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Title: CPC software advertising in the Eighties - three commercial demos
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 10:55, 19 September 20
Q. How to reach potential customers when an advert in a magazine only lasted a month and a TV ad was out of the question?

A. Mmm - release a demo of your product(s).


1.

1988 UK demo for the The Informer graphic display program.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5gnFd1U8_M (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5gnFd1U8_M)

Links (including Amstrad Action review):

https://archive.org/details/amstrad-action-033/page/n30/mode/1up (https://archive.org/details/amstrad-action-033/page/n30/mode/1up)

https://cpcrulez.fr/applications_util-the_informer.htm (https://cpcrulez.fr/applications_util-the_informer.htm)


2.

1989 demo for Semaphore Logiciel, a Swiss company that sold its (and other companies) products in France.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WlDff_v_P4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8WlDff_v_P4)

Links:

https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=staff&lenom=Semaphore (https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=staff&lenom=Semaphore)

https://cpcrulez.fr/info-semaphore_logiciels.htm (https://cpcrulez.fr/info-semaphore_logiciels.htm)

https://cpcrulez.fr/search-engine.php?s=&m=semaphore&sk=gr7h&st=mw%3D%3D&yr=&lg=&z=GO (https://cpcrulez.fr/search-engine.php?s=&m=semaphore&sk=gr7h&st=mw%3D%3D&yr=&lg=&z=GO)


Not emulated - original hardware and software.

Please note that the aspect ratio for these YouTube videos is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.
Title: Re: CPC software advertising in the Eighties - two commercial demos
Post by: Gryzor on 11:04, 21 September 20
Very interesting find, never seen one of these before... nicely done. How were they distributed?
Title: Re: CPC software advertising in the Eighties - two commercial demos
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 11:13, 21 September 20
Likely via PD libraries but also would have been distributed on Side B of other program discs sold by these companies - as we did with the CampurSoft demo disc.
Title: Re: CPC software advertising in the Eighties - two commercial demos
Post by: Gryzor on 11:15, 21 September 20
Ah I see, makes sense. Have you done a vid for the CampurSoft one? :)
Title: Re: CPC software advertising in the Eighties - two commercial demos
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 11:25, 21 September 20
No vid for that one - reason being that it is boring - it consists of black screen/white text with two options:


1. Protext (printer function disabled)


2. PD DES  ( the Desktop Environment System)


Title: Re: CPC software advertising in the Eighties - two commercial demos
Post by: Gryzor on 11:38, 21 September 20
Haha :D but either way, for history's sake...
Title: Re: CPC software advertising in the Eighties - two commercial demos
Post by: ComSoft6128 on 11:37, 11 February 21
8-Bit Advertising from the eighties (3) - Expert.bas by Peter Sorensen

Danish in-store demonstration program from 1985 using Locomotive BASIC.

Program is Listed at the end of the video.

"My very first demo on CPC, actually written on my brothers CPC464, before I even had a CPC of my own.
This demo was done for a company; "Expert" which sold TVs, Hi-Fi sets ...and Amstrad CPC 464s!
My brother was working in the company during the summer holidays, and since they sold Amstrad CPC 464,
they wanted a demo to run on the computer in the shop." - Peter Sorenson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdUJRs34G6Y (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdUJRs34G6Y)


Links:
https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=detail&num=15689 (https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=detail&num=15689)

https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=staff&lenom=Peter%20SORENSEN (https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=staff&lenom=Peter%20SORENSEN)

https://cpcrulez.fr/auteur-nwc.htm (https://cpcrulez.fr/auteur-nwc.htm)

Not emulated - original hardware and software.


Please note that  the aspect ratio for this YouTube video is 16:9 but the CPC monitor
has an aspect ratio of 4:3 so you may wish to adjust your viewing device accordingly.