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I received a call from an Amiga supporter who had received clear information that the Amiga was about to be purchased by the "Chinese". The "Chinese" have come up many times in Amiga lore. I have been told that they were at the final bidding of Amiga two years ago when ESCOM won and 1 have been told that they were responsible for bank rolling as many as iour different investment groups who were chasing after the Amiga. While I knew it was not impossible, after all the Chinese are getting Hong Kong back, I could not rationalize why the Amiga would be that important to them. If it was a line of computers they were interested in, they could continue the PC clone business or produce Macintosh clones with the money they were supposedly offering for the Amiga and gain a great deal more success. In order to be successful with the Amiga, two things are required: an ongoing commitment to the platform and its development as well as sales and marketing (or should that read marketing and sales) of the system. While I am not saying the Chinese would have not been willing to do this, the question is, "Why would they?" Gateway 2000's Goal? While waiting for a clear response from Gateway 2000, many Amiga fans have offered their own expectations of Gateway 2000's goals. These range from the euphoric (Gateway 2000 will use the Amiga technology in all their machines as well as develop 300 MHz systems for next fall) to the paranoid (Gateway 2000 bought the Amiga in a side deal with Bill Gates to bury the Amiga technology
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QuikPak Welcomes Gateway 2000 to the Amiga Community Once again it seems that the Amiga Community is subjected to another sharp turn on the rollercoaster that is the future of the Amiga. The recent announcement by Gateway 2000 that its bid to purchase the assets of Amiga Technologies has been successful is truly a surprise. Yet, it is a surprise that holds much promise.
Gateway 2000 is a tremendous success story - continually scoring top marks in customer satisfaction surveys based on service, support, and product reliability.
Gateway 2000 is a leader in its market, and brings to the Amiga Community a wealth of resources and knowledge.
While we are understandably dissappointed that our own bid was unsuccessful, we at QuikPak remain as committed as ever to the future of the Amiga. We have devoted a large portion of our energies to developing the Amiga market and supporting the community, and we have no intention of abandoning our position now.
The Gateway 2000 purchase may represent an excellent opportunity to breathe new life into the Amiga platform. We’ve maintained all along that we believe in the future of the Amiga, and stand by our statements.
Thank you once again for your continuing support, and we look forward to bringing you new information as it becomes available. We look forward to working with you, the user, and all our other partners in making the Amiga’s future as bright as possible. And, we look forward to the opportunity of working with the newest player in the Amiga field, Gateway 2000.
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Let's face it. No one saw this coming.
Gateway 2000 was a dark-horse bidder. Their name had not come up in any conversations prior to their announcement on March 27. In fact, two days before the announcement, I received a call from an Amiga supporter who had received clear information that the Amiga was about to be purchased by the "Chinese".
Rial Co The "Chinese" have come up many times in Amiga lore. I have been told that they were at the final bidding of Amiga two years ago when ESCOM won and 1 have been told that they vvere responsible for bank rolling as many as four different investment groups who were chasing after the Amiga.
While I knew it was not impossible, after all the Chinese are getting Hong Kong back, I could not rationalize why the Amiga would be that important to them. If it was a line of computers they were interested in, they could continue the PC clone business or produce Macintosh clones with the money they were supposedly offering for the Amiga and gain a great deal more success.
In order to be successful with the Amiga, two things are required: an ongoing commitment to the platform and its development as well as sales and marketing (or should that read marketing and sales) of the system, While I am not saying the Chinese would have not been willing to do this, the question is, "Why would they?"
Gateway 2000’s Goal?
While waiting for a clear response from Gateway 2000, many Amiga fans have offered their own expectations of Gateway 2000's goals. These range from the euphoric (Gateway 2000 will use the Amiga technology in all their machines as well as develop 300 Mhz systems for next fall) to the paranoid (Gateway 2000 bought the Amiga in a side deal with Bill Gates to bury the Amiga technology and kill it forever). Obviously the truth lies somewhere in-between.
Some Amiga users have feared openly that Gateway 2000 is only interested in the Amiga technology to create their own settop box system and or integrate Amiga technology into their existing line of Destination convergence Tvs. The anxiety is that Gateway 2000 will discard the open development of new Amigas and stop producing Amiga computers. They believe that this new market is enough justification for buying the Amiga. The expected millions created by converging Amiga, PC, and television together will offer Gateway 2000 the edge they will need in the growing computer industry. However, Gateway
has expressed their ideals differently.
In the March 27th release, Rick Snyder, president and COO of Gateway 2000, is quoted as saying, "This acquisition is good news for Gateway and customers of AMIGA, It will strengthen our intellectual property position and invigorate a company that has been a pioneer in multimedia solutions and operating systems technology."
Don Hicks Managing Editor While it is almost a certainty that Gateway 2000 bought the Amiga to utilize the technology (you don't buy a car to put it in a barn, unless you are Jay Leno), it is also apparent from the statement above and from the history of Gateway 2000 that they do not throw away resources. Although the price for Amiga Technologies remains unknown, most inside sources guess at a figure between $ 15 million to $ 16 million. To purchase the Amiga for technology which could have been licensed outright or even produced in house for a lot less would be wasting resources.
The value of any technology or proprietary system is not in its onetime use.
The value is from its potential and, with the Amiga, that potential has been a constant.
Amiga's Wealth The Amiga's wealth is based on loyal Amiga users who still support the platform and on its developers because they believe the Amiga's operating system has unique advantages. The Amiga's wealth is in third- party developers who know the platform, understand its possibilities, and will develop the next level of software. And, now, the Amiga's wealth is in its position as a division of a company that did over $ 5 billion in sales last year with a net profit of $ 250 million.
Gateway 2000 knows that they cannot utilize the technology in the Amiga without providing computers and development for the marketplace. You cannot program for a settop box without a computer to program.
They also know that to maintain the system's value, they need to continue proprietary' development and advance the system.
For once, the Amiga has a North American company who understands marketing and technology worldwide, who has the resources to do great things, and who has a proven track record of customer satisfaction. In short, aren't these the exact things most of us have wanted. Our only problem is that we want to know immediately what Gateway will do.
Gateway 2000 has promised to hold a press conference on May 17 at the World of Amiga near London. Since the July issue of Amazing Computing will already be at press on that date, we have made arrangements with our printer to hold several pages for late entry so we can give our readers the latest information.
I hope they are ready. I am sure they did not expect the reaction they have received from Amiga users worldwide. I am also certain that they were not fully assured that they were going to get Amiga Technologies until the announcement. So, there is no doubt that they have had to review their strategies.
But, they have it (barring any regulatory objections) and Amiga users are preparing for the next generation of the Amiga.
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The one thing 1 enjoy most, besides using them of course, is the fact they can be easily upgraded or added to in true "plug and play" and not "shrug and pray" fashion. I will never go to the other platforms as long as I can enjoy the Amiga and read Amazing Computing Amiga magazine. Your magazine has helped me in more ways than I can ever count.
Sincerely, Glen A Blair N Las Vegas NV Thanks, Glen, for the kind words and your comments. As you can see from the articles and coverage in this issue, Gateiuay 2000, a producer of Wintel computers has apparently won the bid for the Amiga. I believe that, had the Amiga been of little consequence, Gateway 2000 would not have been interested. Apparently the Amiga has a great deal to offer the personal computing industry and Gateway 2000 will be in the position to take advantage of that.
While Gateway 2000 has not yet been able to release their intentions, speculation has run rampant on the nets and in the trade press. The only thing anyone knows for sure is that Gateway 2000 did not need to purchase the Amiga to squash it (the apathy of the market over three years of neglect would have done that). Gateway 2000 could only want the technology to use and expand. This just may be the best way to get Amiga technology into the mainstream.
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Gateway 2000 wins the Amiga, ¦ NEW but will not speak PRO DUCTS until May 17th. Mc(otUr stag AfSf m (( GATEUM2000 Gateway 2000 wins Amiga! Almost The hottest news this month is the Gateway 2000 purchase of the Amiga. Gateway 2000 released an announcement on March 27 (just too late for the May issue), that they had made an offer for Amiga Technologies "including all patents, trademarks and trade names" and that the offer had been accepted, "by the court- appointed Administrator in Bankruptcy in Germany acting on behalf of AMIGA. The agreement is subject to regulatory approval."
"This acquisition is good news for Gateway and customers of AMIGA," said Rick Snyder, president and COO of Gateway 2000.
