Vol.12 n°5 may 1987

Vol.12 n°5 may 1987

p.2 Contents

FEATURES

p.85 Product Preview: The Tandon PAC 286

An advance look at Tandon's AT-class computer and its unique disk subsystem and memory management unit.

[author : Jonathan Erickson, G. Michael Vose, and Charles Weston]

p.95 Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar: Build a Gray-Scale Video Digitizer

Image Wise is a complete digital video system.

[author : Steve Ciarcia]

p.108 Programming Project: Pull-Down Menus in C

Add a user-friendly menu system to almost any IBM PC application.

[author : James L. Pinson]

p.113 Build BERT, the Basic Educational Robot Trainer, Part 2

A guide to troubleshooting and programming your robot.

[author : Karl Brown]

p.125 An Adventure Authoring System

A tour of AdvSys, a tool for writing text adventure games.

[author : David Betz]

p.135 Interactive Fiction as Literature

Adventure games have a literary heritage.

[author : Mary Ann Buckles]

THEME: Desktop Publishing

p.147 Introduction

p.149 The Desktop-Publishing Phenomenon

Personal printing has come a long way in a short time.

[author : John W. Seybold]

p.159 Make My Page!

Choosing the best desktop-publishing program for your needs.

[author : Thorn Holmes]

p.171 Designing a Raster-Image Processor

The road from screen display to hard copy is circuitous.

[author : Jon Barrett and Kirk Reistroffer]

p.185 Programming in PostScript

Techniques and applications in vision research, plus a survey of PostScript hardware and software.

[author : Denis G. Pelli]

REVIEWS

p.207 Reviewer's Notebook

[author : Cathryn Baskin]

p.209 High-Speed Internal Modems

An evaluation of 10 units for IBM PC compatibles.

[author : Stephen Satchell]

p.221 Compaq's New Carryon

This machine combines performance with portability.

[author : John Unger]

p.229 The Commodore 64C

An attractive restyling of the Commodore 64.

[author : Alastair J. W. Mayer]

p.237 SCSI Hard Disk Drives for the Macintosh

A look at 10 external 20-megabyte units.

[author : Chris Crawford and Eva White]

p.241 BASIC Compilers for the Macintosh

True BASIC 1.0, ZBASIC 3.01, and PCMacBasic 1.65.

[author : Scott L. Norman]

p.249 Q&A 2.0

This file manager has a natural-language interface and a word processor.

[author : Phillip Robinson]

p.251 Lyrix

A word processor that runs on many different computers.

[author : George R. Allen]

p.254 Review Feedback

Readers respond to previous reviews.

KERNEL

p.261 Computing at Chaos Manor: Bye-Bye Big Kat

Big Kat leaves Chaos Manor, and Zelda moves in.

[author : Jerry Pournelle]

p.279 According to Webster: Publish and/or Perish

A visit to the Mac World Exposition and a look at desktop publishing.

[author : Bruce Webster]

p.293 Applications Only: Mostly Mac

Ezra looks at Macintosh programs and receives feedback from Acta's author.

[author : Ezra Shapiro]

p.307 Mathematical Recreations: Around and Around

Exploring the family of curves known as cycloids using computer graphics.

[author : Robert T. Kurosaka]

LISTINGS

p.256 From BIX

From BYTEnet (617) 861-9764

On Disk see card after 324

In Print see card after 324

DEPARTMENTS

p.6 Editorial: All or Nothing in Local Mass Storage

p.9 Microbytes

p.16 Letters

p.29 What's New

p.49 Events and Clubs

p.52 Ask BYTE

p.58 Circuit Cellar Feedback

p.67 Book Reviews

p.317 Chaos Manor Mail

p.390 BOMB and Coming Up in BYTE

p.391 Editorial Index by company

p.393 Reader-Service

BEST OF BIX

p.325 Amiga

p.328 Atari

p.334 IBM PC and Compatibles

p.340 Macintosh