From 0E7 CPR TEST As a training aid, would it not bebetter if one had to give the correctanswer, assuming that there is one,before the program moves on to the nextquestion? As it is, there appears to bemore than one answer, or is it safe toassume that the answer given, if not100% correct, would not harm thepatient and it would be safe to carryon in reality? DATABASE I have experienced quite a bit oftrouble with this program. If I add a record, then return fromMenu to VIEWrecords and attempt tobackstep, an error message is receivedand no Last Record message is added tothe record number. If a record is deleted, the next recordto be added takes on a totally newnumber. If the records are accessed thedeleted number shows up as Deleted, andit does not appear possible to re-usethat number again. If this is correctand I am missing nothing I think Iwould like to be able to use thedeleted record number again. I also find that it is not possible tobuild this program into a !BOOT file.If this is done the disc will boot upand the first record appears on the VDUbut the instructions at the bottomflash and the program hangs up. I have just attempted to place somerecords of importance in this databaseand have discovered the following bugs.If I press E to edit a record I get themessage "Which field a-n(0=end)". If I attempt to use lower case, whichone would from the field letters whichare themselves in lower case, theprogram does not respond. I have to useupper case to progress. I would haveexpected to use lower case. If I press "A" the Message "Enter newdata or (000) to leave" is given, andthe record in field "A" can be amended.On completion message "Again(Y/N)" isreceived. If I press "B" the existingdata clears, but there is now no outputfrom the keyboard and the program locksup. When attempting to amend field 'L'the screen clears, except for themessage "Enter new data". In view ofthese difficulties, I have abandonedany further attempts to input any data.I will await a reissue of thispromising database. ISSUE 25 I liked your new presentation of issue25. The program details are easier tofollow, making identification on diskfor copying etc. much easier. I have tried out your new way ofprinting out some text and it is quitegood. The only problem is that theprintout then carries on to the end ofthe article unless one presses Breaketc. after the piece of text requiredis printed. Is it possible to mark theend of the text required, so that onlythe piece needed is printed? ELECTRONICS The first screen states "Press LetterNow" to find Ohms from colours. Whenthe letter is pressed the screen thenshows values of individual colours. It is assumed that figures should bepressed and not letters. Should not theinput from alpha keys be suppressed?Apart from this a very nicely presentedand very useful program. JOKER It functions very well, and is nicelypresented with some quite amusingjokes. How does one improve ittechnically, assuming it is possible todo so, as it appears to do everythingefficiently as it is. Presentation isthe only other possibility forimprovement and I do not think muchmore could be achieved. SHAPES The menu presentation of the programsis a very good idea and works fast andefficiently, far better than havingseparate programs. DIVING / TEST DATABASES These look nice databases, and shouldbe easily adapted to meet ones ownparameters as per the authorsinstructions. PRESS SPACE A nicely presented informative programwhich will be hard to improve on. CATALOGUE A useful utility in which thepresentation could be improved bycolour. A change of mode for a largerdisplay would be an advantage if thisis possible. ANIMATION DEMO Very good but on the slow side. Is itpossible to speed it up? From: 15A (Steven Flintham) PRESS SPACE I thought this was excellent, but I dohave one or two very small suggestions.Firstly, it would probably be a goodidea to put *FX21 before each of theREPEAT UNTIL GET=32 or similar lines,because it's quite easy to press SPACEearly and then miss something. Forinstance, during the man walking acrossthe screen, I pressed SPACE to see ifit would let me continue withoutwaiting for the whole thing. It didn't,so the SPACE was left in the keyboardbuffer. I then tried again, just to besure that the program hadn't missed thefirst one, which meant that I alsomissed the following screen because thesecond SPACE was still left in thebuffer. Secondly, how about modifying thelonger routines (such as the animatedman) to allow SPACE to interrupt thembefore they are completed - if the userhas to wait each time, he or she couldget extremely annoyed with the program- especially if these routines are usedin introductory screens which must beread each time a program is run. SHAPES It's such a long time since I cameacross a simple graphics program ofthis type that I was very impressed bythe images produced. I'd forgotten howa nice simple routine can produce veryimpressive displays. Has anyone elsegot anything like this - for somereason, I can never seem to write thissort of thing myself! VERSATILE DATABASE I thought this was quite good, but I dohave a couple