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Although many US Amiga users are worried about the future o (the computer in this country (Commodore is a mere sheii o! a company here now a iarge pércentage of the deveiopment. support, and marketing staff has been mid off over the pas! couple of months, and many others have resigned). NewTek's Video Toaster keeps bringing plenty of attention to the machine. Two new TV sertes. Steven Spielberg's Seaquest DSV and J Michael Straczynskt's Babylon 5. wiü be using Video Toaster 4000 workstattons for most of their speciat effects this year. Not content to sit back and enjoy their success, the boys from Topeka announced the Screamer at the SiGGRAPH graphies show in August. This box attaches to the Toaster 4000 and sports four paraüet R4400 RiSC processors which give it over 600 M P$ of performance! NewTek says the $ 9.995 Screamer gives the Toaster twice the rendering power of a Cray) supercomputer. Now f they'd just bring out a PAL version... [though there hasn't beèü a iot of Amiga activin* on the game Ldesign front here in the US, one company has been busily updating one of the best ftight sims around to make it even better. Jaeger Software' Fighter Due! Pro 2.0 is packed with new features, answering nearly every complaint and request lodged about the earlier version. tf you're not familiar with Fighter Duet's predecessors, you should be. The origins! program, Fighter Due!: Corsair vs Zéro, was a one-on-one air combat game where you battied a single opponent (computer-controüed or via sériai connection). it was fairly simple, but had realistic flight models and provided an amazing 24 to 28 frames-per-second screen updates in hires interiaced mode, even on 7MHz Amigas. its successor, Fighter Due! Pro, added more aéroplanes and some truly innovative features, such as the ability to hook a second Amiga up to use to dispiav the view behind your piano!

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Hard drive round-up AMOS Pro Compiler Technosound • Quarterback Deluxe FREE tickets to All Formats Computer Fair INDI DIRECT MAIL Proudly Presents THE JAKK1 BRAMBLES COLUMN Hi.
Two guesses as to what I’m going to review this month. You'll probably get it in one.... The new Amiga CD32 July 16th at the Science Museum in London.
Commodore Launched 'CD32 to a very excited audieitcc; and what a launch it was! Wc all expected to see a very special Amiga but no one (except Commodore) could imagine just how special!
In fact, only in June of this year did Sega themselves quote "we could bring a 32 - bit console out tomorrow...but the problem is the price and I don't think that problem will be solved this year or next year" Well Commodore have dcfinately knocked that theory on the head with a retail price of £299.99. I won't go on about all the other breakthroughs this console has made as 1 know- the magazines arc full of review s giving all that teckie stuff etc. but 1 really must say something about the staggering amount of software that's due for release.
Somewhere between 50 and 100 titles will be available by Christmas and more importantly all the great software houses are now developing products, including Psygnosis. Ocean, Gremlin and many many more.
As if all this wasn't enough there's still more to come from this ineredible box of tricks...Full Motion Video. By the inclusion of a neat little gadget called an Mpeg Module you'll soon be able to watch films on CD and that really does mean some really special products are just around the comer. I can't wait to sec and hear all my favourite bands on CD and the Amiga CD is just waiting to play them.
Anyway I'm sure you're just as convinced as I am that this product from Commodore really is just a bit special and certainly changes the future for things to come the likes we have never seen before. Why don’t you drop me a line and tell me what you think, in fact how about some suggestions as to what you'd like to do with the new* Amiga and I'll get Indi to give one away for the best letter.
See you next month.
The exterior may be sleek but lurking inside the Amiga CD?2 is a technological wonder.
At it's heart is the mightily powerful 6KF-C020 processor from Motorola. This contains the 32 • bit technology which has made' the Amiga 1200 a runaway success throughout Europe.
Alongside it is Commodore's unique custom AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture) chipset • comprising three chips nicknamed Paulo. Lisa and Alice.
Together they make Amiga CD32 and awesome powerhouse of high speed graphics and stunning sound capabilities.
In fact the machine can display 256.000 colours on screen (compared to Scga’s Mega CD which can only display 64) and has u total colour palette of 16.8 million colours.
miga CD32 also comes with a chunky 2 Meg of RAM that's 15 times more than Mega
CD) and a double speed drive.
SPECIFICATIONS
* 14 Ml 17.68EC020 processor
* 2 Megs 32 - bit chip RAM
* 2 Joystick ports controller ports
* S- video jack
* Composite video jack
* RF output Jack
* Stereo audio jacks
* Keyboard connector auxiliary connector
* Full expansion bus
* Headphone jack
* Headphone volume control
* External brick power supply
* Internal MPEG FMV expansion capability
* Multiple session disc capability INDI MULTI MEDIA CLUB A true
'One Stop Shop' for all members. On oiler each month with an
ever increasing product range . Members can obtain software to
cover every application including Morphing, Rendering, Kay
tracing. Video and a PD Library second to none. The Club also
offers a very comprehensive range of videos including the
Cult Manga Titles, Music, Features and Special Interest. There
really is something to suit every ones taste. Membership costs
only £10 and each member receives a quality gift on joining,
even though there is absolutely no commitment to buy at any
time. If you would like to be a part of this exciting club then
call Indi «n 0543 419 999 DMA ENSURES HIGHEST PRACTICE As with
most industries, the UK's personal computer industry has its
share of cowboys operating in the mail order sector and at the
receiving end a line up of despairing consumers who have
suffered at their hands.
A personal computer is a sophisticated and expensive item and provided the purchaser is dealing with a reputable and accredited supplier, buying a computer by mail order can be a perfectly safe and cost effective exercise. The Direct Marketing Association (DMA) was set up in April 92 to set and maintain high standards for the sake of the industry and society at large, and to ensure that we can continue to regulate our own activities on the basis of proper professional responsibility.
Membership of the DMA is not conferred lightly - it is a privilege which entails responsibilities, to the consumer as well as to the industry . The foundation for this must be good practice. DMA members are required to abide by the highest standards as laid down in the DMA’s code, enforced on members by The Authority of the DMA a separate body with an independent Chairman, and which is an assurance of vigorous self - regulation and professional responsibility DMA members also agree, as a condition of membership, to abide by The British Code of Advertising Practice and The British Code of Sales
Promotion Practice: to apply the Mailing Preference Service file when appropriate: and to subscribe to the Advertising Standards Board of Finance (ASBOF) and to the Mailing Standards Ldvy as applicable.
The DMA symbol can only be used by mcmbcni. Printed on stationaiy, advertising and other promotional material it demonstrates that these companies conform to the Association's high standards and arc subject to the DMA’s Code of Practice, thus enhancing the companies credibility with customers, suppliers and of greatest importance, the consumer.
Since the symbol was introduced last June, it has become synonymous with quality , professionalism and and responsibility. While it cannot be shown in any way which will become a sign of best industry practice and of strict adherence to DMA codes of conduct. The symbol represents authority for members and reassurance for consumers. It has been a high valued mark of confidence signifying to the consumer the truly professional edge of the industry .
Alison Sian (Director of Public Relations.DMA) DEFERRED CREDIT ON ALL ORDERS OVER £200.
* PAY 10% NOW AND NOTHING MORE FOR 3 MONTHS COMIC RELIEF PACK The
event may be over but the fund ruling mil go« on If you're
looking for the htea i Amiga technology then the « the inner
pack for you. Based anxnd the outstandir A1200. This pack also
gives you sleepwalker, a most addictive platform game from ocea
software. You'll be pleased to know that every one of these
packs purchased raist another L10 for Comic Relief.
A1200 STANDARD FEATURES
* 68020 Processor * PCMCIA Slot * 2MB Chip RAM aft 3.5“ Intern;
Drive * AA Chipset. * Built in TV modulator, aft Alpha numeric
keypad, aft 12 Months at home maintenance.
FREE Sleepwalker and £10 donation to Comic Relief INW Direct Mail 1* original and very exciting.
Before you buy mall order you must first be confident that you will receive the product you've ordered and that the supplier still be fori in the future, should you need them.
A mail order purchase from INDI Is a safe and secure decision, and here’s why.
IMOI is a wholly owned subsidiary of a public company now in it’s tenth year pf trading and specialising in the supply pf computer prod- | INDI PRICE OFFICIAL A1200 HD SYSTEMS The Amiga 1200 supplied by Indl Direct Mail now includes the official (legal) Commodore installation disk and hard drive utility manual, Indi are proud to be an official supplier pf Amiga 1200 Hard Drive systems, that include the official software, documentation and on • site warranty With a turnover approaching £10 million per annum, we have the resources and the purchasing power to offer you the best deals, deliver
them next day nationwide and always be around when you need us.
The INDI sales team have been trained to STOP PRESS ALL A1200 PRICES CRASHED INCLUDING ALL HARD DRIVE SYSTEMS ALES AND SUPPORT £289.99 or from £11.04* per month ‘(Credit price based on 36 monthly payments APR 29.8%. Total repayment £397.92 and 90 day deferred payments.
A1200 80 MEG HD INDI PRICE £499.99 A1200 120 MEG HD INDI PRICE £529.99 INDI AI 200 ADDED VALUE PACKS Pack Contains: International Games Challenge * The Cool Croc.
* Raradroid 90. * Zapsac Rucksack and Zappo T - shirt INDI PRICE
£19-99 take your order with the utmost care and efficiency.
All stock offered for sale is held in stock, centrally at our
group ware house complex and it available for next day
delivery, direct to your home or business. If at any time we
are out of stock your money will not be banked until the
product it available (a point worth checking Should you be
tempted to pur- CfUte elsewhere) Ceneral information regarding
product is available from our sales team, however technical
support is always on hand should you need assistance.
Credit INDI TELESALES TEL0543 419999 FAX 0543 418Q79 CREDIT FACILITIES facilities on all orders over £200. All credit facilities are subject to status and applicants must be over the age of 10.
If you would like a quote simply call our our sales line where acceptance can normally be notified within the hour. We are also able to offer Credit Insurance to cover repayments in the event of sickness or unemployment.
A600 - SD A single drive Xmiga for those of you requiring a basic A600 at a very competitive price.
PACK INCLUDES: A600 single drive, built in TV modulator, I Mb memory, 12 Months at home service INDI VALUE ADDED FREE % Kick Off 2 * Pipemania 4c Space Ace 4* Populous 4 Microswitched Joystick AMOUNT II MONTHS 14 MONTHS 1 14 MONTHS I Or CREDIT MCWTV4.1 rrwn TOT*.
WYMU MCWTM.V mem n MCWTH.1 MVUU TOTAL xywts 200 £JM9 !HW (II W (2ft 32 £9JI UJ5.4J 500 fV4 a» (*if If £31.04 £745.44 £13-17 £137 72 '000 tiov.ve tim.N ail) £14*1.1]
(44. 54 1415.44 APR 29.9% WRITTEN QUOTATIONS AVAILABLE ON
REQUEST
• After deposit paid AFTER SALES AND SPECIALIST SERVICE [indi
price! £189.99 All products are guaranteed lor 12 months.
Some products carry a 12 months at home service and repair guarantee (where indicated). In the unlikely event that any product purchased from INDI arrives at your home faulty, we will collect from your home and replace the product completely free of charge.
A600 EPIC PACK (40 Mb HD) PACK INCLUDES: A600 Hard Disks (40Mb) ? I Mb Memory Epic V Rome * Myth Trivial Pursuit ? Amiga Text Deluxe Paint III ? 12 Months at home service.
PLUS INDI ACCESSORIES PACK INDI PRICE 1 £379,99 At parr of our policy of continual product development and refinement, we reserve the right to change specifications of products advertised. Please confirm current specifications at the time of ordering.
INDI A600 ACCESSORY PACK
* Microswitched Joystick * Lockable Disk Box * Disk Wallet* 10
Blank Disks * Kick Off 2 ? Pipemania ? Space Ace ? Populous *
Zapsac A600 Carry Case Prices are valid for month of AMIGA
A4000 NEW MONITOR RANGE THE NEW DUAL SYNC 1942 Monitors have
been specially designed for the New Amiga 1200 and 4000
computers.
Both monitors feature built - in stereo speakers.
INDI PRICE 1940 Monitor £279.99 It's here - The new Amiga 4000 030 The NEW Amiga 40001*030 features a EC68030 processor running at an incredible 25Mhz. And upgradable at a later date to a Easier processor. The 4000'030 has a powerful 2 Mb of 32 • brt RAM (I Mb chip & I Mb fast) expandable to 18 Mb using industry standard 32 - bit Simms module. In line with the Amiga Flagsty 4000040 the 4000'030 features the new AGA graphics chipset, giving you a massive pallet of
16. 8 mffion colours. A range of hard drive opoons are avail
able from 80 - 240 Mb and indudes a SCSI opoon.
4000 030 80 Mb HD INDI PRICE £929.99 14 inch screen size - 0.39 mm dot macrlx INDI PRICE 1942 Monitor £379.99 14 Inch screen size - 0.28 mm dot matrix Other Drive Options 4000030120 Mb HD INCH PRICE £999.99 4000030 l2QMbSC9HD(c ©r*X) Phone for price A fog range of approved upgrades are available for the 4000 030, ndudkig addioonaJ memory modules, hard drives. PC bridge boards, FPU’s (68881 &68882)and the 24 • bit Opal Vnion graphics and video system ZAPSAC AND T - SHIRT INDI PRICE £17.99 (Free with A1200 Comic Relief Pack. INOI A600 Accessory Pack) AMIGA A600 PRICE CRASH AMK4 MO THE WILD THE
WEIRD AND THE WICKED A6OO.1 an ideal terror pack containing a conpdered mix of software, making the most of the A mgat capabilities g c a PaaC™TS: LOW LOW AbOOSm Dnve pR|CES Drive Built in TV Modulator I Mb Memory Pushover: Grandprix Silly Putty: Deluxe Paint III Mouse and Manuals
* Zappo T • Shirt.
INDI PRICEl £26.99 £215.99 Parnet Adaptor for CDTV 80 Mb Hard Disk upgrades available on any A1200. Upgrade does not invalidate your Wang warranty on AI20Q and Hard Disks, Phone for a quote.
Connect a CDTv player to any Amiga, and access the wort of CD - ROM software. The Pa met interface and softwar will allow the Amiga CDTV to b« used as a CD - Rof dnve withe any Am-jp and wiO jive any Amiga owner accei to the vast range of CDTV software currently available The CDTV player offers excellent value for money whe compared with a standard CD - ROM dnve and interface Most CD • ROM drives will set you back over £400 wM CDTV will cost you lest than 300 and will play aofe CD n addition to CD • ROM I CDTV disks your Amiga, nui face cable and PD disk with driver software for your CDT
player (The Parnct adapter can be used ti link any Amigas together) »NDI PRICE | £39,99 A4000 0J0 ? CDTV ? 1942 MONITOR ?
PARNET. INDI PRICE £1599.99 CDTV ? PARNET.
INDI PRICE £329.99 WANT THE BEST IN PROFESSIONAL AMIGA. WHY NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE CREDIT DEALS AVAILABLE (SUBIECT TO STATUS). CREDIT AVAILABLE ON 6,12, 18,24,36 MONTHS WHY NOT RING NOW FOR A QUOTE SAME DAY RESPONSE AMIGA RECOMMENDED PERIPHERALS & ACCESSORIES ?
ROCTEC ROCGEN PLUS. ROCTEC ROCKEY.
As above but with extra features The ultimate accessory for Amiga such as tinting and signal Inversion. I Video fans. Separate RGB con- Allows for real time editing of trols to chroma key on any graphics. Compatible with all Amigas colour.
INDI PRICE £ 133.99 INDI PRICE£249.99
• High quality ?"Roaster O.
* 24 - bit Picture Keying INDI PRICE INDI PRICE OPAL VISION NEW
FOR SEPTEMBER RELEASE!
The already acclaimed Opalvision Board takes three further leaps into the future with the official launch of the Opalvision modules. With truly awesome capabilities the Amiga can now become the most professional 24 - bit video graphics power station INDI PRICE ROMBO YlDf AMIGA 12 (RT). Based on the best selling Vidi Amiga 11 This al new version offers real time colour capture from any video source. Full AGA chipset support as standard for all Al200 4000 users.
INDI PRICE £139.99 I DISK DRIVES ZAPPO EXTERNAL FLOPPY You've seen all the reviews on this popular and affordable second Amiga drive.
Compatible with all Amigas.
INDI PRICE £59.99 Quality: 9 out of 10. Exceptional value for money. AMIGA COMPUTING JAN 93 I084ST MONITOR.
Commodores original and best selling colour stereo monitor.
Now includes swivel and tilt stand for total ease of use.
The NEW OPAL VISION system(Rev.2) The jfTOzing Opalvision 24 • bit graphics board and software suite has been updated and is now even better value for money, The software suite now includes; Opal Paint V2.0 • Now includes fuB magic wand implemematfon and Alpha Channel that allows photo compositing with selectable levels on a pixel by pixel tasis.The new Chrominance effect allows absolute, real time control of image contrast, brilliance and re • mapping of colours.
Opal AnimMATE V2.0 - ofering real time pfay back of animations created by ray tracers, landscape generators, morphers and al other 24 - Bit software.
Opal Hotkey V2.0 - Display OpaJVision graphics anytime with key combinations.
Opal Presents - Comprehensive, icon - driven presentation package.
Special Limited off er IMAGINE V2.0 for only £59-99 purchased with OPALVISION Imagine 3D is the most popular 3D rendering software, that now supports OpafVision This u a foil version that would com £300 if purchaed separately.
"Quite imtply, It's a tpetloeula product • Anvga Computing "Undoubtedly the ffn.it most profrwonal paint program to arrive on the AMIGA" • Amgo Fomwt ¦Profeaonol quai ty at thh Prke can't be turned away" Amp User Inumjtiond Thf verdict wot unanimous - brilfiont" - Amgo Shoppe NEW FROM MICROBOTICSnL M1230XA ACCELERATOR LAUNCH!!
Microbotics beats the competition in price performance features and configurations. INDI Is very pleased to announce the availability of the new 68030 accelerator product for the A1200: the microbotics Ml 230 XA (call k the "XA" for short). 50 Mhz as standard! Huge 129 MB memory design is standard (the biggest memory space in any A1200 peripheral) just look at these specifications and prices!
M1230 XA W 40 MHZ EC 030 OMB INDI PRICE £ 177.17 M1230 XA W 40 MHZ EC 030 4MB INDI PRICE £285.17 M1230 XA W 40 MHZ EC 030 8MB INDI PRICE £639.99 M1230 XA W 50 MHZ MMU 030 OMB INDI PRICE £399.99 M1230 XA W 50 MHZ MMU 030 4MB INDI PRICE £499.99 M1230 XA W 50 MHZ MMU 030 8MB INDI PRICE £711.99 AUDIO VISUAL MEGAMIX. Low cost, hi spec digital effects cartridge plugs into the printer port of the Amiga.
Allows stereo sampling from almost any musical source, INDI PRICE £29.99 TAKE 2. Animation package is a must foe computer artists and enthusiasts of all ages. As used in RoW Harris Cartoon Club.
INDI PRICE £37.99 £549.99 MBXI200.
The original and best floating point unit and memory !
Upgrade for the Amiga A1200. Available with 0.4 or 8 MB of ] 32 bit Fast RAM and a choice of floating point units.Now j complete with real time clock (RTC) IMBXI200Z 6881 14 MHZ OMB INDI PRICE £91.32 MBXI200Z 6881 14 MHZ 4MB INDI PRICE £199.00 MBX1200Z 6881 14 MHZ 8MB INDI PRICE £519.99 MBX1200Z 6882 25 MHZ OMB INDI PRICE £ 132.61 MBXI200Z 6882 25 MHZ 4MB INDI PRICE £240 61 MBXI200Z 6882 25 MHZ 8MB INDI PRICE £579.99 MBX 1200Z 6882 50 MHZ 0 MB INDI PRICE £200.14 MBXI200Z 6882 50 MHZ 4MB INDI PRICE £308.14 MBXI200Z 6882 50 MH2 SMB INDI PRICE £669.99 68882 FPU UPGRADE INDI PRICE £669.99 THE OPAL
VISION VIDEO SUITE A power packed video and audio mixing, switching and transcoding device. This 19 inch rack mount unit is so advanced that it actually has its own internal computer. With a total of 9 video and 10 audio inputs available the flexibility of this professional tool is incredible Features include:-
* 4 X compoite inputs
* 4 x 5 video inputs (SVHS. Hi - 8 of Y C)
* 2 x RGB inputs
* I x Master sync input
* I x Composite main output
* I x S • Video main output I x RGB mains output
* I x composite preview
* 10 x mono auaio inputs (or 5 stereo pairs)
* Stereo output with 5 band equalizer OfAL VISION SCAN RATE
CONVERTER Add this card to the Opalvision Main board and acieve
31 Khz non interlaced output of Amiga graphics. On board memory
also servqsas a separati frame - store for dual frame
bufferapplications Features include:- Converts interlaced PAL
and NTSC to 31 Khz non interlaced flicker • free display No
external power supply needed Works with any multi - sync I
multi scan monitor Incudes full, infinate window Time base
correction Operates in RGB for superior quality I INDI PRICE!
£899.99 ORAL VISION VIDEO PROCESSOR Plug this card into the
Opalvision mainboard and adc a wealth of additional features
and functionality.
Included is the long awaited "Roaster Chip" for an unlimited number of digital video effects.
£- }ft*r eaP-Come*Tfame grabbing from composite or S - Video ’•‘Professional quality genlocking digital video effects MEMORY UPGRADES AND ACCESSORIE M501 The original 0.5MB battery backed upgrade for the A500.
£29.99 g'tai hip for effects of unequalled quality in Picture and Video Sandwich | INDI PRICE £899.99 INDI PRICE £H0.99 £899.99 INDI PRICE M502 The original HI MB battery backed upgrade fori the A5QQ.
INDI PRICE Hard frame suitable for A1500 A2000. Allows for I the interface of a SCSI hard drive.
INDI PRICE £69.99 £49-99 8 Up memory board. Designed for the A1500 A2000. Memory upgradeable to 2 4 or 8MB TERMS AVAILABLE OVER 6, 12, 24, & 36 MONTHS SUBJECT TO STATUS.
WHY NOT RING FOR A QUOTE. SAMEDAYRESPONSE. (SEE EXAMPLE) Panasonic Quieting We researched the colour printer market at great depth to find a colour printer good enough to cope with Amiga's powerful output, yet at an affordable price.
We found the perfect printer in the KX - P2180 and KX - P2I23 quiet printers.
W« then considered that if you were going to buy a Panasonic printer you would probably need a quality word processing package to use with it. We found that too. With ’Wordworth' yet at a nemory 8 MB of its.Now read pnee of £ 129.99 we thought that might be a little too expensive on top of your printer purchase! So together with Panasonic we decided to give a copy of Wordworth’ free with every Panasonic printer. How’s that for added value?
KX - P2I23 Panasonic KX- P2I80 INDI PRICE ?WORDWORTH COMPLETELY FREE! WITH PANASONIC QUIET PRINTERS.The writers choice. The ultimate word processor for AMIGA computers. Wordworth is undoubtedly the ultimate word document processor for the full range of AMIGA computers. The graphical nature of WORDWORTH makes producing documents faster and easier, with the enhanced printing fonts (including full Panasonic KX - P2180 and KX - P2123 colour printing support). Collins spell checker and thesaurus, no other word processor comes close. "Without doubt this is one of the best document processors for
the AMIGA Today” (Amiga Format) NORMAL RRP £129.99 inc. YAT INDI PRICE The new Panasonic KX - P2I80 9 -pin quiet printer Produces crisp clear text in mono or in 7 glorious colours with new quiet technology. The new KX - P2180 is typically I SdBa quieter in operation, than the competition.
£179.99
* Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS NLQ
* Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue. Red. Green, yellow,
violet. Magema.Wack)
* Quiet printing Super quiet 45 - 48 dBa sound level (most matrix
printers are typi cally in excess of 60 dBa)
* 6 Resident Fonts Over 6,100 type styles using Courser Prestige,
Bold P$ , Roman, Script and Sans Serif Fonts.
* 3 Paper Paths Paper handling from bottom, top and rear for
total flexibility
* I Year Warranty fpr total peace of mind The new high
performance Panasonic KX • P2I23 24 pin. Quiet colour printer
offers leading edge quiet printing technology at an affordable
price £239.9"?
* Fast Printing Speeds 192 CPS draft. 64 CPS LQ and 32 SLQ.
* Colour Printing 7 colour palette (blue. Red. Green, yellow,
violet, magenta, black)
* Quiet Printing Super quiet 43.S - 46 dBa sound level (most
matrix printers are typically in excess of 60 dBa)
* 7 Resident Fonts Over 152.000 type styles using Super LQ,
Courier Prestige. Bold PS. Roman. Script, and Sans Senf Fonts.
* 24PIN Diamond Pnnthead High performance and high quality output
* I Year Warranty for total peace of mind.
Panasonic LASER PRINTER KX - P44I0 LASER PRINTER KX - P4430 LASER PRINTER iposite JITE ching int unit rnal io lal tool Panasonic ON-SITE WARRANTY KXP-4410 4 5 pages per minute
* 28 resident fonts
* Optional 2nd input bin(total printer capacity 2 x 200 sheets) +
Low running costs + Parallel interface
* Optional memory expansion to 4,5 Mb
(0. 5 as standard)
* HP laserjet II Emulation | INDI PRICEl £549,99 inc. VAT
Imminent price increase.
This price while stocks last.
WOTDWOtTHCOf-f’LETH.YRCE VrfTULASBtPWraS KXP - 4430
• Sabnprint (optimum resolution technology)*
• 5 Pages per minute
• HP Laserjet III Emulation. PCL 5
• 8 Scalable fonts & 28 bitmap functions
• Optional 2nd input bin (total print er capacity 2 x 200 sheen
• Optional memory expansion to
5. 0 Mb (I Mb as standard) mminent once increase ¦is price
while stocks last.
‘iSatmpnnwn use opomum rtsoljtien tath- '*0*00' to product trjy ouuurdlrw pnm *x - (| Tna softwsre miIimkm tow W «n- duorul jimd adgm on curwd ( Ifiei bf wyrf the printed dot u WoflDWORTHCOm£TH.Y Frff PRATERS_ [INDI PRICEl £699.9"?
Inc. VAT it Panasonic PRINTER ACCESSORIES
1) PANASONIC AUTOMATIC SHEET FEEDER ,.
Automatic sheet feeder for KXP 2100 KXP 2123 holds 80M sheets INDI PRICE £89.99
2) PRINT DUST COYER Specialty tailored quality dust cover for
Panasonic KXP 2180' KXP2I23 printer INCH PRICE £8.99 HTER id i
pirate non tor tion
3) PRINTER STAND 2 piece printer stand INDI PRICE £9.99
4) PAPER PACK S00 sheets quaky A4 paper INDI PRICE £9.99
5) CONTINUOUS PAPER 2WQ sh«Q I pan feting paper. INDI PRICE
£19.99
6) PARALLEL PRINTER CABLE To be used when cormectng Amo to
Panisonc printer* INDI PRICE £8.99 (£599 Spurxhurt * prm«r|
7) PANASONIC COLOUR RIBBON Colour ntobon for KXP 2180' KXP 2123,
INDI PRICE£I&99
8) PANASONIC BLACK RIBBON Bfack ribbon for KXP 2180'KXP 2123 INDI
PRICE £9.99 SAVE££££SONTHEFOLLCWWG ACCESSORY BACKS PACK I
PANASONIC COLOUR RIBBON PACK Contains 6 colour ribbons for the
KXP 2123 RRP £119.99. INDI PRICE £34.99 SAVE £30!!!
PACK 2 PANASONIC RIBBON PACK Contains 2 black and 4 colour ribbons for KXP 2180 KXP 2I23.RRP £99.99. INDI PRICE££69.99 SAVE £30'!!
PACK 3 PANASONIC DELUXE ACCESSORY PACK Contains automatic sheet feeder. 2 black ribbons. 2 colour ribbons, I dust cover, 2 piece printer stand.
RRP £169.99 INDI PRICE £139.99 SAVE £30 Add £250 carriage to al prtwr acoasorie cr oorrbrwkXB thererf 12 MONTHS INTEREST FREE CREDIT AVAILABLE ON CDTV EXTERNAL HARD DISK SUBJECT TO STATUS. LOW INTEREST CREDIT AVAILABLE ON ALL ORDERS OVER £200 AMIGA CDTV THE MULTIMEDIA COMPUTER TOTAL HOME The problem with any new product is that it always takes time for everyone to realise its full potential.
CDTV is no exception and in our opinion everything we have read does a pretty poor job of explaining just what CDTV can do and why it is so exciting.
THE INDI GUIDE TO CDTV IT'S A CDTV PLAYER - Yes. It will play all your Primal Scream. Paverotti. Pink Floyd and any other CD you care to mention in superb high quality stereo, with infra red remote control.
IT’ AN AMIGA - Plug in the keyboard, switch on the external disk drive and the colossal range of inexpensive Amiga Software can be used on CDTV.
IT'S A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - Just imagine, stereo sound, imagea and text all on screen. It asks a question, you respond, it responds - truly inter- active! Each CD disk holds hundreds of megabytes of data with instant optical access. The whole of Hutchinsons encyclopeadia flu on to one disk. This interactive system is a unique aid for Education. Business or Leisure. The future is here!
PACK CONTENTS AS STANDARD * Amiga CDTV Player * CDTV Keyboard * CDTV 1411 3.5" Disk Drive * CDTV Infra Red Remote Controller CDTV Wired Mouse ? CDTV Welcome Disk * Manuals * Fred Fish CDTV Disk - INDI VALUE ADDED FREE * Lemmings CDTV (£34.99) | INDI PRICE
* Blues Brothers (£12.99 ) * Pipemania. Populous. Kickoff 2.
Space Ace.
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According to Andy Leaning of Silica Systems, the situation has not proved as severe as some people in the computer industry first feared. He said that although the chemical plant destroyed made more than half the world's supply of resin used in memory chips, other firms have stepped up production to meet extra demand.
But some insiders expect memory costs to continue rising for some time fo come.
COMPUTER memory prices are soaring following disasters at plants where chips and an important chemical used in their production were made.
The crisis started when an earthquake destroyed a large Japanese assembly factory, and just a few days later an explosion wrecked a second facility in the country.
Panic buying by some large computer manufacturers led to a world shortage of the chips and sent prices rocketing.
Amiga owners looking to buy extra memory for their computer are being forced to pay about £50 for each megabyte, compared to £25 before the shortage.
And small computer manufacturers, especially in the cut-throat PC market, are bkdy to pass their extra costs cm to buyers of new machines, although Commodore are not planning such a move. The firm's spokesman, Tim Green, told Amiga Sampling now sounds better Scanning with handy colours MIGRAPH ColourBurst is a colour hand scanner just added to Golden Image's (081-365 1102) range of Amiga products, The London-based dealer claims that the device is fast, accurate and affordable and that it enables users to produce crisp, clear and vivid colour images for a range of uses.
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It can handle mono and greyscale scanning, has a scan and save utility to enable images to be scanned for direct export and supports a range of file formats.
It will work with most Amigas. But needs at least 2.5Mb of memory.
Four megabytes of memory and a hard disk are recommended. Price.
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GREAT Valley Products have just released a new version of their DSS 8 sound sampler with a range of improvements to give better quality sound reproduction.
OSS 8t is based on technology developed for use in GVP’s RhonePak communications system. It features automatic channel switching, a programmable low pass filter and built-in mixer.
They enable the hardware to create cleaner samples with less noise and interference, and operate at speeds up to 51,136 samples per second in mono and 42,613 in stereo.
An Arexx interface and control panel have been added to allow the hardware to be controlled from other programs and samplers.
Software from the earlier version gives users the ability to sample, edit and sequence samples in a graphical environment.
‘DSS 8 was tremendously popular around the world," said Andy Leaning of British distributor Silica Systems.
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Games makers agree sex rules film footage or realistic
graphics, meaning that developers need to be familiar with
video laws.
The regulation will mean that software houses will send some games to the British Board of Film Censors for video-type age ratings which will then be shown on the packaging.
An ELSPA spokesman said: 'The use in any game of cinematic scenes of a sexual or violent nature could result in the game being legally required to be classified ‘It is important that the games industry recognises this, so as not to risk either any breach of the law or the current exempt status of most games."
A detailed plan specific to the computer and video games industry will be in place by early next year.
Simple sequence HEW software house Extra Sensory Pub shmg have just released an Aimga sequencer for musicians who »na Midi set-up and want a program M is easy to use.
Ordo Musica can read and write V di files and supports the General Midi standard. It costs £30 from the ' rm at 97 Mafeking Road. Southsea.
£ :rtsmouth P04 9BG.
Repairs for Cds AXION (Europe) (0895 436078) have ¦aunched Bundee CD3, a repair system Aiich the firm claims can get most scratched compact discs up and running.
It consists of three bottles. The first cleans the disc, the second fills in scratches with an optical filler and the third coats the disc with a fine film to prevent further damage.
The kit contains enough fluid to
- epair up to 50 Cds and polishing doths. Price: £14.95. Video
pictures DESKTOP video enthusiasts can now cjy a range of Amiga
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They include sets on paper, fabric, textures, famous landmarks, weddings and first communions and a beginners’ wck Cost: £29.99 each.
Probing porn THE Government are to investigate the spread of computer pornography fol-
o. ving growing concern about its easy availability on bulletin
boards and from public domain libraries.
TV link A REPLACEMENT TV modulator for the A500 is now available from LOLA Electronics (0858 431072). It comes with a three-metre TV lead and costs £29.95. EUROPE'S computer and video games makers have agreed on self regulation aimed at addressing public wornes about sexual and violent scenes contained in some software.
Members of ELSPA (European Leisure Software Publishers' Association) will consult the Video Standards Council to ensure games do not cause offence.
The move is aimed at showing that the games industry has listened to public and media concerns and is willing to put its house in order without stnct laws being forced upon it.
The VSC was formed as a video watchdog in 1989 to administer the industry's own standards in a bid to prevent further legislation.
With new technology, an increasing number of games use Music the write way LEARNING to Write Music is the second volume in America-based Electric Theatre's (010 1 215 379
4538) range of Keys to Music education software.
It is aimed at musicians, beginners and teachers, and is a conlinuation of the firm's first program Learning to Read Music.
Subjects covered include time signatures, major and minor scales key signatures, English and Italian dynamic marks and tempo symbols, as well as commonly-used musical shorthand.
The beginnings of musical form and composition and demonstrations of how to write a song are also included.
According to its developers, the software makes any instrument fun to learn and uses synthesized speech and dick-to-play examples.
Price: $ 59.95 from American Software and Hardware Distributors (010 1 217 384 2050) in Illinois, USA.
Planning for the future TOP software and hardware developers from around the world are to meet in London soon to discuss the issues that will shape and create games of tomorrow.
Speakers will cover everything from the emerging compact disc technology to links with Hollywood hits. The possibility of interactive movies will be examined, and programmers will predict the type of games that could have big impact in years to come.
Among the companies represented will be Psygnosis. IBM. Philips and 3DO. The firm behind a multimedia player that many industry experts believe is set to dominate the market.
Dial into a TV game BY early next year live television shows across the world could feature Amiga games which viewers can play using telephone tone pad keypads as joysticks.
Renegade's range of leisure software, including hits Sensible Soccer and Chaos Engine, has been made available to Triton Interactive Games for use on TV, Each game will be modified to include broad* cast quality front and back-end graphics.
Around the world- Peter Beech of Triton: "There are people playing with the idea of telephone game interaction with the viewer, but no one's really doing it seriously.
"Broadcasters want innovative programme ideas and we can deliver them - real viewers, really attractive games and real interactivity."
Tom Watson of Renegade told Amiga Computing that although one computer games show already has a phone and plav feature, no other producer can use the same technology- Put he said the Triton package will be sold to all broadcasters Expansion brings education promise SOFTWARE developers The Learning Curve (0689 850770) have just set up their own publishing division and promise to bring new education titles to the Amiga.
Until now The Learning Curve's programs have been marketed by third- party publishers including Jumping Bean Company and Europress Software.
But the firm now plan to sell education programs to Amiga users under their own name.
They will be aimed at slightly older children than products sold by Jumping Bean and details of two projects have already been released.
The first, Tumblewood Ted's Adventure in Cactus Creek, will be aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds studying National Curriculum maths.
According to its makers, the program will approach the subject in a fun-to- play way using familiar themes of the Wild West in ten games and activities.
And Bookworm will be a series of animated story books, with each package containing between six and ten stories accompanied by cartoon-style animations.
Children will be able to change any of the background pictures as well as screen activity. A simpler version of each story will introduce the package to younger users.
All will be themed to either an author or subject. The first will be based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling and is due for release around next Easter.
Meanwhile, The Learning Curve have also set up a publishing company called Rasputin Software to sell Amiga games and utilities.
The firm's first release, Jet Strike, is due within the next few weeks when players will be able to fly up to 40 types Of fighter plane in a range of missions.
¦ NEWS DIARY DATES 5 to 7 September 1993 European Computer Trade Show Organiser: Blenheim (081-7422828) Venue: Business Design Centre, London A trade-only event where new games will be unveiled.
16 to 20 September 1993 Live S3 Organiser. News International (071-7826000) Venue- Olympia, London A public consumer electronics show.
Commodore plan to attend.
11 to 14 November 1993 Future Entertainment Show (0225442244) Venue: Olympia, London A multi-format computer and console show. Tickets must be bought in advance on 051-356 5085).
19 to 21 November 1993 International Computer Show Organiser: Westminster Exhibitions (0222512128) Venue: Wembley. London Discounted software and hardware plus product releases.
• 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 Theatre takes Amiga control A SCOTTISH theatre
production company will use an Amiga set-up as an important
part of their performance when they take their latest show on
tour in the next few weeks.
Zoom Theatre use three Amigas to make background graphics and animations and project the images on to a screen built into the set.
Their equipment includes an A4000 with OpalVision. A15QQ with an accelerator and video graphics software and an A500P running music software.
The firm's new show is called Exhibit A and is due to visit several Scottish towns and cities. For more details contact the St Bndes Centre. Edinburgh on 031-346 1405.
Dino-fever hits Amiga WITH dinosaur fever taking a firm grip on the country, Op tonka have announced they are making an education program based on the prehistoric reptiles for compact disc Amigas.
Dinosaurs will be the second title in the company's Insight series and is being made with help from the British Natural History Museum. Optonica (1)455 558282) describe the program as a fun learning experience for all the family and say it will feature stunning 2D and 3D graphics, motion video, photos, narration and sound.
Get more free with CD EXTRA compact discs are being given away by Silica Systems (081-309 1111) to A570 CD-ROM drive buyers in an attempt to get the technology accepted by Amiga owners Four games are now packed with the £149 drive: Lemmings. Hutchinson's Encyclopaedia. Sim City and the Fred Fish CDPD Collection.
"We are very eager to help as many people as possible experience the power that CD-ROM technology bnngs to the Amiga,* said Silica spokesman Andy Leaning.
"To help these new users get off the ground we are including four of the best Amiga CD-ROM titles tree* It is due for release at the beginning of November, and its price remains to be fixed.
Math'Vision updated AMERICAN firm Seven Seas Software (010 1 206 385 1956) have just improved their video effects program Math Vision to give it new custom special effects.
Video character in election stand ALFRED Chicken - due soon in his first Amiga game - has decided that chicken video games should have fair representation within Parliament fj and has set up his own political party.
The bird was represented at the recent Christchurch by- election by Karl Fitzhugh. A video games product manager who dressed as a seven-foot chicken.
He stood for the first time just hours after the leader of the Labour Party. John Smith, admitted on Radio One that he wasn't familiar with top video games character Sonic the Hedgehog.
Alfred polled only 18 votes, but was satisfied that he had beaten at least one other party and danced on the election platform when the final result became known.
According to a party spokesman the main aim of putting a candidate forward was to add some light relief to an other- wise dull campaign.
Should he ever become pnme minister. Alfred's only policy Aitrrd puked up is is that politicians should play video games at House of at Oirittdtunh Commons Question Times.
Version 2.4 has 24-bit and AGA chip set support as well as including video production scripts and methods for building customised wipes, distortions, warps and animations- It is PAL-compatible and supports graphics boards OpalVision and DCTV, as well as indirect links with similar products from Great Valley Products.
Seven Seas boss Otto Smith said: "Our newest product, MathVision2.4-Video, can quickly and efficiently create almost any 2D visual effect, distortion or wipe that can be imagined.
"Because effects can be so easily customised, any individual or production house can produce outcomes that arc unique in style and representation."
Exishng users can upgrade for 649.
VR pair improved OWNERS of Virtual Reality Labs' landscape generator VistaPro and astronomy software Distant Suns can now upgrade their programs with a range of improvements and extras.
VistaPro 3 has full AGA support, a utility to make animations from camera to target and a preview mode for viewing animations before time is taken to render the background.
Distant Suns 4.2, meanwhile, now contains multiple resolution support and the ability for users to put their eye point up to 400 astronomical unites from the sun on any plane.
