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This expansion chassis for the Amiga 500 (not the Amiga 1000) allows the use of the Mu\tiFaceCard 2 and 21!. It will not run the MultiFaccCard 3. It has a Pass-Through which can be daisy chained up to a maximum of 3 boards. SRP is 559.50. True Paint True Paint is a professional 24 Bit paint software with full support of the AAchipset. Using Truef'aint, Amiga graphics and 24 Bit graphics can be edited without .my loss of quality. A maximum of 16368 x 16368 pixels renders graphics feasible even for slide development systems. Features include: functions for outline, recolor and filling, airbursh with adjustable spray functions and stipples, easy drawing of Bezicr-Curves, light table function for editing animation pictures and full ARcxx support. It requires an Al200 or 4000 witb minimum 2MB RAM, Kick 3.0 or higher. The package contains 4 diskettes and manual and sells for .50. GigaMEM GigaMEM has been upgraded to an improved version of 3.12. The end-user cost for upgrades from 2.0 to 3.12 is 519.50 and from 3.0 to 3.12 is .50. Price incl udes return shipment and manual. Please send the original disk (with serial number) along with a check or money order. Prc'Spcc: Technics. Inc .B 53, Dorio11 QB, Canada j7V 5VB, Tel: 514-424-5596, Fax: 514-424-5597. Video Backup System This system consists of easy-to-use backup software and a hardware interface. All the cables needed are supplied to connect a VCR to your Amiga
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TurhoCalc V2.0 GURU-ROM V6 TurboCaic V2.0 is the unique
software solution that defines a new standard for spread
sheet applications on the Commodore Amiga. Experience its
nearly unlimited capabilities in all relevant categories:
- output in built-in printer font (draft mode] or as freely
scalable graphic with all enhanced lormaltmgs like font sryle,
frames, cell grid etc... requires OS2.0 or higher) Database
- integrated database with numerous data definition and retrieval
options: search, copy end delete operations according to user
defined criteria Control Options
- full mouse or keyboard control
* toolbar with icon shortcuts
* completely english version including 200 page manual Technical
* sheet size limited only by available memory
- no restrictions in sheet or window quontity
- import of foreign formats supported (MS Excel, Professional
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* OS2.0 user interface look and feel
- freely adjustable screen mode and font selection
- all new screen modes of OS2.0 supported
* fast, due to being written 100% in assembler code Design
- extensive formatting options
- all supported font formats allowed, including new vector fonts
- no color restrictions
- various cell frames, including 3D-option
• freely adjustable row width and column height
- more than 40 different number, time, and date formats Functions
- more than IQO functions covering mothemefical and financial
needs ¦ intuitive input via mouse Diagrams
• all common chart types supported (bar, histogram, line, pie)
- looter and header in any admitted character set
- various filling patterns and colors
- optional display of legend and axis labeling
• output as IFF file or graphic printout Maeros ARcxx
- macro language with more than 120 instructions including
conditional branching, loop constructions, user requests and
embedding of external routines ¦ Are*x port with mutual Arexx
and macro instructions
• automatic macro recording and tracing mode for easier routine
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jjteo Guru-ROM Version 6 The final update for all GVP SCSI
Years of experience, technical know-how, and competence from the world's best Amiga software and hardware engineers are condensed in this penultimate product. It makes it possible for the user to productively and comfortably use SCSI, without sacrificing performance, risk of incompatibility, or waste of resources.
Together with exhaustive documentation, the »Guru- ROM« enhances each Series'll host adapter in many decisive and for the serious user essential features; Universal: a SCSI driver without compromise for all Series-11 host adapters and all »Combo« and »G-Force« accelerator cards for the Amiga 4000, 3000, 2000, 1200, and 500. This ROM module, which has been considerably extended in its code and feature set, replaces all previously distributed driver ROMs.
Fast: unparalleled transfer rates of up to 3.5 MB s row (Zorro-ll limit], 3.1 MB s measured with »SCSI5peed«,
2. 4 MB s measured with »DiskSpeed« - even on a stock 7-MHz
68000-bosed Amiga! All the while, the CPU typically retains
80% free processing time. Always maximum performance through
the automatic selection of the currently optimal transfer mode
(DMA, buffered DMA, PIO).
Multifaceted: supports oil device types defined in the SCSI standard, such as hard disks, CD-ROM drives, streamers, scanners, and magneto-optical devices.
Compatible:.'complete support for the RDB standard resulting in trouble-free autoboot, automount, and the exchange of devices and media between two computers from Amiga OS 1.3 through 3.1. Flexible: disconnect reselect, synchronous transfers, and parity checking can be enabled separately for each device (even for devices without on RDB). Also complete write-protection (useful for kiosk applications and for virus protection) is possible.
Intelligent: maximum compatibility with nearly all hardware and software through special handling of all known firmware bugs of the most popular SCSI devices and DMA hardware bugs in the A3000 and A4000, workarounds for internal errors in the WD SCSI chip, as well as special modifications to account for defective application software.
Upward-compatible: completely compatible both to the SCSI-2 as well as to the SCSI-1 standard, thereby providing the broadest support for all devices on the market including those still to come.
• • o • Aminet u he wld'i laiges! Coflecbon of freely
distributable Amiga «ftwate Up to 10,000 u»« access H- wit
orcfoves *v*fy dfly and countless programmer* publish diroctfy
na Ammti, A wdn variety jf prog rain i -s included
cpp'icaftons gomes, demos, pictures. MoCi animations, developer
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recently, «mi to Aminet wo? Restricted lo international network
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consists of approximately 4 g-gabytes of software In 12,500
archives, Tki 4 CD w which ri dated January 1995. Ctfe's an
almost Tnexhocv Irbte reservoir of tap vofue shareware The
are afio quarterly teloa hi of selected portions of the aminet
Filet Aminet Volume 5, dared March 1995, consists of
approximate! 1.1 gigabytes of software in 3,600 archives
Volume 5 hat a special focut on gomes more then 1000 gcrrei
from Aminet were included One year subscriptions *o the Aminet
series are ovoi table There are expected to be four releases
per yea , so The subscription u actually for 4 CD’s, regardless
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Quarterly: ' 19.95 Aminet Quarterly - 1 year subscription: The
Beauty Of Chaos Dive into the Fantastic world of fractal
geometry and make a safe journey through the depths of the
mondelbrot set This CD includes 507 rnomdelbtot pictures in Gif
format (256 colors] in various resolutions (1140*690,
1024*766, 640x4801. 20 selected t*uo color pictures in TIF
format and graphic viewers for PC. AMIGA ond Mar- intosh,
Beauty of Chaos: 5 Gamers* Delight contains more than 4C games
in various categories, including Action. Jump & Run. Cord
Gomes, Puzzles ond Strategy A whole range of computer
entertainment awaits! Gamers' Delight wdl hold you caphvetad
for hou-rj ond guorantees long lasting pleasure All games ore
foil commercial versions, no publicdomom & no demos This CD
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Anugo CD 32 console with I MB free memory ond Joystick Joypad
Gamers’ Delight: $ 43 95 Gamers' Delight Aminet CD-Write Is bo
sod on a Simple but ingenious technique Because you cannot
write on ordinary CD'i using ordinary CD-ROM drives, CD Wole
extends the Amiga OS in o fully OS comphan' and completely
transparent manner, to redirect modifications to CD's so a
special area of your haidduvo or other wr.)nbl* medo From now
an you will be abta to treat CD ROMs like any other media,
writing or deleting files, moving and inapshotmg window) and
icon), changing the icon toohype heldl. Repfocmg icons with
yuui lavcnlo ones, rearranging director !, cheng.ng the
dofoult configurations ol programs run directly from the
CDROM, saving gam* high scares, etc, Minimum system
reqjtromcnrv Amiga 500, A600, AIQOO, A1200, A1500, A2000,
A250Q, A3000, or A4000 w h at loasr I MB ol RAM. OS 2 04 or
h*ghor, CDROM drive, hard dijk recommended CD-Writer $ 57.95
Ray-tracing is o fascinating area of computer graphics fctufol
from tFte computer, perfectly rendered, fascinate people oil
over the world The Amiga wai the first computer to be used for
And todoy ¦» it still a leader, with many high quality programs. A red orris* of ray tracing it Tobias J B.chier from Cologne Germany, whose detailed objects t*un people, especially h.-t space ships of famous science fiction films which are used to demonstrate (he copab-ktei of roytrtxmg programs Now available on CD-SOM for the firs Iwne as a complete cottectan. His ob|ects ore highly detailed and extremely realistic due to the application of complex surface textures of the models Until now d wot difficult to ocqulr these obtsrcts m aider to create your own scenes 01 animations.
The light Works; . 5 7. T Thu CD brings a new -mcresting form of antonamment to your screen
- 30 Stereograms' Without special aids a colorful, fantastic,
three dimensional of**?: OppOOtl suddenly On a two rf.raennonal
strangely pottemed picfure. Wo books, *e ilkraon of depth has
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con view die ltorpogroms at home on your screen| £v*i ytfortg
you need Is on this CD Besides 200 stereograms with varying
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create youi own 3D pictures Magic Illusions: $ 19.95 jj The
Light Works Magic Illusions CD-Write
• • o • • c • • o • 1 o • CD Bool is a lantatK new product that
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with CDROM drive ond ("} any filesystem You con create a
configuration fit* for toch CD. Con- f, taming information
about the Joypad emulation You can olio save the htghicore of
each CD32 gome. Use and installation af CDBoof is* very easy,
even foi beginners, due lo the excellent manual. Since the*'
compatibility is very high, you con use 98« of CD32 gomes cur A
ready available CD-Boot is an excellent software solution for
all Am* ga enthusiasts who would like to enter the wodd of CD32
CDBool 1.0:549.95 Gateway! Offers NetBSD 1.0, 0 full featured UNIX-lit operating system with both sources and bxaues for the Amiga. I366. Sun 3.
And other architectures. Go netiurfmg with the large selection of supplied networking tools. Othtr supplied packages include o bmaiy release of the X w.ixfow system (If ITRj&J for the Amiga, with many oddmonol client* ond po:kog«s such os peri. Emacs, gomes, moil program) and many megabytes of important text hies such as RFC* and FAQs A complete ir.ssalloeon guide *1 a v£. Table on the CD There are also some Am.f,aD05 internet utilities, such as ci*nts for AnnTCP and Envoy Gateway!: $ 22 95 FreshFontj volume 2 cantons 632 megabytes of fonts for almost any computer system. Mail of 'he fonts are
freely distributable, except for the Thionen fonts, which o'e exclusive on tfvs CD. Each of these Fonts is included Ms four dFfe'enf formats DMF. Agfa IntefltFonl. Adobe and TrueType. There or* 231 foot Families on this CD each containing of up to 8 different styles) They ore classified in se*vn categories: Doco (63 families], Non-Latin [33 faimiiei). Pictures (16 families). Sant Serif (29 families), Script (36 families). Serif (36 families), and Tfoersen 19 families] FreshFonts Vo! 2: S? ¦ I freshFonts II 9lCll08lO«»OtlO« GDBoot 1.0 Gateway!
A rn Meeting Poods vofom* 1 contains about 150 high quality ond high resol von hoctoli, a reedy to run version of PflsTeX which includes lom fo FAX and 600 dp primers, o ready to install ver*an of the Amiga N*+SS0 port, ond many other reedy to run appheswnj including UMS, DoggeX. O lot of ueites, gomes, etc Meeting Pearls volume 2 contains 650 Mb of the finest freefy disJii butabta softwora and has a speed user interface which has been created lo cHow yog fa find the program of your choice with ease.
The contents include 35 Mb of selected HTML pages: 53 Mb graph as programs and data: 15 Mb gomes; 10 Mb from 'The Patty '94'. 13 Mb dill, hard disk. CD-ROM and SCSI tods; 19 Mb vonom other tools; 11 Mb edwcobonal software; 25 Mb io m«al program): 25 Mb on.motonj. momly from Eric Schwab 40 Mb developer tods (e g preinstalled DICE, Oberon, & Modulo compilers. Commodore Includes. GUI- Tools), 9 Mb music programs; 10 Mb mdi programs. 27 Mb pictures, 60 Mb texts. FAQi, CD contents files, elc; 40 Mb kmut For Amiga; 100 Mb TeX outaGotian (PasTeX
md. 600 dpi and fox fonts). 33 Mb msvie daks base; 50 Mb archi
ves fo* Psion, IB Mb moddes. 50 Mb NetSSO for AMIGA.
Because the «rs cm of NetBSD induded on Meeting Feeds CD's include s encryption code tha* n resric»ed for U.S. expo ', afl imported CD's unX only be available for resole within the U.5 Meeting PeoHs Vol 1: 513 v Meeting Peorii Vot 7i 511 95 All products are available in your local Amiga shop or through national mail-order companies Amiga Library Services 610 North Alma School Road-Suite 18 Chandler, Arizona 85224-3687 USA Voice Fax (602)491-0048
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Tutorials, p.34 CONTENTS 10 NEW PRODUCTS and other neat stuff
Use a VCR to Back-up your hard drive, check out a new series of
CD-ROMS and more.
16 NAB '95 The DraCo Amiga emulator, NewTek’s Toaster for Windows NT, Trinity from PLAY Inc., and several new tower cases for 4000 owners highlighted the National Association of Broadcasters this year in Las Vegas.
20 Digital Image Special FX by William Frawley Color correction 1.02: Advanced 1-To- 1 pixel transformations.
26 Transporter 2.0 by R. Shamms Mortier Move single frame or compressed animation files to video with a single frame controller.
28 Bit Movie '94 The Amiga was easily the platform most often used by winning entries and the art displayed here is some of the best in each category.
34 Two Genie Tool Tutorials by R. Shamms Mortier A Plnstance tutorial example and an FFDeform and Bones example.
38 Using Postscript fonts with Professional Page by Douglas Nakakihara A tutorial on the use of Postscript Fonts in Professional Page without the use of the CG-conversion program.
42 On Line by Rob Hays This month we take a look at some programs on the nets that should help keep your Amiga hopping. Database programs, utilities that automate your Amiga activities, and an Amazing reference and more!
44 Inside Arexx by Merrill Callaway This month's program is a handy and ingenious Arexx macro for Directory Opus that allows you to view the contents of LHA or LZH compressed archives and select which files directories you want to decompress.
58 Alien Breed Tower Assault by Jason D'Aprile The third and final game of the overhead shooter Alien Breed series is not only easily the best Breed yet, but proof that the Amiga can still provide a heart-pounding, diehard arcade gamming experience.
Rise of the Robots by Jason D'Aprile It seems to never fail that the games that get hyped the most are usually the most disappointing. Rise of the Robots on CD-32 is a perfect example. Read what this author has to say.
60 Fred Fish Disks 1041-1060 An Amiga specific E compiler, DtskSpare 3.0, SuperDuper 3.13, a great Chess game, and more from the Fred Fish Library.
64 The Commodore Auction April 20th is the date, but as this issue goes to press, no one knows what will happen. Check out the After-Press story on page 64. If there was a sale, we will have it, if there was not a sale, we will have the best new information available.
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AL CONTENT One Moment Please... Going To Press Without
Knowing Where You Are Going.
Waiting For The Auction Results It's Apri) 18,1995 and this page is due at the printer tomorrow. Normally this is the last page that is written for the publication. I like to do that because it allows me an It seems like a combination of Christmas and waiting for your report card.
Opportunity to put in some last bit of news and I can attempt to tie together the many separate pieces within the issue into one meaningful theme.
OK. This is often the last thing written because of all the pieces of the magazine, this is always the most difficult. But, not this time.
As I quickly type these words, there are still many other segments of tire magazine coming together. There is the NAB report which is still being hammered together from press pieces, audio tapes, and other material that was collected in my short stay at this year's exposition in Las Vegas. There is also an advertiser who discovered Amazing Computing late in this cycle and who wants to be in this issue (their ad will be winging its way to our printer sometime tonight). But, the most important piece to all Amiga users is the piece for page 64 the Commodore Auction. As this issue goes to press, I
haven’t got an idea as to how that will end or what will be on that page.
Waiting Amiga users have grown used to waiting. Over the last year we have heard that the Amiga is going to sell many times.
Only to find out later that the news was premature. In our last issue, we noted that the Commodore auction would be scheduled for sometime in mid to late April. Shortly after the printer had the issue, an announcement was made by the bankruptcy court that stated the auction would take place on April 20,1995 and that the results of the auction would be presented to the New York Bankruptcy Court at 10:00 AM on April 21,1995, Now the time draws near. As each hour passes, there is less chance that this time something will go wrong. The bidders are on their way to the Auction. Each group has held
meetings with their staffs, received warm wishes from their friends and relatives and started on their way to New York. And no matter how sure this all feels, I am unable to get over the feeling that it is all unreal.
It seems like a combination of Christmas and waiting for your report card.
Yea it would be great to have all the presents and get to enjoy the winter vacation, but there is also the chance that you did not do as well as you had hoped in that history test and you may spend the time explaining to your parents why some English king was so important.
The Phones Ring I suppose that it is this combination of anticipation and dread that makes every piece of news so important. At Amazing, we have heard from current subscribers (and a few new ones) who all want to know what the latest on Commodore is. It is not enough that nothing has changed from last issue. They just need to hear a human voice tell them that something is happening and that a resolution, almost any resolution, will be coming soon.
Alex Amor Creative Equipment International's President, Alex Amor, attempted to help Amiga users' worries. He held a meeting at Cesser's Palace at 5:00 PM on Sunday evening prior to the National Association of Broadcasters' exposition. The presentation was at the end of the hall in the same area as other Amiga vendor presentations. It ran after (and during) NewTek's multiple meetings about their new Windows NT Toaster and before PLAY's presentation of Trinity (please see the NAB article on page 16 in this issue). Listening to Mr. Amor, Amiga Dealers were given a little glimmer of hope in an
otherwise PC oriented day.
Mr. Amor outlined the present situation in regards to the ESCOM bid, the Commodore auction, and CEI, His no nonsense approach was to encourage all present to think positively and honestly about the current status of the Amiga market and what it would take to keep everyone in business.
Amiiam '95 Calgary, Alberta, Canada July 15-16 1995 Communication, Business, Animation, Programming, 3D Rendering, Music, Games, Desktop Publishing, Video Toaster Flyer, Networking, Demonstrations, Vendors, Competitions, Seminars, Workshops, ...and a really great time!
Also visit the world-famous Calgary Stampede, held the same week as Amijam'95!
Organized by the Amiga Users of Calgary RO. Box 34230 19 - 1200 37th Street S.W. Calgary, Alberta. T3C 3W2, Canada, email: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: (403) 244-6990. Fax: (403) 6B6-3790 For travel arrangemerrts. Book with Canadian Airlines. 1-800-665-5554, and ask for The Ami|am 95 Convention, 2384 Canadian Airlines are partners with American Airlines Mr. Amor also explained that it would not be CEI who placed the bid on his behalf, but a new company created from his group and his backers. This new company would then create the alliances and worldwide distribution necessary to carry the
Amiga through this difficult transformation.
Mr. Amor asked the dealers present to complete a form stating a projection on the number of Amiga units they would need in the next several months. He stated that the information would give his people a better understanding of the market needs and allow them to more accurately judge what they would need to produce in the next sixty to ninety days.
He finished his presentation by answering questions. Most of the people present wanted to know what sort of future the Amiga would have or how soon product would be available, Mr. Amor stated that the current schedules called for product in less than ninety days, but he was keeping the 3 month schedule in case there were any problems.
As far as new- Amigas, Mr. Amor repeated that there would not be a new generation of Amigas for at least a year. The development cycle required to create a viable new level of technology for the Amiga wouid be at feast that long. He stated that the AAA chipset would not be a viable solution, because as soon as the AAA chipset was completed and implemented, it would be obsolete in the industry'.
Mr. Amor hinted at further advanced technology utilizing the PowerPC and other advanced chips. He also stated that he was very willing to work with vendors within the market to heip speed up the process and provide a better solution to the continued advancement of the Amiga technology.
The overriding impression from Mr. Amor's presentation was one, he wanted to go somewhere with the Amiga, and two, he would work several alliances in order to make that goal. He was straightforward and very honest with his answers. It is evident that he and his team have spent many hours going over their options.
Who Will Win?
When 1 was traveling through the NAB presentation, one of the most often questions I was asked was who I thought would win the bid. I haven't a due.
Although Mr. Amor has a good grasp on what the people in North America need and what may be best for the Amiga in general, does he have more capital than anyone else interested and will he feel it is worth all that he has?
Mr. Pleasance and the Commodore UK team have a clear understanding of the European market, but will they want to risk everything? Do they have the conviction to push the bid past its comfort level.
Don Hicks Managing Editor ESCOM clearly owns the technology if no one else bids. But, do they want the rights to use the Commodore name on their German manufactured Pcs so much that they would follow the bid any higher than they have already?
What about a dark horse bidder. Is there someone or a group of someones sitting quietly by, waiting their turn only to place their bid at the lost moment?
When will any of these competitors go beyond what they should bid and want the Amiga so drastically that they will bid far beyond the others just to own it? When does common sense give way to conviction?
I don't know, but I will tell you this.
The Amiga market has never been boring. I guess we should have expected this all along.
Teginning Asscm Fromihe original demise of Commodore to me final saleS (whenever it is) All is there! During this crisA, Amazing Computing has gpne to great lei Lgths to be theVirst with newV smd information for its readers From interviews with the major bidders to the thoughts a id ideas of Amiga users, Amazing Computing has lead tl e way in complete Amiga coverage. Acf s coverage is the f rst discussed on tie networks AC should bt your first news fo ’mat. Subscribe today!
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NEW PRODUCTS and other neat Use a VCR to Back-up your hard drive, Check out a new seriese of CD-ROMs, and more The MS-DOS' File System for the Amiga Computer fr=?: CONSUimOW Pinball Illusions Newly released from 21st Century is this pinball simulator designed for the A1200 & A4000, The game includes three ground breaking tables from Digital Illusions, the team behind Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies. The tables are called Law N' Justice, Babewatch and Extreme Sports. The games include Multiball for fast and furious action, tables packed with ramps, bumpers and bonuses, and atmospheric
arcade quality' soundtracks with incredible scoreboard animation.
Loading the game is easy. Simply turn off your computer for 30 seconds, insert Disk 1 into the internal floppy drive, turn the computer on and follow the on-screen directions. The game will also support multiple floppy disk drives if you have them. The program is also hard drive installable and can then be run by simply clicking on the newly created Pinball Illusions icon. The MSRP is $ 44.95, it has 256 color graphics and is available now in PAL version with the NTSC version due soon.
