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The Official Amstrad Magazine
August 1986
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CONTENTS
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REGULARS
5 News
11 Letters
34 Gallup and Readers'
charts
90 Least Significant Bit
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III Editorial
The news you've been waiting for
V Supercalc made easy
Let the computer teach you the
Number 1 spreadsheet
IX MAP Accounts
A full accounting package reviewed
XIII Public domain
software
There's lots of good software and it's
free
FEATU
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17 Adventure column
Bill Brock pays the Price of Magik
23 Domark
Fighting back with Gladiator
24 Equinox mapped
Your guide to the Mikro-Gen megagame
37 Hackers Haunt
Vax and folks present Hax and pokes
67 Mastertronic
unmasked
Good software at low prices
XVI I Multiplan
An old faithful of the spreadsheets
now on CP/M+
XXI Tasword 8000
The promotion of a word processor
from the Spectrum to the Joyce
takes Jeremy Spencer down memory
lane
XXXI Forum
Your letters and who not to listen to
XXXV Subscribe
A new magazine is not to be missed
XXXIX Custom built
databases Part II
The bit we didn't print last month
XLV Advanced
Locoscript
for beginners
Eddie gets out his phrase book
XLIX CP/M Command by
Command
DIR. I never knew there was so
much in it
LIII Introduction to
accounts
Debit and Credit check that you do
need a computer
PROGRAMMING
64 Goint Loco
Alexander Martin, a man of many colours
75 Interceptor
Top-notch shoot-'em-up type-in
79 Space Mania
The end for the tired finger brigade
REVIEWS
30 Printers on parade
Oki takes on the might of Epson and Citizen
42 Midi makes music
Get your Roland talking to your Arnold
47 Beebug Toolkit
It pays to be lazy
51 Games software
Colin, Liz and Nigel do their stuff
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NEWS
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• Our show even
beat the weather..
The fourth Amstrad Computer Show
attracted more exhibitors and visitors
than ever before. For the first time it took
over an extra floor at the Novotel and
despite the wonderful weather the show
was very well attended.
The much rumoured Amstrad IBM
lookalike was not launched, despite
claims from the misinformed that it
would be shown. Amstrad have a tight
policy of not pre-announcing products
and refuse to discuss any products they
may be working on. They deny the
existence of any new computer.
Amstrad did have one new product,
the modem, a re-badged version of the
Pace Nightingale. The Amstrad modem
costs E99.95 and includes a free
subscription to Micronet.
The noisiest stand award goes to Load
& Run who had a special offer on the
Electromusic Research Midi interface
(reviewed this month). Mike Beecher
from EMR gave a very impressive
demonstration of using the Amstrad to
control a variety of keyboards and drum
machines.
Loadplan produced a classic game for
the PCW Space Invaders, Software
houses have decided en mass to support
the Joyce with games. Ocean are to
convert Batman and The Edge will be
releasing a Joyce version of Fairlight.
CRL already have some PCW games,
Castle Blackstar and S.A.S. Raid,
although none of these were seen at the
show. Cascade used the Amstrad stand
to demonstrate their new joystick
interface on the PCW.
They hope to set a new standard for the
machine and want any software house
with games in the pipeline to contact
them. The Cascade joystick interface for
the PCW 8256/8512 is expected to cost,
around E20.
Pace had a new hardware add-on for
the PCW, a serial and Centronics
interface. This scores over the Amstrad
version in that it is cheaper and easily
available but does not conform to the full
RS232 specification since it only outputs
5 volts when the spec requires 12 volts.
Still, this will not matter for the vast
majority of applications.
Both Quest and Caxton took large
stands with which to be very Quest and
Caxtonlike. Quest launched three new
products including a solicitors' accoun-
ting package which rivals systems for
many times the price.
Programs for the CPC
DK'Tronics ran a competition to give
away a RAM pack. They were selling the
software which lets a 6128 use the second
bank of RAM as a silicon disc. In the near
future - coming real soon now - DK will
have a television tuner for the Amstrad
colour monitor. This lets you use your
computer as a telly.
Just think, vou can now have all the
arguments that having a dedicated
monitor avoided. You can now watch
Knight Rider instead of playing it. The
unit sits under the monitor and will cost
E59.95.
Gultronics proved that the DMP2000
is no longer a rare beast, by having a
stand full of the things. AMS still hadn't
finished Pagemaker (hurry up Jay and
Gary, people are waiting) but at least
they were taking orders. So that you can
get pictures into Pagemaker, AMS are
working on a digitising camera. They had
some impressive hardware on the stand,
including a Commodore Amiga and a
Cannon bubblejet printer.
Grafsales were busy selling the ever
popular Graphpad digitising tablet and
showing a nearly completed version of
the Joyce Graphpad.
Sunshine Books were selling a new
hook on the 8256, which was "going like
hot well pretty warm cakes".
Timatic is a name from the past. They
have been involved in the Arnold project
for a very long time. If you want to
connect a funny disc (sic) drive to your
computer then they are the people to do
it. They produced the most expensive
peripheral of the show a E5,000 plotter.
The largest stand was that of NewStar,
who were selling lots of expensive CP/M
stuff with HiSoft, MML Systems and
Am byte lending a hand.
Mikro-Gen were the only major games
software house on the upper floor. They
had Equinox on tape and disc, along with
Battle of the Planets (a much under-
rated game) and the Wally progs. Their
next release - Stainless Steel will be out
in July.
Glentop Publishing produced a new
range of books, one on the Joyce and an
Advanced Programmers Guide which
documents lots of things about the 464
which Amstrad would rather you didn't
know.
Mirrorsoft were a major attraction,
demonstrating an early version of
Fleet, Street Editor_
The highlight was a visit from Biggles
himself, seen above reading about the
Mirmrsoft game. He had just flown in, by
helicopter, from Manchester where he
had been appearing on the Saturday
Picture Show.
The show may not have had very many
surprises, but proved to be a worthwhile
day out for any Amstrad owner.
Amstrad User August 86
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