Upgrades to VistaPro cost, £43.45 and to Distant Suns 4.2, £29.45. The prices for newcomers are £69.95 and £59.95 respectively.
Anyone wanting to upgrade should send their old program disks and payment to Meridian Software Distribution, East House, East Road Industrial Estate, East Road, London SW19 IAR.
Events go online PEOPLE travelling Britain can no* use CompuServe's (0800 289378 giant on-line database to find details about upcoming Cultural and sports events and top London pubs.
Set up in association with the British Tourist Authority. Trave Britain Online provides information on events which can be accessed by any modem-equipped Amiga.
It can be searched by location event type or month in which an event takes place. Among those listed are anniversaries, art exhibt tions, concerts and recitals, literature festivals and events at historic houses.
London pubs are listed by location - City. West End or Riverside - and up-to-date travel news is also included. CompuServe costs start at about £6 per month.
High Quality Sound Samplers for all Atari Amiga Computers Both Replay 16 (£129.95) and Clarity 16 (£149.95) arc available from all good music and computer stores.
AMIGA Gr«b Q _I°aa»y_ 1 f»«t« 1 VldeoMaster combines the beauty of a video digitiser, the fun of a sound sampler and some superb software to create a truly revolutionary package that is great value for money.
' it ill I t ri' your video recorder and produce high quality greyscale stills.
Or use the colour filters provided together with your Camcorder to create great colour stills.
Digitisu monochrome video clips, quarter screen, from a video recorder or camera at up to 25 frames sec and save the film to disk.
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I NEWS A: c Top flight sim gets bette What's new Denny Atkin reports on the new Fighter Duel update and the latest to pop out of the Video Toaster More toast, please Although many US Amiga users are worried about the future of the computer in this country (Commodore is a mere shell of a company here now - a large percentage of the development, support, and marketing staff has been laid off over the past couple of months, and many others have resigned). NewTeks Video Toaster keeps bringing plenty of attention to the machine.
Two new TV series. Steven Spielberg's Seaquest DSV and J Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5. Will be using Video Toaster 4000 workstations for most of their special effects this year.
Not content to sit back and enjoy their success, the boys from Topeka announced the Screamer at the SIGGRAPH graphics show in August.
This box attaches to the Toaster 4000 and sports four parallel R44QQ RISC processors which give it over 600 MIPS of performance! NewTek says the S9.995 Screamer gives the Toaster twice the rendering power of a Cray I supercomputer.
Now if they'd just bring out a PAL version... Ithough there hasn't been a lot of Amiga activity on the game Ldesign front here in the US, one company has been busily updating one of the best flight sims around to make it even better.
Jaeger Software's Fighter Duel Pro 2.0 is packed with new features, answering nearly every complaint and request lodged about the earlier version.
If you're not familiar with Fighter Duel's predecessors, you should be. The original program, Fighter Duel: Corsair vs Zero, was a one*on*one air combat game where you battled a single opponent (computer-controlled or via serial connection).
It was fairly simple, but had realistic flight models and provided an amazing 24 to 28 frames-per-second screen updates in hi-res interlaced mode, even on 7MHz Amigas.
Its successor, Fighter Duel Pro, added more aeroplanes and some truly innovative features, such as the ability to hook a second Amiga up to use to display the view behind your plane!
The program's latest incarnation adds nine of the "super planes" from the last months of World War II, including the Messerschmitt 262 jet, the rocket-powered Me-163 Komet, the Ta-152 (an enhanced Focke-Wulf 190), the Japanese Ki-84, the Speedy updates If you purchase Digital Creations' Brilliance paint program (see full review starting on page 76), don't forget to send in that registration card.
According to sources close to the company, the program will be updated almost immediately to add a few features that the company just didn't have time to cram into the first release version.
The most significant of these is animation paths, which will let you draw a path on-screen for animbrushes to follow.
Look for the new version by earlv Fall, Russian Yak-3, the Goodyear F2G Corsair, and the Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighter. FDPro’s graphics have been enhanced, with support for non-interlaced 640 x 512 display on Amiga 1200s and 4000s, and a subtle gradient which makes the sky look more realistic.
The biggest gripes about the earlier version have been addressed: Keyboard support for changing your view direction has been added (earlier versions forced you to use the mouse, which could be quite awkward in the heat of combat); you can change aircraft types without rebooting; and a Chat mode has been added so you can taunt your opponents in multi-player mode.
The multi-player mode is where FDPro really shines. You can fly with up to three friends on a total of four computers, two in each location. You hook a second Amiga to yours and a friend flies as your wingman, and your opponent does the same thing.
New to this version is the ability to battle computer-controlled opponents when you're using more than one computer - you can even have one person fly as rear gunner in the ME-110 or P-61.
FDPro’s computer-controlled enemies are smart (you can fly against four enemies at once in this newest version), but nothing beats the challenge of a human opponent.
There are lots of other improvements, and even a new mode where you can act as a ground anti-aircraft gunner! Fighter Duel Pro 2.0 is available from Jaeger Software, 7800 White Cliff Terrace, Rockville, MD 20855 USA; phone 010 301 948-6862.
SCSI users get CD-ROM If you've got a SCSI controller on your Amiga and you'd like to hook up a CD-ROM. Canadian developers AsimWare Innovations have the solution.
AsimCDFS is a CD-ROM file system for the Amiga that reads CDTV.
ISO9660, high Sierra, and Macintosh HFS CD-ROM formats. The program is also useful for CDTV owners, since it adds Mac support and some handy utilities.
The company has just announced v2.0. which includes Arexx support, a Preferences editor to make the driver easier to configure, compatibility with more drives, and an updated CD containing Fred Fish disks through to number 880.
PHOTO CD The biggest news, though is one of the included utility programs: Along with AsimTunes (which has been completely rewritten), a CD- audio player, AsimCDFS now includes AsimPhoto, which reads Kodak PhotoCD discs and exports the images in 24-bit IFF format.
Now you can take pictures using your camera and regular 35mm colour film, take them to your local processing shop, and have them put on a CD-ROM disc.
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.28 dot pitch. Includes Falcon Adaptor Falcon VGA Adaptor £9.99 Philips SCART to Amiga £9.99 8833 MKII to Amiga £9.99 ¦ COMMENT The joint issue of pornography and violence in computer software, for long a subject on which AC has campaigned (see this year's May issue for our latest article on the subject) has finally come to prominence to the extent that the games industry has been forced to self-regulate.
X-rated games come a In a move which seems aimed at assuaging fears prompted by several recent TV programmes, the members of the European Leisure Software Publishers Association (Elspa), including most of the big UK and European games houses, have adopted the guidelines laid down by the Video Standards Council (VSC) on what should and should not be included in games.
The move will have little impact on most floppy-based games, with the possible exception of those which make use of digitised images or particularly gruesome graphics (Elvira springs to mind), but the fledgling CD games industry will have to walch very carefully its p's and q's over the six-month trial period until new guidelines are formulated at the beginning of next year.
Step closer Games released on the capacious CD medium will no doubt contain more graphics than was previously possible, and any which utilise Mpeg technology to bring real- life, full-motion video (FMY) to games will automatically be subject to classification, as director James Ferman of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) revealed to AC Broadly speaking, Elspa members have voluntarily taken on board a set of rough rules which, if followed, should ensure that no game will fall foul of the Video Recordings Act of 1984. As the loophole in this law allowed any video game to escape
classification except where it contained acts of gross indecency, it has had little bearing on the games industry till now, but with the advent of FMV the situation is set to change.
If, for example, a CD game using digitised martial arts sequences and special effects shots of badly injured opponents, bloody fights, and so on was released tomorrow, the BBFC would drag it in and most probably slap an 18 certificate on it as a video product rather than a video game.
Industry figures have expressed doubt as to whether such games will be available while the installed user base of Mpeg owners is very small, but the fact that they are now possible and public concern is growing is reason enough to attempt self-regulation.
This action worked well for the video industry when, in 1989, the Video Standards Council was formed at the insistence of a government which was concerned but anxious to avoid further legislation, and it is to be hoped that it will work now.
Where the system might fall down is in the duplication rooms of the software pom merchants who know just how far they can go and how much money they can make.
Unaffiliated to Elspa and the mainstream industry, these cowboys are responsible for many of the underground pornographic CD-ROM discs presently available on the PC, and even for much of the pornographic material available on floppies and bulletin boards.
Police have enjoyed a measure of success recently in controlling the pom merchants, but the danger that these people will tar the whole industry with the same brush and drag us all into compulsory universal classification is still very real.
If Elspa manage to convince the Home Office that self- regulation works, and a workable set of sensible guidelines are brought into force next year, we should thankfully avoid the long and sometimes rather arbitrary arm of the law.
However, should CD-based games take off in a big way, a trend which many predict, and foreign companies with no allegiance to Elspa or European regulations begin to stretch the line between what is and is not acceptable, our somnolent Mps will eventually have to react to public pressure.
So long as enough parents voice their concern, and enough sensationalistic headlines can be guaranteed, the tabloids and television stations are sure to return to this Issue over and over again.
Without care and active monitoring on the part of the As the games industry moves toward selfregulation, is the prospect of clumsy government legislation now less immediate?
Industry, the days when one could walk into a software store and buy a game without the use of a driver's licence or other proof of age could soon be over.
No-one disputes that this would be a blow to the industry and an unwelcome development, but everything now depends on the good sense and propriety of the games houses themselves.
For the next six to 18 months the activities of these companies and the products they release will be well and truly under the microscope of the media as well as the myopic gaze of the House of Commons.
The big question is whether or not we can all act to ensure that reports of nothing other than a vibrant, enthusiastic, fun industry arc the result of all the scrutiny. If not, you can kiss goodbye to your games-buving freedom.
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Made easy Models are built from simple predefined objects, known as primitives, which are glued together to make more complex objects. By drawing 2D shapes and telling Caligari to process them, the user is able to create his her own primitives. Two different algorithms can be used - the first rotates a user polygon around an axis while the second extrudes the shape.
Once an object has been completed as a wireframe, colour attributes can bo added to its components and the model test- rendered.
Finished objects are loaded into the scene designer where lighting effects are added and the composition process begins. Once that is complete, the picture can be saved as an IFF file.
Load up the program and we'll go on a more detailed tour- Click on the Object Design button and a window will open with a grid drawn in perspective, and a menu strip. Click on the button labelled Prim to provide a pictorial list of 18 graphic primitives. These are sets of simple building blocks that can be resized, manoeuvred and glued together to produce more complex objects. There are also four buttons on this control panel labelled Load, AutoLoad, AutoExit and Done.
When Autoload is activated, graphic primitives will be loaded automatically without having to click on the Load but* Joining the cone and cylinder primitives ton each time a shape is selected.
This is a handy time-saving device that you may like to use when you become more familiar with the package. The Done button returns you to the main control panel, while AutoExit is another labour- saving feature. It will return you to the main control panel as soon as a primitive has been loaded.
In order to get a feel for object manipulation, we will take you through a few examples. First of all, load the cone primitive and the cylinder next to it. Both images are drawn on the same point so that the cone appears to be inside the cylinder.
We need tell the program which object we wish to manipulate, so click on the Pick button followed by the wireframe drawing of the cylinder.
Now click on the Trans button to tell Caligari that we want to transport the r i Trans button. Ensure that both X and Y are also highlighted then click on Pick followed the line drawing of the cone. Now place it on top of the cone. To aid accuracy, you might like to use the Zoom func* tion which is controlled with the slider.
Because the side view is onlv a 2D representation of the objects, we need to check that they are aligned in the third dimension by selection the front view. The chances arc that you will need to align the cone and cylinder in this view too, Once both objects are correctly aligned, return to the Perspective view then click on Tools.
As we are going to join our objects, click on Glue then on the cylinder so that both it and the cone are drawn in white.
They should now be joined and it should be possible to move them as a single object. Notice how Caligari uses a bonding box to represent the object while it is being moved, This allows a real-time response to be maintained while retaining a sense of the object size and orientation.
Any object can be re-sized using the Scale mode. To simply enlarge or reduce an object, dick the Scale button and ensure that X, Y and Z are all highlighted, then drag the object to the size that you require.
By carefully combining the direction buttons, objects can be made fatter, thinner, taller or shorter. As an experiment, scale our object with X and Y activated, then with just Z. If you make a mess of things, use the Undo function to restore the drawing.
It is also possible to rotate any object by clicking on the Rot button and dragging the mouse with the left button held down.
As with the transport object mode, the direction of movement is controlled with the X, Y and Z buttons.
Up until now, we have only viewed our example object as a wireframe model, so let's look at rendering it. Zoom into the model so that it fills the screen, then click primi- Both int so Je the object n the frame to tell rt the results in a red box, over 50 a yellow one, with 100 per cent being rewarded with a green box. If a player achieves ten green boxes for a game, they are awarded the status of Genius which is denoted by A blue box.
Names are added by selecting the New Player option, and deleted using Remove Player. There is plenty of room on the unarchived disk for no less than 64 players so the chances are that you won't need the Delete option anyway.
When a game is played for the first time, a the level one questions will be used which ! Are easy. Once this has been successfully completed, a player may opt to play the same level again or to move on to the next one, which will be slightly more taxing.
Each game has a high score table which records the date, grade, percentage and overall score plus, of course, the player's name.
In the full version, these details are written to the disk to create an on-going challenge but in our demo version they are lost when you return to the main menu.
Mathematics is an area of education that often bores even the most enthusiastic pupil. However things don't have to be like this, as the 10 out of 10 Maths Number Demo from Triple R proves.
Each of the six games is tied closely to the National Curriculum and incorporate tests appropriate to given Attainment TargeLs.
To see what each module covers, click on the Player Information box then move the mouse pointer over the section numbers. When the pointer is positioned over a number an interpretation of it will appear at the bottom of the screen.
The demo has been set up with an example user that we have called Test. When a new player is added, an attainment record is produced which has black boxes for each Attainment Target (just as with our Test player).
After playing a game, the box for the level played will change colour according to the score achieved. A score of less than 50 per cent .itrOer around the screen. Strictly speak- wt Tram is short for translation but mak- &i. The association between the button abbreviation and the word transport mtka it easier to remember what it is for.
There are three buttons labelled X, Y
* ad Z that can be used to restrict the 4»*ct»n in which an
object is moved. Set so that X is the only plane that is
rr-iHed. Then press the left mouse button, =wmg the mouse away
from you then hack again. Now try' this with both X and
highlighted.
So far, we have only been looking at the ofcjects in perspective but it is also possible to view and manipulate them from the
• de, front and top.
The view is controlled using the four buttons immediately to the left of the word Pick on the control panel. All views with the exception of Perspective are 2D
• o objects can only be moved in a maximum of two planes.
Having experimented with moving primitives, we are now going to
put our practice to use by joining the cone to one end of the
cylinder, Working in the Side view, highlight the lO out of f O
Maths demo on the Render button. After a short delay, it will
be drawn as a solid model.
To invoke the render menu-strip, double dick the right mouse button. As you will see there are options to save the image as an IFF picture, and to print it out. The key function, however, is the ability' to alter the object's colour attributes.
Clicking on the Color button takes you to the heart of the rendering facilities. Just above the slider controls, there is an outline of a box which represents the screen colour.
As this colour is dull, let's change it by clicking on the box and moving the sliders. Unlike some packages, these do not allow RGB control and instead allow you to change Hue, Saturation and Value Space. Hue is just another word for colour, saturation alters the strength of colour, while value space changes its intensity.
The colour of the example object can be changed in two ways. The first is to change the colour number, so that the object is shaded using a different logical Free T-shirt In an offer excusive to readers of Amiga Computing, all those who buy a copy of F117A after its Serptember 14 launch can claim a free MieroProse T-shirt.
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colour, while the second is to alter the colour itself.
To change a colour range, click on a colour and use the sliders. Any objects rendered with the selected range will be changed too.
It is also possible to change the individual colours of the component parts of an object. To do this, click on the Pick button followed by the down arrow.
One of the component parts will be highlighted automatically, though another piece may be selected by clicking on it within the pick environment. Having made a selection, return to the Colour menu and click on a new colour range followed by the Set To button. The change is not immediately apparent so return to the Pick menu and select the up arrow' to see it.
Strictly speaking, this method of selecting component parts is known as hierarchical access. With our simple example, it is not possible to examine the full potential of the technique so it is time to take a look at an object created by Octree, the people behind the program. Return to the main menu and dick on the Erase button to get rid of the cone and cylinder example then click on Load. There are seven example objects that you might like to examine but for now just load up the one called Robot.
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Just as a matter of interest, this model only took around 30 minutes to design because it went through a conceptual stage. In other words, the designer decided it should have arms, legs, head and so on, but was not too concerned about what they actually looked like.
Clearly, there is a substantial benefit to using this strategy so it is worth bearing in mind when you want to create an object in a hurry.
Being a construction, the wireframe components of the robot can be accessed in isolation. Use the Pick feature of the main menu to select one of the robots arms then click on Rot. It should now be possible to swing the entire arm backwards and forwards.
By using the Pick facility again, the forearm can be selected and rotated around the Z axis in the same way.
When creating objects, the pro-defined primitives will not always meet your requirements. However it is possible to create your own using the Extruder tool. For the next example, we are going to play around with extruded polygons then create a sailing boat of our own.
Click on the Tools button followed by Extruder. Moving the cross-hair cursor and clicking leaves a line on the screen. If the Snap Grid option has been selected, these w’ill be drawn to the closest grid intersection.
Draw a series of lines, using a combination of Grid Snap and freehand drawing, to get a feel for the two drawing modes then turn the lines into a polygon by clicking on the Close Poly button. A point worth noting is that the Undo function is nested, making it possible to repeatedly delete lines in the order in which they were drawn. Having drawn a polygon, it may be used in a construction by clicking on the button labelled Flat. The polygon will then be drawn in the main object environment, parallel to the grid, and can be manipulated in the same way as any other primitive.
Flat objects are quite limited, and it is more usual to generate ones created with either the Extrude or Lathe options which have more visual impact.
If you just experimented with the Flat option, go back into the Extruder and draw another polygon. Click on extrude and the shape will bo transformed into a 3D object.
The final way to generate an object is to use the Lathe option. Draw another polygon, then select lathe which will effectively spin your polygon around a user-defined axis. This axis may be defined as an existing line (edge) of the polygon or as a completely separate line.
The best way to see the difference is to play around with the two options.
With the lathe, it is easy to create doughnut-like rings which come in handy as tyres, though their use is only limited by your imagination.
To make one, draw a circle on one side of the screen, define a rotation axis well away from it then click on Go. When it comes to rendering doughnuts, be prepared to wait a long time as they have a large number of faces.
Now we have shown you enough to tackle a sailing boat. There is a pre-defined one on the disk which you might like to load up so that you can see what we are aiming at.
It is composed of just six objects: A hull, deck, mast, boom and two sails.
The obvious starting point is the hull, so erase the image and start up the extruder tool.
Draw an outline of a hull, as it would be seen from the side, then click on Lathe. Using the Pick Edge as Axis button, select the top line (deck) as the rotation axis then click on Settings.
From this menu the number of segments can be changed as can the number of degrees that the polygon is to be rotated through.
We only need to rotate our hull outline through half a circle, so click on the Total suit our needs. Make it taller by scaling it in just the Z axis and reduce its diameter with only the X and V axes enabled. The easiest way to position it on the boat is to use the top view.
We could create the boom in exactly the same way but it is quicker to make a copy of the mast and alter that.
Once the boom has been glued to the mast so that it lies to the stern of the yacht, we only need two sails to complete the model.
Both of these can be designed using the Extruder tool and turned into flat objects.
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* ngle field and enter 180. Increasing the number of segments
will add to nmdering times so, for the purposes of this example
only, do not alter this erttmg.
Click on Go, so that the hull is drawn r 30, then rotate it so that the base of the hull lies on the grid. Don't worry if it
* esn't look very boat-like as this can be erected using the
Scale function, select-
- theZ axis and dragging the hull into ?hape. Use the Scale
function to roease its size then check and re-adjust ‘v
position so that the front and side
• ews correspond with the front and side o the hull. This is not
an essential step but it will make things easier, as will
Tjking the top line of the hull parallel to the grid.
Having done that, go into side view and click on the Copy tool. It will not be immediately apparent that a duplicate object has been made because it will occupy exactly the same cu-ordinates.
We will use the copy of the hull as the basis of the sailboat's deck. Rotate it through 180 degrees, so that it is upturned, then position it on top of the hull. Use the Trans facility and checking hpw it looks viewed from the side and front.
Select Scale with only the Z axis elected and squash the top so that it looks more like a deck. The next step is to check its position, correcting it as necessary, before gluing the two pieces together.
To make to mast, we can load the cylinder primitive and change its shape to Keyboard controls l - Flare 2-Chaff 3 - IR Jammer 4-ECM 5 - Deco y 6-Gear Up Down 7-Auto Pilot On Off 8 - Bay Doors Open Close 9 - Extend Retract Flaps save it to disk before moving on to the Scene editor.
Manipulation of objects in the Scene Editor is essentially the same as in the Object Editor. The difference is that Objects cannot be created in the Scene Editor and lights cannot be added in the Object editor.
Think of Caligari as a film studio and you will realise that it does not make sense to add lighting effects to props in the workshop or to build props on the film set.
Objects are only moved from the workshop to the set when they are complete which is why Caligari objects need to be saved when moving from the design environment to the Scene Editor.
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two tools: Copy and Lights.
The first of these duplicates models, in the same way as the Object Editor, while Lights allows any number of light sources to be defined in 3D space.
To tell Caligari that we want to define a new light we have to click on the Add Light button then enter some values for the Intensity, SoftSize and the three axis that indicate the position of the light source.
Each of the values takes the form of up to four digits, followed by the decimal point, then three digits. Once these fields have been changed, click on the Load Settings to indicate that you have finished entering the parameters. Once the lights have been added the final step is to render the entire scene and save it to disk as an IFF file.
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FREE... A chance for YOU to TEST THE BEST on your Acorn, Amiga or IBM PC Tool Manager to this one, click on the RealName field and enter the following text: Wrorkdir specifies the default directory that the tool will use.
For example, if you were setting up a word processor, you could get it to use a director)1 called Letters everytime the wordproees- sor was run.
The Stack is an area of memory used by the Amiga's operating system. Some applications require this to be changed to a larger value before being run. Tool Manager is capable of handling this function and will set the stack size automatically, according to the value in this field.
Hotkey definitions are entered in the next field. As there is no definition for this tool, we will define one as the key combination Right Amiga and S by entering the following text: rcoMind $ Now, whenever we want to look at a file, we can just press the Right Amiga key and S at the same time. A full list of keys that can be used in hotkey definitions has been included in the documentation.
There are buttons to indicate whether Tool Manager should add the application to the Tool Menu, Workbench screen and to disable argument passing for programs that do not require any.
IconType allows the displayed icon to be either an icon, or as an IFF brush that has been created using an art program such as Deluxe Paint.
Either wav, Tool Manager needs to know where the appropriate icon file is to be found on the disk, which is precisely what that IconFile field is for. The final two fields are labelled X Coord and Y Co-ord and control the screen location of the applications icon.
Having made some changes we need to click the OK button to return to the list of available tooLs then close this window by selecting the close gadget. Now when you click on the Show Text icon, MuchMorePP will open a window so that you can select a file to view.
Finally, there is an easier way to set up an program as a managed tool. All that is required is to drag the application icon and drop it on the Tool Manager icon. This will result in the essential fields being defined which makes editing them a doddle.
Complement of filing systems from the standard Ordinary Filing System (OFS) and Fast Filing system to the more obscure ones.
By default, the program uses a best guess by examining the device and selecting the closest filing system.
When working with floppies, it is a good idea to make a copy of the damaged disk and try to repair the copy rather than the original.
If you have a damaged floppy, insert it in a drive then select it from the Device For Scan window. There are two ways to restore files, Recover-by-Copy and Fix-in- Place.
The former will copy recovered files from the damaged device to a second, user specified device. Fix-in-Place, on the other hand, attempts to fix files in situ.
Salvage restores all files that it finds, using recover-by-copy. Undelete is essentially the same as Salvage but allows the user to interactively select files to be restored.
It is easy to accidentally erase files that you want, particularly when wildcards are used in conjunction with the AmigaDOS Delete command. Assuming that you have not saved anything to the disk, it should be possible to recover the lost file(s).
Validate mode is used to fix disks that are not severely damaged, while the Repair option performs a similar task but is more powerful. Finally, there is an Unformat mode which is not quite as powerful as you might expect.
The reason is that it can only recover a disk that has been formatted using the Quick option, so if you are in the habit of formatting disks in this way, you may be able to recover files from an accidentally formatted disk.
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TlT| 188 Y Coord. [TF OK | ToolHanager BH Change the Show Text tool to C.mmpp Cancel Edit Icons Edit Text Workbench 2 and 3 Author: Stefan Becker Hus utility allows programs to be called from the menu bar or by clicking special icons that are attached to the Workbench Screen.
The advantage of launching a program by either of these methods is that there is no need to clutter the screen with lots of open windows.
Tool Manager makes extensive use of Workbench 2 features and allows programs to be run via commodity hotkeys. When the utility is launched, by double clicking on its icon a number of tools are added to the Tools menu and a special program icon is addl'd to the Workbench screen.
Because the CoverDisk has two large windows, this icon will be obscured so reduce the size of the windows to find it. Notice that four more application icons have also attached themselves to the screen.
These have been defined in the program's config file and we have left them available for readers who decide to install Tool Manager on their hard drives.
As they stand, they cannot be used from the CoverDisk because they attempt to load programs that are found on the disks supplied with your machine. Obviously, it would have been a waste of space to put programs such as IconEdit on our disk too.
Let’s take a look at how to edit these tools. Double click on the Tool Manager icon or press the Right Amiga and Help keys simultaneously.
This results is a window being opened that displays all of the current!) Available tools. Select the Show' Text tool by clicking on its entry, then click the Edit button. A second window will open showing some details about the tool.
The first field tells Tool Manager which environment the tool can be launched from. This can be set to the usuals of CL1 and Workbench but also allows a dummy tool to be defined which serves to seporate entries in the Workbench tool menu.
Alias is used to define the text to be displayed with the applications icon, in this case it is Show Text. The real name of the tool and its path are entered in the next field.
These two entries do not have to be the same and it is often more useful to define the alias so that the purpose of the tool is instantly recognisable.
As we have not included the program More on the CoverDisk, we could change the tool to one that is. The tool that we use to display text files is called MMPP (Much More Power Packer) and it found in the C directory of the CoverDisk. To change the tool lorkbench Screen ¦ COVERDISK Botklnq up telec led flirt and direft lorn CineMorph Junior WB1.3 fix We gave away CineMorph Junior with the August issue and despite much brain wracking, we could not find any way to make it run on Workbench 13 machines. However, one of our readers, John Cook from Portsmouth, has found a fix to make it compatible.
Once the program has been de-archived onto its own disk, the asl library must be deleted to make CineMorph Junior run. In order to do this, boot from your Workbench disk, open a shell window then enter the following line: delete CineHorphJr:libs asl.Ubriry Having done that, insert the CineMorphJr disk in DFO:, reboot and you should find that the program now runs. Thanks for phoning up with the solution John, we are extremely grateful.
Abackup Author: Denis Gounelle Making a backup of a hard drive would be a tedious affair if it were not for handy utilities like Abackup. It is very simple to use and allows programs to be compressed using the built-in routines or with your favourite memory masher.
Having selected the Backup function, the next thing to tell Abackup is which partition (or directory) of your drive to work with. This information can be entered directly into the requester, or by clicking on one of the displayed partitions. Aback displays a list of files found in the partition, allowing you to indicate which ones are to be backed up.
There are options to include (or exclude) files by name, date, or according to the protection bits. All files can be included in one go and it also possible to reverse the selection so that the highlighted ones are unhighlighted and visa versa.
To include sub-directories, the backup mav be made recursive, and a particularly useful function is the ability to estimate the number of floppies and time required for the operation.
The same set of file selection functions are available for restoring partitions, plus options to restore file datestamps, links Faulty CoverDisk?
If you subscribe lo AtHigiI Computing and your disk has been damaged in the post, please return it to: Amiga CoverDisk, Europress Direct, FREEPOST, Ellesmere Port L65 3ED If you bought your magazine from a shop and found that the CoverDisk was damaged, please return it to: Mr Les Bare Pro-Soft, 5 River Cardens Business Centre, Spur Road, Feltham TW14 OSN Tel: 081-890 8290 and the directory hierarchy. It is also possible to have files on your hard drive overwritten bv those from the backup but.
Having said that, A Back can be instructed to only overwrite older versions or to ask for user confirmation.
So that you have a record of the backup procedure, a report may be generated and sent directly to the printer or to a file for future examination.
If you require more information about using this utility please read the documentation that accompanies it on the disk.
Amos programming The support files for the Amiga Insight Amos column are on the archived Caligari disk. Because wc have crammed so much onto the CoverDisks there was insufficient room to include icons.
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Want to be famous? We are always on the look-out for quality Amiga programs for the CoverDisk. If you think you have written something good enough for others to share and enjoy, please send it in and we’ll have a look.
The Amiga Computing CoverDisk is used by thousands of Amiga owners every month in places all over the world from Nov Zealand to the USA. So if your submission finds its way onto the disk, you could be famous.
Please make sure that you list ALL library and other files necessary for the program to work. Feel free to design your own icons for programs that run from Workbench, but please don't make them too big.
If you ensure your program is as compatible as possible with a wide variety of Amigas, it will also stand a better chance of publication. We are especially interested in small programs whether the)’ be games, utilities or whatever.
We are prepared to pay our current rates for original work which has not been distributed in any other way and which has not been put in the public domain.
If you wish your program to be released as shareware or freeware we will be happy to publish it, but would, of course, be happier if we had been given it first!
Your submission MUST be accompanied by the submissions form, a copy of it, or a signed declaration to the same effect. Please supply your full name, address and phone number.
Unfortunately we cannot undertake to return disks sent to us as the volume of submissions makes this an impractical exercise.
Post your submissions WITH A COPY OF THIS FORM to: Colin Yamall, Amiga Computing, CoverDisk Submissions, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK104NP.
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Date The Amiga Computing CoverDisk designed to be as simple to use possible. Follow these instructions and you'll be up and running in no time!
Readers may have difficulties iimg our CoverDisk, so we have ¦** hided this page to help you out.
1 of the first things you must do when get your CoverDisk is make a backup copy, then put the original CoverDisk away for safe keeping.
As a rule you should also do this with the majority of your software collection.
Fteiow we explain how to copy f*n from one disk to another, how copy the entire CoverDisk and Nww to de-archive programs, none How to make a backup To copy the entire CoverDisk, load up your Workbench fok. Then either click once on the CoverDisk icon and Duplicate, or select Copy from the Workbench ”*nu. Or open CLI Shell and type: ilso pos- ive over- up but, structed »r to ask backup ited and i file for n about cumen- sk.
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safe place and use your backup.
Copying individual files nsight hived have rDisks iclude You might at some point want to copy a single program from a CoverDisk to your compilation, Workbench disk or even yogr hard drive.
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: hifiStf 11 ...... iDSt [UWTttMKU.O •»» CtMMMUKMillliM TrM ll MrttoMkl.VTrH So if you have copied a program from the CoverDisk to your Work disk or hard drive make sure you also copy any other files the program requires, ie fonts, libraries, device drivers and Ccommands.
To do this you'll need the COPY command. As most CoverDisk programs are stashed away in their own directories, the quickest way to copy a program is to copy the I whole directory at once. Use the command: COPY directory) Td (nevdisfc) ALL where directory} is the full pathname of the directory you wish to copy, and newdisk} is the name of the disk and directory into which it will be copied.
For example, if you wanted to copy a utility called FRED from CoverDisk Its Utilities drawer to a directory called FRED on your Workbench disk, you'd type: COPT C0VERD!S 27:UT1LITIES FIED TO UORKBENCH1.J FREO ALL Alternatively, you can click once on the FRED directory Kon and drag it across to the new disk's window. This has the advantage of creating a new directory for you and copying the icon as well.
Once you have moved a particular program to where you require it you could experience some problems running the program. This is sometimes caused by the program not being able to find files which it needs to run.
Pub- iblish ion, I rcur- ssible mis- A good example is the text files on the CoverDisk.
These have been crunched using Power?acker, so when you try to copy them to another disk and then try to read them you can't unless you have also copied the Powerpacker library into your LIBS drawer.
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De-archiving Occasionally we have so many programs to fit onto the CoverDisk that we have to archive them. Archiving is where we take the entire contents of a disk and compress them into one file which is much smaller, giving us space to fit more programs onto the disk.
Dearchiving programs which are on the CoverDisk is a very simple task. If a program has been archived then you will need a blank disk to dearchive it onto.
Say we have archived a program called FRED. You simply double click on FRED's icon, and will be asked if you have a blank disk ready to dearchive to. Type "y" or "n" accordingly.
Your computer will then copy the archived file into its memory and ask you to insert your blank disk. It will proceed to format the disk, and will then de-crunch the archived file onto your blank disk.
Once this has been done you can simply reboot your machine with the disk which contains the dearchived program on it and then use the program as instructed in the CoverDisk pages.
Note that if you have a Workbench 2 or upward machine you must boot with the CoverDisk write- enabled to perform the dearchiving process.
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fresh attempt at the use of superlative Amiga technology with
the mass storage and multimedia benefits of compact disc.
Some predicted CDTV2 to compete with CD-I, others warned that once bitten was quite enough.
Any lingering doubts about whether Commodore could pull off their second foray into this new consumer market were dispelled at the Science Museum in London when CD32 turned in a virtuoso performance, causing enough excitement to stir even grizzled survivors of the CDTV massacre to feel the faint spirit of enthusiasm rekindled.
By launching a 32- bit CD console based on AGA chips for less than £300, Commodore had silenced those who said it couldn’t be done, convinced those who said it shouldn't be done, and wowed any waverers with a display of games and full-motion video (FMV) that sent jaws sagging from Fleet Street to Paramount Studios.
M By the time this article is printed, thousands of high street shelves should be groaning under the weight of CD32 boxes as Commodore gear up production for the Christmas period.
Roughly 180,000 machines will find their way into the shops and mail order catalogues over the next two months, and it is this magazine’s prediction that many games players will have to see only a short demonstration to prompt their twitching fingers in the direction of cheque book or credit card.
Ml PRODUCTION Again, by the time you read this article, many of the games we will look at should already be in production, and many more will appear between now and Christmas.
Approximately 50 to 70 games, some old, some brand new, should pop out of the CD mastering machines over the next two months if Commodore and the games companies can stick to their own schedules, so any Christmas morning spent with a CD32 should be engrossing enough for the big kiddies among us.
The hardware itself, despite its high- tech chips and CD drive, is encased in a near-black plastic casing designed, one would assume, by a drunken cubist.
Of dubious artistic appeal, the box sports few controls, with only the reset button, volume slider and stereo headphone socket in view.
Note the lack of an eject button. The flip-top CD has no locking mechanism, so it is easy to disturb the CD during play with predictable results. In addition, the reset button on our unit has a hair trigger, and more than once a game of Diggers has come to an end with either a nudge of the button or an accidental knock to the CD cover.
Build and packaging is very much of the consumer electronics variety, and it is dear from a first look at the unit that Commaiore saved a few bob on the retail price by cutting the odd comer.
There's no tackiness involved, just a I hint of the pile-’em-high, sell-'em-cheap manufacturing ethos which has seen Sega I and Nintendo cut their prices to the bone I Ports and interfaces are surprisingly I numerous on this machine, and there are no fewer than three ways of sending CD32's video signal to the screen. Beside I the usual composite video and R F (TV) I output, there is an S-VHS port to enable I higher quality pictures on the more expen-1 sive Tvs or monitors with an LCA input. I Commodore's 10K4S monitor, for exam-1 list.
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world Video CD format, mpported by CD32. Video CD is a format
already common in professional i for the mixing of video and
music on a disc, and centres around the MPEG taund m CD32’s
FMV card.
Industry is expected to jump in a very big way on the possibility of putting a on a CD in full music video format. For music fans, the chance to play music h control over the order the tracks are played in and full CD quality sound will be to resist. Clearly, the future of the games industry is in CD and other mass stor- which allow the combination of superb music, video and video games in one ve package.
? •sure opportunities are unparalleled and the level of fun we can all expect from i irvetopment is not to be understated If Commodore can get the marketing nght and 1 acr*.ire boys and girls release enough good games, CD32 should be in the enviable A coming in on the ground floor with a working FMV option, proven technology,
* i uS6r and programming base ¦in' the expected explosion as the
music, film, and video game industries come CD32 is in a
position to be boosted right into orbit.
With the new Amiga CD32 console set to take the hedgehog to the cleaners, Stevie Kennedy takes a close look at the marriage of AGA and CD technology I______ Bullfrog i Magic Carpet and Creation iftrcin accept S-VHS signals, and the W2 applied for our test was equipped appropriate lead. Stereo audio leads are also included, so quick flay is assured.
¦drome addition to the ports is the Switch, borrowed from the much loved C64 by the look of it, which sits on the rear panel between the power socket and the large interface slot.
Power is supplied via a PSU of the smaller variety rather than the bulky brick supplied with most A 1200s, so the machine should be easy enough to move from room to room or house to house.
The interface slot, a 150-pin effort offering full access to all CD32 processor functions, takes up almost half the rear panel and is covered by a blanking plate. It is here that the FMV cartridge will sit once released, and here that third-part)' manufacturers will no doubt soon be attaching floppy drives and so on.
For the moment, Commodore are keeping quiet about their expansion plans for CD32, hoping naturally to get the thing out of the door and on the shelves before talking about what it can be turned into, but plans are afoot to give users the option of converting it to a computer using Various add-ons.
Any A4000 keyboard can already be connected to the AUX port sitting beside the two joystick connectors on the left- hand side of the casing, and as the port doubles up as a high speed RS422 serial port, it is to be expected that someone will find another use for it.
Though unlikely that serious applications will find their way onto this mac .. ...... price point and imminent FMV capability you’d be mad not to predict that it will soon be appearing in the multimedia field.
What is more intriguing is a hint that Commodore plan to add an expansion box, fitting the 150-pin slot, which would offer A1200 facilities in one fell swoop, presumably including the usual serial, parallel, and floppy ports, but it is doubtful whether this would prove popular with CD32 owners.
For the immediate future, it Would seem a much more sensible policy to concentrate on the machine's excellent games playing possibilities than dilute the message with talk of boring old computers, which explains why, if Commodore have such long-term plans, they aren't telling anyone.
When turned on, CD32 at first displays a very colourful screen showing a spinning disc and logo, at which point the device simply waits until a CD is inserted. If this is a game CD, the system boots up, and if a music disc the audio control panel pops up.
Similar in design to CDTV's audio panel, the options on offer include all the usual controls found on a conventional CD player, including program function, shuffle, fast forward, rewind, pause, and soon.
Little spoken of so far, CD32’s ace-in- ?
The-hole might easily turn out to be its Planar chip. Designed to turn "chunky pixels" - the name given to pixels under byte per pixel graphics - into the Amiga's more usual bitplane graphics at high speed, the Planar chip makes it possible for games houses to convert PC games to the Amiga with ease.
COMPLEX CD32 Byte per pixel graphics are so-called because each pixel on screen is held in memory as a single byte which holds the pixel's colour information. The Amiga utilises bitplane graphics, which means that a pixel is stored in a much more complex way as part of a bitplane.
In effect, it takes one write operation to a single memory address to change the colour of a chunky pixel as opposed to the eight different memory addresses it takes to change a pixel stored in bitplane mode.
Games such as X-Wing, Strike Commander and Ultima Underworld - all PC-only games at the moment - which make extensive use of huge pseudo sprites and texture mapping would not normally find their way onto a machine which uses bitplane graphics. With the Planar chip, this is now easy as pie.
Storing the chunky pixels in memory then converting them at high speed before passing them on for screen display, the Planar chip enables PC programmers to forget about complex graphics trickery when porting a game and get on with the task of recoding the game's main program.
As this is often written in the highly portable C language, we should soon see a steady trickle of high quality PC conversions as the user base of CD32 owners grows. As Bullfrog's Peter Molyneux said With the planar chip, converting PC games is easy as pie when he first saw the Planar chip's inclusion in CD32: "Thank Christ for that!"
It is perhaps ironic that one of CD32's most appealing features, from the developer's point of view at least, could be its ability to use old-fashioned graphics techniques.
Commodore, in response to user concerns, have made announcements to the effect that CD32-compatib!e drives are being developed for both the A1200 ani A4000. However, as more emerges abos just exactly what is inside the net machine, some of us are beginning iT wonder.
Two main obstacles appear to stand i the way of a straightforward bolt-on C drive for the AGA machines. First, th CD-specific Kiekstart extensions.
Packed into the CD32's Kiekstart 3; chip are several new libraries and exe functions which the A1200 does not shan These include NonVolatile.lib for thl built-in lk of flash RAM in which gam high scores are stored, CDFileSystem fa accessing files on the disc itself, am
CD. device offering low level access to th drive for control of
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control tor Commodore's CDTV was truly Tiny buttons crammed
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manipulate gave users callouses, headaches, or both.
