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Compute! Magazines.

Hello! I'm new to the Mac, I've always wanted one back in the day but I was just a teen than and I had no money. I've just got my hands on a Spectre GCR Smile (Mac plus emulator) for my Atari STE. I like to know did Compute! have any type in games or apps for the Mac? If so what issue(s) was it in thanks!

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Hi Walter_J64Bit & welcome to the Garden. Sorry to learn that you couldn't buy a Mac in the past, but what about now ? As I can read on the web, Compute! magazines stop publishing in 1994 & wasn't dedicated to the Mac, but rather for other type of machines like Commodore, Atari, Apple II & so on. I don't really know if they've provided programming softwares for the Mac. But at least, anything here compatible with the Mac Plus should be working with the Spectre GCR. The only issue with that is the incompatibility with HD floppies (just look at my guestbook by clicking my name Wink), so if a programming software is larger than 800 MB, you must compress it before copying...

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Thank you, as far as getting Mac now that's not a problem now just getting it passed by the Miss. that's an other story so to play it safe I'll just use the Spectre GCR for now. Smile So Compute! didn't support the Mac too bad. How did you compress your software? Thanks.

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Compute! magazine was a general computer magazine that supported most of the popular computers during the day. It did have Mac columns occasionally IIRC and did feature reviews that also listed Mac versions. I am not sure why they did not really have any type-in programs. My guess is because in the early days of the Mac 1984 - 1987 it really wasn't nearly as popular as the 8-bit systems that dominated the market including Commodore, Atari and the Apple II. However, even the Amiga was featured pretty prominently with BASIC programs in the mag too.

Also MS BASIC 1.0 for the Mac was pretty crappy if you haven't used it. It didn't have a full screen editor, it was pretty unintuitive and not the best example of BASIC at the time. That said if Compute! had received a lot of program submissions for the Mac, which my understanding is they didn't, then it probably would have been a different story. As far as Compute! was concerned there probably just wasn't enough support to justify inclusion, considering the support the 8-bit systems had.

You can browse the archive of Compute! magazines on Archive.org.