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.
Europress Group was formed in 1965, initially publishing magazines
and newspapers and later diversifying into exhibitions and software
The magazine publishing subsidiary
was known as
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,
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.