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Acclaim, Domark and Gremtin are the latest firms to say they witt be reteasing Amiga tittes on both floppy disk and CD by the end of the year. "Christmas 1992 witt see the first true market for CD ROM based games develop," said Acclaim's European vice président Rod Cousens. "Acclaim witt be pedeetty placed to make suit use of the many advantages offered by the new format Cremtin are looking at using the increased storage capacity that CD offers to improve their Amiga games. Said boss tan Stewart: "As Amiga games become more and more complex, con ventions) floppy disks are becoming a toss suitable storage medium He continued: "The compact disc is the format of the future and Cremtin intend to be a tending player in thi; market from the very start As we went to press, Commodore were stitt unable to confirm an on-sate date or price for the drive, atthough industry sources have speculated it witt cost €269. leisure home computer owners, and is believed to have been made possible because of the move to more reliable sur-, face mount technology. Commodore boss Steve franktin: "Ever since its launch in 1985, the Amiga has been subject to a program of constant improvement and evolution, designed to keep it safety in its position as market tender He added; "This tat est range is a giant leap forward, giving the user state-of-the-art computing power at an affordable price." Advertising campaigns have already be drawn up for the computer press and tetevision. tnsiders say they centre on the fact that the baby machine can be carried easily. There is, meanwhile, mounting industry speculation that the A500 wit! be dropped within the year and that an Amiga running from a 68020 processor witt enter above the A600. The firm neither deny nor confirm the rumour. CDTV grow: Amiga bits THREE new CDTV peripherals to enable the player to operate tike any other Amiga were launched in London recentty They included a 96-key Qwerty keyboard, a mouse and a 3.51n floppy disk drive. Each is housed in a black case, enabting them to blend in with the player. They were reteased in Germany eartier this year in a bundle catted Amiga CDTV, but in Britain, where the standatonc player is now sold as Amiga CDTV, Commodore witt not be finding a new marketing name. "Thousands of homes are already enjoying the benefits offered by the standatone Amiga CDTV claimed Commodore boss Steve franktin. "These add-ons can only serve to make the system even more interactive and productive. "Wtth the launch of other CD-ROM based Systems, including [Phitips] CD-t, creat ing an even greater pubtic awareness for this new form of home entertainment, Amiga CDTV can only continue to grow in stature."

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Enter membershtp number (if applicable) or MttP&ttStvp £6,99 UK, £8,99 EEC. £1Q.S9 World ChequaP O i’Access Mastercard'SwilchVisa Switch Issue No_ ALL PRICES INCLUDE UK POSTAGE & VAT Television Goldstar 14" What is AMAS 2 Amas 2 is a high qualify sound sampler and •midi interface fof the Amiga r inge of .computers The sampler cartridge in its stylish Wedge shaped box enclosed in this package plugs into the pnnter and senal ports at the rear of the computer and allows you to analyse the sounds coming in. Change the way'they sound by using the real time special effects or record sounds all
using devices such as Personal Cassette players, Compact Disc Players etc Once in the computer AMAS 2 s unique editor will enable you to edit the sound in practically any way you can imagine and even add some Special effects to the sounds Once you have the sound sample how you want it. You may incorporate it into your own programs or use Amas 2's unique MIDI playback cdntrots for replaying the sample from a MIDI keyboard or sirrMlar The Sampling Software Every feature you would expect to find in a professional editing suite including
* Real time record play ghost markers * Playback vdjymes-
* Cut or Delete selected sample area * Decrease volume • .
* Mix sample with full or half volume * Increase volume
* Sbnnk m by 25% 50% 75% -by drag or wipe * Bounce sample
* Fade ift out with selectable degree of fade * Paste sampfe
* Filter sample with soft medium»’hard filter * * Trigger
recording
* Selectable trigger volumes • * Clear left nght samples
* Record, frequency from 3,0 to 55,9- Kh* * Loop sample
* Full editing and control facility for left nght channels
* Software selectable left and right digital input volume
controls (255 levels) AMAS 2 for the AMIGA Following in the
footsteps of one of the best soutkT samplers ever produced
comes the innovative AMAS 2 With even more features tharr the
original Amas which was featured m the Paula Abdul music video
“Cold Hearted’ ihis. Package is high In professionalism but low
in price Amas 2 s new digital input controls allow you to
adjust the input level of your sounds from the software suite
by precise adjustment rather than by messy' analogue controls
as you would find on other samplers By purchasing 1hs state gf
the art product which combines a quality sampler with
the'expertise'of over 10 years of software programming, you are
purchasing a top quality product in the knowledge that it is
hot only compatible with existing Microdeal products but wjll
also be with future ones MAIN SCREEN THE SPECIAL EFFECTS
CONTROL PANEL 3D DISPLAY OF SAMPLE FREQUENCIES (FFT)
* Trigger recording ’ Clear left right samples ’ Loop sample
STEREO OSCILLOSCOPES The Special Effects Software For the first
time ever yoy can emulate special sound effects in reaf time
just like the sound labs can ior film studios, normally the
Hardware to produce these effects would cost many times more
than this package Features on the FX menu include, STEREO
SPECTRUM ANALYZERS
• Built in real time special effects *
• including Echo. Reverb. Ramp. Pitch up down, Stereo boynce.
Multi echo Chorus, Phaser. Reverse and Pitch bend..
• Fully programmable special effects so that customised effects
can be recalled Samples can be re-played back through the
special effects menu The Analytical Software A wholft host of
pro-type analytical functions Include
* 3D display of sample frequencies (Fast fourier transform) 3D
display also includes 2D envelope display plus sample
information
* Built in Stereo spectrum analyzer ' Stereo Oscilloscopes with
trigger markers The MIDI software Easily accessable from pull
down menus the new MIDI software suite allows you to trigger"
samples using either and .external MIDI keyboard or the Amigas
keyboard Just look at these features.
DIGITAL INPUT VOLUME CONTROL
* Selectable MIDI channels * Multiple MIDI keyboard'splits ’ 2
voice polyphonic (Stereo) f. Load Save sample set (with'
settings splits). .
* Up to 18 Stereo of Mono samples can be mapped onto the keyboard
Other innovative features We know this product is years ahead
of its'time and these additional features justify •our’ boast.
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* New style stereo cartridge
* Produces stand alone executable sample files
* Fully multi tasking
* Saves in IFF Raw lnstrument1 3 5 Octave Microphone included in
package PAL NTSC full screen display Can create workbench icons
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Name .. (0726) 68020 SHE Please allow 28 days for delivery SEND TO: Microdeal PO BOX 68 St Austell Cornwall England PL25 4YB News By John Butters A600 heads for Britain THE smallest and newest computer in the Amiga family - the A600 - will hit Britain during May at a £399 price point, Commodore have just confirmed.
The A600-HD fitted with an internal 20Mb hard disk drive will sell for £499 and the company have no imminent plans for models with hicher capacities.
Shown for the first time in the UK at the recent European Computer Trade Show in London, die A600 will be bundled with art package Deluxe Paint III and an as yet unnamed game.
It will have a 12-month on-site warranty, which is an unusual benefit for A570 shown and gains support THE A570 CD-ROM drive for the A500 and A50QP was shown for the first time in the UK recently, as three software giants pledged their support for the system.
Acclaim, Domark and Gremlin are the latest firms to say they will be releasing Amiga titles on both floppy disk and CD by the end of the year.
"Christmas 1992 will see the first true market for CD*ROM*based games develop," said Acclaim's European vice president Rod Cousens.
"Acclaim will be perfectly placed to make full use of the many advantages offered by the new format" Gremlin are looking at using the increased storage capacity that CD offers to improve their Amiga games.
Said boss lan Stewart: "As Amiga games become more and more complex, conventional floppy disks are becoming a less suitable storage medium."
He continued: "The compact disc is the format of the future and Gremlin intend to be a leading player in this market from the very start."
As we went to press, Commodore were still unable to confirm an on-sale date or price for the drive, although industry sources have speculated it will cost £269.
Leisure home computer owners, and is believed to have been made possible because of the move to more reliable sur- , face mount technology.
Commodore boss Steve Franklin: "Ever since its launch in T 985, the Amiga has been subject to a program of constant improvement and evolution, designed to keep it safely in its position as market leader."
He added: "This latest range is a qiant leap forward, giving the user state-of-the- art computing power at an affordable price."
Advertising campaigns have already be drawn up for the computer press and television. Insiders say they centre on the fact that the baby machine can be earned easily.
There is, meanwhile, mounting industry speculation that the A500 will be dropped within the year and that an Amiga running from a 68020 processor will enter above the A6C0. The firm neither deny nor confirm the rumour.
Commodore in crisps link THE A600 is to feature in a new nationwide promotion being run between Commodore, Ocean Software and Smiths Crisps.
Special Quavers cacks will feature a decoder giving people the chance to win the new computer or copies of Pushover, Ocean's game starring Quavers' character Colin Curly.
"Smiths' agency. BOP, came to Commodore after their research revealed that the Amiga is the most desrab'e product of its type," said Commodore's Dawn Levack.
"This is the first time home computers have featured in this type Of promotion and we're sum it w-" cet the new Amiga off to a flying start."
Quavers' 5alfy HoBowe'l offered: "This is the first ever promotion of this type in the snacks secto* and we am delighted to be involved with Commodore and Ocean.
"The promotion :s directly targeted at kids' number one leisure activity and we're convinced that this win secure a significant demand for Quavers during the summer."
Price plunge for A500P PRICES for the A50CP Ca oor. Classics pack have plunged further in the last few weeks, despite Com modem claims that cKams would return the bundle to £399 after Christmas.
At least one High Street giant Is now selling the pack for less than £350. With the current price war among electrical retailers, others are likely to follow.
And one insider has tofd Amiga Computing to expect more cuts as shops attempt to clear stock as the arrival date of the A600 nears.
Meanwhile, a rival manufacturer claimed retailers have been forced to drop prices because they are holding surplus Amigas after a slack winter.
CDTV grows Amiga MU THREE new CDTV peripherals to enable the player to operate like any other Amiga were launched in London recently.
They included a 96-key Qwerty keyboard, a mouse and a 3.5in floppy disk drive.
Each is housed in a black case, enabling them to blend in with the player.
They were released in Germany earlier this year in a bundle called Amiga CDTV, but in Britain, where the standalone player is now sold as Amiga CDTV, Commodore will not be finding a new marketing name.
"Thousands of homes are already enjoying the benefits offered by the standalone Amiga CDTV," daimed Commodore boss Steve Franklin. "These add-ons can only serve to make the system even more interactive and productive.
"With the launch of other CD-ROM-based systems, including [PhilipsJ CD-I, creating an even greater public awareness for this new form of home entertainment, Amiga CDTV can only continue to grow in stature."
Prices were unavailable.
News G-Force powers up Commodore power up OWNERS of A 1500s and A2000s will soon be able to upgrade to the powerful A3000 at special exchange prices.
Prices and confirmed details of the Power Up scheme remain to be announced by Commodore.
Extras for SuperJAM THREE extra disks are to be released for The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks' SuperJAM interactive composition program.
They are the Pop Rock, Classical and Cutting Edge disks and each contains a collection of new musical styles, demos and sample chord progressions.
The UK supplier, Zone Distribution (071-738 5444), were unable to supply prices as we went to press.
Mi 10 Upgradable laser released DESKTOP publishers are being targeted for an upgradable HP Laserjet Ill-compatible laser printer, just released by Silica Systems (081 -309 1111).
Selling (or £699, the Ricoh LP1200 has a resolution of up to 400 dots per inch, 2Mb of memory and a print speed of six pages per minute.
A unique Flash ROM upgrade feature allows owners to keep up to date with laser developments such as printer command languages.
Silica spokesman Andy Leaning said: "The Ricoh LP1200 is the ideal printer for Amiga users. With 2Mb of RAM as standard and up to 400 dots per inch, it is perfect for DTP work.
He continued: "Other laser printers with less memory cannot handle such work without expensive extra memory. Silica recommend the LP1200 for any Atari ST user."
Frontier products saved Europress sponsor show EUROPRESS Publications, publishers of Amiga Computing, have joined forces with show organiser Westminster Exhibitions to sponsor the next International Computer Show.
Incorporating the popular 16 Bit Computer Show, the event is to be focused entirely around the home computer market. More than 180 exhibitors are due and many intend to show latest Amiga products.
Said Europress's Jane Conway: "The show is respected for giving enthusiasts the opportunity to see new Amiga software and hardware and buy it at discounted prices.
"Readers will be able to meet our editorial staff and we will be extending discounts for many products on sale throughout the show," she added.
"We are delighted to be working alongside Europress," said Westminster boss Tim Collins. "We like the editorial style of its magazines and feel they give total coverage of, and totally reflect, our target market."
It will be held at Wembley Exhibition Halls, London on July 10 to 12.
Music tools cleared TOOLS Without a Home is a scheme just started by Amiga music specialist The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks for users of the company's Bars & Pipes range of software.
Run as a "clearing house" for tools and accessories developed by and for users of the program, these collections are then sold directly from the firm for a small charge.
"Over the past few months we've been amazed at just how many users are creating their own enhancements to Bars & Pipes and Bars & Pipes Professional," said Blue Ribbon's Allison Plant.
"We hope that the Tools Without a Home program will inspire even more. Those users who don't create their own tools and accessories will surely benefit from those who do."
For more information call UK distributor Zone Distribution on 071 * 738 5444.
AMERICAN peripheral giant Great Valley Products' have redesigned their Combo range of A2000 accelerators to give improved performance.
The old 22MHz board has been replaced with the G-Force 030 running at 25Mhz and featuring a built-in SCSI controller and maths co-processor.
One megabyte of memory is supplied
- expandable to 13Mb - and it costs £599.
Taking the place of Combo 33 is a 40MHz version. Also fitted with a maths co-processor, it has 4fy1b of memory which can be increased to 16Mb. Price: L999.
And at the top of the range is a ALL departments at Mindscape International are now operating from Priority House, Charles Avenue, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RhlS 9PQ. The telephone number is 0444 246333, Mindscape Children uton to meet ADI, the latest edutatlon package CHILDREN between 11 and 14 years old are to be targeted for a new range of Amiga home study programs due soon from the company behind the best selling Fun School software.
Maths, English and French are taught in 12 separate packages, where a "loveable" extra-terrestrial called ADI guides, helps and tutors the student through each subject.
ADI uses facial expressions to interact with children, checking their performance at regular intervals, whistling at their progress and going to sleep when bored.
To help keep the pupil's attention he tells jokes and helps them play games for recreation and reward.
"ADI has so much personality that, during testing, young students happily spent long sessions working on the exercises," claimed Europress Software boss Chris Payne.
Each disk costs £25.99. Europress can be telephoned on 0625 859333.
50MH2 board, running from a standard 68030 processor. Sold with 4Mb of RAM and accepting a maximum of 16Mb, it costs £1,399.
The 25MHz and 40MHz versions use economical 68QEC3Q processors and the 50MHz board runs from a standard 68030 chip. All three can be bought with an optional hard drive mounting kit.
GVP president Gerard Bucas commented: "There is no reason to look beyond G-Force 030 for performance or price, no matter what your accelerator needs."
The UK distributor is Silica Systems on 081-309 1111.
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• r|«JW 1*1 fifmtiw i »• ' tun mm h H f*lM N Some things are
worth waiting for Hi Soft 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 fyll integration with the other Devpac programs. The editor makes use of Workbench 2 or 13 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.
The debugger supplied with both packages Devpac 3 gives complete 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.
Devim 3 comes complete with nil the necessary include files, a linker, many examples and a clear, helpful manual.
Highspeed Pascal At last, a new Pascal compiler for your Amiga: Highspeed Pascal. Compiling at close to 20 000 lines per minute on a humble A500 and with a fully integrated environment (based on the 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.
The full Pascal language is supported including such worthy additions as structured constants, flexible string handling and absolute variables.
HigltSfieed Pascal comes complete with all the necessary files for working with the Amiga's operating system, a host of examples and a professional, ring-bound manual.
HiSoft Devpac 3 (£69.95) and Highspeed Pascal (£99.95) should be in your local computer shop soon. If you hair difficulty locating a copy, you can onler directly from HiSoft using Access Mastercard. Visa, UK debit card (Switch tic.) Or a cheque postal order. Mention this magazine when ordering to receive a free T-Shirt or mouse mat (offer subject to availability).
Highspeed Pascal is remarkably friendly and easy-to-use HiSoft Devpac 3 and Highspeed Pascal are lust two of the products that we supply far your Amiga Other titles include: ProFtight.
HiSoft BASIC. Extend. SAS Ldtfce Csdnd HiSoft C For more delate contact us at - HiSoft. The Old School. Greenfield. Bedford MK455DE UK HiSoft High Quality Software Tel: (0525) 718181, Fax: (0525) 713716, iwamf &JiS ¦tp, wm't k k* ••• with Protext 5.5 because the pop up thesaurus will provide you with inspiration whenever you need it. With words provided by Collins the thesaurus has 43,000 main entries and 827,000 responses!
Protext 5.5 introduces enhanced text formatting options.
Automatic hyphenation lets you produce a well spaced poge layout without the bother of manually putting in soft hyphens. Protext determines the correct hyphenation points by algorithms and look up tables. Elimination of widows ond orphans is also provided. You will no longer need to worry about those infuriating single lines at the top or bottom of pages. Protext formols the text to avoid these os you edit the text. Extra blank lines at the top of a page con be suppressed.
New document analysis features provide o wealth of information about your text. You con examine o list of all the words used alphabetically or by the number of occurrences. Other statistics shown include averoge word length, averoge sentence length and a toble of the number of lines on eoch poge.
Piud- vrvwty ,Y Enhanced file selector with different sorting methods, bulk copy and erase.
Y Prodota users - mgil merge directly from Prodata files, no need to export.
,Y Mail merge: nested repeat loops.
"it's bloody brilliant" "one hell of a performer" "if you need a professional word processor Protext is perfect" "nothing else available comes close Jr New window-based help facilities.
ST FORMAT ,Y Improved line drawing.
- V Spelling checker finds repeated word ond missing capital
letters.
COMPUTER SHOPPER .V Conversion to and from WordStor 5.5 and Microsoft RTF «Y Full printed documentation of new features.
AMIGA COMPUTING ST APPLICATIONS wtdudM • • * PRODATA 1.2 New version of Prodata now with pull-down menus, mouse or keyboard operation, automatic record numbering, merge database, instantaneous filtering, prologue form, edit fields in any order, 2-across label printing. Full details available from Amor.
Price; £85+YAT, upgrade from vl.1 £30+VAT.
PRICES (including VAT and delivery) For Commodore Amiga, Atari ST or TT.
Protext 5.5 £152.75 Upgrade from 5.0 to 5.5 £30 Upgrade from 4.2 4.3 to 5.5 £60 Please return your original disks when upgrading French or German spelling dictionary £35.25 When upgrading please return any extra spell checking dictionaries for a free update to the revised version.
Choice of pull down menu or keyboard operation, extensive printer font support and proportional formatting while editing, up to 36 files open, split screen editing, characters for 30 languages, index and contents, footnotes, newspaper column printing, file sorting, macros, indent tabs, mail merge programming language, exec files and the fastest search and replace around.
Altogether the mast comprehensive word processing software for your AMIGA or ST. ,Y Botb Protext 5.5 and Prodata require 1 Mb of memory Arnor Ltd (ac), 6 J1 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PEI 3HA. Tel: (0733) 68909 Fax (0733) 67299 News SUNRIZE industries are now selling their ADI 012 digital audio card with Studio 16 editing software, enabling several nours of sound to oe recorded directly to nard disk.
The ADI 012 has a built-in SMPTc time code reader to allow synchronisation of digital sound to videotape and it can record, edit and play back four tracks direct to a hard disk.
It plays sound with 12 bits of resolution at sampling rates of up to 100,000 samples every second.
Two eighth orcer linear phase anti- Oxxi on the move OXXI UK, formerly Precision Software, have moved offices. The new address is 171 Bath Road, Slough, Berkshire SL14AA.
Transport on disk SIX Amiga clip art disks featuring transport are to be released in June by Diskotech (05912 242).
Titles in the Moviedip range include Road Traffic I, Air Traffic, Rail Riders, Horse Traffic and Water Traffic. Each costs £10 and a demo can be bought for £1.
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Although Amiga Computing has scores of contacts in the Amiga world, we need you. It you have some hot news, ring John Butters on the news desk now on 0625 878888 or fax to 0625 879966. All information supplied will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
Aliasing filters are provided - one for input and output.
A sound accelerator chip allows the ' card to perform digital effects - such as flanging, chorusing and echoes - in real time.
Studio 16's features include cut, copy and paste and mix, as well as more advanced functions such as an SMPTt cue list.
For use with the A15QQ, A2000 or A3000, it costs USS59S. California-based SunRize can be telephoned on 010 1 408 374 4962.
Better beats BEAT Studio is the latest stereo sound sampler, just released by City Beat (0254 857777).
Sampling and editing software with more than 100 functions is packaged with a stereo sampling cartridge which connects to the computer's parallel port.
The cartridge accepts sound from sources including CD players, personal stereos, radios and cassette recorders.
Among Beat Studio's features are real time sampling in mono, stereo and simulated stereo modes and sampling at over 36kHz in stereo and more tnan 57kHz in mono, it nas a variety of editing and realtime options, loop play, a song sequencer linking up to nine samples to create songs ana a Midi sequencer enabling a Midi keyboard to be programmed. Price: £39.95. More go to CeBit ATTENDANCE at this year's CeBit show grew to 640,000 - an increase of more than 10 per cent over last year - and the organisers have announced that next year's Hanover event will run from March 24 to 30.
Megadrive comes to Amiga Oumc day Mp HSPCC THE National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) are to benefit from National Play a Came Day, held recently to raise awareness of the advantages of computer games.
Created and organised jointly by the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA) and show organiser Blenheim Online, it will become a yearly fund-raising event.
Money will be raised for the charity through retail and sales promotions and many major companies including Commodore have thrown their support behind the event.
Blenheim's john Murrey commented: 'This is a marvellous opportunity to not only help spread the understanding and enjoyment of video and computer game products, but also benefit an excellent charity.
AMIGA joystick wagglers will soon be aoie to play Sega Megadrive games on their computer using Amiga Drive, a new emulator from Advanced Emulation.
But price rules me move out as a reasonable option. Tne proposed cost of the software and cartridge-to-disk adaptor at £119 takes Amiga Drive just £10 short of the recommended price for the actual Sega machine supplied with a top game.
Stunning sound from SunRize Though details of tne product arrived on April 1, it is not oelieved to be an April fools joke. Tne press was not given a telephone numoer for tne manufacturer.
Music program fixed MINOR improvements and bug fixes have been made to The Slue Ribbon Soundwork's Bars and Pipes Professional Midi program.
Version 1.0e also lets Pro Studio Kit and Creativity Kit to be useo to tneir full potential.
Users can upgrade oy sending details of their serial numoer and US$ 9.50 to the firm at 1293 Snaroaie NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30306, USA or by teiepnoning 0101 404 3771514.
Improved animation for CDTV A HIGH performance animation and video formal used in CDTV players is now available for developers using ASDC's Art Department Professional.
ADPro's new CDXl input and output modules allow high speed access to any frame in an animation or video sequence and enaole information to be associated with each frame.
CDXL allows playoack of quarter to third screen video sequences at 12 to 15 frames per second, with 4,096 colours on-screen and sound.
Wisconsin-based a$ PC can be telephoned on 010 1 608273 6585.
Keeping it dean IT is the policy of Amiga Computing not to accept advertisements offering software containing pornograpny or scenes of excessive violence.
DIARY DATES 28 to 31 May 1992 Spring Computer Shopper Show Organiser fllenheim PEL (081-742 282S) Venue: Olympio, London An area called Amiga Shopping Centre will be devoted to the machine.
10 to 12 July 1992 6th International Computer Show Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions (081-549 3444) Venue: Wembley Exhibition Halls, London Tne second snow of the year, for an event that's getting more and more support from the industry and sponsorship from Amiga Computing.
6 to 8 September 1992 European Computer Trade Show Autumn Organiser Blenneim PEL (081-742 2828) Venue: business Design Centre A new trade-only event for the computer leisure industry.
S to 8 November 1992 World oi Commodore ‘92 (0225 442244) Venue: Earls Court 2, London A Commodore-specific exhibition, with plenty for Amiga users.
OVERSEAS 28 to 31 May 1992 Consumer Electronics Shew Organiser: E1C CEG Venue: Ch icago The show opens for the first time for use public on May 30,1992.
8 to 11 October 1992 Computer Shopper Shew Organiser. AMI Shows Europe (010 49 2234 22021) Venue: Koin Messe A chance to catch up on the year's developments in the active Amiga world.
Used to be known as Amiga Koin.
26 to 29 November 1992 World of Commodore '92 Organiser, fairs & fun (010 49 8106 34094) Venue: Frankfurt Exhibition Halls The main Commodore show in Germany. 100,000 visitors expected.
• If your company is organising a show relevant to the Amiga and
it's not listed, let us know so we can include the information
in the diary.
USA News It's a big month for Amigans who use their machines for more than shoot- 'em-ups. Soft Logik have released the Hotlinks Edition add-on for PageStream, Gold Disk have finally shipped Professional Page v3.0, and New Horizons have yet another ProWrite update.
(E3 Gamers shouldn't despair, either. Although it seems that more and more enter tainment software is coming from the UK nowadays, a few superb entertainment packages of US origin have been released as well.
Whats New Most notable is the long-awaited Black Crypt, Electronic Arts' labyrinthian game that includes 20 interconnected dungeons and hundreds of horrid, cunning beasts, all rendered in beautiful 64 colour halfbrite graphics.
While Black Crypt is technical impressive, some hard-core gamers have reported finishing it in as little as a few days. If this happens to you, check out New World Computing's Might and Magic III: Isles of Terra for the Amiga.
Over 4Mb Of Compressed graphics and sounds, a great 3D perspective, and both dungeon and outside locales will make the I00t hours of challenging play contained in this game exciting and fun.
A third dungeon game of American origin MindCraft s The Keys to Maramon, is worth skipping, unless you really want to relive the experience of playing dun geon games on a circa 1983 Apple II.
Professional Page v3.0 is fontastic!
Professional Page v3.Q is now shipping, and it's chock full of new features. Its new ytexx support and Page Genie Arexx macros add awesome flexibility to this desktop publishing mainstay. Creating complicated page formats and adding special effects to your documents is now a snap, Links to Art Department Professional, Professional Calc, and Professional Draw v3.0 make data exchange much easier, and a new tiling feature lets you output larger pages by printing multiple sheets and taping them together.
But the neatest feature is the new FontManager program. This utility converts Adobe Type 1 PostScript fonts in Compographic Intellifont format for use Professional Page. While this is handy in itself, it's a great bonus for users of AmigaDOS 2.04. I 4- J M)R I |Mt «i» i. A .4, nVtWlMIW PTTUiiik AwrtGirfrfcmib i!
If you've ever flown one of Dynamix's flight simulators in the past, you'll probably have been impressed by the sim's detail and accuracy, but felt let down by the poor frame rate - especially if you’ve got a stock Amiga 500 with a 7.14MHz 68000 chip.
Well, with the help of ace Amiga programmers Rhett Anderson and Randy Thompson, Dynamix have gone back to the drawing board and created A-10 Tank Killer 1.5. The 3-Space graphics system has been rewritten from the ground up, providing a good frame rate on a stock 68000 machine, and silky-smooth screen updating on faster machines.
New options include eight user- selectable graphics modes while flying, including extra-halfbrite, light-source Tanks for the upgrade excelIrnce!
Final Copy KindUords Pen Pal RTF Scribble!
Textcraft Textcraft Plus TextPro o| PpoHrtte Convert Fron: UordPerfec t New Horizons have announced yet another update of ProWrite, v3.2.3. The actual program has changed little - mainly bug fixes and faster printing speed (up to four times quicker on high resolution printers).
The bonus comes on an extra disk which includes a number of new fonts in a variety of sizes to support ProWrite v3.2.3's PostScript and High Quality print options, as well as an improved utility program that will be very useful to those upgrading from other wordprocessors.
ProWrite v3.2.3's Convert utility will convert document files from BeckerText, excellence!, Final Copy, KindWords, Pen Pal, Scribble!, TextCraft and TextCraft Plus, TextPro, and WordPerfect to ProWrite format, Only those features supported by ProWrite are converted, so if your files utilise footnotes, indices, or other advanced features, those sections will be lost. The program does handle font conversion from shaded polygons, HAM screens between missions and over 20 missions, including a number of actual Operation Desert Storm flights.
Upgrades are available for owners of the original A-10 - contact Sierra for details, if you've been wanting a sim with Dynamix accuracy and MicroProse screen- update speed, look no further.
ProWrite gets even better Convert Adobe fonti to Compugraphk with ProPage 3 The latest in Maxis' SimSeries, SimAnt puts you in charge of a black ant colony in an all-out war against a rival red ant colony for food and territory.
Besides enemy ants, other dangers include vicious spiders, voracious ant lions, torrential rain, crushing human feet, and a giant lawn mower. Based on real ant behaviour, this game is actually educational as well as fun.
Like any good war game, SimAnt includes both individual battles and full- excellence! And Pen Pal, but it won't bring in IFF graphics.
If you use a PC at work and want to output your document on your Amiga, Convert will translate RTF (Rich Text Format, supported by most MS-DOS and Macintosh wordprocessors) Tiles.
These Intellifonts can be run through the Fountain utility and used as scalable outline fonts with the operating system.
With hundreds of public domain and shareware PostScript fonts available, new Compugraphic-for- mat scalable fonts should be flooding bulletin boards and PD libraries soon.
A matter of Sim Antics scale campaign, In the Quick Game, you i must out-breed and outgather the red | ants, kill their queen, and eat their young.
|ust the thing for an hour's diversion.
In the Full Game, you've got an entire yard to conquer palch-by-patch, and then it's into the house to take it over as well (this is one game that actually includes the kitchen sink!). An experimental mode turns the computer that cost you hundreds of pounds into a giant ant farm.
Cute yet disgusting digitised sounds abound, and the graphics are superb.
SimAnt is notable for including two versions - a lo-res, 320 x 200 mode game for owners of I Mb Amigas, and a hi-res, 640 x 400 version for Amigans with at least 1Mb of Chip memory and 2Mb total (all Chip or mixed Fast and Chip).
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As a result, to get the full benefit from the tutorial you'll have to wait for next month's issue of AC. To run the anim, you'll need a 1 Mb machine and a copy of Dpaint 3 or upwards.
When I set out to create the animation l was raced with a dilemma. Tne brief was to create a Dpaint animation using as many different techniques as possible, employing Dpaint as the centre pin.
Superficially speaking the demo is basically a "tumbling logo", but how does its creation involve animation? Well, it's moving, and it exists within a predetermined time frame Basically you're trying to get something to go from A to B in a hopefully interesting and entertaining manner, as well informing that they should buy Amiga Computing instead of any other magazine - as if anyone needed telling Don't be put off by the fact that the demo is not of some cute animated person doing strange things - this is also possible with Dpaint, but would take infinitely longer to produce and
require much more pre-planning to execute. All the bits necessary to recreate or create your own animation will be available on next month's CoverDisk, comprising of a couple of IFF files. As a result, you can learn the finer points of the animation process this month and apply your newly-acquired skills witn assistance of next month's Disk.
Thankfully most software designers working on Amiga products have sensibly enabled users to load images created on a wide variety of otner graphics paouigt;-, - parbCAtr case I've -sed Imagine, tne 3D ray trac»r.g package from Impulse.
The only proviso is that images satisfy the rule of compatibility with tne Amiga's Standard IFF format. However, since the demo employs Dpaint 3, which cannot accept 4,096 Ham images, the graphics created in Imagine had to be re-saved as o4-coiour io-res IFF files, using DigiView to do the re-conforming.
Challenge Wny bother, you may well ask, when you could originate everything in Dpaint?
In this particular case, the reason was that I set myself a challenge to try to see if you could achieve certain effects more quickly using another package - namely the appearance of solid objects, light and shade ana so on, and then import those images into Dpaint for animation purposes.
True, you can create a very convincing 3D effect in Dpaint, if you have a rudimentary knowledge of how things should Perception Animate Ravi Swami provides the definitive guide to animation, along with some essential hints and tips on expanding your artistic horizons A nimationTT* !oo‘ . End a few artistic tricks up your sleeve. Nevertheless I plumbed for imagine and spent the next two hours setting K v? To render a reasonably convincing refef image of the AC logo.
? Used ; from Power packages satisfy ¦niga's :e the annot iphics red 35 jiView when Paint?
Is that if you |uickly y the t and those i pur- mcmg rudi- hould Once set up, and with the aid of numerous test renderings, I could change the uchting conditions, colours, bumpi* ness and so on in a way that, at best, would be difficult in Dpaint. My only concern was that 3li this would be lost in the Ham to io-res conversion process.
F was wrong... Digiview does an excel- ent job in re-computing a reduced colour palette and resolution for any image you may load into it The end result in this case was something that still looked remarkably realistic and solid. I rendered all the bits and creces in Imagine simply because it was so quick and easy to do - this included the support columns of the Logo panel.
Different palette When you do this with different objects, you will find that the colour palette saved will be different for each IFF file. This can be a nasty surprise when you load them into Dpaint, but it's easily remedied by executing the P.eMap function.
Any errors in the palette can be corseted by simply re-mapping all successive
• mages so they match the entire collection pf frames to the
original palette.
The animation elements have been broken down into the background 'mace and The additional packages used in the creation of the demo were imagine from impulse and NewTek's DigiYiew. Both of these require 3 minimum of 2Mb of RAM to be of any use and of the two. Imagine is the most memory-hungry since it is a 3D package.
Obviously the ability to bring in material from other sources will extend the usefulness of Dpaint in creating animated sequences.
