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POPULAR home business package Mini Office is due for imminent release on the Amiga, Europress Software (0625 859333) have announced. A wordprocessor, spreadsheet, database, graphies program and disk utm-ties are integrated with each other and a iimpie tcon System ensures the package is easy to use. Said Europress Software boss Chris Pàyne: "We've had so many Amiga owners, dealers and distributors ask for Mini Office on the Amiga that we just had to do it. What our development team have created i; an incredible package at a sensible price." Roiand in Amiga partnership SOURCES dose to Commodore say that the new Amiga sound chip is being pro-dveed in partnership with Roiand. it wiii feature eight stereo voices making 16 total channels with custom controiier chips for digits) sampling and compression. The resolution of samples wiii be suit 16-bit and it is thought that a custom compression chip wiii heip manage the digital data. Caiiing aii Amigas VOiCEMAiL is to be introduced to the Amiga soon, with the release of PhonePAK VFX from US peripheral giant Great Vaüey Products. Plugging into the A2000, caiiers can access a usees mailbox to record a voice or fax message, whether the User is in or not. Mai) can be retrieved remotely by XCad finds new home

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Commodore, and is Kickstart 3 a revolution? Find out here USA News The latest on what's happening in the Amiga scene across the pond ... REGULARS Arexx DTV xf D Programming 0 Music Communications 0 AMOS © DTP Multimedia Printed in the United Kingdom by BPCC Ltd. Carlisle Getting the most from your budget when building a system for a specific purpose has never been easier. To find out how, turn to page 22 CONTENTS SPECIALS Don 't miss our fantastic offers for subscribers see page 28 now!
See page 131 Show preview Cohj ter tv studio jn a tin can A full guide to the summer's biggest and best Amiga show.
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Progressive 040 3000 I 28MHz Motorola 68040 Directly accesses 32-bit memory on A3000 Over] Four times the speed of a standard A3000 AmigaDOS 2.0 compatible 4MB £999 Magneto Optical Hard Disk HD Series ( A500) G VP Progressive 040 2000 28MHz Motorola 68040 Built-in maths co-processor Expandable up to 32MB of RAM P Software compatible with 68000 processors 4MB £1295 Progressive 040 500 For the Amiga 500 t| 28MHz 68040 with processor lb Up to 40 times the speed of the standard A*v • ? 4MB of high speed 32-bit RAM v 68000 fallback mode Easy to fit, no soldering K Upgrade to 33MHz and 8MB of
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2 HD 105QMB 0MB £479 I05QMB 2MB £539 105QMB 4MB £599 105QMB 8MB
£749 GVP G-Force 68030 Accelerator board 68882 Maths
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TrtJH«2(*WFnm«20IW 3000 Blitz copier built-in (switchable) Virus Blocker built-in (switchable) Anti-dick & PSU included Viruses, diskswapping. Clicking drives, disks which won't back up. Is there no end to the whingeing of the Amiga user?
Features 100-400 DPI scanning resolutions 64 Greyscales Thm’pon for printer Software Full screen image editor Interlace mode on off Edit true greyscale & colour images Fully multi-tasking Editing Cut rectangle, cut lassoo. Crop, flip, rotate, scale, drawjines, circles, boxes, elipses. Freehand, zoom mode s, At Power, we want to tell you just where you can stick your disks and worries. In fact we'll you. The slot in this picture belongs to our PC880B, the first %, intelligent disk drive. Insert a disk.
J Now you can back up at lightning speeds using X ,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 1 written to the bootblock of any of you drives, though you can still save files as normal.
Scanning Innjue ‘True feel' real time scan mode - know . When you do not want these features, switch them nsttnily if you are scanning the image too quickly off and the PC880B wil sit quietly, without click- automatic selection of 100-400 DPI ing, pretending to be simply an extra drive.
Produce true greyscale images ' Ihe PC880B, the only drive to introduce Blitz | V Amiga, the Power anti-click device anti to combat viruses, is only available direct from Power, priced AA Najai jua £65 We have noticed how pricey unintelligent drives are. Perhaps, it's your turn to tell people where to stick it.
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AMIGA by John Butters COMMODORE say rumours that Nintendo are negotiating a buy-out of the company were started as an April Fool's joke by a financial analyst in the States.
Commodore's April Fool buy-out And Nintendo, the Japanese entertainment giant who manufacture the highly-successful Gameboy hand-held console, deny that they have even considered the move.
But speculation of a take-over has been rife for several weeks, with one financial analyst reported as telling Reuters: "there is a general consensus Commodore will eventually be acquired by someone."
Standard & Poor Corporation's Larry Freitag claimed that Commodore stock will rise to $ 25 per share within a year, and in the event of a take-over predicts an increase to $ 35 per share.
It is thought the Amiga and multimedia sides of the business are key attractions for any take-over.
Commodore share prices peaked at the end of last year at about $ 16 each but have since fallen back to about $ 12.50. HiSoft take Kuma software HISOFT have signed a deal to exclusively manufacture and market Kuma Computers' range of applica tion software and promised they will extend the products to take advan tage of new machines.
Technical help will be offered by HiSoft to existing users of Kuma software through the firm's Silver and Gold support schemes.
"Kuma’s office application pack- ages are a natural extension to our existing software," said HiSoft s David Link. "They consolidate our position as the leading supplier of high quality packages for the popu lar 6S0XQ computers."
Kuma boss Tim Moore: "We have (SSIS® Franklin to move over Developers get Workbench 3 the amioa operating system has been upgraded further this month, with Commodore sending developers test copies of Workbench v3.
New features are linked mainly with graphics and enable the computer to boot up in either NTSC or PAL mode. There is also support for the proposed AA chip set.
Due to appear in Amigas late this year, It allows up to 256,000 colours to be displayed in any resolution and the Workbench screen to appear in 256 colours instead of 16. Later copies of WB2.1 also carry this option.
Sun shines on Amiga BRITAIN'S millionth Amiga is to be given away to a Sun reader as part of a huge competition run between Commodore and the newspaper.
A monitor and one million megabytes of software - about 800 games - will be given away with the A600. The winner will also receive a special plague.
"It's been a tremendously successful promotion," said Commodore's Andrew Ball, “and it says a lot about the product when the country's leading paper devotes a page to a single Amiga.
"Software houses made it especially attractive, and we thank them for their participation.” A Commodore spokesman simply offered: "We're always continuing to work on the development of the Amiga." He would not comment on the new Amigas.
Workbench 3 can be installed on any Amiga running from WB2.1 and Kickstart
38. 21 and above.
INDUSTRY k -- 9 sources say & Commodore UK boss Steve Franklin to Sumner (o head Commodore UK? Down 65 head of the country's operation in the next few weeks.
It is thought the firm's sales director Kelly Sumner will replace Franklin as managing director and an announcement of the move is expected soon. According to trade newspaper Computer Trade Weekly, Franklin is set to take a "senior European management role".
Commodore's Andrew Ball said: 'There are no changes of senior personnel at Commodore, and I don't particularly want to comment on these rumours."
Frankin has been in the number one seat at Commodore UK for five years.
:r«INews Memory arrives for A600 WHAT is believed to be the first A600 memory expansion has been developed by Silica Systems (081 309 1111), giving the A600 up to 2Mb ol memory.
Plugging into the computer's trap door, the upgrade can be bought with either 0k. 512k or 1Mb of RAM, It has a battery backed clock, diagnostic software and a unit disable switch to ensure that full compatibility is kept with games.
"We've copied many of the benefits that have made GVP, Roctec and Vortex so successful in their products," said Silica's Andy Leaning.
"These facts are balanced with fea tures asked for by users In our own research and the result is what we believe is the ultimate RAM board for the Amiga.
"It has advanced features, reliability and solid engineering supported with good, clear instructions, long warranty periods and a low price," he added.
Going faster with GVP ANOTHER multi functional accelerator has been released for the Amiga, this time enabling A5Q0S to run from a 40MHz 68EC030 processor.
Great Valley Products' A530 Turbo can have up to 8Mb of 32-bit DRAM added and features a socket for an optional maths co processor It also has a built-in SCSI controller, a choice of hard drives and a switch to conver the Amiga back to 68000 mode and disabling the drive and memory.
Said CVPs Jeff Boyer: We’ve incorporated every possible feature into our system necessary to transform an A500 into a machine that rivals those costing thousands of dollars more."
Silica Systems (081 309 1111). The UK distributor of GVP products, are selling the accelerator with a 52Mb hard disk drive and 1 Mb of memory for £749.
Office at home POPULAR home business package Mini Office is due for imminent release on the Amiga, Europress Software (0625 859333) have announced.
A wordprocessor, spreadsheet, database, graphics program and disk utilities are integrated with each other and a simple Icon system ensures the package is easy to use.
Said Europress Software boss Chris Payne: "We've had so many Amiga owners, dealers and distributors ask for Mini Office on the Amiga that we Just had to do it.
“What our development team have created is an incredible package at a sensible price."
Roland in Amiga partnership SOURCES close to Commodore say that the new Amiga sound chip is being produced in partnership with Roland.
It will feature eight stereo voices - making 16 total channels - with custom controller chips for digital sampling and compression.
The resolution of samples will be full 16-bit and it is thought that a custom compression chip will help manage the digital data.
Calling all Amigas VOICEMAIL is to be introduced to the Amiga soon, with the release of PhonePAK VFX from US penpheral giant Great Valley Products.
Plugging into the A2000, callers can access a user's mailbox to record a voice or fax message, whether the user is in or not. Mail can be retrieved remotely by Xcad finds new home DEVELOPMENT and distribution of computer-aided design package Xcad has been transferred to Digital Multimedia (0702 206165) and two new versions of the package have been announced.
Xcad 2000 requires 1Mb of memory and includes 2D detailing and 3D modelling with automatic perspective views.
Industry-standard graphics tablet support, extra commands and 3D surfacing commands are among the features of Xcad 3000. It needs 2Mb of memory and a multisync monitor.
Prices for the packages are £129 for Xcad 2000 and £329 for Xcad 3000, although they cost £85 and £190 respectively until the end of July.
CD drive promised AS Amiga Computing went to press, Commodore promised that a limited supply of their long-awaited A570 CD-ROM drives were set for release.
Commodore's sales director Kelly Sumner said that while volume shipments of the drive will start in July, full availability of the A570 may not occur until after the summer.
The manufacturer has recently improved the drive's specifications by enabling it to accept memory and hard disk expansion within its case.
Commodore were unable to confirm its price but a leading dealer reported it will be £399.99. By the end of the year, the firm expects to have sold 100,000 of the drives, which enable A500s to use compact disc-based software developed for the CDTV player.
The giant are also developing a CD-ROM drive for the A600. It will be called A67Q, and dealers have been told to expect it around September priced at £399.99 telephone or screen interface.
“PhonePak VFX heralds a new era in desktop multimedia technology," says GVP president Gerard Bucas.
This surprisingly affordable system is a complete hardware and software solution that actually advances the state of the art in modem communications."
However, it is unknown whether the board will be sold through the UK's supplier of GVP products, Silica Systems (081-309 1111). As we went to press, the dealer said that because PhonePak does not have British Telecom approval, they are unsure whether it has a future in Britain.
More Fun School promised MAKERS of the popular Fun School education series, Europress Software, have announced that Amiga users can expect version five of the software next year.
Aimed at three age ranges - under 5s, -5 to 7s and 7 to 11} - it will feature new areas and methods of presentation.
Europress Software are on 0625 859333.
Tuned in to games BRITISH television’s first dedicated computer games show, Gamesmaster, is to return this autumn with a 26-week series.
Starting in September, the Channel 4 programme is hoping to keep its presenters Dominik Diamond and Patrick Moore.
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GORDON HARWOOD HARWOOD HARWOOD FUJITSU (081 573 4444) have released a "very low cost" inkjet printer (or personal and small business computer users The B100 gives bubble inkjet printing with a draft speed of 160 characters per second and resolutions up to 600 x 300 dots per Fusion price cut GERMAN developer Advanced Computer Designs (010 49 421 3463
60) have cut the price of their 60040 accelerator for A2000s from
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And ACD have confirmed that they are developing a 33MHz version of the board. It can be populated with up to 128Mb of RAM and will be available later this year.
Rise of the Phoenix IN LAST month's news story about the new range of Phoenix products, we implied they were produced by First Choice Computer of Leeds.
They are products of Phoenix Ltd, and merely distributed by First Choice.
The phone number we supplied was correct. Our apologies to all concerned for any confusion this caused.
Bite of the Apple AMIGA users will soon to be able to use quality software available for expensive Apple Macintosh computers on their machines.
Emplant, developed by Arizona-based Utilities Unlimited, enables any Amiga to emulate a Macintosh llx once the appropriate Apple ROMs have been bought and fitted to the board.
Software-driven, the emulation platform plugs into Zorro I W slots on the A2000 or A3000s and the side expansion port on A500s. There are no immediate plans for an A600 version.
To get the best results, the manufacturer recommend that at least 2Mb of memory and a 68030 processor are fitted to the Amiga.
Some of the components on the board are currently unused but later in the year IBM PC emulation will also be possible through the board.
Emplant can be bought as a standard board, with high speed Mac serial ports and Apple Talk support, a SCSI interface or as a Deluxe model with all the options.
Without Apple ROMs the prices are £165, £185, or £205 for Emplant Deluxe.
Utilities Unlimited are on 010 1 602 680 9004 but in the UK call BlitSoft on 0908 666265.
WP prices slashed IN A move to get New Horizons' QuickWrite and ProWrite recognised as standard Amiga wordprocessors, their UK distributor has slashed the price of both packages.
ProWrite 3.2 sees a cut of £50 to give it a new price of £79.95, while QuickWrite is reduced by £10 to £39.95. “They have all the features of power programs but their ease of use makes them ideally Suited for home and new users," said a spokesman for Silica Systems.
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Inch. It has six resident fonts, an optional 13 additional font cards and two soft font kits.
HP DeskJet Plus emulation is used, with IBM Proprinter 4201 and Epson FX-850 available as options.
Price: £349.
ABCDEFGH ABCDEFGH ABCDEFGHI Type costs cut A LIBRARY containing more than 600 typefaces for use with desktop publishing package PageStream 2 and other PostScript font-compatible applications is now available at a reduced price.
Fonts contained in Soft-Logik's TypeFace library sell for $ 12.50 for each typeface weight and style, and are sold by font families only. The minimum order is $ 100.
The St Louis-based firm can be telephoned on 010 1 314 894 8608.
Many fonts A SET of 37 Compugraphic Type format fonts can now be bought for use in a range of Amiga packages such as Professional Page, Pagesetter 2, PageStream 2 and for use under WB2.
Budget inkjet launched The three-disk pack costs £9.99 from George Thompson Service, Cucumber Hall Farm, Cucumber Lane, Essendon AL9 6|B.
Cheats from Kuma PEOPLE interested in the leisure aspect of the Amiga are being targeted for Corish's Computer Gomes Guide 3rd Edition, the latest book from Kuma Computers (0734 844335).
The 750-page guide uncovers backdoor codes left by developers, cheats and tips for more than 1,250 games and 200 adventures. Price: £14.95. Golden Image continue RUMOURS of the collapse of Golden Image have been dismissed by the firm's UK supplier as "totally inaccurate".
Golden Image Distribution UK (0772 203166) have been granted exclusive rights to distribute the peripheral manufacturer's products in the UK from their Preston head office.
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• As temperatures reach the upper 90s here in the States (that's
fahrenheit, of course - we're hot, but not quite boiling yet),
the heat is on for Commodore to get new Amigas out with faster
processors and better graphic chip sets.
IBM clones with SuperVCA graphics and 486 33 processors have plunged below 52,000 in price, and Amiga dealers are feeling the pressure, With AmigaWorld reporting that the AS70 may be delayed in the US, and Commodore's refusal to even acknowledge - much less release - the A500 Plus and A600 over here, folks are holding out hope that the US sales operation are just hedging their bets on new machines to be released later in the year.
I hope that this is the case, as many US software manufacturers are considering dropping Amiga support - it's just too difficult to convert VGA games that require a 386 to run on a 7MHz 68000 running with 64 colours or less.
Whats New Warp 33, Mr Scott Texas-based Motorola have announced that they are now shipping the 33MHz version of their 68040 processor.
According to Motorola benchmarks, an Apple Mac Quadra running the 33MHz 040 chip performs 20 per cent faster than a 50MHz Intel 486 system. An Amiga equipped with this chip should be even faster.
The first Amiga product to use this faster version of the 040, the CSA 40 4 Magnum, is now shipping in quantity.
The Magnum board is a top level device targeted at Amiga video pros, such as Toaster users, and is priced as such.
Equipped with a 33MHz 68040, 1Mb of super-fast SRAM (Static RAM), 16Mb of speedy DRAM, high-speed serial and parallel ports (speed seems to be the key word with this device), the board is priced at a steep $ 4,995.
However, all is not lost for the speed- crazed Amiga nut who doesn't want to sell his car to make his 1500 or 2000 run faster. CSA are about to introduce a new consumer model of the 40 4 Magnum that will be retail at only S159S.
Final specifications are still being set, but it's known that the board will ship with less RAM - and probably sans SRAM
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consumer-level board will be expandable to include all the
capabilities of the $ 4,995 professional Magnum.
So you can get the Magnum now and load it up later.
Long before anyone had heard of the coverdisk, a cute little disk magazine emerged from Chico, California, called JumpDisk. Now in its sixth year of public* tion - longer than any Amiga mag except AmlgaWoHd - umpDisk has stuck around while many other Amiga mags have been and gone.
Every other disk-based magazine in the US has failed for various reasons, including A.X. and Amnews, but JumpDisk just keeps on going - perhaps because it never tries to do too much.
It has never added a paper edition, multiple disks, or free sweeties with every issue. And it's never tried to grow to kill AmigaWorld or Byte - each issue is hand duplicated using Amigas in the editorial office.
What it does provide is a disk full - and I mean full - of great little utilities, games, applications, and news stories. Editor Richard Ramella is a dedicated Amiga fan, and it shows in the quality of the articles and programs he's able to assemble for each issue.
While it doesn't have the flash and dash of the European coverdisks, it's a fun read (with luminaries such as Info's Mark R Brown and Morton Kevelson, as well as Nico Francios, providing some of the text) and is always packed to the last few blocks with neat little programs.
It also provides a better feel for what's going on in the US Amiga market than the slick magazines. At S9.95 per issue, it's a great bargain. Contact JumpDisk.
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Maximum Maxis RoboSport is Silicon Valley-based Maxis' best Amiga game since SimCity. It's a bizarre but well realised combination of the best elements of sports and strategy games. You control a team of cute little robots armed with bombs, bullets, grenades, missiles, and other fun little weapons.
This team, of course, is out to destroy the other teams of cute little robots.
Actually, there are a number of other game variations, some of which are a bit more peaceful, including Treasure Hunt, Capture the Flag, and Baseball.
Each turn involves you programming the robots (don't worry - it's point and click programming, replete with helpful gadgets and a bit easier than Amos!).
You move your robots around one of 24 battlefields, programming them to bat tie the other teams. After you program each robot, the game then goes into movie mode, allowing you too see the results of the battle. If all else fails, you can send your droids in on a kamikaze mission.
RoboSport was ported to the Amiga by The Dreamer s Guild, namely |oe Pearce and David 'Talln" joiner, who you may know as the whizz behind the classic Faery Tale Adventure.
These guys know the Amiga well, and it shows in the quality of the port This game uses AmigaDOS Release 2.0-style menus, gadgets and windows, as well as ear popping digitised sounds.
It is quite speedy, much more so than the recently-released SimAnt. And owners of systems with flicker fixers or people who just like their screens to strobe violently - will love the hi res screen option.
The game looks as good as a Mac II or PC SuperVGA game in this mode. Of course, if you're short of Chip RAM, or you want to avoid flicker, just run the pro gram in lo-res mode.
The computer players put up a challenging game, but like any sport or battle, nothing beats the sheer deviousness of a human opponent. RoboSport offers a plethora of multi-player options.
You can take turns on a single computer, attach two computers together via their serial ports, play over a modem connection, or - using a feature so bizarrely advanced for a game that perhaps 20 people will ever use it connect a number of Amigas together using Commodore's TCP IP networking software and Ethernet cards.
The game is hard disk installable, works under Workbench 1.x and 2.x, and sup ports all Workbench printers. 1Mb of RAM is needed for lo-res; 2Mb for hi res.
If you like a challenging strategy game, and can live without 600 frames per-sec ond real time polygon action, pick up RoboSport 21 Amiga Computing August 1992 irniHHi mmm Free gifts!
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The ultimate assembler language system” Amiga Format Gold 4 92 The new Foscol compiler with Turbo Pascal® compatibility Turt o power Ipr ypgr MW C9*np *r s P review AN EXCITING line up of competitions, advice, and new product demonstrations and releases awaits Amiga users at the forthcoming 6th International Computer Show.
Between July 10 and 12, everything of interest to Amigaphiles will be on show at the giant Wembley Exhibition Centre, London. For the first time Amiga Computing is sponsoring the show.
That means you'll not only get a chance to meet staff from the magazine, but also a rare opportunity to quiz our technical aces on anything related to the Amiga.
Music, desktop publishing, AmigaDOS, upgrades and 24-bit technology are just some of the many areas you'll be invited to ask questions about, Computer SHOW Incorporating the 16 Bit Computer Show Sponsored by Advice And for anyone considering buying a new computer, or a piece of software or hardware for their existing machine, we'll be running a separate advice centre to guide you to the right choice.
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Merly the 16-bit Computer Fair - has become such an important diary date for computer enthusiasts is its reputation as an Aladdin's cave for bargains.
Organiser, Westminster Exhibitions, expect more than 180 exhibitors from around the globe to attend and say that many will be unveiling new Amiga products or selling Off existing stock at rock bottom prices.
We expect both of the free centres to be busy so why not make an appointment for a specific time through one of our representatives at Stand 66? When you return, we'll be waiting.
Of course, games are a key area for the Amiga and we recognise that in our unique leisure section. Gamer, which is also to be represented in force at Wembley.
Visitors will be able to test their driving skills against others in a special Gamer Challenge, featuring Gremlin's racing hit Lotus Turbo Challenge 2.
Launches Among the companies planning a presence are Power Computing, Roland, Rombo, HiSoft and Microdeal.
Each develop their own interesting hardware or software for the Amiga and should be watched for launches and heavy discounting. If you really want to Fifty copies of the game are to be given to high scorers and the top driver at the end of the three-day event will be sent a fantastic package of games worth more than £500.
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Spreadsheets, DTP packages and modems and small business advisers will be on hand to guide visitors thinking of setting up their own business.
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Software, sometimes as good as expensive comn cial packages, can be picked up for little more than price of the disk it is supplied on.
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an area in which it is possible to start spending and never
stop. There are so many aspects to DTP that it can encompass
wordproces- sors, art packages, image processors, and all sorts
of hardware from a decent mouse to a laser printer.
Before going credit card crazy, however, it is possible to do a bit of judicious planning.
You'll definitely need three pieces of equipment - a DTP package, a hand scanner, and some extra RAM - but everything else is an optional extra.
Within the bounds of a £250 budget, DTP can be a very tricky purchasing decision, but there are at least two routes you can take.
The first is to go for a low-end DTP package such as Pagesetter 2 (the lowest practical level for a DTP package) which will save you money to spend on hardware.
By taking this approach, you can upgrade the software at a later date in the knowledge that your hardware will be able to keep.
Pagesetter 2 can be purchased for about £50 or less, so you will have £200 left for memory and a scanner. The only decent hand scanner at this level is the Power Computing mono-only 400dpi scanner whose greyscale images are of a very high quality. This retails for £99.
A clou look at the orthtkeiptolts of Page Stream 2.2 Home and office Memory The only problem now is that you won't have enough for a good memory expansion card. A500 8Mb RAM expansions start at £119 for the 2Mb populated Ashcom AX502, so unless you're prepared to go over budget a 1.5Mb card for £80 or a 1 Mb card for A500 Plus owners at £50 might be a better buy.
The second route is to buy a good DTP package and 2Mb RAM, then spend money on having your photographs scanned at a local print bureau.
This is more expensive in the long run, but for semi-professional DTP where a publication will pay for itself or earn you money, the costs of production are bearable.
PageStream 2.2 can cost you as little as £156 if you probe our small ads, leaving £80 for a 1.5Mb RAM card and a bit over for some shareware PostScript fonts from EM Computergraphics or George Thompson Services.
You won't be able to do much complex DTP with 2 to 2.5Mb RAM but you can akvays decide to bust the budget and go for an 8Mb RAM box populated to 2Mb for later upgrading if you feel the need.
On the whole, if you have a simple task in mind for your DTP package and don't envisage going further up the quality scale, stick with Pagesetter 2 and the hand scanner.
If you're likely to need PostScript quality, and would like eventually to make money from DTP, buy one of the more expensive packages and an 8Mb RAM expansion.
Job number one - buy a decent wordpro- cessor. Don't worry if this is the most expensive buy of the lot, because it's the one you'll depend on most.
My first choice would be Wordworth 1.1 from Digita International, but this program, though excellent in many ways, is unsuitable for some tasks.
If you want to generate invoices for example. Protext 5.02 has a line drawing function and more professional business features. Other choices would include Pen Pal with its DTP-like features and excellence!
For its enormous dictionary (with definitions) and grammar checker.
Don't skimp on the wordprocessor and settle for KindWords 2 or a PD product. The former is very slow and the latter are almost akvays just tarted up text editors.
You could give ProWhte a closer look, though. This quality American wordsmith has never enjoyed the success it deserves in the UK, and has gone through an evolution over the last year to include direct PostScript support and an improved interface. With its recent price cut, it could be a real bargain.
Printing A wordprocesor is useless without a printer, and it's at this stage that the budget begins to groan a bit. If you want a 24-pin printer, you'll have to settle for very cheap software as the cheapest 24-pin is still around £200.
However, if you're prepared to stick with 9-pin printers, there are bargains galore almost everywhere you look.
The latest price on the elderly Citizen 120, for instance, is about £115. This perfectly adequate printer will suffice for standard letters, and if you have a PostScript-compatible wordprocessor or one with an ultra-print option, even a basic 9-pin can produce the goods.
At this point, you'll notice that we're rapidly approaching the £200 mark, and will have surpassed it if you opted for one of the more expensive wordprocessors.
As we haven't considered databases or accounting packages yet, our chances of staying within budget don't at first look good.
However, if you bought the May issue of AMIGA Computing you will already have a free copy of Superbase Personal, which can be upgraded to Personal 2 for only £19.99. Superbase Personal (and Personal 2) is the ideal home office database, so there's no need to spend more than the upgrade fee, which I'd recommend if you are going to use the database for commercial purposes.
The only widely available alternative is Prodata from Arnor. This is an excellent product incorporating most of the features you'd need from a database, but it does have the drawback of not having been given away free, so unless you really don't like Superbase Personal, Prodata is unnecessary.
When it comes to spreadsheets, the Amiga owner has a lot less choice than the average PC owner. There are a few good ones around, but precious few good cheap ones.
I'd go for DGCalc from Digita which, at £39.99, is good enough for basic business uses, or Advantage from Gold Disk.
The latter is only for those who haven't overspent on a wordprocessor, as it retails for approaching £90, but it is a solid product with some good options, The ability to read Lotus 1-2-3 files is a boon for anyone who works with a PC spreadsheet at the office, and I'd recommend Advantage if you fall into this category.
ApplicationsY7* % Our choice Amateur level Pagese«er2 £49.99 Power Computing Mnd scanner t9§ t 5Mb RAM card £80 Shareware font set £12.50 PdcHpart £5 TOTAL £246.49 Semi-Pro level PageStream 2.2 £156 13Mb RAM card £80 Shareware font set £12.50 TOTAL £248.50 ne hardware market has ensured a
• eady supply of quality, affordable equipment.
There are now enough small manufacturers producing kit for a competitive
• • arket that prices have fallen to gratify- ngly low levels.
In this article, we look at the five most common areas of Amiga produc- t vity and cast around for a complete
• stem under £250.
Music, art, video. DTP, and home and rike areas come under the mkroscope, ind for each we look at what is not only the most balanced and usable system, but also the best value for money.
Art and animation If you fancy yourself as something of an artist, the Amiga is the perfect platform, thanks not only to the machine's artistic features but also its accompanying bundled software, Dpaintlll.
