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Volume 6

Number 5

July 1988

Managing Editor
Derek Meakin

Group Editor
Alan McLachlan

Features Editor
Peter Davidson

Production Editor
Peter Glover

Assistant Features Editor
Steve Turnbull

News Editor
Mike Cowley

Technical Editor
Mike Cook

Promotions Editor
Christopher Payne

Reviews Coordinator
Pam Turnbull

Advertisement Manager
John Snowden

Advertising Sales
Peter Babbage

Gail Blincow

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.

ABC 59,727
January-June 1986


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

  • Enigma
    Step into the past with this clever program that breaks secret codes.

  • Use it!
    Facilities you never knew existed in the depths of DumpOut 3.

  • Leaky Listing
    Test your skill at debugging with another of our occasional series.

  • Mad Hatter
    Our monthly look at adventure games - old, new and revamped.

  • Communications
    Modem BABT approval used to be tortuous. Now it's all changed...

  • Prolog
    The series closes with designing a natural language interface.

  • Micro Memos
    A new series highlighting all you need to know about your micro.

  • Problem Solved
    More solutions to some of those mind-testing hardware problems.

  • Archimedes Q&A
    All your questions answered about the top Acorn micro series.

  • Library
    More high-quality routines which you can use in your own programs.

  • Challenge
    Can you work out how much it will cost you to fill a sticker album?

  • Competition
    Meet the Barbarians

  • Body Building
    Advanced hardware and software for your electronic rain gauge.

  • Ceefax Guide
    What's coming this month on the telesoftware pages of BBC TV.

  • Innovation Awards 1988
    Join our search for the most innovative use of a BBC Micro or Archimedes and you could share over £1,700 worth of prizes that go to winners of The Micro User Innovation Awards for 1988.

  • Hac Man
    A wealth of useful hints and tips from our resident games expert.

  • Letters
    The chance to get your news, views, moans and name into print.


  • Halma
    A superb implementation of a popular 19th century pastime.


  • Special FX
    Using simple operating system commands to their best effect.

  • AutoSave
    Losing your Basic programs can be history with this great utility.


  • Software Scene
    Our experts cast their eyes over the very latest game releases.

  • Archimedes Software
    Transferring files to and from your Archimedes is made very easy.

  • PC Emulation
    The power of the Archimedes proves that PC into ARC will go.

  • ConQuest
    An extension rom to provide more facilities for Watford's Quest.


  • Update
    Up-to-the-minute news of the BBC Micro in the world of education.

  • Education Reviews
    Three pages of the best in software for the BBC Micro in schools.

Z88 Section

  • Breakthru
    A new version of the arcade classic - to show you how to design games for your Z88.

  • Front-runner
    Turn your Z88 into 14 stopwatches - and much more: A new cartridge reviewed.

  • Basic transfer
    An intelligent routine to facilitate moving your Basic programs between the Z88 and BBC Micro and back.

(c) 1988 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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