. There is 
only one oddity, but an important one. 
Almost every byte has the expected ASCII 
code except bytes 0001 (&C8), 20 (&F0) 
and 44 (&F4). In each of these cases, the 
number is &80 more than the required 
ASCII code - &48 is ‘FI’, &70 is ‘p’ and 
&74 is Y. InterWord uses the normal 
ASCII codes, except when the character is 
the first on a new line. Then it sets the top 
bit of the character, in effect adding 128 


(&80) to the ASCII code. This allows it to 
distinguish between a ‘soft’ Return which 
may change if the text is reformatted, and a 
‘hard’ Return which marks the end of a 
paragraph. When printing out text, if In- 
terWord encounters a character with the 
top bit set, it starts a new line then prints 
the character with the code 128 less. Aside 
from the new line, ‘top-bit-set’ codes are 
generally interchangeable with their lower, 
normal counterparts. 

Using :: 'DUMP, the functions of most 
other control codes can be discovered. 
Most are one- or two-byte codes, with just 
a few exceptions. 

Single-byte codes are the simplest. For 
example, code &09 means ‘print the next 
character at the next Tab marker’. When 
storing text, InterWord can also store the 
current positions of the markers, and code 
&0A is used for denoting a single marker 
in the text. The Return code is used only to 


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WORDPROCESSING 


SUMDURT Of CODES 


Dec Hex CTRL Function 

18 &12 or &92 

R 

Justified text 

0 &80 

@ 

Show new line 



start 

1 &01 or &81 

A 

Force new page 

19 &13 or &93 

S 

Bold end 

2 &02 or &82 

B 

Conditional new 

20 &14 or &94 

T 

Underline end 



page 

21 &15 or &95 

U 

Dotted end 

3 &03 or &83 

C 

Enter page 

22 &16 or &96 

V 

Marked section 



number 



end 

4 &04 or &84 

D 

Enter pause 

23 &17 or &97 

W 

Centred text end 

5 &85 

E 

Ruler - 1st byte 

24 &18 or &98 

X 

Right-aligned 

6 &86 

F 

Ruler - 2nd byte 



text end 

7 &87 

G 

Last byte of code 

25 &19 or &99 

Y 

Justified text end 



1, 2 or 5 

26 &1A or &9A 

Z 

Change header 

9 &09 or &89 

I 

Tab character 



number - 1st byte 

10 &0A or &8A 

J 

Single marker 

27 &1B or &9B 

[ 

Change header 

11 &0B or &8B 

K 

Bold start 



number - last byte 

12 &0C or &8C 

L 

Underline start 

28 &1C or &9C 

\ 

Change footer 

13 &0D or &8D 

M 

Carriage Return 



number - 1st byte 



(new paragraph) 

29 &1D or &9D 

1 

Change footer 

14 &0E or &8E 

N 

Dotted start 



number - last byte 

15 &0F or &8F 

O 

Marked section 

30 &1E or &9E 

A 

Embedded **’,*:% 



start 



or printer code - 

16 &10 or &90 

P 

Centred text 



1st byte 



start 

31 &1F or &9F 



Embedded ‘*Y:\ 

17 &11 or &91 

Q 

Right-aligned 



or printer code - 



text start 



last byte 


THE TEAM PARISH OF BRAUNSTONE 
St. Peter's and St. Crispin's 

News-sheet Vol 4. No. 17 14 Feb. 1988 

7th Sunday before Easter 


This Week's Theme Christ the Friend of Sinners 


Introductory Sentence 

The Lord is gracious and merciful and his compassion is 
over all that he has made. Psalm 145.8,9 


Collect 

Merciful Lord, 

grant to your faithful people pardon and peace: 
that we may be cleansed from all our sins 
and serve you with a quiet mind; 
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 


Psalms 

32 & 119.65-72 


The end result: an automated news-sheet 


mark ‘hard’ Returns, at the beginning of a 
new paragraph. 

The most frequently used codes are 
two-byte sequences. Each of these has a 
byte before a block of text, and a matching 
byte following the block. These are used to 
control the printing style of the text, so for 
example &0B is used to embolden the 
following text, and &13 reverts to normal 
type. A similar pair of codes, &0C and 
& 14 are used to start and stop underlining. 
There is also a pair to denote a marked 
section (&0F and & 1 6), although these 
never appear in a :: *DUMPed file saved 
using menu option 3 - because this saves 
only the text between the markers. 

There is only one triplet code, and three 
codes with four bytes. The triplet is used 
to force an unconditional new page. Inter- 
Word stores a &01 byte, followed by the 
current line number, followed by &87. The 
last code must be &87, not &07, because 
the new page must also start on a new line. 
A conditional new page is set in a similar 
way, using code &02, followed by the 
current line number. Then comes a code 
representing one less than the number of 
lines needed to accomodate the text on the 
page. If the number of lines available falls 
below this threshold, then any following 
text will be forced onto the next page. The 
four-byte code is terminated by &8 7. 

Headers and footers are controlled by 
the other two four-byte codes. These begin 
with either &1A (headers) or &1C (foot- 
ers). Head and footer definitions are num- 
bered and stored separately, and the text 
contains only the old and new index num- 
bers rather than the whole header. In fact, 
you have to add &20 to the header and 
footer numbers. This is all terminated by 
&1B for a header, & ID for a footer. 

There are three types of embedded com- 
mand codes, which send specific printer 
control codes to the printer, or set operat- 
ing system or colon commands. For exam- 
ple, to define the embedded printer control 
code 27,31,13, the InterWord text would 
have to contain &1E, followed by three 
Return characters and &1F. These three 
Returns are characteristic of embedded 
commands, as a star command can be 
stored in the text with &1E, Return, the 
text of the command (for example, *CAT), 
followed by two Returns and &1F. A 
colon command for the built-in program- 
ming language is similar, the text being 
preceded by two Returns and followed by 
Return and &1F. 

Finally, new rulers can also be written 
directly into files by a Basic program. This 


gives you precise control over the format 
taken by the text when it is printed out by 
InterWord. The structure of the ruler can 
best be described by looking at the default 
ruler. This starts with &85 and &86; make 
sure you don’t use &05 and &06 because 
the ruler takes up two lines on screen, so 
the two top-bit-set characters are needed to 
cause new lines and allow enough room. 


The next three bytes define the left margin 
for the first line of a paragraph, the right 
margin, and the main left margin. The main 
left margin is where most lines start: the 
first line of a paragraph can be indented or 
hanging. All of these are stored in terms of 
character positions along the ruler, minus 
one. Next in the ruler come two zero 
bytes, followed by the Tab markers. Again 


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WORDPROCESSING 


these are simply character positions minus 
one. There can be any number of Tabs, but 
the list must be ended with &8 7. Inter- 
Word's ruler can be up to 120 characters 
wide, but there is also a minimum width of 
10 characters. 

In InterWord , you can search for the 
occurrence of most of these codes using the 
Search function called with CTRL-G. All 
you need to do is specify for example “|E” 
for the first &85 byte of the ruler — the 
other | characters are shown in the sum- 
mary table. This searching doesn’t work 
with the Search and Replace option from 
the main menu, though. 

Once you know what sort of codes you 
need in an InterWord document, it is 
possible to produce repetitive parts of that 
document from a Basic program. All the 
program has to do is send the required 
textual data and control codes to a disc file 
using BPUT#. Remember that you can’t 
use PRINT# to send strings, because Basic 
stores its strings in reverse order in data 
files, and precedes them with identification 
codes that InterWord doesn’t understand. 
Listings 1 and 2 are examples showing the 
principles of the method, although clearly 
any program for a real job would be more 
complicated. 

The first program merely illustrates how 
to open a new file, then place text into it. 
The word ‘BOLD’ is written out by 
PROCbput, one character at a time. You 
can’t use PRINT# because this reverses 
the characters in the string. To embolden 
the text, it is preceded by a ‘Start Bold’ 
code, &8B, and followed by an ‘End Bold’ 
code, &93. The second program opens a 
new file and writes out a ruler, complete 
with a nine-character hanging indent and 
Tab stops every five places. Finally a piece 
of text is centred below the ruler. Notice 
that the first and second programs both use 
PROCbput - the only difference is that the 
first version places a Return character at 
the end of every string, whereas the second 
allows several strings to be written onto 
one line. Finally, both programs close their 
file with CLOSE . 

Once you’ve produced your file, you 
can load it into InterWord using the Load 
Text at Cursor command, option 4 in the 
main menu. 

Now you can create InterWord files 
from a Basic program both quickly and 
easily, and you can use all the page layout 
and formatting features that InterWord can 
offer. Our parish news-sheet can now be 
written automatically, by a Basic program 
that requires only today’s date as input. 


10 REM to print ’BOLD 7 in bold 
20 s 

30 -f 7=0PENQUT "FILE" 

40 a$=CHR$ ( &BB ) + M BOLD n +CHR* ( &93 ) 

50 PROCbput <a*,-f 7.) 

60 CLOSE# f 7. 

70 END 
80 s 

90 DEF PROCbput <str$, chX) 

100 LOCAL 17. 

110 IF str$="" THEN GOTO 140 
120 FOR 17=1 TO LEN (str$) 

130 BPUT# ch7., ASC<MID$<str*, 17., 1) ) 
140 NEXT 

150 BPUT# -f 7., &0D 
160 ENDPROC 


Listing 1. Simple Basic program for bold text in InterWord 


10 

REM de-fine a 50 character ruler 

20 

REM and centred text 

30 

m 

m 


40 

lmargin7= 

9 

50 

rmargin7= 

54 

60 

indent7=- 

9 

70 

tabs7.=5 


80 

■ 

■ 


90 

f 7=0PEN0UT "FILE" 

100 

BPUT# f7., 

&85 

110 

BPUT# f7, 

8<86 

120 

BPUT# f 7, 

1 margi n7+i ndent7 

130 

BPUT# f7.. 

rmargi n7 

140 

BPUT# f7., 

lmargin 

150 

BPUT# f7., 

0 

160 

BPUT# f7., 

0 

170 

m 

• 


180 

FOR 17=1 margi n7+tabs7 TO rmargi 

n7-l STEP tabs'/. 


190 

BPUT# f 7. , 

17 

200 

NEXT 


210 

■ 

■ 


220 

BPUT# f7, 

&87 

230 

■ 

m 


240 

BPUT# f7, 

&90 

250 

PROCbput < 

"This is centred " , f 7) 

260 

BPUT# f7, 

&17 

270 

m 

■ 


280 

CLOSE# f7. 


290 

END 


300 

• 

■ 


310 

DEF PROCbput (str$, ch7) 

320 

LOCAL 17. 


330 

IF str$=" 

" THEN GOTO 370 

340 

FOR 17=1 

TO LEN (str$) 

350 

BPUT# ch7 

, ASC (MID$ (str$, 17, 1 ) ) 

360 

NEXT 


370 

ENDPROC 



Listing 2. Defining a ruler and centring text 


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EDUCATION 

GETTING DOWN 
TO BUSINESS 


Using business simulations in the classroom is a good way to help pupils understand 
both how businesses work and how they use computers 



Nick Evans 


T he business studies department of 
most secondary schools often 
works closely with the computer 
studies or IT department; their 
areas of interest overlap. This is 
because data processing applications form a 
large part of both syllabuses. 

You might expect business studies to be 
dealing with computer use at a practical and 
case study level, but most of the GCSE IT 
syllabuses also have a practical case study 
examining industrial applications. The 
Southern Examining Group syllabus for 
1987/8 uses a supermarket till and stock 
control simulation, the Northern Examin- 
ing Association has a personnel monitoring 
system case study and the Midlands Ex- 
amining Group studies the operation of the 
DVLC in Swansea. 

In the recent moves towards integrating 
computers and information technology into 
the wider curriculum, this area is one where 
success will be easiest. Many IT co- 
ordinators, whose brief it is to integrate IT 
into the curriculum, are drawn from busi- 
ness studies teaching because they are so 
closely linked. This article examines a cou- 
ple of areas of compatibility and some of the 
teaching materials available. 

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trading operation then, it should be possible 
to look at a number of issues; stock control, 
till operation, staff monitoring and 
accounts, for example. This particular set 
relates specifically to the use of computers 
in retail management. 

Other more general issues are also in- 
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from the store’s and the customer’s view- 
point, advertising and display techniques 
and personnel management. 

With the second set of areas an imagina- 
tive teacher will enlist the help of other 
departments within a school. For example, 
the moral issues raised by the free availabil- 
ity of credit and persuasive marketing tech- 
niques can be expanded upon in the huma- 
nities department, or the control of personal 
finances and the budgeting strategies of 
businesses and corporations can be de- 
veloped in personal and social development 
groups. So, too, can the issues relating to 
personnel management - workers’ rights 
and how they relate to the law. These are all 
topics which provide fresh insights into a 
business which are not necessarily empha- 
sised in the business studies course. 

Subjects like stock control, however, may 
be dealt with as part of an integrated theme 
within the business and computer studies 
areas. There are many simulations available 
that allow the user to set up small businesses 
and steer them through a number of years’ 
trading activities. 

One example of this type of material is 
the Cement Business Game from RBRC 
Software. This package of materials was 


developed in conjunction with Blue Circle, 
and involves setting up and running a 
cement company, looking at all aspects of 
the business. The aim is to promote 
forward-planning and an understanding of 
the consequences of risk-taking in business. 
The package is group-based - each group 
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company, with a competition to select the 
most successful. The incentive as far as the 
pupils are concerned is that this is a 
dynamic, interactive ‘game’. For the 
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into a situation that is as near the real thing 
as possible. 

The package comes complete with a set of 
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cement industry. The game is aimed at sixth 
form students and those in further and 
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At the other end of the spectrum is the 
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the electronic business tools available - 
wordprocessors, spreadsheets and databases 
- and provide an overview by using cut- 
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cepts of basic business tools and their 
relation to the business operation, and 
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still widely used set of business tools. Many 
schools have standardised on the View 
family, and this situation is reinforced in 
those schools which have installed Master 
128s as they come provided with the View 
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The thing which makes Micros in Business 
attractive to both business and computer 
studies teachers is that the classwork may be 
biased towards either or both subject areas. 

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EDUCATION 



Cement Business Game ms developed in conjunction with 'real company’ Blue Circle 


For example, the package contains a sub- 
section called ‘The Small Business Suite’, 
which examines the use of software by a 
fictitious small building company. At the 
same time, the spreadsheet, database and 
wordprocessor sections examine the work- 
ings of these tools, their applications to a 
business, and the ways of getting the best 
use from them. 

One of the most comprehensive business 
simulations is the MEP’s Business Data 
Processing. It includes a simulation - Lei- 
sure Unlimited - which is also available as a 
separate product. The whole pack was 
designed for the GCSE Computer Studies 
National Criteria, and every local education 
authority has received a master copy, which 
may be freely distributed. Sadly, the volume 
of materials involved makes this hardly 
practicable. It may be that your LEA 
computer adviser has copies that are avail- 
able for loan or purchase. Failing that, packs 
can be bought from Resource. 

The materials comprise readers, case stu- 
dies, projects and classroom reports, as well 
as the software tools discs which enable you 
to string together data processing routines 
into structures appropriate to a number of 
business simulations. Leisure Unlimited it- 
self is a mail order catalogue simulation 
which teaches through a series of ‘in-tray’ 
exercises. It covers ordering procedures, 
invoicing, despatch, statements and pay- 
ments. It simulates the jobs of staff in five 
main departments - sales, accounts, ware- 
housing, computer operations and customer 
service. Students role-play these jobs and 
process orders in a normal day’s trading. 
‘Errors’ are designed into the system to 
provide real-life problems that have to be 
resolved. All the forms and computer mate- 
rials needed for the pack are included as 
copy masters so that the dedicated sets of 
materials may be made for each group. 

GSN’s Mail Order pack is similar. It is 
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Products as part of Granada Television’s 
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produced most of the software. Like Lei- 
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mini-enterprise, in which the structure of 
the business and content are created by the 
groups of role-playing pupils. The trading 
simulation takes place over a fixed period. 
This package uses the Key database de- 
scribed last month in Acorn User. The data 
file already contains a catalogue of some 
mail-order items which can be extended. 
Once again, copyable materials are provided. 

The problem with any of this type of 
material is that it rarely relates directly to 


the children’s own lives - and nowadays 
that’s a definite pre-requisite in the primary 
classroom. The use of second-hand experi- 
ences is still acceptable in the secondary 
school, however, and indeed is often dic- 
tated by the nature of the material the 
children may be handling. 

It is interesting to see a further set of 
materials which actually relate fairly closely 
to something which most children have 
experienced at first hand by the age of 12 or 
13 - the fast-food checkout. 

Trader from Star Devices provides a 
simulation of the type of till used when you 
order your ‘quarterpounder with cheese 
and fries to go’. This uses the Concept 
Keyboard as its input medium - a device 
that bears a great resemblance to the tills in 
fast-food chains. Not only do these tills 
display the amounts of money about to 
change hands, they also provide the oper- 
ator with a visible reminder of the products 
ordered by the customer, as each item on 
the menu has a dedicated button. 

The till operation covers not only the 
present transaction but also updates stock 
and accounts records. The thing this pack- 
age lacks is a set of curriculum notes. 
Having said that, it is unlikely that teachers 
will have any difficulty in integrating this 
type of software into their general syllabus. 
These programs may be configured to 
enable exploitation in other ways, present- 
ing a different model of reality. It would be 
interesting to use them in an actual trading 
operation within the school - school lun- 


ches, a tuck shop or as part of some other 
enterprise, perhaps. 

Finally, an interesting overview of the 
way your gas bill is arrived at is provided by 
the Gas Billing System from Addison Wes- 
ley. It examines all aspects of billing, 
including connection and dis-conncction 
and its associated moral conflicts, plus the 
reasons for errors under this type of system. 
Although the package is designed for 
GCSE, BTEC and CPVE courses, it will 
prove valuable within the business studies 
area too. The pack comprises teacher’s 
book, pupil’s book and software. 

There is room for much co-operation 
between computer studies and business 
studies. A school’s particular situation will 
naturally dictate the extent to which such 
co-operation can take place. But the almost 
unique links between the two disciplines in 
the upper age range of secondary school 
provides an opportunity for integrated and 
highly motivating work. 

RBRC Software , 12 Collegiate Crescent , 
Sheffield SI 0 2BA. Tel: (0742) 682321. 
Acornsoft, Technopark , Newmarket Road , 
Cambridge. Tel: (0223)214411. 

Resource , Exeter Road } Doncaster DN2 
4PY. Tel: (0302) 63800. 

Mercury Educational Products , PO Box 
194 , Sevenoaks TNI 5 8TZ. 

Star Devices , Harman House , Andover 
Road , Winchester S023 7BS. Tel: (0962) 
63626. 

Addison Wesley , Finchampstead Road , 
Wokingham , Berks. Tel: (0734) 794000. 


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COMPATIBILITY 


Program 

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B+/128 Master 

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Compact 

Electron 

Arc 

6502SP/ 

Turbo 

ADFS 

Econct 

Shadow 

RAM 

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STEP BY STEP 


See Step by Step, page 37 
Listing 1. Link file 

10 REM Read and Display V.VS Link Fil 
e 

20 REM by Bruce Smith 
30 REM -For BBC B/B+/M/C 
40 REM <c) Acorn User June 1988 
50 : 

60 MODE 3 
70 PROCsetup 
80 PROCdispl ay 
90 CLOSE# ?handle% 

100 END 

110 5 

120 DEF PROCdispl ay 

130 PRINT "Reading Information from Li 
nk File"’ , 

140 PRINT TAB <5) j "Record" ; TAB < 15) 5 "Inc 
ame " 5 TAB (25) ; "Expenditure" 

150 FOR loop=l TO 12 
160 PRINT TAB (5) ; loop; 

170 PRINT TAB < 15) ; FNread (handle - /., 1, loo 
P> ; 

180 PRINT TAB (25) $ FNread (handled, 2,1 00 
P> 

190 NEXT 
200 ENDPROC 

210 5 

220 DEF PROCsetup 

230 PRINT "ViewSheet Link File Display 
Uti 1 i ty " 9 9 

240 handl e7.=FNopen ( "10" ) 

250 ENDPROC 
260 1 

270 DEF FNread <f 7., x"/., y%) 


280 LOCAL n 

290 IF <x7.<l) OR <x7.>f7.?l) THEN PROCer 
ror ( 1 ) 

300 IF <y*/.<l) OR (x7->f7-?2) THEN PROCer 
ror ( 2 ) 

310 PTR# ?f7.=6*<<y%-l)*f7.?l+x7.) 

320 INPUT# ?f7.,n 
330 =n 
340 s 

350 DEF FNopen (f i le*) 

360 LOCAL f X 
370 DIM f7. 2 

380 PRINT "Opening V.VS"jfile* 

390 ?f*/.=OPENIN<"V. VS"+f ile$) 

400 IF ?f"/.=0 THEN PROCer ror (3) 

410 PTR# ?f*/.=5 

420 IF BGET# ?f%OS<AA THEN PROCerror (4 

) 

430 PTR# ?f*/.=3 
440 f7.?2=B6ET# ?f7. 

450 f7.?l=BGET# ?f7. 

460 =f7. 

470 s 

480 DEF PROCerror (number*/.) 

490 IF number%=0 THEN REPORT 
500 IF number7.= l THEN PRINT "x paramet 
er too big" 

510 IF number"/.=2 THEN PRINT "y paramet 
er too big" 

520 IF number*/.=3 THEN PRINT "Sorry - n 
o such file! " 

530 CLOSE# 0 
540 END 


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See Hints & Tips, page 31 
Listing 1. Lotus menus 


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HINTS & T I P S 


10 REM Lotus Menu 

20 REM by Graham Crow 

30 REM for B/B+/E/M/C 

40 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 

50 : 

60 MODE 0 

70 ON ERROR PROCerr 
80 PROCinit 
90 REPEAT 
100 PROCprog 
110 UNTIL quit - /. 

120 END 
130 s 

140 DEF PROCerr 

150 IF ERR=17 VDU 28, 0, YX+2, 79, YX, 12, 2 
6 s GOTO 90 
160 CLS 
170 REPORT 

180 PRINT " at line " ; ERL 

190 *FX 4 

200 *FX 229 

210 VDU 23, 1, 1;0;0;0; 

220 END 
230 ENDPROC 
240 s 

250 DEF PROCinit 
260 MX=15 

270 DIM menu* (MX) , sub* (MX) ,placeX(MX) 
280 FOR JX=1 TO MX. 

290 menu*(JX)=STRING*(15, 

300 NEXT 

310 FOR JX=1 TO MX 

320 sub*(JX)=STRING*(60, "*"> 

330 NEXT 

340 XX=3:YX=0 

350 ini t*=STRING* (MX, ) 

360 qui tX=FALSE 

370 line*=STRING*(79, "="> 

380 PRINT TAB (0, 3) 1 ine$ TAB (0, 29) 1 i ne* 
390 ENDPROC 
400 s 

410 DEF FNmenu 

420 VDU 23, 1,0;0;0;0; 

430 *FX 4,1 

440 VDU 28, 0, YX+2, 79, YX, 12,26 

450 COLOUR 129: COLOUR 0 

460 PRINT TAB (73, YX+2) M MENU " 

470 COLOUR 128: COLOUR 1 
480 : 

490 VDU 31 , XX, Y 7. 

500 FOR J7.= l TO NX. 

510 PRINT menu*(JX)" : " ; 

520 NEXT- 
530 : 

540 PRINT TAB (XX., YX+1) sub* ( 1 ) 

550 : 

560 COLOUR 129: COLOUR 0 
570 PRINT TAB (XX, YX) menu* ( 1 ) 

580 COLOUR 128: COLOUR 1 
590 : 

600 ini t*=" " 

610 FOR JX=1 TO NX. 

620 ini t*=init*+LEFT* (menu* (JX.) , 1) 

630 NEXT 
640 : 

650 posX.=XX. 

660 FOR JX.= 1 TO NX. 

670 pi ace'/. (JX) =posX. 

680 posX=posX+LEN (menu* ( JX.) ) +3 
690 NEXT 
700 : 

710 itemX.= l 

720 escapeX.=FALSE 


730 *FX 229, 1 
740 : 

750 REPEAT 
760 remX=itemX 
770 REPEAT 
780 *FX 15 
790 GX=GET 

800 IX.= INSTR(init*,CHR*(GX.) ) 

810 UNTIL GX.= 13 OR GX.= 136 OR GX.= 137 DR 
GX.=27 OR IX.>0 
820 : 

830 IF GX.= 13 OR GX.=27 THEN 990 
840 IF IX. >0 itemX.= IX.:GOTO 880 
850 IF GX.= 137 i temX.=i temX+1 s IF itemX.>N 
X. itemX.= l 

860 IF GX.= 136 i temX.=i temX.-l : IF itemX.Cl 
itemX=NX 
870 : 

880 VDU 31 , pi aceX (remX) , YX 
890 COLOUR 128: COLOUR 1 
900 PRINT menu* (remX) 

910 : 

920 VDU 31,placeX.(itemX.) , YX 
930 COLOUR 129: COLOUR 0 
940 PRINT menu*(itemX) 

950 : 

960 COLOUR 128: COLOUR 1 

970 PRINT TAB (0, YX+1 ) SPC (79) TAB(XX.,YX. 

+1 ) sub* (itemX) 

980 ~: 

990 UNTIL GX.= 13 OR GX.=27 OR IX.>0 
1000 IF GX.=27 escapeX.=TRUE ELSE GX.=item 

X. 

1010 *FX 229 

1020 VDU 23, 1, IjOjOjO; 

1030 *FX 4 
1040 =GX. 