The DigiView package «S just one of many that will allow you to grab images from any source, whether it be video camera or TV, saying them in a variety of resolutions.
These can then be loaded into Dpaint and used as additional elements within your animations. If this approach is taken then it is advisable that some means of mass storage be found to handle the large number of frames that may be required for an animation.
Ideally this could be a hard disk, unless you intend creating everything as short cydes strung together, which soon becomes tedious.
One application I had occasion to use involved digitising drawings created by a traditional animator, which were taken into Photon Paint - a Ham paint package - along with some other material digitised in DigiView. The frames were then treated and given a look that would have been difficult to achieve any other way.
It is very difficult for computers to emulate the methods used by animators to create animation. Some 3D packages are able to implement processes like in-betweening or 'twining as it's more often known, where the animator will set up key positions for a character or object and the software will work out the intermediate frames.
In a 2D situation this is more complex, unless the 2D package involves what is called structured drawing, a type of vector-based drawing, which uses more memory than a package like Dpaint At best, something like Dpaint can figure out screen locations between key positions which you may define, but the object it moves w3I not change In itself.
Some recent packages allow you to draw images on successive frames for an animation and then, rather like traditional animators using 3 light box to see the drawing underneath, enable you to overlay a ghosted image of the previous frame on the current page you are working on. What it boils down to is that a large part of an animator's understanding is based upon an awareness of illusion, and the tricks of perspective, whereas a computer can only see things as logical absolutes.
For example, 3 computer can show you a cube that looks the way it looks in the real world, with diminishing perspective and so on, but to the computer it is simply a perfectly mathematical entity, without any of the distortions that arise from vision and point of view.
This leads rather neatly to the subject of 3D packages for the Amiga, which vary from ones which allow you to create simple 3D objects to others which allow you to generate entire universes in your bedroom.
Some 3D packages that I would recommend are Sculpt Animate 4D, which to some extent has been left behind by other ray tracing packages, but nevertheless still has some unique features. Perhaps the premier packages are Real 3D - which is what's called a solid modeller, and the excellent Imagine ZO.
Since Real 3D is primitive-based, creating complex objects is more difficult than with Imagine, although the very latest version -1.4 - does support very similar Organic object modelling toots as Imagine, and like Imagine it's possible to load objects created in other packages into Real 3D in order to take advantage of its superior rendering capabilities.
Of the three, my personal favourite is Imagine, since it knocks spots off the others in terms of features. These include most kinds of surface mapping, a complex but powerful animation interface, and a sophisticated modeller.
All these packages require a fair bit of worfc in order to produce anything worthwhile, but the results can be stunning - especially considering the price.
No package is going to do all the work for you in any case, and where animation is concerned ft's best to do some pre- J planning before you even decide which package is best suited -M to your needs.
Freeze frames from Ravi’s orrtm, showing fust what can hr odrirved with Dpaint and some addilionaf software E3A nimation the foreground panel, along with support columns and assorted additional objects.
1 anticipated my sequence being a 25- frame cycle. You will see a lot of "cycles" in Amiga PD anims, simply because they can be yery effective and look like a lot more work than is actually involved. It the timing is correct they can have an almost nypnotic effect.
The actual animation part of the sequence - once I had prepared all the actors (or mobile elements) - employed functions which for the most part are to be found in the Anim Move requester.
Before I go on, 1 should explain that, depending upon the complexity of your scene, like traditional animators, its a good idea to pre-plan the in and Out points of actors, and the duration of cycles on paper.
Dope sheets Animators use what are called dope- sheets which are divided up into frames, onto which all the different levels of animation can be entered on a frame-by- frame basis.
The Move requester is an extremely powerful means of controlling animated effects in Dpaint, and because parameters are entered numerically, they are infinitely more accurate than, say, using the Left Amiga key and dragging a brush around manually - a technique which has its merits, but would require an entire additional article to explain in full.
It's a good idea to build animations from the back up, ie the furthest away element first and then successive levels, in rather the same way that traditional animation is done. This is because you are dealing with a two-dimensional medium, If you don't do this, then its almost impossible to correct mistakes without rebuilding the sequence from scratch - saving each level as a separate anim is one way around this.
In our example anim, the background had to scroll continuously and the foreground spin. As a result, a layered construction was ideal for the job.
The first job in the creation of any Dpaint-based anim is to enter the anim length into the appropriate requester, and ensure that frame one is the current screen.
Ravi's original backdrop in all its gktry. With ooe simple linear movement it iaitantly coma to life I loaded the background image into the "scratch" screen next, accessed using the J key, and men cut out as a brush.
The brush was then carried over into frame one and stamped down so that it filled the entire screen. At this stage, I entered the Move requester. Since the animation was to move from left to right, I entered a positive value *n the x box.
You can preview the move by hitting Preview and then OK, after which a ghosted grid performs the move, showing the start and end points and every posi* tion in between.
Once this is over, the Move requester reappears and you can make adjustments, or commit yourself to the move by selecting Draw, which actually initiates the creation of the animation frames.
Useful gadgets Two very useful gadgets in the Move requester control me way in which frames are laid down before Draw has been selected. Tnese have no name as such, but are depicted graphically at toe right of tne requester as symbols not unlike the for- ward reverse symbols on a VCR.
The requester defaults to laying frames down logically from frame one upwards, and if you have followed the previously outlined procedure, you should have a smoothly scrolling panel going from one end of me screen to the other - depending upon the X value that you entered- Assuming that most people uying mis are not going to have more than 1 Mb of RAM to play with and do not possess a coprocessor, speed of playback is dependent upon the amount of RAM available, and also the size and changes within the image being animated.
At this stage you should have an animation of a very large brush, moving from left to right across the Amiga screen. Tne final effect is to get me sense of a continu- •v m me vS* u r= I viques with* tech- I «me animation had b 'f ' with just a fh, , done ground lUT rd I and a coloured boxe,0‘neS °nit the P*neUt W0Z °hrepreSem extremity dun haye been mu % ¦ « : £ : - rm.
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one of the background animation.
For a beginner, the end result of the above should provide some idea of what you can achieve using Dpaint's animation tools. The demo example, however, includes some animation which uses Dpaint techniques to simulate 3D motion using 2D images, namely the panel supports.
This took some time to create - about three hours - but really only employed the Size Stretch function on a brush, and used the edge of the animated panel as an anchor-point for the animation. It shows that with a bit of careful fiddling about and tweaking, some interesting effects can be achieved.
The IFF files included with next month's demo include some other brush images which you can use in other anims created using the base elements supplied.
For example, try using the Move requester to plot non-linear motion paths, or use the Z axis to make objects seem to travel towards or away from you.
Hitting Preview verifies that the animation is now to be laid down in reverse.
A note here - always use Preview before committing yourself to any predefined move, just in case it is not quite right, as the Draw function is not Undo- able.
A value of approximately 230 units should be in the X box for this to work as a continuous scroll, but I have purposely avoided giving an exact figure since it is best to employ a bit of trial and error to see exactly how the Move requester works.
Under the directional boxes for each axis, at the top of the Move requester, are boxes for entering an angle value, This refers a perspective value for either the X, Y or Z axis, and can produce some stunning effects, not unlike DVE or Digital Video Effects, seen on TV, when used alone or in Combination.
These were used, in the Y axis, to create the spinning AC logo on the next level of the animation, by cutting the Logo out as a brush, as before, and then placing it ous scrolling background. Re-entering the Move requester finds the forward reverse symbols previously mentioned. You then change the leftmost symbol to the one next to it - an arrow with a dot on iL You I hen go to the group of three symbols and change the highlighted arrows - pointing right - to the ones pointing left, ignoring the symbol in the middle which looks like two vertical lines.
Preview If you hit the Preview button, you'll see the animation in reverse, but no ghosted grid - this is because you have not yet stamped down the brush, If you do by chance hit Draw at this point, the new move will be created from the last frame of the previous move. To create the move seen in the demo, go to the very last frame of the animation and stamp the brush down so that it butts right up to the edge of the previously laid down brush.
Going back to the Move requester and Conversing with the professionals locks. The more expensive they are the better they are Is the general rule where genlocks are concerned.
As a general example of the kind of procedure involved in using Amiga animation in a broadcast context. I recently used the Amiga to produce a short sequence for an MTV insert.
Starting with some traditional animation, this was digitised and saved as hi res Dpaint files. Once in Dpaint the animation was treated in various ways and then saved to floppy disk.
The completed animation frames were then transferred onto High band U Malic tape as a series of stills, which were subsequently taken into Quantel Paintbox for compositing Jt a much higher resolution than the Amiga, before finally being transferred to Betacam SP tape via a LaserDisk.
This is one of many possible routes you could take to get your animation out of the Amiga If all of the above seems a little too complex, you could always stick to using Dpaint and saving short animations to disk for playback on other peoples computers, or alternatively wait until CD video takes off. As it will, and take advantage of its high quality and interactiveness.. One issue that occasionally crops up is that of the compatibil ity of the Amiga with professional broadcast quality equip ment. This may not affect most usees of Amigas. Who will at best be transferring their work to domestic
VCRs. However there are those - like myself - who have occasion to use their Amigas in a professional capacity.
The fact of the matter is that it's possible to transfer Amiga graphics to any type of broadcast quality tape from U Matic to I in £ Digital, with excellent results.
W mtdepending upon the ingenuity of the facility you may be using to do this. One essential piece Of equip ment you will need to do this is a genlock, which funnily enough you could win in this month s competiti ? Lion on page 34 A genlock is not a frame grabber as 1 some have been led to believe, although V some frame grabbers incorporate gen Jj.__ 22 Amiga Computing June 1992 Interesting animations have as much to do with timing as anything else.
Following the above very basic outline, things would certainly move, but in a very linear and even manner - if everything moved like this it would be very dull.
Two additional and very useful functions exist within the Move requester. Ease In and Ease Out enable you to enter what are called Cushioning or Fairing values to an animation over a period of frames which you define numerically.
Objects in the real world accelerate and decelerate, and this speeding up and slowing down can help to lend weight to a move, as well as reducing the effects of strobing, when objects move too fast.
Interestingly, they can also be used in conjunction with the angle values in the Move requester to cushion 3D rotations, as well as moves along any of the axis.
Form and motion The point of the animation was, in part, to suggest that you can enhance an interesting image with movement, and thji very often if the image is interesting enough, you can get away with a very basic motion.
Conversely, a very simple, bland shape could be given enormous character by virtue of the way it is made to move A drawback of animation on the Amiga!
Is memory, so it's always a good idea see how to work around such constrarti economically, and still arrive at interests solutions.
In writing this article, I have del ately avoided some of the finer points the Dpaint software, like the use Function Keys 1 to 4, which enable fr, by-frame advancement of the ani playback and, in the case of the 3 Key, advancing to any frame in the ani since most users of Dpaint should familiar with them.
Dpaint is a versatile package for ducing 2D animations on the Amiga get the best out of it you need a lot memory and speed, as is the case most graphics applications, which are memory intensive. So raid that digital piggy-bank. Now!
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delivery ¦ CoverDisk Martin's SID version 2 has been the most eagerly anticipated piece of Amiga shareware for the last two years, and now it's here exclusively on this month's Amiga Computing CoverDisk NEXT PREVIOUS Hidden Script Pure Archived Readable Writable Executable Oelftable PROTECT The handy Info panel ton be otteud by a double tiki on the Me ol j PREVIOUS | NEXT STOP
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ADPro I | (TO |f | |l UM : tfUK1 V ! -- Entry Selection ------
ALL - select all entries BYBITS - select entries bv protection
bits BYDATE • select entries bv date BYDESC - select entries bv
description BYMftlE - select entries by nane « I KEY... I
IIW... I CmCCL I Clith left All or teleet Preft to edit ony
button you like Create your own tut tom mnui from IID21
powerful Preft menu 1 CANCEL AMIGA Computing On this month's
Disk you will find the result of two years' work, 2,300 hours
of programing and over 2.9 million bytes of code - Tnvn
Martin's SID2.
Lust stop and think for a moment enact* what it is we're giving away free, then recall the now much maligned shareware principle which states that an author tftodd not suffer for his or her honesty, but be rewarded for a great deal of work.
S1D2 is a shareware product, and its registration fee is a suggested USS25 (about £15). The unregistered version of SIQ2 you now own is identical in all respects to the registered version except that it will not allow you to save out your preferences.
As the program is one of the most con- fgurable ever designed, and as tailoring it lo your particular needs is half its power, you should by now be scribbling out those US money orders and posting them to Timm Martin, whose address can be Select files bv date: FRON Today Itirch P fj1W2 _I_J THROUGH Today j March 315 419*2 | 1 J CANCEL | ielect rt o by date ol ireutlon lo t are time and battle Set protection for beginners: ALL d Nev; - WED Old: Cmrfc on Prof a f chootf rmir flagt and a Mr ton be tarrd froni deletion ht an Imtant Hawe [DcrcUTT _i found in the on-disk documents or by selecting
the information option on SID2's Program menu.
On with the show! Your first job as a SID user is to decide which version is best for you. There are three on the CoverDisk
- one each for Workbench 1.3 and 2.04, and SID2 Personal for
users of half megabyte machines. Select the SID of your choice
from the ShortCut menu and away you go.
Standard layout When the program has loaded, you will see the by now standard layout for a directory utility, including a title bar, two large listing windows, and several rows of command buttons at the bottom.
Owners of most directory utilities, especially those used to SID 1.06, will be instantly comfortable with this screen and will need no further introduction, especially as there's 200k of online help files to keep you going.
For those of you who've never used such a program. I’ll rnn through a general outline before we launch into a blow-by- blow look at SID2's features, Take a long look at the screen and try to familiarise yourself with the layout, paying particular attention to the command buttons below the two main windows.
These are almost all dedicated to actions which will only work on selected files, none of which you will have at the moment, as you haven't yet loaded a directory listing, To do this, click on the button on the top row - just below the directory window
- marked DF0, and a listing of the root directory of your
CoverDisk should appear NANE prog info DATE Friday February 3,
1978 TINE 11;25;llpn SIZE 1,957 bytes BLOCKS 5 blocks DESC
ASCII file STATUS •RUED NOTE Custw fltnus READ after a bit of
disk whirring. The top half of the list will be in orange and
the bottom half in white, which is the colour setting used with
our configuration to denote the difference between directories
and single files.
If you want to pop into a directory for a quick nose around, just double click on it and the display will change to the directory contents.
To move back out of the directory, move the mouse pointer to the outside edge of the window as far as it will go, dick the left mouse button, and the parent directory will appear.
Lumping straight to the directory of your choice is even easier. Look along the top row of buttons until you see one marked VOL, and click on it with the left button. This is the volumes button and will list all the legitimate volumes your CoverDisk contains along with any aliases set up since the disk booted.
At the moment, you'll see just C;, DEVS:, FONTS:, L:, LIBS:, S:, and T:, and Tl June 99? 25 STOP Sort by r NftrtE _| DATE _J SIZE First r DIRS _| FILES _1 MIXED OK !
CANCEL hi the bottom menage bar to re-order your directory entrki SID On-Line Help The PROTECT cowtand button sets the protection bits for each selected file and directory one entry at a tine. To set the protection bits for all selected entries at once, use the SET connand.
The Rntga Maintains eight protection bits: Hidden. Script, Pure, Archived, Readable, Writable, Deletable, Executable.
The personal touch With ail its help files, doc files, and so on, SI02 can take up the best part of a floppy, so you mi9ht be thinking "what use is that to someone like me who uses a single or dual floppy system?". Never fear, SID2 Personal is here.
SID2 Personal is a cut down version of SID without the Load and Edit Prefs option which runs in 512k and takes up a lot less space on your floppy. We might have to distribute SID2 with all the related Help and Doc files, but there's nothing to stop users scrubbing them from their own system disk once they've mastered the use of the program.
Having disposed of the 200k help file and the docs, a crunched 5102 Personal will leave plenty of room on your Workbench disk for programs of your own.
The procedure for setting up SID2 Personal on a fresh disk is fairly straightforward, |ust boot up SID and use it to copy the following files to your new disk: SlD2_Personal SlD2-Personal SlD2-Personal.info Quickprefs Quickprefs.info Now make sure you copy JCONX to the C; directory of the new disk - if it's not already there - and all the SID2 Prefs files found in the S: directory of your CoverDisk.
If you don't want the help files and doc files, that's it, but please remember that if you give a copy of SID2 to a friend you should always pass on the full doc, distribution, and help files.
The names of any disks presently in your drives.
To go to the S: directory without having to first click on DfO, just douole click on the S: listed in your window.
Note that you can jump back to the parent directory from a volume in the usual manner - an improvement over SlD
1. 06, which wouldn't know where to go if you had originally
dived in through the volumes button. While we're in the S:
directory, let's examine tne CoverDisk startup-sequence to see
what it looks iike.
You might think this is a job for Shell or CU, but with SlD all you have to do is double dick on the file - so do it now.
What happens is that SID looks in C: for the MMPP text reader, which we've told it to do through the QuickPrefs program, then loads it along with tne text file you've double clicked on. Press the Escape key for now to get out of MMPP and double dick on the file SlD2.config. Unlike the text file we've just looked at this is a binary file, whicn SlD recognises as such and just pops up an information panel with details on the file's size, datestamp, protection flags, and so on.
If there was a hex editor in your CoverDisk C: directory, you could click once on a binary file then on XEDIT to examine a file's hex listing. There wasn't enough room on the CoverDisk to squeeze in many of the utility programs you'd normally want to control through SID2, but if you register with Timm Martin you will receive the fully configurable version and can then set it up to use the programs at your disposal.
Utilities sucn as PPShow, for viewing normal and crunched Iff files, the NewZap hex editor, QED text editor, anc Faulty Disk?
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Beginners H me us 1 1 Ullll IIII L ffiff STOP The competition Since the release of the original SID, the number and variety of directory utilities available for the Amiga has gone through the roof.
Most of these followed the general SID layout and attempted with varying degrees of success to accomplish the same tasks, but until recently none of them could oust SID vl.06 from its spot at the top of the heap.
TDM, as distributed on a recent Amiga Computing CoverDisk, was the first shareware release to beat SID vl.06 on functionality, presentation and ease of use, and Directory Opus from INOVAtronics (a commercial release) was the first to go one up on power, though it became a virtual SID clone in order to do this. The release of SID2 has put paid to most of this competition.
No other directory utility has the range of features and the complete configurability of S1D2, and none is easier to use. Expea SID2 to become a star performer in the collections of most decent shareware and PD libraries over the next few months, but remember that this excellent utility made its European debut exclusively on the best Amiga CoverDisk in the business.
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HOURS CoverDisk For those with a hard drive, SID’s ability to
change to suit your precise needs means it can replace ever
menu and directory utility you have, and ever Workbench
itself.
No two copies of SID2 need ever be alike once the user has fiddled with the Prefs setting.
RvantGarde.font ¦ 11 BetonC.font 8 Blake.font 3 Bullets.font ¦ Bullets.font A A Byron.font Y a host of others are available through PD and shareware, none of which you'll have to use through CU as long as vou configure SID properly.
Timm has made the new user's job as easy as possible by including a 200k help file which you can access directly from SID2.
If you are confused about the function of any of the buttons or menu items, just hold down the Ctrl key and click on the offending button or select the troublesome menu item and a help panel will appear with a full description of the item in question.
Thi: feature can't be too strongly emphasised for the first time user, and to give yourself a full guided tour of SID2 conducted by the author of himself, I'd recommend you hold down the Ctrl key and click on everything in sight. After ten minutes you'll be well on your way to becoming a SID2 expert user.
Configuration Now for the fun bit. Configuring SID has always been the route towards complete system harmony and the sort of warm inner glow previously only available after a rousing bowl of certain brea' fast cereals, but with SID2 it has assumed Zen-like proportions.
Tailoring SID to seamlessly interact with your existing system has never been easier or more completely possible, though if you only have a 512k machine and are using SID2 Personal, you'll be unable to change any Preferences settings.
The rest of us should by now be holding down the right mouse button and selecting Edit Prefs from the program menu. You should see seven sub items, one each for Buttons, Colours, Configuration, Ponts, Layouts, Menus, and Path.
The topmost selection - End - will finish your Prefs editing session. To begin with, we'll make a few simple changes to the colour scheme, so select Colours and release the right mouse button.
At first it would appear that nothing has happened, but if you look at the message strip right at the bottom of the SID screen, you'll be told to "check out Configuring SID2 As there are so many configuration options open to the user, it really is down • your own personal tastes and needs as to how unique your own copy of SIP becomes. By way of a few pointers, however, here's a run-down of the most use?- Prefs options.
• Buttons - The two button banks contained in the release version
of Sit selectable by clicking with the right mouse button
anywhere in the button bar area, contain many buttons whose
functions you may never use.
Setting up your own buttons or swapping and changing those already defined .easy. Just select the Edit Prefs Buttom menu option and the comprehensive butte editor pops up.
Try the Swap and Move functions to start with. These can be handy to cluste vour favourite buttons in one part of the bank or to move the lesser used buttons: the bottom row. To add extra emphasis, try changing the colour of the vital bif tons.
• Custom menus - Selecting the Edit Prcfs Menus option you can
add your ow menu system to SID2 capable of running your
favourite programs in an instant.
These will use any of SID2's built-in commands or can be set to launch extern, programs, which is ideal for users of hard drives.
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15864 2784 888 a26 Dirs, you can choose, a sample or your choices in the middle, and the standard colour boxes with palette sliders on the fight- hand siae.
As the SlD on your CoverDisk has been configured to open on a Workbench ested in programs designee to work witn the A500O, aithougn if they wor* only with tne new machine they'll nave to be quia: smai.
We are prepared to pay our current rates for original wor* which hasn't been distributed in any other way and wfuch nas not oeen put in tne public domain.
If you wish your program to oe releasee as snare- ware or freeware we will be happy to publish it, but woula, or course, oe nappier if we'd oeen given it first: Your suomission MUST oe accomponieo oy tne submissions tom, a copy of it, or a signed oeoorabon to tne same effect. Please supply your full name address ano pnone numoer.
Unfortunately we cannot undertake to return disks sent to us os the volume of submissions makes ms on impractical c* erase.
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P ease moke sure you to All Workoencn and otner files necessary for the program to work. Feel free to Gc5,gn your own .cons tor progs which run from Workbench, but please «n‘t make them too big.
If you ensure your program is as compaooie as possible witn a vode range of AMIGAs, it wil! Also stand a setter cnonce of publication. We are especially inter• the menus*, so hold down the right mouse button once more and you'll see that there's now an extra menu entitled Colours.
This menu nas a long list of options for exactly which pans of the SID environment you'd like to tweak for colour coordination, so choose one at random.
NO matter which, one you choose, a palette requester will pop up with the various background, text, and menu colours Think you can do better?
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Name ..- .Age.. Address ..... You may have noticed that oy clicking with the right mouse button anywhere in the button bank you toggle to a second bank of buttons with more available commands.
What you may not nave realised is that you can design as many different button banks as you like or swap and change the existing banks to put all your favourite commands and actions in the same place.
Most of this complex section is explained in a straightforward way using tne Help function, but for confused users we'll take a quick stroll through some of the features.
The first panel you'll see is the bank control panel, offering various options to insert a complete bank, delete or edit the current bank, or move, copy, swap, and edit individual buttons.
To begin with a single button, dick on Swap then on the first and second buttons in the bank that you'd (ike to swap positions.
Now try Move, and you'll notice that when the operation is complete you nave a olank space where the button used to be before you moved it. To get to the really sticky bits, dick on Edit then on this blank button.
A much more involved panel will appear in front of the Bank Control Panel which enables the user to specify exactly wnat a button is called and what it does when clicked on. In the middle of the rather than a custom screen, the colour sliders won't work, but you can always change the preferences to make SlD open on its own screen witn its own distinct colours if you feel the need.
Remember that unless you register with Timm Martin, any changes you make will be lost when you tum off your Amiga.
Quit out of tnis section after making your changes then choose the Edit Prefs Buttons item to bring up probably tne most powerful and flexible part of Customisation panel is a scrolling list of internal SID commands which can be attached to the button, and above this is the usual colour text editing section.
After naming your button and choosing its colours, hold down the Ctrl key and click once on the scrolling list of commands to summon SID's online help.
Probably the best way to find out about each function is to assign it to a blank button, dick on OK until the button appears in your button bank, then dick on the new button witn the Ctrl key helc down.
The Help file will tell you as much as you need to know about the function you've assigned to the button, and if you decioe it doesn't do what you wanted it to, you can always edit it again.
Note that once you're back in the mam SlD screen, you can edit a button by simply clicking on it while holding down tne left Alt key. This produces the button editing panel, and holding down the right Alt while clicking on a button will enable you to set the button's keyboard short-cut.
Experimenting We have, of course, merely scratchec the surface as far as SiD configuration goes. The program can be used as a simple directory utility or can oe totally configured to virtually run your hard drive for you - tne choice of how far to go is yours.
Only by experimenting and messing about with ail the preferences settings car.
You fully understand how powerful a too.
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If you reach a configuration you are happy with, including custom Duttons, a 16-colour screen, and all tne rest, jusr send your registration fee to Timm Mart,*, and get your paws on the registered version to make those changes permanent.
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* -s- explained in a straightforward way using the Help function,
but for confused users we'll take a quick stroll through some
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The first panel you'll see is the bank control panel, offering various options to insert a complete bank, delete or edit the current bank, or move, copy, swap, and edit individual buttons.
To begin with a single button, click on Swap then on the first and second buttons in the bank that you'd like to swap positions.
Now try Move, and you'll notice that when the operation is complete you have a blank space where the button used to be before you moved it. To get to the really sticky bits, click on Edit then on this blank button.
A much more involved panel will appear in front of the Bank Control Panel which enables the user to specify exactly what a button is called and what it does when clicked on. In the middle of the Experimentii We have, of course, merely the surface as far as SID coi goes. The program can be use pie directory utility or can be figured to virtually run your ha| you - the choice o( how far to Only by experimenting ar | about with all the preferences you fully understand how po* SID can be, and as the Prefc tings will not be saved out in t tered version, you can happii) safe in the knowledge that yo
will not be corrupted or p messed up by tinkering.
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DATAST0RM The fastest shoot 'em up ot all time! Defender with a vengence!!!
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E MOTION- 60 levels ot multi-coloured puzzles. A challenging emotional experience.
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COTV IS 1 € SAME SIZE AND STYLE AS MOST VIDEO RECORDERS, SO IT CAN SIT UNOBTRUSIVELY ABOVE OR BELOW YOUR HOME TV WOR HI-FI AND WITH ITS INFRARED REMOTE CONTROLLER. IT CAN BE OPERATED FROM YOUR ARMCHAIR BUT PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY. IF YOU ARE A COMPUTER ENTHUSIAST. REMEMBER THAT INSIDE EVERY CDTV. IS AN AMIGA, JUST WAITING TO BE USED SO LATER ON, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO BUY THE OPTIONAL KEYBOARD AND DISK DRIVE TO GET INTO THE WORLD OF AMIGA COMPUTING PRINTERS. DIGITISERS.
GENLOCKS AND OTHER ACCESSOR1ES.CAN ALL BE CONNECTED TO GIVE ACCESS TO MANY OTHER EXCITING FAC4JT1ES, AND ALSO MANY OF THE EXISTING SOFTWARE PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR THE AMIGA COMPUTER NEVER BEFORE HAS THERE BEEN SO MUCH POTENTIAL FROM ONE NEW StuWNG SYSTEM. PACKED WITH TODAYS TECHNOLOGY.!
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ALFRETON. DERBYSHIRE. DE5 7BP HARWOOO Part-time number cruncher and lumberjack Phil South checks out the best in the exciting world of spreadsheet programs. It's a man's world, accountancy... Kspread 4 Kuma * £105.75 This is the big one. I knew this before I even clapped eyes on it, as everyone I spoke to about spreadsheets asked if I'd seen it.
They all said the same thing: "Well, that's the one." So what did Kuma do to this program to get it such a stonking good reputation?
Well, they loaded it down with features for a start. The first thing you notice when you open the box is the Size and weight of the huge, baffling manual. Sure it's nicely presented, but not as nice as the manual for a product like Wordworth, for example.
OK, so it's not slickly produced, but all the information is there if you need it. And you will.
When you first start the program - remembering to run the Install program first, to install the tiny fonts that the spreadsheet uses - you get a feeling for its power right away.
When you start the system you see that Kspread has its own desktop. Icons for the various menu items are arrayed along the side, and menus are along the top title bar. Buttons for regularly used functions are in a row along the top, and the spreadsheet grid sits there blinking its cur- buttons and menus, from toggling absolute relative to loading a new spreadsheet.
KS4 also has some very useful tricks up its sleeve, like the ability to load in Ascii files as data. So if you have a file like this: sor, waiting for your numbers to crunch.
You can reorganise the desktop to suit you, and after you've done it you can save the results so your default setup will always pop up when you boot the program.
One thing you will notice straight away, if you have ever used the Atari ST, is that the alerts and graphics bear a striking resemblance to the Sts Desktop, and there's a sound reason for this. The program was clearly designed on an Atari and ported over. But don't be put off by this.
The impression of latent power isn't diminished when you start pulling down menus and pushing buttons. You can tap the cursor keys or click on the right cell using the mouse, and you can also select a range by holding the mouse button and moving the mouse down or across a required range of cells.
Almost all the functions are duplicated in diti
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467. 68 data?
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47. 00 you can load this as Ascii into the spreadsheet, and
it's just spooled in as it comes - the word "data" will be in
cell AO, the number 465.99 in cell BO, "data 2" in cell A1
and so on.
Once the strings have been loaded, they are parsed by the program to interpret them as labels or numbers. This is a good way of importing data from non-compatible systems, as simple Ascii dumps of the data.
Kspread has too many features to mention here, but suffice to say it's the king of the heap. Its database functions and extensive import and export routines to Lotus 1- 2-3, Data Interchange Format (DIF) and DCCalc - from but not fo in the latter case
- ensure that it would be just as at home in the office as in the
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N r In n I'll EDIT Hdtti QBS SEL 00T0 TWCE QUERY |TQ8l£ RECflLC &.|«ccl; R.| in You know, it never occurred to me until now to get a spreadsheet program.
Life's too Short tp start messing around with cellular calculation engines, right?
But alas, there comes a time when every man must come to the aid of the party, and besides I drew the short straw, which meant I had to look at these things if I liked it or not. I'm a professional. I'll rise above it.
After getting all the programs in the post, the first thing that struck me was the lurid packaging that most of the companies had chosen for what is, let it be said, a boring but necessary product.
"OK, so it s boring inside, but check out the wrapper, dude!" They seem to say. The second thing which caught me completely by surprise was, in fact, how interesting a spreadsheet is when It's powerful and easy to operate.
In case you've had your head In a bucket of cement for the last ten years, spreadsheets are the computer equivalent of the kind of accounts books you see in WH Smiths, where you fill in all your figures and miraculously reach a grand total.
Easy, right? Wrong. What hap pens if you write a figure incorrectly or add up the same number twice? You have to rub out all the figures that this affects, and add them up again. This paper and pencil approach slowed down the progress of accounting for centuries, and still does in certain quar ters.
Now we have spreadsheets, which take your accounts onto a grid on the screen, and this time when you change a figure all the others relating to that figure change automatically, like a lot.of little numerical dominoes falling over.
Each figure on the grid is said to be inside a "cell", and inside that cell you can have a number or even an invisible calculation which is applied to other cells, the answer being printed in the current cell.
It's very neat, and even if you think you don't like this sort of thing, it can be almost as addictive as a game. A fairly mathematical and pointless game, but a game nonetheless.
Let's line up the contenders and see what they've got. A surprising turn-out for this match, with most offering some kind of presentation graphics, and no discernible bugs in any of them, at least for the test period.
DGCalc Digita • £39.99 Spreadsheets ProCalc One of the older products, but still sells well. Enough features to be sure, but not so many you accidentally think you're running a really top notch, state-of-the-art system, or anything like that.
This program looks as though it was written in compiled Basic, which I suspect it was. This doesn't mean it's rubbish, as H'i .s perfectly good spreadsheet, although a little limited and lacking anything that might be described as a unique feature.
But it does the bask job of crunching numbers very well with, tew screw-ups.
The program opens a window on your Workbench, and cell selection is via the cur sor keys or the mouse.
There are no Amiga menus, and menu selections are made, PC-style, using a sort of duck shoot along the top of the DCCalc window.
The program is referred to as DGCalc in the docs and the packaging, but DigiCalc in the pro gram and files. I suspect that there is Ease of use Graphics Compatibility
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The manual is slim but informative, and one of the few items reviewed here which had a full glossary of terms for novice spread users. A comprehensive tutorial section takes you through the first spreadsheet.
It s limited by the number of calculations it can do at once, but then it is an old product, and a cheap way into spread- sheeting.
I'm told by Digita that, in line with its spanking new product range like the best selling Wordworth 1.1 and Home Accounts 2, there will be a new product which will supersede DGCalc in the very near future. Watch that space, as this new thing is bound to be good.
Restricting, but at this end of the market you can't really complain about such things too loudly, or you'll be accused of being a cheapskate.
Features cost money, and if you want the full monty you'll have to shell out for something like ProCalc or K54!
Kspread 2 might be down the pile a bit perfection-wise, but this doesn't mean it lacks redeeming features of its own. I particularly liked the way you can cut and paste whole 2D sections of the spreadsheet simply by highlighting a box shape with the mouse and repositioning the section elsewhere.
All the formulae re-jig themselves to match the new arrangement, and it's all automatic. There are two versions on the disk, one with graphics and one without
- obviously if graphics aren't needed, you can opt to squander
the memory on something frivolous, like a few bits of data.
Gold Disk • £129.96 One of the glitzier spreads, with the kind of features and good looks you'd expect on a Gold Disk product. Features a unique ability to render your spreadsheet in various fnnfs and sizes for emphasis of a certain point.
