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Mcn ics and Boots. For credit card purchases call 051-357 2961 A500P on its way for UK Commodore tell john Butters what the Amiga's getting for Christmas WHAT’S new z m AT AN exclusive press briefing recently.
Commodore told AMIGA Computing that the A5C0 Professional will go on sale in the UK early next year and gave details Of other plans for the Amiga family.
The A500P, which has been available in the States for several months, is based on the A500 but is fitted with the enhanced chip set, one megabyte of memory and runs the Workbench 2 operating system.
The enhanced chip set includes the Super Agnes and Super Oenise chips which give the computer improved sound and graphics, and Workbench 2 is an improved version of the operating system with a more attractive appearance and added features.
While Commodore have not fixed a price or marketing plan for the machine, experts believe the price win stay at or dose to the current £399.99. The move casts doubt on whether A500 owners will have an option to upgrade their operating system to Workbench 2 but as AMIGA Computing exclusively confirmed last month.
Upgrades for other models in die family will be available by the end of the year.
But even before A500Ps arrive, standard A500s are to have one megabyte of memory.
The computer has always had half a megabyte of ram, and for several months had a 512K upgrade included in the box. The extra power will make the A500 an attractive buy for most home applications, such as wordpro- cessing and accounts.
The new version, which could be available before Christmas, will have the additional memory already fitted to the motherboard and its price will remain at £399.99. It will feature in the Cartoon Classics bundle, which will be at the centre of a £3.5 million television advertising campaign during Christmas.
The A500 is the firm's best selling version of the Amiga, with 675,000 units already in the UK and a forecast of growth of a further 180,000 by the end of this year.
With 1991 sales of 250,000, the Amiga remains the best selling home computer in the country. The computer's success has led to the firm building a S9.1 million assembly plant in the Philippines.
To be opened in February 1993, the factory will be used for overspill production from the company's existing Hong Kong assembly line which turns out "hundreds of thousands" of machines each year.
Meanwhile, the firm's German plant in Braunsweig will continue to manufacture computers higher in the Amiga range.
AS the A2000 sees new 68040 accelerators nearly each month. AMIGA Computing has received details of the first 68040 board for the A3000.
Denver-based Progressive Peripherals and Software have just released the Progressive 040 3000 which plugs into the computer's processor slot beneath the floppy disk drive.
Using software supplied with the A3000. Users can switch between the machine's original 68030 and the 040 3000. Under the increased power, a 16MHz A3000 will run at six times its normal speed and a 25MHz A3000 will be four times faster.
The chip's performance is rated at
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Progressive are also to send Video Slender to the UK. A professional video switching system for all versions of the Amiga, it provides video switching, g*n oCkin§, local background screen colour generation in 16 million colours and a variety of video fades. A stereo sound mixer is also included.
Video 8lender can mix and manipulate composite video, NTSC RGB and Amiga RGB video outputs, and an internal colour generator produces up to 16 million background colours. The unit is also PAL compatible.
Video Cameras and 24-bit framebuffers can be attached to the set up to give special video effects.
Multiple video inputs can be synchronised without time--base corrector hardware and stereo audio channels can be synchronised with video.
It has full linear keying over 256 levels, so superimposed graphics can be anti-aliased to just about any degree the user wishes.
Controlled through the Amiga's serial port the compact unit enables 256 levels of red, green and blue colours to be mixed.
An unlimited number of wipes and other effects are available through MixMaster software. UK pricing for both on calling Marcam (081-941 6117).
Amiga makes French music First 040 for A3000 MUSIC program Audio Sculpture is the first Amiga package to come from French company Expose Software.
It is described as being a powerful music tool which enables users to create music from the beginning to the end. Tools include a high qualify soundtracker, ? Sampler which includes a sample editing interface and sound synthesis which allows synthesiser type sounds to be generated.
A data disk is supplied which has modules and samples and the program is accompanied with an "easy to understand" manual. It will be distributed in the UK for £49.99 by the Software Management Group who can be contacted on 0274 566155.
N © 3 I I WHAT’S new CDTV gets CES support Card avoids bottlenecks USERS of graphics applications on A2000s are being targeted for a new 68040 accelerator card from California* based Computer System Associates (010 1 619 566 3911).
The card, which makes the computer run at three times the speed of the fastest 68030-based Amiga, enables several "performance bottlenecks" to be bypassed.
CSA describe the 40 4 Magnum as a single board computer, rather than just an accelerator, and it works by taking as much processing work as possible from the motherboard.
At 4.5in by 13.8in, the board plugs directly into the A2000's CPU slot and uses a Motorola 68040 running at 25MHz.
It is supplied with one megabyte of static ram and currently supports 4, 8, 12 or 16 megabytes of Dynamic ram.
Sixty-four megabytes of Dram is expected to be available by January, when a number of manufacturers will be releasing 16Mb, 32-bit SIMM modules.
"Installing an SBC like the 40 4 Magnum is like adding a second, more powerful 1992-model engine, transmission and cargo trailer to your favourite 1985-model car," said CSA's Steve Riker.
"Not only can you drive faster and haul more luggage, you can still put in the same kind of gas as before and still Sysops get BBS package DLC PROFESSIONAL is a communications program being aimed at high-end hobbyists and the professional bulletin board market that has just been released for the Amiga.
The program is made up of a group of interrelated modules and commands rather than a single large application to enable it to have a low memory overhead and full multi-user, multi-tasking of all functions and operations, DL0 Professional's features include multi-line capability, conferencing, compatibility with FidoNet electronic mail and echomail conferencing protocols and UseNet, a network used by researchers, software Firms, universities and governments.
The software is based on AmigaDOS, which enables standard Cll based programs to be incorporated into a DLC bulletin board set-up. Standard functions of messaging and Tile transfer are included such OS message broadcasting, tagging, bundling and downloading, off-line reading and sysop-configurable file-transfer protocols, A London-based sysop, Tony Miller, who has been testing the program told Amiga Computing: "With the introduction of DLC Pro as the host software, the user base of my BBS has nearly quadmpled in the year I have been running it and I have needed to add over 600 megs Of hard disk
to keep up with user demands.0 Available for CDNS199 from Telepro Technologies (010 1 306 66S 3811).
Amiga Computing November 1991 COMMODORE used the recent trade only Computer Entertainment Show to demonstrate several new CDTV software products but were quiet on anything new for the Amiga.
Falcon is a compact disc version of the Amiga shoot-'em-up flight simulator which has you completing several missions at the controls of an F-16 fighter. The most noticeable difference is the sound, with includes an impressive flight briefing with realistic speech.
9 Trivial Pursuit comes from Domark and the main advantages of the CDTV technology are seen in the questions, with each having a digitised picture relevant to the subject and sound.
The Guinness CD hold all records found in the book but by making the most of the increased storage capacity manages to add illustrations and sound to the software.
New joysticks were common ot the standi of CES. The most Interesting was from Dynamics, with their twin ontrolkn caikd Pro Manix Twins The company were expected to unveil their new CD-rom drive which will enable A500s to use the CDTV's compact discs but because EMAP chose to make the show trade only, had to re-think their strategy for the different audience.
Experts believe that the A690 will now be shown for the first time at the World of Commodore Show to be held in London on the 15-17 November
1991. Commodore's Andrew Ball claims that between 35 and 65 per
cent of the existing A500 user base wants the drive for
"wild and wacky sit in the same familiar driver's seat -
you even get better mileage from your old engine because
the new engine has taken over much of the work."
"By removing the Amiga's speed bottlenecks the 40 4 Magnum makes the Amiga and its software base a viable alternative for video, graphics and animation professionals."
40 4 Magnum runs at 20 MIPS and costs £3,995.
Games". Scores of new joysticks were released at the show. New models came from Power Play Sonmax, Cheetah and Spectravideo but the only original design was from Dynamics.
Their Competition Pro Manix Twins are two hand held controllers which operate together. One controls direction using an eight-way switch while the other has three fire buttons and extra control keys for special functions The entertainment show was also the launching ground for education software from Ablac (0626 332233). Under the banner Edutainment the firm will be AMIGA Multimedia division opens COMMODORE have reinforced their commitment to multimedia by opening a new division at their Maidenhead office aimed at promoting the top end AmigaS in that field.
It will be headed by Terry Cooke, who moves from the company's business operation and will be staffed by a team of 10 people across the coun- tiy.
One of the division's responsibilities will be to oversee the training for dealers wishing to become multimedia centres.
Training has already started and Commodore are expected to announce the first 12 centres by the end of November.
Spokesman Andrew Ball told Amiga Computing that the centres selling New Math Blaster Plus! And two Algebra programs.
New Math Blaster Plus! Is aimed at children aged between 6 and 12 to improve maths skills in six skill levels. It covers addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals and percentages.
Both Algebra packages are for children of more than 13 years old and each have eight sessions teaching different elements of the subject. There are tests and a glossary of 160 terms and definitions. Each program costs £39.95 each.
Were to prove "Commodore are at the forefront of the market in education, corporate, dealers and distribution''.
A2Q00s and A3000s are soon to have special multimedia software bundled with them. Commodore say they will be addressing the needs of the market with the A2000 heading for video use and the A3000 being sold for corporate presentation.
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compression technology.
JPEG modules have now become a standard part of ASDG Incorporated's Art Department Professional and will enable such files to be loaded and saved. Using this compression technique a true colour or greyscale image can be cut to a fraction of its size without noticeable degradation.
The user specifies how much compression should take place and the firm claims that results of 80 to 1 or better are possible. People using the Amiga in video, print and other imaging related work will be able to keep more images online in a manageable fashion and transmit them more easily.
ADPro files meet the JFIF standard which enables images created on other computers such as IBM Pcs and Apple Macintoshes to be exchanged with its own. Tne UK distributor is Silica Systems (081 -3091111).
PC emulation A NEW adaptor is to be launched at the World of Commodore Show to enable A15QQ and A2000 users to plug KCS' Power PC Board into their computers.
The device is necessary for anybody wanting to run the XT emulator on the high end AMIGAs and is to be closely followed by a softv are update. It will add VCA and EGA graphics resold tions, but due to restrictions caused by certain software packages the VGA option might be limited to monochrome use only.
It is expected to sell for £25.
Colour laser for £5 A FIRM has just been formed to offer a colour printing service for Amiga users unaole to meet the £10,000 price tag lor a top quality laser printer.
Computer artists sending a tile to Tamworth-based Studio 101 (0827 280884) 'will receive a pnntout of their work from a Pantone-reqistered colour laser printer. The cost of an A4 image is £5, with additional copies available for £2.50. Files from leading art packages including Deluxe Paint, Pro-Page and Photon Paint are accepted TEXAS based New Horizons (010 1 512 328 6650) have announced changes to their "idea organiser" program, Flow.
Designed to enable the user to enter ideas and thoughts and go back to build the document in a logical constructed manner, it is said to be ideal for teachers, students, journalists and other people who are constantly writing and preparing presentations and articles- Version 3 of the software includes outline automatic numbering, Arexx support, the ability to create macros, saveable configurations, headers and footers, spellchecking, Workbench 2 enhancements, document information and numerous printing enhancements.
Company president james Bayless: "flow is the only program of its kind on the Amiga platform and fills a very important need in the market. The continued enhancements of Flow is another indication that New Horizons is meeting its goals and the needs of their users."
Upgrade information is available from New Horizons, while the price for new users is SI 10.
Flow gets better Impulse gets foundation A NEW personal software authoring system has just been announced by Minneapolis-based Impulse Incorporated (010 1 612 566 0221).
Foundation is described as being an expert system for gaining complete control over the Amiga and enabling users to create applications and interactive presentations without programming knowledge.
Tne package can automate all computer tasks. It records actions with its Macro Recorder, plays back tutorial programs about the software and gives online help with a built in HyperView stack system.
Stacks supplied include the FounDex phone and address stack. Calendar ,the MediaBase animation and a sound and picture database. Each can be modified to add buttons for printing reports, logging on to online services and for simultaneously launching and communicating with other programs.
The software can be used for creating automated business presentations, standalone marketable stackware, personalised home and office organisers and front end screens to control laser disks, video recorders and CD-rom drives.
Users adapt the example stacks and objects that are supplied with the software or by using the FAST-Talk scripting language. A debugger and compiler ensures that routines can be fine-tuned and stored in libraries and tools accessible by any stack in the memory.
"Foundation is the glue that will hold a home office together, and make small businesses profitable and competitive in today's fast moving world," said an Impulse spokesperson.
The program, which does not have a UK distributor, is available for $ 250, and demonstration disks are available.
WHAT’S new WHAT’S new Backup utility A PROGRAM being flagged as the first full backup system for Amiga hard disk users has been released by Electronic Zoo (0285 6 1541).
MRBackup Professional has more than 60 backup commands for saving to floppy disks or tape streamers and will cost €29.99. Silica gets Audition 4 SOUND sampling software, Audition 4 is to compete against AudioMaster when it becomes available in the UK soon from Silica Systems (081-309
1111) .
Aimed as an upgrade to the software provided free with hardware sound samplers, the program's features indude the ability to "try out" an effect without damaging the original sample, its fast operation and large range of distortion effects.
It Can sample in mono or stereo, with sample rates of up to 55KHz.
There are echos, delays, smoothing, waveform tuning, fade, filter, bass and treble control, cut, copy and paste features and a zoom facility. Audition 4 supports direct to disk recording to its floppy disk format Price: £49.99 Studio 16 cards SUNRIZE Industries' Studio 16 software i$ being bundled with one of two cards to convert Amigas into professional digital audio workstations. Hours of work can be recorded directly to hard disk and synchronised with timecode.
A complete video sound track can be edited, special effects added and glitches and filter noise fixed. The cards supplied are either 12 or 16-bit samplers.
The ADI 012 is a 12-bit sampler card intended as a low cost option for editing video sound tracks, features including audio in out, adjustable low pass filters and a SMPTE time code reader.
The 16-bit card, the ADI 016, also supports audio in out, eight times over- sampling digital filters, digital in out for DAT or CD hookup, Midi in out and SMPTE in.
Call HB Marketing for prices and other information on 0753 686000.
Teddy and Freddie stay in Fun School ¦ LU z ONE of the most popular series of education programs is set for its fourth release. Fun School 4 retains the popular Teddy and Freddie the Frog and adds Sammy the Spy to the line up of educational fun.
Through a series of interactive learning games, the programs in the new software have been developed to conform to the National Curriculum, For under- fives, Teddy returns in a pair of Reeboks and a baseball cap, with six educational programs giving games for art, maths, words, karaoke and others.
Freddie the Frog carries his skateboard to the street for five to seven-year- olds. Freddie features in games covering sequences, maths, word sorting and typing, to improve a child's keyboard skills.
Eight to eleven-year-olds leam with Sammy the Spy, who by travelling the world teaches geography, maths, general knowledge and timetables. Europress Software can be contacted on 0625 859333.
Animation winners chosen A PANEL of three judges looked at nearly 50 entries for the Amiga Centre Scotland 1991 Animation Competition, held during the recent Edinburgh Festival, before choosing the winning entries.
Split into three categories the winners were as follows. Taking a Harlequin 1500, in first place in the non-commercial Category, was Mondo Doto Phogc won Paul fronton a Harlequin 1S0O hi thk ytcr's Paul Franklin with his Amiga CentreScotland Animation Competition Mondo Data Phage work.
Ken Blackey's The Fly won the commercial category and the Eric Schwartz Award was won with The Dating Game by Eric Schwartz.
Organiser Martin Lowe said: "We were very please to receive nearly 50 entries this year. And also I was very impressed with the creativity, originality and technical quality of many of the animations."
"I would like to qive my thanks to the companies who together donated nearly £6,000 worth of prizes and also to the judges who were faced with a difficult task and showed great skill and ingenuity to ensure a fair allocation of winners.* Do you know something we don't?
Although Amiga Computing has scores of contacts in the Amiga world we need you. If you have some hot news ring John Butters on the news-desk now on 0625 878888.
All information supplied will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
DIARY DATES October n to 13,1991 The Computer Market Show Organiser. Rex Centre (02!-771 9090) Verne: Rex Centre, Birmingham A new show, aimed at users shopping for computers, software and consumables at low prices.
3 November, 1991 All formats Computer Fair Organiser. Bruce Evens (022S 868100) Venue: Royal Horticultural Hall, London 10 November,1991 Venue: National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull Brings together a collection of smaii firms and PD libraries.
15 to 17 November, 1991 World of Commodore Organiief: UP Exhibitions Venue. Earl's Court 2 The 15th Commodore event.
1 December, 1991 All Formats Computer Fair Organiser. Bruce Everiss (022S 868100) Venue. OtyHafl, Candlenggs, Glasgow 14 December, 1991 Venue. Royal Horticultural Hall, London 15 December, 1991 Venue: University of Leeds Sports Centre, Leeds Plenty of bargains and heaps of public domain software.
5 to 8 December, 1991 Computer Shopper Show Organiser Blenheim Pel (081-8684466) Venue. Wembley Exhibition Halls An opportunity to buy some bargains before Christmas.
7 to 9 February, 1992 5th International 16-bit Computer Show Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions (081-549 3444) Venue Novotel Hotel, Hammersmith The first post-Christmas Amiga show.
Expect plenty of bargains.
OVERSEAS EVENTS 1 to 3 November, 1991 Amiga '91 Koln Organiser. Ami Shows Europe GmbH (010*98092 24086) Venue Fairground, Cologne, Germany The second major German show of the year expects to attract more than 200 exhibitors.
If your company is organising a show relevant to the Amiga and it's not listed, let us know so we can include the information in the diary.
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Graphical applications that are intuitive and yet incredibly powerful supporting sound samples and even pictures.
Applications like Superbase 4 Amiga.
Unique features like the VCR panel mean browsing and reporting on data have never been simpler.
Superbase’s WYSIWYG Form Designer lets you draw and design forms that are easy to understand and use. ‘ And. With its own comprehensive Database Management Language, you can develop professional applications.
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Protext 5.5 introduces enhanced text formatting options.
Automatic hyphenation lets you produce a well-spaced page layout without the bother of manually putting in soft hyphens. Protext determines the correct hyphenation points by algorithms and look-up tobies. Elimination of widows and orphans is also provided. You will no longer need to worry about those infuriating single lines ot the top or bottom of poges. Protext formats the text to avoid these os you edit the text. Extra blank lines at the top of a page can be suppressed.
New document analysis features provide a wealth of information about your text. You can examine a list of oil the words used - alphabetically or by the number of occurrences. Other statistics shown include average word length, overage sentence length and a table of the number of lines on eoch page.
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Altogether the most comprehensive word processing software for your Amiga or ST. "it's bloody brilliant" "one hell of a performer" "if you need a professional word processor Protext is perfect" "nothing else available comes close" StfORMAT COMPUTER SHOPPER AMIGA COMPUTING ST APPLICATIONS PRODATA 1.2 New version of Prodoto now with pull-down menus, mouse or keyboard operation, automatic record numbering, merge database, instantaneous filtering, prologue form, edit fields m ony order, 2-ocross label printing. Full details available from Arnor.
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Protext 5.5 £152.75 Upgrade from 5.0 to 5.5 £30 Upgrode from 4.2 4.3 to 5.5 £60 Please return your original disks when upgroding French or German spelling dictionary £35.25 When upgroding please return ony extra spell checking dictionaries for o free update to the revised version.
1 A Both Protext 5.5 and Prodata require 1Mb of memory a Arnor Ltd (*c), 611 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PEI 3HA. Tel: (0733 68909 Fax (0733) 67299 THE 1991 North American Amiga Developer's Conference was held in Denver, Colorado - the Mile-High City - September 3 to 7. As I write this, I'm flying home from the conference, feeling awfully good about the future of the Amiga.
Unfortunately, most of what was discussed at this year's DevCon is under strict non-disclosure. Developers can't talk about what's coming until after Commodore officially announce any new products.
AmigaDOS 2.04 Official announcement ONE b;: of news from DevCon that was approved for public consump-
• on was the official release of AMIGADOS release 2 for the Amiga
500 and 2000.
IgckStart 2.0 - version 37.175 on the About menu, if you want to yours - is now available as a disk update for Amiga 3000 owners, and enhancer kits containing disks and roms for the Amiga 500 and 2000 will be available In the US sometime in October.
What this means for a UK release is unknown, since each country's sales company will decide when to release the upgrade. But by October the packages, manuals, roms and disks should be ready to go.
While many users have grown impatient waiting for this AmigaDOS upgrade, it's worth the wait. The release 2.04 of 1991 is very different from the release 2.00 that shipped with the Amiga 3000 in 1990.
Most of the delay resulted from Commodore's wise decision to add a number of routines to make pooHy-written software more compatible. It was easy to tell which programs broke the rules under early versions of 2.0 - they invariably crashed. But release 2.0* will run more than 90 per cent of exist* ing Amiga software.
Now there's no reason not to upgrade your Kickstart. And the extra time gave Commodore the chance to finish their Compu- graphic outline font technology, giving Amiga owners access to smooth fonts in any size.
Future looks good for Amiga through the Developer's Showcase to die tune of Lemmings. Resplendent in green mop-hair, the large-as-life Lemmings bounced down the stairs, climbed over obstacles, and jumped off hotel furniture carrying umbrellas.
However, you can take hean in knowing that evidence abounded at DevCon that issues such as better graphics, sound, and new Amiga markets are high priorities in Commodore's future pians.
While the lay offs announced last month were a bit disconcerting, Commodore still have more employees in research and development than in most years previous, and they're hard at work developing neat stuff. One of the highlights of DevCon occurred when members of the CDTV and AmigaDOS release 2 development teams paraded Perfectly fascinating FROM the creators of Empire, possibly the most addictive war game of all time, comes the Perfect General. Authors Mark Baldwin and Bob Rakosky have outdone themselves with this superbly playable battle game.
Lite the earlier Empire, The Perfect General's biggest strength comes from its simplicity. All actions can be initiated with the mouse, joystick or keyboard.
You're not overburdened with minute details like many of the hex-based war games. The computer takes care Of minutia such as unit strengths and movement limits. You simply move your units and tell them where to fire.
The game-indudes 14 scenarios ranging from the simple, speedy First Battle to the more complex Patton Kicks Butt. You have a variety of units at your command, ranging from infantry and tanks to engineers who can build mines and bridges. You can play against the computer, against another player on the same Amiga, or against another Amiga or PC running the Perfect General using a modem.
The game is hard disk- installable, and uses only word-lookup protection.
There's a lot of gameplay here for S59.95. Contact Quantum Quality Productions on 010 1 908 7882799.
Finally, Bryce Nesbitt and Leo Schwab, blockers extraordinaire, exploded in a blast of confetti and the Lemmings escaped into an elevator, to the applause and laughter of most of the 265 developers in attendance.
1991 Developers' Choice Awards A number of developers were selected by their peers at DevCon to receive the 1991 Developers' Choice Awards. The winners were; Best Educational Software: Distant Suns by Virtual Reality Laboratories Lemmings by Psygnosis AmigaVision by Commodore AmigaDOS C Development System by SAS Institute Best Entertainment Software: Best Consumer Productivity Software: Best Professional Productivity Software: Best User interface: Best Hardware: Amiga Hall of Fame: Workbench 2.0 by Commodore Video Toaster by NewTek Fish Disks by Fred Fish ProWrite Perfected ONE of the first
de elopers to announce 0 product that takes advent cge of 2.04's CC fen technology is New Horizons (010 1 SI2 328 66S0), makers of the ProWrite wordprocessor.
ProWrite 3,2, which should be available by the time you read this, will automatical'; use larger sized fonts and scale them down to primer resolution when printing. If you're running Workbench 1.3 end hove o larger bitmap of the current font in your FONTS: d rectory, you should see a decent, improvement. Output from a 2.04 system, though, will be at your printer's highest resolution, resulting in true jaggy-free printing.
Other improvements include a new ‘30 lock9 user interface, even under Kickstart 1.3, key equivalents in requesters, direct insertion of text files into ProWrite documents, exporting of files in Professional Pace text format, outomctic timed soring of bockup files, and a more flexible mocro menu, which will cllow you to give Arexx macros real names, instead of 'Macro J' and so on.
You no longer need the ProScript obd-cr, to output to PostScript printers. All of Pro Write's features, including fonts, styles, colour, and columns ore now supported in PostScript output.
If you hove a colour printer, youII be delighted by ProWrite 3.2's improved colour support. Pictures now preserve their original colour palette - when they.'re displo' ed onscreen they automatically map to the closest approximate screen colour. Also, when you resize a picture down end then up in size, the picture doesn’t come out blocky any more - the original date is presented.
Marty ProWrite users love everything about the program except its Modntosh-like file requester. Now, V orkbench 2.04 users can choose to use the system-standard ASL requester instead, ProWrite 3,2 also adds support for release 2.04's Public Screen feature, so you con now open the wordprocessor on another screen. For instance, you could use it to take notes os text scrolls by on your comms program's screen.
Registered ProWrite owners wifi be sent upgrade information through the mail. ProWrite
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Anyone can enter and there's absolutely no need for any specialised knowledge of the machine or a programming language. All that's required is a spattering of artistic talent and an imagination to match the challenge.
The competition is based around the familiar Chart Show information panels which are produced and activated via the Amiga. At present this is done with a custom built utility which operates in a similar way to the familiar icons and windows environment of Workbench.
You'll be glad to know that Amiga Computing will produce the interface and as a result all that's required from the entrants is a series of icons which suit the various information boxes which display the text, such as band history, musical influences, album details and so on.
The icon section of the competition not only gives you the chance to express your artistic talents but also offers your the opportunity to decide just what you, the viewers, want to know about you favourite artists.
Rather than just creating the icons to order, you decide just what sort of Simple!
News, views, and slanderous gossip each of your idols will reveal thanks to your designer icons.
This added incentive lets you not only add your artistic talent to, the program but also allows you to actively take part in the production of Jbe Show by defining the categories of information to be displayed.
Because each artist on the show is completely different it's important that a whole range of icons are available for the producer to choose from. As a result we're setting a target of twelve icons, all of which have to be completely individual and which at a glance will tell the viewers just what is lurking with the various info boxes.
Any newcomers to icon creation may well think twice before embarking on such a mammoth task, but believe me once you're in the swing it will take no time at all to produce the imagery - it's the ideas that will be the difficult bit.
So think and look for originality and you could become immortalised on the small screen, adding your very own piece to the jigsaw of modem pop culture.
Just twelve icons isn't much to ask for a chance at immortality, and the opportunity to interrogate your favourite stars every week. As a result we've added another twist to the competition in the form of a font designing challenge. This all-new font will be used to display the answers to the questions posed by your icons.
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Regular readers will be glad to know that they could already have the necessary software among their coverdisk collection, the most recent example being Huge, the icon utility that was given away in the March issue of Amiga Computing.
Workstation owners also have a head start thanks to what has become the most popular of all icon creators, namely IconMaster, which is just one of the many utilities waiting within the disk, If we assume that you're equipped with either a copy of Dpaint or a suitable util-,n ity, the next job is to create your icons. With an icon editor all that's required is an idea and you're off.
For Dpaint fans things are a little more complex.
First you must specify the correct resolution which has I to be medium-res, and in order to save confusion later on the available colours should also be set, to eight.
When the design stage of ¦IDlUtftHater j 1M by Mh Sthelb and 19 point You can design as many fonts within this range as you like. But remember your entry is not valid if the fonts are smaller than 12 point or bigger than 19 point.
Producing the goods Designing your icons is simplicity itself and can be done either with one of the many icon creation utilities that lurk within the public domain or by employing Dpaint to produce suitable brushes which can then be transformed into icons for use with the appropriate information boxes.
The advantage of using icon creating utilities such as IconMaster and Icon Magic is the addition of the Pattern Fill option which effectively gives you four extra paint effects to add to the original four colours of the Workbench screen.
This is done by alternating colours in a fill function to give a fine mesh effect which can be applied to any filled area within an icon.
When these extra pattern effects are applied to the secondary image of a twin picture icon, its animated effect can be greatly enhanced thanks to the Amiga's familiar double clicking pro- Ieoh Tvpe: Project hi Sir : S Bytes, I Block-.
Pile Bai : nav ?, Iml 1:Si: I « I I 21 mr to find out a little more about the artistic background of The Chart Show, I to Louise Hadley, the woman behind the show's graphic design and one of the nfing hghts in the field of computer generated grophio.
As It turned out, Louis revealed that many of the familiar animations and graphic efkctt employed by the show are, in TV terms, rather doted.
As a result, on December 1 the show will be undergoing a complete face-lift thpnks to a whole range of new techniques and equipment, some of which may well be added thanks to the Amiga, which along with other systems is beginning to revolutionise TV graphics.
The Amiga's arrival in such lofty graphic circles is down to the recent explosion of 24-bit boards and paint packages which are obout to turn the TV world upside down
- they are already making their mark in everything from game
shows to television advertising.
In the past much of The Chart Show's artwork has been provided thanks to Quantel's Paintbox which has long been the industry standard in 24-bit art. Now that's all changed thanks to the Amiga's 24-bit abilities. Nevertheless it's still worth looking back at how things used to be in the bad old days... Apart from Paintbox, a three dimensional system entitled Dubner has been the mainstay of most of the show's graph,c output. This is the hardware responsible for the famous plane and rocket sequences and indeed the majority of special animations such os the Exclusive Release animation and many
more besides.
Other systems such os Cubicomp are at the controls of the flames which blaze from the rear of the rocket. When all of the elements are complete the entire packoge is brought together with the aid of Paintbox.
Having mentioned all of this high power and high price hardware, it's perhaps easy to forget that some of the most interesting graphic effects needn't cost the earth The opening ro ler oaster sequence is a prime example.
This particular piece of wizardry is the product of a cameraman throwing caution to the wind and braving the worst that Alton Towers could throw at him. After the live action was captured on film, the shots were edited back in the studio and then each frame was hand painted using the Paintbox and a production technique known as rota scoping.
Apart from the new look provided by the next generation of hardware, there could be an added mystery name appearing all over the glossy graphics of the show.
An unnamed sponsor is about to lend its financial muscle to the enterprise but unfortunately, even after my best efforts os an investigative reporter, I couldn't glean any more than a'no comment" as to the identity of the mystery backer.
As a result I'm afraid well all have to wait to find out which of the corporate giants intend to make the best even better.
V designer font that's easy to read and suits the environment of The Chart Show's all action video format.
Designing a font should be within everyone's grasp thanks to the Workbench Extras disk which every Amiga owner should have hidden away in the back of a long-forgotten disk box. If you boot the disk you'll find a utility entitled FED which funnily enough stands for Font Editor. With the aid of this handy little utility you shouldn't have any problem creating your very own designer font If the prospect of creating a complete character set fills you with more apprehension .than any amount of icons, don't despair - it's perfectly acceptable to load a standard Amiga font and modify it to your own
design, but remember - the more original the design, the more likely it is to win.
An important point is to make sure you create a full character set, not just the letters - a complete range of numerical characters is required as well as all the essential quotation marks, commas, colons and so on.
The only restriction to your calligraphic exploits is the point size of the font itself, which must be between 12 Artistic history JT17 Cement;* mITvph: * ifMlt leoltvp ir'ii’ons IconMaster, on the Workstation disk lUnitron ? Your project finally gets under way, remember to keep your icons to reasonable proportions in relation to the screen. If you're familiar with The Chart Show, as I'm sure you are, you'll have a good idea of what's required.
If you're one of our many European and American readers or even those further afield this translates to about the sue of a postage stamp for each of the 12 icons.
Competition essentials , The first necessity for any entry are the 12 individual icons, all of which must have a double Image like those used in our normal coverdlsk, example of which can be seen In the konMaster examp e, 2 Each icon must be named and a short description should be added as ' an Ascii file on the disk which contains youren.ry. lf you written details, ensure that your text is marked w,th any entry details.
3. Make sure your designer font is Included on the disk and is
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you entry, in the competition.
This size restriction applies to both the first and second stage of the icon so don't let you imagination run too wild as far as size is concerned - after all, the viewers still want to get a look at the artists, not just the icons and - of course - the juicy details they reveal.