This package alone provides any would- be artist with an impressive head start in the artistic stakes. Having said that, any system builder would be well advised to invest his or her first £45 in the latest upgrade - v4.1 - which you'll find detailed in this month's Updates column.
The primary reason for doing this is the option to employ Ham in your creations.
This is especially useful to any animators out there, as Ham is the only format which can achieve near photo-realistic quality and still produce full-screen images which animate at a reasonably fluid rate.
Purists If you're a freehand artist struggling to come to terms with the dreaded mouse, there are a few alternatives. For the purists.
Take 2 from Rombo could be the answer, as it allows the user to draw his or her creations freehand and then digitise the results directly into the Amiga.
For character animation, Take 2 is perhaps the perfect way around the somewhat tricky transition from freehand art to computer animation. However it does have its limitations, especially concerning flexibility.
Fortunately, if you want to retain your hard-earned freehand skills while taking advantage of the Amiga's vast array of the mouse-driven packages, both artistic and otherwise, a graphic tablet offers perhaps the perfect compromise.
It's true that the stylus of the average graphics tablet can't compete for feel when compared to pencil on paper, but it still offers a very palatable alternative and perhaps more importantly, a bridge between the world of the computer and that of the artist. The best bargain in this particular sphere has to be the Genitizer graphics tablet from Datel. The unit comes with a Dpaintlll template as standard and boasts a 9 x 6in working area.
The final piece of the jigsaw is image processing. With the Amiga diversifying into all manner of applications, flexibility is almost as important as talent. As a consequence, the ability to tailor your art to suit a certain package or niche in the market is a near essential.
For the beginner on a budget, The Art Department is ideal. Although out-gunned by its later incarnation, The Art Department Professional, it still provides that vital first step into Image processing.
Our choice 1 Dpaint 4.1 £45 (DPaintlll upgrade price) Genitizer graphics tabletPrice £129.99 The Art Department £62.95 TOTAL £237.94 DTV Aside from the obvious such as a camcorder, video or perhaps both, the only other thing an Amiga user needs to get into DTV is a copy of Dpaint.
This is DTV in the raw, but for only a few hundred pounds you can build a dedicated system which will transform the amateur into the astonishing.
As mentioned earlier, Dpaintlll - which most users already have - is one of the cornerstones of good DTV. Unlike the artists out there, it's not necessary for potential videophiles to upgrade to v4.1, A copy of v3 with its animation options is probably as much as you'll ever need - unless of course you have access to a scanner and wish introduce stills from the real world into your creations.
Titling trio The next essential investment is a tiller.
This is a tricky area as there are three contenders for the budget-title crown - The Big Alternative Scroller from Alternative Image, Home Titler from HB Marketing and Scala
500.
The latter of the three would be my personal choice as it offers a variety of intros and special effects that the others simply can't match.
In addition to any titler, a good selection of fonts is essential. As a result, a stroll through the PD section is in order. Almost all the larger libraries have a sizeable library of additional font disks, some of which are designed specifically for DTV applications.
Assuming you now have a copy of Dpaint that supports animation, a titler and Take a look towards the rear of the magazine and you'll find a brand new section entitled Amiga Mart.
In this section every month we plan to cover the best new releases, provide advice on the easiest routes to value for money (VFM), and list the best bargains we can find in the VFM Top Ten.
As a guide to the best budget buying. Amiga Mart is dedicated to readers with real-life wallets and realistic expec tations for their machines.
For this reason, you'll find listings of a variety of hardware and software, and constant reminders of which are the best buys. Check it out now.
Dpaint Scala 500 RocCen Audio mixer TOTAL £129.95 Included £69.95 £251.90 a selection of fonts, your basic DTV software collection is complete.
Now it's time to invest in a genlock.
Although a rather intimidating title, d genlock in its basic form is a relatively simple unit which more than anything can transform your creations from the mediocre to the amazing.
Although there are a huge number of genlocks on the market, perhaps the best buy for anybody on a budget is the RocCen RC300C from Silica Systems. Retailing at just £99 - or less from third-party suppliers
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Although impressive it does have a few limitations, most infuriating of which is the | lack of an RGB through-port. Another omission ij “invert video", a feature which allows area masking using colour zero which can be adjusted via fading to produce blanked or semi-transparent areas on-screen.
For this particular feature, and RGB- through, you'll have to invest in a unit such as Power's Mkrogen, which often both of the above but unfortunately retails at almost twice the price of the RocGen unit.
Audio is the final part of the equation.
Don't make the mistake of considering video the all-important component of a production.
If you have good imagery and awful audio you'll sacrifice at least a third of the impact - especially on productions that would benefit from some form of background music.
However, if the audio matches the video the impact of an already graphically impressive show can be instantly tripled.
The cheapest and easiest way to combine audk from various sources is to pick up a basic four-channel mixer from Tandy.
It will only set you back around £25 to £30 while adding immeasurably to your output.
If you're planning to employ the Amiga as a sound generation source rather than merely a sequencing environment, by far the most important part of any setup is the sampler.
As a result, there's no point in cutting comers. Although there are more samplers about than fleas on a dog, my particular choice would be Sound Master which retails at a rather inflated £129.95. Fortunately the quality will soon help you forget the expense.
A welcome addition to the above is the indusion of AudioMaster III, an award-winAmiga-based music One of the t op DTV power programs, and now avalloble In Hi icala $ 00 format every an g«* In on (hr act £232.89 £30.00 0199 £99.99 £89.95 ning package that has long been the favourite of all serious Amiga sampling fans.
Once equipped with a Sound Master and its accompanying Audio MasterlH software, the next and equally important investment is a good quality microphone.
Here again don't be tempted to cut corners. The key to quality results is a high standard of raw materials. To achieve this a decent sampler and microphone combination is essential.
To that end, budget for at least a £50 investment on a quality omni-directional mike. Don't under any circumstances buy a condenser-style microphone as these are nowhere near as flexible.
For the best advice on a particular type of mike, take a trip and any advice on offer from your local music shop. And insist on a demonstration before you part with the cash!
Now you have the means to record and manipulate samples, it's time to breath life into your musical aspirations.
Again the Amiga market is fit to burst with an assortment of "sound- tracker clones" - a generic term for piano roll sample sequencers.
Fortunately this is an area wt you can actually save cash by investing in PD program entitled MED. MED is on a with any commercial sound trackers, but only set you back a fraction of the price.
The new eight-track version, entitk OctoMed, is available from Amiganu United for £15, but you should be able pick up Med 3.2 - its four-track predec
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The final, if slightly less essential, pure) is Superlam, a program which allows you convert samples to its own TufboSample fflj mat and then have any one of the prograi six built-in musicians jam away in the Style you choice.
For mofe details on Superjam, dig out tfj March 92 issue of AC, and check out d| Wannabees in wonderland feature on page 28.
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Databases they've become accustomed, and keeps beginners feeling like mushrooms, in the dark and up to their knees in manure.
But the Amiga is a friendlier beast than its PC counterparts, and the programs you'll get on the Amiga are much more user friendly and easy to grasp. Yes? Well on the whole no.
Except for the industry - standard Superbase Pro, very little has changed over the years.
However, being the Amiga it's growing every day, and things are improving steadily, so let's open the cupboard under the stairs and see what's really growing in those old seed trays.
There comes a time in every young man's life when his thoughts turn to the larger issues - Where are we going? Where are we from? What did we do with that flipping important address and phone number?
Databases loom large in the history of computing, and not a day goes by without someone popping the question "is it dBase compatible?" To their loved ones.
In the beginning was the word, and the word was dBase, a complex mass of commands and all the kind of hard-to-get*at trickery that keeps PC consultants in the manner to which Kuma developed this program a while back as part of a range that included K Spread, the best selling spreadsheet. K Spread 4 is the bee's knees of the spread world, but unfortunately K Data hasn't been through that much revision or refinement.
OK, so it's an oldie but not bad for that. K Data's overhaul, long overdue, has been passed to a higher authority. Kuma Microfiche (Software Visions An integrated package with all the drawbacks and bonuses you get with any such package. It's perfect for the beginner, but it lacks any real punch. However, being a Cold Disk product it's certainly solid enough for most purposes, and like MSS Works! Platinum is an excellent intro into the various types d program it contains.
The database module. Office File, is limited in certain respects, although it does have some redeeming qualities. Data entry is simple and you can quickly and easily manipulate records with indexes, filters, sets, and reports of your own design.
This means you can pretty much tailor the thing to your needs, and for a small and simple program this is very good.
One feature worth singling out is the QuickCalc feature which enables you to do statistical calculations on numeric fields in a range of records. You can do formula substitution too, which is a means of changing fields in multiple records based on a mathematical expression, a bit like a spreadsheet! Bizarre, but useful.
There are a number of presets for this process too, called Built-In Functions, which can be "applied right out of the box". Data can be shared with all the programs, and so you can load the data from your database into the graphs module and even output this as a ProDraw clip for pasting into ProPage documents.
All things considered, Gold Disk Office is the best intro package, and I'd rate it above Works as a beginners' program, simply because it's more Amiga-ised and less gawkily bolted together. Also Gold Disk are famous for going just that bit further to make sure that programs are pleasant to use and perform well, so the feel of the suite is that much more polished.
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idea and one which has taken its time coming along. ImageFinder
is a picture database, in which you can file all your
pictures, which if you’re like me and have about 60 billion of
the bloody things, you'll find it invaluable.
What it does is take the pictures from your disks and show them as a series of tiny black and white pictures on the screen, in any resolution from 24-bit down to 2-bit, and sort them in any way you choose. The trick is that if the picture is in the system you can click on the image to display it in full res. Obviously, the program will prompt you for the disk if you don’t have it loaded. And no it can't tell you where you left the disk. Your filing is your own problem!
Not only does the system allow you to find the graphics you are seeking, it also holds a bunch of information about the screens too, like the title, the resolution, the depth in bits, the date and the size.
You can search any of these fields for ImageFinder (Zardoz Software £59.99) Ease of use
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• •• items with the same subject, if they are digitised or not,
or even search for a bunch of pictures that are all 7,000 bytes
in size.
The program is fully Arexx-compatible, and can even launch other programs and pass information and Hies to them down the pipe. If you work primarily with graphics, this will be more than valuable to you.
Better than food, even.
K Data (Kuma £49.95) have ceased to develop their range of ductivity software On favour of a popi range of books), and so another oldie goodie - Hisoft - have taken the se over.
Hisoft will be dealing with all Kun software, giving the programs a bit« face-lift to match the current trend interfaces and techniques, and ensui WB2 compatibility.
K Data is part of this program,.
Hisoft are currently involved in uprai and updating this age-old prog ram bringing it into the 90s. The interfac being tickled for Release 2.0, and all bugs are being tracked down, stom and swept up.
Currently K Data is a fairly ordinary i program which does the job but no m Obviously with Hisoft's programn muscle behind it propelling it along, can expect something a bit more ra the not too distant future.
The original idea of this program w be a sort of microfiche viewer on a puter, with digitised images taking place next to raw textual data a screen. Of course that was a bit of I mick really for what was just a mo and clever little database system.
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databases and asks the question "can it hold all my records...
or Cds even"?
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Square in thd on the miniaJ Jargon buster ¦*fd File: A database in which the records are stored as if they were cards in a card file, that is to say you see one card at a time in alphabetical order.
Sjse: The PC program and format which dominates the field. If your program doesn't emulate or use this file format you could find yourself up the creek with out any toilet tissue.
:»-id An area on the screen in a database program which can version of your data, and just like a trofiche viewer the expanded view fill-
* *3Wt side of the screen moves about The system is what you
might call flat with all the records laid out on one When the
mouse is clicked on a cer- entry on the main sheet, a box comes
9 showing you the full listing with all the Ids displayed.
Although MFF has just about disappeared now, you may find it around in places, and if you can get hold of it s a bargain. A very useful base for addresses and phone numbers, although fc Ucks real meaty report formats which might want for larger and more com- applications.
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comparisons of your data.
Flat File: The opposite of card file, where all records are stored on one big sheet.
Record: A page or an entry full of information in a database.
SQL: Standard Query Language a special programming language used by dBase and others to facilitate the standardisation of the way packages produce, interrogate, and program their databases.
Works!
Platinum Database (MSS £89.95) Released as part of the Works! Platinum Edition (a suite of programs covering all aspects of the productivity spectrum), the database module is a fairly new revision of a previous product called Organize! And although somewhat aged it has a number of very nice features, like 128 fields. 4.2 billion possible records, compatibility with dBase III file structures, as well as some extensive mathematical functions.
Not too shabby for a program of this size. Although not as meaty as Superbase, it does have a lot of features, and while not as fast it is certainly cheap. The suite approach to productivity software is good in one sense, in that it's a good (and very cheap) way to get up and running and find out which of the programs you really need. Once you've done that you can add a standalone program for each of the modules and then finally discard it.
Works! Is pretty good overall, but the programs lack a little design or just plain oomph. I always prefer to use standalones myself, although a beginner would probably benefit from such an easy integrated approach. Check out the Gold Disk suite and see which one you like best, before you shell out on this one though.
Superbase Pofessional 4 (Oxxi £299) This is the big one, really. The only consistently updated program in this area for the last five years, and certainly one of the most powerful if not the most. Superbase Pro is a tiny bit overpowered if you only have a list of a few names and addresses or 20 records or Cds. If you want to collate stock for an international company on an Amiga, however, this is the only program that will do it It has its own personal definition language called DML, although it reads and writes SQL (Standard Query Language, as used in mainframes and most high-end PC
database packages) like it was a native, and it also loads a number of picture formats too, like GIF and PCX. The only thing it won't do is design your databases for you, which is the hard part- The really hard part once you've been running Superbase Pro for a while is once you know all the capabilities you're a little bit spoiled for choice about how you create your databases. You can have simple text-only affairs, or you can make standalone databases for other people to use which have graphic screens with custom buttons and all manner of hypermedia-type effects and twiddles.
You can load, store, and retrieve “billions" of entries according to the blurb, although personally I've yet to input anywhere near even hundreds of entries. The performance is very good, but you can rest assured that you're paying for it through both nostrils.
The only black spot is that the printer support is Prefs only, which is OK for text but text with graphics... hmmm. This is one area that really should be looked at with perhaps special drivers being written to optimise the quality on even dot matrix printers.
Also, yes I know it's just dropped in price, and although some (especially Oxxi) would say you can't get this power for this price on any other machine, I'd say look again. Surely the R&D costs have been recovered by now, and many people would benefit from having a product like this at a more manageable price.
That minor niggle aside it has to be said dearly that SBPro is most definitely the industry standard, and it'll take a very big program indeed to knock it off that particular perch. The power of this program is intoxicating, and it makes all the Databases i other contenders look very thin by comparison.
And the winner is... Ease of use Speed
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1. Superbase Pro 4 The all-round pro solution, top of the heap in
facilities, price and power, with all the industry
compatibility you could wish for.
The Ferrari of databases. Power and price coming together with a hard Slap.
2. Superbase Personal If SBPro is a Ferrari, then Personal is a
sort of TR7, a little bit class-free, but very quick on the
straight. Looks like a real sports car, but isn't. Good
handling and performance without the price.
3. Microfiche Filer A classic car, not very sporty, but roomy,
very good nick all round and gets you from A to B with a
little bit of style. In need of some attention, especially in
the interface department.
6. K Data A Ford family saloon, and no mistake. The 90s model
will more streamlined and sporty looking, but underneath it’s
i same reliable but slightly limited model.
7. AmiBase Pro III Cheap and quick like an oW Capri. A bit flashy
with its gra| interface and fast enough, but still hanging
onto its roots, in t case in the public domain. And just like
the Capri, a brand i version will be out soon.
8. Works!
An all-terrain vehicle, four wheel drive look alike, jack of i trades and master of none. A bit funny looking on the road, I bags of scope. Pay out for the real thing when you find t which job you like the best.
4. Image Finder A stonking good kit car, with lots of good looks
and power, but a bit of assembly is required to make it reach
full potential. That is to say you have to load all your disks
into it in order for it to know where things are.
Summary There's not much of a race on here, with Superbase coming !
Ahead by several car lengths every time. Nobody else is I very hard to emulate their success on the grid, and most of 1 other contenders are either in the pits or soon to be out of 1 race.
Some budget models are worth a look, but first you i decide what you want the package for. Just nipping down I Sainsburys on Saturday, or burning up the strip down i St. Tropez?
S. Cold Disk Office Puts me in mind of a pumped up Ford Fiesta
XR2. Speed and flash all in a compact and versatile package,
but slightly laddish and not really good at any one thing. For
beginners only.
Product Information Gold Disk Office and Imagefinder are from; Meridian Tel: 081-543 3500 AmiBase Pro III (Amiganuts £10) required, and then re-saving back to disk again. It's said you'll notice a significant difference in speed. These programs will only work with files of length around 2,500 records, although moves are under way to deal with larger files, and an updated MemDel and MemSort should be available in 1.4 very soon.
For the price you'd be hard pressed to find something as good. So it's not dBase compatible, but what do you want for a few quid, flippin Superbase?
All Kuma products are available from; Hisoft The Old School Greenfield Bedford MK45 SDE Tel: 0525 718181 AmiBase Pro started life as a PD program, and this shows a little in the slightly flashy design. The quality of the program is another thing, and although written in compiled Amos it's actually very good.
Again, you should have had a taste of this when version 2 was released on our CoverDisk a few months back.
Using the program is easy, navigating around it using a series of buttons on the screen, supplemented by a series of drop down menus for some of the more complex functions.
The support disk comes with a group of utility programs which perform tasks like formatting a special data disk for your data, and version 1.2 of the program has two more programs than previous versions.
These programs are called MemDel and MemSort, and they are for people with very large files, who find the built-in "delete records* and “sort records" functions are too slow.
They work by loading the data file into memory, doing the deleting or sorting Superbase products for Arm are from; Oxxl Aegis 171 Bath Road Slough SL1 4AA Tel; 0753 551777 Ease of use
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This was what Superbase used to be like before it went professional and through four versions. The VCR controls are the same, although because it's an earlier and smaller program, it doesn't quite have the technical punch and sophistication of the bigger program.
Sure, this doesn't mean that it's less of a program for being more elementary, but before you decide on this baby as your data cruncher, you'll have to figure it - are you turning around a few hundred bits of data or several thousand? Is Personal going to croak before you've done the job, or is it going to cover your needs perfectly?
Don't get me wrong, it's a good solid program in its own right (you know that because you got 1.0 free on the cover of our May issue), but it's strictly for nickels and dimes data storage and retrieval. If you want a club database or a collection base of your videos, stamps or model cars, then this is perfect. If you find you need something a little more corporate and massive, then you may have to look at Superbase Pro 4. Sad but true.
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GRAND TOTAL ENCLOSED Our now stereo sampter is low in price but high in features. The new style mini cartridge plugs into the printer port on the rear of your Amiga and even includes a lead with a mini jack (or immediate connection to your walkman or headphone socket on your amplifier. Once connected you 2 can load stereo sounds, edit them.
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RVMSClSYSTEH This month's jargon Error return codes I AIDBUFFERS N!L: DfO: 10 These codes, ranging from five to over 30, report the severity of any errors which we occurred in a script file. The boobie I made a couple of months ago will have 'rude you a|l familiar with the message: This simply tells the Amiga to add ten buffers to the internal drive, which will use 5k RAM (512 bytes per buffer), and instructs it not to bother us with a report.
You can add lots more buffers if you want, but anything more than about 20 will have little effect other than to eat up more memory.
To put the Addbuffers command in our C: directory, just type: l;AOWB failed return CotE 20 'tiich is just the Amiga s way of saying that the return code indicates that the error
• js sufficiently serious to halt boot-up.
Note that if you had used the command: FAIUf 21 4 COPT C:ADDBUFFERS TO RTDISKiC before the LoadWB command, the script would have attempted to carry on executing.
And now every time MyDisk boots up, the internal drive will have a little more breathing space.
On to the next addition. Failat is d strange command in that it allows the user to tell the Amiga when to drop dead. An AmigaDOS script such as our startup sequence will execute until it reaches a line containing an instruction it cannot properly carry out for one reason or another. In these Multiple argument parsing Tb s is a very techie jargon term given to many Workbench 2.04 commands' ability to «*fy out their function more than once with the same command. This means that
• oy can type: OELETE FILE1 FILE? FILES ... ind so on
• fber than type DELETE three times with the separate file names.
The first addition is Setpatch, which rfwufd always be right at the beginning of try startup-sequence. This command is feigned to "patch" certain parts of the tctATARI ROM, which means it modifies the operating system in RAM.
Some of the modifications are bug fixes, tohers are minor tweaks and your disk will
* i work without them, but for compatibil- «y with all properly
coded programs Setpatch should afways be run.
One annoying feature of the Setpatch command is that it splurges a long list of reports to the screen when run, so to our startup becoming untidy, we'll 1m redirection to steer this output away
* wn the screen.
As mentioned in previous columns, redirection is the technique whereby output a program or command is sent to a fence other than its default.
Most AmigaDOS commands default to toe screen, but others will send output to So far In the beginners' series we have built an auto-booting disk (MyDisk) from the ground up, wpped it with a Shell so we can talk to it, jndthe correct files to enable simple print's to take place. It's now time to go back to the startup-sequence and fill it out a bit.
We left MyDisk's startup-sequence in a pn»y sorry state last time we visited it It the bare files needed to load Workbench and set up Shell, but that's all.
* »«ever, there are several vital commands m haven't yet added,
without which our would be in trouble.
This month, we'll pad out the startup- ¦quence and find out just what some of toose more exotic-sounding commands to avoid all of those nasty “unknown command" headaches.
The next command, Setmap, requires a bit more setting up. This command is used to impose a software "keymap" on the keyboard so that it responds correctly for the country in which the Amiga is being used and the layout of the keyboard itself.
Without a British keymap, you will have to search around the keyboard for certain symbols. For example, the hash mark ut* suddenly appears where the pound sign should be, and the pound sign itself becomes very elusive.
Keymaps need their own special directory in the DEVS: drawer, so type the commands: the printer and so on. Using the redirection symbols and we can send it anywhere we please, but as we just want to get rid of the Setpatch output without having to see it, we'll send it to the Amiga's version of limbo - the NIL device.
This is just another way of telling the Amiga to scrap something - the device doesn't exist as such - so fire up ED and add the following command to the start of MyDisk's startup-sequence: M(E0!R RYI1$ K:DEVS KETMPS COPT OEFSiKETIUPS fiB TO IIYIlSfcDEIfSfKtVMK (OPT CiSETPATCH TO MISCC SETPATCH Ml; to set up the GB keymap on your disk. You will also need the Setmap command, Of course, Setpatch isn't on our disk as yet, so open Shell and type: J-.JLlI JL II | C | DEVS | | L | | LPS | | HUS | | S | |sV5Iln| which you should insert after the line containing the Setpatch command. You don't need
to tell the Amiga where the keymap file is kept, because it knows to look in the DEVS:K£YMAPS directory.
If it doesn't find the keymap it’s looking for it will tell you, but as long as you've followed the column so far this won't happen.
Another standard command you will find in the vast majority of startup- sequences is the Addbuffers command.
This is used to set aside blocks of memory to act as a RAM cache for your floppy or hard drives, thus speeding up read write Notice the funny ? Symbols we used above? These constitute the AmigaDOS "wildcard". A wildcard makes it possible to type in a filename then tell the Amiga to ignore files with the same extra characters.
The wildcard can be treated as any number of extra characters, so in the example above the file Setmap.info is copied across as well.
The startup-sequence entry to enable our keymap is simply: SVSTtM SHELL-SEG tCONlBMAHV SIAHtlf* CL I conKi. POUT- 1 Nv ARCMI ¦ ' scaurnce setmap MOWNIUST HANOI tn SYS SMELL-
• ¦win 11 ms Pfoit him* StaHTUP SUB-OIR PAIL AND SCR.DC VICES
PRINTER DEVICE operations. It is afways a good idea to use
addbuffers where disk space and memory permits, so we'll add it
now.
Add the following line just below the Setmap command in your startup- sequence: Stevie Kennedy builds a better startup-sequence UyDlii h hrtfinnhiq Io looh a hit immW hul thcrr ¦ tl M plenty of iftme lor morr proiftomx AS VOU CAM SCC, IT IS TILLING UT NT A BAT'D KATt W KNOTS MYDISK SHOULD NOW LOOK LIKE tHE OIRECTORV TWEE PART 6 STS:STSTEN S£TK*F £8 beqinners nA RT Tutorial cases, an error "return code" is generated.
0LUTE beginners These can vary in severity, but normally a return code of 10 will cause an alert, with the script continuing to execute, and a return code of 20 will stop the script in its tracks.
When we have a very long script it Is usually a good idea to raise the Failat level to a point where even if something drastic goes wrong the remainder of the script will execute and leave us to fix the problem afterwards.
The command used in this case is: FAILAT 21 which sets the fail level above the usual drop dead 20 barrier. Add this line below the Addbuffers command in your startup- sequence. It is possible to set the Failat level to above 30, but this is not a good idea.
Error return codes of 30 and over are generated by very serious faults in a script, so unless you want a script to run wild until manually broken into, it's best to leave the Failat level at 21.
Let's race on to the next one. When a disk boots up, the Amiga will often create a temporary startup-sequence file, and there are many programs such as text editors and so on which will do the same. The directory used is called T: and unless you tell the Amiga otherwise it will look for this on the disk itself.
To avoid having temporary files written to what you may in the future want to be a write-protected disk, or to help avoid a disk being cluttered up with unwanted files, we Create a T directory in RAM and use an Assign command to redirect all temporary files to it.
First, copy Assign to MyDisk using the command: CtPT CliSSItl TO RTI1SK:C The lines we'll need in our startup- This month's commands We've covered the following commands this month: r ADDBUFFERS, SETPATCH, SETMAP, FAILAT, ASSIGN, and IPREFS Their usage should have been sufficiently explained in the column, but we will be returning to some of them over the next few months, so watch out for more detailed explanations as we go along.
COPY with arguments The Copy command we used in our startup-sequence this month went something like: C0?T (file*) ILL MIET NOBEB The arguments attached to the command tell it to copy all the files in the Indicated directory, to do so without reporting to the screen every time a file is copied, and not to show a file requester if a file cannot be found.
Most AmigaDOS commands have several optional arguments which can be used to make the command more flexible or powerful, and we'll be looking at them as we need them.
ABS sequence are: HIKEUR IM:T ASSIGN 1: RAN:T so add these to your startup-sequence now. In addition, Workbench 1.3 users should insert the following lines: MUHt m:vn assisr Hi: mi: EM limit MJIiClIPMUDS ASSIGN CLIPS: RU:CUNtUH and Workbench 2.04 users should edit the original two lines to read: RACEtll RAN:T IwhEKY RAN:ENV STS UI:(L!PBOUDS COPT 111; ElVMt: ALL MIT KOREA ASSIGN I: IAN:T ASSIGN EM: HR: ENV ASSIGN CLIPS: Rll:CLIPBOltDS Notice that the Makedir command under Workbench 2.04 can be made to create several directories with one command. This is called "multiple argument parsing" and
is a handy feature of many commands in Workbench 2.04. The above blarb has probably given you some food for thought, but what we have done is really quite simple. We have set up a temporary directory in RAM which we've made the Amiga use by assigning it the logical name T:, and we've set up two other directories called ENV; and CUPS:.
Don’t worry about CUPS: for now, aS it is usually only used by the Clipboard.device, which we don't have on the disk yet. The ENV; directory, however, is much more important. This is where “environment variables" are stored for use by AmigaDOS, and under Workbench 2.04 it is where the Workbench prefs files are kept.
A prefs file under Workbench 2.04 is generated by each of the programs you find in the Workbench prefs drawer, and at first will contain the default settings.
As soon as you change, say, the colour scheme and select Save, the new prefs file is saved in the Prefs Env-Archive Sys drawer ready to be loaded up next time you boot.
In other words, when you change your Workbench pattern, palette, font, or just about anything else, the new defaults are written to disk, but they are not used when you reboot unless copied to the ENV:SYS directory in RAM by your startup-sequence.
The directory from which your prefs files will be copied when a 2.04 disk boots up is ENVARC:, which is AmigaDOS's logical device name for the drawer on your disk in which they have a permanent home.