S controller (or joypad as they're termed) is much better.
Sporting seven buttons and a four-wav pad,the joypad has enough for most types of games, and most up to control the audio CD side of In prolonged use, the shape of the causes problems in that it rubs s of the hands uncomfortably, but il it is a much better unit than that with either the Sega or Nintendo What the authors say ial port rd etc) nection By Phil South to. The speculation is over. The new hoigj is a CD-based game console, igh you didn't have to be a mind
* *der to guess that. Rumours saying as
* .h have been flying about the indus- for the last year or so.
Little did we know however that it tovld be based on the 1200, although hnking about it this it does seem a good at least optimum) choice under the composite video output The $ -VH$ port enables better pictures on monitors and Tvs Why? Everyone in the software business agrees, and we've spoken to just about everyone on your behalf, that the machine is sufficiently state-of-the-art while still being cheap enough for anyone to buy.
Of course Commodore could have put an 040 in it and have MPEG built-in rather than having it as an add-on, but the machine would have cost about £700- £1,000, which is too dam expensive.
Software people like the CD32 for many reasons - its double speed drive, its price (although most said this would come down just like all Amigas previously) but what they liked most was not that it is a console, but that it's an Amiga.
The Amiga, unlike both the leading game consoles, is an open platform which anyone can develop for. You don’t need permission or a lot of money to make games for it, just an idea and the ability to cpde in some language.
After that all you need is the ability to R F port for connection of TV aerial get your code onto a CD. One of the things that people do like is the idea of big games with no disk swapping, no installation, and the fact that no matter how big your program you still only have one disk to duplicate.
Power On off Then there's the new MPEG capability, the full motion video adaptor due in the shops later in the year. Will anyone be developing for that?
The reaction was mixed, with some people saying that the MPEG and software side shouldn't mix, and they should be kept separate.
But basically software people like the CD32 because it's competitive. The more platforms, within reason, the healthier the market is. It promotes competition and allows more people to put things into the business.
If you reduce the number of companies you reduce the people who control what's happening in the market. On the whole everyone thinks Commodore have made the right choice.
All that remains is for the public to buy the thing in quantity and they've got it sussed. But what do the people in the know, the software producers, think?
The iso-pin Interface behind this plate will be used to fit the FMV cartridge Gremlin Graphics Gremlin's James North Hearn was in no doubt what he thought about it. "We really want the machine to succeed and we're willing to support it with product."
Have they got new stuff ready to go?
"Producing CD product takes time. We're aiming to have a few products out, Zool and couple of others. They'll be good products, but they won't represent true CD capability. You’re really looking at next year when it starts coming through like that."
What impressed them most about the tech specs of the new machine? "To Commodore's credit they came to us and we literally got to write down what we wanted.
"There's things we asked for that weren't implemented due to cost, but I think they got the basics right. FMV will be nice when that comes along, but that’s Amiga Computing October 1993 nces.
N&W tablet and loti more toloun lor Pinball fantatlet not happening at this moment.
"The twin speed CP is really good, and I think that's a great improvement.
Quad speed would have been nicer."
Checklist: Sensible Soccer, Flight of the Amazon Queen, Chaos Engine.
And the price? "I think the price is good, again it would have been nice if it had been £199 or £250. But if it had come out at £250 or £199 we'd all be saying wouldn't it be nice at £150!"
Ocean You'd expect one of the biggest and oldest software houses to be in at the start of a new format, and as Ocean's Simon Alty explained, this was true. "The truth of the matter is that we hope it succeeds, and we're very’ much behind it."
But what about software? Well, Jurassic Park could have figured very prominently in the CD32's future, but for two things.
"One is we haven't tied up the deal yet with Universal, secondly it's timing. There will definitely be no bundle, contrary' to popular belief. We'd love to do one. But it's all about who owns 3DO-" A little delving reveals that Steven Spielberg, via MCA Univer$ al, owns a share in the new CD machine company.
C'est la vie.
4, Checklist: Sleepwalker, TFX, International Open Qotf, Inferno, Jurassic Park (but don’t hold your breath) US Cold Not being a firm to jump without first checking the height of the drop, US Gold are playing things close to their chest.
Bridget Hurst filled us in.
"We're not doing anything for it immediately, there's nothing that we're actually announcing, An obvious one would be Flashback, we're doing that on all formats.
We're also looking at what could be done as far as back catalogue titles are concerned."
They do like the CD32 though, right?
"The machine seems to have some good capabilities, plus the fact that Commodore are going to bring out all of the extras as Cfmtdlt Zool, Zooi 2, Nigel Mansell,
• Heroes Quest, Util Dtvtt, Premier Manager.
Bitmap Brothers The bitmap Brothers are famous for making graphically superior action games. What does the Bitmaps' Eric Matthews see as the possibilities of the new engine?
"We're working our way through the A1200 version of The Chaos Engine at the moment. Obviously we wanted to do a 256-colour version, rather than a 16 or 32-colour version like the original, and it looks very nice."
Any new bits and bobs we should know about? "We're doing an animated intro which would just have taken up too many disks if we'd have done it on the original one, it's a nice animated intro with a voice over on it, "There are going to be things which make it better than the floppy version, it isn't going to be as appropriate as, say, graphic adventures."
Why aren't the capabilities of the machine suited to action games? What would be best for it? "Renegade are publishing this game Flight of the Ama on Queen in the graphic adventure style, a Lucasfilm or Sierra-type product.
"Now that is immediately attractive for the CD32 because you don't have all the hassle of disk swapping, also you do have the enhanced 256-colour mode so in that way you can see it’s more obvi- Millennium The James Pond authors are keen to show they are sticking their necks out for the CD32, as Keith Smith pointed out.
- The first CD32 product that we have is Diggers, which is a
mining strategy adventure game.
“It’s the first finished game developed specifically for CD32, which is quite important to us, because they’ve got versions of ported games out there “It’s not an action game with lots of things happening, it's a quite game specifically developed for one player, really.
Generally Millennium are very happy with the spec and possibilities of the machine “ft’s a very nice piece of kit to have, and I think it certainly points the way to the birth of the complete home entertainment system.
“You can trash your console, you can trash your CD player, and buy one of these __pieces of kit for £300. I think anyone who's Checklist: Diggers, James thinking of chopping in their kit for Pond 2, James Pond 3, something new will have to consider Daughters Of Serpent. This as an option We hope it succeeds... we're very much behind it well for the 1200, the CD drive, and then bring out a keyboard to link up to the CD player and that sort of thing.” ously the benefit* of compact disc than the floppy."
Chacldlat: Flashback plua other titles to follow Bullfrog Now then Bullfrog, you know a good machine when you see one. What do you think? "It's definitely a step forward and they've obviously listened to developers a little bit which is a big change for them.
"We're doing three products on it currently, and we'll continue to support it providing those three products do reasonably well," said Bullfrog's Peter Molyneux.
Any qualms about the spec? "It doesn't have enough RAM, and it's still a little bit slow. For us the really brilliant thing is it has this "planar chip" in it, which means all the stuff we do for the PC is now possible to do on that machine."
"That means if you’re doing any 3D Stuff and texture mapping stuff, and we’re doing a lot of it, which is really easy on the PC, it all becomes possible on the Amiga.
"It's not a revolutionary chip or anything, it does something really simple, but what it docs do it does well and it means that we can consider products we wouldn't normally do on that machine."
Chackllat: Syndicate, Theme Park, Magic Carpet, Biosphere Virgin Virgin's John Norledge was enthusiastic, but oddly cautious about spilling too manv software beans. "We like the machine, we think it has quite a big future, especially in Europe, "On the software side we're developing a CD game, rather than a conversion of a standard Amiga floppy game, the exact title's not been announced yet, but we're saving that for the European Computer Trade Show in September."
Any hints? Like would you be talking about Dune by any chance, a version like the absolute stonker on the CD-ROM for the PC?
"As you know Virgin have released several CD games on the PC format and therefore we have a lot of good data and good programs that we'll be looking at.
"Any of our current titles in development have the potential of being moved Best of the rest Acclaim Mortal Kombat Flairsoft Oscar. Whale's Voyage. 1869 Grandslam Nick Faldo Golf Krisalis Sabre Team. Soccer Kid, Manchester Utd 2 Maxis Sim Ci ty MicroProse Civilisation, Gunship 2000, B17 Flying Fortress. Legacy Mindscape Alfred Chicken. Liberation Sachs Entertainment Defender Of The Crown 2 21st Century Pinball Fantasies. Pinball Illusions Thalion Lionheart Titus Batttestorm. Prehistoric over to CD32, especially as we can not use the same graphic data as we used fa the PC."
Chackllat: Dune CD ROM, Muslcolour, North Polar Expedition Psygnosis Mark Blewit, on behalf of the Lemminj meisters, couldn't resist blowing the o4 Psygnosis trumpet: "We've got lots c film titles with the Sony deal goiflj through, Sooooo you could speculate tM Dracula would be done. I think it will aj boil down to how well the Microcos does."
Will they be using the new technologj in the machine, like MPEG for example?
"t would say that we have traditiol ally always developed machines to th full. What we did with Shadow of th Beast, graphically, was revolutionary i the time.
"Looking at what we're doing in oth areas such as 3DO and FM Towns i Japan, what we've done to push thof machines, it is reasonable to say th Psygnosis will push the machine to i limit."
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comms it isn’t an invitation to slip into some tight-fitting woolly pants. No sir, it’s a world of communications.
This is the practice of using your Amiga with a modem to link up to another computer down a domestic phone line. It’s something which a lot of people do every day and don’t even think about it. In fact once you're set up you can do comms as easily as you would make a phone call.
All you need to get started is your Amiga and a phone - which you already have, a serial cable, a piece of terminal software - and a modem.
Modems are bits of hardware which you link to the Amiga via the serial connector at the back. You do this with a special serial cable that you would get from your friendly local computer shop.
The serial cable is designed for modem use, and not what they call a null modem cable which is differently wired internally for connecting two computers in the same room directly via the serial port, for machine-to-machine direct transfers or for playing two-player two-computer direct link games. Once the phone is added to the equation, you're up and running the computer is connected to the modem, the modem is connected to the phone socket.
LINKING UP So where do you plug your phone?
Into the modem of course. There is a pass-through on the modem, allowing you to use your phone normally when you’re not using the modem, but allowing the modem to remain connected to the phone line.
Once you’re all connected up to a Amiga Computing's communications columnist Phil South explains why we should all have a modem, I and how the diminutive boxes can be used numbers of the boards you use on a regular basis, SO you can just dial them up by I selecting them from a menu rather than having to dial the numbers manually.
Phone line, the modem is controlled by a piece of software called a terminal program. This is used to dial up bulletin boards and conferencing systems.
The program usually stores phone A bulletin board system, or BBS, is a Using comms software Terminal software is easy to come by. And almost all the best programs are in the public domain. Term. Ncomm.
AZComm and JRComm are names which spring to mind, and almost all of these have appeared on AC CoverOisks from time to time.
I use NCOMM because I find it to be the most useful, simplest to use, and the most powerful. Logging on to your favounte bulletin board is simple. You just spend a few minutes setting up your phone book, a list of BBSs and their numbers and settings, and save this to disk.
After you've done that you only have to select the name from a menu list and then the modem automatically dials up your BBS and allows you to log on.
You must have a name and password to prevent other people logging on as you - especially useful when you are paying for the service on the BBS!
Each session can be saved as a text file, so you can go back and re-read anything you read on the BBS. And any messages or electronic mail for you can be stored on disk or even printed out. Also any files which you get from the BBS. Any programs for the Amiga which you got from the board, can be saved to disk for use.
You could download NCOMM from a BBS. But of course you'd need a copy of Ncomm to do it Best get it from a PD software house then, Before we launch you into the world of comms, here are some important points to take note of. On most BBSs there will be message areas or conference topics where you can leave messages to other users.
Treat other board users with respect and they'll welcome you with open arms. The users are like members of a private club, so bear in mind at all times that you are a new member Announce your presence and wait to be invited in.
As in real life situations, listen for a while before you start to talk. Until you talk nobody will know you're there, but keep quiet until you know what you're talking about.
These again, don't take this too far and be silent forever.
Someone who hangs about but doesn't speak is called a lurker". Be alert, but don't be a lurk.
Another important point. Once you've looked around the system and want to leave, remember to log oft properly.
You can cause all sorts of problems for the sysops (system operator if you just turn your computer off when you are online.
You might suffer from power cuts or similar acts of god.
But don't do it deliberately Leave the system intact tor the next user to enjoy.
And don't just download a load of software and then bog off again. The practice of taking software but not contributing anything is called “troughing” or graphically leeching”, and it’s generally not appreciated if you find a nice file somewhere in your adventures across the Net that you'd like to share, check if it’s on the system first and then upload it.
If you at least upload one file for every one or two that you download then that's something. If you contribute more than you take, there will be place for you in BBS heaven.
Umputer which uses a modem just like lours to answer incoming calls from rther modem users, and once online a
• pevwl host program (similar to the terminal program) allows
users to post messages to evervone on the system, send
J tronic mail within or outside the sys- mn and even upload or
download files going to be necessary.
If however you think you’re going to be a complete comms nut or are going to use your modem for work, then the fastest modem you can afford will be the order of the day.
Modems come in different speeds, dem, used n a rogu- I :n up by I :her than I tally.
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Bit time Oepeods on me speed oI transmission, lor example Data bits 1200bps bit time « These bts contain tne 0 00083 seconds per M » 7 The data packet’ asiBBaacQSDDia v. Mark Start bit Stop bit Mgti (true) Lon signal lovel lor shows end of signal level ono Oil «me to show lor one M time elan cl cnaracter WHAT THE LIGHTS MEAN HS Highspeed CO Carrier Detect 01 On Line SD Send Data TR Terminal Ready Rd Receive Data RS Request to Send AA Auto Answer modo CS Clear to Send MODEM is short tor MODulator DE Modulator and is « device for converting digital signals into sound and vee versa. This
sound is passed over a telephone line ; lo a receiving modem which converts it back into digital (•gnals which can be read by another computer.
At slow data transmission speeds, less than 1200bps ib«ts per second), the data is encoded by varying the frequency of the transmitted sound, whereas at speeds higher than 1200bps the data is encoded by varying the phase of the sound waves, encoding two bits of data per phase shift.
Data is sent in packets, the form of which is determined by the software being run by the sending and receiving computers A typical packet contains eight data bits and one stop bit to separate the individual characters being sent.
Many modern ’intelligent' modems contain their own CPU
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using simple commands typed into the computer.
To and from the system to your machine.
It’s a little electronic world which you can enter and inhabit.
The sort of modem you should buy depends upon your needs and your means. If vou only intend logging on to a BBS very infrequently, then spending a lot of money on a modem isn't really How it works: The Modem Puzzling protocols If you want to send or receive files from a host computer, you need to know about protocols like Xmodem. Ymodem, Zmodem. And even Jmodem!
These are styles of transfer protocol used by host computers to send and receive files from you. The remote terminal. If you don't have the right protocol set on your machine the transfer will not take place.
The need for protocols arises when you touch on the subject ot line noise'.
The signal to and from your computer via the phone link is sound, and so the kind of crackles you get on the phone line can affect the signal This doesn't happen as often as it did back in the old days now that most exchanges are digital, but it does occur occasionaly. Transfer protocols ensure that the file that left the host is the file that reaches you. So each bit of data that is sent is given a checksum. If it doesn’t match at your end, the data is sent again.
The chief methods of error correction are Zmodem. Ymodem and Xmodem.
Although there are packets of others. Use Zmodem and you won't go far wrong.
As far as setting up your modem goes, read the instructions which come with it and if in any doubt don't change anything or alter any settings unless you understand.
SETTINGS I've never understood the thought process of some people when they first start using computers: it seems they think that people who use computers have strange precognitwe powers that enable them to guess how things work.
So when they buy the computer they just type things into the command line hoping that one or two of them will work As we all know this is not how it's done, so why do the same thing with eomms? Opening configuration screens and randomly changing settings are the comms equivalent of typing in HELLO WORLD at the CU prompt Just use the modem out of the box and it should work fine.
The factory presets are usually spot on, and this goes double for Supra modems, which have very dear instructions, and very intelligent factory settings. Both the Supras I use have never been altered since I got them.
One thing you do have to change, as it is probably been reset by you or a program, is the serial pref in your Amiga.
Use the serial program in your Prefs fokJer to set your serial port to twice the speed ol your modem, so if it's 2,400 set 4,800. This makes sure that the data travelling from the modem to your computer isn't slowing up the process or causing a data bottleneck, and going at the fastest speed it can manage.
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HST High Speed Technology - a term created by US Robotics Corp to describe their new range of faster modems, usually of 9.600 baud and above.
ASL Adaptive Speed Levelling. An option that Courier modems offer. When the line noise gets too bad host The host computer, a machine running a BBS the modems will reduce speed as in fallback, but that you dial up.
Will increase the speed back again if the line condition gets better MNP Microcom Networking Protocol. Special error Checking protocol Which protects the integrity of BABT This indicates that BT have tested the modem and passed They have put a stamp of approval on it and charged the manufacturer a lot of money for doing so.
Modem the data sent down the line and also offers a means to compress the data being sent for better transfer speeds.
Modulator DEModulator. A modem is used to baud (say it like “maud* or “board*) The speed modems communicate with computers and each other.
Take digital computer signals and convert them to audio tone signals for transfer via the phone lines. Able to be converted back to digital signals BBS Bulletin Board System.
For the computer at the other end using another modem.
BPS Bits per second.
Protocol Modems will handshake when they first meet.
CCITT Committee Consultant International Telephone and Telegraph. A European group that set standards to ensure compatibility. (See V21-43 below).
When one modem calls another, they exchange some basic information, making sure they both have a common speed they can communicate at.
They will agree to a protocol for exchanging data.
CPS Characters Per Second.
Sysop Short for system operator, the person who owns doorway Also called Gateway. Not a supermarket but a sort of imaginary doorway from the main computer system into a subsystem, perhaps a game a host computer and the BBS software which runs on it.
Or access to another computer system.
Upload To send a file from your home system to a host.
This file can then be downloaded by others.
Download Transfer a file from the host machine to yours.
V21 CCITT code for 300bps FD.
Email Short form of electronic mail, a service similar to ordinary mail except the messages are delivered V22 CCITT code for 1,200bps FD.
Electronically rather than physically.
V22bis CCITT code for 2.400bps FD.
Fallback Most modems now have a fallback option, if the line has a lot of noise or crackle, the modem will V23 CCITT code for 1.200bps with a 75bps back fall back to a slower speed and keep falling back channel. Usually used for Viewtext systems.
Until a good connection is possible.
V32 CCITT code for 9,600bps FD with 4,800bps fall Fax Some of the newer and faster modems now have FAX facilities built-in.
V32bis back.
CCITT code for 14,400bps FD with 1,200bps, FD Full Duplex. Means that modem speed is the same in both directions and does not use a 4,600bps. 7,200bps. 9.600bps fall back slower back channel.
V42 CCITT code for V32 with error correction based on LAPM protocol.
Hayes The Hayes command set is an international one set used by most modem manufacturers for comV42bis CCITT code for V32 with data compression used munication with the modem. So modems have with V42 and MNP error correction.
An extended set of commands that are over and above the Hayes commands, but they will always Viewdata An outdated form of BBS which never really have those commands in common. If the modem caught on based on a 1,200 75 baud process.
Is not Hayes compatible then you will have great Uses graphics similar to teletext on the TV. Most difficulty getting software to drive it.
BBS are made up of scrolling Ascii text.
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It is a good idea to get the fastest modem vou can afford, although if you're feeling a bit hard up you could use a 2,400 or 4,800 model, as this is the best balance of price performance, and 2,400s can be picked up for as little as £50.
The reason that the fastest modem is the best is the simple fact that the more time you spend on the phone line the more expensive the hobby becomes.
Faster transfer rates mean less time online and more money in your pocket.
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P. O. BOX 2395, WALTHAM CROSS, HERTS. EN8 7HQ HARDWARE Once the
initial excitement of using a fast storage medium instead of
floppies for the first time has subsided, the poor old hard
drive so quickly fades into the background that it is easy to
forget what using floppies was like. Let's recap, shall we?
Floppies are the most infuriating, stubborn, pig-headed, useless, rotten, nasty little 3.5in terrorists this side of the PLO. And using them as one's prime method of storage is tantamount to a long drawn out suicide attempt. There - got it off my chest.
For all our readers who wish to escape Stalagluft Floppy, and who might be considering a hard drive this Christmas or in the near future, there are three main questions to be asked before any money changes hands;
• How much money can I spend?
• Will it do the job for me?
• What about expansion?
Spending limits will vary from buyer to buyer, but the basic premise that a hard drive must be chosen with its job and future expansion plans in mind stands whether the user is after a 20Mb drive to store Monkey Island 2. Or a 240Mb SCSI-2 drive for virtual memory and graphics processing.
Remember that if a peripheral is badly chosen and doesn't suit the tasks to which it is put. It is a waste of money whether it was a bargain buy or not.
A1200 owners, whose options are limited mostly to internal IDE drives, have little or no say over what sort of hard drive they fit. Though they at least have the benefit of the cheapest Hds in the Amiga market.
Owners of the A500 500 Plus 1500, however, can choose from a much wider range of drives, complete with a variety of memory and even accelerator options.
A500 owners are in the best position at the moment. The machine is no longer the flagship of the Amiga range, but it is still present in its millions and commands a hefty tfS share of the market.
Hard drive prices for the A500 have been falling over the past two years, and there has never been a better time to snap up a bargain for a machine which will continue to be a hard working Amiga with plenty of software support for years to come.
A590 Drive type: SCSI Make: Seagate ST325N Capacity: 20Mb a l Ssftj Fits: A500. A500 Plus Extras: SCSI through-pori. External PSU.
RAM expansion lor 2Mb Why are we still looking at this old sol- i dier? The A590 was the original and offi- J cial Commodore hard drive for the A500. Xjfcv M and thousands of them were sold fl worldwide.
Despite the fact that the first models jflfcij| W were slow AT-IDE drives with silly price tags, it has survived as a viable alternative to faster but more expensive modern drives.
Due to Its age. The A590 can be found viciously price slashed in some of our mail order advertisements, and with its proven technology, reliability and extra features, it makes a good buy for those with limited hard drive needs.
In its official configuration, the drive is a 20Mb model, a size which is of use only to games players and those who use only one or two packages at most.
However, if the user is a flight sim buff and simply requires a drive onto which F17 SuperWombat IX can be transferred along with a wordprocessor and some other utilities. 20Mb is plenty.
As a peripheral, the A590 is finished to Commodore's usual high quality, with superb manuals and reasonably good software. Workbench 1.3 should normally be found ready installed on the drive, but this can be easily replaced with 2.04, as the formatting software will ask the user to insert Workbench disks to copy to HD once the drive has been prepped and partitioned.
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5 (transfer 400k s, 50 seeks s) Features: 9 Software: 4 Overall: 6 Price: £329 Supplier: Evesham Micros l Phone: 0386 765500 A Amiga Computing October 1993 The AlfaPower is one of a few external IDE dnves for the A500. And is an attempt to use the cheaper interface and drive unit of the popular PC standard HD to bring a cost effective answer to Amiga owners.
Housed in a tightly packed tough plastic casing into which a second IDE drive can be installed so long as both are half height units, the AlfaPower is a workmanlike little beast.
"S2S2? AlfaPower Price: £295 Supplier: Power Computing Phone: 0234 843388 Extra RAM to the tune of 8Mb can be fitted alongside the drives, so despite the lack of a through-port (impossible with a non-SCSI mechanism in any case), there is fairty generous room for expansion.
The manual and software supplied with the unit are adequate, though not quite as good as some, and new users should have few problems from taking the unit out of its box to formatting and partitioning it.
7 (transfer 548k s.
164 seeks s) Features: 8 Software: 8 A good middle'Of-the-road hard drive which would be instantly recommended were it not for its inconsistent speed rating. Despite a very average transfer speed, the AlfaPower managed in tests to create and delete files at a rapid rate, and had far and away the best seek time (time taken for the drive to locate a file).
Overall: 8 Price: £249 Supplier: Gasteiner Phone: 081-365 1151 Horses for courses As ever, the most important consideration when thinking about a new peripheral is the task to which the device is going to be put. Users with ambitions on the graphics, music, or vidbo side of the Amiga would be barmy to buy only a 40Mb drive, and games players with the odd word- processor are hardly likely to need or fill a 210Mb SCSI-2.
Generally speaking, the enthusiast will be in a position where Workbench, a few productivity packages such as Maxiplan and Protext, and the odd game such as Monkey Island 2. Are becoming just too much of a pain to load from floppies.
For such people an 80Mb IDE, such as those now popular on the A1200. Would be ample storage, and 40Mb would just about do if the budget is stretched Others who see the hard drive as a way to expand the Amiga’s uses, and wish to mess about with large sound samples, video digitised sequences. 24-brt graphics, and so on, would be advised to go for at least 80Mb, with 105Mb as a comfortable in-between, and 240Mb as the ideal.
This may sound like a huge amount of storage, but it is barely adequate to hold ADPro and a couple of hundred decent 24-bit files and soon fills up.
SCSI EXPANSION In addition, expansion-minded owners would be well advised to look at SCSI before plumping for the IDE standard. A1200 owners now have a choice with the advent of SCSI-RAM from GVP. And there are other interfaces on the way.
With SCSI, the ability to add another drive when needed, or control an optical drive, scanner, or plotter, can be essential when the lowly A1200 begins to build over the years into the centre of a powerful system.
Most owners may never need to look at another hard dnve. And for those IDE is perfect, but anyone with an eye for the horizon and a wallet to match, SCSI is the only choice.
Golden rule number one is not just to settle for what you can afford at the time. If you need a bigger drive, hold on to your cash until you can afford one rather than spend £200 on a penpheral which soon becomes a hindrance.
Golden rule number two is to avoid buying more than j you'll ever need. Don't splash out on an 80Mb drive just because the salesman tells you it's the most popular model and “you'll soon fill it up".
Unless you have a lot of games you play at the same time, or a large number of expensive productivity packages to install, larger drives can soon become money spent in waste.
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T White Knight Technology 0992 - 714539 Please See Our Other Advert In This Issue For More Products Fujitsu Optical drive AcllDE 2 Fujitsu's optical drives have been around lor a while, and recent price cuts have forced them well below the old £1,000 barner to a level where they just come into the enthusiast and semi-pro Amiga price bracket Drive type: SCSI Make: Fujitsu M2S11A Capacity: 128Mb per cartridge Fits: All Amigas fitted with SCSI port Extras: PSU, motorised eject. SCSI through-port, SCSI ID switch Utilising removable 128Mb cartridges, the drive theoretically has an infinite
storage capacity, and at about £25-£30 per 128Mb (depending where you look), the owner with a need for lots of storage can find optical drives a very cost effective solution.
Fully read-wnte capable, the cartridges have very little in common with CD-ROM.
Which is a once-only storage medium They are instead more akin to floppy drives in that the volatile storage disc of optical material is removed from the drive and the reading and writing mechanism remains.
Optical discs have the advantage of sturdiness oyer faster SyQuest removable hard drives. The optical discs themselves take a lot of stick before showing any signs of damage, and are perfect for porting huge wads of data from one machine to another. Drop the thing while looking for change on the bus, and it'll still crank up in your mate's machine.
This particular optical drive works as an external device in its own very sturdy case, supported by four large rubber feet Two full size SCSI ports at the rear enable SCSI daisy-chaining, and a handy SCSI ID switch enables the rapid changing of SCSI ID numbers, something which can be a common necessity when using removable Hds.
Formatting is carried out by whatever software the user has for the existing SCSI interface to which the drive is connected, so this can vary from good to bad depend ing on the interface.
A common use for these devices has been with the A3000 and its built in external SCSI port, but Nexus. ICD, or GVP interfaces will Supplied with the same excellent ICD manuals and prep software as Tnfecta. The Novia internal drive is easy to set up once physically installed, but it is this process which might put a few prospective owners off.
Drive type: AT-IDE Make: Quantum GoDrive Capacity: 60Mb Fits: A500 A500 Plus Extras: none In its full kit form. Novia is made up of a drive mechanism, an interface, cable, and hard drive cradle, ail of which must be crammed inside the A500 case.
Connecting the interface is a matter of popping the 68000 processor out of its socket and piggy-backing it on the interface board before shoving the latter in the empty CPU socket, an operation which the more technophobic of us might shrink from.
Once this is accomplished and the cradle attached to the motherboard using the supplied sticky pads, the drive should be as well mounted as any A1200HD, so as long as one can face the installation procedure, there's nothing to worry about.
As just about the only internally fitting A500 hard drive, the Novia unit has the distinct advantage of keeping the DMA expansion slot on the machine’s left side open for business, though as many external hard drives allow for expansion through SCSI through-ports or. More e rare, a DMA pass-through slot, this unit will appeal mostly to those with specific needs, such as portability or the need to save on desk space.
The drive's speed leaves something to be desired, but as an A500 thus equipped is unlikely to be used as a power machine, speed may not be as crucial to the prospective Novia owner, A specific answer to a specific question, perhaps, but just about the only answer to those looking for neat and tidy A500 portability.
GVP HD8+ Drive type: SCSI Make: Quantum ProDrive Capacity: 42Mb Fits: A500 A500 Plus Extras: SCSI through-port. Game switch, external PSU. RAM expansion to 8Mb For long the title holder as far as A500 hard drives are concerned, HD8+ has for over two years been a touchstone for quality and speed. Though recently caught by drives such as the Trifecta, the GVP unit is still one of the very best buys around.
Manuals and software supplied with the drive are of a high quality, and the FaaastPrep software is good enough that it shouldn't confuse beginners.
There is sometimes a little too much technical information on offer for my liking, especially for those confronting a hard drive for the first time, but with the help of the clear documentation, setting up, prepping and partitioning should be a stroll for most of us.
In use, the large and easy to reach game switch, SCSI through-port, and 8Mb RAM expansion capability give the GVP a smooth, well thought out feel, but the pace of the Quantum drive humming away below the casing is the unit's major attraction.
At the moment. A1200 owners are faced with a fairly thin choice based mostly on the relative price of competing - and virtually identical - internally fitted IDE drives.
With the official A1200HD option now available, more and more owners will no doubt buy their Amigas with HD already installed, but for those who start with a floppy and wish to stiffen up their storage at a later date, the range of kits on offer is bewildering.
Something to remember, however, is that most kits are more or less the same. Centring as they do around a limited number of 2.5 inch drive manufacturers and all of them using the same hard drive interface as built into the A12QQ and A600.
So long as a drive unit is manufactured by Conner. Maxtor. Seagate.
Quantum or IBM, you can be assured that its performance will not differ significantly from the others.
For example, much of the difference between the 6VP HD8+ and slower drives which use the same Quantum drive mechanism is due to clever Faaastprep ROMs and the GVP SCSI interface. Take away the interface variable and most drive units within a certain price range perform more or less the same.
Most drive units within a certain price range perform more or less the same Marking up speeds which, across a wide range of tests, fall slightly A Wow the Trifecta, HD8+ still Jr manages to come out top in both transfer rate and seek speed timings, a y % tribute to a design y which is almost three years old.
Combine this with a solid reliability record and you have a unit which is still a difficult package to beat.
It's fair to mention that the unit tested in this round-up is over two years old, the suppliers having failed to send us a new model in time for the review.
U is to be expected that the most recent revisions of the HD8+ have benefited from minor tweaks and fixes, but if there has been a significant improvement in the Software Is the key. Any hard drive will be fine so long as a cable is Included, but if the prepping software is useless, the new owner is in for a hard time of it (no pun intended).
The answer? A program called RDPrep. Released by Microbotics as a freely distributive rigid disk block formatter. Rigid Disk Blocks are blocks on a hard drive which hold all the information concerning how a drive is partitioned, what filing system it uses, and so on, and are now a standard on Amiga Hds.
RDPrep simply and efficiently preps and formats any hard drive the user cares to prep, and does so with the minimum fuss and bother.
RDPrep will be making an appearance on a CoverDisk in the near future, so keep you eyes peeled. Alternatively, just buy the cheapest IDE drive you can lay hands on and get RDPrep from a PD library.
Opy II is the 1 I I. '• ' r. V o' MW, r. ¦ f Fined Copy R5j documents (at which Final Copyll naturally excels) and progre hwmir K especially when a good looking letter needs creating quickly Available from all good Amiga Software Dealers, or contact your nearest SoftWood Ajeni for a list of stockists in your country.... SoftWood Products Europe - UK POBoi 19 AtfreKM Dcrbjshtre DESS7BP Tel: 077.'836781 Fax: (073 83 KUO VEM (Essonne Mailing) - France MrucOcBoisSauva c 61055 FVRY (Yilct Td.lllWt7.%54 Fiv ill 69,91,19.25 LETTERS which you will find is supplied with your copy of Workbench.
Unfortunately, there is no information on Arexx in your Workbench manuals, and our monthly Arexx Insight column has long gone past the absolute beginner's stage. You could try Bruce Smith Books on 0923 894355 for information on their excellent Mastering Amiga Arexx book.
On the other hand, a back issue of A500 has lots of mileage left As a purchaser of Commodore’s products. I am one of the victims who bought an A500 Plus, then watched it killed off after a couple of months. I have rebelled by ignoring the A1200. And instead purchased an AMO with which I am extremely pleased After reading the letter by J Farrar from Hayle, I would recommend Epic from Ocean and Flames of Freedom from RainbircJ.
Both of which run at tremendous speed with the accelerator enabled.
On another note, I have a problem with PageStream v1.2. When loading dip art I get a corrupted image if the clip art is loaded as an object. But fine if loaded as a picture window. Oh.
And thanks for the Cinemorph jr disk on the August issue - it s just I'm glad you liked the Cinemorph jr program and hope you find it fun for a good long time to come. It's also nice to hear someone who continues to have faith in the future of his supposedly outdated A500 Plus As your investment in an A530 confirms, the older Amigas have a great deal of Hie left in them yet and should continue to render sterling service to their owners for years. That said, it is unwise simpty to 1ignore" the A1200.
In conjunction with the CD32. The A1200 constitutes the future of the Amiga range and is a landmark in that, so long as it continues to sell well, it lays the ground rules for future Amiga development: more RAM, faster 32-bit processors, and 24-bit graphics.
Loads of fun.
Paul Tompkins. Harrow ; would like to add my voice to those complaining about programs which cannot be installed on hard drives. A few months ago I purchased a Virgin game called Lure of The Temptress which comes on four disks and uses manual protection. It cannot be nstalled on a hard disk.
On page four of the manual it lists system requirements, and under MS-DOS version states *hard drive recommended" and includes instructions on hard drive installation.
Once again a software company has made the Amiga look like the poor relation.
I have given up trying to complete the game because of the large number of disk swaps, even with two floppy dnves. And I now try to avoid like the plague programs that cannot be installed on a hard disk. Software houses take note!
Nicholas Redgrave, Clevedon Take note indeed! The more Amiga owners complain to software companies about the hard drive situation the more likely we are to see something done. I suggest you wnte to Virgin and tell them exactly what you think.
To be fair, every software company, not just Virgin, is guilty of ignoring the growing number of Amiga hard drive owners, something which should soon be impossible as more and more people buy upgrades or machines such as the A1200HD.
The only way to make a commercial concern take notice of you is to make a commercial protest. If you feel so strongly about the lack of hard drive-compatible games, write to the games company concerned, tell them you are unhappy with their product and that you will not buy another non-HD game, then stick to buying games which do work on hard disk.
When software houses receive a steady dribble of letters from aggneved owners and see sales of HD games picking up. It won't be long before they change course and start to cater for the market. This, after all. Is the only way to succeed in business.
Temptress didn't deliver Basic problem I bought my first ever home computer, an Amiga 600, last August, and I have since bought games to play on it and used various utilities supplied free on your CoverDisk, 1 then felt it was time 1 attempted to write some programs for myself, so I purchased some books to assist me, namely Phil South's Mastering Amiga Beginners, Amiga Made Easy by Patrick Hall, and Paul Fellows's Amiga Basic.
All three books state that I should find an icon on my Extras disk called AmigaBasic, but although I have searched the disk thoroughly I am unable to find it.
The Workbench 1 am using is v2.04. Am I doing something wrong? Could you advise me on where to get help? I desperately want to get going with programming.
Sue Standing, Epsom You are doing nothing wrong, rather it is the authors who told you to look on the Extras disk who are at fault. AmigaBasic hasn't been supplied with AmigaDOS since Workbench
1. 3, having been replaced in part by Arexx, Hard Lemmings In
reply to Graham Wood's letter in the July issue regarding
Lemmings 2, the mysterious exit panel on the menu which is
covered in red crosses and appears to do nothing is in fact to
enable you to return to Workbench without rebooting.
What? 1 hear you cry. How so? Games on the Amiga don't interface with other programs, do they? Well, Psygnosis have grasped the nettle on this one and full marks to them. Yes, they made it hard drive installable and it works from a Workbench icon!
I bought a copy of Lemmings 2 Patch from 17-bit Software, a patch written by Psygnosis and released into the public domain, which installs the game on your hard drive.
Now a question. With Workbench 3.0 I can use Multiview to view various text and graphics files. However, the manual states that I can add other datatypes to the February 1993's Amiga Computing will furnish vou with a copy of HiSoft Basic, and if you also lav hands on the March through to August issues, there Ls a sound six-part basic guide to programming using the February' disk.
If you feel like branching out a bit, try' our Insight Programming column, which this month embarks upon a beginner's guide to Pascal.
I hofie the author of our first letter is reading this one. It's good to luvr of a conifmy making a retrospects step to accommodate hard drives. Well done Psygnosis.
As for datatypes, these are small pieces of code to which Multiview refers when loading a file. If the file is of a format catered for by a datatype, it can be decyphered and displayed by the program.
We have in the past included the GIF datatype on our CoverDisk to enable Workbench 3.0 owners to view one of the most fwpular PD image file standards, and if we spot any other useful examples we'll bung them on, so keep your eyes peeled.
If you can't wait, contact a PD library and entjuire as to whether they have any in their collection.
AUGIR disk A few months ago you were kind enough to print a letter of mine informing your readers of a PD title 1 was putting together called AUGIR, or the Amiga User Group International Register.
This letter is to inform your readers that the said disk was released at the end ?
Classes:datatypes drawer to p view files made by other applications. Where can 1 get these datatypes and what do they look like?
Richard Hayuwrd, London ¦LETTERS Pet hate I hate printers. I detest, loath, and abhor the mute, maniacal, mechanical monsters. Printers are the lowest form of animal droppings on the planet, rating slightly below the Offal from a long diseased cow which has been left to go off in the sun for a week or so. Put simply. I hate the bastards!
My laser printer, which I bought in the sadly mistaken hope that it would be less hassle than a dot matrix, makes a sound like a dying baby seal every time it prints, and leaves big smears down many of the pages. Excuse me while I go off and bin the sod!
Irate, Kensington Er... any more pet hates out there?
This could be a therapeutic exercise.
Of June and should be available for no more than £1.75 from most outlets.
Anyone charging more than this does not have permission to stock the disk, which contains some 120 UK-based groups, and has addresses from Africa, New Zealand, Europe, Asia, Canada, and America.
Bob Powt'll, Birmingham If anyone out there has a user group which would profit from a little extra exposure, please let us know, including details of the machines used, what are your group's main areas of interest, and so on. We will print details of user groups in the Ezra pages if space permits, but beware all PD companies or individuals! We won't allow free publicity to go lo a commercial concent. This service is for genuine amateur user groups only.
We're no Scrooges!
I received your magazine through the post the other day and was a bit insulted by the comment that Amiga owners using Kickstart 1.2 were “mean'. I refer to the box entitled “memory muncher' on the CoverDisk page ol your August issue I run a 1Mb A500 with Kickstart 1.2 which has served me well lor several years and Its still going strong. I would dearly love to splash out on upgrades and addons. But being unemployed with a wife, three children, and a mortgage to support, my Amiga sadly comes bottom ot the essentials list I bet there are many others in a similar position, so it s not being
“mean" as you implied, but a drastic lack ot lunds Secondly, where do wo send duff disks from the August issue? My disk has a read write error and you didn’t print an address that month Simon Burgess. Horley I'm sorry you teei insulted by the comment m our disk pages. It was meant as a lOke. And as a householder with four cats and a mortgage to support. I sympathise : with anyone who would dearly love to spend cash on gadgets rather than mun- i dane items such as food, heating, and the roof over one s head, not to mention enough cat litter to fill an open-cast mine site The comment was
unguarded and our apologies go to any readers who may feel insulted Ah well, such is the inevitable result ot living in a society which puts matenal wealth over spiritual health every time Duff disks from the August issue should be returned to Cohn Yamall at the address printed on the Comment page This arrangement is, of course, open only to August issue disks because ot the lack of a printed returns address.
Ground breaker Having been an Amiga owner for four-and- a-half years and being aware of virtually all the recent articles regarding the PC vs Amiga vs Atari debate, 1 feel compelled to write to you about what most articles have ignored.