21st Century Entertainment Inc., P O B w 415, Webster, NY 14580, Tel: 716-872-1200, Fax: 716-872-1675.
CrossDOS'M Version 6 Professional Consultron announced the availability of this product upgrade which has been enhanced to better support MS-DOS formatted floppies and hard disks. New and improved features include: faster floppy access, faster hard drive writes, partitioning of MS-DOS hard drives, ability' to read and write MS-DOS disk images in file, network compatibility, improved hard disk configuration and diagnostic utilities, full-time tech support, and the ability to run on any Amiga. CrossDOS was scheduled to begin shipping on April 3,1995 with an SRP of $ 60.00. It is available from
most Amiga software retailers or directly from Consultron (include $ 5.00 S&H for USA and Canada or $ 10.00 S&H elsewhere).
CrossDOS owner upgrades from previous versions are available from Consultron only. You must be preregistered and the cost is $ 15.00 plus S&H ($ 5.00 USA and Canada, $ 10.00 elsewhere). Please note: CrossPC is no longer bundled with CrossDOS and has been discontinued.
Consultron, 8959 Ridge Rd, Plymouth, Ml 48170, Tel Fax 313-459-7271.
Directory Opus 5 Small-Biz Software Pty Ltd has announced the shipping of this new workbench replacement Amiga utility program. Pricing is as follows: SRP $ US
129. 00 + freight, Upgrades (direct) are SUS60 + $ US 15.00 S&H
(registered users, plus return of original disk). To place
your order call 9am-4pm Australia E.S.T. or leave message
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Software Pty Ltd, ANZ Bank, 718 Nicklin Way. Currimundi QLD,
014-563, Account No. 254027342 Please fax a copy of the direct deposit receipt to ensure immediate shipment, Small-Biz Software Pty Ltd, P O Box 24, Golden Bench QLD 4551 Australia, Tel 61 74 91 9190, Fax: 61 74 92 6860.
The Light Works CD-ROM This CD-ROM contains objects created by Tobias J. Richter from Cologne, Germany, together with the surface textures ready to use in the following programs: Cinema4D, Reflections and Imagine. For the raytracing enthusiast there are some unpublished textures for backgrounds and detailed surfaces on this CD exclusively.
By popular demand from BBS operators that use IBM-PC systems, we have produced a special edition of the April 1994 Frozen i I CD that contains all 1000 “fish disks”, as well as other interesting material from the latest Fresh Fish and GoldFish series. This is a mu Id-platform CD that is fully readable on all systems, including Amiga, MS-DOS, Windows, OS 2, Mac, and UNIX.
Frozen Fish PC*24** The .’olrlFisli CD-ROM series collects material from previous floppy or CD-ROM distrihudons about every six months and makes it available as a 2-CD set- It is intended to meet the needs of users that do not require frequent updates of newly released material.
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TEXTURE CALLERY is a 2 CD - ROM set containing over 1.1 gigabytes of textures designed for graphic artists on anv computer platform. The categories of textures on Texture Gallery include; brick, concrete, fabric, fire, marble, metal, rock, skin, wood, and many others!
Texture Gallery %44f-i IJCHT-ROM is the “Must Have” CD-ROM for the Lightwave Artist.
Updated every 6 months, LIGHT- ROM gives you access to all of the great freely distributable Lightwave objects, scene files, textures, images, etc, from Lightwave BBS’s and ftp sites around the world. This multi-platform CD-ROM is ready for the Windows NT, SGI and Alpha versions of Lightwave due in 1995 and can be read on these platforms todav- Now a 2-CD set, released every two monthsj the 1 i 1 CD's are compilations of the newest programs, libraries, documentation, animations, pictures, etc, in both archived and unarchived (ready to run) form. A unique feature of this CD is the extensive
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There are more than 100 rendered pictures and several animations which demonstrate what is possible with these objects. If you want to play around with the objects you can use the demo versions of Maxon Cinema4D and Reflections on disk. Besides the works of Mr. Richter, you'll find many objects, textures, pictures and animations from the PD area. This product is distributed in North America through Amiga Library Sendees, Fred Fish.
Aminet Set 1 All of the Fred Fish disks (including Fresh Fish Cds) and most of the SaarAG disks are on Aminet Set 1 (minus old versions and obsolete things). There is no CLI Shel! Knowledge required for the decompression and viewings of the CT095 Dy Todd S ogut Lvjojtf »*!Vn by Ocug SerobU* software on the Cds. Includes direct playing of modules, direct dewing of pictures, direct starting of games and demos. It has a find function which allows you to find a program by name, unpack and run it within 15 seconds or less. There is full text search to find any text in a readme file.
There is close to 4GB of software. With Aminet you can click on a thumbnail image in order to see any of the thousands of images (3373 to he precise). It has 1000 games and they are all directly startable.
Aminet Set 1 is distributed by Amiga Library Services in North America.
Announcing Link It!
Legendary Design Technologies has announced that Link It! Is now available.
This was the first product to combine the power of the Amiga with the popularity of Windows on the PC. Priced at S59.95 US ($ 79.95 Canada) it includes a 6 foot parallel cable. Longer length cables (and serial cables) are available through an order form with the product. System requirements are an Amiga 512K running AmigaDOS 1,3 or higher and or a PC running Windows with 2MB RAM. The product can also be used in Amiga only environments (two Amigas together) or PC only environments (two PC's together).
Legendary Design Technologies, P O Bo.v 3147, Lewiston, NY 14092-8147, Tel 519-753- 6120, Fax: 519-753-6120.
QuickText QuickText is a new interactive desktop video program for the Amiga from Tahoe Software, Etc. It was used in a downstream graphics computer for 6 years before becoming a commercial product. It was originally developed primarily for titles and credits, but can display pictures and animations as well. Also included are features that make it possible to do live shoots of sports events: an on-screen timer, a John Madden type "doodler" and variables that can be used in a scoreboard.
Automatic screen sequencing for such applications as cable reader boards and silent paging can also be done. Future upgrades will include time-of-day slots, tiled backdrops, and remote control via modem, to enhance QuickText's usefulness for professional cable operators.
Tahoe Software, Etc., P O Box 9236, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 96158, Tel: 916-541-
Light ROM 2 Light ROM 2 is 100% Lightwave Toaster material with over 300MB of new material not included on Light ROM 1. It contains Lightwave objects. Textures, Images, Toaster wipes, CG & Postscript fonts, animation maps and programs. The thumbnail renderings save you time and trouble. Also included are collections of professional 3D models by Acuris and Viewpoint. It is a multiplatform CD-ROM that is fully compliant with the ISO-9660 level 1 standard, and with the appropriate system software support, is fully readable on all platforms that support Lightwave.
Amiga Lihran Services, 610 North Alma School Road, Suite 18, Chandler, AZ 55224- 3687,1-800-804-0833.
Texture Gallery This is a 2 CD-ROM set containing over 1.3GB of textures designs for graphic artists. Hundreds of 24 bit textures are included in several different file formats, such as IFF, TARA, JPEG, PICT, SGI and TIFF. All of the textures are represented in thumbnail renderings for easy previewing.
Video Backup System by Lyppens Software Productions allows you use a VCR as a backup device for to your Amiga.
Amiga Library Services, 610 North Alma School Road, Suite 18, Chandler, AZ 85224- 3687,1-800-804-0833.
Pre’Spect Technics, Inc. Announces New Products Shuttle 4000 This is an expansion chassis for the Amiga 4000 including a board with 7 ZORRO ltl Slots, 6 PC slots and 2 video slots with an SRP of $ 398.00. The board is working and shipping. Right now the product is mainly for advanced people only, since Pre'Spect has to work on a solution for the casings as it is very expensive to ship custom made casings from Europe to here.
NakeD-Up 500 1000 Serial This expansion chassis for the Amiga 500 (not tire Amiga 1000) allows the use of the MuItiFaceCard 2 and 2 4. It will not run the MuItiFaceCard 3. It has a Pass-Through which can be daisy drained up to a maximum of 3 boards. SRP is S59.50. TruePaint TruePaint is n professional 24 Bit paint software with full support of the AA- chipset. Using TruePaint, Amiga graphics and 24 Bit graphics can be edited without any loss of quality. A maximum of 16368 x 16368 pixels renders graphics feasible even for slide development systems. Features include: functions for outline,
recolor and filling, airbursh with adjustable spray functions and stipples, easy drawing of Bezier-Curves, light table function for editing animation pictures and full Arexx support. It requires an A1200 or 4000 with minimum 2MB RAM, Kick 3.0 or higher.
The package contains 4 diskettes and manual and sells for $ 49.50. GigaMEM GigaMEM has been upgraded to an improved version of 3.12. The end-user cost for upgrades from 2.0 to 3.12 is S19.50 and from 3.0 to 3.12 is $ 24.50. Price includes return shipment and manual. Please send the original disk (with serial number) along with a check or money order, Pre'Spect Technics, Inc., B 53, Dorion QB, Canada 7V 5V8, Tel: 514-424-5596, Tax: 514-424-5597.
Video Backup System This system consists of easy-to-use backup software and a hardware interface.
All the cables needed are supplied to connect a VCR to your Amiga, and use it as a backup device. You can now store hundreds of floppy disks on a single video cassette. It also does your hard disk backups safely and automatically with 200MB fitting on a four hour tape. Features include: floppy disk backup, hard disk backup, log files, video connection check, visual reader, control monitor connection and its ease of use, VB is for all Amiga computers with no memory expansion required.
Lyppens Softzvare Productions, Genernal Coenderslaan 25, 5623 LT Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
The Video Guide to lmageFX2.0 This two tape set is hosted by Rusty Mills, an animation producer for Warner Bros. Animation, who uses ImageFX extensively in his work. It contains over five hours of comprehensive explanation and tutorials covering ImageFX 2.0 with all its features. Since ImageFX 2.0 contains a completely new and extensive ToolBox section, specific index marking was done for that particular chapter. Pixellence feels that this video will help immeasurably in becoming proficient on this image processing software.
Pixellence, 1730 Arcane Street, Sirni Valley, CA 93065, Tel: 805-522-4864.
User Group Notices The Amiga Users of Marin, AUM wish to announce a new meeting time and contact person. Meetings are now on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM. The new contact person is Bob Galvan at 415- 924-5384.
The Redwood Empire Amiga Users' Group RE-Amiga has a new meeting place.
It is now at Sonoma State University, Darwin Hall Room 121,1801 EastCotati Ave, Rohnert, CA.
The Amiga Users in SF's, AWE5T, new contact person is Bobbie Sellers at 415-474-
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4i:*ugF let *1.1915_ _ Canada 800-548-2512 Order Hours: Mon. - Fri 6am to 6pm Sot. Sam to 5pm (PST) 800-872-8882 ORDER HOTLINE Top: Eric Kloor of NoahJi's (left) and Jorg Sprave MacroSystems of Germany were on hand to demonstrate the new Amiga emulation card, DraCo.
Middle: The Draco card installed in a tower configuration.
Bottom: The full DraCo card with 68060 processor.
NAB '95 was the big event in video and graphics technology. In the last few years, this exposition has grown and matured from basically a television and radio forum to a multimedia presentation exposition. With more graphics and design work being performed at the local level, it is important for the independent and affiliated station personnel to see the latest in software and hardware for their needs.
NewTek was one of the first personal computer suppliers to bring their solutions to the NAB floor. Notv names such as IBM, Apple, Hewlett Packard, Avid Technologies, and more are flooding the main exposition hall. Side halls have been provided for auxiliary support products, such as 3D and morphing programs, low cost switchers, and other solutions. NAB has even provided an area for multimedia toots as more and more cable companies investigate the opportunities in providing more than just linear film presentations.
Video Toaster User Pavilion The Video Toaster User Pavilion was some distance from the main show floor in its standard spot at the Hilton complex. This year's pavilion was even smaller than last year's which had been smaller than the year before. Once the rising star of this show, the Amiga was dealt a stern blow by its current status as a computer without an owner. While manv Amiga producers have created new products which run on Windows systems, some diehard Amiga vendors have continued to provide products for the Amiga videophiles.
DraCo One of the most interesting Amiga products at NAB was the DraCo emulation system from MacroSystem of Germany.
MacroSystem remains one of the last hardware developers completely committed to the Amiga platform. Their DraCo was demonstrated by MacroSystem and NohaJVs from the US. The system was shown running multiple software programs in a 68060 Tower configuration. The AmigaDos system will be available this summer in a 68060 50MHz version, A 66 Mhz version will be available this fall.
DraCo was designed to be a non-linear machine, yet the Amiga emulation works with all software and hardware that does not require the Amiga custom chipset. DraCo can run programs such as ADPro, MorhPlus, PageStream, ImageF X, Imagine 3.2, Real 3D, and others. DraCo will run anything that will work on the Retina.
DraCo, being a software emulation, has difficulty working with any proprietary products that have not followed the guide lines for Amiga software. Any hardware (such as the Video Toaster) or software that works directly with the hardware of the Amiga and bypasses standard precautions under AmigaDOS will cause problems and will not work correctly.
Two options are currently available for non-linear editing with the DraCo. The DraCo Vlab Motion is promoted by its designers as being able to yield 30MB second if there were hard drives capable of this speed. The Zorro I! Version of the Vlab Motion can deliver up to 10MB second with the burst mode. The third DraCo direct 32-bit slot is for the DEC Alpha option which will allow MovieShop, the non-linear software for Vlab Motion, to render effects in real time.
Macro-Systems also discussed future pians such as a 68060 accelerator for the A2000, A3000, and A40Q0. There was even a hint at a portable DraCo. Jorg Sprave of MacroSystem was extremely interested in working with the new owners of the Amiga to provide them with the DraCo system as an alternative for the current firmware.
A quick demonstration of this software solution was well worth the wait.
The menus flew across the screen as the Amiga moved in rapid succession through its work. A complete review on the finished system should yield some very interesting resuits.
Village Post Another German Amiga supplier on- hand was Village Post. Hubert Neumeier had information and presentations available on a variety of products they are currently producing for the Amiga. The Picasso ll-RTG is a Zorro-Bus graphics board that supports up to 256 colors with WorkBench 3.1, definable resolutions as high as 1600 x 1280 pixels, and HiColor (16- bit) and TrueColor (24-bit) graphics.
Their Ariadne is a network card that fits in all Zorro-bus Amigas. The Ariadne supports 10bnse-2 and lOBase-T cables. It has a SANA-II compatible driver for ethernet and parallel port, a 32K byte cadre support for the CPU, and it includes Commodore's network software Envoy.
Pablo is a video module that expands the 1’icasso II with two additional video outputs. The Pablo allows you to view your Picasso output on any TV or VCR.
PreVue Technologies PreVue Technologies released the Sync Trap, an auxiliary Sync input for the Video Toaster 4000. The Sync Trap gives the Video Toaster a separate reference video input which then frees up input 1 from being a dedicated sync input. The Sync Trap adds an auxiliary BNC on a separate connector plate which can then be cabled to a Toaster header connector.
PreVue also showed a new video transport control panel which provides basic transport control for video-tape recorders and hard drive-based video recorders. The control panel plugs into a 9- pin remote.
FutureVideo FutureVideo was on-hand with V- Station 3300. V-Station 3300 is an integrated software and hardware solution with advanced auto-assembly editing software and on-line help. The multi-tasking controller unit provides control of 3 VTRs, 3 programmable GPI triggers, as well as an interface to the Amiga. The controls are intuitive and simple mouse clicks allows you access to a variety of editing functions.
Amiga Library Services ALS was showing several of their new CD-ROMs specifically for the Video Toaster and graphics market. Texture Gallery 1995 is a 2 CD-ROM set of textures designed for the graphic artists. Texture Gallery contains nearly one thousand 24-bit textures in a variety of file formats. Texture Gallery is $ 44.95 Light Rom 1995 is a Multi-platform CD-ROM that can be used with ail versions of Lightwave. Its 650MBs of ready-to- render Lightwave scene files and thousands of Lightwave objects will help any struggling artist over a creative block.
Light-Rom 1995 is S39.95. Flight Recorder Amiga Video Warehouse was on hand with their Video Toaster Flyer expansion chassis, the AVEC Flight Recorder. It holds up to 8 SCSI devices and 8 PC style cards. It has 3 5.25" bays, 7 3.5" bays, and a 200+ WATT power supply. AVEC is available from Amiga Video Warehouse for $ 349.
CD Solutions Need an Amiga monitor? CD Solutions has created the CD-1401 which automatically scans from 15Kz to 36KHz and sizes to edge! The .028mm dot pitch and high contrast non-glare glass monitor works with all Amiga timings, supports unlimited colors, and runs with lower power and less heat.
Windows Gains Support NewTck led a variety of Amiga vendors into the Windows arena with their announcement of the Toaster for Windows early on Sunday before the official start of the show. NewTek has used the preshow time for the last few years to announce new products and provide open meetings with their dealers and end users. According to one attendee, this year NewTek followed their stunning announcement by inviting users to a game of laser tag at UltraZone nearby. While NewTek has been known for just such generous displays in the past, some industry watchers wondered if this abduction was
performed so that people would not notice the Plav demonstration by ex NewTek employees at the same time.
Play’s Trinity Although Play's presentation was over 45 minutes late, several hundred curious Tower Wars The A4001T from Eagle computers was just one of several tower configurations for (he A4000 shown at NAB. The A4001T has 2 switchable Video Slots, 8 Zorro I12III Slots, and 5 PC AT Slots, 6 5.25" Drive Bays, and 4 3.5" Drive Bays.
Invited guests waited for Play's new announcement. Play, a combination of Digital Creations and some of the central management from NewTek, provided their guests with the first look at their version of a Video Toaster for Windows NT and other platforms. Trinity is a $ 5995 complete ready-to-edit 10 input switcher, timeline editor, 10 NS character generator system, with two channels of digital effects, paint animation & composing, dual channel still store, chroma key with transparent shadows, color effects processor, and two TBCs with true color corrections.
The Play team have provided a list of add-ons including a $ 4995 Preditor (sic) dual channel non-linear editor. It includes two D1-quality online non-linear audio video channels and it requires two SCSI hard disk drives. There is also the Warp Engine option for S7995 which provides real-time 3D digital effects editing.
Although the demonstration did have some trouble starting on time and there was some problems with the hardware early in the process, the Trinity system appeared very formidable. However, an exact delivery date was unavailable at press time.
Portable Video Toaster for Windows Tim Jenison, of NewTek said, "With the Video Toaster for Windows, we're opening our doors to millions of Windows- based video producers." The new Video Toaster utilizes NewTek's proprietary video compression technique, VTASC, for real-time recording, playback, and nonlinear editing. The unit features a built-in time base corrector and utilizes off-the-shelf computer hard drives for recording video.
In addition, you can work with a total of 8 tracks of 16-bit, CD-quality audio. The Video Toaster serves as both a Record Deck in. The field and an A B Roll Edit System in the studio. Pricing for the stand-alone Video Toaster begins at $ 7995.00, and the system is expected to ship in the third quarter of 1995. A professional model, which includes a built-in control module with 5.6" LCD monitor screen and front panel buttons, will also be available for S9995.00. Both models will ship complete with the ability to run Video Toaster software when connected to any computer running Windows NT or
Windows 95. In the field, the professional model can be operated entirely from its front panel LCD controls. It can even perform basic editing on the fly. It will include LightWave 3D.
Mows NewTek's Toaster For Windows Tim Jennison (top left) surprised Toaster users with a portable Windows Toaster unit. NewTek continued to show a new alliance with the Windows market with their show booth strategically placed by IBM (Top Right). The rear of the Windows Toaster (lower right) shows a surprising amount of expansion capabilities.
The heart of the new Video Toaster is the Flyer non-linear editing hardware. The Flyer’s operating system has been completely rewritten to act as the brain of the new Toaster. At the same time it remains fully compatible with the current Flyer hardware, which will allow Video Toaster Flyer owners to convert their present Video Toaster system into the new Video Toaster easily. The new Toaster not only works with Windows NT but also with present Amiga Toaster systems.
NewTek also announced that Video Toaster Bay (essentially the new Video Toaster package minus the Flyer) will be available to current owners who want the expanded capabilities of the portable system while retaining ail of the abilities of their current system. The cost of the Video Toaster Bay for current Flyer users will be $ 2995.00. The professional version will be $ 4995.00. NewTek Makes Aliances NewTek also announced that they had joined forces with Xaos Tools. NewTek will bundle Xaos Tools' "Pennello" animated brushing technology into the new multiplatform version of LightWave 3D
available for Windows and Windows NT on Intel, DEC Alpha and MIPS based systems, as well as the Amiga. In addition, Xaos Tools will be the worldwide exclusive distributor of NewTek's LightWave 3D animation system on the Silicon Graphics platform.
NewTek also announced that they have licensed the Host Independent Imaging Protocol (HIIP) from Elastic Reality, Inc. for inclusion in NewTek's Video Toaster and LightWave 3D products.
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topic as we probe additional specialized transforms transforms which can be created by you, the user, with ImageFX's (Nova Design) flexible Custom,..Color Transform operator. Additionally, the secrets of histograms and their importance in the color correction process shall be completely revealed. Finally, if you've been intimidated from getting familiar with some of the more esoteric operators that ADPro and ImageFX have to offer, vve'l!
Hopefully expand your comfort zone with them by demystifying their functions and use. Before we begin, however, a brief review of the nature of 1-to-l pixel transforms is in order for any of you stragglers out there.
Review of 1 -To-1 Pixel Transformations Remember, 1-to-l transformations are functions which take the value of an input pixel, process it in some way and then return a new value for that pixel. The algorithm then moves on to the next pixel in the image and repeats the same procedure. Graphically, the transformation function map shows the relationship between input intensities and output intensities of a certain image. Written mathematically, the relationship appears as y=f(x). For example, in a Null Transform such as y=x, absolutely nothing different happens. What goes in is exactly the same
as what comes out; hence, the name Null or Neutral Transform (Figure 1).
Also recall that 1-to-l transforms do not necessarily imply a linear relationship, only that one pixel is dealt with at a time and is not dependent on the value of other neighboring pixels as in convolutions or dithering procedures. What happens to that pixel's value can be described graphically by any type of curve, linear or non-linear, existing in a two-dimensional plane.
Something can be described as being nonlinear if its output is non-proportional to its input. For instance, a Gamma Transform could be described as a function closely resembling a non-linear, logarithmic curve.