PostScript output is available if you have a compatible printer, and being a Gold Disk product you have the ability to save your graphs to disk as ProDraw 2.0 clip art.
This means that you can produce a presentation as IFFs for the screen, and produce similar graphics for a document to accompany your demonstration.
The manual is a very nice piece of DTP, as you would expect from the makers of one of the best DTP programs on the Amiga, and ranks up there with the EA and Digita manuals for slick presentation and good layout.
The words look nice, but they also mean something too, which is all to the good.
Another nice touch is the control panel arrangement across the top of each sheet, giving you access to different fonts and sizes, and the ability to alter and arrange your spreadsheet as if it were a wordpro- cessing document, which to a certain extent in ProCalc it is.
The range of graphs you can create is the most extensive of all the programs I tried, and it's this that makes it my personal favourite. Not only can you create graphs for your data, but you can try a number of different types, too.
It's not unlike having Peter Snow sitting by your side with the Newsnight computer whizzing up swings to the left and right as your data changes. Professional is the word, and apart from Kspread 4 there’s not much to touch it for professionalism and graphics.
Kspread 2 Kuma • £63.45 An older version of the former, and so a sort of younger brother of Kspread 4. K$ 1 was too elementary, K53 was just a stepping stone to KS4. But KS2 still sells well as a low-end solution to the problem of crunching any numbers you want crunched.
You can tell it's a less-than-young product when you check out the manual.
It's typewritten, as opposed to the laser- printed KS4 manual. Kuma have published a few books since KS2, and this shows in their presentation.
As a program, I'd say it forms a bridge between elderly products like DGCalc and more muscular modern products like Kspread 4 and ProCalc. It has some of the functionality and power of KS4, but with the simplicity of interface and cheapness of good old DG. KS2 is definitely better than DC though, and I'd always back KS2 from a standing start.
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Spreadsheets Advantage Gold Disk • £86.91 Absolute Tne previous
opus from Cold Disk on which ProGaic is based, and seeing this,
it's easy to see why they produced ProCalc. It offers similar
kincs ot options to its new ixotner, but is obviously less
flash and less WB2.0 looking.
Altnough now superseded by PrdCale, it's still available and for less money too, so it might be a good idea if you lack the necessary funds to run to ProCalc, but you want some of the features.
Ease of use w w X_. Graphics It reads and writes 1-2-3, ana like all the otner American products, nas an Arexx port, although quite why I'm not really sure.
Ooooo Compatibility OK, so you can wnizz data from one program to another, out the programs have to be compatible or it ail goes horribly wrong.
Cold Disk products have no trouble with this, but as for others - you'll have to suck it and see wnat happens.
Column Value for money Overall Just a smaller version of ProCalc then, and in the charts i'd say it ranks in front of Kspread 2 but behind it's big brother.
The Works MSS • £78.91 This integrated package is getting a bit long .n the tooth now, but still has something to offer.
Although taken as a part of a very comprehensive integrated suite of programs, no single program is that bad.
Taken in isolation, the spreadsneec module is pretty ordinaiy, on a par with the integrated spread you get with an Atari Portfolio. Although it does all the usual stuff you'd expect, having read up on the others in the marketplace, it lacks a certain lustre or spark or originality.
It's black-and-white for a start, ana although it features a choice of graphics, it can't match the performance of something like Kspread 2. Divide the cost of the program up into the price per component, and you get £16 each program, wnich is about what Word Spreadsheet is worth.
Ease of use AAAi Graphics Why buy five indifferent programs wnen you can ££££££££' ' buy one really good one?
Ooo Compatibility OOOOO Value for money ww*™ Overall Jargon buster A formula placed somewhere else in the spreadsheet stays the same, if the same formula was copied relatively, the cell references within the formula would change to fit the new cell.
American Standard Code for Information interchange.
Special codes for text characters which do not differ between computers.
The intersection of a column and row in a spreadsheet, normally referred to by a letter and number depicting the row and column in question, ie Al, f4 or 226. This numbering system is called the cell reference. * Vertical arrangement of cells in a spreadsheet program.
Commands are entered from the keyboard rather than selected from a menu.
These are mathematical expressions on which the program bases its calculations. The variables in these calculations, like computer program variables, are the cell references in the spreadsheet for example: B4 * CS. This takes the number »n cell B4 and multiplies it by the number in C5. Tne result is printed in the ceil containing the formula. So you could say a formula in a ceil was a way of calculating what is to appear in that cell.
| Tne data in any cell in a spreadsheet can be justified like text in a wordprocessor, so the figure can appear on the left-, centre or right-hand side of a cell.
I Sometimes your spreadsheet information is private or even confidential, like salaries or tax. In these circumstances you need to restrict access to the program to authorised personnel only.
You do tnis by only allowing access to persons who know the password, it's unlikely the will be a problem in the home, but if your computer is in an office all the time, you may want this feature to protect your data.
A way of setting all the values between two ceils. Some spreads do it like this: A1..AS meaning all the ceils from Al to AS, and others like this: A1:i5 Conclusion By far the best program, even in the eyes of some of the people who sell the others, is Kspread A by Kuma Computers. It has the biggest range of features, and is compatible with more programs than any of tne others.
Anyone who expects to make much of an impression on the Amiga spreadsheet market had better be sure that their idea has all these features and more, or they stand no chance.
Text overflow Although Kspread 4 was undoubtedly the winner from the sheer weight of features, my own personal choice would be Professional Calc, for its 1-2-3 read write ability and tne option of being able to export graphs to ProPage in ProDraw dip format.
So if you want the best, choose Kuma's KS4. But if you just want a little pocketabie piece of personal protection, ProCalc is your man.
Many trunks to erection, HS Marketing, Kuma and Digua for suppty'mg the produas renewed in this article.
Either way, it means the same. This is just a snorthand way of applying a formuia to a range of cells at once.
Tne horizontal cells in a spreadsheet.
Some spreads have a scrolling ability, so when you push the cursor to the edge of the screen, more of the sheet is revealed.
A feature common to a lot of sheets, where the text label may overlap the cell it's in regardless, but in some you don't have this - or even variable cell widths at all - so you have to place half the word in each cell.
Some spreads even have an Undo function, which is gooa for people who spend their whole computing life saying "No, that's not wnat 1 meant, stop!" To their computers.
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Software ProPage 3.0 Hoi on the heels of the much improved
PageSt eam 2.2 comes Colo Disk's latest salvo in tne DTP war,
ProPage 5.0, wnicn concentrates, iike version 2.1, on new
features rather 3tan hug fixes. A quick glance at these iea-
is enough to tell you that Goid Disk :jve gone straignt for
the power user's ugular.
Tne most significant improvement nas to oe the comprehensive Arexx support ?men, given its 330-odd commands, offers complete control or ProPage from Arexx.
Setter still, in order to get tne most from Arexx, the program uses what it calls
* gemes" - reaily just Arexx scripts - which are directly
accessible from ProPage at tne v*ck of a button.
When you boot ProPage 3.0, you'll find r-ii the mop tool nas been replaced oy an Aaoain's lamp button, which orings up tne genie requester (corny!) When cllcxed on.
Tweaking Tnere are over 50 function genies wready defined, ranging from the simple
* ~Caps and similar text effects, to oox attribute control and
even an ADPro Twfink* which enaoles bitmap tweaking
r. ADPro and automatic re-importation of 7c grapnic once it nas
oeen tweaked.
As Arexx is being used by more and more programs, tne genie feature makes oPage 3.0 a mucn more powerful tool, and gives the Arexx-conversaot user tne opportunity to write macros for virtually
- ?scty situation.
My one complaint about genies is that mere is no auto-record function. When you CjC* on the Define button, ProPage simply cacs up tne Article editor ana expects you 'jj -write your own macro.
Tnis is all very well for those who use
* ftcxx or wno have the patience to learn to
- se it, but those unwilling to go near even sc simple a language
as this will more than
- Rely never realise tne full potential of p a as- © The latest
in DTP, ray tracing, and a new version of Workbench in the most
up-to-date Amiga column in the business iAl Aului.
AutuSj BoxAt tr SoxCoUrv Mwdit y IwpOTt AOPraKolLiak. rx t Al lCo.Ji .ppr* Al t*rBox* Aai,AM«k • * ? ** Auttlnyari .ps rx AutoSav*.pprx BoxAt tr. I prx 1 1 1 ¦o- Hark j Df2-11 KB 1, , MB , PAU: | PC*: J ok~ Cone a iJ ±J ProPage 5.0 often over 50 function genies Arexx control. An auto-record function capable of generating Arexx scripts would have made ProPage 3.0 a "must buy" proauCL Other enhancements include a font conversion utility which will convert Adooe Type 1 PostScript fonts to the Compugrapnic fonts Gold Disk seem deter- mined to stick witn. FontManager works well, and the converted
fonts are or perfectly good quality, out it can oe a bit slow if you're copying a complete set of PostScript fonts across to your Compugrapnic drawer.
Nevertheless, its inclusion gives ProPage access to tne hundreds of AdoDe Type 1 fonts available and, as typefaces are the bread and butter of DTP, this nas come not a moment too soon. Nine Compugraphic fonts, including Casion and Uncial, are now supplied with the package, so most users will nave enough to get started witn.
Another feature which wili be music to the ears of existing ProPage users is the irregular text flow option. Using this, text can be made to how round the outline of any structured drawing rather than its box, as was previously the case, unfortunately, although Cold Disk nave at last seen the light on this one, they nave failed to implement it properly.
Text can flow arouno the left or right of an object, but not both, so it is still impossible to have a circular hole in your text unless it is at the juncture of two columns and you create an ellipse either side of the gutter. I have to admit to shrieking with annoyance when I discovered this relatively simple omission. The direct Hotlink to ProDraw 3.0 (due for release later this year) is easily the most attractive to users with a lot of dip art or otner structured drawing in their pages. The user need only click on tne box containing tne ProDraw dip, seiect the ProDraw option, and ProDraw
is loaded with the dip ready to be edited in comoination witn ProDraw 3.0's new Fountain Fill option, which will allow full- page gradients, the hotimk adds a great deal of functionality to ProPage, saving a lot of time and hassle if you use ProDraw clips.
Text filters With tne new auto-tiling print option, a long-needed Undo feature, text filters for most American (not British) wordproces* sors, and a few tweaks to the colour separation process, ProPage 3.0 will be far and away the most welcome disk to have dropped through the letter boxes of registered users. Tnere are still areas in need of improvement, but Gold Disk have done a fine joo in ooosting the package the way they have.
Want to know if it's better than the rest?
Then buy the next issue of AMIGA Computing and read our three-way battle of tne DTP giants. ProPage 3.0, PageStream
2. 2 and Saxon Publisner 1.2 will all be fighting it out for tne
DTP Lonsdale belt, so for all you right - and font - fans out
tnere, it should be unmissable.
Imagine 2.0 Impulse inc of Minnesota, USA nave just released a major upgrade to their flagship 3D rendering and animation program, Imagine. This comprises of revisions and improvements to all sections of the package as well as a new version 2.0 look to the interface. Together these constitute a significant improvement in the power and functionality of this already impressive software.
One of the most striking aspects of tne new version of imagine is the configurability of the interface as a whole. This has been achieved tnrough the introduction of a Preferences page which o accessible from any of tne other modules.
Previously the user had to access imagme's all-important config file tnrough the ClJ but now you can set up ail preferences from within the program, in addition to tnis, each editor can have its menu Options assigned to any one of the function keys of the Amiga keyboard or create special Unix-style "buttons" along tne ootiom of tne workscreens to perform these tasks.
Tnis means that you can set up the program in such a way that you need hardly ever touch the keyboard or access the menu bar. A double blessing, as not only does it speed up user interaction, but it avoids the eye straining and totally superfluous drop shadow fonts found in the menus.
Overall, tne program has been given a Software silkier feei and users will find themselves flying around the various modules in creating their animations and renders. Tne manual, though greatly improved, still has its shortcomings, but at least is an improvement on Impulse's previously lamentable efforts.
A*t the top of the 3D tree and confirms it as a tremendously powerful and enjoyable program to use. However it is seriously flawed in its rendering by Impulse’s persistence in employing an extremely crude form of anti-aliasing.
Text animation, for instance, is ruined by this shortcoming, even in 24-bit colour. For it to be considered as a professional product this oversight must be addressed as quickly as possible. This (major) gripe aside, Impulse deserve all credit for developing this superb new version.
For details on Imagine 2.0, phone Impulse Inc on (0101), 612 566 0221, or Applied Vector marketing on 081 -977 1105, The 300-page volume contains reference and tutorial material on all aspects and applications, presented in a reasonably clear if badly structured manner.
Not content with ably instructing the user about the program, it also offers a more than generous helping of Impulse Inc's unique in-house philosophy.
As far as functionality and potential goes, this upgrade places Imagine firmly Imagine s new features
• The Forms Editor - This has seen substantial rewriting and what
was a rather baffling inclusion in Imagine 1.0 has become a
powerful method of creating complex organic shapes. It does
this through a process involving "key slices'' and while it
demands 3 great deal of application in the learning stages it
offers a decree of modelling control found nowhere else on the
Amiga.
Can now be edited within this editor and used by the Mold (sic) function to extrude and replicate outlines.
Another handy feature is the ability to perform a "qyickrender".
This is a fulkolour preview within the editor using a fixed light source for speed and it obviates the need to set up an entire project in order to view your models, This function is found in all editors allowing previewing at all stages before commitment to a final render,
• The Stage Editor - This is where models, lights and paths are
combined to make up animation sequences.
Apart from making the snapshot function work, the main change to this section is that it is now separated from the Action Editor.
• The Action Editor - This scripting page now aliows rendering
over background pictures, and the use of two of Imagine's
unique special effects, such as ripples and explosions, at
once. With Control of background fog you can eliminate
distracting detail from scenes and simulate depth of field
effects.
Background frames and reflectance maps can be indexed to allow digital layering of animations within your computer to create infinitely complex sequences without any degeneration between passes.
• The Cycle Editor - This module, where animation sequences such
as walking can be prepared, now offers the great potential of
morphing between shapes.
Unfortunately, however, these new features do not work as they are described in the manual. This is a great pity as they would be an extremely powerful facility to have.
T The Detail Editor - The main modelling page now offers true bump mapping, reflective diffusion to prevent pixelisation when using reflectance maps on flat surfaces, soft and hard edge control to avoid the ''bulging" associated with phong shading on acute angles, fog objects which fade out at their edges and a host of new procedural textures such as water effects and even leopard spots! Spline paths Workbench 2,10 Before you all scream "but they've just released 2.CK'", I'd better tell you that we've laid our sticky hands on an early developer's copy of Workbench 2.10, and Commodore are
unlikely to officially update Workbench until at least the end of the year.
Having said that, the improvements offered by the new system are enough to make the mouth water even at this early stage in its development.
The most annoying bug for single floppy users of Workbench 2.04 has been the Format command's insistence on being very stupid. When a floppy is formatted, even if fresh and write enabled, the Amiga insists on complaining that it is write protected.
You can get round this by clicking on Retry, but in 2.10 the bug has been removed.
It's too early yet to look at the other bug fixes, especially as Commodore can supply no documentation for Workbench 2.10, SO I'll concentrate instead on die new features.
The most obvious enhancements can be found in the preferences drawer. These are Sound, Locale, PrinterPS, and CrossDOS.
Sound is a program to enable the user to attach the sound sample of his or her choice to an alert, which means every time you do something stupid you can have you Amiga be'c* beep, or fart at you. This at first is g-s fun, but after a while yOU get the feeling j simple beep will do.
Locale gives the user a choice of wm time zones in which to work, and teJ auages to use, but its function is other.'.-?
A little unclear. How it will be impiel mented we will tell you as soon zg Commodore admit that Workbench 2.TI exists.
PrinterPS enables full Workbench cow trol of PostScript output specs, inclixfod font selection of the Adobe 35 PostSor font set supplied with most compatlbr laser printers. There's a full text optkrr panel where users can set the text siz* * leading, line spacing, and margins.
Paper size, orientation, and most othr settings are also catered for, with h notable exception of scaling. Let's hop* this last feature can be included before final version is released.
CrossDOS CrossDOS, at long last, provides a str- dard by which Amiga users can formaj read, and write to MS-DOS format flop] pies. Implementation of the feature c excellent, as the standard Format command does all the work, and dependmc on what drive you tell it to format, wh£* type of disk you're after.
In addition to this, there's a neat red fuel gauge box showing how far the for-?
Mat is proceeding which pops yd onscreen whenever you initialise a dsr| from Workbench.
To cap it off. Workbench 2.10 is t?d first version to arrive complete with -s* own installer program, usinal Commodore's now standard Install pr * gram, which makes life a lot easier for hys drive users. More on Workbench 2.10 as?
Happens, especially if we can squees, some official documentation out of Commodore.
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9TT, England Tel: 0892 518181 Fax: 0892 511772 Tel (Int): +44 892 518181 Fax (Int): +44 892 511772 ESC raphics Over the last 12 months. I've had the pleasure or playing with just about every 24-bit board on die market. As a result, the imminent arrival of' yet another system was greeted with interest, but to be honest not exactly wild excitement.
As it turned out, my initial apathy was transformed into amazement as what appeared to be a bargain basement release proved to be one of the best systems I've had the opportunity or using, regardless of price. Rather tnan a simple display board, Avideo offers a vast array of features only matched in variety by GVP's less than impressive IV24.
One of the few drawbacks of the board concerns installation. The problem isn't caused by the procedure itself but rather by its implications for your warranty Tne board is designed primarily for the A1S00 and upwards, aithougn Checkmate claim compatibility with A500s. Unlike all other systems, Avideo doesn't employ a Zorro slot as an installation-point. To fit the board you must first remove the drive bay and pop out the Denise - Amiga's designer display chip. Once free from her moorings.
Avideo on board, you'd be well advised to do the decent thing, sooner, ratner than later, otherwise you could miss your cnance altogether.
With these two points out of the way, it's time to get down to some serious flattery.
Once the hardware is safely Avideo on do the dec Price, performance, the aforesaid chip is men popped into an identical slot on the board. When secure, the new PC8 with its selection of additional chips plus good old Denise are mounted back in the original chip socket.
All that remains is to trail the accompanying cable to a suitable Zorro tnrough slot complete with its RGB connector ready to accommodate the monitor.
There are basically two problems with this process. Firstly, piggy-backing chips is strictly illegal in the eyes of Commodore. As a result, being caught with the offending addition on your motherboard will invalidate your guarantee. If however your warrantee is no more than a distant memory, who cares what Commodore think* Direct soldering Perhaps a more serious threat to the future of the board is Commodore's planned move to surface-mounted technology. In otner words, all major components will “be solderec directly on to the motherboard.
This annoying change of direction is sure to put all piggy-oack style products in real trouble. Therefore, if you're planning to upgrade to a A1500 or aoove with an installed, the next task is to add the impressive collection of software.
Aside from the commercial software, the system offers a powerful array of control utilities which add a lot of weigh: to the board's potential as a multimedia workstation.
Perhaps the most obvk us, and instantly appealing, option allows you to load either 12- or 24-bit images and display them tnrough colour zero on the Workbench screen. By applying the aforementioned colour to the majority of the Workbench environment, the board achieves a pseudogen loc ng effect with either 12- or 24-cc images appearing as the ultimate Workbench backdrop.
As weil as offering designer backdrops, it's also possiole to produce Picture ir.
Picture or PI? Effects with the graphic o: your choice floating in a window all its own. As with the majority of Avidco's display formats, this is controlled via the Opera animation software - wnich I'll cover in derail a little later In the article.
Imagery To produce any effect obviously requires Image y, but thanks to yet another contra utility the board isn't merely restricted to 12-or 24-bit creations.
Any standard Amiga graphic can oe converted via the AVRemap utility for display on the board, so there's no reason why standard Amiga art can't appear alongsiae 12- or 24-bit images as part of either an animation or a slide show. As Avideo... AC's 24-bit techno junkie Paul Austin offers a mouth-watering taste of the amazing Avideo | 52 AMIGA Computing Juno 1992 G raphics The facts and figures In terms of resolution, Avidec more than matches up to the opposition with a full broadcast 768 x 580 display - idea? For video applications - or standard Amiga output of 640 x 512 (hi-res
interlace).
Image quality is also impressive, with a full 24-bit * 6.8 million colour display. During editing and animation, two 12-brt buffers are employed giving a true 4,096 colour display which can then be togcled via TVPaint or the board's own software to display full 24-bit as a separate still frame display.
An additional genlock adaptor allows full genlocking of 12-bit images over live video, or alternatively Amiga graphics and animation can overlay the output of the board in both 12- and 24-bit modes.
Picture in Picture is av?«able for stin images in both l ?nd 24-bit display modes, with a maximum refresh rate of 3 50ths of a second for each 12-bit buffer.
According to Checkmate, the system is capable of running on a standard Amiga, although to be honest I wouldn't recommend it. To employ TVPaint properly, you'll require a 68030, and you'll need at least 8Mb of fast memory to use the program's 24-bit Undo option when using full overscan.
The board also offers full broadcast resolution for 12-bit double buffered animation with a maximum speed of 12.5 frames a second in hi-res interlace and 25 frames a second In non-interlace. Both these figures depend on your system and the amount of movement during subsequent frames in the anim.
When utilising the highest possible quality, 12-bit update rimes are reduced to nine frames per second for hi-res interlace and 17 seconds for non-interface. The first format is designed for TV and video, while the second offers the maximum clarity for multiscan and VGA monitors.
An additional Output console with a Standard Arexx error message detailing the offending line ready for correction.
No doubt you're thinking Opera sounds a bit too good to be true, and to be honest
- for the average Arexx novice - it is.
Although the interface and console are indeed friendly and do take a lot of the drudgery out of script compilation, the Arexx scripts created are exactly that - pure Arexx.
For the novice, tracking down and debugging even an automatically-generated Arexx script can be a painful and confusing process. As a result, it's not a good idea to expect a miraculous performance without a reasonable knowledge of the lanouaoe.
For example, when errors occur within a script, bog standard The spectacularly tasty TVPaint 4,996 colours. This should not be confused with Ham's 4,096 colours, as the Avideo display is true 12-bit and as a result does not suffer any fringing or other problems associated with Ham, On gC-neral imagery it's quite tricky to tell a 12-fct display apart from 24-bit. The difference only really appears when graduated painting is applied cither via the spray can or during graduated effects- AD such addition; produced noticeably stepping or colour bands as the saturation fades.
To the 24-bit purist this probably sounds like a unacceptable sacrifice, but all is not tost. The board displays TVPaint's edit screens in 12-bit but actually paints in full 24-bit. Slightly confusing,! Agree.
Because the image is in fact true 24-bit disguised as 12-bit, it's possible to view it in all its 24-bit glory by simply accessing the sys menu and switching the board into to 24-bit single frame display mode.
The only noticeable difference between the Harlequin and TVPaint during editing is the slightly dower screen update and a particularly infuriating tendency for the pointer on the Avideo version to float a quarter of an inch above the point of application during painting in video mode (768 X 589) - a minor bug, but an annoying one which I'm assured will be put right in the next update.
The most notable commercial addition has to be the premier 24-bit paint package, TVPaint v! .6. This alone is enough to make the board a spectacular bargain - in its Harlequin form the software alone retails at £940!
In the case of Avideo, TVPaint comes as part and pared of the system and still somehow manages to sdl for just £S99 inclusive of both the board and ail additional software.
In relation to the Harlequin you effectively get the board for nothing and stilt save £200 plus on the price of the software alone.
Of course this calculation doesn't include the cost of the Harlequin card rtseif which will set you back a further £1,100 In its basic form.
Like the board, Avideo's version of TVPaint is an impressive product with ali the latest addition; that vl .6 has to offer. The only dements missing in relation to the Harlequin software is the Big Edit option, which allows you to move around and edit images above the board's maximum screen size, and secondly TYPaint's Alpha channel support - this particular feature requires 32-bit architecture, As»de fforii these two options, the software *5 identical. The only operating difference is the restriction of two 12-bit buffers as opposed to true 24-bit double buffering on the Harlequin card.
Because of the 12-bi* Edit option, the actual paint display is in well 35 the amazing TVPaint bundle (see box), sr. Equally important piece c* software must be the Aeexx-based interpreter, 0«f3.
Opera allows-the user to compile impressive arima- tons and slide shows by employing the power of Arexx via a CanDo-style script-buiWiog interface.
The software automates me development of Arexx scripts to the point where even relatively inexperienced Arexx users can produce stunning meets and anims. By using the board's own icon-driven installation software, Avideo can be made resident via the Workbench or Cll and then address dr"sctly via Arexx.
Once active, the Opera utility opens a user interface which allow; simple dick selection of files and effects, which then standy translate into an Arexx script and appear in an adjacent script window. Either smpteie scripts or individual lines can then Pe run and tested as required.
If faults occur, the errors are trapped in Arexx error messages are reported via the console, so unless you have some understanding of the scripts themselves, debugging can be a tricky business.
Having had a slight whinge, it's perhaps worth recapping what Opera can offer when mastered. Aside from simple sequential slide shows, images Can be introduced with an impressive range of supplied effects.
Additional text can be included in the font of your choice, while images appear in windows on the Workbench, or as overlays on existing graphics. Animations can be compiled from full screen images, while individual objects or brushes can be animated and overlaid to add even more excitement to the presentation. In short.
Opera is an impressive addition which in rime is sure to become an invaluable tool to any serious user, especially those involved in multimedia and animation.
As a genera! Purpose 24-bit multimedia graphics card, Avideo literally blows the opposition out of the water with a combination of state-of-the-art software and flexible applications.
The only aspect I'd like to see improved is the documentation for the board Itself, with perhaps a detailed tutorial on how to get the best from Opera.
Unrivalled In terms of 24-bt RGB output, it's unrivalled for both price and performance :n comparison to both the IV24 and G2's ImagiCa. This is a pOSiriOn which will SOOn be enhanced even further by the addition of a 24-bit frame grabber which Checkmate are planning to supply as an add-on to the system.
In terms of animation, Avideo's only rival is DCTV which because of its built-in frame grabber and microscopic file format is arguable still the ideal 24-bit option for animation aimed directly at VHS video.
Having said that, DCTV's composite output doesn't match up to Avideo's 12- bit anim display for higher quality animation and slide shows. In short, rf you're about to invest in a general purpose 24-bit system, it's almost impossible to consider any other board as a better buy than this truly excellent product.
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T utorial Last month's column took us to the point where we should have a home-made disk, called MyDisk, with tne barest of AmigaDQS files on it to a*low auto-booting.
If you didn't follow last month's cgi- ~mn, you'll have to buy a copy of the magazine through our oack issues offer towards the rear of the mag. Just follow me instructions in the column and you'll oe oang up to date with the rest of us.
3efore you can properly use the .VorkDench that your startup*sequence oaas, you'll have to be able to click on cons and to open a Snell, for this, MyDisk require a "library" file and the correct lommands and so on to make a Shell
* ork. First of all, we'll add the library.
Icon.library is the AmigaDQS file containing the routines needed oy Kickstart to oaplay icons onscreen and has a sister in tne shape of Info.library, which enables me user to mess about with icon tool rypes.
We'll worry about tool types in later columns, so as you're probably eager just to get those icons to appear, copy con.library from your Workbench disk to MyDisk using me command: COPT fcWS:IC0».U6M8T TO KT0ISC:LI3S Now we're ready to delve into some of me more esoteric areas of AmigaDQS. We nave a very empty disk and over the next :ew months we'll progressively fill it with files, dealing in each column with a new practical application.
For the rest of this instalment, we'll concentrate on Shell so that when we use tne disk we can access Its gradually
- -creasing power.
Shell nas changed a great deal in the transition from Workbench 1.3 to 2.04, ootn in its user interface and in me files needed to make it function. On a This month's jargon Mountlist An Ascii file containing the AmigaDOS definitions of every device to be mounted.
Without this file and the correct entries in the DEV'S: drawer, you’d get one of those "Entry not found" error messages, and nothing would happen. A mountlist will usually contain entries for NEWCON:, SPEAK:, RAD:, and so on.
Resident Using the Resident command, AmigaDOS can make a variety of commands and device drivers "resident" in memory, Which means they are kept in RAM until a program needs to use them. Only “pure" commands can be made resident, so if the file in question is not "pure" it will be forced into that state by the resident command.
Pure If an executable file - such as an AmigaDOS command - is "pure", it can effectively be used by more than one Shell process or program at a time, and if a pure file is made resident, it will be accessed quickly and efficiently. This is central to the Amiga's multitasking operating system, and saves a lot of time.
A file s pure status can be set on or off by altering the file's protection flags, one of which is reserved in the role of keeping tabs on this. Not all files can be made pure, but many of the standard AmigaDOS commands, such as Execute and Assign can.
Workbench 1.3 disk, there are several more steps you'll need to take to get Snell up and running, so we'll start with a 2.04 Shell and then detail the further steps needed by 1.3 owners.
For those using Kickstart and Workbench 2.04, setting up a Shell has been made very easy. All the Workbench beqinners a nf a PART 4
1. 3 device-handlers and so on have been made resident in the
Kickstart ROM which means you need only copy a Shell icon and
Shell-startup file to MyDisk to equip it with a window into
AmigaDOS.
To do this, boot with your Workbench disk and locate your Shell icon - it may be in the main window or codd be stored in the system drawer. Now click on it to open Shell and change directory to wherever the Shell icon is situated.
If it is the main disk window (the root directory), you should already be in me correct place. If it is in the system drawer, type: CD STS:STST£« to change directory. Now all users should type: COPY SHELL.!HfO TO W9IS : and the shell icon, designated, as all icons are, by the ".info" bit tagged on me end, will be copied to your designer disk.
You will now have a basic operable Shell, but to add a final touch, the Shell- startup file should be copied across as well. This is a script file - we discussed these last month, remember? - executed one command at a time when you open Shell, in much the same way as a startup- sequence is executed when your disk boots up.
Tne standard Shell-startup contains a few Aiias commands (explained later) and the Prompt command. The file will oe the Stevie Kennedy starts to fill the tutorial disk and looks at setting up Shell A Uit All Ol Mypifk ihqwi a tuny internal letup u hkJih beginning lo same whether you are using Workbench startup to substitute a much easier to type alternative such as: ALIAS DO! -DISCDPf f*0« Df3: Tft DM:* in future all you'd have to do to carry out the diskcopy would be to type D01 and the clever little Shell would know what you meant.
The other command you'll find in the Shell-startup file is the Prompt command, usually the last one in the file. Prompt is used to tell Shell how much information to display before the cursor, and can oe configured to display just the process number or the full-blown pathname of the directory in which you are working.
The latter can be useful when you jump through several directories as you always know your position in the directory "tree", and for this reason is the recommended mode of operation. The Prompt command you will see in your Workbench disk's shell-startup file is best left as it is, as it takes the form:
1. 3 or 2.04, and simply sets up the conditions the user
chooses for nb or ner Shell when it is opened.
For example, if you wanted your current directory to be SYS:WORK wnen you loaded Shell, the command CD SYS:WORK could be inserted somewnere in the Shell-startup to carry out me directory change automatically when you click on your Shell icon. Smart, eh? For now, we'll refrain from tampering with tne file and just look at what It does.
' If you type ED SiSHELl-STARTUP while in Shell, you should have a copy of the file visible onscreen, anc have noticed an entirely new command, namely Alias. This is an extremely useful command which only works in conjunction with Shell and which can make life a great deal easier. It is used to give an "alias" or snortened version to any single command string you care to define.
To set up an alias, you would use the following sort of line: r!SH?T *!il.!S The %N part just displays the number of the Shell process, and tne %S part displays the full pathname of your current ALUS t our csoice of alias] Uo-.jsSjS iatticd sinns' This means that if you get bored typing the full command for a simple diskcopy, you could insert a line in your Shell- At.
E3T utorial directory. After that there's a space, for purely aesthetic purposes, and a little arrow just in case you need to be told where to start typing which, as we're rapidly becoming Amiga experts, we won't particularly require!
Right, we'ye looked at the two steps for setting up a Workbench 2.04 Shell, both of which are applicable to Workbench 1.3 owners, so we'll now look at the extra files and setup conditions required by a 1.3 Shell, first the files.
To get it over with as painlessly as possible, here's a list of all the additional files needed by a 1.3 Shell and their location on your Workbench 1.3 disk:
• OPROMPT
• CORESIDENT
• GMOUNT t DEVS: MOD NTLlST
• LNEWCON-HANDLER t LSHELt-SEG
• SYS:SYSTEM CU Before copying them to MyDisk, you'll have to
make an I: directory and on?
Called "system" in the disk's root directory, as our disk doesn't have either of these yet.
The L directory, you will remember, is where we keep device handlers to complement the devices kept in DEVS:. The file Newcon-Handler Is the device handler used to set up the NEWCON: device, which is in effect the Shell window itself.
For now, type: FKEDiR STDISfcl mim ftdisk.-stste" then, if you're a single drive owner, copy afi the files you need into RAM like this: This month's commands Resident Used to make a file "resident" in memory, thus speeding up any process using the file, and leaving the way open for the file to made pure for multitasking purposes.
See this month's jargon for further details. The command's syntax takes the form: i !e$ :?e*t «f.:s»os mm uemyej ladd; estsso Where [name] is an optional resident name you can give to the file. Using the parameter Add will add the file to the resident list, and using Remove will do the opposite. The System parameter will add the file to a special "system” resident list.
Mount This command is used to mount any AmigaDOS device which is not automatically mounted by Kickstart or an externa! ROM. Such as with hard drive controller cards.
The syntax used is: MUST (DEUCE) CfllW 1 where (device) corresponds to the name of the device in the mountlist entry. You can use the From argument if you have an alternative mountlist containing entries not fount in DEVS;M0UNTUST, the file to which mount refers by default.
