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THE MS DOS market in the US has grown to such gargantuan pro portions that many entertainment software companies are strongly considering dropping ai! Amiga and Mac deveiopment and concentrating on software for PC ciones. Because people are snapping up so many cheap PCs, the US software companies are deciding that there's so much money to be made in the PC market, it's not worth creating products for the Amiga. The few entertainment comps hies that are stiü supporting the computer are developing more and more of their products in Europe. Most Amigans are pretty pes simistic about the future of the US Amiga market right now the généra! feeling is that hot new machines with enhanced graphies and other PC beating features must be introduced before Christmas, or the Amiga market in the US wiü begin to disappear, as the Atari ST market did a couple of years ago. The good news, though, is that sources dose to Commodore say that the current ptan is to unvei! new Amiga models at the World of Amiga Show in Pasadena, California, which wit! be held Septemberll-13. The magazine ads for the show promise "hands-on new hard ware," so hopefuüy we'ü see the second génération of Amigas unveiled there. We don t count the A600, which isn't available here, and is generaüy perceived by US Amiga dealers as nothing but a stripped down, crip-pied A500. Watch this space in two months for a fut! report on what hopefuüy wiü be an exciting show. TTR Shut down, Sierra reconsider Amiga Hope for the World of Amigait hasn't been a month of good news for US Amiga companies. TTR Deveiopment, marketers of MRBackup Professions), Workbench Management System, RXToois, and the TTR Pioptica! Disk Drive, announced that they were dosing their doors in jury. They cited the US économie recession, a slumping domestic Amiga market, and interns) personne! problems as contributing to the shutdown. Meanwhile, a Sierra support représentative on the Genie oniine network reports that Sierra are currentiy re-eva)uating their future Amiga product pians. The current Sierra interpréter, used for almost ai! their programs, is pokey and jittery on 68000-based Amigas, and the company is considering whether it wiü be financiaüy viable to revamp the interpréter to run better on stock Amigas. However, Sierra's recent financia! statements haven't been promising, and sources dose to the company fear that future Amiga product ime may be eliminated as part of company-wide cutbacks the compar s Amiga sales may not be high enough to justify completely revamping the program interpréter. Amiga Computing Sepfember 1992

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- ’[•NEWSLME AMIGA COMPUTING By John Butlers A DEVELOPER claiming
to have two new Amigas says Commodore have scrapped plans to
use 68020 processors in their new mid-range Amiga, and instead
chosen the more powerful 68030 chip.
New Amigas gain power AA chip set Expected around the end of this year, the machine is fitted with the new AA chip set. It will have sockets for up to 16Mb of fast RAM and 4Mb of chip RAM.
Housed in a "pizza-box"-style case, three inches high and 15 inches wide and deep, the machine runs from Workbench
2. 1. It has a high density floppy disk drive, an internal 52Mb
Quantum hard drive and possibly a smart card slot.
A microphone port works with a built- in digitiser allowing 8-bit 22kHz sampling and there will be a pair of Midi ports.
Among the new chips is an Amber-type de-interlacer chip with 1Mb of video RAM to handle increased colour depths and de-interlaces all but the highest resolution modes.
Lisa is another addition, which a technical expert says appears to be responsible for graphics.
Resolutions are similar to those with the ECS, with the addition of 800 x 300, Unconfirmed reports suggest Motorola's powerful Digital Signal Processing chip will open up the potential for scores of new high-end applications to be run from the Amiga. There is an A D chip for the 800 x 600 interlaced, 1,280 x 480 and
1. 280 x 960 interlaced.
The palette is 24-bit. The 800 and
1. 280 modes have 8-bit 256k colours and 6-bit 4,096 colour HAM
modes respectively and can handle up to 30 frames per second.
Sprites change to match the screen resolution and can be up to 64 pixels wide and have no height limitation.
Microphone and two D A chips for the audio.
The computer's sound will be 16-bit four channel at up to 56kHz, and will be able to emulate eight 8-bit channels at 56kHz and up to 16 8-bit 28kHz channels.
And at the top of the Amiga range, the A4000 uses much of the technology from the new machine lower in the range.
It has a 68040 processor and a Quantum 105Mb hard drive. Essentially an improved A3000, it has Zorro III expansion slots identical to the A3000's.
It will be supplied with 16Mb of fast RAM and 4Mb of chip RAM. These can be expanded to 64Mb and 16Mb respectively.
"These machines are stable enough for production, but the higher-ups won't release them," said our source. "It's frustrating to see such potential wasted."
Commodore remain quiet on new models. "We are spending a lot of time and a lot of money investing in the Amiga," offered a spokesman.
He added; "There might be new machines as early as this year."
Switching systems AMIGA users can now switch between different versions of the computer's operating system by clicking on mouse or joystick buttons.
Power Computing's (0234 843388) Automatic Kickstart Switch fitted with Kickstart 1.3 and 2.04 ROMs sells for £99, UNDER a scheme organised by Commodore, A500 owners can trade in their computers for a new Amiga CDTV bundle containing a CDTV player, keyboard, mouse and disk drive.
Housed in black plastic casing, the setup enables Amiga owners to use their existing software and CD- ROM-based programs.
The usual cost for the Multimedia Home Computer Pack is £599.99 but the offer price is £399.99. Said Commodore's Kelly Sumner: "We think this is an excellent deal for Amiga owners.
"In exchange for any Amiga 500, even a four or five-year-old 1.2 model, they can get a brand new Amiga with CD- ROM and a 12-month warranty... the whole shooting match."
Running until September 15, the promotion is backed by independents and electronics chains Dixons and Comet.
CDTVs in trade-in deal Sumner takes control KELLY Sumner, Commodore UK's former sales director, has taken over as head of the company’s UK operations, it was confirmed recently.
His promotion comes at a time when the company faces fierce competition from Japanese console and CD-ROM manufacturers.
One of Sumner's main tasks will be to ensure that the Amiga sells the 300,000 machines forecast at the beginning of the year.
As predicted last month, Steve Franklin who had been in the number one seat for more than five years, is to take charge of a .European campaign for CDTV.
Since its launch last year CDTV has sold only 50,000 machines throughout Europe.
Franklin's job is to make CDTV happen and to do that he says it will need to become exciting enough to make eight to 16-year-olds want it.
"Steve has taken Commodore to the top of the UK leisure computer market. His knowledge of the industry and the potential of CDTV is unrivalled," said Sumner.
He added: "It's a great move for Commodore UK and Commodore in Europe."
News A600 price cut denied INDUSTRY rumours suggest Commodore could be set to slash the cost of the A600 wrthin the next few months.
The manufacturer denies the move, although dealers reporting low enthusiasm for the machine consider a price cut likely and there has been some discounting already. Some firms are selling the basic model for £329, but these could be grey import machines the A600 sells for about £ 300 in Germany.
One reliable source says the drop will be just £40. But some people are talking of a new price tag of between £199 and £250.
"The prices being quoted are fantasy band," says Commodore's Andrew Ball. "At the moment the recommended retail price for the A600 is £399."
The A600 was always intended to sell at a low price to enable it to compete against the games consoles which are starting to eat into the home computer market.
A570 to cost £349 A570 CD-ROM drives have gone into mass production and will now cost £349.99 - £50 less than originally planned - Commodore have announced.
The drives connect to any A5Q0 to enable it to use compact disk-based programs and another drive called the A670 is due later this year for the A600.
YTV tune in to games MORE details are now known about a new weekly computer and video games television show due for all fTV regions this autumn. Producers Yorkshire Television say that while the programme will be console-led there will be some coverage for popular home computers such as the Amiga.
Aimed at 10 to 16-year-olds, the as yet unnamed show will be made up of news, reviews and tips, and there will be a special feature each week covering subjects such as virtual reality and flight simulation.
Children will give their views on most of the games featured and there will also be a regular male and female presenter.
There will also be competitions and viewers will be able to get help from the 25- minute show. The first programme is due at 4.45pm on Thursday October 29.
Blaze guts Progressive A FIERCE blaze has destroyed a top Amiga peripheral developer's Denver head office.
The night-time fire is believed to have started in a picture frame manufacturing plant next to the Progressive Peripherals and Software plant before spreading to engulf the computer firm.
Many of the products ruined in the fire were software for C64 and Cl 28 computers. Development of high-end Amiga boards takes place at another office in the city.
The destroyed building was used mainly for administration, manufacturing and warehousing.
"The place is real gutted," said Mr Eric Stein, a local man. "I've driven past andrit looks pretty totalled."
At the time of going to press no- one from the firm was available for comment, although a recorded message told telephone callers that Progressive were moving to a new site.
Mastering the Amiga THREE books have been added to Bruce Smith Books' (0923 894355) range of publications for Amiga enthusiasts.
Mastering Amiga DOS 2 - Volume 2 contains extra commands to take it up to date with AmigaDOS 2.04. Mastering Amiga Printers is a guide to choosing and using printers. The third release is a C tutorial. Mastering Amiga System. Starting with a basic knowledge of C it is claimed Amiga programmers will progress to the status of expert.
The books cost £19.95 each, except for Mastering Amiga System which supplied with a disk costs £29.95. Superbase range improves THERE have been a number of changes and improvements to Oxxi's (010 1 310 427 1227) Superbase database range, including the launch of Sbase Personal 4.
Compatible with Workbench 2.0, the home version now has improved data management and more ease of use features.
Listed among the improvements are new data manipulation tools and Logical Fields which broaden the types of data that can be handled.
Said Oxxi boss |ohn Houston: "SBase Personal 4 brings some of the most sophisticated data management tools to the Amiga computer at an exceptional price point."
Costing SI 49.95, registered users of earlier versions can upgrade for between S50 and S65.
Higher up in the range, Superbase Professional 4 has bugs from vl .01 corrected and also boasts improved Arexx and printing support.
Upgrades to vl .2 are free to anyone who bought the program after june 1 and S20 to other users of Superbase Professional 4. Newcomers pay S299.95. And for people needing to share files with other Superbase users, including those using the program on Pcs, there's Sbase Professional 4 LAN.
Up to ten machines can be linked and a key feature of the package is its record locking ability which prevents multiple users of the same file updating out of date records.
Prices range from SI49 to S799, depending how many users are needed.
British prices were unavailable at the time of going to press.
Repair centre closes THE company approved by Commodore to repair Amigas has gone into liquidation, leaving many computers stranded at FMG's Peterborough site.
BASIC A3000s are now available for £1,500
- half the price that the computer has been sold for so far in
Britain.
Called A3000E, the computer is supplied with a 52Mb hard drive, 1 Mb of chip RAM and 1Mb of fast RAM.
Trade distributor ZCL's Dave Cheetham (0543 414817) told AMIGA Computing that its memory will be insufficient for many people's needs but added that it is a good starting platform which can be developed.
He added that there would be a similar deal for tower systems.
Lust before we went to press Commodore had gained a court order for the release of all third-party slock from the failed firm and say they are now working through the backlog.
A Commodore spokesman would not say how many Amigas needed attention but expected delays to be short. Computer giant Wang stepped in to help from their Brentford site.
Wang already had the contract to maintain A600s, including the on-site warranty offered with the computer.
"Wang are helping this interim but we haven't made a full appointment," said a Commodore's Andrew Ball.
Two telephone support lines have been set up for worried Amiga owners who had equipment at the repair centre and for those whose machines have just developed a fault.
For products covered on a return to dealer basis call 081-847 2223, or 081-231 3700 for Commodore products covered with on-site maintenance warranty.
A3000 price halved AMIGA COTV.
£200 OFF IF YOU PAY WITH The plastic 2n question being your trusty Amiga 500, of course. Because if you take it along to your local stockist and trade it in, we’ll exchange it for a new generation Amiga CDTV multi-media computer pack for only £399.99.* That's £200 less than the normal retail price.
And remember, that includes an Amiga CDTV player with keyboard, mouse, floppy disc drive and a 12 month warranty - the whole shooting match. This fantastic offer to our Amiga customers closes at the end of September.
So hurry, as they say, while stocks last. And don't forget the plastic.
CDTV TRADE IS MACHINES MI ST HE COMPLETE AND IN WORKING ORDER OFFER ENDS 30TM SEPTEMBER 1992. AVAILABLE AT SELECTED HIGH STREET STORES INCLUDING DIXONS AND SPECIALIST INDEPENDENTS. EOR DETAILS OF YOUR LOCAL STOCKISTS CALL FREE ON 0100 Hews Crime protection arrives AS LATEST government figures show house break-ins on the up across the UK, a firm jve just developed an alarm to protect Amiga setups.
Operating from nine-volt batteries, the device fits on to the back of the computer or monitor, with two magnetic sensors controlling the alarm.
Whenever, the Amiga or monitor are lifted more than a quarter of an inch the ntruder is deafened with a 111 decibel sound.
Available from CF Cape & Son (0752 700649), it costs £24.99. Betters get better iRELAND-based School Software (010 353 61419477) are relaunching two of their Amiga education packages. Better Spelling and Better Maths For children aged between 12 and 16 years old, Better Maths is aimed as a GCSE revision aid and includes tutorials on all aspects of the sublet.
Examples of topics covered are statistics, linear and equatic equations, ratio, sets and trigonometry.
Better Spelling, for those over eight Better Haths Ci*23 years old, deals with the most com- monly made spelling errors. It consists of irregular plurals, prefixes, suffixes, present and past participles.
Each program costs £22.95. B Ami-Back backups better AMI-BACK 2 is an upgraded hard disk backup and scheduling utility which its developers promise will bring a wealth of features previously unavailable to Amiga users.
Claimed to be the fastest backup utility on the market, additions to the software are a compression feature which can decide which files are worth shortening, the ability to append backups on tape and DAT fast search support.
A recovery back-up mode allows Ami-Back to recover as much information as possible from crashed hard drives and there is a password protection feature.
Priced at US$ 79.95, it is available from Orlando-based Moonlighter Software Development (010 1 407 384 9484).
Getting to grips with German Drawing link with DTP STRUCTURED drawing program Professional Draw has just been improved, allowing drawings to be transferred between it and the firm's Professional Page desktop publishing package.
Also in v3 are more than 30 automatic Genie functions intended to make routine design tasks easier, several text handling enhancements and improved colour handling.
"Professional Draw 3 represents the next step in the evolution of desktop publishing," says Gold Disk president Kailash Ambwani.
“"The direct link with Professional Page 3 gives the graphic designer a totally integrated DTP environment and the Genie functions automate most routine tasks associated with design and layout," he added.
Requiring 2Mb of memory, it will cost $ 199.95. Gold Disk can be telephoned on 0101 416 602 4000.
Price £129.95 from Silica Systems.
Demo maker arrives RED SECTOR, a package to enable scrolling demonstrations to be created on Amigas, is now available in Britain.
Originating in Germany, the program is supplied with full English documentation for £24.99 by George Thompson Services (0707 664654).
DIARY DATES 5 September 1992 All Formots Computer Fair Organiser: Bruce Everiss (0225 868100) Venue: Nolionol Motorcycle Museum, Solihull Software bargains, many from the public domain.
6 to 8 September 1992 European Computet Trade Show Autumn Organiser: Blenheim PEL (081-742 2828) Venue- Business Design Centre A new trade-only event for the computer leisure industry.
12 September 1992 All Formats Computer Foir Organiser Bruce Everiss (0225 868100) Venue: Sandown Race Course, Esher A few bargains can be picked up.
5 to 8 November 1992 The Future Entertainment Show (0225 442244) Venue: Eads Court 1, London Plenty of Amiga support, including a major presence from Commodore.
19 to 22 November 1992 Christmas Computer Shopper Show Organiser: Blenheim PEL (081-742 2828) Venue: Olympia, London Promised to attract several Amiga exhibitors.
British firms to lose £1.1 billion SECURITY breaches will cost British firms £1.1 billion this year, says a report just issued by a top computer research firm.
Based on a survey of almost 1,000 companies, the National Computing Centre's report points to several areas where improvements in security are needed.
Poorly-written or untested software and viruses will cause most headaches for firms, says the report.
But unauthorised access to personal computers - such as the Amiga - is another key problem, with staff and contractors claimed to be behind the majority of incidents.
The 300-page IT Security Breaches Survey Report is available from the National Computing Centre for £146.50. LCLfs first new title for more than two years is aimed at people wanting to leam a foreign language as the single European market nears.
Taking Amiga users from basics up to GCSE standard in spoken and written German, Micro German is billed as being suitable for travellers, students, enthusiasts and businessmen.
Included with the software is a program to generate business letters automatically and to make learning fun there is a series of educational graphic adventure games and puzzles.
Priced at £24.99, LCL can be telephoned On 0491 579345. Mkro German prepares Amiga users for single European market Do you know something we don't?
Although AMIGA Computing has scores of contacts in the Amiga world we need you. If you have some hot news ring Jphn Butters on the news desk now on 0625 878888 or fax to 0625 879966. All information supplied will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
OVERSEAS 8 to 11 October 1992 Computer Shopper Show Organiser: AMI Shows Europe (010 492234 22021) Venue: Koln Messe A chance to catch up on the year's developments in the active Amiga world. Formerly Amiga Koln.
26 to 29 November 1992 World of Commodore '92 Organiser. Fain fir Fun (010 4 9 8106 24094) Venue: Frankfurt Exhibition Halls The main Commodore show in Germany. 100,000 visitors expected.
• If your company is organising a show relevant to the Amiga and
it's not listed, let us know so we can include the information
in the diary.
Amiga Computing September 1992 12 ... with Protext 5.5 because the pop-up thesaurus will provide you with inspiration whenever you need it. With words provided by Collins the thesaurus has 43,000 main entries and 827,000 responses!
Protext 5.5 introduces enhonced text formatting options.
Automatic hyphenation lets you produce o well-spaced page layout without the bother of manually putting in soft hyphens. Pretext determines the correct hyphenation points by algorithms and look-up tables. Elimination of widows ond orphans is also provided. You will no longer need to worry about those infuriating single lines at the top or bottom of pages. Protext formats the text to ovoid these as you edit the text. Extra blank lines at the top of a poge can be suppressed.
3*3 wwt t &C ttet pi W&ldA' • New document analysis features provide a wealth of information about your text. You con exomine o list of all the words used - alphabetically or by the number of occurrences. Other statistics shown indude averoge word length, averoge sentence length and a table of the number of lines on each page.
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Mail merge: nested repeat loops.
"it's bloody brilliant" "one hell of a performer" "if you need a professional word processor Protext is perfect" "nothing else available comes close" ; New window-based help facilities.
ST FORMAT COMPUTER SHOPPER AMIGA COMPUTING ST APPLICATIONS Improved line drawing.
' Spelling checker finds repeated word and missing capital letters.
Conversion to and from WordStar 5.5 and Microsoft RTF , Full printed documentation of new features.
Ofcaeaoe Pudert atilt cttdudea . • * PRODATA 1.2 New version of Prodato now with pull-down menus, mouse or keyboard operation, automatic record numbering merge database, instantaneous filtering, prologue form, edit fields in any order, 2*across label printing. Full details available from Arnor.
Price: £85+VAT, upgrade from vl.1 C30+VAT.
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Protext 5.5 £152.75 Upgrade from S.O to S.S £30 Upgrade from 4.2 4.3 to S.S £60 Pleose return your original discs when upgroding French or German spelling dictionary £35.25 When upgroding pleose return ony extro spell checking dictionaries for a free update to the revised version.
Choice of pull-down menu or keyboard operation, extensive printer font support and proportional formatting while editing, up to 36 files open, split screen editing, characters for 30 languoges, index and contents, footnotes, newspaper column printing, file sorting, macros, indent tabs, mail merge programming language, exec files and the fastest search and replace around.
Altogether the most comprehensive word processing software for your Amiga or ST. ,V Both Protext 5.5 and Prodata require 1 Mb of memory VISA Arnor Ltd (AC), 611 Uncoln Road, Peterborough PEI 3HA. Tel: (0733) 68909 Fax (0733) 67299 Z3USA News Like a Phoenix PROGRESSIVE Peripherals & Software are planning to rise from the ashes that are all that remain of their Denver warehouse (see main news), as they have just announced the release of some long-awaited new products.
On the hardware side, the company announced a 68040 board that fits inside the Amiga 500. With room for 32-bit RAM and blazing 28MHz speed, this can make the unassuming-looking little A500 into a powerhouse that outruns £3,000 workstations.
PP&S had just started to ship their Zeus 040 accelerator for the Amiga 1500 and
2000.
With a 33MHz 68040 and up to 64MB Whats New up to 10Mb per second. If you’re looking for a machine that can complete a job you start now yesterday, it might be time to pray to Zeus.
On the software front, ace programmer Greg Cunningham has updated two of his programs that are favourites of US Amiga users. The Baud Bandit terminal (or comms, as you folk say) program is now at v2.0. The new version sports a set of control icons at of RAM, this board bring previously unheard of power to your Amiga.
The board can run with inexpensive 80 nanosecond RAM, but if fast isn't fast enough for you, you can install 60ns or even 40ns RAM, but you'd better be careful not to exceed warp speed!
Also included is a SCSI- 2 DMA hard drive controller which Progressive claims can do synchronous data transfer at Dhk Mailer II lets you open more than two disk windowt (I* tot The new version of Baud Bandit supports IBM ANSI graphics and more the top of the screen, an AmigaDOS 2.04- style user interface, pull-down menus (missing from the first release), and true IBM ANSI support for use on PC-based BBS systems.
In addition, the program now has a host mode, so you can use it as a simple BBS to access your Amiga from another location.
Greg has also updated his popular DiskMaster II directory utility package. The new version fixes problems with the Print Directory function and adds support for opening DM II on AmigaDOS 2 public screens, as well as a "Sort By" function.
The program also now plays .MOD files, and offers user-configurable custom key settings. Upgrades are available for SIS for Baud Bandit and S10 for DiskMaster II; PP&S hadn't re-opened their offices at press time, so you'll need to contact the company to find out overseas upgrade prices.
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f„,- THE MS-DOS market in the US has grown to such gargantuan proportions that many entertainment software companies are strongly considering dropping all Amiga and Mac development and concentrating on software for PC clones.
Because people are snapping up so many cheap Pcs, the US software companies are deciding that there's so much money to be made in the PC market, it's not worth creating products for the Amiga.
The few entertainment companies that are still supporting the computer are developing more and more of their products in Europe.
Most Amigans are pretty pessimistic about the future of the US Amiga market right now - the general feeling is that hot new machines with enhanced graphics and other PC-beating features must be introduced before Christmas, or the Amiga market in the US will begin to disappear, as the Atari ST market did a couple of years ago.
The good news, though, is that sources close to Commodore say that the current plan is to unveil new Amiga models at the World of Amiga Show in Pasadena, California, which will be held September 11-13.
The magazine ads for the show promise "hands-on new hardware," so hopefully we'll see the second generation of Amigas unveiled there.
We don't count the A600, which isn't available here, and is generally perceived by US Amiga dealers as nothing but a stripped down, crippled A500. Watch this space in two months for a full report on what hopefully will be an exciting show.
TTR Shut down, Sierra reconsider Amiga Hope for the World of Amiga It hasn't been a month of good news for US Amiga companies.
TTR Development, marketers of MRBackup Professional, Workbench Management System, RXTools, and the TTR Floptical Disk Drive, announced that they were closing their doors in July.
They cited the US economic recession, a slumping domestic Amiga market, and internal personnel problems as contributing to the shutdown.
Meanwhile, a Sierra support representative on the Genie online network reports that Sierra are currently re-evaluating their future Amiga product plans.
The current Sierra interpreter, used for almost all their programs, is pokey and jittery on 68000-based Amigas, and the company is considering whether it will be financially viable to revamp the interpreter to run better on stock Amigas.
However, Sierra's recent financial statements haven't been promising, and sources close to the company fear that future Amiga product line may be eliminated as part of company-wide cutbacks - the company's Amiga sales may not be high enough to justify completely revamping the program interpreter.
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Art Department Professional
2. 1.3 Until the release of Image Master, ADPro was the only real
contender for the image processing crown. Now its monopoly has
ended and ADPro will have to fight hard for its place in the
market.
Thanks to its individual style and dedicated approach, it's by no means the end of the ageing heavyweight.
Unlike the other two contenders, ADPro doesn't attempt to be all things to all men. In fact the soft- M ware is much more akin to programs such as Adobe Photoshop have long been the Mac's main source of artistic inspiration in the field of commercial DTP.
F Unlike ImageMaster and l Montage, ADPro does not by its hand as a k 24-bit paint package or indeed as a dedi- ¦ cated special effects processor.
F Instead the software concentrates its efforts on converting images from one file format to another and in turn from one machine to another while processing its creations to give the best possible output.
Neither of the other two packages : can match ADPro's linguistic fea- L tures when it comes to available formats.
As a result, it's still the perfect choice or anyone who already has finalised artwork and merely requires it in another format, whether that be an alternative Amiga display or perhaps in a form other machines and users such as Pcs, Macs or commercial print bureaux can understand.
Having said that, describing ADPro as a glorified CrossDos is to say the least a little unfair. It's true that if you have a file no matter what the format the chances are ADPro will be able to load it and subsequently save it in almost any other, but between the load and save the program offers an impressive array of processing and composition tools.
Graphics from a whole host of sources can be easy combined into a new and totally original images.
Although now common in a lot of sen* OUS software, AQPrp was the first power program to implement a modular design.
This means that although the basic framework of the software can remain the same, a whole host of new features can be issued as plug-in modules which the software can then access.
Dedicated Because of this ASDG already offers dedicated module sets which expand the already impressive range of loaders and savers while also adding control for additional hardware such as scanners.
As mentioned earlier, ADPro offers an unrivalled range of loaders and savers which can be easily expanded thanks to the modular design. As you can see from the screenshots, the choice is impressive and is made even more so by the program's ability to load from and save directly to an ever-growing collection of 24-bit cards such as the IV24, Harlequin and Firecracker.
Once an image is safely imported, the actual processing can begin. Often the process in question may be simply a matter of adjusting the colour balancing in which case three RGB sliders are on hand to edit the current image plus brightness, contrast and Gamma. Like most of ADPro's processing options these affect the entire image.
A selection of six dithering options are also on hand to smooth out the colour transitions when working in lower resolutions.
Finally come the palette options giving complete control over the colour composition of the graphic in question, and of course palettes can be edited, saved and loaded as required.
As you can no doubt see from the operators screenshot, the choice is impressive. Unfortunately the majority of operators work on the entire image and cannot be restricted to specific areas as is the case with ImageMaster and Montage.
This above all underlines ADPro's main area of expertise. As mentioned earlier the package is not designed as a paint package but rather a dedicated image processor capable of altering existing images and combining the results with others thanks to the program's excellent composition options.
A perfect example of this is the GraphicStation image which has been compiled in ADPro from a scanned star field, a VistaPro generated landscape and a Real3D ray tracing which again incorporates scanned elements.
All the various images were initially in different formats and image sizes but with the help of ADPro's loaders and operators they where compiled together within a matter of minutes.
Once the choice of file format has been made, whether it be loading or Load Color Controls Rpp I c RpDi splav it her Separate Pa lotto About Exit Image Operators Screen Controls App I y_f1np Fxpcute Op The familiar fau of the ADPro main screen. But under the ikln II It all change C raphicsfZ: ADPRO overview If your main interest is image combination, format conversion and overall adjustment of finished artwork, ADPro is still the best and fastest method of getting quality results.
For any user who wants to get artwork on paper via the Amiga or perhaps a lesser machine, the old heavyweight still leads the way.
Saving, the more mundane options come into play via the command options.
These produce requesters for both loading and saving and also allow you to specify the orientation of the image to be imported, plus whether it is to be composited with any existing imagery which may already be loaded.
Also lurking within the Command options are the separation controls which again underline ADPro's forte for publishing.
This is a feature unique to ADPro and allows colour separations of the current image - something which is often essential for material destined to appear in print.
Lastly we come to screen control.
From here it's possible to define in what form the image will appear on-screen. If for example you were working with 24- bit images but didn't have a board to ImageMaster view them, it's still possible to create an Amiga-based representation of the effects applied to the 24-bit data.
Alternatively once a standard Amiga display has been defined and executed, the software will give you the option to save directly in that format.
As a result, raw scans or 24-bit frame grabs can be converted directly into the Amiga display format of your choice.
After a long wait, a challenger to ADPro has finally appeared thanks to Black Belt, the company famous for the amazing disappearing HAM-E trick - a hardware display system which mysteriously vanished into the black hole known as the Commodore non-disclosure agreement.
Since the disappearance of the aforementioned hardware, Black Belt have gone noticeably quiet. Now the silence has been shattered by the release of ImageMaster, which in its youth was known as Image Professional and came as part of the HAM-E software bundle.
Although 24-bit boards have been on Paul Austin, our resident graphics fanatic, provides the definitive guide to the big three in Amiga image processing the market for around two years, up until the release of ImageMaster, AOPro was the only IP software capable of manipulating their output - and only then with a relatively limited number of special effects. Its main purpose was as a format converter, compositor and PostScript supplier.
What was required by the 24-bit community was a special effects engine capable of producing the kind of imagery Industrial Light and Magic have made famous.
Unbelievable as it may sound, Black Belt have done exactly that by bringing Hollywood within the reach of anyone.
The actual software itself comes in several forms. ImageMaster is designed for the general user while Black Belt also offer a version designed specifically for the • laCropb ics • FireCracker 24-bit board and, as mentioned earlier, Image Professional for HAM-E.
As is the case with all three packages, imageMaster has ignored the standard format pyll-downs and icons and has gone for a control strip across the bottom of the screen which instantly evolves as you move through the software, constantly updating the display with a new selection of buttons reflecting your previous choice.
If there's one area in which the software suffers more than any other, it’s undoubtedly in the interface. Although the progression from one control strip to another is very logical, it certainly does nothing for your inspiration.
This is a real Shame as the artistic juices inspired by the incredible special effects soon dry up as you stumble around the package looking for the next option you wish to apply.
Guidance It's true that the problem tends to cure itself in time but even after prolonged use you still find yourself yearning for the comfort of the occasional icon or at least some form of guidance through the seemingly endless selection of identical control strips.
This particular problem hasn't gone unnoticed by the lads and lasses at Black Belt and as a result a revised interface is promised for the next update to the package.
Let's hope it arrives sooner rather than latter for the sake of the software, and the frayed nerves of countless disorientated users. If you can forgive the interface the rest of the package is nothing short of a astonishing, thanks to a selection of effects and animation options which are almost beyond belief.
However, before I fall irretrievably into delirious ramble mode, it's worth a look at the structure of the software and the various options on hand.
On entry you're greeted with a selection of nine buttons which allow access to all IM's main functions. As you might expect, the first of these is the input output button.
From here you can load an impressive array of standard Amiga images both 24- bit and otherwise.
Unfortunately there's a noticeable lack of Mac and PC formats on offer - an omission that makes an IM and ADPro combination a must for commercial users.
This is followed closely by the Composition button.
Which on boot-up is ghosted, as both a primary and secondary image are required for composition - as I said, it's logical stuff.
Next comes the process button where the vast majority of special effects await your command. We'll return to linger on these a little latter.
Following that, we have the Paint panel in which you apply standard painting techniques, define and cut brushes, select fonts and specify the impressive array of blending options.
Next comes the display panel where among other things you can watch IM-generated anims as small thumbnail representations of their 24-bit counterparts.
Uttle Nob I shotting the after effects of lager, ImogeMaster. And curry frenry by the application of special effects. Each new buffer must be individually named and then retrieved from the panel when required - again not good news for the creative juices.
Black Belt would be well advised to take a dose look at the new Scala and its miniature icons as an alternative system. The film strip already uses the technique so why not apply it to buffers?
Alongside buffer control we have the macro and setup panels which allow direct access to Arexx scripts and specification of the, output image whether it be in a standard Amiga form or alternatively as a set command which executes a script each time the display is updated, thus allowing the new image to appear either on the FireCracker, Harlequin or other Arexx friendly 24-bit hardware.
Finally comes the Info panel which as the name suggests supplies all the necessary information on both the state of your It's also here where you can actuate the program's excellent Film Strip option which produces a piece of pseudo-celluloid across the lower part of the screen which documents all your actions as the imagery is processed - an extremely useful feature if you're trying to master the animation of a specific effect.
