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AN EXTERNAL floppy disk drive featuring anti virus protection has just been added to Amitek's Friendly Technology range of Amiga peripherals. The tMb drive has an enable disable switch, a daisy chain connector and a Sony mechanism using anti-ctick technology. it is housed in a meta! casing and comes with a two-vear warranty. "Rather than just offer a dut! Amiga drive, we wanted to offer Amiga users something better but stiü keep the price ver)' compétitive," said Amitek spokesman Andy Leaning. "We could have made just another Amiga drive, but we went to the time and trouble to find what spécifications ttsets wanted ' Sitica Systems are seüing the drive for 659, and can be telephoned on 08!-3091!! i. CD probtem THE externa) CD drive under devetop-ment to enable A1200s to use compact disc software designed for the CD32 could be scrapped. AMIGA Computing has teamed Commodore are having difficutty giving the drive suit motion video capabitity whiçh they consider essentia' before i! can be reteased. Monitor shortage AMiGA buyers were hit by a monitor Shûrtage on thé run up to Christmas. with most computer stores setting out early in the peak setting period.

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Document sans nom Issue 70 February 1994 £3.99 overseas price £4.25 Htiw.95 The Publisher Easy to use Pro package WORTH £40 PLUS! Sampler round-up • Scala MM300 • MediaPoint • Protext 6.0 9 Spectrum 28 24 • Wavetools Interchange Plus and all the latest news, views and previews Hi, Did you have an absolutely amazing Christmas and did Santa bring you everything you hoped for? I certainly hope so.
Well folks, it's noi easy writing the Indi Column 2 weeks before Christmas 10 med deadlines for the January Magazines but here goo, At the time of writing there seems little doubt lhal ihe Amiga Desktop Dynamite pack has been a major success story with Sales exceeding every prediction. Well done lo David Pleasance and his team at Commodore.
Without a doubi the big news has been Commodores decision lo add two cxira lilies lo the CD32 Bundle making 4 in total (5 if you boy from Indi).
This week Indi have formally announced (he SXI Expansion module for the CD32 allowing the addition of a keyboard and other peripherals. The implications of this are very important for both existing Amiga owners and potential CD32 buyers.
Ii is now a real alternative lo buy a CD32. Add an expansion module and keyboard and effectively own an Amiga 1200 with a CD drive rather than the alternative of buying an Amiga 1200 and then adding the CD32. De elopements arc moving very quickly in this area. I will keep you up to date with more information next month.
Best wishes AMI CD OSCAR, DIGGERS. WING COMMANDER AND DANGEROUS STREETS J f PLUS INDI EXCLUSIVE FREE LEMMINGS This is the news that all Commodore enthusiasts have been waiting for, the new Microbotics SXI Expansion module arrives January 1994. The Amiga CD32 is no longer just the best 32 bit CD console i around, it is now a fully expandible computer Add a keyboard and printer increase the memory to 8 Mb. Connect to another Amiga and the choice is yoGrs.
The Microbotics SXI is an internal expansion device that simply connects to your Amiga CD32 via th* ¦ SXI port. Connection could not be simpler.
Now that you have a real computer whyn add a Panasonic Printer and enjoy serious grapUa and Word processing.
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Postcode DaytimeTel TEL: 0543 419 999 FAX: 0543 418 079 NTENTS Nine pages for enquiring minds The most authoritative monthly columns in the business, covering all areas of specialised Amiga activity Arexx him experienced Affa&prvgntm mere Iviulb at attempting to mix Ake.'cx u vh graphics, bui U needn t he too difficult, us Alex ciian explains I Video Atlam rhilltps carrk'S on bts series, showing you bow to set up atul cope with tlw filming cf your very own video film Music Paul 'rvnt-a-ranl' Austin gets on his soap hrix for one Iasi time and bemoans ibe way computers are stifling musical
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NEWS by John Butters AN IMPROVED CD32 pack containing extra games and full-motion video clips hit the High Street during the last few Christmas shopping days.
The move was made by Commodore in an attempt to pick up extra Christmas sales, after a games shortage and poor market conditions led to a disappointing start to the machine's life.
The manufacturer are confident they will have give CD32 boost Games sales a achieved 75,000 sates in Britain by the end of last year - around a third of the original projection made at launch.
But the company are pleased with the console’s performance so far, and claim it is substantially outselling its Sega Mega CD competitor.
The Dangerous Streets bundle comes with new titles Dangerous Streets and Wing Commander in addition to Diggers and Oscar which have been supplied with the console since launch.
Micro-Value Flair's Dangerous Streets is a beat-'em-up featuring eight exotic combatants from across the globe and Wing Commander is an improved version of Electronic Arts' flight sim.
Commodore say that if bought individually the four games would cost £120, but despite this they have been able to maintain the machine's original £299 price tag.
Video clips included in the pack are aimed as a "stunning" demonstration of the console's full motion video capability when fitted with the video CD module.
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As we went to print the device was promised for imminent availability at £199, and first compact disc films including Top Gun and Sfnr Trek are expected within the Report clears video games Video graphics prices slashed THIRTY-TWO bit video graphics board Harlequin and paint package TV Paint 2 have had massive price cuts by specialist Amiga Centre Scotland (089 687583).
The move puts the products into a category that makes them affordable to semiprofessionals and keen video amateurs.
Harlequin sees cuts of around £230 across the range, while the TV Paint 2 has had its price tag slashed by £450 to £249.
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ACS boss Martin Lowe said the prices had been cut for several reasons. "On the one hand we've got a much better [trade] price on TV Paint," he said.
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The industry watchdog ELSPA's general secretary Roger Bennett said: "There are certain issues that are important regardless of whether the player suffers from epilepsy."
“Don't sit too close to the monitor, don't play for too long and don’t play in the dark ' That's the finding of a Government-funded report just published following a national study led by Or David Fish ot the National Society for Epilepsy.
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Museum takes CD32 in £4m facelift A STATE-of-the-art
information system based on £299 CD32 games consoles has
just been installed at the London Transport Museum as part of a
£4 million facelift.
More than 100 of the machines are used to provide interactive information. Video, animations and sound effects.
They are linked using an expansion system developed by Index Information, the Hampshire-based firm which chose Commodore's machine for the displays.
A master machine controls the volume of sound effects around the museum and identifies and reports on problems found over Ihe network.
Visitors use touch screens to discover facts on London's transport system, its vehicles and the effects it has had on the city and Londoners since
1800.
Each display is hooked up to a CD32 player which has been rack mounted and hidden from general view.
"Many of the qualities that will make the CD32 such a successful home entertainment system also make it the ideal commercial multimedia player.* said the Index's Mike Tinker.
"A high quality and low cost delivery unit combined with a powerful development platform is allowing us to provide advanced displays at much lower costs than competitive systems."
Material is stored on 60 compact discs and took almost two years to develop using A4000s, CD problem THE external CD drive under development to enable A1200S to use compact disc software designed for the CD32 could be scrapped. Amiga Computing has learned.
Commodore are having difficulty giving the drive full motion video capability which they consider essential before it can be released.
Monitor shortage AMIGA buyers were hit by a monitor shortage on the run up to Christmas, with most computer stores selling out early in the peak selling period.
The problem was caused by Philips withdrawing their top-selling CM8833-II during autumn and Commodore temporarily halting production of the 1084S colour screen.
Commodore boss David Pleasance expected monitors to be available within the next few weeks and said it was necessary for the firm to put all resources into the A1200 and CD32.
Unfaithful sex games AN ISRAELI man wants to divorce his “unfaithfur wife because of her use of filthy computer games, according to online magazine STReport.
The unnamed man is claimed to have told a Tel Aviv rabbinical court that his wife cheats on him in her thoughts by playing the games, making her a theoretical adulteress.
He said there is no difference between a woman who has a physical relationship with other men and one who imagines it.
CD32 owners will soon be able to build their console into an A1200-compatible computer using a new expansion device from US peripheral manufacturer Microbotics.
The £149.99 SX1 slots into the machine to allow a keyboard, floppy disk drive, printer and up to 6Mb of fast access memory to be added.
British dealer Calculus Stores (0543 251275) are also selling it in a bundle including fast searching and quick erasing of tapes.
Several new commands give the user more control in automating the program's features and customising it to their preferences.
"Quarterback 6 adds the features that advanced users have been asking for," said Central Coast boss James Bayeless.
"We've added support for advanced features present in the newest high-capacity tapes drives, as well as faster compression and the ability to backup a large hard disk across multiple tapes.” The package costs £79,95 from Meridian Distribution (081-543 3500). Existing owners of the software should contact the firm for upgrade details which weren't available at press time.
Linking up AN ADAPTOR to enable Great Valley Products' EGS-28 24 Spectrum graphics board to be used with NEC's FG series of monitors is now available.
The device does not affect the graphic quality provided by the EGS Spectrum, and is available from Silica Systems (081*309 1111). Price remains to be fixed, but is expected to be under £25.
Drive locks out viruses AN EXTERNAL floppy disk drive featuring anti-virus protection has just been added to Amitek's Friendly Technology range of Amiga peripherals.
The 1Mb drive has an enable disable switch, a daisy chain connector and a Sony mechanism using anti-dick technology. It is housed in a metal casing and comes with a two- year warranty.
"Rather than just offer a dull Amiga drive, we wanted to offer Amiga users something better but still keep the price very competitive," said Amitek spokesman Andy Leaning.
"We could have made just another Amiga drive, but we went to the time and trouble to find what specifications users wanted."
Silica Systems are selling the drive for £59, and can be telephoned on 081-3091111.
HARD disk backup and archiving utility Quarterback has been upgraded again, this time with faster compression and the ability to automate backups at set times.
Schedule Pro, included with v6 of US-based Central Coast Software's program, enables users to schedule and automatically run any Amiga program.
It can display reminders on the screen at preset times and, as with the program execution feature, can be set for single or repeated occurrences.
Quarterback also operates much faster than before, with its makers claiming it can compress data read from a hard disk as fast as it can write it to a floppy.
The new version also has support for advanced tape- handling features for tape drivers which support them.
Faster compression for Quarterback with CD32 and four games, a keyboard, Panasonic 2123 colour printer and Zappo floppy disk drive for £499.99. And for existing CD32 owners buing the module Calculus will sell the peripherals separately - the ke board costing £49.99 and floppy drive£54.99. Each of tlx? Products is also available from the firm's mail order sister company, Indi Direct Mail (0543 419999), with discounting.
Consoles grow into computers 31 *" 1Mb External Floppy Disk Drive roan* ( j I';* Amitek: Found which ipeclflcotloni drive buyen wanted Greater graphics control MUTUFRAME-ADPru is a front end for graphics programs Art Department Professional and Morph Plus that aims to give users greater control over multiple frame processing.
Premier Vision (071-274 4407) claim it to be ideal for creating effects with a large number of images for multimedia applications or output to video.
Its features include the ability to process images over time, with the user giving starting and ending values and the separation being the number of frames needed from the software.
Non-linear motion is available using true splines with adjustable knots, tension, continuity and bias, and fly-ins of moving images are possible using a perspective operator.
Multiple frame ripples, automatic compositing of foreground images over background and scaling of images during processing are among the £69.95 program's other capabilities.
Free online guide MODEM manufacturer US Robotics have published a free booklet aimed at stimulating increased use of the range of on-line information services available.
The Sportster Guide to On-line Services gives details of the various services which can be accessed using a modem, including several small bulletin boards.
The 40-page guide can be obtained by writing to Sally Roberts, US Robotics, 224 Berwick Avenue, Slough SL1 4QT, or telephoning 0753 811180.
Direct input for CD sounds Virgin fund football training VIRGIN Interactive Entertainment have sponsored a scheme to teach Britain's kids how to become skilful football players just weeks after England failed to qualify for the World Cup.
The company - publisher of football hit Goal! - handed over a £47,000 cheque recently to the coordinator of the Virgin Games Schools Football Initiative at Arsenal's Highbury ground.
The scheme enables schools to use a Dutch method of coaching called Coerver which uses one ball, one-player training instead of the more common 11-players, one ball.
Children of all ages can take part, and after their schools have signed up are asked to find extra sponsorship from friends and family to fund sports equipment needed for the training. Of the money used to set up the scheme, Virgin and the Government each donated £20,000, and £7,000 came from other sponsors, including Adidas and a football maga ine Shoot!.
"The sponsorship deal could not have come at a more opportune time following England's failure to qualify for the World Cup," said Virgin's marketing manager Paul Dowling.
"Not only does the scheme encourage kids to learn individual football skills, but it will also give Virgin Interactive Entertainment direct access to around 25,000 UK schools."
Activa come to Britain ACTIVA, the Dutch maker of ray-tradng and animation software Real 3D2, have opened a Bntish office to give owners of the program free technical support.
Based in London, it is run by a professional games artist Andrew Jones, who also does work for Electronics Arts and was involved in testing the Activa package.
Distnbution of the program continues through various dealers but according to Jones the company are planning to open a UK division to handle the product early this year.
Real 3D2 owners needed help and advice should telephone 081-402 5770 between 10am and 7pm on Monday to Fridays or lax to 081-402 5780.
Alternatively, modem owners can contact the Activa UK Support BBS on 081-986 5964 or via netmail at 2:254 516.1 ©fidonet.
It has support, message areas, program updates and files for TV Paint, Real 3D Classic and v2. Mediapomt, Piccolo. Peggy and Detail 3.
Application building MULTIMEDIA software can now be designed for the Amiga using Helm, Eagle Tree Software's authoring system which is available in Britain from Meridian Software (081-543
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The package combines draw, paint and image processing tools with a scripting language, a database manager and an assortment of user interface objects.
Meridian claim the software enables users to build applications quickly that freely mix graphics, animation, text and music. It costs £99.95. DIARY DATES January 12-15,1994 BETT “94 Venue: National Hall. Olympia Organiser: EMAP (071-404 4844) Britain'*; leading IT exhibition for the education market.
April 10-12,1994 European Computer 7rode Show Venue: Business Design Centre, london Organiser: Blenheim On-line (081-742 2828) Europe's largest trade show for the computer and video games industry.
April 16,1994 Spring All Micro Show Venue BingJey Hall, Staffs Organiser Shani'ard Services (0473 272002) Last autumn's show contained 70 exhibitors - some with Amiga software and hardware.
September 20-25,1994 Live'94 Venue: Earls Court Organiser: News International (071-782 6893) Commodore have already pledged their support for this large consumer electronics show.
October 6-9,1994 BBC Big Bash Venue: NEC, Birmingham Organiser: Haymarket Exhibitions Future World area of this big show will contain the latest computer games and virtual reality.
October 26-30,1994 Future Entertainment Show Venue: Earls Court II Organiser: Future Exhibitions (0225 442244) The biggest public show of computer and video games players and a chance to see Christmas releases.
MAESTRO Professional is a sound board providing Amigas with digital 16-bit input and output for compact disc-quality sound and direct-to-hard disk recording.
It is believed to be the first card to take a direct digital signal rather than digitised or sampled input.
Developed by MacroSystem. It comes with Samplitude software and. Using an optional back-up program and a DAT recorder, can be used to back up to 2Gb of hard disk storage.
Distributor Amiga Centre Scotland (089 687 583) say the software is a "good sound editing package which provides all the functionality that one expects from such software'’. “I captured 40 minutes of CD-quality sound direct across the optical link without any problems at all." Said Mick Tinker at Index Information
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Toccata, meanwhile, is aimed as a high quality, low cost solution for Amiga owners who want to record 16-bit samples direct to hard disk at up to 48kHz.
It features three stereo inputs, stereo output, 64 timos oversampling and comes with the same Samplitude software as supplied with Maestro Professional.
Maestro Professional costs £612 and fits into the Zorro II slot of top-end Amigas and Toccata costs £370.
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SPECIAL OFFER A The show goes on What's new The third North American World of Commodore show of 1993 was held in early December in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This show marked the first time that CD32 was actually available for sale in North America, with a small shipment of NTSC units having been built just for the show As this article was set to go to Press, Commodore were planning Iheir US nationwide of CD32 at the January Las Vegas CES show. The unit has been getting very good previews in the computer game magazines over here, but there's a lot of concern about whether European compa
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Commodore had some impressive full- motion video demos using the Mpeg module on display. The Star Trek VI demo was exciting, but far more impressive was the European TV commercial shown in both Mpeg and CDXL formats it was the first time most North Americans had seen a Commodore TV commercial since William Shatner was pushing Vic-20s and C64s in the early 1980s.
Except for CD32 titles, there was very little new at the show. Soft-Logik were showing the latest Alpha of PageStream
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CVP’s new offering was a new version of ImageFX designed
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Digital Creations showed Brilliance 2.0 (the upgrade that was going to be 1.1 got a little bigger). Among the new features are rub-through, the ability' to save tween settings, and new animation controls.
The Emplant and A-Max IV Macintosh emulators were on display virtually across the aisle from each other. After seeing the methods that A-Max IV uses to multitask Macintosh software with Amiga applications, Emplant's Jim Drew posted a note to the nets that he didn't think he was going to have to sue Readysoft after all - apparently they use a different method.
On the last day of the show Drew had Emplant running as fast as the fastest Macs, thanks to having installed an Excalibur accelerator in his Amiga 4000.
One interesting titbit was that CEI, one of Denny Atkin sees Commodore in a world of their own as they hack a path through a difficult winter Commodore's North American distribu- ' tors, were going to release a S29M5 bundle ' containing a 10Mb Amiga 4000, an Emplant with Mac ROMs, and Mac System 7.1 pre-installed.
At one ol the keynote speeches, Commodore's Lew Eggebrecht talked about a technically exciting future for Commodore that may have dark overtones for the future of the Amiga as we know it.
In the near future we ll see a cost- reduced Amiga 4000 and (finally) CD32- compatible external CD-ROM drives for the A1200 and A4000 (apparently these drives have already been designed, but were sent back to be cost-reduced since they’d cost about as much as a CD32).
Also, Commodore have finally reached an agreement with Kodak and Philips and PhotoCD support is on the way for Amiga CD, Eggebrecht said the AAA chip set is coming along nicely, and the company expected the next iteration of prototype chips to be completed in January.
Depending on how bug-free those chips are. The new chipset could be nearing production (it s about time, too - I recently saw a proposal for the AAA chips that was dated April-1990!)
He said that 24-bit images were being blitted about the screen at speeds faster than the AGA chips can move Ham-8 graphics, The good news is that Eggebrecht said that Commodore are planning to use Motorola's blazing-fast Motorola 68060 chip in a future Amiga.
This should make for an incredibly speedy machine that will run the majority of current Amiga software. No dates were given for the release of AAA or 68060 machines, although Fall 1994 was hinted for AAA.
Eggebrecht also mentioned that some future machines would use the industry- standard PCI expansion bus in addition to Zorro III; a modular architecture would allow you to ‘upgrade’ your 68060 PCI Amiga to use a RISC processor.
The disturbing news, though, was Commodore's plans for the future shift to RISC processors. This in itself isn't upsetting, as the computer industry as a whole is taking this RISCy tack But Eggebrecht said that Commodore would not be porting the Amiga operating system to run on their RISC machines, but that instead the company would use an "industry-standard" operating system (presumably Windows NT or something similar), Eggebrecht stated that the Amiga OS would only be available on the 680x0 series. Sorry. Lew, but AAA chips or not, a machine that won't run Amiga software or the Amiga's
spectacular operating system isn't an Amiga anymore.
Hopefully Commodore will wise up and offer an Amiga OS-compatibility mode, similar to the methods Apple use to allow their new Power PC Macintoshes to run 680x0 Mac software.
Six points for the Quarterback The end of the world as we know it?
Central Coast Software announced a new version of their popular hard-disk backup program, Quarterback. Version 6.0 adds a number of new features that will make owners of high-speed SCSI tape-backup drives happy, but there are also new features for those ol us who are a little less wealthy and back up our hard drives onto too floppy disks.
Faster software-based compression means that you can now compress backups to floppy disks with no slowdown as compared to uncompressed backups, a real boon to owners of slower Amigas. A new backup scheduler lets you schedule automatic tape backups - or any Amiga program - to execute at any defined time.
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Commodore and HP on TV The hot technology here in the US is the set-top box, which is the unexciting name for high-tech cable TV boxes that will let you view 500 cable channels and make television truly interactive.
Cable TV ring and has looked for Commodore for help.
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Although companies like 3DO and Microsoft have already jumped into the lead by signing with the cable- TV big guys, a report in an industry trade magazine says that Hewlett- Packard has thrown its hat into the ¦ You can't use Software this Powerful, and produce Documents this Good... Unless, you buy cm expensive PC or Macintosh™ a high priced Colour PostScript™ Laser Printer, and a complex, costly Desk Top Publishing Package.
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Before I too become tainted by a mysterious memory disorder that's affected many of those present at the summer launch of the CD32, it’s worth attempting to restore at least something for those poor unfortunates who've been hit hardest by this mystery disease.
Although closely investigated, the disease's cause still remains a mystery. However, the search has been narrowed down to that great day when Commodore's new baby took its first step into the open arms of the press and industry bigwigs.
Much for promises Could it have been the filled rolls strewn across the running buffet? Maybe the bucks fizz held some strange water-borne infection? Who knows for sure?
Fortunately most of the Amiga press have an insatiable need for free lager, and were therefore saved, Unfortunately the Armani set weren't so lucky, guzzling down the dubious orange liquor with gay abandon.
If only the forgetful throng could recall the words of David Pleasance as he drew cheers from the assorted suits by denouncing piracy while singing the praises of CD32 and its pirate-proof design.
Even the prospect of paying a small fee to use Commodore's proprietary CD boot code didn't'phase the now deliriously happy software developers - who by this time were openly salivating at the prospect of finally rogering the pirates.
Mr Pleasance went on working the crowd by explaining that even though there are approximately two million Amigas in the UK, a hit game still only sells a pathetic 30,000 copies - more mumbled approval... At this point, the rhetoric changed tack in the direction of the poor punters who, thanks to the CD32, will enjoy unrivalled value for money as the software houses find themselves liberated from the scourge of the seafaring marauders. Unfortunately it appears this part of the proceedings was worst affected by this mysterious disease.
Mr Pleasance followed up with hand on heart claims that CD32 wasn't to be another CDTV turkey stuffed with rehashed non-AGA software at inflated prices.
Mention this particular element to the average software executive and you'll hear your words bouncing around the void left by the bucks fizz. To be fair not all were affected and indeed some have rallied around the CD32 flag with the odd dedicated release which at least begins to exploit the power of the machine.
Unfortunately for the vast majority the temptation to box shift old software has been just too much to bear. As a result many a pensionable program is now being revitalised - but alas not re-written.
Not necessarily a bad thing, I mean what's wrong with a collection of classic programs stuffed onto the near limitless storage space of a CD and sold on to the eager public at a reasonable price? Nothing at all!
Unfortunately, it appears this is the last thing on the mind of those at the top. Rather than 10,20 or perhaps 300 programs, the average release holds no more than the original floppy.
Worse still, many are simply dumped across, bypassing the AGA potential of the CD32 entirely. Of course there's always the cost of development to consider, which is a very valid point - if you're actually developing something new.
And let’s not forget the part which the pirates have played in the equation, Thanks to them we've all been forced to pay ever-increasing sums for software, but now that's all behind us - isn't it?
After all, that's what the software industry has been telling us for years -"it's their fault, we're only trying to keep our heads above the water, every program pirated means less for development..." But nobody can rip off a CD32 release, so why aren't prices tumbling instead of creeping ever closer to those of Sega and Nintendo? Before gold fever reaches epidemic proportions and joins forces with amnesia it's perhaps worth remembering who pays the bill. Otherwise these temporary disorders may become terminal for the software houses and the Amiga itself. Although I'm not against any- As a
plague of amnesia sweeps the software industry, we ask if piracy is any worse than profiteering one trying to recoup their losses, there has to be a limit, and given the fact that all the major software houses have had access to CD32 development systems for over a year, there's no excuse for research and development to go on for ever.
In short, let's not sell the CD32 down the river. After all, why should cash-crazed marketing men bugger it up for Commodore and indeed the rest of us?
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package comprising of three disks which we've crammed onto this
month's CoverDisks, all ot which will have to be unarchived
before we can go any further.
As usual, the de-archiving process is launched by booting from the CoverDisk and double clicking the Make icons, so do this now.
Power of the There are two archives on the main Publisher disk, one each for the program disk and the fonts disk, and one on the MRBackup disk which contains the PostScript interpreter program, so you'll need three blank floppies.
The Publisher can be installed either on hard drive or on floppies. In the latter case, if running from floppies you will need to have a second drive attached to the Amiga so that The Publisher can read its fonts disk.
FLOPPY DISK INSTALLATION As we have already have a backup of The Publisher in the form of the original CoverDisks, there's really no need to install the program disk to floppies as this has already been done, bul there are some things we have to do.
Place the fonts disk in your second drive, making sure it is write-enabled, then double click on the disk icon and the Publisher_Fonts directory until you see an icon called Font Jnstall.
Now doubleclick on this icon and there will be a bit of disk whirring, during which time the install program will create a list of the available fonts and save the list to the disk.
Installing the PostScript interpreter is a little more complex. Again, make sure you have booted from Workbench, then format two blank disks, calling them PS_Driverl and PS_Driver2 respectively.
Now place the de-archived PostScript interpreter disk in dfO: and the PS.Driverl disk in your second drive. Open both disk windows and drag all eight icons from the interpreter disk to PS_Driverl. Replace the interpreter disk with your Workbench disk in dfO; and make sure it is write enabled. Now double click on the Publisher_Script icon which should be on the new PS_Driverl disk.
Two icons should appear, so double click on the PSJnstall icon and type the number 6547495F into the requester when asked for your serial number.
Now double click on the PS.VM drawer in the PS_Driverl window.
Double click on VM_Install and you should see a confirmation appear. Now remove this disk and write protect it, then replace the Workbench disk in dftk with the dearchived interpreter disk. Place the second formatted disk (the one we called PS_Driver2) in your second drive.
Open the l$ _Driver2 window by double clicking on the disk icon, then double click on the Publisher.Script icon in dfO: and drag the icons called PS_DLPs and PSC_Buffer over to your l,S_Driver2 disk.
Now remove the original interpreter disk and store it in a safe place.
Put your Workbench disk in dfO: making sure it is w'rite-protected, then double click on the PSDLPs drawer icon, then on the DLPJnstall icon. Click on OK once the program has confirmed installation.
Again, double click on the PSC_Buffer drawer icon, then double click the Bufjnstall icon, clicking ok when the program reports a successful installation.
Your second interpreter disk is now- safely installed and you should keep it with the PS_Driverl disk for when you print your documents. For setting up the interpreter, refer to the appropriate section later on.
HARD DRIVE INSTALLATION Boot from hard drive and insert the dearchived fonts disk in dftk, then open the hard drive window where The Publisher is to be installed. Double click on the fonts disk icon, then drag the Publisher_Fonts drawer across to the target hard drive.
Once disk activity has ceased, remove the floppy, open the Publisher.Fonts drawer just created on your hard drive and double click the Fontjnstall icon, which will scan for available fonts and create a list which it will save on hard drive. Now put your original fonts disk away in a safe place.
To install the program itself, place the de-archived program disk in dfO;, double click on the disk icon and drag Ihe.Publisher drawer across to the target hard drive. Again, once disk activity has ceased, remove the floppy and open the rriTlUr* MMWfl h««Ti» ») PuaLIINFH VtrtTcn .11 kJ - mImLAuLa Ivp* tivi* 1 BPPY ¦ Paragraph mode Text mode As many text style options as one could with for through the Type Style menu t| NEN | | Getting into print in professional style has never been easier than with this month’s superb DTP giveaway, The Publisher ¦ Make freehand bo.
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A similar icon will appear which is The_Publisher program icon itself, so double click on this to run the program, and when prompted to enter a serial number, type 6547495F and press Return. The Publisher will initialise itself and run, but for now choose the Quit option from the Document menu.
Fr»t H.r.«17MI* f.Vt t .f f CO Jg, ..... We now need to install the PostScript interpreter. Insert the de-archived interpreter disk in dfO: and open the hard drive window in which you wish to install the interpreter program.
Now double click on the interpreter disk icon to reveal eight icons, all of which should be dragged across to the hard drive drawer you have chosen (it would be a good idea to create a new drawer for this part of the installation).
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double click on the Publisher_Script drawer icon which you have
just dragged across to hard drive. Two icons will appear, so
double click the PSJratall icon and enter the serial number
6547495F as before and press Return.
Now go back to the main directory where the eight icons are stored and open the PS.VM, PSC.Buffer, and PS.DLPs drawer icons in turn and run the install program which can be found in each drawer. Each time, a window will appear to confirm the installation which you can close by clicking on OK.
Setting up a page using the Add command and page definition window The interpreter is now installed on hard drive and you should refer to the panel on setting up the interpreter before going any further.
V-r. ..... .1 ? Itlltr ? !.•••« [3] Nub.nvfti Card OK I INTERPRETER SET-UP Once installed, the PostScript interpreter program must be set up to match your system resources. If you have installed to floppies, insert the PS.Driverl disk in dfO: and double click on it to reveal the contents, and if you have installed on .
Hard drive open the director)' in which you installed the interpreter.
Double click on the icon called PS_Prefs which will open a program window in which we can set default buffer sizes. The interpreter program uses a sophisticated virtual memory routine to minimise the amount of RAM needed to handle PostScript files, which would otherwise by 4 Mb or 5Mb, and this space is set aside on your floppy or hard drive when the interpreter is running.
For now, leave the defaults as they are, which should be 400k. There will be enough space on most hard drives and on the floppy for this buffer, so leave well alone for now and choose the Save button to save our preference settings.
Depending on the amount of hard drive space or system memory you have you can raise these defaults later, but they should do for now.
As The Publisher prints to a device known as PSC:, you must first mount the device before using the interpreter This can be done either by double clicking the PSC_Mount icon every time you want to use the interpreter, or by dragging the have a hi-ra monitor and flicker fixer, or can't run in the newer Productivity mode, flicker can be reduced to acceptable levels by experimenting with contrast and brightness controls on the monitor or TV.
All documents in The Publisher start with the addition of a page. All you'll see at the present is the menu bar and a tool box on the left of the screen. Everything else is blank, so choose Add from the Page menu and a requester will appear with the set-up information for our new page.
Our default settings are in centimetres and an A4 page size, so click on OK to create the page. Now we'll take a whizz through the various options and gadgets.
First stop is the all-important cluster of four icons at the top of the tool box. These represent the four modes we can be in while using the program. Clockwise they are cursor, paragraph, text, and drawing modes, and you have to be in the correct mode to carry out certain operations.
Let’s start by creating a box. Click on PSC_Mount icon to your WBStartup drawer if you have Workbench 2.04 or higher.
All done? Takes a little while, doesn't it? The Publisher is a complex package capable of superb professional results; and the price of this productive power is a certain amount of tinkering to ensure the system is set up properly. Now to use the program... We have provided a complete step-by- step tutorial on creating a flyer using the program which you will find elsewhere in this issue, so on these pages we will review the various menus and options, looking at how they work and why.
The first step is to load the program, at which point you will notice it runs in hires interlaced. This screen setting cannot be changed and has been forced upon the program because it is the best display mode for detailed DTP work. If you don't MRBackup Professional Authors: MR Software Originally a commercial product. MRBackup was recently released on a shareware basis, giving all of us an excellent opportunity to sample this professional software free of charge.
Those who wish to carry on using MRBackup Professional will find details in the on- disk documentation of the company's offer of a manual in exchange for a small shareware registration fee.
The program works by scanning a hard dnve for all files, offering the user a list Of those available for backup, then safely builds a copy of the selected files and directories on a number of floppies. In this way, the user can ensure his or her data is safe from unexpected disasters, a vital if much overlooked practice for all HD owners.
As the program is originally supplied on a disk of its own, we’ve archived the lot in our usual fashion and you’ll have to unpack the archive first. Once this process is complete. Boot from your hard drive and insert MRBackup in a drive, open the disk window and double dick on the MRBackup icon.
A window will appear with a variety of options and buttons on offer. First, a string gadgets tefl the program where its preferences are saved, which by default is on the MRBackup disk and shouldn't be changed. Next there is the home path, which simply tells MRBackup which hard drive to look at first and shouldn't need to be fiddled with as yet. Finally, the backup path is selectable using the third gadget This is DFO: for the moment, indicating that MRBackup will use the internal floppy drive to write backups and look for restored data. This can be changed to another drive if you like by
clicking on the question mark button. A file requester will appear, using which you can choose to write data to a different floppy drive.
If a second floppy is attached to your Amiga's external drive port. MRBackup will automatically detect this and use it, so there's really no need to change this setting either. Below the string gadgets, four floppy disk icons represent which drives might potentially be available, and those which are not will be ghosted out.
On the right of the string gadgets, several other options are presented, the first of which is a frivolous voice button which, if set to on, will force MRBackup to report all system responses via the Workbench narrator device. Below this is an important button which governs the type of backup media used.
Clicking on this toggles through three settings - AmigaDOS, Fast Disk, and SCSI tape. The first will save all data to normal Amiga disks as normal Amiga files and is rather slow, though it does have the advantage of being ultra safe (paranoid hard drive users take note). The second is the default Fast Disk setting which MRBackup uses for most backups, Fast Disk uses any 3.5in floppy and formats it as the data is written to the disk, automatically splitting large files across two or more disks to use all available disk space.
The resulting backup disks will only be recognised by MRBackup (so make Sure you have a backup of MRBackup somewhere safe!), but has the advantage of being secure, and much faster than the AmigaDOS method A third option is available for those with access to SCSI tape streamer devices, the [mduckup t I The main a im«ckyr hMfil rmMtm..... .....nit screen, from batkup and mtorotfon options on accessed uuuu w '' mi Wl: .tea. init 4.
Most efficient and speedy backup method but also one which the vast majority ot us will not use.
Tape streamers are huge digital tape devices capable of storing the contents of an entire HD on one tape, but they are usually only found attached to network servers in office settings.
To round ofl the buttons on the main screen, a row of five gadgets can be used to access the various sections of the program. Options opens a screen on which the user can set the date for the backup, the prefix for backup disks, such as "MyPicbes", and a variety of preference settings controlling how backups and restores are earned Out.
This would be a good time to hit the help key to summon MRBackup's excellent online help. Using the Browse, Contents, and Restore buttons we can move through a variety of information screens where tips and information of all kinds are stored.
Use the on-line help for any option on which you are unsure, but there are three buttons we need to take a closer look at. Two ot these, marked Compression and Decompression, tell the program what type oc crunching to use on the data being backed up and range from none to 16-bit. The higher the compression goes the fewer floppies are needed, but backup times increase dramatically.
Third and most important is the button in the lower nght-hand corner labelled Venfy Writes. By default this is set to ‘no", which means data saved to a floppy during a backup is not tested for errors, but we would recommend this is always set to “yes" Backups will take half as long again when venfication is turned on. But if dodgy old disks are used the user can find on attempting to restore the data that disk four in a set of 23 is corrupt, which means the data on all subsequent disks cannot be accessed, a nightmare we could all do without.
Now click on OK to take us back to the main screen and click on the Filters button Filters have to be written using a text editor such as ED. But can be very useful in : the DISK s ?
' I box icon (see diagram for details) and draw a box anywhere on the page. We f I started in cursor mode, which is used for most things including creating boxes, but i I tf we now want to input some text we'll I have to change to text input by clicking I on the gadget with a large capital T" in it Do so now and type a word or two :nto the box. If you don’t like the font we're using, just dick on the top right gadget (paragraph mode) then on the box whose contents you want to change.
Now select Alter Current from the Type Style menu. Various options, including changing the font and its typography settings are available, but these are covered in the tutorial, so leave everything as it is.
See how the mode we are in affects what actions we can carry out? If we hadn't clicked on the paragraph gadget the Type Style menu would not have been available. Above all, when using The Publisher you must keep track of which mode you are working in or you may become confused as to why some options aren't working.
Again, another important aspect of the program is the list approach used for all imported text and graphics and for a document's style tags. The list can be seen below the page view area and will be blank to start with.
When a file is imported for use in a document it isn't pasted straight into the currently active box but stored in the list until it is needed. This approach means, among other benefits, that if a logo is to be used in several places it only has to be loaded once, but bear the list in mind when importing text or graphics in case you're wondering where the image or text file has gone.
Placing an imported file in a box is a simple matter of ensuring that the target box is selected, then clicking on the list entry.
Keep these simple rules in mind and follow the detailed tutorial op creating a flyer and you should find The Publisher a useful and productive tool.
Full details on the cut price manual offer can also be found in this issue for those who wish to delve deeper into this complex package's innermost secrets.
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telling the Amiga which files we always want to back up.
For example. DH1 might contain mostly commercial programs for which we have the original disks, in which case we already have a backup, so there's no need to include these.
We might simply want to ensure that. Say. The directories containing business letters. PageSetter layouts, and images generated in Dpaint or a rendering package are selected for backup, and filters can be written to instruct MRBackup of this. All instructions on the format of filters can be accessed from this screen by pressing the help key again.
Lei’s go back to the main screen again and click on Backup. From here we can start a backup using the home path set in the main screen and any filters we have constructed, so skip back to the main screen, set the homepath as SYS:Prefs, then return to the backup screen and click on Ok.
Your Prefs drawer will be scanned for all files (unless a filter was set) and a new screen will appear showing the drawer in a window to the left. On the right, a number of options are available to select or deselect files, and two string gadgets can be used to tell the program which files to include or exclude using standar d AmigaDOS wildcards.
Directory contents Double dick on the Prefs drawer as listed in the window and MRBackup will display the directory contents, all of which are selected at the moment. To deselect individual files or sub-directories, just click on the file name. To select or deselect a range of similar files, use the string gadgets.
For example, you could deselect all icon files by entering the string " ?.info’' in the exclude pattern string. Once happy that you have selected the appropriate files, three information boxes below the option gadgets will inform you how many entries there are. How many have been selected, and how many disks will be required to complete the backup, which in this case should bo just one disk.
Now click on OK and you should be prompted to insert the first backup disk in a drive Do so now and the program should make a copy of the Prefs drawer fairly quickly. Remember that you should have used the Options screen to set verify to on.
Once the backup is complete you will be asked lo remove the backup disk, then prompted to save the backup catalogue lo dfO:. Confirm that you wish to do this and either save the catalogue to the MRBackup disk or choose a spare floppy to store all your catalogues.
These catalogues are important in that they record the status of all files saved to disk during the backup and are used by MRBackup when restoring the data, so make sure you save the catalogue where you can find H again.
It would also be a good idea to give the catalogue file a more descriptive name such as Prefs25Janl 994 to save guesswork at a later date, Catalogues are only needed when the user wants to select files from a backup rather than splurge the whole lot back onto hard drive, but it's a good idea to save one out just in case.
If you don't bother or can't remember where the catalogue was saved, use the rebuild catalogue option from the main screen s Operations menu. This could take some time, but is better than restoring 20Mb of data just to retrieve one file.
To complete our test ran, we can restore the data to hard drive, but this is not recommended unless forced on the user by a catastrophe such as a read write error.
The first rule of hard drive use is that if it works, don’t mess with it, so we'll restore the data to a safe place such as RAM; (if you have a spare 1Mb or so) or another drawer on the hard drive.
Back on the main screen, set the Home Path to RAM: or a safe directory such as SYS:Storage, then go to the Restore screen by clicking the appropriate button on the main screen and dick on OK.
A requester should appear to tell you that a catalogue is only necessary if you want a partial restore (selecting only certain files to retrieve). As we are restoring the complete Prefs drawer, just click on Ignore Catalogue.