"It will strengthen our intellectual property position and invigorate a company that has been a pioneer in multimedia solutions and operating systems technology."
According to the original release, "AMIGA Technologies will be renamed AMIGA International. The company will operate as a separate business unit and will retain its current president, Petro Tyschtschenko, who will work to develop new products for the AMIGA market."
Petro Tyschtschenko, President of Amiga Technologies, was quoted in the release, "Gateway 2000 will give us new life and energy for the future." In an exclusive interview with Amazing Computing, Mr. Tyschtschenko stated, "I am so pleased that I found a new home for the Amiga. Gateway 2000 is a great company. They know what a treasure they have bought." Mr. Tyschtschenko will head up Gateway 2000's new Amiga International company in Germany.
Gateway 2000 has been reluctant to offer more information on their plans for the Amiga. In a later announcement, released April 17, Gateway 2000 stated: Gateway 2000 is still waiting for the final approval from the German bankruptcy court to complete the acquisition of the assets of Amiga Technologies. Gateway 2000 is working hard to explore how to expand the world of Amiga.
The press releases and news announcements in New Products are from Amiga vendors and others. While Amazing Computing maintains the right to edit these articles, the statements, etc. made in these reports are those of the vendors and not Amazing Computing.
Amiga International and Gateway 2000 have received many positive responses from the Amiga community and wanted to keep the community informed of the progress of the acquisition. Amiga International plans on further communications regarding our strategy (pending final approval) during a press conference at the World of Amiga on May 17th and May 18th in London.
For more information on Gateway 2000 as well as reaction to the news by the Amiga community, please read the article on page 42 of this issue.
U i- .Ji Jiui w »L J,, i Amiga Web Design with Pagemonster CultureShock Multimedia has announced Pagemonster 1.0, a new web page generation tool for the Amiga Computer.
Pagemonster incorporates a point and click interface with a modular, nonlinear approach to the construction of web pages. This method allows users to gather, arrange and preview all the elements that will comprise their final page into an unlimited number of layouts before saving.
Pagemonster 1.0 requires no knowledge of HTML and contains digitized voice narration to guide users through Pagemonster's operation. Page designers can use their favorite paint programs, image processors, text editors and sound sampling software from inside Pagemonster. External links can be stored and any associated files for later use in other pages. Form wizards allow designers to generate forms for user input with just a few dicks of a button.
Plug-in support allows Pagemonster to grow and evolve with the changing HTML standards of the World Wide Web. Designers can create multiple page suites and save everything to disk, media files and all, to upload later or rework.
Pagemonster requires an Amiga OS 3.0 or greater, at least 6MB of Ram, AmigaVision Player and Runtime libraries, the Append command, and at least 8MB of Hard drive space. If you purchase Pagemonster 1.0 directly from Culture Shock before July 1997, you will be able to obtain a copy at a special price of $ 49.95. Pagemonster's normal retail price is $ 69.95. CultureShock Multimedia, 2319 North 45th street, Suite 296, Seattle, Washington 98103. Email: email@example.com, zoeb site: http: www.serv.net ~cshock main.html. El Easy to use GUI configuration and operation. It virtually configures itself!
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Siamese System RTG v2.0 HiQ Ltd. Has announced the release of the Siamese RTG. The Siamese RTG allows your Amiga to connect with and work simultaneously with a PC. The Siamese RTG software will ship with a 256 color Workbench which can be displayed on the PC graphics card in any resolution your graphics board is capable of in 16 bit color mode. Solid window movement and 16 bit color backdrops are available for screen and windows. Programs that are system friendly and are not heavily bitmap oriented will open on the RTG display and operate faster than AGA 256 DBLPal type screen modes.
HiQ has promised that the Siamese RTG software will be further enhanced and improved over the next 3 months when a version 2.1 upgrade will be made available free of charge to all those who purchase in March and April only. HiQ wants their customers to feel confident in the software and also allow them to recoup the heavy development costs spent. The version 2.0 software is Windows NT4 and Win95 compatible. Once the Siamese RTG v2.1 is Circle 142 on Reader Service card.
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The Siamese system is sold in North America by Anti Gravity Products, 1649 16'th St., Santa Monica, CA 90404, Sales 800- 7-GRAV1TY, Customer Service 310-399-7782, and on the web at http: unvw.antigravity.com. Asimware Upgrades Asimware Innovations Inc. has announced upgrades to their two popular CD-ROM access and authoring tools: AsimCDFS v3.8 and MasterlSO vl.25b AsimCDFS v3.8 is a maintenance update for the AsimCDFS v3 package with support for new CD-ROM drives, including the Pioneer 12x, Nakamichi 4.8, Toshiba XM-3801, Toshiba XM-5701 and the Philips CDD2600; as well as support for the
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Zorro 2 Rev. 5.42 Micronik Computer Service has introduced a new Zorro 2 revision that has 5 zorro 2 slots, 2 PCI slots, and 2 ISA slots, plus a Video Slot. This new board fixes many bugs of previous revisions having a passthru for a 1260 or 1230 Blizzard accelerator. It fits into CeV Designs Model 4A Case with a 250 watt power supply, and has a high compatibility with cards. XP Chassis Model 4A (Za board) is $ 619.00 + $ 30.00 S&H, Video Slot Option is $ 99.00 New Micronik Zorro 3 in May Micronik also announced their new Zorro 3 board can be ordered now and will be delivered in May. This new
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New Eagle Zorro 2 Rev 2.0 Not to be left behind, Eagle also has a new zorro 2 slot that has 7 zorro 2,2 video slots, and 5 ISA slots with the passthru for a Blizzard board or DKB Cobra. Video slot requires extra options. This new board also corrects bugs in the previous revision and works well in expanding an A1200 in a tower case running a Picasso, for instance.
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Modem Cable 7.95 Is it time to see the world of your Amiga in a little more depth and color? Picasso IV is the latest edition to Village Tronic's long-running graphics card.
By William Near A New Contender For a few years now most "big box" Amiga owners, AGA and ECS alike, have come to the conclusion that a 24-bit graphics board is far superior in performance to that of the Amiga's custom chips. Using an AGA Amiga in 256 colors is an exercise in frustration and patience. Manipulating large, colorful screens at anything other than an unusable crawl is not its forte, to say the least.
The latest contender in the Amiga 24-bit graphics board market is the Picasso IV from Village Tronic Marketing GmbH of Germany. Any Amiga with a Zorro II IH slot, a video slot, Workbench 3.1, and a 68020 or better CPU can join in on the fun.
Care to play some Gloom Deluxe in a window on a 256 color Workbench?
Feature And Other Interesting Bits The Picasso IV is based on the CL- GD5446 graphics chip by Cirrus Logic.
While this chip is not one of the newer graphics chips from Cirrus Logic, it stilt serves its purpose quite nicely on the Amiga. There are 4 Mbs of 64-bit, 50ns EDO video RAM on the card that enables it to run at a maximum 1280 x 1024 in TrueColor (24-bit) with a local PCI-Bus. This makes the Picasso IV quite a good performer.
Some other interesting features of this board are: S-VHS video input outputs, 3.5mm stereo audio input outputs, FLASHROM for future firmware updates via software, picture-in-picture (PIP) capability, Amiga and CD-ROM audio inputs, and a 4 channel audio mixer on-board (Amiga, Line, TV, CD).
One of the biggest features of the Picasso IV is the built-in flicker fixer scandoubler. This enables all standard Amiga screenmodes to be viewable on virtually any monitor. By standard Amiga screenmodes, I mean NTSC and PAL only nothing else! The Picasso IV's flicker fixer will not passthrough any non-15 kHz.
Screenmodes, double-NTSC PAL is also out of the running.
Some of the planned expansion modules for the Picasso IV are: a Video and TV-Module a digital Genlock for 100 Hz. Tvs an MPEG module a Genlock module the Pablo II video-encoder a Sound module for MIDI- synthesizer, Wavetable, and Surroundsound an AudioDSP a 3D Accelerator Installing & Hacking Installing the board into your A3000 or A4000 is a very cut and dry procedure due to the in-line video slot.
Installing the same board into an A2000, which I did, is quite an ordeal.
