COMING NEXT MONTH / COMING SOON
After the disappointment of (possibly) not being able to publish Chris
Richardson's full STD code demo program due to copyright reasons, I
was delighted to receive Chris' latest offering and this really does
look superb. Unfortunately, due to space limitations I cannot put
this program on issue 16. The program itself is a Sound Sample Editor
called "Mix-Ed" written by Chris himself. Basically it allows you to
load in pre-recorded sound samples and then mess around with them
until your heart's content. You do not need any special equipment to
use this program - just a model B or Master. I must warn you though -
having played with the program myself for a while I have to admit that
it makes you want to go out and buy a sampler of your own. More
details (and hopefully the full program) next month.
If you're like me (doing my Dennis Norden bit) then you have attempted
many times to grasp the basis of machine code or Assembley language
and failed miserably on all attempts with the best acheivement being
the manual developing the skill of flying across the room and back.
In a last attempt to set the record straight, Andrew Black is going to
provide a small regular column stretching over a number of issues
containing hints and tips on machine code for the absolute beginner.
Watch this space for further details.
Harston ADFS (HADFS)
After his long spell in Hong Kong, Mr. Harston is back in the BBC
Public Domain world and thus I have the opportunity to be able to
feature his own ADFS ROM or HADFS as it is called. Basically it
enables you to specially format your discs using just an old Acorn DFS
(not the 1770 version) and you are then able to use it rather like the
Acorn ADFS. However the HADFS and Acorn ADFS formats are not
compatible. J.H. has written to me and I have just written back
asking him to provide further details, plus his permission to
distribute his HADFS with a supporting article to 8BS members. Watch
FUTURE SOFTWARE / ARTICLES
A lot of software has been held back this month (archivers aren't
everything you know) due to space limitations. If you were expecting
your software this month and it is absent, then do not worry as it
will probably appear next month. Future software includes ...
Satelite Havac by A.S.Shakoor ... This was due for this issue, but
instead I have published Mr. Shakoor's "Slatter". Satelite Havac
(which is brilliant) will appear next month.
A small discussion about the AMX Packages that are around mainly the
publishing ones (Stop Press, Fonts etc.). Gary Davies (348) has been
messing around with a few of them and has a few utilities on offer
plus a few questions and answers. If you have any news or queries on
this subject then please write in. If Andrew Snodgrass (YJ2) still
has a copy of his AMX fonts disc then I would love another copy as
mine is AWOL.
Also from Gary Davies - One Liners! You know those infuriating
programs taking up no more than one line or so of programming that
appear in magazines dotted here and there. Some of them are good and
some are not. An ARCed version of 10 or so one liners will appear
Other software coming along includes an improved Liverpool Manager
game (see earlier issue), an excelleng Miles Per Gallon program
(including attractive graphs etc.), a pools predictor, a VIEW utility
which will strip files to ASCII (for 8BS submissions etc.), a disc
envelope creator, John Carpenter's Search for Sanity (great!) and
hopefully I shall be standardising all Member to Member messages by
use of an on-screen message editor. All this and more (providing
someone sends me some more) is coming along in future issues.
Future articles planned include a regular PD library review in which
one PD library is under the spotlight each month, some more humerous
articles from the same place as "on-line addiction" except better.
Andrew Black should start his Machine Code Hints and I shall be
starting a small discussion column for Beeb owners who may be
considering the upgrade to the Archimedes range of machines. If you
would like to send in questions about these machines then please start
as soon as possible.
The above is only a taste of what is planned but we ALWAYS welcome new
ideas so don't leave it to someone else to think of them. Issue 17
will be rolled out towards the end of November.
As issue 16 rolls out, we start to look towards Christmas. Beleive it
or not the Christmas issue of 8BS is only 61 days away! I am
therefore asking any member who may have some festive or seasonal
software to consider sending it in, or if you are in a creative mood,
why not send in some Xmas pictures and/or demos/music etc? If anyone
has any idea of anything we could do that is out of the ordinary for
the coming season, then please get in touch at the usual address.