It's just gone quarter past twelve on a humid Friday afternoon as my taxi pulls up outside an anonymous, tall and otherwise uninteresting building in the heart of London's Soho.
I have arrived at what the broadcast industry has come to know as a “facilities house". This is basically a high-tech hotel where TV programme makers can rent rooms or “suites" packed full of video equipment. The sort of kit needed to edit a programme to broadcast quality is awesomely accurate and toe-curlingly expensive.
When you consider that some suites cost well over £500 an hour to rent you get some idea of the scale of hardware invest ment we are talking about.
There are thousands of edit suites in London's West End where programmes are fin ished off by production teams working to strict standards and tight deadlines.
After paying the taxi I am escorted to a small room hidden up several staircases separated by sharp corners and fire doors.
I am now in "Edit 2“ of "Wiseman", where The Chart Show's producer Phil Davey is just putting the finishing touches to part one of tomorrow's show.
Go with the flow The Chart Show is enjoyed eveiy week by over two and a half million viewers, so it's important that every cut and link is just right. If an editor has done his job properiy, you won't be aware of the joins. A good programme should flow.
This is especially true of The Chart Show, where there are no presenters to take up slack or fill in gaps. Every single video is linked by graphics sequences.
Some wipe, some fade, some mix but they dll bind the programme together.
It takes a complete working day to get one Chart Show down on tape.
This might seem a long time for around 50 minutes of television, but by most recognised standards it is positively speedy. The programme uses a whole range of technologies and techniques to achieved its high-tech look and feel.
Vision mixers, character generators, and a bank of video recorders all combine to produce that unmistakable look.
We are not here to admire the moni- visits The Chart Show tors or flashing lights though. At the end of the control desk sits the computerised star of the show. A lone Amiga 2000 complete with external drive is responsible for the generation and display of The Chart Show's icons and information boxes.
The Chart Show uses a custom piece of software which allows an operator to input the information you seen in the dialogue boxes and then decide which icon will display it. The system is by no means as ornate as it could be. Ease of use has taken priority over features, but that's only sensible considering the fast moving environment within which it is being employed.
Compare the cost of the Amiga with the rest of Wiseman's kit in “Edit 2" and the humble 2000 is almost disposable.
However the graphics input our trusty machine provides to The Chart Show has proven it invaluable.
Those Amiga icons have become The Chart Show's hallmark, just as the Amiga is starting to become the hallmark of quality video work with the onset of 24-bit paint systems and Amiga controlled editors. There’s an exciting time ahead.
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Jllenatm CwPisk 24 - Oct | CovcrOisk 24 - Oct « iSrectraCeltf CewOisk IS - April 91 i The best coverdisk does it again with one of the most useful and productive freebies ever to find its way onto our cover. Amor Software have been kind enough to release a demo version which actually saves small databases of up to twenty records, so you can't afford to miss this opportunity to make the most of it!
If you already own an earlier release of Prodata, skip these pages and dive straight into the program. The support material in these pages is strictly for those who've never used the program, and especially those who wouldn't know a database from a tin of sardines.
Right, first things first! Grasping the key firmly between thumb and forefinger, twist gently until the tin is Open, bong careful not to spill any of the vegetable oil, as this can make a real mess of your Amiga keyboard. See what I mean? How many of you were examining the disk for a key? None of you? Oh.
The program Don't worry if you're a database beginner - at its most basic level, Prodata is an absolute doddle. Once you get your head round the jargon, you'll be creating your own databases with gay abandon.
To launch the program, double click on the coverdtsk's icon. Double clicking on the Prodata program icon will load an information screen from which you can press any key to start Prodata.
Alternatively, you can launch the program from the Shortcut menu at the top of your coverdisk Workbench screen. Don't at this stage press Return for the list of files as the screen suggests. There aren't any on the disk, so our first job will be to create one. Be warned: There’s not much free space on the disk, so to save a decent sized database you may need to copy prodata or delete, say, the machine code drawer (always ensure you’re using a backup!). Hold down the right mouse button and select Create New Database from the "Fife* menu on the extreme left of the menu bar.
SO. W Sack w Hext t*J First M Last CS3el tf« [*S3 Set All The flct layout con olhw you to qvkkfy scon your records You will now be asked to type in the name of the new database. Call it "coYerdisks" and press Return. Two more questions on the general nature of the database will be put to you.
In answer to the first question, which asks if your database will allow duplicate entries in the index field, type Y. If you were to answer No to this question, the database wouldn't allow two records to have the same entry in the field it uses as the default index (field 1). Just press Return in answer to the second question.
Fifteen characters is plenty for the labels we'll be giving to fields.
You should now be asked to type in the name of your first data field. The brackets to the left of the cursor indicate the field's parameters, but all you need know about them for the pur- poses of this tutorial is that the default field is a text string (hence the S) with a maximum length of fifty characters.
Our database will have four fields in each record, which you should name in the following order: ’Program File’, ‘Disk No.", Type of Program Rle", and "Comments". As you type each one and press Return, you will be asked if you want your input checked to see if it is the correct type for the field. Answer N to each question until you have the four fields named, press Return after the fourth, then Esc Data entry Once the database form has been saved to disk. Prodata will ask if you want to password-protect the file. Answer in the Author. Tony Chcctham Remember Iron, the Sci-fi classic that used
computer graphics for just about everything? After its release, a flood of games appeared based on the film's most exciting sequence, leff Bridges's life and death light-cycle chase, all of which gnpped the game playing public through the sheer addictiveness of Tron's onginal idea.
Basically, each competitor controls a cycie which leaves behind it a stream of light as it travels across the screen. This light stream acts as a solid wall, and if Trv* I* rfiW ivifl l w fw* negative for now, and preSS Return to go to data entiy.
The demo version of Prodata will allow you to create databases with up to twenty records, so there's plenty of space to enter your favourite coverdisk programs of the past six months or so.
At this stage, you should type in the relevant details for the programs you liked. As you fill each field, press Return collided with will destroy the cycle. As the game progresses, therefore, manoeuvring space becomes more and more restricted until the player has nowhere to CO but into oblivion.
The aame has both one and two player modes, so you can opt to cycle it out with a friend if the computer proves too tough for you, which I guarantee it will to begin with! There are afso.a few extra incredients for the light cycle recipe, adding a touch of spice to what has been pretty regular fare over the vwrs.
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To go to the next field, then Return and Esc to finish the record.
To add the next record, either select Add Record from the Edit menu, or press A, and continue in this way until you've filled out the database to your satisfaction. It would be best to stick to five records or so, as there is limited space on the demo disk to save your database, and this number is sufficient to demonstrate search functions and so When the last record has been ere- Tne font included on your coverdisk is a sample from UGA's PowerFonts disk, containing ten fonts designed by Demo supremos such as Red Sector inc. They are all presented in the form of Dpaint IFFs, from which you cut
each letter as a brush and paste it into your demo screen or message.
Square Font is just one of a huge number of excellent IFF fonts available for demo use, but if you find it tasty enough and want some more, you'll have to purchase a full disk from UGA or Softville PD. See the on disk documents for full details.
CanDo Fixit if you were surprised to find the bfushanims icon missing from your de-archived CanDo demo from last month's front cover, how d'you think we felt?
How to use the Disk The American suppliers, JNOVAuonics inadvertently shipped us a CanDo demo with a mistake in the archive that becomes the ExtrasDisk. If you still have the de-archived disks you can repair the fault by using the program you’ll find in this month's coverdisk utilities drawer.
Make sure you have a backup of the de-archived ExtrasDisk (the second de-archived disk), then boot from the coverdisk, double dick on the disk icon, then the Utilities icon, then on the FixCanDo icon. A script will be executed which will copy the missing files from the coverdisk to your ExtrasDisk, which you should then be able to make full use of.
A ted, press Return and Esc to exit Create mode. You will find you can now move back and forward through your database, one record at a time, using the cursor left-right arrow keys.
To jump directly to the first record, press the control (Ctrl) key at the same time as the left arrow, and to skip to the end Of your database, press Ctrl with the right cursor arrow key.
Once you're happy going back and forward through your database, it's time to carry out a Find operation. Go to the first record and select find String from the Edit menu or type F. A cursor will appear in the strip at the bottom of the screen into which you should type the string you want to find.
Try the name of the program you entered in the second last record, and press Return. The disk will whizz as First of all, you mist mate a back-up copy of me coverdisk. To do mis, boo: up with your copy of Wortoench, men double click on the Workbench disk icon, followed by the Shell or CU icon. Now type: D1SKCOPY FROM DFO: TO Of 0: or, if you have an extra disk drive, put a blank, formatted disk in DPI: and type: DISKCOFY FROM DFO: TO DF1: Follow the onscreen prompts until the copying procedure has ended, then put your original disk away in a safe place. Now switch off the machine and wait for
30 seconds before rebooting with the copy. Wail until the CoverDiskl7 icon appears, double dick on it and away you go, That’s all you need do to make a straight copy of die enure disk. However, you may also want to to copy individual Prodata looks through your records, then the display should change to show the record containing the string you typed in. Prodata cannot search backwards, and will not continue on from the beginning of the database, so all searches should be started from record number one.
Layouts Tne default Prodata layout is an uninspiring sight, designed to make it easy for the beginner to produce a straightforward list of records and get his or her database off the starting line. You can, however, make use of Prodata's flexible layout editor to radically alter the appearance of your records on screen and in print There is a menu dedicated purely to programs from your copy of the coverdisk to a separate disk. In this case ensure that you fully understand which related files need to go with it.
For example, all of tne document files on the disk require that the text editor Ppmore is in the current disk’s C: directory.
Therefore, if you copy the docs to a new disk you will also have to copy Ppmore to the new C: directory before you can read them.
Some of the smaller docs will not have been crunched, so for these you need only change the tool types on the icon's info screen to reilea whichever text editor you do have on the new disk.
As a general rule, you should carefully read the documentation for any program you copy from disk to disk.
This can save a great deal of messing about and can help you avoid ail those infuriating error messages!
Hunter III Author: Neil Boffin and Martin Steven If you bought our April issue, you'll already have seen Hunter II, which was on that month's coverdisk. We decided to include the latest version because It has a couple of features which make it a much better all-round program - we think you'll like it!
Hunter Is a sample "ripper", which means it will chew out the bits of memory containing sound samples, then save them to disk for later use In your own programs or MEP Soundtracker tunes. For this to work, there must obviously be some samples available to rip, and there are several ways you can ensure this.
Because of the nature of memory chips, a warm reboot (holding down CTRL-Amlga-Amiga) will not flush their contents. This means that if you play a PO demo or a game, then carry out a warm reboot, the samples used in the game's or demo's music will usually be preserved in memory.
Hunter can take advantage of the situation because it enables you to "playback" the contents of your computer's Chip memory - where all samples are stored - until from among the hissing, crackling noises you hear a sample you'd like to keep. Once the sample has been found, you can isolate it using Hunter's Length and Start buttons until you have determined Its exact location, then save it to disk.
The Start button determines where in memory the playback will begin, and the length button sets the amount of memory to be played through. By the judicious juggling of these two settings, it should be possible to home in on any sample present in your machine's memory, as these will stand out plain and clear from the background garbage that is the rest of your chip ram’s contents.
If this process seems a little over complicated for your tastes, you can make use of Hunter's very fast search option. By clicking on one of the two buttons under the word Search, you can instruct Hunter to go through all chip memory in search either of an IFF sample or a Soundtracker type module.
Neither is perfect, and both will often entirely miss a sample or module. They are both very fast, however, and it's a good idea to use them first, then resort to the longer and more tedious process of checking your memory piece by piece if they don't work.
The warm reboot method is the only way to rip samples from inaccessible software such as games or PD demos, but there are other ways of finding samples. Hunter III can load any sample, module, or tune into memory using its Load facility, then trawl through memory in the same way as before.
Hunter III offers several improvements over Hunter II. The most useful from an Amos user's point of view is the facility to load Amos sample banks for examination, or to save samples as an Amos bank ready for use in Amos programs.
This facility makes Hunter the only choice of sample ripper for Amos fans and represents a major upgrade from vl The second major extra Is Hunter Ill's ability to load PowerPacker data files, uncrunch them, and search them for samples. It seems these days as if everything has to be powerpacker compatible, so universal has It become as a cruncher, so Hunter's new PowerPacker-friendly version will ensure It Isn't left out In the cold.
As an added extra, there is a palette control which you can bring up by clicking the right mouse button any time Hunter's window is active. This is designed to complement the Workbench 1 look of the main panel, an effect which can be unsuccessful if the screen colours are wrong.
? Layouts, but for the moment you need only select Create New Layout, the last in the list. When asked, call the layout "flat", and press Return to go to the layout editor.
You must now define the layout's parameters. Most of these don't concern us as the flat layout will be a fairly simple example.
Type in the values shown in the box on this page to create a layout with records that appear as thin strips one above the other.
Since we allow 999 records per page, you can fit as many of your records on one screen as possible, making this sort of layout ideal for quickly glancing through the database.
When you've typed in all of the parameters, press Esc. The screen will change to a graphical representation of the layout, and field one will already be onscreen ready to be positioned. It needn't be moved as it's where we want it, so press F to call up a list of fields, and double click on field two.
The field will appear as a line of dashes on the editor screen, and will be highlighted to show that it is the currently selected field. We want to move it to the right of field one on the same line, so hold down the Shift key and use the cursor keys to move the field across and up until it is in the correct position.
Remember to leave a blank space between the two fields.
PicSaver Author: Preben Nielsen If you now press Esc, the layout will be saved to disk and your records will appear onscreen in their new form.
Don't worry that only two fields are visible - the other two still exist. To swap layouts, choose "Select Layout" from the layout menu or press L A list of the available layouts will appear and you can double click on the standard layout if you want to see all the data again.
Now that you've grasped the basic principles of layout creation, you can go on to create address labels, book record cards - the list is endless. To master the full power of Prodata, however, you'll need more advice than we can supply in these two pages, and for that the only source is the Prodata manual, available from Amor when you buy the full version of the program!
PPLoadSeg A,,thnr‘ Mlrn frrtrtfOU Author: Nico Francois ’PLoadSeg is the answer to a disk compiler's dreams. Previously using Wpacker, it has been possible to crunch data tiles, such as document, and
• xecutable program files so that we have been able to bring you
muc more than the standard 880K of programs on our coverdisks.
There is a griup of files, however, which we ve never been able to crnnc .
Workbench's libraries, fonts, device handlers, and so on have always had to go on the disk in their uncrunched states and have thus unavoidably used up a lot of space we could have used to bring you even more programs.
With the latest addition to the PowerPacker stable, you can crunch system fte to your heart's content, then use them as norma, as long PPLoadSeg command earty on in your startup sequence. It then adsJB rom ¦patch", replacing the Amiga's LoadSeg routine with its own, which recognises PT?sfpPLoaSdS r'w any disk. Simply copy it from our coverdisk to the«C: directory of the target disk and alter its startup sequence to include the line PPLOADSEG. It is best if this line is one of the first in the startup sequence as PPLoadSeg should be aclivated before any system files are For the latest
version ol PowerPacker Professional, contact Sofwlle PD, the U distributor for UGA Software, on 0705 266509. _ PicSaver is a utility for saving screens or parts of screens as IFF files for later use in Dpaint or any other Amiga art package. For example, all the Virus Checker windows grabbed for use in this month's disk pages were grabbed using PicSaver.
To run PicSaver, either dick on its icon, or run it from CLI by typing PicSaver RETURH The program will automatically detach itself from the CLI to run in the background.
Three way split In use, PicSaver offers three ways to save screens or parts of screens. All three involve holding down the left Alt-Shift-Ctrl keys at the same time.
To save a full screen, hold down Alt- Shift-Ctrl and the S key and the presently active screen will be saved once you've typed its name and save path into the file requester.
To save a window on its own, ensure that the desired window is active by clicking in it, then hold down Alt-Shift-Ctrl-W to bring up another save requester.
The third method involves holding down Alt-Shift-Ctrl with no other keys. A cross-hair will then appear on your mouse arrow, which you can use to cut out a portion of the screen in exactly the same way you'd cut out a brush in Dpaint. Click with the left mouse button and drag the crosshairs until you've outlined the target area, then release the button and type your path and filename into the requester as normal.
To remove PicSaver, either run it again, or press Alt-Shift-Ctri-Esc.
Virus Checker Author: John Veldthuls n O The recent outbreak of the Saddam file virus, a particularly nasty piece of work, prompted US to cast around for a good general purpose killer capable of dealing with the latest menaces. Virus Checker was the obvious choice.
Installation You can run the program by clicking on its icon once Workbench has loaded, but by far the most efficient way to use it is to include it in the startup sequence of your hard drive or the disk from which you normally boot your system.
If you continually reboot with different system disks, it's a good idea to put Virus Checker on its own disk and use it after each reboot.
To do this, take a blank, formatted disk, install a standard boot block using the command: INSTALL DRIVE DFO: RETURN then copy the program across to it from the coverdisk. You can do this by dragging the icons across on irus i ma The disk in DTI: has FTH1 m-imm boot woe Itcon learn any numbtf of boot block VffUStS Workbench, or by using the COPY command.
If you have two drives, boot from the coverdisk and place the blank disk in your external drive. Next, click in the CU window left open at the bottom of the coverdisk main screen and type: COPT UTILITIES VIRUS.CHECKEI TO DM: ALL AETURN The entire Virus Checker directory will be copied to the extra drive, and you should be able to run it at any time by typing: DF1:VIRUS_CHECKER IETURN If you have a single drive, your best bet would be to load Virus Checker into ram at the start of the day. If using a wordprocessor, for example, you could then check each data disk before saving precious
documents to it To copy the program to another disk using a single drive, activate the CLI window on the coverdisk's Workbench screen, and type: COPT COPY TO RAN: RETUAR COPY CD TO RAN: RETURN COPY UTILIT1ES VIRUS.CHECKER TO RAN: ALL RETV*N CD RAN: RETURN Now insert the blank disk onto which Virus Checker is to be copied, and type: COPY IAN:!? TO DFO: RETURN If in future you need to use the program to check a number of disks, or would just like it close at hand, rename the disk as VIRUSCHECKER (no spaces), and type: COPT VIRUSCHECKER:!? TO RAH: RETURN You can now run Virus
Checker by typing: RAN:VIRUS.CHECKER RETURl at any time.
Using Virus Checker When activated, Virus Checker first checks memory for known viruses or suspicious vectors, and removes or disables those found.
The program next checks all floppy drives for known boot block viruses and alerts the user to their presence. At this Stage, you have the option to display, ignore, or remove the virus.
Displaying the boot block will give rue Checker Raster: DANGER The disk in DPI: has been infected with the SCA tyre Virus 5531 QQQ (QJQ Kill that vinat you a chance to gaze at a load of machine code which sometimes contains Ascii text from the coders of the virus. This can be of help of you're trying to decide whether a dodgy boot block is a virus or simply a custom block.
If the boot code displayed by Virus Checker includes a stupid message from the dork who wrote the virus, you can rest assured of its identity.
Otherwise, the display function is just a Plus Enter driv» u» t kt Cheeked for Xeno, IRQ. Centurions, usd ftitonie Virvses is the String fadjet The* preii (fktohi) or Click m Check BMW Click on cAAtfI to Adrrt Chock Nov. handy aid to nosy people like you and me. If the boot block is a new or unknown factor, a fourth option appears enabling a "learning" function.
This adds the boot block to Virus Checker's "brain file", a sort of ID parade for boot blocks. Once a boot block is added to the brain file, Virus Checker will cease to alert you to its presence, saving loads of hassle if you have a lot of PD disks with message- styie boot blocks.
A scan for Xtno can save a lot of heartache i i Patriot missile system in the shape of his FixSaddam program. The program is designed to be used on disks already infected by Saddam and, when run, attempts to repair any damage inflicted by the virus.
Digital Scuds As a last ditch defence against the Saddam virus, John Veldthuis has supplied the computer equivalent of the There is no cure for disks which have been completely kippered by Saddam, but the virus will alter some blocks when it first infects a disk, and it is this damage that FixSaddam is intended to repair. To check a disk, put it in one of your drives, say DFO:, and type: DM: The File df1:l D»slt-V»li(iator
• beta infected vith the SADM4 Virus the file his been DELETED
from the disk And you nay need to replace it vith the Disir
Validator file fron a flood Disk.
FixSiddia bfO: IETUtH The program will then cycle through all tracks on the disk, and will inform you when it finds Saddamised blocks.
Virus Checker will take care of Saddam!
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the rather awful interlace flicker that afflicts these screen modes. If you use Desktop publishing or Computer Aided Design (CAD) you will probably find that high resolution screens are essential, and you have to find a way to reduce the flicker.
There are several ways in which you can reduce the flicker on a television or standard monitor, such as the Philips CM8833 or the Commodore 1084. You can reduce the brightness level on the monitor, change the colours, buy an anti-glare screen filter or even wear sun-glasses. None of these methods will completely remove the flicker - they will just cut the levels down.
De-interlacers If you have decided once and for all that the flicker must go no matter what the cost is, then you have only one option - buy a multisync monitor.
Depending on what machine you are using you will probably need to buy a de-interlacer card as well. This converts the video output from the Amiga into a stable non-interlaced output that the multisync can display.
If you Own an Amiga S00 there is only one de-interlacer currently available for you - the ICD Flicker Free Video board. This board plugs inside your Amiga 500 invalidating your warranty, and will probably not fit if you have accelerators or other internal hardware added. Once installed, a ribbon cable with a 9-pin monitor connector hangs out of the back of your machine.
To this you can attach a multisync monitor, If you want to play games, or work in low or medium resolution you will find that fast moving objects, like your mouse pointer, or anything that moves 6a 9-pin monitor connector hangs out of the back of your machine ft What is flicker?
Interface flicker a unavoidable when using the Amiga with a television or a cheap colour monitor. This is because a single high-resdution screen cannot be fully displayed in a single video frame (1 50 second). To output the full display requires two passes. The first frame displays all the odd-numbered lines, l .3.5.7,,?, and so on, and the second frame draws in the even-numbered lines to fill the gaps. Howevef, because ol the ume delay in drawing the second screen, the phosphorous screen has already started to fade, and it is this difference in brightness levels between the odd frame and
the even frame that causes the flicker.
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Do your eyes update your brain 50 times a second? Maybe it's time you looked at flicker-free displays, jolyon Ralph has the details... in games, will blur to the point that a lot of games are totally unplayable. The only solution to this is to use a monitor connected to the standard Amiga output for these modes, either your original television or medium-resolution monitor, or your new multisync with an adaptor cable.
Video slot The Amiga 1500 and 2000 provide a special video slot which allows easy installation of a de-interlacer card. There are two such cards available - the original Microway Flicker Fixer, a tried and tested design, and the Commodore A2320 card.
The Microway card has been around for a couple of years now and was, until they released their own card, strongly recommended by Commodore. It fits neatly into the video slot with a 9-pin monitor output Most modern multisyncs have 15-pin outputs rather than 9-pin, so you may need an adaptor to plug your monitor in.
Like the ICD board, it does not handle low or medium resolution very well, leaving you to either run two monitors or wire up a cable allowing you to switch between the Flicker Fixer and the standard 23-way output. The Microway card, unlike the ICD and Commodore card, is not compatible with the new ECS screen modes.
The Commodore A2320 card uses the same de-interlace circuitry that is found in the Amiga 3000 which unlike the Microway and the ICD products, is intelligent It will de-interlace all high resolution and interlace screens, but will double-scan low and medium resolutions screens.
This means that not only is the image free from blurring, but the thin black scanlines found on ordinary monitors have been removed. Tne result is a clean and sharp image, although it does make low resolution in particular seem rather blocky. It is certainly better than having to put up with two monitors Of a switch box.
Switched off If you don't like the blocky low res or for some bizarre reason you want to return to the flickery interlace, there is a disable switch on the card which will give you a standard Amiga image.
The Amiga 3000 does not need a de-interlacer, for it has an excellent de-interlacer built in to the machine.
Any standard multisync monitor, including those listed below, will give a stable image in hi res.
There are a wide variety of multisync and similar monitors available which will work with the Amiga. Some of them will only work with the flicker-fixer installed and active, others will also work with the standard Amiga output, or with the Commodore A2320 card in fall back mode. For PAL machines the monitor must be capable of 50Hz vertical frequency operation, which unfortunately rules out most cheap VGA monitors.
Monitors When looking for a monitor there are a few things which you must take into consideration.
Firstly, it must be capable of a 50Hz vertical sync frequency - as opposed to a 50Hz power supply frequency, which it must handle if sold in the UK. Otherwise your Amiga picture will continually roll around the screen with no way of stopping it.
6u|jndujo} efiiuiv i&*i jaauidAON Some monitors are capable of a 50Hz display despite it not being mentioned’in the technical specifications.
Also, if you want to use it with the standard Amiga output - either direct from the Amiga's 23-pin video port or by switching off the A2320 card - the monitor must be capable of a 15KHz horizontal sync frequency. Most larger monitors cannot handle this.
Tne second thing to check for is the screen quality. This is, of course, a complex thing to measure. Watch for the dot pitch - this is the distance between each group of red, green and blue dots on the screen surface. The lower the dot pitch, the higher the screen quality.
This can range from
0. 39mm on bad monitors to 0.21mm on the most expensive screens.
Some screens have anti-glare coatings to cut back reflected
light, others have low radiation screens which are said to be
safer to use, particularly for pregnant women.
Taxan sell a wide range of monitors that are compatible with the Amiga, from 14in models up to 20in monsters.
CM-326. The CM-325 is a Super-VGA monitor rather than a multisync. The difference with Super-VGA monitors is that rather than working over a wide band of frequencies, they can automatically switch between a few preset frequencies.
These monitors are often consider- support standard Amiga
15. 5KHz signals, so it will not work without a de-interiacer, or
if it is turned off.
Other popular monitors are the AQC range. There are two very similar models being sold, the CM-325 and the Options The Taxan Multivision 770 Plus LR is probably the most popular of these. It works fine with both standard Amiga output and de-interlaced output. It is a Min monitor with an excellent anti-glare tube. The dot pitch is
0. 31mm, which is average for these monitors, but not excellent.
This monitor has the distinction of being one of the first
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even the Swedes use them. Apparently.
Less healthy, but with a bigger screen, is the Taxan Multivision 970 with its 20" display and 0.31mm dot pitch. This monitor has a medium-per- sistence display, which means that interlace is cut down considerably even without a de-interlacer, because the phosphor coating on the screen fades more slowly than normal screens.
If you want the best in quality screens, the Taxan Multivision 795 provides an amazing 0.26mm dot pitch on a 14" screen. Unlike the other two Taxan monitors mentioned here, it does not 4Monitors which are so safe that even the Swedes use them % What is a multisync?
Televisions and normal monitors operate on a fixed frequency. The frequency is described in two components: the vertical frequency, which js the number of frames displayed per second, and the horizontal frequency, which is the number of horizontal lines displayed per second.
Standard PAL televisions have a vertical frequency of 5QHz and a horizontal frequency of around 15.5KHz. The Amiga output is identical to this, to allow the Amiga to display all video modes on the same monitor - unlike the Atari ST. With these fixed values, the number of lines that can be displayed in one frame is limited to around 300.
A multisync monitor can accept a wide range of vertical and horizontal frequencies, typically 50Hz to 70Hz vertical and 15.5KHz to 35KHz horizontal.
A quick calculation reveals that by doubling the standard Amiga horizontal frequency, we can get all 512 lines of our hi-res display in one frame, resulting in no flicker. De-interlacer cards work by providing an output at these frequencies that the multisync can display.
Ably cheaper than multisyncs, although not all Super-VGA displays will work with de-interlacers, and they will not work with the new ECS display modes or with the de-interlacer turned off.
The CM-326 is a true multisync and will handle all Amiga displays including the ECS chipset. Both monitors have a good 0.28mm dot pitch and a M" tube. The CM-326 comes with both 9-pin and 15-pin plugs to fit easily into any of the three boards available, although you will need to use an adaptor cable if you want to run the monitor with the standard 23-pin output.
My personal favourite for price and features - although I can't afford one at the moment - is the Panasonic TX-1703MA. It has a Sony Trinitron 17" FST screen and a 0.28mm dot pitch. Although it cannot cope with standard de-interlaced signals, it can cope with the ECS productivity modes The screen display is simply excellent
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more computers.
Flexible If you have more than one computer, multisync monitors can prove a worthwhile investment. One monitor can work not only on the Amiga, but on PC's (with VGA, Super-VGA or above graphics), Apple Macintosh II, Atari ST and almost every other type of computer you can think of.
If you have an Amiga bridgeboard you can forget the crummy slow CGA graphics - add a VGA or Super-VGA board into your system and plug your multisync directly into the bridgeboard for the best possible PC graphics.
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D O. O I- 1 1 complexity is a rare thing indeed. All the various screens lead you by the hand with large icons and wiring configurations all appearing onscreen.
This makes the correct connections in the real worid as simple as possible.
Amiga Computing November 1991 42 Y6Uf chance to tfy the controls of your video, via the function keys The Amiga is already the primary machine in the world of desktop video, with coundess titlers and all manner of Amiga generated images finding their way in to both amateur and commercial productions.
However, up until now the Amiga's role has been merely that of a special effects engine, only called upon to add finishing touches such as animations, titles and of course glamour where live action is Concerned.
Now fortunately for both the machine and it's videophile owners, that's all about to change and the once humble extension to the average video workstation may soon become its heart.
VideoPilot is one of three systems presently leading the field in Amiga controlled editing, and over the next few months we plan to explore all the available options and give the definitive guide to the Amiga in the movies.
Obvious advantages Anyone who's tried video editing the old fashioned way won't waste any time extolling the virtues of computer controlled editing. The endless piles of scrap paper, worn out stopwatches and an expression that only being up till four in the morning can provide, are Sure signs of the video editing old guard.
The basic principle of any editing system is to help keep track of hundreds of scenes spread throughout your library of unedited tapes, to arrange them as required, then to accurately assemble the desired shots in a user defined order, all with squeaky clean edits making seamless connections.
To achieve this, the various master tapes need to be either timecoded or controlled via their tape counters. The timecode option is by far the most precise of the two and boasts an accuracy of + • one frame, which is as good as any system can offer.
The tape counter alternative isn't anything like as accurate but is still capable of between 5 and 10 frame precision over a period of around IS minutes. If you're working with longer tapes, the software can divide the footage up in order to keep timing within tolerable limits.
What's in the box?
Like many dedicated Amiga applications, VideoPilot is a combination of both hardware and software - the hardware element of the equation being a multiple input timecode read write unit that synchronises three source players which then write to a fourth mastering machine.
The various machines can be a mixture of VCR's and camcorders, all of which are controlled by either infra red or hardwire remote control.
Along with the black box, you receive a pair of infra red rodents which connect to the VideoPilot and issue commands to the players by taking over the role previously undertaken by their own remotes. Also included is the control software, connections and of course the ever-present manual.
The learning process Perhaps VideoPilot's greatest strength is its versatility and willingness to learn how to control the ever-changing variety of available VCR's and camcorders.
It's the afore-mentioned infra red rodents which provide this power, due to their ability to be taught how to control unfamiliar machines. This is done by aiming the VCR's own infra red controllers at VideoPilot's surrogate units which then learn the required commands to operate the transport on the machine.
This process is done a matter of moments in one of VideoPilot's embarrassingly friendly option screens, which in this case asks you to press a function key for the appropriate video control, at which point a bleep sounds prompting you to hit the corresponding button on the VCR's own remote.
After all the commands are complete, the Amiga assumes full control of the VCR from the comfort of the function keys. Amazing... Having explained this impressive talent it's perhaps unlikely that you'll need to try it for yourself - there are a multitude of pre-defined configurations already programmed into the software and even if you do need to define commands they can be stored on disk and loaded with the rest when necessary.
