Toolkit (IMS) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By IMS Software
Spectrum 16K/48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #55

A neat "wedge" program allowing access to 14 extra Basic statements, including most of the expected toolkit commands such as renumbering, automatic numbering and deleting lines. In addition the program effectively upgrades the Oric-1 to Atmos standard by adding PRINT AT, VERIFY and APPEND, as well as the simple file-handling commands WRITE and READ. These function as the Atmos STORE and RECALL.

The program also includes RESTORE to a particular line number, CATALOG - displays contents of a cassette tape - and a simple method of redefining any of Oric's standard characters.

Toolkit can be loaded without disturbing a resident Basic program and resides at the top of user memory allowing normal use of Hires mode. Most of the additional commands can be used in immediate or program mode.

A disappointment was that no facility for searching a program for a particular statement is provided. However, you rarely seem to get everything you could wish for these days. What is included seems to work very smoothly. The serious Basic programmer should definitely have something like Toolkit available, and the additional range in-program commands is very attractive.


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