You will be prompted to insert the backup disk and the program will read the disk and save its backed-up files in the directory chosen using Home Path.
Once the restore is complete you can check for yourself and a copy of your Prefs drawer should be sitting there gaily waving and smiling, safe in the knowledge that he's been cloned.
That is the essence Of MrBackup, and by following the above rules, making sure you set the correct paths and use verify, you should be able to ensure that your precious data is protected from future mishaps.
Use the on-line help for more detailed information on the program's features or, better still, contad MR Software and order a manual. The details can be found in the shareware doc you'll find on the de-archived disk.
Share Manager
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1. Boot from the CoverDisk again and double click the Make-Vidi
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Author: Ben Muller If Britain is, as we have been told ad nauseam, turning into a share-holding democracy, the usefulness of a program such as this is beyond question. Share Manager is designed to enable the user to keep track of the value of investments over time, including the all-important values of yield and share price.
Tq set up a portfolio, we must first select New from the Project menu, then tell the program how much money, or capital, we have to spend.
This is done by choosing Deposit on the Capital menu and typing in a figure. The maximum amount in any one portfolio is £10 million, so even the more well-heeled among us should be fine.
If anyone out there finds this amount restricting, feel free to post the difference to someone who might make better use of it.
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Selecting the appropriate type of company opens a second window into which the shares can be entered. Use the Buy option on the Share menu to open a small information panel which will expect values for the share name, price (in pence), quantity bought, and so on, after which the block of shares will be entered in the window.
If you don't know what the Yield and P E values mean, you probably don't have shares, but you can find out in any case by using the Help Me menu available from the main screen.
An option called What are? Will open a scrolling list of financial terms, and by clicking on the term of your choice you can treat yourself to a short definition, just the ticket when you've grown tired of watching the videos you recorded over Christmas and want nothing more than to settle down by the fire for a good read.
Share Manager works using the built-in clock, and if you don't have one the program's usefulness will be limited. As long as the date is constantly changing, Share Manager will allow you to update the information on any share block you like then print out a graph of your investment's performance over time.
Ratner isn't as big in Australia as in the UK, so don't expect a graph with its lower limit set somewhere in your basement.
Full details of the various options and how to use them are presented in the on-disk documentation, but as Share Manager doesn't use jargon bevond the average share owner's ken, the millions of you who own bits of the water, gas, or electricity industries should be able to keep track of the missing family silver with relative ease.
Worms Author: Ekke Verheul Worms is a screen blanker with a difference in that it doesn’t wait for a specified time until blanking the screen and the original display cannot be restored by anyone who doesn't know the correct key combination, thus ottering a certain security.
Best uses for the program are when printing a long document, rendering an animation, or carrying out some other lengthy task which most definitely should not be interrupted by the prying fingers of small children or other household inhabitants.
Take it from me that coming home expecting three hours of rendering to have produced satisfying results only to find that the cat had run over the keyboard and upset the process after onfy 15 minutes is a moment one doesn't want to go through too often.
By default, when the program is started, pressing Che control and left Shift keys will turn the worm blank on, while pressing control and left Alt will turn it off.
When on, a number of squiggly lines (euphemistically termed "worms") will wriggle around the screen eating away at the blackness to reveal a spiral pattern until the process is repeated.
DEATH GRIP No keyboard input other than the secret off switch and the three fingered death grip (Ctrf-left Amiga-right Amiga) will be accepted while blanking is in progress, and should you want more security a third key can be added to the off switch by entering its Ascii code in a tool type found on the program's icon.
For example, using the tool type KEY=70 will mean that the delete key will have to be pressed as well as the left Alt and control keys before blanking is turned off. Other useful Ascii codes include 95 (Help key), 80 to 89 (F1 to F10). And 13 ( or backslash key), but others can be found in the Amiga manual or a printer manual.
Ensuring that the third key is far away from the two defaults will keep the risk of someone accidentally hitting the correct keys to a minimum, though I've had to strive hard to find one which is farthest away from the pattern made by a cat's paw prints while walking.
Worms can be launched a! Startup by dragging the icon into the WBStartup drawer and will not blank until told to. In addition the program has a low priority, so shouldn’t slow down any job the Amiga might be doing while you're away from the screen.
Full details of the other options and tool types can be found in the Worms Amiga Computing February 1994 24 Scion Author: Robbie J Akins xx»n is a modern geneology program designed to help those who wish to trace and
- ecord their family trees, and like any other geneology program
is in effect a highly spe- . Hsed database.
Unlike some utilities of this kind, however, Scion makes no concession to secular or
- vial conventions, and so does not revolve entirely around the
nuclear family.
Weddings, when recorded, do not have to be between man and woman, and children : not have to hold the same surname as their parents, thus allowing for divorce, adopted
- Jdren, second families, and gay spouses.
When loaded, the program displays a window split into three main areas. The main ndow holds personal details of the person currently being viewed, below which there ire a number of gadgets for searching through the list people in the current database. To
• v right a set of tools an* on offer with which relationships
can be defined to set up family groups.
If you have ever used a geneology program or carried out research into your family his-
• ry. You will know that the most time consuming job is the
collection of birth, death, and
- .irriage certificates and the collation of the disparate data
into some sort of pattern.
The web of marriages and children soon spreads until a simple look back at grcat- '.mdfather's descendants can cover the living room floor with a blizzard of yellowing documents. * With Scion the process is made more simple in that the user just types in the names of ISMITH I Pick - TOOLf “ I I Wit Motes In Hieu Picture I4RPMW7 " ’ Eersonal Search iMatrrnitv Hose., fish ley Read, Ranyiora. HZ EOIT DmeftSE I Add New Person I I delete Person | Set Ut Barnaul ICIectrical Engineer KTOTflTEr” Parent s SibI mu Spwse ihUdfM Ibetails obtained fron his father Emily lift... I wtdimr i rn
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Tracing a penon i ancestors using Scion » family tree display everyone involved then uses the family group tools to tell the program who married who, when, and where, who was who's child, and so on until the available data has all been entered.
A simple selection on the information gadgets at the bottom of the screen will then enable one to trace fathers, mothers, ancestors and descendants for any chosen person, and a variety of different reports can be committed to paper via the print menu, An example file, imaginatively entitled "Example", can be found in the same directory as Scion and should now be loaded to demonstrate the capabilities of the program.
The database holds the details of 108 people grouped into 34 family groups ranging across several generations and is a good illustration of how Scion works.
Starting with Albert Smith, born in 1947, we can trace the Smith family backwards and forwards to the oldest known relatives and the most recent children. Click first on the Anc (ancestors) button and a screen showing Albert and his parents on the left will pop up.
The previous two generations are displayed to the right, so click on Albert’s greatgrandfather, Charles Smith. We are returned to the Personal detail screen where we can see that Charles was bom in 1848 and worked as a bookseller.
To trace Charles's descendants, click on the Desc (descendants) button and a tree will be shown in which male relatives are displayed in blue and female in red.
We can go down the generations by clicking on names farther to the right, but notice for now that spouses are marked by an S and that children, the next generation, are indented one level to give us a clear picture of how the family has progressed through the years.
Using Scion, aided by the detailed manual on the CoverDisk, any reader should find that organising the family history is a much easier job and that charts of one's family make-up can be generated and printed in minutes.
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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.
New readers may have difficulties using our CoverDisk, so we have included this page to help you out.
Below we explain how to copy files from one disk to another, how to copy the entire CoverDisk and how to de-archive programs. None 59 59 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 lo perform the dearchiving process.
How to make a backup 59 To copy the entire CoverDisk, load up your Workbench disk, then either click once on the CoverDisk icon and select Duplicate, or select Copy from the Workbench menu, or open CLI Shell and type: 9ISKC0PT FROfl OfO: TO DfO: When prompted, put your CoverDisk (the source disk) in dfO: and be ready to replace it with your blank disk (the destination disk). Follow the Amiga's on-screen prompts until the disk copy is completed.
Now put the original away in a safe place and use your backup.
I HorfchMhi.t JfliS , f£=? ZsjiI rail jBia Copying individual files Ypg might at some point want to copy a single program from a CoverDisk to your compilation, Workbench disk or even your hard drive.
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 whole directory at once. Use the command: COPY (directory) TO (nexditk) All where (directory) is the full pathname of the directory you wish to copy, and fnewdisk) 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 27's Utilities drawer to a directory called FRED on your Workbench disk, you'd type: COPT C0YERDlStt7:UTlLlTlES flED TO N0KKBENCH1.S FRi ALL Alternatively, you can click once on the FRED directory on 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.
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backdrop for her performances.
Admittedly now a lot of the Amiga artists working in the world today use the video capabilities of the Amiga, and none more so than users of Newtek's Video Toaster, which is still taking Hollywood by strategy.
The Post Group use the Amiga on many TV projects using both the Toaster and ASDG's Morph Plus.
Recent projects include The Tonwiyknockers, a Stephen King TV movie, and the popular BBC 2 time travelling series Quantum Leap, both of which used morph effects created with MorphPlus.
IIXIDIE Jeff Ginn uses Amiga technology to produce special effects for the pop- ular Young Indiana Iones Chronicles series you can't fail to have seen if you have Sky One, either through the dish in your roof or on cable.
• Although some of the other effects made using the Amiga are
perhaps more glamorous, I always said that the Amiga was the
perfect creative computer. Nobody really paid much attention to
me originally, partly because the Amiga was a bit of an unknown
quantity at the time, but mostly because I used to slam my hand
on the table when I said it.
Ahem. But the fact remains I was right, and more artists and creators of all sorts are using the Amiga for their work as well as their play.
Ever since some bright spark at Commodore US thought of using the late great Andy Warhol and Deborah (aka Debbie) Harry at the launch of the Amiga, our machine of choice remains a firm favourite with creators of all kinds, but particularly artists.
Warhol in fact continued to use the Amiga up to his death, saying in 1986: "The thing I like most about doing this kind of art on the Amiga is that it looks like my work."
Laurie Anderson used to use the Amiga for her stage shows, grabbing in animated sequences from video using the old LIVE!
Digitiser and using them as a projected Anyone who reads Amiga magazines or watches TV will be aware of the work of English special effects wizard Ron Thornton, He was a leading effects man in the UK on cult shows like Blake's Seven, and now is the creator, with his US-based company Foundation Imaging, of the visual effects for the Emmy award winning sci-fi TV show.
Babylon 5.
‘I started out in model making, and doing effects more traditionally. My partner and I had been fascinated by computer graphic imaging for some time, like way back to the old Apple II days. There were boards around at about £10.000, and you could just render 24-bit images on them and I thought they were fabulous.
‘But you never got a chance to play with
30. As in modelling, animation or anything like that. After
having worked in Canada on a show called Captain Power and
the Soldiers of the Future, I went and bought an Amiga and
started playing around with some of the packages that were
available like Sculpt 3D and those ones... “It was fun but
it wasn't a production tool.
It couldn’t do anything but HAM. And nobody had 24-bit. So when the Toaster came out it was like, well give it a try. It’s got a 3D package with it, it can't be any worse than Turbo Silver or Imagine. It was actually very good. I said to myself I'll see if I can make something from scratch in 30 minutes. And I did. So it passed the test.
‘After that it was just a question of if I could do what I do normally but in the computer. So I just set to re-building a miniature that I ..ad made years ago for Blake's Seven and make it in the Amiga, and it worked very very nicely.
‘The thing is you’re really striving to make something look fairly real, but at the same time give it a certain flair. Being one of the thirtysomething brigade I was brought up on Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet. Dan Dare and stuff like that, so a sense of style and colour is something that I've always had.
‘I’ve always felt that the Star Wars movies seemed to miss that with their grey spaceships. But Thunderbirds was great, it was very colourful, and obviously inspired by Frank Hampson and Dan Dare. So we thought 'let’s bring a little bit of that to a mainstream TV show’. So we've ended up coming up with pretty colourful stuff.
It’s a very neat show, the scnpt is very good. Compared the to the actual senes the pilot was rubbish. The series is great the concepts are great, the effects are so much better than the pilot. The pilot was very much a learning process for us.
‘They were very brave in taking the risk because nobody had done a TV show like that before It was like an ordeal by fire Can you produce this number of shots in The gap between the big boys and us is closing rapidly Mt 'j& . (A .11 ;LLMTOEra »®|iUptlEt ,v ft* .. AaA ft A LlbLLLliLL jL The thing I like W most about doing this kind of art on the Amiga is that it looks like my work tk
* hjt Jeff paiduces is just as important. He
- -aies a great deal of the signage used in
- e series, like posters and signs above
- rops, and all in the style of the 19205.
The exciting science fiction series 3itvlon 5 is coming to Channel 4 in March
- 4 - another show which relies on the miga to create its visual
effects.
Ron Thornton, ex-BBC special effects
- nan on such historic shows as Dr Who and Blake's Sam, now lives
and works in Te USA, and works almost exclusively on the Video
Toaster.
You can read what he has to sav about the Amiga in a moment, but it's becoming clear that the Amiga can deliver not just as-good-as results, but better than.
On Speilberg's Jurassic Park, what they call "pre-visualisation" of the monster dinos was done by Stefan Dechant of Amblin Imaging. Amblin also do the SFX for the SeaQuest series, and now have over 60 Video Toasters.
STAR TREK VI Already effects which Amblin have achieved before only with Silicon Graphics workstations are now being done with fairly ordinary Amigas with enough memory and CPU power.
Then there's Star Trek VI, which also featured Lightwave-generated graphics by Post Group associate Joe Conti, with the USS Enterprise and US5 Excelsior modelled by none other that Lightwave creator Alien Hastings. Joe Conti is also responsible for an episode of Unsolved Mysteries featuring some pretty realistic UFOs. Now we see the Amiga turning up in all manner of places, especially in the music community. There are a lot of musi- More than ever the Amiga is making inroads into the real world, proving itself to be the ultimate creative computer. Phil South talks to working artists who use
the Amiga as a key player in their creative universe cians following in Laurie Anderson's footsteps, the obvious one being Todd Rundgren, who now produces all his videos using the NewTek Toaster, and even has a company set up to do it called Nutopia.
Ex-patriot whiplash smiler Billy Idol is now an Amiga head too, and he uses Amiga-generated video walls in his video and stage work. He is also a regular visitor to The WELL conferencing system in San Francisco.
Other famous and enthusiastic users include Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, and Star Trrk: The Next Generation actors Carel Struvcken, the artistic Amiga lureuie Park dlnotaun were modelled In lightwave before being rendered on an SCI mot hint Ji “s amount of time? No other way could .ou possibly do it. "We’re doing 10, 15. 20 rots a week sometimes, which is phenomenal Star Trek: The Next Generation has aoout five new shots a week, plus a bunch of screen displays. And we're a quarter of reir price! We only have an animation crew u five. We’re not working on anything else s the
moment., at least nothing I can talk aoout to an English person.
’We're running 2000s, some running RCS 040 boards, some CSA. We've got 32Mb of memory on all of them, and we run that Into a Novell Netware server. Oh yes.
And the new version of Lightwave is amazing.
“I mean, right now on the screen in front of me I’m animating a dinosaur How long ago did they do Jurassic Parlrt Now you can do it all on a desktop computer! The gap between the big boys doing it and us doing it is closing rapidly, which is a lot of fun.* ¦FEATURE ¦ 4 Dave Gibbons ave is a comic artist and one of the great British talents In comic history. As well as being famous for his solo work, he is also becoming a component part of various spectacular collaborations, with writers like Alan Moore and Frank Miller.
As well as branching into writing, he is also now designer and co-conspirator in Revolution s recent multi-format game Beneath A Steel Sky.
“I suppose I have always been interested in computers. It's funny but you know when I was at school my best subjects were science subjects. So I've always had a kind of a technological bent.
Some people say that about my artwork, really very concrete rather than abstract, and say my approach is more of a technical approach, in that I like to work in three dimensions and keep things consistent.
'I wouldn't say that I'm a techno hobbiest.
But I do like to have a nice hi-fi and a nice radio and the lat est kind of microwave oven and all that sort of stuff. So I'm not a technophobe, although a lot of artists are, they're not happy to use things they puters in general and the Amiga in particular to provide a creative solution to the problem of making art which is new and computer based.
It's going to take a little while longer for people lo begin using computers in a really special way, and now 24-bit is within almost anybody's reach 1 think we'll start seeing the end of all the same boring old video tricks.
The Amiga is, after all, the best creative computer of the last decade, and it's up to artists like these, and you too, to make sure it makes an even bigger splash in the art world of the future.
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Giant Mr Horn, and Wil Wheaton who plays Ensign Wesley Crusher. Wil actually works for NewTek now, and can be seen demoing the Toaster at all the shows they attend.
OK, so the Video Toaster has converted a lot of people over to the Amiga, but you can't rule out the obvious charms of other programs like Dpaint, Imagine, Real 3P and OpalPaint.
A lot of artists are now turning to comdon't understand. I'm quite happy to things I don't understand.
“I’ve had an Amiga for some yen now. And although I got it initially ‘:r games, I've also used it for drawir: 11 can see the huge potential for dc ng very useful things with computers.
‘Something should be done about the input side of things, there's sometr about it which makes it a bit hard tc draw, There's something about the fee of pen or pencil in contact with pap*' that you just don't get with a mouse cv £ stylus and graphics tablet.
Ul don't think I'll be really using a computer for drawing comics. I think computers are really good at is cotov' ing, rendering in the artistic sense mean, if you want to get say a sky whicr graduates from a deep blue down :c white you can do it with an airbrush ¦ijfN “But then you've jjQp got to clean it ou* after each ink, bic* through it to make sure it's working properly, mast* out all the area* you don't want the ink to go on, do it. And if the phone goes haltway through and makes yoi jump, you've got to do it all over again “It's a very labour-intensive thing. And if you don't like
the look of it after you’ve finished you’ve gcf.
Very little scope for changing it other than doing it all again from scratch.
Bradley Brad has been around on the Amiga for a long time, as many of you will be aware. He is a great 2D Amiga artist, and his painted graphics have decorated a number of magazine covers, but recently he's gone all 3D and created the 3D scenery for a game soon to be out on the CD32, Labyrinth from Electronic Arts. All the graphics for Labyrinth were rendered with Imagine version 1.1 and 2.0. "It was interesting. 1 had done painting but I'd kind of gotten dissatisfied with painting because I felt it was a very passive thing. I was looking for other things to do, and I was looking for things
other than graphic art.
"Then about 19971 got my first Amiga system, and discovered that there was a lot of potential there for doing things that were interactive. Something that would involve you more than a static painting does.
"I had friends who were interested in the Amiga and I looked a couple of differ- Schenck ent things. I'd looked at the Apple Macintosh, but it wasn't very interesting at that time because it was just black and white. I looked at the Apple 11GS but it was much more limited in colour, and that pretty much led me eventually just to the Amiga. I got awfully excited about it the more I learned about it, and really couldn't rest until I got my hands on one.
"What I like about the Amiga is the multitasking. Even though 1 don't often have the Amiga doing two very complex things at the same time, it’s very nice having that available to me. It's certainly true I can do multiple things on the same sys tern when I'm rendering, which of course can take forever.
"The system can still be used for other things which is nice. I like the environment, the operating system very much And especially in the beginning the fact that the software tends to cost much less was a big help for me, because traditionally I had never worked in a field that would give me a lot of capital to get started with.
SKETCHES "I had to learn new techniques, definitely. It didn't take a long time to move over either. It went fairly quickly. Almost the first thing I did was I look a bunch of sketches I'd done that I'd never developed into paintings, and I sent them off to be digitised.
"I did this because when 1 started drawing with the mouse I just thought, god. I'll never be able to do this. So I did that and it took two or three weeks for the FEATU RE¦ use ars for g-1 ing the ling I to [eel per )ra jm- hat ur*
e. I uch i to 've out low ike ing isk* ?as ant on.
The es igh ou to ive [he got ler I see the computer being used as a tool like ant other
• THe other thing that computers are at is straight 3D imaging.
In :cs very often you're drawing the are scene and the same
characters '-j* a variety of different mgjes A thing which I've
i «ays taken great care : do is ensure that
r. ngs are consistent.
Again experience
* allow you to do a lot ; -s stuff by hand, but SHI have to plot
van- shmg points etc, and again this is all very labour
rtensive and on the computer
• cu could do all this stuff very
• astfy.
‘That's the way I see the ::-nputer being used, as a like any other. At the
- »e the airbrush came out
- *re was obvious airbrush
- -*ets everywhere, and a bit atsr when everyone discov-
- efl that self-adhesive . ‘raset tone, that was used
i. erywhere too. So I think
* o start with you're ;:mg to get a lot of ::. Ous computer-gen
rated effects.
- sk to come back. But by the time I'd got-
- n the stuff back, I had already done . Icnplete pictures
painting with the
- ouse, so it must have gone pretty quickly.
‘The thing that really broke it for me ‘The things I like about the Amiga are that it’s cheap, it's very user friendly, and I think Dpaint is a superb painting, rendenng and animation package “I got involved in the game because, to make a long story short. I did a comic called Watchmen (DC Comics) which at one point was going to be developed as a game and a film, but nothing ever came of this.
"One of the people I met was Charles Cecil, then of Activision, who subsequently set up his own company called Revolution. I've always been very keen on collaboration, so I found myself doing all the background screens and a good part of the design work for Beneath a Steel Sky.
I designed the characters too. And from those designs also did the sprites. The backgrounds were drawn and scanned into the Amiga for treatment.
The sprites were done directly into the Amiga because sometimes you design a big detailed character and it's hard to cram all that into a sprite.
‘I found that really interesting, like how putting a little single pixel of blue on a face, say, makes a character look like he's got a beard. I think the collaboration worked well, it was a great experience and I'll be happy to do a lot more of this sort of thing in the future.
Was I went to a show where Jim Sachs was speaking and showing his work. I'd seen a little of his work already, and he was talking about how he had done everything using the mouse. I just went home and I thought, well, obviously it can be done. "I just went ahead with it and worked with it until finally it became natural. It's like any other tool, you just have to get used to using it until you don't really think about it being there. In fact I still use a mouse, I don't use a tablet, although I'm thinking about trying it again.
"I tried it several years ago, and I just didn't care for it. For some things I’ll still continue to do it on paper and scan them in, just because the idea of something which emulates drawing on paper seems kind of silly to me.
"It's perfectly easy to draw on paper, and it’s very direct and you can draw on ten sheets of paper out on your desk at the same time. There's something very immediate about working with paper. But I'm interested in some of the painting techniques that use pressure sensitive tablets. I hat's probably why I would give it another try.
"Right now I’m using TVPaint on a Retina, we also have OpalVision. My partner and I, as well as the games software, have done an animation program which works on different frame buffers and so we've gotten kind of a collect of them now! So we have an OpalVision, but I haven't actually had a chance to play with it because my partner's got it.
"The CD32 version of Labyrinth was the first version, but it turns out thev published the MS-DOS version first. But it's being published in the UK by Electronic Arts. So we don't actually know, we get it all third-hand. It was supposed to go out a week ago, there was a delay something about Commodore silk screening something onto the disks."
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sampling has broadened from its original 8-bit base to a market where just about any option you wish can be supplied by one manufacturer or another.
The profusion of samplers has meant that customer choice can sometimes take on bewildering proportions, leading us neatly into a comprehensive look at the units on offer and their relative strengths.
As usual, our first step is to provide some info for anyone wanting to know where to start. The bottom line here is that you'll need a piece of hardware called a sound digitiser, plus the software to control it.
Most Amiga sampling packages include both hardware and software and with the higher priced units you'll get extras like line level and microphone level inputs, signal volume controls, switchable parallel through port connections (so that the digitiser can be left permanentty plugged in) and other goodies.
Lower-priced sampling units will often have no controls at all. But this does not mean that the results obtained will be less useful. With care excellent results can be obtained from budget priced hardware and.
Since these types of 8-bit Amiga digitisers start at around £20, this is not an area that will necessarily frighten the bank manager!
All 8-bit sampling units attach to the Amiga's parallel port. Plug one end into the sound source (which might be a tape recorder. CD player, microphone, or some other audio Signal source) and the other end into the parallel port.
SAMPLING Having switched on and booted up the sample editing software the rest is comparatively easy- Set an appropriate sample rate, adjust the volume of the input signal to a suitable level, and then just hit record. Your sample will end up sitting in the editor waiting to be saved or edited.
The key to good sampling is to get a good input signal to start with and, where possible, this means sampling a sound directly from source rather than using a microphone.
Ideally, a strong, clear signal is provided to the digitiser without overloading the unit and causing clipping, so with digitisers which have no signal controls it is necessary to adjust the volume of the sound source being used.
Don’t forget that your samples and music will sound much better if you use external speakers rather than those present in your Amiga monitor or TV. There are plenty of reasonably priced amplifier and speaker systems available and if it is physically convenient you can even use your hi-fi system.
Sound enhancers which boost particular audio frequencies can further improve the quality of the Amiga’s audio output but if that's still not good enough the answer is to spend more and go for a 16-bit sampling system. When you reach for the top of the range 16-bit offerings, however, Bank managers do start to feel a little faint.
SunRize AD1012 Available From: White Knight Technology Price: £499 The AD1012 audio card provides 12-bit digitising which, in terms of resolution, is halfway between ordinary Amiga internal sound quality and a CD. It comes complete with SunRize's Studio 16 recording and editing software which can record and playback directly from hard disk.
Although it is only a four-track mono system you do in fact need a hard disk system with quite a fast drive to get the best out of this digitiser. If you are thinking of intensive use with, say, an A2000, you are likely to need a 66030 accelerator card as well.
SunRize AD516 Available From: White Knight Technology Price: £1299 The AD516 takes us about as far into the professional sampling league as the Amiga currently goes. It is a very high quality eight track, 16-bit, mono stereo sampling system for serious users (or seriously rich users). The software which comes with the AD516 is Studio 16 and this provides direct-to-disk recording and SMI’TE links for use with packages like the Broadcast editor.
Needless to say you need a fast machine and a fast hard drive to get the best out of this unit. A new release of the AD516 package is expected in the very near future (probably before you read this).
AMAS II Available From: HiSoft Price: £99.95 An upgraded version of the previously popular AMAS 8-bit sampling package.
Clarity 16 Available From: HiSoft Price: £149.95 This is a 16-bit system that can sample at up to CD rates (44.1 kHz) and convert between 8-bit and 16-bit formats SO you still have IFF 8SVX support as well as 16- bit file format support.
Samples can be played both through the stereo 16-bit cartridge output or through the Amiga’s standard output channels. The hardware includes an integral Midi interface and the software provides a sample sequencer and options for using the Amiga as a sample-based Midi sound expander. Clarity 16’s software has improved considerably since its early days but since it cannot record and playback directly from disk you still have I to work with 16-bit samples totally in memory. To get the best of out Clarity 16 you need one of the newer, faster.
Amigas and upwards of 2Mb of RAM.
Software adjustable input-level controls are provided and, as well as the usual cut copy and paste editing controls, there are a whole range of effects that can be produced (echo, phasing, chorus, reversal and so on).
It is also possible to overlay samples, swap and copy channels, fade in and out, and do things like stereo bouncing.
Sampled sounds can be saved in IFF and 8-bit vs 16-bit 16-bit sampling systems provide much greater waveform detail and it is this that produces the improved quality. An 8-bit unit will measure sound signal amplitudes and store them using a relative numerical range ol -128 to +127.
16-bit samplers use a -32.768 to +32.767 resolution scale which is the same as used by a compact disk. The disadvantage is that working with 16-bit samples Is more processor intensive and the samples themselves take up twice as much space in memory. A solution to this latter problem is the direct-tO’disk approach.
Users of direct to disk systems, however, face the second big problem, which is the huge amount of hard drive space gobbled up by stereo 16-bit samples. Which can run to 10Mb per second if the sample rate is high enough raw formats, and in a new executable form that allows samples to be played outside of AMAS II simply by clicking on an associated icon.
The software also includes a 3D FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) display and a dual real-time spectrum analyser. A small, but reasonably useful, sample-oriented Midi sequencer is also provided and you even get a microphone thrown in as well.
Audio Engineer Plus V2 Available From: Hobbyle Computers Price; £149 The RamScan GSOFT Audio Engineer offering has been the best 6-bit Amiga sampler around for ages. It is solidly constructed with switchable microphone and line inputs, signal level adjustment, printer TechnoSound Turbo Available From: New Dimensions Price: £39.99 Cheap but well designed hardware and software stereo mono 8-bit sound sampling package which is ideal for new users. It comes with a small, though reasonably informative, manual and best of all it is capable of producing good results.
The software is more than adequate for basic sample editing and it can create all the usual types of effects (echo, fading, vibrato, phasing and so on) RAM scans, sample loop conversions, and a range of novelty effects can be achieved and easy to use song and Midi sequencers are also included.
The package includes an audio source connecting lead and nearly 60 pre-recorded samples so you've got everything you need right from the word go.
TechnoSound Turbo has been one the Amiga’s most popular offerings.
TechnoSound Turbo 2 Available From: New Dimensions Pnce: £49.99 Everything that TechnoSound Turbo was, but better. Both the hardware and the software have undergone design changes and, for newcomers, the sampling and editing software is much easier to use There are customised pull-down menus and things like direct to hard disk recording, so it is sure to be a winner.
At the moment existing TechnoSound Turbo users can upgrade to this new version for £15.
Audition 4 Available From: Silica Systems Price: £34.95 This piece of 8-bit sound sample editing software comes from SunRize, a company that know an awful lot about Amiga sampling. Audition 4 is an excellent piece of software with a great many useful features including being able to preview and adjust effects in real time before making permanent edits, and direct recording to disk or RAM A very capable program and again very good value nowadays Editing software Once you've taken a sound sample you can edit it in many ways. It is possible to rearrange sections ol the sound, alter the pitch of
voices, add echo effects, perform re-sampling calculations, or even reverse the sample so that it plays backwards.
The important 8-bit sample editing facilities required by users are now very well established and all but the very cheapest 8-bit offerings provide a useful set of editing and effects options. If you are looking for standalone software to use with digitising hardware that you already have then AudioMaster IV and Audition 4 are particularly good value nowadays.
Public domain and shareware utilities can also be a great help to the budget sampling fiend, and a range of effects generators, direct to disk recording and playback tools, and other cheap and cheerful programs can be yours for only a few pounds.
Switch-thru connections (so that the digitiser can be left permanently plugged in) and above all a quality by which all other 8-bit Amiga samplers have been judged.
The associated sample recording and editing software is also extremely good and as well as offering all the usual types of edit effects the software provided time stretching and time compression, frequency cut and boosting via software filters, and very powerful loop creation facilities.
The price of Audio Engineer has dropped considerably of late and this could mean that a new (16-bit?) Offering is imminent.
AudioMaster IV Available From: Antic Computer Systems Price: £44 This is the Aegis release of RamScan's Audio Engineer Plus software and needless to say it's pretty good. In fact it is generally regarded as the best Amiga 8-bit sampling software around and certainly good value at the current price.
MegaMix Available From: Indi Direct Mail Price: £29.99 Budget priced sampling 8-bit hardware and software package. The hardware does what it is supposed to well enough but that's about all that can be said.
Music Kit Available From: Power Computing Price: £49 Generalised music package which includes an 8-bit hardware software 1 sampling system. As far as value tor money goes the Music Kit compares well with other offerings in the same price range.
Sound Trap Available From: Omega Projects Price: £24.95 Budget mono 8-bit digitiser whose hard- i ware includes a parallel port passthrough connector so it doesn't have to be unplugged to use a printer.
Sound Trap comes with its own software but most users prefer to use it with something like AudioMaster. The quoted price is for a ready-built unit, but if you I are into do-it-yourself you can buy it in kit form and save yourself a fiver.
Stereo Master Available From: HiSoft Price: £39.95 An 8-bit stereo mono sampling package which includes both hardware and software. Offers the same basic types of facilities, quality, and ease of use as products such ds TechnoSound Turbo Megalosound is a better buy.
Stereo Sampler 2 Available From: Trilogic Price: £29.95 Not a bad offering by any means but it ts essentially just the 8-bit digitising hardware that you buy. You do get some ven basic sampling software but for any sen- ous use you'll need a proper sample editing package.
Jargon clipping A waveform distortion Cdi by a signal being too strong for the circuitry of a recording or sample; device- The result is a poor quality sourc fragmentation As a hard disk is use: and files are created and deleted, pockett of empty disk space are formed. BecaL* new data is stored in the first areas r empty space that are tound, files are brr- ken up into sections that are physical-, remote from each other. This fragment tion means that it takes longer to bo?
Store newer data and retrieve it, so result is that the hard disk appears slowdown.
IFF 8SVX This is the IFF (Interc File Format) type used for storing i samples.
Recording to disk Most sound sampling systems store and edit the data they collect in the Amiga's Chip memory, restricting the sample size to the amount of chip memory available.
Reading samples and placing them directly onto disk eliminates this restriction but it's not easy to do and, as always, there is a price to pay.
Digital Sound Studio DSS8+ Available From: Silica Systems Price: £69
* - s is the recently upgraded version of the popular : VP DSS8
8-bit sampling system whose hardware comes in a clear
see-through plastic case.
: 5S8+ is well thought of. Has reasonable documen- awn. And includes things like software controlled rcut levels and microphone line switches (which
- a es it easy to adjust input signal strengths). The graded
software now includes an Arexx rjerface.
Obviously with the arrival of numerous 16-bit : 3ards a new 8-bit system would appear to face an .2-hill battle, but rest assured in the field of 8-bit sampling DSS8+ is among the best in the business.
The real attraction of the system is its all-in-one
• jproach with sampling, editing and song construe- xn all part
of the same system, which evolves as you progress through the
production process.
Fortunately the software has adopted the familiar acker format so MED fans won't have any problem justing to the program.
In short, it you're looking for an 8-bit solution to . Our particular sampling problems it's ideal.
Firstly, you need a hard disk. Without exception, direct-to-disk recording and playback always refers to hard disk use.
Floppy drives are just not fast enough to perform this sort of magic, though a number of PD utilities exist to enable low quality sampling to floppy.
Secondly, you will find that with the lower cost packages the maximum sampling rate obtainable is considerably lower, and is often less than half that obtainable with the conventional memory-based approach.
Thirdly the performance of any direct- to-disk system is going to vary according to the speed of the hard disk, and the extent of its fragmentation. Lastly, this sort of hard disk use is very read write intensive and slightly more error prone than conventional disk use.
Megalosound Datel stereo sampler It is best to create a separate partition for direct-to-disk sampling because if something untoward does happen you will then only lose the data associated with that partition.
Available From: HiSoft Price: £34.95 Available From: Datel Electronics Price: £49.95 This new 8-bit budget sampling system comes with a well built cartridge (fitted with a volume control) and a good manual. The software provides waveform printing, special effects, a stand alone sample player, and even direct-to-disk sampling. It's an ideal choice for the newcomer to sampling who doesn't want to spend the earth.
£-ght-bit sampling hardware and soft-
* are package.
A number of 8-bit sound samplers now provide direct-to-disk facilities, but at present there are no cheap equivalent 16-bit products. This, however, is an area that is definitely on the move and new offerings are just around the corner.
WaveTools Available From Blittersoft Price £349.95 “¦us is a brand new 16-bit audio card that » orks with the A3000, the A4000, and Accelerated A1500 or A2000 Amigas. A full review can be found in this very issue, so there's little point in going on about it here. Is there?
N buster oop A portion of a sample that is ¦speated to either sustain a note or create some special effect.
RAM scanning A facility which allows .ou to scan through the Amiga's memory and. By ‘playing" die data, look for sound
• smples. The act of extracting the sam- : es from memory is
usually called “rip- *4 raw sample A copy of the byte values of
- sound waveform just as they appear in
- memory as opposed to a sample stored ' a specialty designed
file structure such as IFF 8SVX resampling Converting the
waveform data of a sample taken at one frequency to the
equivalent values at another fre- Remember however that 16-bit
sound sampling hardware may not be the end of the expense - top
of the range 16-bit sampling packages like the SunRize AD516
need to be used with fast Amigas and fast, high-capacity hard
disks.
After your very first minute of CD quality stereo (two tracks sampled at
44. 1kHz) you will find that 10 megabytes of storage space have
gone. It s quite likely that newer, low cost, 16-bit boards
are still going to need the support of powerful Amigas to get
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All keyboard short-cuts for menu options are shown in brackets. For example (Amiga-P) means hold down the right Amiga key - the key directly to the right of the spacebar - and while still holding down the right Amiga key, press the P key. OK, let's get started!
Select Add from the Page menu (Amiga-P), click the A4 option and then click OK. From the Magnification sub-menu in the Preferences menu select Full Width (Amiga-W). From the Measurement sub-menu in the Preferences menu select Inches Points.
From the Imposed Grid sub-menu in the Preferences menu select Define (Amiga-!). Click the 18 button, and then click Absolute. From the Graphic submenu of the External menu, select Import IFF. Use the file requestor to find the file called TRA-LA.1FF on the CoverDisk.
Click once on the filename, then click OK.
Notice that the name of the file appears in Ben Pointer takes us on a step-by-step guide to using this month’s CoverDisk in the production of a simple leaflet create a leaflet in from the left (the X direction).
The crosshairs position is constantly updated in the rulers above and to the left of the page. Because you imposed a grid during preparation, the crosshairs will move in 0.25in steps, making it easier for you to position them accurately. Click the left mouse button when you have the crosshairs at the correct position.
Now move the crosshairs to 7in down the page and 8in across the page (about
0. 25in in from the right, that is). Click the left mouse button
again. A bounding box will appear on the page.
Click the grey area in the Screen Position gadget (just above the tags list) to move the view to the bottom half of the the tags list to the left of the page.
From the Import Text sub-menu of the External menu, select Generic. Use the file requester to find the file called VENUE.TXT on the CoverDisk. Click once on the filename, and then click OK. Notice that the name of the file appears in the tags list to the left of the page.
Make sure the Null Pointer gadget is selected (the arrow gadget at top left) and then from the Imposed Grid sub-menu of the Preferences menu select Temporary Show (Amiga-T). Click once on the Rectangular Box Creation gadget (top left in the lower bank of tools). Move the mouse to position the crosshairs at lin down the page (the Y direction) and 0.25in page. Click on the Box Moving gadc*' (bottom left in the lower bank of too!*.
The box you have just created is no* attached to the mouse.
Move the box so that its bottom edee positioned at lOin down the page, enuring that the left edge is still at 0.25m e from the left of the page. To place the ba in its new position, dick the left mouse button once. If you make a mistake, cfck the Box Moving gadget again and re-pow- tion the box again.
When you have the box positioned correctly, click the TRA-LA.IFF item in tr« tags list to place that graphic into that hr*.
A grey rectangle will appear in the cirr* of the box. From the Graphics sub-mot of the Preferences menu, select Disput Page to unhide the graphic.
The graphic is not big enough for ocr needs. Select the Graphic Fitting gad a* f bottom right in the lower bank of tool' v expand the graphic to fill the box we hr-r created for it.
Now create a rectangular box wheat top left position is X = 0.25in Y = lOin. N: whose bottom right position is X = Sin - 1 lin. X means across the page, Y mea» down the page.
Click the big T (for Text) gadget m tr* upper bank of tools. A small text gadc*» will appear underneath the lower bar* r tools. Type EVERYONE WELCOME.
Finish text entry by clicking the Pointer gadget.
