Lots of exciting things have been happening on the SAM lately,
most of which are very ‘hush, hush’ so I can’t tell you about
them. In fact, I don’t even know myself! Useless, eh? Stay tuned and all
will be revealed in the only regular SAM Coupé page (ie, this one)!
Eeek! Eeek! The mice have invaded the Sam! Where’s the
At long last SAM Co have released their mouse. It’s
effectively the mouse mark two — originally the idea was to produce a
custom chip that would be mounted in the mouse but this was too expensive. SAM
Co have opted for a special interface that plugs into the mouse socket and can
be used with any Atari ST compatible mouse.
The user can either buy the complete package that includes interface with
leads, an excellent Atari/Amiga compatible mouse, software and a mouse holder,
or just the interface and software.
The free software includes a basic sliding puzzle game, a program that shows
the coordinates coming from the mouse and an updated version of the art package
Flash! (that crashes if you select any control method other than mouse!).
The mouse is especially useful for creating artwork. I tested out the new
Flash! and found the mouse worked well for drawing freehand curves and sketches
but when it comes down to the fine detail you definitely need to switch back to
keyboard. It helps if you use a good quality mouse mat, otherwise the cursor
lends to jump across the screen.
The SAM Co mouse is available now with a £39.95 price tag for both
interface and mouse.
There’s also been an outbreak of mice down on Ynysforgan
Farm with the arrival of Blue Alpha Electronics’ mouse. Unlike the SAM Co
affair, the BA mouse plugs directly into the joystick port and is compatible
with any piece of software that uses an Interface 2, Sinclair joystick
interface or re-definable keys. The mouse costs £31.99 direct from Blue
LAWKS! MORE DISK MAGS
With Arcadia, the latest disk magazine, you get the highly
addictive game Columns (we can’t stop playing it!)
Joining the ever-swelling ranks of Coupé disk magazines
is a new title called Arcadia, produced by SAM enthusiasts Philip Brayshaw and
Chris Wainwright. The first issue of Arcadia is released on 20 August and costs
£2.00 (cheques to Arcadia Developments) on disk and that includes postage
Arcadia combines all elements of Coupé entertainment, as the contents
of the first issue show: there’s a editorial piece, a disk sector editor
(updated from the PD version which can recover erased files), a puzzle game
called Columns, a selection of graphic art, a crossword and a comp. The entire
magazine is well presented and easy to use.
The disk sector editor is a very useful utility to have and Columns is a
superbly addictive version of the game that’s currently a hit on the
Sega. It plays in a similar fashion to Stack-Up, with groups of three tiles
falling into a pit. The objective is to match groups of three like-coloured
tiles together to make them disappear before the screen is filled with tiles.
With these two items being the star attractions and the low price of
£2.00, you can’t go far wrong with Arcadia. Bravo chaps!
Ha! It’s old pointy-ears himself! Spock makes a guest
appearance in the Star Trek demo featured in Fred 12
Colin McDonald’s ever-popular Fred disk magazine continues
its success with the release of Fred 12. Although Colin’s working at SAM
Co through the summer months, Fred’s still available and he’s just
upped the price to £1.50.
Of interest on Fred 12 is a wonderful sampled demo of Star Trek voices and
sounds, along with a animated graphic of Spock and a sampled piece of music
from Bomb The Bass — very good it is too.
For those who want more from their SAM, Fred 12 features the seventh machine
code lesson, a SAM Jotter, which acts just like an on-screen notebook, and a
utility called SAM Point which shows the use of a WIMP (window, icons, mouse,
pointer) control system on the SAM.
Add to that a collection of graphic screens (with a Garfield special this
issue), a couple of graphic demos and the useful collection of items in the
Bits And Bobs section, and Fred 12 is well worth getting hold of. Cheques to
Chezron Software, the people that produce the SAM disk mag
Outlet, are offering a cash prize in a compo. They’re looking for the
best graphics or sound demo on the SAM and have £100 to award as the first
prize. All entries will be examined carefully and judged by its editors and any
that are featured in Outlet will receive a minimum prize of £10. The
competition runs over the next six months and you can contact Outlet, for both
the magazine and compo details, at Chezron Software.
That’s all for now. If you’ve any Coupé news,
software or hardware, send it to: Newsfield, NICK’S SAM PAGE, CRASH.