Oricians, in December 1982, Your Computer magazine released news that Oric intended to bundle FORTH cassettes free with sales of their 48K Oric-1s. I'm pretty sure this is quite well-known as it made the computer an even better proposition than that rubber-keyed competitor by Sir Clive!
Anyway, this article goes on to say how Peter Halford, and Oric, were then busy working on an:
Extended BASIC on ROM chip...which is at least as powerful as BBC BASIC... plus some extra features such as built-in assembler and disassembler...
I presume this was the upgraded Oric ROM V1.1 which was released with the new Atmos (but this didn't appear until 1984).
I wonder then what happened to the promised "built-in assembler and disassembler" - which the BBC micro did come fitted with...??
Not sure. I think there was a BASIC 2 ROM but I'm not sure if it needs the ByteDrive combination. I have some details of BASIC v3 and a ROM box which has Basic V4. I've yet to explore this and see how it all works, but I think Peter Halford was involved although it may have been at a different company.
I'm not sure if this was released via Oric for the Atmos. It may have gone on to be what the we find in the Telestrat which has HyperBasic.
Oric made a lot of announcements and claims which weren't realised, but we're finding there is some truth behind some of the claims.
As far as I know, HyperBasic was entierly written by Fabrice Broche, and this writing is one of the reasons of the Telestrat's (deadly) delay. Of course this doesn't mean F.B. didn't have something to start with.
Byte Drive came with a new version of Basic (in a similar way to the Sedoric improved Basic). It was Basic V2. I think Peter Halford may have been involved - I think he jumped ship to work at ITL Kathmill which had something to do with supplying ByteDrive things - I'm not sure what/ which. The ByteDrive newsletter gave an account of the demise of ITL Kathmill ltd. (Not sure if this was printed in OUM or elsewhere It seemed familiar.) This Basic V2 has no built in assembler/ disassembler. There were extended Basic programs from other companies, but I'm not aware of Oric themselves releasing one for the Atmos.
I've got a ROMbox which contains a chip labelled Basic v4. I assumed it may have gone on from the V2 of the ByteDrive, but that might not be correct. As the V2 is on disk it may not be connected. But I guess there is at least one ROM that may be unexplored.
Dr Ray McLaughlin wrote the DOS software for ByteDrive and other software for that system.