Second only to VideoPilot's flexibility is its easy of use, which for a program and hardware combination of such UIDEQPILOT PRE EDIT CHECKLIST WELCOME TO THE VIDEOPILOT SYSTEM
1) CHECK UIDEQPILOT IS CONNECTED TO THE RMIBR WR THE SERIRL PORT
B CHECK THE OUTPUT OF THE RECORDER IS CONNECTED TO THE TU RND
THE TU IS TUNED TO THE UIDEO SIBNRL
3) CHECK THE PLRYER(S) RND RECORDER RRE CONNECTED TOQETHCR
CORRECTLY THIS CRN BE UERIFED BY PLRYWO EACH MRCHINE IN TURN
RND CHECKING RN IMAGE IS SEEN ON THE TU
M) CHECK THE UIDEQPILOT CONTROLS THE RECORDER UIR THE FUNCTION
KEYS
S) CHECK THE VIDEOPILOT CONTROLS THE PLRVEMS) VIR THE FUNCTION
KEYS
S) IF CRSSETTES RRE TO BE TIMECODED CHECK THRT PLHVER RIGHT RUDIO
IN IS CONNECTED TO UIDEQPILOT TIMECODE OUT The entire process
of configuring and operating the system is done with the
rodent, with the only exception being the operation of the
video controls which, as mentioned earlier, is done with the
function keys.
A prime example of this process in action is the configuration screen which displays the rear of the V310 or VideoPilot if you prefer, and four selection boxes for the various players and the recorder.
Configuring the system is simply a matter of clicking on the appropriate input on the V310, then on the player in question. If your selection is incorrect the software throws up a warning and suggest what could be the problem.
To select a player simply requires clicking in one of the four available boxes until the correct make, timecode and control method appears.
If your particular player isn't available you can add the necessary details followed by a trip to the programming screen to teach the infra red unit the correct controls.
When all's well with the system you can timecode the tape and begin to Paul Austin takes the controls of perhaps the most flexible DTV editing system around.
U3 EDIT HfliN MENU Timecode trickery th the Amiga... MIOEOPILOr IS NOW GEMEWUlNG THE TIME CODE SIDfWL FROM CCRTHIN Ucft'S Rl.LOW The' TIME CODE IN RUCMO OUB without mfeapma the images CLICK DM STOP TO STOP TIME COOING Timeroding your (nations in seconds with the simple coding screen construct your masterpiece, with the aid of the onscreen Edit table. This allows old and new scripts to be chopped and changed as required, with wordprocessor style cut and paste operations.
Effects can be added at various points, such as captions. Still frames, crossfades and genlock effects which when necessary cause the software to emit a warning bleep, allowing you to operate the desired effect at the appropriate moment.
The inertia of the record machine can also be adjusted to ensure accurate edits and up to eight tapes can be used in the various machines during assembly. Once again, a warning bleep is sounded when the necessary changes are required.
All the shot selections are done via the function keys, with fine-tuning being achieved via single frame advance or, if complete accuracy is required, througfrthe Edit table.
Conclusion In general, VideoPilot is excellent, and if you're a video nut it may even be worth the asking price. For the professional who wants to free valuable time for Perhaps the biggest stumbling block in both the Amiga and video worlds is the seemingly endless supply of incompatible timecodes which are unsuccessfully vying for dominance.
In the professional market this problem has long been resolved thanks to SMPTE timecode which has been the industry standard in TV and film for years.
In music SMPTE also plays an occasional role along with MTC but unfortunately video is a minefield of formats and VideoPilot does its bit to add to the confusion by employing its own proprietary code entitled V3TC.
This, of course, isn't compatible with either VITC or SMPTE systems but does work with RCTC or "artic" as it's known and pronounced.
This happy coincidence is both great news for VideoPilot and Sony who are employing this new format for use with 8mm camcorders. The big advantage of the new system is its ability to retain a full stereo soundtrack without the need for any modifications to the VCR.
Because VideoPilot reads this new format frame accurately it can be edited direct, something which Sony's own RCTC editing system has not yet mastered. So for the moment if you're the proud owner of Sony's CCD-V800 camcorder, VideoPilot could be the perfect choice.
Like everything else, the addition of a timecode can be a case of swings and roundabouts, due to the sacrifice more work and less editing it could soon pay for its place in your system.
After all, once the shot selection is complete and providing there are no tapes to be change, the system can be left to compile your creation all on its lonesome.
My only criticism concerns the limit of two infra reds which COUld cause problems on some systems, although of course four hardwire inputs are available for the remaining players.
The only other disappointment is the inability to see your edits prior to mastering.
Having had my little moan, both factors are more molehills than mountains and don't do any real harm to what is an very impressive product.
VideoPilot is available from: EMR Video The Bam Business Centre Gt Rissington Cheltenham GL54 2LH Tel: 0451 810185 Price: £850 VideoPilot £50 for extra infra red £75 for Multiplexor £10 AB roll switch box of one of the available audio tracks for timecode information.
If you're working with hi-fi VHS S-VHS or 8mm units employing PCM sound, it will inevitably mean that you'll be left with a mono soundtrack. You could always combine the sound from both tracks but of course the actual stereo effect would be sacrificed anyway.
On non-stereo VCR's and camcorders adding a timecode will completely obliterate any available sound, so dubbing to a hi-fi machine might well be worth the loss in quality.
Enhancements
E. M.R., the UK distributors of VideoPilot, offer a number of
additional services to enhance the abilities of the system.
The first of these is to supply a PCM encoder for 8mm source
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Other machine formats can have their pre-amplifier circuitry and output sockets modified to keep the original hi-fi sound in stereo whilst still being able to output a separate timecode track to the VideoPilot.
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If you're anything like me, at first you'll probably be a little confused as to what a multimedia video sequencer actually does, how it does it, and why you'd want it to do it in the first place.
Well to clear the air I feel a short explanation is in order.
ShowMaker's primary mission is to draw together all the Amiga's talents and apply them in one smooth and perfectly sequenced production. To do this it employs the Timeline which is the window at the very heart of ShowMaker.
The Timeline is an event display window which shows all the elements within a production plus their duration, type and position within the creation.
The unusual thing about what is in effect a fairly standard sequencer is its ability to control a whole range of events, whether they be external video sources, internal sound effects, musical backing tracks or, of course, animation.
Track talk Before we delve into the various ins and outs of the system, a quick look a just what ShowMaker is capable of might whet your appetite.
When you first enter the program, you are offered the default number of 12 tracks to play with, these being the primary Amiga based internal tracks which control the machine-generated side of the production.
Moving pictures The first of the 12 is the graphics track which allows you to generate either still frames or animations. These appear as a background on to which titles or effects can be overlaid. The various backgrounds can be produced on any standard Amiga paint package, as either standard IFFs or ham images.
If for example you want a still image, it can be introduced with a variety of wipes and fades. It will then remain onscreen for as long as is specified by the Timeline, only being replaced by isk inc. 00:16:00 r 1:00 00:05 11 mi il i 1111 It iu.il | T i 1 tie, .PIC Deno.anit Butties Be* ¦K Ideno . :• nus The timeline In action, with stilts running straight into Ohimatioai THE SHOW must go on... Sit back and relax as Paul Austin reveals all with the assistance of ShowMaker, the latest star on the video sequencing stage ticular sequence requires IS - the software will cycle the animation
until the next section of the production.
The frame rate of animations can also be defined so that it will fit the pace of the production. And if you're after a really slick effect, graphics can be defined to keep time with the backing music - as indeed can the entire production - so not only will animations fit perfectly, but wipes and fades will occur on the beat to give a punchy, professional feel.
The next wipe or fade as the following animation or still is introduced.
It is perhaps best to think of the process as a form of video music with various elements playing for a set time and then being replaced by the next section of the song. So you might have a video verse in the form of an animation, then a series of stills for a chorus, another smaller animation for a middle eight and finally back to the verse.
To keep everything smooth and stylish, animations can be set to loop indefinitely. This ensures that there won't be any problems if your animation runs for five seconds and the par- Tricky titling The next track controls ShowMaker's internal titling software, and to be honest this is the only element which Ai «« Cw miimm JlaM Id.it Cuiui4 rusi iljr-jlii Ajl I ±1 Left ilji'Ulu Jl i£ Zfteet Cului1 Perhaps the strangest coption In the history of tiding, all possible thanks to ShowMokers very own titling utility doesn't score well. The problem here is that the designers have bitten off a
little more than the Amiga can chew, by designing a titler which attempts to do things which even dedicated titling packages such as Scala and Broadcast Titler 2 don't attempt - namely scrolling over an animated background.
This would be a tricky enough proposition if the machine had nothing else to consider, but when the basic problems are compounded with the need to sequence genlocks, videos, Midi, Arexx and soon NewTek's video toaster, not to mention the remaining nine internal Amiga tracks, it's little wonder that the scrolling is less than silky smooth.
O l T m O C m Z n z o To be fair, for the average amateur the variety of wipes and fades might well make up for the rather stuttered scrolling, but for a professional, titling would have to be done by another method, such as being included within animation.
If you do decide to use the titler option there are numerous goodies thrown in, such as access to your entire font directory plus those present within the software itself, all of which can be presented in the usual array of bold, italic and underlined combinations.
There's also a range of drop shadow effects and numerous outlines. In short, if you keep things simple, reasonable effects are possible, if perhaps a little less than spectacular.
Special FX The next four tracks all control good old Paula, the Amiga's internal sound chip. Each of the four available channels have their own track, onto which any IFF sample can be assigned - complete with volume definition, optional loop and pitch control. Finally, you can decide whether the sound should have priority over the music track which may be taking up that particular channel at the moment of play-back.
The great thing about these SFX tracks is their flexibility. Because sounds are assigned to events rather than to tracks, the number of samples on a track is limited only by available memory. Literally hundreds of effects could be assigned to the four channels in a single production.
The next talent in the Timeline's repertoire is Midi control. This consists 1 & 3 ifi of a series of options to control note on off, note on, control, program and pitch information - all of which is sent by either predefined or user-defined Hex codes to any one of the 16 Midi channels, complete with two data controls to define the note information.
If you are going to use this option, you must known the codes which are understood by the instrument in question, You can then add considerably more spectacular sound effects to you masterpiece via Midi, employing synthesisers and, of course, samplers.
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Because this works independently of the sound tracks themselves the level between the elements remains the same, so there's no need to adjust all the tracks within the production individually whenever you need some space in the audio section.
Arexx exploited Like many power programs, ShowMaker eagerly embraces the potential of Arexx - the inter-program communication language which is exploding in the serious Amiga market.
With the assistance of Arexx, ShowMaker can launch all manner of Amiga applications. You can control Arexx-compatible sequencers such as MIDI Event iron TuteKanplp. n Cuiuidiita r ilrf.t C’J'Jj 19® 16 innni- I wof On | Control J ±J I T ±1 mm- ?J I W *- a i nr ±j-®- Ciiumitfl Dafcu I Ulit J 1 rrgyjgw.
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Arexx has a complete track available throughout the presentation and can issue commands in either macro or string formats. On top of its own Arexx command potential, ShowMaker also listens to instructions from Arexx itself and has a few simple designer commands of its own, with which Arexx can issue the orders.
Genlock option Cenlocking Amiga output is big business, and as you've probably guessed, ShowMaker isn't going to be left out when it comes to one of the cornerstones Of multimedia. To do it, ShowMaker employs the SuperCen 2000S. Whether this can be substituted for any other genlock is doubtful, but it could be worth enquiring with Cold Disks before you buy.
Controlling the genlock is very simple, and can be done via a number of predefined dissolves or clean cuts which occur between the Amiga and the external video source. The usual overlay options are available and, as is the norm, they are all locked onto colour-0, or background. The four available sliders determine the amount of transition which will occur between the video Pitch Proorjm Combine your musical and artistic exploits into a complex and impressive presentation J image and the Amiga during the time specified in the Timeline.
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Toaster talents The last of the standard tracks betrays the software's origins. As I'm sure you're aware, NewTek's Video Toaster is for the moment strictly an American play thing, but if industry rumours are Serial settings for external hardware, familiar ground for comms fans true we should be seeing this mystical beast of the multimedia world in about 18 months. If the transatlantic reports are to be believed, it should be well worth the wait.
I'd love to tell you how good the combination of ShowMaker and Toaster actually is, but unlike many UK Amiga mags we admit to never having used one - and if the truth were told so would the others. At present the Toaster works solely on NTSC Amigas, so we'll just have to wait until it crosses the Pond.
The next step Well folks, that's about it for the 12 default internal tracks, but just when you thought all was safe, ShowMaker adds yet another twist to its already well endowed tail by employing numerous external tracks which are controlled via the serial port.
These extra tracks can command everything from videos to Laserdiscs, and the number of tracks available is only limited by your system and of course the number of suitable drivers - several of which are supplied with the ShowMaker software. The Amiga's numeric keypad is employed to operate the transport on videos and the entire system is configured via a fairly standard comms requester.
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examine and adjust your animation before addition to the
timeline As you can imagine, making the most of ShowMaker's
potential requires a very special interface and fortunately
that's just what Gold Disks have provided with one of the
best sequencer front ends I've ever had the pleasure to use.
It literally couldn't be simpler. Events are added to the timeline by simply dicking-in the appropriate track, then dragging and releasing when required- This process immediately produces the appropriate requester which then allows you to define wipes, volumes, loops and paths, plus a chance to view or hear the event prior to insertion in to the track.
This click, drag, release and requester approach is identical throughout the timeline and makes production a dream. Adjustments to the track can be done with ease, thanks to a variety of editing modes which can affect individual tracks or the entire production. As you might expect, full cut and paste editing is catered for.
Along with full Timeline editing, there are options to work in a variety of time formats. These can vary from one to sixty second increments, or alternatively as beats, or measures if you prefer musical notation.
The third triumph Qf the interface is its option to work with an internal sync, external MTC SMPTE time code or via a Midi clock.
And finally... As far as conclusions are concerned, ShowMaker is a little difficult, but I'll have a go. If you're one of the many on a limited budget ShowMaker would best be described as a good package which is occasionally prone to the odd stutter. If you're looking to combine your musical and artistic exploits into a complex and impressive presentation, it's ideal.
Having said that, the software's real strength is as a conductor rather than a performer, If you have access to vast mounds of external equipment, ShowMaker is sure to be a godsend, with the ability to unify all of their individual strengths in one stunning production. As such it comes highly recommended... Showmaker is available from Centresoft Ltd, Unit 2 3, Holford Way, Holford, Birmingham, B67 8X.
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Commands are grouped under a series of pull-down menus, accessible either by the mouse or keyboard. Frequently used commands have on-screen icons, including Help, should you need it.
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How wrong they are... It's true that to produce such results on the Amiga does requires a good deal of investment, but in comparison with commercial alternatives it's a mere drop in the financial ocean, In recent months most of the con- versation in the Amiga art world has been dominated by the release rf Dpaint4. This isn't surprising as it's as fr « most of us are likely to aspire for Pot1' ability and expenditure, but in comparison to Typaint even the latest Doant is no more than a plaything.
On the serious side of Amiga art the pro have been praying for the release of a 24-bit paint package which will ™'atch up to the talents of the ever Hrreasing array of 24-bit boards.
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Up until now this has mostly meant that the Amiga was used primarily as a rendering engine, producing either stills or animation on a 24-bit board which are then passed on to commercial hard* ware such as Quantel's Paintbox - the hardware which has long been the industry standard in TV and film.
Because of Quantel's long established Paul Austin drools over Tvpaint, the Amiga's first 24-bit paint package dominance in the field and a price tag that would leave even the largest donkey gasping for breath, it has managed to attains the lofty position of artistic demigod in the electronic art world.
But is its reputation deserved?
Ridiculously cheap, Even when the extra hardware requirements are considered, it's still possible to produce 24-bit animation and art solely on the Amiga for under £5000, and that includes the price of an Amiga 2000 to house all the assorted goodies.
Resolution that only Quantel - and now Tvpaint - can offer.
The great news for semi-professionals, professionals and enthusiasts, is that the prohibitively expensive Quantel dominance is about to end and Tvpaint is the software to do it by offering the full range of essential paint package skills - all of which are applied in the full glory of 24-bit colour.
With the average Quantel system costing around £40,000, Tvparnfs paltry asking price of £800 plus VAT is For the frightening asking price of Paintbox, you'd think the system would do everything but walk the dog. In fact it does little more than Dpaint but of course all in full 24-bit colour.
Even with its impressive commercial credentials it certainly won't animate and would never even consider trying its hand at ray tracing. Such pastimes are purely for the Amiga and programs such as RealBD, Imagine and Caligari to name but a few, ail of which have built-in 24-bit output and animation options as standard.
With Quantel you pay for pure image quality and the ability to transform ideas direct from the artist into the 16,000,000 colours and incredible To quote £800 for Tvpaint is perhaps a little misleading as there are a few other odds and ends essential to get the system up and running. Perhaps most important of all is is Tvpaint's inseparable partner, namely the Harlequin framebuffer.
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To enable both the spare screen and IV undo feature, a minimum of three megabytes is required. If you want to 90 the whole hog and utilise the Harlequin's Alpha Channel you'll need tv maximum of four megabytes. Who needs a holiday, a social life, a home...not me!
If you're the owner of an alternative board, I'm afraid you'll have to wait until compatible software is available as Tvpaint is Harlequin only. It's a case of upgrade or wait a little longer.
Aside from the Harlequin, another essential add-on is a 68030 accelerator, preferably fitted with an FPU or maths co*processor. Between two and four megabytes of 32-bit memory wouldn't do any harm, but it isn't essential.
Obviously those lucky souls blessed with a 3000 can skip this bit and spend the money on surgery to make their smug smiles even more permanent than they already are.
Second mortgage Right about now you'll probably be thinking about a second mortgage, a bank job, or perhaps what's on the next page, but remember we're taking about imagery that George Lucas, Steven Spielberg and the average advertising executive would kill for, so keep that in mind before you turn to the games section and the killer nutter ninja turtles.
Next on the shopping list comes a hard drive. This isn't strictly an essential but with even small files running to over 100K a floppy wouldn't be too Imagery that Steven Spielburg would kill for smart. About 40 meg would be a sensible amount but as someone once said the bigger the better, fnarr, fnarr... The last in the liv of add-ons is an extra monitor, preferably a multisync or VGA, which would of course require a flicker fixer if you're working on a 2000.
If you're a 3000 owner you could always go for a bit more surgery or perhaps start saving for a 68040 upgrade.
Theoretically it should be possible to use the CVBS output from the Amiga and put that into the CVBS on the monitor thereby freeing the main RGB for the output from the Harlequin.
Switching between the Harlequin image and the workbench screen would then just be a matter of selecting the input on the monitor. Unfortunately when this was tried with a 1084 monitor the CVBS input was completely out of sync and unusable.
It may well be possible to share inputs on another type of med-res monitor, but to be honest this would only be a temporary measure as the system really needs a hi-res monitor to be at its best. Apart from the lower image quality there's also the added disadvantage of image loss.
For example if you're working with a hi-res Harlequin output of 910x576, a standard Amiga monitor simply doesn't have the number of pixels available to display the entire page, so sooner or later a hi-res monitor would be required for any serious use.
Another optional element would be one or more of the many 24-bit compatible ray tracers and CAD packages, the likes of which where mentioned earlier and described in the image info boxes throughout the article.
Interface information Once you've made the appropriate investment, the next task is to install the software. This is done automatically and all that's required is the partition name. The only other essential is the dongle which must be present in the parallel port before boot up. With an asking price of £800 plus VAT, it's not entirely surprising that the French authors Tecsoft take the odd precaution against piracy.
Once the software is installed and the dongle inserted, the program defaults to a opening screen which allows you to select one of the three available resolutions and whether or not you require the Undo or Function options.
The final choice is the whether you require the present screen on the frame buffer to be retained. This is a useful function if you want to touch up your latest ray tracing before committing it to digital posterity.
When your selection is complete, the Harlequin screen clears and redisplays complete with the Tvpaint selection panel. Unlike Dpaint, all the available options are accessed through this single requester which operates with a combination of right and left mouse clicks, in a similar manner to that of Dpaint's control panel.
One of the many examples of the double button system is the Density control which can be invoked by a single left mouse click or altered with the right. As soon as the right mouse is selected the density requester appears and can be redesigned with any of the many presets, or altered manually with the mouse, Using the software is simplicity itself and will take the average Dpaint fan a matter of minutes to come to terms with. The only real difference between the two is Tvpaint's lack of animation and, of course, the absence of any pull-downs.
Power features One of the first points raised in the excellent accompanying manual is the design teams' approach to the software itself. Rather than being a technojunkies nirvana complete with all manner of scripts and programming protocols, the program is very simple.
The technology trap is easy to fall into when designing power programs, but thankfully this particular pitfall has been avoided.
One of the first examples of this user friendly approach is the floating control panel which can be moved and placed anywhere onscreen, only changing position at your command. This also applies to all of the sub-menus, and as a result the flow of work isn't interrupted by annoyiifg permanent requesters which need to be removed from the keyboard.
The Undo function, which is available with the larger Harlequin configurations, doesn't stop with a simple erase or replace but can be set up with parameters which can be activated from the opening format screen or the system requester on the main control panel.
The spare screen option has obvious advantages as any Dpaint fan will tell you but an added bonus is Pvpaint's Transparency option which allows the spare screen to be mixed with the foreground of the present screen. Some Amiga Computing November 1991 24-BIT PAINT PACKAGE ?
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• X • S' • fir • • A closer look at fust what the density tool Is
copable of. Polygons, spheres and rectangles oil filled with
the limitless number of definable density patterns available
from the requester other Dpaint-like options are the separate
button separate colour option for the mouse and the usual
variety of brush options which include lasso polygon and
rectangular brush selection - all of which can be rotated and
re-sized in the classic paint package manner.
As well as the invaluable Density control, which was mentioned earlier, the system also boasts a range mode which can be defined over either the entire palette or just a specified range.
As you can probably see from the screenshots, when the range option is combined with the airbrush effect the true power of 24-bit starts to appear, as the entire spectrum scrolls through a single mouse stroke.
It is perhaps the airbrush that best shows the power of the Harlequin and Tvpaint combination. On more than one occasion I found myself trying to remove dust from the monitor which in fact were merely faint traces of paint left by a wayward manoeuvre with the mouse. To be honest it took all my meagre mental powers to drag myself away and try out some of the other features.
Perhaps the most confusing part of using a 16,000,000 colour palette is how exactly it can be accessed without the use of a palette displaying every colour. As you can imagine, a requester showing all the colours would be about 50 feet long and almost impossible to apply.
To combat this a whole range of palettes can be cycled through and if a specific colour can't be found, individual colours can be edited by either their RGB or CMY colours. If that's still not enough, they can be selected direct from two spectrum disks at the bottom of the requester.
If that's still not enough, various colours can be blended in the mixer - an option which allows individual colours to be sprayed on top of each other and mixed manually.
The last of the colour controls is a Gamma option which allows you to adjust the Gamma curve on either the entire image or combinations or the RGB elements. This can be particularly useful if you want to lift the colour balance within an image, but saving out beforehand is an essential as sometimes it can do a little more harm than good.
Apart from the power of the paint package itself, the other essential of any 24-bit package is its compatibility with the myriad of graphic file formats.
Fortunately for Tvpaint, all of the essentials are ready and waiting with full support for 24-bit IFF, TGA, Rendition and Deep modes, so no matter what output you and your ray tracer prefer, Tvpaint should be more than happy to import your latest creation.
The final element of the Tvpaint equation is its ability to multitask with perfection, allowing you to jump between the paint package and any other Amiga application which you may wish to employ.
When you've finally decided on the colour composition and loaded any relevant files, the real work can start. This is where the now almost mandatory keyboard short cuts come into their own, making everything from selecting an airbrush to specifying magnification as simple as a single keystroke. As a result, commercial artists should be able to use their valuable time to the full and leap from one tool to the next with ease, pausing only to cash a cheque and send an invoice.
Artistic opinions As you're no doubt aware I'm not exactly disappointed, as indeed I didn't expect to be for a package that retails at just under a £1,000 minus the essential hardware.
Having said that, and considering the alternatives which approach over 50 times the price for what is essentially the same system, Tvpaint has to be good value.
My only real complaint is the softVG ware's tendency to crash occasionally, which I must admit is infuriating, especially if you're in the final throes of your piece de la resistance.
To be fair to the software, it's a strong possibility that the fault lies with my rather elderly 2000 rather than the software itself.
To clarify the crashing problem I took some advice from Martin Lowe at A5C, who assured me that such problems are unheard of north of the border, and must be either the fault of my elderly companion or perhaps due to Tvpaint's need for a rather a weighty amount of continuous memory on the parent machine.
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With little more than your Amiga, a video recorder and a device called a genlock, you too could create video effects that would have left BBC video engineers dumbstruck little more than a few years ago.
The key to all this power is the genlock, a sophisticated little device that has revolutionised low cost video production on the Amiga. Genlocks are available for other machines, but the Amiga's obvious power has allowed developers to produce professional quality genlocks at a fraction of the cost.
Q_ D Q O q; U o u Atari may have coined the phrase, but the Amiga is still the only machine that can truly claim to offer "power without the price" where video is concerned You'll find the Amiga being used in conjunction with professional video decks, video processors, chromakeys and paintbox systems within many professional post-production houses. Even on the television you'll find the Amiga's talents at work - check out the ITV Chart Show, for example.
So what is a genlock? Well, put simply, it's a device which allows you to combine the video output from your Amiga with the output from a video recorder or camcorder.
Specialist circuitry within the genlock allows the background colour of the Amiga video signal to be replaced with the video output from your VCR. This process allows you to Overlay titles onto your home videos and a lot more besides.
Choosing a genlock is a complicated process which must not be entered into lightly. If you do, you could well end up with a genlock that is quite unsuitable for your particular application - worse still, you could waste a lot of your hard earned money. So, before you wnte out that cheque, read our mega round up of the current state of the art in Amiga genlocks.
U If you're looking for a genlock, then let Jason Holborn guide you through the options available neon 0. The genlock. » wh l-.he Amiga's when keymg , m ,ck5 carry out .hree basic tunc- superimposed onto have two (0, el_ lions - they code, genlock andjy 9 gen|otlting is actually a £olour feg.
Video signals, Codmgjif p p[Mess whereb lvv0 £, ,evel. Most genlocks allow only Ssrrrstss: -- combine the two signals. The excite- ment doesn't really start until we get to keying. Keying is a process whereby the | video image completely replaces certain parts of the computer image- , Contrary to what you may think the genlock doesn't look for a certain colour when keying the signal - you could . . I m tnp siflndl Genlock jargon explained . _ .u. Amin] nnto videotape, then a combine . , M »rom the Amiga onto videotape, then a Everyone knows that»g ,ock ove,la j5 a„ that you will need.
However computer graphics onto an the genlock's video source, but how does it actually funclions conw int0 work? Well, believe it or not, the actual second process of overlaying - or keying Contrary to what you may have been should be called - is actually a very gen,yocking itself is not minor (unction of the genlock whjch a„ows the Amiga s Genlocks carry out three basic tunc- the p ,-----«,;m„n ed onto X E - i 01 a a. E 0 j n cn 1 video signuu whereby the RGB output from the Amiga is converted into either PAL com- posite or Super VHS lormat. Depending on your individual requirements. It
all you want to do is to record the output
• V. s' ¦ fr I For the first time buyer... ASAP MiniGen £117 -
ASAP TeL 0724 280222 At the bottom of the genlocking pile is
MiniCen, 3 cheap and very cheerful genlock that has been around
for a numoer of years now. Up until the release or Roctec's
RG300, MiniCen was the choice for home video enthusiasts on a
budget, but it is starting to show its age.
The MiniCen nardware consists or a pretty uninspiring lithe cream box, in much the same shape as Commodore's A500 TV Modulator. Connector wise, there's not a lot to talk about apan from the usual composite video-in and video-out connectors and a 23-pin connector to connect the thing to the Amiga. Surprisingly it doesn't have an RCS pass-through, which really is a silly omission, i really cannot understand how hardware manufacturers could possibly be unaware of the importance of RCS pass-through.
The genlock has three modes of operation - Video only, Amiga only and Mix. Video only displays the incoming composite signal, Amiga only displays the Amiga image, and mix displays the two together, uke most budget genlocks, MiniCen doesn't allow you to control which register is used for restricted to jusl the background colour. This isn't too much of a problem really, as most home users will probably have no need to alter the keying colour.
MiniGen doesn't come with any software at all which is yet another big disappointment Most genlocks at least give you a couple of test images - some even come with complete packages - but you're on your own here folks! As it is, a good video titiing package should also be on your shopping list The overall image quality of MiniCen was thought to be pretty good a few years back, but it has aged terribly. Some screens suffer terribly from colour bleeding and the genlock occasionally seems to lose sync even when using a good clean source signal. That said, MiniCen isn't that bad - just ask the
thousands of satisfied users across the country!
MiniCen was a revolutionary piece of kit when it was released a few years back, but it no longer cuts it- It will do the job, but this is about as far as things go. If you're after a budget genlock, then the Roctec unit is definitely a setter bet RocCen RG300C £117 - Silica Systems Tel: 081 30911U During its tew months on the market, graph.es and graphics anu _ - .
Qraphics only and video only. This feature alone makes the RocCen a very good bet. .
The RocCen does come with us own software but - io be frank - il'S not worth the disk (hit holds ,t.
There's the usual selection ot test images plus a very naff v.deo titling package that looxs as if it was written in AmigaBasic. If you've got any sense, some decent video software should be immedi- uunuy u s ------ the RocCen has become the choice lor video enthusiasts on a budget. It has a number of flaws, but its obvious talents more than make up for these.
The Roctec RC300C comes to you in a rather flat little box sporting more knobs and whistles than a fairground organ, it connects to the Amiga v«a a long cable with the video source .tself being ted in a phono connector.
Like MiniGen, the RocCen doesn't have an RCS pass-through either, which is such a shame for a genlock with such a high specification.
1 must admit that despite its flaws, I like the RocCen. It's a shame that it doesn't have an RGB passthrough, out then an upgraded RocCen should eventually be made available (don hold your breath though!)- For home video enthusiasts who don't needJots of fancy features, the Roctec RC300 is the genlock to be seen using.
Performance .. Value ... Rumour has it that Roctec are planning to correct this, but nothing more has been heard from the company since the genlock's release.
The RocGen too can be operatec in ihree modes - Amiga only, V.deo only and Mix - but it goes further than both the Rendale unit or M.n.Cen thanks to its powerful fade and dissolve controls which are ou.lt in to the genlock as standard. These two modes allow you to fade in and out tne Amiga A A If* COMPUTER VII SUPPLIES Suppliers of Discount Software since 1984 Educational. Local Authority and government orders welcome Ocverseas orders please call or write lor quotations. All goods subject to availability, prices subject to change without notice E&OE Prices Include VAT and delivery by post.
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• so has been available for a number of years now, but It's still
a very capable system which offers near broadcast quality
output at a very reasonable price The Rendale hardware is
pretty boring - a little box that connects to the Amiga ROB
port, unlike both MiniGen and RocGen, it does have an RGB
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to the genlock through a BNC-style connector, therefore
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Unlike both MiniGen and the Roctec unit, the Rendale doesn't have mode switching built in to the genlock hardware. That's not to say that mode switching isn't supported though. The Rendale fully supports the usual three video modes, but before you can take advantage of this you must get out your trusty soldering iron and actually make a mode switching cable yourself. It's a pretty simple bit of wiring, but it's annoying that Rendale didn't build the cable in to the A8802 in the first place. Most users don't like tinkering around with the internals of expensive equipment and I'm quite
sure that Rendaie could end up with a few dead genlocks as a result. What the Rendale has got going for it is image quality. The A88Q2 was originally designed for semi-professional use, so its genlocking hardware is of a very high standard. In fact, it's not far short of broadcast quality. If you then chuck the output from the Rendale through a PAL, the results that you will get will look very professional Indeed.
One very nice feature of the A8802 is that it can be upgraded to Super-VHS for around £400. This may seem rather steep, but this price also includes the cost of that extra fade box that comes as standard with the Super-VHS A8802.
If you're after a high quality genlock along the lines of the G2 Video Centre but can't quite afford the extra cash, then the Rendale A8802 is a good bet.
T only does it produce very high qual- ty results, but it can literally grow with assuring that your new toy doesn’t become outdated.