To ensure that this directory exists, type the following lines: MKElIt RT»ISK;fRSFS
• UEOII RTDISK:PIEFS ENY-ARCHIYE RAKEDIE
RTDISK:PREFS EIV-ARCHIVE STS tOPT ENVAtC:STS TO RTHSIiPtEES HV-
ARCHIVE STS III This will create the relevant prefs and env-
archive drawers, then copy all your own Workbench prefs files
across to MyDisk. If you have never changed the standard prt
erences settings for Workbench, don worry as the default
settings are saved a disk in any case and will be copied MyDisk
instead.
There's one other file Workbench 2.0 which users will need in relation to the prd settings. Iprefs is the command used read all the prefs files and pass the inform* tion to Workbench and it should b included in the startup-sequence right afti the line copying ENVARC: files to RAM:EN To do this, first copy Iprefs to MyDif with the command: (OPT C:IPREFS TO NTDISK:C then edit your startup-sequence to inch* the simple line: IPREFS after the COPY ENVARC: line. Iprefs w launch itself, run in the background an keep track of any prefs changes made, will then pass any changes made by tti user through
the prefs programs Workbench, and reset Workbench if nece!
Sary when a change is made.
OK, let's take a breather and look bac over what we've accomplished. The MyDd startup-sequence was a fairly diminutive H tie chap until this month and, although was sufficient to enable auto-booting, failed to carry out several more or lei important startup jobs.
We first of all made sure that SetpatC was run to keep our house in order, tha used Setmap to force the keyboard intt British mode.
At the same time, we found out whi redirection does and added some memoi buffers to the internal drive, thus makin it work faster and smoother. So far « good.
Stickier Next, though, things started to get a l tie stickier. If you feel confused about any thing we've covered from Failat onward* just sit back and chew it over for a couple Q minutes.
The Failat command and our brief kri at error return codes shouldn't provide ta many difficulties, but the hefty amount a directory building to enable a T: director and to copy the Env-Archive files to MyDii could easily be confusing.
I'm afraid there’s not much we can dl about this for now. With a sound -1 painfully gathered - base of knowledge 9 the sort of well hidden operations we'vA discussed this month, you will be mud more able lo deal with seemingly randofl crashes, freezes, or error messages.
In a similar vein, we’ll look next mont at the most common error messages yo» will encounter, what usually causes thenf and how to get around them. Until thef may your Amiga be free from the little and-sos.
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Pt classics, and a direct ancestor of |B6dern puzzle arcade games such as
mv.
I The object of the game, for the dozen
• v? Inhabitants of the planet who don't iPtady know, is to dear
a screen of bricks »g a paddle and a ball.
I W»en the game starts you will be pre- I with the simple first screen showing a plain wall of bricks, at the bottom of h wj|| be your paddle and a ball.
1 the paddle from side to side with t mouse, and click the left button to t the ball and start the game.
The ball will fly at an angle towards the s, removing the one it hits, then ce back towards the bottom of the Vour task is to intercept it with the pad- i and send it bouncing back up again It goes out of play. Fail to do so I you lose one of your five balls, and i all of them have gone the game is The screens become progressively ¦ as the game goes on, with bricks nng closer to your paddle, making it r to react to the bounce of the ball, I there are some bricks which take two ' "we hits to remove.
To complicate things a little more, ‘ are power-ups to collect and a cou- t of mobile obstacles to avoid.
The simplest of these are the balloons, i just float around until the ball or i hits and destroys them, however, can be a real pain when they unex- ' deflect a ball so that it goes out lp**y Disastrous The other, more dangerous hazards are t stars which when they hit your paddle ? It for a couple of seconds. This can i disastrous when you're rushing across con drlkit your ball In unprcdktabk way the screen to catch a speeding ball.
Power-ups come in seven flavours - Bomb, Hardball, Slow down. Extra ball, Magnet. Elongate, and Wave end. Bomb will remove all balloons on-screen when it is collected. Hardball turns your ball into a small red dot which ploughs through everything it touches. Slow down reduces the speed of the ball, Extra ball does what it says, Magnet makes the ball stick to your paddle, Elongate gives you a double width paddle, and Wave end dears the screen and takes you to the next level.
All power-ups appear in random positions and float down the screen, so all you BnLLh 2 .jI'LLD 2 Enjoy the frantic action of Ronnie Simpson's arcade classic complete with its own level designer breaker have to do to collect them is touch them with the paddle before they disappear at the bottom.
Remember that any active power-up is cancelled by another, so if you have something handy like hardball active it's probably best to give, say. Slow down a miss.
The level designer is used to create your own custom games, and by using it you can create levels with bricks laid out in any pattern.
Designing your own levels is a breeze, controlled by simple mouse clicks to place the bricks, and there are only two menu selections, one each for colour and brick value.
The right-hand side of the screen has a list of function key controls for loading, saving, and moving through the levels, so you shouldn't need instructions other than to remember to store a level (F2) before saving it to disk.
C overDisk FileOFax Author: Chris Pettet From the same author as The Directory Manager (TDM), FileOFax is a program for storing names, telephone numbers, and diary dates on disk in much the same way as the paper-bound original.
The program comes in two parts - the FileOFax itself (not to be confused with the trademarked FiloFax), and the FileOFax reminder.
The first is a calendar and diary program which is used to collect phone numbers, set up events you want to be reminded of, and so on, and the latter is run at the start of every day from your system disk or hard drive.
When FOF Reminder is run, it looks for a directory called FOFdata; which contains all recorded events, then decides whether you should be alerted to them.
Alerts are determined by the advance warning period decided upon when the events were set up in FileOFax, SO if you had decided that you needed two weeks' warning of your mother's birthday and that happened to be two weeks from now, FOFReminder would kick up with an alert.
The only problem with FOFReminder is that it makes a lot of disk accesses. You can get around this in your startup sequence by copying your data and event files to RAM: at the beginning of the day, but if this is too much hassle for you, you can just allow the program to check for today's events once, then click on the FOFReminder window and press Escape to exit the program.
To get started, load up FileOFax, which will only work if you have booted from the CoverDisk or manually typed in the line: I (HIM: The screen will open with a calendar representation of the current month, which should be accurate as long as you have a battery backed-up clock. This means A5QQ Plus At 500 A2000 A3000 owners, and those who have upgraded their ASQQs with 512k plus clock will be OK. Owners of unexpanded A50Qs and those with the new A600 will have to forego the benefits of FileOFax or buy the appropriate RAM upgrade with clock.
To move around the calendar on FileOFax, select Calendar Set from the menus or press Right Amiga-C. This will bring up a calendar screen with year entries going all the way to 2027 and a list of the 12 months in the year.
Clicking on the appropriate month and year, then on OKAY will return you to the main screen where your month will be displayed.
Entering and editing events - diary dates to you and me - is just as easy. Click in the box for the event's date, then simply select New from the Events menu and a requester will pop up asking for details of the diary date you wish to keep an eye on.
If you choose a date that has already gone by, FileOFax will say so and refuse to keep a note of the event.
As long as you're on the right day, you Should be faced with a requester which allows you to note if the event is social, business, or other, what time of day It will be happening, and presents you with a single line text box for entering a brief note on what you should be doing.
There isn't a lot of space for long notes, but there's plenty for events like "Take the dog to the vets" or "Next issue of Amiga Computing out today".
Once you're happy with it, the event can be saved to disk by clicking on OKAY, or you can choose to repeat it using the REPEAT gadget.
Regular This handy function gives you the option to repeat the same event at regular intervals, making the recording of birthdays, anniversaries, and monthly events very easy.
To increase or decrease the intervals at which you'd like an event to be repeated, press the + and - keys rather than dick on the gadget. You should then be able to set the interval in numbers of weeks, monthly, or yearly, and decide on the number of repetitions.
A second function of the main FileOFax program is the storing of phone numbers.
To add a number to the list, select Add Number from the Phonelist menu, at which point you just type in the number and name of person or business to whom it belongs.
Deleting numbers is fairly self-explanatory, but searching for them is just a bit clever. The search routine will find approximate matches for whatever you type as a search string, so it doesn't matter if you type a person's name in capitals, nor whether you give the full name.
For instance, searching for Higginbottom Arthleboggle's number should not be the typing nightmare it at first looks to be, as 'Hjgginb" should be a close enough match.
The program's final function is the |obs To Do list where the user can make a note Of all those little jobs which really must be done.
The list isn’t alarm related, it's more of a simple notepad where you can jot down anything you'd rather not forget, but in the unregistered version, most of the space is taken up by Chris Pettet's reminder for you to register as a shareware user.
This, of course, is the first job for anyone making full use of a shareware program, so select List Jobs, make a note of Chris's address, and get those fivers in the post Nclick Author: Eric C Quackenbush NCIick is one of those common or gar den anti-dick utilities which are sup posed to stop your drives making tha annoying clicking sound when empty The difference with this one is that actually works.
To activate it, |ust type: CP |TILIflK Kll«2 and the clicking sound will be turne Off in all your floppy drives. To turn th click back on, type: NCLICK ? CLICK Simple, effective, and sanity saving.
Tune-of-the-Month This month's tune. Another World, is mellow number with a well-execute drum pattern from Nik Racine of 5 Helen’s in the Isle of Wight.
Composed in MED (will someone pleas send me something composed in anotN utility!), the tune moves along nicely ar should keep you listening.
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M-gt Qpe-yg Wo 081.30 *00 MnMrs'Mes’Ms Address ...... Surname MultiDOS Author: Kjell Didrisken C overDisk MultiDOS, like the better known MessyDOS, is a utility to enable Amiga owners to read, write, and format PC disks using their standard Amiga floppy drives.
This is particularly useful if yOu want to share graphics or text with Pcs, Sts or Macs, and is essential m some cases when you want to send files to DTP bureaux or other commercial organisations.
MultiDOS is ready to go on this month's CoverDisk, but has not been mounted, To do this, type the following command in the CLI window left open at the bottom of the CoverDisk screen: PCHOUhTALL NO* DfVS:MU!lTtlST.*UlTI90S If you keep an eye on the memory count at the top of your Workbench screen, you will notice that MultiDOS takes up a fair amount of memory when mounted, but as it can be easily turned off again with the command PCKILLALL, this shouldn't present a permanent problem.
Once MultiDOS is operational, it treats the Amiga's floppy drives as both AmigaDOS and MS-DOS drives at the same time. For example, DFO: is also MDO:, Df 1: is MD1: and so on, and to format a floppy in either Amiga or PC format, it is a simple matter of using the appropriate format command.
The standard Format command is used for Amiga disks, but for PC disks, the PCFORMAT command must be used.
Fortunately, the author has seen to it that this is much easier to use than t MessyDOS equivalent, MessyFmt.
For a start, there's a Format specification file in your S: directory which gives the Amiga all the information it needs to set up the PC disk so that you don't need to answer a dozen questions as with MessyFmt. Secondly, the Syntax of the command is very similar to its AmigaDOS counterpart.
To format a PC disk in your external drive (as long as MultiDOS has been mounted, of course), you would type: PC FORMAT DRIVE WC: AaflE lYMSC There are the usual options such as QUICK and NOICONS, full details of which are given in the on-disk documentation.
For the moment, it is enough to say that the usual AmigaDOS commands, such as Copy and Dir, will work with your PC disks, and that MultiDOS devices can be accessed via SID and TDM. This makes the Amiga a much more efficient PC disk management system than the PC itself, which says a lot for the Amiga's archaic rival, The one major bug with MultiDOS is that if you copy files with names of more than eight letters or three letter suffixes to a MyltiDOS device when using a Kickstart
1. 2 1.3 Amiga, the system will crash.
This is because MS-DOS only accepts files with the shorter names, a fact which may seem strange to Amiga owners used to naming their files any way they want, Keep this in mind and you should have few problems with the program.
To help users install MultiDOS on a new floppy or their own Workbench disks, we've included a simple installer script on the CoverDisk. This will copy the MultiDOS files to a disk called MultiDOS, so you should first of all give your Workbench disk this name using the Rename feature found in the Workbench pull-down menus.
Secondly, you'll need between 75 and 80k of free space on your disk, so delete some of the unwanted stuff before copying MultiDOS. If you are using a hard drive, the script will copy the relevant files to DHO: as long as you have booted from the hard drive.
An alternative to renaming your new disk then changing the name back after the installation is complete would be to use an Assign command. To do this, open Shell and type the following command before running the install script ASSI6M WHIMS: aDISK«AME* where Diskname is the name of the disk on which you want the program to be installed.
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AMIGA Computing's CoverDisk has seen a lot of high quality reader submissions over the past year, many of which have graced the disk boxes of users throughout Britain, and in recognition of the indispensable service of all those hard-working coders out there, we've decided to run a readers’ awards competition. For now, all you have to do CoverDisk Awards 1992 is fill in the form below to nominate your favourite three progs in the categories shown.
Send the form back to me at the CoverDisk Submissions department and we'll print the final voting form in the next couple of months. The vote will double up as a competition, with the winning authors receiving glittering prizes. As an added bonus, all those who votei for the winning entries will go into a prize draw for a ?
Tacular prize.
Look out for further details of this when the votin form is printed.
Nomination 1: Nomination 2: Nomination 3: Cat Nomination 1: Nomination l; Nomination 2: Nomination 2: Nomination 3: Nomination 3; Please feel free to enclose a note with your nominations setting out how you think the CoverDisk has succeeded or failed in the last year and how you think it could be improved.
Sensible suggestions will be put into practice if enough people think them necessary, and outlandish ideas will be binned on sight, so if you want to change what is, after all, CoverDisk, drop us a line.
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CECIL STREET, LEEDS. LS122AE Flag Catcher 17 Bit Software. Disk
1965, by Brian Turnock This is a smoothly programmed, attrac*
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hours' fun in between playing those full-price spectaculars.
You are presented with a grid which contains a flag, hidden who knows where?
Well, no-one at this stage, as the grid is covered up.
Uncovering squares, by pressing your Fire button after moving to the required position, may present you with a clue as to the flag's whereabouts - an arrow maybe, or a number telling you how may squares away the flag is.
Alternatively, you may uncover a bomb, which will cover up all the squares you have uncovered so far, thus dispensing with all of your dues.
Guess what? You only have a certain number of moves in which to find the flag. Dastardly programmers, As the levels progress, the number of "friendly” clues diminishes, while the number of nasty bombs rises drastically, making the whole thing a lot harder.
Al the end of the game the board is uncovered, Strike it PUBLI SECTO blocks recognised (to reduce the numa of "false alarms"), improved R.Q.LL al Saddam virus handling, keyboard contraj and several other refinements.
For a vims checker to be really effect™ though, it needs to be kept regular updated, and this is where these kille really score.
Updates are available from virus*kiNj extraordinaire, the famous Erik Lovenda Sorensen, who is also offering, along wi his group (who can best be described the Guardian Angels of the virus world) reward of S50 for people who supply tf names and addresses of those known to t
• Jesterday NBS, Disk Mi 30, by Sanity contains some original
graphics, which, although somewhat limited, are absorbing, as
is the musk - a selection of Pet Shop Boyv ish numbers, which
sound in turns layered, professional and tuneful.
• Front 242 NBS Disk D769, by Symbiosis deserves a mention
because it features the music of Euro-electro popsters Front
242 (well I never!) Alongside some suitably obscure strobe-ish
pictures of who one can only assume are members of the band.
Not particularly stunning, but original and entertaining.
• Euphoria Amiganuts, Disk 1248, by tan Raichnie contains some
truly original stills - both Dpaint and HAM ray traced efforts
- which are impressive in their own right, not just because
they happen to have been drawn on an Amiga.
It's all very New Age and fantastical at times, but the pictures never descend to the level of boring dicW as so many other competent but dull efforts manage to do.
Music's not bad, either. Excellent stuff.
Lucky-style, revealing the position of the elusive emblem for you to umm and ahh at.
Also on this disk is an grossly understated and wildly funny Stan Laurel animation - well worth taking a look at, I promise!
E-Type 17 Bit Software. Disk 1930, by Matt Hall Based upon the age-old arcade favourite Asteroids, this dubiously-titled version upgrades the mono original and takes advantage of the Amiga's obviously superior graphical capabilities.
The asteroids, now 3D, spin as well as move. There are also outrageous power- ups which give you missiles about 20 times the size of your ship.
As you progress you are faced with space ships as well as asteroids, although they don't actually seems to do anything that the rocks don't - they are just different sprites.
Although this looks and sounds a lot nicer than the original, it's missing some of its predecessor’s features - hyperspace, asteroids breaking into smaller, more dangerous rocks when hit - and so some of Most demos, it must be said, are about as dangerous as a half-set jelly, and about as interesting.
For all the programming genius that goes into making a cube bounce off a polygon into a wall while a dice spins in the top comer of the screen, the entertainment value of such efforts is marginally less than zero for all but the programmers who then immediately shout "I can do that!" And knock out more of the same to bore us all.
What is obvious is that all the programming knowledge in the world is of no use unless you apply it properly, creating finished products which are amusing, innovative and interesting - preferably all three.
Luckily, some of this month's demos (though, I must add, a minority) achieved this aim, and here are my favourites.
PD and Shareware t Project Techno 17 Bit, 1985 A B, by Quartz A two-disk spectacular sampling all your techno faves from Altem8 and Human Resource to SL2, Prodigy, Bizarre Inc "and loads of others I don't know the names of".
It starts wonderfully, really mixing up the source material to provide some fresh and interesting sonic madness, but unfortunately my copy crashed after five minutes, leaving the other 55 minutes unheard.
Still, from what I did hear, I can recommend this wholeheartedly to the Vicks-and-bobble-hat posse, t If you think your pKcies or music demos can beat these, send them to me at the usual address.
The outrageous addictiveness of the 10p-a- play original. Still, it's reasonably playable and brings back memories.
Virus Checker Boot X 17 Bit Software, Disk 1954, by Dave de Pauw A couple of competent virus checkers, boasting full Kickstart 2.04 compatibility, a rise in the number of non-virus boot Phil Morse assesses this month's bumper bundle of PD and shareware goodies PD and Shareware ce the d R.O.L.L
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Really ;ept e these om Erik ng, along e described virus world) rho supply £ known to r A two-disk om Altem8 re Inc "and urce mate- ic madness,
- e minutes, mend this sse.
Beat these, This is another horse-race prediction program. It allows you to choose your type of race and meeting from the various British courses as well as the time of the race; the horse's name and form; the weight of the rider; the animal's past finishing positions and so on.
It's not particularly well presented, and unfortunately I have neither the time nor the money to test it to see if it works, but should you be into this kind of thing, I suppose its as good as any.
Let me know if you win a million with it, and then maybe I'll assess it more accurately... Calling all PD libraries First of all, thank you to everyone who has submitted PD recently - and apologies to those whose disks have not yet been reviewed. Space allows only a small selection of the very worthy material submitted to reach the news-stands.
However, your chances of getting you stuff In print will increase dramatically If you label the disks dearly and enclose printed Information as to what each disk contains, who wrote It, and any Instructions.
Submissions should be sent to me, Phil Morse, at Amiga Computing, Europ* House, Adllngton Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP.
Please do not send SAEs as I simply do not have the time to reply to you individually. Sorry!
17 Bit, Disk 1973, by Pendle Europa I -s described by 17-Bit as the best PD i ever, and I'm inclined to agree, f graphics are smooth and, on the Ime. Faithful to the original.
M the usual features are there - power ¦fc (dubiously referred to as "acid" by WA* programmers), fruit, eyes which shoot paund the screen when you "eat" a f ast. And the familiar and frustrating fcng movement your pacman makes fcfcn he's been ghosted.
The difference is that the screen scrolls move, so at any one time you can mf see a part of it. I’m not too sure why «s - maybe the levels are bigger than
• « original, but this does not really add
* *-• addictiveness to the game.
I also have to remember where 1 are dots you have yet to eat, as ft* not all Visible to you at all times.
, I'm probably just moaning because it i me think a bit.
F Generally this is competently pro- L frammed, very playable and full of fea- even stretching to a top 30 scores d»art. Well recommended.
Scanner Disk Magazine Telescan Computer Services
• sk magazines, I have decided, are a good idea. Serving an
enthusiasts' market, are often extremely useful sources of
formation and programs, and are very green too.
This magazine contains a lot of interest- rq material, obviously sourced and put together by a person or people thoroughly dedicated to the Amiga.
From stories regarding the dubious practices of box-shifters to amusing and sometimes damned ridiculous stories evolving computers from all around the I viruses. You're in safe hands with a programs, it would seem!
Iper Pacman 92 world, there's a minefield of information which is in turn funny, useful and educational - and always very readable.
As well as news and editorial information, it contains truly valuable lists - such as the latest Fred Fish disks - and an absorbing section explaining how the magazine itself was put together, As well as all of this, there are a mass of programs - some better than others, it must be said. Go-Muko is a strategy board game where you must get four pieces in a row on the board, playing either the computer or an opponent.
There's a kind of 3D Connect 4, a chemistry program which teaches budding chemists their periodic table and would be of use to GCSE and A-level Chemistry students, and a program which calculates calendars for any year from 1900 onwards. Hmmm.
Disk 2, however, was a mystery. Either I'm very stupid or very impatient - both are distinct possibilities - or all it contains This is a truly interesting little game. It stands out immediately due to its impressive graphics, some of which wouldn't look out of place in the very best commercial offerings.
There'S quite a lot to this game, but the basic idea is to use your space fleet to attack and destroy the opponent's - who can be either the computer or a friend.
Destroying the opponent's base is necessary to win completely, and this is achieved by moving your fleet towards the opponent's base on the grid.
Should you and your opponent both take a fancy lo the same grid square, you can rest assured that a hi-tech space battle will ensue, which will be is a seriously rubbish bat-and-ball game.
Remember those mono Binatone TV games that were popular in about 1924?
Remember the worst game on them?
Squash Practice? Yeesss.
Still, an interesting selection, and I’m sure the bat-and-ball game was a practical joke. It certainly made me laugh, NBS Disk G279. By Philip G Harle staged either on a planet or in deep space.
Although these "arcade" sections are actually pretty naff, you still get very wound up indeed as you are always aware of the strategic implications of winning or losing.
It's a little bit like those old Spectrum football simulators, where the games, with their stick-men and jerky blobs, were responsible for emotional outbursts completely belying the extremely dodgy appearance and playability of the matches themselves.
You have a resource panel which allows you to allocate your resources - gained by conquering as much space as you can - to whatever you wish, from negotiating with an (unreliable) third-party who might just help you, to building more ships.
There is some digital speech, which is not averse to informing your friends that you are actually playing at "Vegetable Level", and which insults you continually.
This has the effect of winding you up even more, thus adding to the fun when you see an alien blown to bits.
Along with the - admittedly also simple
- Star Wars-style base attack sequence, these elements add up to
a game which, for all of its amateurish flaws, is my favourite
of the month.
Race Rater 17 Bit, Disk 1986 What's going on in the PD world?
Do you have any news about anything relating to the world of PD?
Maybe Prince Charles has opened his own PD library or your library has just topped one million Individual titles. If so, drop me a line.
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As ever AC brings you the best first from the ever-changing Amiga scene... Dpaint has long been the benchmark
• 9*nst which all other Amiga paint pro- r ams have been judged.
With the release of
H. 1 this trend is set to continue thanks to a |fcries of long
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Brious shortfalls in v4.0. r For existing users Electronic
Arts are offer- I eg a two-disk upgrade which will cost £9.99
I ter new versions of the main program and [At disk»2.
The revision of the art disk is merely to [Wade the original Animation Player which [¦nfortunately never worked on PAL H you only require the player, EA are 3py to upgrade Art disk«2 for free, jfcwver if you're interested the main pro- jram you must pay the £9.99 upgrade fee.
[Obviously any potential upgrader must Udehisorher original disks.
What's on offer... terhaps the most interesting change from HO is the inclusion of support for scalable tents machines running WB 2.0. and we. Employing this new feature is simplic* r itself - all the user need do is select the t and type in the desired size.
The new font can then be shown as nor- n the font view window and employed [ »at l*e a normal font back on the canvas.
Running a close second to the inclusion [ «f Scalable fonts is a major improvement to [tee metamorphosis Option.
Previously the function was limited lo teushes with a maximum width of 250 pix- JteL Now however, all restrictions have been I amoved and full screen metamorphosis is ' teapfy a matter of available RAM.
I there's one area that needed attention iteorc any other it was speed, especially concerning HAM and |»ome of the more advanced painting modes.
Fortunately EA have made a reasonable attempt to cure the problem with noticeable speed enhancements when employing features such as Blend, Smooth and anti aliasing.
Processing techniques such as Tint, Hue and Colourise have also been improved.
Unfortunately enhanced speed with HAM b negligible at best.
More HAM enhancements include markers on the palette to indicate cell numbers plus additional selection features which make the cutting and duplication of colours much easier than , before. Also the importation and conversion of HAM brushes has been tweeked to improve performance.
Along with the scalable fonts perhaps the biggest improvement in the eyes of countless Dpaint animators is the new option to carry stencils across frames - an infuriating omission in earlier versions.
Another animation-friendly change is the option to set the offset of the Toolbox and Anim control panel when running in extreme overscan via a new Tooltype, namely ToolLimit. The new positions are simply added to Dpaint's Info icon and from then on will act as the default setting for the software.
If you're interested in an upgrade that's well worth the £9.99 asking price you can contact Electronic Arts on 0753 549442.
ADPro finds Fred... After a lonely vigil as the Amiga's premier image processing package, ADPro has finally found a friend. In its latest update ASDC have added an impressive animation and batch editing program entitled Fred.
This new program comes as a standalone package in the ADPro bundle which can be run both with or without ADPro.
The primary aim of the new software b to enable the power of ADPro and Arexx to be applied without the need for total Arexx literacy. Although Arexx is a wonderful language, many users have neither the time nor the inclination to master it As a result, ASDC have finally done the decent thing and made the language, and in turn ADPro, much more accessible to the user by providing an intuition-based interface which will automatically apply Certain Arexx ADPrO scripts while adding the option to use exiting scripts on batch files.
Now before all the existing ADPro users rush to the shops or start signing cheques for the upgrade, it must be stressed that Fred is not an Arexx macro generator - unfortunately. Although it does support batch editing in several forms they are strictly aimed at animation.
For example, it's possible to load in two separate images and instruct Fred to generate an animated fade from A to B using ADPro’s Composition option - as in our example - over a number of frames, thus producing a new multi-frame anim from just two initial frames. Thb can then be saved in the file format of your choice and combined in Dpaint or any other anim compiler.
Alternatively the output could be controlled by Arexx and sent to a still frame recorder. This is perhaps a classic example of the compromise between automation and Arexx literacy.
Although the program will compile the aforementioned sequence by issuing composition commands via Arexx to ADPro, it does not produce any additional scripts.
As a result, if you wanted to send the out- Software put to a still frame recorder you would still require a standard Arexx script waiting to be launched from Fred with which to control the output of each image to a display board and subsequently onto tape.
Lust as in our still frame example, an Arexx script would be required to complete the conversion prior to saving.
If this frustrating inconvenience can be ignored, the power of the animation options makes Fred the most impressive anim tool yet to appear on the machine.
The ability to auto-generate animation effects previously only possible through hardware intervention is sure to win the hearts of many animators.
Another amazing option is the ability to stretch or shrink time. Sound impossible, but I assure you it’s true. For example, if you have a 30 FPS animation but know your display device can't possibly manage that speed. Fred can change 30 FPS into 15 FPS.
The information within the original 30 FPS will then be squeezed into 15. As a result the finished anim will appear much more fluid than by merely dropping every other frame.
Even more impressive is the ability to stretch time. If the scenario above was reversed and you had 15 FPS but required 30, Fred could generate the "tweens" to produce a full 30 frames from the original
15.
The end result would be a much smoother anim than before. Of course it wouldn't have the quality of an anim generated with the correct number of frames initially, nevertheless it could turn out to be a real lifesaver on occasion.
Aside from compilation, Fred is also capable of a miniaturised playback of the generated anim, no matter what the format of the files being edited, even 24 bib.
It achieves this minor miracle by producing miniatures of each frame which are then appended to each file. Once the editing and processing is over the animation can then be viewed as a thumbnail representation prior to compilation. It's even possible to have the miniature play back at the frame rate of your choice.
As ever, space is short so for more of Fred's hidden secrets and the latest enhancemenb to ADPro, I’m afraid you'll have to wait until next month, when AC will bring you the definitive guide to image processing.
There'll be a three-way head-to-head with the latest ADPro on one side, and GVP's eagerly awaited Mirage and image Master packages on the other - both of whkh are being marketed as ADPro beaters. To find out more, don't miss next month's AC.
