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Stephen Franktin. "The Amiga has proved once again that the smart money is spent on computers rather than the iim-ited scope of games consoles." Meanwhile, CDTV player sates were toss than the firm had anticipated eartier in the year. Commodore say that it has an instaüed user-base in the UK of between 15,000 and 17,000. But Franktin is confident of a massive improvement this year. "The CD-ROM drive for the Amiga is going to be very, very important andI think that this product wiiI make the market for CDTV reaüy come aüve," he said. "tn a very short period of time any developer or pub-iisher wiü be looking at a user base of t00,000 in the UK alone." 1J 5T year the Amiga was once again Britain's best seüing home computer. More than 250,000 machines were sotd. tn the taft six months of the year 198,000 Amigas were passed to dealers, representing an increase of 39.4 per cent over the same period taft year. But Commodore bosses predict that sates are going to ctimb even higher this year, despite tough économie tondi tions and games consoles continuing to take a targer share of the market. The firm s sales director Ketty Sumner forecasts that a fig ure of 300.000 witt be topped. "tn a recession-hit Britain, the Amiga 500 has achieved phenomenaI Christmas sates and wiü reach an instaüed base of one miüion soon," predicted Commodore boss Workbench 2.04 and Kickstart 2 are inctuded With heth computers. Untike the. 300. neither have been rehadgedasaPtusandarenowsetI ing trom dealers nationwide. Mcanwhite, owners of older Anugas witt soon tse able to upgrade their computers to the new specifics tion. (ommodorc s Andrew haft sas kits wiü fitter through to the market at any time. A fhst from System Solutions A LOW-COST, high quatity A4 flatbed scanner is the first Amiga product due from System Solutions (07S3 832212), a firm which is weü respected in the Atari ST community.

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Document sans nom NO DISK O VOUCHERS ‘l jJ JSJjjJ See your 4 newsagent Some things are worth waiting for... HiSoft Devpac 3 Devpac Version 3 is here at last. The two earlier versions of HiSoft Devpac for the Amiga set a standard in 68000 assembly language programming which was hard to surpass, but we think that we've done it. This new package has had a complete facelift, from the editor through to the debugger; in fact so many features have been added and improved that we feel confident in the claim that Devpac 3 is the ultimate assembly language development system on the Amiga ... for now!
The Editor A new multi-window editor with bookmarks, mouse block-marking, macros, complete window flexibility (including multi-views on one file), extensive user configuration and full integration with the other Devpac programs. The editor makes use of Workbench 2 or 1.3 automatically.
The Assembler Improved and extended, the Devpac 3 assembler is now at least 40% faster than its predecessor (without pre-assembly), supports the full 680x0 range of processors including the maths co-processors and has a tremendous number of switchable optimisations. With the ability to pre-assemble files for inclusion, it can now claim to be the fastest assembler on the Amiga.
SisYsmij the debugger supplied with both packages Highspeed Pascal lete control over the assembly process The Debugger Devpac 3 is provided with a versatile debugger disassembler for bug hunting and ease of learning. You can have as many views on your program as you like, including its source code; then set breakpoints, single-step instructions etc. even at a source code level.
Again, there is support for all the new processors and the floating point chips.
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IB At last, a new Pascal compiler for your Amiga; Highspeed Pascal. Compiling at close to 20 (XX) lines per minute on a humble A500 and with a fully integrated environment (based oathe new HiSoft multi-window editor), Highspeed Pascal is the answer to your programming prayers.
The compiler is very close to the standard set by Turbo Pascal 5 on the PC and enables you to port programs directly from the PC or ST - even the BGI unit is provided for graphic compatibility. You can compile separate units, link with assembler or use the inline assembler provided and we also supply a special version of our 680x0 debugger which allows you to debug Pascal programs at a source code level.
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COMPUTING "C Classic Amiga under development By John Butters the second half of the year. Spokesman for Commodore UK, Andrew Ball, said: “I'm not going to comment on any new computers in the Amiga range. So much changes so quickly - the future is vapour- ware."
However, hints of a new machine in this area of the range have been given recently by top personnel from the manufacturer's Maidenhead office.
Industry experts say the Classic will be part of a new generation of Amigas. A new high-end computer called the A4000 is expected to run from a 68040 and be the first of these machines.
A NEW Amiga with the development name Amiga Classic is set to bridge the gap between the A2000 and A3000 later this year, says a source close to Commodore US.
Officials at the firm refuse to admit its planned release, although Amiga Computing can reveal many of the Classic's specifications.
Based on a 68020 processor, it will come with two megabytes of memory, 16- bit sound and the latest operating system.
An internal hard drive will be fitted as standard.
A monitor will be supplied and it looks “similar but slightly smaller’ than the top- end A3000. Price is expected to be fixed below £2,000 and it could hit Britain in PRICE is the only disagreement being voiced over our exclusive news story in January about the new baby Amiga, the A300.
A likely price for the console-beating Amiga seems to be £299, although figures as low as £250 are being talked about within the industry. No software is expected to be bundled with the machine.
While Commodore remain quiet on confirming the machine, developers writing to the online service CiX hit out at Imagine joins Mercury A COPY of Impulse Software's ray tracing program Imagine version 2 is now being supplied free with Progressive Peripherals and Software's Mercury accelerator.
Mercury i a 68040 hoard running at 33MHz on 3000s. Up to 32 megabytes of memory can be added and unpopulated it costs S2,599.95. The Denver-based company can Ik* contacted on 010 I 303 82.5 4144.
Amiga Computing for reporting the computer before it was announced by the giant.
The closest the firm have come to opening up on their plans for the A300 came when their sales director Kelly Sumner told our sister publication, the trade newspaper Computer Trade Weekly: "We will be expanding our range of Amigas".
He said there would be two new products but added that neither will be available in the first half of the year.
Compatible laptop ready A300 for as litfle as £250?
FREQUENT travellers are to be offered the first Amiga-compatible laptop computer in the next few weeks, which is being advertised in the American computer press.
Developed by Kansas-based Newer Technology (010 I 316 685 4904), the Model 10 is fitted with two megabytes of memory.
Workbench 1.3 or 2.0, AmigaDOS ROMs, a floppy drive, standard 86-pin expansion bus and a liquid crystal display.
Add-ons are to include an external 40 meg hard drive, internal 20 meg hard disk and memory upgrades up to 8 meg.
Depending on its configuration the Model 10 weighs in between three and six pounds and measures 11.7in x 8.3in x 2in.
Newer Technology were unavailable for comment on the length of operation available from Uie batten' or UK availability .
Supplier of the machine, Briwall (010 1 215 683 5661) hope to sell it for less than USS2,000.
Snews New OS goes mid-range LAST year the Amiga was once again Britain's best selling home computer. More than 250,000 machines were sold.
In the last six months of the year 198,000 Amigas were passed to dealers, representing an increase of 39.4 per cent over the same period last year.
But Commodore bosses predict that sales are going to climb even higher this year, despite tough economic conditions and games consoles continuing to take a larger share of the market.
The firm's sales director Kelly Sumner forecasts that a figure of 300,000 will be topped.
"In a recession-hit Britain, the Amiga 500 has achieved phenomenal Christmas sales and will reach an installed base of one million soon," predicted Commodore boss UPDATES to the Amiga family have continued this month with the A1500 and A2000 now running from the improved operating system.
Workbench 2.04 and Kickstart 2 are included with both computers.
Unlike the A500, neither have been rebadged as a Plus and are now selling from dealers nationwide.
Meanwhile, owners of older Aniigas will soon be able to upgrade their computers to the new specification. Commodore's Andrew Hall says kits will filter through to the market "at any time”.
Prices are to be less than £-80 but people requiring the Super Denise chip will meet higher charges Firms line up for I 6-bit show AS show organiser Westminster Exhibitions put the finishing touches to their 5th International 16-bit Computer Show, details of new Amiga products expected to be shown have become available.
Enthusiasts interested in upgrading their machine should look out for the IQLR-500 Tower System which is due to Ik* demonstrated for the first time by Checkmate Digital Holding the A500 motherboard, it is supplied with a separate keyboard, internal tan, power supply and key lock for security.
Checkmate also plan to launch an enhanced graphics card capable of displaying more than 16 million colours on the computer at a resolution of 768 x 580, as well as the ability to overlay standard Amiga graphics.
Also of interest to Amiga owners Will be Precision Software - Oxxi. 1 he company will show their Superbase database as well as products front their American parent, Oxxi.
Other firms lining up to support the Amiga family are Power Computing. Surface UK, HiSoft, GFA Data Media and a variety of education and leisure software houses.
As we went to press more than 160 firms were set to attend and the organisers forecast attendance to top 35,000.
Free guide for buyers Amiga continues as best seller Stephen Franklin. "The Amiga has proved once again that the smart money is spent on computers rather than the limited scope of games consoles."
Meanwhile, CDTV player sales were less than the firm had anticipated earlier in the year. Commodore say that it has an installed user-base in the UK of between 15,000 and 17,000.
But Franklin is confident of a massive improvement this year. "The CD-ROM drive for the Amiga is going to be very, very important and I think that this product will make the market for CDTV really come alive," he said.
"In a very short period of time any developer or publisher will be looking at a user base of 100,000 in the UK alone."
A first from System Solutions A LOW-COST, high quality A4 flatbed scanner is the first Amiga product due from System Solutions (0753 832212), a firm which is well respected in the Atari ST community.
Coiourscan 3000 has a resolution ranging from three to 300 dots per inch - selectable in steps of 3dpi - and can handle line art, halftones and colour photographs.
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Bundled with Coiourscan 3000 is an interface to connect it to the Amiga.
Cost: £1,495.
SOFTWARE and hardware buyers can now select products with the help of a 64-page colour catalogue just published by Silica Systems.
Listing every product in the firm's Amiga line, it gives a brief description of each and includes some screenshots and illustration. For a free copy of the guide call Silica on 081-309 1111.
ICD prites cut IN A "recession beating" move, peripheral manufacturer ICD Incorporated (010 1 815 968 2228) have announced lower prices on nearly all of its Amiga products.
"We must be true to our motto,” said Thomas Harker, president of ICD Incorporated. "ICD offers the best product, at the best price with the best support. Two out of three is not good enough for us. We intend to be market leaders."
Quick to respond to moves on the other side of the Atlantic, ICD's UK distributor Power Computing (0234 843388) immediately dropped their prices. Examples of the new prices are Flicker Free Video becomes £199, Novia 20i drops to £199 and Novia 40i £325.
Software that's out of this world LATER this year Europress Software (0625 859333), publisher of the best-selling Fun School education software, are to release a new label.
For children aged 11 to 14 years old, ADI is set for an April launch and will centre around an extra terrestrial character of the same name.
Titles will include maths, English, French and science.
Professional printing AN AmlGA-specific printing bureau has been formed for users needing to output files to film or paper.
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Speed for theap hard drives BUILDING on their DataFlyer line of low cost SCSI controllers, Expansion Systems have introduced a new tor IDE and AT types of hard disk.
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Alphabet book: An animated electronic version of a child's first abc book. Children love exploring the keyboard, seeing the pictures and learning the words spoil it This enjoyable introduction to spelling has two levels. Beginners can first learn how to spell the words then move to the more challenging test level, count 'em: Using a variety of different pictures children have great fun learning to count. With three levels children will soon master the numbers up to nine, snap: Afl entertaining educational vefStOH of the popular game. It's for up to three players and has three levels: match
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schools sound out AMIGAs ANOTHER goal has just been scored in
attempts to get the Amiga taken seriously in education as
Birmingham schools evaluate 105 A500s.
Birmingham's Education Authority - the UK's largest Metropolitan Authority - have taken the computers to meet National Curriculum requirements in art and design and music at 80 of the city's secondary' schools.
As part of the scheme, a music centre has been set up in the Joseph Chamberlain College, funded by the local educa* tion authority and the Technical Vocational Education Initiative Extension.
It will act as a test and development site for music software, curriculum materials development and for training staff in an area in which the Amiga has not yet built a New Horizons turn to CD NEW Horizons Software (010 1 512 328
6650) have signed a licensing agreement with The Station for the
Texas-based dealer to manufacture and sell a CD- ROM
package.
Programs included on a single CD- ROM are New Horizon's ProWrite 3.2, Flow 3.0, DesignWorks and ProFonts I, in addition to a "large quantity" of public domain software.
"We see this all-in-one personal workstation, using Commodore's CDTV, as a unique idea with tremendous potential," said New Horizon's boss James Bayless.
"The combination of a stereo CD and CD+G player with a complete computer system including wordprocessing and drawing programs installed and preconfigured on CD-ROM is perfect for both students and first time buyers," he explained.
The Station will sell the software in a package called Odyssey. The bundle includes a CDTV, 1084S monitor, printer, external floppy drive, modem, mouse and keyboard. It sells for 51,995.
Workbench books published ANYBODY having problems with the Amiga's Workbench could benefit from reading two new books published by Kuma Computers (0734 844335).
Written by Mark Smiddv, both have tutorials covering major Workbench functions supported by practical tips and examples.
Printers and printing - a frequent problem area - is given extensive coverage which includes tables of printers and compatible drivers.
The Little Red Workbench 1.3 book is for WB1.3 users and the Little Blue Workbench 2 book is for people using v2. Each costs 614.95. , you KNOW ;OWETH ING uft DON'T?
Front basics to theory of transistors AIMED at electronics students more than 10 years old is a new package centred on a designer board that connects to the Amiga.
Tekno Amiga takes users from absolute basics through to transistor theory. Working with the components supplied and the project circuit board, the Basic Book of Electronics explains a series of experiments, gradually progressing through the subject It is supplied with a basic electronics book, an Amiga projects handbook, and a project software manual for people who want to create their own software to control experiments.
Also provided with Tekno Amiga are five digital inputs, two analogue inputs and eight digital outputs.
Software enables ail the inputs to be monitored, and controlled outputs on timed or triggered events to be generated- Designed by Swedish firm Catus AB, it is available in the UK for £84.95 from HB Marketing (0753 686000).
Sun shines on ADPro USERS of ASDG's Art Department Professional are now being offered an upgrade of their Professional Conversion Pack. Giving the ability to read and write common image file formats required in professional video and graphics settings.
The new version adds support for the XII and SUN image file formats sometimes used by high-end graphics and animation systems running on Unix.
SUN support has the ability to use an alpha channel to control compositing operations. Alpha channel Support lias also been added to the Targa and Rendition loaders already provided by PUP.
Existing owners of PCP will be able to upgrade later this year when the firm also updates ADPro. ASIX* can Ik* contacted on 010 1 60S 273
6585. In the UK call Silica Systems (081-309 It 11), US price:
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CBS opens to public FOR nil first t»nu‘ in llu* show s 2 vmr Imtorv. The public .irv to be allowed entry to the giant ( onxutncr Electronics Show to be held in Chicago this summer.
The Elextreme Industries ss»h Lit ion’s ( onxumer Electronics Group, organiser Of the show, javs the move was a result ! Exhibitor recommendations.
Some firms, however, are reported U be worried about extra costs and the nml to eater for trade visitors atnl consume!? At one event.
I he e ; ectcd 50.000 visitors will be able to have a look at everything on show btit the organiser has stressed that no products wilt bo sold.
Strong reputation. The centre will provide case study evidence to help Commodore develop the Amiga range to support music applications for the National Curriculum.
Roland have supplied keyboards, sound modules and speakers.
Mike Kendell, IT project manager for Birmingham LEA, said: “The centre will be used as the focus for development work.
"It will look at what the computers can do and what the curriculum requires - making a match where possible and highlighting areas where a match is not possible."
Commodore introduced the evaluation scheme during last autumn and the firm says it has been such a success that some schools have decided to buy their own Amigas.
TEAM Evesham Micros were awarded a new Rover 216GTi 16-valve twin cam racing car recently after dominating last year's Dunlop Rover Gti Championship.
Winning driver Dave Loudoun claimed his prize after a season in which he had five wins, three pole positions and one fastest lap.
Managing director of Evesham Micros, Richard Austin, had his best result, finishing 12th. The team are now preparing for this year's season which starts in March.
Evesham race into first NevnG THE FIRST software to enable Amigas to be integrated into Novell NetWare networks has just been announced by Oxxi (010 1 310 427 1227).
Amigas join Novell NetWare Amiga Client Software means Amigas can join DOS-based Pcs as well as Macintosh and Unix machines in file and resource sharing.
Using available Ethernet or Arcnet adaptors Amigas can be added to networks and Novell NetWare utilities tan be performed through icons or directly from the Command Line Mouse gomes GAMES players are being targeted for a new replacement mouse from a firm which has previously only manufactured joysticks.
Logic 3 (081-900 0024) boss Ashvin Patel says his £17.99 Speed Mouse caters perfectly for the Increasing number of games which are better suited to mice than joysticks.
The Graphic Station arrives FOLLOWING the success of The Workstation, Amiga Computing has developed the Graphic Station to give total and Simple control over the Amiga's graphics.
Graphics and text can be transferred to other file formats and computers including PC-compatibles and Atari Sts and a directory manager makes simple work of file and directory operations.
Using, Huge, icons can be created to stylise the user interface or animated characters generated for incorporating into games.
PrintStudio helps to print text, screen grabs and images created in any paint program with instant fine tuning. Using FontMaster, typefaces can be designed and shadows of definable depth added later using ShadowMaker.
Price; £4.50 from Europress Direct (051-357 1275).
To broadcast messages to other network users on local and interconnected Novell networks. Previous messages can also be displayed.
Interface. The standard Novell NetWare password and ID scheme means that Amiga users are governed by assigned access rights to directories and files on the network. Files can be protected from alteration, theft or access by unauthorised people.
Several Amiga-specific utilities are also contained in ACS. AmigaBack helps server-based information to be backed up or restored without leaving the Amiga.
NetMessage is for people wishing For anyone using an Apple Macintosh on the network, ResToData takes the resource fork of any Mac file and converts it into a new PC or Amiga file.
It requires an appropriate Ethernet or Arcnet I.AN adaptor with cabling and a PC-compatible fileserver using Novell NetWare version 2.15C, 2.2 or 3.1xor higher.
Dyslexia sufferers get Amiga help A FATHER has developed Amiga software which could help Britain s half a million children suffering Irom dyslexia, using leaching methods he developed to help his son get around his own difficulties.
Max Lipman of Maidenhead-based Sally Systems became interested in dyslexia when his son began having problems at school. He hired a private tutor for three hours a day and watched teaching methods used.
"A lol of the exercises involved seeing something with the eye and then doing something mechanical with the hand so that connections were forced lo be made. " said Lipman.
“1 saw that a lot of these' exercises could i e plaved with a machine, that would free up the teacher's resources to do things that required a more personal approach.
Max had sold his computer firm and in 1987 he started investigating the possibility of developing dyslexia software in his spare time Price was the main reason lor the Amiga being chosen as the best platform for the software, as he was looking to develop a total solution thal could be bought with funds raised by a parent teachers association or by a parent.
Spelling and reading skills are addressed in the first module of Travels in l ime and the next release will be extended to cover sequencing problems. Future software will introduce special exercises on how to use a dictionary and look at various aspects of grammar.
Each child has their own 3.5in disk which enables them to access the system by entering their name and personal settings, which tailors the system to the child's capability. A log monitors the child's progress.
Sally Systems will market a complete package including the software.
A500, 20 megabyte hard disk drive and other general purpose software.
Schools already owning Amigas can buy the software separately.
Savings for Midi MUSICIANS using Amigas can now buy a package described as a “price breaking Midi solution" from TechnoPlus (0604 768711).
TechnoPlus's Midi Pack includes an interface with leads and the entry-level sequencing program Music X Junior. Features include Midi in port, two Midi out ports, Midi out thru ports and serial pass-thru feature. The £39.95 price tag represents a saving of more than £70.
Music show date confirmed THE Third Midi Music Show is set to take place at the Hammersmith Novotel, London, from April 24 to 26. Already most major players have confirmed their presence with organiser Westminster Exhibitions (081-549
3444) .
DIARY DATES 14 to 16 February 1992 5th International 16-bit Computer Show Organiser Westminster Exhibitions (081-5493444) Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halls The first post-Christmas show for ST owners, and a new venue for this growing event.
7 to 10 April 1992 Which Computer? Show Organiser Reed (081-948 9800) National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham One of the country's top shows, but heavily biased towards the PC.
12 to 14 April 1992 European Computer Trade Show Organiser: Blenheim Online (081-868 4466) Venue: Business Design Centre, London A trade-only show where many of the year's releases can be previewed.
28 to 31 May 1992 Spring Computer Shopper Show Organiser: Blenheim PEL (081-742 2828) Venue: Olympia, London Promises to attract many Amiga exhibitors.
10 to 12 July 1992 6th International 16-bit Computer Show (081-5493444) Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halls The second show of the year, for an event that's getting more and more support from the industry.
OVERSEAS 3 to 5 April 1992 Amiga Berlin Organiser: AMI Show's Europe (010 49 809224086) Venue: AMK Berlin The first German Amiga show of the year. Two giant halls will be packed with the latest products.
28 to 31 May 1992 Consumer Electronics Show Organiser: EIG CEG Venue: Chicago The show opens for the first time for the public on May 30,1992.
8 to 11 October 1992 Amiga Koln Organiser: AMI Shows Europe (010 49 809224086) Venue: Koln Messe A chance to catch up on the year's developments in the active Amiga world.
T If your company is organising a show relevant to the Amiga and its not listed, let us know so we can include the information in the diary.
USA N ews SOON after the Amiga 1000 was launched in the United States, it was announced that WordPerfect Corporation would be porting their top-selling wordprocessor to our favourite computer.
Whither WordPerfect?
Report by Denny Atkin This was a very good thing for the Amiga's reputation, as we now had two "major" software companies claiming support for the platform - Borland, with Turbo Pascal, and WordPerfect.
Except for the full page Turbo Pascal ad in the first issue of Amiga World, we never heard from Borland again. But WordPerfect Corp delivered on their promise by early 1987, and Amiga users now had a professional-level wordprocessor.
De-bugging The first version was somewhat buggy, slow, and almost followed Amiga user-interface conventions - but not quite.
Still, for those of us who had been struggling to create acceptable documents for our university classes with TextCraft and Scribble!, even a quirky, slightly unstable WordPerfect was a welcome sight.
Over the years, WordPerfect Corp. slowly worked the bugs out of their program, resulting in a stable but utilitarian application.
In the meantime, the company started, and halted, a port of their PlanPerfect spreadsheet. Beta testers for this program say that the graphing drawing package included with this package was the best they'd seen on any computer.
Unix port?
The most recent version of Amiga WordPerfect, v4.1.12, addressed almost all the program's problems, This was the first version with true Amiga-style requesters.
Most of the quirks were gone, and the program was now Workbench 2.0 compatible. With this release, it seemed that development of the wordprocessor was back on track.
Unfortunately, it will probably be the last.
Just a couple of months ago, a WordPerfect vice-president stated in a chat conference on the Genie online network that the company was in the first stages of porting the Unix version of WordPerfect 5.0 to the Amiga.
Some US magazine writers were signed on as beta-testers. Then, at the recent Oakland, California AmiExpo, one of the speech sessions was slated to be "WordPerfect 5.0 on the Amiga" hosted by WordPerfect Corporation.
However, the WordPerfect Corp representative wasn't there, and a Commodore executive did a question and answer session instead.
WordPerfect fans became understandably worried. In early November the axe dropped.
First, beta testers posted notices on the online networks that they had been notified that development of a new version had been cancelled.
According to the letter received by the testers, the reasons that development was cancelled were the lack of adequate development tools on the Amiga for a project the size of WordPerfect, and that an Amiga 3000 would be needed to take full advantage of the program.
A few days later, WordPerfect Corp posted an official release on the online networks, saying that development had been halted but saying that the sales performance of the product was at fault
- sales weren't supporting development.
In the US, where Protext is unknown, this leaves MSS's Excellence!
As the only wordprocessor with features like footnotes and indexing. Amiga users on the online networks are in an uproar, hoping to get WordPerfect Corp to change their minds.
Write away Indications are that the program was very close to the beta testing stage, and mainly just needs to be debugged before release. It's possible that the company could be convinced that it could recoup its costs on the program if it would finish it.
If you want to see WordPerfect 5.0 on the Amiga, you should send a letter to the company telling them that if they develop the version, you'd be interested in buying it. Letters should be sent to WordPerfect Corp, Amiga Products, 1555 N. Technology Way, Orem, Utah, 84057 USA.
IF YOU use your Amiga for more than gameplay, you probably spend more than a little time using the AmigaShell CLI. The Shell has been continually improved since the AmigaDOS 1.0 days, adding aliases, search paths and command-line editing.
However, there's always room for improvement - a fact not missed by Arexx-creator Bill Hawes.
His Wshell product added a number of features to the standard AmigaShell, many of which Commodore has added to AmigaDOS Release 2.04, the version shipping on the 500 Plus.
More flexible Just as the AmigaShell got better, though, Hawes' Wishful Thinking Development Corp announced Wshell 2.0, once again making Wshell live up to its claim of being "the most advanced command shell available for the Amiga" Among its Wshell adds more flexible command-line editing, configurable menus Shell Collection for your Shell window, command abbreviations, better Arexx support, more built-in commands and improved piping. With Filename completion, you an type part of a filename, hit a key, and Wshell will complete it.
One of the handiest features is the console history - Wshell adds a scroll bar to your CLI windows so you an look back at text that has scrolled off the screen. You can configure your window title bar or Shell prompt to display available fast and chip memory, the path, the current time, the amount of time it took to execute the last command, and more. Wshell even registers the Shell window as an AppWindow, so if you drag a Workbench icon into the window, the filename will appear at the prompt.
Wshell works under AmigaDOS 1.3 but some features require 2.04. It's a must-have for programmers, Arexx users, and anyone who uses the Shell often.
It retails for $ 89, and is available from Wishful Thinking Development Corp, P.O. Box 308, Maynard, MA 01754.
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and software used to produce these images, read the panel on
the opposite page.
To begin with, 1 drew a simple sketch, outlining the main areas of colour, and the overall composition. This isn't by any means a final layout, but it serves very well to get the project started. This can be done either on paper or as a mono line drawing onscreen. I tend to keep tne lines as tnin as possible and a similar colour to the background, simply to reduce the edging on the filled areas - bold sketches need lots of retouching, which takes a long time.
Tne next step was to organise the palette. I need to have all tne colours i'll be using, and any gradient fills (called "density fills' by TVPaint) ready before I can begin filling large colour Diocks.
This is acnieved quickly and simply with one of TVPaint's most powerful features - the density requester. Clicking once (right mouse button) on the small square marked "D" on the TVPaint main menu reveals the density requester, whicn aliows The man menu shouting all primary tunctktm me to pre-set the colour gradients 1 want to use and fill with semi-transparent colour areas which can even oe multicoloured ranges.
For example, on the Amiga screen in the landscape picture there is ah evening skyline. The orange to deep blue gradient was defined as a colour cycling density fill, and drawn in one operation onto a black background, having pre-set the palette with the correct colours first. The brightness of tne density fill was set to reduce in intensity from the centre of the sunset to the edge of the screen.
Again, on the Amiga's screen image, tnere is a diff face. Tnis was initially a line drawing, and then a two tone (dark and light brown) solid.
Gradient fills were added later to increase the range of the surfaces, and to provide a sense of depth. The bottom ngnt-hand corner was then darkened slightly to accentuate the diff- top with another density fill.
Returning to the main image, I needed to set up the background. The sunburst is yet another density fill, this time drawn with tne aid of tne solid polygon function.
To access this I hit line-draw twice. With the colour range set to go from Dnght orange to deep purple and Density Fill switched on, I activated the Gnd and outlined the sunburst shape.
One dick on the right-hand mouse button and - a few seconds later - there it is.
Tne background tnat this produced was a iitde gloomy, and in need I of origntening globally.
The Gamma Curve requester (labelled LUT in TVPaint vl .5) has two main functions. By using the nght mouse button to slide a spline curve about, it is easy to modify tne brightness of either the red, green, or blue - or any combination of tne three - components of the image.
By using tne left mouse button, posten- saoon can be acnieved, again via tne RGB components of the colours onscreen.
Finally, I settled on increasing the red a little in addition to brightening up the whole background, to add a bit of warmth.
Having roughly sorted out essentials like composition and backgrounds, it is time to divide the image into planes - each area of the composition can be worked on separately as a orusn, allowing repositioning of details later on.
I find this method saves hours of careful cutting out and artworking (trying to make the brush look less like a brush and more like part of the composition). It simply means that the background areas are already there under the brushes, and if 1 need to move anything, I don't suddenly find a nasty gap in the image I tend to work from background forwards, so the next element to look at is the midground. In the Amiga screen image - the landscape - this is a hillside and some trees. Strangely enough, the hillside is a density fill, this time covered with dozens of small trees. I drew a tree
in Magnify mode, which allowed precise control over anti-aliasing and highlights, and cut it out. Working from the top of the hillside to the bottom (to make sure the trees nearest are positioned over those already placed) i covered the hillside.
The foreground tree, rocks and grass are ail created with essentially the same technique, Tnere are a number of ways in which tne various functions can write to the Harlequin's screen. These are Colour, which uses the currently selected palette colour; Smooth, a softening function; Blur, a coarser version of smooth; Smear, that produces an effect uncannily like mixing paint; Shade, for increasing and decreasing brightness without changing the colour.
Continuing the list, Trans is a "rub- through" effect, allowing a spare screen image to be revealed on the work screen, via airbrush or cutout. Tnis option only appears in the menu when enabled by selecting a drawing mode that can use it Colourise changes the colour but not the brightness, and Dithering is extermely useful for creating textures.
The tree, rocks and grass are initially GraphicsTT* The equipment used In order to make use of very large 24-bit brushes and multiple spare screens, the A3000 that 1 use has been expanded to 16Mb of RAM, enough to run TVPaint and Real 3D Turbo concurrently.
The frame buffer I'm using at the moment is an Amiga Centre Scotland (ACS) Harlequin H4000 32-bit card fitted internally. This is organised into a a number of "over* lays". These can be visualised as a number of image layers laid upon each other to form the final image. How these hardware options are used is up to the user - and the software being used.
Apart from some clever hardware tricks, this comes down to two output overlays.
The 24-bit display itself is capable of displaying 16.7 million colours at once, which is nonsense as there are only 525,000 or so pixels on the screen at any one time - up to a resolution Of 910 X 576, However, each pixel could be any one of 16.7 million colours).
Semi-transparent images Tne second overlay is an 8-bit "alpha channel" which is output as a separate signal and can be used with a device called a "Linear Keyer". The 8-bit alpha channel overlay can then be used to select from 256 levels of transparency when combining an external image with the Harlequin's output signal (for each pixel of the display).
1 know this sounds complicated, but in effect it means that the Amiga can create so- called "soft-edged" masks and semi-transparent images for genlocking over video.