Usually, this type of pixel transformation is used to correct the perceived brightness of a monitor because of a phosphor's non-linear response to the intensity of the beam striking it. With the help of ImageFX's flexible Color Transform operator, you'll see that there are countless non-linear transforms that can be created to change an image's overall intensity map.
Rolling Your Own Transforms Wilh ImageFX With ImageFX's Custom... Color Transform filter, you are able to create your own transformation algorithm with considerable ease. And with release 2.0 comes the added benefit of being able to choose how vou draw the transform, curve be it freehand sketch, line segments or splines. With this flexibility, there is nay a transform that will elude your arsenal of color correction tools, especially with the ability to load and save your new transforms for future use. Of course, there are a number of useful transforms that come with ImageFX to get you
Release 2.0 also lets you preview the results of an operation with thumbnails of your image; quite a handy little feature, amongst many others. With that in mind, let's take a look at four pixel transforms we did not have a chance to cover last time.
Still More T -To-1 Pixel Transforms THRESHOLD: Basically, this transform is a special case of the posterization transform. The difference here is that there is only one cut-off point resulting in a drastic reduction in output values (Figure 2). Not too useful, except perhaps in creating monochrome clipart where you have the ability of choosing what gets black or white. It's important to note the overlap in function of these various operators and filters. With tire proper palette, the False Color filter (described on page 24) can achieve exactly the same results as this transform.
SOLARIZE: Despite the fact that this transform is also available as a normal filter, reproducing it here with the Color Transform filter gives us a better idea of it's true nature. A Solarization transform increases the brightness of all the darkest pixels below a certain value in a negative fashion, while maintaining all colors above the cut-off point with a neutral curve (Figure 3). Essentially, in this V- shaped curve, all the hues most visible are kept intact white destroying the darker regions of the image.
SAWTOOTH: This arbitrary transform provides a useful highlighting of particular image features by dividing the input range into a series of output sweeps, a kind of banding technique. As you can see in Figure 4, each sawtooth acts as an extreme contrast enhancement range, giving the entire image higli contrast features. Note the wrap-around effect at the boundaries between the sawtooth ranges. Mathematically notated as f(x)=frac(x*ranges). This transform is commonly applied in medical imaging to help distinguish certain regions for detailed analysis.
DOUBLEGAMMA: This is a transform created by myself, and to me has an aesthetically pleasing contrast effect on images. Essentially, darker pixels are made slightly darker without getting clipped because of the gamnia-shaped curve.
Similarly, lighter regions above the midway point are brightened without the undesirable dipping that occurs with Brightness curves. The result of this transform has an effect similar to a carefully expanded histographic equalization filter, a tool that, as we shall now see, is indispensable for any type of color manipulation work.
Histograms First, what is a histogram? A histogram is a two-dimensional graph describing tire relative number of pixels in an image at each luminance or color value.
Its analysis determines the total number of different colors, or in the case of greyscale images, the total number of brightness levels out of a possible 256, and charts this population distribution graphically. The horizontal axis represents the luminosity or brightness levels in increasing intensity from left to right, and the vertical axis shows the relative number of pixels at each intensity level. Essentially, a histogram conveys only where most of the pixels in an image are lying, not where the most significant area of image is.
However, with the use of histograms, we can more effectively apply transforms because we are able to see the overall brightness or color distribution of an image before we act on them. In other words, histograms help identify important relationships between the image and its luminance distribution. For example, mountain-shaped clusters of spikes tend to indicate a large number of pixels with nearly the same luminance value, or if there happens to be a disproportionate number of pixels with the same color or brightness, there will sometimes be visible only a single spike extending to the top of
the graph. Unfortunately, since the graph is vertically scaled to show the "relative" number of pixels at a given brightness value, the remaining pixel population with varying intensity levels will be severely outweighed in the scaling process and might not be visible on the graph. Your best guess or temporary removal of these offending regions would be the only recourse to effectively work with a histogram in this circumstance.
Histograms are most effective with full-color images containing millions of Figure 1 An example of a basic Null transform using ImageFX 2.0’s enhanced Color Transform tool, which allows the user to create a custom correction curve by using either freehand drawing, line segments or splines. These custom curves can be saved and loaded for future use. Excellent!
Null Transform Figure 2 A Threshold transform forces pixel values to either a minimum or maximum value depending on where they tie relative to some cut-off point. This transform drastically reduces the number of colors or brightness levels to a very tew.
Threshold Transform Solarize Transform Figure 3 In a Solarization transform, all the darkest pixels below a certain brightness value are negated, while keeping intact all hues above the cut off point with a Null-like transform.
Figure 4 Sawtooth transforms, commonly used in the medical imaging, divide successive regions into bands that range from minimum to maximum intensity levels.
This makes It possible to visually distinguish certain regions for more detailed analysis.
Sawtooth Transform Figure 5 This DoubleGamma transform created by the author has an aesthetically pleasing effect on some images.
Essentially, darker pixels are made slightly darker without getting clipped because of the gamma-shaped curve.
Similarly, lighter regions above the midway point are brightened without the undesirable clipping that occurs with Brightness curves. The result of this transform has an effect simitar to a carefully expanded histographic equalization filter.
OoubleGamma Transform Figures 6 (Far Left): This is a histogram analysis performed on several versions of an image. Each version shows the number of colors available in the image and its correspondingly less defailed, and hence useful, histogram.
Figure 7 (Left): Using ImageFX's “Hist" hook, this is a series of histograms performed on the five transforms seen in Figures 1-5.
Null Transform threshold Transform SolcirUo Transform DoubleQcnnma Tromfonn colors as these types of images produce a more detailed and thorough distribution curve. As shown in Figure 6, the full-color image containing 37,865 distinct colors, as revealed by ImageFX's "Count Colors" filter, produces a histogram with a finely detailed distribution curve; whereas the reduced color versions of the image show a correspondingly limited number of intensity spikes, Incidentally, these histograms were produced with ImageFX's "Histogram Equalization" filter, whose function will be more thoroughly
explained in the next section. Additionally, the ImageFX Hook called "Hist", short for Histogram obviously, produces a color histogram illustrating the breakdown of the color components along with maximum, minimum and average brightness levels for each respective component such as red, green, blue and black. Figure 7 shows a series of histograms created by the Hist hook for each of the transforms dealt with previously.
Histographic Equalization Now that we know what histograms are, below are general descriptions and implementation procedures for a few of the operators filters in ADFro and ImageFX that either use or are procedurally similar to histogram equalization. The operators with similar functions are listed with the software titles in parenthesis.
INTENSITY RANGE (ADPro) HISTOGRAM EQUALIZATION (ImageFX): Same function with two different names in two different programs, this operator filter is a two-step process.
First, the passive part of the process produces a histogram of the current image for informational purposes. At this point you can stop here if ali you need is to see the luminance distribution curve. ImageFX
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Because its effect differs slightly from that of “Intensity Range", this operator’s nomenclature may confuse those already familiar with ImageFX’s Histogram Equalization filter, whose (unction is identical to ADPro's Intensify Range operator.
Original Photo FaclalTonoj iA Enhanced Figure 9 Here, the dominant regions ot the image are displayed nicely in a histogram: A) the darker facial area B) the medium bright background C) the very light portions of the baseball cap.
Adjusting the histogram equalization by surrounding the darker facial area (A) with the range limiters, we can increase the brightness and enhance the contrast of just that area for a much better tonal result in the face. Note that the other two unimportant regions (B) and (C) get clipped to white.
Grams for each separate color component RGB as well. Secondly, the active part of the procedure allows you to adjust the upper and lower range limiters to either enhance or compress your image in various ways. If the image shows very few, if any, significant population centers (Figure 8, top), you can enhance the overall contrast by surrounding the distinct region with the range limiters.
This will effectively spread out the highs and lows of the image across the entire luminance bandwidth, using as many possible brightness levels as can fit in the available bit-planes of the image. If the image was very compressed to start with, you will see quite dramatic results with this operator (Figure 8, middle), almost as if a dirty' film were removed from the image.
Basically, this is a much more versatile Contrast filter, allowing you to pick the low- and high cutoff values that might get clipped. Note that you do have to do one end of the range at a time for this filter to work properly.
Additionally, this filter can be used to enhance only a certain significant region of an image. Inevitably, one of the side effects of this procedure will be a reduced number of colors because of the number of pixels that get clipped to either extreme. For example, in Figure 9 the image in the upper- left shows a fairly expansive distribution of its available pixel population. We also see that there are three significant regions of the curve. Labelled (A), (B) and (C), they represent the darker facial features, the medium-bright background, and the very bright region of the baseball cap,
respectively. In this case, we want to enhance the regions of the face because they are too dark, so we position the upper range limiter somewhere between region (A) and (B) and accept the requester. This will then scale all those pixels lying in (A) to fill the entire brightness spectrum, resulting in a much more useful image of the subject (Figure 9, Iorver-right). Considering the content of the facial expression (buahaha), the background is superfluous.
HiST EQUALIZATION (ADPro): Although this ADPro operator's nomenclature may be a bit confusing with the previous function, its purpose is similar but its results are certainly distinguishable. This operator is completely automatic, allowing no user control. Basically, it first calculates the luminance distribution and then modifies the distribution so it is smoothly spread across the entire luminance bandwidth. Images with a very compressed bandwidth to start (Figure S, top) will be affected most, but with slightly different results than the other type of histogram equalization (Figure 8,
DYNAMIC RANGE (ADPro and ImageFX): This operator is exactly the same in both of the software packages mentioned. The Dynamic Range operator calculates the highest and lowest values found in the image. You then have the option of setting a new minimum and maximum value. If so, the image data is remapped to fall between the new minimum and maximum value(s), thereby either compressing, expanding or shifting the image's luminosity distribution. The advantage of knowing the exact minimum and maximum values contained in the image is far outweighed by the fact that you know' nothing at all about
the significance of the pixel distribution characteristics lying in-between these two extremes. It is probably more helpful to use the Histogram Equalization (Intensity Range in ADPro) operator for more important tasks, and simply use the Dynamic Range operator if you need to reduce some upper level to an exact value (i.e.. to prevent NTSC color bleeding).
Color Shifting Compression Expansion Transforms For the sake of completeness, let me briefly mention a coupie of operators filters that fit the description of 1-to-l pixel transformations and are most useful in their Figure 10 (Far Left): By emphasizing different components in a Co!or_To_Gray operator, subtley different results are produced in the final greyscale image.
Figure 11 (Left): Two examples of ImageFX’s False Color filter. The image is remapped to these custom palettes according to the luminance values of the original pixels. Darker pixels remap to the colors in the first available wells of the palette and vica versa. The palettes chosen are “3D" and “BGR,” respectively.
FALSE COLOR Operator own right. These particular filters are more geared toward altering the implicit color scheme of an image, rather than explicitly manipulating the contrast via luminance compression expansion.
COLOR TO CRAY (ADPro and ImageFX): Both ADPro and ImageFX implement this function in the same fashion. Not merely allowing conversion from color to greyscale, this operator is capable of adjusting the weights with which the red, green and blue color components are factored in the conversion process. This may seem a bit esoteric, but consider this example.
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image completely transparent, but gave some opacity to the thin, wispy blue regions of the nebula in the final transparency map. With the standard weighting scheme, the conversion would have yielded a greyscale with much of the blue portions indistinguishable from the black background. Then, in the final rendering of the nebula using this transparency map, nearly all of the blue areas would have been completely invisible.
COLORIZE (ADPro) FALSE COLOR (ImageFX): This operator, like Gray To Color, ultimately reformats a greyscale image into a color one. However, unlike its brethren, it provides many options for actually coloring the greyscale image. I might point out that ImageFX's False Color filter is a limited version of ADPro's Colorize operator, functioning identical to the latter's "Currently Loaded" Colorize option. Needless to say, ADPro's operator is much more feature-laden, and 1 suggest consulting the manual for a more thorough explanation of the various options.
Turning to the common function of the two, specifically ImageFX's False Color filter and ADPro's Colorize Currently Loaded option, its whole purpose is to (re)map an image, based upon the luminance values of each pixel, with colors from an external color palette. See Figure 11 for an example of remapping an image with two different color palettes using TmageFX’s False Color filter. Incidentally, this function is the same as DCTV's Remap tool [see Amazing Computing, Vol. 8, No. 7, "Exploring Remap" for other uses].
Undoubtedly, one can spend days just playing with this colorization filter and never fully appreciate its worth.
C-Ya-Bye Now that you hopefully have a better grasp of color correction and manipulation, you can start practicing by processing your entire library of clipart background images and textures. Once this bug bites you, I guarantee free time will no longer appear in your vocabulary. More importantly however, let creativity guide you on some artistic journeys of your own. Despairingly, we haven't even begun scratching the surface of color correction, especially when you consider the complicated process of color separation in the world of print media. Speaking of such, if you've found this topic
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Let's face it, not everyone can afford the new Flyer non-linear editor from NewTek. Those that can't will have to find another way to get their animations to singic-frame devices and to tape. More than a year ago, I reviewed a product from Visual Inspirations called "Transporter". The news is that it's been completely revamped and is now in its 2.0 personality'. Let's take o look.
The Transporter software was designed toallovvyou to take animations (stored either as single frames or as compressed animation files) and write them out to video utilizing a single frame controller along the way. For my tests of the software, 1 used a Sanyo GVR-S 950 S-VHS recorder (which has a built-in BCD single frame controller). Transporter add ress the Sanyo, BCD 5000 and 2000A, Airlink, Amilink, DQTaco, MiniVas,SelectraVuPort, SerialPulse, SONY-EVO9650, Vlan, VlanAlix, VlanAniMax, VlanExpress, and "CustomDevice". In addition to these options are those that are listed under the "Display
Device" heading, allowing you to witness your images in any Amiga mode (including AG A), or on most ail of the 24-bit boards you may have installed (OpaiVision, Retina, Picasso, etc.). Transporter uses the excellent viewer bv Thomas Krchbic! (one of the Nova Software folks responsible for the superlative work on ImageFX) called "ViewTek" as a bridge to viewing graphics. The newest ViewTek has options for nil of the most important boards and viewing modes, including DCTV and the Retina. Of importance to Toaster users is the fact that you can ask Transporter to display graphics in "LightWave
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Before we speak about the achiai single- frame rendering any further, it's important to note that Transporter is also an extremely powerful front end image processor for all of the best Amiga wares (ADPro, ImageFX, ImageMaster, MorphPlus, and Opalpaint.
There aren't as many options here as in the actual batch processor ("Batch Factory") that Visual Inspirations puts out as a stand-alone product, but there's enough to do some creative manipulation to any imported frame.
You could, for instance, add an ImageFX "BlackHole" operation to one or a group of your frames before single frame recording takes place. Transporter loads the appropriate software that the script asks to do a task.
This whole process is an extra added feature in Transporter.
Render Lists The main screen is also where you determine the load paths and graphic files (single frames or anims) that are to be recorded at 30fps. Simple clicks bring up directories. You can mix-match any resolutions or palettes desired, because everything is targeted for single frame recording. Render list components can be "looped" (duplicated any number of times), and single images in the list can also be reversed by group. After the desired list is configured the way you want it, it can be saved out for rendering 1 ater. Probably, how- © 1992 94 Merlin's Software ¦fiaaraafla-MiMM
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frame files, choose your Controller from the list, Choose a display device, and select a image processing script.
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Ever, you'H want to start the rendering to video immediately, in which case a click on "Accept" will bring up theTransporter action screen.
The Real Deal Providing that you have the serial con- nectorattached from computer to video deck and that you've chosen the correct controller, the first thing that happens when you activate the Transporter screen is that an audible message is sent to the deck. This teiis you that communication is underway. If the tape hasn't been striped yet with SMPTE timecode, you I use Transporter to help me produce what my clients expect 30fps videographic animations.
Can do it from here. If you have loaded in the wrong Controller, not to worry. Transporter allows you to load in a new command code from here also. In addition to that, a separate "Communicator" program also permits you to speak directly to your deck (as long as you are familiar with the language constructs needed). The tape can be jog-shuttled, rewound, stopped at any SMPTE point, and even ejected from this screen. Insert edits can be targeted to specific in out set points, and the duration of a single image (like a title graphic or a chart for instance) can also be set up.
The real business-end of the screen is contained in three separate buttons: Transport, Sound Track, and Slide Show. "Sound Track" refers to another fine Visual Inspirations' product "Digital Sound Track". Tapping this button starts that program as well so that vou can insert sounds onto the video at specific timecoded places. "Slide Show" means that you have the option of single frame recording stills, digital slides, in addition to setting the time duration that you want each graphic to have on screen. "Transport" is the engine that you wanted when you purchased this software.
Working with it is as simple as it can get. There are only two steps.
The first is to select whether you want interlaced or non-interlaced video (I can't think of a reason for using non-interlaced because of the necessity of interlacing in a possible future edit, but maybe you can). The second step is to tel! Transporter at which timecoded point (Hours Minutes Seconds Frames) into the tape you want the record ing to begin.
That's all folks, just sit back and watch the recording commence.
More Details Another feature that I really appreciate is the updating of the Transporter Configuration file. This is the place that ail of your default paths for storage. Controllers, and screen viewer are accessed. You can, if you feel brave, rewrite the configuration file parameters following the exacting descriptions given in the manual, But there's an easier way. Reconfigure the paths while you're in the program by simply telling the software what it is you want and where it is. Then exit the software. While exiting, you are asked if you want the Configuration updated. Answering
"yes" means that the next time you boot up Transporter, you'll have everything you need in place. How’s that for courtesy and convenience?
I had one problem with transporting images to my tape that appeared only when I played the tape back from the on-screen controls. It turns out not to have been the fault of Transporter at all, but a hardware problem.
When I played taped sequences back, I noticed a strange sequential drop out of the signal. 1 called BCD and spoke with Diane, accessing her cooperative spirit and extensive knowledgeof the BCDsingleframe units.
She stayed with me until we tracked it down, it seems that the Sanyo doesn't like the particular S-VHS cable configuration that 1 have attached to the Input channel. On playback, the deck must be switched to "composite input" (which doesn't effect the S-VHS quality of the signal one bit). Doing that produces rock solid playback. And so... I use Transporter to help me produce what my clients expect 30fps videographic animations. One of the best features is the ability to load in an ANIM file, and write it out as single framed graphics, giving you 30fps speed without depending on the play
back speed of the computer. If I had one wish, it would be to include a way of reverse-looping the frames in an ANJM file, but that is already under consideration in a future update of the software. My recommendation?
Get out the check book or credit card if you need to record 30fps graphics.
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Figure 1. The Genie Tools A4D Pinstancing requester.
Through the creative process. In this article, we’ll dedicate time to two tools; Plnstance (Point Instancing) and FFDeform (Free Form Deform) "Bones".
1. Plnstance If you've been following my words over the years,
you may remember that al various times I've lauded the memory
of a now deceased Amiga 3D package, PageRender-3D from the now
defunct Mindware International. One of my most favorite
features of this software was its capability to create what it
called "arrays", arrangements of cloned objects in a
spherical, cubic, tetrahedral, and cylindrical pattern. After
the demise of PageRender, no rj other software package took up
the challenge to duplicate this process, until now. With the
absence so far of the tetrahedral option, genie Tools [I has
offered A4D users this same creative choice.
Let's investigate how it works.
First let's review the meaning of "instancing", a subject we've already touched upun in a previous A4D tutorial.
"Instancing" is a term used by computer artists when they are speaking about cloning multiple objects from an original. In A4D, an instanced object doesn't appear on (lie editor screen, but is seen only in the rendering. This saves space when you save the drawing file, as only the "directions" for what is to be instanced is saved out.
Rendering instanced images, especially a lot of them, adds to the rendering time just as you'd expect. With Plnstance (Point Instancing) however, all is done to the actual points that make up objects and paths, so the results do appear on the edit screen, This Increases the time that the edit screen must be refreshed, but it allows you to see the actual results in the edit as opposed to waiting for the render. This is vital in Plnstance, since the structures are not intuitive and must he seen to be manipulated further.
With this edition of the Pinstancing tool, there are three basic structures that Plnstance addresses; Cubic, Spherical, and Cylindrical. Any object you choose on the edit screen (and its movement paths) can be selected for Plnstanced operations with this tool. By the way, mentioning the older PageRender software is not to imply that the Plnstance tool is a mere child of memory, because Plnstance gives you variations that neither PageRender nor any other like minded tool ever dreamed of. Not only can objects be cloned in arrays in this genius of a Genie tool, but they can be incrementally
resized, rotated, and separated by varying spaces.
A Plnstance tutorial example All tutorial examples assume you have a working knowledge of A4D's techniques and processes. If not, study the manual for instructions that allow you to gain experience with any terms you don't understand before attempting this walk-through.
First, create an object on the editing screen. A cube is a good start. Place it in the center of the screen. Select the object with the LMB and bring up the Plnstance tool with the RMB to experiment with the settings. We are going to create a simple cubic array made up of cubes. When the Plnstance requester comes up, direct your attention to the "Type" bar at the top.
This toggles among the three types: Cubic, Cylindrical, and Spherical. Set it to Cubic. Set Quantity to 4 for each of the XYZ input areas. The only other setting we need play with at this time is the one that reads DIST (for Distance) on the X, Y,
Z. Depending on the size of your cube, the distance factors
should be set so that there is space between each that distin
guishes them. For instance (no pun intended), if your cube
measures 10,000 units across, you might want to set the
distance on each XYZ plane to 20,000.
You'll have to play with this and test it until you get it right. When you do, select the Perform trigger, and watch as your cube becomes a cubic array of 4 x 4 x 4.
Genie Tools S 1994 ~ Tinothy H. Shead When you're ready to experiment further, play with the other options. With them you can scale and rotate the array elements on each of tire XYZ axis.
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Figure 2 (Top): The rendered example of the first tutorial,
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Figure 3 (Middle): Very complex arrays of objects can be created with the Plnstancing tool in A!addin-4D.
Here is a spherical array of metalicized “brass" cubes.
Figure 4 (Bottom): Here is an example of the second tutorial. The FFDeforming object is in white, while the black lines represent the skeleton or “grid" that controls the object. The FFDeform requester is at the left.
FFDeform and “Bones This tutorial presupposes that you are familiar with the use of Aladdin-4D's "Hot Keys" (these are automatically installed when you use tire new A4D start-up icon included with Genie Tools II) and also requires working familiarity with accessing an A4D font directory' and accessing A4D's "Point Mode". Other than that, you should be able to follow along.