The first thing to do is remove all the monitor drivers from your system, except for the NTSC and PAL ones. All RTG software must be removed too. In my case that meant removing all of the CyberGraphX files left over from my Picasso II days. After doing this it is time to install the Picasso96 driver software using the standard Commodore Installer interface. I would highly recommend that you run to the nearest source of Picasso96 support, the Internet, and grab the latest version of the software, as the included version is woefully outdated at this point. This is a good thing in actuality
because the Picasso96 software is being actively updated on an almost weekly basis.
In order to install the Picasso IV hardware into an Amiga 2000 you must first remove the flicker fixer module from the main card. According to the manual, this is simply a matter of cutting two plastic bridges that help to hold the two boards together wrong!
I started out by following the procedure outlined in the manual. I cut through the two bridges with a very sharp knife and attempted to gently bend the flicker fixer module back and forth to set it free. I soon realized that this just wasn't going to happen as easily as the manual assured me that it would. Too much pressure on the main board and module would surely cause damage.
Your Workbench could look cool too with a little help from Newlcons and a colorful backdrop.
I had to saw through almost every connecting point between the module and main board (there are 31 of them) in order to feel confident that the module would release itself from the main board without going snap, crackle, and pop! About 45 minutes later I had two separate boards.
This is not a job for those with shaky hands or an uneasiness about using a sharp instrument around a computer board. If you don't feel confident doing this modification then I would suggest that you let your local Amiga dealer, or other computer repair center, do it for you. I'm not saying that it's a huge undertaking, but there's no sense in ruining a $ 440 graphics board because you slipped with a knife or became too impatient to do the job right.
I recently read on the Picasso mailing list that the first 1,000 boards were not manufactured exactly as the prototype board was in regard to the flicker fixer's attachment points. It seems that this is the cause of the problem and it should be remedied in the next production run.
After removing the flicker fixer module from the main board, I placed the Picasso IV into an empty Zorro II slot and the flicker fixer module in the video slot. Three cables are then routed under the power supply to connect the two boards together.
All of this is unnecessary with other Amigas and most certainly could have been avoided if Village Tronic would have finished development on their Denise adapter board before releasing the Picasso IV. This adapter will enable A2000 owners to install the entire graphics board into a Zorro II slot and then run a cable from the board's flicker fixer to the Denise socket no hacking required.
Unequal Manuals The Picasso IV comes with a nice, spiral-bound German manual and a plain, folded-and-stapled English version. Unlike the Picasso II's English manual, which was a nice piece of work and spiral-bound. It is as if the English manual was a last-minute effort in the binding and printing department. In fact, all early deliveries of the Picasso IV didn't even come with the English manual, but their users should have been sent the English version of the manual by now.
Don't get me wrong, the English manual uses proper grammar and spelling for the most part, unlike other translated manuals I have had the misfortune of using in the past.
Time For Takeoff Once all of the hardware and software is installed it's time to power up the computer and see what happens.
When first booting under the new system, a low-res screenmode is selected from the available modes. I promptly jumped into the Prefs Screenmode program and brought up a nice 1024x768x256 Workbench screenmode on my 17" monitor. It looked quite nice on a large monitor. If you have never seen an Amiga running in a high resolution screenmode then it will be a sight for sore eyes, especially if you are used to the normal Amiga screenmodes. There is so much more screen real estate that you may just want to start leaving all your most used program's icons out on your new Workbench for easy access.
Screen updates, after opening or moving a window on Workbench, are so much faster than any non-graphics- board-Amiga that you will wonder how you ever got along without one.
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Down. Yes, it was noticeable when compared to only 256 colors, but it is still just as fast or faster than a 16 color hi-res Workbench.
There is really nothing like running all of your favorite applications in high resolution and bit depth screenmodes. The number of screens you can have open at any one time is really only limited by the amount of RAM available to your system.
Of course, the higher the resolution and bit depth of your screen, the more RAM it eats. I can easily run Workbench (1024x768x256), Dopus 5.5 (640x480x256), and Final Writer 5 (800x600x256) at the same time with memory to spare. While connected to the Internet, 1 often run YAM (800x600x256), VoyagerNG (1280x1024x256), FFNews (1024x768x256), and ArnlRC (800x600x256) at the same time.
I have limited VoyagerNG to 256 colors due to the amount of RAM needed to run it in 24-bit color. It would be fine if that's all I wanted to do while connected to the Internet. If you are used to viewing the WWW in 16 colors now, you won't believe your eyes when doing the same in 256 or even 16 million colors! Programs like PageStream and Final Writer will spring to full-color life when used on a high resolution screenmode.
Screen flipping with my middle- mouse-button is virtually instantaneous, but screen dragging is not available at this time. 1 actually don't miss screen dragging ever since moving to a graphics board a couple of years ago I don't think you will either.
Benchmarking the Picasso IV against other Amigas, by using SysSpeed v2.2, shows just how much faster the graphics on the Amiga can be over a stock AGA machine and most modified Amigas too. You really don't need a benchmark to see the difference in real life use, though.
Tweaking The Drivers Included in the Picasso96 software package is a program called PicassoMode, or you can use the improved PicassoModeTNG, for tweaking the board's output to get the most out of your monitor. I use a ViewSonic 17GS and I was able to alter the settings for the monitor driver to suit my monitor's capabilities.
With PicassoModeTNG you can set the minimum and maximum horizontal and vertical frequencies that your monitor is capable of, as well as the pixel clock, sync rates, etc. You can effectively tweak every available screenmode and create new ones too.
Be warned, however, you can totally fry your monitor if you don't know what you're doing!
Those who choose to play around with the presets, and I know a few people like this personally, will pay dearly for any great mistakes made in the settings. It's best to just set the software for your monitor's minimum and maximum horizontal and vertical sync rates and leave the rest to PicassoModeTNG.
You can also adjust the settings for the flicker fixer's output to minimize flicker on standard Amiga screenmodes. This sure beats the Picasso II Flicker Free Video 2 combination that I used previously.
There are many included monitor settings for various models and more are available on the Picasso96 WWW site.
Compatibility The Picasso96 software authors claim a high compatibility rate with CyberGraphX applications. I have found this to be true. All of my picture viewers and players still function under Picasso96 as they did under CyberGraphX. I haven't found anything that won't work, but I'm sure there may be a thing or two lurking out there that will break nothing is 100% fool proof.
Users of ImageFX will notice that the program will lockup at times. The Picasso96 authors are aware of this problem and they are working on it.
ImageFX will still work, but the occasional lockup is not unheard of under the new drivers. I have no doubt that this problem will be ironed out soon.
Newlcons support is top-notch, as long as you disable the RTG feature of Newlcons 3. This is a CyberGraphX- specific feature of Newlcons and it will cause problems when enabled under the Picasso96 drivers.
I have played Gloom Deluxe on both a Picasso 320x240 screenmode and in a window on my Workbench.
The game is only a tad bit slow on the 320x240 screenmode when trying to play it at full screen, but jumping down one window size from within the game will make it fly. As long as you don't size the window too big on 12 13 14 1 15 16 I 17 18 19 20 21 22
1. S-VHS FBAS video input
2. S-VHS FBAS video output
3. 15-pin VGA output
4. 3.5 mm stereo audio input
5. 3.5 mm stereo audio output
6. Audio signal switch switch between the signals: Amiga,
External, CD and TV tuner
7. CD audio connector
8. Connector for video slot (Flicker Fixer)
9. Connector for Pablo II video coder
10. Local PCI connector 3D graphic accelerator module PowerPC
11. Multibridge automatic Zorro II III detection PCI controller
FLASHROM controller 12, graphic memory 4 MB fast 50 ns EDO
13. Graphic chip 64-bit graphic chip addressing 80 Mhz. Video
signal 180 MB s fill speed video scaling with interpolation
color space conversion 16-bit digital video port
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colors refresh rate 50 Hz.
Interlaced to 160 Hz.
14. FLASHROM Picasso firmware allows booting in the selected
resolution firmware can be updated by software using FLASHROM
15. Connector for Pablo 11 Videoencoder
16. Flicker Fixer Scandoubler supports all standard NTSC PAL
17. Connector for video module
18. Connector for sound module
19. 8-bit video connector
20. 16-bit video connector
21. Audio connector for video module
22. Connector for sound module your Workbench screen, the game is
playable there too.
Speaking Of CyberGraphX From what I have heard and read, the boys at CyberGraphX are willing to support the Picasso IV board if, and when, Village Tronic sends them a test board. To date, this has not happened.
