In early March the Novotel Hotel
in London will be the stage for the first ATARI COMPUTER SHOW, an
event long overdue and eagerly awaited by all Atari owners. The
show runs from 7th to 9th March and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
except for the Sunday when it closes at 5 p.m.
The show has the 'official' backing
of Atari who will ensure that software developers will be there
in force. Atari themselves will have a large stand showing the entire
product range and are expected to provide the first U.K. showing
of the 1040ST. There are several other new products in the pipeline
but at the time of writing, Rob Harding, U.K.'s Products Manager
was unable to confirm which of these will be shown. Atari do however
consider this to be an important show and Jack Tramiel himself will
The major difference between the
ATARI SHOW and PCW is that this time there will be plenty to actually
buy. As well as companies showing their own products, there will
be several retailers selling everything from software to blank disks
and accessories. This will be an ideal opportunity to see, and buy,
some of the software you may have read about.
One of the major attractions will
be the launch of the new software company S.E.C.S. showing several
new products for the 8-bit machines and their associate company
Software Express from whom many items of software, imported and
home produced, will be available for purchase. Other retailers at
the show include Baz Computers, Datascape, Software Plus and, of
course, Silica Shop who will have a large stand.
Blank disks, tapes and accessories
will be available at bargain prices from Compumart, who are also noted
for their keen hardware prices, as well as Zone Four and Direct
Hardware and interfacing will be
well represented with 2-bit systems launching their new Sound Sampler
and Intergalactic Robots showing various computer controlled devices.
Among companies showing new software
for the Atari will be C.D.S. who will introduce Steve Davis Snooker
along with a range of budget titles under the Blue Ribbon label.
These will retail at just £2.50 each or five titles on one disk
for £9.95. They are titles already well established on the BBC.
For the ST, Computer Concepts will introduce the first ROM based
software, FAST ST BASIC which is based on BBC BASIC. Computer Concepts
are well known for a range of ROM based software for the BBC.
Many other exhibitors will include
companies showing printers, books, bargain software, tools and accessories
and more. And, of course, you are most welcome to come along to
the PAGE 6 stand!
The first ATARI COMPUTER SHOW
looks like an event not to be missed. Organisers Database Publications
report having already sold 'thousands' of advance tickets for this
long overdue show. Let's hope that it will be the first of many.