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Cursor Key Art

Was doing a bit of reminiscing on the excellent World of Spectrum site last night when what should I come across but a competition in the April 1986 edition of Your Sinclair magazine that rang a few bells... and here's why. When you think that all the pictures on that page (and this one) were pretty much drawn with the cursor keys (and a copy of the excellent Art Studio, natch) on a 256x192 screen, they've stood the test of time pretty well, really.

I won an AMX Mouse for my troubles... it never worked properly, and Art Studio was about the only program that supported it anyway-- The Artist and The Writer from Softechnics being the only others, I think. But it looked cool (I got a sleek pale grey one with red buttons, rather than the original black/orange ones), and I was the talk of my school for, oh, a day or so.

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Art Studio was so incredible. I recall not using the clumsy cursor keys, but enjoying the precision of the kempston joystick. And the FG/BG color tricks. Man the spectrum was such a pain, yet we all loved it.

Posted by Jakub Steiner on July 26, 2004 at 03:06 PM GMT+00:00 #

Your Sinclair - what a magazine that was. Sigh.

Posted by Gayr Little on July 26, 2004 at 03:37 PM GMT+00:00 #

Yes that page brings back memories!!! The first ever computer I had :) Had various versions of the Spectrum, then an Atari ST and now a PC...

Posted by Martin Hooper on July 26, 2004 at 10:58 PM GMT+00:00 #

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