Deforming a polygon is like bending it in 3D space according to some very specific parameters you set. With FFDeform and the associated "Grid'' poly which we will describe, it's possible to make a nonsegmented 3D shape "walk" as if it had a skeletal structure, image letters walking across the screen, looking as if they had legs and arms, in fact that's a good place to begin. Write a capital "A" in any A4D font to the screen. Select it and use the "Breakup" tool to break it into triangles, and then the "TriSub" tool to repeat the process twice again. Now we have an "A" that is made up of many
triangular polygonal surfaces so that rendering should occur as expected.
Now create two single polys that start at the apex of the "A” and extend down along towards the base (see Figure 3). These polygons should be "inside" the "A", as they will be the skeleton for the "legs" we will move. Select the "A" with the LMB and open FFDeforms with either the Left or Right MB. When the requester opens, study it carefully. Up at the top you see two main input areas that are vital to deforming operations. The one labeled "K" is a power factor, and the one labeled "Default Range" indicates the range over which the assigned power will have an effect (in standard A4D units).
Set the power factor to 3 and the range to 10,000 for now, although you'll probably have to tweak these settings to get the final results required. Never mind the HotKey settings listed below for the moment as these are set at their defaulted positions and are OK. The only other data that's important here is the setting of "Tendons" to "On" or "Off". Tendons may be described as the way that power is applied to selected puints of the poly. When "On", power is applied to points that are within the range of the grid points, acting like a bone. When "Off", power is also applied equally to polys
within the distanced range, but in a way that makes the grid act like a positive or negative magnet (great for special effects and "muscles"). Since our "bones" will need to address movements to a "walking leg", set "Tendons" to "On".
When vou close this requester, FFDeforms are assigned to tire polygon selected. Now enter A4D's "Point Mode".
This is the special mode that allows you to first select and then manipulate selected points on a poly. First, choose all of the points on one "leg" of the "A", and then do the same with the other "leg". Select all points on both of the skeletal polys, and hit the "G" key. This turns the polys into the Grid that will act as a power source on the selected points of the "A", The "A", by the way, can be cither a flat poly or you can extrude it for depth. The latter produces more realistic movements, though both have their uses in animations. When you are in point mode, the only points that can be
moved or altered are those that have been selected (use the new MultiPoint2 tool thal comes with Genie Tools 11 to do this).
The whole trick here is to adjust the power and distance operators we discussed earlier so that each arm of the grid effects only one "leg" of the “A" at a time. Tt'li take you about five minutes of playing around to get this down if you're an experienced A4D user. Now create a Path and assign both the grid and letter to if.
Begin a Deform mode on the path.
Move the grid and hit the "U" (Update) key. Tile polys effected by the movement of that grid will show movement. Hit the "R" key (reset) to move everything back. When vou have achieved the "leg" movement desired, end the deform mode without hitting the "R" key. Then hit the "R” lo reset, and work with the other "leg" in the same manner, starting a Path Deform mode first. In this manner, with a little practice and patience, and after editing the Path Deforms into a final sequence, your letter will magically dance across the screen.
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FI UCENSEWARE FI-032 WORD POWER V2 Steve Rennocks, $ 7.00, Another great util from Steve. This one was previously on sale commercially for £9.95. Word Power has the ability to solve crosswords and anagrams. The supplied dictionary contains 36,000+ words and you can create your own dictionaries of any size.
WP supports print outs and is hard drive installable. This is a must for anyone who enjoys creating or solving word puzzles.
Fl-033 POWER PLANNER VI. 1 Steve Rennocks, $ 7.00, A powerful Personal organizer program to help you keep track of important events, address'+telephone numbers, and prevent you from forgetting important yearly events e.g birthdays , anniversaries! , etc. Appointments, Diary Checker, telephone directory section provides all the features to manage such a database including (Searching, printing, add defete editing, first, previous, next, and last movements) A battery backed clock is required for regular use. Full product support. HeJp-lsne and update service available directly from Amivision
Fl-045 T-Tec MAZE Trevor Taylor, $ 7.00, 1 Oisk. This aim of this great maze game is, as you would expect, to get from the starting point to the exit of each maze. This involves moving your wobbly blob over switches that toggle gates of certain colours open and shut in various parts ol the maze, Th s game is simple in concept, but like most simple ideas is intunatmgly addictive and is extremely brain taxing.
Not one for the kids!
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FI -039 TWO CAN PtAY - Gina Mears, $ 7.00, Gina Mears is back, with her most innovative educational module yet!
Two Can play (As the title suggests) is designed for two children (3-10 yrs) to play at the same time, eliminating the usual 'It’s my go, Mum!!’ forever. Each child can play at a difficulty level that suits them. All the game modules are mouse driven. Full in-program instructors included. -The games on this disk are: POP IT, UP The Chimney, Splat!, The Big Race and Jack's House II you have more than one child this disk is an absolute must. Two Can Play is about fun and learning combined with competition.
FI - 044 - BlackBoard v3 - A full featured Image Processing program, too many features to list CU Amiga gives it an $ 9% Rating. 3 Disks 510.00 El - 052 - Operation Firestorm •An outstanding CONTRA’ type scrolling one man demolition sboofem up PAL but COOL! $ 7.00 FI 04$ * ERIK • This game was to be a commercial release. And It's NT5Cabte! $ 7.00 FI 035 - Chilly Chavez - use Chiny mo Pongutn over 7 large levels. 3 DISKS, PAL, simple gamepiay. Great fun! $ 10.00 FI 025 - Art School vl.l * Absolutely the best program of this type anywhere! CU Amiga gives it an 85% and says ’Get ft for your kids,
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Fortress. 55-00 CLU 040 - ARC0 - A full featured AREXX COMPILER, compile AREXX programs and make them run without AREXX being presenl Everything AREXX coders need! $ 6-00 CLE 055 - STARS and GALAXIES • A great refeience for all ages! 3 Disks 59.00 CLE 049 - TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS v2 - Every kid wilt love this great hyperguide tour through the land of the giant lizards! -- 59.00 Imnnii GAMES A$ f 201 • WdftOZOSE. DO LIZZY. ORB-fT.
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GAM 311 - Aladdin Playable Demo! PaL GAM 319 - Lion King Rayabk Demo! PaL GAM 320 ¦ SKIDMARKS 2 RayaWe Demo! AGA GAM 321 - CYBERWAN • The PACMAN game of the CENTURY! A cross between WoJUD and PacMan musi be played to believe. PAL GAM 322AB -HYPERRACE Great overhead vfew racing game. 2 Disks. PAL GAM 323 - T RACER. Good sideways scrolling shoofem up like R-Type. PAL GAM 324 - Deluxe Galaga 25. Shareware vers.
GAM325 -TEARS 2 A1200 only! Like DOOMw stairs, enemies etc. everything you could want! (PAL) GAM 326AB ¦ HYPER RACER - Great 2 Disk cwftad racing game written in AMOS! PAL GAM 327 • C* A The Game, better than average SEUCK game based on the AMIGA shooting Macs etc GAM 328 - BANSHEE Demo - AGA ony Raya t4e demo of this e*ce8ent arcade 1947 done. PAL works NT5C 3397ABQ • Wondkt AGA III New 4 Disk update to Bid incredible game. Wl HAW OVER 20 CARDSETS TOR THI5&AML CALL AND ASK 3459 XENEX Xenex Is an up-to dale variation on the old dass . Asteroids. Written by Mark Sherky, the guy who did
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3462 OBST1CKLE. A superb Christmas platform game. The graphics and sound are excellent 3487 POWER BATTLE. This Is a SUPERB 2 player shoolcmup 3445(ABC) - DEAD OF NIGHT, a SUPERB 3 disk multi-language graphic adventure.
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361 IAS CYBERGAMES - Beafcm up, 3612 THIRD DIMENSION 11 - 3D Construction Kit Disk Magazine.
3613 TRILEMMA v5 3619 PENGO 3625 ROBS HOT GAMES 12 3636 MASH Game - A cross between Lemmings and Scorched Tanks. Excellent!
3643 DR STRANGE 2 - Excellent Ptatformer.
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3547 ¦ More 256 Color Icons, plus Icorvian 3501 MAIKACTOR V1.55. MainAdor is a full featured animation program. You can create edit I time play animations of any size on your native amiga chipset or your graphic card 3471 MAGICWB BRUSHES * ICONS 3472 MIDNIGHT V2.0B, A nodular screen blanking system designed for AmigaDOS 2_x+.
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When GoldDisk first put Compugraphic (CG) font support into Professional Page (PPage), Postscript printers were prohibitively expensive, and this outline font technology provided comparable print qualify on non-Postscript printers. The FontManager utility was supposed to convert Postscript fonts into CG format, but it often failed. Soft-Logik's TypeSmith ($ 199.95) has a higher success rate, but still fails short of perfection, especially on really complex PD (public domain) fonts. However, with Postscript printers now selling for well under $ 1,000, it's time to look into how Postscript fonts
can he used with Ppage without CG-conversion.
Ppage already handles the "basic" 35 Postscript fonts (Times, Helvetica, etc.) that are built into most Postscript printers. However, installing additional Postscript fonts to work automatically with Ppage is not well documented. Fortunately, it is not that difficult. All you need is Amiga bitmapped versions of the font and metric files, plus the Postscript font in downloadable format. The basic programs required to generate the fiies are PD and available on most BBSs, However, there may be circumstances when TypcSmith is needed.
Since the display will be using Amiga bitmapped fonts, screen updates will be lightning-fast. Your documents will also print faster and look sharper. However, fonts will not look nearly as good on your monitor PPage will make liberal use of it's "greeking" feature. (If you need the best possible screen fonts, you can use a CG version of a font instead of an Amiga bitmapped font. However, this will result in essentially redundant files stored on your hard disk with no difference in printed output.)
Postscript Font Files I'll be using the MS-DOS naming convention (eight characters plus a three-character extension), since it is commonly used for Postscript fonts. There are usually several files for each font; however, you only need the one with a .PFB extension and the one with an ,AFM extension.
The PFB file contains the information describing each character in the font. The AFM file contains the font width and kerning information. If the AFM file is missing, you can use TvpeSmith to generate one. (There are public domain utilities that do this, but I have never had much luck with them.)
Amiga Tools The first utility- we need is "Post" bv Adrian Aylward. (On BIX the archive is called "POST17B.LZH" and is 211k.) This is a Postscript interpreter and a story all by itself. (Suffice it to say, you can use it to print Postscript output on non-Postscript printers.) You only need "Post.library" and "Init.ps" from this archive. Do the following;
1) Copy "Post.library" to your LIBS: directory.
2) Create a directory on your hard disk called PSFonts.
3) Copy "Init.ps" to the PSFonts directory.
4) Assign tire name "PSFonts;" to this directory. (You might want
to add this assignment in your User- Startup file.)
The next utility you'll need is "Font Manipulator for DTP," also by Aylward. (BIX: FMDTP3.LZH, 90k.) Again there are numerous files and you only need a few. Execute the following steps;
1) Copy "Mkbmap" to yourC: directory.
2) Copy "Mkmetric" to your C; directory,
3) Copy "ppexfyencoding.ps" to your PSFonts: directory, but
rename it "encoding.ps". Finally you'll need "PS Download" by
Mike Todd. (BIX: PSDL.LZH, 7k.) There are only two files in
this archive, the program and the documentation file. Copy the
program to your C: directory.
TypeSmith Filtering I had no problems with real Adobe Postscript fonts. However, 1 found that Mkbmap wouldn't work with many of the PD fonts 1 had especially those created with "Fontographer," which most of mine were. (View the PFB file with a text viewer for an indication of the font's origin.) Fortunately, I found that if 1 imported a PFB file into TypeSmith and then just exported it as a PFB file, Mkbmap was a happy camper. Essentially, you won't know if TypeSmith is required until you try to use Mkbmap.
Bitmapped Fonts Mkbmap will create an Amiga bitmapped font from a PFB file (e.g., DOUGSDEL.PFB). The PFB file must be copied to the PSFonts; directory and renamed using the real font name (e.g., Dougsdelight). The renaming is extremely important! The following command at any CLI prompt will get it done in one step.
PI! Assume the PFB file is on a floppy disk in DFO: and use my example names: copy d£Osdougodel,pfb psfonts:Dougsdelight You can determine the real name of a font by using a text viewer on the AFM file. Look for the text "FontName" near the beginning of the file. The font name will follow this (e.g., "FontName Dougsdelight”). You must use the exact name, including any dashes (-), and it is case-sensitive. Make sure you use the "FontName" and not the "FullName", as they are not always the same.
To create a 12 and 24 point Amiga bitmapped font in your FON PS: directory called "Dougsdelight ' execute the following command: 3&bsap -n fonts:Dougsdelight * Dougsdelight 12,24 If you want to create additional font sizes just add them to the command, separated by commas. However, a 12 and 24 point font should be adequate, since Ppage can resize them on the fly. (Not always a pretty sight, however.) You might want to create more sizes for frequently used fonts to make them more legible on screen.
(You don't really have to use the real name after "fonts:"; however, I suggest you do so when possible to keep tilings uniform.)
If you have a problem at all, it will probably occur with Mkbmap. If you get a "Post: error: invalidfont, command findfont " error, check that the real font name is spelled exactly right, including case. If you get a similar error, but with "command charpath " at the end, it may be that Mkbmap just can't convert the font. (Note: only six of my 700 fonts failed (after TypeSmith filtering), mostly because of defective original PFB files.) In any event, after getting an error, recheck all steps.
Metric File The AFM file doesn't have to be in the PSFonts: directory and you don't have to rename it. Just issue the following command; nim-tric tontsiDougsdelisiht, metric a£0:doug,dsl.ifra Although you can optionally append the bold, italic, and bold- italic version AFM files to the above command, I don't recommend it. It's better to treat each version as a separate independent font.
Otherwise, you’ll waste time trying to figure out if you have the bold or italic versions of a particular font. Ppage's bold and italics styles will work on your screen, but will not print out that way. You need to have separate bold and italic Postscript font files, it cannot be derived from the plain version.
Shortened Filenames If the real font name is longer than 23 characters, you'll need to use a shortened name when creating the bitmapped font and metric. (PPage will still be able to download the correct Postscript font because its real name is embedded in the Amiga font file.) I fere is an example: skhmap -n fonts:Sugeilciig£n-E«taaoldy* Superlorsgfiiename-ExtraSold 12,24 Xraetric fontHiSuperlongfn-ExtraUold.metric df0:superlgf.afm If you already ran Mkbmap or Mkmetric, just rename the two files and directory that were created in the FONTS: directory with shortened names. Be sure the .font
and .metric extensions are spelled out and run the Amiga DOS program "Fixfonts" afterward.
Downloadable Fonts The PFB file contains all of the necessary font information, but because it's partially compressed, you need to convert it into something more palatable to your printer. To do this, use PSDowrdoad as follows: psdownload cgfonts:ps Dougsde!ight.psfont -f psfonts:Dougsdelight This will create a downloadable-formatted Postscript font file in the CGFonts:ps directory. Don't forget the "-S" switch. The program will still work if you leave it out, but the font won't work right in Ppage. Trust me!
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Using the Fonts After you convert a font or two, try using them in Ppage. They should appear alphabetically in the Typeface list, after the CG fonts.
(Any fonts in the FONTS: directory that have a .metric file will appear.)
If they don't appear in the list or on screen when you type something, try creating the bitmapped font and metric file again.
Also check the FONTS: directory to see if the font files are there. If the font passed Mkbmap's scrutiny, it should work!
If the screen looks OK, output the document to your Postscript printer (right-Amiga p). Make sure the "Include Downloadable Fonts” button is selected and click OK, Ppage should indicate it is downloading the font(s) in the dialog box that pops up.
If all went well, your text will be printed in all of the glorv of Postscript. If not, then there is a problem with the downloadable Postscript file. Try creating it one more time. Again, if the font passed Mkbmap's scrutiny, it should work! However, I had two fonts that looked fine on screen, but would cause a page not to print if used.
Font Character Problems With PD fonts, you'll sometimes find the space character width is off or there are missing characters. This is usually a problem with the actual PFB file and you need to edit it with TypeSmith and create new PFB and AFM files.
Automation To automate the above process, I have written two Arexx scripts. "PFB2PFB.tsrx" is optional and filters the PFB fifes using TypeSmith. The second script. "MakePS4PPage.rx," generates the bitmapped, metric, and downloadable files.
Both scripts need a data file as an argument, containing a vertical listing of all of the PFB files. An easy way to create the list is described in the script's remarks.
CG Fonts Unless you're going to use them in another program, like ProDraw, there is little reason to keep any redundant CG fonts. You can always recreate them again later on an as-needed basis.
Long Boot The only real problem of using Postscript fonts in this manner occurs if you have hundreds of them. Ppage does not store a list of bitmapped fonts, like it does for CG fonts. As a result, it must create the list of available fonts every time you boot Ppage. With about 700 fonts, it takes over ten minutes before the Ppage screen comes up on my A 30001 Separate Fonts: Directory Now if ail of vour bitmapped fonts are stored in FONTS:, you'll get a long delay with any program that attempts to bring up a list of fonts. If you don't run Ppage all of the time, put the generated Amiga fonts
and metrics into a directory other than FONTS: (i.e., substitute this path for "FONTS:" in the Mkbmap and Mkmetric command lines described above), 1 use a directory called "fonts" under Ppage:. Boot Ppage using a short script file that assigns FONTS: to this directory before running Ppage. The original FONTS: assignment can be restored after exiting Ppage. Here is an example: Assign FONTSi Ppage;fonts Stack 10000 Ppage:ppage -its Assign FONTS: SYS;fonts Note: Use IconX to automate this for running from Workbench.
Since you'll probably never use all of vour fonts, keep them in a directory called Font.storage under Ppnge:. Then, on an as-needed basis, before you boot Ppage, copy or move the pertinent font files to the ppage:fonts directory.
FontcacheX Steve Tibbet's FontcacheX (another PD program) can provide some relief. FontcacheX saves the list of available fonts in memory after the first time any program requests it. After that, anytime any program requests the available fonts, you get instant response.
Unfortunately, if you change the FONTS: assignment or add new fonts, FontcacheX will still remember the original list. I wish FontcacheX would save the list to a file, so it wouldn't have to start all over each time you turn your computer on. As it stands now, I recommend FontcacheX only if often run Ppage multiple times without rebooting.
Summary Using Postscript fonts with Ppage has eliminated a frustrating need to convert Postscript fonts to CG. Since GoldDisk is no longer upgrading but supposedly still supporting PPage, tire long boots will have to be tolerated or you can use one of the workarounds. In any event, I finally have access to hundreds of fonts that I could never convert to CG format life is good.
An AREXX Script to "filter" PFB files by importing and then exporting them using TypeSmith by Soft-Logik. This was written to be executed from TypeSmith; however, you can also run it from the CLI (while TypeSmith 1b running).
SYNTAX: PF32PFB.tsrx Fontlist
- "Fontlist" is an ASCII file containing a liBt of PFB files.
This file can be created very easily using the AmigaDOS 'LIST'
command. If the PFB files were on a floppy disk in DFO: you
would do the following:
1) Execute this command: List ram:Fontlist DFO: ?.PFB
2) Using a text editor, delete non-filename lines in the file
ram:Fontlist. It is not necessary to delete the information
that follows the filenames
(i. e., file size, creation date. Etc.).
3) Execute this command: Sort from ram:FontliBt to work:Fontlist
Substitute pathnames to suit your system.
... Parse arg infile Address 'TYPESMITH' Options results * Display error if no fontllst file is provided * If inflle = '' then do dieplay_alert 'Syntax: PFB2PFB.tsrx FontLiflt I Exit' Exit End f+ Display error if unable to read fontliBt file * If open('textfile', infile, 'read') = 0 then do display_alert 'Unable to locate Infile.I Exit' Exit End * Set these variables to your match your system.
- Inpach is the directory where the PFB files are.
- Outpath is the directory where you want the new PFB files to be
saved. These can be the same if you want to overwrite the
original PFB file.
- Ending slash ( ) is needed if path is not the root dir.
* inpath s 'DFOs' outpath = 'WorkrPFB ' Do while
eoft'textfile1) = 0 I* Extract fontname * • NOTE: There is a
space between these single quotes * fontname =
readln(*textfile') II ' ¦ aaa * pos(' *f fontname) fontname =
left(fontname, aaa-1) If aaa 1 then do Say 'reading: ' ||
fontname * Import the PS font • import_pfb inpath I I
fontname If rc 0 then do display alert 'Import PFB failed.I
Exit' Exit End show_filled 1 exportj fb outpath 1 I fontname If
rc 0 then do display_alert 'Export PFB failed.lExit' Exit End
cloae_font End End Exit MakePS4PPage.rx An AREXX Script to
automate the use of MKBMAP, KKME7RIC, and PSDOWNLOAD. Script
assumes these programs have been installed per their
SYNTAX; XakePS4PPage.rx Fontlist
- ''Fontlist" is on ASCII file containing a list of PFB files.
This file can be created very easily using the AcigaDOS 'LIST'
command. If the PFB files were on a floppy disk in DPO: you
would do the following:
1) Execute this command: List ram:Fontlist DPO:I?.PFB 2} Using a
text editor, delete non-filename lines in the file
ram:Fontlist. It is not necessary to delete the information
that follows the filenames
(i. e., file size, creation date, etc.).
3) Execute this command: Sort from ram:Fontlist to vork;Fontlist
Substitute pathnames to suit your system.
Specifically, the script does the following;
1) Copy the PFB file in the current dir to PSFonts: using the
fontname as the filename.
2) Create a downloadobe PS font file in the CGPonts:PS dir using
DownloadPS with -F option.
3) Create 12 and 24 point bitmapped fonts in FONTS: using Mkbmap.
4) Create the metric file in FONTS: using Hkmetric.
5) Clean up and delete PFB file in PSFonts: NOTES*
- Run this script from the directory containing the PFB and AFM
- If you redirect screen output to a file, that file can be
examined later for errors. For example: rx ram:read,txt
- Highly recommend PFB files be imported and exported with
TypeSmith before running this.
..*.*******,,,*., ***** .. Parse arg infile Options results * Display error if no fontlist file is provided * If infile * " then do say 'Syntax: HakeP54PPags.rx [Fontlist]' Exit End * Display error if you are unable to read fontlist file * If open(’textfile',infile,'read') = 0 then do Say 'Unable to locate Infile.'