Existing ADPro users can update direct with ASDG but if you like what you read and want the latest version of the program, contact Silica Shop on 081 -389 1111.
Optical upgrade In the latter part of 1991, Power Computing released their 128 optical which although initially expensive is perhaps the perfect answer for those among us who require almost unlimited storage.
Thanks to the cutest 3.5in floppies on the planet, adding another 128Mb of storage to your system is simply a matter of pushing the eject button and sliding another floppy (a rewritable optical costing only £30) into the drive unit In the intervening penod, Power have been hard at work trying to squeeze more speed from the drive, and by the time you read this article the first batch of the new Power 32ms drives should be on the streets.
Input and output Inputs VIU-S VIU-CT Composite 1 Composite 1 Composite 2 Composite 2 S-Video (Y Q S-Video (Y C) Red Red Green Green Blue Blue Composite Sync Composite Sync Digital Keyer Digital Keyer Analogue Keyer Analogue Keyer Outputs Composite Composite S-Video (Y Q S-Video (Y C) External Keyer External Keyer Red & Green & Blue j Composite Sync Y & R-Y & B-Y VGA Monitor Aside from general speed, the biggest bonus of 32ms access is that it could prove to be the ideal environment for the evergrowing band of direct-to-disk recording systems, all of which require at least a 32ms access time
from their storage devices.
Aside from the new improved access.
Power have put a little more into aesthetics of the drive by recasing their external optical, which by pure chance can be seen in all its glory on this very page.
If you’re interested in the new drive in either its internal or external form you can contact Power on 0234 843388.
IV splitter shipping After a long delay the IV24 splitter has finally arrived in the hands of eager IV users. Although the board has been available since late 1991, a great deal of the board's potential has been inaccessible due to the delay in supplying the splitter.
At long last, GVP have got their act together, and to their credit they've despatched a new splitter to all registered users free of change.
Without the splitter it has been impossible - without investing in third-party peripherals - to take advantage of the board's PIP (pic- ture-in-picture) option, frame grabbing or built-in genlocking abilities.
Thankfully, the board now comes as standard with the new splitter plus m additional ROM upgrade designed t improve speed and allow original boar® to use third-party software such TecSoft's TVPaint. Thankfully this n ROM is also included with the splitter to ¦*] registered users.
The new splitter comes in two forms 4 the free upgrade version entitled the VIIW plus an additional offering in the form of broadcast-quality alternative called t V1U-CT, which retails at £399 and si allow the IV24 to slip unnoticed into the most advance Studio setup.
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After an agonising delay, their latest brainchild is finally ready to make its debut on the UK market. For a while we suspected a similar situation with the Blender as exists with its infamous kitchen companion the Video Toaster.
Thankfully this was not the case, and the PAL version is now safely entrenched at the AC offices. Before we dive headlong into the various control programs and utilities, it's perhaps worth defining exactly what the Blender was built for... The Blender is basically a box of tricks designed to provide the ultimate mixing environment for video, sound and Amiga graphics and animation, via a single self- contained unit. Sounds impressive, and indeed it is.
The unit itself offers two video ins, one of which is normal composite while the other consists of separate RGBs plus black- burst, Key-in and BNC connections.
The WrffoJcriprof oftoto fov (o (ompHt any mun tor of wlpa - animated or oth emfjf - to pfay their port In the thow Monitoring is well catered for, with two identical composite video outs - one for output to tape and the second as an Optional monitor out.
The keying options include Background, Invert, External, Luma and Notch filter.
Some of the above are no doubt familiar but others may be a mystery. Invert can be found on most modern genlocks, while Luma keying is an option usually only found on hardware in the S-VHS bracket and above.
The Luma option allows you to define the brilliance at which an image will become keyed, As a result images with varying luminance or brightness appear to move back and forth through an invisible Audio On the audio side, the unit offers twin stereo inputs on the front and a single stereo out on the rear. As with all quality video kit, the Blender also boasts RGB- through. The Amiga's RGB out is connected directly to Blender and then passed unharmed to the monitor.
Fortunately the blender occupies the serial port, rather than the paralle,l SO it's impossible to employ DCTV on the same machine. Of course you could also record the DCTV element of the production first and employ the Blender to mix this with other graphics or additional video later.
As you may have guessed, at the heart of the Blender is a very impressive genlock which operates as the palette within which all the various video ins are combined.
Although the rear of the unit literally bristles with inputs and assorted outputs, the front is relatively bare. On the left are fowtn vtocoou MQUT basic saturation and contrast controls for the final composite signal leaving the unit.
A box of trkki designed to provide the ultimate mixing environment for video, toond, Amiga graphics ond animation Alongside the on off switch are the twin Stereo audio ins mentioned earlier with a pair of accompanying knobs for adjusting input.
With such an obvious lack of manual control, software is the key to the Blender, and in fact - apart from adjusting audio input and basic image preferences - all the Blender's options are controlled from a variety of custom-built programs bundled with the big vanilla box.
As mentioned earlier, the built-in genlock is the heart of the system and is perhaps the ideal place to reveal some of the many features of this impressive product The genlock itself is easily the best VHS- based unit I've yet had the pleasure of using.
Aside from the impressive array of effects and near-broadcast quality output, perhaps the most important plus is its flexibility, which far outstrips all its competitors in the VHS market.
Wall as their luminance increas» declines.
The Notch filter is another U ture which allows the user to si keyed image. For example, if you to display a detailed Amiga graphic video signal, the notch filter could be to sharpen the detail between the and background image.
The price for the enhanced display slight loss in saturation. Personally, I it well worth the sacrifice, especiaBy titling.
Aside from the impact of various perhaps the biggest bonus is the which the Blender can apply them incoming signals.
The system allows for two video the Amiga's RGB output, plus a £ local colour. Thanks to the Blender's nel selection, a maximum of three tz signals can be combined within i output image ready for recording target VCR.
This may sound a little confusing, practice it means you can have the video signals mixed in the bac while an Amiga graphic floats Hardware ¦ example might be to have a title i a local colour which could slowly r to reveal a video signal, while retain- ; the title.
Mlxkknttf. Tht program behind (ounlku dntgnrt wipn. Animated bum couldn't bt jfcnpfcr The variety and combination of channel lion and mixing methods is almost me. All these keying effects can be I either singly or in concert, while t channel selection offers countless possi- i combinations.
With such an array of possible mixing 1 locking options, the output control has oe something special. In the case of the ?r, all the possible configurations can t saved as either single events or in s as entire sessions.
Each event can also be given timed tran- i between its primary and secondary t As a result, effects can not only grad- f be introduced but they can transform channels as they do so, producing I that as yet have only been available »broadcast TV and cable networks.
The option to time transitions between i takes the occasionally tricky process I fader control out of the hands of the r and instead uses predefined mix levels J timed transitions to realise fades.
Results The beauty of a software-driven genlock mixing environment is the total fluidity If transitions which produces extremely dessional results. The fade rate can vary Jom just 0.04 of a second right up to ten
• COftds. It's at these longer fade times that benefits of
software control really make (toirmark.
A gradual fade over ten seconds from Meo to local colour with titling still happily system.
Having said that, even at high speed the Paul Austin takes to the director's chair and starts making movies with the aid of Progressive's amazing new Video Blender ncreases an ;r unusual fe 0 sharpen I if you wanto raphic above i could be us» ?en the ke ?d display is I anally, I foun aecially durin various effe is the way I 1 them to I i video inp js a definab lender's ch three separai ithin a single ding onto I lfusing, but i have the t backgroun loats above | period and an external program perhaps loading and displaying a still or maybe playing a sample. All this from a single key Stroke -
automation at its best!
In can The only point worth remembering is that effects generally require an intro and out o. For example, to add a spinning animation over live video you'd need one event to fade up and a second to fade out, ready for the next effect.
System is still impressive. For example, one source can be exchanged for another instantly but with perhaps a flash of a "theme graphic" or maybe a tiny blip of brilliant colour between edits to emphasise the change.
Programmable genlock effects aren't the only options available from the VBPanel control software - in fact, each of the 60 available events can have audio control added. Like video effects, audio changes can be given a definable mix and a transition time in which the new mix is to be achieved.
As a result, the variety of usable effects in a single production is unlikely to consist of 60 radically different events, unless you're prepared for very harsh transition on the final tape.
Although the Blender’s fades and genlock effects are indeed impressive, the Blender also offers a whole rang* of wipes with which to switch between available inputs.
As you can see from the examples, wipes are basically stylised reveal effects in which one image appears to overwrite the existing one during an animated sequence.
Flexibility As well as sound and vision, AmigaDOS adds even more flexibility thanks to the control software’s ability to launch external programs as part of an event.
As a result, a single event could consist of a genlock effect with a timed signal transition, an audio fade over a defined Numerous built-in wipes come as standard, as well as an option to create your own via another Blender program entitled MixMaster.
MixMaster is basically a Dpaint-style paint program with enhanced animation.
It's designed to get the best from the Blender's ability to employ two-colour anims as wipes. The resulting effect is that the white part of the wipe contains the new image while the black retains the original.
These anims can then be used independently or as part of a larger script containing hundreds of normal wipes and your own designer animated variants.
Wipes are perhaps at their best when used between two video sources, although some impressive effects can be achieved when applied to animation. The actual image compilation is controlled via the VBPanel software, so you can easily define what will be wiped and which input will replace it.
Kkkkkk kkkkkk kkkkkk 'k'k'k'k'k'k E My only complaint concerning wipes is the rather 70s look that’s all too easy to fall into. If you're not careful, a masterpiece can soon look like a cross between a rather dodgy pom movie and an episode of The Loveboat... Having said that, if you can keep your tacky tendencies in hand, some excellent effects are available with the impressive array of supplied wipes, all of which can be edited individually to produce countless variations on a theme.
Like genlock events, wipes can be assigned to hot keys for "live play" or alternatively built in to complete multi-wipe, multi-anim sequences Which can then be run independently with either timed or mouse-activated transitions.
Both the genlock effects and wipes work perfectly together, offering easily the most versatile and advanced method of video production yet seen on the machine.
Criticism My only criticism of assorted control software is its rather amateur appearance which will no doubt put a few people off what is an excellent system.
Another annoying point is the system's need for an RGB plus sync signal as its secondary video source. This will definitely affect its appeal to amateur users.
Firstly, equipment which supplies RGB as standard is very expensive, and secondly if you already have good quality equipment you’ll need to invest in a time-based corrector, or TBC for short, to Convert yOuf existing signal and supply the necessary sync. Again this is an expensive process, with the cheapest TBC retailing around £1,000.
The final cause for concern is the Blender’s VHS-only output. Again this will reduce its appeal to professionals, but shouldn't really affect the home user.
In short, the Blender is a very impressive and original product which makes existing Amiga-based VHS post production methods look very basic indeed. If you're in the market for cable station quality from a single self-contained unit, this is the system you’ve been waiting for.
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Looking through the PD advertisements several months ago, I deckled to buy the RSI Demomaker Pack from 17 Bit software, comprising of font. Bob and vector editors, program and utility disks for £4, Because the ad stated nothing about postage or foreign penalties I assumed there weren't any, although I sent £1 extra just in case.
Seemed to me) and it cost the equivalent of £10 in bank fees and so on. I will most definitely have to consider not buying from the UK again.
Paul Lavrrie, Allenstown, Australia If you sent your order to 17 Bit when they were advertising the pock ot the lower price, they should sell to you at that price.
However, they may not hove received your order (did it go registered delivery?), or it may hove arrived after the decision to change prices.
Most mail order companies reserve the I have waited all this time assuming the package was held up somewhere, but in your latest issue 17 Bit are selling the pack for £5 plus 20 per cent for foreign orders!
What can I do? I sent the order months before the price change (or so it Industry in error?
L ettersJT* Ezra Surf's Postbag Go( something to say through the pages of AC ? Ezra Surf is our mailman, dedi coted to sitting in a corner reading your letters and selecting the most interesting for publication.
Drop him a line at: Ezra Surfs Postbag. AMIGA Computing, Europa House, Adlinglon Park, Macclesfield SKIO 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, Disk dilemma right to change prices without prior warning, so 17 Bit haven't done anything out of the usual by upping the price to £5.
I have owned my Amiga for around 18 months and something has been niggling me for quite a while. When you have to reluctantly stop using a disk and put it back in your disk box... which way up do you put it back!?
I would like this point to be debated by your professionals at AMIGA Computing. Personally I believe it boils down to your individual preference, but when people say to me "hey, your disks are upside down!" I have no relevant However, the RSI Demomaker is not a PD product, being originally a commercial product which was circulated around British PD libraries without the author's consent, so you may not be legally entitled to buy it from 17 Bit in any cose.
I should write to 17 Bit, explain what has happened with your order, and ask them what they con do for you. They're a helpful bunch and should be able to clear up the confusion.
Remember to send your letter registered delivery, though, so you'll at least know when it arrived, This is not to say that a drop in prices, the abandonment of expensive and normally pointless on-disk protection, ond
o move away from the disk-in-a-suitcase packaging approach would
lead to on improvement in the quality price ratio. It might,
and it might not.
Microprose, for example, utilise simple, eosy to break manual protection, yet their packaging and games are of such a high quality that they still sell well, despite being some of the most expensive on the market.
On the other hand, a shoot-'em-up might cost C10 less, have little or no fancy packaging besides the box, be protected by fearsome on-disk routines, and make the manufacturer on instant if unsustainable profit.
The thorny topic of disk damage resulting from protection routines is one which produces cries of outrage from games houses, but in my opinion the loud and very painful noises elicited by some gomes can only have harmful longterm effects on your drive. Perhaps this is one reason why so many AS 00 drives pock it in after less than a year.
I wonder what the industry would think if they ever cared to reply? Ezro Surf promises to print any open letter received from any industry figure on this topic, so if they want to join in the debate they're quite welcome.
Products properly. Stuff like FI9, which had a bug in it giving you access to only a quarter of what it was supposed to, and Red Baron with its very slow screen update, don't exactly have the right feel for a flight sim.
Pirates may be the industry's favourite target, but without them I don't think they could justify prices for some of the junk they chum out.
They should cut back on silly packaging, cut out the hyper adverts, cut back on insane cash payments for useless licences, and invest instead on quality products at a reasonable price.
A survey in Australia carried out by the Prices Surveillance Authority found that 70 per cent of software is grossly overpriced.
R James, Melbourne The debate continues! It's significant to note that we’ve had nor one single letter supporting the view that current prices ore justified by quality, from either a customer or on industry insider, but thot this sort of angry, disillusioned letter is becoming mare and mare prevalent in our groaning mailbag, Your tone is that of a genuine user driven to a cynicism which is only partly justified. True, mony companies seem to over-advertise products which then fiop after on initial massive sales boom, and fame even release software which is incomplete or bugged.
However, the general quality of Amiga software, in both games ond serious areas, has increased over the post year.
Letters answer. Could this be to do with background or character, or whether you were picked on at school? It may seem trivial, but have you ever asked yourself this question? Do you find it a problem or a dilemma?
By the way, my disks go in "slide down”. Is this the correct way, and do I win a prize if so?
Darren Bennett, Hemsworth There ore many schooli of thought on this problem, and attempted explanations based on everything from porent- chiki bonding to psychosomatic trauma have been odvanced.
In the final analysis, however, one must conclude that whether a disk is replaced slide down (the so olled Loundry Chute method) or slide up (the Dumb Waiter syndrome; is determined by the colour of your bed linen.
Colours in the red half of the visible spectrum, being aggressive shades, usually prompt users to thrust their disks slide down into their boxes with gay abandon.
The opposite is true for bed linen colours in the blue half of the spectrum, where the cooler, more loid back hues cause a more gentle opproach to disk resettling.
I think you'll find that your duvet is a cool blue, though it might be a mauve or light purple, whose mix of reds and blues has lead to the deep-seated confusion you are experiencing.
Use the mouse, Luke!
My complaint is about the Superbase Personal package recently given away with the May issue. It is a totally useless excuse for a database.
After spending some time to create a file, the system complained that "Superbase Personal is full", so I inserted a blank formatted disk. The message then changed to "Insert Superbase Personal in any drive" and the ever- decreasing circle begins. Also, the lack of any support for DF1 is most annoying.
Is it fair to say that we will have to wait months for little booklets that tell us how to play with the garbage data you have filled the disk with rather than to use the software for any sensible use?
It all seems to be a bit of a con. The only way to use this package seems to be to update it. I'm opposed to this because, let's face it, if the first version is unstable and virtually useless why pay £20 for more rubbish?
Pull your proverbial fingers out and support the software as you promised, don't hamper it. No other Amiga Saddam worries I have read Amiga Computing since I got my computer last December and also have a printer. In your January issue you had an article on the Saddam virus and the possibility that it might infect the CoverDisk.
Couldn't you sell a magazine without a CoverDisk for less money?
Craham Madue, Glasgow We could, but the vast majority of Oaf readers would prefer the magazine with CoverDisk if our research is anything to go by. Hr a period of a couple of months in 1989 the magazine was printed without a CoverDisk at £1,9$ , and sales suffered because readers didn't like the experiment.
As for Saddam finding his way on (o the CoverDisk, this will never happen. We have admitted the possibility that entirely new viruses against which there is no current protection might turn up on the disk without our knowledge (though this is highly unlikely), but we guarantee our disks are free from all known existing viruses.
Magazine would insult it readers' intelligence by mak-.
Ing them wait months to use a free disk.
Flik johnson, Basingstoke No other AMIGA magazine has, only one month¦ after releasing free software, produced o professional quality user's guide to that software ond cover mounted it on the next issue.
I con only assume that you failed to read the disk pages in the May issue, in which we stated our intention to give owoy the user's guide, and thot you haven't bothered to actually use Superbase Personal.
For exomple, by holding down the right mouse button ond selecting Directory Change from the System menu, it is possible to make Superbase use ANY floppy disk, RAM disk, or hard drive you have available.
In oddition, if you think the database files on the original disk are "garbage" (they were put there to moke it easier for users to experiment) you should just delete them.
If you don't know how to delete o file, I would suggest you consult our beginners' column or employ TDM, a directory utility given away on a recent CoverDisk which makes oil such operations easy as pie.
Deserted A500?
With the release of the A600, where does this leave us committed A500 users? As far as I can see, the A600 will be aimed solely at games players and with the extra cartridge slot Amiga games could soon be released exclusively on cartridge format.
The next step up is an At 500, but with its expansion slots and so on, more software will begin to be produced for the extra hardware, leaving the A500 out in the cold.
I personally enjoy a good game, but I mainly use my computer for serious use, either through my own programming or by using applications packages.
However, if they all start to take advantage of the new machines, will my A500 soon be obsolete?
M K Roberts, Kidderminster Despite the news, revealed exclusively in last month's Amiga Computing, (hot Commodore have officially dropped the A500, the soft wore and hardware industries would be barking mad to follow suit. When you have an installed user base of over a million in the UK alone you don't walk away in favour of a machine which has only just started to sell.
Games software at least should continue to be released in A500-compotible versions for several years to come, ond OS the Amiga’s basic chip set hasn't as yet changed to a great extent, most if not oil serious opplicotions released in the foreseeable future should work on the older mochines.
As for the A600 "cartridge" slot, this is in fact a rather expensive 4Mb RAM credit card-type slot, ond it is unlikely that monufocturers will release software in this format until it can be mode an economical possibility.
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[To begin, let's load the program by fcer selecting it from the Shortcut menus r double clicking on its icon. The share- Ite message will appear first and after a igle mouse click you will be ready to Euresque defaults to a lores screen, is ideal for creating graphics for _ and so on, but for static images of a r quality we'll need the hi-res screen.
t Format Hi-res from the Project i to go into this mode.
Default palette Again, the default palette is fine, but if J want to paint, say. A countryside scene, B*1 need a few more greens and browns Or are available to begin with. To create custom palette, click on the palette gad- on the lower line of gadgets, which will tag ) a fairly standard looking iette tool.
The first job is to set up the colours we'd t as our deepest and lightest greens.
UU find a very dark olive colour fourth 6m the right of the colour bar, which you ould click on to make it the current ifcur.
Now click on Ex (Exchange) and then fen the second colour from the left (the Pight cyan colour). Notice that this colour (now olive and that the cyan has moved ft where olive used to be.
This will be our darkest green. To set up ft* lightest green, click on the third colour bm the right of the colour bar, then on m hen on the very deep blue colour in ft* middle of the colour bar.
Now that this colour is light green, click H it again to make it the current colour,
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on one half of the colour bar. Do the same with light and dark
blue on the right half of the colour bar, using the cyan we
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dark blue you should find on the extreme right. Simple, isn't
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Before we return to the canvas, there's one thing left to do. No nature scene would be complete without the colour brown, which we as yet don't have on our palette.
To make the new colour, click on one of the dark blues to make it the current colour, then play around with the RGB (Red, Green, Blue) sliders in the bottom left of the screen, You can experiment for yourself, but a recommended set of values would be Red 9, Green 5, and Blue I. which you can see in numeric form on the extreme left. This will give you a fairly all-purpose brown.
Once you're happy with it, click on the boxed-out dot in the bottom right to return to the canvas.
Competent Unless you are already a competent freehand artist, it would be best to start the scene by drawing a grid on-screen to guide you when composing the picture.
Choose a bright green, then click on the straight line tool (fourth from left on the lop rosy) and draw horizontal lines every 50 pixels down and vertical lines at 100 pixel intervals.
When you've finished, you should have a grid of more or less square boxes, which you should now flip to the spare page by pressing the "j" key. Try pressing this key a few times to get the feel for how quickly the spare page flips over. We'll be using quick flips to take a look at our grid as we paint the scene, so the "j" key should take a bit of a hammering.
Now to start painting. Flip back to the blank canvas and click on the Fill tool (the one with the large "F") and on dark blue. Fill the entire screen with this colour, as we should always start with the dark colours, then work our way up to the lightest. Dark blue is as dark asthe sky is going to get, so this is the base.
Now select the darkest green and click on the solid rectangle gadget (second from the left, bottom rpw) and draw a filled rectangle starting on the left from about of a third of the way up the screen and ending in the bottom right-hand corner. This will form the basis of our land mass.
From here on in, the shape and form of the landscape, and just how good the finished picture appears, is entirely down to your own imagination and artistic ability.
For the rest of this column, I'll be concentrating solely on tips and techniques to make the budding artist's life a little easier.
For example, you'll probably want to introduce a tree or two into the picture. To start a tree off, it's best to position the trunk first using a solid rectangle of brown, then use the spray can's small spray size to brush in the branches as they spread out from the main trunk.
To change brush sizes, choose Spray Can from the Options menu and select one of the four sizes available. As I mentioned, the small size is best for reasonably detailed work such as the addition of branches, so select this one for now.
Tree branches, unless you're working on a fairly exotic species, should always be drawn as a series of Y-splits, so start with a single Y shape, then add a few to the two branches of the original Y until the tree looks more organic, Be careful not to overdo the branches, though, as from a distance you can rarely see more than a handful of the major ones.
Try to ensure that a few droop downwards or your tree will look rather startled when finished, and will appear not to answer to Mr Newton's law.
Airbrush When adding the leaves, start with a small airbrush and a dark colour of green, then spray in a dense pattern towards the lower part of the tree and a lighter pattern towards the top.
Add a little life to things with progressively lighter colours, but try to avoid using more than three shades of green, and always avoid just drawing around the branches. Don't be afraid to obliterate the work you've just done by drawing over it as this is essential for the growth of a painting "out" of the canvas.
OK, we've looked at the spare page, the Spray can, fills, and a few techniques. Next month we'll conclude our examination of Picturesque with a look at a few of the more advanced features. For now, I.TJ experiment and have fun. R a -I 35 Edgehill St., Reading, Berks RG12PU (Miacwcronir) Ring Fai you order. Opening Times Mon-Sat 9.0dm- 10.00pm Other Hours 84 How Order Hotline Operates Tel: 0734 583063 - The system includes a Sales Ledger tor customer accounts a Purchase Ledger tor supplier accounts a Nomnal Ledger which a lows bar* and cash transactions and defines the structure of the Tnal
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Technical He pC5 Midi muddle ¦you offer me some advice on con- a suitable Midi keyboard to my Midi ports? My keyboard has I® and Out, so I've connected Midi
* Out on CDTV, and Midi Out to ¦TVs In, both with straight
five-pin prough connector leads.
The keyboard to Midi mode up Sonix gives no errors but music! I can only assume a special « needed for the CDTV.
This minor problem the CDTV great. You may like to know you boot from AmigaDOS and welcome CD disk it can be used other drive as CDO:.
In as I can tell only 14Mb of space to hold all the welcome informa-
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Ion Hudson, Nottingham t problem seems to be a confusion Midi Itself, rather than the con- Assuming Sonix has full Midi I (to be honest, I can’t remem- it has), and there's nothing | with either your keyboard or 1 ports, then you're probably fail- i assign patch positions to Sonix's I tracks.
Rding to resident muso Paul
n. a Midi keyboard will not I to Midi signals unless It is I
information it can relate to i Internal voices, your keyboard
manual for full on on how its patches should up and addressed
by Midi Power drain an A500 upgraded to Kickstart land an A501
memory expansion, I interface and a Cumana external , I will
soon be buying a Supra
* hard drive with 1 Mb RAM fitted.
? The hard drive comes without a power supply. Will my existing PSU be able to cope with this lot?
I Because of my using the hard drive, I presume both floppy drives will be empty most of the time. Is there any way I can stop them clicking? I used to use a program for this task, but it doesn't work with my Kickstart 2 ROM.
Covin MacGregor, Epsom You should probably give the Supra drive a try without an external PSU for a couple of weeks and keep track of any inexplicable guru alerts you experience in that period. If you have a few, you should buy the optional power supply.
It might be a good idea, as you have an external drive and a half meg RAM card, to go for the PSU from the outset, but if you fancy saving a bit of cash it'd be better to try it without one at first To Stop your empty drives clicking, use the NCIick program you'll find on this month's CoverDisk. It works fine on Kickstart 2 machines.
Recalcitrant RAM After buying a second-hand A590 unit from a dealer in Southampton I was eager to use it After about a week, l was looking through the large number of fonts on my A590 when I thought I would look at the startup-sequence using SID, which I found with a number of other utilities on the drive, and I somehow messed up the startup-sequence.
I have attached a copy of my old startup-sequence. The problem seems to occur when the Makedir command tries to create T, Env, and Clips directories in RAM:, so that my startup halts with the message: Bid args. Rakedir failed return code id.
At this point I just type LoadWB and Enddi, but Workbench then loads without a RAM disk. What is wrong?
Jomes Leech, Havant From the startup-sequence you provided, it is dear that the problem lies elsewhere, and if I'm not very much mistaken, you'll find it lies in the L: directory.
This should contain a file called RAM-Handier, which is essential if you want to have a RAM disk available.
Without this file, your Amiga will be trying to create a sub directory in a directory (RAM:) which it cannot find.
To remove the problem, drag an old Workbench disk out of your disk box and use SID to locate the file and copy it to your hard drive.
Long tracks I hope you can help me with a problem that Has been causing me lots of sleepless nights. I tried to make a backup copy of my Skyehase game and found that the new working copy didn't work. After lots of investigation and time I got a program together that read a track off the original disk.
I found that where all tracks were 3,080 or so bytes long, two were not On cylinder 1 both sides, the track length was approximately 300 bytes longer. Also there is no data on these tracks, not even the usual 11 sectors and headers. In fact the whole track was a continuous stream Of X'AAAA's.
Obviously this is for copy protection, Write to ACAS, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Save your saes - we can't reply personally Printer out of puff?
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And while I accept that I cannot make a backup copy I would love to know how it is possible to get an extra 300 bytes on a track.
AMIGA COMPUTING I Turner, Cottingley The practice of forcing non-AmlgaDOS formats onto a disk, such as the long track trick, has for long been one of the mainstays of the copy protection business, and one of the most common causes of the horrible crunching noises made by disk drives attempting to read the disks.
Unfortunately, I can't tell you how they force some tracks to go above the usual limit for two reasons. First of all, I haven’t a clue how they do it and have no desire to find out, and secondly if I did it would be irresponsible of me to tell the world. Sorry, but that's copy protection for you.
Better display I have recently bought a Min AOC multisync monitor and am having problems with Productivity mode. The problem is that the top ten or so scan lines of the picture are being pulled to the left-hand side of the screen. Do you know why this is happening and what can be done about it?
I am also thinking of investing in a flicker fixer, and wondered if you could advise me on the one to get. Are flicker fixers hard to fit in an A500 Plus?