SET STYLE The text is set in the default BOPlj TEXT style. To make it look the wav want it to look, we must first set up a -«?» style. Click the Paragraph Mode ga-'c* (to the right of the Null Pointer) Click or NEW gadget that is below the tag- Into the text gadget that appears, FOOTER and press the Return kev No* select Alter Current from the Type fnir menu. In the Font section at the top of 5* TUTOR I A LI v Stvle requester, click the H gadget : then click the downward pointing
• the right of the alphabet. The name Helvetica-Bold should
• ar in the gadget above the alphabet, i •_-*? 36 button to
select the text size.
- the Spacing section, click in the Line gadget, press Amiga-X
and Return to set it to zero. Do the same the gadgets in this
section, and in the t gadgets to the right. Select the CENTO
cadget towards the foot of the t, and then OK.
R. ick in the EVERYONE WELCOME sn sn the page to highlight that
text, then .i. * on the FOOTER item in the tags list « *? The
text in the style we have just cre- ac£ Click the Null Pointer
gadget and then
a. * the grey area in the Screen Position so that you are now
looking at the «c -alf of the page.
VANISHED Create a rectangular box whose top left i is X = 0.25in Y = 0.5in, and whose i right position is X = 8in Y = 5.5in.
• vt drawn, move this box so that its bot- vr edge is 4.75in down
from the top of t* rage. This means the top of the box wC. Be
pushed off the top of the page.
Don t panic, that's what we want to 5Mppen- Click on the T gadget, type in Street Tim! And click the Null Pointer to finish.
• • this point you can't see the text on the M*t. Don't worry
about it.
Click the Paragraph Mode gadget and NEW (below the tags list). Type HEADER into the text gadget, press Setum and then select Alter Current from rt Type Style menu. Change the Font to S«iman-Demiltalic, size 72, zero all the fcacrng gadgets except for Below Line, oto which you should enter -20. Click CENTER and OK.
Now click in the Street Partv! Box on the page and click HEADING in the tags list. You should now see the heading appear at the top of the page.
That text box is obscuring the top of the graphic below, so click on the Null Pointer and from the Box menu select Alter Active. In the Box Description requester that appears, click on the Transparency gadget (the right-hand of the upper two gadgets) so that it shows a grey box on a grey background.
EXIT Clear out the X-Axis Scale gadget (click in it and press Amiga-X), type 1.2 intOMt and press Return. Clear out the Y-Axis Scale gadget, type 4 and press Return. Click OK to exit the requester and apply the changes we have made.
Create a rectangular box at X =
0. 5 Y = 4.25 top left, X = 2 Y = 5 bottom right, then click on
the VENUE.TXT item in the tags list.
The text is set in the default BODY TEXT style. Select the Paragraph Mode gadget and then Alter Current from the Type Style menu. Change the Font to Helvetica, size 12, change the First Line Indent to zero, then click OK.
Click the Null Pointer and create a rectangular box at X=6 Y=5 top left, X=8 Y=7 bottom right. Click the T gadget, type BRING A BOTTLE! And click the Null Pointer to finish.
Create a new style called BOTTLE in NewCenturySchlbk-Bold, size 24, centred, and apply this style to the text.
To get the three words on to separate lines, click the T gadget, click in the BOTTLE box on the page, move the cursor in the text gadget until it is just before the A, press Return; move the cursor to just after the A, press Return again. Click the Null Pointer to finish. All that remains it to print the document. From the Print Page sub-menu of the document menu, select Final. Make sure that in the text gadget under Output File Name is the word PSC:.
Click the PSC; gadget (top right of the requester) if necessary.
Change the Width to 8.2in and the Height to 10.5in. This normally results in a correctly positioned printout. If the top of your page is not printed in the correct position, enter a smaller Height to move it down the page, a larger Height to move it up the page (don't ask me, it's just the way it works).
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Aquatic acoustics Is WaveTools the sampler we’ve all been waiting for, or just another expensive add-on? Paul Austin auditions the latest in 16-bit sound Ever since the arrival of CD, 16- bit has been the standard to which we've all aspired.
. Nfortunately, for the vast majority ?uch high ambitions have remained
• ell beyond the reach of the average rank balance.
Thankfully the financial tide is tum- jig courtesy of WaveTools. Like most
• ?-bit systems the hardware requires a Zorro slot which limits
it to desktop r-achines such as the A2000, 3000 and 4000
running 68030 processors or above.
Assuming you have the necessary hardware, installation is a simple mat- vr of slotting in the card. Adding the
- ecessary I O phono connections is slightly unusual in that
they're ittached to a blanking plate which connects to the
card via a short cable.
INSTALLATION When the card, blanking plate and judio leads are in place it's time to add 'he software by simply dragging the cons onto your hard disk along with a
- ngle library file which is added automatically through an
install icon.
Although a hard disk wasn't listed i an essential it's arguably the most ¦nportant element of all. Like the SunRize 16 12-bit samplers,
• VjveTools is a direcf-to-disk system, but unlike SunRize it
appears far more comfortable with slower drives, though it must
be stressed that WaveTools as it stands is a far simpler
system.
In short, the difference between the two is that while the SunRize boards are a combination of multi-track recording, mixing, and mastering WaveTools is essentially a mastering system with limited mixing abilities.
Like the Clarity 16-bit sampler WaveTools opens on a Workbench screen with a small control panel handling an array of samples. Not surprisingly you can open as many windows is you want, cutting, pasting, copying and mixing between them as required.
Just like its innumerable H-bit coun* terparts you’re given the ability to mark and play regions via the usual click and drag mouse manoeuvres, and you're free to initiate playback from any point. Bui of course before you can edit it's a good idea to have a sample on hand.
RECORDING Clicking on record initiates the process, though before you can import anything you have to define the file name or opt for the monitor screen which allows you to adjust the various I O signals thereby avoiding clipping problems during recording.
If all's well you can return to the main window, re-select record, and then name your file, after which you're taken to a separate record screen to define the sample rate - right up to the maximum 48kHz of DAT. Here again you can monitor the input strength and make any final adjustments via a small gain control.
Once you're happy, the last job is to define the length of the sample. An estimate of the required storage space is provided so you shouldn't suffer any unexpected storage problems, but considering one minute at CD quality stereo eats over 11Mb of hard disk space that's perhaps a bit optimistic.
PROBLEMS As for sound quality there are no complaints whatsoever. In fact it ranks alongside any direct-to-disk system on the market. Alas good sound quality alone doesn't make a great sampler.
Although mentioned briefly, mixing is a real let-down. As you'd expect, the process allows two samples to be combined into a new super sample.
Unfortunately mixing within WaveTools is at best a hit and miss affair.
The system can only play one stereo sample at a time, so there's no means of monitoring both samples in real time. As a result you're forced to adjust the levels of each via small graphic oscilloscopes which move in response to accompanying sliders.
The user is consequently forced into a bit of graphical guess work which more often than not is woefully inadequate. Worse still, it is impossible to monitor the volume changes prior to mixing, even on an individual basis.
Fortunately an undo option is provided, but this requires yet another file on disk which of course eats up yet more valuable disk space.
With the aforementioned limitations it would appear there’s little to recommend WaveTools. Thankfully however an imminent update could turn the tide and allow the board’s excellent sound quality to team up with much improved functionality.
As you peruse the glossy folds ot AC, the finishing touches are being applied to an add-on card which will provide a DSP, SMPTE timecode and most important of all real time eight- track recording and mixing. This new add-on, entitled the RTX module, will ship as a £299-95 upgrade which hopefully will address the shortfalls of the existing system.
As it stands it's fairly difficult to recommend WaveTools to any would-be investor. However, if and when the new RTX module arrives it may well be a totally different story.
If the promised module and WaveTools combo ship at present suggested price of £499 they could well take the Amiga music world by storm, but until they arrive I suggest you save up and look out for a follow-up review in a forthcoming issue.
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£229.99 inc 2 freoi SONG BOOKS trerth (99.9s| T: nen I P~® LETTERS ¦ Many of us are waiting with baited breath for news of Commodore's future, but there sure is a whole lot of hot air being passed around in Amiga magazines about how CD32 is going to pull Commodore's bottom line out of the red and into the black.
Comatose Commodore?
And if you believe that 1 would suggest rut you are a prime candidate for a sci-fi RPG-induced psychosis, because that’s what those deus-ex-machine stories are: science fiction.
Remember CDTV? Nuff said, h really galls me to see you reporters trying to convince us that Commodore is 'restructuring" and "streamlining" and in an excellent position to take on the competition. That's like saying the Titanic was restructuring its flotation potential to challenge the competition for seafaring space.
I hate it when you say Commodore suffered losses due to the fluctuation of the international dollar value and the belt- tightening state of the world economy.
That's the same kind of hype we accuse PC and Mac magazines of when they fail to report the Amiga's prowess.
Why can’t you admit that Commodore suffered losses because Commodore’s comatose leadership makes Moe, Larry, and Curly look like Mensa members? Why can't you just come out and say that Commodore's in deep trouble because the company's strategic planning is as intelligent and foresighted as Laurel and Hardy's attempt to move a piano? And why can't you tell us that Commodore's upper management are jumping out quicker than popping com with no lid? Is it fear?
USA by Richard McBrien and can be bought from Running Heads International. Grove House. 82 East Dulwich Grove.
London SE22 8TW.
A Baker. Fowey Thanks for the information, which some of our more adventurous bargain seeking readers will no doubt find useful. We could take advertising from US mail order companies, but the truth is that the response to such adverts would most likely be much less than an advert in a US magazine and the mail order companies will place their ads where they will reap the best harvest.
We can t close the door on such a suggestion, and as the Amiga is stronger in Europe than in the US we may see some American mail order companies taking the plunge, but don 't expect to see it for a while.
You discussed in your November issue the costs of buying goods from the USA. So you may like to know that there is a useful little book published on all the tricks necessary to purchase goods by mail order from the US.
The telephone call is often toll free, even from Europe, and you can use cheap rate after 8pm. Your comment on import duties is correct for hardware but at the moment software is duty free.
Carriage and insurance costs are around S5 per pound in weight and there are a number of stateside customer protection agencies in the event of anything going wrong, payment can usually be made by credit card.
The biggest obstacle to buying from overseas is the lack of information in magazines on what is available and at what cost. Is it not possible for magazines like yours to take advertising from US mail order companies?
The book to which I refer is called Buying Direct from the You know', for the last several years you have been urging us to hype the Amiga to our friends, to show its power to potential new users. In short, to do Commodore's marketing for them, and all in the name of loyalty to our favourite computer.
And we did.
Our user groups got involved in mall shows, multimedia expos, cable TV infomercials, and a variety of other activities designed to promote the Amiga. As individuals, we became Amiga evangelists singing the praises of the miraculous machine to anyone who would listen (and many who wouldn't).
Now, we would like to challenge you.
It's time for you to do your part to help the Amiga survive. We're asking you to start reporting the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Maintain your integrity as journalists and expose Commodore to some light. Use your journalistic talents to ferret out some real news instead of the hvper-hype we've been getting lately.
And when the truth comes to light, use the power of the press and call for the resignation of the current short-sighted, greed-addicted, self-destructive leaders of the company. Use your media influence to demand an end to this reign of stupidity at Commodore.
We've done our part. We bought stock.
We voted. We marketed. Now how about doing your part? You've got the power.
Ciao for now.
Frank G SaJmHni, Metropolitan Amiga Enthusiasts, Roselle. Illinois Buy direct There's no doubt that the efforts of enthusiasts and user groups haw been invaluable to the promotion of the Amiga, but NY too haw been doing our part for five years. And if Commodore had listened to us there would have been, among other things, a model between the A1200 and A4000 with a faster processor and better expandabil- iti , the A1200 would have been released until a hard drive as standard instead of the stofhgap arrangement that Commodore managed months after the launch, and marketing would have concentrated
on non-games areas.
In the past, Commodore haw come under fire from most UK Amiga magazines, and uv have criticised them for concentrating too much on games, jailing to property develop and market the Amiga's productivity talents, and leaving more or less all peripheral development to third parties.
In addition, uv haw expressed the belief that Amiga technology should be licensed to third fiarties in much the same way as IBM allowed clones to be built so that an aggressive Amiga market with cheaper Amigas and more models might develop. This finally happened in fkirl recently when Commodore fanned out the development on lheA4091 card.
However, we hair also praised the release of (Ik' AG A machines as a step forward, CM2 as a solid attempt to win back bread and butter sales from the consoles, and the success of the Amiga in the multimedia and video industries.
Of course, most of the latter is down to the Amiga (courtesy of Scala and the Toaster) selling itself, but at least some sort of recognition of these markets has filtered through to Commodore’s top brass.
What cannot be stomached ts the fact that although gifted with the most successful 16-bit home computer of the 80s massive sales of 14 million C64s and three million Amigas, Commodore still find themselves in 1994 back in the same position they were m 1987¦ Whether this (an be attributed mostlu to Commodore or the fierce competition depends on who you talk to, but look at the facts.
Since the original Amiga was launched with revolutionary technology, it has lost its technical lead and seen only one major development (AGAI, yet the Macintosh, PC and, to a lesser extent, the consoles have come on in leaps and boutuls.
From a position where the A1000 was competing with mostly green-screen Pcs augmented by crass EGA graphics, the PC has advanced to a position where it enjoys fast 32- bit processors, cheap 16-bit video cards, and a foothold in markets ivell outside its origtna.’ office stalking grounds.
The three years in which the A500 ruled the games playing World and sold itself without any help from Commodore seems to haw pnv duced an inertia and complacency from which the company have only recently roused themselves.
It is worrying that we are staking so much on the success of only two machines - CD32 and the A1200- but this is more reason to tali the machine up than down.
We at AC haw never taken a Hindly optimistic or poodle-like approach to Commcdcre and uv won't start now, but as consumer rour- nalisls it ts not our job to stick the bufe mto a ttoubled company tihich still employs many a family's bread-winner. We are here to report and comment on market dfprlepmntf, test new equipment, and offer buying jJwe to our readers.
If this means criticising Commodore for mistakes in strategy or planning, we will Jo so, but don't expect any untch-hunts. Remember that in Salem, Massachusetts, the victims uvre mostly the innocent.
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Poetic angst Crass crossheads ingly that you should detect the deluge of distinctly dodgy designatory headings.
We try to keep the crossheads catchy and stuff our subheads with spice, otherwise our verbage might very well tumble into total tedium.
It is meet, though, that this missive should mull over our meanderings and we shall endeavour in future to restrict such risible rantings and render them rare.
Oh, and as far as I remember it was Wyatt rather than Chaucer who revived the alliterative tradition, though I've been wrong in the past, like when I bought Commodore shares... (that's enough pointed satire - Ed).
I have been reading your magazine for three years now, and I've finally had enough of your headings in the letters pages and elsewhere. If I see another variation on “printer problems", “mighty monitor", or any of the usual alliterative nonsense, I shall scream Alliteration is an old and wonderful tradition in English verse, but if Chaucer had known it would one day be used so widely and with such apparent lack of thought he would have jacked it in and become a stonemason Can you please put a stop to it?
Paul English. Stratford I am pleased that you have perused our paltry pages so painstak¦LETTERS Here's something a bit different for you to print, a poem by my wife Ruth Le-Vallois about me and my similarly Am»ga-besot- ted fnend Joe Sokolov. It’s called Amiga AMIGAs.
Maurice has got an Amiga Hi$ Amiga is his AMIGA And he has an Amiga AMIGA His AMIGA's name is Joe Ths Amiga AMIGA Joe Has an Amiga too But poor Ruth hasn't got one And she is feeling blue Got something to say through the pages of AC?
Ezra Surf is our mailman, dedicated to reading your letters and selecting the most interesting for publication. Drop him a line at: Ezra Surf’s Postbag , Amiga Computing Adlington Park, Macclesfield SktO 4NP Please don’t enclose sees as Ezra fust 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.
Mo phones Joe then Joe phones Mo And they call each other back Ruth can ’t get a word in It s an Amiga that she lacks They visit to talk Amiga talk About a vims, games and disks They discuss their floppy things And games where they take risks Now what if Ruth slipped a disk And lost her arm Or if she caught a vims Would that interest Amiga man?
Would one hall of the AMIGAs Want to speak to his wife then?
Only if it’s Amiga talk Would Mo show interest again Ruth wants to be Mo's AMIGA Please Maurice be her chum Cos if you don't she'll stick Yer Amiga up yer bum!
Maurice and Ruth Le-Vallots, Paisley It's nice to see that poetry is still alive and well in Paisley, even if St Mirren's hopes of playing some decent football aren't.
Where are you now Alex Ferguson?
As the poem is in a ballad form, why not put it to music? It would fit any traditional folk ballad, even Greensleeves.
And you never know when a number one hit might be around the corner. If the smurfs can reach number one, so can the Amiga AMIGAs.
Young Maxwell I like making newspapers. I've got an A500 Plus and I would like to know if there are any programs I could make newspapers with.
I'll just explain to you what i'm looking for. I would like the program so I could move pictures and articles around. I would also like to know how I could put photos onto the screen so I could print them onto paper. Please could you answer my question?
Colin Barrel I Iaged ten), Thetfofd You have a spiralling ambition for one so young, but there's no reason why you shouldn't be able to create newsletters or newspapers on your A5Q0 Plus. The best program for you iimld be PageSetler 2 or 3, and I'd advise you to drop heavy hints to your parents about adding a bit more memory to your Amiga.
After all. It's money well spent. If you can learn the rudiments of layout and page design at the tender age of ten, you could be the next press baron, fust don't go the way of Cap'n Bob. Eh?
Future plans I have spent the past few months pondering over an increasingly complicated dilemma. I am very much into desktop video and especially 3D animation. At present I have an A4CXX) 030 with 120Mb hard drive and 6Mb RAM with a 25MHz FPU, I have made the investment of buying a copy of Real 3D v2, setting me back by the whopping sum of £340, and 1 would recommend the program to anyone, even a beginner, for as long as they possess a great deal of time and patience its power will eventually reap great rewards.
There are, however, a number of things I would like to buy. I feel restricted by the AGA chip set and am looking to buy a 24-bit graphics board.
The OpalVision board seems very good, especially with the forthcoming add-ons.
1 saw that Indie were advertising it for under 050 and Pm mightily tempted.
However, with the advent of ECS- based retargetable graphics boards I wonder whether or not I should wait for a suitable board with these features? I need a fast and powerful paint program for the board which supports the Genius digitising tablet I'll be buying soon, and realistic simulation of drawing materials with sensitivity controls is a must.
With the AAA chip set on the horizon, the need for a 24-bit board at all is called into question. Do you think it will be wasted cash or that the next range of Amiga* will be so highly priced that changing to them will be much more expensive than buying a graphics board?
1 also need a modem to contact the Activa BBS, and another 4Mb SIMM. My current budget is £600 but has the potential to expand greatly over the coming years. Bearing in mind that I want to work to professional standards, what advice can you give me?
Quentin Brown, Chichester The AAA chip set will most probably not appear in a new Amiga until the autumn, so why wait? You have a specific requirement which is unlikely to change, so it is best to buy the equipment to do that job now and stop wor- rying about future developments.
Your machine, the A4000, is the best DTV workstation available for less Urn C3,(XKI, and wilh the addition of a suitable video card it should be capable of superb professional results, but note the use of the term "video card" as opposed to "graphics card".
Most of the RTG cards available are purely display cards with little or no video friendliness, though a couple now haw video encoders, The OpalVision system is a much better choice for DTV, but I would advise you to wait until the video add-on pack is available and has been reviewed. We have heard many promises from Centaur, but nothing has come of them yet.
You will haw problems with your choice of tablet- The Genius is a good low cost unit but is not used much by commercial artists and is therefore under-supported. A belter (and much more expensive) choice would be the Wacom tablet from Silica Systems which is supported by TV Paint.
Modems are easy. Co for the Sportster or one of the Supra v42bis models as they are reasonably priced and pretty quick. Downloading large jpeg or object files can take some time wilh a slower modem.
Shuttle fix Having just upgraded to an A4Q00 03Q with 120Mb hard drive and 4Mb RAM 1 was just a little annoyed that Shuttle wouldn't run or work. Anyway, I have managed to gel il up and running on my liard drive, and for anyone else who's having problems, here's how I did it.
First, boot from hard drive then use the Hdlnstall program on the Shuttle disk.
Once it's installed you need a copy of degrader (given away on an AC CoverDisk), which you should copy complete with icon into the Shuttle drawer.
Once this is all done, boot from the HD, open degrader, select NoFastMem.
Privelige errors, nocache, noburst, and switch all the drives except dfO: over to df4: then reboot and dick on the Shuttle icon, which should then work as if it's on an A5Q0.
Lain Lippitt, Shrewsbury Thanks for sharing your exhaustive research with the rest of us, lain, but I can't help won- dering why people bother. If the game work as if it was on an A500, the extra power of the A4000 030 is wasted. Nice one, Virgin.
This month's ¦ ¦ e* user group is in K I IIK the north-east way up in corner Sunderland.
Where Newcastle Brown Ale takes preference to spritzers and football is best not mentioned in polite conversation. The group has a disk magazine called Blitter, and is striving to offer help on such varied topics as video. DTP. Programming, and graphics.
If you want to know more about this group, send a stamped addressed envelope and a blank disk to: P Kruman 213 Fordtield Road Sunderland SR4 0HF In return, you'll receive a copy of the disk magazine, information about the club, and a list of AGA-specific PD.
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Which method?
A I am a graphics artist who has just cottoned on to the Amiga as a cheap source of ocettent graphics software, and I'm aarticularly interested in ray tracing, ¦fch I've never made use of before.
My problem is that most Amigas, nen the A4000 040. Seem fairly slow ::aipared to the machines used in «y industry, and I need to produce ;raphics quickly. What is my best M?
Is there a particular package which
• ou can recommend as faster than 7* others or are there
short-cuts?
Can I add more power than the M040? If these questions can't be answered I may have to forego the superb cheap software, so please gnreltatry.
Gareth Mayhew, Dudley In your Industry, you are probably used to using CTO. 000 worth of Silicon Graphics machines running at 150 million instructions per second i Hips and upwards of 20 million Moating point operations per second (Uttops). The 68040 runs at about 17 Stops and 2.5 Mflops. So it's no wonder you're concerned about speed.
Basically, there are two options.
You can opt for Lightwave 3.0, which will cost $ 2,000 when bought with a Video Toaster, or think about a rendering board.
Lightwave is an NTSC package which requires tweaking to produce PAL video-sized images and as it is bundled with the Video Toaster it is much more expensive, but it is a lot taster than most other Amiga packages.
A new dongle, called LightRave.
Will enable the use of Lightwave on a machine without the Toaster, but you still have to buy the software from NewTek and at the moment it isn’t clear if software upgrades will be sold to Europe as NewTek are a little miffed with LightRave. Check out the LightRave review two issues back for details.
Rendering cards based on ultra- fast parallel processors are being developed, and we hope to review a working transputer card some time in the next three months, but the Screamer card for Video Toaster users, and others based on the T1340x0 family are still dreamware.
With a parallel processing card, the Amiga should be able to work at 200 Mips (using a single T9000 chip) and above, but software has to be recompiled to make use of these boards.
Keep an eye on future issues for more information, as this is an exciting new area we will be watching with interest.
US import My father is going to the United L™ States soon and I was wonder- " ing if I could get an A1200 from there as the price is lower. Problem is, I don't want to spend over £200 and find that it does not work here in Britain, so can you please help me?
1 read the letter "Brazil Nut" in issue 67 and found out that disks can be wiped out by X-Ray machines, so how can I bypass this if I am buying a complete unopened pack and would need an adaptor?
I would also like to know why you do not reply personally to letters even if you receive a stamped addressed envelope. Is it a ploy to make the writer of the letter buy the magazine to read the reply?
Overscan blues WB" I am the not-so-proud owner of a new 1942 monitor which I use with my IP A1200, and even with the patch to cure the overscan problem I find that many P programs still run askew.
Several open screens which are an inch or more from the centre of the monitor screen, and this often stops me from getting to some icons and buttons.
What's the problem? I've tried fiddling with overscan till the CowS come home and a that happens is that the screen jumps from one side to the other depending on the program I’m using.
Sally Wilson. Dundee rAre you sure you set the original overscan settings property? Go back to the beginning and make sure you have copied the new monitor drivers to your Devs.Momtors drawer, then set overscan again, being careful that text and graphics overscan are set to the same values.
If some programs still won't behave, you may be using software which isn't happy with AGA screens, a problem which is especially acute when you use Productivity mode.
Try holding down both mouse buttons at boot-up and selecting the Enhanced Chip Set option before using one of the troublesome packages, and if this works you will have found the problem.
Otherwise, you may have to change your screen mode to hi-res no flicker wtuch «s a better approximation of PAL hi-res interlace than Productivity and should always be used il you have mode promotion turned on.
Sharad Bhardwaj, Nuneaton rThe A1200 itself doesn’t care whether il's in the US or the UK, but a different power supply is required for the UK. You can get one from CPC Ud on 0772 654455.
Remember that if you return to the UK, the A1200 will be subject to 4.9 per cent import duly and 17.5 per cent VAT. A calculation which you should make before deciding whether you'll save money. In the end, you may find that you spend as much as you would in Britain.
On the other hand, software is duty free, so you could make a killing by buying some US software while you're oivr there. The only problem you may find is that most software is supplied in hoo versions, one for NTSC, one for PAL, but it might be possible to lay your hands on the PAL version if you ask the salesperson.
Airport X-ray machines haw no harmful effects on floppy disks, Cds, audio tapes, or exposed film, so there's nothing to worry about on that score. Even if they did, wouldn't il be a good idea just to open the A1200 box and lake the disks out? Lust a thought.
Finally, we don't accept SAEs because if we replied to every letter personally Ihere would be no time to write the magazine, Besides, a question answered in the ACAS pages is a problem shared with thousands of readers, whereas a personal reply would benefit only one person.
Cracked tube WSP* My monitor, a Min Goldstar IP model taken from a second-
* hand PC (the casing of which now serves as a wonderful foot
stool) has started to develop a nasty black line m thr middle
of the screen. The line appears after about ten minutes of use
and gradually spreads from a single pixel in width to about
three millimetres or so.
Lightning never strikes twice... unless it’s in the Amiga’s premier technical letters page, that is I've tried the various controls on the front of the monitor without success and now fear I may have to buy a 1942 or something. Is there anything 1 can do' Strangely enough, after some warm reboots the line goes thin again, while at other times it stays the same size.
Peter Walker. Kempstor.
R That’s a weird one, isn’t it? If there um a problem with your monitor - tube,.you ivould expect the screen to bow or bend, or for the colours to bleed, but lines which gradually widen are something I've not come across before.
If there's only one solid black line il is probably caused by a problem with the signal to the guns in the CRT which makes them skip that part of the screen. This is a modestly optimistic sign because it might mean you won't have to have the whole tube assembly replaced.
Try the Amiga with a TV and if the problem doesn't repeat itself you should haw the monitor lookeii at by a repair company. With any luck there will be a cheap answer to the problem, and at any rate it should cost less than a new 1942.
Lightning strike F Regarding the hard drive failure of A Luszjar of Birmingham in your Christmas issue, 1 would like to advise him and all your readers that lightning can play extreme havoc with a computer and with all sensitive electronic equipment such as TV sets, modems, short wave radios, and so on.
A direct strike or even a near hit can send surges of current on the power mains, phone lines, cable TV, or any outside aerials of a magnitude that cannot be suppressed by any known surge protec- Camera obscura fl Xi ACAS 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.
¦ TECHNICAL HELP Wjm* I have a project in mind which IP involves my class of sixth for- W mers in multimedia of a sort in that I want them to use our computers to put together a presentation on the benefits of the local area. This will mean using whatever pictures we can and scanning them in using a colour hand scanner.
My problem is that the best photos I have are all on colour transparency and I have yet to devise a way to scan these in using the hand scanner. Any ideas?
George Parsons, Peterborough r Scanning transparencies using a hand scanner will never produce good results but can be made to produce at least something.
First of all, as transparencies are.
Well, transparent, you can't rely on the scanning head's light source. This will pass through the trannie and reflect back to the scanner causing a refraction pattern on the finished scan.
To keep this unavoidable problem to a minimum, take the tranny from its plastic holder and keep it as flat as possible on the scanning surface, then try a variety of shiny and matt surfaces on which to lie it.
Using a second bright light shining at 45 degrees from in front of the scanner head sometimes helps, but the only way to scan trannies without paying for an expensive GT6500 with transparency unit is to experiment. And even then you won't get great results.
Tors. Many a computer has been burned out, all chips fried, circuit boards charred, and the like.
Lightning surges can jump over on off switches, and a telephone line surge can go through a modem into the computer wiping out all in its path. Therefore, even turning off the computer during a lightning storm will not guarantee its protection.
You must unplug from the mains and the phone line and any other wiring coming into the house. This must be done at w f I have been assured by a friend of mine that it is better for the Amiga to be left on at all times rather than being turned off and on every time it’s used. Apparently, the latter not only uses more electricity but can shorten the machine's life-span. Is this true?
I mean, wouldn't you expect the environment to suffer if millions of micros were left fumed on every night or all day long?
Car Tranter, Biggin Hill JT As tar as the Amiga motherboard is concerned, it would rather be left on all the time or off all the time, because the very short period during which the circuit is powering up is the most stressful time of its life (save lightning strikes, of course - Ed).
You’d have to ask a physicist how much electricity this uses in kilowatt hours, but I'd be very surprised if leaving the Amiga on all night actually saved you electricity.
Many large office blocks do leave their strip lights on at night these days to avoid the necessity of switching them on and off because in this situation it is economical, but forget it for the Amiga.
A Itghtbulb might be able to burn for a period of ttme on the electricity it takes to switch one on. But I wouldn't bet on the Amiga reacting similarly.
The first sign of distant thunder, and preferably before when there is advanced warning from the weather bureau.
You should also avoid using the tele phone during a storm as a Strike can be fatal. I always unplug my computer from the mains and the phone line when I will be away for more than a day and it is considered good practice for all to follow this procedure.
1 have a Masters degree in Electronic Engineering and have done extensive research into lightning dangers. Mr Luszjar, far from being unlucky, is lucky that his whole computer was not frizzled and that he himself was not personally injured.
It is not wise or safe for you to advise your readers that it's OK to operate computers with lightning around.
Stu Casper. Taylorsiulle. North Carolina rWe stand corrected, and if research on lightning has produced statistics or evidence showing how computers are affected, we icould be grateful if you could send it to us so we can let the rest of the readers know.
I suppose it's fortunate for people in the UK that we generally don't see cleclric storms of great ferocity and that lightning injuries are rare, a fact which can perhaps lead to a little complacency.
Power drain Which files?
I have just moved from the ST to L® the A1200 and I'm feeling a little w at sea. My problems begin when 1 trv to copy programs over from one disk to another (especially CoverDisks) as I'm never sure which files need to be transferred or where to find them (not a problem on the ST).
Have you any general tips on how to set about copying programs from one place to another and installing them onto hard disk? How about a long article on the subject or has that been done in a previous issue?
Peter Hardon, Bradford r We've had a few series for beginners on the general makeup of an AmigaDOS floppy disk, and this should have giirn most who followed them a fete pointers, but we've never written an article on this specific subject.
You'll find a couple of hints on the Getting Started page printed every month with our CoverDisk instructions but there's one simple tip that can saw much hassle.
Get yourself a copy of SnoopDos or a similar program which is designed lo keep track of most AmigaDOS operations and report their progress. In other words, such a program can often tell you which libraries a program is Bonus format a I only recently upgraded to Workbench 2.04 by fitting a ROM chip and buying some Workbench disks, and the improvement over my old WB1.3 system is fantastic.
Only one thing mystifies me now.
And that's a comment I read in another magazine concerning Fast File System.
The article claimed that you could get more onto a disk if you used FFS but failed to say how. I'm reluctant to buy a whole book just to learn this trick, so can you help?
James Fitzgerald, Loughborough Fast File System will give you PM about 40k more storage space JM! On a disk if you just use the proper parameter when formatting a disk. Instead of the usual command, type: FOIUT DfilVE 0F0: MANE EMPTY FFS Just make sure you don't try to use the disk on a 1.3 machine, as it won't be recognised.
Opening when it runs and which of these it can't find. Once you discover the culprit missing files it is easy to correct the fault.
SnoopDos is a shareware program which has appeared on past AC CowrDisb and can be found in most decent PD libraries.
Ascii horror Fwhen is Ascii not Ascii? When it goes from one word processor to another, that's when!
1 have recently swapped from using Final Copy II to Wordworth 2 because I have need of the latter's better document processing, and the job of porting my documents from one to the other has become a nightmare.
So-called Ascii text appears with strange formatting where the paragraphs don't have line feeds, and 1 have to go through the whole chapter putting the carriage returns back in. Please say there is something I can do about it before I go insane.
Frustrated. Edinburgh rThe answer is to use the Wordworth load format requester and choose Ascii, then click on the two options labelled With CRATs I PC Stylei and As Many Paragraphs. So long as the Final Copy II document was saved using the Ascii exfwrt Wordworth should open the document perfectly, though you will then haw to change the page width from 28 inches to about eight inches.
Most packages have their own particular idea how Ascii text should be saved out. And s supposedly standard file format can have carriage returns or line feeds or blank lines almost anywhere and in any combination.
Fortunately you have a copy of the most flexible word processor in this respect and your problems should be over.
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While Pcs and Macs joined hands twogh Novel AppleTalk and others, the
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caught on.
The fact that few commercial organisa- have in the past used large numbers of ‘.t.£3s on a single site has been a major nr of the lack of interest in LANs, but as a-calted "Toaster farms" become more 7m ilent in the US broadcasting industry sm Amigas begin to be used in numbers for jtcer work, networking became more xrular.
B general terms, most networks consist ir i host machine (or server), normally a netful beast with a huge hard drive, and
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Installation is a simple matter of plugging the card into the A1200 or A600 PCMCIA slot and installing the SANA-11 driver. No networking software is supplied, so users will have to have access to one of the few available Amiga packages such as ENLAN-DPS or Envoy.
The TCP IP package used mostly by high level Unix networks is also supported, so those using the A3000T for complex multimedia work can now hook the smaller Amigas into the system for use as terminals and workstations.
Only one major drawback remains with the approach taken by I-card. Using the comparatively slow 16-bit PCMCIA slot rather than a Zorro slot means that 1-Card has to work hard to keep transmission Professional Networking Solutions Ethernet on a PCMCIA card?
Stevie Kennedy casts his net over 1-Card, the first A1200 LAN system.
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Their places in networks around the industry. For users of existing Ethernet systems, adding a cheap AGA Amiga is now a possibility rather than a preposterous proposal.
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SOFTWARE Sales of Stuff Scala Charts* pause length, or what transition to use between pages.
The items on the list are usually page* of graphics but can sometimes be animations, sound samples or music. If you click once on an item then click the edit button, you can edit the page, the wa the animation plays or how the music fades, for example.
There are a couple of changes to the page editor in MM300. There is flc longer a Move button; you just grab the thing you want to move and move ;• around! There is also now an Out effect ready-made clip art to get you going.
It can be used for stringing animations together to make a longer "film"; video titling and subtitling. Point of Information systems and Point of Sale systems.
It can be used as an interactive tutor, a videotext-tvpe system, a "scoreboard" for live outside broadcast use, and many other things.
Scala has at its main menu a list of the pages you have in your script. Next to the items on the list are various attributes affecting those items like the Scala MM3QO When most people think about multimedia presentations and video titling on the Amiga, the first name that springs to mind is usually Scala. Scala has been around for a while now (since 1989 to be precise) but Scala MM300 brings the product line bang up-to-date with new features galore.
Basically it appears that Scala (I much preferred it when the company was called Digital Visions, and the product was called Scala - it was a lot less confusing!) Have studied MediaPoint (see next review) and added the new features into MM300 that were lacking in MM2xx, but present in MediaPoint.
Scala MM300 comes in a swish brown folder-box containing a 300-odd page manual which is mostly a manual for MM210 with an addendum for MM300. The program itself is spread over nine disks and there's a little green thing in the box as well.
Oh, it's the dongle. A dongle is a hardware key that plugs into either mouse port on your Amiga; without it you won't be able to run Scala at all.
Time to install the software. Ah good! A company using Installer properly, that's what I like to see.
OVERSCAN A particularly nice feature is the fact that Scala asks you with what degree of overscan you would like the backgrounds installed. You can have None (640 x 512) Standard (704 x 566) and Maximum (736 x 566). Scala Multimedia 300 (to give its full name) requires a minimum of 1Mb chip RAM, 2Mb of fast RAM, Kickstart 2 and a hard drive, but of course they recommend 2Mb of chip, 4Mb of fast, an accelerator and Kickstart 3 as a minimum for optimum performance.
The tutorials offer a gentle introduction to the world of Scala, and for the most part, a good one. However, there is still this nagging feeling that you are just doing things by rote, and when one of the scripts doesn't actually work properly (the Guess a Number script enough to see off the Dutch upstart? Over the next six pages, all of the major aspects of these two packages will be tried, tested and judged. After the ultimate Amiga presentation system but not sure which one to go for? Read on... Amiga Computing February 1994 B which uses variables that aren't explained in the manual) you
have no way of working out how to fix what has gone wrong.
Most people who have used an Amiga for presentation, video or graphics work will have come across Scala in onoof its guises, but for those who have never seen it before, here is a quick run-down.
Scala brings together pictures, brushes, fonts and text with sounds, animations, variables and buttons. It has a wide range of backdrops, fonts and Can MediaPoint, the young pretender in the Amiga professional presentation g scene, upstage the tried, trusted and respected Scala? Or will the recent updates Scala has seen, resulting in Scala MM300. Be Ben Vost r Amiga Multim n rr rutton so you can not only bring text nto the page, but also wipe it out after- w ards. When using the list in the page editor you will see that there are now two columns for the effects - one in, one out For
users of other graphics cards like Retina, OpalVision or Picasso, it would re nice to see their features incorpo- Mted into Scala. MM300 allows to supposedly open a screen in any of the display databases available screen nodes, but although Picasso does pro- . Ide a display database entry, any attempt to open a Picasso screen mode nside Scala is met with the dreaded Guru.
ABSOLUTE Rather than using the normal timing n Scala whereby the pause between pages is specified. Absolute Timing gives a start point for the script of
- 0:00:00 and each page thereafter is worked out in relation to
that start point rather than to its neighbour.
. The manual mentions being able to take external sync for the timing through EX modules, but 1 haven't been able to test this to my satisfaction.
Previously Scala would only wipe It has a wide range of backdrops, fonts and ready-made clip art V scala Multimedia MM300 SCALA
o Play 1 Play scala Music objects onto a page, you had to remove
the whole page to get rid of them.
Several new wipes, including renovations of some of the older ones so that they can be applied to objects as well as pages.
You can now create lines, boxes and circles inside Scala instead of having to produce them in Deluxe Paint and import them. Now you play your samples or MODs directly from hard drive without having to worry about the amount of Chip RAM you have left.
You can also attach a "mark" sound and a "select" sound to buttons for audio feedback of user choices.
Some of the Exes have been updated, and some new ones have been Hem .
Edit Loa(l script : System Shorn Delete saue script Run!
If you lancy a shuttle Scala s the software for youl introduced. The Midi EX now interfaces with Blue Ribbon's One Stop Music Shop and Triple Play Plus Midi interface.
Cally make it into a button.
There's now a separate underline colour - about time too! - and new image processing tools abound. Scala will now allow you to view thumbnails of pictures, brushes and animations in ?
A feature called AutoMagic button creation lets you simply click on a block of text or drawn object and automatiScala has some of the finest tran6 tions seen this side of a Toaster and there are several new ones scala Multimedia MM3O0 SCALA I* mm
• di'ff _ its new shuffler file requester and allows you to have
a preview of 24-bit IFFs on AGA machines.