Exit End Do while ecf('textfile') - 0 * Extract fontname * * There is a space between these single quotes • filename = readln('textfile') II ' ' aaa ¦ pcs(' filename) filename ® left(filename, aaa-1) • PFB file has to be longer than 4 characters (.PFB) * If length(filename) 4 then do * Search through PFB file for real fontname * Call Findname Say 'Processing: ' II fontname II '(' II filename * Calculate AFM filename. * bbb = posf".", filename) metricfile ¦ left(filename, bbb-1) II '.afrn' Say ' Copy PPB file to PSFonts: and rename using real font name...' Address command 'copy ' ||
filename II ' psfonts:' 11 fontname Say * Creating downloadable PS font...' Address command 'c:psdownload CGPonts:ps ' II fontname II '.psfont ' |I '-£ psfonts:' II fontname Say ' Creating bitmapped font...' Address command 'c:mkbmap -n fonts:' I| fontname II U* • II fontname II ' 12,24' Say ' Creating bitmapped metric font...' Address command 'c:mkmetric fonts:' JI fontname IE '.metric ' II metricfile Say ' Deleting files copied to PSFonts:...' Address command ’delete mil: psfonts*' || fontname End End Exit Findname: procedure expose filename fontname • This subroutine searches through the
PFB file and then finds and stores the real fontname.
* If open 'pfbflie', filename, 'read’) then do aaa = 0 Do while
aaa * 0 ¦ If end of file reached, display error message. * If
eof£'pfbfile') then do Say ' FontName string not found!'
Close 'pfbfile') Exit End * Read a line from file • alin n readlnl'pfbfile') * Look for string* FONTNAME, using upper caBe • aaa = pos(' FONTNAME', upper(alin)) End * Extract fontname string * beg = post' ', alin, aaa ? 1) + 1 * There is a space between the single quotes • len » pos(* alin, beg) - beg fontname = substrlalin, beg, len) Closet'pfbfile') End Else do Say '»» ERROR: Cannot open PFB file' Exit End Return *AC* Please Write to: Douglas J. Nakakihara c o Amazing Computing
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Amiga telecommunications Database programs, utilities that automate your Amiga activities, and an Amazing reference.
This month we will take a look at some programs on the nets that should help keep your Amiga warm on these long winter nights.
Multi finder vlG Sooner or later, nearly everyone needs a database. Any information that you need to organize and keep handy, from names and addresses, to stamp collections, is fodder for a database. Data Management and Research, Inc., of Gainesville, Florida, has developed a new text-only database program called Multifinder, and they have made available for downloading a freeware evaluation version. This is a fully functioning program whose only limitation is the number of records that can be imported, edited or exported. While this version limits you to a maximum of 75 records for those
functions, it can make use of the databases of up to 65,000 records that can be created by the full program.
Multifinder can import and export ASCII text, and its own unique data files. It features fill-in-the-blank data searches that do not require specific keywords, and an ever present list of important keys at the bottom of the screen. This is a great help because everything is keyboard controlled except for selecting files from the requester.
A fee of S104 gets you the full version of the program, printed and bound documentation, and four databases.
Multifinder requires 2MB of ram, and Workbench 1.3 or higher. While it will run on a floppy based system, like any database it is disk-intensive, and searches will be slow.
If you have heavy-duty data needs, you should get one of the commercial products. On the other hand, if you are keeping track of your video library rather than a government agency, Multifinder might be the solution to your needs. The Multifinder archive contains the program, documentation, and a small database sample. At 2400 bps the 181,376 byte file will take just over 15 minutes to download.
Amazing A database without data is pretty boring, so DMR also has been uploading some sample databases to use with Multifinder. One of particular interest to us is the file aa9411.lha. This 13,828 byte archive contains an index of articles published in Amazing from August 1993 through November 1994. Using Multifinder, you can search by title, author, subject, issue, and more. Download time should be just over one minute.
CommandList vl.l This is a test. Quick- how many programs do you have in your WBStartup Drawer? OK, part two of the test. They each have their own hotkey sequence, right?
Now name the combination for each program. Chances are if you start more than one or two programs during your boot-up sequence, you will have trouble remembering just which keystroke combination brings up which program.
Enter CommandList from John Billing (Figure 1).
This program allows you to access any type of program from a scrolling list.
Simply double-click the name, and the program is off and running, just as if you had found where on the hard drive you had it stashed, and used its own icon. Configuring CommandList with your programs of choice can be done a couple of different ways, although by far the easiest is to start the program and open the Edit window.
This window becomes a Workbench Applcon, which means all you have to do is drag the program icon over to this window, and it is installed. If you use tire Show All Files option from the Workbench Window menu, you can drag a program name in the same manner. CommandList can determine if your program expects to be started from the Workbench or the CLI, and act accordingly. It has its own hotkey combination to start it, but if you forget, it installs itself in the Tools Menu.
CommandList is Freeware, and requires 2.0 or greater, using the Localization feature of 2,1 and above if present. The 23,899 byte archive includes the program, Swedish and German translations, documentation in Amiga guide format, and an installation script. This script requires Commodore's Installer utility, but the docs explain where the files belong if you do not have Installer. At 2400 bps, you can list your favorite commands in just under two minutes.
Drop’n Act v 1.0 As long as we are talking about Applcons, we should mention this Freeware utility from Rudiger Hanke (Figure 2). When run, this program installs an Applcon on your Workbench. Dragging a file over to this icon causes the utility to analyze the type of file, then take the appropriate action. If the file is a picture, your picture viewer utility is run, displaying the picture. A sound clip would cause your audio utility to run, and so forth.
Installation of Drop'n Act is simple; unpack the archive, and drag the icon to the drawer you want it in. Configuration is a little more involved. Each type of file you want to recognize requires you to enter the path to the location of the appropriate program. You then have four special codes that you add to the path, telling DnA exactly what actions to take. These include passing the name of the file to be processed to your utility program, opening customizable requesters, and executing batch files. Eighteen specific file types are recognized by Drop'n Act vl .0, plus a catch-all Unknown
The 13,128 archive includes the DnA program, a sample configuration file, and sparse but adequate documentation in English and German. Transmission time should be just about one minute.
Where to look I found Multifinder 1G and the Amazing database in the Starship library on Genie, as file 24455, and file 24533.
CominnndList was located in Library 10 in the AmigaUser Forum on CompuServe, under the name CMDLST.LHA. Drop'n Act was in Library 8 in AmigaUser as DNA.LHA, and on Portal as file 48220.127.116.111 Dropnact.lha. Who Ya Gonna Call?
Here are some more Amiga BBS systems that you might want to check out: NAME: The Boarding House PHONE: (913) 827-0744 SPEEDS SUPPORTED: up to 14,400 CONTACT: Robert Davis email@example.com .du.edu MISC: Amiga users may freely download Amiga files by using the login name anonymous and the password pass.
NAME: S.A.U.G. (Saskatoon Amiga Users' Group) PHONE: (306) 242-6936 CONTACT: S.A.U.G. C 0 2213 McKinnon Ave. S. Saskatoon, SK Canada S7J 1N5 NAME: Naples Amiga BBS PHONE: (813) 732-7236 SPEEDS SUPPORTED: 1200 bps to 14,400 bps 0| ConnandLi st 1.1 Q 1994 Johan Billing Fn.
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Figure 2 (Bottom): Drop’n Act vl.O dragging a file over to this Applcon causes the utility lo analyze the type of file, then take the appropriate action.
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• AC* Inside Arexx A Directory Opus LHA Display Utility by
Merrill Callaway Getting more from Directory Opus with an Arexx
Utility This month's program is a handy and ingenious Arexx
macro for Directory Opus (DOpus) that allows you to view the
contents of LHA or LZH compressed archives and select which
files directories you want to decompress, using only mouse
clicks. I am not the author of the macro, but I did correct a
few errors in the version given me by a friend who downloaded
the original from a BBS. The listing shows where I modified the
original. I also cleaned up the format and coding a little and
put the Arexx instructions in caps for readability.
It would be instructive to look at this macro as a good example of a really clever use of Arexx in a Dopus macro and also for learning how to improve Arexx scripts you may find on a BBS. The file is named LhArc_ext.dopus vcr 1,11 by KjPetlig. For proper documentation, 1 call niy corrected version listed here as $ VER:
1. 12, since 1 modified it enough to warrant a different version
number. Note the syntax of adding a version information to
your Arexx programs. On a command line version
HEXX:LhArc„ext,dopus will display "1.12" if the above syntax
is anywhere in the file. The listing shows the history of the
program, and even includes a Help file for appending to the
Directory Opus Help file, DirectoryOpus.HLP in your S:
The syntax for a Dopus Help file entry is to put an asterisk next to the button or gadget name on one line. Then put in as many lines of help as you need and finish off with a "A" character at the end. Help entries are all stored in an ordinary' text file. I always write a help file for my Arexx Dopus scripts because I do not always remember what they do months later. 1 like the idea of including a ready made help file in the program itself. By the way, if you are writing Arexx programs that operate from the CL1 or Shell, you may include help in the program file and test for an argument
character ofIf the Arexx program has the argument then the program would display its own help file or template.
This follows AmigaDOS format.
For instance, if you have a program called DolT.rexx and from a command line you type: rx doit ?
Then if the first part of the program is coded.
• DolT.rexx with help ARG help IP help='?' THEN DO * display help lines.
SAY 'help line 1...' SAY 'template maybe... SAY 'etc...J END * reBt of program * 1 changed the name of the Dopus button to LHAdisp instead of "LhArc_ext" because 1 thought that it was more mnemonic.
Whatever you name your button, you want to set it up as an Arexx program in the Dopus configuration window. Use no flags and put in the Dopus line argument |f[ after the program name to get the selected archive as an argument for the program. The operation is simple. Select an archive ending in ".LHA" or ".LZH" in either Dopus window. Click on the button named LHAdisp and a list of all files and directories in the archive will appear in the same window as the selected archive. You may penetrate subdirectories by selecting a directory name and clicking on the button again. The directory will be
expanded. Note: you cannot travel back up the archive tree by pressing parent as you ordinarily would.
The program uses the same window that was there before and removes the names of its entries (but not the files they represent!), so if you click on parent, you get the parent of the directory' whose entries were removed. What you see is the contents of a temporary file TrREXXtemp for holding the archive names. The LHA program itself has options for displaying the contents of an archive, and Arexx has the ability to execute AmigaDOS commands. The author took this one step further, displaying the results of the special LHA call in a Dopus window. There are of course further changes some of you
may want to make. For instance, you may want to put the Usd EBD SB?
Background Foreground Lhfld i sp Nane jLHHdtsp Neu entry | j SanpIe 1 Arexx REXX: LhRrc_ext . Dopus -Cf 1 tit -------- I-sslIT...... ' l « Huto icon ifv CD dest mat ion CD source Directory Opus to front Do ail files_ Stack size |4BB8 Priority IB Close de lay (2 Cance I ConfigOpus A handy and ingenious Arexx macro for Directory Opus (DOpus) that allows you to view the contents of LHA or LZH compressed archives and select which files directories you want to decompress, using only mouse clicks.
F I ags . .
Oka contents of the archive's file table into a separate buffer instead of removing the file entries from the current buffer. If you were viewing a lot of archives, this would let you keep each archive list in a separate buffer.
The way the program is written now it displays the file directory- contents of one archive at a time in the active window, if you choose not to extract anything and rescan the source window, the file names in the directory that was there originally reappear, if you decide to extract one or more of the displayed files, select them and press the same button. The files will be extracted and put into the destination window (the non-active window), and the source window will be rescanned to show the original contents. Extracted files will really be in the destination directory, unlike the archive
file names which are only displayed in the source window. Let's take a look at the listing.
Get the Information from Dopus First, we tel) the program where to find LHA, a freely distributable archive utility available from BBSs and on Fred Fish
CD. I have my copy in C:, but if you keep LHA somewhere else,
change the line to reflect your path. An OPTIONS RESULTS line
informs Arexx that we want to have the special variable
RESULT assigned a value after any function calls.
The address 'DOPUS, 1' instruction is not necessary because the program runs from a Dopus window, and the address is implicit. I commented it out in case you have multiple copies of Dopus running, where the DOPUS.n address needs to be the open document address. The ID_Comment variable is assigned a value '*fExtraeted_from:' to be attached as a file comment later on. This comment string is how the program can tell whether you are viewing an archive's file names for the first time, or de-archiving selected files: IF (the file spec does NOT contain chi* string) THEN (generate display of names);
ELSE (extract the selected files).
The test is performed by the Arexx function INDEX(). If a string is found inside another one, then LNDEX() returns a non-zero number, the offset of the string; otherwise INDEXQ returns zero.
Dopus Window Handling First, however, the program needs to get the window and file information from Dopus. This part was where the author, KjPetlig made some mistakes. The Dopus command STATUS 3 returns tire active window; 0 is the left window, 1 is the right window. We let the token, window, take Ihis value (0 or 1). Therefore the destination window, destwindow is the absolute value of (window-1).
The Arexx function ABS() comes in handy here. "STATUS 13 window" sets the path to that of the active window, and path is assigned the RESULT. We use virtually the same code to set another path to that of the destination window and assign this result to dcstpath.
Next we need to get rid of a flaw in Dopus which chokes on the device name with spaces, "Ram Disk:" The program tests both path names and adjusts their names accordingly. The LEFFQ function looks for a matching "Ram Disk" in the first 8 characters.
Then a PARSE on a pattern removes the pattern and assigns the remainder of the path to drest. Then a simple concatenation reassembles our path as "RAM:" I I drest. This fix removed the problem of extracting to the Ram Disk device.
GETNEXTSELECTED is a Dopus command to return the next selected file name in the RESULT variable which gets assigned to ArcNm. Only the first file name is returned. This is always the case unless the entry is deselected by another command. Later in the program, the multiple selections are each deselected during a SELECTF1LE command in a loop, so the GETNEXTSELECTED that occurs after it does get the next file in the list.
Now the program lesis ArcNm. If it is 0 then there were no selected files, and tire program exits after posting a message to this effect in the top bar of the Dopus window (TOPTEXT is the Dopus command to do it). If there is a file selected, another Dopus command, FILEINFO gets the file information from the selected file. The token, Flnfo gets ihis result, Now the program tests Finfo to sec if the string represented by iD_Commeni is in it. If not, then ID_Index is zero and we are in "display the archive files" mode, if ID Index is non zero then the program control skips to the ELSE DO clause
near the bottom to generate a different LHA command string for Amiga DOS to process.
Assume it is the first time through. Then ID_Index is zero. 1 changed a loken here for clarity. The author was using the same token from before, and although that is OK by Arexx, it is not nearly as readable. All the program is doing here is finding out if we have a ".LHA" or a ".LZH" file. The UPPERf) function converts to upper case the RIGHT 4 characters of the file name, ArcNm, and tests them directly. If we don't have a compressed file, then the program again exits and posts a message.
A Quick Fix for a Glitch If everything is OK so far, we are ready to list the files in the archive, so a TOPTEXT says "Reading LhArc Archive...". Next i had to fix what the author calls "strange things happening". He did not know how to set the windows in Dopus properly. I used code from another of my programs to perform the first part of the window operations in Dopus, so here I make a connection from my code, which uses the variable "path", to Mr. PetSig's which uses the variable "ArcPath". I simply assign ArcPath=path. This is easier than changing all his code and possibly making a typo.
1 left the code less than perfect to show you how you can quickly fix a program that is not behaving correctly by patching in code you know is working properly. A "STATUS 6 window" command returns how many entries are in the active window. The RESULT is the number of entries. Since the very next instruction uses RESULT directly, we can "Do RESULT", but ihis isn't always a good habit! RESULT is reset after every' command. You MUST use it immediately' if you are to use it directly. So if there are 16 entries in the window, then the program will "do 16" iterations. First it uses GETENTRY 1 to get
the first entry. Then it uses "REMOVEFfLE result" to remove the file bv name (name is in the result variable). Now we have a clean window to work with. The files are not actually removed, only' the display of their names is removed.
LHA as an AmigaDOS Command The line: ADDRESS command LhAPathI I'LhA t:RexxTemp w 'ArcPatSl ItArcNm makes a tabie of the files inside the archive. The redirection “ " sends the output to a file T:RexxTemp instead of to the screen output, STDOUT. Here typical output: LhA Evaluation VI,32 - Copyright (c) 1991.92 Stefan Boberg.
All rights reserved. Not for conaercial use.
Listing of archive 'assignxlla.iih': Original Packed Ratio Date Time Atts Method CRC Host OS L 0 AssignX.info 468 202 56.8% ll-Kar-91 21:30:48 -p-rved -lhl- 8128 Unknown 0 makefile 404 175 56.6% 06-Apr-91 19:40:56 rvred -lhl- 03FB Unknown 0 SoReq.c 1885 766 59.3% G6-Apr-91 19:46:38 -p-rwed -lhl- 3177 Unknown 0 NoReq.Doca 286 213 25,5% ll-Mar-91 22:33:08 -p-rved -lhl- 1AC6 unknown 0 NoReq.info 468 202 56.8% ll-Mar-91 22:43:04 -p-rwed -lhl- 8128 Unknown 0 AaaBit.a 457 226 50.5% 06-Apr-91 19:52:56 -p-rwed -lhl- 4BC9 Unknown 0 NoReq 3052 2030 33.4% 06-Apr-91 15:55:34 -p-rwed -lhl- FB73 Unknown 0
ABBignX.e 3148 1291 58.9% 22-Apr-91 13:37:28 rwed -lhl* 8870 Unknown 0 AssignX 4352 2B36 34.8% 22-Apr-91 13:37:48 -p-rwed -lhl- E86D Unknown 0 abbignX.Docs 3815 1994 47.7% 22-Apr-91 13:36:06 -p-rwed -lhl- 9844 Unknown 0 18335 9935 45.8% 2Q-Aug-92 09:42:00 10 files Operation successful.
The next function is "CALL OPEN(‘LhaList' t:RexxTemp','R')" to open the temporary file for reading, Mr. Petlig made some usage errors here, but two mistakes added up to a program that works! First, he did not quote the name LhaList, so Arexx was changing it to LHALIST. This is a logical name for a file, and it is CASE SENSITIVE! Bui since he did not quote it anywhere else, Arexx converted unquoted strings to upper case, and there wasn't a problem. However, this could have proved very confusing to beginners, particularly if they quoted 'LhaList'.
The best Arexx form is to 'quote' logical names to call attention to the fact that they are case sensitive even if they are all in caps. I corrected the listing to reflect good form. KjPetlig also failed to CALL the OPEN!) Function. Functions should always be CALLed, set equal to something, or used in an expression directly.
Since Dopus doesn't provide a console unless you explicitly open one, not CALLing OPEN() would go unnoticed and would not cause the program to fail, but again, always use tile correct form.
The program reads the open file until it finds 8 hyphens at the left, skipping the heading. Then it reads lines until it again encounters the hyphens to signify- the end of the report. In between, it reads a line and then parses out the relevant information. I replaced the author's template targets he called "garbage" with periods (.) Which are NOT assigned. He had used "garbage" for unwanted target tokens, but explicit tokens are still assigned a value, slowing down the program and using memory. We want to parse the file spec into: file size, date, time, and protection bits.
Date Conversions The program needs to convert from something in the format dace = 12-NOV-94 to the number of seconds since 01 Jan 1978, day zero on the Amiga, in order to write a file spec back into the Dopus window. Mr. Petlig makes clever use of the LNDEXO function. He sets up a string that contains all months as abbreviated in the system. Then he found the position of the "month" substring, SUBSTR(date,4,3), in the long string. SUBSTR() is the substring of the token, date, starting at position 4 and going for 3 places. I like the parse instruction much better than using SUBSTR0, so I parsed
the date string on the patterns, assigning day month year to their equivalents from the string. Parsing on a pattern removes the pattern from the string.
At any rate, month = "Nov" and has index = 31. Add 2 and get
33. Now we divide by 3 (in the line below) and get Nov as month
11. Very clever! The line below also builds up Date as a
concatenation of strings and functions in an expression
that evaluates to 19941112 in our example. Another advantage
of using parse instead of multiple substrings is that we get
the year as well.
Mr. Petlig states in one of his notes that he had had trouble with dates in the next century. A simple test of year lets us set centurv=20 or ccntury=19.1 replaced his code here, too. In our example, date=19941112, the date in "sort" format. Seconds is calculated from the Arexx DATE(i,date,s) function. The option is i or days from day zero, date is the sorted form of the date above, reformatted from the temporary table, and s means that the format of the date argument is in sorted or numeric format. It's a bit confusing that in DATEf), i and s may be either options or formats (theyr are the
only' two formats, but not the only two options). The syntax of DATEQ is DATE(option,date,format).
Note (hat format must match the format of date: If date is in form YYYYMMDD, then format must be 'S'; if date is in days from day zero format, DDDD, then format must be 'P. Option determines the format of the returned value, in this case days since day zero. Finally the result in number of days since day zero is multiplied by (he number of seconds in a day, 86400 and the expression evaluates to the file dale expressed as the number of seconds since day' zero.
Finally, tile ADDFTLE Dopus command adds the file back into the window. The expression evaluates into (he filename, size, type, seconds, comment, protection, reserved, and show (see your Dopus Command docs for more on this command). The program continues to read lines from the table, performing a test for a colon (:) in position 1. Apparently some archives have a throw away line with this symtax. Finally the loop ends.
Now the table file is closed. 1 corrected Mr. Petligs code. He did not "call dose()'', he merely put in "dose()" which is bad form.
In a command line interface this will cause an error. Deleting the temporary file and a display of what to do next in the top bar complete the archive display part of the program.
Expanding Archive Files If the control enters the ELSE DO segment, then we need to expand selected files. Flnfo is the rest of the line after the "“Extracted from;" (17 characters long) part of the file display in the window. It is the archive file name plus the protection bits. FileNm is the complete archive file spec. The protection bits are 10 characters long, so they are trimmed off the file spec, while the path ts added to the left of the file name.
Now in a loop, one long command string containing all the selected files is built up from its components, and tested each time a filename to be extracted is concatenated to it, to see if the command will be longer than 254 characters. If it would be longer than 254, the new extract file is not concatenated and the command is executed in two or more parts, rebuilding a new command string after each execution. The string is built up and tested for length in the form; LhA x archivefile extractfilel [«xtractflle2...] deatinatloapath This command executes in AmigaDOS when preceded by the ADDRESS
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• • LhArc_ext.dopus
• * SVER: 1.12 by KjPetlig modified by Merrill Callaway
* * Directory Opus v4.11 script to show files in a LhArc file and
* * extract on request. Make a button called LHAdisp and have
* * it call LhArc_ext.dopus and make sure the button that
* * executable is changed to Arexx.