Performance ..75% | Value ...70% [ For the serious video enthusiast... Rendale A8802 5-VHS GST Gold £550 - Third Coast Technologies 0257 472444 £599.99-MarcamTel: 081-941 6117 The follow up to the classic A8802 is the Super-VHS A8802, a genlock that offers a lot more than just Super-VHS compatibility. Coming in at just under £600, it offers good value too.
Dke most Super-VHS genlocks, the Rendale doesn't just support S-VHS. If you feel like taking the plunge straight away'but haven't got access to S-VHS decks, then the unit can still be used with a composite video signal by simply flicking a switch on the back of the unit. Obviously you won't get the same image quality, but you still get all the extra features that the S-VHS A8802 has to offer.
Probably the most striking difference between the normal A8802 and the S- VHS A8802 is the inclusion of a bulky but nicely presented effects control box that is about three times the size of the genlock itself. All connections are made through this box, with a simple lead connecting all this video wizardry to the actual genlock unit. This fader box must be brought around from the back of your Amiga to sit next to your Amiga keyboard, allowing easy access to its controls.
Thanks to that extra box, the A8802 fully supports the usual crossfading and fading to black that is common with genlocks of this price. However, it also supports a number of powerful wipes that will allow you to create some quite stunning effects within your video productions.
Using a combination of the controls available, it's possible to create left, right, up, down, top left, bottom right, middle of the screen wipes and a lot more besides. Clever use of these wipe effects can produce some very nice effects.
As you'd expect from a Rendale genlock, the quality of the genlocked signal is very good indeed. Once again, it's not quite up to broadcast quality spec, but it's more than good enough for semi-professional purposes. When you also consider its relatively low price, the Super-VHS Rendale is a very good bet indeed.
You may not have heard of GST, but they're a big name within the ST market. Indeed, they were one of the first companies to produce a workable genlock for the ST, a machine that was never really that good at video work. Now they've started producing their wares for the Amiga, but the competition is somewhat tougher.
Like all GST's products, the GST Gold lives inside a brilliant colour coordinated black box about the size of a good thick hardback book. It fully supports both Super-VHS and composite signals, so it's not let down in this department. On the front of the genlock are a couple of controller knobs which allow you to alter the contrast, luminance and colour of the incoming signal. Very few genlocks seem to offer these controls, so this is definitely one up for the GST Gold.
The documentation which comes with the GST Gold is pretty good... if you can read french, that is. Perhaps I'm just being picky, but it would have been nice to have had an English manual. My French i? Pretty appalling, so getting to know the GST Cold was something of a struggle to say the least. So if you order a GST, make sure that you insist on an English manual.
One very nice feature of the GST is its built in RGB splitter, which is not actually that useful for desktop video, but is a real boon if you own a video digitiser. So, if you also own a digitiser like DigiView or Rombo's Vidi-Amiga, you can use the genlock to separate a composite or S-VHS signal into its component red, green and blue signals. It's really nothing more than a gimmick, but it’s handy nonetheless.
The genlock itself seems pretty basic, although the image quality is very good indeed. Surprisingly, it doesn't offer any form of wipes or fades, which is definitely not going to help it, especially now that budget units like the RocGen offers these for considerably less money. In all, you're probably better off with the Rendale.
Genlocking top tips i If you want to get the best from your new acquisition, then follow these handy hints:
1. When overlaying graphics, always try to use the best possible
quality composite video source. Try to avoid using second
generation videotapes. If you do, you may find that the image
will break up terribly.
2. For more professional work, avoid using low resolution
composite video decks. If you can afford it, go for Super-VHS
or even Hi-8.
3. Avoid highly saturated images - these can cause terrible
amounts of colour bleeding.
4. Use decent quality video cables, preferably cables designed
specifically for video signals. These shielded cables cut down
signal noise and interference to a minimum.
5. If you are using standard composite VHS, then it's well worth
investing in a PAL encoder - a device which gives better image
quality when the genlocked signal is laid down on to
videotape.
6. Keep your video graphics as simple as possible - the bolder
the image, the clearer it will be when recorded onto
videotape.
7. Titles look a lot clearer and more readable if you add a black
outline around them. This also cuts down colour bleeding.
8. A good investment is a sound mixer. This will allow you mix
the sound from the original videotape with a commentary and
possibly even a backing track.
O O DC The professional choice... u Most of the genlocks featured would be I fine for serious video applications, but
I. U that required by video post-production houses.
V x Thankfully, Amiga developers have got this covered too. It's beyond the scope of this article to mention them in any great detail, but here's a quick mn down of some of the more common professional units available.
G2 VC3 - The big brother of both G2's VC1 and VC2 is the VC 3, a broadcast quality genlock that is selling like hot cakes at the moment. The reason for this is simple - the VC3 is the only Amiga genlock that supports YcrCB (YUV) output. If you don't know what it is, then chances are that you don't need it!
Locks, MaxiGen comes to you in 19in, 1U rack-mount format, so it can be installed easily and securely within a professional video environment. It supports Super-VHS and PAL composite with full broadcast quality output.
Neriki ImageMaster - Offering basically the same features as the MaxiGen genlock is the Neriki range of genlocks.
These too come in rack-mount format and offer the usual selection of wipes and fades with broadcast quality output in PAL, composite and Super-VHS formats.
Rendale A8806 - Rendale's flagship genlock is the A8806, a very nice little number that also comes in rack-mount format. It too offers broadcast quality output with the usual selection of wipes and fades. It's also dirt cheap - at just under £900, it represents very good value for money.
Video Center Plus £1170 - G2 Systems Tel: 0252 737151 02 Systems Video Centre is actually available in three different configura- tions starting with the basic Video Centre, moving up to the Video Centre Plus (reviewed) and finally the professional quality Video Centre 3.
As a result, G2 is a company worth talking to regardless of whether you're working for the BBC or your Aunty Mavis.
Both the VC1 and VC2 consist of neat consoles which sit on the desk next to your Amiga, The VC3 is a rack-mounted unit which is controlled via a separate remote unit.
The VC1 and VC2 are very similar apart from the fact that the VC2 has a few extra features which video professionals may find useful.
As you'd expect, both the VC1 and VC2 will allow you to perform a number of fade and dissolve effects via a pair of slider controls on the console front panel. These are basically the same as the fade options available on the RocGen - crossfading and fade to black - although they are performed rather better.
One nice feature of the VC series is that you can change the keying colour which is used when overlaying graphics.
This is a surprisingly rare function to find on an Amiga genlock, although - to be fair - it has to be said that the Super-VHS Rendale can also do this. The key register is changed by setting a series of dip switches at the back of the genlock, so it's worth having a good ball-point pen on hand to do this.
Unique to the VC2 is a set of 20 wipe functions which will allow you to add a bit of class to your video productions.
These wipes allow you to view either the Amiga or background video through one of 20 variable sized and shaped patterns. These patterns include circles, rectangles and diagonals. These effects can be positioned anywhere on the screen thanks to a joystick control built in to the console Overall, the VC2 is a powerful and very capable genlocking system that, whilst hot being broadcast quality, is suitable for most semi-professional video applications.
In fact, the only thing I could find to Complain about is the price - at just over £1100, it is rather pricey, especially when you compare it to the Rendale.
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Tony Donnelly in Northern Ireland has sent us the excellent "Snake" picture and also a distinctly odd creation called "Toi Doi".
Winner this month though, and deservedly so, is Jared Derrett. His two pictures, "Assassin" and "Executioner" are so good that some people actually thought they were screenshots from a game rather than Gallery submissions.
He'll be hearing the creak of the postman's knees as he struggles with a copy of Deluxe Paint IV and a glossy, framed copy of the "Assassin" picture all the way to Essex. The lucky wee scamp.
You too could grace these hallowed pages and earn yourself the goods. Please remember to include details of how you created your picture(s), plus your name, address, telephone number and what format the picturefs) are in. Good luck!
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you may think of the green buggers in a pie-crust.
Well the home computer sequel to the highest selling computer game of all time is a conversion of the much lauded coin-op. Press response to the original was lukewarm, but the public bought it in droves |shows how much we know, eh punters?), and even now it still hovers in and out of the charts.
This time it looks as though a favourable press response is likely - how can they mess up a good coinop? - so it will probably not sell at all. On the plus side the strong graphics feature a load of different moves for either of the two turtles on screen at any time, several different enemies and the old adversary Shredder.
This horizontally scrolling beat-'em-up will be released in November. Price TBA.
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- Image Works STAR TREK
- Electronic Arts Trekkies out there will have to hold their
breath for a while due to the fact that the 25th Anniversaiy
game of the original TV series is first to be released on the
PC, Don't fret however because it will eventually be convert
ed for the Amiga The game combines a 3D space flight simulator
with a wide variety of role-playing adventures to produce
something that should send all the Trekkies into fits of
delight Plot details are sketchy at the moment, but I am trying
to exert some personal pressure to get the programmers to
include a sub-game where you have to guess which star is going
to turn into the Enterprise during the opening titles, as
well as some graphical touches like everyone on the bridge
jumping to one side when the Enterpnse takes a hit So far they
haven't listened.
Expea it for the Amiga some time in the first half of next year.
Excuse me a moment while I wet myself.
Now I know these previews are meant to be unbiased and containing nothing more than information, but this product really Is going to be the dogs you*know«whats.
Mind-gibbering graphics and orchestral sound effects combine with brilliant beat- 'em-up style gameplay to produce what deserves to be the Christmas number one on merit alone.
The plot puts you in control of a young Samurai who follows the Demon King who murdered his master all the way to Japan in the 24th century in an attempt to avenge the guy's death. Eight way scrolling horizontal action gives the player plenty of scope to use his sword in any direction he wants.
If you get the moves right you can look really stylish by jumping up, getting a bat above you on the way, one across from you while you're at the top and another one below you one the way down. Flash is an understatement Due around November at a price TBA.
LEANDER - Psygnosis Lord Tyeger has kidnapped Princess Lucanna - he can use her to replenish his dwindling power. You play the role of Leander - a handsome hero for the Middle Ages, and only you, wait for it, only you can rescue her. Something to do with a union overtime ban apparently.
This platform based beat- em-up will feature (deep breath) 22 levels, three different worlds, over 100 enemies, a great intro', loads of unusual potions and pick-ups, password system, weather effects |this comes in the form of a water pistol that your friend can fire at you during the game, possibly), and over 60 different sound effects.
It will be available in November at £25.99. November 1991 gsSP p«« mism Available on AMIGA ATARI ST CBM 64 CASS CBM64 DISC ROTECT 3S HE ULTIMATE SPORTS COMPILATION NVELOPES 9V(*i4V«* All screen shots - AMIGA SPECTRUM CASS AMSTRADCASS AMSTRADDISC THE ULTIMATE COMPlATBH ARTWORK & PACKAGING © DQMARK CROUP LTD PURSUED BY DOMAJK SOFTWARE LTD, PERRY HOUSE, 51-57 LAO ROAO, LONDON SW151 PR TR-44|0|81-780 2?24 PROTWN6 TOUR © UBISOfT BLUE 8YTE GAZZAt 1W ENTERTAINMENT INTERNATIONAL iUK| LTD 'GAZZA’tSA TRADEMARK Of PAUl GASCOIGNE PROMOTIONS LTD CONTINENTAL GRCUS-IICENSED FROM (C: TAITOCORP. ® 1989VIRGIN
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NOTE ATARI ST AND CBM 64 VERSIONS PREVIOUSLY SOLO U«5ER THE TITLE OftEADERBOAPD LEADER BOARD™ © 1986 ACCESS SOFTWARE INCORPORATED ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. MANUFACTURED UNOER LICENSE FROM ACCESS SofTWARE INCORPORATED BY DOMARK. 01986 US GOLD LTD HARD NOVA - Electronic Arts This PC conversion puts you in the role of Nova, a hard-bitten mercenary who has lost his whole crew in a freak accident involving a meteorite and a pickled onion - probably.
The player must recruit a new crew and travel the anarchic wastes of the four systems finding adventure and danger wherever he goes. Makes him sound like some sort of mad Rupert Bear. The game asks you to hang around in bars to meet and kill people. Travel through space and explore planets using the hovership.
It will be available this October at £25.99. POPULOUS II - Electronic Arts What can I say? All they've told me is that it's based in ancient Greece, it is new improved and the graphics look fantastic. That’s no bloody use to me is it?
Beyond that it is all highly confidential, but it will be out in December at £29.99 Following the highly-acclaimed TV Sports Football and Basketball titles, the next sports title moves away from the American theme and onto a more global sport, the bloodthirsty, money- grabbing world of professional boxing.
As well as the high quality graphics and gameplay that Cinemaware have made their own (creep, crawl) the game will also include a full management section where you can shape the careers of talented boxers, force the less talented to take a dive for cash and take a nice juicy cut of all the income to line your own already fat pocket.
This should be with us some time in the next year, again with price TBA.
• Gamer RoiecT 3S The sheer pace of the game, end to end action
and tactical game play is the core of TIP OFF, a basketball
simulation - A SIMULATION WHICH IS great fun to play Players'
skills, attributes and fitness together with the astute
substitution of players and change of tactics banks by the
coach, holds the key to success in basket ball, TIP OFF,
therefore includes some managerial aspects of the game. The
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independently.
* 1 to 4 players option. Option to play against the computer or
another playeneH am up with another player against the computer
or another player or two players.
* Facility to practice skills and tactics.
* Facility to create a team at all skill levels and design
tactics.
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* Instinctive Joystick controls to dribble, pass, shoot or do a
dummy.
There are two running speeds, two types of dribbling and passing and five types of shots at the basket (Jump shot, Hook shot, Skyhook, Running Jump shot and Slam Dunk).
* Each player on the court is an individual with a unique mixture
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EASY TO PLAY - HARD TO MASTER AMIGA Screenshot's Shown SlMtfiNtll SiMAomcn - ©1991 Anco Gomes ercule Poirots a decidedly sinister old chappie, isn't he? What with his spooky moustache and his alarming tendency to always crop up near a murder, it’s surprising that he hasn’t been locked up. And Miss Marple's no better. She may look like a doddery old spinster with a mind like a steel trap, but she probably lures stray cats into her house and tuns them into beer-mats for the summer fete.
And what about Lord Peter Whim- sey? Or Maigret? No, in my book, all these so-called ‘detectives’ are as dodgy as something, er. Very dodgy indeed. Thank the lord, then, that our quick, if not entirely planned, nap then gets on with finding the l» who perpetrated the perpetration Also on board the ship are a gr; of friends and colleagues of Nmm of whom have more skeletons I closets than clothes. It's up to Raou i comer these suspects and quiz the* i the murder. He can also pick up I from eavesdropping on the others by inspecting the objects he finds like that girl in Scooby Doo.
Raoul is moved around the shp I the point and click interface that!
To have become a permanent f this graphic adventure genre. You i act with the scenery by clicking i Animation j~rtrr had to demonstrate rock HmIioo.
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Wibble. Tic me Rolfaroo down. Krffw,«ck. |Fetth the nurse. He j lost it thu time) hero, Raoul Dusentier, is a bona fide detective. A fully employed. 100 per cent legit' nosy old sod. A ‘rozzer* in other words.
Apparently way back in the roaring twenties. Raoul was hunting down some nasty French bloke who was hiding in a restaurant and rather than let the whippersnapper get away with it he attested everybody in the restaurant Naturally, the highbrow toffs in this up-market chunder palace were a smidgen annoyed by this James Ander- ton-Jike behaviour and caused something of a ruckus.
Wo you AH except for one. A Greek fella called Niklos Karaboudjan stood up for Raoul's ‘putting the boot Irf policy and applauded him for ‘just doing his job'j ahoy, eh chums?
[show that there were no hard I ¦on a luxury fall into place. All is a corpse. Lo and look what we have here. Poor old Niklos Wotsisname has been murdered at sea. So now we have a cruise and a corpse, which sounds like a perfect place to start the game... We Join Raoul as he discovers the body, just in time to be clobbered over the head by a sinister shadowy figure.
FlippirV nora, what a way to start. Anyway. Raoul has a A whatever object interests you and jd by magic, a menq appears containing I" the actions relevant to that object ft instance, click on a book and you r EXAMINE. TAKE, or READ It This i that the number of options is greal increased, as each object can have a action that relates to it and it atone. I As you can see. Cruise is a bit of| stunner. The graphics are bigger aS better than any of its rivals, and the af mation is smooth and sexy, a bit (¦ Galaxy bar True, it s not |1 in the world, but speed isn't M this game is about Oh no. It’s
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Thankfully, the arcade I i J to come a cropper because you o handle the arcade bits. So. Cruise for Corpse is a brain-teaser from top to toe As all the action takes place on ship, the game lacks Stealth s sense size, but instead concentrates on ing the atmosphere of those Ag, Christie films, where everyone is a su pect, and anyone could be the kiQea This restricted game area also allows much more detail to be included in the scenery, as you can tell from the piccies, and this helps immensely with the mood.
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. Can now build up a library of sub- ; to grill your suspects over. For , you can talk to Tom and fine a Oit about him. Now talk to ; and you have the chance to : Tom. Sne may ten you about is, and you can then talk . Tras way you can cany out
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At first, me game seems a iitrle*rdff- -ang, as it only takes a snort while to around the whole ship without y zmg any clues. Stick with it though, you'll slowly but surely be drawn in c one of the most intriguing and involving games you're ever like- ly to play. Once you get the hang of the conversation bits, me game really opens me fines of ’I cant do mar whereas boxes told me that sur- vereboxes. T his lead to some preny frustrating investigating, as you reaiiy can't afford to pass any options by in case you miss a due.
Another niggles the way that almost all the doors seem to be locked, and most of the characters spend a lot or time hiding aw in mar cabins. You can spend a long time wandering around Before you get kjeky and meet a new character. Per- haps fm just impatient.
To counteract these sfignby ootner* some aspects, there are plenty of options to make fife easier. The map. For instance, mat allows you to move from place to place vAthouz actually having to walk there, or the dock that move:, round every time you glean some-usefui information. The further me cioc* moves, me more options become open to you.
Also on me “mar's a clever idea* side is me well thought out disk system. To cut, Wap- ea of the ship is confined to one disk. Therefore, you need only swap aisxs when movii deck to another, rne continuity fl.
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AUOIO ooowm Scaeonfcant creaking ship noses, ano cneery txg oand jaanafc- P LAYAB I LITY GOGG& A focnidabk game at first but the rewards for persevering are great fike the inspired around to the Entertainer, amadextrous.
Daniel V Raoui prepares to nosey on over to this saucy chick Birds of Prey, produced by Argonaut and distributed via Electronic Arts, has had a rather long gesta- tion period, not to mention a name change. Originally to be known as Hawk, this flight simulation appears to have taken forever to hit the shelves.
The reason is, apparently, a simple matter of a protracted development period. No one really knew what they wanted so ideas were bounced around until someone saluted it - playing havoc with their metaphors.
Paul Rigby parachutes behind enemy lines to gather intelligence on the biggest flight simulator ever At the time of writing, Birds of Prey is scheduled for release around November. To placate you should you desperately require some information to get through to the final release day, allow Chris Humphries, designer and writer on the project, to offer a few words of wisdom.
The most obvious first question being • what is Birds of Prey, Chris?
It is a combat flight simulator which allows you to fly 40 different types of aircraft on 12 different types of mission in a fictitious world consisting of airbases and aircraft carriers, cities, roads, rivers, that kind of thing."
“It allows you to choose whatever type of mission you'd like to fly - bombing, air interception, air superiority, tank busting, etc. You can also choose what type of aircraft you want to do it in.
Although we try to help people to choose an appropriate aircraft * up to them to make their §m choice. They can then load • whatever weapons they think appropriate and then go off m do it."
Fictitious it may be but is a real background scenario?
Not really. Although the * craft featured are real it don* involve real countrw There are just two si* You choose which si* you want to be on m you then fight ort tt* side. You try and tip * balance of power ¥ your human element The game can aftmr run by itself, whe both sides make attac on each other. You ?
And assist your side give them the edge.
This game is not J¦ a simple matter of cm pleting a list of missions. Thr are a variety of dynamic eleme" included. This is because you m be taking part in a fully fled?
Battle. So, while you are hittr enemy aircraft and bases your l» AUDIOGENIC • £25.99 ¦ 1 2 meg • Joystick ¦ Out now World Class Rugby Hmmm. Sounds a bit like World Cup Rugby if you ask me. And. My word if it isn't the Rugby World Cup this month, wen knock me down with a feather and call me Susan if that isn’t one of the most remarkable coincidences this century.
And bugger me if there isn't another rugby game reviewed next month. How do I know? I’m psychic that's how.
Rugby to the ummoated is a complex game - hundreds of rules make up the sport, covenng every possible situation.
But it isn't really necessaiy to know more than the basics if you want to play or watch a game.
This version, by all accounts, tries to take in all of the basics and some of the more complex ones, but to include every single rule and couple it with the infallible logic of a computer would mean that you might as well start carving a headstone for playability right now. Fortunately you don't have to.
The match can be a friendly, in the league, then the League Cup or the World Cup. The four options give j the opportunity to play loads of nents in all sorts of environments, the chance to fight your way to I m three very different arenas.
On the pitch at any one ome you i have Fifteen men - eight forwards i seven backs - the forwards being I ones who make up the scrum. The i is basically to run up the Field with oval ball, get it behind the goal.
Touch it down. The problem is that) cannot pass it forward - it must.
Be passed to someone behind This sort of sport involves heavy tact which may mean that the ball i trapped under a pile of men and I game effectively grinds to a halt, where the scrum comes in. Or if« one was at fault, various penalties scrum, or the ruck when the ga hasn't been stopped, involve a i group of men being punched fo by the waggling of your joystii Coloured arrows show the position i the ball and whether you are in co of it. If the ball goes out of play you Amiga Computing November 1991
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A ime-out. This set piece gives you the chance to pick one of the seven or eight routines available which, if you gam possession, will be cun by the computer n a similar way to some American Football games.
The ball can be kicked forward down the pitch but it must not be picked up by anyone other than the kicker or one of the opposition.
From either above or, a pseudo 3D that is identical to that of John Maddens on the Mega Drive, and it plays like a dream.
There is plenty of scope in computer rugby for the aforementioned headstone but Denton Designs have managed to produce a highly playable game that should do for computerised rugby what Kick Off did for football, Jools eree would interpret it which is why the offside and knock on rules can be turned off if you fancy a reaily fast mow ing game. But when they are on it doesn't make the game completely unplayable, just a little bit more pedestrian.
Controls are very simple. Depending on the situation, fire will either change the controlled player, pass, tackle or kick. Dead easy. The pitch is viewed The most complex rules included in tms version revolve around offsides and viock ons. In the full game these rules cause the majority of the hold-ups, which is why rugby is given such liberal advantage rules.
Advantage is a difficult concept to get over to a computer in the way a ref- November 1991 ? Low combatants will be engaged in tank battles, tactical fire fights, artillery bombardments, and any other offensive action you find in an all out war.
You never see this action. However, each side s progress can be monitored via a series of reports and graphs. These graphs, percentages and status reports illustrate a variety of positions such as hangers, control towers etc. It is rather more tricky to find exact details of the enemy but there is a reconnaissance (recce) mission you can fly to find out what state the war is in.
The action you take part in is totally dynamic. For example, visual damage can be inflicted upon an installation. However, that damage will then be repaired over the course of time. If you knock out a hangar you effectively knock out all of the aircraft for a particular base. If you knock out a control centre you neutralise their control ability. If you attack aircraft-producing factories you will knock out their ability to produce new aircraft. The replacement rate drops while the factory is being repaired. You must try, therefore, to win a war of attrition.
As mentioned above, the dynamics" do not extend to other ground elements. You do not see your side rolling forth with tanks and men, for example. Birds of Prey (BOP) is more orientated around air combat. There are elements of ground attack but they generally include air-related targets.
If you die you do not lose the game - you just take a different persona to continue the um ongoing battle. Nothing after your "death". You can an save the battle at that point if |» wish. In fact, because of the S** routine you can have a numbr campaigns running simult*’' ously. The only item lost is t* dead pilot's record.
It Is possible to lose an airr and live (such as safe ejectir However, one pilot is not alio* to lose too many aircraft, the to* being four aircraft on the eas* level dwindling down to one the most difficult level. So eve* a pilot survives an ejection, if has used his allotted quota of * craft, he will be grounded. A pilot will have to be created.
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Lost that's where it would be. There are more games that revolve around the idea of some guy racing around on the metaphorical white charger in an attempt to rescue his bird, sorry girl, from a fate worse than a night in the company of John Major.
But then it is a classic ideal, a romantic notion that every bloke who gets his girls nicked by someone in a dragon suit is going to chase after her. Lets be honest, if that sort of thing happened today, no fancy dress party would ever be the same again.
This kind of dilemma is what faces Cornelius, the hero of Ocean's fairy tale beat-'em-up. You must control Cornelius as he attempts the rescue of his dearly beloved Elisa, who has been abducted by Necrilous the Not Very Nice.
Now I went out with a girl called Elisa once (no. Straight up), and if it was my Elisa that had been kidnapped I would have paid the bugger to keep her, not attempt to get her back. Then it would have been straight off down the local cattle market of a nightclub to pick up some other gold-digging little whore that fancied my money. Bitter?
Me? Oh no! Poor old Cornelius, under OCEAN £25.99 1 2 meg Out now Joystick your control has the happy task of fighting his way through eight tortuous levels of ruins, forests, swamps, and Christ knows what else before you even get a sniff of Necrilous’ BO or the chance to take him on in the ultimate showdown, the final conflict etc, etc. Along your way you will be able to co- lect various items which you can me on thetr own or as bargaining tools r | the shop to buy some really useW things like health to restore yoixl depleted energy, chairvmail to stop tne energy being depleted so quickly Of
ferent bases. The choice has an affect on the gameplay. Chris.1 "It affects the enemy's ability to attack you bocause each one has a different set of defences and different strengths in terms of where it is and how far it is from the enemy lines.” Consequently, the mission selec- tion is slightly altered, “...in a sense that if you select an aircraft carrier there are certain missions you obviously can t do - certain aircraft can't fly off an aircraft carrier! That's the only restriction.” Another restriction is that there is only one generic cockpit: To design a cockpit as detailed as
we have done would be very difficult to do again and again for different aircraft and have all the artwork stored. We d end up with three of four more disks just to contain it.” So there are 40 aircraft within BOP. I guess that many readers will be wondering just how flexible the aircraft choice is. Let Chris explain: "You can choose any aircraft for any mission but it does pose restrictions sometimes. Where it is very silly to try and take a 747 off an aircraft carrier, for example, but, yes, you could take a Jumbo Jet on an air interception. You d 3 34 33 00 Ql 02 0 4 rr ?ji _ 000° ?110 o
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Speaking of which, how are the wing men implemented?
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The items are made up of eight different herbs and pets. The herbs range from Stinking Toadflax (mmmm) to Spiny Nutwert (sounds painful) or from Purple Berry Grurhp to Brown Horse Root all of which sound anything but pleasant to the nose. The pets are these rather charming little creatures that lie around the level just begging to be picked up in the same manner as some of the girls at that disco I mentioned.
One of the really nice features is the Cuteness Rating. This is an index figure that shows how many cute characters you have shot during the course of the game. As far as I am concerned the more the better.
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Doppler shift effects are sour special effects that give you tfu distinctive "Wwwhhoooossss* hhh! Sound of a missile approving, zipping past, and careerir VTOL from the HMS Invincible ? If they’ve been given a ground target as their main mission because that represents the greatest threat. They can only launch missiles that that particular aircraft type carries. In dogfight situations they vary their manoeuvring based on what you re doing, to a certain extent."
Although Birds of Prey is far down the line regarding development there are many tactical elements that have still to be decided. For example, Chris was still to decide whether you should be allowed to attack city areas to affect morale factory manpower and so on. So extra features may appear - or disappear! - in the final version that have not been mentioned within this article.
Release will be Amiga first.
There are slight worries, on my part, regarding the basic Amiga 500 version, though. As simulations increase in complexity the frame rate plays havoc with the gameplay. How has this problem been tackled?
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robots and their creators the Remusians. The Remusians were small bug-eyed idway through the 21st century, man has finally mastered the technology required for travel to, and colonisation of. Distant planets. The first starship, Daedalus I. set off in the year 2052 heading for Wolf 359, a small red star some 8.1 years away from Earth.
As the scientists arrived some generations later they discovered that the dual star solar system was entirely devoid of planets. There was no more in that solar system than a large number of asteroid belts. On closer inspection it appeared that among the asteroids there flew thousands of tiny craft, automatically controlled mining vessels, It seems the previous colonists has destroyed all the planets so that they could mine more efficiently.
MOONFALL 21st CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT £25.99 1 2 meg Mouse keyboard Out now humanoids who took a much less active role in the colony than the Robofbrms.
The Earth starship was soon captured by the Remusians, who enslaved the human habitants. Some of them escaped capture however, and established a small colony of their own.
They set you up as a trader, with the ultimate aim of making enough profit to be able to buy the whole colony and become supreme leader, thereby being able to free the enslaved humans.
This 3D vector graphics-based games combines violence and trading on a planet's surface, in the classic formula that was pioneered by Elite in deep space. In Moonfall though, the gameplay is more regimented than the random nature of other games.
Ten missions lie in wait for you. Ten objectives that must be completed very successfully so that the maximum gain is made from each, whether it be a reward for capturing an outlaw, or I hope I break my leg...
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Terrain As well as using waypoints to avoid radars, you can also use terrain.
Mountains are such large and important features in this game that Argonaut has implemented very accurate collision detection for these ROTECT BS mm mm features.
This means that you will be able to hug skim the terrain at low level. In fact you can also fly down canyons, land on skyscrapers and on top of hangers with the Harrier! Populated areas are, largely, patches with darkness. However, there are skyscrapers. One welcome aesthetic feature is that cities light up at night, This by now familiar ship is paid a visit by the BS2 we saw earlier ER tlon.
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Moonfall is essentially a wasted idea.
Stuff - rescuing hostages, meeting avengers from a crime organisation, all sorts of stuff. But the trading remains the bread and butter of the gameplay.
Gameplay is the main problem with this game. There is far too much long distance flying involved as you travel from city to city, base to base, with nothing of interest irrt)etween save for loads of stone pinnacles. Trading is slow and laborious and if you do occasionally happen across another vessel and try to engage in battle it turns into a stand off.
Just facing each other and shooting is hardly the most enjoyable shoot out I've ever seen. The simplicity of the vector graphics is forgivable if they have been deliberately sacrificed for speed, but sadly this is not the case.
Speed seems to have been sacrificed for something else, but I'll eat my horse if anyone ever finds exactly what it is. The landscapes are drap and bor- ing and the interiors of the bases are drab beyond belief. You enter the 'pub' to glean some info but it looks just like every other room - only when you logon to the computer do you get asked for a drink, in a separate interfacThe graphics may well be simple but there is so much else going on that complex graphics would slow it down The good looking chap will be happy to take your orders The landscape is littered wftti such fascinating
objects poorly implemented that it just does not bear thinking about. But if you are in the mood for something restful this may be the one to consider. Did I say restful? I think I meant sleep inducing.
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Thundertiawk Manchester United Euro Full Contact TV Sports Football Monkey Island Fantasy World Dizzy North and South New Zealand Story PGA Tour Golf Eye of the Beholder FI 5 Strike Eagle II Rainbow Collection Defender of the Crown Supercars Ninja Rabbits Lombard RAC Rally Xenon 2 Little Puff Pro Boxing The Games - Summer Edition Beach Volley Rocket Ranger Cabal Blood Money Treasure Island Dizzy Impossamole Red Heat Miami Chase 3D Pool Armour-Geddon Footballer Year 2 Lemmings Waterloo Life and Death Gods Shinobi Dungeons n' Everything Kick Off - Winning Tactics IK+ Robin Smith's Cricket Core
Design Krisalis Team 17 Mirror Image US Gold Code Masters Digital Integratio Hit Squad Electronic Arts US Gold Microprose Ocean Mirror Image GBH Micro Value Hit Squad irror Image de Masters Code Masters Kixx Hit Squad Mirror Image Hit Squad Sizzlers Code Masters GBH Hit Squad Code Masters Mirror Image Psygnosis GBH Psygnosis Mirror Image Mindscape Renegade Mindscape Mastertronic Hit Squad Challenge Last month's top four are still r the top five, the group as t whole slipping one place, wit* the budget priced TV Sport: Football and Full Contact swap ping places within that group They've been
dislodged by Thur derhawk, Core Design s heh copter simulator shoot- em-up Its success is hardly surprising following a plethora of award: from the press and an advcrtis ing spend of over C20.Q0C (gulp).
