APPLICATIONSBUREAUTIQUE ★ BEESOFT - ULTRABASE ★

ULTRABASE|The Amstrad User)ULTRABASE|Amstrad Action)
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All menu options are single key inputs. Most times you will be presented with a further menu to choose from, and other times you will be given a command line to use. I personally find command lines easier to use, but menu driven systems are much easier to learn.

The main menu docs cover all the commands that are necessary in any normal file management system. It does use a simple version to sort, but this is to be expected for the size of the program. However it can still sort on more than one field in a database, so it can't be all that bad.

To operate Utrabase , you must first setup a filename on which any commands you execute can then operate. Once this is carried out, any future operations in this session will operate on the file specified. You can also change this filename at any time if you wish.

As we are trying to lcam how to use Ultrabase to its best, I think that the best bet would be to use the demonstration file provided and follow the examples in the manual. This is called PEOPLE and is simply a small file of names and addresses. If you then follow the manual through the examples, Ultrabasc appears very easy to learning.

A problem docs however arise from this main menu. None of the commands are mnemonics. For those of you that don't understand what this means is that an operation relates to its command.

For example, to LOAD a file into Ultrabase , one would use the command 'L' by itself or in combination with another key 'CTRL-L' . This probably wouldn't affect someone who used Ultrabase exclusively, but at times use three different computers with seven different programs of this type. As ! the actual program is written in BASIC, I don't think that it would I be all that difficult a problem to fix.

All menu options are single key inputs. Most times you will be presented with a further menu to choose from, and other times you will be given a command line to use. I personally find command lines easier to use, but menu driven systems are much easier to learn.

The main menu docs cover all the commands that are necessary in any normal file management system. It does use a simple version to sort, but this is to be expected for the size of the program. However it can still sort on more than one field in a database, so it can't be all that bad.

To operate Utrabase , you must first setup a filename on which any commands you execute can then operate. Once this is carried out, any future operations in this session will operate on the file specified. You can also change this filename at any time if you wish.

As we are trying to learn how to use Ultrabase to its best, I think that the best bet would be to use the demonstration file provided and follow the examples in the manual. This is called PEOPLE and is simply a small file of names and addresses. If you then follow the manual through the examples, Ultrabasc appears very easy to use. Nevertheless, some of the commands that carry out necessary maintenance on a file appear to be. very convoluted in comparison to other programs of this type.

Another section of the manual is a reference section. This lists all the commands that are available, as they appear on the main menu, and then it goes into great depth to explain how each command works. It even gives you examples of use.

At the rear of the manual, are five appendices that will help you in the use of Ultrabase. These include tips on configuring your printer, warnings about memory, file backups, Date-of-birth formats as well as some other supplementary operations.

In summary, Ultrabase appears to be very easy to use. The menu system employed is a definite asset in this case. Some of the operations do appear very convoluted, but in use I don't know whether that would necessarily be the case. For such a recent program not to access the extra 64k banks that are available is a fault, how much of a fault depends on the size of your databases. If they get too large, or you think that they might, you will require something like Masterfile 128 or Masterfile III. I do have a couple of misgivings about the command system but if you are a reasonably competent BASIC programmer, most of my misgivings could be fixed.

For the moment I believe that Beebugsoft have made a bad mistake with Ultrabase. It just isn't up to the standard of their utilities. In this case I believe that Beebugsoft should stick with the excellent utilities that it produces and improve them.

MY GRIPE ABOUT PACKAGING

You will note in this article that I have referred to the lousy packaging that has accompanied the programs that you have just read about. A lot of people might feel that this is a rather petty whinge about something not very important. That is their prerogatives. Be that as it may, I am given the task or reviewing a piece of software.

To me, that doesn't apply to the program itself. The software also involves, to my way of thinking, the program, itself , the instruction manual and are packaging. If any of these tree parts is below par, I believe YOU, the possible future purchaser of this software deserves to be told.

It is your right to know. Okay the software itself may well be fantastic, the packaging absolutely great, but if the manual is written in such a way that it is impossible for the first time user to figure out how to use his new purchase, what good is it?

Maybe I'm wrong. I would be interested in hearing some viewpoints.

TAU

★ PUBLISHER: BEEBUG SOFT
★ YEAR: 1985
★ CONFIG: 128K + AMSDOS
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★ AUTHOR(S): ???
★ PRICE: £16.95 (CASS) / £17.95 (DISC)

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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent  du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.