* * You must have LhA v.1,32 (or compatible versions).
* LhAPatb « 'Ci' * Here is an addition for your help file?
• LHAdisp This custom function will display all of the compressed
files inside of a .LHA or .LZH and allow you to extract
individual ones. Select the .LEA or .LZH file you wish to view
and then presB this gadget. The files inside the archive will
appear in the window. You can then select multiple files and
preBB this gadget to extract the files you want, they will be
extracted to the directory in the other window.* History List -
can be deleted for speed ver 1.12 Modified fixed by Merrill
Callaway, author of THE Arexx Cookbook: Fixed problem with
left right windows, and problem if "RAM DISK" or other
directories with a space are selected.
Also named "button" LHAdisp instead of LHA ext (In Toptext), CALLed OPEN ), CLOSED etc. properly.
Corrected next century date conversion.
Improved readability of code and string handling, ver 1.11 The -f switch of LhA doesn't work all the time, so I fixed it so this program doesn't get confused.
Found problem in DirOpus when passing a single quote in a filename, don't know how to get around it I Added more plain instructions about LhAPath. Sot it to default to C: instead of my C:Utility Re-Arranged order of header comment ver 1.10 Now the LhA command for each and every file extracted (I'm sure that was slow for floppy users!), it queues up the command to a max of 254 long before execution.
Checked for no files selected, reports errors as ERROR: -¦ what It is =- ver 1.02 Added if-then for fileB dated after year 2000 (Somebody had done some strange things with their clock! I bad a file dated 30-Dec-05 !)
Ver 1.01 Had to suppress filenotes listing of LhA Changed LhArc'a to LhA, (even renamed my LhArc correctly in my C: directory :-) Put a place in for the correct LhA path to kill an intermittent bug.
Saw KAT's changes and incorporated one (rescan source!)
Fixed for different versions of LhA, discards correct number of header lines.
• OPTIONS RESULTS • ADDRESS 'DOPUS.1' * • unnecessary *
ID_Conuaent * ' **Extracted_froms' •
* * Modified fixed by Merrill Callaway
* * Fixes problem with a space in path name.
* * Get the active window. • STATUS 3 window-RESULT
deetwind=ARS window-1) • 0 or 1 * • Set the path name to
active window path. * STATUS 13 window path=RESULT • Set the
path name to the destination window. • STATUS 13 destwind
destpath-RESULT • Get rid of path(s) with a space in it! * IF
LEFT(path,8) = 'Ram Disk' THEN DO PARSE UPPER VAR path ':'rest
paths‘RAM:')|reet END IF LEFT(deetpath,9) 'Ram Disk' then do
PARSE UPPER VAR deBtpath ':'drest destpath«*'RAM:' I IdreBt END
* End Callaway fix. • GETNEXTSELECTED ArcNm = RESULT * file
name of next selected * IF ArcNm = 0 THEN DO * Callaway
addition below * * rescans window if nothing selected. *
RESCAN window toptext 'No file was selected!'
EXIT END FILEINFO ArcNm Finfo = RESULT ID_Index = INDEX(FInfo,ID_Comment) IF ID_Index * 0 THEN DO * Callaway: rename ArcPath as ArcExt for less confusion. * ArcExt a UPPER(RIGHT(ArcNm,4)) IF ArcExt -¦ '.LZH' & ArcExt -- '.LHA' THEN DO toptext 'ERROR: improper extension!'
EXIT END TOPTEXT 'Reading LhArc Archive....' * Callaway mods follow: * ArcPath ¦ path STATUS 6 window • Find out how many entries to remove... * • End Callaway mod*. * DO RESULT * Clear window to work with... * GBTKNTRY 1 REMOVEFILE result END ADDRESS COMMAND LhAPathII'LhA t:RexxTemp w 'ArcPathIIArcNm CALL OPEN('LhaList','t:RexxTemp','ft') * logical names quoted! * * Read to end of header. * DO UNTIL left(PileNm,8)='-' FileNm - RBADLN(‘LhaList') END * First line of file descriptions. • FileNm - READLN('LhaList' 1 * Create a file list of all the files in the LhArc file. * DO
UNTIL LEFT(FileNm,8)*'-' FileSpec - READLN('LhaList') + Improvement to template by M.Callaway * PARSE VAR FileSpec FileSz . . Date time prot .
* Improvement to date calculation by M.Callaway. • PARSE VAR date day month year IF year 79 THEN century-20;ELSE century"19 * Make a DopuB date from a LhArc one • month = INDEX!'JonFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec'.month)+2 date * century 11 year I]RIGHT(month 3,2,' 0 ’) 11 RIGHT(day,2,* 01) * end of Callaway date mod * seconds ¦ DATEl'I',date,'S') * 86400 DirStat ¦ '-1' f* A file not a directory. * IF Files* ¦ 0 then DirStat * 1 ¦ A directory not a file, * ADDFILE FileNm FileSz DirStat seconds time I IID_CommentIlArcNJn prot '0 1' FileNm • READLN('LhaList'} IF LEFT(FileNm,1)-':'
THEN FileNm = READLN 'LhaLiat') END CALL CLOSE!'LhaList') ADDRESS COMMAND 'delete tsRexxTemp' * Callaway mod * TOPTEXT 'Now select a file and hit IlhAdiepI to extract' END ELSE DO J* Archive file and protection bits information. * Finfo = SUBSTR(FInfo.ID_Incex+17) * Callaway mods * * Get only file spec w o prot bitB. * FileNm * pathI I LEFT(FInfo,LENGTH(Plnfo)-10) ArcPath - destpath J* End Callaway * ComString * LhAPathM'LhA x' FileNm DO UNTIL ArcNm * 0 SELECTFILB AxcNSn 01 * G=unselect file; 1-update display. • * Build up a command string to a max of 254 characters. • IF
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More Bandito support, Amiga users need somebody out there.
Is there a conspiracy against the Amiga?
Dear AC: I'd like to put in mv 2c about the Bandito from Joseph Simons' letter to the editor (Amazing Computing Vol 10 No 2, Feb 95). The way that Commodore was mis-)managed, the Bandito was always a necessary evil. Without him, Amiga users would still be in the dark about what went on in those smoke-filled rooms in Pennsylvania and New York and those stockholder's meetings at the Bahamian country clubs. The Bandito also kept us abreast of the latest from 3rd party developers, Reading AC back issues, it’s easy to tell how right on target the Bandito was about rumors.
When 1 heard that Commodore had filed chapter eleven and that there were anxious new buyers waiting in the wings I was thinking I for one, applaud the Bandito's continued efforts to keep us informed, It's obvious that the Bandito loves the Amiga but this doesn't mean that he should be a propagandist.
Rick Rudge Milwaukee, OR that this is good. Maybe with a new owner like Mr. Pleasance, who writes monthly columns in Amiga magazines that the need for the Bandito would become obsole te. Even Alex Amor's participation with Internet Relay Chats was a good sign of a new openness. As the liquidation proceedings have continued, however, it seemed like we have needed the Bandito even more than ever.
I'm the editor of a computer users group newsletter. I monitor many of the Amiga-oriented Usenet news groups on the Internet for news postings about the Amiga that 1 can turn around and report back to my readers. Believe me, the reports that I get are very negative and frustrating about the future of the Amiga. The Bandito reports are evidently influenced by the news being expressed throughout the Internet. There's been a lot of loyal Amiga usersout there but, let's face it, the news about Commodore has been very' bad.
A. tA7.I G COMPUTING The average completion time needed for a
liquidated multinational corporation the size and complexity
of Commodore is about a year. That means no new Amigas until
close to the end of summer.
In that amount of time there will be many Amiga-oriented companies that will have to abandon their Amiga support or go out of business.
It's up to consumers like us to keep these companies afloat if we can.
The best encouragement we Amiga users can give to Amiga developers is to buy their products.
I for one, applaud the Bandito's continued efforts to keep us informed. It's obvious that the Bandito loves the Amiga but this doesn't mean that he should be a propagandist. Don't kilt themessen- ger just because you don't like the news that he's giving us.
Thank you, Rick Rudge Milwaukee, OR The Roomers column is currently on Icave-of-absertce, Without Commodore to kick around, The Bandito has been fairly quiet.
Dear AC: I purchased the February 1995 edition of Amazing Computing after a long dry spell. Was I glad to see it on the shelf again!
This is the first letter i have ever written to a magazine. I wish it were under more favorable conditions. My reason for writing is the fiasco in the Bahamas.
I just called your competitors "Commodore hotline" and heard much the same thing we have had to listen to for the last several months. "Will update this tape when more information is available."
There is no longer any d oubt that the sale of Commodore is being delayed for the sole purpose of killing the Amiga. I know that "conspiracy’' is bantered about way too much concerning too many subjects, however, when one considers the circumstances in the Amiga case, there is no other conclusion.
The Amiga, as your readers know, is so much better a computer than anything else on the market that if it is marketed properly, they will not be able to keep it on the shelf! I will not name names because I have, of course, no hard evidence. However, with Big Buzzard's reputation and money they simply don't want the Amiga to go anywhere any longer. And Micor Stupid is already in trouble for underhanded dealings.
Consider the events. Commodore was the first company to produce a personal computer. With the C64 they had something that no other company could come close to. There are STILL companies that use the Cf 4 daily! The history of the machine is, welt, legendary.
The Amiga, of course, speaks foritself. The only thingit could not do was advertise for itself. Although, it can be used to IX) the advertising. I guess that is the ultimate slap in the face!
I just wonder how much money was paid to the "men" at the top of Commodore to not advertise. And to the people involved in the bankruptcy proceedings to delay the sale.
If anyone out there has a more plausible explanation, let us know.
And, please, don't bore the rest of us with legal mumbo jumbo. I have delayed buying a new machine in hopes that the Amiga will be given new life. But as time goes by ... Sincerely, Roger L Davies Riverton, WY
P. S. You have a good magazine, keep it up.
Whileyouarenotaloneinyourfears concerning back-room maneuveringand the Amiga'sfrustrat ing existence, I believe that the answer lies more in apathy Ilian in activity. The Amiga seems to be a victim of bureaucratic thinking (when thinking was involved at all) and an altitude from people who worked for a company (such as Commodore) and not with it.
As far as some force wanting to control the Amiga, our story on the Commodore Auction in this issue (which is not complete at this writing) should either clear some fears or start new ones.
Dear AC: I just heard the news that Amiga World has ceased publication. I am writing to beg PiM Publications not to do the same with Amazing Computing. I know that advertising re venue must be drop ping for you.
Perhaps you will have to raise subscription rates a little. Whatever is needed, now more than ever, those of us who are Amiga users need somebody out there. Somebody to review new software and hardware. Somebody to tell us how to use our software with good tutorials.
Somebody to tell us how to keep our Amiga running. I know that times must be rough for you, just as they are for those of us who use (and love) our computer. I don't know what suggestions to make that will allow Amazing Computing to continue publishing without losing money, but there has to be something that we can do. Without any information to keep us going, I'm afraid that the death of our beloved Amiga will indeed occur.
I don't know if you are particularly looking for subjects for future articles. I hope so, I have a couple of ideas. First off, I recently purchased Helm and I am very pleased with it. It is very powerful, however, some parts of it are difficult for me to understand and use.
Some of the ideas of sha ring, i nheritance and layers are a bi t confusing.
I was pleased to find several useful tutorials regarding the use of Helm in Amazing Computing. 1 found the June 1994 article by Mr. Nakakihara to be especially useful. By carefully going through each step and explaining what had been done, he helped me a great deal, I would find it very useful if you could present more tutorial-type articles for Helm.
Another subject for a future issue would be a review or discussion of just what the A2200 (by Computer Answers) is and whether that would bo a viable solution if the regular Amiga is not revived by a new owner (if a new owner can be found). My present Amiga can't last forever and so I will eventually require replacement is the A2200 a possibility. Are there ways to have it repaired? What are the ways I could replace it? Are there any Flicker-fixers available anymore? What isa useful solution toa monitor problem? (Sure wish now I'd bought a 1942 when they first came out.) I'm sure that
all of us will need to continue to be informed about the resources that are available for hardware (and software) problems. Tire dealers and the repair services and the replacement items that will work in a suitable manner. These will all be good topics for future issues.
Please continue to publish AC. I need you and all of us Amiga users have to stick together. I am still here and my Amiga is still here.
If there is any way 1 can help please let me know. Thank you very much.
Yours Truly, Donald Feldbruegge Oregon, WI "I need you and all of us Amiga users have to stick together. 1 am still here and my Amiga is still here."
Donald Feldbruegge Oregon, WI Dear AC: Like a heroine from the silent films of the Twenties, our beloved Amiga hangs precariously from a cliff, facing certain doom. Can Dudley DoWright, or Commodore UK, or whomever, snatch her from oblivion just in the nick of time? Let's take a look.
When the Amiga first shipped in the mid-eighties it was a truly exceptional personal computer offering capabilities far ahead of its time. Unfortunately, no commercial markets actually existed for most of those capabilities, and Commodore's lack of marketing acumen insured that the "new kid" on the block would not gain acceptance as a business machine. Nevertheless, the Amiga captured the imagination of thousands of people who, for the first time, saw the potential of the computer as a creative tool.
My point is this: the Amiga established itself as a marketable commodity not because it was a "me too" computer with a foreign operating system and interface, but because it was truly extraordinary. It offered capabilities not available on other platforms, and exploded the myth that powerful computers had to be expensive. If the Amiga is to re-establish itself as a viable force in an industry d om inated by Pcs, I firmly believe it must once agai n become ex traor- dinary.
With so many other platforms sporting speedy processors and fancy graphics options, why bother? First of alt, the Amiga remains our best hope for alternative computing. Without it we'll be forced to adopt the pin stripe Mac or march in lock-step with corporate monoliths like Intel and Microsoft. The importance of this market factor is underscored by recent events at both Intel and Microsoft which left many PC users feeling the two companies now have a veritable choke hold on the industry. Also, the Amiga user base represents a sizeable investment in both time and money, an in vestment most
would rather not forego unless absolutely necessary. This, too, is a substantial market factor. But most importantly, the Amiga remains our best hope for radically advanced computing at affordable prices. Because Macs and Pcs are much more sensitive to corporate computing issues than the Amiga, performance improvements from generation to generation tend to be incremental rather than dramatic. Since the Amiga is not restricted by such considerations, it is potentially more adaptive to newer and more radical technologies. Imagine a computer capable of real-time recording and playback of 24-bit
animations with no addi- supercomputers. It is a multitasking, asymmetrical multiprocessing OS that uses a virtual processor (VP) modality.
VP code is translated on the fly into the native code of the real processor with little or no run-time penalty. This means thatTaos can run any' number of processors of any type as long as each one has its own VP translator. Taos is also very compact (the kernal is only' 12K) and could probably be run as a subset of AmigaDOS, much the same as Arexx.
Any Amiga shipped with a 680x0 processor would be both AmigaDOS and Taos compatible as long as the appropriate VP translator was present. New Amigas would notbe tied to any one particular processor (except the 680x0 for awhile) and could ship with any number and combination of CPUs. Processor choices would be based on considerations of price, performance, and intended application.
Upgrading a Taos-Amiga could be as simple as adding another processor. SomeCPU boards might be based on PowerPC or Pentium technology opening the door to Mac and Windows compatibility.
Imagine the computational potential of an 060 Amiga running three "...my purpose here is not to plot a course for the Amiga's future but to point out that it has a future."
"I steadfastly beleive that Commodore's passing will only be a landmark in the continuing development of this amazing computer."
Rob Dellamonica Redding, CA tionnl hardware (subtract $ 1500 from total system cost). Or a software only version of the Video Toaster (S1000 to $ 1500). Think of lightning fast 3D rendering that doesn't require a five figure bank balance (S10K and up). Or consider the potential of a voice command interface for 3D modeling (open pod doors, Hal), Now Ihink of the Amiga. Not the Amiga that languished for almost a decade under the indolent stew- ardship of Commodore, but rather a new Amiga conceived in thesame visionary spirit that spawned the original. And for those who shed a tear for Commodore,
please remember that Commodore did not invent the Amiga, hut merely purchased it from the ill-fated Amiga Corporation for the same corporate motivations that led PepsiCo to acquire Kentucky Fried Chicken.
So how do we get from there to here? Assuming the Amiga is purchased with the intention of continuing the product line, one option would be to follow Apple's example and choose a new processor to replace the 680x0 line. Concurrently, the AAA chipset could be finalized. Of course this would require a new version of the OS as well as a 680x0 emulator for downward compatibility. The resulting computer would be impressive, but this approach would require a lengthy development cycle as well as a substantial R&D budget. Financial support for such an undertaking is questionable, as is the
patience of an already strained market. And in the final analysis, this strategy seems somewhat pedestrian.
As an (example) of a more "radically advanced" option, I'll begin my7 discussion by introducing the Taos operating system. Taos (pronounced "dowse") is an operating system developed several years ago by a former Amiga games programmer to run transputer based DEC Alphas, four T9000 transputers and two MIPS R4600's! (Okay, I'm just dreaming here. But try it yourself, its heady stuff!)
Of course, there are many other options. But my purpose here is not to plot a course for the Amiga's future but to point out that it has a future. I've read a number of obituaries and post mortems for the Amiga, both in the Amiga press and elsewhere, yet 1 steadfastly' believe that Commodore's passing will only be a landmark in the continuing development of this amazing computer.
Rob Deliamonica Redding, CA Well said. Let's hope the next few months demonstrates what can be done.
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Reviewed by Jason D'Apr tic y* Alien Breed Tower Assault pits your skill and intelligence against a maze of traps, problems, and enemies.
Gone is the straight forward linear gaineplay of most games of this type and in it's place is an incredibly complex series of pathways to explore. In Tower Assault, you start outside and then can opt to go inside immediately, or continue explorations of the bleak alien landscape. There are numerous entrances to find outside for the various towers and once inside, you still have plenty' of choices to explore. All told, there are 50 levels and how you explore them is left up to you.
The other main enhancement in the game is the addition of the "retreat mode.” This feature allows you to shoot backwards as you run from alien encounters and it is useful beyond belief. Using the feature is also much easier if you have a two button controller, as Tower Assault makes good use of the extra button.
As with all past Breeds, you have to find credits to buy new weapons and items, such as keys to open doors and ammo clips.
The game hands out passwords eventually as well. Breed followers will also be happy to note that most doors in Tower Assault do not require the use of a precious key to open, only certain security' doors need them (of course, on certain levels every door needs a key). The game also features 2 player simultaneous action.
One thing that hasn't been improved yet is the game's claustrophobic tendency of not allowing very free movement in tight spaces. Obstacles really slow your marines down (more than they should) and in two player mode, the players still have a tendency to get in each other's way at times. Also, the nonhunian characters from Alien Breed 2 are gone, leaving only the two human marines (which is just as well, since the alien marines were more gimmick than anything).
Even on the regular A500, Tower Assault looks incredible and sounds great as well. The game auto detects AGA machines and further enhances the visuals and audio effects. Alien Breed Tower Assault is chock full of atmospheric sounds and little graphic touches. Indeed, the whole atmosphere of the game is downright scary'. There are levels in Tower Assault that will have your heart pumping with tension and effort as you race to escape or destroy the near overwhelming hordes of aliens.
Quite frankly, there is no other game of this genre for any system that competes with the pure atmosphere and adrenaline pumping action of AB Tower Assault. Even the Chaos Engine, the other greatest game of this genre, can't compete when it comes to pure edge of your seat excitement. On the other hand, Chaos Engine's two player mode runs circles around Alien Breed's.
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Another factor in the enjoyment of Tower Assault is variety. The game has a great variety of weapons to buy and aliens to fight, but more than that, the actual levels are diverse enough to challenge virtually any gamer. There are dark levels where you need a flashlight to see and contain black aliens that can only be seen by the light of their eyes. Raid through civilian levels, now covered with body parts and blood, and struggle against military experiments gone haywire. In Tower Assault, as with AB2, you have to not only contend with a seemingly endless army of aliens, but with the man-made
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Available on floppy, which works with both older and AGA Amigas, and on a souped up CD-32 version with cinematic sequences and added levels, Alien Breed Tower Assault is a game that action starved Amiga gamers will cherish. This is a great game filled with hours of alien bursting action. Next up in the Alien Breed series: Alien Breed 3D for AGA and CD-32.
Finally, a Doom killer to call our own and 1 can't wait.
A general rule of thumb in the video game industry is to beware of excessive hype. It seems to never fail that the games that get hyped the most are usually the most disappointing. Rise of the Robots on the CD-32 is a perfect example.
After all the hype about the awesome cinematic sequences, unbelievable fighting action and state of the art graphics, 1 had high hopes.
Unfortunately, it seems that virtually none of those original elements were retained in the final version. CD-32's Rise of the Robots has almost nothing in the way of cinematic sequences, except the rather boring opening and very, very short clips of your next opponent moving toward you.
There are no death sequences- not even of the morphing supervisor. When you defeat your opponent, or get defeated, all you get is a still screen short of the robot on the floor. Beat the morphing supervisor and all you'll see is this weird still image of shattered fragments. The ending sequence, if you could call it that, is awful as well.
Rise of the Robots offers a different style of fighting game with short animations, still-frame victory shots, and controls that do not always react as quickly as you need.
To add insult to injury', the game inconceivably only uses one attack button and is sometimes woefully unresponsive.
On the 2 player versus mode, player one is forced to always be the cyborg hero robot.
The game will not allow you to mix and match fights, which is also an unbelievable bit of shortsightedness and, I suspect, a distinct lack of programming effort.
Tire robots and backgrounds, however, do look very good. The characters are on the small side, but the computer generated technique used to create the robot fighters is quite excellent. I hope that more developers use this new system for fighters and to better overall effect, Nintendo's Killer Instinct is a good example of a similarly made fighting game that is much more than just good looking.
In the game, you take the roie of a cyborg creation that is sent to a mechanized factory in a future city to deal with a robotic revolt. The revolt is lead by the female-1 ike morphing supervisor, a robot that is sort of like a female version of Terminator 2's T*
1000. On the way, you'll encounter five other robots, all of whom
are strikingly different from one another, which is a
pleasant change in a fighting game.
