Though you state that no address book or database
could be used with LocoScript, Locomotive Software developed a mail-merge
program, LocoMail, and a database program, LocoFile, in circa 1988/1989
respectively, which worked with LocoScript 2 (which I think dates from
about 1987). An oddity of the second disk drive on the PCW 8512 was that
unlike the first drive (2 sides @ 180kb, not 320 kb total as stated on
your page), it could store 720kb of data on a double-sided disk which
it treated as single-sided.
As far as I was concerned, the worst drawback with
using LocoScript was the laboriousness of constructing tables - you had
to do this with line-draw characters, using fixed-pitch fonts to avoid
having to fiddle endlessly with the formatting.
The second-worst thing with Locoscript 1 was having
to wait - seemingly interminably - when saving a long document to disk,
because the program had to scroll all the way to the beginning of the
text before it could start writing to the disk. Thankfully this was fixed
Overall. the system seemed revolutionary in introducing
simple-to-use but sophisticated word processing to the general public
at an affordable price. Back then I loved my machine (though I would not
willingly go back to it now)!
Colin Goff reports :
As I recall "Locoscript" word processing spell checker did something
Microsoft Word spell checker doesnt, it you come cross a word not in
the dictionary, you could press something like "Allways bypass this word",
and it would put a hidden (sic) alongside the word, (you could choose
to see the (sic), or not) when you ran the spell checker again, after
editing the document for example, it would automatically bypass this
word, it meant you did not have to add it to the "User Dictionary"