Apart from that this month has been fairly boring - every thing has remained fairly stable Cods and Lemmings have contin ued dropping. Eye of the Behold er and F-15 II are still hanging in there and Hero Quest has disap peared altogether. Next month though, should see the arrival of the first of the scenario disks in the charts and they should drag the parent product back in there with them.
One of the greatest shoot- em ups of all time, Blood Money, is there at number 24 on the bud get label Sizzlers. I fully expect this to climb steadily for a few months once people catch on to what a stunning game it really is.
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tornados. If he pops K; h*H get a prossM W ' Pockets, eh? What
bloomin marvellous little fellas they are, Why, if it weren't
for pockets then the fabric of our society would fall to
pieces. Kangaroos would be pretty useless without pockets, and
snooker players would be scuppered as well.
Just imagine: a world without kangaroos or snooker.
Oh. Not so bad is it? So pockets aren't really that wonderful are they? In fact they're not worth bothering with at all. So, enough banter, let's get on and check out the latest Bitmap offering.
It would appear that I'm not the only person to have problems of a pocket nature. The Bitmap Kid is having trouser receptacle bothers as well. You see.
Bitty has been blessed with, yes you guessed it, Magic Pockets.
Just what's magic about them? Well, they're big. Very big. Magically big in fact. Just like the Tardis, the Kid's pockets are a lot bigger on the inside than they would at first appear.
As well as having pockets that defy the laws of physics, they also have an
• equally spooky ability to provide the Kid with whatever objects
he desires. For example, if he's lounging in the sun and he
feels a tad thirsty, he plunges his hand into his pocket and
produces a refreshing, cool can of Fizzy Trendy Pop drink.
Great eh?
Of course, there's a downside to all this pantaloon japety, It would appear finds himself in a world totally ur. - any he has ever known. A world | lated by strange beasts and biz landmarks.
It's Ashton under Lyne on a San mghtl Except it's not, it's four levels ( scrolling platform action played over 3 separate sub-sections, with one 1 located on each level. And so we to The Game.
Yes, it s a Bitmap Brothers co tion, and yes it's flaming marvellous I with Gods, the bruvs have taken i standard platform formula and little twist to make it a completely ( ent game from every other f A lot of the innovations found I Gods crop up here too, albeit i slightly bigger way, but we'll get to I later. First of all, before we get into i the complicated bits, let's take a !
At how the game looks as a ( The screen layout will be familiar I anyone who's played a platform
- and let's face it, that's practica everyone. You have the main
ch complete with a springy wee jun some platforms to jump on
to, bogeymen to try and stop him, and« exit at the end of the
level.
That's where the similarities end Bitmap Kid can fight back with a of weapons from his infamous | On level one. He fires whirlwinds, I two brings clouds, the third level has ¦ blocks and the final level has snowbafc I Like R-Type, he can fire at dou sr- T- v. • c r:: w ¦ m r a H 'r~~ • r - Amiga Computing November 1991 that the Kid has accidentally lost four of his favourite toys dans la poche and now he wants them back. And what better way to do this than to whip a black hole out of his kecks and leap in after his beloved playthings?
Well, he could just pop down to Toys R Us and buy some new ones. No?
Please yourselves. Once inside his trousers - calm down at the back - he strength by holding down the fire l ton that little bit longer. This unlea an extra large whirlwind doud ic block snowball which will trap the i ties. Rainbow Islands-styfe These extra strength power ups.
Have a second purpose, depending i which level you are on. For instance, onl level one the whirlwinds can be used to I fling the Kid a« over the screen, allow-1 ing him to reach higher platforms. AI sprinkling of tactical planning will be I required to puzzle your way out of cer- ft tain situations, so don't disengage ycx* | brain when you pick up the joystick.
The sub-levels within each mam i are designed so that no two levels play alike. Some require you to navigate!
Mazes of interlinked platforms, others I demand quick reflexes, and others cal| upon puzzle solving skills.
At the end of each main level, i is a bonus one which involves using the 1 toy you retrieved from that level in some I sort of test. These range from the rela- I tively normal, such as a bike race, to the [ positively bizarre: try a boxing match I with a gorilla.
All of these little touches help to keep the game fresh and exciting by chang-1 unlike popu- izarre O0OCV Uncluttered, smooth scroimg screens packed with tiSow of iirtMtH inri I _ A I WZWQ dIKJ WoiKJicTTUI HxnO 004600 Owe you we retrieved your lost boxing glove, you must use it in a fight to the death Ottp in the Jungle, the chimps cent find 0«*d Attenborough so they're bothering the Kid inm d AUDIO '•hcther or not you're a Betty Boo fan, the music is jrwt, plus tome nifty Itfe speech FX.
GOOO Plenty of new touches ensure that this Is a platform game Hke no other.
• 1 •v* • ?-n, » srsnr' i is designed to teach you a new aspect
so youl be drawn in
01) 5900 The third level takes you to the lakes, where you must
frtwt the water to cross. But if you had a diving helmet...
Aaargh! It s The Snowman!
That pathetic little egg Is trying to reaeh me but ean t quite make it ’cos he's a weed 11*.
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The boring techy stuff like animation and scrolling is brilliant as well in case you were interested. You probably could have guessed that though.
Soundwise too, things are as hot 'n PRICE £8.99 £8.99 £8.99 [ £8.99 ¦ £5.49 ..£3.99 U8.99 5* 1 «ng the formula every time you play.
And that's it more or less. There are more 'little touches' than you could shake a very large stick at but you'll just
* ave to take my word for it As you can see from the screenshots,
the graphics are excellent. There are literally hundreds of
sprites, and thousands of rooms - or so the Bitmaps daim. But
who's counting? - all of them taden with detail. Each of the
four levels 1 2 meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now 00'6 no spicy as those
Pits they put on pizzas to bum your mouth when you least expea
it. The music is provided by that stormin rap vixen, Betty Boo.
Perhaps it's a bit of a shame that just as the game was being completed, Ms Boo got booed off stage for miming, but that's the way the cookie crumbles.
Whether or not you're a Boo fan, the music is great and suits the game perfectly.
Thankfully you only hear that cheery ‘Doing the Do' refrain at the end of each level, otherwise there could be a lot of unnecessary violence committed against innocent loudspeakers. In game we are treated to some equally well suited FX, with little voices going Teah' when you get a power-up and so forth.
And it's all very, well... bouncy really.
OK, now comes the bit where we Find out just what the Bitmaps have done to make the game different.
Remember in Gods how some of the nasties were intelligent? Well, the same applies in Pockets, except that now we have many different grades of nasty.
Some are passive and won t harm you unless you actually walk into them, others are aggressive and pelt after you the minute they spot you. While some of them are realty vicious and will attack from off screen and follow you everywhere you go.
Some of the baddies are weak and can t get over the obstacles in your way, and some are even better at jumping than you and can scale even the most daunting walls. This system means that you'll never be able to waltz through Pockets just because you know when to expea the enemy. Pretty damn clever, huh?
Another new Bitmap invention is the gradeable power-up. By killing nasties you can decide what power-ups you get when you trap a nasty. The more nasties you kill, the better the power-up when you trap and burst your next foe. Cunning or what? This isn't Just a gimmick either, as later levels require you to plan carefully what power-ups you'll use and when - if you're to stand a cat in hell s chance of Finishing ft.
That, in the space allowed, is as much of the game as I can tell you about. Suffice it to say that I didn't have room to tell you about the secret rooms full of bonuses, the fun reward bits when you're totally invincible and can just leap about killing things, the ability to kill nasties by tumbling on to them, the TV sets that give you a sneak preview of what's around the next the bubble gum machines that allow you to float up to platforms, the plants that can be watered to grow into new platforms and the assorted helmets that give you all manner of special powers.
Phew!
Yep, Magic Pockets is a big, big game and one that should keep most people glued to their joysticks for weeks on end. Those Bitmaps have done it again.
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GameR £) You may not have noticed, but Robin Hood is pretty hot property these days. A few years ago he was just a Woke who wore green leg warmers and a stupid hat in some distant age. Remembered onfy in songs sung by bearded men in real ale pubs with Aran sweaters and fisher mens' smocks, then suddenly he was transformed overnight into an international film star and all round celeb' All I can say is that it's a good thing that Robin Hood looked like Kevin Costner, or they'd have had to get someone else for the film, and then where would he be?
To assist you in your green stockinged gallavanting, Gamer now presents the guide to gorgeous icons BOW AND ARROW Oddly enough. ThU will make Robin fire an arrow In the direction he it facing,.
SWORD Click on this and then on a person and Robin win lay into them with his chopper (fnarj.
This scrolls the strtert » little further in the direction Robin is facing, to allow you to see what lies ahead HEART For some reason this induces Robin to break into a run. Perhaps AN Bran would be more appropriate?
Needless to say. This game has nothing to do with 'Prince of Thieves', although there is a competition to win the video included with the game, but is instead based on the Olde English legends that spawned the original Robyn o' the Hoode. So don't expea to find Hollywood style stunts and chases, like the film. That's not to say that the game is without action, but it's action of a more sedate kind.
Click on this and then on person and Robin will tickle them with his silver tongue |ahem|.
OPEN HAND The Be nke icon, dick on this, then a person and Robin will be nice to them The game places you In the slightly sweaty tunic of Monsieur Hood, and asks that you merely elevate him to level of International Folk Hero. Ho ho ho.
That should be easy, thought I. M just clobber some Normans, snog Marian and be home in time for a slap-up meal of dead stag. Oh boy. Was I wrong. Let's take my first game as an example.
CLOSE HAND The Spill my pmt Kon Clicking on this and a person makes Robin threaten them I started off happily enough, sat in my casde having a good old knees up with the Sherwood Posse. Then the Sheriff of Nottingham booted me out and made me an outlaw. I hung around for a bit thinking it might be some massive medieval Jeremy Beadle type prank, but twas not.
So, there I was. An outlaw. So I shot a few arrows around, got into a fight with a soldier and died. Not really an auspicious start for the Champion of the Oppressed, eh? What had gone wrong?
My first impressions of Robin Hood were look's like loads of fun. But what the hell am I supposed to do?'. The instructions don't give anything away, merely telling you that there are many V ¦ ways to end the game, some are failures. Others are minor successes, or you could go the whole hog and kill the Sheriff, get the girl and save the world.
My first few endings were of the 'complete and utter failure' type, with the peasants sniggering at me and calling me names. After a bit of experimentation though. I started to get the hang of it. I met Maid Marian (and even managed to snog her). I joined forces with Will Scarlet and even killed the Sheriff with a lucky arrow Then I got beaten up by loads of soldiers and died. But it was too late, I was hooked.
Control of Robin is carried out via mouse and icons, in a manner similar to PowerMonger. You select the action you want and then dick on the person or object you wish to act upon. It s a tned and tested formula, and it works quite well. There are times, however, when it can cause trouble. For instance, you have to click on two icons to run away from a soldier when he takes you pnsoner. And by the time you've done that you could well be dead. There's also a rather odd feature that means that sometimes Robin ignores what you ask him to do and does what he wants instead. This means that you can't
afford to leave him alone in case he strolls off to get himself killed while you make a cuppa.
The icons available are your basic Tight'.
'talk*, 'walk' variety, although other magical icons can be collected Magic? Yup, magic In this Robin Hood tale, the forces of Heme the Forest God are in play to give you magic rings and crystals to help you on your way.
Another decidedly un-Robih icon is the 'fireball' which ca obtained from a dragon (?) To« to strike your enemy down with 1 Very handy for getting rid Of the I mans, that one.
The graphics are a bit on the I side, and Robin often blends in with i green backgrounds, but the lack of I means that there's plenty of memory I for those cute little touches that i these sort of games special.
The people in this game are independent. Each lives own life, and you can watch i do it.
Some of the little scenes ] can stumble across are .
Lutely brilliant, such as I funeral (complete solemn music), the | ants poaching stag., the rather saucy i taking a revealing i in the river.
The sound up the graph* touches perfe The tunes are derfully i with flutes trumpets all I ¦ROTECT BS An Englishman i homa is his castle, at least until the Sheriff nicks It off you C«n Robin Actually think that Marian will fall for this drivel?
The shop, and there are plenty of them.
Try having a chat with the Minstrel and seeing if he'll do requestsl The sound effects are great too, if a little thin on the ground. The church bells and castle trumpets are especially worth a mention as they give you hints as to what's going on in other parts of the land.
Don't think that this is a one man job though. To survive in Sherwood you'll need to make plenty of friends, and keep the peasants on your side. Giving them money is a good way to boost your popularity, but you'll have to pinch where the others are. I haven't got the foggiest. I think I’ve spotted Friar Tuck trundling around, but I can t get him to join me. That's one of the strengths of this game. There's no lack of things to do. There will always be someone to talk to or fight with, the question is which do you do. And to which people?
The game is not without its problems.
As I said before, controlling Robin is sometimes a chore, especially when he decides to do his own thing and tries to sneak back into his castle. Another sticky patch comes when you try and use your up his cash before he legged it into the castle, but my arrow missed by miles and lulled Maid Marian as she stepped out for a morning stroll. I was gutted I can tell you.
While I'm in a niggly mood, just a quick moan about the stupid way that icons become unusable for a short time once selected. I can't understand why Robin has to hang around waiting to be able to speak again when he's chatting up Marian.
It's at its worst when you get taken prisoner and find you can't escape because the fight icon can't be selected.
Quite why this happens is beyond me.
As it simply serves to spoil the flow of the game So, summing up time. Robin Hood is a novel and reasonably effective way of converting a tricky subject to computer.
It's a good fun game with plenty of scope and tons of lastability, but it's slightly marred by some silly little bugs.
Not quite the stuff that Gamer Golds are made of. But well worth a look all the same.
Daniel Whitehead He's bold, he's brave, he's very, very good. He's ENVELOPES itions IER $ mrt and obscure sprites, but »m« atmospheric stil screens Ore* authentic tunes and some useful FX.
MILLENNIUM ¦ £25.99 *J 2 meg ¦ Mouse keyboard t off the rich first Somewhere along the fabled longbow. As we all knew R in fcne. You'll have to try and gather the was the Jockey Wilson of his time, wit Merry Men together as well. As a bit of the forced perspective makes it hard to due. I'll tell you that Will Scarlet can be see what lies in your path and what found about to be hung at the castle doesn’t.
Gates. All you have to do is rescue the Twice I managed to cold bloodedly fella and he II join up with you. As to murder some of my supposed friends, . ] just because I couldn't see where I was I The first time I tried to save Will from the gallows by shooting the hangman (just like the film) I ended up killing Will.
The second ume. I tried to shoot a both- ¦ ersome rich bloke who wouldn't cough B A great game is let down by some thoughtless features.
If you can ignore the Wiosyn- oaiin ftcn ri an en ooing and wnciy iwviiiuff GREMLIN ¦ £29.99 ¦ 1 2meg ¦ Mouse ¦ Out now factor in the QOL equation, but becauai everyone is off watching the gama then the work rate will drop. A hospital I is not essential but it will allow you tpj directly control the birth rate, and it allow the population to recover more] quickly from the effects of a virus, fori example For the installations to be of any use, they must be manned by colonists up to!
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The approach they have adopted pitches the game somewhere in the land between Populous and Sim-City, fighting an opponent while you attempt to develop a viable city with all its attendant problems of taxation, population control, crime and who cleans up when the neighbour's dog craps in your garden.
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Initially, the decision will lie in how much manpower you are willing to commit to the factories producing the equipment, and which type of vehicle you want to produce - the more advanced, the longer it takes and the more resources it will use.
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To help you make these weighty decisions are a panel of advisers, The advisers give information about each of the different aspects of the colony - population, budget, number of manufacturing installations, morale etc - and will occasionally give recommendations.
Simple things like: ’We need more food ya buggal’ will not appear, but more succinct hints will be apparent.
It all sounds very complex and it is.
But this is the next generation of God-games and will appeal to those who have successfully met the challenge of Sim-City and Populous and are looking for something more challenging to take them on to the next level of game- play.
It skilfully combines both the constraints of building a city that can be happily lived in with the problems of trying to defeat a malevolent opponent, and all the time you have to try and keep every one happy by not overspending and leaving everyone to starve.
There is no fixed objective to aim for.
No timespan across which your efforts are measured. The only target is a Quality of Life which reaches above and beyond 90%.
But its complexity does not make it difficult to use,.Simple point and dick systems and an isometric large-scale map mean that the game's system becomes almost second nature after a period of familiarisation.
Don't make the mistake of comparing this game to Image Work's Mega Lo Mania, one of last issue's Gamer Golds - they are very different to one another, MLM is far less complex and geared to fun and humour, while providing a large amount of challenge and a fabulous game Utopia goes for the more involved and time-consuming approach which has no definite answers, It doesn't have that many definite questions to be honest. And it will provide hundreds of hours of brain-blowing to those willing to invest the ome needed to be successful. They are both excellent games doing rwo different things.
The crisp and colourful graphics are easy on the eye and the sound is quite simply superb - a dramatic tune coupled with stunning effects make it worth turning the sound up. Quite simply Gremlin have produced a very slick package which takes the notion of controlling and developing a dty or planet one stage further than anything before.
Be warned however - it may be easy to use. But it is anything but easy to beat. If you can't invest the time needed. Think carefully before purchasing.
This isn't a criticism, merely something to be aware of. But whether you have the time Or not. This is a game worthy of Thomas More s legacy.
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NEVER BEFORE HAS THERE BEEN SO MUCH POTENTIAL FROM ONE NEW STUNNING SYSTEM. PACKED WITH Spectracolor ONLY £129.95 Mode Switch-box for Genlocks Features Include
- Compatible With The Pro-Gen And Rendale 8802
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CALL IN AND SEE US FOR YOU PERSONAL DEMONSTRATION, OR PHONE US FOR TOUR FREE DETAILED CDTV INFORMATION PACK CDTV ACCESSORIES DUE TO BE RELEASED SOON -Please caa us for latest avaMlity CD 1220 KEYBOARD AN 89 KEY QWERTY KEYBOARD £49.95 CD 1252 MOUSE TWO WAY INFRARED MOUSE AND BATTERY SAVER £49.95 CD 1200 TRACKBALL AN INFRARED TRACKBALL. WITH THE OPTION £79.95 Of DIRECT CONNECTION TO EXTEND BATTERY LIFE.
DUPLICATES FUNCTIONS OF TWO BUTTON MOUSE AND INCLUDES TWO 9 PIN PORTS FOR CONNECTION STANDARD JOYSTICKS CD 1400 CADDIES FOR HOLDING CO WITHIN DRIVE £9.95fla. CD 1401 MEMORY CARD PERSONAL RAM CARD CONTAINING £7995 64K OF MEMORY FOR STORING DATA OR AS A BOOKMARK FACILITY W1THW CDTV CD 1405 MEMORY CARD A LARGER PERSONAL RAM CARD £249.95 CONTAINING 512K OF MEMORY FOR STORING DATA OR AS A BOOKMARK FACILITY WITHIN CDTV CD 1800 FLOPPY DRIVE RACK MOUNTABLE FLOPPY DRIVE WITH £99.95 880K CAPACITY AND FURTHER ROOM FOR OTHER HARD DRIVES OR MOOEMS ETC. C01301 GENLOCK PAL BASED VIDEO INTERFACE CARD FOR
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HARWOODS AMIGA PRO-GEN Pro-gen Amiga Genlock The Pro-99n AMIGA Gen&k atows you to mot yot Amiga display with any PAL video display whether«is from a VCR. Lasefdttk player or a Camcorder m fact any *em ol video equpment which outputs a PAL composrte video signal.Combined with Ihe Amiga computer the Pro-Gen gives you the radices of a desktop video edtng surte Take your own films & give them a professional look by OVERLAYING TITLES Or by SUPER IMPOSING YOUR OWN GRAPHICS created .n packages like Spectracokx or Dduw Paint Pr&Geo a supplied wttt Owfs Spedra-cobr paint & animator package (see bdow).
FREE In Spectraookx every drawing and animation control e at yow Unger tps • over 50 tools in the last menu Toolkit, plus pant and cfcfc access to all 4096 colon. With independent right and left mouse button colours t modes. Add autcmaac animation generation easy mouse controls tor al functor*, and tie abkty to pamt with multi-page animated brushes, and you've got a powerful tool lor artistic expression. With animation controls irs simple 10 put your ideas nto mown. Forget co-crdnale systems and reterenoe numbers just move obpds with the mouse m ifrc ntubve and tnendly graphical erwronment.
Spedracoto supports both ANIM & IFF He formats, and aN the video modes ot Vie Amiga, including HAM' How it works: i i STOP PRESS PPOGOi MOWNCUOMGAVBt* VBBATU liXTl GOWOMNT tt£C TOGEteQOlCGMfCTteGCaaf nt THSALUAVSPBMaiTOKUSai SmuGHTAWAT WITH MOST KFVLtfi HKOWimeMT wmtour n* *£0 TO HINT DOM TK CONNECT OONt ECTM3C4&fS nSMTMlltSQK iSD to cotter wonts wwts .
Ag VCRTOVCAifc AWTTOSTWTVOUOPTPISHTFNat Tt€M£M)TTOUiran«eCK» 'Credit terms an.' UuiilaNc (subject to slums i fur most products, see orir onferiuf fxuuj ill the Olid oj Ibis iltlwrt furfull di'littls AMIGA STORAGE DEVICES Remember to ask for your FREE Harwoods Amiga catalogue.
Commodore A590 20ito HD Features include 4 C0M6KS16 SteOi 5uS Oft at hand side of Amiga A500
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* Scctees For Up y 2 WO RAM
- •DMA Access i External SCSi Port A Complete Wiih Power Supply
A590 Hard Disk Including 512K RAW Ortiy £289.35 A59Q Hard Disk
Induing 1 MO. RAM Only S1955 A5&0 Hard Disk Including 2 Mb. RAM
Only 234S.S5 Cumana CAX354 3£“ External 2nd Disk Drive.
* Features include
* Long connecting cable 21Mb, (830K Formatted) Capacity k
Enable Disabte Switch, Sttocughport 2 Acesss Light v Compatible
with Amiga 5OG TO0G 15OQ 2O0G 3GGO and CDTV £57.95 SUPRA 5Q0XP
52-105Mb HP Feature? Include k Capacities of 52 8Q 1Q5MD all
availaole dir Connects to§idec bu§ Oft Uhsde of Amiga AsQQ k
Aytcdoos m Kidstan i .3, boot anabteAfcabte swsch k Sockets for
up to 8 Mb of FASTRAM with enable disable switch k Autoboots
With Kk&stan 1.3 k SCSI Port & Amiga bus pass mm allows other
devices to be connected k includes Express Copy hard drive
Back-up Software k 52 Mo version powered by Amiga, High Current
Power Supply optional high Current Power Supply (recommended
for 52Mb. Version) required for 80Mb.
And 105 Mb versions 512K £499.95 '£549.95 ¦£659.95 2Mb.
£549.95 ¦£599.95 ’£709.95 4Mb.
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Harwoods have put this pack together for you to add to your Arnica a: an AMAZING SAVING over individually pricec hems.
You get extra power from our Pro-Ram memory upgrade and EXTRA storage from the briitant Cumana drive.
Harwoods Pro-Ram is our oest s 16chip RAM, similar in design to CBM's A501 and works exactly the same. The Cumana CAX 354 external drive is a brand leader in the 3.51 market having received a great deal of praise over the years. And... to round off we also indude a 35’ Disk Head Cleaner too!!!
£79.95 ALL THIS FOR THE AMAZING PRICE OF ONLY.
PERIPHERAL PACK 2 TWO MORE GREAT PACKAGES THAT SAVE YOU MORE MONEY!
These two packs are aimed a: the designer who needs to get a great deal from his Amiga. A superb quality monitor in the PHILIPS CM8833 N has oeer. Put with a choice of either the CITIZEN SWIFTS or me CITIZEN SWIFT 24 primer. You choose, but whichever combination you have the price has been designed to SAVE YOU MONEY. Buying togemer will save you SSS'si PACK 2 with a Citizen Swift 9 Costs Just- £479.95 PACK 2 with a Citizen Swift 24 Costs Jusl.
£569.95 AMIGA SOFTWARE Uusic-X: The ultimate software for professional MIDI sequencing. Tne software includes a config- uratifeliararianardasyKriesiserpaschedit0f.A8thedatayouneedtoreceaieasongcar.be recalled from one performance Se rdudng sequerces. MiDI routing, sync setup, inboard maps and synthesiser or drum machine paten libraries.
Pen Palvo, WORD PROOSsOSDATAiLI E Wifii ffca Pat you caa act sec. AC66 ctiioar & dad a 00 otiaer v, p cas! "IT.. of sgcaa. . uaypsaat Pec ftl ae cd wed pEccs rlsaJoJSiiSwb j g.'rr.v.-.-.'N wap L-x? Atngj World.
Amos; AMOS allows you to access the power of the Amiga win ease. 500 drierem command make AMOS a sophisticated dwetopmem language. The AMOS anrnaoon language a&ws you to create complex anznstion sequences. The package is supplied wim a 300 page manual win over axampfe programs on tne progam dsc. £45 5 SuparSase 4: Most powerful database ava&bte for the Amiga.Ccmoinss me ease of use of Super- sase 2 wm s-versasfc programming language so max you an tailor your cate to your own spastic needs for ctebfcosiies&liorar records etc. C: An ideal tool lor the C programme whether experienc'd Of 3 MWCfc
T §? Way a create apptcabons tor the Amiga,Fy»y supports MofCfOia Chips . Narty 300 functions to help the user write me tightest poskiie cede. Includes screen editor. Most Amiga C x*cs are oasec around la&ce. £*.9x55 Dciuxo Paint IV: Latest version of the Amigas first, and still tne best, paint and aanaaon dockage now induing HAM mode. (1 fcfc. More recommended) jTxii Vidi. Tne Complete Colour Solution: Vkfi with RGB Splitter, Frame Grabber 5 D aser. Grass moving colour video irao 16 grey scae frames (up to 16 frames in 114b. Amiga) ana ogoses tram still cdcur vXSeo source in up to 4095
coba*s in less man 1 seconst Requires home VCR or video camera for gradbing. Requires video camera or VCR wdh perfect pause for digitising. Kcm comes wsh Spectracolor FRESi! £179 5 £79.95 *r P£N PAL Vers JJ Whti 5)2K Amiga !
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Oaly-J&Jti! - UASTERSOUND: High quality ‘rnaio’ sampler (oest for sampling irscumenss eta) MIDI INTERFACE (5 Port): in. Out, Through plus 2 swachaafe twdkxSL includes caole. £24.55 TrtSASCfJE ISJUST A SMALL SAUPLE FHOU Oufi sXTENSTJz fiMGE OF TfTlES FOR TriESERiGUSAWGA USER. 7HSWr£N Cot43D£D WfTH OUR UASST E RECREFTlOtM. STOCK. & ESA VAST SOFT KRE SELECTION FOR EVERYONE IF YOU'MOULD UKE TO KHCVMUCRE, juS?ASi( US FOR YouR FREE COPY OrOuR SOFTWARE CATALOGUE 77?e Closer you look, The Better we look.
‘Gi'dii term am mmltthL' (subject to iUitus for mad pnahicC; &v our ordering panel at fhe end of ibis advert forfull delink PRINTERS All printers in our range include the following standard features... PRINTER ACCESSORIES CITIZEN PRINTER ACCESSORIES; STAR PRINTER ACCESSORIES: .V Standard Centronics parallel port unless otherwise stated for direct cc r ection to Amiga. Pcs, ST etc. and come with a; . FREE CONNECTOR LEAD & A FREE TAILORED DUST COYER' 3 -c 2! 3 R Isife tipi IgSsS um 3 O " 2*0 £ S si 5 .c S ® o Citizen 120Ot Sheet Feeder £99-95 Octzen 120D+ Parallel intertace £49.95 C4izen
120D* CBM C64 Senal Interface £49.95 Citizen 124D32K Buffer £13,95 Citizen 124D Senv-Auto SheetFeeder £39-95 Citizen 1240 Automatic Sheet Feeder £79,95 Citizen 1240 Printer Stand £24.95 Citizen Swift 9 Semi-Auto SheetFeeder £39.95 Citizen Swfft 9 Automatic Sheet Feeder £79.95 Citizen Swift 9 Printer Stand £24.95 Citizen Switt 9X Pnnter Stand Citizen Swift 9X Automatic Sheet Feeder £34.95 £139.95 Star LC-20 Mono Printer Automatic SheetFeeder £74.96 Star LC24-10 Mono Printer 32K Buffer £67.95 £67.95 Automatic SheetFeeder £74.96 Star LC-200 Colour Printer Automatic SheetFeeder £7195 Sty LC 24-200
Mono Printer 32K Printer Buffer £34.95 Automatic SheetFeeder £74.95 Star LC 24-200 Colour Printer 32K Printer Buffer £34.95 Automate SheetFeeder £3196 Star XB 24-200 Cctour Printer PJ TraCty £3195 Font Cartridges- Styles To Be Announced £29.95 128K Centronics Printer Buffer £89.95 Automatic SheetFeeder £11191 Dual Bn SheetFeeder £429.95 Star XB 24-250 Colour Printer Pul Tractor £3195 Font Cartridges- Styles To Be Announced 128K Centronics Pnnler Buffer Automatic SheetFeeder Dual Bin SheetFeeder Citizen Swift 24 32K Printer Butter £1X95 Citizen Swdt 24 Semi-Auto Sheet Feeder £39.95 Citizen Swfl
24 Automatic Sheet Feeder £79.95 Citizen Switt 24 Pnnter Stand £2185 CITIZEN 120D+ • Up to 120 25 cpr - Very relabte low cosl pnrter (please speoty interlace on order) jnterchangwWe neifaces lor Crtoniea RS 232 or Serial type lor C8M 64 etc £149.95 ? Fiil 2 Year manufacturers warranty NEW FASTER STAR LC20 Replaces LC10) • Up to 150 38 cps- Repiacernert lor our ro« popular Mono PotAtetrtx pnnier and at a super Citizen Swift 24X Auto Sheet Feeder Citizen Swift 24X Pnnter Stand £139.95 £34.95 £159.95 ow rtroductory pnce
- iMiflple font options easly accessfcle from front panel
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No DIP switches STAR LC200C BLACK COLOUR STAR LC24 200 M BLACK ONLY STAR LC24 200 C BLACK COLOUR STAR XB RANGE BLACK COLOUR £12.95zxkl £319.95 £14.95 X24CI tractor buflHn with bottom ? 360 x 360 dpi Colour Graph & mut-pari stationery ? 2 Year Citizen warrarty NEW FASTER STAR XB PRINTER RANGE Colour XB24-2Q0 A XB24-250 - 275 80 cps These NEW top ol the range Stars replace the XB2A'iO & X824Z15, & offer Vie best poesbte quaKy dot matrix printing 3 Exceptional pmt quality LJ 4 x 48Pin super letter qualify fonts ? 14 x24Pn near letter quality lonb ? Buffer 29KC _l 360 x 360 cpi Colour _l
12mB»on-sae warranty BOOK SHOP FOR BEGINNERS & EXPERTS ALIKE HEWLETT PACKARD PAINTJET A4 - Our best quality Ul colour prtnter at a reaSsOc pnes U Parallei'Centrorw or Serial RS232 lf (specify with order. MAC opton avaiiatttl J For presentation graptoraDTP, CAD and leohncaitaenwic appfcations ? A M page ol cokx graphcs n 4 minute* (Typical) ? Non impact printing, ? WIN print transparencies LI vinuatfy srtem, 43tfce LJ 12 MotWis on-sae warranty (UK Mainland) £12.95 £1X85 £1195 £18.45 £21.95 £32.95 AMIGA FOR BEGINNERS - VOL 1 ABACUS BOOKS.