TVPaint fully supports the alpha channel, and can even use it as a 'soft' stencil - in other words, images can be passed from the work screen to the spare screen via the alpha channel, allowing variable transparency stencilling within the package. This is one way to create the semi-transparent effect illustrated on the cover image.
TVPaint has two major weaknesses. It can - as yet - only use the Amiga bitmapped fonts for text, and the text editing facilities are very poor. The latest version does support Arexx however, so a text editor could be implemented by anyone with knowledge of the Arexx language. Tnis means that although the frame buffer can operate at PAL resolution (768 x 576 - the same as a TV) there is not enough information in the Amiga fonts to produce smoothly curved edges on lettering. Tnis is because lettering tends to have a lot of curves, which means that the result appears little better than Dpaint
on the Amiga's standard display.
Edge corruption Vector fonts are not stored as image data Eke "bitmap" fonts - Bitmap simply means a map of bits where each bit is a pixel. The lines and curves are stored mathematically, so that the font can be resized to any size, whilst retaining the perfect curvature of the lettering. This means that TVPsint's prodigious anti-aliasing power can be used to full affect, producing broadcast quality text displays on the Harlequin. 1 hope Tecsoft complete the update soon... The other problem with TVPaint is with resizing. It has no perspective manipulation, and simple planar resizing (x and y
axes only) can cause noticeable edge corruption (I rarely use tills function). For example, if 1 draw an anti-aliased solid drde, it looks lovely.
The edges are smooth, and not in the least jagged. Then 1 cut the drde out, halve its size, and lumps appear all around the circumference.
Cut-outs containing few edges - textures and the like - seem to work well. This is a problem excusable in Dpaint as it is limited to the available palette colours when resizing, but on a 24-bit display it should be possible to interpolate (recompute) the brush to provide a reasonable result. Dpaint IV, with HAM graphics and perspective manipulation, does a better job with only 4,096 colours.
Beautifully smooth This isn't quite as problematic as it may sound. With 16Mb of RAM, as 1 said earlier, I can run TVPaint and Real 3D concurrent (It may be worth pointing out at this stage that Reai 3D version 1.4 supports 24-bit texture maps and can render directly to the Harlequin, though the bug-fix that allows this function to work properly hasn't arrived yet..). Tnis means that images can be created in TVPaint, imported to Real 3D as texture maps then mapped onto any object's surfaces, moved around in wireframe perspective, and re-rendered. Rendering this sort of image usually takes 10
or 15 minutes, so I pop out for a coffee, and return to a beautifully smooth, jag free image that can easily be reloaded as a brush by TVPaint Though a little slower than it could be, perspective manipulation with Rea! 3D is immensely flexible - objects, surfaces and their texture maps can be manipulated in limitless ways unavailable in planar paint packages - in fact, this method produces results comparable to many broadcast computer graphics systems, though in an environment costing a fraction of the price.
K-r*l Graphics drawn as polygons of flat colour. Then, in a similar colour, I mark where I want the the highlights and lowlights that will give the rock its form. Finally I use the airbrush in Shade mode to alter the levels of brightness of the flat colour, and dither it to create a rough texture.
The Airbrush facility can use any of the painting options. Operating in - almost - real time, it is certainly fast enough to be thoroughly useful. It is one of the most dramatic features of the package - I frequently use it to impress people when demonstrating the Harlequin.
It can be operated by most of the drawing options like circles and lines.
There is also a useful spline drawing feature for those occasions when a freehand airbrush just isn't fast enough to create smooth curves.
You may notice that the small Amiga- creatures in the foreground have the landscape image as their displays. I achieved this effect by simply saving the image so far as a 24-bit texture map for Real 3D to render on to the Amiga screens. The earlier versions of the image show the flower as magenta, but red looked a lot better and the final flower with its bee is an example of the Colorize function being used to change the colour of an area of the screen without disturbing its bright- ?! Palette R G i. ness, thus retaining the lighting as it was originally rendered.
The sadly deficient text can be improved greatly by the addition of a few airbrushed highlights to the letters (after masking the surrounding area with a stencil - it is in this manner that television graphics designers make text look metallic.) Type in some mono text and mask around it, then simply airbrush a few dark diagonals.
The jagged edges become less obvious, and the text looks metallic. The spline drawing function could also be used to trace airbrushed lines onto the text, and by following the outlines of the lettering down one side of each character, it is relatively easy to make the text look shiny.
Display power Many of TVPaint's functions are similar to Dpaint, and this helps when getting started with the package, though the increased display power offered by the Harlequin makes the effect of some of the functions actually quite different to their Dpaint counterparts - this was quite confusing at first.
For example, getting used to the way in which anti-aliasing is implemented was slightly confusing as some of the functions didn't seem to use it on vl .4, though vl .5 is much more complete, and everything produces dean, smooth edges when anti-aliasing is switched on.
J255 0 0 The next step is to decide which objects can be art- worked and which objects would look better if solid modelled. The rocks are a case in point, and could have been created as models, though I felt that the lighting would have taken too long had I modelled them in Real 3D. I began modelling with the small Amigas (with legs) that inhabit my landscape.
Real 3D allows me to create primitive objects like cubes and spheres in a single operation, without worrying about how many polygons the surface needs. It uses a similar technique to the vector fonts - by storing the centre point and a radius, every sphere created this way will always have a smoothly curved surface, no matter how you manipulate it.
In addition to this, Real 3D allows objects to be combined using a full set of logical operations - And, where the two objects' volume of intersection becomes the resultant object; And Not, where the second object cuts the intersection from the first object; Eor, where the two objects are combined, and the intersection is removed; and finally; Divide, where the first object is divided in two along the plane of intersection.
These operations - called "Boolean" or logical operations - can also exchange surface textures with the With Paint extension (And Not With Paint, etc). So, Amigas with legs - thankfully I've got a digitised picture of an Amiga 3000, and the simplest way to make an Amiga is to create a couple of cubes that are about the right shape and orientation, and cut up my digitised image into some texture maps.
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Lighting solid models is possibly more complex than real photographic lighting.
This is primarily due to the fact that lamps can only be placed in the tri-view mode. This consists of three windows - (hence tri-view) - displaying a plan and two elevations of the 3D model scene.
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Several test renders are usually required, and Real 3D's Fast Rendering mode is extremely useful for this.
Composition Once satisfied, I rendered the image in IPP-24 mode directly to the hard disk.
After this, images can be loaded as pictures or brushes - depending on their size more than anything else - and retouched prior to incorporation in compositions. I always save the retouched brushes separately to aid repositioning later, should I wish to change the overall compositional layout Does the Amiga have a graphic future?
Overall, the Amiga is on the verge of being a feasible option for low-cost professional graphics. The Harlequin badly needs a frame grabber, and most of the options available today simply don't do it justice. I recently tested the Rombo digitiser, and the Progressive Peripherals Frame Crabber. They're great products, but they simply aren't up to the display quality of the AC5 Harlequin.
The computer graphics market is about to undergo an explosion in the same order of magnitude as the home video market seems to have done - soon, perhaps even the A500 (or its successor) will achieve that magic display resolution
- broadcast quality. Things like HAM-E come Haying built some of
the objects for the landscape image, filled some areas of block
colour, and artworked a few details, I'm now ready to compose
the first rough image so far, by positioning all the various
brushes over the background gradient fills. It still looks
very rough at this stage - some of the brushes have dis
tinctly jagged edges, and the horizon doesn't look nearly soft
enough, but I can knock it back by airbrushing with the Smooth
option when things are a little more complete. The landscape
needed something in the foreground. Things looked a little
plain, so I figured that a flower with a bee - of sorts -
sitting on it might appear neatly in the bottom left- hand
comer.
Real 3D version 1.4 has some other very useful functions that 1.3 lacked, in the form of a new menu entitled Freeform. This menu includes a complete suite of point editing functions, and anyone familiar with the Sculpt Animate 4D editor will welcome the new facility.
This function creates objects called "meshes" that are defined - usually - by two curves made from groups of straight lines subdivided by vertices. These are the fundamental element of solid modelling on computer systems.
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By creating a rectangular mesh with 20 vertices on each side, and using the point editing functions Bend and Smoothen to deform the rectangle selectively, I built a petal for my flower.
Simply copying and rotating the petal mesh produced eight petals, which when accompanied by a flattened sphere for a centre made a usable flower. Now for the bee... The bee was a problem. It has wings, and wings are transparent. Transparency is a "heavy" function in Real 3D in the sense that it uses lots of processor time.
Real 3D is a ray-tracer, which means that it renders its images by calculating the paths of simulated photons in order to generate the picture.
Light fantastic This is not so much of a problem as it was - every new computer is faster than the last, and the A3000 is no exception
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To give you an idea, it took the A3000 running Real 3D Turbo four and a half hours to render the flower with the bee (and its wings) at a resolution of 384 x 288 pixels. To be fair, the level of anti-aliasing was also set at maximum to ensure the cleanest result possible (no jags), which also takes plenty of calculation (256 x 256 times over- sampling).
The bee itself was built with a Tools menu function called Lathe2, which allows a central axis to be defined, and then curved primitives to be added along its length, forming a single compound object This was bent so that the characteristic bee shape was more obvious.
Next I added a couple of spheres for eyes, circular tubes for legs (another Tools function) and antennae. The wings were constructed from a couple of irregular polygons.
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Now such fantasies can become more real than ever with the help of the latest release from the makers of Bars and Pipes Professional. Blue Ribbon Soundworks have made a very impressive attempt at providing a number of things that the average musical wannabee sadly lacks and yet desperately needs.
First and foremost comes talent.
Obviously, no software in the world can actually affect your abilities, or lack of them, but it can magnify what little you have while automating the rest of the production to suit your style.
A Close second to a lack of talent is the need for some partners in crime - drummers, guitarists, keyboard players and SO on. Here again the software supplies the goods in the form of five individual musicians who play their particular instruments in the style of your choice while following predefined chord progressions, adding support to your solo efforts- Lastly comes technique. If you can barely play chopsticks but desperately need some jazz, a suitable style is ready and waiting. Simply select the one you want and your backing band strike up a tune to suit All you need do is load a
suitable chord progression or add your own, then play a few solo notes to add a designer melody... I'm sure many of you are thinking exactly the same as I did - "Well whoopie, how original, someone's managed to transform an Amiga into a Bontempi". To be honest although it does sound a little like that, there's a lot more to Super jam than simple auto-accompaniment as you shall see... Identical If you read the Bars and Pipes Pro article in the February issue you'll recognise the Super |am interface instantly, as it's virtually identical in its basic layout. As you might expect both packages
work perfectly together, grven sufficient memory.
If you're short on space or perhaps B&Ppro, don't worry - Super Jam is happy to work with anyone and will save its creations as a standard Midi file ready for importation into any compatible package.
On loading the package you're greeted with perhaps the two most important windows in the system. The less conspicuous of the two is the "Quick Strip" which covers the menu bar and works in a similar manner, allowing access to all of Super Jam's windows and options.
Second, but perhaps more important, is the keyboard window. This is where you spend most of your time, trying out new chord combinations or practising solos. It's here more than anywhere that inspiration is bom or perhaps cloned. Along the top of Paul Austin jams with the Amiga's latest band-in-a-box own sample editor which displays the sample assigned to that particular musician. If no sample has been assigned you can load the Turbo Sample of your choice or convert an existing IFF. As you can see from the screenshot, the editor is very comprehensive and easily on a par with any standalone
editing software on the machine, in short, if the window are a series of LEDs which display exactly who is playing what, so you can keep track of your backing band Beneath the LEDs lurk the windows command buttons. These allow you to add and remove styles and chords as well as define whether you play solo or orchestrate the band's performance.
You can also set the key and tempo, organise the band, record a section of music, add a fill, play a selected style or insert specialised or designer chords to the keys of your choice.
Organising the band is perhaps your primary concern before any performance After clicking on the band icon a window appears complete with a list of the six members, what the re playing, whether it is internal or Midi, channel selection, patch number plus the octave and volume settings.
Clicking on a specific member's icon followed by a speaker will produce Jam's Wannabees you have a sample, the editor will almost certainly create the sound you want thanks to a whole range of effects and processing options. It's impossible to go into further detail due to the usual lack of space, but rest assured that sample editing isn't a problem.
Selection of instruments and output methods is completely mouse driven with samples and patches playing on demand to make selection as simple as possible.
Sliders and arrows move through patch lists, adjust volumes, select channels - in fact you can complete an entire piece without touching the keys, whether they be on the Amiga or an external synth.
Once your musicians are suitably equipped, the next task is to select a style in which they'll play. Up to four separate styles can be stored on the right side of the keyboard and selected as required, even during a performance. Now the band knows what to play, but what about you?
Tone deaf fortunately the tone deaf are catered for. If you examine the keys you'll see a selection of letters on various notes which means that, in this signature, those are the appropnate keys to play, being member notes of that particular key. They will produce either major, minor, diminished, augmented or seventh chords.
This may sound confusing but it means that if you select these notes when constructing chord progressions or solo runs you'll never go out of key - it's that simple.
If you want, you can instruct the software to create the most suitable chord for any key on the keyboard. But If you're new to the business, it's wise to take some advice from the software.
If all you could do was play a selection of the same chords over and over again your creations would soon become just a tad predictable. So to add a little spice to your sound a selection of weird and won- Music in wonderland derfut chords are available on the right of the keyboard. If the chord you're after isn't jn the present list you can create it from scratch or modify an existing one via the chord window, adding it to the selection.
At this stage all the essentials are in place
- the band ha1 ? Their instruments and they know the style and
the chords you want, it's here where the section icon comes
into its own. Like all musicians, Super Jam builds its songs
from verses, choruses, middle eights and so on.
Requesters Selecting the section icon invokes two requesters - one to name the new section and another to specify the number of bars.
Once Set, the section window appears complete with a coloured strip for each musician. These strips run the entire length of the section and can be either active or passive, determining whether the musician plays or not Why jam beats the Bontempis It's worth spending a little time explaining some of the fundamental ideas underpinning Super Jam, and some of the power features hidden in the bowels of the package.
If you've read the passage dealing with song construction, you might well be wondering why you'd want to use a snapshot to capture a particular performance- Weil, as you may have guessed. Super Jam never plays exactly the same performance.
Each of the six musicians can play up to 16 variations within a specific section. As a result there are a possible 16,000,000 combinations every time a section plays. Difficult to believe, but I assure you it's true. If the band are left to their own devices playing the same section over and over again it's easy to spot the variations as the mechanical musicians do exactly as the title suggests.
Just like a real band, the members all know how to play a style because they've been told. All they need You can either play chords live or enter them via the mouse. Personally I found the mouse much easier. Clicking above the track immediately opens a miniature keyboard from which you select the root note.
Once selected, a scrolling chord list appears, prompting you to make your selection.
Nov you simply sit back and relax while the band plays an ever-changing performance, leaving you free to wait for inspiration or join in as the soloist. When you're happy with the arrangement, clicking on the camera icon selects the snapshot option which captures the music each time the section plays. Once you switch the snapshot off, that particular rendition is captured for posterity. A lock bar runs beneath each bar in the section with which you can isolate the bars you really like and re-record on others until you achieve trie perfect performance.
If you're generally happy but want to make a few minor alterations, clicking on the relevant icon will produce a graphic editor complete with the particular score performed by that band member.
Functions available include erasing, moving, stretching, volume adjustment - in fact all the editing features you'd associate with a standard graphic editor with the exception of blanket editing (as all editing happens on a single note _____________ basis). For the power of cut and paste you'll have to invest in a dedicated sequencer such as B&Ppro or KCS.
To know is the chords. Once told they shuffle their digital digits to the chord in question and improvise the selected style, just like real musicians.
As you can imagine, the style is all-important Any style can be adjusted prior to recording to remove annoying tendencies, and in fact complete styles can be built from scratch. Once complete the band instantly know what you want and set about improvising around it However, designing styles is a tricky business, best left to the experienced user who has a reasonable knowledge of musical structure.
Having said that it's an impressive feature that could save thousands of pounds and hours of studio time for the composer willing to master his electronic counterparts. With a little effort you can literally teach the machine to think as you do. Bassists play original lines you instantly like, while drummers add your favourite patterns without any prompting.
Wonderful... The only real fault I found with the song construction section !
Was a tendency for the odd glitch as the software finished one section and moved on to the next. It's here !
Where owning a decent sequencer could make all the difference, offering a method of fine-tuning your creations.
If you don't want to waste time writing jvki. .vi The section window where the would-be composer compiles his or her creations... sections, a whole host of classic chord progressions come with the software along with a selection of examples, not to mention the hefty list of styles. Because of the extensive support you can either experiment and attempt to create original work on the foundations offered by the software or sell out completely and rely entirely on the built-in examples - the choice is yours.
To sum up, Super Jam has its ups and downs, with the internal sound handling definitely one of the latter. On the other hand, there's the Midi element which more than makes up for the shortfalls of the internal output The only other annoying feature was the program's unwillingness to install on the odd WB2 machine. If you have any problems, don't hesitate to contact those friendly folks at Zone for a replacement, If you're working in a commercial environment that regularly needs good quality elevator music, it's a godsend. Or alternatively if you're looking for a way to leam more about
music it's an ideal way to do it.
Those looking to create the next number one in a matter of moments will be disappointed. Nevertheless I'm sure that Making a style ofl your own. It's not for the faint-hearted or musical beginner Y -V.TifTPU i-l a !-•» -in ~ ,1 H i 1 ‘[111 g_ Editing the performance of Individuals, either before or alter they ptoy their port in the making of a masterpiece The internal choice ‘•w Super Jam's Midi features, there's a whole section of the software devoted to interna! Sound. Obviously with the normal limit of four sounds at any one tsne, Super Jam's six band members would normally be in
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To avoid muting the odd member, the authors of Super Jam have created ".rboSound technology which manages to produce between six and eight simultaneous rounds on a one meg machine, expanding into the low 20s given the assistance an accelerator board.
V fch its new multi-timbral option the Amiga can - in fteory - keep pace with the ‘.' D’ alternative. Unfortunately this isn't quite the case, because the number of sounds can vary depending on the strain applied to the system, and the conversion from a norma: iff to a TurboSampte does appear to degrade the sound.
The final nail in the coffin is that the software's output is stnctiy mono. And when I say mono, that's exactly what I mean. The actual sound only appears on one channel: OK, playing the same track through each speaker wouldn't enhance the performance much, but it certainly would make listening a much more comfortable experience.
In general I must admit to being less than impressed with Super Jam's internal features, but if you're thinking of using the internal sounds as a stop gap, they're OK. Once you've mastered the program and saved up the necessary cash, moving on to Midi is strongly recommended.
Many a professional will have this extremely handy composing tool hidden at the back of a hard drive, ready to add inspiration to a tired imagination: E3 Ease of use Super Jam is available from Zone distribution on 081-766 6564.
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A to use the * s case ensure that t0 a separate d reUted you fully understand for eximPle' * (he ,„t tditor Therefore, if yw ppmore to the new C: dirocW bew crunched. » o info to you copy ttom disk “ W4“;Ther ,devoid »««toSe about and can he p y infuriating error messages.
, disk drive, put » OFV.andtyp* OFO: TO Of V. prompts until the ias ended, then put yinaafepUce.No* ie and wait for 10 sec- with the copy Wait icon app* doub'C Two quidI Should I gambit or tokt it7 i Q s 1 m o $ i a m 9 10 NUDGE NUDGEj HUDGE r~ HOLO - NOCP | -i - HOLD J n TAKE HUB do to make a e disk. However, copy individual MOS Coin Drop is a fully featured fruit machine simulator.
That means you don't just press the Way button till you run out of money, There's a great deal more skill and judgement to this game than you might think.
On loading, you are given a number of choices. Up to four players can gamble at once, and you can give each player an initial stake of up to £10, so if you like, the game can be set to fairly huge proportions. Once all choices are made, the game is ready to play.
Above the main display area there's a skHl trail which comes into its own when you score highly on the play reels. If you're bcky enough to get “trail hekT, and light up all the letters in the word AMOSCOIN- a backup copy
o this, boot up with th, then double click sk icon, followed by
viowtype- OfO: TO DFO DROP, you can try your luck at one of the
skill challenges, which is where the game makes its strongest
impact on your addiction centres.
The first two challenges involve the number reel in the familiar High-Low gamble where players can elect to gamble for money or more nudges. If you manage to skip on to the later challenges, you'll be faced with Twenty-One, Skill Reflex, Cash For cheats, there's a wimp mode you can call up by pressing C. A scrolling screen showing all figures on each reel is displayed, which helps immensely when you've got five nudges and don't know how to use them.
Pressing H will display all scoring combinations and the money earned on them. U scrolls the number reel down a position, and D or P pause the game - It goes into flashing lights demo mode, Climb, Full House, Stop and Match and finally Five Auto Wins, which can bag a pretty penny or two for your hard-hit coffers.
To start a game, click on either the £1 or 10p slots to insert your "money”. If you're sensible, you'll have chosen to start with a tenner in the bank, but starting with only £1 can add to the tension as you can quickly run down to only a couple of plays left in which to win something.
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like it you should send a donation to the author at the
following address: lohn Ingham 8 Cyprus Terrace SHEFFIELD S6
3QH The author suggests £10, for which you can have the Amos
source code and a version customised specially for you.
Just like the real thing. Apart from these keys, you'll only ever use the mouse to control all other functions. Amos Coin Drop is fun, addictive, and easy to play for hours on end. Have fun!
C overDisk Super-Duper AmiBase Professional II Author: Keith A Grant Author: Sebastiano Vigna Super-Duper is a fast and friendly utility for copying and formatting disks. It uses a few very clever tricks to make its operations as fast as possible, and claims to be able to copy a disk from its RAM buffer in as little as 36 seconds, which is about as quick as a floppy will ever go.
When loaded, it instantly looks friendly and useful, All features can be set using buttons, and if a straightforward diskcopy is all you're about, you need only click on the source and destination buttons to get under way. Formatting a disk is just as easy.
At its optimum operating settings, Super-Duper is a match for any flash disk copying program such as Xcopy and D-Copy, Users of 512k machines, however, will have to largely forego this feature, as it requires the use of an 880k RAM buffer unless data compression is used.
To load a disk's contents into your buffer, select the source disk (DFO:, for example), then click on Buffer, and finally on InBuf.
The fuel bar should start to turn white as the source disk is copied in to RAM.
The process will take less than 40 seconds, even with verify selected Now that your buffer is ready to use, insert a disk in the destination drive, click on its button as the destination, make sure Buffer is active, and click on Go. The diskcopy will be complete in about 36 seconds.
On machines with 1Mb or less, you may not be able to create a full-sized buffer of 880k. If this is the case, you should dose as many windows and applications as possible before using Super Duper.
Maximum allocation If, after all that, you still have less than 880k free (such as SI2k users), Super-Duper will allocate the maximum buffer possible and use real time compression to squeeze the most out of your system.
As a Iasi resort, Super-Duper has a KillSys function tucked away in the bottom right hand corner. When clicked, this will close Workbench and grab back the memory previously used by it, thus leaving more for buffering.
If you use Super Duper from a hard drive, it is possible to use space on the drive itself as a buffer, which will be almost as fast as buffering in RAM if your hard drive is a good Quantum unit.
Alternatively, the VDBuf button enables users to specify a device such as RAD: or VD0: as the buffer device.
If you fancy just formatting a disk rather than carrying out a diskcopy, Super-Duper will accomplish this in about 37 seconds, as opposed to the 1 minute 40 seconds you'd wait for a normal AmigaDOS format operation. At 294 per cent, that's some improvement!
AmiBase Professional II is the best shareware database available for the Amiga. Period.
Previously a copyrighted program distributed only by Amiganub, v2 has recently been released as shareware to widen the user base so that they will upgrade to the more powerful AmiBase Professional III, which Amiganub will flog you for £10. As it stands, however, the version on this vi4.r..iuii'h bwufiM' U t .M Irrrt Un, town milff 0»nM*W» Utin tiu Urn: tl+ *«*»•• in tm I.'in Vll Cw«nK|I k mjvmMi (ilk teiiW Imn: . 'W I’* ul «•*«"w ail i» wii u «ailt it Iim« It tta MufctJ Him m. 1 i* 111 UVI The Amibase mam screen, showing key options at tin top month's disk is easily capable of meeting the
needs of most home users and enthusiasts.
AmiBase opens on a blue background with all the important options listed at the top of the screen.
For instance, to create a new database, just type N, answer a few questions on the number of fields you want, type in their names, decide whether to password the database, and you can start entering data. If you intend to use AmiBase for simple address book-style records, you need go no further than this into the program's complex features.
For those with more demanding uses, AmiBase can be surprisingly willing to comply.
Records can be filtered to create sub-databases, IFF pictures can be attached to records, there is a very fast and flexible search function (more so than Prodata's!) And data in any one field can be added or subtracted across the whole database so that, for example, a total of all stock values can be reached.
Demonstration As an example of what AmiBase can do, there's a database on the CoverDisk ready to use.
Type L to summon the file requester, dick on the "videos" file and then on OK. AmiBase will display the database's file specifications and inform you of how fast it's being loaded in. Once loading is complete, the first record pops onto your screen.
To move around the database, use the arrow cursor keys. If you have a specific record in mind, the J key will enable you to jump to it in a flash.
AmiBase loads your database straight into memory, and can therefore dash round a large database with a speed many commercial programs would envy.
To test this, go to the last record, number 47, by pressing J or the up-arrow key. Now look for a unique string of characters, such as "winning", and go back to record 1. By pressing Z you call up the search menu with its four options. These are all different ways of searching for something, but for now use option 3, In-Search.
This option searches the field you specify for a string of characters you specify, and does SO through the whole database. A much more powerful and flexible way of searching through the database is available through the multiple search options. When these are chosen, you will be asked which fields you'd like to search through and which string you'd like to be ferreted out of each field.
As long as you don't attempt to trawl through five or more fields, the multiple search is almost as fast as the simple search and makes the manipulation of your data a great deal easier. What if you want to amend data within a single record? There's no key listed for the Amend function, but before you give up AmiBase as a bad thing, press the Help key.
Weakness This puts you in Amend mode, which is where AmiBase shows its only annoying weakness. To change the data in a field, use the jump function to find the correct record, highlight the field with the arrow keys, then press Return or Enter.
Notice something silly? Yes, the entire contents of the field are wiped out This means that if you've only a slight spelling mistake to rectify, or another minor adjustment in a field, you have to type the whole thing in from scratch.
This aside, there's precious little to complain about. AmiBase has a lot more than the standard database facilities. There are two menus of extra features to choose from, offering the paranoid among us several handy data security features, printing options, and a few program management extras.
Program management features include autoload and auto-save. The latter is just a timed save option to guard against losing loads of data due to power surges and so on, but the auto-load feature is extremely useful.
By choosing a database and its directory path, the user can instruct AmiBase to load that database every time the program is run, thus saving users with a day-to-day database requirement the hassle of loading the same database time after time.
Shareware notice AmiBase Pro II is a shareware program This means that if you like it and intend to use it, you should send a shareware dona lion of £5 10 the author at the following address: Keith A Grant. IS Laurel Drive Tilchurst, READING Rgi SD) See the doc files on Ihe disk lor details on how to purchase the commercial version, AmiBase Pro III |GBRoute Plus V2.00 [c] 1990,1991 Complex Computers mi in i £ Hist: I Tiw: 1:18 Cost: £t.N % £79.95 Inc Vat 1 Meg Required GBRoute Plus Route Planner for the Amiga £79.95 Inc Vat 1 Meg Required CBRoutc Plus for the Amiga computer has been
carefully designed to assist the United Kingdom motorist plan easily and efficiently journeys almost anywhere in the UK. GBRoute Plus will not only find routes but will also cost, time and distance a journey in a matter of seconds, allowing the user to then print out a route or graphical map in either black and white or colour. There are many other features within the software designed for ease of use many of which allow the user to customise the program to suit the individual driver.
Features include:*
* Over 25 Million possible routes
* Calculate shortest, fastest and cheapest routes
* Includes Motorways, A roads and B roads
* Includes Cities, Towns and many Villages ' 5 Via options, 3
Avoid places and avoid road
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* Map scrolling and zooming facilities Features Include:* Dealers
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* Road Bias facility for six classes of road
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* 3D look user interface GBRoute Plus is available from most good
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CoverDisk ShadowMaker Author Stephen Lebans ShadowMaker is a
public domain version of a commercial program, but it has been
released in a very usable form. It's function is to add shadows
to the font of your choice, making easier the previously very
tedious process of adding them in Dpaint.
The font is saved separately in its shadowed form, so it is available instantly for your pictures, video titling software, or tuxHM r m»ii preft reHElfeU cast _j F dF+l EJ j asm i jgra 2lJ r Think you can do better? 1 Want to be famous?
W« are always on the lookout for new, quality Amiga programs for the CoverDisk. If you think you have written something good enough for others to share and enjoy, please send it In and wel have a look.
The Amiga Computing CoverDisk is used by thousands of Amiga owners every month in places al over the world from New Zealand to the USA so if your submission finds its way onto the disk, you could be famous!
Please make sure you list AIL Workbench and other files necessary for the program to work Feef free to design your own icons tor progs which run from Workbench, but please don't make them too big.
If you ensure your program is as compatible as possible with a wide range of Amigas, it will also stand a better chance of publication. We are espeName ... «* . Age.. Address ..... Daytime phone .. Evening phone .. Submission name ... Submission size . Type of program: Came . I Utility [j Tune Other You
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Port your submissions WITH A COFY Of THIS FORM to; Signed .. Stevie Kennedy, *m gg Computing, CoverOisk Submissions, Europa House, P«e ..... Adlington Part;. MACCLESFIELD SKI 0 4NP presentation package. The only restriction placed on this PD version is that it will not accept fonts larger than 39 point. You may load fonts up to 99 point and play about with them, but you won't be able to save them as a shadowed font if they are sized 40 or over.
To try out this neat piece of software, load up the mFast font from the CoverDisk. This is a 20-point font used by AmiBase Pro il and could do with an extra dimension. First of all, try switching between cast, drop and rounded, the three types of shadow on offer. The effects generated by these are variable enough to give a real choice over the final appearance of your shadowed font.
Below the shadow ShadowMaker geh to work on mfait.hnt cially interested in programs designed to work with the A3000, although if they work only with the new machine they'll have to be quite smal.
AddTools We are prepared to pay our current rates for original work which hasn't been distributed in any other way and which has not been put in the public domain.
Author Steve Tlbbett Workbench 2 only Steve Tibbett is one of those names you see cropping up in PD and shareware all over the place. He'S been responsible in the past for VirusX and ScreenX, and now it's AddTools.
The program b a simple little beast, but if you don't have Workbench 2, you'll never know how useful it can be. It adds user-defined menu commands to the Workbench 2 Tools menu, and is therefore incompatible with older Amigas equipped with Workbench
1. 3 or 1.2. To run the program, you must have an Ascii file
called Toolslist in the S: directory of your boot dbk.
