Siren Software s past products have been developed in-house Its latest product doesn't oven come from Britian. but from the across the Channel Lately the French have produced topclass. original game software Now they are entering the utility sector with a bang
Discology is a disk housekeeping utility. It offers similar features to Oddjob, Bonzo Doo Doh and Supadisc. but with a lot more punch and a host of new ones.
From the main menu you can choose the Editor Copier Explorer or Help files Items are selected from pulldown menus It's very easy to use. and gives the product much more pizazz it doesn't leave you with that home-brew impression that many packages have.
The Editor lets you access and alter sectors on a disk However unlike many other disk utility packages it lets you meddle with any disk - even those with non standard formats This makes things easy ii say. you are looking lor an inlinite-!ives poke on one of your game disks But that's just skimming the surface the contents ol individual sectors can be displayed in Ascii. decimal, octal, binary or even Z80 mnemonics Plus, if you think that the data you are inspecting on the disk is Basic, you can opt to view it in Basic format - neat You also have a calculate which you can pull down at any tune to perform the odd addition.
Getting your backup
Neither Suen Software nor the Amstrad Action team condone software piracy, It is theft However, we do recognize the legitimate need for backing up original software Disks can corrupt Much better to have the original tucked away solely and use a copy far day-today chores.
The Copier is easily the most powerful for the Amstrad. It can ccpy disks on 5" 1/4 and 3" 1/2 inch formats (assuming you have the conect drive) Format details are displayed each time 0 track is read you own a 6128 or 464 with extra memory you can take advantage of this because disks are copied in two passes File copying, formatting and tape-to disk transfer aie also available under the Copier option.
If you want further details an a disks format. Explorer comes in handy It gives graphical details of sectors and extended file information.
There are so many nice things about Discology that it is hard to find fault with it It's a pleasure to use. it's menu-driven for simple selection and very speedy to respond It beats the opposition by doing a better jab and having mare to offer.