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Archive News 2021


The latest additions to the archive include Micro-Scope magazines issues 42 - 50.

Issues 1 & 2 and 11 to 24 are still missing from the archive. If anyone has those issue and can provide scans or loans this would be greatly appreciated.

Also added another title from HS Software, CarryAdd, which offers practice at simple addition and subtraction. This title is courtesy of billcarr2005 of the StarDot forums, who cracked the disk protection. The Archive has also been contacted by David Snipp, the author of this title, and a meeting has been planned once the Covod-19 lockdown is lifted.



Thanks due to billcarr2005 of StarDot Forums for sending a copy of the disk version of Look Sharp! This has been added to the software download.


The next update includes a number of missing titles sent to the archive by the Mekon from the StarDot forums.

  • Look Sharp! - a Widgit Software title published by Mirrorsoft. Converted to disk by the archive. These are matching games for young children.
  • Numerical Methods - an advanced level mathematics title from Nelson.
  • Graphic Calculus 1: Differentiation - a Glentop title looking graphically at the gradient of a graph and differentiation.
  • Graphic Calculus 2: Integration - a Glentop title looking graphically at integration and differentiation.

The latest update includes titles from Dial Software Ltd. of Bristol.

  • Bells - a bell-ringing simulation and French vocabulary tester.
  • Dial Software Disc A - a compilation of mathematics and spelling software for young children.
  • Dial Software Disc D - a compilation of a range of programs.
  • Dial Software Disc E - a compilation of a range of mathematics and chemistry programs.
  • Dial Software Disc G - a compilation of a range of educational quiz games.
  • Dial Software Disc H - a compilation of language programs.
  • Numberhang - a collection of mathematical games.

The final packages from the Tom Moffatt loan selection are in the latest update. This includes the following titles;

  • Living with Computers Pack 1 - from Acornsoft. This updates the software from that title previously archived.
  • Target Scotland - a set of geography programs for Scottish students.
  • Numbers and Computation - an amateur compilation of programs demonstrating the computational facilities of a computer along with other supporting programs and Wordwise Plus notes for a Computer Appreciation course.
  • CEEFAX Emulator - a fully featured simulation of the CEEFAX service.

Continuing to add packages from the Tom Moffatt loan selection, the latest update includes the following titles;

  • Mail Order - an amateur program which is a fairly comprehensive simulation of running a mail order business.
  • Weather - from SMDP. A program that displays graphs and charts of weather data input by the user.
  • Computer Studies 1 - an amateur compilation of games and simulations for Girvan Academy.
  • Computer Studies from ICL. A set of three programs to do with Computer Studies.
  • Police National Computer - an amateur title which is a simulation of using the Police National Computer.
  • Living with Computers Software Pack 2 - from Acornsoft.

This update makes 2000 individual programs now online- quite a milestone!



Continuing to add packages from the Tom Moffatt loan selection, the following titles have been included;

  • Compas CAD System - a CAD package and CNC controller from British Thornton, the slide rule company. The download includes several discs with different versions of the software and includes the ROM and sample drawings.
  • CNC Lathe Programming Course - from ConcretEd, a two part computer assisted learning course.
  • DEMONs COMAL Programming Guide - a teaching aid for learning COMAL programming. This is the first title archived that is written entirely in COMAL.
  • Standard Science 1 - a compilation of commercial and amateur programs by the Ayr Division of Strathclyde Education Authority.



Continuing to add packages from the Tom Moffatt loan selection, the following titles have been included;

  • Plane Designer - this is a second version of the BBCSoft Plane Designer package, released by the parent software company.
  • Frame Designer - An amateur package for designing frames to go around technical drawings on a Plotmate A4/M plotter.
  • Point of Sale - a simulation of a Point of Sale till.
  • SIMCAD - a simple disk-based CAD package for the BBC micro fron OWL Microsystems.
  • Bike Insurance - from SMDP, a simulation of applying for motorbike insurance.
  • Home Banking Demonstration - a demonstration of the Viewdata home banking application.



Early January has been a busy time at the Archive. Some of the outstanding copies of Micro-Scope have been scanned and added to the archive. They include issues 39 (Summer 1993) to 41 (Spring 1994).

Thanks to Tom Moffat, who contacted the Archive recently and offered to loan a mass of missing titles he had rescued from a skip at his school when they were being thrown away due to the progress of IBM PC clones in the early 1990s. It will be a major job to archive these titles.

First off the mark is the addition of the documentation for the AVP titles , Physics (CYG010) - Measurement - Interestingly the disk was numbered CYG004 in the catalogue, (This documentation was badly 'corroded' due to sticky ink peeling onto the opposing page and needed significant 'tidying up'.), and Trigonometry (COM115). Documentation was also added for the Find Database from HUMMEC along with the original master disks.

The following titles were also added;

  • DCIRC from Pavic Publications which is a simple electronic circuit designer.
  • Teletext Pack, an early title from Beebug, which is designed to allow easy creation of MODE7 displays.
  • Tech Tracker from British Nuclear Fuels plc, a time travel adventure in which the player must rescue scientists.
  • Power Plan from British Nuclear Fuels, which gives the chance to run a virtual nuclear reactor.
  • Design and Technology Part 1 by BBCSoft a set of technology programs along with accompanying audio tapes.
  • Design and Technology Part 2 by BBCSoft a set of CAD, Business and Computing simulations and games.
  • Several titles from Linear Graphics Limited; these titles are designed to work with the Plotmate pen plotter;
    • LinChart, a bar/pie chart program to work with a Plotmate plotter.
    • Graph Fit, a program to fit experimental data to the correct graph.
    • LinSign, a utility to produce banners with large letters.
  • Lib-CAD from OWL Microsystems, a simple CAD program that works with a plotter.

There are still many titles from this loan left to add to the archive.


Latest updates include the following AVP titles;

  • Graph Sketching - draws graphs of exemplar or user-defined equations.
  • Kinetic Theory (COM160) - virtual experiments investigating aspects of kinetic theory.
  • Logic Gates - design and test circuits made from logic gates.
  • Timing Package - a collection of timing programs using either the keyboard or switches.
  • Statistical Tools - a set of programs to perform statistical analysis of experimental data.
  • Engine and Transmission - animated explanations of how an engine and gearbox work.

Welcome to the year 2021!

Issue 38 of the MAPE members' magazine Micro-Scope has been added.

Whilst cataloguing some of the vast number of floppy disk images held by the Archive a missing title from Sherston Software was discovered. This was Jolly Jack Tar, an animated series of lessons and quizzes aimed at teaching music theory to young children. This was a copy of the original disk and had been 'hacked' to remove the quite sophisticated protection used by this title.

Updates also include the following AVP titles;

  • Four Stroke Internal Combustion Engine (COM170),
  • Electricity 1 - a series of questions about simple electric circuits,
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