One of the Rise of the Robots' other big features is that your robot opponents can "learn" your fighting technique. In case Mirage didn't know, virtually every fighting game does that. Of course, most other fighting games have a lot more moves to use, which gives you the option to vary techniques. Characters in Rise have about ten moves each and the game's control can be rather stubborn and sluggish at times which doesn't help matters.
Overall, the CD-32 version of Rise of the Robots just seems to be the Amiga floppy version copied straight over to a CD with virtually no enhancements at all. The lack of joystick support and playability is almost becoming a trademark of computer fighting games from Europe (not that there are many of them) and, imfortunately, Rise of the Robots is really no different. The game isn't a total waste, it just has a lot of wasted potential. With all the great possibilities that Mirage created in Rise of the Robots, I hope that they take a good look at the current state and sophistication of
fighting games and decide to make a sequel that has more than just limited graphic appeal, »AC» With the Fred Fish Disk 1000, Mr. Fish completed a landmark in freely redistributable software. He also completed his last floppy disk and turned to CD-ROM as a means of distributing software on the Amiga. Unfortunately, many Amiga users still do not have a CD-ROM for their favorite computer but want to remain current with the best that the non-commercial software world has to offer. For these users, Fred has authorized the creation of a floppy library series to coincide with his CD-ROM releases.
Fred Fish Disk 1041 to 1060 are described below.
Fred Fish Disks 1041 to 1060 An Amiga specific E compiler, DiskSpare 3.0, SuperDuper 3.13, a great Chess Game, and more from the Fred Fish Library.
Fred Fish Disk 1041 Data20bject 1.3 Makes ascii text file directly linkable Sdmelimes you want to have a large text tile in your code. For example a built-in lielptile. D2o gives an easy way to do just that, tt takes the textfile as an argument and produces a standard object file. Includes an oplion to force the data into chip ram for graphics and sound data. Author: Matthijs Luger Path: AmigaLibDisk 1041: Programs Data20bject QpaqueMove 1.1 An Opaque Window Movement Commodity OpaqueMove is a commodity that provides opaque window movement for Intuition windows. That Is, instead of simply
moving the outline ot a window, the entire window contents are moved as you move the mouse. The EGS window system provides this capability, but does not extend it to standard Intuition screens.
Hence this commodity. This commodity is intended for use with accelerated graphics cards such as the @ I}GVP Spectrum. @ ui} Although it is possible to use it with standard Amiga AGA screens, it is likely to be impractically stow except possibly in single bitplane modes. However, there are various controls which allow selection of the conditions under which windows should be moved opaquely, and under which they should be moved as an outline Author: Steve Koren Path: AmlgaLibDisk1Q41 :Programs OpaqueMove ProNET 1 Installs a network between 2 Amigas ProNET is a hardware software combination
that installs a small network between two and NOT more Amigas. This can be used to exchange data from both Amiga's devices. The difference between ParNet, written by Matthew Dillon and others, and ProNET is that you can mount the other Amiga's devices as if they wore present on this machine, that means you don't have to access the other 'DF0:' indirectly by using 'NET:dfO ..,' but you can mount it as e.g. 'DF2:' on this Amiga. The other device is emulated PERFECTLY, so that you won't notice that it exists on the other machine in fact - You can e.g. access a disk in the other 'DEO:' by it’s
name instead of having to use 'DF2:', then you can get full information about the status (% full etc.) - just like as it was a real device in your first Amiga, Of course there are extra programs supplied known from ParNET, with which you can start commands on the other Amiga or just talk between them. Full developer information is available for programmers that want to code extra tools using the pronet.device. Author: Michael Krause. Path: AmigaLibDiskl04t:Prcgrams ProNET Vchess 3.1 Excellent chess game A powerful fully functional (non crippled) shareware chess game completely written in
Amiga Oberon. The program has a lot of features, is easy to use and don't needs much memory (only 400K).
Author: Stefan Satewski Path: AmigaLibDisk1041:Programs VChess Vdisk 2.5 ASDG-ram like recoverable ram drive vdisk.device is a driver for a recoverable RAM disk. It sladed 2 years ago as a hack ot ASDG- RAM (written by Perry S. Kivolowitz). These hacked versions (1,3 - 1.12) were not distributed. As of version 2.0, it has been entirely rewritten, with many new features added : - Up to 16 units with virtually unlimited size (512 MB) - Dynamic memory allocation and (optionnaly) deallocation - Full suppod of all AmigaDOS Filesystems. - Will survive the heaviest system crashes as long as its own
data is not corrupted. • In case of a recovery failure, the cause can be repoded by a suppod command. Author: Elienne Vogf Path: Amiga LibDiskl 041 :ProgramsA Disk Fred Fish Disk 1042 Amiga_E 3.1a An Amiga specific E compiler E is a powerful and flexible objeci orienled procedural unpure functional higher programming language, mainly influenced by languages such as C++, Ada. Lisp etc.. and Amiga E a very fast compiler for it, with features such as speed of 20000 lines minute on a 7 Mhz amiga. Inline assembler and tinker integrated into Compiler, large set of integrated functions, great
module concept with v39 includes as modules, flexible lype-system, quoted expressions, immediate and typed lists, low-level and objeci polymorphism, exception handling, inheritance, data-hidlng, methods, multiple return values, default arguments, register allocation, fast memory management, unification, LISP-Celts, and much much more.
Pad 2, conlaining the docs, is on this disk. Part 1, the program is on disk 1043. Author: Wouter van Oodmerssen Fred Fish Disk 1043 Amiga_E 3.1a An Amiga specilic E compiler E is a powerful and flexible object oriented procedural unpure functional higher programming language, mainly influenced by languages such as C++, Ada. Lisp etc., and Amiga E a very last compiler for it. With features such as speed of 20000 lines minule on a 7 Mhz amiga, inline assembler and linker integrated into compiler, large setol integrated functions, great module concept with v39 includes as modules, flexible
type-system, quoted expressions, immediate and typed lists, low-level and objeci polymorphism, exception handling, inheritance, data-hiding, methods, multiple return values, delault arguments, register allocation, fast memory management, unification, LISP-Ceils. And much much more.
Part 2, containing the docs, is on Fred Fish Disk 10042. Part 1, the progra m is on this disk Author: Wouter van Oortmerssen SerMouse 2.21 Driver,'Docs lor serial PC Mouse on Amiga A full package on how to use a PC mouse on the Amiga. Not only a serial mouse driver but also how to rewire a 9-pin Sub-D serial to 25-pin Sub-D serial and how to rewire 9-pin Sub-D BUS or 9-pin Mini-Din BUS to an Amiga mouse plug, YOU CAN USE ALMOST ANY PC-MOUSE WITH THIS ONE! Author: Patrick van Beem Fred Fish Disk 1044 DiskSpare 3.0 stores more data on disks faster DiskSpare is a completion or replacement ot the
trackdisk,device. It lets you store more data on your disks faster than usual. For this a cuslom mfm format is used. - No online compression !
The capacities are: - 984K with DD disks (normally B80K) - 1968K with HD disks (normally 1760K) Diskspare.device requires Kickstart Version 2.0 or higher. If you want to test diskspare.device (DSD from now on), simply click on the ’QuickTest’ icon. The script mounts a drive 'DS0:' on Unit 0 (your DF0: drive) with 984K capacity. To format the disk, open a shell window and type: format drive dsO: name test’ retum . If you mount any device after 'LoadWB' you need the shell to format a disk. It you mount DSD during boot, you can use the Workbench format as for DFX.
Alter formatting, you should be able to use the disk like any other disks. Author: Klaus Deppisch MakeVersion 1.0 Program for creating version numbers. MakeVersion is a simple program for creating program version numbers. I use if to embed version numbers in most of my publicly- released programs. It creates linkable object tiles which can be used by any standard Amiga linker when linking the program and Is particularly suitable tor use in Make flies (or Lmk or Dmake files). Author: Ben Hutchings SuperDuper 3.13 High-speed disk copier and formatter SuperDuper is an exciting, high-speed disk
copier and formatter. Typical timings are 99s for a disk-to-disk verified copy, or 38s for a four disk non-verified format. Also available are buffering in RAM, on a hard disk image file or on any sector-based Amiga device, like RAD:, VDO:, FMS:. Etc. Real-time compression using the Xpk standard allows to copy in one pass most disks on 1M Amigas, especially in conjunction with a special utility which 'hides’ external drives to the system (but not lo SuperDuper). Bells and whistles include high density floppy support, voice, automatic date increment, a list of the disks copied, and automatic
start of operations based on disk insertion ejection sensing. SuperDuper 3.13 Is freeware and works on any Amiga under 2,0 and beyond. Author: Sebastiano Vigna Fred Fish Disk 1045 ACE 2 3 FreeWare Amiga BASIC compiler + extras ACE is a FreeWare Amiga BASIC compiler which, in conjunction with A68K and Blink produces standalone executables. The language defines a targe subset ol AmigaBASIC but aiso has many features not found in the latter such as: turtle graphics, recursion, SUBs with return values, structures, arguments, indude tiles, a better WAVE command which allows for large waveforms,
external references, named constants and a variety of other commands and functions not found in AmigaBASIC. New features in version
2. 0 include: gadgets, three standard requester types, serial I O
and menus (wilh optional command-keys for menu items). New
commands and functions for this version include EXIT FOR,
PTAB, SPC, DEF FN, ON ERROR and ERR (these last two handle
file and serial I O at present). INPUT and PRINT can now be
used transparently for ell screen window combinations. All
user-defined windows are now fully-configurable and may be
used in conjunction with screens as per AmigaBASIC.
Window close event trapping is also a new feature. In addition to event trapping, ACE now supports WAITing lor both menus and gadgets.
Wailing is more operaling-system-friendly than event trapping, A simple graphical front-end (Integrated Development Environment) is also provided wilh the archive. This is written in ACE. Author: David Bann Fred Fish Disk 46 GfxCon 1.1 Image format converter for most formats Image format converter that can toad and save most formats: Load: ILBM, LBM, RGB8, RGBN.
PCX. IMG, BMP, RLE4, HLE0. GIF. TIFF, JPEG, RGB-Rawi, Targa Save: ILBM, PCX, GIF, JPEG. RGB-Raw, Postscript Features: • virluai memory built in (even with a plain 68000)
- color-effects and simple transformations are possible - shows
most information stored in images - has a nice GUI •
fontsensitiv • 68020 881-version included Author: Dirk Farm
MEDUtils 1.0 Set of programs for MED modules Set of programs
for working with MED modules.
Includes utilites for playing, ripping, and allocating, and wipeing MED modules Author: Bon Hutchings ModUtils ?.? Group of programs for working with Mods Group of programs for working wilh Mods. Includes utilities for playing, allocating, ripping, and wipeing Mods. Author: Ben Hutchings UnPacker 1.2 Appleon ulil for extracting archives UnPacker is an appicon utility for extracting archives from the WB. It automatically chooses the archiver to use by comparing the lile suffix (e.g.. '.Iha') with the program icon's tooltypes.
Thus you can configure it to recognize every archive format you use. Aulhor; Erik Sagalara xMore 1.4 A small and fast replacement for "more" Yet another file reader, you might think, and you are right. I missed small XPK-understanding tile reader wilh reasonable feature list, but there was none available. Most ((c) 1992 by Uwe Rohm) can hardiy be called small (but it surely has 'reasonable' feature list]). I have lo admit that xMore is currently bigger than l planned il to be, but people don't seem to wanl small programs, they wanl features! So, what do you get? Features: light speed search!
No loss of speed even If case insensitive and or backwards!, wildcard search. Searching doesn't slow down il only *7” is used (in facl it is FASTER when'T is used). . Hex mode.. FAST scrolling. Should beat Most (pun intended) textreaders using customized Texl ) function with custom screen, , displays ANSI styles (no colors) and some backspace-styies . Variable TAB size! (now you can read those funny ff?.c files with too much TABs;), can start one of the four possible editors., freely definable keys!, font sensitivity, user definable font.. definable window dimensions, defaults lo display
size.. opens on any public screen or opens it’s own screen., multiple files from shell. Workbench and file requester., pipe support., clipboard support,, Support for Directory Opus compatibility.. character conversion., lots of small details like default zoomed size exactly one line high. Small things make the difference!
. Can be made resident (has been pure from day one, bul who remembers lo mention everything), OS 2,04 required (sorry, v36 users, There just is too much functions in RKMs with text 'this function is broken in V36' lhat I didn't bother dodging them. To pre-2.0 users xMore is Yet Another Reason To Update, Come on guys, do you use CP M at work or what ? ;), Can read files contaimg more than 65535 lines!
Wilh hex mode this is MUST (256K+ file in narrow window = lots ol lines!), (This would be suitable place to mention certain well-known directory utility and another XPK-supporting reader which both assume no-one has REALLY big files, but that could give offence to JP and UR. So I won't) - wildcard search only supports
- reads whole file into memory (EVERYBODY has min. 1 Meg today)
Aulhor: Jorma Oksanen Fred Fish Disk 1047 A4000HW 1.0 Reference
guide to A4000 hardware.
This file is a reference to various tips, problems, repairs, and other information on the Amiga 4000 and common boards and peripherals, Author: Warren Block Iconian 1.98 Icon editor that supports OS3.0 funcs. An icon editor with all the functions of IconEdil under OS3.0, plus more. Features: Support for sizable windows and custom fonts; Multiple undos; Appwindows; Custom magnification levels; Up to 256 colors; 3.x palette sharing; RGB color editing; Integer scaling of oversized brushes; Optional remapping of IFFs lo screen colors; Can save 8 plane icons which stay
- normal* regardless of screen depth, Full range of drawing tools
including beveled boxes; Recolors 1.3 icons; Clipboard support;
Extensive keyboard support: Ability to cut and paste brushes;
Drawing with text, including selectable font and styles; 100%
system supported, no external libraries required Author: Chad
Randall TextFGuide 3.10 Convert ASCII text to AmigaGuide
formal. Converts plain ASCI! Lex! Info AmigaGuide (c) formal.
Sticking to some simple organization of the text file, one can
have a well structured guide file while still having an easily
readable text fife. Author: Stephan Surken TextCount 3.0
Generates stats about text flies This is a text analyser which
shows some informations about any text file (number of lines,
words, blanks..). It has locale support and a style-guide
conlorming GUI. Author: Constantin Rack Fred Fish Disk 1048
2Print2 2.0 Print one two pages per sheet on HP LJ A simple
little Utility for HP Laserjets and other printers that support
the HP-PCl language. It’s only goal in life is to print either
one 166 chars x 66 line page, or two 80 x 66 line pages per
sheet. Does not go through printer.device, but rather the
output from 2 Print is redirected to a file or PAR: for faster
printing. Aulhor: Raj Goel CanonSOO 2.0 Canon BJC-600 printer
driver Optimized driver that handles alt kind of papers,
graphic modes and intemationai characters; full control of your
printer. Provides end of printing spoken signalling. Author:
Sergio R, Caprile COTV-Player 2.31 Plays audio CD’s while
multitasking A utility for all those people, who’d like to play
Audio CD’s while multitasking on WorkBench. It's an emulation
of CDTV's remote conlrol, but Is a little more sophisticated.
Allows access to the archive even without a CDROM drive (i.e.
AMIGA 500-4000), although you can’t play a CD. Program and
KARAOKE (live on- screen| included. Recognizes Cds automati
cally. Works on all CDTVs. AMIGA CD 32 and all CD ROM emulating
the cdtv,device or
cd. device. Author: Daniel Amor EpsonFX 1.0 Epson FX-850 Citizen
printer driver Optimized driver that handles new graphic
modes and international characters, faster than standard
EpsonX driver. Author: Sergio R. Caprile EpsonLX 1.0 Epson
LX-800 printer driver Optimized driver that handles new
graphic modes and international characters, faster than
standard EpsonX driver, Author: Sergio R. Caprile Event 1.17
Tool to remember everything you wanl.
Information: With this software you have a good tool to remember everything you want.
Features: requiers only 12 kB memory (a primary argument!), the event's are storend in a data file, multitasking friendly, "gliding” event's, loading only the Event's from Ihe current day Aulhor; Klaus Muckenhuber LSP 0.1(3 Print on PCL-based laser printer LSP (Laser Source Printer) is a little utility for people that have access to a PCL-based laser printer. One of the most useful applications is to use DOUBLE in conjunction with FLUSHRIGHT, DOUBLE prints two logical pages on one physical page. (The pages are outlined by a box an titled with ihe file name). FLUSHRIGHT is a new concept in
printing source (well... not so new "*8-)). When a line is longer than a default length (usually 80 char) LSP breaks the line but they are right aligned so they don’t mess up your source code indentation. Author: Paoiino “del" Dell'Aquila MiserPrint 1.14 Print utit for inkjets (HP-compatible).
MiserPrint is a print utility that puts up to B normal pages of text on one sheet of paper.
You are able to save paper and time. MiserPrint uses the small built-in fonts (Courier and Letter Gothic) of the HP-Deskjet or compatible printers. Aulhor: Heinz-Guenter Boettger Fred Fish Disk 1049 DOSReqToois Use ReqTools Requesters from DOS Scripts DOSReqToois gives AmigaDOS script writers access to all seven of Nico Francios' ReqTools Requesters. The requesters are fuliy functional and can give your scripts a professional look. They can be used from within an AmigaGuide document to pop up on top of the text. Ideal for use as a replacement for Commodore's Installer or as a front end for
CLI- only programs. All functions are fully documented with AmigaGuide. A “man page" type script is included for quick reference.
Dozens of demo scripts are included that can be run from within the AmigaGuide Docs. The AmigaGuide tutorial is truely interactive.
Examples can be seen by clicking labels. An installer script is included. Eight Extensions to DOS are included to make string manipulation easier from your DOS script. ChangeExt Changes the extension of a filename held as an ENVariable EqualsNull Determines if a file or variable contains data or is empty GetString Takes in keyboard input from the shell with a prompt InString Determines if one string is inside another. Returns position Substring Returns a substring of a string PathPart Returns the path from a path filename RlePart Returns the filename from a path fiiename AddPart Joins a
separate path and filename as one. Checks syntax. Author: Will Bow and Colin Thompson P Profs 2,0 Screenmode promotion utility Pprefs is a screenmode promotion uiiitity which allows you to promote every available scraenmode of your system (including HAM and EHB modes) to another mode. You simply select a source and a destination mode and every program thal wants to open a screen wilh the source mode, instead will open a screen with the destination mode. If you want thal some very special programs get their very special screenmode or don't get promoted at all, besides that “mode to mode"
promotion. Pprefs supports task screen specific promotion, as well.address Author; Olaf Gschweng StartUp-Menu 1.39 Customizable stariup utility A menu which allows you to choose between various options at startup. Features: Arexx support; screen database support: unlimited number of buttons choices; can show a file in the menu backgroud; public screen support; any font on the menu; can scroll phrases along the bottom of Ihe menu; the menu can have any palette; menu can pop up only if certain qualifiers are pressed (eg. Mouse buttons); can show free RAM and time and can can also alter system
settings (disable drive clicking, enable * as a wildcard and public screen tlags). Author: Lee Kindness Fred Fish Disk 1050 AIFF_dl 111 DalaType lor AIFF AIFC sound files A DataTypes class which permits reading and playing of AIFF and AIFC format sound files which are very common on Apple Macintosh machines. Author: Olaf ‘Olsen’ Barthel Binaty_df 39.6 Datatype for viewing binary files in hex This is a binary data type for using in MultiView or similar programs! The daiatype loads any binary file and displays it in a hex format!
Author: Stefan Huppert CalchDisk 1.20 Commodity for auto-formatling disks.
A simple commodity lor "auto-formating" bad unformatted disks. Each time a disk Is inserted into a drive, it checks to see if it Is properly formatted. If not, CatchDisk executes the Format program and asks the user if he wishes to formal the disk. Author: Alessandro Sala DefDTIcon 1.4 Changes selected icon images lo defaults This very useful utility installs itself to the Workbench Tools menu. Any file selected via it will have its icon images changed to Ihe default for ils datatype. Includes many standard icons. Author: Lee Kindness HotScreen 1.0 Select desired screen via a popup list If
you have many screens open and have lo shuffle between them, it can fake some time lo reach the right one. But don't miss It I HotScreen gives You a list Of all screens by shortcut. You select Ihe wanted screen and that's all. Author: Carslen Orlhbandt MacSND_dt 1,7 DataType for Mac “snd” resource data A DataTypes class which permits reading and playing of Apple Macintosh "snd" resource sound data, such as system beeps. Author: Olaf Olsen' Barthel Man_dt 39.4 Datatype for Unix man pages This is a unix manual page data type for using in MulliView or similar programs! The datatype loads any
manual page file and displays III Author; Stefan Rupperl ZGIFDataType 39.7 Fast datatype for displaying GIF files. A much faster replacement gif.datatype, coded using the same fghtning assembler as seen in ZGII04 (only _faster_). Main points: Very fast, pictures usually load at the same speed as equivalent depth ILBM’sl (use it with viewtekiOS for faster gif loading:); Supports almost all gifs (all self-contained gifs): async file reading dramatically boosts floppy performance: It's free! Requires and 020+ and OS3.0+. Author: Michael Zucchi Fred Fish Disk 1051 CX 1,3 replacement of the
“Exchange" program CX is a replacement of the original “Exchange" program from the Workbench. I wrote It, because I need a program with the ability of removing all commodities in the system. And I always wanted to write a commodity. One o( my goals was to be compatible in the using to the original program, but also offer new melhods of executing actions. You can select all buttons and gadgets by pressing a key on your keyboard, use the cursor keys to move around in the list of commodifies and other things. I hope, that this version is mostly bug free.
Author: Fin Schuppenhauer DzDir 2.0 Directory utility that uses MUI DzDir Is a directory utility that uses MUI tor maximum future benefit, Command line size dynAMIGAlly allocated from 0-1024 bytes. Unlimited Applcon & Hotkey support. Up to 100 configurable buttons. Multiformat Dale Time display.
Multiposition Ram gauges, May open with out the Directory windows (ie. Dock only). System friendly capture of output (no console windows).
Ability to View a text file from within a Lha archive. Many objects respond to appevents, Instant File lype recognition. Ability to add new filetypes as they evolve, Default icons may be set up so DzDir will add the correct icon for file types. Hotkeys may be setup tor buttons, Applcons, or just as hotkeys, Arexx Support.
On-line Help, File information strings for size selected information, Icon edit window like Workbench's “Icons Information..," window.
