& QL User
Issue 6, August 1984
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|Frontlines||5||Facts and gossip, new products, and all the latest info.
|Sinclair & QL News||34||Rumbles|
Ron Smith, YS's answer to Sherlock Holmes, digs out the latest software gossip. In his constant search for the truth (or even a ripping rumour) Ron Smith scours the software houses for news of their upcoming releases. You'll read it here first! Jet Set Willy sequels (?), Cylon Attack (A'n'F Software), Bandersnatch (Imagine), Jolly Roger (Rabbit Software), Crusoe (Automata), A Question of Sport & Junior Kong (Interstella Software), Hyperaction (Silversoft).
Psion software problems, SuperBasic errors, QL manual errors.
|Advice||6||From the Hip |
Jet Set Willy, RAM Turbo & Sinclair joystick interfaces, QL & Epson FX-80 printer, Using the IN command.
|Software Reviews||41||Joystick Jury|
This month, the Gloucester Computing Club reviews the latest software releases. Evaluating the batch this month is the Gloucester Computing Club.
|62||Talking of Toolkits |
Essential for software development, toolkits are often billed as the programmer's 'tools of the trade'. Peter Freebrey takes five such packages on the bench and examines whether they fulfill their promise.
|Software Features||21|| Jet Set Willy - Hacking Away |
We've had so many pleading letters and phone calls asking for the POKEs Andrew Pennell used to 'enhance' Jet Set Willy ... that we just had to publish them. That, and the multitude of suggestions sent in by our faithful readership!
|36||Cry of the Wulf |
Those howls aren't coming from the night - it's Ross Holman (winner of Software Projects' JSW competition) pitting his animal wits against Ultimate's mighty Sabre WuIf. Read on ... we dare you!
|38||Hacking at the Wulf |
Hacker Dave Nicholls cracks Ultimate's latest wide open - but, in the end, was it worth it?
|Hardware Features||30||Facing Up To Printers |
Logic and software designer John Flenley subscribes to the philosophy that if you can't afford to buy a custom-built unit, you should try and solder-it-yourself. In the first half of his two-part feature, John takes you through the hardware involved in a Centronics interface.
|Programming||11||Spectrum Control |
Project 5: Machine Code Countdown.
|24||Bang Goes Your Code |
Has the razzle-dazzle gone out of your programs? Simon Lane's got some explosive ideas to stun you ...
|56||All Change! |
Ever wanted to rename a Microdrive file? Providing the code to create the necessary new command, Andrew Pennell brings Microdrives one step nearer the expensive disk systems they emulate.
|59||Graphic Definitions |
Toni Baker provides a foolproof way of redefining any graphics character. Defining graphics on paper can be an arduous task - especially when the finished item on-screen looks nothing like you imagined it. Toni Baker's got a much better idea ... and she's backed it up with machine code to boot!
|68||Adding ZIP - part four: ZIP to the Stars |
If you're looking for further proof that Simon Goodwin's ZIP compiler is nothing short of miraculous, type in his example program and give it the treatment.
|Reader's Programs||72||Program Power |
Ground Attack by Antony Crawford and Connections by D R Tose are the offerings for you to tap in and play. Two great games for your 48K Spectrum - arcade action from Antony Crawford and a popular puzzler from D R Tose.
|47||Paperdata: Games People Play |
Phil Cornes goes in search of his ideal games book. In pursuit of the definitive games book, Phil Cornes and Mike Turner corner a selection of tomes, getting to grips with them all, be they good, bad or just plain ugly.
|Interviews||80||Nick Alexander & Steve Webb (Virgin Games) |
Phil Manchester tracks down Nick Alexander and Steve Webb of Virgin Games to hear their latest plans. Nick Alexander and Steve Webb are no longer virgins in the software field - Phil Manchester takes a stroll up Portobello Road to check on how Virgin Games have beefed up their act.
|Competitions||63||Hippodrome Competition |
Win a year's membership to one of London's trendiest nightspots. Your Spectrum, in association with the management of the London Hippodrome, is deliriously happy to announce ... The Great Animated Logo Competition.
|Odds & Ends||13||Top 10 Turkeys|
|15||The YS Top 20 |
July's favourite games, according to our readers.
Your chance to air your views. Is there something you're not telling us?
Make friends, publicise your club or swop your software - all for free!
|QL User||51||QL News|
QL User appears each month within the pages of Your Spectrum. Look out for the 'Complete Dossier' edition - in the shops now! QL User: The Complete Dossier, The Sinclair QL Companion, Demise of the QL 'kludge'.
|52||The Psion Writers |
If you subscribe to the motto, "It's the software that maketh the hardware", then Psion have a lot to answer for. Surya asked the authors of the QL's bundled software, Charles Davies (Archive), Martin Stamp (Quill), Martin Brown (Easel) and Colly Myers (Abacus), what they'd set out to achieve.