[BBC-Micro] Acorn ARX anybody?

Jules Richardson jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Wed Jan 27 13:59:29 GMT 2010

Pete Turnbull wrote:
> I remember seeing some of those demos there in January 1987, running on 
> A500s initially -- Neil Rayne had some very impressive sprite stuff, for 
> example, and the font manager work was quite advanced by that time.  I 
> never saw ARX, and I don't think it ever got anywhere a complete system; 
> it had been scrapped by the time I got there.  Too cumbersome, too 
> little progress.

What really caught my attention in Rob's post was: "the code compiled
for the Archimedes is less than twice the size of the same code compiled for
the 32016"...

I've actually got some ARX source (although how complete it is I don't know) 
which I always assumed was for the ARM. If it was on the UK side of the ocean 
though, maybe it's part of an attempt to port it to the ACW. If I get chance 
later I'll go digging here, as I should have an archive copy of it this side 
of the Pond.

> I also remember seeing the first Archimedes, used for the publicity 
> photos, probably about May or June 1987, and I guess if it had a serial 
> number at all (it might not have, if it was a one-off camera model) it 
> would have been 000000.  I have Serial No. 000002 (and IIRC Ali France 
> had 000001).

Is yours hand-written on a sticker? I've seen that for some 'early' Acorn stuff...



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