Welcome to the first issue of “The Australian Apple Review” . This will be a magazine by and for users of Apple computers in this country. As well as we can estimate, there are over 20,000 Apple computers in Australia today, easily enough to support a magazine.
Our decision to launch the magazine was not taken lightly. We had been looking at the possibility for some time, but the catalyst which brought about the decision was the opening of Apple in Australia. The time, like the Apple, is ripe.
Despite the fact that we have the friendliest relations with Apple – and specifically with David Roman who has given us tremendous support and encouragement – we are not an official Apple magazine.
It is most important that we get this point across, otherwise readers will be under the impression that when we talk about Apple products it will be as a public relations exercise. This is not the case. We will write about the Apple and its products as we see them. If they are ill-conceived or hastily released (as the Apple III was) we shall say so. If there are worms in the Apple we shall have no hesitation in digging them out.
But in fairness we should say that the editorial staff of this magazine has had a love affair with the Apple – and indeed with all microcomputers – which has been constant, on our side at least.
In this issue we look at word processors in some detail. That is because word processors are to this company a vital lifeline. Over the past few years we have used a large number of Apple word processors – from the Applewriter I onwards. It will be seen from our reviews that we favour Zardax, an Australian program which has been in a state of continual improvement since we first started using it. And this, we think, shows our lack of editorial bias, because a senior member of our editorial staff has just finished writing a new handbook for Sandy’s Word Processor for the Apple IIe, a word processing system which we also review in this issue.
We also have a special relationship with the rotund Harry Harper who produced the Vision-SO and has now produced a 128K RAM board which we review in this issue. Harry may not necessarily like the review, but editorial integrity comes before mateship.
We also doubt whether the legal department of Apple Inc_ in America will leap up and down with joy regarding our article about fake Apples. We point the finger of blame firmly in their direction, and look forward to some form of reply.
This magazine has been written on Apples and the disks then formatted for typesetting – a major use for typesetting which has not yet got into its stride in Australia.
Every member of the staff knows Apples intimately, plays with them, works with them, writes with them.
We will be concentrating on areas of interest to all, or a majority, of readers. Obviously some items will interest only a few, but these will be kept to a minimum. A magazine exists to serve its readers, so the best way for us to determine what we will include is for you to tell us what you want. At all times we will welcome criticism, suggestions and advice. This is your magazine.
We have immensely enjoyed producing this first issue. We hope that you will get the same enjoyment from reading it.