8-Bit Software Online Conversion

                                   8 Bit                                           Edited by C.J.Richardson.                                            Send your submissions, formatted disc, 50p, return postage and packing to:                            The 8BS questionnaire is to be found on TBI-00, the 8BS catalogue/info disc. If you have not completed one and sent it in to 8BS, you are invited to do so!                 TBI-00, the 8BS catalogue/info/utility disc is available as ADFS or DFS.                    The article you are reading now.     Info for programs that do not contain their own documentation.       In several sections this time. Help, Adverts and General Comments.       From other members and myself.     Comments on programs.       A new regular feature. These are people worth contacting.         A quick explanation of the messaging system. Version 2.0       Steven Flintham has written a utility that will check out and attempt to repair faulty message files. This is the info.             The solution to the wordsearch from 43. A bit of a plug here. If you are in to word searches, try CJR-13       Submitted by K4U.         The software that displays the 80 column text files in this issue was written by J.G.Harston. Here is some info. For a printout, press "P" whilst the text file is being displayed. The file "lp" produces the printout. The program "Makelp", available from the Utilities Menu allows you to define various printout characteristics.       Superior Software is offering 8BS members greatly reduced prices on its blue catalogue. Here it is.         From K5U. An updated version of the PC-BBC file conversion article.       Martin Wilson (4WL) has submitted lots of text for this issue. Various different subjects. Here they are: A very large advert. So large that it deserves a place of its own in the menu. A summary and comment on the BBC sales brochure. Two articles about monitors combined into one. Part one deals with the Amstrad CTM 640/644 colour monitors. Part 2 deals with the Microvitec 1494 Multiscan Monitor. Two articles combined. Part one talks about my all time favourite game Elite and compares all versions from all machines. Part 2 talks about First Encounters, the PC game derived from Frontier which sprouted from Elite. Lastly, an article about the laptop NC100. This article may stir up a lively debate. (I hope!)       David MacGraw continues his series about the 512. A few hints on how to set up.           Steven Flintham submitted this huge article about the programming language C. The DFS version of this issue contains an abridged version. The ADFS contains the full blown thing. Any DFS users wanting the huge article (big C?) may send a disc with return p+p for it.                          By: 15A Use: Message Utility Program name: SendMes Associated program/file/s: SendMMC Language: BASIC+M/C QMesInf Please read the info file. This version has MAJOR changes. Great improvements! Please use this program for future messaging. The info file on this issue is a very abridged one. For full info please read the documentation on TBI-00. Please read the "Program Documentation" article for details of the changes made to the system plus some technical details.          By: 15A File Name: ChkMes Associated program/file/s: ChkInf Language: Basic Please see the related info article available from the Magazine Menu.            By: 15A Use: Convert a text file to a message File Name: ASC2Mes Associated program/file/s: ASC2Doc Language: Basic Please see the related info article available from the Magazine Menu.        By: 2J3 Use: Read and print out menu content File Name: MenRead      By: K2F Use: Wordwise and printer File Name: PrnTest Associated program/file/s: None Language: Data PrnTest is an InterWord file, which is intended to be loaded into IW and simply printed. It gives two printed pages, with each line in a different style or combination, each saying what it is. Page two is the same as page one, but in a different font. There is a brief note about it in the file. It should be quite easy to adapt to suit various printers.          By: K6N (B.Raw) Use: Convert resistor codes. Learn C File Names: rcod7-c rcod7st rcodbas Associated program/file/s: prog doc Language: C plus source and Basic Brian has been hard at work teaching himself C. Here are some results. Using a Resistor colour code converter as the basis of the exercise, he has submitted the programs: rcod-c (on this disc but not runnable from the menu) which is the C source code for: rcod7st which is the stand alone C program that can be run from the Utilities Menu. rcodbas which is the Basic equivalent of the above program that can be run from the Utilities Menu. Please read the Program Documentation Article for full info from Brian.          By: 2J3 (C.J.Richardson.) Use: Record amounts owed. File Name: TotDB Associated program/file/s: DATA Language: BASIC and data A very simple database written as an experiment. Please read the Documentation Article for further details. Please note that this program will not run from a write protected disc.          By: 3PM (Derrick Pritchard Jones) Use: Display 80 Column Text File Name: !Fred Associated files: Read TxtRead Language: Machine Code Derrick is developing a text file reader. See what you think of it and please let him know! He is open to comments. If you select DPJ's text file reader from the Utilities Menu, the reader will be run. It will automatically load in Derrick's info.          By: K5U (S.Godfrey) Use: Convert Files BBC-PC File Name: Convert Associated files: ConvTxt Language: Basic This is an update of an earlier program. Please read the associated article available from the Magazine Menu. Convert Pictures and Text.      By: K5B (D.MacGraw) Use: Speed Up DOS+ Set Up File Name: NOLOGO Associated file: 512 article COMPATIBILITY: 512 and DOS+ Only Please read the 512 article available from Magazine Menu 3. This program is only of use to 512 users with DOS+. It is not available from the menu.                    By: 3WU (F.Price) Program name: 1ILove Fred sends us a poem that when selected from the menu goes straight to the printer. Please see the message from Fred in the Program Documentation article.                                     