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Vol.2 No.11 is cover-dated November 1982 and cost 60p

NewsEdit

News Headlines - 2 pages (16-17)

  • Home doctor needs Vic - (16)
  • Microdrives break the £200 price barrier for home mass storage - (16)
  • Painting the Mary Rose made easy with Spectrum digital tracer - (16)
  • Fast Spectrum 16K compiler - (16)
  • Open sesame for dial-a-game and electronic mail fro £60 from Oric - (16)
  • Micronet offers Prestel for £50 - (16)
  • Audiogenic is chess Boss: Boss Chess - (17)
  • Epson's £500 portable could be the shape of things to come: Epson HX-20 - (17)
  • BBC smashes the system: Replacement Rom - (17)
  • Sord reveals £100 4k colour micro: Sord M5 - (17)
  • Manchester stages bigger and better Northern Computer Fair - (17)

FeaturesEdit

Opening up graphics: BBC, Dragon, Spectrum - 4 pages (22-23,25-26)

Today's micros offer tremendous opportunities for colour graphics. You do not need to be Salvador Dali to conjure up surreal shapes in unnaturally bright colour any more. Tim Langdell illustrates graphics for the beginner, from simple shapes to 3D rotations.

Review: Speed Machine - Jupiter Ace - 3 pages (28-29,31)

Another day, another planet, another micro — but the Ace is so fast that even Bill Bennett had to switch into hyperdrive to review it.

Review: Hard copy for micros - 2 pages (32-33)

Inexpensive printers for home computers were comparatively rare until recently. Simon Beesley takes a hard look at hard copy for the BBC Micro, Dragon and ZX machines.

Interview: Clive Sinclair: Whatever Next? - 3 pages (38-39,41)

One name is stamped indelibly on British computers - Sinclair. Now Meirion Jones finds out what else Clive has in store.

Music: The Sound of Music - 2½ pages (50-52)

The hills could be alive with the sound of your Atom if you take David Morton's advice.

Star of stage, screen and living room - 3 pages (54-55,57)

Whether your musical tastes are heavy metal or Trapp family singers the BBC Micro has something to offer. This month and next month Chris Melville shows you how to turn your BBC into a musical instrument.

Sound out your Spectrum - 1 page (59)

If snowdrops and Spectrums are among your favourite things, these valuable machine-code routines by Jeremy Hall will help improve your micro's sound-producing ability. Impressive noises can be produced to rival the machine-code routines used by software houses.

Talk to your Spectrum - 2 pages (60-61)

If the strain of pushing keys is telling, J D M Edwards' program lets you sit back and relax.

ZX-81 Games Writing - 2 pages (64-65)

If the quality of 1K ZX-81 programs in Basic has pushed you into the depths of despair, Stuart Nicholls' series on machine-code games writing will lead you into a new world of fast and flicker-free games.

Harnessing the VIC's Vector - 1½ page (67-68)

The Vic's operating system interrupts a program 60 times a second to scan the break key and update the time variable. Ian Hegerty shows you how to use the interrupt vector to insert your own routines for fast graphics or to check an input from an alarm bell.

ZX-81 Toolkits - 4 pages (76-77,79-80)

These two articles, the first by Michael Fox and the second by Dale McLoughlin, set out handy machine-code routines, with a variety of uses.

ZX-81 Machine Code Extensions - 1 page (83)

Kathleen Peel reveals some rather more problematical commands, which would have introduced unnecessary
difficulties if mentioned earlier. These will enhance commands covered in the previous instalments of her
machine-code series.

Project: Simple Ways to Help the Handicapped - 2 pages (88-89)

John Dawson casts a clinical eye over the winning entries in our competition to help the disabled.

Basic Dictionary - 1 page (91)

This dictionary, compiled by Tony Edwards, will explain the function of common Basic words as used in popular machines, enabling you to work out your own machine's equivalent. A useful complement to our recent series on Basic dialect translation.

Regular Features

Editorial/Contents - 1 page (3)

Your Letters - 1 page (15)

Computer Club: Southampton rings the changes - 1 page (19)

Each month in Southampton the Southern Gas Computer Club meets in the Corporation HQ. Many members are professional programmers but Paul Bond finds they share many of the obsessions of the home hobbyist — from Pac-man to computer art.

Response Frame - Tim Hartnell - 1 page (93)

Fingertips - David Pringle - 2 pages (95-96)

Competition Corner - 1 page (113)

Software SurveyEdit

Survey: ZX81 Software - 2 pages (36-37)

Eric Deeson has an entertaining time checking out the latest batch of ZX-81 games.