Unlimited Following that comes the buffer panel which allows total control of the unlimited number of buffers, whether they be fullscreen images or simple brushes.
ImageMaster allows you to create as many 24-bit buffers as your system memory will allow and from here they can be swapped, shuffled and deleted as required.
Almost every action creates a new buffer, and as a result if not managed property the software can soon become full of countless images whether they be tiny brushes or "before and afters" generated Graphics fZi Input and output Before you commit your creations to disk you’re offered a full selection of possible formats which include all Amiga formats included those designed for the Enhanced Chip Set, HAM-E and DCTV. There's also an impressive series of non-standard Amiga formats including TIFF, TCA and the all-important Adobe PostScript plus many more.
Unlike ImageMaster, Montage makes a serious chal lenge to ADPro’s dominance as a multi-format inter preter, which further enhances its position as a jack of all trades, When loading images Montage once more lends a technique first seen within ADPro. Rather than specifying a specific Hie format, the software uses its own version of ADPro's Universal loader, instantly importing any file for mat supported by the package.
Media. The option can even be defined to automatically redirect output whenever the software detects a shortage.
Obviously this is going to be a big attraction to animators and those with limited available RAM. The only compromise is a noticeable but nevertheless bearable loss of speed.
Along with the wide variety of additional options, Montage offers an impressive bavefomat: HorkingScreCT Rendered Irage 1 Clipboard tut drencher Separate Buffer | ILBH Ff.fe'Mry mmfrn MM Mmm IKSi * • ¦¦
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details on the buffers presently in use.
Composition processing and painting are three main areas of ImageMaster's expertise. As mentioned earlier, all three have their own button on the main panel, The composition controls allows you to combine the primary and secondary images into a new third image.
As with all ImageMaster's features, composition has been handled expertly, though through the eyes of a programmer rather than those of a designer.
Amazing As a consequence, the options and output can be amazing. But thanks again to the interface it will be a long time before you'll feel happy about attempting any image combinations without the manual firmly at your side.
Processing options, on the other hand, are much easier to come to terms with and offer the kind of image adjustment and colour correction tools only matched by ADPro.
It's here where the 55 definable geometric transformations and special effects await your command, and that doesn't include the morphing options.. Aside from the pure power and variety of effects, one of the most pleasing features is the way in which they can be applied. Rather than simply affecting the entire image - as is often the case with ADPro - each effect can be used on an area in the same way as a standard paint package, thanks to a wide variety of rectangles, polygons and freehand option.
The painting options are again astonishing with the widest collection of available tools I've seen to date. The brush application options alone need to be seen to be believed, but unfortunately the perennial problem of the interface rears its ugly head yet again. Even minor adjustments such as colour, brush size and selection require countless trips through the interface.
In short, ImageMaster painting offers unbelievable power but you'll need a bottle of inspiration dose at hand to keep your spirits up, and your juices flowing.
ImageMaster overview As a processing environment, Image Master is just what the Amiga has been waiting for. The number and variety of processing options and special effects are quiet literally beyond belief.
If you can live with the less than inspired interface, and are will to invest the time and effort required to master its immense potential, ImageMaster is an essential addition to any serious artistic collection, Montage After many years as one of the leading exponents of hardware innovation, GVP have finally taken the plunge and released their first serious software release.
Unlike the two previous products, Montage has been designed to be an ''all- rounder" capable of digital photographic retouching, scanner controller, 24-bit image processing, file format conversion and frame grabbing control.
All of this can be displayed either as 24- bit creations via display boards such as the IV24 or as reduced colour representations in standard Amiga modes - much in the same way as ImageMaster.
Now before we delve into the available features, it's worth stressing that the software on test is a pre-production version and as a result it would be unfair - and in some cases impossible - to draw direct comparisons between Montage and the other two packages. As a result, the following will simply list the features which are planned for the finished release.
Excellent Aside from the options on offer, the most pleasing aspect of the package is the excellent interface which after ImageMaster comes as a real relief.
The interface again takes the form of a lower screen strip but the layout and design are much more friendly, although in part this is due to fewer available options.
It's obvious that GVP have done all they can to make the software as familiar to the average Amiga user as possible and as a result even a beginner will soon feel perfectly at home with the transition from standard Amiga graphics to the world of 24-bit art just like ImageMaster and ADPro, 24-bit hardware is not essential as all graphics can be represented via standard Amiga displays even though the actual changes are applied to the hidden 24-bit master.
So, don't despair if your finances won't stretch to a enhanced display system as you can still apply its power effectively using a standard Amiga display.
The same applies to the software's scanning and frame grabbing options which can also display the imported imagery as standard Amiga graphics even though the internal data is true 24-bit.
The only real restriction regarding 24-bit data is the software's limitation to just two full images in memory as opposed to the unlimited number available within ImageMaster.
In addition, Montage also has space for an Alpha channel, undo buffer and brush buffers, lust Like a standard paint package, the two resident images can be flipped, copied and have brushes cut or pasted as required.
According to the accompanying bumf, Montage will in principle be capable of controlling all Amiga compatible scanners and frame grabbers.
Although some are already catered for such as the JX100 and the ES300C, I'm not convinced that such a grandiose claim will be possible, at least not before the software's initial release. Having said that though, GVP are not known for making promises they can't keep.
All the scanners will share a generic interface that will allow "previews" prior to full scanning and of course region boxes to define the scanning area, plus the usual assortment of options such as scanning resolution, landscape, portrait and so on.
Frame grabbing won't require the intricacies of the scanning interface but will benefit from Montage's Arexx interface which can be made to control interactive video players allowing the capture of entire sequences that could then be edited and sent to still frame recorders or alternatively converted into standard Amiga anims.
Due to Montage's virtual memory, options such sequences - or in fact any image - can be stored directly onto hard disk, optical or any form or removable An Impressive array of taring options In the style ot ADPro, again courtesy ot Montage A guhk system analysis courtesy A brief glance at some ot the rendering The montage render screen allowing you to view your 24 bit exploits via a standard Amiga display ot the montage Info panel options available via Montage Amiga Computing September 1992 21 Graphics Hewlett Packard PCL printing, direct encapsulated PostScript plus Croup Three (G3) fax
support.
All output can be either full digital halftone or alternatively sent using a variety of dithering methods.
Arexx implementation Although there has been little mention of Arexx throughout the article, all three pack ages use the language In various degrees, with both ADPro and ImageMaster relying heavily on it especially during animation, as indeed does Montage to a lesser degree.
In the case of ADPro, Arexx is the key to Fred, an additional program which comes as part of the package allowing the user batch process images ready for still frame recording or composition with others.
It also allows the application of operators and the mass conversion of files to other formats.
In the case of ImageMaster, Arexx is an essential in order to get the best from the program's multi frame sequencing potential.
For those users conversant in the language, ImageMaster can become a 24 bit Dpaint and much more besides, with animated effects that would leave even the most weptkal Hollywood mogul gasping for breath.
It s a real shame that none of the developers have made the effort to provide a method of producing automatically generated Arexx macros as part of their products.
This would instantly eradicate the painful learning curve necessary to get the very best from their assorted systems.
The sooner software companies realise that serious animators, artists and multime- du users neither have the time, nor often the inclination to develop the Arexx skills their software requires, the sooner the Amiga will realise Its true potential as an unbeatable graphics engine. Here endeth the sermon.
Montage overview Although not a finished product, the existing software does give a good impression ol the overall feel and undoubtedly poinb towards its potential place in the market.
II the painting problem can be addressed, CVP will almost certainly have another winner on their hands in the form of a general purpose 24-bit environment ideal lor the general user who may require a wide variety ol options at the drop of a lwl.
As a multimedia workstation complement to the IV24 it's ideal, il perhaps a little out gunned in the animation stakes by ImageMaster and to a lesser extent ADPro.
Selection of palette controls which allow you to combine various palettes and apply standard effects such as spreads, swaps, sorts and copies. The only worrying aspect concerns their actual application.
When the colour is applied to the canvas, the dreaded hospital green that haunts Macro paint and IV24 combination rears its ugly head once again.
Every time the paint is applied this nauseating colour is the one that actual makes the mark on the canvas and is only replaced by the selected colour after the stroke is complete. Even more worrying is the application of larger brushes. Not only do they draw in the infamous hospital green but they initially appear as a single pixel line which is then blown up into full size when the stroke is complete and the colour added.
If CVP want to market the paint package element of the system as a serious contender this particular problem must be addressed. What the application loses the Toolbox goes a long way towards making up for with a selection of familiar painting tools combined with a series of more unusual options which include ADPro style operators, special effects, Held up by your hardware?
RAM No matter which IP package you invest in, there is a whole host of behind the scenes hardware which can be almost as important as the software.
Although all the manufacturers are at pains to stress that their packages will operate on near-standard machine it's almost impossible to get the best from such software without first a hard disk, some extra RAM and a respectable degree of acceleration.
The first and most essential element of the big three is RAM. Without at least 2Mb of memory most of the aforementioned software will not run at all. In the case of ADPro, 4Mb is recommended for any serious use.
Although ADPro's 4 Mb operating minimum may seem a little extensive, that's just about par for the course among all three contenders, with Image Master being more than capable of eating as much RAM as you can provide thanks to its unlimited number of 24-bit buffers.
Acceleration Although separate entities, there's a close relation between ram and additional speed. In order to get the best from any accelerator that's to be employed primarily as an image engine you'd be well advised ensure that the unit comes with an FPU or floating point unit - also known as a maths co-processor - which is an essential addition when serious number crunching ensues.
For A1500 and A20QQ owners and above, perhaps the perfect RAM and acceleration combination comes from CVP's Combo card which boasts an 030 CPU with either a 25,33 or 40MHz FPU on-board, plus an option for up to 16Mb of 32-bit memory.
If you're an A500-based IP fan, CVP also have a market leader in the form of their new AS 30 hard disk and accelerator combination with the option for 8Mb of 32-bit RAM onboard - all housed in a Single box which fits neatly into the side slot, just like CVP's original A500-HD+.
Armed with this little beauty, even an entry-level Amiga is capable of very impressive image processing. K you're willing to make a slightly larger investment an 040 accelerator is perhaps the ultimate choice with vastly enhanced speed ewer 030-based accelerators plus the usual array of FPU's ranging from 25,28 or 33MHz.
To keep pace with the enhanced speed many of the 040's boast variable on-board RAM with additional daughter boards which can expand your available RAM to an almost unbelievable 100Mb in certain cases.
Until recently, 040s were solely the domain of the larger members of the Amiga family.
However, at a recent show Progressive Peripherals and Software were offering their latest A500-based 040 for just £750, which in 040 terms is almost a freebie.
Brush and buffer controls, access to Arexx and the Alpha channel plus an impressive array of additional effects which include morphing.
It remains to be seen if the Montage version of morphing can match the performance of the ImageMaster variant mentioned earlier.
Alpha channels are essentially just another buffer, with the essential difference being that they are used to create smooth compositions between two images, which for example may have masked or gradiated elements in specific areas.
Montage allows for a 24-bit Alpha channel, so in theory transitions from one image to another within the same frame should be very smooth indeed.
The Alpha channel can also be used as a frisket or stencil which in effect temporarily marks the define area of the screen out of service allowing the application of paint and effects only to apply to the remaining areas.
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Amiga Computing for a while, you'll probably have noticed that
we've never had a kind word to say about KindWords 2.
In fact, we've always said KindWords 2 is one of the slowest, most bug-ridden word- processors available for the Amiga, so what, you may be asking yourself, has changed with version 3?
The answer is everything. KindWords 3 is an entirely new program, so completely unrelated to its unfortunate ancestor that chalk and cheese do not offer a sufficient contrast.
The program was coded for The Disc Company by Digita International, producers of Wordworth, and when it loads you could tx mistaken for thinking that you are in fact using the Digita product.
Kindwords 3 opens on a screen well-nigh identical to Wordworth, from the ruler bar to the toolbox on the left of the text area, and as you explore the menus the similarity continues.
Resemblance All the familiar options are in their usual places, the important screens for preferences, page layout and so on bear more than a striking family resemblance to their Wordworth counterparts, and even the default font could sneak in unnoticed at the back of a Digita wedding photo.
Third Though obviously based on Wordworth's basic code - Digita deny it, but KW3 was written by the same programmer and is copyright Digita International! - and more of a marketing exercise than a new wordpro- cessor, KW3 manages quite nicely to fill a n he of its own.
The first thing most old KindWords 2 owners will try is to open a document previously saved using the original program, and this is possible through the Open Format option for IFF text (the type used by KmdWords 2). However, the options to load WordPerfect, ProWrite, and Protext documents found in Wordworth do not appear in KW3. The restriction is also found in the Save Format options, such that the KW3 owner time lucky?
The casualties Version 3 of the Amiga's wordprocessing Cinderella, Kindwords, looks suspiciously familiar. Stevie Kennedy tries it out features found in Wordworth 1.1 but not implemented in KW3 include; will have to be content with loading and saving in KW3 - or Wordworth - format, Ascii, or IFF text -1 There is no specific option to load or save documents which include IFF pictures in KindWords format, but the program will accept these and convert them, thus assuring a 100 per cent compatibility with old KindWords documents.
The b of features missed out from Wordworth II seems a ItHe long for conifort, but IqndWofd5 3 is si o good buy in the low Other missing Wordworth features include several of the neat - and sometimes useful - extra touches which give Wordworth its edge in the wordprocessor battle. Auto-save has taken a dive, along with page preview, the screen saver, and PostScript support among the useful features, and playtime, open new Shell, and the facing pages option among the more frivolous.
What really annoyed me was the lack of an insert literal option. This is invaluable if you need a character which is hidden below a huge finger-cracking key combination, and can save a lot of messing about when writing documents including foreign words or scientific terms.
In addition, those who type a lot of stan- dard letters will rue the lack of a glossary of standard phrases, though it's not something I'll miss much myself.
Possibly the most innovative feature of the original Wordworth was its comprehensive support for the built-in fonts found in many popular printers. By supplying a huge range of printer drivers for specific printers, Wordworth was able to offer mouse control over one of the trickiest aspects of getting the most from your printer.
0 KW3 has no such option, and in conjunction with the lack of PostScript support, this places the program well below Wordworth in the printing stakes.
Not all is negative, however, and to compare KW3 solely to Wordworth is a mistake.
We’ve looked at what separates the program from its sibling, but possibly a more valuable exercise would be to compare it to its rivals.
KW3 will make most of the low-end Amiga wcrdprocessors look pretty pale by comparison. With the exception of ProWrite, whose artificial price cut is so obviously designed to produce some sort of UK market penetration, the opposition can offer little of KW3's user-friendliness and almost none of its modernity. |ust in case future users feel like moving on, there will be an upgrade ?SHI KlndWordt J hoi an untdnny rrirmblonce to Wordworth, doetn't It?
Option allowing them to move onto Wordworth 1.1 or perhaps Wordworth 2.0, planned for release later this year.
The Disc Company, for so long suffering under the yoke of a program which was advanced for its time but which soon fell by the wayside (KW2) has taken the easy way out and opted for a variation on an existing and popular theme.
KindWords 3 may look like a simple marketing exercise, but it is a good wordprocessor which benefits from the best features of Wordworth while lacking only those you would expect considering the price difference.
Product information KindWords 3 is a product of The Disc Company Supplier. Profile Phone: 0926 815855 Price; £49,99
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that it is not necessarily going to cost you an arm and a
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Sequencing and Composition Packages To get into the world of sampling you will need some digitiser hardware with suitable software to control it - most of the Amiga sampling packages include both.
Getting into Midi will be a little more expensive but even a modest investment in a synthesiser, a Midi interface, and some sequencing software will open up fascinating new possibilities.
Bars & Pipes Professional Bars & Pipes Add*0n packages Connecting up a simple Midi system essentially means linking together a sequencer, synthesiser and a Midi interface, and it couldn't be easier.
Firstly, connect the Midi interface to the Amiga's serial port connector. Then take one Midi lead from the Midi Out of the synthesiser to the Midi In of the Midi interface and connect a second cable from the Midi Out of the Midi interface to the Midi In terminal of the synthesiser.
Switch the Midi equipment and your Amiga on, load the sequencer program as per the manual instructions, and you'll be home and dry.
Upper hand In the following pages you'll find a selection of products and prices for many of the popular Midi music offerings. With some items, such as samplers and Midi interfaces, there are now so many similar units around that we could have filled our space twice over!
In these cases we've opted for just providing - hopefully - a representative selection, and that's given us room to include details of a number of less publicised Midi musk related offerings.
As far as our prices go, one word of advice - use them only as a guide because, in the current economic situation, things are changing almost daily. Don't forget that you - the purchaser - have definitely got the upper hand so make the most of this and hunt around for the best deals!
Blue Ribbon Soundworks Available From Zone Distribution Price: £299 A superb sequencer and music-composi- tion tool. Bars & Pipes has been specifically designed to be an open-ended Midi sequencer and in many cases adding new effects and expanding the sequencer's facilities is just a matter of adding some new B&P tool.
Blue Ribbon Soundworks Available From Zona Distribution Price: £44.95 A whole range of these add-on packages exist providing internal sounds, multimedia add-ons, sound effects tools, programmer guidelines and so on. Each consists of a temporary folder containing one or two disks and any necessary loose-leaf documentation.
To incorporate the new software you just copy the new facilities to their respective ToolBox and Accessory draws and add the new documentation to your main manual.
Mui crTi sounds or external Midi equipment and is absolutely brilliant.
KCS Level II v3.5 Sequencing Composition Packages Product name Description Available from Price Copyist Apprentice Dr T's Music Software Zone Distribution £99 Copyist DTP Dr T's Music Software Zone Distribution £229 Deluxe Music Construction Set Electronic Arts SoftStore £49.99 Music Mouse Dr T's Music Software Zone Distribution £59 Music X 1.1 Microlllusions Dynamite Computing £49.99 Music X |unior MicrollluSions Dynamite Computing £19.99 Overture Desert Software Desert Software £79.95 Pro 24 Amiga Steinberg Evenlode Soundworks £2 85 Tiger Cub Dr T’s Music Software Zone Distribution £99
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Also provided are Tiger, the graphic editor, QuickScore - which allows the display and printing of sequenced music in traditional score form - and AutoMix which lets you perform automated mix- downs. All of these components are integrated into Dr T's multi-program environment (MPE) which provides the framework for inter-module communications.
The MPE system has eliminated the need for storing data in temporary files by allowing programs to communicate directly.
In short it lets you combine sequencing, scoring, patch editing, SMPTE synchronisation etc, from a single environment and this can turn the Amiga into a truly integrated Midi workstation.
Sequencer One Plus Gajits Available from Gajits such as FreeStyle and Band In A Box - that, when supplied with suitable chord and style directions, can create accompaniments consisting of basslines, drum parts and keyboard riffs, with any number of variations and fills.
At long last a similar piece of software, called SuperJAM, has appeared on the Commodore Amiga, It will run on anything from a 1Mb A500 upwards.
SuperJAM can drive either internal Amiga Price: £49.95 An upgraded version of the original Sequencer One. Among the many new facilities is a filter option that solves the Midi-echo problem found with some Yamaha PSS synth models. Good value for money.
Sampling and Sample Editing Software A iMAS2 Sample Series Mlcrodeal Gajits Available from Microdeal Available from Gajits Price: £99.95 Price: £9.95 This hardware software sampling package includes a Midi interface and a microphone.
Range of high-quality IFF samples for use with music programs. Percussion & Effects, Guitars & Strings, Brass fit Woodwind.
Audio Engineer Plus Techno Sound RamScan New Dimension* Available from Triloglc Available from Trilogic Prica: £169.99 Price: £31.99 Hardware software sampling package - the best Amiga sampler available.
Cheap, but reasonably well designed, hardware software sound sampling package.
Product name Description Available from Price Audition 4 Ramscan Trilogic £37.49 Beat Studio City Beat City Beat £39.95 Pro Sound Designer Gold Power Computing £39 Sound Trap 3 Omega Projects Omega Projects £30 Stereo Master Microdeal Microdeal £39.95 Librarians Patch Editors Product name Description Available from Price CZ-Rider Dr T's Music Software Zone Distribution £89 DX-Heaven Dr T's Music Software Zone Distribution £89 4-OP Deluxe Dr T's Music Software Zone Distribution £89 VZ-Rider Dr T's Music Software Zone Distribution £89 4D Companion Editor Librarian Gajits Gajits £99.95 Cmpanion
Editor Librarian Gajits Gajits £99.95 X-OR Dr T’s Music Software Zone Distribution £219 BAR ??????00 H ??DEEEJEE n ii Musical scores ccrti Hill be produced by tome packages - Ditel Midi Interlace Datel Available from Datel Price: £30 One of the many interfaces now available for the Amiga. Datel also offer a micro- Midi version which costs less than £20.
E3M usic Miscellaneous hardware FT3 Patch Commander Plus 2 Forefront Technology Available from BCK Products Price: £79.99 The FT3 patch commander is a hand-held, battery-powered unit intended for use as a general Midi remote controller. It has nine different modes of operation.
It will function as a patch command transmitter which can transmit a patch message on any (or all) Midi channels and has system and channel filter modes which enable you to filter unwanted Midi messages from your Midi data. The FT3 also includes a Midi clock generator and a Midi lead tester.
MA36 Midi Analyser SludioMaster Available from SludioMaster Price: £28 This is about the same size as a guitar tuner, has an on off switch, can be battery or mains-adapter powered and has two Midi sockets, namely Midi In and Midi Music Teaching Guides SFX Books Wise Publications Available from Music Sales One of the biggest music teaching improvements seen over the last few years has been the introduction of the SFX keyboard tutor and song books.
SFX notation is based on the well-established scheme of providing a melody line for a song coupled with shorthand chord symbols. SFX however goes further in that note names are written inside the notes - which makes it easy to work out melody lines - and awkward key signatures are avoided.
Notes which need sharps or flats are treated as accidentals and you therefore see all necessary sharps and flat signs in front of each note rather than having to imply their existence from the key signature.
The range of the SFX song material is substantial and includes classical themes, show music, country, pop and jazz with a great many artist-specific books. The songbooks which include words cost £3.95 and contain about 15 to 20 songs per book.
Each SFX book contains chord charts and notes on reading musical notation. If you need extra help with keyboard playing, a number of SFX keyboard tutor books are also available.
SFX books are distributed by Music Sales Ltd. As likely as not you'll find many of them in local music stores but they can also be ordered directly.
To obtain a current catalogue you will need to write to Music Sales Limited, Newmarket Road, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3YB and include £1.50 for postage and packing.
Thru. The MA36 reads Midi data as it passes through the unit, identifies it, and then displays the results on a set of LEDs.
To use it you just plug the MA36 into the Midi line and look at it - it really is as simple as that. The right-hand side of the MA36 display is a bank of channel indicators. These enable you to tell immediately what Midi channels are being used, Product name Description Available from Price Sound Enhancer Omega Projects Omega Projects £34.95 MD80 Thru Box BCK Products BCK Products £34.95 v3 Thru Box Philip Rees Philip Rees £14.95 v10 Thru Box Philip Rees Philip Rees £39.95 W5 Dual Input Box Philip Rees Philip Rees £39.95 Midi Interface 2 Trilogic Trilogic £26.99 As you play notes on a
keyboard or whatever, the left-hand side of the display bursts into life displaying details of what messages are passing through the MA36.
Midi File Song Arrangements 3M Midi Merge Unit Philip Rees Available from Philip Rees Price: £99 Another gadget that has arrived recently, this three-input Midi merge unit can handle all types of Midi data - including MTC time code - and will also cope with SysEx messages of any length. The unit has thru ports for two of its inputs plus a port for the merged output.
5x5 Midi Patchbay Philip Rees Available from Philip Rees Price: £99 This lets you switch select the routing configuration of a number of Midi inputs and outputs. The 5x5 controls five Midi Ins and five Midi Outs and its primary use is Nowadays a number of companies offer a whole range of material on Amiga format disks but to be honest this, for the Amiga user, is neither here nor there.
Utilities like CrossDOS, which can read and write PC and Atari ST format disks, have made the physical copying of files from PC ST disks to Amiga disks simplicity itself.
GIG Masterclass Arrangements Hands On Midi Software Available from Hands On Midi Software Hands On offer a range of CIC (chart) and Masterclass (classical) sequences.
The current CIC library alone has over 250 titles including jazz standards, chart material, 60s music, TV and film themes to eliminate the constant plugging and unplugging of leads when using different Midi units.
It can of course also function as a "user configurable" thru box. When you arrive at the Stage where you are really getting into Midi and are starting to collect a growing array of Midi equipment you'll find that patchbay units come in very handy.
MLD Driver Units Philip Rees Available Irom Philip Rees Price: £89.95 pair Because of the way that Midi data is transmitted, Midi cables have an effective reliable maximum working length of 15 metres.
This, for most users, does not create any problems, but there are applications - such as the remote control of musical equipment from an off-stage position » where the ability to use long cable runs would be an advantage.
Philip Rees have recently announced this line driver system which effectively eliminates the 15-metre Midi limit altogether. These MLD Line Driver units convert the Midi signals into a balanced differential signal that can then travel up to 1,000 metres.
And country hits. Any four chart hits - or two classical works - will cost £22.95 (plus £1.50 p&p).
A demo disk or tape is available for £5.50 (plus p&p) and this is refundable against subsequent purchases.
Midi Sequences Stage One Computers Available from Stage One Computers Excellently programmed rock, country music, 60s songs and up-to-date chart material, If you are interested in drum programming you might like to know that the Stage One volume I drum library contains over 700 different drum patterns and volume II contains another 600 patterns!
The cost of a pair of such units - a transmitter and a receiver - means that they are destined primarily for professional Midi music applications, but they might be just what you need if you are using Midi for some more general remote control applications!
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1400 CADDY CBM FLOPPY DRIVE CD 1301 GENLOCK ROCUTE 3.5* DRIVE
AN 89 KEY QWERTY KEYBOARD 249.95 INFRARED MOUSE WITH BATTERY
SAVER £4935 INFRARED TRACKBALL WITH THE OPTION £79.95 OF DIRECT
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HOLDING CD WurtN DRIVE £9.95 CD 1401 MEMORY CARD PERSONAL RAM
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DATA OR AS A BOOKMARK FACILITY WITHIN COTV 3-5' FLOPPY DRIVE
WITH 890K CAPACITY. £99.95 MATCHING BLACK FINISH. SUPPUED WITH
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FOR £149.95 SUPERIMPOSING CDTV IMAGES OVER A VIDEO SIG PROVIDED
BY ANY STANDARD VIDEO SOURCE CDTV COMPATIBLE AND STYLED IN
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Please phone us for compatabtty nformation Please caK tor
HARWOODS AMIGA PRO-GEN NEW LOWER PRICE IMAGINE, IF YOU CAN. THE
CONCEPT OF A NEW, MORE POWERFUL AMIGA... ...WITH 1 MEGABYTE Of
MEMORY, AND A COMPACT DISK DRIVE OF ALMOST INFINITE SIZE. A
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OF DATA. THIS DATA COULD BE. SPEECH, ANIMATED PICTURES,
DIGITISED STEREO SOUND. COMPUTER IMAGES OR WHOLE
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IMAGINE THIS, AND YOU CAN START TO GRASP THE CONCEPT OF CDTV, THE INTEGRAL COMPACT DISK DRIVE. IS THE KEY TO THE POWER OF CDTV. ITS STORAGE CAPACITY IS EQUIVALENT TO AROUND A QUARTER OF A MILLION FULL PAGES OF TEXT. THIS WHEN INTEGRATED WITH THE 1 MB OF INTERNAL AMIGA CIRCUITRY. CREATES A SYSTEM. WHICH FROM A CD DISK. CAN GfVE YOU ACCESS TO AN UNIMAGINABLE SPECTRUM OF REAL WORLD IMAGES NEVER SEEN COMBINED BEFORE THESE VIVID IMAGES, WITH WORDS AND SOUNDS. GfVE YOU A WHOLE NEW DIMENSION IN HOME EDUCATION, ENTERTAINMENT & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.
AND. .. DONT FORGET, THAT CDTV CAN PLAY IN SUPERB QUALITY. ANY NORMAL AUOIO MUSIC CO. AND fT CAN ALSO PLAY THE NEW CO*G DISKS. WHICH GIVE DIGITAL SOUND AND ON SCREEN GRAPHICS.
ON CD DISKS NOW AVAILABLE. THERE ARE EDUCATIONAL PACKAGES. ENCYCLOPAEDIAS PACKED WITH REFERENCE INFORMATION, STUNNING GAMES, MUSIC SYSTEMS AND MANY OTHER NEW AND VARIED SUBJECTS, INCLUDING WHOLE WORLD ATLASES OR EVEN THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE, EACH ON ONE CD DISK!!! CDTV - NOTHING LESS THAN REVOLUTIONARY FREE CDTV STARTER PACK!!!
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ALL THIS FOR JUST £499.95 COTV IS THE SAME SIZE AND STYLE AS MOST VIDEO RECORDERS, SO IT CAN $ IT UNOBTRUSIVELY ABOVE QR BELOW YOUR HOME TV ANQ'OR HI-FI. AND WITH ITS INFRAREO REMOTE CONTROLLER, IT CAN BE OPERATED FROM YOUR ARMCHAIR BUT PERHAPS MOST IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU ARE A COMPUTER ENTHUSIAST. REMEMBER THAT INSIDE EVERY CDTV, IS AN AMIGA JUST WAITING TO BE USED SO LATER ON, YOUU BE ABLE TO BUY THE OPTIONAL KEYBOARD AND DISK DRIVE. TO GET INTO THE WORLD OF AMIGA COMPUTING PRINTERS. DIGITISERS.
Genlocks AND OTHER AQKSSORIES-CAN AU « CONNECTED TO GIVE ACCESS TO MANY OTHER EXCITING FACILITIES. AND ALSO MANY OF THE EXISTING SOFTWARE PACKAGES AVAILABLE FOR THE AMIGA COMPUTER NEVER BEFORE HAS THERE BEEN SO MUCH POTENTIAL FROM ONE NEW STUNNING SYSTEM. PACKED WITH TODAYS TECHNOLOGY.!
CALL IN AND SEE US FOR YOUR PERSONAL DEMONSTRATION, OR PHONE US FOR YOUR FREE DETAILED CDTV INFORMATION PACK FREE Photon Paint 2.0 Software A powerful lo-and-Hi resolution hold and modify (HAM) paint program, with overscan (NT5CVPAL) and special effect? Fer ypyr Amga Computer ncWng a the Wtowig,,, Contour Mapping: ijrppe? 9 trwh wr a 3D "-andKape*. Pixtf Ttensfy valves Uectfe the peaks and vaieys, wtttle a speoaly developed ray-tracing algorithm maps the image precMy Surface Mapping: around 30 objects. Doth geometric and free hand drawn Luminance: secs the light source and intensity
Shadowing: amomaticaiy with control of size and offset. Brush Control: twist. ML resize. Bp. Rotate, bend, adustabie transparency, stretch etc etc. PLUS LOTS MOREIA great program allowing use of 4096 colours. Choce | of hornvwt page prml negabves. Antialasng. Dithered prnt adjustable brihgtness etc. How it works STOP PRESS «W*CUjC€SAVWV iEKATU WAT) COUKKNT VtXO TO GEHOCX CCMCCTNjCMLE WT TWS UOWSPWW3EKTOBE US® 5TM0HTMNAV WW U05T FWLW vraBUMBff.wnoffncNSD rottwr warn cotKCT cow* ECTWiO&fS THBKTCMIUOSE USEDTOCOtfKTHQIfetWrS A KIT TO STMT YOU OTF dGMT FROM r*l»W£NTrOjO»tN'W£!CSC* Mode Switch-box
for Genlocks £29.95 Features Include
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- Switch-box Switches Between Foreground, Background. Video And
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¦WWlDDK A-"v.s Mi uSVJM Wnajf* 1 s available fa 1992 I GVP AMIGA 1500 2000 HARD DRIVES | I GVP AMIGA A500 HARD DRIVES l RAM SIZE CAPACITY 420Mb 120Mb 240I £1169.95 £289.95 £409.95 £639.95 £479.95 £709.95 £1239.95 £359.95 £549.95 £779.95 £429.95 £1309.95 £559.95 £679.951 £899.95 £1429.95 AMIGA DRIVES & MEMORY A Capacities of 52to420Mb A Connects to sidecar bus on IM s;de of ASQ0A500 Fvjs A Auobootswcn Kckstot 1.12.0. boot enada'dsable swncn A Sockets for up to 8 Mb of RAM A SCSI Port allows up to 7 other devices to be connected A Supplied w«h easy to use software A 2 Year Warranty A Dedicated
PSU A Mini slot for future expansion A POAT Emuata plenned to be TFT
I) R Amiga A600 range (A500 muge may still be m ailable to
special order; please enquire) IEDUCATION SOFTWARE DON7 JUST
PLAY GAMES WHEN YOU j CAN LEARN WITH YOUR AMIGA TOO!
