ANALOG Computing (January 1987)


Source: ANALOG Computing – Issue Number 50 – January 1987

ANALOG was probably the most popular and longest lasting magazine dedicated to Atari 8-bit computers (though it also covered the 16-bit Atari ST to some degree). The January 1987 issue includes:


  • Hot Poker – A fast and convenient machine language subroutine that helps you eliminate PLEASE WAIT INITIALIZING.
  • Screen Scroller – Add scrolling text to your home movies and video tapes – or add intros to your BASIC programs.
  • Do you need 16 bits? – For some of us, bigger may not mean better.
  • Krazy Katerpillars – Destroy the hordes of advancing bugs before you’re trampled, in this fast-action arcade-type game.
  • Picture Storage Techniques – Makes compatible picture files from Micro Painter, Fun with Art and MicroIllustrator.
  • Textually Graphic – We’ll explore some simple methods for using and displaying graphics, both attractively and logically.
  • Bits & Pieces – Here’s a little sleight-of-hand for you: this month’s column shows you how to turn your joystick into a mouse.
  • Trails in Action! – A graphic demo showing colors, designs and a few Action! routines that can be useful with your own programs.
  • Index to ANALOG Computing – A listing of every article, program and review published in issues 37 through 49.
  • Scroll-It – Where Screen Scroller (page 19) moves ext vertically, Scroll-It will display your messages horizontally. Now you have both options.
  • Picture Show – A simple, self-contained subroutine which lets you load Neo-Chrome and DEGAS pictures from BASIC.


  • Panak strikes! – Fight Night (Accolade), World Championship Karate (Epyx), the 500 XJ Joystick (Epyx), and Mercenary (DataSoft) are give the once-over by Steve.
  • The Print Shop Companion (Broderbund Software) – The original gets a helper with editing features, calendar generation capability, and more.
  • QMI and Supra Modems – A look at the modem software packages from Quantum Microsystems and Supra Corporation.
  • Time Link (Batteries Included) – An electronic diary program for business or home use.
  • Music Studio (Activision, Inc.) – One of the first commercially available sound-and-song editing programs with MIDI features.
  • DOS Shell (MichTron) – A command-line interpreter that lets you type in commands rather than using GEM icons.
  • Little Computer People (Activision Inc.)O – Now you can see the little person who lives inside your Atari.
  • Meg-A-RAM (CAL COM, Inc.) – A do-it-yourself 1-meg memory upgrade for the Atari 520ST.


  • Editorial
  • Reader comment
  • M/L Editor
  • Database Delphi
  • Boot Camp
  • The End User
  • ST notes
  • Index to advertisers

…and more!