To help you out, weVe included a Toolslist on this month's disk, so A500 Plus and A3000 owners can run the tool and check it out. The toolslist includes entries to run Amos Coin Drop, AmiBase Pro II, ShadowMaker, and Super-Duper.
For each menu entry, there are three lines describing the menu item's title, the command to be issued when the item is selected, and the directory in which the command is located. For instance, the entry to run ShadowMaker looks like this: StiidouMLtr ShidouRiker STS'.ltilitlei SkidwlUkir In other words, there's a menu item called ShadowMaker, when it's selected, AddTools issues the command "ShadowMaker", and it looks for the file in SYS:Utilities ShadowMaker . Dead easy.
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Type boxes, there's a selection of gadgets enabling user control over the light source.
You can control the angle from which the light shines and the displacement of the letter itself in the X and Y planes, which makes possible a wide variety of shadow effects.
Preview To the right of these gadgets, you can see a preview of how your font will appear with its shadow. Note that although the default letter is S, you can type any letter you like into the small box in the comer of this section and see how that will look.
This is important for letters like 0 and B, where a dodgy shadow can make the letter look solid rather than full of holes.
Apart from the obvious gadgets onscreen, the only other control is the Shareware slip-up If you bought our January issue and were impressed by the Excellent C Designer program on that month's disk, you may not be aware of its shareware status. I've suffered under the cat-o'-nine-tails to atone for the fact that, by an oversight, we didn't print our customary shareware message.
All you C designers out there should send your £5 shareware donation to: Nicholas Dyson, 136 Cralglea Drive, EDINBURGH EH105PR OK, now you know and there's no excuse for holding onto the fivers.
Anti-aliase toggle available via the pulldown menus. When this is selected, the font will be saved in an anti-aliased format, which could make it appear smoother in certain titling packages. Apart from that, there's not a lot else to say. ShadowMaker works well, and can take away a lot of the hassle involved in adding shadows to fonts.
POWER COMPUTING Prima..the high performance, low cost nard drive for Amiga 500 computers. Prima blends a large capacity, lov; power Quantum hard drive with the AdlDE host adapter for an unbeatable combination.
Prima replaces the internal floppy drive but includes Shuffle Board to make your external floppy drive DrO:. Prima features auto-oooting from FastrileSystem partitions, high speed caching, auto-configuring, and A-Maxll support. Formatted capacities of 52 and 105 megabytes are currently available.
1CD AdRAM 540 0M8 (A500 only) £89 ICDAcSpeed £175 2MB (A500 onlyj £159 ICO Flicker free Video £250 4MB (A550 onlyj £229 ICO FFV-VGA Monitor £499 ICO AdRAM 560,2M8 Upgrade £199 iCD 1MB RAM BOARD AoOOt £99 Official U.K. ICO distributor. Dealer enquiries welcome Expand A2000 1500 up to SMS ot RAM AaRAMwitn2MB £179 AdRAM with 4MB £219 AdRAM witn 8MB £329 £199 £POA Shrinks h ours into minutes Prima!
A Look Inside the Prima comes complete with instructions, software, and all the hardware necessary for a simple, clean, no-solder installation. It does require an A500 with switching power supply. 1 megabyte of RAM, and an external floppy drive for setup and installation.
52MB £299 105MB £399 Requires IMS of RAM & external floppy drive.
MfclTMiUM A5G0 INTERNA OPTICAL HARD DISK 50MHz clock speed Expandable up to 32MB of memory 18-25 MIPS 68882 Maths Co-processor Compatible with Workbench 1-3 Up to ten times the performance of the A3000 Installation software disk Easy to install Hardware select switch to enable or disable 68040 mode and run original processor
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• External cased model for fan & PSU (A5001. A2000 or A15001
• Fully rewritable (At least 1,000,000 Erase Write operations in
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Battery backed up clock and Enable and disable switch. Chip fast ram upgrades selectable. Memory software and fitting instructions 256K x 4 bit, 100 ns or faster 100% Amiga A501 compatible- Easy to install inside the A500.512K Fast ram. Battery backup real time clock on board. Enable and disable switch. Small 4 chip compact design.
£24.99 2MB Populated Only £99.99 4MB Populated Only £169.99 Eureka 8MB Expansion A500 CP10 PAL Encoder The CPI0 Pal encoder is a device that allows you to store all images onto video tape in three formats, composite video, HI 8 and S-VHS. Just imagine all your presentation from your favourite graphic software, business graphics, charts and even desktop publishing pages are all acceptable material. With the CP 10 you can simply record these onto video tape as you create them without any quality loss. Only £149.99 _ Amiga Mouse Electronic Design Genlock External 8MB ram expansion for Amiga
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Genlock High performance S-VHS genlock with built in fader, key inverter. Studio quality results from a unit that has no competition at its price. Used by the French television studios and gives breathtaking quality at VHS + S-VHS level. Fully modular so that frame freeze and multi colour keying through chroma keys can be added. Total control use the video with colour, contrast and luminance. Built in RGB spliitcr. £649.99 RAM 256K x 4 DRAMS £4.99 1MB x I DRAMS £4.99 1MB x 9Simms £44.99 AMJ Card l Supcr-Card Ami II is a hardware and software backup system that plugs into your Amiga'sdisk
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The industry standard CAD data format is AutoDesk's Drawing Exchange Format (DXF) which is used by its AutoCAD and AutoSketch systems. It takes the form of a text file, with sizes and dimensions listed after obvious commands such as Line and Text Now this would be jimdandy if AutoDesk didn't keep revising the standard. At the last issue but one of AutoCAD (release 10) the DXF standard was revised, and the rest of the world had to scrabble about to change. What's more, there are 2D and 3D versions of DXF, so things get more and more complex.
Armed with a PC disk filled with AutoCAD drawings and CrossDOS, I set about testing the DXF capabilities of the programs.
Both X-CAD programs use the same modules to read and write DXF files, so it's no surprise that they performed identically.
A few errors cropped up - drawings were nearly always off-centre (fixable with one Move command) and text was always slightly too wide. DXF isn't meant to be a perfect transfer medium, and it only takes a couple of minutes to fix. The convenience of drawing exchange is more valuable than these minor niggles.
DynaCADD accepted any of the DXF files, although they did take a very long time to load. The wait was justified, as all the drawings were imported as close to perfect as I could make out I did have minor problems exporting DXF from the program, but I suspect it was a couple of the routines I was running in the background interacting to make trouble for themselves.
Part 2 Stewart C Russell concludes AC's round-up of Amiga CAD packages, and reaches his verdict... It's a tribute to all three programs that they read each other's DXF files, and AutoCAD liked output from any of the programs. It's at times like this that data exchange is as joyous as spring itself.
DynaCADD also supports its own DEF exchange format This is designed to overcome the difficulties of translating DynaCADD parts between the PC, the ST and the Amiga. As I don't run DynaCADD On those other machines, I couldn't test it.
What did catch my eye was a little ghosted- out button in the Exchange requester, with the mysterious "IFF-CAD" marked on it.
This standard doesn't exist yet, and I'm intrigued to know when it will be introduced.
The observant reader will have noticed that I have not mentioned Plans. The truth is, it doesn't support DXF in any shape or form (yet). What it can do is take a file meant for a Hewlett-Packard plotter and reconstruct it into, something resembling a drawing. The translation isn't perfect, but it guarantees that at least something can be imported into Plans from any CAD package.
Anyone remember Aegis Draw? This ancient and thoroughly obsolete package has wormed its way into Amiga history mainly because Cold Disk's Professional Page software will read its data files as structured drawings. Plans will import an Aegis Draw file as a single part, as Draw wasn't too clever about data handling.
Aegis Draw output is kept as simple as possible so that ProPage won't complain.
User support You've been through the manual, you're running late with the schedule, and the thing won't do what you want it to.
Time to pick up the phone, and do some serious asking, As befits an expensive program, DynaCADD is well supported. Telephone support is from Expressworks, the UK distributor, but you can also Email the authors direct via CompuServe. I had to use both options, and was very satisfied with results.
When you buy DynaCADD you can inform Expressworks of your main area of work (be it architectural, pipework, circuitry, whatever) and you will be sent disks full of Bsi-approved symbols for importing into your drawings. This is a neat service, as well- formed symbols can speed up the drawing process many times.
AVT'S support comes from the heart of sunny Middlesex. There's a fair chance that you'll talk to the author of the program, so your problem should be explained away quickly. I've been very happy with all my dealings with AVT from way back in the days when X-CAD Designer was very new.
Plans support may be a problem. Not that Caiy Hale doesn't care about his program - I've had near fanatical testimonials over Usenet about it from various users - it's just that the eight hour time difference between here and Oregon is very awkward for phoning. Letters are handled as quickly as possible - call it three weeks, for the US Mail service isn't noted for its expedition. At times like this, the arguments for electronic mail are extremely strong.
In every review of anything remotely complex, there are things which really should be mentioned, but it's just a smidge difficult to categorise them. So here's a veritable rummage sale of features, presented without thought for personal safety.
Layers are handy things for keeping different aspects of the drawing apart. The tedious - but surprisingly apt - description of layers is a stack of dear sheets, on which details can be drawn. To stop the border interfering with the central detail, you'd draw them on different layers, in different colours.
Accountant All the packages support layers to an admirable extent Plans has a mere 250 separate layers, each of which can be accessed by name or number, AH the rest of the systems have 256 - if you use even half of them you're doing some serious drawing, so none of the packages will hold you back.
A work of CAD art can be shot down in flames by the inquisitive cost accountant, who merely asks how much the object in question would cost to build. Now if the package supported object attributes, you'd be able to reply to the nearest penny.
X-CAD 3000 alone supports attributes.
They allow you to assign non-graphical information such as price and supplier to objects. At the end of the day, you can get a list of all the attributes used, so if every part is costed it's easy to total them up.
Rich folk will appreciate maths co-proces- sor support, for all high-end machines come with one. X-CAD 3000 and DynaCADD come with versions for expanded machines
- in Plans, a separate version is required, and X-CAD 2000
doesn't know about them at all. Plans can also support any
number of drawings open at the one time, and parts can be cut
and pasted between them. You ?
Software Special features chart It would be pointless to list every single feature of the packages - the fist would be pages long and full of common entries. Instead, some spe cial features which might influence your purchase are given here.
Can't have multiple drawings onscreen, but that would incur terrible redraw rimes, so the loss is minimal.
If that wasn't enough, Plans also supports full hierarchy in its drawings. A part can contain any number of sub-parts, each of which can have sub-parts, and so on - it's a little like a disk directory. The advantage of this system is that it allows large and complex entities to be built up from sub-entities, and then manipulated as required.
This may sound a little like defining a part (or block, or symbol) which all the systems support. Vou can emulate the effects Of Plans' "directory frees" in all the other packages, but it takes a conscious effort And thinking, and tne avoidance thereof, is what computers are all about The verdict If you require a CAD system for commercial or very serious hobbyist work, it has to be X*CAD 3000. None of the other systems come close in terms of features, price, and above all, speed.
It's interesting to note that if you shop around you will be able to buy X-CAD 3000 and the Imagine rendering system for slightly over £4)0. This setup can produce 3D drawings, and then visualise them in 4,096 colours, or 16.7 million colours on a 24-bit system. Try doing the same on a PC system - and the software is fully ten times the price. You could probably fit in a fully specified A3000 in die PC setup price as well.
If you mostly work in 2D, but a little 3D would be nice to have, then X-CAD 2000 is the one to go for. It is unbelievably fast, inexpensive, yet can still import and export industry-standard 3D drawings.
Plans is father difficult to place. It's the only program with a real Amiga fee! To It It's, inexpensive (as CAD packages go) vet it has features (such as part hierarchy) which are rarely seen outside top-fine systems, if having the fastest CAD package on the block doesn't bother you, Plans is a solid, honest 2D program which won't let you down.
If you have a very fast Amiga and a big budget, or an existing installation using the program, DynaCADD is an option. It's very well specified and the user support cannot be faulted, but. Even with all its features it just doesn't seem to fit the Amiga terribly well. 1 would want a more flowing user interface and much quicker redrawing for my money.
Plans US SI 50 (approximately £90) Publisher & sole distributor- Garv Hale Development 94340 Horton Road Blachly, Oregon OR 97412 USA Tel: 0101 503 925 4130 X-CAD 2000 n 29 X*CAD 3000 £399 Publisher - Applied Vector Technology Ltd Tel: 081-$ 69 3338 Pax: 081-573 3713 UK Distributor - Power Computing Tel: 0234 843388 Pax: 0234 840234 DynaCADD £763.75 (£650*VAT) Publisher - Ditek International .(Toronto, Canada) Teh 010 1 416 479 1 991 Fax: 010 1 416 4791S82 UK Distributor - Expressworks Ltd Tel: 0252 726255 Fax: 0252 727125 Piare X-CAD 2000 X-CAD 3000 DynaCADD Version tested
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It's true that the Power Scanner is a new product, but this tag only really applies to the software. Like almost all other makes, the scanner itself is simply a re-badged unit that can be found under myriad titles on everything from PG, Sts and Amigas the world over.
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At this point, anyone who's recently purchased a competing model might be well advised to turn to the next page - It's almost certain you won't enjoy what you're about to read.
Software sorts the men from the boys in the scanning world, with the Power Scanner taking on almost Schwarzenegger-like proportions thanks to one basic ability.
Unlike the opposition, the Power Scanner employs true 64 greyscales rather than the more common shadow greyscale, which is employed by the competition to produce the illusion of 64 greyscales. This alone sets the Power Scanner apart and makes its imagery stand head and shoulders above the rest As you can see from the examples, the output is impressive and comes pretty close to that of our office pet the JX100 from Sharp. Obviously the JX is an infinitely more flexible unit, but if Power's promise of a colour Power Scanner appears the JX could soon face some serious competition. On top of the
excellent scan quality, the Power Scanner also boosts the usual array of editing, sizing, orientation and manipu* lation options such as clipboards for cut and paste operations and a r ICJJ SoftwareF Our monthly saga continues with more social climbing software and state-of-the-art silicon battling for your hard-earned cash... basic paint package to add the odd touch of artistic brilliance.
Either clips or whole scans can be scaled up or down by 50 per cent in one or both axis, with orientation adjusted in 90 per cent turns in the direction of your choke.
Memory management is kept in hand with the option to transform the raw data of the original scan into that of the more manageable "grey mode" which occupies just a quarter of the memory needed for its raw counterpart.
The image manipulation and the software options are no better or worse than many of the available alternatives. But for pure image quality it can't be beat. Better HEH0 llisr jyi mnnc O0E ici Huge goes professional Regular readers of Amiga Computing will remember a shareware program called Huge which featured on our March 1991 CoverOisk. It was a graphics program designed for software developers and offered a variety of features, including the option to create bobs, sprites, or IFF brushes.
UCA Software, a company with deep roots in the European shareware market, are now marketing the Professional version of this package, and although it wil set you back £17.95, huge v2.0 is a tool I'd recommend for any programmer who wishes to use graphics in a future project.
Huge Professional will enable the coder to draw sprites, bobs, brushes, or images then save them in either C or assembler source code, create and save icons of fairly huge proportions, and design colour palettes for use in other programs. The package's whole approach is practical and straightforward, so most programmers should feel at home with it, and it is a lot faster to use than, say, creating graphics in Dpaint, then converting them to assembler with a separate utility.
Drawing options include zoom, mirror, rotate, and the usual cut and paste, but Huge ProfnPonol has been largely Improved (chuckle) there's not really anything special about this part of the program. Its main thrust, as I've said, is to offer a cheap, useful graphics program for coders which will produce code they can instantly use in their own projects, and in this respect Huge Professional is a good buy.
Phone Europress Direct on 051 -357 2858 for further details.
Software Possibly the most famous and most widely-used shareware utility for the Amiga, Nko Francois's PowerPacker finally went commercial over a year ago with the release of version 3.0. Version 4.0, offering full Arexx support, is now available, and at , p% k £14.95 is still no more than you'd | rQ&fifr 'Jin&f have shelled out for the original | SaBf shareware program (as long as you'd paid your shareware fee, of course).
The program hasn't been greatly changed, but it is more efficient, carrying on PowerPacker's's tradition of becoming faster and better at crunching with each release. For example, to crunch a 370k program file, PowerPacker 3.0 took 171 seconds and saved 39 per cent, or 143,308 bytes.
PowerPacker 4.0 did it in the slightly faster time of 163 seconds and saved 150,284 bytes, beating the older version by two per cent.
Animation or Scala style presentation with the titling features of BT2, inconsistencies should be easily avoided.
Although a complete set of original and stylish fonts are a welcome addition, perhaps the most important of the two packages has to be the BT2 Font Enhancer, which opens up BT2 to the variety of standard Amiga fonts.
With its help, you can now transform any standard Amiga font into a 4 BT2-compatible complete with BT's four levels of impressive anti-aliasing.
These new typefaces can be accurately scaled down to the size of your choice. But perhaps its most impressive feature is its ability to produce a whole family of font sizes from a single standard Amiga font The resizing process doesn't seem to cause any loss of detail, and kerning is auto- Son fa ABCDabcdl234“ ‘ f§A A A A A Swiss Italic ABCDabcd1234 " €§AAAAA ( )pli .1 AIK 1 )«ih cl I.' 14 LSAAAAA Korinna AE3CDabcdl234 « £$ AAAAA Cooper ABCDabcdl234 AAAAA
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March 1992 JCL gets animated only real restriction, as with
almost all multi grabbing systems, is that of the maximum
number of frames which can be captured at any one time, which
on average is 11 in quarter screen mode.
If you want to capture live action, a delay can be defined to expand the duration of the process. Literally any number of frames can be defined as the delay period, Obviously this tends to produce a stop frame effect but when used in moderation it's a useful option.
An audible tone can be added lo the source tape to provide a manual trigger point which assists the recording process, especially if you’re planning to append several small sec lions into one long anim.
To append anims the HoldOff function is employed to join the various sections.
Alternatively, you could edit and append the various parts in Dpaint4. The choice is yours as the system works with standard anim files.
A full selection of play options are available and some pleasant additions have been thrown in for good measure. In short, the new anima lion option is impressive, but whether it's enough to keep the wolves of the 24 bit world from JCL’s door is another question.
The upgrade will set you back £150 and for that you (jet the ability to capture two frames in full screen mode, 11 in quarter screen, 28 in 16th screen and 52 In the microscopic postage stamp mode.
The JCL digitising combination of ColorPic and SuperPic have been around for a quite a while.
Up until recently they were among the Amiga's premier digitising systems. Unfortunately the 24-bit explosion has destroyed their hitherto comfortable position.
Products such as CVR's IV24 and DCTV have blown a lot of the opposition away with image quality that Ham-based systems simply can't compete with. In the case of the IV24, the option to instantly capture 24 bit images makes it very attractive, even with its relatively high price tag.
DCTV can't compete with the instantaneous results of SuperPic, but for still images its 24 bit circuitry certainly makes it a very serious con tender for those working with static subjects.
In this climate, |CL needed a new niche to explore and they may have found it with the release of an upgrade that offers a feature that only one 24 bit board can compete with - and only then if you're willing to invest tens of thou sands of pounds to do it... Animation could be JCL's saviour thanks to an optional RAM expansion that will allow either the CotorPic or SuperPic to be transformed into an animation tool.
Aside from the hardware, the system gets an added bonus in the new Cabaret animate soft ware. As well as handling single frame effects and general image processing, there's now full support for JCL's new animating features. The It's a fair while since the stylish Broadcast Titler 2 arrived on the DTV scene. Since then the program hailed as a milestone in video titling has gone relatively quiet.
Even so, it remains the premier titling package on the machine, the only real competition coming from Scala and to a lesser extent Show Maker, with The Big Alternative Scroller and Home Titler poaching a few punters in the cheap and cheerful department.
Fortunately the authors of BT2 have seen the error of their ways and have finally decided to support the package by releasing two new extensions which should secure BT2's place at the top of the titling ladder.
The first of the new releases takes the form of a complete set of ten all-new fonts that come in a selection of six BT2 sizes. As you'd expect from a package in BT2's price range, the new additions are impressive and boast a full 256 Ascii character set that includes international accents and special symbols. All anti-aliased, of course.
As well as BT2 friendly fonts the authors have kindly added a 115 scanline standard example font for each of the new styles. As a result, if you're planning to mix Dpaint the old-fashioned and time consuming method of selecting each font in the appropriate size individually, but as you might expect this can be a tedious process.
Fortunately there is a alternative. Luricing in the BT2 directory you should find an Ascii file entitled Btfont.load. With the assistance of a text editor or Ascii-compatible wordprocessor, it's simplicity itself to list the contents of the script file and add your favourite fonts to the default loading list Now every time you boot up, BT2 will come complete with your choice of fonts already loaded. A small point but a handy hint which avoids the rather irritating and time consuming font loading ritual.
If you're interested in the new upgrades, each package will set you back £105 plus VAT.
Not exactly cheap, but they both produce impressive results and to be fair they are aimed at the pro semi-pro user who needs quality output.
If you like what you see and fancy investing in the original package, bear in mind that BT2 is very much a standalone package and doesn't interact with other packages at all wefl.
This is primarily due to its inability to multitask - something which can cause problems if you're mixing live and hoping to employ other packages in the production. However, if it's pure titling, stunning effects and ultra smooth scrolling you're after, it's the best in the business.
For more details contact The Amiga Centre Scotland on 031-557 4242.
Matically adjusted when necessary. The ability to transform any font into a BT2-friendly typeface should mean much smoother interaction between BT2 and other systems.
Once you've created a new typeface or selected a font from the expansion pack the next job is to load it up. You could employ ing about, but try telling that to a disk compiler! The above example gives PowerPacker 4.0 a 7k space-saving lead, which can easily be the difference between success and failure when trying to pack a disk to the gunnels.
In addition, Arexx is fully implemented In the new release. Users can script and assign up to ten Arexx macros, or choose to run an external Arexx script. Those of you who still don't appreciate the importance of Arexx should take a look at Alex Clan's new Almanac column in this magazine.
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In comparison to the original, the new unit has several important improvements apart from the obvious doubling in speed.
The board now sports 512k of fast RAM which is available in PC mode but which, on my A500 Plus at least, didn't seem to work in Amiga mode, and there is a slot for an optional 80C287 match co-processor.
The on-board fast RAM ensures that Atonce works on any Amiga, even half meg models, as the PC emulator always has at least that much memory to play around with. In addition, Atonce can make use of up to 6Mb of extra RAM, if available, in the form of Amiga RAM boards. This means Amiga owners can make use of more memory than the average AT will hold on its motherboard, but as 2Mb is enough to wn Windows 3 with a fair degree of comfort, an old machine with a 1.5Mb trapdoor board or an A500 Plus with 1 Mb card should be enough for most needs.
Co-processor Maths co-processors have been fairly common in PC circles for years and many programs are coded to take advantage of them, so the inclusion of them in Atonce's design is a major plus for the unit. The 12MHz 80C287 won't turn your Atonce into a dragster, but it will give it a bit more zip in the right places.
The third performance boost for Atonce comes in the hard drive department. The unit will now support up to 24 partitions, and offers two ways of setting these up. In time-honoured fashion, you can opt to reserve an entire Amiga DOS partition for the use of MSDOS programs, but this means formatting your hard drive from scratch and will only appeal to users who are buying a hard drive specifically for PC work.
The second option is to create a file on a standard AmigaDOS hard drive and treat it as an MSDOS partition. As an MSDOS boot partition must be at least 8Mb in size, this can take up a fair whack of your average 40Mb hard drive, but it's an alternative to reformatting and partitioning a whole drive.
Video emulation Atonce Plus offers six PC video display modes. EGA and VGA are available in mono, and CGA in sixteen colours, and there's also Hercules (MDA), Olivetti, and Toshiba 3100. They all work quite well, though screen updates can sometimes be a bit slow.
In particular, VGA and EGA take a bit of time, both slower than CGA, the mode I favoured for its combination of colours and speed. Four colour EGA text mode is quite quick and works well with word- processors, but for very fast screen refreshes, you won't find better than Hercules, if chunky mono screens are your thing.
The disadvantage with the second method is that it is fairly slow. Access times are lengthy and transfer rates suffer. It is also a bit finicky, and my particular Atonce has failed on more than one occasion to recognise its hard drive partition. With a complete partition to itself, Atonce is much happier, and booting MSDOS straight from hard drive on your Amiga becomes about as pleasurable as using MSDOS gets.
Uise Users can speed up access to hard drive partitions constructed using the second method by following Vortex's recommendations and setting aside 200 buffers with the ADDBUFFERS command for the partition on which the PC file is kept. This helps quite a bit, but the sacrifice of 100k is simply not feasible on a 1 Mb Amiga if you hope to run any power PC software.
Users looking to take advantage of Atonce's excellent multitasking properties will need a lot more memory than required for basic operation. The PC system is run as just another Amiga task, and users can flip between Workbench and MSDOS as easily as between one Amiga program and another.
Whereas a half meg machine would have been sufficient to run PC programs using the on-board fast RAM, you will now need at least 1 Mb of normal Amiga memory, and probably about 2Mb for any kind of practical application. For those with smaller amounts of memory, there is an option to halt the Amiga's boot-up when Atonce is activated, thus saving memory, but Atonce really comes into its own only when running on the 2Mb and oyer machines.
In terms of hardware, Atonce scores highly. It is itself a very well constructed card of high quality surface- mounted design, and apart from its CMOS chips being vulnerable to static when first installed, it gives the impression of being capable of lasting years without a hardware failure.
Norton SI ratings are a tediously common speed indicator dragged out of the cupboard by every PC manufacturer on earth.
Atonce pays homage to this standard by claiming a rating of 16 or more. The original unit was capable of a respectable six and a bit, but I've not so far been able to confirm the higher S116 rating.
According to Bench, Speed200, and Sysylnfo, Atonce Plus's measurable Speed varies between 9 and 14 over a long test and can peak at something like 19 in good conditions. At no time did the straight SI tests manage to settle down long enough for a good measurement so ogr figures are only provisional.
Amazing speed Over a series of eight bench tests, including standards like the Do Nothing Loop, string tests and so on, Atonce Plus came out at just over twice as fast as an 8MHz 80286 AT and ten times quicker than an XT running at 4.77MHz. In other words, it runs every bit as fast as you'd expect any 16MHz AT to run, which is no mean feat for an emulator.
Atonce is a fine product if you're in need of PC emulation. It runs quite quickly, has good hard drive support, and multitasks without problems. There's no MSDOS supplied with the board, which Want to make your Amiga pretend it's an IBM? Stevie Kennedy looks at the latest emulator, Atonce Plus users should consider before judging its value-for-money, but until we can test the new AT286 from CVP and the updated KCS board with new software, Atonce Plus is the best PC emulator around.
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This is a common predicament for new Amiga owners, but before you turn to expensive professional software as a means of using your Amiga's power, stop and think how much enjoyment you can have from the machine with little or no expenditure.
The Amiga is the perfect enthusiast's machine, and might have been designed specifically for the hobbyist. As a complex 16-bit machine with custom hardware and a superb operating system in the shape of Workbench, it offers unending opportunities to fiddle, experiment, and perform constructive tasks. So how do you get started?
This series will concentrate on helping beginners understand some basic concepts about the Amiga, and will progress from just learning how to use Workbench, to carrying out basic AmigaDOS operations, through to creating scripts, auto- booting disks, and other more advanced topics. From the outset, we'll be referring to Workbench 2.04 as supplied with the A500 Plus as this is the machine most new owners will have purchased. Where Workbench 1.3 differs, we'll try to point it out, so don't worry if you have an older Amiga.
A few distinctions are now in order. We've mentioned both Workbench and AmigaDOS, but to most users the two will be interchangeable. The Amiga's operating system (OS) is actually called Intuition, and it is from this that windows, menus, screens and multitasking come. AmigaDOS is just the set If you haven't already made a copy of your original Workbench disk, we'll do so now. Switch on the Amiga and insert your Workbench disk. When it has booted, find a disk you can erase or use a fresh blank one, then remove Workbench and replace it with the new disk.
To format (or initialise - they mean the same thing) a floppy using an A500 Plus, click once on the disk icon then hold down the right mouse button and go to the Icon menu. Now highlight the "Format Disk" option and release the mouse button to bring up the format requester. Click on OK and the disk will be formatted cylinder by cylinder.
You should now have a formatted blank disk called "Empty". To carry out a diskcopy, again using Workbench 2.04 on the A500 Plus, replace the original Workbench disk, click once on its icon, then highlight the Icons menu again and select of commands we use to communicate with the Amiga (commands such as COPY, FORMAT, and so on), and we issue them from the Shell by typing them in.
Workbench is the Graphic User Interface (GUI), or front end for the OS. Workbench uses Intuition to present the user with easy-to-use menus and icons, and in itself is not the operating system, though it's easier to treat it as such. Think of it as the dashboard in a car. The dashboard is connected to the speedo cables, steering columns, and electrical wiring which together constitute the car's "operating system".
OK, let's boot up the system disk.
Don't know what a system disk is? It's just the floppy you boot your operating system from, so it can be a Workbench disk, a coverdisk, or a wordprocessor disk. Anything which will load up even the most basic Workbench, in fact.
Backup first Copy. Follow the onscreen prompts and swap disks as the Amiga directs until the operation is completed.
Using an older A500 and Workbench 1.3, you'll have to open Shell to format a disk and carry out a diskcopy. Do this by double clicking on your Workbench disk icon, then double clicking the Shell icon. A "Shell process window" will open into which you must type a couple of simple commands. It's called a process window because the Amiga, being a multitasking machine, treats all programs as processes, and can run several at once - the Shell you've just opened is just another process.
To format the disk you'll use as a copy of Workbench, type: You'll be asked to insert the disk to be formatted and press Return, at which point the Amiga will format the disk cylinder by cylinder.
To copy your Workbench disk to the new disk, make sure it is back in the drive again and type: Stevie Kennedy begins a nuts and bolts guided tour of the Amiga FORMAT DRIVE DFO: NAME EMPTY DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: OLUTE beqinners PART ONE the information ponei telts us a greot deal about the program This month's jargon System disk: Any disk used to boot your Amiga with a Workbench.
Double click: The practice of clicking twice rapidly on an icon to activate it.
Workbench: The graphical "front end" of the Amiga's operating system.
Intuition: The heart of the Amiga's operating system which makes possible windows, menus, and multitasking.
AmigaDOS: The name given to the collection of commands you type into Shell.
Backup: a safe copy of an original disk.
Process window: A window opened by a program such as Shell to communicate with the user.
Toggle: A way of turning on and off a menu option by selecting it and marking it with a tick.
Again, you'll be asked to swap disks at the relevant times and if you follow the instructions on when to do this, the diskcopy will be completed without fuss.
There are menu commands equivalent to Workbench 2's Format Disk and Copy, and these can be used instead of the Shell commands, but on some Workbench 1.3 machines, the Initialise option will simply tell you to open Shell, so it's best Enter a new nane for 'Extras' to do the whole _________ thing from there | New Nane: to start with.