1050 : 

1060 DEF PROCmainmenu 
1070 NX.=7 
1080 RESTORE 1140 
1090 FOR JX.= 1 TO NX. 

1100 READ n*,d* 

1110 menu*(J7.)=n* 

1120 sub*(JX.)=d* 

1130 NEXT 

1140 DATA Chart, Enter window on family 
tree 

1150 DATA File, Save or Load database 
1160 DATA Edit, Create or Edit data 
1170 DATA Link, Link individual by marri 
age or parentage 

1180 DATA Report , Reports and Enquiries 
menu 

1190 DATA Printer , Configure and enable 
printer 

1200 DATA Quit, Leave program and return 
to BASIC 

1210 selX.=FNmenu 

1220 IF escapeX. VDU 28, 0, YX+2, 79, YX, 12, 

26: ENDPROC 

1230 IF selX.=7 qui tX.=TRUE: ENDPROC 
1240 IF selX.=5 PROCreportsmenu ELSE PRO 
Cacti on 
1250 ENDPROC 
1260 : 

1270 DEF PROCreportsmenu 
1280 NX=5 
1290 RESTORE 1350 
1300 FOR JX.= 1 TO NX. 

1310 READ n*,d* 

1320 menu* ( JX) =n* 

1330 sub* ( JX) =d* 

Continued ► 


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◄ Hints & Tips listing 1 continued 

1340 NEXT 

1350 DATA Anscestors, Print ancestor cha 
rt 

1360 DATA Descendants, Print descendant 
chart 

1370 DATA Search,Menu of search options 
1380 DATA Table, Produce printed table o 
f all members by name and number 
1390 DATA Relati ve, Search for specified 
relatives 
1400 sel7=FNmenu 

1410 IF escape*/. PROCmainmenu: ENDPROC 
1420 IF sel7.=3 PROCsearchmenu ELSE PROC 
action 

1430 ENDPROC 
1440 r 

1450 DEF PROCsearchmenu 
1460 N7.=2 
1470 RESTORE 1530 
1480 FOR J7.= l TO N7. 

1490 READ n*,d* 

1500 menu$(J7.)=n$ 

1510 sub*(J7.)=d* 

1520 NEXT 

1530 DATA Name, Search according to name 
(or partial name) 

1540 DATA Condi tion, Search according to 

condition 

1550 sel7.=FNmenu 

1560 IF escaped PROCreportsmenu ELSE PR 
OCaction 
1570 ENDPROC 
1580 s 

1590 DEF PROCprog 


1600 VDU 28,0,28,79,10,12,26 

1610 COLOUR 129: COLOUR 0 

1620 PRINT TAB (70, Y7.+2) " PROGRAM " 

1630 COLOUR 128: COLOUR 1 

1640 PRINT TAB (3, 10) "APPLICATION PROGRA 

M"TAB(3, 11 ) " " 

1650 PRINT TAB(3, 13) "To invoke the stru 
ctured menu system, press /" 

1660 PRINT TAB (3, 15) "WHEN IN THE MENUS, 
THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS APPLY: " 

1670 PRINT TAB (3, 17) "Left & right arrow 
s move highlighted bar" 

1680 PRINT TAB(3, 18) "Selection is by RE 
TURN or initial letter" 

1690 PRINT TAB (3, 19) "ESCAPE takes you b 
ack to next higher level" 

1700 PRINT TAB (3, 20) "The lower line des 
cribes the highlighted item" 

1710 PRINT TAB (3, 22) "PRESS / TO CALL UP 

THE MAIN MENU "5 

1720 REPEAT UNTIL GET=47 

1730 PROCmainmenu 

1740 ENDPROC 

1750 : 

1760 DEF PROCaction 

1770 COLOUR 129: COLOUR 0 

1780 PRINT TAB (70, Y7-+2) " PROGRAM " 

1790 COLOUR 128: COLOUR 1 
1800 PRINT TAB(X7., Y7.+2) "CARRY OUT APPRO 
PRIATE ACTION" ; 

1810 PRINT " — Press space bar ": 

1820 REPEAT UNTIL GET=32 
1830 VDU 28,0,Y7.+2,79,Y7., 12,26 
1840 ENDPROC 


Listing 2. Music sheet printer 


10 REM Manuscript printer 
20 REM by Terry Blunt 

30 REM for B/B+/E/M/C/A & Epson print 
er 

40 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 
50 : 

60 ON ERROR PROCerror 
70 MODE 7 

80 PRINT TAB (2, 4) "This program print 
s plain musical " 

90 PRINT "stave lines on standard 'A4 
paper. " 

100 PRINT TAB (2, 7) "The program will o 
perate with any" 

110 PRINT "EPSON compatible printer. " 
120 REPEAT 

130 PRINT TAB (2, 11) SPC(38) CHR$11; 

140 INPUT "Number of sheets to print? 

" sheets^ 

150 UNTIL sheets7>0 
160 emptyZ=FNspace 
170 : 

180 FOR count%=l TO sheets^ 

190 VDU 2 

200 FOR test7.= l TO 3 
210 VDU 1,0 
220 NEXT 
230 VDU 3 

240 PRINT TAB (5, 13) CHR$(136) "Printer 
is off line" CHR$13; 

250 REPEAT 

260 UNTIL FNspace=emptyX 
270 *FX 15,1 

280 PRINT "Insert sheet "5 count*/. " an 
d hit a key"; 


290 

IF GET PRINT 


300 

VDU 2 


310 

VDU 1,27,1,65,1,7 


320 

: 


330 

FOR stave7.= l TO 12 


340 

FOR line7.= l TO 5 


350 

FOR char 7.= 1 TO 80 


360 

VDU 1,95 


370 

NEXT charX 


380 

NEXT li ne7. 


390 

FOR blank7.= l TO 5 


400 

VDU 1, 10 


410 

NEXT blank7. 


420 

NEXT stave7. 


430 

5 


440 

VDU 1, 12 


450 

VDU 3 


460 

NEXT county. 


470 

PRINT CHR$ (11) "Finished 

printing 

SPC22 

480 

END 


490 

: 


500 

DEF PROCerror 


510 

VDU 3 


520 

REPORT 


530 

PRINT " at line ERL 


540 

END 


550 

ENDPROC 


560 

: 


570 

DEF FNspace 


580 

A7.=&80 


590 

X7.=&FC 


600 

Y7.=&FF 


610 

= (USR &FFF4 AND 8 <FFFFFF) 

DIV 8/100 


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HINTS & T I P S 


Listing 3. Mode 7 compressor 

10 REM Mode 7 Screen Compressor 
20 REM by V J Spanner 
30 REM for B/B+/M/C 
40 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 
50 s 

60 MODE 7 

70 INPUT "Screen to compress s " fl$ 
80 INPUT "Save compressed file as : " 
f 2$ 

90 MODE 7 

100 PROCoscli ("LOAD "+fl$+" FFFF7C00" ) 
110 X=0PEN0UT(f2*> 

120 ti mes"/.=0: val ue"/.=?$<7C00: bytes"/.=0 
130 FOR screen"/, =&7C00 TO &7FFF 
140 IF ?screen7.<>value7. OR times%=255 
THEN BPUT# X, value"/.: BPUT# X, times?.: times 
y.=0 ELSE times"/.=times7.+ l 
150 value7.=?screen"/. 

160 NEXT 

170 bytes"/.=EXT# X 
180 CLOSE# X 
190 CLS 

200 PRINT "Screen saved as " f2$ 

210 PRINT 1023-bytes"/.?" bytes saved" 
220 END 
230 : 

240 DEF PROCoscli ($&700) 

250 LOCAL X"/., Y"/.:Y7=7 
260 CALL &FFF7 
270 ENDPROC 


Listing 4. Mode 7 expander 

10 REM Mode 7 Screen Decompressor 
20 REM by V J Spanner 
30 REM for B/B+/M/C 
40 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 
50 : 

60 MODE 7 

70 INPUT "Filename to decompress : 

f* 

80 MODE 7 
90 X=0PENIN(f*> 

100 start"/.=&7BFF 
110 REPEAT 
120 value*=BGET# X 
130 times"/.=BGET# X 

140 FOR D7.=start7. TO start7.+timesX 
150 ?D"/.=value'/. 

160 NEXT 

170 start7.=start%+times"/.+ l 

180 UNTIL EOF# X 

190 CLOSE# X 

200 A=GET 

210 END 


Listing 5. Case converter 

1 REM Upper to lower 

2 REM by Roger Stark 

3 REM for B/B+/E/M/C 

4 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 

5 FOR t=PAGE TO LOMEM 

6 v=?t 

7 IF v=ScOD THEN PRINT? (t+2> + (? (t+1 ) * 
256) :t=t+3: GOTO 14 

8 IF v=34 THEN REPEAT t=t+l: UNTIL ?t 
=34 OR ? ( t+1 ) =&0D: GOTO 14 

9 IF v=&DC OR v=&F4 THEN REPEAT t=t+ 

1: UNTIL ? (t+1 >=&0D: GOTO 14 

Continued ► 


◄ Hints & Tips listing 5 continued 

10 IF v=S«8D THEN t=t+3:G0T0 14 

11 IF v=3S THEN REPEAT t=t+l* UNTIL ?t 
<47 OR (?t >57 AND ?t<65) OR ?t>92:t=t-l: 
GOTO 14 

12 IF v>64 AND v<92 AND ? (t+1 >037 TH 
EN ?t=v+32 

13 IF v=37 AND (?(t-2>>96 AND ?(t-2)< 
123) AND (? (t-1 ) >64 AND ?(t-l)<96) THEN 
? (t-1 ) =? ( t — 1 ) +32 

14 NEXT 

15 END 


Listing 6. Datestamper 

10 REM Program Datestamper 
20 REM by G K Davis 

30 REM for Master or B/B+/E/C with RT 
C 

40 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 
50 : 

60 PROCclearmem 
70 PROCassemble 
80 PROCchecksum 
90 PROCsavecode 
100 END 
110 : 

120 DEF PROCclearmem 
130 FOR I"/.=S<AOO TO &A2F 
140 ?I7.=0 
150 NEXT 17. 

160 ENDPROC 
170 : 

180 DEF PROCassemble 

190 code"/.=&AOO 

200 FOR pass=0 TO 3 STEP 3 

210 P"/.=code7. 

220 COPT pass 
230 LDA #0 
240 STA buffer 
250 LDA #14 

260 LDX #buf f er MOD 256 

270 LDY #buf f er DIV 256 

280 JSR &FFF1 

290 LDX #255 

300 .insert 

310 INX 

320 LDA remstring,X 

330 PHA 

340 STX store 

350 TAY 

360 LDX #0 

370 LDA #138 

380 JSR &FFF4 

390 LDX store 

400 PLA 

410 CMP #&D 

420 BNE insert 

430 RTS 

440 .remstring 

450 OPT FNequs ( "OREM "> 

460 .store 

470 OPT FNequb(O) 

480 .buffer 
490 1 
500 NEXT 
510 ENDPROC 
520 : 

530 DEF PROCchecksum 
540 C=0 

550 FOR I7=S<A00 TO &A2F 
560 C=C+?(I"/.) 

Continued ► 


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HINT S & TIPS 


◄ Hints & Tips listing 6 continued 

570 NEXT IX 

580 IF C05176 THEN PRINT "Check list! 
ng. " sEND 

590 ENDPROC 

600 i 

610 DEF PRGCsavecode 

620 PRINT "Press SPACE to save code" 
630 REPEAT UNTIL BET=32 
640 *SAVE STAMP FFFF0A00+2B 
650 ENDPROC 

660 i 

670 DEF FNequb <bX) 

680 ?PX*bX 
690 PX-PX+1 
700 =*pass 
710 i 

720 DEF FNequs (b$) 

730 *PX»b* 

740 PX-PX+LEN(b*> 

750 «pasi 


Listing 7. Ignore printer codes 


10 

REM Printer Ignore Control 


20 

REM by Robin Burton 


30 

REM for B/B+/E/M/C 


40 

REM <c> Acorn User June 1988 


50 

: 


60 

osbyte=&FFF4 


70 

wrchv=&20E 


80 

oldvec=$<ACB 


90 

S"/.=Sc900 


100 

8 


110 

PROCclearmem 


120 

PROCassemble 


130 

PROCchecksum 


140 

PROCsavecode 


150 

ag 

PRINT ' "On/off flag is at St";'* 

ignf 1 

160 

END 


170 

I 


180 

DEF PROCclearmem 


190 

FOR IX=S<900 TO 8t9BA 


200 

?IX=0 


210 

NEXT IX 


220 

ENDPROC 


230 

8 


240 

DEF PROCassemble 


250 

FOR pass=0 TO 3 STEP 3 


260 

PX=S% 


270 

COPT pass 


280 

. vecset 


290 

LDA wrchv 


300 

STA oldvec 


310 

LDA wrchv+1 


320 

STA oldvec+1 


330 

LDA #newvec MOD 256 


340 

LDX #newvec DIV 256 


350 

SEI 


360 

STA wrchv 


370 

STX wrchv+1 


380 

CL I 


390 

LDA oldig+1 


400 

BEQ newig 


410 

STA oldig 


420 

RTS 


430 

8 


440 

.newig 


450 

LDA #&F6 


460 

LDX #0 


470 

LDY #&FF 

Continued ► 


◄ Hints & Tips listing 7 continued 


480 

JSR 

osbyte 

490 

DEX 


500 

STX 

oldig 

510 

STX 

oldig+1 

520 

RTS 


530 

: 


540 

. newvec 

550 

STA 

chr 

560 

PHP 


570 

PHA 


580 

TXA 


590 

PHA 


600 

TYA 


610 

PHA 


620 

8 


630 

LDA 

#&75 

640 

JSR 

osbyte 

650 

TXA 


660 

AND 

#1 

670 

BEQ 

output 

680 

s 


690 

LDX 

chr 

700 

LDA 

ignf lag 

710 

BEQ 

set ignore 

720 

CMP 

#2 

730 

BNE 

stdignore 

740 

1 


750 

DEX 


760 

CPX 

oldig 

770 

BEQ 

force 

780 

INX 


790 

JMP 

seti gnore 

800 

: 


810 

• force 

820 

LDA 

#3 

830 

JSR 

oswr 

840 

LDA 

chr 

850 

JSR 

oswr 

860 

LDA 

#2 

870 

JSR 

oswr 

880 

PLA 


890 

TAY 


900 

PLA 


910 

TAX 


920 

PLA 


930 

PLP 


940 

RTS 


950 

8 


960 

. stdignore 

970 

LDX 

oldig 

980 

. set ignore 

990 

LDA 

#6 

1000 

INX 


1010 

JSR 

osbyte 

1020 

X 


1030 

. output 

1040 

PLA 


1050 

TAY 


1060 

PLA 


1070 

TAX 


1080 

PLA 


1090 

PLP 


1100 

. oswr 

1110 

JMP 

(oldvec) 

1120 

8 


1130 

. oldvec 

1140 

BRK 


1150 

BRK 


1160 

s 


1170 

. chr 

1180 

BRK 


1190 

8 


1200 

• ignf lag 


Continued ► 


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ARC AGORA 


◄ Hints & Tips listing 7 continued 

1210 OPT FNequb (0) 

1220 s 
1230 .oldig 
1240 BRK 

1250 OPT FNequb (9) 

1260 3 
1270 NEXT 
1280 ENDPROC 
1290 s 

1300 DEF PROCchecksum 
1310 T7-=0 

1320 FOR C7.=S7. TO chr 
1330 T7.=T7.+?C7. 

1340 NEXT 

1350 IF T7.<> 14058 PRINT "Code has erro 
rs" s END 
1360 ENDPROC 
1370 s 

1380 DEF PROCsavecode 
1390 S$=STR$~S7. 


1400 L7.=P7.-S7. 

1410 L$=STR$n.7. 

1420 A$="*SAVE IGNSWCH "+S*+"+"+L$+" •• + 
S$ 

1430 PRINT "Press SPACE to save code" 
1440 REPEAT UNTIL GET=32 
1450 PROCoscl i <A*> 

1460 ENDPROC 
1470 s 

1480 DEF FNequb (b7.) 

1490 ?P7.=b7. 

1500 P7.=P7.+ 1 
1510 =pass 
1520 : 

1530 DEF PROCoscl i (string*) 

1540 DIM X7. &FF 
1550 Y7.= X7. DIV 256 
1560 $X7.=string$ 

1570 CALL &FFF7 
1580 ENDPROC 


See Arc Agora, page 34 


Listing 1. In-betweening 


< Arc Agora listing 1 continued 

10 REM Arc Agora - listing 1 


450 type=0 

20 REM In-betweening 


460 REPEAT 

30 REM by Dave Lawrence 


470 MOUSE x , y, but 

40 REM for Archimedes only 


480 IF type=l AND type (t) =5 THEN 

50 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 


490 GCOL 3, c7. 

60 : 


500 MOVE x%,y7. 

70 MODE 8 


510 DRAW x , y 

80 OFF 


520 DRAW x7.,y7. 

90 DIM start ( 100, 1 ) , end C 100, 1 ) , step ( 1 


530 END IF 

00, 1) ,type(100) 


540 IF but=2 OR but=4 THEN 

100 type 0=5 


550 a (t , 0) =x 

110 *P0 INTER 1 


560 a (t , 1 ) =y 

120 MOUSE ON 1 


570 type2=type (t ) 

130 PROCinput (start (), 100, 1 , n) 


580 IF c7.= l THEN 

140 PROCinput (end () ,n, 2, fred) 


590 IF (but=2 OR type=0) THEN 

150 MOUSE OFF 


600 type (t) =4 

160 INPUT "How many stages " ;n m /. 


610 ELSE 

170 step ( ) =end ( ) -start ( ) : step ( ) =step ( ) 


620 type (t) =5 

/nVm 


630 END IF 

180 bank7.=l 


640 ENDIF 

190 REPEAT 


650 t+=l 

200 FOR move7.=0 TO n% 


660 IF type=l AND but=4 AND type2=5 TH 

210 WAIT 


EN 

220 SYS "OS Byte", 112, bank7. 


670 GCOL 0, c7 

230 SYS "OS Byte", 113, 3-bank7. 


680 PLOT type(t) ,x7.,y7. 

240 bank7.=3-bank7. 


690 DRAW x , y 

250 PROCshape (move'/.) 


700 ENDIF 

260 NEXT 


710 x7.=x 

270 FOR move7.=n7.-l TO 1 STEP -1 


720 y7.=y 

280 WAIT 


730 type=l 

290 SYS "OS Byte", 112, bank7. 


740 REPEAT 

300 SYS "OS Byte", 113, 3-bank7. 


750 MOUSE x , y , b 

310 bank7.=3-bank7. 


760 UNTIL bObut 

320 PROCshape (move7.) 


770 ENDIF 

330 NEXT 


780 UNTIL (but=l AND c7.= l) OR (t=m7. AN 

340 UNTIL FALSE 


D c7.=2) 

350 s 


790 ENDPROC 

360 DEF PROCshape (m7) 


370 CLS 



380 FOR p7.=0 TO n-1 


Listing 2. Sprite animation 

390 PLOT type (p7.) , start (p7., 0) +m7.*step ( 



p7., 0) , start (p7, 1 ) +m7.*step (p7., 1 ) 


10 REM Arc Agora - listing 2 

400 NEXT 


20 REM Sprite Animation 

410 ENDPROC 


30 REM by Dave Acton 

420 3 


40 REM -for Archimedes only 

430 DEF PROCinput (RETURN a ( ) , m7., c7., RET 


50 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 

URN t) 


60 : 

440 t=0 



Continued ► 


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ARC AGORA 


=z AND p(p’/.,3) = 


AND p(p7,l)=y AND p(p7.,2) 
w) 

470 p'/.+=l 

480 ENDWHILE 

490 IF p’/.=point7. THEN 

500 p (point'/., 0) =x 

510 p (point/, 1 ) =y 

520 p (point 7., 2) =z 

530 p (point/, 3) =w 

540 point’/.+=l 

550 ENDIF 

560 =p/ 

570 s 

580 DEF PR0Cperspective(p/,t7) 

590 FOR d7.=0 TO 3 
600 temp (d/)=p (p/,d/) 

610 NEXT 

620 temp ( ) =temp ( ) . persp ( ) 

630 PLOT t/,scale*temp(0)/temp<3> , seal 
e*temp ( 1 ) /temp (3) 

640 ENDPROC 
650 : 

660 DEF PROCrotatex (theta) 

670 PROCuni tmatrix (rotatex ( ) ) 

680 rotatex (1, 1 ) =COSRAD (theta) 

690 rotatex (1,2) =SINRAD (theta) 

700 rotatex (2, 1 ) =-SINRAD (theta) 

710 rotatex (2,2) =COSRAD (theta) 

720 PROCapply (rotatex () ) 

730 ENDPROC 
740 s 

750 DEF PROCapply (m() ) 

760 FOR p/=0 TO point’/.- 1 

Continued I 


rc Agora listing 2 continued 


◄ Arc Agora listing 2 continued 

70 MODE 0 


770 FOR d/=0 TO 3 

80 VDU 29, 640; 512; 


780 temp (d’/.)=p (p’/.,d/) 

90 DIM v (250, 1 ) , p (500, 3) , temp (3) 


790 NEXT 

100 DIM rotatex (3,3) , persp (3,3) 


800 temp () =m ()- temp ( ) 

110 PROCwineglass 


810 FOR d’/.=0 TO 3 

120 seal e=100 


820 p<p/,d/)=temp(dZ) 

130 PROCuni tmatrix (persp () ) 


830 NEXT 

140 persp (2,3)=l/8 


840 NEXT 

150 stages’/.=50 


850 ENDPROC 

160 FOR step7.=0 TO stages'/.-l 


860 s 

170 CLS 


870 DEF PROCunitmatrix (RETURN m()) 

ISO PRINT"Frame ";step7. 


880 FOR x’/.=0 TO 3 

190 RECTANGLE -150,-312,299,623 


890 FOR y’/.=0 TO 3 

200 FOR v/=0 TO vector’/.-l 


900 m ( x 7. , y’/.) =- (x’/.=y7.) 

210 PROCperspecti ve ( v (v/, 0) , 4) 


910 NEXT 

220 PROCperspecti ve (v (v/, 1) ,5) 


920 NEXT 

230 NEXT 


930 ENDPROC 

240 PROCrotatex (360/stages/) 


940 : 

250 MOVE -150,-312 


950 DEF PROCwineglass 

260 MOVE 149,311 


960 point‘/.=0 

270 VDU 23,27, 1, step’/. 1 


970 vector“/.=0 

280 NEXT 


980 s7.= 10 

290 CLS 


990 PRINT"P1 ease wait..." 

300 REPEAT 


1000 FOR a=0 TO 355 STEP s’/. 

310 FOR step/=0 TO stages’/.-l 


1010 PROCaddv (SINRAD (a) ,2, COSRAD (a) , SIN 

320 VDU 23,27 ,0, step/ 1 


RAD (a+s7.) , 2, COSRAD (a+s7) ) 

330 WAIT 


1020 PROCaddv <0.5*SINRAD (a) ,0.5,0.5*C0S 

340 PLOT &ED , - 1 50 , -3 1 2 


RAD (a) ,0. 5*SINRAD (a+s’/.) , 0. 5, 0. 5*C0SRAD (a 

350 NEXT 


+s7.) ) 

360 UNTIL FALSE 


1030 PROCaddv (SINRAD (a) ,2, COSRAD (a) ,0.5 

370 : 


♦SINRAD (a) ,0. 5, 0. 5*C0SRAD (a) ) 

380 DEF PROCaddv (xl,yl,zl,x2,y2,z2) 


1040 PROCaddv (0. 5#SINRAD (a) ,0. 5, 0. 5#C0S 

390 v ( vector’/, 0) =FNpnum (x 1 , yl , z 1 , 1 ) 


RAD(a) ,0. l*SINRAD(a) ,0.2,0. l*COSRAD(a) ) 

400 v (vector/, 1 ) =FNpnum (x2, y2, z2, 1 ) 


1050 PROCaddv <0. l*SINRAD(a) ,0.2,0. 1*C0S 

410 vector/=vector"/.+ l 


RAD(a) ,0. l*SINRAD(a) ,-1,0. l*COSRAD(a) ) 

420 ENDPROC 


1060 PROCaddv (0. 7*SINRAD (a) ,-l,0.7*C0SR 

430 s 


AD (a) , 0. 7*SINRAD (a+s%) ,-1,0. 7*C0SRAD (a+s 

440 DEF FNpnum (x , y, z , w) 


7.) ) 

450 p/=0 


1070 NEXT 

460 WHILE p’/.<point/ AND NOT (p (p/, 0) =x 


1080 ENDPROC 


Listing 3. Print dump module 


10 

REM Arc Agora - listing 

3 

20 

REM Pr intMod 


30 

REM by Ian Macfarlane 


40 

REM -for Archimedes only 


50 

REM (c) Acorn User June 

1988 

60 

s 


70 

MODE 3 


80 

DIM code’/. &2000 


90 

eventv=&10 


100 

□S_Wr i t e I =& 1 00 


110 

: 


120 

FOR pass7.=4 TO 7 STEP 3 


130 

P’/.=0 


140 

0’/.=code7. 


150 

COPT pass’/. 


160 

EQUD printinit 


170 

EQUD 0 


180 

EQUD -Fin 


190 

EQUD 0 


200 

EQUD title 


210 

EQUD help 


220 

EQUD command 


230 

3 


240 

-title 


250 

EQUS "ScreenPrint " 


260 

EQUB 0 


270 

. help 


280 

EQUS "ScreenPrint" 


290 

EQUB 9 

Continued ^ 


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◄ Arc Agora listing 3 continued 

300 EQUS "0. 15 (12 Mar 1908) " 

310 EQUB 0 

320 .command 

330 EQUS "Printlni t" 

340 EQUB 0 
350 ALIGN 

360 EQUD printinit 
370 EQUD 0 
380 EQUD syntaxtext 
390 EQUD helptext 
400 EQUD 0 
410 : 

420 -syntaxtext 

430 EQUS "Syntax: *PrintInit" 

440 EQUB 0 
450 .helptext 

460 EQUS "Printinit sets up the 'Print 

7 II 

470 EQUS "button to perform a JHardCop 
y." 

480 EQUB 13 
490 EQUB 10 

500 EQUS "Syntax: *PrintInit" 

510 EQUB 0 
520 : 

530 .printinit 
540 MOV RO, #eventv 
550 ADR R1 , keyevent 
560 MOV R2,R12 
570 SWI "QS_C1 aim" 

580 MOV RO, #14 
590 MOV R1 | #1 1 
600 SWI "OS_Byte" 

610 .exit 

620 ADR RO, errormai n 
630 SWI "QSJExi t " 

640 : 

650 . errormai n 

660 EQUS "Error in main program" 

670 EQUB 0 
680 ALIGN 
690 : 

700 . keyevent 

710 TEQ RO, #11 

720 BNE exitevent 

730 TEQ R2, #8<D 

740 BNE exitevent 

750 TEQ R1 , #1 

760 BNE exitevent 

770 STMFD R13 ! , CRO, R1 , R14> 


780 ADR RO,saveblock 

790 ADR R1 , cal 1 backhand I er 

800 SWI "0S_Cal 1 Back" 

810 SWI "0S_SetCal 1 Back " 

820 LDMFD R13 ! , CRO, R1 , R15> 

830 : 

840 .saveblock 

850 EQUS STRING$ ( 100, CHR*0) 

860 ALIGN 
870 : 

880 . cal 1 backhandler 
890 STMFD R13!,IR14> 

900 ADR RO, hardcopystring 
910 SWI "0S_CLI " 

920 LDMFD R13! , IR14J 
930 ADR R14, saveblock 
940 LDMIA R14, IR0-R14> /S 
950 LDR R14, CR14, #15*43 
960 MDVS R15, R14 
970 .exitevent 
980 SUBS R15, R14, #4 
990 .fin 

1000 STMFD R13! , CR7-R1 1 , R14> 

1010 TEQ RIO, #0 
1020 BEQ endoffin 
1030 . disablekeyevent 
1040 MOV RO, #13 
1050 MOV R1 , #1 1 
1060 SWI "0S_Byte" 

1070 TEQ R1 , #0 
1080 MOVNE RO, #eventv 
1090 ADRNE Rl, keyevent 
1100 MOVNE R2, R12 
1110 SWINE "0S__Rel ease" 

1120 .endoffin 

1130 LDMFD R13! , CR7-R1 1 , R15> 

1140 ALIGN 
1150 : 

1160 . hardcopystring 
1170 EQUS "HARDCOPYFX" 

1180 EQUB 0 
1190 3 

1200 NEXT pass”/. 

1210 save*="SAVE SPcode "+STR$~code7.+ " 
+ "+STR$' V P7. 