I have also noticed when changing screen modes that the Super hi-res mode says it requires bypassing the display enhancer. Are flicker fixers Software switchable?
Chris Thompson, Orpington Commodore recommend that Productivity mode is only used In conjunction with one of their own 1950 or 1960 monitors, and the screen warping you are experiencing seems to fit in with this.
It is more than likely caused by the Amiga's signal being slightly incompatible with the monitor, though it could be a problem with the monitor itself.
Have the monitor checked out by the dealer from whom you bought it, and if it works OK on Pcs and other machines, then it's the Amiga's productivity mode video signal which Is at fault.
Technical Help The best flicker fixer for the A500 Plus is the ICD Flicker Free Video card, which gives a superbly steady display, and can be boosted using the new ICD Preferences program.
The card is available from Power Computing (0234 843388) and is quite easy to fit, though you will have to open the Amiga and invalidate your warranty.
Old upgrader I am a proud owner of an A2000 which I bought about four years ago, and although I am using Workbench 1.3, I still have the Kickstart 1.2 ROM.
I realise that most (all - Ed) new Amigas have been fitted with the
2. 04 ROM and ECS, and I am now seriously considering upgrading
my machine. Before I do, could you answer the following
problems?
• My machine is a revision 4.3 A2000.
Would it be possible to replace my old Kickstart directly with the new 2.04 ROM without modification?
• Which of the PAD custom chip set make up the new ECS, and can I
upgrade my machine to the new chip set?
• Would upgrading my machine give me 1Mb of chip RAM?
K L Wong, feitbam You should be able to carry out a simple ROM swap to upgrade to Kickstart
2. 04 without any further modifications as the chip socket and
the chips themselves have not changed in size, even on the
new A6QQ.
As for the ECS, you should be able to fit a Fatter Agnus (chip no 8372A) as long as your 4.3 board is a B mother board and not an earlier A. You can check this by looking at the rear of the machine.
If it has a CVBS video out, yours is a B board and will accept the Fatter Agnus. However, you will still have to cut a track and adjust three jumper settings.
I would advise against this unless you are comfortable with electronics, but if you insist on having 1Mb chip RAM, a local dealer should be able to convert your machine for you. As for the rest of the ECS, Super Denise should fit OK, but the ECS Paula chip has not yet been released.
Beginners’ Guide - a problem solved Not so fast?
For all of you who wrote in with the following query, we have an answer.
We told you to copy LIBSilCOn.library to MyDiskiLibs to get over the problem of Workbench not loading on the tutorial disk. What we should have mentioned was that this is only necessary for users of Kickstart Workbench 1.3 owners, as Icon.library is built in to the 2.04 Kickstart ROM.
Sorry for any confusion this may have caused, folks!
I recently bought an A1500 with Workbench 2 and really enjoy using the new-look interface rather than the older
1. 3 Workbench. However, I'd like to know how to use the Fast
File System on floppies.
I formatted a disk using Super Duper v2.0, then copied my Workbench disk to it file by file and installed the disk. I then booted the disk and got errors after inserting the disk.
Is the FFS much faster than the standard file system? I use Fixdisk v1.2 which told me that the Workbench 2.04 disk was standard file system. I thought that Workbench 2.04 allowed FFS to be used on floppies, or am I mistaken?
D Batemon, York Forget Super Duper when formatting an FFS floppy. It's best to use the standard Format command thus: FORMT HIVE DFO: NAME ’whatever’ MS This will provide an FFS floppy reliably, if a little slowly.
FFS floppies don't access appreciably faster than SFS floppies. The main advantage is that you will have an extra 35k or so extra storage on an FFS floppy. Remember that Workbench
2. 04 support FFS floppies, but that a
1. 3 machine will not read them.
To answer your last question, Fixdisk
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ignore the program when it does this.
0U IBM Having just bought an A500 Plus on the pretext of if being a birthday present for my daughter, everything seems so bewildering. This brings me to my main point.
I am an Open University student contemplating one Of the many computer courses offered by the OU.
However, the specification required is biased towards the IBM computer using MS-DOS. What's the best way to tackle the problem, both in terms of quality and price?
John Kenyon, Warminster For your purposes, one of the hardware-based PC emulators would be best. The Vortex Atonce Plus is available from Silica Systems on 081-309 1111, and the KCS Powerboard is available from Bitcon Devices on 091-490
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The Vortex unit would be best suited to maths-intensive applications as it has a slot for a maths coproces- sor, but the KCS board comes supplied with MS-DOS and fits in the trapdoor, so it won't invalidate your warranty unlike the Vortex which you'll have to fit by opening the Amiga's casing.
You pays your money and takes your choice, but one other possibility is the GVP Atonce-based emulator. This fits Inside the CVP Impact Series II hard drive, which might be the best long-term solution if you will be using PC application designed to work from hard drive (as most of them are).
The GVP's only drawback is that it is expensive, so a KCS in combination with a cheaper hard drive might suit your pocket more.
Horrendous HAM After purchasing my Golden Image hand scanner and being very pleased with it, I decided to answer your cries for better pictures in the gallery, so, scanner in hand, I transformed an all-colour postcard of a beautiful white horse into a mish-mash of grey pixels.
Using these as an outline, i traced the horse using Dpaint IV and cleaned it up.
Then I changed the format to HAM mode so as to be able to use a heck of a lot more colours.
I set my palette using lots of ranges from black to white and grey to white, then began faithfully reproducing the colouring from the original.
I wanted to have a dark grey running into a light grey, so I did this carefully by changing the lightness of the colour as I progressed. Why then did I end up with such colours as green, blue, purple, and yellow?
The program obviously thinks that mixing light grey and a little bit lighter grey produces green. This is the only problem I have encountered with this wonderful program, and considering it's so wonderful it must be solvable.
Please tell me how! I'm a desperate man, and if I can't sort it out there'll be no horsey for the Gallery. Gutted, huh?
Loel Carpenter, Duxford HAM is supposed to stand for Hold And Modify, but in practice it means Headaches And Migraines, because this is what you'll get if you have to do a lot of converting to and from HAM.
Retaining your old palette is virtually impossible when converting to HAM, and tweaking a 4,096 colour range is a royal pain in the you-know- where. I would advise you take the original scanned image and load it into Dpaint IV HAM mode and work on it from there.
If you still have problems, load the image into a 64-colour screen, save the palette (Colour Palette Save), then go to a HAM screen and load the palette in. You'll only have 64 colours, but you can use the spare palette ranges to create as many new colours as you'll need.
I'm not an art expert, so these "solutions" might be less than ideal. If any of our readers has a letterful of Dpaint palette tips they'd like to share with the rest of us, I'd be glad to print It, so get scribbling all you Leonardos.
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However, when it comes to actually Anting the documents you've created on pw Amiga, you soon realise that the corrv pfcated world of publishing is just nning.
To this mini-series, I hope to cover some 0 the more ankle-wrenching potholes you «ght encounter as you struggle towards printed word, in the hope that some of confusion and unnecessary bumf sur- ding the world of DTP can be A tall order, perhaps, but as long as you i shut out of your mind the garbled jar- and plethora of pseudo-scientific terms gly designed to keep publishing a shop, the printing process can be ed to an exercise in common sense.
For the average Amiga owner struggling with a 24-pin or bubblejet printer requirements from a print job are modest, a great deal of the high-end 1 and technology can be binned the outset.
Attractive The is especially true if you cast about a bt and find a local print shop where good fashioned printing can be had with the nimum of fuss and at very attractive es.
I settled on the Keele University Students' Union print shop. Near the potteries in Staffordshire and run by the ever- smiling Pat Borsky, it’s a a haven for frustrated publishers.
Unless you are determined to go all the way to full colour glossy magazine printing, this is exactly the sort of print shop you should be looking for.
Pat and her team use an offset litho printer to produce everything from admin 'material and the on-campus magazines for the students' union to advertisements and ftyers for local businesses, so they cover most of what an Amiga owner might want.
Local print shops in areas all over the country should do likewise if you're not located close to Keele. The process is sim- and at a irriei of mnhaniial trrotatlom lor printing with the three ipat tolnun ¦ Tin pot dictator I ¦ CuM Wir flgurn rilnud ZSTT.p H 1NSI m rur.’r =£=¦=
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tographing it to make an electrostatic negative on either
paper or metal.
Paper plates are cheaper but can be used only once for up to about 2,000 copies of a document. Metal plates cost between £8 and £10 per page, but as they are more durable they can be used indefinitely.
Which plates?
It follows that if your document is a one- off affair, you should stick with paper plates, but if you are printing letter heads, business cards and so on which might not change for years, go for the metal plates and when you go back for reprints you won't have to pay a second time to have plates made.
Including photographs in your document needn't be too expensive either. If pie. The Amiga user produces a document on his or her DTP package and outputs it to printer at the best resolution possible.
If you have a decent 24-pin printer or bubblejet, you should get good enough output for fanzines and the like, but for a more professional look it might be best to have the document laser printed.
This will mean printing your work to disk as a PostScript file, then transferring it to an MS-DOS disk (using the MultiDOS utility on this month's disk) so that a high street printing service can download it to their laser printer. Once your work is on paper, especially if printed by a BOOdpt laser, it will be "camera ready".
The print shop can then make a printing plate directly from the page by phoyou haven't the cash for a scanner, and don't have access to one, you can usually instruct the print shop to have photographs screened, for which service they'll charge about £12 to £15 a time.
Screening is the process whereby an image is scanned and broken down into halftones for the printing press to deal with.
Halftones are just a series of larger and smaller black dots in varying densities which are used to represent lighter and darker shades of grey.
You will see the process in operation on newspaper front pages every day, and most cheap hand scanners will produce a halftone image for this sort of mono printing process. It goes without saying that if you're going to produce a fanzine or newsletter with several photos in it, you would save a lot of money by investing in a cheap 400dpi hand scanner.
Things become a little more complex and expensive when you start to look at colour printing, but the principles are the same. To print a basically black and white document with just the odd spot of colour for logos, special offer flashes, and so on, there are only a few extra steps to take.
Simply design your page as normal, use two or three colours where needed, then print the document using mechanical separation. Most decent DTP packages support mechanical separation, which is just the process of printing a page once for each colour used on it.
Coloured bits The black and white elements of the page print as normal without the colour parts, then a fresh page is printed for each colour in which only the coloured bits are printed.
This produces a set of three or four camera ready pages which are made into separate plates. When the document is printed, the mono (black and white) plate is printed first, then the printed pages are put back in the printing press to have the colours printed on one at a time until the full page is complete.
Using spot colour in this way, you can put together a document every bit as colourful as a local newspaper, and of much the same quality as long as you have a PostScript-compatible DTP package and access to a laser printer.
The process is relatively painless, cheap (at Pat's rates you could have 2,000 pages of double-sided A4 printed in three colours for quite a bit less than £100), and what's more it is accessible to human beings who don't speak the litho lingo.
Next month A look at the more upmarket printing processes, why and when you should bother using them, and how much they cost CINEMA TICKET THE UNOFFICIAL ACTION MAG FOR NINTENDO GAME FREAKS!
When fhe goinc gets tough the tough get NASV THE ACE OF THE GRAND SUPER R Graphics!?* Texture City As opposed to the Alternative collection.
Texture City's assortment come with only one version of the image which you can then manipulate yourself, given the necessary software.
Again unlike the Alternative set, the images themselves are provided in the Jpeg format which drastically reduces the storage space required for each file.
Unfortunately this means that each image requires decompression prior to use and as a result there is a tendency for slight image degradation.
The collection comes on either disk or CD-ROM, along with its own installer which takes the liberty of installing miniatures of all Activa’s available images in the various collections while adding the decompression utility onto your hard disk.
The images themselves are impressive and a good deal more varied than the Alternative collection, but with the cheapest set retailing for the £99.95 for 15, and the most expensive 60- image set at £250, Texture City is strictly for the very serious, or very silly... Alternative 3D Textures ¦hmative's collection has hit the streets as a p-dnk set, plus an additional two free disks eked with assorted Real 3D animation , tutorial images and example textures.
Ft return to the freebies a little later, but r now I'll concentrate on the 12-disk tex- [lr» collection itself.
As you might expect, the included fcges are impressive, as indeed are those of Be opposition, especially when viewed in r 24-bit form.
However, it's Alternative's variety of j formats that may make them attrac- to more than just the ray tracing nity.
Unlike the Texture City collection, [ Memative have put a little more thought (toto their compilation, and rather than a htforward selection of 24-bit files, each ppy contains a single image which [appears in a variety of formats.
To the 24-bit ray tracing purists, addi- I lower quality images might be of little , but as the Amiga moves ever closer i the roll of a multimedia workstation the i to access a file in a variety of formats becomes ever more important.
The beauty of multiple format is continu- Uy, a commodity which makes the seamless | combination of multiple applications much sier. It's true that anyone with a copy of [ADPro and a 24-bit image can create their i variations, but that's assuming you hive £250 spare for the processing software.
Each Alternative disk contains the original 24-bit texture (400 x 400) plus a Ham (320 i SI 2), an eight-colour IFF (640 x 512) - suitable for Scala backdrops, a four-colour greyscale (640 x SI 2) - ideal for either bump mapping in Real3D or altitude mapping within Imagine.
As mentioned earlier, the collection comes with the added bonus of two tutorial disks for Real 3D which I must admit are an impressive sweetener.
The disks contain tutorial images showing how to apply various textures plus mapping information so you to can achieve effects such as clip mapping, chrome, spiral wraps and so on.
Aside from basic tutorials, the disks also contain animation files which will automatically recreate the images and environments shown in the tutorials, the most interesting of which has to be the water effect which can be seen in our example.
Conclusion The Alternative collection has a lot in its favour, not least its price. At less than half that of the cheapest Texture City collection for only three images less, it's a comparative bargain, plus there's the added bonus of the Real3D tutorial disks.
On the down .side, there's no Support for DCTV Display files, which considering their relatively small size and obvious appeal to the average user has to be a big mistake. The I you’re a regular reader of the Updates column you may already be aware of Memative JD Textures from Alternative i which has been on the drawing for a while and has now arrived in its form.
Our second contender in the battle of the collections comes from Activa - the my responsible for Real BO - and is Texture City.
Only other cause for concern is the somewhat less-than-videO’Spec image size on the 24-bit images themselves.
The Alternative collection are primarily wraps while the Texture City images are more akin to backdrops, hence their full video spec hi-res interface with severe overscan.
The main flaw in the Texture City sales pitch has to be the price, with even the cheapest collections coming in at a frightening £99.95 for just 15 images.
The second problem is that of inflexibility.
If you're planning to invest, it's safe to say that a copy of ADPro is a near essential, along with a sizeable hard disk to store any decompressed files that you plan to employ.
Perhaps the collection's biggest plus is variety. In comparison to the Alternative selection, the choice of available images is immense, and if you're a professional user Scan the classifieds... If you're serious about Amiga art and can handle a camera it might be well worth investing in a |X 100 scanner. At around £500 it s a big investment, but at these prices it could soon pay for itself... Two examples of Texture City's 24 bit extreme overscan Images One of Alternatives tutorial scenes with a touch of clau Can you feel it?
Paul Austin, texture tester extraordinaire, pins two of the Amiga's latest texture collections to the canvas who doesn't consider price his or her prime consideration, the option of hundreds of images as opposed to 12 could be the deciding factor.
For we mere mortals, the most interesting set in the Texture City collection is that of 40 images in either Ham or DCTV Display format.
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ISSUE ELEVEN - AUGUST I 992 THE ADD AMS FAMILY * SHUTTLE • JAGUAR XJ220 • SIM ANT• JIM POWER*AND MORE!
- THE UNSTOPPABLE GAMES MACHINE.
Omm. CHEAT MODE • TALKING SHOP • ONWORD • Carry On Campaign Cood grief. Vet more news from Empire down in steamy Basildon. Empire, it appears, are planning to release something in the region of six mil* lion games over the summer months.
Other games sections can leave a chalky taste... Kermit and killers They also keep sending us sweets for some bizarre reason.
Oh, and today we got a water pistol. And some Chewits.
Hmmm.
We also got some news on another of their forthcoming war games. Campaign. It's set in the Second World War. And features lots of tanks. Just like Pacific Islands. But whereas Siffic Islands was a simulator, this is a strategy game.
Apparently the game map is large enough to include most of Europe , so it may be a little on the large side. It'll be ready for public consumption in September at the not unreasonable price of £29.99. 100% Pure adrenalin No 'I S not a Point Break game (although that s not a bad idea, eh software people?), it is m fact the ’long awaited’ sequel to California Games Called, by a strange quirk of fate. California Games II K features the following non-bogus and.
Like, totally gnarly events - hang gliding, jet surfing, bodyboarding. Skateboarding and. Er.
For a software house that's only had two full-pnce releases. Team 17 have got a bit of a reputation for being disconcertingly good. In fact they're a bit like the Bitmaps (but without the Stupid shades and glum faces).
Alien Breed was. And indeed &. A bit of a sexpoL and Project X is still getting a good pummelling most lunch times here in the Europress fortress.
And. Joy of joys, the Teenies fas we like to call them|, have got not one new release, not three new releases, but a nice round two new releases "on the cards'.
First out Of the gate is Superfrog, a cutesy platform game, featunng 24 levels, waay graphics and Spud n Dudley. 'Superfrog s wobbly mates' Also, rumour has it there’s going to be sampled speech courtesy of Britain's top light entertainer and clock mender. Vk Reeves. But don't quote us on that B-ff probably made it up. And then, many light years away, in the Autumn we've got Assassin Again, this promises all sorts of technical trickery including over 200 frames of animation for the main charac ter alone. Zoiks. 'Assassin will become an Amiga classic' boast the Teenies.
Snowboarding.
Quite how snowboarding fits in with an the | other beach games, were not quite sure Bit j spooky. Eh The usual multi-player option is there so j you can hang ten over the local dudei in a. like, totally bitchm style. Er, rad Qr some j thing US Gold are the peeps to thank 1 A NE Epic 2 A II Monkey Island2 3 V 0 First Division Manager 4 A HE Jaguar XJ220 5 A 6 The Manager 6 A NE John Bams Football 7 A NE Magic Land Disy 8 y 1 John Madder s Football 9 A 12 EyeQfTheBeholder2 10 Y 3 Project!
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£25.99 US Gold £38.99 Krisalis £25.99 Code Masters £7.99
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17 y 5 SpaceCrusade 18 y 11 Manchester United 19 y 8 ScoobyOoo and Scrappy C 28 A NE Striker Get civilised Ever fancied forging the very society we live in? Founding and renaming ail the towns and cities we know and love? Beating up lots of Belgians? Well good news my xenophobic friends, for Sid Meier's Civilisation is coming to the Amiga counesy of Microprose He's the same bloke who gave us Railroad Tycoon, and most recently.
Covert Action. Not surprisingly, the PC version of Civilisation scooped the Most Original Game award a few months ago at the ECTS show.
We've had a bash at the PC version, and it really is an ingenious little thing. Any game that lets you tell Napoleon to sod off has to be worth a look. Hopefully, well review it next ish.
INNER VISION Distint fly cabbagey... Shuttle 4 The Xyrrrrghle aliens invade Mars and, er, well perhaps not, eh?
Aquaventura ..... 6 I think Flipper s trying to tell us something. Dad Sim Ant .... 8 All the fun and games you'd expect from a colony of hexapods Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge ..10 Oooooh. It's luwerly, it really is. Aaaftaa h. Heaven!
Jaguar XJ220 ? ..12 Can another driving game change life as we know it?
Cool Croc Twins 13 Reptilian menage a trois love chase exclusive shocker thingy The Addams Family ...14 Go Hammer, go Hammer go! (and don't come back) Jim Power 16 A French game that registers zero on the wierd-o-meter?
Dylan Do$ jL ....18 He's famous in Itaiy, you know More sports?
Yeh. More sports games. However, by far the most interesting we've heard of is Millennium's third James Pond game. Entitled The Official Aquabatic Games, it adds a moist and slighdy salty slant to the upcoming deluge of sports games.
Er, that's all we know actually, but being big fans of the Titanium Trout we thought you’d like to be warned, And while we re on the subject of Millennium, they've got another sequel planned. Well, sort of.
Remember Robin Hood, that rather nifty little 3D adventure from last October? Well the same bloke who designed that has been hard at work polishing the game engine up for an even bigger game Rome is the title, and ft sounds like an absolute killer, featuring locations as far afield as Britannica. Egypt and. Of course. Rome. Start out as a slave and work your way up to Emperor.
Orgies, wine and well-fed lions should all be coming to your Amiga in September, so get watching those Up Pompeii videos now.
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Ground control to Major Tom... Mouse ¦ Out now £44.99 1 meg f&h wL ’¦MX Lc a n some- times be quite startling, can t it? Why, only the other day I looked in my rear view mirror at some traffic lights, and saw none other than Inspector Morse in the car behind- Well, OK, it wasn't really Inspector Morse. He was driving an Austin Allegro for one thing, And he had red hair and a beard. But the initial Similarity was quite alarming.
Then there was the time when I dialled a wrong number and accidentally rang up Mother Theresa.
Hello, said I, Is that Mr Crispies Dial-A-Pi 22a?
"Do you know what time it is?"
Grumbled an old lady's voice.
'You mean this isn't Mr Crispies Dial-A-Pizza? Was my reply.
,«.‘A No. Its flippin Mother Theresa" said the voice and hung up. Uncanny, eh?
But these startling events pale into insignificance alongside the sheer palpitation-inducing sight of the control panels for Virgin s Shuttle game, The game comes with a poster-type Sheet which shows you all the dials and switches for easy reference, and it could quite easily double as a three- man tent. It s big. And perhaps the most terrifying sight I've ever seen.
Shuttle is perhaps the most detailed and in-depth sim ever in the entire history of the universe. Every single knob and switch that's in the real thing is lovingly recreated here.
Well, probably, I'm not about to start counting them. The reason for this is that the shuttle is a million times more complex than any aircraft and so needs squillions of controls to prove it.
You can’t just open the doors up in space, y know. Instead you have to activate all the relevant motor mechanisms, seal valves and other techie- type things. If you didn't do that then the whole shuttle would be de-pres- surised and all sorts of nastiness would ensue.
And yet despite the unprecedented hugeness of it all, its not that difficult to get into. Tis true. The programmers have thoughtfully included a load of helpful features to show you the ropes.
Because, let s face it, even the most experienced flight sim addict would be entering stormy waters with this game.
So, you can redefine loads of options to suit your experience level.
If you don't want to go through all the pre-flight palaver (about three hours of checks and ini- tialising booster rockets, y although thankfully not in real time) then you can start S* the mission actually in orbit, or skip straight to the end and just land the thing.
You can also have plenty of help during the mission. On the easiest help level, the computer shows you exactly what to do and which buttons to press so there's really no way you can go wrong.
As you get better and start to remember what buttons do what then start to reduce the Help level and slowly set out on your own. Me?
I'm still clinging to the help option for dear life.
But even so, there's an incredible feeling of achievement as you start to see the shuttle responding to your commands. Even the most difficult missions can be carried out with the computer leading the way so anyone should be able to get something done.
The missions are all either based on _ • The Crew comfxirtfteht « q seeded, pressure ti9bt three level cabr of 2225 oubio feel It nounted inside the (forward fuselooe ot the front of the Obiter.
Entry to the Orbiter Is through the side botch to the nid deck, or the orlock to the poglood boy. The side hotcf) con be jettisoned in on emergency.
M reu Comportment t the stereo? Where's the stereo? And what does this big red Abort button do?
My goodness, more trivia than you could shake John Craven at other than the ones you set for yourself. Maybe you won t sleep until you can launch a spy satellite all by yourself without any help at all, or perhaps you'd be chuffed to just land the shuttle without crashing. Either way, it s a great way to spend a few hours.
Yep, a few hours. Shuttle is not the quickest game in the world. The 3D and so on is very smooth and fast, but you can't just zip into orbit, dump a satellite and nip back again. Everything takes a while in space, so this is not a game for those who demand constant excitement.
Or indeed, any excitement at all.
Shuttle is not an excit* ing game, it's an intriguing and demanding simulator.
00000 Reaistic 'space' fed. And a sultaWy detailed shuttle.
AUDIO 000 Wd, space isn't exactly the noisiest place to be. Is *7 PLAVABILITV 0000 Not that hard to jet to yips with, so anyone can have a 30.
ADDICTION 00000 The uttmte challenge for sim fans everywhere.
92 learning experience eal shuttle missions from the past, or peculative ones based on current ethnology. So you could recreate the
• ery first shuttle test flight, or launch hilariously crap
Hubble telescope, v even take part in a space station project.
Wowsers!
With a game of this size, you'd ' pect it to come on about seven
- '•sks and for everything to trundle ong at a speed not unlike
Dougal
• 'om the Magic Roundabout. Well,
• vo disks Is all it takes and the graphics are smooth and
detailed. Espe- jlly nice is the way you can watch Earth slowly
revolve beneath you. All the continents go past and night and
day light up the planet just like real fe. The "feel" of being
in space is JitOunding. I'm sure it s really good lor your
karma, or something. Dead peaceful.
The weird thing is. There's no clear objective to the game. There's no overall goal It's not even a game as such, more like a You constantly get better at following the mission instructions and should eventually ¦ ¦ ¦"'fjSPjr X X ” I I hope you. Ahem, 'pointed percy at the porcelain before you set off. There's no motorway services In space y know be able to go from one control panel to the next flipping all the right switches. The question is, if yOu can master this game, would that mean you could fly the real shuttle? Why not give NASA a ring and find out?
So, if you think you've mastered every flight sim on Earth, then try this one and really test yourself. Not for the faint-hearted, but those brave
- and rich - enough should find more than enough to keep them
busy.
* St. u 7 Stingray, stingray, diddle der der der dah. Possibly
the best theme tune of all time. I'm sure you'll agree. And not
a bad programme either, when you thnk about it Admittedly, it
was just Thundertoirds with a fishy rang, but it was still a
nght royal stonker of a programme.
The latest game from the Psygies has a distinctly fishy tang as well. And there's good news and bad news. The good news is that another of those pesky nuclear holocaust things has devastated the planet, as nuclear holocausts tend to do.
The remnants of mankind have taken to hiding under the sea in colonies, linked by under-sea tunnels, as the sea is too ful of radiation for safe transit The bad news is that the Spurcians have got the* beady eyes on Earth and have taken over a* the colonies, infested all the tunnels and stolen all the beer The last T remnants of the human race flee into space and start plot- j ting how they can get rid of the Spurcians. Now as any great tactician would tell you.
The best way to defeat an afcen invasion force is to send out a solitary ship with the puniest weapons imaginable, So that's what mankind does.
Apd in true arcade storyline style, no sooner has our lone hero Wasted off than the spacecraft contanng the last people airve explodes and leaves fwn ad alone. So, he scowls, swears and sets off on a mission of vengeance. Yowsers.
0000 Great intro, but couldn't we haw some vanety In the lewis?
AUDIO 0000 Good tune, the usual Wasting fX PLAYA B I LITY 000 Simple to yasp, but wry boring after a wtiie.
ADDICTION 00 you'I either finish it or bun the disks wWin two hours.
It’s a sort of 3D shoot-'em-up. A bijik only eight main levels and they're all the Afterburner meets Starglider. But it somwow same. In each level you've got to shoot an the solar panels before you can attack a pyramid which leads on to the next level. The only dif- is that the higher the level The more you have to shoot fevei is linked by the undersea tun-
* h are shown in wireframe 3D and illy confusing. They're fatrty
pointless, manages to avoid the good points of both. Its
lacking the simplicity of Afterburner, depth of Starglider.
Lurking instead il man's land between the two. -y The game of
the decade' proclaims hie box. Frf Central, kids. Aquaventura
has be$ i ' in development for years. Yonks and yonks? I _ And
yet with all that time, the game still man-*** otienhan to pad
out the game a bit.
Ages to be a homb pllow, and disappoint- At the endof each level, voujp refuelled, ingly tiny fettle trtng • • wour missiles are restocked, you get your But first let’s look on the bright side and energy b&k and an extra weapon is installed pick up on the good points. Ifnsurpnsmgfy, f Your extra weapons are activated by presses got a» the usual Psygnosis frills an to inj trie ipicebar. But Td advise you not to.
Bits. Smooth and fast 3D graphics, gfeaUGsfc - Fdjpa es. I kept running out of energy and and FX antUtifest dying without anything hitting me.