I refer, of course, to the Qqf reason why the Amiga has been such a success and whether the new models really are going to keep Commodore are the forefront of home and serious computing.
Something to say through the pages of AC?
Ezra Surf is our mailman, dedicated to reading your tetters and selecting the most interesting for publication. Drop him a line at: Ezra Surf's Postbag. Amiga Computing Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Please don't enclose saes as Ezra just hasn't got enough paper to reply personally. He might also have to shorten your letters, so don't be offended If you end up getting the chop, 1 believe that the real reason the Amiga was such a success was that it broke entirely new ground in terms of technology and price point- The leap from the days of the Spectrum and C64 to the Amiga was a very
exciting one to be involved in. The trouble with the A1200 is that it is really only an enhancement of the tried and tested A500 formula.
Sure, the A1200 has very powerful features and specifications, but it has not broken the sort of barriers the original A500 did against the CM. The A1200 is also not helped by the fact that it is effectively fighting for money which Mr Average does not have readily in the midst of this damned recession.
With the success of the A500 under their .belts, Commodore should have capitalised on this by releas- ing new machines which broke new ground and included many of the improvements people have been begging for.
Secondly they should recognise that there are millions of Amiga owners out there who might want to upgrade to the new technology.
Please don't get me wrong. I for one will be sticking with the Amiga range, but as long as Commodore continue to ignore what an asset its A500 A600 A1200 user base is, I will wait for that elusive Amiga sequel.
SI Smith. Colchester While Ihe A1200 is certainly an enhancement on prams AMIGAs. It is unclear how it could have been anything else. When launched, the Amiga 1000 and 500 models represented an entirely new lb-bit home computer revolution, and if isn't often that we get to make such a bold step with a completely new platform.
Had the A1200 been a completely new platform, existing Amiga owners would have been unable to run ttwir software on it and it would haw had something other than "Amiga” printed on its case.
Now that the Amiga is an established machine with millions of owners, we have lo accept that bold mows forward can only come in the shape of enhancements, though I admit we could haw seen a few more wish lists fulfilled with the A1200.
Possibly the most daring leap forward for Commodore is the CD32 which, uhile not new in terms of its technology, opens up a completely fresh Amiga market for the pure unadulterated fun of huge CD games.
If this machine does even half as mil as Commodore hope, its sales should generate enough revenue to safeguard future Amiga developments.
Tutorials are tops Ezra 5urf's Postbag I have only just discovered your magazine and I bought it. I must be honest, for the Bars & Pipes jr CoverDisk. I Should also add that I think it is an extremely good idea to continue the tutorials for the main program in the magazine.
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because the command takes the Important: The name of any volume must be followed by a full colon (:) or AmigaDOS will not recognise it.
You will notice if your formatted boot disk is not already mounted in some drive, AmigaDOS will present a requester.
This example will not do much, because your boot disk is still rather empty. You can try the same example on any disk - get its full name from the INFO command described above.
If the disk's name contains spaces, it must be surI What have you learned so far?
By now you should be able to format a bootable disk from AmigaDOS, have a basic understanding of the directories and the way commands work. This may not seem much - but you have absorbed a lot more than you may think.
This month, you will need your working AmigaDOS disk and your formatted, bootable disk from last time. At the end of last month, you learned how to get a listing of all the directories and sub-directories on any disk. Let's recap that command; 1 »II HO: SitS AIL This command lists all the directories and sub-directories on the disk in drive DFO: (provided the command has been made ' resident" as explained before). But what if we wanted to specify a particular disk, and what if DIR was not resident?
When you enter a command like this, the first argument tells it where to look. In this case we're using a drive name, but AmigaDOS keeps a list of all the drives and disks currently available to the user.
When you insert a disk in any drive and the system sees it (it appears on Workbench) it is said to be "mounted'1. At this point the disk's "volume" name is added to a list called the "assignment list". AmigaDOS has a special command, INFO, to show the current drives and volumes on the assignment list.
Open the Shell and enter: 1 1HF0 Your screen may look a little complicated (and yours will be different because no two disks are exactly alike) so let's examine what it all means.
The name of the device in question is listed under the heading Unit. Two standard drives are supplied with every machine - DFO: (the internal floppy drive) and RAM: (a RAM disk generated by Workbench). My machine has hard drives; yours may have others shown such as a second floppy.
Size is the size of the disk in the specified drive in kilobytes, used tells the number of disk blocks (sectors) used, while Free displays the number of free disk blocks - this depends on the formatted si2e of the disk in question.
Full shows the percentage of the disk used
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contracts according to requirements.
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Validating means that the disk is currently being validated. This process is performed very quickly and it is rare to see this message unless the disk has developed a fault.
The disk's volume name is listed under "name", while Volumes Available lists the names of any disks AmigaDOS has seen and has a "lock" on.
If a volume is marked as [Mounted! It is available in some drive and appears in the Unit list. If a volume is marked as available, without the [Mounted] message, AmigaDOS is using it but it is not currently inserted in any disk drive. Let's see that in action.
Remove the Workbench disk. Insert your formatted boot disk in the internal drive (DFO:) and open it on the Workbench.
Remove your disk, replace the Workbench disk and enter INFO again. You will notice that boot disk appears under the list of available volumes - but is not marked "[Mounted]".
Nip back to Workbench and close boot disk's window. Now click inside the Shell and enter INFO once again. This time you will see that boot disk is no longer available.
There is a point to this: AmigaDOS keeps track of disks in two different ways. First, it knows about the physical drives mapped onto the system and second it knows about the disks loaded (mounted) in those drives.
This means you can access a disk by name rather than drive number - very important if you want to access a particular disk regardless of where it is.
For instance if you replace DFO: in the DIR example with the name of your disk, you can access it no matter where it is. Try it rounded in quotes - there is no harm in using them anyway. Here are some examples: bill "NirkbmU.i" oms all Mil 'KB J.Q* HIS ALL 1 0IR "By Odd HIS All DIR does not have to be made resident (as described last month) when it is used in this way. That's because when you access the command it is first loaded from disk and held in memory until it completes.
The technique of using volume names works with almost every AmigaDOS command’ - one notable exception is INFO. If you give a command such as: 1 1BFQ "boot disk:* it will not give any output unless the volume is physically mounted in some drive.
It's all very well knowing how to list the directories on a disk - but what does all this mean? As we have seen, the structure (organisation) of directories on any disk is hierarchical - like a family. Let's look at a simple example.
First make the RAM disk the current device by entering the following (your screen prompt will change to reflect this): current position as a default: 1 D!R DIRS Clipboard* (dir) tnv (dir) T (dir) This disk contains three directories th were created by an AmigaDOS progra on the boot disk when the machine i started Strictly speaking these directories sub-directories of the root device, RAM but such "paths” are usually contract!
Down to something more reasonable.
Directory paths are a very import, part of AmigaDOS and a basic understarv ing of them is vital if you are to progra further (just to confuse matters, there1 another path called the "search path” thi we'll be covering later).
A path is a description of the position d any object on any disk. Paths can be order of complexity, Implied (the cums TUTORIAL!
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AmigaDOS has a command to perform this function (CD - current director)') but it IS largely redundant in AmigaDOS 2 and higher, so you can ignore it.
Paths can sound quite frightening, but are controlled almost exclusively by just two special characters, described below; the system handles everything else for you automatically!
Indicates the root (base) directory of any disk device.
Separates sub-directory names.
Now let's see how to use these to navigate around the director)' structure.
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1 LIST Directory is eapty The message here show's the directory "" (the current directory) has no contents. T is a special directprv used by some AmigaDOS commands to store temporary items.
Now enter this: 1 ; There's no mistake there - the tells AmigaDOS to go back to the root directory of the current disk. You can check this using DIR or LIST.
In a similar fashion, we can change directories like this: 1 STS: which takes us directly to the root director)' of the boot disk (your working AmigaDOS disk) and: 1 T: to go directly back to the T directory of the RAM Disk. The table below lists these directory assignments and they are discussed in more detail shortly We saw previously how we could return directly to the root level by entering a colon.
Similarly, the slash ( ) character allows us to move up a single level. You should be in the T director)' of the RAM disk now, so enter this: 1 The prompt changes to reflect the fact you are now in the root directory once more - we've gone back one level up the tree. Now let s select another director)': 1 ERV 1 STS Don't place colons after these - it's not a mistake! This takes you to a special directory in the RAM Disk - with a path of "ENV;sys" or ''Ram disk:Env Sys" depending on which way you look at it.
This is where Workbench stores the current preferences files - you can use DIR Or LIST to view the names for yourself.
Now let's move up one level at a time.
In Part 4 of our introduction to AmigaDOS, Mark Smiddy explains the background to disk volumes and drives volume I a 1 takes you to "Ram Disk:Env" and: 1 returns back to the root directory once more.
From the RAM disk's root director)' we can get directly to "Ram Disk:Env Sys like this: EHV Sy* IW'.iyt And we can go straight back to the root directory’ by moving back up two levels in one step: 1 11 or using the root symbol: 1 : For my last trick in this little series of directory path jumping, here's how to move to the boot disk's root directory, to Ram Disk's T directory, then to "Ram Disk:Env Sys" using four different methods
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Open the Shell and enter this command: 1 ASSIGII The list can look rather frightening at first - especially when you consider all that information came from a single command. This list can be sub-divided under its three headings.
The Volumes: listing is the same as shown under the INFO command and requires no further description here.
Directories is the most important and the most complex part of the listing and shows the logical directories assigned to the system. Some of these are required by any Workbench boot disk; others are used by specific applications. A list of required directories are shown in below.
Devices shows all the hardware and software devices currently attached lo the system. At AmigaDOS level, there is no need to differentiate between a physical device such as a disk drive (DFO:, Dfi: and so on) and the software devices (such as RAM: and PIPE:). Device names are always followed with a full colon.
Logical assignments (C:, DEVS:, L:, and SO on) can be treated just like volumes. All the AmigaDOS commands are stored in the C directory on the system boot disk and AmigaDOS looks for them by referencing the C: assignment.
For instance, you can look at the contents of the C: directory on your working AmigaDOS disk by entering this: 1 D1R C: Which, if you had booted from a disk labelled "Workbench2.1" is the same as entering: 1 HI STS:C 1 D1R MorkbtnchM:C
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That's the bad news. The good news is that everything you need is free. Well, acmost free. You've guessed it, I'm talking Aout so-called public domain or PD soft- wan*. Which should be more accurately called freely distributable software because it isn't actually in the public domain (no copyright, that means).
There are many flavours of PD, ranging from shareware that is a cut-down version of the software (cough up for the full version), to licence- ware that includes an author's fee in the cost, to freeware where the author retains the copyright, supplies the full version, and does not want any money but may place restrictions on how it can be distributed.
And there's a lot of it.
The Amiga Library disks - better known as Fish disks after the surname of the person who compiles them - feature more than 4,000 programs on almost 900 disks.
There are other collections, though none as big, that enable the serious public domain library to provide catalogues sporting thousands of disks One US library proudly claims a library of almost 10,000 disks.
Much of this PD software is technical or very specific to particular setups, but hidden among the dross are some real gems.
Something every serious Amiga user should own is, for want of a better term, a directory manager - a utility which g es you a user interface for copying, moving or deleting files, creating and deleting directories, renaming files and so on.
As well as this, director)' managers enable you to view pictures, play sound samples and modules, edit text files and just about everything else you can think of.
The best known of this genre of software is the commercial Directory Opus, and it is indeed a marvellous program, but there are PD alternatives.
My favourite is DirWork on Fish 721, written by Australian Chris Hames, who is perhaps better known for PC-Task, the software IBM-PC emulator, but you might also like to check out MegaP on Fish 736, SID on Fish 651, and Browserll on Fish B43.
Another type of program that can help you manage your data is a disk fixer. None of us are as careful as we should be about backing up important data, and when that floppy disk or hard drive partition corrupts, a rescue job is required. Forget Commodore's ping on a shoestring Only a fool would be without a virus detector.
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Okay OLD CD flnlgaL lbDlsk828:VlrusZ VlrusZ CD System Open SiUlrusZ.prefs DlrusZ inoapDos enables you to tee why a program has failed. Here I tan see that WruiZ was unable to find Its preferences In the S;VirusZ.prr(s file (betause I had neglected to copy them there) HOUSEKEEPING Working with floppy drives For the first few months after buying an Amiga, many new owners struggle along with just the built-in floppy drive Frustration and confusion quickly set in as time after time they boot from Workbench, remove that disk and insert a program disk, double-click a program icon and then almost
immediately get asked to replace the Workbench disk.
Either that or the program fails to run. They soon learn that booting from the program disk causes fewer problems Bootable program disks are cut-down versions of the Workbench disk. Many "non-essential' Workbench files have been deleted to make room for the program. And if you are determined to Stick with using a single floppy drive, one way to make life easier is to learn how to cut-down Workbench yourself so that you can build lots of bootable disks to contain all your shareware utilities There are four very different versions of Workbench currently in wide use - 1.3. 2.04 05,
2. 1 and 3,0. Of these, only 2.1 has plenty of space free on the
Workbench disk, but this is only because all the system
preferences programs are on the Extras disk instead of in the
Prefs drawer on the Workbench disk.
Much software, including Workbench software, will look for certain files in SYS:Prefs - SYS: being the root directory of the disk you booted from - and if those files are not there the software may fail or not run as designed.
Workbench 1.3 is the simplest system and. To be perfectly frank, is the only one of the four currently in-use versions that is viable on floppy disk. Almost the entire contents of the Utilities drawer can be deleted - you might like to keep More and Printfiies.
This will make about 130k free on the Workbench 1.3 disk, which is normally plenty for installing a shareware program, and even a good number of commercial programs.
SAFE DELETIONS Because you've deleted the (awful) Say program. DEVS;narrator.device can also be safely deleted as nothing else will need it. And so can L Speak-Handier. In the C: directory there are 64 files of varying sizes, and a lot of them can be got rid of. Check your S:star1up-sequence file first, make a note of all the commands used in that file, and make sure you don't delete any of them There's one quite big one that can go because you'll never need it: Edit (but not Ed).
You can also delete the DiskDoctor program because it causes more problems than it cures.
With the above deletions you should be able to make about 200k of free space, And that’s about as far as you can safely go.
Workbench 2.04 05 users can try the same idea, but as a lot of the system is in the Kickstart 2 ROM there are not so many "non-essentiar files on the disk and it's very difficult to make even 100k of space I think I can assume that everyone using Workbench 2.1 is also using a hard dnve.
Because that version of the operating system was sold as an upgrade kit and doesn't come as standard with any Amiga.
Amiga 1200 owners have a real problem. Workbench 3 is such a powerful beast that it is not viable to run it from floppy drives, install it on to a hard drive and it takes up about 4Mb of space, and almost all of that “system' is essential to the proper and productive use of the Amiga. OK. It sounds like a cop-out. But after an afternoon of trying to use an Amiga 1200 with two floppy drives I wondered how on earth anyone new to the Amiga manages to boot the machine properly, let alone use it.
An alternative to the “build your own boot disks' idea is to use a bootable RAM drive.
Commodore supplies one called RAD:, but there are shareware offerings as well, the most well known being RramDisk (RRD:) on Fish disk 451.
Workbench Screen ? | DiekSalv Vereion 2 Copyright * 1991-1993 by Dave Haynie To use a bootable RAM drive you must alter your startup-sequence or user-startup to copy all the system files from your boot disk to the RAM drive, and then the next time you do a warm reboot (Ctrl- Amiga-AMIGA) the system boots from the RAM drive instead of floppy. The RAM drive becomes SYS:, and any program that is looking for system tiles will look in the RAM drive for them, leaving your floppy drive(s) free for other uses.
Device For Scan FDHO; FOH1: FDH2: HDO: Hdt Dnk Scan Filter Options The disadvantage of using a RAM drive, of course, is that it consumes a megabyte of memory, so it's not really viable unless you have 3Mb or more.
Eile Pottem The solution to all these problems is to buy a hard drive. A glib statement, maybe, because not everyone can afford one. But it is the truth Disk Scon Range Even the smallest, cheapest hard drive you can find will make your Amiga a thousand times easier to understand because overnight the vast majority of those complaining and confusing requesters will disappear.
12138 Ok DiskDoctor, what you need is Dave Haynie’s DiskSalv. Workbench 1.3 users will have to make do with vl.42 on Fish 251, which can only be controlled from the CLI; the rest of us can use the deeply wonderful v2, which has not as I write made it into the Fish collection, but probably will have by the time you read this. Check out the high 800s and low 900s, or if you've got a modem, pull it off your local bulletin board.
Sadly, a virus checker must be among your collection of essential tools.
Although it is often awkward to have a virus checker running at all times, if you are putting lots of disks into your drives you really should protect yourself, especially if those disks did not originate in your home.
UP TO DATE program not working properly, is that the program has been looking for certain system files in certain places and it hasn't been able to find them.
Decent software will provide a sensible error message. Alas, much simply stops abruptly with a "can't do that” type of requester, leaving you high and dry with- John Veldthuis' VirusChecker is by the far the most up to date system, and just about every batch of Fish disks that gets released contains a new version, You might also like to try Georg Hormann's VirusZ.
Any PI) library should be able to supply you with the very latest versions of both of these.
One of the most common causes of a program not running, or of a feature of a Workbench Screen D Ram Disk 100% full, OK free, 299K in use £] I£j JQ 1940 1942 Setup Program 1942Setup ftodMe This program updates Release 3 of the Amiga operating system to a slightly newer version required to Operate the 1940 1942 monitor.
Do you wish to proceed with the update7 Cancel Continue Workbench i users should keep an eye on the flih dhk collection for this i mall update to the operating system ja tilcSystem: f | FFS Inti Mode: C | Undelete_ Set Fitter... Device Info... Scan 20349 Disk anil hard drives corrupt lust when you don't want them to. Dave Haynie s DlskSalv makes recovering Hies a doddle Delete Cl Don't Core Execute Cl Don't Care Write Cl Don't Care Bead Cl Don't Core Archive Cl Don't Care Eure Cl Don't Core Script Cl Don't Care Cancel J s f on rtfcxt ite to 0 Aswarm IV13 ® 1992 by Ihemeer Scheter Iineout H88
"I Eop Key |CTRL HlfT Client Tineout 15 I Blank Key ICTHL ALT b Display Mode :Lou R :High uptr-Hioh Res ou Res Laced iuper-Siah*R*s :High Res Laced t; tah*!: l:Lou Res es No Fitcker ou Kes No Flicker uiHigh Res Laced L:Lou Res Laced R PR PR LPRL A itrrm utver b a fun way to enture your monitor doeui't have a itm Image burned Into It betaute you left It on unattended for too long. This li Aswarmll i letup panel, but there are half a dozen good oncj (o thooic from on the AMIGA Library (Flth) dliki out a clue. Not to fear, there's wav to do your own detective work. Eddy Carroll's SnoopDos on Fish
725 does what its name suggests - it moops on DOS. Every time any program tncs to load a file, the attempt will be listed in the SnoopDos window, along with an OK or Fail. Simply run SnoopDos before running your errant program, and watch for what the program was trying to do when it failed.
If it was looking for a file called “libsismellvsausage.library" and stopped after failing to find it, it doesn't take an Einstein to work out that the file 'smellysausage.Iibrary" is missing from vour LIBS: directory There's a another utility along these lines called DosTrace. Written by Peter Shier, it's not yet on a Fish dusk, but it is well worth hunting down because it provides even more clues than SnoopDos.
Funnily enough, DosTrace comes with documentation in the AmigaCuide format, which is what I wanted to mention next.
This type of text file is interactive. You click on key words to move around the document, and it makes reading text on the screen a much more enjoyable experience.
Workbench 3 is compatible with AmigaCuide format documents via the Incredible House Blank Bl Hardware 1 Wasps 2 ¦ | Bftes 25 1 .... | Tightness 5 ... ¦ 1 t©tor Cycling _£j Ain Mode Aide I Rlankl Ault I Workbench Screen Multi View program, but everyone else, including 1.3 users, can benefit from it too by getting hold of Fish 870.
Something Workbench 3 users probably won't have yet are proper Monitor programs for the new Commodore 1940 and 1942 monitors. A small update has just been released by Commodore and will no doubt be in the Fish collection soon.
Look out for 1942Setup, which comes with new Overscan, Iprefs and SetPatch commands as well as the new monitor screen modes.
It’s always best to look after your monitor, to make sure you don't leave it switched on and unattended for long periods of time, which can result in an image being "burned" into the screen.
There are many impressive and fun-to- watch "screen savers" to choose from, programs which, after a specified period of time, either blank the screen or put up some kind of moving display. My favourite is Markus Iuenseer's Aswarmll on Fish 798, but the Big Daddy of them all is Thomas Landspurg’s SuperDark on Fish 858.
RECOMMENDED Hard drive users with Workbench 2 or later should not be without two programs I've recommended in a previous Amiga Survival Guide - Stefan Becker's ToolManager on Fish 873, and, if you haven't got a hard drive back-up utility, Denis Gounelle’s Abackup on Fish 8 1.
There are many, many more superb tools tp be found on the Amiga Library disks, but it’s worth noting that the vast majority of PD authors have stopped supporting Workbench 13. If you arc still using 13, one of the most important survival steps you can take is to upgrade your operating system.
You will have to decide whether to stick with the machine you own and upgrade that, or sell-up and buy a more modern Amiga.
And that, as they say on the telly, is all we've time for. For another computer, the software I've talked about in this article, which is all of a very high "professional" quality, will have cost many hundreds of pounds. We've spent about £20-£25 all told, so even your wallet has V t f J survived. ' m ¦- * Productivity or hi-res laced, will lo-res do? The higher screen resolutions may look good, but if you haven't enough memory left to do any work, what's the point?
Applications that read a list of fonts when you run them have to store that list in memory.
Cut down the number of fonts they have to read and the program will use less memory.
In a similar vein, every time you use a font, the whole font is loaded into memory, even if you use just one character If you use the “font preview" feature of an application to see what all the available fonts look like. AH of those fonts will be loaded into memory. And in memory they remain, even if you don't use them in your project To clear them out of memory you will have to reboot the computer, Of use the Avail Flush command from a Shell if you are using Workbench 2.04 or later.
Some programs “fragment'' memory. Dunng use they grab a bit of memory here, a bit of memory there, and when you attempt to do something that requires a large amount of memory that is al in one chunk, the operation may fail or, as is more often the case, the Amiga may crash. It's not supposed to crash, but many programs are not written as properly as they should be.
You can use the Avail command to check for fragmented memory. Look under the Largest heading, if the largest amount of chip memory available falls below about 20,000 bytes, never mind what total amount Avail has under Available, it is time to reboot your Amiga.
If you don't, some very strange things may happen. You might find that windows fail to open and menus fail to drop-down, if a program doesn't have a hot-key for Save and Quit, you might not even be able save your work and quit the program.
Like the addition of a hard drive, more memory transforms the Amiga into a much more use- able computer. It crashes much less often. You can get more work done. It even increases the speed at which programs run because they can almost always work with a suitably large chunk of memory instead of having to grab bits here and there and remember where everything is.
But before rushing out and buying the cheapest memory expansion you can find, think about the future. An expandable expansion board will be of much more use to you than one that comes with a fixed amount of memory.
Right at this moment another 4Mb might sound like plenty, but there are many applications that will snub their noses at that, considering it to be a paltry amount of RAM, particularly image processing and desktop publishing applications.
Memory is the key that unlocks the Amiga, and the more you have of it. The easier it will be to survive.
Gone are the days when the Amiga came with 512k of memory and the addition of another 512k changed it from a games machine into a serious computer.
Nowadays it comes with 2Mb minimum, and like the 512k of old. This 2Mb still isn’t enough for senous work because the applications have grown with the Amiga.
Many applications, including shareware ones, require at least 1Mb of memory. By the bme your Workbench has booted, which can easily consume 512k or more depending on the complexity of your Workbench, and you have run your application, you are left with well under a megabyte of free memory, which precludes multitasking or using any application that requires lots of memory for data.
Such applications include word processing, desktop publishing, video and graphics work, scanning... the list goes on and on.
If 512k is all you have in your Amiga.... Why? Even if you've got 1Mb. These days there is a lot of software you won't be able to use because Workbench and the application will consume almost aH of that memory, leaving only a few bytes for data.
With 2Mb you’ll be able to at least experiment with powerful software, even if you might be limited as to what you can achieve.
There's not much you can do upon booting the Amiga to conserve any amount of memory that is worth conserving Back m the old days there was a little hack that we used to force Workbench to boot in two colours instead of four, thereby saving a massive 32k of memory.
That's pocket change these days, not even enough memory to enable you to create another page in a wordprocessor But upon running an application there are a few things you can do to conserve memory.
The fewer colours you work m, the less memory will be used. Your Workbench or application may look sexy in 8.16. 256 colours, but will four colours be enough for what you are doing? Or even two?
The lower the screen resolution, the less memory will be used. Do you need to work in 2L_1 iSSi .UorV PrlM !,« JES ? 19?
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With the arrival of 16 and 12- bit systems such as Clarity and the SunRize range, 8-bit Mphng appeared to have had its day.
However, thanks to those illustrious facfcnophiles at GVP, 8-bit could see a ¦¦•Hsance courtesy of DSS8+ - a hardware and software combination which Mmpts to combine sampling, editing and w*W construction within a single interface wfckh can slip into any one of its aforemen-
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Although multiple modules aren’t M*que. The same certainly can't be said for Hr hardware. As far as connections are concerned there's the usual array of twin BCA phono-ins plus an additional mini pck for a microphone - with standard con- werion to the Amiga via the parallel port.
Vot a particularly startling collection of I O options admittedly, however they are complemented by a very stylish see- Hrough plastic case offering a unique win* 6tto- into the hardware itself.
Eight-bit Although designer styling is all very mt it's the sound quality that counts, and is this department DSS8+ is very impres- dre, easily matching the best efforts of allcomers in the 8-bit market.
IMPRESSIVE Alas it's not all good news for GVP as He accompanying software doesn't quite match the performance of its plug-in coun* lerpart. That's not to say it's bad, in fact it's pretty impressive, nevertheless it does fall mto the unfortunate trap of attempting to be all things to all men - and indeed women.
Wonder?
Have GVP come up with a cure for the perennial problem of 8-bit sound quality? Read on as Paul Austin puts DSS8+ to the test... As a consequence all the basics are on hand while some of the more subtle aspects of editing and song construction have been overlooked.
After highlighting the pitfalls it’s only fair to mention a near perfect element of the system, namely the program's sample module.
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M Mf Thanks to this very well implemented aspect of the package you're provided with in unrivalled degree of control and automation when recording samples. With such a glowing testament the sampler module is perhaps the ideal place to start the tour.
However before you can access any of the modules the program defaults to the sample list which is capable of showing up to 31 sample positions - whether they're stereo, mono or chip-based tracker samples, As well as a straight list of sounds, it’s possible to plav each sample without accessing the editor. In addition you can also select the list position for new samples - whether they be recorded or loaded.
Accessing any sampler module is simply a matter of clicking on its icon in the tool panel - an element which is generic throughout the software - with various icons remaining active or passive depending on the editing mode in question.
On access to the sampler the main screen will update displaying the various monitoring and recording presets. However on your first visit you're provided with the opportunity to fine-tune your particular combina- tion of sampler and machine - a set-up which can then saved out as a default.
Like any recording system the most important elements are the inputs which can vary between left or right, stereo, mic or combined left and right producing a mono end result.
Better still, both channels have indepen* dent gains - which can be set automatically if required - allowing live mixing of the incoming stereo. As you'd expect, monitoring caters for both mono and stereo input as either an oscilloscope or - mono only - spectrum analyser.
For reasons best known to GVP, both displays can appear in three different si2es either within the main program window over a black - hi-fi play - backdrop. In the case of the spectrum analysis there's even an option to modify the Hz or resolution of the data on display.
Assuming set-up and signal analysis is complete, all that remains is to set the sample length - a useful addition if you plan to combine the new sample with an existing one or alternatively to ensure you don't starve your system of all its resources.
The highly useful sample litI ¦ MUSIC Aside from sample length, most of the remaining options concern the all-important sample rate. This can reach 51,136 sps for mono and 42,613 for stereo, the period - or system clock cycles and the samples pitch or note - shown as a note and octave combination.
Although each has its own adjustment, they’re all interdependent. For example, any changes in the rate automatically changes both the pitch and of course the period. This may seem a rather strange approach but it does mean samples can be adjusted allowing a generic pitch or sample rate ensuring compatibility with other samples.
Lastly comes our old friend the low-pass filter, which in the case of DSS8+ is programmable allowing you to specify any one of 128 settings. Alternatively you can leave the decisions to the software via an optional auto-filtering feature.
After setting up and checking the signal Isn’t being clipped or distorted via the monitoring options, recording is simply a matter of hitting the button and waiting poised on the left mouse button ready to initiate recording.
I must admit to being very impressed... SAMPLE LIST Once captured the program will ask for a title for the now sample and then add it to the sample list ready for editing or as an element within a tracker song. If you wish to continue sampling you simple select another slot in the list and repeat the process.
Await plus the essential sample merge. A reasonably impressive list, but it must be said some of the more subtle aspects of editing are* at best difficult to achieve.
Notables omissions include the inability to add additional workspace to a sample - a problem which tends to produce abrupt cut-offs when one of the few special effects are applied.
Others include the inability to edit individual channels in a stereo sample plus the rather disappointing lack of sample sequencing.
Even though direct point-artd-click isn't available for things like additional workspace and channel editing, it must be said that they can be generated by using the sample list as a multiple buffer - copyWhen the sampling is complete, simply pick a sound and move on to the editor - or perhaps straight to the tracker, if the sample doesn't require any touch-ups.
My only real complaint in the sampling department is the lack of an auto-recOfd trigger which would kick in the record process whenever a predefined input level is detected - not essential admittedly, but quite useful on occasion... Moving on to the Editor Module life isn't quite as idyllic with relatively few features in comparison to the better stand-alone sample editors such as Audition4.
To be fair, all the basics such as cut and paste, looping, magnifying, freehand editing, range marking, buffer control, mono stereo and stereo mono conversion ? ? ? MONITORING - RECORDING i i i Input Gain Recording ] El AUTO ¦ LENGTH ?!' .)-T» I RICH!
MfWlfr'sw IH:)(i i»| H Icycles Monitoring laww EMU 0 ¦HEEBEoHn* EEZ5ZEET3I buffer ing apd combining samples to produce the results you require. As for playback there's the usual selection of plav range, screen and the entire sample while markers and loop points can be applied with the usual point-and-click and then fine tuned with tape deck-stvle icon controls.
Assuming your masterpiece is complete, savings out can be in either as a Sonix, IFF or Raw file in one, three or five octaves. And of course samples can be transferred to chip memory and then used in the tracker directly - thereby being saved as an element within a song module.
Even considering the odd disappointment in the software department, I must admit to being generally very impressed with a product that offers great sound quality plus a one-stop approach to sampling, editing and song construction.
For those who take their sampling seriously I'd have no hesitation in recommending DSS8+, but it might be worth adding Audtion4 to enhance editing and perhaps Med Pros for l.tJ sequencing. F M ,»7j SYSTEM ESSENTIALS
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Like the vast majority it boasts fou tracks which employ a block systr with which to construct tunes. Eac block consists of 64 potential samp locations across each of the foe tracks.
At each of these points a samp can be added along with one of eigr special effects which either direct affect the sound or alternatively alte the entire sequence - a prime examp being volume changes or perhaps th* jump option which allows the rest c the block to be skipped, leapin; directly to the block of your choice.
Like the editor and sampler, th tracker boasts direct access to Uh sample list via a small requester. Tc add a new sample to the song simp select the sound, pick a track and pi* in the notes, either via the Amiga ke board or alternative by activating the programs Midi input option whicr allows direct input from the comfort c a real keyboard.
Of course you'll require a suitab keyboard and a Midi interface befon the feature can be applied, but if yov have the necessary hardware the option works very well indeed, provio ing a big improvement on the bes efforts of its Qwerty counterpart.
USER DEFINED Another pleasant touch is the addi tion of a multiple input requester allow ing any sample to be replicatec throughout the entire track, win a user-defined offset for spacing ideal for drum tracks and genera percussion.
As for the samples themselves octaves can be adjusted by clicking or the mini keyboard icon to toggle then accordingly. Moving around the sonc is achieved by a combination o adjustable block counters and the large scroll bar on the left of the screen - which incidentally is usee throughout the software to adjust numerically parameters so no tedious typing guaranteed.
The songs themselves can be savec out either as a simple sequences.: module for loading into other tracker; or alternatively a standalone run-tim« module which can be executed directly from the CLI or its icon.
In short, the DSS8+ tracker is fine for the beginner but perhaps a little limited for the old guard who've already invested time in MED and the other more advanced trackers.
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In a Rave This month’s 8-bit sampling extravaganza continues as Paul Austin offers sound advice on Technosound Turbo 2 ll FILE EDIT EFFECTS REALTIRE SYSTER EXTRAS rilA Til* | ::u f'.'.'i i-i 1 FI - ECHO 1 - OEEPSEIl DIVER re • aevcai E - OALEK | n - noon 3 - ALIEN FT - PURSER T • Ilf CUN fi • CAVERPI 5 * CROPPER | 1 F6 - FUMY HMD FUNKY 6 - DARK VADER 1 F7 - SEX CHARGE UP 7 - BRURO re - SIR CtlfllUE DottH 1 - AlirUl THE DICK FJ - LEGLESS J - NI6HTMRE OR MR STREET 1 1 -’.S.-tf- I UbULibU real time effects do have the advantage of presets for each effect which can be saved out as a default.
In a similar vein to the above comes Fun Time - but unlike the real time offerings, Fun Time effects are all predefined and cannot be edited by the user.
To give you a taste of what Fun Time is all about, the titles alone should be more than enough to explain the basic principles: Pinky and Punky; Sex Change; Deep Sea Diver; Alien; Top Gun; Chopper; Dark Vader; Bruno; Awful the Duck and the Unforgettable Nightmare on Gik Street... As you’ve probably guessed, TT2 is much more of a fun package than a serious attempt at getting the best from 8-bit samples. As mentioned earlier, record quality doesn't match that of DSS8+ and isn't likely to with the existing hardware.
The tracker again is a little disappointing but it must be said that the editor Is more than adequate. Combine this with the unique ability to record and play direct to and from a hard disk and it could have its uses.
The fun but laughable real lime effects when compared to the somewhat less than advanced alternative within DSS8+.
Again like its counterpart, TT2 provides a modicum of Midi support with the ability to play all four available tracks from a Midi keyboard - although each sound must be assigned to a separate channel. Obviously a suitable Midi keyboard and interface are essential.
Although TT2 suffers quite badly as far as sampling and its tracker are concerned, it nevertheless scores well when it comes to editing, offering the majority of the features which DSS8+ managed to overlook or at least do its best to hide. In addition to cut and paste, splice, add workspace and so on, TT2 also boasts a much wider range of effects such as variable delay, variable echo, variable synthesis plus more traditional edit options like maximise, soften, amplify, fade-in out and so on.
In keeping with tradition, the program also provides a variety of real time effects, which as the name suggests take a live signal and process it - you can choose from echo, delay, phasing, pitch up down, sweeps, synthesis or ramping.
Alas every sampling system has made an unspeakable mess of real time effects in the past and TT2 is no exception. Aside from being mildly amusing for a few seconds they’re almost entirely useless thanks to the horrendous amount of background noise which accompanies the processed signal - a feature which again highlights the limitations of the attendant hardware. However, if you feel the need to exploit the option.
Product: Technosourtd Turbo 2 Supplier: New Dimensions Tel: 0291 690933 Price: £49.99 Ease of use 8 implementation 5 Value for money 6 Overall 6 Wilh the arrival of CVP's DSS8+, documented elsewhere in the mag, is there a pUce for yet another 8-bit sampling system?
The answer to that js really dependent on what you're looking for.
For those purely interested in sound quality' the answer is probably no. However there's more to sampling than just quality and if you're in the market for fun and flexibility TT2 is certainly in the running thanks to an impressive array of fun effects alongside power features such as direct-to-hard- disk recording.
Like the opposition, TT2 attempts the all- in-one approach, with sampling, editing and wng construction all part of the package. On the hardware side, little if anything has change from the original release, with the same plug-in module as before offering two RCA phono-ins on the rear providing either stereo or mono input - alas there's no mini jack input for a mic as found on DSSS+.
With the emphasis heavily laden towards the software, now's probably a good time to look at die power features that the program provides. Those who are familiar with the original software will have no doubt already spotted the most obvious change - namely the interface itself.
DIRECT TO DISK Courtesy of a complete re-design, the program now offers customised pulklowns across the entire length of the main screen, and it's from here where you can get your first taste of the new features.
For many the most important of these lias to be a feature unique to TT2, namely direct- to-disk recording, an option which as far as 1 am aware is unique in the world of 8-bit sampling.
_ Thanks to this innovation, memory I restrictions can be a thing of the past - | assuming, of course, you have a hard disk I attached.
Not only does this mean vou can record and play individual bits but also sample [ sequences, thanks to another new feature, I namely hard disk sequencing. Thanks to this I option vou can append already sizeable I samples into huge productions, all con- I trolled by a special sequencer built in to the I main program.
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...No Compromise ART When a program is delayed as long as
Brilliance (it was originally supposed to ship in November
1992) people's expectations have time to build exponentially.
The future for Digital Arts’ long-awaited paint package Brilliance is so dazzling that Denny Atkin had to don his shades for this world exclusive review Usually a long delay means that it will either be a buggy disappointment, or an incredible feat of software engineering that was well worth the wait. I'm happy to report that Digital Creations' Brilliance is an example of the latter.
Brilliance is billed as "the new standard in Amiga paint and animation in millions of colours". The program is so fast and flexible that it makes its Amiga predecessors feel like the old Doodle! Program on the Commodore 64.
What makes Brilliance special? Is it the full AGA support? The outstanding animation capabilities? The multiple Undo Redo feature? Well, yes, all of those things help make it (sorry, have to say it) brilliant, but its biggest advantage over other paint programs is speed: The program is more than five times faster than Deluxe Paint IV AGA at many operations.
Where a particular feature isn't appropriate to that graphics mode. The third disk includes a few sample and tutorial pictures, as well as a number of example colour palettes.
The program will run on all Amigas, whether they're running Workbench 1.3,
2. 04, 2.1 or 3.0. Although it supports the AGA chip, it will
work fine on original chipset and enhanced chipset machines as
well.
Brilliance uses a bottom-of-the-screen control panel interface similar to that found in SpectraColour and DCTV Paint.
The main panel sports a palette selector across the top, six submenu selection gad- In the Brilliance box you'll find three disks, a 175-page manual, a set of serial number labels and a hardware dongle key. Before you can get started, you’ll need to enter your serial number in the Brilliance program icons to key the program to your dongle.
There are actually two Brilliance program files: Brilliance, the register-based version that supports up to 256 colours; and TrueBrilliance, the true-colour version that supports HAM modes.
The interfaces of the two versions are nearly identical, with only minor changes gets at the left, and 24 paint and palette tool gadgets to the right of those.
Ihe lontrul panel pops up In front of rour brilliance picture and can be toggled on and off with the spacebar ft 0 key, or middle mouse button Thirty gadgets labeled with little symbols might seem overwhelming at first, especially considering that many of them have up to three different toggleable functions and no labels, but Brilliance provides real-time help updates A small blue box at the right side of the control panel always displays the function of the gadget under the mouse pointer, so you'll never select the anti-aliasing gadget in an effort to create a polygon.
You'll need to get used to using the right mouse button in a non-standard way
- Brilliance has no pull-down menus.
When you're painting, the program uses the right mouse button to paint in the background colour, just like Dpaint.
When using the button panels, the mouse button is used to pull up subpanels
- additional panels packed with controls that appear below the
main control panel.
Panels can be stacked until the screen fills up vertically, so you can have, for example, the AnimBrush and Brush panels open simultaneously.
Even better, you can assign up to nine custom sets of panels to the numeric keys on your keypad (except, obviously, on the A600), so you can group tools that you commonly use together.
If you're moving to Brilliance from Dpaint, you'll be happy to know that the keyboard equivalents for the gadgets are the same as those for their Dpaint counterparts.
Three buttons For instance, you can get rid of the control panel by hitting F10, An easier way to get the panel out of the way is to use the spacebar, but by far the best way is to buy a three-button mouse and take advantage of Brilliance's middle mouse button support.
It's easy to paint when you can hit the middle button, select a tool, hit the middle button again, and then hit the left button to paint, with one hand staying on the mouse and the other free to hold a beverage of your choice.
Although this panel interface may take a while to adjust to, it works very well in i practice, and you don't have to deal with | the corners of your picture being covered !
By control panels and a title bar.
And if you want to edit your picture Getting things moving The real fun comes with Brilliance's AnimBrushes. These are brushes consisting of a series of frames which can be used to draw with an object that changes as you paint it across the screen, stamping a changing object down on an animation.
You can create ammbrushes by picking them up from an animation (more on animations in just a moment), or by morphing one brush to another.