1220 PRINT" *"save$ 

1230 OSCLI (save$) 

1240 *SETTYPE SPcode FFA 
1250 END 


See Joe’s Jottings, page 49 
Listing 1. Simple percussion machine 

10 REM Percussion Machine 

20 REM by Joe Telford 

30 REM for B/B+/M/C 

40 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 

50 : 

60 MODE 7 

70 PRINT ' ' ' ' "PERCUSSION MACHINE 1" 

80 PRINT "' 

90 PRINT "This program is intended fo 
r free " 

100 PRINT '"use, creating pseudo-sound 
effects" 

110 PRINT '"of a number of percussion 
instruments" 

120 PRINT "'"Press SPACE to go on." 
130 REPEAT UNTIL GET=32 
140 CLS 


150 

160 

PRINT 

PRINT 

7 7 7 

7 II 

T. . . 


170 

PRINT 

7 II 

C. . , 


180 

PRINT 

7 II 

H. . ■ 


190 

PRINT 

7 II 

M. . . 


200 

PRINT 

7 II 

1 


210 

220 

PRINT 

PRINT 

"You can 

create 

the rhythms 


by tapping" 

230 PRINT "the different keys." 

240 PRINT '"Try now!" 

250 PROCenvelope 
260 PROCplay 

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◄ Joe’s Jottings listing 1 continued 


270 END 

410 ENVELOPE 1,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,126,-10,0 

280 s 

,-1,126, 100 

290 DEF PROCplay 

420 ENVELOPE 2,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,126,-5,0, 

300 REPEAT 

-1, 126, 100 

310 instrument*=GET* 

430 ENDPROC 

320 IF instrument*="L" SOUND 0, 1,6,1 

440 : 

330 IF instrument*="M" SOUND 0, 1,5,1 

450 DEF PROCcymbal 

340 IF instrument*="H" SOUND 0,1,4, 1 

460 SOUND 0,2, 4,1 

350 IF instrument*="C" PROCcymbal 

470 SOUND 1,2, 180, 1 

360 IF instrument* 55 " T" SOUND 1,1,190,1 

480 TIME=0 

370 UNTIL FALSE 

490 REPEAT UNTIL TIME>7 

380 ENDPROC 

500 SOUND 2,2,182,1 

390 s 

510 ENDPROC 

400 DEF PROCenvel ope 



Listing 2. Programmable rtiythm machine 


10 REM One Track Rythm Machine v. 1 

460 erf *="C" 

20 REM by Joe Telford 

470 UNTIL f*<>"" 

30 REM for B/B+/M/C 

480 ch7.=0PENIN(f*) 

40 REM (c) Acorn User June 1988 

490 CLOSE# ch7. 

50 : 

500 IF ch7.=0 THEN COLOUR 2s PRINT ’ "The 

60 MODE 1 

re isn't a file of that name. " s COLOUR 3s 

70 DIM buf * < 120) 

PROCmess ("PLEASE PRESS SPACE" ) s REPEAT UN 

80 *FX 226, 140 

TIL GET=32: PROC j j : CLS: VDU 26s erf$ s " " s END 

90 *FX 227, 150 

PROC 

100 PROCenvel opes 

510 PROCmess ("DELETING Please wait" 

110 PROCkeys 

) 

120 PROCreset 

520 PROCoscli ("DELETE "+f*) 

130 PROCscreen 

530 PROC j j 

140 ON ERROR PROCerr 

540 CLS 

150 col7.=0 

550 VDU 26 

160 row7.=0 

560 erf *=" " 

170 PROCdc 

570 ENDPROC 

180 REPEAT 

580 : 

190 A7.=FNmove 

590 DEF PROCload 

200 IF A7.>=140 PR0Cstore(A7.,col7.,row7.) 

600 REPEAT 

210 IF A7.= 127 PROCstore (127, col 7-, row7) 

610 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 

220 IF A7.=ASC">" THEN PROCinctempo 

620 erf*="C" 

230 IF A7.=ASC"<" THEN PROCdectempo 

630 PROCmess ("RETURN for CAT... ESCAPE 

240 A*=CHR*(A7. AND 223) 

aborts") 

250 IF A*="S" THEN PROCsave: PROCworki n 

640 CLS 

gss PROCdc 

650 PRINT ""Please type the filename 

260 IF A*="L" THEN PR0C1 oad s PROCworki n 

that you" 

gs: PROCdc 

660 PRINT ’"want to load into this rhy 

270 IF A*="D" THEN PROCdel s PROCworki ng 

thm track" 

ss PROCdc 

670 PRINT ’"Then press RETURN" 

280 IF A*="C" THEN PROCcat s PROCworki ng 

680 INPUT ’"Filenames "f* 

ss PROCdc 

690 IF f*="" THEN PROCcat 

290 IF A*="N" THEN PROCdc: PROCreset s PR 

700 erf *="C" 

OCshowbuf s PROCdc 

710 UNTIL f*<>"" 

300 IF A*="P" THEN PROCdc: PROCpl ay : PRO 

720 ch7.=0PENIN(f*> 

Cdc 

730 CLOSE# ch7. 

310 UNTIL A*=" X " 

740 IF ch7.=0 THEN COLOUR 2: PRINT ’"The 

320 CLS 

re isn’t a file of that name. COLOUR 3: 

330 END 

PROCmess ("PLEASE PRESS SPACE" ) s REPEAT UN 

340 : 

TIL GET=32: PROCj j s CLS: VDU 26: erf *=" " : END 

350 DEF PROCdel 

PROC 

360 REPEAT 

750 PROCmess ( "LOADING. . . Please wait!" 

370 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 

) 

380 erf *="C" 

760 ch7.=0PENIN(f*) 

390 PROCmess ("RETURN for CAT... ESCAPE 

770 INPUT# ch7, tempo 

aborts") 

780 FOR loop7.=0 TO 120 

400 CLS 

790 INPUT# ch>C, buf* ( loop 7) 

410 PRINT ’’"Please type the name of t 

BOO NEXT 

he file" 

810 CLOSE# chX 

420 PRINT ’ "on disc, which you want to 

820 PROC j j 

delete" 

830 CLS 

430 PRINT * "Then press RETURN" 

840 VDU 26 

440 INPUT ’"Filenames "f* 

850 erf *=" " 

450 IF f*="" THEN PROCcat 

860 ENDPROC 


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870 : 

880 DEF PROCsave 
890 REPEAT 

900 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 
910 erf *="C" 

920 PROCmess ("RETURN -for CAT... ESCAPE 
aborts") 

930 CLS 

940 PRINT 77 "Please type the -filename" 
950 PRINT 7 "for this rhythm track" 

960 PRINT 7 "Then press RETURN" 

970 INPUT 7 "Filenames "f* 

980 IF f*="" THEN PRDCcat 
990 erf *="C" 

1000 UNTIL f*<>"" 

1010 ch7.=QPENIN(f$) 

1020 CLOSE# ch7. 

1030 IF chXOO THEN COLOUR 2s PRINT 7 "A 
file of that name already ex i sts" : COLOUR 
3s PROCmess ("PLEASE PRESS SPACE" ) s REPEAT 
UNTIL GET=32: PROCj j : CLSs VDU 26:erf*="": 
ENDPROC 

1040 PROCmess ( "SAVING. . . Please wait!") 
1050 ch7.=0PEN0UT(f*) 

1060 PRINT# ch7., tempo 
1070 FOR loop7.=0 TO 120 
1080 PRINT# ch7.,buf*(loop7.) 

1090 NEXT 
1100 CLOSE# ch7. 

1110 PROCj j 
1120 CLS 
1130 VDU 26 
1140 erf *=" " 

1150 ENDPROC 
1160 s 

1170 DEF PROCj j 

1180 PROCmess ( "Another one of Joe 7 s Jot 
tings ! " ) 

1190 ENDPROC 
1200 s 

1210 DEF PROCmess (t*) 

1220 GCOL 0,2 

1230 PROCR (0,0, 1279,96, 1) 

1240 VDU 5 
1250 GCOL 0,1 

1260 MOVE 640- ( (LENt*> /2) *32, 80 
1270 PROCdbh (t*) 

1280 VDU 4 
1290 ENDPROC 
1300 s 

1310 DEF PROCcat 

1320 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 

1330 erf *="C" 

1340 *CAT 

1350 PROCmess ("PRESS SPACE WHEN READY") 

1360 REPEAT UNTIL GET=32 

1370 PROCj j 

1380 CLS 

1390 VDU 26 

1400 erf *=" " 

1410 ENDPROC 
1420 s 

1430 DEF PROCdec tempo 

1440 tempo=tempo-10 

1450 IF tempo=0 tempo=30sVDU 7 

1460 PROCtempo 

1470 ENDPROC 

1480 s 

1490 DEF PROCinctempo 

1500 tempo=tempo+10 

1510 IF tempo>960 tempo=960: VDU 7 

1520 PROCtempo 

1530 ENDPROC 

1540 s 


1550 DEF PROCplay 
1560 erf*="P" 

1570 temp=100/ (tempo/60) -2 

1580 TIME=0 

1590 REPEAT 

1600 FOR s7.=0 TO 119 

1610 char*=buf*(s7.) 

1620 IF char*="R" THEN s%=0:GQT0 1610 
1630 PRINT TAB((s7. MOD 12) *2+8. 5, (s7. DI 
V 12) *2+8.5) 

1640 IF INSTR ( "LMHTCWD" , char*) >0 THEN P 
ROCplayloud 

1650 IF INSTR ( "1 mhtcwd" , char*) >0 THEN P 
ROCpl ayquiet 

1660 IF char*="-" THEN PROCskip 

1670 VDU 8 

1680 PRINT char*; 

1690 NEXT 
1700 UNTIL 0 
1710 ENDPROC 
1720 s 

1730 DEF PROCpl ayl oud 

1740 IF char*="L" SOUND 0, 1,6,1 

1750 IF char*="M" SOUND 0, 1,5,1 

1760 IF char*="H" SOUND 0, 1,4,1 

1770 IF char*="D" SOUND 1 , 3, 255, 1 s SOUND 

0, 1,7,1 

1780 IF char*="W" SOUND 1 , 4, 150, 1 s SOUND 
0, 1,7,1 

1790 IF cha r*="C" SOUND 0, 2, 4, 1 s SOUND 2 
,1,255, 1 

1800 IF char*="T" SOUND 3,1,245,1 

1810 T=TIME+temp-l 

1820 REPEAT UNTIL TIME>=T 

1830 ENDPROC 

1840 s 

1850 DEF PROCpl ayquiet 

I860 IF char*="l " SOUND 0,2, 6,1 

1870 IF char*="m" SOUND 0,2,5, 1 

1880 IF char*="h" SOUND 0,2,4, 1 

1890 IF char*="d" SOUND 1 , 3, 255, 1 s SOUND 

0,2, 7,1 

1900 IF char*="w" SOUND 1 , 4, 150, 1 s SOUND 
0,2, 7,1 

1910 IF char*="c" SOUND 0, 2, 4, 1 s SOUND 2 
,2,255, 1 

1920 IF char*="t " SOUND 3,2,245,1 

1930 T=TIME+temp-l 

1940 REPEAT UNTIL TIME>=T 

1950 ENDPROC 

1960 : 

1970 DEF PROCskip 

1980 T=TIME+temp 

1990 REPEAT UNTIL TIME>=T 

2000 ENDPROC 

2010 s 

2020 DEF PROCenvelopes 

2030 ENVELOPE 1,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,126,-10,0 
,-l, 126, 100 

2040 ENVELOPE 2,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,126,-20,0 
,-l, 126,60 

2050 ENVELOPE 3,1,-2,0,0,255,0,0,0,0,0, 

0 , 0,0 

2060 ENVELOPE 4,1,2,0,0,255,0,0,0,0,0,0 

, 0,0 

2070 ENDPROC 
2080 : 

2090 DEF PR0Cstore(a7.,c7.,r7.) 

2100 IF a7.= 127 THEN buf * (c7.+r7.*12) ="-" 

2110 IF a7.>139 AND a7.<148 THEN buf*(c7.+ 
r7.* 12) =MID* ( "hml ctwdR" , a7.-139, 1 ) 

2120 IF a7.>149 THEN buf * (c7.+r7.* 12) =MID* 

( "HMLCTWDR" , a7.-149, 1 > 

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2800 PROCdbh ( "The Acorn User Rhythm Mac 
hine v. 1 " ) 


◄ Joe’s Jottings listing 2 continued 

2130 PRINT TAB(c7.*2+8,r7.*2+8) ;buf$ (c7.+r 
7 .* 12 ) 

2140 ENDPROC 
2150 s 

2160 DEF PROCkeys 
2170 *KEY 0 P 
2180 *KEY 1 < 

2190 *KEY 2 > 

2200 *KEY 3 N 
2210 *KEY 4 C 
2220 *KEY 5 L 
2230 *KEY 6 S 
2240 *KEY 7 D 
2250 *KEY 8 X 
2260 ENDPROC 
2270 s 

2280 DEF FNmove 

2290 *FX 4,1 

2300 REPEAT 

2310 A7=GET 

2320 PROCdc 

2330 IF A7.= 139 PRQCup 

2340 IF A7.= 13S PROCdown 

2350 IF A7.= 136 PROCleft 

2360 IF A7.= 137 PROCright 

2370 PROCdc 

2380 UNTIL AX >139 OR A7.C136 
2390 =A7. 

2400 s 

2410 DEF PROCup 

2420 row7.=row7.-l 

2430 IF row7.<0 THEN row7.=9 

2440 ENDPROC 

2450 s 

2460 DEF PROCdown 

2470 row7,=row7+l 

2480 IF row7.>9 THEN row7.=0 

2490 ENDPROC 

2500 s 

2510 DEF PROCright 
2520 col7.=col7.+ l 

2530 IF col 7>1 1 THEN col 7.=0: PROCdown 
2540 ENDPROC 
2550 s 

2560 DEF PROCleft 
2570 col 7=col 7-1 

2580 IF col 7.<0 THEN col 7.= 1 1 : PROCup 
2590 ENDPROC 
2600 s 

2610 DEF PROCdc 
2620 GCOL 4,0 

2630 PROCR ( (col 7*2+7- 5)432, 1024- (row7.*2 
+9- 5) *32, 64, 64,0) 

2640 ENDPROC 
2650 s 

2660 DEF PROCerr 

2670 IF ERR- 17 AND erf$= n C" THEN PROCjj 
s CLSs VDU 26s erf *=" " s PROCwor ki ngs: ENDPROC 
2680 IF ERR=17 AND erf*="W" THEN PROCjj 
s erf $=" " s PROCwor ki ngs s ENDPROC 
2690 IF ERR=17 AND erf$="P" THEN PROCsh 
owbuf : erf$=" " s ENDPROC 
2700 IF ERR=17 THEN PROCdc s PROCshowbuf s 
ENDPROC 

2710 REPORT: PRINT ERR;" @ " ; ERL 
2720 END 
2730 s 

2740 DEF PROCscreen 
2750 GCOL 0,2 

2760 PROCR (0,928, 1279,96, 1) 

2770 GCOL 0,1 

2780 VDU 5 

2790 MOVE 128,1000 


2810 VDU 4 

2820 GCOL 0,2 

2830 PROCR (0,0, 1279,96, 1) 

2840 GCOL 0,1 
2850 VDU 5 
2860 MOVE 160,80 
2870 PROCjj 
2880 VDU 4 
2890 PROCworkings 
2900 ENDPROC 
2910 s 

2920 DEF PROCR (x,y,l,w,f) 

2930 MOVE x , y 
2940 DRAW x + l,y 

2950 IF f =0 DRAW x+l,y+w ELSE PLOT 85, x 
,y+w 

2960 IF f =0 DRAW x , y+w ELSE PLOT 85,x+l 
,y+w 

2970 MOVE x , y+w 

2980 IF f =0 DRAW x,y ELSE MOVE x,y 
2990 ENDPROC 
3000 s 

3010 DEF PROCdbh (x$) 

3020 LOCAL char7.,c7 
3030 c7.=&70 

3040 FOR charX=l TO LEN(x*) 

3050 ?c7.=ASC(MID*(x$,char7., 1) ) 

3060 A7.= 10 

3070 X7.= (c7. MOD &100) 

3080 Y7.= (c7. DIV &100) 

3090 CALL &FFF1 

3100 VDU 23, 141,c7.?l,c7.?l,c7.?2,c7?2,c7.? 
3,c7.?3,c7.?4,c7.?4 
3110 VDU 141,10,8 

3120 VDU 23, 141,c7.?5,c7.?5,c7.?6,c7.?6,c7.? 
7,c7.?7,c7.?B,c7.?8 
3130 VDU 141,11 
3140 NEXT char7. 

3150 ENDPROC 
3160 s 

3170 DEF PROCshowbuf 
3180 FOR col =0 TO 11 
3190 FOR row=0 TO 9 

3200 PRINT TAB (col *2+8, row* 2+8) ; buf $ (co 
1 +row* 12) 

3210 NEXT 
3220 NEXT 
3230 ENDPROC 
3240 : 

3250 DEF PROCreset 
3260 LOCAL loop7. 

3270 FOR loop7.=0 TO 120 
3280 buf $ ( 1 oop7. ) = " - " 

3290 NEXT 
3300 tempo=480 
3310 ENDPROC 
3320 s 

3330 DEF PROCworkings 
3340 erf*="W" 

3350 GCOL 0, 1 
3360 PROCrows 
3370 PROCbuf f er 
3380 PROCtempo 
3390 PROCshowbuf 
3400 PROCboxes 
3410 erf*="" 

3420 ENDPROC 
3430 : 

3440 DEF PROCboxes 

3450 GCOL 0, 1 

3460 FOR col =0 TO 1 1 

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3470 FOR row=0 TO 9 

3480 PROCR ( (col *2+7-5) *32, 1024- (row*2+9 
.5) *32, 64, 64,0) 

3490 NEXT 
3500 NEXT 
3510 ENDPROC 
3520 : 

3530 DEF PROCrows 
3540 LOCAL loop% 

3550 FOR loop7.»0 TO 9 

3560 PRINT TAB (2, loop%*2+8) ; loop%*12+l 
3570 FJROCR (0, 1024- <1 oop7.*2+9. 5) *32, 6- 5* 
32,64,0) 

3580 PRINT TAB (35, 1 oop7*2+8) ; 1 oop7.* 12+1 

2 

3590 PROCR (33*32, 1024- ( 1 oop7.*2+9. 5) *32, 
7*32-4,64,0) 

3600 NEXT 
3610 ENDPROC 
3620 : 


3630 DEF PRQCbuf f er 

3640 PRINT TAB (2, 4) ; "Percussion Tracks 
0 " 

3650 GCOL 0,1 

3660 PROCR (32, 848, 21 *32, 64,0) 

3670 ENDPROC 
3680 : 

3690 DEF PROCtempo 
3700 GCOL 0,1 

3710 PROCR (26*32, 848, 12*32,64,0) 

3720 PRINT TAB (27, 4) ; "TEMPO: 

3730 PRINT TAB (27, 4) ; "TEMPO: "j tempo 
3740 ENDPROC 
3750 s 

3760 DEF PROCoscl i (string*) 

3770 DIM X7. &FF 
3780 Y7.=X7. DIV 256 
3790 $X%=string* 

3800 CALL &FFF7 
3810 ENDPROC 


Listing 3. Master rhythm machine 

10 REM Acorn User Rythm Machine v-2 

20 REM by Joe Telford 

30 REM for M/C 

40 REM (c) Acorn User 1988 

50 s 

60 MODE 129 

70 DIM buf * (5, 120) , tempo (5) 

80 *FX 226, 140 
90 *FX 227,150 
100 PROCenvelopes 
110 PROCkeys 
120 PROCinitial ise 
130 PROCscreen 
140 ON ERROR PROCerr 
150 col 7=0 
160 row7.=0 
170 PROCdc 
180 REPEAT 
190 A7.=FNmove 

200 IF A7->=140 PR0Cstore(A7.,col7.,row7., 
buf no) 

210 IF A7-=127 PROCstore ( 127, col 7., rowX, 
buf no) 

220 IF A7.>=48 AND A7.<=53 THEN bufno=*A7. 
-48: PROCdc: PROCshowbuf (buf no) s PRQCbuf fer 
(buf no) : PROCtempo (buf no) : PROCdc 

230 IF A7.=ASC">" THEN PROCinctempo (buf 
no) 

240 IF A7.=ASC"<" THEN PROCdectempo (buf 
no) 

250 A*=CHR*(A7. AND 223) 

260 IF A$="S" THEN PROCsave (buf no) s PRO 
Cworkings (buf no) : PROCdc 

270 IF AS="L" THEN PR0C1 oad (buf no) : PRO 
Cworkings (buf no) s PROCdc 

280 IF A$="D" THEN PROCdel s PROCworki ng 
s (buf no) s PROCdc 

290 IF A$*"C" THEN PROCcat s PROCworki ng 
s (buf no) : PROCdc 

300 IF A*="N" THEN PROCdc s PROCreset (bu 
f no) : PROCshowbuf (buf no) : PROCdc 

310 IF A*="P" THEN PROCdc s PROCpl ay (buf 
no) : PROCdc 

320 UNTIL A*="X" 

330 CLS 
340 END 
350 s 

360 DEF PROCdel 
370 REPEAT 


380 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 
390 erf *="C" 

400 PROCmess( "RETURN for CAT... ESCAPE 
aborts" ) 

410 CLS 

420 PRINT ' 9 "PI ease type the name of t 
he file" 

430 PRINT '"on disc, which you want to 
del ete" 

440 PRINT '"Then press RETURN" 

450 INPUT '"Filenames "f* 

460 IF f*="" THEN PROCcat 
470 erf *®"C" 

480 UNTIL f$<>"" 

490 ch7.=0PENUP(f$) 

500 CLOSE# ch7. 

510 IF ch7.«0 THEN COLOUR 2s PRINT '"The 
re isn't a file of that name. " s COLOUR 3s 
PROCmess( "PLEASE PRESS SPACE" ) s REPEAT UN 
TIL GET =32 : PROC j j : CLS : VDU 26s erf *=" " s END 
PROC 

520 PROCmess( "DELETING Please wait" 

) 

530 OSCLI ("DELETE "+f*) 

540 PROCjj 
550 CLS 
560 VDU 26 
570 erf *=" " 

580 ENDPROC 
590 s 

600 DEF PROCload (b) 

610 REPEAT 

620 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 
630 erf *="C" 

640 PROCmess ("RETURN for CAT... ESCAPE 
aborts" ) 

650 CLS 

660 PRINT ""Please type the filename 
that you" 

670 PRINT '"want to load into this rhy 
thm track" 

6B0 PRINT '"Then press RETURN" 

690 INPUT '"Filename: "f* 

700 IF f*="" THEN PROCcat 
710 erf $="C" 

720 UNTIL f*<>"" 

730 ch%=OPENUP(f$) 

740 CLOSE# ch7- 


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750 IF ch’/.=>0 THEN COLOUR 2: PRINT ’"The 

1370 REPEAT UNTIL GET=32 

re isn't a -File of that name- H : COLOUR 3: 

1380 PROCjj 

PROCmess ("PLEASE PRESS SPACE") t REPEAT UN 

1390 CLS 

TIL SET =32 : PROC j J : CLS : VDU 26s erf $=" " : END 

1400 VDU 26 

PROC 

1410 erf**"" 

760 PROCmess ("LOADING. - - Please wait!" 

1420 ENDPROC 

) 

1430 : 

770 chy.=OPENUP(f*) 

1440 DEF PROCdectempo (b ) 

780 INPUT# chX, tempo <b> 

1450 tempo (b) “tempo (b) -10 

790 FOR loop7.»0 TO 120 

1460 IF tempo (b)=0 tempo (b ) *30: VDU 7 

800 INPUT# chX, bu-f S <b, loop 50 

1470 PROCtempo (b) 

810 NEXT 

1480 ENDPROC 

820 CLOSE# chX 

1490 : 

830 PROCjj 

1500 DEF PROCinctempo (b) 

840 CLS 

1510 tempo (b) “tempo (b) +10 

850 VDU 26 

1520 IF tempo (b) >960 tempo (b ) =960: VDU 7 

860 erf**"" 

1530 PROCtempo (b) 

870 ENDPROC 

1540 ENDPROC 

880 : 

1550 : 

890 DEF PROCsave (b ) 

1560 DEF PROCplay (b) 

900 REPEAT 

1570 erf *="P" 

910 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 

1580 temp* 100/ (tempo (b) /60) -2 

920 erf *="C" 

1590 TIME=0 

930 PROCmess ("RETURN for CAT- -.ESCAPE 

1600 REPEAT 

aborts" ) 

1610 FOR s"/.=0 TO 119 

940 CLS 

1620 char*=buf * (b, s7.) 

950 PRINT ''"Please type the filename" 

1630 IF char*="R" THEN sy.=0:G0T0 1620 

960 PRINT '"for this rhythm track" 

1640 PRINT TAB((s7. MOD 12) *2+8. 5, (s - /. DI 

970 PRINT '"Then press RETURN" 

V 12) *2+8.5) "*"; 

980 INPUT '"Filename: "f* 

1650 IF INSTR ( "LMHTCWD" , char*) >0 THEN P 

990 IF f*="" THEN PROCcat 

ROCp lay loud 

1000 erf*="C" 

1660 IF INSTR ("lmhtcwd", char*) >0 THEN P 

1010 UNTIL f*<>"" 

ROCplayquiet * 

1670 IF char**"-" THEN PROCskip 

1020 ch%*OPENUP (f ♦) 

1030 CLOSE# ch7. 

1680 VDU 8: PRINT char*; 

1040 IF chXOO THEN COLOUR 2iPRINT '"A 

1690 NEXT 

file of that name already exists" : COLOUR 

1700 UNTIL 0 

3: PROCmess ("PLEASE PRESS SPACE" ) i REPEAT 

1710 ENDPROC 

UNTIL GET=32: PROCjj : CLS: VDU 26:erf*="": 

1720 : 

ENDPROC 

1730 DEF PROCpl ayl oud 

1050 PROCmess ("SAVING... Please wait!") 

1740 IF char*="L" SOUND 0, 1,6,1 

1060 chX=OPENOUT(f*) 

1750 IF char*="M" SOUND 0, 1,5,1 

1070 PRINT# ch7., tempo (b) 

1760 IF char*="H" SOUND 0, 1,4,1 

1080 FOR loopX«0 TO 120 

1770 IF char*="D" SOUND 1 , 3, 255, 1 : SOUND 

1090 PRINT# chX, buf $ (b, loop?.) 

0, 1 , 7 , 1 

1100 NEXT 

1780 IF char*="W" SOUND 1 , 4, 150, 1 : SOUND 

1110 CLOSE# ch% 

0, 1 9 7 9 1 

1120 PROCjj 

1790 IF char*="C" SOUND 0, 2, 4, 1 : SOUND 2 

1130 CLS 

,1,255, 1 

1140 VDU 26 

1800 IF char*="T" SOUND 3,1,245,1 

1150 erf**"" 

1810 T=TIME+temp-l 

1160 ENDPROC 

1820 REPEAT UNTIL TIME>=T 

1170 i 

1830 ENDPROC 

1180 DEF PROCjj 

1840 : 

1190 PROCmess ( "Another one of Joe's Jot 

1850 DEF PROCpl ayquiet 

tings! ") 

1860 IF char**" 1 " SOUND 0,2, 6,1 

1200 ENDPROC 

1870 IF char*="m" SOUND 0,2,5, 1 

1210 r 

1880 IF char*="h " SOUND 0,2, 4,1 

1220 DEF PROCmess (t*) 

1890 IF char*="d" SOUND 1 , 3, 255, 1 s SOUND 

1230 GCOL 0,2 

0,2,7, 1 

1240 PROCR (0,0, 1279,96, 1) 

1900 IF char*="w" SOUND 1 , 4, 150, 1 : SOUND 

1250 VDU 5 

0,2, 7,1 

1260 GCOL 0,1 

1910 IF char*="c" SOUND 0, 2, 4, 1 : SOUND 2 

1270 MOVE 640-(<LENt*)/2)*32,80 

,2,255, 1 

1280 PRQCdbh (t*) 

1920 IF char**"t " SOUND 3,2,245,1 

1290 VDU 4 

1930 T=TIME+temp-l 

1300 ENDPROC 

1940 REPEAT UNTIL TIME>=T 

1310 * 

1950 ENDPROC 

1320 DEF PROCcat 

1960 : 

1330 VDU 26,28,0,28,39,6,12 

1970 DEF PROCskip 

1340 erf **"C" 

1980 T=TIME+temp 

1350 *CAT 

1990 REPEAT UNTIL TIME>=T 

1360 PROCmess ("PRESS SPACE WHEN READY") 

2000 ENDPROC 


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2010 : 

2020 DEF PROCenvel opes 

2030 ENVELOPE 1,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,126,-10,0 
,-l, 126, 100 

2040 ENVELOPE 2,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,126,-20,0 
,-l, 126,60 

2050 ENVELOPE 3,1,-2,0,0,255,0,0,0,0,0, 
0 , 0,0 

2060 ENVELOPE 4,1,2,0,0,255,0,0,0,0,0,0 
, 0,0 

2070 .ENDPROC 
2080 : 

2090 DEF PROCstore (a7., c7., r7., b) 

2100 IF a7.= 127 THEN buf * (b , c7.+r7.* 12) = "- 

ii 

2110 IF a 7. >139 AND a7.<148 THEN buf*(b,c 
7.+r7* 12) =MID$ ( "hml ctwdR" , a7.-139, 1 ) 

2120 IF a7.>149 THEN buf * (b , c7.+r7.* 12) =MI 
D$ ( "HMLCTWDR" , a7.-149, 1 ) 

2130 PRINT TAB(c7.*2+8,r7.*2+8) ;buf*(b,c7. 


+r7.*12) 


2140 

ENDPROC 


2150 

1 


2160 

DEF PROCkeys 


2170 

*KEY 0 P 


2180 

*KEY 1 < 


2190 

♦KEY 2 > 


2200 

♦KEY 3 N 


2210 

♦KEY 4 C 


2220 

♦KEY 5 L 


2230 

♦KEY 6 S 


2240 

♦KEY 7 D 


2250 

♦KEY 8 X 


2260 

ENDPROC 


2270 

: 


2280 

DEF FNmove 


2290 

*FX 4, 1 


2300 

REPEAT 


2310 

A7=GET 


2320 

PROCdc 


2330 

IF A7.= 139 PROCup 


2340 

IF A7.= 138 PROCdown 


2350 

IF A7.= 136 PR0C1 eft 


2360 

IF A7.= 137 PROCright 


2370 

PROCdc 


2380 

UNTIL A 7. > 1 39 OR A7.C136 


2390 

=A7. 