When you bring a picture or brush into Scala now you can resize it, change or reduce the number of colours using Floyd*Steinberg dithering. Scala will also optimise a restricted palette to give the best quality to pictures with differing palettes sharing the same screen.
Information is false. Scala have brought out a product that has been consistently innovative, and it now* seems that with MM300 they have ironed out some of the annoying bugs Ch-ch-ch DITHERING AnimLab has also been improved to take advantage of Scala's Floyd Steinberg dithering facilities.-Scala's manual has always been clearly laid out, but there are bits missing.
First prize In the Amiga Computing boring grab award goes to... The index isn't brilliant and, as I previously mentioned, some of the tutorial this release. One of the features particularly like is the ability to Chain text effects together.
If you apply, say, the wallpaper transition to one line of text, it's a bit difficult to see what's going on However, if you have several lines o text and you chain them all to one IVIediaPoint . J MediaPoint comes on a total of six disks, the second of which can be used as a CDTV boot disk for using the CDTV XAPP. It has a 217-page manual which states that the minimum requirement to run MediaPoint is at least 1 Mb of chip RAM and 2Mb of fast RAM, Kickstart 2 and a hard drive, but they recommend a minimum of 2Mb of chip RAM and 4Mb of fast, Kickstart 3, and a 68020 30 40.
MediaPoint uses the by now familiar Installer utility from Commodore. As an aside, here's a gripe I have with all developers who use the Installer.
When I install a program I would like to know if the installer is going to create a drawer automatically, or if I have to make one. So many times now 1 have created a drawer for the software to be installed into, only to find out that Installer has put it into a drawer called whatever the program is inside the drawer I already made.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun It's either that or I don't bother making a drawer for the package and I end up with a sprawl of files all over my hard disk! So, please, all you developers out there, let me know whether or not you are going to create a drawer!
Ahem. Well, to get back to the point... MediaPoint installs itself into a drawer you Untitled - Main Title Sales in dollars
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lucrative corporate sales have to make (at least it tells
you!), and as usual with the Installer, things are pretty
painless. There is one assign which is automatically placed
in your user-startup and away you go.
MediaPoint's interface takes some getting used to when you have been using Scala for a while. As with Scala there are two separate interfaces - the script editor HediaPoint™ 3.5 - 125 a SI HQ BMM .HI 33 3 sag j2J 4*1 jjjjj] El QID *!
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The script editor is fairly straightforward; just drag an icon from the bank on the right side of the screen over to the script and let go. A requester will pop up asking for the appropriate action.
BEVELLED The page editor has a completely different interface. In it you create boxes into which you can type text, import a picture, both or neither. You can't do anything without making a box first. Because everything is based around this box format, it means that you can have a bevelled box with a picture in it (scaled to fit, or cropped, as you wish), with text on top of that.
And what's more, the whole thing is one object and can be moved around as such. The page editor has a menu that lists all the currently active programs on your system so you can create a box in the page editor, switch to Dpaint and knock something wonderful up, in a matter of minutes.
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The page editor is also supposed to support other file formats dependent on Datatypes, but I couldn't bring anything in through that method. The program- tar piagued the early versions of Scala ¦bfemedia.
I beheve that there needs to be some mrI of solution as far as the dongle pn Perhaps a different version of the i-changes ith the wallpaper effect. Scala mes that those lines are all one obiect and applies the effect ?u them all as a single unit rather nor individually.
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• ce text off a page as well as on to it.
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- i age scripts. Why bother to keep
- ipmg backwards and forwards ween pages if you can put all the
dongle for the Runtime Player (or preferably none at all).
It seems a little silly that you can't show off any of your creations to anyone except on your own machine.
Text you like onto one page and bring it on and take it off when you want?
Of the new transitions, the one I like best is the Fade to White, which does just that: it fades the current screen to white then fades back to the next screen.
Very impressive. The one I like least is Ants. It’s far too slow, as is dissofve.
SYSTEM ESSENTIALS SO FT W A R E KI D I wnlial YELLOW = Krtomnund.-d The bottom line Product: Scala Multimedia MM300 Supplier: Scala UK. Mill Studio.
Crane Mead. Ware SG12 9PY Tel: 0920 444294 Price £329 including VAT Ease of use 8 You can got right in there and immediately start creating presentations. Manual? What's that?
Implementation 9 Logical interface, great output Value for money 8 With the price drop, Scala becomes even better value Overall 9 Getting better all the time, Scala is a good reason to buy an Amiga Style Rntialias: [}| Off Justification: p| IE Letter spacing: (*| 0 Line spacing: £| 0 Slanting: (J| *27° Shadow type: (*| j Shadow weight: g| 8 Shadow direction: gj * Underline weight: £| l Underline offset: ft| 0 Shadow OK Cancel M e fed "00:00:03:8 00:00:11:H 00:00:1.3:3 00:00:05:7 V ¦, (•titled * wiggle MediaPoint™ 3.5 - 125 1 2 El a m s Rf| a sa _i 31 m Mil a m a ?
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«Y| m Mediapoint Parent 07:21:03 12 12 93 Anti all a ling, justification. Drop shadow and all the text options you could want atm tlmecode with o huge array of plug In modules waiting In the wings »ould read the file I had selected ponder for a long time, then put garbage on the n.vn and ask me if I wanted it.
Unfortunately, seeing as the only option I could select that worked was Cancel, I couldn't get the image into the page editor even if 1 had wanted to.
The whole thing bears an analogy to Amiga DTP packages. Where ProPage and MediaPoint both require you to put boxes or the screen for everything, PageStream and Scala both allow you to plonk your cursor down where you like and start tvping- With MediaPoint you have to add a rage to the script after it has been made.
You can pull over a Page icon, select Cancel when it asks you for a file, the click on the icon you have dragged and edit the page, saving it out afterwards, but then vou still need to reopen the File requester and choose the file you have just edited!
This means that your hard drive is going to get very full of pages and pages of MediaPoint stuff very quickly. Another gripe about this method of operation is that there is no way of previewing what 4 You can create a differnt look by making the wipe really chunky or fine your page will look like except bv coming out of the page editor, making sure that the page you want is loaded, then showing the page.
This is OK if you only have to prepare one or two pages, but what about once you have 50 or so? Also, while you are editing your pages the screen is properly centred, but when it comes to playback time, the whole lot is off-centre.
I realise that this is for accurate placement of the graphics onto video, but what is the point of having the rest of the interface at normal offset if you have to fiddle with your screen controls every' time you want to view what you have created? I feel another potential problem with MediaPoint is that it has so many keyboard short-cuts for the user to remember that aren't obvious and have no parallel menu item or button, Thus a great deal of the potential of the product will be wasted with people not knowing, for instance, that it is perfectly possible to bring a window, picture and
the text for it (one object) into and out from the page with different timings and effects for each item. You can press function keys, Right-Amiga-key combinations, Ctrl, Shift and Alt combinations; the list L endless. MediaPoint comes with a verv Select transition: Craphk trenilttoni at the touch of a button ¦ SO FT WAR E nice selection of wipes, fades and dissolves. There are some that are much better quality than their equivalents in Scala.
However, there are also quite a few that are almost useless, even at the fastest speed, unless you really want a transition that takes nearly a second to complete.
You can apply about half the total transitions to objects in a page, with the obvious absence of a random transition because your pages are pre*saved. Each effect also has variations on a theme, so for a straightforward wipe in there might be two variations: normal speed and ease-in.
The size of the blocks that make up some of the effects is usually altered by the variation slider so that you can create quite a different look simply by making the wipe really chunky or fine.
There are a couple of additional transi- Tetchy tutorials The various tutorials that come with MediaPoint show you how to create scripts with serial and parallel branching (more on these later), how to make buttons and bind them to keyboard short-cuts and how to record the timing of your pages to match sounds to an animation, or slides to a soundtrack.
Unfortunately, the very first tutorial leaves you with a sense of “so what?“. There are errors in it and It gives you nothing to play with. The ones that follow on are a little better, but throughout there is no sense of learning, just one of following instructions.
That having been said, a nice touch is the inclusion of finished versions of the tutorial scripts so that you can check your efforts against them.
Tions that are specifically for POI systems, one a sort of wiggle. Imagine you have an arrow pointing to the button you want the user to push, wouldn't it be nice if you could get the arrow to point repeatedly at your button? Well, that's what wiggle does. There's also a blink transitions for the same sort of attention getting device.
SYSTEM ESSENTIALS MediaPoint comes with some pretty nifty features; Serial and parallel branching are two of them. Serial branching is just a case of having a subroutine in your script that might be activated by a button for instance, parallel branching is a lot cleverer.
SOUND EFFECTS Basically a parallel branch is just like putting another page into your script only it's not just one page, it could be an animation with synchronised sound effects, or an entire slide show, but at the main script level it just looks like orte command.
In a serial branch the order of the events is important because they are executed one after the other from the top down. However, with parallel branching the order of the events isn't important but their timing is.
When you open a parallel branch you have to say how long you want it opened for, You then get a timeline upon which to place your events. This is the only important thing. You could have your events in alphabetical order, but the one that comes first is the one first on the timeline. Look at the picture; it's easier to understand that way.
MediaPoint has an excellent attitude to type. If you want to change one letter of your line from white 12-point Times to shocking pink 114-point Letter Gothic, you can!
You can specify font style, spacing underlining, colour and size on a charac- ter-by-character basis with no limitations other than those of good taste!
MediaPoint is able to schedule events over a long period of time. You can specify when you want an event to happen; m RILYou.Neei m RILYou.Neei JB Ticket ret another hah at the familiar MediaPoint front end every Thursday afternoon at four, or three times an hour every day at midnight, except on Sundays - for instance.
You can set timing from your Amiga or an external source such as a Midi time- jdock, SMPTE or EBU timing for frame accurate video overlays with one of the MediaPoint-controllable video recorders or laser disc players.
MediaPoint can put things like the time and date into your script if you wish, in various different formats, To all intents and purposes, these just get treated in exactly the same way as normal text while the presentation is playing, they do not update on the screen as it is playing!
’he bottom line Product: MediaPoint 3 Supplier: Activa UK Tel: 031-402 5770 Price C300 Ease of use 7 Fairly simple to got to grips with, the Amiqa idiom of dragging icon; around is easy I Implementation 8 You can also specify global hotkeys even to the point where you can stop people from quitting out of your presentation by disabling the Esc key completely.
MediaPoint's manual is a little lacking in in-depth information. It seems pretty thorough when you are reading it, but when it comes to referencing something you are having trouble with, if you can find it in the index, there just isn't enough explanation.
UP TO SCRATCH?
I was really looking forward to reviewing MediaPoint, I have been waiting for its release since November last year, when I saw it for the first time at the World of Commodore in Cologne.
Good interface, It doesn't stand up scrutiny, but the presentations an so well to finished I went again this year and got myself a copy to review, but I have to say it's not up to scratch. I don't know what was wrong with the product that delayed it for so long (as there is no noticeable difference between the version I am reviewing and the version I saw last year, other than the name change), but it’s let Scala catch up with it, and even overtake it Value for Money 8 Overall 8 A good start for this new package, if it gets updatod as regularly as Scala, we should see a fierce battle between
the two for world domination of the multimedia market.
But if Activa get some of the problems sorted out (ie the data types not working properly, the lack of a previewer in the page editor, the slowness of some of the transitions, etc), I think they’ve got a winner on their hands.
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champion Sola Multimedia 300. In the red comer we have the
contender; he showed up momentarily at the end of last year,
but now he's here to seriously challenge the current holder of
the AC Best Multimedia Package - we present MediaPoint 3.
The first part of this bout will resolve which of the packages has the best support from the sidelines with clip art, fonts and backdrops being a major consideration.
Which package is best for you?
Well, MM300 gets a good one in early on with the fact that Scala now has nine new backgrounds bringing the total up to a massive 79, along with a wide selection of single colour pictograms.
MediaPoint has a very small number of included backdrops but scores highly with its maps, colour clip art of various computer-oriented items and single colour ISO 7001 -compliant pictograms.
Scala gives you a printout of its backdrops (unfortunately without the nine new ones) whereas MediaPoint has no documentation for its backdrops. Neither package has printouts of the clip art included. Scala gets a blow in late in the first round with its 17-strong collection of fonts in different sizes (with print outs for reference) compared to MediaPoint's nine fonts (without print outs).
APPLICATIONS Expandability-wise, MediaPoint immediately jumps to the fore with a menu that is designed for the user to add his favourite applications to, much like ToolManager for Workbench.
Any time you wish lo run an external program you simply choose its name from the menu. Scala has the ability to add in outside applications too, but they must be placed in a specific drawer in the Scala directory and they have to have tool types set up to use them.
MediaPoint's ability to grab screens from other applications and bring them in, thus obviating the need for intermediate file storage, is a plus; just draw what you want in Personal Paint then grab the screen into the program.
No need to save your picture, then load it in again. MediaPoint say that their package has expandable transitions - just drop new ones into the system drawer of your MediaPoint installaton. Scala's are hard coded. Both packages support addon modules in the shape of Exs for Scala and XAPPs for MediaPoint. As you can see from the box-out, both have an extensive collection of add-ons with Scala coming out tops for genlock support, but MediaPoint supporting a wider range of Laserdisc players and VCRs.
Scala also has an EX called "Link" which is to allow certain other applications like Bars&Pipes Professional to control a Scala presentation.
I tried to use the External tool for CDTV in Scala (EX) and in MediaPoint (XAPP). Unfortunately, neither of the packages give very much space to the topic - they Simply tell you "there is a button here for the start of the section" and no more! Both systems have an easy way to just connect a CDTV to your machine via a null modem cable.
Attaching a floppy drive to the CDTV and booting one of the distribution disks Competition should ensure a healthy drive towards new features 4 (disk 1 for Scala, disk 2 for MediaPoint) will ready the CDTV for EX XAPP use.
Both systems displayed problems if you played several segments from the CD at length, then exited back to the main screen.
All in all, I think that the quality of the documentation for this topic left a little to be desired, and I only hope that the other modules are better catered for in this area.
Scala also makes mention of a program called Scala Echo, which, it appears, is to be run as an EX to allow you to perform assemble edits 4 la Video Director.
As far as fades and wipes go, MediaPoint weighs in with 83 page effects, most of which have at least three or four variations, but only 42 text effects with variations.
Scala has 103 page effects and a staggering 86 text effects, a lot of those new to MM300. Both of them do your standard wipes effectively, with MediaPoint possibly just having the edge over Scala in terms of smoothness.
In the more exotic wipes like the T2 or "Rows Odd Even Bottom" they are evenly matched. MediaPoint loses out with its "you have to save the page first" approach in that you can't have random text effects.
Scala’s colour fading works better than MediaPoint's too. With Scala, the transition almost appears to be a natural progression of colours, whereas with MediaPoint the colour changes seem to be harsher. I think this haS a lot to do with the way backgrounds are set up in Scala to share the last eight colours of their palette.
CONCLUSION Without a doubt, this bout could continue on into the night with both fighters scrabbling for that extra advantage that would see his opponent on the mat.
In response to MediaPoint's low price Scala's has been dropped to £329. In the final analysis it will matter little as both have unique features to offer. Scala seems the better package, at the moment, but it is a seasoned piece of software, while the newcomer has all the exuberance of the young, striking out into new areas, and new ways of behaving.
MediaPoint certainly has some maturing to do, but, and I know this is going to sound like a cop out, both packages complement each other in the features they offer.
This will make it very difficult to just buy one of the packages, prospective buyers should certainly not just jump at one or the another but look at them side-by- side, as 1 have, over a period of time, to see which ones features best suit their needs.
In conclusion, I have to say I am glad that there is, at last, some serious competition for the title of "Best Multimedia Package", the inherent competition between the two packages should ensure a healthy drive towards adding new features and external applications; how about a PhotoCD XAPP EX?
What about support for other font formats and the SSA animation format? What about support for other graphics cards and control for the add-in modules for Opalvision (when they finally come out!)?
Come on Scala and MediaPoint, give us your best shot.
Add-on modules comparison Mpoint Seala CDTV yes yes CDXL yes no Interlude yes no Canon Ion yes yes GVP IV-24 yes yes GVP G-Lock no yes SuperGen no yes G2 Genlock no yes Genlock ji no yes Midi yes yes Studio 16 yes no Avideo no yes VideoDisc VCR yes yes Sony LDP-1200 yes yes LDP-1500 yes yes LDP-1500P yes yes LDP-1550 yes yes LDP-1550P yes yes LDP-1600P yes yes LDP-3300P yes yes LDP-3600D yes yes Sony 2000 yes no Sony Umatic 9 yes no Pioneer 2200 yes no LD-V4100 yes yes LD-V4200 yes yes LD-V4300 yes yes 6000 yes no 6010 yes no LV-V8000 yes yes Philips VP series yes yes Philips 405 yes no
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the VP senes Ju*t as a fast. I deckled l would tab* o demo
script from each and try to do them m the other I took the
Sales Chart from MediaPoint and tried to build the same pre
sentation in Scala. I also took the LoScalatore script from
Scala and tried to recreate it in MediaPoint.
Tho Scala version of the sales chart is definitely not as polished as the MediaPoint one. MediaPoint has the ability to only partially bevel a box so that you can have Trading places a flat bottom edge to the chart, it also has an extrude kind of wipe that Scala doesn t, I tned the move wipes in Scala. But of course they wipe from the edge of the page, not from a predefined place The MediaPoint version of the LoScalatore script also ran into problems This tcript plays several amms seamlessly end-to nd showing a film of a man put a ladder up against thin air, climbing it and disappeanng at the
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MediaPoint could do the animation pari without problems, but came unstuck on the accompanying music and sound FX.
The tune was completely distorted and I couktr work out how to get the applause lo coincide with the "end of the film" part of the animation.
1 TM MediaPoint 1 multimedia magic for the Amiga MediaPoint is the state-of-the-art in interactive presentation software.
Commodore Info Main Menu Q Now Amiga models 0 CDTV titles Q| Multimedfchsoftw. Ie | Other products Interactive Information Systems No other software package on the Amiga has this many features in the standard package. Some of the highlights: MediaPoint is professional:
• Script synchronization on standard time, SMPTE and MIDI.
• Play full motion video and samples from harddisk. Supported
animation formats: anim-5, 7 & 8 and (AGA) CDXL.
• Over 1 SO smooth screen and object transitions.
• Use buttons to create interactive scripts for mouse, keyboard
and touch screen.
• Script events can be scheduled to be displayed on specific days
and times.
• Use ScriptTalk™ language to create customized scripts with
variables, conditional jumps and Arexx support.
MediaPoint is easy to use:
• Cut, copy, paste and undo for all page and script editor
functions.
• Script parts can be collapsed and exploded.
• Text editor allows a different font, size, color and style per
character.
• Antialiasing per character color, not to just one color.
• Frame-oriented page editor with solid, pattern and transparent
frames. Over 50 frame transitions.
Video Titling
• Duplicate, centre, align, lock and group move functions for
frames.
MediaPoint means good looking, fast graphics:
• Import any Amiga graphics file including 24 bits.
• Scale and remap to any (AGA) graphics mode.
• Save page layout including text and graphics for use in other
scripts.
• Ready to use clipart, maps, pictograms, fonts and sounds
included.
• Fast color thumbnails in file requester for easy file browsing.
MediaPoint is modular: Information Channels
• Xapp™ modules for GVP's IV-24, Studio 16 cards, MIDI, CDTV,
LaserDisc players, VCRs, still video players. Coming soon:
Video Toaster xapp.
MediaPoint is complete:
• Standard bundled languages: English, French, German and Dutch.
• Free runtime player.
• No hardware key protection.
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L=6.33 (=1.68" Insert To describe ny details: Rs a heavy word
processor user ir*« lik soeed, nacros, keyboard short-cuts
for menu items inn'ii* IoDmorl thotil jnH a nn-fi»illc
annnnarh r . cursor keys return key the 68088 Anigas . A bare
bones p users uho need speed range (such as .... it is a bare
bones reasonable pace, 10th famliaritv in ¦quicker - onr«..My
lose their f frills Tnr SSJih n r* p d ¦ r i ' u latfom. And
an approach to text-bashin
o itself, has ardent fans everywhere.
To describe nv details: fis a he TT Rs I on List dictionary Find words Rnagrans Count dictionary Edit user dictionary ... Edit exclusion dictionary 1 u"
• e of ___________ nacros, keyboard quicker _ ®nce you've learned
features like speed 2 !
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IMI I I •• a ¦So, Enter Protext. Clearly attempting to clinl. . .
Ekind of heights giants such as Microsoft Word occupy in the PC and Kac world, the product cones spread across a number of disks, on thee Hniga, 1 in the PC and disk ¥£ pasy, itr ent copy ii y f V . .. I had to change a couple of utility, I got the program up and ry) rudimentary knowledge of the Rniga and installing Protext much of a bind; if uses paths using the Configuaration Anyone with a ( nmg.
I Protext has constantly excelled in all of its releases, but with version six at least some of the complaints of the occasional graphics user have been answered. Phil Morse installed the disks and took a look text-bashing which is pretty much unique to itself, has ardent fans everywhere. To elaborate upon my personal position: As a heavy word processor user, key features like speed, macros, keyboard short-cuts for menu items (much quicker - once you've learned them) and a no-frills approach (Frills lose their flashiness long before a product outgrows its usefulness) are important to me.
As I only own a humble A600, which is Protext has traditionally been known to pander to graphics by a seriously tiny amount, resulting in its image as the ultimate text cruncher - and little else.
That said, the program now supports IFF, PCX, GIF and GEM IMG graphics files, and can print them at any point in a document (in black-and-white). It does not display the graphics on-screen at any time, instead inserting a marker to warn you of the presence of a picture.
Although highly primitive compared to the likes of some of the near-DTP so- called “word" processors, this is to facilitate speed in the program s primary role as a text cruncher - any anyway, the program does now at least permit the addition of, say, a graphical masthead or piece of clip art on a news-sheet or company letter.
Images can be centred, scaled, turned into negatives, and generally shifted around enough to not render this feature totally useless.
The normal method of reviewing a product is, it must be confirmed, the tried-and-tested routine of first checking out the software hardware or whatever, struggling with its idiosyncrasies and hidden delights usually all before reading the instruction manual) and then taking a pile of notes to the nearest available word processor.
In this case, however, the nearest word processor just happens to be the exact product under review, due nol in any small part to the fact that I pounced upon the product before it even left our mail bag and staked my claim on the review!
POWERFUL Protext is, you see, a rather special type of word processor. Available across a number of platforms as well as the Amiga (it even features as the built-in word processor for the Amstrad Notepad range reviewed previously in this magazine), it is an extremely powerful program, but one which cannot offer too many machine-specific (read: flashy) features.
As the platforms at the lower end of the CPU speed range (such as the 68000 Amigas) need to run Protext at a reasonable pace, it is a bare-bones product, and one which, through both familiarity in users who need to use it on more than one platform, and through an approach to yboard s ... .. ________ then) an heir flashiness long before a prodl Js I only own a hunble R688, whicl .for the tasks I regularly use a conputel iof sone of the larger faigas, and so nieu a pruuuu uimn mum* an kahich is processor intensive turning away fron what-you-see-is-what- kiou-get, graphical, DTP-style features
in favour of extrene ease of use and, above all.
Suap Edit Block Fornat Print mil :vle Tools Optic n_ Check fron cursor (AS) Single word (Afl) Thesaurus (AT) Set ignore narker a=) Check uhole text _ 9 IBM I can see clearly now more than powerful enough for the tasks 1 regularly use a computer for, I don't have the speed of some of the larger Amigas, and so need a product which eschews all which is processor-intensive; a product which turns away from what-you-see-is- what-you-get, graphical, DTP-style features in favour of extreme ease of use and, above all, speed.
So, enter Protext. Clearly attempting to climb, on the Amiga, the kind of heights giants such as Microsoft Word occupy in the PC and Mac worlds, the product comes spread across a number of disks, containing such professional-sounding material as a Collins dictionary, a thesaurus, and a mass of printer drivers as well as the program itself.
Installation to hard disk (and you really must have a hard disk to use this program
- it needs 3Mb of empty space, too) is easy, although for some
reason the program assured me that my 40 per cent full, 80Mb
hard drive did not have enough ignotred its warnings, and
although " s working shou!dhnot(ftnd ich is pro' you-get, grai
ust *§3; er the kind of I 1ac world, containing diet ionary,
prgran itsel Install to use this i although for II, 8Mb h
Protext).
R the task some of tl room to accommodate my copy of Protext).
I ignored its warnings, and although I had to change a couple of paths using the Configuration utility, I got the program up and running. Anyone with a (very) rudimentary knowledge of the Amiga and its working should not find installing Protext much of a bind; it uses the Commodore installer, which thankfully is now becoming a bit of a standard for serious Amiga software.
As you can see from the visually uninspiring screenshots, the program is nothing much to look at. The text window, calibrated by nothing flashier than Ascn dashes and exclamation marks, operates within a Workbench window. Highly functional but not flashy - the trademark of most of Pretext's features.
Ten menus lurk across the top bar, covering every conceivable function you could wish to inflict upon a piece of text.
Notice I say text - Protext's picture han- Improved manuals the manuals have been reprinted for the new version - It's not good : '•* 2 a list of changes in addition to a set of manuals for a previous version, as i at case with a lot of upgraded software.
* 41 is, the manuals are neat, informative and thorough. There
are two: The
- entitled the User Manual, is 180 pages long and contains a
broad introduc- er o word processing and Protext; a concise
(but at times vague) Getting £3r-*d section, an overview, a
guided tour, detailed instruction, hints and tips rsc s
thorough Index.
T*» second, 160-page manual is for reference, and contains the really detailed
- "'nation on how to use Protext's most powerful functions, such
as the
- *cros and mail merge features.
* contains character set tables as well as useful advanced user
information, «? Compatibility details across the various
platforms it has and does
• would have been better If the manuals were ring-bound; however,
they're
• •rfsct bound (like a book) making it more of a task to prop the
manual open on »ge while you attempt to do what it is
suggesting.
I small niggle, though. And anyway, you probably won't find yourself looking much in the manuals, for the on-screen Help is excellent.
The When it comes to text formatting, how about the ability to format paragraphs separately or the document as a whole, or features allowing the insertion of soft hyphens and footnotes, or start-of-para- graph formatting (regardless of any Tabs you might have set)? All are under Format.
Printing has always been one of Pretext's great strengths, and this version keeps up the reputation, with a diskful of drivers, and advanced features such as the ability to print what's on-screen or from a file on disk, to interrupt printing - or to turn Protext into a by-line or by-character typewriter. Someone must have a use for this function!
Using a large Collins on-disk dictionary, the spell checker can check a single word, check from the cursor, or simply do the whole document.
There's an integrated thesaurus - even an editable user dictionary and the much else, number-crunching routines, file spoolers and line-number handling, as well as the word count, which is telling me I'm running out of space to cram all of these words in!
Suffice to say that with a full and definable range of viewing options, a powerful (but easy to use) macro generator which allows one-key programming of sets of instructions you frequently carry out, and even a line drawing option, there is about as much flexibility as you can hope for built in to this program.
CONCLUSION So in conclusion, I can report little to moan about - if this sounds like what you're looking for- For the heavy user, who's prepared to negotiate the learning curve to get all of the keyboard short-cuts sussed, there’s an immense increase in word processing efficiency to be discovered.
By forfeiting time-hogging frills and nice screen displays, Protext can offer not only compatibility over a number of platforms, but tried and tested speed and reliability too. If you’re serious about words, this is the serious word j processor for you. V ¦ . I SYSTEM ESSENTIALS i'll) ;vvntiai YELLOW¦ Rtcvmmrmtai RAM Hard drive VvorkBench _ ri abilities are rudimentary to say the and that's a far sight better than offered in v5.5, which says some- tang about who this program is aimed at!
Well as containing the Quit and Beip functions, the File mode concerns 'v * with loading, saving and handling anwit and saved text files. As well as the ah -iced abilities to catalogue files in a i ider or a disk, there are Save As (various
- of Ascii) and File Merge options, as ¦ell as a simple document
renaming ¦name.
The second menu, Swap, allows you to
* rk. On two documents at once; one in ie top and one in the
bottom of the screen. You can type up notes into a finished
piece bv having the notes scrolling in the top window and the
developing write-up in the bottom window, for instance.
The Edit menu handles strange characters (all kinds of accents and foreign ones are easily accessible), offers powerful text- search features (you can even search backwards), as well as page-jumping and time and date insertion commands. Meanwhile its neighbour on the right-hand side, the Block menu, allows cutting, copying, moving, pasting, deleting, saving, loading and formatting of any chosen block of text, markable by keyboard or mouse.
Ability to sort out anagrams. Great for crosswords!
The Style menu, although only a couple of obscure-looking options to look at, hints at the real power of the program.
Mere you can define "styles"; you could have a style for business letters, one for memos, one for (as a journalist) articles, and switch between them. AH you do is tell the computer the style you want, and it remembers how you like to have, say, a business letter. Neal.
The Tools and Options menus contain a rag-bag of configurational and miscellaneous feature - which is not to distract from their value. They contain, among The bottom line Product: Protext Price: £99 Supplier: Arnor Ltd Address: 611 Lincoln Road.
Peterborough PE1 3HA Phone: 0733 68909 Fax: 0733 67299 Ease of use 9 Implementation 8 Value for money 8 Overall 9 oI Protext v6.1l @ firnor REVIEW COPY NOT FOR RESRLE iflit Doc PROTEXT AC70.BSC Page f L=4.83" C=3.18 11K RJ WU ftutfn Insert Nks 1)_ SCR 85:38:57 eatures lit juicker - or lose their f Rs I or or the task if sone of 1 ihich is prc Buler | Show Index spell narker Eage breaks | Show plate Markers labs line breaks _| Show Block Markers Spaces Show Uysiwyg as codes soft Hyphens _| Show other style todes Show BH | Shoo Bone| Default | _j JShou j JShow | Show | Show | Show Default
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Credit Cards not debitod until goods are shippod E I« Electronic Arts Although it’s now one of the more mature Amiga simulations. Inte:e--: I its way into the collection and the hearts of many potential avia-1 I ver since man has walked the earth, he has been perplexed and obsessed with I flight and the ability to defy gravity. The awakening of this dream was triggered I initially by birds. The Egyptians worshipped them as gods, as did the Incas, Mayans and many other early high-tech cultures.
The Greeks were probably the first to write about flight when they told the tragic tale of Icarus and his doomed maiden voyage, simulating the flight of a bird.
As we follow a path through the annals of history, conquering his inability to transcend to cloud level has been man’s greatest single desire.
The artist Leonardo Da Vinci designed the first prototype helicopter, and the Montgolfier brothers craned our necks a little nearer to the stars, by defying gravity with the first flight in a hot air balloon.
But, it wasn't until the turn of our present century on that fateful day at Kittyhawk that the Wright brothers finally satiated the desire.
Following this significant breakthrough, mankind really rolled his proverbial sleeves up and got stuck in. Frank Whittle develops the jet engine, bi-planes became mono-planes which in turn have become delta-winged supersonic craft capable of breaking the sound barrier.
For a privileged few, the sky really has become the limit, and that's the way it was set to stay until the technology race in home computers began.
For the majority of us, the chance of piloting any sort of flying craft used to sit only in our wildest dreams. Whether it be the cost, the ability or the practical availability doesn't really matter, because the realisation of the obsession is still a runway to far.
Until recently, that is. Computers mean that flight really can take place in your front room. There's is no mystery as to why flight simulators have been developed so intensely for home, civil and military use. The answer's very simple and lies in the very first paragraph - we are, and always will be, obsessed with flying and its emulation.
So, without further ado, let's zip up our bomber jackets, adjust the chin straps on our helmets and peruse our instruments, while we indulge in a few pre-flight checks down memory lane.
Domark Here's an unusual departure for a flight simulator on the Amiga. For one, it's the only attempt to replicate a craft that is capable of VTOL, and secondly Harrier asks more of you than the normal pre-set missions you normally get in a flight sim.
One aspect of your role is to command a landing force of US troops in hostile terrain. The other is to control a squadron of Harrier jump jets.
Set on islands around south-east Asia, your job is to offer support for the invasion force as they push further inland, and protect them from both air and land-based enemies. Harrier contains all the hardware and options you've come to expect from the newer breed of Amiga simulators The Harrier being a Vertical Take Off and Landing craft, the control system takes some getting used to when you first take the helm.
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Constructed from a variety of vector polygons, the graphics in Harrier Assault are as competent as the majority of flight sims.
Harrier is most playable, and will be best utilised by true enthusiasts who can devote the time this accurate simulation needs. Harriers only downfall is that the 3D engine seems to struggle on normal low end Amigas, and is probably best played on larger accelerated machines like the A3000 and A4000.
I in 1dftd, It came to many of us early Amiga owners by Virtue :¦ IH was part of one of the first titles to be featured as a bund * package. Designed by leading flight simulator Bob Dinnerman. Intercept: was the first to give you the choice of fe more than one jet.
Set over the skies of San Fr c co, you have the option of flying the F- 18 Hornet or the much celebrated F- 6 Fighting Falcon. Based either on i carrier or land, Interceptor sends you oi progressively more challenging missions, from the learner mission of Identifyingvan unknown jet through to successfully sinking an enemy submarine.
.interceptor sits heavily on the Entertainment side of simulation. There are t manoeuvres that you can pull off in interceptor that the military wouic I green with envy for.
Nevertheless, Electronic Arts freely admit that Interceptor is more of a i sim, than a realistic seat in a cockpit Mthough the graphics are a little dated, with simple polygons to display ngs and fairly slow screen updates with the enemy plane very ofter appearing al a speck, th play doesn't suffer profusely. Likewise, the ht area and missions me a little restricting, but Interceptor still has a I to ofter. It was one of the innovatoos of such things as external _its highly playable and ij ROUND-UP [The world of the civil airliner has seldom been undertaken for the Amiga. So, it was a
welcome release when Thalion revealed their simu-1 IIS' • ' - - nation of a medium range, fly-by-Wire modem airliner the A320 Airbus. »- rj Obviously, it's a far cry fronf the electric world of the jet fighter- m j.rjSfq] Lind lacks the thrills of aerial com&at (unless you get hijacked that i5), £5jS~-- •j'jf put is regarded as one of the mot realistic simulations to grace dte Umiga. J _ _T A320 comes in two packages, one based in Europe and the other newer addition sits [itself in the United States.
Programmed by an ex-Luftwaffy pilot, you start in the briefing room, setting your pav- Uoad, route details, freight and fueL You can even set the height of the cloud base which determines the use of your ILS system.
Also, at the higher levels of this Emulator, weather takes its course and means you have to plan an alternative flight path to dvert to.
Graphically, while Airbus's visuals are realistic, they aren't worth writing home about.
[Your view is from the left-hand side of the control panel. However, function keys divert you to other alternative views.
The ground detail is also very spartan, but manages to convey the general impression of Lin airport. Sound, while limited, is effective enough and the engines were actually sampled [from the genuine article.
These things apart, Airbus is a totally accurate representation of a modem passenger air- ttiner. It requires you to react and co-ordinate all of the necessary equipment at the correct [times from take off through to landing procedures.
While not containing as many thrills itnd spills as many of the flight sims on the market, [Airbus is a fine exploration of civil transportation which is worth spending some time with.
If you take into consideration the fact that, 1987, it features an of realist and gamcplay.
Falcqnaisocame with two mission .ii which featured enhanced graphics, extra l 'atures joystick response during The original program sat vou in the desq idlk)vncre in the Middle East. Here you could trail fly missions against enemy or pttacW m; installations. Following on from Falcon, the mission disks put you into a full-blown war zone. Your job w as to .
Air domination agaia«t M*G-21s and dreaded 29s, then slow down the enemy war effort and keep their t from over-running your runway.
Giraphicallv Falcon is excellent. From the smoothness of the screen update to the detail and accuracv of the cockpit, Falcon is a morejjin adequate performer The sound effects are also very effective, whether it be the whistle of the Gatling gun, the hiss o' a missih .is it roars away from its housing and engages itselFor the raw power of the afterburners cuttiugrtl'.
F alcon also features a black box option which allows you to retrace the footsteps of you a ancy Flight simulators have always been big business in the home computer market, for games players and enthusiasts alike. Simon Clays demists his goggles, takes a retrospective look and sorts the best from the rest 2000 MicroProse Lntil a year ago the definitive helicopter simulation would have been a toss up between Thunderhawk or 2000's older brother, the original classic C.unship. Times have moved on and MicroProse programmers have given birth to a new prodigy. Gunship 2tXX) puts you at the
controls of a range of the world's deadliest helicopters.
Once you've trained yourself up from squaddie, you can choose to fly in central Europe or the Persian Gulf. After you've been assigned to a region, 2(XK) has a wide range of missions that will be offered to you by the CO.
Gunship 2000 has all the normal munitions screens and maps, but what really sets it aside is the graphics. For Gunship 2000 MicroProse dev eloped a completely new 3D engine which incorporates an updated terrain mapper which gives contour to the landscape.
The ground detail is also brimming with life and contains a rich array of roads, tunnels and even the odd camel. Once you reach higher ranks it's possible to gain promotion, have a unit of choppers at your disposal and get the chance to fly the deadly Apache gunship.
Gunship 2000 is fast, as realistic as you wish to render it, and packed with a basket full of explosive action. You have all the normal external views and zoom options, plus an excellent missile cam* era which sits you on the front of your warhead as it hunts its quarry. MicroProse have come up with the best flight simulator of any type for the Amiga. Its fast-paced action and graphical quality make it a must for any flight enthusiast.
Icon was released m i g an ; m bn m • a mrirt « r *»% •»' ' ¦¦ 1 head via a modem cab With different difficulty degree's and a fuji range fighter sims available to Amiga owners, especially as all three of ranks to fly at. Falcon is one of l all three come at budget prices now.
HoloBvtp THE F-16 FIGHTER SIMULATION Fighter Duel Pro If you're a herd-bitten sim veteran, the appeal of launching yet another heat seekers from 25 miles out may well be wearing a little thin. After all, It's hard to get excited about a few pixels suddenly vanishing from a radar screen.
If the aforesaid cap fits what you really need is a copy of Fighter Duel Pro. Now I’m not saying it's for everyone, but if your primary interest is in-fight realism, it s unbeatable.
As you can see from the screenshots, the graphics aren't exactly breathtaking.
However, it’s only when you're at the controls that you experience the most realistic in-flight experience in the business.
Even on an A500 it's smooth as silk and when this is combined with incredibly accurate flight characteristics of both yourself and the opposition, the meagre graphics are soon forgotten.
However depending on your point of view the program does have one major Jaegar Software fault. Put simply, it does what it does, namely ultra realistic dog-fighting - and little else. You're given the choice from a variety of prop-driven fighters for yourself and either one or two opponents. You can mix and match to you hearts desire assigning an appropriate skill level to each bogie.
During combat the bad guys are exactly that swooping, diving, attacking and evading with a degree of realism which drags you into the action like no other sim on the market.
As for control analogue is best - in combination with a decent mouse to handle the throttle and rudder. Like every other dog-fight sim head to head combat is supported either vie modem or direct link. It’s even possible to use a second Amiga to supply a constant rear view of the action.
Basically if you enjoy realistic close-up combat and can live without fancy graphics it's quite simply the best seat of the pants flight sim on the market.
¦ ROUND-UP Reach for the Skies pushes you back through the mists of time to World War II, or the summer qf 1940 to be precise, during the Battle of Britain.
