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DO use a gentock with RGB pass-through and an RGB monrtor tf possible your previews wiii be clearer and pro-dudug Amiga graphies wtü be easier. to read the sync pulses which are présent in att standard video signats and dérivé a new set of timing pulses from them which are used instead of the Amiga's own, internaüy-generated, clock pulses. These pulses are passed to the Amiga via one of the RGB-port connections. This won't be possible to superimpose the graphies over video images, at teast the Amiga wiü keep cheerfuüy chugging away and you can record graphies direct to videotape, even if you can't overlay them which you might not need to do anyway. One of the gentock's functions is is one of the gentock's most important tasks, because in order for the gentocking process to work successfuüv the Amiga has to take its timing signats from the gentock, and if these are at at! unstable then the Amiga may not perform property, resutting in at) kinds of problems. Once the Amiga is successfutty synced to the video signa! in other words the timing of the tines, fields and frames which constitute the Amiga's video dis-ptay coïncide exaetty with those of the external video signa! the conditions are right for superimposing the graphies. tn order for the Amiga's RCB output to be mixed with the externa! video signa! it must first be encoded to the same format as the video which generatty means converting it to either composite, V C or even YCrCb (a high-quatity broadcast signa! format) video formats, depending upon the circumstances, and the gentock.

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Ibil ran Nine pages for enquiring minds The most authoritative monthly columns in the business, covering all areas of specialised Amiga activity | Arexx HE All sorts of information can he sent from program to program if you write an Arexx interface to do it, says Alex Gian H Video 119 | Music Confiued dbout channels, Midi ctfuifnnent links and other such musical tecbm-babbk? Paul Otvma begins to explain | Amos Phil South exploits bis connections to bring you some rf the ten best Amos routines
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wurt-maiP Publishing Wbetlrer It's dotlonlot or point-to-point,
Ben Pointer puts you in the font-editing picture In ibis month
doubkhpagf sfjecUil. Adam Phillips winds op with ilw final tort
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Amiga’s most popular video add-on goes under the microscope
Devil's Advocate 65 Commodore boss David Pleasance takes the
hot seat and a few direct questions Updates 69 ADPro is
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system 72 Sloppv programmers and cy nical software houses take
a beating REVIEWS Tocatta 50 The latest in German 16-bit sound
sampling gets an audition A4091 59 Fastest Amiga hard drive
controller ever released is timed and tested A1230II 75 A1200
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Image Engine 77 G2's professional video card, digitiser, and
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IV 86 Can A-Max regain the ground it has lost to Emplant?
MA'RKETi The ultimate computer shopping section swings into action with more unbeatable bargains Shop Window Workbench 2.1 10 out of 10 Switch boxes Datoflyer XDS Smarty Paints Stars of Yesteryear Getting into video Advertising index GAMER Crammed with the creamiest, crunchiest collection of games on the market Gamer Globe Bsa More Lemmings jumping over a cliff The Gamer Files iMl We go under cover at Gremlin software Cheap Seats |jg] Bags of bargain basement releases Cheat Mode: Star Trek |gj] Boldly go without becoming Klingon meat Work in Progress: Ishar 3 Will the next bhar live up to the
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CAME REVIEWS Man Utd Champions BB Simon the Sorceror BB Brian the Lion m Pugsy PH Empire Collection I7H AMIGA Winter Olympics Seek and Destroy KindWords 3 A complete word processor with document layout features, graphics, thesaurus, and spell checker for all your home office needs.
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FS IFH m E33 IFH BH rea nan Create multiple page documents including CompuGraphic outline fonts, graphics, headers and footers, then output them to any Amiga-supported printer. KindWords offers complete control over document layout and printing, and it works on any 1Mb Amiga.
KCTO CliVa Take complete control of CLI-based mmm** utilities and commands direct from your own customised Workbench control panel.
(Not Workbench 1.3) T i REGULARS News 9 ESP 55 I CD72 softw are hits the top spot as Commodore release the A4000T Air vour grievances and lampoon the leading lights with Ezra's help USA News 14 ACAS 61 PatoSdvam 3.0 looks set to wow the DTP world Tricky techie troubles smoothed effortlessly away Comment 16 Competition 94 Aar we driving our readers to drink with ambitious CoverDisks?
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Amiga Computing April 1994 Both Sbase Personal and Professional an?
Full'featured, fully relational and powerful databases with pull-down menus, multiple windows and full access to your Amiga's multi-tasking environment and they are now compatible with Amiga DOS 3.0 and the AGA chip set.
New Software for a New Year Business Applications Sbase Professional includes a powerful database management language and supports Arexx. Please call for our datasheets on these superb products.
We are pleased to announce that HiSoft is now the authorised UK contact point for Oxxi's Sbase 4 Amiga products (formerly known as Superbase). We have stock of both Sbase Personal 4.1g and Sbase Professional 4.1g and offer full technical support for these programs with our Silver and Gold support options. We can also offer upgrades from earlier versions ¦ please call or fax for details of upgrades and technical support.
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The eyes' scrvcn soucr module In octlon Maxon Magic The Maxon Magic screen saver works in all modes, even with graphic cards, and offers you a choice of 15 different amusing and entertaining modules such as Aquarium, Flying Breakfast, Firework, Crazy Warms. Messages, Clock etc. As if that isn't enough value for money, Maxon Magic also lets you assign sounds to most system events including Window Screen open & dose events, Alerts, Keys, Mouse clicks, Requesters and more. Choose from the many sounds provided or simply use your own sampled IFFs!
With Maxon Magic pour Amiga will never look or sound the some again!
The best-value real-time video digitiser you can buy; VideoMaster gives you the ability to record real-time monochrome video with sound at 25 frames per second as well as quality full-screen stills from your camcorder or video recorder.
VideoMaster RGB includes our new colour splitter, ColourMaster, and produces amazing quality colour stills.
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10011101 001101 III IIIIOOOO Programming VideoMaster AGA works on the A1200 and A600, connects via the PCMCIA slot for extra speed and freedom to use other peripherals, allows high quality stereo sound and supports HAMb and HAMS up to 640 x 512 resolution for stills.
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Clarity 16 is our premier sound sampler allowing rates up to 32KHz in 16 bit stereo and up to 46KHz in 16 bit mono on an A50Q; accelerated machines can handle faster sampling rates. The software provides extensive features including full edit control, a MIDI keyboard emulator, a sample sequencer, many special effects and FFT analysis. Version 1.? Has an up-to-date Workbench 3 look, in its own window and is fully compatible with faster Amigas.
Megalosound is the new 8-bit, stereo, direct-to-disk sampler package; the software is packed full of easy-to-use editing features, special effects and extras such as the ability to print waveforms and sample information.
The package allows sampling up to 84KHz mono and 56KHz stereo to memory and up to 21 Khz stereo to hard disk on an A1200.
Supplied with a hardware volume control and an extensive 144-page manual, Megalosound is impressive value at only £34.95. Prices Clarity 16 new price £129.95 Megalosound £34.95 VideoMaster A500 £69.95 VideoMaster AGA £79.95 VideoMaster RGB £129.95 ColourMaster £69.95 SAS C 6.5 £329.00 Sbase Persona £129.00 Sbase Professional £24P. 00 1 | Maxon Magic £29.95 | SAS C 6.5 The standard C compiler for AmigaDOS gets a major upgrade for 1994; now the SAS C Development System (version 6.5) supports translation of C++ files with Streams and Complex libraries allowing you to write Object Oriented code.
The C++ translator is compatible with CFRONT Version 2.1 from AT&T.
There'S an Improved peephole optimiser, more efficient stack extension and structure return code generation There arc many other improvements including an enhanced instruction scheduler for the 68040 CPU and the 68882 maths coprocessor, an improved profiler, a friendlier interface to grep, support for C++ within CodeProbe and more. Workbench 3.1 include files are supplied. Upgrades start from £59.95 - please call for pricing information.
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Tel +44 0)525 718181 Fax +44 (0)525713716 i Copyright HiSoft 1994. EsrOL NEWS by John Butters CD32 software hits top spot THE Amiga range will be extended further in the next few weeks when a tower version of the A4QQQ finally goes on sale, Amiga Computing can exclusively reveal.
It is due to be officially launched at the massive CeBIT information technology show in Germany - a year after it was first previewed - and will be available in Britain soon after the event.
The El .949 computer has very similar features to its desktop sis* ter. But also comes with a SCSI-II interface enabling data transfers between compatible devices at 10Mb per second.
The A4000T is fitted with a 68040 processor. 2Mb of chip RAM and 4Mb of fast RAM.
Commodore will not be supplying hard drive models, although some of the manufacturer's trade distributors will be able to fit disks without voiding the machine s warranty.
AMIGA owners will soon be able to buy US*bascd Moonlighter Software's range of utility programs in Britain from Ramiga International (0690 770304), In addition to distribution, the Clywd-based specialist will be offering technical support and software upgrades to owners of the programs.
Titles heading our way include back-up program Ami-Back, tools software Ami-Back Tools and combination package Ami- Back Plus Tools. And TapeWorm-FS enables a SCSI tape device to Tower system coming our way software has become Britain's Wgynt filing compact disc games i*r»at. According to recent sales dktfb compiled bv market research firm hst fwe months after the console hit ihr Meets. Its software has taken more 38 per cent of the total CD games aurket. Outstripping Sega Mega CD and ft CD-ROM.
Commodore's David Pleasance said: Tr* taken us just a few months to domi- ai* the CD software sales chart.
'That’s a testament to the quality of trsc Amiga CD32 and the efforts of the Mftwaie publishers.
"Programmers have only scratched the Moonlighter find British home Video graphics go on show THE cockles of visitors’ hearts were warmed to the core by the sight of rack upon rack of broadcast video equipment at the Video Forum show hold recently at London's Wembley Exhibition Centre.
Tritec were there with their Director II graphics board for video, which looks like a serious competitor for the Amiga Centre Scotland's Harlequin.
G2 had their range of genlocks and Scaia UK shared their stand showing off Scala MM300.
But most interesting of all was DPS’s stand, who had the Personal Animation Recorder (PAR) - basically a board with a fast hard drive on it that emulates a digital disk recorder.
PLONK Take your 24-bit frames you rendered in Imagine, plonk them on the PAR and record them out via composite, Y C or component video straight to any video recorder.
You no longer need a video capable of single frame recording - this baby will send out pictures at full frame rate!
With an optional capture card, you can even digitise up to five seconds of live video straight onto the PAR. Touch it up on the Amiga and send it back out.
First PAL units should already be shipping and you can expect an exclusive review soon in Amiga Computing.
Among the interesting non-Amiga bits was Sony's new UVW range of Betacam cameras, recorders and players.
Betacam is a broadcast video standard used by many TV companies. And Sony have developed this new range of machines following the axing of their U-Matic SP products.
Viva la desktop video revolution!
Surface of 32-bit CD technology. The coming months will see even better games produced - and that can only increase our hold on the chart."
But the news is not all rosy for financially-troubled Commodore, with claims that disappointing Mega CD software sales rather than an increase in CD32’s has caused the situation.
Industry sources say that PC CD-ROM has increased its market share during recent weeks at the expense of the Mega CD, while the CD32 has been static.
They also point out that combined software sales on compact disc still account for little more titan three per cent of the entire marketplace.
Be used as another AmigaDOS device.
Moonlighter vice president Hap Aziz said: “This will finally give our products the high profile we need where there is such a large number of Amiga users and enthusiasts.
"This is a win*win situation for both companies, but Amiga users outside the United States gain the most. We are looking fonvard to a long and fruitful relationship with Ramiga."
Imow you're talking... EDUCATION specialists Ten out of Ten (0742 780370) have announced details of a range of Amiga software designed to teach foreign languages in an entertaining way.
It kicks off with 10 10 French, which follows the National Curriculum so that parents, teachers and pupils can monitor their progress within the grading system.
Getting to grips with GCSE KIDS arc now able to prepare for thi GCSE examinations using new revisi software from Europress Software (06 859333), makers of the top-selling F1 School series.
ADI GCSE follows demand from p ents for software aimed at helping th- children at this key stage in their studi and will be available in three pacl English, French and maths.
It is aimed at pupils in their fourth a fifth year of senior school, and each pa uses the space character ADI to guide s dents through the topics they will be cc ering at school.
As the child works through activiti ADI offers help, encouragement, a praise for jobs well done.
"We have worked closely with teach, and educationalists to rework the (At range for UK students," said Europres Alexa Czechowski.
"The existing range has sold ov 50,000 units in the UK alone, its irresistil mix of fun and learning provi popular with children, parents and tea* ers alike."
Each pack costs £34.99 and contai disks for 14 to 15-year-olds and 15 to year-olds.
News briefs Processing improves IMAGEFX 1.5 has been upgraded to run specifically on EGS Spectrum. US- based Great Valley Products have announced.
The firm say the support brings the power of professional image processing to the high resolution 24-bit environ- ment to deliver precise, fast and professional image processing.
It is available to all registered EGS Spectrum owners for $ 19.95. In Britain telephone Silica Systems on 081-309
1111.
Games to be rated COMPUTER and video games makers have now agreed a system of self regulation designed to ensure responsible behaviour by the industry, Under the system, games will be rated according to age suitability, a move aimed at allowing parents to make informed choices about the game playing of their children, Shops, however, will still be able to sell young children titles containing sexual or horrific scenes that are considered ideal only for older computer users.
Monitors return COMMODORE expect colour monitors to be available to Amiga owners within the next few weeks following a shortage which left Christmas buyers unable to find screens for their computers.
David Pleasance said that after being out of production lor several months, the 1084 and 1942 models are again being made and should be in shops soon.
Emulation speeds up FASTER PC emulation is now available for Amigas from German developer Vortex.
Their latest Golden Gate board contains a 486SLC2 processor which gives a Norton SI speed rating of about 85 - compared to 43 from the firm's standard 486SLC version.
The 486SLC2 is claimed to be up to four times faster than a 386SX processor, and the Vortex board comes with improved and faster software.
It will be sold by Britain by South Humberside-based Applied Systems (0652 688330) for £499.
The program contains six colourful games including a word search and liwaders- type shoot-'em-up which take children aged between 8 and 18 years through topics covered at school.
It assumes a little knowledge on the part of the pupil, but according to the developer "starts at some very easy levels".
Project development manager Pete Davidson said: "We believe this package is going to improve everybody's French because we make learning fun.
"We supply points of reference for both teachers and concerned parents, and a nice twist is that even the manual is supplied in French."
The £25.95 package comes with manuals in French, English and a teacher version.
It will be followed by German, Spanish and Italian programs by summer.
French: Kldi Itam wfth tin if Amlgai New crackdown on porn by phone after an earlier proposal to outlaw simulated compute images. This followed the discovery of a file containing a pic ture of a child's head merged on to a woman's body usim latest morphing techniques.
LOOPHOLES in laws governing computer pornography will be closed by new proposals announced by home secretary Michael Howard.
They will make it clear that transmission of obscene material over bulletin boards and private computer links is a criminal offence under the Obscene Publications Act.
And "video work” and ‘video recording” will be redefined for the Video Recordings Act to Include moving images stored for display on computers.
Both measures have been added to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill currently before Parliament and come The Government also plan to make it easier for police t arrest traffickers in pornographic material and give ther extra powers of search and seizure.
"Those who trade in pornography are always seeking ne ways to distribute their vile material, exploiting new techno ogy and challenging the law whenever possible,” said M Howard. “I am determined to do all I can to frustrate thei efforts at every opportunity. Thes proposals will help to prevent pornoc raphers side-stepping the law."
Police say the new proposals wi reinforce grey areas of the law. Bu will not make detection any easier.
They say it is difficult for them t gain access to bulletin boards cor taining porn - and even harder to di« cover paedophile material.
People found guilty of a compute pornography offence could face up t three years in prison and a substantia fine, with the toughest penalties fc those selling such material.
INSIGHT.TECHNOLOGY, lavishly produced by Optonica and published by Commodore gives a fascinating look at modern day technology with pictures, animations, photos, video, narration, text, music and sound effects, over 260 topics in all, from the ball point pen to the space shuttle.
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CD32 CDTV and A%70 DRIVES OFTONICA £33.95 IRC Par AVAILABLE NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION OR PLACE AN ORDER PLEASE CALL OR FAX JENNY BURGE ON TEL:0455-558282 FAX:0455 559386 PAYMENT BY CHEOUE OR POSTAL ORDER. SORRY NO CREDIT CARDS PLEASE ALLOW UPTO 28 DAYS DELIVERY - USUALLY WITHIN 48 HOURS Centre promotes Colour prints cost less Effects software comes free VIDEO effects software Video TimeLapse is now bundled free of charge with Optonica's Simpatica single frame rendering system.
It allows timed control of professional video decks to produce time lapse sequences such as flowers in bloom, fast clouds and sunsets and sunrises- Triggering can be produced by various actions including additional hardware plugged into the mouse port, Owners of Simpatica v2 and later can upgrade free of charge.
For users of earlier versions the upgrade costs £49.95, and for newcomers the complete package is priced £350. Optonica can be telephoned on 0455 556282.
Business Amigas A NEW centre has just opened with the aim of promoting the use of Amigas in businesses throughout the country.
The Clywd-based Amiga Centre of Excellence will enable computer buyers to be shown solutions to their individual multimedia needs, from a wide range of hardware and software.
Simpatica: Now coma with effects software Many leading developers of products from around the world have pledged their support for the initiative, and it has been given a huge backing from Commodore.
Interface choice for ADPro SEVERAL features have been added to ASDC's Art Department Professional including a choice of two user interfaces and extra support for third-party products.
Version 2.5 enables users to control the software through list or button-oriented graphical user interfaces, the option apparently making the program easier to use.
There is support for display boards such as Picasso, Retina and Video Toaster, Fargo's thermal printer, and the addition of six new file formats.
A program called Cinemorph is included to convert images between 24 frame per second film style and 60 field per second video-style time bases.
ADPro is sold in Britain by Meridian Software Distribution (081-715 8866) who sell upgrades for £41 and charge £199.% for those new to the package.
"The Amiga Centre of Excellence brings together professional aspects of equipment at every level in the world of Commodore," said spokesman Bill Owen.
"Corporates will see multimedia for their needs and discover how it all works."
ACE can be telephoned on 0690 770304.
Speeding up EXCALIBUR is the name of two A4000 040 accelerators claimed to give the top-end Amiga speed increases of either 400 or 530 per cent. Although pricing remains to be fixed. RCSs British distributor Hydra Systems (0203 473333) expect to sell the boards for £763 and £1,351.
DIARY DATES PRINTER giant Star have cut the price of their SJ-144 colour thermal transfer printer and opened presentation centres aimed at giving better customer support.
The firm say that although the machine was launched last summer at £569, increased production has enabled the company to reduce it to £459 - less than many colour inkjet models.
But by using true colour pigments rather than liquid dyes, Star say the SJ-144's output is brighter than that of inkjets and will not smudge or fade.
In developing the printer, the company claim they paid particular attention to controls and paper handling functions to ensure the machine is easy to use.
Fifteen LEDs give a summary of the printer's status, while zoom and two-page modes enable images to be printed at 100,80, 67 or 50 per cent size for better document formatting.
Output is at 360 x 360 dots per inch and it has a print speed in colour of 1.4 pages per minute.
It is sold through a nationwide network of "strategically placed" presentation centres, made up of retailers who have experience in dealing with computer users needing colour output.
According to Star, the centres will guide customers to exactly April 16,1994 Spring All Micro Show Vam Bingley Hall, Staffs Organiser: Sharward Services (0473 272002) Last autumn's show boasted 70 exhibitors - some with Amiga software and hardware.
April 22 to 24,1994 MEMS *94 Venue: Wembley Conference Centre, London Organiser:: Westminster Exhibitions (0222 5)2128) Britain's leading Midi and electronic music show, with many household* name firms attending Programs bundled for greyscale scans THE latest hand scanner package from London-based Golden Image (061-365 1102) contains a range of software to give 256 greyscale-type results.
Among the programs packed with the device are scanning system AlfaScan Plus t OCR, while Merge It enables images up to A4 in size to be scanned.
Touch Up can be used to brush up pictures once they have been put into the computer, and can import and export images to paint and desktop publishing software using a range of formats.
The £135 bundle runs on any Amiga fitted with at least 2.5Mb of memory, and a hard disk is needed to run the OCR option.
September 20-25,1994 Live‘94 Venue: Earls Court Organiser: News International (071-7826893) Commodore have already pledged their support for this large consumer electronics show.
October 6-9,1994 BBC Big Bash Venue: NEC, Birmingham Organiser: Haymarkt't 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 (0225442244) The biggest public show of computer and video games players and a chance to see Christmas releases.
Overseas March 16*23,1994 CeBIT 94 Venue: Hanover, Germany Organiser: Deutsche Messe (01049511890) Europe's premier information technology show often used by Commodore for the launch of new hardware.
The right printer for their needs and will give a high level of support "Users now have a far greater choice of colour* panting options available," said Star marketing manager Annette Tarlton.
"The SJ-144 Presentation Centres will work closely with the end user and give them the best possible advice on the best value colour method to suit their needs."
Amiga Computing April 1994 2 You can't use Software this Powerful, and produce Documents this Good... f s t nfess, you buy an expensive PC or Macintosh™ a high priced Colour PostScript™ Laser Printer, and a complex, costly Desk Top Publishing Package.., University Autumn Unison ed 70 a soft* nitre, s rtronic fhold- lnt6rnational conom cs If you're looking for a quality Word Processor Publisher that performs as well as this, you may well start by marching through PC and Apple™ Macintosh™ software catalogues.
Even then though, you probably won't find a program that will combine the very best in Word Processing and... easy to use integrated DTP type facilities.
You certainly can't find software for your Amiga that’s capable of all this... ;dged sumer show »ames iputer hance 'Proposed eosunes ‘Future s Prospects Conclusions ation d by new Denny Atkin with the latest news from the other side of the pond Commodore support waning What's new It hasn't Wen a month of very good news for Amiga users over here. As this article was going to press, Commodore announced that they were pulling out of the World of Commodore- Amiga show, originally slated to take place in early April in New York City- Commodore have been a major sponsor of the show (the onlv trade
show dedicated to Amiga products in North America), and without the company's participation it wasn't viable to go on with the show.
Even though the Amiga's popularity has been waning for a while in the States, the WOCA shows remained popular and well- attended, and always produced plenty of new-product announcements to help keep Amiga users' spirits up. It's unknown at this point whether the Fall show in Southern California will also be cancelled.
In another blow, a caller inquiring about products with major Amiga developer Cold Disk was told that Amiga development was being dropped.
After that user posted the information to on-line networks, a Cold Disk representative posted the following clarification: "Contrary to this information, Gold Disk has not stopped support of their Amiga products. Cold Disk is suspending development of new versions of software pending further growth in Amiga's market share. To repeat, we are continuing support and will endeavour to solve problems encountered in current versions." So current Cold Disk product owners aren’t left out in the cold when it comes to tech support and possible bug fixes like WordPerfect users were, but it's
unlikely that Gold Disk will update Professional Page, Professional Draw, or their other products.
BRILLIANCE Sources close to Digital Creations (of brilliance fame) indicate that the company have switched to development for IBM-compatibles; we may still see Brilliance 2.0, which is reportedly largely complete, though. The final bit of bad news hasn't been publicly confirmed, but was reported in the ViewPort on-line magazine and verified by a source within Commodore. Apparently development of the AAA chip set has been suspended for the time being due to the costs associated with continued prototyping and development.
There are reports that Commodore have been experimenting with a prototype Amiga that uses an off-the-shelf Cirrus Super VGA graphics processor instead.
This isn't as far-fetched as it sounds: Commodore has said it's focusing • CD32 now, and the AAA chipset is to high-end (read "expensive") for a gan machine.
Also, since Commodore has been tall ing about Rise Amigas running Window NT as a possible future, it would mak sense to go with industry-standard parts 1 AAA was revolutionary when it wa first announced in mid-1990 (yes, it's I in development for over four years!), I at this point Commodore can find off-tl shelf parts that will allow them to create I superior graphics machine at a lowe price than a proprietary design.
On a brighter note, ASDG have just shipped Art Department Professional 2.5, a major upgrade to their cutting-edge image processor; Soft-Logik is finally nearing completion of their long-awaited PageStream 3 0 upgrade which promises to make Professional Page nothing more than a bad memory anyway; and a spectacular update to Oxxi’s TurboText text editor is in the works.
Rays of sunshine ADPro 2.5 was mentioned in last month's column, but it’s so cool I just can't stop talking about it. The specification sheeis just can't get across how much easier the program is to work with nowadays. Check out the new user inter- JEF face running on a 16-colour Workbench screen in Figure I. A more dramatic usability improvement is shown in Figure II, which shows ADPro’s new compositing screen; you can now visually place elements on a picture in a screen mode of your choice.
And the incredible selection of Arexx macros for the included Fred utility give ADPro batch image-processing capabilities unmatched on any platform.
PageStream 3.0 has taken longer to wrap up than Soft-Logik initially estimated, but the program will definitely be worth the wait. I’ve had a chance to work with Alpha versions of the program, and it has many capabilities that are unmatched even by high-end Macintosh programs like Quark Xpress and PageMaker. A revamped user interface (see the accompanying screen grabs), long-document publishing features, Pantone colour support, and full AGA support are only a few of the features added.
If you do find anything missing, a very complete Arexx command suite will let you add just about any capability imaginable. Professional Page users interested in upgrading will be overjoyed to learn that Soft-Logik is including a converter that will let you load your ProPage layouts into PageStream.
UPDATED Recent betas are looking very complete, and you should see the $ 395 package on shelves soon.
Finally. Martin Taillefer, who recently left his job as a software engineer at Commodore to go work for 3DO. Told me that he’s hard at work on an updated version of the TurboText text editor for release figure I by Oxxi early this summer.
The fully-configurable editor was las: 1 updated in 1991, and INOVAtronics’ Edge and ASDG s updated CygnusED Pro have threatened to usurp its position as the ] Amiga's premier text editor. Taillefer like a I good challenge, though, and plans to I pack lots of new features into this] version.
It’s too early to list all the features, but I among the new capabilities will be multilevel Undo, faster screen operation, and - this is revolutionary - the ability to use | wildcards not only in search strings, but | replace strings as well! Look for a hands- on preview in an upcoming instalment of ] this column.
You Can Now... with New Final Writer" * Put Your Finger on the Buttons of the Ultimate Amiga Word Processor Final Writer is not just a one-off product... SoftWood are acknowledged as the World’s leading software company publishing for the Amiga and no other system. So. If Final Writer exceeds your current requirements - whatever your Document Processing needs, whatever your Amiga - SoftWood will still have the Perfect Package for you... s‘ Pen Pal or Final Copy II and Proper Grammar II.„a Complete Range. 1 Once you become a registered SoftWood user, you’ll gain access to unlimited free UK
technical support (others often charge you or don't provide support at all) and preferential upgrades to future versions of these and other exciting new products being developed right now.
From the publisher of the acclaimed Final Copy II comes its new companion. Final Writer - for the author who needs even more! If you already use an Amiga Word Processor, it won’t include the complete and comprehensive array of features found in this latest addition to the SoftWood family.
Can your Word Processor... Output crisp PostScript1'1 font outlines on any graphic printer (not just expensive lasers), and was it supplied with over 110 typefaces? Import, scale, crop, view on screen and output untctured EPS clip-art images (Final Writer is supplied with a hundred), again, on any prater? Also create structured graphics and rotate them along with text to any angle, giving you DTP quality presentation? Provide a huge range of printing options (eg. Thumbnails, valmg. Crop marks etc. on PostScript™ printers) and fulfil other advanced Word Processing tactions easily such as
automatic indexing, table of contents, table of illustrations and bibliography generation? With Final Writer, this is now available to you ., along with a list of fca- Adobe P6US«i|H & .
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When this leads you to buy another Amiga magazine] or not to bother at all that month, we hope the know!
That you, not we, govern CoverDisk policy will tem| your disappointment.
Vied it empc? I A tribute Brian Redhead, one of Britain's most popular and respected journalists, died on January 23 after a short illness. He was only 64 years old, and for 18 years had been the voice of Radio 4's Today programme whiqh so many of us treasured as our only friend in the morning traffic jam, We can say nothing that has not already been said in the numerous tributes and obituaries which have appeared for Mr Redhead since his untimely death, but his loss was one which British journalism, under threat from tabloid excesses, privacy laws, and a censorious public and governmental
mood, could ill afford.
He, his voice, his humanity, and his shining example of integrity and honesty will be sorely missed y now most readers of the February issue of Amiga Computing will have realised that The Publisher CoverDisk suffers from a few problems. The need for a second floppy drive, and the program's demands on system resources have left many users bewildered and feeling cheated.
Though we admit to a few errors on our part and hold our hands up to inadvertently not stating the program's requirements clearly enough, we have been reviewing the whole CoverDisk situation in an effort to avoid the same sort of cock-up happening in future.
Those of you who have contacted us concerning The Publisher will have already heard this, but for everyone else's benefit, we'd like to offer our apologies. The Publisher was not what our readers expected it to be and we are straining to ensure that this sort of thing never happens again.
Problem is, it was the pressure from readers which led us to use The Publisher in the first place. Survey results, for example, indicate that almost 90 per cent of you are interested in DTP, and a huge number of survey respondents indicated the supreme importance they place on CoverDisks when considering which magazine to buy.
In addition, the replies we received suggested that a sizeable proportion of readers (almost 80 per cent) had
1. 5Mb RAM or more and that just about every one of you had
either a second floppy or a hard drive.
Reader surveys, partly because only a fraction of readers answer them, are never an entirely accurate refelection of the market, but they are often the only hard evidence we have for our readers' preferences and level of equipment.
It is an accepted fact of life in the Amiga magazine world these davs that if you don't give the readers some free commercial software, they'll buy the competition more or less no matter what articles, features, and reviews are to be found in that issue of the magazine.
During the middle of last year, when it became apparent that the supply of good CoverDisk software was running low, we were told, informally, that at least one other major Amiga magazine would welcome the chance to stop using commercial software altogether.
However, without the agreement of all publishers concerned it is impossible to impose this sort of voluntary moratorium.
From the industry's point of view, such a move is well overdue. For every CoverDisk containing a free graphics package, one potential high street or mail order sale is lost, and if the freebie craze continues we can expect to see the Amiga serious software market strangled much more effectively than piracy could ever hope to affect games software.
This legal distribution of high quality commercial software for next to nothing is, of course, a bonanza for the The Publisher: stupid mistake or the inevitable result of disk-mania?
Readers, but if it kills the Amiga's still very healthy productivity market bv flooding it with gratis goodies we, and you, will suffer in the long run.
For the moment, there is little prospect of the CoverDisk War letting up, as all Amiga magazines compete as fiercely as they can for readers, but as long as intense competition is married to over-reaching expectations, CoverDisks will continue to pose a problem.
Many of the packages given away last year - and this includes those of our major competitors - were advanced packages requiring extra RAM, a hard drive, or other hardware to run properly.
GIVEAWAYS Since the initial flood of giveaways, programs which run on an unexpanded 1Mb Amiga have become harder to find, and those which step forward as candidates are often of limited appeal This means that the programs most users could benefit from are not of as much interest to most readers as those which most readers wouldn't be able to utilise because of hardware requirements. Confusing, perhaps, but a fact of life we have had to live with.
Now that the situation has come to a head with The Publisher, however, we can ignore the paradox no longer.
In future, we will strive to find software which most or all of our users can run without having to upgrade their machines.
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EALER • Simple to use and extremely powerful, KindWords 3 from The Disc Company features all the best elements of word processing and desktop publishing KindWords 3 is a fully functional word processor and page design application designed with the serious Amiga user in mind. It allows you to combine text and graphics in a single document and print the results, maximising your printer's output to produce high quality colour or black-and-white documents.
KindWords 3 features a massive dictionary and thesaurus to keep your documents grammatically correct and interesting to read, Whatever you're looking for from a word processor, KindWords 3 is bound to have it.
The entire KindWords 3 program resides over both of your CoverDisks. The program and dictionary are on disk 1 and the thesaurus and extras are on disk 2.
You will need four blank disks in order to use the package.
Boot your Amiga using disk 1 and when the Workbench appears open up the Amiga Computing disk. Inside you will find two programs: Make-Program and Make-Dictionary.
Double click on the Make-Program icon and follow the instructions. Do the same with the Make-Dictionary program.
Repeat the above procedure for disk 2; Make-Thesaurus and Make-Extras.
When you have finished you will have four disks making up the complete KindWords 3 package. If you have a hard drive you can install the program by running the installer on the Extras disk. In order to follow this CoverDisk tutorial, hard drive users will need to copy the Docs directory on the Extras disk onto their hard drives.
If you are using a floppy drive insert the KindWords 3 Program disk and reboot your Amiga. Double click on the KindWords3 drawer and then the KindWords3 program icon to load up the software. You're now ready to start!
Once KindWords 3 is up and running you will be presented with the main editing window, including an untitled page, a selection of editing icons and the top bar menu options. The first thing you need to do is load up a previously written document.
Co to the Project menu in the top bar and select Open. If you are running from floppy disk, insert the Extras disk and open the Docs drawer. Click on the Poem file and finally click the Open button- You should now have a document that can be edited. Single drive owners should specify the disk name Extras: in the file requester and then hit Return.
The first thing to do is familiarise yourself with the editing functions. Text editing is indicated by a cursor on the page which moves to the right as text is typed in. As soon as the cursor reaches the far- right margin it is forced down onto the next line.
Any words that split across the margin are word-wrapped to the line below. If C Noma l j ASCII Text © Mtth Line Feeds (Aniga) jHith CR LFs (PC style) C As Hany Paragraphs j As One Paragraph j IFF Text (KindHords 1 & 2) By tllcklng on the Format button you can select how youwish to load or save text.
This Is useful If you are transferring text across different computers PaftSizt j A3 j M Letter j AS c US Letter j US Legal j Hide Tractor j Custon HidthpT” Height [iT7T~ OK CANCEL!
Left [eT5 Right [STs Top [i~l Botton [T7i Header fdTS Footer [575 17 Show Margins The Page layout requester allows you to select thf silt of page you want to work on. If the right one Isn't available press the Custom button and type In your own values Measure: Inches!
You press the Del key, text after the cursor is deleted, while pressing the Backspace key deletes anything before the cursor - these are the basic editing functions.
However, we can affect more than a single character by using the selection technique. Go to the first character in the Poem document and click and hold the left mouse button. Now drag the mouse down. You will notice that the text becomes selected - inverse.
Pressing the Del key or Backspace key will result in the selected text being deleted. Using (he selection technique allows you to perform actions on large amounts of text at a single time.
To save the text you must go to the Project menu and select Save As. Type in Poem2 in the Document window and then click on Save. The new document will then be saved to the disk or hard drive, whichever you are using.
You can then regularly save the document using the Save option from the Project menu or by simply pressing the right-Amiga key and S. We will be covering more on the Save and Load requesters later.
Besides chopping and changing text we can also alter its appearance. Use the selection technique to highlight a line of text and then go to the Format menu.
Select Typeface and you will see a list of the fonts presently loaded in the document. You can select one of these fonts or you can choose another by selecting Other.
If you select Other you will be presented with a list of different fonts which you can load in. You can view each one from the Typeface requester by clicking in Kindw Fitter | ?7info_[7 Excluding drawer |nch3.8;0ff ice KindMords3 E ocs JT No Sort Docunent |Poerv r can open and tare your documents either as a compatible file or as an Ascll text file ords 3 which you want to begin spell checking and select Spelling Checker from the Utilities menu.
2* Show button. When you have chosen the one you want the selected text will ciange accordingly. Using different fonts ¦nthift a document can make it clearer and rwre interesting to read.
You will have noticed in the Format samu that you can also make text bold, snderlined and even italic. These format* ¦re commands are useful for producing subheads and captions, To try them Ml highlight some text and then select them from the menu - Plain returns the irxt to its original state.
KindWords 3 comes with a vast dictionary which you can use to improve the grammatical state of your document. To oad the dictionary, position the text cur-
* or at the point in your document from A requester appears
asking you if you want to check the last word typed in (Check
Word) or the entire document (Check Document). If you click on
Check Document the spell checker will start comparing words
on the page against those in its dictionary. If it cannot find
it a requester pops up displaying the unrecognised word.
At this point you can either type in the correct spelling and click on the Change button; choose to Ignore it or Ignore All occurrences of the word; or select the correctly spelled word from the dictionary's suggestions and click on Change. If the word is correct and the dictionary cannot recognise it, click on the Save button which will add it to its database. When the spell checker has reached the end of the document it will tell you.