I would like to see CyberGraphX support for the Picasso W, not due to any glaring deficiencies in the Picasso96 drivers, but a little competition can only be a good thing for the end-user.
Final Thoughts There's one sure-fire way to breathe new life into your aging Amiga: buy a 24-bit graphics card!
Your Amiga will seem like it's brand new once again, provided you have the CPU and RAM required.
The Picasso W is one of the nicest 24-bit graphics boards available for the Amiga today. It has few faults, overall, and the Picasso96 software is under constant development. The authors of the drivers are available for answering question via Email and there's even a Picasso mailing list.
I would recommend this board over the competition mainly due to the on-board flicker fixer and planned modules. It would be nice if the board would just pass-through the non-15 kHz. Screenmodes like my old flicker fixer did, and scan doubling the double-NTSC PAL modes would have been a plus for AGA users too.
Alas, it is not a perfect world and none of these things deter from the overall product quality that much.
I'm happy that I switched from my old graphics board flicker fixer combination to the Picasso IV.
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When we think of an animation, we usually separate it into two components: foreground and background. This convention actually comes from filmmaking, where the actor is thought of as the central component, while every tiling else is considered to be the environment, the backdrop, against which the actor plays. A backdrop that is too busy or too attractive, can take away from the focus on the actor. That is the way the standard thinking goes. A newer school of thought, however, considers everything in the frame to be of one common thread, so that a backdrop can actually "speak" and what it
says adds to our perception of who the actor is. Take a moment to think about this.
Animating Video Backdrops by R, Shamrns Mortier Use the Amiga and a few secrets to create sequences that rival those from the big boys.
Think about the painting of the Mona Lisa. What would give you a hint about the depth of her personality? Her smile has always been our main focus. What if she were to evidence an animated frown, or perhaps a wide toothed grin? Certainly, that would alter our suspicion of who she is, of what she is capable of.
But in our appreciation of the Mona Lisa, we relegate her environment to a secondary part of her personality, if a part at all. The fairly dreary backdrop she rests on howrever adds infinite coloring to her personality. It is the play of her smile against and WITH that backdrop that indicates the essence of what she is about. What if we were to make the backdrop sparkling and sunny? Can you imagine that her smile would be appreciated in a wholly different context? It is not only our actor's person that speaks volumes of what an emotional impression is about, but how that person fits in or
fights with their enviornment.
Modern animators, especially computer animators, often forget this.
They are wrapped up in the fancy tricks that the actor (whether an animated humanoid, an alien, or even a logo) can do. Computer animators that come from a more painter oriented background however, are more prone to consider the stage against which the actor is placed as integral to defining the emotional, spiritual, and impressionist aspects of the story being told.
The Cost Figure 2. A basic way to animate this backdrop is to just alter the lightness and darkness of the “moon”. This has little if any effect on playback speed, and can even be effective as far as audience attention. Sometimes just a little going on equals a lot going on. Certainly this has little effect in taking attention away from any foreground message placed over it, while adding some movement.
Tedium is the constant enemy of the animator. Traditional animators were always considered special people because of their ability to struggle successfully against tedium. It is maddening to draw a figure over and over thousands of times, each time varying the movements just an iota or two. To say this task is tedious is minimizing the patience it takes.
Having done traditional animation on see-through tracing paper, 1 can attest to the tedium factor. A twenty minute animation can take a lone animator months if not years to accomplish. When you see the credits on a Disney animation, count the number of animators. Major animation productions often require dozens of individuals, each with their separate tasks and assignments. Designers, clothing experts, choreographers, limb people, mouth movers, inkers, tweeners all of these and more make up the combination of skills necessary in the telling of a good story.
Enter the computer, the advance against tedium. With the computer, I can design a keyframe of my subject in one orientation and then move the subject to the next major orientation, indicating that to be the next keyframe.
I then give the computer a command to interpolate the movement and Remember, however, that lens flares also generate other cat effects on other parts of the image. Brighter flares can effect playback (and storage).
Figure 4 (Bottom). Although an animation like this might be tempting, this looping flare nova affects playback speed enormously. Too much is being affected.
But nothing is free. If my animation has a lot of changes going on in every frame, so that half or more of the pixels in the frame are changing from one frame to the next, I pay a price. On the average non-flyer Amiga system, there are only two ways to achieve a decent playback speed when there is a lot of change going on from frame to frame. One is to keep the frame sizes small, taking up no more than 1 2 of the screen. The other is to own (or lease) a single frame recorder, so that each frame is set down on tape individually, and the final playback everything else in the scene (how
textures are affected, camera movements, lighting, and more). The computer figures out all of the in- between frames and (as fast as its accelerated memory will allow) generates all of the frames that take me from keyframe one to keyframe two.
Meanwhile, I am in the refrigerator making a thick sandwich, or outside walking the dog. When I return, everything is in order. I have yet to see a note from the computer complaining about the tedium of it all.
Frame rate is in the hands of a playback device, not the computer. Movie storage, as well as the speed of playback, costs memory, and memory (RAM) costs money. Then there's the speed of your system to consider (more money for faster systems).
On a NewTek Flyer system it is possible to record your entire animation or sequence to a fast hard drive and then replay the scene in real time.
However, this does require the full advanced system with approved AV hard drives. Although the prices of these systems are becoming more and more affordable and every animator should soon have one, the idea of a stable backdrop will only improve your work either Flyer based or on a standard Amiga.
Consequently, returning to our original theme of changing backdrops, computer animators usually keep the backdrop changes fairly minimized, unless they have access to extensive, expensive options. Certainly the typical home animator is always making these trade-off choices. What is called "multimedia" by the non-Amiga crowd is really a buzz word for "smaller screen sizes are OK". Look at the size and the mostly jumpy and slow playback rate of an animation on a standard PC multimedia CD-ROM. It usually takes up no more than a third of the screen. The same and worse is true for animations that
play on the Web. Standard GIF animations on the Web are just thumbnail size.
Most of this is in the realm of evolution and change, thanks to new mega-processors being developed. It will be a while, however, before this effects the home animator, or even the small to medium sized animation houses.
Animating backdrops thoughts There are some ways to get around the limitations placed upon the animation of a whole backdrop frame.
If you look at TV animations (always a good source for what is going on at the high end, as long as you can stomach the puerile messages), you can see that a number of them allow the central actor or logo to remain stable while the backdrop changes.
Figure 5 (Top Right). Here’s a neat trick.
It affects the moon just like lightening-darkening, but is much more interesting. A radial gradient is applied to the moon in each frame, and its center moved a bit.
Though only the moon is animated, the color changes are alluring enough to be attractive even in a repetitive loop.
Figure 6 (Bottom Right). This is a two frame looping animation that produces a radical strobe effect. I find it both hypnotic and annoying, but it may have its uses. It involves making first the top and then the bottom half of the image inverted (negative). The result is a flashing playback. If I were to use this, I wouldn't let it last more than three or four seconds.
Sometimes these changes often have a repetitive nature. Like other things we have mentioned so far, the film industry actually set the tone for some versions of this technique long ago. Computer animators and their traditional technical ancestors know it as "looping".
A loop is just that, a repeatable action. Have you ever seen scenery loop in the background in an old movie or cartoon? My animation teacher used to say that most loops are good for two go-arounds before the audience catches on and the magic is ruined. When you see the same tree go by ten times, it is hard to believe that the cowboy is riding the horse. The challenge is to make a loop interesting if you are going to use it at all. On the up side, looped backdrop animations do not take up a whole lot of disk space, and if you keep some things in mind, they can commence without altering
playback speed in too-damaging ways either.
Playback speed on a standard system is affected when more than about 30% of a frame changes from its predecessor (unless of course you are recording to a single frame device or on a NewTek Flyer system). This adds another challenge to the animator who is seeking to attain a believable frame rate while animating a backdrop.
The rules (sort of) So, trying to lay down some basic principles to consider if you want to animate a full-screen backdrop in your animation, here are some suggested all cases, but options are always worth things to think about. No rule works in knowing about.
Figure 7 (Top Left). Something not covered in the article is Alpha Compositing. Nova’s ImageFX is great when it comes to this option.
It requires that a portion of the image become transparent, so that another animation (or in the case of the NewTek Toaster, a live video sequence) can be composited within the scene. If the Toaster is used, playback speed is not affected. If an animation is composited for IFF playback, the small area involved has little effect on playback speed, while a high degree of interest (“how did they do that?”) is included.