COPT CCPT TC P.AT: COPT CD TO RAF: CO?’ CtWWPT 13 RAF: COPT C:RESIDE!! TO ?.AF: COP’ CrJWUfT ft RA*: COP’ t:HEUK*-W«M.:R TO RAF: COPT L:SHELL-SEC TC RAF: COP’ S*S:Sr$ TEF CL: ft RAF: The next step Is to CD RAM:, eject your Workbench disk, insert MyDisk in the internal drive, then type: The structure of MyDisk Ifywfclowthc column trough, yaushouWendupwfthan gyto-booUng dfekw*h a directory structure ftc the one shown here C3?r PROx?' *c uroisfcc :CPf RESI3EFT TO F’3ISK:C co*y won: to ftd:sc:c COP’ FEVtM-HAHDLEF TO RT0IS :L copt s«ii-$ E« to vniiki 00” Ct: TO •’DISW’SfEP Once all that's over, type
CD SYS: and replace Workbench in the drive when prompted. We now have the correct files in place for a version 1.3 Shell, and all thatjs left is to put in place the startup commands needed to mount the device.
To do this, we'll need to create a file called "mountlist" in the DEVS: directory of MyDisk, and insert two new lines in MyDisk's startup-sequence. A mountlist is an Ascii file containing one or more entries describing the devices we wish to mount, but in the case of MyDisk, it needs only one entry (for NEWCON:).
Notke how quickly fhe disk begins to fill after only a couple of pprrotlOTK?
Users of 2.04 machines won't need to create a mountlist yet as NEWCON: is mounted automatically by Kickstart.
However, you should carry out the following instructions in any case, as it'll save you creating a mountlist later in the series.
Step one is to open Shell and type: E5 WUWtHfUIST which will create a blank file in the RAM disk and open the Workbench text editor.
Next, type the following mountlist entry verbatim, to give your mountlist a description of Shell which the Amiga will understand: SEBCM: MWLEtt = L:*8fC«H »tE« PrftttTY - 5 stacks::! = m i The first line of our mountlist entry tells the Amiga the name of the device. In this case NEWCON:, and the second designates the device handler to be used, which is the Shell-seg file we've just copied to MYD!$ K:L The third and fourth lines don't concern us at this stage, but priority basically sets out how high in the device list a device will appear, and stacksize sets aside a buffer of 1,000 bytes
which Shell uses, among other things, to remember the last few commands you've typed in.
Don't forget the hash mark at the end on a line of its own. Without this, the Amiga will not recognise the device entry as the hash mart acts as a sort of full stop.
To save the mountlist file, press Esc then X, and it will be written to die RAM disk ready to be transferred to MyDisk.
Assuming the commands you earlier copied into the RAM disk are still there, you should be able to do this by typing: CD SAP: kuktust to wiscdeys then typing: ED PTJISKiS STMTOP-SSMEICE
- we have still to add the startup commands which will mount
Shell ready for use.
So far, the startup-sequence will contain only two lines, LOADWB and ENDCLl.
To ensure that Shell is initiated on startup, add the following lines at the top of the file: RESIDES! CLI IrSPELL'SEE S’STEF *U?£ AOS ¦OiiiT &KM' The first of these lines is the real biggie. I: uses the Resident command to place the Sheli-seg device handler in memory undr the name "CU", at the same time making sure it is "Pure", which means more than one Shell window can use it at once.
This complicated piece of Amiga DOS chicanery is best taken at face value, as aT Workbench 1.3 shells are set up in exactly the same way. The second command mounts the NEWCON: device, which wT now function as its device handler has just been made resident.
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In 2.04 machines, Kickstart has beer* rewritten and expanded to twice its original size, allowing the coders to put all the device handlers and so forth in ROM so that users needn't worry about them.
Well, if you've survived this month without going mad and assaulting the dog, you should be able to cope with what's to come later in the series. Shell, for 1.3 owners at least, is a real pain in the backside, but I've no apologies for intro- ; ducing it this early in our stroll through i AmigaDOS. Without Shell, you can do | precious Tittle on a new disk, SO it's best to set it up as Quickly as possible.
With the worst out of the way, we'll gc on next month to look at how to set up j printer devices, printer drivers, and the preferences drawer.
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Tel: 0780 55888 Shop Hours 0780 720531 out of Hour* ? Switch Cards Welcome DIGITA PANASONIC JVC MITSUBISHI EPSON CANON TOSHIBA HEWLETT PACKARD GOLDSTAR ZYDEC pgc raphics When the original Vista landscape generator hit the Amiga you could hardly hear yourself think for the sound of countless ex-hippies screaming about the ins and outs of chaos theory, interspersed with the occasional lament on favourite fractals past and present, Inner spa etres vour ¦¦ After the final mushroom had met its maker, the cold light of day soon brought the grim realisation that although generating fractal
landscapes is indeed an impressive application, it does have a fairly limited field of application, especially if the end result can only appear as a Ham.
Revised As a result, Virtual Reality Labs me needed to find a use for what was, in effect, an application without a cause.
With the release of VistaPro2 tney've done exactly that.
The new version has been revised dramatically and now offers the kind of power that professional animators and still-frame graphic artists demand.
Before we deive into the program's latest enhancements, it's perhaps worth recapping the basics of the program itself, with a orief guide as to exactly what a scenery generator is, and what it can offer.
Perhaps the best place to start is with Importing the real world The icing on the cake lurks within the program's Properly pull down menu.
Here you'll find a whole veries ol options which help translate the 3D world of Vista into the two dimensions we humans know and love.
For example, the colour map within the program can be exported to Dpaint as a standard iff and then re-imported with varying degrees of altitude or alternatively as specific features. All are added by a few simple mouse Strokes in Dpaint.
As a result, if the altitude option was employed, it s possible to either draw or scan a conventional Ordnance Survey map. And men have Vista translate this into a virtual 3D equivalent. Alternatively, you could take another route and export the colour data representing the actual features of the landscape.
As a consequence, adding a line of trees is simply a matter of drawing a line in Dpaint and then re-importing tne new coiourmap back into Vista. It's even possible to add simple builds by the same process.
What Makeputn h to animation, Terraform is to land shaping. As a result, it's an essential additional tool for those interested in real-to-virtual world conver- sion. Because k -rcs Dpaint images produce very stepped and unnatural landscapes - this is where Terraform comes into its own.
Ill- JiLHrfiA- Amiaa Computing June 1992 the landscapes themselves. Although the program is capable of generating random fractal landscapes and islands, perhaps the most interesting starting point for any would-be traveller is on one of tne supplied DEM landscapes.
DEM stands for Digital Elevation Model.
The data for these models has been compiled via official US geological sua-eys which sam pled the ground level every 25 metres over the entire northern United States.
As a result, once a DEM is loaded, your machine holds an incredibly accurate 3D model of the entire region in question.
Around 20 DEM files come as standard with the software, giving you instant access to famous landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, Mount St Helens - before and after the eruption - El Capitan in Yosemite, and so on.
Interplanetary Thanks to the United States' exploits in space, the available landscapes aren't restricted to the Earth. The collection even includes OEMs depicting Olympus Mons on Mars!
If the included files aren't enough to whet your appetite, VRLI have another 2,000 landscapes ready and wailing, As I mentioned earlier, OEMs aren't the only source of landscapes, as the program can create its own fractal landscapes to order - either as islands or entire regions.
Although the process of random generation is indeed haphazard, the results are, more often than not, stunning to say the least it we assume the program now contains a landscape, the next task is to add the natural features which transform a Paul Austin boots his machine in search of the wide open spaces within VistaPro2 lump of fractal rock into a living, breathing entity, it's here where the new program really starts to shine. Tne first task is to set the climatic constraints on the environment by assigning the sea level, tree line, snow line and haze.
Adjustment of tne first three parameters is simply a matter of assigning an altitude for each. The fourth option is one of the all-new additions to the program.
As you've probably guessed by the name, the haze definition allows you to define atmospheric distortion at a predefined distance. Low values produce a misting effect, wnile higher levels bring on a real pea souper... Once the atmospnere and its effects nave been taken care of, the next task is to embellish the land with the odd bit of greenery. This again is another new feature.
You now have the choice of palms, oaks, pines or cacti with which to populate your imaginary land. The choice isn't limited to a single type of plant - you can add all four variants to a single scene if Graphics a required. Once the variety of varieties are defined, the next task is to assign their size in metres and relative density. At this point, experimentation b the key to realistic results. If the trees are too small or perhaps to thinly spread they can, and often do, look ridiculous.
Having said that, with some patient experimentation and intelligent camera placement, the additional foliage can really breath some life into a otherwise sterile scene.
To be honest, real close-ups don't do the program any favours, as even the best attempt at a fractal tree can't really hold a candle to its organic equivalent.
Get it in perspective Having completed the creative stage, the next task is to select a placement for the camera and the target or finishing point for a fly-through animation.
Selection of the two points is simplicity itself - you simply click on either target or camera and then select two likely spots on the landscape.
If you want to check your placement, the Preview icon transforms the landscape area into a wireframe representation of the image. A crosshair appears allowing you to make the final adjustments which are automatically updated in the numerical input windows.
When you're happy with the appearance of your panorama, the X,Y and Z Co-ordinate? Can be locked either singly or as a whole, preserving the perfect viewpoint.
Aside from simple stiff frames, VistaPro2 - even in its Standard form - is Capable of basic animation. All that’s required is a starting point or camera view and a target to travel towards.
Once the two points are established, the software asks for the desired number of frames and the program automatically begins the rendering process.
The only limitation is that the flight path is strictly limited to straight A-to-B.
To be honest, even with this limitation the effect for the first time user is nothing short of astonishment, especially if the anim is in one of the higher resolutions.
Just like the Still-frame alternative, the fly-through can be previewed in its 3D wireframe form, so any potential collisions can be spotted before committing your machine to the lengthy rendering process.
Subtlety or speed?
The scene is set, the camera’s ready, now all that's needed b an expour*.
Is the point at which you have to make a decision.
If you want real quality as shown in several of our examples, it's going to tafce time, and In scenes with numerous additional features such as trees, graduated skies and high levels of image enhancement, the average unaccelerated A500 b looking at an overnight exposure for a single frame.
The reason is that VistaPrq isn't simply a number-crunching fractal generator but, in fact, a full-blown, high quality ray tracing program to boot. The highest quality output combinations are very fine indeed and as a result there's no war of avoiding vastly increased rendering times.
Having said that, if you're planning to employ VistaPro2 as a fast action animation tool, it's doubtful that you'll need the very highest quality in every frame. As a result, rendering times can be dramatically improved.
If you can survive without the smallest possible polygons, truly life-like tex tures and assorted shading and blending techniques, you Can save hours or even days in rendering time.
Similarly, smaller screen sizes and lower resolutions help immensely. Basically the choice is yours - if you want the best, you've got to pay for it. Either through long rendering times or expensive additional acceleration.
The only other slight wbtnge concerns the rather methodical placement of the trees themselves, The end result is a forest which appears to have been sown by a chartered surveyor rather than a bearded, beer-guzzling lumberjack.
Still, if more than one variety is on hand it does help to break the monotony, as indeed does the fact that the trees vary - even within 3 single variety - from plant to slant The final addition takes the form of optional waterways. Either rivers (which automatically meander down to the valleys) or lakes (which flood the lowlands) can be selected, The two can be combined to add even more variety to the scene.
Watery grave All such additions are controllable, in 3S much as you're given the option to accept or cancel before committing large tracts of your new world to a watery grave.
Once the actual scene-setting is complete, the final design tasks are to either adjust or load the colour palette for your particular scene. If you want to create the very Blue Ridge mountains of Virgina, you can.
Alternatively you can transform an existing lush green landscape into an arid desert by simply applying the colour map of another more desolate DEM.
The colour map screen gives you the usual palette adjustment options every Dpaint fan will be familiar with, plus a completely silly option to listen to the landscape as it renders via the Amiga's internal sound.
As a result you can now hear creative process as well as enjoy the finished product. As 1 said, a 5% but amusing addition. I can only assume than VRLf are not adverse to the odd mushroom themselves... On a more serious note is the essential option to lock the colour palette of at! Frames destined to become a part of an animated sequence.
If for the moment your only real interest lies in still-frame creations, the option to lock the palette of numerous frames may seem unimportant, but to the animator, locking subseouent frames to the original is essential to achieve continuity, For the professional user, pe'haps the most important add't'qn o* all is the much enhanced output. This alone is sure to transform a formerly interesting application into a reallv powerful artistic tool.
Continuity With the option to output your creations as RGB or 24-bit IFF5 or even DCTV display files, the commercial door has been swung wide open.
The program will output individual frames or entire animations in the format of your choice. These could be individual sequential 24-bit files, ready for still frame recording on high-end video kit, or for compilation into Vista's own proprietary Vanim format which allows you to play your sequences direct from disk.
Al! Standard Amiga display formats - including Ham - are on offer, plus the option of applying full video spec overscan and interlace.
This leaning towards animation may appear slightly confusing considering the rather limited animation options within the basic program - the reason is that the internal options are only the beginning of VistaPro's animating potential.
The program only really starts to shine Is I” Mountains by moonlight, first or• of Vista s optional aerial effects as an animation tool when combined with the additional Makepath program which Yrtl offer as an addition to the original package.
Thanks to this beautifully Simple and immensely powerful program, it's possible to Skim the surface of your creation in 3 anything from 3 cruise missile to a helicopter, twisting and turning as you go, following every contour of the land and banking with every turn.
In short, I think the results speak for themselves. VistPro 2 is indeed a memory and accelerator-scoffing beast, but for serious artists it's a tool you simply can't afford to be without.
For a full review of Makepath - anti Terrafc m, its landscape-creating counterpart - make sure you read next month's E3 Updates column.
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whole range of formats. Ham included.
After a tew hours it became dear that this particular hardware software combination is worth far more than a simple mention in Updates, and could be the ideal answer to the question of real-time frame grabbing across the boara.
Unfortunately for A500 users the new system is reiiant on Zorro slots which are oniy found on the A1500 and above. As far as i'm aware there are no plans to port the system over to the 500, so I’m afraid it's a case of upgrade or settle for another system.
Composite inputs The grabber itself comes on a hard carc-style board, offering two composite inputs on the rear. The restriction of composite is per naps the only cnink in the armour of the system - as far as professional users are concerned.
The average serious enthusiasu’profes- sional is more likely to require S-VHS and upwards as a potential grabbing environment.
Having said that, 1 think the results speak for themselves. All the images in the artide were captured via a very ageing ana average S-VHS VCR providing a composite signal to the card. The two available inputs can be toggled via the software, providing the ideal setup for the professional user.
In fact, up to three cards can be placed in a single machine, offering a total of six potential source macrunes ali controlled from the software simultaneously.
With the hardware and software safely in my sticky little fingers, it Sequential selection Although singular grabs are impressive, they're not the limit of the systems capabilities, with the assistance of the everpresent pull-downs, you can access the sequential grabbing option which allow* you to grab a maximum of 2SS frames from the live video source.
Aside from the system’s pure image quality, this has to be one of its most impressive capabilities: vrab grabs all its imagery in its own proprietary format, namely YUV. As a consequence it's possible to grab 24-bit sequences and then convert from there into the format of your choice.
As far as I'm aware, viab is the only independent grabber to offer *uch power. Obviously sequential frame grabbing is very memory intensive, so investment in a large amount of extra RAM is essential - especially if you're planning to employ the system's 24-bit output. While on the subject Of memory and possible expansion, it's worth mentioning the may seem strange that the article is flagged as a preview rather than a review.
The reason is that ootn the manual and the software are in German.
As a result, a complete ano in depth review is understanderbiy a bit tricky.
Nevertheless you can rest assured that when the English version arrives, any fresh information will be instantly posted in Updates.
According to Amiga Centre Scotland's Martin Lowe, an English version is already on its way with the manual to follow as soon as the translation process is complete.
Aside from pure grabbing power, the most important aspect of any system is its interface. In this particular area Vlab does extremely well, even with its present linguistic aifficulties.
The program can appear in one 'of two forms, either as a full screen interface or as a dormant pulldown menu on the Workbench screen.
Tne only restriction is tnat tne program only operates on machines using W82. As a result, even A1500 and above owners still working with WB1.3 naven't totally escaped a certain amount of incompatibility.
If you're thinking of upgrading to WB2, this is the ideal excuse. Tne insistence on W82 isn't merely a matter of oasic software compatibility. Tne program actually puts the additional features of WB2 to good use.
No need to invest in an entire enhancec chip set Portunate really, as you're more iikely to come across a bucket of chickens' teetn than the aforesaid upgrade.
Once active, the first job is to open the monitor which appears as a small, inde« pendent Workbench window or PIP, nousing a constantly updating display of the incoming video signal. Tne window can appear in anything from four to 16 colours or alternate levels of greyscale, in either interlace or med-res.
The beauty of the window system is that when in menu bar mode the window sits quietly alongside the assorted Workbench clutter, nappily displaying the for example, when- ever the program is exited it automatically saves the present setup to the £nv directory. As a result, every time you return to the program your favourite settings are automatically installed.
The necessity for oniy pertains to the Kickstart ROM, so there's system's liking of both RAM and acceleration.
If there's a slight flaw, it's the program's preference for copious amounts of memory and acceleration, especially during a sequential grab. During testing I employed the services of a GVP 030 combo card with a whopping 16Mb onboard.
Although I never ran out of RAM, there was a very significant slowing of additional software, even when the program was empty. To be fair, the program itself remained faultless, but i'd say it's not a particularly good idea to employ the system in the midst of a busy multitasking environment.
My only real concern is the grabbing rate of the board - unlike the majority of systems, it samples at a maximum of 18 frames a second, as opposed to the 25 frames which some others offer, Having said that, the de-interlace and single field options plus the impressive 24-bit spec more than make up for that particular compromise.
Signal. When an appropriate grab appears, a simple click on a smali accompanying control window instantly captures the image.
Actually capturing images is literally that simple - you merely sit back watching your miniature TV waiting patiently for the optimum moment to dick on the control panel.
A particularly pleasant aspect of this additional panel is the option to switcr.
Between capturing the complete interlace image or merely a single rleic.
High speed images The beauty is that when you're dealing with high speed images, sacrificing a field within the interlace signal is often W&.
Worth the lose of clarity. Obviously a noninterlaced image isn't quite as impressive, but it does abolish the perennial prooier.
Of the dreaded interlace flicker.
An additional weapon in the anti-interlace armoury lurks on the pull-down menu, if you happen to capture a flickery but nevertheless impressive image, a deinterlace option can be applied to remove the offending field after capture - instantly transforming a migraine-inducing grab into a perfect picture.
Once graooed, the captive can appear in all standard Amiga colour and resolution combinations, either with or without Floyd Steinburg dithering.
The actual importation process can aiso nave a variety of filters available to produce the optimum image. As you've Yet another innovation is the system's preferred capture ana storage iottx. x l the first serious application to empioy the impressive yuv we format a- images are stored in it and then converted to a particular display mecx,T.. that be 24-bit or two colour - cne choice is yours.
The beauty or YUV format is primarily its size, whicn on average appears oe approximately one-third tnat of an identical 24-bit iff, and yet still retains an me roe.*-.: colour data. The only problem - as with any new format - »s its incompatibly existing software.
To combat this, Vlab offers the option to save out a standard Amiga 24-os Sf.
According to Amiga Centre Scotland's Martin Lowe, this minor inconvenience sncoa soon be put right thanks to tne inclusion of a new YUV loader and saver in me txest version of Adpro, plus an option to import the board's output directly into tne program.
Martin went on to mention that Version 1.7 of TVPaint - which is due for release shortly - already supports YUV within its Load and Save options. As with ail upgraces of the oifensiveiv exoensive TVPaint. This new version will be free to all registerec Paul Austin previews Vlab, the latest and arguably the best real-time frame grabber yet to appear on the Amiga The Harlequin connection If there's one tning that the premier graphics card has sadly lacked it's tne option to grab five video. Now that is all about to change.
Thanks to the program's Output pull-down, the captured image can oe displayed in a variety of ways.
Harlequin included. Ratner than saving the captureo file and ioading it oack onto the Harlequin, the software nas a direct connection to the boara and instantly ports the 24-oit image straight onto it Tnis leaves you with two options - either you can use the Harlequin image as a reference point and save the 24-bit data directly to disk, or alternatively you can go straight to TVPaint and employ its Keep Screen option which boots TVPaint while retaining the image.
Probably guessec, l'm as impressed with the combination of hardware and software as I'm sure you are with the images
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Vlab appears to be the system tnat the majority of graphics fanatics nave oeen waiting for, if support for tne YuV file rormat goes ahead, Amiga Centre Scotland could well nave a monster on their hands.
Hopefully MacroSystems, the company responsible for the system, wiil widen tneir norizons and include support for other ooards such as the new Avideo from Cneckmate. Only time will tell, but if any developments occur you'll oe me first to know... * m ‘ Like ail the latest high power hardware and software combinations, Vlab boasts an impressive range of Arexx commands tnat cover all the system's major functions. Perhaps the biggest impact is made by the potential Arexx control of the software's sequential grabbing option.
With a relatively simple Arexx script, an impressive stop frame recording sequence shouid be simplicity itself. Tne software has a complete pull-down dedicated to Arexx macros, five of which come as standard with it Also, Arexx can be addressed directly from the software via yet another pulldown-inspired control panel which allows you to execute additional Arexx scripts manually.
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LVIRA THE ARCADE GAME • SHADOWLANDS WEN EAGLE • BIG RUN • BUDGET ROUNDUP fED • HMV TALKING SHOP ON WORD * Gamer survived fat foreigners and billions of insane marathon runners just to bring you the news from the ECTS in London Core blimey One of me highlights a: ECT5 was finding out mat the*? Is going to Oe a sequel to Chuck Rock. Chuck Rock 2 - Son of Chuck features, as you might guess from the title. Chuck Junior.
Chuck Junior’s ask is to rescue his father who has been kidnapped by Chuck’s main business rival. Brick Jagaer. We saw a rolling demo of it at the show and it looks even better man the origin?! G?me.
Chuck 2 will be a fiveJevel runaround and features more fun and japes than a Carry On film. It'd be in the shops around November, and the price is still to be announced.
That’s ad aces away, but next from Core Design comes Premiere, a horizon- cady-scofiing platform game from the same team that brought you the Gamer Gold-rated, rofe-olaving classic. Heimdad.
Played over six levels: the action centres around a film editor called dutch .Gable farf arf ad). Clutch has to find a film which has been stolen from tvs cutting room floor on the eve of its premiere - hence the tide.
So if5 up to dutch to search through s x different studio sets, ranging from a western, a horror, a fantasy and a cartoon through to a B-movie and a black-and- white set. V e saw the game running at the show and it looks brilliant, Premiere will be out at the beginning of July for a measly £25.99 Hands up who thought the British Fum industry was dead? Well to prove ad you doubters wrong The Lawnmower Man - which was produced by London- based company Allied Vision - has arrived in Hollywood.
The film entered the US film charts at the number two slot, closely behind Wayne's World. Having cost only £6 million to produce and taken $ 17.5 million dollars in its first ten days, you knew that somebody, somewhere is sitting one bio stash of cash, The film itself is an adaptation of the Stephen King short story of the same name, and it's the first to tackle the subject of virtual reality.
The story goes a bit like this. A scientist played by a guy called Pierce Bros- nan (who?) Uses special technology in which participants can be made:: believe that they arc actually cxpenenc ing life in a computer-produced amfica world, He utilises his knowledge to hep a gardener - who has the mind ol a small child - to educate himself.
Disaster strikes and the gentle gardener becomes a super-intelligent madman who has virtual reality sex session: with the town beauty (oooer, mi55ui and eventually takes control of the foe?
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I suppose all you readers are screaking: This is a computer news page, nr a blooming film review!'. Well calm down because here comes the computer nev s.
The Sales Curve, the company who produced Indy Heat, Rodland arc SWIV, have signed up the worldwide rights fa ell computer cpnsole and rrrj- timedia formats.
The good news is that The law*, mower Man is due for release in June with the video following six month: later. The bad news is that the computer game won’t be released until the Spring of 1993. Nobody knows what kind of game it will be, but it’ll definite*;, be one to watch out for.
Nothing is Zool Gremlin's most unusual release yet could be one the games of the year. Zool - The Ninja of the Nth Dimension looks as though it could be the Amiga equivalent of Mario and Some.
The game will feature full-screen scrolling (woo1), stunning graphics (gasol), incredible gameplay fgusp'l, audible music yowsers!) And sizzling soo x fwow ).
Well that's what the press release says, and you know what? They ccufl be right Gamer saw a'small demo of Zool months ago and since then it has come on leaps and bounds - it’s looking quite splendid. Only God knows what Zool win be about - an we know is that the little chappie is an alien ninja.
Zed will feature seven worlds, each containing three levels with different maps and puzzles to complete. Zool wifi be sweet In the sweet world, musical in the music wodd. Fruity in the fruit wodd and in the tool wodd he’ll be, err...wen, let’s leave it there shall we?
Zool will be out in July and will cost ten pence. OK. So it's not ten pence, but that's because the price is SOU to be announced.
I've got the power Loriciei's newest is an action- adventure-platform-shoot-’em-up kind of game, entitled Jim Power.
Oh dear, the President’s daughter is being held to ransom by Vulkho'. The devil of the mutant planet.
In exchange for a weapon that will enable him to rule the universe, VuikbQr will let the President's daughter go. If his demands ere not met, he will turn her into a salivating mut?nt - not a pleasant experience.
But if his demands are met, the lives of billions of people are at risk. Hrnmm. A bit of a tough decision that. I know - let's send in Jim Power, wearer of dean underwear and afkourxJ good guy. Hell save die universe and the President’s daughter.
Right, this next bit will only impress the true technical people among you. Jim Power features three levels with three play fields and two levels with 12 levels of depth. It all runs at 50 images a second.
I don't know - it all sounds like French to me. There are f 2 sets of music by Chns Huefsbeck. Who was the guy who created the music for Turrican. The game also boasts mere than 200 colours on-screen. We played the demo preview of level one, and v e were suitably impressed.
Jim Power win be out at the end of April for £25.99 and you can expect a fuff review of it next month, probably.
Ugg ugg ugg They're crazy, intelligent, funny and cute. They're The Humans, and they're about to become the characters of 1992.
The Humans is a comic look at the evolution of mankind. Set in prehistoric times, the game allows you to shape the species into what we are today.
There are 100 levels, each with a different challenge. Challenges range from the easy to the very difficult - for instance, you might have to discover fire one minute, then go and invent the wheel the next.
This won t be easy, especially with other human tribes harassing your humans and, of course, there are man-hungry dinosaurs to contend with.
From what we've seen of it, Mirage Software could well have a winner on their hands. The Humans will be available at the end of May at £29.99. Expect a preview or even a review m Gamer very soon.
INNER VISION It’s better than Kylie's new single, 8 f J 4 The slug bug you're wrong. Each cavern is full of hazards and traps, stalactites and stalagmites plague the caverns along with vicious bellows which pump air through the tunnels Slimy, slippery and err, sluggy.
Steg the Slug is Codemasters' great new cartoon puzzle game Set deep underground in a series of dank caverns, Steg's aim is to keep as many of his babies alive as possible.
To do this, he must ensure a supply of their favourite food - maggots, Steg can slither along platforms, climb walls and even slide along ceilings blowing bubbles to trap the speedily crawling maggots.
Once trapped in bubbles, the maggots float and Steg has to give chase and blow them into the babies' nest.
Sounds easy, doesn't it? Well To make things easier, Steg can collect special icons and power up with robotic legs, jet packs, speed-ups and many more In fact, this is Codemas* ter's greatest game yet The cartoon graphics are brilliant, it’s highly addictive and very playable. Priced at a very cheap £7.99, Steg will be in the shops very soon.
Of course there will be a full review in Gamer very soon.
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Myt h.. ..... 16 As slick as a banana skin in an oil spillage. It's a corker!
Deliverance ......22 He's big; beefy and brave and he's out to pick up fairies (?)
Onword ... Yonder to the left, all the, news from the ECTS show Talking ShoF ....14 The top 30 gamej, plus a plug for chocolate biscuits Cheat Mode .....20 u Lost in Al miz? Then follow our trail of breadcrumbs... June 1995 GameRO I __ _ _ _ -i. ... _ . _ _ !---J I'm completely surrounded by the enemy. I'm Ah look, a handy helicopter pick up service. Thank Cod about to die. I'm, I'm, I’m going to cry. Boo hoo for that. I thought I'd have to ute the hut again!
You can only take four men into action at a time and each one has different attributes.
War games, eh? When was the last time you played a decent war game? I bet you haven't played a good one for years. In fact the last war game I can remember was Airborne Ranger from Micro- prose, so it comes as no surprise that Special Forces is from the same company.
Microprose are ultimately famous for their simulation games such as Formula One Grand Prix, Knights of the Sky, F-l 9 Stealth Fighter and even Microprose Golf.
you want a simulation game, pen these are the dudes to get it from.
Special Forces Is sort of a mix tiftgtween watching Rambo and th Hernational Chess Championships. It's a shoot- em-up with a hefty bit of strategy thrown in for good measure.
You get to control a squad of eight butch, hard, kick-ass, your mother wouldn’t like 'em soldiers.
A map. Now where ; the nearest McDonald »?
Interesting to do. There are 16 chaps! The enemy aren't going to missions available to each squad. Let you walk into their camp, blow The missions are set in four areas up some fuel dumps and walk out of the world - Tropics, Desert, again, oh no. They more often Arctic and Temperate. Than not outnumber you a hun- There are several things to see dred to one, and each one of the and do in each mission, in fact I enemy soldiers is after your could even be Judith Chalmers for blood, this next bit. To help you in your quest.
"Hello and welcome to Wish thankfully, there are big guns for You Were Here. This week I'm off you to use. Maybe you d like an to the desert to a secret location off-the-shoulder Lee-Enfield rifle to do a bit of tank-busting, and or maybe a lovely Engager Bob Holness - our star holiday Machine rifle or even both. To be reviewer - Is off to the tranquil honest, once you've kitted out tropics to rescue a prisoner of your squad with all their, err, war. Umm kit then it really is off to Well as you can see, it's all fun war.
And games here. Now to the Arc- On every mission you are tic for our first report, where..." "dropped off by a helicopter and Each mission has a clearly you get to decide the "drop defined objective, so if the mis- points by using the ever-present sion report says that you have to and highly useful map. The map blow up some fuel dumps, you shows you all the buildings, have to go and blow up some fuel roads, rivers, bridges, Pizza Huts, dumps. Local places of interest and even Working out what you have to where your main target is by do is dead simple - actually plonking a little white circle
achieving it is whole different ket- round it.
Tie of fish. It's war out there If you press T on the keyboard, For instance, if one mission asks you to blow up something, you'd obviously be better picking Mike Kolowsky who's an explo- sives expert rather than choosing someone who just looks ard.
Once you ve decided who you're going to take to the war- zone, you have to give them assigned codenames, choosing from the not very original list of Shark, Cobra, Tiger and Eagle.
I suppose changing the butch codenames doesn t look good in the middle of a fire fight deep in enemy territory, especially when your boss shouts "Ol Dingbat, take point, and Flat-eared Racoon, you form a pincer movement with me". Rather than die from a hail of bullets, the enemy is going to die from laughter.
Right, you've chosen your four men - they now need something Wow, did I do all that destruction to those tanks? No, it was Jim who is currently standing behind me with a rocket launcher. Oh Amiga Computing June 1992 Help, is anybody out there?
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red dots. It really is quite terrific to watch fthose red
dots are actually the last known whereabouts of the enemy
soldiers - Ed). Oh dear, are they? Whoops, never mind, they
still look dead good.
Once out of the map option, you view your squad from up above, a plan view kinda thing.
If you have ever seen the excellent Alien Breed by Team 17, then Special Forces is sort of like that, but smaller.
Now you might be pondering the question "how do you control four members of the team at the same time?" And the answer is, you don't. You can only control one Rambo at a time, but you can put your team in formation. Then when you move your team member, the rest of the team will follow him about.
You can swap and change between team members by hitting the F-Keys. A handy option is Multi-View, which allows you to view all four team members at the same time - sort of like a four- team University Challenge view, but without Bamber Gascoigne.
If you are a sort of, well how can I put it, err, lazy git, then there is an autopilot mode. You know when you re playing a flight sim and you just can't be bothered to fly the plane hundreds and hundreds of miles? You just stick on the autopilot, set the waypoints and hey presto.1, you don't have to do anything for 20 minutes.
Well the principal is exactly the same. You can't be bothered running through dense jungle shooting, so you set each team members a destination point, press the spacebar and the computer takes over.
Well that's basically it. You Choose your mission, men and weapons, enter the warzone, run around for a bit, waste a few enemy soldiers, complete your objective, get picked up by the helicopter, go home in time for Coronation Street, congratulate your men by giving them a couple of decorations and even a promotion, have a few beers, go to bed and get ready for the next mission, Hurrah.
Overall, Special Forces is a bit of a larf. My word, it s fun running round deserts and jungles killing the enemy and blowing things up. OK, the graphics aren't going to make you leap out of your seat and shout arroogggaa', but they serve their purpose.
In fact the intro is quite good graphics-wise, but the intro musk is, well let's say it sounds as though it's been loosely based on the A-Team theme music. In the game there are some suitable machine gun noises and big beefy explosion noises.
Playability is brill. For instance at one point you might be wandering around the jungle by yourself, when suddenly enemy soldiers appear from nowhere and you have to leg it as fast as you can because you've run out of bullets. It's exciting stuff, this war business.
I don't know why I liked Special Forces. Maybe it was because it brought out my fighting instincts and that I knew I couldn't die. But when one of my team members was captured in the desert it brought tears to my eyes.
I instantly planned revenge - I went back into enemy territory, rescued my soldier and then I blew most of the enemy camp apart Boy. Was I happy. I think you probably know the sort of feeling you get from Special Forces by now.