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OK 0K-0U1CK CANCEL The format requester gives you the chance tn change your mind Renaming files Is a doddle Amiga Computing March 1992 fc3T utorial y beginners for breath. We've booted up, formatted a fresh disk, and made a backup copy of Workbench, which is more than a great many games players ever do. Now put the original away in a safe place and reboot with the copy.
The first thing you should do when you start using Workbench is to play around - try all the different menus and click on anything you fancy.
Don't just haphazardly mess about, though. Keep a close eye on the result of every dick and menu selection, and you can learn a lot about the Workbench environment.
For example, the first option on the Workbench menu - for Workbench
2. 04 owners at least - is Backdrop. By selecting this option,
you "toggle" it.
Any menu option which has a tick beside it when selected is a toggled option, and stays active until selected again, at which point the tick disappears.
When Backdrop is toggled on - the tick is present - your Workbench screen appears in a window of its own, which you can resize and shove around in the usual way. If you find this too much of a clutter, select Backdrop to turn it off and get rid of the window border around your Workbench screen.
The second menu option is even better. Execute Command, when selected, will summon a "dialogue box" into which you can type any AmigaDOS command and have it executed. This saves opening a Shell just to type one command and can be very useful once you get used to using it.
By the way, a dialogue box is the name given to any requester which asks you to answer a question - such as "Sure you want to quit Y N?" - or give the Amiga any typed information. In this case, you just type the command and click on OK to issue it to the Amiga. A process window will open for any screen output the command results in and the Amiga will inform you if the command was of This month's commands FORMAT DRIVE DFO: NAME EMPTY This will erase and initialise (format) the disk in your internal disk drive (called DFO: by the Amiga), then give it the name "Empty" DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO
DFO: This will copy the entire contents of the disk in your internal drive to another disk, which the Amiga will ask for once it has read in all the data it can. By following the machine's onscreen prompts, you can make a backup of all your Workbench disks.
Both commands can be typed into a Shell process window or, if using an A500 Plus, can be issued using the Execute Command option from the Workbench menu.
The wrong type or if it couldn't be found.
For now, type the command: DIR SYS: and click on OK. As we'll find out later in the series, DIR is the command to list everything in the current DIRectory or the one you specify when you issue the command. In this case, we've requested a list of the contents of a directory called SYS:, which is the name AmigaDOS gives to the main system disk directory (hence the "SYS").
You should see a process window open and a list of the directories and files contained by your Workbench disk will build up. When it has finished, click on the close gadget in the window's top left-hand comer.
The Window menu's first option is also its first new one. New Drawer does away with the old Workbench empty drawer icon, which you had to duplicate and rename if you created a new directory. With New Drawer, the Workbench 2.04 user just types in the Workbench llamus; m cannot get back uhat yw delete* OkfotWele: i 0 fiie(s) and 1 draw* ) (and to eoniwts 1 Drifting the wrong file con be disastrous name of his or her directory and it is created complete with a drawer icon in the currently active window.
"Currently active" means the window you most recently clicked in.
The window border will be in the standard background colour if inactive, or filled with blue if currently active, so it's easy to sort out which is which.
The rest of the window menu options should be fairly obvious if you experiment with them. Select Contents will highlight every icon in the current window as if you'd just clicked once on them, Clean Up will neatly reorganise the highlighted icons into a tight pattern, and Snapshot will enable the Amiga to remember where the window was and its shape (when the Window option is chosen) or where all the icons are as well (with the All option).
The last two options on this menu are particularly flexible. Normally, an Amiga floppy disk has a lot more files on it than are represented by icons.
As a rule, only drawers, executable files (programs which run when clicked on) and data files (such as text files) have icons attached. To show the normally invisible files in a window, select the Show All Files option and Workbench will create default icons for the previously hidden files.
Using the View By option, it is possible to see usually invisible AmigaDOS files in another way. If you've got the Workbench disk's main disk window open as the current window, select View By Name and the window display will change dramatically. All your icons will disappear and the contents of the disk's main (or "root") directory will be listed alphabetically. As long as Show All Files is still toggled on, this will be a complete list of all files and directories on DFQ:, your Workbench disk.
It won't show you what's in the directories themselves, but if you double dick on the name of the directory, a new window will open showing the contents of the directory, and you should be able to double click on programs and so on to execute them as usual. The advantages are that you can see all your AmigaDOS files and access them in a limited way without opening a Shell and resorting to AmigaDOS commands, and the disadvantages are that the screen can become a little unfriendly looking and will update slower.
Snapshot Once you're inside the directory of your choice, you'll probably want to take a closer look at an individual icon. The Icons menu has options enabling you to open programs from the icon, copy or rename the icon, get information on it, and snapshot its position onscreen.
For now, click once on the icon of your choice then select Information. A dialogue box will appear with a variety of information on the program or drawer to which the icon is attached, including its size in bytes, which protection flags are set and unset, when the file was last altered, any default tooltypes it has, and what stack is reserved for it when run.
Most of this information will be of little use to you until we've covered icons in greater depth, but you should try to familiarise yourself with the sort of information available through the information screen as it is all of relevance. Often a problem will crop up which can be solved after a quick visit to the information screen to see if there's a tool type missing or a stack set incorrectly, and the canny user will always want to know as much about his or her files in all situations.
Next month, we'll make a start on the structure of Workbench, and look at the preferences drawer, where customising Workbench to your own tastes has never been eas- m w i ier.
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ISSUE SIX - MARCH I 992 UNSTOPPABLE GAMES MACHINE.
What's going to be in your disk drive soon? Read on... Grandslam, Thank you Donovan's brainy CM O'- O' O) I a. 5 s a On the cards from Palace Software is Brainies. It's an arcadey puzzle game by the looks of things and features a piddling 100 levels.
The Brainies. It transpires, are cute, fluffy balls of cute, fluffy stuff.
Things are not what they might seem though, as they tend to turn slightly violent at the slightest provoca&on.
AH you have to do is lure them on to special tranguillising pads.
Simple eh? It all looks very addictive and annoyingly sweet, and I just know I'm going to hate them.
The Brainies should already have invaded by the time you read this, priced £25.99. March 1992 ma'am GrandsJam currently have three titles lurking up their sleeves ready for release this year, two of which are sporty games. Liverpool is, surprise surprise, a footy game and apparently win feature a new viewpoint for a soccer game. Intriguing, eh? Nick Faldo's Goff on the other hand is a go on and guess.
It includes a training section based on Faldo's "highly successful" training videos, which we an ran out and bought didn't we? Oh. And there's a modem link so you can play against people in Denmark, or wherever takes your fancy. Both Liverpool and Nick Faldo should be out before the summer at £2* 99.
But most imminent from Grandsfem is. Ahem. Beavers. Starring Jethro Beaver, this cartoony arcade adventure takes you through four giant worlds to save Mrs Beaver from the foxes.
Thrilling stuff, or what? Its written by the same peeps who gave you R Type 2, Forgotten Worlds and Crack Down so it should be worth a look, it should be out any minute now and costs £2*-99.
INNER VISION Why fake two bottles in to the shower when you can wash and go with Gamer?
42, 63, 54 hut hut hut!
- •r ds up who's got a so-called 'churn' with a Sega vegadrive.
And hands up who's sick of hearing about t Madden's ftamrn'
American Football. Thought so.
- ? rejoice Amiga pals and palettes, for the ever-iovely
recTonic Arts are bringing that self same console smash to or
humble Arnica.
Should retain all the NFL features that makes It com- rete gibberish to anyone who Isn't in the know, which
- ¦'ey'd be good nev s for fans of the original. It's got tenons
galore with variable weather, enhanced graphic.
5cdsed screens. 350 frames of sprite animation and differed Ditch types.
H's written by Gary Roberts, who you've probably never
* dard of. But he was reputedly thrown out of college for togging
up the computer network with one of his mulb- rer D&D
creations. So he's obviously a fairly rock and roll hndeguy.
F you're impatient, then check out our American Foot- ba" feature on page 17. For die actual game though, jwU have to wait until later in February. It’ll tbst a mere £25.99. Knights of the Sky . The Hun on your taif and the wind in your i action Knightmare ... Er... sidestep a fittfe to your left, Colin j WWF .. Laydeeeeez an' Gennefmen. Oceanpresent iir latest chartbuster Home Alone .JrAr... That smug little Hollywood brat gets- i ght slagging off. Hurrah!
Oh No! More Lemmin W 7 7 Oh no indeed. The fuzzy tellas re&n Moonstone ..... 12 Hold on to your lunches. Mtndscape reveal the sickest game ever Mercenary HhPL .....20 More heartlessjhon rabbing and double dealing from Mr Merc PoPULOU ip .....24 Bow doWn before-me little people! Ego trips aplenty from Bullfrog Robocop 3fc .....26 The last word n law enforcement smashes back onto the Amiga Onword •£» Lots of half-baked rumours and
screenstote fill a few pages Entertainments Xtra ...... 15 The latest from the small screen wwfrof video and Sky movies The Source I 7 It s Super Bowl time, so w?|lfcre you the lowdown on NFL games Amiga Computing Morch 1992 Talking Sn& ....22 The latest HMV cbaetTlus! Biffa's ’incisive'’ chart comments vncMi iiiyi t ••••• • *** *+•••••••• 3 Harry Secwj fbiggest fan tells you how to beat Magic Pockets March 1992 I HSSf jttJraw Cartel I jjicj Lt iiJit "A JJ* "Crtpes", thought Squiffy,' I bowled a bit of j googly there*
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£34.99 ¦ 1 meg • Joystick ¦ Out now War. What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing, if the song's to be believed.
But what a huge steaming fib that is War may not be much fun at the time, but it does make a great excuse for some wazzy computer games.
Think back over the years, all the games that wouldn't have existed if all human beings ever wanted to do was pick flowers and skip about in fields.
Shoot-'em-ups would go out of the window, as would strategy and role- playing games, and pretty much every other game in the world really.
All we d be left with would be those really exciting language tutor programs that teach you how to say The gentlemen are waving their handkerchiefs at the Bullfight' in stilted Spanish. Gulp.
So war is a bit of alright actually. War is great. At least from a games point of view.
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what's happening in the war And let's face it, Microprose have
built their reputation on games about people being blown up.
But somehow, all this long distance fire-and-forget nonsense is
getting a bit dull isn’t it? All this hrtech japery. Where’s
the action?
Where's the tension? The seat-of-your- pants manoeuvring? The skm-of-your- teeth dogfighting? The hem-of-your- trousers nosedives? And so on.
I don't know about you, but I think it would be a good idea if Microprose released a flight sim set in the First WorldWar. Just you, a rickety old plane and a crap machine gun against a beastly Hun in a rickety old plane with a crap machine gun.
Back to basics and all that. Sort the men from the boys. Yes, that really would be the camel's doodahs.
And what s this poking out of this Jiffy bag? Lummox! It's Knights of the Sky from Microprose. Am I psychic or what?
So, as you've probably guessed after that dismal introduction, Knights of the Sky is a WWI flight sim. Not only that but it's one of the most playable and appealing flight sims I've ever played.
It's graphically excellent, it's got great sound effects, but most of all it's fun.
Fun with a capital F. And while we re about it it's got a capital U and N as well. Yes, it’s FUN. In fact make that FUN with flashing neon bits and tinsel.
Now as with all Microprose flight sims, it’s got enough options to keep everyone but the most miserable of anoraks happy. Suffice to say I could quite easily just spend the rest of the review rewriting the manual and telling you about each option in almost unbearable detail. But I won’t. That’S the kind of off-the-wall guy I am.
The game is as historically accurate as you’d ever want it to be. The front line advances and retreats just as it did in the real war. Both armies take losses at the right times, famous battles take place around you, and most importantly the quality of the aeroplanes improves at the same rate as it did in
1916.
You start off with a choice of only two planes, and they're both terrible.
But as the war progresses, new planes are developed and become available to you. At the same time, the enemy planes are becoming more and more deadly, so it's up to you to keep one step ahead.
Also adding to the overall ‘feeT Of being involved in a real war is the ongoing battle to be an Ace. Once you've scored five kills in the air you qualify as one of these elite pilots, and can keep track of your performance against the other aces.
If you feel that one of the enemy aces is getting a bit big for his jackboots then you can challenge him to a duel
* c go and slap him about a bit. Mind you. Tiey can do the same
to you so : become too cocky.
Ai of mis adds up to give you a real teang of involvement. You can really sst to get quite badly riled when one me Hun aces keeps shooting down ton scout planes. Quite badly riled rdced. And you can't help but cheer loud when you hear that one of fjj lads has sent the Bosh packing, it get quite embarrassing actually.
TaUy ho, pip pip, come on you OaUy hunetcetc Bur before you can sample these :og.nts you must jump in the seat and to me skies.
First you choose your plane, paying icse attention to the weaponry and iCccd of your chosen steed. Then you Dp: to fly a mission.
Tne mission will usually involve one four general tasks. You might be isced to act as an escort to another ane, or you might have to 3tiack an :remy installation or convoy. You :ould be asked to shoot down an tr ny balloon, or it may just be a simple patrol mission. If you don't like the look of the mission, you can decline but this will affect your standing as a pilot and couJd lead to you getting mashed potato flicked in your eye in the officers' mess. Not much fun at all.
This is all merely a taster, though, for the actual flight scenes themselves, All the details are there. Little French villages with churches and houses, the constantly shifting front line with its trenches and flak guns, right down to the little truck convoys that trundle along the tree-lined roads just waiting to oe blown to pieces. Gorgeous.
VISION There are 14 different viewpoints to give you a good overall look at what's going on around you. These aren't just there for the sake of it either, as you don't have any posh instrumentation to locate the enemy. You'll have to constantly keep your eyes peeled for "bandits at 3 o'clock'. Qoh, J always wanted to say that.
And when the fiendish Hun come at you. And believe me they will, you don't just see them as % dots in the distance. They have a nasty habit of flying right over your head and then swooping aDout you aJJ over the place.
As the pilot you get to see it all in glorious 3D. And you'll soon be swaying in your seat and ducking under the desk to keep away from them.
It's very, very difficult to sum up Knights of the Sky in only two pages.
Its even harder to put in to words just what it is about the game that's so appealing. Maybe it's the sheer joy of having a flight sim 'where you actualJy get to fly and fight intelligent enemies rather than just using autopilot and Jock-on weapons. It could well be the large dollops of storyline and historical developments thafve been squeezed in between missions.
It's probably just the fact that it's really good fun to chunder around the place and look at the sights. Add to this the best ever intro scene in the entire universe and you've got a winner. In a nutshell. Knights of the Sky is the most original, playable and lovable flight sim I've ever played. Most pleasant indeed.
Daniel Now when this game came into our office, half of me was thinking 'At last a game to give Dungeon Master a good kicking' and the other half was thinking "Wait a minute, isn't Knightmare that crap kids' programme on I7VT Take a side step to your left, Colin.. KNIGHTMARE MINDSCAPE * £30.99 • 1 2 meg ¦ Mouse ¦ Out now Knightmare is that terrible show where they get four kids and blindfold one of them by sticking a massive helmet on top of his her head (this normally happens to the smallest who is always called Colin or Jeremy).
The other three kids get the chance to kill Colin by telling him to walk around a computer-generated world into traps and clutches of giants, witches, trolls etc, etc. The three kids aren't supposed to kill him. But most of them couldn't find their way out of Woolworths, never mind a dungeon plagued with goblins and giants.
Yes, the normal team line-up on Knightmare includes Colin, our intrepid blind adventurer; David, the only kid who has any adventuring experience, and playing Hobbit on his Spectrum doesn’t really count anyway; Susan, whose idea of a good time is listening to Jason Donovan records and who hasn't a clue which planet she is on, let alone succeeding at Knightmare; and Gary, who'd rather go and watch Crystal Palace instead of playing this game. He finds programmes like This Is Your Life interesting and full of humorous anecdotes.
To make up the rest of the team there are the presenters and errr. Welll.
Uumghrtt hmmmf. Sorry, I'm trying to stop myself laughing. Hold on a minute... Right I'm OK now. The main man is called Treguard who looks uncannily like a slim Brian Blessed.
Treguard's little helper - who’s not one bit of help at all - has the really depressing name of Pickle. Yes, Pickle really is in a bit of a pickle. He looks like Rotxn Hood but with wispy blonde hair, pointy ears and painted on freckles.
But to the game! On loading, you are treated to a wonderful rendition of the Knightmare theme music. Next you have to define your four team members by typing In their names and deciding their professions (Adventurer, Gladiator, Samurai. Wizard. Priest or Genie) and breeds |Man, Woman, Goblin, Ogre.
Ghoul. Elf, Troll or Insectole).
After you have filled in all the gub- bins about your team, it's time to start playing.
Knightmare can be controlled with the mouse on its own, or a combination of mouse and keyboard. I found that it was a lot faster and easier to move your Character around using the keyboard.
My first impression of Knightmare was that it doesn't half look like Captive. Well, fact fans, it just so happens that Tony Crowther. Who did the excellent Captive, also - shock, horror - did Knightmare.
You start the game in the forest outside the dungeons. This terrible place hides killer bunny rabbits, mischievous elves and a big beastie which is indescribable. The control method for fighting these awful creatures isn't quite the easiest in the world. You have to click your right mouse button on one of the hand icons and this will drop a scroll down from which you can choose whether to punch or kick. You then dick with the right button again to activate the desired effect. In the middle of a battle this is a bit confusing. But you get used to it Once you are inside the dungeon
things really get going, and to be honest it's as good as Dungeon Master. Treguard and Pickle give you friendly advice along the way. But tend to just state the obvious.
Good weapons in Knightmare are few and far between. For instance, I was wandering around the dungeon looking for a decent aggressive implement when lo and behold I spotted what looked like a sword. Imagine my dismay when I picked it up and Pickle kindly informed me that it was actually a pervknife!
The game has four quests, so it will VISION COCOP Wonder** derated graph*!
That gjve the game AUPIO COCPPP Adequate sound effect! With
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keep you going for ages. I haven't managed to complete the
first quest yet - it's been a long time since I’ve played
Dungeon Master.
Overall Knightmare is a really good game. It has astounding graphics which lend it a great atmosphere. The sound is adequate, with suitable swishes, grunts and thumps. The level of difficulty is set quite hard, so beginners watch out - you will be frustrated (I was).
If you loved games like Captive. Dungeon Master and their ilk, then no doubt you'll have already got your coat on to rush down the shops. Forget the title ‘Knightmare* - think of the game more as a Dungeon Master for the 90s.
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XAX F - Watery Wheelchair Flanges... fc3 OCEAN • £25.99 ¦ H meg ¦ Joystick « Out now Nowican rememDer Saturday mornings wnen wrestling was on TV from some ding town naJJ. An yes, it brings dock many nappy memories. Featuring great wrestlers like Big Daddy, Giant Haystacks and Fit Finlay, it das Jong since passed away from our screens.
Now its back, it's Bad, it's sweaty, it's most amusing and more importantly it's American. Yes, tnose entertainment fanatics from across tne Atlantic nave come up witn tne World Wrestling Federation - WWF for snort. It's nuge in tne States and is speedily Becoming as popular as tne Turtles or tne Simpsons here in good old Blighty. Tne only ways you can waccn WWF is to own S*y television (where it's shown twice a weekj or by buying one of tne many WWF videos.
The WWF is made up of many wrestlers, all witn weir own special moves and gimmiocs. For instance. The Undertaxer disposes of his victims witn nis Tombstone move and men puts ms napless opponent into a body bag. The Hitman takes care of me other wrestlers by applying his Sharpshooter nold, which basically means twisting the opponent legs until they break off.
The star of the World Wrestling Federation, nowever. Is Huik Hogan, the original alrAmencan nero. The guy has blonde hair, huge muscles, rips his shirt off a lot, and has won the WWF championship three times, so getting tne wondrous WWF belt.
It's one-quarter wrestling and three- quarters bad acting, tnus making it entertainment ratner man sport. Anyone wno watches the WWF regularly would probably love to jump into the square circle and go a few rounds with me HuJkster or me Milton Dollar Man, and now rnanks to Ocean your dreams or nightmares can come true... well almost.
Before you start me game you nave to cnoose your wrestler. I'll taxe the form of a WWF announcer for mis pare The first wrestler from the United kingdom, weighing in at 276 pounds, Theee Bricishhh Bull! DoggggfH (J can't Keep tms up for much longer). Tneeee, oh sod it the other two are the Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan.
So you've cnosen your muscle bound wrestler - now for yoor opponents. You face the wrestlers in me following order
- Mr Perfect (who's Jess than perfect].
The Warlord, Million Dollar Man, Tne Mountie (He always gets nis man, no no] and finally me oaddest of tnem all.
Sergeant Slaughter.
One thing you'll notice about the 'WWF is that everyone is so flippm' loud
- me wrestlers snout mar mourns off at just about everyone. As if
py magic, the game also contains a Jot of yelling and & Ck |
5 6 I U O Oj screaming. Before the start of each bout, your
opponent will nave the chance to say what he thinks of you and
you, of course, can scream some- mng back at him. Tnis doesn't
improve me gamepiay, but it gets you in the ngnt mood for a
good scrapr So you've chosen your wrestler, you've yelled at
your opponent new far me actual oout! Each wrestler nas a
srengtn indicator at me bottom of me screen. This
strength-ometer determines how quickly you can recover from
being knocked on to me canvas, or now quickly you can throw off
someone who's pinning him down.
Your strength is depleted wnen you are hit or oeked or when you are thrown to the floor.
Each wrestler can perform several moves. These are mainly punching or kicking manoeuvres, bur each individual has his own special move. To execute yours you must first oe in a grapple with your opponent.
Tnen you waggle the joystick left and fight to buiid up your grapple strength, wntch is represented as a growing bar a: tne side of the screen. Tne first wrestler to make their bar reach maximum neight wins tne grapple. The winner then executes ms special move on the other wrestler.
In true WWF style, the action doesn't just take place in the ring - you can Datrle outside it as well. Outside the ring you get me perfect opportunity to do some real damage to you r opponent by banging nim across the head with a steel chair which just happens to be lying nearby.
Each bout lasts a maximum of five minutes. During this time the match can be won by pinning the opposing wrestler to the canvas for a count of three seconds. If mere isn't an Outright winner by the end of tne five minutes, then the match is declared a draw and your challenge for me Wresdema- ma belt is over.
If any competitor is forced out of the ring, a 20 second clock is started. The clock is reset once both wrestlers are back in the ring but snould any competitor remain out of the ring Jong enough for the dock to reach 20, me match is declared void and again your challenge for tne Wresdemania Deit is over. Tnis voiding or drawing of the match can be very annoying, especially wnen you've got to tne final wrestler and ne decides to stay out of the ring.
WWF is yet another licence game from Ocean. Tne word that would sum up WWF perfectly is 'average'. Tne gamepiay is really dodgy - the way that you nave to waggle the joystick to get one over on your opponent is very frus* trahng and most of the time you get stuck m a ioop of waggling tne joystick, losing, getting off the canvas and immediately going into anomer grapple.
Tne sound isn’t too bad, but it certainly isn’t as good as it could nave been. There's a tune and a smattering of grunts and cheers, out for a lot of the time there's no sound at ail. It can sound a bit odd, suddenly naving tne crowd burst into spontaneous applause and then stopping dead. What there is is good, but I can't help feeling that more is needed.
After doing this for a minute or so you are so knackered that you don't feel like playing the game. On the other nand, the graphics are really quite good - the wrestlers look like their real-life counterpart and little touches like the video screen and me way the ropes "Doing' after someone bounces off them really improve the look of the game.
Oh well. If you're a true WWF fan then you'll probably buy this game along with your Hulk Hogan Huffy slippers and Mr Perfect duvet and pillowcase. Dut the rest of us would Oe better off buying a decent beat-'em-up or saving the money for a WWF video. If Ocean had mayoe spent a little more time on the gamepiay, they would have had a classic on tn&r nands. As it stands tnough, the message is: "Don't believe tne hype'.
Jonathan When the McCailisters decided to go on vacation. They forgot one very important thing...Kevin!
Yes I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. Macaulay Cuikin, the million dollar star of Home Alone, has been shoved from large screen to computer screen and no doubt he'll be getting another huge juicy cheque through his letterbox for this little escapade.
I would've forgotten the little bleeder on purpose.. For any of you out there who have been living in a timewarp or haven't even heard of Home Alone or Macauly CoaiDin or whatever the little git is called, ril give you a rough plot of the film.
By mistake, Kevin (Sir McCauJy Cooking! Has seen left at home, while his parents and the rest of his family go on vacation to Pans. By strange coincidence, when the parens realise Kevin is at home, ail the flights back to the good ol' U S of A are fully cooked and all the telephone lines are down. What all this results in is Kevin running around the house stuffing his greedy little face wffh all sorts of food and doing several other things that his parents wouldn't normally afiow.
Now amid all this malarkey (or should mat se Macaulayj there are two inept burglars, Harry and Man , trying to roc Kevin's little home
- sorry, mansion. Being like any other eight-year-old with
absolutely no brains whatsoever, Kevin sets traps around his
home to prevent these naughty chappies coming in and stealing
his micro machines, or something along those lines-you get the
general idea.
The game is in two phases. The first starts at 8 o'clock and Kevin is Home Alone. He knows that Harry and Marv will be arriving at 9 o'clock. So using my wonderful Carol Vorderman mathematical skills, that leaves just one nour for Kevin to set his traps. Tnere are 26 objects for him to find and by using these objects he can set his traps.
Tms phase doesn't take a lot of brainpower - it's just a matter of picking up objects and puffing them down again.
In fact its so easy, even Jeremy Beadle could do it. You can't just place the objects anywhere you want, but there is a whacking great big yellow cross telling you exactly where to put your devious traps. Somewhere in the house is Kevin's BB gun, which comes in very useful later on.
In phase two the burglars will enter the house and to try to catch Kevin. Ka must avoid Harry and Mary and at the same time lure them through the traps. You must be careful not to trip them yourseif, though. The traps will inflict varying amounts of damage on the burglars, but Harry and Marv won't always spring them. The burglars are much more likely to trip traps if they are near Kevin and chasing him.
Kevin can also inflict damage upon the useless duo by firing his B3 gun, but you can only damage them once - after that all the other shots simply stop the burglars in their tracks, giving Kevin a chance to run away.
Poor Kevin then just has to last out until his mom gets nome.
Home Alone could have been a truly wonderful game, but, and mis is a big but, it is too easy.
After playing just a few times the first phase becomes more of a chore than a fun-filled romp. The second is much more fun, but even this section gets boring after a while. Having said that, the graphics are very nice indeed, especially the digitised picture of Macawly Bumfluff.
Tnere aren't too many sound effects, but what really puts the game down is the awful music which drones on and on and on and Arist... (yes we get the idea - Ed). The music can be turned oif which came as a great relief to everyone in the office. Home Alone can be VISION 0000m Grapfacj are me best part ot whole game.
Y p : o mmmm Abysmal oxme muse not many sound fX.
P L A.y A B IL1TY ©0* summed up in one word - 'repetition' Oh, and give it a capital °Rr.
It'S good for one go, but it won’t keep you at your computer for months and months and mon... (stop that right this minute - Ed). Plus the game is 1 meg only. Surely more memory means better sound and graphics? I want the whole film for that son of memory!
It could have been one of tne oest film licences, but Home Alone nas walked into the graveyard of doom and jumped inside a coffin beside Darkman, Ghostbusters 2 and other such film licence flops. What a pity. Ha ha ha ha ha ha h3i Bye bye Macaulay.
Jonathan Csi O. g 5 I a a. S w a O) HiiEi PSYGNOSIS ¦ £24.99 standalone £ 19.99 data disk ¦ !£meg ¦ Mouse ¦ Out now Amiga Computing March 1992 99 ever has a game been so aptly titled. Barely has the world settled down and ;ucped wibbling over the software phe “cmenon that was Lemmings, than sygnosis release a further 100 levels.
Vw traps, new layouts, new strategies.
Again, the world puts on a blue unpsuit and goes "Wibble".
Well, to get this out of the way, this is
- ct Lemmings 2. Not in any way. Shape or form. No no Nanette.
It's merely mother ioo levels for the original.
There s no new lemming skills, no new antes or anything like that, ft's only to
* ?tp you knee-deep in Lems until the zroper Lemmings 2 and the
Lemmings Construction Kit are ready. They just
* on t let it lie, will they?
Now I'm sorry about this next bit but here's always the faint chance that there s someone out there who doesn't mow what all this Lemmings palaver is about. So I'm going to have to explain it ai again aren't 17 OK. You have to make sure that a cer- !*n number of lemmings make it from one end of the level to the other without falling foul of traps, pits and their wri crass stupidity. You see. Lemmings nave slightly less intelligence than a small pile of mung beans. They're utter iwonks.
You, the gorgeous gamesplayer, can p them overcome this natural intellectual bypass by endowing individual lems
* ith special powers. These powers rfow them to dig. Climb, build
bridges, block, float and explode. You will, however. Only
have a set number of powers that you can bestow per level. For
instance, the way forward might seem obvious if you had some
bridge builders, but the chances are you won't and you’ll have
to think your way around the problem. I know all of this is
almost written in computer folklore, but some people seem to
have spent the last few years hiding behind the sofa when it
comes to games.
So. These new levels. What are they like? Well, they're good. Fairly obvious that but they really are good. It's a bit like finding out that they’ve just made a whole new series of The A Team. More of the same, but just what you were waiting for anyway.
We were a bit stuck to begin with, as we were having trouble getting past the Tame levels (it's not *Fun* any more, it's Tame*), but then out of the blue came a letter from Robert Phelps in Stroud. Good ol' Bob had sent us all 100 level codes. Staggering, or what? The flamin' thing hadn't been on sale five minutes and he'd done the lot! A right smarty boots and no mistake! So, thanks to Robert we were able to have a good look at any level we wanted. And they're all cracking.
The Tame levels are. As you can guess, fairly tame. Yes, I had trouble with them but then I never was any good at the original. These levels can be breezed through by yer average Lemmings supremo, and so they're best for people who ve bought the standalone version and don't know what they're doing yet.
After that, things get harder and some of the levels are destined to go down in history as complete bar stewards of our time. The Superlemming level, for instance, looks really easy but the timing needed is phenomenal. Scary Stuff. And the others pose similar seemingly impossible tasks that kept us from the pub for many lunchtimes. Well, almost. There's not much else to say, really. If you're a Lemmings fan then this is just the thing to keep you awake until God knows when, and if you've never played Lemmings then you've got two options. Either buy the original and this as a data disk, or
just buy these 100 levels as a standalone version.
My only reservation is that the price is perhaps a bit much for a data disk, but I guess Lemmings addicts will go to any expense for more of those green haired japesters.
A worthwhile addition.
Some hot new tunes, and that wcf loved 'Oh nor squeak.
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VISION 00099 Tiny but erxkaring sprtttt wttfi delated scenery The winning fbrmua docsitasaki I Dear Points of View, I wish to complain about... 0X0 iTO MINDSCAPE ¦ £25.99 ¦ 1 meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now ou know the trouble with beat- em-ups? They re just not violent enough. Controversial, I know, but true.