Figure 8 (Bottom Left). Even though the actor, in this case the lettering, doesn’t move a bit, an Alpha Composited backdrop animation works as an attention getter.
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1. Animate only a portion of the backdrop.
2. Make your animated looped elements as interesting as possible,
so the audience can stand (in fact, can't wait) to see it loop
3. The less frames in a loop, the more (generally) that has to be
going on, so that the audience's attention isn't just waiting
to see the same "tree" come around again.
4. If just a small portion of the backdrop is being animated,
don't neglect making the rest of the backdrop interesting as
well. This helps to draw attention away from the loop.
5. Consider animating multiple small portions (even tiny
portions) of the backdrop instead of just one larger portion.
This also elongates the viewer's attention span.
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6. If your livelihood is dependent upon the animations you
generate, save up for a Flyer system or even a single frame
recorder. This allows you to animate everything in a scene
without paying dues in playback speed.
Amiga has the final word If you have experience with the Mac and or PC in addition to the Amiga, I'll bet your admiration for the Amiga's animation tools and playback capacities have grown tremendously.
An Amiga with four or eight megs of RAM can do what Macs and Pcs can accomplish with 32 or more megs. The Amiga was designed as an animation playback engine, and IFF animations still far outstrip what non-accelerated Macs and Pcs can accommodate with QuickTime or AVI movies. This is changing as the technology rushes along, but not so fast as to erase the grin from an Amiga animator's face.
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All of this will be accomplished by talking about only one program.
THOR From Ultima Thule Software, THOR (Figure 1) is one of those programs that its users either swear at, or swear by. As I said above, it not only handles e-mail, but it also functions as a Usenet news groups reader. Not limited to Internet use through a TCP IP stack, THOR also supports nine different BBS system messaging formats, including FIDO and QWK.
THOR consists of three main units. The ConfigTHOR unit is used in your initial set up to load user ID and password info, as well as paths to files and directories. You can also set various display options in ConfigTHOR.
The main THOR module is where you will spend most of your time. This contains the message reading window (Figure 2), as well as menu items for the control of THOR's actions. From here you can join or cancel the various conferences available on the specific system with which you are working.
As far as THOR is concerned, a conference can be anything from e- Because of its large and comprehensive nature, THOR can be complex to configure and learn. But, with some patience and a thorough reading of the documentation files, you might find yourself swearing by, rather than at, THOR.'
Mail, a news group, or a message area on a BBS (Figure 3). The buttons along the bottom of the main window give you quick access to navigation functions, and various ways to respond to the current message.
Unlike mail programs, generally news programs use fairly large amounts of hard disk space. This is because of the large numbers of news groups to choose from, as well as the The third section, ConnectTHOR, can be called from the main window under the External menu item, or run on its own (Figure 4). This module handles the "dirty work" of communicating with your selected system. A row of buttons across the top of this window allows you to configure your TCP IP parameters, get new mail or news, start a news browser, or send events to your system. This last one will send your e-mail replies,
newsgroup postings, update your conference choices, etc. In the e-mail area, THOR will handle standard ASCII messages, and MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions). It has internal decoding for the two most prevalent forms of encoding MIME, base 64, and quoted- printable. All messages are added to a database, so subject threads can be followed forward or backward. For writing messages, you can choose either the internal editor, or use your favorite external one.
And Now For The News News reader programs all have some common aspects, just as all of the mail reader programs do. First, you will have to get some information from your Internet Service Provider. You will need to know the name of your news server, just as you needed to know the mail server for the e-mail programs.
Figure 3 (Top). It’s easy to see what my interests are.
Figure 4 (Bottom). Easy Net communications.
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Relatively large size of most news articles. If you subscribe to more than just a few news groups, or don't check for new messages every day, you will soon be wishing for a larger capacity hard drive. This is especially true if you subscribe to binary groups that include large files attached to the messages.
The first step after setting up a news reader with your account information, is to download a list of available news groups from your news server. Depending on how complete your server's list is, and how fast your connection is, this could take anywhere from a few minutes on up. The good part is you only have to do this once. After this is done, you typically can choose from a listing of the news groups which ones you wish to subscribe to. The next time you are on line, the program will download the headers, which usually show the subject of the message and the sender's name. Now you go
through this list picking the articles you want to read, and the program will download the complete articles and display them one at a time.
While this basic process remains the same from program to program, the specifics will change. With THOR, you must first select the menu item Event Commands Get Conflist from the main window. This tells THOR to get a listing of available conferences newsgroups the next time you log onto your ISP. Then from the ConnectTHOR module click on the Send Events button.
After this is done, you can see a listing of all available news groups by selecting the Event Commands Join Conf menu item (Figure 5). This list supports multiple selections by holding the Shift key, or click on the Search button to do a keyword search (Figure 6).
The next time you are connected, use the Send Events button again, and you will be subscribed to your favorite newsgroups. Now if you click on Do All or Get News in the ConnectTHOR window, your ISP will send you the new postings since your last visit.
To choose individual messages to read, in the main THOR window select the Windows Conflist menu and you will see a list of available newsgroups.
Select one and then select the Windows Msglist menu item to see a listing of message headers. Doubleclick on a header, and the full message will open in the main window (Figure
7) . You can also choose to use the Browse News button on the
ConnectTHOR module if you prefer (Figure 8).
Because of its large and comprehensive nature, THOR can be complex to configure and learn. But, with some patience and a thorough reading of the documentation files, you might find yourself swearing by, rather than at, THOR.
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This same subdirectory on AmiNet has many other programs and scripts for use with THOR, be sure to check them out. THOR is currently at version 2.4, and is shareware with a fee of US$ 30.
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R'inol Writer 97 If you compose your prose, Softwood has created a new version of their popular word processing software designed to make your muse cruise.
81 R. Shamms Mortier SoftWood is at it again, making an excellent Amiga word processor even better. Instead of resting on their laurels, SoftWood persists at adding very high end features to Final Writer with each upgrade. This incarnation, Final Writer 97, pushes the state-of- the-art of Amiga word processors another step or two ahead.
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Text Frames is a feature normally found on high end DTP applications like PageMaker for IBM and Mac. Now Final Writer boasts text frames. Text frames can be moved anywhere on a page, and include the same text runaround options as graphics. Final Writer's Text Frames can also be colorized inside, as well as having borders rendered in your choice of colors and widths. Text Frames can also be borderless.
Resizing a Text Frame is a snap.
Just use the selection arrow to activate the frame, then grab a corner handle, and resize. You can make it any width or height you want.
Text Frames can even be split up so that the internal text continues on another page. Text is split by first manipulating a "Split Handle", and then clicking the mouse on the targeted page. Text Frames respond as easily as a graphic when you move them.
Snap-to Guides Just like the most well known DTP applications, Final Writer 97 now offers snap-to's, allowing you to align and balance the elements on a page, or even in the whole document. Snap-to Guides can be placed on the page any number of times you desire, and act as great layout tools for configuring the look of a document. Simply click on a page ruler and drag-drop a guide into IBI& Idll ©*l D 8 I I VO vs *|12 I Lett IMPACT! V1.0 is just around the norner. You will receive the finot .ipgrade (inckiding new mamcr!) Au- omoticotly (as long as yoLicom- ete and send us the registration
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Pixel Positioning Tools Pixel Positioning is defined as the capability to select a Text Frame or a graphic and to move it in discreet pixel increments. The movement arrows on your keyboard act as the command interfaces when adjusting a targeted selection with Pixel Positioning.
Easy Table Editing Now the keyboard, as well as the mouse, can be used to move between Cells in a table. This beats the same operation done in previous versions with the mouse. Commands are driven by multiple key press operations on the keyboard.
Arexx Final Writer 97 offers the Arexx programmer a complete and revised list of commands. About one-fourth of the addendum documentation is devoted to Arexx coding.
In Conclusion I would hope one of the things SoftWood addresses for the next Final Writer is the incorporation of real alignment tools, preferably in a floating menu. There should be both horizontal and vertical members of alignment lists (align bottom, top, left, right, center, etc.). Arexx scripting is the best way to take control of all Final Writer 97 operations.
Final Writer 97 is great news for Amiga folks that use Final Writer to compose newsletters and other peripheral material. The new Frames options are perfect for serious DTP work.
