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They grab for the manuai and soon after. they grab for the asprin bottie Enter the saviour c f the great bewiidered Graham Keiiy is one ot the tew who hos managed to set aside his encyciopaedic knowiedge of the AMIGA end cater for those who can just about manage to undo the box in fact he goes even furtier thon that and actuaiiy shows rew owners how to unpack their AMIGA in the 30 minute instructon al video he hos produced on the A500 Head of the iong-estabiished Commodore deaiership Triiogic. Graham toid AMIGA Compuftng: *We know from answering customers' anxious teiephone caiis that first time buyers find connect ing up and switching on the Amiga for the first time a bit bewii-dering. *tn this video, we have tnten-tionaiiy assumed thot the viewer is a compiete neweomer to com puters and has no knowiedge of the Amiga*. To ensure thot )t WHAT'S new DRiVEFOR THE 500 LEADiNG American monufocturer of hard dise Systems for Amigas. Supra Corporation, have announced the new SupraDrive 500XP for the Amiga 500. Using micro-power drive mechanisms which consume iess than 4 watts of power. the 500XP com bines a compiete hard dise Sys tem. up to 8Mb of ram and many configuration options. its autobooting SCSt interface uses teçhnoiogy simUqr tç Supra s WordSync interface for the Amiga 2000 bringing odvanced performance to the 500. tt costs $679 for the 20Mb version. TOASTY SHACK A TASTY offering aimed at satisfv-ing Amiga owners' appetites for iow-cost 3D animation ond point focütties is on the way from a new company In Kansos. NewTek hos received wide American accioim for its Video Tocster product which tnciudes 3D animation package UghtWave 3D and 24-bit patnt system Toaster-Patnt. Reptacing expensive components normaüy found in broadeast studios. Toaster teams up wtth the AMIGA 2000 to reduce the cost of net-work-quatity teievision and graph ies production. LightWave 33 * AMIGA 500, -1000, AND-2000. . ATARI STAND ATARI STE. . IBM PC AND COMPATIBLES

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111 :'»rt -«iih Mr- I The quality that separates man from animals is his flexibility.
What separates the Amiga from other machines is its ability .
To beat them at their ;« own game. We * V , .A | thoroughly test the latest in state-of-the- art Amiga camouflage ;V as we mimic an Atari x x 'v ST, a PC - and even N jp ¦ a Mac 32 B£ H MANAGING EDITOR: Derek Meokln EDITOR: Nic Veitch STAFF WRITER: Paul Austin PRODUCTION EDITOR: Peter Glover ART EDITOR: Stevie Black AD MANAGER: John Snowden AD SALES: Trocy Carroll WHO'S WHO Pubfahec by interactive PutoteMng Ltd Europa House. Adtafltcn Park.
MocctetfekJSK104Nt CHAIRMAN Derek Meokln MANAGING DIRECTOR Hugh GoNnet COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR: David Hirst Edtorid 0625ft78tt8 fa. 0625 879966 Actvertang 0625 8785M Sutacrtpltom 061 357 2961 AMIGA Computing welcomes articles tor publication Material tfioukj e« wit oa ArN o reodabie dm. Tho rotjm of mafenal cannot be guaranteed Contributor* car* onty Do occeptod Dy m»« octtvo PuDUMng on or basis O 1990 nteracttve Pucwsng LM No motena may be reproduced In whoe o In pari without written pormtsslon While every core Is token, tho pubhhen cannot be nett fcgaty rosponstrie tor any Wtotl kl ariclfa .
Whg» or odverfltemenH Amiga Computing e an independent pubScaton and Commoaore Bunres Mach*n«« (WO Ltd is not responstte for any at the options expressoa Newslrode dWriburion: Comofl (099 *4*65) THE DISK Other mags are green with envy about our disk. And our run of success continues this month with more of the best: There's a music composer that lets you create your own tune from a simple sampled sounds - and then hear what it would sound like when played by an entire symphony orchestra. A Disk Optimiser that dramaticallty speeds up your disk access speed. An incredibly useful Desktop Diary,
Calendar and Organiser. Plus TWO groat games!
CONTENTS ALMANAC REGULARS REVIEWS AMIGApeople Meet m© people who make the world of Amiga go rocnd - the people behind the scenes who make it all possible, and everyday users who've found ways of making their Amiga do extraordinary things. PIUS a first look at new Amiga products that are about to hit the shops . uu.7 DESPATCHES When your Amy's in a loop, stuff is realty In the scup.
When little things go 'whoop!', you’ll find our Ezra is no dupe ......27 PORTFOLIO Just to prove there's nothing your artistic Amiga cannot do. Here's some masterpieces turned out for Amiga Centre Scotland's annual animation festival ....88 GAMES HI DENSITY If you've been short on sectors, Jolyon Ralph could have the answer for you - a new device which will give l .52Mb from a single floppy ..41 VIVA Ever wanted to master a laserdisk presentation? Well,
now you can. And It doesn't have to be as tricky - or as expensive - as you might think, us Duncan Evcans finds out ..... 96 RAM TEST Deciding how much and where to add the necessary memory boost is tough. We look at some of the options available and review two of the most advanced expansions on the market tocay 107 REAL3D Leaving the real world behind for a while. Nic Veitch explores the alternative universe of Aetiva Software's Impressive ray tracing package .114 The section of the magazine that has something for everyone - from
music to comms. DTP to graphics. AMOS to machine code The top experts In their field bring you all ‘he latest tows.
Plus hints and tips that will help you expand your use of the Amiga In ways you may have never thought possible.
MACHINE CODE 121 CODE CLINIC ......125 COMMUNICATIONS ......133 DESKTOP PUBLISHING
- ----------.137 BUSINESS .141 COMPETITION Forget speedup
boards. Here's your chance to get your hands on some cutting
edge technology. And it's so easy to
enter ..90 MUGICIAN
AMOS .....143 With a song in his heart, maestro Paul
Austin explores the latest state of music packages on the
Amiga. Do we reall need to pay for
them? .118 I Whin Frc busm he wi Com
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slra' You are on a quest to rid the kingdom of an evil Demon
and his minions, rescue the princess and restore honour to your
king. Your quest will lead you through .a vK, swamps, temples
and castles I efore reaching) mr ultimate challenge... the
Demon hhnself.
Wrath of the Demon combines spectaculargraphics, animation, sound and playability, featuring; Over 600 Screens of Action Over 1400 Frames of Animation 15 Level Parallax Scrolling for Realistic 3D Effect Bi-directional Smooth Scrolling State of the Art Animation Breath taking Backgrounds Over 100 Colours on Screen 60 Frames sec Over 3 Megabytes of Graphics Large Well-defined Characters More than 100 Different Monsters w 20 Different Movements Stero Hi-Fi Music Large on-screen Maps Save Game Option Arcade Game Quality Superb gameplay and control of characters makes this a stunning graphic:
adventure in every sense.
Available for Amiga, Atari ST. IBM PC and C64 199(1 RtadvSoA Incorporated Wrath 4 the Ilemoa K a trademark «?! KeadySrdt Incorporated.
Entertainment International (UK) Ltd • 4 The Stannets * London North Trade Centre Basildon • Essex SS15 6DJ • Tel 0268 541126 • Fax 0268 541125 AMIGA M» people ANEW face has Jy$ t appeared on the Amiga scene. Steve White Joins Commodore after seven years with Acorn.
From his position as schools business development manager, he v HI have the Job of developing Commodore's support for both primary and secondary education
- a daunting task which takes in 144 local education authorities
and 33.(XX) schools and colleges.
’Commodore's approach to this market is what Impressed me most”, said Steve. "Its route to become an established educational supplier has been to listen to what the market needs and respond quickly to those needs.
‘This teacher-orientated support is exactly the right way to succeed in education, as demonstrated by the Commodore Business Ecucation challenge which Is open to all schools and will result in original and creative classroom work that is linked to Industry".
BEWITCHED, BOTHERED AND BEWILDERED?
WITH the best will in the world, the well-meaning people who set out to prepare instructional leaflets, training aids and manuals for computers assume that new users have more knowledge than is often the case.
For many, the exciting purchase of a compute' soon turns into a mind-blowing worry of confusing switches, ports and leads.
They're under pressure from the kids to get the thing up and running.
They grab for the manual and soon after, they grab for the asprin bottle.
Enter the saviour of the great bewildered. Graham Kelly Is one of the few who has managed to set aside his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Amiga end cater for those who can Just about manage to undo the box.
In fact he goes even further than that and actually shows rew owners how to unpack their Amiga in the 30 minute instructional video he has produced on the A500.
Head of the long-established Commodore dealership Trlloglc.
Graham told Amiga Computng: ’We know from answering customers' anxious telephone colls that first time buyers find connecting up and switching on the Amiga for the first time a bit bewildering.
"In this video, we have intentionally assumed that the viewer Is a complete newcomer to computers and has no knowledge of the Amiga”. To ensure that it WHAT’S new DRIVE FOR THE 500 LEADING American manufacturer of hard disc systems for Amlgas.
Supra Corporation, have announced the new SupraDrive 500XP for the Amiga 500.
Using micro-power drive mechanisms which consume less than 4 watts of power, the 500XP combines a complete hard disc system, up to 8Mb of ram and many configuration options.
Its autobootlng SCSI Interface uses technology similar td SupTO'S WordSync Interface for the Amiga 2000 bringing advanced performance to the 500. Ft costs S679 for the 20Mb version.
TOASTY SNACK A TASTY offering aimed at satisfying Amiga owners' appetites for low-cost 3D animation and paint facilities Is on the way from a new company in Kansas.
NewTek has received wide American acclaim for its Video Toaster product which includes 3D animation package Lightwave 3D and 24-bit paint system Toaster-Paint. Replacing expensive components normally found In broadcast studios.
Toaster teams up with the Amiga 2000 to reduce the cost of nef- work-quality television and graphics production. Lightwave 3D
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1 90852 ¦ CONTINUING OVER" Capt. Sean Bannon snapped his head
to the left. There was only one place where the Russians could
be, and that was on the hill 2200 metres away. All the
training, planning and preparations were over. Team Yankee was
about to learn if the team’s seventy nine men and twenty five
million dollars worth of equipment could do what they were
supposed to do.
Team Yankee s designed to test your leadership and tactical skills to the quick. You can display- in either "quadrant mode' where all four platoons may be controlled at once or Full-screen Mode where the display homes in on just one platoon Team Yankee is the definitive action simulation of modern tank warfare. Watch scenarios unfold on 3D battlefields with high definition graphics and keep track of the four tank platoons you control using the unique 4 quadrant display. Defend Hill 214 from Yuri Potecknov's crack tank platoons, attack Objective Link through sniper fire from forests, protect
the Langen from an entire Soviet tank battalion at night!
Very useful for tntifymg vehicles imouflaged on |hg : of forests ntary to popular the thermal »is green and not red Scroll icon: The lour arrows underneath the ETA display allow you to scroll your map in any of the four directions Dead Stop icon. This red icon, causes your platoon to come ts a dead halt when clicked places your vehicles in a line abreast relative to your direction Column - places your vehicles in a line ahead relative to your direction ¦ riDULii Comb*I Weight 54S bWKIoh The Swnnetta. Laindon North Trade Centre, Basildon, Essex, SSI5 6DJ. (0268) 54 11 The major capability on
the quadrant map scrsen ¦s to altar the movement and formation of any platoon The whole of the map may be viewed a: once, or you may room
• nto any portion of the battlefield using the icons to *he right
of the map To the right of the compasses are five icons which
represent the various types ol weaponry available to the unit.
Cr*w foul You have the flexibility to display either an overhead map view of the surrounding area, a simulated 3-d view of thejbattlefield. Or a status screen showing the performance of all vehicles in a platoon. Irrespective of which screen mode you choose during battle, there is a constant column of information to the right of the screen.- maci.iNE GUN - which ¦$ always available to the player and has an infinite' number of rounds SMOKE a smoke grenade which allows enemy vision to be obscured HEAT • a high explosive anti tank round SABOT an armor-piercing tungsten shell f tli TOW • a
high range anti tank missile f .. i Five major scenarios based on the battles featured in the New York Times No. 1 best seller Team Yankee.
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Included exactly the information he wanted. Graham made the video himself using a Ferguson S- VHS camera. Panasonic S-VHS VCR, G2 Video Centre and an Amiga 500.
Ir minute detail. It starts with unpacking the Amiga including a rundown on what should be supplied with It and continues throjgh connecting up, tuning in the TV and loading the demo cfcc to a brief guide on the Amiga windows system.
'We originally produced the video to include with Amigas we sell but it has proved so popular that It is now in demand In Its own right". Added Graham.
“We intend to bring out a second video covering more advanced topics which should be available sometime after Christmas'.
Called An Introduction To The Amiga 500, the tape is free with Amigas bought from TrUoglc (0274 684289) and if sold alone costs £14.99 plus 75p postage and pocking.
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Includes modeling, animation and rendering, al Integrated Into
one point and click interface.
ToasterPaint brings broadcast resolution and a fun palette within ths reach of graphic artists.
Through the built-in frame grabber, users can point on still video frames or create original art in more than 16 million colours.
Video Toaster is a card which fits into the video slot of the Amiga 2000. As Amiga Computing went to press, it was undergoing final tests and should be available soon.
For more details. NewTek are at 215 East 8th Street. Topeka. Kansas 66503 - ring 0101 913 354 1146.
Laces your a wedge CAT’S CREATOR GOES INTERNATIONAL AMONG the ranks of avid Amiga People, one of the most interesting. Successful and downright friencty members is Stan Hayward, the creator of that Intemationaty loved cartoon character Henry's Cat.
He doesn't make money out of the machine. He doesn't even own one. But he is a staunch ambassador of the Amiga both in this country and abroad.
Stan's support for the Amiga comes frorr his unstinting work with children. He teams the 2000 with a Chromocolour system and his own talents to bring the joy of animation to thousands of youngsters.
Through workshops. Stan uses the computer to open up new areas of learning development for children as young as four and especially tor youngsters with learning difficulties. If It were not for the Amiga, they would be denied the pleasure and stimulation of seeing their drawings come to life - a skill from wnich Stan has made his living for 30 years.
'I work totally with the Amiga. I suppose you could say I’m Its biggest salesman*. He told Amiga Computing. *1 do Henry's Cat to earn my living but I do the computer animation with children for satisfaction*.
When interviewed for Amiga People, Stan had Jusi stepped off a plane from Canada where he had been sponsored by Commodore to run workshops at a huge animation festival. While in Canada he made many contacts. Particularly among the PRO APPROACH CANADIAN firm Eschalon Development have produced a set of professional video utilities for use with the Amiga. Programs Include Subtitler. Crediter.
Prompter. Image Presenter and Ascension.
Subtitler allows users to Import text from a wordprocessor and set font sizes at the click of the mouse to produce subtitles for films and videos.
Crediter scrolls text at any speed with g variety at font sizes and styles. Users simply type in text, change the setting and start the VTR.
Prompter is a complete American Artists in Therapy movement. Undaunted, he Is soon to run a teachers workshop In Lewisham and has plans to extend his animation therapy into hospitals and prisons. Intending to attract more commercial animation companies to lend their support.
* 1 am currently working on a new Henry's Cat series for America
and there ore plans for a new Chromacolour animation package
featuring the character'. He said. “It will Include a
scaled-down version of the Chromacolour system specially
designed for use In schools, will use Deluxe Paint 3 and wil
come with a whole range of Henry's Cat movements on disc. Of
coune. It wil be based around the Amiga*.
AMIGA, THE GREAT LEVELLER IT Isn't often that a lowly bobby can get the drop on his Chief Super or a traffic warden car tell the CID a thing or two.
The police force is not a body teleprompting package. With various fonts, styles and video modes, it easily controls speed, cue marker and position.
Image Presenter Is an image display program totally controlled through Arexx. Its built-in script language also allows fancy wipes and transitions.
A powerful multi-media presentation tool, Ascension offers an easy-to-use point and click interface and a scripting language. It fully supports sound, samples, speech, animation and stflfe.
Also included in the package are a side text scrofler. Video pct- tern, colourbar. Safe area and background generators and video slate plus nine fonts, four ?
AMIG Alvv people which easly adapts to role reversal but the Amiga is currently chonging all that.
One night a month, that world- renowned centre of crime detection Scotland Yard hosts a unique band of Amiga people - The Metropolitan Police Amateur Computing Club.
When the traffic men turn off their blue lights, the detectives forsake their atest stakeout and the wardens put away their notebooks. Computing comes to the fore for the 600 club members.
Treasurer cf the club and leading light of Its popular Amiga section is PC Stuart Falrclough, a member of the Bow Traffic Division which covers the whole of East London.
Open to all 27.000 police officers of The Met, to specials and to some civilians working for the force, the club has a growing- membershp.
'Whenever you get a group together, there is always a copper who is an expert on something from plumbing to carpentry*, said Stuart. "It's the same with computers. We have a lot of people who are starting out and haven't got a clue and we have members who can pass on their nowledge on anything from wordprocessing and DTP to viruses end databases.
"On the Amiga font. I decided to arrange a monthly series of informal talks coving a whole range of Amiga tooics and I also edit a lively Amiga section in our quarterly newsletter.
'The meetings are a good laugh, more like a iocial club, but instead Pf talking about golf or some other topic, we play with computers. I'm just a police constable but I can see someone at the club, chat to him about the Amiga then realise he is a Chief Super'.
The club includes many champions of the Amiga Stuart started his computing on o C64 but soon became a convert.
'Once I had the pennies it was straight down to the shop to buy an Amiga 1000*. He said. 'Now more and more members are going for the Amiga with young club members starthg to upgrade to the 2000*.
Although the club is purely a social organisation and nothing to do with the official police computer system, members do pick up useful Ideas which help them in the Increasingly computerised world of crime fighting. One member has developed a computerised key-holder database to replace the manual card files previously used to keep records of official key holders.
"I'm no expert, but I get o lot of club members ringing me uo with questions about their AMIGAs', added Stuart. ‘The only thing I draw the line at Is calls after 10pm.
When I'm on the earty shift smarting at 4am. That's just not on*.
FEELING GOOD AND DRY EXETER'S licensees are rumoured to be weeping over a dramatic drop in bar takings. The beer's not off. So what con be the cause of this worrying phenomenon? The blame can be laid squarely at the door of Commodore's CDTV.
That chirpy Amiga person Jeremy Rhill and his cohorts at Digita International (0395 270273) have been up to their eyes in Dr. Feelgood, their massive health education program aimed at CDTV and backed by Commodore.
'It got so bad that we've been practically chained to the office'.
Reported a jaded Jeremy. 'We've even had to do our drinking at our desks'.
On the more serious side, Dr. Feelgood was first mooted In a conversation between Jeremy and Commodore's David Pleasance at this year's Spring European Computer Trade Show, Meetings with Commodore's top American lady Gai Wellington followed and the project landed Digita with three months of hard graft.
Not surprising when you look at the content which takes full advantage of the huge scope of
CD.
'It has turned out to be like a home health encyclopaedia', said Jeremy. "It covers First Aid.
What to eat. What to drink, how to exercise, what not to touch, what vaccinations you need for which countries and facts as diverse as ?
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MAKING MUSIC PROMISING that they will bring 'professional quality Midi sequencing within the reach of thousands of Amiga owners'.
Gajits Music Software (061-434
2768) have announced a new music program Sequencer One.
If features 32 tracks, real and step-time music entry, high resolution recording, gaphic displays and editing facilities and comes with helpline support.
EARLY START CONTINUING their assault on the education market. Commodore have launched a follow-up to their successful Class of the 90 s package. Called First Steps. If is designed to meet the needs of a wider range of users, including youngsters from five upwards and first-time Amiga people.
Based around the Amiga 500. It has been officially endorsed by NAPE, the National Association for Primary Education and costs £599.95. It Includes the upgroded Imb Amiga and eight software packages which would cost more than £1.000 if bought individually.
"With First Steps, Commodore has a really strong educational package that will meet the needs of teachers, parents and pupils, particularly In primary schools*, said Commodore's national busl-
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Covering 186 countries, it also includes an obstetric section from planning a family through pregnancy and childbirth to baby pare, childhood ailments and adolescent problems. Dr. Feelgood includes nearly one million words of information complete with graphics, music and sound effects.
A portable studio was moved to Diglfa's Exeter headquarters where commentary was added by former STV presenter Kenneth McLeod and tape editing of both voice and music kept the oil burning through many a midnight.
The result promises to be one of the stcrs of the CDTV revolution and the never-daunted Jeremy is also working on modular floppy disc versions for traditional computers plus a book.
* lt has demanded my entire involvement over the past three
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don't know if I would ever undertake such a thing again*.
There's hops yet for Devon's ailing licensed trade.
WIDER AUDIENCE FOR AMIGA ART CHESHIRE photographer Richard Tucker has come up with a useful service for Amiga owners who want a wider circulation for the pictures they create on their screens, He converts picture files Into slides from all formats Including overscan and HAM. Richard also digitses slides using an RGB grabber and high quality RGB camera.
These pictures can be saved either as IFF or IFF24.
* 1 had beer doing this for my own use on another computer for
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'Some Amiga owners want slides of what they have produced just for their own interest but the service is particularly useful for those who wan- to show their pictures to magazines with a view to them being published'.
The one-off cost of a slide is £4 but lower prices are ava lable with larger orders. Ring Richard at RTP on 0270 764705.
ADVENTURE WRITING MADE EASY TONY Heap is a man with a mission. Having specialised in writing text adventures through his company Heyley Software, he now aims to encourage other Amiga people to write their own odventures.
To do this he has produced Hatrack II, an interactive adventure generator which alows even the novice computer buff to write text adventures without the hassle of programming.
A fully interactive package.
Hatrack II allows adventurers to play-test their creations then cut down development time by Interrupting. Examining and altering the state of play. Features include built-in multiple sentence parser; mouse-driven graphical compass control panel designer; total control over screen layout and the facility to generate your own adventure game disc.
A special program produces standalone adventures which ccn then be freely distributed without permission. Hatrack II costs £29.95 and Tony has plans to produce a graphics version.
He can be contacted at 27 Wlnnlngton Road. Marple.
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DISCORD DELUXE RUMOURS are going the rounds that Electronic Arts are to produce a new version of their popular Amiga melody package Deluxe Music. But they're ugly ones, according to EA spokesman Simon Jeffery.
"There's nothing solid happening on that front at the moment*, said Simon. 'It could be a possibli- ty for the very far and distant future but not at present'.
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CDTV will be used to show oft Dr. Feelgood, the massive health education program written specially for It by Dlgita International and oacked by Commodore.
Since its launch at the Consumer Electronics Show In Chicago earler this year. CDTV (Commodore Dynamic Total Vision) has orly made UK exhibition appeorarces behind glass.
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THINKING BIG AMIGA owners can now explore mainframe-compatible software through a new version of the API language launched by Britain's leading specialist supplier MicroAPl (071-922 8866).
The Interpreter APL68000 Level II is designed for maximum compatibility with IBM's mainframe APL2 product.
It runs on multi-user Unix machines such as the NCR Tower plus single user micros including the Amiga.
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Shopper Show More space, more stands and more bargains at computing's annual Christmas extravaganza game. Also featured will be ram expansions and a tutorial disc for Deluxe Paint.
Shareware for the Amiga will have it? Spot gt Shopper on the Advantage stand, which will also include many useful peripherals, while Andrews & Cowen will be selling AMIGAs together with external drives and a range of leisure software.
Those who want the new Version 5 of word processing package Protext, will find It on the Amor stand along with their database program Prodata. Good deals on Amigas.
Plus a wide range of peripherals, will be on offer from Brighton Computer Supplies and many visitors will have their first chance to see the Amiga version of the popular Flexldump package from Care Electronics.
Discs, the l manlp Arr Techr drives expo genic Electr hardv Thl Mem exter supph to tell upgrc Th wa Thou plays the g vie f Foott finals Shopi An show at Alexandra Palace.
Underlining the scope of this exercise, the leaflets weigh in at five tons and if laid end to end would stretch from Bristol to Leeds AS port of its promo’ions for The Computer Shopper Show. Blenheim Database Exhibitions have launched the largest ever leaflet distribution for a show of this kind One ml lion * H 0 0 V- CHRISTMAS bargains are the none of the game at The Computer Shopper Show.
The 26.658 visitors to last year's inaugural show at Alexandra Palace saved around £1 minion on special offers.
An exit poll of attendees revealed that in excess of 95 per cent considered purchases there had resulted In ‘substantial savings' with reported figures ranging from £50 to £1X00.
This year the larger venue of Wembley Conference Centre will accommodate many more stands and with an extra day added.
Shopper ‘90 is tipped to double that record.
Making Its exhibitions debut at Shopper will be the Amiga version of K-Spread A, the latest accounts package from Kuma. Also there will be Adimens 3.0, an advanced relational database produced in association with ADI of Germany Kuma will be offering special show prices on K-Roget. Their computerised Thesaurus.
New at Shopper will be an Improved version of Micro English, the educational package from LCL.
It has beer specially designed to cover the new oral communication section of the 1991 National Curriculum syllabus and will be seen along with a wide range of other LCL education packages covering Maths. English and French.
AMOS: The Creator from Database Software already has a huge following end fans of this creation package will have their first chance to see the next in the series, AMOS 3D. Demonstrated.
In a big screen presentation, traditional to Datcbase Software's exhibition appearances. AMOS 3D will be put through its paces along with the latest in the successful Fun School educational series. Fun School 3.
'The Amiga Light Phaser Gun. The centrepiece of the US Action stand, win be bundled with a new hunting leaflets have gone out to potential vigors with 19 issues of the UK's top computer magazines.
They are also being mailed directly to the
26. 658 people who attended last year's Major Promotion
Expandable upgrades for the Amiga. Kick Start cards and virus
protectors will be the offerings from new company European
Peripheral Distribution, making their Shopper debut, while
Evesham Micros will be selling external drives, printers, ram
upgrade boards and a variety of software at attractive
prices.
G&S Computers will be giving demonstrations of energy management systems while offering good deals on Amigas. GPS will be unveiling a number of new Amiga software titles from the USA. Among the offerings from Gasteiner Technologies will be the Amiga- compatible Gasteiner Mouse.
Shareware discs Including games, utilities and business packages will be featured on the Gemini Software stand, and Harpers will feature Amiga hardware and a variety of Interesting accessories.
Amiga machines, software ond peripherals will be on sale by Micro Anvika while Microtext will be featuring their teletext adaptors with supporting software.
In addition to seeking customers for their Amigas and software. Iviies Better Software will also be using the Shopper Show to seek out a suitable distributor for their Amiga tracker ball As well as running the Computer Football Association finals at Shopper. Mutant Software will have a range of games on sale end public domain buyers will be catered for by Public Dominator.
Rombo will feature their Vidi- Amiga frame grabbing package and more public domain packoges will be on offer from both Senlec PD Library and Softvllle.
When Silica Shop go to a show they usually pack nearly all their stock on to the stand. This year's Shopper Show will be no excepton.
Among their bonanza of Amga buys will be Atonce, the world s first 80286 PC AT emulator. Vortex hard discs, text editor Cygnus Editor II plus the file convertor and image manipulator The Art Department.
Amiga specialists Third Coast Technologies will be offering disc drives, printers, monitors, memory expansion boards and video genlock systems, while WTS Electronics will give good deals on hardware for the AMIGA 500.
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They're on their way to Wembley Thousands of computer football players have their sights firmly set on the gcme's traditional home as they vie for a place in the Computer Football Association Challenge Cup finals to be played at The Computer Shopper Show in December.
Anc as well as chasing national honours, the could face the best that Europe has to offer when Shopper becomes the venue tor the first European Cup of the computer world.
Formed by Steve Anderson of Mutant Software. The Computer Football Association is dedicated to promote excellence in soccer simulation on home computers. For Its first ever Challenge Cup competition. It has chosen Anco's Kick Off and Kick Off 2 played on Amiga machines. It will hold the quarter finals semi finals and final at Wembley Conference Centre on the Sunday of Shopper. December 9.
The shop for Santas Helping hand for charity Already more than 5.000 players have signed up for the preliminary rounds to be played throughout the country. The eventual winner will scoop the 1990 Challenge Cup and a prize of £1,300. A trophy and £500 will go to the runner-up while the last 16 will each receive a medal and £100.
The Italian champion has been lined up to take on the eventual UK champion at Shopper. Organised by the Milan-based K Magazine, the Cfa championship has taken Italy by storm with 15,000 entrants. There are also moves to attract the soccer simulation champions from France and Germany to test their skills at Shopper.
It's so easy to get there 'Support for the competition Is amazing*, said Steve Anderson.'At the moment entries are rolling in at 20 a day. We hope to get a big screen put In at The Computer Shopper Show so that supporters and spectators will get a better view of the excellent computer football in store. With such a big entry, the players who win their way through to the final rounds will really be worth watching*.
THE Computer Shopper Show is going for a record. In line with Its Yuletide atmosphere. It alms to pack in the largest number of Father Christmases ever collected under one roof.
Stands will to seasonally decorated for an exhibitors' competition and staff manning THE Computer Shopper Show 1990 will be used ds a vehicle to raise money for The Starlight Foundation, a charity set up by Dynasty actress Emma Samms to grant the wishes of seriously III chlld'en.
Starlight has been operating In America since 1982 and now has thriving offshoots in Britain. Canada and Australia. Through its work, wishes as diverse as flying In a Jet With such a wealth ol products on offer - and much more besides - Amiga owners will De thankful that the new Wembley show venue is easily accessible.
By Underground, the Jubilee or Metropolitan (Stanmore) lines take you to Wembley Park,and at peak times Bakerloo can be taken to Wembley Central.
Regular trains run to Wembley Central from Euston or Broad Street and to Wembley Stadium from Marylebone. Wembley is easily reached by car fron the M25, M40.
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The show runs from Thursday them have been asked to turn up In Santa garb.
With 280 stands and co-operation from exhibitors, visitors young and old could be faced with the unique specticle of between 600 and 1.000 bearded gents, The only request is that they leave their reindeer at home!
Fighter, meeting Santa Claus In Lapland, owning a puppy and marching with the Scot* Guards have been arranged for critically ill and handicapped youngsters.
* We are delighted to work with Blenheim Database, organisers of
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help us during the event*, said Starlight's Iva Shelnbart.
December 6 to Sunday December 9 at Wembley Conference Centre and will be open from 10am to 6pm on the Thursday and Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
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£1399 £1699 Code in the head I AM well Into assembly language,
in that now I have started to learn how to program in It. I
won't be giving it up until I'm coding "scrol* lies* with the
best of them.
Somehow it agrees with me. Whereas C did just the opposite. I'm even enjoying it In a rather masochistic way.
I would be grateful if you would answer these queries (even though you shouldn't talk to queries):
1. Can you recommend a book which will go through the
fundamentals of the language again to refresh my memory, but
then go on to handling the screen quickly? If this is not
possible with one book, how about recom- mendng a couple of
good ones then?
2. Has AmC ever printed an assembly tutorial In Its hallowed
pages? (I owned one or those nasty ST things until recently,
so I've not been buying AmC for very long.)
3. Which assembler do you advise me to spend my pennies on?
Thank you for reading, and I hope in answering these questions for me. Other would - be coders will benefit too.
P. S. I whole-heartedly agree with Duncan about KO11 and
Damocles. At last the truth is told... William Rae Ashlngton.
Northumberland.
Well now. H you check out the machine code piece In the Almanac section this month you will see that Jolyon. Our resident gum on matters codelike, has in fact reviewed such a book.
Jolyon also tapped out a large number of features In the past and will be continuing to do so in the Almanac section.
As to assemblers, well basically there are three contenders, Argasm (which Is fast).
Devpac (which is good) and A68k (which is free).
All major stockists should have Argasm and Devpac - take a look through the ads. A68k is the official standard for the Amiga, it should be available from all worthwhile Pd libraries and BBSs.
Organised chaos IN the post I have been able to gain a great deal of help from this section of the magazine, sc I am hoping you can help me now wtth a specific problem.
I purchased my Amiga because, as I am sue you will agree, it is the best computer. It has now grown to 1 meg plus a second drive and all is great, except that I also have a Psion organiser and the 128k data pack Is getting ful and needs tidying. I understand that the K Comms communications pack will allow my Pson and the Amiga to talk, but I can't find anywhere to buy the lead to connect the two.
The official Psion IBM leod is available but It comes complete with software for the IBM.
Which I don't need .and is naturally expensive.
Will the K Comms pock be suitable? And where can I get a lead to connect between the Amiga and the Psion?
P. Neal. South Woodford, London .
Hmmm. I see your grief. Well, absolutely any comms package will work - the lead is the only problem. It may be easier to make your own.