While Bnlliance'S Morph effect isn't in the same league as what you'd find in a product like Morph Plus or ImageMaster, it does produce significantly better results than Dpaint. Brilliance morphs brushes in two dimensions, while Dpaint morphs in one dimension and squashes in another.
The Tweening menu is simitar to Dpaint's Move requester and is used for moving an object between a starting and ending point on an image, or more commonly for moving objects in animations.
You can type in starting and ending X. Y, and Z positions and rotations for a brush, or use the Adjust gadget to manually place the object on the screen.
The Adjust gadget takes the trial-and-error out of object placement and makes creating smooth, precise object movements a snap.
Unique to Brilliance are some dramatic special effects available on the Tween menu: You can assign different percentages of opacity to a brush at the start and end of an in-between movement so that object will appear to fade in or out of the image as it moves: you can also have objects leave trails behind them, and choose to have those trails automatically decay, leaving a comet-like effect.
The Ease controls let you change the speed of an object as it moves; tor instance, you can make it appear to move faster as it gets closer Brilliance lets you control the level of Ease in the X, Y. and Z planes individually.
You can also use Ease to control opacity level at particular points of the movement. The Lens control lets you change the viewing angle of the camera pointing at the brush, similar to Dpaint’s Perspective feature.
Brilliance is as good a 2D animation program as it is a paint program. It has a full set of VCR-like animation controls and all the animation features of Dpaint (well, except for the LightTable onion-skin feature, which was so slow as to be of questionable usefulness anyway).
When it comes to animation editing, Brilliance packs incredible power. You can copy entire ranges of frames from one spot in an animation to another.
Even better, you can load multiple animations, appending one after another. Animations can be saved as a series of individual frames (in 24-bit IFF if saving from TrueBrilliance), or in ANIM Op-5 or Op-8 format. The Op-5 format is compatible with older Amiga software and provides the best compression, but Op-8 provides faster playback, especially on accelerated Amigas.
And keep the control panel visible, that's no problem. You can use the cursor keys to physically move the canvas around, so you can place the bottom of the picture just above the top of the control panel.
Screen resolutions (and the number of colours available in those resolutions) will vary depending upon which graphics chips you have in your Amiga.
Resolutions up to 640 x 512 are supported on original chip set machines, up to 1,280 x 512 on ECS Amigas, and up to 1,280 x 512 and 800 x 600 on AGA machines.
If you're running AmigaDOS 2.1 or later, Brilliance uses the ASL screenmodes requester to select resolutions, which means you can even use the really bizarre modes such as 160 x 1,024.
Four different levels of overscan are supported, and Brilliance supports scrolling canvases larger than the screen, the size limited only by available memory.
One particularly handy feature is Brilliance’s support for multiple buffers.
Along with a main canvas and a swap screen (a In Dpaint), Brilliance also lets you open any number of additional buffers, again limited only by available memory.
The only restriction is that all the buffers need to be the same size and colour depth. This is very handy for creating collage effects by cutting and pasting elements from a variety of pictures, and for trying different effects on various screens to see which ones you like best.
OK, you've got your canvas all set up and your paints mixed, now it's time to create some art! Brilliance provides all the tools you'd expect from a professional ?
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two versions As mentioned earlier, there are two versions of
Brilliance included, each on its own floppy. The register
version of Brilliance supports all the non*HAM colour modes
available on your Amiga, including Extra Halfbrite.
TrueBrilliance supports Ham6 (the original six-bit HAM
specification) and Ham8 (the newer 8-bit HAM mode found on the
A1200 and A4000).
TrueBrilliance will load regular IFF pictures with any number of colours, HAM pictures. IFF24 true-colour files, and DCTV graphics. It will save pictures in HAM and IFF24 formats.
Register Brilliance will only load and save standard IFF pictures with up to 256 colours. This means that you can load Brilliance pictures into TrueBrilliance (they’ll be converted to Ham), but you can't bring TrueBrilliance pictures back into Brilliance without using a third-party conversion program such as ADPro or Rend24 to map the picture down to 256 or fewer colours.
Paint program, along with some interesting new painting modes.
Many painting tools offer different modes: Click once on the Draw tool with the left mouse button to choose a connected freehand line, click again to choose a filled freehand shape, or one more time to choose freehand dotted draw.
Some tools have a settings menu panel that pops up when you click the right mouse button on them. For instance, clicking the right button on the Rectangle tool brings up a panel that lets you choose whether rectangles should be sized cor- ner-to-comcr or center-to-comer.
If you've used other Amiga paint programs, you'll find the drawing tools work as you'd expect, but many have additional features. For instance, along with the standard curved line, you can also choose to draw a four-point Bezier curve.
Airbrush As usual, the airbrush tool will spray single pixels or splatter a custom brush onto the screen, but it will also spray down paint in the shape of the current brush, using it as a mask.
As you experiment with the tools - and do goof)’ things to your picture - you’ll come to appreciate Brilliance's Undo Redo feature.
The program will undo multiple operations, up to the Size of a user-definable Undo buffer. So you can, for instance, click Undo three times to remove the last three painting steps.
If you've ever done something you regretted to a picture and then accidentally placed one more pixel on the screen, ruining your chances to undo the first mistake, you'll realise why this is a great feature.
In addition to the usual Colour, Mix, Smooth, Smear and Cycle drawing modes you'll find some more sophisticated additions. Tint will alter the chroma (colour) content of areas you’re painting over; this is handy for colourising pictures, and can produce spectacular results in TrueBrilliance.
Colourise is similar, but it changes the colour content of areas that contain Chroma information, without affecting black, greys, or white.
Brighten and Darken are self-explanaThe Magnify mode Is adjustable In both width and magnification tory Two dither modes are handy for, screening areas of the canvas, and for overlaying areas with a dithered pattern that allows the paint under to show through the pattern.
Brilliance also supports transparency values of 0 to 100 per cent; you can create ghostly images, or set a high transparency for a brush you stamp onto the background of an image to give it a distant, hazy effect.
Negative mode changes every colour to its opposite, giving the appearance of a photographic negative. I've created some spectacular effects with this mode. I only wish Digital had included one of the most useful modes from their DCTV Paint program. Namely Rub-Through.
The text tool supports both bitmapped (normal and ColourFont) and Compugraphic outline fonts. Unlike Dpaint, you don't type text directly on an image, but rather into a text gadget.
Brilliance creates a brush containing the text which you can stamp on the image, Although this can bo quite tedious for multiple lines of text, it does make it easy to use Brilliance’s brush effects to enhance your text's appearance.
Brilliance makes working with custom brushes a pleasure. Right-clicking on the Brush tool to bring up the Brush menu displays eight brush wells, boxes that can store a brush or AnimBrush until you need it next- You can grab a number of images from ART!
One picture, store them in the brush wells, and then select them individually to stamp down on another picture. Picking up brushes is a snap thanks to Brilliance's Auto BC feature, which will treat the colour around your brush as the background colour if the four comers of the brush are all the same colour.
That way you can pick up a brush off an orange surface without picking up the orange, even if the selected background colour is black. Brushes can be saved to or loaded from the system clipboard; I used this feature to transfer brushes from Brilliance to True Brilliance and to Dpaint IV AGA.
Dodgy dongle The dongle key plugs into your second controller port and doesn't pass through the port, meaning you’ll need to power off your Amiga to install it if you normally keep a joystick plugged in.
It will work on the end of Scala's dongle, but if you're a Real 3D 2.0 user you'll have to swap dongles when you change programs.
Also, the dongle doesn't fit in the A600's port, so if you have Commodore’s smallest Amiga you’ll need to purchase a joystick extender cable and plug the dongle into that.
Unless you never use your second port for anything else, you'll find the tiny dongle to be a pain to keep track of. If Bnlliance weren't so good. I'd stick with DeluxePaint IV AGA simply because of this inconvenience, but the power of Brilliance is enough to make the dongle tolerable.
In keeping with the program's Dpaint compatibility, you'll find the usual assortment of bend, outline, and warp operators for modifying your brush's size and shape.
Brilliance is so packed with features that I could probably fill this entire issue with one long review of it. Suffice to say that if you've used Dpaint, imagine a program that has a similar set of features, but does everything faster and with more control and flexibility.
Like Dpaint AGA, TrueBrilliance supports loading IFF24 pictures. But when you load such a picture into Dpaint, it gets converted into a Ham8 version and much of the detail and colour information is lost.
When you load a 24-bit picture into TrueBrilliance, the program keeps a full 24-bit (16 million colours!) Copy in memory if you're short of RAM, you can choose to store a 15-bit, 32,768-colour representation in memory instead).
Although you're viewing it in HAM, complete with the occasional subtle onscreen fringing, you can save the picture in full 24-bit format, losing no detail or colour data, and with no fringing present in the 24-bit representation.
This is handy for doing simple touch- up work or adding text to 24-bit images.
While Dpaint and Brilliance share a similar interface for creating colour-fill ranges, with Brilliance you can have up to 32,768 colours in a range.
Most of the other features are more powerful as well. You can create Stencils in Brilliance not only hv choosing specific colours or drawing the stencil manually, but also by lassoing a specific range of colours on your image.
Rency I l iv.it e I rency I back* I Stant, I The Variance settings let vou include any coloyrs within a certain percentage of your selected colour's hue, saturation, and value in a stencil, making it easy, for example, to select all skin tones in vour stencil.
Jur tp ? Of a some I only most t pro- Brilliance's Magnify mode is more easily adjustable - you can slide the magnify window to the right or left depending on how much of the original image you need to see, and zoom in and out using gadgets on the bar at the edge of the magnify window.
Ipped and nlike I on an I dget, g the I is for I easy I lance I istom I n the 1 nenu I it can I you I And while Dpaint provides some control over printing values, Brilliance gives you the full suite of Preferences-stvle printer control gadgets, so you can select scaling, dithering, density, smoothing, and other settings without having to flip back to the Workbench.
DCTV There's still more to recommend this program. If you have a DCTV, for instance, you can use the register version of Brilliance to assemble still frames into DCTV animations. TrueBrilliance will load DCTV pictures and convert them to 24-bit format so you can edit them in HAM mode.
I've saved the best feature for last, though - Brilliance’s speed. Both the register version of Brilliance and TrueBrilliance are blazingly fast.
Other programs slow to a crawl in HAM mode, but TrueBrilliance in Ham8 feels as fast as Dpaint does when you're only using 32 colours.
The Real-time Preview Mode feature actually draws effects on the fly, so you can see what the results will be before you stamp down a rectangle in. Say. Negative mode.
And you'll be amazed at how quickly you can move custom brushes across the screen. While Dpaint may update a brush two or three times a second (at best) as you move it in Ham8 mode, the brush smoothly follows your pointer movements in both Brilliance programs, no matter what mode you’re in.
Operations like fills are dramatically faster - a gradient fill with highlight tix k a minute and 52 seconds using Dpaint 4.6, but only 42 seconds in Brilliance. The program isn't without a few omissions and flaws. It would have been nice to see "magic wand" colour selection like in PhotoShop and ImageFX, and a colour- mixing area like Dpaint and Digital Creations' own DCTV Paint have.
Although the 175-page manual has a well-written, thorough reference section that will answer any question you have about a particular feature, many of the program's major features are glossed over and ignored in the too-short tutorial section.
And as mentioned early on, the inability to bring IrueBrilliance pictures back into the register version Brilliance will be a pain for those who don't own something like ADPro.
There'S no support for display on third- party 24-bit graphics cards, although you can save 24-bit images and use the software included with your card to display them.
And of course, there's that darned dongle.
These minor gripes aside, if vou use your Amiga for professional graphics, or Amiga art is your favourite game, you’ll want Brilliance.
Nothing out there can match its feature set, and it's the one paint program I've used that's so fast that it never gets in the way of your creativity. Digital Creations' biggest problem with this program is likely to be figuring out what they could possibly add to come up with a Brilliance 2.0. * * . * SYSTEM ESSENTIALS RED = Essential YELLOW » Rmimmrndrd Two floppies required 4 Mb RAM Hard drive The bottom line Ease of use: 9 Implementation: 9 Value for money: 8 Overall: 9 Supplier: (US) Digital Creations Phone: 0101 916 344-4825 Price: S249 Order hotline. 0793 512073 Public Domain Software
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RAM and printers Beginners' questions galore this month with advice on dodgy drives, A1200 compatibility, using CoverDisks and more My sons have an Amiga 500 and a Citizen Swift 9 colour printer. The pnnter manual recommends that the printer driver should be Epson FX- 650 or LX-850. The printer dnver they are using is EpsonX[CBM MPS- 1250]. Is this correct and would either of the other drivers give a clearer or faster printout, especially colour graphics?
I enclose a copy of the DIP switch settings which I set for them. The printer does work but would they be getting the best results with the above driver and enclosed DIP switch settings?
ACAS After using Bars and Pipes Junior, on your free disk, my older son wishes to upgrade to 2Mb. I have read all the advertisements and notice there are two choices. One is to add to the existing 1 2Mb upgrade, the other to fit a complete 1.5Mb board.
I notice that to add to the existing i 2Mb upgrade it must be four x RAM-chip type or not exceeding 9cm in length. I do not know if the existing board is A x RAM-chip but it has four chips and measures 8.5cm by 9cm so would this be OK? The advertisement also states that both expansion boards require Kickstart 1.3. Is this the same as Workbench 1.3?
G Cook. Kent The printer output can be improved by using the EpsonX driver which is supplied with your Amiga. Generally speaking, this driver should be used with 9-pin printers, using Epson emulation, while the EpsonQ is used with 24-pin printers. The settings that you sent are fine, so it is just a matter of changing the driver.
By the way you have described your existing memory expansion, it has four RAM chips so it should be fine with the I Mb trapdoor expansion that you have seen. Workbench is the front-end of the Amiga's operating system, the part that allows the machine to be controlled by a user - in other words, the window and icon environment that we all use. T Kickstart is a ROM chip that contains most of the routines used by the Workbench. Therefore, if you have a Workbench 1.3 machine, you will also have Kickstart 1.3. The Megaboard, which connects to the trapdoor 1 2Mb expansion, is compatible with both
Kickstart 1.3 and 2 but not with Amigas that have 1Mb chip RAM.
It is available from Evesham Micros who can be contacted on 0366 765500 and who have a technical support line on 0386 769403.
Write-protected InfoFile W m Please help me with my prob- Kw lem. In issue 61 (June) you gave ¥ away Infofile but I am having problems. I can set up my columns and input my data all right but when I try to save my file, which I have titled, I get a message saying unable to save file disk must be write-protected or something, but it isn't. Please help!
Also, in issue 62 (July), you received a letter from David King of Markham stating a problem he had with his MPS 1270 printer. This is easily solved as 1 did with a quick call to Commodore helpline. Just alter the DIP switch number 8 from what the reference manual says.
Anthony Rowiinson, Wigan r There is a Kickstart hug in all Amigas from Workbench 2 onwards that tricks the machine into thinking that all disks are write protected.
Guru meditation I have recently purchased an A6QQ and. As a complete beginner, am keen to work my way through the Workbench and other tutorials supplied. However. I constantly get software failures which makes this extremely slow and frustrating.
I was advised by the Amiga helpline to buy a new mouse, which I did. But this has had no effect.
Can you give me any advice to stop this happening every few minutes as I am Close to giving up.
Lorraine Smith, Stockport By the sound of things, you may have a virus on one or more of your disks. To eradicate it. You need to use a virus checker such as or Zero Virus. BootX or Virus_Checker which are available from all good PD libraries. It is vital to Check all your disks to be sure of killing it off completely.
Viruses are malicious programs that are self replicating and very annoying. They are written by sad people who have nothing better to do with their lives than find new ways to beat virus checkers in order to do such things crash other people's computers and wipe their hard drives.
If. Having checked for viruses, you still find that your A600 keeps on crashing then it is in need of repair.
If the disk used to boot the Amiga has been ‘write protected the operating system is fooled into thinking that all disks arc write protected even when they are not. The solution, therefore, is to icrite enable the disk that you are going to boot from before booting.
Thank you for the information about Dai’id's printer. We have just received another letter from him, desperate for some more help, so I think your words of wisdom will make him a very happy man.
Cribbage rAs a reader and a subscriber since issue number one, I was interested in the letter from S Woolan of Stowmarket. I looked up my copy of the dusk in question, made a copy of the Cribbage program to which he refers and am enclosing it herewith.
Perhaps you, for your part, would be good enough to pass it on to him. I am not a card player but did think that it looked an excellent representation of the card game.
I would mention th.it I am in my 79th year and get a tremendous amount of pleasure from my computer and of course, your excellent magazine.
Mr V Eva, Ijmcashire r Matty thanks for sending the copy of Cribbage to us. We have forwarded it to S Woolan and are grateful fir your kind assistance.
At 79, you set an example to all those people who wrongly believe lhat they are too old understand Ilk’ tcorid of information technology. We uish you many more years of happy computing.
NTSC bug again Fthe enclosed disk contains a far better answer to Mr Ricketts's problem with the old Workbenchl.3 bug - the one that causes a PAL machine to b K t NTSC every ten or so attempts - than the offhand one you gave him. It's the program NoPALReset.
Make it the first call in a WB1.3 startup- sequence and it avoids the time wasted grinding all the way through a long startup to finish with the wrong format.
It's only 236 bytes long so there's room in even a very tight c director)'.
The disk? Oh that's your No 8 (Jun 90).
I've copied it for you as I get the impression you haven't seen all your own Coverl isks.
Perhaps it would be worth winnowing through them and repeating a few of the "can't do without it" programs - there haven't been so many lately!
Ken West, Kent rYou are ljuite right Ken. Some of us haven't seen all of the Amiga Computing CoverDisks which is
- why we foiled to provide a more helpftd ansuvr.
At the moment, there is a policy to put complete versions of commercial packages on the CoverDisk rather than fill them with public domain utilities. We believe commercial programs are more popular with our readers and nprcsent better value for money Urn PD, Having said that, we are aluxtys open to tug- gestim and would like to hear from anyone with strong opinions aboul the CoverDisk.
CoverDisk de-archiving rl have been experiencing some difficulty in de-archiving some of the disks featured on your magazine. I have followed the instructions to the letter and on each occasion, when the computer prompts me to insert a blank disk. I get a system message informing me that the disk in DF0: is write-protected. I then check the disk and find that it is not.
I have tried and tried to get round this ?
CineMorph Junior fix We gave away CineMorph Junior with the August issue of Amiga Computing and despite much brain-wracking, we could not find any way to make it run on Workbench 1.3 machines.
However, one of our readers. John Cook from Portsmouth, has found a fix to make it compatible.
Once the program has been dearchived onto its own disk, the asl library must be deleted to make CineMorph junior run. In order to do this, boot from your Workbench disk, open a shell window then enter the following line: You got problems too? Then drop a line to Amiga Computing Advice Service, Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP and we'll move heaven and earth to help in these columns. But sorry, we cannot reply personally, so save those SAEs.
Delete CineBorphJr:libs esl.library Having done that, insert the CmeMorphJr disk in DFO:. Reboot and you should find that the program now runs. Thanks for phoning up with the solution John, we are extremely grateful.
Problem but to no avail. Do you think that I may have a virus in my computer or is there another reason for my difficulty'?
Mr R Clarke, Doncaster rThis has to be the most frequent problem encountered by our readers. Every Thursday, when we man the CoverDisk hotline, a stream of baltled readers ask us how to unarchive programs from our disks.
If you have ust read the previous answer, you will know that the problem is caused by a Kickstart bug in all Amigas running Workbench 2 or higher Normally. We wouldn't include two problems in ACAS that are so similar but we felt that in this instance it would be highly beneficial In order to use our CoverD'Sk on Amigas running Workbench 2 higher it is necessary to write enable it (so that the tab covers the hole) before using it to boot your Amiga We do, in fact, print a special panel on the Getting Started page about de-archiving. This includes the above information, but it is surprising
how many people fail to read it.
Of course, the root of the problem lies with Commodore so if you find the bug as annoying as we do. Drop them a line. You never know, they may decide to fix it one day!
Musical musings F Probably like many other Amiga 500 500 Plus owners I am seriously considering upgrading to either an A1200 or A4000 030. But not having a money tree growing at the bottom of my garden 1 would like a few questions answered before I invest in my next generation of Amiga.
As I mainly use my machine for music (60 per cent), graphics (20 per cent), games (ten per cent) and other (ten per cent), my questions are thus:
1. Does OctaMED run better in eight-channel mode (without the
loss in sample quality as on the A500) on the new Amigas due
to their faster processors?
2. Would it be possible to use two Amigas (somehow synced
together) until such time as Commodore pull their finger out
and give us more than four channels of 8-bit sound on true
32-bit machines?
3. If the answer to 2 is yes, how could I best do this and what
hardware (except another Amiga!) Would be needed?
4. Is it possible to use a PC PC clone VGA monitor with any of
the Amiga range?
Mr S J Smith, Colchester rl. OctaMED is smoother and there is no degradation of sound quality on the new Amiga*.
2. Yes.
3. To synchronise tuv Amigas an external time code generator is
required. Zone Distribution have one bv the name of The
Phantom which works with KCS 33 uMe Blue Ribbon have a similar
device that can be usM conjunction with Bars & Pifies.
4. VGA monitors can be used with M machines but it is not
possible to access all of I screen modes. In particular, it is
noI po sMl access the boot screen, PAL modes and ndfl screens.
Clearly this is very restrictive and a 4 sync monitor such as
the Commodore II would be a much better option.
Monitor interference a I have an A500 Plus anc j Commodore monitor, mod» il 108T and every now and ther j get interference on the screen I check* !
The cable and even switched the compu* 1 off for long hours and checked the pom I supply to ensure that I wasn't using to I many plugs in the house at one tim [ Normally this clears up after two days m II to the computer and I thought it might j connected to the room temperature as« only the monitor that seems to be affedec My first thought was that using a 1UE II computer over long hours could affect t* JI memory even when grven the boot up fire II My Workbench is v2 ROMs (37.175 I Should I get a 1Mb expansion to upgrao 3 to 2Mb or is it related to the monitor?
I get this problem dunng the summe || when the weather is very hot and some- J j times when the road department are wor* I mg outside the house so now how can t ge I this problem sorted out? The monitor wa I serviced six months ago and hasn't bee* j too much of a problem Mr G Barr. Itvn The monitor that you have is qi0 I L k old and despite the lact that yo.} j have had it serviced, it is probab | on the way out. There's not an awful lot yo. 11 can do other than buy a new one.
Moving along the upgrade path I’ve had my A500 tor around four years now, mainly using it for wordprocessing - though I admit to hijacking my brothers Alien Breed for days on end.
However, though programmers are still trying to support the ageing Workbench 1.3. I'm contemplating moving on - the Workbench 2 print spooler on the July CoverDisk is the dinch.
Like most people, I’ve spent almost as much on additions as I did on the original unit. This means I'm quite reluctant to fork out for an A1200 and start again - it doesn't even have a battery backed-up clock as standard, never mind a hard drive!
An internal ROM upgrade appears to be my best (and cheapest) option, but I'm a little unsure about a few things and can't find exact answers in back issues of your magazine. I’m quite attached to my hair and I hope you can save me tearing it out.
Ito use Workbench 2, is the Workbench upgrade chip and disk pack all I need or do I also have to buy the Agnus and Denise chips found in my brother's A50Q Plus? My current chips are: Agnus ECS 8372A (still at l 2Mb due to a phobia of soldering irons) and Denise STD 8362.
2 Memory stands at 2Mb via a series of 1 Mb and 512k trapdoor expansions in the adverts for these boards (and others like them) I see that they require Kickstart 1.3 and point the reader in the direction of a ROM swapper.
When I upgrade to 2.04, is the extra memory compatible when I'm using it, or have they just omitted an “or above" in the ad? I can't see why the memory should be redundant but I can’t afford to nsk it as even 2Mb is limiting - there's plenty of space in my GVP though.
Adding up the prices of whatever chips I need (and 3 possibly paying for installation) would it be cheaper to buy a 2Mb Plus (or even an A1200. Which should be down in price by the time I save up) and use my current machine as a quaint door wedge?
Somehow. I think the idea of simply swapping machines with my brothers will not go down too well (but I've thought about it. Believe me), so any advice or suggestions on these questions will be appreciated Ian Hiles. Tyne & Wear In order to use a ROM sharer to its hill, you will need to buy a Super Denise chip (8373) - the ?
Agnus chip that you already have is fine. Bear in mind that as well as the sharer itself, you will also need to buy a Kickstart 2 ROM. The total for this little lot is likely to be in the region of £100.
011 you chose take the ROM sharer path, the additional trapdoor RAM that you have should not cause any problems Bthe A500 Plus is currently available for around £200 and an additional 1Mb of RAM would set you back about £30. The GVP hard drive that you have will work with both the A500 and A500 Plus.
Add to that the cost of a 1.3 ROM sharer and it starts to look very expensive when compared with the A1200. Particularly when you compare the specifications. The Plus is not exactly state of the art and you would be better off buying an A1200 which already has 2Mb of RAM. A faster processor and superior graphics.
Although at first sight this looks like the most expensive option, bear in mind that the A1200 now costs £300 and is only likely to cosf £100 more when bought with a buitt-in hard drive. When this outlay is offset against the sale of your existing system, we think this is the best option.
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The disk that accompanies the hardware contains all the utili- ties for managing the card you :ould ask for and a complete sound editor designed specifi- :ally for the E-Mu SoundEngine at the heart of The One-Stop Music Shop.
The dedicated One-Stop Midi :layer which comes with the cackage allows any previously 'scorded song to be loaded up either singularly or as :art of a complete set and then played back at the click of a button.
No channel changes, no patch ¦ election, just a simple load and play. As well as a point-and-click terface, the player also coasts full Arexx support.
Each instrument source ‘as a selection of slider-con- "olled parameters to adjust i-ining, volume, pan position, starting point and the relative relay of the component sound fithinthe overall sound.
The One-Slop Music Shop reputes to A1500 or above i Zorro slot in) some type otunphation method, lor example j stereosystem The One-Stop Music Shop could be yours for a quick phone ill which should cost you under ¦1 at cheap rate. To keep the ist to a minimum try to avoid :ackground noise, which may acessitate the repetition of inswers.
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Phil South reviews the latest addition to the family, Amos Professional Compiler But it will happen, and truth be told I'm fomg to start using Pro a lot more now. I mow I said it would lake a while to make 'iMt switch from Amos Classic, and I know wt still have that to fall back on should Pro Kt me down.
I But it's time to start having a little faith jb the new program, and helping to iron Itet bugs rather than just sitting here grip- !t*about them.
; The same things I just said about Amos Bulging files
- ogram sizes were very different with a shared library; 61k
including library plays' !8k without. Not bad. But not totally
portable to any machine which doesn't run the ¦ ios.library, so
not really as good as a fully optimised compiler which would
not '¦‘dude any commands not used in the program itself.
The program comes free with an updater to make sure you have the latest ¦ ersion of Amos Pro on your machine. I must admit I found this a little bit odd. I stalled the Amos Pro program about ten seconds before I tried to use the odater. And I got an error message saying I needed to use the correct path. I ¦••is using the correct path, dammit, and I couldn’t get it to change it s tune, so I
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Despite all these niggles and quibbles I do think the release of this program ' ouid be applauded, for no other reason than it enables us serious Amos users to : jt our backs into it and see if Amos Pro really has what it takes to be the Amiga x'vetopment system of the 90s.
Ss Pro are true about Pro Compiler. It’s still basically the same engine under the hood, just a new 199? Body and few technical enhancements which affect the wav the thing drives - a bit like a Mondeo. The face is different, that is lo say that the front end program is much altered, and it runs from an icon rather than being loaded into Amos, but I guess this just means that the program has been compiled.
The compiler works with previous versions of the Amos program like Amos and Easy Amos, so you can buy the new compiler even if you don't yet have the newest version of the language.
NEW COMMANDS The compiler obviously copes with all the new versions of Amos Pro and all the commands which have been added to the language since the last compiler was built. This obviously takes in all the Anim and music player commands too, and the library for compiled programs to share means small programs if the target computer for your programs is running the correct amos.library. Even though you should use the shared library setting if you want to be sure people can run your programs, this is a big saving on size and so should be considered if you know everyone who'll be using vour
code.
You can do the usual Squash command to compress the files, but every time I use this something goes wrong - not just in compiler Pro but in the old compiler too. I tend to forget that and use PowerPacker for online compression and decompression.
The remove default screen problem is still there too. If your program uses an unpack command then the screen is automatically created into your default screen, right? But if there is no default screen the screen can't be created, so no go.
You can also load in Ascii files for compilation, which is handy if you want to develop your programs on a laptop or palmtop word processor and transfer them for compilation (I could use my trust)1 Portfolio, even!).
There is talk, too, of this compiler being even faster than the original. That is very hard to test, and really I couldn't see any difference (if anyone at Europress can send me a reliable benchmark program. I'll be happy to run it, if not print it in the next issue!).
Obviously seasoned users will see that this is not anything new, but rather an upgrade of what has gone before. It's a tool, it does the job, but as my old man would say: "If 1 wanted something to write home about I’d have been to the circus."
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Commit: Contents Sound and vision Pxh Med!, Madness cones under the nicroscope Although Med a Madness Paul Austin offers cure for the Rnd the world i noif obscure smiley faces Ideal for those tedious comm i conversations Locate lott files ht tecondt with customised ffarch parameters Touchdown!
With the recent release of new updates to the Ami- Back range of management and back-up utilities, the race for supremacy in the security business is hotting up.
The all-new Quarterback Tools Deluxe has finally arrived. Paul Austin takes a time out to look at this new player in the field Not to be outdone by the Ami-Back challenge. Quarterback rejoins the field as the all-new' Quarterback Tools Deluxe.
Quite what makes the package "deluxe" is something of a mystery.
However, this newly-gained prestige could well be due to the suite of extras which accompany the main program.
Before moving on to the main repair and maintenance program, a brief pause on this rather peculiar collection is well worth the page space.
Starting with the silliest first - Keystroke Finder leaps forward to claim the honour. As the name suggests, the aforementioned utility will find any character available to the Amiga.
Simply clicking on the character's icon will reveal the alter egos offered when used in concert with Alt and Shift.
? | Eneryptor Select files to encrypt or decrypt: i L r I text Dn lifil A rCOQfl 1 Please enter the password you want for "QBDeluxe.AC” Admittedly the utility works perfectly, but considering that ShowKey within Workbench can provide exactly the same information, the question has to be, why bother?
On a brighter note comes an infinitely more impressive utility entitled Locator.
In my opinion this is the one that Workbench has always lacked, namely an automated file finder.
With the assistance of Locator, finding files lost in the bowels of a bottomless hard disk is simply a matter of adding an appropriate string and instructing to look for files employing filtering such as; begins with, ends with, contains, isn't, doesn't contain and so on.
Once the filter is defined, the disk chosen and the string added, hitting OK initiates the search with a pair of baby blues swivelling from side to side during Ihe search.
As each occurrence is found the file list updates, revealing reveals the file info, location, plus its first few hundred bytes. To access the particulars of anv file, simply click on its name and all will be revealed - even while the search is still in progress.
SECURITY For the security conscious, two utilities are provided, entitled Eneryptor and Brain Cloud. Not surprisingly considering its title Encrvptor, will scramble any file rendering it useless without the appropriate password to unscramble your secret data.
However be warned, Eneryptor does a particular thorough job, scrambling all the data within the file. When applied to big files It can mean a long wait while encrypting and decrypting, And of course if the password is mislaid there's no way to retrieve the data.
The second security utility is directed Specifically towards floppies in the form of Brain Cloud - a program which temporarily renders any disk out of action.
Once a brain cloud is applied the disks appears permanently busy and will not submit to any AmigaDOS operations whatsoever.
In order to use this disk for any reason you must urt-doud it first. Although not the sort of utility you'd employ every day, Brain Cloud does offer the ultimate in software protection. Admittedly the lack of a password will mean the disk could be un-clouded by others - but that's where Eneryptor comes into its own.
Continuing in the search for the ultimate in security come yet another two utilities entitled Disk Eraser and File Eraser - again pretty self explanatory as to their use.
However, unlike the majority of erasers both the QBTD utils boast the unique ability’ to use an erasing method endorsed by the US Department of Defence.
Whether you pick this method or the program's default setting, the process is the same with the machine making a user-defined number of passes over disk
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UTILITIES and System Mover. The first allows a disk image to
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disk, creating a replica which can be downloaded to all the
drives on your system simultaneously either before or after
saving to disk.
Lastly comes System Mover - a program which automatically locates and copies the essential elements of the operating system ready for duplication onto another device.
FILE IIUFO Auto-location includes fonts, printers, Libs, devices, handlers, key maps, CL1 commands and CLI scripts. Once listed, clicking on any file reveals the version number, revision date, size and creation date of the selected file ready for easy comparison with your existing versions.
Although system duplication and indeed many of the functions offered by the QBTD utils can be emulated by the more advanced directory managers such as Directory Opus and SID, they are nevertheless very handy for the serious user and an excellent freebie The main program again follows the The new foit of quarterboit tools, subtle but effttt** LSJ Temporarily put any tilth out of action with train Cloud modular approach inspired by the aforementioned utilities. Once loaded-up you're offered four alternatives which include Analyze and repair, Recover Lost Deleted Files, Optimise and Volume
Edit.
With this arsenal at hand you can scan disks for a whole range of problems and apply the repairs automatically. In addition, any bad blocks found on the hardware can be spotted and hidden from AmigaDOS - tlwreby avoiding repetition caused by errowon the disk itself.
Aside from repair and preventative maintenance, you can also salvage lost or deleted files, even when the disk itself is badlv damaged or a quick format has been accidentally applied - of course in the case of physical damage this is often a case of picking through the rubble rather than restoring every thing.
Devices You can scan the disk for a whole range of problems On a less dramatic note, QBTD also offers an optimise option which will defragment your drive, thereby providing the optimum storage and access.
However like the equivalent from Ami-Back Tools, the feature can be fairly redundant on more modern hard disk controllers as they often manage available space extremely efficiently by default and rarely need much attention.
? | Systen Hover Fron: To: DH0 II PostHelveticaNannow 9 PostHelveticaNarnow 11 PostHelueticaNarwow 13 PostHelveticaNannow 15 PostHelveticaNarrowlS Renovej PostHelveticaNarrov 24 PostNeviCenturv Complete your collection ? 1 Replicator__ Lglgl Load Inage | Save Inaae I 1 Start | Options j Inase! FSanples Destination: r DF0: JOFA* rDF2; JDFS Passes: F Nunber 1 2 disks) Unlinited Save__' ?T lUpttaafor__ Like the opposition. Central Coast Software don't Stop with their assortment of disk repairers, optimises and utilities. In fact, they’re in the enviable position of enjoying Quanert)ack5 as
part of their software stable.
Although the title is deceptively similar to its tool-oriented counterpart. QB5 is a hard drive back-up system that’s become something of an industry standard when it comes to large scale data storage Like Ami-Back, QB5 is capable of floppy backups but also as a file on another volume or alternatively direct to a tape streamer However, it must be said that QB5 doesn't otter the scheduling option available to Ami-Back - its main opposition.
Even wtth the lack of scheduling, QB5 remains the most popular back-up format in the professional market which means it's often the preferred medium when transferring large amounts of data to others tor commercial use.
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Releases support is also provided fori AmigaDOS 2.0 and 3.0 with special atten-| lion being paid to the hard and soft link-1 provided by both of the above.
The obvious question is: If given *¦ choice between Ami-Back Tools andl Quarterback Tools Deluxe, which would¦ be the better buy?
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converting them to Ham8 or scaling them down to a more
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In addition, there is a real benefit in previewing an animation in exactly the quality at which it will be transferred to tape, even if it will run at only 12 frames per second.
The Newton's Cradle animation, a frame of which is shown here, was rendered as 25 frames and converted using m ft f*™ MakeRace to a 5Mb 24-bit anim plaving at a respectable 12 or so frames per second.
Animations with camera panning involving a lot of full screen movement crawl along at less than ten frames per second, but even at this speed, full 24-bit previews are very useful. Vidcographcrs who need !o«4r%n When Retina first landed on the AC test bed it was a promising low cost 24-bit I high resolution display card with early Ktoftware which was a little buggy and I unstable in places.
What should have been a perfect cheap I folution for CAD, DTI’, and high quality I; artwork was held back at the last fence by I reluctant code which wasn't quite capable I 4 making the distance.
Since the first boards were shipped, I however, Makro System have made sev- I eral changes to both system and utility I software, and the situation has taken a I marked change lor the belter. With release I 1 J, Retina is now capable of fulfilling its I promise as the best low-cost Amiga dis- I play card.
Possibly the greatest disappointment I when we first looked at Retina was the I failure of the MakeRacc animation soft- I ware to actually function. Double buffered I 24-bit animation was on the menu, but it I appeared that the Chef was of the sausage I and egg school.
INTUITIVE MakeRace now works tine, and has the I immeasurable benefit of an intuitive front [ end to make using it a great deal simpler I than the CLI-driven utility it once was.
I Opening on a clean gadget-filled window, I the program immediately offers the user a I wide range of controls affecting the quality' I of the finished animation.
Three buttons are used to select I between S, 16, and 24-bit results, and when 8-bit is chosen, the user has a palette slider at his or her disposal to define the number of colours, up to a maximum of 256, in which the 8-bit anim will be rendered.
I Defaulting to 16-bit, a compromise I between speed and quality, MakeRace won't produce 25 frames per second in full overscan, but it does make for a very handy preview utility.
It is easy to select a range of animation frames and render them as a Race anim for The low cost Retina 24-bit card now has software to match its hardware to see how an animation will appear before committing it to tape will find MakeRace much more useful than any quarter*sereen HAM preview.
Other changes in software are mostly of the clean up and bug-fix variety, but most ?
The first release of Take 2 offered a package with more power features than its price tag would have indicated, including four-level animation of the kind used by professional cartoon animators; direct control over the Vidi Amiga digitiser; synchronised sound, and so on.
Take 2 comes again However, whinging users as we all are, a flood Of feedback from users has resulted in a much augmented and tweaked program which is now more practical than YULI
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Li ever. Take 2 is designed as a “line tester* for use In commercial studios or users' back bedrooms, into which the animator imports, either from a paint package or by digitising directly from hand-drawn pictures, a senes of frames from an animation in development.
By providing tools for the user to test and edit the rough anim, usually simple line drawings (hence the term line tester). Take 2 makes completion of the final drawings and final animation much more exact.
SAVING TIME Line testing is a vital part of every commercial cartoon studio's production process, and as it is such an edit and experiment-intensive procedure, the software which controls it has to be very flexible and practical Most of the changes made for this latest release of Take 2 have been prompted by users who require as much functionality and time-saving as possible, so it's no surprise that Rombo have made only solidly sensible improvements. Of most interest to user will be the new editing features found in the X-Sheet. Take 2’s exposure sheet where most cell manipulation takes
place.
By giving the mouse a great deal more power to its elbow, even the smallest editing moves can now be made without recourse to menus and less intuitive actions For example, stretching a cell's timing so that it appears On screen for a greater amount of time is now simply a matter of clicking and dragging the cell to its new length. Similarly, sound samples can be made to stretch out in ihe same way. Though ihe results can often distort the sample.
In addition, merging several levels of animation into one level for previews of a complete animation has been added to the X-Sheet's arsenal of tools. By choosing Merge from the X-Sheet menu, users can combine all four levels into one animation quickly while retaining full colour and resolution. This is ideal for previews for clients or for a last minute proofing exercise before final- ?
U PDATE S are well thought out and sensible. For example, RetinaEmu, the heart of the Retina system and the program which enables the display of Workbench and most legally coded packages on the Retina itself, has been enhanced and improved.
The 16-colour limit imposed by early versions of the software has been removed, and Retina is now capable of displaying a Workbench screen in up to 256 colours, though operations can slow down quite a bit when this option is used.
If the limit is adhered to, users will notice a marked speed increase over some earlier operations, especially scrolling through large pictures.
Retina's documentation claims a sevenfold speed increase and, while this is difficult to check, the improvement certainly is impressive. Working with very large images on a standard Workbench-size screen is thus a great deal easier as moving around the picture is faster and smoother.
Ham8 is included for full AGA emulation, and it is possible to display these files as if using a new Amiga, but the code involved needs a little more work. As soon as a Ham8 IFF is displayed, the board grinds almost to a halt, and speed is compromised to such a degree that it is far Pictures |1I | loop VBLs Pic [7 1 PingPong Rashness izi I LastXact RllXact Sloppy Thresholds Noise Min Max Palette Dither j£| Std Palette H Men Defaults Ws S,t0nd Data-Hati (kb sat) [T7W~ Verbose J Read Size (kb) 30H Convert | Sector 5i» (byte) |5TC~1 Imp, fill ||T:tewp_RHCE ~~1 mm 5 31 5§ MakeRace is calf fo
use and extremely powerful such as the RetinaDisplay program's willingness to show jpeg files without them first being decompressed in ADPfO, and the odd minor upgrade, but in essence the package has seen a tightening up in areas where definite improvement was called for (such as MakeRace) and the addition of sensible new utilities (such as Define Monitor). As an end result we have a display board whi continues to offer the best low-cost hi j resolution CAD and DTP solution wl being easier to use and having a litK extra appeal for artists and videogral phers.