Special Forces, even though it s got that element of strategy, is still one of my current faves. Buy it now or Dan will come round to your house in his new big and beefy army boots and, well put it this way. Do you like hospital food?
PACIFI EMPIRE « E29.99 • ' i mea VI S. I Its time to set off to those sundrenched islands in the Pacific Ocean. Just think of it - the warm climate, the sea. The white beaches and the hordes of commie infiltrators for you to blast into oblivion.
This is my kind of life Pacific Islands |PI from now on) is the sequel to Empire's earlier tank game.
Team Yankee. However, there are a few changes to the game which make it even more playable The scenario has it that a large force of disaffected Soviet communists, aided by the North Koreans, have invaded the Pacific atdl of Yama Yama Now this is quite unfortunate due to the fact that Yama Yama is a communications link for the early warning monitoring system in the Pacific Ocean, so the United Nations is understandably concerned about secret - and bloomin' expensive - communications equipment falling into enemy hands This is where you come in. You must assemble a team of tank units, four
in all. Which will be the spearhead of the first offensive, and you must recapture all five islands of the atoll to succeed.
You start on the island Aloha which you must traverse, destroying enemy installations and communications, as well as other commie tanks However, unlike Team Yankee, you actually have to purchase your tanks and their ammunition. You are initially given a budget of $ 55 million to spend (that's not much - Biff spends twice that on T-shirts - Ed) but you are able to gain more money dunng the game by destroying enemy installations and vehicles.
The enemy shoot back too though, so after each battle you can purchase replacement tanks for those that have been destroyed, repair damaged tanks and even increase the morale of your crew by having a boozeup All of this costs money unfortunately, so at some point you will find yourself running short. This is where you have the dubious option of selecting second- hand vehicles instead of brand new machines.
I can just picture it - a big sign outside a heavily fortified building with the words ‘Stormin' Norman s Used Warmongering Ware, Lowest Prices Around' written on it.
Each of the five islands you will be fighting on are split up into square zones. Blue coloured zones are free from enemies, allowing unrestricted passage to other parts of the island, while red zones indicate an enemy presence.
Upon entering a red zone, you will be taken to the purchase screen to buy your equipment or repair vehicles damaged in a previous battle prior to engaging the enemy You are then given the mission description which lists the objectives to overcome in order to liberate that zone I When you have accomplished your ms- sion. The red zone will turn yellow and you are free to move to the next I square.
One of the reasons why I enjoyed Team Yankee so much was because s was game onencated rather than being I a pure simulation. So the ability to choose your path through an island makes for a more strategic game For instance, it is important that you 1 make your way to enemy-held zones which also contain communications equipment in order to destroy the transmitters If you fail to do this fairly early on. You will find that the enemy w; know of your location and you win p* faced with increasing opposition making your life potentially rather short, This strategic element makes Pi jr in Aloha
ISLANDS x Hgmwmnnwi jwt; umio eg ¦ Mouse • Out now *4 t I i.88 you will quickly be able to get into the game without having to wade through the manual beforehand For those of you who have not played Team Yankee, the 3D graphics are quite excellent. Not only do you have vector graphics but all vehicles are bitmapped. This gives greater detail than that achievable through vectors and improves the appearance of each vehicle infimtefy. The actual 3D routines have been speeded up quite a M and you are also able to destroy any object in the 3D view.
Because of the increased 3D speed, you will now occasionally come across a whole village, rather than solitary buildings. Such an object would have slowed down Team Yankee considerably. You will also find that the ene- mies' intelligence has been improved too. Making them harder to overcome (oh Dugger). There are no changes in the sound effects department, which is no bad thing at all. With the usual I M „ i.99 117 50 |,M V. B2 H M 95 : 16.50 ?4' 1999 11699 24 .SB 27 m IC8 99 f13 f 17.99 l£9 99 £1399 I £1399 £23 99 £39 95 £49 95 £19 95
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quadrant view which allows all four units and their viewpoints
to be displayed slightly more Interesting than Team Yankee's
rather linear approach to the play, while at the same ome not
being too much of a brain drain to destroy the shoot- eriHJp
feel.
The artillery support feature, where you can arrange for HE (high explosive). DPICM |Duel Purpose Improved Conventional Munitions) and SMOKE shells to be fired at certain times on specific areas, has a new addition with the ability to lay mines at critical areas on the map.
You have to remember where you put them though, otherwise you might find yourself trundling inadvertently over them only to find you are suddenly a vehicle short, The control system in PI is almost identical to its predecessor, with a few minor additions. This is a good thing because the control system in Team Yankee was excellent and easy to use so any major changes weren't required.
If you have played Team Yankee.
IISJ - Hi'-WTr . Gj.i. , .i.. explosions as you let loose that lethal Saoot at some unsuspecting commie tar*, or grw fwn a good strafing with your machne gun The o rafl gameplay nas nproved qu*e a tw and I eryjyed playing PI The improved speed in graphics and the attfty to blast everythmg n signt makes the game great fun.
The packaging includes six full colour maps, of the islands. WfKh mart key features such as roads, communications and nvers, helping you to plan your strategy The manual is well written. Making it easy for those new to the game to quickly get into the action.
There is also a ‘training' aland for you to practice on.
Is it my imagination, or are software companies beginning to realise that people with hard drives exist and play games too? Empire have thoughtfully provided a installation program on the game disks for those of you with such hardware. Nice one, Empire.
So. If you have already sampled the delights of Team Yankee, you will not be overly disappointed at what PI has to offer.
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Made to make your mouth water, it's... PROJECT X TEAM 17 ¦ £25.99 ¦ 1 meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now Ha! You can't beat me, take that and that and that! What s that burning smell? Arrrggg, me engine s on fire! Zoinks, going down' Do you remember Alien Breed? Yes, of course you do. It got a Gamer Gold way back in January and for a long time it was a firmer-than-firm favounte in the Gamer office Now from ,ry rj,p Team 17 comes ''mint Project X a no- U LSU a nonsense shoot- em up, and thank God it's got absolutely nothing to do with that bobbins film of the same name, starring Matthew Broderick.
I don't know whether you |j realise this or not, but there " hasn’t been a decent shoor- em-up for the Amiga since Xenon 2. Maybe it's because the whole games industry thought that Xenon 2 was just so good it couldn't be bettered
- boy, how wrong they were.
You take a walk down to your local arcades and what do you see but a whole lorry load of shoot- envups. Most of them of very high quality You spend your ten pennies (Well, it s 50 pennies these days|. Go home to your Amiga, and any shoot- em-up you play after that pales in comparison. Team 17. A highly intelligent bunch of lads, had the idea for doing a ‘classic* shoot'em-up because they too were disappointed with the state off they went into their dark cupboards for months on end. Writing and play testing, until Project X was born.
The major difference between Project X and other shoot-'em-ups is that Project X is 1 meg only, so that means more memory for better graphics and sound and. Of course, almost every Amiga owner nowadays has I meg or more squidged in their machine So the question that begs to be answered is "Is Project X any good?’ Well. I'm going to keep you in suspense over that one, because every shoot- em-up has a awful story to go with it. Project X being no different, Some stupid scientists were mess- ing around doing bio-mechanical experiments using some pretty powerful X-rays when they created some
massive mutated insecMike droids.
It was a severe case of; 'Oh dear, we seem to of created some vicious mutated insects. Let's dump them on the planet Ryxx and hope they degenerate and fade out of existence.'
Of course, things don't run true to plan - the insects not only survive but thrive. Their computer intelligence circuits are corrupted and they set off seeking revenge.
You work for the space federation, and you're the dude who's been assigned to deal with the mutant insects - surprise surprise! Your mission is to fly to Ryxx. In the heart of the station where the evil insects have made their lair, and blow the whole thing sky high.
I don't really need to explain how to play the game - it's fairly obvious - but for the slightly dim I will explain - very bnefly.
It s a six-level sideways scroller like R-Type. You control a ship and shoot waves of insects with your guns, which can be powered up by collecting pills. There you go, simple as Overall Project X is one of the finest, if not the finest shoot'em-up available on the Amiga. It's got mouth watering graphics, and except for the bonus stages, all the graphics are in 32 colours.
Sound-wise, your ears are going to take a real battenng. It all kicks off with a brilliant rave tune, which pees all over the latest offerings from Oceanic and Altern 8. If you hate rave music then there is a unique ‘old timer" mode, where your ears will mellow out to some soothing flute music, in the game there is no music, but there are thousands - well, dozens
- of sound effects, and a fantastic array of digitised speech
throughout the game.
It's as addictive as something quite addictive indeed. Words don't really do Project X justice - you have to see it to believe it. I suggest you run to the shops and buy it, and if you haven't got any money, steal it - in fact get this game any way you can.
Project X is brill.
Jonathan VISION 00000 Absolutely bnlunt graphics.
It's console and arcade quality.
AUDIO 00000 Mesa rave tune at the beginrwig with good speech and sound FX in the same.
P L A y A B I L I T V GGGG Project X is the only shoot 'em-up you'll ntr want to play ADDICTION GGGG It's a fatty hard game but there is a roowe mooe tor the weaker players out there.
93% r 2?SI WINTER SUPERSPORTS 92 is one of the most challenging simulations yet, featuring all the thrills and spills of modern HEAD to HEAD competition."
High Speed 1 or 2 player (Simultaneous) Action F LafR* The Ultimate in Realism Breathtaking Gameplay AVAILABLE ON PC3.5 and 5.25 (Vga Ega) ST AMIGA C64(C&D) Evil forces, mad Indians and milkmen, its... ACCOLADE £34.99 1 Meg Mouse Out now OK, everyone knows that our lass Elvira has got a large chest, but on the grounds of decency this review wilt be a breast-free zone. Hus I used up all my immature 'chest* puns in last month's review of Elvira - The Arcade Game.
You may well remember Elvira's first computer appearance a year and a half ago - Elvira. Mistress of the Dark - and you might also remember that the computer press fen m love with her and the game.
I didn't actually play the first game, but I heard a tot about it Dan and Darren have both played it and they assure me that it was ‘all right*.
Look at that, they're both fully-fledged games reviewers and they say it's ‘all right'.
They could have said: ‘Blimey, the first Elvira, that was a bit of a stonker, it oozed playability, it dribbled addiction, the gory graphics were that good I nearly wet myself."
Hmmm I don't know, you just can't get the staff these days.
Now we go straight to two bods at Accolade having an in-depth chat about Elvira and her, er, amazing adventure games.
’Blimey that first Elvira game was a bit smart."
“Yes it was. Wasn't it? And it was heralded as Role-playing Game of the Year*
• Was it?'
* Yes it was, you noggin * ’OK, tell you what - let’s do another
game featuring our busty chum."
‘Hmm, but what can we do?"
’Well, perhaps we can do one where she runs around half- naked and you have to.. “ "Just stop it right now. Anyway, we did that last time.* This time you get a choice of being a. er...* 'Computer programmer?"
"Yea. Smart one, a computer programmer, and what else, ummm..' 'Stuntman, just like Lee Majors."
'Brilll I don't know where you get these groovy ideas from!’ "What about a knife thrower - yes, my uncle's a knife thrower.'
"Er, OK then."
To top it all off. You can be a boring private eye.'
’Oh no! Not a poncey private eye like Magnum,’ "Yes. Sorry it s in the Software Trade Descriptions Act.'
'What about a milkman or a ‘ 'Right, I think that s enough people for now ‘ OK. Where is it going to be set?* 'Hmm. That's a toughie."
’Let's say that Elvira now owns a Hammer Horror film studio'
* Yesss, what a cool idea!'
'And, and she gets kidnapped by, er,.,' 'Bob Holness?'
'Oh do behave!'
’Sorry.”
* You are forgiven. Hmm, now who can she get kidnapped byr “Can't
we just use the spooky evil force again?* 'Hmm, it'll just have
to do. We haven't got much time."
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AUDIO 000 Nice fear-induang tunes that change according to where you are in the game.
PLAYABILITY 0000 Coer lurrme mis jus, it’s as playable as, em, something that's quite playable.
ADDICTION 0000 You just can't stop yourself coming back for one more go ’Well, this spooky evil force can take over all the studio and the film sets and he can make all the props and spooky film stuff come alive and this can. Like, scare people away and. Like, if anyone comes after Elvira these scary props can kill anyone who sticks their nose inf* Tm lost for words, that is bloody brill.'
'Yeah and an ideal opportunity for a smart graphical gorefest."
• And blood?'
'Yea. Buckets and buckets of the stuff!*
• Hooray!"
¦What about the control system?"
'Hmm. Do we change it or what?”
• Well sort of. Let's just position the controls elsewhere and
add a few extras like, err. " "More spells?"
"Yep. More spells and loads of other rwiddly bits.’ ‘Now we both know that Elvira helps to sell the game, but how can we incorporate her into the game if she's been kidnapped?* 'Gosh. I didn't think about that Right.
OK. Give me a minute * (A minute passes, and then another, and another...| 'Got itl Right, if whoever is playing the game is doing really badly, then Elvira can mystically pop up and give you some cryptic advice.*
• Sounds good to me. And don't forget the jiggles.’ “What
jiggles?"
* You know!’ 'Oh yes. Those jiggles, sorted.'
'Bingor 'Marvellous, how do we do itr ‘One other thing though - what are we gang to call it?’ 'Elvira 2r ’No. It hasn't got enough, you know, enough ummmfff."
"What about Elvira 2 - The Jaws of. " 'Death?'
'Nope that's far too naff, how about a word that doesn't relate to the game but sounds dead good."
‘Hoffingglothzog?"
'Naaah, too unpronounceable. What about Cerber?’ "Hmm. I like it. Bit short though.
Cerber, Cerber.
Cerberus - yan- kee doodle dandy. I've got id Cerberusi’ “Yessss. Let s tefl the others and get on with the game.’ So. That's how games are made It obviously requires a lot of time and skill.
Elvira 2 is kinda like Elvira I but. It’s got slightly better graphics. The control system is the same, but it's got loads more spells and a completely useless motion tracker that tells you where your enemies are. I couldn't make it out but maybe that's because I wasn't that interested in the motion tracker.
No, I had other things troubling my mind, like big beasties trying to eat me alrve. That's m the game, of course, not in real life - well maybe Dan could be described as a big beastie. But I doubt if he really is one.
Overall. Elvira 2 is well worth buying. It'S not as if I'm a press officer for Accolade, but just check this out... Graphically it's a dream - everything is drawn well and you can work out what all the things are. The control system becomes second nature after only a few short minutes, thus making the game enjoyable to play.
On the sound front, there are quite a few tunes and they change depending on where you are in the game - for example, when you are m the graveyard there is a really spooky tune which adds buckets of atmosphere to the game. You can easily lose yourself in a game like this -1 found myself wandering around exploring and you know what? It's bloody great fun.
Speaking of fun, there's plenty to be had in this socalled 'adventure' game, especially when you find the make-up room, but HI leave you to find that out for yourselves. Oh. And a hard drive is definitely recommended because Elvira 2 has a lovely six disks for you to swap and change I don't know what really attracted me to the game lahem. We do - Ed), but once inside there is no escape - well, until it's time to leave the office and go home, anyway.
Overall Elvira 2 is 'all right', ha ha ha arf arf art. Oh dear. Dan put that mallet down. Da?, why are you cariying that Black and Decker power drill? Can t you guys take a joke... ?
Jonathan appointed supreme overseer and censor of all forms of media and her word is final In fact, the world will be a very spiffing place to live in indeed.'
You'd be hard-pressed to come up with a good game from this kind of background, wouldn’t you7 And if someone did come up with a game simulating such a world. I'd bet my entire collection of Mr Bean videos that that person would be French.
Anyhow, the first scenario is that which applies to Global Effect. It may be bleak, but it certainly does make for an interesting game.
In essence. Global Effect is very much in the vein of Sim City. You are a number of options to choose from that will decide your role and goals within the game. For instance, you can assume control of an existing colony, where previous leaders have ever-so- siightty buggered up and it is your job to repair the damage. Alternatively, you can attempt a completely new command. Starting on a world of your choice When playing the game, the screen display shows a portion of the map of the world which you are attempting, along with various command icons, message windows and status displays You
build your colony using a selection of icons which represent such objects as city blocks, power stations, water purification plants and even sewage chose at the start of the game, you may also have to contend with opposing parties who pose a threat to your own people.
In this situation, you have a number of military options to choose from.
These include building control centres and early warning radars, as well as constructing air and naval bases with nuclear or conventional weaponry.
Of course, any nuclear conflict can also cause massive damage to the environment so this has to be taken into consideration before entering into a major battie As mentioned earlier, there are a government leader, assigned control of either a new or existing world, depending on the options chosen at the start of the game. Your task is to ensure the continued survival of both your people and the environment.
You are given information about the status of your people and of the effects on the environment of any actions you take, such as clearing forests to expand your community or creation of oil or coal mines used to fuel power stations and so on.
Depending on which scenario you 4 They're a morbid lot. These game designers. They always seem to come up with "bleak future' scenarios for their games. For instance, take the introductory story for Global Effect... 'Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, governments have advanced beyond those of today. Control of cities and civilisations »s handled from central control points.* I don't know about you. But this summons up visions of computer-controlled systems with megalomaniacs operating them. 'Big brother* polices towards the population is the common method of social control and any antr-
govemment attitudes will be severely dealt with. Yes. Very bleak indeed.
Mind you, it would seem pretty silly and inappropriate to have a story line that went something like this: “Perhaps in the not-too-distant future, governments will abolish taxes and depravation along with homeless- ness and wars. Everyone must wear flowers in their hair and chant peace, love and happiness.
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This is represented by a bar on the far left of the screen and increases if your colony and the environment have a good rating, or decreases if they have a poor rating. If game power gets to a low level, you may not be able to afford to build the required object.
One of the first objects on your list should be a power station. You have the choice of either oil-pow- ered. Coal-powered, solar-powered, wind-powered and ultimately. Nuclear-powered statrons.
Of course, these have differing effects on the environment which must be taken into account, but once a station is operational you can build power lines across the land to join up to city blocks.
When you build a city block, it will be dark, meaning there are no people in it. When you hook it up to the power station via the power lines, it comes to life. From there on, your city will begin to develop automatically as new city blocks begin to appear You have to be careful not to let the development increase too quickly or you will find the game power will start to decrease.
As your colony grows, it will start to require basic services such as waste recycling and water supplies. Any deficiencies in these areas contribute to a poor colony rating. There are ways of controlling the colony and these involve building city limits to prevent expansion beyond a certain boundary, thus keeping the population to a reasonable size.
You can also use green belt boundaries instead of city limits. These are more environmentally friendly and will add to your environment rating, To aid you in maintaining a balanced colony and environment, you have a number of information screens that help you decide what measures to take. Via the environment and economic data icon, you can receive information on such things as carbon dioxide levels, ozone layer levels and air pollution, to name a few.
There is also a seismic survey mode which allows you to search for natural resources for mining. You can view the entire world map here too. I enjoyed playing this game a lot. There's a fair amount to do. But not too much to make it overwhelming.
Of course, you are able to save your game should your omnipotent control of the people have to be postponed due to mum shouting dinner s ready'.
Sound effects are not abundant, but this doesn't detract from the game at ail.
What makes Global Effect so good is that everything you do has a knock-on effect on the environment and economy. So you are kept on your toes all the time. Even natural disasters such as earthquakes can occur, causing unforeseen damage to your colony.
Once you master the wealth of control icons, the game is very playable You may find it a little frustrating at first VISION OOOO* !
Pretty good pics indeed AUDIO GGG Pretty average sounds indeed.
P L A y A B I L I TV 00000 extremely playable indeed.
ADDICTION GGGG very addirtw.ernv... indeed 91% when you get messages about problems with your colony and you don't know why it's happening, but persevere and you'll be hooked.
There is also my most favourite of features, the good or ability to play agamst a human opponent via serial link. Nice one. Millenium.
If you liked Sim City, then this is the game for you.
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The best news of the month is that Team 17 - the team behind the highly successful Alien Breed - have scored another chart success. Project X is a brand new entry at number five and hopefully it will continue to climb the chart, Other notable new entries are Space Crusade by Gremlin, Black Crypt by Electronic Arts and Shad owlands by Domark. I pro dieted last month that Harlequin would enter the top 30 and guess what?
Harlequin entered the chart at number 21. Ha.'
Who said all my psychic power had run out?
A big, big shock this month is the disappear ance from the Top 30 of Populous 2, that great God game by Electronic Arts.
And it was at number six at one point.
Budgets continue to dominate, with 19 games in the Top 30, but the full price game are beginning to make a healthy comeback.
It's time for next month's predictions. Dan has been quite sensible and gone for Project X, while because I'm a bit of a gambler I think I'll go for, err, umm Harlequin. It probably won't be number one, but to improve my chances I order you readers to run out to the shops and buy it, but sssh, don't tell Dan. I've got a tenner running on this bet... Oh no, l m running out of space. I wonder if I've got enough space to tell you about the chicken and the celery incident? Well, one day this... Jonathan V ¦ ATARI ST BUDGET SATURN TIRE------------ST TIRE JstnjH......;B CngiiMr® JOPool 739 El IB
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the Hydra. Achilles and his famous heel, and all manner of lesser Daddies, From there it s onwards to Norse mythology to battle goblins, giant dragons and Thor. Once you've plundered your way through that a quick teleport takes you lo Ancient Egypt to solve the riddle of the pyramids and negotiate sets the video for Lovejoy and pops off down to Hell for level one Our hero must then battle through Hell, beating up skeletons and harpies, finding time to face Cerebus the legendary three-headed pooch who guards Hades, and also Big Nick himself. Yup, El Diablo, Beelzebub, the big red dude,
puts in a rather startling guest appearance Moving on through that makes barbarians stand out from the crowd, apart from the fact that they’re the only ones standing In the city centre wearing furry trousers surrounded by people studiously not laughing at them, is that they're afways trundling off on quests and such like They can t sit still for more than five minutes without deciding to avenge some member of their family. As soon as the adverts come on in the middle of Coronation Street, they're leaping up, shouting things and Shaking their fists angnly at the boiling sloes and then leg
ging it into the distance to chop peoples heads off Yes they are a bit silly, but would you tell them? Thought not, Our hero in Myth is one such barbarian. Feeling a bit stuck for something to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon, he decides to go and teach the evil god Dameron a thing or two. Up he gets, stretches his legs, finishes his cocoa.
Barbarians are. As a rule, fairly hard blokes. It's in the job description. When you apply to be a barbarian at Barbarian Central HQ you have to fill in a little box that says ‘tick as applicable: Are you a) hard
b) not the sort of bloke to annoy in the pub or c) Philip
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Tick the wrong one and you won t even get an interview And if you’re really unlucky, all the real barbarians find out where you live and beat you up every morning.
You can tell Just how hard barbarians are because of their almost total disregard for normal clothing. Most of them just stomp around In furry long johns and leather sandals.
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The running around bits... These are basically the same throughout the game, so N( keep this bit brief. It s important that you get some extra weapons as soon as possible to beef up your arsenal.
If you rt playing in two-player mode, try and get on either side of an enemy and knife him from both sides. This should kill him nice and quickly.
The two most important weapons are the rifle and the grenades. The rifle is the best weapon for seeing off the guards, and the grenades take care of the men with flame-throwers quite nicely* Be on the look out for extra lives. You pick them up by hiding Duck behind tMs wall tor to get you through the next few levels. My advice is to keep hiding in every nook and cranny as you go along, until you find the extra lives.
There arc some other tricky bits 4o look out for. The dog on the second scrolling section cannot be killed, even with grenades, so just hide in the scenery until he's run past. Also be on the look-odt for the snipers in the background.
The Barracks Th« first S. ding you reach wiH he the 9ar'xks and it leads into the first 30 sec lion You' us* here is to find some important documents whtc* will prove Miguel Tarclitf'J guil» arx? All-round fie"d*shness The two most pmhaNe locations for the suitcase containing the documents are marked on the map with a red soot, Fnter the room, and shoot tne guard inside.
If the documents are there you'll see a little syl'r? e Pash leave me room and yocTI have the dui-.'ffiertts in your sweaty paws Remember that the guards always patrol in a set pattern, and will tend to an round a°d round the same block Keep your eye on the little map at the bottom of the screen to see where they go, and then lie in wait for them.
This applies to all the 3D bits, so get used to aiming and firing your gun before they guards spot and shoot you.
Pi best tarries here are for one player to go and get the documents, while the orner takes care of the guards. If you're playing alone, then just go for the documents and try to avoid the guards. Once you've got the suitcase, head out of the exit a"d into the second scrolly bit in the scenery, and if you find one you II hear a little ping and a iur icon wilt float away.
On the first section, there are killed, so here's what to do. Shuf fie out into his line of fire, and just before he shoots at you, roll two bonus fives quite near the back into cover. Now quickly run past him. With practice, this see exactly where. This should should get you past him with no give you a healthy stock of Jives trouble at all, The Cellhouse To get to this bit. You'll have to do a bit of climbing (the doorways are blocked.
Y see| Simply stand in front of the building, push up and fire to start climbing up the side Make sure you do it when there are no guards nearby or you will probably be killed while you stand about '•"] yxr I,V. I he actual climbing bi: I . 0 '1 n‘:: : 1 toS
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Expect loads of guards, and watch out for them sneaking up from behindl It s best to split up for this bit as you’ve got a lot of rooms to search.
You see. Miguel is hiding in one of the cells Unfortunately, there are oodles of them to look through and his location appears to be different in every game The best way of finding him is to start at the bottom of a corridor, move forward one step, then turn left and enter the cell, go out. Turn round, and go into the other cell, come out. Move forward again, and so on.
It'll take a while so it's safest rf you kill all the patrolling guards before you start your search.
When you find Tardiez. He'll be lurking behind the scenery somewhere, but you'll know he's there cos there'll be a bodyguard in the cell.
Waste the bodyguard and out comes Miguel with his hands up. Leave the cell and he comes with you. In handcuffs. Go out of the exit and you'll leave Miguel tied up on the roof, Now you'll have to abseil down again. To do this, press Fire to slip down the wall and Fire to stop again Don't slip too far or you'll die, and keep a look-out for the searchlights again.
E1799 | £9 99 £1399 £13 99 C23 99 £39 95 gz h £19 95 £34 96 ;189.99 '174 99 DELIVERANCE 21st CENTURY ENTERTAINMENT ¦ £25.99 ¦ 1 meg * Joystick« Out now napped all me fames, So not only nas me world been plunged into darkness and damnation, but nobody can do tne washing up. So. Up steps brave old Stormiord. And trundles off to pick up fames (insert any ole john inman joxe here).
So. Coincidence or what? No sooner nave l calmed down and stopped palpr tating over Mytn. When up pop 21st Century Entertainment witn Deliverance. It's uncanny. Two games in tne same month. And tne re very, very similar.
As in Mytn. Deliverance requires you to don furry boots anc a snaggy hairstyle and cnop your way through Hell to son out some nendnn demonic broke. And when you reach tne big oaddie dude, you move from platform rack n' slasn to fast moving snoor-'em- up action. Spooky, en?
So. Tne obvious comparisons. Is Deliverance as good as Mytn? WeJ. Not quite, it's neck and neck on tne graphics and sound fron:. But Mytn’s bigger and sligntiy more challenging.
Is Deliverance as good as Gods? Yes, m faci it's tons better. The initial look is Hands up who used to nave a Spectrum. Wnat a quaint little rubber beer-mat it was. And some of tne games were quite mppy indeed, despite what the C64 snobs will tell you.
Some of the greatest games on me Speccy came from tne almost cnminaliy talented nands of Raf Cecco. Rie specialised in snooi-'em-ups with gallons of colour and explosive sound. On tne Spectrum, as weu. Blimey- Exolon, Cybernet. Cybemoid 2 and Stormiord were ms biggest hits, and quite ngncy too. Never had the poor old Sinclair witnessed sucn excitement.
It was tne closest thing to a 'proper* game mat us numcue Spec-cnums ever got What, I near you say. Nas mis got to do witn Deliverance? Well, for tnose wno naven't guessed, Deliverance is Stormiord. Beefed up and rewritten in full colour Armgavision. Smasning, You take on the role of me now obligatory Barbarian, and you nave to free a previously peaceful land from Satan and ms totally bogus posse.
Satan, or Stan 10 n s mates, nas kidsmiled on us, we could have made beautiful music together. But if you don't fancy Mytn. Tnen by an means give this a look. It ccxid be me start of a beautiful rnendsrup... Darnel YISION OGO0O 7iix£ax j*d.ncsce.3nr.ss6 tear to me eye, doesn’t it?
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92%1 ,______.....________ tne same, out Deliverance doesn't oog itself down witn fancy aj routines for tne daddies, in fact it's sneer Dad luck tnat Myth and Deliverance nave come out at tne same time. Had Deiwerar.ee come out last month, things mignt nave Deen different, out sometimes fife canoesocrud.
You see. Deliverance nas got aoso- lutely exquisite graphics. Yes, tnat's wna: tney are. Exquisite. And tne sound is nice and cnunxy. But, unfortunately, Mytn's got Docn of tnose as well and it's got a puzziy element to it.
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Tnat's not to say tnat Deliverance 3 a loser. No, no. Nobody goes home emprynandec on tms snow, and Deliverance wins our ‘Excellent Piaiform Slash-Em-Up But Not Quite As Good As Myth' award.
On, I feel so guilty about tnis. You can't believe tne personal anguisn this is causing me. Under normal circumstances, I'd love this game, in a really deep anc meaningful way. We'd nave candlelit dinners, walks on tne oeacn.
Romantic weekends in tne Peak District, a lovely wedding and some kids, and tnen settle down for a long and nappy life togecner.
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After the The Berlin Amiga 92 show - small, but perfectly formed The Berlin Amiga 92 Show, however, was united and vibrant enough to throw up some interesting new releases and not a few insights on the European and German Amiga scenes.
The German TV market is dominated by small and medium-sized cable and satellite stations, many of whom use Amigas for their stock-in-trade production graphics. It was hardly surprising, therefore, to find a show and a marketplace given over mostly to the Amiga's role as a video workstation.
The number of stands exhibiting the machine side by side with professional Betacam SP video editors would alone have supported this impression had it not been for the proliferation of genlocks, DCTVs, and Avideo cards being put through their paces at the same time.
New products recently released or previewed at the show included the Supra FaxModem, Rainbow II 24-bit graphics card (selling for the equivalent of £595), Commodore's A600HD, the Golem TurboCard 68030 accelerator for A500s (first to fit in the external bus), Vortex’s AT386SX emulator board, Checkmate Digital's Ni-Q tower system (vying with Golem's tower for the Tallest- Amiga-at-the-Show award), CanDo vl .6, and a host of products of newer and older origin.
One very interesting low-cost accelerator released at the show was the Hardital Big Bang and its bigger brother, Super Big Bang. The former is a 25MHz 25MHz 68030 with 2Mb RAM selling for DM1,090 (about £385), the latter being a combo-type card with SCSI-2 controller at DM1,340 (£471).
Price war At these prices, such cards could clean up the UK accelerator market overnight, and if the 68040 4Mb version is released, as a Hardital spokesman suggested it might, for less than £1,000, we could see the most beneficial high-power price war ever. Not for nothing have Hardital christened the card "Over the Top".
We had to be helped off the floor when we strayed in front of a stand selling the A300Q 25 complete with 52Mb hard drive for £1,100, and when we later learned the price had fallen to £900 it was off to the bar to cry into iwei gross biers in lament for the poor overcharged British consumer.
Similar throat-cutting was in evidence as A500 Plus prices fell towards the £200 mark and DCTVs started a run on the £250 barrier, so much so that zwei more gross biers were needed to calm us down.
Thank God we d left our credit cards at home.
Ing what would in Britain be rare purchases, such as 24-bit boards and accelerator cards, was out-weirded only by the sight of hungry punters demolishing what looked suspiciously like oily feather bolsters stuck between two mattresses dipped in bread crumbs, but which on closer inspection turned out to be aggressively proportioned sausage sandwiches.
As a companion to all this hardware, the software side was relatively muted, with Imagine v2.0 and Caligan Broadcast hogging most of the limelight on the videography stands From the demonstration tapes splattered across numerous monitors, it was fairly clear that a large proportion of the average German TV viewer's day is spent watching Amiga generated images from the Caligari or Imagine duo.
Adept Development were showing their Painter 3D package and TVPaint was making its ominous debut on the Avideo board, but neither seems as yet to have made the impact of the big two, and Real 3D was surprisingly nowhere to be seen.
Both the main contenders directly support DCTV which was selling by the Volkswagen load, so the boom towards home 24-bit video production seems well and truly on in Europe.
In true never- say-die fashion, a spirited appearance in the shape of the Phoenix Ressurection board (sk), a complete motherboard replacement designed to give the oldest Amiga the same specifications as the latest models.
The board comes complete with ECS, 2Mb RAM, internal SCSI optional fitting, a co-processor socket, and Kickstart ROM sharer. The A500 and A2000 were, of course, the best supported machines in terms of peripherals, but it speaks well of the German market that A500 add-ons did not totally engulf the others as is SO often the case at A500-dominated British shows.
Bargain hunters were happily walking off with A2000 52Mb Quantum hard cards for as little as £280, and the number of beaming customers we saw dutch- Spurned Subdued to begin with, busy towards the end, and spurned by Commodore, Amiga Berlin shouldn't have been a success.
That it managed in the space of what would be a normal-sized British show to display more high-end equipment than you might see in a year in London is a testament both to the higher purchasing power enjoyed by German consumers and the more developed nature of the Amiga market in central Europe.
The British market will no doubt develop this year in the video direction as DCTV and the low-end video market to complement Harlequin and company at the upper reaches of 24-bit quality.
Whether it will do so fast enough is hard to tell, but one thing is clear - falling prices are inevitable.