Like the dictionary, KindWords 3 also features a massive thesaurus which you can use to improve your parlance fajon't know what it means? Use the thesaurus!).
Open Document To invoke the thesaurus select Thesaurus from the Utilities menu at which point you will be presented with the requester. Type in the word you are looking for in the Look Up window and hit the Return key.
The thesaurus will display any synonyms associated with the Word and whether there are any verbs, nouns or adjectives. You can click on these suggestions for further reference. Click on the Replace button to add the new word to your document or Original to skip back to the first word you typed in. Easy, eh?
Detail The last and probably most important element when editing in KindWords 3 is the Document Info option. Select the Document menu and then Document Info which will produce a window describing your article in detail.
From here you can find out how many words you've typed in, the amount of paragraphs, lines, characters and pictures as well as the time you have spent editing the document. If you want information on selected text simply click the Selection button in the Document Info window.
Now that you are comfortable with the basic editing options KindWords 3 has to offer we can move on to the more advanced features. In the following section we will explain how to personalise your copy of KindWords 3, print documents and alter the page style.
Personalising KindWords 3 is a simple matter of selecting the Preferences option in the Extras menu. From here you can toggle the rulers on and off, change the amount of colours available and instruct the program to save at regular intervals.
Using the Preferences is simple and requires little explanation. Remember, once you have altered the Preferences file wish to save the file. Simply click on Save to overwrite the defaults.
As mentioned earlier, KindWords 3 is not just a word processor, it can also handle picture files - IFFs, which can be manipulated in various ways and printed out.
In the Docs drawer there is a sample picture entitled hippy.iffpicture which we can load into our Poem document. From the Utilities menu select Place Picture and from the file requester select the image and then click on Place. You will then be presented with the Picture Requester.
This allows you to change certain effects when the picture is placed in the document. Text Flow specifies how text fits around it - None will place the picture directly over text, Vertical will force text to flow1 straight down while Contour will mould it around the image.
Colour 0 indicates whether or not you want the background colour to be transparent or opaque and the Stand Off dictates how closely the text flows around the picture.
When the image is loaded it will use the palette used by KindWords 3 but you can instruct it to use its own by clicking in the Use Pic's Palette box. However, this will alter the colours employed by the program and may produce an undesired effect.
Once you are happy with the picture settings click on the OK button. The picture will load showing a cartoon man leaning against a wall. On each comer of the picture box are drag points. Pulling these will alter the dimensions of the box and either shrink or expand the picture.
Holding Shift down while moving the drag boxes will result in the picture being sized proportionally. If you are unhappy with the original settings simply doubleclick on the picture and the Picture Requester will reappear.
Fortunate The default page settings used by KindWords 3 might not always be what you want. How fortunate it is then that the program offers the ability to totally define your own pages, To enable page editing select Page Layout from the Document menu. A window will appear with various options for changing the page size and the margin widths.
To select a new page size simply click on the appropriate button. If the dimensions you want are not available as a default you can click on Custom and enter your own values. The margins, header and footer can also be altered by typing in the required values in the boxes. When you print out your document the margins dictate how snug to the edges of the page the text is.
The default measurement format for the Page Layout option is in inches but you can change it to centimetres by clicking on the Measure button.
When you load or save a document vou Pictures can be enlarged and reduced or shed proportionally and you can use the picture guides tv place Images accurately The fine print Craphlcs Printi the document as on entlrr graphU dump. Including all the fMtS and pictures on the page Graphics * NLQ Prints NLQ (Near Letter Quality) uilng your printer i Inbuilt NLQ fonts returns to the top of the page and then prints the graphics enertc Generic,info Star24Plus Star24Plus.info Star9Plus Stap9Plus.info COL Sktdt j B 1 U • Grtv t j Colour Grey 2 Shade BkW prints solid block or white only Grey 1 and 2: uses
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Printer Setup Select the correct driver for your printer
VltroPrlnt Products much finer definition for graphics and
characters Normal-Normal screen resolution High-Normal screen
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use Super or High you must here the following UltraPrint fonts
Installed: Blake sans serif Coleridge serif Byron felt Up pen
Worbles- symbol Save Save the current setting ortd quit the
Print Document requester Merge Merge the document with another
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two Print Document requesters Button bashing!
_ Typeface 0 7; 7«r overtype mode fCMO: Keypad command mode NUM: Keypad numerk mode Docunent: Drawer: Descript ion: Created: Last Saved: Last Saved By: Revision Nunber: Editing Tine: Last Printed: Poen Workbench?. 8;QffACt XindHords3 » Tue Jan 24 18:59:31 1978 Thu Jan 38 18:59:53 1992 n 4 1 Minute (In Total): 24 * 1 * 1 Pages: 1 Paragraphs: 11 Lines: 13 Words: 96 * flit Characters: 514 , Pictures: 1 jUJKtU* Anything you need to know about your document can be occeued via the Document Info option.
From here you can tee how mony words you've written at well at other valuable Information Text Flow.
Colour & OK O None j Vertical Left j Contour Left j Vertical Right j Contour Right j Opaque O Transparent Stand Off |8.25| r Use Pic's Palette You can load any kind of IFF picture file Into your document to add vltual references.
There are plenty of optlont suitable for all manner of picture formatting can choose to save it as a KindWords 3 document or as Ascii text. A KindWords 3 document can only be viewed by the program but an Ascii file can be viewed by any text reader such as More, MuchMore or PPMore (picture files will hr ignored). Click on the Format button cm the file requester and you will be able to select the appropriate options.
KindWords 3 comes with a help facility which explains the program functions in detail. You can call up the help mode by selecting Help from the Extras menu.
Simply select the topic you want more information on.
Once you are happy with the presentation of your document you can go about printing it. KindWords 3 makes printing your document a fairly straightforward procedure.
To get to the Print Document requester select Print from the Project menu. The requester may look fairly daunting but it does cater for all types of printing and can force even a 9-pin dot matrix printer to produce some pretty spectacular results.
However, the best advice for producing good quality printouts is to experiment with the Print Document settings until you are happy with the results.
To explain in-depth about the printer options would take too long, but you’ll have noticed a brief description of each function in its own box on the previous pages, which should help you to produce some excellent results on paper.
CliVa v2.0 Author: Christian Warren Mention the Amiga Shell and most people will run in fear. The Shell is probably the most avoided element of the Amiga Workbench vet it is certainly the most powerful and quickest interface there is when dealing directly with the operating system and the way in which it works.
For all of you out there who dread the name Shell, here is a superb utility that will allow you to perform all manner of advanced operations without ever loading the Shell up.
CliVa is a utility program that allows you to create a gadget- controlled interface from which you can load programs, copy disks and perform all manner of operations previously only accessible via the Shell.
You will find the CliVa program on disk 2. Open up the CliVa drawer and inside you will see three files - CliVa, Example and CliVa.Doc. CliVa.Doc has been written by the author and explains how to write CliVa config files. As an idea of just what is possible with this program, double-click with the mouse on the Example file.
When the Example has loaded you will be presented with the CliVa interface along with a series of gadgets. By clicking on the gadgets you will be able to perform various tasks such as viewing CliVa.Doc and viewing the actual Example config.
If you click on the Next gadget a new page will appear with a set of different gadgets which are fairly self-explanatory. The Spare gadgets are purely there for cosmetic reasons and will perform no action when clicked.
By holding down the right mouse button at the top of the CliVa display you will be presented with a Project menu. You can flip between pages by selecting Previous Page and Next Page and shrink the window out of sight by clicking on Iconifv.
But the most powerful option in the Project menu is Modify.
By selecting this and then clicking on a gadget you can edit the command that was attached to it in the config file. As an example, select Modify and then click on the View CliVa Instructions gadget. An edit requester will appear with the actual command this gadget uses - c:mmpp sysxliva diva.doc What this command effectively does is call MMPP (a text viewer) from the C directory and display the CliVa.Doc. Don't worry how or why it works as we have provided extensive explanation of the most widely used commands in CliVa. To turn the Modify function off all you need to do is select it again
from the Project menu.
In order to gain experience at creating CliVa config files it's best you take a look at the Example.config. Load up the Ed text editor from your Workbench disk and from Ed load up the Example.config which can be found in the CliVa drawer on your Amiga Computing CoverDisk.
Now all you need to do is study the print out of the config file on these disk pages and locate the appropriate explanation in the commands summary.
Apparently, CliVa does work on WB1.3 but needs Utility.library, which we could not locate. If in future we come across this library we will include it on the CoverDisk.
To load up your CliVa config files from Shell type in: cliva Ipathnamel CliVa config name). And turn the page for a commands summary.
Copying CliVa If you plan to copy CliVa to a hard drive or floppy disk you will need to make sure that you copy the files across that CliVa uses. These are: LlBS:PoticrPicktr.libr|ry llBS;req.librir)r LlBS:di skfont.tibriry Any files in the CliVa drawer should also be copied.
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0 : FONT font name} font height} =D “Spare Button” WHITE BLUE 2 Defines the font and font she to be used for gadgets.
=D "Spare But ton" WHITE BLUE 2 =D “Spare Button” WHITE BLUE 2 Cj: fONT STYLE style) Lets you alter the font style on gadgets. The style ore: Plain - 0 • Underline - I • Bold - 2 • Italia - 4 • Extended - B You can use multiple style commands by adding the appropriate values together.
=D “Run The NNPP Text Viewer" WHITE BLRCK nnpp 9 . DEF ICON n position} y position} width} Like the POS WINDOW command. Def ICON allows you to specify the top-left comer of the CllVa window (should be the some values as POS WINDOW) and the width. The height Is controlled by the amount of gadgets and their dimensions.
Q : -SET VAR (name) value} This command allows you to create variables which can be used later In your conflg file. In our example the variables have been assigned to colours which are used to define the colour of the CllVa Interface. By allocating variables names, commands are easier to read and manipulate.
Q; POS WINDOW (x position y position} This allows you to set the position of the top left comer of the CUVa Interface.
With this command you can effectively open CllVa anywhere on the screen.
Fj : - COLOR WINDOW letter colour} background colour} Allows you to specify the background colour and letter colour of the window border and menus.
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- SET_V0R GREY O : -NB GADGETS horizontal omount vertical
amount} Informs CIIVo of the amount of gadgets you will be
using. If the dimensions or amount of gadgets exceeds the CllVa
window screen dimensions an error message will be displayed.
O •• WINDOW TITLE 'Title ~) With this command you can add your own title to the window.
Make sure you use quotes.
WHITE BLRCK ttu it“ WHITE BLRCK =D “Previous Page 9 pp =D OXQ =D "Spare Button" WHITE BLUE 2 =D “Spare Button” WHITE BLUE 2 =D “Spare Button” WHITE BLUE 2 =P (|. Ull GADGET (width} height} One of the more Important commands which allows you to define the size of your gadgets.
Q : -0 "gadget title") letter colour) (background colour) font style} command} The above two lines allow you to define a gadget and specify Its colour and font style. The command Is executed when the gadget Is clicked.
0 : -PIXEL FROM BORDER left} right} top} bottom} Defines the space. In pixels between the gadgets and the border of the CllVa Interface.
)- O : GADGET ICONIflED title} Displays the tide In the CUVa window when It has been konHled.
Do not use quotes.
0 • PIXEL BETWEEN CADCET * distance) y distance) Defines the space. In pixels between the gadgets.
Q: COLOR GADGET Def letter colour} (background colour) Allom you to define the colours of the gadgets.
O • 'pp Allows you to attach a previous page command to a gadget, ¦u - COLOR BORDER GADGET (top colour) (bottom colour} This defines the colours used for the gadget borders.
O «p Allows you to attach a next page command to a gadget.
1 Y J1 Exdaajf* Vemjhtder SmptTool SrKtoryOpu Xcepyfc* 0 'Q Quits CUVa. You could attach this to a gadget os a command.
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New readers may have difficulties using our CoverDisk, so we have included this page to help you out.
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.
Below we explain how to copy files from one disk to another, how to copy the entire CoverDisk and how to de-archive programs. One How to make a backup To copy the entire CoverDisk, load up your Workbench disk, then either click once on the CoverOisk icon and select Duplicate, or select Copy from the Workbench menu, or open CLI Shell and type: D2SKC0PT FRQR DFO; TO OFO; 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.
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Copying individual files You might at some point want to copy a single program from a CoverDisk to your compilation, Workbench disk or even your hard drive.
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them.
Though the chart toppers of today are still recognisably descendants of the original Space Invaders game, the next decade of development is likely to push back the boundaries of what is possible until 21st Century games resemble science-fiction more than reality.
The advent of CD-ROM, new super-fast processors, and early experiments with virtual reality promise a leap in technology which is more revolutionary than evolutionary, and the benefits could be felt in less than five years.
Pick up almost any computer game you care to mention and it will follow certain basic principles. The action takes place in an obviously synthetic 2D world, regardless of whether or not the game simulates 3D (the distinction is an important one). Ml interaction is via the relatively crude mouse or joystick device, and all situations which might crop up in the game have been programmed in advance and can't easily be changed.
Only sports and flight simulators cater for human responses which change the way the game actually plays, and even then only in a limited sense.
SKETCHED Ten years from now, however, a "game" might be nothing more than a loosely sketched out world in which the programmer designs the parameters for the sort of obstacles one might meet, and the player, by his or her actions, determines which obstacles or challenges will crop up.
Such open-ended game design, a "virtual world" with or without the 3D headsets, has been the goal of games programmers for years, as programs such as Elite and Ultima Underworld show.
Technology has never afforded the games industry a machine powerful enough yet cheap enough to carry this sort of entertainment to the public, but the moment for such We are convinced that digital media will change the way the world uses computers... Nigel Seed, managing director of Silicon Graphics Ltd a development isn't far off.
Progress in the fields of Rise chip technology, artificial intelligence and alternative input devices mean that in ten years we could all be wearing body suits while standing in the middle of the living room with a headset on, the latter doing its level best to convince us we're deep in the monster's labyrinth.
The damage this could cause to ornaments and domestic pets as Dad - blinded to the real world - takes out another imaginary ore with his broadsword doesn't bear thinking about, but fun levels should rocket.
For the moment we are stuck with a halfway house, CD-ROM games which include oodles of high-tech 3D rendered imagery (Labyrinth and Seventh Guest spring to mind) but which are held back by their linear natures.
Current homo micros are nowhere near powerful enough to create these 3D worlds in real time, so the player is forced to Games without frontiers The AC team look at the cutting edge of games development and ask: “Where do we go from here?” Gremlin Graphics At Gremlin Graphics the subject of gaming in the 21st Century isn't a topic taken lightly. Such is the commitment of managing director, Ian Stewart, that he has invested in two Silicon Graphics Indigo machines.
To explore the parameters and to discover exactly what can be done within the structure of a game on the Indigos. Gremlin have also taken on the skills of two fulltime 3D modellers.
Syd Franklin and David Lewis, working with SGI machines, spend the majority of their time rendering images and animations for future projects.
When we spoke to David he was working on some sprites for a car game (which is being kept under wraps), and Syd had just finished converting an intro sequence for Zool on the CD32.
Along we had a storage system quick enough to just about handle it, though it was still necessary to shrink the sprites."
Both of the 3D modellers at Gremlin have an obvious As Syd explained: “The Zool intro was something I'd done some time ago on the Indigo. When the CD32 came leaning towards creating games that feature the type of graphical reality that the Silicon Graphics machines are capable of.
However, Gremlin remain adamant about the most important aspect of a successful title, and David illustrates the point: “At the moment it seems that gameplay is giving way to fancy graphics. In the near future people will have got used to this Standard of display and insist on a fusion of the two."
TECHNOLOGY David sees Cds as a major medium for storing information. But envisages that areas of technology will split.
. “Games on a screen should, graphics aside, stay the same, but new interactive entertainment like Peter Gabnel’s Xplora 1 CD will break off and create a whole new market.* At the moment many of the images that the Silicon The 3D trio Wavefront, Alias, and Softimage have between them worked with Industrial Light and Magic. LucasFilm. Walt Disney, just about every major TV station in the Western world, and a host of film, TV, and video production companies besides. Now they're moving into games, and we should dfl benefit.
The software developed by the three companies is one full revision ahead of even Lightwave and Real 3D v2. The Amiga's best 3D packages (though the latter don't cost up to £40.000). and when used on machines capable of almost real-time rendering, the results can knock your socks off.
A landscape whose limits are strictly ¦f K the designer.
When the latest hot consoles hit Europe
* ' war. We should have arrived at the baWd of the virtual
revolution, but even DO. Laguar, and Sega's Saturn will strug-
k produce anything other than much
* ** colourful and tuneful versions of the «r old games. These
Rise machines are a hrtratr step forward, but not yet a leap.
The leap should come with the release of ko machines currently in development.
W. Sony's PS-X, is a 32-bit machine but
• ith a team of Rise chips running at
• tween 30 and 80 mips (millions of ¦tractions per second - a
68040 will only 18 mips) and is still deep in the devel- full
smooth 25 frames per second (the same speed as a video or TV
program). The chips at the heart of the PS-X are very similar
to those used m Project Reality. A central processor is aided
by a series of ASICs (application specific ini ?ch* tive we
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never see t* ght of day, put both Syd and David are optimistic
about the future.
* There's a lot to be excited about in the near future, companies
have some hot ideas in the pipeline. For t*ample. Project
Reality which will combine Silicon Vaphics hardware inside a
Nintendo console.’ Syd. While not in disagreement, feels that
virtual reality 5 will really stoke the fire of imagination:
¦Virtual reality is at a very simple polygon level at the
moment, but once you can exist in the kind of world
* S '«con Graphics machine can generate it'll be mazing’ in the
meantime, the Gremlin 3D modellers are con- 'vt to be working
on intro sequences for forthcoming
• Bes like Utopia 2. And both freely admit: “We ¦wily complain,
we have two
• uchines, the design world's our oyster, and we get infor- jplit
ay the Peter whole Silicon opment stage.
The second, Nintendo's Project Reality console, is due for an appearance in arcades this year, but retail release is still not slated until late in 1995.
Both machines have been designed from the ground up to pack enough power for real-time 3D rendering, and many an inflated claim is being made on both sides as the hype war grinds into gear.
PROTOTYPE Neither company have been able to demonstrate games running on prototype machines as yet, but the pedigrees which both Project Reality and PS-X can call upon are impressive.
Nintendo's Project Reality is a joint project in conjunction with Silicon Graphics (SGI), whose lead in the world of super-powerful 3D graphics machines is undisputed.
Using a hybrid of the R4000 Rise chip found in the SGI machines which rendered Terminator 2 special effects. Project Reality promises 100 mips (five times as fast as a 68(440) and 100 M Plops to generate complex shaded 3D scenes in real time.
In keeping with these hyperbolic assurances, Sony claim their PS-X console will be capable of 500,000 Gouraud-shaded polygons per second. At 20,000 per frame in PAL mode this is enough to generate and animate a huge 3D object such as a tyrannosaurus or a complete landscape in I circuits) handling sprites, polygon movement, sound, and so on in much the same way as the Amiga's custom chips (which we'll have to call ASICs now, 1 suppose) have for nine years.
In combination with hugely fast data buses, the multi-chip line up should leave jaws dragging the floorboards wherever it is shown to the public.
So where will this leave the video game (or "gamevideo" as some are now calling it)? Programmers have moved from machine to machine for years in search of the most powerful 3D processing power, so when faced with systems which can create almost photo-realistic games in real time they'll jump on the bandwagon till its axles collapse.
No mainstream computer such as the Amiga or PC will be able to compete with dedicated 64-bit consoles unless they use huge Rise-based central processors, but even then the general purpose machines will lack dedicated ASICs. If Sony and Nintendo manage ¦ ?
To bring their machines to the public for the dubiously low planned price of $ 250, the traditional games market will see a squeeze to make Sonic the Hedgehog look like a gentle hug.
Heading edge games such as Labyrinth on CD32 and Seventh Guest on the PC are forced to compromise playability to achieve their superb 3D graphics, but PS-X and Project Reality threaten to remove the need for fudges- All movement in Seventh Guest, for example, is limited to whether or not the programmers included a pre-rendered animation for that movement, and if not you can forget it. The result is a linear game which becomes more and more tedious as your admiration for the graphics wears off.
REALISTIC A bit like those old text adventures, in fact. Remember them? How many times did you type "get sword" only to be told “I don't know that word"? Well, Seventh Guest is the modem equivalent.
By giving the new consoles a 3D map of the game world and enough bitmap textures to create a realistic look, the programmers can let players just render their own adventures as they go along. Playability and presentation will at last begin to work together instead of competing for room on the disk.
To achieve this explosion in 3D graphics, software companies who up until now have relied heavily on Dpaint and other 2D art packages have been forced to call in the professionals, and this has increasingly meant the use of SGI machines and software from one of Silicon Graphics’s partner companies.
Wavefront, Alias, and Softimage have all developed new versions of packages already much used by the film and TV industries, tailoring them to the specific needs of the games programmer.
Looking into the future, EA producer Kevin Buckner believes many of the new technologies will play a huge role. Technologies such as multi-channel 3D sound will provide a good area for development. Games have progressed visually, presenting stunning 3D graphics.
Electronic Arts see a similar improvement in aural technologies, providing the player with true spatial sound with reflection and absorption properties, thus exactly modelling the acoustics of any given environment.
At the moment virtual reality technology seems to be split 80 per cent hardware to 20 per cent software and Electronic Arts see plenty of scope for improvement in the software department.
The multi-player aspect of a game can transform something from being good to mind-blowing and Kevin Buckner realises that the main problem with most attempts is that the single-player game is designed first and only then is the multi-player support added.
For the multi-player aspect o* a game to truly succeed it needs to be fully designed and must receive the same amount of attention as the single-player version.
Electronic Arts see the future of voice recognition technologies as having great potential for them. They see the keyboard as becoming less involved and the way forward being to slap a microphone into the machine, add voice recognition to the hard* ware spec and tie this in with a multi-player feature Imagine the sort of game where you are stalking corridors and For example, rather than create a broad- cast-quality image, the software enables the programmer to deride how many polygons a scene can contain, given the power of the machine it will eventually run on, and produce graphics which
can be guaranteed to animate at the correct frame rate.
Huge 3D sequences, such as those used in Psygnosis’s Microcosm, can also be generated with an exact "travelling matte” of the landscape, which can be used by programmers as a collision detector. In this way, the real time elements of the game (sprites, explosions, and so on) can interact seamlessly with the pre*rendered backdrop, giving the player a small step forward in 3D gaming.
SGI workstations, pumping out hundreds of mips of pure processing power, can produce graphics many times faster than any comparable desktop machine, but the speed advantage is of most use to artists during the design stage. One company mcnt sensor system designed to track an actor's movements and translate them to the characters in a game.
Using this system, games houses can create human characters both in the games themselves and in the intros, which move in At present, Stephen Hey of the Manchester-based software company can’t see even with massive improvements in the hardware that anything particularly new will happen because there are only a finite number of game genres.
Ocean believe the way forward is via multi-player communication networks. Through the use of satellite and land-based phone lines, players will be able to hook up and interact with “rear people thus creating a far more interesting environment.
On the subject of new platforms for software, interest has been firmly focused on Trip Hawkins’s 3DO and Atari’s Jaguar. Like all new products, Ocean are waiting to see the public reaction to the latest consoles before committing themselves 100 per cent.
While there may be some bitter CD32 owners out there who aren't happy with the straight port overs of software from the A500.
Ocean explain that when a machine is first launched upon the market, its abilities are largely unknown, it isn't until developers get to know a machine's architecture and quirks that its full potential can Virtual or not, you wouldn 't want to meet him on a dart night can hear your partner shouting for help in the distance. As you get closer, his screams get louder - did that scream come from the left or right?
Electronic Arts intend to make full use of new technologies, and promise progress in visual technologies such as the VR helmet, larger, flatter screens, holograms and home theatre, and in tactile technologies, for instance. VR body suits and artificial motion.
Headway will also be made in aural technology, in particular, voice recognition and acoustic environment modelling.
When asked whether increased development costs would force EA to play safe, they state that it is crucial for them that they don’t adopt a defensive or reactive mentality and that a cutting edge industry needs cutting edge thinkers and do-ers.
Bearing this in mind they intend to be more careful with their selection process, ensuring that they pick winners. This will mean having to be far more willing to kill an idea when it looks like going astray rather than trying to make a gem out Of a dull Stone.
As to whether the future will see gamepiay sacrificed at the expense of graphics and sound. Electronic Arts believe this is crucial to keep effects and gamepiay in balance, and that one without the other results in a poor product.
With more and more technologies coming on stream and more and more expertise coming into the industry Electronic Arts see the future as being a bright one. And that we are set for a fun end to the century.
Be realised. Games like TFX and Inferno have development times I of around two years and it’s unlikely that the machines present at the beginning of the process will exist by the time the release date comes round. For this reason, the first batch of software for a new working hard to bring as much realism as possible to tomorrow's games is Alias, whose suite of software tools is being used by eight U.K games houses on a variety of SGI workstations, Chief among the new tools is the MotionSampler, a body move- Ocean Software Electronic Arts exactly the same way as real people - a wnnmgly simple
consideration which lends t* finished product an air of believability
• possible using traditional animation tdvuques.
Laser scanners are also being used by software houses to create huge computer ¦wdeis from real world objects. To create a Rolls Royce exact in every detail and proportion, simply stick it in the scanner
* nd let the laser build a point-by*point map cf it which the
Alias software then inter- Pmfe Scanners sizes vary from
shoebox to six high, so complete human figures can be
• canned then made to move with the motion umpler. Resulting in
breathtaking realism.
Of hould a i or id gamr rack an them to cancre-
• games move in HU MAIM Combine this with a digitised 3D facial
• an, multi-player environments and a VR vadset, and you can see
that the 3D gaming
• redd is fast becoming an entity all of its the human players
and the stunning graphics by their powerful 3D computers. In
other words, the wheel will turn full circle.
In the beginning, the computer game revolution was castigated as an introverted solo pursuit which robbed children of the play experience and of social intercourse.
Computers provided the game and the children simply took part.
By the turn of the century, using power gloves, headsets, and perhaps even body suits, we humans will be providing the game, and it will be the computer which is the passive partner.
Virtual reality, as discussed more than once in recent issues of AC, may be an exciting new technology, particularly in the games scene, but it also brings with it certain medical and social worries.
The link between our senses and our state of mind is acutely sensitive, and to disturb it for long periods of time might cause major problems.
Evidence for the damage you can do by messing too much in this department is apparent through the effects of sensory deprivation experiments, where trauma and serious psycho-somatic side effects are the result if nature's only bridge between the human mind and its environment is broken.
Carnes which contain graphics and sound so realistic as to be indistinguishable from the real world pose questions of their own. Man has never been able to completely fool the brain into thinking its world has changed radically, the technology never having been available.
The day is in sight, however, when that could change, and the prospect of stepping freely between one world and another, though exciting, is also a little worrying.
It is difficult to see how the Amiga's part in the future of games will dev elop. As one of the most important players in the development of the computer game, the Amiga has already played a vital part, but if it is to continue at the leading edge it must become more powerful.
Later this year, the true 24-bit AAA chip set should be launched as the basis of a new Amiga, possibly powered by Motorola's 64- bit Rise PowerPC chip. The combination will be a powerful one and there is no reason why a new Commodore console could not make use of this vast increase in capability.
Running at 66MHz with a big brother planned to run at 120MHz, the PowerPC chip will be as cheap, if not cheaper, than the current 680x0, but many times faster, and is already due to appear in both the A5000 and a new range of Macintosh machines. There is no reason apart from lack of marketing muscle and development funds, then, that Commodore couldn't use the PowerPC AAA combination as the basis for a console to match Sony, Atari, and the rest Virtual reality games running on a new super-Amiga?
Now there’s a thought, eh?
T are merely conversions of existing titles. As programmers the technology further, increasing steps are made to use it n trie full potential, In the eyes of Ocean, it's not so much ‘playing e" but more about becoming acquainted with the technology zefore becoming adventurous.
While the company hasn't exactly got the best track record for payable and original games, with their myriad of licensed-based ?aiformers and other formula-driven work, the likes of TFX and Inferno are rapidly expanding their gaming portfolio.
Stephen Hey believes many new CD titles have concentrated solely on the presentation aspects and that playability seems to have been added afterwards.
To beckon in the next generation requires a rebalancing of this problem so that the traditional games that we know and love today will become the games of yesterday that can be nostalgically remembered and not yearned for.
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We have served thousands of satisfied customers during our 4 years of trading. Over 10,000 man hours (during 5 years) has been dedicated to the production of this constantly improving game. It is one of the most realistic and accurate representations of a professional football managers annual challenge to tactically out wit and conquer every opponent.
Manogers: 1 to 4 Human players, Ratings, Performance statistics, sock ond offers. 3 Difficulty levels, Manager of the month and season awarded, Pools, Pick any team in any division to begin with.
League I Cup: Premier 22 teams, Division 1,2 i 3 have 24 teams, Ptay-offs, Tables. 7 Cup competitions with precise rules (2 legs, extra time, away goal rule, seeded draws, European Cup tobies, 5 subs, non-domestic player restrictions etc.), Finalist route to glory.
Gomes: Yearly fixture previous fet, Week fixtures results. Results from previous meeting with opponent (goes bock up to 6 seasons).
Players: Real life statistics reflecting the start of 93 94 season with real positions, height, oge. Live transfer market. Contract & woge negotiations, Preferred foot (left right both). Loans, Injuries, Training, Speciol talents, Trainees, Goalkeepers (separate skill categories).
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Teom: Training, Tactics (15 different styles), Aggression, Formation allows specific player field settings (Left winger, Sweeper etc.). PIAY BY MAIL Service Now Available Club: Sponsorship, Ground improvements, View opponent, Finances Die Match; Real time scoreboard reporting goals & injuries yellow red cords, Sound effects. Interventions permitted al any time to (honge toctics, formations and make subs. Physical graphical penalty participation (optional). Over 80 different referees.
Other; Fast taxi save, Printer access, 20 Options to set vorious game preferences, Instruction book, Easy to play, Technical support Plus: Over 100 other meticulous refinements impossible to list here.
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CRICKET MASTERS This is o purely managerial cricket manager game that concentrates on strategy ond includes plenty of relevant statistics. The game has been designed and developed by a true fon of the sport. It replicotes everything that a real manager has to contend with ond it's a totally unique production that anyone with an interest in Cricket should experience.
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• AXA EQUITY & LAW 18 league county teoms, 50 overs per gome
• 4 Cup competitions including Benson I Hedges, Not West.
• 20 different match umpires with accurate names ond strictness.
• Accurate player details Surname, height ond age.
• 27 different player attributes. Most skills hove o direct
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• Easy player selection. All game text is dearly presented.
• Batting and bowling overages. Top batting ond bowling tobies.
• 3 Different training intensities to boost batting, bowling or
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Weather, pitch ond light often moke on impoct on ground condition.
[•full match highlights let you | wotch the action boll by boll with | full graphics and or realistic sampled sound effects for significant events (Fours, Umpire decisions, etc.). Interventions are I permitted at ony time to change batting toctics or fielding placings.
EASY TO PIAY Animated Wrestling gome Joystick or Mouse, v 1 or 2 players
• 3 Batting Bowling classifications (Normal, Attack ond Defend).
• Choice of 15 different field piacings.
• Full scorecard results with best batting and bowing figures.
• Other staff (Physio, Groundkeeper, Scout) can be hired ond
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• Real time transfer market. Player contract and wage
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• 15 Options to alter game preferences, Load Save gome.
• Instruction book 'with plenty of examples.
• Plus many moie fine details that we are unable to list here.
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Five years of development by a clever racing expert has led to the second revision of this Flat Horse Racing Simulotiofl.
Up to 4 players can porbcipate as Owner Trainers with the primary objective of becoming the top rated trainer, in respect of prize money won, at the end of each racing season (March to November). There ore up to 35 other intelligently controlled computer trainers to compete ogoinst ond compare your personal performance.
To ochieve this aim you must discover o potential champion ond train them so that they become copable of competing well and winning ony of the 47 big prize money roces (Handicop and Group), eg. The Derby To give you an idea of the tools provided in this game to assist you reaching your objective we have listed the main features below:-
• 250 horses each with over 60 independent variables.
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Open National Tipping Competition 1991 by Rocecoll, regulated by the Tote, this program achieved' joint second. This led to a serious opproach from a wel knowi?
Notionol book maker. Rejected in favour of supporting the public Winnings Statistics: 104 wins out of 166, as from 2 6 to 1 9 93.
Formula This program tefc you exactly what to do. You are NOT permitted to amend our system unlike so many other simMor programs.
How confident con you be in something that invites amendments!
Reseorch I Development: Three years full time roce analysis ond experimentation to refine ond test the prediction system.
Inside Knowledge Plenty of unique hints from contacts in the know.
User Friendly. No racing knowledge required, easy to use, tutorial book.
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Monthly Updates Highly recommended option. If ony update foils to breok even we'll send the next one free of charge. From £25.
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GAME OPTIONS A fantastic graphical and or tactical representation of Cricket that has been completely written by o traditional fon. You can physically participate with batting ond or bowling or leave it to the computer to automatically handle. See full feature kt below
• I Day limited Overs Oi test
• White oi coloured clothing
• Three Cricket grounds.
• Lood Save game. Skill levels.
• Compuler Humon players.
ANIMATED ACTION
• Sound Commentary.
• Umpiie signals.
• All the strokes cut, pull, dnve, etc.
• Appeoh, dropped catches, run outs.
• Bouncers, wkles ond no balls.
STATISTICS
• Scorecard & bowling analysis.
• Weather ond ground repoits
• Wagon Wheel
• Manhatton Chart PLAYER VARIETY
• Rated on 8 adjustable factors.
• Left and right handed players.
• Range of hotting types.
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but there are also many dkwnrare and public domain hard drive Sbpftssion programs that cost little or More we can discuss the merits of disk impression, we need to understand the wrrg techniques used by the different proto give you more space on your disk, finth. There arc the archivers. These pro- Uke single files, or directories of files 1 Kjueeze them down into one big (but smaller than when you started) lou can't use these compressed files
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As always, there are some that don't fit into either category', so I'll deal with them last. But first, archivers... We in the Amiga world are very fortunate to have such an enormous amount of PD software available to us. Comparing the amount of PD to owners of Amigas, there are probably more PD programs written per head than for any other machine.
This puts us in the enviable position of being able to find almost any type of program, including archivers, for free (or a minimal shareware fee). First up in our list are die LHArc family of programs.
LHArc is probably the single most popular format for archiving files on the Amiga.
It appears in several forms including LHArc, LZ and Lha, all written by different authors. This, like nearly all of the archiving programs, is designed to be used from the Shell, which rather limits its friendliness, although you can get Workbench front- ends for LHArc which cut out most of the work.
DIRECTORIES Most people will probably use LHArc from within a directory utility like Directory Opus or DiskMaster which allow the user to select files and directories to archive at the touch of a mouse button.
LHArc files are saved with a file extension of .Izh or .lha. My archiver of preference is Lha by Stefan Boberg.
There are several other archiving pro- All you need to know about hard drives, as they get expanded, compressed, packed and archived by Ben Vost l*pander can compress fifes to around 60 per cent In real time This was the packed dir.
HU ¦ HARDWARE grams available for the Amiga. These include Arc, Zoo, Zip and compress files.
Arc and Zoo have pretty much been left behind now, and are very infrequently seen these days.
How to compress Encoding. Faxes and IFF files use this method to keep files as small as possible. It works like this. Take a tile that is a mixture of zeros and ones like so; The usual method for compression, especially in archivers, is one of redundancy removal. If you take a long sentence that repeats itself over and over and over you will see that it can be compressed neatly by representing the repetitions with a code and putting the key for the code somewhere in the archive file. Thus, as an example, this paragraph compressed would look something like this; Zip (or PKZip, as they are
sometimes known) files are more common on the PC, where they are the standard format. If you intend giving someone something for a PC, it is probably best to archive it in a Zip file rather than LHArc it i" " " "ini'" Tbfusuil «elod for l , especially Drchivtrs, ? |(of Idundancy )aoval. If you tikli ijgtentcncld )pe s itself SlSZSyou uillteld it can bifed neMjr by )p)$ ent!g*)petiti|$ »f() • Iputt!g*key for*,(oaeake) !*archi»(file. Tkus,)$ )n cxiaple, (? Paragraph fed Mould iMkloiedg liktl*: *=*cod«'fs*Mipr«irJ*'9Ytr •ts"»nd '*=' the •!a,irC«,tfc,)**re'w"1s"|a*i«" »“it"(*,,e "Is* *’ Run Length
encoding changes the file from being zeros and ones and puts a code in their place. It’s a very simple code, it just gives whether the sequence should be zero or one and how long for: Compress is a Unix file compressor that you will probably only use if you have a modem and an Internet account. When you decompress a compress file (confusing isn't it?) It usually ov erwrites the original archive, so make sure that, if you want to keep it, you have a copy of the original archive somewhere else.