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Dim I - hum | |» N« | Sivo I mJ Us t which the Flipper preview player is controlled to the file requester and the info panel, which now informs the user how many pictures will fit in the available floppy or hard disk space.
In all. What was always a very useful and cost effective line tester for commercial or home use is now a more productive and usable package The changes made by Rombo are thoughtful and well targeted, prompted by those who use the program every day and aimed to improve rather than change for the sake of Change.
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ADPro and the Retina saver to view such images.
For easier and more effective use with different monitors, the RetinaScrtvnMode program has been introduced and a new DefineMonitor program included.
Monitors are now grouped together under broad headings, making it easier for a user to find a screen mode to suit his or her VDU, and adding a new monitor to the fairly long list of models catered for is easier now that a separate program deals with the process.
QUICK TWEAKS Bv inputting the monitor's vertical and horizontal scan rates and so on - taken, hopefully, from the device's manual - the user can tell Retina just how It) talk to its cathode friend. However, if the manual data is not available, simply choosing a group and messing about with the settings makes for a quick solution.
The program s test mode will send a test card image to the Retina board at the dick of a mouse button, and if the image doesn't appear, or is hopelessly out of sync, the user can just experiment with monitor settings until a rock steady picture is achieved. Now just plug the monitor into Retina's video connector and go, There are a number of smaller tweaks.
Ismg the production. Control of the Vidi Amiga 12 hardware has also been implemented, and includes software control over the incoming video signal.
CLEAN PICTURES Sliders for brightness, contrast, saturation, and offset will, when used with the new hardware, enable the animator to choose exactly how the line drawings or other artwork appear on screen. This can be important to ensure that a clean picture results in as accurate a preview of an animation as possible. These are the important or biggest changes, but they are backed up by a clutch of minor tweaks to everything from the way in TURBO a_ i H-1 mm m 4: 553 24 25 H_I El- U§ ¦ 1 BIO.
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(j u zi With a truly huge selection of PD to choose from this time around, this month's column will concentrate on some of the utterly unmissable stuff that's been coming in from individuals or from libraries - usually smaller ones - about whom we hear little.
There's no music demo this month, partly due to the high quality of the rest of the software, and partly due to the lack of much originality on the music scene at the moment. So if you've created a dazzling Amiga music disk, send it to me!
Next month the big boys in the field get their revenge, but for now, settle back and ready yourself for some of the most innovative, amusing or just plain practical PD this page has seen in a long while.
Lunchtime 4: Yul Brynner's Memorial Toolshed Lunchtime Described as the "weirdest magazine on the Amiga", just the kind of claim you get with any of a number of sprawling and unfunny disk magazines, but in this case - as with Lunchtime's last release - the team do not disappoint.
Described bv themselves as the result of "seven ugly people being nailed to desks for ten months without food, water or any other facilities apart from being allowed to run around a wheel occasionally and maybe given the odd bottle of cider to drink by sucking a wet sponge,” the magazine comes on two disks: An amusing boot disk and a second one containing the articles.
And what a set of articles they are!
Controlled by a pleasingly original interface (including a "shush" panel to shut off the different but unobtrusive music), and nested menu-within-menu, each piece is witty, funny, interesting and invariably twisted.
With titles like 'The Further Adventures of Ckid 11 - Jesus’ Story" and "Memoirs of a Country Doctor", you can see the opportunities for the many deft touches of subversion laced throughout.
And so we have a boy who "goes through puberty spontaneously" in the short play "Lost in Studio 2II", a superficial romp through the rising of the Eastern Bloc in "Carry on Communism", and even an environmental section which manages to get the surely common-sense messages it contains across without sounding toffynosed, heavy-handed or right-on.
All in all, if you’re after a disk magazine that, printed on paper, would hold its own, you can’t afford to miss this one. You’d be a fool not to get the back issues too... or tunc king tod incredt An amazingly high quality selection of programs that you can't and won't find anywhere else but in X public » Phil Morse is your 3 T1 fj J guide - annoying electronic click you can often bd left with.
There are 15 effects, each of which had three to seven different options attached td it, so there's no shortage of sampk' procesaj ing power, either.
As well as all the usual editing tools, preferences are impressive (you can sa tj and load set-ups, too), and the generJj impression is of a piece of software wri by an enthusiast who is 100 per cent sure what s he needs.
Unfortunately, this particular progra mer also felt the need to make winder open in an annoying scrolly kind of Wtf which, due to the short amount of time effect takes, becomes extremely annoyii after a while.
The inclusion of a non-standard fi requester contributed to my general feeli of antagonism towards the interface when used it.
But I’m used to a commercial counter part, Audition 4, which is a picture of fune tional ease of use, so maybe I'm asking much.
At the end of the day, this is an bly powerful piece of software whicl stands as an example of the head-on chai Billed as the best 8-bit sampler available in the public domain, Supersound IV certainly appears to be the part. Coming professionally presented with the ability’ to install it to hard drive thanks to a dedicated installer, and happy working with any 8-bit sampling cartridge, it promises all of the power but none of the gimmickery.
Indeed, if this guarantee of no gimmickery had been fully carried through, this program would have been near perfect.
The interface, it must be said, does look very nice, It's got a professional button-like look about it, tasteful and functional use of colour, and the impression of enough features to sink the Titanic!
There are numerous numerical parameters on display at the bottom of the screen, and the menus hide a large number of sophisticated functions.
There’s a seek zero at start finish set of operations which basically make it easier to start, stop and loop samples without that KBE Software Supersound IV ¦n be i has ed to icess- s, the save neral ritten are of ;ram* 1 jows way e the Dying d file tfling :hen I jnter- fync- lg too credi- ’bich i chalGeneral Midi Patcher vl.1 - Demo Christophe Carvajal The problem with using the Amiga as a music computer is not its power - we all know where the Amiga stands versus the ST in that area - but its lack of available software.
I don't mean sequencers or samplers - there are plenty of those for both machines
- but rather the little bits and pieces that prove essential in
using a computer to make music.
One such item which I have been look- The easy to use main screen of CM Patcher lenge the public domain is starting to make to some of the cheaper commercial packages in just One of a number of areas.
Should you not be irked by a bit of flashiness, this will be right up your street, Communicate John J Cassar A novel and impressive program which | teaches eight different non-verbal languages. Basically, I cannot praise this pack- ! Age enough, equally for its practical application and its incredibly clever realisation - whoever programmed this knew I exactly how to make it as easy to use and thus as useful as could possibly be.
On loading, you simply select a language from a choice of Two-Handed Sign, One-Handed Sign. Deaf-Blind Sign 1 through Braille and semaphore to a i "noughts and crosses" alphabet, and press i key from A to Z, for which (assuming you've started with one of the sign lan- 1 guages) the pair of hands in the window will perform the letter for you.
With letters such as j where the indication involves a hand movement, the animation is smooth and clear, and the whole
* et-up is dazzlinglv efficient. It's a perfect The Great Escape
of Billy Burglar Magnetic Fields "Bet you can't survive four
levels," said the blurb. Never one to baulk at a challenge,
especially one written by someone who obviously hasn’t done so
himself, so I booted this game with some glee.
I wasn't disappointed to discover one of that rarest of breeds, a platform game with an original twist. The programmers refer to it as a scroller, but 1 know a platform game when I see one.
Basically you play Billy, who is deep in an urban hell, with some authority-associated geezer in charge of a powerful searchlight and an even more worrying machine gun trying to pinpoint you. So example of where a patient computer can outperform any restless human tutor!
Other functions include a full document translator, teach and test section, and a sentence mode. Its application could be widespread, because it is an excellent program that deserves much success.
Calling all PD libraries... ...and individuals with anything remotely worth my while having a peek at. If you want something released as PD. Or you're a library with stacks of hot new stuff that you haven't seen reviewed in these pages yel. Why not drop me a line with a copy, full documentation and everything dearly labelled. I promise I'll at least look at your work.
From music to education, business to utilities - anything you felt deserved your shoving onto a floppy disk, lemme at it and I'M do the rest. Address?
Your job, for a set amount of time on each screen, is to dodge the spotlight. You are, luckily, incredibly agile, and can jump silly distances with ease, but the spotlight has an uncanny knack of knowing which comer of the inky screen vou're currently lurking in and making a beeline straight towards you.
Get caught in its beam long enough for Mr Multiple Sniper to get an aim and you get to die the archetypal three-bursts-of- machine-gun-in-your-stomach-style death, complete with moans and dying groans.
Best to keep dodging that spotlight... Pipping the commercials at the post by coming up with an original-ish platformer.
Magnetic Fields are onto a winner here.
And no, I didn't get past level 4... Phil Morse, PD submissions, Amiga Computing Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP Starbase 13 Magnetic Fields An Amos Pro game (the first I've seen - maybe it s not quite so hard to program in this new Amos update as the moaners would have use believe?) And a very good one at that.
Set in space, but apart from that pretty reminiscent of Monkey Island. Starbase 13 is nicely done with some really atmospheric graphics, and a convincing central character who walks around the locations depicted on-screen at your request.
There are the usual commands like take and examine, all laid out in a neat set to the left of the screen.
In fact, from its tasty semi-animated prologue to the inclusion of a hard drive installation program (many commercial games positively don't have one of these) this is a game which would not look out of place with a large price tag on the front of it.
I don’t know how big the adventure is (I’m still trying to take off in my spacecraft) but it's very well done and worthy of any adventurer's attentions.
Reading. No doubt this has great significance on the proceedings, Having completed your choices, the program goes through all of the cards, explaining for you their significance as regards the matter in hand.
This is fun if nothing else, and the sty lish and suitable graphics and typefaces all add up to lend a feeling of, intrigue and, err, mystery to the affair.
Assassins Back to School Assassins A bit of a break from the Assassins crew, turning their backs on games to put out an educational compilation.
Three games are presented in usual high Assassins standards, at least as regards the colourful selections menu.
First up is a simple sums game called Counting Fun. Suitable for the child who has just started learning about maths, you can choose one of three difficulty levels depending upon ability1.
There's the usual smiley face which frowns w'hen you get an answer wrong, but an awkward user interface and general lack of any direction (there's no definite start or finish to any of the exercises) give this one a minus in my book, I'm afraid.
Word Puzzle is a program w'hich creates classic Puzzler maga- As apijsA'' A plzJ soil* van.
L JtTusba • i» m i s&alk wfLI v n n« jmJj iaLks L tpaiiLts o| jotnsslv ¦ : QjuTwlUialr'fj Part of a tarot reading In C.A. T. T zine-style letter grids, hiding 20 or 50 words for you_to find. When you discover a word, you click on its letters and it is automatically erased from the list of words you have to look for on the right-hand side of the screen.
There is a large number of categories for you to choose from as regards the subject your words are all to be connected with (don't choose junk food if you're hungry!)
And three options depending upon how patient you’re feeling - the computer can only tell you the First letter of each word, or not even that should you be fooling particularly genius-ridden today.
Indeed I have only one complaint against this program - why can’t you get it for the Apple Macintosh?
Finally, Style is the classic "pairs” game, where you have a number of cards downside up and have to turn them over in twos, remembering what you saw where and so matching up pairs, which are removed once identified.
Here each "card” has a cute icon on it, and the user interface is nice and transparent leaving you to work out where that second Sun card was. There is the option to choose any number of players between one and four, too. Simple, but surprisingly good - a little like that first mouthful of Kelloggs' Com Flakes after all these years.
Contact addresses Assassins, Stu, 32 Ripley Avenue. North Shields, NE29 75A Christophe Carvajal. 3 Rue du Gat, 31820 Plbrac, France John J Cassar, 31 St Mungo Avenue, Townhead, Glasgow G4 0PG KBE Software. 12 Salters Close.
Warrington, Stoke-on-Trent ST9 ODB Lunchtime (Amiga), 203 London Road, Chesterton. Newcastle, Staffordshire Magnetic Fields Shareware and Public Domain Library, PO Box 118, Preston PR2 2AW
• Central Licenceime Register (CLR. CLL, CLU...) dish are
available from most major PD libraries.
Ing out for for the Amiga is a General Midi patch editor, a program allowing the user to access all of the parameters which go to make up the sounds within a GM sound module, and mess around with them.
Currently available for all Roland GM GS synths, this little program is just that. It comes complete with the ability to save parameters out to disk, a very easy-to- use interface and a decent size - less than 200k - which means it should be easy to run it alongside your favourite sampler or sequencer (something the ST definitely can’t do).
Once you have saved out the default settings - those your synthesizer was supplied with - and stored the disks very safely somewhere, you can mess around with your sounds to your heart's content.
Programmed by an unemployed French author, this is exactlv the kind of area where the public domain excels - filling in areas not covered by the commercial world.
It's as good as any, so if a GM GS patch editor is what you're after and you own a Roland synth, you'd be a fool to go for any other.
Bv the way, the author is working on making this program compatible with other synthesizers, the Korg GM-compatibles included, so watch this space.
C. A.T.T. Tarot Card Reader v3 CLR disks (2) Ooh, tarot! A taste
of the mysterious.
Written by the equally mysterious Delos (actually a rather more down-to-earth Terry A Edward) this program comes complete with lengthy but informative documentation.
Claiming to be good for newcomers to the Amiga (what about newcomers to tarot?) It is a Suitably sensationalised and glammed-up affair, quite reminiscent of a television magic show.
However it is also slick and well done, leading the user painlessly into a full reading. You "pick" a card by clicking a mouse button as the deck in question flashes quickly from card to card. The program - mysteriously - has you flicking from left to right to left buttons all the way through the Can U d it?
REVIEWS... BRUTAL SPORTS FOOTBALL f NICKY 2 SOCCER KID • SYNDICATE AND MUCH MORE!
ALSO... GUNSHIP 2000 CHEAT MODE § GAMER PROFILE - GAMETEK ON THE DRAWING BOARD: FI 1ZA, BUBBA N STIX, BLOB A KINGMAKER LATEST NEWS FROM THE WORLD OF AMIGA GAMES, Just what is going on in the world of Amiga games?
Well look beneath, dear friend, and find out... Is wrestling fixed?
Zool's Gold Everybody's favourite Ninjo from the Nth Dimension has gone gold. European sales of Zool are now in excess of 180,000 units across the Amiga, PC ond Archimedes.
Gremlin are also publishing the gome across all leoding console formats including Nintendo, SNES, Gameboy, Mega Drive, Master System ond Game Gear. Yes, I know that last snippet won't interest Amiga owners, but at least you con brag to your console-owning chums about where the game came from first Worldwide sales for the nifty ninjo by the end of the year are no« conservatively expected to top the one million mark. Zool will oho be appearing on your TV screens as Gremlin introduce their first ever major pan-European TV advertising compaign as port of heir comprehensive Iwnch activities.
In the meontime, PSL - Gremlin's exclusive licensing ond merchandising agents - ore soon to announce a whole range of new licensees. You can expect your shops to pocked with merchandise from toys lo T-shirts, The first product is expected to be ready to support the launcn of the coin-op from Bell Fruit in September Can you kick it?
It's dl quiet on the football front at he moment, bv there's going to an explosion of gomes laaer on in the year thanks to OcearV There are two products currently being worked on, but both are going to be un iquefy linked European Champions is a skilful arcode ochor gome pitting the teams from the Premier divisions of eoch major European country against eoch other.
The other game is entitled Super League Manoger and apparently offers a real test of the budding football manager's skill in guiding a tea* to the lop, aiming for the crown of Super leogue Champions.
For those of you who buy both products, Oceon have devised o clever link between the two. Simon Ally (Top Oceon PR-type Woke) commented: “As the two products developed side by side, the soccer addicts here in Manchester suggested these extra features. We thought it was a great added value opportunity ond built it into the products.'
As yet detoils ore still forthcoming, but European Champions and Super Leogue Manager will be available in September It's cosmic... man!
He's the first dien tourist! He hos to prove the Eorth's existence! He tells gogs1 He is the star of Codemosters next releose ond his name is Cosmic Spoceheod.
There is no saving of the planet or rescuing beautiful princesses in this game, though Cosmic originates from the planet Linoleum and all he wants is a couple of hdiday snaps from eorth while on his vacation. Yes I know it doesn't sound very enticing, but hey at least iYs different.
Codemasters say thot Cosmic is an intriguing mix of adventure ond arcode action aameplay, set in a world with graphics that reflect the wild stylised cartoons of the 1950s. The majority of the game- ploy is on interactive arcade adventure which takes Mr Spaceheod across the many bizarre locations of his three main stops (Planet Linoleum, a vehicle factory and a space station) on the way to Eorth.
Each destination is divided into many smaller ploy oreos where Cosmic can interact with other characters, and manipulate and use objects to further his quest.
Travelling between the odventore plcry oreos involves the successful completion ol one ol the 32 arcode oction sections, The making of Cosmic Spoceheod is the subject of an entire television programme being filmed by Central Television for broadcast in October. The gome iS due for releose in November I Renegade in XXXX shocker!
Based in Queensland, Australia and fresh from the world of independent comics come Interactive Binary Illusions, one of the finest new tolenb seer by fbe softwore industry in several years Their first gome, Flight of the Amazon Queen, will be published by top software house Renegode and will arrive in late 1993 or early in 1994 Formed by partners John Possfield and Steve Stomatiadis, and later joined by Tony Ball, Bino7 illusions' aim is to produce entertaining graphic adventures that have strong plots, challenging problems ond flexible character interaction John PassheJd commented on his
products ‘We wont to moke gomes tat are genuinely fun to play, the kind of gome ta draws you right into the story and mokes you wont to see it through to the very end * For Renegode, Tom Watson said: 'John, Steve ond Tony ore going to prove themselves to be omcng
* * fines* tolents in the games industry. Their wit and
imagination ore second to none ond we ore very :*eased to have
toe opportunity of working with them' Hopefully Gamer can grob
hold of some screenshots soon becouse by oil accounts Renegode
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Dream machines?
T you're a regular reader of Gamer then jou'll know that we ran a story on Micro Mochines a couple of months bock. We hove now got some screenshots of Codemasters' forthcoming release.
The Sega Megg Drive version has already reached the number one spot in toe Gallup Top 40 alMormah ehort.
David Darling, Codemasters' director, commented on the product: 'Micro Mochines has always been recognised OS one of the most playable and exciting games ever created. ' Having ployed o demo I con safely say ta MM is going to be absolutely mossive ond almost definitely o contender for the number one slo* this Christmas. It may not be wonderful graph- colly, but other products ore going to have a hord time trying to surpass its awesome playability ond oddiction.
Sports cors, Formula One cars, power boats, combat tanks, dune buggies ond helicopters are just some of the vehicles featured.
You'll be able to race them on 27 different trocks laid out on snooker toWes. In sandpits, in the workshop, on the bedroom floor - in fact just about bloomin' anywhere! Other features include animated presentation screens, superb music and in-gome sound effects.
Micro Machines will be ready for release very soon indeed and you con fully expect a preview or even review in the next issue of Gamer.
INNARDS It's crunchy on the outside and meaty in the middle... REVIEWS • REVIEWS • REVIEWS Brutal Sports Football 1 06 The futuristic exploits of little Keithy Smith, all detailed and observed by our very own gore and blood reporter, Simon Clays... Diggers CD32 110 Hi Hoooo. Hi Hoooo. Pick up your, err pick, swing your shovel and gasp at the wonder of Millennium's first release for the brand new all-dancing, all-singing CD32 Soccer Kid 114 A aame of two halves. The boy done good. I'm as sick as a parrot.
Other such footy terms can be found in Krisalis' fantastic footy bonanza... Syndicate 116 It's dark. It's desperate. It's daring. It's Dave and he's taking at sideways look at Bullfrog's first release since Populous 2. By jingo.
Nicky 2 118 A cheeky chappy and no mistake. Nicky Boom returns to the small screen and this time he has brought his goose along for the ride... REGULARS • REGULARS • REGULARS Drawing Board 1: Bubba 'n' Stix 119 Yes, the hero of this one is a stick. A delightful cartoony platformer with a difference thanks to the skilful hand of Core Design Drawing Board 2: Blob 121 Another bouncy platformer, but this time it's got a unique angle to it. Simon boings over to Core Design to take a squint... Drawing Board 3: FI 17A 123 This is the interactive section of the mag. Read the page, play the CoverDisk
demo and preview it for yourself! Huzzah!
Drawing Board 4: Kingmaker 124 The 1974 classic board game arrives on the Amiga. Yes, I'm much too vibrant and young to have played the original, but it's all about the War of the Roses and by jove it's looking damn fine The Gamer Files: Gametek 126 In the file this month, we ask Kelly Sumner all about Gametek and their happening releases which will arrive before Christmas Cheat Mode: Gunship 2000 128 MicroProse's brilliant heli-sim is given a thorough tipping by our man in the skies, Dave "I've got o rather large propeller and I'm not afraid to use it" Cusick George Orwell once said - if you
want a picture of the future imagine a boot treading on someone's face forever.
Well maybe the future has finally arrived - and it's totally brutal!
"Are you stupid? Don’t you know nothin Shoot! Just offer the second apocalypse, SCI discovered a crock in the space-time con" which revealed a parallel world full of mutants.
’A Wt of fine-tuning from the boffins ond freaks con regenerate like insect). The humes it, watching two teams of gooks engoge in end- end benefiting oction, where the ball hos nothin' to do with the outcome Awesome drooled on enthusiastic Bob as he drained er tin of Grunt beer "But what do you want with me?* T~ on unknowing Keithy.
'It's like mis drippy-draws, Bob ond don't wanno wait 40 years to earn big bucks we're givm' you somethin' to moke your oware of our beloved sport,' With this Bob stuffs a computer disk * Keith's clammy palm and borges by " See ya worm. We're live in five!' Snorts slopping Keith on the back, rendering him perate for breath But before he can splutter words of response, the blinding light ogoin ' his world.
Now, imogine my surprise to be woken up the middle of the night by a mon in singed wear whose hoir is standing on end, bufo!
About what a hairy ordeol time travel is ond know the way to Sydenham?
One surreal story and a glass of the s* stuff later and Keith has passed on the said dr; ond is heodmg towards outoafienn leaving ?
Vlous situotton, Why am I standing holf naked, being screamed at by a hybrid rhino in a T-shirt and a reptile-type lizard wearing a rather loud sports jacket2 Hove I been spiked? Have I gone mad? But before Keith con question his sanity further,, 'Listen bud, this is the future- We've beamed you into the year 2023 to show you ihe ultimate destiny of sport. Me ond this stinking warthog Bob are the top commentary team for TV network
G. Q.R.E. 'Out that armoured window takes ploce the most
gruesome, violent, Wood-lusting sport in the known universe
Brutal Sports Fooioall. We get 600 million psychotic viewers o
week who want to see the mutants knock seven shades of...'
'Mutants?' Intervened Keith, hoping his ques- hon wouldn't
render him an idiot may care to store with disbelief ot the I
page and disregard these words os piffle I But, believe you
me. As this hack sits before his heated monitor, these eyes
are still shocked ond ogog. This is the bizarre story of how
Brutal Sports Football come to lie in my sweaty palm... It's a
worm July evening, it's late and little Keithy Smith lies in
his Sydenham love nest wropped in a troubled slumber Somewhere
outside there’s a commotion, o cot screeches and several
dustbin lids cotter to the ground. There’s a large bolt of
static and out of the night two hunched shadows materialise.
Without effort they snap the lock on Keith's bock door Hissing and snarling the two shrouded figures shuffle upstairs to where on unwitting Mr Smith lies dreaming about becoming a rock star.
In one gruff instant Keith is shaken, rather alormingiy from his tangled encounter with Morpheus.
"You! Are you Keith Smith, PR man for Millennium Software2' Hisses one of the figures, 'Yes,' squeaks Keith.
'Good, you little runt Now listen ond listen good. I'm Bob Tanner ond this is Jim Skinner... and you're cornin' with us,' growls the other.
Through sleep-crusted eyes Keith stares into the half light in an attempt to recognise the unknown adversaries. But it’s too lote, in a blinding Bash all Keith's burning pupils register is o white piercing glare- The next thing Keith is oware of is noise. The naise of a crowd, a very large crowd. As his burned-out eyes open ond look around for answers he realises he is no longer in suburban Sydenham.
Instead, he stands in o large brightly lit room.
Keith, mouth draped open, slowly traverses his head to take in the scene. Around him people hurry by dressed in strange clothes carrying weird equipment.
Then, out of the comer of one eye Keith notices two figures pointing in his direction laughing hysterically 4Ho-ba, look at you, punk!r points the one who colled himself Bob.
Keith slowly stores Boorwards ond is aghast to find he is standing clod only in a pair of white Y-fronts ond o pair of slightly holey M&S socks But, before he can contemplate the unquestionable loss of credibility of the situation, or question what hos happened to a man of such natty dress code, he is wrenched right back into his dilemmo.
' Right, Mr. PR man We've got just five minutes to explain this to you so you’d better listen,' bolls Jim. Wide-eyed, Keith tries to weigh up this incred- Kiss dirt - The deliberate pressing of the other player's face into the field.
Knuckle sandwich - The noble art of the pugilist.
Kebabed - Skewered on descent from a jumping cotch.
Lomonting - Shamed into resigning. This term is usually reserved for management.
Minced - Where two or more of the opposition use swords to turn the player into burger meat Rolled - Two or more players Spilling the bal bolder.
Aced - The removal of the opponent's head in one attempt.
Atomised - Complete annihilation requiring the Slab Man Splicing - Expertly separating the ball and the opponent from behind. A more precise skill than the Belly Vent.
Slab man - The unlucky guy who has to scrope the players up from the pitch.
Shinned - Leg tackle from front.
Turkey Shoot - Easy victory Wrecking job - A gong of players bundling the opponent.
Burn-out - Paralysing lightning bolts Bootheeled - Running over an opponent without stopping.
ConnonbaB - Running at full tilt into the opponent (see Bootheeled).
Crying time - The ultimate defeat Contusion confusion - Both sides involved in o mincing.
Duke - The toughest of players Eogled - Poked in the bock tbe heod with a sword.
Iced - Locked in a temporary ice prison. This allows the other side to run rings around you.
Jock - The match commentators.
Jules Yerne - Sending the opponent to the centre of the earth.
Kiss wall - The deliberate squashing of the other player's face ogoinst the perimeter wall Running on the spot - A moss Stomping .
Recycled - egeneratec player Ratatouille - The stole of a player offer a Mincing.
Sandbogged - A player at the bottom of a Wrecking Job.
Shaming - A complete thrashing Spilt - Knocked down (usually followed by Stomping) Stomp - Use of the feet upon the upper body parts.
GameR (.ywil.vl Ii07 AUDIO End of play and the lads get an opportunity to reflect on missed ¦iiiinafamlfial Hi - squandered chances and tactical orrors.
It's also not too bad a time to find your limbs and head to make sure they'll still fit Brutal 5ports Football is totally engrossing SchlOCk gore Smorl groptMcs which leave nothing to the Imagination coupled with chunky sound which moke this futuristic toety brutally great fun Publisher*- Millennium Developer ? In-house Disks ? T Price ? £25 90 HD Install ? No Size * I meg hock to finish this saga The above Story exploins a greot deal of the background and atmosphere to the setting of B S Football. In fact. Jim ond Bob play a mojor role in the overall presentation of Millenniums' latest romp
They ore also totally responsible for the Brutal Speak' which also features frequently.
Play in the sport of the future is battled out between eight different teams of muties from the nether world (although o match only features two at o time.)
Spectators of the future have the choice of who to support, so us present tense type fofk have to same option.
You con choose between 16 different teams and perhaps take on the montle of the lizords, rams or rhinos, There are also less mutated human-esque sides like the Barbarians or the Giants.
Once you’ve pledged olleg*once to a porticular bunch of marauding muties the next step is to decide what form of onslaught is your preference.
The choice varies from league action, knack-out |no pun intended) cup or an unfriendly.
In the footy of the future tore ore no structured rules ond guess what? Jim ond Bob's version from times to come is no different Once you're in control of your band of ruffians, whether it be against the computer or someone who storied os a friend, if s no holds barred. The only real prerogatives are to either put the rugbyesque type ball into to net (well, if s more like a cave) or to totally rip your opponents limb from limb.
In to future the players will hove on ample amount of weapons and power-ups Being on accurate simulation, rest ossured carnoge lovers, the computer version contains all you'll ever need.
Whether if s a simple sword you require to per- feci a belly vent (see guide) or t to employ the lightning, fireball or forcefield, they re all there lo help cause chaps and carnage.
Pipy is absolute madness ond tore are tons of ways to maim or injure your opponents, all sided with some gruesome graphics. As to ond to mangled carcasses start tumbling to to ground, so to blood-stained gross churns itself up, By to tune the pea in the whistle squeoks and to remnants of to teams stagger or are dragged heodless from to turf, ifs to devil s own task for the poor groundsman to renovate the Resh-tal Meanwhile in to chongmg rooms the remnants of to grunts can relax and en|py an trr gy boost ond some first-aid while perusing stats They dso get the opportunity to regenera* severed
limbs, craniums and then throw copoj* amounts of beer down their locerated larynxs j This may sound futile |nof the beer) but wf«J engoaed in a league battle, ifs important t*-w your battered bruisers get the elixir of life tom require to win The main reason for this is that toj more knocks your geezers get, the weaker toy] become Overall B S Football is first rote The spriSB- are well defined and lorge enough to moke vm all the OTT carnage is tore for your gory eyes wj take in The sound to is excellent ond very been In fod, when one of your poor unfortunates tab* a ‘stomping1’ you can redly
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Brutal Sports is o great way to spend a bz» evening with some mates relieving tot pent x aggression. Ifs brilliant fun and because ifs inter] active with friends, it'll keep you in stitches far months As for to future, we'll have to ask Keith whd to expect That is, when he's released fro* Cambridge Swiitorium far to Mentolly lmpo*rec In the meantime, dwell on this thought to Brutal Sports or keep one eye open late at malt for o T-shirt clodded rhino occompanied by e Lizard in a chequered sports jacket1 SIMON CLAYS VIRUS FREE PD, 31 Faringdon Rd, Swindon, Wilts. Tel: 0793 432176 UTILITIES 8SS
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it will happen A casual dance and you see a tribe of small sprites controlled with a clever icon system People will dismiss it as a Lemmings clone, which is not on at oil because anyone who cosuolly ignores Diggers will need their heod seeing to.
Now, as they soy, for something completely different. Notice if you will that lovely title and the moniker after 'Diggers' Yes, CD32 - The bank where you can sell your mined jewels r Commodore's killer console - is here, and boy oh boy is it looking good.
Good enough to eat, Good enough to take home to your parents, marry and live with in a flot in Peckham. Good enough to make every other two-bit console pole in comparison.
Sega ond Nintendo owners be very wary of Commodore's new baby Taking into account the CD32's capabilities the subject of digging might not exactly make for r a good r* ease. OK, imagine two different PR spokespeople, eocfi trying to impress 0 crowd of dr bbli'-g, psychotic joumolists who ore more interred in Hie bar tban the products.
One PR person hos o shoof-'em-up, the other hos Diggers. The shooKem-up goes first; 'Well the game is about o superior alien race who hove token over the world ond it's your job to take to the dork and desperate streets in o bid to wipe them off the planet
* 11 hos on atmospheric soundtrack that is of digital CO quolity.
The graphics ore in 256 colours and features blood and gore on
o globan scale."
The journalists are interested and gasp iw excitement as the product is presentod on a TV] screen. Everyone applauds ond tries to bios* review copies Those tribes in full... Habbish Oan enigmatic secretive breed who ore rumoured to be extremely de A ond hew developed special lefepofe transportation powers tose hooded k | creatures are the weakest of the races although they could continue dig- [y 9,rt9 k 0 9 0 very impatient and Soon lose interest n dig
* 1 jE ging, preferring vtonever possible to pilfer valuables
mined by others wf The Habbish are a mystical order ruled by
their lord High Hcbbcrg This exoted being bos decreed tot his
followers must bu'fa o fabulous y & | temple complex, encrusied
with gold and jewels in his name. The habbish have begun to
work, but money is fanning out. T hey need to mine os many
voluables os possible in order to complete the temple and pay
off to galactic repo-men, to bosebafi bot-wieldmg Thungurs
They are governed by a most peculiar calendar and at various
unpred*CtoWe cto often mwnvemenf jasp in m a TV lo blag h e PR
per- w takes stage i utters Michael, row the Habbish forgets
about the “pit" and sings his way to paradise n kw be easily (
Their only1 desa-bod b - others breoth of a fire-breathing
Scabrosour) Sulphurio. And more useful as a i war than os a
drink, the Grablins cannot get enough of I Unfortunately,
because to ingredients that mate up need money. Their
ultimate oim is to save enough for brewing grok, they first
have to buy deserted planet on which to site it.. Quarriors
Wti-like race this lot, o bunch of red **1. T*mk i
¦--an-.c-1-goers to Quarriors began searching for riches i
jebie craducting to open cast mining ton Cogging.
' ¦ ey ure r-e ittor ges* o? C'l the races ond i d "'.:nii‘e. bu* c.s to ‘her v.-e are not well adapted to small, cramped mining conditions.
| They tire ecs'ly end ere slow at digging, although toy are extreme- R . Ly rel able nnc patient They do lock initiative and tend to mfss golden opportunities.
As a whole, they are flat broke. This is due to the fact that they were recently tricked by a secondhand orms sales creature. Their ambition is to build a fortified encampment where toy can practise weapons and digging skills safe from their enemies.
I _j gj3Kl5j «*,i Even if you don't want to play diggers, you can slap the on your CD player and chill out to some ambient sounds.
F'Targs A resilient and extremely curious breed of creatures who ore great collectors of scrap metal. They have an insatiable desire to build things from scraps that they are always picking up. As result of this, their buildings and mochines all have a shambolic, patched-up appearance.
The F'Torgs ore to second fastest race of diggers. Although slower than Groblins, they con continue mining much longer than to others.
Although toy enjoy digging, toy ore easily distracted by objects that take their fancy.
The desire to collect often gets them into trouble outside to mines.
They ore not very aggressive or good at fighting but if hurt they con heoi themselves twice os quickly os ony other diggers.
Their ambition is to collect enough money to build a proposed Museum of Metal Marvels (nicknamed 'the scrap'heap') in which they wish to house historic scrap and sculptures of an unusual or enlightening nature.
PSYCHOTIC VISION AUDIO eeeeeeeoee DIFFICULTY ©©©©©©©©•• LAST ABILITY 0000000000 95% the immortal words' “Well it s about mining ond digging...' and suddenly all the journalists roce to the bar ond get mindlessly drunk.
This leaves our hapless PR guy all alone with his head down muttering about how it s not his fault and how rubbish the subject of digging is.
Yes, well iYs not quite like that. Digging might sound o boring subject to base a whole game on, but Millennium nave changed all the rules and made a classic that will be adored by everyone who plays it.
It's set on the planet Zarg, and four races of Diggers ore hurrying towards the Zaraon Trading Centre. The reason is that it is the glorious 412th day, whereupon the planet's authorities allow a month of frenzied digging for diamonds and treasure.
Your first job to do is to select a roce of diggers to control. Each roce is detailed elsevdiere on these poges, but basically oil hove their own strengths and weaknesses. You select the roce you reel best suited to carrying out the job. The authorities on Zarg promote healthy compefibon by plocing another roce to dig against. The oim is to eliminate the other mining teams ond eventually dominate the 33 mining zones.
Tnis can be done by either killing the ing mining team or by raising a set ar cosh Thus you hove a choke of how to play The first is by being sensible and setting up a good mining operation The second, and my personal fovounte. Is by being toialiy psychotic and going h's': i their mining ope'-nom and stool oB their jewels Control is via *heCD32 s jovpod, but you plug in a mouse aw use the* ij to personal preference. You H command the diggers using on icon system, which enables them to I ?)jse d*
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Alternatively, you con go to the shop wher?
You con buy items to enhance your mining oper ation such os tunneliers, telepoles firs) aid kits ond so on.
Diggers is o strategy game of sorts, but il has so mony different aspects that it connoi be simply classified it as just strategy. The word that describes it better than drtv is quite simply 'fun'.
You might Inink thot £35 is 0 bit expensive for a CD. But Diggers will fast you ages
* It contains 33 levels with well over o million locotions
throughout. Even if you monoge to complete it, you v viU still
be able ploy it again ond discover new sections and to complete
levels It's been developed exclusively for the CD32 rather than
odapted for it and has some unique features thot won 'I appeor
irt the Al 200 version, such os the interactive book with over
100 poges of information.
The CD version has more than 15Mb of game data and uses 256-colour graphics throughout It also mokes full use of Commodore's AGA chipset including 64-pixef-wide sprites and 24 bit groduoted backgrounds And because it uses CD technolwy, you olso get CD quality music and sound effects. If that confuses you then I'll simplify it. What it oil means is thot Diggers looks ond sounds wonderful.
I have to hold up my hands and say thot I've skipped over most of the game's features for two reosocis Firstly there isn't enough sooce ond sec ondly no matter whot I say I just know you'r going to buy it onyway.
Millennium have created a product that play like o demon, has great graphics ond trillion sound, and is iio addictive it should have a littl warning sticker on the box.
I love Diggers It's a classic, and words simpl do not do it justice.
JONATHAN MADDOCI Diggers is the best product I have seen in a long time and you’d hove to be d complete mug to miss il. Brilltant grophics. Sound ond playability, and It will take you almost the rest of your natural life to complete if.
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Well good afternoon ond welcome from me, Jimmy Hill...*'
* ...ond me, El Tel1 I'm 0 geezer and thick os two short planks,
but I love Tottenham' Venables.'
“Yes, thank you Terry. Anyway you join us just minutes from the kick-off of the Dig review of the new boy, Soccer Kid. Now Terry, what do you make of Hf* 'I'll make a mess of it like always But, the fans, the fans love me. Ere did you know I writ Hazel, mode Nicholas Ball an 'ero... for 0 bit?'
"Yes, but whot about tie kid whose name's on everyone's lips at the moment?'
'Noah, Sugar he'll never take me alive... and the players they love me, Vmny ond Sommy and the big lad at the back and there's Vinny and where were we?"
'Err.. Soccer tOd. Now I think my expedience in Saudi where I creamed a 'ight wod off my personal friend the Emir hos taught me absolutely diddfy.
But that’s another story Tys a gome of two hcfves ond it's normally at this point where we disogree and ramble on ot eoch other aimlessly without coming to any conclusion... what do you say TelT
* 1 couldn't disogree more bia chin Did you know I was bom in the
Smoke without even a pOir of boots to my name and now I'm on
emprosor... Sightseeing around some Roman ruins in ttaiy. Only
by GameR 'Honson? What's that, still in make-up? Tch, it
doesn’t surprise me, he wears more war paint 4 an Bet lynch'.
'Anyway from me ond Tel it’s over to John Motson whose down on the touch line.. John,,, John?* Well, actually readers, it’s not the incomparable Mr Motson, but I figure you realised thot clreody.
Anyway, what about the real issue ot hand (or foot) - Soccer Kid? Strap your shin pods on, pull up your socks and let's dribble together down the It's five minutes to kick-off, the crowd are busy doing the wave and Soccer Kid's tying his bootlaces.
Join me new metaphorical wing of a review Like most dwellers in the I land of home entertainment, I I've been waiting for what seems like an eternity for a glimpse of this little 32-pon- elled beauty Finally, after the best » part of 12 months of cartoon strip build-up. Soccer Kid b set lo volley his way right w into the back of your net- W© 00
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fjnQ|s good g|' U5 crowd waits with boiled breath for the ref's
whistle. All around the world, satellites beam pictures to
countless homes. In one such home, in one such front room glued
to one such TV sits Soccer Kid.
Meanwhile, high above the stratosphere in deep space a thoroughly nasty alien pirate, Scab, scons for trophies of great value to odd to his collection.
You can well imogine Grahom Taylor attempting this method to get his mitts on o trophy, Let’s face it, iYs as good an idea as any we've seen yet from our master tactician.
Scab picks up a signal on his equipment os it scons over planet Earih ond oh no, it’s the World Cup, Salivating profusely, the alien materialises into the American sunshine to see the most wanted footballing jewel glinting in the brightness.
Suddenly the stadium is plunged into dorkrtOSS, the crowd ore aghast, but just os quickly as the inky blackness envelopes everyone, me light returns. As people rub their eyes to re-occustom themselves to the light, they are struck dumb with horror te find the gold statuette is gone.
High above the douds, a greedy Scab clutches I of A ore in progress they buy one-week return tickets because once England haven't quali- they've been outclassed by the Samoans they'll
- ¦ fied. Scotland have, but have never win their group, decided
it'll be cheoper if Anyway, iYs actually Finals day and a
capacity I the Cup with o sweaty tentacle. But during a I
momentary lapse of concentration he manages to I collide with
on asteroid.
This sends the Cup spinning bad to Earth, but I unfortunately it's shattered into five pieces, eoch I segment landing in a different continent.