Commodore UK will continue to recommend that the Amiga be sold at its own retail price, but if enough of the larger retailers take advantage of the cheap machines appearing on the continent, Commodore could be chopped off at the knees and the high street forced to exert pressure if they are to avoid losing vast swathes of sales to mail order.
On the other hand, this prediction could be as accurate as the BBC's exit poll, so we'll just have to wait and see, won't we?
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First up is Nadir Ricky. Nadir sent in quite a few pictures, but the one which stood out from the rest was a picture of the Silver Surfer.
Nadir used the colours very well considering that The Silver Surfer is meant to be all silver. The picture was created using Deluxe Paint y Hooray, at last a woman artist! Alison Shiel from Washington in Tyne and Wear sent in a couple of horror pictures.
One was a reproduction of The Lost Boys video cover and the other was an original drawing entitled Vampire Hotel. We preferred Alison's picture of the Vampires with the multi-coloured lips to the picture of The Lost Boys.
It just goes to show that there are some women out there who own Amigas, so if any other females are reading this, hopefully Alison's picture will inspire you a bit.
The picture that raised the most smiles in the AC office was Millie Tant from Vi .
Will Andrew Lloyd-Webber pay £10 million for any of these efforts? Who knows?
There is some originality in there, but hand- drawn stuff will always be better than scanned or digitised efforts.
Millie was sketched by a chap called Pete* Guest who lives in Swindon.
Yog can see that the background is digitised and you've probably read in the magazine that digitised stuff won't get a place in the Gallery. Well, we don't mind digitised pictures as long as they are creative and Nineteen-year-old Darryl Blackwell from Cheltenham gets his work shown to the nation this month, too. He sent in a disk full of excellent pictures, but because of space, we chose two wh»ch we thought were the best.
His picture entitled E.F.A. is of the Eurofighter Test Aeroplane. The use of colour here is quite fantastic - the sky looks good, the planes look good, and you know what? Put them together and you get a damn fine picture.
His other picture is of a Mazda NSX again, colour has been used to good effect. Both took around five hours to complete.
This might be the last time I'm going to print a picture of an aeroplane or a car because quite frankly these subjects are getting slightly boring.
Come on you Amiga artists - let's have a bit of originality. Unless you feel your pictures are exceptionally good, no more planes, no more cars, and definitely no more tanks - please!
The winning picture is, in fact, a landscape, and the man responsible Is Phillip Plunkett from Ireland. It's very detailed and is a worthy winner - definitely one of the best landscapes we've had in the Gallery for a long time. This is die sort of artwork we want to see more of. Well done Phillip.
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Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Remember to supply your name and address and the format and names of the pictures on the disk. If you want to, you can also send in a note to say how you created the pictures, how long they took, which package you used, and so on. Good Luck!
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Accelerators If you listen to more than one conversation about accelerator boards, it quickly becomes clear that there's not a lot to be said about them unless you enjoy the sight of your friends collapsing at your feet in a bored stupor.
They are fast, usually provide space for extra RAM, the odd really exciting one has a hard drive interface built in, and that's it.
Having said that, the range of 68040s available is now wide enough to provide a proper buyer's choice for the Amiga's most powerful add-on, unlike a year ago when they were thinner on the ground than Gorbachev supporters.
There are only three important questions to ask of any 040 card:
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• How cheap is it?
We tested the fusion forty card from RCS Management Inc, GVP's G-Force, and Progressive Peripherals' Mercury, all of them 28MHz cards, and asked the same three questions about each.
For testing purposes, we've used real life applications rather than the standard benchmarks because prospective buyers want to know how fast a card will run existing software, rather than how good it «s at calculating the square root of its navel fluff.
Best software Of the three boards on test, the Mercury and G-Force cards have the best software with Fusion Forty's much improved but still clunky installer disk lagging behind a bit.
All three are fairly easy to use, but C- Force employs Commodore's excellent standard installer program and the PPS install sequence takes very little time.
Again, both G-Force and Mercury make use of the official 68040.library from Commodore along with their own startup programs, giving them an apparent system- legal edge over Fusion Forty, and both automatically configure to the amount of memory on the card.
Fusion Forty's software, though hugely better than the confused mess it was six months ago, is a little less "dean" than the other two offerings. Most of this, thankfully, is transparent to the user as installation is just as quick and painless as Mercury or G-Force, except that the user has to choose a particular installer for the board's RAM configuration.
The Fusion does not use Commodore's 68040.library, but this doesn't seem to make much difference as it is easily as stable and compatible as the other two boards and if anything is a bit better certainly than the G- Force card, if not the Mercury.
Unfortunately, the resident Fusion Forty code alters Cold Capture and KickTag vectors to the dismay of most virus checkers.
This is unavoidable given the route taken by RCS to implement the 040, but it's still a tad annoying to have to click four times to cancel a Zerovirus requester every time you f. bool up. In addition, at time of going to press, RCS are still working on a software update to allow Fusion Forty to accept the presence of 16-bit fast RAM, with which it will not co-exist at the moment.
In stability terms, the only card to give me more than the usual clutch of problems was G-Force. Before it would work with the office A3000 I had to remove a resistor from the card - something the manual claimed should only be necessary with A3000 tower systems - and there were significantly more hang-ups during a warm reboot than with the other cards.
Once booted, G-Force was as well behaved as the rest of the gang and worked very smoothly, so the problem is not seriously detrimental to GVP's latest baby.
All the cards are supplied with control software to allow data and instruction caches and copyback mode to be turned on and off, which is just as well* Some software will drop dead if you try to run it with copyback on and any penph- erals or software packages which make direct memory accesses (DMA) will fail to pick up on the contents of the CPU's data cache thus promptly - and messily - expiring.
For the purposes of switching out of 68040 mode when the odd piece of software refuses to speak to the new card, Fusion Forty employs a hardware switch which sticks out of the back of the machine and the others use software switches available through icons on the Workbench cel iJinn screen. All require rebooting once a switch has taken place and all worked well. The improved Fusion Forty 68000 mode now runs at the proper speed and automatically detects which position the hardware switch is in - unlike the original, which would run 68000 mode at half speed and had to be told which mode you
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Complex The long term stability of any 68040 card will often depend on heat build up, which is a particular problem with chips as complex and transistor-crammed as these.
G-Force and Mercury take care of the problem by means of a miniature fan mounted on top of the 68040 CPU while Fusion Forty has stuck with the immensely ugly heat sink of the original cards.
Both solutions seem to work perfectly well, and none of the cards became unstable during prolonged operation, even when this involved extended stints with Imagine v2.0 renders.
Fusion Forty has a small advantage when it comes to the rest of the chips on the board as the A2000 shell is better ventilated than the A3000's, but this didn't make an appreciable difference.
So much for stability. The next question, and the one you've probably been waiting most for the answer to, is that of speed .
Dozens of Silly and downright ridiculous claims for the benefits offered by 68040s have been made since the first cards became available, and most of them are plain wrong.
Using benchmarks, which we provided last month as a quick indicator of the relative speed of the cards, it is just about possible to claim a 10,000 per cent (100 times) increase over a standard A500 A2000, but in practice you won't get close to this figure.
Accelerators This is because most benchmarks run in ifry small amounts of memory so that they usually Tit in (he data cache on the chip itself, rid they test only lor internal speed ratings, Test information To ensure the tests were at the same time strict and fair, a careful note was kept of the exact settings used in each. The following is a list of those settings in case anyone careS to confirm or deny our findings: ADPro: Convert 787k Targa to HAM and display on-screen. Lo-res, interlace, overscan, PAL.
PageStream; Zoom from full page view to 121 per cent. Text greeking set to 4pt, page full of bitmap graphics and bold Stone Sans 6pt body text - chosen for its slowness to update.
Dpaint IV: Full screen fill. HAM mode, interlace, translucency on, anti-alias set to high PowerPacker 4.0: Crunch 787k Targa data file. Large speed-up buffer, best efficiency.
Imagine 2.0: Render very complex galleon scene. ILBM 24-bit, Trace method, image sue 704 x 582, lights cast shadows The results don't take into account screen freshes, hard dnve access times, or any of the Amiga's custom chips which must be used in most day-to-day operations and which still run at 8MH .
For this reason we've done away with benchmarks this month and concentrated on real-life applications such as PageStream, Art Department Professional, and so on.
For a discussion of how these tests were set up, we've listed how each one was done, and the result are given in numerical and graphical form to suit most needs.
Don't get annoyed because we've used an A3QQQ for our test results- To compare an 040 to an A2000 or A500 is about as pointless as comparing Concorde to a Gypsy Moth - they use different methods of propulsion and live worlds apart.
Suffered Pundits and old lags might be surpnsed, given Gyp's record in the accelerator business, to find that G-Force suffered in comparison to Fusion Forty and Mercury. So were we, but the test results don't lie unless our copy of PageStream has suddenly developed a mind of its own complete with opinions and prejudices.
Remember that all boards and software were installed exactly as the manufacturers recommend, and that all caches and copy- back modes were utilised for maximum speed.
If anything, the Fusion Forty was the only board discriminated against as it was running in a 16-bit A2000 rather than a 32-bit A3000 and did not have the advantage of the A3000's quicker screen refresh for tests such as the PageStream page zoom.
The results show that last month's benchmarks, if not particularly relevant to real applications, were a good indicator of the relative speeds of the boards. Mercury emerges as the dear leader, in some cases embarrassingly so, with Fusion Forty in the middle and G-Force bnnging up the rear.
This neatly inverts the prices of the units, as G-Force is the most expensive and Fusion the cheapest. Of course, when buying a unit as expensive as an 040 the pnce has to be offset by technical backup and future support, which is where the two more expensive cards will score over Fusion Forty.
The latter, however can hit back with a UK technical support line supplied by Hydra systems, the board's distnbutor, which is as good as Silica Systems' support for G-Force.
Choices Put a gun to my head and ask me to choose between the boards and I'd have to go for the Mercury on A3000s and the Fusion on A2000s, both in terms of price and performance.
If you want the GVP name and reputation for reliability, by ail means buy a G-Force, but for a more expandable system I’d stick with one of the others, both of which can accept up to 32Mb RAM as opposed to the GVP's 8Mb.
If PPS can ship the Mercury 2000 for a similar pnce to Fusion Forty (current US pnce is 2,430 - about £1,500 - for the 4Mb RAM version) the choice in this field would be very difficult, though would probably swing in Fusion's favour given the UK availability of technical help.
II you've got the cash and a high-end application which needs a bit of extra oomph.
I'd recommend any 68040 card. They simply jump all over the tender parts of 68030 accelerators and transform your Amiga in five minutes into a machine only the F7T3 very fastest 486 Pcs can match. F m J i G Force Is a product of Great Valley Products Inc Distributor: Silica Systems Phone:081-309 1111 Price: £1,899 (0Mb RAM) Fusion Forty is a product of RCS Management Inc Distributor: Hydra Systems Phone: 0203 471111 Price: £1,395 (4Mb RAM) Mercury 3000 is a product of Progressive Peripherals and Software Distributor; Marcam Ltd Phone: 081 941 6117 Price; 2,749.95 (4Mb RAM). No UK price as
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Techno Attack Vol 3 17 Bit Software Disk SS 13 Electronic magazines TDH and Digital Access Amiga Introduction Package Battleaxe PD Be»n ; the new owner of an Amiaa can be pretty daunting. That machine you have there is pretty awesome and complicated.
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Techno Attack is not PD but is licensed exclusively to 17 Bit software.so you won’t find it in any other PD library.
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PD and S lareware Peter's Quest: For The Love Of Daphne Amiganuts • Disk No 1226 It's a rough old world. Take Peter's predicament for instance.
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Ics aren't spectacular and the sound isn't anything to rave to, but it is still a brill little game.
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Opti-Comms 2 17 Bit Software Demolition Mission 17 Bit Software Disk No 1747 Blimey! This is a blast from the past for me. This was the first game I ever wrote after having learned Basic on my trusty old Commodore 64 about six years ago.
The name of the original escapes me, but I was nooked on it at the time.
They say small things amuse small minds, and I have to admit f i addiction to this new * version. The idea is simple, as is the gameplay. You are a biplane pilot who is getting closer and closer to some many- storey buildings at the bottom of the screen. You must drop bombs on these buildings to make way for your landing.
If your timing is not up to scratch, you will eventually run into the side of a obstructing building, crumpling up before falling to the ground. Tne graph- Disk No 1792 I can safely say that this disk, compiled by The Optimiser, Who ryns a BBS of his own, . Is positively crammed with useful comms utilities- jularity at the centre of a nave to strain its capabilities for compression to achieve a similar result.
Utilities contained on the disk include CpuBlit, a program for those of you with 68020 030 systems, which doubles the speed of text scrolling; EdWord v2.2 Amiganuts Disk No 1236 Text editors don't exactly make you jump up and down in anticipation while they load, yet where would we be without them?
They are fundamentally important computing life, rather like a certain magazine not too distant from your visual organs at this veiy instant. So it is hard us ignore them, especially when they are we; written and feature packed, as EdWord is.
EdWord began as a programmers' integrates ed*tor compiler which could be used for any language. However, with • constant list of features being added during development, it soon evolved into quite a powerful general purpose text eo tor with facilities such as block commancs.
Search operations and an Undo function.
The programmer will find some of cdWord's features very useful. These include auto indenting, casing of keywords (forcing them to uppercase), number base convener and the ability to sen; AmigaDOS commands.
It is entirely menu-driven, making * simple to use. It would be a mistake to compare it to a wordprocessor however for it lacks such facilities as margin setting, typeface alterations and page numbering.
EdWord is snareware and 1 am lea to believe the author, Martin Reddy, will wcr- come a minimum £5 contribution for tes lm Bru addiction.
A good all-round editor any programmer will find useful.
Chemesthetics V2.1Q Amiganuts Disk No 1225 This is one for the boffins. It is a program tha: will generate and display molecules as a Calotte model (no I don't know wna?
A Calotte model is either).
The display generated is a 3D lignt- sourced image. You are able to view the molecule from any angle and also magnify it or reduce it. You can also change the position of the light source.
The images can be very slow to dra* due to the calculations involved. The one snown on this page took 45 minutes to Ncom, a script language which is usee to create Ascii text files of commands to automate such mundane chores as logging on, to grabbing mail and posting i on another BBS; and Zoom v5,4Q, a d tracking and archiver program.
There is also a large list of UK STD codes in numerical order. These are just some of the useful programs that any tomms connoisseur will find very usefu indeed.
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There are toy soldiers wandering about the terminal who will grain your energy if you hit them. Lucidly though, you have your "parp power". This lethal cola-fuelled weapon wdi enable you to blow tne soldiers away.
Tne graphics are quite good with multi-level scrolling wnicn g ves a 3D effect There is a good sounatraek too.
If you were a big fan of tne Piman in your earlier years, you will like this game.
The substances which are poisonous - such as nicotine or dioxine - tend to produce the more interesting pictures!
Airmania Addware Remember the Piman? That disgusting cult figure of way back when? Well now Mel Croucher, father of tne Piman anc inventor of budget software (along with Paul Cooper), has seer, fit to oring the Piman out of retirement in the first Addware game, Airmania.
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You control the Piman in his attempt to catch his flight to the next level. Aiong the way, you have to collect such items as Addams Family Demo Burmans Amiga PD
- Disk No BPD 1S4 This demo by Excalibur and Pawn had our art
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Tne dgtw $ 0 4 SO is pPKZy good zoo. It requires 1 Ms ts rxl Deluxe Paint III Tutorial Battleaxe PD Those or you who nave uses Deluxe Paint know the vast amount or ejects at your fingertips. Tne manual cancxte information on the effects available, out it cannot hope to cover every pcssisic result from using combinations or each cheer.
This disk, from Amiga fantasy - who did the Amiga Introduction Package described earlier - contains graphic effects and designs from Cator, as well as step- by-step descriptions on how each design was produced. The disk is bilingual with German or English instructions to choose from. Some of the artwork is quite good ana although the English isn't perfect, it's informative and understandable, if you are a ouoding artist, you will find this tutorial very useful.
Where to get 'em 17 Bit Software (Dept AC) 1st floor Offices 2 8 Market St Wakefield Wfi 1DH Tel. 0924 566982 Battleaxe PD (AMC) 125 Kingswood Thorpe Marriot Norwich NR86UW Tel. 0603 251050 Amiganuts United 169 Dale Valley Rd Hollybrook Southampton SQ1 5QX Addware Ltd PO Box 1992 Southampton S09 7HX My apologies to Burmans PD who supplied the Addams Family demo. I seem to have misplaced their address.
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Driving home in maniacal anticipation, trying desperately to read the manual while weaving through rush hour traffic (jings! - £d), I looked forward with relish to the coming evening. Six whole disks of glorious graphical ecstasy!
Imagine now disappointed I was when, inserting disk 0 Letters Ezra Surf's Postbag Got something to say through the pages of AC? Ezra Surf is our mailman, dedicated to sitting in a corner reading your letters and selecting the most interesting for publication. Ezra's favourite letters now get rewarded with an exclusive Amiga Computing designer T-shirt.
Drop him a line at: Ezra Surf's Postbag, Amiga Computing, Euro pa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP.
Please don't enclose saes as Ezra just hasn't got enough paper to reply personally. He might also have to shorten your letters, so don't be offended if yOu end up getting the chop.
You've raised a very sore but important point. Piracy is one thing, but equal game for equal money is just as important an issue, and at the moment the Amiga community isn't getting its loir snare.
The PC market is os rife with piracy as any other, ye: aecause of the high level of hard drive c wnership, PC games almost always install on hard drives. This is far from true on the Amiga.
For single disk games there's little to worry about, ond wnere tne company concerned makes an eiion to cut down on disk swaps, such as Microprose with Knights of the Sky, even two ond tnree disk games can be relatively painless to play from floppy. However, as Heimdall shows, there are more and more gomes these days which come on four or more daks.
It an Amiga owner pays the some OS 0 PC owner for a game, men ne or sne nas a right to expect tne game to be as playable, ond constant disk swaps definitely affect playability.
In an attempt to install the program to my hard drive, I found that it was of the protected kind and impossible to use other than on floppies.
Holding oack tne tears, I hoped for as few disk swaps as possible and booled up. Three hours and three hundred disk swaps later, I found I could take no more, and another glossy box nit the shelf never to be opened again.
I am sure gamepiayers all oyer the country must nave had the same reeling on playing this sort of game. Hard drives are Decoming cheaper and more popular all the time and companies like Core are putting games on more and more disks to stretcn the Amiga to its iimits, so why are so few games hard drive installable?
I know we nave to combat piracy, but at the end of the day the games companies are hurting genuine customers.
To add insult to injury, the PC section of the manual stresses now Core think their PC customers are "trustwor* thy" and so tne game is installable on PC hard drives!
Mark Clayton, Southampton.
Are Commodore just after your cash?
Why don't Commodore bring out the Kickstart 2.04 upgrade for the Amiga 1500 2000 on a card? They could put the new ROM chip and the full ECS on it with a switch sticking out of the back of the machine to turn it on and off, thereby giving full compatibility with Kickstart 1.3 - unlike the currently popular ROM switchers which don't live up to their promise.
I believe the present upgrade options available to owners of 1.3 machines are nothing short of disgraceful. To upgrade to the level of a current 500 Plus costs £§0 for the ROM and manuals, £50 for the new Denise Chip, and a staggering £200 for the Super Agnus chip which isn't even an official option!
For an owner of a 1.3 Amiga, it's hardly worth paying almost £350 for the full upgrade when a new A500 Plus costs about the same. I can't help feel that owners of older machines have subsidised new owners by paying over the odds for their machines while they were still in need of serious improvements. Better machines now cost less and we don't get the benefits from developments we funded in the first place.
Anyone interested in Commodore’s customer care record could also look at FMC (Commodore's official repair centre - Ed).
Alter years of poor service and hundreds of complaints from customers. Commodore in my opinion have done nothing about it If some other firm brought out an Amiga-compatible equivalent to at least a 1500 Plus I'd sling my Amiga in a quarry, buy the competition, and Commodore could go forth and multiply. It's about time you Amiga magazines developed some spine and made a commitment to your readers - we don't pay upwards of £3 a month for you to ignore what's going on, P E Browne, Ecdeshill Well said that man! While I don't agree thot Commodore are the total bogeymen you seem to think they are, I
quite agree that they've been both tardy and inconsiderate in regard to the Workbench 2.04 and ECS upgrades, hr a sizeable manufacturer they nave, over the yeors, left for too much of the Amiga's development to tne tmrd-party peripherals market Pemaps this is a consequence of a radical, for-sighted machine landing in the hands of people with considerably less imagination than its creators, or pemaps they are just too busy with other projects.
Whatever the reason, i: is dear to anyone with half an ounce of grey matter mat the Amiga's development as a major mass-selling contender for the PC ond Macintosh has been almost completely retarded by Commodore's lack of support for the machine.
In the humble opinion of your postbag detver. Commodore should take the following steps:
• License the Amiga's custom architecture to third-party
compatible manufacturers, thus increasing competition in the
market and iorcing prices down.
• Develop the Amiga's graphics capabilities beyond their obsolete
level. Pcs now have a 256 Olour VGA standard, and many cards
giving 32,000 or even 6S,000 colours onscreen at once ore now
avaHaoSe for less than £100.
Commodore could transform the Amiga's potential in almost every field by boosting standard graphics capabilities. Industry scuttlebutt suggests this is on the cards later this year, but it should hove been done ages ago and, given Commodore's previous pricing policy, will probably cost more than equivalent systems on other mochines-
• Provide technical support and a 'hotline' lelepnone service for
end users. Most other sizeable computer manufacturers, when you
spend hundreds or thousands of pounds on their equipment, will
suppon your commitment by offering prompt and useful Support.
Commodore's technical support division will speok only to dealers and there's no support for the problems experienced by most new users which, though simple, can cause a lot of people to give up and go back to their favourite game.
If one or more of tne steps outlined above, or some other drastic action we can't foresee, isn't taken some time this year, we could see the AMIGA squeezed from one end by games consoles and from the other by cheaper and cheaper Pcs which, though archaic in their basic design and nowhere near as modem as the Amiga, offer more power for less money.
There now, is that enough *spine' for you?
IjjW Mletters I would urge Oil nurd drive owners who feel the some 10 write to their favourite software companies and protest I mean, if the games houses don't appreciate now many potential customers there are, why snould tbsry oring out on easily pirated gome for what could be a small market of Amiga hard drive owners?
Tie a yellow ribbon.,, I noticed with more than a passing interest an article in another magazine about the Hewlett Packard DeskJet 500c printer which can switch from black and white to colour printing simply by changing the cartridge for the correct colour one.
Why don't other manufacturers adopt the same principle? Is this possible, or too technical? It could certainly solve some of our problems, and leads to a much better service for the end user. What do you think?
Chas Dainty. Woodford Bridge Many other manufacturers do exactly what HP nave done with the Deskjet SOOc. Star's range of colour printers, for example, are capable of printing in either black.and white or colour. Whot you may have foiled to notice is the little “c" on tne end of the printer's norm.
The Deskjet SOOc is actually a colour printer which is happy to print in boring old black and white, and is thus more expensive than a mono-only printer. If you want the same capability on your Amiga, either buy tne 5Q0c or go for one of the colour dot matrix printers. Simple, really.
Tweaks for Plus I recently purchased an A500 Pius to replace my vl .2 A500, but soon realised that a vast quantity of my software would not work with the new Amiga.
After contacting several software companies it became evident that with an often small piece of code this incompatible software couid be modified to work on the Pius.
However, distribution is a problem so... AMIGA Computing to the rescue!
If "tweaks" for popular incompatible games could be provided on CoverDisks every month, or several on a separate disk, I believe you'd have a very big first for the magazine and it would be veiy beneficial to your readership.
If you decide to develop the idea, please provide a tweak for Elvira at the earliest opportunity. Pernaps some more experienced hackers could use their programming Ezra online Ezra Sun can be contacted on a whole host oi of bulletin boards and conferencing systems, if you have anything to say, get it of your chest online!
Amiga Computing also has its own Fidonet echo which is being carried by BBS systems throughout Europe. Any Fido sysops interested in hooking up should collect AMIGA_COMP off the backbone.
If you 3re experiencing difficulty, please contact Tony Miller, sysop of our home board - 01 for Amiga.
Additionally our mailman with the most, Ezra Surf, hangs out on the following services: Account number 009800265 74:M1K911 amigacomputing 70007,4734 uadi 132 ' Amiga Computing Service Prestel Telecom Gold CiX CompuServe The Direction Connection 01 for Amiga skills and code some of the tweaks for us games players?
Keith Thornton, Convey Island Your idea is an interesting one, but its practical application is a little proalematic. First of all, the ma}ority of incompatible software is in non-AmigaDOS format so any software patch used would be difficult to implement, ond the software houses are unlikely to spend the time and mom on old or de-l’Sted games to make them compatible for people who nave already bought them.
This is not an irresponsive attitude, just commercial sense.
The most popular older games may end up being tweaked by their authors if they still sell well, but I would be very surprised if games of more than about a year in age were converted. By far the cheapest method for someone in your position is to buy a ROM S'witcher for your Kickstart chip.
This won't solve oil the problems, as many games are incompatible with the Denise chip rather than the 2.04 Kickstart ROM, but it would be a start, and you could always try using a ROM switcher with two Denise chips for total compatibifity.
As for encouraging hackers - aka pirates - to twiddle with copyrighted code, it we took this stance we'd guile rightly end up in court five minutes later.
Hacked WordPerfect While reading your March issue, I noticed a news piece entitled "Whither WordPerfect" which stated that WordPerfect was only available on the Amiga in version
4. 1.12.1 enclose a disk with what I believe to be an Amiga
WordPerfect v5.0 on it!
Is this version five of the program or a renamed version four? It came with a spell cnecker, thesaurus, and a printer disk, and as I've never used WordPerfect before I don't know if this version is a later one than 4.1.12. It was bought in Singapore last year.
Oh, and do American hard drives and interfaces work on British machines?
R D Patterson, Xhomis Mushgyt, Saudi Arabia The so-called WordPerfect disk you sent us is in iact a pirated copy, os WPS.O does not exist on the AMIGA. As it was bought in the notoriously pirate-ridden Singapore, there's no doubt that it is a professionally piroted piece of software reboxed os a new version ond sold illegally.
Your first course of action should be to send o copy of the disks, complete with details of where they were purchosed to the Federation Against Software Theft Once that's done, you should wipe the disks you have, as possession of them is illegal.
This is unfortunate, but anyone buying software in Singapore should be aware that it is one of the world's busiest piracy centres. You were simply taken in by what con often be d very well produced, but pirate copy.
In answer to your question on US hard drives, our ACAS people, to whom that enquiry should really nave been addressed, say trial they should work perfectly.
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Yfi % Demo makers can be much more than just a bit of fun. Serge Golikov shows how to use the Red Sector Demo Maker as a powerful desktop video tool Saving your presentations Once you have created your tide sequence or demo, you can save it in one or three ways - Save Final, Save Bootintro or Save Short, with each Option offering distinct advantages for different applications.
The first option allows you to access the completed demo from the CU or Workbench if an icon is first created using a suitable utility, This makes it possible to compile special disks with different types of sequences, or to link several sequences to form longer ones by pause editing the tape or similarly, using greater variety of fonts and logos than are normally possible within the Preferences list.
Saving with the Bootintro option will create a self-booting disk where your sequence will play automatically after loading. This option has the obvious advantage of not having to load the host program or Workbench first, thereby saving time and memory but even more importantly allowing you to quickly "plug in" special sequence disks such as your own personal production logo or end credits, so you can "top and tail" your productions.
The third option, or saving as a short, lets you reload your sequence into the Demo Maker for further editing, changing certain presets such as fonts, logos and music, and creating template“sequences. That way blank template sequences can be loaded with ail the preset items already present in the preferences list, ready for your next work session.
However, many may not realise that Red Sector international’s Demo Maker can aeve as a powerful graphics tool for desktop video applications such as titling, corporate image logos, movie credit sequences and so on.
Tne only thing necessary for making the transition from a desktop presentation mentality to a desktop video approach is
• xme lateral thinking in the application oi re program's
capabilities.
What we need to do, in effect, is slow Down a galloping graphics workhorse to a more pedestrian pace. The hardware 'eculrements are no different to any other Desktop video titling package - except for the audio, if you plan to record that pulsating rap Peat- More on the hardware requirements later - for now let's have a quick over iew of the RslDM's features to see which of tnese we can utilise tor our needs.
Features Demos are assembled into a sequence of patterns, with each pattern being a standalone grapnics routine capable or displaying text, animated objects, colour background scrolls etc, or any combination of the above selected by die user.
To use the Demo Maker as a character generator we simply isolate those patterns ¦which display text. The Preferences List in the main menu holds the various items where text can be entered and edited.
These include the top and bottom sc otlers, the sine text scroller and the text screens for the three font sizes.
Text is entered by moving the flashing cursor line onto the item to be edited and selecting edit on the top command line.
Ever since the sound of the first “boing" reverberated and the juggler went through his routine, ~ocsands of starry-eyed Amiga owners A'i nc the world nave drooled at the inspect of creating mega demos of their The Help key toggles insert mode, while pressing Enter returns you to the main menu. In the Pattern Editor, text is entered directly into the Zoom Text pattern and the Textline patterns for each of the three font sizes.
The Textscreen patterns for each font size however, use the numbered and preedited textscreen items from tne preferences list, oi which there are ten for each font size.
Because a picture is still worth a thousand words and an example is easier to follow, load up the tutorial demo on this month's CoverDisk to see how it was constructed. Load it into the RSIDM as a short under Titles Demo and run it a couple of times to get a feel.
Then, examine the preferences list, select items which are highlighted in green and check their contents by clicking on Edit. Text areas will reveal now much can be entered and the optimum layout. .Next go into the Pattern Editor to see wnich patterns -were used and in wnich ofdef. Test" each pattern to see which parameters were selected for its execution.
Try tweaking some of the parameters Logo patterns By using the logo patterns you can have multiple fonts at once, thereby overcoming the limitation of only one font being memory resident for each font size.
Now that you've seen the Tute demo a couple of times, let's look at it in closer detail. It starts with a restrained amount of razzamatazz - from an overwhelming choice of possibilities - in the form of the zoom text and sine scroller for the opening sequence.
This is consistent with a typical style which mignt be used for the start of a program or title sequence, it then proceeds at an even pace with conventional-style of presentation of the facts and continues so such as Mode to see now it changes the way the pattern runs. The Little and Big Logo patterns let you create your own custom graphics in the form cf iff brushes which you can create in Deluxe Paint or even part of a digitised picture provided it nas the right resolution and dimensions.
When cutting brusnes to be used as logos, use the Co-ordinates option in Dpaint, as the sizes must be pixel perfect.
Specifically they are 320 x 158 and 320 x 54 for big and small logos respectively. The screen mode must be kwes lo colour with overscan set to standard.
Until examples of some specific techniques are offered - all taming mis graphical beast to best serve our special needs. Of course you can make your own titles as fancy as you like - the program is more than capable. The intention of this article, however, is to focus on producing conventional titles using a very unconventional program - a fact which can be far from obvious while being dazzled by a spectacular demo complete with stereo soundtrack.
AS for the hardware requirements, the humble RF modulator will let you record your titles directly off an A500 or 2000 onto your VCR. Simply connect the video out of the modulator to tne video in on your VCR and switch the input selector to external.
If you are fortunate enough to have access to a genlock, you will know the required connections wnich will let you superimpose the titles over a live video background.
That's it - the rest is up to your imagination. May your creative juices Sow, and let the credits roll.
For more information on RSI Demo Maker, phone UCA Software on (01031) 3404 53531.
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Have a problem with my Commodore A2630 accelerator card and Workbench
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Ahat am I to type in?
I spoke to FCC of Leeds, from whom I purchased the 2.04 ROM. They were jnable to help but offered me a full ¦efund on my sharer and 2.04 ROM.
I then spoke to Commodore and was :old that I should speak to my dealer about the problem, but as the dealer wtio supplied the card went bust some ome ago, I was stuck.
I told this to Commodore and they suggested I write to the technical sup- , port department in Milton Keynes.
Ha...ha...ha... I wrote to tech support on another matter in December 1991 and have heard nothing from them since.
I finally found out about the compatibility problem from Silica Systems who
* 'ave offered to upgrade the ROMs on the A2630 free of charge.
AMIGA COMPUTING All | can say to Commodore is thank Cod there are good dealers around willing to help people who have bought the best machine in the world, and are treated like dirt by Commodore after spending thousands of pounds on their products.
Terry Williams, Harrow Write to ACAS, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Save your saes - we can't reply personally As you have just found out, the A2630's original ROM chips, used among other things for shadowing Kickstart to 32-bit RAM, are incompatible with the new operating system.
Commodore have upgraded the ROMs for this product, and the new version 7 chips enable the board to function perfectly with Kickstart.
You seem to have sorted out the problem, thanks again to helpful third- party dealers, but your plight high lights a sad weakness in the way Commodore "supports" the Amiga range. Relying on dealers for third- party technical support is a good idea as long as the dealer network Is developed and of a high standard However, as Amigas are sold by every box-shifter under the sun as well as the more reputable companies, many thousands of owners find themselves in a position similar to your own every month.
This is as good an argument as I can think of for a proper end-user telephone support service. If companies like Electronic Arts can offer this for games players, why can't Commodore do the same for all Amiga users?
Upgrade worries I About six months ago, I bought an I Amiga 1500 with Kickstart 1,3 and recently heard that the machine is now being shipped as the A1500 Plus, complete with version 2.04 and the ECS chips.
As Kickstart ROMs and ECS chips are available, and being interested in programming, I have decided to buy the new chips to upgrade my Amiga but would like a few answers before I do.
1. Does the Kickstart 2.04 chip come with manuals and Workbench
disks?
2. Can I fit the chips myself? I know this will invalidate my
warranty, but will it involve soldering and do they come with
fitting instructions?
