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Manage your disks with delight

Siren has come up with another marvellous piece of software. This is a package to give the disk user a wide range of 'housekeeping' utilities.

The thing that immediately strikes you with this product is the new packaging and layout in general - a much more professional touch. This approach is continued with the program's menu systems: all prompts are very user-friendly, and confirmatory messages appear at appropriate stages.

On loading Handy Man, you are presented with a fairly impressive list of options. Some very original and technically brilliant routines are available. These include a 208k formatter, an option to save the entire contents of a disk to cassette, and a very useful search routine for finding those Ascii messages on disk.

One option causes an eight-page manual about Handy Man to be dumped to the printer. It's all very well if you have a printer, but what about those without? Not to worry: another option lets you read on-screen instructions for any routine.

The 'Superform' routine has all the facilities for formatting the usual CP/M, data and IBM disks. The fun starts, though, when you are given the extra choice of 'Sup202' and 'Sup208'. These give 202k and 208k free disk space - about 24k more than standard formats. They work by writing a file in ordinary format onto the disk; when executed it gives you all that extra disk memory to use. It is even possible to use these formats under CP/M, as several COM files have been supplied - great stuff.

Suppose you wish to transfer files from a data-formatted disk onto your new 'Sup' formatted disk. A program entitled 'Trans File' will do the job for you. 'Trans File' can cope only with program lengths of 38k or less - 30 unfortunately you are stuck unless you are in the know.

'Disk Release' has two options. One allows you to 'release the disk' while the other 'restores the disk'. Releasing a disk will cause its contents to be written to cassette. You are prompted for a disk name as well as the date (very handy, as these are quite easily forgotten). The data will be written at 3000 baud in 4.5k blocks. Therefore at least 20 minutes of tape will be required, as there can be up to 40 blocks, each taking 25 seconds to save.

Restoring a disk will require an unformatted disk, or a disk whose contents you do not mind being over-written. The process is the exact reverse for releasing a disk. These two options are excellent, especially when disk space is at a premium.

Searching a disk for a particular string (even control characters from 0 to 31) or a group of hex numbers couldn't be easier than with 'Disk Search'. Enter the string you wish to find, and the program will search each track. When it locates the string, Disk Search will enter its edit mode, allowing you to alter the contents of the sector being displayed. The search can be continued by pressing a function key. A maximum of 25 Ascii characters or 10 hex numbers may be searched for - more than enough for most purposes.

File Search is a small offshoot of Disk Search. With this option, you can enter a filename and be presented with a hex dump of the first sector of the file, ready to edit. You can easily step on to following sectors.

'Menu Maker' is the final program in the Handy Man suite. This copies the file 'Menu' onto your disk. Run the program to 'ee its effect. It is actually a disk file manager, which allows 'selected'files to be displayed, giving the option to load or run any of them.

Using 'Select' and 'Unselect' is handy if you select all loader files, and unselect all other subsidiary files. In this way, every time you run 'Menu', there is no confusion about which files can be run.

Handy Man does take the drudgery out of disk management.


★ YEAR: 1986
Handyman the unique disc enhancement package allows you to manage, use and get more from your discs. Look at these unique features:
  • Format your discs to 416K (208K per side on a standard CF2 disc)
  • Save unwanted discs onto tape to release expensive disc space
  • Full disc/file search and edit. Find and alter messages In programs
  • Superb menu maker puts a menu selection system on your discs
  • Filemate displays ASCII files, finds text In flies, prints flies etc etc

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» Siren  Software-Handy  Man  v1.0    ENGLISHDATE: 2013-09-03
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SIZE: 141Ko
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» Siren  Software-Dicovery  Plus-Handy  Man-Masterdisc-Disc  mate-Mirage  Imager    ADVERT    GERMANDATE: 2014-05-05
DL: 268 fois
TYPE: image
SIZE: 94Ko

» Siren  Software-Discovery  Plus-Handyman-Master  DiscDATE: 2015-01-08
DL: 301 fois
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SIZE: 291Ko

» Siren  Software-Handy  Man    ENGLISHDATE: 2019-12-06
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SIZE: 62Ko
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» Siren  Software-Handyman    (Release  DISK)    ENGLISHDATE: 2015-11-11
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SIZE: 120Ko
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» Siren  Software-Handy  Man    (Release  DISC)    ENGLISHDATE: 2019-11-21
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SIZE: 196Ko
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» Siren  Software-Handy  Man    (Release  DISC-PR8SOFT)    ENGLISHDATE: 2019-06-23
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SIZE: 207Ko
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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.