What s the point of beating the biz out of silly little sprites if they just fall down and go peep ? We want blood and guts! We want entrails and schlock horror gorefests! Nurse, nurse, the ointment! And if all this sounds a bit too graphic for you, then I suggest you go and read the Home Alone review. Goon, I think it s best if you leave. You II only end up feeling sick.
On the other hand, if you re the sort of person who can watch Hellraiser while eating beans on toast, the sort of person who can read Stephen King before going to bed, the sort of person who thinks that The Evil Dead is an important cinematic statement, then you II love this game.
So. Only the sturdy ones left eh? All the wimps have gone off to read about Macaulay Smeg- hcad s slapstick antics, so we can get on with the gratuitous bloodletting. Heh heh heh. Evil cackle, crash of lightning, eerie organ music etc etc. Thud. Squirt. Ka jmijh. Umsk CN 8: 01 1“ $ E * March 1999 0Game| Ahem. Well, the plot is the usual gubbins about ancient quests for magic stones and druids and monsters. All fairly predictable. Some druid blokes decided to use four knights to get the Moonstones from the val* ley of the Gods. You, and up to three other chums , can take control of a knight
each and wander around the four territories hacking the resident beasties into a slimey red mush. Hours of family fun? Let s see... Each knight starts the game in their home village, where they can return for extra lives. Each village is situated in one of the four territories - the Northern Growl. Roar.
Crackle. Fizz, Phut Wastelands, the Misty Moors, the Great Forest or the Wetlands. You move your little knight cursor where you want to go, at least as far as your limited time will allow, and then press Fire to enter the location.
If you don t want to enter a location then you can use your turn to move further across the map, thus heading for an easier territory, perhaps. Each territory contains six lairs where you fight the monsters, and a more helpful location such as a city where .
You can replenish energy, buy bigger weapons, gamble your precious J money away and other such niceties.
The crux of the game, though, is JH the lairs. Some- ' V where in each territory there is a key. Only c with all four keys can you enter the valley of the Gods and try to win a I Moonstone from the Guardian. So to find the keys VL you must fight I through all the lairs, in any order you want and sec what goodies they hold. , You might find gold, or some spells or even a spanking new sword. Or you might find bugger all. Of course, the other knights are doing exactly the same SO you ve got to keep an eye on what your opponents are up to.
For the really brutal player, you can turn on your fellow play ers. If another player has got something you want, then you simply attack them and if you win the ensuing battle then you can pilfer any item from their body, Once i .« pl.’yi'r h.M I lost all his or her lives MI then you can pillage the grave and take everything.
Oh, and watch out for the black knights - any knights not controlled by a human player fall under computer control and spend the whole game trying to kill you. Youth of today, I don t know... On top of all this, you also have to contend with a massive dragon who flies around the map and attacks players at random.
The chances of beating the dragon without top of the range armour and a magic sword are alarmingly slim, so it s best to avoid him until you re tooled up enough to beat him.
Now, if all this sounds a bit involved for a beat-em-up then you'd be right. There is more than a little bit of strategy required for this game. Not so much that you spend ages working your way up to a fight, but enough so that the endless hack and slash doesn't become tiresome. A nice balance, if the truth be told.
I m sorry. I suppose we can't put this off any longer. We re going to have to discuss the graphics. So, with a glass of water and a handy bucket in case of spontaneous regurgitation let's take a Close look at those crimson-spattered sprites.
And they really are quite startling. Blood squirts and gushes all over the place, limbs and heads fly off in huge gouts of scarlet fluid, flesh is ripped open and flung all over the screen. It s just like Casualty.
It's so gruesome that Mind- scape have given the game a voluntary 12 certificate. So all you responsible parents may want to Tippex over the screenshots on this page, just in case your offspring see them and grow up to be serial killers or something.
The detail is excellent, and not just on the gore - which is optional for you wimps. The still screens and opening animation are good too, proving just why the game is one meg only. But, heh heh Lheh, lets talk about the gore again.
.1, This game r'jB reminds me of li Battlechess in one respect ' it s tempting to get killed just to see what disgusting animations the programmers have come up with.
And there s plenty of variety, in both monsters and players. They range from a fairly tame decapitation, to an extremely over-the-top bursting at the seams and squirting bodily fluids sky high. As I said, there is an option to turn all this off, but let's be honest, what's the point? It's the gore that makes the game entertaining to watch.
The sound effects are squishy too. Each body-slicing blow is accompanied by what sounds like a large bag of yoghurt being drop kicked into a dustbin full of beach effluent. A sort of "Ker-splutch" noise. Plus various groans, grunts and roars from the massacred beasties. PLUS!!! Some sampled chants and things for the spooky Stonehenge animation at the beginning. PLUS!!!!!!! Some fiddly fiddly dee music. So the sounds not bad either.
If you want a beat- em-up that's meaty, bloody and slightly strategic, then Moonstone is phun with a capital F. It may not be terribly appealing in the long term because it is pretty easy to get all four keys and finish the game.
Splattery, no holds barred, blood and guts. Oh, and the mt beta pvt* wriL | Sptatterv.no holds barred, blood and gutsFX. Hang about Wjivu or what?
A good blend of action and strategy, plus a four player option keeps k interesting.
Good, bloody, h* but axJd become too repctitfrc and easy but you II come back now and again just to let off a bit of steam and purge yourself of all those primeval urges. A welcome addition to the genre.
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Crazy from the Heart First Independent Rental from February 12
Christine Lahti plays a bored teacher who becomes the hot topic
of gossip when she falls for the school s Mexican janitor,
played by Ruben Blades. After returning from a wild weekend in
Mexico - married to boot - their lives suddenly become
public knowledge with alleged hysterical consequences. Hysteri
cal it was not, nor even particularly Other video releases in
brief Thelma and Louise is another "women who change their
lives and having tasted life, liberty and happiness never look
back" movie. Lovely. It stars Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon,
is rated 15, lasts 124 minutes and should be in your local
rental shop at this very moment.
Fans of classic television will enjoy this month's new fTC Home Video releases - The Adventures of Robin Hood, Sapphire and Steel, Space 1999, Danger Man, and, my personal favourite, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased). From £10.99 to £16.99, they're available from February 10.
Ed Harris, Sean Penn, Gary Oldman and Robin Wright star In State of Grace, released on February 12, a tough underworld action thriller - copious amounts of death and violence.
Intimate Stranger hits your rental stores on February 19. This latest release sees pop star Debbie Harry taking on the role of a telephone sex- line host. One for the top shelf, methinks.
Your essential guide to entertainment with Gamer's very own critic ¦ Antony Purvis funny. Anyway, it's a quite reasonable light romance video with the odd laugh along the way. Released in time for Valentine's day, too. Sweet.
Let Him Have It First Independent Rental from February 26 In 1952 two boys on a warehouse roof were cornered by police. They were Chris Craig and Derek Bentley. Bentley had already been arrested, but Craig had not and pulled out a gun. A policeman ordered him to surrender the weapon, and Bentley shouted the fatally ambiguous words: “Let him have id’ to Craig, who fired.
Craig and Bentley were both tried for murder and found guilty. Craig was
16. And too young to be hanged. Bentley was not, and despite
foe jury's recommendation of mercy, partly on account of
his mental age of just 11, was hanged shortly afterwards,
There is little doubt that the Craig Bentley case is one of
foe greatest miscarriages of justice in British legal
history. The lobbying for a posthumous pardon for Bentley,
sent to foe gallows for a crime he did not commit, continues
to this day. This is their story. If you only rent one film
this month, rent this one - it is a must-see.
The truth will shock you.
Communion Flrit Independent To buy at £10.99 Christopher Walken plays Whitley Strieber, a novelist whose recurring dreams of aliens prove to be real! That's real in the here-and-now sense, apparently it really honestly did happen to a real live novelist who was really called Whitley Strieber.
And I don't believe a minute of it.
Sorry! Maybe Whitley had eaten some out-of-date pork sausages or something.
Communion is far-fetched, somewhat pretentious and dangerously low on entertainment. Even as sci-fi it doesn’t rate in my book.
Oh, and it is also on Sky Movies this month. So no need to risk £10.99, eh?
Sky's silver screen selection Back to foe Future 3, foe film with foe longest trailer in cinema history (Back to foe Future 2 - oh, how unkind of mej blazes on to foe screens of Movie Channel viewers on the I st, 16th and 25fo.
Communion, that film reviewed elsewhere on this page, can be seen on Sky Movies on foe 21st and 29th, along with Days Of Thunder - Top Gun with racing cars. Catch it on foe 15th or 23rd.
Dick Tracy, starring Warren Beatty, Madonna and Al Pacino, hits The Movie Channel on foe 22nd. Only eight colours are used to keep foe comic book look, so ex- Spectrum owners will feel at home. Also don't mrss Die Hard 2, with Bruce Willis.
Sky Movies on foe 8fo, 17fo and 25fo- Write it in your diary, Cry Baby starring Johnny Depp contains what foe synopsis refers to as a “square chick’. Of square chicks I saw none, but I did see the svelte form of Ricki Lake, which I consider worth my Movie Channel subscription alone. Guaranteed to have me glued to Sky Movies on both the 9fo and 19th, Total Recall is repeated on foe 6fo, 14th and 25th, and foe comedy Twister screens on February 9fo, sadly unconnected with foe fun home game involving sticking your bodily parts in all manner of odd positions (Ideal for whiling away long car
journeys, I might add).
Wings of foe Apache, starring Nicholas Cage, is another film like Top Gun. But with helicopters. Unmissable, and on Sky Movies on the 22nd. Yet more screenings for Fire - Trapped on foe 37fo Floor, on foe I st 13fo and 24fo - Lord, when will it end?
Back to foe December issue and the films Loose Cannons and Loverboy, newly released on retail at foe time, This month they're on The Movie Channel, so check them out if comedy is your thing. Rutger Hauer stars in Salute Of The Jugger on the 1st I4fo and 24th on Sky Movies Plus, while over on the Movie Channel is a Star Trek 25fo Anniversary special.
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Title_ Price _ Price __Price 48 Mail Order only Z DD American Hero Gamer's top quarterback Duncan Evans huddles over his keyboard in search of the definitive American Football simulation It's a well known fact, well known to those who have physical pain then there's no better place to be than on tried it anyway, that American Football is a well the line, but if you prefer to experience the thrills and orchestrated melee of utter precision and bone-snap- spills of the sport at a safer distance then read on for the ping violence. Now if you're the kind of guy that enjoys definitive guide to the
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IV?3Sftu .LS llP Horne 34yrd 14 MT:7:28 QTB: 1st TV SPORTS FOOTBALL Supplier; Mirror Image Price: £9.95 Type: Arcade Before John Madden there was Cinemaware's typically over-the-top TV Sports Football, which can now be found on Mirrorsofts budget label, at a price which you can t really say no to.
TV Sports is also an arcade-styte game, but has the edge on John Madden in that each of the players has certain stats which can be swapped around. So, you can have the Montana ice combo but at the expense of having a kicker with a wooden leg.
The other great attraction is the glossy presentation with all kinds of extra graphics thrown in. Players wave to mom, coaches spit bands play at half time, and so on.
When you do get to playing the game the display is vertically scrolling like JM Football but from a high angle. Like JM as well, there aren't that many plays to call upon, in fact there are even less, but if a passing play breaks down you can always scramble with the ball. What makes the game more competitive is that as soon as your receivers have gone off screen you can only guess where they are.
The action isn't as crisp as JM Football, nor as varied, but you do get more stats, all the teams to choose from, and a full NFL season to play through so it has more long TOUCHDOWN!
Supplier: Strike Force Design, 28 Noble Street, Hendon, Sunderland SR2. Price: £14.95 Type: Management So to the other two games in this roundup, and the management side of the sport. Touchdown!
Is a game that lets you become the head coach Of any team in the NFL and lead them through a full 16 game campaign cumulating in the playoffs.
A Touchdownl team follows a basic 3-4 format on defense, two wide receivers and a tight end on offense. The plus point is that each player is a real life player, and they are rated at their positions. There are also backups in case of injury.
Each week the head coach can spy on the team to be played next and work out potentially productive matchups with your players against theirs. Thankfully this is possible because the excellent instructions list which players do what on any given play.
This and the graphics are two of Touchdown's advantages over management rival Headcoach 3. Also in your weekly schedule you can check the NFL tables, save or load a position and either try and trade players or go to training camp. The latter two features are an either or option. If you go negotiating to trade a player you can't spend time in the training camp trying to improve a player.
The trading aspect is fascinating, as well as unique - this is the only computer game anywhere that lets you do it. All the players have a trading value so that even if you have a highly stalled right guard, he is only worth an average skilled running back.
At training camp you can single out one player per week for special coaching, but he isn't guaranteed to get any better, and if you are unlucky he can either suffer a loss of confidence or an injury. EquaHy he can improve, It's these facets to the game which let you do something meaningful between the game each week that make Touchdownl better than Head- Coach 3.
When you do get to the weekly game there is a very nicely laid out screen offering admittedly not that many play calls. Defensively there are less, but those offensive plays are designed for the player to player matchups, making for a more tactical game. What's really neat is that with each play you get a text description of the action plus three digitised pics showing what's gone on. Ally this with the mousecontrolled play selection and you have an easy to play, but intelligent and tactical game, and at a very decent HEADCOACH v3 Supplier: Midnight Oil 18 HazeJmere Road, Stevenage SG2 8RX
Price: £19.95 Type: Management tea RIAL &z WOTS 2»i2£ 2AQS LDGASSS 3SS$ r£ 2»5 !!U! Dei xdi vai osaeojj 4.31 CEDRIC -D*S 4.32 SCOTT ST;J8ThC 4.2?
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Headcoach 3 gives you control of the unlikely sounding Schoburg Franklins but lets you decide whicn division you are going to play in.
F ven If you pick a troublesome division it is still possible to win the Superset! In the very first season.
After two tedious pre-season games the season proper starts, with a text-only confrontation. Offensively there are plenty of calls to cnoose from, marry more man in Touchdown!, with a call for every situation.
While these are great to be able to call upon there is a small drawback.
You have two receivers and two running backs out you can't specify ’who gets the ball, so if you have one star and one dog. Mere's no guarantee that the best man is going to cany the ball.
Defenswefy the option? Are simply formation, which do let you play against me run or pass but aren't really designed to go for an all-out blitz. Still, more variety than Touchdown!
Vm At the end of each quarter you can change your personnel - who have a one to five star rating - and examine the excellent wealth of stats.
At me end of the game there are nice features like votes for the best players and a full stats analysis, along with other scores and me tables. Tne trouble then is that between games you can only sioocer over the stats - there's nothing constructive to do but play the next game.
Like Touchdown', at the end of the season there's a college draft to improve your squad. With an uninteresting display and lack of inter-game options Headcoacn 3 has been superseded by Touchdown! And represents a game for stats fans only.
JOHN MADDEN FOOTBALL SupplierEIectronicArts Price: £7BA Type: Arcade John ’who? Devotees of me sport will be familiar with the fat and fairly unpleasant features of the former Raiders coach-iumed-TV commentator, but for anyone else simply mention that Sega Megadnve game and comprehension dawns.
In truth, JM Football came out on the PC a couple of years ago. But it took a completely different, all-action version on the Megadnve to spark EA's interest in an Amiga version, it 6* ¦- was worm me wait.
Mmd you, as you |t:| get to personally lead one of about & |2 naif me teams in me ' NFL in either a one- * off game 3g3inst the - computer or a ® friend, or take part in the playoffs run- I- _ ning up to the Superbowl.
This is obviously touting itself as the successor to Mirrorsoffs TV Sports Football, so it's a pity that you can't play a season's worm of games and mat the players are largely anonymous. Still, the teams are graded, and if you watch the pregame notes you can tell whether your team has any chance on me ground or whether it's going to be bombs away.
If you want an easy game then simply pick the 49'ers who are very good at virtually everything. With the computer playing a rather slack game, especially defensively, the only real challenge is to play the Atlanta Falcons - this is the Falcons of last season not this - who have zombies in me backfiekf and tortoises for receivers.
A .c "5 a. 5 o 8 05 When the game starts, the pitcn pans out very impressively and the action commences. Playing offense perfectly captures me feel and spirit of American Football. First up you select the type of players you want, ie fast, safe hands, strong runners or a standard set and then me formation type.
If you select fast players and a shotgun formation it kind of signals to the other team that a pass is on me way. That's when you run the football, unless it's 3rd and long and you have to pass. If you were intending to run the ball and the defense stacks up on the line, the other excellent feature of John Madden football comes into play. You can audible at the line of scrimmage and call a pass play in me case.
When the ball is snapped you diner hand off for a run, or if passing, three receiver windows appear.
This is where the excitement of the game is brought home. You've got to watch all three receivers, ’waiting for one to get open 9 or at least into position, while watching for the opposing Bfl defensive ends and linebackers bearing down on you.
I There's nothing Detter man evading a couple of tackles, j spotting that receiver open downneld and getting the bail ! Off for a last minute touendown.
When you throw in sampled sound effects, the ability to I crush people or try and strip the bail on defense, you have me most complete all-action rendition of American Football
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The came rather hzndify comes with a hint pack that contains several hints on the ways to win. The most obvious solution is to become a presidential candidate yourself and get elected instead of Brf.
This involves signing or? As a candidate, organising your campaign and fawies. The big switcharoo here is that while you were twiddling your thumb; in the clink they installed a mighty handy public transport system on most of the planets.
These incorporate taxis, hire cars, buses, intercity shuttle flights and planet to planet space cruises. Oh, and as in Damocles, there's a transporter system that zaps you from one planet to the next in the blink of an eye. All you have to do is find it.. All of this means that finding key locations is a lot easier, as the public transport doesn't bother stopping at useless empty buildings. Well, most of the time anyway, ft also means that going from one planet or one island to the next is a doddle, whereas in Damocles it was an absolute bugger. So straight from the word go, it's easy to
pick up the clues and get on with the task at hand.
And there's another advantace to CM O* cs 8) X *5 a 5 © XJ 8 9i Back seat driving Why bother driving yourself around when there’s always some muggins ready to do it for you? That's what I always say. So to allow you maximum convenience and comfort during your mission, here's how to get about the Gamma system without spending a fortune... Taxis are always there when you need them and they II take you wherever you ask them to go.
Unfortunately, they cost a bomb and the robot drivers on Gaea are always going bonkers.
Interplanetary travel Is achieved via these deep space cruisers. They cost an absolute fortune, but you can glean some handy hints from the pilots if you’re lucky. There is a cheaper and quicker way to planet hop, if you can find It... this new twist It means that there are other characters to meet, Taw drivers, pilots, receptionists, and. Er. Tax men.
Unfortunately, you can’t talk to them, only listen to their words of wisdom.
Obviously, some of these characters Will unwittingly impart vital info, so keep your ears open and don’t go and make a cuppa during a taxi ride. You might miss that all important hint. If you're an independent sort, then you can splash out the cash for your own vehicle (or nick one) and explore the world beyond the transport route.
Indeed, this Is the only way to progress at some stages so don't rely on public transport all the time, because just like our beloved BR. It will usually 200m straight past the place you wanted to go, And so, with a whole galaxy to explore and nothing but a few vague ideas of what to do, you must once again battle to save the people of Gamma for their undying indifference.
Talk about being taken for granted,,, Right from the start. Mercenary III grabs your imagination. It’s all presented in the usual 3D, and it seems to be a little bit smoother than before as well. Occasionally, the colour schemes become a bit psychedelic, particularly on the non-stop party planet of Bac- chusl That aside, the game now features plenty of little graphical touches to draw you further into the atmosphere of it all. Taxis and buses hover along the roads, people's faces smile and frown as they speak and giant flashing hoardings scream advertising in your face.
The number of locations has gone up as well, as the bus and shuttle timetable demonstrates. There's even a strange building called Europress Publications in there somewhere! A lot of thought has gone into creating a convincing and interesting world for you to nose around in. Inevitably, there are plenty of giant buildings with nothing in them, but if you're on the right track you shouldn’t come across too many.
For such a huge game, there's some surprisingly good sound effects in there as well. They're mostly restricted to the fluctuating whine of vehicle engines, but they really add a bit of gumption to the interspace journeys. And there's some hissing doors, just like Star Trek, and a resounding 'clonk’ when you walk into walls. Not enough to win one of those coveted Bnts awards for music - Phil Collins will probably get all of those again - but it does its job and complements the look of the game.
As far as gameplay goes though, it’s a winner. Perhaps a bit too slow moving for hardbitten arcade fans, but for those who like to ponder over problems rather than leaping in feet first all guns blazing, it's the closest you're going to get to virtual reality on your Amiga. And it's a damn sight more interesting as well. A large, bulging sack of gorgeousness.
Daniel VISION tarty ixxktakd, but loads of Rtlc touches 00099 Not much, but what there is does Its Job wdL P LAVA. B I L I T V ELSPA Chart NE WWF • Wrestlemania NE Birds of Prey Will you just look at that! Thirteen new entries, four games going up and thirteen going down. Ocean were top cookies this Christmas, achieving the top two games with WWF and Robocop. They've also dominated the budget market with their Hit Squad label, getting no less than seven titles in the top thirty.
James Pond 2 - Robocod Heimdall NE Leander Bubble Bobble Other games worth a mention are Populous 2, the great god game by Electronic Arts, which is a new entry at number three, and Birds of Prey, which flies in to number four - another from the Electronic Arts stable.
Gremlin s excellent driving game Lotus Turbo Challenge 2 drops from the number one spot down to number five, Alien Breed by Team 17 fell a massive 22 places this month, which caused a few watery eyes in the Gamer office because it's one of our faves.
Full price games took over the chart this month, claiming nine out of ten places in the top ten, but rest assured that those bothersome budgets will be back soon.
Return to Europe Shadow of the Beast Alien Breed Now to our predictions for next month. Daniel has gone for Electronics Arts' Populous 2 to leapfrog a couple of places to the number one spot, while I've plumped for Robocop 3 to bash its way to the top. Both games got Gamer Golds in this very issue, so it'll be a toughie.
To find out who wins, tune in next month for another drama- packed edition of... Talking Shop. Ta-ta for now!
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Everybody wants to ruin the world ELECTRONIC ARTS ¦ £29.99 ¦ ¦ Mouse ¦ Out now Hods. They're absolutely bonkers, aren't they? Just look at the wombat. Completely bonkers animal. How are you supposed to take the whole theological argument seriously when the denies in question are obviously a few Harry Sec- ombes short of a Welsh male voice choir?
And I know why the gods are crazy.
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- and steady yourselves for a fairly cosmic revelation - we are
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some huge pandimensional being who's busily trying to finish
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existences are just figments of a gigantic inter-spatial
Amiga. Weird or what? Well, it made sense at the time. I
suppose you have to get drunk first.
It s snap, crackle and pop out there as the Cods unleash a terrible electrical storm CM * Trading In experience will build up your skills a E u It's all going horribly wrong Anyway, that's enough philosophy and theology for one review. Let's take a look at the steaming pot of noodles that is Populous II.
Where to begin? That's the question, isn't it? How can a mere mortal even begin to explain the mind-bogglingly divine entity that was, and is, Populous? It was, of course, the game that launched a million imitators. Well, one or two at least. And to be fair, they made the original Populous look a bit worn around the fringes and tassly bits.
So, not being ones to suffer such abuse lightly. Bullfrog have taken off the gloves and prepared to kick some serious rump with Populous II. And believe me, there's some distressingly bruised rumps out there tonight.
Populous II takes the basic idea of the first and builds on it 10 make ft 3 mUCh m0fe ft involved and detailed "7 ft game than its predeces- jx ftj sor. The mam cnticism of .-h | the original is that ail you W S ft seemed to do was flatten W 3ft land and occasionally make a mess of your ft opponent's settlements p with the odd disaster K And with hindsight, it | was true The game I might have introduced a whole new genre, but after a few hundred levels it got flamin' boring as well.
To combat this niggle, Bullfrog have made everything in Poppie II much bigger and better than ever before. There's more disasters, with more emphasis on destruction and all round nastiness. The little Poppie people are more varied, as are the buildings, the scenery and.
A er, the crisp flavours.
“ Tis not only the graphics that have been made firmer and more robust, for the sound has been beefed tenders to its throne. The new disasters are sexy beyond belief, and the 1.000 levels mean that there's no chance of it being a ‘one weekend to finish' affair.
In feet I'd go as far as to say that this is. Ooh. It's, blimey. ITs...ooh I've gone all light-headed just thinking about it.
Wibbfe. Rush out, buy it and see for yourselves, OK? Tm going to lie down in a dark room for a bit... Daniel mate rife nicer for your people, or building roads for them. There's even an peon that creates frtfle pools, and when a Poppie person falls into one they switch sides, from red to blue or vice versa. These can reek havoc in the enemy's settlements, but then of course your new found worshippers can fall back into the pool and revert to the way they were, Careful planning is required to make best use of them.
Strategy wise, for each world you conquer, you'll get some experience f v 0OTPP So tur*. Butatsmingfy reaEsdc sound effects.
Sore to do than before. The best god game ever.
ADDICTION That ole’ 'one more go’ right up 35 well with plenty of cracWmg fires, howling winds and screaming 8t- tle Popple people. AU doing wonders for your ego and giving you an dangerous messiah complex. The power, the power. He he he he he he he. Oe, little people, die. He he he he he he.
Ahem.
And as if by magic, the gameplay has been polished, spruced up and had ad the nobWy bits chipped off it.
It's now been shifted to Ancient Greece, where all the gods were completely off their trees, end each god has unique specialities and playing techniques. And to keep it from the repetition that flawed the first game, there's more to do now than ever before.
The new disasters are realty violent and much mere satisfying than the CM ones. The earthquake, for instance, sends huge cracks thundering across the land, swallowing up all and sundry. The whirlwind, er, whirls about and scoops up any bods in the way.
Dumping them miles from home, or, if you’re really lucky, in the sea. And if the whirlwind goes over the sea. It creates loads of whirlpools which wander the oceans and destroy any land in their path, fire disasters will bum any building or person they touch, and leave behind a charred wasteland that can’t be built on unless you level it out again. Blimey. That’s just a small number of the disasters at your fingertips, but they're almost all unfeasibJy wonderful.
Ft's not all warmongering and strife, though. There are icons to do nice things as well, such as planting trees and flowers in your settlements to points from Zeus (top Greek god Woke) depending on just how skilfully you managed your godTike powers. These can then be used to build up your prowess in one of the six elements.
For instance, if you build up your prowess in the fire element then you'll be much better at using fire disasters, and so on, Each o'me you upgrade your powers, you'll be given a password that will restore them to your new level, when you restart the game. This password ecu* pled with the password for each world means that you can start the came exactly how and where you left off. A save game feature would have been a lot less hassle, but then Bullfrog always have moved in mysterious ways.
So the big question is 'Is it a worthy sequeir. And the answer is 'Yes', in a big booming voice. It's tons more playable than the original and, Nl.
In my humble opinion, more playable than all the pre- I hate months like this. You wait ages for something good to come along, and men you get about four or five brilliant games in one go. Makes us reviewers look like a right bunch of pillocks. J can tell you.
It's all very good fun having loads of great games coming in at once, but it doesn't do our credibility any good.
Just you wait, I bet next month mere'll be nothing, Not one good game. But this month we're packed full of Gamer Golds. Typical, 1 nnit? Anyway, enough of this selfish journo whining and on to RoboCop 3. And to and behold, it's brilliant It's based ground the formcorning Robocop 3 movie, which has yet to see the light of day either here or in me States. A bit of a first there then, me film licence coming before me film. Of course, this means that we'll all know exactly what happens in the film before it even comes out. The price you pay for entertainment, eh?
Another first is Ocean's pirate-beating 'dongle'. This plugs in to the second joystick port and the game won't work witnout it It does mean that two- player games are a bit tricky, but that isn't a problem as mis is strictly a one- player affair. The only drawback I can foresee is that the dongle is fairly small.
As you'll have to unplug it when you want to play something else, there’s a very real danger of either breaking or losing the little fdia. So lets be careful, right tods?
And rhe game is a bit different in other ways as well. Ocean nave been teasing us wim 3D screenshots for ages now, so we knew ail along that RoboCop 3 was going to mark a distinct change in direction roc mem.
You see. Robo- Cop 3 takes the form a true interactive movie. Mo; like Ocean's iii-faced attempt at a C.ne- BHHir maware-type affair
* wim Nightbreed, but a proper movie in which you take the role
of the eponymous Robo and become embroiled in the usual mix of
corrupt corporations and crazy street gangs.
Thanks to a revolutionary new 3D system, the game feels arcadey but has enou i depth to make it anything out rurvof-me-miJI. And for those impatient ones, you can either plump to play the whole interactive movie gubbms. Or piay each of the arcade sections seperateiy which doubles as a randy practice option).
If you go for the j* | movie option, which [ ® - -J is the best, then you'll be pre- § ¦ J* sented wim the now famtter 62209 3 Casey Wong and Jess Perkins Tne?
Then chum out the latest news. M Craven style, and this leads you game. You know the son of mng - s ironic and handy scene-setting about jus: now buggered up Decree _ and then a tale about how some prat has been committed and. Ber-wwy RoboCop nappens to be on me scene So you switch to Ro&oCop's sk?
Keks and start driving around Deso: chasing some stolen van or other. A be like that pan in me first film, actual Pretty soon though, you get a mess* flashing up on your visor to go are help out Officer Anne Lewis who's got herself in a right old mess.
She's being neid hostage in an oc warehouse by the beastly spiatter- punks. Gasp! So RoboCop drives up.
Jumps out of his car and stoops insx* to rescue her in another display of 3D japery. And so it goes on.
Basically, it's just a series of 3D arcade sections, an interlinked, it's ncc as repetitive as it sounds though, 'ccs rhe sections range from smooth and fast driving, tense and violent shoot- outs, very tricky jet pack dogfights to a 3D puncn up between RoboCop and Otomo, a Japanese RoboNmja. So. A fair os % of variety splodges mr S about men.
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Especially during the “walk around and shoot me bad guys' bits. The caution required to just go around a comer, in case you're confronted by a gun wielding Splatterpunk. Is phenomenal. As a film tie-in, RoboCop 3 plops from a great height on everything else.
The 30 is excellent, wim just me right balance between detail and speed. The still screens are absolutely amazing though, with recognisable characters from the movies and some of tne 3D animations overlaid onto them. Just watching RoboCop 3 in action is a treat. Playing Hfc It can be a problem to begin wim. The driving section is I&. Simple enough to Third time lucky for Detrorts finest in 23 OCEAN ¦ £25.99 * 1 meg recommended»Joystick ¦ Out now 03339 control, but navigating around the map can be quite a task at firsi Once you get the hang of that you should have no trouble getting to the
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When you’re indoors you manoeuvre Robo by using his gun sights. So pushing forward on the joystick moves the sights up and Robo starts to move forward. Any move to the left or right makes Robo rotate on his axis until the Sight is centred again. This means that upon confrontation with an enemy gunman, precious seconds are spent trying to get Robo facing in the right direction.
