existing software. I would particularly like to mention Business,
and Leisure’s PASCLDOS, which in conjunction with our existing
Pascal provides many useful toolkit and disc access operations.
Having used this recently I can vouch for its performance – a
really well produced item. Documentation conforms to the present
(but not necessarily future) A5 format of the Pascal manual –
but I don’t think much of the cartoon on the front cover! As
that is the only criticism I can level at present I think it
speaks for itself.
Incidentally it is definitely a more polished DOS extension
than the one which we offer ourselves.
B and L have also produced some NAS-PEN extensions (by a
different author). While these are quite effective and are well
implemented I personally much prefer the entirely new SPEX
package – B & L prefer their extensions, so perhaps you should
wait for an unbiased review of both elsewhere in this magazine
in the future!
As well as NAS-DOS we fully support the standard CP/M
version 2.2, and we have available a number of extremely
powerful software packages. More information on these another
Look out for more news on applications software in the
future – remember that we will be producing more software for
NAS–DOS and CP/M for use on our computers and disc drives.
There is little to report on this occassion. I have received
two reports of a problem with the CReate option of HINTON,
although I have not yet been able to produce the reported fault
(an NF error) myself. When this is located a revised copy of the
MANOR disc will be issued to all registered owners. This will
include a number of minor changes witch increase the speed of
operation. In particular a version for those of you using a
short key field (typically 10 characters or less) will be
provided, which can dramatically improve the time required to
load the index file initially. A revised version of REBUILD is
also planned which should be of considerable help to those with
very large files who have the misfortune to corrupt their index
If you wish to use the suggested method of creating an empty
file which forms the structure for a standard application (eg
parts list), and then copy this whenever you need to start a
new file I would make one useful suggestion. It is much easier
and quicker to copy an empty file structure using the NAS-DOS
utility FILCPY than to use the CReate option of HINTON. The
CReate facility 1s really intended for those cases where you
wish to change the structure of the file.
A few users do not seem to have appreciated the use of the
second disc – as specified when you answer the ‘Data file disc
umber?’ prompt. To enable you to create data files occupying