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Most of the programs in this section are written in BBC BASIC for either the NC100/NC150 or the NC200. And you can download them for free! Take one of the links below to discover the programs...

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Contributing your own programs
How to download and run the programs

Contributing your own programs

If you have any of your own programs to contribute, please email them to me at and I will place them on these pages!  Also email me if you have a problem downloading one of the programs or if you find a bug.

How to download and run the programs

1 : Downloading a program onto your PC using Internet Explorer

  1. Click the link to the program's TXT file from the software pages. The program listing will be displayed on the screen.
  2. Go to File... Save As... and save the program listing. Make sure that Text File (.txt) is selected in thr Save as type box otherwise Internet Explorer will save the page in HTML format. The downloaded program listing will keep its .TXT file extension.

1 : Downloading a program onto your PC using Netscape

  1. Click the link to the program's TXT file from the software pages. The program listing will be displayed on the screen.
  2. Go to File... Save Page As... and save the program listing. The downloaded program listing should keep its .TXT file extension.

Some files that can be downloaded from this site are resource files for the programs (eg., PRINTER.CCP). These will not be shown correctly when clicked as they are not ASCII text, but they should still save in their original format (you can right-click their link in most browsers and select Save Target As...)

2 : Copying the program to an Amstrad Notebook

Copying files to the Notebook Notebook is easy using the disk drive. If you have trouble using the disk drive, you can also try transferring the program va the serial port as described in the next section.

  1. Copy the program listing file onto a 720kb disk from your PC. If your PC has trouble reading and writing 720kb disks, please see the answer to this question in the Q & A section.
  2. Copy the program listing file from the disk onto your Notebook.  To do this press FUNCTION-L and then L again to list the disk directory. Hi-light the required files using the SPACEBAR and press C and Y

2 : Copying the program to an Amstrad Notepad

Since the Amstrad Notepad has no disk drive, you have two options:

  1. If you have a PCMCIA card, save the program listing file onto this.
  2. Make up a serial lead to connect your Amstrad Notepad to your PC and use the Serial Terminal program to save the files. Keep a copy of the program listing file on your PC disk as backup in case your Notepad crashes! Transferring files using the serial port is discussed in this feature and also in this feature.

3 : Running a program

Once the program listing file is in the Notepad/Notebook memory, you can view the listing using the word processor if you wish.

To run the program, enter BBC BASIC using FUNCTION-B, and type...

   *EXEC "filename.txt"

...where filename.txt is the name of the program listing file, and press ENTER. Once the program has finished listing on the screen, type...

   SAVE "filename"

to save it as a BASIC program. You can choose any filename you want, and the original text program listing file can be deleted.

To run the program, type...

   RUN

...and press ENTER.

To re-load and run a program next time you want to use it, enter BBC BASIC using FUNCTION-B, and type...

   CHAIN "filename"

ODo not load program resource files (such as PRINTER.CCP for Card Compiler) into the word processor as it corrupts them.

 
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