MICRO MATHS ¦ 24 tesy to uu programs fof GCSE fO’ Levtl) £18.95 I ! Wrtskncfseltubon ***** I MEQAMATNS-ASN WpPyJieptuhonccuse.FtxmaUe £20.95 ’ be rner5. A Level studies S Micro Mams u9ers MICRO FRENCH GCSE French moon cr rwson axrse Ccwj £18.95 j . BethB**Mi«rtienFfen£h 1 MICRO ENGLISH - Co'rWti wfltjftsn prepare tD GCSE level £18.95 1 PMIAflY MATHS -AgN3tt12.CaeplW2inog.CftM. £18.95 1 SPB1B00K A 4lo&fcvelopedwth*«lwb rfaP £17.95 j School Head Taadier to aid tpdlngsW* HOMEBASE-Home storage prog , deal tof those household Tsts. £19.95 ; ctnsmecucadonaiprcteds student notes etc Easy to
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0. 5 Mb PRO-RAM Compatible with Amiga A500 and 500 Plus Gives
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1.5Mb Memory AMIGA SOFTWARE Music-X: The ultimate software fa
professional MIDI sequencing The software includes a config
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£49.95 or Just £69.95 with mldMnterface!
Pen Pal
V. 13 WORD PR 3CES90R DATABASB Wkh Pen Pal uu can mix text.
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Juh 90 MIDI INTERFACE (5 Port); m, Out, Through plus 2 swtchawe thm’ out Inc. 2 cables £24.95 AMOS: AMOS alow* you to accsss the power o( the Amiga with ease 500 different commands make AMOS a sophislcated development language. The AMOS animation language allows you to create complex animation sequences. 300 page manual and over 80 example programs £49.95 Amos Add on Modules: (BOTH require Amos prog.) ITVIIHiinldJCI.UJ.T.W.U Amos Compiler £29.95 Amos 3D £34.95 I ; L [**-¦ SuporBase 4; Most powerful database avaiable for the Amiga.Comb'nes the ease of use of Super- Base 2 wfli a versatfe
programming language so that you can tailor your data to you own specific needs tor eUs-’tosmess.ifcrary records etc. £229.95 Lattice C: An ideal tool for the C programmer whether experienced or a novice. The best way to create applications for the Amiga. FuHy supports Motorola chipset. Nearly 300 functions optimised 10 help the user wnte the tightest posstfe code. Induces screen edia Most Amiga C books are based around lattice (Requires ether 2 floppy drives OR a hard disk drive) £199.95 Deluxe Paint IV: Latest version of the Amigas first, and still the best, paint and animation package, now
including HAM mode. (1 Mb. Minimum memory or more recommended! £79.95 £79.95 PEN PAL complete WITH SI2K Amiga RAM Expansion omly.I99.9S!
VkSi, The Complete Colour Solution: Vtdi wtn RGB Splitter. Frame Grabber & Digitiser. Grabs moving colour vdeo into 16 grey scale frames (up to 16 frames in 1Mb. Amiga) and digitises from still cdour video source In up to 4096 colours in less than 1 second! Requres home VCR or video camera for grabbing Requires video camera or VCR with perfect pause fa digtosing. Now comes with Photon Paint 2.0 ABSOLUTELY FREE OF CHARGE!!1 £149.95 ALFRETON DERBYSHIRE The Closer you look The Better we look.
STEREOMASTER: Hgh quaky ’stereo' sampler (best tor sampling instruments etc.) £39.95 THE ABOVE is JUST A SMALL SAMPLE FROU OUR ExtEsSivE AANGE OF THOUSANDS OF SERIOUS. EDUCA 71ON AUD RECREA HON TIRES-AE CANT UST THEM ALL HERE SO PLEASE CALL US IF YOU CANT SEE THE PROGRAM YOU REQUIRE ITS PR08A8LY IN STOCK!
PRINTER ACCESSORIES CITIZEN PRINTER ACCESSORIES; STAR PRINTER ACCESSORIES: £67.95 £74.95 » as £34.95 £134.95 £154.95 _i Wkro paper feed, Max paper ivdth 11.7* _l Supplied wth cdour & mtfto ffctons LI Paper pa* with auto sngle sheet loading Ll PrograrrmaWs from Nort oanet ? 12 mervPi warranty £199.95 £239.95 ? Large 28K Butter _j 360 x 360 dp near laser pnnt quality _j Optional Nl-Cad battery foe mains Fee operation £239.95 £289.95 ? Paper park with au« single shee Wdng a Micro paper toed, Max. paper wwfch 11T _j Suppleo vrth mono ntdon ? Faster than the old LC24-10 ? Extra font cartridges
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£49.95 Z24 £14.95x?4cl Aleo compatible wtth Apple Stylewrlter and Cannon BJ10E Bubblejet STAR LC24 200 STAR XB RANGE STAR SJ48 INK CARTRIDGE BLACK ONLY STAR LC200 9 PIN COLOUR PRINTER -185 40 cps This is the one ii our packs' ? 90 Cdimn Dot Matrix ? 240 dpi - 9 Pin COLOUR ? 16K Bu«er. 8 Resdent Fonts ? Pushpdl tractor 8 reaf'bottom feeds a Reverse pap* feeds CmZEN SWIFT 9 PIN COLOUR - 160 40cps New super high spec 9Pin colour printer ? 8K Butter 4 Forts a 24Qx240dpiColovGrapN« ? Push and pull trader built-in a Best text quatfty in our 9Pin range ? Feed for laWs-multi part flasonery j 2 Year
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£499.95 24-250 Colour £399.95 24-200 Colour j Exceptional print quaity CJ Butter 29K|XB24200| & 76K (XB 24,2501 _l 4 X 48Pin super letter quality fonts LJ 360x360 dp.Colour Graphics BOOK SHOP _j 14 x24Pin near letter quality forts Ll I2mths on-ste warranty (UK Mainland) HEWLETT PACKARD PAINTJET COLOUR A4 INKJET £579.95 Our best quality fol «k»x printer at a realistic price _1 ParaHet'Cerxranlcs or Send RS232 IF (specify with order, MAC option avaiable) j for presentation graptxc&DTP, CAD and techncahscertfic applications j A fot page of colour graphics n 4 minutes (typical)
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do your bit and get your shareware fees in should you find any of the programs useful. Ooh, I went all self-righteous then.
Anyway, Picturesque is now at v2.5, and is an excellent Amos tool for the creation of graphics for games, demos and the like, as well as sprites of any size up to a full screen.
As Paul says, he's not trying to compete with the likes of Dpaint, just attempting to make it easier for programmers (or just the interested) to design games and demos using Amos. Picturesque is polished and professional and worthy of the attention of anyone who's looking for a little help designing the next Elvira (ooo-er).
The disk also contains Daisy Painter, a basic but extremely well presented graphics program, shifting the emphasis firmly from dull professionalism to the realm of fun!
The icons used to control the action are dear and chunky, and they include a "fun" option which "mirrors" the screen from the centre, allowing the creation of all sorts of symmetrical patterns.
It's a bit like a kaleidoscope crossed with one of those drawings you do on a folded up piece of paper, which turns into a symmetrical pattern when you open the paper out. Either way, it's extremely good fun, There are no text or print options, but you can save your creations out to disk as standard IFF files, or using the program's custom saving format - unfathomably called Spac Save - which shrinks the file to a much more manageable size. Indeed, the author claims that it is possible to save over 100 pictures on one floppy using this method.
The most notable feature about this program, though, Tht exceedingly friendly and. As far as I know, unique paint mixing screen In Daisy Painter Phil Morse sifts through this month's PD and shareware programs and finds some prize gems is the paint mixing section. Instead of RGB sliders and saturation numbers, as is common elsewhere in the graphic package world, Daisy Painter has extremely user friendly tubes and pots of paint, which can be mixed simply by selecting and clicking on them. It's all very intuitive, and far less intimidating than more "professional" colour mixers.
PUBLI SECTO Finally, the disk contains Smiley Puzzle - one of those four by four tile puzzles where you have to slide the individual tiles around in order to unravel a jumbled up picture.
In this version it's a smiley face (at least on the first puzzle - my staying power ain't what it used to be and I never reached the second) and you have a time limit in which to do you unravelling. It's nice to look at, if overly simple, and offers some light relief on a well recommended disk.
68000 Coders' Disk Mag Thunderhead Software, licenceware Now here's a disk from a dedicated bunch. Ever wondered where the average 68000 assembly language programmer hangs out for a chat about his registers?
Not the local pub, that's for certain.
No, for your average code-crazy kid, there are precious few paces where all things codey can be discussed with fellow binary junkies.
However, magazines like this disk based one go some way towards banishing the isolation. This issue of the mag talks you through creating copper bar but it's worth a look for the ingenuity of its presentation.
• Rave Vision 17 Bit disk 2004, by Intense This is a novel techno
demo disk. Novel techno? I hear you ask. Surely no disk
containing sub standard 8-bit samples of records of dubious
musical origin can add anything to the tedium created by the
last 1,500 such PD offerings? Well yes, actually.
Rave Vision shines in its user interface, which is an extremely well drawn CD player and amplifier. You can control loudness, volume, track selection, fast forward and rewind, just like the real thing, and to top it all off there's a clever animation box at the top of the screen which contains, among other (selectable) animations, a great one of a silhouetted dancer. The music's average, til i » ¦ I • Half Brain Mega Demo 7 Bit disks 20S6A B Cripes! A demo that lives up to its cocky and self-indulgent scrolly texty bits! Such examples really are few and far between.
This actually does new and interesting things with vectors - no mean feat - and after showing off what it can do with the cube-like little blighters (or should that be blitters? Probably not) it lets you have a go, using the joystick as control.
Yes, it does make dubious references to, and indeed allows you to "stroke", a grid-like digitised (and hence highly unrealistic) pair of breasts while telling you to "feel the power", It also contains a nauseating quiz at the end which contains the question "Are we (the programmers] cool?
Choose from A: Yes, B:Yes, C:YeS", but then again I can't remember when I last stayed awake until the end of a demo, so I'll forgive them... just this once, mind.
Frac-tales Strkt y PD disk 0490, by Shadow Urgh! Isn't it the most irrationally annoying thing when something you don’t understand seems to appear all the time, everywhere you look?
There must be many folk who feel this way about frac- roddn non * mWn» fractals! What are they? Where did they itopin. Getting come from? Why wasn't I saved the embarrassment of it sorted. My jqnorance by a bit of timely teaching at school? Erm, latm. Rtf etc because fractals were only discovered 12 years ago by eminent fractal scientist Mandelbrot, and are uniquely a product of the computer age.
This is because they are reliant for there very existence Upon the ability of who or whatever is creating them to do countless calculations very quickly.
This program is basically a demo, and the strange evolving images really keep yOu glued to the screen, while the scroll-past text assuages your ignorance, repiat ing it with New Age enlightenment and an understand ing of Chaos Theory - or something like that.
It's all well and good until the obligatory back-patt«g credits start to appear, and is recommended for anyone who feels left behind by the weird and wonderful world of our random pals.
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Cot anything worth reviewing? No, I don't mean another bouncing vector demo, but anything original, useful, or just good ol' bizarre?
If you have, get it sent to me! I can't guarantee inclusion, and I certainly can't return your disks, but why live in numbing normality when you could be light-footing along the razors edge?
Co on, get those Jiffy bags stuffed! Just remember to include a description of what you're sending and - wherever possible - printed documentation.
Effects which are only accessible through machine code programming, and includes example games, which are there as examples rather than to be played - unless you "ave a particular penchant for Bat and Ball, circa 1981, that is.
So if you've been having the odd cursory glance at Margaret Stanger's Programming column and thought "I'd ifke a go at that", give this disk a look!
Dog Nova 17 Bit disk 2009, by David Cole From the Fish Disk catalogue, this is yer typical PD puzzle effort. This time you nave to shove rubies around a grid in order to eventually line them up at one end of it. You do this with a, erm, ruby pusher, and the idea is to complete each screen in the smallest number of moves possible.
It's challenging, but not particularly involving and very derivative. Nova has you doing basically the same except it's ’blue ice" you're moving around. All right for passing the odd five minutes.
Amos Cricket 17 Bit disk 2022, by P Robson Occasionally the PD world throws up a game which has been written by a real enthusiast motivated by - gasp! - the wish to write the perfect whatever, rather than the will to make oodles of cash out of naive 12-year-olds.
It came as no surprise to P Robson, the author of this simulation, that commercial cricket software seemed to be doing just that, so he set out to write the ultimate cricket sim.
This is really involved and realistic stuff
- the scoring table bears a pleasing resemblance to that which
the BBC use, you have a host of real players to choose from,
and you can even tweak their characteristics.
Skill, aggressiveness, pace, even leg movement and bowler type - all areunder your control for every individual member of both your and your opponent's team, which can be either another player or the computer.
You are able to choose which type of THE match yog will play, from gruelling tests to over-limited one dayers, so choosing how long you'll be sat in front of your screen - great for slipping in a quick play after coming home from work and before (tea Coronation Street lhe pub delete as applicable).
The actual simulation is instantly recognisable as an Amos product, which is certainly not a bad thing, and the game is thoroughly engrossing for all cricket fans.
Well recommended.
ABCD - The A to Z of C64 Tunes 17 Bit disks 2024A-D Let's face it, the public sector isn't about to throw up the new Lemmings or Monkey Island. What it does do, it frequently does well, however, and that is release disks which are of minority interest, or just plain bizarre.
As its name suggests, ABCD - The A to I of Commodore 64 Tunes, is just that - four disks crammed with dozens of absolutely terrible bleepy nonsense, courtesy of H£kan Sundell and Ron Birk.
They're all here, from Arkanoid to the Hobbit, and they all sound absolutely terrible too! Just like the originals!
Wonderful.
Nebula Anglia PD DISK G6026 All the way from Queensland, Australia this is a typical stripped-down 3D shoot- 'em-up, in the style of Star Wars of old and Epic of new.
All the usual features are there - a cockpit containing your controls - in this case, the Obligatory radar for detecting where the enemy is - and the all-impor tant laser gun. You basically move around seeking out ships and destroy them. It's all very Battlecars in Space, ana pretty engrossing, if only for a short while.
However, this program stands out thanks to its highly inappropriate m- game music, for which immediate purchase is advised.
Word Power 17 Bit disk 2023, by Steve Rennocks CRAND-PRIX
* 92 This is another of those wonderfu .
Strange and strangely wonderful prr grams which only the PD world seems • throw up. A lexicographer's dream. Word Power is based around its own dictic nary, and is basically concerned with tr- manipulation of words in any of a num ber of ways.
You can spell-check files by simp telling it where to located the file .
Wish to check, you can teach the p' gram to recognise sentences, thfr* crossword solve feature, which ai : you to fill in the letters you know t then tries to find a word or wore: PD and Shareware match, and it also gives you numerous statistics fascinating to anyone with a remote interest in the written word.
The dictionary is only 2,500 words long, making this more of a curiosity than a useful tool, but if you jump up and down at finding out that the average length of the words in the dictionary is
7. 4 letters, then this program is for you!
Grand Prix Slide Show 92 17 Bit disk 2029, by Jake of East London (!)
I've got time for anything credited to someone like "Jake of East London", and this slide show rewarded my patience.
There's only a certain level of involvement one can expect from a slide show, but the combination of some particularly juicy photos of the Crand Prix - all in full colour - and some inspired and funny music which seems to draw equally on the musical legacies of the Art of Noise and, er, a car revving, make this disk a worthwhile purchase.
The music is better than many a techno disk, and the pictures are interesting as well as of high quality.
Where to get'em Anglia PD. 115 Randagh Road, Felixtowe IP11 7HV Deja Vu Software, 25 Park Road. Wigan, Lancs 17 Bit, 1st floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield WF1 1DH Strictly PD, 11 York Place, Brandon Hill, Bristol BS1 5UT Thunderhead, 8 Swanago Road, SmaH heath, Birmingham BIO 9ES Golden Oldies Games Compilation 17 Bit disk 2031 Now I've been dreaming of a disk like this for sometime. "Why,* I've been thinking, "has nobody collected a bunch of classic arcade games onto one PD disk?"
Hurrah! Someone has, and jolly decent most of them are too.
Croak is, unsurprisingly, a Frogger clone, and it's all there - the road and the river contain the usual mix of deadly (and friendly) horizontal scrollers.
Cars, lorries, logs, turtles, spiders, flies, ducks - all are good and present and ready to help or hinder your little frog in his quest to get back to his suspiciously symmetrical resting place on the bank of the river.
Particularly compelling are the almost luminous red splats on the road when you get run over, which remain there throughout the game, to remind future would-be flippant frogs of the ephemeraiiity of their existence. It's a classic game, acceptably re-programmed here.
Mouth Man is a Pac Man done, faithful to the original in just about every way, including the ghostly eyes which glide around the tunnels when you eat one of our translucent chums, and the wonderful sound effects, which together with the graphics evoke the original extremely well.
Bi-Planes is an everyone's-played-it-for-ten-seconds-at-some-time game, where you have two planes, a hut and lots of sky.
The idea, using the unfeasibly fiddly control system, is to shoot down your opponent before he shoots you, but you'll probably pass over it for Drip!
Now I must admit that Drip! Doesn't ring any bells from my arcade past, but it's pretty good nonetheless. The unlikely scenario is that (read this carefully) someone has piped your "party juice* and you must "rust" a grid of pipes to "let your juice flow again".
Hmmm. What this all translates to is legging it around a grid until Co and play on a motorway, dear... it's all changed colour, avoiding the baddies. It's much like Man, except the baddies aren't tied to the pipes which you have id move around, giving them a freedom of movement which have to match with your human acumen and intuition. It's ail r ting stuff... for about ten minutes.
Squamble is a version of defender with big, chunky graphics many of the features of the original. It's good fun - I'm a sucker shoot-'em-ups, especially ones which are quite easy, such as and still has the outrageous addictive quality of the original, though overall it's not particularly faithful to its ancestor.
. Ths It's a lot better than Trailblazer, a copy of the arcade origin* _ the same name, where you guide a ball along a scrolling trad Looking back, this is the grandfather of the racing game, and w«ti pedigree like that, I suppose it's only to be expected that become tedious quite quickly.
All in all this is a brilliant disk, full of continuously flashbacks and brimming with the same addictive strains characterised the originals.
Maybe one's critical faculties are suspended when faced w* much nostalgia, but I'd rather spend a couple of quid having critical faculties suspended than having my brain numbed - about you?
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Problem is, this walk-in-the-park exer- I c«e has been rigged to make it a stiff chal-
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The player controls a bouncing I ball which can be made to move I *t four directions using the joystick, but I even this isn't as simple as it looks due to I the often confusing nature of the I 'wmetric universe through which the I Ptyer moves.
Directions are out of skew because the I laying surface has been rotated until I there isn't really an up or down, or ft left and right, SO figuring out which I joystick direction corresponds to which I jame direction can be a frustrating I business.
Assuming the controls have been mas- I ttred, the really tricky bit now crops up in I the form of the puzzle in each of the I game's 14 levels.
Your ball will appear bouncing over I one square in a grid of squares, and must I be moved around until all batteries on the I current level are collected.
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However, the problems don't end there. To exit a level, the player must bump into first one energy cell then a second before the first has finished discharging.
This is not as easy as it sounds, because on some levels the cells are so placed as to make exiting possible only with precise Vella's fiendish puzzle game plan. In fact, if you can get to level 14 you'll be doing better than the AC team by about 11 levels. Good luckl control of the ball. Waste any time and it's goodnight Jemima. Added to this there are the TV aerials which drain your power, the one-way squares which can lead you all over the place and waste time, and the other obstacles around which you must bounce.
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The VM screen opens with a number of empty boxes used to hold video information, and a panel of VCR controls. The latter are used for entering and searching through your data, but for the moment there won’t be any, so press the Play button to load the data from disk.
Now let's have a browse through the seven or so videos for which we have records. Pressing the Fast Forward and Rewind buttons will skip forward and backward one video at a time, the plus and minus signs add or delete a tape from the collection, and the Record button saves your data to disk.
So far so easy, but what K you need to find a video with just enough spare room to tape the end of the match? Normally you'd spend ages messing about with a huge array of badly labelled tapes until you either gave up or the match ended before you'd found one. With VM all this is history.
Simply hold down the right mouse button and select Find Space from the Video menu. A requester will pop up asking you it id awed This command should result in the extracted files from AC.LHA being copiec to the blank floppy from where we car access them at a later time.
The above introduction is hardly ever the tip of the LhA iceberg, though ir describing the basic extracting and com presssing commands we've covered tht most important areas.
To make fullest use of this utility, espe : cially all you comms fans out there, set ! The lengthy but comprehensive documen i tation on the CovefOisk. nan ana non ?ci to specify in hours and minutes how much time you need on a tape, and the direction you'd like to search in.
After this, it's a matter of a second or so before you know which tape you can fit the program on and what number to look for on the shelves. Oh - and remember to keep a note of videotape numbers, or VM is about as much use as a chocolate teaspoon.
For those of you with long play VCRs, VM will keep a note of whether a program was taped in long play or standard mode using the arrow button directly to the right of the program title in the tape list.
By clicking on this button you should be able to see the length of the arrow toggle between long (for long play) and short (for standard mode).
A note of caution - remember to tell VM the actual running time of a program when you set up a new video record. The program will automatically work out the tape time for programs recorded in long play mode, so you'll only confuse it if you start to work the values out for yourself.
Video Manager should enable you to keep a record of what's on tape, and where, and help you effectively use the space left over on all those videotapes.
It can only do this if you're prepared to apply a little organisation of your own - every tape will have to be numbered and a record kept of what's on it - but then we're all very tidy VCR owners already, aren't we?
Jlffl lapf |E1N Title Length Channel LhA has for over a year been the leading archiving utility on the Amiga scene by virtue of its speed and mind-boggling array of options.
Its success has been such that the older .ZOO, .ARC, and .ZIP files are hardly ever in evidence on bulletin boards or PD libraries.
This latest version of LhA is an official LhA vl.32 Author: Stefan Boberg release - unlike some badly bugged copycat programs - of the evaluation package, so shareware donors can look forward to even more powerful features. See the on- disk documentation for shareware registration details.
There may well be many of you who've never used an archiver before, so here’s a quick explanation of what they do. Unlike PowerPacker, which is a runtime cruncher decruncher, archivers normally work in such a way that they compress the selected files into a much smaller space but don't run them afterwards.
In other words, an archiver is used to crunch an entire directory or two into a single archive file which must be extracted again before the programs contained in it will run.
The upside of using an archiver is that impressive compression ratios of 75 per cent and above can be achieved, which makes programs such as LhA ideal for use in comms where large amounts of data are sent whizzing down the phone lines every day. Smaller files mean shorter transfer times, which mean smaller bills.
Run time packers will crunch a single program file, add a decrunch header to the file, then save the lot to disk. When the crunched file is clicked on, the decrunch header is activated, makes use of the packer's library file, and decrunches the file in memory before running it.
This is very handy, but useless for large lists of files which have to be sent down the phone lines, hence the invention of complex archivers.
Using LhA can be either a mildly complicated operation or a nightmare of almost 68000 assembler coding proportions. There simply isn't enough space here to cover the most complex ways of using the program, so we'll just look at adding and extracting files from an archive and leave you to read.
The superb program documentation for | the rest.
To create a new archive, you must use I the "a" (add) option and tell LhA what the new archive is called and where it is to be As you failed to specify a file or file pattern, LhA will just archive all files in the directory, which is a quick and easy way d going about things.
Extracting files, which is what mo* archivers spend most of their time doing, is simplicity itself. The only prerequisite I that the archive to be extracted is in i drawer or on a disk with enough space tt hold the extracted files.
Probably the best answer is to copy tfw archive to a blank floppy or into RAM i you have 1 Mb or more, then type: and LhA will create an archive called AC.LHA in the RAM: disk containing yod specified file.
If you wanted to archive all the filed in a directory, the easiest way would be to change directory such that desired drawer was the current drav then type: The optional destination pathname is used when the archive is in a full directory and you want to redirect extracted files somewhere else. For example, to extract our fik AC.LHA and send the files to a floppy disf called UNARC:, we would type: found. For example, yOu might type: LHA A RAH:XC (filenaie and path) LHA E (archive naie) (destination pathnaae); LHA A RAH:AC
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Printer as documents, complete with page numbers, superscript text, headings, and a title page.
It will work with all the common printer models, including the Sharp, Citizen, Swift, and Panasonic ranges, so it should offer something for most people, To use DocDump (DD), just double click on its icon and the DocDump screen will open over your Workbench. You should now be confronted with a range of selection gadgets and text strings used for the settings which will govern the finished document's appearance.
All documents created with DD are printed in half size print, either superscript or subscript, so it is possible to print entire minibooklets.
The program will ensure that the pages are printed in the correct places on a page (four can be fitted on one side of A4), and will then print the reverse when you turn the paper over.
This can be a bit tricky, but once mastered is an ideal way of producing a booklet out of a long document, especially some of the tediously long docs accompanying some shareware and PD programs, If you think the booklet idea a bit too much hassle, you need only select the Dump option, and DD will print four pages of your document on one page of A4.
Experimenting with this program could save you a lot of messing about with other print programs, not to mention the savings in eye damage. Have you ever read something off a computer screen for half an hour or more?
View v3.2 Author: Michael Hartman Animation players are the sort of humdrum utilities you never give a second thought until you decide to actually produce and run your own animation, at which time you suddenly realise just how duff and inadequate many of the available players can be.
This situation arose recently in the Amiga Computing office, so we set out to find you (and us) the best and most friendly anim player around. There were a couple of candidates, but view v3.2 won the contest by virtue of its easy interface and range of sensible features.
In particular, we were looking for a i player which could be used when recording Amiga animations on videotape, and that's where this program comes into its own.
View can be run either from its icon or from Shell, and can also be specified as the default tool type for an animation's project icon, so it will work no matter how you want 10 kick it Up. When running, however, the program begins to show its , class.
Speed can be controlled from 1 to 60 frames per second (fps) thus allowing full speed interlaced anims, and the anim can be paused, advanced a frame at a time, or set to run at a default speed.
All of these controls can be applied as the animation is running, so for those recording their work to VCR, View offers the ideal environment.
There are no messy gadgets or menus involved in View's interface, and all controls are allocated to either a function key (for the various speeds), the space bar (pause), or some other keypress. This enables control of an animation from the background, thus keeping the screen clear for the anim.
View will accept all ANIM 5 format files, and will view standard IFFs or Sculpt RGB format files.
AMIGA Computing's CoverDisk has seen a lot ot 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 voted for the winning entries will go into a prize draw for a spectacular prize.
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However, before the Shell window pops jp on screen there's a great deal of behind e scenes malarkey which can be put to we v the cause of user friendliness.
The following alias to your shell-startup: ALIAS 001 "DISRUPT FR0H 0F0: TO f1:* Notice the quotation marks? These enable the use of complex command strings when setting up aliases such that just about any single line AmigaDOS operation can be reduced to a couple of keystrokes.
Astute users might already be thinking of the limitations of the Alias command, especially where an AmigaDOS command expects some sort of parameter to be passed before it will work.
However, Alias has an answer to these doubts through the use of square brackets which tell the alias when to expect the parameter.
For example, one of my favourites, which saves a great deal of messing about when de-archiving files crunched using the Lharc or LhA archivers, is: Earlier in the series, when setting up the SM handler on our disk, we created a file r the S: directory called ''shell-startup".
This file is accessed by Shell every time a new process window is opened.
Shell-startup will normally execute the Prompt command and a few very useful Afcas commands. Alias is much neglected by users, partly because it is best used in an area many people don't go near, so I'm going to concentrate this month on how best to employ its peculiar talents.
An alias is applied when there is a long and often used command you'd rather not type out in full, but can also be treated as a convenient keyboard short-cut. In syntax terms, the Alias command goes something ike; AltAi EX “LH4 1,1 [ 3 HAP:" ALIAS (your shortcut} (DOS CORRAID) (1 RY ARCHIVE so to make closing a Shell window as quick as possible, you'd use the command: rather than the finger-popping: LHA 1,1 HY_AI|CHW **«: ALIAS I ENDCLI Add this line to your shell-startup file and closing a Shell window will be a much faster job in future.
If you sit and think about it, there are numerous occasions when this sort of shortcut would be a real blessing. I mean, how many times have you typed: HSKOPT mu DIO: TO IF1; To cut out the typing, you can simply add This month's commands Alias This can be typed In at any Shell win dow, but is best used in the shell- startup-sequence. It has the syntax: and is used to make life easy when typ ing commands in Shell.
The alias command is an integral part of the Shell handler, so there's no need to copy it from one disk to another. So long as a disk is set up to open a Shell (as opposed to the old- fashioned CLI), users can alias to their heart’s content.
If you really insist on copying the Alias command to a new disk, try to find it first! A fiver to the person who does... You get the picture. It takes only a moment's consideration to think up a long list of possible time-savers, included among which might be: ALIAS EDS “CD S:STA8TUP-SE6I)EHCE’ ALIAS FD 'FCARAT DRIVE DFO: HARE C I NOICONS ouicr ALUS CORF 'LHA A UmfJUtCHU [ V and so on, ad infinitum.
The use of Aliases doesn't necessary stop at shortening lengthy commands, however. If you make extensive use of Shell and don't like having to go to Workbench to dick on icons for particular programs, it is possible to set up a couple of aliases for your most used applications. For instance: IUH IIl: mt:STJ:UTlLlTIES PC«RPAC(EI* reduces the command to run PowerPacker to three keystrokes.
For those who have recently joined the series, or - perish the thought - those of you who might have given up on editing things, you can edit your shell-startup file by booting from a Workbench disk, opening Shell, and typing: ED SlSRELL'STAITUP It is then a simple matter of inserting as many aliases as you require.
Each must be on a line of its own and, for the sake of neatness, should be inserted just before the Prompt command found at the end of the file. Shell-startup is a also a useful place to set up Assigns which you only use when accessing Shell.
For example, you may already have a Wordprocessor disk with the assign TEXT: set up in the startup-sequence, but when carrying out a predominantly Shell-orientated job such as C programming or dearchiving files, the shell-startup is a good place to start.
The reason for this is that when booting from a floppy, a long list of Assign commands in your startup-sequence will slow down the booting sequence quite a bit, which is uneconomical if you are going to use only a couple of the assigns in day-to- day work.
To keep all those commands in the place best suited to them, and shorten your booting time, take such assigns as; :SYS:UTILITlES LATTIC£J lllClUDES out of the startup-sequence and stick them in shell-startup.
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Printing at this level is a complex business, because unlike our camera-ready printed output of last month, the magazine we’ll construct this month will need full PostScript output and the aid of a vast array of printing technology. It all, however, starts with the Amiga, and for this job you'll need a bit of a whopper.
An Amiga 1500 with 68030 accelerator, 4Mb 32-bit RAM, and an 80Mb hard drive is the minimum requirement, though a much bigger hard drive, more RAM, or perhaps an optical drive would be better.
It all sounds very expensive, especially when you add the cost of PageStream, ProPage, or Saxon Publisher, but I guarantee you won't find commercial publishing a reality on any other system at the same price.
Next you'll probably need a fast modem. Due to the size of the PostScript Wes you'll be sending to the printers, floppies are useless, and the files (often in excess of 2Mb for each colour separation - 8Mb a page) will have to be sent down the phone wires so that they can be printed to film using a linotron.
