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  • A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing (February 1986)


    Source: A.N.A.L.O.G. Computing – Issue Number 39 – February 1986

    ANALOG Computing was probably the most popular Atari 8-bit computer magazine, at least in North America. However, it also covered the Atari ST at times and that includes Atari’s display at COMDEX 1985. Also prominently displayed at COMDEX that year was the Atari 130XE. The XE line represented the last of the Atari 8-bit computers.

    The Feburary 1986 issue of ANALOG Computing includes:

    Features

    • Unicheck – ANALOG Computing’s universal checksum program.
    • High Noon – The showdown between Atari’s 520ST and Commodore’s Amiga for first place in home computing.
    • Load It – Autoboots any BASIC or machine language program.
    • Adventurous Programming – Dare to write your own adventure? Clayton gets you started.
    • Utilities for the 520ST – An in-depth look at what “tools” are available now for the Atari 520ST.
    • Formatter – Format 5.25-inch disks endlessly – and quickly!
    • Debug+ – A screen-oriented, machine language debugging utility.
    • C-manship, Part 1 – The first of a series of C programming tutorials for the beginner.
    • COMDEX 1985: Atari’s back! – Atari can say, “We came, we saw, we conquered.”
    • Calc Pi – A simple example of programming in C for the ST, in BASIC for the 8-bit users.
    • DOS Mods – Keep track of updated programs without losing the originals.
    • Program Helper – Convert constants to variables to save RAM.
    • XL CAPS Toggle – A modification for our Home-made Translator.

    Reviews

    • SmartDOS – (The Programmer’s Workshop) This DOS has a number of nice features, is it really the best?
    • Sparta DOS – (ICD, Inc.) We evaluate the performance of another DOS for the Atari.
    • Hippo ST Ramdisk – (Hippopotamus Software) Set aside any size portion of memory for use as a ramdisk.
    • XM301 – (Atari Corp.) This classy little modem is just what we’ve been waiting for.
    • Disk Wizard II – (C.A.P. Software) Four menu-driven disk utlities.
    • Critical Connection – (USS Enterprises) This powerful accessory means business.
    • Kennedy Approach – (Microprose Software) A fascinating, entertaining, and nerve-wracking experience.

    Columns

    • Editorial
    • Reader Comment
    • New Products
    • ST News
    • The End User
    • Index to Advertisers

    …and more!




  • ANALOG Computing (April 1987)


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    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:

    Features

    • 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.

    Reviews

    • 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?

    Columns

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

    …and more!




  • ANALOG Computing (January 1987)

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    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:

    Features

    • 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.

    Reviews

    • 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.

    Columns

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

    …and more!