Classic Computer Magazine Archive ANTIC VOL. 5, NO. 12 / APRIL 1987

Antic 8-Bit
First Prize Atari 1040ST
Computer (Provided by Michtron)

Plus $500 worth of Batteries Included ST software

Three Runner-Up Prizes;
Antic 1-Year Disk Subscriptions

Also any entries (including prizewinners) accepted by Antic Magazine will be paid at our standard authors rate, upon publication.

We are looking for the most powerful, versatile, easy-to-operate programs that perform useful jobs in the real world. The more uses for your software, the better. For example, a stuffed-animal database for taxidermists would probably be considered too specialized by the magazine's judges-no matter how excellently it is programmed.

The winning software must be user-friendly, most likely menu-driven wherever possible. Users should not need programming knowledge in order to successfully operate the application programs.

Please note that some of the other popular Atari program categories-such as utility routines that add power when inserted into your own programs-cannot properly be considered applications. Practical application programs should be complete, stand-alone software that does an entire user-controlled job from start to finish. For example, a drawing or painting program would be a practical application-a colorful graphics demo would not!

Programs must run on the Atari 800, 800XL and 65XE models and require no more than 48K memory. However, programs that also take advantage of the extra memory in the 130XE will be given preference.

Programs must be written in standard renumberable Atari BASIC or MAC/65 assembly language, under a disk operating system compatible with Atari DOS 2 or 2.5. Program listings cannot be larger than 150 sectors of a single-density disk.

Thorough error-trapping is very important. Your program should not crash every time a user accidentally presses the wrong key. And please do not include authors' copyright statements in your listing.

JUNE 15, 1987
All entries in the Antic 8-Bit Practical Applications Competition must be received by June 15, 1987. Winners will be announced in the November, 1987 issue of Antic. Judges' decisions are final.

Entries-programs and accompanying articles-should be submitted on disk and in printout. Entries will be returned only if the author provides a stamped, self-addressed envelope.

Send entries to:

Practical Applications Competition

Antic Magazine

524 Second Street

San Francisco, CA 94107

All 8-bit practical application programs accepted for publication by Antic between November 1, 1986 and June 15, 1987 will also be automatically evaluated as potential prizewinners in the contest.