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11 Facts About Acornsoft
The article's author, Guy Kewney, and the magazine's editor, Jane Bird, argued that printing a software routine showing how to save Acornsoft cassette software to disk was a service to the magazine's readers.
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Acornsoft became a subsidiary within Acorn Computer Group, distinct from Acorn Computers who were responsible for the development of Acorn's microcomputer systems, but Acornsoft ceased to operate as a separate company upon the departure of David Johnson-Davies in January 1986.
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Acornsoft titles extended their consistent branding to the software's loading screens.
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Acornsoft produced a wide range of educational titles aimed at many different age groups.
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Acornsoft published and distributed a range of educational software developed by ASK that were widely used in schools running BBC Micros.
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Acornsoft distributed other ranges of educational programs developed by companies such as ICL, Good Housekeeping and Bourne but they are not considered part of the official catalogue.
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Acornsoft produced a range of office software for home and business use.
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Relative performance of some of Acornsoft's languages was evaluated using a benchmark based on the Takeuchi function, Tak by former Acornsoft managing director, David Johnson-Davies, noting that "it is difficult to imagine a language that performs badly on Tak being much use for anything", illustrating a diversity amongst these language implementations in terms of readability, speed and generated code size.
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