This has the unfortunate effect of meaning that you can lose quite a lot of energy before you get a chance to shoot back, or you might even shoot a hostage by accident as you spin around.
The slippery controls can be mastered with practice, but it does mean that the game isn't as immediately appealing as it might have been. This is vision- Ewffcnt st» sowns, smooth 30 but some dark sod*?.
A minor problem though, especially when you consider just how well the game plays as a whole. The cinematic feel has been captured wen and really makes the game stand out from the usual film tie-in nonsense. A worthy effort and a welcome return to form from the past masters of movie licences. Just insert your own favourite RoboCop dichg here to round off the review. Ta.
Daniel Biffa and Sean Griffiths of the Bitmap Brothers bring you the official guide to the hardest sections of Magic Pockets Bitkiil Start (Bats ¦ Blobs iRochn i Frogs i Exit Erodible Blocks , Iten , tots hm toils iloy GENERAL PLAYING HINTS The Magic Pockets is relatively complex. We describe the simplicities here and leave the sophisticated stuff for you to work out yourselves. Suffice to say everything you do has a knock-on effect on the gameplay!
The first law relates to the 'kill count concept. Each nasty that is "killed" increases the kill count (a "kill" is when a nasty explodes into sparks). This counter is used to affect the bonuses that are awarded for bursting a trapped nasty. The next bonus is indicated "behind the lives hand and the power up hand.
The second law concerns the "bursting' of a trapped nasty. The bonus sweets that are rewarded for doing this can be determined by the player. The rule is that the harder a trap is hit. The more bonus sweets will be delivered. For instance, falling from a great height will burst a trap into three or four sweets as opposed to one or two.
The third law defines the "gold stars" effect. These are the player s way of gaining mega-power ups. A gold star will turn into a mega-power up when touched. The gold star s contents are directly affected by the number of silver stars previously collected. Cold stars and silver stars are both mini-power ups.
The fourth law concerns the mini-power up bonuses. A minipower up can be created at every 5,000 points. To do this simply trap a nasty, and burst the trap - the player scores 5,000 points and he is then credited with a "power up . The "power up is collected the next time a nasty is trapped and burst. Thus, if a bonus of 10,000 points is awarded, this will credit the player with two power ups, which will be collected as the next two nasties are burst.
THE CAVES (Section 2) Where do we start with section 2? It's huge! Over 100 screens went into designing this section. Every type of power up and bonus can be found here if you're prepared to explore. Choose your direction and set off.
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Sponsored by Come on you lot, get mouse to mat and start drawing. Send your entries in to; Britain's Best Amiga Gallery Amiga Computing Europa House Adlington Park MACCLESFIELD SK104NP Don't forget to write a few lines about yourself and what format the picture(s) are in. Remember, we don't want scanned or digitised pictures - don't send them, because you won't win a thing.
We have been inundated with Gallery submissions this month, all of them of excellent quality. The variety of pictures is quite startling, from portraits to landscapes and from abstracts to nudes - we've had them all, I only wish that we had more space to show them.
Right, down to business. First Amiga artist this month is Lee Wilkie from Hitchin. His excellent artwork comprises of a woman seductively draped over a tree in some far-away place. The overall look of the picture is excellent and it wouldn't look out of place in a Bounty advert.
His other scribbling is of Britain's most famous racing driver Nigel Mansell, powering his way to victory in Adelaide. A lot of detail has gone into this one - it even comes complete with sparks. Great action picture, Lee.
Our runner-up this month is Nell Keenan, He's 18 years old, lives in Glasgow and is currently doing a BA degree in Fine Art and Design at Glasgow School of Art. He's had an Amiga for two years which he got by selling his Atari ST (wise move, mate!).
As you can see he takes his inspiration form The Lord of the Rings with great portraits of Gandalf, Frodo, Black Riders of Mordor and even Gollum himself. His other stuff includes landscapes and portraits, which he prefers, and the detail and quality of these is outstanding.
This month's winner takes his inspiration from fantasy as well.
Minder Singh, from Huddersfield, sent three pictures in. He wins with his reproduction of a panel from top magazine 2000AD, from the Slaine Homed God series. His other two pictures feature your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. And there s also a fantasy art picture called Balor of the Evil Eye.
Top marks go to Minder for these wonderful pieces of art - he wins a copy of Deluxe Paint IV and achieves fame throughout the land.
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PD and SharewareE3 Graphics Master EdLib Disks 3a and 3b If you love using Deluxe Paint to produce your graphical masterpieces but want to see what else is on offer, then it's well worth having a look at EdLib's Graphics Master compilation, This is a two disk release that contains something old, something new, something borrowed, but nothing blue. There is SUCh a wide selection of programs on this compilation that there is bound to be something of interest to you.
The list includes 16 titles, all dealing with various aspects of graphics handling. They are Remap, Iconize, Clipit, Planet, Surf, Showprint, Screens, TVText Demo, Pitchers, Mostral.3, 3D Master Demo, Rot5, Rippers, ImageTools, Imagelab and IFFMaster.
I can't detail them all for you - there's not enough room - but here are a few that caught my attention. Remap is a neat little CU utility that lets you convert a picture of one resolution to another.
This is useful if you have a HAM picture and you want to edit it using Deluxe Paint II or III, which can't handle this format. All you do is use the program to convert it to high, medium or low resolution, and then load it in. Planet is a clever pretty gruesome after all. The first, Chip Rip 1 Mb, is another Fatter Agnus utility. It scans chip RAM to allow you to view its contents, or save whatever you find as an IFF file. You can even load up a demo or game, reset your machine, and then load up Chip Rip to view or save graphics.
In a similar vein, The Graphics Ripper by Peter Edwards is another tool for saving graphics games and demos. It works by letting the user search through the Amiga's chip RAM for images, and then position the individual bitplanes. It depends on the fact that the Amiga's memory is not completely erased after a reset, or on deallocation, so the program isn't guaranteed to work every time.
Rot5 is a weird name for a weird program. You could say it was a graphics rendering program, but on the other hand it is also an animation program, and yet on the other hand (three hands?
- Ed) it could also be classed as a mathematical modelling
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documented and kept me occupied for quite a while.
3DMaster Demo is supposedly a fast and powerful three-dimensional object editing, modelling and ray-tracing program. This is one of those programs that seems to promise you the earth but gives you "feature not available in this shareware version" messages instead.
Although the brief documentation makes the program sound promising, it contains no instructions on how to use it. It isn't accompanied by any demonstration pictures to load in. To add insult to program that will map any IFF picture you provide on to a sphere of any size, while also allowing you to decide the lighting direction and other factors. The finished image looks rather like a picture taken with a fish-eye lens.
While Planet is all very ingenious stuff, there is another program included on the disk, called Surf, which takes the principle one step further and can distort the IFF files in all manner of ways. Not to be viewed if you have a weak stomach.
Mostra (vl. 3) is a universal IFF Viewer written by Objecb con be rotated and manipulated In any direction using RotS Sebastiano Vigna. By universal I mean that it can view any picture file no matter what its format. Very handy - now you can throw all the other viewers in the bin and just use Mostra.
One word of caution - you must have the arp.library (v39) in your libs: directory in order to run Mostra. I don't know why EdLib didn't bundle it with the package.
Never mind - it's widely available in the public domain.
I couldn't resist finding out what the Rippers did - it sounded pretty gruesome whatever it was. It turns out they are two programs that probe around the Amiga's memory looking for graphics and then ripping them out - or should that be off? I suppose the potential for piracy does make them If you're looking for a cheap way to get into graphics and animations, or if you're just on the look-out for economical entertainment, then Steve Williams may have something to interest you m THE FINEST STRifzTL Y ffli Pm public vffllvf Ail pi M DOMAIN Dept AC. Li YORK PLACE. NR BRANDON HILL. H0TWELLS.
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In the doc file there is a thinly veiled threat: "If too many people are unwilling to support shareware distribution, they may eventually find the program sold for much more from a software company."
Users are encouraged to send S30 in order to get a copy of the official version which supposedly works and has relevant documentation.
J think someone should tel! Martin F Staley that this sort of snarp practice is not quite in the spirit of snareware. Public domain libraries might do well to ask themselves if they should encourage people like this by distributing their stuff in the first place.
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Fruit Fun Canbams Leisure Software Disk 1081 In my youth 1 used to like playing the fruit machines on the end of Margate pier. No, I never went on holiday to Margate, 1 lived there. In those days, one turn on the one-armed bandit would cost you one old penny, and the routine was quite simple. You inserted the penny into the machine, pulled the handle, the cogs whirred, the reels went round and if three identical fruits came up on the winning line the machine coughed up some money. Nothing could be easier. Hours of mindless entertainment for the masses.
Life was simpler way back then.
But times have changed. The world is a different place these days. Margate pier no longer exists, I live in down-town Twickenham, and you need a degree to understand how to operate a fruit machine. That's presuming you can afford to pay ten new pence a time - ouch, that's two shillings a go!
The one-armed bandit nas gradually mutated into a mad scientist's dream - flashing lights, music, skill challenges, multiple reels, auto-nudges and a bewildering array of extra features that, in my case, merely serve to confuse rather than amuse.
What 1 wouldn't give to step back in time and play a good old-fashioned one- armed bandit Well, I've got the next best thing. Fruit Fun is a one-armed bandit simulation for those of us who like to see the pretty reels go round. OK, it's got a few modern features like holds, up and Animator's Delight EdLib Disks 8a and 8b Stepping one dimension further than the world of graphics brings the Amiga Display, Anim, Animator's, LMV, Abridge and Oirectaction. In order to demon- user into the realm of moving graphics. Or animations as they are more com- strate the workings of some of the programs on
these disks, the guys at EdLib monly known. Have put together a cute animation sequence which you can watch when you Anyone wishing to have a go at animation will be dazzled by the sheer num- double dick on a screen icon, ber and diversity of the animation programs available in the public domain. And As an added bonus there is a documentation file included with the bundle it's easy to get confused when trying to pick out programs by name. It would be which explains how this animation was put together using the files included on really handy if some soul who knows about animation could put
together a col- the Animator's Delight set The reason I say this is a bonus is because the file lection of programs that are essential to getting started. And that's just what details how they struggled to achieve the result they wanted. If they had to EdLib has done. Struggle then it means that there is hope for the rest of us mere animation mor- Animator's Delight is the title of another two-disk compilation set from the tals.
EdLib library. As with EdLib's Graphics Master compilation, this is a collection of Incidentally, if you find it a little odd that someone should be using an anima- various subject-related programs ranging from the seemingly pointless to the tion utility in preference to Deluxe Paint, it is probably because you are using III mildly brilliant. As with the Graphics Master compilation, the point in favour of or IV of the program. The first two versions of Deluxe Paint didn't have this set is that you get an instant collection in one hit. All the programs you'll animation facilities and
consequently there is still a market for animation proneed, for the moment, on two disks. Grams.
The list of programs includes Cryoutil, SplitAnim, CombineAnim, AnimBuild, If you are about to dip your toe into the world of animation then getting hold Animlnfo, Hermit, Anim2!Ff, MakeAnim, PPAnim, ShowAnimSJ, Moviel.2, of this package from EdLib would be a good start.
PD and Shareware The author even include} a cheat chart. What a nice 1E11EE199 NUDGES ICHESTI r, SIMON CHERRY!!
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Down nudges and a gamble option, but not enough to get in the way of the actual gameplay.
Fruit Fun gives you £2 to start off with and costs 10p a go. Just like the real thing, the program is highly addictive and always wins all your money in the end. The good news is that the money isn't real so you can keep playing all evening, lose a fortune and still walk away no poorer.
Triple Yacht-Z Disk 2067 Virus Free PD Entertainment can be a mindless activity or it can require a little concentration.
Taxing the old grey matter with card or board games is good fun but requires the presence of one or more opponents.
Fortunately computers can not only simulate games onscreen but can also assume the role of the opposing player(s). Triple Yacht-Z is one such program.
As its name implies, Triple Yacht-Z is a computerised variation of the old board and dice game called Yahtzee made by the E S Lowe Company. It was most popular in the 60s and early 70s.
If you've never played Yahtzee, it's a bit like playing Poker but using five dice instead of a pack of cards. Roll the dice and look for winning combinations of numbers.
You know the sort of thing - full house, runs, three of a kind, four of a kind and the like, if you roll the dice and all five turn up with the same numbers it's called a Yahtzee and you collect 50 points. As you play the game you try to increase your score by rolling different winning combinations.
I had never played Yahtzee before I came upon this disk. Although it's a strategy game; it's not difficult to pick up the rules. It didn't take me long to learn how Slav* 1553 st.v. 1549 Bt.v. 1599 Stava 1459 St.v. 1979 loorlnt: a final Bnall BtralaM to lose to the computer. Triple Yacht-Z differs from the original game in that all scores in the third column of your scorecard are worth three times as much as the normal value and those in the second are worth double. If that seems too much of a travesty then the program has an option to play the normal game as well.
The display screen contains four boxes
- one for the scorecard, one for the high score table, another
for the computer's "thinking" and the final one to display the
dice.
The digitised sound of dice rolling accompanies the throw of the dice and if you managed to throw a Yahtzee you hear the digitised sound of the author yelling "Yahtzee!" The effects aren't any- thing to write home about, but then they don't need to be because this is primarily a game of strategy. The game can be set up for to four players, and the computer can play any number of hands. A match is a series of games, up to a maximum of
51.
After each game the net score for each game as well as the grand total of all the nets is displayed for each player, and the player in the lead is highlighted. Playing a match allows you to even out the luck part of the game. The game itself is very, very addictive, and I found myself muttering "just one more go and I'll beat it this time" all too often. When I looked up at the clock it was the wee small hours.
You don't even have to know how to score the game. After each turn the program highlights all the places where you could possibly put your roll. The numbers in the spaces are the number of points that would be received for choosing that position. To choose a space you click on it.
What could be simpler?
One last point. If you get a chance, even if you don't want to play the game, read the documentation because it's packed with humorous stuff.
The author, Stephan lannce, is a strange but astute man - he classes the program as Flieker- fixer and Multisync Monitorware.
In other words, if you enjoy the game a lot and would really like to thank him you could send him a flicker-fixer and a multisync monitor.
Who ya gonna call?
If you want to get hold of any of these disks then give the relevant company a shout EdLib Software Tel: 0272 723349 Virus Free PD Tel: 0793 512321 our sister magazine specialising in this ever-expanding market. As well as containing the world s biggest shareware directory - it expands at the rate of 300 or more reviews every month - Shareware Shopper reports on all the latest business and leisure software released.
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World; Please add 40p per disk AC POSTBAG POSTHAliW "OSTBAGi POSTBAG POSTbI 1A i POMflHK IBAG nr ¦I ¦.!. I'.AiDtjflMKin h .j i 1A(. HostMo POSTBAGJ® I V-..... I w tFssmtnfCl jURFS SURFS 5Sj • URPS SURF LFSSllRft ¦OSTBAG t RKsl 1AG POST ilRfa ’OSTBAG Ezra Surf's Postbag L etterslZ CoverOisk. The December '91 issue had a massive 212 pages and a CoverOisk, reflecting the success and ever- increasing value of what I consider an excellent magazine. However, this does pose a small practical problem with the Amiga Computing binder as it can now no longer hold 12 issues. Is thee any
possibility of a solution to this before the June '92 issue? (PS making the magazine 88 pages again is NOT an option!)
Steve Phillips, Stevenage, Herts Well, you will be pleased to know that our binders are now thicker and wider than ever before, it should be just about possible to cram twelve Issues of AC into our stylish new black binder.
An honest pirate?
Cot something to soy through the pages of AC?
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In response to your article, I feel compelled to write in defence of some of us so-called pirates. I pirate games. I have many, many disks full of the so-called latest software, some of which hasn't even been released over here yet, ie Midwinter II, Utopia etc. However I'd like to explain why I pirate software Although I have lots Of disks full of games, they usually get loaded up and played for a few hours and then they sit in the disk box until I either blank them or copy something else over them. I suppose you can call me an end user. I very rarely pass copies on to other people, and I
very rarely use the pirated games more than a few times.
Yes copying them in the first place is stealing, but what harm are people like me doing in the industry? Not any I believe. I still buy software, but it has to be really good to warrant me spending $ 30 to $ 100 on it. Call me an honest pirate, I suppose. Many times I have gone out and bought the original when I had a copy already. I Absolute Beginners plying at an alarming rate - viz the Earls Court show which at 11am could only be described as worse than a packed tube train in the Christmas rush hour. With so many users new to the Amiga, there is a market for a beginners’ feature in your
magazine and it should tackle one project a month using the same step-by-step guide as your excellent MED tutorials* For starters, I would like to be able to take a formatted disk, make it self-booting, create a customised startup sequence, and copy the files from my CoverOisk and PD collection which I find most useful, This will enable me to format the old disks and create more space in my disk boxes! Will Amiga Computing take up the challenge to show us growing army of novices how to understand the basics instead of allowing us to be caught up in the rush of jargon and technology, just
scratching the surface and wondering what it's really all about?
C Kostryke, Kent I don't really see what's alarming about more people catching the Amiga bug. It's good to see people making the most of the machine with hardware and software which Is advancing month by month.
I can understand your frustration with jargon. The problem is that beginners have to be introduced to the Ins and outs of CU, floppies and commands eventually.
If you picked up last month's issue you will have already had the benefit of our Absolute Beginners booklet. Now, why not take a look at part one of our major new series especially for beginners, which starts in this issue?
When I bought my Amiga in December 1988, it was still a very new and unknown machine. I read the limited reviews, made my choice and have never regretted it.
Now, three years later, the hobby has taken over an entire comer of my living room.
I have about $ 0 magazines (mostly AQ, over 200 disks, including coverdisks, public domain, business software and of course games. I have added to the hardware over the years and am quite proud of my collection.
The computer is used every day without exception (mostly by my 12-year-old son) and a large slice of time is allotted to the hobby.
I now ask the question - can we afford to spend all this time "staring at a screen" as my daughter puts it? Are we putting our experience to beneficial use? Are we getting the best out of it, and what on earth did we do with all this spare time before the Amiga came along and dominated our lifestyles?
How many of your other readers must be asking themselves the same question, having got themselves trapped by the ever-increasing wealth of available information, more elaborate software and sophisticated manuals and accessories? Do we have time to read them and apply them properly?
There must be so many like me who have not had the time to fully appreciate and understand our machines, yet every article I have read which purports to be for "beginners" usually rambles off into technical jargon, CU, this file that file, until eventually it is cast aside in despair along with all the other so-called tutorials.
There is no doubt that the growing interest in Amiga and other computers is multiDrawing a blank Whilst I agree with most of the article Knaves & Thieves in the October issue, I do not agree that if software piracy was eliminated then prices for software would probably drop.
The only result would be higher prices due to there being less of a threat from these pirates.
The only reasonable answer to this problem is the one that was applied to the cassette tape industry, who were also faced with piracy. That is, a small levy on every blank tape sold - to be distributed amongst the record companies.
Treat the world of software piracy kind of like shareware - mind you I'm honest. Have you ever tried learning to play Powermonger without the instructions?!
Thank you for the opportunity to express my opinion.
I haven't included my full name and address mainly because I don't want my computer confiscated by the cops.
Rob X, Perth, Australia I won't call you an "honest pirate" because the simple fact is you are a criminal. If you don't think you are doing any harm to the software industry you're not just arrogant, you're stupid too.
A bit of a bind I have been a reader of Amiga Computing since its first issue and have bought every issue since then. Every year I buy the blue binder and place the allotted 12 issues therein. The original June 88 issue had 88 pages and no This solution could be easily applied to software use.
One could argue that genuine users of disks suffer as well as copiers, but no outcry was heard from cassette tape users.
I personally would not mind an extra five or ten pence on the price of a disk, if it kept the games software industry in a developing market.
Geoff Bonell, Lancs I'm not entirely convinced that you can draw a valid parallel between the music industry and computing. A blank floppy can be used for storing data, PD or even your own programming efforts.
A blank audio cassette, on the other hand, is typically used for copying either radio broadcasts, Cds or albums. It is true to say that some people record their ?
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Own first generation stuff on to cassette, but I think you will find that experience fairly limited in comparison to blank floppies which are commonly used for original data.
It's an interesting proposal though. I wonder what the European Software Publishers Association would make of it... Pay your dues I was very interested in the news item about Saddam on the December issue of AUI. I tested their disk (as I do with all new disks) with Virus Checker, so kindly supplied by you.
The Saddam box came up and then informed me it had deleted the di$ k-validator file.
I then copied the file from my Workbench disk and it now works fine.
I wrote to AUI two days after purchasing their mag (about four weeks ago now) but so far have not had a reply. Since installing Virus Checker I have found one Byte Bandit and one Lamer which VirusX and ZeroVirus had missed.
Although I do not get too paranoid about viruses, I am going to send some money to the author, as I think anyone who tries to make life easier for us should be recognised. I don't buy a lot of commercial software as I am more of a tinkerer than a player.
Final words - always check new disks with an up-to- date virus checker and your Amiga days will always be fun. You have a great magazine although there are too many adverts for items that I don't think a lot of us can afford!
Brian Trovers, Leicester If everyone sent the author of Virus Checker a fraction of the cash they have saved by using it he would be a very rich man.
I obviously can't comment as to why AUI haven't replied to you - perhaps your letter got caught up in the Christmas post.
Feel the width As a subscriber of several years standing to the best computer magazine on the market, I would ask you to please pay a little attention to the size of your binders.
I have copies since issue one and am finding it quite impossible to get twelve copies into a single binder - Are you trying to sell the maximum number of binders?
Whatever your objective, it is most frustrating to have to fight with the binder only to find that about ten issues is the maximum load.
Incidentally I am now needing further binders, but I am putting off ordering them until I know what your response to this letter might be.
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A case of real ESP lust a quick note to say thanks for putting Virus Checker
5. 24 on your CoverDisk. It saved me a lot of hair pulling as I
picked up Saddam on the CoverDisk of a rival mag! - same month
(ironic eh?) - Did you have ESP? FixSaddam worked eventually
although I found the docs a bit mis* Ezra online Ezra Surf can
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Additionally our mailman with the most, Ezra Surf, hangs out on the following services: Service Account number Prestel 999800263 Telecom Cold 74:MIK911 CiX amigacomputing CompuServe 70007,4734 The Direct Connection uadi 132 01 for Amiga Amiga Computing leading, but that's not your fault! Brill mag... buy it all the time... blah... blah... Do I win a genlock?
C Stock, Macclesfield Nope, no genlock, but thanks for your comments. Of course we have ESP, that's why we put a virus checker on our disks every couple of months!
Saved from Saddam Two items from a grateful reader. First, I use the Virus Checker from your November CoverDisk. As a routine I boot up my Amiga 1500 with the disk on to which I have copied the Virus Checker. I run the Virus Checker, then put any new disks I have acquired into df1.
I did this with the AUI CoverDisk from the December 1991 magazine on the morning that the magazine was first on sale. The reaction from my Amiga 1500 was to say that the disk in df 1 was write-protected. I made it writ-enabled, re-inserted and immediately got the danger signal that a Saddam-type virus had been found on the disk validator, and this had been destroyed.
I telephoned AUI, and was told 'They knew about it, but it had not been confirmed that it was Saddam". I advised that I was sending the disk back to them for replacement virus-free, and was concerned that many Amiga owners may not yet have any virus-cheking discipline.
This morning I have received a replacement disk from Aul's duplicators, TIB. The first couple of lines of their letter read "Thank you for returning your CoverDisk.
Enclosed please find a replacement copy." The letter then takes 25 lines to tell me of a special offer on 3.5in diskettes. In the circumstances I find this a callous lack of concern for the problem and its possible consequences.
I read your article "Saddam on the loose" in the January Issue with great interest. I had hoped to see some mention in the January 1992 issue of AUI which I expected to see on sale yesterday. I have not seen it on sale. I have seen many copies of the December issue Still on date.
I am grateful indeed to your magazine for its Virus Checker and also for writing the news article to bring the problem to public notice.
W H Sarmon, Derbyshire It's great to hear that we managed to potentially save some data for you, and It just goes to show that you can never be too careful with any disk.
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POIIYSOFT UCENSEWARE £3.00 PER DISK INCLUSIVE PS-001 SPACE BLOB: Multi Level game where you collect all the gkwing items but avoid the heasties like the plague.
PS-003 Q-BOID: A nice variation on the tetris theme, good fun and very addictive PS-005 SUBCULTURE: A shoot em up similar to R-Type with extra large creatures at the end of each level.
PS-007 DIZZY LIZZY'S DASH: A boulder dash type game with large graphics.
PS-008 DIZZY LIZZY'S EDUCATIONAL 1: Four games to make learning fun.
PS-009 DIZZY IJZZY'S EDUCATIONAL 2: Three games to continue the theme that learning can be run.
PS-011 TRON: A two player variation of the light cycles gartVO.
PS-013 BOUNTY BOBS HIGH NOON: Playing tlie part of Lucky Luke you have lo capture 20 bad guys dead or alive. 1 meg.
PS-014 CLASSROOM MATHS: A selection of Mathematical games so your kids can learn and plav at the same time.
PS-015 CRYSTAL CAVERNS: A follow up to space blob with more levels and oh no more monsters.
FLETCHER FONTS DISKS each disk is full of various fonts ideal for a paint program or video titling, only £15 per pack inc. FF-P1 Fletcher Colour Pack (1) 6 disks FF-P2 Fletcher Colour Pack (2) 6 disks FF-P3 Fletcher Colour Pack (3) 6 disks FF-P4 Fletcher Colour Pack (4) 6 disks FF-PA Fletcher Mono Pack (1)6 disks FF-PB Fletcher Mono Pack (2) 6 disks ALL DISKS LISTED IN THLS COLUMN AH 500 A 500* COMPATIBLE GA-001 STAR TREK: 2 disks a very popular .u~r with good sounds and graphics.
GA 006 RETURN TO EARTH; A nice r- « trading game very similar to Elite.
GA-033 CASTLF. OF DOOM: An adventure game with graphics.
GA-034 COLOSSAL & WORLD: 2 text adventure* on one disk.
GA-035 GAMES 1: Slot Cars. AMIGA, Sea Haven , SensoprO.
GA-036 GAMES 2: AMIGAids. Amoeba. Pacccr Accordian & Girl Actions.
GA-037 GAMES J: Trek Trivia II. Chess, Reu-rv ,s Paranoids.
GA-038 GAMES 4: Monopoly, Five in a Line a Labyrinth.
GA-039 GAMES 5: Sorry. Retaliatory P3cman8" GA-044 GAMES 6: Marble Slide, Lore Of Conquest & Head Games.
GA-045 GAMES 7; Down Hill, Hollywood & Master Mind.
GA-046 GAMES 8: Trek Trivia HI. Space War & Tron.
GA-047 GAMES 9: Tricky, Drive Wars & 3D Tu Tac Toe.
GA-048 GAMES 10; Puzz, Impcrium Konunun.
Sys&Mini Blast GA-050 GAMES 12: Snake Pit. China Challenge & Rubic.
GA-052 GAMES 14: Blackjack Lab & Moon Base GA-055 GAMES 15; Back Gammon. Push Over.
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GA-059 GAMES 16: Drip & Roll On.
GA-063 GAMES 19: Air Ace H. Triangle. Mosaic A Word Puzzle.
GA-086 DYNAMITE DICK: Collect the gold, be careful with the dynamite, get the key, watch that bat.
GA-087 ZEUS: An addictive puzzle game that gets harder and harder GA-091 ROLI.ERPEDF. 4 MEGABALL: 2 very good games worth having in any collection.
G. V092 DESTINATION MOONBASE: A Lunar lander type game with good
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GA-105 ELECTRIC TRAIN: Build and run an electric train set.
GA-111 RAID: A shoot em up that requires good reflexes.
GA-112 DITRIS: A two player Tetris type game and just as addictive!
GAT 15 SERENE: A two player shoot em up.
Collect weapons while trying to avoid obstacles and get a clear shot at your opponent.
GA-126 CARD SHARP: A professionally presented compendium of solitaire type card games.
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Having said that, fairfirothe- Inc in tne US have apparently achieved the impossible by releasing a package that stands alone in the market, offering the answer to a question that's hitherto been ignored.
As you may have guessed, this mystery skill is tne mastering of a foreign language, tf you happen to be in the market for some tuition, Audio Caliery couid be the perfect solution, or at least part of it.
The software is designed to provide a complete library of everyday words in a whole range of languages. At present German, Spanish, Japanese and Chinese are- on offer with Portuguese, Korean, French, Russian and Italian to follow shortly.
The program starts by offering you a selection of 20 categories, covering all manner of potential environments and situations.
Once you've selected your particular area of interest - via the mouse - the opening screen is replaced with a suitable graphic depicting an everyday scene related to your choice complete with the relevant numbered objects.
Phonetic To examine a particular item simply dick on its number. A phonetic English pronunciation appears plus its equivalent in the chosen tongue. There's also the option to see the word in standard written English, but perhaps most important is the program's audio features.
As each object is selected, a sample recorded by a native speaker plays to accompany tne text. Tnis alone will be enough to secure success. After all, as I'm sure you'll agree, pronunciation is by far the most important aspect of mastering any language.
If you want a second hearing the seiectfid phase can be repeated as often as you like, or if you'd prefer old style tuition the program can automatically cycle through its entire repertoire displaying tne text and playing the samples in turn as it trundles through the available words.Tne word rate and delay between each can be defined to fit your particular tate and talent and there's a separate 26L3- - JAPASESE oiciio&cy boom hat&ska ** tako to m k-upeUo Cwftt Tj- cy r riu ktir rS?
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Inti*.- E tuca Jliutr, it byoafcu tetMi arm m katejku UsftSf Hf*U .. 8 ' y ¦ The program's complete VOCODuloryrcartf and waiting. When the going gets tough, the intelligent CheO... Paul Austin bins his unfriendly phrase book and moves on to Audio Gallery, the Amiga's very own language tutor option to repeat any words you're having particular trouble with. To fine tune your newly acquired skills, another option lurks on the menu bar, namely Audio Gallery's vdy own version of Trivial Pursuit This particular version of the coffee-taole Classic takes the form of a simple multiple choice question
mat offers four potential answers to the question posed.
Hepburn: English: Japanese: udedokei uristwatch «l+ ues kaaten kakejiku teeburu tokei Tne questions and answers section can use any combination of the three available display formats. For example, in Japanese you could be given the question written in the brush strokes and symbols of classical Japanese literature while the answers appear in Hepburn or phonetic English. Just about any combination of questions and answers is possible and of course the samples soli play their part in the action.
Hanging scroll English, Hepburn Characters A fuel gauge displays a running total of your performance and at me end of the quiz your percentage appears to add the final insuft to your already damaged pride.
