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A German magazine for the CPC and PCW.


The magazine name changed several times between CPC/PC and Schneider/Amstrad International:

Normal Issues Special Issues
Magazine Names : CPC Schneider International (03-1985 .. 10-1986)
CPC + PC Schneider International (11-1986 .. 12-1986)
PC Schneider International (01-1987 .. 03-1988)
PC Schneider / Amstrad International (04-1988)
PC Amstrad International (05-1988 .. 08/09-1991)
CPC Amstrad International (10/11-1991 .. 12/01-1992/1993)
CPC Schneider International (Sonderheft) (01-1986 .. 06-1988)
CPC International (Sonderheft) (07-1988/1989 .. 08-1989/1990)
Publisher : DMV, Eschwege, Germany
Language : German
Price : 6 DM (3.07 €) 14 DM
First Issue : 03 - 1985 01-1986
Last Issue : 12/01-1992/1993 08-1989/1990

Scans and databox download

Online Issues

Normal Issues

  • You can find all the scanned issues, along with the dsk files, in the CPCWiki Forum's downloads section.
  • Caution: The 1985 issues are uploaded as jpg's on cpcwiki - but, unfortunately with mis-numbered filenames (eg. page 64 stored in filename62.jpg), see here CPC Schneider International, 1985.
CPC Schneider International 03-1985.jpg
CPC Schneider
March 1985
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CPC Schneider
April 1985
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CPC Schneider
May 1985
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CPC Schneider
June 1985
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CPC Schneider
July 1985
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CPC Schneider
August 1985
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CPC Schneider
September 1985
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CPC Schneider
October 1985
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CPC Schneider
November 1985
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CPC Schneider
December 1985
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CPC Schneider
January 1986
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CPC Schneider
February 1986
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CPC Schneider
March 1986
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CPC Schneider
April 1986
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CPC Schneider
May 1986
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CPC Schneider
June 1986
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CPC Schneider
July 1986
CPC Schneider International 08-1986.jpg
CPC Schneider
August 1986
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CPC Schneider
September 1986
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CPC Schneider
October 1986
CPC + PC Schneider International 11-1986.jpg
CPC + PC Schneider
November 1986
CPC + PC Schneider International 12-1986.jpg
CPC + PC Schneider
December 1986
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PC Schneider
January 1987
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PC Schneider
February 1987
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PC Schneider
March 1987
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PC Schneider
April 1987
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PC Schneider
May 1987
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PC Schneider
June 1987
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PC Schneider
July 1987
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PC Schneider
August 1987
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PC Schneider
September 1987
PC Schneider International 10-1987.jpg
PC Schneider
October 1987
PC Schneider International 11-1987.jpg
PC Schneider
November 1987
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PC Schneider
December 1987
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PC Schneider
January 1988
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PC Schneider
February 1988
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PC Schneider
March 1988
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PC Schneider/Amstrad
April 1988
PC Amstrad International 05-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
May 1988
PC Amstrad International 06-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
June 1988
PC Amstrad International 07-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
July 1988
PC Amstrad International 08-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
August 1988
PC Amstrad International 09-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
September 1988
PC Amstrad International 10-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
October 1988
PC Amstrad International 11-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
November 1988
PC Amstrad International 12-1988.jpg
PC Amstrad
December 1988
PC Amstrad International 01-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
January 1989
PC Amstrad International 02-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
February 1989
PC Amstrad International 03-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
March 1989
PC Amstrad International 04-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
April 1989
PC Amstrad International 05-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
May 1989
PC Amstrad International 06-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
June 1989
PC Amstrad International 07-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
July 1989
PC Amstrad International 08-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
August 1989
PC Amstrad International 09-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
September 1989
PC Amstrad International 10-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
October 1989
PC Amstrad International 11-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
November 1989
PC Amstrad International 12-1989.jpg
PC Amstrad
December 1989
PC Amstrad International 01-1990.jpg
PC Amstrad
January 1990

corrupt filenames!
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PC Amstrad
February 1990

missing pages!
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PC Amstrad
March 1990