Intro smce Ms! 2. It's - F finally figured out that it was my extra justa pity thflthegan . _yJfc pon that was draining my energy, j fact mysteriously missing from the manual. Oh, and you only get one life. Mucho crapola.
Jeftor *ven the amount of time that this game has been in production, it's ridiculously weak.
On my fifth go. I reached level four - that's half-way through the game, fact fans - and was getting fairly sick of playing the same level over and over And so would you be, especially after paying ful pnee font Watch this one sink without a trace. Veiy poor mdeed.
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Here's a question for you. Which species on this planet is stupid enough to wage war on Its own kind, use chemical weapons, live in a fascist social hierarchy, use children as labourers and capture enemies to use as slaves?
Well. OK. It's a trick question. There's actually two species who do all of those things. One of them's us. The others are ants. What a lot of silly billies eh? Mind you.
Even the ants don't have Simon Bates. Only we could be that stupid.
So, ants aren't quite the harmless little chapp*es you thought they were. And this game could show you exactly why. In it you'll take the role of a whole nestful of ants, and you'll have to waddle about being generally ant-like.
If you play a quick game then the objective Is Just to build up a nice big nest and kick seven bells out of the poncey red ants.
In a full game you've got to take over a back garden, move into the house, drive the people out and take over the entire world. Ha ha ha ha ha ha hal Or if you fancy a bit of Open Umversity- style studying, then you can play an experimental game that lets you build a nest to your specifications and then watch it evolve.
Sounds a bit deep, doesn't it? Well, it is written by the same rock n' roll rebels who gave us Sim City and Sim Earth. Options and choices all over the place basically.
Whichever game type you're playing, the basic controls are the same. You're initially controlling one ant, who appears in yellow rather than the drab goth black outfits of his pals.
You use this ant to carry out more direct actions, such as exploring and digging tun- riels. But by using the menus, you can set all the ants not under your direct control to do other stuff like fetching food or looking after eggs.
If you click on our yellow friend, you get a submenu that allows you to recruit other ants who will then follow you around - handy for attacking red ants' nests - or switch direct control to another ant Your priorities are to keep your nest stocked with food, with plenty of room for all the other ants, and to keep the Queen ant alive, cos without her there won't be any more baby ants.
You can also leave pheromone scent trails for other ants to follow, so you can lead them home, lead them to food or tell them which bits of your territory to guard.
Entrances and eat all the poor little anal Plus, you get stupid people lawnmowewd you to death, or spraying you with chenwl cal insecticide. What a cheery life, eh?
Given a bit of luck and a lot of planmnj you should eventually be able to get m your soldier ants to follow you into a do« However, ants being what they are, things don't go easy Despite your best efforts, attacks from predators are bound to occur. Great big spiders scuttle about and eat all the poor little ants.
Horrible lion ants hide in fake nest |||| ifll GaneR VISION 0000 As exdting as the subject matter allows, with some welcome humorous touches.
AUDIO oooo Good, U not entirely relevant, music and a couple of FX.
P LAVA BILITV oooo Surprisingly easy to get in to, thanks to a very user friendly approach.
5 ADDICTION 000 hwayfl pop are back & Loses its appeal fairty qucSty, and it gets too repetitive too soon.
What a gimboid. If anyone deserves to have his house overrun by arm, It's him | d* attack on the red ants' nest across the | paw, Charge into the enemy nest, find the red Queen and kill her and you've beaten the , gits. If you're playing a quick game then that’s it - if you’re playing the full game, then you move on to a new patch of garden. And you keep doing this until you've achieved total suburban ant bliss.
Well, that's the Pare Pones of the game But just how exciting can a game about ants Pe? Unfortunately, the answer is 'not very It s an incredibly brave and original
• dea, but I found it very hard to actually get nvotved in it.
It’s great fun to wander about the game for an hour or so, discovering all the little quirks of ant life fheyf It's educational. Kidsi| but as an actual game it gets fairly repetitive. Oig nest, get food, reproduce, raise army, attack red ants. And so on.
The graphics are great, with all the different types of ant looking suitably, erm, different and the predators look really nasty, especially the gargantuan spider, Even the sound is good, despite the fact that ants aren't known for their musical tastes. So you get bouncy tunes, including a fanfare if you take on the role of Queen, with some functional FX.
There's also a brilliant 'silly' mode, where all the ants. Eggs, and predators keep talking in speech bubbles. So the spider walks around telling everyone how cool he is, while the eggs wonder why it s so dark.
And in battles, all the ants call each other names. It's totally pointless, and of course, totally excellent.
The 'silly' approach is mirrored in the stonking manual, which covers not only how to play the game. Put also gives you a fairly detailed run down on ants in general, illustrated by cartoons and text book diagrams with silly speech bubbles.
This makes the 176-page tome a lot easier to consume, and gives the game a more approachable feel. And if after reading the manual you still feel stuck, then there s a step-by-step interactive tutorial to have a play with on-disk.
It s just a pity that the actual game is so uninspiring. Hardcore insect fans, or slightly eccentric strategy fans, will probably take it to their hearts, but I couldn't help feeling slightly disappointed.
At £35. Rather than being bowled over by the ins and outs of insect life. I found that ants eat. Have babies, have fights and then die. Just like us. Maybe that's the whole problem. A nice idea, but it just doesn't quite make it.
Daniel
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£37.99 » 1 meg Mouse ¦ Out now trickier problems removed, and
even the full game helps you along with a friendly shove That's
not to say it s easy, Oh no. Some of the problems are total
killers. It s just that the game avoids situations that could
leave you
- a M VISION 00000 Smooth animation. D«*l*d graphics and sprite
scaling.
AUDIO 00000 Plenty of tunes md FX where suitable. Pius! Plus! The Pines!
With nary a hiccup. It also gets full marks for incorporating the refrain from Wave of Mutilation by the Pixies into the music for the townofTickwood The humour's back as well, and it s rib tickling stuff. Oh yes indeed missus. AH the way through it manages to spoof everything from Star Wars to the original Secret of Monkey Island, with little digs at people in general all the way through.
If anything MI2 is even dafter than its pre- decessor. And its got the most ridiculous ending ever.
The control system remains unchanged, with the same commands only a mouse dick away. The only thing it does lack is a drop command so Guybrush's pockets soon stretch to Tardis-like proportions.
There's no limit to how much you can carry, but the more stuff you have, the longer it takes to look through the inventory. However, it does eliminate the problem of choosing which items to take and which to leave It'S also a very user-friendly game. If you're a beginner then you can opt for a trainer version of the game with some of the PlaVABILITV 00000 As funny and ery y*We « But more of it Eagerly awaited*. Now there’s a phrase that fits this game perfectly.
Since the original Monkey Island revolutionised the world of graphic adventures a few years ago. The whole world, and probably some of our neighbouring planets as well, has been holding out for the continuing adventures of Guybrush Threepwood and his pirate pals.
And it's here. Right now. In fact there's a copy waiting for you at your local software shop. So go and buy it . Go on.
Hrrumph I suppose you'B want me to tell you a bit more about the game than that. I might as well. I'd probably get sacked otherwise. All righty then, here comes the story so far... Way back in the Secret of Monkey Island, we met a wannabe pirate by the unlikely name of Guybrush Threepwood. Under our careful guidance, he became a fully-fledged pirate and defeated the evil ghost pirate, LeChuck Fast forward a few years and we rejoin Guybrush as he sets off to find the legendary treasure of Big Whoop, and deal with the newfy resurrected zombie LeChuck.
We also bump into some other old friends along with Guybrush and LeChuck. Stan the used ship salesman is now a used coffin salesman.
Governor Elaine Mar- ley is back as GuybruSh's reluctant leading lady, The spooky VooDoo lady has set up her own VooDoo mail order service, while Herman Toothrot is still a hermit. And.
Yes. There are monkeys in it While we were away things have changed for our hero. Guybrush has grown himself a natty goatee beard and become a respected and admired hero. At least that's what he thinks.
Once again, you must wield mouse to direct Guybrush through an even bigger and better adventure than before. A heady brew of voodoo, zombies, pirates and caustic humour awaits, so let’s take a look.
And it is indeed bigger and better than before. The feel and look of the game is a lot nicer this time, thanks to what looks like graphics ported across from the PC.
It even sounds better thanks to the iMuse sound system. This adapts the music as you progress, so the music flows naturally from upbeat reggae to spooky graveyard music stranded. There's no sudden death, and if you make a mess of a problem, maybe by forgetting to get a certain object then the game will let you get it rather than forcing you on without it. This means that you are free to expenment with different responses and ideas without fear of being penalised for It Other points worth highlighting are that despite the incredibly detailed graphics and animation, the game still skips ak ng at
a fair okl pace. Take note. Sierra. Even playing from the startling 11 floppies, it's smooth and swapping is kept to minimum.
Ber-Jimey. Eh?
Well, this is all getting a bit sycophantic so I'll go into 'cynical old man mode' and pick up on some downers Hmm, Well, my biggest problem is that the whole thing is farly unsurprising.
There's been no great shake-ups on the style front. If I was feeling very brutal I could be tempted to say that it's basically a remake of the original with cosmetic changes and different puzzles. But then. Evil Dead 2 was a remake of The Evil Dead and It was tons better.
The other problem with games of this ilk is that once you've finished it you won t be back. It may take you a long time to get there, but once you've done it the appeal vanishes. Yeah, it's nitpicking but you should be warned.
Apart from that though, this is horribly close to being a perfect game It's certainly the best adventure I've seen for ages, and it sets the standard for future graphic adventures in the same way the original Monkey Island did.
Fans of the genre should seek this one out without delay. In fact, they probably already have. And good for them. You know it makes sense Daniel Race with the rich in.
GUAH ORE £25 Joystick 99 meg Out now It ! That Iik« Here* that was test seen In Lotus 2 Question - what's the difference between Jaguar XJ220 and Lotus Turbo Challenge 27 Answer - not a lot To My Jaguar XJ220 has been warmly received by the computer press is a bit of an understatement. In fact some computer mags have gone so far as to give the game a four-page review and percentages border* mg on the ridiculous.
I mean a four page review on a driving game? It's just not physically possible, believe you me I'm having trouble filling one page What on earth do you say about a la . 6 University Challenge driving game. Weif?, took for the purpose of time-wasting. Ill have a go.
Look, it's a driving game and. Err you drive. If you move left on the joystick you move (gasplj left, oh forget it -1 just can't do It Look are you thick or something? It's just a driving game, now go away and Mild British wMher? Dent make me laugh... Oops sony my temper took over. I'm sorry, it won't happen again, Right what can i say now? Ummm Jaguar is good. In fact it's very good, but iTs far too similar to Lotus 2. The graphics and sound are better than Lotus 2 which is fairly obvious seeing as though Lotus 2 was released a year ago - you know technology advancements and the Wee.
There is major difference between the two games and that is that Jaguar XJ220 has a track editor, thus allowing you to construct tracks from scratch or modify any of the 36 available This is a fairly neat idea, but in the end iTs just another gimmick. Talking of gimmicks. Remember the in-car stereo in Lotus? Well its back In Jaguar and for one reason only it's tons better.
_ That one reason is Thrash Pig - proba- I Wythe noisiest rocking tune since, well since ever realty. As soon as you hear those wonderful opening notes, it s time for a mosh frenzy All the other tunes are a bit bobbins to say the least. A new nice little feature is the car tadio with the option to tune into your favourite station. Let s put it this way - It raises a smile for at least three seconds, and then the novelty wears off th Jaguar XJ220 is the Jaguar XJ22Q, It has a maximum speed of 213 mph. This little baby can do 0-100 mph in eight seconds Now because of all this speed you'd
think that the game was pretty fast... wrong!
In Jaguar XJ22Q you just don't get any feeling of speed.
Where s Ml the comedy hampagnc fights?
For instance I was taking sharp corners at 200 mph and it just felt as though I was doing 40 mph.
The handling on the Jag is so good that the game is really easy to play.
You race against Porsches and Ferraris and you fly past them as if they weren't there.
Look at all this bright warm sunshine...not!
You get to race in 12 different countries and each country has three tracks in it. The first track is a breeze and you are guaranteed to come first. The second is slightly harder with more difficult comers and you probably come first or second, but - and th*5 is a big. Big but - the third track is really hard. It normally puts you in some freak weather conditions like snow. Fog. Night etc and chances are you'll find it difficult to get into the top five.
Overall Jaguar is good, but not that good. It has almost the same features as Lotus 2. Like the pits and the incar stereo, etc. The graphics are excellent and sound Is very good, especially Thrash Pig.
The problem is not that it's not as playable or addictive as Lotus. But Jaguar has far more tracks and it is a lot harder to complete. If you like car games then you'll love Jaguar XJ220, but don't waste] your money if you've already got Lotus 2.
Jonathan I VISION 00000 Lovely, wefl-prtiented graphs.
AUDIO 00000 Hey, this mark is deefcated to Thrash Pig only!
PLAYABILITY 00066 Because the car Is so good n takes a lot of the fun away.
ADDICTION 00066 Fairly addctrve, but after a wttk it gets a bit uninteresting- Cool as croc? Its... BEE 0000 Whoop whoop, cutesy game alert, warning warning! The Cool Croc Twins are here.
Punk Croc and Funk Croc are twins and damn cool twins at that, hence the wild and wacky tide.
The only notable difference between Punk and Funk is that one of the green- flunned dudes wears a pair of shades while toe other wears a baseball cap back to front.
Now as it happens, as it happens boys and girls, Daisy Crocette is madly in love with them both. Why on earth doesn't she just have a three-in-a-bed kinky, (that's [ quite enough, Biff-Ed).
I Daisy being a dopey croc bimbo decides © forsake her love for the twins and runs off to a Crockery. Why she would want to leave I those boys and join a load of cups and plates. I don't know. Oh an right, its not a toad of plates, it's sort of a convent for crocs.
Now if your girlfriend-to-be decided to [bugger off and become a nun, you wouldn't be the happiest little croc in the world. So it's time for a fight back. Punk and funk must battle through 60 screens to win back the iwely Daisy.
The Cool Croc Twins is a straightforward platform game, but it's very difficult to explain what it actually looks like, so if you care to gander at this page you will see what can only be described as screenshots.
The idea is simple - a« you have to do is guide either Punk or Funk around the screen. By pressing Fire on the joystick you must make them jump into some little blocks which are liberally dotted around.
A light will illuminate each time you hit a block. You have to hit each block three times, so that the three lights, err light up.
Light up all the Nocks and you will progress to the next level. Easy, ain't it?
Now all games with good guys in them have to have bad guys too - it's the law of computer games. The battle of good against evil is what computer games are all about.
There are loads of mischievous beasties trying to stop you from reaching the croc goddess Daisy. They do this by turning the lights on the blocks off again. If one of these monsters hits you, you will lose one of your precious three lives.
Don't worry though - help is at hand. If you land on top of, or hit, a beastie in mid-air it will disappear. You will receive bonuses when you kill one of these beasbes.
But don't hang around because another will be around to fill its place.
The poster manual included with the game - to be honest - tells you precious Irt- tle, It's got Punk and Funk in conversation telling you what to do. But unfortunately because it's a supposedly cooI game it's got supposedly cool 'speak* in it.
Phrases like “tyell it like it is, bro" litter the instructions. Besides, it's probably better not to read the instructions, and to work it out for yourself instead, Overall. The Cool Croc Twins is not bad The graphics are fairly good, but nothing really special. Soundwise there are a few funksome tunes to be heard and a few effects.
It Is very playable, being more fun in two- player mode than in one. I liked Cool Croc Twins, but there's something about it that doesn't make it a hit game.
I can t really put my finger on what it is.
But I think it's something to do with the actual format. After a while it all gets a bit too similar. Never mind, not every game gets or deserves a Gamer Gold and guess what? This is one of those games.
Jonathan 000 Funky tunes, but nothing special PI_AVA.BII.ITV 0000 A much better game in two-piaytr mode.
ADDICTION 000 Attractive at fiw. But then gets fatty boring.
Not as good as The Munsters, it's... LriAlA UULr? OCEAN ¦ £25.99 ¦ 1 meg recommended ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now ¦P IF wtT.
¦r V ||i * Vriv i . If « f t* YwhM rt J Gomei In his Fwtopter e all know Ocean were famous for signing big licence films and then turning them into boring and downright awftrf platform games. Take Robocops I and 2.
Darkman and Total Recall for example.
Lately perhaps. Ocean have been listening to Joe Public a bit because some of their recent releases such as Robocop 3, Parasol Stars and Epic have been brilliant Ocean’s latest game is The Addams Fam- ty gulp! I clasped my hands and prayed to God that it wouldn't be Darkman with different graphics. I think in some small way my calls were answered.
One of those setret rooms, Where is it?
Oh I'm not telling, it’s a secret... It'S a platform game, but it's no ordinary platform game. Nay missus. The Addams Family is a platform game of epic proportions.
The Family are a bit of weird bunch to say the least. Let me introduce you to them First up are Gomez - the main character in the game - and Morticia. While PugsJey and Wednesday are the mischievous kids who are always trying to kill each other.
Lurch is the butler, Granny is mad, as ail good grannies are. And Uncle Fester is the family weirdo - you should see what he can do with a light bulb! But without a shadow of a doubt the star of The Addams Family is The Thing.
The Thing is a hand and in the original TV series he just stayed inside his box. But now thanks to magic of film special effects he can come out and do all sorts of weird and wonderful things.
If you decide to buy the game you'll, no doubt, be rushing out to rent the video - well you'll be pressured into renting the video because it s splashed all over the box and the game's otie screens, Hey wart a minute. I think I II run up to my local shopping centre and visit the video shop. Hmm what shall I rent? At £2.50 a time I'd better decide carefully, aha The Addams Family this looks quite good, I'll rent this.
All that talk about The Addams Family video plastered all over the box has actually influenced my decision to rent the film.
Blimey, there must be a marketing man somewhere looking very pleased with I self. Right enough of this insane warbling J suppose all you lot want to know i about the game. Well Tm the reviewer can do anything I want, but because rm a kind and forgiving mood I will tell more... You play the part of Gomez and it’s I job to venture through level upon level I ing to get his precious family back who I disappeared somewhere in the house.
Right The Addams Family is huge, i massive. OK let s slow down and put I size business into perspective.
Any other platform game on the Amiga I the size of Southport The Addams Farraly ( the size of Russia. If you're a dedicated | form game fan then The Addams Family game you can't afford to miss.
Now whenever a platform game co out that is this good, people turn to co isons. For instance, if I even uttered I Tweet Tweet on this... Goodness Gracious Greet Bells of Fire!
Eeefc. Penguin Mosh Freniy!!!
* ords "short fat ttue and red uniformed, kalian plumber" then
you'll know instantly
* no I'm talking about, it has to be said that The Addams Family
Is very similar to the Mano games, which if you think about is
no bad thing at all.
I woukJn t recommend it to the platform beginner because it s very tricky and you'll just find yourself throwing the joystick around the room in frustration. For the more experienced gamers it's ideal because there is no way it's going to be completed in a couple of days. The Addams Family is one of the most enjoyable platform romps I have, err romped on jn a long time, There are hundreds of enemies and obstacles for you to avoid.
It's got loads of platform cliches in it.
Secret rooms are to be found everywhere, hundreds of coins to be collected, invincibility pills to be plundered and a handy little item that can be found to help Gomez find his family is his fez This little fez is hO ordinary fez - it flies, thus enabling Gomez to reach those parts of the game that other non-fe2 wearers can t reach.
Overall The Addams Family is probably one of the greatest little platform games of all time on the Amiga. The graphics are excellent ana give it a console feel.
The backgrounds used to be parallax scrolling, but due to speed loss they have been changed to a simple black, which Isn't as bad as it sounds because the sprites are easier to see.
Sound wise you get a startling reproduction of the programme s theme tune. The effects aren't bad. They just serve their purpose. Plenty of 'em though. On the playabrl- rty front, you can t go far wrong. Everything moves as it Should. A dead easy control system makes it a doddle to play.
You'll keep on coming back to it. Simply because the game's so huge. The fact that you can input codes to return where you left off does help matters.
I was addicted to it within minutes and it's not often that that happens. The Addams Family that be creepy and spooky and all the rest of it. But if I were you I'd get down to the shops and buy a copy before there are none left. Hurry up.
Jonathan with warbling I now ewer ause I'm ill tell and it's m level [who use.
Uge, id put ©©©©• lovely detaiW cute cartoony graphics.
AUDIO ©©©© Good rendition of the Famfy theme tunc.
PLAyA BILITV ©©©©© I'd pliy it untl I dk of old age, it's that playabie.
ADDICTION ©©©©• It's addktion at the government health warning level.
If you are looking for a challenging platform game with astounding graphics and downnght sexy sound, then Jim Power could be just what you're after.
You are Jim Power, the chief of the Spe* Cial Warfare Unit for the Security of President Hailey |S.W U.S.P.H.). OK its a crap abbreviation. But don’t you worry because Jim Power just so happens to be the best member of the SW.U.S.P.H. The Story goes that President Hailey’s beautiful daughter Samantha has been kidnapped (wow that’s original!j. The mad. Bad and very scary indeed Vulkhor is responsible for this terrible deed, but then again Vulkhor is the infamous devil from the Mutant Planet and kidnapping is the sort of thing that devils are meant to do.
The Mutant Planet is not the sort of place that Judith Chalmets'H recommend you go to. It's full of, err, mutants and a few more mutants Noone has ever dared venture to the Mutant Planet - that is until now.
Now why on earth would Vulkhor want to kidnap the President's daughter? Well maybe it's because the President is the only person in the whole wide world who knows where the ultimate arm is- That'S arm as in gun type thing, not as m the thing that hangs from your shoulders.
So Vulkhor does the decent thing and decides to blackmail the President, or else his daughter gets it.
As you might have guessed. Jim Power is a platform game - a five level platform game to be precise. Jim roams through dense forest strange oties and gloomy caves just to save the President's daughter What a daring. Brave chap Jim is.
Now this won't be an easy task by any means. Using his blasters. Jim has to, err blast through the many beasoes that inhabit the Mutant Planet Fearful creatures such as zombies, vultures, dragons, spiders, carnivorous plants and other strange creatures are all after your blood. Not only does Jim have to contend with beasties, but he has to survive ail the traps such as acid drops, stakes, flames and stalactites.
Well I think Jim could do with a little help, so just to help him there are modules Inside these modules are things such as shields to shield you. Ctocks that give you a bit of extra time and the 1 UP bonus which.
Surprisingly enough, gives you another life.
The most important thing to collect in Jim Power are keys. These handy little items open doors and secret passages, but if you forget a key while you are on your way you are in big trouble because you have to go back for the little blighter.
Now I said Jim Power was a platform game, but I bed. There are In fact three levels of platform prancing and two levels of fast shoot-em-up action.
I love Jim Power - that's the game, not the bloke I bet you were getting a bit hot under the collar there for a minute.
The graphics are amazing. There are 200 colours onscreen at once (oooohi|, three play- fields in 50Hz Igusssplj and an ergonomy with unrivalled flexibility fehT).
Well it means nowt to me. But it sure does look good- Soundwrse - well the bloke who created the music for Turrican is back, so if you loved the music from Turrican you're sure to love the music in Jim Power It s as playable as Kim Basinger's bits (calm down. Biff - Ed) and more addictive than something that's quite addictive indeed VISION ©OOOG Blaney, ha*e you ever seen graphics better than these?
AUDIO 00000 Blimey, have you ever heard nw« and sound FX better than this?
P LAVA. BILITY GGGG bcctcnt, but not for the beginner.
ADDICTION GOO© Wow, wd I'm addkted, how about you?
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Plus, the control system is annoying. You have to push up to go through a door, but that also makes you jump. Be prepared to spend a lot of time jumping in front of doors before going through them.
It s always a shame to see a potentially good game spoiled by some thoughtless and generally lazy programming, and that's O0OOO ©©©•• ©©••• ©©••• Good or Dylan Dog! What a guy!
What would we do without Dylan Dog. Eh? Or Doggy.
Dylly Babes. Er. Hang about...Dylan Dog?
Just who the smeg is he? He's not a dog.
That much ts obwOus. And he doesn't even look like a Dylan, A Brian perhaps, or maybe a Stuart but not a Dylan. And yet this game treats him as if he's a computer celebrity to rival Sonic The Hedgehog Stranger and stranger... After some Nancy Drew-type Investigations. It transpires that Dylan Dog is Italy's number one comic book character, which just goes to prove that when it comes to thinking up really butch names for CdmlC book heroes, the Italians haven't quite got the knack Dan Dare, that's a butch name.
Dylan Dog? Sounds a bit Disney, doesn't it?
Anyway, casting aside the rather mysterious nature of our hero, let's see just what this spooky Italian offering is all about Apparently Dylan went to a bit of a knees-up in some mansion or other last night but unlike everyone else he didn't have a oppfe or three of finest Bavarian booze.
Just as well really, because for reasons best known to the brewery, the happy juice has turned everyone into homicidal maniacs. There's a moral for you there kids - if you don’t drink you miss all the fun. So.
Poor old Dylan is stuck in an old mansion with a crap name and loads of axe-wielding nutters, Dylan's razor sharp instinct tells him to get out of there pronto, and it s up to you to do it. Oh. And if you could find out just why the beer sent everyone bonkers, thafd be quite nice too.
Arcade adventure? Yes it is, actually. The usual mix of running around, scrapping and picking up objects. Any good? Weeeli. It's bearable I suppose The good points - the graphics are great with nice realistic animation and loads of tomato ketchup splattered an over the place.
You also get plenty of tunes that change as you go on. But very few meaty FX to go with the gore.
Whenever you reach an important point in the game, you get an animated scene to illustrate it. Which is quite nice. And. Errn.
That's about it for the good points actually.
The Dad points - it gets very boring. You never seem to make any progress, you pick up objects that don't seem to serve any purpose and wander through rooms that appear interesting but aren't. You only get six bullets for the whole game, which means you have to indulge in far too much hand- toJiand combat.
And. Blow me down, hand-to-hand combat is crap You punch, then they punch.
Worlds are born, stars go supernova, the universe revolves, and eventually they fall over dead.
It's also nigh-on impossible to die, I spent five minutes being attacked by a maniac exactly what's happened here. The f don is almost perfect, and the graphics i always nice and gruesome, but the.
Game itself seems to have buggered off.
Perhaps it was in there when they 5 out. But it got lost in the post I don't I But when I played it. It was definitely fun-free zone. Looks like Dylan's deso remain in obscurity for a bit longer.
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82 Mail Order Only Ret Wemtwshrp With Frst OrOer to aU Oar Customers The Gamer guide to HARLEQUIN Having trouble getting started playing Harlequin?
Jonathan Maddock guides you to the first piece of the heart Right, the adventure's about to begin. Your first task is to climb to the first switch which starts the moving platform. Jump on to the platform and while there fire your hearts at the baddies below. Once you've killed them, jump off the platform.
You should be able to see another switch. Throw the switch - it creates a platform further up the tower. Get back to the moving platform and stop it when it gets close. Jump on the moving platform that isn't moving any more and use this to jump to the platform above the switch.
Open the box and grab the brolly - you'll need it later. Now get to the moving platform moving again, jump on it and climb up the tower until you reach the next switch. This switch opens the door at the bottom of the tower.
Once flicked, you can jump off the platform and free fall all the way down to the bottom, remembering to open that brolly just before you hit the floor. Run towards the big arrow and enter the Clockworks.
The Clock Tower - Part one Clockworks
- Part two Use the moving platforms to reach the big slope before
jumping across to the left in the direction of | the cogs. Jump
on to the cogs and up on to the conveyer belt - watch out for
the snake beastie!
Using the conveyor belts, head towards the right until you can go no further. Drop off the last conveyor belt and land on the platform below, Hit the switch above.
Now jump on the platforms to your left collecting energy as you go. At the bottom of the Clockworks, just underneath the pendulums, there's a very narrow pas-1 sage which was blocked before.
Harley should now head left towards the entrance of the passage. Enter it and crawl towards the right until you reach a small ehamber with a switch in it. Fliek the switch and collect the hidden bonuses.
Go back the way you came in.
Use the pendulums again to head left towards the cogs. Use the con- j veyor belts and go right. Remember that wall that was blocking I your progress? Well h is no longer I there, hurrah!
The next bit can be tricky if you don't do it right, so listen carefully, Where the last conveyor belt is, there's a piece of floor at the end.
If you hit this you will slow down and won't be able to jump the gap to reach the exit.
