8-Bit Software Online Conversion

                   Crumbs!    Well, I   didn't     know that                                            Firstly I would like to thank Daniel Shimmin for his help not only with this issue, but also for his hints on some of my programs. Comments from you, the user are also very helpful so please keep your constructive criticism coming in. I owe a large thankyou to Mick Needham for his invaluable assistance in testing for model B compatibility and his helpful comments.    David Stillman of the Welsh Boys P.D. would like it known that he can no longer supply blank disks. John Ilsley 27N proudly announces the birth of a new bulletin board on line between the hours of 1800 and 0000 every day. The number is     It is called Concorde Comms. John says it has a large array of downloads for the BBC. So give him a ring right now! 20G. Has been hard at work promoting 8BS. A shining example to us all, he sends this message: 8-Bit Software had over ten minutes of air time on the great BBC radio. Well, alright then, local BBC. Imagine how much that would have cost if paid for in a advert! At about 1145am on Sunday the 13th of September, I was explaining to Steve Richards (and all his listeners) to local radio how "8-Bit Software" works and the address to send a disc. As I have been quite impressed about the idea of the disc magazine I thought that others should know about it. May-be it will help to recruit a new member or two. How about other members having a go on their local radio? Editor: I aggree with this sentiment, and have also put ads in local shops.                             Coming next month from                        8 Bit                                 GASP!                                                              Carl Wheat (204) is at this very moment putting the finishing touches to a Patience card game, with any luck it may appear in issue 24. More software from 2J3. Now that I have finished this mag, I have written a program which will write text game/instruction files. A short program will then run these data files. The file written could be an adventure game or training program. I may write a first aid training file.    Constructive comments on programs published by 8BS are always welcome. Here are a few: From: 20G Program: Unit conversion. The program will be quite handy and must have taken some sorting out with all the calculations. Was there a reason for not using Mode 7? The menu was long I know for Mode 7 but it may have been done in two parts perhaps. A little colour would also look good.  Editor. A new version of this program is on this month's disc. This version uses mode 7. There was just enough room to fit all the menu onto one screen.  From: 20G Program Teltext Examples feature. This happens to be ideal for me at the moment. Box's certainly brighten things up, also eye catching to read. As it happens, I have recently put a program together, using boxed titles.  From: L1J Program: ECGSIM3. I have found that observation of the ECG waves on the screen is easier when a small amendment is made in line 250. Namely: 250 K%=INKEY(5)  Editor: This alteration slows the display down slightly. Great! I spent ages making sure that the rate was just right! However, for those of you that don't need to make split second decisions this is a handy amendment.  From : Andrew Snodgrass (YJ2) Program: DFS=>ADFS Utility This is the program I have been looking for for ages, but there are many improvements which could be implimented. It would be useful to have: 1) An option for copying just drive 2 with a single drive. 2) A display to show approximately how many disk swaps are needed on a single drive. 3) The ability to go back a step if an error occurs, as often on my switchable 40/80 track single drive the program aborted if I forgot to change the switch when copying from 40(DFS) to 80(ADFS) tracks. 4) Would it be possible to utilitise the sideways ram which many of 8-bit software members possess. (The shadow ram on the Master could also be used?!) 5) A more colourful display (please keep the MODE 7 teletext display) making the user interface more friendly. Incidently I like the way the program shows the files as they are being transferred.  From : Andrew Snodgrass (YJ2) Program: Trader Could there possibly be an arcade sub-game where you have to navigate the ship to the next port with hazards such as hurricanes, whirlpools, storms, mines and mutinies?  From : 24K Program: Issue 22 I have had problems with my ADFS version of issue 22. Only certain programs in certain directories will work and some programs such as Chain Letters will not work at all as the loading programs crashes for no reason. Any comments? This may be due to using unbranded disc with ADFS.  From : 24K Program: Loopy Loop With regard to Loopy Loop, it may be possible to combine and renumber the two programs and then insert a routine that places the programs in the cassette buffer as no further loading will take place.                                     