Separation The process can be made a lot less painful if you stick with spot colour and use mechanical separation (see last month's discussion of this technique) because file sizes are then very much smaller and many will fit on a floppy disk.
However, if you go full colour, an HST modem or removable optical hard drive is the only choice.
Starting at the beginning, the potential publisher designs and plans, say, a local listings magazine. Our magazine will be a free paper, so advertising will have to pay at least for the printing and distribution. This necessitates the use of cheap paper, mono or at best spot colour printing, and little in the way of extras.
The cover (a four-page section, when you think about it) will be the only glossy colour part of the mag. To skimp on this would be suicide as the cover design will often determine whether a magazine is opened, or used to line the bottom of little Joey's cage.
How big should the magazine be? This is a crucial decision which will determine your printing costs, and can only be taken after much planning and an appreciation of how many adverts can be sold.
A good bet would be a 64-page main body with a glossy cover, leading to a total pagination (a fancy term for the number of pages) of 68.
Now you’ve designed your magazine, given it some original page layout and a splodge of top quality editorial. You've even managed to sell a few adverts on the strength of your cheap rates and the magazine’s imminent release into a niche market.
Speeds. While the four presses reach operation speed (one for each of CMYK), about 4,000 sheets of paper are wasted (this is, of course, recycled) which means only larger jobs can be accomplished with any kind of economy.
Getting in print It’s at this point that you hit the paper barrier - just how are you going to get the thing printed? I phoned Alan Leech at Carlisle Web Offset (the printers of AMIGA Computing) and asked him for some gen on the publishing business, and where most new customers go wrong.
He told me that, due to the time and paper wastage when starting a print job, the minimum print run for a web offset printer is 10,000 copies.
Web offset printers are the type you see in movies where giant reels feed paper through the printing presses at alarming When at full speed, a web offset printer can output up to 30,000 copies an hour, so turnaround times are often less than 24 hours from the time the films reach the printer to delivery of the finished product.
These sort of speeds are essential when distribution deadlines are tight.
To begin a job, Carlisle Web Offset can accept PostScript output from any machine (Amigas included), have it printed to film at The word §31116 part 2 Stevie Kennedy finds out just how affordable high-end Amiga publishing can be After that it's up to you. Vxxr Skill, and the bank manage- Give the punters what they want and you too cart fall off a yacht some a .
Carlisle Studios, carry out any reprographics (scanning photographs or transparencies), then lay the whole lot down on aluminium plates for printing.
For those with little knowledge of the hugely technical side of printing, most companies, Carlisle included, can offer technical advice on what sort of files to supply, along with such essential information as whether the films should be positive or negative, emulsion side down or up, and so on.
Reasonable As an example of what can be done lor a reasonable outlay, I phoned Carlisle's estimating department at Milton Keynes- My fictitious request was for our 64-page A4 size listings magazine, printed on 65 gram BCM paper - Blade Coated Mechanical - which means it is slightly glossy.
The cover was to be printed on 90 gram paper in full-colour and laminated (the cheapest varnish finish), saddle stitched (to you and me this means bound with two or more staples), and delivered bulk-packed on palettes ready for quick freebie distribution (you, me, and a small van).
The price quoted was £4,294 indudmg good quality paper (you could save a few hundred by going cheapie), so if you consider that a listings magazine is certain to be at least 60 per cent advertising (about 40 pages), you'd have to sell each advertising page for only £107.35 each to der your printing costs.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ANY PRODUCT PLEASE TELEPHONE OR SEND A 8 A.E. TO THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS. TRADE ENQUIRIES WELCOME Software The best just keeps getting better, and as ever AC are on hand to bring you the latest updates first... acceptable sound sources. No matter what the source, Scala offers full control over volume, fade in out, balance and playback speed.
To accompany the program's new musical prowess, a novel Record Time feature has been added which allows the user to manually enter display change times, thus providing potentially perfect synchronisation between Midi, video, internal sound and the computer output.
Snapload is a virtual memory option in disguise, allowing you to load anims and digital video direct from hard disk during a presentation.
While in the domain of the artist and animator, the new Scala has extended its artistic repertoire to include DCTV images both in their still and animated form.
Again this has to be music to the ears of the average DTV fan... Interactive To enhance the program's multimedia appeal further, additional interactive options have been added. The ability to start one script from within another, run DOS applications, send Arexx commands, employ conditional branching, use variables, plus add pre-defined time-outs on interactive pages, As almost every serious package in the business jumps on the Arexx bandwagon.
Scala offers the option to save scripts as Arexx programs which can then be run from - and in concert with - any other Arexx-conversant software.
To add the icing to the cake, a selection of additional Art Libraries are on the way.
With a whole array of additional backdrops and typefaces as well as specially composed music and sound samples.
As is the norm with Scala, these M- tional libraries are unlikely to be cheap but that's all too often the case if you ware the best in the business. As mentor earlier the update price is £199, vh first-time buyer will need to she • The most spoken about presentation and multimedia package has just got better are indeed impressive, and when this is combined with full support for Overscan these two points alone make the new Scala a must for any serious DTV enthusiast.
Aside from enhancements to the interface and assorted special effects, perhaps the most noticeable move in the area of multimedia expendability is the new EX module system which opens the new Scala to an impressive array of additional hardware and hitherto alien programming languages.
Scala comes with six new EX modules which allow access to Laserdisks, still video, Midi, 16 sounds via CDTV, Arexx and the new ECS genlock modes which make it possible to choose a colour other than zero as a potential background colour.
Yet another new option is that of optional sound. Unlike its predecessor, the new software has impressive support for sound with 8SVX IFFs, SMUS, Soundtracker and DDS songs all being mouse. Although the simplified organisation and arrangement offered by the new Shuffle option is a welcome addition, perhaps the most interesting improvement for existing users are a selection of 25 new effects.
These include stretch, flow, flip, cube and so on - all of which add up to what Digital Creations claim is "the software toaster*.
Other new additions include unlimited horizontal text crawls, outwipes for both text and brushes, improved text fly-on, area transitions, plus a new link feature which allows several selected lines to be introduced simultaneously.
Having seen a pre-production version in Germany last year, I must admit that even such a grandiose claim isn't as unbelievable as it may sound.
The assorted wipes and fades In this month's Updates we'll start with a preview of the long-awaited revision to Scala. Following close fcehmd comes TVPaint 1.8 - Tecsoft's
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A close third comes an impressive cOdate to Quarterback, a program that's teen the professionals' choice since the
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Scala Multimedia MM2.00 rm sure that regular readers are thor- wghly sick of constantly being told how wonderful Scala - the all-singing, all-dancing presentation and multimedia system - is.
Well I'm afraid that's a situation you may just have to become accustomed to, due to its latest incarnation as Scala Multimedia MM2.00. To draw a comparison, the difference between new and old is similar to that between Workbench 1.2 and 2.0. OK, perhaps I'm exaggerating a tad, but the enhanced features nevertheless look nothing short of astounding, and if the final product fulfils its pre-release promise, even the £199 upgrade price will be bargain.
One of the main user-friendly enhancements is the inclusion of the new Scala Shuffle option, which allows the user to new his or her presentation as a series of thumbnails representations appearing as anything from one to 14 images across me page in a series of columns building up to a maximum of 112 individual slides on each.
These new miniatures can be activated by a n?w main menu Shuffler button which instantly replaces the standard text toes and allows the various thumbnail screens to be moved around within the presentation thanks to a few sim- pie click and drag operations with the trusty 9S oftwore Ha overdraft-inducing £464.12 for the new software.
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The new software is available from Scala UK Ltd, If you require any additional information or wish to buy or upgrade you can contact Scala UK Ltd on 0920 444294.
TVPaint vl.8 If you regularly peruse the pages of AC there's a chance you might remember our exclusive review of the amazing Vlab realtime 24-bit frame grabber.
If so, you may also recall that one of the board's many features included direct support for the Harlequin 32-bit display board - a feature which allowed the imported image to be instantly displayed on the Harlequin in all its 24-bit glory without the usual rigmarole of the tiresome save and load procedure. As you may have guessed, Tecsoft, the creators of has not made its way to the AC offices.
Although the Harlequin already benefits from vl.8's new built-in frame grabbing option, as yet there's still no mention of the option being carried onto other boards such as Avideo, the VD 2001 or the TVPaint, haven't been slow to take advantage of this feature, and have now taken the next logical step and incorporated Vlab’s grabbing features directly into their latest version of TVPaint.
Now thanks to a new requester it's possible to grab from Vlab directly into TVPaint. It's true that the simplified view window and importation controls of TVPaint do leave a lot to be desired in comparison to Vlab's own software, which is now in its much-enhanced third revision.
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Now the TVPaint and Harlequin combination have the final piece of the artistic jigsaw in place. With the system now complete, it's difficult to see a challenger to the Harlequin's artistic crown, with perhaps the only exception being G2's 32-bit release, which as yet new cut-down IV24. As confirmation or otherwise appears from Tecsoft rest assured you'll be the first to know.
Quarterback v5 After a long time in search of Amiga stories and interesting users, I'm yet to meet a serious Amiga fan who doesn’t have a copy of Quarterback in one form or another lurking somewhere within their system.
Now in its fifth incarnation, the latest version is more akin to a new product than a standard upgrade, as its rather unassuming title suggests. The most striking change is the implementation of a new WB2-style front end complete with a new requester-driven preference.
Thanks primarily to the simplified organisation and an impressive array of new features, v5 is by far the most flexibe and easy to use backup and restoration system on the market, boasting an array of storage mediums that make the floppies-or-nothing options found on most backup programs pale into insignificance.
Aside from simple floppy storage, the new version offers the opportunity to back-up onto tape streamers, not to mention an unlimited assortment of removable media such as opticals and hard disks. There's even an option to backup your valuable data to a predefined directory on the resident hard disk of your choice.
To assist the management of dll the new options, a new SCSI interrogator details all available devices for both backup and restoration, while a selection Of ten definable macros wait for regular users to custom to their specific requirements.
Other assorted whistles and bells include options to assign passwords to stored data, define buffer sizes, include assigned directories to volume lists plus complete control over catalogue information.
In short, the new version puts what was already a market-leading product into an almost unassailable position. If you have a ? Rie**v *•»«•« F DfJ r Ofji j« mmwc :s ds hImI «r. ; ir-tu j««sr la rflw wilt is tn Anat«eOf vciunt
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If you're likely to be moving large] amounts of data to printers, publishers or in fact any consumer of mass information] is sure to have a copy on-hand.
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Mastering AmigaDOS 2 (vol 2) | Probably the most useful and approachable AmigaDOS reference work available.
Mastering AmigaDOS 2 (MA2) suffered until recently from its early appearance before the latest 2.04 version of Workbench was released, With the revised volume now on the shelves, though, users of A500 Plus and A600 machines have no excuse for not diving into their Amigas and doing a bit of exploration.
A total of 25 new commands have been added to the book's comprehensive coverage of the Shell environment, bringing the MA2 reader bang up to date with Workbench developments, and sustaining the publisher's claims to "complete command coverage". .
Volume one of the two-volume set has not been updated as it deals in more general terms with the operating system.
For those interested in the Amiga as a serious tool, especially those who use the Shell a great deal, Mastering AmigaDOS 2 is probably the best buy around. It's a little more expensive than some I could mention, but even at £19.95 a volume it's a sound investment.
Prospective Shell explorers can contact Bruce Smith Books on 0923 894366 for further information.
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Kidz Itsa The name describes the package quite well - it's a
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- no mat, no house and no cuddly toy. No giveaways means a lower
price, which is the lisa's main feature.
It's a bog standard mouse with absolutely no special features, but to be fair it does a more than adequate job. The resolution is good and the tracking speed is up to a good standard This has to be the cutest mouse in the test I dare you not to go "ahh, innit luvly".
As you've probably gathered, the Kidz mouse is actually mouse shaped. The cable comes out of the rear of the casing and curls round to look like a tail, with little blue ears that act as buttons.
It's easy to tell that this mouse was designed especially for children because it's far too small for anyone with large hands to control it properly.
It's got two buttons, which is supposed to be a draw back. I've never yet come across an application in which you must use all three buttons. As usual it has the machine switch for ST or Amiga on the underside of the casing.
The main drawback isn’t really the performance of the mouse but its appearance.
The casing is a horrible shiny plastic and the shape's a bit clumsy, similar to the Contriver mouse only a bit slimmer.
I personally have hands like shovels so I kept losing it but we gave it to people with smaller hands and they loved the feel.
Logitec have gone to a lot of trouble developing this mouse. The main differ- Golden Image optical ence between the Kidz mouse and a normal mouse is the size of the tracking bal.
It's been shrunk from the standard
2. 5cm to 1.5cm, which doesn't sound like a lot, but makes a hell
of a difference to movement response.
It's not the most accurate mouse you can buy, but the manufacturers' specs pegged the resolution at 200dpi, which isn't bad. Anyway, accuracy won't be that important on applications for children.
Supplied by: Logitech UK Ltd Phooe 075*537222 Price 07.60 Feet Good, but only for smal hands.
- » ¦ ¦¦ ¦ Smoothness: 6 Speed: 5 Overafr 7 Overrated and not
much use just about sums this one up. The optical mouse is an
absolute waste of time - it's less accurate and slower than
the budget models and two or three times more expensive.
The body itself is a pretty poor shape and because of the absence of a trackball it's far too light to get good control over.
It will hardly, if ever, need maintenance because it has no trackball so if you have a serious aversion to cleaning mouse balls then rush out and buy one now.
The point about low maintenance is a valid one. If you work in a moderately dirty environment like a building site office, or a very dirty environment like the AC office, then the track ball in mouse will get clogged with gunge and subsequently bung up the rollers that sense the movement of your mouse.
Another terrible feature is the shortness of the cable - three feet the box said, which sounds like a lot but isn't really enough room to operate it properly. If you are a left- handed 500 Plus user then the mouse would be more or less useless because the cable doesn't reach across the casing.
Not worth having except to be able to say "I've got an optical mouse".
Supplier. Ladbroke Phone: 0772 203166 Prke; £38.99 Fed: smooth but too light Smoothness: 7 Speed: 4 Overall: 5 Contriver Another cheap and cheerful model, this one's been around for a while but is still a viable option for a replacement.
The first thing you notice about the Contriver is how cheap and nasty it looks.
It has a very wide body and two massive buttons.
Speaking of buttons, a valid point that one of the AC team made was the i that no manufacturer had made ambidextrous mouse. A mouse should I made that has a switch on the side i change the button function, making I right and vice versa.
The casing is the same horrible in Taiwan" plastic as the Itsa but aren't everything, as they say. At 220 this is one of the the slowest we tested. L This isn't necessarily bad - I like : mice to a point because I don't like 1 pointer to go whizzing around the sere so fast that I can't see it. But if you'i short of desk space then this isn't the for you.
The Contriver is one of those mice j will either love or hate. It's like driving j 2CV - cheap and very reliable.
Supplier Trdogk Phone: 0274691115 Price: £1299 Feel Cheap and nasty but try yourself Smoothness: 6 Speed: 6 Overalls Naksha As usual, there is no substitute for 1 Naksha are always one of the compan mentioned when you ask people ab quality mice To look at the mouse it's relatively unrt markable but once you've used it, it's« (erent story. It's fast and very, very sn and unlike the sQuik the buttons don dunk because Naksha have used go quality micro switches. The body’s go and heavy with a really sturdy feel to I build. Best of all are the freebies with I package - you get a nice mouse hou
that sticks to the side of your screen and t very good mat.
But it seems that the budget mice ; still the fastest of the lot - the sQuik r beats Naksha's 280dpi by 10dpi, you're worried about desk space then j would go for the faster sQuik.
To finish off the package, Naksha I thrown in a corking game. Operatioij Stealth is a completely mouse-driveq Mouse ComparisonTT* Logitec Pilot the fact ade an lould be side to king left »"made jt looks 220dpi, ested.
Ike slow Logitec can always be relied upon to give you a no- messing quality piece of hardware. They do put a lot of research into their field and don't make clones, which is a relief because all mice seem to be copied off each other nowadays.
The Pilot has got quite an unusual shape - I've only ever seen similar on a Champ mouse for the PC. You don't get anything with the mouse, but that's the price you pay for quality.
The mouse Itself is an arch shape that fits surprisingly well into your hand. It has long dual buttons that are set back from the nose of the mouse.
Major points seem to have been overlooked on this design. Unlike the rest of the mice we looked at, the Pilot doesn’t have a machine selector button so presumably they will have different models for the ST and the Amiga.
It works on an optomechanical system - this means the movement of the trackball is being read by light. Usually the movement is tracked by small cogs that rotate with the ball, but opto mechanical mke ha.? J 1 gauge which senses the movement of the rolen Opto mechanical sounds very grand but it doe v- do that much, and It doesn't make that part. _ *¦ mouse an optical mouse. However, it does mat* . ¦.
Mouse last longer because it has fewer moving p* -.
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Supplier: logitec UK Ltd Phone: 0735 537222 Price: £32.31 Feel: Definite quality, comfortable Smoothness: 6 Speed: 6 Overall: 6 Mice - those rodent-like input devices that the computing world goes such a bundle on, Big and small, stupid and serious, we've checked through them all. Here we give you a run-down on the good-but-not-too- outrageously-priced models.
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Surviving software May I take the opportunity of bringing to your attention a new piece of software called "The Survival Came" from Intracom? I found it refreshingly educational as well as easy to use, and am compelled to ask why is it that other programmers are unable to provide products of such good quality and at such a reasonable price?
The products I have bought in the past that have been reviewed in magazines such as yours have never bome any true resemblance to the reality of what I have received, and some even appear unfinished! It cannot be said in this case.
Moira Shepherd, Halifax Ips good to hear from a iOtisfied end user, especially concerning software which is so often a sore point with disappointed customers.
Sadly, as you point out, not all software companies are capable of reaching the high standards demanded from most users these days. I can only suggest that you try to test a piece of software in your local dealers before buying it.
If this Is not possible and you buy a real lemon which was advertised as the best thing since sliced silicon, contact your local Trading Standards Office and return the product with a demand for a refund under your statutory rights as a consumer.
If you refuse to take "no" for an answer and put the wind up them with a mention about the fair trading laws, your rights, and the TSO, most companies will become refreshingly helpful.
Hari Kiri disk Earlier this year I received some money for my eighth birthday and purchased a copy of First Samurai by MirrorSoft from a company called Turbosoft.
To my dismay the disk wouldn't load, so I sent it back to the address quoted in the instruction manual, which says I should allow 28 days for delivery of a new disk.
To my disgust I found out that the company was owned by Mr Maxwell, and had gone bust. I then tried to contact Turbosoft but I now believe that they are no longer trading! Can anyone help?
Where is my faulty disk and is there no way I can get another copy of what is a fabulous game? What about the new company who are selling First Samurai?
As I said earlier, I am only eight years old and £20 is a lot of birthday money to me.
Kevin Crawford, Stirling The only company I can track down who are distributing First Samurai at the moment are UbiSoft (081-343 90S5), who are selling it as part of a compilation. As they didn't sell you the game r the first place, they are under no obligation to replace the disk, but if you phone them and ask very nicely, they might be able to help you out somehow.
Sorry to hear of your predicament but the number of people who lost enormous sums of money when Cap’n Bob went belly up seems to grow every month, and there must be plenty of former customers in a similar situation.
Your only other hope is to try to contact the liquidators of the original soft ware company and explain what has happened. As long as your letter and disk arrived at the company's offices, they should be able to at least put you in the queue for compensation.
FMG-the battle continues My A590 hard drive broke down recently, so I phoned FMC.
Commodore's national repair centre. The staff, who were helpful and courteous throughout, first of all suggested what Polish polytechnic plea Haying blood ties in Poland, I have made several visits to the country and watched its progress towards a free market economy.
The Amiga is fast becoming recognised in the whole of Eastern Europe as a machine for serious applications, so I am trying to make moves to assist students and enthusiasts in Poland towards building their own sources for reference.
Being a subscriber to several periodicals, I have accumulated a substantial collection of magazines over the years, among them AMIGA Computing issues 4 to 48.
The collection has now been donated to the library at Warsaw Polytechnic, but in addition I have also advertised the donation in Poland, inviting the public to utilise the material as a reference source.
However, this collection of magazines is already just a historical reference, and must be kept up to date. There are many private individuals who subscribe to Western magazines and some shops carry limited supplies, but the libraries with their limited resources urgently need as much assistance as possible.
What I would like to do is ask your magazine to add to this library by donating a subscription to the Warsaw Polytechnic. I regard libraries as great social assets and the knowledge contained within them reflects the scope and enlightenment of the society which builds them.
On my next visit, I will attempt to start a decent PD library in Poland, and perhaps a BBS, and any assistance your readers could give would be greatly appreciated.
Please print my name and address along with that of the library so that your readers can contact me.
Mirosaw Noder, Warsaw We are only too glad to help struggling Amiga owners and enthusiasts in Eastern Europe, so by the time you read this reply, your subscription should be on ib way to the library. Best of luck In all your future endeavours.
For the benefit of any of our readers who core to assist our Eastern European friends, the address to con- tact is: Dr Mirosaw Nader Instytut Informatyki Wydzia Transportu Politechnika Worsawa ul. Koszykowa Warsowa Poland Get your thinking hats on and figure out a way to extend a hand across the remolns of the Iron Curtain, forts' tellers might be wrong with the A590, then when I was unable to fix it myself told me they could repair it for £95 including the cost of sending an engineer out to me.
I agreed to this and within three days I had been loaned a replacement A590 while the parts necessary to repair mine were obtained. The result was that in less than two weeks I now have a working hard drive again.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all at FMC for the outstanding service I received. After the several complaints that your magazine has received about FMG's standard of customer service, I felt I must write and give you the other side of the matter. I am not an FMG employee, just a satisfied customer.
D M Holloway, Worthenbury Clad to hear you are satisfied with PMC's service! As this issue seems to provoke more than the usual crop of letters, we've decided to keep a running tally.
So far the score is drawn at one-all, but this can change if we get enough letters from FMC customers with positive or negative reports.
Of course, with the recent news that FMG have gone into liquidation, this exercise Is more a post mortem than anything else!
Shoddy coding?
I am writing to complain about some games manufacturers. Recently I bought a megaboard RAM expansion to increase my A500’s memory to 2Mb.
When using it on Wordworth it worked fine, but when trying to run Project X and various other games they just crashed.
I assume the memory is all right as I have had no other problems. The only way to get the games to work is to open the Amiga and remove the board and Gary chip connector.
Manchester Utd Europe is a good game as it can sense the board's presence and use it. Why don't other games companies do this or at least stop It can be difficult for games companies to take all the third-party peripherals into consideration, as there are so many around and not all of them work in o perfectly OS-legal way.
From your letter, it is unclear whether the gomes or the expansion board is to blame, but you should at least contact the companies concerned to let them know of the problem.
Carnes which are fussy about fast memory used to be more common on the Amiga, necessitating the use of the NoFastRAM utility to kill the extra memory before warm rebooting with the game disk.
Problems such as this ore rare these days, but they still happen, so for the moment try using NoFastRAM or a similar PD utility to switch off your extra RAM without having to open the Amiga.
Poor postman Your magazine is very good, but your distribution department is less so. European readers should be warned that when they subscribe to AC they probably won’t get the magazine when it appears in England, but three weeks or more later, as happens to me every month.
So what is the idea of subscribing then? I have complained, but my letter was apparently distributed directly into the trashcan. Don't deceive people into advancing a lot of money when you cannot deliver in a reasonable time!
Two competing magazines to which I also subscribe always arrive around the same date as they come on the English news-stands. That's what people expect when they subscribe.
If you don't print this then you should at least give European readers some similar information about the delay. Anything else would be unfair.
Curi Refsnes, Oscarsgate, Norway There is an unavoidable delay when sending copies of the magazine overseas, Curi, but the three week delay you seem to be suffering Is unacceptable. Perhaps it'd help if I explain a little of how our distribution system works.
Our magazines are sent to the subscription deportment ot the some time as the rest go off to our wholesale distributors, Comag.
There is then a period of four days or so before the mags hit the news-stands, during which time the subscription issues should be in the post.
News stand magazines are flown to all overseas distributors, but for subscription issues we depend on the speed of the local postal services and delivery times are therefore a bit varied.
You should, however, receive your magazine, even overseas, no later than about a week after we hit the British news stands.
We could ufe a foster postal service when sending out subscriptions, but this would result in our very competitively priced subscription rates being increased
- they ore presently cheaper than any competitor magazine.
We don't think that the majority of subscribers would be prepared to pay the extra, but if huge numbers of you write in with your comments on the situation this could change. What do the rest of you think1 Industry reply As the pirocy debate has raged on, we've mode a few stobs ot provoking a comment from the games software industry in the hope that the other side of the story can be pul straight from the horse's mouth.
The following is the first letter we've received from the industry on any piracy- related topic: As a specialist games dealer, I feel it's high time I entered the piracy debate.
I don't think that the readers of AC realise how seriously the actions of pirates are affecting the software industry. How many of you can put your hands on your hearts and say “I have not copied software"? Not many. I'm sure.
Even by accepting one copied game from a friend you are contributing to the end of the Amiga!
I bet you're thinking: "This guy's talking rubbish. How can one copy spell the demise of the Amiga?" Well, let me explain. We are about to stop stocking Amiga software because we just don't sell any. "So what?" You’re probably thinking, and if it were only our shops destocking Amiga games this would be fair comment, but it isn't.
Independents up and down the country have had enough. Even the big shops have pulled the plug, Check out the aisles in Toys R Us and you can count the Amiga games on one hand. Of course, you can always buy mail order, can't you? Or can you? Think about it logically and you will realise that once the shops stop stocking Amiga software the publishers will stop releasing new games.
They are, after all, in the business of making money, and without the prospect of a substantial number of outlets for their product they will find something else to sell.
The same could be said for the PC except for one huge difference. The PC is basically a business computer that happens to have some games, whereas the Amiga is a games machine with a smattering of applications software.
In other words, without games the PC will survive, but the Amiga will curl up and die.
If after reading this your readers can't see the damage they're doing by accepting software from pirates, then I can only assume they’re the sort of people who's still using ozone-depleting aerosols because "one can of hairspray won't make any difference".
D Pickett, Manoging Director, The Game Byte, Stockport Software retailers are in a unique position in that high prices and piracy both hit hardest in the retail sector, and both are beyond the control of the person trying to make a living from selling software.
However, the onalogy between piracy and aerosols is 0 fairly weak one. Aerosols containing CFCs cause ozone depletion, a scientific fact which has been accepted virtually the world over.
However, the supply-demand chain is an artificial economic system totally unlike a natural phenomenon, and to ascribe one factor as the main cause of the retailer's woes would be over- simplistic.
The continuing popularity of budget games, judging by our Gallup charts, shows that software which is older and in most cases already widely available in its cracked or pirated form will sell in numbers as long as the price is right.
Piracy is wrong and should be stamped out, but so should ridiculously high prices.
This doesn't help the retailer, who must feel a little bit like pig-in-the-middle, but perhaps if the National Association of Specialist Computer Retailers (NASCR) took some sort of official position on soar Ing prices and low quality over-hyped software, we would see the games houses begin to take notice. Many of them so obviously do not listen to the punters.
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I own an A5QQ with A501 RAM expansion. Is there a product on the market which will enable me to use A2000 cards and or Internal drives? Are there any power supply or compatibility problems?
Several months ago, I read about such a system made by Checkmate Digital, but I have not seen it advertised for a while.
If it is possible to use cards and or internal disk drives, buying add-ons would be much cheaper (£90 cheaper in the case of the CVP 52Mb hard drive) and I would be able to take advantage of many peripherals only available as cards for the A2000.
Is this a good route for upgrading?
Adam Chrirtger, Henley-on-Thames The HiQ Tower system from Checkmate Digital Is a system designed more as a top-end A2000 replacement than an A500 upgrade path. It offers much more room for extra drives and cards than an A2000, but is rather expensive if all you need It for is to take advantage of a couple of A2000 peripherals.
AMIGA COMPUTING The only other option is a Bodega Bay unit, which offers four 2orro II slots. This is again a rather pricey unit, and is fairly bulky, though it has the advantage of simply slotting into your A500 DMA port.
Phone ZCL on 0543 414817 for details.
Write to ACAS, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Save your saes - we can't reply personally My advice to upgraders such as yourself would be to sell the A500 and put the money towards an A1S00 20QQ base unit, which can be purchased for about £500 these days.
This is only £100 more expensive than the add-on system boxes described above, which should leave you £100 from the sole of the A500 to buy new peripherals.
Alternatively, you could hang on a few months more and check out the new AMIGAs due for releose in late Autumn. If, as we think, they are released with the AA chip set, they will be something very special indeed.
Programming choice Can you tell me which is the best programming language for the Amiga? Is it Amos, Easy Amos, Amiga Basic, C, Devpac 3, 68000 machine language, or AmigaDOS?
There are so many of them around, where do you start? I am about to take an A-Level computing course, so I need to know which would be best.
Michael Stonlow, Scunthorpe The programming language you choose depends entirely on the sort of programming you want from it.
If you are going to concentrate on games, then Amos is the obvious choice, but if your efforts will be mostly aimed at using the Amiga's operating system, you should go for C. As a serious tool for development, Devpac 3 Is probably the Amiga's number one choice, though your A-Level course may not require the sort of advanced programming involved in 68000 machine language.
If you intend to carry on your programming endeavours and use the Amiga to its full potential, Devpac is the package for you. Otherwise, stick to C or Amos.
Don't even consider Amiga Basic. It's garbage and Commodore don't support it any more, but if you really want to program in Basic you could opt for HiSoft Basic or GFA basic.
Both of these con be compiled and both have been optimised to make best use of the Amiga's special features. Good luck!
What’s the score?
As an observer of the Amiga, before I bought my A500 Plus, I was extremely impressed by its musical abilities. I now want to write music on my Amiga but am completely ignorant of the availability of composition software.
This is what any potential software would have enable me to do;
1. Write the music on-screen using standard musical notation.
2. Play back the music immediately through the Amiga's four sound
channels.
3. Print the notation to paper.
4. Write for up to 32 instruments in notation on one page for
printing purposes. I write orchestral music, and you have no
idea how laborious a process it can be to write three pages of
32 stave music.
5. Store a group of sound samples - ideally string instruments
which I can play back in a realistic-sounding form.
6. Be idiot proof.
7. Be able to save music to disk so I can load it later and go
back to it.
8. Be reasonably priced.
9. Work on my standard A500 Plus without me having to spend a
fortune on extra RAM and so on.
All I can find in my local Amiga shops is games and more games, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
M Reynolds, Gt Yormouth You don't ask for much, do you? There are a few packages oround which fulfil some of your requirements, but very few which come close to meeting them all.
Your best bet would be the Copyist or Copyist Apprentice software from Zone Distribution (081-766 6564). This software will enable you to write in standard notation, but whether or not it has the ability to compose and play back samples I can t tell you as I've never used it.
Phone Zone Distribution and ask them for some advice on the matter. They stock most decent music packages and should be able to fit you up with the software that best suits your needs, though I think you should be warned that this sort of highly specialised software isn't usually completely user-friendly and is even less likely to be cheap.
Ah dinnae kern When I was using a proportional font with my favourite DTP program I noticed that the proportional bit was not all it could be. Some letters were banged up together and others were further apart than the words.
I loaded FED, the Workbench fonts editor, and had a look at the font's Kem, Space, and Width values, which seemed to be all over the place with no logic at all.
I set all the kem values to zero and the Space values to one greater than the Width, then saved it back and it looks a lot better.
Now for my plea for help. What does the Kern value do? I know that it has something to do with one letter overlapping the space occupied by another.
I also know that the Width is the number of pixels that the data for the letter occupies, and the Space is the number of pixels used on-screen for that letter.
Could you please explain how the Kern value affects the rendering of the font characters?
Dave Mills, West Bridgeford Kerning is the process whereby two specific characters are squeezed closer together or given a little more breathing space, and it differs from "tracking“ in that it is usually applied to given troublesome character combinations, such as "AV”, the traditional illustration for this technique.