So when you come to the last conveyor belt and are ready to | jump for the exit, jump before the bit of floor. Now feel mighty proud of yourself, because it's time to move on to the next bit.
I' Part one Flick the first switch you see in the Clockworks and slide down the slopes. You'll see another switch at the bottom. You won t be able to reach it, but if you climb the last slope and jump across you will be able to throw the switch.
This starts the clock hands in the Clock Tower. Now climb to the swinging pendulums and swing across to the left-hand side of the Clockworks.
Slide down the big slope, carefully avoiding the | drips, and leave at the door marked Exit. This takes you to The Dream Mile.
The Dream Mile Open the box and collect the thing that turns you into a fish. Be careful not to drop into the water if you haven't collected the fish icon.
You II come to a pyramid with a temple inside.
Climb over it and head towards the next pyramid structure, sliding down the left-hand side. After getting past the tricky jumps and the strong wind, you should be able to flick the switch to open the temple.
Head back towards the temple and go inside. In the top right-hand corner there is a large plug with a switch beside it. Fliek it, as this operates the Virtual TV In TV Wonderland. Leave The Dream Mile the way you entered and go back into the Clockworks.
August 1090 GameR CD The Clock Tower - Part Two Here we are back at the Clock Tower and you must climb all the way back to the top where you will see the clock face. There are tons and tons of bonuses hidden here.
Jump on to the clock hands and swing round a couple of times. On your way you will see a kite. When you arc | good and ready, and providing you haven't had a dizzy spell and fallen off your chair from watching Harlequin spinning around the dock face, jump for the kite.
Harley will grab the kite and fly mag- ically towards the next level.
The Jigsaw Puzzle Right your first task is to find and flick four switches. They are located in roughly the four corners of the level.
Once all have been switched on, you should be able to find an upward passage which was blocked off before. This is located in roughly the centre of the level.
Use the small platforms to climb upwards and you will find a bank of Tvs at the top - all turned off at the moment, but not for long.
Switch them on by running right and finding a hidden switch that isn't very wel hidden at all. Head back towards the Tvs - they should be displaying TV SALE NOW ON.
This means that you can enter TV Wonderland, which Is the level after the next. Go to the exit in the Jigsaw Puzzle, this is on the far right-hand side, about halfway up.
Enter the exit and It's time for those Dick Van Dyke impressions because we're off among the chimneys on the rooftops.
TV ’ 5fli:e p rmif ft DN Come Fly With Me This is probably the easiest peasiest bit in the whole game, but don't get too cocky because from now on it gets really hard (ooer). On the I kite you should be able to collect loads of tokens and bonuses, dodging all the obstacles before reach-1 ing the next destination The Jig- Saw Puzzle.
The Rooftops nQ I m with i 14 „ This is U- -w _ You will find your first piece of heart near the bottom right of the level. Your first job Is to flick the switch directly below you and find another one situated near the start of the telephone wires.
Head right along the telephone wires towards the top right of the screen until you reach a shaft with a moving platform in it. Go down the shaft, flick the switches nearby and the heart will be yours.
OK, so you're now the proud owner of the first piece of heart - only three more pieces to go. Don t forget to flick the switch that’s just after the heart piece. This is where I should stop but because I'm a kind chap I'll guide you to the end of the level.
Head back up the shaft. Go left along the telephone wires until you reach the slope that goes down. Go down it and now head right until you come to the end of the wires and land on the roof.
Slide down the roof. You will fall on top of another roof, slide down this one as well and you'll hit another.
Slide down it until you see a platform, then jump | on the platform.
Now head left until you see a huge window | a familiar arrow jumping up and down, the exit to TV Wonderland, rve got you , started - now you're on your own.
Remember there Isn't a time limit in Harlequin, so I take your time! ] Also remember to use the handy save option because it's a massive game and takes a good few hours to com-1 plete if you start from the beginning. That's it. Cm I outta here. Bye! | Ooh, what's inside that Jack in the Box?
Umbrella This object not only allows Harley to fall down to mother Earth gently, but It s quite handy for those on-the-spot Mary Popplns impressions.
Space Hopper Harley can use this to reach higher platforms and crush his enemies. In the Jigsaw level, use the hopper at the beginning to jump to the top. You can then access some of the later levels.
Angel Fish Hmm, fishy goings on. Harley can use this to Change into a fish, but be careful because it's got a timer on it (like most of the objects), and if you go too far underwater you might not make it back.
Fireworks They circle Harlequin, giving him a shield of protection. You can collect up to four rockets but they disappear after a while.
Heart Gives Harley a mega power boost and changes his weedy pink hearts into dangerous red ones. Harley will now be able to fire further and do away with the baddies quicker. These also disappear after a while.
Burger 9 Fills your body full of cholesterol, it makes you really fat and you'll have a heart attack and die. Fortunately in Harlequin It restores your energy and you won't die.
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107 One of the language's most flexible areas is its array handling. Alex Gian strings you along 109 DCTV is amazingly powerful... if yoO know what you're doing with It. Paul Austin lights the way PROGRAMMING 111 Handling input and output within Intuition Windows tan be fiendishly difficult. Margaret Stanger offers some pointers mi mil In order to be effective for general programming tasks, a language must provide - in addition to flow control and functions - some way of handling ordered arrays of data.
Arexx does not have direct support for arrays, but it does have another very interesting structure, called compound symbols. These allow the user to create arrays, and much more besides!
Those Of you who have programmed in languages other than Arexx will know that when you want to use an array of elements, you have to declare its type, and more importantly its size, right at the beginning of your code.
That space then gets reserved, and takes up your memory throughout your program run. If you do not know how big your array finally needs to be, too bad - you must reserve enough memory to make sure that you do not run over your bounds, otherwise you must write dynamic allocation code yourself.
There'S no such problem when using Arexx.
Since it is typeless, you can mix all types of different data in your compound symbol arrays (numbers, characters and so on) and, as usual, they will all be stored as strings.
But more importantly, you do not have to declare the size of the array at the start. As you add or remove elements, the memory requirements of your structure are taken care of automatically by the system.
This dynamic data handling makes programming quite fun, and many small databases and utility programs have already been produced fairly effortlessly, even by novice programmers.
You may remember that we touched upon compound symbols very briefly, way back in the first article of this series. We will be looking at them in some more detail this month.
Basically a compound symbol is made up of any number of valid Arexx symbols separated by i full stop, eg array.3, man.name and Sabc.I.x.y are all valid compound symbols. They can be assigned values, just like normal variables - if they have not been assigned a value, their value is their own name in upper case.
For instance, xyz.9 prints out as XYZ.9 if it has not yet been given another value. In other words, they are identical to normal variables.
In addition, compound symbols have some other interesting properties. The first part of a compound symbol - the part up to the first full stop - is called the stem, and each subsequent part is called a node.
If you think that this makes compound symbols somewhat like trees, you are quite right (see Figure
II) , Now, an array of any dimensions is a special case of a
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For instance, a three-element array called bed would have the elements (branches) bcd.l, bcd.2 and bcd.3. Figure I shows a compound symbol representing an array of dimensions 2x3.
Here we can see another subtle and interesting difference. With compound symbols, it is not only the last layer of nodes that can have a value, but also every preceding layer.
In Figure I, x.1, x.2 and so on can also have a value, as well as x.1.1 etc. This would obviously be impossible in a Basic-style array.
We have already said that compound symbols let us use arrays without having to initialise their size. They also allow us to initialise all “values" of the array at one fell swoop, even the ones that have not been created yet.
We achieve this by initialising the stem. For instance, the clause bed. = 55 will set all subsequent compounds of bed., eg bcd.l, bcd.2, bed.fred, bcd.xxx, to "55", until they are explicitly given new values.
Compound symbols can be removed as easily as they can be created. The instruction DROP, which is used to remove the setting of any variable, can just as well be used on compound symbols.
If you DROP stem, then all compounds of the stem are dropped. Of course, the nodes of a com- Alex Gian looks at Dynamic Array handling in Arexx figure 2; complex structures can be represented by Arexx compound symbol* d The Arexx Library Calling all Arexx programmers... If you've recently written an Arexx masterpiece and want the world to know about it, send it in to AC.
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You might have noticed that this even allows for the existence of compound symbols that cannot legally be written in Arexx. Look at the following example: The power and flexibility of compound symbols does not end here. New nodes can be created or removed at any time, and our "tree" is not confined to any particular shape.
Thus it does not have to follow the fixed form of an n-dimensional array, and can look pretty much however it likes. Complex structures can easily be created and accessed, in a way that would never be possible with arrays. Figure II shows an example of just such a structure.
When Arexx encounters a compound symbol, it checks to see if any of the nodes are variables that can be evaluated. The variables may evaluate (expand) to any Arexx string, including a compound symbol.
The new expanded compound symbol resulting from this operation is the one that is used from here on to refer to the tree-like compound structure. This is a lot simpler than it sounds, and a few in the fifth line. This rs despite the fact that the compound symbol's name is "really" stem.++.-1 - A technicality perhaps, arid unlikely to bother your programming, but Still useful to know.
Next time we will look at the powerful way in which Arexx symbols and their values can interact, and we will also examine a neat requester library.
In the listing below, Array 1 is first assigned four elements. We easily add more elements by the simple joining up techniques that we already know. We delete elements using the delwordO function.
There is no built-in function for inserting words into a string, but we can easily do this by making our own function - the procedure addwordO does this. It is a simple function that does not do any checks, but it can easily be extended.
In our example below, we insert our new word as the third element, so we use the wordlndex() function to find Its position In the string.
Note that we must subtract 1 from this position for the correct operation, since Arexx string positions start at 0. This was explained in our third article, on parsing. We must add a blank to our element to ensure that it stands as a separate 'word ': Arexx offers a unique way of representing simple arrays, which is particularly useful for small one-dimensional arrays that need to be accessed quickly.
This is done by using the strings themselves as the array. Every character string is, by definition, also an array, where the characters are indexed according to their position In the string.
Elements of a known string length can be stored in a larger string and accessed via their position in the string.
Here is a string where five characters are reserved for each element, the rest being padded with "s. Obviously elements whose length is more than five are not permitted: However this technique can lead to complications, and is unlikely to be used by an inexperienced programmer, although it could be useful for some applications, such as bitmaps.
However, Arexx also has the ability to consider strings as "sen tences", and their individual elements as "words". You can then use the word manipulation functions built In to Arexx to access and add remove elements.
This makes things very easy. Before we proceed to an example, we will have a brief look at these functions: oldamy * arod) eeuvord * »rg(2) eleaeitno s arg(3) Insertat * *ordindix(oldirriy,iWa*ntrto) - 1 teuarray s iosertlnevvardir ’,oldirriy,1nienat) return nemrray An advantage of using this method, rather than compound symbols, is that the order of elements in an array can be rearranged quite easily.
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WORDS(string) returns the number of words in the string.
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animator's add-ons ment for your creations. My personal
favourite is View 2.0, a truly wonderful utility that puts
many a commercial anim player to shame, including our old
friend Dpaint... The program is a creation of Cryogenic
software and should be available from most of the larger
PD libraries. It will load any IFF, Ham or DCTV display file
as either a still or complete anim.
In our case, it's the anim control that really makes it special. Once loaded, any Anim5 sequence can be slowed to a little as one fps or accelerated right up to 25, with the various increments stretching over all ten of the Amiga's function keys.
Any one of the ten speeds can be accessed glitch-free even during playback, and if that's not enough, the anim can be paused completely and advanced a frame at a time thanks to a spacebar-A key combination.
Ing packages boast their own anim players which in the majority of cases allow the user to produce a simple accompanying script file, which when complete can control every aspect of the performance.
Predefined frames can be looped, others paused for a definable number of seconds, and all to an accuracy level of 1 25th of a second. Imagine employs its Make Movie option to produce controlled anims, while Real 3D uses its DeltaConvert utility.
Of the two, the Real 3D utility is perhaps the more flexible lot general animation and can be used on images generated from any source, including DCTV. As a result, a script- controlled DCTV anim is easily achieved by anyone with access to the aforementioned software.
Unfortunately, Real's Delta anims are much larger than standard AnimS DPaint creations, but you do have the bonus of timing, definable loops, playback speed variation and pause con* trol built into its associated script file.
If you don't have access to DeltaConvert or any other such commercial program, don't panic - there's a multitude of PD anim players which will at the very least provide a basic playback environGoing backwards The over-industrious Alternative Image have just released their latest brainchild, Reverser - a small but essential utility that any serious animator simply shouldn't be without.
The program is basically a renaming utility that takes all the agony out of post anim production. As I'm sure you're aware, all the major animation programs have their own peculiar methods of naming the files they produce.
As a result, using the products of one package as part of another formerly meant hours of manual labour painstakingly renaming every file to suit the needs of the next program in the line.
With power packages such as Real 3D and Imagine offering frame- by-frame texture changes, the need for automated renaming has become more and more of a problem.
Fortunately, lhal problem is now solved - all you need do is point Reverser at the directory containing the frames, and the software automatically locales all associated files under a predefined title, wait ing patiently as you decide which formal you want your anim to become.
As the name suggests, it's also possible lo reverse an entire animation as well as rename the files which make it up. Thus spinning logotype anims are much easier to compile.
Almost all such anims are created backwards for greater accuracy, as a result, the long suffering animator is then forced to waste valuable lime renaming Ihe files in order to run the anim in the right direction.
If you're serious about your animation, Reverser is easily the best £10 you'll ever spend. If you'd like a copy, contact Alternative Image on 0533 440041 Personally I'm already saving up for their next release curiously entitled, Cyber Neural Networking for Pregnant Women. A software com pany with a sense of humour a rare thing indeed.
During the last few months, AC have had the pleasure of Digital Creations' excellent DCTV as a permanent fixture.
During this time we've also had a few frustrated users phone in for advice on how best to employ the system as an animation tool.
It appears that the majority of users are, on occasion, having problems when it comes to ani* mation. The main cause for complaint appears to be a dislike which Dpaint displays when playing or displaying DcfV-based anims or stills.
In fact the problem lies neither with Dpaint nor DCTV - in the majority of cases the cause of many a sleepless night is often the cabling between the DCTV and monitor video.
The moral of this story is don’t skimp on the connections, get down to the local video specialist and invest in some well shielded RCA leads, alias phono cables - it's money well spent.
While we're on the subject of animation and DCTV, it's perhaps worth exploring a few alternate anim generation programs other than Dpaint.
Although Dpaint is indeed impressive, it's nevertheless a bit limited on the flexibility front. For the animator working with limited memory, perhaps the worst problem is the inability to assign pause values to individual frames. Many ray trac- As any budget animator will know, the option to pause an anim at any point while cueing up the VCR is well worth adding to your collection. In short, View 2.0 is almost the perfect anim player and out-guns even the best commercial programs.
The only flaw is its inability to loop sections
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formats.
Having said that, View 2.0 still has a big advantage in the all important area of storage. Script drive anims are generally much larger than AnimS productions, so as long as you can live without loops and don't mind manual control, View 2.0 is just about perfect.
If I can ply our illustrious kilt-wearing, caber-tossing editor with a few complimentary bottles of Irn Bru, you might even see the aforesaid software on next month's CoverDisk.
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MICRO MATHS (11 YEARS - GCSE) I Reach the top with . * * ACS A MIC (24 iifD) About... The KCS Ptwr PC « a completa 11MH 1Mb PC sub-system frit can be fitted to any Amiga m minutes.
Based around NEC'S fcghly successful V3Q CPU, the Power PC Board o"ers a very high degree of compatfflilrty at machine language level, yet funs taster than an equivalent Intel 9W The tMo ot Autoconfig"* memory can be accessed by all current Amiga models including the AMO Plus. Even the original AMQ can access 512K as a standard expansion with dock, plus a 512K RAM disk Adoreo by critics and users a ika. The KCS Power PC Board is a real alternative to buying a compete PC done Installation The KCS Power PC board fits to any Amiga m mmutw
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output is handled so easily in the DOS window with C Library
commands. Why does it become so fiendishly difficult when an
Intuition Window is open?
The question was inspired by a letter from an Australian reader, W Dring of Lowood, Queensland.
This article features the input of numbers, calculations with them, and output of the results in an Intuition Window.
Just intuiti ...which is about all you have when trying to handle numerical input and output in an Intuition Window.
Margaret Stanger gives you some more solid pointers In the DOS window the C Library routine, printf, can be used to display characters, strings and integers. It is very convenient to store a number as an integer, and use the printf routine to convert the number to its equivalent Ascu form and display it Floating point numbers needed a little more work - my article in the July issue of described how used routines to give me an Ascii character string corresponding to a floating point number.
There is a similar routine, scan!, to accept formatted input from the keyboard -it also works very well in the DOS window provided that the input buffer size is not exceeded. As soon as an Intuition Window is opened, all these benefits are lost There is an Amiga library routine to write text at the graphics Cursor position using the current font Ttit rttt»ortlttititr-;,*lirttr ; where rastport is the poster to the RastPort used for drawing, textstring is a pointer to the start of the phrase to be written, and number is the count of letters in the phrase.
The numbers need to be stored as characters in an Ascii string so that the TexiO routine can be used, Floating point numbers are converted using ftoaO which will provide an Asci character string The program on the disk The program has a C sourer frte sums.c and a header file, sums.h. on the support disk, as well as the compiled program, sums. The object program opens a and window and handles keyboard nput until Escape or a mouse button is pressed A number consisting of numerals, an optional sign and decimal point can be entered on the left-hand wfc of the window.
It Is possible to delete and overtype irty of these characters.
The program assumes that each number will not contain more than mna sign or decimal point, or have spaces as the m Sdle. It does not attempt to parse the tane. Garbage in will have the uSUJlCDMH mKn.
Press Return to contvxjr enter*sg another number on the next krv The cjrw keys are supported, to edit a previous entry. The program acknowledges the help lev being pressed, but there b no Help screen Up to 20 numbers an be input at the left- hand side of the window. Pressing a hjnct*on key can perform a cakatatfaa an fee number corresponding to a floating point number. I adapted some routines from the text editor in last October's Amiga Computing to handle the input of the numbers. Since this was published quite a long time ago, I will recap briefly for new readers.
The normal window polling loop HandleJDCMPQ can be used to detect any keypresses, RawKey events give more information about the keypress.
Informaiion The message handler is fairly simple, with only Mousebutton and RawKey events. I do not reply to the message straight away after a RawKey event, as I need the information later.
A console device is opened using the OpenDeviceO function, passing a pointer to the device name and one to the I O structure, Unlike other devices, the console device must be used in connection with a window, The screen and window are already open, and the pointer to the window structure is passed when the console device is opened.
The InitConsoleQ routine in the source code sets up a dummy console port for reading only, to enable the use of the RawKeyConvertQ command.
The key handler KeyConvert() uses the RawKeyConvertQ command to read the key code, and output the results on the right-hand side of the screen.
Each function key press displays a separate result: FI the square of the number F2 the centigrade temperature FJ the kilogramme weight F4 the circumference F5 the kilometre distance F6 the square root F7 the sine of the angle F8 the cosine of the angle F9 the tangent of the angle F10 the log to the base 10 All angles are assumed to be in radians rather than degrees. The last calculation is a reminder that there was life before calculators but not as we know it.
Seriously though, this program is not intended to replace a scientific calculator, but a simple illustration of how a number can be input, and the result (after a little crunching) output.
And put the equivalent Ascii code or escape sequence into a chosen buffer. The function takes data from an InputEvent, as described in the include header files. I initialised one of these structures in my header file, and set its Class to RawKey.
Values from the IntuiMessage are put into the structure before the KeyConvertO routine is called.
Other inputs include a pointer to a buffer to hold the data, and the size of the buffer.
The routine HandleRawKeyO calls the KeyConvertO routine, the length of the output string is returned and the key data will be in the chosen buffer.
If a key code is less than 64, the Ascii equivalent is returned. Some of the other keys generate escape sequences of up to four characters, Mostly a length of one character is returned from KeyConvertO- The routine checks for keys like Return, Escape, Tab, Delete and Backspace, and performs the necessary function, Anything else of that length is probably a letter, number or other character. A length of more than one character indicates an escape sequence of some sort. This could indicate a cursor key, Help key or one of the function keys.
The source code, sums.c, contains all these routines, Handle_IDCMP(), HandleRawKeyO, InitConsoleO with full comments.
Library routines The calculations involved square roots, sines, cosines as well as simple conversions. I needed to use some library routines, rather than write my own, My first thought was to use the routines in the disk- based mathtrans.library. The prototypes of the routines in each library are in the corresponding header file in the proto directory. Although this library can be used in the same way as the diskfont.library, I found that it had some disadvantages.
The input and output were in four-byte float datatypes rather than in eight-byte double datatypes, and we need all the precision we can get.
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Paul Austin looks at a new breed of Amiga and how to get the best from direct-to-disk recording Not so direct-to-disk There's a common misconception among many musical computer users in that they consider direct-to-disk recording to be simply a matter of storage.
This I'm afraid, simply isn't the case. Although sufficient storage is a vital element, speed of data transfer is equally important.
For example you could build a system around a standard Amiga by adding a sizeable hard disk. If we assume a recording time of five minutes per 100Mb at studio quality, the average song would easily fit onto a 100 120Mb hard drive.
Unfortunately, life isn't that simple. And of course, what happens when the next classic comes along? If you were to back that amount of data for ever song you wrote, you'd need a couple of hours free for each, a mountain of disks, and a disk box big enough to get a bed in.
A possible solution is to invest in removable hard disks, which gen crally hold around 80Mb or four minutes, depending on how you look at it. Unfortunately, RHDs are expensive at around £80 a time.
The only other option is to use optical drives which aie much cheaper in the long term, at £30 per cartridge. Unfortunately they usually have an access time of between 50 to 60ms, which is well short of the 32ms that most direct to disk systems require.
Fortunately this annoying problem could soon be resolved thanks to Power Computing, who are at this moment putting the finishing touches to an upgrade of their existing 128Mb optical which will boast a access of 32ms, which could make it an ideal vehicle for direct-to-disk recording.
The second part of the direct-to-disk equation is the Amiga's CPU, which on a standard Amiga is unlikely to be fast enough to cope with incoming data in such magnitude while running a sequencer simultaneously, so you'll need to upgrade to an 030 (1 11 1) HI m @ 3 Cnutd this I 3 be the Amiga 4000
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The answer is to either run the sequencer separately or invest in a self contained 32-bit accelerator such as GVP's Combo card which has 32-bit memory, hard disk and accelerator all linked on the same card via a 32-bit bus.
Now you can record direct to hard disk and run your sequencing software without a care in the world, and when your classic is complete, you can save everything to the optical for safekeeping.
The Amiga 4000 is the name of Commodore's latest musical masterpiece, a machine which according to the specs looks to be years ahead of its time.
The machine itself won't be on general release until Spring 93, but the first commercial machines should be in the hands of the developers around Autumn - hopefully giving time for some dedicated software which could take advantage of its immense power.
Even if new software isn’t available, total downward compatibility is promised with existing Amiga software, so hopefully we won't suffer a painful transition as we did with the infamous 1.3 to 2.0 Workbench upgrade.
The retail of the new machine is expected to be around the £4,000 mark. Nevertheless, if the specs are to be believed it will be worth every penny, As the name suggests, the new machine will boast a 68040 processor putting it well above the fastest 486 Pcs. In real terms, this means speeds 40 limes faster than that of a standard A500.
With the introduction of an 040-based machine, the Amiga’s real potential will soon be exploited to the full with countless applications all running in concert to provide the ultimate platform for Midi, video, and multimedia.
Like its predecessor the A3000, the new machine has a 32-bit architecture throughout, and to take full advantage of Ihij, and the 040 CPU, Commodore have produced a completely new AA chipset which - among other things - includes a maximum on-screen resolution of 256,000 colours from a palette of 16.7 million. For we musos, perhaps the most exciting addition is the AT&T 3202 Digital Sound Processor, or DSP for short.
This all-new chip has a small amount of its own fast RAM on board, but perhaps more importantly holds a blisteringly fast maths co-processor which makes it the ideal vehicle for power sound processing.
Commodore have teamed up with Roland to perfect their new sound system which will produced eight stereo channels - 16 channels in total - with custom controller chips fpr digital sampling and Today s Hate -of- the ¦art samplers could loon be a thing of the post when the 4000 arrives...
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Perhaps the most amazing innovation is the quality of this sound, which I'm assured will be full 16-bit - in other words, studio quality.
Obviously employing multiple 16-bit samples you'd expect storage to be a nightmare, but it appears that Commodore have even managed to solve this rather thorny problem by employing state-of-the-art compression via a custom compression chip dedicated to packing as much as possible into the available space.
The new machine has been designed to usher in a new era in Amiga-related audio and should allow the A4000 to become the first personal computer to employ voice recognition as a control option.
Apparently the sound processing is so fast that the new machine could make modems completely obsolete. Comms would simply be a matter of plugging in a phone line and kicking up a Comms package. 1993 could be the dawn of a new age... And finally, the Sunrise 12-bit sampling board is already available and wil soon be joined by CVF’s 14-bit stereo opponent. According to an informed source, a further three direct-to-disk systems are already in development - watch this space and next month's monster music feature for more details.
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Although most modems offer the facility to dial direct, this can be cumbersome. While most modem phones now have memories enabling you to Store regularly used numbers to be recalled at the touch of a button, terminal software does the same thing for comms.
One of the most popular Amiga comms programs is Ncomm. No doubt its popularity began due to it being free, but it has recently moved to become shareware with the release of v2.0, and the reported level of registrations show that not only is it cheap, it's pretty good too.
Many people unwilling to move to the fully registered shareware version now use v9.121, which is the last PD offering.
Like any software which offers a good range of features, Ncomm can be very confusing for the beginner. There are just so many options, all shown on pull-down menus, and nearly all given in jargon.
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LINE NOISE When the phone fine is "noisy” the computer seems to have a life of its own, and merrily scrolls garbage at the typing prompt Sometimes« can be ignored, but it's usually easier to log off and try again.
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It checks data during transfer and will resend a batch if there's a problem due to line noise or other causes To make much use of the comms community you need three things - a modem, terminal software and somewhere to call.
The two expensive items are the first and the last - something to call with, and the bills for calling a board in the first place.
In between, and acting as a buffer, is terminal software. This needn't be expensive at all, and in fact can be free, but for the cost of downloading a file, ordering a PD disk or buying a magazine with a coverdisk.
Terminal software is simply a program which allows your computer to tell the modem what to do and vice versa. Remember the old films which bristle with comments such as "I'm currently watching the pirates - their ship is weighing anchor. Over" to be replied to by "Roger and out'?
There the people at opposite ends of the link are relaying instructions to each other, but how much more convenient it would be to simply press a key rather than having to go through the time- consuming process of vocalising commands?
Setting up comms software is a matter of trial and error since phone, modem, computer and BBS all need to be matched to work in harmony. It is the job of the terminal software to hold all the necessary settings and apply them at the right time.
The first thing is to set an initialisation string for the modem. This can simply be an entry like 'ATd' which means “attention, dial* or possibly "ATdp" to dial on a pulse exchange.
If you have a Mercury account, and use it for all your comms, the PIN number can go here too. This saves time later when adding entries to the address book, as then only the short number needs entering. Other settings for the modem include MNP error correction if Trial and error your modem supports it Your modem manual will give a list of the various codes and what they do, although you’ll probably be following instructions blindly at first.
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"load at vhit!"
If Y=J Than Print "Siva what?1 If W Than Print “Sava as uhit?’ OP End Proc Procedure CYBER (It r=Cfcoice(2) Locate 0,22 : Print "Menu: Cyberspace' Locate 0,23 If M Then Print *Tes Or to? Which is it?* If !*2 Tken Print 'Porph yourself" If f=3 Then Print "Okay you’re scanned" If 1st Than Print "You can’t change ID" OP End Proc End Procedure on On Henu On End Proc and at this point the menus are active. You can of course turn them off later if you don't want anyone using the menus at a certain point in the program. Finally, for the benefit of our listing, a few cosmetic and diagnostic
details: Curs Off : til 0 Oo Print ’Penu: *;Cboice(13;" Selection:
* ;Cboic (2) loop My name's Phil South, and I’m taking over the
Amos column from Peter Hickman, who's been doing it since issue
one without a break. Whew, you must be tired, Pete, have a
break.
As you can imagine, Peter's covered a lot of ground since he began the column, but some of you won't have been here from the start (no taste, some people) or win have forgotten most of the stuff that goes beyond, say, two years ago.