2400 

m 

• 


2410 

DEF PROCup 


2420 

row7.=row7.-l : IF row7.<0 THEN 

row7.=9 

2430 

ENDPROC 


2440 

s 


2450 

DEF PROCdown 


2460 

row7.=row7.+ ls IF row7.>9 THEN 

row7.=0 

2470 

ENDPROC 


2480 

s 


2490 

DEF PROCright 


2500 

col 7.=col 7.+ 1 : IF col7.>ll THEN 

1 col 7=0 

: PRQCdown 


2510 

ENDPROC 


2520 

s 


2530 

DEF PR0C1 eft 


2540 

col 7=col 7.-1 : IF col7.<0 THEN 

col 7=1 1 

: PROCup 


2550 

ENDPROC 


2560 

l 


2570 

DEF PROCdc 


2580 

GCOL 4,0 


2590 

PROCR ( (col 7*2+7 . 5) *32, 1024- 

• (row7.*2 

+9.5) *32,64,64,0) 


2600 

ENDPROC 


2610 

s 


2620 

DEF PROCerr 



2630 IF ERR=17 AND erf*="C" THEN PROCjj 
: CLS: VDU 26: erf $=" " : PROCwor ki ngs (buf no) : 
ENDPROC 

2640 IF ERR=17 AND erf$="W" THEN PROCjj 
: erf $=" " : PROCworkings (buf no) : ENDPROC 
2650 IF ERR=17 AND erf$="P" THEN PROCsh 
owbuf (buf no) serf $=" ENDPROC 
2660 IF ERR=17 THEN PROCdc : PROCshowbuf < 
buf no) s ENDPROC 
2670 REPORT 

2680 PRINT ERR;" @ " ; ERL 
2690 END 
2700 : 

2710 DEF PROCscreen 
2720 GCOL 0,2 

2730 PROCR (0,928, 1279,96, 1) 

2740 GCOL 0, 1 

2750 VDU 5 

2760 MOVE 128,1000 

2770 PROCdbhC'The Acorn User Rhythm Mac 
hine v.2") 

2780 VDU 4 

2790 GCOL 0,2 

2800 PROCR (0,0, 1279,96, 1) 

2810 GCOL 0,1 

2820 VDU 5 

2830 MOVE 160,80 

2840 PROCjj 

2850 VDU 4 

2860 PROCworki ngs (0) 

2870 ENDPROC 
2880 : 

2890 DEF PROCR <x,y,l,w,f) 

2900 MOVE x , y 
2910 DRAW x+1 , y 

2920 IF f =0 DRAW x+l,y+w ELSE PLOT 85, x 
,y+w 

2930 IF f =0 DRAW x , y+w ELSE PLOT 85,x+l 
,y+w 

2940 MOVE x , y+w 

2950 IF f =0 DRAW x,y ELSE MOVE x,y 
2960 ENDPROC 
2970 : 

2980 DEF PROCdbh (x$) 

2990 LOCAL char7.,c7. 

3000 c7.=&70 

3010 FOR char7.= l TO LENx$ 

3020 ?c7.=ASC(MID$(x*,char7., 1) ) 

3030 A7.= 10 

3040 X7.= (c7. MOD &100) 

3050 Y7.= (c7. DIV &100) 

3060 CALL &FFF 1 

3070 VDU 23, 141,c7.?l,c7.?l,c7.?2,c7.?2,c7.? 
3,c7.?3,c7.?4,c7.?4 
3080 VDU 141, 10,8 

3090 VDU 23, 141,c7.?5,c7.?5,c7.?6,c7.?6,c7.7 
7,c7.?7,c7.?B,c7.?8 
3100 VDU 141, 11 
3110 NEXT char7. 

3120 ENDPROC 
3130 : 

3140 DEF PROCshowbuf (buf no) 

3150 FOR col =0 TO 11 
3160 FOR row=0 TO 9 

3170 PRINT TAB(col*2+B,row*2+8) ;buf$(bu 
f no, col +row* 12) 

3180 NEXT 
3190 NEXT 
3200 ENDPROC 
3210 : 

3220 DEF PROCr.eset (buf no) 

3230 LOCAL loop7. 

3240 FOR 1 oop7.=0 TO 120 

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3250 buf $ (buf no, 1 oop7.) = "-" 

3260 NEXT 

3270 tempo (buf no) =480 
3280 ENDPROC 
3290 : 

3300 DEF PROCinitialise 
3310 LOCAL loop’/. 

3320 FOR 1 oopy.=0 TO 5 
3330 PROCreset (loop'/.) 

3340 NEXT 
3350 ENDPROC 
3360 s 

3370 DEF PROCwor kings (bu-fno) 

3380 erf*=" W" 

3390 GCOL 0, 1 
3400 PROCrows 
3410 PROCbuf f er (buf no) 

3420 PROCtempo (bu-fno) 

3430 PROCshowbuf (bu-fno) 

3440 PROCboxes 
3450 erf *=" " 

3460 ENDPROC 
3470 s 

3480 DEF PROCboxes 
3490 GCOL 0,1 
3500 FOR col =0 TO 1 1 
3510 FOR row=0 TO 9 

3520 PROCR ( (col *2+7.5) *32, 1024- (row*2+9 
. 5) *32, 64, 64, 0) 

3530 NEXT 


3540 NEXT 
3550 ENDPROC 
3560 : 

3570 DEF PROCrows 
3580 LOCAL loop’/. 

3590 FOR loop’/.=0 TO 9 

3600 PRINT TAB (2,1 oop7.*2+8) ; 1 oop7* 12+1 
3610 PROCR (0, 1024- ( 1 oop*/.*2+9. 5) *32,6.5* 
32,64,0) 

3620 PRINT TAB(35,loop"/.*2+8) ;loopy.*12+l 

2 

3630 PROCR (33*32, 1024- (1 oop7.*2+9. 5) *32, 
7*32-4,64,0) 

3640 NEXT 
3650 ENDPROC 
3660 s 

3670 DEF PROCbu-f-fer (bu-fno) 

3680 PRINT TAB (2, 4) ; "Percussion Tracks 
" ; buf no 
3690 GCOL 0, 1 

3700 PR0CR<32, 848, 21*32, 64,0) 

3710 ENDPROC 
3720 s 

3730 DEF PROCtempo (b) 

3740 GCOL 0, 1 

3750 PROCR (26*32, 848, 12*32,64,0) 

3760 PRINT TAB (27, 4) ; "TEMPO: 

3770 PRINT TAB (27, 4) ; "TEMPO: "; tempo (b) 
3780 ENDPROC 


See Know the Score, page 55 
Listing 1. Spanish Tummy 


"RUN" [3 

"bassl " [3 

"bass2" [3 

"cat" [3 

"els" [3 

"el string" 

"guitar" [3 

"info" [3 

"key" [3 

"leadl" [3 

" 1 ead2" [3 

"1 ead3" [3 

"lrest " [3 

"menu" [3 

"mix" [3 

"organ 1" [3 

"organ2" [3 

"pan 1 " [3 

"pan2" [3 

"parti" [3 

"part2" [3 

"part3" [3 

"part4" [3 

"part5" [3 

"part6" [3 

"pianol" [3 

"press" [3 

"runup" [3 

"stringl " [3 

"str i ng2" 


"RUN" [7. RUN word for 

"/. Spanish Tummy by Ian Waugh 

"123456" PLAY 

menu 

3 

"bassl " C96, -2: 

3 FOR ( CCCC bbbb aaaa gggg ) FOR 
3 

"bass2" C96,-2: CCCC EEEE dddd gggf GGGG 
AAgg AAgg 
3 

"cat" [ "CAT"OSCLI press 
3 

"els" [26 #0UT '/. Restores windows 
12 #0UT 7. Clears text area 
3 

"el string" [2 CHANS 

1 CHAN 

1 SHIFT ON RM 

2 CHAN 

-1 SHIFT 128 AMP 
EVERY CHAN 

Hollow Slowvib Swell 

3 

"guitar" [2 CHANS 
1 CHAN 

ON RM 300 OFFSET 


2 CHAN 
128 AMP 

EVERY CHAN 

Hard Delvib Long 

3 

"info" [els NL NL NL 130 #0UT DISPLAY 
y m Spanish Tummy 

7. One of the nice things about AMPLE 
%is the way you only need to enter 
^repeating lines once. The whole tune 
•/.is built around a very simple bass 
•/.line which gives you lots of music for 
•/.relatively little work. 

7. The manic Spanish Guitarist plays 
‘/.basically the same riff twice but the 
y.second time it is offset a little in 
•/.relation to the bass line. This is easy 
’/.to do in AMPLE. 

7. Finally, look at the "menu" word 
"/.which shows how easy it is to write 
“/.user — interactive menus. 

3 

"key" [K (-B-E-A) K 
3 

"leadl" [12, //// 1 : DEdc 
D/// /Edc D/// //// 

//// //// //// //// 

12, ~D8,Edcl2,D EFGA 8,Bagl2,fed EF// 

///8, Gf e 12, F/// //// 


•V/ 

ABa 

gAg 

f Gf 

eFe 

dEd 

cDc 

bCb 

aBa 

gAf 

GAf 

GAf 

GAf 

GAf 

GAf 

GAf 

G// 

/// 

/// 

Agf 

/// 

/// 

Agf 

G// 

/// 

/// 


3 

"1 ead2" [24, d//c c/// //// 

•V// //// //// 

3 

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◄ Know the Score listing 1 continued 

"lead3" C12, //// l:DEdc 
D/// //6f B/// //// 

•V// //// //// //// 

I 

"lrest" [96, A /// //// //// /// 

3 

"menu" Cels MENUDISP 
'/• Spanish Tummy 

X by Ian Waugh 

■/. 

'/.See info %info press 

’/.SHOW words XSHOW press 

7WRITE words to screen 7.WRITE press 
*/.*CAT Disc ’/.cat 

7. Increase Tempo m JL \ 6 0 +T menu 
'/.Decrease Tempo 7.16 0 -T menu 
'/.Original Tempo %125 =T menu 
’/.BET "menu" into NOTEPAD 7."menu"SET 
V. Use Cursor keys to Highlight 
7. RETURN to Select 

7. 

MENU 

3 

"mix" CM5MIX 48, 125=T 

1 SHARE 1 VOICES Organ 

1 VOICE 120 VOL -2 PAN 

2 SHARE 1 VOICES Slapbass 
1 VOICE 120 VOL 2 PAN 

3 SHARE 1 VOICES Panflute 
1 VOICE 128 VOL 0 PAN 

4 SHARE 2 VOICES el string 

1 VOICE 104 VOL -1 PAN 

2 VOICE 104 VOL 1 PAN 

5 SHARE 1 VOICES Upright 
1 VOICE 128 VOL 0 PAN 

6 SHARE 1 VOICES guitar 
1 VOICE 128 VOL 0 PAN 

PNUM SHARE 
3 

"organ 1" C96, -2: 

3 FOR < C/// b/// a/// g/// )FOR 
3 

"organ2" C96, -2: C/// E/// d/// g//f E/// 
A/g/ A/g/ 

3 

"panl " C48, D/// /E 32, deg 
48, f/// /// 24, Be 
48, F/// //BA 
g/// //// 

3 

"pan2" Cli 

24, -V// / / /12, BA B/gABCba g/////// 

24, '-/// ///12,=AB C/=aBCDcb =a /////// 
24, ~/// //g=A B/// =a/// 

BCD/ D/// //// //// 
a/// //// g/// //// 
f/// //// S/// //// 

3 

"parti" C SCORE 
key 

organ 1 
organ2 
organ 1 

64 6 -T %Ritardando 
C/// //* 

3 

"part2" C SCORE 

key 

bassl 

bass2 

bassl 

CCCC C~ % 

3 

M part3" [SCORE 


key 

1: panl 
1: panl 
2: panl 
runup 
pan2 
1: panl 
1: panl 
2s panl 

32, 3s edc agf edc agf 
24, c/// * 

3 

"part4" [SCORE 
key 

Is stringl 
Is stringl 
2s stringl 
runup 

Is string2 
Is stringl 
Is stringl 
2s stringl 

c ( ! c) /// //// //// -*<-*> 

3 

"part5" [SCORE 
key 

6 FOR ( 192, -V// ) FOR 
runup 
pi anol 
3 

"part6" [SCORE 

key 

lrest 

leadl G// /// /// /// /// /// 

leadl G/ 12, /f/e / 

lead2 

lrest lrest 
lead3 

leadl G// /// /// /// /// /// 
leadl G/ 12, //// G/// A/// 

=B/// D/// ///* 

3 

"pianol " [24, efG/ G/// //// //// 

+f G=A/ =A/// //// //=A/ 

BCD/ D/// //DE F/ed 

12, dc 24, D// //// //// //// 

^cbC DEdc 12, =b=a 24, =B/ //// / 

^agA BCba 12, gf 24, G/ //// ~ 

3 

"press" [NL 132 #OUT 157 #OUT 135 #OUT 
V, New Blue background 
10 FOR ( SP )FOR V. Spaces to center text 
"Press RETURN" $OUT 

♦ IN %2 V. Wait for keypress 

menu 

3 

"runup" [0s 24, //////// 12, 
C(c)D(d)E(e)F(f)G(g)A(a) 
B(b)C(c)D(d)E(e)F(f)G(g)A(a)B(b)C(c) 
D(d) 

3 

"stringl" [48, 
e (G) / // //-*<-*>/ 
b (D) /// //~<^>/ 
a (C) /// //~<~>/ 
g (D> /// //~(^>/ 

3 

"stri ng2" [48, E(b)/// //-*<-*>/ 

=A (d) /// //^<^>/ 
g (d) /// //=A (e) / 
g (d) /// //*<-*>/ 

A(E)/^(^)/ g(d)/^(^)/ 

A(E)/^(^)/ g(d>/^(^)/ 


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ne of the most successful 
products ever on the BBC 
machine, this is now avail- 
able on a single chip, for the Archimedes 
and soon for the Z88. 

All versions of SPELLMASTER offer 
instant spelling and typing checking - as 
you type. The single chip contains almost 
60,000 English words and user created 
dictionaries can extend this number. 


All these search facilities are accessible 
from any program that can issue star (*) 
commands. 

In addition there are facilities to check text 
directly within a variety of text editors or 
word processors, to check the word at the 
cursor, to check all text from a specified 
point, or to just browse through the 
dictionary. 




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A range of dictionary search utilities are 
provided, in all versions, that rapidly 
search the entire dictionary and 
enable any of the following to be found; 

1) Words that sound like the one 
specified. 

2 ) Words that are spelt approximately 
like the one specified. This is ideal for 
correcting typing errors where words 
have a pair of letters transposed, one 
letter wrong, missing, or one too many. 

3 ) Words where only a few characters 
are specified, (solves crosswords). 

4 ) Words that have the correct letters, 
but are mixed up, (solves anagrams). 


The BBC SPELLMASTER can check-as- 
you-type in INTER- WORD, WORD WISE, 
and VIEW, in all versions of the BBC 
Micro. The Archimedes version can 
check-as-you-type in INTER-WORD, is 
compatible with ArcWriter files and 
requires a ROM expansion board. 

SPELLMASTER for the Z88 is compatible 
with Pipedream files and contains its own 
powerful text editor. 

Full details on request. 

£51.30 4- VAT (£59.00 incl.) 



/ Available now for the 

ARCHIMEDES 


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TELETEXT ADAPTER 


Would you like access to free high quality software 
and over a thousand pages of information, but 
Prestel access charges and phone bills too 
expensive? Then read on! 

The answer is Teletext. Yes the same system 
everyone has seen incorporated into television sets, 
but with a difference. When Teletext is read by a 
computer you can actually use the data. 

The MORLEY TELETEXT ADAPTER introduces you 
to the world of Teletext at a price that won't break the 
bank. Inside it you will find the latest in second 
generation Teletext chip technology, which unlike our 
rivals who are still using chips designed more than 
ten years ago, will be fully compatible with any future 
advances in the Teletext system. 

With the Morley adapter you will get a state of the art 
unit that automatically tunes itself into the required 
station (no more messing around with screwdrivers 
or twiddling little knobs in the back of the case), a 
user friendly menu driven program, easy to follow 
instructions and a 12 month warranty. Add to this the 
free downloadable telesoftware and we are sure that 
you will agree that we are offering you one of the 
best bargains on the market today. 

FEATURES: 

* Advanced design uses the latest technology, will 
handle ANY future enhancements to the Teletext 


system e.g.: full field; 8 bit data transfer; 2k pages 
etc. 

* Simply plugs into the user port. 

* Low power consumption, less than 200ma. 

Optional power supply available. 

* User friendly menu driven software including 
extended OSCLI and QSWord commands for access 
from BASIC programs. 

* Supplied with 16k ATS (Advanced Teletext 
Software) and 16k support ROM software inc. printer 
dumps, page 

spoolers etc. 

* FREE Telesoftware, no access charges (updated 
weekly). 

* Save selected pages to disc/tape for later retrieval. 

* Full access to all Teletext services and channels 
e.g.: CEEFAX, ORACLE, 4-TEL. 

* Gives yod a real-time clock at your disposal 
(•TIME). 

* Software upgrades to allow for any enhancements 
to the Teletext service, e.g.: extra channels, full field 
data on cable & satellite systems etc. (only the media 
charge). 

* Easy to follow comprehensive user guides. 

* No hardware limitations, it can for example receive 
virtually unlimited numbers of channels. 

* Utils disc available including printer drivers allows 
pages to be selected and dumped direct to a printer 



(no more TV or Radio Times to buy). 

WHATTHE REVIEWERSSAID: 

**. . -In terms of price, performance, future expansion 
possibilities and those little touches that show 
thought for the end user I would recommend the 
Morley uni {."-(Acorn User, January, 1986). 

". . .The Morley unit has been designed to ensure 
that its operation is simple and smooth. It is the ideal 
Teletext adapter for school use. 1 m -(A&B Computing, 
June, 1986). 

• .Using it over a number of months in different 
schools, it has proved utterly reliable, and may 
confidently be recommended."-fThe Times 
Educational Supplement, September, 1986). 

THISISTHEBIGGESTSELLINGTELETEXT 
ADAPTERCURRENTLYIN PRODUCTION 
WORLDWIDE, AND COMES WITH A FULL 
MONEY BACK SATISFACTION GUAR ANTEE. 


Now available! 
The first true 
MEGA capacity 
RAMdisc for the 
BBC, BBC B+ 
and MASTER 
computers. 

This fully 
compatible unit, 
currently 
available in 
either 1 or 2 

megabyte versions comes complete with operating software on ROM, power 
supply, and a comprehensive user guide. 

FEATURES: 

One megabyte of RAM connected to the 1 mHz bus. Used with the supplied ROM 
software programs and files may be saved and loaded from the RAMdisc in the 
same manner as from a floppy disc with a large increase of speed, for example, a 
20k mode 0 screen takes about 3-4 seconds to load from disc and about 0. 2-0.3 
seconds to load from the RAMdisc. The RAMdisc ROM operates as a utility ROM 


RAMDISC 

working with the current filing system rather than as a separate filing system. 
Therefore ensures compatibility with any Acorn compatible DFS (not ADFS). The 
RAMdisc can be selected by a * command to take the place of any drive number 
from 0 to 9. If the RAMdisc replaces a floppy drive as 0 for example, all 
commands addressed to drive 0 will be intercepted by the RAMdisc. The default 
driye number is 4. Any ‘Dangerous’ ‘commands such as ‘COMPACT, ‘COPY, 
‘BACKUP etc can be intercepted and the BBC's RAM from page 2 to &7FFF 
saved to RAMdisc workspace, and may be recovered using a ‘command. This 
prevents accidental corruption of any programs/data in RAM you may have been 
using at the time. The filing system wedge ROM supplied supports load/save, 
byte file access, all relevant OSFSC commands, and contains a formatter verifier 
and 'sector' editor for use with the RAMdisc. Catalogue structure allows up to 
2,688 files. 

Well that’s the spec., add to this our usual 12 month no quibble guarantee and 
we’re sure you’ll agree the Morley RAMdisc is the sensible alternative if increased 
storage capacity and speed is your requirement. 



EPROM 

PROGRAMMER V2 

The MORLEY EPROM PROGRAM- 
MER V2 is a small self contained 
unit that plugs into the BBC or 
MASTER user port. It comes with a 
high quality ZIF (zero insertion force 
socket) and contrasting plastic case. 
Also included in the package is it's 
own user friendly menu driven 
software on ROM or disc. 

This state of the art unit, allows 
programming of 2764 (8k), 27128 
(16k), and 27256 (32k) EPROMS. 
Not only does the hardware allow 
programming of the usual NMOS devices, but will handle the new generation 
CMOS equally as well, and with the average time taken to program a 16k at less 
than 30 seconds we believe it to be one of the fastest programmers 
available today. 

THEHARDWARE 

The Unit is completely under software control, there are no knobs or switches to 
baffle the novice, and the extended features provided should excite the pro’s. 

THE SOFTWARE 

The comprehensive user friendly software included in the package has two main 
parts, the first allows EPROMS to be read, programmed, verified and edited, also 
allowing a ROM image to be loaded or saved to disc. The second is a full ROM 
management system in its own right, which has a host of useful features and 
routines, such as KILL and RESURRECT ROM to disable or enable a sideways 
ROM, dump ROM image to buffer or disc, move ROM image in buffer to sideways 
RAM, and VIEW-SEARCH any sideways ROM. 

The whole system is available now for less than the price of one WORDWISE 
chip. So get yourself the all new MORLEY EPROM PROGRAMMER V2 today 
and start using those expansion boards for what they were made for! ROMS. 

Immediate delivery no quibble 12 month guarantee. 


MASTER CARTRIDGE 

Designed and manufactured by Care Electronics to Acorn specifications. 

These high quality Master expansion cartridges will take two 16k sideways 
ROM’s, and will, unlike similar cartridges available from other manufacturers, 
accept the new second generation programs, such as Computer Concepts 
Interword and Spellmaster ROM’s. 

These Cartridges come in a high quality, robust, formed-plastic case, that fits 
neatlv into either one of the Master’s cartridge slots. 

QUADS also available quad cartridges specifications as duels but 
taking 4x1 6k roms. 

MASTER SMART 
CARTRIDGE 

This device was designed and manufactured jointly by Morley and Care 
Electronics. 

The Smart cartridge will at the press of a button halt any program running in 
memory and execute any one of a host of useful built in, or user defined 
procedures, and once completed will return to the program and continue where it 
left off. The only limiting factor with this device is the programmers imagination. 
The Smart cartndge will prive useful to the novice, allowing him to do the simple 
things like dump any screen to printer, and make backups of protected tape or 
disc based software, but has an open ended specification for the advanced 
’HACKER’ allowing advanced programming techniques to be incorporated into 
almost any program at the touch of a button. 

BUILT IN FEATURES (at the press of a button) 

Autosaves computer's entire memory. 

Freeze program at any point. 

Screen dump (any mode) to printer or disc. 

Allows any OSCLI command without disturbing memory. 

Copies 90% of protected software. 

Tape to disc, disc to tape. 

User friendly menu. 

Sound On/Off. ALL CARTRIDGES COME WITH A 

12 MONTH NO QUIBBLE WARRANTY 




MORLEY MASTER 
BOARD 'AA' 


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At long last the add-on all MASTER users have been 
waiting for, an internal ROM board. 

No more need to turn the computer off to insert the 
cartridge containing the ROM you need to debug the 
program in memory. 

ThenewMORLEY MASTER BOARD "AA" allows 
you to have up to 8x1 6k and 4x32k extra Roms 
installed inside your MASTER and still leaves the 
cartridge slots free. This in effect allows your MASTER 
to support as many as 24, 16k ROMs installed 
permanently, whilst retaining the standard 4 x 
sideways ram banks and four banks by using car- 
tridges 

A staggering 32 ROM Images Installed and 
accessible at anytime 

Included in the package is a utility ROM which has many useful features such as 'FICOPY', a clever file transfer program that transfers files 
between DFS and ADFS formats or vice versa. 

So for less than the price of four external cartridges you get a MASTER BOARD "AA" which with twice the capacity has got to be THE ROM 
expansion for the serious MASTER user. 

The unit comes with the usual Morley, full no-quibble twelve months warranty, and our usual after sales service 


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THECOMPLETERANGEOFTELETEXT 
SOFTWAREfromM/B SOFTWARE 

• NEW . , . DESIGN 7 PLUS - now 'the best' is even better. Held in high regard by reviewers and hundreds of satisfied owners, DESIGN 7 has 
been further improved, with revised keystrip & even more features. Design/load/save and MODE 7 screen with ease, up to full CEEFAX/Oracle 
standard. Will convert ANY MODE 7 screen to a BASIC procedure, for inclusion in your own programs. ROM version includes a file copier, printer 
dumps useable from BASIC etc. B/MASTER/COMPACT. 

TELETEXT EMULATORS/SCREEN DISPLAYS/INFORMATION SYSTEMS - A complete ranaeof teletext programs to cater for all 
needs, with full teletext adapter interfacing. 

‘NEW . . . DESFAX - totally new version - streets ahead of the competition - run your own information/display system. Stores hundreds of 
screens on dual 80 track drives (96 screens on single-sided 40 track), with access to any screen with a SINGLE KEYPRESS. Lots of special 
effects - screens can scroll, slide, overwrite etc. Animation, loops, subroutines - send for details - not enough space here to even begin to 
describe the advanced features!! B/MASTER/COMPACT 

‘NEW . . . MASTERFAX - 84 MODE 7 screens in memory at once. 1 48 screens possible with cartridge RAM. An advanced teletext/carousel 
program featuring SINGLE KEYPRESS or 3-digit page selection. Runs entirely from memory - no disc accesses after pages are loaded. Superb 
animation and other effects. MASTER/COMPACT only. 

•NEW, ,, Vg-FAX - 1000 screens and no disc accesses! Screens stored on MORLEY 1 MByte RAM DISC. SINGLE KEYPRESS gives instant 
access to any screen (or emulate teletext). This is the ultimate MODE 7 screen management system - there is nothing else like it. MODEL B/ 
MASTER 128. 

‘ALSO . . . MASTERcopv - DFS/DFS, DFS/ADFS, ADFS/DFS, ADFS/ADFS file copier. Uses the MASTER 1 28’s memory to the full to permit 
fast disc copying. 31 DFS files to ADFS disc in less than 2 minutes. Creates directories automatically. You will wonder how you ever managed 
without this program. Described by reviewers as ’unexcelled'. MASTER 128 and COMPACT'S fitted with DFS ROMS. 


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Qty. 

Morley Teletext Adapters 

119.83 

(a) 

Qty. 

M/B Software Design 7+ 

9.89 

(C) 

Qty. 

Optional Power Supply 

10.12 

(b) 

Qty. 

M/B Software Desfax 

20.01 

(C) 

Qty. 

Teletext Utilities on disc 

5.98 

(c) 

Qty. 

M/B Software DesROM 

.12.88 

(C) 

Qty. 

1 Megabyte RAMdisc 

199.87 

(a) 

Qty. 

M/B Software Mastercopy Disc 

... 12.88 

(C) 

Qty. 

2 Megabyte RAMisc 

349.60 

(a) 

Qty. 

M/B Software Mastercopy ROM 

.... 14.95 

(C) 

Qty. 

Eprom programmer V2 

34.50 

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Qty. 

M/B Software Masterfax 

29.90 

(C) 

Qty. 

Master ROM boards "AA" 

46.00 

(b) 

Qty. 

M/B Software VU-Fax System inc RAMdisc... 