Now this example doesn't work very well because it is too short a piece of text, but the first paragraph is 393 char* acters and the second is 384. Over a much larger file - this article for instance - the amount of compression can be greatly improved.
The other main method is known as RLE or Run Length Arc files are saved with a file extension of .arc. Zoo files with .zoo, Zip files with .zip, and compress files with an extension of Z. The first paragraph comes out as 218 characters, while the second comes out at 87. A massive improvement However, most files aren't as easy as that.
MASHER If you're interested in crunching floppies, you can gel a program called DMS (or Disk Masher System), This takes a floppy and compresses it track-by-track to another location, ie. Your hard drive, or RAM:.
You can't use this archive as it stands though; you need to decompress it back to floppy. DMS expects a disk (it doesn't care whether or not it is formatted) in dfO: and proceeds to decompress, track-by-track again, onto that floppy. DMS files are saved with a file extension of .DMS. And so on to compressors. The first thing that should be pointed out about compressors is that they don't usually compress files as much as archivers do. However, what you lose in disk space you gain in functionality.
There are two commercial offerings: the §S£ - nti Ntn ftrrKwmr,?: ¦~"‘TTTrTT' 41 lavMVMi Haw iii r KS7Ar«;?;*f iTi’-r- he: IS3K: T5R3 PssrMr'aJliVli* What is Jpeg?
The Jpeg graphics file format »s named after its creators, the Joint Photographic Experts Group. This is how it works. The Jpeg compression algorithm takes advantage of the fact that the human eye can't distinguish between as many values of hue, saturation and brightness as a 24-bit display, and “smooths' shades together resulting in a simpler file.
It then uses other data compression methods to further reduce the size of the file.
Because saving a file as a Jpeg means that the original file is modified, the Jpeg image will never be the same as the original 24-bit We. This is known as *1088 compression.
However, depending on the amount of compression, the differences between the original and the Jpeg will almost certainly be too small to notice.
Old but much-used PowerPacker Professional and the new kid on the block, Disk Expander. Actually, when I say new kid on the block, it's not strictly true. Disk Expander is v2 of a shareware piece of software called EPU.
EPU (and Disk Expander) takes advantage of a system of compression libraries called XPK libraries. Each of these libraries has a different forte. One might compress and decompress really quickly, but offer relatively poor compression rates, while another might take a while to compress, but give outstanding compression results.
The advantage of this system is immediately apparent. You start with a control program that watches for files being written to or read from the disk and then applies the compression algorithm the user has chosen The belt known cruncher It still the most useful end widely accepted for files on that disk. If you decide that the compression format doesn't give you the results you wanted in lerms of time saved or filesize, then all you need do is switch to a different compression library. If the author of a compression library brings out a new version, that is all you need update, not the
whole program.
PowerPacker doesn't look at your disk except when reading files. If the file is a program, then PowerPacker automatically docrunches it on the fly; the only thing you might notice about using a powerpacked file is that the mouse pointer, or screen, jiggles and displays strange colours while loading.
This is perfectly normal and is a feature of PowerPacker to show it is working.
If your PowerPacked file is not a program, but data, such as a DTP file or a picture, then you will require some extra software to read that file. If the file is text, a standard picture or animation, then the supplied PPMore, PPShow and PPAnim will display it with no trouble.
DATA FILES Otherwise you will need a program called PP (or PowerPacker Patcher), which decrunches data files as they are being loaded in the same way that PowerPacker does when loading a program.
You can also find a shareware program in public domain libraries called PowerData.
This solves a problem with PowerPacker and changes it into something more like disk expander. The problem with PowerPacker is that you pack a file. Fine.
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PowerPacker also comes as a shareware package with some of the Professional version's features removed, but as it only costs around £15, why not get the full version?
There are plenty of other shareware or pub- lie domain compressor programs around, L best-known of which is probably Imploder 1 There is a package that doesn't really fl into either category, and also some prograJ that you wouldn't think of as file comprd sion utilities. They all have to do wii graphics.
Pegger is an American product desij to watch over your hard drive for Toastd Framestores, 24-bit IFF or Ham8 pictures, tm when it sees one being written it automaM cally catches it and converts it to Jpeg form* Similarly, when a program that can't ixd mally load Jpeg images, like Deluxe Pad asks for an image that Pegger has co pressed, it converts the Jpeg image back a Toaster framestore, an IFF or Ham8 pic or a DCTV 3 or 4 bitplane image.
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meant that any graphics or animations produced with paint,
animation, 3D or video titling software could easily be
recorded to videotape for posterity. But not always as easily
as you might imagine.
For instance, while simply recording the Amiga's graphics to tape can be quite easily accomplished by several models of Amiga (the Amiga 1200 has both composite and RF video outputs, as well as the standard RGB port, for example) combining graphics and video is a more complicated proposition which cannot be carried out directly by any present, or indeed past, Amiga.
Which is a bit of a problem when you consider that video titles (and plenty other video graphics) are often superimposed directly over video images themselves.
So how is it done? What magic boxes make such TV-style visuals possible?
How do they work, why would you need one, and how do you get the best from it once you have one? These, and more nagging questions, are the subject of this month's Survivor's Guide, This might surprise you, but you'd be wrong if you thought a genlock was a piece of hardware you bolt on to your Amiga in order to add titles and graphics to your videos. Not entirely wrong, but certainly misinformed.
Genlocking per se actually refers to the process of synchronising one video signal, or piece of video equipment, with another
- an absolute requirement if two video signals are to be
successfully combined or mixed together.
SYNCING The term genlocking derives from Generate (or General, according to some sources) Locking, which describes the function of syncing the signals together.
Genlocking is only half the story though, since it is a process called keying which actually superimposes the graphics over video. So we can now see that a genlock must perform several different functions in order to combine video and graphics together. Genlocks come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and price ranges, and they vary in the number of different functions that they can perform, but the bottom line is that they all enable Amiga graphics to be combined with video images - some more successfully than others, and with more bells and whistles - but combined nonetheless.
Some genlocks have mixing controls to determine the level at which the Amigi graphics will be mixed over video. QtheJ let you adjust the colour, brightness contrast of the incoming video signal.
Some have built-in RGB splitters m case you have an older, mono video tiser- All have some form of selectioJ between pure Amiga, pure video and] mixed video Amiga signals. And all hav«| Want to unlock the Amiga’s vast video potential? Let Gary wgy L White|y suide w you through py ' !Woo sGt vf‘ ' 6 Was GEN the genlock genlocks.
GENLOCKS ft. Jungle GENLOCKS Simple titling can really Hft a home video Genlocking dos and don'ts ? DON'T expect broadcast quality from VHS video equipment and a cheap genlock. Quality is usually (though not exclusivety) related to cost.
I screen scrolling and a quality.
Is one of the genlock's most important tasks, because in order for the genlocking process to work successfully the Amiga has to take its timing signals from the genlock, and if these are at all unstable then the Amiga may not perform properly, resulting in all kinds of problems.
Once the Amiga is successfully synced to the video signal - in other words the timing of the lines, fields and frames which constitute the Amiga's video display coincide exactly with those of the external video signal - the conditions are right for superimposing the graphics.
In order for the Amiga's RGB output to be mixed with the external video signal it must first be encoded to the same format as the video - which generally means converting it to either composite, Y C or even YcrCb (a high-quality broadcast signal format) video formats, depending upon the circumstances, and the genlock.
To read the sync pulses which are present in all standard video signals and derive a new set of timing pulses from them which are used instead of the Amiga's own, internally-generated, clock pulses.
These pulses are passed to the Amiga via one of the RGB-port connections. This INTEGRITY In order to maintain the signal's integrity various electronic processes far beyond the scope of this guide are applied, but suffice it to say that without them the genlock's output wouldn't be anywhere as good as it might be.
Colour phasing, PAL phasing and syncing the colour bursts are three functions which are necessary’ to keep everything on the straight and narrow.
Some genlocks also automatically clip the level of the external video signal, which isn't always a desirable thing - though it does ensure that "hot" colours such as bright reds and blues don't cause the excessive smearing and "noise" problems that they otherwise might.
If you use a genlock then you'll know that it is usually the first palette colour of a graphic, known as colour zero, which is replaced bv the video signal, leaving any non-colour zero content to be added over video. This is because the genlock reads the Amiga's RGB video output, as well as a signal output called zero detect.
Every time an instance of colour zero is detected by the genlock it quickly switches its output to be the incoming video signal.
When no colour zero is present the output is switched to Amiga graphics. By switching between signals extremely rapidly, all incidences of colour zero are replaced by video, resulting in the non- colour zero graphic content appearing to be superimposed over the video images.
This switching system is known as keying.
Incidentally, you might be aware that some genlocks also provide inverse keying. This is where all colours but colour zero in the Amiga graphics are replaced by video, providing a through-the-key- equal than others and have an extra keying system based on something called RGB! (where I stands for intensity) which, like zero detect, is an output from the RGB port used to send control signals to the genlock, this time based on the intensity of a colour, rather than specifying just whether colour zero is present or not.
The RGB1 keying system is often called foreground mode (to distinguish it from colour zero background mode). RGBI permits any colour other than colour zero to be used selectively as a key colour - for instance palette colour one could be green, and the kever circuits in the genlock could be preset to accept this as the key colour - so that keying would take place each time such a green was detected hole type of effect, which is why this type of keying is sometimes called keyhole mode.
So we can see that synchronising the Amiga to the external video signal and then combining its graphics with video by keying are the two essential parts of genlocking graphics and video.
But that's not necessarily the end of it, because some genlocks are created more Buying a genlock Unless you re really strapped for cash, buy a genlock which has an RGB passthrough - you’ll be able to use your Amiga RGB monitor then. If you use S-VHS or Video 8 then go for a Y C-capable model for improved picture quality.
Don't worry about extras like colour and brightness correction, they aren't strictly necessary. Quality is more important than quantity, though I think you'll probably find the ability to fade graphics up and down over video useful - unlike the paltry selection of wipes which some genlocks provide.
4 Get down to some creative video work... by the switching circuits (this time driven by the RGBI output). In most cases foreground keying isn't necessary, and regular colour zero keying should be quite sufficient for most jobs, though it can be useful to have the choice sometimes.
One last point to note is that genlocks can only work with Amiga display modes which are capable of being genlocked.
This might seem like an obvious point but if you have an ACA-equipped Amiga (eg an A1200 or A4000) and a multisync mom itor and commonly work in DBLPAL mode, for instance, you'll find that you cannot genlock graphics over video.
EXTERNAL This is because the higher display rate of the Amiga cannot be synced to the external video signal. If you want to find out which display modes can be gen- locked, open the ScreenMode requester from Workbench Preferences and you'11 find the relevant information displayed there.
And that's my attempt at explaining how a genlock works without using too many long words or too much obscure jargon, Because when it comes right down to it all you probably really want to do is just to plug a genlock into your Amiga and get down to some creative, nay even artistic, video work.
How the genlock actually does what it does is probably the least of your concerns. But if the quality of your work is important to you, read the box on dos and don'ts. A few simple tips could make a vast difference to your output. _ Happy genlocking!
Jargon buster composite video A standard video » commonly provided by most video eqJ ment. Used by genlocks, video mixers m other video applications. Called compos because it combines brightness (Y) cam
(C) and synchronising data into a -4 signal.
Field Half of an interlaced frame of containing either odd or even scan lines frame The basic video picture provided!
Two interlaced fields. In PAL this conttfl 625 horizontal lines of information and MU 1 25 of a second to display - hence raj are 25 frames for every second of video genlocking Commonly (and i understood to be the overlaying of compijj graphics over video images by using a m lock. Genlocking actually refers to the pM cess of synchronising the Amiga (or oM piece of equipment) to an external m signal.
Interlace The method used in video to play more information on screen by first playing one field and then its counterpart I of asecoJ the fields alternate every 1 50th 1 in the PAL system, the human eye is food r franj into thinking it sees a full image (or rather than the two distinct sets of horizcrtl lines which make up each field.
Keying An electronic video process v.rd replaces either a selected brightne* (lumakeying) or colour (chromakeyind within one video signal (for example Amiga graphic) with video images from second source, such as a camera or udd recorder.
Overscan By producing a video image a graphic larger than the visible screen area S a TV or vKJeo monitor the possibilities of 9m image not entirely filling are drasticaM reduced. Such an image is said to be ¦ overscan format. The Amiga can produJ graphics in overscan resolutions - for exanl pie 736 x 576 pixels in hr-res interlace.
PAL The TV system used in the UK arm several other countries.
RF video A combined audio and video sm nal designed for transmission at radio fill quency. Used in TV aerials and videlj recorder-to-TV applications. Not suitable tal genlocking. Vision mixing or digitising work I RGB video The Amiga’s native video sym tern, providing red. Green and blue signalM (and synchronisation information) to providM better quality output than RF, composite al Y C video signals when displayed on a suil able RGB monitor.
Y C video An improvement over comp video as the brightness (Y) and chromina
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Ing in better picture quality. Y C is common** used in S-VHS and Video 8 applications.
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It's been a long time coming, but at last AC can provide the definitive review of the very latest European import. Although the necessary Toccata hardware has been in the office for some time, the lack of any documentation has kept it firmly at the back of the goodie cupboard.
Thankfully, postie has finally come good with English documentation for the Toccata sampler and its accompanying Samplitude editing software. However, before diving into the aforementioned software a brief introduction to the hardware might be wise.
As is rapidly becoming the norm in the world of 16-bit sampling, a Zorro slot is an essential for Toccata - which obviously puts the A1200 and below out of the picture.
Assuming you have the necessary slot, adding the various I O connections is pretty straightforward with the back of the board providing a stereo line-in, an aux input plus a single stereo line-out.
However the story doesn't end there, as the board also provides a microphone input alongside a second auxiliary. But strangely enough, both these additional ports sit approximately half-way along the board and therefore require connections to be trailed into the machine.
SET UP Assuming you supplied the necessary cabling, inputs, outputs and amplification, it’s time to boot the control software and set up the board. Fortunately initialisation is taken care of on boot-up via WB Start- up User Start-up so all that's required is adjustment of the odd slider plus selection of the required input.
As you've probably guessed I O is one of the board's strengths and this is reflected in the control panel which boasts both 8 and 16-bit sampling in both stereo and mono, plus the essentia! Sample rate slider which offers rates between 5,513Hz and the ultimate of 48kHz - which is the standard for DAT recordings.
Not surprisingly you're provided with Line, Auxl, mic and mix options, with the last two being particularly notable in that the mix feature allows both aux inputs to be combined and recorded simultaneously as part of the same sample.
Although mike input isn't particularly unique, unusually it does benefit from a very useful gain option which means there’s no need to pre-amplify the input externally prior to sampling. Obviously to Lastly the overall output level of the board can also be adjusted - however this shouldn't be confused with actual recording levels- In order to avoid recording samples that are either too quiet, or too loud ("clipped"), close attention must be taken to the actual input levels.
To assist this you're provided with a generic input slider as well as a pull-down option, initiating a real-time stereo level indicator which operates just like an analogue VU meter. As a result, clipping or quiet samples shouldn't be a problem.
Will tell you, a sample is only ever as good As you may have already guessed, as its editor - or in the case of Toccata, as board is much more of a multime Vorsprung Assuming you have a signal with appropriate recording levels, the next task is to activate the Toccata recorder, select a location and format for your new sample, and hit the Record button. The new sample will then be recorded directly to hard disk or RAM, depending upon your particular preference.
Once safely recorded you can play back direct from the recorder, or alternatively load up the Toccata jingle player and audition your latest import from there alongside, any others you may have in the same directory.
As you've probably guessed, basic setup and recording are very straightforward, but how does the board fare when it comes to sound quality? Well as you’d expect from the creators of the Vlab range of digitisers, Toccata's sound quality is exceptional. Indeed, after extensive testing I'd say it's probably the best yet for the Amiga.
And better still, the default hardware also supports hardware compression which provides a very respectable disk space saving in exchange for a slight degradation in the signal-to-noise ratio.
In the case of 16-bit samples, this translates to an SNR of 70dB compressed, as opposed to %dB uncompressed.
However no matter how impressive the The VlabY C connection As I mentioned earlier, the creators of Toccata already have an impressive track record in Amiga video with their premier product, namely VlabY C, a digitiser widely regarded as the premier video grabber.
One of the major reasons for such acclaim is VlabY C’s ability to grab sequential video images via IFR frame grabbing option which allows multiple passes over a defined section of video - thereby building up an entire, frame accurate sequence.
Impressive stuff, but thanks to Toccata that's only the tip of the iceberg. Now, using the 16-bit talents of the board, full 16-bit audio can also play a part in the equation.
To combine the two, all that’s required is a click on the Toccata option within the IFR control panel and the process becomes totally automated, the end result being a perfect 16-bit soundtrack to accompany your 24-bit grabs.
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Bcvird than a traditional Midi-friendly 4ovct-to-disk recorder. However COHSider- rs its target user base it appears curiously bcimg in some basic multimedia requirements, the most notable of which is the lack ai direct Arexx support. As a result, its use within 5cala or McdiaPoint productions would appear tricky at best.
Nedia Another curious aspect is its affinity - or prrhaps lack of it - to Midi. Although an cf-grade to Samplitude Proll makes its pos- to dump Midi data to a suitable sam- pfang keyboard, the basic version has no direct Midi connection, so alas there's no ¦ray to transport or trigger samples via Midi.
As a result there's also no way of using the card under direct sequencer control, and even if this were possible, there's no means of pitch-shifting existing samples.
As a consequence, anyone in the market for a pseudo-sampling keyboard had better look elsewhere.
The speed of sound Like most power exploits, 16-bit sound makes heavy demands on both disk space and your CPU. In the case of disk space the equation obviously varies according to the sample rate and format you require, but to give you an idea the average stereo sample recorded at 41kHz - otherwise known as CD quality - will require approximately 11Mb of RAM per minute. * * As for the CPU, a 68020 is the lower limit. Using this you could expect to record a stereo sample at 32kHz but that would be the upper limit- For full CD or DAT quality an 030 processor would be essential, while quadro
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Basically, with its various limitations Toccata is very much a matter of taste. The actual sound quality is exceptional which could carve it a niche as a direct-to-disk may tering system.
Obviously the link with Vlab will ensure at least limited success in the multimedia department courtesy of existing VlabY C users, while the convoluted approach to Arexx - via Samplitude - could make it an appealing investment for the hordes of Scala fans. However, with the strong market position of the SunRize boards and their existing links to all kinds of software, it's difficult to see how Toccata will successfully break into the mass market.
Basically the problem boils down to software. If Macro Systems can continue to support and build on their existing hardware. Toccata could well become a world beater - the question is, will they? Watch this space to find out.
Add to this a lack of support for that videographic and musical essential 5MPTE timecode, and Toccata's place in the market becomes rather difficult to pin down.
In its defence comes the accompanying sample editor Samplitude. As you've probably spotted, the basic Toccata software suite has a drastic lack of editing options and as a result Samplitude plays an essential part in the overall Toccata equation.
As you can probably tell from the screenshots, Samplitude is essentially very similar to the vast majority of 8-bit Amiga sample editors, and of course there’s no reason why you can't operate Toccata as an 8-bit sampler if you wish.
For the old guard Samplitude will be a very familiar with the usual cut and paste operations, mixing, fading and special effects alongside sample shifting, amplitude control and so on. In short all you need to manage and edit your creations.
Assign your buffers and let Samplitude do the trkky stuff Four track simultaneous playback at DAT quality - Impressive itutf Amiga Computing April 1994 E On a more glamorous note, Samplitude also offers the odd power feature, such as very advanced range control. Thanks to this feature you can select an infinite number of ranges within the sample and then employ the program’s playlist feature to sequence the various ranges together.
To do this you're provided with a mini single-track sequence from which any one of the ranges can be selected and dropped into the sequence along with a user-definable repeat. Once all your ranges arc in place you simply hit the play button and the playlist kicks into life, leaping around the sample to run the sequence.
SYSTEM ESSENTIALS I'lli I ...-nli.il Vi HOW * Ktsi»inincnilt-.l Amplification PROJECTS Another impressive element is the program's ability to combine and split projects. A project is simply another name for a sample which in the case of Samplitude can be either mono, stereo or quadro projects.
The bottom line Product; Toccata Supplier: Amiga Centre Scotland Price: £370 Tel: 089687 583 As you've probably guessed, thanks to Samplitude Toccata can play twin stereo samples simultaneously which can either be built up from four individual mono samples or twin stereo recordings - and of course any four-track sample can be broken down either into stereo or mono for Ease of use: 8 Implementation: 6 Valuo for monoy: 6 Overall: 7 additional editing if necessary.
Arexx is another added bonus of the Samplitude environment. Although ideally Toccata should have an Arexx port all of its own, at least Samplitude can provide an alternative window into the world of multimedia - if by a slightly roundabout route.
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All Prices include 17.5% VAT. E&OE LETTERS ¦ After readins y°ur Cut out the middle men news story about Citizen selling their ProLaser 6000 direct to the public, I had a thought. Why don't Commodore sell direct to t* public? Maybe then they could sell the CD32 at £199 or £149, the A1200 at £249, «d the A4000 030 for £699 or even less.
This would allow their machines to sell t very competitive prices, could easily drop below PC prices, and could blow
• ray Sega and Nintendo!
Sales would rise and Commodore Crtld still make a healthy profit. Dealers axild still sell Amiga hardware and software, so it wouldn't be that much of problem for them to lose Amiga
• ales.
If there are more Amiga users, sales of hardware and software will increase, iking up some of the difference the dealers would lose by not selling the Amiga range.
At first it would cost Commodore lots money to start a sales division. They would have to build Commodore shops and advertise extensively, but they would get their money back.
Ezra Surfs Postbag Finally, can people stop complaining about Commodore and the new chip sets?
Enjoy your Amiga! 1 paid £1,500 for my A4000 030 with 240Mb hard drive and 6Mb RAM only to find the same machine after a few months would have cost me only £1230.
Do 1 feel ripped of by Commodore and feel the urge to buy a PC? No way. My A4000 is still a great machine and I enjoy using it. It's obvious that the A1200 and CD32 are going to remain the same, the A4000 Q30 is going to be replaced by the AA+ chipset, and the A4000 040 is going to be replaced by the AAA chipset, but 1 don't care. I'm looking forward to the day, actually.
The Amiga has a future, no matter what model you own.
Stem Browne, Camberley Commodore UK didn't put you up to this letter, did they? Seriously, though, I'm glad you haven't been swamped by the waves of gloom encouraged by some sections of the Amiga world since Commodore's financial figures were announced.
Yes, the Amiga has a very bright future, and yes it will develop as it goes on, with a AAA chipset machine appearing some time this autumn (we believe) to be followed by the much vaunted Rise-based Amiga with Windows NT capability.
However, your idea for selling Amigas direct to the public stinks. Sorry, but there you have it.
Commodore's success has been due in no small part to the efforts of third parties.
Everyone from the small high street computer store to the peripherals manufacturers have supported the Amiga by building businesses around it (making money in the process, of couree), and if the intricate dealer network was damaged the Amiga would suffer.
Cutting the high street man with his technical support and advice out of the Commodore chain would reduce the machine's presence on the high street and lower the standards of service we receive. In addition, the dealers would probably drop the Amiga altogether if the biggest chunk of business was taken away from them.
Direct sales are, more or less, available through the mail order companies, and if Commodore were to invest in a chain of shops, they would be forced to sell the Amiga at a higher price than present to recoup the investment. Sorry, but as business plans go, this is a concrete rowing boat.
Analogue woes Game over, man!
Nave an Amiga 1200 on which I play homier Elite II and Knights of the Sky.
"¦ecentfy, I purchased an analogue joystick find that it will not work on these games.
Can I "fix* this or is there some way I can M the software to my joystick? The games
* re brilliant but the digital joystick I also ‘s e is driving me
to drugs and drink.
Andrew Curran r m afraid that if a game does not contain code to accept analogue joystick out, there’s nothing you can do about
* The number of Amiga games which 3on’t accept analogue joysticks
is a reflection of the fact that most Amiga oysticks have
always been digital, ¦ttereas most PC sticks are analogue.
On most games, you can get round
- w digital controls by selecting mouse control, then plugging in
a Gravis uousestick, but these are expensive and :niy for the
dedicated flight buff.
Write to the games companies concerned and express your preference for
• -alogue control if you want to see it eluded in future games.
You might also ask Digital integration
• hy their superb Tornado game accepts mtogue joysticks but has
no facility to :alibrate them, making the option about m much
use as a chocolate teaspoon.
Just the other day, 1 finished a rather long and arduous computer game (I won't say which one, as most of them are culprits these days) which rewarded my perseverance and dedication with a load of rubbish.
The final screen, at which 1 had expected a groovy animation, some enthusiastic "well done" back-thumping, or even just a nice tune, was no more than a static, badly drawn picture with a few words on it. Anti-climax or what?
It seems to me that the biggest problem with the games industry today is that they have forgotten the basic psychology of game playing. We don't do it just to spend some time - there has to be an objective or series of objectives and we should be prompted towards them and rewarded when we achieve them. Otherwise, what’s the point in finishing a game?
All right, you get that inner glow of self-satisfaction, but this is dampened by the feeling that the programmers didn't think finishing the game they themselves programmed worthy of congratulation or even much note. Is this another indication of the get-rich-quick attitude so many software people have these days?
Whatever happened to good old-fashioned games fanatics writing the sort of games they'd love to play themselves? It's by writing from this motivation that classics are bom, not by marketing men with slide rules and calculators where their pleasure centres should be.
Would Lemmings, Populous, Manic Miner, or Elite have been half as good if the authors hadn't written from a sense of fun and love of games, as they SO obviously did? No!
So the message is: fire the marketing men and hire some of us unemployed games players - we’ll keep you right, and lower the unemployment figure at the same time!
Alan Garrity, Portsmouth Hmm - this is a little extreme as reactions go. Why should you get so het up about an end-of-game screen? I suppose your criticisms are valid, but most of the classic games you mention had no decent victory screen either.
On the other hand, modem games design does seem to concentrate too much on graphics and sound to the expense of playability, but the game players, encouraged (perhaps) by the games magazines, are as much to blame as the software companies.
When a preview appears in an Amiga magazine, all you see of the game arc some screenshots, and if the graphics displayed by these static, miniscule representations of the game are colourful and well drawn the public responds by upping its expectations.
The games companies, regardless of whether they are partly responsible for the expectations of their customers, respond to what they feel people want from them.
Only when people remember that design and playability are the most important aspects of any game will the situation change. Until then, games houses will feel free to create beautiful looking games with little or no depth to them, because that's what the public demands, Hollywood has been phoning potential customers for years to try out movie ideas on them before investing millions in actual production, resulting in bland but spectacular films such as Die Hard and Jurdiiie Park (heavy ort dinosaurs, light Ort plot) and it can't be long before the spiralling costs of games production starts to
force games companies to play even safer.
If we all want CD-ROM games with masses of graphics and music (both time-consuming and expensive to produce), we'll have to accept that the games houses will be more and more cautious about which projects receive the thousands of pounds of development cash.
Your own tastes and demands are, in large part, the key to what the software houses will produce, so it's up to you. ¦LETTERS Piracy sucks I'll get straight to the point. Piracy - it sucks! I used to be the owner of a Mega Drive and Mega CD, but after paying £40 to £60 for a game 1 thought "sod that, I'll sell up and buy an Amiga''. So I bought an A1200 and it's superb.
However, since buying it, I found that people arc getting "cracked" games from bulletin boards. Why do they do it? Can't these people see that they are ruining the best computer in the world?
Got something to say through We 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 SK10 4NP If I can't afford to buy a game I don't just think "oh, I'll just copy it". It would be easy to do so, but Amiga games are so much cheaper than console games anyway, and much better (especially the AGA ones).
I say to the Amiga-owning world please, please don't let the Amiga games scene die. Buy the game, don't copy it.
Please don't enclose saes as Ezra just hasn't got enough paper to reply personally¦ He might also have to shorten your letters, so don 't be offended it you end up Craig Bowman, Durham Your comments would, I'm sure, be echoed by every software company in the world, and not a few sensible Amiga getting the chop. See Amiga piracy as a bigger threat, perhaps because the Amiga press and the law-abiding sections of the Amiga community have made such a big issue of piracy over the years.
The bitterest pill to swallow is that our reward for continually assessing the threat from software thieves is to be treated as thieves ourselves.
Why else should many games be hard drive installable on the PC but not on the Amiga if not because the software companies think we are thieves and PC owners are 100 per cent honest?
Scion-ara?
As I am interested in tracing my family tree, the Scion program on a recent CoverDisk seemed just the thing until I noticed that it only works with WB2 and better Can you tell me it there's a Workbench 1 3 version so I can use it with my A500?
Chris Butcher. Romford Scion's author, Robbie Akin, neglected to include his address in the main program's About screen or RISCy business Having read of Commodore's plans to use RISC in their next generation Amigas, and perhaps even the PC Power chip from Motorola, I was wondering if we can look forward to a period of cross-machine compatibility. If so, it wouldn't be before time.
The Amiga and the Macintosh already use the same CPU, yet Mac emulators arc still more expensive than Maes themselves once you've bought a hard drive and some extra RAM to dedicate to the Mac side. Now if everyone's taking a step forward, why can't they all take roughly the same one?
1 was one of the early Amax users but have recently switched to Emplant, and I can recommend the emulation road to anyone. 1 know it Isn't the panacea sometimes claimed for it, but running two computer from the same box makes life so much easier when, like me, you use a variety of computers at home and at work.
The Amiga has the advantage of cheap and highly efficient software, especially in graphics and 3D, while my Mac side runs expensive professional DTP and design packages I’ve borrowed from work. If I can put aside enough for an optical drive or a Syquest, I should be able to transfer work from home to office and back again with supreme ease- Don't the major manufacturers see the benefits? Why don't they open their eyes to the flexibility we the paying public are asking for?
G Bim’den, Dumbarton The Power PC chip is indeed planned for use in the next range of Macs and has been mooted as a possible CPU in the A5000, but don't expect the PC world to take it on board.
Windows NT has been mentioned as a crossover point between the Pentium 586 and the A5000, but again this is only an early speculation fuelled by unguarded comments leaked from Commodore before the company's finances sank into the doldrums. In short, don't hold your breath.
Owners as well. However, so long as there are illegal copies selling for less or even freely available through cracking networks, there will always be people willing and eager to take advantage.
We will never dampen the demand for pirated games with out dramatic price cutting, and as the games world seems in the main manual, but Scion has been around for a while and there should be an older WB1.3 version.
Formerly known as Arjay Geneologist, Scion is now in v3, so if anyone out there can suggest where older versions might be avail* able, or if the author can contact us, we'll pass on the information. Failing this, try one of the PD houses who advertise in this magazine.
Unwilling to take this step, we must hope the long arm of the law can be used to good effect.
Don't think this problem is restricted to the Amiga, though.
The PC world is as rife with piracy as the Amiga one, but for some reason the games companies still AGA upgrade I was reading in one of your magazines about a conversion to make the A500 into an A1200 for less than £150.1 don't know which magazine it was, but I’m very interested.
Apparently, you fit a motherboard to the A500 which has all the 32-bit, AGA, and CPU chips to go with it, and I would be grateful if you could give me as much information as possible.
A M Teasdale, MiddlcsborOugh The conversion you write of was offered by an American company called Copperhead Technologies and is a straight motherboard replacement where all that is saved of the original A500 is the power supply, plastic casing, keyboard, and floppy drive.
We hear that Copperhead are a little difficult to contact by phone, so for further information, write to them at: Copperhead Technologies .
104 jay Street Schenectady NY 12305 * USA Video CD not good enough Having read your CD32 supplement November issue. I must complain Video CD comment on page four Tv de states that movie buffs win be the jump on Video CD.
How false and misleading! Any informed person has to know that the respecting film lover wouldn't even the Video CD option, not to mention doning (he amazing Laserdisc f because Video CD’s picture quality s slightly superior to the ageing VHS.
I mean, who would be stupid invest his or her money on such a new tern just to watch movies with picture struggling to compete with a very old Oh. I forgot to mention the inc VHS-beating Video CD features, such minutes on a disc and no record facility A Laserdisc player (getting cheapo better every day) can otter tremendous ture and sound quality with full wide and Dolby Surround Pro Logic su combined with a huge availability of operas, and music videos. This includes very latest blockbusters, and not just movies.
It's all quite clear, I think, and the between Laserdisc and Video CD was say the least, unfortunate. I'm fully b£J CD32, even the use of FMV for ga (though Sega’s new LaserEctive system deliver much more), but when it comes movie watching, Video CD is ridiculous.
Alex Poiedouiis, Well, so far the only people who’ve stupid enough invest heavily In Video have been Polygram, Paramount. W Brothers, and just about ever other player in the film and music businesses There’s no guarantee, of course, these poor misguided outsiders are informed, but I think we can saf assume they won’t hang back from ing the most of their investment.
Laserdisc is now, and always been, a fringe format and one which always been an overpriced resort movie snobs and fanatics. The film we mentioned in our supplement, ah to a person, will never even have seer Laserdisc in action, never mind know: of the tiny band of people who own one Agreed, Video CD isn't of hugely ter quality than VHS in absolute t but it is still far better. The digital s sound on a Video CD will never su from hiss, there will never be white li on screen, no problems with tracki and no need to fast forward or rewind.
Remember that audio tape can so just about as good as a CD when fi bought, but try the two after six and hear the difference.
With the convergence between music, and games industry settled on Video CD, Laserdisc can have all t technical advantages it wants and still be superseded.
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at the moment to gauge exactly how fast the card will work as no good SCSI-II testing software could be found in time for the test.
Most existing benchmarks tail to stretch the interface to its limits, and some even crash during the test procedure. As a result, any speed ratings we have are strictly provisional, but it doesn’t take a minutely accurate test to show up the huge difference between this and older boards.
For example, writing a 6.5Mb file to hard drive using the A4091 takes 14.5 seconds, and a staggering 78 seconds using the A4000's built-in IDE interface. This in itself is a slow result for the A4091. As the limited DiskPerf and DiskSpeed tests earned out indicated a transfer speed well in excess of 8Mb per second.
Drive fragmentation and the vast differences between SCSI-1!
And IDE put the test in perspective, but A4000 owners should have no doubts that adding SCSI-II is tantamount to boosting the Amiga's base jpeed.
Access times are similarly blistering, working out at around 4ms, though for some reason the read and directory scan results from our test programs did not accord with the evidence of our own eyes.
Much slower test readings suggest that the software itsetf is at fault rather than the A4091, so if anyone out there can provide a reliable SCSI-II lest program, stick it in the post.
Mfotm illcction position mm ' ieo asm _ Scanner llard Diito _ DKB 4091 :«*, SCSI II Hard Drive Controller r .. * JjLLJ j Stay on fhe When the Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) became an industry stan- a was only a matter of time before the Aaunds of a baying populace forced the
• pniii. To produce a successor.
Nrt content with SCSI's speed, ability to up to seven devices including scan-
• o and printers and economical use of pro- tune, the market
wanted more.
What the Tefal men came up with was Mr imaginatively named SCSI-II, a new ¦terd of interface with maximum data «**rer rates up to a theoretical ceiling of ¦Mb per second and access times which
• r our breath away.
Until now, SCSI-1! Was unavailable on the C- ij. But the release of DKB's A4091 at ¦ft nib* the gap. Originally a project hatched M the Amiga in-house development team,
• r A4091 was farmed out to DKB when Conmodore halted the project
to concen- on the pressing task of survival. Only by putting
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Fitting in the 32-bit Zorro 111 slots found in A3000 and A4000 machines, the card has no accommodation for extra RAM of its own, but offers a SCSI-II through port and a set of rear mounted dip switches for setting the board's various SCSI options.
Different switch settings cater for internal and external drive mountings, the new fast bus mode, and the host ID number to facilitate the addition of a drive to an existing system.