A serial link will normally only use two lines,so It's really just a question of finding the pin-out details for the Psion.
Are any details included with the Psion?
Does anyone out there know off-hand what they are?
Makin’ tracks I AM considering a business In the computer vinyl cutting field, and as far as I can see I have three options,
1. To use the Amiga as It is wtth the appropriate hardware and
software. The trouble is finding the software and hardware
that Is specifically designed for the purpose of vinyl
cutting.
2. To buy the necessary equipment so that my Amiga can emulate an
IBM compatible. I know there Is existing available software
and hardware for the IBM.
3. To buy the A-Max 2 to emulate the Apple Macirvosh. But I have
know idea about the softwa'e and hardware options available
for the Moc.
As the situation stands I would prefer either options 1 or 2. As I know both these systems very well.
Also, if you could help me, could you please tell where l could buy all this equipment whichever system you decide to recommend.
J. Gregson. Hockering. Norwich.
Hmmm. I don’t know of any software hardware for either the Mac or the PC that would do this (although if someone wants to write In and surprise me, go ahead). So maybe Pcs are useful for something.
In that case you are In luck. In this very issue is a review of a cheap and friendly PC emulalor from KCS. I’d give them a ring first to check compatibility with the software that you are considering.
If they can't help you another PC emulator is to be launched real soon - the AT Once, If you read next month’s mog you should get a full revew.
Font fault WITH reference to poge 59 of the October 1990 issue and the section 'How to make it work', having made room on my working disc as suggested. I then copied over the fonts from my Workbench 1.3 In order to use them to give myself a change.
Not finding a fonts directory, I tried placing it in the following places: As located In the Workbench and Dpaint 2 , in the Pagesetter drawe-. In the CGFonts drawer But the demo would not show them In the typeface menu.
Is It possible for them to be used with this demo? If so. Con you tell me how, in easy steps, as I am still learning how to use the Amiga I almost forgot to say what a great demo Pagesetter Is. I am reaHy tempted to buy the real thhg.
R. E. Golding, Werrington, Peterborough, Combs Ooops. If booting
off the Pagesetter disk (which you should be) the fonts should
be located In a directory called “fonts’’. In fact, there
Isn't one on the disk ,so you'll have to make one. From the
CLI just type "makedlr cd013:fonts". Now you can copy across
oil the fonts you want.
I should hope you do want to buy Pagesetterll - It's jolly good and I'm not just saying that. You might like to know that you can now get it for just £52.95 from Silica Shop (071-580 4000).
Mobile printouts TO take better advantage of the excellent output of Compugraphic fonts used with Pagesetter III have recently upgraded my 24 pin Panasonic to a Hewlett Packard Deskjet Plus, which means l can print the Compugraphic fonts to a resolution of 300 dpi instead of 180 dpi.
This is the real reason for my letter. Using the HP Deskjet driver in Preferences I soon discovered that although the first graphic dump after switch-on was correctly positioned at the top of the page, all subsequent printouts were l 2in lower, as the printer fed this amount of pcper Just before printing.
After many phone calls to Hewlett Pockard and Hi-Voltage, from whom I purchased the printer (none of whom could offer any help or did not want to know mainly because they had no knowledge of the Amiga) I eventually realised that the problem lay with the perforation skip commands embedded In the Preferences driver. Using Filezap I managed to ecit the driver so that the driver turns oft the perforation skip so that every graphic printout storts In the same place on the page.
If any of your readers has an Amiga driving a HP Deskjet Plus and would like a copy of the modified driver, l would be pleased to send them a copy on receipt of a disk and return postage etc. John Farrar, Elm Cottage, 2 Marsh Lane, Hayle, Cornwall TR27 4PS.
Great, thanks a lot for that tip. There are a few happier Deskjet owners out there now.
While we're on the subject of Gold Disk, I’d just like fo take this opportunity to say that the editor got It wrong.
The price of Pro Page 2.0 will actually be 395 dollars and so will be around £250 In this country.
The distribution of Gold Disk software is now spread among Gem. SDL and Precision Software as well os HB. With more to follow in the future.
Disk disaster!
ABOUT six months ago I bought on A590 hard drve. It worked perfectly, so after three months of untroubled use I decided to add 2 megs of fast ram to the drive.
The installation process looked easy (I hod already fitted a 1.3 rom successfully), so I decided to do the job myself. I reckoned that if anything was going to go wrong with the drive It would have done so within the first few months, so I took the chance and voided the warranty.
Everything was great, there I was with a perfectly working A590 and 3 Mb of ram the envy of all my friends. That is until a month ago .when the drive started misbehaving.
I decided to give Commodore o ring ond ask their advice. They told me that they no longer ran a technical service for users and that I should contact my dealer.
Wra S aft« req any C req ries opt lr cor fair DEL nor F Dpi pai be the 32C scr- yoi Rig du on usl ad tex 1 be dis din be sta to tht thn all 25 SC tot Inf the be me for CC QC dc ne me grc ge yo 16 (ai wc in; Pa It was then that I discovered that the dealer had gone out of business. Being a member ol ICPUG I wrote to their chairman for help. He kindly gave me the address of Commodore?
Accredited repair company.
Meanwhile I faxed Commodore hoping they would help (that was four weeks ago anc I'm still waiting after three further phone cals).
I was informed by the repair company thgr the standard cost of A590 repairs was £109.25 The problem Is that it I go aheod and send the drive for repairs. I may find that the fault lies with my computer and waste money and time, So what do I do?
In the hope that you may be able to help, the fault Is as follows: On power up the drive fan works OK, but the drive itself doesn’t spin Instead it makes an awful clicking noise which varies between 2-15 minutes. Obviously. It doesn’t auto-boot either. When the drive does eventually fire up’ I usually find that a number of blocks have errors, specifically on the cylinder the heads are parked.
I hope you are able to help as I'm getting very frustrated. The moral of this story is: Don't buy from small dealers, and don’t play with things that are under warranty.
Jim Campey. Brentford. Middlesex It does sound a bit like there’s a problem with the drive. Did you try removing the ram again’ Have you tested any other drive or peripheral on the expansion port? Don’t worry about further damage to the drive, it looks like it’s going away for repairs anyway.
It seems odd that the drive should start misbehaving in this way suddenly. On bootup does the screen stay white while the drive is being accessed? This would seem to indicate that auto-configure was not taking place (remember that the ram must auto-conflgure as well).
Part of the problem could be down to power supplies. I know that the A590 has its own. But when ram is added - especially that much - there Is a further drain on the supply. H depends what type of chips you use.
Demo trouble II I HAVE just spent a very frustrating hour and a half attempting to get the Pagesetter 2 demo to work.
Rrst. The readme.pp file does not open and disgorge its contents when clicking the icon in Workbench. I attempted to read it by using the TYPE and ED commands in CLI, but wa) told it contained binary code and couldn't be read.
Clearty It Is not written In Ascll code and is not a .DOC type which can normally be read using those commands. So what am I doing wrong ?
Second, when clicking the PS 2 demo icon, cfter a period of disc drive activity, I get a requester to Please insert volume CGFonts: in cny drive.
Vithoper- the envy With ago i ring and t they no jsers and he dealer ember of help. He modore’s I hoping ago and weals).
Any that 5 £109.25. send the fault lies ney and »to help, the drive sn't spin, se which rtously. It rive does i number he cytirv- l Getting is: Don’t ilay with ddtosex.
Torn with i ogain?
»ripheral bout turfs going tart mis- bootup drive is indicate ) place onflgure
o power wn. But much - upiy. It r and a 2 demo en and Icon in y
using wjt was dn'tbe
• and Is e read I doing Choosing the IGNORE option, I get a
second requester stating No fonts available on directories
FONTS or CGFonts I Choosing the RESUME option merely returns me
to the WB screen.
Incidentally, a tip for your other readers. You con delete a directory In one go even if It contains other files. Simply enter the command DELETE DIRNAME ? AIL where DIRNAME is the name of the directory you wish to delete.
Finally, there’s an error in you article on Dpaint on page 94. The 3rd column, 2nd full paragraph states "For nearly all occasions It will be o 256 by 320 screen display'. Unfortunately, there Is no option for o 256 x 320 screen, only a 320 x 200 as shown on the print of the format: screen at the bottom of page 95. (I assume you were referring to Lo - Res).
K. LRichards, Tockington. Bristol.
Right. Firstly your problem with the doc file is due to it not being an Ascii text file. It was once, but then to save space it was crunched using Powerpocker. Clicking on the Icon will activate Ppmore, a file reader that will read the text while It is still packed.
The reason this wouldn't work for you is because you have to boot up on the demo disk. Otherwise Amigados will look in the C: directory on your Workbench disk and so will b« unable to find Ppmore.
Secondly. Boot up on the demo diskl The Startup-sequence contains the assigns required to tell PSII where to find the scaleable font. So there you go. It is always worthwhile looking through the c: directory on the coverdisk to find ail sorts of goodies that Jeff has left there.
Lastty. Ok, guilty. It should have read 320 x 256, which is the size of a PAL lo-res screen.
Doubtful disks SORRY to have tocomplaln, but I feel I must take you lot to task. I do like the magazine, it is Informative, well produced and gives up-to- the-minute Information, and is reasonably well bolanced (though I would like to see a little more serious computing Information, especially forth© less experienced ’computer maniacs’).
But I have a gripe - yes .you guessed It I THE COVER D1SCII Now I do think It is a good idea, but If It Is going to be produced, why. Oh why Isn't It dene properly 9 We hove had an Amiga for nearly two yeors and it started out as a games machine for my two lads.
But we discovered Amiga Computing and gradually I got Interested In it, and now we ore getting to see how useful ail those nice utilities you put on the disk coutd be. Problem is. Very few of them work I 'he kids copied the games from the discs (and usually they were OK) and the cover disc wos stowed away In the disc box. I now am trying to use such gems as PPShow or Powerpacker. Only to find on loading, that ‘Error occurred on loading Error code 212" comes up more often than not.
It even happened on this month's cover disc on the two Amos programs II (Wacky Wabblts worked OK though!)
The lost straw was when I looked back to August 89 disc to use disksalve and diskcheck- er. The programs did not even appear to be on the disc.
I followed instructions from the magazine on using the utilities but diskchecker or disksatve are unknown commands os far as our Amiga is concerned. When I look at the Workbench Icons only the Docs seem to be there.
I know we could return the discs to the suppliers but why should we be without them for a couple of months (or lose them altogether if some of your other correspondents' experiences are anything to go by).
Might I suggest o little more quality control on the production of the master discs would be In order. If this is not economic then I suggest that either the idea be shelved and v e go back to paying £1.90 or whatever for the magazine, or you charge us a little more and we have something that we can use.
Sorry to be critical, but we long-suffering consumers often have to put up with second class devices and non-serviceable goods in the name of the great god economy.
Mr Upset, Southcote, Reading Well, first off, the Amos programs are to be used in conjunction with Amos, so they won t actually run from Workbench just by clicking the Icons. The icons are there Just to make It easier to copy the files off to a working disk.
We go to quite unbelievable lengths to make sure that the disks we send out do work.
We test the actual programs to make sure they work on all the machines In the office with all sorts of combinations of memory and Workbench versions.
Some of the programs that require extia files and a bit of setting up (like the Pagesetterll demo for example) have a lot of files in the C: directory of the disk and perhaps some extra lines In the startup-sequence to make them work.
Normally there is extensive documentation to allow you to set up the system the way you like, but this may require some undemanding at your end.
That's why It is a good idea to make backup copies of the disk and delete unwanted files to make room rather than trying to copy everything onto another disk. Because of this you may experience problems If you don't boot off the cover disk.
The case of the missing files is down to you.
Either the disk was faulty (which is quite unlikely) or you have accidentally deleted them. They were definitely on the disk,as tens of thousands of other users con testify.
Doing a deal I LIVE in the Netherlands and I have something to say. First I want to excuse myself for my bod English. I hope you can read it.
I want to say that you guys are making a really good magazine. In the Netherlands we have only lone Dutch magazine and It comes only six times a year.
I want to ask you a question. How can I order something In the UK ? They say with a money order, postal order or a sterling cheque. But I don't know what all of tnat Is.
Can you explain to me how I can do It ?
I went to London (nice city), to buy my copy of AMOS. I write AMOS with capitols Oecduse it is a super great program. It was not yet for sale in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is always a step behind.
M. Haveman. Ardennenloan 23. 1966 RS Heemskerk .Nederland. Thanks
for the nice comments. If you want to order something from a
company here (and It depends on the company) you have quite a
few choices.
To start with, you can get a Eurocheque book from your bank. This means you can write a cheque valid for any currency In Europe..The bank will also be able to help you with an International Money Order, which basically means they will convert your money into a cheque in the currency of your choice.
The easiest way is to use a credit card - either yours or someone else's (though it might be nice If you asked them first). Access, Visa, Barclaycard. American Express - tt'ey're all good for most ploces, but give them a ring first.
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I have 1 Mb of ram. A second 3.5 drive and a Star LC-10 colour printer. Would the emulator be oble to use the second drive and the printer? A person I know 0 won't say friend because he owns as ST) has a Transformer, but I don't have any Information on It and want to know If It wNI work before I buy It.
Robert Downs. Blackpool. Lancs.
Not being too familiar with RMBaslc I reckon It Is pretty much like any other Basic. If you don’t want to use cunning graphics and suchlike you may get away with Just running the programs from Amiga Basic. In that case all you need to do is get hold of Dos2Dos, CrossDos or MessyDos to transfer the files from PC disks.
The Transformer does work some of the time.
Try getting to know this bloke better, that's my advice. He can certainly let you know whether your software will run on It.
Remember, remember I want to reply to Simon Champion's letter in the September issue of Amiga Computing about a recommended ram expansion. First. I wonder why someone who is willing to pay for an A1500 seems unwilling to spend money on an expansion. For me. The expansion is a necessity. The A1500 - a luxury.
- SSL To answer the real question. Mr.Champion, the best thing
you can do is to search the magazine for ads of memory
expansions. But to save you the trouble I did Just that and
came up with the following recommendation: Buy a half mag
expansion, which costs £40 or less, and then, when you find out
that It's too little, go to Diamond and use their part exchange
scheme to change this into an 8M expansion populated to 2Mb for
just £99. It's cheap and expandable To be honest. I recommend
that you don't even buy the 512k expansion.
It s too restrictive Remember, when I bought my A501 two years ago. It cost me £140, and now for the same price you can get 2Mb.
Eyal, Jerusalem. Israel Polyglot printers I HAVE some questions for you:
1. 1 use a Star LC-10 colour printer. When I print a picture the
printouts are almost always Stripev. Each line seems to be
overlapped by one pixel. How do I correct the spacing to solve
'his problem?
I hove read the 1.3 manual, but to no avail. I use the EpsonX printer driver, and I have tried all the Star LC-10 drivers on the August cover disk. The stripes ore still there.
2. Your article In the September issue about wordprocessors was
very interesting. However. I still hcve a question: is there a
wordprocessor that will allow me to send escape sequences to
the printer? I was thinking about ProWrlte or Pen Pal. Because
of the possibility to use the Amiga fonts and IFF graphics in
a document, but the article said nothing about the possibili
ty of sending escape sequences.
Before I got my Amiga 20001 used an Amstrod CPC6128, and I used the wordprocessor Tasword. With Tasword. It was easy to send any codes to the printer.
3. Is there a PD program that will convert a IFF HAM picture to a
'normal* 32 colour picture ;or 64 when using extra Halfbrite)
? If you know ?bout such a program. I would like to know where
I could get It.
4. I have recently bought a disc full of fonts Yom a PD library.
The problem is that none of
• hem include international characters.
As I am a Norwegian, the Norwegian characters C ) are especially important. Do you know about such a font disk?
Rolf Nordelde, Ostre Hopsvei, 46 N-5043 HOP, Norway.
The lines may be something to do with the micro-spacing of the carriage. Some printers allow you to adjust this. Look up the manual.
I don’t think you are going to have any luck irying to find a wordpro with graphics capability that will allow you to send escape codes (though I’m welcome to be proved wrong).
You’d be much better off getting Pagesetterll.
There are plenty of picture manipulation programs. Plxmate Is excellent, as Is The Art Department, but neither of those are PD.
A while back George Thompson Services put together a collection of such software on a couple of disks. Give them a ring on 077082-
234. They may be be able to help with the font problem too.
Oh what a Circus Recently I bought a copy of Hisoft's Devpac Two from a computer store in Oxford Street.
London. I paid £9.95 for It. When I returned home to few days later. I tried to load the package into my Amiga and found that Disk One did not work.
When I checked the disk I found It to contain no data at all - as if It was an unformatted blank disk. I returned the package to the shop v here I bought it by registered post, clearly explaining that I would like my money back, ond ordered the piece of software from a (much cheaper) mail order company.
After a telephone call, during which the manoger of the store admitted that the software was faulty, they refused to let me have my money back, but In turn offered me a credit note.
I wrote back to him to say this was unacceptable to me. Because I could not afford to have nearly £60 of my money tied up in this way. This was more than four weeks ago ond as yet I have heard nothing further from them.
Oliver Stockley. Kingsway. Shlpston-on-stour, Warwickshire If sounds as If you are definitely entitled to your money back. Unfortunately being legally In the right does not always help In these matters as quite a few shops will try to pull the wool over your eyes.
I’ll give ’em a bell and try and get It sorted.
If the threat of being no longer on Ezra's Christmas list doesn't stun them into submission then you need help. Pop along to your local Citizens Advice Bureau. They will be able to provide you with legal aid which may not cost you a penny.
Duncan dares too much As the developer of the game Lost Patrol for Oceon. I read the review of our game in the current issue of Amiga Computing with great Interest.
That Duncan Evans thought the game poor Is of no consequence. Of course tastes are subjective ond his was the first bad review out of 12 European magazines.
But we do object most strongly to his fhal assertion that any reviewer who said the game was a good one was a liar, lying to maintain Ocean's advertising revenue.
We find this statement unjust, irresponsable and totally unfounded, and now feel tha* a printed retraction is In order with the reviewer concerned disciplined.
Is Mr. Evans also calling h*s fellow journalsts on your Amiga Action magazine liars for their good review of the game? Perhaps this young man has an axe to grind with Ocean themselves? If this is the case then even his reviews can no longer be held as objective.
I. G. Harling, Envision. Bristol Well, yes. I'd have to agree
with you there. Duncan can get a bit carried away sometimes
(though not far enough lor most people s liking). I have
spoken to Duncan since and he regrets having cast aspirtions
as to the Integrity of the Journalise fraternity.
While It is not our Intention here at Amiga Computing to muzzle our reviewers wher It comes to giving a game a poor review we regret that Duncan went too far In this case.
Feature One computer not good enough for you?
Want more?
Jason Holborn and John Kennedy look at the current state-of-the-art in Amiga fancy dress Feature winding up all those ST-owning friends you may have. Seriously though. Macro Systems claim that the next release (ve'sion 2) will be fully multi-tasking, solt wtfl be possible to run ST ond Amiga packoges concurrently.
In use, the Medusa card isn't a simple plug in and go affair. Before you even get the slightest glimpse on anything even remotely ST-like.
You'll have to swallow your pride and get your hands on a real ST. On the Atari format disk that came with the emulator is a rather suspect little utility called GETTOS.PRG. This program, which must be run on a reel Atari, dumps the Atari rom to d sk as a 200k binary rile and copies it on to the Medusa boot disk.
In theory, this should allow Medusa to emulate anything from the very first ST machines (which came with the ope’ating system ros on disk) to Stacys and STEs FLOPPV OX Hi J5- 04-03H 04-03- 04-03- 04-03- 04-03- 04-03- 04-03- R4-B3- SVS BRS CFL MFL DAT OPT PRG PR!
244 856 4608 1152 4946 22 139549 Some people are never satisfied. One computer per family just Isn't enough In these decadent times: Not only do they want an Amiga, they want a PC. An Apple and an Atari Emulation provides a solution to the problem of becoming buried urder a mountain of different makes of hardware. Thanks to a combination of software ond hardware. Your Amiga can play "Let's pretend" and be any computer you want It to be.
In theory at least, emulating another computer is easy. All you need Is the correct processor (a 68000 for the Mac and ST: already present in the Amiga, a 8080-compatible for Pcs) and a copy of the operating system.
Then you just tie up a few loose ends, such as input from the keyboard and output to the screen, and any legally written progroms will work fine.
* he main problem Is getting hold of the operating system of the
computer to be copied. Since it is usually held in rom. It's
normally onty a matter of either using the roms themselves, or
making a disk image of them and using that.
There is a small snag here It may be illegal. Whoever wrote the operating system holds the copyright. And they may go so far as to only license you to use it. This means there are only certain circumstances in which you can use it, ond copying it on to a floppy for a friend certainly won't be one of them.
This sort of legal battle has long been assigned to the filing cabinet* for the PC s operating system.
A solution was reached by getting a third party to re-write the OS and using It. To the user both systems are the same and his IBM clone will run the vast majority of IBM PC based software.
It is hard to imogine a third party conpany writing a new version of the Mac or Atari ST operating systems.
Kick Start Being the Amiga's closest cousin, the Atari ST should be the easiest computer to emulate. After all.
They both share the same 68000 processor. In fact it would be fair to say that if you took away the Amiga's custom chips, the hardware architecture of the two mochines is almost identical, so It shouldn't be too hard to get Atari software running on an Amiga When the Amiga first arrived, there was talk of an ST emulator for just £6. But that (not surprisingly) never arrived. However, a German company called Macro Systems have recently come up with the goods in the shape of their Medusa ST emulator.
The emuator package consists of two disks (one of which is in Atari format) and a tiny PCS containing little more than a couple of chips and a capacitor. The card, which slots intemolly Inside the A2000. Is the smallest emulator card I've ever seen - if you're not careful, it would be all too easy to lose it under a pile of disks: It really is seriously small.
Then agoin. The cord itself isn't that Important for Medusa claim that the herd work of emulating the Atari is cctually handled by the Amiga itself - the card is used for nothing more than I O.
The card won't multi-task, and this is reallv a great shame as it would have been a perfect way of PAINT PRT 20' PAINT0 RSC 231 PAINT1 RSC 23 7 PA I NT2 RSC 25 README DOC J
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although you could run Rainbow TOS. You can't get at any of the
extra facilities offered by the STE. Why this should be I don't
know, as the Amiga hardware could more than adequately handle
the task.
Now all you have to do Is double click on the Medusa icon and things start to happen. From now on. You've got a machine that is.
To all Intents and purposes, an Atari ST. It can read and write disks in Atari format and. For hare disk users, you can even set up a partition on your drive for Atari software.
Unlike a real Atari, it's actually possible to run all three Atari screen modes from a standard Amiga monitor (Atari owners need two monltorsl). Both medium and low resolution are virtually identical to a real ST. but the ST high resolution mono mode does tend to suffer from the usual eye-straning qualities associated with interfaced displays.
It would have been nice If the emulator supported the noninterlaced screen modes offered by the new enhanced chip set. As It is, you're either going to have to buy yourself a flicker fixer, or cross your fingers and hope that Macro Systems fix this in version 2.
Due to restrictions in the ST's memory management, it Is only possible for a real ST to access a total of 4Mb of ram. Atari botched things by only allowing a 22 bit address bus even though the 68000 can actually handle up to 16Mb using a 24 bit bus. This is one area where the emulator actually Improves upon the real thing: Medusa can take full advantage of the Amiga's entire menory map. If you've got the memory, you could have a 9Mb ST!
According to Medusa, the emulator runs at about 90-96 percent of the speed of a reol Atari, which isn't bad (and is In fact a little impossible) when you consider that the Amiga normally runs 10 per cent slower than on Atari.
Surprisingly. Medusa seems to run most application software without a hitch. Even ST MIDI software (which is written to use the Atari's built-in MIDI ports) works fine. The emulation software re-directs all MIDI activity to serial-based Anlga MIDI interfaces, therefore allowing you to run software such as Cubase without a hitch.
If you need to run Atari appica- tions software, then Medusa certainly delivers the goods. It happily - runs programs such os Calamus.
Pro-24. Harlekln. GFA BASIC and even the ST version of Protext.
However, that's not to say that the Medusa system will run all Atari software: If you're hoping to run any of your friends ST games under the emulator, then forget It. Due to disk protection schemes and blatant "metal bashing*, the vast majority of Atari games software almost certainly won't work. This Isn't a handicap: Any games which come out for the ST and not the Amiga aren't worth playing!
Feature There is only one problem with Macro's emulator - and that's the price. Coming In at £180, the emulator cerainly Isn't cheap. For that kind of money, you could quite easily pick up a real ST. However, if you can't afford the desk spoce taken jp by an additional machine, then the Medusa emulator provides a simple (and space saving) solution.
Mac attack I don't know what It Is. But there's something about the Macintosh that makes it highly desirable. Take your average computer buff.
Although he may not reodily admit It. There's a Mac lover In there somewhere. He may wlbble on endless y about the merits of his chosen computer, but it’s a sure bet thal he would much rather be sat in frcnt of a Mac.
So why haven't we on got Mocs sitting cn our desktops next to our Amigas? Well unfortunately. Apple has the habit of pricing products out of the reach of the people that most want them. An averagely well endowed Mac could set you back clmost £3000 - even then, you have to fork out extra for things like high resolution colour cards.
This then, is why A-Max Is such a good bet.
The A-Max Plus Version ReadySofts A-Max Moc emulator has been around for a fair old time now. Unfortunately, the original release was rather limited - if you wanted to play Mac Tetris (Which Is about all I used it for) then it was fne. But for serious DTP work, it left a lot to be desired.
Everything seemed fine with A- Max. bjt for one small detail - hard disk support. If you've ever used a floppy disk-based Mac then you'll already know how frustrating It can be. The Amiga suffers enough with the dreaded disk swapping syndrome. But with the Mac It's an accepted fact of life. Mac users complained of aching wrists after prolonged periods of use. Hence the term Macintosh E ?ow.
Thankfully. ReadySoft have cured this problem with the release of A-Max II. If you're the lucky owner of a hard disk, you can now use It to store Mac programs and data. Is A-Max now perfect?
If you've bought the basic A- Max II (not the Plus version) then the first thing you'll notice is that the hardware itself hasn't changed from the original A-Max. That same long and rather obtrusive grey box is still as obtrusive as ever. It protrudes out of the back of the machine a good 6 Inches or so.
As if trying to compete with Commodore's TV mocMotor to see which can get in the way the most.
If you haven't had chance to play with A-Max. Then It's worth saying a few wads about the cartridge itself. Cortalned within that beautifully moulded case (which.
Incidentally, ha the signatures of the designers etched on the inside) A-Max II is avalable in two different configuration, the second of which is yet to come. A-Max II Plus 6 a totally new product designed specifically for the professional user. As well os the features sported by the current release. A-Max Plus offers a number of additional extras: Internal Fitting A-Max II Plus is a plug-in card which connects Internally to the Amiga 1500 upwards. At last It's possible to run Mac, PC and Amiga software from a single, self- contained system box.
Mac Format Disks With Plus. It's now possible to directly read and write to Macintosh format disks from standard Amiga drves.
Are two chip holders These holders seat the two Mac roms that must be installed for A-Max to be able to do its stuff.
Mac roms come In two flavours
- 64k and 128k. Roms from the Mac II will not work - these are
high capocity 256k Roms. If you can. Go for 128k Roms as this
will allow your A-Max II system to run a higher percentage of
Moc software After Initial problems obtaining these Roms. El
can now supply them for an additional fee. Actually installing
the roms is a simple enough task which is completed In a matter
of minutes.
There's also a number of extra connectors. The first is a passthrough connector which will allow you to use your external drives even when A-Max is in use. If your drive has a passthrough connector, it's even possible to plug the A- Max cartridge Into that, therefore MIDI Compatibility Run such well respected Mac music software titles as Cubase, Performer and Master Tracks Pro on your Amiga (with standard MO interfoce connected to the serial port).
Mac Serial Ports Talking of serial ports. Plus provides two Mac compatible serial ports, therefore allowing It to take advantage of Mac serial devices which conform to RS422 standards.
Appletalk Compatibility Plus is fully compatible with Moc Appletalk networks ond peripherals. It is now possible to directly connect the Amiga to devices such as Mac laser printer.
Saving you the hassle of having to fight through all the spaghetti growing out of the back of your machine every time you wish to unplug A-Max.
For those of you who can afford such a luxury, it's also possible to plug a Macintosh disk drive Into your Amiga via the A-Max cartridge. Although these are generaF ty rather more expensive than their Amiga counterparts, such a drive is a worthwhile Investment If you intend using A-Max seriously. A good drive to go for Is the Amiga- A-Tosh drive which is available from MAST on 077082 212.
It's just not fair. If. Like me. You like to dive in ond start playing as soon as you get a new piece of kit. Then you're in for a big disappointment. Before A-Max II can do Its stuff, there's a fair bit of setting up to be carried out.
The first thing to do Is to find a Mac and copy the Mac System and Finder files onto a special minitransfer disk. This A-Max II specific disk can be read by both the Mac and by A-Max. Unfortunately, it’s rather limited In size - a mere 272kl If you're using a Mac that has c large number of fonts and desk accessories installed, you'll probably have to remove a large number of them before both Flnde’ and System will fit onto the mlnF transfer disk. Don't worry - as soon as you've got A-Max up and running. You can re-install your favourite fonts ond D As.
To get anything even remotely Mac-like to appear, you need only the System and Finder files mentioned previously. These two files contain the Mac operating system and desktop environment. As soon as these ore safely copied, your MacAmiga should spring to life.
The next step is to format a disk from A-Max ond copy the two Moc OS files on to that so that you can use the transfer disk ogain.
If you've got a Moc external drive, then bringing Mac software across Into A-Max II is a doddle - just plug the drive in. Boot up A- Max and copy the programs straight off the Mac disks onto A- Max disks.
On a standard Amiga. A-Max can operate m both medium ard high resolution screen modes (although the latter suffers terribly from the problems of interlacing).
A-Max II can also take advantage of both the Enhanced Chip Set and big screen monitors such os the Moniterm and A2Q24 (what ever happened to that?).
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A-Max now supports Mac digitised sounds. These range from the simple SysBeep tone to complex Moc samples Most samples play OK. But problems do arise that can often result In the dreaded System Error requestor (the Mac version of the Amiga GURU) popping up onscreen.
Mac digitised sound can be a lot of fun. Using a control panel utility sailed Sound Master. It's actually possible to assign samples to different aspects of Mac operation. For example, your Mac can be set up to play a sample when a dls is ejected, another when a disk Is Inserted, another when you mcke a mistake etc. Probably the most major new fecture offered by A-Max II is the abllty to use hard drives during Mcc emulation. A-Max II allows you to access hard drives In two Afferent ways. If you're the owner of o hard drive that offers a SCSI connector (such as the A590), you can occess
stand alone Mac-for- mcfted drives by connecting them directly to your Amiga via SCSI (the Small Computer Systems Interface: a standard for dota and control lines which octuolly works). This has the advontage of aBowfng you to occess data on a drive set up for use on the Mac.
SCSI support also extends to anew Mac SCSI peripherals to be used directly from within A-Max.
These include such wondrous de tces as loser printers, scanners, optcal drives and so on.
Secondly, A-Max II will let you set up a Macintosh format partition on you Amiga drive. A-Max uses custom controller card drivers that are written specifically for particular makes of controller. Although not all cards are supported in the current release. ReadySoft claim that all Amiga hard drive manufacturers have been contacted and asked to produce drivers for their drives. The current reieose supports a rumber of controller cards Including the Commodore 2090A,
2091. A590 and even the GVP range of controllers.
You can access up to eight A- Max compatible partitions spread across several hard drives, as long as oil the drives are connected to the same controller. Although the Amga can use any number of controller cards. A-Max II Is somewhat less flexible. It's also worth mentioning that if you do Intend creating an A-Max partition on Feature File Dump, ©1989 BeadySoft Inc. Output to O Port fi (Modem) (8) Port B (Printer) Baud rate 0 ( 200 0 2400 (8) 9600 019200 Character bits O 2 Bits (8)8 Bits Parity (8) None O Odd O Euen Handshake Q Hon HOff (8) Hardware [Dump File On* of the utitties supplied
your hard drive, this will require you to reformat ihe entire drive.
Using a hard drive with a Mac is more than just a luxury - It can often be a necessity. For example, the latest release of the Moc's premier DTP system. Quark Xpress, barely fits or a high density disk, let alone a sta- dard 800k Mac disk.
