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Contents
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News 5
All the latest from the ever-changing world of the 8 bit Atari.
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Top Twenty 7
An up-to-date guide to the month's top-selling Atari software.
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Quickly find your cursor on the screen with this useful utility.
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Vol. 3 No. 8 December 1987
Managing Editor:
Derek Meakin
Group Editor:
Alan McLachlan
Features Editor:
Peter Davidson
Production Editor
. Peter Glover
Editorial Assistant:
Neil Fawcett
News Editor:
Mike Cowley
Technical Editor:
Andre Willey
Advertisement Manager:
Tony Nowell
Advertising Sales:
John Snowden
Nora Lawton
Reviews
Our evaluation team takes a look at the latest software releases.
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Star Trak
An in-depth evaluation of a brand new concept in games control.
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Snowball 1 9
Can you help Snowy the snowball escape from the devious maze?
Printshop Companion 2 3
Enhanced printing at your fingertips with this Broderbund upgrade.
USR functions 2 5
The final part of our explanation of the powerful USA command.
Hints and Tips 3 0
Get more enjoyment out of your games with valuable readers' help.
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Gadgets
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Keystick
How to make joystick movements look like keyboard entries.
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News
E1.3 million deal brings
big Email expansion
Derek Meakin.
"The new machine will
give us much greater flexi-
bility. It will allow us to
provide a much faster
service, introduce a variable
charging structure to meet
the different needs of our
users, and make possible
the installation of many new
and exciting facilities".
A MASSIVE expansion of
MicroLink, Britain's fastest-
growing electronic mail
service, is now being
planned following the
completion of a E1.3 million
contract with Telecom Gold.
MicroLink which has a
section specifically for Atari
users – was launched in
April 1985 as a means of
encouraging people to start
exploring the exciting new
world of electronic com-
munications.
It became an instant
success – and not only in
Britain. Computer users in
Europe, the Middle East and
Australasia call the Micro-
Link service, which is
housed on a Prime 750 com-
puter in Telecom Gold's top
security London head-
As part of the new deal,
the service is being trans-
ferred to a machine that is
four times more powerful –
the Prime 9955.
"The phenomenal devel-
opment of MicroLink has
meant that we have now
outgrown the computer that
has served us so well in the
last two and half years",
said MicroLink chairman
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ATARI UK caused a big stir
at the MotorFair in
Olympia by setting up a
computer games stand.
Centrepiece of the stand,
which embarrassed show
organisers admitted was
the best visited in the
whole exhibition, was a
line of racing cars inside
which youngsters could
play Pole Position.
An Atari spokesman
said: "We believe that
many of the 300,000
people who go to the show
are fathers with children
under la We saw this as a
perfect opportunity to
introduce our games
system to these young-
sters, many of whom
might never have seen
them before.
"The organisers said we
had one of the most
exciting exhibits. It be-
came virtually an enter-
tainment area for the
youngsters,
"We believe the intro-
duction of the new
games machine this
Christmas has opened up a
new market place to us.
The youngsters of that
market place certainly
responded enthusiastically
at this show", said the
spokesman.
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Parallel
interface
for Ataris
A LEADING supplier is
aiming to make Atari 8 bit
users fall in love with its
new internal add on.
The Computer House Uni-
versal Parallel Interface
Device, or Cupid, will cost
E39.95 and could open up
the 8 bit machine to the
world.
A series of handlers will
be produced by Computer
House (01-731 1276) to
enable the interface to work
with modems, printers and
Midi, using a standard
25-way D socket. With a rom
support system, the
interface will be fully pro-
grammable.
Cupid is just one of a
number of products on the
cards as Computer House
steps up its support for the 8
bit range.
A Help menu will be on
offer which allows the user
to put all the instructions
about a program in a form
which can be pulled up by a
single keystroke.
CH boss John May said
the company was importing
a growing selection of soft-
ware from the US.
A 130XE high resolution
designer is on the cards
which will work very well
with CH's Snapshot.
Also to be released is
Word Magic, which John
May describes as a word
processor with built-in
graphics. It will cost E17.99.
Pictured after signing the 11.3 million deal are Telecom
Gold general manager Clem Jones (seated left) and head
of MicroL ink Derek Meakin. Looking on, from left, are
MicroLink sales and marketing manager Mike Hayes,
Telecom Gold sales and marketing head Philip Madden,
MicroL ink joint managing director Michael Meakin,
MicroL ink marketing director Peter BrameId, Telecom
Gold northern sales manager David Bromley and Micro-
Link systems manager Tim Clarkson.
Software developers rapped
ATARI 8 bit micro users are
being given a raw deal by
some software developers
according to Essex-based
retailer Clive Pulman.
His fi rm, Trybridge, has
sold computer software for
more than four years and
Pulman says he has had par-
ticular diffi culty getting a
regular supply of new titles
for Atari 8 bit machines.
"The amount of new pro-
grams corning available is
pathetic", said Pulman. "The
machines have so much
potential it is a pity that soft-
ware houses are not picking
up on them the way they
should".
Pulman says that although
Americans have about 2,000
Atari 8 bit programs to
choose from, Britain is limited
to "a few hundred – of which
many are re-issues of old
titles that don't fully utilise
the machines' capabilities".
One major software house
was quick to deny the situ-
ation is as grim as Pu'man
describes it. US Gold mar-
keting and product manager
Richard Tidsall told Atari
User: "Currently we have
65 games available on licence
from America, which isn't bad
for just one publisher.
"American buyers may
have a greater choice, but
what is suitable for them may
not be suitable for us".
But there is good news for
users– Atari UK is back in the
software market itself with
Twilight Zone and has
another 20 rom cartridge
games due for release.
Dec ember 1987 Atari User 5
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