3. To fit the new chips, will I have to buy extra boards or do
they just slot into the motherboard in place of my old chips?
4. How many RAM boards are there which are compatible with the
new Super Agnus chip?
K B Sekhon, Heston As long as you buy the official upgrade pack from a Commodore dealer, you should receive manuals, disks, the new ROM chip, and fitting instructions.
This will cost a ridiculous £80, but If you wimp out and go for the £40 Kickstart chip alone, you'll have no Workbench 2.04 disks or manuals.
Fitting the Kickstart chip is quite easy.
You just open the machine, prise out the old chip with a screwdriver, and slot the new one in its place. No soldering is required- There are no ordinary RAM boards which will take advantage of the Super Agnus chip, because unlike the Kickstart and Denise chips, you can't just replace your old Agnus with a Super Agnus. The motherboards on non'Plus machines are incompatible with the new chip, even though it is the same size as the older Agnuses.
MegaChip 2000 - which will fit in any A1500 2000 - is the only board at present which will allow you to upgrade to 2Mb chip RAM. It fits in a standard Zorro slot and comes with the extra memory and a Super Agnus chip installed. It will cost you a hefty £199, so you'll have to be desperate for more chip RAM.
Quirky Quantum I recently fitted a Quantum 52Mb replacement drive in my A590 case and although everything is working OK, I would be extremely grateful if you could answer the following questions; 1, In my ignorance the first thing I did was a low level format using HDToolBox and then initialised the disk. I have since been told that this will slow the drive down. Is this correct and if so can I do anything about it? In any case, is the speed not restricted by the A590 controller card?
2. I use the KCS Powerboard and when booting up the software it
kept asking me to low format the drive or press Esc to
continue. Again in my ignorance | took this to mean that the
drive needed low level formatting and did so.
Strangely, all the data on the hard drive remained intact, but the software no longer prompts for a low level format.
Why?
3. The PC program Checklt states that the transfer rate is 674Kb
per second, which is far lower than the 2Mb quoted in the
drive specifications, so I am concerned I may have done
something wrong.
Finally, I read Mr Ankin's letter in the April edition and would like to spring to Diamond Computers' defence. Over the last couple of years they have been pacemakers with their pricing policy. I frequently use them and on the whole find their backup service satisfactory.
I think the problem lies with their sales staff who, I agree, promise to return calls and don't, but whenever I have dealt with their technical engineers I have found them extremely helpful.
S Morley, Harpenden Low level formatting should be carried out once on a hard drive and it shouldn't need to be done again. Most hard drives will have already been formatted at the factory, which means you need only prep and partition them.
There is no possibility of this actually slowing down your Quantum, as it wouldn't work unless you formatted it!
As you rightly point out, speed of access and transfer rates are dictated partly by the drive mechanism, but more by the controller board.
In your case, the speed of the Quantum will be affected by the relatively slow A590 controller, which is why you are achieving transfer rates of only 674Kb per second.
Ignore the "best case" 2Mb transfer speed, as this is just the manufacturer's estimate of the mechanism's physical limits. In practice, the fastest A500 hard drive, GVP's Impact Series II, will transfer data at about 1.05Mb per second.
The PC software seems to have assumed that you are booting from a hard drive or wish to use a hard drive as your boot partition. In this case, the KCS software would like to prep and format a partition of its own, thus the request to low format the drive. As the data survived, which it should never do when a drive is formatted, I can only assume the low level format in question never took place.
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Technical Help Last |une I purchased an Amiga 500 with 1Mb memory. In addition, there is an A590 hard drive which the Amiga refuses to access, It either informs me of a guru, tells me to check my hardware, or asks for Workbench disk to be inserted, The A590 does not seem to interface properly. There'S a quarter-inch gap between it and the Amiga which I've tried for hours to reduce, but can't. Also, my Star LC-200 printer will not work. Is it incompatible? The shop refuses even to allow me to take my equipment along and have it checked out, so I'm getting desperate.
S C Potton, Upminster It sounds as if your A590 has not been formatted or prepped. Try booting from your A590 setup disk and use the HDToolBox utility to go through the formatting procedure. If the drive Still won't work after this, then there's something seriously wrong either with the A590 or the Amiga itself, Don't worry about the small gap between the Amiga and the A590. As long as the edge connector has been slotted in correctly, it doesn't matter if there's a slight gap - you'll find this happens with all hard drives which fit in the DMA port.
The Star LC-200 printer should be completely compatible with the Amiga as long as you have the correct printer leads. Check with your local dealer if you are In doubt about the lead.
By the sound of it the shop you bought the Amiga from is less than helpful, but if the machine is less than one year old you have a right to free repairs under your Commodore war ranty. Remind the shop of this, and if they still won't help you, report them to Commodore and send your machine to the national repair centre (FMG).
NTSC niggles I wish to install Kickstart 2.04, but I have heard that some of the earfy A2000 machines won't accept the chip. Is this true? If so, is my A2000 one of these machines? I have a revision 4.4 A2000 which I purchased In America in 1988.
What Is It that makes the Amiga PAL or NTSC? Do PAL and NTSC versions have a totally different motherboard, or b H only the display chips that differ? How an I change my system to PAL?
NejdetAyi BAOR There should be no problem Installing the new Kickstart ROM In your old machine - the Kickstart chip socket is exactly the same size as In all the latest machines and will accept any Commodore Kickstart chips except the double-chip A30QQ version of Kkkstart.
The difference between a PAL and NTSC Amiga Is In the Agnus and Denise display Chips, Make sure you fit a Fatter Agnus, which will work In PAL or NTSC, and while you're at It buy the ECS Denise so that you an take advantage of Kkkstart Z04's new display modes. After that, you should be In full PAL mode.
Productive Denise Thank you for a great mag, especially the Almanac DTP column. I just have a couple of questions.
Can you tell me the address for George Thompson Services? There was a wonderful article in the April issue about cheap fonts for PageStream, but the contact address was left out.
Secondly, I know that the new ECS Denise chip can use Productivity mode on a multi-scan monitor, but could the same monitor be used for lower resolutions?
I intend to add an accelerator board at some stage and won't have room inside an A500 for this and a video card. I know that this kind of expansion is fully possible with an A1500 2000, but I haven't got room for one of those machines. Vicious little circle, isn't it?
Shaun Pugh, Batley George Thompson's address is Cucumber Hall Farm, Cucumber Lane, Essendon AL9 6)B and they can be reached by phone on 0707 6646S4.
Sorry we neglected to supply it in the DTP article.
To use productivity mode with a multisync, you must ensure that the monitor will properly display the new mode. Commodore, predictably enough, recommend their own 1950 monitor, which is a good quality multi sync, though a little expensive, You can risk a cheap VGA monitor, but try to test it before paying for it, as productivity mode is not a standard VGA-style signal and may not perform well wilh cheaper monitors.
As long as the monitor is happy, and you have a cable which will connect its 9- or 15-pin input to the Amiga's 23-pin RGB socket, you should be able to use all Amiga modes with the multisync.
The display will probably be a bit sharper than your average Amiga monitor but you will, of course, still get flicker in interlace mode unless you have a flicker fixer.
More memory I am thinking ol upgrading my A500, but I am not sure if some upgrades will be compatible with the others. I am planning on a Virgo VI500 board lo give me 1Mb of chip RAM and 1Mb of fast RAM.
Will this board be compatible with the new Kickstart 2.04 chips I am thinking of getting?
I wouldn’t like to think I’m wasting my money on one or the other. Please help.
Bichard Turton, Retford I have to confess I’ve never clapped eyes on a Virgo VI500, but it sounds like a perfectly ordinary 1.5Mb card with Gary connector and DIY solder job. As long as you install it properly, you should find little to worry about.
Kickstart 2.04 should be happy to coexist with the new RAM board.
Confused startup I have a query. When I turn on my A500 Plus and hold down both mouse buttons, a screen appears. Please can you explain what it is for and what it actually does?
Peter Hicks, St Albans The startup menu screen activated by holding down both mouse buttons is of most use to users of auto-booting hard drives without game switches, as it allows you to stop a floppy or hard drive from booting, and gives you a choice of which drive to actually boot up from, If you don't have an extra floppy or a hard drive, just ignore this screen.
Duff driver?
I'm on the verge of destroying my printer, as it's been causing me no end of grief lately. I recently switched from using an old shareware text editor, called Uedit, to the Pen Pal wordprocessor, but I've not been able to print anything out.
It all started when the disk, which I ought from a friend, turned out to have a read write error. There wasn't a backup, so we used FixDisk to sort it out and managed, through luck more than judgement, to get Pen Pal to boot up.
However, all was not well.
When I finished my first letter and tried to print it, I got the "Can't find printer device" error message. Now, I think either my Amiga is going mad, or Pen Pal is corrupted, as I have selected the printer driver using preferences and there was no problem. Can Pen Pal have been damaged by the read write error?
B Henson, Birmingham It sounds to me as if one of the AOVICI SKRVICI Workbench system files was wiped out by FixDisk when it sorted out your read write error. You will probably find that port handler (from the L; directory), parallel.device, or serial.device (both from DEVS;) have gone missing. Use Shell Or TDM to track down the missing file and copy it across from your Workbench disk.
If Pen Pal had been corrupted, it wouldn't run at all, so you can rest I assured you expensive software is safe, Monitor mayhem My monitor makes a very annoying high- I pitched whine whenever I use it, and has I recently become so bad that I've I resorted to using the TV modulator I rather than go mad. Is there anything I I can do about it? The monitor is a Philips I CM8833 Mk2 and is just out of warranty, so if there's a way of sorting it out without an expensive repair, I'd love to know what it is, Also, when I use my internal drive for loading large files, it sometimes hangs up. When this
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George Choi, Leighton Bunard Some people with very acute hearing in the high range can constantly hear the whining sound made by cathode ray tubes, but unless you get this with Tvs and every other kind of CRT-based visual display, it's much more likely that your monitor is at fault.
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SIU 99 99 importantly, concealed between these two gadgets lies the system information drop* down which is revealed by clicking on the central title bar. This produces a small window which shows your available fast and Chip RAM plus 2 running total of the two.
Opat€!25!l®2 mSM n 0?5£5 ffo. ¦??£? :¦ 0 ClineNo." Dev?-: ¦XX* m 39 19 19 id 39 39 arty Below the title bar lurk the four main power gadgets. The first of these is the ILBM icon which allows you to load any IFF and print either the entire image or just selected parts.
C;05e Screen SeIect PRINT Palette i4hoie Picture RETURN An additional screen cives complete control over the palette of the picture to be printed Ounsteyour (?P&GD&©&©1)&®8 - IT t H9®igTheGraph ieSta Select Uinclovf ...then odd a few twite of yoar own hrfort printing RETURN ave Window i) is probably to rip open the packaging, toss the manual aside, and start pottering about looking for the interesting bits.
If that's exactly what you did when the GraphicStation dropped through your let- ter-box there's a strong chance you've probably overlooked one of the most powerful utilities on the disk.
PrintStudio is a fairly bland and minuscule window which hides a plethora of printing options that make the CraphicStation one of the most powerful printing environments in the business.
Before you delve into the utility itself, the first task is to add the printer driver of your choice. If there's one area that causes more problems than any other it's printers, both in their installation and operation. As a result, we'll go through the entire printer installation process step-by-step.
Boot up!
If we assume you've just booted the GraphicStation, either double dick on the CraphicStation disk icon or alternately dick once on the short-cut puii-down ’with the left mouse button, then expose the pull- downs themselves by holding down the right Either way, select the TDM icon or menu item and load up the aforesaid software. Once loaded, click on DFO to load up the GraphicStation directory. Nov double dick on DEVS: followed by the printers directory. At this point you should see die EpsonX printer driver supplied with the disk.
If you use an alternative driver, delete the EpsonX file and copy your preferred driver into the drawer. If you're using a dual-drive system, this should be simplicity teeff.
Simply dick on the opposite directory window and load a disk containing the driver you require. $ p|ect the driver from the parent disk and copy it into the now empty printers drawer 00 the GraphicStation. If you're working with a f you're anythin ! Like me, your first instinct on the arrival of any new toy This simply speeds up the process by directing TDM straight to the necessary drawer on the disk.
Once in the correct spot, simply dick in the opposite directory window displaying the contents of the RAM disk, select the driver and hit copy. The GraphicStation disk should now be complete with the correct driver, ready for configuration.
Now exit TDM and load PrintStudio.
Click on die PrintStudio window to remove the information screen and select the prefer- ences icon within.
The procram will automatically load the standard Amiga preferences program. Once loaded, cfick on the printer icon which will reveal a secondary window.
You should now see either the original EpsonX driver or alternatively your latest addition plus the generic driver all waiting in the select window. To choose your new driver, simply highlight it using the arrow gadgets alongside the requester.
Once your driver and any other printer single drive system, follow the same loading procedure for the disk containing the new drive, then dick in the GraphicStation directory and select RAM. Now highlight the driver from the parent disk - a small arrow will appear alongside the file. Copy the driver into the RAM disk.
Replace the GraphicStation and move through the directory structure by double clicking on DEVS: and then printers, or alter' natively dick in the path window above the directory list and type: d?0: !*r$ fprtnters with options to convert to negative and to exchange foreground to background: Tne screen icon has a dual purpose. It not only allows the user to capture entire screens or individual windows which can then be saved to disk, but also provides an ideal way to capture graphics which can be feed into the ILBM element of the program for printing.
As the name suggests, the Text gadget gives full control over the printing of text files - which incidentally can be written with the GraphicStation's own built-in text editor.
Tne Text printing options are many and varied, as a result ’we'll be devoting additional space to a full explanation during a later issue of the support column.
Finally we come to the Preferences option ’which we explored earlier. As this merely gives access to the standard Amiga preferences program, a detailed recount of its options isn't necessary.
If you require further assistance have a dig around and retrieve the Workbench manual which contains all the necessa7 information.
Don't forget to tune in next month for more info on the premier productivity pm- gram plus more in depth advice c* PrintStudfo. E3 AC offer more hints, tips and assorted online advice for the power-packed GraphicStation preferences are defined, dick on Use to return to the main menu. If you are happy with all the other preferer*ia' options, c5ck on Save and youfil be return to the PrintStudio interface.
Because of the usual soace restriction imposed by a single page, it shmpiy isn't possible to go into real cecth concerning the program itself, sc fir the t e bemg we'll have to make do with a cmef guried tour, returning in iater columns for 2 mre in-depth look at the opticas pn oner_ On the very top of the window you'll see the mtertace coour options, but perhaps more TATION EH T utorial Onesdline: 35mm Slides in 24 hours from £3.50!
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new users of the language.
The Amiga’s reputation is built on its graphics capabilities, its multitasking and its interface, and a newcomer is bound to ask; "How can I make use of these advanced features easily?"
One might have thought that the loading and saving of graphics, the use of file requesters and so on would be easily available from the System, but up to now this has not necessarily been the case.
While the Amiga's old utility language, AmigaBasic, did give access to some of these features, it offered an unfriendly and cranky interface.
Many people turned to AMOS Basic, because of its excellent access to the Amiga's bells and whistles, but AMOS needs its own environment and does not multitask with the Intuition graphic user interface.
So, bizarrely, there has not really been an effective utility language for the Amiga - most users have relied on diverse PD utilities to perform their various management tasks.
It is here that Arexx comes into its own in a way that really shines, and which has not yet received the acclaim it deserves. By supporting the addition of limitless extension libraries, Arexx lets us create custom functions that will do the aforementioned jobs easily and cleanly.
For instance, functions to open a window or a screen, to display a graphic, create a menu or get a file requester might look something like OpenWindowQ, OpenScreenQ. DisplayPicf), MakeMenuO & GetRequesterO - in other words, intuitive and easy to use, much as you would expect them to be.
A small library with features like these - rxjntui.library - is included on this month's CoverDisk. This library gives access to many Intuition functions and system functions, as well as the Basic-like peekO and pokeO. Normally, functions like these are only available to programmers using assembler, C and their ilk.
Remember to install the library before use with the command: Alex Gian looks at graphics and intuition with Arexx, and predicts a bright future for the language sequence. We use rx-intui in the example below to show how we can write a simple picture viewer in just a few lines. The reason it seems so simple is that the hard work has already been done by the author of the library.
It is therefore all the more remarkable that all the best Arexx support libraries are freely distributable, and more are appearing daily - this demonstrates the support that Arexx receives, and its true utility nature.
Of course, you will have to leam something of the workings of Intuition if you want to produce anything fancy, but for simple purposes, everything you need is already there.
Let us look at the example now, which will recap some of what we have already seen, and also demonstrate the use of nested loops and If statements: rxlib rxjatvi. Library 0 -JO 0
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the program merely checks whether it was run with an argument
supplied or not, using parsing techniques we have already seen.
If no argument was given, then the user is ,m r | prompted to
supply a file name.
You could also use a file- requester to do this, as we showed in the last issue. A check is made to ensure that the file exists, and its contents are then displayed with a simple function, in this case LoadlFF().
A useful feature is that and other simple tasks. As you can imagine, its practical real life value was limited.
However, it acquired an Arexx port when various programmers (particularly T Rokicki with minrexx) took advantage of its simpTicity to show how a port could be attached to any program with a simple module. The resulting FreeDraw can now perform quite complex plotting routines via custom Arexx commands; the accompanying illustrations show this.
RexxPIPIot is another interesting case. It started off as a powerful library of plotting routines, with very high quality output, but it was only available for inclusion in C programs. With its Arexx interface it is now available to anyone.
Of course it does run a bit slower under Arexx, it needs to be learned, and if you want professional PostScript output you will need lots of memory.
However anyone requiring an interactive professional quality plotting module will be more than pleased with it.
.Next, we mention CanDo anc riyperoook. Tnese are multimedia software authoring packages, both of which sport Arexx ports. Anyone who has used this kind of program will appreciate tne ease that they bring into the creation of presentations.
CanDo is implemented as a command nosr, and since it has its own script language, is more likely to rely on Arexx for information about the system.
Hyperbook, on the other hand, uses Arexx solely as its script language, and oecause it is implemented as a function nost Oe all its operations are also Arexx functions) it can be condoled way easily, even from other programs.
Using powerful programs like this you can really let your creativity loose, without getting bogged down in messy cooing details!
Finally, ASDG's Art Department Is a powerful industry standard package which can perform a vast amount of graphic operations, including 24-bit work, and *6 conversion of almost any pioure format ever devised. Tne fact that it proudly carries an Arexx Interface oniy underlines that graphics and Arexx nave a bright future together.
We will look at Amiga system programming with Arexx again in the future, but next time we will return to Arexx proper, to have a look at some important control features in the language as weil as the excellent debugging and tracing facilities, which will be appreciated by oeginners and old hands alike.
The usefulness of Arexx lies In two general directions. Firstly, in the extend- abity of the language v a special libraries (and external command hosts - we saw this in the CockDj program, which provided us with a file-requester and window control) ana secondly as a poweriul automation tool for applications that need script control - for jobs that would otherwise have to be done manually. Tnis is, of course, a generalisation, and there are wide over- The first, RexxArplib, is a library similar to Our Own rxjhtui, in that it allows easy access to Intuition features - despite is name! It
started off as an interface to the ARP.Iibrary - a iibrary that successfully replaced parts of AmigaDOS - but acquired many graphic features along the way.
It has been around for a while, and is quite popular. Unusually, it opens Arexx port for every graphics task, but once you get the hang of it, is very pleasant to use.
AplC - at least you won't forget the name - is another library with similar features, which also tries to cover some gaps left by RexxArplib. As you can see, the user is spoiled for choice.
FreeDraw is an interesting example of how Arexx can transform a program. It began life as a simple drawing package that could do Tines, squares while the window and screen settings can be fully customised, they can also be left unspecified, in which case the function uses its own default values. Tnese are quite adequate in most cases.
All necessary windows and so on will be deal: with automatically. Tnis makes the function useful to beginners and more advanced programmers alike!
An average PD file viewer is over 20k in size, so you can see that the libraries are doing a lot of work to bring all that programming into just One line, Rxjntyi.jibraty actually calls a further library (ilbm.libraiy) to handle display and saving, but this is invisible to the user. Aji you nave to do is make sure that ail necessary libraries are in your libs: drawer.
The other advantage of doing it this way, rather than using, say, a standard PD viewer, is that you can taiior it exactly to your needs. You can create a custom slide show, with the prompts that you want, and you can easily tie it in with other Arexx- compatible utilities.
For instance, you could edit the pictures as you go, perhaps "stamping" them with some informaEndWindcwQ and EndScreen() to give us back the memory we have used.
Well that's all there is to it! 1 know that it may initially appear daunting to beginners, but it realty is one of tne cleanest ways to go about this kind of work. Experienced programmers often turn to Arexx when designing prototype work, and leave the complex coding to the end, when the design nas taken form.
Tion generated cy tne system. The next line in our listing uses the PeekO function to look at the window data (structure) in memory, and get the address of the screen on whicn our window has opened.
We will need this when we exit the program - we will then dose tne screen and leave everything behind us nice and tidy.
We'll look at the system structures in a later article, but for now all you need to know js that the address of a scteen is 46 bytes into the window structure.
Next we have a loop that checks the messages sent by the system to the intuition windows when things like mouse dicks and keypresses occur. Tnese are known as 1DCMP (Intuition Direct Communication Message Port) messages.
Again we will go into no detail here - suffice it to say that the first part of the message sent when the mouse key is pressed has a value of three. The library documentation for the WaiiMsgO function goes into more detail.
We use this loop so that we can break out of our picture viewing with a mouse dick. Once we are out of the loop we use the rxjntui supplied functions
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As promised last month, our first port of call concerns a near essential element of any serious Studio. The genlock comes second only to the Amiga - and, of course, the video - within any serious setup. As a result, it's well worth thinking long and hard about your investment To help you make such a big decision it's probably a good ideal to explain exactly what a genlock can offer, how it works and finally how to get the best from your investment.
The first job is to cut through the jargon and explain what your newest investment will actually offer. First, the word genlock is a concatenation of "general locking" - a tedious bit of trivia, but always handy as an ideal dinner party conversation stopper.
Genlock buyers' brief With so many Genlocks O'-1 the market it would be unfair to single out one or two as perfect buys.
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Obviously your dwc? May be restricted by available funds, but there are a few points to look for.
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If you wart morn det2% on units, prices, performance and the Tike, look at last November's issue of AC for a complete roundup o' the available hardware. Next month 111 be taking a look at Oxxi's excellent Presentation Master, detailing how best it can be incorporated into the average DTV setup.
Application The actual application of a genlock remains a mystery to many, but really it's a very simple process. A common misconception is that genlocks "key" onto a specific colour. This is not the case, as the majority lock solely to colour zero in the Amiga's colour palette. Like all the registers in the Amiga's repertoire, it can be any colour you want it to be.
Because the genlock keys to a specific colour Achieving the results More important aspects of a genlock concern how it achieves such impressive results. Basically there are three elements that make up any genlock. The firs* and most obvious feature is its ability to overlay, or key, computer-generated imaaes over a video signal. Although impressive, this is perhaps the simplest part of the equation.
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PROGRAMMING Get the Responding to queries by readers, I Have now written 3 full assembler version of a routine to read an IFF picture file - the routine is available on this month's CoverDisk.
Margaret Stanger presents a full assembler version of a routine to read IFF picture files Interchange Format Piles (or IFFs) are 3 convenient way of storing data in a way that any program can recognise. Usually the file starts with 3 croup header. This has a group ID of four Ascii letters, the total file length, and then the ID of the type of file.
The picture files that I have come across am usually UBM (interleaved bitmap) or ACBM (contiguous bitmap) but there could be others as well as files for music or text data. The file would consist of a series of chunks, starting with a chunk ID and chunk length followed by the chunk data. All chunks are read by the program. Chunks like OW and CRNC are ignored, but the following are processed:.
BMHD The bitmap header has the depth, width and height of the picture and the screen it came from, and a flag to indicate whether the data was compressed.
CMAP This chunk contains a fet of the colours used.
ABIT This is the main data for an ACBM picture. The information is stored for a complete bit plane at a time.
BODY Data 'or an ILBNi file. The data for all the bitplanes of the first screen row is followed by similar data for the other rows. If there are a lot of bytes the same colour the data may be compressed to save disk space.
The usual algorithm is to use a flag to indicate whether the next few bytes am to be read individually or cloned.
Devpac macros A macro is a small piece of frequently used code that is included in a source file when it is compiled. This macro is called in the source code, and included at compile time like a header file, so the source code can remain fairly compact The macro code is included in the object code every time the macro is called (unlike a call to a library routine) so there are no extra overheads at run time. Some extra memory is needed for object code, but this is usually offset by other advantages, especially on short macros.
The Devpac assembler has macros available for calling Amiga library routines. To take full advantage of these, use the following routine to open the DOS library: ?or?.t Mos«»*?,*f ?cr?c CJULSXR fcwU&wjr ist.l 69 S?o fiv‘sk?6 63 _D0S8b» It is interesting to look at the data in a real IFF file to see how it is put together. Enter "type piety opt h" for a look at the different chunks and their contents.
A typical chunk header for a BMHD chunk of 20 bytes would look like: 424KSU ooooooit Colour information would Start 43M*53 9W0203C WWW9 600000*9 OWCtCOC A9$ iM0 This would indicate 30 bytes of colour information starting with black (00 00 00), dark green (00 60
00) , lighter gren (00 AO 00), light gmen (00 E0 00) and came! Or
taupe (A0 SO A0).
I wrote a general purpose file reader that could be accessed from any assembler source module. The picture filename, destination bitmap and coiourlist vary, so they would be the input parameters for the routine. The routine "madfile" mads an IIBM or ACBM file where: name is the address of the filename bitmap is the address of the bitmap structure to be used assuming this bitmap is initialised and the rasters correctly allocated - the bitmap must allow enough screen memory for the picture!
Coiourlist is a pointer to where the colours are to be stored, eg cotovrfijfc ds.w 32 for 32 colours where space is reserved in the data section for each library pointer and library name.
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dc. t C A call to the DOS library routine. Delay, would then take
the form: CALIWS D?l*y OOYf.l MS88S«,«6 ;sr JJMeUy The macro
CAILDOS would save the con- tents of register a6, load 36
with the address in location _DOSBase, can the required DOS
Library routine, and restore the original contents of a6.
It is the no longer necessary to declare each library routine as an external reference, but the header files exec execjib.i, libraries dos.i. and libraries dosjib.i need to be included.
The module assumes that the file is present, is IIBM or ACBM, and that the bitmap and coiourlist are OK. When these conditions are met the module will Tad in the named picture file, unscramble it. Put it in the chosen bitmap, and put its colours into your cofourfct.
The module also assumes that there is enough me~vy for the compressed data while it is being decoded: this memory can be reused later. If memory is short, the module could be adapted with a smaBer bu er to read in part of the data a* a time.
This would sk?w down the program - there would be more processing and disk access would be less efficient.
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It is PCSSSSe to call an assembler function from a C module by declaring the assembler function addrass as an external reference. Any values are retired via Tester d0.
Ff using any address registers other than a0 and al, push tiie registers on to the stack at the beginning of the assembler routine, and pull them off at the end. C routines would put their input variables onto the stack, rather than into data registers, so the assembler routine would need to be adapted sSghtiy when being called from a C program.
MmjL MM' ,ia£I i J The demo program on the CoverDisk contains two source modules, pix.3 and iffread2.a, which can be assembled and finked together in the norma!
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The object module, pix, clears the screen by blanking out the colours. The IIBM picture file, with the filename specified in the calling program, is opened and T3d. The BMHD chunk gives instructions on the dimensions of the picture, and the number of bitplanes and colours.
The colours from the CMAP are copied to the cokxjriist in the calling program. The picture data in the BODY chunk is read in, decoded, and copied to the bitplanes specified by the bitmap structure in the calling program. The file is dosed, and control goes back to the main program.
The oicture is displayed on the scren until the user pTSses the joystick Fire button, or clicks a mouse button. If you want to watch the operation in slow motion, comment out the first jsr _LVOLoadRGB4(a6) instruction in the main program.
Then you will see the current screen contents in the default colours while the picture is loading. Call the "wait" routine after each fine - or even each plane to see how the picture is slowly built up.
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MUSIC The dance Paul Austin examines a phenomenon that's spread from the rave scene and finally invaded the world of Amiga software Perfect packages All the programs listed below are ideal for handling Amiga-based samples. For the newcomer MED is perhaps the perfect choice.
It's not only cheap but boasts one of the best piano roll formats around while having the added bonus of a built-in, if slightly basic, sample editor in versions 3.00 and onwards.
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Zone Distribution TFMX1&2 Ubisoft Audible plagiarism is big business in the music scene. As a consequence, it was only a matter of time before the sticky- fingered exploits Of numerous producers and musicians made their way onto the Amiga.
Whether you agree with the practice or not, sampling other peoples' work *s a fact of life and has become the norm rather than the exception.
The two latest floppy-based collections offer radically different approaches to the art of second-hand song compilation. The first ComeS from Time and Space and feahres edited sampled backbeat sonc sections rather than individual sounds.
The second selection o' swag appears courtesy of Gants' Music Software and arrives as a five-piece, floppy-based selection containing between 30 and 40 individual samples on each disk, all borrowed pinched lrfted blagged and generally leased on a permanent basis from a vanety of the very latest state-of-the-art sequencers and modules.
We'll open with the dance-dedicated element of the dueL Zero-G comes hot from the all-nighter, bringing with it a selection of 72 edited samples universally know as Breakbeats.
The collection is derived from the persona! Collection of Ed Stratton - AKA Man Machine - who, according to the bumph, is a world renowned techno pioneer.
AH the samples have been captured as IFF files at 16,726 cycles per second. As you might expect, the makes for very impressive results - it is, after all, roughly double the sampling rate for the average Amiga sample.
Where appropriate, loop points have been added making it possible to build an entire section or song around a single looping sample. The breaks themselves have been pre-edited to cycle perfectly.
All you need do is qlue the various elements together.
Aside from simple cycling repeats, some beats offer intro breaks with associated backbcats that continue on perfectly after the initial intro sample.
All the samples are tuned to middle C, so there should be very fittie editing required. Nevertheless, the accompanying manual offers advice on how to create or recreate looping samples, and how to combine a single intro sample with an infinitely repeating backbeat Advice The tutorial goes on with further hints and tips on adjusting loop points and the creation of single instrument sustain loops. The entire tutorial section is based around Aud*oMaster III, but don't be put off if you’re the proud owner of either Audition 4 or Intersound, as the advice is fairly genera! And should port over to
other oackages very easily.
Generally sneaking, the Zero-G collection is excellent for dance fans but next to useless for anyone else. Having said that, there is a chance to do a tittle coaching of your own, as sounds can be isolated with a decent samole editor and lifted for latter use.
The sound quality and editing is very impressive, and the samples could easily slip back into the rave scene without anyone noticing their Amigan ancestry.
As mentioned earlier, Gajits' collection offers a slightly more purist approach to audible plagiarism. Rather than offering complete sections, they concentrate solely on individual sounds sampled directly from various unnamed sequencers and modules.
As a consequence, song construction is a little more looo- winded but infinitely more original than its dance-orientated counterparts.
All the voice samples are recorded at 1,200 cycles per second, which at first clance appears inferior in comparison to the Zero-G collection. It's true that the quality at the ideal pitch isn't as good but this is negated by the added range which the slightly lower sampling rate pr0Vtd«.
The choice is a simple one. If a sample is taken at a high rate, its sound at perfect pitch
• s indeed better. But when high rate samples are moved up or
down trough the octave rang? They becor* £stored far cuidcer
than samples recorded at a ' rn°r rate. As a resuft. There has
to be a compromise wben recording sounds which are to be
Dlayed over numerous octaves.
Because perousskn is generally used at or around oeri«t pitch. Gaps' have sampled al! Such sounds at 25,000 cydes, wbkb even outstrips the impressive fidelity of the Zero-G collection, Pqr the true nusos out there, this collection has to be the better choke of the two, esoeoaily if you want truly original results and don't mind putting a C*tt3e more time into their creation.
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The complete three-CD set contains approximately 3,000 assorted samples covering the entire spectrum of modem dance musk. AH the sounds included are fully blown 16-bit replicas of the originals, with breaks, vocal hooks, special Fxs, keyboard samples and just about everything else any would-be Df or producer would ever need.
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The biggest benefit from faster modems comes if you upload and download lots of files. Even though files are generally handled in compressed form, a full size game can take at least an hour to download with a relatively slow (1200 baud) modem.
Tne same file will squirt down the line in less than five minutes with one of the high speed modems now on the market. If you handle lots of files this can add up to 3 substantial saving on tour fOvrpttaac tiiil and anys cmdiU Urn boards ntok charge by hour.
If you are more interested in chatting on bulletin boards, a faster modem will not necessarily save !
You much money. After a certain point you reach the stage where the speed of d3ta transfer is limited not by the modem but by your typing speed. It's no use having a high speed modem if all it's doing is sitting waiting for your fingers to catch up!
Again, many boards are quite slow in operation, taking some time to find and select the next menu you have Chosen, Here the modem has to wait for the system rather than you. M you intend to spend a lot of your time online reading and writing messages, or chatting directly to the sysop (system operator) then you really don't need anything above 2,400 baud - more power will simply be wasted.
Last month we looked at bulletin boards and conferencing systems and ended witn a warning about costs. But costs can be cut dramatically in a number of ways.
Although you should oe able to find plenty of boards which are only a local call away, some of the more interesting ones are likely to be at the other end of the country, and long distance calls are expensive. If you think you'll be making lots of long distance calls, it's worth getting a Mercury account.
This alternative telephone system is now available from almost anywhere in the country, although some areas are still not covered. The system works on a PIN code basis, for about £8 per yea*- you are issued with a personal code which is dialled before the normal telepnone number. This puts you into the Mercury system and cuts BT out altogether.