.. 249.78 

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Qty. 

Master Quad Cartridge 

14.95 

(b) 

Qty. 

5.25" Floppy discs x 10 

8.05 

(c) 

Qty. 

Care Master ROM cartridges 

8.97 

(b) 

Qty. 

27128 16k CMOS EPROM 

4.83 

(c) 

Qty. 

Master Smart cartridge 

39.79 

(b) 

Qty. 

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for the BBC Micro and Acom Electron 


| Sam, an ardent fan of Superior Software’s games, has been 
l absolutely delighted by the success of his first selection of 
| chart-topping Superior Software games. Now here’s four more 
games that will keep you enthralled day after day — on that you 
can rely! 

I Repton 3 is probably the best-loved of all of Superior’s games. 

| Our endearing lizard, Repton, is trapped in a netherworld 
| amidst falling rocks, fearsome monsters and haunting spirits. 

I A superb strategic game which includes character and screen 
I designers enabling you to create your own scenarios. A & B 
Computing reported: “This is top quality; arcade action at its 
very best!’ 


Crazee Rider, a fascinating motorcycle-racing game, features 
seven international racetracks. “It’s fast, challenging and there’s \ 
plenty to keep you entertained. Thoroughly recommended” 
remarked The Micro User. 

Galaforce is the thinking-man’s alien-zapping game; fast and 
furious, yet full of strategy. Oracle enthused: “You haven’t lived 
until you’ve played this game. Buy it! — it’s the ultimate in 
shoot-em-up. RATING: 20 (out of 20)!’ 

Codename: Droid is a challenging arcade-adventure. J 

The quality of the graphics and animation must be seen to be 
appreciated. Electron User summed the game up by saying 
“CODENAME: DROID is brilliant . . . it’s worth every penny!’ 


BBC Micro Dual Cassette £9.95 Acorn Electron Dual Cassette £9.95 

BBC Micro 5V5i" Disc £1195 BBC Master Compact 3 V 2 " Disc.£14.95 

(Compatible with the BBC B, B+ and Master Series computers). 



Our original selection of 4 of Superior’s biggest hits for the BBC Micro and 
Acorn Electron is still available. 

# CITADEL • STRYKER’S RUN 

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Includes power supply, aerial 
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VIEW ROM £2&95 yM[ 

Word Processor £14.95 

VIEWSHEETROM £2935 

(Spreadsheet) £14.95 Delta 3D 

BUY BOTH £22.00 

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BUY BOTH FOR ONLY £25.00! 


NEW I ACORNSOFT OVERVIEW 


A sophisticated combination of Viewspell & 
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BBC Disc & Rom R.R.P. £93+90- 
OFFER PRICE £78.45 


ACORNSOFT VIEW 
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BBC B, & all Master Series Micros 
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OFFER PRICE ONLY £79.45 


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ASK SOFTWARE - 7-1 1 yrs 
THE BEST FOUR LANGUAGE PROGRAMS (SET) 
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BBC DISC £17.95 per set 

BBC COMPACT £18.35perset 

BBC/Elecass £17.95 per set 


SPECIAL OFFER — ACORNSOFT 


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£13.46 

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£102.47 

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£102.47 

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-£4+3:65- 

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X49.65 

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(or El .65 each) 


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£42+95- 

£9.99 

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£49+95- 

£15.35 

Advanced Teletex ROM 

£935 

£7.65 


EDUCATION SPECIALS 


Linkword Spanish 

+4+65- 

Maths 'O’ Level II 

SAZ&T 

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X14r95 

Biology 


Talkback 


English 

JU3+65- 

ANY TWO FOR £3.95 



RECENT RELEASES 
AT SPECIAL PRICES 


Superior Collection 1 or 

Superior Collection 3 

Codename Droid 

Strykers Run 

Play It Again Sam 

Spellbinder 

Play It Again Sam 2 

Skirmish 

Spy Cat 


2 BBC only 
Electron only 
Crazee Rider 
Palace of Magic 
Elixir 
Bonecruncher 
Quest 
Kourtyard 
Icarus 


IMOGEN BBC Cass £7.95 

BBC 40 or 80t £8.95 
Master Compact £1 0.95 

REMEMBER! - NEW TITLES ARE BEING 
RELEASED EVERY WEEK 
PHONE FOR BARGAIN PRICES!! 


MICROPOWER AND OTHER GAMES 

Classic Adventures 

X&95- Rubble Trouble 

Moonraider 

J&-&T 

Giroscope 

- Swoop 

-£7r95 ■ Felix & the Evil Weevils 

S&Pr 

Bandits at 3 0'Clock 

£&£r Croaker 

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REVIEWS 


ABOARD IHE ARB 

At last, a few brave souls are setting out on adventures with Archimedes. Carol Atack bids them 

welcome and checks in some other arrivals 


With typical timing the sun comes out, the 
evenings are long and warm and the games 
companies go into overdrive to keep me 
indoors testing their floods of new pro- 
ducts. Well in the case of the Archimedes, 
it's more of a dribble, although it’s good to. 
see others following in Superior’s brave 
and lonely footsteps and putting out some 
product for the Arc. 

Two of the Arc games are adventures, 
one from the well established Robico and 
another from the less well-known Heyley. 
Robico’s Enthar 7 opens with you hurtling 
to an unpleasant end with your hi-tech 
space podule completely out of control. 
Sadly the parser was also beyond my 
control and understanding. However, since 
this was a review copy I just leapt from 
scene to scene admiring the lustrous 
graphics which illuminate each puzzle. I 
am assured that Robico regulars will find it 
easier than I did to grapple with the 
required vocabulary. 

The collective brains of Acorn Users 
technical department came to the eventual 
and correct conclusion that this was a 
demo version which didn’t feature any- 
thing as boring as the actual game. 

Heyley promises to ‘strain your brain’ 
and indeed Stranded did as 1 spent half an 
hour trying to load the disc into a Com- 
pact. Hint: it works better on the Arc. 

The scenario is the usual space age thing 
and there’s plenty to do. A Compact 
version is promised, hence my confusion. 

The first standard shoot-em-up, Quaser , 
arrived not from a software house but from 
a group of friends in Shrewsbury. 
Although more care seems to have been 
lavished on their title-page credits than in 
thinking up an original game play, Quaser 
proves that the Arc could well outshine all 
other machines in the mundane business of 
fast and violent blasting. 

Various objects assail your spacecraft as 
you glide along a vertically scrolling and 
ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


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Exile: expected soon from Superior 


very detailed landscape, looking for the 
scattered ground based targets. At one 
point your opponents are Arc logos and 
mouse pointers, as well as the more tradi- 
tional colourful blobs and bullets. 

If only more software companies would 
turn from showing off state of the art 
graphics demos and get on with some good 
conversions. How many times do they 
have to be told? 

If you want to see what can be done, 
send £8.95 to Julian Rockey at Brecklands, 
Broad Oak, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. Any- 
one else working on the Arc at home, let. 
us know. 

On the subject of conversions, Super- 
ior’s latest is a version of last year’s hit 
from Palace Software, Barbarian . The 
game caused heaps of controversy with its 
controversial (what else?) contents and 
packaging. The game is a well-written 
extension of the sword fight genre. If 
you’re into that sort of thing and don’t 
mind the bloodstains on your monitor, it’s 
all very exciting: probably just the reason 
why loads of people with other computers 
bought loads of copies and made it a 
number one best seller. 

Opinions on this kind of game vary and 
it would be true to say that the sharper- 
pixellcd versions for machines like the 
Atari ST attracted negative comments for 


the blood and guts scenes plugged on the 
box. The decapitation scene was found 
particularly distasteful. 

The basic premise of the plot — that the 
macho, male and muscle-bound protagon- 
ist goes out, kills lots of people and is 
rewarded with a woman — is a little bit 
dubious. This probably isn’t the place to 
go into the sexual politics of it all, but 
many people felt Barbarian went too far 
with its packaging. 

What was simply an extension of tradi 
tional fairy tales in cartoon form took on a 
new aspect as the box showed bodybuilder 
Michael Vanwigk and topless tabloid mod 
el Maria Whittaker ‘dressed’ as the game’s 
characters. This photograph was widely 
used to promote the game and did its job 
very well, with endless debate and dis- 
agreement ensuring maximum publicity. 

A year later Superior has a BBC version 
to promote, but the photograph in ques- 
tion isn’t reappearing, not in Acorn User at 
least. Our thanks to Richard Hanson at 
Superior for understanding that our readers 
don’t want to see page three-type photos 
featuring on our pages. 

Who could object to a life-size version 
of the lovable lizard Repton? Soon to star 
in another big 40-screen sequel, Repton 
Through the Age5, Superior’s most success- 
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toy. A five-foot version will be on offer in 
an Acorn User prize competition later this 
year when they’ve got enough stuffing, but 
15-inch versions look set to go on sale 
One can only hope that the makers don’ 
get round to Maria Whittaker! 

Next month Zarch ace Sam Greenhil 
will be parking his hoverplane long enough 
to report back to earth-bound readers on 
happenings in the games world. Anc 
thanks to Dave Lawrence for his long 
stewardship of the page. His innovative 
programs and zappy one-liners will con- 1 
tinue to be a feature of Acorn User. 

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REVIEWS! 

GAMES 


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Conqueror; Superior Software; Archi- 
medes; £24.95 (disc) 


Conqueror features David Braben’s 3-D 
plotting routines as used in Zarch , a selec- 
tion of real tanks, a handful of digitised 
sounds and quite honestly very little else. 

There are three ways to play the game; 
you can either get some shooting practice 
in arcade mode, some tactical practice in 
attrition mode or play the real game in 
strategy mode. I found arcade mode was 
useful to get used to the keys but very dull 
in game play. I got nowhere in attrition 
and ended up almost straight away in 
strategy mode. I tired of the game very 
quickly and play it much less than Zarch. 

The idea behind strategy mode is to take 
control of the objective, a white circle on 
the map, for at least 60 seconds. Extra 
points are awarded if you do well and you 
progress to the next level. In between levels 
you are permitted to increase your batta- 
lion by buying more tanks - the higher 
your score the more you can buy. Your 
enemy, the computer, also battles for con- 
trol of the objective and if it manages to 
maintain a foothold for that vital minute 
then you lose. 

There are a number of serious bugs in 
the program, all of which greatly detract 
from a good game. Your tank can get stuck 
on debris, making it impossible to move, 
your bullets quite often appear in the 
wrong place, and you can even fire through 
solid objects. 

The plotting routines, although fast, fre- 
quently get very confused as to which 
surface to plot. Objects get too bright 
when in the foreground, the edges of the 
displayed area curl up, objects disappear 
too suddenly at the edges and seeing view 
under the landscape is common. 


The game is slow and the animation 
jerky - bigger steps are used to make it 
appear faster. The keys are awkward to use 
and not redefinable, while the mouse con- 
trol is useless. My biggest complaint is that 
there is only one viewing angle. You can 
often be fighting a battle behind a hill or a 
house and not be able to see your tank. 
The addition of east, west and north views 
would improve things or better still, an 
out-of-tank view. 

Every cloud does have a silver lining and 
Conqueror's main plus point is the digi- 
tised sound. It sounds brilliant through my 
hi-fi: tanks rolling along, firing and explo- 
sions are all perfectly reproduced. The map 
display is also nice. The random layout of 
roads and houses makes each game diffe- 
rent and the representation of the tank 
tracks is very good. 

Overall Conqueror is not up to the 
standards of many BBC games. It would 
be nice to see a game the Archimedes can 
do with its hands tied behind its back 
rather than some spruced-up graphic de- 
mos that it can only just manage. I can’t 
recommend Conqueror , especially at 25 
quid a throw. 

David Lawrence 


CURSE OF 

THE P HARAOH 

Tutankhamun’s Revenge; Bug-Byte; 
BBC; £7.95 (disc) 

Remember the fashion for poor Manic 
Miner clones for the BBC micro? Games 
where the animation was jerky, the 
graphics were dull, and the controls were 
unresponsive? Bug-Byte has revived the 
genre with Tutankhamun's Revenge. 

It’s an arcade adventure - a pretty famil- 
iar format. Yet the game is difficult to play 
- or rather, just plain awkward. The odd 
bugs sprinkled through the game don’t 
help. 

The only vaguely unusual thing is the 
inclusion of a game designer, but this too is 
sub-standard. The games it allows you to 
design are even more limited than the main 
game. I’ve never even managed to finish 
designing a game - it always crashed losing 
hours of work. The whole thing is poorly 
done. 

Ken Stewart 


BUZZING 

BUZZARDS 



Skirmish; Go-Dax; BBC, Master, Elec- 
tron; £9.95 (tape), £11.95 (5.25-inch disc), 
£14.95 (3.5-inch disc). 


Most Beeb conversions from arcade games 
are disappointing. The BBC doesn’t have 
the power to reproduce accurately most of 
your paid-for favourites. Skirmish is the 
exception which proves the rule. 

Skirmish is Delos Harriman’s version of 
the unique Joust. You are a knight 
mounted on a giant buzzard; equipped 
with your lance you must fly around the 
rocky landscape dismounting your rivals. 
If you strike a competitor from above then 
you win — if you lose the height advantage 
then you fall to your death. The only 
controls are left, right and flap. 

When toppled, your opponent becomes 
an egg. You can collect eggs for points, and 
you should do so quickly as they soon 
hatch into considerably more energetic 
competitors. When you have collected all 
the eggs, you move to the next level. If you 
take too long, an almost invulnerable pter- 
odactyl appears to speed your departure. 

The best feature is the two-player mode. 
Playing with a friend, you can attack each 
other: and there are times when you get a 
bonus for co-operating, and others for 
killing your fellow player. 

This conversion is accurate right down 
to the hand which pulls you into the lava 
pool. And you can kill the vicious pter- 
odactyl by hitting it square on the beak 
with the lance - but it usually kills me first! 
Movement is smooth and the graphics are 
clear, although you really need a colour 
monitor for the two-player game. 

Skirmish requires the fast reactions of a 
shoot-em-up, and is much more interesting 
than an arcade adventure. Recommended. 

Stuart Anderton 


ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


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REVIEWS 


FIRST IMPRESSIONS 

First Word Plus is a fully-featured wordprocessor 
for the Arc. Graham Bell tries it out 


GST’s First Word Plus wordprocessor is 
already successful on the IBM PC and its 
clones, and also on Atari ST machines. It is 
the first major Arc application produced 
by a software house new to the Acorn 
market. If the Arc is to succeed, companies 
like GST must be encouraged. 

The First Word Plus screen display is 
particularly attractive, as can be seen in the 
picture. Your text is presented in a window 
that usually covers most of the screen, in 
tasteful shades of blue, red and grey. At the 
foot of the screen is a row of boxes that 
duplicate the keyboard’s function keys. All 
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scrolling up or down via the scroll bars, 
reshaping the window with the resize icon, 
and finishing with a document using the 
close icon. 

The standard eight-by-eight system fonts 
are used on screen for clarity and are much 
quicker to display than the graphics fonts, 
speeding up the scrolling rate greatly. 

The major functions of the word- 
processor, loading and saving text, defining 
the page layout, searching and replacing 
and so on, are accomplished via menus and 
(‘dialogue boxes’. These are simply little 
‘pop-up control panels that often have but- 
tons to ‘press’ with the mouse and boxes 
•into which to type text (like filenames). 
Figure 2 shows the page layout dialogue 
box. In common with most word- 
processors running on the Macintosh, or 
under GEM or Windows on the PC, First 
Word Plus makes extensive use of such text 
layout boxes. 

The boxes are brought up via a menu. At 
any time, you can press the mouse Menu 
button to make an eight-item main menu 
appear. Each item leads on to a different 
subsidiary menu covering the options for 
filing, spelling or page layout for example. 
Figure 1 shows the menus linked to ‘Style’ 
in use, where the options give access to the 
reformatting commands. 

Sensibly, there are are keyboard short- 
cuts to the most common commands and 
dialogue boxes. For example, to reformat a 
paragraph you just need to press function 
key fl2; there’s a reminder of this on the 



JLW.doc.gdb 


The First Word Plus screen display is 
attractive, as can be seen. The text is Pr 
in a window that usually covers nearly all 


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part icularlw 
presented 

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screen, with shades of pale blue, yrey and red. 
fit the foot of the screen is a row of boxes that 
duplicate the keyboard's function keys, fill the 
usual window tools work on the text window - 
scrolling up or down with the scroll bars, re" 
shaping the window with the Resize icon and even 
finishing with a docunent with the Close icon. 

The First Herd Plus screen display doesn't use the 
lire's anti-aliased graphical font systen. In ny 
view, using the standard eight by eight font in 
preference to the graphic fonts is a wise 
decision. Word processing denands clarity of 
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doesn't have the resolution to nake the graphic 
fonts clear. They are at their best with a nulti- 
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display nakes then indistinct and hard to read. 

The eight by eight .font is also quicker to 
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Greatly. 


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eneral screen layout showing a single text window 


menu too. The menus are simpler to use, 
but, with experience, using the keyboard is 
quicker for many operations. 

Typing in your text is just like View or 
Wordwise. The cursor keys can be used to 
move around the document, with Shift and 
CTRL speeding this up. In addition, the 
Page up and Page down keys can be used 
to move a screenful at a time, and of course 
the scroll bars are quickest for bigger 
movements. You can control the style of 
the text either via the Style menu, or by 
pressing the ‘on screen’ function keys, or 
with the function keys themselves. Bold, 
underline, italic, superscript and subscript 
text are all available, and with some prin- 
ters you can have a ‘light’ style too. With 
NLQ printers for example, this makes the 
printer revert back to draft quality. 

The different styles are shown on the 
screen in a reasonably realistic way. Page 
breaks are shown in the grey left margin 
area, and they are easy to alter with the 
mouse. Normal text is displayed dark grey. 
Italic characters are shown italicised, super- 
script and subscripts are small. Embolden- 



Figure 1: Style menu leading to reformat 


ing is shown in black and light text in a 
paler grey. Of course, using all these effects 
depends on the capabilities of your printer 
and the right printer driver. 

Some printers allow you to incorporate a 
number of accented characters into the 
text. You can’t type them directly into the 
keyboard, but under the text window is a 
panel showing the selection available from 
your printer, and clicking on any character 
puts it into the text. The panel is shown in 
Figure 3. If your printer can produce the 
characters, then First Word Plus can be 


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used for foreign language text, but picking 
characters from the panel is slow - it’s best 
reserved for very short passages and quota- 
tions. Sadly, scientific use is out, because it 
has no way of producing the necessary 
Greek characters. 

The correct printer driver is loaded from 
the character panel too - clicking on ‘Prin- 
ter installed’ brings up a dialogue box with 
the driver files listed. Double-click on your 


also a ‘Modify ruler’ dialogue box (double- 
click on the ruler icon) which can be used 
to change the line spacing, justification and 
character pitch. New rulers can be inserted 
into the text at any point. 

When you start up First Word Plus , the 
‘Open file’ dialogue box springs up im- 
mediately. You can use this to load an 
existing document or start a new one. One 
particularly useful feature is that if you 



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selection to load it. There is a utility 
program to customise a new driver, but 
this is only for the dedicated. Most needs 
are catered for as standard; the Epson LQ 
series and the GQ laser printer, Brother, 
Juki and Qume daisywheels and the nor- 
mal FX and LX printers. 

As with View and InterWord , the width 
of your text is controlled by a ruler which 
is usually shown at the top of the text 
window. This is easy to modify; Tab stops 
can be put in or deleted with the mouse, 
and either margin can be moved. There’s 


start a new piece of text, First Word Plus 
automatically looks for a file called ‘For- 
mat’. The ‘Format’ file can store your 
preferred page layout, ruler and any start- 
ing text that you commonly use so that 
they are always there when you need them. 

Like most BBC micro wordprocessors, 
headers and footers can be included on the 
page, and the ‘Page layout’ dialogue box 
gives you a chance to define what text and 
page numbering should be incorporated in 
the left aligned, centred or right aligned 
elements. But unlike View , the headers and 
footers take their ruler from the beginning 
of the document, not the current ruler. 
This is good, because it prevents the head- 
ers and footers changing positions on pages 
with different rulers. 

One really good new feature is the 
ability to add footnotes into the text. The 
references to these appear as superscript 
numbers in the main text, each consecu- 
tively numbered automatically. The foot- 
note text can be added in a little window of 
its own, and it gets printed at the bottom 
of the page. Where the reference changes 


pages, the location of the footnote moves 
automatically with the reference. There’s a 
separate ruler for footnotes, so they could 
be formatted on a narrower measure than 
the main text, and you can define how 
much space should separate them from the 
main text. 

I like the fact that the mouse pointer 
disappears while you are typing to prevent 
any possible distractions from the screen 
display. It reappears in its former position 
as soon as you move the mouse or press a 
button, so it’s always available. 

One area where the use of the mouse 
really helps is in marking blocks of text, to 
move or delete them using the Block menu, 
or change their text style using the Style 
menu or the function keys. Italicising a 
word is a matter of dragging the mouse 
pointer over the word to highlight it in 
black, then pressing f3. Figure 4 illustrates 
the process of picking out a whole para- 
graph in bold. 

The extra memory of the Archimedes is 
used to good effect. You can hold up to 
four documents in memory at once, and 
best of all, you can cut text out of one and 
copy it into another simply by highlighting 
the text block. Cutting it moves it on to 
the ‘clipboard’. Then you can make the 
other document active by clicking the 
mouse in its window, and retrieve the text 
from the clipboard with the ‘Paste block’ 
command. There’s room for a total of 
about 40,000-50,000 words in memory on 
an Archimedes 310, which would be 
enough for a small book. 

Another thing the Arc’s speed allows the 
program to do is check the spelling of each 
word you type, as you type it. This doesn’t 
seem to affect the speed of response of First 
Word Plus at all, it merely beeps when you 
make a mistake. The dictionary has 40,000 
words and it uses about 90k of memory 
when you load it in, but there are a few 
unexpected omissions, ‘Archimedes’ and 
‘wordprocessor’ for example, and no 
words with apostrophes, like ‘doesn’t’. 
Flowever, you can add new words to a 
supplementary dictionary that is loaded 
and merged with the main set. In fact, you 
can build several extra dictionaries, perhaps 
one for each subject you write about - one 
a group of technical terms, another a group 
of names, and so on. But you can have 
only one extra dictionary loaded at once, 
and there’s no way to check more than one 
except by ending the spelling check, and 
reloading the main dictionary and the 
second extra file. To make up for this, 
there is a utility program to add your own 


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REVIEWS 

SOFTWARE 


words permanently to the main dictionary. 

Another good feature of First Word Plus 
is that graphics can be incorporated into 
the text. Picture files can be imported from 
any graphics program that saves the picture 
in the usual *SCREENSAVE or sprite 
format- Artisan for example. The palette is 
imported too; even though the colours 
may not be true on screen, they are printed 
correctly, if you have a colour printer. It is 
easy to format the text around a picture, 
because the picture appears in the text 
window. Some printers distort graphics 
(they print circles as ellipses) and so a box 
appears around the graphic showing its 
true extent when printed - the size of the 
bounding box depends on the printer driv- 
er, so you can always get it right. Sadly, 
the printer drivers available don’t include 
the Integrex Colourjet, one of the more 
popular colour printers. 

When you decide to print out the docu- 
ment, you soon find you can’t. At least, 
not without saving it to disc first. This is 
because First Word Plus does all its printing 
‘in the background’, taking the text from 
the disc. Meanwhile you can be working 
on another document in memory. 

I did find a few niggles with First Word 
Plus , and a couple of serious problems. 
There isn’t any way of working in multiple 
columns and, if you need to do this, you’ll 
find that First Word Plus definitely isn’t the 
package for you. 

It is certainly an annoyance to be unable 
to cut and paste a ruler easily. Quite often, 
you need to alternate between, say, a 
narrow ruler and a wider one. For example 
when you are incorporating lengthy quota- 
tions into a document, they are normally 
slighty narrower than the rest of the text. 
The only way I could avoid having to 
recreate a ruler every time was to save the 
two in separate files and read them in at 
appropriate points in the text. 

Rulers also control the line spacing, so to 
change a document from single to double 
line spacing, you have to alter each and 
every ruler. Very tedious, particularly for 
such a common operation. I frequently use 
single spacing while I’m writing, and do a 
printout to check spelling and pick little 
errors in the text; reading from the paper is 
easier than reading from the screen. But 
then I change to double spacing for the 
final printout, sometimes leaving some sec- 

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Figure 4: Picking out a paragraph in bold 



MAIL MERGING 


First Word Plus comes with First Mail , a 
program for sending out mailshots. This 
is much more comprehensive than the 
‘macro’ facility in View , more in line with 
the programming language built into 
Wordwise Plus. You can write a letter, 
include patterns in it, and replace these 
patterns with lists of data from another 
file. Usually this would be a series of 
names and addresses. 

But because you can include com- 
mands like ‘Justify’ in the standard letter 
file, you can be more ambitious. The text 
is reformatted after the data has been 
merged with the standard letter, so re- 
placements can be done within the body 
of the letter without destroying the neat 
layout. The only problem at the present 
is that First Mail can’t be easily linked to 
any existing database, 
tions (quotes, chunks of program or what- 
ever) single. 

There are a couple of bugs in the version 
I reviewed. First, the text windows can be 
moved so they are almost impossible to 
retrieve. There should be a limit on the 
movement of each window, but this isn’t 
really a problem. Secondly, and more im- 
portantly, hyphenation can sometimes get 
confused. When reformatting text, First 
Word Plus sometimes picks out a long 
word for possible hyphenation. A box 
appears showing where First Word thinks 
the hyphen should go - it’s reasonably 
intelligent about it, putting it between 
double letters where possible, for example, 
and not allowing the hyphen too near the 
beginning or end of the word when you 
try to adjust the hyphen’s position. These 
hyphens are soft - if the line is changed 


later, they disappear automatically. But the 
hyphenation box sometimes contains a 
word that isn’t in the text - it appears to 
pick up remnants of edited words as well 
as the real text. These bugs should have 
been eliminated in the release version. 

There is a real problem concerned with 
hanging indents. Normal indentation is 
easy - just press Indent when you start a 
paragraph. But hanging indents, where the 
first line is longer than the rest of the 
paragraph, can be done only by typing the 
paragraph, returning to the second line, 
then pressing Indent and Reformat. Yes, 
this works, but reformatting, as you tend 
to just before printing, destroys the hang- 
ing indent completely. Each paragraph 
takes its cue from the first line, so if the 
first line is at the left margin, all the others 
will be too. If you use hanging indents, for 
example in legal or report work, then don’t 
use First Word Plus. 

Global reformatting causes another se- 
rious problem too. Centred or right- 
aligned text is easy to incorporate in the 
document, with fll or CTRL-fll. This 
formats the line according to the current 
ruler. But if the width of the ruler changes, 
if you perhaps decide to increase the width 
of the text, these sections don’t move, so 
centered text is off-centre and right-aligned 
text doesn’t move to the new right margin. 
Any centred or right-aligned text has to be 
completely rebuilt if you change the ruler. 

It would be nicer to have control over 
the palette from within the program, but 
there is a standard palette file within the 
Resources directory on the disc, and this 
can be altered by loading it into the Arc 
Desktop in the usual way. There are too 
many colours on the screen for my liking, 
and modifying it in this way is a boon. 

In general, I like First Word Plus very 
much, and there’s no doubt that it will be 
the standard that future Arc word- 
processors will have to beat. It is the first 
‘real’ Arc wordprocessor and offers several 
important features not available on BBC B 
wordprocessors such as graphics, foot- 
notes, multiple documents and fast spelling 
checkers. At just over £100, twice or three 
times the price of InterWord , View or 
Graphic Writer , I’d still say it’s good value. 

First Word Plus, £ 92 from Acorn , Ful- 

bourne Road , Cherry Hinton , Cambridge , 
Tel (0223) 245200. 

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REVIEWS 


FURTHER INTO DATABASES 

Continuing our survey of databases, Roger Cams considers several 
which can be of value to secondary schools 


System Delta Simple Card Index 

Ho File 

Open 

Esc . 

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Add Card 

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Basic 

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Minerva’s System Delta is a comprehensive and powerful tool 


It you work in business or education, the 
chances are that you use a database - even if 
you have never touched a computer! 