New active termination technology is also offered in the shape of a terminator pack which the user can attach to the end of the SCSI chain, thus avoiding the old fashioned method of (in my case, anyway) flicking little resistors across the room with a screwdriver to the accompaniment of much Lap record profanity- As the terminator pack dangles wonyingly from the end of the SCSI cable, I was a little worried about where it might end up, but the small PCB is almost entirely encased in glutinous insulating plastic, so there should be no chance of a disastrous short circuit.
Due to the lack of space in an A4000 Zorro bay, a handy length of cable is supplied to enable the connection of a drive mounted in the second 3.5in floppy compartment, and with the dip switches it should be relatively easy for inexperienced users to add extra devices. The manual, though, could be a little more expansive on some points.
Hard drives, and SCSI drives in particular, are a source of much confusion (wen among many so-called experts) and the 40-odd page manual doesn't help much.
EMPHASIS There are good, dear instructions on fitting the card and any accompanying hard drives, but with a little more on why things work and more emphasis on trouble shooting would make things easier for nervous users (or most of us, in other words).
One note for potential buyers of the A4091 is that many of the older A4000 machines contain an early version of the Buster chip which, while not ruling out the use of SCSI-II, negates a great deal of the speed benefits.
Without an upgrade from Wang, entailing the replacement of the motherboard if your Buster is surface mounted, transfer speed will be little more than 2Mb per second.
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HELP Confused? Perplexed? Steve White has answers to all your Amiga-related queries from script files to RAM types ACAS - SI Run those scripts TS* 1 finally purchased an IDE 120Mb hard drive for my A1200 and it has just changed my life ¦Untlv. Now that everything |Workbench 3.0 has to offer is so easily ¦BK&ible, I am literally devouring the
• tauals and now feel fairly confide with the Workbench -
especially the I I have challenged myself to write a tad disk
install script so that I can easily
• P? Wy floppy software onto the hard Wne without messing around
dragging tans or using the Shell. I've tested the npt and
everything seems to work fine, |tah I have to open the Shell
and type Vupcute hdinstall" every time I want to am it What I
really need is to be able to an icon to the script so that it
can be with just the click of a button. Could pm please explain
if this is possible or I understand that IconX has some- tang
to do with it. Your help would be appreciated.
Martin Dean, Hastings rAli, if only everything was so Simple. You're quite right when you mention IconX because it is tntegral part of attaching an icon to a
• mpt file.
IconX is present in the C directory of phir hard drive and basically interprets ta script commands much in the way tar the Shell does.
I suppose the first thing to do would be iv design an icon for your hard drive mitalUr script. Design the icon using kouEdit in the Tools drawer of your W oekbeneh and make sure the Type menu 4ns Project selected - a script file is described as a Project.
Save the icon in the same location and
* *th the same name as the script file. Locate the icon, click it
once and flfcm select Information... from the Icons everything
about the script file, however, trying to run it from the icon
ivill have no effect until you give it a Default Tool. With the
Information window back up, click in the Default Tool;
window, Type in IconX, hit Return and then click on Save.
Noiv when you click on the icon you should find that your hard drive installer script has been successfully executed. You could then leave out the icon so that it appears on the main Workbench window.
Easy, eh?
What a picture All disks have a disk icon attached to them but is it possible to create one for the RAM disk? I recently designed my own disk icons and cringe when the horrid Commodore effort appears.
1 have tried copying a dusk icon across but it obviously is lost when I turn the machine off or warm boot.
Simon Johns, Manchester rlt is possible to attach a disk icon to the RAM disk but you can’t simply copy a disk icon into it. There is a sneakier way which will guarantee your RAM disk boots up with pride.
Design the icon and save it to the S directory as RAMlcon. Next, load up the User-Startup, also in the S directory, using Ed and type in: copy n1l: sys:t riaicon to racdisk.info Save the User-Startup and then reboot the Amiga. You should now have a RAM disk Gag those drives 1 am being driven mad! It's not a lack of RAM, it's not a lack of hard drive space, it’s not even the lack of hard drive installer programs in computer games. No, this problem is serious - clicky drive syndrome!
Is there any way I can stop my bloody disk drives from constantly clicking all the time? I regularly boot my A590 with blank disks in the drives just so the incessant clicking slops.
The down side of this is that it incre ases my hard drive access time. I've tried music, meditation, everything, to no avail.
It doesn't matter what the cost, there must be something out there that will Why fast RAM?
Ql have read many articles regarding RAM in yours and other Amiga magazines. But I still cannol appreciate the difference between chip and fast RAM I don’t want a thorough breakdown of the thing, just a simple this is why and this is why not.
A friend has told me that adding fast RAM greatly speeds up the Amiga but I imagined this was the job of a processor. Does fast RAM really turbo charge the Amiga?
Jamie Dome. Isle ol Wighl A The truthful answer to whether fast RAM actually turbo chargers the Amiga is no! However, that's not to say that there Isn't a noticeable difference in speed when it is available.
If you have no fast RAM and you load a program it will dump itself in the chip RAM. This is used by the Amiga's chips to perform calculations and if there are too many programs in chip RAM the Amiga begins to slow as the chips struggle to find space in which to perform their calculations, When there is fast RAM the programs will use this instead, thus leaving the chip RAM to the chips themselves.
If you are considering using your Amiga seriously I would strongly recommend that you purchase some fast RAM - 2Mb at the minimum with 4Mb recommended.
Turn the clicking off - why does it happen anyway?
Peter Sibbs, Northampton In my experience, every hard drive owner eventually falls foul of the dreaded clicky drive syndrome as you so perfectly put it, but there is a program out there and the good neivs is it won't cost you a bean.
The program you're after is available from most reputable public domain houses for just the price of a disk and is called NCIick. Unfortunatelyf I can't remember the programmer's name but it does work and brings sweet relief instantly, It not only disables DFO but also DF1, DF2 and DF3.
Arcade thrills!
Wg* After selling my Archimedes 19$ and saving for what seems like a millennium I have finally bought myself an Amiga computer and I'm very pleased with its performance.
I am very keen to learn how to write computer games and hopefully market them. This was never a reality with the ¦ TECHNICAL HELP Archimedes but now I have the Amiga I feel confident that I could write a game of my own.
Could vou please explain what the best programming languages are and what software I would need in order to create games?
M m ACAS Lance Richards, London rWell Lance, it would seem to me that you haven't really dabbled with computer programming much in the past. Writing games to match those available now would take a great deal of time and patience.
Games programmers invariably use Assembly language to write tlicir games.
As the Amiga is such a complex piece of hardware their are many facets to programming it that must be mastered.
You got problems too? Then drop a line to Amiga Computing Advice Service, Europe 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.
Fortunately, there are a couple of excellent programming packages that would allow you to create very respectable games without a degree in mathematics.
Europress Software are responsible for the world-renowned Amos programming language. It is similar in many respects to Basic, but is far more powerful. But if it is really only games that you want to create you would probably be better off getting hold of Acid Software's superb Blitz Basic 2.
Blitz 2 has been designed with the beginner in mind and offers complex graphics and sound handling which while powerful, won’t have you tearing your hair out when it comes to learning the language.
You can contact Europress Software on 0625 859444 and Blit: Basic 2 is available from Meridian at the humble price of CIO.
The best paint package you probably will have already got with your Amiga - Deluxe Paint. If not, contact Electronic Arts on 0753 549442.
Missing printer After saving long and hard my two children purchased an Amiga 1200 which was fine until Christmas.
As a surprise I bought them an Epson LQ100 printer. We spent time reading the manuals and magazines but couldn't get the printer to work. The Workbench 3.0 software was installed and everything went fine until we came to the point of selecting a printer driver from the printer prefs program.
Can you please help? I wrote to Commodore several weeks ago but have had no reply as of yet.
Airs L Wright, Sheffield rWhen you say you installed Workbench 3.0 I presume that you also own a hard drive. If the software is installed correctm using the official Commodore insta program you should at least have I Generic driver in the Printer Ty window.
I would imagine that either the i ware has not been correctly installed l that there is some kind of er on your main Workbench disk. La and open the Workbench disk take a look in the Printer drawer i Devs.
Inside you should find a printer t called Generic. Drag it into fl Printer drawer found inside the i drawer on your hard drive. When tp next load up the printer prefs Generi should be available in the Printer Typd window.
If you can't find the Generic driver I suggest you get yourself a replacemen set of Workbench disks. Explain fl the dealer from who you bought tk computer about the problem and see i you can have a new set of disks. If ftt doesn't work you will have to cal Commodore.
Shell short-cuts After tampering with the Shell and finally getting to grips with it I would like to add some hot key definitions so that I can speed up my typing of commands.
At present I am personalising my Workbench and have installed the excellent MagicWB PD program. Now all that is left is to personalise the Shell. I understand that creating hot keys is possible in the Amiga but I can’t fathom out exactly how it is done.
David Holden. Soulhampton r Danger! MagicWB may look very attractive but we installed it on the Amigas here at Amiga Computing and it caused quite a few problems.
My advice would be to delete It immediately and personalise the icons yourself - a far more satisfying and sate option - rather than risking your Amiga's health.
Anyway, on to your point about personalising your Shell. When you load the Shell up it reads a file in your S directory called Shell-Startup. This text file contains information about hot keys, called Alias in Amiga DOS, and various other attributes of the Shell window. Take a look at by typing: attach a command to the alias.
The next time you load up the Shell, type In "hello" and see what happens The Allas command is more powerful than explained here but this should keep you going for the moment.
It ¦ Clear "Ecrio nEie;WEIJ»- as Xcopy ‘Copy aonE' ¦.as c stdcit Alias htllo echo ¦hello" ed *:»lell-it»rtup' from the Shell itself.
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10 Puzzle Games ...h0udes3Games INTERVIEW ¦ tion left these
people a little bit scared. So, while they were telling us
on the one hand that they were doing things, they put
themselves on hold to see what was going to happen to
Commodore before they committed their resources.
I can't really blame them but at the end of the day, I'm obviously not happy that we were given lots of commitments which were not fulfilled. 1 can honestly say now that 1 don’t know of any company that's in that position now - they're putting their resources into it In fact, the levels of sales at first, even for standard ports as you rightly call them, have been quite staggering so far as I'm aware. I don't know of any major company that is not committed to producing on its own... Much of what goes on the computer industry warrants a closer look
- d ssatisfied customers, promises ade and not kept, fickle
attitudes Kxvards social issues and many other areas are ripe
for investigation.
Each month, we'll be bringing you concise interviews with the wheelers md dealers of the industry for you to
- ake up your own mind on how you, as a customer, are being
treated.
The series kicks off with David easance, MD of Commodore (UK), speaking about why their new wun- derkind is not receiving the good
• esponse they expected from some of yjr readers.
Ivid, what can you say to r buyers of the CD32 who
* t«l let down and disap* fainted with the lack of original
software that was frcnised to them by the end f 93? Straight
port-overs roi A500 games with extra f Hand and colours are
hardly
• e-of-the art 32 bil CD technology gaming we were led to «pect
soon after the launch... An fftut's a fairly simple question
• answer - to manufacture I produce a standard enter- nment
product, by that I an a floppy disk or car- dge-based product,
takes ately nine months, produce a CD-based duct using all the
technol- r and facilities that are avail- on highly-specified
Abased machines takes ut t8 months. The product »only released
to two (com- i] because we had a very ng requirement to keep
the t secret.
The product was given to a dful of developers three to r months prior to its bunch the realities of it are that 1 are a large number of good products under pment but the timescale nit takes longer than the e's been on the market.
, in essence, the answer is t patient".
Do you feel about the ftware houses that made nises and subsequently their deadlines? Do like the consumer, feel t down?
. There are certainly a num- r of publishing companies made commitments to us Uy that they were work- ; on various projects and I nk in all honesty that nodore s financial posi- ugly While your recent double page spreads quoting lead* ing games makers confirming their continuing support is encouraging, when are we actually going to see CD32*specific games other than Liberation ?
Microcosm is due out at any time and that is pretty damn good. Rise of the Robots is due out, they're telling me, at the beginning of March and that's fantastic.
So, it's very imminent - I mean, we're in early February now but my belief is the best titles will come out probably in the pre- Christmas period this year because there really is 12 months' development in these products and they can't be done any faster... so much to use, you know.
Industry sources have suggested that there are maybe as little as 50,000 CD32 units in British homes at present. Is this figure worrying for the future of the CD32 and therefore for Commodore as a whole?
We have not achieved the level of sales that we would've liked and I think that there arc a number of reasons for that. Certainly, the lack of software of any description was a definite negative in terms of people committing to buy the machine and 1 can’t blame them for that.
Also, the reality of it is that the console market is considerably down on... everybody's estimates. I would suggest to you that ?
|Jhe Commodore Ifl 32 comes under close scrutiny in the first of many inquisitions into the kind of gjSj treatment you, the lycustomer, receive. Adam f Phillips asks the questions ¦ INTERVIEW "The Jaguar, w terms of its specification, is somewhat of a scam - it’s not a 64-bit product...”
- David Pleasance Thank you for your time.
• If you have any opinions, views or information on what you have
read would like to see covered, then please a line at The Devil
;! Advocate at the address, the intention being to print
replies. We look forward to hearing you... Well, it's no secret
that Commodore don't have huge resources at this moment in
history. The press launch in the States during the CES show was
extremely well attended with over 200 journalists and
extremely well received - and I'm not just saving that because
I like making all positive notes. I'm absolutely genuine
about that.
I've been very critical about what the Stateside people have done in the past but this particular launch went very well and 1 think the reason why it went down so well is because there is such a down feeling and an anticlimax regarding 3DO - everybody though it was going to be wonderful.
The 3DO shipment figures I've been told are 32,000 units shipped to retailers and less than 10,000 have sold through since September. The American journalists are very disappointed and believe the 3DO is A disaster and are really looking for something to fill its void.
With the launch, we've shown what the CD32 can do and what the potential is. They are very excited about it and 1 think you'll find that we will have had within the last week or two and the next two to three weeks, a great deal of coverage.
The product isn’t shipping until March
- we are not in a position to do a massive campaign. 1 mean it
costs millions and millions of dollars to do that but our plan
is to launch in a very similar way to that which Atari have
done with the jaguar; to launch in a couple of specific areas
and promote within those areas, and I think that the potential
is very large.
We actually genuinely believe that we can do somewhere between 200 and 300,000 units in a 12-month period from Sega and Nintendo are at least 40 per cent down on their estimates. We believe that we still have made the lion's share of CD- based hardware sales but obviously, the numbers arc dow n on what we predicted.
However, what I can say confidently is that there is no question in my mind, and I've been at Commodore for ten years, that in the (time) the CD32 has been released, we have had a better sales penetration than any other previous product, including the Commodore 64 and the Amiga 500.
I think it bodes very well - my belief is that the CD32 will most definitely be the product for this Christmas, 1994.
To truly make the CD32 a success, America is the market to be conquered.
Apparently, the release Stateside was a low profile affair which again leads to the question - are Commodore doing enough?
To be much later this year if it hits this year at all; I suspect it will They are going through the same problems that we are going through in terms of product written for it so I believe that we have a head- start - we launched in October... to hit the shelves first.
My belief is that having this year headstart is definitely going to be advantageous to us - there is nothing that the Saturn product spec delivers that is exceptional in regard to our specification.
Jaguar in terms of its specification is somewhat of a scam - it's not a 64-bit product as everyone who looks at it the date of launch in the States.
In the future, how do you reckon your chances are against the 3DO, jaguar, Saturn and other high- spec machines that arc coming to our shores at some stage this year?
1 think we have a big advantage in terms of 3DO, Saturn and the Nintendo alliance, and that is we have a product that already exists. You know, when Saturn hits the States or Europe, it's going end of the day, we all know it's the software that drives the hardware.
Having said all of those things of course, we have a number of products under devel- efa opment which I can absolutely I assure you will compete in terms of specification with any product that we know of or can potentially be promoted.
Listen, I'll give you a very good example, this project from Nintendo with Silicon Graphics. They were showing what the potential will be at the CES show in Las Vegas straight from a 540,000 machine with these fantastic realises. I'm not so sure about the end user, but it's not a 64-bit product.
The other thing about the Jaguar is that obviously at the moment it's a cartridge- based system and the CD doesn't exist for it.
My information is, and 1 don't think that you'll disagree, that the majority of software publishers arc desperately trying to get out of cartridge manufacturing... they're not really keen to commit writing for it and at the graphics, but they were showing a monitor that cost $ 5,000.
There's no way on God's earth kid at home is going to see that on • his home without paying $ 5,000 monitor to give that resolution. To ¦ think that's a scam, never mind anyone thinks.
So in terms of our technical tion, the projects we have under opment can certainly keep ahead oi competition.
The CD32 Mk II is in developmnC i present. Can you tell me about the tr%J nological advancements from the m sent model and when it is going (• m released?
I can't and I won't because the wa thing in the world is publishing va ware which stops buying my product, can't afford that - I havr| have people continual buying my product. Sa won't comment on that Should customers be i cerned that their rece purchase could bcce obsolete by the end of l year?
No it'll never become lete, absolutely no way all. The one message we have to get through that technology cannot i still.
For our readers, do have any promises would like to make i cerning the future of i CD32 and the Ami| range?
Concerning the CDJ there are a number very high profile companies currently mitted to writing the machine.
Finally, is it true that you once second in an Opportunity show in Australia for playing th menco guitar?
[Short laugh] Yeah, 1 actually c a national contest, yeah... many ago.
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However, improved sales have a ten- mc to attract fhe opposition, which in the ¦r of software security has meant a much Iproved revision to the Ami-Back range of and utility programs.
Fc*h Quarterback and Ami-back have a «miJar approach to the subject with a ited back-up package in the form of ck and Ami-back alongside sepa- r disk management packages entitled erback tools and Ami-back tools However after years as the dominant f m disk management, Central Coast t recently found themselves playing
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uling - something which the new ck couldn't match.
[ Tbs unpleasant surprise obviously infu- I the boys and girls at Central Coast, lly considering they had only just I their latest version of Quarterback.
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On top of that come several new Arexx macro commands - some of which have been designed specifically for the scheduler, while many of the existing macros have been updated and expanded to further improve Quarterback’s automated Operations. However useful, much of the above is basically icing, while the real appeal has to be the program's impressive paate speed. Support for multiple tape back-ups has also been included, allowing large volumes to be spread across several small tapes. Tape support has also been improved to cater for more modem tape streamers which offer hardware compres
Fterrrdcr |Zl itt [it works 90U damn it I " *ctlv® 1 P-Jnactive Cancel Day Week Year |1994 |fj r 1st Annually 2|3|4|5kj?|ft| 2nd 9|idi 3rd Time Ihr i!H2,h 4th dDHti Last J Hourly J Qaly J From End of Month Set up a reminder and launch 1 ome 1 ottwnn whenever you want As a consequence they've now retaliated with the release of Quarterback v6 only months after its predecessor. However, this time scheduling is high on the agenda with a standalone utility- appended to the basic Quarterback package.
To be fair the authors have taken the opportunity to do a little tidying-up as well as adding the aforementioned scheduler. At the forefront of the new enhancements comes much improved data compression which can write to floppies at normal t works!-test ords, Paul Austin peruses the ultimate in Amiga updates including the all-new ADPro2.5, Wordworth 3 and the latest revision of Quarterback ictures nd disk back-ups iDPro upgrade ! The company terms “the most significant upgrade in
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EGS, Retina Z-lll and Retina, and the Video Toaster Image format support has been improved with the addition of six new file formats in ADPro and three in the optional Professional Conversion Pack.
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The PCP has grown to support files in the SGI. Alias, and Wavefront, both the RLA and RLB formats. Owners of the PCP should note that, as in the past, their PCP modules will be upgraded as part of the ADPro upgrade.
SUBLIMATION ADPro 2.5 directly supports the Fargo Primera printer in its dye sublimation mode - its thermal transfer mode was already supported by ADPro's PrefPrinter saver. "The Primera is a breakthrough due to its low price,’ said Sales Manager Gina Cemiglia.
"We've adapted our state-of-the-art printer support to drive the Primera in dye-sub’ mode, including the ability to print huge posters in amazing colour."
The' new package also includes more than 100 pre-writ- ten Arexx programs, many of which are interactively cus- tomisable by the user. Used m conjunction with the latest version of FRED, these Arexx programs can be combined ¦UPDATES The third word Word processing has to be one of the hardest fought markets on the Amiga, with constant revisions and updates prompting more of the same from the hard pressed opposition.
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Obviously Digita had to pull something special out of the bag. And with the arrival of Auto Correct they could have done exactly that. Thanks to this new feature, minor typing errors are automatically corrected for you without the assistance of the usual spell check, For example if you inadvertently typed “teh" instead of *the", the error would be automatically spotted and replaced with the correct spelling as [radicate oil iilly mltlokn lhankt to Auto Correction soon as you hit the spacebar. Better still, the process is completely configurable, so you're free to add your own definitions to
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Customising in general has seen a lot of attention with another example being the arrival of new user-definable interface which enables you to specify the typeface, the gadget sizes and group titles. It's even possible to edit the pop-up requesters if required.
For pro users special attention has been given to file sharing between and additions have been made such as the ability to perform alpha channel blending with most file formats, not just those that support their own alpha channel, Composites can now be performed over a range of colours permitting more flexible chroma keying.
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The program also benefits from improved documentation in the form of a new manual that includes nine tutorials, many more pictures and diagrams, and a much improved Arexx programming section. The manual has also been reorganised - and its index expanded.
ADPro 2.5's price will remain unchanged at S299, but existing owners can upgrade for $ 45 plus shipping and can, for the first time, upgrade via telephone using Visa, MasterCard, or American Express- For more information.
New scheduler. Obviously the scheduler’s primary concern is unattended back-ups via Quarterback but thanks to the generosities of the programmers, scheduler can turn its hand to much more besides.
In fact the program can be used start any program or Arexx script at a particular time or according to a predefined regular - or even irregular - schedule. As if that wasn’t enough, it can also provide on-screen reminders using the same process. Instead of adding a program or script you can type in a message which will pop-up on the year, month, day and time of your choice.
Actually setting up scheduler with any one of the aforementioned events is simplicity itself - you simply boot the program, add a new event, define the start time and whether it should be yearly, monthly, or daily. Basically any perceivably combination of time and date is possible on either a repetitive or single-event basis.
NEW EVENT In order to activate the process you simply add the new event - with an appropriate title
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the Workbench ready to receive new events and activate existing
ones.
Essentially that's about it. Not exactly a major revision but for any registered users out their it's definitely worth the extra investment. And for any would-be new investors the latest revisions certainly go a long way to reaffirming Quarterback's position as the leading light in software security.
On wen prmtewi bring a much Improved level of Intuition in an infinite number of ways, producing a huge array of full motion special effects automatically In addition. ADPro now allows users to define their own Arexx programs which can be incorporated directly into ADPro’s configurable user interface. Other improvements Macintosh, Microsoft Windows ans | DOS-based applications. Hard cop* presentation has also been enhanced ] via the Digita Print Manager which novf ships with Wordworth-specific replace- I ment printer drivers for the HP Deskjei and HP Laserjet range, as well as Canon's BJ
printers, To get the best from the new drivers, Digita have included the reference library of Agfa Compugraphic fonts, which formerly sold separately for £69,95. And which provides a selection of 50 fonts - all of which are now offered as a freebie bonus with the new Wordworth.
For any new investors. Wordworth3 will set you back a penny under £150.
While upgraders can cash in on the new software for just £4999 However if you've got any other word processor and fancy a trade-in I Digita will take your old package plus £59.99 in exchange for their latest creation, For more information contact Digita International on 0395 270273.
Contact Ms Gina Cerniglia at ASDG Incorporated Stewart Street. Madison Wl 53713 or call 0101 600 !
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9240.
BLITTERSOFT (Dept AC) 40 COLLEY HILL, BRADWELL, MILTON KEYNES, BUCKS, MK13 9DB TRAPFAX SOFTWARE The ultimate in Amiga Fax software. For class 2 standard Send faxes from ANY preferences printer driven program! Superb quality and flexibility. Features delayed transmissions, multiple fax scheduling, Integrated Phonebook, Fax Viewer. Arexx interface and Network support!
Only £74.95 SERVICE AND SUPPORT We are EXCLUSIVE UK distributors for all advertised products. We offer full technical support and after sales service. This is unlimited and free. We also support our products directly on-line via our BBS. Mere you will find all the latest software upgrades plus help and advice and latest PD!
PICASSO II EM PLANT WAVETOOLS fcfegetable Graphics (RTG) is the future of Amiga graphics display «“"Qiogy. True RTG means that a graphics device will not be 1 by the memoiy limitations of the host system's Chip mem- or by the speed of the custom chips. A true RTG device does not i :o use Chip RAM at all. And can run exclusively in Fast RAM if I for the best possible performance whilst allowing any behaved software to utilise the enhanced resolutions and ’ modes Of the RTG device without any modification to the Well behaved software will be able to run on their own resolution custom screens and
will not have to rely on running ¦ either the Workbench screen, or screen promotion hacks, to compatibility.
Picasso II RTG Emulator integrates seamlessly into the Amiga
• rating system to give the most reliable emulation available.
The fesolutions provided by the Picasso II appear in all your
applica- te*s as new screen modes selectable from the standard
Sr«'"Mode requester. For any program that allows you to choose
a screen mode, you would simply choose a Picasso II screen mxa
as an alternative (such as Picasso: 1280 x 1024). You will not
• * to wait for any custom programmed versions of any program
• r «compliant with the rules of the operating software. Such
* tgrams will be able to immediately take advantage of the Acasso
II board. Programs that are written with AGA in mind will be e*
to immediately take advantage of the new modes available to
system.
5* Picasso II is designed to take full advantage of the host comput- v system. The built in Blitter and high speed memory subsystem ¦un that you will have super fast screen updates. Switching atfween Picasso II mode screens is very fast and switching between Vasso II mode screens and native Amiga screens is nearly instan- aneous (as fast as your monitor can re-sync). Because the Picasso i RTG board does not use Chip RAM, your Amiga will be less likely tt sutler from bus contention problems normally associated with v-ning high resolution screens and heavy DMA activity.
• i p.Mssq II RTG emulator has been designed so that it uses no ;
RAM. All available screen modes on the Picasso II use only Fast
UM This sophisticated design means that even a 1Mb Picasso II
beard can support as many high resolution 256 colour screens as
Ml lit in the Fast RAM of your system.
Hi Picasso II comes with several screen modes and resolutions fcif are industry standard and for which all monitors are designed.
Tvse modes operate at the proper scan rates and frequencies in infer to take advantage of the most popular monitors available. In »ome instances, where those modes may not be sufficient, you can
• e* create your own custom screen modes with PicassoMode You « •
be able to create screen modes that exactly match your monitors
qvencles and resolution capabilities.Picasso II comes with
HwActor (animation program), IFF, GIF, JPEG and MPEG Viewers rd
drivers for ADPro. ImageFX, ImageMaster and Real3D. A TVPaint
2.0 bundle is available too Great New Prices - TVPaint Junior
Included!
PICASSO I11 MB + TV PAINT Jnr. £319.95 PICASSO II 2 MB ? TV PAINT Jnr. £349.95 PICASSO I11 MB ? TV PAINT 2.0 £469.95 PICASSO II 2 MB + TV PAINT 2.0 £499.95 EMPLANT will revolutionise the way you use your Amiga! Imagine one card offering multiple emulations that ALL multi-task (after all. Isn't that the way the Amiga was meant to work!)
The supplied Mac emulation boasts full colour 16 ECS.
256 AGA, 1.6 Million v ith supported graphics cards) and superb Stereo Sound.
EMPLANT supports Hard Drives, (via on-board SCSI or AmigaDOS partitions), Hard Files. MAC 800K (via Mac drive adapter). MAC IBM 1.44Mb. IBM 720K, EMPLANT and AMAX formats, The SCSI interface supports both Amiga peripherals and the peripherals of the emulated system at transfer rates of over 1 Mb Sec.
EMPLANT supports AppleTalk. Serial ports, Printers.
Modems, Midi, etc. You may use SyQuest, Any AmigaDOS device (DHO:. RAD:. VDO: etc.). Scanners.
Graphics Tablets, CD ROM etc. Emulation speed is exceptional and compatibility is excellent, All known software runs! Built in file transfer between platforms is provided, with new MultiOS system and support for the Amiga Parallel port for direct printing via Amiga drivers! I The IBM 386 486 emulation is imminent, with Atari 800 ST Falcon, C64 128, SNES SEGA. Apple II (among Others) all planned in the future. These will be available as low cost upgrade modules.
EMPLANT currently supports any Zorro equipped Amiga with the A1200 PCMCIA version out soon.The Mac emulation alone requires 68020 30 40 with 4Mb RAM minimum and also 256K Macll x cx SE30 ROMs.
EMPLANT can be expanded to provide 2Mb of battery- backed static RAM and has an audio digitiser built in!
An MMU FPU is no longer required!
New versions now available to suit your requirement.
EMPLANT BASIC £299.95 EMPLANT OPTION A (APPLETALK) £349.95 EMPLANT OPTION B (SCSI) £349.95 EMPLANT DELUXE (A&B) £399.95 STUDIO QUALITY SOUND. PROFESSIONAL LEVEL FEATURES!
Now you can really make some waves with the awesome sound of the all new WaveTools 16 bit Amiga sound system.
WaveTools 16 bit audio card plugs into any Amiga 1500, 2000 (accelerated). 3000. Or 4000 computers.
WaveTools hardware and software gives your Amiga the punchy sound quality of CD's and DAT recorders at a fraction of the price of other 16 bit sound cards. WaveTools uses your computers hard disk drive to directly record, edit, mix and playback audio with the clarity and crispness that only 16 bit technology can provide, in Amiga compatible AIFF 16 stereo file format.
Using state of the art circuitry and the latest in 64X oversampled Sigma-Delta conversion technology. WaveTools has a frequency response of 10Hz to 20KHz and a dynamic range of 85dB lor faithful reproduction of sounds Irom the fattest bass to the thinnest strings. WaveTools provides a pair ol stereo I O jacks for direct connection to any device with standard line in and line out connectors. Record from CO players. OAT recorders. Video Tape, Videodisk or any other line level audio sources.
WaveTools is able to sample data at a variety of sampling rates as low as 19KHz as well as the standard rates of 441 Khz and 46KHz for CD and DAT compatibility. WaveTools includes a waveform editor for cut. Copy, paste and mix operations on Selected portions Of audio waveforms. Edits can be tagged as destructive or non-destructive. WaveTools also maintains an internal time code in the format of SMPTE 24. 25 and 30 frames per second to ensure perfect synchronisation of your audio files with video and animation, if required.
The WAVETOOLS RTX (Real Time Effects) Module adds an AD2105 DSP (Digital Signal Processor) and a SMPTE time code reader generator. The DSP allows real time 8 track mixing and playback (Stereo Out), and realtime effects such as flange, echo, slapback, EO etc. The architecture is open to allow third party developer support (custom DSP routines). The SMPTE time code reader allows WaveTools to chase Longitudinal Time Code (LTC), Vertical interval Time Code (VITC) and Midi Time Code (MTC). It accepts composite NTSC or PAL video for VITC and line level audio tor LTC. The time code generator can
stripe VITC or LTC and can generate a user positioned time code burn-in window for making a video work print with time code stamped on it.
WAVETOOLS £349.95 £299.95 £599.95 RTX Module (Ships February) WAVETOOLS RTX (both boards) UPPER DISK TOOLS This amazing new program otters a great new concept in the recovery of deleted or lost tiles from either corrupt or normal disks. Files are recovered from disk through a new virtual AmigaDOS device called REC: that is mounted by recovery. Each scannable disk drive has a directory within the REC: device with the same name. These can be floppies or hard drive partitions, including those formatted with the newer file systems Directory Cached or international.
Once the user scans any of these directories, the program analyses the respective AmigaDOS disk drive and builds that disks directory tree. The files found during the scanning process are placed in directories according to their category, either normal deleted files, deleted files without parent directories or files without headers.
The brilliance of this concept is that users can retrieve the files with a simple copy procedure from the REC: device to anywhere else, using the CU. Workbench or their favourite directory utility program!
Everything is so transparent that it is even possible to read or execute a file from the REC: device1 UPPER DISK TOOLS is supplied with a full user manual and is an absolute dream to use.
UPPER DISK TOOLS cost just £19.95 CREDIT CARD ORDERS ATTRACT A 2.5% HANDLING CHARGE. GOODS NOT SENT ON A TRIAL BASIS E&OE ALL PRICES INCLUDE VAT STANDARO COURIER C300.NEXT DAY £8.00 (OVER 10KG - PLEASE CALL) TO ORDER CALL OR FAX TRADE ENQUIRIES WELCOME UK BBS (0908) 220196 (0908) 310208 It's quite amazing to see how much the computer industry has evolved since the very early days of the Sinclair Spectrum and Commodore 64. How times have changed since those exciting days when quality' was all-important and the sales of games meant little against the entertainment value thev offered.
Nowadays the purchaser matters little, entertainment matters less and the incredibly wealthy software industry runs with a narrow criteria based on money and self- promotion, and all at the expense of what used to be the singularly most important element in the industry - the games player.
P I 1 -• • t * 3 White 0 (5) Driver 484 vds First light of on FPV ond the golfer In MicroProse Cofi does a runner. And where are those data disks!
As Amiga owners you may think that you have been well supported by the software publishers, venting your anger and frustrations at Commodore's often perplexing marketing strategy - but you'd be wrong.
Commodore have made mistakes, but theirs are a far cry from the often cut-throat, uncaring attitudes that exist within the software industry'. What I am about to sav is not intended to shock, but to inform the reader of the unprofessional attitudes that often exist behind the glossy exterior that is the software publisher.
As the popularity of the Amiga home computer grew, so did the software industry as a whole. What were once family businesses very rapidly evolved into corporate giants and with this evolution came the inevitable distance between publisher and purchaser.
The once all-important guv at the end of the line had now been forgotten amid contracts worth millions and an industry which often no longer cared about quality, sacrificing it for quantity.
Of all the various tribes of home computer and console owners, it is the Amiga fraternity who have suffered the most The biggest bone of contention between Amiga owners and software publishers is piracy - something most people know exists but know little about.
As far as software publishers are concerned, piracy is to blame for every shortfall with Amiga software - poor packaging, bugs, lack of after-sales support and non- hard disk installable software are all cited.
And now piracy has become the excuse used by software publishers to avoid what is considered hassle from purchasers - the same purchasers who were and still are responsible for the growth of the computer industry', especially Amiga owners!
Only by uncovering the many ways in which Amiga owners have been shortchanged can we gain a good impression of the real truth behind the threat of piracy.
A bug in the Probably one of the most successful companies who have declined to properly support Amiga owners in the past are Ocean Software. Famous for their unimaginative and uninspiring movie licences which have sold millions to the younger age group arguably due to their tides and subject matters, Ocean's F-29 Retaliator and Epic are two of the most bugged games around - and this from one of the biggest software publishers in the world!
HELD BACK And when MirrorSoft were in business a few years back, they deliberately held back their Turtles game from computer magazines because they knew full well it would be slated.
It is this kind of skulduggery that has helped shape the software industry we know today. But the problems don't end when a game has been purchased.
Bugged software rarely causes an uproar
- partly due to the appeasing nature of the British public - but
it is becoming more and more common.
It is true to say that nearly all software houses have some kind of bug-testing team and to all intents and purposes they do their best to ensure that software hits the shelves "bug free". Unfortunately due to self-imposed deadlines, and sales and marketing teams who care little for quality, the quantity of software that is actually released bugged is phenomenal.
The sales and marketing team will invariably admit the existence of these bugs in their products, although they will skate over the problem whenever they can, putting it down to (self-imposed) deadlines and the fact that you can never totally free a game from bugs.
OK, that's a fairly valid point, but where are the numerous bug patches that grace the PC? A tremendous number of bug patches are available for this machine on bulletin boards, in the public domain and from the actual companies concerned.
I was disgusted with the contemptuous attitudi of some publishers towards their buyers In all my time in the computer enti ment industry I have never seen a patch the Amiga- if there are any they must I few and far between!
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* * Bandits at 1 O’clock low e Is your home computer being pushed
out into the cold by decaying standards? Steve White
investigates the decline in software quality ystem B17 Flying
Fortress, for example, does «ot run correctly on either the
A600 or I, nor does it fully utilise the enhanced ce of what
are considered default tor cards.
They didn't appear particularly concerned and nothing more was said.
