★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ SOFTOGRAPHIE ★ JOHN KENEALLY ★

Applications - AuteursJohn KeneallyGames - AuteursCamel
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John Keneally's computing experience began with the TRS80, the old Tandy/Radio Shack monster, which had a very wide but short-screened display and was not world famous lor either speed or reliability. From that to the Spectrum was a revelation - 'a nicely self-contained, dependable machine', he says.

The CPC was the first home computer that seemed to John to provide a bit of beef, something you could really get moving on', and indeed it did. for from it was born Camel Micros, one of the longest established CPC mailorder companies still solvent. (The Camel of the name, by the way, refers to the river in Cornwall - you may remember Camelford being in the news not so long ago as the result of water pollution.)


JOHN KENEALLY (1989)

Camel gives Pilgrim hump

Camel has been going for four years now, but it's only in the past 18 months that they have been producing software for themselves and selling direct. The first project, for example, was the adventure creator Genesis for CRL. The Pilgrim, who reviewed it in the Adventuring section of AAA, was impressed with the fact that it enabled you to incorporate sound and split-screen graphics into your games, but thought the whole package a little short on documentation and friendliness.

It was perhaps unlucky to be overshadowed by two other adventure creators that appeared at the time - Incentive's Graphics Adventure Creator and The Quill, the grand-daddy of them all. Genesis is still available (£9.95 tape;£22.95 tor the considerably souped-up disk version), and Keneally claims to have received positive feedback from its users. But then he would, wouldn't he?

Camel's other ventures include Grasp, a graphics/graphing package (£12.50, disk) and GM Chess, a beginner's tutorial (£14.95, disk). Of the latter, Gary (RIP) decided its appeal was limited to chess buffs' (AA38, 63%) -which, all things considered, is not surprising!

Whither the CPC?

More recently there have been WOPS and Interceptor. This new venture is Camel's most interesting contribution to the continuing debate, 'Whither the CPC?' It suggests a new route for software producers to follow, offering add-ons and upgrades to existing and much used software. Keneally has other targets in mind for similar treatment, though not surprisingly he prefers not to name them. He is keen, meanwhile, to hear from AA readers with ideas for such ventures.

Amstrad Action

CATEGORYTITLES (12)YEAR
APPLICATIONSInterceptor (Camel Micros)1988
GAMELIST Smugglers Cove 1985
GAMELIST Dervish 1988, 1987
APPLICATIONSAmstrad Drumkit1986
APPLICATIONSTape Speed Checker / Speed Checker: Tape Troubles1987
APPLICATIONSVariable Height1987
APPLICATIONSGraphic - Stretch your Characters-double height basic loader (Personal Computer News)1985
APPLICATIONSSpectrum Screen Pictures on your Amstrad / Screen Transfert Utility Spectrum to CPC4641985
APPLICATIONSExtensions ... Expanded BASIC for the CPC464 (Home Computing Weekly)1985
APPLICATIONSEasy-Edit1985
GAMELIST Musical Mousetrap 1985
APPLICATIONSDraw Utility (Personal Computer News1985

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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.