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The latest and greatest
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WIN A E10,000 Trivial Pursuit set
WIN One of three i s from Compurnal
WIN ENO worth of jewels from Rainbird
Plus: how to win at Spindizzy, PCW games, programming
tips, listings, pokes, reviews and much, much more.
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FOR 711E AMSTRAD 464. 664 and 6128
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CONTENTS!'
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REGULARS
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5 News
11 Letters
34 Gallup/Readers Chart
98 Least Significant Bit
40 Joystick jive
The newest joysticks put through the
Goodwins Automatic Non-specifi c
Joystick Appraiser
46 Games PCW's play
Joyces can do more than vvordprocess,
as Jerry Muir found Out
50 Assemblers
The most important machine code
programming tool. A really
comprehensive survey
I FEATURES"
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15 N EXO R
The new game from Design Design
previewed
17 Seek and ye shall find
The adventures scene is honing up, Bill
Brock does some exploring
21 Hackers Haunt
More joystick butchery, plus pokes for
Ghosts and Goblins, Jack the Nipper,
Nodes of Yesod, and more
30 Communications
Steve Gold gets on-line to some
bulletin boards
69 Games software
Mastertronic proves that budget
is brill and Gremlin shows that
full-price still lives
COMPETITIONS
9 Audiogenic
Competition
Win a cricket bat autographed
• by Graham Gooch
9 Jewels of Darkness
Jewels worth 100s to be won
from Rainbird
61 Spindizzy unspun
The author's favourite bit
of the game explained
66 Rocky Horror Map
The quick way to do the CR L time warp
25 Compumart TV Test
Win one of three colour televisions
from Compumart
44 Incredibly Trivial
Competition
• • • with an incredibly big prize
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28 Commando Jump
Programming for beginners
36 Going Loco
Insight into interrupts
89 Haunted House
A Liz Ting program from the past
OFFERS
94 The ACU shop
Backnumbers and binders,
subs and savings
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The official magazine for
user s of Amstrad computers
Amstrad User Septem ber 86
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PROTEXT FOR AMSTRAD
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PROCESSOR!!
NOW AVAILABLE
THE ULTIMATE AMSTRAD WORD
SPELLING CHECKER AND MAIL-MERGE
PROTEXT is without doubt the most sophisticated word processor you will find on any home micro. It is of
comparable standard to business packages costing over £200 but has been developed for the AMSTRAD
464/664 and 6182 machines and is 100% machine-code. We know that PROTEXT is the fastest program of its
type currently available (eg. global search and replace on a three page file in under a second!). Bearing in mind
the range of features included and their ease of use, this package is rightly acclaimed as the No. 1 word
processor for Amstrad owners. Compare these features and benchmarks with any other similar products.
BENCHTESTS
A standard file of 775 words
(4,785 characters) was used to
carry out the following benchtests
(all timings are in seconds):
PROTEXT FEATURE SUMMARY
File commands — Super fast Load, Merge and Save, Cat, Print (to printer/screen/file)
Curs or Movement — By character/word/line/paragraph/screen, to start or end of line, to start or end of
text, to line number, to place marker, to margin.
Inserting and deleting — Insert/overwrite mode, insert character or line, delete character forwards or
backwards, delete word. Delete to end of line.
FI ND and REPLACE— Wildcards all or part of text case specific, whole word or part of word, find control
codes.
Block commands — Move/copy/delete/save/print/format
Mark ers — 2 block markers and 10 place markers may be set anywhere.
Format t ing — Word wrap, right justify, variable lett and right margins,
Ruler lines — Unlimited number of ruler lines to define margins and tabs. Decimal tabs
Print options Headers/footere page numbers, variable line spacing, variable page length and margin
sizes, conditional page throws odd and even page features, continuous or single sheets,
multiple copies
Printer features — Including emphasized, condensed. double-strike, elite, italics, enlarged, pica, NLQ,
subscript superscript underline. Built in Epson printer driven ability to easily define your own
pnnter driver and save to disc.
