& QL User
Issue 3, May 1984
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|Frontlines||5||Our views on the news - including the delights of Debuggit, Project 3 and the original Pacman.
|Spectrum & QL News||65||Rumbles|
Rumours of new launches abound on the games software scene - and there's no love lost between competing software houses, eager to market an original product. Get the up-to-the-minute report from Ron Smith, whose beady eyes remain fixed on the software horizons. Melbourne House release schedule, Mugsy (Melbourne House), Hype (Virgin), Quasimodo's Revenge & Gilligan's Gold (Ocean).
QL delays, Motorola 68008 chip, Advertising Standards Authority
|Software Reviews||67||Spectrum Soft |
This month, it's the Heald Green Computer Club giving us the low-down on the latest software packages. Your Spectrum is continuing to scour the country's computer clubs to get the undiluted thoughts, feelings and impressions of dedicated games enthusiasts - thus providing our readers with unbiased evaluations.
|Software Features||60||Wet Screams |
Unarmed but fearless, explore the watery depths of the ocean with Mike Mepham - all without getting your feet wet.
|Hardware Features||29||Spectrolysis: Double Standards? |
Ian Beardsmore reveals the truth about the RS232 interface. Although somewhat diverted by the oft-misleading use of the word 'standard', especially when applied to RS232 interfaces, Ian Beardsmore presents two programming tips from YS readers.
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|33||Tower of Power |
Towering above competitive add-on units for the Spectrum, the Basicare system offers a wealth of new applications for the 'professional' user. SQ Factor finds out whether the system measures up ...
|38||Sexing Your Spectrum |
An amusing divertissement for any known collection of true Spectrumists is to enquire innocently whether someone can identify a particular ZX model - or ask how A's machine differs from that of B. It's a guaranteed crowd-puller! Stephen Adams fancies he can supply the answers and, taking the Spectrum by the chips, he details the various stages of development since its April 1982 launch.
|Programming||43||Extending Basic |
Stand by to have your mind ever so slightly blown because, for those proud possessors of a ZX Interface 1, Toni Baker is about to explain the procedure by which new commands can be added to the Spectrum vocabulary.
|45||Plotting in 3D - part one: Graphics & Mathematics |
The concepts behind computer-aided design (CAD) and, in particular, the delights of three-dimensional plotting, are such that they have usually remained the preserve of 'big' computers. Mathematician and engineer Damir Skrgatic sets out over this issue and the next to prove that usefulness in this area is within the reach of our honest but humble eight-bitters.
|53||Adding Zip - part one |
Designing good software is all a matter of organisation. Starting this month, Simon Goodwin begins a three-part feature that not only shows you how best to construct your Basic programs - but which gives you an excellent compiler program into the bargain!
|97||Variables on a Theme - part two |
Continuing on from last issue, Dilwyn Jones completes his investigation of the Spectrum ROM's system variables - those useful housekeeping routines which give the Spectrum its character. And if you fancy delving deeper into your machine, try some of the suggestions Dilwyn has to offer ...
|Miscellaneous Features||24||Misfires of the Year |
1983 has seen a large growth in both software games product and the houses that supply it. And with this growth has come an interesting change in advertising techniques - for now, it seems standard to start promoting games at least a month before they become available. Fortunately, for those whose mouths cannot stop watering, much of the software released in '83 was of a high quality. Some, however, fell rather short of the mark and Gavin Monk adds his pennyworth to the moans.
|Reader's Programs||105||Play Power |
Get those fingers tapping with our three annotated listings. Whether you're a patient puzzler or an arcade adventurer, there's lots in store in the following pages, courtesy of Colin Young and Richard Archdeacon. And if it's machine code utilities you're after, look no further than the contribution from Andy Wright.
Flat Cube (Colin Young), REM Remover (Andy Wright), Hopalong (Richard Archdeacon).
|Books||89||Paperdata: A Touch of Class |
A mid-term report from Sandy Dewhurst on what's available in the educational books department. Home computers, they tell us, are the ideal vehicle for education - but what exactly supports this claim? Sandy Dewhurst, computer studies schoolteacher, sifts through the pages of various literary texts devoted to the subject.
|Interviews||120||Grahame Daubney (Prism) |
Phil Manchester puts Grahame Daubney - the man behind the machines - on the spot. Amongst the fear and loathing of the bright lights of London's West End, Phil Z Manchester gets hot on the trail of Prism's robot revolution optimist, Grahame Daubney.
|119||Stack Competition |
If you fancy your chances as 007, shoot off your entries to us now ...
|Odds & Ends||19||Forum |
Hear all the hearsay as YS readers get it off their chest. If you fancy 'writing on spec' - put pen to paper and tell us what's on your mind.
|75||YS Top 20 |
It's the YS chart countdown!
If you can't live without every copy of YS - for goodness sake, don't!
|QL User||80||QL News |
While rumours abound, QL User checks out the truth behind the add-ons currently being advertised for the QL.
|81||Around the Houses |
More over-the-fence gossip from Ron Smith on the support expected from the software houses. With tongues wagging throughout the industry, Ron Smith, software sleuth, tracks down the rumours to their source and tries to answer the question on everybody's lips - just who has got a QL?
|82||Soft Sells |
Quentin Lowe examines Psion's freebie software packages for the QL - with annotated screen pics! The old story that software sells computers is taken to heart on the QL where the four Psion packages that come with the machine provide serious business tools at a home micro price. Quentin Lowe has a look at the software that maketh the machine ...
|84||Holy Structures ... it's SuperBasic |
What are the possibilities for structured programming on the QL? Andrew Pennell takes a peek at the provisional manual and reveals all ... Zap, Pow, Blam ... just when you thought it was safe to get back to unstructured waters, along came the Cambridge Joker in his QL-Mobile with a surprise present - SuperBasic - to threaten an imprecise programming world. Andrew Pennell battles to explain ...