Watching avidly on his TV set, Soccer Kid is I mortified at the ensuing events ond set* off to find
* 'he broken pieces and return them, and thus save | the day Now
all that must have seemed a really huge I build up, but the
foct is this product is worth it. Yes mdeedy, Krisalis have
really done something this I time, Normally one would ‘oflow
some kind of formu- I b before passing lodgement on a piece of
software.
I Not in this cose though beccwse it has to be said [ now - Soccer Kid is awesome After a nice introduction if s straight to the menu.
Here there's a really mce touch because you can choose the kit in which you embark on your world bp It mokes sense - choose the Arsenal kit ond take on the montle of Tony 'ee-cor' Adorns ond you'd get nowhere. Alternatively slip into o silky Villa I (ahem) kit ond romp through the levels Object of the gome is to guide our hero (who’s like a cross between Socrt Billy, Marine Boy and the Coca-Cola kid) through levels to find SPCCCr cord?
Collect all the cards and you qualify for a bonus screen in which a piece of the trophy lurks.
UNIQUE j This in o lot of ways sounds like oh. So many conjob-esque platforms romps and I would need a [ good sharp kick up my split cascy if I drew such o cruel comparison. The main reason for this is that the Kid is undoubtedly unique.
In most tides of this genre it's a simple case of guiding your hero from A to B, jumping ond bash-
• ng In Soccer Kid, success depends on how you use the Kid's boll
skill. Killing baddies or reaching ¦edges con often be down to
utilising one of the many tricks our miniature Maradonna is
capable of. It's for this reason thqt the Kid i?»special.
Some of the tricks need you to be fairly dextrous and take some learning. This makes SK really addictive - believe me it's highly pleasurable when vou pud off a bike kick or a flashy bock heel Once you've grasped some of the tricks (gnd &iere is a tutorial mode to help you) it's off on o of soccer-skilled action. Eoch of the levels is enf and there being 28 in total, it's quite a handful These chonge as you travel from your native England down through Italy over to Russia into bpan finally tricking your way through the States ending up at the Final ness, s the light rstom with tches The
backdrops are beautifully drown and tbe Kreen scrolling is o veritable parallaxina paradise.
Yov con tell that a large omount of time ond thought has been taken, paying attention to detail and ihis really comes across in the standard of the graphics Whether you're bock-heeling in a Baltic battleship or volleying in Venice, everything's well on the ball There is also plenk of humour involved in matters as well Some of the boddies like Goreth the rugby player or the Italian opera singer Paverelli ore very silly indeed Also, there ore loads of secret levels and pick ups like speedy boots to be found in chests which are littered throughout the levels. There are too cord ond trick
bonuses to get your heoder around.
In tbe sound department, everything is absolutely Wembley os well. The tunes ore beefy ond vary through the different stoges ond for cnce you're not reaching for the volume knob to sock some cheesy tune.
Overall, the boy with the baW skill is going to score a triple hot-trick in the popularity stakes He's awesomely animated, extremely playable and highly oddidive.
So, with seconds remoining on the clock, its Soccer Kid 10, other games of its ilk 0 Use crowd are gonno love this flashy little Pele fellah. He oozes talent and personality, ond I cen see in years to come o career in TV doing holiday shows iusi like the loveable Mr lineacre. Honestly footy fans, Soccer Kid’s gonna hove you doing keep-vps well into extra time. Ift o winner.
SIMON CLAYS VISION 5 M AUDIO 0000000® 94% Soccer Kid is absolutely excellent Highly playable, highly addictive, brilliantly presented and on oil round pike-kick, on the volley from outside the area which whistles into the bock at the net... I 9w&!i?her Krisalis I Developer In house Disks 4 Price ? £29 99 ., HD install ? No Size 1 Mb What about this for a bag of tricks?
r* Net wanting to end up like John Bamef, Soccer Kid caa tackle ¥ The bey wouldn't be the complete all-rounder without being able to volley essssss! It's arrived! Raise the (log, crock open rfie champers, stick a plum under a ¦ viper gnd rejoice, for Syndicate has finally I tumbled gently through the letterbox I had begun to think il mwnt just never oppeor, fading away into the mists of time OS one of those games that was supposed to happen but didn't.
But no, I needn't have fretted, because oil along it was being nurtured and developed, and at last it has crept onto the shelves of computer game emporiums from here to sunny Slough But before we embark upon a fascinating excursion into *he dark, dank depths of Peter Moiyneux's imoginotion, let me take you on a reflective stroll down memory lane.
Aeons upon aeons 090, when the world was young and Paul Daniels hod hair, Bullfrog released a product unto the masses with the cunning title of Populous It wos a revolutionary concept because if filled a niche in the market ond gave birth to the *God game1' genre If was also a dcrnn fine piece of software to boot.
Consequently, Bullfrog established quite 0 reputation for themselves, and deservedy so because since then every releose has been heralded os a dossic.
Syndicate looks set to follow suit.
It's set in the future But it's not a happy, flowery type of future. You won't find communities rallying together in 0 soop-opera-type way here, by Jove.
I mean, lefs face it, you couldn't moke a very good computer game out of someone going around being nice to people, cutting their Icrwns, wshing their cars and buying them nice presents, codd you?
Of course not, and the blokes at Bullfrog know that. So instood, they've opted for a slightly different The posse are so pre-occupied that tf they're not careful they'll end up under that car.
How many times have I told them not to play in the road?
Picture of what awaits us in to? Near futare.
The civilian sideshow You know how some people think the future will be really crop? Whoever wrote Blode Runner obviously did, painting 0 picture of 0 society in which everyone is out for themselves ond people like Marcus Tondy are seen as ideal role models (oh, how I miss those frequent forays into the events in Los Barcos...). Well lhat's the image of he future that Bullfrog have, ond that’s the future in which Syndicate is set Apparently, the wcdd is controlled by vast multinational corporations. The other major development is the invention of the CHIP by some boffin Inserted in the
neck, the CHIP is he ultimate drug, cutting the users off from the real world. I suppose today's equivalent is simply getting *out of your free' and listening to The Orb (or so Simon assures me) Anyway, this development enabled the syndicates to move in and basically control the people through suggestions via he CHIP.
URBAN SPRAWLS The syndicates are now warring wih one another, using cyborgs to do the dirty wwk. As a young chappie working for one such syndicate, yOu control a group of cyborgs, and you've got to cony out 0 number of missions set in he massive urban sprawls of he future However, before you dort into the bathroom to top yourself wih a razor blode, let me tell you hat Syndicate is a very absorbing and interesting game In fact, I might go so for os to say it could become 0 dossic The brilliantly atmospheric movie-like intro sequence does 0 marvellous job of setting he scene.
This is Mr Arthur Crodtley, of 92, the Willows, Congteton. Innocently setting out on a late night stroll, Mr Crodtley could never hove known what lay in store for him... Yes folks, time to indicate your intention to vindicate yourself with Syndicate.
What a load of bullfrog... You really feel as hough you've been catapulted into the dreary streets of tomorrow, especially since ot regular intervals between the missions you're shown more groovy cnimations Your ultimate goal is to take over he wodd, but obviously you're not going to ochieve his oil in one go. You must be systematic and take things one step at 0 time.
First things first; you con customise your Syndicate by selecting a logo design ond colour, ond by naming it too. Then you'll be presented wih Mice Mr CurU* from Mo 96 stopped to offer him a lift. "That's very nice," thought Crodtley. But unbeknown to him, Mr Curie had a very different destination in mind a mop screen, and storting from your one lone sector you can move into adjacent sectors and conquer them by completing a mission.
Y The aameplay consists of using he mouse to shift your lods around, and opening fire at regular intervals by way of pressing the right mouse button The interface is simple enough to ry _ • G5SSR on icon depicting four little stick men.
Understand In o few shod minuses you'll be cavorting around the cities of tomorrow opening fire on many an innocent passer-by You can select one of the four agents you control simply by clicking on one of the four numbered boxes in the top left-hand corner of the screen. You can also choose to move oil the agents together by clicking on Each ogenf con cony eight items, be they guns, scanners, or other special devices. When you've selected an ogent you con then select the item you want them to use.
If you soled 0 gurt and then use up all the ammunition in ihe heat of battle, the computer will cleverly switch to a weapon with ammo in it, allowing you to get on wrth the task m hond, namely thot of wasting people.
Some of the missions involve you froipsing around searching out scientists ond * persuading' them to join your cause with the help of a Persuadertron gun, Others involve you being occosted by copious numbers of enemy operatives, and your task is simply to exploin to ihem the foly of their ways, with the aid o f an Uzi sub-mochne gun if at oil possible you should try ond avoid robbing helpless civilians of their lives, h if you spot ony cars, you can either pump them ir full of leod or leap into thorn You can have great fun cruising around the town, opening fire on anybody ond everybody who
just happens to be nearby.
On some missions you can also hitch a ride on trains, which ore fortunately far more punctual than BR ones and.won't be cancelled due to leaves (or dead bodies) on te line.
The graphics throughout are voried and some whgt tosty. Berng of the variety that'll make you leap ey, look, its a train! Syndicate is full of iterasting graphical touches VISION ooooooooo AUDIO up and down in glee whenever you come ocross a new type of building or feature The sound also helps coniure up te imoge of a 0000000 DIFFICULTY sod, grey future, and the gun effects are certainly beefy enough The way in which everyone else goes about their 00000000 LASTABILITY business until you do somethma against them odds considerably to the gomeplay, because you fed like 0000000© you reolly
ore just a small part of o living city.
Between missions you con invest in research into new weapons. You con also choose different cyborgs for the missions from your stocks Weapons and equipment con be bought and taxes on provinces you rule con be ad|usied to increose the J, A modern moster- FTYJTjyj 1 piece. The sell- I* Wiyrl 1 respecting gamer rt *11111 ¦ dllUVJIU UMIVJIC uxy 1 hove Syndicote nestling snugly on the 1 1 games shelf os soon os possible.
Amount of cosh in your reserves There's bogs of depth, with so many provinces to take over. Eoch mission is subtly different to te previous One, so you won’t get bored quickly This is one of the best gomes released for oges, and it deserves o lot of success. Another clossic from the boys at Bufifrogwho.it seems, can do no wrcng. | 1 i Publisher ? Electronic Arts A Developer ? Bullfrog Disks ? 4 Price ? £34,99 v| HD Install ? Yes Size ? 1 Mb DAVE CUSICK L The whole of Syndicate is very Bladerunner inspired - notice the advertising hoarding il g'fflabHJ.. AV7 When I wqj told to expect a little
French number to turn up on my desk in the very near future, to say I was excited was on understatement Visions of a Brigetfe Bardot or Vanessa Parodis lookalike whispering continental swat nothinos into my love-slruck earlobe filled my foolish head.
Jumping to oil ta wrong conclusions, I decided to prepare for my Caulic guest.
Three hours fator I hod totally revised my mangled French textbook from school, sung ond memorised the entire Charles Asnevoir collection, watched Gigi four times ond totally forgiven o notion of irate formers and lorry drivers for all sins against my native torf.
Well reader, con you guess my reaction when my European guest finally orrived? No, if wasn't a tall, leggy Nicole from ta cor adverts lookalike.
Instead, it was an extremely short, purple cardboard box emblazoned in French ond containing Microids' latest platformer Nicky 2. Bah, foiled that situation, it seems that all is still not well in the forest. It appears thot the evil witch hos o sister up 9 to no good in the wood The cruel heartless hog is using her dork powers to couse mayhem Evil monsters roam around the foiry glen terrifying the inhabitants, roods and paths are cut off by hxcefields ond lodders through the undergrowth hove been blocked To make matters worse, someone has scattered Nicky's toys all over the place The
basic plot is to overcome all the obstocles, rid the enchan’ed Stuck in a tunnel and surrounded by nasty, toxic mushrooms... or am I sec A forest of the nasties and defeat the bitch witch Hmm, nothing new there, in fact this plot's more cheesy thon a kilo of Brie on a sunny day.
Fortunately, Nicky, or to coll him by his full name Nicky Boom, is aided in his quest by o mogic goose who goggles by from time to time Nidcy s odventuring is spreod around four different graphical worlds. These alter between forest, jungle, volcano and cloud levels.
Lurking within these rather large graphical lands are plenty of tasks for petit Nicky to accomplish. For one, there are a host of nasties to contend with.
These change from level to level, but don't be surprised if you ore attacked by an enraged mushroom. Swarmed at by psychopath bees or overcome by marauding slugs and teddies The puzzle element for Our garlic-COOted gar on arises when he must find the vast amount of secret possoqes ond ladders which ore littered around the lands.
Revealing lodders is accomplished by making the froggy one jump and smash his bonce into different areas of the landscape. Secret passoges con be uncovered by shooting balls from Nicky's Chanel smelling fingers at of wall Also sewn delicately into the plot ore such items as mogic mirrors and logs which oil have an effect on our EEC-sized person. However, various pt«« i perhaps Nicky's greatest oily is the goose, who!
Comes in extremely handy for negotiating Nickyl trough levels quickly. The only problem is that it ’ somewhat temperamental.
It has to be said thot Nicky 2 comes pretty mudJ into the cutesy platform genre This I find immedrj ately distressing especially as for some reason I find I thot I quite like the game.
I have to confess that there's something extreme] ly bizorre and silly that appealed to me oboui guidmg o French kid around on a flying goose However, the graphics are nothing to wrilj home about, in fact oil of the animo*ipn really a| rather bog standard. The sound is only overoge if its ability to soothe sonicolly sore eors, although there ore o few quite neot sampled "Yippee's Ifl tered throughout.
Ti H ¦nofti d TowJ
* rJ It hos to be said that our friend from the side of the
Channel really is nothing new at all.
A recipe that has been mixed up and cooked far superior results thon Nicky 2 manages morti times before Really, this one's only going to appeal absolute platform Freaks. The rest of you are to give old Nicky o gentle shove off the Eiffel Ti while exclaiming 'Au revoir. You petit minkee!
A Peter Sellers-type Clouseou voice.
SIMON CLAYS VISION AUDIO 1 DIFFICULTY LAST ABILITY jjjjjjeeee Listen, I shall say this anly ease. Nishy 2 Is going to ha nathing (rash ta ayes that have gated upon a million el the same type of affair. A hit ef an escorge.
Publisher ? Doze Developer ? Mlcroids Disks ? 1 Price £25.99 HD Install ? NO Size ? K meg NICKY Bonjour. After some time away, the onion wielding, garlic-powered super 'era is back - but, it's the same mixture as before Yes, it's another horizontally scrolling puzzle arcade adventure, but this one could be a contender for Game of the Year. Stick around while Jonathan Maddock checks and inspects... J If there was an awards ceremony held right ot this minute then the award for Most Underrated Gomes House must go to Cote Design. Heimdall, Wolfchild, Jaguar XJ220, Chuck Rocks 1 and 2, Curse of
Enchanlia and Ihunderhawk hove all been truly great games.
The standard of graphics, sound, playability and addiction is very high indeed and the most surprising thing is that the standard stays the same game after game - in fact it rises with eoch product, if anything.
If Core had the same amount of money and power that Ocean or US Gold have then I'm quite sure that they would be the number one software company for Amiga games.
That wouldn't be the end of the prize-giving though, because Core would also wolk away with the Not Brought Out Any Games For Bloody Ages And Ages Award. The lost game that they produced for the Amiga was Chuck Rock 2 ond that wos way bock in May.
Fear not, ardent gamesplayers, because Core have been planning and scheming. They have got
o whole truckload of devastating software scheduled for release
and it is some of the best ond well By Christmas time you can
fully expect the chads to be absolutely riddled with Core
Design products.
One of the first lo arrive on your doorstep is Bubba V Stix. B's a horizontally scrolling puzzle arcode adventure. Now don't tut, I know it sounds like every other two-bit horizontally xrolling puzzle arcade adventure, but this ones looks os sexy as Sharon Stone spoghetti hoops on toast.
Bubba is the hero and is a rather ordinary blonde-haired delivery man with who is eloquently attired in a delightful red cap, a pair of blue denim dungarees and not much else by the looks of things.
His most recent delivery is a shipment of animals to the local zoo. As so often happens, an alien ship, on the look-out for alien species itself, dexends from the skies and kidnaps Bubba, his lorry and its contents.
ALIEN The craft zooms off and into space heading who-knows- where. The alien driving had obviously been on the happy juice becouse he starts to lose control of his vehicle and unfortunately its doors swd* burstopen.
Bubba, otong with oil the other collected aliens, ore thrown from the croft and crash land onto a mysterious planet jB below, and this is where the adventure begins.
As Bubba recovers, to make matters worse he is hit on the heod by "something".
And as he heods off to deliver where no delivery man has delivered before, he's followed by the creature that landed on him - a stick, hence the title of the game, iusi in ease you were wondering!
Well, could've been a worse "something*'. There isn't a lot you can do with a pot of lard for instant, bu» o stick con perform a whole host of tasks. This is one of the main ports of the game - the relationship between Bubba and his stick, or Stix as we hip cool cob from the gomes industry like to cal it.
Bubbo's objective a to get bock to eorth quick smart, but he hos the ever helpful Stix to help him.
The dopey-loolcing delivery man con use Stix as a lever, a snooker cue, a tightrope balance, o javelin, a baseball bat, and o plafan and more importantly he can boot enemies over the heod with if. The playp.is odualy made to use the stick 4L to solve the mooy puzzles that face Bubba, thus creating the puzzle element.
Throughout the game, Bubba faces many puzzles and adversaries, the chief one being the sheer comedy ottempts of his kidnapper to recapture him. As you progress through the gome, the difficulty and complexity of the puzzles steadily increase.
The graphics in Bubba 'n' Stix are almost cor- toon-like and there are more frames of animations for the characters than you can shoke - ahem - a stick at. Levels include on alien forest, a derelict starship, a swamp, a power plant, down a sewer and finaly inside the planet's alien zoo!
This is just the beginning for Core Design because they're bod, they're bock and they're out to daim the award far Tap Saftwore Company of the Year. "Stick" around and watch out for Bubba V Stix becouse if s going to be absolutely massive.
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VISA There can't be many among us who, after a heavy night, haven't tumbled mysteri- dtisly into the bock garden to genre at the starry void - if it's not overcost or throwing it down.
Many times I've Stored into SpCW, questioning the quasors, negotiating the nebulos, on a cosmic quest for understanding. Asking those fundamental questions thot hove evaded terrestrial man since
• he dawn of existence.
ON THE rawingboaii Stretching my ochmg brain to comprehend the spatial position of my atoms and above oil, what else lies out there in the depths of our universe?
Conversely, have you ever found yourself exomining the conundrum of what dwells deep inside, erm. The parallel dimensions or unimaginable reaches of the anti-matter galaxy?
As usual, my deep space-fried brain would become a veritable block bole and the issues that troubled me so intensely would remain mysteries - ond they probobly will for crt least the remainder of my natural life, I know, heavy stuff reoders, but hey we've all been there Blob is set to bring us the prospect of journeying to a parallel dimension, Simon Clays bouncily goes where no-one has bounced before So, imagine my surprise when o preview beats its interstellar wings towards my desk daiming to contain a character from some far-flung alternative dimension, Imagine my confusion when I find
this alien type entity is called Blob. Now, I don't know how many of you are 70s children, but as far as I remember a Blob was a hard-boiled sweet. These come in o number of surreal flavours like cob and peonut or raspberry ond Silk Cut.
Anyway getting back to an alternative reality, Blob is a spherical life form who spends his existence bouncing oround a world, neigh universe, where success in the physical reolms results in a bouncy nirvana of spiritual paradise in the after-lire.
What all this will mean to the uninitiated inhabitants of the world of Blob is 50 levels of puzzle- based vertical platform action.
Havina seen a very early uncoaipM Wskn of ‘he blobby one I have to say it looks like nothing I've come ocross on _ the Amiga before.
It's graphical style and oresenlotion to oil intents and purposes Is ufliqub; Rather than fhe bc- j standard left to right, to clown we oli know boiler *hon the route to the local, Core design hove opted tor a fresh angle.
Blob is viewed n a form of 3D, with the play either coming ol yo.r screen or dropping away from it At first glance it doesn't l »k much,bvto they say, don't judge o book by its cover The basic object is to guide your blue globular guy through a series of files above ond below him until he reaches the relevant exit. This is achieved by utilising blob's outstanding talent - bouncing.
Play consists of three different goals to get the ball-shaped one into the bock of - metaphorically speaking. First is the aforementioned 'reach the exit' scenario, collecting o certain quantify of spods|?) And a number of bonus-type points for prizes stages.
The puzzle aspect of Blob centres around different sMes of tile. Different tiles hove -varying effects on Blob's fortune. For example, there are such things as squares which give Blob extra bounce to the ounce. Conversely, there are also glue tiles which reduce the elastic energies of the rotund one, As ofways there are a number of pitfalls within the daily life of Blob. For one if he drops too far off a ledge he will lose energy and be in dire need of a couple of porocetamol Also, one slip of your nimble fingers on the joystick and (he poor circular one foils into the depths of vacuous
space.
To moke a disc-shaped existence an even more perilous pastime, there are also o number other things to avoid. These comprise of a right set of nasties which do their best to hamper our orbshaped hero.
Included in this bunch will be spinner balls who chase Blob around the place, bouncers who attempt to push him off the tiles into the nether world of non-grav space ond flat discs called stars with razor sharp edges which will quite happily dissect Blob. Also featured is the Glob, a rather evil alien fellah who is relentless in his quest to hurt the flumpylooking one.
All in all the Blobby one looks set to become o rather interesting addictive new angle on a rother tired, somewhat perplexed, puzzle genre. So if you're a platform, conundrum solving freak, get ready to expand your mind in the alternative tangent of Blob.
Bounce Bleb across the tiles and pkk up points on bonus Hom'd you like your Blob, sliced or boiled?
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Repairs to disk drive and keyboard also included (extra charge possible if found to need complete replacement) Repairs to other Commodore systems undertaken * phone for details Upgrades and expansions supplied and fitted • phone for details £44.95 The Gamer preview to being a stealthy Top Gun and earning $ 7 million Seven nvlion dollars for a little American bbke who's never been near a jet, I can't believe it. Here I am about to risk life and limb in o Stecflh fighter for a pittance of a talay, I reoly can't believe it.
To earn Mr Cruise's salary I've got to fly three mil- fan fait sims. Not really on, is it2 Anyway, enough my fruitless cries for financial salvation, on wilh the dww.
I would be highly surprised if here are any of you out there in gamer land who weren't around during f* Gulf war Well at least I think it was a war, you see you can never be sure.
Let's take the Falklands for example; when it xoke out it was war, when the British government got the upper hand it become a conflict, ond by the
• Tie they were mopping the blood up in Goose Green it had become
a playground Argie-bargy oefween little Johnny Bulldog and the
Fray Bentos Three.
Anyway before I digress any further into the murky world of pdtfffll intrigue, (el's tread Q rather oily path bock to the Gulf.
During the campaign to l&erote Kuwait, one aircraft dominated the news more than any other - the Stealth Fighter Shrouded in mystery ond swathed in secrecy by the Pentagon, the FI 17 proved its worth ten fold, Looking like a hybrid Airfix kit or an extra from Thunderbirds, Stealth contained technology that pilots could only dream of.
STEP 1. Fly over an enemy base stick your tongue out at the tou looking one. Here we see a very Ivan about to scramble seen in a simulator, Lockheed's flagship paved the way Now three years since the award winner's release, MicroProse ore comina bock to push the barriers higher into the octane filled skies. The first and most obvious improvement will be in the speed and look of Fll 7.
Having had a sneaky preview I can tell you wilh some confidence thot things are looking good. The terrain wil hove much more detail than previously seen Featured within this environment will be towns, airbases, depots and all the other enemy hideaways necessary to capture the feel (plus giving you loads of things to blow up) Also, the plane that all the rich kids want wiH hcne undergone some minor plastic surgery. For one if1* charged shape slightly, but you'd expect that os more info has been sucked out of the US military regarding Stealth's specification Grophicoly from what I've seen so
for, Stealth's a lot better defined and much smoother in lie animation department. It also features a more realistic internal layout and cockpit display utilising all the up to the minute, state-of- the-art arms and defence technology SNEAKY INSIGHT However, previous to its unveiling in a warring capacity the kings of the simulated world, MicroProse, gave us a sneaky insight into the Stealthy one How they manoged to bring us FI9 is information toe likes of us mere mortefs wil never be privy to.
Was it a Pentagon leak? A MicroProse agent stealing a Steahh in a Clint Eastwood, Firefox type fashion? Or was it just pure guesswork?
Probably the latter, but it mokes for quite glamorous text No? Anyway, FI9 - despite its fidious numbering - became the definitive flight sim on the Amiga. Combining slick graphics with features never before available So, oil you fans of realism in sims can start gefcng hot under your flying jodcets because there's mgr? Keys tp cM will than a Tyrkish prison warden.
MicroPros are also promising enhanced night to odd even more realism. Couple this up with external views and all the action replays o budding aeronaut can take in through his steamy goggles ond you've got a rolher awesome prospect looming. As if that isn't enough, the parameters of the scenarios are to be broodened In the origina FI 9, pilots could cash through the sound barrier in six differ ent theatres In FI 17, MicroPros* are promising improved versions of the existing zones plus three all-new environments to waggle your wing-tips around in.
These will be in tnree notorious world hotspots; North Korea, Cube and f« latest and greot- est threat to wodd peace, Iraq.
As on odded bonus, there is the promise of supplementary disks which will give players the ability to flit around m future worlds.
If thot »sn't enough, also anticipated s an improved mission-generating system which should stretch the most toppest of top guns. Also expected are beefed up anti-glasnast computer pilots who ore opporenrly salivating profusely at the prospect of Masting capitalist, imperialist Western piggies into the stratosphere Well, it sounds enough to gel your Tire button trembling and from what I've seen it certainly looks as though if should be another winner.
Being o MicroProse product, comparisons will obviously be drown with their present bornstormer Gunship 2000. If Stealth plows and looks as hot os the praraw, then I could finally be tempted to put my rotors away ond using extreme stealth expose mysel to the cold night's air.
F117A STEALTH With Tom Cruise being offered $ 7 million for Top Gun II, Simon Clays decides it's time to sneak up on the Stealth fighter FIGHTER Xag3’ta«rft111 13JMJ77 U4 Harr'S) tnJ.n rtnid r txttl Gttijt » Urf S«lc* tuic Djarf Uitth liiiitedCUMiXiGK’wftv &vu4fax 4W.Vi some for the cl itose of Lancaster, others for the Wh Monopoly? Neh. Scrabble? Plooey.
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Cheer! Jonathan Maddock looks on as US Gold convert the '74 classic to the small screen.
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(698 |Zak McKraPkan .£698 THE GAMER FILES This month
it's the turn of Gametek, a brand new name to the world of
Amiga software. Gamer interviews Gametek supremo Kelly Sumner
and takes a keen look at their releases that will be arriving
on your shelves before Christmas.
The first in an occasional series where Gamer takes a look at the companies behind the games. Jonathan Maddock asks Who?
Where? What? How? And Why?
GAMETEK The Interview...
Q. Gametek seems to be a relatively new name to software
publishing on the Amiga Where has it sprung from?
A. Actually, it's one of the longest established Nintendo
publishers in the world ana its holding company, Godco, has
been around for 17 vears. It started in me sell-through video
business and was once the second largest sell-through company
in the US, behind Disney.
Q. So when did the interest in software start?
A* In about 1987 the firm decided it would be a good idea to get involved with a company colled Nintendo and that's when it set up Gametek Inc. At the time consoles weren't anything like the success they are now. Gametek saw the opportunities early and became one of the very first Nintendo licensees.
Q. So why haven't we heard much about the firm until now?
A. For a while, I suppose you could soy that the operation was
quite Iqw key. The firm concentrated on NES products and also
published game show licences such as Jeopardy and Wheel of
Fortune which, while being huge in America are only successful
in a handful or European territories.
Qt What brought about the shift through the gears that we've witnessed lately?
A* I think you can trace it directly back to tbe appointment of a gentleman nomed Bruce Lowery two years ago. Bruce wos one of the founding members of Nintendo of America. He helped set the firm up in Europe and has also hod a spell os the president of Sega of America. You could soy he's got a pretty good track record.
At about the same time Gametek got o licence to publish Sega product in the US, those two things hap pening more or iess simultaneously awakened me firm to its potential.
Q. Is that when the thought of branching out into Europe was
aired?
A* More or less, yes The thinking wo that Gametek had to expand pretty rapidly, that meant increasing the number of territories we were represented in and also the number of formats that we published.
As far 0$ the European offices goes, some big US companies seem to still believe that you can control it from across the Pond, you can't. Bruce knew that and that's when he started talking to n*e about establishing a mojar European presence.
Q. At that time you were head of Commodore UK.
Moving to an unproven publisher could hove seemed to many like a step in the wrong direction What persuaded you to facile it?
A* Gomenk isn't just muddling along from product to product. It Ins a very dear vision of where this market is going and I hoppen to believe that they ore spot on.
Gametek ol course, has plans to be o very big operation but being in at this stage means that I can directly affect how it gets there. Its olso got some products that are going to make my job a lot easier On me console side, games like Humans already have a proven track record on home formats and, if anything, are more suited to a console audience. And we're strong on home formats too ond don't forget we've got home format rights to all Konami games, things like Batman Returns How are things going now thot the UK office is in place?
At Very well indeed As of May we were up and running. We've got Gerry Tucker, who you may remember from Virgin and Acclaim, on board as finance director and Gary Lewis who was with me at Commodore as Sales Director.
Adrian Cale who previously worked at System 3 has taken the position of Marketing Manager There oie still a number of key roles to fill, but we won’t rush.
We're going to hang on in there until we get the very best personnel possible.
Q« Will the UK office effectively be the European HQ?
A* To a certain extent. It will be the hub of the European operation but there will also be offices in Germony and France opened up later in the year because we feel that only local staff can guarantee us the best performances in those territories.
Q. So when will we see some Gametek product arriving in Europe?
A. There will be a handful of products released this side of
Christmas but they'll make guile an impact. In 1994 we've got
some really spectacular stuff.
Q. What the schedule going to be like on the home computer front?
A. That's actually very busy We've got about a dozen titles due
in September ond October. Obviously our ranks hove been
swelled by affiliate deals with top names like Konami and
Spirit of Discovery.
We've got things like Batman Returns, Bill Elliot's Nascar Racing, American Gladiators and Humans Al 200 arriving before Christmas.
Q. How would you sum up the Gametek product that we re going to
see over the next 12 months?
A» Well, what I wouldn't want to do is try and categorise us. The only factor that determines whether or not we develop or licence a game is quality. That's the only way to secure long term growth and that's what Gametek is interested in.
There's o major shake-up going on in publishing of the moment With people like Sony joining in, you'd better believe it, Out of the 100 or so publishers around the world now, possibly only 20 will be left in a few years' time.
You'll have to be a major player to survive ond I can assure you we intend to do more than just survive. Our quality of product and staff will see to mat, At Gametek we don't want to be known os a niche publisher on any particular format or in ony particular genre, we're the complete publisher.
, "•'Soiog, . nitolr 'lybelt HftwiT*! *'1" in*-1” previews.
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Humans A1200.. Firs’, question tim-. This is your starter for
ten.
Which wffwor* ompony wos responsible for Hymens? Er, u-mm, Mirage. Oh deor, there goes your prize of: Mdoy in Jomcicc, The correct answer wos Gamefek I kr.: v what yoi're thinking, I've gone wibble ogoin.
Yes, I know Mirage brought Humans out on the Amiga, but that's onlv becouse Gometek wosn'f set up in Europe ot that time, so trey licensed it out to Mirage.
Hansons nas welcomed with praise and critical acclaim from fh » pres* and public alike- It scored 90 per cent and over i;. O'mosf every magazine and wos even nominated as Gome of the Year by BBC TV's Going live! Kids programme.
The idea wos simple, all you had to do was experiment ond *sjoy. It was down to you to keep your Humans tribe alive By assigning each of them tasks, working them as a team, they would evolve and progress to the next level.
The A1200 version will feature sumptuous graphics ond unbelievable *ound, but still retain its unique playability and addiction, A1200 owners will be able to dribble ot it when it is released in September for a penny short of £30.
. R Vk-'V ift i 9'.* f iftJI TK “old” version of Hununs and ft looks good, but imagine it on the A1200 - it'll be mind-blowing!
• ZSSE jj, Microprose $ Gunship 2000 is on excellent gome but it
ton be more than a little testing for the novice pilot. But
help is at hand, as we fake you through some of the techniques
you'll have to familiarise yourself with if you're to become a
helicopter oce.
The first missions you should attempt are those in the Central Europe scenorio. The long rivers which are common in these missions ore very useful for providing cover from enemy forces, Learn to Ay along just above the rivers, and you should be able to fly between the river bonks, actually below the ground level.
In the Europe scenarios, one of your objectives may be to destroy a train transporting military hardware. Always destroy the engine of the train os this will cause the rest of the train to come to a complete halt. There are also tunnels al various points on the rgilwoys, which con be used os hideouts from the enemy, Always set the co-pilot to control the jom- mers decoys, because he is quite good ol using these and it saves you a lot of work when attacking the enemy.
You should use the zoomedin mop to plan your opprooch to the primary ond secondary targets. When playing ol the higher levels you must use the hills almost oil of the time to provide yovrseH with cover from enemy forces. When you hove reached the lost hill before the target you ore in a position to begin your attack.
Whenever the loogbow Apache is available, use it. It is the only chopper thot give you long How to become an Ace pilot To get the best scons, reoch the highest ronks ond get the highest decorations you will need to be ploying tbe game on the hardest difficulty settings. It is best to progress through ire difficulty options tn the following order.
Ronge helifire weopon systems which ore invaluable in Ate bottle field. A it isn't available, tbe Comanche Stealth is a good alternative.
A you Ay this, give your wingmen Apoches, so that when you Ay in the mission Are enemy will lock onto your wingmen ond not you. This gives you the chance to get dose to just about any target ond destroy it with connon fire.
A you have ta transport, rescue or pick up anything, oiways double check that you have a Blackhawk in the squadron. There’s nothing more frustrating than arriving in the battle zone and finding out you haven't got the choppers you need to complete the mission. When you have to transport or pick up something, always destroy all of Aw hostile targets in the immediate area to create a free zone.
On search and destroy missions, Ay oround Aw suspected target area in a triangle. Use Ate normal map to set this flight path. Once Ate objective hos been sighted, its position on the map is updated.
A you send your wingmen out to ottempt a reconnaissance mission, moke Sure you pul their weapons on hold when they are near Ate target, otherwise they will destroy the target when it fires of them.
When doing a reconnaissance mission it is f Set rhe flight to die realistic settings. This is the hordes port of the game to get used ta A woyi moke smo f adjustments to the controls and get used to notching the oki rude dials and readouts on the HUD very closely. Always he ready to odjvst the torque shghdy
2. Set the Wind and VrstWfy swindles to the realistic settings
These do not moke the game much border.
3. Now turn off the ground avoidance Always moke sure you don t
hit the ground at all to its. By this time you should have
flown about IS missions and be abb to Hy the realistic flight
model comfortably. Turn on the reeLshc loadings Bemember to
make sure that you descend my slowly when landing.
4. When you can fly missions all the time without any problems on
these settings gradually increase the enemy difficulty level.
$ . To get the Congressional Medal of Honour you really need to be ploying the gome on the full difficulty level ond on o Night or Campaign mission. I fs not really worth going for the Congressional Medal of Honour unless both mission forgets ore close to the base. This allows you to destroy these quidJy and then fly around the mop to look for more targets CALLSIGN: FOXTROT 1 UNSHIP 000 Been struggling to cope with the pressures of flying an ultra-modern combat helicopter?
Well now your problems are over! Gamer guides you through this 'copter classic best to use choppers with o mast, as they can observe the target from further away. As soon os you get confirmation that the objechve has been achieved, set Ate wingmen weapons to free SO thot they con destroy hostile targets ogoin.
Always promote your Osection leaders to Ate highest ranks. The section leaders usually get fired at most because they Ay in front most of the rime.
Remember as Ateir rank increases, Ateir obility Heavyweight lastr guided anti-tank miffik for us* agamft ! Ol! Armored threat*.
STINGER SIDEWIND SIDEftRM HELLFIRE ROMEO 1 Qcxttr!«3 HebkfflE improves. They will become better at using the Jammers and Chaff Flares and will not get hit so much. If you run out of chaff or flare il is best to use the outside views to try ond dodge the incoming missiles.
If there isn't a FARP point in the mission ond you ore short of missiles and fuel, landing at the bose will also replenish your supplies.
If your HUD is domoged, don't panic. Make sure thot you check your altimeter straight away and get the chopper info level flight. Then put the nose down until you reoch a reasonable speed (keep an eye on the altimeter]. Now fly using these dials.
If you are unsure whether o target is friendly or not, just pause the game ond it will tell you. If you destroy friendly targets you wil lose points from your overall mission score.
Always try to complete both objectives in 30 game minutes or less. A dock is shown in the top left comer of the HUD. If you take longer than this, points ore deducted from your find score.
If you chopper has taken lots of damage and you have completed at least one of the objectives, always go bock to base. It is much better to get some points ond survive then to get shot down. You only have to destroy one of the objectives for the mission to be successful.
If you're about to be shot down or do not have enough power to take off ogain, use the End Mission function. At least then you hove o chance of being rescued.
Finally, the best score achieved so for on a single mission (with wingmen) is 2,3)2 points.
To check your mission score, just check your pilot roster when you ore in the headquarters.
A good mission score is 1,300 points or more.
Weapons Some targets need two hits from hettfire missies. The most common forget thot lakes two hits is enemy infantry. It b best to destroy these with cannons if possible. Rockets can also destroy infantry units with one hit.
As you will have found out, not all of the weapons are fire ond forget. With a lot of the weapon systems, you actually have to remain locked onto the target until it is destroyed. Here is a list of the weapons which you can fire and not have to remain locked onto the target ('fire and forget weapons): Stingers Sidewinders, Sideann Maverick Penguin ond All rocket types Do not change weapons when you are usmg any of the radar guided missile types. If you do the loser wil switch off when you do so. This causes the missile you have M to lose its lock FOXTROT 1 Those techniques in full The Pop-up
Attack Using this method, you put the chopper into o hover just before the hil ond then use the Shift * keys to quickly pop up over the hil. Lock onto the target which you can now see over the hiH ond wait until it fires.
When it shoots at you, use Shift - to quickly decreose your height and hide behind the hill ogain. When the enemy missile hits the odwr side of the hi pop up ogorn lock onto the target ond fire. Your missile should then destroy the target before it can reload and fire again.
Sneaking around the side of hills Using this method the target should be very dose to the hill that you are using for cover You fry around the side of the hiH ond destroy the target using the cannon, before it gets a chance to fire.
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Expert views on the latest applications Arexx . Ifc .r (Han considers the use of bulletin hoard software to remote controljvur Amiga, plus n ret feu of The Arexx (oolthooh M 0 & hiigniiuiuiMg (otin Yamall Mails off a brand new series ou practical programming using Pascal, the language of the academics Last month wc looked at some of the basic ideas behind the remote control operation of a computer: we saw that three things are basically involved:
1. A terminal program to allow receipt of signals from the serial
port
2. A script facility to allow the intelligent processing of the
abovementioncd signals
3. A link between the terminal and the machine, so that the
script can control other programs running on the computer We
have already seen how well Arexx fulfils the last two
functions.
Now, there is also another type of program that allows remote control of computers, the so-called bulletin board systems, or BBSs A BBS is essentially a very specialised terminal progrant. BBSs allow your computer to become host to anyone calling your number, and will allow callers to upload download files, maintain postboxes and so on.
Just like the commercial networks.
Popular Amiga BBS programs include Ami Express, Baud Bandit and TransAmiga, and more are appearing all the time.
Any BBS worth its salt can provide privileged users with some control over the system (as well as excluding unauthorised users).
Also, since Arexx has been making such an impact in the world of Amiga comms, there is hardly a single BBS which doesn't support it.
In other words, you should be able to control your Amiga remotely (including launching programs and gening results) by running a BBS on it, However, BBSs are large programs, and can be very demanding on memory and resources.
They have a special purpose - to be a forum and an information point for many users. Using a BBS for a small remote control operation may be gross overkill.
There is another way, Any Arexx-compatible terminal can be adapted as the engine for a mini-control centre, or even a mini-BBS, if you like. All you need for this is a suitable Arexx script To try this approach, you will either need to find a ready script, or write one yourself. It is rax as difficult as you might think at fust.
The distribution of the VLT terminal provides an example mini-BBS, which would be suitable for an experimenter. The terminal and the program are small enough to run on a 1Mb Amiga, and the code can be studied be adapted for your own requirements.
The script program is called FIFOBBS.REXX, because it uses Matt Dillon's excellent FIFO: pipe device. This Is not necessary, but it is very elegant, if a bit confusing for a newcomer, since you need to know what a pipe is in the first place.
The advantage of using pipes is that you can have a “proper” CL1 on your remote machine, without having to write a script to decode the incoming command strings, as we do in the DIY examples below, The easiest way to obtain VLT is probably from Fred Fish library disk *455. By the way, T has many, many, more features, including a version with Tektronix emulation, for use by academic establishments!