How kerning works will usually depend on which wordprocessor Or DTP package you are using, but in general a positive kerning value will create space between two letters, and a negative value will remove the space and fit the letters more closely together.
Tracking, usually applied to space a line of text out so that it fits better into a given space, is used across a whole group of characters or words.
The problem with your proportional font is that you seem to hove managed to transform it into a non-proportional font.
The whole idea Of proportional fonts is that the individual characters have kerning values already set so that they fit better with one another. This moy sometimes result in a messy on-screen picture, but did you try printing your text in NLQ or graphics mode before you messed with the font1 Technical Help You may find that your new font with its uniform values looks better on-screen and worse on paper.
Dodgy games I recently bought a second-hand Amiga 500 with Workbench Kickstart 1.3, which I intend mainly to use as a wordprocessor and desktop publisher with the eventual addition of a hard drive.
When using QuickWrite and PageSetter 2.0 the Amiga is great, but when using certain games, such as Final Fight, Lotus Turbo Challenge, and some demos, the last few lines of the screen are cut off and in some cases appear in another part of the screen.
This is definitely not because my monitor is out of tune, as there is still space under the main game screen area. Some games such as Super Monaco CP won't even work, and just load so far before crashing.
I'm sure the software can't be at fault because the games work fine on a friend's Amiga - a fairly recent model, though not a Plus - with the whole screen intact.
I'm not sure what revision number my Amiga is, but I do know it has a red power light and green drive light unlike some later models, and that it has an ECS 8372A Fatter Agnus and 0.5Mb RAM expansion, both of which were fitted by the previous owner. Do I need to upgrade my system or is it a professional repair job?
Andrew Griffiths, Macclesfield If your productivity and Workbench software loads without the sort of problems you've been encountering with games software, things get a bit more baffling, but if the same thing happens with all software, you're obviously suffering from some fritzed video circuitry.
The problem could be almost anything, but to whittle the possibilities down you should scrounge a TV modulator from a friend who doein t use a monitor and try the Amiga's RF output, Next, use a simple phono cable and see if the composite video (CVB5) output has the same problem.
If the same thing happens with all types of video signal, the chances are that your Agnus or Denise chip is acting up, which would necessitate a replacement.
If not, it could still be your monitor or monitor coble, but a more likely candidate is your RGB port. Either way, I d recommend you send the AMIGA for 0 professional repair.
|PAYc7 nn £3 -i a o v i e ¦ nivica Plus RAM After buying an A5Q0 Plus I feel the need to expand its memory, as when creating animations or working in HAM art packages I am fed up with seeing the message "not enough memory for operation".
I would like lo expand to 2Mb chip RAM and 1 Mb fast RAM, but how would I go about this? I know there are 1 Mb RAM cards for the trapdoor to give the Plus 2Mb of chip RAM, but are there boards which allow more?
Some older software won’t work without fast RAM, so a bigger board would be of more use.
Martin Giles, Solihull There are two obvious RAM upgrades for your purposes. One Is from Power Computing (0234 843388) and the other is from Ashcom (0483 740664). Both are external boxes which fit In the DMA port on the left-hand side of the Amiga and both can hold up to 8Mb of extra RAM.
The entry-level models come with 2Mb each, which would give you the 2Mb chip and I Mb fast RAM you require, but the bad news is that they both cost over £100.
Check out the prices in this month's magazine and Amiga Mart section, then go for one or the other. In terms of quality there's little to choose between them, so it all boils down to price.
Epson compatible?
I have two problems which I hope you may be able to help me with.
Firstly, I cannot use my Panasonic KXP1081 with my Amiga despite buying what I was told was the correct cable for it. Does anyone have the correct printer driver for this printer, and can I get a copy, or have I been supplied the wrong cable?
I have an Epson printer on loan but would prefer to use my Panasonic.
Secondly, I started off with the A500 Plus Cartoon Classics bundle and bought Platinum Works for my office work. This program has worked well for me but I was concerned the other day when writing up minutes for a meeting, because after only five-and-a-half pages I got an insufficient memory message. Surely a 1 Mb machine should be able to handle more than this?
Could someone please let me know if this is correct, and how would I go about increasing the directly accessible memory for use with Platinum Works?
Mrs Canlkry, Mkushi River, Zambia The Panasonic printer you describe is an Epson compatible 9-pin of standard design, the likes of which we hove littered around the office in various places, and all of which work fine with any Amiga. If the printer will not work, either It or your cable is at fault.
As you say you are using an Epson without problems - I assume this Is working with the cable you tried the Panosonic with. If that's is the case, we can rule out the cable, and lay the blame at the printer's doorstep.
On the other hand, if you're using another cable with the Epson, try this with the Panasonic. A positive result would indicate that the other cable is duff.
Your printer port may be at fault, of course, but if this is the cose you will hove to hove the AMIGA checked out by a reputable repair company.
Confused consumer I have £200 to spend and I don't know which of three things to do as events are moving so fast in computerland.
1. Buy a 2Mb RAM expansion.
2. Buy the entire 2.04 ROM set and ECS chips.
3. Wait a little longer and buy the new GVP A530 Combo 52Mb hard
drive.
Does this goodie have room for a maths co-processor?
I have a Kickstart 1.3 A500 (1Mb) with printer and external drive. Can you advise me?
Oh, and something else. I recently bought a PD disk and when I came home and booted the thing up, I placed another disk in DF1 to stop it clicking. It was a rather important disk, being my save game disk.
Anyway, when the PD disk had stopped loading I saw a little CU screen which said "Saddam checker" and it became active When I asked for a directory on DF1.
Now, because the Amiga read the disk in DF1 the checker found that the disk- validator was in fact the dreaded Saddam virus, and it began to repair the disk to deactivate Saddam. Is this a new checker?
Robert Rpas, Ridderkerk, The Netherlands Without an idea where your main productivity interests lie I would be silly to recommend a specific upgrade option.
However, I would definitely not go for the
1. 5Mb RAM expansion if you are even remotely interested in a
hard drive with a RAM upgrade option.
The GVP AS30, though we've not as yet tested one, looks like a good buy. I'd wait until I'd seen the magazine tests if I were you, but if it comes through with flying colours, the A530 represents a superb value for money buy- The ECS and Kickstart 2.04 upgrade you seem to be considering as an alternative should be looked upon as a “must buy" extra if you are in any way serious about the Amiga.
After only ten minutes using Kickstart and Workbench 2, you won't want to look at another 1.3 screen again, let olone use one.
Oh, and don’t worry about the checker as it appears to be doing its job fine.
Dodgy Gazza I have an A500, Ashcom 1.8Mb RAM expansion, Cumana external drive, and a Citizen 124D printer, and recently suffered a similar problem to that of Mr McLean (issue 50).
I found that whenever a write-enabled disk was inserted in either drive and the disk was initialised or written to, the disk sector header was destroyed. This of course made the disk unusable.
When a disk was initialised, the read verify counter appeared as normal, but only a few seconds later a message would appear telling me "Initialisation failed. No sector header. Try a different disk".
In my case, the fault was caused by the Gary expansion board connected to the 1.8Mb RAM expansion by a ribbon lead. I returned the unit twice to Ashcom who eventually replaced it and advised me to make sure it was pressed fully into the socket when installed. My Amiga is now formatting and copying disks normally.
If Mr McLean still has problems he might try removing his Gary expansion board, replacing the Gary chip in its socket, then attempting a disk format. If it works, he should replace his Gary expansion board and ensure a tight fit.
Hope this helps.
5 Copeland, Dumbarton Thanks for the feedback. You seem to have been lucky in buying your RAM card from a supplier who made an effort to help you out!
If Mr McLean is reading this, give it a try, but I must confess to a certain amount of surprise that a RAM card is affecting disk operations. Maybe someone can write and explain why?
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morel mfga Computing September 1992 e UfVPRESS SOFTWARE CallerylZi HOW many times have you thought about buying a piece of commercial office software then on seeing the price changed your mind?
Probably more times than you care to remember.
The only packages that actually combat this are either shareware or very old packages that are obsolete. But not this one. Five of the most commonly used programs in business and home software on three disks r one package, All you could ever need - or is it?
A database - perhaps the one thing that every company needs - is the first sub-application in the Mini Office suite. Thankfully t*s simple to use, which is a relief. So much business software is released with a manual that's too sparse or written in a completely unfriendly style.
The package is quite pleasing to the eye the designers have adopted a screen format which puts the search icons at the bottom, looking like pseudo-VCR buttons, so you have Play, Fast Forward, and Record to search through and save all your files. It also does all the normal string searches.
Storage Don't worry about storage space if you nave millions of files - you're not likely to run out of processing room because the storage capacity runs on disk space, which is a lot of information even if you're just storing on one floppy.
On the same disk are the floppy utilities, which are very similar to SID, the souped-up shareware file manager. Your screen is split into two so you can oad the contents of a floppy or a hard disk into either of the two afferent cells.
Once the information is up on the screen you can manipulate it in a number of ways.
K has all the basic utilities, like a disk formatter and a copying utility between the two rtormation sources.
Painful Spreadsheets are an awkward thing to use - more often than not they are very inelegant and generally painful. Mini Office's spreadsheet is standard with all the usual pull-down menus, but features like
• nporting Ascii files and crunching binary code, as with
K-Spread and other top spreadsheets, are lacking.
Again the programmers have used the VCR buttons for scrolling through the sheet.
They're very clear and work well with the orogram, but looks aren't everything.
As soon as you enter the wordprocessor you'll think you've entered the database again by mistake. The VCR buttons are at the bottom of the screen again but this ane they replace scroll bars for text manipulation and shifting from one page to rother.
One disappointing aspect of the program it that it doesn't support PostScript printing, which limits capabilities slightly This also means that the number of fonts you can use are limited to about s« or sew of the standard Workbench vanety * does, however, let you import pictures ito the text which is a big plus.
All in all, it's a good, standard wdpro- cessor with the usual utilities, counts, checks and various text bending utilities, so it basically does the job quite well.
Graphical representation of mathematical data is always a handy way of showing pet pie what you're on about without baffkng them with streams of numbers. The graphts utility in this package is perfect for doing just that.
Endless Once you have imported the data from your spreadsheet you can then draw the graph. The option for the graphs are endess
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What is really nice is that the different options are displayed as icons and not as huge long names, so you're working on a what you see is what you get basis. The graphs themselves are pretty uninspiring - just normal pie charts and so on.
Printing-wise they're not really up to a good commercial standard, mainly because of the layout which again is pretty uninspiring.
Graphically they're nicely coloured and put together and a good aid for manipulating existing information, but they wouldn't stand up on their own.
All business software manufacturers should think of doing something like this. Ail the different programs are interactive - numbers you crunch in the spreadsheet can be transferred to the graphics utility and converted into graphs.
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Indeed, the biggest plus for the package as a whole is its ease of use. Many programs leave you guessing how to use them, and so many have a manual that's been written by an igloo dweller with a speech impedtfnent who's never used a computer.
It's not exactly the ultimate business package because it doesn't have the frils of other individual pieces of software, but it's pretty good for the price.
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Well he's backl Sort of. Following up from this month's rather soccer-mungous Graham Taylor's Soccer Challenge. Krisalts have got a reet promising little platformer up their sleeves.
It s called Football Kid. And it looks stonking. It s a platformer with a difference. Our hero has to get his football across the level, by making use of all manner of footy skills. Boot it over firey pits, head it over quicksand, all the time making sure you coiled the icons laying around.
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there he goes We've seen an early demo, without any baddies in
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twist that's needed to give the platform genre a firm kick in
the bum.
More news as and when we get it.
Now we are one Yup? ITS our first birthday! Twelve issues old, and feeling twice that age. And as we ring in the new age. We wave goodbye to some old chums, and welcome some new blood on board.
So, it's a tearful farewell to the omnipresent Biffa as he skips daintily over to work on Mega Mama, our new Mega Drive magazine. Biff brought many a smile to the nation's faces, and cluttered up the mag with that horrendously distorted picture of his. Cheerio, old boy But weep ye notl Fa leaping in to save the day comes Ben Styles. Filling Biffa's rather cheesy shoes fa a limited time only. Ben has taken over the reviews that Biff left unwritten when he was spirited away And all this while maintaining his secret identity as Mr October in Playgirl. And topping the charts with his top pop
combo. Mr Benn. How does he do it? (Robot clones, that's how.)
1 A HE Sensible Soccer Renegade £25.99 11A12 James Pond GHB £7.99 2 A 20 Striker Rage Software £25.99 12 A13 F16 Combat Pilot Action 16 £9.99 3_V 2 Monkey Island 2 OS Gold £37,99 13 A NE Graham Taylors Soccer Challenge Krisalis £25.99 1 A NE FireAndlce Renegade £25.99 14ANE Pro Tennis Tour 1 Squad £7.99 5 A NE Lure of Itie Temptress Virgin £30.99 15ANE The Addarns Family Ocean £25.99 0 A 11 Rainbow Islands Nit Squad £7.99 16 V 4 Jaguar Ml_ Core Design £25,99 7 A13 First Division Manager Code Masters £7,99 17 Y 9 EyeoltheBeholdef2~ USGotd £35.99 8 A H Formula 1 Grand Prix Microprose £29.95 18 A
19 ScoobyDoo and Scrappy Doo Hitec Software £7.99 9 Y 1 Epic Ocean £29.99 19 A NE European Football Championship Domark £25.99 10 A NE Championship Manager Domark £24.99 20 A NE Dune Virgin £30,99 Stpunb«r 1995 Those gorgeous fluffy bunnies up at Psygnosis Liverpool headquarters have got a veritable explosion of games thundering towards the software shelves in Boots (and most other shops as well) There's Cytron. All about a spooky robot that can split into two separate units, in which rescuing some dozy scientists from an overrun complex is the order of the day.
Then there's Tomatoes, in which you take Terry Tomato to the top of a magic vine in order to save your girf fnend. Tracy Tomato from the fiendish Squirrel Sam. It also features trampolines and flying pigs Oh dear Must be something in the water up in Liverpool On the sequel front they've got two follow-ups to two of their most famous games The fruity and rather frisky hero of Beast 2 is back in the not-so-confusmgly titled Beast 3. Once again preparing to duff up the spooky Beast Lord, and anyone else who gets in his way And also hovenng darkly in the skies and dropping masswe amounts of
explosive devices on the unsuspecting people below is Armour-Geddon 2.
One of the Gamer faves of last year, this 3D arcadey simulator thing will feature "textured Witter fill, circle, transparency effects and ellipses' Well, thank goodness for that. I don't know where I'd be without textured blitter fills every morning. Should be good anyway, All the games cost £25.99 and ShOUkt be Armour Geddon and Beast 2. The sequels might look like this. Probably out around September or October Luwerly The really, really sorry corner Yeh. Sorry It seems that a couple of mistakes crept into fast month's ish The pnee we gave you fa Virgin s Shuttle was a tad wrong. Instead of
reading £44.99, it should have read £35 99 But, hey, what's nine quid? Well, it's about nine quid really, but you know what I mean? Sorry again.
Also, in the Addarns Family review, the headline Not as good as The Mun sters' should, of course, have read Hot Ascot fa funsters’ We also apologise for the totally unwarranted use of the phrase 'Umversity Challenge' in the Jaguar XJ220 review. Sorry for any distress caused it won't happen again Onword Talking Shop., Danny DeVito very kindly sp the lovely readers Japanese mega-violence video extravaganza X so it's not strictly connected with com- games, but here's a bit of news about
- orne new videos you might very well be nested in.
* hey re from Manga Video, and showcase best of Japanese
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! A at Mad Max in style, with an 18 cer-
• kate because of the phenomenal
- mount of blood spilling Exploding heads and general squishing
of bodies seems to be the crux of the plot, but it's mincHXow-
rg stuff. In more ways than one.
And more recently. Dominion Tank Poke has hit the shelves. It’s t bit more light-hearted, earning 4 meagre 15 certificate, and nobody really dies in it. There are just loads of tank chases and massive explosions.
There’s a bit of bad language, and loads of double entendres, but nothing you wouldn't see on early evening TV, really. A very silly sci-fi comedy about foxy criminals stealing urine samples. Hmm.
Both tapes retail at a mppontastic £12.99. and should be available from ail good video shops. Bonsai.
How To Make An Attractive Sounding Game Pt 1 Don't call it 'Ugh!' For a start. Not the most seductive of titles really. But someone's done it. And that someone is Soundware.
Ugh, it wouW seem, is a prehistoric taxi driver. A sort of stone age Robert DeNiro. He's invented a very primitive helicopter, and uses it to ferry his chums from one platform to another.
Sounds a bit dull, eh? But! (but!
But!) There are dinosaurs and other suitably ancient foes to avo»d Oh, and crushing your passengers is a no-no as well.
Deceptively simple looking, but quite addictive really. Full review in the very next ishoo.'
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Come out, tome out wherever you are • •• if 9 loooooooooooojm am, Japanese cartoons this month s chart. Sort of INNER VISION Cheat Mode .2 V Tarantara! Fanfare's tMfrJor the first part of our Monkey Island 2 This month - dodgy photos of the G and hot news from Psygnosis solution, with helo Yes mdeedy. Fight mght * on .The champion in the blue comer weighing in at 225 pounds, is Kick Off 2. The challenger in the red corner weighing in at 230 pounds, is Sensible "Sock it to 'em' Soccer. Seconds away, round ond Kick Off is so popular that it s played in our office by older
members of staff every lunchtime without fail. What can you say about Kick Off 2 that won't take up five pages of space?
A game that revolutionised football games forever. Converted to almost every format in some shape or form, Everyone I know owns a copy. And now from out of the darkness, a challenger.
Sensible Soccer has recieved rave reviews throughout the computer world and to be honest it was all down to one thing - bad old- fashioned hype.
The current darling of the computer press is. Not surpnsingly. Speeding up the charts faster than Linford Christie. But let's calm down here and go back a few months. Let me now introduce Wayne Campbell, diddle liddle dee diddle fiddle dee. Thanks Wayne.
I first had a go of a demo of Sensible Soccer a few months back. Thanks to the hype I was like a man possessed, ripping open the envelope and slapping the disk in the drive with such ferocity that I could’ve broken the computer.
Sitting there expectantly waiting for Sensible Soccer, spit now foaming at the mouth, sweating nervously, waiting, just waiting... Oh no I'm so excited I’ve forgotten to turn the damn computer on. Right so i turn the computer on and ami I sit there waiting Aha, it's toJRT at last I played the demo.
My expectations were crushed"’ Disappointment flooded every bone in myT80 Could control my littfcw n? No. I could not. I now know the reason it was all those years Kick Off that did the damage. So far $ 80bie Soccer had not lived up to the hype.
_!Soon all that was about to change.
Sensible Soccer had arrived in the post and because of threadier disappointment I was a little bit nenJ ?Rather reluctantly, I carefully ted it in the drive and... gjjftfl? Fiddle dee : liddle dee. It was an Jtt m . Or was it? Nay. It wttflo dreaml There shining jb, brightly in fronrirfliy eyes was Sensible Soc™ t cer. Wow look at all these opwfl jjfliat shall I do first Hmm, European Championships - now there's a novelty.
RENEGADE I decided to be England and see if I could do better than Bore’em Taylor. First match was versus Denmark and I thrashed them 5-0.
Easy. Well, no it isn’t - I lied. The result was actually the other way round.
Due to that damn Kick Off 2 I wasn't in tune with my joystick. I had to take quick action, I didn't want to lose any more matches, so I chose the friendly option instead.
To make it fair I chose Germany and I decided the computer could be the greatest international side ever. San Manno. Now is that fair or what? Unfortunately I soil lost, but was getting better I only lost 7-3 this time and scored three cracking goals.
Next friendly please. I ll be Holland and the computer can be, err, Albania. The next sentence you can sing with an your might at the top of your voice just for added realism and atmosphere.
Three - Two, Threeee - Twoooo, Threeeee - Twwooooo*. Hopefully there will be a lot of people staring at you nght now. Yes, I won.
Won the game. Hurrah.
Let’s reTive that last goal again Brian, if you're reading out loud then I recommend that you adopt a John Motson voice at this next point. ‘Ohh bad ball from Abazi and Koe- man s intercepted it. Lovely ban from Koeman £25.99 ¦ ' 2 meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now mastered the control system. I can now sweep out of defence into attack with m uncanny smoothness that you wouldn't qmtel befieve. It s Itwvatching Liverpool on a good day.
Before I gfcinto detail about the actun match, m rurnwfogh some of the opoonu ... .with you, because that's the sort of informal fcchap I am.
Time is first on the agenda. The matcftl length can be from a quick three minutes tol no* There'! Graham Taylor, he's probably going to try to win the game by taking off hit star striker. Tun tutt ENGLAND MRNRGER GRRHRM TRYLDR m lengthy ten. Choosing Auto Replays will
• me on. You can guess, can t you?
[ Seasonal weather will let you choose ¦rtch month you want to play in and depending on which month you Choose the pKh changes accordingly.
[ For instance, rf you pick June you wtll get a pwfy cut pitch whereas if you pick December feu will get an icy pitch.
5 actual options inform* UllDO [ f you turn off the seasonal weather then |ou can just simply pick which pitch you wt normal, dry. Hard, icy, muddy, wet and kA pitches are there for you to choose, or if you want to be daring you can select the random option and the computer will choose one for you throwing up that element of surprise and intrigue.
As well all the International football teams, you can also load up aH the club teams. You on then have great line-ups such as Pram fcykjavik against Hajduk Split or other not so wel known teams such as Barcelona against C If a particular team isn't there you can I «ake up your own. Everything is fully I changeable - the players and managers I names, the players skin colour and. Of course.
Jcu can change the team kit.
Whether you just want to play in all black I » confuse the ref or you want to play in a I combination of pink and yellow and put off He opposition, the choice is yours. Well I'm [ Mining out Of words, but there are literally i hundreds of opoons. Far too many to detail nere, As you can see from the screenshots. Sensible Soccer is viewed from a slightly elevated position. This is great because there's no need a radar or scanner - you can practically see what's going on all over the pitch.
Now every football match needs a bit of atmosphere and Sensible Soccer is full of it You can hear crowd chants along with samples of sirens and drums for that international Now that's what I call style. Jeff Banks eat your heart out If you hit the post the crowd gasps, if you foul someone they boo and if you score they wet themselves, Baby Kid the baby that..SLAP! Sony I went a bit funny there for a minute.
Well there's the full time wttastle and here's the after match comments; m VjeH at the end of day the Brian football's the winner, a great contest and no mistake. Sensible Soccer has got great playability, but so has Kick Off
2. Sensible Soccer is very addictive indeed, but then again so is
Kick Off 2.
"Sensible Soccer has just got the edge in graphics and sound, but does a football game really need brilliant graphics and sound?
Take a look at Kick Off 2 as an example rm J not going to say Jt which game is best but I wrll give you some advice.
If you hated Kick Off 2 and couldn't get to gnps with it then Sensible Soccer could well be the game for you. If you've already got Kick Off 2 and you're a footy fan then Sensible Soccer is the ideal complement to it but whatever you do. Don't leave Kick Off 2 altogether and don't forget there will be a rematch because Kick Off 3 is on its way.* Gulp!
Jonathan lovttyftttrfrtiinie sprites. Kick Off meets Mega-lo-Maru AUDIO Brifent samples. There's more atmosphere than the FA Cup final.
PLAYABILITY 00000 Once the control system Is mastered, it's a dream to play.
ADDICTION 00000 Toul be very addcted, but keep Kick Off?
Handy somewhere.
Led Devils make your wildest dreams come frue and make Man Utd win the league though. Dojo's debut performance only a minor audience. It was put in shade by the simultaneous arrival of Addams Family and Fire and Ice, and promise of Zod in the future.
A shame, but then Softwareland harsh place, and the average often get behind by the traiibiazers. An mon tale, and no mistake. Take heed, and girls, take heed ojo Dan - trie story so far (or How To Almost Make It In A Platform Game). Born in Wolverhampton, young Dojo Dan was a problem child from trie beginning.
Possessed by a disturbing desire to leap onto any raised surface and hit anything that came close to him. He became the first chifd to be expelled from nursery scriool for a combined acrobatics and grievous bodily harm offence.
With his parents at a loss, the authorities took him into care to decide what to do with him. A careers officer looked over his case file and immediately found the perfect occupation for wee Dojo.
He would be the star of a platform game.
Simple. He had all the qualifications. His name, for a start. A literation, you see. Piusi A talent for martial arts. Plus! Plus! His alarming 'raised surface' antics He was a natural.
They packed his things and sent him off to Softwareland.
But things weren't quite as rosy as they'd thought. Dojo arrived, alone and penniless, hoping to find himself a nice starring role in a big, popular platform game, and maybe a couple of sequels.
What he didn't plan on was the three thousand other hopeful computer characters all trying to do the same. Months went by, and no starring role for Dojo. He almost managed to get a non-speaking part for a fairly big budget production of Last Ninja 2.
But the role was snatched by some ponce in black jim-jams.
Dojo started drinking. Whole days would pass by through motel windows in a haze of Jack Daniels. Dojo was on the skids. He watched his rivals scale the heady heights of Softwareland That stupid ktde plumber found a place in the fledgling console sector, and a cheeky young upstart calling himself RoboCod - a false name. I’ll warrant - was gaining friends and awards left, right and centre. They were hard times. , Dojo slowly came to his senses. He enrolled in the Miner Willy Detox Clinic and came out a reformed sprite.
He also gained a slightly more realistic approach to his work Rather than bust- mg a gut for that elusive big. Extravagant licensed platform game, he decided to settle for a slightly more modest debut.
And so, Dojo Dan - The Computer Game came into being. An unassuming little role that didn't make a very big impact due largely to its rather formulaic appearance and lack of overall style.
However, rather than returning to the booze. Dojo took the comments in his stride.
It was said that the game was a rather uneven mix of beat-em-up and platform.
While this may have been a bonus, it didn't really add all that much to an otherwise by-the-numbers platform game.
There was also criticism for the way that all too often the game required Dojo to leap off-screen, without knowing if there was a platform beneath him. This contributed an unnecessary amount of blind luck to an already overly difficult game, said many crit* ics.
There was also concern at the lack of a password system, and the odd idea of saving the game to disk at the end of each section. Mind you, it did receive praise for the rather nice graphics, with Dojo himself being described as 'a bit of a cutey* Many also enjoyed the vast number of levels. And the ability to decide which order you play the levels in each world.
The soundtrack also received praise, and would later appear as a cover version on Elton John s 700th album, entitled ‘A Hair Raising Musical Extravaganza', Possibly. Ultimately VISION 0000 Cute sprites, nice backgrounds and plenty of variety.
AUDIO 0000 OptoMl oriental ditty, and little karate shouts qndttwnps.
PLAVABILITV 000 Progress reiies on too much luck and not enough skill, ADDICTION 000 Overshadowed by btggcr, better games at the same price.
ZOP looks like a normal platform affair to your poor unsuspecting game reviewer, but look in the manual and like wow man, it's all talk of intergalactic monsters that have been incarcerated for 2,000 years for blowing up solar systems. Freaky man.
In short, your funksome coyote has been chosen to search out and kill Glemm. The monster who has escaped from his prison of 2.000 years. You must travel from your home, the polar ice cap to the beastie's home and do him over No problem, but that the presence of the big nasty man is corrupting the minds of all the poor creatures on the planet so they all want to beat you up. A pretty poor excuse If you ask me.
O come on, what is it with the programmers this month? They've all been smoking those nice that the man in the big long coat them.
Story lines to all the games seem to f gone completely haywire, fire and Ice To be truthful, they gave this game to the wrong person to review because as a rule I hate platform games. But no, I took instantly to Fire and Ice because of the nice touches and the large characters.
I am sick to death of games with characters so small you can hardly differentiate between them and the large bogie that I left on my screen for consumption later.
Old Cool Coyote himself is brilliantly drawn, but for some bizarre reason he s got wings. Each to his own, I suppose.
To help Coyote on his mission he has puppies following him around. With these puppies being mere whippersnappers, they are a bit slow, but they do have their advantages.
They shoot at the same time Coyote does, so you can kill double the number of nasties, and when jumping from level to level if the puppy is with you, you gain an extra life.
To get from level to level you must kill the nasties and grab the bits that come out. These bits are parts of a key.
When you've got all the key. Find the keyhole and jump through, At various points in the game there are level skippers so you don't have to do the whole section, but you still have to find them which isn't easy.
Killing nasties is quite easy - just freeze them with you ice pellets and jump on them so they shatter. Probably the biggest flaw in the game is the difficulty of the levels.
Trying to complete all of the levels with only three lives is as impossible as trying to unlace your 20-hole docs after drinking ten pints It is | jj "I I without doubt a very hard game, but you w 1 can but try.
Fire and Ice is well put together, but slightly behind its time. No fresh ideas are T| explored in the J game so it loses its appeal very quickly.
VISION OOOO Graphical sound but short of frills that add quality to the gam*.
AUDIO 000 Sadly lacking in sound effects but sorn* nice music here and there.
P L A V A B I L I T V oooo Very dfflcuR to complete with ju« three lives and no continue option.
ADDICTION 0000 Mothing new but a definite
* ohh Just another got* game.
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There are some sick people out there, kids. And it's all the fault of your computer. I know that's a pretty stupid thing to say. Just like saying that listening to creaky old metal bands turns you into a foaming Satanisi but I reckon it could be true- A certain type of game has arisen that stirs up some very unpleasant emodons in us human beings, and it encourages us to indulge these feelings. It tens us that it's right to be cruel, power-crazed maniacs, and that it's the only way to win. It's the 'God game', and by jiminy, here's the biggest so far.
There are a small minority out there in ORDERS QOVISORS WORLD ClVlLOPEOIQ Amigaland. A wandering band of nomads.
They are the ones who felt that Powermoo ger didn't give them enough power, that Populous 2 left them with an appetite for more, Mega-lo-mania wasn't mega enough, and that Sim City just didn’t kick butt Civilisation is a game written just for MICROPROSE £34.99 ¦ 1 meg Mouse keyboard Out now them. Sickos that they are.
The scope of this game is pretty uncanny. Just create a civilisation. That's all you have to do. Build towns, develop society. And basically advance yOuf civilisation from the Stone Age right into the future. Tsk, is that all?
You start with just one unit. Some settlers, to be exact You know nothing about your surroundings, your fellow civilisations, or even what's going to happen. Use the settlers to wander around the map to begin with, revealing the landscape as they go.
Any unexplored land is shown as black, but as you traverse it reveals itself. Gever, eh?
Once you've explored as far as you can.
Tell the settlers to. Well, settle and th found your very first city. Name the city, i then you can get on with building stuff. I tary units perhaps, or if you fancy a peace!
Existence, start to build the essentials I comfortable existence.
To begin with. ThingsTI be pretty basi but by instructing your scholars to work certain skills, you can advance as i civilisation.
For instance, if they discover bron working, you start to build better if they discover navigation you can I ships to explore the rest of the planet.
On the other hand, you can work on i social aspects, by developing different of thinking - communism, the repufi monarchy and so on - and learning l build libraries and universities.
Help your cides thrive and grow, ke ahead of your neighbours by constan developing new sciences, and most i surround your towns with plenty of I military units.
You see. You're certainly not alone in I game. There are the other civilisations I start. Before you begin playing, you can j how many others there! Be, but if one sation gets wiped out then another rises I its place.
That way, there! Always be the set i ber of civilisations. Thanks a bunch, top of all that you'll probably have i with barbarians.
They tend to be a bit hard, but un you they can't develop new weapons i quickly or found cities. So you can soon i their hairy heads in.
Make friends with other leaders, war on others, exchange or steal ide build a bigger and better civilisation i the game ends.
This happens in one of three insti Your civilisation being crushed is the i obvious (and the most frequent|. Of I you could crush all the others (hig unlikely and very violent).
The third way to end the game is i most intriguing and one that shows you j how much depth civilisation has. The I civilisation to master space travel and I reach Alpha Centauri is automatica Took their time about it.
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Start playing. I guarantee you'll be hooked The game's been cleverly designed, so it’s almost impossible to turn it off.
All the time, there's something in the pipeline, so you start telling yourself I'll turn it off when I've developed Alphabet' and apons ;ai ide nst r; ne is l s you j The I il and I naticaH So that in a very edited form, is the idea fhind the game. But, I hear you cry.