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Vector Designer PUBLIC SECTOR Disk 1197 - 17-Bit Software If
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You want ordinary vectors, filled vecK7 IT I fHled Vector Designer: Powerful but unfriendly tors, bobs? You've come to the right place. Readable instructions, a clear info panel, sensible operation and user friendly interface? Forget it There's a nice demo showing what the designer can do, and there are copious instructions detailing how to design the aforementioned objects and incorporate them into the Red Sector Demo Maker and your own programs.
Unfortunately, the typeface is almost unreadable, with several anonymous characters, and it is rather crude in operation.
Basically the program lets you arrange and manipulate points in all three dimensions. The points are connected, then the side or face is filled.
Various tricky manipulations can be performed on your object until at last you have a finished product that can be saved in a variety of different ways.
The programmers themsefves admit that it is an unfriendly program but is quite powerful - they claim design of the Maximum Overdrive demo was achieved with this very utility.
Still, if you are willing to get to grips with it, it's worth a try, especially if you already have the Red Sector demo maker.
Llamatron Disk 1249 - 17-Bit Software Minter goes shareware! Yup, ageing hippy Jeff Minter has put out his latest pixeloid opus on shareware. In this latest offering you'll see an idealised view of the industry that guarantees that Jeff won't be working for any major software houses, and then you're into the game itself. If you like it, it's five quid to Llamasoft; if you don't, then it's no loss.
Uamatron is, of course, a reworking of Williams Robotron. Control your llama, rescue the other llamas onscreen, and blast all the creatures heading your way.
Duncan Evans sorts out the best from the rest Simple stuff, jazzed up with power- ups, some pretty damn good sound effects and tough action gameplay.
Bootblock Utilities Disk 1211 -17-Bit Software A handsome collection of utilities to install on to your Workbench disk or with any auto-booting disk you might want to produce. There are four cate- II HI * i * BUE EiBlillS JBEB BEA5IIE llESrf- f rtfct VO » rs I I M*'
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? Gories, each nicely explained and dearly set out. There's stuff for the C directory to include in your startup sequence, for the bootblock on disks and for your Workbench.
In the standard C directory are stan- dard commands such as Change Directory, Copy, Delete, Echo (print to screen), Text File Editor, Execute, Make Directory, Set Map (keymaps), Set Key (your own map), Type and Type To List text files to the screen, and Window Size.
Pretty routine. The more interesting utilities are in the next folder. Here you can add borders, clear the screen, check for a virus, use a simple demo creator allied with a sound file noise- player, show any .IFF picture on boot 4 Every so often the screen suddenly flashes a skull at the user while issuing a pretty horrifying scream up, clear that pic from the screen, add a 3D starfield, plus stripes. There's also a couple of text message creators in Superwriter and Rainbow Writer.
Superwriter is fairly useless since you have the multi-coloured sequel, Rainbow Writer, also included. The latter is also easier to use and more user friendly. On this your message is displayed in one of a number of typefaces, on top of a 3D scrolling starfield.
A nice touch is that you can change all the colours around, and alter the speed of the starfield between very fast and a dead stop. There's also scrolling messages at the bottom of the screen which can be redefined for your own use. While this isn't a particularly powerful utility on its own, it is nice and simple and can be added to any demo disk with very little effort.
In the bootblock folder are initial utilities to use. There's a crude coloured screen scroller with a semi-legible message racing across it, a menu of options, and something called the utility boot installer.
This turns memory and disk drives on or off, forces a hard reset and installs itself on to standard bootblocks without creating any damage.
This folder is really only of marginal use since the stuff in the other folder largely overlaps anyway. Finally there Tarot II Picture Help Disk 1255 - 17-Bit Software Convert a picture of one resolution to another resolution. The function of this program is simple enough, in that for whatever reason, you can load a pkcy in one res and save it another. You can also magnify areas of the picture first, though why bother when there's nothing you can actually do with it?
o Q _i co Z CL This is a shareware product from an Italian with only a vague grasp of the English language and who requires you to send him, wait for it, £10 if you use the program. Or you can send him £20 to receive version 2 which will include simple art package commands. When he's written iL The commands, such as they are, are accessed by drop-down menus.
Sometimes. For some reason the program has a very hard time reading the mouse and either doesn't produce the menu, or drops it prematurely.
The ability to change the res of pictures is a marginally useful function that is certainly not worth £10 - and it's this kind of grasping that will kill shareware - especially when you cannot save the altered picture with a new filename.
This is a bug admitted to by the author - a fix is promised for version 2 - but unfortunately the program didn't work properly anyway. The file selector dosed without letting you select anything. It may just be a dodgy copy, but why take the chance when there are alternative programs available?
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The forwards and backwards gadgets.
It's an interesting collection of easy to use utilities, with some more useful than others, but it's worth getting just to scare the life out of an unsuspecting friend. If you make your own demo disks or just want to improve the front end, the other utilities will certainly give you your money's worth.
Computer World Dinosaur Collection Disk 1240 - 17-8 1 Software A collection of infantile humour, an old demo with five tunes ripped from a commercial game, a reasonable Rebels demo with some nice music and a are the goodies to add to Workbench, A particularly amusing one to install on a friend's disk - without telling them, of course - is the Nightmare utility.
Every so often the screen suddenly flashes a skull at the user while issuing a pretty horrifying scream. Make sure you turn the volume up on their Amiga, then give them a disk with this installed.
The other features are less practical joke-minded: you can load a Workbench from the CLI, change the colour of the bar at the top of a window, make the windows zoom when being closed, and change the look of £ couldn't give a damn" or even, "Mine's a pint".
However, my colour is supposed to be silver. Well, I would have said black, but then I'm a Raiders fan, and their colours are. Silver and black!
Colly, apparently Cancerians are also warm and emotional, imaginative and inspirational!
Hey, maybe there is something in this after all. Does anyone have a spare chicken?
112 on the signs of the zodiac.
Either that or suckervvare. Let's face w-»-i it, you either dress in bed sheets and do W 1 * ** jiwj unpleasant things to chickens every full - I _ .
Moon, or you think it's all a load of twaddle for impressionable idiots However, in the interests of the fwi Amiga Computing PD column, I asked ., the program for the low-down on my LUTLH'.. . irUT!
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Decent black and white version of Asteroids.
Tnat's all you can really say about this lot, except that a coupie of the selections take you back to the main menu, but won't let you select anything. There's a ftobocop siideshow consisting of one picture - albeit a good one - and only the Asteroids game is worth having at all. It boasts smooth line animation and traditional gameplay.
Mech Fight Disk 1259 - 17-Bit Software Obviously inspired by Mech Warrior, Mech Fight is, in fact, nothing like that game of armoured mayhem. It's more a sci-fi version of the Ultima games.
You get a top-down view with small graphics wandering around stylised buildings in search of weapons, goodies and a plot Yes, somewhat distressingly, the plot and the raison d'etre of the game are left lor you to discover. A good prod of the keyboard reveals unexpected commands, the most useful of which is pick up.
The space station -1 presume this is what it is - is quite large and is populated by numerous facilities. There's even a swimming pool!
The most useful place to visit is a bookshop which contains info concem- Disk ]722 - Virus tree PD ereated with the by FI on an flarquandt - your none?
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Ing a mad computer and a bounty placed on iL Aha, an objective!
If you like Ultima-style games, this could be a very pleasant surprise.
Initially it's all confusion, but as you start to get into tne game, more and more is revealed. Well worth investigating.
Messy Dos DiskU619- NBS If you work with the PC at all then utilities such as Dos-2-Dos probably get an airing quite often. The trouble with utilities like Dos-2-Dos is that they only Disk U616- NBS This is a text and graphics editor with the ability to import different character sets. Written by a German there are various iang g* versions of the program on the disk, including slightly dodgy English.
Tne text functions of the package are rather simple, merely incorporat- ing disk filing and search and replace functions, plus importing character sets.
The printer prefs set up is poorly presented, in broken English, so making it work with your machine is probably nit and miss. Speed-wise, the text editor is merely average, and disappointingly you can't even load the instructions file into the program.
The graphics editor allows you to mess around with .IFF piccies, and adds basic drawing and filling routines, but a challenge to an art package it is not If you want to make alterations to pics, why use a very underpowered system and spend all night trying to get it right?
I'm afraid that this program, while offering both text and graphics functions, offers far too Tittle in either category to give it precedence over any professional package, even at a PD price.
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Messy Dos goes one sage turner in allowing you to use either Amiga disks Or PC disks in tne same drive, and to save or read hies on to or from those PC format disks. So you can work on |i»cgko«nch reins*. SiM-iSS im* nenogy 'Eil lift?;) Tire ... i ¦¦ = rtresefr* «sy.pz cp q 3 JmL jlv HoMBJtd *Wr t :HrS5yi&: SZLEflSHttlSS K to Amiga iromkn art a doddle wras Masy Das A vertical xroUct vnlh e ddUrcnce A couple of the games in this month's roundup arc from Palace Software's Snoot-’£m-Up Construction Kit, which was released m Hopeluily Dy now people should know how to get the best from it. Or
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One of the better SEUCK releases »s the simply titled Raid, a story of a helicopter on a vertically scrolling screen of destruction. Or a home programmer's homage to SwlV.
YeS, once past level One It does look very much like parts of SwlV.
Unfortunately, this homage is merely visual; the action is more thick and stodgy than fast and exciting.
If you play the game like it was SWIV or any vertical scroller you can think of, disaster is only seconds away. Tne first level is quite cunning. Your snip moves too slowly and has far too little firepower to blow your way through the ranks massed against you. Picking out the route and carefully navigating by blasting specific targets is the way to progress. Then it gets harder.
Tne trains are nicdy done, but you can come a cropper with some of the sceneiy. Some of it is higher than the rest - the trouble is, you can't always telL Not a great PO gam*, but a reasonable attempt, with some nice sampled sounds, and certainly tricky enough to maintain interest.
Stuff at home, save as Ascii on to a PC disk, and take it into work the next day.
Simply auto-booting with the Messy Dos disk sets up the system for use, and there are instructions on how to incorporate it into your own versions of Workbench. When you come to read or write to a PC disk all you have to do is name the drive as MSO: or MSI: for example.
Tne clever part is when you save a rile on to an Amiga disk, stick a PC disk into the same drive, and save as Ascii on to that If you swap between the PC and Amiga with any frequency this .is a veiy useful utility.
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Page, some average music and the choice of games. Gridrunner is based on that ancient classic Centipede, but with mobile guns down the side and along the bottom of the screen, shooting at you.
From the top, one or more centipede-type insects race, though the graphics are so bad they could be anything. Shoot a part of the centipede and it turns into a green blob. Unless you continue to destroy the green blob it will eventually crack open and fire at you.
That's it really. It's dull and boring, the graphics are dire, and the gameplay is repetitive.
So much for Gridrunner, the other two at least look smart. In fact, they look like games written by demo programmers. All flash and no gameplay.
Rebound is the only game on the disk bordering on piayable. It's Breakout, turned on its side. Power-ups and special effects abound, but the annoying thing is the speed of your bat. It's just too slow to make skill the winning factor.
Never mind, at least it's almost there. The Invaders doesn't even come close. A sideways scrolling Defender- style game with two very flashy spaceships, an energy top up, homing missiles and mines, and bonus point icons are all the components. When you see the first lumbering spaceship bearing down on your nomebase you think "hey this kid can program".
Clever and skilful shooting will bring the alien down in a shower of exploding chunks and pyrotechnics.
Air Ace II Disk 1765-Virus Free PD When Palace released the original C-64 version of SEUCK, it was a cracking good program, only lacking in the facility to include power-ups and extra weapons.
Not enough memory, said Palace. Aha, we thought, the Amiga and ST versions will soon see to that. But tftey didn't, because then you the man - or woman - in the street might create something which would embarrass those software houses charging £25 a chuck for their games.
And so the Amiga and ST SEUCKs were a disappointment, and having ploughed through a pile of dismal games created with the things, I wonder why Palace was ever worried in the first place. Air Ace II personifies everything that is bad about unimaginative games created with SEUCK.
The sprites are small, the backgrounds are anonymous, your plane moves like a slug, the enemy's bullets move too quickly, there is damn little intelligent game design. And the sprite detection, if you'll pardon the pun, SEUCKs.
I've had more fun stapling my thumb than playing this tat. A nice idea with the World War I approach, it just goes dreadfully wrong.
Very nice indeed for PD. The trouble is that that's all there is to the game.
You get lots of these spaceships on every level, which merely consist of more spaceships.
- o C DO n o O After you've cleared four levels stuffed full of
just one style of alien ship you reach for the off switch in
disappointment.
This is generally a good looking collection, but none of them qualify as good games, and only Rebound scrapes in to the average category.
Disk Master Disk 1723-Virus Free PD Using Workbench for menial tasks or just the odd disk operation is fine, but when you want a little more information and a bit more power, and have a few more disks to process, a decent collection of utilities is a godsend.
The unoriginally titled Disk Master sports a very clear front end, listing the main functions down the centre of the screen, with the contents of one drive down one side, and a second drive down the other. Initially, the left side is designated as the source and the right as the destination, for copying files, but this can be switched around with one click.
The main functions are Copy, Delete, Rename, Make Directory, Select All, Clear All, Read File, Show Picture, Play Module, Info (length in bytes and blocks plus whether there is any protection or not), Print File, Hex Dump, Print Directory, Add Protection to a file, and Execute a file.
That's just the ones in the centre.
The mundane functions sucn as Format
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Editor and Disk Copy are on a separate screen.
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What makes trus set of utilities valuable is that tne disk auto-boots straight 4 The graphics are so bad they could be anything mto the main program. There’s no messing about with title pages, just go straight in there, select what function you want and the job is done.
Tnere are a couple of related bugs to avoid that are annoying since they are fairly obvious. If, when selecting functions like Make Directory, you don't enter a new directory name but just click On the Close Window gadget - which activates the function rather than cancelling it - the program crashes.
Not providing exits from a couple of the functions, and then crashing when you try to get out isn't too hot, but apart from that these utilities are fast, friendly, clearly .
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In your face... I'm going to take you on a mystical journey, back through time to a place in history that will illuminate your soul and light your life with happiness (hang on a minute, this belongs on a Enigma LPII).
I'm actually going to take you back a couple of months to the June issue of Amiga Computing (I bet you're all thinking, tut, urrr, is that all?). Anyway, that issue with the piggy bank on. The front had a yellow box on page 33, and in it was the Tune of the Month section, plus a ramble on how you should create MED songs: "It's all too easy, when using a tool like MED, to fall into bad habits and produce music that is repetitious and bland....there can be little excuse for lazy composing."
This is excellent advice and all of which is completely thrashed three times over (and again for luck) by September's Tune of the Month, (or Crud of the Month), "pH-1". Er, I can only ask... what happened?
What factcPiJnfluenced your infinite and divine Amigan wisdom into choosing such blatant magnetic mush? I have been cogitating my brain cells on this for some time - using the Amiga powerpack to make some toast in the bored moments - and I've devised five possible solutions:
1. It was the only tune sent in.
2. The person who chose it had (a) a hangover (b) fallen asleep
(c) a big distortion in his her ear-lobes
(d) had been held to ransom by a CU Amiga virus.
With pH-1, an BOB State bleepy kind of tune which although not particularly melodic was most definitely original.
We are a reasonable team here at Amiga Computing and the message is simple - If you can do any better then stop writing and start tapping those keys! If It's any good, it just might make Its way onto the best coverdisk In the business.
3D Master It's brill. It's fab. It's fandabadosy. What am I talking about? 3D Master of course. I have been using an Amiga for years now, and as such I was beginning to get a wee bit bored (well I do use it every day) so I've been looking at the world of ray tracing. I used the Real 3D demo disk on the Amiga Computing mag and I thought it was a bit too much (including the price), so when I saw the Senlac Software PD ad showing 3D master at £35 I thought "could this be what I'm looking for?".
A quick phone call to Senlac convinced me to buy it without trying the demo version. Order placed at
3. You were simultaneously listening to the complete works of
Stock, Aitken and Waterman.
4. You accidentally played it backwards therefore making it
sound much better.
5. You only did that because you'd had so many original and
totally c**p entries at the same time.
I know you are looking for original pieces of music, but this one was definitely - and without buttering my crumpet - a flop on a floppy. Still, that's not the end of the world, and I've loved every other Tune of the Month so far (the composer of ED209 & Friends deserves a credit!). Anyway, I have to go now as I'm flopping all over the room (zits, you know!).
Eddie Talbot, Rugby There is just no pleasing some people, is there? At Amiga Computing we try to pick the best and most original tunes from the submissions pile. Believe you me, there Is much, much worse that doesn't make it to the disk!
We also aim to differ the tune each month. As an example, for September's tune we provided you Credit where it's due?
2. 30pm and I received it at 7.00 the next morning.
Now I have no experience with ray tracing and can't draw fa toffee but within an hour I was drawing (dull, shiny, mirrored) balls, boxes, triangles, changing the angle of view, putting lights in the sky and then ray tracing. It's so bloody easy. One feature I do like is that you can edit anything at any time.
It is the best editor I've used in any package.
Rendering is very fast, taking only minutes to do a picture, so do not think it's PD, because it's not. The author Martin Staley has done a very good deed indeed by giving us this little gem at such a low price - it's worth much, much more.
So do the right thing and support him, as he will update the package and I believe when he does you will be seeing 3D Master as the best ray tracing package at any price.
Phone up the awfully nice people at Senlac, on 0424 445498, and order 3D Master now...you won't be sorry.
Michael Alien Thornton, Worcestershire There you go! If you are into shiny mirrored balls, take Michael's advice - get on the phone and ring Senlac now. Mind you, with a middle name like Alien would you actually trust this man?
I would like to add my thoughts to the current Porno Domain discussion. Although some find pornography unpleasant, the same can be said of smoking. Whilst not a hedonist, I find it unacceptable for adults to condemn other adults' self-indulgence if conducted in private with other consenting adults.
Although children obtaining pornography is dangerous as it may distort their views regarding love and sex, I think that dirty PD is the least of the moral pitfalls facing the young. I don't base my opinion on the simplistic "violence is worse than sex so don't worry about pornography" argument, but you see my point.
To protect the young I suggest that PD libraries only supply "Adult" PD to credit card sales - children don't have them and if they do use their parents' cards, it can be detected. However, n a free society adults must have the right to choose I am not saying pornographic PD is good - or bad - but you pay your money and make your choice. Anyway, thanks for the forum on this topic and (or producing the best Amiga specific magazine bar none.
Roland Casewell, Birmingham It's an interesting idea, only letting "over 18" material be sold to credit card customers. The question is, are you not restricting peoples' right to choose if they don't happen to have a credit card?
I must admit, it does sound like a quick and ideal way to stop kids getting their hands on the pervy side of PD.
Workstation winner I am writing to say how good "Workstation" is. I thought, could this be as good as everybody claims in your letter pages? Well I tested it and I think it is better than I could ever imagine. I mean, I thought those flashy icons which changed from one picture to another totally different frame were too advanced for the likes of me, but they are just so simple to do with Iconmaster.
November 1991 Amiga The SID program is brilliant, although I can use Shell and CLI it is all much easier using SID. Work which takes two hours in CU or Shell will only take a quarter of an hour.
Screen X is very useful, and so is that small utility called Zoom, which will get rid of your mouse pointer to save memory, and is easily retrieved by nudging the ? HbS mouse. Why sell this software so cheaply? This could be a £30 effort, like Workbench, or maybe even more.
I would like to say "thank you" for selling it to me, and "thank you" for that page in your magazine each month. I would also like to say "goodbye" to Workbench 1.3 and hello Workstation.
Finally, how do you format text as bold, italic or underlined using the QED text editor? If it isn't possh ble, could you suggest a goodish PD wordprocessor, and where to get it from?
Justin Brett, Bradford.
Thanks for your kind words about Workstation, its good to hear that it Is proving useful.
In reply to your QED question. I consulted Paul Austin, our Workstation expert, and he says the QED text editor can't format text as bold face or italics because it is essentially a text editor and not a dedicated wordprocessor.
The PD wordprocessor that I suggest you get is Text Plus which can be obtained from Softvllle PD or any other large, well stocked PD library.
We don’t charge £30 for the Workstation because we aren't out to make a massive profit from It. We just wanted to compile the best PD utilities around onto a useable disk - with decent documentation. By all accounts it has been a great success.
The Game s up It is my opinion that all your games tests should indicate the following
1. Is the game hard-disk compatible?
2. Is the game fully OS 2.0 compatible?
3. Does the game take advantage of power accelera* tors eg.the
68030 processor?
Unfortunately most games released for the Amiga do not fulfil these requirements. I think that it's your responsibility to inform about any advantage or disadvantage of any piece of software. Also in my opinion the game rating percentages in Amiga Computing are way too high. You cannot give every game 90% rat- ings...yes I know you depend on software companies' advertising, but please try to rate games a bit more seriously.
Stein Erik Glske, Norway Dear oh dear, we can't seem to get much right can we? We think every game is utterly brilliant and assume that not everyone has items up to the value Two's company... I am writing in reply to Colin Brown's request for help.
It was a surprise to see that someone else had bought a CDTV from Dixons in Perth. I fully sympathise with the lack of software -1 had two weeks with a welcome disk that told me of all the amazing wonderful titles that were going to be available...eventually. There are rumours going around that you can attach a standard Amiga keyboard to the CDTV. I phoned Pizaz! In Dunfermline to ask them about the article in the August 3 edition of New Computer Express and they said that it wasn't as straightforward as plugging in the keyboard, but they were working on the problem. No doubt Pizaz! Will come
up with a solution by the time this letter is published, while Commodore will still be pretending that the CDTV is not a computer.
& I Now that you know you have at least two readers Ezra online Ezra Surf can be contacted on a whole host of bulletin boards and conferencing systems. If you have anything to say, get it off your chest online!
AMIGA Computing now also has its own Fidonet echo which is being carried by BBS systems up and down the country. Any Fido sysops interested in hooking up should contact 01 for Amiga to receive this echo.
Additionally our mailman with the most, Ezra Surf, hangs out on the following services: Service Micronet Telecom Gold CiX Account number 999900263 74:MIK911 amigacomputing 70007,4734 uadi 132 Amiga Computing CompuServe The Direct Connection 01 For Amiga of a small family car stuffed inside their Amiga.
Seriously though - If you can be serious about games - we are now into issue two of AMIGA Comer, the mini-magazine which tells you what games are really like. You will notice that we aren't over-generous with the scores (ask Hawk software what they think) A great many readers assume that we will give a game a really high score In order to get its advertising. That is not how it works. Look at some back issues of Amiga Computing, find the highest scoring games and then search out the adverts. You won't find any.
Gamer indicates how much memory a game uses.
If any games support hard disks or accelerators we will tell you, providing the software houses tell us.
Stick it!
How many of you discard your broken joysticks? Well here is a tip for two fire-buttoned "stick" types, if you find one side becomes broken, dismantle and swap the microswitch from one fire button for the broken one.
Result is one working joystick, cost - nil.
This tip came about when I broke my joystick over Christmas. Thanks for a great magazine.
James Abram, Wolverhampton I can spot a slight, teeny, almost insignificant snag.
If you swap switches you will be left with a mirror with CDTV's maybe you could bear us in mind when you're making up your coverdisks. I've not had any problems with them yet but could you please avoid asking "Y N" questions if you can. A few reviews of the software titles would be nice tOO.
Frank Senyszak, Perth Two readers don't make a magazine, but your heartfelt pleas do not go unnoticed. We now have a regular Multimedia column which by happy chance, has already explained how to connect an Amiga keyboard to the CDTV.
As for CDTY-friendly coverdisks - we always do our best to make sure that our disks work with as many machine configurations as possible and we will strive to ensure that CDTV users aren't left out in the cold.
Image of the knackered joystick you had before you started.
Not too bad If you always tend to use one particular fire button I suppose. If your stick drops dead is it really such a big deal to fork out around a fiver for a brand spanking new one?
Snapped poker I am writing to you because perhaps you can save my life. Whilst tidying my husband's desk I dropped one of his disks but before I realised it I trod on it.
It snapped. I haven't told him yet because I am hoping you can replace it. It came from your Amiga Computing magazine dated March 1991 Issue 34. I hope you can replace this as he enjoys playing Klondike.
Mrs A.Tuccio, Surrey.
We wouldn't do this for anyone Mrs Tuccio but, because your husband loves playing Klondike and we wouldn't want you to get in trouble we'll send you a copy in the post.
If your home should ever be ransacked by a herd of athletic elephants stampeding over your entire collection of Amiga Computing disks, all you have to do is order a back issue from Europress Direct. The order form can be found near the back of the magazine.
Shareware accounts Following on from your Business Round-Up article in the September issue, I would like to bring it to your attention - and hopefully get a bit of free advertising!
- that there is in the Shareware area of the PD market a program
called BMS Professional that I have coded to:
(a) assist me in running a PD library, and
(b) hopefully help others to do a similar thing.
It consists of several modules, all fully integrated, and capable of handling up to 100 accounts, 50 stock items, 3 VAT rates and so on. Anyone interested should drop a line to JirmSOFT PD at the address given.
Can I congratulate you on producing the only Amiga specific magazine worth buying - but can we please have the advertisers index back?
Lain Roy, Pickering If anyone wants BMS Professional then write to lain Roy, JirmSOFT PD, Flinders, 7 Western Way, Pickering, North Yorkshire, Y018 8NP. On the subject of the advertisers index, it is at the back, compared to, say, the contents.
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K. 2 1 One". To add sub-headings, you simply press Tab to
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Day One's first sub-heading could be "Morning Session", and could include a list of its own sub-headings such as "Discussion Topics", "Methods", and so on. By double-clicking on any heading or sub-heading, it is expanded to show the next level of headings, and by double-clicking again, it is collapsed.
House of can It follows that when a sajWi becomes cluttered by all of tfjgrsub-headings, it is an easy task Mck on the highest level of headi the main heading, Day One - j ollapse the whole project back dtfi to one line of text.
You nefon't stop at one main heading, of course. There's afways Day Two and Day Three, not to mention "Sobering up on the train home befo the loving partner realises your i tial management seminar wayjilfhing more than an excusa giant booze-q The beauty”sf a program like Flow is the extent to which a simple initial layout can be extrapolated through various sub-levels until a full outline is generated.
The ease with which this is achieved by Flow is rather deceptive, however, as you could be forgiven for thinking you're using little more than a word- Forget all that scribbling rough outlines on scraps of paper, and sketching in ideas as they pop out in chaotic fashion. With an ideas processor, so the theory goes, you can neatly organise anything from a rough schedule to an entire book, and by controlling the creative process arrive at the finished product in a structured way.
New Horizons' Flow, now in its third version, is a fairly straightforward piece of software. In operation, it works just like a wordprocessor, except instead of lines you have potential headings, leading in to sub-headings, and so on.
To start a project, a main heading is required. For, say, ideas on a management seminar, this could be "Day Bpsible heading: Fiat's becau Floj* is just that - j designed asmtryfturej ideas will movrT Alu}i**rari left Ut |Jjtt usd» W nust jopp»y m ideJTMlime-honoured favyrfe the tmq&m departs frrf il an asydn electronic in s drnple yet highlyifcjamsed Tfound using the program extremely lasy, and was fairly surprised when I ended up with a tightly constructed set Can you order your thoughts with an ideas processor?
Stevie Kennedy takes a look XD am ideas 1 found particularly useful the program's capacity to grab a heading at the highest level and drag it up or down the list of headings, taking all its sub-headings with it. In this way, whole schedules can be rearranged with a mouse drag in a few seconds, or your outline can be laid out in a more logical manner.
By opening up to four outlines at once, it is also possible to cut and paste entire sections between them. If, for example, you have a separate project for the second day of your management seminar, but wish to re-schedule the 10am slot so that the two days swap over, you can cut and paste from Day One to Day Two, and vice versa.
This sort of post-idea re-working is of ideas for future articles. Even better, when I wanted to go back through the outline in search of a single idea, Flow's wordprocessor facilities came into their own.
The Search function is fast and will find any word, no matter how deeply nested in sub-levels, a lot quicker than I would have been able tg rummage through my do The 50,00fH«JrcT spell checker - with'1 sellings, unfortunately - is ime as that supplied with IckWrite, and is slower than I would sve liked, but. As i when-er mtflle is m beflmted for erf benrfitdoePk let the tqflfSuch. W- 3S the sort of exercise which normally results in your notebook becoming completely covered in arrows, circles, exclamation marks, and comments like "maybe swap 10am slots". With Flow, the change is accomplished
the minute you think of it.
The program also has the invaluable ability to automatically number headings and re-number them if dragged to another location. This means you can generate lists and re-order them to your heart's content safe in the knowledge that the list is always in the correct order.
For lovers of officialdom. Flow's numbering options also include the chapter-section-paragraph standard to be found in all long and confusing documents. If you really want, you can generate outlines to baffle even the most hardened insurance salesman!
I was a little disappointed to find that Flow's Search function can't handle a search for a numbered paragraph.
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As they don't appear together in the document, the search function doesn't pick them up.
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More macros Yes, you guessed it - Flow is Arexx compatible. You can define any number of macros, ten of which are available from a pull-down menu, and send or receive commands via an Arexx port. As just about everyone and his dog, I as it can, with practice, be a powerful tool, its inclusion is a welcome sight.
Conclusion Flow is a useful package which, after a short time, can surprise you by how much it helps your thought generation and organisation. It won't have the ideas for you, but it is an ideal tool to apply to them once they've struggled from your over-burdened brain.
For the money, it could offer a bit more, and is a fairty expensive alternative to the good old spiral bound notebook, but if your business involves a lot of work based around a developing idea. Flow would make a perfect complement to your planning process.
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The best way to do this is to start by writing simple CU Shell based programs which just use C's standard input output functions rather than begin by trying to open Intuition screens and windows.
Within a few weeks you'll find that you come to terms with the general idea of writing the code, compiling and linking etc., and you can then concentrate on getting a decent understanding of C's pointer and structure operations.
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One thing that should be mentioned to the aspiring C programmer is the business of ANSI C because, if you're new to C, you won't know about the big change that has occurred recently. Since C's birth there's been a defacto standard based on a book written by Brian Kernighan and Dennis Richie called The C Programming Language (affectionately known as K&R).
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The growing popularity of C, the creation of compilers by software houses who were not involved with the original design of the language, together with a number of other related issues led to the formation of an ANSI (American National Standards Institute) C committee.
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The standard formally defines things that were only hinted at in the original definition of the language and it provides a number of alterations which make it easier for a compiler to check the validity of C source code.
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The biggest difference is likely to be the way that functions are written and declared and, if you are learning C from a PD version of the language, you may in fact need to use function declarations based on the old style K&R C!
Many existing introductory C books, incidentally, are are based on a pre-ANSI, ie K&R style, version of the C language. In your early C days only the function-deda- ration function-prototype orientated changes are likely to concern you - but it b as well to know that a number of other differences do exist.
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On the public doman shareware any- thing-ware front there is now quite a collection of environments available. When you buy one of these compilers you will not get the official Commodore header files and this starts to be a problem once you get into Am*ja programming proper.
The header files are, however, available from Commodore for around £30.
So Mid choice do you have when following the non-commercial road? Here are some of the goodies that, for a few qud. Can get you into the world of C programming... Sozobon C: This Amiga version of the freeware compiler forms the basis of a number of offerings. It started life on the ST and the Amiga port seems to have been reasonably trouble free. Sozobon C b a K&R style compiler so you will not be able to use things like ANSI C's function prototypes.
Z C: This would seem to be a modified version of the above compiler. I’ve heard about it but have not personally used it - Margaret Stanger however did look at in the September bsue!
NorthC: Produced by Steve Hawtin, the NorthC disk is one of the newer offerings to hit the Amiga world. In the main it has proven to be quite good, and its library functions are growing with each release.
The only real drawback is that it doesn't support the new ANSI style of function declarations but, with a little practice at using and converting between the two C styles, this b less of a problem than might at first be imagined.