In any event I'll be chasing up your questions about Amos, printing Amos news as it happens and providing listings for you to type in. Peter has done a lot on games recently, and although I will be too, I'll also be covering some of the more serious aspects of Amos coding, and printing some programs which do something other than whizz a sprite around at amazing speed - although I have to say that is great fun, ff you are coding something other than a game, you'll have to get used to generating Amiga windows and menus. This is much easier in Amos than it is in, say, AmigaBask, where you
have to specify everything so precisely you might as well draw it on the screen with a Biro.
Getting a screen together is easy enough with the Screen Open command, but what do you have to do to make the screen and its windows act like a normal Amiga program? I've been doing a lot of this sort of thing lately, so try this listing for size: $ ?f«n Open 0,6*0,256,It,Hire* Nice and simple to start with. |ust a med-res screen to give you that utility look. Now we define our mertuS: AenuSd)=" Project AenuS(1,1 =”Load HenaJ(i,2)="loid **... fUitvttUh’Sivi Penul(1,4 ="S»ve As... * That's menu 1 sorted, and as you can see it’s a very simple procedure to name the menus, with 1 being the menu
title, and 1,1 being a submenu. We do the same for the next menu, but with a fittle twist: lltnyH?):" CyberSpace * Peng$ (2,1 ='Ena«9«!
BenwSC2 1,1)=*Jlre you sure? * HtnuJ(2,1,1,1)=*Ve* * GO!1" lW(2,1,l,2)=‘Ho - Abort" RmeSU fi'lWh scan ltonvS(2,4)s*Altir 10 " You can go on and on adding submenus like Amos news The new versions of Amos are coming thick and fast. The German version has just been shipped off to the land of sausage and broken walls. Easy Amos is shipping, arid looks to be every b«t as successful as its previous incarnation.
Most importantly, the next stage of Amos development is in the works and preliminary reports say that it's looking very hot indeed.
Watch this space.
You can now run the program. Notice how the menu and selection numbers change when you select a different menu item. This is how you know what the user has selected, and it’s simply that.
Find out what choice 1 and 2 are and you know what menu item was under the pointer when the user let go of the RMB.
But to really get to grips with the menus, especially if you have a number of them, you have to use the Amos auto menuing system with On Menu On.
This takes a little bit of practice, but it's really quite simple. The revised program starts the same, pretty much: Screen Open 0,6*0,256,16,Hires (Is 0 : Curs Off PenuSdJs* Project PenuJd,1)='Load Penufn,2)='Load As... * PenuS(1,J)=*Sa»e PanuS(l,*):'Sava As... * PenuJ(2)=* CyberSpece " PenuS(2,1)=’Engage!
Niu$ (2,1,1)="»r* you sure? * Penu*(2,1,1,1)="Tej - 60’!* Aenu$ (2,1,1,2)=*Po - Abort* HenuS(2,2):*Rorph lewt(2,3)="I0 scon PenuS(2,*)*"Alter II But at this point it diverts into new territory: And there you have it. The responses are put into PROG and this makes the whole thing a lot simpler. You only have to scan for one variable CHOICE(2) as the first one, the menu itself is chosen for you automatically, and you're sent right to the PROC that deals with that menu.
Once you've got subroutines accepting input from menus, you’ve got yourself the basis for a mighty fine menu driven utility program.
Write stuff If you have an Amos question, you can write to me, Phil South, at Amos Almanac, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield 5K10 4NP.
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Walk into a stationers or print shop and ask about business cards and you'll probably be shown an album of “ones we did earlier" and a price list that specifies the cost per hundred.
You're losing out in two areas here - firstly you have to pick a "standard" design that at least one person has used before, secondly the price is comparatively high because of the small number of cards being printed.
One alternative many people take is to go to a "back street" printers - you know, a guy moonlighting with a printing press in his garage. But the odds are you'll have even fewer designs to choose from and end up with that awful gold lettering on a maroon card.
The way to go is to use your Amiga and desktop publishing software to design the card your- seH, save it as a PostScript We, and then give this file to a print shop or printing firm that can handle PostScript.
The first decision to make is the size. It’s your card, so you can do what you like, and a big card will certainly get you noticed, but you should bear in mind that a lot of people keep business cards in special wallets or albums that take a maximum size * a ¦ IMM J sES Iml IMMI ULU3 ... r._ .JET jl..M ......I-Sias 1.
1 it.,1 1 If you muit use a bit mop grophk. Stole if down to ol least 25 per cent to increase Its output resolution Design matters The design of a business card is important It tells the person who is reading it more about you than simply your name, address and telephone number - it also passes a message about your personality, or if it's a company card it gives an impression of what kind of company you work for or run, To give a classic and over-simplified example, il you use a traditional typeface I'ke Times it will give people who read your card a subconscious impression that they are
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If on the other hand you use an Avant Garde typeface, this sends a message that the card owner, or his her company, has a more modem approach to business.
To reinforce this personal or corporate "image" it can be useful to use a graphic or specially designed logo, and this is the main stumbling block in stationers and print shops because any deviation Irom the standard card designs in their album costs money.
Of about 100mm by 65mm. If your card is larger than this it won't fit in the album, and consequently may get lost or thrown away.
On the cards Ben Pointer improves his corporate image So create a new page in whatever DTP package you are using - any standard page size will do for the moment - and create a box that is 90mm wide by 60mm high.
This box represents where the card will be cut after printing and will be our guide - before saving the final PostScript file we will delete it.
Positioning The next decision is where to put your name and details. It is generally a good idea to use the same type family for all the words on the card (Times, Times-Bold, Times-ltalic, Times-Boldltak for example), and to have your name and or company name larger or bolder than everything else.
Be extremely careful that you type your details correctly - it's no good noticing mistakes only after you've had a couple of thousand printed, and if you use a business card with incorrect or misspelt details you will give a poor impression, If you are going to use a graphic or a logo, leave plenty of room for it, You want a lot of white space on your card otherwise it will become difficult to read, and thus less attractive.
Because they will output at an imagesetter's top resolution, use structured (vector) graphics if you can, created with something like Professional Draw or your DTP package's own drawing tools.
Use colour if you like, but investigate the costs and the print shop's requirements before committing yourself.
The next job is to create a "four-up" page ready for output Don't panic, it's nothing complicated, merely a page that is two cards across by two deep, all positioned edge to edge.
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MM the PostScript requesters you can see the 'four up' pogt that print shops writ require for imagesetter or loser printer output. They probably won t need cropping marks Now duplicate or "clone" your group and position the copy to the right of the original so that the left-hand edge of the copy is exactly on top of the right-hand edge of the original. Make another done and position it underneath the original, and stick one last clone to the right of that We’re finished now, so we can get rid of the 90 by 60mm "guides" we created first of all. Don't worry, the print shop will be intelligent
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Most print shops will use Macs or Pcs, and will not be able to read an Amiga disk, so you need to transfer the PostScript file on to an MS-DOS formatted disk, a format which both the Mac and PC can read.
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Get at least 1,000 printed - it works out a lot cheaper that way. My last batch of 2,000 mono cards cost me less than £60 from a High Street print shop.
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From new age pamphlets to high-powered business manuals, fractals have already stamped their mark on the 90s. Order from chaos: Dave Winder I can best describe Fractal Universe as being a wonderful journey of discovery - a look into the world of fractals, a world that is at once fascinating, scientific, natural, artistic, and beautiful.
It would be wrong to think of this CD as just an introduction to the subject - it is far more than that. So let us start at the beginning of this voyage.
I was at once impressed with the professional, polished look and sound of the program. A brief but adequate spoken introduction invites you to either proceed to the main menu screen, where all the options within are open to you, or to go straight into making your own fractal images.
If you do nothing you will be presented with a demonstration slide show. The best advice, at least initially, is to opt for the menu.
The menu system is simple and straightforward - as it should be - although I feel that some of the selections are in the wrong order. There are six options available to you, and they are:
• Generate your own fractals
• See our art gallery
• More about fractals
• Are fractals art?
• Further information t Help using this disc Selecting the first
option gives you the choice of three fractal generators,
allowing you to create fractal images for yourself.
To give you some idea of how long a CD of this quality takes to write, I can remember helping to test the first of the three generator programs over a year ago.
Trees was programmed using Amos, and is a fine example of what can be achieved from this language. As the name suggests, fractal trees are what this is all about.
There are many options available to allow you to produce an infinite number of different examples. It is also the fastest of the three programs when it comes to rendering the images.
The second of the three is a Mandelbrot generator, producing the most familiar of fractal images.
Because of the complex nature of the Mandelbrot set, and the related Julia set which is also available from this option, the images themselves do take a while to actually render.
The further into the set you 200m, in other words the more you magnify a specific part of the image, the longer it takes as the image becomes more and more complex.
The last of the three is a fractal plasma generator.
The rendering is fairly quick - definitely speedy when compared to the Mandelbrot program - and the colour cycling options are excellent.
Going back to the main menu and selecting the second option takes us into the Fractal Universe art gallery. There are some 400 examples of different fractal images on the CD.
Slide shows You can decide if you want to see these in one of three slide shows, each of different length and choosing the images to include randomly so you will get a different selection each time you visit the gallery.
You may want to spend some time admiring individual images, and there is an option to allow for that as well. The animated fractals slide show seems to be padding to me.
The animations cycle too quickly so there is little time to actually admire the fractal image. Mind you, I am not complaining as I am much happier seeing a CD that is full to capacity rather than half empty.
For my money, the third option on the main menu is the most interesting. "More about fractals" is the name, and that is what you get.
The first selection within this group explains what fractals actually are, followed by a history of the matter in the next. Both these sections are superbly narrated - the voice is authoritative but friendly and most of all the sound quality is excellent!
Also accessible from this group is a section on fractals in nature, and a selection of different fractal images complete with the mathematic formulae that is used in their creation.
The fourth option from the main menu deals with the debate over whether fractal imagery is really art or not. The demonstrations of the effect that colour has on the way that the same fractal image can be interpreted is interesting, but the question posed by the section title isn't really explored at all. Once again I felt that I had stumbled across another bit of padding.
The remaining two options include an information screen that credits the people involved with the project, as well as the software that was used in the development of Fractal Universe.
The online manual is accessed from here, and provides enough help to enable someone who has not used the CDTV before to be able to explore the CD without any problems.
Music It would be amiss of me to review this program without mentioning the music. It is pleasing to note that there is not a soundtrack blasting its way all over Fractal Universe, but where there is music it is damn good.
For example, during the art gallery slide shows the music is completely complementary to the images, helping to provide a super atmosphere in which to view the beautiful imagery of the fractals themselves.
It doesn't matter if you don't think you are interested in fractals - believe me, you will be after watching this. Even if you think you have fractals all wrapped up, you will be surprised. I thought that way, but I still learned a good thing or two from watching Fractal Universe.
Fractal Universe is available now, priced £29.95 and by the time you read this there should be French, Italian, and German versions available as well.
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Super Mario takes over Sacred cows With the leaked news that Nintendo may be interested in a buy-out of Commodore International, Rock Lobster can exclusively reveal some of the Japanese giant's plans for a major reshuffle this side of the Atlantic.
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Labs ter The response to our System Swapping Spectacular competition in the April issue was overwhelming. It seems a huge number of you would like the advantages offered by a ROM switcher and alternative Kickstart ROM.
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C z Ashcom ADDHard 45Mb The new Ajhcom ADDHard drive is easily the cheapest 45Mb Amiga 500 hard drive available. Its £265 asking price is in fact tower than some suppliers will charge for the 20Mb A590 and at least £100 cheaper than most 40Mb drives, so it’s not surprising that it holds a very high spot in this month's VFM Top Ten.
The drive is aimed at the total novice user, and is supplied ready formatted with Workbench installed ready to go. Users can specify Workbench 1.3 or 2.04 depending on their machine's Kkkstart ROM. So this really is a plug-in-and-go product No bad thing for a hard drive, you might think, especially as hard drives come second only to printers in the headache stakes, but there's a price to be paid for the user-friendliness and extremely low price.
The unit has a simple Quicksort manual in the form of an A4 sheet of instructions, but no software. This isn't needed at first because the drive is already ut up, but if something were to go wrong, such as a read write error - rare in hard drive circles - or even a simple validation error, the user would have to resort to sending the unit back under warranty or using a shareware program such as Rxdisk.
Problems such as this will be very rare frt- The KCS Powerboard PC emulator has been around for a while now, but has until recently been an A500-Ortly product. However, the release of the adaptor board and v3.0 of the system software has over the last couple of months boosted the emulator's power and overall appeal.
The adaptor card slots into any AI 500. A 2000. Or A 3000 and sports an A500 trapdoor slot controlled by a custom chip which handles the conversion from trapdoor to Zorro signals.
Apart from this the unit is very simple. And can be fitted quickly and easily.
At £74.95 it is quite pricey, but it's the only way those who upgrade from the A500 can use their existing.
Powerboards. And is the only route for existing A2000 owners who want to take advantage of one of the most popular Amiga emulators. With the new KCS adaptor card with a new hard drive, and Ashcom will be distributing a full set of software utilities to users when available, so the ADDHard doesn't suffer too much as a result It's still an unmissable bargain.
The physical dimensions of the unit as it has no on-board memory space, are gratifyingly small. The sturdy plastic case is smaller than the A590 casing, and though not sleekly styled is no ugly duckling. It certainly doesn't cause any desk space problems.
It doesn’t require an external PSU. So there's no power socket but there is a DMA through-port, Speed is not the ADDHard's forte, but for those upgrading from floppy-based systems it will still seem very fast.
In the serious user's hard drive terms. ADDHard doesn't IVS Trumpcard 500AT Interactive Yideo Systems (IVS) have for foog been producing good, reliable hard cards for the A1500 2000 range, but have never realty made a push In the A500 market.
The S00AT is an attempt to ash in on the upgraders who are considering PAM and hard drive combinations to boost the power of the tow-end Amiga, and is aimed at those who might Otherwise consider an A590 or a GVP Impact Series II.
The drive is mounted in a very sleek GVP-style plastic casing designed to match the A500 wedge shape and has space on its motherboard for 8Mb RAM.
No external power supply is fitted, but IVS claim this will not be necessary due to the unit's low power design.
The model we tested was fitted with the full 8Mb RAM and we didn’t encounter any crashes, so the claims about power drainage seem to hold up.
There is a power socket on the rear of the unit for an optional external PSU if the user requires it and a DMA through-port to allow the connection of other devices to the Amiga's DMA slot, such as the A570 CD-ROM drive. Software trouble the likes of the GVP drives or the 500AT reviewed below, but as it Is designed to make hard drives a possibility for the sort of users who couldn't normally afford them, it should do well.
In such terms. ADDHard deserves to succeed, and its almost Silly pricing should guarantee it a place in many A500 setups. Full marks to Ashcom for an excellent punter product ?
Comes in the form of the TCUtils program which has rendered sterling service over the yean on the A2000 Trumpcards.
It is fairly easy to use, and less confusing than some hardware installation disks, but If beginners feel lost there's a comprehensive manual complete with sections on hard drive operation principles and general information.
The best aspect of the software is its partitioning gadget, which allows users to select the number and sixe of partitions with the mouse rather than type in high cylinder numbers and soon.
This is some of the easiest partitioning software around, though 00 the bottom of the range 52Mb drive there's not much point in splitting the drive into more than one partition in the first place.
Speed is quite good, with data transfer test running out at about 530Kb per second. This is by no means blistering, but it is appreciably better than some drives on the market, and was tested in a no cache or buffering situation, so could be improved if necessary.
The 52Mb version with no extra RAM fitted costs £399.
Which is in fine with moit Amiga 52Mb Quantum drives - overpriced - but at this level the SOOAT could suffer from competition with the faster SCSI-based (if more expensive) GVP Series H drives. Expea suppliers to price cut this quafety product across the desktop somewhat, but it is sturdy and affordable, which is what most of us look for In a RAM expansion.
Power Computing 8Mb RAM card RefaUlty is ensured by the RAM chips used, and Power are confident enough about even the 8Mb variant not to offer any kind of optional power supply.
The 2Mb version we tested was very well behaved and gave us reason to believe other configurations would be just as reliable, SO tht lack of a PSU socket Isn't a problem.
If you're an A500 owner with a view to serious applications, the Power RAM board deserves a look.
Expert Draw GoW Vision's Expert Draw is a vector drawing program aimed primarily at those who need good quality dip art for use i DTP packages. It offers the basic drawing tools you'd find * any package of this sort, and a number of powerful effects for the user with more intricate design needs.
The program's interface will be familiar to anyone who's used a DTP or drawing package before, as it uses fairly standard gadgets for most of the toolbox icons and reasonably v laid out menus.
However, the file requesters are non-standard and do not respond to double dick selections, and some keyboard shortcuts could be more obvious.
That said, the program is very easy to get into, and begw ners should have few problems in creating their first drawings.
There's not much to most drawing programs when all is said and done, but many manage to muddy the waters in an attempt to look and feel different to the rest Expea Dra» avoids this temptation and sticks with ease of use.
After a quick smiley face, yin-yang symbol, or one of tht other usual vector drawing beginners’ drawings, the user want to move on to something a little more adventurous, and this is where Expert Draw's advanced features come into the picture.
For a program in this price bracket, there are plenty tB choose from.
Many make a beeline for Is the text-to-curve feature. This the technique used to bend a line of text around the top half of a circle or along a wavy path and it is ideal for logos or special- ist design clips.
Expen Draw's Implementation isn't ideal, but it is good enough to satisfy most design needs, if a little awkwardly. You can only select text-to-curve when adding text, which is a fo- advantage.
It Is better to tee the text and curve on the page before deciding to bend one around the other as otherwise It is easy totrytofitalotoftextona small curve.
It is also difficult to place the text exactly where you want on a circle or ellipse, but this can be rectified with a quick rotation once the main operation is out of the way.
On the whole, Expea Draw's manipulation of text is excti- ?
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Lent, although the ability to point edit outline fonts would have been useful.
The metamorphosis special effect is another useful tool, and capable of producing pretty stunning transitions from one shape to another Its limitation is that it will not morph objects with more than 100 curve points, thus ruling out text morphing, but for simpler cube-to-spbere-to-arrow type transitions it is ideal.
For logos, especially those with a message related to speed, the metamorphosis effect can be a real face hfter. Balls which turn Into arrows as they speed across the screen and a host of other effects are possible with little effort, giving flyers and ads a pzazz boost in the most important areas.
Another flexible tool is distortion. Using distortion, it is possible to select an object then pull any of its four comers to new positions, thus stretching and distorting its appearance.
In addition, X and Y symmetry can be turned on to ensure that the object isn't completely disfigured.
For 3D fans, X and Y perspective buttons are also available on the distort requester, making the creation of 3D*sty1e logos and headings v$ ry easy.
These would be more effective if text shadowing and embossing effects were supported, but the finished logo can still be quite impressive.
|n combination with a text object which has already been fitted to an arc or path, distort an put the finishing touches to original text designs which can then be output for use In a DTP package.
Output - or export - is supported in three forms - Encapsulated PostScript (EPS). Clip, and Screen, EPS files are written in Ascii EPS format, so they can be imported to most DTP packages but will not display on-screen; Qip (according to PageStream at least) is written in ProDraw format rather than DR2D; and Screen arries out a screen save in IFF format, complete with toolbox and so on.
The export options are adequate, although they could be better, and the import options follow suit. Clips can be imported in Acg« Daw format. Clip, or Vector Trace. The latter is a proprietary format produced by the program’s Autotrace function, Autotrace is the procedure whereby a bitmap IFF graphic is imported then traced around its outlines to produce a vector graphic, and has until recently been exclusively a feature of far more expensive packages. Expert Daw's Vector Trace works beautifully, if very slowly on unaccelerated machines.
To produce a vector dawing complete with all the advantages of the format from a hand-sketched piece of artwork, the user need only scan It using a cheap mono hand scanner, import it for Vector Trace to get its teeth into, then touch up and colour the final product using Expert Daw’s Colour Fill requester.
In this way. Hand-drawn artwork an become an integal part of your production without the hassle involved in trying to recreate your masterpiece with an unwieldy mouse.
You needn’t stop at hand sketches, either. Any scanned image or bitmap file un be traced, though it is best to stick to black-and- white single bttplane images for speed.
The finished drawing is created in simple outline without cofour information. So there's no point in trying to recreate a full colour image on-screen.
In addition, an image with anything more than about three bitpianes will take ages to trace, so use Vector Trace circumspectly.
In conclusion, Expert Daw is an ideal tool for the DTP fan. And for its In perspective The vector war is about to go imto overdrive later this year, with Cold Disk. Soft Logik, and others releasing high-level packages. Expert Draw will prob ably find it impossible to keep up with the likes of ProDraw £ and Art Expression, but it should remain a good level entry buy.
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Price has some hefty power features. There are a few downs, of course, including the duff file requester, and it should Support more font types.
The program is supplied with Times and Helvetia, but you!
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Beside these reservations, Expert Daw can berecom- mended for most DTP clip art production, and should find its way into the collections of many Amiga artists.
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CALL NOW 081 668 4199 or Fax your enquiryorder on 081 668 7249 Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 4pm LIMITED E3 3E DpaintIV The major advantage of v4 is the inclusion of Ham as a paint and animation standard. Although painfully slow, it still adds immense potential to the package as an animation tool.
As a painting environment it still remains unsurpassed, while new sweeteners such as a lightbox makes animation even easier, The user an now view previous frames or onion skins. As a result hand-drawn anims can be much more accurate than before.
Combine the best painting environment with Ham animation and the program's unbeatable Move requester - ideal for titling and logo anims - and you’ve got the best all-rounder in the business.
If you're on a budget Dpaintlll is still an excellent investment at only £12.99 from Fim Choice. No Ham I'm afraid, but as a titling and artoon-styie animation system it's all you'll ever need. Take a look at this month's Updates column for details on the very latest revision of Dpaint v4.1. Take2 Animators who produce hand-drawn art hate mice, and that's long been the downfall of computers m the eyes of those with physical skills to match their Imagination. Now Rom bo have breached the gap with an impressive and affordable answer.
Take 2 uses Rombo's existing digitising technology and applies this to the animation process by taking individual snap* shots of hand-drawn images and then compiling each frame to produce traditional Disncy-stylc anims. Line testing software used to be offensively expensive, but thanks to Rombo that's all changed.
Take 2 Available from MJC Computer Supplies Price £59.9S Score = 9 10 TVPaint Now this package IS stricdy for the power users. Originally only available for the Harlequin 32-bit card, it has now spread its wings and moved onto several 24-bit boards. The new beneficiaries indude the VD20QI board from G2. The IY24, and most recently the amaiingly cheap Avideo.
The package is available direct from the authors, namely TecSoft Unfortunately the pricing policy varies between boards in some cases by several hundred pounds. As a result accurate pricing is impossible.
Certain boards such as the Harlequin and Avideo boast TVPaint as standard while others are strictly available on an upgrade basis. If you can forgive the extortionate pricing on certain boards it's an essential purchase for the jerious user.
As a 24-bit paint package - no animation - it remains unri- Software The best buys in Amiga specialist software. This month - art and animation If yea cae beat these prices, give is i rid f you want to keep in touch with the Amiga scene and the software that makes it tick, this is the place to start. Every month we’ll look at a different area, supplying the essential advice that any would-be buyer will find indispensable.
This month we'll concentrate our efforts on art and animation and follow in next month's issue with home and office, which will feature a selection of the best databases, spreadsheets and of course wordprocessors.
Vailed. If you're considering upgrading to 24*btt art Avideo is perhaps the perfect introduction as it comes complete with a copy of TYPaim.
Available from Power Computing Price: £399 (with Avideo) Score = 10 IQ Disney Animation Studio If you're new to animation and want to learn the process from the best in the business. DAS could be the ideal package. Each of the packages above use vastly different approaches, while DAS employs a combination of the two styles plus a traditional "dope sheet" which any trained animator woukJ be instantly familiar with.
The animation production process itself isn't as fluid as either Dpaint or Take 2. But this is offset by an impressive interactive tutorial which will teach an amateur all the basics.
Spectracolor This particular package is in very much the same vein as Dpaint
- namely, a paint package that doubles as an animation genera
tor. Although the first to boast Ham support, it never really
matched Dpaint as a standard painting environment Having said
that, it boasts impressive graduation effects and wraps which
are bound to appeal to those looking for a ray- traced look for
their creations. If you face a straight choice between the two.
Personal I'd plumb for Dpaint ?
Available from MicroPace Price 65,99 tore = 8 10 Digiview Mediastation If you're in the market for an instant graphics workstation but still want to keep an eye on the budget, Digiview Media workstation is perhaps the perfect bundled budget software collection.
The three packages include Digiview. Digipaintlll and Elan Performer. All three packages are rather elderly in software terms, but nevertheless combine to produce a powerful team that allows the user to digitise live or videotaped imagery, import the results into Digipaintlll for editing, and final show the finished presentation via Ekin Performer.
Individually, none of the programs could be described as state of the art, but considering their bundled price point it's a system that's well worth considering.
Bargain basement If cash is short, you're still not completely left out in the artistic cold, as on assortment of golden oldies ore ready to rescue even the poorest punter. The OAP bargain bucket includes Dpaint II at £9.99, Spritz Paint at £9.99 and Photon Point v2.0 ot £19.99. None of the above support animation but each are nevertheless capable of impressive static images, especially Photon Paint as it's the only one of the three to support Ham - 4,096 colours on-screen. All three packages are available from Dynamite Computers.
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Take 2 is a must for computer artists and enthusiasts of any age. It will cater for both amateur and professional applications. So get the most out of your computer and open up your imagination to Take 2.
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3 am writing this letter in reaction to the poor state of the software production and computer retailing businesses, because I sometimes wonder whether the aim of producers and retailers is to force all Amiga users into piracy.
From the way they go about their business, I'd say a lot of the people in the industry only care about the fast buck and screw the consumer. What they're forgetting is that we hold the bucks and therefore the power and it's not a good idea to treat us like idiots.
In the time I've owned my Amiga I’ve seen it all - the selling of a beat-up demo Amiga as new. Second- or third-hand software going as new, viruses in so-called new software, ridiculous over-pricing, and bugs galore.
However, retailers seem happy to take your cash then say "don't tell me you’re having problems with the program - take it up with the manufacturer".
The computer industry is busy alienating the consumer and yet complaining when they turn to piracy.
They spend thousands on copy protection - which is easily cracked - then pass Oft the COSt to the CoflSumer.
Here's the crunch, though - some copy protection systems actually send your drive to an early grave.
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4 Amiga 500 Cartoon Classics pack I meg boxed as new £260.
Tel 0908 216053 4 A230O Genlock for 1500 2000 as new boxed manuals s ware.
Tel. 02302 4972 evenings ? RSI demo maker 2 plus vector balls, grafix editors and musk disk £5. Tel. 0789 764039 now!
? Amiga contacts wanted don't miss out Write George Bird, 90 Coronation drive, Felixstowe. Suffolk IP 11 8PA ? Amiga contacts wanted to swap PD. Demos etc. Andy. 125 Droset Ave, Wigston, Leicester LE8 2WE ? Wanted members for dub. No fee. Demos and user group. C E Nobites, 36 Botcherby Ave. Carlisle CAI 2TY ? Amiga and Amos contact wanted worldwide. Jason Howells.
Lane Cottage. Appleton Woke DL6 2AD ? Amiga contacts wanted. 100% reply. Contact Keith, 14 Severn Close. Peterlee, County Durham SR$ IJX ? Amiga Contacts wanted. Send disk for lists. David Southwe*. 3 Nutting Grove Terrace, Old Famley, Leeds LSI2 5RB ? Virus checked PD games. 25 £15. SAE Mr Storey. 52 Skipsea view. Sunderland SR2 06X ? Swap PD or buy. Send SAE bt to Wayne. 37 Cassiobndge 6 Take 2 Ss compatible with any Amiga.
• Supports 2, 4, 8, 16, 32 and Ham colour modes,
• Load and Save IFF images or D. Paint Anims.
• Uses traditional animators Dope sheet layout.
• Up to 4 levels of animation and 4 channels of sound.
• Playback at 24 or 25 frames per second. (Real Time).
• Further manipulate your image within any popular art package.
• Add “Vidi-Amiga" or The “Complete Colour Solution” to digitise
your drawings or images directly from within Take 2. This will
allow you to draw with a pencil, its easier than a mouse.

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