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  • ANALOG Computing (April 1987)


    Source: ANALOG Computing – Issue number 53 – April 1987

    ANALOG Computing was probably the most successful magazine dedicated to Atari 8-bit computers. If you watch closely, you can see at least one issue lying around in Ready Player One which I just watched the other day. By 1987 the last generation of Atari 8-bits (the XE series) had already been around a couple years and ANALOG was also giving some coverage to the Atari ST. The April 1987 issue of ANALOG Computing includes:


    • Music during the Musical Blank Interrupt – Part 3 in our series details what’s involved in accomplishing music during the VBI.
    • Background Printer -= A device handler which lets your printer do its thing while you are doing yours.
    • Floyd the Droid Goes Blastin’ – Wipe out the mutants just for kicks in this new machine-language game.
    • HardCopy and CheckWriter – Adding these two programs to MicroCheck (from issue 27) lets you prepare multiple copies and print checks.
    • Multicopy – A versatile utility for copying files, made even easier by keyboard or joystick use.
    • Bits & Pieces – The BSR home controller is just an article away from your Atari.
    • Modems and the Atari 8-bit – An introduction to the universe of telecommunications BBSs and networks.
    • The Baud Warrior – Advice for the experienced modem user.


    • Lightspeed C – A detailed look at this structured language.
    • Soundwave 1 and Soundwave 8 – Two sequencers for the ST – do they live up to their claims?
    • The Learning Phone – Check out the Atari Plato cartridge.
    • Screens – Tricky screen formats are yours with this inexpensive, useful utility.
    • The New Technology Coloring Book – Hi-tech coloring for children.
    • Nite Lite – A close examination of one of the popular BBSs for the 8-bit and the Atari ST, too.
    • The Atari ST User’s Guide – How worthy is the new ST Logo guide?
    • Blazing Paddles – Is this recently introduced art program an 8-bit DEGAS?
    • Carina BBS – Our BBS expert checks out this feature-packed program.
    • Panak strikes! – Flight Simulator II Scenery Disks, Mail Order Monsters, Moonmist, and Rommel Battles for Tobruk are examined.
    • Video Vegas – Slots, Keno, Blackjack and Draw Poker in one package…how do they stack up?


    • Editorial
    • Reader comment
    • M/L Editor
    • Scheduled Atari Fairs
    • ST notes
    • Atari Users’ Groups
    • The End User
    • Database Delphi
    • Index to Advertisers

    …and more!

  • Compute! (September 1984)


    Source: Compute! – Issue Number 52 – September 1984

    Compute! was the best of the early multi-format computer magazines. In 1984 it was covering a variety of 8-bit computers such as the VIC-20, Commodore 64, Atari 8-bit, TI-9/4A plus the PC (mostly the PC and PC Jr.). The September 1984 issue includes:


    • The Educational Software Explosion
    • The Latest in Learning: New Trends in Educational Computing
    • Choosing The Best Educational Software

    Education and Recreation

    • The Tester
    • Missile Math
    • Lightsaver


    • Exodus: Ultima III For Commodore 64
    • The Seven Cities Of Gold
    • Word Flyer

    Columns And Departments

    • The Editor’s Notes
    • Readers’ Feedback
    • Computers And Society: Discovery-Based Learning And Teenagers
    • Questions Beginners Ask
    • The Beginner’s Page: ROM And RAM
    • The World Inside The Computer: Build A Computer In Your Mind
    • Learning With Computers: Aids For The Blind
    • INSIGHT: Atari
    • Machine Language: Math And Tables
    • Programming The TI: Writing An Educational Program
    • 64 Explorer

    The Journal

    • Lightning Sort
    • Atari Bubble And Bulldozer Sorting
    • Commodore Autoboot
    • Atari Paddle Fixer
    • Apple Editing Hints
    • Commodore Disk Pattern Matching, Part 1
    • SYSound
    • Musical TI Keyboard

    …and more!

  • 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!