intact page??!!
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PC Amstrad
April 1990
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PC Amstrad
May 1990
PC Amstrad International 06-1990.jpg
PC Amstrad
Jun/Jul 1990
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PC Amstrad
Aug/Sep 1990
PC Amstrad International 10-1990.jpg
PC Amstrad
Oct/Nov 1990
PC Amstrad International 12-1990.jpg
PC Amstrad
Dec/Jan 1990/1991
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PC Amstrad
Feb/Mar 1991
PC Amstrad International 04-1991.jpg
PC Amstrad
Apr/May 1991
PC Amstrad International 06-1991.jpg
PC Amstrad
Jun/Jul 1991
PC Amstrad International 08-1991.jpg
PC Amstrad
Aug/Sep 1991
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CPC Amstrad
Oct/Nov 1991
CPC Amstrad International 12-1991.jpg
CPC Amstrad
Dec/Jan 1991/1992
CPC Amstrad International 02-1992.jpg
CPC Amstrad
Feb/Mar 1992
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CPC Amstrad
Apr/May 1992
CPC Amstrad International 06-1992.jpg
CPC Amstrad
Jun/Jul 1992
CPC Amstrad International 08-1992.jpg
CPC Amstrad
Aug/Sep 1992
CPC Amstrad International 10-1992.jpg
CPC Amstrad
Oct/Nov 1992
CPC Amstrad International 12-1992.jpg
CPC Amstrad
Dec/Jan 1992/1993

Special Issues (Sonderheft)

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CPC Schneider International
Sonderheft 1 - 1986
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CPC Schneider International
Sonderheft 2 - 1986
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CPC Schneider International
Sonderheft 3 - 1986
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CPC Schneider International
Sonderheft 4 - 1987
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CPC Schneider International
Sonderheft 5 - 1987
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CPC Schneider International
Sonderheft 6 - 1988
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CPC International
Sonderheft 7 - 1988/1989
CPC International Sonderheft 8-1989-1990.jpg
CPC International
Sonderheft, 8 - 1989/1990


Target market

The CPC Schneider International originally aimed at the semi-professional CPC user.

It contained market news, game and software tests, hardware modification tips (8th printer bit, CP/M switch, and similar), software listings and much more.

In late issues there were even reviews of scene demos.

Its names

During its lifetime, the magazine changed its name quite a few times:

The first rename took place after Schneider started to sell the PCW/Joyce and PC-1512/PC-1640 computers in Germany.

The CPC Schneider International was renamed to "PC Schneider International" (with "CPC" written vertically inside the "P" in PC, which was going to last until they should rename to CPC again) to reflect the fact that it also covered the PCW/PC models.

The second and third rename happened after Schneider Computer Division stopped distributing the CPC computers in Germany, and Amstrad stepped in.

The magazine was named "PC Amstrad/Schneider International" for a short time and to "PC Amstrad International" later.

As of 10/1991, the publisher decided to drop the PC section and concentrate on the CPCs and PCWs/Joyces only, so the magazine was renamed a fourth and last time: "CPC Amstrad International".

The early years

The magazine started in 03/1985 as CPC Schneider International.

Schneider because the Amstrad CPCs were sold as Schneider CPCs in Germany and International because the magazine had contacts to other publishers abroad.

The early years also were the best in the magazine's lifetime: The CPC was selling quite well in Germany and as the magazine lived from readers participating (all listings printed were sent in by readers before) there was enough content to print.

The hardware and software test sections were well supported by the hardware vendors and software distributors and there were enough advertisers to ensure the magazine earned money.

Adding PC coverage

The magazine was renamed to PC Schneider International to reflect the additional PC coverage inside.

The PC coverage was limited to the Schneider PC-1512/PC-1640 models (and their matching portables) as well as the PCW/Joyce.

The editors were concentrating on the features unique to the Amstrad PCs, e.g. the included GEM and DOS plus.

At this time, the CPCs and the magazine were still going strong.

The Schneider → Amstrad name change

To reflect the changeover from Schneider to Amstrad, the magazine was renamed to PC Amstrad/Schneider International first and PC Amstrad International later.

The history behind this was that in 1988, Schneider Computer Division dropped the distribution of all Amstrad computers in Germany, and Amstrad opened a German branch.

Sadly Amstrad couldn't keep the change seamless: After about half a year, the supply in Germany was interrupted and the shops went out of stock.

This was less of a problem if you already owned a CPC, because the supply with games was widely not depending on Schneider/Amstrad and furthermore, many add-ons were imported by the shops themselves.

However, original Amstrad parts like the CPCs themselves, monitors, disk drives and so on became harder to get.

As at about the same time new, more powerful home computers like the Amiga and Atari ST were announced or even became available, this was the beginning of the end for the CPC in Germany.

The final years

The magazine was renamed "back" to CPC Amstrad International again.

In order to keep the magazine up, DMV tried a lot of things.

For example, the printing technology was changed to a cheaper one (two colours instead of four), the magazine no longer appeared monthly but only every second month and as last resort, they no longer sold it at every newsstand but only at railway station bookstores and via subscription in order to reduce the amount of magazines returned.

With the PC-1512 and PC-1640 becoming more and more outdated and more and more magazines coming up covering PCs only, the editors decided to drop the PC section in favor of the CPC/PCW again.

See also