PDC: This is the only non-commercial offering I've come across that is usefully near to the ANSI standard in terms of its support for function prototypes, function declarations and structure passing. After some preliminary trials PDC looks to be about the best of the bunch as far as a cheap ANSI style C goes.
Lattice SAS C £199 -Hisoft Tel: 0525 718181 Manx's Aztec C - Developer version £200; Professional version £112 - from USA sources only Sobozon C - Akore disk UT 4135 ZO-Akore disk UT4138 PDC*-Akore disk UT 4139 NorthC-Akore disk UT 4145
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11 11 Expiry Date . Cheque Pol I My machine .. Titles ...... Name..... Address.. DIVISION ONE ’92 "Hugely enjoyable, but dangerously addictive" Dr, Trevor Harley, psychologist THE GAME. At last, a game that takes the world of soccer seriously. You take over a struggling side in the English 1st Division and set about building a squad to win the 1st Division title. Success in domestic competitions (League, FA and League cups) will lead to the
3 European competitions.
Maybe a double, maybe a treble.
SQUADS TRANSFER MARKET. There are 3 squads. 1st Team.
Reserve Team and Youth Team. 45 players in all. You control the 1st squad and the movement of players between them.
You also decide the transfer options (the board handle finance). The transfer market and youth policy will determine your future teams and playing style.
TRAINING. You have a weekly training schedule for the squad as a whole and for individual players. You will need to set your schedule to develop those skills that will support your team style. Young players in particular can have their skills enhanced.
THE MATCH. Usually sacrificed in a management game. The match serves 3 purposes. First, it is the measure of yOUf team, and therefore your, performance. Secondly it is the only reliable source of information about your players.
Thirdly, it allows you to make in-match tactical adjustments demanded by the state of the game. Our unique 4 minute match simulation gives you all this.
WHAT IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS GAME?
Division One '92 is a genuine soccer management simulation. No mental arithmetic, no 'skill levels". It's all about your judgement of skills, and your understanding of what Wend will produce a side to beat the very best in the country and in Europe. Our Division One 55 was used by two league clubs in their youth training scheme. THIS REALLY IS A GETiUIHE MANAGEMENT SIMULATION!
HEADCOACH V3 Wh "It’s a pity to call this Just a game" AG B Computing THE GAME. HeadCoach is the complete American Football simulation. You take charge of the latest recruit to the NFL, and through skilful design of gameplans and the use of the college draft, build up a 45 man squad to keep your fans happy and win the SuperBowl. Unlimited seasons and ageing players produce a realistic game of fluctuating fortunes.
THE MATCH. The match is a game in itself taking about 40 minutes to complete. With 26 offensive plays and 21 defensive plays, there is ample scope to match your game- plan to the skills of your squad, and exploit the weaknesses of the opposition. It's here where the strengths and weaknesses of your players are highlighted.
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COLLEGE DRAFT. During the 16 match season, plus whatever playoff matches you achieve, you will find yourself praying for a second classy running back or wide receiver, or need to beef up your offensive line (too many sacks). The college draft should be used to find those stars of the future and make sure they’re playing for you.
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Rename, Delete and Disk Rename, as you're probably aware, will do exactly that to any file which has been highlighted. It's possible to highlight multiple files and jump from one to the next, simply hitting Return to add the appropriate name as you proceed through the list Delete is another fairly self-explanatory command, which will have the desired effect on any highlighted directory or file providing, of course, that the disk and files in question are unprotected.
The third member of our initial trio is Disk which can be a very handy addition to SIDney's repertoire, giving an instant rundown on the status of any device on your system, whether that be a floppy volume, a hard drive or a partition.
Protect, Set and Info The second trio kicks off with two files that at first glance appear to be identical but which have one very distinct difference.
The first of the two, namely Protect, is designed to work on individual files, assigning a unique combination of flags or bits for each. With the aid of this little addition SID can help you to deckle whether a file should be hidden, protected, undeletable, or in fact, any combination of the eight available bits.
Once a combination is complete and the protection set the next or previous file in the selected list can be accessed ahd adjusted accordingly. When the final file is set and protected, all the flags are assigned and the selected files released.
To check the status of any file simply click on bits after hitting the right mouse button at the bottom of the screen. This will display the bits status of all listed files instantly.
The Set option is almost identical, but once a bit combination is set it's applied to all the highlighted files. This may seem a little brutal but it can be invaluable if you want to universally change a bit, for example, hiding some incriminating art work or ensuring that If you're a newcomer to this column you might be a little puzzled as to what this mystical Workstation disk is all about. If that's the case it's worth checking out Page 168 for details about what you're missing and how you can get in on the act all files can be deleted if necessary. Info works in a similar way to Disk but
applies to files and directories rather than to disks.
Simply highlight the file in question and hit the Info icon to reveal all the necessary information from the format, size, status and so on.
All, None and Pattern All and None are, in effect, a reflection of each other and are simply used to highlight or de-select entire directory lists ready for copying, deletion, viewing, hearing or, in fact, anything you fancy.
The third of the trilogy is related to its predecessors but is a great deal more subtle as it can be defined to select files by their suffix alone. For example, all files with the suffix .pic could be selected from a list of hundreds merely by adding the word .pk after the ? - or wild card - in the Pattern requester.
Hit Return and all the files with the suffix .pic will be selected regardless of the name in front of the suffix. Once selected, all the options are available.
Pattern matching is very useful for all manner of disk management so keep it in mind when you're working with large numbers of Wes: it can save hours of arduous clicking.
Bytes, memory and time Bytes is another method of measuring the size of a We and the number of files and sub-directories within any directory. The command can also be applied to individual files.
After any entry is selected a rundown of the bytes, blocks, number of files and directories appears below the command panel for your perusal.
Memory grves a detailed measurement of available Chip and Fast ram plus a running total of the two. This is another very handy option for single drive users who want to squeeze a few more files into ram before dumping them back to a fresh floppy.
Time. Yes, you've guessed it, this one tells the time and before you reach for a biro to tell me... ‘that would be all weil ond good if you could set the bloody time with the Workstation*, in fact you can, but it must be done through the CLI - or dare I say it, use Workbench.
This seemingly strange state of affairs is due to the cut down preferences used on the Workstation which has all the options of the original - apart from dock adjustment, of course - and still manages to do it using only 18K as opposed to the 56K of the original preferences.
The final three buttons are mostly ignored due to the inclusion of Lharca back on the main Workstation screen.
Nevertheless if you want to go straight to Lharca rather than return to the main screen simply highlight a file and click on ARC. Now hit Return and Lharca will auto-load.
Once loaded all the archiving options are ready and waiting so there's no need for the sometimes complex syntax usually associated with archiving.
For those of you who need alternative archiving routines, next month's issue will be a must because we'll look at swapping some of SID's commands to suit you and your system, Until next month that's about it.
Next time we'll also look at customising SID's config file along with how to tinker with the internal workings of a few of his contemporaries.
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Hard times About a year ago I acquired a CVP 40Mb hard drive for my A500, and since then I have had quite a few problems with read write errors. Initially, the problem was fixed by the local Commodore importer who could not explain to me exactly how he did it - the language is a bit of a problem here.
* ACAS However, the problem recurred and I am now pretty sure
that it is due to inadvertent use - by my inquisitive
three-year-old twins! - of the boot off on switch on the front
of the drive. I have used FixDisk and DiskDoctor several times
to repair the disk structure, but on re-formatting the drive
(always in FF$ ) the errors gradually reappear until the drive
no longer auto-boots. I fear the root block is affected, and I
wonder whether this is addressed by the FORMAT command.
In view of my problems I wish to seek your advice on the following:
• What utility software is available to fully prepare a hard
drive, partition it, write the boot block, and so on?
• Is FixDisk capable of repairing the problem, and if so, how
should that be done?
• FixDisk tells me the device handler is SCSIDEV.DEVlCE. Where
does it find that? Is it hard wired on rom as part of the
drive?
Please help! The drive was purchased from Power Computing in the UK, but it'd mean enormous phone bills to contact them.
Ron Pieterson, Bangkok, Thailand The game switch Is innocentl Before you tape it down or otherwise restrict what is actually a handy feature of the Impact Series II drives, consider the real problem. If you're still getting read write errors after repeatedly re-formatting your hard drive (ouchl), the problem most likely lies with the drive mechanism.
If the drive has received a knock in transit from the UK, or in a Bangkok warehouse, the drive heads will probably be damaged. The only practical solution would be to replace the hard drive itself with a slimline Quantum ProDrive mechanism. This will fit snugly in the CVP's casing and shouldn't cost too much In your part of the world.
As for the software you mention, FixDisk is about the best shareware hard and floppy disk repairer, and the CVP FaaastPrep software you should have received with your drive is perfectly adequate to prep, partition, and format your hard drive.
Take the drive to your local dealer and have him fit a new Quantum mechanism in the shop. Make sure he does it on the spot because it's not a difficult task and it sounds like he did a poor job the first time you went to him.
PC piccies I would be obliged if you could help me with a query on the utility IFF2PCXII on the CoverDisk.
I can convert the image to PCX with no problems on an Amiga formatted disk, but when I put the disk into an IBM PS 2 it refuses to be recognised, which I can understand.
Could you please tell me the steps to load a converted IFF file in PCX to the PC?
C D Coxon, Stoke-on-Trent judging by the number of letters we get along a similar vein, there are armies of Amiga owners trying to force Pcs to accept Amiga files. The process is fairly simple. First, you buy a PD or shareware is % set' Printer out of puff? Computer cracking up?
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Write to Amiga Computing, Europa House. Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Msdos transfer program such as MessyDos, or go for one of the commercial ones like Dos-2Dos.
Once you've set this up on your Amiga, it's a simple matter of formatting a PC disk and copying the file on to it.
Transfer programs usually allow you to specify which of your floppy drives is to be treated as a PC drive, but I'd recommend MessyDos as it's shareware and allows the floppy drive to act as an Amiga drive or a PC drive, depending on what format of disk is inserted. It's a bit trickier to install than one of the commercial programs, but MessyDos is worth the effort.
Bother with bugs I am in desperate need of advice as I have a problem with a virus and can't get rid of it.
I recently purchased an A500 with A501 memory upgrade, and bought separately a Zydec external drive. However, nearly all my disks have read wnte errors or Not A Valid Dos Disk in Unit 0 or 1.
My friend suggested I try a virus killer, so I went to my local software store who supplied what they considered the best killer for £10. I loaded it up and bingo, a requester with the message "Unknown (virus) task in memory" popped up.
Having followed the onscreen instructions I terminated it, or so I thought. The virus killer then crashed.
My fault, I thought, and went through the same procedure but was rewarded with another crash. I tried Six times to load the killer, and each time after terminating a virus it crashed. The virus killer is not at fault as I have replaced it with a new one and used my friend's version with the same results.
I need help as I am stuck with £400 worth of useless junk until the problem is solved.
S Jones, Hereford You say the virus killer is not at fault, but If you paid £10 for a commercial killer, it almost certainly Is. All the best Amiga virus killers are available for a small fee as shareware or PD programs, and the only commercial killers I can think of are hopelessly out of date.
Check out this month's CoverDisk! You wiH find a copy of John Veldthuis's excellent freeware Virus Checker.
It is the latest version, which recognises many new file viruses, including the Saddam virus, and comes with a program called FixSaddam.
Use this to check all your disks and kill off the viruses you find, then run it at regular intervals to ensure your collection Isn't infected again. As a sensible Amiga owner, you should also keep an eye on the PD shareware scene for the latest developments on the virus front.
Wrong driver I use the Pen Pal wordprocessor, and whenever I try printing anything using the Amiga Fonts Amiga Graphics option, after printing what I have asked, the printer, upon reaching the start of the next sheet of paper, starts pnnting a load of continuous black lines and the program just freezes then gives me a guru.
ADVICE SERVICE November 1991 Amiga Computing This can't be due to lack of memory, because I have an A590 with extra 2Mb, and ProWrite 3.1.1 gives me no problems I have checked the obvious, such as setting up the correct pnnter driver, but to no avail.
Please can you help, as I have £80 of software just sitting on the shelf? My printer is a Seikosha SP180ai and the printer driver I use is the MPSJ250. One other question - assuming you can solve the printing problem, how do I import Photon paint pictures into Ren Pal without them looking like they've gone through a shredder?
R C Caylor, Doddinghurst Your problem almost certainly lies with the printer driver. The CMPS 1250 driver is specifically designed to work with the Commodore printer and will be only incompletely compatible with other printers.
The Seikosha is an Epson-compatible printer, so you should use the standard EpsonX driver supplied with Workbench and on the Pen Pal extras disk. If you still have problems, check your printer's DIP switches to ensure they're set up corfectly for graphics printing. It's highly unlikely that the fault lies here, but it's always worth checking them.
The reason your Photon Paint pictures are looking a bit bedraggled is because Pen Pal is designed to cope only with eight colour images. If, therefore, you want an accurate representation of your graphics, you'll have to restrict yourself to the smaller palette. No HAM printing for you I'm afraid!
Imported drives I am considering buying a GVP series II 52Mb hard drive for my A500, and have seen advertisements in an American magazine where they sell this hard drive for approximately S600. At the current rate of exchange, this works out at £361.
In the UK, the same product is advertised for approximately £500. Many other products are also cheaper in the US. I appreciate the risks involved, especially if the goods are faulty, but if purchased on a credit card, are there any savings to be made?
How do you overcome the power supply differences, and how much would shipping and import duties cost? Are there any other potential pitfalls?
| R Evans, Pontypool The GVP power supplies which come with Impact Series II drives work both in the US and the UK without the need for an adaptor. The question of postage and import duties is another thing entirely.
Check with the retailer and find out how much more they charge for overseas delivery. You might find they will charge little or no more, but you may find yourself landed with a hefty courier bill. As for import duties, I'm not genned up on such matters and can't really say how much it'd cost. However, we regularly receive packages from the US, some of which require duties of £60 or more to release them from the clutches of the Excise man. Your best bet would be to phone Customs and Excise.
The only other problem I can see arising is If the drive develops a fault or is damaged In transit. The process of having It replaced by the retailler would undoubtedly be much more prolonged than If the drive was bought in the UK.
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To kick off my spell as Amiga Computing's new comms columnist,
I thought I'd give you a mini-review of all the comms pack
ages I've used on the Amiga All of the systems mentioned below
work quite well, so it's down to my personal opinion of each
one. Some people will swear by the ones I don't recommend - but
choice of comms software is a very personal thing.
I would always recommend that you try the free or shareware packages first, before graduating to the commercial systems. Shareware packages tend to be more up to date than commercial ones, since the former have no distribution delays and can be updated quickly without the need for expensive repackaging.
COMMS All the best What's hot and what's not. Stewart C Russell should know - he's tried them all Access!
Registration: S25 (but see below) Let's start with a package I wouldn't recommend, despite its very neat presentation and reasonable ANSI graphics support. Unfortunately, the author, Keith Young, seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth, making registration difficult.
Access! Is quite old now, and other programs offer more. So saying that, it's not that bad if you already have it, since it does work most of the time.
A-Talk III Published by Oxxi Inc Distributed in the UK by HB Marketing Ltd Tel: 0753 686000 A-Talk tries to be everything to everyone. It can emulate a wide variety of terminals, from the slightly obscure Heath HI 9 through the more usual VT100 ANSI emulations, to the rather spe* cialised Tektronics 4014 graphics terminal.
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As befits a program which will be used with mainframe and BBS connections, A-Talk offers all the common file transfer protocols, including Z Modem and Kermit. Facilities for adding more protocols are supplied through External Protocol (XPR) library support.
For such a comprehensive program, it is surprising to find that there is no way of configuring the package to your modem, beyond choosing from a small list of supported hardware. Since most of the modems on the list have been superseded or were never approved for use in the UK, you may encounter problems if you have an obscure setup.
A-Talk offers the most powerful script language of any Amiga comms program. It integrates Arexx with its own commands, allowing data captured online to be processed offline by other programs.
Several examples are provided, including a simple BBS and a powerful remote access system.
The program is supplied with a very fine manual, which provides an excellent introduction to communications terminology and practice, along with clear descriptions of the workings of the system.
Unlike other systems, A-Talk is supplied with some of the archiving and file maintenance utilities required for day-to-day BBSing. Unfortunately, the very common Lharc archiver is not included, possibly because A-Talk was around before it made an appearance on the Amiga.
A-Talk is a "nearly" program. It is rather steeply priced, with an RRP of around £90, and there is rather too much to complain about for that sort of money. Still, it is a well presented program which is both reliable and useful.
AZComm Free Fish Disk 171 AZComm is very old, and compared to most other programs, very basic. It has no phonebook editing facilities - a text editor is used instead - no support for ANSI graphics, no PAL support and no call time logging either.
It sounds like it's a turkey. How could anyone recommend it over something as pretty as Access!? There are two extremely good reasons.
Firstly, AZComm has a very fast implementation of Zmodem. This protocol is generally regarded as the best way of transmitting data across a telephone line, because it automatically adjusts itself to suit varying line noise conditions.
Secondly, AZComm is very small as Amiga comms programs go. It's around 64Kb long, allowing it to fit on a fairly full startup disk without displacing too many useful utilities.
AZComm will certainly be adequate for starting out in comms, since it doesn't have too many confusing options. It was the first piece of comms software I used on the Amiga, and I still rate it highly.
JR-Comm 1.02a Registration: USS35 Most bulletin boards JR-Comm i$ a program shaped by the requests of hundreds of BBS users worldwide, lack Radigan, the author, has a very definite vision of how the program will evolve, and has been known to flatly refuse to implement ideas which don't fit in with his philosophy.
The program is designed to be the best for serious BBSing with fast modems. Although it will emulate a VT100 terminal, it's most at home with its full ANSI terminal emulation, right down to mimicking the keyboard of an IBM PC.
JR-Comm supports the Amiga-specific SkyPix terminal standard. This allows windows, menus, bitmap graphic animations and sampled sounds to be used in an online system. It's not quite multi- media, but it's fun if you find one of the very few boards which support it.
The Zmodem adaptive file transfer protocol is supported better than any Amiga program. These options are set via a large array of gadgets, which has a tendency to bewilder the new user.
Personally, it gives me the raving technofear habdabs every time.
At least the documentation isn't too frightening. The documentation actually amounts to more bytes than the program itself, but it's well written and contains hints and examples for specific modems. There is no aspect of the program which isn't covered in minute detail, so you won't get lost in JR-Comm if you keep this wonderful manual with you at all times.
Unregistered versions of JR-Comm have delay screens built in, plus plaintive messages are posted after 30 days' use. For such a powerful program, JR-Comm is very reasonably priced at USS35.
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As it stands, it's an uncompromising sports model of a terminal program - some people won't be able to handle it Ncomm 1.92 Registration: Ciftware Most bulletin boards Ncomm is the sole European effort in this whole overview, it was originally written to allow the Amiga to Support the IBM-Norwegian character set, but over time it has matured into what has to be my favourite terminal program.
The outstanding feature of Ncomm is its internal multitasking - you can be browsing through the scrollback buffer while the terminal is still receiving and displaying information from the remote system. Vou might think that this is of limited use, but once you've tried it, you really can't live without it Registration is easy and novel - just send the authors a gift. The nature of the gift is entirely up to you, but it should reflea the value of the program to you. Hmm, how am 1 going to post a gold brick to Norway...?
The usual protocols are supported, plus any extra you may wish to add via XPR library support There are known problems with certain versions of the XPR Zmodem library, and Ncomm is supplied with an old, but serviceable, version.
There are also problems with high speed support for Ymodem-G, the fast minimal protocol for use with error-correcting modems. Despite these problems, 1 can still get momentary bursts of over 1900 charaaers per second with Zmodem on an A500 and a Courier HST, so it's not slow.
Ncomm does have quite a powerful script language, but because it doesn't support Arexx, it cannot readily control external programs. It is quite powerful enough to write a small BBS system, and one is supplied in script form with the distribution archive.
The latest version of Ncomm (vl .92) isn't available outside the BBS circuit However, the very serviceable Ncomm 1.9 is on Fish Disk 3S6. The later version adds better file requesters and fuller support for XPR protocols (including Kermit) plus the ability to change the program's task priority for enhanced performance.
I use Ncomm 1.92 daily, and I keep hearing tales of woe about how it doesn't work on other people's systems. For once, my ageing and sometimes incorrigible A500 works perfectly with a piece of "difficult" software. It gets my vote as tne best Amiga comms program around.
VLT Free Fish Disks 468 & 455 - both required VLT is 3 special purpose comms program. It cotid be used for connecting to bulletin boards, but & s really designed for mainframe connections.
It emulates a DEC VT100 terminal to a very high standard, with character graphics arid 132 column operation. It also pretends to oe a Tektronics 4014 graphics terminal, a standard usee in mainframe CAD applications, right down to coordinate input using the mouse.
VLT supports Xmodem and Kermit file transfer protocols, plus any XPR external protocol Bray - so Zmodem can be used if desired. Since the system is tailored for graphics applications, it can a*?
The screen as an IFF bitmap or as PostScript structured graphics. Arexx is fuliy supported, allowing the program to be customised to the use S p«er- ence.
In short, if you need to connect to a large remote computer system, VLT is the program to cc, it It has more features applicable to tnis sod c: usage at a lower cost than any of the other systems.
Online! Platinum Published by Micro*Systems Software Inc Distributed in the UK by HB Marketing Ltd Tel: 0753 686000 Tnis program can be bought separately', or as pan of Tne Works! Platinum Edition software bundle. 1!
You really shop around, The Works! Can be bought for under £80, wnich offers good value for money.
Online! Costs around £40 if bought separately, which is still very reasonable.
Online! Isn't sure whether it's a BBS users package or a technical users system, it offers all the necessary protocols for good BBSing - including tne extreme obscure SADIE protocol, used only in MSS products - plus it tries its hand at VT100 anc Tat 4010 emulation.
It offers a very powerful scripting language, rufl Arexx support It isn't quite as powerful A-Tjjt's scripting language, but it would cer- ' ‘-V oe aoie to run a small BBS host, or feed cap- tmc cara » extern applications.
S . Nave to p»ck holes in Online! Platinum, I found u very tiny irregularity in the elaborate
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Qnine* also manages to look old, somehow - it rk 2l tne old-style requesters, with none of the pseuao-3D WB2.0 look. Despite the aesthetics, it ¦-ore but as a stand-alone package, Ncomm and ,R-Comm offer more for less money. If you aso want the other packages in The Works!, it features at a vay low cost Conclusion So mere we nave it - a brief look at most of the Amiga comms programs. 1 know I've missed out a Jew, out those omitted are the ones I have never used So wnich one is the winner? For general BBS worfc, it's a straight fight between JR-Comm and Ncomm. They're pretty much level on
features, and they are both top-line pieces of software.
Smce Ncomm and JR-Comm are shareware, you can make up your own mind about which is best 1 prefer Ncomm; it happens to work the way I like working.
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could make your video productions look a lot more professional.
Rather than waffle on endlessly about the more obvious programs - presentation systems and video titlers, for example -1 thought I'd restrict the coverage, for the meantime, to some of the more unusual programs.
Believe it or not, many of the packages that you may use for such things as DTP and solid modelling work can be used for genuinely useful video work, You may not think that DTP is something that translates to video particularly well, but you'd be surprised. All that is needed is a little bit of imagination and an understanding of the technology available to you.
One package that I use a great deal is Soft Logic's excellent PageStream 2.1. Why? Well, now that PageStream supports Compugraphic fonts, it's ideal for producing titles.
OK, several video titler manufacturers are now starting to use Compugraphic fonts too, but PageStream offers distinct advantages. For starters, PageStream's ability to scale fonts simply by dragging them in or out to the required size is a real boon. If you've ever tried producing video titles using conventional bitmap fonts, you'll soon start to appreciate just how useful this feature is.
Unlike bitmapped fonts, Compugraphic fonts are scalable, so you can stretch and compress them to just about any size without any degradation in quality. Even at very small point sizes, Compugraphic fonts still look a lot better than their bitmapped cousins.
Obviously the resolution that you are working in will degrade the title a little, but Compugraphic fonts still manage to look good, even in low res.
Amiga owners can no longer look on smugly at other professional computer users with the news that Kansas-based NewTek have developed a Video Toaster system for the Macintosh.
The Mac Video Toaster comprises of a black box which connects to the Mac via a smart serial interface. Contained within is all the usual Video Toaster hardware, plus an extra bit of circuitry that Mac owners may be rather reluctant to admit to - that is, it contains an Amiga.
Instead of developing a brand new Video Toaster for the Mac - which is something that probably wouldn't even be possible without considerably more circuitry - NewTek have decided instead to develop a stand-alone Video Toaster that contains much of the Amiga's custom hardware.
The fairly hefty box is basically an Amiga B2000 without a keyboard, although the software side of the Video Toaster is controlled almost entirely by the Macintosh. In reality though, the Mac is treated as nothing more than a dumb terminal, with all the hard work handled by the Another very nice feature of PageStream is its box rotation feature. ProPage now has this too, but PageStream's box rotation is far more powerful.
It's not just restricted to straight box rotation - like ProPage - instead, you can slant and twist fonts, which not only helps to add a bit of variety, but can also make your titles look more professional.
Right, so we've discussed how to manipulate all those lovely Compugraphic fonts, all that now remains is to turn them into something that can be used within a video titling, paint or presentation system. For this, I use a very powerful little screen grabbing utility called PicSaver.
It's a PD program, so there's no excuse whatsoever for not buying yourself a copy of it today. Pic Saver is on TBAG disk 56 which is available from AmigaNuts United on 0703 785680.
PicSaver isn't just a screen grabber though.
What makes it so special is its ability to grab any rectangular section of any screen. Simply by holding down three hot keys, you can drag out a box around a particular section of the screen. When you release the mouse button, PicSaver saves the graphic block to disk as an IFF file. If you are using Amiga itself, so we Amiga owners can still retain a certain amount of smugness.
Also on the Video Toaster front NewTek have released version 2 of the Video Toaster. Little was known about this new release at the time of going to press, although sources close to the company revealed that the new Video Toaster offers double the resolution of the original Toaster plus much improved software. The new software offers many more video effects, plus a lot more besides.
There's still no news of the PAL Video Toaster which is definitely going ahead NewTek are talking in terms of about a year, although I wouldn't be surpnsed if it took considerably longer.
The current Video Toaster is tied very closely to the peculiarities of the NTSC video system, working around loop holes to produce its effects.
Producing a PAL version would also certainly require a total rethink, so don't hold your breath for this one.
Rest assured though. I'll be bringing you a full review as soon as a PAL Video Toaster appears.
Great effects Once you have your title on disk as an IFF file, all that remans ototartitupabitina paint package Use DP**. The demo image shown elsewhere on this p oe was created using nothing more than PageStream and a copy of Dpaint 3.
I'm sure you! Agree that it looks a lot nicer than the land of effects that are obtainable using conventional bitmapped fonts. It's also worth noting that I've put a 2 pixel black border around the graphic As discussed last month, this helps to nwwnaloe colour bleeding when the image is laid down on to video tape, PageStream isn't the only package that can be used lor video work. Another very fine DTP program that I use extensively is Cold Disk's Professional Draw 2.0. ProDraw handles all its graphics in structured form, therefore they can be twisted and stretched wRhout any loss of image
quality. Fonts are particularly well handled in ProDraw, although I must admit that the results don't always look as good as they do within PageStream.
Those of you with unexpanded Amigas may find the going a bit tough when you start playing around with large sections of graphic like those used within the screen shown. If you can afford it, it really is worth it to buy a ram expansion of at least 2Mb.
Even better, get your machine converted - in the case of the A500 - to work with the new ECS Agnus. This new chip, which is now installed inside all new Amigas, allows you to use up to a megabyte of chip ram, which can be very useful indeed for this kind of work.
Anyway, that's enough for now. I'll leave it to you to find even more ways of using packages like PageStream. If you do come up with a particularly good idea, why not write in and let me know?
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POSTAGE: £3.95 CARRIAGE: £8.95 MACHINE CODE How to s This month's Machine Code is all about the display on a scoreboard and there is a fully working program on the CoverDisk that demonstrates these techniques.
There are several ways to put the empty scoreboard on the screen. If the scoreboard is fairly simple, it could be generated by drawing into the rastporL This takes up no extra space on the disc or in the program.
The disadvantage is that drawing lines and colouring in rectangles can be rather time consuming, even for an Amiga.
The scoreboard could be generated by an art program like DeluxePaint, stored on disk, and read in whenever the scoreboard is to be cleared. The design can be more elaborate, perhaps even a posh scoreboard designed by an artist.
If the program has enough free memory, the scoreboard picture can be read into a bitmap in memory, stored there during the program run, and copied to the screen when needed. Usually I prefer this method but there is no hard and fast rule.
Status symbols To add variety, sometimes a gameplayer's status can be displayed in picture form. Usually the small number of lives left is shown pictorially.
Time used and damage sustained are often displayed as an increasing line. Available weapons, energy, health and stamina can be a line that decreases depressingly quickly. These lines can be updated with a dot in the foreground or back- gound colour veiy quickly.
The demonstration program shows decreasing energy and increasing time. To keep track of the passage of time, a green rectangle is slowly built up until it fills the rectangle. This is done by drawing an extra line every few game cycles.
The decrease in energy is done by adding black lines, and making the energy rectangle smaller.
The writing on the wall For text and numbers that vary during the game, the graphics library text routines can be used. I find this process rather too slow for a fast moving game that needs its scores updating quite often.
Instead I keep a copy of my system or designer font in picture form in memory.
The demonstration program reads in a Dpaintll 320 x 256 4 Bitplane picture called fontpic. This contains both the blank scoreboard and the font.
I use the BltBitMap command to copy the text from memory to the screen. The letters are not copied very often, so I have used a routine that puts a mask of the letter on the background first, then the letter in the chosen colour. This could easily be adapted for multicoloured letters. The routine to display the numbers is slightly different.
As the numbers are updated fairly often, I keep a copy of the number and its backgound, so that it can be copied to the screen in one operation.
To make life easier, I have written a small routine to display a chosen text string, or string of numbers: jtritcdtglt: .
Lev*.b (i5)*,d0 ASCII value indi.l 1255,(30 ;*nd of string?
Btq uriteout w(A d0,»5t ;Input ASCII jsr digit display digit me.I ioifset,dO next position add.I dO,_xpos next digit bra _urit*digit ft* Keeping score The game score is kept in memory in a hexadecimal form in a byte, word or long word. This form is terrific for arithmetic, but not so good for da- play. An Ascii string of numbers is perfect for fa- play, but useless for sums.
Whenever the scoreboard is updated the score has to be converted to its display form. The ratine that does this conversion also has to make sure that the score does not overflow the scoreboard: for A digits only dO-dWaO,-(sp) bindec: ¦ovti.l adda.l ¦ove.w bdloop: tit.I and. I di vu swap ¦ove.b add.b swap dbra ¦owea. I rts 14,aO last poiitifin I3,d1 count dO extend to «ffff,dO f10,d0 divide by 10 dO d0,-(afl) ;rt«aind«f •• stria* 148,(aO) add 48 far IKII dO iiiv*’
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(spMQ-dl iO The key to it all The keycode of the key pressed an be i from the value of the GA sdr rtq&tt RM byte is copied from this regaaer rto one c tie data registers, then « he to be «ow(M t a key with code 6 s pressed dwt •» fcow the register is: .... This value is toil'd w«h2S5 (11U1111) togwe:- The gives the keycode n posftom 1 lo 7, and the key up down tog n posbon zero Rotate the byte one place to the and put the kry up'tow flag in position 7. This will give the RAWKEY Keeping scores and other info in a fast-moving game requires some fast code.
Margaret Stanger has the answers CODE: 00000110 t i key with code 6 is released, the value from the register is: 11110010 this value is EOR*d with 255 (11111111)10 giv*- 00001101 This ghcs the keycode in positions 1 to 7, and the key jo cJcnv-i a»g in postion zero. Rotate the byte one place to the right, and put the key up down- flag n position 7. This will give the RAWKEY coot 10000110 The key does this calculation, and clears tne reorder t the register is not cleared, it will not change cs vriue until the next key is pressed: .irj: clr.t tlr.l
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RAWKEY : OOE and discards key releases. If the code is for Q,
the energy is put to minimum so that the program will exit.