There are others that I could mention and they know who they are. If Digital Integration can produce excellent and complete games why can't other software companies? Digital Integration, famous for their flight simulations, have released only two within the last three years - F16 Combat Pilot and Tornado.
Both are exceptional games that look good and play well and which have sold deservedly well - you need only read the manuals to realise that you’re dealing with a company who care about their user base.
Digital Integration have also announced that they are planning to release an enhanced version of Tornado, all previous Knights of the Sky suffers from a random that causes the screen to update approx- 'y one frame for every one second real- . And just at the crucial moments in the §w* If you play MicroProse Golf with an FPU (floating point unit) or certain fast RAM «*p*nsions in your Amiga, the golfer sprite i&heson and off.
ATTITUDE Indeed, I was personally so disgusted with the contemptuous attitude of some
• oftwan? Publishers towards their loyal buyers that I decided
to help Rowan Software “-bug their Reach for the Skies game for
Virgin.
On average, I reported twice the number oi bugs that Virgin's team spotted. After my wcond report I did not receive later versions md subsequently the game was released - bugs included, some of which I had even informed them about. There you go, a prime example of the ignorance of software bouses.
Combat Air Patrol (CAP) from Liveipool- b»sed Psygnosis was indeed bugged, again
* the most crucial moments in the game, lust who is testing this
software? When 1 challenged Psygnosis about the problem bugs
removed. This is certainly a first, and congratulations must go
out to DI for taking the initiative.
If software publishers refuse to release bug patches there is an alternative - an independent committee employing a specialised team of testers set up especially to monitor software and help the software pubKsl rs to clean up their products.
Anyone who ignores the advice of the committee would have a sticker slapped on their software informing the public that it has not been properly tested and that it may contain errors.
Retailers would undoubtedly refuse to take unchecked software which would force software publishers to spend more time making sure their products were working correctly.
Unfortunately, it is not just bugged software that causes problems. Ocean recently released their movie conversion of Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park on the A1200 and although the program came on four disks it was not hard disk installable (something they have rectified with the release of Ryder Cup).
ABYSMAL The loading time is abysmal from floppy and you spend more time waiting for game sections to load than playing the bloody thing - as far as hard disk installable software goes, the Amiga has been left out in the cold.
Software publishers justify' their lack of support for Amiga hard disk oivners by insisting that piracy is tw big a problem and that few Amiga owners actually own hard drives.
Well, I for one feel deeply put out when I have to suffer a four-disk floppy swap just because software publishers can't or won't protect their games adequately.
What's wrong with manual or codewheel protection? Sure, it won't stop the big-time hacker, but then you never will. What it will do is reduce the chances of the small-time pirate copying software and distributing it.
Although software publishers will tell you otherwise, PC piracy is becoming just as much of a problem as Amiga piracy, yet all PC games are installable and very few have any form of copy protection. In 1993 more than 700,000 CD games were copied!
Action should be taken to reduce piracy but not at the expense of law-abiding Amiga owners who are paying £25 to £35 a game Probably the most annoying floppy game In the world, lurvisk Port would have benefited considerably from a hard drive Install option After-sale lessons Debbie Durrant is public relations manager at Digital Integration. I spoke to her about Tornado, and after-sale support for purchasers- "If there are any Tornado Amiga owners having problems or they simply need help they can of course ring our helpline. We are also updating the master disks in which we have cured as many
bugs as we possibly can."
As for the future. Dl have much more to offer as far as Tornado Amiga goes. Debbie explains; We are definitely releasing a dedicated A1200 version of Tornado, scheduled for release mid to end March 94. This version will have 256 colours and PC standard graphics - and hard drive mandatory. * Registered users will be able to upgrade from the A500 version of Tornado to the dedicated version for a nominal charge.
Digital Integration are also developing the Operation Desert Storm data disk but unfortunately it will only be compatible with the dedicated A1200 version. This is sched- uled for May 94.
This kind of after-sales support is fairly rare but hopefully other software publishers will take notice and change their rather blase attitudes.
And expect bug-free, hard disk installable software.
And to insist that there are few hard disk owners is totally untrue - and with the advent of the A1200 there are more hard disk users now than ever before! In a recent survey in Amiga Computing, 40 per cent of readers claimed they owned hard drives.
It’s about time software publishers stopped treating us Amiga owners like brainless morons who have nothing better to do other than play arcade games and then copy them.
Most of us have second disk drives, yet some companies still support only one drive with two disk games. Many own hard drives yet most Amiga software is not hard drive installable.
And all of us want to be entertained with high quality, impressive software, but still games are released that are bugged and lacking in originality. If the software publishers have a problem with piracy, then they should sort it out, instead of making the rest of us loyal Amiga owners suffer.
We are all responsible for the growth of this industry in some form or another and the sooner software publishers realise this the better. They are only damaging their own image and chances of success in the future.
So, guilty parties, please take note and change your attitudes or expect to see more articles of this kind in future - something none of us want to happen.
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The obvious upgrade is a Fast RAM »n to relieve the strain on the chips, you're still left with an Amiga that drags Jret and doubles over at the mere sniff of complex 3D project, animation or game.
Fortunately; GYP have the hardware that «rfl make even an A4000 owner him green |«n*h envy - the A1230 Turbo+ accelerator RAM expansion with FPU (Floating t Unit).
[ The board offers 4Mb of Fast RAM, gradable to 32Mb using 32-bit Simm an 030 processor running at 50MHz ¦n* an optional FPU 68882 (capable of performing decimal arithmetic calculations ff times faster than the main processor), battery-backed clock and an expansion connector for modular additions to the A1230. Impressive, eh?
On first inspection the unit appears fairly ¦fcust, complemented by a manual that is both clear and concise with instructions written with the novice in mind. An toproved trapdoor cover is also supplied, remoulded in order to compensate for the ureand shape of the A1230.
The most arduous task in fitting the bcurd is getting it into the bloody expansion I've got the slot beneath the A1200. This is not a fault of GVP but is instead due to poor design by Commodore.
Once the A1230 is in place and snugly connected to the expansion bus the driver software must be installed. As with all recent GYP products the installer disk is neatly designed and simple to use. There are several programs on the disk which allow you to test the Fast RAM and view information about the board itself.
Certainly the most important part of the software is the Kickstart ROM remapping program which resides in the VVBStartup drawer. When the software is installed the A1200 Kickstart is allocated an area of 32-bit Fast RAM, normally 512k which it can reside in.
REMAPPING As the A1230,s memory can be accessed far quicker than the ROM chips in the A1200 this greatly speeds the Workbench up and the accessing of programs. However, the board must have at least 4Mb of Fast RAM in order for the ROM remapping to succeed.
With the board fitted and software correctly installed the speed difference is instantly noticeable and quite shocking!
Using a reliable benchtest program running the infamous Beachball test in which a beach ball is rendered on the screen, the accelerated A1200 was 65 times faster than a standard A12Q0 with no Fast RAM.
Other tests produced similar results with the accelerated A1200 far out-pacing the standard machine and simply wiping the floor with the A5QQ Plus.
However, benchtests are one thing - the true test comes with applications software, more so graphical applications which require extensive rendering times and rely heavily on processor power.
The tests were performed using Imagine and Imagine FP, the latter utilises the FPU in the A1230. A complex 3D image was rendered using both programs and the time differences noted. Although the standard Imagine program performed relatively well, rendering the image in 14m 39s, the FPU version made swift work of the image rendering it in an amazing 2m 35s.
Apart from testing out the customary graphical rendering times the A1230 was also tested with a variety of games, mainly Tornado and Formula 1 Grand Prix.
Tornado, which is virtually impossible to play on a bog-standard A1200 performed admirably under the A1230. Even on maximum graphic settings it was fast and smooth in even* department. The same was true of F1GP with the cars hurtling around the tracks at hair-raising speed The A1230 Turbot is a fairly expensive piece of equipment but the increase in speed is worth ever)’ penny. As a standalone machine, the A1200 is fairly basic and somewhat lacking when it comes to rendering complex 3D shapes and ruqping 3D intensive games.
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Amor Ltd (AMC), 611 Lincoln Road, Peterborough, PE1 3HA. Tel: 0733 68909 (24hr), Fax: 0733 67299 VIDEO The video V6 posite or Y C, and as Image Engine is designed with an external sync in mind, a time base corrector is essential when using domestic VCRs.
Our test was carried out with a Panasonic FS90 S-VHS video recorder, one of the better household units, and though the card's realtime digitiser would grab "on the fly", the sync signal from the VCR was not to Image Engine's liking, Using the Panasonic's perfect pause for grabbing reduced sync levels to the point where the picture started to roll, and only with the correcting influence of a TBC was Image Engine comfortable with the input.
In total, then, the ideal minimum set-up includes £800 worth of TBC or a sync generator, and £285 worth of RGB splitter (G2 supply the Sony YR-1000 for this purpose), bringing the equipment budget to over £3,000 and putting the card well out of the enthusiast's price bracket. So what professional benefits did we get for our money?
Before using a TBC, grab quality from Image Engine was, if anything, poorer than the £300 Vlab card and certainly no better than Rombo’s Vidi Amiga 24. Once the system settled down, however, and a higher quality signal was being used.
Image Engine started to shine.
Real-time grabs in crisp detail without Image Engine brings professional features and a professional price tag to Amiga video.
Stevie Kennedy hits the gas .....Ul The whole thrust of the Amiga video market has always been to cut the huge price tags out computer video work, and to this end m of cheap and cheerful digitisers, :ks, and 24-bit cards has flowed the manufacturers into the f hands of thousands of Amiga ¦aphers.
There have always been high-end add-ons aimed at the semi-profes- and professional markets, though, G2 Systems have been responsible for of them.
Starting with the successful MeoCenter range of high quality gen- fcds. Keyers, and faders, G2 have
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The on-board processor is theTexas Instruments 34020, a dedicated graphics chip which can run at high speed, but which requires software to be specially coded to take advantage of it.
PROFESSIONAL Other system requirements soon put Image Engine well beyond the enthusiast market and into the professional domain.
The board's only video input is in the form of a component RGB port, so a video Splitter is required for any work with com- Variable rub through multi In flexible mlxet between Images appreciable interlace flicker started to roll onto the hard drive for use with the Imagica software, and before long I was able to start working in a productive fashion.
Imagica’s ease of use helps the process along quite nicely, and as paint packages go it is a smooth performer, though not quite up to the standards of TVPaint or TVPaint Jr. Designed for the professional user, Imagica shamelessly apes the way in which Quantel's Paintbox software operates, with all menus available from a pop- down panel.
The package is divided into several parts, each concentrating on an area such as Draw, Brush, Video, and Stencil, and without using the manual it is easy enough to get to grips with most functions.
One surprising observation was that despite the 8Mb RAM and 3Mb VRAM Uvt video preview Is available behind all Imogka's menu i ¦VIDEO coupled to the TI34020, Imagica Couldn't be described as the world’s fastest paint package, and compares poorly in some respects with EGS Paint on the Spectrum 24 28.
Most operations are smooth enough, but when flood fills or area filters are brought into play - never mind the airbrush feature - speed suffers badly. To compensate for this, brush handling is very good. Scaling and rotation in particular are easy and quick, and the skew feature is also pleasingly fast.
Disappointinglv, soft edged brushes aren't directly supported asin TV Paint, though a sort of soft edging can be achieved through the stencil tool. This latter is probably the best and most fully featured tool Imagica can boast, and lends the videographer a fair degree of flexibility.
Stencils can be set up using solid colours in the usual fashion, but with the use of three tolerance settings a great many more effects can be pressed into service. Sliders on the stencil window can be used to select chrominance (colour), luminance (brightness), or difference as a percentage of the area being masked so that the user can soft edge the stencil itself, KEYER This won't work with the standard setup, but when a linear keyer is used in combination with Image Engine, the stencil feature works with the alpha channel to provide 256 layers of bleed for on-screen graphics of
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With the full kit it is possible to produce finished video sequences to match many TV stitions, but only digital keying is catered for internally, and this is much less effective.
Text support is an area where Imagica at oqce impresses and disappoints. Both bitmap and outline CompuGraphic fonts are supported, so the user can take advantage of the many superb typefaces supplied by shareware libraries, font handling is fast, and any user-defined gradient can be applied to give the finished titles a snazzy appearance, but there are a couple of bugs in the way text is handled.
Typing directly over a live video signal is easy enough, a fact which enables the correct matching of colours, but once the first line of text has been stamped down, all subsequent text suffers from screen corruption.
JonhTHhn £ Tramparent text and rub through working together In Image composition 1 Amiga Computing April 1994 The bug is an infuriating one and limits the use of text over graphics and video, and one can only hope that G2 sort it out as soon as possible.
Beyond this annoying glitch, text handling is actually very good. The user can set varying levels of anti-aliasing, and as all text is treated as a brush, it is possible to rotate, flip, and skew titles before stamping them down.
In conjuction with the varying rub through and transparency controls available for all functions, it would be possible to create advanced text effects if only the bug were eradicated.
On the main control panel, three sliders are used to set the speed at which a painting effect is applied (of most use with the airbrush), and the weight of paint to be used.
In effect, this slider simply makes use of the board's alpha channel to produce transparency effects which can be applied to all features from flood fills to text.
Rub through is the most impressive option to use transparency, and works by "rubbing through" the foreground image to partly reveal the background image held in Image Engine's second 24-bit buffer.
As a full screen effect, rub through can be used to blend two images, and when Once assisted by a TBQ, the grubber tan capture even fast j moving Images used with a text brush or other complex shape it is capable of producing pretty snazzy results.
Unfortunately, Imagica doesn't have a direct equivalent of TVPaint's density tool, so soft edged text brushes and flood fills are not possible. This is perhaps a tool which only a minority of videographers would at first require, but it adds a new level of flexibility and should have been included in a package with professional aims and a price tag to suit.
POWERFUL Another disappointment was the texture feature, potentially the most powerful brush related tool in Imagica's arsenal.
Texture is used to grab a brush, then tile, fit, or map it to any shape the user chooses.
In this way, TVPaint is able to give the impression that a brush (someone's face, for example) has been wrapped onto a sphere by simply fitting the image into a circle. Imagica has this feature, but it was not implemented in the current version of the software.
Only the tile method of texture mapping works, a crude fill feature which can be used to create neat backgrounds from small brushes but which is nowhere near as flexible as the oppositions' textures.
When the Fit and Map options are enabled, Imagica will have more of an answer to TVPaint, but for the moment it is let down in this area.
The remaining paint features, including smooth and sme.ir, are impressive and fill the package out, but the filtering option is of most use. Using a rectangular filter or the gauss option any video grab can be cleaned up automatically to partly remove any interlace jitter, and the Sobel filters create very nice embossed effects.
In context, Imagica isn't really good value for money when compared to the newly priced TVPaint, but in combination with Image Engine's hardware features it does make for a good video production tool.
For professional users looking to buy a complete system or a card which will fit smoothly into an existing professional setup, Image Engine and Imagica make for a solid team.
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Timers objects are useful for creating kiosk-type automated books that move from page to page of their own accord.
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Helm has its own integral art package The Arexx connection Amiga Computing April 1994 With powerful graphics and sound facilities there was never any doubt that the Amiga was going to make an ideal platform for multimedia presentation work.
Now heavyweight packages like Scala may have already set the standard at the top end of the marketplace. But as far as multimedia authoring systems in general are concerned, the field is Still wide open and some interesting new products are beginning to emerge.
One such offering, from Eagle Tree Software, is called Helm. It's a complete multimedia authoring system that allows users, even those without programming experience, to create fully-fledged multi- media presentations.
Helm can also be used to build certain types of applications software such as simple database or interactive questionnaire programs. Its approach to the creation of its electronic books is "object oriented".
GRAPHICAL This may sound all very fancy but what it really means is that you set up and define the pages of these books by creating various graphical objects and moving them around using the mouse.
The usual first step is to set up the overall framework by creating a Form definition. A Form is the name given to a book's master page and this can contain objects which are inherited, ie shared, by all other pages of the book.
If, for example, you were creating an address book database, you might set up the form with Name, Address, and Telephone Number textfields so that these items appeared on every page of the book.
Eight basic types of Helm objects are available: Selectors, charts, shapes, buttons, imagefields, textfields, timers, and PIPfields (a specialist 1V24 Videographics card field).
Within these basic categories all manner of parameters can be adjusted and, as you’ll see from the example screenshots, there is plenty of scope for variety.
Selectors are ready-made groups of buttons and text. There's a calendar, radio box, some sliders, a pop-up menu, clock, file selector, multiple choice requester, and various other ready-made units avail* It’s all hands on deck as Paul Overaa takes a look at Helm, an which provides all-common types of drawing modes and effects (gradient fills, adjustable air brushes and so on). There are some nice extras like reduction of pictures to black white and antique (sepia) tone thrown in as well.
Once images are incorporated into imagefields the facilities become rather different from conventional drawing programs like Dpaint because the objects can then be moved around as separate entities.
Object creation and editing is extremely easy. Suppose on every page you want two identically sized button gadgets labelled Last Page and Next Page to allow the user to move between the various pages of a book.
Select the Edit Form menu option, choose the button gadget tool, and then use the mouse to mark out a rectangle of a suitable size. Helm automatically creates a button gadget of that size for you.
When this gadget is selected control points appear which enable you to move it around or, if necessary, change its sufll Objects can be cut, copied and pasted and NxM object duplication options are avail able which allow things like identical looking gadget arrays to be produces within seconds- Once created other characteristics, sudl as colour and gadget text, could then be changed by double clicking on the obprtJ and altering the parameters in the infoM mation requester boxes that appear.
These types of object creation steps *¦ continued until both the form and 4 individual page layouts are deemed satisfactory. At this stage you've basicaM created one or more pages of objects ami the next step is to 'program' any objed that has to do anything.
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Hypertext link actions are treated in just the same way as other object actions.
So, links created in text files can not only be set to move to a different area of text but can cause other actions to be performed as well.
All these things give the non-programmer the ability- to hook up different tasks to objects simply and easily. Needless to say these facilities on their own are, for many applications, more than adequate.
Helm has plenty of other goodies as well. There are menu creation options, genlock and CDTV commands. Books, pages, images, and reports can be sent to the printer or a PostScript device. A talking people facility allows the narrator to be synchronised to animated figures.
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The language doesn't use variables as such; it uses things called containers that can be used to store anything from umbers and text items to graphics images and music files.
Container arrays are supported and the language com- Tiands cover everything from dedicated book manipulation 1 Mb steering Making a date with Helm I l,; turn (nlnl fturi 4 ImH kwrld tmm MrUa NiMIt IMF AM* IntlHMt ini ItlMll II 1 _=- -----.
And multimedia actions, maths functions and disk I O (including a positional file seek command), to specialised Helm system functions.
At times the language, at least with simple scripts, looks almost like written English, as this following page movement example shows; On SclcctUp 1 right arrot begin go to next p gr end You wouldn't, incidentally, actually have to write scripts for performing these type of simple page turning operations because Helm has pre-programmed actions available for this.
Allow a book creator to limit the way in which a book is used (these include a navigate, that is vim only, mode for multimedia presentations). Password protection is also available to keep end users from changing the user level.
Helm's approach to book creation is a bit like the object-oriented interface used by, say, Inovatronic's PowerWindows, although far more powerful.
There are a lot of facilities available and, as with all packages of this size, you can easily get a bit overwhelmed initially.
During the first few days 1 got lost more than a few times and once even managed to reset the user level of one particular project to a browse-only state which prevented further editing.
The manual is quite good in this respect and there is a chapter that deals in some detail with common problems and their solutions. OK, so I panicked a few times, but overall the whole learning process was enjoyable and within a couple of days Helm had become both fun to use Cadget controlled multimedia displays like these are surprisingly easy fp product | and a productive tool.
But is it good bye or good buy? Well, the latter. If you haven't guessed already I'm impressed with Helm. I'm not saying it's perfect in every respect but it is a well priced, clever, and very capable piece of software.
Equally important, there are no dongles or other multimedia use restrictions to contend with so, once your multimedia masterpieces are complete, they are yours to do what you want with.
In fact Helm provides a separate browser program that can be distributed freely to enable other Amiga users to read Helm-created books.
Helm runs on any Amiga with 1Mb or more of memory and Kickstart 1.3 or higher but you need Release 3 and the AGA chipset to use all of Helm's features.
The package comes supplied on three disks along with a fairly plain looking, but comprehensive and useful, A4 manual. The files on the disks are packed but both floppy and hard disk installation (using the now standard Amiga installer program) is straightforward.
The version of Helm that I reviewed
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It turns out that the Arexx error indicator was not being set properly by Helm itself but having spoken to Eagle Tree Software I already know that these bugs, along with a few others that I hadn’t been able to find, are being fixed in the latest release.
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onto your lopes Make some noise! £7.00 Scalable Fonts if* Kpve 400 sealable fonts, split into 4 pocks r £9 99 each Dial's 100 scalable fonts lor « W tay con be used wtlh all DTP’s that sup an Adobe Type 1 Fonts Pleose nng if mttrest- la Compugrophic Pack 1 £9.99 Pack 2 £9.99 Pack 3 £9.99 Pack 4 £9.99 Dus pock is unbelievable value ll ii a complete monuol on uking the lotV- guoge 'C for more .n-depih ihon any book. It come with over 70 on-disk examples reody for you lo run (ftO typing tarn in first). Covers SctOOAi, Windows. IDCMP, Gadgets, Graphics and much more. 12 chopiers in oil You
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Postcode VISA It onknn; by imlit cud thru umpty uhftuuw lUfiOY- hbftSK ur (flWJi KC0t» uni uu tufl-ill ute yw f* do not have enqvgh roam h*r* to show 9u oil tan grpgt looking fonts, which is o »f, but if you have a fax machine we will be ¦fcghied to fax you a complete sample nowl h send you details. Jus' pban* gnd oA k » Evenings & Weekends: (0603) 261060 Unit 1)5. HI-TECH HOUSE. BLACKFRIARS STREET. NORWICH. NORFOLK NR3ISF TTLEAXE 3720 BEETLfe GAME Addictive Platform game 3721 OCTAMED V2 Updated Octamed v2 IJII.IIII.I.UJIJ.lltllljrilll.l.lilJIJ.OTECTIT.I.IilJIil.M : 3722 MPEG MOVIES A
collection of MPEO movies and MPEG player 3723 TOTAL V7AH Bnhent game 3724 UPCAT ks2,’3 For cataloguing your risk collodion on the Amiga 3725 D SOLVE CROSSWORD Crossword solver 3726 2.2 UNLIMITED Brilliant muse by Scoopex 3728 XMAS LEMMINGS Demo of Xmas Lemmings 3729 KLAW UTILITIES 5 Moro rrvscetiancou* util* 3730 MR BUNS UTILS A small collection of utils 3731 DOCUMENT PROTECTOR Document Die protection 3732 DEMO MAKER UTILS A collection 0* tools for coating demo's 3733 OCTAMED SAMPLES High quality samples : 3734-2 PICTURE FONTS A 2 disk set of IFF fonts 3736-2 FONTS & TEXTURES 2 disks of
professional toots and textures 3738 HOTBLOX New Tetrts done 3739 EASY CALC Nee little spreadsheet 3740 EPROMMER ETC Eprommer on the Amiga?
3741 KIDS FAVOURITES 2 Lots of children's Nursery rhymes 3742 MENU LAUNCHER V1.0 Easy to use menu system 3744 MONTAGE-LANDSCAPES SPACE BALLS 2 An Amazing new rave demo set on 2 disks.
Tho follow up to: ‘Simply slate ot the art* It's even better than the first Order code C793-2 y 3745 HIGH OCTANE A 2 player top view racing game.
Wicked' 3746 ASTR022 V35 Yoi* Star sgns 3747 MENUMASTER V3 Easy to use menu SySttm
L. 3748 COCCAINE 3748 PERSONAL DIARY -94 Diary system lor 1994
3750 3D GAMES 2 A ccrloctcn ol 30 games 375t FERRARI AGA
SLIDES Lovely 2S6 colour picture* 3752 MR BROWNSTONE 3753-2
DRUMKIT SAMPLES 2 dek collection of drum samples 3755-2 ON THE
GREEN h 3757 rave samples A cofediM 61 rave samples 3758 GRAPH
PRO Graph petting software J 3759-2 PARNET SETUP Tutorial on
the Parnet settp . 3761-2 STARTREK THEMES Theme* from Star
Trek and The Next Generation 3763-2 THE JOURNEY A 2 disk
animation 3765 3 MUSIC GUIDE A 3 disk lutonal on creating
musk: on the Amiga 3788-2 THUNDERBIRDS Comical anmason 3770
JUNIOR MATHS Shareware maths lor kids ORDER FORM Credit Card
Details Credit card no: Name . 3771 STOP SMOKING
3 way* to slop smoking, very sick indeed 3772 MAGIC WORKBENCH
Contains loads of 8 colour Workbench Icons 3773-3 GRAPEVINE 17
Disk magazine on 3 disks ' 3776 FATAL MISSION 2 Excefenl new
fast paced ShOOfem up. Great' 3777 OPERATION FIRESTORM
Stunning new game. Amazing graphic* ! 3778 MAP STATION Map
maker 3779-2 STARTREK 6 Comical 2 disk Animation 3781-7
SPECTRUM GAMES 2-fl Hundreds ot games for use with the
Spectrun Emulator 3778 CDTV KEYBOARDS TO 0032 Use your CDTV
keyboard e fi your no«CQ32 . 3789-2 BODYSHOP 5 AGA Lovely lady
pictures 3791 -2 HOLODECK STARTREK A collection ol impressive
Startrek pictures 3793-2 SPACEBALL 2 After tho hugely
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megademo 3796-2 FIT CHICKS 3 AGA Lovoly ladies 3798-2 FIT
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Graphic viewer 3801 ORC ATTACK New arcadfttiungeon game 3802
EMPTY HEAD AGA impressive AGA demo 3803 ADDRESSER Bnlmant
Address Keeper 3804-10 COLOUR FONTS 10 disks 5f Colour kntS
3814 UNPLEASANT WAYS TO DtE Sick, but comical slides 3815
DEATH WALK 1.5 MEG Sick t 5meg Animation 3816 IMAGINE USS
ENTERPRISE Object tor Imagine 3817 *CRUNCHMANtAr includes
every Aflchivot & De- Archiver avafable 3818 SUICIDE MAN 2
Very sick animation. Good 3819 SIUCON JOURNAL A personal Diary
3821 DTV STUFF Desk Top Yideo Stuff!
3822 MAND 20QO AQA Mandelbrot generator, with real bme Zoom!
3824 TURBO DISK’ Speod up your drive ScC6SS 3825 ELEVATION 2 Great arcade game 3826 PARBENCH Pamol set up tor use through Workbench 3627 CRUNCHER&COPIERS Loads & Loads 3828 VOLCANO AGA New AGA demonstration 3829 DEPTH CHARGE GAME Basic but addtelive 3831-2 CHANNEL Z AGA Ccontains Stories. Utils etc 3833-4 MANGA SLIDES AGA A hOgc amount of hand drawn graphics 3837 BBC EMULATOR A BBC Emulator* D006-3 SPECCY EMULATOR Run your old spodrum game* your AMIGA Excellent on the A1200 3838-2 COMPLEX -ORIGIN- AGA Amazing Al2 megadomo on 2 daks. Stunning introduewn 384 GRAPHIC GRINDER A collection of
Graprs converters 3941 ASI GRAPHICS TOOLS Converters etc. 3842 DISK MANAGER III Powerful disk cataloguer 3843-2 STARTREK AGA Very impressive AGA Star Trek pictures 3845 FOOTBALL FORECASTER t 2 Pool* predictor 3846 MAGNUM 1.7 Magazine creator loo PRINTER DRIVERS' A collection of printer dnvers for Slar, Panasonic. Hewlett P. Seikosha, Epson.
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- 395* GAME TAMER 4.$ 4 Over 400 game cheats1 3852 MULTIPLEX GAME
Addictive new puzzie game 3853 SMELLS LIKE N0.5 Amazing new
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3855 ASI AUDIO MAGIC V A collection ol music toots 3656 ? TITLERII 2 *upert video wlers 3858 LCO GAMES 5 all time classic LCD games 3859 SUNJETS ANIMATION Wow* 3860 BATTLE FORCE New Arcade Adventure 3861 NOSTAGIUM ‘URIDIUM‘ Very amtor to Undium 3862 PARA ATTACK 3863 EASYCALC* KS2 3 The most power! Ui Amiga based spreadsheet available Very srmfar to LOTUS 123 3864-4 MEAN MACHINES Amazaig 3.5meg Animation ?868 NEURAL ASSAULT Very impressive Mega demo 3869 PLACEBO INVADERS Very colourful space Invaders done 3870 TACHYON Tron done ? 3871 MOOSE DRIVER ffacmg) Addictive new top view racing game.
Contains greet Graphics & sound 3872 FANTASY TO REALITY New Rave comptotion 3873 DfTHEL IN SPACE Superb quality Shoot'em up cum platform game, similar to Jetset Woy. But better 3875 PRO CAD ELECTRONIC Etectonics Computer Aided Design Package. Great' 3877 PAY ADVICE ANALYSER Ppwerlul PAY Analyser 3879 X PASSWORDS Password protect your hard disk & floppy daks 3880-2 TRAXII TRACKERS A collection of latest Muse makers
- samples etc end modix*?, reatJy to use 3883 SOLAR LORDS Arcade
RPG game 3888 MEGABALL AGA laiest and greatest A1200 verson on
MegaBal SAMPLE DISKS ? E000-5 VOCALS 1-5 (5 DISKS) ! E006-5
BREAK BEATS (5 DISKS) '314-6 IFF SAMPLES (6 DISKS) ? A068-3
HOUSE SAMPLES (3 DISKS) ? 8921-2 PURE SAMPLES (2 DISKS) FONTS
DISKS B569-3 FONTS GALORE (3 DISKS) B146 HEFT FONTS B139-6
AMIGA BITMAP FONTS (6 DISKS) . A721 EXILE COLOUR FONTS A502
HEADLINE FONTS Address..
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Total order value: £ ....+P&P=£..... Payment method .* Exp. Date: PD Prices per disk I SingkJiW......Z3 00 Z-5 ------£j*I ndi 6- iOdidu IITtraik llornure-----llJUcadi ciiu-iTrn.i.24»k. wxim. Pack mu HdiOijiii px-a Pibm mU j toil ot ?0ji tor FA? A Hr UK OVERSEAS ORDERS Ottncas onfcn arc aclcomc. Hut ptenc mid 25p to each tluk ordered. & 11,00 to each Pack ordered, a minimum of 5 dnk- apply. All Otcneat order* are senl by Tint ebeu Air Mail.
COLLECTING DISKS You are welcome to collect your PD order, but ySu arc advised to phone it through prior Id collodion Office hour*. 9.30uro-5 30pm Mon-Sat ORDERING BY POST Simply vrod ycur enfcr in re an r 4 page, lining the number* you rcqtwt die loial cost, and your nurnc & addrcsi or i 1 you with umpty mart on the titles you wish to order, fill la your name etc. and icnd thcrc page* re EPIC MARKETING. In Floor Office*. Jla Faringitoa Rd. SwuxU.
Will* SSI 5AR. RacLwing hill payment ORDERING BY PHONE Call My time bciwcen 9.30 A 5 Vlpra Monday lo Saturday with yw tttdii can) details and the dids you would hke to order EPIC MARKETING, FIRST FLOOR OFFICES, 31a FARINCDON RD, SWINDON, WILTS, SN1 5AR lj£_i m Order hotline. 0793 490988 Fax: 512073 S Create professional looking front ends to your
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| r m made them, Put m your own logo's, music & scroll
messages etc PfKk p*Ce Opty £7,QQ DMQ7-3 DEMO MAKERS An Arcade
game with a hint ot Dungeon Master Features superb "Dungeon"
graphics and atmosphere sound.
Dcopy 31 is the most up lo date PD copter * available. Copy modes nclude Dos, various Nibble modes. Bam copy and more If you want a good copier get this.
A collection of A1200 degrader toots, it allows you to temporanly downgrade your A1200 so most oldor games work on your new Amiga.
Essential.
Jgrams »1oxt, IE C356. A1200 DEGRADERS C576. DCOPY 3.1 The complete system tor cataloguing your Video, CD, D»sk ft Mus*c collection, tnree d**ks of databases to keep track of your entertainment media.
Pack pace only £5.00 At 200 owners here is a great Tetro clone, All the best features that you have come to expect from this very addictive game A must tor your collection, Double the space on your Hard disk, if you've got an 80meg you'll have over l5Qmog wilh this safe hard dnve stacker, also works with floppies sim An excellent game by Mental Image ? C614. WINNING POST ¦ Mr Mon Olympics, up lo 8 jjj players, can compe'e m number of Olympic 3JP - . N' 'I r,.-) 11 y|hi ioohvtms 'iVniijii! .itirtfj Wnlf nB etc. 2 disks) *ff iufup%r £287. CIGAR TETRIS ( 625. KIT DISK STACK Sagrtf top in 256
achdi** IW (Or iver 161 £i5.M If Poker's your game then this is rt Feafuros lovely smoolh professional quality graphics Full House Poker is tho best PD card game available Turn your Amiga into a PCXT This demo version will run most XT software ideal for people that need both machines The full version is available priced at (39.95 Speed up the access of yOuf disk drrves with this memory resdent disk accelerator, runs quietly in the background of your Workbench Pack Price £4.00
13. FULL HOUSE
- C554.-EC.TASK _ C.623-2. MR MEN Here's a version of gamoboy
to rts that you can play on your Amiga. A perfect transition,
down to every detail "What a great game" That's what we have
been told by overyon© who has tned this great Breakout done,
and we have to agree Don't miss it!
Robouldix is a new and addictive Am*ga version of Boulderdash, now with updated graphics and sound. A very addictive game, not to be missed.
Oporation Firestorm is by far the most professional looking Arcade shoot'em up available on shareware Stunrang graphics gamesplay. & sound Don't miss it.
"Vand neaw irmatxT the beet sftwa e C635. ROBOULDIX
777. OP. FIRESTORM £888. MEGA BALL AGA_ It fast paced shoot'em
up'B are what you hko, you'll like this. Cybemetix is
possbfy one of the best shoot'em ups available PD or
commercial' It you enjoy “shoot'em ups' then this is for you
Fast action and high speed are just two of the reasons this
is such a good game Ratod as the Best to budget word
processor available, It now includes a superb spellchockor
Version 4.1 tsnow available.
¦ A must lor oB Star Trek inns, m Lt lnclLKJ nn Ul'tv SRT7-4. STARTREK AGA M73, CYBERNETIX jPHPPI A PD version of Street ¦&T1MHfl flghter II. Same ¦ pro'oisicn,! Limp." A“- ¦ gamft p’-iy Even il you've got SF2 gel a copy ol th* fcpwu, It loads up a lot faster as QfjSF'TT ,fl J wel X235. FIGflTING-M&RIQRi an SpaceBalls State of the ¦ Art is one of the most Spectacular S popular BB Amiga r.ivn dumos I around now me second pan is he e. Even bigger .ij ¦ and even better. 2 great IMS g disks Unreal' C462. STARIANS Run all yout 48k Soeecy software on ihe Amiga, very easy to use. Over 40 classic
Spectrum games supplied you can load trom cassette vu a standard sound mput&rc I to gshjfcs softwaf ystep A super face fop view car racing game, a lovely
p. «« of programming. 2 player option rrduded.
A very popular arcade game. Drop rocks on Ork’s heads and walch them splat A vory‘Bloody’ game. Over 16 year olds only.
Lots ot Blood & Guts Other games avaiiabtol Pack price Only €500 C745, HIGH OCTANE Feel the pressure of being m the Tower* and controlling the landing and taking off of aircraft. A great management strategy game.
H you want 100% error froo daks then a box of quality tested disks with labels ts your best choice.
So when ordering PD ask for a box of Ten Only £4.95 a box Possibly the best graphics convener avariable Convert between PCX, IFF. Degas and loads more.
468. AIRPORT An up to dale conversion of the classic Bomb Jack,
tovoly coiourlul graphics, and superb sound make this an all
round addictive game A very good platform game, great
graphics and game play. Numerous levels to guide Billy
through escaping the onslaught of spotlights.
Not to be missed' The most professional Word searcher & crossword solver available on the Amiga II fealures a dictionary ot over 50.000 words and you can even add your own if you wish.
Pack ptica Only £5.00 ?nu Includes C169. BOMB .1ACKY C486. BILLY BURGLAR Do you like gambling but hate money? W*n this superb Amiga version of roulette wiB see you right If you're football crazy or like management games thon this is a must Guide your chosen team to the lop of the premier league.
