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Volume 1

Number 12

February 1984

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Features Editor
Mike Bibby

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Art Editor
Peter Glover

Layout Design
Heather Sheldrick

Advertisement Manager
John Riding

Advertising Sales
Mike Hayes

Marketing Manager
Sue Casewell

Editor-in-Chief of
Database Publications:

Peter F. Brameld

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.


  • NEWS Keep your finger on the pulse of BBC Micro happenings with our latest news bulletin.

  • BEGINNERS After investigating GET$ we begin our in-depth exploration of the BBC Micro's modes.

  • ONLY HUMAN The start of our series on user-friendly programs, with the emphasis on education.

  • NUMBER BALANCE Weigh up your ability to do sums with this neat program that's ideal for the classroom.

  • SINGLE KEY ENTRY Save wear and tear on your fingers with this utility to give Electron-type single key entry.

  • COMPETITION Think of the most original use for the Beasty - and win one to try out in practice.

  • FROGS 'N' DOGS Hop from lily pad to lily pad, avoiding hostile dogs in this delightful game for all the family.

  • SOUND ADVICE Synchronise sound, and change from discord to harmony with the latest in the series.

  • ALIEN INVASION A first-rate version of an arcade classic, plus a revealing article on Mode 7 animation.

  • BACK ISSUES Make sure your Micro User collection is complete. All you've missed and how to get it.

  • TAPE & DISC OFFER Save yourself the chore of keying in programs from this issue with this month's cassette or disc.

  • ARRAYS Feeling DIM about arrays? This easy-to-follow article will help you see the light.

  • DIY ROM BOARD Take advantage of the power of sideways ROMs with our do-it-yourself ROM board.

  • GALLERY Strive to make sense of the Euro bureaucrats' latest ruling in this intriguing logic game.

  • ADVENTURES Our forthright columnist takes her usual critical look at the world of adventures.

  • SOFTWARE SCENE Our team of frank and thorough reviewers assess some of the latest software releases.

  • SOUNDSHAPER Investigate the amazing sounds your micro can make with our envelope generator.

  • BODY BUILDING Never forget an important date again! Build a real time clock for your BBC Micro.

  • SUBSCRIBE NOW A year's subscription to the Micro User will bring you a FREE Micro User cassette.

  • HARDWARE REVIEW Our impractical experts give their assessment of new pieces of hardware for the BBC Micro.

  • MICROMAIL The section that you write yourself - Your ideas, queries and opinions make fascinating reading.

(c) 1984 Database Publications Ltd.

The Micro User is an independent publication and neither the BBC nor Acorn Computers Ltd are responsible for any of the articles in this issue or for any of the opinions expressed.

Distribution to the news trade in the UK and Ireland is by Wells Gardner, Darton and Co Ltd.