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digest. But once you loho imss Lorn My biggest and best city,
Macc (ahem) then it s “Ooh, I'll just wait until I've finished
this boat" and then Til just have a look around this island"
and, well you get the idea.
In fan. You're lucky to be reading this review at all. Every time I started playing I ended up. Losing half a day to the flippin' thing. It's addictive. Dangerously addictive, in fact Its not helped by the fact that the game looks really dull. '1985 strategy game' is what the graphics bellow. If any of your mates see you playing this they'll think you've cracked up. Only when they decide to have a go themselves will they see the folly of their ways.
I’m a sucker for games that let you do whatever you feel like doing. And that's why Civilisation is currently occupying my every waking hour.
Ever wondered what would happen if America was a Communist state? Or if England was invaded by Zulus? Or if the Chinese invented nuclear weapons in the Middle Ages?
Well, this game let’s you find V I S I O M 00 Crap icons, Okish stl saeens. Sacrificed for better things.
AUDIO 0000 Each cwllsation has its own theme tune, and there are a few FX « well.
PLAyABILITV 00000 Tricky to get into at fkst, but patience maketh the game.
ADDICTION 00000 Yeh, just a little b« addKtnt Now sod off while I have another go.
Out. It'S a bit like Mega-lo-mania meets Sim City, via Populous Avenue The PC version wangled loads of awards last year, and quite rightly so. I hesitate to wander so far into the realms of dkhi, but every game of Civilisation I've played has been completely different.
The only downers are the over-long intro that can't be skipped, and the spooky way that you can't move from one space adjacent to an enemy city to another adjacent space Still, an. Essential .purchase for any sea respecting fan of strategy games More depth than Oliver Reed's wine cellar Daniel Zulus. Fawsands of 'em. Don't shoot till yer see the whites of their eyes, lads. Not a lot of people know that etc ttnnt OHDfRS QOVISORS UORI 0 CIVll OPCOIO unlruitw els, kear «o tror- Shaka
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Funk Central If you go down to the woods today... ELECTRONIC ARTS ¦ £25.99 • K meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now r»tr ms* r i Ktf Oh no, not more platforms. I'm sick of platforms In fact I will be more than content if I never see another platform again as long as I live. I wonder how many platform games there are in the world of Amigadom? Hundreds, no probably more Ifce thousands, Anyway, luckily for you punter and unluckily for me the writer, here is Risky Woods by Electronic Arts. Right hold everything! Risky Woods? What kind of a name is that for a platform romparama?
I suppose it’s because somewhere m the game there will be a risky wood. What's so bloody risky about a wood anyway? I can see it all now.
Some kid runs to his mother and cnes;
* Oh mother, a branch In the woods has scraped my arm and now
it's bleeding!"
• Never mind dear I'll get some antiseptic.
But you shouldn't be playing in those woods-it's far too risky!'
Yeah right, very risky indeed, unless Draxos and his evil legions show up and fill the wood with evil rotting corpses. In some uncanny way I have just introduced you to the big bad and very ugly Draxos - the very reason why the woods are risky!
It'S about now that a deadly handsome and highly intelligent hero with muscles his muscles turns up. Oh look, here comes someone now. Readers meet Rohan, the young warrior.
Barely out of nappies, our hero has arrived to deliver death and justice to the evil hordes that inhabit the woods, thus making them far less risky.
Draxos. Being the evil guy that he is, has turned all the monks that roamed the woods into statues Nqw these monks guarded the Wisdom of the Lost Land If Draxos were ever to get this wisdom, ail would be lost So as well as delivering death and justice, Rohan has to set all the monks free. A bit of tough task, eh?
To be honest this is your bog standard platform game. Nothing new has been incorporated to separate it from the rest So don t expea any surprises.
The control system is easier than some thing that is quite easy indeed. Left for left, fire for firing weapons, so on and so forth.
If you care to take a gander at the screenshots that grace this very page, you will notice the graphics. Corr, phhwworrr. Eh what a beauty The graphics are amazing, talk about comole feel or what!
In fact you could be easily mistaken and think that you are actually playing on a console. If all graphics were like these then I'd be a very happy man. Soundwise. There rs a delightful little atmospheric kinda tune, i you won t be dancing in the clubs to it.1 game's has few sound effects, except I few grunts.
Its very playable, but it is not for the i penenced platformer because it is very I indeed. In fact the experienced i might have troubles with this one.
So. Apart from the hardness of it all. I else is there that troubles you while | it? Well, it's hard to say. But there's i thing about Risky Woods that I didn't I think it's because it's so similar to every c platform game.
All you do is move left to right, beasties and rescuing monks - there seem to be a lot of gameplay in there.
It's not different enough to earn itself c of those fabled Gamer Gold awards, nonetheless if you're a platform fan , looking for a challenge then Risky Wo for you.
Jon VISION OOO0O Amaring, brilliant, wonderful and downright fantastic.
AUDIO 000 Moody little tune with small amount of sound FX in game.
PLAYABILI TY 000 Doesn't seem to be much gamcplay, pte (ts far too hard.
ADDICTION 000 Fairly addictive, but difficulty wi put most gamers off.
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Well, that was a tut spiteful, wasn't it? Just because he managed to drop England out of the European Cup without winning a single natch. It could happen to anybody.
But it didn't, it happened to Sadman Tay- rj Ha ha ha ha ha ha. The man looks tike a deputy headmaster. I don't even like football.
* ‘d I think he's a ptonker.
And now poor old KrrcalB have got to Dy and convince you to. Buy a soccer management game endorsed by or Jonah himself, w-ckrfy, you shouldn't take much persuading cos it's a pretty damn good game.
Bear in mind that Cm not the world's Oggest football fan, and that's praise indeed
• almost found myself buying a sbeepskin- Ineg footy managers
coat. Well, almost Y'see. The biggest advantage of this game
«that it actually manes you feel like a manner. Other footy
games let you pick your feve Division I team, and then dump you
* nd them at the bottom of Division 4. Not
* ay realistic eh?
Sor with this Tittle chestnut you begin by choosing one of a few rather crap Division 3 teams. The chances of you getting Grimsby Urd mto the big time are rather sHm. But by proving yourself on the lower teams you can move to other, better teams and thus work your way up to manage your favc Division I team And if you're really rubDish and lose all your matches then you become England manager and lose the European Cup. Sorry.
But you can become England manager, and of the two disks, the second is devoted entirely to , that challenge.
It's a tot more detailed than other management games. Every single player from every single team is featured in a little «e an of their owa including ail their genuine stats. And as mmm $ & & : the game goes on, players you know and love wMI get older and retire and fresh new players writ move up from your junior squad.
Like I said. It really gives you the impression of being part of a real sport. Brilliant.
Seasiders OK. The actual game. As with most of these gamei it's controlled from icons and a little fiiofax dsary thing You can set scouts to spy on other teams or to give you a report on another player to see if he's worth poaching.
Uilnot retires aFter injury You can. Of course, transfer players and even borrow them from other lower league clubs. You can train your whole team, or give each indwdual player more specific trairpng You can basically do everything except smack Jimmy Hril on his aggravating chin.
The graphics are nice and clear for the icons and so on. And in the matches it's a viewed from the top runaround like Kick Off.
But with bigger graphics.
You don't get to control the action, but you make substitutions whenever you want and after ft's all over you can comment on your team's performance and make them feel feaily insecure.
Mother nice feature is the ability to watch any match from any division. So if you really can t be bothered to see how your boys do against Scunthorpe, you can go and watch He shoots! He score*.1 The crowd goes wikfl the Liverpool and Man Utd match instead Not exactly very good management, out a lets you keep track of your fave dubs white you sink without trace.
And that's another good point (by jingo there's a lot of *em|. If your team starts to drop like a stone, you can abandon ship and move to another team. And then thrash your old team into the ground. Ho ho ho.
Ft’s a good game basically. If it could get a response from such a sportophobic like me.
Then it's got to be good. Maybe people who know football inside out will find some inconsistencies, bur f doubt It. I enjoyed ft immensely, and I reckon you will too Yes you. Weil worth a gander, Daniel n i* rl nhAnTfi H v i s i o M Intuitive icons, and the matches look great AUDIO 000 Atmospheric match FX fort not much room for anything else.
P LAVA BILITY Highly enjoyable, with a real sense of participation.
ADDICTION Staitmg at the bottom really gives you something to play for September 1999 The geneing of life, itS... MINDSCAPE ¦ £19.99 ¦ ' 2meg ¦ Joystick * Out now We've noi had a puzzle game in Gamer for ages and ages.
Well, at least not for two issues. I bet you puzzle freaks are just thirsting for a tut of a brain drain.
Puzzle games are alright with me, but what if you had a puzzle game and turned it into a 3D isometric puzzle game with lots of shooting of lasers and things that you would never see in a normal puzzle game?
If only there was one like that. Hark, what do I see bounding over the hills like a breath of fresh air. But a puzzle game with the odd title of D Generation and, look, it s got loads of lasers and stuff you wouldn't normally see in a puzzle game.
D Generation is a Neogen. I bet you're really confused now. So I'd better start from the beginning. You play the part of a man, a male, a bloke, a non-woman, got it? The poor little chap hasn't got a name and personally I think he should have one. So I will christen him, Eric.
Eric isn't a muscle bound hero with a super weapon and neither is he a normal hero without a super weapon. Eric Is just a delivery boy armed with only a simple.
Package, but - and this is a but that will alter Eric's whole life - the package contains something at could save the whole wide world and more likely will make Eric the president or something.
Enc has to deliver the package to Singapore to a place called the Genoq Biofator The Genoq Biolabs produce Neogen organisms and these Neogens have escaped. The Neogens haven't worked out how to get out of the labs - yed Prior to the out-___ J break, some recon satellites spotted an explosion near the top of the building. This is where Derrida, the head scientist, is creating the next Neogen prototype, the D Generation There are three other generations of Neogens. The Generation is a bouncing red ball that smothers its target and can Cloak itself by going transparent. There is the
B GeneraDon which is a bouncing blue cylinder that crushes itsnarget- It's extremely fast and can hide in the floor.
The C Generation is a humanoid that can disguise itself as anything, animate or inani mate. This Neogen decapitates its targets (gulpl).
Finally there is fhe-O Gfner- aoon. The good news is that there is only one D Generation in existence: the bad news is that it's equipped with sophisticated neuro-holographic camouflaging, SO it can disguise itself as anything. It also has a super-hardened dermal layer that acts like a sheet of armour, making it virtually indestructible.
C9m with me fair and beautiful maiden and I will take you away from all this evil that is afoot.
If the D Generation were to escape from the labs out into the real world it would threaten the life of every single person on the planet (double gulp and even a slight gasp!).
Unfortunate Eric has unknowingly walked into the building to hand in his packagetand the door has closed behind him. Eric finds the receptionist hiding behind her desk. She tells Eric that Derrida has been demanding the package and it is extremely important to Derrida. Eric's mission is that he must take the package to Derrida and if possible rescue any survivors that he finds along the way.
Well I suppose after all that waffle, you're probably wondering whether it's any good Well personally - and this is only my opinion -1 think it is good.
D Generation is a nice refreshing change. If you're fed up shooting wave upon wave of aliens and bored stiff of beating the hell out of enemy upon enemy, then D Generation could well be worth a look.
The puzzles range from the easy to hard.
Some are obvious, some are not so obvious. As well as using your head to solve the puzzles, you have to be pretty good at waggling your joystick. There are plenty of A B C Generations all looking to squash and mangle you to death. D Generation takes a while to get | into, but once you're in there you migft find yourself trapped and unable to get I out. The game is massive with about 20 levels of puzzling that'll keep you enter-11 tained for ages and ages.
D Generation doesn't have that ce something that makes it stand out fro loads of other games, but it's a really go and very enjoyable puzzle-'em-up.
Jonathan VISION 0000 Wee graphics that give the game that futuristic fed AUDIO ©O Not much sound apart from a couple of samples.
P L A V A B I L I T V oooo Easy controls make it great fun to play.
Plenty of depth.
ADDICTION oooo Might get lost in your 3*mes cQ ectx*v, but one to come back to.
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Exp Date _ Tel: On your marks... '& meg ¦ Joystick ¦ Out now EMPIRE * £29.99 very four years, a small event called the Olympics anses. Almost every single games company fights for the ultimate Olympic licence, E The money that floats around must be incredible. Unfortunately, International Sports Challenge is not the official Olympic game, but it is really rather good.
A bit of history for you. Anyone reading the remember Daley Thompson's Decathlon on the good old Sinclair Spectrum? Yes. Of course you do, it was the start of something big and it would revolutionise athletic games for ever and ever Amen.
Yes, the one game that would be responsible for the end of an era. As you may or may not know. Daley's Decathlon involved tapping two keys as fast as you could, This undoubtedly led to the N and M being worn out before any of the other keys This, among other things, led to the death of my Spectrum, so with a tear in my eye I waved goodbye to the good old Speccy and said a big hello to my brand spanking new Amiga. Hurrah, hurrah and thrice hurrah.
Being a sentimental and thoughtful sort of guy (you've got to be joking - Ed| I still look back to the days when Daley ruined my micro, but in some way maybe it was a godsend and I was meant to receive an Amiga on that fateful day Since Daley, sports games have come and gone, but as I said a few words back, it s the time of the Olympics and sports games are big business to these software companies.
It's packed with peanuts and It's Just so satisfying.
Marathon or should that be Snickers? Who cares?
For starters, most sports game are dead easy to produce - all you have to do is produce a simple joystick waggler. Or that's how it seems to me, which is unfortunate for you the punters, yes you. The ones who have to fork out U5 or more a time for such software.
It's your decision and with tons and tons of Olympic games software available, it's you the punters who will make or break these companies. Whoops. I've just realised.
I have made a major error. This is not an Olympic Games game It s only got six different sports in it so it s got nothing to do with the Olympics.
Blimey, that was almost a catastrophe, it s easily done though, especially with the images that cover the box. There are six events - diving, cycling, shooting, swim- mmg. Show jumping and the marathon The marathon is the "key" event. You start with the marathon and in between you travel to all the different events. After the event has finished you return to the Whoop whoop! Dive dive!
Marathon to check on how you're runner is doing. You can alter his rhythm and speed, plus you can tell him what to take on the refreshment stand.
You have a choice of glucose, water or steroids. Oops. I mean a sponge. Don your swimming togs because the next event is diving.
Yes. You to can dive like the pros or y could be a complete amateur and belly* but at least itH be a flabtastic bellyflop. To honest, it’s not a bad diving event, F starters you can actually do a proper (fl and yes you do feel quite happy when y do an inward reverse double piked som sault.
Show Jumping's next. Now this is I only event in the whole game that is gu anteed to raise a smile. For starters, it's a* 3D. It doesn't actually feel as though yot I a horse, it's more like driving a car I I this out when Dobbin kept on doing
• point turns and especially when he t pulled over by the cops
and had to take »breath test to see if he'd been riding while
er the influence. To keep you enter- d, there are several
different courses.
Back to the baths for the next part, it s nming. The competition allows you to [choose between four strokes, three different Motances and three different competition fcvels. This is an almost straightforward At the bottom of the screen there is a htroke bar which displays the speed and wythm of your stroke. A heart will appear Ion the bar each time you need to breathe.
The only other waggler in the whole [package is the cycling. As in the Show U npmg. The cycling is a 3D vectory-type |Wngy. This is one of the more exciting jvents. You start waggling your stick and or the first couple of laps you have to either ake the lead or follow the other cycle, then he bell rings signalling the final lap. Ther rou go into a waggle frerey until you h-t hat finish line. I know it sounds crap on Jdper, but believe you me it’s really exciting vhen you're waggling away. Right, last event before the end of the marathon and it's the shooting. There are four different shooting
events. Rapid Fire pistol shooting involves you shooting at five revolving targets which are marked with five scoring zones - the closer to the buirs eye, the more points you are awarded with.
Running Game target shooting means 0000 Grtii* sraptoci, especUfy fantaiwroonie 30 bits.
AUDIO 000 Fairty average sound, nowtspedal.
P LAY A B I L I TY GGOO Simple control system, good for the beginner.
ADDICTION GGO YouH come back to this, eventually.
That you have to shoot running game, but thankfully these days the 'game' are just moving targets with pictures of wild boar painted on them. Clay Pigeon and Skeet Shooting I expea you're all familiar with, so I won't waste my breath explaining it all to you. After you've completed all these events, you go back to the marathon to guide your man home to the finish line. Unfortunately I always ended up about fifth and still haven r won it, but I'm sure you'll be able to do it tom better than me.
Right, that's another review done and dusted - all I need to tell you now is what I think about it. Overall International Sports Challenge is a very polished product indeed The 3D bits add a new dimension to the genre, plus the fact that you have the marathon running all the way through the game - another new idea which works wen I can't actually compare it to any of the other recent sports games, simply because I haven't see any of them, The graphics are good and the sound is fairly average, but the playability is excellent.
I think you'll probably come back to the one even after all this Olymp*c business has died down. I liked it. But it doesn t last too long which is probably its only major faiit mainly because there aren't enough events Also. £30 is a bit expensive, but if you re feekng in a particularly sporty mood ther would recommend that you buy this Jonathan TV Sports Baseball is the third release in the TV Sports series.
American Football was the first, and it just so happens that it was rather good.
I say was. Because the game has now been superseded by the highly acclaimed John Madden's Football.
Next in the seres was TV Sports Basketball, which oddly enough received a number of mwed reviews. Now here’s TV Sports Baseball, and you know what? Baseball is a funny old game (Acme Jimmy Greaves guote|.
The idea behind it is simple. Whoever scores the most points wins. A point is awarded by running around all four bases.
It's just as simple to play. A pitcher hurtles a ball at the batter - and when I say 'hurtles' I mean it because some of these pitchers can throw balls at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour. The batter must hit the ball - if he doesn't its called a stnke.
If the batter misses three times, it’s three strikes and he’s out If he manages to hit the ball, he must run to first base or further depending on how far the ball travels.
MINDSCAPE ¦ £25.99 ¦ 1 meg ¦ Joystick « Out now If the ball's hit over one of the surrounding fences, the batter scores a home run. Everyone goes a bit bonkers and the batter is allowed to trot around all four bases looking very smug indeed.
Unfortunately for the batter, there are many ways of getting yourself out One - you can be caught out Two - three strikes and you’re out. Three - while running between bases you can be tagged with the ball and you’re out Ahem. Four - while running between bases, the fielders can throw the ball to the base where he's running to and stump the base - the poor hapless batter is out. Five - if the batter hits the ball bertnd. It’s one strike. If he does it agam its two strikes, but if he does it again he doesn't get out I told you it was a funny game, this baseball lark. So he's not out. But it
improves the pitcher’s chance of getting him out As you can see. The odds are heavily weighed against the batter.
Well, that’s the game and some of the rules explained. What you’re probably wondering is if this TV Sports Baseball malarky is any good. The answer is no with a capital N. It's rubbish.
For starters, take a good long thoughtful look at baseball. What did you see? Just kid- dingi When I look at baseball I see atmosphere. I see thousands of completely mad Americans screaming and shouting for their teams. In TV Sports Baseball you could hear a blooming pin drop. There are a few samples of the umpire shouting 'Ssstttrrikkkeeee Onnneee' and so on, but the only crowd sound is when you score a home run and the crowd suddenly spring into action. No. Nein.
Non. Zilch atmosphere.
The second problem is batting. I know basebal is a tough game, but at least let me hit the ball. The ball comes at you like a nuclear missile - well sort of - and you swing your bat in hope that you're going to hit it and miss. Next ball, you swing, you miss. And again and again until it’s bme for you to field.
When you eventually hit the ball, you haven't a due how you did it Most of the time it's a foul shot or you smack the bugger, it looks as though it’s Great statistic screens of our time - No. 1,756 going to be a home run and it drops pathetically into some fielder's hands and you’re out.
Fielding is much more fun than batting, simply because it's easier. As I write. I'm on my fourth match in the league and still haven't won. It s not because I'm rubbish - no one else in the office can do it either.
On the press release it says, and I quote: The most complete computer-basebaii game ever developed.' I think that should have had a great big 'nod' at the end because someone somewhere's been telling porioes.
The graphics are fairly good, but the re not as good as RBI Baseball 2. In fact the whole game is nowhere near as good as RBI Baseball 2.
To top it all off it needs a megabyte of memory, and I thought one meg games were VISION ©©©•• Graphics OK, but nothing special.
AUDIO ©©••• A measly crowd chetr and a few duff samples.
Very poor indeed.
PLAYABILITY 000 As addictive as havinga basebal bat shoved up your backside.
ADDICTION ooaaa Fielding is good fun, but batting is awful.
Meant to be good. Take a kx* at Team I Project X and Alien Breed to see how a ( meg game should be made.
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Take the shovel from the sign Talk to the three pirates, get money for wood polish Go to carpenters, buy wood polish Go back to pirates, polish leg (up to 19 times)
5. Enter Bloody Up Bar via window at the back
6. Get knife Go to hotel. Cut crocodiles rope.
8, Go to Largo s room and nick his wig 9, Go to cemetery and dig up Largo's grandad (zoiks!)
11 Pick up bone 1 Go to the map makers and nick a piece of paper 1; Return to Bloody Lip Bar and talk to barman i 3. Use paper with the, ahem, phlegm on the wall 14 Go to the pirates and nick their bucket
15. Go to the swamp and use the bucket with the swamp 16 Go back
to Largo's room and shut the door 17 Use the bucket of swamp
mud on the door It Splat!
1» Follow Largo to the laundry
20. Back to Largo s room, shut door and take the ticket 21
Collect Largo's laundry
22. Go to the swamp, use coffin and row to the shack 23 Give the
wig, phlegm, bone and undies to the spooky woman
24. On the way out, take the string from the table
25. Trot back to Largo's room
26. Take cheesy snacks from the Croc's bowl
27. Use the pins in the voodoo doll when Largo's nearby 28 Off we
pop to the beach, picking up the stick from the path 2 Back
to the crap pirates
30. Open box, use stick with box, use string with stick, use
chees things with box 31 When the rat eats the cheesy things,
use string, pick up rat
32. Go to Bloody Up's kitchen via window, dump rat in the soup
33. Go back round to the bar, and ask for a stew
34. Accept the job, and nip out of the window
35. Go to the map makers, and nick his monocle when he puts it
down
36. Go to the pinnacle, give Cap'n Dread the monocle, charter
ship
37. Take parrot chow, enter cabin and head for Booty Island 31
Huzzah! We re on our way!
39. Go to antique shop and buy th saw 41 Back to Scabb Island
41. Go to the pirates and saw off his wooden leg
4. Go to carpenters, and nick a hammer and some nails 4i Back to
Booty Island (you're not seasick are you?)
44. Go to Stan's Coffin Shop, talk to Stan, then leave 4!
Re-enter shop, ask to see coffin again 46 When Stan gets in,
close coffin and nail him in
47. Get crypt key from the back wall 41 Use hammer on cash
register
49. Go to Phatt Island, get arrested Pick up mattress, get stick,
use stick on dead dude, use bone dog 51 Take both the
envelopes from the shelves
52. Go to the library. Tell librarian that you're over 21
53. Use card index. Remember Joy of Hex" and "Great Ship Wr worry
when it flies away. It's in hand (fnrr fnrr!)
77. Go round the back of the mansion, push dustbins
78. Run right around the house with the chef in pursuit 79 When
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fish
80. Pop back into the party, go upstairs and take the oar, back
outside, half-inch the dog as well. You fiend!
81. Go to Phatt island, talk to fisherman, show him the fish
82. Go to Booty Island, go to cliff, use fishing rod on map
83. This is getting silly, isn't it?
84. Go to the big tree, use oar in the hole next to the plank 85
Climb on to the oar. Spooky dream sequence bit...
86. Pick up the broken oar, take it to the carpenter on Scabb
Island
87. Return to the tree on Booty Island, use the oar in the hole,
climb onto oar, take plank, use plank in next hole, climb on
plank, pick up oar, use oar in next hole and so on...
88. Get telescope from furthest tree house
89. Enter tree house, use dog on the mound of paper
90. Caramba! Map piece numero deux!
Righty, we've got quite a way into the game here haven't we? Thanks to the mysterious Mr. Farthing for his considerable help.
Just to give you a kick start on your search for the next piece, you'll need to win the spitting contest by fair means or foul (but mostly foul), charter the glass bottomed boat, study your books, and go for a bit of a dive. If you figure that out, then you’ll be able to "get ahead to get the map.
Cryptic, eh fellow funsters? Remember, never a cross word.
Get the three books from librarian Open model lighthouse and nick lens Go to Governor's Mansion, tell guard there's a fire, go upstairs Use useless third book with book on his bed Go to Scabb Island Go to cemetery, use crypt key on crypt Look at "Famous Pirate Quotes" book Open coffin that matches Rapp Scallion's quote, get ashes Go to swamp, ask Mojo lady about Ashes2Life Go to crypt, use Ashes2Life on Rapp's ashes, say you'll check the gas Go to hut on beach, use key on door, switch off gas Go to crypt, re-animate Rapp, tell him about the gas Bingo! One map piece!
67. Go to Phatt Island
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of fingers he holds up. IGNORE THE NUMBER HE SAY S. He'll
hold up some more fingers. When he asks the question, give
him the number he held up the first time. Go that?
71. Go to Wheel of Fortune in the next alley, place bet on
winning number
72. Repeat steps 69 to 71 until you've got all three prizes
73. Go to Booty Island
74. Go to costume shop, show invitation, pick up your "costume"
75. Go to party at the mansion, nick map piece, leave mansion
76. One tearful reunion later, try and get the map piece back,
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You've got a 'pit', and different shaped blocks tumble from the top. By rotating them, you've got to make complete lines in the pit. Each complete line vanishes, thus leaving you more room Each incomplete line remains where it is, and clogs up your pit. If the blocks reach the top, it’s game over. And that's it Now. On Super Tetris things are a bit different.
We've got some new features to talk about. So lets go through them one by one.
For a start the pit starts half full of blocks. You've got to clear this 'rubble’ to progress to the next level. The trouble is, you've only got a limited number of blocks per level.
For each line you complete, you get two bombs. These can be used to blast away A couple of completed lines coming up, while the little Russian girts gate lovingly at the elephant s trunk A co-operative two-player game In progress. Note the wider pit to make more room for two your cock-ups. Or to collect treasure. Which leads us on to... The treasures. These nestle in among the rubble and can be collected by hitting them with bombs. The bonuses range from extra pieces, destroying a whole line or giving you one of those elusive and ever so handy long blocks, You've got a two-player option where
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the CoverDisk VISION 0000 Mice background pkcies, with a Russian circus theme.
AUDIO 000 OK for fans of Russian fofc music, and some nice explosion FX.
PLAyABILITV 0000 It'S still Tetris but arc the changes worth £30?
Nope.
ADDICTION 00000 No surprises here for one of the most addictive games ever made.
Not so long ago. As have most comp magazines The problem isn’t that Super Tetris is I bad game, it's not. It s just that it's vasd over-priced, and the new changes don justify the price. I'd even put money on I fact that in about three months you'll I able to get a PD Tetris with the same I tures, probably called Super Twonktrix i something.
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Arexx 101 Alex Gian finishes his introductory overview of Arexx with a look at its ability to generate code dynAMIGAlly DTV 103 The role which still pictures can play In an animation. Paul Austin has his finger on the Pause button... MUSIC 107 Sequencer One Plus has been awaited eagerly by the Amiga music fraternity. Paul Austin sees it it was worth it • COMMS 109 Hands around the world... all thanks to your modem. Pat Winstanley talks international unity and whopping phone bills AMOS 111 Jazr up your programs with a wider range of fonts and font
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We have also seen the all-important Arexx ports which allow the interprocess communication, and their related host addresses.
In future we will be looking at more specific subjects from the varied and resourceful world of Arexx, including access to Amiga system structures from Arexx, specific Arexx-based languages supplied with major packages, interesting new libraries, examples of automation scripts, Arexx compilers and much more. ' It would be wrong to conclude any overview of Arexx without looking at one of its most interesting features - the ability to generate code dynAMIGAlly.
Admittedly this is a more advanced feature, but anyone who wants to use Arexx for more than mundane automation tasks will find it quite rewarding to explore. The dynamic abilities of Arexx allow it to address some major programming tasks, much more easily than, say, Basic, or other languages.
What does dynamic code handling mean? Well, first of all, Arexx can create new variables while it runs, and it can "drop" old ones - we saw this last time, when we looked at compound symbols.
Not only that, but it can also create variables with names specified by the user as the program runs! It can also accept or build program lines - not originally in the code - and run them just as if they were normal Arexx program lines.
These abilities are achieved using the very powerful Interpret instruction, and its sidekick, the VALUEO function. Interpret takes any expression as an argument, and, after evaluating it, attempts to interpret execute it just as if it was the next line of the code.
By this means, it is actually possible for a program to create commands for itself while it is running, and subsequently to run them!
The following simple example takes advantage of this, in order to implement a simple "readloop".
This reads each line typed in at the "?•" prompt, and runs it just as if it was a regular Arexx dause (command line): I* i siiple readloop * do forever options proipt parse pull inputstnna if Inputstring - 'Bye theft break interpret Iflputstring end Note that in the above program, the input (inputstring) is actually a vanable until it is converted to a clause by the Interpret instruction. You can probably already see the enormous potential of this.
The contents of the string to be Interpreted can be any valid Arexx code - the string can contain more than one program line. It is considered as an independent unit block, not unlike the blocks specified within a DO...END range.
A Break clause within this string will make the program break out of the Interpret instruction, but there must be no Leave or Iterate instructions, unless they are in the context of a DO loop. Other than that there are hardly any restrictions.
In the above example we see an arbitrary string being executed as a clause. If the contents of this string are,“var1 = IT, a new variable called "varl" is created and given the value 77. Now, to complete the process, we will also need the ability to retrieve the value of a variable whose name we specify.
This is done with the function VALUEO. The argument to this function is an expression which evaluates to the name of the variable. Consider the following example: ' Using the viliieO function * ml = 11 var? 1 ' v n • sir valuetvar?)
Sajf viluef'virB1) You will see that in the first case nvar2" is evaluated, and the result, "varl" is used as the argument, so "IT is printed out. In the second case the literal value of the string, ie "var2" is used as the argument so "varl" is printed out.
So, not only can variables be created but they can also be accessed by their names while the program is running! In most other languages this is only possible while tracing debugging.
The VALUEO function can thus be used as a kind of a pointer to give us the value of a variable during run-time - a lot of power here, but also a lot of potential for errors.
This is not possible in other languages such as Basic, where all variable names must be declared at the start, and the language prevents any mixing of the variable names with the variable contents.
As well as being able to find the value of a variable specified during run-time, Arexx is also able to give us certain information about it, such as whether the variable is initialised to a value, and what kind of string it contains.
Two functions are provided for this - SYMBOLO and DATATYPEO- SYMBOLO takes one argument, the (potential) name of a variable, and returns one 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.
Continuing to support Arexx is a high priority and as a result we are opening the AC Arexx Library.
This new source of Arexx software will be redistributed free of charge on the AC CoverDisk every month.
If you want to play your part in the Arexx explosion, send your scripts and additional programs to; AC Akexx Library, Amiga Computing, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield, SK10 4NP of the following three strings - VAR, UT or BAD, VAR means that the string we have given is an initialised variable within the program; LIT means that it is a literal string, in other words it can be used as a variable name but is not currently initialised; while BAD means that the string is not a legal Arexx symbol and may not be used as a variable name.
This is a useful check to make before attempting to create new variables dynAMIGAlly!
DATATYPEO « used to inform us of the contents of the variable we specify. If used with one argument, it will return one of two strings, NUM or CHAR, depending on whether the variable content is a number or a character string.
In addition, DATATYPEO can also take an optional second argument. This specifies even more detailed information to check for, and returns either 1 or 0, depending on whether the test succeeded or not. The options for the Datatype command are shown in Figure I. Note that the first argument, as always, is evaluated before being tested, so datatype(l 2,numeric)
* 1, but datatypeTI IT, numeric) = 0.