Amounting to almost 1.4 Mb of data, it's almost impossible to use Xpress without a hard disk. Even users of real Mocs can't reoly use Xpress unless they're lucky enough to own a Mac equipped with a high density drive (Mac SE 30 upwards). Even then. Xpress has a habit of producing files that often amount to megabytes in size... Lastty we come to the all-important subject of software compati- Quit biiity. Thankfully, A-Max certainly doesn't seem to be let down In this department. Just about any Mac software that uses the Moc operating system should work fine under A-Max - I was able to run a
large number of different programs including such wen known titles as Quark Xpress. PageMaker 4.
MacWrite. MacPaint and even a number of Mac games such as Crystal Quest. MacPlayMate (ahem) and Tetris (yippiel). Just don't expect morn hardware dependant programs (such as MIDI sequencers) to run properly.
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With the release of A-Max version 2. ReadySoft have answered all the criticisms levelled at the original. Now that It fully supoorts Amiga hard drives. A-Max has risen from the lowly ronks of being nothing more than a curiosity to become a truly useful tool. With A- Max connected to your Amiga. It's finally possible to run quality Mac software without having to pav the kind of extortionate prices that Mocs command.
Pcs in our time On the face of it. It should be impossible. Even Commodore were sceptical. OK. So emulating a PC in software is no problem - after all. The much-maligned package ’Transformer' has been coing it (albeit badly) tor years. Equally, emulating a PC In hardware has also been done, with the likes of the Bridgeboard systems for the A2000.
But emulating a PC using a A500 ram expansion and some extra chips'? Impossible. Yet somehow it works. By slotting a cord the size of a ram expansion into your Amiga
500. It suddenly becomes a PC.
To be honest. I didn't believe It possible. Even though I'd seen it demonstrated at tne 16 Bit Show. I would only really believe it If I could do It myself.
So I did It. And It worked My multitasking. 68000 based, WIMP environment Amiga had been 'upgraded' to be a PC compatible. Amazing. InstaBatlon took less than on hour. Although packaging for the latest gizmo usually says 'fitted In moments*, to be honest I usually spend over an hour plug- ging-in, testing and getting software organised.
This time all I had to do was duplicate some disks, plug in the card and re-boot. My Amiga was a PC.
As I normally make It a rule not to use a PC, I didn't hove much In the way ot suitable software. So I walked oil the way across the office and asked the editor of the magazine, PC Today.
'Here*, he shouted, ‘try this.'
And he gave me some diagnostic softwore.
Tfl be very surprised if It wcrksl' he yelled (this Is not unusual). It worked.
All the tests wtth the exception of the DMA tests (which were irrelevant) were passed with flying Feature using has some strange screen colours, you can hit the 'help' key at any time and redesign them.
It's been some time since I used PC software, and things have certainly changed. You would be amazed at the lengths PC programmers go have to go to 1o ensure 'user friendliness*.
Most modern programs use pull down menus, hot keys and drop shadow windows, it all looks very out of place on something which to me has atways said "boring".
There would be little point in me telling you how high the standa d of emulation Is. If I were to say it will work on all PC programs, someone somewhere would buy It to run a particular program and it would fall down.
AB I will say is that I tested a fair number of programs. Including games, word processors, databases and spreadsheets. They all worked fine. The only drawback was the need to use floppy disks all the time. KCS say that if you have a particular program In mind, check with them first to see if it runs. Seems fair to me.
The speed of the KCS Power board is not particularly stunning. In fact, according to the well- respected benchmarking programs I ran. It even runs slower than an Amstrad PPC. It was completely blown away by a 80236 based PC.
Why buy an ST emulator?
I know what you’re asking yourselves. What's the point in emulating an Atari anyway? Surely there's not a great deal that an Atari could do that the Amiga couldn't do better? After all. Isn’t that the reason why you bought an Amiga In the first place? Well, to a greater extent, you'd be right; the Amiga does have a habit of doing thirgs Just that bit better than all the res*.
There are exceptions to this - and It's MIDI software. Although the Amiga is finally starting to get its fair share of decent MIDI software (Pro-24. Master Tracks Fro and MusicX are fine examples), toe standard of ST MIDI software stords miles above the rest - even Mac and PC MIDI software can’t touch it.
Pro-24 may have just arrived on the Amiga, but it's positively prehistoric on the Atari. Steinberg ha e since upgraded It to a considerably better program called Cubase, which Is alreody in its second revision. Then there's the C- Lab range of software, Vlrtucsa and Realtime.
Colours. Even keyboard mapping, which had me worried, was no problem. Just as a matter of interest. It turns out that using function keys greater than F10 actually works, so don't fear commands that say "Press F12 to continue".
The software also provided a useful benchmarking system which I promptly tried on the other office Pcs. I'll tell you what they came out like later. Don't want to spoil the surprise, Once the board Is fitted, you have a choice of two possible compjters under your creamy beige plastic keyboard.
The first (and more technically advanced) Is your Amiga, although now it has one or two extras. For starters, you have an extra half meg of memory Just like an A501 ram expansion. You also have a battery-backed real time clock. Just like the official A501 memoY expansion and the unofficial ones which cost a tenner extra.
As cn extra bonus, you even get an additional 512k ram disk, although I have to admit I had problems getting this to work. KCS say that If you have an A590 or any other hard drive which uses DMA (Direct Memory Access - a way of speecing up drives by allowing them to read write directly to from memory independently of the main CPU) then don't bother trying. As version 1 of the system software doesn't like It.
As ‘ar as the Amiga side of things go. That's about It. Once the ram dsk problems are sorted out.
You'll have everything you could want from something plugged into your trapdoor, and a little bit extra besides.
If you want to defect and use your Amiga as a PC. You have to perform the following steps.
Step 1: Remove any hard disks you nay have attached and throw them away. You won’t need them lor a bit.
Step 2: Boot from floppy disk "A* Steo 3: Load MSDOS v4 from floppy disk ‘B* And that's it. If this seems a bit complicated for you. There Is a compete, totally user-friendly front end program to help you configure your new PC to get the most from it in the way of graphics modes, serial ports, external disk drives and mouse interfaces. If a particular PC package you are Why buy a Mac emulator?
The obvious reason is to get a Mac on the cheap.
Feature Apple computers are, shall we say. A bit on the costly side. Even buying an Amiga and emulator from scratch win save you money.
Of course, if you already own an Arriga you’ll have to splash out even less.
The Mac is the favourite machine when it comes to Desktop Publishing. Rightly or wrongly, talk to someone about DTP and you’ll always end up talking about Mocintosh computers.
Although the Amiga now supports wonderful packages like Professional Page 2 which in many aspects can out-perform the Mac standards, there is still a lot to be said for emulating one.
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Installed. It would be financial madness to chuck them all away
and start again with Amlgas.
However, when it comes to expanding the system, an A2000 with A-max 2 Plus could be plugged into me network like any other Mac with a considerable saving. Plus you have all the benefits of the graphically and sonicaliy superior machine, as standard.
Why buy a PC emulator?
The PC has never been renown for excelling in a specialised field.
Graphics, sound. DTP and MIDI are all better left to other mochines.
Nevertheless, the PC has been around for a long time: Almost since the very beginning It appears As a result. It has earned itself a remarkable collection of software. Forget up-to-the-mhute animation packages, we re tdking productivity here.
Word processors, spreadsheets, databases: The PC has a greater choice In these fields than any other machine In existence.
What's more, most of the PC software around is free: It's public domain. There is still more PC PD than Amiga PD. And you know how much Amiga PD there is out there!
Another reason to Invest in a PC compatible is that old cilched situation me ’PC at work, home computer at home’. If you really reed to take work home from me office F C and continue at It home on the family Amiga, here's me solution.
The final scenario is one which appears In our mailbag several times a week. A lot of colleges and universities use Pcs as course machines. The poor students are forced" to learn programming languages and how to use spreadsheets on me out-of-date campus equipment.
Most students find that they need to use the machines out of normal daytime hours, but also find mat due to lack of funds their rum- bers are limited and compettlon for access is fierce. Adapting the ever present Amiga could be me ideal solution.
Mac. ST emulators: Jason Holborn PC emulator: John Kennedy Tech Spec Medusa ST Emulator Supplier: Medusa Macro Systems 010 49 2330 80IT 32 Emuotes: Atai ST - several TOS versions Price: £180 Softwore supplied: Utttty and "rom grabbing" software Amiga required: A2000 up A500A1000 versions "coming soon" Floppy disk support: Yes. Using standard Amiga drive Hard disk support: Yes Multlasklng No - ’coming soon" Compatibility: Good A-max 2 Supplier: ?eadysoft Entertainment International Emulates: Apple Mackintosh Price: around £250 (including roms) Software supplied: Set-up utilities Amiga required:
A500. A2000 Plus version ’coming soon' floppy disk support: Needs Mac drive.
Plus version wil use standard Amiga drive Hard disk support: Yes Multitasking: No Compatibility; Good KCS Power Board for A500 Supplier: BltCon Devices. 091 4901919 Emulates: PC (CGA and Hecules graphics modes) Price: £320 Software supplied: MSDOS v4. Shell. Utilities Floppy disk support: Using Amiga drive and supports 5.25 Inch systems as well Hard disk support: No - ’coming soon" Multitasking: No Compatibility: Good Special.
Acts as memory expansion with clock when running AmigaDOS. Extra RAM disk possible Five years to the month after Protext version 1 was lounched Amor are pleased to present version 5, an enormous leap forward in both ease of use and performance.
Protext 5.0 introduces a completely integrated system of pull down menus and dialogue boxes. The menus are among the many operations that may now be carried out with either the mouse or the keyboard. Protest really does give you the best of both worlds.
Protext 5.0 handles printer fonts flexibly and accurately. You can make full use of any number of proportional printer fonts, mix them freely within any line, centre them in headers, use automatically formatted footnotes. And Protext correctly formats your text as you type it, no matter how many font changes you use, showing you line and page breaks exactly as they will be printed.
Protext 5.0 is still the fastest word processor around. Even though we have made all these major improvements we have taken great rare to ensure that text editing is as fast as ever. The menus work smoothly and quickly even with high resolution displays. But of course, you can use Pretext's efficient set of commands and keys just as before and 5.0 remains compatible with all earlier versions from 1.0 onwards.
Protext 5.0 is a worthy successor to version 4, which was described as "the best word processor at any price", "the best text processor on the Amiga" and "the most powerful word processor on the Atari ST" (AUI, ST Amiga Format, ST User).
Protext 5.0 heralds a new era of muiti-lingual European software, in time for 1992 and the opening up of Eastern Europe. Protext may be used in at least 27 different languages and has 10 different national keyboard layouts built in (plus the capability to define The Features Y New fast & easy to use pull down menu system with dialogue boxes and alerts; file selector; mouse dragging to set blocks. Menus complement existing commands and keyboard shortcuts, do not replace them. Menus may be used with mouse or keyboard. Amiga version follows Intuition guidelines.
- Y Enhanced printing capabilities supports multiple proportional
fonts; mixing of different font sizes on the same line;
proportional formatting whilst editing; side margin, headers
and footers independent of main text font. Tabs, decimal tabs
and centre tabs. Extensive range of printer drivers supplied.
Multiple file editing - up to 36 files moy be open; split screen editing.
't Graphics mode support on PC allows use in virtually any text or graphics mode including 132 column or 75 line VGA modes; user defined characters ond on-screen bold, italics and underlining now on all versions; use of 13 different accents on any character.
- Y Language support includes Albanian, Basque, Czech, Danish,
Dutch, English Esperanto, Estonion, flemish, Finnish, French,
German, Hungarian, Irish, Italian Latin, Lithuanian, Norwegian
Polish, Portuguese, Rumanian, Serbocroation, Slovak, Spanish,
Slovene, Swedish, Wesh. (Note: some printers do not support all
languages).
,Y Index and contents generation. Indexer takes marked words or phrases; contents entries automatically taken from titles wrapped in control codes; many options lor style of contents output.
,Y Spelling checker feetures completely new 110,000+ word Collins dictionory with very fast phonetic lookup. Anagrams and find word pattern. Foreign language dictionaries (German, Swedish available now, others to follow).
,Y Many other enhancements including multi line footnotes and endnotes; automatic timed save; add column or row of figures; indent tabs; find word at cursor; 40 column mode support; sentence operations; inter- paragraph space; much improved expression evaluator; self incrementing voriobles; Roman numerols; newspoper-style column printing; file sorting utility with special options for nomes and addresses; revised manud plus new tutorial guide.
- Y And don't forget Protext still includes background printing;
box manipulation; macro recording; exec files; headers and
footers; find and replace; moil merging; undelete; file
conversion utility; configuration program; outo reformatting;
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disc utilities.
Ood compirer shop or directly from Arnor. Upgrades from earlier versiors linal discs siould be returned with your order.
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880k 3.5inch disk drive. At that time, everyone in the IBM
world was still using 5.25in disks, and the Apple Mac and
Atari ST had single sided 3.5ln drives as standard.
Why do we still have to put up with 880k of disk space in the 90's?
We don't, as Jolyon Ralph shows us with some hi-tech equipment fresh in from the U.S. ixing of g; side lobs and ks mode )n-screen Is on any igfeh, lalian, Latin, ok, Spanish,
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»; contents ions for style ory with very lictionaries Even when the ST and Mac got external double sided disk drives, they could only manage 720k and 8O0k on a disk respectively.
However, the Amiga's has since been overtaken by newer machines from IBM and Apple. IBM released their PS 2 range using ht- denslty 1.44Mb disk drives, and Apple soon followed with high density drives in their top-of-the- range Mac It's. Even the lowly Atari ST has now got external high density drives.
;; automatic 40 column d expression :olumn ivised manual nipulotion; irging; on screen srsions medes 95 99101 Now. Applied Engineering from the States have released a drive that brings the Amiga back Into the lead.
Their AEHD external disk drive can format disks to 1.52Mb. beating toth IBM and Apple.
The drive comes In a very nicely produced external case, and the first thing that strikes you is that it looks like an external Macintosh drive.
This is no surprise, as Applied Engineering make external drives for the Mocintosh as well.
The AEHD drive can also be used as a straight-forward 880k external drive, and has some quite neat features. It uses the same Sony disk mechanism that is found In the Apple Macs. This has automatic disk ejection.
Auto Eject On the Mac. If you drag a disk into the wastebasket It will eject the disk for you. The Amiga's operating system doesn't (yet) support this (come on CBM. Roll on Workbench
3. 0). but there Is a small button on the f-ont of the disk drive
that will eject a disk. This may seem to defeat the whole
object of automatic disk ejection, but it allows the drive
to only eject disks when It is safe (when the disk drive is
not reading or writing).
One nice teature of this Is if you do a disk to disk copy and press the eject button, it will wait until the disk has copied and then eject the disk.
Not really that useful, but it's a great way to show off and it s a much better way of attracting your attention than the customary beep or the rather annoying screen-flash.
Another nee touch is the dual colour LED. This is yellow when the drive Is reading, and red when the drive is writing - an easy way to tel if something nasty is trying to write to your disks without warning you.
Double Device When plugged in. The drive behaves Just as If it was a fancy 880k drive. To get It to use high density disks there is a special driver file that patches the Amiga's Trackdisk.device. It makes the drive behave as If it were two drives.
DF1: for 880k disks and DF5: for
1. 52Mb disks.
Only four lines need to be added to your startup sequence file for the changes to be made permanent.
Once the changes have been made and the machine re-booted. Any high density dsk will come up OS df5: and a low density disk wMI be df2: The drive detects whether a disk is high density or standard double density by checking for the special hole on the left side of high density disks. While It is possible to drill hales in the normal 1Mb disks, the coatings on the disks are different, and disks converted this way are not relloble.
The drive works fine with all the hard disk backup programs I tried It with, but I could not persuade either dos-2-dos. Crossdos or the public domain MessyDOS to read
1. 44Mb IBM disks on it however much I fiddled wtth mountllsts
and other such things.
This is not a fault of the drive, as the software was written long before It became available. It should also be possible to read Apple disks on this drive, with the right software, The Meg War Now the Amiga Is ahead again, however, it wil not hold the lead In floppy storage for long. The recently-announced PS 2 Model 90 horn IBM will have a 2.88Mb floppy drive.
Citizen have announced a 20Mb floppy drive with SCSI Irter- face will be available soon. Up to 7 of these could be linked to an A590-equiped Amiga.
With the current exchange rate, the drive works out quite cheap.
It's excellent for showing off. And the high density disks are a vast improvement for hard disk backups A great piece of hardware, excellently made, a good prce.
And works well, When it can read high density IBM disks and Apple disks It will be perfect.
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Telephone 01-240 6756 THIS CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY WAY back In me mists of time, so far ogo mat even me so called good old days of home computing were but a distant memory, and so long ago that even this hallowed organ wos but a twinkling in me eye of The powers that be... Er where was I?
Dh yes. It was 1985 In fact, and It wos just about the last year it was worth owning a Commodore 64 because Andrew Braybrook's GrattgoW released Parodroid. And folowed it up the next year with the wonderful Urlcfium.
Surprisingly our Andy has rehashed his original game to give us Parodroid 90. What next. Urldlum 91?
The reason Parodroid was a resounding success was that it was a jolty good 8-bit game However, expectations, game design and the standard of software has advanced since then (though it might not seem like it at times). So does me old dog still have a few tricks left or is Parodroid 90 only a seres of toothless woofs ?
"o find out you first have to digest the plot, Easy enough. Out there in space Is a place called Basmyth. The neighbouring Trlmorg Empire wants to annex it Iraqi style Oir forces send out a fleet of freighters to counter the threat.
From out of nowhere comes a Flash Gordon Death Ray which turns all the droids onboard into metallic communists.
They round up all the capitalist, lard owning, fascist pig, police stcte. Running dog lackies.
Otherwise known as the human crew, and put them up against a wall. You ore also a droid, which mokes the whole exercise one of drcidicide.
To facilitate the droidlcide you are armed with a feeble laser, a small energy supply, and poor arnour. You only get one life, and me droids on me ships are bigger, faster and meaner than a rattlesnake in your codpiece.
Viewpoint is top down, with fairty PARADROID 90 Publisher: Hewson Price: £24.99 no mistake. It's also incredibly Irritating to lose your very first transference game and thus get blown to bits and have to go bock through me title page and credits.
Paradroid 90 is a fair game, enjoyable at times, frustrating at others, but it does show Its age. Rofl on Uridium 91 is what I scry.
Anaemic ship graphics and droids.
The screen scrolls up and down If you progress in those directions, which is in fact, fewer directions than on me Commodore 64.
You can access desk consoles and call up data on me function of the deck you are on (they are Imked by lifts), the number and type of droid Inhabiting it. And correspondingly, hints on me best Graphics Graphically Paradroid 90 Is unimpressive, but this is partly due to the game design. If it had been rendered in 3-D with exactly the same objectives It would have looked far better, but then it might not have played the same.
Sound Suitably weird effects which have undergone much the same sort of update as the graphics.
Gameplay Slightly tougher than the original and unbearably frustrating at times.
Considering that this is an update for 16-bit owners I don't really think dogged adherence to an 8-bit design from five years ago was that important.
Way to proceed.
Now you can run cround ond Just blast every card carrying can you see. Which is fine. You might just make it off this deck In one piece.
But you won't get any further I assure you.
The crux of the game is in fact a sub-game. You have the ability to lock onto another droid and play out g transference game for possession of Its metallic hide. This involves shooting piises of energy at a central bar. And hoping that when the timer runs out you have more receptors in ycur colour than the opponent. The ‘rouble Is that you only get a limited number of shots, and the bigger the opposition, the more shots they have.
There are numerous fiddly bits which gives you unchangeable receptors, two shots tor me price of one etc.. and you can swop sides before you start, so a small dollop of strategy and tactics comes Into P*ay Indeed, unless you tackle some of me droids on the ower decks in a certain order, transferring as you go. Men you won't be able to finish me game, It'll take you a long time to get that far though Paradroid 90 Is tough work make I DOM wear these sunglasses just to loo cool, ya' know. I don't wear them iust to make me look like Tom Cruz - no way man. Although I have to admit there is a
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Especially when I have my crash helmet on and no one can see my face. I mean, if I was a bit shorter and a bit more handsome and spoke with on American accent no one could tell us apart, if I had my sunglasses on and my helmet.
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The Disaster which made all the other disasters begin with small letters. Man, it was wicked.
But hey. Life goes on, doesn't It?
OK, so things are a bit harder these days. Back before It happened, you could sprint round a track with nothirg but the occasional ollslick to wdrry about. Pick up a few spanners and you were away: Turbo boosters, extra-sticky tyres, power assist steering - you know the drill.
Good clean healthy fun.
Man, that was history. These days no one goes nowhere without a full set of armour plating. You better believe It - Just watching a race is now cn offical health hazard. Each set of wheels comes with a machine gun as standard, 'cos if someone Is in your way you don't spenc time thinking about tactics.
You just convert his car Into a Nigel Mansell special. Scrub It out.
Cojrse. You still got all those Turbo* and whatnots, but this time you also got rockets to buy No one argues with those babies: Whanmol and it's out with the replacment car. Now that's my idea of overtaking.
The circuits have changed too so don't expect no more pansy custom built race tracks. We race in the real world: Knackered cities, scrap yards, chemical factories.
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You are at one side of a latticework of levels, the premier bad mother (TM) is on the final level at the other side. If you complete the first level, you have a choice of three levels and two directions to go in. So even if you can't get any further, at least you'll be able to play four levels.
The levels around the edges terd to bo easier than those straight up the middle, but as you'd have to play one or two more to actually get to the other side, and as they are all horribly difficult, the value of taking the roundabout route becomes a moot point.
Anyway, off to level one. And its arm your ship time, to the accompaniment of a simple yet menacing tune. You get five points to spend or: Ship speed, bullet spray directions, bullet strength, bouncing bombs missiles, the disruptor, shields and score multiplier. Since its nice to have lots of everything there obviously isn't enough to go round. If you finish the first level you get an extra two points, but sorting out your original five is tricky. What you need is a bit more speed, lots more bullet power, and one bouncing bomb.
At the end of this level you need to be able to chonge your fire pattern so a point has to go on that ?
Of features jbbing. You motion luality of 3 the heads i the on- nd a child ly IS state- Right, on with the action. A smallish screen scrolls pretty smoothly from right to left. Sprites are reasonably good, but the scenery doesn't match oven Menace, never mind Blood Money. There arB two real bottlenecks on the first level, where the scenery closes In, and killer beserker sprites gallop madly at your ship.
Manic jabbing of the fire button Is required in places, while careful manoeuvring is called for in others.
If you finish a level you get a password, but you are only allowed up to three passwords so you need to be able to complete two or three levels per game In order Is he shooting at me? Surely not.
To get to the end. Personally I ind it impossible to believe that anyone could do this, if I. as natura&y gifted as I am, find the going nose bitingty difficult then I'm sure you lot certainty win. You do have to iearn the patterns, know what's coming up next, and you do have five lives to help, but its still fiendish. And that's only the start. Out of the next three possible levels. One is viruaHy impossible, one Is almost impossible, and the other is merely very herd.
While not really matching the releases from recent years in terms of outstanding graphics and sound.
Necronom is passable to good in all departments, and offers the severest challenge to joystick hotshots since.... urn. Since the last one.
Graphics While not as outstanding as some of their older releases the smooth scrolling and Interesting sorites arc well done. The backdrops arc a bit poor.
Sound A bit lame really. A definite sense of 'I've heard It all before'.
Gameplay Impossible yet addictive, the aim of all shoot-'em-ups. It gets so hard that even a gaming supremo li«e me Is hard pushed to make It pait the later levels. There is enough here to keep you going for a fair old while I should imagine.
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One day. They were playing as usual when a big man threw Billy and 3obby at a wan and knocked them out cold.
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This is strange name for this game as there's not one heiter skelter in It.
Anyway, you might be wondering what it's an about. Well, you don't have to free Blly of Bobby from the computer cos you don't have to play the game, but even if you do.
That's not the Idea Billy and Bobby have been employed to rid 80 levels of bugeyed monsters If you tire of the 80 levels already available, why not design your own with the built-in Can you bring the bouncing ball to bare editor. Each level consists of a number of platforms which are the haunts of monsters These monsters really aren't doing any harm but your brief Is to bounce on them anyway.
Yes. The object of the game is to get your ball - either Bitty or Bobby - to bounce on these poor defenceless creatures who do nothing to harm the envlronmen- and really look quite pretty, except for the ones that are really ugly and deserve to be thoroughly thumped.
Bouncing on these creatures causes them to vanish, but only if you get the one that's selected by the computer.
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To add to the trouble, if you get one of these smaller monsters, its partner increases In size, This means that if you hit him again before his turn he will divide Into two ogoin.
Heiter Skelter is a really tun game It's damned oddtatrve end is certainly something to sink your teeth into.
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XIPHOS Publisher: Electronic Zoo Price: £24.99 The game is based on the continuing struggle between two warring factions in deep space (The Plo and the Qon). Both of which are descendants from the same race, which in the distant past was silly enough to delegate total responsibility of running their near perfect world, to their ultima*e creation Xiphos (booo.
Hissss).
Xiphos is a somehow familiarly mad entity, ond would be villan of the piece. A huge super Intelligence, which for reasons best known to itself, after hundreds of years of trouble free service, one morning announced.’I quit*.
Thereby plunging the now totally deperdent Xiphonions Into a technological dark age. With no power and no expertise to rebuild their crumbling culture.
You play the part of an undercover agent sent by the Galactic council, of which the Xlphonion system was formerly a member Your mission is to traverse the six levels of Xiphonlon Inner space, at the centre of which Is Xiphos. Not only responsible for the demise of the Xlphons but also suspected of causing strange disappearances and possibly altering the fabric of space time.
In order to t avel through the increasingly hostile levels you take on the guise of a wandering mercenary fighting for either side, allied only to mcximum profit This has a dual purpose, not only disguise, but as "he only method of raising sufficient funds via bounty, to buy supplies to continue your quest south, and towards Xiphos via the pole base at the southern end of each level.
Unfortunately travelling south Increases an effect similar to gravity which dramatically depletes your energy. If. However, you travel north energy is increased, but it also means you'll be travelling In completely the wrong direction.(Tricky...eh?)
Here lies the trading aspect of the game. After firstly picking your target carefully and dispatching them to the next level of consciousness you will receive your reword, with which you can trade for goods with yout victims opponents.
A map can be built up of the various locations of stctions and their allegiances, although this can change due to conquest The conservation of resources is essential, as running out of energy was the main reason for my regular and early demise It’s perhaps slightly unfair to compare Xiphos with S'argllder II Graphics When I first loaded the game ard flicked through the manual, my flrtt thought was, 'Great ... At fast, Sterglider III or there atoms'.
Unfortunately that's not the case.
The graphics are very similar, the backgrounds being very Impressive and, with the possible exception of the tractor beam which looks like It was stolen from a speccy, they're great.
Sound Th« fairly usual run-of-the-mill pinjt and explosions. A few years ago they would have been great but they 11 seem a little too familiar now.
Gameplay The dog fights are perhaps a little too tricky, making the accumulation of the required credits and as a result, the purchase of essentials, simply a little too hard.
Constantly, but It’s almost unavoidable with the graphic similarity and the general scenario.
Nevertheless I still feel the program lacks depth, being essentially a multi-level shoot-em-up. With a tit of simple trading for good measure.
This is the only time you ore sate (well, relatively anyway). Fuel up. Arm your plane and get at'eml WHEN I was younger and thought that my Tandon PC was a really nice state of the art piece of gear I had one game that was my most favourite of all. Many of the more sentieiv of you will never have heard o' this game - In fact many of you nray not have heard of Pcs.
II Anyway, the name of this game was Sopwlth. And the plot was quite simple. Piloting your plane from an elevation viewpoint (side on) you had to engage in dogfights with enemy craft and drop bombs on cities and gun emplacements until everyone had had encugh, WINGS OF FURY Publisher: Domark Price: £24.99 This was by far the best game I ever played on the PC and probably the game I have played the most on any machine. And this was on a nasty monochrome monitor running a CGA simulator.
How much better. I remember thinking to myself, this game would be If it had graphics and sound.
Somewhere else across the universe of thought someone must have had a similar, if not the same.
Idea - here comes Wings of Fury!
The plotllne has been developed somewhat. You are the pilot of 0 Hellcat, operating from an American carrier in the Specific Ocean around 1945.
This is an unpleasant place to be because the place is swarming with Japanese. That's not to say that the Joponeso aren't nice people these days. I mean, in WWII they murdered and tortured civilians, summararily executing those who stood in their way. These days all they do is torture and murder business with high import taxes and murder, torture and eat endagered species - no com poison really.

• J UJ ! • The aim is to eradicate the enemy by destroying their
island bases and sinking their ships. Air combat may ensue,
sneaky Zeros (which were manufactured by Mitsubishi as a matter
of interest) defend some islands and most ships.
A choice of weapons - bombs, rockets or a torpedo - will outfit you for your mission. It may be necessary to fly a sortie and then return to your carrier In order to rearm with different weapons. Bombs are the most universally useful, especially when ottocking ground installations. Rockets seem to be rather haphazard and Innoccurate whereas torpedos are incredibly unreliable and obviously only useful for sinking ships. Remember you have machine guns for dogfights and those all important straffing runs.
Landing back on the carrier is quite difficult. The problem can be compounded if your plane has received a bit of a pasting from the Nips' Ack-Ack or the odd Zero. One slip, one fatal slip and It's goodnight Singapore.
The variety of missions and the inherent strategy requirements for each level make every fight seem different and challenging. I know I said that Sopwith was my most played game ever, but I have a feeling that may soon change.
Graphics Excellent. They really are. The animation of the plane as it climbs and dives 1s more than made up for by the excellent effects as cncrn; soldiers are pinned to the ground br a well timed burst of cannon. A triumph of the pixel sculptor's art.
Sound The sound effects may seem a bit tame.. The tune is quite stirring but uses the same boring old samples that have been around for years. The best effect Is, if you'll excuse the gore, the sqveal of an infantryman as he gets shot or a 1001b bomb lands in his vicinity.
Gameplay This is a game that attacks the central nervous system directly, it owcridcs all other considerations except massive doses of coffee to enable you to work nine-to-five and play six-to- eight. The control of the plane is a little difficult to get the hang of it first, but the Hellcat was a difficult plane to fly In reality anyway.
HAVING been endlessly questioned and hecvlly sedated. Aaron Boone tried to take his own life. Somehow his psychiatrist had concluded that he was responsible for 11 particularly gruesome murders - none of which Boone could recall.
As he lept in front of the oncoming truck all Boone could think of were the grotesque pictures Decker had shown him.
Anyone who could perform such butchery didn't deserve to live - the truck hit.
Boone regained consciousness in a white room. Where was he?
Heaven? Hell? No. Having been struck by the truck, Boone's body was thrown to the side of the road.
He had been rushed to the local hospital with no more than a few serious bruises to show for the suicide attempt.
It was while Aaron Boone convalesced that he encountered a somewhat dislurbed character by the name of Narcisse. It was from this strange being that Boone first heard of a place known as Mldian. A hidden city where monsters of all denominations live In peace. Decker, Boone's psychiatrist, had convinced him that he was indeed a monster.
Midlan seemed the natuiai place for him to go. That night, Boone escaped from the hospital.
Using Narcisse s somewhat sketchy directions. Boone found his way to an abandoned cemetery.
Surely this couldn't be the place. It was then that Boone fell a sharp pain In his shoulder Someone or something sank their teetT into his already battered body. Running for his life. Boone managed to escape the clutches of his attacker ?nty to run headlong into the hands of Decker and the police. Boone heard a volley of gunfire end fell to the ground, dead.
Whii® searching around the cemetery yog ore bitter and Infected by Peloquin. You must run for your life or be completely devoured.
You play the role of Aaron Boone in search of the wondrous world of Midtan. The game follows the film's storyline to the letter and as you progress further into the game you'll find yourself in some pretty hairy scrapes. Your ultimate goal is to prove your Innocence and reveal the identity of Mask, the real killer, to the world.
In order to succeed you'll need to call upon the help of the Inhabitants of Midlon. The Nightbreed.
The game is controlled via the mouse using a simplistic point and Graphics The wide range of graphics featured In Nightbrccd make it a very appealing game. Some of th still screenshots arc particularly effective in conveying the eerie atmosphere needed. The few arcade sequences arc animated nicely and as a whole the presentation is first-class.
HIGHTBREED - m Nnm MOVIE Publisher: Ocean Price: £24.99 Sound The main theme music takes the form of a haunting little ditty that accompanies the game well. The numerous spot effects enhance the atmoiphtf* until you believe you could almost be there.
Gameplay Despite excellent presentation, Nightbreed suffers from being iOffitwhat shallow in its gameplay.