Transform your Workbench 2 3 into a new more stylish 6 colour systom. 100'sof new icons & backdrops. Each icon took the Author over 6 hours lo produce l£m ROULETTE _C772« MAGIC WB A futunsbc lighting game.
Battle with a vaned range of robot creatures, stylish graphics are just one of this games features If you onioy golf but do not like walkmg the course, then this is for you. 18 different holes to try.
Excellent for those rainy days r*. You've just got your IjTILITllS yiiM 'Otyii A1200 then this package i BPBaMr will gel you going Ton Mir* 7 il JM **• * packed with AGA ¦ . T 4 1,1 HF software. Inc: games.
GfilPtUft CI1IKI graphics, utilities, toois.
YwnijJ|iQ'5 music etc Pack price £1500 AGA. 15-10, A12.0D PACK Now available on PD the BBC emulator. Now you can emulate the BBC micro computer ptlfci ll
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C837. BBC EMULATOR EPIC MARKETING, FIRST FLOOR OFFICES, 31a FARINGDQN RD, SWINDON, WILTS, SN15AR ¦ EMULATION When A-Max shipped for the Amiga in 1989, it was an amazing accomplishment.
There was a little cartridge you could plug into the back of your Amiga and turn it into an almost completely compatible Macintosh.
Sure, you were turning a multitasking, colour computer into a single-tasking black-and-white computer, but for those who needed to bring home work from Mac programs such as PageMaker or Word, the cartridge was a godsend.
For others, though, the Mac was pretty unexciting compared to the Amiga, and A-Max was just one of those devices that you bragged was available for your Amiga but never really considered buying. Cut to 1994. The formerly horing-but- easy Macintosh has burgeoned into the colourful machine for the arty elite. Sure, its latest attempt at learning to multitask is still rather pitiable, but the two colours of the original Macs have exploded into 16 million.
A-Max II, an enhanced version of the original A-Max that took over your Amiga and was still limited to black-and-white emulation, or the far more impressive Emplant board from Utilities Unlimited, which not only supported full colour but also let you run Mac programs concurrently with Amiga software.
Obviously, Emplant has been tH? Emulator of choice for most users since its release. Well, ReadySoft's Simon Douglas, the first to successfully emulate the Macintosh on the Amiga, didn't just Sit back and let his product get passed by.
He's been hard at work, and the result is A-Max IV Colour, ReadySoft's competitor in the multitasking, colour Macintosh emulation arena.
A-Max IV Colour is a Zorro II card that Mac software has gone from something that was great if you wanted to write letters with so many fonts that they looked like ransom notes to some of the most creative stuff available for personal computers.
Programs like Fractal Design Painter and Kai's Power Tools are fascinating enough to entice even the most jaded Amiga user into wanting to run Macintosh software.
Until recently, the only options for running Mac software on your Amiga were will work in the At500 and higher In actually identical to the old A-Max II PI board, except for new software and GAL chip which is replaced. You upgrade an A-Max II Plus to A-Max II colour. However, the new software wod work on the older A*Max and A-Max 1 cartridges, so A500 600 1200 own* won't be able to use the product- A-Max IV is available as a compli package, or as an upgrade to the A-Max Plus board. Note that once the board upgraded to A-Max IV level, the older M Max II Plus emulation software will longer run
on it.
HIGHER On the Amiga side you'll need at least 68020 processor (all colour Macs have least an 020), 2Mb of free RAM, a AmigaDOS 2.1 or higher. To get deceJ performance you'll really want at le 4Mb of fast RAM, and a hard drive t must - a Mac without a hard drive fl nearly useless.
If you have a Commodore high-densi disk drive you'll be able to read and wnd Macintosh 1.44Mb disks while running tM emulation - a handy and sometimes rxej essary feature.
On the Macintosh side, you'll need • secure a legal copy of the Mac's operatic system. You'll need a set of 12M Macintosh ROM chips as found in the M 512Ke and Mac Plus; these should hj readily available for less than £100.
Although the emulation will technical work with Macintosh System 7, which c be found on the on-line networks, it's vrf] limited under that OS, requiring yf»u I full colour emulation gives A Max a new dimension... WW[ Select Window " -" ¦ -j' Ip n 4 o s ¦ * 0 ft J & 6 T ¦ §??1 HJ t - 1 R zr- 6 J£- rjTETTl ZEE ...oi does running professional 10ftware like Adobe Photoshop 9 Amiga Computing April 1994 ro-
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for owners of earlier A-Max equipment, since it’s a fa
inexpensive upgrade But what if you’re buying a Mac emulator
for the first time? Sho you buy A-Max IV or Utilities
Unlimited’s Emplant? Each board has advantages, so 41 depend on
your emulation needs.
As of this writing. Emplant wins in the compatibility department. Because it uses?
Mac II ROM chips and duplicates Macintosh sound hardware on its board, it does a rr*i better job running hardware-intensive application? Tike games.
SimCrty 2000 runs fine on Emplant, while it only brings up a Wank screen on A-Mai Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, packed with digitised sounds on Emplant. Is silent on A-U IV - and it runs at about 1 5 speed on A-Max. Emplant’s graphics updates are faster w A-Max’s. But otherwise the emulations run at similar speeds. Emplant benchmarks i remarkably taster in some floating-point operations using the Mac Speedometer bent mark, but in actual operation the emulations feel about the same.
And while Emplant's screen updates are faster, it doesn't otter the really impressive I useful multiple-monitor support that A-Max IV does. Also. A-Max IV offers large, scrol virtual screens as an option; Emplant doesn’t.
Utilities Unlimited are promising advanced file transfer capabilities for a future Emp update, but as of this writing A-Max wins in that department.
Both emulators allow you to copy files between the systems, but A-Max is capab* copying entire directories at once while Emplant forces you to select each file individm Also. A-Max's clipboard support is a nice bonus. Emplant forces you to manually cho The competition EMULATION*
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Device fitfemcts DtviCtt ' !iU ft-WixUt i 1 it ifS £51 mplrti
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Lder A-1 will nc I I Jmtsing and setting up hard drlrei con be a pain with any emulator ive is i rive » density d write ling the .es nec- leed to crating ! 128k he Mac uld b* tnicalhr ich can t's ven- vou to earn off system caches. System 7.1 or her is a better bet, and it should be able from any Macintosh dealer.
Installing the board is fairly easy. First, f course, you'll need to plug the Mac lOVls into vour A-Max board. Then open ur Amiga's case, remove the disk drive able from your motherboard and attach it Ip the A-Mox IV board.
Attach another cable to the mother- Kvird, slide A-Max IV into a free slot, and dose your case. Installation of the emula- | bon software is effortless, as ReadySoft »*es Commodore's standard Installer Selected Nice |fVtRX Partition hmi V] Haunt fomat | 1 Boot 1 Existing file Rdd Partition Search SCSI Device I Create Nev File Sire 1811 | " JJ J fib application. Once everything's installed on the Amiga side of things, it's time to set up your new Macintosh. First, you'll need to set up a boot drive.
You have three options for your system disk. The easiest way to get up and running is to connect an actual Macintosh external SCSI drive to your Amiga's SCSI controller. Apple dealers sell these drives with System 7.1 already installed, making it a plug-and-go proposition.
Another option is to dedicate a partition on an Amiga hard drive SCSI or IDE) to the Macintosh emulation. Finally, you can create a file device - a file on an Amiga drive that looks to the Macintosh like a real hard drive - but this is the slowest available option.
Whichever option you choose, it's much easier to get up and running with third-party controllers as A-Max IV now uses the Amiga operating system total to the drives, so you no longer need to Find a special .AMHD driver for your hard drive controller. Earlier versions of A-Max couldn't utilise AmigaDOS since they threw the Operating system out when running Mac emulation.
If you have a high density floppy drive, installing the Mac operating system software works just like with a real Macintosh. If you have only an 880k floppy drive, though, things will be a little more complicated.
First of all. You'll have to special-order System 7.1 on low-density disks - like most newer Macintosh software, Apple ship the operating system on high-density disks.
Then you'll have to use the A-Max IV disk transfer program to copy all of the installation disks to temporary files on your hard drive and use those to install the operating system. As you can see, you'll save a lot of headaches if you buy a high-density drive.
Once the operating system is installed, you're ready to get up and running. Your system will be essentially equivalent to whatever Macintosh model uses the same microprocessor as in your Amiga. The primary difference is that the A-Max IV board uses the old 128k ROMs, a mixed blessing. The 128k ROMs are less expensive and more readily available than the more recent 256k and 512k ROMs, but you'll pay a bit in compatibility.
These ROMs don't include Colour QuickDraw, so ReadySoft had to add software emulation of the Mac's colour graphics routines to the A-Max software. A few applications, such as Adobe Photoshop
2. 5, require Colour QuickDraw in ROM and may be difficult or
impossible to get running under A-Max IV.
One of the biggest improvements over earlier versions of A-Max is that this one doesn't take over your system completely
- you can run Macintosh and Amiga software simultaneously.
PRIORITY You can adjust the task priority and how it shares time with the Amiga side of things when running in the foreground or background. You allocate a certain amount of memory (2,100k total by default) to the Macintosh system software and InlTs, but after that the emulation dynAMIGAlly allocates RAM from the Amiga's free memory pool as it needs it.
You can now exchange data between the Mac and Amiga sides of your computer in a number of ways. The A-Max File Transfer program runs under the Mac emulation and will copy individual files or entire directories between Amiga and Mac hard disks.
Files can be copied without modification, or you can use one of the translation options. Text and PostScript options will translate text line endings for the appropriate computer, while the less useful MacPaint translation option will convert between MacPaint pictures and two- colour IFF images.
Finally, MacBinary translation allows you to transfer Macfiles you’ve downloaded using Amiga programs to the Macintosh side, using the MacBinary i much memory to allocate for Mac emulation; if you allocate all your fast RAM to the Vac side of things and need it later on the Amiga side, you'll have to shut down and
• estart the Mac emulation to change the memory setting.
A-Max IV allocates most of its memory as it needs it automatically, so you can just quit particular Mac applications if you need more RAM on the Amiga side.
The serial ports included standard on the A-Max board are only useful under Macintosh emulation. Emplant's optional expansion ports also enhance the Amiga side of the computer; you can use the serial ports for Amiga communications software, and you can attach Amiga storage devices to Emplant’s SCSI controller.
A-Max IV is the clear winner if you need to access iow-den$ ity Macintosh disks, even mough that capability is more limited in this new version. Right now the hardware adaptor
• eeded to read and write 800k floppies using Emplant is
unavailable, and the only option s to attach a real Macintosh
800k floppy drive using an old A-Max cartridge or a home- cuilt
interface The ROMs needed for A-Max IV are more easily found
and less expensive man the ones necessary for Emplant. But they
don't seem to be quite as compatible with colour Macintosh
software despite ReadySoft's patches.
Sive an pable c Finally. Utilities Unlimited are promising new emulation modules for Emplant. Whereas A-Max IV Colour is a Macintosh emulator only. The Apple II emulator for Emplant is compete (see last month's issue), and Utilities Unlimited is hard at work on a 486 PC emulator. However, always use caution when making a purchasing decision based on promised, rather than shipping, capabilities.
Information to make sure the Mac's information forks are retained.
New to A-Max IV is the ability to transfer text between the Amiga and Mac sides of the computer using the system clipboard. Just make sure that the Finder is the active program on the Mac side and you'll be able to copy and paste between your Macintosh software and any Amiga programs that use the standard system clipboard.
Does it work?
A-Max IV is packed with new features, but how well does it work? Any program so radically upgraded is bound to have a few kinks to work out. And A-Max IV is no exception.
Initial releases of the software have been somewhat flaky on Amiga 4000 040 and other 68040-based machines, locking up inexplicably on some systems and causing errors On the SYS: partitions of others. ReadySoft are hard at work on finding the reasons for these problems and should have them corrected by the time you read this. * Of bigger concern is graphics compatibility. Of all the serious applications that I tned.
Only Photoshop 2.5 had any problems (the older v2.0 works fine). But the same couldn't be said for games. I was unable to get SimCity 2000. Maelstrom, or Star Trek: 25th Anniversary to work property under A-Max IV, although all worked fine under the Emplant emulator. Star Trek actually did load, but was unplayably slow, Then again, if you have an Amiga, who needs Mac games?
Note that this capability works only for text; graphics and other data can't be transferred via the clipboard.
Along with multitasking, the most attractive improvement in A-Max IV is full colour support. How much colour capability you get depends on how your Amiga is equipped graphically. If your Amiga has the original ECS chip set, you'll be able to run in up to 16 colours - not a huge improvement.
RETINA AGA-equipped Amiga 4000 machines support 2, 4, 16, or 256 colours. If you have a GfxBase video card, Picasso II, or Retina board plugged into an ECS or AGA machine, you can run in 256 colours or full 24-bit, 16 million colour mode.
If you need Macintosh emulation for applications such as Fractal Design Painter that benefit from 24-bit colour, you'll definitely want to add a video board. For stuff like desktop publishing and Excel, though, you'll find 256 colours sufficient.
One really neat feature that real Macs have is support for multiple video boards.
If you plug two video cards in a real Macintosh, you can run two or more monitors off one machine and move the mouse pointer back and forth between them.
A-Max IV implements this useful feature on the Amiga in a couple of ways.
First of all, if you have two monitors - one for standard Amiga video and one for your graphics card - and you can set them tip to work just like a real Macintosh, moving your pointer and dragging windows from one monitor to the other.
But even if you don't have multiple physical ..monitors attached to your Amiga, you can open multiple Mac screens on the system. One setup 1 use fairly often is to create an 800 x 600 Super72-mode 256-colour screen to hold MmiSran .iJT. - _| IhltiUdHH Sw.il Pardlel Start Bax IVI full video preferences are available during A Max s startup sequtme my Photoshop 2.0 editing screen, and a second 640x480 16-colour Productivitymode screen to hold all the Photoshop tool windows.
I WJSt (ntrillftt tain luiit-ii Vifti a ijrirfeWM ¦ J-U V I That way I can have my editing window unobstructed, but easily and quickly access all my took. A-Max thinks the second screen is a monitor to the right of the first one, so to change tools I just move the pointer off the right edge of the screen.
The second screen instantly pops to the front, I select my tool, and drag the pointer back off the left side of the screen, returning me to my editing screen.
Video speed is only fair using the native chips in the standard, Accurate refresh mode. The Optimised mode is faster, but it achieves this speed by skipping some screen updates when it falls behind; it's not suitable for Quicktime animations or games.
Finally, there's a Paranoid mode that improves compatibility with some applications that write directly to video hard- jm SCSI fotvKkin Everything from hard drives to I O and networking can be fully configured till JS Strtwi n tkis controlUr [2 to of UK' I f Wixistf hr»oH Jj Iwoflt f7Tj
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The A-Max IV board includes two RS- 422 serial ports. These can be used to attach Macintosh modems and printers, or to connect the board to a LocalTalk network. SANA-ll-compatible Ethernet boards are also supported for connecting to Ethernet networks.
Unfortunately, no drivers are included for the Amiga side, so you can't use the RS-422 ports as extra serial ports for your Amiga when you're not running the emulation.
A-Max IV can also use your Amiga's built-in serial and parallel ports. I had no problem printing to my parallel printer using the public domain DeskJet
3. 1 driver, but I experienced occasional lockups when using the
Amiga's serial port with Macintosh communications software.
Communications were flawless when I used a Mac modem cable to connect the same modem directly to the A-Max Old versions of A-Max would translate ImageVVriter printouts to Epson format for printing on dot matrix printers, but the results were poor at best.
If you can't find a Macintosh printer driver for your printer, A-Max IV gives you two options. First, you can select the ImageWriter driver from the Chooser and have A-Max create an IFF image of the bitmap that would have been sent to the ImageWriter; you can then load this into an Amiga paint or desktop publishing program and print it from there.
The bottom line Ease of use: 7 Impelmentation: 7 Value for money: 6 Overall: 7 Although A-Max IV has much better hard drive support than previous versions, floppy support suffered with the upgrade. Apparently the hardw H isn't capable of reading the oddly fonfll ted Mac 800k disks when multitaskjl Amiga and Macintosh programs so ReadySoft only supports readi
1. 44Mb high density disks under 4 emulation.
Not only will it not read Mac-6 800k disks under the emulation, but il can't handle 800k disks formatted earlier versions of A-Max.
To transfer software on 800k d you'll have to use the A-Max IV Transfer program, which copies fit to virtual disk files in your Devs: d tor)’. When you boot the emulation files appear on your Finder screen jus*_ if the actual disks were inserted; you cm then run the installation programs or ccM the files to your hard drive.
High density’ floppies can be transput ently exchanged between A-Max IV and real Macintosh. For directly accessing loti density disks created with A-Max IV, vq have two options.
UNIQUE The first is to format 800k disks ita i unique format that can only be read bv V Max IV equipped Amigas. The second fl to use a special 720k format that can read by any Macintosh equipped with!
1,44Mb SuperDrive.
The latter option works well in ma situations, unless you need the exd|| 80k of storage. In that case, you'll have copy the files to an 800k virtual di file, then use the disk transfer progi to copy that to a Mac-format floppy.
As mentioned above, hard disk su; is improved. Also, the SCSI Preference feature can be used to mount other SCS devices on the Macintosh side. I was abi to use this feature to run various Mac timed in titles using an NEC CD-ROIl drive.
A-Max IV does an admirable job ru» ning Mac applications, and hopefullj ReadySoft will be able to address some « the graphics incompatibilities in a fuha update.
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You'll find Amiga Computing at the Spring All Micro Show in Stafford on Saturday April 16.
At the show, which supports all computer formats, you'll find all sorts of hardware, software and accessory bargains. Your favourite magazine will be there, with various back issues for sale and a special subscription offer as well.
Mi Entrance on the day costs just £2, with children under the age of 14 admitted free. Amiga Computing readers get 50p off the entrance price, plus a free show guide worth 50p. Just bring the voucher below and hand it in at the door.
The show is taking place at Etingle Hall, Starfanihire Snwgnxrd, Wsxn ftsd, 93ffarrj. Ycu'll find it off the A518 StaffonHttxwster Road.
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As you can see from the price.
VideoScan is definitely a pro product which justifies the addi* Banal investment courtesy of several bower features such as video mixing and ¦Btnmated transitions - the like of which p*tn't been available since the demise of Regressive Peripherals and their pkfcoBlender.
I Although the VideoBlender was primar- Br software controlled, VideoScan is ¦tirely hardware based. However if you Ipore the control differences both products are surprisingly similar.
Like the VideoBlender, VideoScan offers ftp simultaneous input and mixing of two ideo signals, S-VHS and VHS transcoding, fius the usual selection of key combina- Iwns providing graphic overlays and laoives.
Better still, transition between the vari- s states is given added glamour via a knlt-in special effects generator which provides horizontal, vertical, circular
• ed inverted wipes either singly or in combination.
As you can see from the photography, combining and fading between the various canals is handled by assorted fadcrs on the front panel of the unit [ However thanks to the special effects, ftudware control is supplemented by an Automatic fade option which applies the [cflKt s for you at a predefined speed.
Fortunately the designers have added the ability set the automatic transition ipeed manually. But the necessary adjuster » situated in a recess on the side of the unit Input and output As you’ve probably gathered VideoScan isn't exactly short in the I O department. As mentioned both composite and S-VHS are supported on all Video ins and outputs via high quality BNCs and S-VHS mini DINs.
In addition the ability to transcode between S-VHS and composite - allowing a composite input to be combined with Amiga graphics and output as S- VHS. Or vice versa is pretty impressive.
Monitoring the various signals is always important and here again VideoScan scores well with both VGA and med-res monitor ports for the Amiga display, in addition composite and S-VHS loops provide separate monitoring of the Video 1 input signal If required.
Add to that a separate key I O connector which will accept or supply a key signal to or from an external video system and you have a very comprehensive videographic environment suitable for amateurs and professionals alike.
Multiple mixing effetti ready and welting, all you need li a time- bate turret I or .1 Paul Austin examines the latest in Amiga videography as VideoScan arrives on the scene so adjustment on the fly isn't really on the cards.
Amiga's RGB and power, the only other essential is at least one Video In. In this state you have a basic genlock setup which with the assistance of the faders can produce all the standard genlock effects for titling, animated logos and dissolves - either full or partial - between the video and computer signals.
In order to generate the required combination you simple select composite or S- VHS input and chtxwe Key on the output control panel. Now If you move to the dis- Due to the entirely hardware-based control system, actually setting it up is Very straightforward, Like all genlocks its primary concern is connection to the Amiga's 23-pin RGB out.
Once safely plugged-in you simply select the Amiga as the power source via a small flip switch which toggles between bypass or off, Amiga, and external.
The external option requires a standalone power supply which isn't included. T" ' However this shouldn't be necessary unless you’re running a smaller, heavily expanded machine.
4ft m y W % VideoScan special Aside from the Ixtellent keying quality In eomposlte and SVHi VIDEO Mixing musts Unfortunately combining both video signals isn’t as straightforward as just plugging a composite or Y C cable into the second Video In.
In order to initiate mixing, both video signals must first be passed through an external video mixer or 7BC (time- based corrector) Unfortunately both methods require heavy additional investment which in the case of a TBC will leave little change out of £800.
Assuming you have Ihe necessary hardware, connection becomes slightly more involved with either the composite or S-VHS signals connecting to video 1 as normal.
However the signal must then be passed onto the TBC via the loop output option At the same time the second video signal is passed to the TBC directly. The two are then combined and passed onto the Video 2 input.
If all s well you should be able to dissolve and mix between the two signals using the same faders and mixing effects as previously employed during basic genlocking operations.
The only limitation in the mixing department is the inability of VideoScan to transcode when mixing solve faders the signals can be combined as required. If your aspirations stretch to more exotic effects you'll require the assistance of a second video input. Once installed you horizons expand considerably with access to all the output options - sole output of the first or reference video, Amiga only output, or a combination of the video and Amiga output.
However most important of all is the fourth option which enables you to mix directly between the two incoming video signals. In this state the dissolve faders and mixing effects apply to the two video signals rather than the genlocked combination of Amiga and Video 1. E3 The bottom line Basically a quality pro product that does a great job of filling a gap left with the demise of the VideoBlender. As the price and features imply this isn’t meant for the home market, but if you’re a serious or semi-pro videographer it's a relatively cheap introduction to high-end production methods and
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Inside the Shell There's only one problem - some of the won't actually run even when lUed, no matter how much you assign
n. Turning to the trusty pages of ga Computing, you continue your
Bt for learning and understanding... There's a wealth of games
and utilities ,J there in the public sector that unfortu*
Hrly require a little more work than just ng the files to the
hard drive.
W ith all the files installed in their own wer and the assign lines written, there t still problems that may arise. The sim- Hb fact is that there can be certain essen* m system files on the original disk that pven't transferred over and need to be f Manually.
Adam Phillips reports on some of the more unseen features tucked away deep in the heart of the Amiga 1200 Part 6 WORTHWHILE make the next process easier on If and for future disk and directory'
- gement, it's a worthwhile invest- it to buy a disk and
directory' manager will help you sort and transfer files een
different directories (as in hard e, floppy and optical, but
I'll save that tion for a later date...), i can pick one of
these up from reputable PD libraries for a very reale price
and if, like us in the office, want the best then Directory
Opus is
• deal choice, i this example, we'll being using the “ementioned
package but the same Jules apply to any comprehensive utility
this sort. Slip the original disk of the Disk managers Atal lor
real liling power, those highly useful titles are a life-saver
in terms ol time and
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options such as comparing
• aes, copying, deleting and searching amongst many Other
features Directory Opus v4-.1 Approx. £60 The king ol the
castle and still reigning supreme on the Amiga as the best
money can buy Disk Manager Approx. £30 An average and
relatively uselul management system.
Software that is refusing to boot up into the disk drive and then proceed to boot up the disk manager.
List the contents of the disk and then bring up the contents of the hard drive in the root (main) directory that contains the drawers named C, Devs, L, Libs and S. Don't panic, these simply contain certain files for running the various programs already on the hard drive. Once both have been brought up, first of all compare their Libs files.
As with all the drawers (Devs and the like), certain files may be present on the original dusk that aren't on the hard disk.
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Imer ms I iPriHMiw riiWiw} Dir Type these lines Into Shell to see If you can find the right command to boot the software up... use the spacebar to pause the ensuing lists SID II ApprOx. £2 Irom any good PD outlet Ideal for beginners boasting a series of features only bettered by Directory Opus. See how you go with this and if more power is needed, upgrade to Opus, Recommended This can easily be rectified by copying the file across to the matching drawer and thereby installing it. It’s usual for manv games to have particular libraries essential to their operation and without them, they won’t
run. If this doesn’t work then it's a case of ploughing through the other drawers looking for the differences.
You can avoid a potentially disastrous situation by making sure that you never replace the same file with what seems to be another identical file if you decide to move a large section across.
WORKBENCH Some of these seemingly identical files are in fact written for earlier versions of Workbench and if put in place of the correct one, could seriously mess up other programs that already work quite successfully as they are.
After all this is done and you've reset the machine, try clicking on the game or utility icon to see if it now boots iivwith all the files in place. If the pesky little sucker still insists on not budging then it may well only be possible to boot up from Shell - move your pointer over to the Shell icon and open it up.
Type in CD DHO (The dhO refers to the volume where the game or utility is stored); and DRAWER (which drawer the Software is in) and hit the return key.
Type in DIR (directory) and the contents of the drawer will be listed. Look for a file name that appears as if it could be executable (as in run) such as RUN GAME. Once spotted, simply type it in and the software should at last boot up ready for you to play or use to your hearts content.
If you're having problems identifying the required file, type in ed DHO:s startup-sequence and look through which files the computer needs to get the program going.
Finally, when exiting Shell, don't save what you've done - it's not necessary to.
Simply hold the right mouse down and go to the pull-down menus at the top of the screen. Select Quit and you'll exist Shell without saving anything you shouldn’t just in case you accidentally hit a few wrong keys. After that, fingers crossed and away vou go... ¦ r ¦ E3 SU BSCRIPTIONS Subscribe to the top value So, you're wondering, what exactly is this exclusive treatment? It's a whole range of things that ensure you get your copy of Amiga Computing without any fuss or effort.
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R .-irr1 3 Premier Manager 2 JPREMIEI flEv rite3 3 This is the latest football management sim from Gremlin. Following on from its predecessor, Premier Manager 2 takes the whole football management scenario one stage further, and although more complex than the first version, loses none of the addictive appeal which made it the success it was.
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- A- Well. I have had over 100 disKs sent to me for review just
for this issue! So anyone out .
There who recently invested in an A1200 and is constantly being told by spotty, "sponsored" salesman in your high street tech stores that consoles are the future, don't worry because I have a feeling that the Amiga is here to stay for quite some time... PUBLIC ?
Adam Phillips dissects the echelons of the PD that other magazines can't reach in this month's round-up of the good, the bad and the hideously ugly... D'Day Programmed by: AM Cooke Available from: AM Cooke With Schindler's List on the way, the topic of the world wears and their remembrance, or more so how they should be remembered, has raised certain questions about turning what was an horrific rime in world history into entertainment.
One thing that has always struck me about the PD are the various educational packages that handle this kind of material with an intelligence and responsibility that informs and keeps the events that lost millions of lives in perspective.
D-Day is a Hypertext-created guide to the famous day when the Allies landed on the shores of Normandy to drive the Germans back.
Presented in a series of menus, the user is able to access information on the Allies, the Nazis and the event itself. Using text and maps, these categories are split down further into more options to give a solid overview of the battle where 2,500 Allies lost their lives.
Ideal for students wanting to find out more on the subject in a simple, easy-to- use package, D-Day is another title that explains instead of exploiting.
Morton Strikes Back Programmed by: David Parsons Available from: David Parsons Colourful, well-defined graphics are the first thing to hit you when booting up Morton Strikes Back - a fun, professional- looking platformer program in the vein of James Pond.
Taking elements of jump-'em-ups from across the ages, Morton is a cute character with a large green nose, stick legs and arms and little else. The action revolves simply around leaping from platform to platform, grabbing coins and other such bonuses while trying to make it to the exit at the end of each level.
Along the way, various beasties in the shape of snakes, birds and other paraphernalia obstruct your path which can mostly be dispatched by jumping on their heads (ahh, that old chestnut).
The gameplay is addictive and fun and contains a fair challenge with sixty levels for your money set in different areas. With Hit the boll at the wall and grab the power upt at they drtft down to receive a Brucey Bonus In Mega Ball, an ACAonty game more power-ups and differing objects i a challenge lhat packed a hefty punch, I would be a PD classic because the pn tation is very well done indeed.
As it stands though, Morton Strtk Back is a samey, albeit fun experience ideal for younger children and adulq alike.
Mega Ball AGA Programmed by: Ed Mackey Available from: Kew=ll • Disk No G1Q7JI Breakout, eh? An old crusty dinosaur a game which was huge in its day i then submerged back into the quag from whence it came.
Then, years in the making arvA after arcade companies had out of any original ideas, the powers t be came out with the admitted!!
Excellent Arkanoid - Breakout w 4 knobs on.
The colourful graphics, speed anfl Don't Go Down into the Cellar Available from PD Soft • Disk No 3509 After last month's Commodore plug thanks to the ray-traced delights of Craig Codings s Mean CD Machine. I wasn't expecting to see such an ambitious animation for rather a long time.
As usual. I'm happy to eat my words with this Offering from the US of A. Coming on a substantial nine disks and requiring a mere 7Mb to run. This is a colourful anim about a short trip down into the cellar.
Don't go Dow Seen from the point of view of the victim, we creep down the basement stairs and have a good poke around with horrific consequences. The end result is 15 seconds of 24-bit graphical excellence that, while lacking in the plot department, yet again shows what can be achieved with a high-end Amiga.
The horrify journey starts ot the entrance to the perilous Ctihr, twinging open the door, you itart your dtuent Amina fnmnutitlCI Adril 1994 PD and SHAREWARE* Worlds Beyond Available from Phil’s PD • Disk No. S7 Coming on three separate disks? Worlds Beyond is a compilation of some of the best book covers that'll ever grace the shelves of the fantasy section at WHSmith. Let alone your Amiga 1200, Well over a dozen pictures lifted from the novels of authors like Harry Harrison and Robert Hoklstock, are provided rendered in a very fetching 256 coloured interlace display.
The only real gripe is that you have to boot up afresh for each disk instead of the program simply asking you to insert the next one. Other than this, Worlds Beyond is definitely worth sinking your artistic cravings into. Recommended.
Ghly lOft on it m It j term «ost importantly, the myriad of power- «ps hidden elusively in the hovering Weeks made the 2D Original into a fully- fledged game.
* fun edutainment" (I hate that ward) program for the youthful
among us j Now, for your PD playing eyes only, comes Mega Ball,
a clone of the afore- I mentioned but with even more bits and
pteces added.
| Taking your robotic "bat", you have I to knock a ball at various screens of Mocks with the sole aim of destroying them and moving onto the next level.
Tsand h, this resen- trikes ience.
Idults Lasers, expansion kits, magnetic balls and many other power-ups drop from the skies, giving the player a better chance of proceeding in the game. Like
* »e forefathers before it, Mega Ball is a fiendishly addictive
title to while away a couple of hours with.
Mice are broken through fists slamming down onto them at high velocity and the promise of vengeance is oft fwom against the programmer for mak- mg what is a very simple, basic idea so enjoyable and bloody frustrating at the
* *me time, 1078 ;aur of iy and igminr 5 and I run rs that
ttedljr t with | d and The only gripe is a little dodginess on
'behalf of the ball which flickers a little when hurtling
around the screen, and Ae apparently inexplicable speed that it
• ometimes reaches for no apparent reason only to slow down a
few moments liter.
Otherwise, this little beauty is well worth the humble asking price and comes highly recommended to arcade action fans.
Animal Land Programmed by: Mick Wilson Available from; Mick Wilson The key element to any educational package on a computer is that it has to be fun above anything else. No matter how much information is crammed onto one disk, if the proceedings aren't actually enjoyable to play then there is little hope for any toddler ever gleaning and retaining knowledge from the whole experience.
Animal Land is definitely fun to play and is presented as a series of logic problems. The user is presented with a landscape or farmyard and a series of numbers are dotted round the screen - one on a branch, the other in the pond and so on.
The computer asks in a flat and emotionless voice where a particular animal would be such as an owl. In this case, press the number that is on the right place on the screen. You'll then be told if you're right and the owl appears silting on the branch.
After a couple of these scenarios, the program moves onto a memory test where the pupil has to remember which number corresponded to which animal.
This is difficult but again useful for sharpening the young grey cells. Attracting an ?
Shot by shot ito the Cellar MAT r v slain pass under your feet In guid animation Pi the sweat 19im to trkkle down your batk The tight elaustrophobk spate triggers a growing feeling of panic In your gut... Trembling, the ponk turn to terror rating as thr pod pulls both its gelatinous lips... the rest you 'll have to buy Calling all PD libraries... ...and individuals with anything remotely worth my while having a peek at. If you want something released a$ PD, or you're a library with stacks of hot new stuff that you haven't seen reviewed in these pages yet why not drop me a line with a copy,
full documentation and everything clearly labeled? I promise I'll at least look at your work.
Adam Phillips, PD submissions, Amiga Computing Europa House, Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK104NP ¦ PD and SHAREWARE audience in the office is always a good sign for anv package and Animal Land is no exception to the rule. Recommended.
Willy's Humungous Adventure Programmed by: Matthew Wood roof Available from: Matthew Woodroof Willy, for everyone's information, is a floating bodiless purple head who's spent an age and a half hovering in front of his tele vision screen vegetating quite happily.
But things have become just a tad confusing. Apparently, the government has banned public transport and makes the good citizens of whatever time, place and era walk through bomb-laden mazes on their way to work... Erm, suffice to say I threw the plot Out of the window and focused on the actual game itself. The premise is simple enough - guide Willy, said hero of the title, round die screen with the mouse, grabbing diamonds.
Bombs are laid out to make life difficult and indeed, stop Willy permanently.
Fortunately, power-ups in the form of easier tal-like swirling patterns, this does offer some originality over rJ competition.
The rave track included isn't bad either and if you're in need d a computer visual fix, then this may be what you're looking for.
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Available from Jorvik Public Domain Disk No UT0272 Another
educational package for this month concerns itself with the
scientific facts and history of the atom and its subsequent
misuses and achievements A multiple choice quiz is presented
at the end of the entire session to see how much the user has
managed to soak up. Disk accessing and swapping is a little
annoying but fortunately, it's possible to install both disks
on hard drive.
Packed with text, digitised stills and animations illustrating most aspects of the broad subject from the likes of atomic structure and nuclear fusion to isotopes and the hydrogen bomb. The Discovery of the Atom is ideal tor the older students.
K*..4.c hurt r'ta1 It s bach, bigger and better than before - It's the tmall Ptoln*» *** Then again, if you had that much monid you wouldn't need to look after yom shares - somebody would happily do I for vou.
All in all, this adds up to a comprrivd sive and highly practical package tfcd at £10 for the entire set is investing in.
Small business pack appeared not so long ago in the pages of this magazine. You’ll no doubt be pleased that the pack has now been increased to 11 disks with a few new programs to feast the eyes and finances on.
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Matthew Woodroof 278 Priests Lane, Shenfield Brentwood CM 15 8LD and tighter steering, extra lives and even level clearance aid the player towards victory. Presented in a series of increasingly difficult screens, Willy's Humungous Adventure is a taxing piece of software that's a real challenge but immensely frustrating at times - there's a time limit to complete each screen and the controls using the mouse need time and patience to make for steady steering and the clearing of obstacles.
The net result, though, is a addictive and off-the-wall title - special merits have to go to the sound FX. Willy lets out a loud "yeah” whenever he grabs a diamond and a smile creeps across his face. A drum roll also accompanies every decision made on the Options screen which all adds to the off-beat effect.
There's a definite Jeff Minter-ish feel to the whole affair and for that reason plus the enticement of a truly challenging game that even comes with its own comic, Willy's big one is definitely worth a long, hard look.
The Small Business Pack Produced by: G V Broad Available from: GV Broad PD Disk No U305 Regular readers of this column will probably notice that Mr Broad’s rather excellent Demos must be a difficult thing to do judging by many of the ones I've received this month. Most seem to fall into the category of whirling 3D boxes and bouncing circles that leads to boredom-inducing viewing.
