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Volume 6

Number 12

February 1989

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

Promotions Coordinator
Robin Nixon

Reviews Coordinator
Pam Turnbull

Advertisement Manager
John Snowden

Advertising Sales
Peter Babbage

Gail Blincow

Published by:
Database Publications Ltd.

ABC 40,376
January-June 1988


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

  • Ruskeys (*)
    Join the language revolution and spell it out in Russian, Greek or...

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

  • Whizz Kids
    We visit the men behind Heyley Software, a new force in fantasy.

  • Wimps
    The series continues: Handling your menus on the Archimedes.

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

  • Body Building
    Our technical guru demonstrates more experimental board techniques.

  • Beyond Arthur
    The beginning of a new series on what you'll get from the Risc OS.

  • Library
    Find those useful routines in a trice with our handy Library index.

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

  • Problem Solved
    A helping hand with some of those mind-testing hardware problems.

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


  • Skulls (*)
    You'll need lightning reactions to pack the falling blocks correctly.

  • ArcRoids (*)
    Can you beat the high score in this classic test of your blasting skill?


  • Get it Right! (*)
    By popular demand we repeat the secret behind our checksums.

  • Tape Timer (*)
    This routine will give you speedy access to video tape recordings.

  • Split (*)
    A program to assist in dividing files that exceed memory length.

  • Protection (*)
    One way to make it difficult for your own programs to be hacked.

  • File Type (*)
    List Archimedes file types, set them by name and add your own.


  • Software Scene
    Our reviewers cast their eyes over the very latest games releases.

  • First Word Plus
    We put the Acorn-approved Archimedes word processor to the test.

  • First Fonts
    A range of fonts for First Word Plus - how do they perform in use?

  • DoubleView
    Edit two documents at once: We try out this re-written package.

  • Software Quickies
    We test two Archimedes packages from a brand new software house.


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

  • Education Reviews
    Looking at the best in software for the BBC Micro series in schools.


  • Logger (*)
    Now you can keep an accurate record of time spent on individual projects plus tasks within them with this useful routine for your portable micro.

(*) The Type-it-in symbol indicates that the feature contains al least one full length listing for you to key in on your micro.

(c) 1989 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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Diamond Europress Sales and Distribution.

Database Publications is a division of Europress Ltd.