Help feature — Optional on screen command summanee
Built in character sets — Danish/French/German/Italian/Spanish/Swedish.
Other features — Non break space, display tabs, returns and hard spaces, soft hyphens, word count,
case conversion, copy ruler, 60 page easy to read manual with full index and glossary of terms.
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PROMERGE/PROMERGE PLUS
This major addition to the PROTEXT word processor combines a fully flexible
mall merge program allowing PROTEXT to produce individualised documents
in one single print run.
*Checks yo u r sp e llin g * Pro o f re a d s yo u r d o cu m e n t s
* So lve s yo u r w o rd p u zzle s *
— H o w t o u se PR OSPEL L —
The sp e llin g ch e cke r ca n b e ca lle d d ire ct ly f ro m w it h in PR OT EXT t o ch e ck t h e cu rre n t
file in m e m o ry o r a n y t ile o n d isc, Alt e rn a t ive ly. PR OSPEL L w ill ch e ck a n y ASC I I fi le
Produced by other Amstrad word orocessors, including Wordstar type files
— F e a t u re s a va ila b le —
Add w o rd s t o t h e d ict io n a ry/ C o rre ct w o rd / ig n o re w o rd / L o o k u p co rre ct sp e llin g / Vie w
word in co n t e xt / D e le t e w o rd s/ L ist w o rd s/ I n it ia lise n e w d ct io n a ry....PL U S, ..
— Wo rd Pu zzle F e a t u re s —
The 3 0 0 0 0 w o rd D ict io n a ry ca n b e u se d in a n u m b e r o f u se lu i w a ys
PPORIERGE —
COMPREHENSI VE MAIL MERGE
Read data from tile or keyboard.
Merged files of varying lengths are automatically reformatted.
File merge - insert file while printing.
Condit ional printing - select from input data (eg. you could print letters to all
customers whose name is not Smith).
Print file direct from disc or memory.
Auto configuration - you can set up a disc to configure PROTEXT to your
preferred options with a single keystroke.
Ty pewrit er mode - for envelopes etc.
FIND WOR D — Yo u r ca n e n t e r a w o rd p a t t e rn u sin g 9 f o r a n unknown le t t e r a n d ' f o r a
group o f u n kn o w n le t t e rs PR OSPEL L w ill list a ll w o rd s in t h e d ict io n a ry w h ich m a t ch
this p a t t e rn .
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Together t h e se f e a t u re s w iil p ro ve in va lu a b le t o cro ssw o rd so lve rs a n d co m p ile rs
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PROSPEL L w o rks a t u p t o 2 0 0 0 Wa n l
So m e sp e llin g ch e cke rs lim it yo u r d ict io n a ry size . PR OSPEL L w ill w o rk w it h a n u n lim it e d
number o f d ict io n a rie s, e a ch o f w h ich ca n h o ld a ro u n d 4 5 _ 0 0 0 w o rd s
N.B. All R OM so f t w a re re q u ire s a R OM e xp a n so n syst e m . We re co m m e n d a n d D u C I PI Y
the n e w su p En POWER 8 -WAY R OM BOX a t C 3 4 _ 9 5 i1 in cl. VAT . P & P1 .
PROSPEL L re q u ire s a t le a st o n e d isc d o ve .
Available from selected branches of
WHSMITH
PROMERGE PLUS —
PROTEXT ENHANCEMENTS (ROM version only)
All the features of PROMERGE together. with
Background printing - edit one file while you print another.
Two file editing - switch between two files in memory.
Cut and paste any block of text can be moved to any position - allows
mult iple column layout.
Tas word users - automatically converts your old text files.
Calc ulat or - a simple on screen calculator for those invoice totals etc.
*6128 OWNERS*
PROM ERGE PLUS MAKES full and sensible use of your extra 64K memory
but also functions with smaller tiles on the 464 and 644 machines.