Programmed by Rowan Software, the company behind Flight of the Intruder, the first decision to thrash out is which side to fight for. You can become part of the illustrious Luftwaffe, or play the backs-to-the-wall role of the RAF.
Once that decision has been taken, much of the game time is spent In the air. Unlike many simulations, control is taken for an entire squadron, with the option to flit from plane to plane at a whimsy.
The 30 is very effective and fairly speedy, although for best results it's best played on one of the high-end machines.
Reach for the Skies also features a full range of external 30 viows and a zoom option.
Flight while highly playable, isn't one of the most realistic of simulations and control of your Spitfire or Me-109 is relatively simple.
Reach for the Skies does however contain many nice touches. For example, after every flight you have a full replay option. You also have the ability to start missions from mid-air and you can also accelerate time.
Reach for the Skies should have received higher accolades, and would have done, if not for glitches in the programming which has resulted in several bugs.
Niggles aside, RFSK i9 Still quality entertainment and still sits proudly in the hangar of fame.
Flight simulators for the military and civil airlines are perhaps older than the majority of us would believe.
As early as World War II, gunners on bombers were trained in replica gun turrets, shooting at screens which had enemy fighters projected on to them, with a camera recording where the bullets would have struck.
Since then things have progressed somewhat.
Pilots now train in multi-million pound hydrauli- cally-powered cockpit replicas, which train pilots more safely and reletively cheaply.
In the simulator world, if a crew put their 747 down short of the runway, they might well have to swallow their pride but they'll live to talk about it, and the airline can still fly its airliner.
There are versions for almost every type of commercial plane flying today. Inside the instrumentation and flight envelopes are reproduced exactly.
Today's simulators are so accurate that some What do the big boys play with?
Knights of the Sky MicroPros Knights of the Sky switches away frocr high powered jet engineering and the pin-point accuracy of modern missile technology and flips the calendar back to days gone by.
Gone are the fire-and-forget missiles which obliterate an unseen enemy, and vanished are the oh so helpful HUDs which keep you up to date with everything around.
In fact, in Knights of the Sky all you'i left with is a pair of leather gloves. Son5 goggles and a rickety bi-plane.
KOTS is a World War I simulator puts you right in the thick of it. Fightini on the Western front. Once you're fufr* trained, you can fly a whole variety of missions in one of up to 20 different ¦ planes and mono-planes.
The missions vary from supporting i bombing run, through to buzzing Ze| in a balloon-bursting exercise.
As you progress through the you are updated with information al other enemy pilots in the region. If fancy your chances in aerial comber, then you can lay down the gauntlet hunt for them, In your own search for KOTS features graphics that are effectively rendered and planes that fairly smoothly. In the sound ment, there isn’t a great deal, but is there is adequately dealt with.
By far the most exhilarating to KOTS is the dogfighting. Bee the range and accuracy of the machine guns, you have to fly ck the opposing fighter to score any You also have the tricky flight trol of a bi-plane to combat and come. All of this gives you a sense of achievement when you give of grey plumes of polygon With a multitude of external and chase views, an action mode and a new budget price of the Sky is a very worthy your flight sim collection.
Pilots are able to convert from one jet to another on the ground, and then take their new plane into the air without any further training.
The leading edge of simulation is in the hands of the military who are utilising the technology of virtual reality to throw their pilots into war zones which are frighteningly real.
These VR simulators are bringing a new level of realism which give the pilots a true insight into both the conditions and the brutality of modern war.
Nj iiii, niiiiyu iiuj piuyiuuuuu umm i w iiuiv mrwruv more adept at programming so the standards has improved.
Er. In the last 12 months a ceiling seems to have ached? The technology inside a standard Amiga has been utilised to the full and the polygons can’t move any faster or become any more detailed . . « If we look across the showroom carpet over at the PC market, it's cleflf to see that PC simulators lead the way. Rather than t f Olygons ftith colour and definition limitations, Pcs are moving detailed bit-mapped objects around the screen at a very realistic and rapid rate.
Nev!?goft llMlifMHMkKund. Recent like the CD32 withitspla flfflave brought promise of a new breed of flight simulator.
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* pictures Eor those who've not enjoyed the Adorage experience in
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order. For any new- ,e first question has to be: What tacr.
Jrks behind the rather exotic title?
I * ts most simplistic Adorage is used to pii Me into a static image by applying any mm:t a huge range of preset wipes and dis- ***5 to introduce or remove the chosen Seating the process over multiple ; means you can append numerous i within the same animation, forming a ous sequences with each image ) its own designer intro and out-tro, n addition you can add background i to further enhance the effect, allow- ; tw chosen graphic to glide effortlessly :ne selected backdrop However, be - mixing foreground and background i does require a little care in relation i palettes of the chosen
graphics, i of course it is possible to specify palette is applied in the finished a though a pleasant touch, the use of i images does have its limitations, ally on slower machines. As a conse- ! Adorage is usually at its best when 3 vi conjunction with a genlock - and it's
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amble efforts of Dpaint and the infamous ifcwe requester.
As promised, AirLink makes a comeback along with the long-awaited AGA update to Adorage Better still. Adorage uses its very own SSA - super smooth animation - format
• nch as the name suggests offers a fairly jamatic improvement
over AnimS.
As for the new elements, the notables
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of the front i-d which now boasts graphic icons as reposed to
the old text-based approach of c predecessor, Apart from these
fairly elementary r anges there's not a lot else on offer, i
though the AGA support does add proved colour along with a more
professional feel to finished anims.
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* ews for the AGA brigade and that’s about if.
- truth little has changed since the release :•* the original
package, but to be fair it was pretty impressive the first time
around so
- ere's little to complain about - apart from slightly optimistic
asking price.
Product: Adorage Supplier: BVCC Price: £79.89 Tel: 031-567 4623 AirLink AirLink was mentioned last month in relation to VlabY C and its unique ability to grab unlimited sequential 24-bit frames from live video without the need for timecode of any kind.
The only problem is the heavy dependence on user time as the software demands constant tape rewinds ready for the next pass, However thanks to AirLink and the supplied programmable infra red transmitter, all the donkey work can be done automatically.
To achieve this, AirLink makes extensive use of Arexx, linking both VlabY C and the new 16-bit Toccata sampler, which when added together enable capture of 24-bit video and 16-bit audio simultaneously.
However AirLink's control potential doesn't stop with its Vlab and Toccata associations. In fact this ingenious infra-red can turn its invisible talents to anything that ships with a handset - whether that be a sampler, lape deck, CD player, VCR or whatever else.
Automated Midi As mentioned earlier AirLink can be put to work on any system that uses infra red, and as a result it's developed quite an affinity with Midi, especially in relation to Bars&Pipes Professional, courtesy of its extensive Arexx support.
However before you plan controlling an entire recording studio from the comfort of a mother keyboard, it's worth remembering that all AirLink commands temporarily halt multitasking, as a result its usefulness for live performance can be limited.
However there is a way around the problem. If you have a second Amiga, it can be used to receive Midi information from the parent machine running the sequencer, which in turn could send the commands to the remote via AirLink without pausing the performance.
Even with one Amiga the performance potential of AirLink is still pretty impressive. For example it's possible to issue AirLink commands in relation to specific Midi data, so at the beginning of a song you could hit a key on your synth to activate a CD player tape deck, VCR or whatever else. All that’s required is a little setup work before hand - and of course any set-up can be saved out and used as many times as you want. In short, the sky's the limit if it's got a remote, AirLink can control it - whether it be via mouse or Midi.
And of course each remote has a unique signal so you can control as much equipment as you like from a giant on-screen button bank with various sections for all manner of hardware.
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SJ-144 brings with it an ¦passive combination of a low price
tag arC a quality of output to match many ¦ore expensive units.
The printer itself is one of those Jreinutive units which begs comparison ¦kh the BJ10, consisting of a stand up My, a flip-out sheet feeder capable of roiding 30 sheets of paper, and a front o*dmg option for single sheets. When rwcked on a desktop the result is a very ¦uli footprint and a cute little addition to Se electronic family.
Setting up the SJ-144 is a simple job and an be accomplished without reference to tv manual, but software installation has v be the most user-friendly aspect of the
• hole package. Wolf Faust, responsible x-r some excellent Canon
software, has rroduced a preferences program specifi- jjlly for
the Star range which not only .•fters close control of all
aspects of printing but has an accommodating feel which
should put most beginners at ease.
During installation the user is asked to choose which printer driver to install and j then given an opportunity to set the default StarJet preferences such that once .retaliation is complete the printer is mmed and ready to go. If the user feels rrone to leave defaults well alone, a custom prefs program can be found in the usual Prefs drawer for later tweaking, giving everyone the chance to make the best of their new acquisition.
A starter kit including 30 sheets of thermal printer paper, a colour and a black nbbon can be found in the box, so there’s no reason why full colour pages shouldn't be popping out of the SJ-144 only a few minutes after installation. Once printing ftarts, however, the user might be in for a bit of fiddling to attain the best results.
Our test model's first few attempts at printing colour pages resulted in a marked banding effect similar to that which most owners of cheap dot matrix printers will find all too familiar. Thin white horizontal lines appeared across the finished page which ruined what was an otherwise rather tasty output in terms of colour approximation and resolution.
Much head scratching ensued until a quick phone call to Star and a dive into the 92 page manual brought the answer, Judging print costs Like all colour printers, the SJ-144 must also be judged on a cost per page basis, a job which is trickier than it seems. Manufacturers seldom use the same standards when quoting the number of pages achievable with a standard printer ribbon, but Star's touchstone is at least based in the real world.
Using a 1500 character letter (roughly 250 words on a page) Star claims that the average yield from a monochrome ribbon should be 180 pages, and 8 full coverage
(8. 0 by 9.6 inches) colour pages from a colour ribbon, which
works out at about 75p per colour page and 3p per black and
white letter.
Users can buy a pack of three ribbon cartridges from Star for £18, and overhead projector film comes in at about £9 for 100 sheets. Thermal paper is of course recommended. Bul the SJ-144 has the advantage of accepting plain paper as well, which is cheaper if not as effective.
The SJ-144 is blessed with a useful and comprehensive front panel which can be used for the usual paper feed and so on, but which also controls the mechanical operation of the print head. By holding down two of the buttons while turning the printer on, a test mode is enabled and all sorts of trickery can be employed to improve output.
Clicking the Zoom and Paper buttons will move the bands of printed colour closer or farther away from each other in increments of 1 720th of an inch, a microscopic adjustment which ensures the user should reach the optimum setting after a few tries. This is very effective as a tweak, but it has the drawback that several sheets of the supplied thermal paper and a certain amount of the ribbon's life must be Buffalo Bill's haemorrhoid treafment Satisfacfion guaranteed or your money back.. Text and graphics output Is very clean at 360 dpi sacrificed to it. Once satisfied that banding has been
eliminated, the user just holds another button down until the macro indicator confirms that the setting has been stored, and the printer should come to heel on every subsequent boot-up. Given the method of printing used by the SJ-144.
This is an inevitable drawback, but at least there is a fool-proof way to circumvent it.
All hardware settings having been chiselled in ROM, the user need only experiment with the many dithering options available through Mr Faust's prefs program until the best results are achieved, and when print density is set to its highest (360dpi) these can be very attractive.
Quality judgements are purely subjective and based on the dithering option used, but the SJ-144 seems to have a definite edge on the HP550C and is very close to Fargo's Primera, though it could never match the tatter's Dye Sublimation output For the asking price, Star's latest launch is an attractive buy for those in need of a logo generator or something to give those letterheads an extra burst of vivacity.
The bottom line Product: SJ-144 Supplier: Star Micronics Phone:0494 471111 Price: £569 Ease of use 7 Implementation 9 Value for money 8 Overall 8 COM PETITION This month we've Love never Lies - in put our heads together with Columbia Tristar Hume Video to bring gou a trulg excellent Oracula competition Following on from the amazing success of the cinema film. Psygnosis' Oracula game for the Amiga will soon he released. As well as the game the selection of prizes also consists of two great videos just nut - Bram Stoker's Oracula and The Making of Oracula. Directed by Francis Ford Copula, and
the Oracula board game, plus the CD soundtrack.
The Dracula story folloivs the original Gothic version of the love-torn bloodsucking Count. As Transglvanian prince Vlad Dracul returns from battle to find his beloved wife has taken her life believing him to be killed in battle, he denounces his allegiance to God and embraces an eternal and immoral existence in the shape-shifting body of dreaded vampire.
Many centuries later Dracul meets Jonathon Harker. An estate agent, and discovers that Harker's beautiful fiance is a reincarnation of his own long last wife. Mina. The drama continues as Dracul attempts to seduce Mina while Harker engages in a fiercely passionate conflict to defeat the tragic Dracul.
To enter this Gothic competition all you need to do In send your answers to these three simple questions and the tie breaker an a postcard to Amiga Computing Oracula Competition. Europress Direct, PO Bo* E. Ellesmere Part. South Wlrral LBS SEA. Don't forget to give your name and address and let urn know If you don't want to receive promotional material from other companies.
- Who directed this version of Bram Stoker's Oracula?
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&B. 1994. The prize winner will he drawn fron all the correct entries received and will be in farmed In writing within two months of the doming date. Remult information mag be obtained by writing to our offtcem. The editors decision Is final, no correspondence will be entered Into.
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A&SAVIT - Th, average game involves you shooting M the characters mat pop up m the wndows GOM • DEATH BINGERS »N SPACE A Xenon alyle shoot em up G065 • Z0UBI6 APOCALYPSE - Good fun wm kiis ol blood and | G066 • STARIANS - Buane md guts platform So67 - SUPER SKOOA CHALLENGE , A good gama far up M four pl*»4f* wth track editor etc MW - PREMIER PICKS • Very unque tnonall management game. V«ry wet pretentod | G0*9 - BillY BuAGlaA bodge EM to escape from preen fO AMIGABOY -Then game I Tetne is wioay regarded at us best on me Gameboy II has now boon pohacty convened with exact visual representation
G071-ACT Ctf WAR-A game of Similar Wile to rek G072 ¦ ADAM5 FAMILY QUIZ • Mow much do you know7 0073 • PARACHUTE JOUST • Guide I iho skydver to ihe ground G074 - CARD SHARP - Venous card 8S5T JEWL-Abrwamgame GO76 - TOP SECRET fgrry, «yi1 tpll 0077 ¦ JELLY QUEST - The game by David McGuire was described by Amiga Power quoto "It's a supenor Ofand of PD puute game and a looks can onfy be described as - dead | lush' R went on to receve a 4 out Ol 5 , it rating G07B ¦ VENUS INVADERS - Excellent new vpramn of space rnvadvs G079 - THE RIGHT WAY A great lemmings done G0B3 SUPER PRIX - A brds-eve-viaw
raong game GOBI - PATfNCE The best pubic oomam version c4 this card game U001 • THE ULTIMATE BACKUP DISK • All Iho v copiers if ano Xccpy U013 • BUSINESS CARD MAKER • A ulfty lh*l can gve protmmnq 'tamii tor use win any pnnter U021 • SYSTEM X • A telephone dreelory on dak. N even dials the U136 • 600 BUSINESS LETTERS • Over 600 letters oI base tormat ready lor quck and simple modftcahon n any word proceeaor U139 PRINTER DRIVERS DISK - Ah
* x£4U*r1l selection Of dnvers to gel your pnnter working
perfectly 11140 - LABEL MAKER • EiClMrt utltly slowing you lo
make your own Mh labels We have added several toms to grve you
more deegn options Ui53 - MULTIPLAYER • Can piay virtually any
typd of muse moduia U167 - VVINOOW8ENCH - A replacement lor
Workbench VI J m me style of Microsoft Windows U168 - GAME
TAMER V2 2 - Loads ol cheats (over 250) for use in many top
BT?” UNDERSTANDING AMOS • A very usehJ learning aid UI78 •
AGRAPH - Creels all «jndS Ol pie charts oar charts and toe
graphs U179 - CLI TUTOR - Loads ol hm
• rd 101 U160 • DISK OP7IM1SER • Speeds up toading Dy up to IS
time* U181 • FORMS UNLIMITED Create your own Mvoces and other
forms with this neat utllsy Ut 63 • MAGNUM • Create your own
dsk bawd maguna UtW - EDWORD Excellent lext editor U16S - POOLS
PREDICTION • H you need more hep lor money) try Use dsk.
U186 • VMORPM V2.0 • Excellent ubliry dial atom you lo croate morph’warp animation Requves 1MB U1B7 - THE MENU OISK - If you ere interested n creating your own comptaccne elc men gel the dak its perlKi tor Added (veftenuiipn U168 - CLUB LEAGUE • A utility that flkWrt you to *M and keep track ol
• All I ho very Mtl poOlc domon n indudtog Dcopy Tetraoopy packed
with screen btankers U190 • THE LITTLE OFFICE • One of me oaai
email Duanese programs avalabo ai me moment Ybry pcpular U191 -
VOICE CU VS.5 Tins uallfy wlows you 10 control CLI wen speech
UI92 ACCOUNT MASTER • Wntten in Amos Ine is a very popular
business usury of excolatv dually U193 Sof TWARE USTER • Ttte
program a deigned lo keep track oI your software cdlaciion U194
• blSKPRINT V3 5 - An ntegraied database and Ask label pnrftno
uMlto U195 • RACE V1 6 - A dsk that wrl work out the chance ol
a hors* wnnng a raoa U196 - DRAW MAP V4 t - There are fwo
versions. Ikii «the 1MB verson II slows you 10 create 2D and 30
maps Quote U296 la 2MB vBfkon. Which comes on 2 dsks U197 -
FOOTBALL LEAGUE EOITOR V1 1 - As soon as Ihe results come ui.
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excellenl bud n help system U204 - KEYBOARD TRAINER VI I Best public doman typing tutor available at present U205 • M-CAD - Computer aided design program U206 • NO ERRORS • Mdea the honj errors on daks makng all your convpl dofcs usable once a gam U208 - 203 UTILITIES - The most utitties ever avalabo on a trig Is dsk U209 • UNOElETE • Tm* ytltty *lpy S you to get beck sli l ihoi was accdendy deeded irom dsk U210 • JOYSTICK TESTER-A briUent loyslch testing program U211 Ago SECTOR fiCMO MAKER
- A 2 mog version of me most popular utkty ever*" Create stunnrij
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(fllf • ENGINEERS KIT ¦ A diagnostic disk, speciaty tutod lor
engneers elc U21S - DISK REPAIRERS • Wll Mom you to try and
make el your unusable disks wort eg*6 U216 - AMIGA DIAGNOSTICS
- Solve Fiouaanoe cf amga praCiems aiih rus U2?7 lS?WILL AND
TESTAMENT
• Write your own wtl U218 - MUSIC BASE UTILITY • Store ell
recorflVKtoo coltoaon.
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todimcal angsts and locuntm tracking program which calculates
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driven asfrcnomy program that calculates information about the
Sun Moon and ptanets Help dsk U227 • MING SHU CHINESE ASTROLOGY
- Wll create horoacopes n seconds The complete aid U228 -
COLOURED ICONS ¦ Transfer your disks mo coiotxlti. Well
prntntod works of art Mlh Hub dutabuse U229 - KIDS PA NT - An
art package simpalied tor me younger a nigs U2» - STAR VIEW •
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you- icteon into an eye catering fish tank U232 - OCTAMED V2 -
Latest version ci me famous music MfkAge U233 • NUMPAD FOR A630
A program mat mahn n Afioo rnn its got a numeric keypad 0234 -
ADDRESS PRINT V3.1 • Vbry useful it you make regular postal
correspondence U235 • IFF BOOT • OdCMys a pfClute Wt.lv your
hard dak boots up U237 • PAY ADVICE ANALYSER • A very ueeAil
program lor keeping track ol pay tax and national inaixance
U238 - CANNON PRINT STUOO Get a Cannon printer7 Tns dak is
naentiai tor Driiam reaurta U239 - FANCY PRINTING DISK -
Contains Bamer. Graph Paper VI2 and Disk Pnm V3 5 U240 BGASElli
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enhanced succeisoi to bBosoll U24I - ADM V1 01 FioxaWe address
database with loads of great leatixas U242 • LITTLE TRAVELLER
VI t - The Ukiity shows a world map and a lews yog to select
any country tor travel information II then 20ome in gning a
close-up map with more information U243 - BANNER MAKER - Oewle
spectacular pnmad barters U26S • PROTECTION Koep ixtwamag user*
irom ptoying mlh your U266- PAR8ENCH -LrWuptwo Amiga's and
communicale with each U2I3 • TEXTENGIN6 V4 t - Sohl direct from
author Nicholas Harvey this excellent program has alt known
bugs food Has 36 000 wo»d epei checker E001 • TOTAL CONCEPTS
DINOSAURS • A book on dsk appropriate lor aansotonal Jureas*
Park movie Get nth E002 • SCIENCE - EueMent Mamng ad to re
dffxut su *ci (4 a*kn E003 • FRACTIONS ANO SILHOUETTES - Good
maths utitty E004 - WORLD WAR 2 • Good hotory | E006 • VfOflLD
GEOGRAPHY - V«vy uteAil ubWy 6007 • KIOS DISK 1 - Excellent
readng utility EOOB - LEARN ANO PLAY I • For a users, vary
popular
• i AND PLAY 2 - See above, tsualy croe'sd ai a 2 aek ui | E010 •
GCSE MATHS • Good wnnan S a teacher ot the weieci 11 - LANGUAGE
TUTOR • French, Spaneh German and Italian E012 - AMIGAWORLD -
This dec ot educaeonal softwara contains datals on every
country D004 - ARSE WIPE - Mi la nous tenet row commerow Co67 ¦
FiIlET The fish - Camxyi D019 • SIMPSONS SUOESMOW Picture of
tetoveiora wacky tamly D023 • PUGGS in SPACE • Aroiher cartoon
animaeon Irom me same person who bruugrtyou Filet tn* Flan 0025
- SAM FOX - Siwehow 0035 - RUDE NOISES - Hilarious wmptes 0036
FAST CARS - Pictures of me wortdt most axohc cars 0074 •
MADONNA LIKE A VIRGIN • Muse put to naked sideshow of Madonna
0091 - SAFE SEX DEMO • Hfanoue mxed xiirpcj D114 - NEIGHBOURS
SLIDESHOW • Vary old OU SMI amusng pHttxee of the cast man
drawn on special streets D121 - GIRLS ON FILM • Ogitoad artmMon
0129 - SHOWERING G*RLS - Colour digitaed sideshow D138 - WAR
SIMULATER - Samples that could get you a day oil school or wwk
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INSTINCT - OgBart pcturns from the twn 0199 - STRIP SLOT
MACHINE U026 • TV GRAFF1X - Loads ol backdrops elc for use with
genlock AIM Ionia lor Dpaml (2 dsks U169 KARIEOUIN VIOEO ART 1
- ExceSenl coiieclion ot backdrops ot superb Quality lor uee
wrth goniack U171 • HARLEOUIN FONTS 1 - Loai ol excel lent
MiRos toms U172 - HARLEQIJIN FONTS 2 ¦ More | o' tn ? Atwe.
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Your a rare software cofecfton at njk Regular updalsa to keep n touch wlh el virus activity Separate versions tor AGA machines AI our daks are virus tree MD01 - MUSIC MODULES ¦ A tnauiYB 10 Oak coltecikin of good qualty music modulos All ol scut-Kllracker He fype tor use w.th Rsi | Demo maker NcrsepMyer and many other appicatiora | AQA SECTIOtTj A019 TO AQ23 - WE«D SCIENCE ¦ Excelent gueley pictures (5 dsks - availed* separately) A024 - FIT CHICKS • A cofocion of Qrty ptCtufM tor the AiJOOonfx (2disks) nr i7i L'UllilUJ ¦ L'lilluR) I A025 - FREAKS BODY SHOP - A small selection pit girty
pictures.
AotJO - FERRARI PICTURES • Pichxee ol e new model irom m* world* meal eralic ear maker G»d 256 coteiy pictures A036 - NIGHTBREAO - Many pciuros drawn in 256 colours (2 disks) G042 - AGA TE1RIS • Controlled * ino keys.
I trus excekeni conversion ol probably the moel adcictrve game aver is now available with 2M cdour grapnic* I 0062 ¦ AGA CHESS • An 6xc*1enl gama bjl you ml 0 w4h the cursor k need 4rrbot ram to gel it to work'" ’ U0O1 - ULTIMATE BACKUP OISK • Thi* « mple$ gn includes Dcopy V3 0 which is probably me only copter that works successfuly cn Ihe A120Q‘A4000.
- 123 WORKBENCH HACKS - U*V uieiMt sDooal ertecls lor workbench
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- Tho unity allows your AGA machine to I use your hard dish as
urtuw memonr 8 youve not a Krrh hard dak then you can have
Wtrfc ram Aequree FMU MMU etc W72 • WORKBENCH V3 0 SCREENS •
Imprtrrt the oppeorenca of workbench w4h theio excellani
backdrops 0181 • TEAM Hoi PLANNER GROOVE - This was the wortds
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• you've attended any shows or spent ¦ -ruch time on-line lately
you'll be all- | » aware that faxing is the in-thing
• nr- .? Comes to comms and electronic «EE-ur.ication in general.
Ice what if you bought a modem that re potential to become a fax but simply t got the appropriate software? A fcsrt modem isn't cheap so the prospect m «ang up just to have a fax facility on a m- - t spec modem isn't exactly appealing.
Sow thanks to Village Tronic upgrading bo longer a necessity, courtesy of some ¦ rrjous software which can add a fax fccirrr to any Class 2 modem.
* other words the majority of older and r modems running at or
below 2,400 kc may not be compatible, and unfortu- uarly the
same is true for any Class 1 Tvcrm - which includes such
notables as c* US Robotics Courier HST and Sportster.
Although not an ideal situation, the jH:ciems surrounding Class 1 modems w r been spotted and are being addressed.
* * a result, keep a close eye on Amiga dates for a promised
upgrade which ccxild enable class 1 modems to use the ¦trware.
ot being a comms fanatic, the prospect m reviewing TrapFax didn't exactly fill me «nr. Unbridled excitement. However much
* surprise the whole process was - dare I wv it - quite
enjoyable.
CREATION trappings rter kicking up the optional hard disk and spending a few minutes with the ncellent accompanying manual I was *y to send my first creation across the of carpet between me and the AC fax machine.
Paul Austin examines TrapFax, a revolutionary software package that could add that yuppie touch to your modem The first order of business is to set up the "7**Prefs which specify your name and ¦mfcer, initialise the modem and define tv source and target directories for incom- r; and outgoing faxes.
It's at this point where I thought things uld get messy with
r. twlisation strings, M-jd rates and all the
• Cher things which cake comms the ultimate anorak retime.
However in wvping with traction the whole thing is bliss- Mby simple and only took a fewr
- econds to set up.
A?ide from this, the only other job is to
• elect "fax" as the rreferred printer driver.
As you'd expect, the aforementioned driver comes as part x the package and is used to convert the ¦otput of any program into a format which an be sent via the modem. The only crite- vn is that the program must have access to r* preferences printer driver.
(Hi and graphics transmission To make switching between your printer jnd fax driver as simple as possible, a small utility automatically switches the two drivers for you, so there's no need for any manual labour whatsoever. And better still, multiple serial boards are also supported, so you won't even have to switch cables.
Intuitive design at its best.. As far as the source software is concerned there's no difference between the two drivers, but instead of popping out on paper the file is converted and then redirected to the outgoing fax drawer.
When the printing process is complete you're automatically switched back to Workbench at which point a small requester appears asking where your creation should be sent, or if it should be kept aside for later use.
From the same requester you're also given access to the phone book. It's also possible to specify when the fax should be sent and how long the software should attempt to transmit - thereby allowing for any errors or busy lines to be retried.
Obviously the real attraction of timed transmission is its money-saving potential.
V If you're making long distance calls you can specify that the fax is sent at the cheapest possible time.
Assuming you've chosen the appropriate destination you're returned to the main window where the fax is sent or stored.
Better still, TrapFax offers the ability to send the same fax to innumerable destinations.
All that's required is a few extra trips to the phone book, or alternatively you can add new numbers directly. When all your destinations are safely installed in the recipients list a click on OK button kicks the process into life.
PiLE UP After successful transmission the original fax can either be kept or deleted depending on preference. If it's kept the original file is simply moved from the outgoing into the sent drawer while incoming faxes pile up in a drawer of the same name.
If you've had a heavy faxing session in the early hours you can check out who got what, if not, why not, and when, with a quick glance at the TrapFax.log over breakfast. Prior to or even after transmission you can view you creations or incoming faxes via another utility' which pops up with an Applcon allowing a variety of scaled views of any fax either received or sent.
If you need hard copy the TfaxView utility also supports printing of both graphics and text - which of course means you have to swap drivers.
The only area in which TrapFax falls down is faults. With the exception of sending the same fax twice on one occasion, it appears faultless.
Of course the restriction to Class 2 modem only will limit its appeal initially, but come the upgrade TrapFax could well become an essential for any modem owner.
Ease of use 10 Implementation 6 Value for money B Overall 8 Product: TrapFax Supplier: Blittersoft Price: £74.95 Tel: 0908 220196
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ultimate 3D conversion alongside a CD packed with over 500
models in every format imaginable version. Obviously texture
maps arer. T J integral part of the model and need tofl
replaced later on.
However for the ultimate test 1 th.xjm we needed something big, and they M come much bigger than a Vista Sce Animator DEM file.
Unfortunately a complete map e? Fl Grand Canyon proved just too big farfl machine, however after a little tinkemH smaller region did the job.
Admittedly the first few attempts throw up the odd glitch as assorted poftffl appeared to poke out of what should IM been a smooth surface.
FINE TUNING Fortunately each InterChance convaJ a separate module with its own intemrf jfl erence requester allowing you to fine* the conversion process to suite the software.
After doing exactly that, the atoccafl tioned DEM converted perfectly and directly into both Imagine and Liglafl without a single glitch. This is ever- wM impressive considering the new impa H sisted of over 16,000 points and 31 1 polygons.
Admittedly the finished Lightwj-.. came to a rather staggering 535,832k - be honest the end result was worth byte. As well as far superior com | Interchange also has the added incredible speed. In the past a Pixd hM limitless supply of models from both the Amiga and PC is quite simply manna from heaven. And of course any of your own classic creations can now live again within new productions.
As for conversion quality the results are quite literally astonishing. After extensive testing the program barely put a polygon out of place. After my initial amazement at converting a selection of models complete with their correct hierarchical structure and including colouring, transparency, diffusion and specularity - where appropriate.
Even subtle aspects such as Imagine subgroups were spotted retaining their own colours, attributes and surfaces during con- vidual sub-objects. To be fair Pixel 3D Pro is designed to be more than just a conversion utility. In fact features such as 2D extrusion and point editing are all part of the overall system. As a result the program excels at 2D to 3D conversion and subsequent point tidying, but for straight conversion it still leaves an awful lot to be desired.
Enter the Syndesis Corporation with Interchange Plus, the conversion program and utilities suite we've all been waiting for. Now just to save time I'll become completely over excited early-on and return to the review in a few paragraphs.
Being a dyed-in-the-wool modelling maniac the prospect to free-ish access to a and Imagine. Quite why Syndesis are asking the same price for the CD as Interchange Plus - given that the vast majority are PD models - is a mystery - not the mention mildly annoying.
To be lair examples of the modelling prowess of Interchange aren’t the only things on offer. In fact a collection of over 400 mirror tiled texture maps also come as pari and parcel of the CD - ideal for modelling and general multimedia applications Thanks to aforementioned textures the 3D-RQM does manage to claw back a reasonable degree of value for money, but to be honest $ 199 for what is essentially other peoples work combined with a selection of texture maps is just a little too much.
However, for the professional videographer it does make a useful reference library - ideal for the occasional prop to add that finishing touch to a near perfect scene.
Over the last few years the Amiga has become the machine to beat for ray tracing and 3D modelling in general. Alas with its increasing success have come a vast array of modelling formats
- all with their own individual approaches to the subject,
Unfortunately with their individual successes, each program
becomes marooned on its own little 3D island. As a result it's
been difficult - if not impossible - to share models
successfully. And as for sharing the best modelling elements of
each, forget it.
With such restrictions, upgrading from one package to another has involved some torturous decision making. Should I throw away all that hard work and start afresh, or stick with my existing outdated software?
What a nightmare.
To be fair some, packages do make an effort to load other formats but these are few and far between, and of course software companies have a vested interest and tend to avoid contact with direct competition like the plague. For example Imagine2 will load Turbo Silver and older various of Imagine but nothing else.
IMPORTS Due to user pressure some of the latest programs such as Imaginel9 and Real 3D v2 offer support for DXF - a format supported by the majority of C D packages.
This has its uses for corporate logos, and architectural fly-throughs but DXF imports are notoriously tricky and often requiring as much editing time as it would to start from scratch.
To be honest the problems associated with model conversion hasn't gone unnoticed by third-party developers. As a consequence there are a reasonable variety of conversion programs - which again are usually tied to a particular product or concentrate on font conversion rather than model sharing- Even so there has been one notable exception in the form of Pixel 3D Professional.
Costing around £250 it ranks as perhaps the most expensive ray tracing software peripheral in the business.
Unfortunately even this pricey program has some fairly serious limitations, most annoying of which is faulty conversion of complex objects.
Although the package can convert between 14 different formats they're only really useful when used on simple or indi- In addition to Interchange Plus. Syndesis have also released a CD-ROM packed with over 500 models ranging in quality from the unspeakably crap to astonishingly impressive - with somewhat fewer of the latter than the former.
Perhaps the best description of the CD comes from the packaging itself which reads: ‘A spectacular demonstration of a new 3D translation technology called Interchange Plus."
The word to concentrate on here is demonstration. Although there are examples from professional model makers the vast majonty are PD examples which have been simply copied onto the CD and translated into the various formats in order to demonstrate the power of Interchange Plus. As a demo it's certainly pretty impressive with all 500 models offered in each of the following formats 3D Studio. AutoCad, WaveFront. Lightwave Syndesis 3D-ROM GRAPHICS GRAPHICS!
The bottom line rxrOunge on the other hand is astonish-
* cn quick and will convert a fairly complex aoci tn a matter of
seconds. Bliss absolute Uk- Now we’ve covered the end results
it's
• crdi mentioning exactly how they were ed. Basically you have
two options.
M can either fire up the main program and i urle click on the required conversion occules individually or go for the direct «rroach and double click on ICP Start automatically loads the entire suite of rsnerters.
Regardless of the approach the end result Trrams the same with a small requester T?mg-up on Workbench allowing selec- Basically Interchange Plus is an essential tool for any serious 3D enthusiast while the 3D-ROM is reasonable - if you're either a cut and paste ray tracer or a professional who can envisage recouping their investment courtesy of improved productivity.
However be warned, although many of the models are impressive the majority are fairly run Of the mill and could probably be duplicated by an experience user in a matter of a few minutes.
Ton and saving of the original and con-
• erted model along with the required converter.
Aside from file selection and saving, Trie's little else to do apart from defining
• hether you want backup files or wish to vncatenate file names -
thereby keeping a story of the model's source software in the
ttiti of an add-on to the existing file name
- jther than a direct replacement.
For the vast majority of conversions that's you'll need to do. Simply select the file, : nne the target directory and convert.
However if problems do arise you can
- rpeat the process but prior to conversion a : ruble click on
the chosen converter will L-ow you to do the necessary fine
tuning.
Fortunately the accompanying manual is
* h friendly and thorough so any adjustments shouldn't be
too painful. However in aatain cases opening a modules
requester is r iential - as not all are dedicated entirely to
.inversion. It's in this area where Interchange mod-
- ies enjoy at least some of the added utility tatures found
within Pixel 3D Pro. For rvample one of the most impressive
utility Supported formats Lightwave objects and scenes Imagine
Turbo Silver 2.0 and 3.0 VideoScape 1.0 and 2.0 Sculpt 3D 4D
scene and script PAGErender Atari ST CAD-3D Professional Draw,
Aegis Draw ImageMaster ISHAPEs Vista DEM digital elevation maps
3D Studio Wavefront.obj AutoCAD DFX converters modules adds
font conversion the Interchange repertoire - via the InterFont
converter.
In addition to the converter you also receive an InterFont Designer along with 23 InterFonts designed by Syndesis plus another 48 licensed from Arock Computer Systems. These fonts can be loaded, extruded and converted to into the DTP or 3D format of your choice via the aforementioned InterFont module. It will even add justification, centring, bold and italic along with user defined surface attributes.
Another utility entitled Surface Converter allows the attributes of objects to be loaded and converted to Interchange format for easier attribute matching between formats.
If statistics are more to your taste another module allows a text file to be generated describing the structure - in point edges faces, colour and its surface attributes of any object.
As for model manipulation you're provided with a reduce points, scale and snap to grid - each of which employ the same modular approach with their own pop-up requesters.
All this talk of conversion utilities and requesters may well give the impression complexity. However rest assured that 99 per cent of conversions require no additional editing whatsoever and are usually complete in a matter of seconds.
As you've probably guessed pretty impressed with Interchange Plus and for the serious ray tracing community it's definitely a must have product, which will not only save hours - if
- of modelling time also open a whole world of perfectly imported
models from all the major CAD and Modelling systems on both
the Amiga and PC.
A famous foee from Ughtwarr now available for use within Imagine.
Again Imported first time without a single error Product: Interchange Plus Supplier; Syndesis Corporation Phone: 0101 414 674 5200 Price: S199 ynopsis Ease of use: 10 Implementation: 10 Value for money: 8 Overall; 9 Product: Syndesis 3D-Rom Supplier; Syndesis Corporation Phone: 0101 414 674 5200 Price: $ 199 Ease of use: 10 Implementation: 10 Value for money: 8 Overall: 9 ( M Rs CiKt MMFAI) KM397 rO (IKT MORK PR(HiS WokklM.
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Europe = +20p per disk; R O W. = +40p per disk Note: Prices are per disk and not per set » a Postcode .. Td Adam Phillips looks at the latest PD releases from all over this snow- swept land Anew year and a fresh crop of games and utilities to wade through. If it’s been a new year's resolution to buy more software then there’s no better place to start than here in the Public Sector. Keep the titles rolling in, no matter how bizarre, strange and weird -1 want to see them... S s equally solid racer, Moose Drive.
Viewed in from above with a slight 3D tilt, this is a hectic race round a selection of ten tracks to become the ultimate moose driver (why? I don't know, I only work here). Two other cars join the player on the track to add to the competition and steadily improve both performance and speed wise as the races count up.
If by the second race though, you begin to feel a little cheated by the sheer Mansell handling of the opposition, don't give up too quickly - a hurried rummage through your race earnings to date will hopefully yield an upgrade to a better engine, batteries or tyres.
One of the most impressive features of Black Dawn Programmed by: Andrew Campbell Available from: Pathfinder PD Disk No. PC219 Black Dawn is one of those PD games that lands inconspicuously on my desk among a pile of others with no fancy wrapping or glittery packaging but on slipping the disk in to the drive and booting up. It blows the reviewer away with its sheer professionalism and playability Set on a large spaceship... contact has been lost., drifted in space for centuries... recently turned up on deep space radar and so on. The player must embark on this three-mission demo to work down
through the craft, accomplishing various tasks and blowing away the aliens that infest it.
This is Alien Breed meets Dungeon Master as you creep down the twisted corridors with baited breath dreading what might lurk around the next comer. Along the way. Differing suits of armour and weapons can be bought to top up the continually ebbing supplies There are plenty of surprises in store such as large metallic balls that lie in the corridors of the ship that need to be pushed out of the way but carefully so as not to block an exit.