of suggestions. Firstly,it might not be a bad idea to disablethe ESCAPE key within the program - itdoesn't seem to be trapped at themoment. Secondly, when editing a field,there is no way to leave it as it is.Perhaps ESCAPE could be used to abortthe editing of a field, or maybe ablank entry when editing a field couldbe regarded as an instruction not tochange that field. Of course, if thissecond method is used, it will benecessary to add a "Blank field" optionto the menu, because it won't bepossible to edit a field and enternothing. From 176 ISSUE 25 All in all a very worthwhile disc. Ilook forward to the text content of themagazine and enjoyed "Please Recycle".I moved from a Spectrum 128 to a Master128 using ADFS and only changed to DFSbecause 8BS and others were using DFSonly. However, I enjoy 8BS in ADFS butcan see that DFS is simpler. ADFS CATALOGUES Brilliant!! What an advance on CATALL.One small suggestion. It would be very convenient to have the disc name at thetop of the catalogue. PRESS THE SPACEBAR Excellent. There is very little scopefor improvements to be suggested. TAPE BACKUP "Broken Directory at line xx" keepscoming up after "SEARCHING , FILE XXXXnow XX". I tried 3 tapes and 2formatted discs with the same result. ARCHIVED PROGRAMS 44! some of these are over my head butI can see that many are forincorporation in programs. A numberreported "Not LOCAL at line XX" whichpuzzled me, while occasionally "No suchvariable" appeared. SOUND SAMPLES Interesting GRAPHICS John Ilsley Beautiful TONKINS COMPUTER DICTIONARY I had heard of it but had not seen itbefore. Enjoyable. CATALOGUES How can this be printed? I have triedseveral methods and failed. FIREWORKS All I get is FIREYWORKS JOKER Well done. On a Master it seemed totake quite some time to load. From 19F PRESS THE SPACEBAR I liked this one. Very well presentedwith plenty of good ideas. ANIMATION DEMO This was good once the picture had beendrawn. Can't this primary drawing ofthe main picture be put onto a separatepicture file which could load in amatter of seconds, as this would stoppeople not wanting to bother with itever again. From 3SQ FIREWORKS DEMO All I got from it was a lot of terriblenoises from the speaker. I had greatdifficulty in getting it to run in thefirst place, the program correctlyspotted that I was using a Master butit didn't say it needed 64k of SWRam tobe able to work, could have been moreuser friendly in this respect. From L1L COMMENTS ON SOFTWARE FROM ISSUES 20,21 & 22 WORDSEARCH GENERATOR Very well put together and fullyoptioned. PRESENTING POLAND pt.1 Rather well done, having a graphicalelement certainly maintains one'sinterest, especially with children whonormally steer clear of otherwise largeuninterrupted pages of text. The soundeffects are good also as they are nottoo loud, but simply and quietly drawone's attention as needed. I lookforward to Part 2. ECG SIMULATION I found this simulation bothinteresting and educational. I can seea further educational application - ifrhythms are displayed on screen andthen the user is asked to identifythem. This being after becomingfamiliar with the waveforms anddescriptions from the first part of theprogram. CHAIN LETTERS Well done D. Shepherdson. I found thisquite compulsive with the selectablelevels resulting in the right mix ofknowledge, memory recognition andmanipulative skills. It is better thanquite a lot of other educationalsoftware that has been soldcommercially. I notice that thisprogram was written in 1990, if anyoneelse has any gems like this hiding awaysend them in to 8BS. FANTASY ADVENTURE CREATOR While adventures are not really mything, I found this system rather easyto use and understand and should enablesomeone with few programming skills inthis field, to easily create quitechallenging games - as all the hardwork has been taken care of. I expectquite a few people will take advantageof this system. PUSH THE BALE Very compelling with a good level ofproblem solving required. Animprovement could be the use of soundwhich I believe would create that extradimension to the game. Another possiblefeature that could be included is atimer for each screen. There is oftenseveral ways of completing a screen -but which is the quickest? AREA CALCULATOR A good feature of this program is thatit actually displays the area formulawhen performing the calculation for agiven shape. Perhaps to make thisprogram a more involved learning aid,the user could be asked for the formulaand either be congratulated if right orcorrected if wrong. NUMBER CONVERSION Good and well presented. Althoughobviously aimed at programmers (?) apossible variation could be theconversion between degrees and radians(and dealing with polar coordinates). From 20G PRESENTING PROGRAMS SERIES Steven's series has been of great help.I am a great believer in friendlyprograms that tell you the next stepand are easy to understand. I have usedthe 'Titltop' and LISTing from aprogram (Issue 22) in a recent program.I also found the MENU article in thelast issue interesting. Will Stevensoon show us all how Miroslaw got hisrolling bar menu in BIGBEN? It looksgood.