Computer Magazines - Commodore User, October 1983
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Happy Birthday
Sing along with us, having first programmed your 64 with Jim Butterfield to render the old favourite in a version that would not disgrace a Mantovani arrangement. Fun sounds and an insight into 64 music synthesis for our first issue.
 
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64
12
64
 
Better 64 sound
... and you could even consider laying out £50 to hear it in hi-fi. We review the Microtrading Hi-Res Soundbox, a neat loudspeaker-plus-amplifier that bypasses the Dallas-quality sound from your TV.
Easyscript Reviewed
The 64 looks like a good machine for 'serious' uses like word processing. How serious is Commodore's own WP package for it? We start a ehole series of 64 WP reviews with Nigel Ruth's assessment of Easyscript.
 
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64
19
Vic
 
Instant joystick control
Running a joystick on the Vic requires a lot of PEEKing and POKEing unless you've got an expander cartridge - or unless you try this instant add-on that gives you a new command, STick. Mark Moore tells you all.
The Graphics Primer: Part 5 -
S-m-o-o-t-h simulations
Fed up with jerky aliens? Do you want smooth movement on the screen? So does Kevin Smart, who reveals how to achieve that so desirable goal as he winds up his instant intro to what you can do with Vic graphics.
 
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Vic
25
Vic
 
Punter's Progress: More reviews
Average reader J D Collins smiles bravely through non-performance of his new disk (he wasn't closing the door properly) and his new RAM pack to return to a miscellany of unexpanded Vic offerings from tune typers to Wordcraft.
Todd's Lore
Henceforth Mike Todd's column will be alternating between Vic and 64 lore, but to kick off he unfolds some of the mysteries of binary and logical operations for both Vic and 64.
 
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CBM
30
Vic
 
Visiting Vic Video - Part 4
The homing pigeon from Toronto arrived with the final part of Jim Butterfield's indispensable insight into video on the chip. It turns out to be indispensable.
Instant Assembler - Part 2
David Pinless continues his easily-digested insight into machine code and 6502 assembler programming with a look at register.
 
34
CBM
37
Vic
 
Vickit versus Super Expander
Is it worth paying £30 to add some graphics commands to the Vic? We think they should have been there in the first place, but that's life. Mike Todd puts the two main contenders through their paces.
Routines
A collection of useful programming goodies for the Vic or 64 - readers' contributions all.
 
42
CBM
49
Vic
 
Improve your print
The standard Commodore printers are cheap, but they're less than wonderful in terms of print quality. Chris Durham looks at a real printer, the Epson FX-80, and shows how to use it with the Vic - including reviews of interface units.
Book Look
Book reviewers have been busy on our behalf. Should you buy Vic Graphics, the follow-up to Vic Revealed? Plus Ian Sinclair's Commodore 64 Computing, undoubtedly the first of many.
 
53
64
48
CBM
 
American Friend
From the land that brought you film stars, presidents, Jefferson Airplane and the B52s, Cruise missiles and the Woppa, Mike Apsey starts a regular report on Commodore related incidents, events and opinions.
Tommy's Tips
Regular pay-offs to the poor bloke who has to make it up the drive to Tommy Towers with bulging sacks of query mail which continue to provide useful info for Tommy's column. Your questions answered - after a plea for improved handwriting.
 
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CBM
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