Although there’s a lot to see, the challenge Is rather lessened by the fact that all the puzzles can be solved using a trial and error system.
All In all, Nightbrccd falls Just short of the mark and rates as a disappointing piece of software.
Click style method. The action is split into two distinct stages, the road to Midian and the underground city itself. During the game you'll be called upon to ptay various arcade sequences, none of which are toe taxing. Ultimately you must win through, otherwise the murders will ptay on your conscience for ever j ¦r ,¦ r M.
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Upon entering Mldian, the members of the Nightbreed do not recognise you as one of their kind and tear you to shreds.
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Graphics £89.99 £34.99 £39.99 £34.99 £39.99 £339.95 £359.95 £359.95 £359.95 £519.00 £359.00 Gameplay £22.95 placement) £39.99 £2 50 £250 The blacksmiths aie making weapons for the warlike clerics.
Using your specialised skills you must stop their industrious fever.
The Loomchild r-as been summoned by the Elders, the odventure has begun.
Loom Is unique among adventures. Like some games, there is no text input. Control is via the mouse, using a simple point and click technique. Mogic is a key uenswn £3.99 t £399 Samgs- .£9.99 £399 £1199 £1199 £899 £9.99 £10.99 £1199 tm £8499 £2999 £12.99 i onto £8.99 130 £999 acege £8.99
* d_... £34.99 ot £1899 caooei £699 Mandible, the head of the
Clerics, sees his ambition to rule the world get blown away as
he raises an evil spirit.
IT was long after the passing of the second shadow, a time when huge dragons ruled the twilight skies, that human-kind began to thirst once more for domination over nature.
Ther weapon In the fight was industry, a skill they wielded with great confidence As man unravelled the mysteries of light and darkness his power and knowledge grew in accordance.
Soot, entire nations believed nothing lay beyond the powers of their own arrogance.
Competition proved fierce, skilled labour was a valuable commodity and tradesmen joined together In order to protect their valuable secrets. These professional societies swelled as their memberships grew and a few of them, notably the blacksmiths and clerics, acquired vast territories with private armies to defend them.
Thus the age of the Great Guilds was born.
One guild, the weavers, were not Interested in the acquisition of land and greatness, they simply wanted to advance their art. In an effort to break crway from the rest of mankind, they isolated themselves on an Island that beccme known as Loom.
As time passed, the weavers did Indeed advance In their skills. In foct, tie art of weaving more than improved - It became magical I By spinning the threads In certain ways, the guild members found they could cast different spefts Using the great loom, the guild wove great mogical tapestries until one day a young female weaver managed to weave a chHd Rather You find yourself travelling down a twisty mountain path. Things would be far more simple if the road was straight than welcoming this mogical event, the Eders of the Guild became angry.
They banished the young woman from the island of Loom and the babe was taken into care.
Seventeen yeas have passed, the weavers' magic has begun to fail.
Publisher: Lucasfilm Price: £24.99 + 1 : part of the game and spells are cast by forming combinations of musical notes found upon your mystical Distaff.
You play the role of Bobbin, me Loomchild. The sacred loom has been broken and the magical powers of the weavers are beginning to wane. Your mission is to venture into the industrial world to discover the reason behind these strange happenings Only when you prove successful In your task will the island of Loom be restored to its former glory loom is more than just a game. At progress is made though the story it becomes apparent that what you arc in fact playing is an Interactive story.
Unlike other adventure games, the point and click system docs take a little getting used to. However, once mastered, progress can be quickly made. The game's only real shortfall Is the fact that the puxxles car be solved largely by trial and error, thus lessening the challenge somewhat.
A watery duel ensues as Bond battles against one of Stromberg’s evil henchmen.
Too many collisions and your craft will sink.
Tak ng jumps at an angle can cause some hilarious effects. Two wheel driving may look fancy, but It's very dangerous!
Deep sea capers ensue when Bond's minisub is attacked by the meglomaniac's army of underwater assassins.
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No one knows for sure, but the British Secret Service are on the case and assign their most famous agent. James Bond. 007, licenced to kill.
THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Publisher; Domark Price: £24.95 Stromberg throwing everything he ocean waves. Eventualy, if 007 Is somewhere. Leaving Bond to fight has at his disposal In the path of the worth the tax-payer s noney. He it out with his oversized bodyguard, relentless Bone The chases take wins through and saves the day. The steei-toothed. Jaws, place on land, on sea (using both a Stromberg. Being something of a Who will be victorious? 007 s fa*e boat and a jet ski) and under the lllly llvered coward, hops off lies In your hands.
The brains behind the 'kidnapping' of the two nuclear subs Is none other than the wealthy Industrialist. Karl Stromberg. It seems Mr. Stromberg wants to create a better world and. From his undersea fortress of Atlantis, he has sent an ultlmatjm to the world s two superpowers. Either they pay him the equvalent of Brazil's national debt or he nukes Hollywood and Red Square; it's hardly cricket.
Naturally. Bond is deployed to put paid to the meddlesome maniac's preposterous plan. En route he teams up with the KGB's ace agent and together they set out to reclaim the stolen subs. Of course. Stromberg is none too pleased at their intervention and decides it might be best if both 007 and his friend take a short vacation In a lead-lined box.
Racing through the winding roads of Sardinia (Spy-Hunter style).
Bond is ottocked from all angles.
Using his finest driving skills he manages to elude capture before his Lo'us Esprit transforms Into a speed boat and the chase continues over water.
En route Bond may collect numeious 'Q' tokens. These may be exchanged for vehicle enhancements such as paint sprays and smoke screens. Q's creative mind has thought of an even greater option - the ability to change your Lotus from a racey sports car Into a highly manojverable mlnlsub. This latter metanorphis proves vital when you drive headlong off a nearby jetty.
So the action continues with Graphics Although the sprites ere somewhat smaller than normal, no details have been omitted. The game Is presented very nicely and the scrolling is particularly smooth. Because of the numerous different levels, there are also a nice variation of things to sec.
Sound No Carly Simon here, Domark have taken the original Bond theme and souped it up somewhat in the form of a special house remix rerslon. The spot effects are well Implemented and work well. As the song goes, nobody does It better.
Gameplay Despite backtracking somewhat, Domark have produced a flrst rrtc game that incorporates both Spy Hunter and Operation Wolf-stylc gameplay. Difficulty has been set at Just the right level, allowing players to progress each time they play.
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SHADOW of the Beast II is very similar to Its highly acclaimed predecessor. However. Psygnosis have listened to the comments made about the first game and Improved upon them for this, the second Instalment of the Beast soga.
Having fought your way across the plains, you managed to reach the killer of your father, the Beast Mage, Zelek. A long and arduous battle ensued and as the sun set in the east only one shadowy figure remained standing. Against all odds you had defeated the powerful wizard and avenged the cteath of your once proud father.
SHADOW OF THE BEAST II Publisher: Psygnosis Price: £34.95 As time passed, people moved to the furthest reoches of the land In search of a more bountiful life.
What with the Mage long since deceased the peasants slept safely In their beds, or so they thought... One terrible night, high on mountain top. The silhouette of a lone figure could be made out against the dark night sky. As rain poured out of the sky and lightning flashed all around the strange figure raised a staff causing weird electrical currents to run all over his body. The igure turned and twisted until it hcd become a hideous winged creature. Gliding effortlessty down from the mountain, the creature swooped over a lonesome cottage ripping off the roof as though it were made of straw.
Inside o baby screamed as its mother looked upwards. A menacingly huge hand reached in and grasped the babe. The creature took off info the distance, leaving the poor woman all alone in the dorkness.
So it was that the Beast Mage returned, taking your only son In the process. There was no question what you must dc, even without your Beast powers you must travel to the Kara-Moon. Defeat the Mage and rescue your heir Beast II looks quite similar to its Graphics Psygnosis pride themselves on producing state-of-the-art graphics.
Shadow of the Beast II has to be their best yet. Superbly animated creatures Inhabit the land of Kara- Moon and the landscapes arc truly breathtaking, especially when you sec the amazing 13 levels of parallax scrolling. In a word, Brilliant!
Sound The haunting theme tunc sets the atmosphere perfectly. The many sound effects arc varied and extremely well implemented. Even the "game over" sequence Is Joy to listen to with its impressive guitar solo.
¦¦¦¦¦¦¦ Gameplay Shadow of the Beast II is a frst-ratc arcade game. Control It via the Joystick and moving around Kara- moon couldn't be easier. The puzzle solving clement adds a hidden depth to the game and definitely Increases its lasting appeal. When you combine the top-quallty presentation and the superb gameplay you've got one heck of a game.
Predecessor. That Is. It takes the guise of a platform-style game come beat'em-up The two mgin differences between the two Beast games are that this second Instalment is much bigger and It requires far more lateral thinking and puzzle solving. Players may now collect coins to spend on needy provisions. Clues can be gleaned by asking the Inhabitants of Kara-Moon probing questions.
You may even barter objBCts in return for information and help.
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Welcome to Commodore's 15th Christmas Show. This year we have built on last year's success and made the show bigger and better than ever.
As the number one company in home and leisure computers we have brought in some of the country's biggest software houses who will be showing their latest Christmas offerings such as Robocop 2 from Ocean and Line of Fire from US gold.
Along with Psygnosis, Domark, Mirrorsoff, Mindscape, Elite and Electronic Arts a whole host of exciting titles will be available for your Amiga and Commodore 64.
Many titles will also be making their debut on cartridge for the brand new C64 Games system.
SUD Magr.e Torn None of this would be complete without the opportunity to try out all these new developments and Commodore alone is providing a games arcade with over 20 systems. Courtesy of our distributors and dealers most of what you see will be on sale at highly competitive prices.
Torn [you io Finally, I would like to thank all our Commodore users for the marvellous support they have given us over the past year, and wish you all an enjoyable show.
Stephen Franklin Managing Director Stand tyuide Stand Stand 2 Arnor 611 Lincoln Road. Peterborough PE I look for the 90s. Incorporating more pages of features, comment and news than ever before.
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Britain* longest established Amiga magazine, AMIGA COMPUTING appears in its sensational new Britannia Buildings. 46 Fenwick Street. Liverpool L2 7NB Tel: 051 236 0480 Fax- 05! 227 2482.
Memory Expansion Systems will be selling and demonstrating heir new range of Cortex memory products for the Amiga. High quality half meg. 2meg. 4. 6 and 8 meg Amiga upgrades will be on sat afong w«h hard disk systems and external floppy drives Al at special show prices.
Ram chips for all types of machne will be avariable including Im x 4bit static column drams for theA3000.
Stand 8 HiSoft The Old School. Greenfield. Bedford. MK45 5DE. Tel: 0525 718181 Fax. 0525 713716.
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The season* catalogue is stronger than ever reflecting the company* rvestment in software and design, ronforcng its dominant position as the principal puWsher of computer games in Europe The new range ol product covers both 8-bit and 16-bit architecture encompassing game types and payirg tribute to a wide variety of creative sources CARTRIDGE SUPPORT - lending a new dimension to the Commodore 64 format Cartridge ttlSoft!
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Maximised. Larger memory games Up to two Meg |256K) can be stored on a cartridge alowS tel more graphics, more levels and generally far more game. Presentation Detailed and interesonip between level screens and greater graph* animation, ‘ y1 Alt Ocean* new tries on Commodore cartridge are wntten specifically for the format irxrT43 exploiting all of the atove features.
STOP PRESSI For the first time ever. Ocean* full range of Christmas tides are art available on wntten specifically for the Commodore Nnqa Stand 14 US Action 4 Whlttlon Road. Twickenham. Middlesex TWI IBJ Tel: 081 891 6? 13. Fax: 892 8127 US ActxxVAmiga Dreci No I Amiga Specialists Now n Bnan US Acxm Amqa Direct Europe* tra Grea Amiga Club, more than 10.000 members 481 Ha 26i Due to our international network fHofland. Belgium. Germany. U S A and England) 5 31 you can now save hundreds of pounds on recommended retail pnees. Your only commitments pay £ 10 for one year! Membership When you jom you
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Look Also on • Ihe new [ Youc cxpanso Stand 16 [Psygnosis i Harrington Building. 182 Sefton Street. Liverpool L3 4BQ Tel: 051 709 5755 bn 051 709 6466 1 wi be AWESOME and OblTl S which are both T Shrt products, and CARTHAGE, and our : weapoi product for 1990 which 6 called Lemmings. We will afso be previewing our CDTV Stand 19 | Special Reserve & Official Secrets Te. 0279 6)0770 Fax: 0279 726842.
Reserve and Official Secrets are the largest computer games dubs in the UK. With a i of over 35,000 164W games players The cMx are run by incer-Mediates, the company headed by Tony RainWd, founder of Rainbird Special Reserve supplies games to members at heavrly discounted pnces. A result of rts bulk ipcficy.
[I also provides members with colourful Cyberpunk magazine cafled NRG with News. Reviews and i of new games j Ollloai Secrets is tailored to the needs of adventure and role- players, supplying a wide range of t adventure software through Special Reserve |Subsenpticns include a 32 page magazine called Confidential and Myth, an adventure by : Scrolls, written exclusively for Official Secrets, tony Rainbrd. John Tode, Debbie Magrane and Karen Hal will be on Stand 19. Ready to persuade ytvj to jotn nmodore t you see the past stand 21 Micro Anvika [53 54 Tottenham Court Road. London WI P 9RE Tel:
071 636 2547 Franklitt Director one to the 1990 Xmas Commodore show Micro Anvica are pleased to be taking part n this Xmas stow aga*i and as ahvays in keeping with the tradition we have packed our stand with full cf goodies Whether you are looking for the latest m Amiga software or hardware we are at your service the best pnce on any goods at the show We wish all our visitors i Merry Christmas and a new Aniga Tear Stand 26 CYB Computers 9 Crown Parade. Crown Lane Morden, Surrey SM4 5DA. Tel: 081 542 7662 Fax: Mr before 081543 7527 with coverage i Surty* premer Amiga dealer Anything for the
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Sow State leisure n the nsing star of the Amga market with and expert poq ect design team and Beof -the -art research and development equpement. Coupled wrth large scale manufacturing 16 set to take the Amiga market by storm 134 0650 kware oevrtopme ,Dt' «r Europe passing drvergei Stand 31 t Cartridge bnr SoftStOre 408-410 Bath Road. Slough SLI 6JA Tel: 0628 668320. Fax: 0628 668592 k b deemed to t yng time's no L cartridge allow • Stand 3 3 and interesting power Computing he format theret 43 Stanley street. Bedford MK41 7RW. Tel: 0234 233000. Fax. 0236 270133 urn floppy dives, memory
expansions, chips and software, to the latest n hr-tec hardware from avalableon an feiena. You win find « all on the Power Computing stand Lock out for the 50MHz 68030 accelerator card for the 82000. And me 600M8 Optxal Drive, toon show will be the brand new A500 hard disk dnve from GVP the Antga Framegrabber. And fcnew VVJeoMaster Ogitiser-Genkxk from Vidtech tou on buy our Dual Amiga Floppy drwe. The 512k Memory Expansion, and the 15Mb Memory kpanscn ail a: exciting show pnces!
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Showng in their booth are a unique line of products rangng from fast racing action with Indian apolis 500. Magical wizardry with The Immortal and ultimate conquest with their new hit PcrwerMonger PowerMonger is the next poduct from the designers of Populous. Bullfrog Productions Electronic Arts welcome you to vw their booth, play their games and ask questions Stand 40 Domark Ferry House, 55-57 Lacy Road. Putney. London SWI5 I PR. Tel: 081 780 2222 Fax- 081 780 1540 Amga...C64 Games Systems . .Commodore 64 Whatever the machine you own trust Domark to come up with the goods! We've got a fabulous
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On the Amiga fly the ultimate in fighter jets - the MiG-29 Fulcrum or test dnve the amazing Hard Drivm'll - sequel to its No I Best Setting predecessor.
If speeds your aim then STUN. Runners your game and dont forget Spy and Badlands New for the C64 GS are the amazing Tengen coirvop conversions of Widicatofs. Cyberball, whch gives a new meaning to American football, Klax. The addctwefy simple branteaser and Badlands, sequel to the superb Super Sprnt Take Bond on at his own game in The Spy Who Loved Me and beat the best m the dirtiest race in town - Badlands. Both for the Commodore 64 Stand 42 Silica Shop Unit 10 RuxJey Comer Industrial Estate. Edginton Way. Sidcup Bypass. Sidcup. Kent DAM 5SS. Tel: 081 309 11II. Fax: 081 308 1230 Sica Shop are
the Uks No I Ccmmodore Amiga specialist retailer and hold the largest range of Amiga products in the country They will have a wide selection of these products at the show, covering both hardware and software Silica have been dedicated ro the Aiwga range ever since its release into the UK irarket and are now the undisputed leaders m the Amiga field Apart from their London and Sidcup branches. Silica run a speedy mail order operation and provide Amiga owners with a spKiatot service that 8 second ro none, including FREE newstoers and technical support helpline To receive SacaS FREE brochures,
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Stand 46a Mindscape P 0 Box 1019. Lewes East Sussex BN8 4DW Tel: 044 486 545 547 Fax. 044 486 688 Mindscape will be showing ail of tf powerful Chnstmas lineup on Commodore Amiga. Commodore PC and Commodore GS Visitors to the show wi get a chance to play the brand new game from Gray Matter cafled The Utomate Ride - this is motorbike racing simulation at its very best with some amazing graphics from the paint box of the creators of Fendish Freddy - making The Ultimate Ride a real interactive racing movie Ever fancied a chance of becoming a hospital surgeon?
Life and Death for the Amiga puts the scalpel and the life of your paoent firmly in your hands Mindscape will also be showing its autumn hit. Captive Fans of the game wi have the chance to meet programmer Tony Crowther and glean some hot playing tips or maybe even the real news about Captive s - Freedom Fighters.
Mindscape will premier the exciting range of simulation product by the world famous Three-Saty team from California The first games are Sue Max • ne world war one dog-fight simulator and Das Boot a stunning U- boat smulation with a multiple mission scenario. Both wil be on the Amga before Christmas For those who can't handle the pace from the rest of our Chnstmas games, there is at last the chance to play the woddS best seftng chess game on me Amiga - Chessmaster 2100.
There is no doubt that whatever your taste in games is. It cannot fail to be satisfied by a vis* to the Mtodscape Grotto Stand 46b Chettah Nor bury House. Norbury Road. Fairwater. Cardiff CF5 3AS Tel: 0222 555525. Fax: 0222 555527 Cheetah, the Uks leading manufacturer of computer joysticks, penpherals and musical instruments, will be proudly showing their new and existing ranges The company will be givmg away free T shirrs with the purchase of selected items as wefl as offering very special deals on othe products.
Speech synthesisers, infra red joysticks and interfaces will be amongst these special offers, so a wsit to Cheetah near the Commodore aand should not go amiss Of course the company also nanufacture games cartridges for the worlds leading software houses, and personnel will be on hand to answer any inquiries Stand 48 Marcam 62 Tenter Road. Moulton Park Business Centre. Northampton NN3 IAX. Tel: 0604 790466. Fax. 0604 647403.
Marcam have for the past four years been producing the high quality range of Rendale Genlock!
CHAMPAGNE SUITE - UPPER LEVEL REFRESHMENT AREA Exhibitors Index 49 European Peripherals ...... 134 131 Evesham Micros ... 107 7 FMG .. 57 1 14 Greater London Computers.... 37 105 Harpers .. ...1 1 1 112 Hi-Tech Computer Supplie...... s56 135 HiSoft8 ICPUG ...... 54 46b Marcam . 48 35 Media Direct . ...122 138 Media ware .... 109 104 Memory Expansion Systems ... 3 127 Micro Anvika . 71 76
Microsmart .... 10?
10 Miles Better Software ...... 174 121 Mindscape ... 46a 40 Mirrorsoft ...... 68 106 Mutant Software .. 103 147 Nadisystems .. 173 .38 Nova PD 58 51 Ocean Software ... 1?
Power Computing ... .....33 Premier Mail Order .. ...130 Psygnosis ..... .....16 Public Dominator .... .....65 Rombo . 4 Senlec Software PD . ...132 Silica Shop ... .....42 Siren Software .. ...137 Softsellers ..... ...101 Softstore ...... .....31 Software Selection ... ...113 Solid State Leisure ... .....28 Special Reserve & Official Secrets 19 Start Computer
Systems.
...125 Track Computer Systems.
...133 Turbo Software ...143 U S Action .... .....14 WTS Electronics ...129 Amor.
CYB Who's who at the Show - and where to find them EXHIBITION CENTRE - LOWER LEVEL ENTRANCE
F. E. L'_ TVTVT.
Ti 142 143 144 145 146 1 147 138 139 140 141 137 136 135 128 ¦ ¦ 125 126 127 134 133 132 ¦ 129 130 131 104 101 103 102 TO CHAMPAGNE SUITE 105 is 1 * 106 124 123 ¦ 121 122 114 115 113 - 109 REFRESHMENT AREA 116 112 111 107 a TOILETS
F. E. TS TOILETS J L the 8802 and the 8806 At this show we are
launching the latest Rendaie Genlock, a Super-VHS version of
the economy pnced 8802. This version as well as having the
usual features of the 8802 also has fade and wipe opoons fined
as standard, also mode control selection is provided by
hardware Nowadays, as we* as producing Rendale products, the
company is also marketing quaky tfwd party products, such as
the FramegraOOer and 3D Professional professional quality
products from the States.
Stand 49 A1500 3rd Floor. 21 Great Portland Street London WIN 5DB. Tel 071 637 2281. Fax: 071 637 4002.
A1500 has been formed as the tracing company for the Al 500 expansion system for theAm a 500 by its inventor Michael Roots Following two years of research and design, the product has been successful prototyped over the last few months and o now In full production The Al 500 expansion system is being official launched at this exhibition The syrems capabilities include Detachable keyboard, up to three ask dnves |two floppy drives mounted at front), mouse and joysock ports at front internal Amiga 500 and Arrsga 2000 busses.
Amiga 2000 video port additional microprocessor socket I9in rack momtmg system.
Stand 51 Elite Systems Anchor House. Anchor Road. Aldndge. Walsall. West Midlands WS9 8PW. Tel 0922 55852 Fax: 0922 743029.
Eke exhibits at the Commodore Xmas Show for the first time ever, showing some of the new C64 and Amiga products scheduled for release durng Autumn Winter 1990. On the stand we shall be exhibrting Gremlins 2 - Amiga. Tournament Golf • Amiga. World Championship Soccer - Amiga and CM Aisc. An, as yet unannounced Me scheduled for release January 1990 We hope this show will be a v?ry good launch pad into this new phase of licensed products under development Stand 54 ICPUG 45 Brookscroft Linton Glade. Croydon. Surrey CRO 9NA Tel: 081 651 5436. Fax 081 651 3428.
ICPUG. The Independent Commodore Products Users Group, is the premier computer user group in Bntam and a in its twelfth year Unfcke many stxaied user groups, which are only commercial marketing operations. ICPUG is a genuine association of computer users working together for mutual benefit and organized as a non- profit matang cooperative It is coordinated by a voluntary national commrttee. And there are many separate re onal groups. Benefits of membership include access to the FREE public domain software library, technical assistance and discounts on hardware and software The ICPUG Journal,
which is produced six times a year, a in the region of one hundred pages per issue It is widely regarded as the most authontaive journal on Commodore machines m the world, prowling extensive coverage of the full range of computers ndudmg the Amiga, C64, PC. PET and all other models For additional information please contact Janet ftckerstaff Stand 68 Mirrorsoft Stam Harper; Irwin House. 118 Southwark Street. London SEI. Tel: 07! 928 1454. Fax: 071
3494.
71 Comme 1769433 rpers Com all yoi penpnc fviut our stand Mirrorsoft is Europes leading 16 bit Entertainment Software Publisher In addition to Entenanment software under its two house labels Imageworks and PSS. Mrrorsoft also pu: behalf of three of Americas most exciting software houses Cmemaware. PSS and if Hoiobyte All labels represented by Mrrorsoft have a strong braid identity and market nche can offer European game piayers both at home and abroad a range of first dass product cate every major market area. 1989 was Mrrorsofts best year ever m terms of cntical acclaim i commercial success.
We pelw our line-up for 1990 G even stronger.
Stam Bits 'N' 8-12 Dial ic Btt'N Bytes c ofrhecompu 16 bit softwdi These wtf be be available ?
And have it m Stand 101 Softsellers 6 Bond Street Ipswich. Suffolk IP4 IJE. Tel: 0473 216160. Fax. 0473 213457.
Stand 102 Microsmart Stanc Softwar [P O Box 78 rare Selec 125 Strong High Street. Milton Keynes MKII 1AT Tel: 0908 564369 M»crosmart a name that is associated with the more experienced companies of the renowned for its Imxt peripherals and ut*ces knowledge and stockholding. And still tengi much n touch with the 16-tx games software market, involvng Dties old and new We have gotj right product at the right price. So whether your need is through our wholesale or mailorder, cat a sales team that is dowr to earth, informative and not foil of time wasting sales spetl Stanc Athene Stand 103 16 Stoke
Rc Mutant Software 475 Staines Road. Bedfoni Middlesex TWI4 6BL. Tel: 081 751 5999 Fax: 081 i
5760.
Stanc Computer software games. Specialists. Arrxga Atan and PC games held at Mutant headquarters immediate sale to the crazy games buying public - cum chek dis vt at sta nomber witefer.
Digital C 160 Burnside Stand 104 Stam Media C 11 Sage Clc Riverdene PDL 30a School Road. Tilehurst. Reading. Berkshire RG3 SAN. Tel: 0734 452416 Fjl 0734 451239 « Directs reputatior jbe amongst o thetir of our acomparr Riverdene PDL is more than jjst a public domain library with customers ail over the world We grown to be one of the best by offering that little bit extra Our hodme. For example is on the serious Amiga user wher difficulties anse Also a laser outputting service c offered together electronic transfer on to 35mm colour slides of your favourite computer graphics. C hardware and
software with associated anciary items are available at very competitive prices our new shop premises in Reading. Come to our stand and see for yourself our Mad Hatte' pnci Stanc Stand 105 Stand 56 Hi-Tec Computer Supplies 131 We'lington Street. Peterborough PEI SOU. Tel: 0733 555945 Fax 0733 558974 Stand 57 FMG Hazlitt Mews. Hazlitt Road. London WI4 QJZ tel: 071 603 3313 Fax: 071 602
2627.
FMG are suppliers of repairs and on-site maintenance for all Commodore computers • from Cms and A500s to Pcs As well as repairs, the company also offers extended waTanties on Cms and A500s to guard iganst any mechanical failure for two years Just one payment gives you peace of mind and confidence in your computer for the period covered • if anything goes wrong, you simply send it back to FMG and theyl repair it for not extra charge. As a special offer for the show FMG are gMng away free software with every extended warranty taken out Fpr detart just pop along to Stand 57 in the Champagne Suite
Stand 58 Nova PD 30 Parsons Street. Banbury. Oxon 0X16 8LY. Tel 0295 262029. Fax: 0295 275044 Nova PD provide a complete Public Domain service for the Amiga, everything from utilities to the latest demos Over 800 disks in stock plus a free ordering service and same day despatch make Nova one of the most popular PD companies around Nova have recendy released a low cost Database system and the wifl be available from their stand for just £9.99 Stand 65 Public Dominator PO Box 301. Bishops Stortford. Herts CM233TP Tel: 0279 757692.
Suppliers cf Public Domain and Shareware software for the Commodore Amiga Best Byte Software 48 Nevill Avenue. Hove. East Sussex BN3 7NA Tel 0273 746467. 1143 Fairfax Originally founded in 1986, Best Byte has built a reputation in the mail order market as one’A NADISYSTE service exce*ence with unbeatable prices The very latest Amiga games will be available over*b°xes ribbon: counter at discount show prices Large stocks of blank daks will be on supply wtxh hj e pro*** range of very popular with customers Peripherals from mouse mats to memory upgrades, from d st com io ask dnves will be on sale.
Hot out of user groups hands will be the very best m music ard gratfL demos pfayng on our stand many previously unreieased) and for sale at a mnimal charge I Stanc Miles Be Stand 106 219-221 Ca Dowling Computers 48 Tyne Road. Sandy. Beds SGI9 ISA. Tel: 0767 681760 Fax' 0767 681730. StanC On sale will be many poputai products for your Amiga pnees will as usual be very competitive our staff wtll be pleased to discuss your particular requirements As well as the newer Am products we will have the new range of Star 9 pin and 24 pin printers ¦ mono and cokxr.
Bican He 64 1005 wish you a happy show and a very meny Christmas Stand 107 Stanc Cor )%Tal Evesham Micros connec Unit 9. St Richards Road Evesham. Worcs WRII 6XJ. Tel 0386 765500 Fax: 03ffc Tails Lane 765354 One of the longest estabkshxl company m their field. Evesham Mcros offers extensive hardw** opoons, with 9 solid reputation for good service and pnees. Awarded ‘Atan Dealer of the year IQIBHC the company feefs it is a significant trOute to their commitment to the Atari range of compu uyyc pig, which extends cwr three years. Their mail order service utilises the latest m computerised mail
technology, whist also operating retail showrooms m Evesham. Cambridge and Birmingham have ttw own compreheravety equipped workshop, where trained technicians are availabie___ help and advice Customer Services and Technical Department offer complete after-sales assistance Specialist lio Masti ax 0582 5i nemory Upgr taemaJDnve
* ack A'l produ also be availat omputer engi 03 nay have, or 1
smiling face, hi Stand 109 Mediaware unit 19 Teddington
Business park. Station Road. Middlesex TWI1 9BQ. Tel: 977 8777
Fax: 081 977 9444 t and 111 rpcrs Computers Commercial Way.
Woking. Surrey GU2I IHN Tel: 0483 756601. Fax: 0483
* 33.
Computer! Have been involved in supplying computers for nearly ID years and can offer : all you r?qure. We vail be selling the latest range of Commodore computers along with t penpheras including Star and Citizen printers We hope you enjoy the show and please do 01 stand oi your won't know what you missed1 tand 112 ‘N’ Bytes
- 12 Dial Lane. Ipswich. Suffolk to V Bytes computer centres are
one of East Angka’s leading computer retailers covering al
aspects ftne computer industry from games machines to the 386
desktop PC. On sale at this venue will be b X software nduding
new releases as v**U as back catalogue odes at massively
reduced prices hese will be ore off offers for the 16 bit far
Computers, pnnters. Monitors, and peripherals wi also t
available at nassw discounts. It wi be possible to order
hardware and software at the venue nd have s mated to you the
following wee* 213457 [Stand 113 Of the mdusi d SDH Deng We
have got l mailorder. Pte sped )ftware Selection 10 Box 786.
Sutton Coldfield. West Midlands BT4 4MG. Tel: 021 352 0847 wrc
Selection- Games for Commodore Vroga. C64-CI6 at bargan prices
[Stand 114 Athene Computers i Stoke Roac. Gosport. Hants Pol2
UB. Tel: 0705 511439. Fax: 0705 511646.
Fax: 081 751 sadquarters.
Tefer [Stand 121 „. Il Discs ft nside Drive, Bramcote Hills, Beeston. Notts. NG9 3EE. Tel: 0602 256197 1st and 122 dia Direct 452416. Fe Mxld We le is on hand id together flics Comf nve prices Hatter prices.
I Sage Close Hanley. Stoke on Trent ST I 3SF. Tel: 0782 208228 i Direct started off as a small family business operating from one of the partners homes. As r nputaoon. As a company that supplies quality product and excellent senate, we have grown to t amongst one of the leading mail order suppliers of computer accessories anl consumables.
I the r.me we twe been trading ogr prpdxt range has significantly increased to meet the ; of our customers We pnde ourselves m supplying a quality service anc like to think that we lie a company who m always puts the customer first Stand 123 lisystems [43 Fairfoot Road. London E3 4EJ Tel: 071 537 4702 aket as one NADISYSTEMS we specialise m computer supplies i.e. diskettes, listing papers, labels, storage over th P* rWxns *. Ws3150 se)l computer systems like Amiga Aran. Amstrad, Olivetti, Opus and a ch haw provej"* ran9e of and other peripherals More details on the stand, wn dust cove sc and
graph wge Stand 124 Miles Better Software ? ’ 9-221 Cannxk Road. Cannock. Staffs W51 2DD. Tel: 054 3 466580.
1730. Istand 125 Sn£»»rt Computer Systems rstou .May Sunderland
SR6 QA. Tel: 091 56* 1400 Fax 091 an House. Bonnersfield.
