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18 Advanced Art Studio
With more facilities and a
higher price. Does the former
justify the latter? Jill Lawson
found out.
32 Planit
Sort Out your finances,
software style. But getting
organised needs more than
just some clever software.
77 Empire
Firebird is hiding its light
under a bushel and has kept
quiet about the new space
strategy game. It may be
difficult, but it is also very
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64 Elite, the software
house which cares
Some software houses will
release any old program, but
Elite is too fussy for that, as
Jerry Muir found out.
Build your own number 5 , a
robot which runs under the
control of your CPC. So get out
your soldering iron, dust off
those wire strippers and get
81 Games Reviews
Cohn, Nigel and Liz try out
Muncher, Sigma 7, Cobra, Into
The Eagles Nest, and
Shockway Rider.
43 Rombo Compo
Let your video and computer
become friends with a Vidi
interface. A simple, free-to-
enter competition for all
Arnold owners.
57 Plumberdroid
The pipeline is leaking, you
must dodge the alien and
repair the pipe before it's too
late. Go for it!
68 Assembly Point
Pete Green presents a routine
which features one of the
classic principles of assembler
31 Scalextric Compo
You are never too old to play
Scalextric. Win a full set from
Virgin or a runners-up prize of
the computer version.
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Amstrad User May 1987
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MASTERFILE III is now fi rmly established as
THE fi ling system for the CPC6128. It has received
rapturous reviews and we could paper the walls of
our new offi ces with our customers' letters of
This is no toy thrown together in BASIC and half-
tested, but real machine-coded computing power
professionally constructed. We have had IBM and
Apricot users beg us for a MASTERFILE for their
machines — when they had seen the earlier CPC
MASTERFILE. All this power is yours for
For the benefit of newcomers to the CPC machines:
MASTERFILE III is a powerful and flexible data
filing and retrieval system. All "database" systems
require that your data is organised into fields and
records. Unlike most, MASTERFILE does not
commit you to field lengths or formats, since ALL
data is variable-length and optional. Files are not
pre-formatted, and only used bytes are saved to
disc. Also, unlike the rest, MASTEBFILE allows
multiple user-defined ways of viewing/printing
your data. And unique in its price range, MASTER-
FILE offers RELATIONAL FILE options, where-
by common data can be entered just once and
shared by many records. Maximum fi eld size is
240, maximum fi elds per record is over 50, and
maximum fi le size is 64K. Room for 1,000 full
names and addresses, for example. Only one disc
drive is required. It is menu-driven throughout, and
comes with detailed illustrated manual, and exam-
ple files.
For those who already have an earlier MASTER-
FILE, we offer updates; please telephone for
details. You will be amazed at the performance
improvements and extra functions.
lir** PCW users: be patient, MASTERFILE 8000
will be ready early in 1987 ***
We also have one of the fastest and friendliest
spread-sheet programs around, MASTERCALC
128. Its unique features include: individual tailor-
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formulae; split-screen option; automatic cursor
advance; text output to printer, or to disc for
interface with PROTEXT or TASWORD; hi
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Just about ANY kind of information can be
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processing, or build new files from other computer
sources. The speed of SEARCH of MASTERFILE
is second to none. Records can be sorted ascending/
descending, character or signed numeric, even
embedded keys such as surnames. Other functions
are fi eld-to-fi eld calculations, and several-across
label printing. We simply don't have room to list all
the features; give us a call if you are still in doubt
of the power of MASTERFILE
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The second
and third
4th Protocols
A new terminal package is to be
launched by Montlair for the CPC 6128
range of computers. The disc based
software will work with all interfaces
built to the specification outlined in the
Amstrad fi rmware manual. These
include the Pace, Honeysoft and both
the new and old Amstrad serial
The package is referred to by the
authors as being a full workstation.
Written with Hi-Softs' Devpac, the pro-
gram has been two years in the making
and runs under CP/M+.
The full spec viewdata terminal
supports telesoftvvare, double height,
flashing, a full eight colours, conceal
and reveal and we expect dynamic
frames. It is possible to write mailboxes
off line and send them at high speed
when you log in. This saves time and
cuts down on telephone bills.
Two screen dumps are available, a
rapid text dump and a shaded Epson
screen dump. The software will be
available shortly and cost E39. For
more details contact Monfl air on 01-
Someone, somewhere in Britain is
building an atomic bomb. He is a top
KGB agent, the smartest they've got.
With only a deep belief that this is
what's going on, and the slightest of
clues, you must fi nd and stop him.
An excellent new fi lm telling the
story is doing the rounds, Go and see it,
if only to watch a transit van being
driven like a rally car. The hero is John
Preston, played by Michael Caine, who
solves the crime with the help of a BBC
Sounds ideal for a computer game
really. And indeed it is. The fourth
Protocol — the game is an adventure
using icons and ciphers rather than
text. Ariolasoft produced the fi rst
Amstrad version of this adventure
quite a while back. It runs on the CPC
and is worth looking out for.
To coincide with the fi lm release
Ariolasoft has launched PCW and PC
versions of the game. Ideal for some
cerebral exercise.
Michael Caine, star of The Fourth
Protocol, outside the Cabinet office.
clock on
CRL reveal a
warped mind
'CRI, licenses Oink!'. This is not a par-
ticularly horrifi c press release. It tells
of a game in which you play the part of
Uncle Pigg, the world-famous editor of
the magazine and have to be promoted
from tea boy to editor, (Same thing in
this place — Ed. What is horrific is that
they keep sending copies of the maga-
zine. It's sick, vile and absorbing.
Two years ago Amstrad user ran its
first hardware project. The second one
is in this month! Now DK has launched
a peripheral for the CPC which does the
same job as that ancient project, only
with a bit more finesse.
It is a battery backed-up clock, just
like the one Amstrad include with the
PC 1512, It stores information when
you switch the computer off. This
includes a clock which can be switched
from 12 to 24 hour notation, End of
month and leap years are catered for in
the calendar function and you can have
a daily alarm.
It also includes 50 bytes of battery
backed-up ram for important data and
will work with CP/M and CP/M
There is an 8 bit 110 port for control
applications. The battery is re-charged
from the Amstrad, so providing you use
your Amstrad occasionally the data
should be safe. More details from
DK'Tronics on 0493 602926
In the never ending quest for a new
approach to software, CRL has
announced a number of new programs.
The most mundane of these is Sun
Star. According to the press release
'You are destined for the Xxarian Star
Corporation solar energy grid to collect
energy' 'what else — Ed).
It goes on 'However, due to a build up
of unstable energy pulses, that task is
far from easy'. Basically it's a jolly good
shoot-em-up which will cost E7.95 on
tape and E14.95 on disc.
The releases continue as the gore
sets in. 'Gothic Horror from CRL'. This
is a three part Frankenstein adventure
with reportedly terrifying sound effects
and a price tag reading ,E9.95 on the
tape or E14.95 on disc.
Then the bumf plumbs the depths.
No one fooled
Amstrad User's scoop news feature on
Amstrad's sky rocket in the April issue
of ACLT does not seem to have fooled
anyone It was of' course an April Fool.
But how may of the clues did you spot?
and even April FOOL worked into the
script. Little touches like the date at
the bottom and large hints like the
satellite footprint should have helped
you twig.
Amstrad User May 1987
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