Everyone keeps information that they 
expect to need again, and traditional ways 
like writing family records on the fly sheet of 
the family Bible have long ago been replaced 
by more efficient methods. 

As most readers will know, the micro has 
opened up convenient ways of storing infor- 
mation, whether it is text or numbers, or 
even in the form of graphs and charts. A 
single floppy disc holding 200k on each side 
can store as much as 50,000 words, a typical 
paperback book on two discs. 

Database packages are no more than 
mechanisms for storing, sorting and present- 
ing information you have put aside in the 
past. The problem is that when you begin to 
store data you must decide how to store it, 
and stick with your decision, even when 
better ideas about how to keep it become 
available. Many libraries use two or more 
cataloguing systems, subsequent ones im- 
proving on the first but never replacing it. 

Let’s take some practical examples of what 
this means: first, from business. If you are in 
retail trade you need to know your stock, 
what items, how many you bought, and 
what they cost. Also your suppliers’ 
names, addresses and telephone numbers, 
and your regular customers. 

Working in education you need to know 
who your pupils are, with information about 
them, their addresses, performance records, 
and so on. Plus the staff, the stock list, and 
even details of the rooms which are available 
with their space and facilities. 

Because data processing plays such a large 
part in the curriculum today, you also need 
to teach pupils to have at least some idea of 
what a database is and how to use it. Some of 
the database managers aimed at education 
were covered last month in Acorn User , but 
at the secondary level more business- 
oriented packages are also usable. 

Even at home, most people keep an 
address book, but the changes which take 
place make it look a mess almost from the 
start. How much easier to keep it on disc 
with all the information you need, ready to 

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print out anew, in a convenient and correct 
form, every few months. The same can also 
be done with cookery recipies, plants in the 
garden, or records you own. Each of us has 
our own unique uses for a database. 

It is not easy to get reliable information 
about different database packages - availa- 
bility changes very rapidly. About three 
years ago I reviewed a book, now out of 
print, on the business uses of computer 
software. The chapter on databases listed 
four good examples, not one of which is 
available today. Software dealers are of 
limited value too. 01 10 recent advertisers, 
only six replied to a simple inquiry about the 
suitability of their wares for a particular job - 
and most replies were too general to judge. 

Reading Acorn User regularly can help 
with the reviews: a list is shown on page 
121. I usually use three databases myself, 
although I have tried most of the popular 
ones at one time or other. The first is the 
old Gemini database which is a nice intro- 
duction and might still have a school use, but 
it is now almost an historic document. 

The other two are Beebugsoft’s Masterfile 


//, which 1 like for small domestic jobs, and 
the Mertec Datascribe which is no longer 
advertised but could be very good if it were 
not so complicated. I keep going back to it 
mainly because I like to use its related 
statistical package. 

One of the biggest problems in changing 
to a newer system is that once you have 
learned to use one properly, it takes a great 
deal of mental energy to adapt to another, 
however simple it may be. 

One way to avoid problems is obviously 
to try to choose a database system which can 
easily change with the times and your needs, 
but these tend to be the most complicated to 
learn to use well. One such is System Delta. 
This Minerva software attempts to do for the 
BBC micros what dBase III does for the 
IBM PC - provide a comprehensive tool 
designed to meet all database needs. The 
latest specification is so detailed that any 
summary is impossible. 

There are versions of the basic package 
available for all models at a cost of about 
£70, but to design your own application 
from scratch you’ll probably also need the 


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full manual which costs about £30. 

Much has happened since we last looked at 
System Delta: at that time the conclusion 
was very favourable because of the high 
quality of the technical information and the 
‘extension to Basic 5 approach which made it 
so llexible. On the other hand, it was limited 
to mode 7 screens to allow reasonable 
memory storage. It was said to be the best 
programmable database management system 
for the BBC micro on the market and as such 
, was clearly recommended. 

How has it fared with time? Firstly, it has 
been adapted and developed to an extent 
which speaks well of the company and the 
product: not only does it cover the whole 
range of current hardware, but it has also 
greatly expanded its powers of storage and 
speed, while now offering mode 3 presenta- 
tion. Even better, the top of the range 
version can prepare data for, and accept it 
from, dBase, Lotus 123, ViewStore, Master- 
file, InterBase files and many more. But 
there is a price to pay for this flexibility, and 
that is complexity. I am not saying you could 
not master all these things, but it does take a 
long time. 

However, Minerva have themselves tail- 
ored a large number of special applications 
packages to go with the main system, 
although they are mainly intended for the 
Archimedes with its extra speed and power. 
Some of the packages already available are 
for accounting and school administration; a 
larger number for such fields as libraries, 
newsagents and hotels are nearly ready. 

If you want a top class system, the Delta is 
probably the right one for you. It would not 
be right for teaching purposes, but the 
Administrator package would be very useful 
to a school, and the profiling and timetabling 
modules too when they become available. 

Starting today and without the problem of 
transferring existing data, I would certainly 
choose to use one, and only one, of the 
slightly simpler systems such as InterBase or 
ViewStore because of their ease of use and 
the extent of integration with other software. 
II I mainly needed a high-powered database 
then System Delta or Clares 5 Alpha or Beta 
Base seem right. 

Beta Base is well up to the high quality of 
Clares 5 software. It has a large and popular 
following as a flexible database package. It 
comes on 5.25 or 3.5-inch disc and costs just 
over £25 for the basic BBC micro version. 

The same system has now been developed 
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Acornsoft 

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Minerva 

Title 

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Beta Base 

Alpha Base 

ViewStore 

InterBase 

Delta 

Delta Plus 

Price 

£22 

£25 

£49.95 

£59.80 

£69 

£29.95 

£69.95 

Manual 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Included 

Extra 

Supplied as 

Disc 

Disc 

Disc 

ROM 

ROM 

ROM & Disc 

ROM & Disc 

BBC 

Yes 

Yes 

No 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

Yes 

B/Master 








Archimedes 

Coming 

No 

Yes 

Emulator 

Emulator 

Yes 

Yes 

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18 

200 

400 

Almost 

Almost 

Almost 

Almost 





unlimited 

unlimited 

unlimited 

unlimited 

Linkage to 








W/P 

Yes 

Limited 

Limited 

Good 

Good 

Limited 

Limited 

Extras 

No 

No 

No 

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Other Inter 

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family 

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available 

available 


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0 Load File 5 Options 

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2 Work File 7 Transfer 

3 - Calculate 8 Redefine 

4 Search 9 Neu File 


00: 16 


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Beta Base : a popular package 

into Alpha Base for the Archimedes at £50. 
This can accept files from the earlier version 
but offers far more power. Alpha and Beta 
Base should be seen as a less complicated 
competitor to System Delta, and if you don’t 
want the specially tailored modules, then 
this could be your choice. 

At the same time you may not need 
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ability to transfer data between database, 
spreadsheet and wordprocessor. That is 
probably a more typical use for most of us, 
so you may well prefer the integrated 
packages such as ViewStore or OverView - 
from Acornsoft, or InterBase from Com- 
puter Concepts. Both of these come in ROM 
form, and offer very similar facilities. 
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and is simpler to set up for your own ‘card 
index 5 applications. InterBase has the major 
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wordprocessor, but for most people these 
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DATABASE : BOOKS 

<C> Computer Concepts* 1987 

!> Close database 
2) Disable Index <AUTHOR> 

3> Sal condition 
4> Edit fields 
3> Option aenu 
6> Print records 
?) Build index 
8> Create new database 
9> Program menu 

ESC Edit current record 
Enter choice 


InterBase: easy transfer to a wordprocessor 

by the lack of examples in the manual. 

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Masterfile II : a simple system, ideal for domestic uses 


version 1.17, and issue 2 of the additional 
notes and hints is very useful. It could be 
used as a teaching aid, to introduce second- 
ary pupils to databases and their uses in 
preference to some of the demonstration 
programs discussed last month. 

Choosing a database is one of the most 
serious decisions you can make once you 
have purchased your micro. First, because 
you have to learn to operate it, and second 
because once information is stored a change 
is very difficult. This may seem obvious, but 
it is so important that it needs explanation to 
help you understand how big the problem 
can become. Obviously the cost of the 
software is a consideration for most people,' 
but that really must not be the deciding one 
with a database. 

Most reasonably flexible database systems 
are quite complicated to use fully, so it takes 
some time to acquire the techniques you will 
eventually want to use. You must learn how 
to set up a new database, to input data, and 
most important of all to retrieve it in a form 
you want and can use, before you know how 
easy it is to use. 

That sounds easy, but even the Masterfile 
manual, which is well written, runs to 49 
pages and takes some time to understand. 
You need to have created two or three 
different databases with a reasonable quant- 
ity of real data before you have any idea 
whether it is suitable. By that time the 
investment of time easily outweighs the 
money spent on the software, and the answer 
could still be that you find it unsuitable. 

Let me give an example of this : when I first 
used Masterfile , it was to hold the family 
address book complete with telephone 
numbers, and there were 125 entries. It took 
three abortive attempts to get the choice of 
fields right, then two afternoons to put in the 
information. On reaching record 87, a small 
mistake meant I needed to delete an earlier 
record. I misunderstood the instructions on 
compacting a file, and ended by un- 
formatting the disc - back to square one! 

The implications of the second problem 
are even greater. You have a database you 
like and use it for a year or two, building up 
several valuable files. Then there are new 
developments in database software, which 
has certainly been the picture over the past 
five years. 

So, you decide you will move up to the 
new system. But what about all the data in 
your old files? You can be almost certain I 


the systems will be incompatible. That leaves 
you with the difficult choice of using the two 
systems in parallel, losing all the ability of 
your new system to process the data, or 
keying in the data again. 

Sometimes the most you can hope for is 
to design an output from the old system 
which is in a convenient sequence to read 
as you type it in again. The import facility 
of each of the datases is thus very impor- 
tant, and ViewStore and System Delta Plus 
both score here. InterBase is good too, but it 
does mean delving into the manual. 

Another illustration from experience: 
among my files is one with about 750 entries, 
each filling a complete screen, with both 
words and accurate, carefully checked 
numbers which matter. 

I like the system they are held on, but I 
really need an ambiguous search facility to 
find all the records with a word containing 
the letters ‘mph’ appearing anywhere in the 
title for example. (If you are confused, it is a 
list of paintings and I might want to identify 
one with a defaced title which could be either 
‘triumph’ or ‘nymph’.) The current system is 
good for most purposes, but it just cannot do 
that one thing unless I know whether it is 
recorded in upper or lower case type. The 
thought of transferring the records to a 
different system is just too much, but I had 
no idea that would become so important. 


It is not very difficult to give general 
advice to anyone about databases, and the 
range of costs is roughly £20 to £100. If you 
are concerned with using or teaching simple 
data processing, you should choose either a 
demonstration program from last month’s 
selection, or one of the very simple domestic 
systems such as Masterfile. 

If you need to have several thousand 
records, with more than one screenful of 
information on each item, as well as frequent 
sorting and searching, then you must have a 
dedicated system like System Delta , 
especially if there is a ready application 
package. That is probably true for many 
administrative processes. 

Finally, if your needs are between these, 
and you need a tool to help you sort data 
and display it with text then you are likely 
to be best off with whichever database is 
designed to link to your chosen word- 
processor; there is very little to choose 
between the View and Inter families. 

Some Acorn User articles on databases: 
Databases for Schools Use, February 1986 
and May 1987; Acornsoft’s ViewStore , May 
1986; Minerva’s System Delta , November 
1986; Addison-Wesley’s Dataprobe for 
schools, February 1987; Choosing and Us- 
ing a Database, March 1987; Computer 
Concepts’ Intcrbase , November 1987; 
Acornsoft’s OverView , March 1988 


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MIND YOUR LANGUAGE 

A computer and good software can make light work 
of language learning, says Dave Futcher 


Both BBC radio and television have been 
strong on language learning for some 60 
years, and now three first-stage language 
series have their own integral software 
components: A Vous La France /, Espana 
Viva and Deutsch Direkt! 

These series are designed for people at 
home, but the software is worth consider- 
ing for use in school. Many teachers have 
realised that the micro can be an instructor, 
animator, facilitator and stimulator, yet 
there is little good dedicated software. 

The French and Spanish packages can be 
treated as a pair because they are very 
similar, having been written by Dr Marie- 
Madeline Kenning of the University of 
East Anglia and Dr Michael Kenning of 
Essex. La France! comprises 45 programs 
on three discs divided into 15 equal units. 
Three of these are for revision. Viva also 
has three discs, with 15 units of two 
programs each, only one of which is a 
revision unit. A booklet describes each 
program and explains how to use them. 

Both La France! and Viva introduce 
everyday situations and develop language 
themes in meaningful contexts. They pro- 
vide practice in the sort of language re- 
quired for such needs as booking accom- 
modation, finding your way around or 
shopping. ‘Where’ covers giving as well as 
understanding directions, based on a sim- 
ple map. ‘Newtown’ lets you ask and 
answer questions about where to stay or 
eat, where to visit and so on. 

There are also a number of programs 
based on text reconstruction. ‘Rebuild’ is 
about filling in gaps based on meaning, and 
‘Blankit’ helps to make sense of something 
when some of the words are missing. 
Added to these are basic grammar exercises 
such as the use of pronouns, adjectives and 
their relative gender agreement. 

Deutsch Direkt! was developed by Paul 
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complement the BBC’s first-stage German 
course, in the same way as the first two 
packages, but does so in a totally different 
way. It aims to help the user acquire a 
:>asic German vocabulary, and so the soft- 

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ware contains a dictionary of over 1000 
words and a set of programs based around 
the words. 


The package uses a set of six programs to 
do this. ‘Words’ teaches vocabulary in 69 
blocks of 15 words each. ‘Review’ follows 
on from ‘Words’, but you can use ‘Review’ 
independently to go over any block. It 
gives the German and the English for each 
word, plus the plural form for nouns and 
the past tense for verbs. 

‘Square’ hides words in a square of 
letters and gets you to search for them. If 
you’ve been learning a set of words, 
‘Square’ gives you the chance to continue 
working with the same block. 

‘Links’ is a practice exercise that uses the 
dictionary like a maze. You must find your 
way from one word to another along a 
chain of connections. ‘Clock’ lets you test 
yourself against the clock to see how 
quickly you can recognise the words you 
have learnt. 

Finally, the ‘Topics’ program lets you 
use all the other programs with groups of 
words that relate to 36 different topics: 
shopping, travel, the body, job, weather, 
colours, for instance. 

Vocabulary rehearsal programs are often 
among the worst pieces of educational 


software around. They are tedious and 
uninspiring, and yet sales of this kind of 
software are high. Under all the frills, 
Deutsch Direkt ! is drill and practice, but 
it’s done better than most, and helps over- 
come the daunting prospect of the sheer 
volume of words needed to be learnt. 

In a number of the exercises in the three 
packages, the user is required to type in 
accented letters. The BBC micro has never 
been the best machine to do this on, so 
BBC Soft resorts to providing function 
keys to type in these letters. 

These packages are in the best tradition 
of BBC software: good quality, value-for- 
money and robust. They fit in well with 
the ideas behind the TV and radio series. 
One drawback is that they lack the spark 
shown by the leading language packages. 
Those which come to mind are the out- 
standing Quelle Fete and Hopfjager de- 
veloped at Homerton College in Cam- 
bridge, and Granville , which must be the 
best piece of language software around. 

The Homerton pair take an unusual 
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features from lists of words. Granville 
simulates planning a holiday in French. 
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more open-ended approach to foreign lan- 
guage learning, an excellent example would 
be using a wordprocessor, such as Tedi- 
men’s Folio which has European versions 
aimed at the school sector. 

A Vous la France, £ 24.95 ; Espana Viva, 

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PHOTOGRAPH BY THE LONDON METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE 


BUSINESS 

WHY DIDN’T I THINK OF THAT? 

Roger Cams presents more good ideas 
that you’ve sent in for using micros 


The arrival of the Archimedes has brought 
a new kind of response to the open invita- 
tion to tell others what you are doing with 
your equipment: many are finding ways of 
adapting old programs and large databases 
to the enormous potential of the new, 
faster and much more powerful hardware. 

Several readers have asked about trans- 
ferring the material they have built up into 
new formats, while still gaining from the 
extra applications available. So far there are 
more questions than answers, but I will 
pass them on as they come. 

What is pleasing is the clear evidence 
that those with older equipment and soft- 
ware are still able to find new and in- 
genious ways of making their efforts pro- 
ductive. Among the most impressive mate- 
rial I have seen in recent months is that 
sent by C G Roberts of the Halesowen 
Climatological Station, who collects data 
for the Meteorological Office and assem- 
bles it using the micro into a form ready 
for passing on to them. 

He collects the raw weather data and 
enters it into a ViewSheet model. Most of 
his data is of a numerical type - barometer 
readings, temperature and so on - but 
some is textual, such as cloud types and 
wind directions. In all there are 58 columns 
of data together with a 50-character 
‘Weather Diary’ giving a general impress- 
ion of each day. 

Each month’s data is collated using a 
Master 128 Turbo and its built-in View- 
Sheet spreadsheet application. This is ideal 
for working out the averages and statistics 
that the Met Office requires. Then a dot 
matrix printer is used to print it in various 
formats, while both ViewPlot and View- 
Chart convert selected parts of the data to 
graphic form. 

The finished product is both impressive 
and useful, and is a profitable source of 
income in Mr Roberts’ retirement. 

By way of contrast, some mathemati- 
cians have come out of their ivory towers, 
using modern technology to solve old 
classroom problems in an efficient and 
labour-saving way. 

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ley, who has written to me twice recently 
with neat little solutions to such problems 
in the classroom. The first was a simple 
nine-line program to solve polynomial 
equations which are increasingly to be 
found in A-level mathematics examina- 
tions. It is quick and more convenient than 
the traditional classroom use of the 
Newton-Raphson successive approxima- 
tion method - although I suspect the 
examiners might have doubts about using 
this approach! 

He went on from this to try the method 
on a much more complex form of the 
equation, and once again it succeeded, 
saving over a page of working. If anyone 
wants a copy of the program I will gladly 
put them in touch with him. 

From the theoretical to the very practic- 
al: occasionally a reader will ask me for 
advice, and, when I can, I do try to help. 

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came from P Mullans of Bognor Regis who 
wanted to know whether there is any 
software to assist with boat design which 
might be capable of producing the neces- 
sary co-ordinates for smooth curves in 
three dimensions. So far as I can calculate, 
that would require more memory than a 
micro can offer, but if I am wrong he will 
be most grateful for a reader’s solution. 

Dr A Refsum of the Queen’s University, 
Belfast described his concern - that of 
firing samples of new superconducting 
ceramic materials. His kiln must be careful- 
ly temperature-controlled, and he had a 


BBC micro to hand. So with the addition 
of a thermocouple to measure the tempera- 
ture, and a series of relays to control the 
electrical kiln heaters, the micro monitors 
and adjusts the temperature and ensures 
the samples are correctly fired. 

The last one for this month is a practical, 
commercial application which might well 
help others too. It comes from D E Ketter- 
ingham of Harrow Weald in Middlesex, 
who has developed a typesetting program 
for small printing machines which use 
handset type, such as the Adana eight-inch 
by five-inch letterpress. Even today these 
are still in use by schools, clubs and a few 
small businesses. 

The program is disc based, written in 
Basic, and has capacity for data on 150 
typefaces held in 15 files. Every letter in a 
particular typeface is a different width, and 
setting up type is a very skilled and time- 
consuming job, because spacers need to be 
added to justify each line. It is a job which 
lends itself to the micro, especially when 
word-wrap and justification is taken into 
account, as the computer can add up the 
widths of the letters in a line, and calculate 
the spacer widths required. 

Just to complete the job he has also 
added a stock control program for type- 
faces which allows the most efficient use to 
be made of expensive type. This is not the 
kind of software for which there is a 
commercial demand, but anyone who does 
this job would certainly welcome the help 
that Mr Ketteringham’s programs can give 
to typesetters. 

Reading letters like these is a great 
pleasure and very encouraging. Keep them 
coming in, readers. 


IDEAS WANTED 

If you have written a piece of useful 
software making use of your micro for 
business or pleasure and would like to 
share your knowledge and experience, 
write to Roger Carus, c/o Acorn User , 
Redwood Publishing, 20-26 Brunswick 
Place, London Nl 6DJ. Or use British 
Telecom Gold: 81:RED001. 


ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


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SATELLITE PICTURES ON YOUR BEEB! 



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106.12 

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MSA20 X-Dipole Aerial 

21.70 

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182.04 

7.20 

MSS20 Interface 

74.95 

1.50 

MSG20 Graphstore 

347.75 

6.00 

MSD20 Dish Aerial 

121.50 

15.00 

MSC20 Down Converter 

138.65 

1.50 

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CRM20 20 Megabyte external winchester for Nimbus PC £575.00 

CRM30 30 Megabyte external winchester for Nimbus PC £599.00 

CRM40H 40 Megabyte, high speed external winchester £899.00 

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Nimbus PC186 £35.00 

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TRAPDOOR The ultimate debugging aid £49.95 

(also available for IBM PC. APRICOT PC. XI. XEN) 

ZEM Z80 CP/M Emulator £49.95 


Network prices of software 

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EXAMPLE COMPARISONS 



VlewSheet 

intersheet 

Logistix 

SigmaSheet 

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Ai to ZSO (1300 cells) 

48.00 

6.49 

5.84 

0.03 

Memory free with above sheet 

(A310) 

9272 

12600 

(estimated) 

153000 

533916 

Speed factor of SigmaSheet 

above others 

1600 

216.3 

194.6 



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Infact BeebDOS is probably the fastest and most powerful 
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Acorn Master 128 £395.00 

Amstrad PC 1 51 2 full range (inc software) from £399.00 

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Atari 520 STFM £300.00 


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Disc Drives from 

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ELECTRON MODE *7 ADAPTOR 

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Intor-Sheet 36.52 42 00 

1-9 27128 250nS 1? 5V 3 04 3 60 

Inter-Base 48.70 56 00 

10+ 27128 250nS 12.5V 2.75 3.16 

1-9 2764 250nS 2 60 7 99 

Wordwise Plus 37.39 43.00 

Mega 3 71.30 82 00 

10+ 2764 250nS 2.39 2.75 

1-9 27256 250nS 4.22 4.85 

10+ 27256 250nS 3 R3 4 

Spell Master 40.87 47.00 

ACP Disc Investigator 22.61 26.00 

ACP Disc Toolkit 26 96 31 00 

1-9 TTL/Cmos set 3.91 4.50 

1*9 8271 controller 39 ^3 45 qq 

View 2.1 38.26 44.00 

ViewStore 38.26 44 00 

1-9 6264LP 150nS.....: 2.56 2 95 

Acorn 8271 DFS 43.48 50 00 

OverView l& II 68.70 79.00 

View Professional 68.70 79.00 


ROMS 


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5 Vi DISC DRIVES 


Ex VAT 

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8.65 

9.95 

1.65 

1.90 

13.90 

15.99 

7.39 

8.50 

6.52 

7.50 

21.70 

24.95 

)S 39.13 

45.00 

6.52 

7.50 

7.83 

9.00 


1.39 


Cumana CSX100 

Ex VAT 
91.30 

Inc VAT 
105.00 

Cumana CSX400 

124.35 

143.00 

Cumana CD800S 

260.00 

299.00 

MD400A 400k No PSU.... 

88.70 

102.00 

MD400B 400k & PSU 

103.48 

119.00 

MD802C 800k No PSU .... 

173.91 

200.00 

MD802E 800k & PSU 


220.00 

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216.52 

249.00 


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PANASONIC KXP 1081 



with BBC cable & paper 

£165.00 (£143.48 + VAT) 

above with Screen Dump & 2m cable 

£171.00 (£148.70 + VAT) 

Exc VAT Inc VAT 

KXP 1080 Fabric ink ribbon 4.26 4.90 

KXP 1080 View Printer driver ...7.83 9.00 

KXP 1080 Control Dump rom 13.00 14.95 


PANASONIC KXP1082 

(as 1081 but 160cps) 
with BBC cable & paper 

£195.00 (£169.57 + VAT) 


KAGA/TAXAN KP810 

with BBC cable & paper 

£239.00 (£207.83+ VAT) 


CANON PW1080A 

with BBC cable & paper 

£239.00 (£207.83+ VAT) 


KAGA/TAXAN KP815 

with BBC cable & paper 

£269.00 (£233.91+ VAT) 


STAR LC10 COLOUR 

with BBC cable and paper 

£229.00 (£199.13 + VAT) 


STAR LC10 

with BBC cable & paper 

£199.00 (£173.04+ VAT) 


CITIZEN 120D 

with BBC cable & paper 

£165.00 (£143.48 + VAT) 


EPSON LX800 

with BBC cable & paper 

£229.00 (£199.1 3+ VAT) 

MP 165 

with BBC cable & paper 

£195.00 (£169.57 + VAT) 


JUKI 6100 

with BBC cable & paper 

EmOOjEmO^VAT^ 


Amstrad LQ3500 (24) 

with BBC cable & paper 

£320.00 (£278.26 + VAT) 


MP 480 (480 cps) 

with BBC cable & paper 

i £339 J 00J£249 ; 78^VAT^ 


PRINTER ADD ONS 

Ex VAT Inc VAT 

LX800 Sheet Feeder 62.61 72.00 

LX/FX 800 Print Ribbon 3.00 3.45 

NL-10 Print Ribbon 4.80 5.52 

1 20D Print Ribbon 4.00 4.00 

KP/PW Print Ribbon 3.39 3.90 

Printer Dust Covers 4.80 4.80 


PRINTERS/CABLES 

Ex VAT Inc VAT 

Panasonic KXP31 31 Daisy 233.91 299.00 

Kaga/Taxan KP910/15 350.00 402.00 

1 ,5m (4 foot) BBC cable 5.70 6.50 

2.0m (6 foot) BBC cablo 7.74 8.90 

Compact printer cablo 7.74 8.90 

IBM/Archimedes cablo 7,74 8.90 


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Philips CM8533 230 43 

Philips CM8852.. 251.30 

Philips BM7502 Green 6870 

Philips BM7522 Amber 73 91 

Philips BM7542 73 91 

Philips BM Titt stand 7.70 

Taxan KX P31 Green 68 70 

Taxan KX1202 E39 Green 73.91 

Taxan KX Amber 82 61 

Taxan Super Vision 625 313 04 

Microvitec 1451 221.74 

Microvitec 1451 Ap 260 00 

14’Tilt/Swivel Stand 13 87 

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265 00 
289 00 
79 00 
85 00 
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79 00 
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360 00 
255 00 
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Ex VAT 

Master 128k Micro 365.22 

512 Co-processor 185.00 

Turbo Upgrade 98.78 

Acorn Z80 2nd P 317.39 

Acorn Cartridge 10.87 

Peartree Cartridge from 8.65 

Care Cartridges from 7.65 

ARM Assembler Book 12.00 

Understanding Interword 6.50 

Reference Manuals 14.00 

View 3/Vicw Sheet Guides 9.00 

Master & B Dust Covers 3.00 

Monochrome Compact 360.87 

Second User BBC Bs available 


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A DABHAND GUIDE 

View by Bruce Smith 



This is the most comprehensive tutorial 
and reference guide written about the View 
wordprocessor. Beginner and advanced 
user alike will find it an invaluable and ever 
ready companion. 

Bruce Smith has left no stone unturned 
and all aspects of wordprocessing are 
covered. In addition a suite of View utility 
programs are provided including View 
Manager , an extendable and very friendly 
file management program. Macros, page 
layout and printer drivers are revealed in 
Bruce’s well-known relaxed style. 

Covered in the 240-page book are: 


Command and Edit mode, rulers and mar- 
gins, saving and loading text, !Boot files, 
markers, formatting and justification, 
search and replace, stored commands, prin- 
ter drivers, handling long documents, hints 
and tips, View Manager , machine code 
utilities, ViewSpell , Viewlndex and Over- 
View, utility programs, View version 
changes, quick reference guides, getting 
more memory, printer control codes, tech- 
nical notes 

All features in the book arc applicable to 
View on the BBC B/B-f, Master 128 and 
Compact, and Electron. 


