To achieve this ease of use, the design of the Amstrad Notepad and Notebook computers includes coloured keys for accessing their major functions. Another useful feature for the new computer user is the 'Stop' button that will cancel any action that the user does not want to happen. Although easy to use, the Amstrad NCs should not be underestimated-- they all have advanced features such as spell checking and mail merge in their word processor software, and even allow you to program them using the BBC BASIC programming language.
The Amstrad NC100 Notepad Computer
The NC100 Notepad Computer was the first product in the NC series to be launched by Amstrad in September 1992. Its main software features are accessed using the coloured keys, as shown below:
The main hardware features are as follows. Please see the NC100 Specification for more details.
The superior hardware features include:
Please see the NC200 Specification for more details.
About this website
Tim's Amstrad NC Users Site was started in 1997 to provide support for users of the Amstrad Notepad and Notebook computers and share with readers the many programs which I had written in BBC BASIC over the years.
My first computer was an Amstrad Notebook NC100, and its attraction to me was that it could be programmed in BBC BASIC, since I had previously used a BBC Micro and programmed in BBC BASIC at school. I brought the NC200 Notebook as soon as it came out mainly because of the security that a disk drive gives (no battery backed RAM that can lose precious programs!), but sold my NC100 to a friend at school. Of course, I now wish I hadn't done that because I can't test out the NC100 programs that are on this site. I also lost most of the programs I had written for the NC100, which is the reason why most of my programs on this site are for the NC200.
In 1997 I started a degree course at the University of Greenwich and used the Internet for the first time. This website was my first attempt at web design and was originally hosted on the University of Greenwich web server at www.gre.ac.uk/~st702/ncus.html - not an easy address to remember! After about a year, the site navigation needed restructuring, so I redesigned it to look as it does now, and brought the domain name www.ncus.org.uk.
In 1999 the programs from Mark Ray's Amstrad Notepad Users Web were incorporated into the website and the total program count now exceeds eighty. Readers are still contributing to the site with programs and articles, so the site should continue to remain 'alive' all the while users continue to find new uses for the NC computers. If you have anything to contribute, please email me at .
Since designing this website, I have developed several other websites which you may like to visit.You can view my full portfolio at