The graphics are a high standard with varying species, from tentacle creatures to green dinosaur heads, that cause untold damage. The sound as wen is very effective if a little sparse - start shooting something off in the distance and the following hit registers quietly but as the enemy closes in. The louder the sound of impact becomes.
This must be one of the only PD titles that I’ve played all the way through to the end. Admittedly there are only three levels to complete but this is still a worthy buy.
If Andrew Campbell intends to add several more missions with varying objectives, more weapons and creatures to the finished version. I don't see why he should have any problem selling this on to a company to be released as a commercial game. Excellent.
Magic Workbench Programmed by: Martin Huttenloher Available from: Graphic F X Disk No UT132 Have you ever noticed how bland the Amiga Workbench looks - single tone colours in the background, dull icons in the foreground - and how in desperate need of a facelift?
Magic Workbench is the plastic surgeon of utilities which enables the user to strip away the old and install a new, all improved and prettier face for your machine.
Coming on a single disk, it offers a multitude of 40 different backgrounds for Workbench 3 owners (or one for WB2 and lower), a fresh set of attractive-to-the eye icons and fonts, a sample inserter (change those wee little noises your Commodore makes) and an opportunity to alter the pointer and busy icon through a limited art package.
All that needs to be done is a simple installation onto your hard drive and then select the rest. The graphics on offer are of a very high standard and tasteful (if a little too Laura Ashley in places).
The only negative point in the whole program is the lack of different types of pointers and sound F X - these need to be provided by yourself.
You can install it on your floppies but make a back up of any disks that are being altered for safety's sake. Magic Workbench is an great buy and offers a great deal for such a small price. Your Amiga deserves this.
Moose Drive Programmed by: Graham Dean Available from: Graham Dean Racing games seem to be in vogue at the moment with Road to Hell gracing our screens last month now to be followed by an Fairlight 24 Produced by: Virtual Drear Available from: Mega Software All the way from sunny Finland come computer pop video with music by r : other than Papa Smurf (?). Coming Strong on one disk. Fairlight uses 0- tised video of somebody walking do* a street intercut with various Nik* blip captions that flash up and tell to live life to the full.
Even though it all becomes ra- repetitive after a while - if you t: away the fancy chrome and green hr you’d be left with some pretty bo- camera work of a spotty teenager nr.
Ing into a magazine shop - it’s imp sive that it’s all been done on Amiga.
It’s well taking a look if you war see what stage the Finnish music scr has reached and to show what vis effects the continually surpris Commodore machine can pull off.
PUBLI SECTOR this package is the large number of van- I ables that can be changed by the player I Anything from car colour to the compete I tions' performance may be changed to sut I your tastes.
While hurtling at a breathtaking rate I PD and SHAREWARE ¦ Fantasy Slides Produced by: Michael Zucchi Available from: Kew = II • Disk No V1089 Here, for yet another month, is a selection of more fantasy art for all you dungeons, dragons, little elves, hairy dwarves naked bum lovers and the like.
It’s presented using a GIF displayer which according to the author is very fast, but unfortunately there are only four slides on offer.
On the positive side though, these are superb quality with 256 colours giving a quality rendering of the works of Boris Valejo. The artist behind three of the four images. Seeing that each image takes up between 100k and 300k, it's understandable that there are only four.
The GIF displayer can also be used with your own files, so for those with a leaning into the fantasy world, this will do until you invest in a Frank Frazetta book.
_ md the comers (and you really do in jrer stages), it's possible to smash the up which then needs to be driven to nearest pit stop for a service.
This kind of attention to detail lifts
• -e Drive from the usual mundane j:rv into a smooth, slick
little number ih dinky" graphics and quirky sound it can hold
you on the edge of the seat m that damned finishing line always
ms to be obstructed by the opponent's Programmed by: Kwok Man
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP Disk No RGAG34 Mad Fighters
A1200 become stronger than the platform following.
Streetfighter 2 and Mortal Kombat are the two main arcade monsters that eat school-kids' cash for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Amiga has already had the delights of huge disk accessing conversions courtesy of US Gold and soon we can look forward to the delights of Mortal Kombat, hopefully with fully digitised blood, guts, gore, colon and intestines.
On the home front, Team 17 have been bashing away at the best beat-'em-up to date on the Commodore, Body Blows, and its follow up, Galactic Body Blows.
But what of the public domain and its offerings? As far as 1 can tell, they're a lit* tie thin on the ground. MadFighters will hopefully re-address this balance - a huge street war competition with over 16 different characters in the full version, this game is an action fest.
On booting up, the presentation of the whole thing may well put you off - they are very rough round the edges. Blocky sprites, clashing colour schemes and horribly basic looking front end don't help to encourage confidence in the game.
Choose from a wealth of options exactly how you want to fight - speed, difficult, knockout tournament or arcade mode among others - and then indulge yourself in some absolute mayhem as your chosen character is dumped against an enemy whose sole intention is to beat the living daylights out of you.
There are various moves such as throws and kicks but also included are a selection of the special actions. These range from a hurricane-style lack as seen in Streetfighter II, where the character whirls round in the air with legs kicking in all directions, to fireballs of enormous This is all frantic, exciting action with good use of sound including digitised voices and crunching impact noises.
While 1 have my doubts about the collision detection and the amount of skill needed to win, these questions largely remain unanswered because for one this is only a demo and two, I was having too ...and individuals with anything remotet, 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 n these pages yet, why not drop me a kne with a copy, full documentation and everything clearly labelled7 l promise i at least look at your work From music to education, business to utilities - anything you
feel deserved your shoving onto a floppy Osk. Lemme at it and I'll do the rest Address7 much fun at the time. Apparently, the final version, costing £6, includes 16 different characters with three or four different special moves each, 16 different backdrops (only four can be chosen from in this version) and nine difficulty levels.
If you're still uncertain about Adam Phillips. PD submissions.
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Macclesfield SK10 4NP Calling all PD libraries... ¦ PD and SHAREWARE Mad Fighters because of the dodgy looking screenshot, then lay your hands on the demonstration disk and give it a try - if you're a fight fest fan, this could be what you're looking for.
Grand Prix Manager 1993 Season Programmed by: Ave Avid Available from: Various After the hands-on experience of Moose Drive, it was a pleasant switch to settle in the managerial and not the driver's seat in this Grand Prix management game.
Based in the office of a struggling businessman trying to make a break into the big league, between one and four players can take part with the objective of winning the championships five limes within five years.
From behind your desk, contracts for drivers are negotiated, cars are bought, repairs made, weather checked, and other wheelings and dealings done.
Some of this business is aided by the large-chested, miniskirted secretary who wobbles her bits showing that, even in these times, some men can't resist a cheap “thrill laff.
Once you've selected the people you want in your team, it’s out for the big day to watch the races. These are viewed from above the finishing line where each lap is shown as the racers power past.
Intercut between this are listings of the positions held on the track, with events such as crashes being displayed along the bottom.
Unfortunately, the racing section takes up most of your lime Jigsaw!
Programmed by: Frank Arnot Available from: Frank Arnot Let's make one thing a little dear, I am not a fan of jigsaw puzzles - I've always had a problem with seeing little point in putting a picture together with 500 different pieces. Granted there is a modicum of satisfaction as the final piece slips into place but that's about it.
Well, imagine my Viz-like surprise when I booted this little title up only to be hooked on it for quite some time.
And as the cars whizz around 26 laps ot a course, boredom set ties in as you begin to wish there was a skip button.
The game seems to be a reasonable attempt at a racing bus ness simulation but lacks any real variety to hold the attention Might be worth waiting for the next season.
Set on a grid made up of 25 pieces, the player must reassemble a picture within the time limit. By seleding a piece, it can be rotated or moved around the board until the correct position is found.
The final image can be called up a certain amount of times for invaluable reference, as can a percentage indicator that tells how much of the puzzle is successfully in place.
During this hectic enough activity, matters are made complex by the advances of the Jitterbugs, a computer-controlled selection of Lemming-like creatures that change and move the pieces around.
Fortunately, it is possible to shoot the little suckers as they come on-screen, but once on the board itself, they have various powers to make your life a misery, from rearranging a single line to laying down a block piece. Jigsaw is a solid, fun and addictive game that works smoothly and its later levels can be accessed via the use of a password system. Recommended.
Messerschmitt Bff 109 Produced by: Greendell Technologies Available from: Various Disk No (CLR) - CLE33 Decent educational software has always been thin on the ground with the preference being fairly placed on the games side of computing. Most "edutainment’' is simplistic and invariably rather dull when compared to fun to be had with the likes of Alien Breed 2 and Cannon Fodder.
20mm Cannon Messerschmitt is a multimedia-esque package which while not the ultimate in teaching software gives the user a full low-down on the plane and its role in history via an interesting and well thought- out format.
It's possible through a series of menus, icons and images to find out about the engine, weapons, cockpit and nearly anything else you could possibly want to know'.
The system of user interaction works well - for example, when looking in the cockpit, simply press on the instrument you don't recognise and up pops the name of the selected item. For those interested in that old classic, the Spitfire, then? Is also i disk set available based on Blighty's air craft, and as with the German equivalent it is highly detailed and recommended for adults and children alike with V an avid inter- est in warT planes. ' Contact addresses Frank Arnot 21 Sharp's Lane. Dundee DD2 3EU (£5 for full version) Graham Dean 14 Fielding Avenue, Poynton SK121YX (Cheques payable
to the above name £5 for full version) Graphic F X PO Box 69, Manchester M21 2BN Greendell Technologies 25 Woodleaves Hollywood, Birmingham B47 5BW Kew a II PO Box 672, South Croydon CR2 9YS MegaSoft 78 Bockingham Green, Basildon SS131PF Pathfinder PD 41 Marion Street. Bingley BD16 4NO Software Expressions Intrnriiirinn cnmo nf thp hpct nuhlir. Rinmain K Qharpu arp Introducing some of the best public domain & shareware disks available for the Amiga today. Go on...express yourself!
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* 6023 Electronic Train Set |1
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The retargetable graphics system (RTG) developed by Viona Systems and adopted by GVP for use on Spectrum has already been used by the GVP EGS 110 24, Peggy FMV card, and Piccolo graphics board, and has gradually earned recognition as an alternative display system.
Spectrum 28 24 is a newly designed low cost Zorro II or III card and fib in any spare slot, communicating with the CPU via the usual Amiga data channels rather than the blistering direct access its predecessor enjoyed when talking to the Combo's 32-bit local bus. The on-board blitter is a 28MHz chip, and though nowhere near as fast as its pricey predecessor, it can still move along a fair old lick.
Users for cards such as this are many and varied, not least among graphic artists and DTP specialists, and for improved productivity the speed at which Spectnim handles images is ideal.
GVP’s Spectrum 28 24 graphics card is the latest board to offer EGS and its own brand of extras. Stevie Kennedy checks out the other end of the rainbow Hardware scrolling through a large 24- bit image in smooth easy stages can be misleadingly easy at first, but try the same trick with a Ham8 file in Dpaint 4 if you need to be reminded how slow it can be.
As usual with EGS cards, the most annoying aspect of the whole package is installation and setting the thing up to talk to the rest of your system, particularly the monitor.
Spectrum has a wide range of available screen modes, up to 1600 x 1,280, but many of the higher resolution modes will only work on expensive l7in multisync monitors with generous bandwidths.
The installation program offers a num* ber of common display options to make life a little easier, including the Commodore 1950 but there is no entry for the 1942 - a strange omission given that this is already the most popular Amiga hi-res monitor.
Choosing the 1950 setting works well enough; so as long as the user makes the correct guess, everything should be fine. If a common or garden bi-sync or SVGA monitor is used, the best that one can hope for from Spectrum is 24-bit at a resolution of 800 x 600, and this can often be reduced to 256 colours if the monitor is less flexible.
Most, though, should be capable of 24-bit at 640 x 480, which is good enough on a 14in monitor.
Signals from the Amiga’s RGB port can be passed to the board then on to the monitor if required to give a pass-through capability such as offered by Piccolo, and the two monitor set-up is also available for those with a spare medium resolution monitor to take the standard Amiga display On first booting-up, nothing will fern as the EGS screen mode has not been « ?i selected, but setting this is a very *u fl task. The latest EGS libraries (v6.1513 supplied with our board) are much ai reliable than some of their hapless anad tore, and make ECS screen modes avaiidfl through the normal Prefs
screen mod requester.
DISPLAY Just open the Workbench Prefs dr«J as normal and use the screen mode p?a gram to choose between a list of EGS di play modes which should be available This means one can experiment until suitable mode is found before saving settings, after which the Amiga will bo Workbench into an EGS mode using ur a 256 colours. The unfortunate side effort 4 0 approach is that although ECS Ls now ¦ore system friendly, only programs which un open as a Workbench screen will benefit tom the EGS display modes.
PageStream, Wordworth, and many xher productivity packages will open on Workbench, but not all will and prospective ICS users are advised to check to ensure
* jt their favourite software is suitable.
When an EGS Workbench Ls running, any rrogram opening a custom screen will do so r the background and the user will have to ase Amiga-N or M to switch to the new icreen, which will not pop up in front of .'.orkbench as normal. This can be a pain if re user was looking forward to using, say, jragine 2.0 on the Spectrum display.
Older EGS emulation allowed for custom screens to be re-directed to EGS, but as these programs usually suffered from screen refresh problems the new system is more reliable if a little less flexible.
Ricking from EGS to other screens using the Amiga-M N hotkey is easy enough, and EGS screens themselves can be pushed to the front and back using the depth gadgets, » no screen should be difficult to access.
In use, the first impression one gets of EGS, especially Workbench emulation, is ihat it is very smooth. Normally, a 256- colour Workbench will be tediously slow even on an A4OOO 04O, but such a screen on the Spectrum display is easily as fast in operation as the normal 16-colour mode Opening a DTP package in 800 x 600 or greater using the 256-colour mode gives the user a hefty speed boost, particularly when scrolling through colour documents containing pictures. Spectrum's speedy operation and dedicated VRAM ensures that screen update is fast and smooth.
Owners of older Amigas will find less to rejoice about, as the way in which Workbench emulation takes place means that they still cannot open screens with more than 16 colours. Workbench revisions prior to 3.0 simply don't use more colour and EGS can't force them to.
However, the board's higher resolution screen modes are still available, as is the EGS display proper, on which any package designed to use the EGS libraries will open.
This is a true 24-bit display (though it can be set to any depth the user wishes), and is used by the bundled paint package, EGS Paint.
Most of the huge array of libraries supplied on the EGS disks are used solely by the EGS display, and they include libraries for most common windows, gadgets, and requesters. This makes all EGS software very similar in appearance and operation, thus promoting more consistent design.
TOOLS As usual, Spectrum is awash with utilities and support programs for use with EGS, including a battery of prefs programs and a collection of more or less useful tools.
There's even a 24-bit version of Tetris at which I was able to demonstrate that more colours don't make good Tetris players.
Of most concern tc the new user will be the preferences which control everything from the screen mode used when an EGS package is run to the fonts used in windows and gadgets.
There are settings for the mouse pointer, screen offset, and more or less everything normally associated with Workbench prefs, so it isn't much of a job to set the screen to suit one's tastes.
Extra programs include the ubiquitous clock and a handy 24-bit plotter program which will produce textured surfaces, not unlike rippling velvet, from any mathematical function. The 24-bit screen blanker is a particular show-stopper, and offers a few very odd but colourful patterns and animated effects.
One tool which would have given Spectrum an edge would have been a 24-bit animation previewer similar to the Retina board's MakeRACE utility. Such programs, though incapable of full screen video speed, can give the artist an invaluable 24-bit preview of any animation, and with its on board blitter and 2Mb of VRAM, Spectrum should be able to display double-buffered animations at about 15 frames per second.
This would of course be unsuitable for full-blown video work, but given that the board's output can be passed to an RGB-to- video encoder, and there is such a potential for fast 24-bit work, an animation or slideshow program would have been a big bonus for videographers.
As it stands, Spectrum 24 28 is a stable, high quality display card with solid EGS software of the latest version, better Workbench emulation than the v5 libraries we've seen up until now, and a burst of speed which can make 24-bit work easier than painting in 16 colours.
. Awr The EGS standard might not be the last word in RIG (Commodore have yet to release their own) but at the moment it is the best environment for alternative displays.
When it is aided by hardware which offers this speed for £399, the combination, though far from perfect, is a huge improvement on the slower AGA chip set and knocks spots off ECS displays.
Any EGS system currently available could say the same, but Spectrum's speed gives it an edge over everything other than Piccolo.
Paint not perfect EGS Paint, the 24-bit art package bundled free with this board, is an excellent complementary program, but it still has a way to go to catch up with the likes of TVPaint EGS and falls a little short of the Pico Painter package supplied with Piccolo.
The standard drawing tools are well catered for and there is an excellent bi- or quad-view setting so that users can work on up to four different parts of a large image, but the airbrush tool leaves a lot to be desired and there is no alpha channel. Working in 24-bit without the benefit of transparency control can be a little limiting to say the least.
Brush manipulation is at least good and there is support for all fonts, so the picture isn't all bad. In addition, EGS Paint works incredibly smoothly, and simply by using the scroll bars on the image window one can scroll through a 1,5Mb 24-bit image as if it were nothing
- a testament to the power of Spectrum’s blitter and its fast
VRAM.
BACKGROUND Stencils are also well implemented, and any brush can be used to mask the background image, so the package does have its uses. A good gradient fill tool is one thing EGS Paint can boast which Pico Painter lacks, and for 24-bit backdrops it is an essential effect.
A more advanced tool is the magic wand which will mark out an area or marquee whose boundaries are set by the user depending on colour tolerance. Using Magic wand all sorts of tricks can be utilised, including very selective fills, and its inclusion is a major boost to the package's flexibility The program's best feature, though, has to be its Pantograph tool, a Strangely named beast Which copies pixels from one part of an image to another area or a different image window using the current drawing tool.
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Adam Phillips delves into the mysterious process known as formatting your floppies in;????
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Select which special system features you want... Fornat The final warning At last! The computer has been used constructively - no more guilty feelings of spending a
- a:r sized amount of money on just a fmnts machine, and no more
lingering ¦rmes about that large essay begging to
* typed up. It's been done and is ready k x printed.
Ah, the only problem being that you no printer at the moment... that’s
- *x! On the buying list but for the time rwig, using your
friend's Amiga printer up over the other side of town will hm
to do.
The idea of having to take the whole ODD across Bursley seems a little cumbersome especially by bus so the next best ring appears to be to copy the whole urn file across to floppy disk and take rat across on the No 36.
The only obstacle lying in the way of seeling a wad of crisp, shiny paper covered with your words is the lack of a formatted disk. Or more to the point, what is j formatted disk anyway?
BLANK When you buy a disk from a shop, it is usually completely blank and therefore can be used on any machine from a Commodore to a PC or Macintosh. In this state, nothing can be saved onto it simply because the micro won't be able to read it.
To be specifically set up to run on your Amiga the diskette needs to be formatted by the computer so that it becomes recognisable to your 1200 which in turn means mat files can then be loaded and saved onto the disk, To achieve this, take your recently purchased floppy and take a look at the underside. In the top left corner, you'll see a black tab that can be moved up and down. This alters the protection of the disk - when it doesn't cover the hole, the disk cannot be written on to by the computer (write protected) and when over ihe hole, it is write enabled.
It's much like an audio cassette, but Open QO Copy QC Renane... OR Infornat ion., .Ol Snapshot OS UnSnapshot ou Leave Out OL Put fluay OP
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the disk Icon once to highlight It... Tools adjustable. Flick
the tab over the hole and slip it into the switched on,
Workbench booted 1200 floppy drive. An icon in the shape of a
disk will appear displaying a series of question marks with the
words DFO, PCO or "DFO: NDOS".
The first two can appear simultaneously giving the user the option to select either a PC (PCO) or an Amiga-formatted disk (DFO). Don't worry about the PC option for now - from here you're ready to begin the formatting process.
Click on the DFO disk icon once with the left-hand mouse button to highlight it, then press and hold down the right-hand one and you'll notice that the menu bar at the top of the screen displays various words with in it.
Move the pointer to this bar, holding the button all the while, and go over to Rw lltluv Km: |M» j Pit Truk*: yj F*$ t rut Svitm: 1 IrtwMttiMl A** j£] lirtdw j J fawut v| Qiticfc ftrmt | (uttl OK to fornat disk in device DFO?
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(888K capacity) (nrrnt Inferwl •»: Bwic« 'Bfl SBK c»K t* Fornat Bequest Select format Oisk Cancel the word Icons . This will produce a pull down menu of options.
Near the bottom, you'll notice Format Disks . Move the pointer over to it and it'll become highlighted. Release the right-hand button and the option will then be selected.
You'll be presented with a Format Selection window with various options.
Current information gives you a rundown of the amount of memory and the name of the disk inserted in the floppy drive. It's possible to format your hard drive from here as well but leave that well alone for now.
FAST FILE Look down the list and you’ll see two very useful functions that can be clicked on or off. For an extra 40k of floppy memory which allows more data to be saved onto the disk, select the fast file system.
This feature is very useful but will only operate on Workbench 2 and above so check if you're going to have to use someone else's Amiga at some stage that they have the version required. Your 1200 comes with Workbench 3, the latest edition.
Directory cacheing speeds up the opening of drawers, file requestings and Fmittiii disk... JstxI Ik The whole process takes a couple ol minutes.. listings which is very useful for hunting through many files on one disk because there's less waiting involved Unfortunately, it can only be run on v3 of Workbench so again check if you are going to be using it on somebody else's machine.
After selecting what you Want, choose either Format or Quick format. Format erases everything on the disk which is constructed out of a series of cylinders that are numbered from 0 through to 79.
The computer systematically goes through each one, wiping it of all information.
Quick format is used on disks that have already been correctly formatted for the Amiga and is simply there for the user to quickly set up a fresh floppy for files to be transferred on to by making the previous information stored unwrite protected and undetectable by the computer For your initial purposes, click on format and you'll be presented with a format request window which w-ill then ask if you're absolutely sure that you want to wipe the current volume (disk).
Pressing on format produces a percentage window which slowly fills in as the disk is formatted. This can be stopped at any point by clicking on, yes, you've guessed it, stop.
Once the micro has finished, the screen will revert back to the Workbench displaying the disk with it's new name, ready to be used at your leisure.
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$ ALL THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE AMIGA GAMES WORLD Darkmere •
Darkstone • Universe • Heimdall 2 Genesia • Robinson's Requiem
Yes indeed, cornucopia is the word because Core Design have
got a wealth of releases coming your way. Following the
success of Bubba 'n' Stix, the Derby based softwaro house hove
gol a further four titles to be released before April.
First up is the long-awoited Darkmere which has been in development longer than the new Stone Roses dbum. In this 3D isometric RPG you play the role of Ebryn Ebryn's father, Gildom, many years ago went to help the people of Darkmere who were being terrorised. The only problem is tat Gildom is an Elf and it is and I quote the Ehen Council * Tnot our place to interfere with affairs of humans' Gildom revolted against the Council and took futuristic parallel universe and so his odventure begins.
The gome features 3D rendered animations and orcode style sequences os wefl as an innovative S.PAC. 256 colour system which runs on oil AMIGA formats including the A500 Err, I don't actually know exoctly who* it is, but opporently it is able to display Universe's digitised hand pointed scenes and toeir detailed, mood-setting background animations to full effect. Universe looks damn sexy and should ploy like a dream and hopefully we'll o preview or review in the next issue Core Design's last release in the first quarter cr '94 will be Heimdall 2, the emphatic sequel to highly praised Nordic
RPG odventure. We'll nc doubt be sneaking down to Derby to have o pee* at it very soon, so keep reoding Gamer for furthr developments.
His sword and mogic crystal to complete his quest of saving the humans Gildom returned to the village and stayed there and became old and weak.
His son, Ebryn, grew strong ond became a brave fighter. Evil was also on rfse up ond just like his father before him, Ebryn decides to become heir to the throne by ridding Darkmere of evil.
Sounds pretty damn good and it should be on the shelves as you reod this, but exped a full review next month. With all the development problems a strange occurrence has arisen. The sequel to Darkmere entitled Dorkstone will be available to buv in February, just a month later than the original!
Darkstone will be a top-down Medieval RPG adventure ond if ifs anything like what we've seen of Dorkmere it should be pretty good.
Coming to your monitor screen in February is Universe, a graphic odventure very similar in style to Curse of Enchantio. Universe follows o similar format to Curse in that it uses a point and click, icon-driven odventure game, but this time with added text.
The story revolves around the plight of an ordinary lod who finds himself dragged into another dimension. After tampering with his eccentric Uncle's mechanical invention, the 'Virtual Dimension Inducer*, our young hero arrives in a Similar in style to populous, but Genesia is looking good and 're coming your way in 94 Genesia. A disastrous spelling mistake could mean that Phil Collins and his friends are about to be immortalised in pixels. Thank God I have spelt it right and it is in fact a game The world of Genesia where youcan create and control your destiny.
From MindscOpe _ that's been heralded as the -!
New Civilization. your kmd is just for too small for your ambitions.
You must expand your land and populace in tune with nature, paying attention to the climate and managing resources such as water ond timber (hey, it's eco-friendly. Right on!].
At the same time you ore dependent on the skills of your people. Are they o race of hunters or farmers; do you have architects and inventors among them? Are your people hoppy or are they insular, miserable ond unfriendly?
Questions such as this will need to be answered if you are to get anywhere in Genesio. These decisions and consequences will effect the gome so || invent, defend, build.
A fight, trade, destroy and conquer to stay ot whelming combination of the best in strategy ond God gomes ond different strategies and play styles to win.
The four seasons are graphically represent ed and have a real-life effect ort the game.
Mindscope's latest offering features some highly detailed isometric graphics and context-linked sounds to create an intense atmosphere.
The price is still yet to be confirmed, bat Genesio will arrive in the early part of 1994 i: Borils, the company that brought you the rer series ol adventures, hove returned with »cc "son's Requiem - is apparently the ultimote m ol humon endurance in an alien worid.
You ploy government agent Robinson, sent y a reconnaissance mission to a mysterious yd unknown planet. However, you soon discov- r that the entire mission is a trap set by your m government, who for their own reasons no cnger want you around!
Your ship is out of control and is being hefp- essly dragged to
• hat is in fact an normous prison - on 'astral i cafraz' from
• hich no one has w escaped You decide to soil out of your ship
and land in
- e heart of a sense and hostile
- ngle. Equipped only with a survival kit which contains many
medicines and tools plus a micro computer »o keep you informed
of your physiological condition.
The aim of the game is to escape and the name of the game is self-preservation If you hgve to amputate one of your own limbs in order to survive, then that is what you must do!
• (Crikey!-Ed) Along your travels you wiB meet many monsters
and extra-terrestrials who can be used for food and clothing,
from which the only draw- bock is the foct they will eat you.
Robinson's Requiem has a spectoculor play orea representing over 3 squore miles and includes ten different sceneries such os under- ground passogey lunar volcanoes and even a graveyard.
The graphics ore absolutely amazing and it looks like Robinson's Requiem could be that little bit special. You'll hove lo wait until March when it is released to find out, but we should hove an in- depth preview in the near future.
Silmorils are also on the verge of completing Ishor 3 and os you con see from the screenshot it looks like more of the same, but, err, probobly better. Ishor 3 is to be released in April, but we'll provide you with more information os soon as we get it.
A We are absolutely bulging with fop quality game reviews this month. I'd begin reading them now if I were you!
Mortal Kombat .... ...122 The world's best arcade fighting game comes to the Amiga to claim the beot-'em-up crown Feature: Millennium Part Two 124 The second part of our interviews previews on what will become two of Millennium's biggest games of 1994 Captive CD32 .126 Yes it's far the CD$ 2! A specific title! It's bloody good! Is there any need for all those exclamation marks? Yes!
Settlers ..128 I will survive!
Simon settles down with a nice cup of tea and Kompart's brilliant "God" game Terminator 2 - The Arcade Game ...130 "I'll be back!" Mumbled Arnie, and by jingo he was right.
Come with me on a shoot-'em-up movie extravaganza Alio Alio 131 Gud moaning I was just peesing by the door and I saw 'dot Alternative Software have refused a game based on that fantostic BBC 1 sitcom Fury of the Furries ... They're furry, and boy are they furious. Swing, swim, bite and fire your way to saving the planet in Mindscape's new fluff-'em-up!
Bubba V Stix .. When you've only got an alien stick for company you desperately need a bit of fun. Why not try Core Design's cool and cartoony platformer?
2nd Innings Simon erects his wickets and tries his out his best Geoffrey Boycott impression on the readers! That's you by the way, but try to ignore the man who makes even Bobby Davro look good!
Zool 2 ...... The Ninja from the nth Dimension has returned and this time he's brought his woman and his dog along for the ride Cannon Fodder The game of the year? Well you should know! Didn't your Aunty June buy it you for Christmas?
On the Drawing Board: Cool Spot ... He's red, round, very cool and he's a spot! We take a sneaky peek at Virgin's forthcoming pus-filled platformer!
Second Samurai ..... Let's go off to the land of the rising sun courtesy of Psygnosis. A slash chop beat-'em-up adventure that you just don't want to miss!
Cheat Mode: Addams Family ... It's just been recently released on budget, so we thought you'd quite like a whole set of hints and tips on the spooky platformer. We're good like that!
Cheap Seats ..... Did the Christmas shopping rush put a strain on the old wallet?.
Why not take a look at all the fantastic budget games available at a price that's right!
Mortal Kombat You've seen the adverts of the TY with that long-haired bloke shouting "Mooooortal Kombaaoat" backed up with loads of "hip" streetwise kids who are dancing and jumping to a hardcore dance tune.
Fighting for the title of best beat 'em up on the Amiga, Virgin's arcade conversion makes it to the small screen Of course you have, this advertisement was for the Mego Drive and SNES versions and I hove to hold my hands up and soy that Mortal Kombat looked absolutely brilliant!
Those pesky console owners seem to always go one better, but no longer because courtesy of Virgin and Probe Software (the team that converted Terminotor 2 to the Amiga), Mortal Kombat is putting an appeor- once in on the AMIGA. Oh yes!
As far as beat-'em-ups go the 16-bit home computers have done relatively well with titles such as IK-*-, Body Blows, Body Blows Galactic and even Street Fighter 2 - although that wosn't very good, but still a lot of punters out there bought it.
Everybody loves a greot beat 'em-up and I know the reason why. For one, when you're frustrated or angry you can't go up to someone in the street and smock them in the face.
Err well you can, but you'll get sent to prison on GBH charges.
Thus via today's game technology you con be transported into the body of a muscle- bound freok and kick the living doylights out of your opponents. This is perhaps even more satisfying when you're ploying against a friend or enemy.
You actually become the fighter and sometimes it does actually feel as though you're getting your head kicked in, although it's more menial than physical obviously.
DIFFERENT The slight problem with beat-'em-ups is the fact that once you've seen one you've seen them oil, because you are so limited to what you can do in them. This is where Mortal Kombot has the advantage of being slightly different.
Apart from being hyped to oblivion, Mortal Kombot is perhaps the bloodiest, most goriest fighting game that you're ever likely to see.
For those well up on the console scene the you will know that the SNES version didn't hove any blood in it whatsoever and the Mega Drive's bloodfest could only be occessed via a cheat.
The AMIGA version, just like the arcade, get the full treatment with oodles of blood and gore splattering all over the place. Yes, sick I know and it'll probobly turn us into a nation of serial killers, but Mortal Kombot is the bloodiest game I've played since Moonstone.
It's a tournament whereupon fighters are chosen from around and out of this world to scrap it out to the death. You hove to choose between seven characters who all hove distinct personalities and abilities.
In a sort of handy "thanks a lot Gamer*’ kindo way, all these characters details are displayed on this page. I said seven before, but you will notice that there ore actually nine characters in what we lovingly coll a "box You have to fight the other two at the end of the game after you've defeated the other characters. First you have to battle the monstrous Goro who hos six orms and a very bad attitude and then to win you hove to take on the might of Shang Tsung.
As you may or may not know, to win a bout you have to deplete your opponent's energy bar to zero. The bouts are fought on a best-to-three basis and at the end of your second victory your defeated victim will stand swaying for a few seconds and Shang Tsung screams "Finish him!".
FREE SHOT You'll then get o free shot at them to complete your victory, but this gives you the chance to perform your lethal death move to make your fighting performance even better.
The death move involves oil manner of grisly deaths and range from exploding heads to hearts being ripped out of bodies. Gory I know, but hey the "kids" love it, apparently.
Summing up, Mortal Kombat is one of the best beat-’em-ups thot you con buy for the Amiga. It kicks seven shodes out of the almost laughable Street Fighter 2.
It will be compared and placed against Body Blows Galactic and it would be too hard to say which one is better because they both have their advantages and disadvantages. I guess at the end of the day it's oil a question of taste.
Mortal Kombat does contain digitised graphics straight from the arcade machine and this technique has been used before in games like Pit Fighter, but unfortunately it didn't work too well.
For some bizarre reason it actually works in Mortol Kombat. The digitised static screens aren't brilliant and if you pause the gome and look at the character sprites they aren't too hot either.
When Mortal Kombot is in motion of and you're in the thick of the action, though, all this is forgotten. There ore plenty of nice backgrounds and once ogain the blood does look really good when you're smacking someone in the face.
I know on poper it sounds really naff, bur when you've got control of the Stick and you're beating your way up the lodder it is absolutely brilliant. On the sound front the music is fairly good, but nothing really outstanding. The effects though ore good, especially the digitised speech, and you'll find yourself repealing the “catchphrases".
AMAZED The major difference between Mortal Kombat and its lacklustre competitor Street Fighter 2 is the fact that Virgin's beot-'em-up is that much more playable. To be honest I'm omazed how they converted oil the game's moves onto just one joystick.
For instance, the console versions hove the distinct advantage of having loads of buttons on the joypad controllers, but the Amiga joystick just has eight directions and one Fire button.
It does take you a while to get to know each character's moves and perform them correctly, but once you’ve overcome this little problem you can enter beat-’em-up heaven.
Mortal Kombat is a very good one-player gome, but as per usual it's alwoys more fun with a chum. Most people will be able to complete the gome on easy level within a day, but there are still a further three levels to try your hond ot.
Probe Softwore have done a sterling job converting the arcade smash to the small screen and I doff my cap to them. If you want a beat-’em up to go along with your copy of Body Blows Galactic then this is it. Buy Mortal Kombat, it's bloody good fun... literally.
G meR Mortal Kombat Vital Kombat Statistics Nome: Johnny Coge Age: 29 Height: 6'I" Weight*. 200lbs Origin; USA Occupation: Actor Name; Liu Kang Age; 24 Height: 5'10" Weight: I85lbs Origin: Chino Occupation; Shaolin Monk Coro, the four armed beastie from the pits of hell, but a really nice chap once you get to know him!
Name: Scorpion A w- W Name: Kano height; o Weight: 205lbs Origin: Unknown Occupation: Criminol Weight; 21 Wbs Origin: Hades Occupation: Unknown Name: Rayden Age: Immortal Name: Sonya Blade Ano- 9A Occupation; Machiavellian Occupation: Lin Kuei Ninja As c:Gore ge: 2000 ight: 8'2" Weight: SSCHbs Origin: Outworld Occupation; Prince and ruler Which one of these nrnsde bound heroes will you Choose to help scrap your way through level upon level of beat'em-up fun?
Sonya and her firp breath. Has the woman ever heard of mouth wash?
Goref«t! Ua I suffm frrr extremely bad bleed which o VISION 000©0@0©0 AUDIO 00000000 DIFFICULTY 000000000 LASTABILITY ©0000000 | Test yowr might by breaking i block of wood in two or shouh that be test your stupidity Modol Kombat tivaH Team 17’* Body Blows in looks, sound ond stylo It's playable. It's oddictivt »'» every penny. Buy It or be forever sod!
Sub-zero sees double in the mirror-match fight WJ'SJ Liu jiti ny fM iup,iNCf Mortal Kombat a game where Competitors are lit* erafly sent flying, Oft yes Kano gets encased in ke via a blast from the Ice King himself, Sub-Zero Publisher Virgin Developer ? Probe Softwe Disks 2 Price ? £29 99 HD Install ? No Sizt ? 1Mb Februory 1994 jWR 0 In this the second and final part of our insight into top software house Millennium Interactive, we talk to gurus Ian Saunter and Broom about the and development of forth coming attractions Mister Magoo and Small Creatures (working INTO THE Marcus Broom -
pixel artist QpMK What advantages does Mister Magoo have over other TV film licences?
Magoo is a well loved character known by millions of people world wide and his slapstick comedy is enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
What methods do you employ when designing the game?
It's like going back to ploy school - we cut out objects from bits of paper and create bizarre events from them, and we try to connect the events together to make our map. It is very stressful but at the same time it's extremely good fun.
"Magoo, the game, is going to he a virtual cartoon with too distinct game feels. The majority of the game will give the player control over the interactive cartoon where anything is possible. ”
- Marcus Broom, pixel artist How hard is it to keep coming up
with fresh ideas for games?
It's not hard at all, there are so many possibilities and variants.
9mm Does the fact that the Magoo character has already been created make your iob harder or easier?
It has its advantages and disadvantages. We don't have to create a popular character as Mggoo has a very large popularity factor. His personality though restricts us a great deal and we have hod to put a lot of time and effort into the design of the game.
What sort of game is Magoo? (ie background information, storyline etc) Magoo, the game, is going to be a virtual cartoon with two distinct game feels. The majority of the game will give the player control over the interactive cartoon whrs anything is possible. Dotted throughout the go t however are a number of arcade type sequences where the player takes indirect control over Magoo. The overall theme is of chaos and mayhem at the player s control.
I you be able to take advantage of in existing Magoo cartoons and incorporate elements or them into the game? Lie graphics, music and sound FXJ Yes we will take full advantage or the original Mog« footage, so for example, we can find out how Mogoo no act in certain situations or what his bask characterise poses are and use them as a base for our graphics one odd more detail.
Magoo is Millennium's first licensed gam What other licences would you like to see?
Personally I would love to work with Honna Borbera Wacky Races, Scooby Doo, or Warner Brothers Disney ®"*"R Mol ore ihe levels going lo he like?
There are going to be six areas whkh in turn are split ia two sub areas. There is a substantial difference in gar* play between them. All the levels will be entertaining a some will be positively chootkl G***® Explain the concept behind Small Furry l-ratures... Ian Saunter • development director foul take the part of a spirit guide, responsible for a pair
* ‘nendly creatures os they make their way around their ¦arid on
a mysterious quest.
These creatures are trainable, like a pet or a young r- *d, having their own "brains" - so whether they succeed or fail depend largely on the relationship you are ate to teach them, as well as the natural perils of their
• odd.
How did you come up with the idea for SFC?
He were originally influenced by Activision's Little Computer People product from a few years ago, but we
• ranted to progress the idea of an independent world in tie
machine to much greater heights than was possible in the 8-bit
days.
So we have more than one intelligent creature, a whole
• odd for them to explore and a game running along in tie
background in order to keep the user actively involved
* 1 what's going on.
Steve Grand (the games programmer) has had a longstanding ambition to create artificial life and this is our chance to make it happen.
The work that you're going to do in SFC sounds quite revolutionary. How will the use of artificial intelligence change computer games?
Game technology in its broadest sense has come along way since TY tennis ond we now haye the capability to | create convincing virtual worlds inside affordable mochines (even if there's no processing power left to do anything else).
