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Atari User first launched in UK newsagents in May 1985 and was one of a portfolio of magazines dedicated to popular home computers, under the ownership of Derek Meakin.


Derek's company Europress Group was formed in 1965, initially publishing magazines and newspapers and later diversifying into exhibitions and software publishing. The magazine publishing subsidiary was known as Database Publications and based in Stockport, Cheshire. Other magazine titles published by Database Publications included Amiga Action, Amiga Computing, Computing with the Amstrad / Amstrad CPC Computing, ST Action, Mega Action, PC Today, PC Home, PC Action, Gamepro UK, Apple User, Telelink and Video Action.


Atari User was published monthly and numbered in volumes of 12 monthly issues. The magazine contained a mix of type-in news, tutorials, reviews, type-in Basic program listings and advertising, initially covering both the Atari 8-bit and ST machines. The Atari ST was given its own pull-out supplement from Volume 1, issue 11 which continued until Volume 2, Issue 11 (April 1987). The ST Section was then spun off into a separate magazine; Atari ST User (which later merged with ST Action and continued publication until September 1994). Subsequently the original Atari User became exclusively focused on Atari 8-bit machines. .


Issue disks and cassette tapes containing Basic programs featured in each issue were available for purchase by mail order. The programs could also be downloaded from "Microlink", an early dial-up communications facility marketed by Europress and based on BT's Telecoms Gold service. Latterly, the disks and tapes were dropped with programs exclusively available for download via Microlink.


Database Publications discontinued Atari User in November 1988 with the final issue being Volume 4, issue 7. The magazine rights and subscriber list were bought by Atari User's direct competitor Page 6 Publishing who subsequently renamed its Page 6 Magazine as "Page 6 Atari User" before settling upon the name of "New Atari User".


Derek Meakin died in October 2010.






This website has been designed and constructed by Paul Rixon, as a sister site of page6.org - the official archive of Page 6 Publishing's New Atari User Magazine.