1005 Stand 127 [Connect International ). Fax 038 isrve hard the year I Of comput ised mail ord( ngham c avatebie es assistance iTallsLane. Fenstanton Huntingdon. Cambridge. PE 18 9JU. Tel 0344 47831.
[Stand 129 Electronics
o Master House. Chaul End Lane. Luton, Beds LU4 8EZ Tel: 0582
491949.
0582 505900 Specialist in memones and maintenance wi be selling their much renowned A500 1 2 Meg Upgrade with the Chip Memory- option, coupled with the long awaited A500 High Quality Drive Poducts will be available singularly or as super value discounted Christmas Bumper » Al products will be sold at unbelievable show prices. In addition, other exciting products will to be available on our stand, along with repair and technical advice from our second to none Bmputer engineering staff who will be at your disposal to help with any technical problems you oy have, or fauty machines in need of
attention Al in al if you want to leave the show with a ring face, healthy computer and wealthy wallet, be sure to visit WTS on stand number 129
0. Tel: 081 Stand 130 Premier Mail Order 6 Buckwins Square. Burnt
Mills, Basildon. Essex SSI3 IBJ. Tel: 0268 590766. Fax- 0268
590076 Premier Mail Order is one of the oldest established
Software mail order companies and has been providng a fast
reliable service to many thousands of satisfied customers We
wtf be displaying a wide range of Amiga software and
penpherals at very competitive prices along with some amaang
twrgans for those C8M 64 owners amongst you. On ou stand
Hopefully, delays permitting we should have some of the major
Christmas releases available including. POWERMONGER.
R060C0P2. TOTAL REOil. GOLDEN AXE. OFF ROAD RACING and maybe even those elusive TURTLES. Please come and visit our stand and be greeted with a good buy Stand 131 Alf Payne 23 Victoria Road. Dagenham. Essex RMIO 7XL Tel: 081 595 4904 5153.
For Chnstmas bargains great and small. Come to us we've got them all "Wefl probably' Aroga games, budget and fun pnee. Joystick, disc drives, half Meg upgrades etc Stand 132 Senlac Software 14 OakJea Close. OM Roar Road. St Leonards on Sea. East Sussex TN37 7HB Tel 0424 753070. Fax: 0424 755093.
Senlac for al your Public Doman software We carry a comprehensive range of PD and Shareware programs, concentrating now solely for the Amiga Come to our stand and see the latest animation from Doctor GandaJe upgrade- 5 rregs worth of Turbositver animation Stand 133 Track Computer Systems Blacksmiths Yard. Sadler Gate. Derby DEI 3RD Tel: 0332 41817 Fax: 0332 44001.
Visit Stand 133 for the future of software retailing. Track will have over 500 games titles on compact disk ready to download for your Commodore 64 or Amiga. There wii also be amazing supertwse deals Don! Forget the ftghfy acdamed track put* doma software sets at an incredible £4.95 fcr 5 disks Aso available many items of iertous software at serious discounts Check our advert m Amga Computing Spot prizes may be awarded for anybody spotting any Track team member not on he stand Check Dis Out.
Stand 134 European Peripherals 36 Cranford Gardens. Compton Acres West Bndgeford. Nottingham NG2 7SE. Tel: 0602 841640 Stand 135 Care Electronics 800 St Aibans Road. Garston. Herts WD2 6N. Tel: 0923 672102 Care Electronics will be launching their amaang Flexi-Dump. ScreervOump utility Compare with alt art packages |mdudir»g Spectrum 512).
Stand 137 Siren Software 84-86 Prices Street. Manchester Ml 6NG. Tel: 061 228 1831 Siren Software will be showing the remarkable Soundblasrec a stereo ampkfier that comes complete with speakers, power supply and a FREE set of stereo headphones We w* also be settng and demonstrating x-Copy Professorial the uftmate disc back-up system Besides copying floppy docs.
X-Copy Professional also has hard dsc backup and a superb file copier WW also be supplying cisc drives, discs and PD software.
Stand 138 Complement 52 53 Margaret Street London. WIN 7FF. Td:071 436 3436 Stand 143 Turbo Software Unit 6 7 Acacia Close. Cherry Court Way Industrial estate. Stenbridge Road.
Leighton Buzard LU7 8QE. Tel 0525 852277 Fax: 0525 852278.
Stand 146 D K Discs 8 Chelsea Road. Lower Weston. Bath HA I 3DU. Tel: 0225 310463. Fax: 0225 446827.
Stand 147 Edilpse Seminar Timetable lirau i|g CHRISTMAS SHOW FRIDAY
11. 15am-12.15pm ...COMMODORE
2pm-3pm PSYGNOSIS
3. 30pm-4.30pm .AMOS FUN SCHOOL 3 SATURDAY
10. 15am-1 1 am ...AMOS FUN SCHOOL 3
11. 15am-12.15pm ...COMMODORE
2pm-3pm ......ICPUG
SUNDAY
10. 30am-1 1,30am ..AMOS FUN SCHOOL 3 12 noon-1
pm ....ELECTRONICS ARTS
1. 30pm-2.30pm ..ICPUG
The provisional Seminar timetable was cnrrect at the time of
going tn press. But a number nt other presentations are being
arranged to take place during the three days of the Show.
PSYGNOSIS Thurston (Commodore developer support), Gary Van Hoel (p Pieces) rogrammerj. Chris Wright (Bytes and Pieces) Psygnosis presents the future of games entertainment - the next generation.
COMMODORE David Chamberlain, of Soft Stuff Software, will be presenting hissuccessful range of 'Let's Spell" software packages, one of which is featured in Commodore's new “Class of the 90's - First Steps* pack. SoftStuff Software continues to develop education software in conjunction with fully cualified primary school reaching staff, with the aim of making learning fun for young children.
ICPUG At the Independent Commodore Products Users Group's question and answer seminars you will be able to fire your questions at a team of experts. A team will be drawn each day from the following; Tim Arnor (Precision SoftwareJ, John Bickerstaff (chairman ICPUG), Harry Broomhall (programmer).
Jack Cohen (8 bit specialist). John Collins (programmer), Brian Grainger (languages expert), Joe Griffin (vice chairman ICPUG).
Nigel Haydon (technical advisor). Will Light (computer lecturer).
Peter Miles (Amiga librarian), Dave Parkinson (Ariadne Interactive), Peter Richardson (regiona1 organiser - north). Kelly Sumner (Commodore sales director). Mark Tilley (Amor). Barry AMOS FUN SCHOOL 3 Unleash your imagination with AMOS and experience its speed and power as the Mandarin technical staff put AMOS through its paces. This market leading package has sold more than 25,000 Copies to date and you'll discover how easy it is to create your own exciting software.
AMOS 3D will also be on show; Colourful 3D objects can be animated in real-time to music - and all in AMOS Basic!
For those of you with children. Database Educational Software will be demonstrating its range of Fun School 3 packages - for under 5s. 5 to 7 and Over 7s - the follow-up to the 160,000 best selling Fun School 2. The talk will show how easy learning can be with this fun and addictive software.
ELECTRONIC ARTS Electronic Arts wil be presenting some of their newest titles for the Christmas season. Featuring will be their new release.
Powermonge. This Is from the designers of the mega-hit Populous.
Come by and see why this masterpiece program has been getting the highest reviews in almost all the computer magazines. As Zero magazine put it. "It's ruddy brilliant."
In real-time ... and in All our video digitisers are real-time colour and capture a picture as fast as a TV camera can provide it, PLUS - All include a live framestore output for connecting to a second picture monitor or even a TV set to simplify focusing and setup. (Your computer monitor may have a switched CVBS input so you may not need a separate framestore display.) PLUS - All have monochrome facilities with comprehensive software tools.
SuperPic Amiga - Real-time digitising with genlock. Software to take advantage of the Amiga's colourful 4096 colour HAM display; including overscan and interlace as well as 32 colour mode. Writes IFF compatible and custom format picture files. Works with A2000, A500 (A1000 with adaptor) Recommended retail price £520.87 (£599 inc. VAT).
SuperPic PC - Includes IBM interface card and UHF TV framestore output. The framestore system means that even non- VGA PC users can save and recall colour images. Software to produce 256 colour VGA images from a palette of 256,000 and write GIF, PCX and custom format files.
Recommended retail price £520.87 (£599 inc. VAT).
ColourPic Amiga - Similar specification to SuperPic Amiga, without genlock but includes UHF TV output.
Recommended retail price £433.92 (£499 inc. VAT).
SuperPic, SuperPic PC and ColourPic can be obtained from your Amiga PC dealer or for UK orders only send you cheque (including VAT) made out to JCL Business Systems and your digitiser will be shipped FOC by courier within two days (subject to availability). State model required. For orders outside UK please phone or FAX for details.
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Amiga Storage Devices 40Mb HD- 2‘ 5 40Mb HI) + 2 Meg Ram - 1*330 100Mb HD- 200 Mb HD - THE ULTIMATE 44 Mb Removable hard disk, unlimited storage capacity, each cartridge only Controller, Syquest & cartridge only inc VAT CD ROM PLAYERS NOW AVAILABLE Amiga 2000 - 8 up Board - 2 Meg Pop ONLY £250 inc VAT VIDEOS FROM DIAMOND Pod Scat (Jraphics Tablet - £Too low to int Rendalf 8802 (Jenlock- £189 inc New SVHS Kendale (Jenlock - Rendale 8806 (Jenlock - £499 02 (Jenlock - £595 Vidi Amiga inc Colour Kit - :99 Digiview (Jold V4- £95 Colour Pic - £499 inc Markham Frame (Jrabber - £499 Panasonic Ave5
Video Mixing Desk - £799 ii e Professional Amiga Software Just a sample of our Prices, Call for the Title of your Choice Professional Page V1.3 - £99 Audio Engineer - £179 inc Sculpt 4D - £309 The New Philips 8833 II £199 with on-site maintenance jJkZ. AMIGA 500 half meg upgrade £29.95 including VAT or £39.95 inc VAT with Comicsetter, Spritz Paint or Fantavision AMIGA 500 8Mb ram board with 2Mb populated Easy to install - fits under your computer in the trap door!
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Abridge DON'T you just love Standards?
Every other Industry has standards, but only the computer Industry has Standards.
Let me explain. A standard part will fit where it's meant to fit. And work as it's meant to work.
Software, however, may say that It
• will accept a certain Standard file 'ormat. But the truth is.
The Standard format Is open to different interpretations,
creating vast Incompatibilities which, in theory at least,
should not exist.
As one animation package seldom gives the desired results. It's often necessary to use several Of them, swapping files between them, If you want to use two packages that speak slightly different dialects of ANIM. You have what is technically known as a Problem.
To every Problem, there's a Solution - and that's not a solution of alcohol in water. No. The solution is Animation Bridge (Fish disk 359).
Which will interchange files between most animotlon packages. Oh, alright, between The Director. Sculpt-Anlmate 4D, Photon Paint 2. Animagic, Videoscape. Animation Station.
Dpaint III. Animation: Editor 1.11 and Cel Animator. Enough to be going on with, anyway. Even if you keep Interrupting you and asking for money.
Some day. All animation packages will completely understand one another. Until that day arrives (and the sun sets m the east) we'll have to use Animation Bridge.
Mach II I know a lot of people who like to have a clock on the Workbench screen. I never use a clock myself, preferring Russell's Three Rules for Healthy Living. These are: Eat If hungry. Drink Ceffee If tired, and A -Ft RMOEBtt 1 IHVRDE.RS 9* 9* ** 9f 9t SCORE 10 HIGH SCORE * 10 ( BRSES I EHIT H H M A 1 reset!
* |resihhi Game of the month Amoeba SOMETIMES, when things
oren't going quite right In my world, something reliable and
simple, and above all. Ridiculously violent, Is required to get
things right again. And what could be simpler than Space
Invaders'?
No-one’s quite sure why Space Invaders is so much fun. Perhaps it panders to the destructive side of human nature. Perhaps It is fuel for natural xenophobia. Whatever It Is. It's a wonderful way of only use Dpaint III, Animation Bridge has something to offer.
Dpairt III has a habit of filling animation files with excess (harmless) garbage like the remains of old stencils ond brushes.
Animation Bridge will strip this out.
Leaving the file up to 25% shorter.
In addition to its easy to use Intuition Interface, there's also an Arexx port which may be of use to folk who routinely process animations, and hate overworking the mouse.
Bettei still. If you send $ 20 to Ron Tarrant and Mythra-mations Animation and Software, you get an Animation Bridge which doesn't hammering the crap out of moving targets at no personal risk whatsoever.
Amoeba Invaders is an old game, conceived a considerable number of moons ago by The LateNight Developments Corporation. Nothing has been odded to the stark playability of the orginal Tatto machine, save for the odcfton of colour. After all. The first Invaders boxes were strictly monochrome, so it shows how far we've come in the last twelve years, as long as we discount machines like the NeXT.
For those of you who remember colour Space Invaders, that was achieved by the technological miracle of strips of coloured plastic stuck to the monitor. The Invaders at the bottom started out red.
But the other ones went that way as soon as they hit the red band. And we go to all the bother of copperllsts to achieve the same. Sigh. Cali that technological devopment?
To be really pedantic. Amoeba Invaders adds the heady delights of a score that doesn't ‘clock* at 10000 points. Talk about the march of progress.
The original source of Amoeba Invaders s Fish Disk 120. But it s so old that nearly eve y PD collection has it tucked away somewhere. Check the bulletin boards too - it's pretty small, so It shouldn't break the phone bill If you download It.
Sleep If nose touching keyboard.
Summarising all the PD clocks would be a huge and futile task.
Imagine - "This one tells the time.
So does this one. This one likewise* So here Is something not entirely different, but nearly.
There are many Freely* Distributable programs which are best described as Mouse- Accelerating. Screen-Shuffling.
Window-To-Front. Auto-CU, Mouse- Blanking. Screen-Blanking. Auto- Window- Activating. Coniiguratlon- Saveable Clock Utilities (With Added Hotkeys). Or MASSWTFACLIMBS8AWAC$ CU(WAH) for short. Some are big (Hke Machll.
Which rakes up 44k of disk space) one some ore small (QMouse. Just over 4k). Most of them are quite remorkobly clever.
Machll (Fish Disk 254. Unspecified Shareware amount) Is quite the most feature packed MASSWTFACUMBSBAWACSCIKWAH) avcilable. In its standard configuration, it displays the time and free memory, alternating with the date, in a window m the screen tltleoar. This window floats to the top of the screen, and will even float to the front screen. This is cheating Intuition a little, and it can be disabled If problems occur.
One of the most thoughtful features included in Machll is its ability to remember qualifier keys (AH. Shift. Ctrl and the Amiga keys).
This means that instead of having to press keys oil together (such as Ctrl-C) you can press them Individually for the same effect (Ctrl then C). This could be useful for those with impaired hand movement, or Indeed anyone who's ever experienced joys such as Ctrt-Right-Am*go-F5.
At no redo 1 The 3 has iginal After rlctly ne in ount Configuring Machll is pretty easy.
Hit the mouse Menu button In Machll's clock window, and the ouxilary SetMach program Is colled up. This presents you with a moss (nay. A plethora, even) of gadgets, each controlling a different operational nuance. You'l need to dive into the documentation to work out what everything means, so maybe configuration isn't so easy after all.
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They erof that adds ock" I Fish t PD
* ck SO it »¦ If you don't like wasting space, try Qmouse. It has
all the really usefjl features of Machll. Except for 1he
remember qualifier keys routine. It also has the smallest Clock
around - it will fit between the 'Workbench release' and the
free memory display. It's also under 400C bytes long.
Qmouse can be configured using a long set of CU arguments, or b creating a config file with a text editor. This may seem a little unfrendly. But if you follow the documentation it isn't a problem.
Ermlng and humming, would conclude that, short of reburning the ROM. This kind of task is far more difficult than It is urgent, and they go back to their own Interactive multihypermedia devices.
But wait. A llttte System Requester we've all met Is "Software error - task held'. This has been known to reduce grown writers to visible gibbering, and Is unpleasant In extremis. We might as well put In some code to catch the Software error, and render It less harmful, Carolyn Scheppne 's SRT allows both of these things. By creating a text file of alternate Requester texts.
SRT will replace the boring CBM xjrd.
Clocks le task.
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Entirely Freely- Ch are rtouse- jffling.
Mouse- , Auto- fatkxv (With or KWAH) Machll.
Version 1.6 of Qmouse is on Fish Disk 262. And there's a S10 Shareware fee. It's the sort of program that a lot of BBS's have.
Mandelvroom HEY. Oren't those Mandelbrot set thingies real party?
No? Phil E. Stein's, the lot of you. I happen to like them, but then I've always felt comfortable with complex numbers, matrix maths and zero- survivability situations.
The trouble with most Mandelbrot set generators Is that the expect you to be able to key in huge quad-precision coordinates, and then they laugh at you for ten hours while they render a screen of total blackness. Would it not be PDH (Pretty Damn Hip. If you xjdn t twigged) to just point and click on your very own A To Z of the z - (z*z)+C ?
Such is Mandelvroom 2 from Kevin Clague. You never, ever need get your hands dirty with vast floating point constants - nor do you ever need to spend hours waiting to see if you've turned up an interesting bit of graphics, or a window full of block.
By creating a new window, and then zooming into an existing window on the set, you get a rough idea of what your picture should look like instantly, since at frst MandelVroom will merely magnify pixels from the old window. Once you start and it cost me just over lOp In phone charges to download the Qmouse archive over a noisy, long distance phone line. Few PD libraries can offer that kind of value for money.
SRT HMM. Yet another "Replace volume X In any drive' System Requester. I wonder who thought up that particular gem of popular prose ? It moy do the job. But it's dull, so let s change it.
Huh? Change System Requester Text? Most people, after much rendering, the picture will gain detail.
Yor do you need to hang around while the iterations are strutting their stuff. The program sports optimised maths routines for extra speed, but will render any number of Mandelbrot and Julia sets simultaneously.
You don't get summat for nowt, so multitasking slows everything down a little.
Extensive online help Is available on just about every feature, so you won't have to read the huge doc file. Many of the screen manipulation tocls wcrk just like Dpaint. So most people wil know what to do with the Palette and Cycling tools.
Mandelvroom supports every screen mode except HAM. And wfll auto-detect faster processors and extra number crunching chips. The only thing that you really must have is 1 meg of RAM to use all the functions, but it wil run (sort of) on a stock A500.
Intuition is used really well - lots of programmers cojld learn from this example. In fact, they can - Fish Disk 214 contains all the C source, which Is reasonably well commented.
MandelVroom 2.0 is certainly the friendliest introduction to fractal fun. And lives, along with plenty of pregenerated Images, on Fish Disk 215.
Ones with your own wacky creations. The supplied example file is a little Middte-Earthish. With Track Trolls. Disks of the Clan of DOS and captive Printer Dwarves.
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Well, yes. It is. Actually, but this one's a bit different.
The standard view of the Mandelbrot set looks like the chromatograph of ? Squashed bug, given a little Imagination - black in the middle, with a set of fringes which darken cs they go out from the centre. MandelMountains uses a different approach - a 3D black plateau with silvery mountainsides sloping down from it.
It's prettier to look at than describe.
This rendering technique (the manner, but it does work.
He other problem Is, currently all the mops refer to the USA and to Canada. All we need now Is for some patient, kind soul to type in distances between places in the UK and we re laughing.
Don’t wait for me to do this, as I hove all the attention span of a caffeine-soaked shrew, and a hideous dislike for conic projections.
Roadroute doesn't draw maps, but then neither do the incredibly useful AA Computer Routes. All you do Is type a Start, an End and a Via, and Roadroute will find the best way. It can either choose the Fastest or Shortest route, and estimates the time taken according to the US 55 mph speed limit.
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Memguard EVEP hod a totally reliable program crash on you for no readily opporent reason? It's kind of worrying. It wil often happen It you try some new and possibly dodgy software, then take a trusted workhorse out for a canter. Whap Bang, a face full of red hex with a flash ng border.
Quite often, the cause of this Is Low Memory Corruption. The first few hundred bytes of memory contain some extremely important Information which the system uses for fnding libraries and managing interrupts. If a program sloppily patches some system information, then forgets to set them right, the system will crash quicker than the Stock Market.
A very well respected programmer thought about this, and wrote a lengthy C program to scan this area for changes.
Unfortunately, It hogged 50% of the processor time. What was called for was an extremely tight piece of assembly language.
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What's really Incredible about Memguard is that It checks memory every video frame (50 times a second) yet uses only 2% of the processor's power, Since it's a very low level Interrupt, using ForbidO to halt multitasking won't stop Memguard.
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Get the newest version of Memguard you can - version Ilia Is Roadroute IT IS nice 1o get from A to B. avoiding the jam- pocked dual carriage way at C. the sheep track at
D. and the section of motorway at E which has been coned off
since Hodrian's lads built it. So how can you te*?
Usually, looking at a good roadmap will help a bit
- save for the roadcones. That Is. The old method of route
planning Involved a little rolling wheel thing which could be
reod off In miles, and the ability to folow the wiggliest road
with absolute occurocy.
For some years now PC and ST owners have had AutoRoute. A delightful program which will tell the the quickest route to a reputable Amiga dealer.
AutoRoute's authors considered piracy too rife In the Amiga scene to market AutoRoute AMIGA, SO the pirates' loss is our loss too. 'Kill a pirate today* is the moral of the story Jim Butterfield, that guru of all things Commodore, had a need to work out his A to B without recourse to an A to Z. He produced an AmigaBASIC program to do the Job. Added some data from some motoring organisations, and created RcadRoute the First.
Like all AmigaBASIC creations, the first RoadRoute ran Ilk© a sloth in snooze mods. After a rewrite in C, RoadRoute Is much quicker - but hardly all singing, all dancing. More like mostly barking hoarsely and gallumphing about In a vaguely syncopated on Fish Disk 354. Older versions aren't as clever or as reliable.
Mandel Mountains ALMOND BREAD has a lot to answer for. Not least tor Its nutritional value.
You see, in Germany, 'Mandelbrot' is that very confection. Imagine going through life being called ‘Almond Breed* - almost as bad as ’RusseT. Well Professor Mandelbrot certainly used his loaf to develop his fractal theories.
MandelMountains, rather than
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The world always looks brighter after a kip. And so the stupendous MandelMountains screens are Incredible - the CPM makes Mandelbrot Sets and Julia Set* like a zany form of landscape.
Screens are saved as IFF, but with an additional chunk to hold data for MandelMountains. Dpainl will Ignore this extra information, but will not save it bock out - so doctored MandelMountains pictures won't reload.
MandelMountains 2.0 is well worth Its $ 10 registration fee - if you upgrade to a faster machine. MM will use the maths coprocessor. If you like Mandelbrot sets, hove a hunt around Fish Disk 354 - you'll Iterate until the cows come home.
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FFISH 334 FBM is an image manipulator and convertor : Sun, GIF, IFF, PCX, PBM bitmaps, Can input raw images, and output PostScript & Diablo. Also docs rectangular extraction, density and contrast changes, rotation, quantization, halftone grayscaling etc. etc. etc. Utility Stop Press!
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Ratmn e, Monopoly and Escape From Jovi the excellent game.
A 3 disk pack only £7.50. PDOM 90 - Tennis! The best shareware game on the Amiga. Excellent!
Requires I Mb of RAM.
PDOM 79. PDOM 80 & PDOM 81 - Star Trek 3 disk game. Amazing graphics! Fully working.
Brilliant! Requires 1MB RAM & 2 drives.
PDOM 215, PDOM 216
- Star Trek 2 disk game.
Totally different, and even better excellent game!
Requires 2 drives.
PDOM 233 - The Holy Grail Adventure Requires 1MB RAM. Excellent adventure!
PDOM 234 The Golden Fleece Adventure.
PDOM 283 Callisto, Daieks, Pontoon, Puzz, World & Zerg.
FFISH 327 - Msh handles MSDOS ST formatted disks. You can use files on such disks in almost exactly the same way as you use Files on native AmigaDOS disks.
This s a fully functional, read write version.
PDOM 62 The Public Dominator Anti Virus Disk contains all you need in the fight against viruses.
FFISH 342 IE V 1.0 is an icon editor up to Mox.'CC pixels in size also dual render. Fully featured.
FFISH 244 Boot Block Champion V3.1 load, save and analyze blot blocks. Boot Intro V1.2 you specify The headline text of upio 44 characters and the scrolling text of upto 300.
PDOM 278 LI lARCa V0.99a the file compressor 100% compatible with MSDOS LHARC V1.13c. AMICUS 22 - Printer Driver Generator V2.3. TBAG 28 Machll features; configurable, your help screen, mouse accelerator, PopCLl, Screen Blanker, Mouse OFF, Sun Mouse, Click To Front, Cycle, Window and Screen Shuffler, Clock, Alarm, Beeper etc, TBAG 30 MvMenu create your own menu on WB to run any comands.
Icon Meistcr V1.4 THE Icon editor.
TBAG 31 - ShoWiz V2.0 show ANY picture with or without a script 1 picture or several disks full, also play a music file in the background! Also show text files in any colour!
PDOM 279-ESA utility disk 1 the excellent compilation of 3 dozen utilities!
AM PI - Home Business Pack : Uedit word processor, Visicalc spreadsheet, RIM and Hypcrbasc databases and spell checkers etc. 3 disks only £7.50!
APDC 17-2 Micro Emae editors: Micro GnuF.macs MicroF.macs. FFISH 144 Analyticalc V22.3D is a large & powerful spreadsheet program requires 1MB RAM and one floppy.
AMICUS 17 - Communications: COMM vl.33, Aterm V7.2, VT-100 V2.6, Vtek V2.3.1, Amiga Host V0.9 for CompuServe.
FFISH 195 - Micro Emacs V3.10 the editor which js very comprehcnsiveJncludes source and extensive on line documentation.
FFISH 219 Deep Sky V5.0 is a database containing info on 10,368 non-stellar objects, 600 colour contrasting easily resolved double stars, 70 stars for setting circles and miscellaneous white dwarfs, red starsctc. The whole lot is ZOOd (archived) down to fit onto the disk and will unZQQ to 1.2 Mb of info.
ZOO is not supplied.
PDOM Clip It! Voll.
Nearly 3Mb of clip art in standard IFF format.
Subjects covered are varied but are mainly: sports, flags, animals, cartoons, humorous, Christmas, Jewish, borders, Halloween, Valentines, horses, eyes, alphabets, hands, 1930’s trade marks, zodiac, cars and many more. All compatible with Dpaint II. All in black and white. 5 disks full.
PDOM 211 NorthC the latest all features excellent C compiler.
Suitable for beginners and the knowledgable alike.
Fully comprehensive.
FFISH 337 Cmanual V1.0 is a complete C manual lor the Amiga which describes how to open and work with screens, windows, graphics, gadgets, requesters, alerts, menus, IDCMP, sprites, etc. Includes huge manual file and over 70 fully executable examples with source code. When unpacked fills up 3 disks.
FFISH 314 A68k v2.61 the 68000 macro assembler. Excellent.
FFISH 339 - PCQ Vl.lcis a freely redistributable, self compiling, Pascal compiler. The only major feature of Pascal that is not implemented is sets.
FFISH 349 MED V2.0 is a music editor much like SoundTracker with MIDI sequencing.
AM Pll -5 disks full oi Sonix files with the PD Sonix player. £12.50!
AMP23 5 disks full of Soundtrackcr files includes Sound Tracker versions 1,2,3 and 4. £12.50!
PDOM 285 Game Music Creator. Supports MIDI, can handle all types of samples IFF with loops Raw etc., both coniignous and pattern recording. Note half stepup down function, 64 patterns in memory, can load both Soundtrackcr & SoundFX.songs (converted with GMC conv.), Replay routine brutally much faster than Soundtrackers, Includes Pattern break, Position jump etc etc... PDOM 212 - Ret Sector CEBIT ’90 demo.
Another excellent demo from RSI!
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PDOM 214 Fractal Flight. Created by I lyperCube Engineeri fractal landscape gen Requires 1MB RAM BRILLIANT!
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PDOM 2 - The Walker II the mega mega animation demo that requires 1Mb RAM.
FFISH 196 Stunning digitised HAM pictures.
Excellent! The quality is astounding.
PDOM 27 - Alcatraz Mega Demo II. Mega!!
PDOM 65 & PDOM 66 Red Sector Mega Demo.
THE best demo on the Amiga! Amazing graphics, fabulous sounds astounding vector graphics!
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8 S-f l S I w hi fc£-6 $ a 1 It was in 1987 that I first wondered what possible use you could have for an advanced authoring system for interactive video. Microdeal had driven up from Cornwall to show me an ST controlling a videodisc player. In which sat the original arcade videodisc of Dragons Lair.
’Oh yes', exuded the spokesman, (there will be cheap videodisc players on the market by Christmas, and you can buy the controlling software and Dragons Lair disc from us for only £100'.
Three years later and videodisc players have flopped. In this country. Apparently there ore sufficient machines in the US to make it worth Michtron's while to release Viva there. In those three years the scope of Viva has changed quite dramatically, yet at heart It remains a videodisc player-based system.
Applications range from training, sales promotion, simulations and games, and as a general information distribution system. It contains functions for controlling such external hardware as videodisc players and video recorders (including genlock), as well as multi-tasking and providing links to word processors. Databases, drawing packages. Animation packages (or combinations like DPIII). Video digitisers and sound samplers. Of course to do that you need quite a lot of ram. And indeed, that is just what Viva expects you to have.
To use the package properly you are advised to have a bare minimum of 1.5 Mb, 2 Mb to do anything useful, and 3 Mb to do anything special. A hard drive also comes In handy since Viva stories with extensive use of sound and graphics gobble up disk space.
That’s just to start developing. To generate your graphics and sound you're going to some of that hardware and software I listed earlier.
Be aware that though you can produce standalone applications, the user will invariably need at least 1 Mb of ram and two disc drives to be able to use It.
The basic concept of Viva is that of taking graphic screens and sound effects, stringing them together, and by use of text and control commands offering the user a series o options, finally presenting information based on the user's reactions.
If you have a videodisc player connected then obviously you have access to large amounts of graphics and sound data. You could, for example, take that Duncan Evans tells us an audio virtual imagery object (story), about Viva Feature & [13 SZ3 EE3 E3 Iact I Vid I Evnt I Aud I Lsc I Grph | Text | Hath | Sys | Conn | The effects panel with sources Dragons Lair disc and demand totally different solutions to the problems within the limitations of the graphics at your disposal, The trouble is that in the UK there aren’t an awful lot of videodiscs for you to use. The manuol does help out a little
here as it lists both manufacturers of videodisc players and suppliers of videodiscs. In America.
Spinning a yarn Actuall programming a simple Vrva story couldn't be easier, as al the commands come in the form of Icons. It Is simply a matter of stringing them together on the main screen, complete with branches and loops where necessary. To organise an interactive story and Its special effects Unfortunately the function of only a few of the rather garish icons is ntuitive. So careful study of the manual is necessary. To make assimilation easier the Icon commands are organised into function groups *hus: Interactive (hot spots.
Questions, timers), video (laserdisc commands whicn are very easy to use). Events (branching and labelling), Audio (sampled sound and music commands). Graphical (covering .IFF images and the various special effects). Text, (display, printing and sending text to the Amlgas speech synthesiser).
Mathematics (operations on variables - useful especially for simulations and games), and System (access to computer system functions and other Mvo stories).
While organising a short story is easy enough, for anything interactive or slightly more complex a great deal mo-e consideration needs to be shown.
Most programmers I know don't use flow charts, Just lots of paper.
For a moderate size Viva production I'm afraid that flow-charting of some sort needs to be done before starting. While you can delete and insert icons at will, if you don't have a clear Idea of what you are doing when you start .the story may work but it will do so in a haphazard fashion.
A Vivo work screen nas pull down menus along the top; an Info bar which constantly tells you how much memory you have left and the number of icons used, a storyboard on which the Icons are arranged, and at the bottom a 1st of all the Icons In whichever function group happens to be open.
Going back up to the pjll down menus, these cover mundane functions such as disc occess, running the program, executing a wordprocessor. Animation package, art package, sound sampler, video digitiser and database. Now j you see one of the reasons why j you need so much memory.
Viva offers none of these extras. I you need to create everything I used In Viva from some other j source. There is the facility to ere- j ate some text from within Viva I though, but this Is only a couple of I words that can be overbid on a I graphics screen. For anything more I you do need that wordprocessor. I Considering how easy it would I have been to include a rudimenta- j ry text processor and art oackage this is a fittie niggardly.
Also on this top bar are the j defaults which cover where the program expects to see Its data coming from. These are set to Dfft initially, and can cause trouble I when you load in a storyboard I from say. DF1It loads lr all right, j but when you try to run the story j the program reports a File not I found error, simply because it Is I looking at the wrong drive for its I data.