What hasn't yet made much progress though is the technology that will allow us to populate those worlds and without that virtual reality is rather sterile and literally lifeless. This game is nothing more than a first step but I hope that it leads to some useful technology for the future.
The other area where this work has an impact is the 'computer player". Every programmer of strategy games has at some time discovered how difficult it is to tell a computer how to ploy a game convincingly against a human being.
I don't mean games like chess, but strategy games, war games and role-playing adventures where the rules are complex and hard to pin down and no strategies exist.
Give these games a real intelligence, though, and the problem becomes much be easier: All the programmer has to do is keep playing the game and let the neural net watch and learn. You might not know why it does what it does but you can keep teoching until it gets it right.
An odded bonus of this approach is that the computer player is still olive when the user takes it out of the box and it can continue to loam and adapt itself to the individual user's tactics.
Because of the use of Al, what will the game- splayer actually be responsible for?
The players will be octing in loco parentis for an orphaned pair of these creatures and will accompany them on their travels around a strange world, helping and nurturing them (or being unnecessarily cruel and hurtful, if they must, though I hope they feel bod about it afterwards).
But the Al is only a means to an end; besides having brains these creatures have a past, a present and presumably, a future. A large part of the fun I hope lies in exploring the world itself and finding out about its technology, art, music, history, literature, and other lifeforms just for the hell of it.
Explain in more detail about Al neurai-nets and how they will work in a computer gome.
That's a bit of a tall order in a magazine article! I could happily write a book on the subject. The bask principle behind neural nets is that instead of trying vainly to make computers intelligent in themselves we use the computer to do what computers are really good at whkh is simulating things.
With neural nets, we attempt to simulate the behaviour of a large mass of neurones on the understanding that collections of neurones tf be intelligent and we can gain occess to this power merely by ask* ing the computer to pretend if s a bundle of nerve cells.
The only slight snag about all this is that “Game technology in its broadest sense has come along way since TV Tennis and we now have the capability to create convincing virtual worlds inside affordable machines.'’
- Ian Saunter; development director neurones are actually
extremely complicated structures wired up in mind boggling
complex ways and we don't really know what properties of
neurones or their wiring are important nor even what the
brain's wiring diagram looks like!
Despite that there has been real progress using neural net technology in the field of pattern recognition ond Some useful theory has been developed.
Unfortunately, most of this theory only applies in cases where you can establish how near the network has got to the right answer so that you can apply a correction and thus let the network "learn".
What I'm interested in is simulating real living creatures in a real, noisy environment where there are no right answers. For this, I've had to develop some new theories of my own ond if you think I'm going to tell you what they are, then dream on!
Al being of such o serious subject; what kind of look and feel will the game generate? Will it appeal to youngsters as well as older gamesplayers?
Al is a pretty weighty subject, but that's my worry, not the users. I have no intention of letting any of this spoil the game. What I am aiming to do is create a group of living creatures with the mentality of a two-year-old and the general personality of a mixed-up puppy.
All I want to the user to see is a lively and interesting living thing, which responds to him or her, can be fought things, learns about the world around it and generally becomes part of the family.
Unlike a dog, these creatures are capable of understanding and using words so the player can teach them a simple language (any language) and ask them to do things.
For those players that find the Al stuff interesting enough in itself the game world contains a hospital where PET scanners, EEGs drugs and other tools are available for him to explore and experiment with.
This kind of thing will appeal more to the older player, but I hope that anyone who would enjoy owning a domestic pet will equally enjoy this game (not least because you don't have to take it for walks).
6 8® How hard is it to come up with new ideas for original products?
If s not thot hard to come up with new ideas many of your readers will have experienced a wave of excitement about some game idea they've had. The hard part is turning the idea into a product, which involves a combination of technical and artistic skills as well as money.
Unfortunately, even a great idea won't be done justice unless it is also conceived against a background of what makes commercial sense. Thaf s why we have to reject far mare game ideas than we actually go on to publish.
Where do these ideas come from? What influences you?
Speaking for myself, they usually emerge from conversation with friends or colleagues. I have hod ideas lying in bed with flu, in the car and staring into spoce but these are the exception. At the end of the day getting ideas to work as games to work relies on letting go of "owning" the idea, and the collaborative effort of others.
Now that you've got a full-time art deportment what will the graphics be like in SFC?
Exceptionally brilliant!
G**® What will computer games be like in the future?
Bigger, better, faster, cleverer, prettier... er, ask me again in a few years.
Liberation Occasionally in life, something happens which is so big that it throws you into o stole of temporary dementia and paralysis, and you ore unable to carry on in the normal manner.
Since I got my grubby mitts on Liberation I have been in one of the aforementioned stales.
Friends hove been cast oside, lovers spurned (well, she hasn't, but it makes for a more dramatic intro) ond work has fallen down the back of the grille, next to something called the baekbumer.
For once in this reviewer's life, he has found himself absorbed and interested in a new release. At long lost o software house hos released a title that feels like it has been built and designed solely for the CD32.
It's about time as well - so far all we've had to look at are o few port-overs from the A1200 and the odd souped-up bock catalogue Htie.
Admittedly Diggers was worthy in showing the mochine's capabilities off to some degree, but not since the launch have we seen anything capable of living up to any of the hype that bos been Syringed into the earlobe ot regular intervals.
That was of course until Captive 2 came along.
Interestingly enough, when the development started on liberation it was a floppy project.
When programmer Tony Lozzerini heard that Commodore were going to unleash (is ibis an apt description for Commodore's go-get-'em marketing strategy?) Tbe first 32-bit CD-based console on the world, he decided that tbe machine would be the ideal tool for bis latest project.
So, unlike ibe majority of CD32 softwore to date, which relies on jazzy intros and link animations to moke up for spartan gameploy, liberation can offer both stunning graphics ond involving gameploy.
Usually ol Ibis point of a review, we say some futuristic place that's full of vice, evil and corruption, and it's all been done without transformed into the Tory party Coo lummie, the world's been something about booting up, or inserting disks into drives. So, it's a very refreshing feeling to tell you about dropping nice, silvery, lightweight com pod discs onto CD troys.
Tbe introduction to Liberation is worth paying for alone. I hasten to odd that it's not the full- motion video affair that the machine is capable of. But, it's about five minutes long, very neotly animated ond leaves you really wanting to get into tfie play.
The story picks up from where Captive left off. Our hero Trill, having used his four droids to escape from the penal colony following his wrongful conviction, is adjusting to life in the 27th Century.
One day Trill is watching News at Ten, and happens to come ocross a particularly disturbing story. Being the enquiring type who obviously has xant regard for his own life ond freedom, he decides to once more push his snout in where it could get stung.
The outcome of his snooping is that Trill uncovers a major scandal involving thousands of people who hove been wrongfully arrested for murders they didn't commit.
Tfie true perpetrators of tfiese crimes advanced police droids which malfunction and become psychotic whenever the city is rocked by one of its frequent mognetk storms.
Being a man of conscience, Trill unlocks what looks like a wordrobe in his bedroom, and unleoshes his four mechanoid buddies into the city.
Your droids ore a very versotile bunch. When you access their individual screen you'll find tfiat you can doctor all their limbs, upgrade tbeir equipment and even change the chipsets within their heods.
It’s at this point that you, the good old come in. It's your task to guide the four andi around the city in a bid to uncover who's at centre of the corruption and prove to the Emperor that his police force are guilty of terrible misde Liberation . J.
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K«... I'm a homicidal cop kHler meonours - sounds jusl like real life.
To moke the world of the 27lh Cenlury o better place to live in, you must journey around the city interrogating the populoce and gaining evidence to bock up your case.
Now, ihis sounds so far like many other RPG style titles, with your characters wandering around a massively dull environment where nothing ever changes.
Not so in liberation. Here all of the characters you interact with have variable personalities.
Which means you might happen upon them on one mission and they be a miserable blighter, and then the next time be extremely helpful (just like shopkeepers, huh, folks?).
Also, throughout your travels random events will occur, so many in fact, that even the programmers don't know exactly what will happen next. Everyday life continues around you as you drop into the plot.
Don’t get to involved thovgh, because normal life includes a dty that's brimming with vehicles.
All of which don't seem to pay much attention to pedestrians ond take great delight in running you down.
So what you have to all intents and purposes is a fully functioning simulated city, where you con wander wherever you wont to your heart's content - or until you've completed one of the 4,000 (yes, four with three zeros) missions.
Many of the ideas that make up this city ond the play seem inspired by things like Neoromancer and Bloderonoer. For example, far below tbe high-tech bustle of the cities upper levels lies a vast subterranean underworld packed full of some spuriously dodgy characters.
Here, you'll be able to buy extra pieces of equipment ond some of the 50 weapons that ore featured in Liberation. Graphically, Liberation's got some of the best graphics yet seen in an odYentvre title.
All of the many locations are texture mapped and still scroll pretty smoothly. One nice touch with the graphics is the way you can look up and down at objects, and this too scrolls foirty nicely.
Much has been said about the control paddle of Commodore's console, most of which has been fairly derogatory. It has to be said that it takes some time to come to terms with the control in Liberation.
This isn't particularly to do with the much maligned paddle however, but has more to do with the fact that Captive 2 uses a fairly complicated control method because of the number of options available to you.
In the sound department, Liberation handles itself very adequately. It features a very rousing tune throughout play, which is delivered to you in high quality CD stereo.
Tbe game also features a fair amount of sampled speech, which due to CD is very concise and dear.
Overall, Liberation is probably one of it most interesting and engrossing tides f vc seen for quite a while. Once you moster the cawed system you'll be booked and unable to put your poddle down.
Its depth mokes most other 3D odvwturts look like simple PD products. The main beauty of Liberation is that you can go anywhere and can complete the missions in a variety of ways.
Liberation is a breath of fresh air and wfl offer a much-needed lifeline to the CD32. It's high time something came olong of liberation’s quafoy to show the CD32 off.
For those who don't yet own Commodore’s console, this is the level of software which wi persuade people that this is the mochine for them. Nice one Mindscape.
SIMON CLAYS WF Busy little shopping mall this, I wonder where Smiths is so I can buy a copy of Amiga Computing?
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Whore's that chap with the helicopter' This is a Barratt Estate isn't it?
The maximum amount of information as to how your settlement is progressing Betor*I(NenMtfedoemenup, Id hod various excited responses trom the most unlikely of candidates Great, they so*d.. attention to detail they said, intelligent-djey said, you've got to be kidding I frowned ’ Now figlrt pt rfiis present second, you're probably gaainfl down at the poae, while subconsciously lowing at tftt screenshots, tiinking hmm, another 1 playi -lype’ggme.
Ml* all jdqnli and purposes, os usuol dear reader ystejjfoe toned, However, Settlers is more than an olirran - it contains some of the most intelligent interactions between player and characters yet to be seen on an Amiga.
But whafs il al abouf? I heor you scieom from your lake leother ormchair. Wd, the main aim of Settlers is to build ond run an organised, prosperous city and gain control of other enemy communities.
At first glance it doesn't seem a very corticated plot, but ihe reality is a very different kettle of fish At its most rudimentaty, Settlers is based on the good old-fashioned theory of supply and demand.
However, there are many different aspects within this simple-sounding equation which you must keep out.taping and pilloging on a Saturday morni'c under tight control to be c successful leoder tftey liko large quantities of gold.
For instance, one aspedof Sellers is to conquer As you might expect, gold needs mining one enemy territories. To ochieve this warmongering weapons need to be wgeafrom oiter mused mcte ambiticn you need a nice army of kroghh. Rials, So, in order to extract these row matenoti To keep these hardy warriors happy, they need from the ground you need geologists to find th* to be motivated aid armed. Wei. To be armed they veins of various ores and a huge workforce, to m.n* need weopons and to be sufficiently motivated to go it out.
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Ploys an on-screen icon of the place you hr** selected to build on The ncd step is to check out the surrounding as to see if tfiis potential estate hp! Ihe raw materx* t be prosperous- Once you’ve p umped (o' o pcxxr lar location, then simply clicking on the build or constructs your first palatic1 residence.
... and this one shows you the quantities of raw materials at your disposal After this initial placement of your HQ, you :aM start building and the fun realy starts The eccrqJ of a successful settlement bases its foyndptonr* sturdy grass roots So in Settlers it's importer' you to start building the correct type of ptfdaa choin vkfci'will best utilise your rcrw materials for (temple, if your settlement has wooccjmq but no-forester, then the re* result will be g dm breakdown. This will mean that after c b &use the forester has not planted saplings *» woodcutter will stori running out of trmbe
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The mgnvfocture of buildings Something so simple in its essence could 03 cause a breakdown for the whole of your sOrm ( So it's very important that you use your raw -am* GagfR Mil How green is your valley '• c amid the fight balonce witoto'your community.
M ad jw in this desperate bid to balance your yw ore given a series of tables and statis- : gouge How your little fellows are getting Ore mine Boatyard Woodcutter Guardhouse Com former which alter as you scroll around your graphical world. One moment you might hear the honest graft of a woodcutter Mina another pine, toe next Wl hear the serene sound of toe waves lopping orounc?
The edge of a lake. As if this isn't enough for your section of settlers you con also after of goods and the priorities in which fites probably hasn't left you quaking with r •weent, itching to gel down to your gaming etoflnum ond charging home with your copy of clasped lightly in your perspiring palm.
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But from his convent quest he needed rest, and ended up with a rabbit.
As day draw in our tired knight be across a village, I'm tired, I'm sore, and life's a bore, I can no longer rape and pillage.
A knight like me deserves a place that's plush and out of danger A double stable, four rooms, a table, and an en suite torture chamber.
I'll settle down in this here town and live a life of troth.
What's this I hear, it sounds quite queer, be's banging an iron hoof.
Money, you also get 50 missions and a two-player option so you can battle it out with a friend or your Amiga.
With so many of the some type of title knocking around in toe shops it's realy refreshing to see a I like the moat, I like the keep and I tike the marble floor All brass knobs and halogen hobs and a massage parlour next door.
Castle Forester Stonecutter product that is fresh and entertaining. Also, unlike toe majority of software tod is Bung upon us without jhought or thorough checking, Settlers is oduolly vM proarammed, with olmost no disk-swapping andhattly any occessing.
Hie bottom line is that Settlers is an absolute plow** to play and could well become one of toe contenders for our Game of toe Year award.
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same name.
Hasta la Vista... baby was crap and couldn't dear tfie enemy from the screen quick enough.
Terminator 2 was an ombitiovs project by Virgin and they seem to hove pulled it off. A lo of people out there will love this game while others will frown and prefer the arcode version but that's public opinion for you. If you like i, buy it. If you don't don't.
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same kind of humour Scody, Goody, I must buy itl" I hear you
cry) j So not despair yet, man ami. The game isn't r'oadreaty.
Well, sort of.
T s o basic little platform romp but with some ’ touches ond luckily you have the option to ¦» off the dreadful accordion music sound- «dL light then, so off you set os Rene (or Michelle As you may have already guessed, Alo Ado is a TV-licensed gome from the extremely funny BBC hit series, Many an evening I sat in watching
- arrows sitcom, amazed at the comic genius rf chortling in
merriment as Rene Artois . -«d oround for the Fallen Modonna
with Boobies by Von Clomp, and the idiotic til Policeman
mispronounced his French Well if you've always wanted to throw
your Y- Fronts at Nlimi’s head then now's your chance 65% M M
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• ••• Bonjour mes petifs! Allow me to don my French maid's
costume to tell you about zis new release from Alternative
Software i the Resistance if in two-player mode) to find your
Knockwursts with the stolen paintings in.
You can be helped olong by your friends and associates by throwing the various objects toopots, vases, even the odd bra or two) that con be found at them. They will then spring into ifc and help defeat your enemies in some way.
For instance, Edith will start singing which wfl temporarily deafen the baddies (in the form af Germon guards) and stop them coming after you. Or Yvette will Rash her stockings to distroct them (the best port of the game according to some here in the office wbicb doesn't reatty soy riT0o o o, $ 0 2*.. . ,.*00i» The highlight of the game - supposedly jto m 0 0 0 0 2 3 3 0 I'. .'I
• » » Here's Monsieur Ajfonse the Undertaker who's after Rene's
stunning wife much!). Graphics-wise it's quite good. Tbe house,
for example, is well drawn ond there is a lot of attention to
detail. Even the layout is the same os the set on the
television.
The characters ore easily recognisable from tbe series, too. For instance, Rene remoins tbe stumpy, plump geeser complete with dodgy moustache (how he managed to get those saucy waitresses into the stock cupboard I
- V II don'» know - | } There are some good cortoony effects
such as choroc- ters having birds tweeting around their heads
if they have been hit, and typical cortoony words like "pow“ or
• ¦*¦-, • » zap oppeormg obove them.
Playability is a tod 4'"to- limited though ond in two-player mode If* really strange ' o orri « a see one of the char-
• M’W 0 0 acters at a time.
0 0 0 0 0 0 Even though invisible characters cannot be harmed by guards, they can still move about or be injured in g fgll, which is a bit sidy.
Tbe way tbe “Game Over" is signdied olso becomes intensely annoying. Rene just shrugs his shoulders and goes off to hide in a cupboard. It's reolly difficult lo replenish your life meter, too. It should be done by collecting bottles, but they're impossible to find when you ready need them.
The difficulty level of the game is about right but how long this French buffoonery wil last you is hard to say. The humour becomes rather tedious after a while os does the gomeplay.
Frustratingly addictive? Nape, just frustrating.
Pass me the Stella Artois... TINA HACKETT 00000Q© '!•I _ 000000 i | If you like corny platform™, French accordion music and hove a soft spot tor Rene s sausage go (or It. Reassuringly expensive’ Hardlyl Publisher ? Alternative S Developer ? Inhouse Disks ? 2 Price ? £24 99 j HD Install No Size ? Hmeg DIFFICULTY VISION 000000©$ 000 • AUDIO Fury Of The Furries ,'r ?
Xs Try saying the title alter seven pints and you'll fail miserably, but here's a furry puzzler courtesy of Mindscape bystanders, although it won't affect the gomes player. The control system is exceptionally good and moving the characters oround the scree* becomes second natvre to you olmost immedr otefy.
Fury of the Furries is o strange one which will appeol to certain gamers, so try before yoc buy, but if you wont something different this month then you need look no further.
Eight-legged fireball frenzy! The Yellow Tiny rum for his life after being suspected for spider burning, er probably... jm r ~m.« r r :m 7«r : r ~ JONATHAN MADDOCK itesms&t m: ,m§ The map of the Tinies world.
We start off with the desert level... emember Tiny Skweeks? Yes, of R course you do, il featured those multi-coloured fuzzballs and was French. French software houses are not exactly renowned for their "normal" games and Tiny Skweeks was a fairly bizarre piece of software.
The Skweeks have now returned although they're now known as Tinies. The reason is because the people who converted the Skweek games onto the Amiga loved the style of the characters and wanted to do their own game, but as the name was already taken they had to come up with a new one.
So, it's not actually a sequel to Skweeks, but the characters look almost identical and you could be forgiven for thinking that it is actually a sequel, but it's not. Err yes I think I gat that right.
Next problem. Despite the fact that I called it a puzzle gome a minute or so ago, it isn't actually just a puzzle game. It is in fact a hybrid of a platformer, puzzler, adventure and an action A T I mT jL »«rT3F~:aBr«SB nz» tmmrimmnr rr:.m mmr- wfWL* » ir wr'jwiwarT: ~m ir ¦ m mmm m mmr~~r~mwsmr~mu c The aim of the gome is to make your way through the eight regions of Sklumph (the world of the Tinies). Why must you do this? Well, a Tiny known as the Wicked One has taken control of the castle and captured the King ond has in-tum thrown complete chaos ond torment over the land.
It is up to you to guide a Tiny to save the King and otherthrow the Wicked One. On each screen you must find a way out which is indicated by a bloody big sign with "exit" scrawled upon it.
Via the use of some magic rings your Tiny can change into different coloured Tinies who each hove their own special power. The yellow tiny utilises the power of fire ond can throw fireballs and go through Barnes. The blue tiny has the ability to dive underwater and spit air bubbles to attack the vorious enemies found on the planet.
The green Tiny can throw out a line and Kook himself onto almost ony object (including flying enemies) ond swing about ovoiding hazards just like Spiderman. When the tiny is red he gets so hungry that he can eat certain bits of the surroundings which is very handy for finding bonus This ability to chonge into different forms is what brings the puzzle element into Fury of the The red Tiny delves into a spot of earfy lunch. Cravel and concrete sarnie anyone?
Furries. Just to moke things even more difficult there are colour fields dotted around certain levels thot takes one of the Tiny's powers away.
Fury of the Furries is a quirky little game and one which I think the games buying public's opinion will be divided upon. Some people will absolutely love it while others will detest it.
I actually quite like it and it does grow on you the more you play it. There ore 100 levels in the gome, so it will take you a long time to complete it. The variation in the levels is also enough to keep you entertained.
Graphically the gome's characters are rather small, but just like Lemmings they still manoge to command your attention. Leaving the Tinies alone for o few moments will have them performing all manner of amusing antics - just one of the nice touches in Fury of the Furries.
The sound is very cheesy ond layered with an organ effect thot will irritate innocent f yn • J * 7~ J * • B n«W9aiBBIIB9IDH 90 :m * m e 13 : ( ' • E13 13 B 9& ‘ I : E3 (3 Z S ; _ l EE*. • £ S' ¦" r*?? R* "• r' • • - r - Tug 'o war! The swinging greenie gets to grips with a brick If..¦„ q!
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80% Publisher ? Mindscope Developer Kolisto Disks 5 Price ? £25.99 HD Install ? No Size ? 1 meg 0 Gamer Fcbfoory I Bubba n' Stix As well os the usual forms of punishment you'd expect to use a stick for, like beating atens up, many of he puzzles rely on using Stix in other ways. He can be used as a snooker cue, a tightrope balance, a javelin and a platform to other jump or wolk on Progressively the levels get tougher, not only the aliens you must fight, but in the puzzle solving and dexterity department.
Bubba 'n' Stix comprises of five levels and a number of bonus stages, and features al of fa things you ludty rasdk have come to expect of plalfermers like restart points, power-ups and score bonuses.
00000000 DIFFICULTY It's not that often that one Can recall a release which sen a van driver as n principle character In fact, I don’t Pink there's ever seen one up until sow (if I’m wrong, '» answers on a wfcord to he usud address).
Now, tve nothing agoinst van drivers,
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but foster han a forry they seem to naunt the last lane of our
rood network, fully paid up members of he exdu* we ’we own he
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Thankfuly, Bubba 'n' Stix isn't about you driving sown the M6, attempting to dodge and weave trough three lanes of Transit-wielding pyschos, all hoK an hour Icte for hat job in Preston Instead, what we have ladtes and gentlemen s a very interesting little platform puzzler, or puzzform maybe?} The action centres around Bubba, he van driver, who is on a job to Preston and you hove to dodge i hree lanes of... no, not really is on his way to he local zoo with a lorry- lood of wild animats. Unfortunately, someone else is on the look out for additions to their animal menagerie.
High up in the clouds a spaceship suddenly descends and swoops down on he oblivious Bubba, reciy, see he irony folts2 Unfortunately for Gfik, he manoges to lose control of his ship and sends it spiralling towards he planet below. In the ensuing crosh, both Bubba and the other occupants of he spoceship are sent flyng out of he bock of he ship, onto he surface of the alien world.
As Bubba recovers, he is hit on the heod by a stick. But, his is no ordinary stick, this is Stix. As Bubba goes to walk cway, Stix follows him.
This is a pretty dumb thing to have done because for the rest of the gome Stix is continually thrown, wedged and trodden on. Ah wel, wel just presume that he's a good old stock.
Anyway, whatever he context of their relationslvp, what we have here is a very clever little puzzler. The first level sits you on he planet surface where you crashed, and almost serves as a tutorial for you to become familiar with he uses of Stix It takes he first of five a ten minutes when you're playing Bubba to become familiar with the logic behind the puzzles ond the many ways you wn What's really nice about Bubba 'n' Stix is the animation. Bubba ond all his adversaries are beoutiWy animated in a very cartoon style In fad, there ore times when he gome feds more like on interactive
cartoon han a computer game The bockdrops ore also molly wel arted and add to the whole feel of the play, which is definitely lodged in he slapstick section For example, when Bubba encounters Glik, all plans to recapture him seem to boddire wilh slapstick consequences In just about every deportment, his is a winner Bubba 'n' Stix is truly what you would describe as nice, end hat's not meant in any derogatory way.
The graphics are smooth and wel animated, he play is pretty oddictive ond even the soundtrack doesn't annoy you What more codd you wont?
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I HD Install Size v Audiogenic In house 1 £1799 No 1 meg ZsT 000000000 000000000 00000000 LASTABILITY 00000000 90% Once ogain the nh dimension is under attack from (he forces of non-imagination, the evil Krool and his accomplice Mental Block. Zool, assisted by his emole companion Zooz and Zoon the intergaloc- «c wonderdog, are here to save the universe from ooredom.
So what have Gremlin come up wilh this time jrpvnd? What new and wondrous features have seen odded to make this a dam fine sequel?
Well, there's the new two-player mode, and of course, this time around Zooi can be helped Out ay his kinky, whip-cracking assistant Zooz.
The game is instantly playable, the controls nave been mode easier, the sound effects groovier bockdrops more colourful ond detailed The gome is bigger than Jean-Qoude Van Damme's biceps and each level is jam-pocked with impress' graphics and bright ond imaginative sprites fat you can fire bullets at and, in Zooz's case, whip!
The enemies change from level to level and are Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the return of the ninja froai the nth dimension and this time he's get company related to the world they live in. At the end of each world there is the lough end of level guardian, Mental Block, who has morphed himself into some boddy which is ogoin appropriate to the level.
The worlds have been ingeniously named (well, sorl of) like Tooling Common, Bulberry Hill ond Snaking Pass. There are many bonus rooms to stumble ocross filled wif Chuppa Chups goodies oiong with other bonuses scattered around he levels (you must collect 99 per cent of them to complete the level) and others which will help you out such os Shields, bonus hearts ond thankfully many restart points.
The ninjas are also helped by some new moves. Pressing Fire while your character is in the air will result in spinning power jumps and bock flips can be ochieved to reach heights an ordinary jump wouldn't get to. False Boon and ceilings can be broken through to reach other parts of the level.
This is where your choice of character con matter as Zool can anlv ao h rough ceilings and Zooz con only go through floors ond therefore the game con be completed in different ways.
However, the downside of the game is that he ronge of options are not as varied OS Zool 1.
There are the bog stondord options you would normally expect to find on your averoge plot- former such as level of difficulty, music or sound effects, but the nice touches that were added to Zool 1 are missing.
In Zool 1 you could choose the type of musk you wgnted from rock to rave, or the speed of the game could be chosen, os could whether you wanted Zool to come to a halt quickly or slowly - al of which all combined to make the gome stand out from other pbrformers. A two-player mode hos been odded to give o new c but it seems o little pointless because you ond your companion hove to take toms to ploy.
Well, surely that doesn't make much difference and con be done on a normal one-player game?
Maybe if a split screen option could hen* been introduced it would hove odded some variety from Zool 1.
There is no doubt that Zool 2 is o very able platformer. The graphics are amazing, the sound effects superb and it boasts great playability But, os with a lot of sequels, it inevitably lose its originality and novelty value, if you're o platform oddict and enjoyed Zool I then you’ll probo- bly go for this but don't expect anything too original.
TINA HACKETT Although not highly onglnoi. Zool 2 Is a greot plotlormet - It hot superb graphics an omozlng soundtrack and speed* gameptay VISION AUDIO DIFFICULTY Publisher ? Gremlin Developer ? In House Disks 2 Price £25.99 HD Install No Size v 1 meg MM mm An outraged liberal Democrat involved. Enouj involved. Enough of all this, you lot want to know about Cannon Fodder. To save you reading to the end of this text I could just tell you to go out and buy it and thus there still might be some copies left in the shops.
Sensible Softwore have never really produced a bad game and more recently have dominated the software market with such excellent products as MegaLo-Mania, WiiKid and Sensible Soccer. Most of their titles are tinged with elements of surreal humour, especially WizKid and the highly amusing team names in Sensible Soccer.
Cannon Fodder blasts off with one of the best game tunes of '93. It's a sort of reggae-style composition with a woman singing over the top of it. She croons "War! Never been so much fun!" And you know what? She's probably right.
MP called it "monstrous". Want to know ab British Legion chiefs labelled it save you reading ‘'appalling". The Star said it could just tell yoi was "shameful" and advised people to and thus there stil make sure they didn't buy it. Left in the shops.
As you might have guessed from the Sensible Softwi headline on the page, "it" is Cannon produced a ba Fodder, Sensible Software's latest recently have do offering. Why all the publicity and all market with such the fuss? Well, papers will be papers Mego Lo-Mania, ond they will blow things out of propor- Soccer. Most of I tion. With elements The reason for all this uncalled for especially Wizt and unfair publicity is because Sensible amusing team nar included the distinctive poppy symbol Cannon Fodder into the game. MP's and war veterans the best game tun were apparently outraged which is fair
reggae-style comp enough I suppose, but there are ways singing over the and means of getting a problem like "War! Never bee that solved. You know what?
Having a newspaper sensationalise the prob- lem, going over the top and spreading inaccura- J_________ cies in their reporting, is not the way to do it.
Cannon Fodder is not shameful, monstrous or * appalling, but is instead one of the games of 1993 and my money is y on it becoming the Christmas number one.
The pappy has now been removed and everyone is happy except perhaps publishers Virgin and Sensible Software themselves L who could have done The squad of fearless young men meet without any of the hassle up with a native doing a tribal dance Februory 1904 Sensible Software return with a bang with their supposedly controversial war*'em-up As the song plays you a treated to a menagerie of digitised shots of the Sensible Software team dressed up as soldiers. As good a way as any to get your face in a game I suppose. Once all this tomfoolery has finished it is then time to enter the war
zone.
Young men to become troopers.
Only IS of them are allowed volunteer for each mission. As mission progress you start to lose men or.: innocent soldiers are thrown into we with the more experienced troops.
There are 24 missions to complete each one has a different terrain gr; objective. Most missions are split into : Before the action actually starts, you need to call up some of the 360 fit 1 HOME 4 0 AVAY m HFRDFS 1 CrlTnn . IMIS 3H |-. Ir j ¦: 5Tj|g Hj ?
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men volunteer to be shot and killed, err I mean join the army
and do their bit for Blighty!
GameR maximum of six phases. You do not directly control troopers, but instead determine their behaviour.
This is achieved by using the mouse, the mouse pointer and a troop leader.
Troopers will only follow their leader, but they can also be encouraged to split up and do their own thing.
PRIVATES At the beginning of your adventure all the troopers are conscripted as lowly Privates (I know a joke about that! Not very funny, but I know one), Your troopers ranks increase for every phase that they survive, but promotion only occurs when the mission is complete.
The missions start off very slowly and gre quite easy. You start to wonder why you need 360 men, but as soon as you hit the fifth mission everything gets that little bit harder.
In the previous levels you have met up with "normal" soldiers, but later on you start to meet bazooka wielding troopers and you then realise that Cannon Fodder isn't the breeze you thought it to be.
CONTROLS The control system is worth mentioning simply because it is so good.
The very first level and it becomes as natural as eating your tea. The mouse pointer is swept around the screen and more of the terrain is shown to you. By clicking on that point with the left button, your squadron of troops will move to that point.
The right button is your killing button.
When pressed it lets rip with a deadly hail of bullets from your soldiers. If you use a combination of both buttons you can use your grenades or bazookas which causes major destruction upon the enemy.
At first Cannon Fodder looks fairly run-of-the-mill stuff. Some people might even call it an average shoot-'em-up, but as you progress you get addicted and the completion of a level becomes more important than eating, drinking and maybe even life itself (err, probably).
Sensible's war-'em-up is one of those games that you can completely immerse yourself in. The graphics are brilliant.
Although the men are small they seem to have characters all of their own which is attributed to the animation.
Losing a man is almost like losing a best friend.
There are loads of nice little touches such as the men celebrating after completing the phase to the sound of patriotic World War tunes. Another nice touch is when one of your men takes a bod hit ond lies on the floor screaming his head off while blood shoots out of his body and it thus becomes your solemn duty to end his pain.
It's sad and quite painful to watch, but you have to wipe those tears from your eyes and get your revenge by defeating the enemy.
SUMMING UP Being a games reviewer you must point out good and bad points for each piece of software, but I am getting o headache from trying to criticise Connon Fodder. I suppose it could do with o two-player option, but apart from that I can't really find cause for complaint.
I love Cannon Fodder and so should you. If you still haven't bought it then I must stand up and question your state of mind. Sensible Software seem to go on from strength to strength. Cannon Fodder is one of the most ployoble games you will ever play and also one of the most fun. A rootin' tootin' shoot- 'em-up of the highest order.
JONATHAN MADDOCK 000000000 • ’ DIFFICULTY 000000000 LASTABILITY 0000000000 The sound is quite incredible and uses up all four channels to create some startling effects. For instance when you are marching oround the jungle, exotic birds fly overhead and their squawking becomes louder the closer they are to your troop.
Gorgeous graphics, | sumptuous sound, phenomenal I playability and astoundingiy addictive. What are you wortmg lor? Go ond buy II.
94% ¦*« Publisher ? Virgin Developer ? Sensible Software Disks ? 3 Price ¦ iM.W HD Install No Size I meg DIRECTIONAL There is a more important reason for this directional sound malarkey because you can use it to your distinct advantage. Muted gunfire tells you thot enemy soldiers can see you are heading in your direction, the same goes for Cool Spot. A spot that's cool. Why?
Well, after thousands of cvttty characters have infected our minds, it looks like games developers are getting back to basics, ond what could be more basic than o red spot?
Hipsters ovt there who ore "up" on the console scene will know that Cool Spot made his fame and fortune on the Mego Drive, and a storthngly good game it wos too! Before his transition to the gomes Kent, Cool Spot was just
o simple red blob on the side of a 7-Up con.
Some clever person must have seen a good marketing opportunity ond suggested thoh "Hey, wouldn't it be good if we made a game using the 7-Up red dot? Then we'd hove loads of kids subliminoHy forced into buying our rather splendid fizzy drink!"
CONFUSED As soon as Cool Spot hit the UK, the fizzy drink tie-in fell apart and this left gamers confused as to why there were little green plastic bottles oil over the place. The game wos so good though that no-one noticed this little discrepancy and gamers bought Cool Spot like it was the last piece of software on Eorth.
Virgin, being clever people, decided to convert the console smash hit to the AMIGA. They've now got their fingers crossed and are hoping it Mr Spot leaps for his life after coming face-to-fac* with a nipping crustacean Hey, he's the coolest spot I know and he's putting in a star appearance on the Amiga courtesy of Virgin. Jonathan Maddeck goes completely dotty... Spot1 s friends, afl called Spot (which leods into aH kind of comedy situations) have been caught ond caged. The being responsible is apparently a bod "dude", has a stupid haircut and possibly the worst name on the planet, which is
Wild Wicked Wily Wil. The gomesployer (that's you) must control Mr Spot, dashing around collecting will sell just os well on the home computers.
Virgin ore plugging Mr Spot as the coolest, most controllable and slickest animated character ever seen on any computer or console system.
That is a bit of a proud statement, but it could well be true, os their sales on the Mega Drive can testify. The story is relatively simple. Cool Oh cmm on, you caa't bored already. I think the eicitement of this platform tomfoolery has worn out the hero of the game smoll definitely not cool spots. This so frees Cool Spot's chums. "How dot: -«r work?" I hear you cry. I don't kno* ~ does!
Cool Spot has a large problem, or shouc hw be small problem? Our dotty chum b so* » inch ond o half in height, so everyday sew- become unbelievable obstacles.
He must battle hb way across the btcc bathroom, and people's bedrooms, one » % way comes into battle with oil kinds of zamt bod guys. His only weopon is linked to ho :w nection with 7-Up. The spot can thus fee r should that be spew] fearsome bolts of drink of his enemies.
CONVERSION John Twiddy, the man responsible for i other Mega Drive conversion, Global Giooc*- b in charge of the conversion of Cool Sp-r t t Amiga.
He promises that Cool Spot will be identical to the Mego Drive original. For na all the animations that were in the conwo m sion will appear on the Amiga. There wfl nr ly be some slight improvements like Spe s «di being speeded up.
The main difference is that the AMIGA nr updates every 25th of o second, where a v Mego Drive updates 50 times a second, k * scrolling isn't going to be as fluid os rr im original.
Having played a couple of levels, I *o~ * say that Cool Spot is looking damn fine bc personally can't wait to play the fw’1 *¦§ Another cutesy platform gome is on its oc when they're os good os this we shouldn • grumble. It's going to a red, round ond **- very cool start to 1994.
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Ukk question! How many of you lot bought First Samurai? Not mony I can bet. First Somurai was perhaps one of the most under rated arcode games of all time.
Published by Image Works, a sub-division of the Mirror group, First Samurai went downhill when Mr Maxwell went deep-sea diving.
The distribution of the game suffered badly and it was very hard to find a copy to buy. The only instance when you could obtoin it was when it was bundled with Sensible BBB7?S l«Oi.
The first level and you encounter your first "big" enemy, in this case a floating, fire- breathing monster type thing Software's Mega Lo-Mania a year or so ogo.
It really was a crying shame that gomers couldn't play Vivid Image's First Samurai because it wos the ultimate Amiga arcade oction game of that era.
Psygnosis, clever people MMHr that they ore, have signed (it i , up the sequel, so Vivid
• * * I Image hove returned with Second Samurai (nice
* ¦. L original title!)
The story is very simi- lar to the original. The | ¦ ¦ j % Demon King is once more rampaging through time and you as the Samurai Ninja-type bloke must chase after him. Various adversaries stand in your way coupled with an abundance of puzzles to Second Samurai is a fairly good name, but it has a double meaning. Not only is it the sequel.
Here our hero protects a precious idol from a... a... thingy. No wonder he's crying!
Punches, thwacks and smacks seem to how been lifted from beot - 'em - up favoamt International Karate Plus, but hey that's no hoc thing!
I can't really put my finger on what it is, be really do love Second Samurai. It's one of in games that you try to play and play until yet complete it. The difficulty level is just about rip and you seem to progress that little bit haW everytime you have a go.
OK, it's maybe not the most original gaw * all time and the two - player mode is, as I mm tianed before, not very good, but there are m outstanding faults with the gome.
I would heartily recommend Second Sobr to anyone. If you're looking for a well-pr» grammed, wonderfully playable, grapbicol brilliant, awesome sounding, highly oddkw* piece of software you have to look no furihr than Vivid Image's Second Samurai.
JONATHAN MADDOa Ur in ¦ v. vu: m There are several objects placed around the levels to aid you in your quest. This one ¦M get you to high places VISION 000000001 AUDIO 000000000 Eye eye, here's the plant-like end of level baddie. I told you they were massive DIFFICULTY 00000 LASTABILITY 00000000 An improvement on |» the original due to I* It's power in all I* deportments. Highly “ playable and worth every penny of your cosh.
Chucking one of your smart bombs you'll be able to do away with this rather menacing dragon. Cor alumme!
Publisher ? Psygnosis Developer ? Vivid Image Disks 3 Price ? £29.99 HD Install No Size ? Imeg GameR Our goofy hero and his friend - an intelligent alien stick - have crash landed on a weird planet after being captured by an alien spacecraft. In order to get back to Earth, Bubba must use his stick in a variety of different ways to solve puzzles, overcome adversaries and foil the comedic attempts of his kidnapper to recapture him in this horizontally scrolling puzzle.
