80-Bus News


May-June 1983, Volume 2, Issue 3

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As supplied, the printer comes with beth friction and pin feed. The friction feed can handie roll paper and cut sheet, the pin feed can handle paper from 9*/2"to 14". I dan‘t think that ait will handle the 9.25" paper width of ‘“A4’. Optional tractors are available to handle from oS" down toa 4". There is a little more movement in the pinfeeds, but I’m mat sure if it will take that intermediate size. If vou are inta roll paper feed (jumbo teletype rolls cost very much less than pin feed paper), then order the machine with the roll paper halder.

In its facilities. this printer offers a great deal. It prints using descenders, which greatly improves the legibility of lines. Normally, it prints in Fica, with 8@ chars per line. it can provide Em ar Qe cd ee a “4G4E) cpl or Condensed at 137 cpl. Elite mode at 96 cpl, Enlarged Elite at 48 cpi and Enlarged Condensed are all readily available. It is also oossible to print all characters in Proportional spacing, where each letter occupies only its correct width. Besides the above options. the printer can also print in ftalics, which font can be printed in all the above spacings. But the good news 1 have kept until last – the printer can have up to 256 programmable characters! These need not all be programmed – it is possible to capy the standard character sets over to the @k buffer used for the programable characters, ari madify only those characters you wish. In this mode, one can access the characters in proportional or constant width modes, and print in the varigqus weiaqhts of type illustrated in this review.

It provides 9 different alphabet options for the accent aymbols required in other languages. Which one of these is set on powerup is determined by option switch selection. but they carn all he accessed under software cantrol. You will have nokiced my use of 4. This was achieved by switching to the French character set, where it replaces the @ sign. The only character get in which it cannot power up seems to be the version intended for Japan. This wees the standard ASCII set with \ replaced by Y. Accompanying the FXS@ is a substantial manual, spiral bound and neariy 260 pages thick. This explains, using a version af Micrasoft BASIC, how to acces all the different facilities af the printer. These programs will he easily adapkecd to the WNascoam. Using XBASIC, it is anlyv necessary to substitute PRINT £15 for the LPRINT commands. While printing plain text, the head whizzes along at low cos. Fancy printing slows if down somewhat. as does selection af the Cuiet mode. This turns the printing speed down to S@ces, with a reduction in noise – but it is not terribly noisy anyway!

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Print can be executed in a number of type weights. This example is in Emphasised, and this in Double strike, Not all styles are available in all faces, but there are sufficient fer most purposes. Line feeds are software programable in a number of options, and form lengths can also be software selected. Both Horizontal and Vertical Tabbing are fully supported, the vertical option supporting up to eight different forms, gach with different vertical tabbing positions. Reverse linefeeding

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