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Placing shadows under text and objects has long been employed in publishing to add a third dimension to the two dimensional page. Soft shadows are the new rage, not only in desktop publishing but web publishing as well. Instead of a knife-sharp shadow, the edge is fuzzy.
You can use two basic methods to create soft shadows. One, just blur the shadow text or object, or two, stack layers of lighter to darker gray text or Just Blur It, Blur It For Text STEP ONE: Set your text. In a word processor, structured drawing or desktop publishing program, "print" the file as an IFF. If you use a paint or image processing program, watch for proper character "kerning" (see sidebar).
Figure 1: The text and shadow were separate IFF images.
The shadow was blurred in SoftLogik’s BME.
You will need two copies of the text. Fill one with whatever color you want. The second copy is the shadow and, logically enough, should be filled with black.
STEP TWO: Load the shadow text graphic in your image processing program and apply the blur filter. Save the result under a different file name in case something goes wrong or you don't like the result.
STEP THREE: In your image processing or paint program, compose the images from Step Two with the headline text (Figure 1). Save this last image under a unique name.
STEP FOUR: Import the combined image into your word processing or desktop publishing program.
For Objects STEP ONE: Import the picture into your paint program.
STEP TWO: Select black or a dark grey color and a large brush. Draw a line just under the object. If you don't trust your hand dexterity or steadiness, draw the line elsewhere on the screen. Pick up the line as a brush, then position it under the object. Save this image under a different name (Figure 2).
Another way to make the shadow is to outline and fill the object with dark grey or black. Simple enough when the object is a basic shape, such as a rectangle (Figure 3).
If your paint program offers different "media" brushes, you may be able to skip Step Three. For instance, a "crayon" or "charcoal" brush may already resemble a soft shadow line because of a feathered edge. Fiddling with the brush's transparency may lighten the line enough to pass it off as a shadow.
STEP THREE: Load the picture from Step Two into an image processing program. If the program can operate on a selected area (for example, SoftLogik's BME), blur the portion of the picture surrounding the shadow line. Save the results. If your program doesn't permit area isolation, you may want to "erase" (i.e., use the background to paint out) the top part of the object in the paint program before saving it in Step Three.
STEP FOUR: Compose the image from Step Two on top of the image from Step Three. Import the combined image into your word processing or desktop publishing program.
Just Stack It, Stack It Stacking lighter layers of grey text or objects also builds soft shadows.
Using PageStream 3, for instance: For Text STEP ONE: Enter the text. Click on the arrow icon, then on the text object.
STEP TWO: Duplicate the object.
STEP THREE: Click on the text icon, then highlight the duplicated text.
STEP FOUR: Go to the "Line & Fill" requester in the "Type" menu (Figure 4). Set the Line Stroke (width) to 2 points, and the Fill to 60 or 80% of black. Set the Fill for the character to the same value as the Line Stroke fill.
Accept the changes.
STEP FIVE: Repeat Steps Two, Three and Four, except increase the Line Stroke by 2 points and decrease the Fill percentage by 5 in Step Four.
Keep duplicating and changing the line width and fill each time until the latter stands at 10 or 15% (Figure 5).
STEP SIX: Stack the text objects.
Start with the lightest gray on the bottom and end with the original text on top. Offset the original slightly above and to the left of the shadow group. Select all the objects (in "Edit" menu) and group.
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VISA MC DISC AM. EXPRESS By Peter Olafson I’m getting rid of my Amiga games.
This is a strange admission with which to begin my first Amiga games column for AC, and it has already sponsored some dark fantasies. (In my mind's eye, I see approaching torches and hear distant calls for rope.) But it got your attention, I see, and it's true.
I have actually, had thousands of Amiga games. I used to be games editor for Amiga World. In that capacity, I looked at everything I could persuade game publishers to send me and used my own resources to round up everything else.
The impossibly rare Great Giana Sisters went off to a fellow in England. Monkey Business (the first Amiga game) and the free-scrolling RPG Ambermoon went to Australia.
The result was the world's largest private Amiga game collection. The disks ... well, the disks were everywhere. I couldn't escape them. I couldn't move without knocking them over. The docs alone took up seven three-feet wide shelves and were packed so tightly that periodically a few would pop out and flutter to the floor, like a plant trying to spread its seeds.
I suppose I should have been prepared when Amiga World went under in 1995. (I was right in the middle of a review of Litil Divil for the CD32.) After all, by then, the Amiga had been out of production for almost a year. But I wasn't. It took about a year call it mourning, if you like to reach the liberating recognition that I no longer had to maintain my vast collection. Finally, last spring, I found myself downsizing.
The shareware PD stuff went easily. I just threw it all out on a snowy day in March. AmiNet has effectively become the sole source for new Amiga shareware games replacing the faltering online services and its web pages are a few clicks away. So what did I need to keep?
The commercial games were another matter. Getting rid of some of them made me ... uncomfortable. After all, I have had Amigas since June 1987 as many as seven at one point and some of my games had acquired the cache of old family snapshots.
Before I quit to write full-time about games, I ran leagues on Earl Weaver Baseball at my newspaper for three years. My classical music-loving parents came to visit, and I showed them The Bard's Tale so they could hear the Gregorian chants at the temples. Zack McCracken and the Alien Mindbenders is the only computer game I have ever persuaded my then-girlfriend (now wife) to play.
I eventually tricked myself into parting with a few, then a few more, then a few more. I set up rules. I would keep anything I liked the look of. No, I would keep anything I might conceivably play. No, I would keep only things I definitely wanted to play. No, I would keep anything I meant to finish.
It worked. I put an ad in comp.sys.amiga.marketplace, and my collection scattered across the globe.
The impossibly rare Great Giana Sisters went off to a fellow in England.
Monkey Business (the first Amiga game) and the free-scrolling RPG Ambermoon went to Australia.
Virtually everything from Infocom went to a fellow in Japan.
Eventually, this process slowed down. If I put a game on the for-sale list one day, I took it off the next. After all, I didn't want to abandon the Amiga. (Now, that would have been traumatic.) I just wanted to reduce this formidable stack to the point of manageability. And I have. Aside from stuff I am actively reviewing, my collection is down to about two dozen games.
These survivors are an interesting bunch. If you had asked me a year ago which ones I would keep, I don't think I would have named many of them.
But these remainders are the ones that have exerted (and continue to exert) some sort of hold over me. I can't see getting rid of them.
Alien Breed 3D II: The Killing Grounds (Team 17): Alien Breed 3D n has taken some hits over playability as well as for speed and general bugginess. Even if you have finished the original AB3D, playing the follow-up is like working at a job for which you are not remotely qualified. The AMOS-based editor released with the game was a mess (incredibly, a whole disk's worth of files were missing) and an intimidating tool kit even after the missing files were supplied via a patch a few weeks later. It is a small wonder that, to date, only a single user-created level has been uploaded to AmiNet.
But, this queen of Doom clones has a resilience that allows it to rise above individual complaints. It is not Quake but it is at least the equal of Doom. And, on a few key points, it is superior story-telling, for instance.
Doom tosses up a screen of text when you finish an episode. It is almost an afterthought. It could say anything. AB3D2 offers up a screen of moody text as you enter each level and, occasionally, at the base of the display as you explore. This may seem a minor point, but it gives the game a consistent voice and the voice gives the game a persistent sense of place something in very short supply in 3D action games. It is not just a room; it's "Quarantine." It is not just a spacecraft; it is the battle cruiser Indomitable, which picked you up after AB3D, and now is disturbingly empty and
I was running, retreating, sandwiched and overmatched for the first five minutes. When I finally beat back the assault, and took a deep breath, I quietly dropped into a trench (empty) and made for the stairs (also empty).
Well, the Indomitable is empty of friendly troops. However, it seems extraordinarily well-supplied in ravenous red dogs and Space Hulklike troopers. These troopers dissolve in uniform (but satisfying) splatters of green muck when targeted with your double-barreled shotgun and less- damaging but faster-firing blaster (the first of the weapons you will find).
Alien Breed 3D II is also hard very hard. The first level is more or less a get-acquainted walk. The second level is the lowest ring of hell. I was running, retreating, sandwiched and overmatched for the first five minutes.
When I finally beat back the assault, and took a deep breath, I quietly dropped into a trench (empty) and made for the stairs (also empty).