Please send me: copies of ‘View: A Dabhand Guide’ at £12.95 (including p&p) 

copies of book and 5.25in disc at £16.95 (£1.00 discount) 

copies of book and 3.5in disc at £17.95 (£2.00 discount) 

I enclose a sterling chcque/PO payable to DABS PRESS for £ (Outside UK 

add £2 p&p. Free p&p in UK) 

NAME 


ADDRESS 


POSTCODE 


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Send this coupon with your remittance to Acorn User Merchandise Department, Redwood Publishing 
Ltd, 20-26 Brunswick Place, London N1 6DJ. 


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MID SUSSEX SOFTWARE 



MUSIC PRINTING 

★ The music processor from Mid Sussex Software produces printed 
music to professional standards. 

★ Easy music entry for single parts or scores, editing, transposition, 
extraction of parts from scores, playback. 

★ Price £54.95 - State 40/80 Track BBC B or Master. 

NEW MUSIC PROGRAMS 

★ Three new programs for use in music education to develop aural and sight 
reading skills 

★ Pitch Trainer £12.50 each 

.★ Rhythm Tutor State 40/80 Track 

" These programmes are a must for all teachers. I can’t think how I managed 
without them."- Music Teacher 

send tor more details to:- Mid Sussex Software, 11 Bridle Way, 
Pound Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4HP or telephone 
HORSHAM (0403) 54922. 


ROOM 7 SOFTWARE 


SUPER! BOOT 

The most extensive disc automenu/management 
system available. Loads or runs any program from any 
drive to any address, download, autolist, types, exec 
etc. Also includes comprehensive file identification 
routines (hcxdump etc), disc labellcr/card indexer, 
3-lcvel disc information routines etc. Printout options. 
Two versions, creator program, sector editor, 13 page 
manual, B/B+/M ASTER (5.25" DFS only) 



Fully bound 
software catalogue 
50p P&P 
Refundable with 
order 


Also covered by our catalogue - Soccer Boss, Pools Cheque, Investment Analyser 2, Matrix, 
Central Heating Calculator, Electrical Cable Selector, Structural Beam Calculator 
Introduction to Statistics, Easy Banker. 


Letters Cheques to: W.L. COMPUTER SERVICES. Dept. 2, 
First Floor. H.S.L. Building. 437 Warrington Road. Rainhill. 
Merseyside. L35 4LL. Tel: 051-426 9660. 



USE A PERSONAL ORGANISER? 

You need the 

I FAX*FILE ORGANISER! 

Combine the power of your BBC with the flexibility and convenience of a personal organiser 
(Filofax, I.efax etc) to create a personalised data base. Using special sized computer paper or 
single sheets to print: 

* Diaries including you data (on disc) 

* Address book pages, up to 48 entries sorted by name. 

* Custom designed forms. 

The program is menu driven with plenty of on-screen help. The graphics are superb and the 
printed pages will match the high quality of your personal organiser. 

The Organiser will run on a BBC B or a Master 128. It requires a fully Epson fX/80 compatible 
printcr..Extra computer paper (tractor feed, prc-punched) is available. 


£12.95 INC P&P | 

disc, 40/80 track (state which) 
manual 

sample pack of paper. 


MEWsoft 
11 Cressy Road 
London 
NW3 2NB 
(01 267 2542) 


'Excellent on-screen designer" 

“ A simple but effective product that is very easy to use". 
"I suggest you. . . buv Fax File " 

ACORN USER FEB 88 


UNIQUE Mail order 

SOLUTION on,y 

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Auto-switchers at a price you can afford. 
Select on a first come first serve basis 
and auto-formed to differentiate be- 
tween each selected user. 

APS2 2 computer to 1 printer incl. 

lead and P+P £55.00 

APS3 3 computer to 1 printer incl. 

lead and P+P £75.00 

Future buffer updates available! 

Orders from Education establishments 
are welcomed. For further details write 
to: 

UNIQUE SOLUTION (Dept AU) 

64 Lower Addiscombe Rd. 

East Croydon, 

Surrey. 

CR0 6AB. 


RAM modules 

" IFFL'S product comes top " — Acorn User 

* Clip on Leads — no soldering 

* Compatible with most ROM boards 

* Use low power CMOS RAM 

* Comprehensive documentation 

* Supplied with utility disc 

* 1 5K Printer buffer 

* Available without software 
— phone for details 

* Money back guarantee 


PRINTER boxes 

* Connects 1 computer to 2 printers 

* High quality circuit board 

* Single switch operation 

* Supplied with all cables 

* No extras — just plug in 



16K - £18.50 
32K - £19.50 

rp"i i'"p""i 

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Printer box £31.50 


ARCHIMEDES corner 


Archimedes 305 Basic £783.75 

Archimedes 305 + Mono monitor £839.80 
Archimedes 305 + Colour monitor £1008.00 
Archimedes 310 Basic £868.95 

Archimedes 310 + Mono monitor £925.05 
Archimedes 310 + Colour monitor £1093.20 
Backplane £41.50 

Serial data cable £9.95 

File transfor kit £19.50 

Printer cable £9.50 

Computor Concopts ROM Podulo £53.00 

As abovo with battery backup £62.00 

Acorn ROM Podule £64.00 

1 Megabyte RAM upgrade (305 only) £88.00 
Phono for latest prices — Prices Include VA T. 


" 0 

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BACKPLANE E41.50 

N.B. THE BACKPLANE MUST 
BE INSTALLED BEFORE 
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PODULE. 


CHIPS 

2764 8K EPROM 

£3.00 

27128 16K EPROM 

£3.50 

27256 32K EPROM 

£4.80 

6264 8K RAM 

£3.00 

62256 32K RAM 

£12.00 

Phone for quantity discounts 



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BBC MASTER 

Master 128 

359.00 

Master Turbo upgrade 

99.00 

Master 512 upgrade 

199.00 

Master Econet Module 

37.60 


BBC MASTER COMPACT 
(3 '/a" DRIVE) 


Master Compact Entry System 

Master Compact Mono System 

Master Compact Colour System 

RS232 Upgrade Kit 

3 x h to 5Vi Ext Drive Lead 

Compact Printer Lead 

299.00 

349.00 

499.00 

27.50 

12.50 
10.00 

DISC DRIVES 

mm mm 

5(4" Akhter 2 Year Warranty 


MD400A D/S 40/80 no PSU 

109.00 

MD400B D/S 40/80 with PSU 

121.00 

MD802C Dual D/S 40/80 no PSU 

209.00 

MD802DM Dual D/S 40/80 


with PSU in Plinth 

254.00 

3(4" Akhter 2 Year Warranty 


MD400F Single 400K no PSU 

98.00 

MD400G Single 400K with PSU 

108.00 

5(4" NEC 1 Year Warranty 


DN400A D/S 40/80 no PSU 

99.00 

DN400B D/S 40/80 no PSU 

116.00 

DN802C Dual D/S 40/80 no PSU 

199.00 

DN802E Dual D/S 40/80 no PSU 

249.00 

MONITORS 

HHHhH 

1431 Microvitec Std Res Colour 

169.00 

1451 Microvitec Med Res Colour 

209.00 

7502 Phillips High Res Green 

69.00 

7522 Phillips High Res Amber 

74.00 


PRINTERS (incl. Master Compact Lead) 


Matrix 

Citizen 120D 120cps 25NLQ 8OC0I 159.00 

Star LC10 lOOcps 25NLQ 8OC0I 209.00 

Epson LX800inc Tractor Unit 229.00 

Citizen MSR 15E 60cps 40NLQ 136Col 329.00 

Star NX 15 20cps 30NLQ 136Col 329.00 

Epson FX1000 inc Tractor 136Col 455.00 

Daisywheel 

Panasonic Kx P3131 17cps 299.00 

Brother HR20 22cps 439.00 

Laser 

Citizen C110 Overture 1799.00 

HP LaserJet RS232 2664.00 


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packing a lot of data into a little space. 

Amcom have also made winchesters simpler to use. 

Amcom winchesters are supplied ready formatted: 
just plug into the 1 MHz bus and switch on. 

Amcom winchesters use the Acorn ADFS to ensure 
software compatibility. And to make full use of’this, 
Amcom include powerful utilities software to man- 
age the megabytes of storage space. 

And Amcom have also simplified the price: 

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Technomatic 

305 Kdgwiirc Road, London \V2 Tel: 01-723 0233 


/ TECHNOCAD 

Technomatic will be launching their Technocad computer aided 
drafting and design package at the end of June. 

The package has been written specially for the Master 128 computer 
and makes full use of its 128k RAM. The Technocad package 
comprises an eprom cartridge with two 32K ROMs, and a 5.25" 
utility disc. 

Technocad offers everything you need for quick and easy creation of 
complex drawings. Complete cursor control by a mouse or a tracker 
ball or only three keys from the keyboard, and use of pop up menus 
at each stage of the drawing greatly simplify the operation of 
Technocad for both the experienced user or novice. 

Technocad lets you create a drawing of almost unlimited size, and to 
pan across the drawing or zoom into a particular section to enter 
finer details. The lines can be drawn with a variety of thicknesses 
and modified at any stage of the drawing. Arcs of any angle and 
complete circles can be drawn with equal ease, and again in any 
thickness. 

When a line is drawn, its length and angle of displacement are 
displayed on the screen, for an arc its radius and angle are displaced. 
The units of length can be specified by the customer. 

The unique feature of Technocad will be its facility to allow Icons 
of any complexity to be created an saved to a library. Any Icon can 
be brought back to the diagram. 

Technocad includes the facility to create multi layered drawings. 
Once created drawing can be output to your Epson FX80 compatible 
printer or any BBC compatible plotter. You can add your own 
printer driver to output to any other printer. The printer output can 
be in light or heavy print. iThe plotter program which allows scaling 
of the drawing is configurable to suit most makes . 

The price of Technocad has been set at £149 + VAT, though 
quantity discounts will be offered to Educational Authorities. 
Technomatic will supply evaluation disc free of charge to any 
educational institution. Private or commercial users will have to pay 
a handling charge of £3.00 inc VAT, to try out the software. 

Details from: 

Technomatic Ltd 

17 Burnley Road London NW10 1GD 
Tel 01-208 1177 FAX 01-425 1500 T/X 922800 



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ACORN USER JUNE 1988 




Write to Letters, Acorn User, 20-26 Brunswick Place, London N1 6DJ 




ODD 


Short on software 

Sir, I would like to ask how 
Acorn can produce such an 
outstanding machine as the 
Archimedes while still failing to 
sort out their marketing. One 
example is the release of the 
400 series. The delay with re- 
spect to the 300 series is under- 
standable, but the delay of the 
410 relative to the 440 is not. It 
is difficult to predict which 
would attract more sales if they 
were released at the same time 
but, given that the 410 can be 
upgraded, it would attract 
many 440 buyers if available 
first. Thus the initial sales 
volume is likely to be less by 
the current approach. Surely 
the future of the machine lies in 
creating a viable software base 
as soon as possible. 

Richard Francis 
Holland 

There arc several reasons for 
the apparently premature re- 
lease of the 440. First Acorn 
have tried to get their 
‘flagship’ out into the public 
view as soon as possible. Also, 
the 400 series is aimed at pro- 
fessional users and any ‘pro- 


fessional’ software would need 
4 megabytes (or certainly 
more than the 1 megabyte 
available on the 410) on which 
to be developed. This is often 
the case with other computer 
systems, where one-off 
machines with very large 
memories are built, purely for 
the purpose of software de- 
velopment. The internal ‘de- 
velopment’ machine made by 
Acorn did in fact have 4 
megabytes. 


PUSHING 

FOB PCS 

Sir, I heartily endorse the opin- 
ion expressed by your corres- 
pondent J Alexander in the 
April issue of Acorn User. In 
my place of employment we 
use several programs which run 
on BBC computers. These have 
been developed by virtue of the 
fact that the writer could work 
at home on privately owned 
equipment, identical to that at 
the office. Now the workload 
has increased, the company is 
buying PCs and that facility is 
lost, apart from the use of BBC 
Basic 86 by M-TEC which we 
have found very satisfactory. 
To make the most of all the 
proprietory programs now 
available, those of us who are 
interested need the MS-DOS 
facility. I have tried the 512k 
second processor with the Mas- 
ter 128, and have found it to be 
wanting - as, I suspect, I would 
find the current PC emulator 
with the Archimedes. 

For the enthusiast to remain 
faithful to the BBC, to be at the 
forefront of technology and to 
keep in step with the business 


world, the Archimedes, in con- 
junction with the PC podule 
and suitable 5.25-inch disc 
drive, must be more than simp- 
ly ‘very good’, it has to be 
excellent. Otherwise it remains 
a highly desirable and expen- 
sive toy that I too, will have 
reluctantly to sacrifice for an 
Amstrad PC1640. 

A Wigand 
Andover 

Although Acorn still has no 
plans to release the PC 
podule, it has brought out a 
second version of the PC 
emulator which runs slightly 
faster and gives almost double 
the workspace - 540k - as the 
original. 


COMPACT 

MUSIC 



Not Companionable 


Sir, I own a Master Compact 
and operate with a second 5.25- 
inch drive. I have recently 
purchased a Music 5000 synth- 
esiser from Hybrid Technology 
and intended operating this 
with a Mertec Compact Com- 
panion as the Compact has no 
1MHz bus. 

I cannot however obtain any 
sound although the system 
seems, at least visually, to be 
operating satisfactorily. The 


reason for this, I have been 
told, is that the Mertec equip- 
ment uses a 2MHz bus rather 
than 1MHz. I would be obliged 
if you could inform me 
whether any adaptor or other 
device could help me out of 
this problem, or direct me to 
someone who could assist me. 

James MacDowall 

Glasgow 

Chris Jordan of Hybrid Tech- 
nology replies: 

‘The Hybrid Music system 
is not guaranteed to work on 
a Compact, but if the soft- 
ware is transferred from the 
5.25-inch DFS discs supplied, 
there is no reason why it 
should not work with a 1MHz 
bus adapter.’ 

At present there are no 
1MHz bus adapters for the 
Compact. 


SWAPPING 

DISCS 

Sir, A friend of mine has some 
double density, dual disc drives 
which are currently working on 
his BBC B micro. Can they 
operate on my Electron and if 
so, which interface do I need to 
connect them? 

T Shields 
London 

Double density, dual drives 
will work perfectly well on an 
Electron provided you have 
the appropriate interface. 
Such an interface is available 
from Advanced Computer 
Products, 6 Ava House, High 
Street, Chobham, Surrey 
GU24 8LZ. 


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LETTERS 


SEARCHING 

FOR SCANNERS 



Pause on pixels 


Sir, While reading a friend’s 
Computing with the Amstrad 
magazine, I noticed a review of 
a device which attaches to a 
printer to scan sheets and digi- 
tise the pictures, photographs 
etc. Am I right in assuming that 
no-one has yet developed a 
scanner for the BBC? Surely it 
is not beyond the wit of desig- 
ners to invent and market 
something of this type for the 
BBC micro? 

P Spall 

Welling 

As far as we know, there are 
no digitisers of the type you 
describe for the BBC micro. 
However, there is a possibility 
that one may appear in the 
form of a simple hand-held 
scanner, for the Archimedes. 


ITCHING FOB 

INDICES 

Sir, I have kept every copy of 
Acorn User since issue one. It 
provides an unparalleled his- 
tory of the development of 
BBC computers, and a very 
useful work of reference on 
operating these machines. 

Most of the magazine con- 
tent is of lasting interest and 
use, but unfortunately over the 
past two years, it has become 
increasingly difficult to find 
items half-remembered from 
previous issues. 

The reason for this? You 
have discontinued an essential 


part of the magazine - the 
annual index. 

D Smith 
Northants 

An index similar to the above 
takes a lot of work and so the 
excuse has to be yet again ‘not 
enough time’. A disc-based 
bibliography is by far the 
easiest way of locating ‘lost’ 
articles. Such an index is sup- 
plied by McHugh Enterprises. 
The program allows you to 
step through a database of 
past contents or search for a 
specific word. Output can be 
dumped to a printer at any 
time to provide a hard copy. 
McHugh Enterprises can be 
contacted at 43 Hookstone 
Oval, Harrogate HG2 8QE. 



COMMS 

QUERIES 

Sir, I would welcome an article 
about modems and com- 
munications in general. I would 
like to move into this field, but 
there seem to be so many dif- 
fering standards that it is all 
rather bewildering. A guide for 
beginners would be very much 
appreciated. I have heard that 
the Encyclopedia Britannica is 
available as an on-line database 
for modem owners. Is this 
true? If not, is it likely ever to 
happen? 

Patrick Ncthercot 
Sunderland 

Like most computer related 
topics, communications can 
be rather daunting at first, 
with new terms that are off- 
putting to the beginner. The 
subject has been covered in 
some detail in June 86 and 
July 87. We are also planning 
a communications special for 
July 88. Prestel runs a series of 
on-line databases, one of 
which may suit your require- 
ments. They can be contacted 
on 01-822 1100. 



Prestel on-line 


ART 

VERSIONS 

Sir, I am writing to you con- 
cerning your Super Art utilities 
programs ‘Art Comes Un- 
done’. The programs will work 
only on earlier versions of the 
package, namely versions 3.41 
and 3.51. The menus on version 
3.61 are slightly different. In- 
stead of Undo at the top of the 
options menu, there is a ‘Def. 
patterns’ option, and there are 
only two user options at the 
bottom. Undo is at the bottom 
of the Goodies menu. 

Is there any way to change 
the programs so that they will 
work on my version of Super 
Art ? 

M Roberts 
St Albans 

With so many different ver- 
sions of Super Art (we also 
know of version 3.31), it was 
inevitable that the ‘Art 
Comes Undone’ programs 
would not always work. A list 
of program changes for ver- 
sions other than 3.41 and 3.51 
should be appearing in a fu- 
ture issue. 


SCRIPTED_ 

SOLUTION 

Sir, I am writing with reference 
to the letter ‘Not in the Script’ 
in the April ’88 issue of Acorn 
User. G2 Systems offer a word- 
processor called Masterscript 
which has been specifically 
written for producing television 
and film scripts on any model 
of BBC micro. It allows inde- 


pendent editing and movement 
of two columns, soft keys for 
camera directions and various 
special printout options which 
are often needed in television 
applications. 

Masterscript is one of a large 
range of software and hardware 
packages produced by G2 Sys- 
tems for TV and film applica- 
tions. 

Glyn Powell-Evans 

G2 Systems 

G2 Systems can be contacted 
at 5 Mead Lane, Farnham, 
Surrey GU9 7DY. 


DOESN’T 

ADD UP 

Sir, Looking through some 
back issues of Acorn User y I 
came across A Valentine’s disc 
backup utility in Acorn Forum 
(November ’87). The program 
appeared to be just what I was 
looking for, but unfortunately 
there was no checksum. Could 
you possibly publish the mis- 
sing checksum? 

J Mclver 

Leeds 

We try to include checksums 
whenever possible but some- 
times the odd checksumless 
program manages to slip 
through! The following lines 
should be added to the 
program: 

145 PROCclearmem 
155 PROCchecksum 

2380 s 

2390 DEF PROCclearmem 

2400 FOR I7.=& 900 TO & 
B60 

2410 ?I7.=0 

2420 NEXT 17. 

2430 ENDPROC 

2440 : 

2450 DEF PROCchecksum 

2460 C=0 

2470 FOR I7.=&900 TO & 
B60 

2480 C=C+?(I7.) 

2490 NEXT 17. 

2500 IF C< >59649 THEN 

PRINT "Check listing. 

" : END 

2510 ENDPROC 


ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


137 



The Account Book 


If you have been thinking of computerising your business or have been disillusioned by the complex manuals and screens of 
codes most accounting programs offer then you are in for a pleasant surprise. You do not need to know anything about 
accounting to use The Account Book, and no matter how small your business, you will be amazed at how easy your 
book-keeping will become. There are no strange monthly ‘rituals’ or data sorting (which is completely automatic), but more 
importantly, there is no limit to the number of entries you can make. You can see your bank and cash balances, immediately, at 
any time together with a break-down of all your entries including profit/loss figures and any discrepancies between your 
receipts and payments which allows you to balance your books with your bank statements with the minimum of fuss. Your 
entries can be analysed for reports in over 50 different ways. One example of this is listing unpaid invoices from a particular 
customer, for an individual month, from a certain month to date or for all months. Another is to find out not only how much your 
motor expenses were, but also how much of it was for, say, petrol. If you are VAT registered, the Account Book will produce 
your VAT lists and returns for any period, automatically. 

The number of key presses has been optimised for rapid entry of data and by using the labeling facility a single key press will 
enter all the details of a standing order etc. Help messages are always displayed on screen, but the system is so easy to use, 
you probably won’t need them. 

To get you going, a comprehensive and easy to read manual is supplied with the system, and a free telephone help-line service 
for any technical queries or advice is also provided. The Account Book was launched six months ago, and our customers 
range from self-employed people to retail shops and limited companies. The following are two quotes from the many letters of 
praise we have received: 

“I have brought my accounts up to date from the 
beginning of my year, which starts 1st May, without 
any trouble at all. All nine months are printed out in 
the neatest possible way. 

I have to congratulate you on a very good piece of 
work. Far, far better than anything I have previously 
tried for the BBC Master and at a very much lower 
cost. In fact I have abandoned two rather expensive 
programs because they are too complicated for the 
needs of a small business, difficult if not impossible 
to use, and do not produce print-outs which are 
helpful. How right you were to design your layout on 
a normal ledger. It was just what I was looking for. I 
only wish I had the time and knowledge to write a 
review of it for the BBC magazines. Someone 
should.” 


Many thanks to Mr Ronald Whitehouse of 
Maldon, Essex and Mr Geoffrey Allcock of 
Southampton for allowing us to quote 
from their letters. 


“Thank you for the Accounts program which is 
working well and is, without doubt, the solution to my 

book keeping problems it is incredible value 

for money and its operation is simplicity itself. ” 


RECEIPTS 

MENU 

PftYHEHTS 

WO 

a 


UTILITIES ICHU 
EXIT SYSTEM 



The Account Book runs on all models of BBC computer from the BBC B to the Master and requires a 
minimum of 1 double sided 80 track drive, dot matrix printer and mono or colour monitor. We are at present 
working on a second module to complement The Account Book which will include invoicing, statements 
and stock control. There is only one thing left to mention the price: Just £27.95 inclusive. 


Please send me a copy of The Account Book 

I enclose Cheque/P.O. for £27.95 made out to APRICOTE STUDIOS. 
All Orders/enquiries to: 


APRICOTE STUDIOS 
2 PURLS BRIDGE FARM 
MANEA 

CAMBS PEI 5 OND 
TEL: 035 478 432 

Please allow 14 days for delivery. 


NAME: 

ADDRESS: 


POST CODE: 

TEL: 

AU6. 


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LETTERS 



SOFT 

SELL 

Sir, Looking at the advertise- 
ment for the Archimedes in the 
national press, I wonder 
whether Acorn is actually 
trying to sell its new micro? 
There is no mention whatsoev- 
er of its capabilities or why it is 
so special - it could even be 
just another IBM PC clone - 
and an expensive one at that!, I 
for one, appreciate that the 
Archimedes is an excellent mic- 
ro but does the general public? 
Unless Acorn improves its 
advertising, it is certain to loss 
sales. 

Having owned a Model B 
and subsequently a Master, I 
am aware of the sophistication 
and facilities offered by the 
Acorn micro. There is nothing 
in Acorn’s current advertising, 
however, to encourage the 
general public to find out the 
potential of the Arc. The stan- 
dard of advertising falls far 
short of Acorn’s competitors 
such as Amstrad. 

Still on the subject of 
Archimedes, I was appalled by 
the letter of J Alexander in AU 
April 88, in which he says that 
without an MS-DOS podule he 
cannot even consider an Arc. It 
seems pointless to buy an Arc, 
and then degrade it to a PC 
clone. There are far cheaper 
ways to run MS-DOS software. 
Few people would contemplate 
going shopping in a Grand Prix 
racing car! 

Although MS-DOS is the 
current standard, it isn’t a par- 
ticularly versatile or sophisti- 
cated operating system and as 
IBM and Microsoft are de- 
veloping the new OS/2 operat- 
ing system, it is likely that the 
standard will soon change. 

S Reading 

Gravesend 

There are arguments both for 
and against running MS-DOS 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


on the Archimedes. Most peo- 
ple who wish to run PC soft- 
ware do so because they are 
used to it, or because there is 
nothing better written specifi- 
cally for the Arc. Acorn cer- 
tainly has no intention of 
turning the Archimedes into 
another PC clone; its ‘Spring- 
board’ card has been de- 
veloped to cater for PC users. 
The PC emulator (see 
‘Pushing for PCs’) is intended 
to provide a stop gap until 
more software becomes avail- 
able for the Arc. 


BUT IS 


IT ART? 



Sir, I own a Master 128 and am 
very interested in producing 
graphics. I have been using 
Clares’, ’Artroom’ but have 
found it lacking in some areas: 
no ellipses for example. I have 
also noticed that this is the case 
with other are packages; Tim- 
paint - no square, Artisan - no 
spray can. 

Are there any are packages 
that you can recommend that 
have everything? 

Ben Byrne 

Essex 

Watford Electronics’ Quest 
Paint has just about the ful- 
lest list of features available 
on any current art package 
for the BBC range of micros. 

Adding Watfords’s Con- 
quest ROM also allows access 
to the ellipse and arc features 
of the Master’s MOS. Quest 
itself was reviewed in October 


1987’s Acorn User, and a re- 
view of the Conquest ROM 
will be appearing in next 
month’s issue. Watford is at 
Jessa House, 250 Lower High 
Street, Watford, WD1 2AN, 
Tel (0923) 37774 


^RESSFOR 

ACTION 

Sir, In the preparation of work- 
sheets and workbooks for my 
pupils, I frequently require a 
‘newspaper’ type format to 
allow the introduction of dia- 
grams, sketches etc. However, I 
hae not seen an ADFS-based 
desktop publishing package 
that claims compatibility with 
the Electron. I would be grate- 
ful if you could advise on a 
suitable system. I have seen 
advertisements for AMS’S Stop 
Press and so on, but these are 
non-Electron. 

Michael Howe 

Basingstoke 



AVP plan Electron DTP 


Although it is only currently 
available in DFS format, A VP 
is planning an ADFS version 
of its Pixel Perfect software. 

The new format will be 
available for Master Compact 
and Electron computers on 
3.5 inch disc. 

This program allows you to 
import text from View or 
other wordprocessors, to cre- 
ate multiple columns, and in- 
sert graphics in position. 
There are three standard fonts 
but extra ‘headline’ fonts are 
available to lend style to your 
layouts. 


GOOD 

NEWS 

Sir, I sometimes read com- 
plaints from readers about the 
lack of service from certain 
advertisers. I thought you 
might find it a pleasant change 
to report a work of praise. 

I recently managed to per- 
suade my son-in-law to buy a 
Master Compact. His worst 
fears were confirmed when it 
gave trouble after less than a 
week. In this case though, a 
visit to the computer’s sup- 
pliers, Watford Electronics, 
cleared up the problem in less 
than half an hour. 

In any business, mistakes 
will occur; what matters is the 
way they’re dealt with. Con- 
trary to the ecperience of some 
readers with other suppliers, 
my own requests to Watford 
Electronics have always been 
handled with courtesy. I sus- 
pect that this may be one of the 
reasons for that company’s 
growth. I hope you can find 
space to report one customer’s 
satisfaction. 

W Stanton 
Worcester 


NO 

RISC 

Sir, When I bought my Master 
eithteen months ago, I was told 
by the dealer that transputer 
and RISC add-on boards 
would be available. Is this true? 
Could you also recommend a 
beginner’s guide for assembly 
programming? 

Craig Dyke 
Solihull 

There are no plans for a 
transputer add-on, although a 
RISC second processor was 
built for development work. A 
used guide is Assembly Lan- 
guages Programming on the 
BBC Micro by Ian Birnbaum. 