As you can see, the tests provided by DATATYPEO are extremely useful, and can save a lot of boring coding.
Structures One example of the use of these facilities might be the creation of a simple database, where the elements can be stored in variables under their own names, as they are given in. This dispenses with the need to provide appropriate structures beforehand.
Data storage is also far more flexible, and a new category, or a special case can be stored very easily, without having to modify the complete database substructure. When used in conjunction with compound symbols, this can yield some extremely flexible and powerful computing.
Note that a program which creates a database like this (a simplistic example is given in the listing below), ends up with a different set of variables to those with which it started out - the program has modified itself while running.
This approach could be taken even further, with a program modifying ifcelf until it is quite different from the way it started. Of course, we always hope that any changes a program makes to itself are for the better!
In languages that do not allow this kind of dynamic evolution, all the possible outcomes would have to be taken care of in the initial algorithm. Dynamic code allows the flexibility to deal with the unexpected.
Programs that make major changes to themselves while running are known as self-modifying.
Their real value is in artificial intelligence and other problem-solving applications.
Here the self-modification represents the new states learned by the program. However, use of code like this - powerful as it Is - Is extremely sensitive and prone to error unless it is very rigorously programmed, so any major complexity is better avoided.
While it does a lot to simplify small jobs, I do not recommend using it for anything complex without a good understanding of dynamic code, as it makes it all too easy to tie oneself up in knots.
The ability to intermingle the names of variables with their contents is technically known as syntax semantics collapsing. The syntax of the • Listing 1 * I* Siiple dynaaic data *1 ditilist * da forevtr options proapt *?-* say " fine an object! (Bye to Quit)* parse pull input input * "Bye* tfcen break * • * various checks could be aade here; ej. That » * the object naie CAN be used as a variable, • • and that It ha* not aUeady heen entered.
* I * He also iiintain a list this could be used •I I* if ue
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* datalist : datalist input say *Tell ae suitin' about It."
Parte pull second ? ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: *1 I* ue prefix all object nsaes with "Saydb,- just
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Program (ie the language rules) blends into the semantics or meaning of the program, (ie what the program does).
Arexx is mainly known for its scripting facilities, but the language also provides powerful programming tool, as Alex Gian explains Arexx It is a prominent feature of the Lisp family of languages, which have been a major tool in Al research. Think of syntax semantics collapsing as plastic explosive - it is flexible enough to be made into any shape you like, powerful, and should be treated with extreme care.
Glossary Alphanumeric numbers and letters only - eg "al 3XYZ" Binary zeros and ones only - eg * 1001101" Lowercase only lower case alphabetic characters Mixed mixed upper and lower case alphabetic characters only Numeric whole or decimal numbers - eg "777', "12.45" Symbol valid Arexx symbols only (see SYMBOL0 (unction) Upper only upper case alphabetic characters Whole whole numbers only - no decimals X hex digit strings - eg "c0abb3", "FFFF" Now, Rexx was primarily designed to be a practical language, and was never intended for complex Al use. However, combined with its good parsing abilities,
it is possible to use it constructively in a number of programming applications, for example syntax analysis and problems concerning an evolving program state.
These uses are more advanced, and we may have a better look at them in the future.
As we said, the majority of Arexx users will mainly be interested in its script automation facilities. Yet there is one application area - not as complex as Al use, but a little more involved than automation scripting - which will interest many users.
This involves the conversion of files from one format to another. Arexx was practically made for this task, and even less experienced programmers should find that format conversions are a breeze, whether they be text, graphics, or sound.
Most of the utilities that do this kind of job come from the Unix world and assume some familiarity with the C way of doing things. On the whole they have been the province of professional programmers; the amateurs having been left to plod along in Basic.
Yet with a little thought, Arexx can do quite a bit of what dedicated reformatting and pattern- matching programs like AWK, PERL, SED and even SNQBQL can do, in a surprisingly straightforward manner.
So next time you have a file you cannot use, because it is not in quite the right format, don't despair. Write an Arexx script to do the job. You might be surprised at how easy it is.
* I* to ensure they ire unique. Laagine the chaos *1 I* if
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string I* a siiple Query loop *1 say "Vhadya vanra know about?*
parse pull third guery = rSiydb_"||third if syabol(query) ” VAR
then say value(query) else say 'I dunno anything about it" end
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Bonus Another animation bonus is that stills offer you the opportunity to display images as they really are, rather than being forced to compromise quality as is often the case when imagery i$ compiled into an anim.
If you're the lucky owner of one of the many 24-bit display boards, stills may be the only method you'll ever have to show your work as it should be rather than suffering the sometimes painful transition to Ham, which is still the only really viable method of displaying photo-realistic full screen images without the assistance of a still frame recording system.
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If your finances won’t stretch to Scala you could employ a PD picture viewer or even better load them into View 3.0 - the excellent anim player and picture viewer found on this month's CoverDisk.
With this program it's possible to compile several individual images into an anim and play them back frame by frame thanks to the program's single frame advance option.
When a series of stills are combined with a genlock, the results can be stunning, especially if the stills are from the actual video on display. Now you can employ the classic TV trick of "echoing'1.
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No matter what the method the process invariably boils down to either scanning or frame grabbing.
In the case of frame grabbing, the conversion from live video to a still frame image is relatively painless. As you're already dealing with a video- legal image there's no palette adjustment necessary to avoid the dreaded colour bleeding so often associated with composite video.
This is a regular problem when employing scanned images which contain colour saturations which exceed 191 or approximately 12 within the Amiga's colour register.
Even though video grabs are "legal", it doesn't mean that they are completely free from harm.
One of the most frequent grabbing disasters is image blur, a phenomena which is usually accompanied by a horrendous amount of interlace flicker.
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All video and broadcast images are made up of two alternating fields which are used to effectively double the resolution of the image.
Unfortunately such images are often less than ideal in their static form. De-interlacing has the effect of dividing the two signals into their respective fields.
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Again, image processing is the answer, with all the mayor packages allowing adjustment of overall colour saturation as well as individual colour editing within the palette.
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No matter what the subject or style of your show a genlock is a near essential for a professional finish.
Although direct exposures are useful on occasion - echoes being an example - the option to fade stills up or down through live video really adds to the production.
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Tel: 0873*850028 Add £2.00 per item PiP PROGRAMMING [lyjyyy A I It is possible to create a screen display without Graphics Primitives commands - an enterprising assembler programmer can tell the registers exactly what to do.
The Viewport can be replaced by copper lists, and the View by DMA commands and instructions to registers. This reduces overheads if more time is needed for each game cycle. It also gives the programmer more flexibility and a chance to show off.
Some commands from the Amiga Library are still used. Commands to enable and disable the multitasking allow the program to coexist with any others, and to exit gracefully.
If I use Amiga Library commands to allocate and free memory, I can be sure that there is no clash of interest with the rest of the system, if a program is going to take over the machine completely it does not have to be so diplomatic.
The Copper can change the contents of some registers at certain screen positions, The Copper has a program called a Copper list that is stored in memory and executed command by command, at the same time as the main processing.
Colourmap Viewports consist mainly of sets of instructions for the Copper, as can be seen from the Viewport structure. Four of the structure members are pointers to Copper lists - vp_Dsplns (display), vp_Srlns, (sprites), vp_Clrlns (colour) and vp.UCoplns (the user copper instructions).
The colourmap, vp_ColorMap, is an area where the colours are stored so that the Amiga can use them when creating its Copper list. There are some structure members for the size of the Viewport and some of the display options used in the View.
There is a pointer to the next Viewport, if any.
The MrgCopO command merges all the Copper lists for all the Viewports so that the instructions The demo program The demo program on the support disk contains the source module, iffread2.a, which is the general purpose picture file reader.
The colours from the CMAP chunk are copied to the colourlist in the calling program. The picture data in the BODY chunk is read in, decoded, and copied to the bitplanes specified by the bitmap structure in the calling program. The file is closed, and control goes back to the main program.
The instructions for the start of the four bit planes is copied into a Copper list in chip memory.
Instructions are added that gradually changes the background colour from light to dark cyan, and then from dark to light brown as the raster beam goes down the screen.
The CopperDMA is disabled, then enabled again after the new Copper list is put in place and triggered. The picture from the IFF file is displayed but instead of a black background, the colour instructions from the Copper list are obeyed.
The picture is displayed on the screen until the user presses the joystick Fire button, or clicks a mouse button. The old Copper list is brought back, the memory freed, and the program exits.
A background of graded colours could be produced using a similar Copper list to the one used in the program. This could give an illusion of perspective for a game where the player has to shoot at a menacing series of wire frame triangles and squares as they rush towards him.
Another possibility is to adjust the bitplane pointers part of the way down the screen to pra duce a parallax scroll - this can look very effective.
Margaret Stanger looks at ways to avoid graphics primitives are in the correct order. The Viewport has a pointer to the Raslnfo structure, which in turn has a pointer to the Bitmap structure. The start address of each Bitplane must be set so that the DMA controller can find the data.
A pair of registers, BPLxPTH and BPLxPTL is used for the high and low word of the address of each plane. The data can be moved into these registers from the Copper list, which is set up* as follows:
• ove.l ClistAddr,dO Copper list address ¦ove.l »J,di ;*
bitplanes In Bmscene aS lea 6a_Planes(a5),»3 ;bit plane
addresses
• ove.v Ibplpt,d3 register address, bit plane pointers aikeliit:
• ove.l (a3)*.d1 next bit plane address
• ove.v d3,(a0)e copy next register address into list add.w
P2,d3 update register address snap d1 aove.M d1,(aOJ* copy
high uoro of bit plane address ¦ove.K dS.laO)* copy next
register address into list add.v »2,dJ update register address
svap d1 aove.v d1,(a0)+ copy lov word of bit plane address
dbra di,aakelist until all four planes are processed For more
information on how to create, set up, and trigger a Copper
list, and use the hardware registers, see the Almanac page for
December,
1991.
The view structure contains a pointer to the first viewport, and to the two Copper lists which are the result of all the other Copper lists merging. The main or long frame Copper list will be used here, the short frame Copper list is an additional list used for interlace mode.
The display instructions and view modes can be set by addressing the registers directly. The colours are placed in the colour registers directly at the same time.
The register DIWSTRT sets the upper left-hand comer of the start of the display (vertical 48, horizontal 129) and the register DIWSTOP sets the lower right-hand corner (vertical 304, horizontal 256+193).
This centres the screen display, allowing for the blanking gap, and the shape of the picture tube.
The registers DDFSTRT and DDFSTOP determine the horizontal start and finish of the bit plane DMA.
Eight bus cycles are needed to read all the bit planes in lo-res, and four in hi-res. Register DDFSTRT contains the bus cycle of the first bit plane DMA in the line (S38 in lo-res, S3c in hi-res), and DDFSTOP the bus cycle of the last bit plane DMA in the line (SdO in lo-res, Sd4 in hi-res).
Setting the bits in register BPLCON0 activates the following functions: Bit Function hi-res mode on hold and modify on dual playfield on video colour on genlock audio on light pen active interface mode on external synchronisation on Bits 12 to 14 contain a three-digit number representing the number of bitplanes. This display has four bitplanes, colour, and no fancy ViewModes.
The BPLCON2, BPLCON1, BPL1 MOD and BPL2MOD registers are cleared for this display. I hope to cover these in a future Almanac feature.
Rather than re-invent the wheel, I have made use of an assembler IFF picture file reading module that I wrote for the May Issue of AMIGA Computing. The support disk contains a fully commented version of the source code.
Because this is a general purpose IFF file reader, it works equally well with today's low level graphics, with graphics primitives or with Intuition.
I have set up a bitmap structure, as the File reader expects a bitmap structure as input. The structure will hold the four bit plane addresses, but these addresses will be accessed directly by this program, instead of being linked to a screen structure.
The other inputs to the routine are the name of the file containing the picture, and the address of the memory area where the colours are to be stored.
My next Almanac pages will have C and assembler features on sprites, vsprites and bobs, and hopefully a book review.
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106 Plus points It's been a long time in the making but Gadjits have finally come good and delivered the long awaited upgrade to Sequencer One.
Is Sequencer One Plus the best all-round Amiga sequencer ever? Paul Austin finds out The aforementioned software was a massive seller back in 91, with a claim of 70,000 units shifted. Now Cadjits are well placed to repeat their success with this impressive sequel.
At first glance the software appears to be much the same, but lurking beneath the familiar front end are a plethora of well thought-out enhancements.
The basics of the program remain the same with full 16-channef Midi support over 32 separate tracks plus four channels devoted to the Amiga's built-in sound capacity.
The program retains the original track list, step editor and bar editor but*now also boasts two new additions - the tempo and jukebox screens.
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Instant Inserting tempo changes is simplicity itself - all the user need do is click within the edit window and the tempo line instantly becomes glued to the pointer as it glides over the window.
Once a suitable point in time and tempo is reached, a click instantly locks that particular change into position. The process can then be repeated as many times as necessary.
The strongest selling points of the new software has to be rwirrr Diamond editsequencers editing individual notes can be a laborious process but thanks to the new feature, Plus is arguably the simplest note editing environment on the Amiga.
Sequencer One » »»»»»»»»»» PLUS Sons Mane; FlftPatchf.PlS Events Used: 117183 Events Free: 111719 Although present within the Tempo map where it can be used to define the interval, snap to interval, move changes or even remove the edit all together, it only really comes into its own within the Step Edit screen.
To activate the system you simply select Diamond Edit mode and dick and hold down the left mouse button anywhere within the Edit window.
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( Aaaargh! Look at the phone bill!
Once you get going in the message areas you will find yourself spending a lot of time and money on the hobby. Even local call charges mount up after a while.
So how do you cut costs without losing touch with all your new friends? The answer is an offline reader (OLft). Most boards offer some method of bundling up all the messages you want to read and compressing them.
You can then download the bundle as if it were any other file and log off the board. With the phone safely back on the hook you can decompress the messages and take your time reading and composing replies.
Sending your replies to the board isn't quite as straightforward, but there are ways and means which I'll be covering in later months. For the moment though you can chop your costs by at least a third by downloading the messages.
Most boards will have suitable decompression programs available for download. If you're not sure, just ask the sysop who will normally be happy to hold your hand while you get the hang of things.
For most people, the attraction of bulletin boards is the opportunity to download public domain and shareware programs.
While this useful service is available on most BBSs, it is by no means all that is offered.
Many BBSs are linked in to an enormous network called Fidonet which offers callers to those boards the opportunity to chat to other callers all over the world for the cost of a local call.
Fidonet works in the following way. Each BBS on the system is part of a long chain which runs around the world, branching out here and there.
Every night a BBS will receive messages from the board behind it in the chain, add those it has received that day from the local callers, then pass the whole lot on to the next BBS in the chain.
After a few days of this messages can travel all round the world, being seen by the callers of each BBS en-route.
So what's in the messages, and why should you bother? The message system can be likened to a shelf full of special and general interest magazines, each crammed with readers, letters.
Here you can read people asking questions, putting forward a point of view, arguing, suggesting innovations and responding to other readers’ queries.
Published The messages found on bulletin boards are just the same except that you can be certain your letter will be published since you effectively publish it yourself, In the UK, in May this year, the statistics show that over 100,000 messages were passed round the system - around 3,000 plus per day. That's an awful lot of messages to have to read, especially if many of them hold no interest for you.
To get round this messages are divided into "echoes", each of which can be thought of as a sin* gle specialist magazine. Thus there might be an echo dealing with vintage cars and another In fishing.
The Open University has an echo of its own where students and tutors get together. As a caller you simply choose the echo or echoes that interest you and read just those areas.
Once inside an area you will find messages from all over the world on that subject- As you read you will find information, leg-pulling and raging arguments.
After a while there will be a message which incenses you so much that you just have to respond to it. At this point, simply typing something like *R" for reply - different boards vary slightly but there will be a menu to help you - will put you into a simple text editor where you can bash out your reply then save it to the BBS's hard disk.
From now on, anyone else calling the BBS and reading that area will see your message, and the message itself will travel around all the other boards on the net too so that people from all over will see what you have to say.
With so many messages flying around in different echoes, there needs to be a certain amount of policing - partly to stop illegal or offensive messages travelling around, but also to ensure that messages are kept on topic.
It's very easy to go off at a tangent and find that while the thread - a series of messages linked to each other - began extolling the virtues of a particular modem, it's now progressed to talking about someone's new car.
This is where moderators come in. Each echo has one or more moderators who keep an eye on all the messages there and warn callers when they are breaching the rules of that echo.
The rules themselves are usually posted in the echo about once a month so that everyone knows where they stand. Another reason for being off topic is when a few people start talking among themselves about local or personal matters. Since these are of no interest to most of the readers a place is needed where they can do this quietly - but where?
Running alongside the national and international echoes are two other systems. The first is a local system which is run by most boards. This is just like the long-distance echoes and may even cover the same subjects, but the messages in these areas are not passed along to other BBSs.
It's not that they are particularly private - anyone logging on can see the areas, but they are usually only of local interest.
For instance, my local board has local areas like "sysop* where callers can report problems on the board, ask for help in finding their way round, receive news of forthcoming changes and so on.
Beer At the moment we are discussing arrangements for a local meeting so that all these names can have faces put to them (and lots of beer down put the faces too by the sound of it!)
That's fine for local people, but what if you want to talk privately with someone at the other end of the country? This is where Netmail comes in.
Netmail works in a similar way to the ordinary national echoes, but instead of everyone in the echo being able to read the messages, only the person it's addressed to can.
This is ideal if you want to help test out a programmer's new product, and need to report bugs and problems. Obviously the programmer won't want these details out in the open for everyone to see.
The AC echoes If you would like to see what goes on in the AMIGA Computing echo on Fidonet, the follow ing boards are among several which carry the messages up and down the country.
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AMOS Let's talk about te Text in computer programs is something you take for granted. I know I do, and it's hard to think beyond the kind of things that have been possible in AmigaBasic, which is what most people's programming experience consists of pre-Amos.
But Amos opens up new vistas of programming, and simply too. This month we'll be looking at how you can spice up your text, whether it be a game logo, high score table, or just the title screen of your new business program.
Text in a computer program tells you two things. The words on the screen tell you what to do, and the style with which they do it tells you a lot about the programmer's attention to detail.
Normal text tricks include clever formatting and changes of colour. But more impressive are changes of font and size. It's like the difference between typing on a typewriter and making up your text in a DTP program.
Firstly if you don't want to faff about with fonts, make your titles a different colour with Pen and centre them with Centre. But there are two kinds of text in Amos - normal text and what they call "graphic text".
Normal text is printed to the screen with a Print statement, but graphic text needs to be put to the screen using Text, like so: Rea * Staple Pont Prop 1 * fit: Fonts Piper 8 Set Font 8 Ink 2 : Teit 5,50 Aiija Computing* The Get Fonts command scans the Rom and Fonts: directory on disk for fonts, and Set Font sets the font to be printed to the appropriate font in the pecking order.
The colour of graphic fonts is set using the Ink command rather than Pen (they're drawn rather than printed, being graphics!), Once you have graphic text under control you can do all manner of technical tricks like putting shadows under the text lea Totally Fontastic!
Lei Paper 8 : Curs Off : Hide : Cls 6et Fonts For F*1 To 30 If FontS(F) Civ Print Fon $ (f) Set Font F For T=20 To 150 Step 20 SHU[10,Y,*Aaigi Coaputinga,13 Rext Wait Key End If Next Procedure SHA»CX,T,AS,Dl fir Writing 0 Ink 0 For M*-| To P Text im,r-D,A$ : Text 1*11, HI,AS Next For 0T=-W To 1-1 Teit I-D,HIT,Ai : Text M,T*8T,A$ Next Ink 2 : Text X,Y,At End Proe using JAM1 mode via the GR WRITING command to ensure a good impression. Or if you're particularly clever you can even add a drop shadow using Phil South taps out a few words on his Amos and realises he'd prefer a new font, colour and
size the same program but simply changing the last two lines: Ink 2 j Hit *-2,1-2,11 End Proe This offsets the final white printing of the characters up and to the left of the black outline, creating a drop shadow.
Experiment with the code and see how many effects you can do. How about making the last print in the same Ink as the Paper colour, for an outline font?
More exotic effects can be obtained using Aaron Fothergill's Ctext program, in which graphic text is taken to its extreme. If you get this program (either from Aaron's Amos Club or Deja Vu Software) you can create a font in Deluxe Paint and include it in your program just like the pros do.
The font «S stored on an IFF picture file like the example screen on this page, and then scanned into Ctext a letter at a time. Then you can print it to the screen in the same way you would ordinary text, or even do a scrolly message across another screen.
Finally, Rainbow text is easy, and very effective.
Basically what you have is a rainbow you set up using the copper, and the text is like a lot of holes punched through a screen covering the rainbow, giving you rainbow coloured text! Try this listing to give you a taster:
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Mono DTP is what most of us practice, which generally involves using a bunch of mono devices like hand scanners, laser printers and even mono monitors.
If your output is going to be mono, anything to do with colour - with the exception of greyscales of course - is a waste of time and money. When you start experimenting with colour desktop publishing, the first thing you notice is that - compared to mono DTP - the costs are astronomical, Forgetting the costs of the colour separations and the plates and the inks and the special types of paper you need for decent colour results, there's the more immediate problem of getting coloured photographs and illustrations from paper into the computer.
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Colour technology has advanced quickly over the past three years or so, and it's becoming cheaper all the time - witness the number of colour photocopiers in the High Street for instance.
It's the same with colour scanners, and Epson have just broken the sub-£ 1,000 barrier with their GT-6000 A4 flatbed (known as the ES-300C in the States).
At first sight the GT-6000 looks a lot like a little photocopier, until you peek under the lid.
Through the glass you can see into the beast's belly, which consists of the tractor mechanism and the scanning head.
If it was a car you'd find yourself mumbling Ben Pointer throws caution to the wind and splashes out on a flatbed scanner "plenty of room under the bonnet". Its footprint is 20 by 12in, and it's just under five inches high. A small control panel on the front sports three buttons that - thanks to the software - you'll probably never need to use, and an LED display provides feedback about brightness and magnification levels.
At the Other end there is an on off switch, and three sockets - one for the power supply, plus serial and parallel ports.
The parallel port is used to connect it to the Amiga, using the special cable provided - it's not a standard parallel (printer) cable, but that's all it is, a cable - no lumpy interface hardware to worry about, as it plugs directly into the Amiga's parallel port.
The GT-6000's lid is triple-hinged so that books up to about two inches thick can be placed on the scanning window and the lid still close - if you need to scan something thicker than this, the lid can be removed completely by simply lifting it out of its slots, as it's not actually fixed to the scanner.
The program that controls the scanner costs extra - £129.95 - but is a Superb piece of software.
Written by A5DG, it is basically an Art Department Professional (ADPro) "load module", except that it can be used on its own, without having to own ADPro - if you want ADPro as well it will set you back about another £200.
Without ADPro the scanning software scans direct to disk, only displaying a greyscale preview of the subject. Be warned that 24-bit IFF ILBM files are big - anything worthwhile won't fit on to a floppy disk, so a hard drive is an absolute requirement.
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String gadgets allow you to enter measurements in inches, centimetres or pixels if you need this kind of accuracy.
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Memory The GT-6000 can scan at a 19 different resolutions, ranging from 50 to 600dpi. Between these limits are resolutions that match the output resolutions of almost every printer on the market - 9-pin, 24-pin, inkjet, bubblejet, laser or whatever.
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CDTV sky, or at a building, instead of the baddie who is
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It is obvious that TWNN'S development went through the same stages as a movie. There is even a "Making of TWNN" section for goodness sake!
Lots of cinematic tricks and angles were used, some working better than others.
The aerial shots and especially the feeling of flying down from great height into the scene were very well done, The animation is smooth, if somewhat flat and simplistic on the whole, reminding me of the early CinemaWare games - but there is nothing wrong with that.
Town With No Name is let down by its lack of real lasting gameplay, but the interactive elements and the fact that there is so much humour and so many hidden sequences lift it above being just another game.
Irritation An amazingly small point, which causes me an amazingly large amount of irritation, is that the "clang" used for the input acknowledgement (when you press button A or B) is a noise which stops being amusing after you have heard it for the 99th time!
A pat on the back to Clem Chambers and his team at On- Line though, for continuing to be the people who are actually d dd 1 d SI On-Line Entertainment have been responsible for more CDTV titles than anybody else so far, and certainly have a keen sense of fun when it comes to their games.
Next month I'll be looking at what they have done so far, and what is in development. I'll also be talking to On-Line's mastermind Clem Chambers.
As a taste of what is to come, I thought I would take a look at one of On-Line's recent releases, Town With No Name.
Best described as an interactive cartoon experience, Town With No Name - TWNN from now on - is based upon the Spaghetti Westerns of the earty 70s.
You take the role of The Man With No Horse, and having rode into town and shot Evil Eb's brother you spend the rest of the game trying to avoid being shot by the rest of Evil Eb's gang.
The humour of On-Line Entertainment, and That of Fergus McNeil who Directed TWNN, is apparent throughout the game.
For example, if you select the pebbles around the base of the sign that forms the main menu selection at the very start of the game, you are treated to a most unexpected display. I won't tell you what it is because that would only spoil the fun.
While the gameplay is irritatingly simple at times, there are enough different ways of doing things to keep you occupied for quite a while.
This is a game that really tries hard to live up to the title of "interactive". I have played it through a couple of times now, and still managed to find new and unexpected sequences. In fact after a while most of the fun starts to come from exploring the game to see just what Fergus has hidden away inside.
A hint is to take time out and shoot at the Humour Dave Winder on a game that takes you into the hustling, gun-toting world of the Wild West New music format for CDTV :nown fact that the ITV Chart Show is produced with more Interactive Video Albums if everything goes It is 9 well known fact that the ITV Chart Show is produced with more than a little help from an Amiga or two. Indeed, AMIGA Computing ran a competition in conjunction with the producers of the show back in the November 1991 issue.
Now the CDTV is set to break into the world of the Top 40. Gj Productions, in association with Almathera Systems, are launching a new concept in the music industry - the CDTV Interactive Video Single.
Playing like a normal audio CD in a bog standard CD player, the Interactive Video Single breaks new ground when you shove it into your CDTV The music is still there, of course, but is now accompanied by synchronised animated graphics which are under the control of the user.
It certainly sounds as if it will be a humungous advance over the CD+G format, which never really took off (let's face it. The countdown sequence stopped at four).
By the time you get your mitts on this issue the first of these Interactive singles, by Guru |osh, should be available, followed by Interactive Video Albums if everything goes according to plan. I hope to bring you a proper review of the format just as soon as I can get my sticky mits on a copy Not content with just the one innova tive advance. Gj Productions and Almathera Systems are also working together to offer a professional music ser V vice to developers of CDTV titles. W Considering that GJ Productions handle such well known artists as Right Said Fred. 2 Unlimited and Technotronic, it
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The thought of playing a CDTV game with superb graphics and a Top 10-selling soundtrack is really quite exciting. Let’s just hope that any developers out there are listening too, and will make use of such facilities.
Help from an Amiga or two Indeed. AMIGA Computing ran a according to plan. I hope to bring you a i in conjunction with the producers of the show back in the proper review of the format just as soon as 991 issue. I can gel my sticky mits on a copy CDTV is set to break into the world of the Top 40. Cj Not content with just the one innova . In association with Almathera Systems, are launching a tive advance. G| Productions and t in the music industry the CDTV Interactive Video Single Almathera Systems are also working ike a normal audio CD in a bog standard CD player, the together to offer a
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1988 COPYRIGHT ACT Europress Direct neither condones nor authorises the use of this software for the reproduction of copyrighted software. The facilities offered by X-Copy Pro are intended to backup users own software. PD Software & other such programs where permission had been given. It is illegal to make copies of copynghted material without the permission of the copyright holder. ___ Code Price 9S23 £35 95 Attention All Designers!
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M This package also includes KWIKDRAW - a lightpen compatible drawing program, plus a lightpen driver that allows the pen to be used with most programs that run from Amiga Workbench. The lightpen is also compatible with: Dpaint III and IV, Photon Paint, Workbench 1.2 1.3, BaWechess, Professional Page, Music-X and Audiomaster V2.
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Amiga. I don’t know about you but I've become fairly confused as to what the current position of the Amiga is and what I should buy if I want an Amiga, so with my investigator's hat on I went detecting.
Firstly, if you want a plain Amiga |ust to run games software.
Fjur choice is easy. The A600 is in widespread supply and perfectly capable of playing most games. It’s different from the A500 in a number ways and has several new features that will Wp Commodore continue to stay ahead of their competitors, but essentially it’s still an Amiga and will run existing software.
The A600 is available from most dealers at prices starting at round £379 and upwards. It is also available from most of the Ugger dealers at the Commodore set price of £399 with a large selection of games and other promotional freebies.
Such offers are admittedly designed to entice you to buy Hm these dealers, but usually the offers are genuinely good value for money and worth every penny.
What if you want to do more than just play games? Well the Amiga is a computer rather than just a games console. As such expandable, but because the A6QQ is so new it doesn’t have this expandability. Given time it will have a collection of its own On the other hand... COMMODORE •$ presently taking the Amiga, albeit slowly, through a major evolutionary process. The death of the multi-million selling A5QQ and its replacement with the A600 should be enough to confirm this suspicion - despite Commodore's silence on the matter - and prompt the Darwins among us to look at the other machines in
the range with an eye to the survival of the fittest.
What becomes immediately apparent is that the only member of the Amiga family other than the A600 which will survive into 1993 is the A3000. The release of a new mid-level Amiga in the autumn will spell the end of the AlS0O 2OOO’s manufacture in exactly the same way as the A600 closed down the A500 production lines. Not all is doom and gloom for present and prospective A1500 owners, however, as the machine is still the most stable and expandable Amiga around, a J J. expansions and peripherals to match those currently available for the A500. But not yet so unless you just want a hard drive,
stick to the A500 Plus.
This takes us to the thorny subject of hard drives. The A600 is available with a hard drive built in for just £100 more, which looks like great value, but let's just think about this for a minute. You want to buy an Amiga because it's the best in its field. Why shouldn't this apply to the hard drive you use with it?
The hard drive supplied with the A600 is good value for money, yes, but hr from the best, and in the yean since the A500'i release, companies such as GVP, IVS, and Supra have situation which is unlikely to change if the new machines are released in slimline form. In addition, it is highly unlikely that Commodore will drop the Zorro II expansion slot standard, so a steady supply of new A1500-compatible peripherals seems secure, The present range of applications to which the Amiga workhorse is now being put form another guarantee of its longevity. Commodore may not think twice about changing the
standard at the low end - the A500 has sold far too many units to be deserted by the third party manufacturers - but they would have to be a few chips short of a motherboard to damage the Amiga's foothold in the serious markets.
That said, we would have scoffed at the idea of the A500 Plus going belly up less than a year after its release, so we should perhaps take all assumptions about Commodore's intentions with a pinch of salt.
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£100 for a hard drive may sound good value, but for a couple or three hundred more you can go for GVP HD8+ or the new IVS Trumpcard 500AT. Both are bigger, faster, and offer up to 8Mb RAM expansion.
The A500 Plus is still on sale and. Contrary to comments from some sources, the A500 is far from a dead product Whilst the A600 will be expandable eventually, for the time being the A500 Ptus is the only sub £500 Amiga that can be easily expanded. Companies like GVP. IVS, and Vortex will keep supporting the A500 for a long time yet and look after their customers far into the future.
Most of the UK dealers, particularly the larger ones, have also earned a reputation for badong up their customers and are not about to forget A500 buyers. So if you want to do more than play games or want to expand your Amiga in the future, you really have no choice other than buying the A500. I'd still recommend and, in fact, intend to buy an A500 and have no fears about doing so.
Finally, there is the often forgotten Amiga 1500 This is perhaps the most expandable Amiga with a price suitable for the home. Fully compatible with the Amiga 500, yet with real expansion slots, it is ideal for anyone wishing to expand their Amiga at a later date.
With an Amiga 1500 you can easily fit extra RAM. More hard drives, flicker fixers, accelerators - in feet anything you an think of. In this way you can buy a low cost start-up system and gradually expand it to a fully functioning graphics workstation!
