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A > AMSTRAD  > PCW 8256 / 8512

PCW 8256 / 8512

Erik Kowal reports :

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 in LS2.

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"

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