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Disc Menagerie v4 by Alistair Scott
« on: 18:17, 02 July 21 »

Excellent menu-driven WACCI PD utility from 1988.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4gkFEyrZ8g


Links:


https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=detail&num=16738


https://www.cpc-power.com/index.php?page=staff&lenom=Alastair%20SCOTT


https://cpcrulez.fr/applications_disc-disc_menagerie.htm


https://cpcrulez.fr/auteur-alastair_scott.htm


http://johnvalentine.co.uk/archive.php


https://www.cpcwiki.eu/index.php/WACCI


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.

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Re: Disc Menagerie v4 by Alistair Scott
« Reply #1 on: 20:57, 02 July 21 »
1988? Niiice!

I remember being so impressed by the various GUIs back in the day...

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Re: Disc Menagerie v4 by Alistair Scott
« Reply #2 on: 04:29, 03 July 21 »
Yes it looks great regarding the functionality, but:

- I dislike that UI is not "previsible", cf. the new popup windows are spawned at unexpected places
- it's slooowwww -- the Amstrad is perfectly able to produce fast UI when programmed decently

For the UI / ergonomic aspects, my opinion is that Discology remains the best in its time.
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Re: Disc Menagerie v4 by Alistair Scott
« Reply #3 on: 08:50, 03 July 21 »
Yes, Discology is far better (I have it on ROM) but here in the UK it cost £15.

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Re: Disc Menagerie v4 by Alistair Scott
« Reply #4 on: 09:03, 03 July 21 »
Discology is one of my all time favourite programs (F-Copy on the ST and Norton Commander for DOS also come to mind), and indeed once you got to know it you could do stuff fast and easily.

Devs were still discovering how to design GUIs back in 1988 so it's not surprising this had some shortcomings. But for me stuff like that showed me the future and, I thought, what the CPC could one day do in a meaningful way.

Then I bought a ST and GEM opened my eyes but that's another story.

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Re: Disc Menagerie v4 by Alistair Scott
« Reply #5 on: 09:19, 03 July 21 »
And the disc version (surprise surprise!) will appear in a video in a week or so...........