Initially an icon representing each of the function groups is presented along the bottom of the screen, being replaced by the actual commands when you click on one. The most commonly used function group will be Graphics, so 1 lets have a look at what you can do.
LOADPIC and SHOWPIC are far- ly obvious in their functions, but SHOWPIC can also be used to simply clear the screen by assigning the screen colour zero as an argument. The special effects that can be performed on your newly-lood- ed picture include a checker-j board effect (spiralling in or out)i pushing the old picture off with al new one. Fading to block, reved- Ing a picture as If It were painted on vertical blinds, slowly rotating until the full picture was shown, that old standby the dissolve, and a four directional wipe which rofc a new picture over the existng one.
An interesting feature is that if you have genlock ond superimpose a computer picture completely over the top of a video picture, then using a fade, dissolve. Checkerboard or push command with colour zero as an argument would reveal the under- tying video In a fairly impressive mamer.
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One dreadful feature of Viva are the error messages. Unfortunately an otherwise helpful manual has neglected to list and explain them.
Thus: Screen size not equal to poge size, which is what happens when you try to lood a 320 x 256 res picture, could be taken to mean a variety of things: The screen you ore loading, the screen size of the Viva environment, or the screen size of a screen you defined with NEWSCREEN at the start of your Viva story ?
This tends to happen a lot with other aspects of Viva, making it easy *o program, but heiishly difficult to sort out just why things aren'- happening In the way you think Ihey should. Going back to the NEWSCREEN command, the manual states that this is primarily used so that the SPEECH command can be used effectively.
Setting up a screen with less than eight colours Is required for decent speech.
Sounds ore wen catered lor The odd thing is that the standard Viva screen is of course 320 x 200 (as it is American). The manual recommends this and 640 x 200 or 400 at your standard resolutions.
Unfortunately the NEWSCREEN command only lets you set up a screen In variations of 320 and 640 horizontally by 256 and 512 vertt- ca*y, or the English standards.
Anyway, as soon as you have decided to load and play around with a picture, the appropriate icons appear on the main storyboard. Clicking on the icon reveals a further level of Interaction. You can move. Edit, delete. Insert, copy o' test the icon.
On the special effects icons.there Is a speed of completion setting which you can experiment with by repeated testings, until it meets your requirements.
In the spirit of real programming, the Events functions allow you to use labels in order to implement If- Else. Do-Untll. While. Goto.
Masterioop, Return, and Break commands. The philosophy here being that it may be a collection of pretty icons, but it should still be structured property Feature The other function groups cffer scrolling text, o number of different fonts, mathematics so that interactive applications can be developed - logical operators, variables, constants. Inc. Dec and the ueual maths operators - the playing of sampled sounds, various Internists, hot spots, keyboard scans end timers, configuration of the serial port, as well as reading ond writing to it and. Of course, control cf a videodisc player. The
commands for this are as easy as using a VCR at home.
A typical Viva application ratter resembles a HyperCard application Oh the Mac. As a series of connected screens with audio effects containing information are presented in accordance to the user's responses and interaction.
Simple simulations ond educational material can be produced with a lot of effort. At this point you'll be looking to the printer option which will list out the functions of the Icons and what they are operating on.
I have to say that If all you ere going to do is produce mater al which strings together graphic screens and sounds together in this way then perhaps you'd be better Off with a copy of AMOS, as it is for more powerful, but then obviously it is harder to use Deluxe Video Is the other alternative which springs to mind If you take up the option of using genlock to mix computer and video signals, though you can produce d more Interactive production wi*h Viva than you can with Deluxe Video. Where Viva really shines is when you get hold of a videodisc player and videodiscs, mix In some computer
graphlcs.and really dazzle the audience.
Viva reolly works on three levels, and only on the last one does it excel. On the other two there ars alternatives on the market whicn are both harder and easier to use.
Whether the program's memory and hardware requirements are worth meeting just so you can use the package is dependant on the application you have In mind.
Though It can certainly produce good results, sometimes very quickly ond easily. Viva can oiso be very fiddly, at times unhelpful, ond simply not have the scope to do who’ you want It to do.
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FLASHDISK I Is a shareware floppy disk optimiser for all models of the AMIGA computer. Including the Amiga 3000. It is not a cache - It merely reorganises the information on the disk to make directories and loading more efficient.
The changes are permanent and will usually increase the loading speed of directories between three and five times, the increase depending on how badly the original disk was fragmented. In addition, loading time of large programs Is often reduced. The resulting disk is still an AmigaDos disk and Is 100 per cent compatible.
FlashDisk I v0.3 does not work on hord disks. It will however work with any floppy trackdisk compatible device that Is In the slots DFO; to DF3:. When doing a two drive flash the source and destination musi be of the same format - basicaly the same restriction that Diskcopy poses on a two drive copy. This wi change - remember v0.3 is on alpha release.
Tool. CU users may find it easier to rename FlashDisk! To FD.
Once FlashDisk! Is running, select FlashDisk! Win not work on copy protected disks. It will also fall If the source disk is corrupt. In this cose, run DlskDoctor or DiskSalv on the CHIP HOG!: This option, when enabled, tells FlashDisk!
That It may jse as much memory as it wants. For speed reasons this is mostly chip memory - the more memory, the faster FlashDisk! Works.
It is not advisable to use this option If you plan on using another program at the same time. It just makes things go a lot faster.
When Chip Hog! Is disabled FlashDisk! Will use as little memoiy as it can (50k to 100k). This slows FlashDlskl considerably but makes running other programs at the same time less dangerous. You may turn this opticn on and off at any time. For kicks, run a memory watch program and toggle this option.
Also note that in low memory conditions and when the Cttp Hogt option Is turned off, FlashDisk!
Will sometimes have to search all over the source disk for information. This can make the drive sound like it is falling apart, like Workbench does to badly fragmented cisks. This is normal, there is no need to worry. When FlashDlskl Is done, the final disk win work much smoother in al environments.
PROLIX: When enabled, this tells FlashDisk! To print meaningless information on the screen. Mostly It is used to verify that the program is In fact working - a source disk and try again.
You may also notice that FlashDisk! Can be very picky about minor errors that tt encounters. The author says this will change. For now. The disks must be without defects.
Run FlashDlskl from the Workbench or *he CLI. There are currentty no command line options (there will be). So to use FlashDisk!
Put the program Into a directory accessible by your path and run it as you would any other program or heal beat. Prolix may be turned on and Off at any time. FlashDlskl works a little bit faster when this option is disabled.
FORMAT: When enabled, this tells FlashDisk! To format the destination disk os it goes. You must have this option enabled if you are flashing to a new disk. It is a good idea to always have Format enabled. However. If the destination was previously formatted successfully as an AmigaDos disk wtth no errors, this option is optional.
The flashing process is noticeably faster when disabled. This option may also be turned on and of at any time. The author may change this because he feels it is potentially dangerous to the novice user Should he keep this feature? Write and tell him.
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The source and destination disks by clicking on the big gadgets beneath the Source: and Destination: headers. Select the optimisation method: Directories, Loading, or MegaFlash! Select any other options: Chip Hog!. Prolix.
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Screen I Screen J Screen K Screen L Screen M Screen N Screen 0 Screen Q Screen R Project ' T ? DSJ lm - 1 - u ¦ I I I I I ¦ ¦I 3 i 01 3 TTTT TTTT The easiest way to get keys Is to let the purple frog chase you then hold down the fire button to lay a trail of bubbles.
Hitting C*rt-C. Sending o Break to its process, selecting the close gadget Of the window, or pressing the Escape key. At times, there is a brief pause before terminating, but nothing unreasonable - it depends on what FlashDisk! Is doing at the time you try to stop it.
If FlashDisk! Is flashing a disk, the first Ctri-C. Escape, or close window event is regarded as an abort. A second will close FtashDtsk! Down Optimisation methods Directories: Mokes the directories as fast as possible, which includes placing the '.into files In the best location for Workbench users. This option is good for both CLI and Workbench users.
Note: After optimising, leave the write protect tab off and let Workbench validate the disk.
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Laadng: Makes every attempt to put large files in as contiguous an order possible. It also tries to optimise directories and Is a good option for big programs.
Megaflash: Does anything and everything to optimise the performance of the disk. At this time It coly does a few more things than the Looding option.
Copyright FLASHDISK! V0.3 alpha is shareware.
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Othellol .18 AS you have already guessed, this is a version of the classic board game Othello, said to have been Invented last century In England.
Some absent-minded person then forgot about It until it was rediscovered in 1971 by Coro Hasegawa. It was named Othello when his father, who studied Shakespeare, noted how quickly the board can change, just as the situations in Shakespearean plays often do.
This Is not a thrills-and-spllls Gribit GR1BIT Is three programs In one - a game, a sprite editor and a screen editor. The game can be played as It stands. When you feel that you went to make some alterations, the sprites can be altered with toe sprite edrtor and the screens amended with the screen edrtor.
Alterations can be made permanent by saving them to disk, so make a backup copy before playing around. All the necessary files are In the Grlblt drawer, so you need only drag the drawer to another disk to back It up.
An option screen is displayed after loading the program . The first option Is G for Game.
Gribit is played with a joystick plugged Into the hole next to the mouse port. To complete each screen you must collect all the mushrooms. Sounds easy enough, but some are locked behind doors.
To get through a door you need to collect a key. Where do you get the keys from? Well. If you remove the red squares, by running over them, objects will start to appear. Apples and cherries wtB Increase your energy - that's the green bar at ihe right of the screen.
Bonus points are awarded if your energy reaches the top of the screen and you still have three lives. If you have less than three lives, an extra life is awarded instead of the bonus.
Try to avoid the purple frog as contact with him drains your energy. The purple frog can be stopped with a bubble. To blow bubbles press the fire button. To pick them up again just move over them. If the purple frog collides with a bubble he gives up a key If you (the green frog) collide with the purple frog a key and some energy is lost. If your energy level reaches zero, a life Is lost. If anything falls on your head, a life is lost.
The P key will pause the game To continue press the Fire button or any key. Pressing the Escape key quits the game and takes you bock to the options screen.
The second option on the options screen is S. to edit the screen. Select sprites from the top row with the left mouse button.
Any of Gribit’s 18 screens can be loaded, edited and saved again. Redesign the whole lot and you've got yourself a brand new game.
Then place them where you want them on the screen, again with the left mouse button. Screens can be loaded or saved from the pull-down menus- The Options entry In the left-hand menu quits the screen edrtor and returns you to the options screen.
Sprites can also be edited by choosing C from the options screen. Select sprites from the bottom row with the left mouse button. The edit box will automatically update. The pulldown menus allow quick alterations: Scroll left, right, up down. Xfllp, Yflip, Rotate. Ful anc Erase.
Colours can be selected by pointing and clicking. The bottorr colour is the drawing colour. Save on the left-hand menu saves all the sprites. Options, as you know by now, quits the editor and returns you to the options screen.
No doubt after playing Grlblt.
Basic programmers will be Itching to know how It works. Double cSck on the Gribit. BAS icon to view the listing. If you wont to customise the program in any way - or more likely borrow some of the routine}
- you'll need to decrunch the source code first. You'll find the
Decrunch command In the C directory of the cover disk.
Copyright GRIBIT was programmed in HiSoft Basic by Alan Mead and Is Copyright © 1990 Amiga Computing. Gribit should not be Included for sale in any public domain.
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Othello Is very easy to play because it has only one rule. It is played on an 8 x 8 board with black and white counters. At the start of a game, two counters of each colour are placed In the middle of t- e board. Block has first move.
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Note that you ccn flip In several directions at once, so the board can change dramatically in only one move.
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THE RELATIVE VOLUMES tl-SH) OP TRUCKS • - lfi I muprc 6b mrmriiTMwrmwif JJ I I irPfiTiT MED v2.13 MED Is a music editor. If you've ever used Soundtrocker, you'll know what one of those $ and you’ll feel right at home with MED. If Soundtrocker means nothing more to you than a word you keep seeing in Amiga magazines, then you're going to hove to get your thinking cap on and prepare your mind for a new concept.
The odds are you've already loaded MED and. Provided you didn't get In an awful mess because you didn't know what you were doing, you've probably had o good look around aireody.
Don't let its apparent complexity put you off.
Even If you've never played a musical instrument in your life I can guarantee that you'll be able to create some stunning tunes in no time at all using MED.
Let s start by loading a demo tune.
The first thing MED does on running is ask you for a drive name. Click on the button which relates to the drive you have the cover disk in: probably DFO:.
Next, using the file requester arrows, scroll down the CD014 list and click once on the MED213 directory entry (directories are in light- grey. Files are in black). After that directory has loaded, click once on the DEMOS directory.
There are two tunes in DEMOS, the one we're interested In is Song24 so clck once on that and then click once on the Load Song button to the right of the file requester.
After a short wait the tune will have loaded.
You'll see an sorts of things happening on the screen. Don't worry about them, it's just MED letting you know it's working.
Before we go any further let's decide on what each part of the MED display is called so we can avoid confusion later.
The display gt top left with the file requester and the load save drlve gadgets in is called a control panel. There are 10 of these control panels related to the 10 control buttons at top right. The control panel we're looking at light now is the Files Panel, The big area below with all the numbers In (that's the music!) Is called the block display.
This is the area you'll use to compose your turves. In between the block display and the control panel is the status bar.
So let's have a listen to what we loaded.
Click once on Play In the double bank of buttons at top right. The control panel will change to display the Play Panel. Find the ay Song button, toko a big breath and click on It.
The notes under the highlighted bar are the notes currently being played. It all moves very fast and it all looks very complicated. But persevere, because in a while I'm going to show you how to compose a short tune.
A tune written with MED Is made up of blocks. The demo tune we re listening to contains 19 blocks, numbered 0 to 18. In the Play Panel, at top left dlrectty under the MED logo, you'll see a short 1st of five numbers, one under another. The middle number, the one highlighted. Is the block that's currently being played. This list, by the way. Is known as the playing sequence list (PSD.
If you watch carefully with the tune playing you'll see that many blocks appear in the PSL more than once - they ore repeated, Chce a block Is composed you can repeat It anywhere you like In the tune simoly by inserting its block number in the PSL at the correct point.
A block contains a number of lines for you to enter music on. The default is 64. Although this can be adjusted to any number between 1 and 256 How quickly notes get played depends on the setting of the tempo proportional godget (the slider bar at f-ve top of the Play Panel), OK. Let's compose a little tune.
Select the Misc control button, click on Clear Song Only and then click on OK. What we've done is cleared the tune from memory but left the samples It was using behind so we oon use them to compose our own tune.
Click the Sample control button and then click the » gadget in the Sample Parel until
* strlngs2’ appears In the gadget above it.
Strings2. Which you'll notice Is sample rumber
8. Is now the current sample Before we can make sweet music
tcgether we need to tell MED that we want to do some editing,
and we do this by clicking on the E button on the status bar.
When editing is on.
The E is highlighted. So do this now. Right, we n start with channel 0 on the left. You should see a red rectangle (the cursor) in the block display next to the number 000. If not. Hold Shift and press the up arrow key to get to the beginning of the block.
Here comes our first note - press the etter P once and let go. Just as if you were playing a short note on a piano. You'll see the display for channel 0 change to look nke this: 1=000 E-3 8000 or deoth-shlfting.
The game waits till you click the left button once before starting play, so that if the Amiga is first it does not Immediately play on loading. To place a counter click once on the centre of the square where you wish to play. If the move Is legal, your counter will appear and the trapped counters will be flipped over. If It Is an illegal Level pegging so far at 17-17, but methinks Black has a dastardly plan... position, nothing will happen.
After a short pause to allow you to review the new board situation, the computer will make its reply if It con. The score line at the top Indicates the current number of counters as well as tne players' colours.
When the game is completed and the result displayed click on Restart for a new game For the technically minded *he source code for Othello vl.18 is included on the disk. It has been crunched with Powerpacker.
Double click on Its Icon to view it If you wish to customise the program in any way the weightings at the end of the feting may be of particular Interest you will have to decrunch the source first. You’ll find the Decrunch 000 Is the line number, E-3 is the note we entered (the note E from octave 3). The 8000 is a bit Ttcky. All you need worry about for now Is that *he 8 Is the sample number - strings2 is sample number 8.
As you pressed P you heard the sound of the note. In fact, you're still hearing it because strings2 has been set up to repeat. Press the spacebar to stop the note playing.
Now use the down arrow key to move the curso- (the red rectangle) next to line number 006 end press O. move down to 008 and press
I. (Don't forget, you can press the spacebar if you want to to
stop the noise.)
Get the idea? OK. Now look at Figure I and enter the rest of the notes for this block. Note that next to the line numbers in Figure I are the keys you should press, not what is displayed on the screen. Also note that the figure only shows the notes you should enter, leave all the others blank 012 U016 P 022 O 0241028 U 032 Y 040 P 048 O When you've finished select Play Block from the Play Panel to hear what you've done. This block needs to be played twice methinks, so stop the music and click once on the down arrow next to the Psl (the playing sequence list) and then click once on the +
button. You'l see another 00 appear in the list.
Now for another block. Get to the Block Panel and click on New Block. Press Shift- dowrarrow to get the block display to show the new block.
Now to enter the notes for this block, which you'll find In Figure II. You've got the idea of entering notes by now, so I won't pontificate.
Having entered the notes for block 1 go back to the Play Panel and add this block to the end of the PSL so that the list reads 00. 00,
01.
000 G 002 W 004 E 006 R 012 E 016 W 032 Q 034 W 036 E 038 R 044 E 048 W Select Ray Song to hear what you've done (spacebar or Stop Playing to stop).
At this point it may be wise to save things, just In case of accidents. Select Files, put a data disk in DFO:. Select the DFO: button to let MED now you've changed disks, click In the Fue stxig gadget, type In a filename, click on Save and then on Save Song. You'll be presented with a requester asking which format you want to save it In. Choose Song-Samples.
Get back to the beginning of block 0 by pressng Shlft-uparrow. Now press the right arrow key until the cursor Is over the ' ' ot the first line (000) of channel 1. Make sure editing Is on (the E in the status bar should be highlighted) and press the Q key. Now do the same thing for chonnel 3 on the far right.
Press Alt-spacebar to hear what you've done (Alt-spacebar is the hotkey sequence for Ptcy Block).
Press Shlft-downarrow to get to the start of block 1. Move the cursor over the ' ' of the firs* line of channel 1 and press Z. Do the same for channel 3 Press Shift-spacebar to hear what the whole song sounds like after we've added this background hum. It's got a bit more body to It. No?
Right, the last thing we're going to do Is use a couple more samples to add a bit of percussion. Get back to the beginning of block 0 (Shlft-uparrow) and move the cursor over the
* * of the first line of channel 2. The only channel we haven't
used yet, Now get the Samples Panel up and click on « until you
reach popsnare2 (sample number
4) . Now press R and you'll hear the sound of a snare drum and
F-2 will appear in the display for channel 2 next to the line
number, 000, Scroll down the display and odd the same snare
drum note (key R) to channel 2 on lines
016. 032 and 048.
Now click once on « in the Samples Panel to make bassdrum3 the current sample. Move to line 014 In channel 2 and press the E key.
Add further bass drum sounds on channel 2 to lines 030.046 and 062.
Press Alt-spacebar to hear the block as it no v sounds.
All we have to do now is odd the percussion track to block 1. To do this we'll use a MED shortcut. Stop the music and make sure the cursor is in channel 2 (I assume you are still in block 0 - If not. Get back there this minute!)
And then select the Block Panel. At top left you’B see some cut copy paste swap buttons for both track and block.
What we want to do Is copy the current tfOSk In block 0 (the one with the cursor In) to channel 2 in block 1. So click on Track Copy.
Now move to block 1 (Shift-downarrow). Notice that the current track is stil channel 2. Click on Track Paste. You'll see an F-2 oppear at the top of channel 2 proving that the track has been pasted In.
'hat's It, The song's finished. Press Shift* spacebar to hear It. Roger Waters eat your heart out (oops - don't be nasty to Roger, he has good lawyers).
Of course, what we've done here is a very.
Samples THERE are no samples provided with MED on the cover disk, except those contained within the demo tune. Song24. II you want, and you probably will, you eon sove out those samples as separate files using the Sample Panel In MED.
Pretty soon though you'll be wanting more.
Where do you get them? Your best bet is to phone your local PD pusher and ask him. He's probably got thousands of samples on various Soundtrocker disks.
Of course, you could always create your own by using a sampler. This has the added advantage that your tunes will sound more original because the listener will be listening not only to a tune he hasn't heard before, but also to a collection of samples he hasn't heard before.
The third method ol getting samples Is to borrow them from other tunes. To do this you'll need something called a ’ripper". Again, contact your local PD pusher.
If enough of you write In demanding them, we might be persuaded to put a few on the disc In the future.
Copyright MED v2.13 is Copyright © 1989,1990 Teijo Kinnunen.
It has been released as shareware, which means if you use the program regularly you should ease your conscience by sending a small donation to the programmer. It you don't want to send him cash, a present of some kind always goes dawn well.
Funny money, boxes of biscuits, bug reports, questions, hellos and anything else you like to: TeIJo Kinnunen, Oksantle 19. SF-66300 Oulalnen.
Finland.
Very, simple tune. MED is capable of l far D greater things. The more you play with, the more you'll find out about It. Do read the documentation a few times else you'll be missing out on some of the special features.
If you get really stuck you can always write to Teijo Kinnunen. The programmer. His address 1$ In the Read Me file in the MED212 drawer.
(He's stIB at school so give the guy a break if you don't get a repty for a while.)
But I reckon you'll soon get the hang of It.
Before you know it you'll be sending me tunes for the cover disk.
Command In the C directory of the cover disk.
Copyright OTHELLO vl. 18 was programmed in mochine code by Stuart Bain and is Copyright © 1990 Amiga Computing. Neither Othello vl. 18 nor Its source code should be included for sale in any public domain, shareware or freeware disk library. Pink Floyd don't have the monopoly on good lawyers QCAL displays a calendar of the current day.
Month and year. It then allows the user to display any day month year with the mouse, and recall or input an entry for that day.
Ail changes and additions will be saved in a file.
Qcal.dat. In the current directory when the program is ended, or when Save Is selected.
Qcal.dot will be created if missing.
This Is stating the obvious, but I'd better do so anyway otherwise Creen win came round and bash me in again - Qcal will only work correctly if you have a battery backed-up clock fitted In your Amiga, ike the one in the A501 memory expansion.
If you haven't got a battery backed-up clock, you will need to use Preferences to set the correct day. Month, year and time before running Qcal.
Refer to your user manual for Instructions on using Preferences.
Qcal can be started form CLI or Workbench. If you specify the -c flag from CU (run qcal -c) the calendar will display a clock. The clock can be switched on or off by clicking on a hidden gadget In the top right-hand corner of the window.
To add an entry, select day month year by using the mouse. Click In the display box at the bottom of the window, then odd your entry when the cursor appears. You have two lines in which to make your entry. Press Return at the end of eoch line to finish.
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Pipes of Lost Time DECEMBER'S tune of the month is a moderately-sized piece of music in the pop-cum-medieval-cum- heavymetal-cum-madrlgal mix.
Don't ask me to explain that, it will all become apparent when listened to.
The tune came to Its composer, Nicholas Heaps, one night when he had decided to produce something really outlandish. Luckily, the results worked. The whole thing took him about a week to finish ond It recently won the Electronic Music category In a school music festival.
Nicholas uses an Amiga 500 with 1 meg of ram. Had he only had 512k. He would not have been oble to create this song, but the final product runs on a 512k Amiga. If the the tune fails to play, close down all unnecessary windows (don't forget the CLI one) and try again.
Saturday 17th Nov 1990 Cowhodore Xnas Show - Day 2 Novo tel, London Next Prey Save Nicholas also has two fairly large speakers and a television plugged Into the Amiga. There are three annoying things about his television: It's not a monitor. It gets upset and starts displaying rainbows because his speakers are so Close, and there is a single cell on the screen that doesn’t like the colour blue. Shange.
Everything the busy executive needs to thouroughly plan the production of an Amiga mag Sound Advice for fame and fortune? If so. Perhaps the Amiga Conputing cover disk can give you o little push up the ladder. You never know who might be listening to your music. For Instance. Howie Davies got commissioned by a software house after Rock The House appeared on the cover disk.
Original or classical stuff only Are you a budding musician looking Qcal please, preferably In self- contained modules.
If you Insist on sending executable tunes, then try not to send the kind that freezes the mouse pointer or uses the left mouse button to quit, right button or both Is better. If your tjne needs a separate Play utility, please include that on the disk os wen.
The day number will then be highlighted In a different colour.
To display an entry, select day month vear by using the mouse. Any days which have an entry will be highlighted in a different colour. The entry for that day win be displayed In the box at the bottom of the window.
There are a few gadgets to play with. Most are self-explanatory .but a few that could do with clarification: PURGE: Deletes any entries that are before the same day of the previous month. For example, if today was 23-Jun-99 and you selected Purge, any entries on the 22-May-99 and before will be deleted.
SAVE: Saves all entries to a file called Qcol.dat in the current directory. All entries will be saved automaticalty when you quit Qcal if any entry has not been saved.
YEAR: Cftcklng with the left mouse button on the arrows will change the year + - one year. The right mouse button wll change the year + -10 years.
Copyright CAL was written by Malcolm McDonald and is Copyright © 1990 Amiga Computing. It Is freely distributable so long as no money whatsoever changes hands. Qcal should not be included for sale In any public domain, shareware or freeware disk library.
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Pact It is obvious that the anorak dictator. The coding Mussolini should also teel the need to expand.
More often than not these needs express themselves as an A590 or second floppy drive - the odd ttapdeor half - meg being the only concession to expanding ram.
Leg So why do so few people Addressing the refreshing topic of memory expansion, Nic Veitch rams it home.
Expand beyond the 1Mb boundary? Why are people willing to spend large amounts of their disposable income on magnetic media, digitlse's and other techy gizmos of the age and very little on expanding their system?
Is a fairly exclusive market. For this reason you won't find many applications that require nore than 512k. Let alone 1Mb. This doesn't mean that this software wouldn't be greatly enhancec by using more memory, just that t*ve marketing guys behind it don't want to restrict their consumer base Of course this doesn't mean The reason is twofold. Software manufacturers are reluctant to bring out a product for which there that these applications do not recognise extra memory when they see it. Most do. And it con always be used as backing store If nothing else. The point is that many features
may be restricted because they have been designed to work in smaller amounts of memory.
The second reason is that It is boring. You spend a huge amount of money on a giant memo'y expansion and what happens?
The little number on top of the Workbench screen goes up a Of.
No flashing lights, no spinning wheels or funny noises (well, not if you connected It up property). Not much scope for pulling the girts guvs there then.
Why do I need it?
Feature Well, you don’t actually need it.
Nobody needs extra ram unless they have a specific task that requires it. And this is usuoily limited to the small number of people who actually make a living from their machine.
The point is it makes a whale lot of tasks a whole lot easier. Tasks is a key word here. One of the things that sets the Amiga apart from other 16-bit machines Is the fact that Amigados can handle true multi-tasking - not just task-swapping as on the Mac and the PC, but fades running simultaneously - you can format a disk and use Protext at the same time.
Mult-tasking is great, but obviously each task takes up a certain amount of memory. Imagine trying to run Dpaintlll and ProPoge at the some lime. Well, with about three megabytes It is a viable proposition. Though you'll have to watch out for your chipmem.
This Is another factor to be taken Into account when looking at memory expansion. Generally, for most explications the critical factor is not how much rom you have in total, but haw much Chip rgm you have.
Chip ram is the memory which can be directly accessed by the custom chips through their DMA channels. It is. Therefore, the only memory that can be used for things like screen displays, sounds and other DMA-Intensive activity.
Expanding the totol ram of your system will help alleviate this problem sirce programs will be able to fit In the fast ram. Leaving chip memoY available for more important tasks.
If you have a Fatter Agnus there is a possibility of expanding your chip ram to 1Mb. Usually this will require some modification to the A500's motherboard, thus invalidating your warranty.
What's about?
Essentally there are two ways to expand your memory First there is the old favourite trapdoor method.
That is. After all. What It's there for.
Originally designed to accept the A501 half-meg expansion, there are now quite a few larger varieties about The alternative is to expand, naturally enough, through the expansion port. This has the advantage of behg much easier to achieve (or offlood If for some reason yoj wish to disconnect the ram at a later date).
Following slightly along thesB lines, many external peripheras which connect through the expansion port allow for memory expansion, The A590. CBM's hard drive Is one example which allows for ud to 2Mb in half-meg steps. Similary the update to the Vortex controBer.
In tro Th* molr hard and with They pete disk • doul whal Th 1Mb hav« stog« of a odd ram onty gain chip: As more card Let's have a look at two ways of expanding yout memory to mythical levels.
Cortex The Cortex, from Memory Expansion Systems. Is probably the best example of on expansion pert type addition.
Visually unimpressive, the unit is a square box which fits snugly in the expansion port. The uninspiring outer case is broken by onty three stunning features.
The first is the blanking panel for the through slot. To open this you wifl have to remove the screws on the underside of the unit. This Is not particularly difficult providing you have a brain and a cross-hecd screwdriver.
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Dooi half- expc 4Mb Isa c your lofty men Th abo wou dow mes: Fc big work mok with COUI shiel diffe Sir don* isn't trap is SU| right A bets boa tnos- the the I bon boa If or o instc boa ram sold* wrac A ed t There is nothing in the universe more annoying than the lack of a through port, except perhaps the tendency of Volvo drivers to cut out in front of my Gpz550.
Imagine the scenario. You have two |o«y useful, jolly expensive thh- gies that need to be connected to the expansion port Both are fantabulous. But would be truly mega-fabby if you could use them together. But you can t, simply because the manufacturer wanted to save a few quid.
In this respect the Cortex unit excels, having not only a through port, but also a blanking panel to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to use it If you don't have any mote expensive peripherals.
The other two notable features are a jack socket for the accompanying power supply and a llfle light that comes on to tell you that everything Is mellow and just don't worry about it, everything's fine.
Why an extra power socket?
We«. CBM have a bad history wth PSUs. Around 20 percent of the C64s returned in the early days were due to power supply units having burnt out. The Amiga PSL is far more rugged and reliable - reliable. That is. For powering the Amiga and perhaps a few external floppy drives. When it comes to hard drives and 8 Mb of rcm leaching of your Amy you may be in trouble.
There are some people who will malntan that they have memory, hard disks, floppy drives, genlocks and so on running off their A500 with original PSU with no problems.
They will probably have a higher percentage of unexplained gurus, disk errors and other nastiness. If in doubt pump it up. And that's what the Cortex allows you to do The unit contains slots for eight 1Mb SIMMs. In other words you can have 2. 4 or 8Mb but not the stages in between. It can be a bit of a nuisance not being able to add ram in small chunks. Since the ram is on a SIMM card, you can orty use SIMM cards. No more bargain hunting at shows for cheap chips.
Aside from that, it works. What more could you want from a ram card? If Is even A1000 friendly.
Adram 540 The Acrom 540 from ICD Is a trapdoor expansion. Not your normal half-meg job though. The AD540 is expandable, in blocks of 1Mb. To 4Mb. If that still isn’t enough, there is a daughterboard option to bring your fcst ram even further into the lofty heights of truly elephantine memoiy (yes. More than 64kl).
The snag with all this messing about In the trapdoor is (as Berk would tell you "there's something down there") that It Is just that - messy.
For a start the board is a little too big to fit properly. A little handy work with a scalpel Is required to make the trapdoor see eye to eye with your new piece of kit. Then, of course, you have to remove the shielding - not that it made much difference anyway.
Sinc the memory mapping is o« done through Gary, and since he isn’t expecting to find 6Mb in the trapdcor. A little piece of hardware is supplied to make him look In the right direction.
A bDard has to be fitted to sit between Gary and the motherboard. This isn't too tricky .since those people at CBM have put all the important stuff In sockets - all the better for whipping It out. A ribbon connector connects the Gary board with the expansion card.
If you want to take advantage of a Fatter Agnus, or If you wish to install the A560D - a daughterboard which gives an extra 2 Mb ram - you will have to get out the soldering iron and do some nerve- wracking stuff.
A Jumper lead must be connected between the Gary board and Feature . 1792K : $ c08888 - Saffff Am : $ mn - mat .256K : $ f48118 - .512K : $ 880888 - $ 87ffff : chunk=188, gap=8, pass=l a vacant jumper hole on the A500 motherboard. This is slightly hazardous for those with the Dts. As the hole is situated between the 68000 and the Amiga rom.