While no offence is to be gwen to the people who write these routines because they’re probably pretty tricky to do, it shows a distinct lack of imagination.
Phaw suffers from some of the above without a doubt but also included are some effects that I haven't come across before.
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I bef most of you don't even remember February 14 1991. Well, you should do because that wos the day when Psygnosis released Lemmings - a game which has delighted ond amazed computer gamer worldwide.
Gamesplayers hove rescued the dumb sviodol critters from their certain doom on over 20 different machine formats and thus mode lemmings the biggest selling computer gome series of oil time.
The green-haired creatures are this year celebrating their third year, in which over the span of time the Lemmings fomily has grown to include Oh No! More Lemmings, the epic sequel Lemmings 2: The Tribes and the seasonal smash-hit Christmas Lemmings.
The original Lemmings is still being converted to other mochine formats, plus the Lemmings merchandise has increased to include the Lemmings comic strip in Max Overload - there's even a TV cartoon m the pipeline.
The real news if you haven't guessed by now is that Lemmings 3 is coming SOOn.
According to a Psygnosis spokesman it's going to be bigger and better and contain much more frantic fun thon ever before.
As soon as we find out more detoils obout the suicide-'em-up which is sure to be one of, if not the biggest gome of the yeor, we'll be sure to let you know.
J ||j r-THTB director, Tim Chaney commented on the link*up: "Sensible Software’s track record is second to none and we're delighted that our ongoing relationship with them now stretches well into
1995.
"Having worked with them over the lost couple ol years we know exactly how good Sensible is. It makes sense for the number one publisher to seek strategic alliances with companies like Sensible.'
Virgin Interactive Entertainment hove strengthened their existing ties with Europe's leoding development team, Sensible Software, in o deal that will deliver a spectacular series of products over the next two years.
Virgin have signed up the next sports simulation from the team, Sensible Golf - a game that will build on the reputation of the dossk Sensible Soccer. Golf will be released for the Amiga in die lost quarter of 1994. Virgin's European manoging Sensible’s manoging director, Jon Hare added: "We've worked very successfully with Virgin before ond they're our perfect publishing partner.
They always put the product first ond share our obsession with quality. We're both determined to make the next generation of Sensible product the best yet.'
One of Sensible1* previous efforts, the award-winning Sensible Soccer Sierra kick off!
Colours Sierra Soccer is presented in superb 3D with 4,000 frames of Sierra ore renowned for publishing top quality adventure games like Leisure Suit Larry, Police Quest, Willy Beamish ond Space Quest, but they're about to enter the sport simulation morket witn Sierra Soccer.
World Cup Edition.
The gome contains 24 World Cup teams plus the option to include teams that didn't manoge to qualify this yeor like, er, England. Eoch team has o 22-man squad with occurote names, positions, skin ond hair S animation. Other animation sequences include the referee showing and red cords and the physio ond stretcher-bearers treating body injured players.
There will be loads of digitised sound ond speech effects for comers free-kicks ond penalties. Sierra Soccer is looking like it could be o bit special and hopefully we'l have a preview lined up for die next issue.
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Alternotive Software, makers of the Thomos tie Tank Engine range of games, are one of tw first software publishers in the UK to comply with the new video and computer aame labelling regulations. They are currently re* pocking all their popular children's collection to include the Uc label whkh means that the software is particularly Suitable for children.
It's show time! NM t interactive games entertainment market has grown ond
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"‘e event has always been a focus for c~d reaction of *e iwusg video games industry attracting exhibitors such as
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Spnng 94 will see the first unveil* g of the Sega, Nintendo ond
CD-based titles thgt will dominate the gomes morhet this yeor.
ECTS attroch exhibitors and visitors from all over the globe os trode ond press olike get the first
- «pses of the hardware and softwore stars of the year.
The event will dso offer more focus on the much talked about convergence of media ond technol- zy as companies begin to demonstrate new softwore such as games with full-motion video
• guences.
The newly launched musk video CD titles for machines like Commodore's CD32 and Philips Cdi «the closest things yet to interactive movies are also expected to be on show at the ECTS, Cat Maclean, Event Director commented on the forthcoming show, said: ’The gomes industry is at insular or introspective onymore, It is port of the wider global entertainment morket. Linking with Plywood and the music business, creating new and exciting entertainment products for the 1990s.
"ECTS is the ploce where those ties ore visibly strengthened and where companies come together put long term strategies into place, whkh will see the games development community positioned the heort of the converging entertainment morket.
The show starts on the April 10 and runs for three days of the Business Design Centre in London.
»trode and press only, but we ll be there to give you the low-down an whot's hot for 1994.
This now means that Thomas the Tank Engine along with Postman Pat, Popeye, Sooty and Sweep will carry for the first time 0 government Suitability warning.
According to Alternative's sales and marketing manager David Watkins this means tat 'these gomes are particularly suitable for the younger gamer thus giving parents a greater degree of confidence' He continues: 'Lost year we brought together oil our younger gomer softwore under the umbrella brand ‘The Children's Collection and at the same time introduced oge guidance statements on dl the packaging. The new classifications are simply on extension of this policy' A new gome featuring Thomas the Tank Engine has just been releosed at £12.99 while the original game is going to be re released in
new boxed pockoging which will include the Uc label Talkin' trivia Trivial Pursuit, the activity which couses divorce ond family breakdown, is the world's most popular board gome ond Domark have speciafty developed the gome for the CD32. Using the very latest CD technology you con now answer questions based on octual recorded historical speeches and events, Eoch question is also accompanied by a nil i t I DITION digitised picture and on animated Master of Ceremonies, Russell the Bird, is there to guide you through eoch stage of the game and keep your scores.
Russell the Trivial Pursuit bird's script and voice was provided by a guy called Chris Longhorn who has previously worked as a scriptwriter on The Muppet Show.
There are over 2,000 questions spoken by the quiz master, plus guest celebrities such os William Shakespeare and Moe West will ask you the various categories of questions. Trivial Pursuit CD32 should be available by the time you reod this and itl cost you the measly sum of £29.99. It's big and it's bulging, but enough of my problems, here's this month's superb bunch of games REVIEWS • REVIEWS • REVIEWS Man United Premier League Champions 112 Krisalis' third Man United license and this time it's going to give Sensible Soccer a good run for its money Simon the
Sorceror .114 Our very own Simon waves his wand as he inspects Adventure Soft's latest magical graphic adventure Brian the Lion ...... ,...116 Psygnosis go down into the jungle and return with a roaring good, console bashing platformer Puggsy ...118 He's an alien and he waddles and to be perfectly honest that's all I know about Psygnosis' latest platform star. Sorry!
Award Winners Gold ...119 Empire bundle Zool, Sensible Soccer, Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker and Elite games together for an incredible price. Bargain!
Winter Olympics . ,,,,...120 Us Gold head for the slopes and bob their sleighs in the official Lillehammer '94 licence and that's snow joke!
Seek 'n' Destroy 123 It's a rootin' tootin' helicopter blast-em-up for the CD32 and Simon Clays in sat firmly in the cockpit Feature: Gremlin Profile .....108 We see what makes the Sheffield-based software house tick and take a sneaky glance at their forthcoming releases ALTERNATIVE Ian Stewart: managing director Gremlin in the works Although he was in a bit of a huny at the time, we managed to catch the industrious Ian Stewart and sat him down for a chat about Me.
The universe and everything.
Ian first started out working for Laskys. A high street retail outfit that stocked computers. Making his way up the ladder to become group manager and in charge of five stores Ian noticed that there was a definite lack of support software-wise in the slowty expanding computer market Ian got some cash together and decided to set up a shop selling software called Just Micro. He then saw the massive opportunities in actually producing the games software. He quickly found people to produce the games and thus Gremlin Graphics was bom.
Gremlin’s first ever game appeared on the good ol' Commodore 64 in 1984 and was called Monty Pigeon which was incidentally programmed by Tony Crowther who more recently has made h«s name with games like Captive and Liberation.
Competing against the likes of Ocean and Imagine way back in the mid-80s was something Ian en|oyed- He took a very active role in producing most of Gremlin's products back then and luckrfy still manages to do the same now, although obviously he's not as involved as he was before.
Ian lists Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge. Zool and Premier Manager as games that made Gremlin step up a gear and move into league with the big boys of the computer software ndustry.
He doesn't actually have a favourite game although he's happy to mention Zool simply because it was and still is Gremlin’s biggest selling game.
When asked about the future of the games industry, Ian predicted that most companies will start to tighten their belts. He also foresees that larger groups will join forces to make the best use of up and coming technology such as the CD format, plus there will be lots more corporate be-ins.
Gremlin's MD also says that they have no desire to stop developing for the Amiga simply because the machine has proved to be so successful for them. He also deems the CD32 to be a very good prospect. This is backed up by the fact that Gremlin have some CD titles currently in development although it’s al very hush-hush at the moment and he wouldn't tell me anything about them.
When asked about his what he likes about the games industry Ian said he appreciated the challenge and creativeness of the job. When asked about the other side of the coin he said that he doesn't like the number of computer mags available and could walk into a shop, pick up six magazines and couldn't tell which one was which - although he did say that he liked Amiga Computing because it tries to be that little M different from the norm, so a big slap on the back for us methnks.
My final question to Ian was about the future of Gremlin Graphics to which he simply replied: “Our commitment towards the games industry speaks for itself ’ Gamer gives you yet another low-down on what makes a software house tick. Jonathan Maddock talks to two of Gremlin’s prime movers about the past, the present and the future, while Simon Clays takes a sneaky peek at two of the firms forthcoming releases, K240 and Hero Quest Z "M wked ol tbe Sheffield-bosed com-
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Of most importance to be Empire was the fod that these stor groups were densely populated wilh valuoble resources (hot were much needed by me Empire and could safely see them into the next millennium.
Also, there were a whole host of new unknown ores that hod never been touched by human bonds that could expand the technology of human kind.
With the prospect of billions of tonnes of ore waiting to be mined, colonies started to pop up al over this once uncharted region of spoce.
Within ten years the corporations had established major fields and were shipping bock large quantities of ores. But, as well as the major companies, licences were granted to independent traders.
They were encouroged to fund colonies with the understanding that they got to keep 30 per cent of ony revenue that was generated from ore sales.
It's at this stage that you're going to enter into the foray.
When K240 is completed you'll lake on the role of one such independent who has recently established g pigneering colony in on uninhabited section of the Magellanic Cloud Your missions are oil going to plan, until one of your scOut ships disappears. At first you’re convinced just a system failure is lo biome far this phenomenon, until another one of your ships is probed by an alien craft.
As the commander of the colony you will be set several objectives, which will have to be monoged and scrutinised very closely if you are to be successful.
Pint ond most important will be the exploration of the Cloud for ores ond the expansion of your colony ond your mining operation.
Also, you will have to maintain the day-to-day running of your colony, investing time ond money into developing scientific research into new inventions.
These breakthroughs in technology will encourage better productivity, which will in turn boost the supply rate to the workforce.
As well os the passive workforce vou employ, there is also the development and deployment of your colony’s militia to take core of.
K240 is set to lest your strategical abilities ond skills o» people management. On the one bond you'll have over 40 different styles of building to manipulate, while you juggle your exploration of up to 24 asteroids per sector wilh the other You'll oho have to dispense wilh or control be six different alien roces that inhabit the region around you. To do this munitions plants to facilitate the different ships and missiles you'll be capable of manufacturing.
K240 will also include digitised speech, otmosphehc sound effects and o very impressive cinematic opening sequence, but it is not going to be o gome for the bint hearted, and you're going to have your work Cut Out for you with the level of intelligence ond strategic qualities the enemy ore to be pro- grammed with. After the out-of this-world success of I ond oil the resultant enhancements ond new scenarios that K240 boasts, I think it's fair to say that strategy gamers ore going to have both their hands full for a good while.
Legacy of Sorasil Following the success of the Hero Quest board gomes, Gremlin were given the task of converting this popular RPG onto the AMIGA.
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Set in the fobled land of Rhio, you will be chorged w*| task of discovering what malignant evil power is killing ( good folk of the land with a plague.
To help you in your crusade to free the land, you -41 able to enlist the talents of a team of odventurers. Ya 1 f able to choose o porty of four heroes from a range of i would bes. Perhaps you'll enjoy the bone-melting roar Borbarkm, or maybe select the subtle powers of the f choice wiH be yours.
Using o point-and-click interface system you must yOuf bond of adventurers, ond lead them through the I a search for dues.
You will be called upon to combine magical skills wit- ( blatant muscle of swordsmanship os you bottle your i through ten stages of highly intelligent foes.
Unlike its predecessor, legend of Sorasil totes place i multitude of locations, from the dark dank depths of I Vampire King's barrow, through to the overgrown i the Iron-Wood forest; they're all there for you to explore As you journey through the land of Rhia you'll learn t its intricate history, ond inevitably find clues that may f save your life.
Legocy of Sorasil is shaping up to look like a rather I 3D extravoganza in the world of times gone by. Using i easy to use play system ond the now familiar point-a control method. Legacy of Sorasil should appeal to I adventurers ond arcade lovers alike.
M4 CfKI II CMC* I : 9aP EZ3BE3I f 2 Y3 *010*61 piAsmfl K240 will include digitised speech, atmospheric sound effects and a very Impressive cinematic opening sequence Building new spacecraft is just one factor that will test your strategical abilities Genesia - a game of creation and power for 1 to 3 players.
The owner of a small land, you must expand and develop your population to become the most significant in the world of Cenesia. In 5 worlds, each requiring unique strategies, you must manage everything, from food and water to employment and taxes.
Will you conquer the lands of your 2 opponents, or form an alliance with them in an attempt to recover the seven missing jewels?
Only with a strong economy, powerful army and new technology will you fulfil your ambitions.
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F Man Ltd Champions * If’s been quiet on the footboll pome scene over the lost few months and the Sensi vs Goal war has died down, but there's a new challenger m town. Going by the name of Monchester United Premier Leogue Champions, this new boy is ready to give its all and take the footballing crown.
It's been- produced by Krisalis and is in fact their third Manchester United licence The previous two efforts were viewed from the side ond Krisalis thought that they weren't going to gain onything by producing yet another one Unashamedly inspired by Sensible Soccer, Krisalis have created a footboll game that is viewed from above. You might think that there's nothing new obout that because Sensible did it first ond did it best, but you would be wrong because Manchester United Premier League Champions is the game which Sensible Soccer should" ve been and never was.
Whereas Sensible Soccer was a cartoon-like and mare arcade-based game, Krisalis' new piece of software is a true football game for try?
Football fanatics. It could almost be called a management simulator and this is becouse it has a huge strategy element to it.
This is all thanks to Krisalis's Tocti-arid system. The grid lets you decide where and now you want your players to play. For instance, you con make up any formation you want and unlike most footboll games they will stick to this formation.
You could have oil your team in attack which will leave massive gaps in your defence, but at leost your team will stick to this system until you decide to change it. That's just one way of play* ing that perhaps you'll never use, but it illustrates the point that your teom will do exactty what you tell them.
A much better and more practical example would be to fell your full-backs what they should do. Should they stay back in defence or do you want them running up the wings to put crosses in for your forward men? The choice, os they say, is yours.
Manchester United Premier League Champions has every teom from the Premier, Endsleigh and Vauxnall Conference divisions featured in it. Each team has 'real* players and each one of these players has his own defined skill levels.
MAXIMUM Ryan Giggs, as on example, hos most of his ratings at the maximum level whereas players from the lower divisions will have lower skill ratings. Most other football games tend to have oil the players at the same skill level, but by giving individuals different ratings Krisolis have managed to moke Premier League Champions as realistic os possible.
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W As a rule previous football games have had the option of making your own league and cup competitions ond Premier Leogue Champions is not an exception to this rule, but if does give you the chance to play an entire football season or seasons if you’re a dedicated enough games player.
You start off with your fresh squad of players and take part in the Leogue, the Coca Cola Cup and the FA Cup. As you progress your players will gel injured and you'll have la change your team selection accordingly, You can also keep an eye on your league position, your squod, lop goal scorers ond injuries from a whole wealth of statistical information, Weather conditions play a big part in football gomes ond olso in Manchester United Premie* Up to four players can choose a team and apparently I'm going to playing against Alex Ferguson!
Really matter because you'll be so focused on tfl game that you'll not notice.
The pitch surfaces can be varied; all the umJ pitches are in there like the mud sorfoce t J there are o couple of new ones like the fogwj and frosty pitch or the 'this pome should've bad abandoned os we in the office like to coll it5 I At first control over the players is quite cult, rather like the sensation you got when pad ing Sensible Soccer for the first time, but procid mokes perfect ond within no time at all you t aJ spraying bolls all over the pitch like FrJ Cantona.
You con make the players shoot, lob, paqJ heod, chest and volley the ball. Volleying is ot ticularly impressive because the balls road FORMATION i Piltiitu « I fcuifcCUir « ' Jwiis Inns « ’A Vvau la&l&j « ;Y to JiiMjl 12 tlW H'M 3 SS SttiW « 1:i*t Pmtf 7 CdJi Wt« i'Lwht stats I! I k .... A nice feature in KrisaJis's football game is the option to choose away strips. Make those colour clashes a thing of the past The Tacti-grid is a nm and innovative feature that actually works!
Tms strategy element of the game makes Kritails' effort really shine Man Ltd Champions 11 Crimbsy forward, Tony Ford makes his way towards Bolton's penalty area Tony heads towards the corner of the pitch and then sends ever a lethal cress .
FTjl The nimble forward skips around a couple of defenders with the bell still glued to his feet .. ¦* Oh my word! Tony Ford has curled the ball into the not.
Crimbsy's second goal and it's all over bar the shouting Action replay The bad floats over the Bolton keeper and It's getting incredibly close to the net cross the screen like a nuclear missile and, of t if you manage fo get the ball in the back f the net you can look very smug indeed.
Manchester United Premier league Champions i lots of little nice touches, like the replay func- . Not only can you rewind, play and wotch the i in slow motion, but you con wotch your stunt mm HAMPIONS Krisnlis return with yet another United licence, but believe you me this piece of software is going straight to the top of the league Eric "Oo-ah" Cantona gets his marching I orders for kicking the keeper's bead in.
I See I fo« you tt was realistic goals going in from the opposite viewpoint, This wos afwoys o proolem in Sensible Soccer when shooting down becouse you missed mosl of the action thanks to the god being in (he wgy.
You can substitute your players, but normally in other products you have to wait until your players' legs are half falling off. Krisolis nave v ft n u Blackburn Rovers line-up against Newcastle United. A quick toot from the rtfaud the battle will begin... GessR cr 1 rectified this problem because when a nasty tackle goes in it octuolly tells you what state your r is in, this makes those importonl manage- I decisions a lot easier.
Another interesting little feature is the ability ’ :s me to name who takes the defensive ond attacking free-kicks and more importantly who takes the penalties. OK, so it's maybe not that important, but it's a lot more realistic thon having the player who got fouled take them.
It's all these nice touches which turns a very good game into o brilliant piece of software and the only thing which I noticed that was left out was the ability to transfer players, but hey you can’t have everything can you.
Although I detest Manchester United I have to say that Krisolis’ Manchester United Premier leogue Champions would make it onto my top ten Amiga games ever. I'v* thrown away my copies of Sensible Soccer and Goal because Krisolis have created on ultimately more satisfying football gome that will appeal to the true football fan.
The graphics are nicely presented and highly realistic. Couple this with its level of playability and addiction and you've got a hell of a game on your hands. The management element is what really makes the game for me because it makes the product for more interactive thon previous football software.
You might have a problem in controlling your players at first, but over o short period of time you will start to master it.
Krisolis have produced some damn fine footy gomes in the past, but this surpasses them pl|, I don't know how the games-buying public will take to it, but I've not been able to put it down and I'm off to play it again as soon as I've scribbled these last few words down.
I could enthuse for mosl of the magazine about how good it is, but space forbids me doing that. I put my hand on my heart I advise you to buy it. I promise you will not be disappointed.
JONATHAN MADDOCK f VISION 00000000© AUDIO DIFFICULTY 00000000© LASTABILITY 000000O00& 93% Krisolis hove produced an absolute scorcher ol a football game. Goal and Sensible Soccer tons will want to have this games boble s Buy it and float to football heeven.
Rove j if to I Publisher ¦ Krisolis Developer In-house Disks 2 Price 125 99 HO Install No Sice ? I meg If * not often thgt g piece of software wings its way by carrier pigeon to the Gamer solitary confinement cell. In fact come to think of it it's quite o rarity for anything at all to come into the office by that means.
Simon the Sorcerer That aside, it's not often that something arrives ond you find some strange mystkol connection. Somehow, you feel intrinsically drown towards it. In the cose of Adventure Soft's new , title Simon the Sorcerer there were two unconny connections that sent an icy chill down my spine.
For one, the main charocter and I both shore the same namesake, and secondly, well I'm not a sorcerer, but when I wos in Greece on holidoy this girl said I was magic... No, seriously, not only do we shore the same namesake, but we olso have the misfortune ok coming from the some region of the world.
So knowing that Adventure Soft draw their experience and rich sense of humour from that halcyon heartland of Birmingham, I decided to jump in and give them a fair whip of the proverbial crock (am I meant to say that the other way around?).
It's not that this reviewer is particularly sentimental about the area he grew up in, but he knows the prejudice that midlanders have to endure from the rest of the mocking public.
100 seriously, inis The fresh smell ol the coeetry air Tuu " isn't lo say that they gives wa t0 ,he c,imm reaiit, ,f the give owoy «me sfc hown't ony depfb to f]iry „„ „oivaleB, Hitlees bunker °"d kl11 ,he etm them or thot your phere.
Mind drifts while playing, it's just they never Being 0 pOirtt-and-click style romp, SilM* otlempt to be anything more than fun. Sorcerer's gameplay is fairly simple to mos The plot begins ond the metaphorical cornflour The screen comprises of a graphic window Due to the nature of the accent everyone thinks thgt Brummies hgve the IQ of a toothbrush, ond it doesn't matter if you're the Deon of Aston (not Saunders you understand) University, people sliM believe you to be socially retorded.
Anyway, it's very pleasing to see that the Simon s just about to take a giant leap... Chant "Ala-Kazam!" And other magical-type sayings as we find out whether Simon the Sorcerer weaves a spell or gets stuck in his magic circle mocking ond humiliation haven't held Adventure Soft back from turning out a quality product.
Simon the Sorcerer is a point and click graphical adventure. It will no doubt be compared to that AMIGA bench- ____ mark adventure, Monkey Island 2, whether the two are ot oil comparoble is on avenue we'll stroll along later.
But they both b k‘ feature a strong - ¦* 'v*. I element of humour and inane stupidity that render them - r impossible to take »c v loo seriously. This Th.,,csh 5mc„ o(thc, isn'l10 °r rt,ot **y ai.es wav the Crimn thickens the gravy, when Simon, the central t acler, is thrust into o world of spells, mog« confusion.
Simon's frolics begin when he receives a I from his mate.
Calypso is the G*.
High Wizard ol f- Deli, ond has sek- Simon from hund" of other punters to cue him from the ho*.
Of the evil wri: Sordid.
That's oil the plot • you're given, one reveal ony more of • story thot unlc try air around you it nif lity of the give away some it's bunker °Lnd Ul ,he 0,~ phere.
Simon the Sorcerer employs a very smart auto-mapp* facility that sends you to the location of your chok- M tt It's a fairy tale acid nightmare. Here Siroc encounters a troll-and-goat-rump comi Simon the Sorcerer Our hero takes time out to admire the splendid view... now there's Wales for you, not Remember this adage: If in doubt it's better to be a man with a pig in a poke, than a man with none at all
• wwy list and a command list.
Ihe graphic window allows you to see Simon i quite good being able to refer to tbe gome mQni because I could be beaming subliminal
- wuoges about myself to you), control his move- nmds,
communicate and interact witb other charters and look for
other objects.
Out in the frozen wastes, Simon takes time to play musical statues with a Cossack Moving your apprentice wizord is just a sim- j* case of clicking on tbe display area witb your ¦we. Everything else you require Simon to do ontrolled from tbe command list, for exo you wisb to use Simon to com-
- ynKate with someone, you simply dick on tbe toll to” option and
then point your mouse over
* e person witb wbich you wisb to speak.
Most of the other commands that you can :orry out operate in this manner and in the nojority of cases you are only having to dick on fce oction and the chorocter or object you wish to nterocf with.
During play if you've chosen to talk to one of be characters and their answer requires a reply, then the you are given a list of replies or questions to dick onto.
One of the handiest features in Simon the Sorcerer is the way the gome hondles mapping.
Like many of the more modern titles, STS features an auto-mapper, so you don't have to waste valuable time, pencil lead ond elbow grease on drawing on graph paper.
Apart bom its time-saving element, tbe map in Simon hos another quite unique facility. If you dick on any location that the auto-mapper has mapped, then you're automatically sent there.
This not only saves time, but also stops any element of boredom that might creep in bom travel* ling through tbe same locations.
The locations ore some of the most visually attractive I've seen on an Amiga. While they don't pretend to recreate ony type of reolity, they're stylised in such a way os to give the feel of a fairy tale book.
In fact, some of the characters are pulled straight out of tbe realms of tbe Brothers Grimm.
So, don't be astonished if you run into wicked witches with houses mode of confectionery (there must be a licence tie-in there fellas) or trolls, or goats who ore fairly gruff to say tbe least.
The attention to detail throughout tbe whole of the odventure is quite stunning. For example, os you are wandering through the forest you'll see squirrels run up trees in fright of you, os butterflies flit and settle around your heod (man, it’s a hippie New Age dreamer's haven), While we're on the topic of graphics, it's worth mentioning that there ore two versions to be released. There's the standard A5QQ version, and an A1200 version which hos the obvious advantage of having the extra colours. Apart from this, there aren't that many other noticeable differences.
Simon tbe Sorcerer is cram-pocked witb puzzles, funny quips and silly asides. While it's a title that you're not meant to take too seriously, it will give you plenty to think about if you're to complete it.
The main reason for this is tbot some of tbe puzzles are really quite abstract in their formulation and will toke o considerable amount of time to deduce. This shouldn't be thought of as a criticism, but as a way of making a thoroughly enjoyable sarcastic romp last that little longer.
On the sound front, Simon has a recurrent theme that runs throughout tbe whole gome. As computer soundtracks go it's not too bod; it varies depending upon your encounters and is, at the end of the day, best described as catchy.
But like most songs that drop into tbot groove, you end up hating it intensely.
At the end of a very magical extravaganza of
o day, it has to be said tbot Simon tbe Sorcerer is a really
enjoyable, highly playable piece of software (well folks, how
could you slog your own namesake off?).
I think that even the programmers expected comparisons with Monkey Island 2 to be made.
However, while Simon the Sorcerer uses the same type of technique to control all of your actions, you could never accuse Adventure Soft of copying Monke 2.
So reoders, if you're concerned that you're going to be buying o done - forget if. The only real similarity between the two is tbe foct that they ore both easy to pick up ond get into, and are both endowed with a tod more wit thon your normal offerings.
Simon the Sorcerer is a very large (nine disks in oil) well thought-out graphical odventure that'll keep you happy and out of harm's way in the land of giants, fairies and dwarves.
SIMON CLAYS VISION 00000000 AUDIO 0000000 DIFFICULTY 0000000 LASTABILITY r???????m; Simon is wt* thought out. Will written ond well presented. It s both btg without ' being boring, ana tun without ever being Flat oh well. I knew the s*milari- tv with myself would end somewhere).
Another idyllic mystical setting to sigh at as you journey along “For the last time I'm 18, now can I have two pints of lager and a packet of those sausage and herb crisps?"
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Sue* Brian the Lion Right, hgnds yp who knows someone who owns a Super Nintendo or o Sega Mego Drive ond is always brogging obout how 'good' the gomes ore. I guess if s just about every Amiga owner out there.
I bet you've always wanted to give them a good smock in the face and show them that your Amiga can keep up with the so-colled super 'consoles' Well, now you can!
I don't mean you con odualfy hit them becovse you'd go to court and get done on a ABH charge ond you'd probably sue me lor telling you to do it and I'd fd out with you and counler sue and - well ifd all get out of hand.
No, instead of using your fist, use Brian the Lion os your haymaker. Published by Psygnosis and developed by Reflections (previous credits include all three Shadow of the Beast games), Brian the mm ting wifi his suddenly ini Geezo mochine con ochieve. The graphics ond sound ore jaw-droppingfy good, the addiction level is just about right. Playability-wise you can't go wrong gnd Brian he lion has so many nice touches that N 1 VISIO ©000000000 not that much different from plotformer, but H is roaring good is my favourite plotformer of the OK, so it's gn qven AUDIO 0000000© moment.
DIFFICULTY 00000©©© LASTABILITY 000000O0 The graphics ore sex on the screen, the sound's great, it ploys like o platform demon and is os addictive qs nicotine and caffeine mixed together. It's certainly the best plotformer I’ve played in a tang time.
Publisher ? Psygnosis Developer ? Reflections Disk* ? 3 Price £25.99 HD Install ? Yes Size I meg PRISMATIC Geezo, who likes listening to dodgy guitar- based rock bands, has kidnapped Chris and is going to use his prismatic powers to hypnotise all the jungle creatures and crown himself king of the beasts.
So Brian is sent forth on o quest. Our 'mane' man must take on wave after wave of Geeza's followers ond cross the island in order to save his poi gnd reclaim his title of Kina of the Beasts On the surface Brian the Lion looks for all the world like o bog-standard plotformer, but I personally don't think it is thanks to the gob-smockingly good graphics.
It features full multi-layered parallax scrolling, 182 colours on-screen ot once ond 50 original tunes, and is the first game to introduce the famous Super Nintendo Mode 7- ; slyle effects onto the Amiga. These " 1 effects ore used to zoom, fade, ond rotate the graphics and con even map on imoge or texture onto a cylinder.
Brian the Lion is not Lion is o plotformer that shouts an 'anylhing you can do* warning to all those pesky Sega and Nintendo owners.
Brian is a new kind of hero who wears o wild pair of beoch shorts and has on awesome quiff that even Elvis would be proud of, if he hadn't of died on the toilet tho! Is. Brian may look cute, but underneath that character lies a pair of sharp daws ond a fearsome roor.
Subtitled Rumble ift the Jungle, ond o year-and- a-half in the making, Reflections's plotformer is a tale of friendship. One day while Brian was chat- wifi his best buddy Chris the Crystal, they were iterrupted by a big, ugly monster colled H0®G3 Rearing good platform fun from Psygnosis. I'd be lyin' if I said if was rubbish! Geddit! Lion? Lyin'? You see they sound the same, but they're spelled different, eh just forget it oil platform action though because hglfway through, the game mutates into a left to right scrolling shoot 'em-up that is very reminiscent of an old Gremlin game called
Pegosus.
This break in he constant platform fun is most welcome and stops the gamesplayer from getting bored, Reflections’s plotformer contains some really nice touches, especially Brian's roor. This can be used to kill smaller creatures ond startle midde-sized creatures. Try it ogowsf one of the end-of-level bosses, though, | and you'll get your comeuppance... k On first glonce, Brian the Lion looks and plays like every other bog-standard plotformer, but if you probe deeper you! Find a wonderful ana highly stylish
* piece of software.
Reflections have done o impressive job in creating a console product for the Amiga which proudly boasts just whot Commodore's SNIGGER SNIGGER?
At’s so bloody funny? The game is called SkidMarks, what’s wrong with you poms? Not has every Amiga magazine devoted columns of childish schoolboy humour when swing the game, they seem to have missed the point. The point is that SkidMarks is a imunications revolution just waiting to happen!
A 2400 baud modern, registered SkidMarks racers will be able to compete in our national ipionship. Over the next few months we are fine tuning the comms code and polishing Dther 12 competetion tracks to kick the championships off this June.
If you haven't already got yourself a copy of the racingest, chasingest, car game of the ade then get your pedal to the metal and race down to your software shop now!
BLITZ NEWS New AGA support is now available for Blitz2. All the enhanced display capabilities of the AGA chipset have been made available to Blitz2 programmers including 24 bit colour control, 256 colour screens, super hires horizontal scrolling, 64 pixel wide sprites and more.
New GadTools support offers the applications programmer access to 12 new gadget types including sliders, scrollers, listviews and palette gadgets. New ASL support allows the opening of Screen, Font and File Requesters in single commands.
"A milestone in Amiga games. One of the most playable racers ever... If future BlitzBASIC ames are as good as this one, we are going to see the Amiga and CD-32 become the games machine of the decade... SkidMarks is for Car Racing what Kick Off was to Football."
CU AMIGA SCREENSTAR (92%) 'An immensely satisfying experience akin to peeling those stringy white bits off tangerines... SkidMarks is without doubt the best racing game I have ever played outside of an arcade" AMIGA ACTION ACCOLADE (90%) "A no nonsense, adrenalin-pumping racer. SkidMarks is beautifully simple to play. Like SensiSoccer, this is a timeless two-player game which is likely to be dragged out of your collection time and time again."
THE ONE (88%) 'It bring's out those primal competitive urges, better than running around in woods naked and banging on big drums. It’s packaged playability, it’s canned competetion. It is great!"
FORMAT GOLD (90%) Currently under development for release in subsequent BUM issues (Blitz User Magazines) are:
* Developers-Pack for creating Blitz2 user extensions
* GadTools design utility
* CD32 specific command library
* Highspeed animation language
* Rerelease of Blitz2 3D
* 68020 optimized libraries If you’re programming the Amiga and
haven't taken a serious look at the fastest growing language in
the industry then do so now!
Acid Software PO Box 3172 Hampstead London NW1 9XA ph 071 482 4066 Stifle your cynisism for yet another cutesy platform effort Harmless platform fun. To coin a clichi Ttiere ore some clever time puzzle elements to work out but they bon t realty compensate for the blotont averageness of it oil.
Inti These days platformers are churned out faster than a whippet on speed and they have to be pretty darn spedoculor to attract mare thon a glance from your overage gamesplayer An unusual angle or puzzle element is not enough any more to 5n interest ond I'm afraid Puggsy s into that same desperate block hole of hopelessness. In fact it maybe worse than that... much worse.
Puggsy is your usual *oah, isn't he cute*-type of charocter who odds to the sickliness factor. He is an alien (yes, very originol) but looks unconnilv like a pickled onion with a condom on his bead.
He has lost his way and has stopped at another world to ask directions but unfortunately some racoons have decided to steal his spaceship. Oh what a story line, the powers v genius, hey?
Puggsy's only hope is to battle through the 17 different locations, 5 end-of-level guordians ond to finally reach the ancient city of Radantis to face the ultimate guardian and eventually rescue his spoceship.
Controlling Pugasy is by joystick and is clumsier than a drunk elephant on roller skates.
The controls feel chunky and vnresponsive and become very tedious.
Gomeplay involves your charocter picking up the many object} that can be found and using them in some manner to solve the puzzles. Within the level there ore switches, locks and teleports which can be activated (or deactivated! By throwing various objects at them. Throw keys at locks to open things, for instance.
Each object hos its own *weiahl' modelled on real world gravity so, for example, holding a heavy object would stop Puggsy being blown around by a fan enabling him to walk easier Objects con be stocked up to get to higher levels.
JUMPING Puggsy can also hook objects onto platforms that con't be reoched by jumping.
As the objects act under gravity, some con float or bounce. Puggsy can make use of balloons which he floats on. Bonus points are awarded for any objects corried through to the next level His speed and jump ability con be increased by picking up training shoes, and by using son shades he is temporarily protected.
On the plus side, (yes there is one) the end-of'level guardians are huge and relatively appealing. The map screen is a nice touch.
Puggsy can travel back and fro la dll ibe previous levels he’s been to.
Graphics are your usual nice, colourful tm thing, well drcrwn but they would hardly moke gasp in amazement. The soundtracks are jaua enough and cheerful which only make* 1 move irritating.
The gome would be ideally su*m to a younger games player but ta*[ hardly rings true when yOu sider that most of the kids nufl ore demonding the latest oh most bloodiest beot-'em-ups! 1 A lot of effort has obviously gaJ into this game especially in deseed the puzzles, but it really is nothing Another plaltormer, which plods along ot a snafl pace, hardly up to Psygnosis's usual hia standords.
TINA HACKETT VISION 0000Q00 ** AUDIO 000000**** DIFFICULTY Compilation Bl rough to you by Archer Maclean, the ¦ same author behind the great Pool simulation ol the some name, Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker aims to reproduce all the action ol the real snooker game Highly realistic, it incorporates virtually everything from the real thing.