Any calls made in this way are billed to you by Mercufy so that theoretically you need only ever pay BT for their standing charges - line and equipment rental and so on. Mercury calls work out a good deal cheaper for all except local area calls and if you use the phone a lot, this can add up to a substantial saving.
Another useful feature of Mercury is the option of allocating cost centre codes to the PIN.
These two or three digit numbers are chosen by you and are a handy way of separating different types of calls when the bill comes in.
For instance, a different code could be allocated to each member of the family, plus one for each BBS you dial regularly. Tne bill is itemised wifh cost centres totalled separately.
One small problem with Mercury is that you might need to buy a new telephone to handle it.
However, these need not be too expensive, and for around £30 you will be able to get hold of a spanking new phone with number storage facility which saves you from having to feed in a 10 to 20 digit code every time you dial.
More expensive models with built-in answer- ing or even fax machines are also widely available but all you really need is a piece of apparatus capable of handling tone dialling.
There is a simple way to join chat sessions inexpensively, and here a high speed modem can be a great money-saver. Since reading and writing messages takes a lot of time, it makes sense to do so while not connected to the 8BS, by means of an OLR (offline reader), such as OLR2, as found on the Amiga Computing CoverDisk a few months back.
This is simply a piece of software which will log on to a board automatically, find all the messages you haven't read yet, bundle and compress them and finally download tne file to disk. When this is done, the OLR will log you off automatically.
Next, and in your own time with no charges ticking up. The OLR will allow you to read the messages irt any order you wish and give you the opportune to reply to interesting ones or make new messages of your own.
The next bme you log on to the board, the OLR wiil upioac jour messages and place them in the system before downloading the next batch of unread messages. This method of working is called *of:r.iung* 3nd is a tremendous money- saver. In iaa you shouldn't think of using any system regUany without investigating which OLRs are avaflaafr on that board.
Shareware Most OLR software is shareware, including the one i am currently evaluating, Amiga Silver Express is installed in my local board 3s a menu option, When I log on I can simply choose this option, sedoe which messages I want to capture, then download the compressed bundle created oy me system.
Although this part of the operation is automatic, tne logging on and off is not. This has to oe handled by a script, which is rather like the start-up sequence used when you boot your Amiga. It is simply a list of instructions saying what to answer when the BBS offers various prompts. Setting up scripts demands quite a good knowledge of each BBS you wish to use, as each will present prompts and menus differently.
77?a h fondled by raving a range of different scripts, one for each board, and a piece of comms software which can handle them.
The most widely used comms software on the Amiga is Ncomm, which handles scripts effortlessly and allows a phone book to be created to store both the telephone numbers of each BBS and all the settings, usernames and passwords required. Ncomm is available for download from most bulletin boards which offer files, and is well worth a look.
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blessed with a wonderful collection of 4,096 different colours.
With these colours we can create new worlds and alternate realities witn art packages iike Deluxe Paint With Amos we can go a step further and use the power of colour to produce animation.
Before we go into too much detail, it will help for you to know a little bit about the way colours are nandled by the Amiga. Under ordinary circumstances you can display 32 individual colours onscreen. These are stored in colour registers. You can tnink of a colour register as being an empty paint pot, wnitn we can till up witn any colour.
At its simplest form you can see colour cycling at fairgrounds and fancy Christmas displays. Tnis happens when a string of unlit bulbs are switched on in sequence one at a time. Tnis gives the illusion that a bulb is moving along. We can demonstrate this with a simple program.
Tne first step is to open up our screen, so go into the Amos editor and type: Serten Open 0,320,200,l6,i.o*rei Flisn Off Cls 0 Curs Off Now we must set up our palette. Remember tnat Peter Hickman shows you how to hypnotise your relatives using just your Amiga... and a copy of Amos!
Each of the numoers in tne following line represent the "paint" that we are pouring into the paint pot (colour register).
The colour which we have poured into colour register number one - remember that the 32 different colour registers are iaoelled from 0 to 31 - is white (SfFF) and represents our bulb wnicn is switched on: solsiff o, SO, 50, SO,S3, $ 0,50,50,50,50,50,50,50,50 Now we must draw our hght-buibs. Each one will use a different colour, selected with the PEN command: Paper fl for Lfipsl To 15 Pet 10?
Wit Ual Print “0 ¦; Hex: LOP Tne final stage is to start the colour cycling up, We will do this using tne Shift command, which uses four parameters. The first is the speed at which the colours will cycle, tne second and third specify the start and end colour registers which will oe cycled and tne final parameter is for special effects - which we will not be using!
Just now does it work? Weil, tne Shift command will move the colour stored in register number 1 into register number 2, tne colour in register 2 into register 3,3 into 4,4 into 5 etc It's a bit like pouring the paint from one pot into anotner!
Shift lip 2,1,15,1 iirect That's it. Simple, huh?
Another interesting use of colour cycling is to produce weird backgrounds for games and demos
- or hypnotising friends and relatives!
In the next example we wifi draw a small oiock lo x lo pacs in S2c, grao it as a Bob and finally paste -t a- Over tne screen. Once again, our screen must se opef*c up, anc a palette selected. In this case i rwve usee shades of olue: it.’ct 0,325,200,16,Loxrts
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An absolute wealth of educational software rua appeared in shops and in public domain catalogues since the release of Amos. Uvty people who have good ideas Out nave been unaole to implement them in trjo&onai languages - like Amiga Basic
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In the next issue we will look at how to write a staple educational game using Amos. Who knows, you couid go on to wnic something amazing using the ideas I will present - this is you chance to get npped oh by a top software company, so don't miss id liti 56 58,56,55,54,53,52,51,53,53,53,53,53,53,52,51 hid 57,57,56,55,54,53,52,51,52,52,52,52,52,52,52,51 idti 56,57,56,55,54,53,52,51,51,51,51,51,51,51,51,51 nave fun with colour cycling and send in any examples that you come up with.
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Straight scanning You'll find it easier to scan in straight lines if you use some sort of straight edge to run the head down when scanning. I find that the spine of a thick and heavy book is best, something like a telephone directory.
It needs to be heavy so that it won't slip if you accidentally lean against it a bit too much. Even then you may have difficulty keeping the head straight because the bit at the front that you push against the book is too narrow and might wobble about a bit.
The way to solve this is to use two heavy books, one either side of the head, forming a kind of valley down which to pull the scanner. If the books are heavy enough there's no way that the head can wander off line, so it's just a case of lining the books up correctly before scanning.
Processing by hand If you can't afford image processing software and want to get better printed output of muddy greyscale images, you can do it by hand if you have an art package and a little patience.
To adjust the brightness of an image, simply clkk on each colour in the palette and change its RGB value to the next lightest shade, So 0,0,0 (black) becomes 1,1,1; 1,1,1 becomes 2,2,2 and so on all the way up to 14,14,14 which becomes 15,15,15.
Keep in mind that each time you go through this process you turn one more shade of light grey into solid white, so the more you do it, the more detail gets lost. A better way is to leave black and white alone and drastically brighten the greys in between. Change both 1,1,1 and 2,2,2 to 8,8,8; change 3,3,3 and 4,4,4 to 9,9,9; change 5,5,5 and 6,6,6 to 10,10,10; and so on until the two greys before white are 14,14,14.
You might find it easier if you work backwards from white. Leave white alone, and then create pairs of greys one level of grey darker than the previous level, until you hit black, which you leave alone. The onscreen image will look a little wishy-washy, but the printed output will look much better than before.
Practice makes perfect, the old saying goes. And as far as using greyscale hand scanners is concerned, the old saying rings true.
The quality of the resultant image will always depend on the quality of the original. The natural assumption here is that black-and-white photographs will always provide better greyscale scanned images than colour ones.
Not true.
What matters is contrast. A good quality, bright and colourful photograph - one taken in strong light, like bright sunlight or under photographic lamps - will scan perfectly well and in most cases will result in a better 16 greyshade image than the same image scanned,from a black-and-white equivalent.
You should always use the scanner's halftone setting for scanning anything but line drawings, usually marked on the scanning head as the smallest of three dots. Ignore the two larger dots - on the whole these are a waste of time, although they can sometimes be used to get a better scan of a low contrast ("muddy") original.
Preparation Use the highest dots-per-inch setting available, usually 400 dpi, and to start with set the brightness wheel to the lightest setting.
In preparation for the scan, try to find a horizontal line on the original to line up with the front of the scanning head. I don't mean through the window, I mean in front of that - look over the front of the scanner and line its foremost edge up with something horizontal in the picture, preferably as near the top of it as possible - often this can be the actual top edge of the photograph.
Once the head is straight, start the software scan so that the green scanning light comes on, but before pressing the scanning button on the head, look through the window and push the head upwards slightly until the bar of light is positioned correctly across the top of the image to be scanned.
Sometimes this will result in the front of the scanner protruding over the top of the image, and when you start to pull the head it gets stuck on that leading edge of the paper. The solution is to place a clear sheet of plastic or acetate over the photograph or picture beforehand, or slip it inside one of those clear plastic A4 paper sleeves that stationers sell.
Always remember that a single, even pull is better than lots of very slow jerky pulls. The trick is not to put too much downwards pressure on the head.
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bitten... The Commodore CDTV is not the only interactive CD
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They have held back the launch in Europe awaiting the FMV (Full
Motion Video) chips that would allow the CD-I unit to display
moving VHS-quality video direct from CD.
The Japanese are backing the Philips-developed CDTV rival, CD-I - but have they learned their lessons from Betamax video and MPX computers?
Jolyon Ralph has his doubts These have not yet appeared at a cheap enough price to fit as standard, so the European CD-I players will come without the FMV chips, but with a socket to add this at a later date.
Kickstart 2.0 for CDTV The CDTV Is now coming fitted with Kickstart 2.0 as standard, at the new price of £499. Commodore initially told developers that machines would come fitted only with Kickstart 1.3, but recent CDTV purchasers have been pleasantly surprised to find that their machines have Kickstart 2.0 fitted.
There is not an easy way to tefl whether a CDTV Is fitted with a particular Kickstart version, except to boot from a Workbench floppy disk. The initial CDTV logo screen contains a small number on the granite slab. This is either 1.0 or 2.0. This corresponds to the CDTV ROM version, not the Kickstart ROM. If the machine has a 1.0 CDTY ROM then it definitely has Kickstart 1.3 - If the machine has a 2.0 CDTV ROM, then it probably has Kickstart 2.0, but older models may still have the 1.3 Kkkstart with the 2.0 CDTV ROM.
With manufacturers such as Philips, Sony, Matsushita, Sanyo and |VC bringing CD-I players to the market, does this spell the death of CDTV?
Firstly, let's compare the technical specifications of the two systems. The CD-I has a faster processor (16Mhz), and a larger colour palette.
The CDTV has a standard 7Mhz 68Q00 chip and standard Amiga graphics modes, but it also has the Amiga custom chip set, which can make up for the speed difference between the two machines, and more.
Uniquely placed CDTV is uniquely placed. The CD-I unit can cope very well with interactive multimedia-type applications, the Sega Megadrive-CD unit can play mean CD-ROM-based games, but only the CDTV can really perform well as both a home multimedia reference education system, and a home entertainment system, Games on the CD-I just don't cut it. The hardware is new and non-standard, so there are few programmers who really understand CD-I. CDTV is essentially an Amiga 500 with a CD-ROM drive, and there are thousands of good Amiga programmers out there ready to produce CDTV titles.
Initially Commodore tried to hide the fact that the CDTV contained a computer - now they are actively selling the machine on its expansion capabilities. The CD-I box can't be expanded into a computer., but by adding an inexpensive keyboard, mouse and disk drive to the CDTV you can use the machine as a standard Amiga.
The CDTV has Midi ports allowing the use of the new CD+MID! Audio disks (CD audio disks with Midi data encoded with the music) - the CD-I box doesn't. CDTV has an optional internal genlock, and with the recently announced AVM card it is possible to bring CDTV graphics up to and beyond CD-I quality, for an extra £50. This technology will almost certainly be built into future CDTVs.
The major problem with CD-I is not hardware, but software. A typical CD*I development system includes a Sun Sparcstation, emulator hardware, authoring system, tools and training, total cost around £44,000.
On CDTV the costs are far less, as there is already a large Amiga user base, and peripherals and software are very cheap.
Several CDTV titles have been produced with very basic Amiga systems - an Amiga 500 with 100Mb hard drive and colour monitor - costing under £1,000, although it must be said that an A2000 or an A3000 is a far better system for CDTV development.
Lower costs Because the costs are far less than on CD-I, there are far more companies developing for CDTV than for CD-I, and there are more titles currently available, despite CD-I having a three year lead on CDTV.
Philips are saying that some of their complex CD-I titles are taking 10,000 hours to test. At eight hours a day, that's five years!
Without the software CD-I is doomed. There may be a few high-quality titles out for CD-I, but without a large catalogue of titles the machines will not sell. Both Philips and Sony got their fingers burned in the home video market; they were beaten by the VHS format, not because their formats were any worse technically (Betamax was a far superior system to early VHS), but because most movies came out first on VHS.
And the combined strength of all the lapanese manufacturers together against Commodore isn't necessarily a one-way fight either The Japanese tried to take on Commodore and Sinclair in the home computer market back in the early 1980s. They produced the MSX computer, which despite being a nice machine, with lots of different models, flopped in most of Europe because there just wasn't the software to go with it. The Spectrum and the Commodore 64 are still selling today.
Sales of CD-I in the States have been very disappointing. Philips are banking on the European market to build CD-I, but without the software it hasn't got a chance.
Trivia Shopper shoots!
Have you seen the latest Amiga Flopper cover-mounted "freebie”? I noticed Hone shelf the other day end wos so intrigued I had lo take it home for a doser inspection.
Having disposed of the 150-page packaging, I examined my free "Tracer" and found it to be a dear plas- --- tic tens complete with crosshairs and mounting bracket. What could it possibly be, I wondered?
Tne answer to this question duded me for JO agonising seconds, then it hit me v ith the force of a phone book from three floors up, and the sheer oudcdty of the plan left me trembling in ewe.
It became dear that, with its lens-like qualities and accurate crosshair, the tracer could be nothing other than the first instalment of a complete high vdocity sniper's rifle!
At last, a new marketing ploy, the first attempt in history to distribute a valuable piece of weaponry disguised as a collection of v orthless junk! Masterly!
I await with baited breath Fruftbct Publishing's ottempt to cover-mount the barrel which must surely measure almost o metre in length. Look out for a "biggest c er issue”, snoopers.
Barrel laughs as spring slump bites attacks of waffle-ib’s, making even this crude page-filler look like serious Amiga journalism.
The lower portions of barrels all over the Amiga community are showing signs of scrape damage as the traditional spring slump reduces the flow of new product releases to a trickle.
Magazines in particular are finding it hard to drum up decent stories, leading to some of the most appalling space-stuffing seen this side of The Guardian's bunch issue.
Not content with printing their gallery section twice (once in Wade and white, once in colour), hacks at the moribund Virus User International have recently resorted to extreme measures to cover up blatant Witness poor Cary Fer jn, whose article on the IV24 card was drowned at birth when the suppliers demanded its return before he'd even opened the box.
The resuiting page was so windy that a kindly art editor decided to set it against the most grotesque rainbow pattern he could muster, thus rendering the text unreadable.
The hapless Fenton was reduced for several days to pleading for compassion on the anorak-ridden CiX bulletin board. Better luck next time, Cary!
Commodore in practical joke shocker An appealing (surely that shouid be appaflrng? - Ed) rumour has been sweeping the Amiga Computing offices lately that the entire Commodore UK organisation is no more than a huge practical joke. Lobster set out to investigate the rumour and tracked it to its source.
The joker in question, Brian Ferret, lives with his grandmother and three cats at a small farm in Dorset, and claims to be the originator of the Commodore "hoax*. I asked him how be did it.
"Have you ever phoned Commodore with any sort of request? Yes? Ever noticed that they always ask you if you're a dealer, and when yOu say Yio they hang Up?"
I said yes, more or less, but what does that prove?
"It's just my answering machine linked to an Amiga with a few samples and randomised fob-offs thrown in for variety," smirked Brian in triumph.
But what, I asked, about the human face of Commodore UK, the ever-present PR man, Andrew Ball? Surely you're not going to tell me he's just a practical joke?
"Not entirely. That one was done v ith mirrors and holographic projectors, and it was really tricky. Problem is, I never did perfect it, so that's why the whole tiling's a bit iight and insubstantial.3 6rian Ferret is 33 and, of course, barking mad. I phoned Commodore to ask them for a reaction to Brian's darns, but they hung up when I said I wasn't a dealer... Next month - does Brian really make A500s from melted down margarine tubs in his potting shed?
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Tz c c j* o ° C C E ° x CM iO D r- ln C 0 0 ai Now you can Instantly select either your mouse or joystick by simply a I touch. You won't need to fumble under or behind your computer to swap your mouse and joystick cables ever again.
• Easy to install
• Ideal for 2 player games
• Protects fragile connectors Your key to really mastering
computer games.
This stick, based on Code Price] 9503 £17.95 Amiga Game Maker s Manual - with MOS Basic Bring Your Amiga to Life!
Have you ever dreamed of making your Amiga really work for you? Or wanted to harness to the full its awesome hidden power?
Well now you can!
Even if you're a complete beginner, Easy AMOS will propel you into a fascinating new world where you will quickly learn how to:
• Produce impressive graphical effects
• Create and animate colourful objects
• Scroll large text across the screen
• Make your Amiga actually talk to you
• Add exciting music to your creations Soon you'll be turning
your craziest ideas into reality: Computer art, cartoon
animations, home finance, educational software, demos, arcade
* i®5 the MCA Arcade joystick is regarded as the best arcade
joystick in the world. With its adjustable 4- j way or 8-way
microswitch operation you will find it the most accurate and
reliable joystick you'll ever use.
Complete with 1 year guarantee and normally selling at £24.95. it is available for a short period for £17.95 Code Price; 9504 £29 95] The Trojan Amiga compatible lightpen can be used as a complete replacement for the mouse in many applications.
Particularly useful in drawing and design, the two button pen provides the user with a very direct method of control.
This package also includes KWIKDRAW - a lightpen compatible drawing program, plus a lightpen driver that allows the pen to be used with most programs that run from Amiga Workbench. The lightpen is also compatible with: Dpaint III and IV, Photon Paint, Workbench 1.0 1.3, Battlechess, Professional Page, Music-X and Audiomaster V2.
Easy to use, the Trojan lightpen will have you producing designs and drawings that are far superior to those produced using a mouse.
Stephen is the author of Sigma's best-selling The Game Maker's Manual for the Atari ST - and he's the author of the new AMOS (Amiga Operating System) Manual, so nobody is better placed to write this book.
The creator of AMOS, Francois Lionette. Has produced the most powerful games programming system. With it, Amiga games equivalent to such best sellers as Xenon 2 and Blood Money con be produced - it's so straightforward that many people will buy an Amiga simply to run AMOS Basic.
The contents include: Game planning - graphic design, mock- ups and sprites; Shoot-'em-ups - high speed AMOS sprites, fire control, collision detection, background animation: Simulations - from simple 3D movement to flight simulators; Role playing - characters, scenarios and magic; Adventure games - plans, rooms and commands; Animation, scrolling, sound and 3D: Links to assembler. Numerous tested, working programs illustrate the book. [cod* Price 9686 £16.95 Amiga Game Maker's Manual - with AMOS Basic by Stephen Hill Code Price 9670 £3495 it's no secret th« me Amiga is the most powerful home
computer of them all.
What has remained a mystery for most newcomers is how to make tne most of its immense potential. Now Amiga Computing nas produced a floppy disk that is packed with everydiing you need to take the hassle out of harnessing the inbuilt power of your Amiga.
Many months of research and testing The GraphicStation have resulted in a simple-to-use, smgje di?k replacement for Commodore s Workbench which we re calling The, Workstation.
This indispensable collection of utilities, including some outstanding shareware never before assembled together on one disk, is now available for jus: £3.50. It's too good to miss!
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IT AGAIN WITH STEREO MASTER!
Stereo Master is the latest full feature STEREO sound sampler for the AMIGA. This completely new hardware cartridge contains DUAL analogue to digital convenors, ensuring the ultimate In 8-bit sample quality.
The system can record in high qualify stereo from its twin phono input sockets, sampling anything from a portable CD player to live radio!
Stereo Master comes compleie with powerful editing and special effects software which allows samples to be loaded in 8,12 or even 16-bit resolutions.
Exploit the true pOwer of your Amiga with AMOS The Creator i AMOS ;s the definitive programming languago for everyone wanting to make the most of their Amiga.
AMOS iS in extremely easy to learn and use package featuring literally hundreds o: special commands to directly control the Amiga's legendary graphics and sound capability.
! Lust look m some of the things you can do:
* Define and control sprites
• Directly control rhe Amiga custom chips
• Write amazing arcade games ? Turn programs written in AMOS into
fust and compact machine code simply by buying the AMOS
compiler at a later date.
| Over 40.000 Amiga enthusiasts are already pushing the Amiga to its limits - and bevond. With AMOS.
Cooo Product Price 9834 AJ.lOS Jno O&iiot £3-1.99 9833 AJAOS Compter £19.99 9838 AMOS 30 £2499 9837 Sunai6(Haa3pfoauas £7*39 Now vou can join tiiem for only £34.99 Cooo A. vWf s m xra
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PPANIM a cru-dec artm ua. Tremonoous mwij» V S »S W yxr anrcueftv ' Datat)ase Power lor all Amiga Users Features include: ? Simple to use. Powerful user interface. Databases of all complexity normally designed in less tnan 15 minutes.
* Database structure to your own design, with field types such as
text, number, date etc.
• Ability to modify database structure even after using the
database.
• Powerful data entry, modification and deletion facilities.
• Full soning and selection capabilities, plus full printing
functions including tne design of reports and listings.
• Database files are compatible with the PC version of Powerbase
allowing interchange between the two systems.
• Works with all Amiga computers including and supports Kickstart
1.2 and 2.0. Powerbase has the facilities only found in
sophisticated dataoase systems, but is designed to oe simple to
use by anyone and is at a price that makes most PPTYPs fatmifi
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Other database packages look very expensive * «« 3502 Features: A professional viruskiller that recognises more than 138 vlfuses.
» Userfriendly utility to produce your own (hard) disk menu’s Features include: 3C ideal for floppy and hard disk users
* Full support of mouse, joystick and keyboard
* Multitasking x IFF picture (background pictures) and Amiga font
support
* Big Agnus support x Built in virus protector ? Tnree versions
included from a title bar clock version through a custom screen
3D gadget version (KDV5).
P°WERMENU I KILL DA VIRUS
* Brainfile wnich is being updated through PD channels and of
course on Newsflash so you will always nave an updated version.
* Store your oootblocks on disk so you can restore them when your
oootblock is destroyed by a nasty boot virus (Saddam etc etc).
WUMK
* Cnecks your memory and will kill any live virus to avoid
further spreading on healthy disks. Any unknown oootblock will
be analysed with a learn’ option so next time it can oe
identified.
* Userfriendly menus so easy to work with.
* Full support of Kickstart 2.0 and hard disks.__ x Comes with PD
menu compiler so you can spread your menu x Several system
functions (chipmem on off, time) included Cooo Prica 9662
£17.95 Code 3363 Price £14.95 il READER OFFERS Amiga Computing
Magazine Binder Using a system of strengthened steef rods, tfw
nandsomo binder embossed
* Mh the Amiga Computing tggo, v*» hqid 12issues of youf
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CS95 usffi* Amiga Computing Mouse & Mouse Mats Elegant r*gh qualify mcvso trom Gastcner Desgned to use with any mouse driven apptcation Also, our mouse mat with the Amiga Computing logo «the perfect desktoo environment lor ycxr mouse, with its specialty designed perfect gnp surfaces Mouse Mat £4 95 9608 Mouse £19 95 M8» Amiga Computing Dust Covers Made liom rugged PVC, bound with strong cotton and sporting the Amiga Computing logo, perfect tor protecting your computer This unique p&ckago makes pracMing spe*ng toads of fi i Suitable lor children from 5-15. SPELL* allows the mar to team * fxs or
her own pace It includes t.vo different tests, each making use of more than 5 000 words - so much variety that you'll never get bored £8 96 xu E4 95 96or Lockable Disc Boxes Personal Finance Manager Prevent accidental damage to your decs, while *eepmg tne area a cx xl you computer tidy with ou high quality lockaWo d*sc boxes Personal Finance Manage* tfoaOM an easy way of looking alter your bank account, building scoot account cr«j.» cards and w on its many features include k i workbench interlace bar* aaamre 'ecanoha&on. Graph analysis and automate standing orders £24 95 9943 35‘DtSC
boi|» Mcu0x*F) £995 9(06 35* DiSC E 0» 1100 dec aeec i) £12 96 98? Amiga Computing Back Issues March 1992 * 3.5m disc £3 10 P74S April 1992 * 3 6m disc £3 10 9 48 May 1992 • 3 5m disc C3 10 974 I Sac* issues from other months are imtopto - phono tor details | Add £2 Europe Hue. £3 SO Overseas tor postage pm •ssuo Amigados: A Dabhand Guide Amiga Computing Back Issue Bundle December 199!-May 1992 ? 35m disc Add £6 Europe Eire, £12 Overseas towards postage £1800 out SPARE DISCS 1 5 Assorted Amiga Computing cover discs £7 50 £»9 | 25 AssCrfIbd Amiga Computing cover discs £2 00 SWM J PRODUCT
DESCRIPTION PROOUCT REF PRICE Please add postage as delai*ed oolow POSTAGE Add £4 tor EirefEurope, £6 tor Overseas unless specified aoove TOTAL Please tick if you do not wish to receive promotional material Irom other companies.
£ Offers subject to availability.
Overseas orders despatched by Airmail AS pneos include postage, packing and VAT Valid to June 30.1992 Send to: Europress Direct, FREEPOST, Ellesmere Port, L65 3EB (No stamp needed if posted m UK) Products are normally despatched within 48 hours of receipt but delivery ol certain Hems could lako up to 28 days I wish to pay by Cheque unxheque made payable to Europress Diroct ? E,**y I Access Mastercardf Mrocard Bnrciaycard'Visa Connect p*» er at an) (V O the or ni ighl Don't forget to give your name, address and credit card number By phone: 051 -357 1275 Name
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number in case of queries AMC 6 PC501+ RAM Card Our RAM board
is designed specially for the new A500+ computer and comes with
1MB of RAM on board to expand your memory to 2MB of chip RAM.
Plug in and go operation (fits into trapdoor).
| Gives you a total of 2MB of chip RAM £49 112 chip RAM card £39.95 New PC880B ¦ Now with X-Copy Professional!
¦ | Power Computing have teamed up with Cachet of Germany to bring you the ultimate in disk Commodore A600 backup systems.
The new PC880B disk drive can be used directly 9 with the X-Copy Professional Cyclone' software without any extra cables or interfaces.
¦j •¦ This gives you the the power and reliability of the proven Cyclone’ backup software with the conve- "i nience of the PC880B floppy drive.
- So now you can have two backup systems Blitz fr 8MB for any
A500 Tht* new compact A600 from Commodore Built-in TV
modulator Workbench & Kickstart 2 i Enhanced chip set jy 1MB of
chip RAM . O IDF. Hard disk controller built-in i Credit card
size RAM & ROM slot A600 £399 A600 with 20MB £499 A600 with
40MB £639
* A600 with 80MB £739 , Commodore A500 Amiga 500+. 2MB RAM £339
Qji A150Q, AJ000 also available £POA Monitors and printers also
available £POA Miscellaneous x and 'Cyclone' available at the
touch of a button! S. And the PC880B still has our unique
switchable anti-virus mode, preventing all write accesses to v
the bootblock of your floppy disks! M C- If you all ready own
a PC880B, and the Cyclone copier, a hardware upgrade is
available to take your drive up to the latest specification.
New PC880B with Blitz & X-Copy £99-95 New PC880B (Cyclone compatible) £79.95* Cyclone hardware upgrade for existing PC880B V owners £15.00
• ' rhls drive Is avatljhlr only lo KefilSTF.RED owners of X Copy
Mrotessionjl. You must piuvidc proof of purchase of X-Copy
SP* Professional Plugs into side slot Fully auto config i
Full thru'port j Fxpand 2MB-8MB 2MB £129 4MB £189 1 x 4Zip
£19.95 8MB £299 2MB for any A500 Economy 2MB RAM externally
cased | 16-Chip (1 x 1 DIP) No thru'port £99.95 Board
1. 5MB RAM Plugs easily into your Amiga Fully supports 1MB chip
R.tyl Fully compatible with Fatter Agnus £79 (Kiilcsfart t f
and ahnve. Not (xjmfwtibk' wtlli A500*) (Your Anugu nittls lo
be opened, this may cflccl your warranty)
* t PC880 Disk drive £49.95 PC881 A500 Internal drive £40.00 s
PC882 A2(KX) Internal drive £45 A500 Internal anti-click lx ard
£9.95 f. A Special upgrade offor!
F% If you consider your scanner system to be inferior to the Power Scanner, we will happily upgrade your software and interface for only £49.95 (Power Scanner is cnmputihle with most canning heads ) 1MB with Thru'port Expand your A$ 00'.s memory to a total of 2MB without disposing of your existing S12K upgrade. Works with lj 1MB of chip RAM, simple internal fitting. £49.95 & SI2K RAM iww he •) vtHp type, or not rxivoJinjt 9cm tn length) (Yout Amiga nods to he opened, thb nay died yxnir warranty) A500 RAM Card S12K RAM expansion with battery backed dock and a rk free disk packed with useful
software (4 chip RAM) £29 512K RAM card without clock £24 16 chip RAM card with dock £24 ""¦w 16 chip RAM card without clock £19 (ASA)* totnpaiihlc!
10 Maxell disks, optical mouse, Zipstick £45 Power Mouse £15 Optical Mouse £29.95 Replacement optical mouse mat £9.95 A500 Plastic dust cover £9 Maxell multi colour branded disks (Box .if imi £9.95 Floppy disks bulk £POA Blitz Amiga Back up disks at lightning speed Stops all external drives from clicking . Contains anti-virus from being written into the bootblocker £25 Aries RAM A 1 50O A2OOO 4MB £169 6MB £209 8MB £249 Send your order to Power Computing Ltd, Unit 8 Railton Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7PN Ring your credit card order through on 0234 843388 (10
lines) or Fax on 0234 840234 Technical helpline 0234 841882 All pntes include VAT. Delivery' and arc sul)jcct to cliange Specifications arc subject to dnnge without notice Next day delivery iA.SO (U.K. mainland only), all trademarks acknowledged Powrr tompwingi -SA, it *uh %i. Huh. Nj*c wo. Ph**W| 6.... r* i • .
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System owned on * n AtiU: rw I pnee* include VAT. Delivery and arc subject id change Specification* arc subject to change without notice, New day delivery C4-504U.K. mainland only . All t :¦ soon
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00121 Owu I uio. Item, T«l|»»}*«O|0(?linc») F.. 6*6.301 M v
i Features l(K)-4(H) DPI scanning resolutions 64 Greyscales
Thru'port for printer Software Full screen image editor
Interlace mode on off Edit true greyscale A colour images
Fully multi-tasking Editing Cut rectangle, cut lassoo, crop,
flip, rotate, scale, draw, lines, circles, boxes elipscs,
freehand, zoom mode Scanning Unique ‘True feel' real lime scan
mode - Know instantly if you are scanning the image too
quickly Automatic selection of 100-40(1 DPI Produce true
greyscale images Act uni Amiga Screen Shots Amiga can only
display IB groyscalos £239 inc. GREYSCALE C O LOUR 3? s- Name
Address Postcode Viruses, diskswapping. Clicking drives, disks
which won t back up. Is there no end lo the whingcing of the
Amiga user?
At Power, wc want to tell you just where you can stick your disks and worries. In fact wc will show you. The slot in this picture belongs to our PC880B, the first intelligent disk drive. Insert a disk.
Now you can hack up at lightning speeds using the inbuilt Blitz Amiga hardware*, with free software, (even if the disk is Atari or PC) and if your computer has a virus the PC880B will stop it being written to the bootblock of any of your drives, though you can still save files as normal.
When you do not want these features, switch them off and the PC880B will sit quietly, without clicking, pretending ?o be simply an extra drive.
The PC880B, the only drive to introduce Blitz Amiga, the Power anti-click device and to combat viruses, is only uvailablc direct from Power, priced at just £69 95 Wc have noticed how pricey unintelligent drives are. Perhaps, it's your turn to tell people where to stick it.
* Due to the precision nature of the Blitz copier high density
disks mny he required with some internal drives N ** mo *
AwrmvJ * 1 6 Description Credit card No.
'.xpiry date LL Our latest dual drive uses the slimline.
Ultra low power NEC drive mechanism This drive takes less than half the power of a normal floppy drive The new dual drive includes all the features you would expect from a Power Computing Drive.
The NEC drive mechanism is able to access high density 1 -44MB disks.
While this may not be of use to you at the moment (the Amiga can only access 880K), watch this space for our new *high density' Interface, on the market soon!
Whisper quiet operation Blitz Copier built-in (switchable) Virus blocker built-in (switchable) fct Anti-click r PSU included * New Products
V. Released or available soon 8MB board with thru'port 9T 1.44MB
interface 1.44MB disk drive , Scanner software upgrade
PC880B with X-Copy
• Power Scanner v2.() v»*i I enclose a cheque postal order f*»r £
r Make cheques payable lo Power Computing I Id
* ( Power Computing Ltd Unit 8 Railton Road Woburn Road
Industrial Estate i Kemps ton Bedford MK42 7PN Ring your credit
card order through on 0234 843388 or fax your order on 0234
840234 ? Bu. v .Signature 1 T 2 Mail Order Fax: 0386-765354 I

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