Numbers 1 to 9 conveniently HAWKEY CODES from 1 to 9. These
are displayed and added to the score. Number zero, with ts
RAWKEY CODE of 10, has to be intercepted first How the
program works The display is initialised, and the blank
scoreboard and font are read in from the disk. The text is
put m place, and the initial energy displayed. Each game
cycle is counted. When the number of game cycles reaches the
chosen rate then energy is decreased and time increased.
When a key is pressed down, the keycode is stored. If the key is a number between zero and rvne, it is displayed as a number and added to the score. Key releases and most letters are ignored.
The program exits when the energy runs out, or Q is pressed. The numbers will have been echoed to the calling CLI window. Press Return, or delete these numbers to continue.
COMING SOON. . . Next month I hope to demonstrate a little hardware programming.
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years now, Aegis Oxxi's AudioMaster sample editor has ruled the
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Despite the fact that Aegis have only recently started bundling the program with a sampler, virtually all serious sampler users choose AudioMaster over the sample editors bundled with their sampling hardware.
I recently received a review sample of SunRize Industries' Audition 4. Silled as the program that "carries on where AudioMaster 3 left off", SunRize are certainly making brave claims. Does it live up to them?
MUSIC A great perf Sound choice SunRize have optimized Audition 4 to work with their own Perfect Sound 3 sampler, although it also supports a number of other samplers including Perfect Sound 1 and 2, SoundMaster and a general purpose Generic option. If you own a sampler that isn't directly supported, then it's worth trying both the SoundMaster and Generic settings to see which works best with your kit.
One surprising omission is the lack of support for high speed samplers like RamScan's excellent Audio Engineer. Tnese will work perfectly well with the SoundMaster setting, but they won't be used to their full capacity.
Once you've told Audition 4 which sampler you are using, you're ready to get down to some serious sampling.
Play away Upon loading, you'll notice that the Audition 4 screen is split into two distinct areas. At the top of the screen is the usual display which plots your sample in graphical format Below this is a selection of gadgets which allow you to carry out ail the basic functions including Play Waveform, which plays the entire sample held in memory; Play Display, which only plays the area of sample currently being displayed; and Play Range, which plays a marked range. There are also gadgets which aliows you to zoom in and out of the sample and turn looping on and off.
Audition 4's Zoom function is particularly impressive. Most sample editors - including AudioMaster 3 - require you to mark out a range which the software instantly jumps to when you dick Zoom.
However, the zoom function is considerably more sophisticated than this. Instead of jumping straight to the marked range. Audition 4 zooms in on it, increasing the amount of magnification until the desired range is fully displayed. It's a little like using a zoom lens on a camera. All the rest of the Audition 4 functions must be selected from the pull-down menus, with extra gadgets appearing at the bottom of the screen whenever a function is selected. The first function that you will want to play with is the sampler section, so we'll take a look at that first.
Sample city Audition 4 fully supports both mono and stereo sampling when used with a compatible sampler.
Those Jike Sound Trap 3 or MasterSound won't allow for stereo sampling, so you'll need something like TechnoSound, amas or SoundMaster to grab stereo sound.
The sampler section is split into a number of gadgets which allow you to alter the sample rate, monitor the incoming sound source and finally grab a sample.
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Wnen you set the sample rate, it then teils you how long the sample will be in seconds. A 512k Amiga will grab five seconds worth when sampling at the maximum rate.
Depending on which sampler you are using, you can grab at up to SS Khz. However, tnese really aren't a great deal of use, as the vast majority of sample-compatible music packages can't handle samples at this kind of rate.
The Amiga's own DMA sample playback hardware only supports rates of up to 29 Khz, so it's best to restrict sampling to these rates.
One veiy nice feature is Audition 4's ability to record samples direct to floppy disk, allowing you to produce your own sample demo disks, ror this. Audition 4 uses its own high speeo custom disk format and then tacks a player program on to the boot block of the disk.
As a result, the only way of playing oack tne sample once recorded to disk is to boot from tne floppy that it is stored on. This is pemaps a tote too limited for serious use.
I'm surprised that SunRize didn't buad in a facility to allow direct recording to hard so I guess we're going to nave to wait lor SunRize's new Studio lo software wnich is bundled with tneir new 12 and 1 6-m sampling cards.
All tne usual editing functions are there, and are accessed by first selecting an area of sample using the mouse and then dicking on the appropriate option from the puli-oown menus. You can cut areas of sample, copy and then paste areas of sample, zero marked ranges, insert sections and a lot more besides.
Does the release of SunRize's Audition 4 mean the end for AudioMaster? Jason Holborn finds out Even more interesting are Audition 4's special editing functions which include: Mix, which mixes two samples together; Echo, which adds echo to a marked range; fade, which fades out a marked range; flange, which adds a sort of 'worthy" area to a sample; filter, which fitters out specified frequencies; Smooth, which takes out nigner frequencies; Maximise, which boosts certain frequencies; and Lift Treble and Bass, wnicn nft tne treble and bass of the sampie respecBvdy.
Many of these operations is that they can be previewed oefore you commit yourself. This way, you can control the effect of the operations dynAMIGAlly, allowing you to get your sample sounding just right.
Conclusion BeQiSe Audition 4 is such a complex program it woufl oe almost impossible to cover every aspect of tne program within this singie page. Suffice it to say tnat virtually everything that can be done wonin Audio Master 3 can also be done within Audubon 4. Trus includes sequenced loops, waveform tuning and much more besides.
E is without doubt one of the most comprehensive sample editors available for the Amiga.
I'm not quite sure whether i'd stop using AudioMaster 3 altogether in favour of Audition 4, but i'a most certainly have Audition 4 at hand whenever I wanted to apply certain effects to a sample.
There's no escaping the fact that Audition 4 is a very capable system indeed. For the price, it represents extremely good value for money. So if you are after a sample editor, check out Audition 4 first. You won't be disappointed.
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Entertainment software is big business now, and people have to be a little bit more creative to produce a good game, something which can be distinctly different to a good seller!
Hopefully Amos will help you to spend a lot more of your time exercising these creative energies.
Peter Hickman shows you how to fit the bits into something playable One important thing to remember about games software is that a lot of programmers cheat We have covered different methods of ''cheating" in previous issues. Some of the most amazing effects seen in games are, in fact, merely illusion - screen swapping, colour cycling and palette switching are just some of the ways to get amazing results without compromising the speed of your program.
Almost anybody can use these methods, but the real skill is in integrating them with the software so that they are invisible to the player, while at the same time making him or her think "wow, I wonder how they did that?".
OK, the first step in any piece of software is to set up your screen, we've done all of this before - if you missed it then buy the back issues - so I won't take you through all of the old details again: 1 Set up Screen Open 0 320 200,16,Lowres Curs Off Flash Off Cls 0 6et Sprite Palette louble Buffer Autoback 0 Now we have the task of initialising all of the variables that we will use. Although Amos - and most Other versions of Basic for that matter - does not require you to do this, it is a habit you should get into. After all, you won't be using Amos forever, will you?
We will need to keep track of the X and Y position of our character, so we will use two variables called X_GOOD and Y_GOOD. As well as storing the position of our character the joystick status will have to be stored, so we will call that variable WAY: X 6001=150 T CWM100 ylT=o Of course we will also need to move the bad guy around, so we will call its X and Y coordinates X BAD and Y BAD: I BAD=0 T BAD=0 Finally we may want to introduce individual speeds for each of the characters in the game, so we will call these - guess what? - GOOD_SPEED and BAD_SPEED. Notice that by using meaningful
variable names we can tell a glance what a particular section of code is doing, but be careful of falling into the trap of ending up with variable names 40 characters long - they can be a real drag to type in!
EOOD SPEEM BAD lPEEI-1 Ohhhh, I almost forgot This game is very simple and because of this it is going to be blindingly fast so in order to slow it down we will only update everything occasionally, It sounds strange I know, but all will become clear very soon.
The variable we are going to use to control this is called T - or time! - and the variable used to hold the score is called SCORE: TS1 SC0RE=0 Now we have to stick the player and the bad guy on to the screen, For this example program we are using BOBs, but you could use hardware SPRITES: Bob 1,X 60OI,YJOOD,1 Bob 2,X_BAD,YJAD,2 Now for the main part of the game: Repeal The first line here tells the program that we only want to execute everything inside the IF structure when the variable T has a value of two. At the moment it only have a value of one: If T*2 Our next task is to check the
joystick to see if a movement has been made. We will use the |OY0 function rather than the JUP JDOWN functions, because it is more versatile. A fuller explanation as to why this is will be given in the next issue.
We store the current joystick value - which is a number between 0 and 16 - in the variable WAY.
If WAY has a value greater than zero then we know that the joystick is being moved, and we can then test the direction and move our character WAT=Joy(1) If UAY 0 At this point we know that our man has moved SO we can increase the score by one: Inc SCORE Now comes the joystick testing bit. In a previous issue we saw how the JOYO function returns values depending on how it is currently positioned Just to recap, these are the values for the four basic directions: UP=1, DOWN=2, LEFT=4, RIGHTS.
Knowing this we can see if the player wants to move the character and so can increase decrease the X_GOOD Y_GOOD variables accordingly If UAT=8 Add I 800D,600D SPEEB.O To 311 End If If HAT=4 Add X 600D,-600I_SPEEI,B t« 31* End If If YAU1 Add I 600D,-6D0D_SPEED,0 To 111 End If If BAY=2 Add Y 4000,6001 SPEED,0 To in End If Another trick when writing a game is not to update anything on the screen unless it has moved. For this reason we will only redraw our little character when the joystick has been moved; Bob End If Here is a tricky question, with a very simple answer. How do you make a nasty
home-in on your good guy? Well, imagine you were playing a game where you had to run after somebody. The brain would follow a simple set of rules, like: "If the person is to the left of me, I must move left," and, 'if the person is in front of me I must move forward” These are the simple rules we can follow to make a "homer". Of course most games have a slightly longer kst of rules to control movement of bad guys and good guys, but at the end of the day they art stii only a list of rules that the program must folow.
3 I am sure you have played many games where after a whie you realise that if you perform a certain action at a certain point, you can make the program do the same thing almost every time.
This is because it is just following a set of simple - or complicated - rules: If I (00D I BAD Aid I BIT,-BAD SPEED tlii Add I BAD,BAD SPEED EM If If f S000 f BAD Aid T 6Ai,-BAI SPEED cu« Add Y BAD,BAD SPEED EM If At tho poml we update the position of the bad guy and increase the value of the variable T. Remember that the ADD statement below has been written so that the number will wrap around from 1 to 2: + »¦ V LJ Bob 2,1 BAD,T BAD,2 »dd T,1,1 To 1 As we have seen earlier, to slow the game down we on*y update characters every second time we go through the loop. If the value of T is not 2 the
program wiH just execute the next couple of lines and 90 back to the beginning: Else Aid T,1,1 To 2 End If Finally, we must set a stop condition on the REPEAT UNTIL loop. In this case the program will stop if BOB number one collides with any other BOB. If a collision is detected your score is printed and the game ends!
Until Bob Cold) Bom Print 'T0U ARE DEAD!!!! TOUR SCORE IS“;$ CCRE Update End The game is on the coverdisk for those who want to try it out How long can you run around avoiding the nasty invader type beastie?. Why not experiment a little bit and see if you can add more bad guys and perhaps objects to collect. Before long you could be writing the follow up to Llama tron!
3 *2 n 10 15; Finally, do not try to compile the game unless you slow it down, because it will end up impossibly fasti Remember that no piece of software is fixed, and if you do not like something about a game you write then change it!
Oh well, that's about it for this month. But don't worty, I'll be back!
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to communicate with the outside world.
When I am writing programs in any language, I uy to build up a library of software routines so that I do not need to reinvent the wheel for every new project The software on the support disk demonstrates requesters and several different gadgets from my collection, with a runnable program and fully documented source code.
Automatic Intuition provides AutoRequest This function will display a two gadget requester with text of your own choosing.
This command works well, but I prefer to have more control over the requester design than the Autoftequest command gives me. Tne mouse pointer can disappear if it wanders out of this automatic requester area.
Gadgetry 1 decided to make my own generic requester, and give it its own window and choice of gadgets. In the demo program the window and gadgets are plain but graphics could easily be copied into the bitmap or drawn into the rastport.
All that the window needed was a pointer to its first IntuiText structure for its little warning, or chunk of information, and a code to indicate where to find its first Gadget Tne IntuiText structure contains all the information for a piece of text, including a pointer to the next text.
Struct IntuiText ItextAI = 3,2,JAH2, ‘pm 4no ravaode* 0,7, * IT origie* 0, ‘root pointer* "OK*, Spoincer to text*1 HULL I‘next IntuiText structure* Tne first gadget for a window includes all the gadget's information including a pointer to the next in the linked list of gadgets.
Struct Gacget Agadgetl = Mill, ‘next gadget* 127,69, ‘origin* 33,16, *uidu and neigbt* hull, "flags* RelVEiIFY, ‘activation flags* BOOlfiADSET, 'gadget type flags* (A?TB)8ABorder1, 1*0order pointer* HULL, ‘alternate inagry* ilTextAT, ‘first intuitext structure’ HULL, ’gadget autuil exclude’ HULL, ‘special ififo structure* HULL, ’user definable data* HULL ’pointer to user data’ l include the code for setting up the requester NewWindow structure. The gadget list is dependent on the code, as is the height of the window.
Seguesticode,itext) long code; struct IntuiText ‘itext; ) The window has its own message handling loop, just like the main window, each of the gadgets has its own code that is executed when the gad- _ get in the requester is selected.
Void aaoolcEventS(objecc) APTi object; int i; if (object (APTDJASadgetl) ( flag - TRU£;returo; ) if (object=(API2)J6Gadget2) flag = T2UE;return; if (object (APT2)SB5adgei3) return; } if (object==(APT8) K6«dget; fUg = TWE;return; if (ooject (A?7i) iCSadgetS) i = s;rc«pC5Sacget6Si3uff,0Sadge:6SIUiicoi; if scrcpyKGadgetoSIBuff fieadgetbSIUndo); flag = !2U£; return; ) if (object (APTi) 8cSadget7) (Horigadgec(Sti»adget7); return; if (object~(APT2) 2ESadget2) (vertgadgettfESadgetS); return; ) if (object (APIS) JJGadgetb) (return; Warnings, strings & props The first requester, code 1, has
one gadget wstn text "OK". When this is pressed, the window will close. A second type of requester, code 2, has text and a "yes" or "no* selection; tne window only doses if "no" is chosen.
The third requester, code I, is more dignified, with a choice between Cancel and Continue.
Tnese kinds of requesters are used for information, warnings, and when confirmation is required from tne user.
The fourth requester uses a string gadget to input some text. This gadget is linked to the Cancel and Continue gadgets, so these appear as well. This is invoked by the gadget named String Gadget on the main window, if Cancel is pressed when the requester dose, - -*c of the string are put bade into tne zaJ*r 7i be a usefui gadget for a -‘c ar : small piece of text into a program.
Tnis are used a lot in file requesters.
The final requester aemonstrates a noRficu and a Vertical Proportional gadget, ane - tr*ec to the third gadget list, and invoked oy the gjCr get called 'propgadget' in the main winoo*.
The pos*bon of tne slider in a Proportional gadget can oe read ana usea in the main program.
Struct Sadjet •g*cg*i; ( struct froplnio *spi; US*C«I sivissr,lsp; divisor - IAIPOT 100; spi = (struct Proploto *)sidget- SpecialInTo; lip s s?i- aorii?ot; soruvaltie = Isp divisor; HftriiUxtO; returaO); } Tne maximum yalue is divided by 100 to give a divisor. When inis divisor is used on the HorizPot vai-e, a number oetween 0 and 100 is given.
This number is displayed in Oe main window but it code oe returned from the function and used eisewfwe.
Verucai Proportional gadgets work in a similar way. Cacges with sliders like these feature in colour requesters.
The demo program Tne program opens a window with four gadgets; Request. String, Proportional and Quit. Click on Request to display a simple informational requester, and press its OK gadget to close the requester window and return to the main window.
Click on the main window gadget called String to display a string gadget and two simple gadgets named Cancel and Continue. Move the mouse to the String gadget, and dick where you want to start entering text.
Enter the text, edit by moving the mouse and clicking, delete if necessary. If you dick on the Continue gadget, the new text will replace the old and be displayed on the main screen. Click on Cancel, and the old text, if any, will be shown.
The main window gadget called Proportional will invoke a requester with two proportional gadgets, one vertical and one horizontal. Move the slider on one of these gadgets, and when released a value between 1 and 100 will be displayed on the main screen. Either Cancel or Continue will dose the requester for you.
November 1991 Amiga Computing Click on the Quit gadget on the main screen when you get bored with all this.
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might have just been the smoke and the dim lights, but I prefer to think it was a question of colourspaces when Nicola accused me in the pub last night of wearing white socks. I wasn't, of course - even I have my standards, and they were canary yellow - but there's always room for disagreement when it comes to colour.
We all know that people see colours differently. There's not much we can do about this, but as certain colours are universally regarded as disgusting and others as lovely-lovely, we can assume that there's some consensus.
DTP Colourful Barnaby Page discovers that colour is all a question of taste Process Yellow 100 106 Proc. Mag.
101 107 Process Cyan 102 108 Process Black Yellow 109 Orange 021 103 110 Red 032 104 111 Blue 072 105 112 Screen representations of some Pantone colours Trouble arises when we try to define a colour precisely, in terms more mathematical than the Autumnal Beige and Sunset Orange beloved of paint manufacturers. And, of course, defining colours precisely is just what we have to do when we put them on a DTP page.
There are two common methods of colour definition, sometimes called colourspaces, sometimes called colour systems. In fact, a true colourspace such as XYZ is a rather more abstruse thing, of concern at the moment only to the optical physicists, but why make an issue impenetrable when it’s already complicated?
Two choices These two methods are CMY (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow), and the more familiar RGB (Red, Green, Blue) - familiar because it's the colour system used in Tvs and all computer monitors.
+ The RGB system is called "additive colour" - that is, combine red green and blue and you get white. CMY is called "subtractive colour" - take all three elements away and you get white, add them together and you get black.
Unfortunately, RGB is not used in conventional printing, where CMY, or "process colour", is the norm. Most colour laser printers, inkjet printers and dye-sublimation printers, as well as imagesetters - in fact anything more advanced than the dot matrix printer - work on the CMY model.
A roll of paper on the press has each of these inks printed in turn, building up an almost infinite variety of colours in their combination. But it's the translation between these two colour systems, RGB and CMY, which can cause difficulties for the desktop publisher.
In the CMY model, colours are specified as percentages. For instance, a warm red is usually achieved through a combination of 100 per cent
- or solid - magenta and yellow, and this would be specified as
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yellow and cyan in the the proportions 40C 60Y.
In fact printing presses, along with colour lasers and inkjet printers, use a fourth black ink rather than combining CMY to produce black, hence the moniker CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and blacK, or Key depending on whom you listen to).
Designers sometimes add a bit of another colour to the black to produce a richer effect, but the separate black makes economic sense, otherwise black-and-white jobs would, effectively, be three-colour jobs.
Nearly all colours can be reproduced using the CMY system, but special effects, such as glittering gold, require special inks called Pantones, manufactured by a company of the same name. There are now 1,012 Pantones available - the number has recently been increased - and the company supplies designers with a book of samples, show- irsg what each Pantone looks like on both coated and uncoated paper.
Only simulated The designer then specifies the required Pantone, and the paper goes through a fifth stage on top of CMYK, in which this Pantone ink is applied. An increasing number of DTP applications allow the user to specify Pantones, but because special inks are required they can't be printed on computer printers, only simulated, and then sometimes pretty badly. Moreover, the weird and wonderful attnbutes of Pantones mean their screen display is far removed from the reality.
K J I r .a- i s £ Even with simple CMY printing, problems arise in the software conversion between the RGB and CMY models - in the limitations of monitors, which can rarely produce the same fine gradations of colour as the CMY process, and the different reflective qualities of screens and paper. As Nicola found out with those socks, colour is, at best, a subjective thing.
Barnaby Page is editor of PrePress maga zine and a DTP consultant. He can be reached on CIX as barney' I A J , X ¦THc } ?
Tm&m m mm %. I .¦ I1 gsv v- ’ m T t a Evesham Micros EVESHAM (0386) 765500 CAMBRIDGE (0223) 323898 BIRMINGHAM (021)458 4564 MULTIMEDIA What's on Even though the CDTV has not been on sale for long, there are now over 60 titles available, ranging from Lemmings to the Illustrated Holy Bible.
Jolyon Ralph with the word on some of the early CDTV releases I have now had the chance to look at quite a few of the early releases on CDTV, some of wnich I've perused in greater detail than others.
Although some of the titles are very impressive, unfortunately most seem to have been rushed for early release. But with the launch of a new product like CDTV this is inevitable.
The first products I looked at were Lemmings and the Hutchinsons Encyclopedia. These come free with the CDTV in the UK.
Ji Lemmings Lemmings, from Psygnosis, is fun. If you haven't played the Amiga version of this classic game, you've missed out on a real gem. It involves trying to guide a group of mindless creatures from one side of a level to the other while avoiding all sorts of traps and dead-ends. Really addictive stuff.
The CDTV version is almost identical to that on the Amiga. The only change is that two player mode has been removed - because the CDTV comes with only one controller - and the "B* button now pauses the lemmings so you can move the cursor to select an icon. This doesn't ruin the gameplay because the dock is still ticking down in the comer.
The CDTV version of Lemmings comes with a bonus animation for a possible future Psygnosis game called Planetfall. It's a very long, ray traced animation of a futuristic jet fighter flying over a fractal landscape, chasing and finally destroying a cruise missile.
If Psygnosis' claim - that they will have an interactive game with graphics like this - is to be believed, the CDTV will have some amazing software for it by this time next year.
Hutchinsons Encyclopedia The Hutchinsons Encyclopedia is, unfortunately, pretty poor despite the fact that it no doubt holds a lot of extremely interesting information, with over 20,000 entries on subjects ranging from Akko to Zygote.
Browsing for entries is particularly awkward, involving selecting each letter in turn from an A to Z list at the bottom of the screen, much like the method for entering high scores for games.
Once you have selected the first letters of the entry you are searching foe, you get a list of possible entries at the top of the screen, for example, entering "COMMQD* gives entries for "Commodity* and "Commodus, Lucius Aelius*, a pretty unremarkable Roman Emperor. There is no entry for Commodore, you will notice, and neither is there an entry tor CDTV.
The main problem with Hutchinsons is that it is dreadfully boring. There are a few still photos, and snatches of digitized audio, but it still feels like it belongs in a reference library.
Multimedia is meant to make things fun, out it hasn't worked for Hutcninsons. As a free disk it's OK, but it's certainly not worth the £49.99 they would have been selling it separately for.
24-bit art Everybody seems to be talking about 24-bit graphics nowadays. There has been an explosion of cards and add-on boxes providing all sorts or extra graphics modes for every Amiga ana to suit almost every poekeL Ranging from the £299 HAM-E to the £1,500 Harlequin board, these products nave one purpose: to provide better quality graphics on tne Amiga.
But these boards also have one major araw- back: they are all completely incompatible. To make things worse Commodore will, no oouot, soon launch tneir A241G grapmcs ooara for the Amiga 2000 and 3000. At tne moment tnis only works under Unix, so don't expect & too soon.
Until one of the products establishes itserr as the standard you won't find mucn software mat will support these products. In America a standard appears to be emerging - wnich, unfortunately, is probably the least technically capable of all of the options: Digital Creations DCTV.
Commodore even appear to be backing trus as the official 24-bit upgrade for CDTV. At the moment DCTV is NTSC only, so it won't work on European PAL systems. A PAL version is being waked on. Out a won't be nere for a while.
The Video Toaster also has a 24-bit-quality display, and yet again, mis is NT$ C-oniy, with a PAL version a long way off. Tne Video Toaster has proved immensely popular in the States; already third party software and hardware is being written tor tne Toaster.
All of these add-ons - with the exception of lm rugner resolution boards like the Harlequin, ana me Toaster, which is much more man just a 24-o»: card - may be rendered obsolete owemigftt 6 Commodore release the new super- ennanced cnipset they are rumoured to be working on. This will have DCTV HAM-E quality graphics built-in to the Amiga chips.
Which one?
So, witn two possible official enhanced colour opbons from Commodore, and me success of the
- currently - NTSC-only DCTV and Video Toaster m me States, which
do software developers cnoose to support?
In tne States most software that supports 24- Wt graphics directly uses the DCTV box. HAM-E and DCTV have an advantage in that their graphic modes allow most software chat can display Iff images - like slideshow programs, Can- Do, AmigaVision and even Amos - to display their 24-bit images directly.
Most software developers are waiting for a standard to develop. Deluxe Paint IV from electronic Arts, for example, does not support any 24-bit graphics board.
3 so a* A o 3 "O Within a year a standard for 24-bit will have developed. At the moment it looks Tike DCTV and Video Toaster - since they work well together - will become me leaders in the States, with the HAM-E board being the best seller in Europe. Of course, who knows what new products will emerge in the next few months?
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November 1991 Amiga Computing ORDER at any By phone: 051-3571275 time of the I dav or niaht By Fax: 051-357 2813 1 Don't forget to give your name, 1 | address and credit card number | Name Signed Address.
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Daytime telephone number in case of queries.. AMC11 Dear Mr & Mrs Newsagent Please reserve me a copy of each and every month. I Would like to start with the DECEMBER 1991 issue which you should have for me on the first Thursday of November Name Address Please deliver it 1 will bring a fork lift and pick it up Place your order We are sick to death of hearing people saying "I can't find Amiga Computing in the shops down our way".
The reason some people can't find us is because we sell out alarmingly quickly.
The sad fact is some newsagents don't carry enough copies of your favourite Amiga magazine (boo hiss!).
Perhaps the easiest first course of action would be to snip out the form on this page and hand it to your newsagent.
If that doesn't work, send the tanks in!
IiL f Behind the scenes There is nothing quite as occasional as a Rock Lobster series. In this latest voyage through the unknown we are taking you, the humble Amiga owner, behind the scenes of some of the most powerful institutions in the land.
We are starting off with 17-bit Software, those really nice guys who gave their entire library away to one of our readers last month. That prize is going to take a lot of disk duplication and these are the guys to do it! When Two disk or not to disk?
Notst to Nmopat: Amiga Computing it poblitked by Earoprass Publication* and is available on fall SOR from Comag Amiga Computing ii i brilliant mtguiM iri you staid order aa extra six and display then full-face Our more observant readers will have noticed three things. Firstly, the Amiga Computing logo looks violently ill this month, secondly there is only one pellet of plastic sellotoped to the cover and probably most importantly, we are a meagre 12, 99 ogam.
Whot did you think of our double disk issues ? Do you think a usable demo of commercial softwore is worth the extra 76p we charged?
Like the extra charge or not, it has given us an idea for p competition.
What we wont you to do is write down ten things you can do with 76p. They can be funny, dever, downright boring even, but we are interested to know how 76p would change your life.
Send your entries to 76p, Rock Lobster 42, AMIGA Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield, SKI04NP.
You had best deduct 24p from the 76p in order to pay for a stamp. The best entries will win a 'suitable' prize.
You are tucked up in bed reading Viz, think of these guys pointing and clicking through the night.
Any other PD companies who want to send in mug shots are more than welcome to do so. We might even print them.
The Birmingham User Group (BUG) really know how to have a good time!
Pictured here you see the BUG bigwigs letting their hair down at a no holds barred party to celebrate their tenth birthday.
Happy birthday guys, and go easy on the Vimto!
Next month's AM1BA COMPUTING The next action packed instalment of AC will be in the shops on Thursday 7 November. 1991. You can't afford to miss it.
Now you too CanDo!
Yup, it's a fair cop! Many thanks to everyone who wrote in to tell us there was a problem with last month's CanDo giveaway.
I won't bore you with too many details, but basically INOVAtronics, the people who make CanDo, left a coupie of small but important files off the disk.
Why didn't we notice I hear you scream! Well, our tutorial was written using a fully working version of CanDo.
Why? Because we couldn't hang on for the coverdisk master to arrive from the States before we started putting the magazine together.
Anyway, in true Amiga Computing fashion we have put everything right this month. In the utilities drawer of this month's coverdisk you will find a CanDo icon. Point and dick to add the missing files to your CanDo collection.
ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
1066. ,...164 17 fill
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AJPD ......160
Amiga Bandits ..116
Amioanuts ...118 Applied
Research Kernol 102
A nor ..16
Astrocalc ..160
Atlantis ..... 132
Audition .138. 139
Bankhouse ....136
Baffleaxe .....168 Best Bitoon
Daviess ..«C Black
Knight ..156 a 0.
V 6 JT E Calco 148 GOT .123 Checkmate ..... 158 132
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Daiagsm ...- 123
DettaPi ....186 Dial a
Diak 154
Diamond ....18
Diamond ....36. 41
Digicom .....12 Dqita
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DTBS ... ...... 134 Eagle
Supply .142
Etoetridown ...160
EMPDL ....120
ESP ....- . 160 Europre&s
Software .8
Evesham ..128.129.i$ 2
FMG .....6
Futureworld ... 44. 45 George Thompson,,,
..... 7 QJS ......132
Global .124
Goldstar ...H3 Gordon
Harwood ..103-109. 135 Guiding
Ught .....~ .....142 home Based Business
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mphoBnk ..166
JCL .... -JO Kmsraound 160
Koamoe ...102 Lsdbraks
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Court ..142
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Direct ..164
MsdbOiroCt 62. 158 Media
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Value .- ...144
MaBibytaa .....164
Merlin - .... 23
Microdeal ...20
Microman 168
Millenium PD .120
MJC ..164
MJC Supplies .58 New
Dimensions ......154 Nick Williams
150 Omsga
Project* 154 Original Media
...164 Original
Media ....152
Pazaz ......164
PDQM PD .....110 Postal
PD 133 Power
Computing ...35. 61
Precision ...15
Proton ......144
QualsoR .. 140 RC
Simulations .ISO
Rombo ..-DfiC
School .....140 SGM
Electronics ......164 Sidmouth
Software ---------- 165 Silica
Shop ......127.131
Sohmachine ....66
Software Expressions .....122 Solid State
Leisure 3 Star
Assoc .....150
Start ..102
Stnetty PD .....114
Surface ....IFC
Target PD 132
Teqmopoit ..158
Tetescan ..134
Third Coast .....64
TrtbfliC . 164
Tnlogic ....63
vaiey PD 120
Virgo .124
Voltmace . 120 GameR
Anoo ... .9 Digital
Integration ....19
DornOT .. 7
Mlndscape ...4
Psygnosie ... IBC Special
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Turbosoft .22 A 23 Virgin
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All - Tfie PC Board is indeed a vay highly compatible device - an essential Amiga hardware purchase".
The KCS Board, althoughsame an XT, .s so fast that we leave the last word to Amiga Computing - “Whai's the point in having a wizzo AT processor if its no faster".
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WHAT YOU GET Memorv: Amiga 512K Ram & 512K Ram Disk, PC 704Kb (1500 2000 2500 3000) will use our on-board memory as 1 Mb memory expansion Video Support: MGA. Hercules, CGA16 colour.
Imminent: EGA VGA, and in colour allowing the program constant choice from the full 4096 colour palette. This is a software upgrade available to all Disk Support: floppy 3.5", 5-25" up to 3 external hard drives - A590 XT SCSD Supra 500 XP GVP scries and others, ring for information.
Mouse Support: Amiga mouse as Microsoft mouse.
MS-Dos: 4.0. 4: manual) Shell (& manual) Dos-Help and GW-Basic. KCS manna; and of course our lull helpline support HOW IT'S DONE It’s simple, no screwdriver, no soldering iron, no icdge required. Just rum your Amiga over, open the cover, slide the board cow and your Amiga PC is ready.
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