Once Installed, you can safely forget about It - there is little chance of it giving any trouble.
The only bother is the fact that only
1. 5 Mb Of ram will auto-configure, the rest will only be mapped
in after running the supplied software. This is fast in
execution, and can be neatly tapped on to on
startup-sequence.
The real advantage of this method is the fact that once installed your Amiga looks absolutely the same. There is no problem with your useable desk space suddenly vanishing, and you won t have to engage in major surgery to be able to use your mouse h your left hand.
There Is no oddltlonol power supply for this model, but it is highy recommended that you buy an upgraded PSU if you are using more peripherals that draw their power from your Amy.
So what do I buy?
There is no answer to this question.
At least, not one that will prevent irate phone calls from thousands of readers willing to extol the opposite case.
The getout wimpy answer is that It's up to you. But of course It Is.
Adding ram isn't just a question of buying some chips and plugging them In. You have to look at the way your system is going to expand in all directions.
It would be too bad to spend a lot of money on one system only to find out loter that you couldn't use It with some other peripheral ycu desperately wanted.
For example, the Adram will still allow you to use external auto- conflgure ram. Like the chips ycu can plug into the A590. But obviously you can t use it with the KCS PC board, which has to fit in the trapdoor The ram expansion should be the malleable quantity. Let the decisions about other peripherals determine which expansion you buy.
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RRP rTHE NEW 200 SERIES FROM =!fc Feature Escape from Reality THERE has been a lot of folk about the prospects of virtual realities in the future and about how Amiga technology Is at *he forefront of these developments. Maybe there's been too much talk. Virtual reality Is not a dream of the future - it is with us here today, and in fact, has been for ome time.
Virtual reality Is a term which can be applied to many computer software constructs, it Implies an Interactive simulated environment which would certainly be satisfyed by say. A 3D maze game or even a fight slm. But It Is not only In these alternative realities that we already have development.
There Is a lot of interest in constructing a virtual reality analogous to our own. That is. A complete reality as close as possible to our own but under our control.
Real developments began to take place In this field with the arrival on the international science scene of a concept known as chaos theory. Some high level sim- ukrton of real world variables was required to explore the ramifications of this discovery.
The quest for reality through artificial dato was well supported in the area of graphics too. The aspiration was to produce a photorealistic simulation of a landscape that only existed in the data banks of a computer.
While It is a matter for philosophers to mull over how It is possible to Jjdge the apparent reality of a display, for the common man it is easy to see that at the moment we are as close as makes no difference. All he has to do is watch some of the computer generated adverts that assault us every night on tie TV.
Do we need to Justify this attempt at control over the reality we inhabit? Well. No. Not really.
But that never stopped anyone.
Ray tracing packages. It is argued, are a great aid to visualisation In desgn work. That may be true, but in my experience all the pretty picJust as your favourite mag is due to be at the printers, Nic Veitch tries to escape the slings and arrows of outrageous publishing by retreating into a world of his own tures were produced after the design was more or less finished. In fact. If a designer hasn't got a pretty good idea of what something looks like before rendering then he shouldn't have been given the job in the first place.
Better not say any more or we ll get fetters.
Real 3D A few months ago if you were talking ray tracing on the Amiga you were talking Sculpt 3D. Now there Is a choice. Two months ago we saw the release of Marcam's 3D Professional. And row we have Real 3D from Active software.
There Is a certain attitude that seems to prevail in terms of ray tracing on the Amiga, to the effect that Sculpt is the standard against which all others should be Judged. To a certair extent, since Its real use Is communicating this Information to others less technically minded. Or for creating almost photorealistic Images of Imaginary - and therfore alternatively real - scenarios. Or for having fun with.
The point? Ray tracing packages, like little girls, need no justification. They are also quite moody and fairly unpredictable, but I'd It has been the only major selling ray tracing package in this country. That view is valid, but it would be very unwise to adopt standards just yet.
The reason for this is that Real 3D works in a way fundamentally different to Sculpt s approach.
Sculpt considered eoch surface as being made up from small triangular flat planes. Every surface con be approximated in this wav. The number (and therefore the sire) of triangles used determining just how much deviation there would be between the true surface and this approximation.
The approach of Real3D is to consider each surface as Jusl that, a surface In mathematical space.
Only when it comes to the actual rendering is this surface quartized.
Broken from an infinite landscape Into finite chunks of picture definition.
The advantages of this method are easy to realise when yoj see your first picture. Gone are the angular surfaces that were so characteristic of anything produced by Sculpt. Added realism 1$ the bonus.
It also makes the components easy to rescale. In Sculpt when an object was created it was necessary to give it scale by defining how many points were to represent the shape. This meant i* that object was used larger at a later date the triangular planes would be clearly visible.
If a large number of points were specified originally, to account for later changes In scale, this would result in higher rendering times for that object, no matter what size it was used at. Clearly an undesirable compromise would be necessary. So we see that early on.
Although the inevitable comparisons will be made to Sculp*, the approach is quite different.
Design The design area, where all the serious mucking about and coffee Feature drinking goes on. Will be famiior to anyone who has used a CAD or ray tracing package.
Three views of the 'landscape' are presented. In wireframe form, arranged In orthographic projection. I you like, each view is a window on to the design area from a different plane, one for each of the three dimensions.
Each object must be designed eithei from the extensive range of primitives, or using one of the tools (which we will cover later).
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Complex forms can be created by combining these primitives. In addition to simply placing the objects so that they connect up.
Real 3d allows a full complement of Boolean functions to be performed. These include ANDing.
ORIng. XORing and most other combinations you can probably imagine.
The use of primitives - or prims - and the additional ability to combine them logically with other objects lends itself to an engineering fo'm of design. The operations performed on the prims ore very much akin to the kind of shaping, milling and forming that would go on in f-ie workshop.
The windows can be resized to facilitate the positioning of small objects, and in fact the entire screen can be given up to the view from one window. Since most design work is usually and easily accomplished in two windows I still find it difficult to believe that no one fas ever included a ‘view two wndows only' option.
The co-ordinate system can be switched from absolute (x-y position from the origin) to relative (x-y position from the last selected point). Judicious use of the Amiga- arrow key combination is called for to accurately position the cursor. Unless you have a remarkably good mouse or a remarkably stead)' hand.
The wireframe views themselves can dso be modified. There are good reasons for deleting wires from the view of an object: In complcated ones in con often be a lot easier to work out just exactly what is going on with a few less wires hanging around. It also makes the screen refresh a good deal quicker.
T- e Tools In oddition to manipulating prims, objects can be made using a variety of tools. The most useful of these Is undoubtably the lahe, which is in some ways better than the real thing.
Having entered the posit on and orientation of the spindle a profile line can be drawn, this profile is then rotated around the designated axis to give a solid object.
It is possible with this tool to bring the workpiece to a point anywhere along the spindle (which in real life would have the work flying across the workshop at 600 r.p.m.). The rectangular and cylindrical tube tools will allow the designer to flow a tube of defined crass section along a profile line These two are very useful for creatng everything from handlebars to chairs.
Lostty there's the pixel tool. Any IFF can be read In and converted to a selected object, ideal for rendering that corporate logo or portrait of your good self.
Hierarchy This Is one of the most Impress ve features of this package. A so objects ore created in a hierarchy.
This means that, for example. If you were to create a stool you could either have the object grouped os: sear. Legl. Ieg2.leg3 and Ieg4. Or as seat and legs, where legs was a lower hierarchical level.
There may not seem to be much difference at this stage, but supposing I now want to make all the legs green, in the first example I'd have four operations to complete, one for each leg. Whereas in the second example I could do the same job In just one operation.
Saving and keeping large libraries of objects also becomss more feasible. You could use the chair In any one of many potential scenarios so It's nice to be able to identify that as one component of a scene.
Hierarchical systems will save you effort and headaches every time, but you must use them prop- Feature erty. A certain amount of thinking is required to plan out your object tefore you lay mouse to window.
Macros Macros, short sequences of automatically executing commands, ere well supported In Real3D. It Is cften necessary to repetitively perform a series of operations, for example, creating a row of 10 copies of one object.
This is where macros come in.
Start recording, copy th© Object end move it. Now successive oper- ctlons can be performed by the press of a button. Not only is it labour saving but It is more precise than trying to do the operations manually.
Materials in order to create a true photoreat- Istic representation of a scene, cccount must be taken of the different light-affected characteristics of certain types of material.
Glass, for example. Is almost completely transparent, and yet at the same time highly reflective, whereas metallic surfaces are reflective but not In the least transparent.
A whole range of materials com© pre-defined with Real3D but you are at perfect liberty to design your own if you see fit. Sliders control the brilliance (reflectiveness), transparency and ’speed of light" through th© substance.
The speed of light Is actually referring to the refractive index of a transparent body, the measure of how much light gets bent as it enters. It is possibly to choose a refractive index far above any that actually exist for any material on this plane*.
Materials may be merged, saved and looded at any time, but remember to load the right materials before you start fiddling around with a scene. Fortunately the materials can be stored as sets, so you can tie in the name of a range of materials with any particular set of scenes you are working on.
The bending of light through objects Is quite useful. It is quite conceivably to c-eate a working lens using real 3D. Though calculating it's focal poin* may be a little tricky.
Although Ugh’ is bent when passing througn transparent objects no account is taken for the different frequencies of light.
This meons that you rather unfortunately wont be able to recreate the album cover from Dork Side of the moon - a prism will only bend white light in Real3D, it won't split It into a rainbow. Still, it does allow for some very Interesting (and realistic) optical effects Textures Another feature, which every ray- tracing package but Sculpt seems to have, is th© ability to map an IFF image around the surface of an object and so give it an aoparent texture.
All varieties of iFFs can be used, from 2-colour to HAM and any size you care to mention. A wnole set of different mapping methods opens up a whole range of possibilities. If you were to scan In a map of the world and us© a ‘bal* projection on to a sphere you would have a globe.
These textures can also be used, obviously, to give apparent depth and detail on the surface of on object, where It would be impractical to include this detail by way of adding many small prims.
Wireframe The wireframe preview mode allows you to take a quick look at the positions of your objects before you commit yourself to a full render. Also in this screen are controls to adjust the apparent perspective of the scene (if you like, the focal length of the lens on the camera you are using to take the picture) and it's magnification.
The wireframe is invaluable, easy to use and so quick, even with many objects to display, that It Is scarcely believable. Where it reoky comes into its own is In the preview of an animation.
A near enough 20 frames per second animation should let you see how the finished article will look.
Rendering There are many options in the rendering phase. Fast wilt prowde you with a more complete Idea of exactly what is going on. By the way, calling It fast isn't that misleading. The time taken fa a simple screen is quite astounding.
Some fairly cunning routines are at work which actually make the time token more predictable. The rendering speed is less dependant on the number of objects or how many light sources there are. The lampless mode will autolight the Feature area, giving you an idea of what everything Is going to look like before you decide on the dramatic lighting effects to use.
Unfortjnately. Since the brightness of the lamps is not adjustable, these effects are quite difficult to obtain.
Lanpiess mode will also map in any textures used, something that wouic be left out In fast mode in the in*erests of speed.
Normal mode will take into account shadows, transparent objects and textures. In fact normal is the highest quality rendering you can get. For really excellent resulls you can add dithering, shadng and turn on interlace mode. Machine parts and metallic scuiplures always look better using the greyscale option.
The two remaining render modes are shadowless, which is a bit self-explanatory, and Outline, which win do some interesting hidden Ine removal for you. Though quite slowty for some reason.
Backlight control, colour and brightness are selected from a series of sliders. Beneath these are the resolution controls. It b possible to render an Image faster by using big chunky blocks Instead of pixels, but this is only really useful wher used in conjunction with the Box feature.
Real3D will use all of the memory It can get hold of in an effort to speed up rendering. In fact even the beginner version requires at least 1Mb. I have 6.5Mb installed on my system - Real3D is the only software so far that has used over 95 per cent of thatl Boxes A jolly handy thing Is the box.
While on the render screen a box can be drawn around any area of the screen. Selecting Fill Box from the puH down menu will render the data only In this box.
This is incredibly useful if. Say, you are only changing a detail In one small part of the screen, or for an animation where all the motion occurs In a box which Is smaller than the total screen.
Rerv you i of the Tils* Sim- ore the The kmt tow The the It can also be used quite stunningly with the resolution control on the main panel.
Animation RealSO really excels in the animation department. Spline orbits for The desk ogaln. Without the wood texture
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Apth f an octi- jy of ode ik at ifore ren- itrols :tlve Deal wo ure) wsy with it is 3a«y rfew per you will This means that once you have completed your master design for a new house, city or universe, all you have to do is specify a path through it and the software will take care of the rest.
Stroll through the wireframe preview and make a few adjustments and you are ready to render the lot in one batch. On the render master control panel turning off the single option and adding a filename In the box provided means that every frame in the current animation file will be rendered.
Not only that, but It will be saved to the pathname specified as numbered frames. These can then be loaded into the replay facility, or even into a compleiety different package, since they are plain IFFs.
In reality IS It worth It? As rgy tracing goes, and I’ve yet to find anyone who makes a full-time living out of ray tracing on the Amiga, this is certainly one of the best packages around at the moment, If after reading all that you're still not convinced ,work out how many games you could buy with the same money. You think it's a lot? I reckon you'd spend more time creatively designing ond enjoying the world of Amiga graphics with this spackage than you would playing twice tnat number of games.
The Sculpt scenario won't happen again. The next version is already underway, with 24-bit colour image support. Ray tracing is becoming the cult scene on the graphics circuit again, with more packages being released across all formats than you could scfety wave even a small stick at.
What Real3D may lack in certain aspects of image quality it more than makes up form sp3ed and ease of use.
Here, at lost, is ray tracing for the masses.
HOW often have you muttered ‘Who writes the music for these things. I cculd do miles better than that, if only I had the gear' while you waited for a game to load?
Well now it's time to put your melody where your mouth is and prove your point with Muglcian. A professional standard music package based around good old Paula, the all-singing all-dancing sojnd chip.
No doubt ail the musos out there are Just about to flick over to the next page, thinking that any- thhg that is not dedicated to Midi is not worth bothering with.
Fact is. They'd be sadly mistaken
- ’he games and demos scene could do with some new musical Ideas,
and Mugician could well help meet that challenge.
If. Like myself, you are a musician but not a programmer, struggling to bring your great ideas to electronic life. Mugician could be a godsend. With it you work with samples - including your own - which con be manipulated and incorporated Into your own programs.
Also featured is simulated synthesis, with which you can create sounds from their component parts, designing your own wave- forms and adding various effects, these sounds can consequently be saved for later use.
Making sounds from scratch, even wtth Mugician's aid. Is still a difficult business, and it's a good Idea If you are a beginner to use seme of the sounds provided until you become more practised. As I mentioned earlier, this Is a professional utility and will take a novice a while to master It.
This is what you will be dealing wtfh: Song Editor: The first screen you wll see on loading win probably be the last you will use. This If where all your hard work of creating sounds and consequently patterns is put together into sequences to produce your final four channel mas- te'piece.
The Instrument Editor: This is where the first 31 of the possible 63 sounds can be produced via synthesis. Or in my case blind chance.
Ad the parameters required to design sound are available, plus an effects editor which is excellent for creating weird and wonderful sounds (great for games). The main advantages of using waveforms are their efficient use of memory and, of course, the effects available to manipulate them.
Feature State of the art or sleight of hand?
Paul Austin pulls the latest music utility out of the hat The Sample Editor: Here Is where the other 32 possible instruments can be loaded In sample form.
They are held In one large buffer one behind the other, which can then be zoomed In on and various editing functions applied.
Looping is available, plus the ability to load IFF sample files, like those created with Aegis Audiomaster or any of the samplers featured in last month's issue.
If you have a parallel type sampler - not a Joystick port model - you can use your own samples with the program, which is happy to use samples of various rates and lengths, dependent on available ram.
The Pattern Editor: Once you have amassed the sounds you require It's time to write a casslc - and this Is where It all starts.
Patterns work in step time, each 64 steps long, and up to 255 separate patterns can be edited for use in each song. The finished patterns con then be formed into songs in the song editor.
The manual suggests that you should read It at least three times.
This is very good advice - 'ake It!
Each of the above sections could warrant a small novel in itself.
A more detailed review of the program features would hove left both of us a good deal older and you probably none the wiser. The best way to learn wtth a program like this Is by experimenting.
The manual also offers a Programmer's Corner which contains some assembler routnes so your songs can be used independently of Mugician. For Instance In games, demos, and so on. Basic Midi functions are available but external keyboards are not essential.
Without doubt Mugician was produced more wtth the programmer in mind than the performance musician. There are quite a few PD packages for this area cf tune composing, but this packoge has a more professional feel to it. The remarkably useful synthesis foclllty Is something you will not find in any of the Soundtraker clones.
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CODE CLINIC ....125 Any Soundtracker Noisetracker clone is only as good as the samples it sequences. In this enlightening article Paul Holmes explains how to tell a tune by its cover and how to take the wrapping off. IFF style.
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| address ana credit card number |, General Enquiries: 051-357 2961 If you prefer to have the magazine delivered with your morning paper, cut out this form and give it to your newsagent Dear Newsagent Name _ Please reserve Address AMIGA COMPUTING every month Books, bugs and an easy way to create your own tunes. Amiga Computing's resident guru Jolyon Ralph continues to investigate everything 68k A friend of mine phoned me a couple of weeks bock to rove about a new book.
'Mapping the Amiga' published by Computel books. He said that since getting It he has not needed to touch his collection of Abocus and Addison- Wesley reference books.
CojkJ the vastly expensive and several thousand pages worth of Amiga programming manuals really be condensed into one £20.95 book? This was one I had to check out.
Scanning through the book reveals short - half page on average - descrptions of all library calls, all system structures (ExecBase for example), and every hardwore register. Including aB the fiddly CIA registers that no one can remember properly
• How does it cram all of this into 446 pages you may be asking?
Well. It is basically a reference book. It is not Intoneed as
an introduction to Amiga programming.
Although It does include an Intro- ducto'y section on how to use Hbrary calls In Assembler. C and Modulo 2. This is only 12 pages long.
There are explanations of how things Hke Copperlists, the Witter, sprites, etc. work ridden throughout the book, but they are arranged in order of hardware registers, not In an order that beginners could work through easily.
The outcome Is that the book is very sensibly arranged for people who dread know the Amiga well. The long explanations of the blitter, and so on are rdeal memory fresheners', buf I'd recommend another book, either the Amlgc Hardware Reference Manual (Addison-Wesley) or The Amiga System Programmers Guide (Abacus) for people new to Amiga programming.
For experienced coders the book Is briKant. Every hardware register is documented in order. No more looking up what Sdff016 is in a table, looking that up in the Index and then reading about what It does. Just scan through the book for Sdff016 and the information Is there cat your fingertips.
With library calls things are even easier. Before you would have to look up a routine through several different tables, then finding out It is a Dos library col which Is in a different book by a different publlsherl Al library calls and structures are listed alphabetically.
I have several times In the past given up with the old manuals when trying to find something like the RastPort structure information. With this book I fotnd It in seconds.
LU a CD CD The hardware registers are excellently documented, the Library and Device calls are well covered, but a book of this size could not hold al the information there is about al these different cals. So you may still find the official reference guides are useful.
In conclusion the book is brilliant. I don't know how I ever survived without It now. Not the best thing out for beginners, but If you've mastered the basics and need a decent reference, this beats the AMIGA System Programmers Guide hands down. And it's £12 cheaper tool Danger UXB Something not so wonderful may be happening in the not too distant future. Remember all the scare stories of Amiga viruses living In battery- backed clocks? Remember rumours of viruses that could destroy your Amiga?
Now. With the aid of the new ECS chipset on the very latest Amigas - currently cnly fitted to the 3000. But available soon for all Amigas - It is possible for a virus to blow up your monitor!
I'm not going to tell you exactly how to do t In this column, that would be stupid, but the new Denise chip has to do some special tricks to be able to produce the new video modes, and If you fiddle with these you could send signals to your monitor that could damoge it.
What if you write a program that crashes and Just happens to write to the wrong hardware register? Just make sure your code keeps clear of any register above Sdff lbf.
The 68000 is a fast processor. In fact compared to similar speed chips found in PC clones, it's very fast. Not as speedy as a RISC chip (extremely fast), but you can't have everything.
Still, there's more than one way to skin a cat, and there's n point using a fast processor and programming In machine code if your routines are not as fast as they could be.
The obvious way to do something Is not necessarily the quickest. :or example, to clear a data register - dO for example, the instruction CLR.L DO may be the obvious choice to many of you, However, that takes six clock cycles, and the less-obvious MOVEQ.L 0.D0 only takes four cycles.
There are several of these single- instruction level substitutions you can use to speed up you code, but that's only part of the story. Take the following routine, to move a block of memory 1000 bytes long from memory pointed to by aO to memory pointed to by al: move,I W.dO loop: move.b (aO).dl move bdl.(al) odd I t.aO odd.l H.al add I ll.dO cmp.l •lOOO.dO bne loop Now. I’ve gone over the top with that routine. No one with any knowledge of 68000 would write a routine as bad as this, but the important port is that the above routine works. It Is perfectly valid 68000 code.
Let's try optimising this routine.
Firstly, look at the four lines after trie LOOP: command. They can be replaced with a single Sne: move.b (oOK(al)* Now look at the rest, the first and the last three lines. They can be replaced by a DBRA loop.
So our final code is; move.l 999,dO ; DBRA loops for DO-*-1 times, move.b (oO)+,(al)* dbia dO.loop Isn't that a lot simpler? And faster.
Igrorlng the loop, the original code would take 64 clock cycles per byte transferred, the new version only 12.
This Is a good example of how to speed a routine up by recoding with faster equfvelant commands.
However, the method Is still the same, take a byte at a time and stick It Into the next address. The next level of optimisation depends on rethinking the whole approach to the problem.
Why move a byte at a time when you con move four?
Move I 249,d0 ; 250loops 250 x 4- 1000) locp: move.l (a0)+,(a1)+ dbra dO.loop Now, the move.l (aO)+.(al)+ in this takes 20 clock cycles, you have to add on 10 bytes for the loop, but as you are only calling it 250 times Instead of 1000. It Is much faster (7500 cycles compared to 22 XXX) cycles for our improved byte transfer routine, or
86. 000 cycles for the original routinel).
This gets block moving down to 7.5 cycles per byte. There is a faster way, 250 lines of move.l (aO)+.(al)+. This is a bit daft for memory reasons, but if you really need the speed, it shifts at five cycles per byte. You can improve the performance of the routine by putting more than one move.l In the loop, for example;.
O move.l 124.d0 ; 125 loops (125 x8- 1000) loop; move.l (a0)*,(al)+ move.l (aOK(al)* dbra dO.loop I'm not saying this is necessarily the fastest way to do it. In fact I'd love to see a faster routine (68000 only, no cheating with the blitter pleasel).
If you want to share your fast routines. Be they block moving or anything else, send them to me. Got a fast multiply or divide routine? Have you sussed hex to decimal conversion? No doubt i ll cobble together some form of prize for the fastest routines In various categories Rip it up and start again Have you ever loaded up a demo and thought "I like that music, wish I could rip It*. Have you tried one of the public domain music rippe's with only limited success? The reason is that most demos clear the memory on exit, or the module is ImmedkJtely overwritten in memory by something
else loaded in, quite often the music ripper.
Now. The Action Replav cartridge from Datel doesn't find Soundtracker modules for you. But with its help you can hunt down and rip the tunes with ease.
For this trick, you will need one Amiga 500 or 1000 with at least 1Mb of memory. Ian Action Replay cartridge, a blank formatted disk, a sensible version of Soundtracker (Pro-tracker, or Noisetracker VI. 1 or above) and a decent soundtracker ripper (the latest Fraxion ripper, for example) or Rossi's public domain Amlga-Mon. Or preferably both.
Power up your Amiga, and when it prompts you for a disk press the Action Replay button. From the Action Replay screen press F9, if necessary, to get rid of the German ke map. Then type ZF0 to disable your fast memory.
ZVO to disable virus testing and ZMO.to disable cleaning ram on reiet.
Reset your Amiga again - this Is Important. It disables the fast memory
- and boot the disk with tie tune you wish to rip. Walt until the
tune is playing then press the magic button.
Now - and this is the clever bit - type LORD OLAF on the cartridge screen, and It will Inform you that Sysop mode has been activated. This wfl allow you to read and write to any area of memory, includlrg the previously protected cartridge lam. And our disabled fast memory. Ycv can even disassemble the cartridge.
What we can now do Is copy the entire contents of chip memory, including the module, into fast memory. Which, as It has been cfcabled. Cannot be overwritten by a soft reset, or by loading other software In This Is done by typing: 10 7ffff cOOOOO (assuming your fast memory lies at ScOOOOO. As aB A501 corrpatlbles do).
Now reset again and load your music ripper. Tell It to hunt in fast memory, and with any luck It should find your module.
If you haven’t got a ripper, or It can’t find It. You have to resort to the manual approach to hacking modules. Using either the Action Replay monitor Itself, or better still, Amiga Mon. the public domain monitor, hunt for the string M.K. (M dot K cot) In memory. This stands for Mahoney & Kaktus.
The authors of Noisetracker. And all Noisetracker modules (95per cent of demos use Noisetracker modules) carry this stamp, This is near the beginning of the module. Hunt backwards in memory from this point and you will see the names of all the instruments (for example ST-04:boringbassdrum) and at the beginning the name of the song Starting from the first character of the name of the song, save out a large block of memory to disk. 300k is usually enough. Call it mod.some thing, so you can load It Into Noisetrocker. It j you've used the cartridge monitor to I save this file out. You will have
to I FDOStoDOS convert It first.
Now. Reset the cartridge and the j Amiga back to their default settings. 1 The quickest way Is to power off your Amiga for 10 seconds and power it up again. Load up your Noisetracker Protracker and load in the module I you saved. Save It bock t disk again immediately, and It will save it as the proper size.
Play the module. If it works, you've successfully ripped the module If not. 1 try again I must thank Alex Slater for his help in preparing this npping yarn, and he hasn't even got a cartridge!
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disk WE stopped our look at IFF rather abruptly last month,
just before we got to a rather exciting bit on SMUS chunks. So
let s rejoin the action.
Register 5 MIDI channel 3 preset 7 A SMUS chunk has seven standard chunk types - SHDR. NAME, Copyright (*(C) *), AUTH. ANNO. INS1 Ond TRAK.
It may also contain embedded irstrument forms - hopefully 8SVX. But they don't have to be. Descriptions of SMUS standard chunks can be found in the Exec manual App.B pp.53-62, and are not given here.
And: INSl | ;size=4 register 4 TYPE 9 dotal 64 data2 25S NAME. Copyright. AUTH and ANNO are treated as text, as in 8SVX The SHDR format Is just like VHDR, In that it i$ case-insensitive. But fussy about order.
534S4452 00000004 397C7001 SHDR....9lp. appears as: SHDR I ;size =4 tempo 14716 volume 112 tracks 1 I INSl chunks come In three flavours _name(type 0), MIDKtype 1). And general type. The last of these is unfikety to be used, and If so I've no idea what for. But it's provided for flexbillty.
494ES331 0000000F 01000000 46656E64 INSl .Fend 65725374 72617400 erStrat.
494E5331 00000004 05010307 INSl.. and: 494ES331 00000004 040940FF INSl..... ore equivalent to: INSl I ;size-15 register 1 name “FenderStrat" I Note that the zero on the end of 'FenderStrat' Is just a padding byte, not a terminating zero, as the length of the string (9) is just the chunk size (15) minus 4.
All three INSl formats are order critical. Mnemonics like ‘name' or "preset* are case insensitive, but the contents of strings like ‘FenderStrat' will be coped with case information preserved, as this is likely to be demanded by application packages.
TRAK chunks are the most complicated, and their format reflects this. Each event has Its own mnemonic inst 2 use the instrument in register 2.
Time 3 4 use 3 4 time in score.
Keys Db use D flat key signature In score.
Volume 127 full volume. Figure may be
0. .127 mldichn 5 set MIDI channel 5 midipre 34 set MIDI preset
34 As the above are events, not fields in a data structure,
they may appear in any order, and any number of times
throughout the track. Not all music packager will accept a
keychange mid-score, but there's no law against It.
Notes and rests have the format: notespec Cc") (T) ( tuple ) (“d”J " " value where: notespec » ( note octave )rre$ r note = *C" I “C " I “D" I "D " I "E* I TL. I "B" I 0Ctbve = V I *0* I *1* I ... 1*9*1
* c* means the note Is chorded.
T means the note is tied.
tuple = “:3* I “:5“ I m:T (for triplets and so on) value 3 | -2- | -4- | -8- , ti n28-| (2*minim. 8=quaver. Et al) ‘rest 4* means a crotchet rest.
* C 5:3 8‘ means C . Octave 5. Quaver, part of triplet, so 2 3
normal length
* F2d 4* means F. octave 2. Dotted crotchet.
Note that flats are not yet supported (they soon will be), and that most applications (for example Sonix) will use octaves 2 to 7. Al«55Hz.
A4=440Hz. A7=3520Hz.
? ? ? ? Samples Samples are stored in an IFF We caled "8SVX* which stands for 8-bit Somped Voice. It can be used for two different jobs - a one-shot sound effect o- a musical instrument. Let's kook inside an 8SVX. To see how It does it.
Every FORM 8SVX contains at least two chunks - VHDR and BODY. Tne last is the chunk which holds the sampled waveform values, and It's probably quite Iqrge. A 3-second sound effect, sampled of 12kHz will use almost 36k. The VHDR chunk, on the other hand, is tiny. Just 28 Unpacked bytes, laid out Uke this: 56484452 00000014 00008CC4 00000000 VHDR... 00000000 2EEB0100 00010000 i which translates into: VHDR | neShot 36036 repeat 0 PerHi 0 PerSec 12012 octaves 1 comp 0 volume 65536 I :size=20 ;(4 bytes) ;(4) 5(4) ;(2 ;(1 ; 0 ; 4 This means that the size of the sampe - that Is the data size of
the body chunk - Is equal to oneSnot+repeat = 36036 bytes. A repeat value of zero means that this Is a one-shot sound.
PerSec is the number of samples to play oack each second. PerHi and octaves are used for musical instruments - more on these later.
A value of 0 In the comp field means that no compression is being used. Last time I checked, the only other value reserved for this field was
1. Meaning Flbonacci-delta encoding.
If you have your own compression method, put another number Into this field to identify the compression method you have used. Ideally, get in touch with Commodore to register your number, so that compression method number 27 (or whatever) means the same to you as It does to everyone else.
Bear in mind that the one- shoMrepeat = the number of samples offer any decompression, so It's only the same as the data size of the body chunk If the sample is uncompressed (they usually are.)
Finally volume, ranging from 0 to OxlCOOO (65536) and not OxFFFF.
Strangely enough, for full volume.
Zero is for silence.
Here's a thing - why is the playoack rate 12012Hz. Not 12.000?
I'll tell you. The audio chip has a clock rate of 3,579,546 cycles per second (on a PAL A500 - don't assume It wdl always be this). The rate at which it plays back a sound is calculated as one sample per N dock cycles. The period is calculated as: Int(3i79546 ideal frequency)-298 cycles.
Tl-e actual playback rate will then be 3579546 298. Or 12011 899Hz. This Is the closest approximation you can get to 12kHz. No worries - It's only out by 0.1%, so no one can tell the difference.
Musical Instruments are rather more complicated than one-off effects. Sample lengths are the first problem. What If a piece of music calfc for a very long note, say a whole note In a smoochy slow number. Must we store a huge sample of the instrument to allow for this possibility?
Thankfully no. What we can do instead is store a one-shot part which is used at the start of the note, and a repeat part which is played over and ovef again until the end of the note.
If the values were one-shot=35036.
One repeat=1000. Then a play-back rouMne should play the first 35036 bytes once, then repeat the last 1000 bytes until told to stop.
The repeat part must contain an integral number of waveform cycles - if not you'll get a loud click at the end of each repeat.
Frequencies can also be a problem.
For one thing, the playback rate is not fixed - It has to be ottered in order to generate different notes. Also, many musical Instruments cover a wide range of octaves.
To go up to a frequency much higher than that at which the Instrument was sampled wodd push the audio DMA down to a very low period.
Flrstty. You can't have one sample In less than 124 clock cycles. This would give the hardware insufficient time to fetch data from memory.
Secondly, frequencies ore less accurate as they get higher. The nearest approximation to 28kHz Is 28185Hz. Out by 0.66%, starting to get noticeable.