The third and final option is to consult the built-in dictionary for the definitive list of available words. Like ail other screens, the dictionary provides the English, Hepburn (or phonetic), and of course the ethnic equivalent With me picture and quiz sections it may seem mat a dicaooaiy is a rather pointless addition but I'm sure most users wiUfind it particularly handy, primarily because it's the only area of me program that allows you to linger on a particular word.
Tnis is particularly useful if you're trying to remember languages that appear as pictograms such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean and so on.
Like all the available screens tne dictionary has its very own section of pull-downs, almost entirely dedicated to navigating around the listed words via straightforward page and half page jumps, or alternatively you can move directly to the area of interest by selecting words within a certain range, for example W through to L Although Audio Gallery does appear to be the perfect solution to the problem of learning another language, there is one fundamental fiaw that can't be explained away no matter how impressive the pro* gram's pronunciation and friendly point and dick interface.
Grammar is its Achilles' heel, and the program's only real fault - if you don't mind the less-tnan-impressive graphics. For example, such everyday conversations as, "Your aardvark has eaten my banana, so you'll find your dinner in the dog, Chummy..." would become "Aardvark banana dinner dog food" or something equaliy as silly.
Not parocuiarty inspiring graprucs hut as a teaming tool itSOXflknL Trivial pursuits fortoe poterxMy bilingual Obviously Audio Gallery has some very strong points but real world conversation certainly isn't one of them, in conjunction witn some other form of tutorial it's bound to be an invaluable aid. As a standalone tuition system there are a few problems.
Ail in all it's a good package and ideal for the teaching children or perhaps conveying the basic essentials to the wouid-oe world traveller, if later versions of the program can address the grammar problem it could become the perfect learning tool for all ages.
Unfortunately the program doesn't yet have a UK supplier, so if you're interested i'm afraid you'll have to deal direct with the US supplier.
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This new type of accelerator board will enable the Amiga to Outperform even the 80486-based Pcs. I don't know about FS4, but Ml Tank Platoon plays like a racing car game on an 040!
Basic mistake I have recently upgraded from a 1.2 A500 to the new A500 Plus. Why have Commodore not really supported a language on the A500 Plus? It no longer comes supplied with AmigaBASIC, even though the Plus will happily run AmigaBASIC.
Commodore have put Arexx in ROM with the rexxsupport-library in LIBS:, the rexxc directory with nine Arexx programs, and RexxMast in the system directory yet nothing is given in the manual about Arexx! I've never even seen an Arexx program let alone written one, so where's the support?
I feel very strongly about this and feel Commodore have let us down.
Douglas Griffiths, Lincoln You're not the only one to have spotted the dearth of decent Arexx support from Commodore. The A3000, which was the first machine supplied with both Workbench 2 and Arexx, has a manual you could prop open a fire door with, containing a fairly informative section on Arexx. The A500 Plus, however, has nothing.
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Don’t despair! Now that Arexx is finally becoming recognised for what it is, there'll be a great deal more support from third-party publishers. You could do worse than check out the new Arexx beginners' column starting in this month's Almanac section!
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four spaces available on my Amiga's motherboard. I now have
a few problems (Do tell!-Ed).
First, when the 1.5Mb board's Gary adaptor is plugged in, the computer thinks it has 2Mb of chip RAM instead of 1Mb, and promptly tries to put data into non-existent memory, leading to crashes and Gurus. Would this be solved if I bought another 1Mb of RAM for the expansion board?
Even when the Gary adaptor is unplugged and the Amiga configures to the right amount of memory it still crashes. Would this be caused by the fact that I didn't put any solder on the top of V eight chip Texas Instruments chips supplied with every GVP hard drive and expansion board In our office, so they may be failing to configure, which is where the grey screen comes in.
Try contacting a GVP supplier such as Silica Systems (081*309 1111), where you should be able to purchase the correct SIMM modules.
The problem definitely doesn't lie with the GVP Power Computing expansion board combination, as I've tried my own GVP A500HD+ with 2Mb of RAM in conjunction with a Power Computing 1.5Mb card and they worked perfectly together.
Radio station My Amiga 500 is beginning to look a bit ugly with all the bolt-on bits hanging off it, so I intend to build it into a new case of my own design. I should then have bags of room to put all the goodies in, which leads to my question.
I have an A590 hard disk with 2Mb of memory and I believe I can attach another drive to this. What sort should I use and how do I go about connecting it?
Secondly, I'm going to be using my Amiga for amateur radio purposes, so I'll need to have it switched on continuously.
Is it OK to do this? Would it shorten the hard drive's life span or damage the PSU?
Finally, I've seen Flight Simulator 4 running on a 50MHz 486 PC and it is excellent, far better than on a bog standard A500. Can the Amiga, with accelerators, perform as well as this?
Dave Walker, East Crinstead For an answer to your first question, I refer you to last month's ACAS column and my reply to the first letter.
There are a few things you'll have to bear in mind for your second project. If you re-case the Amiga and Intend to force more peripherals into close proximity with each other, you'll have to ensure you buy a new power supply and fit some sort of internal cooling fan.
You may be thinking of putting the Amiga into a PC-style tower case, in which case you should be able to purchase one with a 200W PSU and cooling fan already fitted. All you'll have to do then is check that the PSU is of the correct rating and rig up a connection to your A500 power socket.
In a situation where the machine is expected to remain switched on for hours on end, a surge protector and uninterruptible power supply would be a good Idea, but other than the risk from erratic electricity, there should be no penalty for long term heavy usage.
The A590 should be fine in continuous operation, as should the A500.
Your last question leads me to believe I have a Kickstart 1.3 A500 with a Power Computing PC502 1,5Mb RAM board and a GVP Impact Series II A500HD+ hard drive. My problem is that I am trying to install 4 X 1 Mb SIMM modules to the hard drive. I have the correct jumper settings, but all I get on power up is a grey screen and flashing power light on the Amiga.
The SIMMs are a nine chip Japanese make (MB85235-80). Is this the problem? Please help, as I need some sleep.
MIAIden You've probably put your finger on the problem already.
The SIMMs you describe are certainly different from the Dodgy chips Technical Help the PCB and the chips aren't making a proper contact with it? Any help would be appreciated.
Barry Akock, Ipswich Step one: take a large wet fish and slap yourself several times about the face until you've come to your senses! Step two: reverse every step you've taken until the Amiga's motherboard is restored to its original condition.
There is absolutely no point in soldering chips to the empty spaces on the revision 6.2 motherboards as you'll succeed only in rendering the trapdoor expansion slot useless for the purposes of memory expansion. Commodore's engineers faint at the mere mention of such a procedure.
If you have a 1.5Mb expansion board, and it's not the type offering 1 Mb of chip RAM on the soldering of a link from Cary to |P2, you'll either have to Stick with 0.5Mb of chip RAM or buy a 1.5Mb board that does, such as the Power Computing board.
More keyboards Locked keyboards on A500s must be fairty common, if January's ACAS is anything to go by. I too experienced the problem with the flashing caps lock a year ago, but luckily my machine was still inside its warranty period.
The puzzling thing was that when FMC fully inspected it they found no faults with it at all, and when it was returned, the trouble had gone completely. This led me to believe that there was a temporary fault in a chip and somehow the power in the chip was not drained off.
The second conclusion was that the keyboard wires were slightly loose, which is more probable. My advice would be to leave it untouched for a week in a dust- free environment before forking out £50 for a repair.
Canon again... I am hoping to obtain a printer soon, and as I will be using it for business correspondence, I have considered the Canon BJ-lOe (I can't afford a laser printer). This, apparently, emulates the IBM X24 and Canon BJ-130e.
The extras disk and manual say that the BJ-lOe is supported with "Control Capsule 48 XL". Does this mean I would have to obtain this whatever-it-is in order to use the printer, or is it included in the printer itself?
Adrian Smith, Cowley The printer world has advanced somewhat since the extras disk was first put together. The BJ-lOe is becoming one of the most popular of the not-quite-wal- iet-annihiiating printers and users now have a couple of options open to them.
There's a shareware printer driver available from any PD library which supports Fred Fish disks, and some programs now support the printer directly.
I'd recommend you go for the shareware driver unless you are also considering a new wordprocessor. In which case you should buy Wordworth 1.1 from Digita. This excellent program has Its own BJ-lOe printer driver and enables the selection of any of the printer's built-in fonts through the wordprocessor without having to mess about with printer codes.
Y H Au, Stratford For those still inside their warranty period, the best advice is to send a sick Amiga to be repaired the minute anything goes wrong. If purchased from a local computer shop, you might even be able to swap it for a new Amiga, so don't leave Injured Amigas in broom cupboards just in case they get better again.
On the other hand, it's true that there are far too many Amigas experiencing the caps lock frozen keyboard problem, and the keyboard connector might well be to blame. It's a none too tight little connector, and could quite easily become loose in transit when the Amiga is initially shipped.
For those with Amigas outside the warranty period, the best course of action would be to open the machine and ensure that all connectors are in place before resorting to an expensive repair. You never know, it might save you money.
Pin problem Can you help with any of the following problems?
• Where can I get hold of the 100-way edge connectors as used for
A2000 peripherals? I've tried RadioSpares, CPC, Maplin, and
Cirkit without success. The best I can do is a 98-pin connector
from Maplin.
• Will the C5A Mega-Midget Racer accelerator work with an A500
Plus or are there some modifications necessary? The supplier of
my accelerator went out of business recently so your help would
be appreciated.
• Is the A500 Plus's expansion bus pin- for-pin compatible with
the old A500's?
• Why has nobody ever written about Steve Koren's excellent PD
shell "sksh" on Fish disk 381? It is required software for
anybody who uses the Amiga for development and an absolute
godsend for people from a Unix background. I've used it for a
couple of years now and apart from a few minor problems, its
power, consistency and flexibility knock CLI into a cocked hat.
My only grouse is that I've been unable to contact Steve in the
US to get an update and sort out some snags.
Bob Balderson, Uckfield I don't know of a supplier of 100*way edge connectors, I'm afraid. The PC- style 98-way boards are about as dose as you'll get, and should be perfectly adequate except for the occasional need to take a soldering iron out and botch job the last two connectors.
The Midget Racer should be fine in an electronic sense. Where you may find problems is with the capacitor we pinpointed in our A500 Plus article the Other month. Component C307 Is
4. 5mm taller than before, and will prevent some boards from
properly seating themselves in the 68000 socket.
The Microbotics VXL-30 suffers from this problem, and I would imagine the Midget Racer does too.
Unless you feel up to replacing the capacitor with another physically smaller but electronically identical component, you'll have to try adding a chip socket between the board and the 68000 socket to build it up over the top of C307. This will work as long as the edge of the board doesn't then clash with the keyboard.
The expansion bus on the A5Q0 Plus is identical to the old A500, so any peripherals such as hard drives and RAM expansion boxes will continue to function on the new machine.
As for nobody having mentioned Steve Koren's excellent program, you just did, If you can't contact him at the address supplied in his own documents, try PeopleLink, BIX, or CompuServe. Many US and Canadian developers can be contacted on one of these popular BBSs.
Omega Amiga?
My problem is a simple one, I hope. I am currently attending an electrical installation course and wish to write all my w.r. on the Amiga. I am using ProWnte 3 ’ and wish to have a font (Topaz 8 or % which has all the Greek letters used m so- ence, such as omega, rho, micro, and se on.
Where, please, can I find such a font' I've tried the Fed font editor, but it's a real pain designing all the letters indmd- ually.
Silvio Abclar Moke The font you need is Symbol, and It b available on many PD disks, Most libraries will have a selection of fonts disks, and if you check with them there will be one containing Symbol. Try Softville PD on (+44) 705 266509.
Wrong voltage I have an Amiga 1000 and I would like to link my computer to my Yamaha portable keyboard. Recently, I purchased a Midi interface called the Midi Connector from The Disc Company. Their local marketing agent is HB Marketing in Slough. This Midi interface is intended for the A500, but I was hoping to be able to use it for the A1000.
The problem I am having involves the serial port connection. The Midi connector plugs in to the AlOOO's 25-pin serial socket and uses the following five pins: 2 TXD Transmitted data (Midi OUT) 3 RXD Received data (Midi IN) 7 CND Signal ground 9 +12V+12V power 10 -12V-12V power The output from the A1000 end of the serial port is correct for pins two, three, and seven, but pins nine and ten aren't used. There is a +12V supply at pin 23, but the -12V supply is missing as far as I can see.
Therefore, except for the -12V supply at pin ten, I should be able to make a connector fairly easily. The A1000 serial port supplies +5V via pin 21 and -5V via pin 14. Can I connect pin 21 to pin 9, and pin 14 to pin 10? In other words, use 5V instead of 12V. Will this work?
I Can We didn't have room to print all of your letter, but I can tell you that to resort to voltage boosters and inverters would make the whole project more expensive than buying an A100- specific Midi interface.
I don't see why the suggested connections between pins 21-9 and 14-10 shouldn't work - as long as your Midi interface will operate on 5V, which Is something you'll only know if you try.
The A1000's serial port is annoyingly non-standard, unlike the A500's RS232 port, and bolting extra hardware to it in order to make it act like one is asking for trouble.
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Programmer's paradise The file selector from the arp.library was very helpful, especially if you could not quite remember which source code files were on a particular disk. It is possible to read through the list of available files without leaving the Devpac environment If a programmer is desperate for disk space, and the arp.library falls victim, the requester is replaced by a simpler file requester. This default file requester gives you everything except the list of files available, and has editing facilities. The multiple file editing facility is very useful, as it allows a programmer to
copy chunks of source code from one program to another with the cut and paste facility.
The search replace requester is excellent. It is particularly helpful with source code errors. The package returns from an unsuccessful assembly at the first incorrect line of source code. When this has been corrected, the search replace facility can be used to skip to the next offending line (I had to deliberately put a few errors in my code to test this).
There was an Execute option in the program menu which I found very useful. If I put Blink in the C: directory of the system disk, I could enter the HiSoft's world-beating Devpac assembler is now better than ever. Margaret Stanger took it through its paces Editor and assembler features appears in the Devpac drawer. The file selector from the standard asl.library is used rather than the arp.library. The 2 0 includes disk has all Workbench 2 assembly include files, FD files and linkable It seemed like Christmas all over again when Amiga Computing asked me to try out HiSoft Devpac v3.01. This
complete package for assembly language programmers contains an editor, assembler, monitor, linker and a book of clear instructions on how to use these goodies.
Source code is created and tweaked with the editor, Devpac, and turned into machine code by the assembler, GenAm.
The linker Blink connects your object files to each other, and to the outside world.
The monitor, MonAm, can take a lot of the time-consuming guesswork out of debugging assembly language programs.
For £69.95 you get a four disks in a plastic wallet, a user's manual, a 68000 pocket reference guide, a sturdy cardboard box, and thirty days of free technical support. HiSoft have produced separate versions of Devpac for the 1.3 and 2.0 Amiga operating systems enabling A3000 or A500P owners to take full advantage of the capabilities of their computers.
What you get Each version has a cut-down, bootable Workbench disk, or program disk, and an include disk containing operating system include files and libraries. The 1.3 program disk contains the Devpac, GenAm and MonAm tools in the Devpac drawer.
Icons which run the assembler and debugger from Workbench via IconX are also provided.
The 1,3 includes disk contains the ARP library documentation and standard Commodore startup code (for Workbench 1.3 or 2.0). The tools directory contains Blink, Fd2Lvo (to convert fd files into include files) and SRSplit for EPROM programmers.
The 2.0 program disk is similar to the
1. 3 program disk except that Blink with output from a high level
compiled language.
Alternatively, Motorola S-records can be produced for downloading to an EPROM programmer. The Control item on the settings menu is used to set the type of object file required, the Options item allows you to choose the processor and some source checking options, and the optimisation requester allows you to choose the level of optimisation.
Symbolic MomAm is a powerful symbolic debugger and disassembler which lets you examine programs and memory, execute programs and instruction at a time and trap program errors. The display consists Of a number of windows through which you can view the registers, a disassembly of the program, the program's source code or a portion of memory.
The current window has its title highlighted - you can choose what you want to display in this window, or easily choose another window to be active.
Executable programs can be loaded, breakpoints set or changed, addresses set, and a program can single step, trace libraries. The editor Devpac is also the control module, and it allows you to develop programs interactively. Editing can take place In the same environment as running and debugging the program.
The Intuition-based editor allows you to access its features using windows, menus and mice or fast keyboard shortcuts. I appreciated the multiple file editing, with cutting and pasting between different source files. The file requester facility is very useful, as is the option to define and use Macros.
GenAm is a 68000 68040 68881 assembler available from within the editor or as a standalone program. It can convert the current source code into either a file for immediate execution or for linking with other files. Linkable code can be used with other similar modules or linker instructions on this line for multi-module assembly. Not only was it unnecessary to leave the Devpac environment, but the linker command stayed in the buffer for the next run.
The assembler has more than one type of binary file output - executable files, linkable files and S- records. Executable files provide a reduced development time, and are ideal for programs where the source code is contained in one module. Linkable files are ideal for multi-module development, or for linking to high level language modules. Motorola S-records produce absolute code directly. They are intended for EPROMS and cannot run on the Amiga as they stand.
K is possible to set the amount of source code error checking that the assembler is required to do, and warnings can be suppressed. Any errors found are well highlighted, and details are passed to the editor's Find Error facility. Code can be optimised as much or as little as required - programs that are not time critical can be left well alone, while those that need to run quickly can have all the stops pulled out Software Hortto versionMI Copyrisiif e HiSofl 1991 ¦ III! 11 hi 'I D: III MlBDHI.i El 11111111 [ 1! I I'M 11i W I N;i 11 ill 81 * 00000008 ••• 111 = 18000000 0800 0000 0020 0700
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are four different types of view through a window. The
register window shows the address and data registers, their
contents, the program counter, the status register and the
current instruction. The disassembly register shows a
disassembly of the memory that it is addressing. The memory
window shows the contents of the current memory in
hexadecimal and Ascii, and the source code window can show
the text file source code of the program under scrutiny.
The current window has its title highlighted, and is the active window on which any operation will take place. Any other window can be made into the current window very easily. Executable files can be loaded very easily. MonAm puts a breakpoint at the first instruction (a breakpoint is an instruction to Stop the program running and enter MonAm).
Breakpoints can be easily set anywhere in the program, a programmer can run his program through any boring bits (that work) and it will stop at the breakpoint. The register contents at this point are displayed, and the memory window can be used to examine any memory locations likely to be affected by the next bit of code. It is then possible to single step through the offending code, keeping a close watch on all its activities.
MonAm uses the processor exceptions to stop programs and single step when an exception occurs. This exception could be an illegal instruction, or an address error or several other events. MonAm can save development time by trapping these errors before the offending instructions are carried out.
Instruction, skip instruction or return to the program until the next breakpoint is reached.
The 270-page user manual has a preface with instructions on how to use the manual and a tutorial to give the user an overview of many of the features of the package. There are separate chapters for the editor, assembler, debugger, and linker, each with an introduction, full details and quick reference summaries.
There is documentation on the other include tools, and a list of AmigaDOS error codes and GenAm error messages.
Other appendices include system calls, use of the CU, and the floating point co- processor.
HiSoft include an assembly language pocket programming guide in their package. While it is an excellent idea to include this item, it only contains 68000 and 68010 instructions. The print is very small and difficult to read - especially in artificial light in the early hours of the morning when many programmers are active.
New features The package has had many new features added since the previous version was released. All icons, requesters and gadgets have a Workbench 2.0 look and feel, even under 1.3. A separate 2.0 version is supplied to take advantage of the new operating system, in addition to the
1. 3 version.
The monitor and assembler fully support all the 68000 to 68040 and 68332 processors, the 68881 2 maths co-processor and the 68851 MMU. The editor now has multi-file editing with bookmarks, clipboard cut and paste, pop-up option menus and the fastest search and replace I have ever seen.
Unlimited windows can now be opened on the same source, and a macro recording facility is now available. The range of assembly options has been extended and further optimisation facilities are provided. The assembler can generate and process pre-assem- bled include files, making assembly of programs with operating system include files much faster.
The front panel window display of the debugger is now more versatile, and new features have been added to allow for debugging multi-module programs. A new improved commercial version of Blink is supplied - it is faster with more options, and fully supports the new features of the AmigaDOS file format.
I found the package to be excellent r Theft really art more optionj than you eon ihake a stick at value for money. The editor is fast, efficient, very easy to use, and has all the features of an advanced editor. The assembler is very fast, and it is easy to set the options, optimisation and have control over the type of output file.
It is an advantage to be able to use the assembler and debugger without leaving the editor environment. The debugger is very versatile and easy to use, and I could see at a glance what was happening to my program. The 270-page user manual has good, dear, unambiguous instructions - beginners are catered for as well as serious techies.
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There have been many enhancements to the editor, assembler and debugger.
They are all faster and easier to use than the 2.14 and 2.15 versions, and the assembler and monitor now fully support all the 68000 processor _ _ , family instructions. J| Devpac 3 - £69.95 (or £34.95 If you trade in your Devpac 2 disks) Available from HISoft, The Old School, Greenfield, BEDFORD MK45 5D£ Tel: 0525 718181 laaaai ?wrC Fite r 3d - 80F8 09E8 |i mi 08F8 m ws mi (§• fig 80F8 09F3 80F8 89F4 88F8 89F6 80F8 09F8 00F8 09Fft 00F8 09F( MU HIM 68F8 &9E2 08F8 89E4 WZ 89F6 HI I The errors are intentional!
The user manual preface contains a quick tutorial to demonstrate some of the features of the package. One of the source code files from the examples has two deliberate errors and demonstrates the error check ing facilities of the assembler and the debugger, and their interaction with the editor.
Once the source code is loaded in some of the editing features can be demonstrated. By selecting Check from the program menu, the assembler is invoked. The source code has two errors, one to be detected by the assembler, and one to be detected by the debugger.
When an error is reported by the assembler, pressing any key returns control to the editor, placing the cursor on the offending line, and displaying the error message. When the error is corrected, and the program assembled correctly, the debugger can be used to monitor the program's progress.
If the program is allowed to run in the debugger environment, an address error will be reported, as the program attempts to access an odd address with a move.I instruction.
The manual also has a useful appendix giving full instructions on converting source code from other assemblers to run with Devpac.
ArgAsm only needs to have a sup plied macro file included. Some of the Assempro directives are not supported directly, and the syntax for the macro parameters is slightly different equivalent directives are given.
K-Seka directives and labels may need some alteration. Slight changes are required to Metacomco source files, mainly the external ref erences to the library routines.
Generally, the user manual is well laid out with creative use of I white space and different type styles and fonts. Everything is described dearly, with good use of illustrations.
The quick reference sections at the end of the main chapters were very helpful. I could see the available options at a glance, and their keyboard short-cut alternatives to the menu items.
There is a useful appendix to give an overview of the 68881 68882 maths co processor's registers and formats, and a chapter with details of hosv to create an S record for an EPROM, and split it if necessary.
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Animation is in vogue at the moment, as a trip to any show or a glimpse at the average goggle box will tell you. Everywhere you look objects are hopping around their virtual worlds while computer-generated manikins sell everything from Smarties to insurance.
If, however, you're more interested in creativity than broadcast clarity.
Animation Station could be Ideal. The program accepts IFF anim files and standard IFFs in any resolution or si2e, including Ham, either with or without overscan and interlace. Once imported, each frame is displayed in an optional storyboard ready for editing.
Artistic Any additional anim files can be imported and made to Proceed, Append or Insert anywhere within the original anim. It's even possible to remove individual frames, touch them up in a paint package and replace them in the desired spot.
Basic features AS's basic features allow you to employ all of the above as well as dissecting and deleting single cells or entire sections. Perhaps most important of ail is the program's ability to combine amms.
When loaded you can add special effects, assign timing information and even sound effects. If your creation exceeds available RAM the program will happily load the remainder as the animation plays - no more tailoring your creations to suit your system. What bliss... Colour palettes can be redefined over the anim. As a result it's possible to create smooth colour changes over any number of frames or make blanket changes over original colours.
Perhaps the most important of the aforementioned features i$ the ability to combine existing animations. The only restriction is that the various players must be in the same resolution and if different palettes are used there must be sufficient unused palette space on the parent to accommodate the colours of its other half. Given suitable palette space, the number of combinations is limitless.
The Fx icon is where the real fun starts, as it's here where all the program's designer effects reside. The first of the six gives you the option of flipping your creation by its X or Y axis, or perhaps a combination of the two. Next comes the If you're seriously into animation, Progressive Peripherals may have the program you've been waiting for. Paul Austin takes a look acumen option to scroll the animation on to the screen from above, below or either side.
If you apply the option twice it's possible to create diagonal wipes - very impressive.
Thirdly comes the size control, varying from K to !4 The new rescaled anim can then be placed at any position within the screen. A perfect application is to combine this feature with the Merge Anim option. With a little patience it's easy to create multiple anims all apparently running on the same screen at once.
The mosaic effect is next, allowing you to create focusing effects over a predefined number of frames. Simply select the amount of pixelisation in the first and final frames and the software works out the tween frames producing a smooth transition.
Blur control comes fifth and as the name suggests it softens the transition between frames. Unfortunately this one can only be applied to Ham images.
Nevertheless, it's a useful addition that can produce impressive effects with a little experimentation.
Offset The final option is to offset the anim, again via the X and Y co-ordinates. It's not a thing that you'll need very often, but it's there if you want it. As with all of AS's features, there's nothing to stop you combining effects or repeating the same trick twice.
Apart from loading and compiling preprepared anims, AS allows you to create anims within anims, due to its ability to grab brushes from any frame and apply them as key frame images within the anim.
Once captured, the brush can then be pasted into a movement path over a selected frame. Again this is an automated process assisted by AS's brush Tricks of the trade Second only to AS's compdatKm jltfj come the impressive ronge ot specie effects and timing talents. The first frx* is the mirror option which reverse the entire anim or just selected sections.
This is particularly handy if you’re creating a cycling anim. Now you need only render half the frames, lood them into AS, add the extra frames, copy the original half and mirror the new section. An instant SO per cent saving on production time.
Next comes the slightly less impressive greyscale option which automatically transforms selected frames onto - yes, you’ve guessed it - greyscale.
Movement requester.
Simply place the brush in the starting frame at the desired point and assign it as a key frame. Move to the desired frame, place the brush and define it as key once more. Now sit back and let AS do the tween frames - it couldn't be simpler.
I doubt you'll need reminding that Animation Station is an impressive product- Nevertheless it's likely that only the more serious Amiga animators will push the program to its limits.
There are a few minor irritations such as the program's apparent dislike of WB2, which by all accounts is to be rectified soon. It will work with the new WB format but it's not a totally happy marriage.
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It’s possible to define on individual time for each frame in the animation, so now you're not limited to the ease-in and out of Dpaint With the assistance of the timing requester your creations can accelerate and pause whenever and wherever you wont.
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everyone. At last - a utility language for a multitasking
computer! Don't be put off by its strange name, its technical
origins, or its relative uniqueness- The language is easy,
powerful, and geared to the 90s.
The software companies are giving it massive support - they can see its very real advantages. All the applications running on a machine can communicate with each otherl After all, that's the promise of a multitasking computer, and that's what Arexx really is - a multitasking computer's "workhorse" language. It therefore has many special features, not widely seen before.
In this series we will take a guided tour through the many capabilities of Arexx, and will gradually become acquainted with the basic features of the language.
After only a short time you will be able to produce extremely useful and impressive programs, that will amaze you, and everyone else too!
We will take advantage of the extreme convenience that Arexx can provide for us, including full access to screens, windows, requesters etc, and we will also study some of its more advanced capabilities.
In the main part of each of these articles we will examine the language itself and its support utilities, while in the boxed section we will get acquainted with the interprocess communication abilities.
Good interpretation First of all let US say that Arexx is an interpreted language just like Basic. That means its instructions are read and executed line-by-line. However, unlike other interpreted languages, you don't have to load up an interpreter and be limited to its environment every time you want to run a program - a torture form familiar to users of AmigaBASIC!
The Arexx interpreter - called the resident process
- need only be launched once, using the RexxMast command (the
Workbench 2.0 startup-sequence does this automatically for
you). It then sits in the background taking up little space,
and waiting to spring in to action.
Another very powerful feature is that the language is implemented as an Amiga shared library. As a result you can launch as many Arexx programs (aka macros or scripts) as you like without loading up an interpreter for each one! Arexx also has excellent tracing debugging facilities, useful both to the beginner and to the developer.
There are three main uses for Arexx. Firstly, it can be used as a replacement script language for AmigaDOS. AmigaDOS is notoriously difficult and awkward in its constructions, and some jobs are best not attempted at all with it Arexx, on the other hand, is not only good with loops and IF statements, but more importantly, with text. Complex commands can easily be composed and sent off to the Shell using the built-in communication abilities. We include an example of this further on. Secondly, it can serve as a first dass utility language. With the many support libraries now becoming
available, Arexx becomes infinitely extendible.
Of course, these extensions are not really a part of the language, but they are very practical and easy to use. In fact, if speed is not a critical factor, you can create professional-looking applications, with minimum effort, and without a single line of C or assembler code! We will see some examples of this later in the series.
But interprocess communication is the feature that ultimately makes Arexx. The fact that programs running concurrently may freely interchange data opens the door to a whole new era of personal computing. Ultimately it will lead to a sort of modular approach where separate programs with Arexx interfaces will all work together, co-ordinated by simple scripts.
Imagine your modem updating your database automatically, while at the same time passing the information to some presentation program that gives you a visual picture of what is going on. All processes switch themselves on and off automatically, and you have full control of everything without even having to leave your wordprocessor. This is not the future - with Arexx it is easily possible right now.
Arexx scripts are written using a text editor, just like AmigaDOS scripts. They are usually saved with a special suffix, most often .rexx. To run a script, you use the rx command from the Shell: rx ijrscript.rcn There are two points to note here. You can launch single line Arexx commands from the Shell if you precede the Arexx command with a quote, eg: rx 'say 2*5 You can create a directory called rexx, and assign the logical name rexx: to it, for storing your Arexx scripts. It will always get searched. Further, if a file called from rexx: has a .rexx suffix, you do not need to specify it In
other words the following two command lines are equivalent: rx reix:«jrprog.r«xi rx ¦yprog The resident process can be shut down at any stage m Connands Save Arexx with the rxc command - you need only do this if memory is really tight. Now let's look a bit at the language. Arexx is totally typeless. Unlike many other languages you do not have to initialise integers, floating points, arrays etc. This is because internally everything is handled as strings of characters. Arexx is particularly good at this.
Alex Gian begins his in-depth look at the language that finally made the big time Even numbers are handled as strings, and then converted internally for calculation processes. The floating point precision is also under full user control! On the other hand, high-speed maths is not Arexx's strong point Easy to use Arexx is a small language and its basics are quickly mastered. The building block units are called Tokens, and they combine to make Clauses, which are the minimum executable statements.
There are five types of tokens - Comments, Operators, Symbols, Strings and Special Symbols.