Key:- Doc=documentation; Loa=ease of loading; Scr=format /screen layout; EoU=ease of use; Fun=functional value; Pro=programming quality; Gra=graphics quality; Nov=novelty.

Software Title Publisher Doc Loa Scr EoU Fun Pro Gra Nov
Invaders Abersoft - 5 4 3 4 3 4 1
Chess 1.4 Abersoft - 5 4 5 5 5 5 3
Mazeman Abersoft 2 5 4 3 4 4 4 3
Football Manager Addictive 4 5 4 4 4 3 - 4
Star Trek Aquarius 4 5 3 3 3 2 2 2
Gobbleman Artic - 3 3 4 4 5 4 3
ZX-Galaxians Artic - 5 4 5 5 4 4 4
Zedman Babtech - 5 4 3 4 4 4 4
Venture Bobker 0 5 4 4 3 3 4 5
Mazogs Bug-Byte 4 5 5 4 5 5 5 5
Damsel and the Beast, The Bug-Byte - 5 3 1 2 3 1 2
Gulp Campbell Systems 2 5 5 4 5 5 5 5
Autochef CCS 1 5 3 3 2 3 - 3
Airline CCS 1 5 3 3 3 3 - 3
Scout 1 Deltasoft 5 5 5 2 4 4 5 4
Night Gunner Digital Integration 4 5 4 3 4 4 4 4
Fighter Pilot Digital Integration 3 5 4 3 4 4 - 4
Zuckman DJL Software - 3 4 3 3 3 3 3
Oracle's Cave, The Doric 3 5 4 4 4 3 4 4
3D Defender New Generation 2 3 5 2 4 4 4 4
Time Bandits Newsoft 1 5 3 3 4 4 4 5
Cassette Four Michael Orwin 2 4 3 3 4 4 4 3
Cassette Three Michael Orwin 3 4 3 4 4 3 3 4
Adventure Tape One Phipps Associates - 5 4 3 3 3 1 2
Blastout Planet Software 1 5 4 3 5 3 4 3
3D Maze Planet Software - 5 4 4 4 4 4 3
Astro Invaders John Prince Software - 5 4 3 2 2 3 1
QS Scramble Quicksilva 1 5 4 3 4 5 5 4
Sorcery Saxon Computing 2 5 2 3 3 3 - 3
Super Space Mission Richard Shepherd - 5 5 5 4 5 5 4
Bargain Bytes Richard Shepherd 4 5 3 4 3 3 2 1
Asteroids Silversoft - 5 4 4 4 4 3 3
Cosmos Vortex Software - 5 4 4 4 5 4 5
Winged Avenger, The Work Force - 5 4 3 4 4 4 4

Type-InsEdit

Night Race - VIC-20 - 2 pages (44-45)

Can you stay on the road? Dirk Lampe's Vic-20 program tests your skills to the limit.

Dragon Art - Dragon - 2 pages (46-47)

The high-resolution graphics capabilities of the Dragon 32 are excellent, but the manual suggests that the best way to produce a picture on the screen is to resort to a pencil and a high-resolution grid. The standard graphics commands and the manual give you a high degree of control over drawing high-resolution pictures but need to be planned carefully. Keith and Steven Brain's drawing program allows you to take advantage of the Dragon's best graphics features while giving you the freedom of a true artist of the electronic screen. With the program you can paint and fill in areas of the screen as your creative drive demands.

Teletext Editor - 2 pages (72-73)

Martin Glass's Teletext Editor is a program with features common to commercial word-processing packages. It will run on both the Models A and B.

Software File - 10 pages (99-101,103-105,108-111)

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Other CreditsEdit

Assistant Editor

Meirion Jones

Staff Writer

Simon Beesley

Sub-Editor

Paul Bond

Editorial Secretary

Lynn Cowling

Contributors

Tim Langdell, Eric Deeson, Stuart Nicholls, Martin Glass, Kathleen Peel, Bill Bennett, David Morton, Chris Melville, Jeremy Hall, J D M Edwards, Stuart Nicholls, Ian Hegerty, Martin Glass, Michael Fox, Dale McLoughlin, John Dawson, Tony Edwards

Publishing Director

Chris Hipwell

External linksEdit

If you want to have a browse of this magazine, head on over to World of Spectrum as it's in their magazine archive.

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