So what are my recommendations? Well if you want to pby just games, the A600 annot be beaten. If you want a fully fledged home computer buy the A500 Plus while you still can And if you want a really expandable computer with real potential look at the A1500 - it's hard to beat.
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Many other packages I've seen in the past that have supposedly interactive characters are very poor indeed. They invariably have very badly animated stick men with a repertoire of about three sentences.
This Isn't the case with Adi. Most of the time you can't get his ugly mug to belt up. Adi can only be described as an ugly - but likeable - little alien who lives in your machine. He’s there to encourage when answering questions or moan at the kids when they play games all the time.
Almost human He's a very chatty little bloke and is very well animated. From his position of power in the top left-hand comer of your screen he frowns, smiles and gets excited, and angry at the users.
If you click on him with the mouse he moans at and generally abuses you. But if you leave him long enough he'll have a kip.
On the packaging it states that Adi relates to children in a language they understand. This was the one thing that I thought would be the death of the program.
There is nothing, but nothing that will put children off more than out-of-touch "adults" trying to be really hip and with them
- right kids? It always comes across complete bobbins that makes
children cringe, After you've booted up. You enter what's
called the Environment. This is a sort of workbench m which you
can talk to Adi and enter all the various sub-applications.
On this workbench there is a clock - which is updated by the internal clock on your machine - and various icons along the bottom of the screen. This i$ how the pupil gets around the Environment s main education system and the games.
There are no worries about children getting confused or lost in the program because it has its own built-in tutorial - conducted by Adi. Of course. There is a big list of tools available in 30 W«kS FRIDAY 12 06 92 FRIDAY 12 06 92 Do you want, help ?
I es11 No| A rectangle is always a trapezium A rectangle is always a rhombus | ir a rectangle is a rnombus , ' It's a square | A rectangle hos at least two axes or symmetry | rue diagonals or a rectangle are always perpend icular rj Result 10 £ ¦:« • H Sf & Moths 1I+ - hod us stumped A tmtcful representation of child birth Amiga Mart's monthly guide to the latest Amiga products the Environment, like a calculator and a diary. I thought the calculator was an especially good idea because you can still call up the tools on top of the applications, so if you're like me and can't do
11-year-old-standard sums without a calculator, it’s great The education system is actually split into two parts. The first is a document's section where you are shown a slide show irleki Mta
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m. i- sojr Gomel - too much of a tcmpatation on the subject of
your choice. There are all sorts of top*a ranging from
volcanoes to the circulation of blood around the body.
Graphically the slide shows are brilliant - they're dev and
concise with a good sense of humour thrown in.
There was also a show on pregnancy and child birth wtuch had most of the AC editorial staff running for cover.
Section two of the education system - the applications section - Is the program's most impressive feature. Each application that you enter from the Environment has its own theme i For instance, the Maths application's theme is the sevw wonders of the world - the various different wonders have maths subjects tagged with them.
One of the most appealing things about the applications «s the quality of the graphics. Education packages are notorious for their diabolical graphics, but on the whole Adi's graphics are beautifully drawn.
As the pupil gets further through the program, the questions become progressively harder and to hold interest they're qute diverse. Each time you get a question right or wrong there o a little animation that goes with it One major pitfall in education software is the way the questions are structured - other packages' questions have been lifted out of a text book and are deadly boring.
Adi's a winner because the questions have been designed for ?
F ¦E!** !1fp He's Still making facet in the corner the program and have been worded well. When answering questions there is very little typing involved - mostly it's just a case of point and dick.
There is a large incentive to actually score well on the applications because what do points make? Not prizes but games, and lots of them. There are nine in aH. But you must gain the points to gain entry to the games.
The other application available for the Environment is an English tutor which has a cinema as its theme. The English tutor is a little more specialised than the maths program - it concentrates more on the finer points like prefixes rather than starting relatively basic and working its way up.
There are a few flaws which aren't really anything to do with the program. The package has a skip feature which allows a pupil to skip over any question he or she doesn’t like or cannot do.
Now put yourself In the position of an 11-year-old. Would you skip the questions that were boring or tricky? Also the games option is not always a good idea because you can enter It at any time and it’s a little too much of a temptation.
To be honest this b the best piece of educational software I’ve come across. It’s unpatronising and more to the point, fun.
Which something that a lot of programs claim to be and definitely are not Slop Window Action Cartridge Super 4 professional Another copier, and a tricky piece of software to get working, but once it's up and running it’s fairly impressive. It comes in the shape of a cartridge covered with last year's Christmas wrapping that you plug into the side of your Amiga in the DMA port It enables you to freeze any game or application at any time you like by twisting the little knob on top of the cartridge. The knob not only freezes the action but actually controls the overall speed.
This is handy because you can slow down tricky bits on games, as I did on Project-X.
Once the software is installed, you escape out of the main menu and load up whichever application you want Once in the application, hitting the big red button on the card pops up the lovely mouse-driven menu, full of options. The menu would be fine but it gets very technical and confusing, Enough talk of twiddling knobs - it's nitty gritty time. A lot of the options on the menu are pretty complicated, but learn them - It's worth it There are tools for changing the graphics on the game and there's one cracking little utility which lets you alter the sound.
All the sound is displayed in waveform and you can fiddle at will using the mouse.
As well as the sound utility there’s an automatic cheat mode that will alter the configuration of the game and give you infinite There aren't many packages available on the shareware market that can be used on a professional level, especially on the Amiga EMC have a set fonts that are a very cheap and effective way to enhance anybody's DTP package.
The fonts come in volumes of four or five disks. There's a massive range, from the smooth, reliable san serifs (like the fonts supplied as standard with a package like PageStream) to the really Silly ones usually reserved for party invitations or seodmg baffling letters to people In the mam the fonts are reliable - not boring, but not quite up to the standard of Adobe But EMC have hit on a winner because they've combined quality with quantity.
With five different volumes to choose from there's bound to be something in there that you want. You can't really go lives. Remember though, that cartridges such as this should never be used for commercial software theft.
In spiw of the lack of decent copying utilities the cartridge isn’t bad but I really can't see the attraction for home use. If you want infinite lives and like fiddling with other people’s programs then it’s worth giving it a try. Otherwise I would just stick to software copiers that do just as good a job.
Super Ami Card II After grunting and groaning with X-Copy you’ve probably had enough of copiers, but hardware copiers such as Ami do have a valid place on the market. Ami card works by taking the signal that comes from your external drive and making an identical copy of the information on your internal drive.
Sometimes the card may have to convert the signal to rewrite the data on to the other drive. This is where other copiers frequently fail - because of the way they do or don't convert the signal, they either push the data that is to be copied onto the target disk or change the rate at which it is copied.
To look at Ami it's a pretty unimpressive piece of equip* ment - just a small dongle about 2in by liin in size that plugs into your serial port your external drive plugging into the back of the dongle, piggyback style.
Along with the card is the driving software that installs the card and gives you the various copying options.
The software works with the card in the memory on top of ?
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The price that EMC are asking is outrageously low for the number of fonts you actually get m the package Z12 SO for 60- odd fonts including all the different weights is naff-all compared to paying £60 to £250 pounds for a single ongm.il Adobe font.
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After booting up with the software everything is run off a menu with the mouse. It's relatively friendly apart from the man* ual which gets a bit too technical.
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To completely honest there was absolutely nothing the card can do that can't be done with software copiers like 0-Copy or X*Copy and in my opinion X*Copy is a damn sight easier you use.
The card just has more options to fine tune the copy like changing the Sync Delay and the Overlap. For doing very high quality copies the card's perfect, but it is a laborious process.
Again the laws forbidding software theft should be borne in mind when using this product Art Tutor It's a sad fact of life that students still have to put up with some bumbling teacher waffling on about obscure painters. Hopefully programs like Art Tutor will take over very soon and will do a much better job. And they won't act like ageing hippies and have silly beards.
I think it would be a good idea to make it clear that the program has nothing to do with art research. There is no information about other artists - all of the tutorial is dedicated to the practical side.
Firstly, don't be put off by Art Tutor's appearance - basically it looks like a very dodgy back room company production. Not only is the packaging shabby but the cover art is naff which is a bit foreboding.
Things still look slightly iffy as you enter the program. You are presented with a start screen though which you enter the tutorial or the studio.
The way this screen is laid out isn't very aesthetically pleasing - the typeface is bogus and the graphics themselves are just Dpaint refugees. ' The sun breaks through clouds once you get started, though
- the tutorial is well set out with a modular learning process,
so you choose which aspect of art you wish to study.
Tutorial one covers design, cartoons, landscape, perspective and vehicles - basically all the aspects that a beginner would be able to handle. To illustrate some of the points the on-screen graphics are animated, which is a nice touch, All the different parts are very condse and to the point - there is nothing that will lose someone's attention quicker than a rambling tutorial.
Detail and techniques are concentrated on more In the second tutorial. It covers all the really fun subjects like human form and fantasy art with naked nubile beauties sat astride writhing beasties and all that cobblers, Again it's very to the point and readable which is a rarity.
The best feature of the whole package has to be the art studio. Basically its a run-of-the-mill an package with patterns and a colour palette.
It's been designed with the beginner In mind but that doesn't mean there aren’t some nice little touches that professional an packages couldn't learn from. The only thing I found a little limited was the choice of brushes.
There was one nice little utility that I'd never seen before - it allowed you to design a sprite and use it as the paint brush.
This is the son of package that is the future of education. I learned more in the day or two that I was using this program than I did in may whole six years of agony in an classes.
Amitek First off is Silica Systems' RAM board which seems co be the most impressive. It has an internal clock that is constantly recharged by the Amiga as it is used so your machine will never say it s 3 43am in the year 204S ever again.
You don’t have to purchase the board populated, so you can stick in RAM chips as and when you need them One other nice little touch is the enable disable switch which allows you to turn the expansion off if any of the applications you use don't like it Should Amitek A600 Supplier Silica Systems Phone:081*309 Mil 0Mb £29.95 512k £44,95 I Mb £59.95 you buy the board unpopulated it has two tqw$ of four sockets to stick your expansions on.
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1. 300.000 for 512k or I 800.000 for a I Mb upgrade.
Expansion systems The clocks on the other cards are backed up by batteries that recharged by the machine while it is running. ZCL's card has a whopping great battery which would look more at home m the back of one of those dodgy digital watches that you get from the local market.
But don't worry, because the battery will keep the clock updated until the machine is very obsolete. The existence of a battery will make the card more prone to Pmtjide damage A600 RAM expansion boards Countless people will have bought the I Mb A600 since Its release In spring and been deeply disappointed. After they had lovingly opened the box and set up the machine they will have realised that It won't run I Mb applications.
The thing responsible for making it run off and sulk in a corner is the hard drive. Yes, the computer has I Mb of RAM but a lot of that is eaten up when the machine boots up and configures the hard drive.
The only solution to this dilemma is to buy an A600 RAM expansion and up until a few weeks ago there weren't exactly hundreds of them.
Now there is a healthy enough selection for us, the Gripe Gurus, to have a wander through the good, the bad and those considering cosmetic surgery.
Like leakage, but that is pretty unlikely unless your machine is kept m damp place.
You have to buy the card with at least 512k already installed so you can't have a completely unpopulated board to add on to.
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NEW UNIQUE ART TUTOR Learn the secrets of Artists, how to draw, how to tackle perspective, get proportion right, and many, many more insights into ART.
Hundreds of savable pictures in IFF, Powerful, simple to use Built-in Paint program.
Drop down into paint program from within tutorial.
Have a go yourself, then pop back into the tutorial at the point you left!
Complete with comprehensive, illustrated 56 page manual.
"A brave and mostly successful attempt at a difficult subject and is well priced. "ST USER "Excellent" and "Good" Rating "An ingenious package at a very reasonable price" ST FORMAT "I like the program.,, check out Art Tutor" AMIGA FORMAT (78% RATING) "This is an excellent tutorial for beginners in art studies and is sufficiently imaginative to stimulate further interest in the subject."
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040 • 28MHz Aoceknaoi-. ... £175 HARD CARDS Impact Sen«nHC8*S2Mb HD..... Impact Sows IIHC8* 120Mb HD.. Intact Sena HHC8* 240MbHD.. i 1Mb x 9 HARD 1 SonesnHD6*52MbHD... Senee DHDfl* 120Mb HD.. Sena D HD6* 240Mb HD_______._________£715 SIMM Imbx 9 BX B0NS Expansion . ..£45 SIMM 4Mb x 9 Bs MNS Expansion...... .....£175 HARD DRIVES PD MUSIC 1.3 AND PLUS 31 32 Kylie Minogue 37 The Twist 51 Miami Vice 75 Noise Polution 85 Genesis Demo 179 180 SGT Pepper 200 Crockets Theme 224 Stay 251 Bad M Jackson 258 Mary's Prayer 261 Bomb The Bass 356 Alt Two 415 Joe le Taxi 621
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Kspread 4 Hailed as the all-singing, all-dancing spreadsheet, Kspread is, by most people s standards, the cream of the crop. This is also the view held by companies who manufacture their own spreadsheets, so you can't really go wrong.
The program itself is jam packed with features of all sorts including an icon-driven desktop-type environment which looks suspiciously like the Atari ST workbench.
One major point in its favour is the ability to load Ascii flies and crunch them as data. The two things that will put a lot of people off are the price and the fact that it was written on an ST. Advantage It's a damn sight cheaper than most of its competitors, but doesn't do anything special. After this program was written it was quickly superseded by its big brother. Dcalc, which has quite a few more features and looks flashier but you pay through the nose for it The main thing in Advantage's favour is its price which a a good £ 30-odd cheaper than other spreadsheets that do the same number
crunching. Outdated, but does the job.
Software p~7~~r~ Firmly and assuredly sorting the wheat from the chaff, this month we turn our critical gaze to home and office packages II pi cm best these prices. Live is a rill something adequate for £10 from a shareware library. This program is only financially feasible for the stupidly rich or big companies.
Superbase Personal 2 The opposite of the other Superbase program. This one’s designed for personal and not company use. It's better suited financially as well as information-wise to the personal user, but bear in mind that it isn't as powerful as a lot of databases, so make sure it will fulfil your needs.
This sort of database is ideal for keeping records of your LP collection, names and addresses and so on.
Wordworth oftware spotlight aims to be as objective as possible - we don’t give something a good write-up unless we have good reason. If we have criticised a piece of software you own and especially like, please write in and tell us.
This week we look at home and office packages - something that most Amiga users need. We review the best - and some of the landmines - in wordprocessing, spreadsheets and databases.
If you're out to buy a really heavy-duty wordprocessor for endless word crunching, then this isn't the package for you.
Wordworth is just a very good and extremely powerful home or industry wordprocessor.
There are lots of nice utilities in the program, various pulldown menus and a beast of a spelling checker and dictionary (110,000 words), along with a 30.000-word thesaurus.
Style-wise, the program supports Compggraphic, Colourfonts and standard Workbench fonts, which is enough to keep anyone going for a while.
Protext 5.5 As far a wordprocessing goes, this one cooks your dinner and walks your dog. It's incredibly powerful, but not too hard to get to grips with, unlike the older versions, It runs under Workbench and the usual utilities are available on pull-down menus. Protext 5.5 doesn't have a lot of the Superbase Professional 4 This is the Mother of Amiga databases. Its handling power for information is quite amazing but its size limits It to handling large amounts of data.
There would be no point spending three figures on this database for your personal numbers because you could get Bargain basement If cosh is short you don't hove to stay completely out in the cold from the worlds of number crunching Or word wangling. Here are some old but welHoved programs that still do the job, but now with a Zimmer frome.
This month's crusty dossics include K-Tcxt at £14.95 -
o cheap and cheerful wordprocessor. Home Accounts at £19.99;
Organise, a database that does the biz for £19.78; and DC Cck
at £29.99, a good budget spreadsheet None of these programs are
anywhere near os powerful as those featured elsewhere on this
page, but they will do the job.
To find out where to get them from, look in the bock of the magazine at the advertisers' index. All the prices are those odvertised lost month.
To find other bargains like these, take a stroll through the small ods and you’re bound to see something you wont VFM NEXT MONTH More of your best buys. They don't go in unless you tell us about them, so if you see a better buy, or can beat those shown, get on the phone to: Amiga Mart VFM 0625 878888 Every month, a selection of some of the best Value For Money hardware bargains to be found in Amiga Computing.
True at-a-glance shopping for all our readers.
Remember - if you are a supplier and you can beat these prices, let us know!
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Madden football £15. 40* Boxing £10. Phone 0926 50475 ? Amiga
contact? Wanted IQI% reply, Scott Beardwood, 17 Duke Street
Carlisle. Cumbria, CA2 5UL ? Protext 4.2 £30. Protext 5 £70.
Prodata £55. Amstrad CPC464 ? Game? £90. 0493 331069 Chris ?
A520 modulator inc leads, boxed, brand new. Unused, £20 or
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you. £20, collected £25. Posted 0923 213661 ? Star LC-200
colour printer ribbon, paper and lead £185 ono. Contact Paul
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Dinas. Powys. Cardiff. CF6 4HA ? PD collection for sale. For prices and catalogue, send disk to Ben. PO Box 15. Barry. S Glam 4 Amiga PD library - top demos, utilities, games. 300* disks £200. Phone 0348 872435 for catalogue 4 Amiga contacts. Mainly business and leisure. Send lists: 157 Ainsworth Way. Middlesborough, Cleveland. TS7 9QD ? Help! Can you get my Citizen swift printer working? Phone David 031 554 2636 (Edinburgh Area) ? Amiga contacts wanted, send disks etc to Jeff. 19 Place Farm Way. Princes. Risborough, Bucks ? Spectrum I28K+2, £500 of games. GWO. £150 ono. Acorn Electron, games,
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Canon still Video camera. Tel 021 557 2402 4 Amiga contacts wanted worldwide, 100% reply, Write to Chris, 70 Crosby Avenue. Scunthorpe, Humbs. DN15 8NY 4 Amstrad 5.25" internal floppy drive from PC 1640. As new, £35 ono. Tel 0602 396812 4 Ashcom 1.8mb, internal memory, expansion for Amiga 500 with fitting instructions. £65.081 854 0624 4 Amiga PD and games for sale. Write Dave, 22 Hemlock Avenue, Huntington. York. Y03 9DG 4 Swap your Amiga software for details, send SAE to 42 Limoges Court, Alsace park, Northampton, NN5 6YQ 4 Six top games for sale, £20. Tel David Cain 0543 251498 inc Batman.
Bloodmoney N25 Name.... Address.
4 Mega disk 2, two disk magazine with even more reviews, games, news, music and utilities. Send £2.50 to R Wild. 8 Cranieigh Place. Whitley Bay. NE2S 9UD 4 New to Amiga need contacts, hints, advice, Sean, 123 Regent Ropad, Hanley. Soft. STI3BL 4 BR+CJ disk mag. Jam packed, send £1.25 to 23 Fairway Road, Shepshed, Loughborough, Leics, LE22 9DS 4 Fully loaded. B2000HD. 286HT. WB2-04. Cost £4,800. Sell £1.950 ono. Details on 061 3301135 4 Slides, Cinefiling and photos, transferred onto videotape.
Fat-ln-Professional, details Simeon Uoyd 0646 672376 4 Intro's creators wanted. Write with demos: Giorgio Piazza, Vi T.Vecelk) No2l, 20052 Monza (Milano) - Italy 4 Amiga 1500. Hard drive etc. For more details Tel 0563 71624 and ask for John Postcode ..Telephone. ¦¦¦¦ FREE - 1 “ 10 ¦ u Cheques should be made payable toH Amiga Computing" Please include my advertisement in the next available issue of Amiga Computing. I confirm that the advert is not selling legal copies of software or hardware that do not belong to me. I permit you to publish my
address telephone number only if I have included these details within my advertisement copy. I am over 18 years of age (applicants under 18 must get a parent or guardian to sign betow).
4 Wordperfect 4.1, keyboard template, quick reference, card manual, original £150 ono. Tel 0383 416277 4 Night Hawk BB's from 23-6-92, new. Phone 0329 845384 until then Phone 0329 45384 Signed.
4 Amiga contacts wanted by pensioner, no games. Stockport area, 59 Windermere Rd. High Lane, Stockport Send tO: AC Classifieds, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP s long as your ad is 10 words or less, it’s absolutely free!
Should you want more space, you'll find unrivalled value-for-money for instance, 20 words cost just £6.
Fill in the form on this page and send it to us with your payments (if applicable) - and remember to include your telephone number!
4 New Propage 3 (2 meg) unwanted gift Sell for £75 or swap for Pagestream v2.2, Tel 0305 781179 4 A5Q0, I meg games, Phone Darren or Nigel on 0233 647115. £220 ono 4 A590 + with 2 megs, no drive, £ 160. Disk drive, £40. Will post. Phone Nigel 0233 647115 4 Amiga PD for sale. Send disk and SAE to: 2 Longbridge Close. Sheffield. S27 0DQ 4 FI4 Strike Eagle II. Boxed as new. £12. Phone Paul 0274 631041 4 Structured clip art wanted. Contact Steve Chapman, 35 Elm Road. Folksworth, Peterborough. Cambs. PE7 3SX 4 Golden Axe. North and South, brand new in box £7 each.
Clint 021 354 1825 4 Action replay. 2 Cartridge, boxed with manual. £30. Tel 0753 817749 between 4pm and 8pm ? Epson LQ2550 colour printer was £999 exchange for Super pk grabber or 1500 hard disk. 0752 788534 4 Atari S20 STE * 30 games. £100. Blakelands 6I82S0 4 PageStream v1.8 £55 ono. Excellent introduction into DTP.
Phone Neil after 7pm 0474 702918 4 Book about computers. Cheque PO £4.95. payable to Simon Fry, 9 Paxmead Crescent. Worthing, Sussex Remember lo include your phone number address in the advert as well as on the foim!
4 Amiga nutters and PD. Utilities, suppliers wanted. L Gan 49 Love Lane. Great Wyrley. Walsall. West Midlands ? Sega game Gear, £70. Tel 081 514 8018 ask for E-Lesh.
Boxed 4 A500 + with 2 meg. Chip Ram + external dbk dnve ? Original software, £395. Mint condition, Phone 0483 724358 4 4 mb A500 with 20mb, A590 h d, lots of software. £500 Will split, Ken 0929 462634 ? Sale, Datei 4,25 modem 1200 baud £40. Action replay MKII £30. Phone 0705 692834 Daytime 4 12 quality clip art disks £10. J Madden. P O Box 55.
Trafford Park Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, MI7 I HP 4 New PD wanted, send disks for quick reply. 7a Moss lane.
Swlnton, Manchester. M27 3RL 4 Scanning service from books, mags, photos etc. Phone Chris 0024 365060 for details 4 Amiga contacts urgently wanted, please contact Darren. 15 Eleanor Road, Harrogate, N Yorks, HG2 7AH, 100% reply 4 C64. MPSI230 printer, mouse, joystick, reset, hundred games, worth £550. Sell for £300. Dean Gloucs 543267 ? A590 hard drive, 52mb with 2 meg Ram, boxed as new, £385. Phone 081 683 4209 (Evenings) 4 Hires hame with Spectra - color £100. Phone Dave Strange on 086S 58531 after 6pm 4 Amiga contacts wanted, send list by return, Ken. 58 Sylvan Croft. Ingol. Preston. Lancs
4 A500+ GYP(HD)52 + 2 meg power scanner, LCI0 printer games. Pretext all within warrant, complete £950 ono. Tel 0782 662023, go on treat yourselfl 4 Monkey Island and Operation Wolf for sale. £20 only, Phone Ian on 0263 515545 4 Amiga contacts wanted. 100% reply. Send to Stuart, 19 Froxfield Rd. West Leight, Havant 4 Amiga 500 with leadsa PD. Games and utilities (VI.3). £300.
Tel Rhys 0695 572460 4 Swap GFA. Basic 3.5 Paperboy for Populous I. action replay. (500 + compatiable) or cash. 010 90536 64603 ? KCS PC powerboard for A500 +. Complete with MS-Dos
4. 01 and manuals, unwanted gift, £160. Also various original
software. Please Phone for list after 6.30pm. Tel 0454 615667
4 Software video studio: Imagine. Deluxe Video 3. Video Titler
3D. Video Scape 3D. Dial - Paint 3. Deluxe Paint 3.
Fanta vision. Photon Paint 2. Original disks, manuals, boxed, £185 (involves postage). Tel 0298 22862 SES Computers SES Ltd Established 1973 AMIGAS FROM (0305) 774402 A1500s A500s £269 £339 £324 £569 £769 A500, W B1.3, Mouse, 512Kb A500 Class of the 90's 1Mb Ram, W B 1.3, Mouse, Dpaint II, Dprint II, InfoFile, Pro Write 2.5, Music Mouse and BBC Emulator, Also includes Video, Disks and Mouse Mat Also - limited stock of A500+ Cartoon Classics A1500 TV Pack 1Mb Ram, W B 2.0, Mouse, Toki, Elf, Puzznic, Home Accounts, The Works and Dpaint III. Also includes SES Starter Pack. Inc Modulator A1500
Monitor Pack As above with CM8833 Mkll Printers Panasonic KXP-1170, 9-pin, Mono ...... .£129 KXP-2180, 9-pin, Colour .... .£199 KXP-1123, 24-pin, Mono .... .£179 KXP-2123, 24-pin, Colour .. .£249 Canon BJ10ex, 64 nozzle, Bubblejet.... .£239 LBP-III, Laser, 4ppm .£739 We also supply: Citizen, Epson, Star and Hewlett-Packard.
Monitors Philips CM8833 Mkll £219 .£219 £265 £229 .£205 Commodore 1084S .. Panasonic C1381 ...... EMC E2 SVGA .. ICD FFV for A500 A2000.
GVP Products Accelerators for A2000 Inc SCSI Controller G-Force 25MHz 68030 68882,1Mb Ram....£569 G-Force 40MHz 68030 68882, 4Mb Ram....£895 G-Force 50MHz 68030 68882, 4Mb Ram..£1295 Hard Disk Mounting Kit for G-Force £35 GVP Accelerators for A3000 GVP 28MHz 68040, 2Mb Ram .£1705 GVP Accelerators for A500 GVP A530 40MHz 68030,1 Mb Ram, 52Mb HDD ...£699 GVP A530 40MHz 68030,1Mb Ram, 120Mb HDD..£829 GVP PC-Emulator for GVP Series II GVP 286-16MHz, 512Kb Ram ...£229 GVP Series II Hard Disks GVP A500 Series II 52Mb ......£349 GVP A500 Series II 52Mb, 2Mb
Ram £399 GVP A2000 Series II 52Mb ....£269 GVP A2000 Series II 52Mb, 2Mb Ram.....£319 GVP Impact Vision 24 .£1524 Bargains and Widgets A500 512Kb Ram Board, A500+ 1Mb Ram Board.. A2000 2Mb Ram Board.. ...£24.95 ..£49.95 .£149.95 CUMANA 880Kb External Floppy.... £59.95 Our knowledgeable staff are here to help on all matters concerning Amigas.
Tel: (0305) 774402 Fax: (0305) 774402 Ext 21 Southern Electronic Services Ltd, Banbury House, Market Street, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8DD '§£ 218060 (5 Lines) Simply The Best" Commodore authorised repair centre FREE COLLECTION & DELIVERY BY COURIER Make one simple phone call and leave the rest to us!
GUARANTEED 7 DAY TURN AROUND We guarantee to return your computer WITHIN 7 days of collection.
FULL OVERHAUL INCLUDING OVER 50 DIAGNOSTIC CHECKS Your AMIGA will look as good as new.
3 MONTH COMPREHENSIVE GUARANTEE - Our engineers work to the highest standard.
ALL INCLUSIVE PRICE - Absolutely no hidden extras.
FREE 50 GAMES SOFTWARE PACK For a limited offer we will give you a 50 games pack completely free!
N6 Pwiond tallm lo our stores may deduct Cl0.00 from ihe pnce. We reserve (he right to refuse computers that have been tampered with or are beyond economnol repow. In this instance o nominal CIO thorge will be mode to cover corrioge tosh.
EXTEND YOUR WARRANTY TO A TOTAL OF 1 YEAR FOR ONLY AN ADDITIONAL £20.00 ALL THIS FOR THE INCREDIBLE PRICE OF £59 .95 YOUR NEAREST l?WWW World STORE BASILDON MEGASTORE - GRAND OPENING Sat. 8th Aug 12 13 South Walk Basildon Tel 0268 270013 BEDFORD MEGASTORE 1 The Howard Centre Bedford Tel 0234 212460 NORTHAMPTON 1 -7 College Street Northampton Tel 0604 33996 WELWYN GARDEN CITY 16 Church Road Welwyn Gdn City Tel 0707 390029 i WATCH THIS SPACE More stores opening soon!
S&UN& AND'A ftlMA TiaA J * * -j* yk(M%MtoBCi, • • ** ** v ' V ‘JH£-WOnQ& * _MASTERi_ Real Time Digital Effects OVERVIEW MEGAMIX matter Is a high specification, low coat digital effects cartridge that plugs into your printer port. Special stereo effecta auch aa echo can be added In real time.
You will And Megamix Matter's performance and ease of use unmatched by any rival. Juat plug It in and go... Soma of tha Faaturaa Include:
• Thru port tor printer or digitiser.
• Fully multi-tasking.
• Intigrated 3.5mm jack plug and lead.
* 30 Animated icons.
• Compatible with Workbench 2.0.
• Both Mono and Stereo templing.
Real Time Digital Effects Include: ECHO-Adds echo to Incoming sound.
PHASER-Applies space age phase shift.
SYNTH-Adda user definable effect*.
DIRECT-Playa Incoming sound direct.
VIBRATO-Rapidly varie* frequency.
STEREO ECHO-Adds digital delay between L & R speakers.
Other Menu’s Include: REMIX (with many templing features).
EDIT (for sample manipulation).
DISK (for saving and loading etc).
Workbench 2.00 Compatible.
£39.95 inc. 4096 Colour Image* OVERVIEW Vldl-Amlga 12 is the ultimate low cost colour digitiser for Amiga. There are no filters and no separata RGB splitter. Colour Images can be captured In less than a second, mono Images are grabbed In real time. Fully compatible with any video source.
Soma of tha features include:
• Multi-tasking software.
'Advanced error diffusion stippling.
'Cut and Paste with masking.
• Capture into a user definable window.
• Load and save IFF ILBM and ANIM files.
• Grab frames flipped on a X or Y axis.
‘Multi frame atore with animated playback.
• Composite or S-Vldeo input.
Display in the following resolutions: PAL NTSC 320 x 256 320 x 200 320 x 512 320 x 400 640 x 256 640 x 200 640 X 512 640 x 400 Supports several screen modes:
* 4096 HAM mode.
* 64 EHB mode.
' 32 colours.
' 16 colour*.
* 16 8 4 2 shade mono.
’ 262000 HAM-E mode.
* 256 colour EREG mode.
* Overscan lntartaca Hi-Ras.
Image Processing and Enhancement: Sharpen Smooth Negative Quantise Thresholdlng Solarizatlon Mosalc Edge Detection Brush selected area.
Workbench 2.00 Compatible.
Professional Animation with Optional Image Capture OVERVIEW Take 2, as used in "Rolfs Cartoon Club " is the I ultimate multi-level animation package. Offering | up to 4 levels ol animation and 4 levels of iOund.
Images are drawn within your favourite art I package then loaded Into Take 2 as IFF files. If you own Vidl-Amlga you can digitise your drawings from within Tska 2. Wa believe its much easier to draw with a pencil than with a | mouse.
Some of the features Include:
* Compatibility with all Amigas.
* Supports 2, 4, 8, 16 and HAM colour.
* Loads or saves IFF or ANIM fifes,
* Traditional animators dope sheet.
* Play back up to 25 frames per second.
* Dubbing or simulated onion skin.
And lota more III AppHtatlons:
* Traditional animation.
' Storyboards.
* Product presentation.
* Line tester.
* Stop frame animation.
* Cartoon productions.
* Education.
* 3D object animation.
* Video production.
Workbench 2.00 Compatible.
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2 A versatile DATABASE which is simple to use and powerful enough to deal with anything from basic address book functions to club membership lists and business records.
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