Its full documentation is available from the USA, free for the asking. The VLT project was actually funded by the US government, and was developed for use at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Centre, so it’s nice to see the Amiga being taken seriously.
Willy Langeveld, who wrote MT, has also made other substantial contributions to the Arexx scene, including the extremely popular RexxArpLib and RexxMathLib libraries.
So, with a setup like this you can run a remote Amiga CLI from just about any computer, as you can see in the 5arXbtu$ h lgm illustrated example.
However, you don't need a fully-featured CLI to control the Amiga from a distance. Any package that allows commands to be sent to the C1J or to Arexx will do.
The popular Ncomm package, for instance, provides the commands CU and SPAWN, for these two tasks respectively; most other terminals will have some kind of equivalent command.
As we saw in the last issue, a remote-control script for your terminal Is simply composed of a few loops that check the input from the serial port, and take appropriate action.
You will see tltat the atiual number of commands provided by the terminals Is rather small, since Arexx can do so much of the work itself.
Most of the commands will simply duplicate the menu functions, control the terminal settings and so on. In addition to Sampling thi It is nice to see books on Arexx starting to appear on bookstore shelves, and from time to time we will be reviewing them here. Today we look at a book from the United States, The Arexx Cookbook by Merril Callaway.
The Cookbook is not meant to be a complete Arexx manual, and the author says so, right from the start. Instead, it is an interesting blend of ideas and examples, which makes frequent cross-references to the Arexx manual, in order to avoid duplication. If you are looking for a book from which to leam the basics of Arexx. Look elsewhere. This book is strictly a supplement.
Having said that. I found that the book dealt quite nicely with concepts like parsing and the use of macros, and the reading was leisurely and ideal for beginners.
There were also several hypothetical examples, which although not very useful in themselves, will give a good understanding of Arexx programming when worked through.
There are sorting examples, recursive problem-solving examples, and some useful text processing examples. In all of these, the author's enthusiasm for the language spills over.
I felt that there was not sufficient coverage of using Arexx with AmigaDOS, and there is no mention of the rexxsupport library, or of setting up loops to receive Arexx messages.
Then again, these subjects may be a bit beyond the scope of a book like this.
On the other hand there is good general discussion on how these, you will find some commands to send and receive character strings, detect a phone ring, and reset an interrupted connection.
Even if a terminal lias no explicit facilities for executing CLI or Arexx programs - so long as it can tun Arexx scripts - there is no real problem; with a suitable script, the machine can be controlled directly from Arexx. Bypassing the need for special terminal commands. As always, there’s more titan one way to skin a cat w hen using .ARexx. So. Your script could contain a loop that checked each line coming in from the remote machine, most likely by using the Parse instruction. A Select statement could then look out for keywords which you had predefined, eg CLIit, AREXXit. SendToProgram
or whatever... Commands for the CLI would lx* handled by the standard Arexx ADDRESS COMMAND xxxx instruction. Their output or results could be redirected to temporary files, or pipes, and then sent back to the remote machine via your terminal's SEND command, as we saw in the last issue. An extensive discussion of redirection can be found hack in the July issue.
If you needed access to Arexx facilities you could use the Interpret instruction, which allows arbitral)' strings to be processed just as if they were part of the Arexx program itself. In this way. Not only could you control remote Araa-compatibte applications, but you could also run little .ARexx scripts on the fly. Without even hating a CLI window to run them from!
Interpret is one of the more important and powerful Arexx instructions, and since it has not yet got all the attention it deserves, we will lx looking at it next time!
Distant voices tiel Arexx cookbook to use Arexx to enhance applications which have Arexx interfaces. Coverage is also given to certain specific subjects, and if your interests coincide with these subjects, then this book could be for you.
There are a couple of good examples given for using Arexx with Art Department Pro, as well as some programs to deal with aspect ratio scaling. There are also scripts for the TurboText editor.
I particularly enjoyed the section on using Arexx to control PostScript devices, which has some useful suggestions.
Two Cookbook companion disks are available at extra cost.
The first one contains the example code from the book, as well as some useful freely distributable libraries. The RexxArpLib.library in particular is a very handy piece of Arexx kit, and allows you to use the Amiga system graphics.
I was pleased to see that it was the latest version, which is compatible with Workbench 2.0. There are also some macros for FinalCopy, and other programs.
The second disk contains code for an Arexx index builder for DTP (useful), some utilities for viewing 24-bit pictures with Directory Opus, and some stuff for exploiting the jpeg compression of ADPro. All pretty specialised stuff. There is also some amusing code for producing “starfractals” using PostScript or MathVision.
At £35 including the disks, the book is pricy - but perhaps this is inevitable with US imports. If it cost half its current price, I would recommend it much more heartily.
As it stands it is a good, fun book, certainly not essential, but if you are looking for something extra and you don’t mind the price, it will serve you well.
I would also recommend it if you have a PostScript laser printer, or if you want to leam how to customise an Arexx-com- patible editor. The book has some very good bits, but ail things considered I cannot give it more than six out of ten.
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safe bet you already have a machine. However for those contemplating an upgrade I strongly suggest that you consider a desktop-style machine such as the A1S00, A3000 or A4000. Due entirely to the expandability that Zorro slots provide.
Hunks to the nature of DTV, the add-ons never seem to end - and to employ them effectively extra RAM. Extra storage and dedicated add-ons plus acceleration »s often a must.
Tor basic titling neither Zorrus nor excessive speed are essential.
Ixit if you're planning to take your DTV further an 030 is really die minimum for effective animation, presentation and post-production work.
Lastly if you're planning to add rav-iracing to your iepenoire ensure that an FPU comes as part of you new machine or accelerator. Ray-tracing without an FPU can be incredibly slow - as indeed can all heavy number-crunching applications.
Despite die fact that Dpaint can lx* painfully slow in its AGA form, it nevertheless remains the key animating tool for any system. If however your aspirations go further than spinning logos, title scrolls and hackdrops. 3D is probably your next move If so. The choice falls between Imaginc2 and Real 3D Classic.
Although there's a vast array of programs available, this duo offer by far the best perfomunce-to-price ratio.
SUPERIOR ANIMATION Both packages retail at roughly the same price with Real 3D providing a simpler window into 3D, while lmagine2 offers superior animation and photo-realism.
.Although not essential for basic DTV, the flexibility and added creativity that image processing offers can put the Amiga alongside even the most pow erful digital video systems.
As far as image processing is concerned there's one package that quite literally blow s the opposition away. If you’ve not already guessed, the software in question is the all-conquering ADPro.
Even though ADPro lias suffered stiff competition lately w ith the arrival of ImageFX and Image Mr Master - both of which offer impressive performance - it holds its position as the premier DTV image engine thanks almost entirely to ProControl.
Couitesyf of this tlx* latest member of the ADPro family, automated multi-frame image processing is a simple matter of pointing and clicking. Even highly complex DYEs can be simulated with the aid of the program’s built-in incrementing variables. When this is combined with its composition and special effects features, its quite simply unbeatable.
If you’re a regular to the glossy folds of AC. There's a strong chance you've already been exposed to one of the leading contenders in tlx* title race, namely ScalaHVT - which appeared in the June issue. The aforementioned HVT is far from alone in tlx* budThe future... With the arrival of the Amiga CD32 the Mpeg revolution is only just around the corner. Although not shipping with the CD32, the Mpeg module is planned for release in the autumn. Speaking from experience I can tell you the full- motion video or FMV offered by the module is nothing short of spectacular.
When - as promised - Mpeg technology spreads to the A4000 and A1200. DTV could see the biggest change in the history of the machine. As yet It’s unclear whether the Mpeg chips will be accessible by the Amiga itself or sim* ply as a spooling medium for the CD-ROM.
Ff as expected the technology will be a shared commodity, animation could be spooled to the chips direct from hard disk thereby providing full frame digital video and at reasonable cost of space and expense.
Get market being hotly pursued by BAS2 from Alternative Image. However for the power players there’s again a choice of two power programs in the form of Broadcast Tiller 11 and Scala MM200.
Even though the former offers excellent titling and extremely smooth scrolling it badly lacks the flexibility offered by MM2QQ - a program which can not only title video but also provide animated backdrops, links to other media including display boards. CD and CD-ROM. Midi and much more Ixsides.
Besides the footage itself music Is perhaps the most important aspect of any production.
.•And again there's a huge array of sequencing and sampling combinations with which to build a production.
However in the lx*st traditions of our “not much expense spared guide to DTV tlx* ultimate combination has to be B&PPro2 and the SunRize range of 12 and’ 16-bit direct-to- Dream system disk samplers.
As for sequencing. B&PPro2 simply can’t be beaten. It’s fast, flexible and incredibly powerful while acting as a centre-pin for a whole family of add-ons such is Superjam 1.1 - a program that can generate perfectly acceptable background music in the style of your choice in seconds.
Paul Austin throws caution to the wind and sets about building the best Amiga- based video environment money can buy!
B&PPro also has the added bonus of Media Madness - an element of the program which provides control over external devices such as genlocks and laser discs in addition to direct Arexx control over other programs such is the aforementioned Scala MM200.
On the sampling side the SunRi2e 12 and 16-bit boards win tlx day rax only because of quality but also their affinity wilh B&PPro2 which can control both of them, thereby adding frame-accurate soundtracks and special effects to live Midi output while running Scab titling and animation at the same time.
However be warned - you'll need an A4000 with a sizeable RAM and hard disk to achieve such a liigh degree of automated co-ordination.
.As far as plug-ins go the list is endless, Ixit in my opinion the hottest item at tlx moment has to lx Vlab Y C. Although merely a humble high performance hill-frame grabber in tlx* past, this latest Y C revision hits revolutionised DTV by providing access to accurate sequential grabbing.
Once processed with a combination of ADPro and ProControl.
These sequential creations mean apparently live action DVEs are now within the reach of anyone.
On the playback side, DCTV still remains the only method that comes close to 2S frames per second full-screen playback - although when large areas are animated even DCTV suffers badly.
In addition, the unit also lacks the ability to genlock with live- video due to its composite-only output. As a result the talents of a fast AGA Amiga are often more useful - especially when smaller scale animation is require.
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avuilabiUy) Pascal was designed as a teaching language way
back in 1971 by Professor Nicklaus Wirth. Consequently, it is
exceedingly good for teaching the fundamentals of computer
programming and developing a structured, methodical approach
to writing axle.
Over tlx* years Pascal has been implemented on tlx* majority of computers and numerous deviations have lxx*n made from the ISO specification by compiler writers.
PROGRAMMING This has had the effect of making the language less portable than it oner was, although the key features have always remained intact.
Tlx* most jxjpular version has set a de facto standard on the IBM PC in the form of Turlxi Pascal, litis has been implemented as Highspeed Pascal on the Amiga by HiSoft in conjunction with
l) -House.
As ytxi would expect, this dialect allows access to all of die Amiga's operating system routines as well as providing compatibility with Tuibo Pascal.
In .Amiga cudes, there are two kinds of HigliSpeed Pascal programmer - those who already know the Pascal language, but need to learn some Amiga specifics, and those who are complete novices.
Because the more experienced programmers are quite capable of learning all about dx* inner workings of the Amiga by themselves. We must ask tlx*nt to do just that for the time being.
1 realise that this will leave one or two Pascal-literate readers wondering where to start, so let's point tlx*m in the right direction.
Anyone eager to take on the Amiga s operating system will need to obtain the ROM Kernel Reference manuals which are available from all gotxl bmk shops or directly from HiSoft. Buying the complete set in one go is an expensive IxiSirXSS SO you may find it useful to buy them one at a time, as finances permit. This begs the question: Which one should I buy firs?
Without a doubt, the most useful starting point is with the Libraries RKRM which covers topics such as screens, windows, menus, gadgets and all die odierc needed to give your programs dx* Amiga look. After that you will soon find tliat you want a copy of the Dev ices RKRM START FROM SCRATCH Although the manuals include example code written in C, the acconi|xmying tutoriaU provide gtxxl explanations and sufficient detail to convert dx*m to Pascal.
I wcxild advise you not to attempt a straight conversion, hut to start from scratch as this will give you a lietter understanding of what die programs do and how tlx*y do it.
It is not absolutely necessary to know lx w to program in C in order to understand the manuals, though this is clearly an advantage.
Once you know the names of the routines dial you need. Look thnxigh the Units to find out whether they have lxx*n implenx*nted as procedures or functions. Having done that, you should be well on die way to writing some nice-kxiking programs.
For the hnx* lx*ing. This column will concentrate on teaching dx fundamentals of Pascal programming and will tackle the likes of Intuition. Devices and so on some time in the future.
Traditionally, the first program anyone writes widi a new language is tlx* Hello World example. In Pascal it looks like this: Progru MelloMorId; begin - eritelnCHello World.*); end.
The first line indicates that you are looking at a program, radicr than any old text file, and tliat it is called HelloWorld. By convention. Die program is stored in a file of tlx* sanx* name Ixit w ith a file extension of .|xis:. for instance: DfO:HctloVorld.pis Tlx* word liegin indicates the start of the program while the end of the program Is marked by the word end. The Ixxly of tlx* program Is that part of the program that lies between these lx*gin-cnd brackets and in this case takes the form of a single statement.
In Pascal, each statement is terminated bv a semi-colon (;) with tlx* exception of the final end statement, which Is followed by a full .stop to indicate die end of the program.
This allows long statements tt) lx* split over several lines to make tbe program more readable, Having produced the simplest of programs, we are now going to take a closer look at text output. The writeln procedure follows its output w idi a carriage return and line feed so that subsequent output will appear on dx* next line down. For example, if we wanted to out put the text: Ny first Pascal progria is ailed: Hello World.
We would add a writeln statement to the Pascal for beginners Colin Yarnall says "Hello World!" In the language of the academics program: Progm HrlloMorld; begin
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Tlx* w riteln pnxedure Is very similar to a prcxedure called write, the only difference Ix-ing tliat write does not move the output position to die next line To demonstrate this, change the first writeln into write and tun the program again. In order to make the output more readable, you might like to add a space after tlx* colon in the third line.
Having done that, we now will alter dx* output to read: Tmi is ay first Pascal prograi, it's called: Hello World.
Notice dial we need to use an apostrophe which is the same character that we use to mark a text string. If we were to use dx* lint*: aritilnCTMs is ay first prograi, it's called:'); the compiler would be confused because it Is expelling a pair of delimiting apostrophes kit sees a line w ith three of them. To work around this, it is necessary to use a fourth apostrophe to tell the compiler exactly what we mean aritelnCThis is ay first prograa, ft"s cilled:'); It is usual to write conmx*nts in source code to make it dear what is going on. Ixit we'll leave diat until next month ANTIC AFTER
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My only complaint is that the Ixxird and software combination can only read rather titan write SMPTE timecode.
This is particularly annoying as the program generates its own internal timecode in order to sync the Cuelist and as a source with which to communicate directly with Bars & Pipes professional 2 - the only sequencer supported by the hoard. Because Before delving into the hardware itself, it's perhaps worth explaining why 16-bit sound is so special, In short, the whole equation revolves around the SNR. Or signal-to-noise ratio of the various formats.
At best. 8-bit sampling has a theoretical maximum sine wave of 48dB - roughly that of AM radio. Twelve-bit manages a much improved 72dBs, or more or less FM quality, while the 16-bit reproduction of the ADS 16 stretches the sine wave to the limits of the human ear at 9fidBs, or CD quality.
Assuming you have a sound source coming in and an output to some form of amplification, sampling is simply a matter of loading the software and opening the Meter window plus either the Transport or Recorder windows - either of which can Start the sampling process.
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I knew you folk wouldn't disappoint me! No sooner do I mention that there's a compo here in the Amos column than we’re up to our collective butts in disks. Now after much deliberation we've come up with the winner Yes, it’s Mandelbrot Explorer by William Creasy of Hawthorn. Victoria, Australia.
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Fractals are all maths and Irttle magic really, but Will's program does some very clever stuff. Clever particularly how the program matches mouse zones with subroutines. Also using a IFF picture of a fractal as the initial drawing and then using that to redraw the zoomed areas.
In order to make the program work you must load the bank 5 and bank 6 abk files from the CoverDisk into bank 5 and 6 (easy), and save them with the typed-in program (the source code is on the disk too!). Then the IFF files can be UnSpacked as it were.
Nice one, Will. Big prize to you. Back to our regular service next issue.
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We've printed this listing for those of you who wish to work through it with your copy of Amos as a learning exercise. What are your views on our print* ing listings? Do you think it's a good idea, or a waste of space? Write to Stevie Kennedy. AC's editor, at the usual address and let us know your opinions to help us decide whether to repeat this exercise in the future Cls 0,40,9 To 124,18 ERTERJEXTUI,16,9,Ascl*-"),AieCT)] XlSiPiraaS xii=viidis) Return E12: Cls 0,174,9 To 258,18 ERTERJEITC175,16,9,Asc(*-*),Ase('9*)] X2S:ParaaS X2l=V*l(X2S) Return Ett: Cls 0,40,28 To 124,37
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OW that We have the design concept of the individual elements that make up our company or "corporate" image clear in our heads, we need to look at applying a structure to them.
It’s one thing to have chosen all cxir elements correctly, but unless there is consistency in the way the main elements arc laid down on each individual piece of stationery, the end result will come out looking like a dog s dinner.
JJJ An example of this would Ix* when the company logo is placed on tilt* right-hand side of the letterhead but on the left- liand side of the compliment slip.
Even worse than this would Ix* to place the company name vertically down the page on the letterhead hut then place it across die top of the compliment slip when you realise it won t fit down the side, The way to avoid making these mistakes is to make sure that the placement of the main elements on each piece of stationery is consistent. If you place the company name in the centre of the page on one piece then it should be placed in a similar position on the other two pieces. The company name is visually prominent in the design that makes up the "company image’.
One clement that you can get way w ith placing in a different position is the text for the name and address, which may have to he placed in a different position to fit in with the different sizes of stationery.
So while still in the design stage put in some thought as to how the elements can be arranged on all die pieces so that they appear as one element and not a number of individuals.
Head start You will need to look at the different pieces of stationery and the limitations they* impose on your design. Once you have gone through this process you are within sight of finishing your stationery pack.
With this in mind we can now turn our attention to seeing how we can place the company image on the first of the three pieces of stationery' we need to produce, the letterhead.
Typically the size of this will he A4. But there is the option of placing the elements for the letterhead on the top two thirds of the page, prtxlucing a short letter, leaving space for a compliment slip on the bottom third of die page which will be cut off after printing.
After having settled on a page size you can now look at your options for placing the elements that make up your company image within the boundaries of that page.
There are two areas on the letterhead that need to Ix* worked ...but when your design changes in each of the separate pieces of stationery, the whole image comes across as amateurish PUBLISHING arcxind. One is reserved for die body copy of the letter, and the second is for the name and address of the letter’s recipient, especially important if your company uses window envelopes.
Once you have marked out these areas you can start work on the compliment slip and sec if there are any areas on it that may conflict with any ideas that are starting to form after the design of the letterhead.
An ideal size for a compliment slip is one third of an A4 page, in a horizontal, or landscape aspect Choosing this size enables you to place three on the one A4 page, so will keep costs to a minimum.
There are two areas dial need to be looked at diat are common to the compliment slip. The first is an area of the page for notes to be scribbled. Tins can Ix* any size, although the smaller it is the more cramped the compliment slip starts to look.
Ben Pointer converts design concepts into reality in his continuing look at a stationery pack Tik* second addition is a line containing the words “with compliments", These sliould Ix* in a contrasting typeface so they do not merge widi the test of the text.
If your text for the address is in a modem sans serif font like Triumvirate, then you have the option of placing the “with compliments" in a traditional serif typeface like Times.
This principle needs to applied to the text which will be used on the business card for the name of the person the business card will represent.
The danger when reducing all the elements from your design to a size to fit on the business card is that when you place tlx* recipient’s name on there it will lie last amid the other text.
Instead of placing it in a contrasting typeface you can make it stand out from Ux* rest of the elements merely by enlarging it and setting it in bold, making sure you have plenty of white space around it.
The size of your card is dictated by die spaced allocated for it in holders designed especially for business cards. A good size to go for is 90mm by 60mm.
Which will enable you to get four on a A5 page.
Once you have looked at the three pieces of stationery you can take your design and set about laying it out in your publishing program You're on you own now.
Publishing at this stage is easy, it's the design process that's hard work, but next month we'll look at turning your software layouts into piles of stationery.
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except for a swivel stand to the medium resolu- tion I084S.
Commodore’s 1942 monitor is an
- attempt to sort out the confusion and incompatibility currently
rife in the AGA market.
In itself, it is a welcome attempt to meet the demands of a growing user base with little or no idea which monitors will work, and as this one assuredly does work it will succeed, but it must still be judged as a monitor.
Clocking in at a respectable 28mm dot pitch, the 1942 is good for up to about 800 by 600 resolution screens without blurring or eye strain.
Dot pitch, for those who haven’t encountered the term before, relates to the size of each dot used on the monitor screen, so the smaller the better, and .28mm is the standard for most PC SVGA monitors.
The screen, with its Min CRT and I3in visible area, is hardly vast, and couldn’t be accused of implementing flat square tube technology, but it is adequate Supplied with each monitor is a brief user guide to setting the thing up and attaching the swivel stand, a Commodore AGA monitor adaptor, and Wang warranty card. There is no software, though as users will soon discover, it is badly needed.
On booting the office A4000. The 1942’s display was badly out of centre, with about two inches of useless gap on the left hand edge of the screen.
The impressive bank of knobs behind the unit’s from panel, including horizontal and vertical shift and size options, helped a little, but the visible area was too far askew to be of much use.
A quick trip to our favourite bulletin board furnished us with a patch called ’*l942Setup“ which, when run, replaces certain Workbench 3.0 j .j!
With confusion over screen modes and monitors reaching fever pitch, Commodore have at last come to the rescue with the 1942, a monitor for AGA Amigas J!
Is more the norm in the deaf world of the mute IBM.
With a little hassle and the proper setup software, the 1942 is a good answer to what has been a very boring problem since the AGA machines were released, and if nothing else will make life easier by providing some sort of choice.
Preferences programs and a list of monitor drivers with later versions designed to work properly with the 1942. And after a fairty tedious session of faffing about with overscan settings the problem was solved.
It is to be hoped that this disk will be distributed with future monitors, as not many users have access to bulletin boards.
Sound is the ace m the pack as far as this VDU is concerned, as it is one of the very few VGA standard monitors m existence which has a built-in stereo amp and speakers. Given the market at which it is aimed, this is a very sensible decision, and as the sound is perfectly good, even at maximum volume, users upgrading from the 1084S will find no cause for complaint.
Fun Colour 256-colour enhancement module for all ECS Amigas Supplier: Power Computing Phone: 0234 843388 Price: £39 Offered a chance to try it out many PC game players and enthusiasts might plump for the 1942 rather than the monitor with speakers and cables flying around all over the place which Hove we finally pun Colour is an external digital colour modulator for the screer confus on? Amiga 500 600. In other words, if you're a graphic artist who’s tired by the slight fringe to colours that HAM regularly produces and want near photographic quality images that are good enough for
presentations, tape slides and are genlock compatible with Yideo, then this package offers an ideal solution.
By using the hardware module supplied which fits into the Amiga's monitor port. Fun Colour is able to convert colour data through Workbench or CL! Into a crisp 256 true colour image.
It also caters for several different image formats which include IFF, IFF-8, IFF-24. Ham8 and GIF so compatibility shouldn't be a problem.
The program itself is simple to use and offers various graphical enhancements such as dither, lacing and overscan to suit the exact specifications of the picture you want. After this, it’s a case of loading in the image and Fun Colour will take care of the rest.
My only gripes with the package arc the odd pixel glitches present on the final image which only disappear when you move the mouse. This can lead to irritation when you have to wait for the picture to load in all over again because you want the best result. Also, the "quick" and "best" options which refer to the quality of the end picture seem for some unknown reason to take an equal amount of time to draw.
Rif aCoI or VI .S The last problem lies with the hardware module itself: there is no way of connecting it to the monitor cable securely without the use of sticky tape, so subsequently if you move the computer at all during operation, chances are that the lead will slip out slightly and you'll lose the picture which isn't too healthy for the Amiga.
These grumbles aside. Fun Colour offers excellent value for money and delivers an affordable step up to A1200-quality stills.
AlfaScan Plus 256 greyscale hand scanner with Touch Up and Merge It software Supplier: Golden Image Phone:081-365 1102 Price: Cl 19.95 Alfascan is an affordable and easy to use black-and-white scanner system which is compatible with all Amigas with one megabyte of memory and above. The package offers a scanner Alfa Colour software It available for the new colour model which is able to optically read anything from a photograph to a newspaper column and Touch-Up. A graphics program used to refine and enhance the images read by the scanner, The hand-held device has six areas of interest: the
DPI settings switch (100. 200. 300 and for best results 400dpi), a contrast thumbwheel for controlling the difference between the lighter and darker areas of the image: and a text-to-photo switch with four settings which enables a clearer definition for either text (solid with no halftones) or photographic (tonal variation) based material. Once these options have been adjusted to your exact requirements, the scanner can be made ready for operation via the Touch-Up software. A green strip light comes on to tell you it's ready to go and all that needs to be done is to line up the reader head
with the material and press the Start button.
The item to be read must be on a flat and even surface to ensure that the scanner can get the best reading possible.
Keeping this button pressed down, it's simply a case of moving the scanner horizontally or verbally (portrait or landscape) slowly along your chosen picture, up to and including the maximum size of A4. While you're doing this, the image will be printed up onto the screen.
Once the reading is done, you are free to adjust the picture with the various tools offered by the Touch-Up graphics package The front end of the program is similar to other art packages but in black and white. A bar of icons run down the left hand-side with the main graphics area caking up th? R«t of the screen.
At the top are the pull-down menus which include projects management, ie loading and saving *n a variety of different file formats (IFF. TIFF. IMG and PCX): viewing options: editing, including mirror, resize, slant and flip facilities for the clipboard (more of that later) and a process menu for outline, masking and cleaning up the scanned image.
The program itself is split up into three sets of "workshops": the scanning, clip and painting tools.
The scanner tools are where the parameters for the scan- OCR and OCR jr Optical Character Recognition software for use with Alfa Data and Migraph hand scanners Supplier: Gasteiner Phone:081-3651151 Price: £99. Or can be bought with scanner for much less By setting one of the controls on the scanner to text, characters can be scanned and analysed by the Migraph OCR software. The object is to transform digitised text into an Ascii file so that it may be used in a wordprocessor, thereby removing the need for copy-typing.
The program splits the digitised image into lines then character and word segments. These are analysed against mathematical definitions for characters and the text is finally output.
Migraph OCR has been pro-trained to recognise a number of fonts which include, among others. Courier, Elite, Helvetica, Pica, Elite and Times.
Images scanned from magazines and books usually contain graphics as well as text. To make things easier on the computer, boxes may be drawn around unwanted graphics, text and any glitches that may have crept into the digitised image. If only one or two areas contain text that you arc interested in, these can be boxed and analysed. Occasionally, graphics may be inset into text at the start of a column. As well as rectangular boxes, Migraph OCR allows composite boxes to be drawn which is useful in such situations.
K UliJSl gl 112 1 There are two modes of character recognition: interactive and automatic. In interactive mode, unrecognised characters from the digitised image are displayed together with the program's best guess.
The user can then opt to accept the guess, if it is correct, to enter the right characters or ignore the £ nu i W* JLJ-L offending section of the scan.
In automatic mode, the process is the same except that where a best guess cannot be made, an ampersand (&) is inserted. Once the text has been output to a file, it may be loaded into a wordprocessor and corrected there.
Like the Merge-lt software, Migraph-OCR works best when the scanner is used in conjunction with a commercial scanning tray. In the absence of one of these, any improvised gadget that prevents wobble will do.
Migraph-OCR docs the job it was designed for but is not as accurate as the average typist. However, if you are a one-fingered typist with a burning desire to translate the printed word into Ascii files, this package will come in handy. Be advised that a minimum of 2Mb RAM and a hard drive will soon stretch to 8Mb RAM for larger documents OCR workt pretty much the tome at normal tcan software... Workbencl Utilities 2 Kew II, U10S3 A wsi -u i« ufiliria*, open w.cn a wmaow «rd rrnnntp (J fa ffrta k«.l wiil.lj ii.u iU.iwi ii,«' I.V term Bt s; :ar.M!J w ua im wil'.wTit'tP. (keowcno!«.
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The dip tools cover the many different functions of the clipboard which is a buffer storage space for cut and paste images.
Parts of a picture may be stored on the clipboard and adjusted with the various effects at your disposal.
Like other art packages, this is achieved by the user selecting the area, drawing a dip box around it and then selecting one of the effects items they want If it's Mirror, then you're offered a menu of reflections to choose from - from the left, right, top or bottom of the image.
The small hammer icon gives you access to the Miscellaneous Tools menu which offers a variety of page options from clearing and turning the dip box into full page size to inverting the black and white image to its negative counterpart My only grumble is that you can't undo an effect once it's been applied. This means if you’re not happy with the result, it's time W load or even scan the image again.
Next up are the painting tools which control the drawing devices used to touch up your picture. On offer are spray can.
Pencil, drde and rectangle construction tools, fill, line type, eraser, sketch, curves and lasso options among others.
The Curves function creates either a B-spine or Bener curve which are constructed from, in the former case, several, and in the latter, four individually user plotted points. By pressing on each point and moving it the Curve follows and is able to become a multi-curved brush that can be painted with.
The Lasso tool lets you create a freehand brush to be used on-screen. Simply draw around the part of the image, lift it off and use it Textures To enhance these last two options is the Pattern palette which gnres you access to 34 different textures in three different sizes. These can be used as "paint" for backdrops or surfaces of scanned pictures. All the tools you create can also be saved on to disk for later use The Zoom option offers four different views: full. 1:1. 2:1 and 4:1. This magnification Is adequate but unfortunately. I was only able to paint on the image on I: I and none of
the others.
This defeats the purpose of having a Zoom facility in the first place... For extra fine work. Fatbits gives a fixed magnification on a small section of your image that you want to work on. By clicking on a black pixel. It will become white and vice-versa.
This can prove to be annoying because the pointer is not 100 per cent accurate all the time and it's difficult to slap in a change without having to go back over it. Correcting the wrongly coloured pixels.
It would've been better to leave the palette so that you’re able to swap between the two when you wanted.
Once the image has been doctored, manipulated and played with, it's time to move onto one of the packages most impressive features; the 256 greyscale conversion.
This tool produces a near-photographic quality image incorporating all the changes made. Simply choose the screen display wanted from lo-res. Interlaced and so on, the format of the file it is to be saved onto.
3nd the size of the area to be reproduced The greyscale rendering works extremely Amiga Market October 1993 •m W' Li well and took my oh so slightly feeble attempts at being an artist and made them look professional.
Touch Up is a reasonable program overall. A few more tools such as a stencil option and a 16 shade black-to-white palette wouldn't have gone amiss; it's a real pain trying to create a similar colour to grey with just black and white at your disposal.
Also. I found that the system would just lock up on Its own sometimes either to release itself a few moments later or remain locked up until I reset the machine.
All these criticisms may not matter if you have a copy of Deluxe Paint or other file format-compatible art packages because the images can be downloaded to them for the finishing touches before being transferred back across for greyscaling.
The scanner Itself is excellent; dear images and enough options to create solid pictures for use in the office or at home.
My only criticism is that it’s difficult to know exactly what the parameter? Of the scanning window are when actually using it some kind of marker would have made life a little easier It's a case of lining it up roughly and seeing what happens.
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I ' but with the ever-increasing number of instal- I lable games, faster machines and punter-friendfy power products, the tables have turned and the anoraks of old are no longer alone in the quest for faster, bigger and better storage.
For those who never wander much further than the games section, the apparent complexity of the subject - and the range of hardware - can seem rather daunting. However, the move from floppies doesn’t have to be as traumatic as you might imagine.
One of the biggest misconceptions about a hard disk is that somehow it will transform your machine from an old friend into a total stranger set to scotch any attempt at useability. Or alternatively create an all-singing, all-dancing automated answer to life, the universe and everything.
In fact, if approached from the right or wrong angle both arguments hold water. The angle in question is your level of understanding of how a hard disk operates. This could quite literally mean the difference between bliss and misery.
In effect, a hard disk is simply a very big. Very fast, floppy. If you can keep this concept in mind, managing the beast is a whole lot easier. For example, a hard disk has to have all the basic elements the Amiga expects to find on a floppy.
Essentials If the machine can’t find essentials such as the C directory it won't perform even the most basic CLI commands as almost all the CLI essentials must be resident in the C directory of the system disk, just as they are when the floppy boots the machine
- thereby assuming the role of a floppy system disk.
Whenever the machine is turned on with a hard disk installed and no floppy present, the hard disk immediately becomes the system disk and as a result the machine will attempt to boot from it and from then on look to it for all the files asked for either by you. Or your software - unless instructed otherwise.
The point being that you must be able to manage your hard disk properly by making sure that what the Amiga requires is available and in the right place. For this reason alone a directory manager is essential Fortunately there’s a lot of choice in this area with several programs m the public domain plus the odd commercial alter- HARD TIMES i • i To complement this month's hard drive round-up, Hard Times provides a few hints and tips on avoiding the hard sell when buying a hard drive native. Notable PD programs including TDM and SID2 - both of which have been on past AC CoverDisks - while
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For the beginner a PD program should be more than enough as it simply makes the process of copying, moving and managing files much easier.
If however you feel confident to handle the process via the CLI or Shell, feel free. In addition to file management it’s essential you become comfortable with the AmigaDOS assign command as it becomes invaluable to any hard disk user.
Before handing over any cash, here’s a list of essential questions you should put to you supplier. First and foremost, ask whether the unit is IDE or SCSI. If it is an IDE. Ask if the drive - minus the controller card - would fit into either an A600 or A1200.
This is worth knowing even if you’re planning to use the drive externally, simply because if you decide to upgrade your machine later on you won't need to invest in a new drive.
When buying an A500 500 Plus external, ask if memory can be added to the drive, and if so can the machine still use this additional RAM when the hard disk is turned off?
If the unit operates without a power supply, inquire if there is an option to add one if necessary. This may be essential if you plan to use the drive with additional peripherals as the strain on the Amiga’s internal power may be too much.
In the same vein, check if the drive offers a DMA Passthrough. If not. It will be impossible to use additional DMA devices such as scanners or RAM expansions unless they offer a DMA through option - thereby allowing the drive to be appended to them.
Daisy-chaining If you opt for a SCSI device and wish to take advantage of its daisy-chaining potential ensure that the drive has a SCSI through-port. If not you won’t be able to expand later on - unless you buy another controller card.
Remember to ask about the speed of the drive. Query the drives access time in milliseconds. The fastest drives run at around 8 11 milliseconds with 17 being the norm for IDEs - anything above 20 is pretty sluggish... If you’re planning to buy a second-hand unit, make sure the drive’s original formatting and prep software comes as part of the deal. If disaster strikes and you’re forced to re-format your drive, finding appropriate software can be very difficult - especially on older models.
Finally, when buying a drive make sure you have at least 2Mb of memory in total. As Commodore found out to their cost with the A600HD which shipped with only I Mb. Many games won't run simply because a certain amount of RAM is required to boot the hard disk and Workbench - thereby rendering I Mb games unusable.
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Assuming you've decided to take the plunge what's next? Should you go for a SCSI or an IDE? Do I have a choice, and if so what's the difference?
Well although a slightly complex subject, here are the basics. If you own a machine that runs on Workbench 2 or below you have the choice between both IDE or SCSI with the essential difference being that SCSI devices are generally a little faster and more expandable while IDEs are often cheaper.
Intelligent Unlike IDE, the SCSI standard is much more intelligent and as a result can be employed to control other devices besides just hard disks.
In addition, a SCSI controller is much more self-sufficient than an IDE and won't overburden the CPU of the machine when reading or saving data - often the cause of apparently slower read write times when running an IDE. For the average user the difference in speed is barely noticeable, especially if you’ve just upgraded from a floppy system. The thing to bear in mind is that speed in relation to hard disks is totally different to what you’re use too.
For example, in floppy terms speed is usually gauged in minutes while hard disks are compared in milliseconds.
In simple terms, this means that software loaded on a IDE drive will take longer to load in relation to the average SCSI with the effect of increasing when writing to the disk.
On the expansion side, an IDE will support a maximum of two drives from one controller while SCSI stretches up to seven. Although a real advantage to serious users, these benefits aren't really an issue for the average punter. After all, can you see yourself lashing out for expensive SCSI add-ons or extra drives?
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If the intention is to produce five-minute long demos stretching across three or four floppies, then 4Mb RAM would be better, but for most purposes 2Mb is ample.
Disney Animation Studio Coming from the past masters of animation, you'd think this program would be the best around. That it doesn't quite make it to the top of the ladder, however, shouldn't put off the potential animator.
DAS is made up of three programs, one for creating pencil drawings, one for colouring the finished animation, and another fpr synchronising the anlm with sound effects and other clips of animation. In effect. It works in a similar manner to the real animators. A fact that the manual is at pains to point out In terms of features. DAS can sand up there with the likes of Dpaint. But it is most definitely a non-HAM package designed for cartoon drawings.
The onion skin feature, enabling the artist to see the last three cells through the present cell, is ideal for creating smooth animations, but if you want a spinning logo or a HAM animation, try another package.
As a pflnt package. DAS does well enough, if not brilliantly, but where it scores very highly is in its dedicated nature. Budding Disney's can learn a great deal about the animator’s art from this package, helped by some wonderful Disney demonstration anims. So it is easily the best package for the educational environment Supplier Entertainment International Phone: 0268 541126 Price: £79.95 Deluxe Paint 4 Though a little slow as a HAM paint package. Dpaint has been many things since the release of v3. Not the least of which is probably the best animation program available on the Amiga.
Version 4’s improvements to the already powerful animation section have simply reinforced the package's position Animators can now use a "light able" similar to the Disney “onion skin" to enable the creation of smooth animations, and all animation controls, such as frame advance Irtd add frame, have been gathered together on a VCR-style panel for easier control.
Put life into pallid pixels with some of the Amiga's best animation software for everyone from beginners to Walt Disney In addition, there is now a morphing feature which can transform one brush into another over a series of frames, and though painfully slow, this feature can be a great aid when animating.
As usual, the Dpaint perspective controls and move requester are still available, the latter of which has given birth to countless routing, tumbling logo animations. As an overall package for the animator, Dpaint 4 is number one.
Supplier Electronic Arts Phone: 0753 549442 Price: £89.95 Spectracolor Basically a HAM paint package. Spectracolor was the first of its kind to offer animation, and has a few extra features which help the program give Dpaint a run for its money.
Morphing is one. A feature which Spectracolor boasted many months before Dpaint 4 was released, but the brush wrapping is Spcctracolor’s most unique tool.
This enables the user to pick up a brush then "wrap" it around a sphere, cube, or one of the seven basic shapes supported, to produce quite remarkable effects for a program in this pnee bracket There are a few drawbacks with Spectracolor. Of course, and the main one is that it is HAM only. If you want to produce an eight-colour anim you can. But it will just be an eight- colour HAM anim. Which means slow refresh rates and wasted memory.
To add to this, the animation controls arc a little difficult to come to terms with, so unless the unique features are desperately required. Spectracolor is best used as a static image generator.
Supplier: Micro-PACE Phone: 0753 551888 Price: £77.54 Take 2 A recent product and one which is designed more as an animation finisher than something in which to create the entire anim. For this reason the paint facility is limited.
Instead, the animator creates ceils and, more importantly, plans which key cells will be used more than once in another package, then ports them across to Take 2 for editing. Once the cells are available. Take 2 can go to work on them using its powerful dope sheet and video scripting utilities.
The former enables the correct timing of when a frame will be played and the setting up of complex routines to mix and match frames, use them more than once, and generally harangue them Into a sequence. Video scripting enables the correlation of scenes and sequences as one large anim ready to be taped to video.
The most powerful feature of the program, however, has to be its ability to run four level line tests. This means that the animator can have up to four separate animations going on at once in the same screen, and can edit or cut any one of them at any time.
It is the sort of feature usually found only in professional packages costing hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds, and could lead to Take 2 making an appearance in commercial studios as a valuable and very cheap line tester.
Supplier Rombo Phone: 0506 414631 Price: £49.95 Animation Station A package with ceruin similarities to Take 2. Animation Sution manages to sit on its own as an animation editor and special effects generator.
Like Take 2. Animation Sation is designed to be used once all animation cells are complete. At this sage, the user loads the sequence into Animation Station, and uses the power of the package to combine animations, uck others on at the end.
Swap frames around, and assign times for the exposure of individual frames.
Special effects, such as wipes, resizing, scrolling, and others can be added across a user-defined number of frames, making it possible for the user to create professional cuts and edits in a computer cartoon.
Animation Station supports all Amiga resolutions and screen modes, including interlace and overscan, so it is a great tool for use in conjunction with one of the more traditional paint and animate packages.
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