To get by these limitatiens, the instrument can be sampled al several different octaves. The ‘octaves' field In VHDR Is set to the number of octaves used. The BODY chunk starts with the instrument samples at the highest octave. The ’oneShot’ field contains the number of bytes in the one-shot part of the highest octave. The ‘repeat’ field does the same for the repeat part, so together they odd up to the total length of the highest octave.
Next in the body chunk Is the next octave down, which Is exactly twice as long as the first octave, os each octave Is twice as long as the one before It.
Finally, the ‘perHI’ field is used to say how many samples there are per waveform cycle In the highest octave.
The ‘perSec* field is ignored.
An 8SVX form must have a VHDR and a BODY - these are required chunks, but it can also have opflanaf standard chunks. And like any IFF FORM, it can contain non-standard chunks too. (Look back at November s Code Clinic for a reminder of what these terms mean.) Your program must skip over any chunks It doesn't recognise, not Just guru out. If it does that's your fault.
Three common property chunks are ‘NAME’, ’(C) ‘. And ‘AUTH*. Which are text chunks used to hold the name of a FORM, its copyright details and the name of the author. Because they are property chunks, each type should appear at most once.
There may also be one or more ’ANNO' data chunks, holding text annotations typed in by the author.
Frankly. ANNO is very rare in 8SVX files, but you could well see them In other FORM types.
Finally, let's have a look at the envelope chunks, ATAK and RLSE. These are used to change volume factors as a sample is replayed. (By volume factor. I mean that each point Is a multiplier of the global volume given in the VHDR chunk.) Eoch envelope chunk contains one or more EGPoints'. Here's an example: 4154414B 0000000C 00640001 000C00C6 ATAK .....00008000 This means: ‘Start the volume at zero, then over the course of 100 ($ 64) milliseconds slide it up linearly to 100% of the global volume ($ 00010000). Next, over the course of 200 ($ C8) milliseconds side it down to half the global
volume ($ 00008000)'.
You know that it has two points, because an EGPoint Is always six bytes, and this chunk has a data size of 12.
The RLSE chunk does the same at the end of the sample, so If It has. Say. Three points of 100. 40 and 30 milliseconds, you should start to execute If 170 millseconds before the sample is dje to end.
• Next month we deal with musical SMIIS files, which use BSVX
samples as instruments.
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gossip from the Amiga music scene Deluxe Music deluxe?
The gossip channels have been boning recently with rumours that Electronic Arts are hard at work producing a major upgrode to Deluce Music to bring it In line with current developments.
According to EA’s Own Sarah Shrapne*. Because the Deluxe packages were designed as In-house development tools, they are In constant development. As soon as EA feel that they have a sufficiently enhonced version, it will be sold as an upgrade.
Scrah went on to say that even If an upgrade was to arrive, it certainly wouldn't be available for at least another three months. Version 1 of Deiuie Music became obsolete years ago. So it would be in EA's interests to do something about it.
Doin’ the Doo with MusicX After years of rejection, it seems that the Amiga is finally starting to make its mark In the musk: industry. Among those now using it is Betty Boo. Whose hits Include Whore are you baby?
And Doin' the Doo!.
According to Mlcrolllusions. Betty is using an Amiga running their sequencer system. MusicX. To produce all of her latest chart hits, including much of her new album Boo-Manla. Although Betty was unavailable for Interview, it is believed that she is a great fan of the Amiga.
Betty joins other big names such as Cortney Pine. Jan Hammer and Prince, all devotee users of the Amiga for musical purposes.
R. r. All patched up Sound Guest Inc. the Ontario-based company
who produce a range of synth patch editors for the Amiga, have
released Midi Quest, a universal editor librarian. The program
comes with configurable Midi drivers, integrated graphic
editing and multi-instrument filing capabilities.
The program allows you to manipulate syntt patch files (sound data fHes) created oy Sound Quest products on both the Amiga and other computer systems. Ihey can be edited to create new banks of sounds by cutting, pasting. Mixing and blending patches from other banks.
Ft Music eXtra It’s finally here! MusicX 1.1 has arrived, and already there's talk of even more upgrades in the pipeline before the big one arrives - Muslc-X 2.0. This latest release has been floating round a number of UK and US recording studios for several months now. But at last It's available to Joe Public.
CO The first thing you'I notice about it is the fact that It no longer works on a 512k Amiga. OK. You can load the thing in. Bjt don't expect to be able to use it - al you get is loads of ‘Out of memory" requesters every time you try to do anything.
When you first load it up. Things look virtually identical. But that's not to say MusicX 1.* is nothing more than a few fixed bugs. No siree. Mlcrolllusions have included many new features to further enhance what is generally regarded as the Amigc number 1.
The ready good news about this new release Is its price - MusicX 1.0 would have set you back £230. But MusicX
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R. a New MusicX features Multl-serlal capabilities: MusicX can
now talk to up to eight serial ports simultaneously (using a
serial port expansion cord such as that available from ASDG.
Inc.) In both directions, which allows it to address a
theoretical 128 Midi channels simultaneously.
Event sculpting: Just like Passport s Master Tracks Pro. You can now sculpt note velocities, continuous controller values, aftertouch, pitch bend and so on using the mouse.
Drag the mouse across the bar editor screen and MusicX will redraw a continuous series of controller events to conform to the mouse's path.
View controllers: You can now choose to display one type of controller at a time, or all controllers simultaneously.
Velocity flattener: This works just like the MusicX velocity scaler, except -hat It sets the velocity to a constant value which can be ramped or randomised.
Lock channels: It is now possible to lack the current Midi channel from within the bar editor, which makes It easier to selectively edit data for a particular channel from within a multichannel sequence. This is a bit like a musical equivalent of Dpaint's stencil function.
Sample tuning and envelope editor: Sample envelopes and tuning can be edited in real-time while sequences are playing.
Play sequence events: MusicX will now automatically stretch a play sequence event to the full length of the sequence that It b to trigger Budget showdown This month we start a two part com- pcrison of Mlcrolllusions' MuslcX Junior and Passport's Trax sequencer.
Both are competitively priced, but which Is best for you? Let's start with a look qt the most recent arrival. Trax.
This is being distributed in the UK by MCM (071-724 4104).. America software house.Passport have never until now been particularly active on the Amiga. In fact, until quite recently the only thing they hod to offer Amiga owners was Master Tracks Pro, a professional sequencer with a price tag to match.
Songs ore built up by arranging measures within the Trax Song Editor. This option alone mores Trax something pretty special Now. After almost a year. Passport have finally released Trax. Which is substantially a cut down version of Master Trocks offering the same Moc- like user Interface, with powerful editing and composition facilities.
Trax basics Trax offers 64 trocks of realtime recording which ccm contain up to 16 channels of Midi data. It uses the same tope transport-type controls used on Just about every other sequencer. Just select the track you wish to record to. Click on the Return button and start playing. Trox then does the rest.
Once a sequence has been recorded you can set both the channel which the track is to be played on and the synth program number It is to be played with. For rhythm parts, you can loop tracks simply by clicking on the loop gadget for that particular hack - which Is much simpler than the t tuslcX approach.
AH the rest of the track operations - delete track, copy track and so forth
- are pretty standard and ore selected from the pull down
menus.
Surprisingly. If you wish to extract par- Hcutor Midi events this has to be carried out from within Trax's sequence editor.
CO Trax uses the now familiar tape transport controls to edit the Midi data for a particular event by double clicking on the note In question. This brings up a requester that lists the event's attributes as Midi stream data -a bit like the Event Edita In MusicX. Just click withlr one of the fields and you can change it simply by typing in the new value.
Quantisation is particularly well handled by Trax. As well os the usual facilities. It lets you to shift notes slightly away from the quantisation grid, therefore allowing you to play a sequence slightly ahead or behind the beat.
Song creation Most budget sequencers leave a lot to be desired when it comes to song creation. Indeed, even tte professional version of MusicX doesn't offer any teal form of song editing (PlaySeq events don't countl). However. Trax has shown them all how It's done with its dedicated song editor.
Almost identical to the one in Its big brother. Master Tracks the editor builds up a song by manipulating the available trocks in terms of measures.
Each frock Is displayed as a number of graphic blocks, eoch block representing a single measure.
These blocks can be moved around ond new sequences created by cutting and pasting down blocks from other sequences.
Conclusion Trax is a darned good sequencer capable of handling the most demanding sequencing tasks But for a program that is aimed at the amateur musician. I lust can’t understand why Passport didn't build in support for the Amiga’s sound chip. After all. Not all of us can afford such luxjries as multiple sound modules, samplers and synths.
The editing facilities are second to none. Both the Step Editor and the Song Editor are well designed, powerful and above all. Easy to use.
If terms of raw sequencing power, you couldn't really ask for more from a budget offering. But it's the lack of sound chip support that realy lets it down.
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Sequence editing Editing ot sequences Is carried out from a MusicX-iike Step Editor which displays notes as horizontal bars, their varying lengths denoting note duration.
Editor modes are draw (add notes with the mouse), select (highlight a block of data), erase (click on notes and they disappear) and keyboard, which allows you to add notes In step time using your Midi keyboard. You can also scale notes' velocity and duration.
An extra editing tacHtty allows you The new Velocity Flattener module lets you set the velocity ol selected notes to a constant value.
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OK. So ya have your deck ond you have your sox. Or to put It another way, you have a modem and you have some comms software.
If you have been smart and listened to what I've said previously, your deck will handle at least 2400 baud, and the software will be a PD Shareware package such as Ncomm. Access! Or Jrcomm.
Hold Oh there. Maybe you are still not convinced. Maybe you're chicken. What's worrying you? Phone bills scare ya? High price of equipment?
Tch. Pathetic. Don't tell me you believe all the nonsense the Powers That Be spread?
Phone bills need not be a problem.
OK, so It's not free. But what is? Even the electricity which drives your Amiga costs money. If you are sensible (or tight; you can get online several times a week and still have change from a fiver.
In fact, you could probably buy a few tubes with the change as well. It's only expensive if you want It to be You always have control. Remember that.
Expensive equipment? Of course It Is. Just like buying a motorbike. You could spend twelve thou on a Blmota. Ot you could spend four hundred on a second hand 1982 Gpz500.
It's up to you.
A few words of warning regarding second hand modems. You'll find that quite a few fellows are waiting to dump their equipment to help finance something more modem. As a result, you will surely be tempted with offers such as a 300 baud deck for less then fifty sovs. Think carefully!
Although fifty quid is not (relatively speaking) a lot of dosh. The fact the deck runs eight times slower means your phone bin could be eight times bigger too OK, so if the offer is just too good to refuse. Arid you only want to try comms ott to see what all the fuss is about, then go for it. You could always sel the thing to some unsuspecting comms-virgin later, couldn't you?
So you have your deck ond sox.
What next?
Cables, is your Amiga talking to the modem? This should not be a problem. As the good old miga spcrts o decent RS232 port. Plug In and gc with dny standard coble.
If you are having probs. Check The pins. They are usually sensible, and seldom require more than a tronsmil line, a receive line, a ground and an acknowledge. Easy.
To connect your deck to the actional phone network, you need a new- style BT socket. If your house is still fitted with the horrible 1 4 Inch jack plugs, ring up BT and crackle at them.
Tell 'em you have static. Tell 'em you can t hear your dear granny when she colls. Chances are the first thing BT will do is change your sockets.
Worked for me.
Most modems will auto-dlal. This means when you plug 'em In instead of the phone, your computer will dial the BBS numbers for you, No phone button punching required.
If not. Or you think you may want to use speech occasionally, you'll need to connect your phone as wen as the modem, Some modems have through ports for the phone, but If yours doesn't a sputter from your local Tandy wil solve this problem.
If might be worth your white getting an extension cable too. Setting up your computer in the hall so you con use the phone is not fun. Especially if you hall is as cold as mine.
Finally It's time to go. Pick a number from the list overleaf, ond check to see that it's the right time. If the board says It's 24hrs you can't go wrong.
Copy the number into the Phone Book part of your comms software.
Then go for it. Dial It.
If you are lucky and get online rust time, let me know. I have never seen it happen.
More likely you will hit an engaged tone, the baud rates won't match or It just won't work.
I know how you (eel. Keep trying!
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- The Worlds Most Sophisticated Personal Pinance Program If you
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AS EASY TO USE AS A CALCULATOR PFM makes full use of Amiga’s Workbench interface, if you need to amend or update an entry or Standing order simply click on it. Your screen looks just like a bank statement!
STANDING ORDERS & DIRECT DEBITS EATEN ALIVE PFM handles Credit and Debit - Monthly.Quarterly. Yearly and even complicated regular payments like 12 payments of £52.99 followed by one of £12.50, PFM will check the date and automatically insert standing orders as they become due.
BUDGET WITH EASE, AT A CLICK OF A MOUSE.
If you’re the type that likes to look ahead then PFM allows you to set budgets for both expenditure and income. Over 100 budgets can be set over a year, a quarter or a month and then 10 can be displayed either in figures or as a bar graph for a given period. Expenditure for these budgets car also be shown as a pie chart so you can tell at a glance where your money’s gone. PFM also allows you to display or print your budget groups selectively so you can see your expenditure quickly and easily.
BALANCING WITH YOUR BANK ACCOUNT IS NO LONGER A JUGGLING ACT When you get your bank account statement or a balance from an autobank machine you can confirm it with PFM quickly and easily. Simply select PFM's unique "Auto Balance" option and type in the balance as given by the bank and PFM will attempt to balance and highlight entries that have not yet been processed through the bank.
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Nic Veitch takes a look around at what’s going on in the expanding DTP world and tries to mention someone other than his friends at Gold Disk The world of DTP, resting as It does upon the crest of the wave of new technology. Is an ever changing place. Someone'S always developing new whatslts that mokes some process easier or something like that. As soon as you become proficient you become outdated - there is a constant state of flux that must be ridden even os something mythological probably had to be. Anyway, on with what's going down.
Price war I don't know, some people don't know how lucky they are. First of all we give away a very nice demo on the coverdisk and now Gold Disk have dropped the price of their famously wonderful Pagesetter II.
¦ ¦ ¦ i DOWN IN PRICE!
Price cuts across the board for Gold Disk products What happens? We get complaints.
Well. Okay, we got on awful lot of letters saying how wonderful the demo was anc all that, but there were one or two dissenting voices. One guy wrote in to complain that he couldn't place text at an angle. Well. I mean, I'm so sorry. We must hove overlooked that. The fact that the only DTP package (but not for long) that can do this is the very latest version of Quark Xpress is neither here nor there.
CO The point of all this is that Pagese-ter II is now available for around £53 from HB marketing (0753 686000), or if you have no joy there I believe Silica Shop (081-309 1111) can do you a deal. It is not only the best value D"P pockoge for the Amiga, It is the orty one specifically designed for those of us who don't have a Class 1 loser product at the other end of the parallel cable. Other price restructuring effects Pro Page VI .3. now £169 ex. VAT and the Outline Fonts pockage. Now £108.75 ex. VAT.
CO Gold Disk have brought out a new range of scalable fonts. Aimed at more specific areas than *he Outline Font pack these fonts are once again licensed from AGFA, the world's largest producer of slzable- fonts.
Four packages ore available at the moment, each containing three fonts. It Is possible to use these fonts to create a statically sized bitmap font for use In any Amiga software which uses workbench fonts O.e. a lot of wordprocessors. Nearly all art packages...). The four packs (Designer.
Publisher. Decorative ond Video) will be retailing in this country for around £35. Font aficionados are reminced that Gold Disk have a library of over 100 Compugrophlc fonts which can be ordered direct.For more Information contact Gold Disk at their new offices In Ontario on (0101 4166024000) rrrarrarrB'r w : w m W w ¦* p r I ¦ Clippin eck One thing that’s always useful when dabbling with DTP is a nice spot of clio-art. According to Diskotech 80 per cent of Amiga owners in this country have one or more art packages. And clip-art isn’t necessarily restricted to DTP.
Hopefully trying to be of help when at the tost minute you And yourself 400 words short with a space to fill at the bottom of Page 60, these people have put together what could be the first of many “oven- ready* disks of useful stuff.
House builder, apparently. Is a comprehensive library of many graphic elements which can be combined to reproduce, in correct colour and scale any house of the present, past or conceivably the fu*ure. There are over 750 graphical elements to fool around with.
All the pieces share the same 32- colour palette and general scale for ease of compatibility. The houses can be combined with some of the customising clips such as catflaps.
Satellite dishes and the like to create truly individual pieces.
House builder comes on two disks with a manual Including tutorials and is available for £30 from Diskotech M* »• * *' m am n» p r r rr rrr r Professional DTP Yes. It’s Gold Disk again. I know what you're thinking but can I help It if they seem to be the only active people in the world of DTP. I mean they don’t get all this coverage because of cute PR people or anything (sorry Keith).
Well, it was in the wind wasn’t It?
First Pagesetter got seen to, then Pro Draw had a spring clean, now it's Pro Page's turn. Although copies have not turned up for review yet I think I can pass on some of the Information ws have received from Gold Disk.
Improved features will Include style tagging, rotation of text and graphrcs. Automatic page numbering and faster PostScript generation. The really big additions will be 24-blt colour support and Pantone colour matching.
Pantone is almost another industry standard If you talk to your local printers they will understand all about It, or at least have heard of it. This addition means that you will now be able to define the colojrs and rest assured that they will Dome out exactly as you specified ’hem. Style tagging Is a real boon too. Just imog- Ine. You can set tags oncll the copy before you read it into Pro Page. No more messing around waiting for the screen refresh just because you had to set a crossheod in o dfferent size.
No more relentlessly searching through oceans of text looking for the thing that was supposed to be in italics... Pro Page will now support 24-bit colour files, such as those produced- by ray tracing packages, scanners etc. This means they con be imported into a document and separated to their original colour depth Just because you can't see them very well on screen doesn't mean that you can't print them out!
The ease-of-use flavour seems to be one aspect they are keen on keeping. Every copy wil ship wth an Instructive video-tutorial to enable users to get to grips with it fast.
Professional Page 2.0 should be shipping by the time you read *hls at the wonderful price of £395. Whatever that gets converted into by distributors here.
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Aimed a little lower down the market than the accounts office is Personal Finance Manoger. A powerful database with full Workbench comoatibillty which will hold an account only limited in size by available memory.
Although theoretically huge, and certdnly useful for a smaH business. It has been designed on a much more personal level.
After setting the starting balance for the account, alterations are made via transaction forms. Account entries and standing orders are the means by which changes in your balance are made, for example when you go shopping, or perhaps a monthly loan repayment. Consequently you have to keep all receipts so you can keep your account up to date.
Entries can be checked against a formal slatement or deferred, this being displayed in the program, making balancing your statement much easier. Checked Items are denoted by a tick next to the relevant entry. All entries are automatically ordered by date.
Standing orders can easily added to the account. These orders can already be in operation.for Instance, say If you have a loan running at the moment ond you wish to add to the account simply enter how often, how much and how long the loan has to go. And the account will then reflect the debit from the balance when the amount is due.
CO CO Orders can also be suspended If required, but when the suspension is lifted all outstanding payments wfll be made. Also variations In the amount due can catered for. Such as a change in the mortgoge rates.
Balancing the account is made even easer by Reconciliation, a pro- CO Budget comparison bar chart: What yog see is what you've spent, and what you thought you would cess by which the program will auto- mcrticaly balance your account over a definable period, deferring payments until a match is achieved with your bank statement.
Deferring transactions con also be carried out manually. This simply suspends any particular transaction horn appearing in the present balarce.
But does not remove It from the account. This can be done when the transaction has cleared.
It's also possible to set up a bucget by using code letters when entering details- for example. L for loan. A set amount can then allocated to eoch category. These can be displayed in numerical or chart form showing actual and budget amounts.
Ten separate categories can be created which can be separately fil- Double graph: Take a closer look, or compare last month with this GO terec for individual analysis- useful for finding out excatly where all your money goes and why.
If more than 10 categories are required - say one covering car spares for a year - simply enter a separate code letter for each entry concerning car spares and when the analysis is required alter one of the filter codes to the designated code and filter the data In the usual way.
The result is a detailed occount of all spares expenditure over the last month, quarter or year as required.
The real power of the program begins to show when using graphs and charts. Each of the component parts can be displayed in a pie chart format showing spending on a specific budget. Also a budget comparison is available as described above.
Th9 account can also be displayed on a bar graph showing the account over any predetermined time period.
One month's graph con be displayed alongside another, both using the same graph format and thus the Improving analysis. You can see at a glance any major change in expenditure.
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Sc before I rabbit on with the AMOS news let me Just say how nice It was to meet some of you at the E.C.E.S. (I could be found annoying everybody on the Mandarin Software stand), All of your comments were very much appreciated and I will try and incorporate some of your suggestions Into this column.
A couple of you said I went too fast In the first instalment of our ongoing write-a-game series, especially Peter “Baby Bear' Lee. Who thought I tried to squeeze too much in. Oh well. I think I’ve gauged this month's part of the AMAL tutorial to the correct level.
I New for AMOS news. Here is a big exclusive straight from one of Mandarin Software s programmers: Fun School 3 - the top selling series of educational programs written with AMOS - is being converted to work wtth the Commodore CDTV (gosps of shock ond horror).
What future Implications this has for AMOS users is currently the subject of much speculative comment and I canhOt say any more ‘cos I've been told to keep my big trap shut I (I just hope the CDTV sells In big numbers.)
Wth AMOS 1.2 finished (get your copy of the update disk from the AMOS PD library, phone Sandra Sharkey on 0942-495 261 for more details) Francois Lionet has been busy working on some new goodies for us lowty Basic programmers.
The major new addition to AMOS is a new music extension which has better support for converting some of the more complex Soundtracker modules.
I don't have a copy yet. But by the time you read this It should be available from the AMOS PD library. Of course Franpois Is also busy on the AMOS Compiler which should be avaibble in January (keep those fingers crossed).
Our last piece of news concerns AMOS 3D. Quite a lot of you asked about the 3D demo which was running at the shew ond hopefully a fuly interactive demo should be available before Christmas In all major PD libraries.
Although the product will not moke an appearance until January (busy month for AMOS users) I have a feeling that you can get a sneak preview of It if you turn up at the Computer Shopper Show.
One la*e piece of news which has just reached me is that Gipper the mad Mandarin monkey made famous by numerous ’guest' spots on STOS and AMOS packaging, has finally cracked ond let loose with an Uzi 9mm at Europa House.
Rumour has It that the demented creature had felt rejected by Mandarin staff ever since the Fun School 3 teddies came onto the scene. Richard Vanner said: “It's very sad. All he does now Is sit In a corner and suck a banana. Perhaps I shouldn’t have let him listen to Steve Wright In the afternoons?"
Fortunotely nobody was injured in this incident. 'Nuffsaid!
Give it some stick LAST month we looked at simple movemert and animation using AMAL (you did buy last month's issue, didn't you?). Now let's see how to move the little guy with the joystick.
Press tne Escape key to jump to Direct mode and insert the AMOS Data Disk (the one with Amosteroids. Magic Forest and all of the other games on) then type: LOAD"AMOS_DATA:MAGIC_FOREST MFSPRITES ABK’ We now have the SPRITE file with our little geezer present in memory for us to muck about with. We are going to have to do a bit more typing than usual, so press Escape to jump back to editor mode and type these next few line which will tidy up our display: CURS OFF : FLASH OFF : HIDE ON : CIS 0 DOUBLE BUFFER GET SPRITE PALETTE OK. Now the really hard bit (well it’s not that hard, I just wanted to
alert you). It’s time to design the AMAL program which will make our guy move left and right according to our joystick movements.
One tip I can give all budding AMAL writers is that when constructing an AMAL program I find it best ta jot down some notes on a scrap of paper as well as a complete list of all external and Internal registers (more cbout those as we go along) as some strings can become very complicated - just look at Amosteroids.
The first thing we need to do Is to set up a starting label for our AMAL program. While this is by no means essential. It comes in handy as a reference point. Remember to type this nexi line in exactly as It appears: A$ =*Begin:* That wasn't hard was It? Now we need to test the joystick. We can easily do this using two "special” AMAL registers .JO and J1. The first returns a value from port 0 (or the mouse port to all readers who, like me. Prefer jser- friendlier terms) and the latter returns a value from the joystick port (port 1).
The value passed into these registers by the Amiga depends on which way you move the joystick. By pushing up you win get a value of one. By pushing right you will get a value of 8, by pushing up and right you will get a value of 9.
There should be a simple diagram somewhere around this page showing the values given when the joystick is manipulated. These should make life a bit easier (there are other ways to look at how joystick values can be Interpreted but they all involve a bit of binary maths so we will forget those for now).
OK, type this in : A$ »A$ +'lf Jl«1 then Jump Left A$ =A$ *'lf J1 =8 then Jump Right A$ =A$ *Jump Begin ;• You will have noticed that when tho ptogram dotects a movement - either left or right - It jumps to another label This is because of the way AMAL works - it will only let you follow an 'If statement with a Jump, exit or Direct command. The last line tells AMAL to jump bock to the label we defined at the beginning of the program.
Now comes the really exciting bit.
The movement and animation. We need to define the labels Left: and Right; which the main part of our AMAL program will jump to if the joystick is moved. Follow each of these we will need to put the commands we want executed tf any of the joystick conditions are met. Type this: A$ »A$ +’Left:Anlm 1 .(1.4)(2,4)(3.4)(2.4)(l ,4) ; Move-16.0.16;' A$ =A$ ** Jump Begin A$ »A$ -*Right:Animl.(6.4)(5.4)(4,4)(5.4)(6.4) ; Move 16.0,16;' A$ =A$ *’ Jump Begin As you can see. We start the line wtth the Label name followed directly by the animation data. You should always put your animation before movement 'cos
AMAL will not execute the next command until It has finished moving.
After we have finished moving the geezer the AMAL program is told to jump back to the label Begin. This allows another set of tests to be made for the joystick movement. Of course, all of this happens 50 times a second (60 times a second in the
U. S.A.:. amazing huh?
Anyway we have our AMAL string, and now we need to display the BOB and assign its animation channel, so type this (It's roughly the same as In the last issue): BOB 1,160,100.1 CHANNEL 1 TO BOB 1 AMAL l.A$ AMAL ON 1 DIRECT I am rapidly running out of space, so before I go let me give you o quick explanation of the AMAL external registers. These are labelled RA to RZ and let the user communicate with the AMAL progrom.
One of the best examples so far Is Amosteroids - I didn't say the game was that good but it makes excellent use of the AMAL registers.
In this game when an asteroid is hit by your ship It posses a value Into an AMAL register which is continually checked by the Basic part of the program. When the value is introduced to the register the Basic program plays an explosion sample.
I’ll take you through an e ample of using registers in the next issue, but for now take a look at the program on the Cover Disk which uses an externc register to tell the Basic progran whether the player is moving left o right.
Also on the Cover Disk are some of the sprites from Fun School 3 for you to play around with. A complete set Is available from the AMOS 3D library.
Oh, Richard Vdnner wants me to remind you ail that Fun School 3 is an excellent series of educational programs available from Databcse Educational Software, but I won’t 'cos I’m not getting paid on a royalty basis.
• Next month we will explore the mysteies of registers and
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Try to control your excitement If you are a wild eyed thrill seeker, who lives only to dispatch mutartt ScuiYi to another dimension, this is probably not the one for you On the other hand. If you're a level headed type who enjoys an occasional flutter and wants to take a little of the gamble out of gambling The Tipster could be ideal.
The program is designed to be used in conjunction with any daily newspaper either home or a brood which gives good quality racing coverage - the Dally Mirror being recommended for British roces Unlike most programs, the first thing to do is NOT slam the disk in and see what happens. Reod the Instructions - It's well worth the e'fort. This will explain the rather complex procedure involved in entering details for your first meeting.
The first thing to do Is to flu In your data sheet, which should contain a I the Information relating to the meeting and your first race. And I da mean all - date, course, going, time, distance, runners and the Type of race. A list of all the top trainers and jockeys is also required. And I'm afraid this is Just the beginning. Now come the details for each horse.
These must include the trainer and jockey, recent form, weight carried, the age, its favourite soap opera... in short everything that relates to the horse and its recent ojtings. This must be repeated for e rery nag In the race, a daunting prospect, but perhaps not as daunting os facing your other halt with the news that trve housekeeping is still to clear the last at Newmarket.
Once your data sheet is complete. Slam In the disk. OK, this is your chance to type all the information from the data sheet into i details should be considered as a close approximate.
If a £1.00 bet was ptoced on the nose of each of Tlpstors predicted winners over the sample period, the total winnings would be £3500 this includes the return stake of £8.00 on winning horses, minus the £21 00 original stc*e leaves you with £14.00 of pure profit Try to contain yourself, you gamblng fool youl Now hero's the bod news, if £1.00 each way was ptoced on the best value horse In each of hre races, I’m afraid a lose of £9.75 would hove been the sad result £42.00 stake money wtth a miserable £32.25 return.
Keep in mind that the bench tost was conducted over a retattvery short period when making your judgement on the program Perhaps with the isqured effort you could see sxne results, but you woukj have to be very keen on the Gee-Gees, erther that or very greedy The tipster bench-test results Results over a seven day period three roces per-day 21 seperate races detaied. Positions and odds.
Best value represents the best each-way bet. As a result best values can be ptoced anywhoro m the first three All odds are tor against No third place details available.
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The program operates via mouse and keyboard, options being selected by activating the window via mouse. Then alterations are made with the keyboard. Unfortunately this process must be carried out for every Input of data, which means constant Jumping from keys to mouse, which dramatically slows things down.
The operating system is a classic case of over design. A straight-forward keyboard controlled file format may not have been as pretty, but a lot more user friendly.
After all the typing and clicking is over, the program ma es an analysis of the race, hopefully giving you the forecast for first and second, plus the best valje bet available. This can be displayed in forecast, graph, full data and printout formats. Also all data can be save to disk if required.
User parameters can also be created. This allows the details for different types of races to be saved on to disk - useful if you feel confident that your system may be better concerning certain race.
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THE TIPSTER - INTERNATIONAL TAM Marketing (0395)513558 £29.95 This is by no means the simplest of programs to use. But it you are willing to moke the effort you may be oi a nice little eorner.
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For export price please contact us Trade enquiries welcome (UK - Scandinavia - and all English language.)
Compatibility is excellent but no-one can guarantee every single program available, therelore it your purchase depends on a particular program, please ask us llrst or send In a copy ot the program. I With suitable S.A.E. it to be relumed). Price subject to change without notice.
Bitcon Devices Ltd.
88 BEWICK ROAD, GATESHEAD, TYNE & WEAR, NE8 1RS ENGLAND.
Tel: (091)4901919 4901975.
Fax:(091) 4901918 VIDEO COLOUR SPLITTER AMIGA Actual Digitised colour screen - shots VIUI is an electronic filter which takes a colour video signal and separates it into the three primary colours (Red, Green and Blue) allowing each to be digitised.
Ideal for use with Vidi-Chrome & Frame Grabber or Digi-View Gold (By Newtek) Limited All these pictures are actual unretouched screen-shots illustrating the sequence cf creating a full colour image using Vidi RGB, Vidi-Chrome and Vidi Amiga.
6 Fairbairn Road Kirkton North.
Livingston.
Scotland.
EH54 6TS.
Tel 0506-4U631 Fax 0506-414634 For use with colour Digitisers replacing conventional Filter sets.
Pur Vidi - Chrome switches Vidi - RGB automatically grabbing full colour pictures in less than one second.
'¦ Digitise full colour images direct from 1 home VCR (must have perfect freeze frame) j| Digitise outstanding colour pictures M direct from Canon's new Still Video Camera | (an example shown on cover) 7¦ Manual switching I for maximum flexibility.
IB ¦¦ Ful,y compatible ¦ Mk ¦ With Digi - View Gold 1 "FOR ROLE PLAYERS ONLY "£10.99 (£9.99 CLUB) •• The best and most popular graphical RPG's on 5 disks (1meg.)
• • NEW..."STAR TREK "(US VERSION) £5.99 (£5.49 CLUB) • • Direct
from the USA. A new version of the well know game 2
• "HARD-DISK SPECIAL" £3.99 (£3.49 CLUB) • • Utilities specially
selected for the Hard-Disk Dnve User.
• • "FAMOUS BOARD GAMES V2.0 " £5.99 (£5.49 CLUB) • • All the
popular Board Games - Chess - Backgammon - Othello - Clue -
Sory - Monop. And many more on 2 packed disks.
• • "PLAYING CARDS WITH THE AMIGA" £5.99 (£5.49 CLUB) • • Play
against the Computer with the very best Card Games (2 disks)
• • "MINI GAMES PACK VOL.I " £5.99 (£5.49 CLUB) • • The pick of
the latest games released on PD (2 disks) 3 Fast Service_

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