Comments begin with * ** and end wrth 'T - everything in-between is ignored by the interpreter.
Ail Arexx scripts must start with a comment If your script doesn't work, check this.
Operators are things like +, =, etc, which perform operations.
Symbols are mainly used for variables and numbers, eg abc, ProgOne, 456.789, HALF, i.3.4 and month.date are all symbols. Symbols can take on values that you give them. Dotted symbols can take on more than one value, and are used for representing arrays. A symbol that is not given a value has itself as its value On uppercase!).
Strings are characters inside quotes. Quotes can The retease of Workbench 2 0 faff M t9 m Qydlomht of Interest In ArfKA be either single (0 or double (“) but must be consistent There are two special cases - strings followed by an x or a b, indicating a hex string or binary string respectively.
Finally, Special Symbols are things like parentheses, colons, semicolons etc, used to indicate functions, groupings and line ends. Clauses work much the same way as "lines" in Basic. They are used for the usual sort of things like assigning values, evaluating expressions and issuing instructions.
There is a very important point to note here. In most languages, if the interpreter encounters a line that is meaningless, it returns a syntax error. In Arexx, however, a clause cannot be meaningless and anything that is not recognised as an instruction or assignment is automatically assumed to be a command, which Arexx will then send to an external program.
This is discussed more in the boxed text, but first let's look at a trivial script that will illustrate some of what we have already discussed.
I* Strinj* and syiboU * sir seasons greetings "Please enter your naae full naae et.1 = 'j' ; let.3 = 'o' * ; allows 2 clauses on 1 line * let.2 s '61'i » ASCII hex for i ? wnth • ” * The eapty strin« V do i * 1 to 3 * a loop • aonth * aonthMlet.i * || is the joininj-up operator il * * end I » 'Hippy New Tear* tiy i nut aonth 1 1900+92 The output is: Happy New Year YOURNAME - jan 1 1992 The above example should illustrate the extreme ease with which strings are handled. But we are stil only scratching the surface - we will return to this subject later, when we examine "parsing" (i.e.
meaningful reading) of strings by Arexx.
• Next month wel be looking at the many aspects of using Arexx
functions. Ed free.
Welcome to the really exciting part, the data communication between programs running at the same time. Arexx makes use of the so-called "port" structures provided by the Exec multitasking kernel of the Amiga.
You do not really have to concern yourself with these, unless you plan to design Arexx interfaces for your own programs. Simply put. Ports are pieces of code in memory that can receive data "messages" from programs, without getting in the way too much.
They are generalised structures, which are customised by the program mer. For instance, the Intuition Graphic environment uses special (IDCMP) ports to communicate mouse-dicks and so on. These ports are, of course, different to Arexx ports.
Arexx ports each have.their own individual name. The only thing that the general user needs to know Is the name of an Arexx port. Messages (Commands) can then be sent directly to that port by specifying its name, or "host address", as it Is also known. This is done using the ADDRESS instruction, as we will see. Arexx always has two such host addresses internally available, one currently active, and one in reserve' Normally, the default one is called REXX, and is Arexx's own host address. The "reserve" or "previous" one is normally called COMMAND, and is the only special case in host addresses.
It is not really an Arexx port at all, but a reference to the Shell •'CLI that launched the script - sending a command to the host address COMMAND is exactly the same as issuing it at the CU!
There are three main ways to use the ADDRESS instruction. Issued as a clause on its own, it has the effect of toggling between the "current" and "previous host addresses. Issued followed by a parameter, the value of that parameter becomes the new "current1' host address, and the one before it becomes previous", eg: ADDRESS QED1 - the Arexx port of the shareware editor "QED (called QED1) becomes host address finally, the instruction may also be issued followed by two parame ters. In this case the first one is taken to be the host address, the second Is understood to be the command itself. If
the ADDRESS instruction is used in this way, then the current and previous host addresses are not altered, eg: The above clause acts just as if dir opt a had been typed in at the AmigaDOS CLI prompt.
The following example program uses the AmigaDOS command SORT to sort a file, and then prints the first n elements you specify. It is a very simple script and there is no checking to see if n Is too large Not all the functions used have been fully explained in the text above, but they should be fairly obvious.
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Paul Austin takes a closer look at Power's latest venture in videoland As a result, enthusiastic amateurs have been rather restricted as far as video graphic whistles and bells are concerned - primarily because anything below the £200 barrier suffers badly in the flexibility department.
The good news is that Power Computing has broken the financial ice by announcing an all-new Italian import, namely Microgen from Newtronk.
Admittedly it can't match S-VHS spec or the complex effects available with systems such as Rendale's A8802 S-VHS, but it does go a long way towards bridging the gap between the haves and the have-nots in the DTV world.
Using the genlock is simplicity itself - you just plug in the supplied connections to the video source, the Amiga and output VCR sockets. Like all budget genlocks, Microgen is strictly a composite system employing standard phonos to make the necessary connections to your play and record machines.
One of the few disappointments ts the lack of security screws to retain the Amiga and monitor cables on the rear of the unit Admittectty this may sound a bit picky, but if you've ever had the misfortune of fiddling with the Amiga's RGR-to-moni- tor connection you'll know all about its less that co-operative nature.
The unit itself comprises a plain black box about the size of the average hardback. As with all Newtronic products the layout is simple and direct. The front of the unit consists of two flick switches, a central power light and a solitary black knob to control fades.
The first of the two flick switches alternates between the video and mix options, with the second defining whether the Amiga signal should be keyed or inverted.
The rear of the unit is slightly more inspiring thanks to the inclusion of an RGB through port - an option which many budget genlocks sadly lack.
Alongside the RGB output sit both the video in and out phono sockets, plus the 23-pin RGB input which receives the Amiga's signal direct from the video port. Another input awaits the power supply, but it isn't actually used as the genlock takes its power direct from the Video port. I can only assume that the power socket is forgotten relic of an earlier incarnation.
The alternatives If you're a sensible soul, it's a good idea to shop around. Take a look at Rendale's A8802 This is an old favourite on the Amiga and has been around a fair while. Nevertheless, it’s the only real opponent for Microgen.
As Standard It can't compote with Microgen for flexibility, but if you're willing to have a bash with a soldering iron it can be adapted to produce the three basic modes. Its strength is its expandability - it can be transformed Into its bigger brother, namely the A8802 S-VHS.
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GO PROGRAMMING Sound on Margaret Stanger continues her
series on getting the best sound from your Amiga The C
source code The C source code can be compiled, and the
object code linked to the assembler object code to produce
a second program. The Audio device can be opened and the
sound structures set up using the CreatePort and
CreateStdIO routines from the Exec Support Library -
available for C programmers.
I prefer to write the interrupt and other sound routines In assembler, but these routines can be easily linked to a C main program. I assembled the assembler source code without the underscore option, and took care to declare the routines to be used externally.
The C source code can be compiled, and linked to the assembler source module using the command :• blink with sound3link where sound3link is included on the support disk, along with both object modules, soundl.o and soundc3.o. The C program opens a window, and calls init- soundQ from the assembler module to open the Audio device and initialise the sound structures.
The main polling loop for the window continues until the user asks to quit, either by closing the window or pressing key 3. Each time key 1 is pressed, the program calls the bell() routine from the assembler module; key 2 is pressed for the "sploit" sound In a similar way.
When the quit signal is received, the program calls the dearsoundf) routine from the assembler module before the window closes and the program ends.
M (E The assembler source code The assembler source code (soundB.a) is a standalone program. The program starts by opening the DOS library, allocating chip memory for the sound samples and reading the data into memory from short sound sample files on disk. The program opens the Audio device and initialises the sound structures. An interrupt structure is set up for each channel being used, together with code to be executed when the interrupt occurs.
The program calls our old faithful joystick routine. When horizontal movement is detected the program will sound a bell, and set a flag to say that the sound is being made. When the interrupt occurs, this flag is cleared, letting the program know that the channel is clear for the next bell sound. If the bell is selected when the channel is busy, there will be no effect.
A vertical movement of the joystick controls the other sound in a similar way. When the Fire button is pressed the program closes the Audio device, frees any memory, closes the DOS library and exits.
IOVC.I III jsr ctr.v IQVtl.l rt» z ¦s •o 0» n 1 r* I This Programming column is the third in a mini series on sound. The first part of the series showed how to produce a sound by writing to the Amiga custom chips directly with a pointer to the chosen sound samples.
The second part demonstrated how to vary the pitch of the sound and produce a few musi- cal notes. This month's page shows how to use the Amiga system software to control the start and finish of each note, leaving your program to do more important things.
First, a quick recap. When the end of the sound data is reached, one sound cycle has been performed, and an interrupt will occur. The sound starts and ends smoothly only when the sound is at the beginning or end of a sound cycle, and the current sample is zero.
The system software can detect the generated interrupt, and can be used to turn the sound channel off when the correct number of sound cycles has been completed. The system can inform us when this has happened, and when there is no more sound queueing up for the channel.
The software routines for controlling the sound are not in any of the usual libraries, but in an Audio device which is a collection of software routines like a library. When a device is opened, there is an associated 10 parameter block. This structure contains all the structures a device may need to handle incoming and outgoing messages.
There is also a Message structure which includes a node for keeping its place in a linked list, a message port for replies and the length of the message in bytes. The message port in turn has its node and flags, its own signal bit, its task STIUCTUIE lOAudio,IO.SIZE mo loaJlllocKey APTR ioajata ULONS ioa_Lenath ioa_Period UMORD UVORD lOIJfOluM wot) ioi.Cycles STRUCT ioa Vrit'llsg,M SHE LABEL ioa.SHEOF and a pointer to the header of the task list The 10 request structure, and how it passes commands and data, was described in the October issue of AMIGA Computing, The lOAudio parameter block
is extended for audio requests: An allocation port is set up to allocate the sound channels, and an allocation 10 structure for its commands. This port and parameter block are associated with the opening of the audio device.
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etc,etc When all this has been set up, sound commands can be
executed. The parameters are put in the lOAudio structure, the
command is CMD.WRITE, the flag is ADIOFPERVOL, and BEGINIO is
used (rather than Send 10 or DolO) to start the sound going.
The sound will finish after the chosen number of cycles has
been completed.
A message port is opened for each sound channel
- it usually serves as a collecting point for messages to a
task, but this time a software interrupt is generated each time
a message is received, An interrupt structure is initialised
and linked to a sound port, and the list header initialised. I
have included a code fragment The interrupt is linked to the
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As you might expect, the new software has all the features of the old and still pitches heavily in the direction of new musos. Full support for the Amiga's internal sounds are still available plus all the necessary elements of a serious Midi sequencer.
The major additions include Gadjits' new Diamond editing system, which dramatically speeds up editing by employing the rodent to transpose, stretch, shrink, move and delete notes with a minimum of hassle.
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Fortunately Gadjits haven't fallen into the technological trap and as a result this is still one of the easiest sequencers to use and a good choice for any beginner. Having said that if you can afford the extra. Bars and Pipes Professional is probably even better, as it's equally as simple to use while boasting many power features and almost infinite expandability If you like what you read and fancy a bit of musical spring cleaning, the all-new Sequencer One Plus will set you back £129.95. If you already have the original package an upgrade is available for just £49.95, but don't drag your
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For more details contact Gadjits Music Software on 061-236 251 S. £ Ol 3 $ Ki I I After a relatively lean period during the summer the Amiga sequencing scene has exploded in the last few months, with a seemingly endless stream of power packages pouring in from the States.
Not to be outdone, the old school has made a stand. The new saviour of musical notation is entitled Overture. Although Overture claims to be a fully-fledged professional package, in truth it's a much more dedicated program aimed directly at a relatively unexplored niche in the market.
Its primary mission is to transcribe the digital wafflings of the average Midi instrument into the stylised scrawl of crochets, quavers and staves.
The main idea is that you can type written music directly into the program and then listen to your sequence or sound module play it back in the voice of your choice.
Alternatively you can play your own creations live and Overture will transcribe your ivory-tickling into formal notation complete with bass and treble clefs, ties, rests triplets - in fact anything and everything that a classically trained muso will know and love.
Like all Midi packages, Overture takes advantage of the full 16 available Midi chan- nets, and as a result a joint bass and treble staff clef is given to each track. To create a full multi-timbral composition it's simply a matter of assigning the appropriate Midi channel to the relevant track and either typing or playing your music into it.
On start-up, Overture defaults to the staff screen, which as the name suggests displays the twin bass and treble staves within each track. Importing the notation is all rodent controlled with a combination of mouse position- ing, icons and pull-downs. When you become adept at the art of scoring your work you could always cast the mouse aside and concentrate solely on the keyboard shortcuts.
If you're more capable with an instrument than a mouse, you can go straight to the Record screen where tracks are laid down live and transcribed into notation back in the staff screen. Muting, modulation, pitch bend and much more can be defined prior to your performance. In general, live recording is equally as well executed as Overture's mouse driven alternative. A separate continuous controllers 2 ffl NHME 1 3 '5 Cl 99 Fi 44 13 ii FI 44 •3 S20n Cl ii F8 44 •3 91 FI 44 C2 19 FI 11 * S30f C2 89 FI C3 88 FI window allows you to draw control changes via a graph. Simply dragging the rodent
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Unfortunately there are a few unpleasant points. For example, Overture's file format isn't standard Midi and at present there's no conversion utility provided- As a result it's left itself on something of a musical Island. Until it provides portable Midi information it won't be taken seriously in the professional market.
Secondly, Overture doesn't have a print option. This is a huge omission as the majority of people interested in notation want it on paper sooner or later. Both these faults are being put right in Overture 2 which should hit the streets in the spring. Expect a full review when it does.
Even as it stands Overture is an ideal beginner’s package, especially if you need to master the intricacies of sheet music or perhaps employ it as a teaching tool for others.
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In i nutshell Participants were asked to create a presentation for Greenpeace. Here were the judging criteria: Speed of developing the presentation Conformity with the presentation Accuracy and Suitability of the presentation Complexity and Ttmmm Where would you go to get programming questions answered by Commodore's technical staff? Where can multimedia problems be solved by the AmigaVision people? Where are the latest Fish Disks to be found? Where is the liveliest Amiga debate?
I bet you're thinking that I'm about to plug a very expensive commercial service. You could not be further from the truth - this one can be free if you go to the right place.
I’m talking about Usenet, the international news mail network. It used to be the exclusive preserve of the university community, but now it can be had in your own home.
A warning - Usenet is big. Not merely does it span the globe, but a full newsfeed from it currently stands at over 20Mb per day. Sure, that would get you over 1,000 different newsgroups ranging from cookery through Monty Python to current affairs. For a subset of the Amiga news, it's still around 150 to 200k a day, so a fast modem is a good idea.
Usenet is split into several sections, two of which spring to mind immediately - "rec" (recreation) and "comp" (computers). These sections are further subdivided, so a fuH newsgroup might be "rec.models.re" (for all RC models) or "comp.sys.amiga. reviews", which is the online Amiga review column.
Traditionally, Usenet has been the spiritual home of the Amiga. The original engineers were frequent Usenetters in the early days, and the tradition stays on - you'll still find important names on the net.
Because of this, there is a large Amiga crowd on Usenet. There are sections for everyone - programmers, audio people, hardware types, plain users, beginners, buyers and sellers, comms - all human life is there. There's even the Amiga Advocacy newsgroup, where the truly argumenta- Thls page of messages represents leu than a tenth ol the day's Amiga news teed. And this news ts fresh • anything over eight days old is deleted ITSTvn rfsiTI~ftnisa 17nM .WUIUUUUU :7tl * 7 for help.
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Huge choice Stewart C Russell exposes the best kept comms secret of the lot tive carr explain just exactly why the Amiga does it better. If all that is not enough, programs come across the net in the comp.binaries.amiga and comp.sources.amiga groups. Most of the stuff coming out of these groups is technically oriented, but the occasional game gets through now and again.
The messages themselves vaiy greatly in usefulness, from completely pointless to highly useful insights into the Amiga scene. Whatever the quality, it seems that every contributor knows about the right to free speech, and will exercise that right at every opportunity.
This open attitude gives rise to the famous Usenet "flame wars", which take the form of long (and often pointless) arguments between several parties. Although Usenet messages are withdrawn from circulation after eight days, these wars can go on for weeks on end.
For example, a particularly long flame war about HST modems has just died down. It seems to have been driven by one wildly anti-HST contributor, who was giving the new v32bis modems a rather glossy image. It took no less than Jack Radigan (of JR-Comm fame) to cool this flamer down, but only after three weeks of inane bickering.
Flame wars are a minor distraction, though. You can make new friends throughout the world on Usenet, and keeping up with them is relatively inexpensive. International mail is charged at around 7p per 1,000 characters in this country, so a short note costs less than airmail, and can arrive in mirv llvii resl.l Amiga 17 ll W,1 utes. OK, so where do I get news? If you happen to be at a college or university, there's a fair chance that the central computing service will carry a newsfeed. It's always best to ask before starting to read Usenet - it is, after all, not the most relevant of higher
education subjects. As a way to spend a wet lunch hour, however, it's unrivalled.
A few commercial services offer Usenet facilities.
The Direct Connection offers full Usenet access for £10 a month. CiX (081-390 8446 voice, 081-390 1244 modem) also has Usenet access built in, but it's a curious read-only affair. It is possible to post messages from CiX, but it is rather complex and certainly won't be logical to a beginner. This month's screenshots were taken from the offline news-reader I use for CiX.
If you felt really adventurous, you could set up your own UUCP node using Matt Dillon's UUCP software, and receive a newsfeed from a local site.
This will not be cheap - the standard connection charge in the UK is around £200 per year, and that doesn't include any usage charges.
Free access There is, however, a free way of accessing Usenet open to anyone. A few of the larger bulletin boards offer selected parts of the Usenet feed as normal message areas. Nick Lello of Amiga Information (0444-441308, HST 24 hours) runs such a service, and very well it works too.
Public access Usenet puts a lot of strain on the BBS due to the high volume of messages. You may be expected to pay for Usenet access, but it won't be anything major - £10 to £20 a year. That's easily made up by not buying that other Amiga magazine for a couple of months.
Usenet is definitely worth investigating. In fact, you get the news way before it hits the press - the Announce newsgroup has press releases, shareware news and new Fish disk listings first Once you’ve got into Usenet, you can be a month or so ahead of even the best Amiga magazines - electronic messages don’t have to be printed, after all. But after reading all the news on Usenet, you wouldn't desert the magazine that told you about it in the first place, would you?
Stewart C Russell can be contacted on CiX as scruss (that's scruss@cix.compulink.co.uk), or is available at FidoNet 2:259 2.4 (off Alba Maximus, Glasgow).
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And as players age. Rebuild the team while holding off relegation SQUADS TRANSFER MARKET, in a 3 squad system (1st team squad, reserve squad and youth squad), use the continuous intake of youth players and training program to create a squad whose skills, reflect your ideas. Supplement these skills win carefully selected transfer market acquisitions. As they age, veterans hade and youngsters develop, keep a sharp eye on the changing skills of your team.
SKILLS, All players have a balance of 5 skilis (no "skill levels") which you must discover by experimenting with your team. Even more important will be your judgement about the effect of the particular team balance or skill combination on the outcome of a match, and subsequently a season of football. Suitable training can deveiop enhance skilis or sustain the stamina of ageing injured players MATCH STATS, Your judgement will be put to the test in this unique 4 minute match stats simulation against accurately Simulated opposition. This is the measure of your team and your most reliable source
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THE MATCH. Tne 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- pian 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.
TRAINING CAMP. An opportunity to assess your players before they take the field- Tne appropriate coach will give you nis view of the current form of any of the players and how they are performing in training. A 40 yard timed run will reveal their sharpness. Wide receivers, running backs, linebackers, comeroacks and safeties need to shine here.
COLLEGE DRAFT. During the 16 match season, plus whatever playoff matches you achieve, you will find yourself praying for a second Cias&y 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.
STATisnc£.The statistics centre will encapsulate your team’s and your player’s season. Total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, kick-off returns, punt returns (and averages for all these), interceptions, sacks... all these are kept for each match, the whole season, for the team and for each player.
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Easy AMOS really is looking splendid. The manual - written by computer veteran Mel Croucher - is humorous and informative and incorporates lots of cartoons. Tnere are loads of example programs on the accompanying disk which are documented and discussed in the manual, so there is only a lithe typing for those keyboard-sly beginners!
Friendliness The whole appearance of the user interface has changed since its parent (AMOS) was written. Everything is made up from the grey relief type boxes which we are so used to seeing In Workbench 2, and the editor now uses an eight colour screen to improve the rather bland look associated with four colour examples.
Everything about Easy AMOS oozes friendliness. You can customise tne actual language and the accompanying demos with your own name! It really is aimed at the absolute beginner.
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Sounds fiddly, but if after grouping the entire contents of the spread you then drag out a temporary ten by ten pica box whose top is at 0 picas and whose right edge is at 99.4 picas, and then include that in the group (Shift-click on it), you can use this box as a guide to positioning everything correctly, To pick up the group you would hold down Shift and then hold down the left mouse button on the "guide" box. The left and top edge position co-ordinates of this box then appear in the title bar. Drag the group until x=39.7 and y=0.0 (the box is ten picas wide so the right edge is on
49. 7). Then Alter this page to be 49.7 picas wide. Finished.
You'll find that most of the boxes that were on the left-hand side of the spread have now fallen off the page on to the art board. You don't need them any longer and can delete them to save on memory and file size.
3- 'O o ru r tsr 3 Ifl When you're laying out page for a publication that is going to be read intermittently - like a magazine, a newspaper, or a "coffee table' book with a lot of illustrations - you can liven up your designs enormously by thinking in spreads instead of left-hand and right-hand pages Spreads are two facing pages, and every single square inch is yours to do with as you like, including the "gutter", the foid .n the middle of the spread where the pages of tne publication are bound together.
But we have a problem, because none of the Amiga DTP packages allow you to have both the left-hand and right-hand page onscreen, and let you work on both at the same time. The ability to view facing pages is all fine and dandy, but lining things up so they are at the same height on both pages ts a f*ddfy and time consuming business when you have to keep flitting from one page to the other, waiting for each to render.
The answer is to work on a page that is two pages wide, and when it is finished break it into a left-hand and a right-hand page The technique is simple to explain. Let's say we're publishing an A4 size magazine So we create a spread that is two A4 pages wide, which is 99.4 picas, remembering that the gutter ij at 49,7 picas. Draw a bold black line down the spread at that point If it helps, but remember to remove it after the spread is finished.
Now we design our spread, completely ignoring the gutter, as if we are producing an A3 landscape single page. When the spread is finished we make a copy of it In Pro Page you can do this by making the spread the Even or Odd Template (Shift-Y or Shift-Z) and then Creating a new page from that Template (Ctri-
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So now we have two identical spreads. To create the left-hand page we simpfy Alter the size of the first page to 49.7 picas wide (Alt-Q.
Creating the right-hand page is a bit more complicated. We have to group together all the boxes on the page, pick up the group and shift it across to the left so that the right-hand part Design considerations Don't be frightened to express yourself when designing spreads.
Anyone can produce a boring old layout with columns of text and neatly placed pictures, and while there's a lot to be said for "boring" layouts, they say nothing about you.
Have a think about what the spread is about. Does the article make a bold statement? So be bold with your layout - use a bold typeface and bold, contrasting colours Is the article light-hearted, funny or witty? So have some fun with the design - use a light typeface and publish something sideways or upside-down.
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Commodore have relaxed their regulations on how the machine is to be marketed. Previously storeholders had to keep the CDTV away from computers and games consoles and were not permitted to refer to it as a computer Now these restrictions have been dropped. Commodore UK have decided that Amiga' is a strong brand name, so has renamed CDTV "Amiga CDTV". Commodore are confident that they will have 30,000 units installed in the UK before the end of (anuary.
The Commodore internal genlock is now available for the CDTV, This replaces the modulator card - so you cannot use it at the same time as the Advanced Video Mode card mentioned last month It has some clever features. Firstly, unlike cheap Amiga genlocks, the genlock mode is software-switchable. This means you can switch between video, CDTV or video and CDTV with buttons on the Infra red remote controller, so you can watch Neighbours, play Lemmings, or watch Neighbours while you play Lemmings (“Oh no!").
The other neat trick is that the genlock output is passed through the RGB port as well. This means you do not have to have a separate video input to view the output from the genlock, Another neat trick.
The genlock is available now from all good CDTV dealers at £149.99. More news next month when I get my hands on one to use with a karaoke system!
More CDTV titles keep falling through my letterbox The latest to arrive are from Animated Pixels, who publish the Illustrated Holy Bible and the Illustrated Works of Shakespeare. Both art basically the same program with different text and pictures.
They're actually dual-format discs, which will work on either the CDTV or on a PC with a CD- ROM.
The illustrated Shakespeare has the full text of all of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. The text is accessed through an easy-to-use system written in a combination of AMOS and assembler. You can browse through the text skip to a particular position in any of the books you want to view, or search one or al of the books for a particular word or words.
So, if you can't quite remember which play "Alas, poor Yorick" is from, you can search for the words ALAS, POOR and YOWCK. And it will tell you that it is in Act 5, Scene 1 of Hamlet. It takes only five seconds to scan through each book, so you won't be left waiting long. There are plenty of pictures to go along with each play, but they look like they've been scanned in from very old texts, and are not that good.
The Illustrated Holy Bible works in exactly the same way, except it has the Mi text of the Old and New testaments on the disc and some rather poor pictures.
I can see both discs will be very popular in the education market, although I'm not too sure about the general home appeal of either - they're certainly not the sort of ttong I'd rush home to play on my CDTV it you've got a CDTV and an Amiga, or an Amiga with a CD- ROM, then you will be interested in the latest CD from Hypermedia Concepts in the States.
Their Fred Fish Collection on CD-ROM contains every Fish disk from number 1 to 530. With an Amiga CD-ROM you can access any file directly, as if it was a 600Mb hard disk.
With the CDTV, external drive and a keyboard you can have your own public domain library.
Choose the disk you want from the library, put a blank disk in the floppy drive and within 30 seconds you get a perfect, virus free Fish disk from youf CDTV.
You may remember my review of the less than brilliant product CD-Remix from Microdeal. They have just announced that they will be launching an improved version, called CD-Remix
II. After a little play with the product I can say that it is
vastly superior to the previous version, and all the major
probJolyon Ralph finds poor Yorick preserved forever on
compact disc!
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Biffa’s agent, Dan ’blu-tac* Whitehead was unavailable for comment as we went to press. It is however understood that Biffa has flown to the States to begin filming on the set of the next John Hughes movie smash. Provisional working titles for the project include "Uncle Biff", 'Curley Biff, "Home with Biff* and "Biffa Buchers Day Off. John Candy will co-star.
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Now available with or without MS-Dos See below HARD DISK Most hard disks are supported with version 3.0. To be sure give us a ring.
Microsoft flight simulator 4.0 Some extra Goodies:
• FLICKER FREE FIXER to PC interlace mode. Will work with all
Amigas. Software emulated.
• PROCESSOR SPEED can be slowed down from 100% to as tow as 16%,
so if you have never reached the highest level »n a game, now
is your chance.
• KCS PC-MOUSE driver will work with your Amiga mouse.
• PAUSE can be activated at any time during a game or program,
allowing you to continue at your leisure.
• 704Kb memory in MGA CGA mode
• 640Kb memory in EGA VGA mode
• 200Kb extra memory *: MS-DOS RAMDISK (reset proof)
• 1 2 Mb extra FAST Ram plus 1 2 Mb Ram Disk for normal Amiga use
plus real time clock m all modes
• All future upgrades are software driven
• Processor speed = 11 Mhz
• Video J runs faster than most AT 286 computers
• Disk drive *
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• Once fitted forget it - Switch on computer, you have Amiga.
Reset and load PC disk and in seconds you have a PC. Reset and
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• Help-Line and excellent Back-up service Microsoft windows
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88 BEWICK ROAD, GATESHEAD, TYNE & WEAR, NE8 1RS ENGLAND TEL: (091) 490 1919, HELPLINE: (091) 490 0202 FAX; (091) 490 1918 CompatOility is excellent but noone can guarantee every singe program available, therefore if your purchase deoends on a particular program, pease ask us first or send in a copy of the program. (VWth suitable S.A.E. if to be returned). Pnce subject to change tothout notice Wholly developed and produced in the Netherlands Which leaves the cost of an AMIGA PC just For so little outlay the Power PC Board turns your Amiga into an up and running powerful PC. With no hidden
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Run heavyweight professional PC software on your Amiga PC PC Board adds 1Mb memory to your Amiga and a real time clock Think how much 1Mb memory plus a clock costs £ Think how much MS-Dos GW-Basic Shell Dos-Help costs £ EGA Available (Nov 91) will work from the full EGA colour palette. Both EGA and VGA will work on a standard TV or monitor and in most cases without using interlace.
PRICE Including MS-Dos 4.01 GW Basic Shell DOS-Help and on-board memory.
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£189.95 incl. VAT Carr.
Adaptor for 1500 2000 3000 - £74.95 Incl. VAT Carr.
Available from your fecal computer shop (If they haven't got it - Ask them why not!). Or direct from Bitcon Devices VGA Version 3.0 of our software (Nov 91) comes with VGA colour and mono option. EGA VGA will work on all standard Amigas irrespective of which chip set you have.
Some of our importers Worldwide: HPD 0 08 349 8486. Kaotic (Tel) 03 879 7098. Spain: Discover Inf. (Tel) 957 47 89 38. Sweden: DclikatessData (Tef) 31-300580. Canary: Customs Chipx (Tel) 928 271064. Denmark: Betafon (Tel) 313102 73. Portugal: Softclut) (Tel) 013528452. Ireland: Computer City Dublin 745250. N. Zealand: Parac (Tel) 054-82949. All trade enquines welcome. UK and Overseas (PAL only)
• Take 2 is compatible with any Amiga. P
• Supports 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and Ham colour modes.
• Load and Save IFF images or D. Paint Anims. -'X *
• Uses traditional animators Dope sheet layout. *'
• Up to 4 levels of animation and 4 channels of sound. (
• Playback at 24 or 25 frames per second. (Real Time),
• Further manipulate your image within any popular art package.
• Add “Yidi-Amiga” or The “Complete Colour Solution” to digitise
your drawings or images directly from within Take 2. This will
allow you to draw with a pencil, its easier than a mouse. _
APPLICATIONS
• Traditional animation.
• Storyboards
• Product presentations.
• Home line tester.
• Cartoon Productions, both visual and sound.
Take 2 is a must for computer artists and enthusiasts of any age. It will cater for both amateur and professional applications. So get the most out of your computer and open up your imagination to Take 2.
These Images have been drawn with a pencil, digitised then coloured using D. Paint 3.
_CONTENTS j
• Comprehensive and easy to follow manual.
• Disks t Sample sounds and animations.
• Animators Peg Bar (to hold your paper into position while
drawing or digitising).
Example line drawn animations for you to get started with.
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