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Volume 4

Number 8

October 1986

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Features Editor
Mike Bibby

Deputy Features Editor
Peter Davidson

Production Editor
Peter Glover

Art Editor
Heather Sheldrick

Associate Editor
Alan McLachlan

Reviews Editor
Christopher Payne

News Editor
Mike Cowley

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Advertisement Manager
John Riding

Advertising Sales
Mike Hayes
Peter Babbage

Editor in Chief,
Database Publications

Peter Brameld

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.

ABC 59,727
January-June 1986


  • News
    All the latest happenings in the ever changing world of your BBC Micro.

  • Compact
    Our experts have been thoroughly testing the latest member of the BBC Micro range - the exciting Compact. This is the first detailed report of what it offers.

  • Begin Here
    Not content with creating arrays we now go on to ask them questions.

  • Adventures
    Here's some useful advice on tackling random mazes - plus timely help for Hampstead fans.

  • Machine Code
    If you think relative branching is a form of nepotism read on as we learn the art of jumping backwards.

  • Body Building
    Feeling under the weather? Our electronics guru's wind direction project should help to cheer you up.

  • MicroLink News
    A monthly progress report on the growth of Britain's nationwide on-line database for micros.

  • Micromail
    The part of the magazine you write yourselves - your news, views, brainwaves and moans.


  • Witch Hunt
    Join our Hallowe'en celebration and help Olive the witch in her search for the 42 keys of Transportal.


  • Mode 7 Dumps
    Routines to provide compact mode 7 screen dumps for Epson compatible or Olivetti inkjet printers.

  • Text Compressor
    Cramming long messages into short memory can be achieved with the help of this clever utility.

  • Auto Run
    Add flexibility to your programmer's workshop with this neat routine to star run Basic programs.


  • Aviator
    Follow our tips and we will have you up in the air before you can say "Scramble".


  • Software Scene
    From Joust to Mikie, Poker to Paranormal - you'll find the latest software reviewed here.

  • Communications
    A close look at Weirdbeard and Junkmailer, combined Prestel terminal software and mailbox editing facility.

  • ROM Roundup
    Beebaid from Jaysoft and Novacad from Technomatic's are given a detailed evaluation.

  • Hardware Scene
    In need of an input/output control module? This unit from Claydale may be just what you're looking for.


  • Econet
    We take a close look at Econet to see if it's everything Acorn make it out to be.

  • Coloured Lights
    Still puzzled by GCOL? This colourful exercise will put you completely in the picture.

  • Software
    Our expert reviewers cast a critical eye over some of the latest educational releases for the BBC Micro.

  • Letters
    We reflect the lively staffroom debate on the role of the BBC Micro in education.


  • Application
    Chips with everything! How the BBC Micro has helped to organise the running of a fish and chip shop.

  • Mail Merge
    Getting the best from Mini Office II's facilities to combine database and wordprocessor files for a mail shot.

  • Spreadsheets
    The screen display comes into consideration as we see how appearances count.

(c) 1986 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.

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