Then something turned the corner ahead of me something big and turned its lights on me. I was spooked but good. It reminded me of the scene in John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness" in which the devil emerges from his prison lighted from behind so the audience is unable to make out the details. Of course, these cinematic analogies did not occur to me until afterward. I just ran. And I don't run easily. Chase me, OK. Shoot at me, fine. You are just a big sprite, and I can turn you off.
But at that moment, I felt like nothing so much as a moth dancing helpless before a flame and Alien Breed 3D II became a little too real. It has a way of doing that. Little things, the smallest details, add uneasily to the realism. Such as its ability to provide different sounds for footsteps on different surfaces and the noise of your enemies walking nearby.
Actually, I like the high difficulty: The save routine only at level's end gives AB3D2 a splendidly long life.
When you always have a save from the last dark corner, you can afford to experiment. When you know a mistake is going to cost you 30 minutes, you are more cautious. You play as if it is a matter or life and death, and so you should. Happily, AB3D2 adopts a conventional saved game structure, rather than the passcode system used in AB3D.
Notes: Unhappily, Alien Breed 3D II is probably the last in the six-game Alien Breed line. Team 17 recently released the AB3D2 source code via its web site, which would seem to signify an effective throwing up of the hands.
(The publisher has no concrete plans for Amiga games after the Worms: The Directors Cut.)
Apocalypse (Virgin): v f-y* " v’- & •'¦;,¦' SB jjH :’- :fiB5 '•'IV,. r--. ¦ m '. • Choplifter was one of the first constructive shoot-em-ups. You were not simply blowing things up: You were blowing things up, taking on POWs, and shuttling them to safety.
Apocalypse is Choplifter Amiga, and it is a delightfully faithful to the 8-bit original: a great, ragged jungle setting, lots of little buildings to burn down, little people to collect and a range of nasty surprises for chopper pilots who dally too long in hostile airspace.
Remember: he who flies in front of the howitzer goes down in flames.
Notes: Apocalypse turned out to be a relay race. The project was started by a developer called Strangeways, then brought to completion by Miracle Games. Miracle reportedly was also mounting a rescue operation on an isometric adventure called Dick Special. It never appeared.
Breathless (Power Computing): I guess this one stays because I just like this sort of game ... and Breathless isn't bad. This 3D shooter from Italy is not the best of the Doom variants. I clock it in somewhere below the original AB3D. There is something too squared-off in its appearance, too broad in the enemy graphics, and slightly tedious in its level design.
But, within the limited world of Amiga Doom clones, it is a good solid game a big step up from Fears and it has a roomier feel than the small-feeling AB3D. Notes: A number of Breathless patches including 060 support have been uploaded to AmiNet.
Cadaver (Imageworks): The Bitmap Brothers' crowning achievement is a dense, glossy puzzle adventure of action, object inventory, and mystery. Like the best games, you don't simply play it, but live it in a sort of trance. It seems to physically occupy your head and take up every bit of space except an air pocket at the top of your skull. Downside: There is so much to Cadaver that it is easy to get lost in the game's intricacies.
Notes: There's an HD installer on AmiNet. The Bits also made a follow- up data disk called The Pay-Off it is a killer and a complete, non-game level was distributed by Zero magazine in 1991.
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Once again the Amiga is purchased by a black- horse bidder. But, unlike Escom, Gateway 2000 is a known player in the North American PC market.
GATEWAY2000 The strange turn of events in the Amiga market just took one more turn as Gateway 2000 announced that they had made and won the bid for the Amiga. In a press release dated 3 27 97, Gateway made the following announcement: "Gateway 2000 makes offer to acquire assets of AMIGA Technologies, GmbH NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D., March 27,1997 - Gateway 2000, Inc. (Nasdaq: GATE) today announced that the company has made an offer to acquire the assets of AMIGA Technologies including all patents, trademarks and trade names. The company is a subsidiary of ESCOM AG, a German- based computer
company that went into bankruptcy in July of
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A pioneer in multimedia solutions and operating systems technology-" AMIGA Technologies will be renamed AMIGA International.
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"Gateway 2000 will give us new life and energy for the future," said Tyschtschenko.
About Gateway 2000 Gateway 2000, Inc., a Fortune 500 company founded in 1985, is a global leader in the direct marketing of Pcs. The company, headquartered in North Sioux City, South Dakota, has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Ireland and Malaysia, and employs over 9,700 people worldwide.
Gateway 2000 products and services consistently win top awards from leading industry publications. In 1996, the company shipped 1.9 million systems and reported revenues of $ 5 billion and net income of $ 250 million.
About AMIGA Since the introduction of the AMIGA A1000 in 1985, AMIGA has represented the embodiment of the efficient use of memory and hard drive capacity, while pioneering industry developments in multimedia, 32-bit multitasking and autoconfiguration.” Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!
To say that this news was a surprise is putting it mildly. By the time most users learned of the business, it was the following Monday and people believed that the entire release was an April Fools joke. Jean-Louis Gassee of Be Computers wrote about his experiences in his April 2nd newsletter to Be developers: "Gateway 2000 just announced their acquisition of the assets of Amiga Technologies, the German company that had acquired rights to the Amiga from Commodore after the company went under. I learned this from one of our engineers, an early Amiga fan, who e-mailed me a copy of a Reuters
dispatch. Seeing the date, knowing he's prone to pranks, remembering his association with the Amiga, I thought he had crafted the whole story and proceeded to congratulate him on yet another bit of creative writing. " Mr. Gassee went on to say, "My guess is that Gateway is looking for multimedia expansions to their product line. They've been shipping the large-screen PC TV for a while, and Amiga used to be the multimedia innovator in the PC business before Commodore and Escom (the German company that owned Amiga Technologies) got in trouble, taking the Amiga with them. Amiga Technologies
might have had some exciting technology under development. We'll see. It's good to know a company such as Gateway is interested in the Amiga world."
Speculation Unfortunately, Gateway 2000 has not been able to elaborate on their release of March 27. Amazing Computing spoke with a reliable source at Gateway 2000 who stated, "We are working on building a comprehensive strategy for the Amiga."
In a release dated April 17, Gateway 2000 addressed the growing calls for information from Amiga users (for a complete version of this release, please see New Products on page 9 of this issue). Gateway announced that they would hold a press conference during the World of Amiga in London May 17-18. At the same time, the notice also stated that they had received many phone calls and messages from the Amiga community.
They thanked the Amiga users for the interest which was far beyond their expectations.
Petro Tyschtschenko In a phone interview, Petro Tyschtschenko related his impressions of Gateway 2000. "We have a great future. They will continue. Don't worry about that."
Petro had been working directly with the trustees throughout the entire sales process. Although resoundingly positive, Petro did talk about the strain he had experienced. "The last nine months has been one of the most terrible times in my life. It was the second bankruptcy that was not our fault. I was down, but I got a lot of support from the Amiga community.
Gateway 2000’s Destination was the first TV and computer combination consumer product. Some believe the purchase of Amiga Technologies was made to further enhance this product line.
Gateway 2000, lets users know Petro is probably right.
That gave me the energy to keep the Amiga alive."
Financial considerations were a problem for Mr. Tyschtschenko. "I had Gateway 2000’s History According to their published company history, Gateway 2000 was founded in September 1985 in Sioux City, Iowa by its chairman and CEO, Ted Waitt, and his business partner Mike Hammond, Vice President. They started by placing ads in computer- related publications and selling hardware peripherals and software directly to end users of Texas Instrument personal computers. In their first four months, they grossed $ 100,000.
In 1987, Gateway 2000 designed and assembled its own Pcs and sold them directly to the public. Their goal was to sell quality Pcs directly to the consumer at an aggressive price.
Gateway 2000 reported revenues of $ 1.5 million in 1987, $ 12 million in 1988, $ 70.6 million in 1989, $ 275 million in 1990, $ 626 million in 1991, $ 1.1 billion in 1992, $ 1.7 billion in 1993, $ 2.7 billion in 1994, $ 3.7 billion in 1995, and Sales in 1996 were $ 5.04 billion.
In 1996, Gateway 2000 shipped 1,909,000 units to achieve a $ 250.7 million net income for the year.
Other offers, but I chose to stick with the Amiga. Looking back, I know it was the best choice."
