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Volume 4

Number 10

December 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

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.

  • Begin Here
    More on arrays. It's hands off programming experience as we READ all about DATA.

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

  • Machine Code
    We investigate the use of the Carry flag and show it all adds up.

  • Competition
    £500 worth of Audiogenic software to be won in this easy to enter competition.

  • Body Building
    Construct a hygrometer to add to your weather station or to use on its own.

  • Adventures
    More advice for the novice and expert alike - with hints on chaining puzzles.

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


  • Christmas Box
    While away those winter evenings with this game of logic to test the old grey matter.

  • Santa's Sleigh
    Help Santa in his gift warehouse - but watch out for the monster spider.


  • Speech
    A fascinating utility to get your micro to talk back to you - and there's not a speech chip in sight.

  • Scroller
    Improve your animation with this machine code program to provide fast scrolling in any direction.

  • Flood Fill
    This versatile fast fill routine will enable you to exploit your micro's graphics capabilities to the full.

  • Break Recover
    Hang on to your variables! This effective utility will do just that even when Break is pressed.


  • Software Scene
    From Repton 3 to Rebel Planet and Trivial Pursuit - you'll find the latest software reviewed here.

  • ROM Roundup
    Max from Advanced Memory Systems and Clares' Brom Plus are put through their paces.

  • Advanced 1770 DFS
    An in-depth evaluation of Advanced Computer Products' alternative disc filing system.


  • Compact in school
    We discuss the potential classroom role of Acorn's new Master Compact.

  • Tables
    Learning can be fun with this short effective table tester.

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

  • Beeb Digitiser
    Printer dumps for magazines - just one of the applications for this add-on from Watford.

  • Administration
    The suite of programs reviewed here should be a boon to school administrators.

  • Letters
    A small selection from our mailbag reflecting your views on the BBC Micro's role in education.


  • Application
    How the BBC Micro came to the aid of both students and tutors alike, in Lydbury English Centre.

  • Type casting
    A light-hearted look at some of the characters to be found in most business organisations.

  • Spreadsheets
    More on using function keys as we learn how to avoid mistakes by locking cells.

  • ViewSpell
    Need a good spelling checker? This package from Acornsoft may be just what you're looking for.

(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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