DESIGN LIMITED Core Design Limited. Tradewinds House, 69-71A Ashbourne Road. Derby DE22 3FS. Tel: (0332) 297797 Fax: (0332) 381511 Level 1 This is a small area to explore. Here is the best place to learn about the techniques needed to progress further. Light is required to read computer terminals which give vital clues. Pressure pads and photo-cells can open doors; you should olso become fomil- ior with using keys.
All objects found should be taken, as later there are plenty of pressure pads which all need to be opened using weight.
After you've got used to the control technique it's off to level two.
This is the sequel to Shodowlands. Ifs now set in space, where light and dark both play a vital role. Therefore batteries and flares need to be used sparingly wherever possible.
Before embarking on the mission you will need to select a team of four adventurers. A spreod of skills is the best possible combination.
Level 2 It should be noted thot some of the robots will leave some valuable presents when they are dispatched. In the next two rooms the first long range weopons will be found.
However, all long range weopons hove ammunition limitations, so be careful how you use them. It's on this level thot the first two recharging stations can be locoted.
The first re-supplies food and can be used an unlimited number of times.
Conversely, the second is for weapons ond batteries and can only be used once.
Once oil the robots hove been eliminated you con proceed to the next level.
Level 3 On entering this level there is another weapons recharge point. It's best to use this one when your ammo is at a minimum.
You should now make your way to the central room of the Biological Research oreo. Using a light to open the door, there should be a robot. It is carrying o crate, so when you've killed it open the crate.
Take the contents of the crate ond deploy it os you see best. Now put the empty crate on the pressure pod to open the next security door.
Enter the next two rooms, kill the robots and pkk up the medical pack. You will also find a key; by going to the central room you will be able to use it and enter.
Kill all the robots and you con use the food outlet and the very useful regeneration pod. The pad resurrects dead characters so iong os you have bought their DNA pod. Be warned, the pod only works three times.
After this, proceed to the central room and go through the remaining door to the transporter. Woming: beware of the pits en route.
When you arrive at the transporter you should find onother weapons rechorger, using a green card should secure you a loser - just the ticket!
Level 4 Having exited the transporter, head down the corridor to the first room. Access is denied by a pit, the only way to close the pit is by throwing a flare over it. This will oper- ote o photo-cell, which in turn closes the pit and allows you to pick up another key.
In the next room there is onother pit with
o key which is just out of reoch. Throwing something on the
pressure pod moves the key within reoch.
Tired of fumbling around in the dark?
Then zip up your shiny suit and follow us through the labyrinth of the Shadoworlds Now you can open the comer door m move quickly into the little recess, fire tf *» robot when it is os safe as possible, S r : flare ond throw it towards the door.
The robot will head to the light. As W posses you by. Stab him in the bock.
Next on the agendo is yet another rw» which requires the lighting of three photo cells to get to the key. The following roar colls for some teamwork: One man to opr ate the door switch, the other to fire al t» robots.
When you've monaged to obtain Ah key, you should leave one man here so he can open the door in a little while to bt another mon out.
The next room contains a one-way sp tern, so only one man con enter to colect toe keys. To get post this section, fhe mon you have sent in must stand at the edge of fhr pit and throw the keys to another tear mote, who will open the door for him to escape.
In the next room one chorocter mini operate the wall switch which will turn an the transporter. Place o man in the trons porter and he will be transported to the Me room to pick up a key. Operating a switch sends him to where you left o mon to oper a door. At this point you can regroup and collect more food if necessary.
The next room contoins o key which when picked up, makes three robots appear, so be warned.
The last room on this level contains a 1 you to Ite World.
Icter thot you send to ke World he strongest and be made as tssible.
6 - Ice World you will have to move very dodge the multitude ol robots this section. Eventually they can p so (hot they fire on one collect the crate and use the pressure pod to get back to the irea.
[ contains a key so thot you can (t door to get to Jungle World.
7- 3 World ¦who von u nd hrrp nprds to bp to very carefully walk one character around the fence that obscures your poth.
After killing the remaining head, dodge post the robot in the bottom right room and move onwards.
The lost room takes a team effort and plenty of light. This is becouse all the lights in this area are octivated by photo cells.
The lost room is occupied by o robot who will kill himself if you occupy the right space.
Level 9 This level is full of pits, but they can be closed by using light to operate the photocells. The two rooms ore symmetrical so only one side needs to be closed.
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With the following tor Computer V V- . ahh .c Titles . Price"’ ....'.'..PoSfbode.. Nothing beats a bit of bargain hunting after Christmas, especially when you're almost completely out of cash, says Tina Hackett This is a game that needs no introduction from me. Unless you've been kidnapped there is no way you could have missed all the publicity ond hype surrounding this j couldn't get any better those nice choppies ot US Gold have releosed it on budget Stunning graphics coupled with great playability make for a areat game. The of options The two-player mode
works brilianlly and wtlh die different levels of difficulty to choose from you've certainly got g challenge.
However there are a few qrumbles For instance, the disk accessing can get to be a real pain and it plays slower and not as well os the arcade version. But this is only to be expected.
OK, so maybe I'm just being pedantic ond so maybe ifs not as good os Jody Blows Goloctic, but who om I lo judge? Besides at this bargain of a price, who could refuse?
Silly Putty Gremlin • £9.99 Weil, needless to soy I was slightly sceptical when I first heard the concept behind Silly Putty. I mean how much fun can you possibly have with a small round blob? However, I was rather impressed with this little budget offering from Gremlin.
As a combination between a puzzler and a platiormer, the aim of the gome is to protect your putty-type friends from ihe evil doers Dazzledazo ond Dweezil who intend to ship them off to Earth to be turned into bubblegum As Billy Putty, you Can be oided by the Boh (fnendy aliens from the planet Zid) but unfortunately they have been turned into ice blocks Confused2 You will be!
So now you hove to rescue them and take them to ploces of safety But watch you don't exceed your time limit, ond keep an Gabber eye open for boddies such os How can you transform into different shapes and bounce, melt and content, being (he putty-type creature you This game becomes rather addictive ond once controls to carry out th© range of movements Putty con do, it’s a great game.
It is nice and witty and the humorous sound effects and bright, colourful graphics should pul a smile on the most miserable of foces.
Torvalc the Warrior Corkers • £9.99 One thrust from his big chopper- ook, the very thought makes my eyes smart
• ;- MIM9.MII c00009700 Now here's a game I hate almost as much
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Boring gomeploy, boring graphics ond os for the music - weti fd rather listen to Mr Blcbbys h smgle. In foct, this game is more disappointing than continually getting the oronge aeoms« of Revels.
You, os Torvak The Warrior, have to overcome five different levels, defeating the Gtarf Mogoefc winged Oogon Bats ond Swamp Monsters wilh your big weapon However, the weapons ore ineffective, even against the simplest of boddies ond os for the helpful bonuses (such as Mogic and Energy Orbs)... I think not.
Sorry I con'l sound more positive about this one but it really'S rubbish Poss me the Pooper Scooper, please.
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Expert views on the latest applications Graphics V HR ¦ s
promised, in diis issue we are going to examine a system
which allows us to use the Amiga's Intuition graphics and
interactive interface from within Arexx You probably already
know tliat Arexx does not have any direct graphical interface
suppon, and all such support must be provided by third party
add-oas - usually in the form of a special Arexx library.
Several such products are available, and the one we examine here, RexxARPLibJibrary should lie obtainable from any good PD library, Make sure you get v3.0, especially if you are working with WB 2.0 or above.
My aim liere is not simply to give a few examples of how to use this library, but also to convey the “flavour* of the system, so that you can see if it suits your needs.
I assume that you have some working knowledge of Arexx. Or at least some programming background, and the ability to pick up facts as you go along.
At this stage I must (by the way of caution) say a few words about graphical commands in any programming language. Essentially, any language tliat provides graphical commands makes a compromise between ease of use and flexibility.
On die one liand it can keep die commands as simple as possible, so that the user has most of the basic operations available; on the other hand, it can allow- the user to exploit the system possibilities to their full extent.
In the first case users will be limited whenever they try to do something that goes a bit beyond die bare-bones basics; in the second case, they will have to learn not only the language itself, but also all the programming intricacies of the system's graphic interface!
This can be quite complicated if you want to use a Graphical User Interface (GUI) that receives input from the mouse and so on. As well as Creating graphics.
Broadly speaking, diere are two levels of graphic programming, a bit like there are two kinds of languages, high and low level. (You can do many more tricks with assembler than with Basic, Ixji you really have to work at it.)
Essentially, the languages that provide ready-made graphic interface commands shield die user from the system intricacies by “packaging" tlx‘ system-level calls into those instructions that are most likely to lie needed, eg OpenWindow() or DrawCircleO.
Languages tliat allow full control over a system graphic interface (such as the Amiga's Intuition) merely provide a medxxl of h x king into the system library routines, quite independently of the programming languages diemselves.
It is the user's respoasibiiity to call these routines properly and to easure that their mles are observed. In order to do diis, you have to learn what the ailes are in the first place This an be almost as much work as learning die language itself.
On the other hand, if you know how to use a system lil rary, you can all it and use it from any language that lias a system interface, whether that is C, Assembler.
Modula-2, or Basic. Using special libraries (not KexxARPLib.library), it is even possible to all them directly from Arexx.
The Arexx graphic utility that we will Ix* l X)king at today provides die best of both worlds, by shielding the user from some of the messier system requirements, while at the same time maintaining a fair amount of similarity to die original system library-.
Tlicre are two advantages to this. Only a little flexibilr. » I lost, and, should users want to advance to more “real’ syae* programming later on. They will not find themselves totally aj*- less, or starting from scratch; a fair amount of material will knit familiar. Suggestions on how to proceed further appear at rr end of the article.
I must also say that if after studying the ckx-umentation. T*r examples, and perhaps some books you still find this utility to!
Difficult to use, then system programming is probably not far you. Sorry folks, but you are unlikely to find anything mud- simpler that is half as useful!
If tills is the case, and you still want to program, uy usrs simple languages with ready-made graphic commands (Iikr some Basics), or graphic program-buiklens, such as CanDo, thi also have die advantage of Arexx support.
We will now briefly look at how RexxARPLibJibrary gives access to the system's graphics. In Amiga programming, wher you want to open a window you do so by initialising a whole kx of data, opening a screen if one is not open, and then callmc an Intuiuon function called OpenWindowO.
This window will have (among many other things) i RastPort. Which, rouglily speaking, is the area you draw in. Art a “message port' at which the user can check if any events like mouse clicks, menu selections, and so on have occurred. The above is quite an oversimplification, but it will Ix-lp you get the general idea.
A programmer wanung to draw or write in the window calls special system functions tliat use the rastPoit’s address as one of dieir parameters. To monitor the user input, the programmer would set up a loop diat kept checking the window's user message port which we just mentioned.
However, Arexx on its own does ran allow the user to call die system libraries which open windows or draw graphics and so on. RexxARPLib uses an interesting system to get around this Tlx* library provides a special function ailed CreateHost(hast- name.nport), which sets up an autonomous little program (the host), which handles these calls automatially.
The extra advantage of this is that you do not have to worn' about any of the initialisations - the host docs them automatically too. We will see what dx* parameters (hostname.nport) mean in a minute.
There must be at least one host for ever)' window that you want to open and it must run asynchronous!}'. This means that the program must Ix* run independently inside the Amiga multitasking environment. Again, we will see why when we look at the parameters. To run a program asynchronously, you must eidier tun the command: ri ‘citl Cre»t*Host(hostnm,nport “ from its own shell window, or, if you have it as part of the program itself, you must launch it with a line like: ADDRESS COMM run ri Cr«iteHojt(hoitni«e,nport)* Note die 22’x (quote), which ensures the correct form, sine the quote
before Call Is lost during dx* conatenation.
You cannot just call the function on its own as part of your AREXX program, because it will not return a value until its window is closed, and all its graplucs are lost... and we haven't even opened the window yet!
This is why this function must run separately. Onct the “host* is running you can open a window very simply by making a tall like; OptnVintfo«(hostniM,i1,a2,...a? The parameters al-a7 give information on the size, position and appearance of die window. Once the window is open, any of the graphic drawing alls, such as DrawCircMhostmme.x.y,radius), will be drawn in our host s window.
This brings us back to our parameters “hostname" and "nporf.
These are the names of two Arexx pons set up by the Itost. The first port (hostname) receives the graphics commands from your main graphics program.
It is not necessary for you to know that the commands are being sent to the Arexx port of a semi-autonomous little unit, but it can be useful.
For instance, if your graphics program crashes, and you ate a left with a hanging window that you do not want, you can get rid of the window and free all its resources with the command: rx "ADDRESS hostniM Exit made which is the same as calling the function Exirthostname) directly from your main program.
The use of “nport" Ls more subtle. While you do not need to know anything about “hostname" in order to create graphics, you must know quite a bit about the “nport" before you can receive infonnation about window events like mouse clicks and mouse movements, menu selections and so on. RexxARPLib uses this port as a sort of duplicate port to the host window’s own user port, in order to notify' you of ? Square.rm * ADDRESS C0MAN9 run rx *22'i || -c*llCre*teHost('Host'Unused*)" ADDRESS COMAN: 'NiitforPort Most' Nidth = *40 ; height = 220 flags = 'NINOOVDIAttWlNOOVDEPTH' Call
OptnNindoMCHostVO OsMidthfheight,,flags,'The Square Vanishes') the initiil squire *1 pt.1.i=0 ; pt.1.y*1 ; pt.2.i*1 ; pt.2.y=0 pt.3.1-0 ; pt.J.y=-1 ; pt.4.x=-1 ; pt.4.y=0 sedoun : 0.9 DO i = 1 TO 50 Call SetAPen('Nost',i) I* Calculate sillier square * pt.5.x = pt.t.i ; pt.5.y = pt.l.y DO n = 1 TO A MitM4l pt.n.x * pt.next.x sedoun * (pt.next.x-pt.n.x) pt.n.y = pt.next.y sedoun • (pt.nexl.y-pt.n.y) PAISE VALUE Cenvert(pt.n.x, pt.n.y ) KITH pi.n.x pt.n.y END * Drau the square * Novet'Host',px.1.x,px.1.y) Ar?|prquCHg$ t',px.2.i,px.2.)r) AreaDrau('Host',px.J.i,px.3.y)
AreaDrauCHost' px.A.i x.A.y) AreaDraiiC 'Host ‘,px.1 .i px.1 .y) AreaEndt'Most') END Call ExitC‘Host') ; EXIT I* convert (x,y) coordinate to pixel *1 Convert: PR0CEDUIE EXPOSE height width a s uidth'(1tirg(1)) 2 y = height*(1-arg 2)) 2 RETURN i y events tliat are being recorded at the user port.
The events at the “notify" port will be reported as simple Arexx strings, and are therefore much easier for you to process than system messages from the "real’ user message port.
There are certain rules to he followed when obtaining messages from Amiga ports. When a message arrives it must be copied (for future use) and replied to as quickly as possible, in oider not to slow down tltc multitasking system.
The functions to do this are supplied in the "rexxsupport" library, which is pan of the Arexx distribution, and should be in your libs: drawer. We cannot go into detail here (we have l x ked at this subject irt the past, but you should read at least some documentation on how this works before trying it, looking at the examples supplied with RexxARPLib Even experienced Arexx programmers baulk at attempting to mix Arexx with graphics, but it needn't be too difficult, as Alex Gian explains easy (or even copying them outright) will also give you some insight. Here you are bordering very much
on the realm of real Amiga system prth gramming This demonstrates the creation of a simple graphic using RexxARPLib. It does not report any events happening at the window
- it only draws a picture Lexik at Figure I for the listing Thus
gives you some idea of the use of diis library, in the next
issue we will analyse an example that also receives
mouse-eVerTLS. As well as discussing some of the limitations of
this system, so lx sure to have a copy of RexxARPlib.library
(v.3) by then. We will also be looking at some other exciting
Arexx products.
Of course, a simple system like this cannot hope to provide the advanced tools of a program like DeluxePaint. But it also has its strong points, especially in repetitive w'ork.
Try doing our simple graphic on Dpaint by hand! In fact, how many of you have wondered why Dpaint has no Arexx port? As a nutter ol fact, there Ls a way to get programs with no Arexx interface to run under Arexx control, but that will have to Ix* our subject another time.
With Arexx and a few suitable libraries, you can experiment easily with the Amiga system without resorting to a compiler.
There are several books on the Amiga system. You should be aware that most of them give their examples in C, so the ability at least to read C is a strong advantage.
Future steps If you do try experimenting with this library, and you find it useful but would like some- thing more powerful, then I suggest trying the npig.library and rxgcn.library, The former does very little to protect you from the system, but is very flexible. The latter does not protect you at all - It s just you and the "guru". More power than that, you will only find in your assembler or compiler.
Other than the official RKM manuals. I would recommend a book like Mapping the Amiga or P Qveraa's excellent Mastering Amiga System, but there are several good books out there - check your public library first. I would also mention the Amiga C Club's excellent tutorial, available for the price of a few PD disks.
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Set up the rehearsal area to be as close as passible to the space they will be using during the actual shooting and run through the scene. Working together and going through the script, making decisions concerning what each scene is about and how lines are going to be said, will produce a situation which breeds both confidence and understanding in the actors and director.
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Assuming you're now armed with pen and paper it's time to turn on your synth, select your favourite voice and start worlc on the Ixrok or key melody. Depending on your prowess on the keylxxird, this can be as simple or complex as you wish.
Now l)efore an increasingly itchy finger reaches for tlx* Record, write down the key notes or chords and start looking for a link to the next section whether it Ixr a verse, chorus, middle eight, intro, out-tro or anything else that tickles your particular ivories.
It's very important tliat the various elements flow together prior to recording individual sections. All to often if you simply charge headlong into a piece thereby creating finished individual sections before con- A classic cock-up cal elements usual sink into the background during tlx* free form of a jam.
Tlie question is: Why should the fiest musicians in the* rtx m pale so badly in such circumstances? The answer is simple: Rigid musical tluxight always looks for tlte correct way to progress, rather than tin.* often inspired route chosen by the blissfully ignorant members of tlx* “suck it and see" fraternity PROGRESSION While emotion and gcxxl old guesswork drives the self taught from one chord progression to tlx* next, the classically trained are busy kxrking for the right notes, rather tlian tlx* inspired Tlx- end result is that tlx classical types are usually happier pitying the works f
a composer rather tlian writing tlieir own material.
A quick glance at tlx* popular - and not so popular - charts stands as a glowing testament to that.
A similar problem afflicls a kx of computer-generated music as the uniformity and adhesion to a format means tlx* inspired and accidental arc often absorbed by the constriction of the “cut and paste".
As a result, the IxtiUc against blandness has to lx* fought every tinx* you mm on the machine. In my humble opinion music is, and always six hi Id lx*, an aitform, an area in which tlx* challenge is to convey the emotions of the moment and the inspiration tl»ey inspire.
Ibis is where the real I rattle lx*tween man and machine takes place. No matter howr clever software becomes, machines w ill never feel tlx* emotions that nuke gcxxl music great It's true that hours and sonx*times days can be saved by sequencing but in order to create anything other than lift music you must remain tlx* master and not simply the slave.
OK. After insulting almost everyone who's ever played an instrument - electronic or otherwise - it's time for Austin's patented guide to popular music.
The first job is to throw away any preconceptions that the machine will in some way write the music for you. As a result, before even touching the record burton it's wise to have a firm - or at least firmish - idea of how tlx* piece will appear ifl its final form.
At this point yet another technological fantasy can hit the bricks, templating what will follow, tlx* end results will suffer as compromise slowly creeps in as you attempt to join two basically incompatible elements.
Once all the hasics are in place you can finally begin the recording process, although if you're wrestling with tlte eternal question “is this a classic or just a load of cobblers?” a top tip is to have an eariy night and return refreshed in die morning.
If in the cold light of day you can't remember a single note. I'm afraid your worst suspicions are prohably correct and your would- be masterpiece is indeed complete crap!
Assuming that you've remembered every note, the construction process can begin There are hasically two routes available. Firstly, you can .select tlx* required iastniments and work on the piece section by section to assemble tlx* finished product. To lx* Ixmcst tliis is prohably the fastest way to work, but it doesn't lend itself to accidental inspiration vet)' easily.
METRONOME The second option is to build the entire piece using tlx* Ixisic key notes with perhaps a metronome as an additional guide. If at all possilik*, avoid designing the drum track until the major chords, bass lines and accompaniment are in place.
This isn't because tlx* drums are any less important than tlx* rest of the production - in fact quite tlx* reverse. If there's one elenx*nt of sequencer generated music that suffers from the “cut and paste" more titan any other it's the drum track.
Due to tlx* uniform nature of drums and percussion dtey're the first to fall foul of blanditis. As a result, if they're left until later in the production the accompanying music isn't forced to pander to an invariably monotonous cut and paste drum special.
Equally important is tlx* fact tliat adding the drums and percussion later nx*ans you're forced to think more along the lines of a real drummer and attempt to tailor the dnrms to the track ratlter than tlx reverse.
Well, alas that's all that space will allow, so I'm afrakl I'll have to curtail this particular rant and pass tlx* music insight into the capable hands of Paul Overaa - so feel free to send all hate mail to him. Tltank you, and gtxxl night.
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* *w. That's going to cost you a bit. Isn't it?"
This is a classic response, and one which is I think a little bit yji of date. There are benefits, huge ones too, to being on CompuServe, but there are some drawbacks.
COMMS change your settings to 8N1 again after you've logged on for the first time, but nolxxJy told me that. Secondly, you may have a bit of trouble with up and download protocols. CompuServe have seen fit to run at a top speed of 9,600 baud, and chosen to ignore the protocol used by 80 per cent of the civilised world, ie.
Zmodem.
This means that you are restricted to Compuscrve-H, which I an t gel to work at all, and Xmodem and Ymodem. Both of w'hich w'ork at truly risible transfer rates.
This may be a problem you can solve, but so far I'm not having any luck. At the present moment downloads are slow and difficult, compared to the fast downloads I get at 14,400.
This may seem like a small problem to users of 2,400 modems, who not only won't notice any difference, but will also One is cost, certainly, another is the sheer complexity of the and one is a sort of navigational problem. CompuServe is good, certainly, but it's hard to use, and not the most up-to-date piece of kit on the airwaves, as I'll explain in a minute.
Cost used to be the only issue as far as I was concerned, and :rut's actually the first thing that surprised me about the new pacing strategy. One of the previous reasons 1 never tried to get m account is the fact you need a credit card to subscribe.
I just got one so that removed that little obstacle. Everyone I
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On-line games, Classified ads and various other member services.
Other than tliat you have to pay for “extended" or “premium" services. At 9,600 baud the pricing for extended and premium services is $ 16 (£10.60) per hour. Then on top of tliat you cop the comms surcharge depending on how you reach CompuServe I dial up CompuServe direct in Bristol, although there are local nodes all over the place.
Comms expert Phil South joins CompuServe, and wonders if he’s doing the right thing Connecting direct to CompuServe costs $ 7.00 (£4.60) per hour at what they call Prime Time between 8am and 7pm. And at weekends or Ix-tween 7pm-8am weekdays it's far.
There is also an alternative plan for users wIkj aren't going to be around very much, which only charges you $ 2.50 (£1.60) per month, but you cop a bigger charge for all die services, regardless of if they are basic, extended or premium.
At 9,600 baud this is a wltopping $ 22.80 (£15.20) per hour. To get this in perspective, you arc not going to go on CompuServe for hours at a time.
The system is very complicated to use. First you have a problem with baud rates and protocols. I was told by my btxiklet to set my settings to 7E1 and off we go. It turns out you should Read my lips The niggles added to the problem of the system being so large, so is the solution an off-line reader? Well the best you can do on the Amiga is a terrible program called Autopilot, which only works in interlace mode, and due to the way CompuServe works simple has to read through and capture all the messages the same way you would If you were on-line.
It's a dreadful state of affairs, especially when you've been pampered by having a good clean system like CIX to use for the last five years or so. The CIX and Nicola combination is perlect, and allows you a lot of freedom to use the CIX system as you please. Autopilot is as bewildering as the CompuServe interlace itself.
Get cheaper on-line time on CompuServe.
It may sound like I'm a bit down on CompuServe - well I'm not. It's a massive Corporation, not a single sysop, so changes are slow in coming. We still have the long tedious ID numbers instead of easy to remember handles, we still have charge upon charge per hour. We also still have no Zmodem.
But in spite of all of these criticisms it remains a huge source of infomiation and files, if you can get them. It’s a point of contact with hundreds of thousands of people, and companies too.
It’s like C1X amplified by about 1,000 times.
Is it worth id Well 1 haven't got a bill yet. But I'm sure it is.
Some people tell me that the Alternative pricing plan is better if you don't intend being on CompuServe all the time, and I'm sure that's true. Unless they get Zmodem and 14,400 baud real soon. I think I'll lie nipping on only once in a while.
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to control, unless you know the right parameters with which to
control them. I've evolved these little procs to do all the
work The Appear proc is the more complex. Appear is an unpre*
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Okh toing and froing and Nig testing. The proc goes like this:
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finally FX the effect. I find 1at odd numbers work well, and
you'll find this with a lot of ‘-aos commands, You have to
input numbers divisible by a certain figure or the "fects
don’t do what they should. I suppose you could call it a
rature, but a cynic would call it a bug. Ouch, I know that's a
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Anyway, Fade is a similar animal. The easy proc goes like this: Rc« ** Wc " Rea Procedure FXDECSPEEM fide SPEES Wait SPEEIM5 End Proc The fade happens no nutter what else is going on, although if .ou do another screen op, or the fade is intemipted by some- Sinplt i-ljr.H.. ..Me. M thing, you won't get a smooth result.
Waiting is the best idea, and the formula for he best wait time is whatever the speed is multiplied by 15.
Fades can be used to good effect to bring up a screen or render it in a single colour, or indeed fade it to black. I find a good effect is to synchronise a sting on the soundtrack (an orchestral hit for example) with the appearance of a picture; just show it on the screen instantly by screen swapping.
Then as the note dies, fade the picture out. Then sting again and put up another picture, and then fade again, or fade to red.
Then fade to black.
Fading to a colour is a popular demo pastime, and you do it quite simply by adding a colour list to the end of the command: fade 15,$ 100,5200,$ 300... etc and any number of colours up to the amount allowed in the current screen mode.
Fade to red The idea for a title sequence for a Dracula game springs to mind. Titles flash onto the screen with a flash of a white screen, tlien the titles are there. Fade to black.
Hie main title, “Dracula Returns", is flashed up in white on the screen, which then fades to red... sinister, and really effective If teamed with the right music.
See what you can do with a little effort?
Totally moved I got a note from Anne Tucker to say that Amos PD Library and the Totally Amos disk magazine have moved.
They've forsaken the hills of Wales for the plains of Essex, and the new address is Amos PD Library. 17 Wick Farm Road, St Lawrence Bay, Southminster CMO 7PF.
The Totally Amos mag and Aaron Fothergill's Amos Club Newslotter are the two best sources of Amos info avail- able In the UK, and should not be missed.
Issue 13 is out now, and it contains some really kickin' code, like the plasma effect I've been looking for for some time. Easy to do even In Easy Amos! Plus an example of a complete game, a frogger clone (barf) plus a really amazing starburst routine using AMAL, which any Still shots just can't do any justice to.
Oh and there's a really odd maze game where you draw a maze and the computer calculates the shortest path through it. Nice algorithm, shame about the game.
Anyway It's all In Totally Amos, not to mention the reviews, graphics, hints and tips etc that you get as woll.
And all on disk, which is more than you can say for my stuff!
&&XX SCORE: 0000000 LEVEL : 0000001 Frogger makes a comeback on Totally Amos ¦ Flash and fade with Amos Phil South examines fading and appearing commands for graphics screens, plus a look at Totally Amos issue 13.
Write stuff If you have an Amos question, thon please write to Phil South.
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So what do you do when you need professional quality colour documents but can't afford, or have no need for, hundreds or thousands of copies to be reproduced?
Take a trip to a stationery shop of course and buy some preprinted paper. Recently I had to produce an annual report and needed a bright and professional cover.
As I only needed 35 copies, to have them printed in colour was not cost effective so I investigated a range of pre-printed papers that arc available from a Belgian company called DECAdry. Better known for its press-on lettering products similar to those produced by Letraset.
On the DECAdiy poster I was able to choose from as many as 150 different designs. These included graduated papers, an effect many try' to reproduce on their home printers unsuccessfully because of the high resolution needed to print the hundreds of different shades. The DECAdiy gradients are all linear, from dark to light down the page.
If you arc looking to stand out in a crowd there are fluorescent colours, and as well as these general purpose papers there are many specialist designs in pastel colours so that text can be selectively placed on top of the colours.
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COPIER PAPER The designs come in more than more one format. The basic one is an A4, single-skied design, on a paper weight of 80 gsm.
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Pack sizes vary from 50 to 100 sheets depending on the weight of the material, and prices are very reasonable 100 sheets of a patterned paper cost me just HA on special.
There are some pitfalls you need to he aware of. Because you Why do it?
Take one picturesque image of the seaside painted in pretty pastels, add to it some appropriate text that goes with this idyllic image and you have a technique for producing professional quality work at very little cost.
You might, for example, use the picture of the seaside as a backdrop for a series of pieces of stationery for a local seaside restaurant or holiday village.
But instead of going to a firm of printers and having them produce several hundred copies of each different piece of stationery, at a substantial cost to your client, you can buy a pack of pre-printed sheets of the seaside and then use your own printer to add the text and graphics.
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All that's needed is a good quality laser or inkjet mono printer.
A little help from my friends about your design and the type of elements you want to put on to the page, and whether they are feasible on a pre-printed paper.
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As a friend said wiien I first tried it: ‘Cor, Ben. That looks really professional!* I didn't liave the guts to admit that I'd cheated.
Are printing onto colours you won t be to use typesetting effects where you have white showing through your text and pictures. Any text you place on the pre-printed paper will have to lx* a solid black.
If you use greys, because this shade is formed by black dots and white space, on pre-printed papers a colour will show' through between the black dots. The amount of see-through will depend on the shade of grey you choose, dark greys will let less of tlx* background through than lighter greys.
If you want to mix black text and w hite text then choose a design that contains a white section, like a graduated paper. With something like this you can have black text on the coloured section and use a outlined, white-filled text on the white section.
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Aimed at four-year-olds or above, it teaches by selecting objects and then the player or team is grvcn a set time to choose the objects they have just seen out of a screen-full of 20 pictures.
There are over 200 pictures and words in all to memorise from categories such as Animals. Travel. Clothes and Numbers. There are many objects built in but more can be added using any paint package which produces IFF output.
Users can alter the amount of objects to be memorised from one to ten and the amount of time to memorise them in can also be set from one up to twenty eight seconds.
Whether the appropriate names or the pictures alone should be memorised can also be selected.
The player then clicks on the objects they think they have remembered and selects them by using the mouse pointer.
They are told whether they are correct or not by right or wrong appearing in the comer of the box.
Scoring counts the number of correct items memorised and deducts marks for incorrect answers or "Monkey Marks" ? DO A clear, well set out options screen am iz” mi . V j I - Can your child become the next Memory Man with the Amiga's help? Kim, a new educational game, certainly thinks so (as a Monkey an play by random guesses) and then multiplies by the time display. So the time taken to memorise their choices becomes important.
As the game is aimed at the younger player (around four years and above) the ease of use is one of the most important features. This has been carefully considered for this product, such as the layout of the screens.
The options screen Is colourful and well designed, and once a child has had the icons explained they should easily be able to handle the package There have been some novel ideas added, for instance, the traffic light sequence to signal the start of the game.
Sampled speech has been used to give the player encouragement when they have selected their answers, for example "no. Try again!" Or "getting there!” and phrases like “that's a good score" will appear on the screen.
The way the scoring has been approached may be a little confusing and a more simplified version may well benefit the game, especially the way the two-player score is displayed which is in the form of a thermometer showing the running percentage marks. The educational value of this game will be quite high. It is helpful in learning in that It aids memcx-v retention. The child also learns to make associations • order to help memorise the objects. They have to note u» tle differences such as in the colour topics.
On a higher level the game should help with vocabulary and spellings. The child is active in learning rather than passively absorbing information and it is continually tettj*y their skills while being fun.
Some of the nouns used are a little strange and may co* fuse, such as "Swimfins” refers to "Flippers” and "Kayat" being a "Canoe". More "everyday" nouns would be moft beneficial to a younger player as it is not very consistent.
How long the game will amuse them will vary. It does lack variety after a while but the two-player feature will aoc interest and appeal to children’s competitive nature. As w.l the Honours Board whereby playing a minimum of six rounds, their best six are then counted and. If a high score Amiga Next Steps Insider guide to the A1200 Author: Peter Fitzpatrick Publisher: Bruce Smith Books Phone: 0923 894355 Price: £14.95 The latest in Bruce Smith's range of insider guides takes the A1200 beginner from the basics as outlined In the book's predecessor. Amiga A1200 Insider Guide, to a point ot some
expertise in the machine and its operating system Twenty-two chapters cover a series of topics including AmigaDOS, printing, the contents of the Workbench disks, and even a bit of game playing, and precious little is left out.
Interspersed among the text are 26 insider guides, which are single page illustrations of operations such as changing preferences and backing up a hard drive.
Peter Fitzpatrick s style, like many journalists who write books (Peter was editor of an Acorn magazine) can at times be a little broken, but his instructions are given in plain, easy English uncluttered by jargonese. And most boginners should find the book a decent read.
In general, the level of complexity is set just is achieved, will be put onto the Honours Board which can then be saved onto disk.
The option of being able to customise the game by making your own versions of the Topic Screens can prolong the lasta- bility of the package This can be done by loading them into a paint program and saving them in 16-colour IFF mode (however. You can not actually change the words, just the pictures).
Thankfully there is only one disk so the younger, less advanced player does not become confused with a lot of disk accessing. The colourful layout and wide choice of topics to choose from should also retain the interest.
This game should achieve what it sets out to do which is to educate while at the same time be entertaining. Children of all ages and intelligence will benefit from it as some of the topics are more advanced than others. They should enjoy the challenge of testing their memory, especially against friends.
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A very positive note in the book's favour is that it covers many practical tasks and offers hints on how review. Not one to break from tradition. I was fully expecting to follow this tried and tested formula to the letter. But strangely enough here I am almost three days later still bang.
Ing out copy, exiting graphics and testing assorted software to accomplish them. Too many tutorial books, especially those with sections on AmigaDOS. Concentrate on tricks with script files and commands which most users will never use or need rather than on the practicalities of rescuing data from a floppy or backing up a hard drive.
Not all the advice is good, however, and the blase way in which the author tells us that hard drives can be reformatted if they develop minor errors is a little discomforting.
On a brighter note, there is a sterling section just prior to this on the rigours of expelling coffee from a drowning keyboard, something in which wo at AC have had plenty of practice.
Other parts of the book could have done with a little more information, and you can find the odd slip here and there. For example. Insider Guide No 24 gives advice on changing the boot-up screen mode to enable old games to run, but doesn't mention disabling CPU caches or using one of the many degrader-style PD programs.
This is being a bit picky, though, because few manuals would hove bothered with games players in the first place and the book is on the whole a very accurate and concise guide to its subject.
The range of topics covered and the author's attention to his readers' level of knowledge ensures that A1200 Next Steps forms a very useful rung in the ladder from novice to seasoned Amiga user.
With the optical. This is even more amazing considering the long standing relationship between myself and my first love, the Alfa Data Mega Mouse. However I must admit my affections are now directed firmly towards to this rather bizarre- looking implement.
But having said that it must be stressed my enthusiasm is probably due to the artistic benefits which the improved feel of the stylus can supply.
As for more mundane pastimes such as word processing and general day-to-day productivity I must admit a standard mouse is probably a more efficient choice.
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Due to the recession, many small companies have sunk without a trace leaving, in some cases, bitter customers wondering where their money went You may think that once a business has folded, it’s tough luck and you may as well forget any cash refund. Well not necessarily - if you have paid a deposit or even an advance payment. You automatically become a creditor.
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Ifflee uiiM Old software never dies - it just gets cheaper, as we find out in our look back at some of the best low cost software around PageStream 2.2 Not much more than a year since its release, PageStream
2. 2 is still one of the Amiga's best professional DTP packages
and one which is due for an imminent upgrade in the shape of
PageStream 3.0. With the new version, Soft Logik promise
features to rival Quark Xpress, but v2.2 is still a powerful
piece of kit and can now be picked up for a song.
PageStream has always benefited from Soft Logik's strict adherence to Amiga style guides and is thus one of the easiest packages to start using. All the usual key combinations work as one would expect and all requesters are immediately familiar, ensuring a smooth and easy learning curve.
Features of the package include the ability to use any type of font, high quality PostScript output, and advanced page design tools such as rotate box, EPS import, and master pages. The program is capable of handling anything from a simple flyer to a complete magazine layout and is matched only by the latest versions of ProPage for flexibility.
Hunting around and studying the small ads can net you a copy of PageStream for well under £100, and it can often be found at computer shows selling for only £60 or so, a price at which it is the DTP bargain of the decade, particularly as it works perfectly on AGA Amigas even though it doesn't have a 256-colour screen mode.
Score: 90% AGA: OK Average price: £60 to £100 Pen Pal Still officially supplied by Gordon Harwood Computers (0773 836781) complete with technical support, Pen Pal has been superseded by Final Copy II and can therefore be found in mail order ads for as little as £29.
At this price, one of the Amiga's friendliest word processors is a real snip, and should appeal to anyone with an unaccelerated Amiga. Pen Pal is easy on system resources and can handle graphics faster than most other Wysiwyg packages.
There are several structured drawing tools built in to the program to aid in page design, making Pen Pal a good basic DTP program as well as a word processor.
As a bonus, the package has its own simple database program which can be used to generate mail merge lists or for a variety of tasks including keeping track of books, tapes, or Cds. Pen Pal has no AGA support but will work happily on the new Amigas so long as the user doesn’t mind a 16-colour display.
Score: 85% AGA: OK Average price: £30 Gold Disk Office Comprising a simple word processor, database, PageSetter 2, spreadsheet, and graph plotting program, Gold Disk Office is an all-encompassing bundle of productivity. The component parts of the package are in themselves a little short on advanced features, but as a whole. Office is great value for money.
Now circulating for around £45, Office has no competition other than Platinum Works, which it beats in the Scala 500HVT The smaller brother to a multimedia giant, Scala HVT (home video titler) is a superb package for amateur video fans looking for a titler that will do a little more than offer the usual horizontal or vertical crawl titles.
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The two most impressive elements are Page, which is basically a version of PageSetter 2, and Calc, a cut down version of the ProCalc spreadsheet.
Both are advanced in their own right and could stand on their own two feet as budget releases, so their inclusion in this package is a boon.
Score: 88% AGA: OK Average price: £45 for £70 or so. Using the supplied brushes or those the user designs In Dpaint, a number of effects can be applied to scroll objects onto the screen from various angles at various speeds, and there are some excellent page transition effects.
All actions are controlled from a central screen in which effects, timing and page flipping are controlled so that when a script is set up the user need only hook up a genlock, hit the Run Script button, and sit back while Scala gets on with it.
The advanced features which have made Scala MM200 the king of the multimedia world are. Of course, absent, but Scala HVT can be used from floppy disk, doesn't need wodges of RAM, and there's an upgrade path to the mighty MM20O if you decide to expand your horizons.
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