Petro's views on Gateway 2000 remains extremely positive. "They will keep the Amiga alive. They have great plans but they need time to prepare them and then make the announcement. They want to make a statement and stick to it ." A quick look at According to company sources, Gateway 2000 now sells more PC- compatible systems in the U.S. through direct marketing than any other vendor. It has support facilities in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Hampton, Virginia; Kansas City, Missouri; as Circle 150 on Reader Service card.
44 Amazing Computing well as international facilities and offices in Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Sweden, the U.K., United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.), and Sydney, Australia.
Until now, Gateway 2000 has sold only Intel® and Pentium® processor- based computers. They offer a full line of DOS based machines from their Gateway Solo™ Pentium processor- based notebook to the Destination™ big screen PC, the first convergence product which combines big-screen television and a computer.
Aside from mail order, Gateway also has country stores strategically established in areas around the world.
They have also opened two such stores for their North America customers: one in New Haven, CT and one in Charlotte, NC.
According to company representatives, Gateway 2000 prides itself on its customer relations. Gateway has a reputation of customer satisfaction. For the most part, Gateway sells directly to end users rather than through dealers and distributors. This last may be the most unsettling for the current Amiga market which relies heavily on Amiga dealerships and mail order distribution. However, Gateway 2000 until now has sold only PC units which were easily understood by their customers. It is yet to be seen, if Gateway 2000 would be willing to give up the built-in expertise of Amiga dealers, who
can offer support as well as salesmanship for the Amiga line.
Gateway 2000 and Marketing Since Gateway 2000 relies almost completely on phone and mail orders, it is no surprise that they remain one of the most aggressive advertisers in the PC market. Every issue of the general PC magazines contains multi-page sections on Gateway products.
Gateway 2000 began by leveraging off of their cow barn heritage. They used cows in their print ads by placing bovines in very unusual circumstances. One of the most memorable was a cow winning a horse race.
They continued the cow theme through their shipping. Gateway has Ah V I % 5 *1 Gateway 2000 has been expanding both their market share and their facilities outside North America. This shot was from their 1995 financial report which showed their new Solo PC laptop in use in Germany.
Gained customer recognition by using black and white ''cow'1 designed boxes. Whether on a UPS truck, in someone's warehouse, or even in a scene from a television show, customers quickly recognized the Gateway computer by its very unique packaging.
Recently Gateway 2000 branched out into television advertising and once again they were unique in their approach. Almost everyone remembers the two elderly souvenir salespeople who built their store near Gateway's offices so they could benefit from all the traffic Gateway generated with their record sales.
Unfortunately, they did not learn until later that the traffic was all by phone and no one would be driving by their store.
As an opposite to the outward sale, Gateway 2000 also continues to run a series of commercials in which their workers talk about the computers. These feel-good commercials cover everything from how personalized your computer is (during assembly, the computer carries the paperwork with the name of the person it is being created for) to a commercial where various workers just asked the viewers to call.
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After all, they reason, that would be something new to the Amiga market.
Amiga Reaction The Nets were alive with reactions by Amiga users when the news was first announced. From individuals to companies, everybody was excited by the possibility, even though they had not known about it before.
QuikPak placed a letter on their web page in which they noted, "Gateway 2000 is a tremendous success story - continually scoring top marks in customer satisfaction surveys based on sendee, support, and product reliability. Gateway 2000 is a leader in its market, and brings to the Amiga Community a wealth of resources and knowledge."
In case there was any question as to how QuikPak felt losing the bid to Gateway, they said, "While we are understandably disappointed that our Circle 153 on Reader Service card.
Own bid was unsuccessful, we at QuikPak remain as committed as ever to the future of the Amiga. We have devoted a large portion of our energies to developing the Amiga market and supporting the community, and we have no intention of abandoning our position now. The Gateway 2000 purchase may represent an excellent opportunity to breathe new life into the Amiga platform. We've maintained all along that we believe in the future of the Amiga, and stand by our statements."
The message went on to say, "We look forward to working with you, the user, and all our other partners in making the Amiga's future as bright as possible. And, we look forward to the opportunity of working with the newest player in the Amiga field, Gateway 2000."
Dan Lutz of Anti Gravity was quoted in the Amiga Web Directory, "We're very pleased that the Amiga has been purchased by an American company with such prestige in the computer industry. Gateway's marketing savvy and successful promotion of its products is a refreshing change from the Commodore Dominion of old."
Dan went on to state, "We have noticed a surge in business ever since this announcement." He also wrote, "Anti Gravity Labs currently has many Amiga products in development that will be released now that the Amiga buyout standstill is over."
These comments have been echoed by a growing number of Amiga developers and users. Now, the Amiga market is once again waiting.
Everyone is waiting for the May 17th press announcement.
There is no question that Gateway 2000 has the experience and expertise to build the Amiga market. They have already stated that they are interested in the value of the technology. Now, the Amiga market is waiting to see if Gateway will put these factors together to create the next level in Amiga development.
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(continued from page 48) The second announcement from NewTek introduced Calibar an ultraminiature NTSC test signal generator. Calibar was the only NewTek product being demonstrated at the small NewTek booth on the other side of the Sands.
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But, is it something for the average Video Toaster Flyer user?
This was the question that I put to Harold Russell, Director of Video for NewTek. Calibrating your video monitors is one immediate and practical use for the Toaster Flyer user. Using Calibar as a SMPTE color bar generator it will be easy to adjust all of your monitors. Harold said that Calibar would ship with a blue filter so that the chorminance and luminance signal could be accurately set and maintained. Calibar has many more advantages for video use as a test signal generator - especially for the larger production facility.
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Dwight likened the history of NewTek to that of a little garage operation at the beginning, then a bigger garage operation and finally now a business. NewTek just finished its most profitable year ever. NewTek had 40 employees two years ago.
Today they have 90. A healthy NewTek can only be good for the Amiga community.
Revolution NewTek started a revolution. The effects of that revolution were in evidence everywhere at the convention. Everywhere there were products attempting to do what the Toaster and the Flyer have been doing for years.
Many of these second wave products are in the development stage and promised for a release in the near future.
Meanwhile, the Toaster Flyer demonstrations at the NewTek booth drew crowds of people interested in the capabilities of the Amiga. NewTek has not been resting on its laurels.
New and exciting products are on the way for the video industry. And, with Gateway now in the picture, hopefully the Amiga will find a resurgence and continue the revolution.
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By Thomas G. Reed The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) held their 1997 convention at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas Hilton and the Sands Expo Center from April 7 -10. About 100,000 registrants were in attendance looking at over 1,200 exhibits and listening to presentations from top industry leaders. The exhibits covered an area of more than 750,000 net square feet.
Of glitz and glitter. NewTek was clearly the place to begin. That meant that my journey would begin at the Sands with a search for NewTek.
NAB '97 and NAB MultiMedia World, sponsored and produced by the National Association of Broadcasters, is the world's largest trade event for radio, television, multimedia, postproduction video and electronic communications industries. The Sands Expo Center housed the NAB MultiMedia World Exhibits (over 600 exhibits) covering more than 275,000 net square feet.
NewTek Ferreting out Amiga related material is difficult through this maze Dwight Parscale, CEO of NewTek, mentioned that Gateway 2000 and NewTek had been talking and they have exchanged nondisclosure agreements.
NewTek Booth The NAB program listed two booths for NewTek at the Sands Expo Center. A friend told me there was a small booth for NewTek over against the wall. A small booth for NewTek was not what I wanted to hear. An ominous sign I thought! The search continued for the other NewTek booth.
This booth was a large hopeful presentation full of all the glitz and glitter of a prosperous vibrant company. This I liked better.
The NewTek booth had a major demonstration area covered by half a geodesic dome with sixteen smaller pods clustered around the major demonstration site. The smaller pods had fourteen NewTek partners demonstrating software and products mostly for LightWave and mostly for the PC versions of LightWave.
A large crowd was watching a demonstration of ToasterPaint when I walked up to the booth. The graphic screen being created looked great!
Nothing earth shaking or new but the crowd was enjoying the demo very much. In fact, each time that I visited the NewTek booth large crowds were milling around or watching a demonstration of either the Flyer, Toaster, or LightWave3D.
New Products Stopping at NewTek's information booth, I asked what new' products or releases were being announced. The attendant said that an update to the Flyer software would be in the mail shortly to all registered users (version
4. 2), 5.0 for the Flyer was in the works, (continued on page 47)
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