Issue 29

Sep/Oct 87

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With this issue we (hopefully!) welcome thousands of new readers. If this is your first PAGE 6, welcome! I hope that you get as much enjoyment from the magazine and your Atari as I have done over the past five years. You may think that you have picked up a new Atari magazine but you are in fact reading the longest established Atari magazine in the UK, you have already missed 28 issues! This issue is, however, our first on the newsstands so, if our existing readers will bear with me for a while, I would like to tell you what PAGE 6 is all about.

I started the magazine long ago in the days when the only support Atari got was from a couple of newly founded American magazines and I have tried to make it a magazine that users who really care about their Atari computers can enjoy. I bought one of the first Atari 400's brought into the UK and many of our regular contributors have been using Atari computers for as long. The one thing that, I hope, sets us apart is that everybody who contributes to the magazine is a believer in Atari. You won't find any journalists, or staff writers or freelance scribes or a publisher to whom the magazine is just another earner, just fellow enthusiasts who have been encouraged to share their thoughts and discoveries with you. We don't knock anybody else, it's just that the magazine is put together by people who have been in love with Atari for many years and I believe that PAGE 6 reflects the very best on the Atari scene.

Most contributors started out, just like you, by reading the magazine but have now turned into accomplished writers who can turn out objective reviews, interesting articles and some incredible programs. You will notice that our reviews tend to be long, because our reviewers know their Atari's and I encourage them to study programs in depth before writing their reviews. Our program listings are often even longer! PAGE 6 has published some of the most complex, interesting and well-written programs for the Atari and will continue to do so. Don't be afraid to type them in, or send for the disk that accompanies each issue if you really don't have the time.

I am sure that you want to get on and read the magazine so I won't keep you long. I have always believed that PAGE 6 belongs to its readers and I hope that you too can feel that it is your magazine. Several of our contributors encourage you to write to them and I hope that you will take up their invitation and also let me know what you want to see in the magazine. You might even like to contribute programs and articles. They will be more than welcome!


If you want to type in any programs from PAGE 6, please type in TYPO 3 first. It is included in every issue and is one of the finest error checking programs ever published. Each line is checked as it is typed in and you will find it invaluable. Some of those long listings may seem daunting but many of our 'old' readers have been typing them in for years without any problem. You can too, and typing in listings is one of the best ways to absorb those programming techniques that others have discovered.


You may already know, but if it is a puzzle let me explain. When I first tried to find a name for the magazine I wanted something that would be identified with the Atari machine (Atari wouldn't let me call it Atari User!!) so I thought of all the various 'bits and pieces' that made up the machine. The Operating System is divided up into 'pages' for easy identification of various routines and one of these pages was deliberately set aside for users to input their own routines. This page was page 6 and as the idea of the magazine was to encourage users to submit their own routines and programs for publication, it seemed like a good name for the magazine! So PAGE 6 was born. I added Atari Users Magazine for clarification and took it from there.

People still get puzzled but it soon trips off the tongue as several thousand readers who have discovered us over the years will know!

Enjoy this issue. There are some great programs and articles, some serious, some fun, but all written by dedicated Atari Users. Just like you.

Les Ellingham