Also uses D K Tronics 64K RAM expansions.
PRICES
ROM
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DISC
PHOTEXT 26.95
PROMERGE 24.95
PROMERGE PLUS —
PROSPELI, 24.95
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Joycestick
announced
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Cascade, the people that do those 50
game compilation tapes, have announ-
ced they are to bring out a joystick
interface for the Joyce sisters.
This will be a small black box that
plugs into the expansion socket on the
back of the 8256 and 8512. The interface
has a standard nine pin D type connector
and will accept standard makes of
joystick.
Cascade say that they have games to
convert to the Joyce but there was no
joystick to control them, so they decided
to produce their own.
Cascade director Nigel Stevens states,
"It is our intention to market the
interface through all of the leading
Amstrad dealers — possibly with a couple
of board games to get the user started.
We anticipate healthy Christmas sales".
The company is hoping to persuade
software producers to include the necess-
ary "hooks" in their games, providing the
option of using the Cascade joystick. The
price is expected to be E24.95, but don't
forget that this doesn't include the cost of
the joystick itself. You can get more
information from Cascade on 0428
525325
Joy for the Joyces
wearing as thin as the video tapes must
be.
However there is a great deal of scope
in modern computer games to produce a
really good game based on the series. I
can't wait to beam down to a planet
surface or see Captain Kirk have a punch
up with a Klingon.
Lords of Midnight programmer Mike
Singleton heads a programming team
who intend to boldly program something
no man has seen before, hopefully.
Versions should be available for
Spectrum, Commodore, Amstrad and
Atari ST.
Boxing contest
Do you remember the three inch disc box
that featured in last month's news? Do
you remember that SBS Data Services
advert claiming to be the exclusive
suppliers of the box? Well, ACU has been
asked by Micro Interface to point out
that they have exclusive rights to sell the
three inch box, so there! And their boxes
are a quid cheaper.
Does anybody want to buy a shoe box?
Very good value for money. Ideal for
storing three inch discs, cassettes and
bits of paper. Available exclusively from
me. Special introductory offer, a free pair
of shoes with every purchase. If you still
want to buy the plastic variety, ring
Micro Interface on 01-340 0310.
Locomotive wheels
out the goods
Locomotive are currently putting the
final touches to mail merge and a spelling
checker for Locoscript. Due to popular
demand, Locomotive has consented to
include these facilites in the 8256 word
processor.
Mail merge facilities allow an address
list, containing a list of contacts, for
example, to be incorporated into a
standard letter, one address at a time.
This makes it possible to do mail shots of
interesting items of news, or perhaps
offer services to a large number of people.
If that isn't in your line you can always
use it to send a standard thank you letter
to all your relations at Christmas. The
spell checker is for all the bad spelars
among us. It can check through a
document highlighting all the words not
currently in its dictionary, that is the
incorrectly spelt ones.
The two packages will each include the
latest version of Locoscript within the
price, not yet finalised but initially set at
39.95. You'll be able to buy both
programs from Amsoft Mail Order in
Sunderland.
Nigel Stevens: "We anticipate
healthy Christmas sales"
knocking about for years. Cropping up in
books on Basic and being copied from
mainframe to micro, system to system,
the Basic version of Star Trek haunts
anyone who would do anything with the
title.
Star Trek, the TV series, has been
around for 20 years now, and all the fans
are planning a celebration. Brave
Beyond Software is to have a bash at
producing a state of the art Star Trek
game to coincide with the celebrations
and yet another rescreening of the series
from mid-September.
I enjoyed watching Star Trek as a kid,
then as a teenager but now I'm
practically middle-aged my interest is
Beyond
boldly go
You would think that a successful science
fiction series based on exciting spaceship
stories would have spawned a whole host
of computer games.
But if I say the immortal words "Star
Trek", you'll probably groan and make
yawning gestures. shaking your head
solemnly and muttering "not that old
chestnut".
A game called Star Trek has been
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