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IMAGE 

PROCESSING 



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descriptive statistics 
multiple regression 
multiway tables 
probability distributions 
extensive help facilities 


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powerful plotting 
ANOVA 

random sample generation 
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. . where extensive use is made of statistics and a BBC micro 
can be devoted to the purpose, INSTAT is quite simply the best”. 
Acorn User can be devoted to the purpose, Acorn User January 
1987 

. . the authors of INSTAT clearly believe that they have 
produced something rather special. I, for one, would agree with 
them”, lain Currie, THES, June 1 987 
Prices (educational and multiple copy discounts available): 


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(disc, EPROM, Introductory, Reterence and Supplementary 
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ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


USER GROUPS 


LONDON 

East London. SOBAT Computer Club: 
Mr. T A Kayani, 12 Calderon Road, 
London Ell 4EU Tel: 01-556 5423 
London Association of London 
Computer Clubs: Robin Bradbeer, 
Polytechic of North London, Holloway, 
London N7 8DB 

London. Association of Computer 
Clubs: Rupert Steele, 12 Philbeach Gds, 
London SW5 9DY 

London. Radio Amateur Micro User 
Group: Contact by bullcting board 
No. 8630198 

North London. BBC Micro Users 
Group: Ric Keyworth, 4b Kilburn High 
Road, London NW6 5UL. 

Tel: 01 -734 9235 

North London. North London BBC 
Micro Users Group, 82 Hornsey Lane, 
London N6 5LU. 

Tel: 01-263 6760 (eves) 

Wandsworth. Wandsworth Computer 
Club: C Kendrick Earlsfield Library, 
Magdalen Road, London SW16 
West London. Personal Computer 
Club: Chris, Tel: 01-743 1579; 

Steve, Tel: 01 -540 6271; 

Blue, Tel: 01-579 5415 


SOUTH-EAST 


Aylesbury. BBC Micro User Group: 

Aston Clinton County Combined 

School, TwitcheW Lane, Aston Clinton, 

Aylesbury, Bucks HP22 5JJ 

Tel: (0296) 630276 

Bognor Regis. Bognor Computer 

Group: 

E R Piper, 2 Ely Gdns, Aldwick Park, 
Bognor Regis, Sussex P021 3RY 
Bracknell: Bracknell Primary Schools 
Computer Users Group: D Donaldson, . 
Wildridings County Junior School, 
Netherton Bracknell, Berks RG12 4DX 
Brighton. Brighton, Hove and District 
Computer Club: J Smith, 30 Leicester 
Villas, Hove, East Sussex BN3 5SQ 
Bucks. South Bucks Acorn Users Club: 

D Park, 160 White Hill, Chcsham, 

Bucks HP5 lAZTel: Chesham 783097 
Camberley. Camberley Computer User 
Group: D Crosby-Clarke, 

Tel: Crowthorne 771590, 

Prestel Mailbox 344771590 
Caterham. Computer Club: Caterham 
Leisure Centre, Godstone Road, 
Caterham, Surrey CR3 6RE 
Dartford. CP/M User Group: Diana 
Fordred, 72 Mill Road, Hawley, 

Dartford, Kent Tel: (0322) 22669 
Guildford. West Surrey Computer 
Club: Jan Spencer. 52 Lindfield Gdns, 
Guildford, Surrey GUI ITS 
Tel: (0483) 63512 

Harpenden. Harpenden Microcomputer 
Group: P Cowley, 36 Southdown Road, 
Harpenden, Herts AL5 IPG 
Harrow. Harrow Computer Group: 
Bazylc Butcher, 16 St Peter’s Close, 
Bushey Heath, Watford WD2 3LG 
Tel: 01-950 7068 

Ilford. ILBUG: Peter Jones, 1 DeVere 
Gdns, Cranbrook, Ilford Essex IGl 3EB 
Iver. Iver Computer Society: John 
Haigh, 1 1 Colliston Walk, Ford Farm. 
Calcot, Reading, Berks RG3 5ZJ 
Tel: (0734) 417534 

ACORN USER JUNE 1988 


North and Mid Essex. NAMEBUG 
(User Group): Andy Purkiss, 12 Palm 
Close, Witham, Essex 
Tel: (0376) 515609. Prestel 376515609 
Reading. Reading User Group (RUG): 
Tel: Richard Rowlands, 28 Anstcy Rd, 
Reading Berkshire, RG1 7JR 
Tel: Reading 596825 (eves) 

South East Essex. BBC User Group 
(SEEBUG): Mr A P Jordan, 97 
Oakhurst Drive, Wickford, Essex SSI 2 
ONWTel: Rayleigh 771428 
Sutton. Sutton Library Computer 
Group: The Secretary, 21 Village Row, 
Sutton, Surrey SM2 6JZ 
Tel: 01-642 3102 

Welling. Computer Users Club: Tony 
Latham, 69 Hadlow Road, Welling, 
Kent DA16 1AX 

JP101 User Group: c/o 8 Cherry Gdns, 
Billcricay, Essex CM 12 OH A 
St Albans. RISC User (for Arc Users): 
c/o Dolphin Place, Holywell Hill, St 
Albans, Herts, All 1EX 
Tel: (0727) 40303 


SOUTH & SOUTH-WEST 


Farcham. Porchester& Farcham 
Computer Club: Michael Archer, 1 13 
Deerhurst Crescent, Paulsgrove, 
Portsmouth, Hampshire P06 4EJ 
Tel: (0705) 325647 

MIDLANDS & ANGLIA 


Birmingham. The Midland Amateur 
Radio Society BBC User Group: M 
Nyman, Unit 16,60 Regent Place, Off 
Caroline St, Birmingham 1 
Tel: 021-382 3606 

Boston. Boston Acorn Computer Users 
Group: J C Goodwin, 245 Church 
Green Road, Fishloft, Boston, 

Lines PE21 ORP 

Burton-on-Trent. Bceb Users Group 
(Bug Club): Mrs Linda Yeomans, 13 
Regent St, Church Grcslcy, 
Burton-on-Trent, Staffs DEI 1 9PL 
Tel: (0283) 216445 (eves) 

Cambridge. Bottisham Acorn User 
Group: Gerald Wilcockson, 19 Gallows 
Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex CB1 1 4DA 
Tel: Saffron Walden 23793 
Derby. Derby Microcomputer Society: 
Mrs Beverley Bowman, 6 Shady Grove, 
Hilton, Derbyshire DE6 5FX 
Dudley. Kingswinford BBC Micro 
Club: Kingswinford Community 
Centre, High Street, Kingswinford, 
Dudley, West Midlands 
Glossop. Glossop Computer Club 
(Derbyshire): T S Fox, 4 Park Lane, 
Little Hayfield, Stockport, Cheshire 
SK 1 2 5N W Tel : (0663) 44260 
Huntingdon. RAF Personal Computer 
Association: Sgn Ldr J A Upham, Man S 
(ADP), HQ RAFSC, RAF Brampton, 
Huntingdon PEI 8 8QL 
Norwich. Amateur Computer Club: 
Andy Leedcr, Church Farm, Stratton St 
Michael, Norwich NR15 2QB 
Norwich. Norwich and District BBC 
Microcomputer User Group: Roy 
Street, Church Farmhouse, 
Tcmelthorpe, Dareham, 

Norfolk NR15 2QB Tel: Foulsham 579 
Nottingham. Micro Club: John Day, 

8 Warkton Close, Chilwell, 


Notts NG9 5FR Tel: (0602) 225660, 
Prestel 602225660 

Redditch. Redditch Computer Club: 
Anthony Green, 14 Rad way Close, 
Redditch, Worcs B98 8RZ 
Tel: (0527) 61434 

Stoke. POTBUG BBC User Group: J 
Forest, 50 Cliff St, Smallthorne, 
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffs Tel : 8 1 8430 
Stratford. Stratford Computer Club: 

E Sheppard, 35 Sidelands Rd, 
Stratford-on-Avon, 

Warwickshire CV37 9DT 
Suffolk. West Suffolk BBC Micro Users 
Club: Mike Holland, 14 Plovers Way, 
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk AP33 2NJ 
Tel: (0284) 4853 

Suffolk. Gateway Computer Club: Phil 
Herberer, 164d Radcliffc Road, 
Lakcnhcath, Suffolk Tel: Eriswell 2363 


NORTH-WEST 

Blackburn. Blackburn Acorn User 
Domain: c/o Yuticks Nest, Pringle St, 
Blackburn, Lancs Tel: (0254) 55578 
Cheshire. Mid-Cheshire Computer 
Club: Michael Christie, 496 The High 
St, Winsford, Cheshire 
Cumbria. West Cumbria User Group: 

P Majid Tel: (0946) 62732, 
or K Purkiss, Tel: (0946) 66586 
Liverpool. Mersey BBC User Group: 
Nik Kelly, 56 Queens Drive, 

Liverpool L4 6SH 

Rochdale. Rochdale’s Beeb Owners 
Group: P Halliwcll 81 Mornington 
Road, Kirkholt, Rochdale, 

Lancs OLl 1 20J 

St Helens. SNUG (Special Needs User 
Group): J Hughes, 39 Eccleston 
Gardens, St Helens WA10 3BJ 
Tel: (0744) 24608 

Wirral. Wirral Micro Users Group: 
David Walsh, 23 The Pines, Spital Road, 
Bebington, Wirral L63 9PH 


NORTH-EAST 

Huddersfield. Huddersfield BBC Micro 
User Group: S Gill, 21 Mayfair Ave, 
Sowood, Halifax, West Yorkshire 
Tel: (0422) 73058 

Hull. Forum 80: 421 Endikc Lane, 

Hull HU6 8AG 

Hull. MUSE (for teachers): PO Box 
43,231/2 Friary Chambers, 
Whitefriargatc, Hull HUl 2HD 
Tel: (0428) 20268 
Leeds. Garforth BBC User Group 
(Garbug): Mr D G Bell, 84 Park Lane, 
Rothwell, Leeds LS26 OEY 
Keighley. Keighley Computer Club: 
Colin Price, “Apple Garth”, The Hobb 
Hill, Chapel Road, Steeton, Keighley, 
West Yorkshire Tel: (0535) 54738 
Newcastle. Newcastle & Washington 
BBC User Group (NEWBUG): Multi 
Purpose Centre, Oxclose Village, 
Washington, Tyne & Wear 
Tel: 091-4166407 

Newcastle. BIAC (BBC IBM Amstrad 
and Compatibles user group): N Kidd, 
Multi Purpose Centre, Oxclose Village, 
Washington, Tyne & Wear 
Tel: 091-4166407 

Northumbria. Northumbria Electronics 
and BBC Micro Users Group 
(NEBUG): Ian Douglas Chapman, 13 
Pont St, Ashington, 


Northumberland NE63 OHH 
Sheffield. Parsons Cross BBC User 
Group: 

Andrew Grant, 28 Rokcby Road, 
Sheffield S5 9FU 
Tel (0742) 461203 

Sheffield. Acorn and BBC User Group 
(ABUG): Mick Cattell (Sec) 128 
Greenhill Avenue, Sheffield S8 7TF 
Tel: (0742) 745209 
South Yorkshire. South Yorkshire 
Personal Computer Group: Bob Hindle, 
139 Penrhyn Road, Sheffield SI 1 8UP 
Wakefield. Wakefield BBC Micro User 
Group: PO Box 65 Wakefield, West 
Yorks WF2 6YZ 


SCOTLAND 

Central Scotland. BBC User Group: D 
Davidson, 2 Akarit Road, Larbert, 
Stirlingshire FK5 4BY 
(Tel (0324) 558692 
Central Scotland. Archimedes User 
Group (ScotArc): D Davidson, 2 Akarit 
Road, Larbert, Stirlingshire FK5 4BY 
Econet User Group (Scotland): c/o 
Michael Ryan, Balkecrie Cottage, Eassie 
by Forfar, Angus, Scotland. 

Inverclyde. Inverclyde BBC Micro 
Users Club: Robert Watt, 38 Wellyard 
Way, Greenock, 

Renfrewshire PA16 OXG 
Tel: Gourock 39967 


WALES 

Cardiff. Cardiff BBC Computer Club: 
Geoffrey Barker, 2 Whitecliffc Drive, 
Penarth CF6 2RY Tel: (0222) 701023 

N. IRELAND 

Belfast. Belfast Computer Club: 
Andrew White, 19 Grecnpark Drive, 
Markethill, Co. Armagh BT60 IPX 

OVERSEAS 

Australia. BBC Users Group of 
Canberra: PO Box E58, Queen Victoria 
Terrace, ACT 2600 
Australia. Beebnet: PO Box 262, 
Kingswood, South Australia 5062 
Australia. Ozbeeb Sydney (meetings 
North Ryde): PO Box 1030, 

Parramatta 2150 

Tel: 635 4868 (day) or 868 4455 (eve) 
Australia. Dapto BBC User Group: 

PO Box 447, Dapto, NSW 2530 
Australia. QACUG: S. Dick, PO Box 
343, Bulimba, Queensland, 

Australia 4171 

Canada. Atom Users Group of Canada: 
John Wood, 812 Cabot Trail, Milton, 
Ontario L9T 3M8 

Canary Islands (Spain). BBC Micro 
Club Tenerife: PO Box 560,38000 Santa 
Cruz de Tenerife 

Eire. Irish Amateur Computer Club: 
Austin Vaughan, 35 Monastery Drive, 
Clondalkin, Dublin 12 
Tel: 01-593112 (eves) 

Finland. Arjen Raateland, Hopeatie 
10a2 1,00440 Helsinki 44 Tel: 90 5625027 
France. Club Informatiquc Assevent: 
Claude Laurent, 1 Rue du Marechal 
Leclerc, Assevent 59600 Tel: 27 652294 
Greece. Microclub: C Mantzavinatos, 17 
Stournara Str, 106 82 Athens 
Tel: 013640 675 6 


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Electron games including Elite, £10. 
Tel: (0970) 820023. 

ELECTRON and ROM Box Plus, 
cassette, user port, ROMs, manuals, all 
under 18 months old. £90 the lot. Tel: 
Lydd 20812. 

MASTER 128, disc drive, Citizen 120D 
printer, paper, monitor lead, joysticks, 
manuals, loads of software, immaculate. 
£650 ono. Tel: By fleet 48846. 
ARCHIMEDES 310, two months old, 
some software. £600. Tel: Bedford 
56139. 

EMR Midi interface for BBC B, plus 
Performer, Composer and Editor 
software (80T). £55. Tel: Neil (0273) 
725178. 

ORIGINAL BBC disc software 
including Elite, Trivial Pursuits, 
Dunjunz and more. £5 each. Tel: Mike 
(0742) 690675. 

FOR SALE 16k SW RAM module for 
BBC computer. £12 ono. Tel: Norwich 
743645 eves. 

BBC B, Acorn DFS, Teletext adapter, 
40T 100k, SOT 200k drives, 16k SW 
RAM, 650 0Z second processor, 
software. £600 ono or split. Tel: Paul 
(0283) 65635. 

BBC B Watford solderless SW ROM 
board R 4- W switches, Watford ZIF, 
MCP-40 printer/plotter, Cumana touch 
pad, cheap! Tel: Ralph (0483) 63301. 
BBC B Acorn DFS, books and software. 
£210 ono. Tel: Bradford on Avon (02216) 
4868. 

WATFORD Word Aid, boxed, unused, 
£15. 5!4 in disc cases, metal Cumana and 
Pace £5 each. Twelve unused discs. 
Maxell/Memorex. Tel: 051-722 5799. 
BBC keyboard. Only £15. Also BBC B, 
40T. dual SD SS 4- PSU, £350. Tel: Alex 
01-504 4680 eves. 

MUSIC 500, as new including 15 
excellent composition discs, £45 ono. 
128k Solidisk SWR, £50 ono. Tel: (0905) 
429967 after 7pm. 


JUKI 5510 printer, not working due to 
printhead failure but useful for spares or 
possible repair. Offers? Tel: (0455) 
635587. 

ACORN disc drive 5 l A in (40T). £35. 
Tel: (0272) 774642. 

BBC B, £1300 worth of equipment. £600. 
For details tel: (0287) 33036. Includes 
disc drive, printer, SW/RAM etc. 
ELECTRON Plus, 1 64k Master RAM 
board, ADFS disc drive, View, 
ViewSheet, Starstore, printer ROM 
DBase, £250 ono. Tel: Basingstoke 
(0256) 781439. 

BBC B Issue 7, Acorn DFS 1.2, Acorn 
speech upgrade, £255. Solidisk DFDC 
with ADFS 2.1, £30. Watford 32k 
Shadow RAM card. £40. Tel: 
Cheltenham (0242) 36992. 

TEN blank discs DS/DD/80T, includes 
labels, w/protect tabs, hub rings. Tel: 
Bratton 830818 before 6 pm only. 
ELECTRON, Acorn Plus 3, ROM Box 
Plus, View, ViewSheet, 1770 DFS, 
expansion ROM, manuals 4- extras. £250 
ono. Tel: (0706) 65370. 

ELECTRON 32k, plus data recorder. 
Both in good condition. Tel: (0272) 
774642. 

ACORN User, Bcebug, Micro User, full 
sets from issue one. Offers? Tel: Nick, 
Bookham (0372) 58655. 

MASTER 128, IM6 drive, manuals, 
books, discs, etc, £460 ono. Tatung TP80 
printer, £100 ono. Wordwise, £10. 
Deliver 100 km. Tel: Windermere 2758 
6-8 pm. 

ELECTRON, Plus 3, Plus 1, PMS 
second processor, HiBasic, View, 
ViewSheet, ViewStore, ViewSpell, discs, 
manuals, books. £200. Tel: Leatherhead 
(0372) 372010. 

ROM Box Plus, for Electron, hardly 
used, £30. Also Electron Users, £10. Tel: 
(0509) 213123. 

BBC B, good condition, colour monitor, 
RGB, optional to green, joystick, lots of 
games. £375 ono. Tel: Nick 01-346 
1473. 

BBC B Viglen console, twin drives, 
Watford ROM/RAM board, green 
monitor, InterWord, Spell Master, etc, 
EPROM programmer, £700. Tel: 
Southampton 769643 eves, weekends. 
BEEBUG Spellcheck 3 ROM 4- 
dictionary disc. £15. Tel: 01-445 
3000. 

TWO BOOKS: ‘Z80, Assembly 
Language Programming’, Leventhal, £7. 
‘Programming the Z80’, Zaks, £7. Exmon 
ROM, £10. Tel: Langport 250130. 
BBC B, Watford 32k S RAM and 128k 
SW RAM, twin 40/80T drives, Opus 


DDOS, in Viglen unit, hi-rcs monitor, 
software. £450. Tel: (0332) 704710. 
ACORN Plus 1, F-Byte joystick 
interface, Quickshot Two, Turbo driver 
(kit). £70 ono. Tel: 061-442 4046. 
SOLIDISK 2MEG128, £25. 3-in drive, 
£25. ADI, £15. 30 3-in discs, £30. Tel: 
(0324) 37040. 

ROMS: ViewStore £30, ViewSpell £20, 
BCPL £15, Dabs Press MOs 4- 
fingerprint £10, boxed, manuals, vgc. 
Tel: Cambridge (0223) 323971. 
ACORN Electron Plus 1, Solidisk 
interface, disc drive, printer, tape deck, 
joysticks, games. £200 ono. Tel: (0273) 
772503. 

ATPL SW ROM board for BBC B 
computer, £15. Brother HR-5 thermal 
transfer printer with PSU, £25. Tel: 
01-204 5035. 

FIRST offer gets:- WE DDFS 4- manual, 
Advanced user guide, Shinwa CP80-T1 
printer, A MX Mouse 4- Super Art 
(Master 128 version), Wordwise. Tel: 
(0229) 62566. 

EPSON DX 100 daisywheel printer, as 
new. Cost £420, accept £200 ono. Full 
width carriage plus 5 spare ribbons. Tel: 
(0324) 558692. 

BBC B OS 1.2 Issue 7, Kenda DNFS, 
80T disc drive, handbooks, all as new. 
£375. Tel: Richard 01-350 2061 eves. 
BBC B, Epson FX80, colour monitor, 
dual disc drive, plus books, software, 
host of extras, will split, or sell complete. 
£650. Tel: (0704) 37821. 

BBC B Issue 7, 80T disc drive, 1770 
DDFS, 16k SW RAM loads of ROMs on 
disc. £300. Tel: (0493) 780909 eves. 
MASTER 128, £300. LX80 printer, £150. 
Philips g/screen, £55. Pace series 4 
modem 2123S, £200 ono. Tel: Braintree 
(0376) 28201. 

PRISM 2000 modem and Viewdata 
software new, £35. Acorn data recorder, 
hardly used, £35. Tel: (0494) 71183. 
ELECTRON Plus 1, Plus 3, recorder, 
manuals, books, hundreds of tapes and 
discs, £250. Centronics GLP, £70. Tel: 
(0325) 58176. 

MODEM for sale, Pace Linnet 4- 
Commstar 2, £150. Only four months 
old. Will swop for printer. Tel: (0254) 
812177. 

BBC B, disc drive, SW RAM, Inter 
series, NLQ printer, Music 500, 
joysticks, all manuals, hundreds of 
books, software, immaculate. £580 ono. 
Tel: 01-223 1070 eves. 

BBC Master 128 with 40/80T Cumana, 
£480, also brand new software, genuine 
reason for sale. Tel: (06333) 64468 
eves. 


MASTER, switchable DS drive, tracker 
ball, cursor ROM, .cartridge, both 
manuals, MOS guide, Elite, £575. Tel: 
Bradford (0274) 590021 eves. 

ACORN USER, every issue from No. 1 
to Dec’ 87 - offers? Amber 2400, 24 
char/line, dot matrix printer, £15 ono. 
Tel: (0344) 776674. 

REPLAY, plus much original software 
(recent), also loads of magazines, AU’s 
and MU’s. For prices contact: B 
Sparrow, 10 Falconers Field, Harpcndcn, 
Herts. 

BBC B4- 128k, £240. Cumana dual 40T 
drives, £99. Mini Office II, £10. 
Complete with manuals, covers, £330. 
Tel: Ian (04023) 47149. 

CUMANA 80T dual disc drive, own 
PSU, £100. Tel: 01-692 3432. 

BBC B, Watford DFS, 40/80T DS/DD 
drive, InterWord, AMX Mouse with 
SupcrArt, Kaga KX-118B high-res 
monitor, £365. Tel: Tring (044282) 
4600. 

BRAND NEW bargains. Printmastcr 
ROM, £15. Termi ROM, £12. Wet-type 
disc-head cleaner pack, £4.50. Tel: Jeff, 
Hopwood (0924) 263503. 
ELECTRON. Too much hardware and 
software to list, many books and 
magazines. Worth over £600. Offers? 
Tel: (0634) 575841 eves. 

BBC MASTER 128k plus mannuals, 
Pace twin 40/80T disc drive, small 
amount of software. Both in excellent 
condition, £375. David Owen Pennant, 
19 Stamford Road, Birchfield B20 3PJ. 
Tel: 021-523 7506. 

WANTED UHF pack for Electron 
teletext adapter (Morlcy). Tel: Karl 
01-892 5102 eves. 

WANTED Demon modem 4- lead for 
BBC B. Tel: (0252) 710113 eves. 
WANTED Master 128 or 512, good 
condition, fairly new. Also interested in 
any extras. Tel: (0538) 752547. 
WANTED Spellmastcr. Write to 
Ravinder Sahota, 15 Springfield Crcs., 
West Bromwich, West Midlands B70 
6LL. 

WANTED Chalice Software Vector 1 
tape to disc utility, also Vector 2 disc to 
disc utility, Acorn DFS for BBC B. Tel: 
01-570 6933. 

WANTED by private cash buyer BBC B 
dual disc drive, printer monitor WHY. 
Fair price paid. Tel: Gardner (0932) 
224122 day, (0486) 825214 eves. 
WANTED Lord Of The Rings for BBC 
B on disc. Tel: Hasler (0533) 871481 ext 
34, keen Tolkienist. 

WANTED Plus 3 Welcome disc or a 
copy. Tel: Leeds (0532) 483563. 


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143 



Flying Z88s from junkie 


Micronitter Ian Burley, identi- 
fied as a Z88-junkie in last 
month’s Abuser, has decided to 
junk his Z88. Cuddly 5ft 2in 
Ian threw it across the Hotel 
California lobby in exaspera- 
tion when the batteries ran out, 
leading to him being christened 
with the nickname ‘Hurley’. 


Down in the 
jargon jungle 

‘Couch potato’ is one of the 
hottest Loose Ends to come 
out of Ned Sherrin’s mouth on 
Radio 4, and now it’s even the 
name of NME’s TV preview 
column. But remember where 
you read it first — Abuser back 
in July ’86. 

Now comes the latest catch 
phrase from the Orson word 
factory: ‘clappydoos’. 

The Gorbals-bred or fish far- 
mers among you might recog- 
nise it, but we leave the incog- 
noscenti to think up their own 
meanings (we’ll find a fiver for 
any good ones that we are able 
to print). 

Gone west 

Two departures this month 
from the mag. Ad man Gary 
Lucas just beat supersub Stuart 
Anderton out the door to go 
off to shine his light on the 
menaces at Dennis Publishing 
for Computer Shopper , where 
he’ll no doubt bump into AU 
old favourite Bruce Smith 
freelancing on DTP. 

Stuart has headed west to 
double the population in Wilt- 
shire and set alight the subs’ 
desk at the Wiltshire Times. 


Poor old Hurley had leant 
on the bag disguising his Z88 
and accidently switched the 
machine on. 

That tale reminded our ace 
reporter Orson of an earlier 
Sinclair gadget, the Black 
Watch. Remember them? With 
the red LED display which was 


What’s the best article ever in 
AU} We asked people to 
nominate three in May’s Read- 
er Survey (you’ve still got till 
May 27 to reply and try to win 
an Arc), and so Orson went 
around the office to discover 
the Golden Oldies. One re- 
vered by everyone is Maths in 
Motion by Michael St Aubyn 
from November 1985. MiM 
plots Lissajous figures and 


only lit when a button on the 
thing was pressed? 

An old mate of Orson’s 
taped down the button to see 
the display change from 11.59 
to 00.00. Unfortunately, he fell 
asleep; the batteries ran out; 
and the watch never lived to 
tell the time again. 


changes their shape using the 
cursor keys. It’s free on this 
month’s disc and cassette. 

Mandelbrots are Rob Miller 
favourite. Arc owners have got 
it made, but BBC owners don’t 
have to be left out if they’ve 
got May 1986. 

This was followed up by 
more fractal patterns from 
David Johnson-Davies using 
Newton’s equations in the July 



Seconds out 

Andrew Fedonczuk’s Mandel- 
brot program from March 
attracted the attention of The 
Guardian last month. But if 
they found Andrew’s remark- 
able for its speed, we hope they 
caught the monthly 3.5in disc 
for April which carried Stephen 
Streater’s version. This pulled it 
off in three seconds! 

Tricky View 

We obviously don’t look at 
back issues enough. Orson 
caught out everyone in the 
office by getting them to type 
in Field 27 in View command 
mode. The result on version 3 
is amusing, in earlier machines 
it’s a pain (try pressing Escape). 
But to amuse View 2.1 users, 
try typing in Daytona or 
wheelchair (subtle one, that). 


issue. Tony Quinn goes back to 
October 1983 and Susan Step- 
ney’s article on fractal patterns 
for a milestone in computer 
magazines. 

For Graham Bell, Tony Rud- 
kin’s View printer driver from 
March 1984 was the inspiration 
for a trail that led to him writ- 
ing for AU, working for it, 
becoming Editor and writing a 
book on the View range. 



A case of hidden identity 

Crown Computer Products of Burscough in Lancashire has 
latched on to a big market with this carry case for Amstrad 
PCWs — people who don’t want to be seen carrying them! 
(Fashion-unconscious Obcrgruppenfuhrer Quinn carts Mas- 
ters around in a Sam Fisher bag from Covent Garden.) 


Tripping down memory lane 


144 


ACORN USER JUNE 1988 





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The Ultimate Warrior 
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The evil sorcerer Drax has abducted the beautiful 
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A powerful warrior is sought to vanquish against 
Drax’s demonic guardians and free the princess? 
You are that warrior: a mighty barbarian wielding 
your broadsword with deadly skill. 


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