Ability lo put an lf( or an Icons image or text In your buttons, Left and Right buttons may be configured to do different things to a liletype. 30 Internal functions, Ability to move buttons horizontally and vertically, Add a new button to the left right, copy the button to the left right or delete any button, Auto-tilaing of buttons.
Author: Ben Marlin PS t .36 Lists into about tasks and processes Lists information about all lasks and processes currently in the system. Author: Trevor Andrews Fred Fish Disk 1052 CFX 5.560 Check type of file a la "dir lisl" cmd The Amiga caters for many varied programs, and these programs use their own data types. CFX (Crunched Fite eXaminer) contains a huge database of known filetypes and can deduce a file's “type" very quickly, in a fashion like ihe AmigDOS "list" or “dir" commands. Contains options to check for types like “executable, "not executable", “crunched", “graphics”, “sounds"
etc. Author Bob Rye Marcus Mroczkowski Move 37.11 Unix type Move command This is not just another Move command it features more: Recursive directory movements (including creation of destination dir), pattern support, and command line (tags like those known from e.g. C:Rename...and many, many more Author: Kai Iske PolyEd 1.242 User-friendly, powerfull text editor PolyEd is One Of the most user friendly text editors lor the Amiga. It is kepi small and easy, bul has all Ihe features. PolyEd has all features, needed to edit texts, but no other features, like clocks, memory displays, calculators
... As the Amiga has a great multitasking operating system, it is, in my opinion unnecessary to put all those things into one single program, bul better to set up one's desired environment by some different programs (which can be further Improved by arexx). In other words, if you need a calculator, parallel to PolyEd, why not run the one from the ‘utilities' drawer or one from the public domain pool. Via the arexx-porl.
Centering, formating and functions you can think of, can be added to PolyEd too. Author: Robert Brandner Fred Fish Disk 1053 Dolcon 1.2 Icon information and manipulation tool Dolcon is yet another icon tool, bul it's designed for quick shell-usage and can perfectly used together with DirOpus or any similar too!
Features: Displaying and manipulation of icon related values (eg, Tooltypes). Search & replace of a specified defaulttocl (with pattem- support). Search & replace of specified tooltypes (with pattern-support). Search & delete ot a specified toollype (with pattern- support), Converting icons to 8 bit-planes (For icons which are not displayed correctly on 8 color Wbs). Remapping icon colors (1 ,x style -
2. X 3.X style). Remapping icon colors (MagicWB 8 color -
standard 4 color).
Recursively delete ail ".info"-tiles (the old 1.x drawer-lnfos), Converting icon-lmageData lo C- Sourcecode. Full pattern and locale support, and more. Author: Lars 'SFX' Eilebrechl Man 1.11a Unix type Man command This is a simple MAN command, known from UNIX syslems.
The advantage is. That it recognizes .guide tiles to be AmigaGuide documents, MAN then uses a different viewer in order to display the AmigaGuidesi document. Furthermore MAN recognizes TeX-DVI files as well, using a drfferent viewer to display them. You may configure MAN using environment variables.
Author: Kai Iske Remind 1.41 Reminds you of Important dates, Calender programs are plentiful for the Amiga, you can always find another program sitting on a board which felts you what you are doing today. However I feel none of the programs I have tried actually are useful and easy to read.
The good thing about remind is that it contains all ihe information in one window, including what you need to do today, whal you need to do within several days, and what you have to do for the rest of the year. The user interlace has been remarked on by several people lor Its clarity. Its compact, completely configurable (well nearly), and its Iree. Completely and utterly tree, all I ask is that you send me some e-mail to say that you are using the program, Author: Richard Ambridge Reminder 5.9 A nice reminder utility Reminder keeps an eye on a fist of messages and commands, which the user
(you) wants to be shown and or executed at a specific time or time Intervals.
Any or all of the timeparameters can be wildcards. Once every minute the list is checked, and if a match between Ihe systemclock and a lime specification is lound a window will pop up, and the mes$ age(s) will be shown and or the command(s) will be executed.
Because Reminder is supposed to run as a backgroundprocess, it is designed to oe memory efficient and use as little CPU time as possible. Should ycu however be Ihe owner of an unexpanded A500, or for any other reason NOT want the program to run continuous, it is possible to make it show all messages for today a! Once, and then die (when using this option no commands will be executed). Author: Ebbe Holleris Petersen Yak 1.60 A multipurpose commodity Yet Another Kommodily. Features a sunmouse that only activates when the mouse stops, KeyActivate windows, click windows to front or back, cycle
screens with mouse, mouse and screen blanking, ctose'zip shrink enlarge windows with programmable hotkeys and a lot of other configurable hotkeys. Fully localized English language buillin and provided catalogs for Dutch, French. German, Italian and Swedish.
Documentation in English, French, German and Italian. Includes installer scripts and C source.
Author: Gael Marziou and Martin W. Scott Fred Fish Disk 1054 EdWordPro 5.0 Fully lealured lext editor. A fully featured and fully operational texl editor which offers all the standard features ot any decent editor as well as the ability to hold up to 15 documents in memory, a Macro facility, Koyword Texl Casing (i.e. editor will automatically force keywords Into upper lower case etc); The ability to send AmigaDOS commands: 12 possible screen resolutions: A lull ASCII table; Powerful search routines; Vertical Blocks: A built in calculator; A Word Count: The ability to sort a piece of text
alphabetically .. and much more. EdWord can be used to edit binary hies as well as plain vanilla texts and as such becomes a competent filebased edrtor (like NewZap). Author: Martin Reddy Fsort 1.1 Very fast file sorting utility File sorting... Hmm... C:Sort does this... But it's very ssssltlllooooowwwww. ARP Sort sorts slightly faster. Features: Fsort tries lo be much more better. Fsort supports input from stdin and oulput to stdoul (PIPES ’!!). Fsort eats less RAM (bul slightly more lhan ARP Sort). Fsort requires Klckstart 2.04 or higher. Fsort is pure and can be made resident. Fsort takes
advantage ot the powerful ss.library (also in this archive, see SSUb ??? .lha on the AmiNet tor complete distribution). Speed comparison: (280K file, on GVP A530 Turbo - 68EC030 40MHz) original C:Sort 37.3, 36 seconds, 380K used: ARP Sort27 seconds, 317K used; Fsort.
4,9 seconds. 334K used. All the timings are measured by Slat 1.0 (available in MJUtils.lha on AmiNet). Author: Martin Mares MidMoose 1.013 Maps a key to the middle mouse button. Maps a specified key press ( defaults to f 10) to the middle mouse button. So users wilhoul a 3 button mouse can use features normally not available to them. Works with DiiWork (got no other programs lo test It on) Author: Lee Kindness Recall 2.3 Utility to help you remember evenls A program to keep frack of birthdays, anniversaries and other important events. It is an easy-to- use, intuition-based utility for the
absenl- minded! FEATURES - keeps back of the remaining days to important events - keeps track of the days since important events happened - automatically start programs depending on ihe date and time - be reminded every day (e.g. every 14th day) - be reminded days before or after the event - be reminded once a day, every time you boot, before or after a certain date, before or after a certain hour or minute - be reminded about evenls until you acknowledge them - be reminded with requesters, alerts or practically anything thal can bo displayed on an Amiga-monitor - display unlimited lines
of text in Ihe same requester alert (only limited by the screen's resolution and memory) - group different events in the same requester or alert - keep a simple database of the birthdays of family and friends - lei your Amiga keep track of how old people are by insterting the dale of birth in the middle of Ihe string where you want to display the age (i.e. the texl "Adam is (080570) years eld today" will be displayed as “Adam is 23 years old today".) - make advanced events which are displayed for example afler 21 :Q0 every 3rd day Ihe first 7 days of every 2nd month the next 4 years - combine
all of the attributes mentioned above in the same event - enter these events in an easy- to-use environment and without the need of programming-knowledge, just by entering the desired lex! And pressing a few buttons NEW FEATURES - Suomi catalogs inciuded. - Various bug fixes. (Among them, some bugs which caused gurus on some machines).
Author: Ketsl Hunn Fred Fish Disk 1055 Multiuser 1.8 Create Unix tike mulliuser environment Allows you to create a Unix-like environment where several users live together in harmony, unable to delete each others tiles, unable to read those private love-letters of other users... And this even if several users are working on the machine at the same time (on a terminal hooked up to the serial port) Author: Geert Uylterhoeven Fred Fish Disk 1056 APIPE 37.7 Alternative pipe handler (Ind. Source) The 'APipe-Handler1 allows you to add the ‘APIPE:’ DOS device to your system. This device acts as a pipe
between two programs, but in a different manner than the standard ‘PIPE:’ device does.
This handler interprets Ihe text after the APIPE:' prefix as a command line to execute, and Ihe process command which opens the file indicaled by She mention of ‘APIPE:’ can now read the standard output or write the standard input of the program indicated by the command line depending on whether the ‘APIPE:’ file was opened for reading or writing, respectively.
Thus, the opening an 'APIPE:’ file is analogous to the UNIX 'popenO' call, but It is more widely available to the userAn Complete source is included and can be used as an example of a handler. Author: Per Bojsen RunLame 1.34 A smart degrader for stupid programs.
A smad degrader, more lame programs work, fixes the following lame coding: not considering caches; not considering the location of the vbr; assuming screenmode is an old chipset mode; assuming sprite resolution is lores; turning oft sprite DMA in the wrong way. Comes with a GUI and lots ol user-friendly features. Also includes RunLamelnfiltrator, which enables you to permanently fix tame programs. Has passed an extremely careful beta-testing. Author: Bilbo the first Zshell 2.2 Small, fast shell with CFN and review.
Zshell is a small (26K), iasl and powerful SHELL with many (64) bulltin commands. So it replaces most of the commands in the C: directory what effects In saving disk space and reducing disk accesses. There is no way around Zshell for those who do not have a harddisk or still have Kickstart 1.2 1.3 . Bui il is useful for those with a better Kickstart and or harddisk, too, because for example il has powerful editing & history, filenamecompletion, review buffer and a lovely LIST, D!R and INFO command (very sensible ones !).! Tried lo made usage similar to the AmigaDOS Shell for easy using. Some
of the features: * Freeware, no payment required. * Usage is similar (or better) to the standard AmigaDOS shell. * Supports the standard housekeeping commands which are builtin, so no disk access is necessary, eg. List, dir, cd. Rename, makedir, delete, copy, path, into, type * A total of 64 builtin commands. * About 26K small (pure assembler code, source included). * Starting from Workbench or CLP Shell possible. * Filenamecompletion by simply pressing TAB. * Review-buffer to see what scrolled out of the window. * Command line editing better than KS2.0 . * Command and Function key aliasing. *
DIR and LIST both sort (by defaull) and show tilesize, * Simple ‘MORE’ type text viewer. * Some commands and features for debugging syslem programs. ‘ Online HELP function and AmigaGuide documentation with examples. ‘ Has a kind of Memory-Clock with alarm, * Colourful output, can be reduced to one colour. Author: Paul Hayter. Martin Gierich Fred Fish Disk 1057 Button Menu 1.23 Easy creation ot customizable menus ButtonMenu allows you to create menus in the form ol a window full of GadTools buttons. Two programs are provided: one to allow you to create the menu and one which runs the menu. It
is then possible to run your menu from a startup-sequence, for example.
Tha GUI lor the creator was designed to use Topaz 8, but It will adapt to the current screen font if it is not too big. An added bonus is Ihe ability to load ButtonMenu from within ButtonMenu from wilhin ButtonMenu and so on... This means you can nest menus to create complicated menu systems. Author: Oliver Roberts DOSPrels 2.2 Small commodity with three functions.
DOSPrefs is a small commodity with three functions: 1. Control the "WildstaF-flag ot Ihe Amiga OS 2.0+ dos,library. 2. Control the “Noclick’Mlags of the Amiga OS 2.0+ trackdisk.device. 3. Provide an all new “Unixdirs',-feature. Author: Norbert Puschel IconTrace 2.02 An icon.library monitor, version 2,02 Use this program to find out which tooltypes a program supports and which icons it looks for.
Author: Peter Stuer Pictlcon 0.96 Scales pictures Into icons. Os3.xonly Allows pictures to be dropped onto an appicon.
Will then toad the pictures using datatypes.flbrary and scale them into icons.
Many options to customize how the scaled picture icons will look. Allows frames backgrounds and size text (built in fonts, tho) Features: o Files may be passed by dropping them onto an appicon, seiecting an apptool item, shift-salection, or via a CLI interlace, o Dithering (one type, error-dittusion) o Remaps 1o current Workbench palette a Both fractional and integer scaling o User defined icon size o Allows templates lor both tooltypes and or background underlay o User defined appicon image o Ability to place picture dimension text onto icon o Preserves aspect of pictures with aspect
information o User defined screen aspect, (for non-lace ors-hlres users) o HAM-6 HAM-8 support o Datatype ioader scaler module is available for registered E 3.0 users, (no source) o Newlcons support (optional) o Whatls support (optional) o Multiple filenames and'or wildcards from the CLI interface Author Chad Randall Pmontre 1.2 Digital Clock Date Free Mem Alarm Pmontre V1.2 is a Freeware digital clock for the WB. Some features: Digital Clock, Date (possible disable), Calendar (for French language only), English French German languages, Free memory Chip Fast Total in only one bargraph
PubScreen option, - WB toolstypes and Shell options supported, Atarm with requester, and Borderless option Author: Pascal Pensa Publican 1.6 Public screen support utility Publican is a public screen support utility. It allows you to set the default public screen, set global public screen behaviour flags and obtain the name ol Ihe trontmost public screen (and write it to StdOut or a local global variable). Author: Lee Kindness Qdisk 2,11 WoriiBench utility to monitor space usage A WorkSench utility that will monitor the Space usage oi any mounted AMIGA DOS volume, like your hard drive or your
floppy drive. Qdisk will also notify you if a volume becomes too full.
Comes with a preference editor to customize Qdisk to ycur needs, Author: Norman Baccari ToolType 3.2 Edit TooITypes easily. A program to make il easier to edit tooltypes in icons.
ToolType will read the tooltypes from an icon tile and let you use your favorite text editor to change or add to the tooltypes. ToolType can be run from shell, Workbench, or set up as an appicon. Includes an option to sort the tooltypes alphabetically. Author: Michael J Barsoom UnLock 37,0 Unlock Lock()-ed objects on HD This Is just a little program lo lix problems occuring with programs, leaving locks on objects somewhere on your HD. Have you ever had the problem, that when you tested a program just downloaded from a BBS. It seemed that the program kept a LockQ on some object on your HD? Tf
so. You know that you can not delete the object (dir, file whatever), without removing the lock first or rebooting. I have encountered Ihis problem lots ol times, but didn't always want lo launch a System Monitor, to remove the outstandi ng locks, just to delete something.
Author: Kai Iske Fred Fish Disk 1058 DeliTracker 2.07 Flexible soundplayer for many formats A highly flexible soundplayer which supports many sound formats. The replay routines for the common formats ProTracker, NoiseTracker, SoundTracker 15 and 31 inst.
And StarTrekker without AM sounds, are built within DeSTracker. Additional players can be loaded (rom disk. DeliTracker is NOT a Sampler. Digitizer. MIDI sequencer nor a song editor. It is only meant to play music modules in a very comfortable way. Here are some reasons for using DeliTracker: System friendly and muttitasks happily; Highly expandable due to modular concept; Allocates the sound channels; Supports xpkmaster.library lor decrunching; Correct play speed in PAL NTSC (uses timerdevice); Works well with serial.device; Modulelists; Arexx; PubScreen support; Hotkey (Commodity);
Appwindow, modules can be played by simply dropping the module icon (or even a hole directory) into tho mainwindow; Written in 100% Assembler. Binary only.
Author: Peter Kunath, Frank Riffet Inf 1.35 Extended AmigaDOS INFO command Display's extended information about the file system(s). Author Trevor Andrews TYPmod ?.? Octamed module A great octamed module, with a heavy quota ot the sax, Author: Tom Pettigrew Fred Fish Disk 1059 AssignWedge 1.4 An AssignX type clone On tho Amiga, many programs require a particular logical device name or assignment to point to a drawer or volume to find their data. If you forget to place such an assignment in your User- Startup file or take care of it by hand you will sooner or iater see the familiar “Please
insert volume ... In any drive" requester popping up.
AssignWedge wedges' into Ihe operating system routine responsible for bringing up this requester, giving you the choice lo take one of the following actions using the mouse: Retry-lf you have taken care of the assignment or device yoursetf, this will cause the action that brought up the requester to be repeated.
Assign-Thls will create an assignment under the name displayed in the requester. You just have to pick the drawer to tie it to, Mount-Assuming that the device displayed in the requester can be mounted, this will execute the AmigaDOS 'Mount’ command and then repeat the action that brought up the requester. Deny-This effectively denies the program that brought up this requester to refer to the device in question.
Whenever it refers to it, no requester will appear asking you lo insert the volume in question.
Instead, the program to ask for the volume will see any attempt to access the volume failing.
Cancel-Denies the program request to access the volume. It's as simple as that. Author: Olaf Barthel MathPiot 2.14 A function plotter with lin log support A function plotter with lin tog plot, a complete KS
2. 0 interface, and Arexx support. Needs Kickstart WorkBench 2.0
and mtool.library (inciuded). Author: Rudiger Drerer Taulcons
1.7 MagicWB style icons for Workbench 8 color Workbench icons
using the MagicWB palette and templates. Includes well over
hundred icons and dockicons. Documentation has detailed
installation instructions. Author: Osma Ahvenlampi Fred Fish
Disk 1060 AmiTCP-Demo 4.0 TCP IP protocol stack AmiTCP tP is
the most videly used TCP iP protocol stack for the Amiga.
AmiTCP lP utilizes ttie standard Sana-ll network device
drivers and provides an application level socket interface to
the Internet protocol suite as an Amiga shared library.
AmiTCP IP Is propiertary, copyrighted product of the NSDt - Network Solutions Development Inc, Finland. See the file 'LICENCE' included In the archive tor the licence conditions. This is the demonstration version of the AmiTCP IP 4.0. * About the Commercial AmiTCP IP Version: The commercial version ot AmtTCP IP 4.0 includes: Enchanced version ot AmiTCP: Frendlier logging system with global filter etc. Cache for name server replies. Sana-ll 2.0 support. Full BOOTP support. Access control for server programs. Optimized version for '20 and up.
Automatic BOOTP configuration utility. Printed & online User Manual. Technical support via email, fax and normal mait. All the new features in the future will be added to the commercial version only. Author: AmiTCP IP Group
• AC* The Auction 11th Hour News The Commodore Auction Even at
the final hour, it is not a clean deal.
April 21,1995: The Commodore auction was held in New York City on April 20, 1995 at the law offices of Fullbright & Jaworski. There were approximately sixty attendees who represented different investor groups and other concerns (including former Commodore stock holders) as well as Dan Stets from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
After a very lengthy process, the trustees asked who had the ability to bid and who had a million dollars. A book bid was submitted by ESCOM and by DELL Computer Company. The DELL hid requested additional time to review some of the patents. DELL requested the additional time stating that they had only been informed of the auction two weeks before and there were some objections being raised concerning the patents by IBM.
An additional, unnamed computer dealer from California was also on hand to bid, but they were disqualified. It was determined that, although they had the initial down payment, they could not demonstrate that they had the ability to pay the full bidding price.
Tlie trustees denied the DELL Computer the extension and then granted the bid to ESCOM of Germany, since they were the only other active bidder remaining. ESCOM's bid was lower than the DELL bid by an undisclosed amount, ESCOM's bid was reported at S6.5 million. At least S1.5 million had already been paid for the rights to the Commodore name in Germany. The remaining 5 million was for the balance of the assets.
Creative Equipment International, according to sources, had combined their efforts with the DELL Computer bid.
Although the Commodore UK Management team was on hand for the auction, they neglected to submit their SI million fee. They were excused from the bidding process.
A Contest DELL Computer was not satisfied with the rulings by the trustees and will attempt to block the final sale in court today. The U.S. Bankruptcy court in New York will rule on the ESCOM bid and any objections to the bid.
One source claimed that DELL s request was genuine and that their concerns were worth consideration. DELL appears to be considerably interested in the Amiga technology and the rest of the Commodore trademarks and has promised to vigorously oppose this action. The fact that DELL Computer's bid was for an undisclosed amount higher than the ESCOM bid has not been lost on the creditors.
Commodore went into liquidation owing approximately $ 100 million to various concerns. The results of this auction will probably yield the only money these creditors are owed. With only S6.6 million dollars collected, this yields only 6 1 2 cents to the dollar. That figure is based on a 100% realization of the sale. If the sale price is attached for fees for the liquidation, tlie creditors could receive considerably less.
ESCOM’s Plans Until now, ESCOM has been reluctant to discuss their plans for the Amiga. Up to this point, their only expressed interest has been in the Commodore brand name for their EC clones manufactured in Germany.
ESCOM's President, Manfred Schmitt, has declined our efforts to interview him.
However, in an article by Dan Stets in the Philadelphia Inquirer for today, Mr. Stets states, "ESCOM's president Manfred Schmitt said his company would resume manufacturing Amiga and other popular Commodore products and start making Apple and IBM-compatible computers with the Commodore name for the European market."
The article went on to say, "Schmitt said he would attempt to manufacture all of the traditional Commodore products, even the advanced Amiga 4000, in China, He said he planned to approach Motorola Co.
About microprocessors for a new Commodore PowerPC, which would be similar to the PowerMac manufactured by Apple Computer Co. This new PowerPC would likely be built in Europe."
Even after the case is heard in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York, it will be sent to the Supreme Court of the Bahamas.
This is where the initial liquidation proceedings began.
Conclusions As we send this final page to press, there is still no definitive word as to who will produce Amigas. Either bidder could gain conti'oi of the company based on what happens in the courts.
ESCOM of Germany offers a solid hope for European Amiga owners, since their base of operations and expansion has been in that area. In addition, ESCOM has established a retail segment that could service both German and United Kingdom Amiga users (please see the article The Commodore Game in the March April issue of Amazing Computing). There has been no word as to what ESCOM would do for the North American market.
DELL Computer is moderately three times the size of ESCOM and the Amiga technology would provide a very attractive addition to their current PC clone line.
DELL's aggressive advertising and price campaigns in the U.S. have allowed them to prosper almost every year of their existence.
The only satisfaction that Amiga users should gain in the short term is that the technology is selling and that there will he an owner. The matter is in the courts and it may well be decided before this issue is mailed. The one thing Amiga users need now is the one thing they have had to find for some time patience.
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