The game ollows one or two players to practise against each other, set up and perform trick shots, and compete ogoinst eoch other or lour increas
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duff game in sight! Four brilliant classic j lor o mere £30
What more do you want lot your money?
Publishers Empire Developer ? N o Disks ? 6 Price ? £29.99 HD Installs N o Size s l meg Sensible Soccer Empire have taken four eld classics, bundled them into one package and released them at a bargain of a price.
Who says life is cruel?
Ingly challenging computer controlled opponents.
The game is controlled by mouse and keyboard ond the dear icon ponel allows you to set up your shots os if in o real game. Things such as the amount of power you wish to cue the boll with, whether spin should be used and even when to cholic the cue must be decided.
The gome can be viewed from eight different angles to enable you to view the game from behind the ball, or to view the entire table to plan your gome ond shots more accurately ¦ Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker This simulation plays and looks like the real to the ru 0* pace travel has never looked so good ond, 3*.wiCn -; r.r. ..... although relatively dated, 0 especially with all the
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Hete's your info screen on the planet Lave A strategy space trading gome with a touch of blost-'em-up thrown in for good measure you room ground five galaxies attempting to gain success and become one of the Elite.
You will encounter many planets on your travels which you will need lo trade with to ochieve success. Land on the space stations in order to trade with the pig nets. Trgde drugs or slaves for higher profit but beware - you rwn the risk of the law tracking you down in their Viper ships!
You Start your adventure gn the planet lave, use prices of goads ond buy materials to trade with other planets. Trading prices from system to system will vary so plan your strategy well. Also aim to build up your spaceship from a Cobra Mk3 with its measly pulse lasers to a fighting force to be reckoned wilh.
This is a massive gome and will provide hours of play. It will provide an incredible challenge for even the most competent strategy-ers. Bite is undoubtedly a classic.
¦Ok right, colourful, cheery, witty, stunning, but hey, l s that's enough about me1 J J W0 On with the review. Zool is cvcrylhi no you could want m a plot- former, o nuge gome pocked with
* t zs? N ic* plenty to do, bonuses to collect and Zool gets a
biui in the sweety level baddies to kill Zool gtti a bun in the
sweety level Although it's yet another platformer, Zool is a
great example of its genre ond is extremely playable The
graphics are extremely attractive and the soundtracks (choose
from four different ones from rock to rove] ore excellent and
lit m with the speedy gomeplay As a ninja alien type thmg you
must speed around the many different worlds such as 'weet world
music world and fruit worlds, facing end-of-level guardians and
enemies like the Flying Pea Pods ond lethal Toffee Apples There
is your usual bonus collectibles and o handy rcnge of weapons
at your disposal Such 6s smart bombs and invulnerability
shields. Bonus levels ore also there (or you to dis cover. The
range ol options included in the game odd variety. Choose from
levels of diffi cully, inertia, continues and sped ol the game
A very able plafformer, Zool is a massive game, ond with many o
nice touch it's not hard to see why Zool was included m diis
collection nd as if you thought this compilation couldn't get
any better Empire have gone and put the football game of 1993
in there as well! A highly realistic football simulation
Sensible Soccer combines oil the action ond atmosphere of the
real thing.
Choose from competing in a friendly game, or take charge of your favourite club or national team from all over Europe m o variety of cup and leogue competitions. Bring your friends in on the oction too by playing head to head or competing in a mufli-player competition, The many options available will help you gear the gome to the sort of match you desire Game length can be altered as can the weather which can be seasonally adjusted and ibe sort of pitch surface you wish to play on.
The control of your player couldn't be simpler as the controls are extremely responsive and move in the way you'd expect.
The dear presentation of the game and nice graphics arc merely an added bonus to the wonderful gameploy Brilliant stuff!
TINA HACKETTj Winter Olympics OLYMPICS Ski, skuto, shoot and jump your socks off in US Gold's simulation of the world's greatest winter sports spectacle US Gold have always been some of the leaders in producing lop-hole sport simulations, so it comes as no surprise that they've beaten all their competitors to the Winter Olympics licence. The Winter Olympics will be over by the time you read this, but hey, you'll be able to re-live the whole event via your delightful computer.
The Olympics this year are beina held in Norway’s small town of lillehammer. According to the 'souvenir brochure' that you get free with the game, the lillenammer games will be both an international festival and a sports extravogonza reflecting human achievement based on genuine values.
Er, yes.
Wnler Olympics (the game) also reflects human achievement based an genuine values, but involves on awful lot of joystick waggling to boot! There are nine different sports to choose from which include ski jumping, downhill, giant slalom, bobsleigh, speed skating, luge ond the biathlon.
Up to four players can play Winter Olympics and once you've chosen a name and which country you want to represent you ore plunged straight into the oction. The first event is the biathlon and if s an essential port of he game becouse it's a link event between sports in the full Olympic programme.
The biathlon, for those that don't know, is a games (yeah it's more thon likely! - Ed). The bobsleigh is presented in two sections.
The first is viewed from the side ond involves you getting your team into ihe sleigh The second is a 3D section ond is viewed from the driver's point of view. The 30 section is quite good, but I've seen better.
Although Winter Olympics is a multi-player you hove to take it in turns to compete in the event except for the speed skating when you con compete ogainst each other.
It is an elimination event, so if you get left at he back of the pock you’re out. Like many of the sports in US Gold's sports simulation speed skating is o joystick woggler Apart from the subtle innuendo, I wish that there could be some way of getting rid of the woggler becouse they do tend to weaken your joystick and, ahem, leave you wih a sore wrist.
But woggling does seem to be the best control method for this type of gome, so until someone invents something better we'll just have to put up with.
I'm just skating (ahem) over the events in Winter Olympics, but os with most games of this genre, some are good events while others are bad.
Whether you want to buy Winter Olympics all depends on how much you like winter sports A:: simulation if1 s not amoving, but if you love AI things sporty at winter then you’ll like US Gan sports sim. For the averoge Joe trying to survive m the street there ore much better gomes available fc spend your money on.
Aha. One of those gold medal thirsgies! I bet I could get a few quid for that down the pawn shop... [ VISION | AUDIO 000000 ••• I DIFFICULTY OOGGOO0© LAST ABILITY 0000000 «fc US Gold's sports | simulation is neither f amazing nor | complete rubwm, so that leaves the in-between bit, but it has got soma nice graphics which makes It better than average.
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Seek & Destroy I Hk l-NIJiy IJIJg iSSflpO haJUJUJih; m phimf rutnb. Vnti must 7FJ EL 71*01 Df Ooh, no. One of those over-armed S5S53E5 Arab types has clipped my tail rotor with a lucky strike from his camel-mounted Biro and blotting paper combination The mission screen informs you of who you will have to blow Into little bartmued pieces Under normal circumstances a CD title should command more spoce than we've granted it here. However, as you proceed further into the review irli become I quite apparent to you why we have resisted the I temptation.
What you have in Seek and Destroy is basically I a Desert Strike done without the desert or the I stake! Seek ond Destroy is a foirfy stroightforword I helicopter Gulf-'em-vp.
Your overall mission is to take control of the I Apache gunship, fly into enemy territory and teach I iem o jolly good lesson.
[ To help you ochieve the unenviable task of I putting every Arab nation tfwouoh virtual genocide, I you have the normal, rather obvious armoury of I weapons. On board are a full range of machine guns and I air-to-ground missiles, all of which con be put to great effect. By for tbe best weapon within your large arsend is the Air Strike. This dlows you to coll up an immediate heavy missile strike. All you hove to do is fly over the area you want Battening, press the button and get your cnopper out of there.
Five seconds later the whole area is totally torched in a most effective way.
In fact, by far the most impressive aspecl of Seek and Destroy are the sound effects. Improved by the virtue of CD technology, the sound is excellent, from the whipping rotors of the Apache, through to the grind of the heovy machine-gun chewing through buildings.
Like Desert Strike, Seek and Destroy is viewed from an overhead perspective. Graphically, the eorlhbound views are pretty average and seem os though they were created for on A500, although the way the Apache's shadow costs its pixelled imoge on to the landscape below is particularly well handled.
AJ the final analysis Seek and Destroy isn't real- thot bod in its essence. It moves quite slickly and i'$ plenty of action within the structure of the ly lha there1 Char-grilM jndigww dwert Bedouin - you got it However, there aren't that many missions in total, and more disappointing is the lock of variety involved. For example, in the majority of coses you'll either be destroying Other helicopters, or ground-based tanks and buildings.
After the first couple of missions, Seek and Destroy soon becomes frustrating and a little dull Part of the reason is becouse of the gross lock of variety in the odion ond the enemy's reliance on downing your Apache by a war of attrition.
It's not os if they vary too greatly; you just seem to get more enemies on your screen ot one time, and it becomes neigh-on impossible to co-ordinate your weaponry among thot level of confusion.
To be honest I'm o little disappointed with Yision software. After the auite excellent Cybermetix and their cracking little platformer Woodie's World, Seek and Destroy is well beJow par, Given fhe type of product Seek and Destroy is, it might well hove proved popular on the A500 and A600 on floppy drive, and did indeed make a brief appearance. But, os a practically full-priced title for Commodore's 32-bit CD-driven prodigy, it's extremely hard to justify.
SIMON CLAYS I visumT___ AUDIO AUDIO 00000000 DIFFICULTY 000000BBBB LASTABILITY It's teally hard to justify a title ot this nature on what is Commodore's flagship console, it it was my money thot hod been Hushed into the moelstrom of fhe U-bend on a CD32 fitle of this duality, l'd probobly wont to llush myseli down oflerwords Publisher* MicroPros* Developer ? Yision Software What delights does Tina the Easter Bunny have in store for you this month? Well, lots of yummy chocolatey-type goodies are lacking but what we do have are plenty of budgets reviewed for your deliberation .1 ¦'-•IS Eye
of the Beholder Another World Kixx XL • £14.99 Kixx XL • £16.99 « 89% Now here's a mystery I've been pondering over for quite a while. It concerns the fact that whenever another futuristic world or plonet is portrayed in a computer game, it's always as a gloomy or dismal place to be.
I mean, nobody has ever shown imoges of future worlds being nice cheery ploces, where houses ore made of no-calorie chocolate, or Saturday night television actually shows something intelligent.
But hey, I guess that wouldn't moke for a very exciting plot for the various films, books and computer games that take up this futuristic theme, and Another World is just one of the some.
Gloom, doom, mystery ond oil things nasty combine to become this highly atmospheric adventure game and hey, does it work well. I was engrossed ofter merely seeing the story screen.
A young scientist, while experimenting with sub-atomic portides, has his laboratory struck by lightning, teleporting him into another dimension.
If s a world completely different to eorth, ond you, taking on the role of scientist Lester Chaykin, must drew upon ell your resources and intelligence to survive.
You must explore your new surroundings while avoiding, for instance, dangerous slug-type creatures with their instantaneous death bites, or deodly panthers. Sub-humon creatures found in the World will either help or hinder you... Another World combines excellent graphics, panoramic bock- drops ond superb sound effects to make a stunning atmospheric game. You'd be one pint short of a booze up to miss out on this one, especially if you didn't catch it first time around.
Scared though I am of rule books thicker than War ond Peace ond whether I octuolly know the difference between Lawful Neutral or a Chootic Good, I delved into the mystery world of Kixx XL's latest RPG-er, Eye of the Beholder.
The action takes place in the sewers beneath the City of Waterdeep in TSR's Forgotten Realms game world. It is rumoured that evfl lurks in these sewers, and it must be found and destroyed.
To begin you need to develop your porty, choosing four characters all with various attributes, strengths and weaknesses which can be altered. Race, class, alignment and ability must be decided upon for oil characters; these attributes will have a marked impression an the outcome of the game.
The dearly set*out Adventure screen allows you to keep track of your team, their current states and any objects they may possess. The 3D View Window enables you to see the action. Movement is through the arrow icons and a compass shows your porty's direction, ond will help you to map the lower levels.
There are a vast number of spells which will help you on your quest such as Cloudkill, a close ronge spell which billows a cloud of deodly vapour ond can kill lesser monsters like leeches.
There seems to be a vast amount here to keep your average RPG- er happy. The good graphics and easy controllability moke this a "Dam bones, (torn bones, dem dry bones." Here is one of your character screens showing his inventory, and erm, a skeleton, how nice!
P. S I, I 82% Police Quest Kixx XL • £16.99 Men in uniforms
sounds like o good ideo for o gome to me, ond Police Qvest
certainly isn't a disappointment. Stanley and Hutch it oin't
(which is probably good because Starsk s dodgy haircut left a
lot to be desired) but it is a pretty entertaining police
odventure game.
As a typical Sierra bock-cataloguer it isn't exactly hot in the graphics and sound departments, but the idea is rather novel which makes for some unusual gameplay.
You stort the gome os o lowly police officer (called Sonny Bond, hmm!) Ond must work your way up to the dizzy heights of going undercover to try ond bust the notorious Death Angel and his gang, wonted for dastardly crimes of murder, drug trafficking and robbery.
Routine duties such as handing out tickets ond attending briefings must be undertaken before you'll get to the top. Personal hygiene ond keeping a smart uniform must become pari of a police officer1 s doily routine. All procedures must be followed to the letter or else it's bock to codet school for you!
Hi Points ore awarded for each puzzle or clue you con pick up on. Reading newspapers, clipboards ond the like can provide vital clues so remember that, however insignificant something may seem, it may prove cruciol.
Attention to detail within the game provides o realistic simulation of American | life, os for os I con tell anyway, but haying never been an Americon police i ‘ 81% wouldn't really know. Handcuffing procedures, vehicle safety inspections and driving codes become on integral part of the game.
Commands con be typed in far your character and Police Quest can understand a wide variety of verbs so controlling the gome is fairly simple.
The Restore Gome function is a great help as it would become extremely frustrating to have to start from scratch eoch time just because you’d made a small mistake.
Although rather doted, Police Quest is a redly playable game and makes a nice change to your usual odventure.
DANGEROUS PROPORTIONS OF HUMOUR AND WrZAlb AND DRAGONS AND GIANTS AND BARBARIANS AND OWLS Afjff Ml i QUADRUPEDS AND DWARVES LAR AE AND PRINCESSES AND WITCHES AN!) TROLLS AND GOATS AND GOBLII Bd Drf IDS M) SH.VMKNJ AM) WEREI'ROCS AM... MM ; V “What an; vow leUfing nt TOTftiiapptfLJjiu r % contiruied to Stare J me hilt said nothing, ft canfe.isifel surprwiffreir reader. Tkerylhim yhis magic forest seemed demined In niso-Wft anger. Uiily tomofriwc dwarf will tell me to nafT off a ruin socially inept SfwamgMfig vyill lay a guilt trip on me. Banishing fne shapeshiftn wik| and 'j , freeing
Calypso the Wizard had sounded like any old • computerised graphic advent lift for hot roddjatiMMers.
Yet having savoured the armpit, p-omas of a I) angry
• troll, been eaten by an amphibia and h«vimr I, •
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be.I findjgyseljjktfo onlinarv questflR 7 'a K ill m J* f4
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animation I and lull colour music vuu must hear-vvith voiir&rs
to ftilly appreciate. Vou'U moye through a land so amazing Jf M
- *ou U be amazed. • ORCeftGR Hijacked A On USS Enterprise
1. Fight pirates
B. On USS Enterprise
1. Hail Mosoda
2. Response 1,1 and 1
3. Talk to Spock
4. Use computer
5. Search Masada
6. Use Ubvra
7. Send prefix code: 293391-197736- 3829 8 Lower USS Enterprise's
shields 9 Beam to Mosoda C, Transporter Room
1. Use medical tricorder on Transporter Chief 2, Take
trqnsmogrifier
3. Talk to Transporter Chief
4. Use Spock on transporter controls
5. Exit East door
D. Corridor 1, Use scientific tricorder on North door
2. Use scientific tricorder on junk
3. Get junk
4. Exit East door
E. Brig
1. Use stun phasers on two guards
2. Use scientific tricorder on brig forcefield
3. Use scientific tricorder on brig controls
4. Use scientific tricorder on wires below brig controls The
start of the adventure and the crew are ail set to go where no
man hat gone before
5. Use Spock on wires below brig controls
6. Use Spock on brig controls Use the Klingon hand on the panel
to find out what mysteries lie beyond the door
7. Take wires below brig controls
8. Exit West door
E. Corridor
1. Use stun or kill phoser on phaser welder
2. Use pboser welder on force field
3. Exit South
G. Transporter Room
1. Use phoser elder on metol bits
2. Use IransmOgrifier bit on transmogrifier
3. Use transmogrifier wirfs bit on transporter controls
4. Use wire from brig controls on transporter controls
5. Use Spock on transporter controls
H. Masada Bridge That cabinet might hold a vital piece of
nMiiinMAAi mm m m J m J Aa equipment neeuca 10 solve the
mission
I. Tolk to Elasi Cereth
2. Use response 1
3. Beam bock to USS Enterprise Beam aboard and lei Gamer give you
an iatergalactic lesson on hew to complete the first three
episodes of Interplay's amazing strategy adventure STAR TREK
25th anniversary Demon World
A. Colony Buildings . Talk to Angevin
2. Use responses 1,1 and 1
3. Talk to Spock
4. Talk to McCoy
5. Enter South-East building
B. Gathering Hall
1. Talk to Brother Stephen 2 Use medical tricorder on Brother
Chub
3. Exit North
C. Colony Buildings Exit North path
D. Klingon Field
1. Use stun phaser on three Klingons
2. Use scientific tricorder on Klin
3. Pick up Klingon hand in front of neor est Klingon
4. Exit North cove mouth
E. Cave Mouth
1. Use medkol tricorder on red berries
2. Take berries
3. Exit South
F. Klingon Field . ExitSoulh
G. Colony Buildinas
1. Enter South-East building
H. Gathering Hall
1. Give berries to Brother Stephen
2. Exit North
I. Colony Buildings
1. Enter North-Eost building
J. Brother Stephen's Study
1. Give berries to Brother Stephen
2. Use berries on'molecular synthesizer
3. Use Klingon hand on Brother Stephen 4 Use Klingon hand on work
table
5. Use Kirk on glass cose
6. Use response 2 7 Reod mineral specimens
8. Reod meteorite 9 Read fossil shells
10. Reod skull of small alien animal 11 Reod twist of metal
12. Use response 6
13. Look of Brother Stephen’s computer
14. Take glass case
15. Take skull
16. Take twist of metol
17. Exit North L Gathering Hall
1. Use hypodytoxin on Brother Chub
2. Tolk to Brothers Stephen, Roberts, Chub and Grisnosh
3. Use medical tricordor on Brothers Stephen, Roberts, Chub and
Grisnosh 4, Exit North Apfit Doctors »om may Oa interested in
th There is a deadly virus rampaging through the ship and
only Kirk and his beys cm save the da, Use McCoy on the
computer to try to gain that vital bit of information
M. Colony Buildings
1. Exit North Path Minaon Exit Norm cave mouth 0, Cove Mouth
1. Exit North tunnel
P. Cavern with door
1. Use kill phoser on rocks until man oppears 2, Use medical
tricorder on Brother Kondrey
3. Use medical bag on Brother Kondrey
4. Talk to Brother Kondrey
5. Use Klingon hand on panel on right side of door
6. Exit North tunnel
Q. Nauian Control Room 1, Use medical and scientific tricorders
on machines
2. Use scientific tricorder on Art
3. Use scientific tricorder on slide switches 4 Use Kirk on slide
switches
5. Align oil three switches to middle position
6. Use scientific tricorder on alien
7. Talk to alien 8 Use skul on olien
9. Use response 1
10. Use twist of metol on olien 11 Beam bock to USS Enterprise
Love’s Labour Jeopardised A On USS Enterprise
1. Fight Romulan ship B On USS Enterprise
1. Hail ARK7 station
2. Beam to ARK7
C. ARK7 Bridge
1. Use Spock on central computer
2. Use McCoy 0" central computer
3. Use medical tricorder on room
4. Use medical tricorder on Spodc $ . Use McCoy on central
computer
6. Read TLTDH gas
7. Read orborus virus
8. Reod di-hydrogen dioxide
9. Reod ammonia
10. Reod nitrous oxide
11. Exit Norih door
D. Synthesizer lob 1 Use Kirk on left cabinet
2. Take anti-grav unit
3. Look at synthesizer
4. Look at synthesizer chomber
5. Exit East door
E. Research Lab 1, Exit North door
F. Fusion Reactor Room
1. Take wrench
2. Use Kirk on right close* 3, Use wrench on N2 tonk vglve
4. Use anti-grov unit on N2 tonk
5. Use wrench on lower panel on for left of computer console
6. Use scientific tricorder on insulation
7. Take insulation
8. Exit South
G. Research Lab
1. Use insulation in distillator
2. Use Kirk on freezer unit
3. Take Orborus virus culture 4 Exit North-West doer
H. Synthesizer Lab 1, Use wrench on top of gas tanks
2. Use Spock on synthesizer controls
3. Take water canister
4. Use pofyberykarbonate in syntaesizer red chamber
5. Use Spock on synthesizer controls
6. Take TLTDH gos canister 7 Use wrench on top of 90s tanks
8. Use anti-grav unit on 02 tank 9, Use N2 tank on vacant valve
10. Use wrench on top of gas tanks
11. Use Spock on synthesizer controls
12. Take ammonia canister
13. Exit East door
I. Research Lab
1. Look at viral accelerator
2. Use odxxus virus culture in viral occeJerator grey chamber 3,
Use arnmonio canister in virgl accelerator green chamber
4. Use McCoy on viral accelerator
5. Take orborus cure from viral accelerator grey chamber
6. Exit North-West door
J. Synthesizer Lab
1. Use orborus cure in synthesizer red chamber
2. Use Spock on synthesizer controls
3. Take orborus cure serum 4, Use orborus cure serum on Spock
5. Exit East door
K. Research Lab 1 Exit North door L Fusion Reactor room Use
wrench on oir vent
2. Use TLTDH gos in oir vent
3. Exit Souta M Research Lab . Use Kirk on ladder
N. Crew Quarters Use orborus serum on Romulans
2. Use woler on Romulans
3. Use Kirk on ladder
0. Research Lab
1. Exit North-West door
P. Synthesizer Lab
1. Use wrench on top of gos tanks
2. Use anti-grav unit on N2 tank
3. Use 05 tank on vacant vahe
4. Use wrench on top of gas tanks
5. Use Speck on synthesizer controls
6. Take water canister
7. Exit East door
Q. Research Lab
1. Use Kirk on ladder R Genesis Lab . Use orborus cure serum on
Romulan Preax 2, U» wgter on Pregx
3. Untie prisoners
4. Talk to Preax Use response 1
6. Beam back to USS Enterprise It's worth picking up that wrench
because no doubt it'll come in handy later on In the
transporter room and tft obviously Scotty's day off. Beau us
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3ptvre this great prize, Shandor must per- reincarnation ceremony during the plan- conjunction of the two moons, the sun and the plonet Ishar. This is where you're set to come into the oction. Taking the rale of a party of odventurers, you must destroy the drogon before Shandor can perform the rituol which will transform him into the most powerful entity on the face of the earth. According to Daze Marketing who handle the UK promotional activities of Silmarils, the key to success in Ishar 3 is time. Though you will not directly roce against the clock, you'll have to travel through various time
portals which will lead you to varying historical zones in the development of Ishor.
SIGNIFICANT In order to achieve any significant progress you'll have to moke sure your team appear at all the salient points in time, and affect history in the correct manner.
The main overriding feeling you're left with after Ishars 1 ond 2 is the attention to detail, occurocy and distinctive look that Silmarils games have.
Fans of, or indeed newcomers to, the Ishar titles will be pleosed to hear that Silmarils are keen to maintain that imoge, and are pocking the game full of enhancements to add even more realism.
While it's too eorfy to determine exactly what the final product will contain, this progressive French software company are boasting some fairparty researching same arcane myth in a library.
Something new to this new addition to the Ishar trilogy will be animated film sequences of events, which will odd a whole extra dimension of reality and atmosphere to the title.
With all these and more features included in Ishar 3, the game looks as though it could well become a benchmark odventure title, and set a new standard in first-person role-play gaming on the Amiga.
Silmarils have always had a reputation for producing intelligent and visually stunning games. While we've yet to see the finished product, both the screenshots and early demos look set to give role players a very large, very involving dip into the world of Tolkien. But remember, too many jaunts into this fantasy world could become Hobbit- forming... re* 1XUAK tbe even oles of Infinity rii, op ‘X4f V AMIGA A4000 040 The flagship of the Commodore flmigo range.
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(0736)331039 Examples of other messages sent to REXX from ’rx" • launch a progrcro open a tracing console add a function host jisight wmmm' i T.-2sd Arexx All sorts of ittfonmUion cun be sent from program lo program if you write an Arexx interface to do it.
Says Alex Gian Expert views on the latest applications In the last few issues we have had an introductory look at programming Intuition graphics with Arexx.
Enabling us to leave the bounds of the C1J and to write programs with a true Amiga look and feel. We will now look at a subject that is supposed to be exceptionally daunting, namely, interfacing with Arexx.
Before some readers run off. Let me say that we will not be presenting reams of cryptic code here, but rather studying the basic principles involved (hopefully the code will be clear too!).
Even users who never intend to write an interface in their lives will be able to gain an insight into Arexx's inner workings which will allow them to get the most out of their own favourite Arexx applications.
In fact, some of our first examples will Ix: presented, not in C or Assembler, not even in Basic, Ixit in Arexx itself This, I hope will make everything as clear as possible. Like so many other things in computer programming, our subject Is not too Ixid once you break it up into manageable bits.
By the time we reach the end of this study you w ill be able to add an Arexx interface to your ow n programs, either by designing it from scratch, or by grafting it on using one of the several available utilities.
To understand the Arexx interface we must first look at its basic building blocks. In a bare-bones Arexx system, there are three of them; First is the Interpreter (libsirexxsyslib.library), As you probably already know, the interpreter is implemented as a shared Amiga library.
There are two advantages to this approach: it makes for easy multitasking, since several Arexx programs running simultaneously can all share the same interpreter (try doing that in Basic...) and certain of the mechanisms used by the interpreter - especially those used for interprocess communication - are available to the programmer as functions, so they don't have to be reinvented every time an interface is designed.
However, since the interpreter is a library, it cannot be used on its own, Ixit needs a process to call it up. This brings us to the second element, the Resident Process (SysiSystem RexxMast), The resident process is the controller at the core of the system. It is launched with the RexxMast command (which regular Arexx users will already have somewhere in their startup).
The resident process does two jobs: it opens a public port named REXX by which it may be accessed: and it keeps track of all global information about the Arexx sysmessages returned from REXX port, printing their details at the console.
It is useful to remember tliat rx is not the only way of launching an Arexx program. Most applications programs w ith advanced Arexx interfaces allow you to launch Arexx i scripts without leaving the application environment.
There are also third-party Shells tliat can launch Arexx programs withrxit rx. And even some rx clones. Of course, j you can also launch a program from within another Arexx program simply by giving its name on a line.
Arexx treats all unrecognised lines as external commands and sends them off to the current port, which is REXX by default. By now you should be able to see clearly that all the above cases are equivalent - all they do is send the details of the Arexx program we want to run to the resident process!
We have said that every application program with an Arexx inter-] face, must have (at least) one port to] receive and reply to Arexx messages.
The name of the port is selected by the application. Each application obviously also has its own set of meaningful instructions to which it] can respond. Such an application,] With a port and a set of instructions,!
Is officially called an Arexx host.
Suppose we want a host applies- ] tion to do something automatically.] such as getting a drawing program draw a line, a text editor to perfr a search or formatting operation, ai communications program to scan tem - the number of Arexx programs running, the libraries that are available, and other information about Arexx resources. Once launched, the resident process remains available until it is specifically shut down.
All communication between Arexx units, regardless of its nature, is performed by Arexx messages sent to Arexx ports, and by the replies posted back at these ports, once the messages have lieen processed.
The details contained in the messages may determine the specific behaviour of die system. Ixit there is absolutely ; no Arexx activity if there isn't a port and a message involved.
So, for instance, whenever you run an Arexx program, what you are actually doing is sending a message w ith the details of the program to the REXX port of the resident process. The process then loads up the program, oversees its interpretation, and returns the relevant code or result back to you.
The command launcher (Sys:Rexxc rx) is the most common way to launch an individual Arexx program. The rx command sends the information about the program you want to run to the REXX port, as described above.
It will also determine details like whether your program is a file or a quoted string typed at the CL1. And receive any Out o AREXX data from ihe modem, a test utility to beep, or whatever... Even though the two types may hosts appear quite different from within Arexx, they are very similar in their inner structure. All that is involved is a port and a mechanism to get and process the message. In fact, there is no reason why a host could not lx both a command host and a function host.
The differencevS lie in the contents of the Arexx messages, rather than in the ports. The Arexx message is a 128-byte structure that has several data fields.
These tell us what type of message it is, what instruction it represents. What arguments it may have, whether it wants a reply, and much more. It is (indirectly) possible to get all the information about the current state of the Arexx system from any single message.
When designing an interface for an Arexx host, the important thing In order to make the host perform the desired action, we have to make sure that a relevant Arexx message gets to the host’s port (we will see how to do this later).
This message will contain the instruction we wish to send, any extra arguments, as well as certain other details, which we will look at soon. Once the host receives die message, it is responsible for extracting the relevant information, processing it. And sending back the return axle and any results.
By now it should be dear that the resident process itself is a host. We amid say dial there are two broad cases of Arexx messages travelling around the Amiga environment.
Firstly, there are those messages which are going to the REXX port; these in turn may either lx* launching programs, or ocherwise acting on the resident process. Secondly, we have those messages directed to the pus of specific hosts requesting an action.
At this point, we should make it clear that Arexx supports two different types of host, known as command hosts and function hosts.
Although they both obey all the rules that we have outlined above, they differ in the way they are called from an Arexx program; they also differ in the way they receive any arguments and return any results.
When adding an Arexx interface, we must first decide which your interface All sorts of information can be sent from program to program if you write an Arexx interface to do it. Alex Gian demystifies the whole subject ? * • ? Explained later L0K6 L0N6 ); one to use. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Commands are sent to a command host’s port by specifying the port's name within the Arexx program (using the ADDRESS instruction).
It is the Arexx programmers respoasibility to make sure it is set correctly, although some applications may set it automatically.
Commands sent to a command host are all in the form erf a single string, and any arguments are separated by blank spaces. For instance: A9DRESS 'PortNne' 'CoaamdNiae' Arguaentl ArguatntZ Arguaenc3 There is no limit to the number of arguments, and the whole command string may be up to 64k long. Results from Command hosts have to be requested specifically by setting OPTIONS RESULTS instruction and checking the special variable called RESULT. Command hosts are the more common, and in some ways simpler to implement.
Functions hosts’ pons do not have to lx* specified, since they add themselves to the Arexx system as soon as they are launched (by sending a special message to the REXX port of the resident process).
From then on all the functions defined in the host, are available as if they were part of Arexx. When searching for a function, the system follows the standard order of functions defined in the program itself; built-in Arexx functions; libraries and function hosts; and external programs.
One of the problems with this system is that all function names are treated as global by die resident process, so you have to make sure that your function host is not subject to name clashes. Host functions are called just like regular functions. For Instance; funcles * HostFunc(Argu«ent1, *rjuient2, ArjunentJ) There is a limit of 15 arguments, aldiough each one may lx up to 61k long. You are more likely to use function hosts when you want results returned more efficiently.
Is how you recognise and treat incoming messages. Some of this work is straightforward, and some less so. But there is nothing really difficult.
Figure II shows what the message structure looks like in C; note that the name of each field begins with “rm_"; Don’t panic if you don't understand the C notation. Next time we will explain diese fields more fully, and also write a small program to demonstrate their use - without using any C!
We will also see how die system allows you to mix pure Arexx code with “hast code’ by passing messages hack and forth. We have already given some hints on dlls today.
We will also lx* including a small utility diat monitors messages sent to the REXX port - a great help for visualising what is going on. See you then.
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but fortunately the Amiga i a very video friendly machine.
Listed below are two examples of the sort of packages that can
bought to help with editing your masterpiece.
Allows the user to simply choose the IN and points of the edit and let the machine do the n The main downside is the frame accuracy three to five frames out is the average miss ra:« This may not sound like much but it renders tft system pretty much redundant for profession!
Work where precision is absolutely necessary On the other hand, for rough cuts and the fin t’s in the can. It’s a wrap. In other words, it's finished.
Actors and crew leave, with anticipation building for the final result. It’s all gone well and the footage looks promising. Reac hing for the Yellow Pages, your fingers do the walking to iIh.- Video Services section, the words editing suite Ilanging in your mind... A mass of adverts greet you. Each trying to grab your attention.
Picking up the phone, you systematically dial each one. The more quotes .you receive, the stronger the urge to slam down the phone and call it a day.
“It'll cost £400*, *£230', ‘£250 an hour with the Avid system, sir," Feeling numb, you replace the phone and start to reconsider your future career, Post production is the next stage to filmatic perfection where the video can lie made or broken by the pressing of a few editing buttons. As you prolxibly discovered for yourself before die shtxn started, professional editing suites cost a rather healthy amount of money to hire.
A far wiser idea is to invest in your own editing system to be used in conjunction with your Amiga - a very versatile machine ideal for video use because of cheap genlocks and all the accessories available. Check out the two editing suites reviewed elsewhere in this guide for furtlier detaiLs.
Once over this hurdle, the job of finishing die film can Ixgin.
First of all. It's advisable to sit down with all the rushes and logging sheets and go through each tape. Choose the takes you want to use for each shot and mark them down on the logging sheets.
This saves you time while editing and if you ever do decide to go for die full professional suite, it'll save money as well.
The editing process Is split into three significant stages - the nxigh cut, die second cut and the final cut. Imagine an out-of- focus shot and through the editing the image slowly comes into shape to create the final picture.
Tile rough cut is simply an opportunity to grab the shots that you want to use and slap them down on tape in the right order.
No attention needs to be given to the exact timing of the mis at this stage.
The main concern is to simply see it in die order you initially think Is right which may highlight any changes that need to be made. Remember, as widi die shoot, you don't have to stick to the storyboard rigidly - if certain shots look better in another place, try it now and experiment a little.
For the second cut, start to tighten up the shots and clip away at the frames. You'll lie surprised even after this stage dial you'll spot places where die video can lie tightened further.
The final cut is where everything comes together, all the mistakes made right and comers cut as finely as possible. Then music is laid and the titles put in their beginning and end positions. One of the main principles of editing is to always cut on the action whedier it is physically or dialogue Ixtsed to carry the edit. It moves the story along, giving the pnxeedings a rhythm and pace that involves the audience more, Secondly, it's necessary for one piece of action shot to cut together accurately with the next. The tendency among beginners is to try and exactly match the point which is
cut from with the proceeding shot.
For example, imagine a fist pulling back to hit someone and just as it launches forward we cut tc it from a different position as it makes impact on the victims ncxse. For the best method in most cases for gening the perfect edit, cut as the fist lias started to launch.
Then, iastead of trying to find the exact point that matches in both shots, advance the second image by a few frames past the point. When cut together, you'll see that this slightest of “jump" cuts makes the action flow better and more fluently.
If the question of choosing between gtxxl acting but dodgy camera work and vice versa should arise, go for the acting - a solid performance can carry a film more than fancy shots.
One element that can be often overlooked is sound. There An ideal starting block for the amateur, Edit Mate is a simple but effective editing tool. By reading your video recorder's tape counters. Edit Mate Supplier: Meridian Distribution Phone: 081-543 3500 Price: £199.95 SECOND IMAGE Edit Mate Essential reading On Directing Film • David Mamet Faber and Faber £6.99 An excellent, readable book that takes the reader through the basic principles of filmic storytelling, from one of the world's most acclaimed movie and theatre directors.
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VIDEO Posters, titles and video cases When the editing has finally been finished, It’s important to make the packaging and credits as polished as the contents of the tape.
Investing in a colour printer and a DTP package such as PageStream 2.2 (v3 to be released soon) gives the opportunity to produce some top-notch video covers and mini posters.
Titling can be done easily with the Amiga either using a basic paint program to create flick sheet titles or for some hard-earned cash, Big Alternative Scroller II (around £60) or the Scala Home Video Titler (around £80).
As you've probably gathered by now, the business of video creation is an expensive one even at the lower end of the market. Amiga Computing's advice is to keep reading each month for information on the latest developments, to stay in the full picture!
Are only two channels for music, dialogue and other effects so plan where and what you use carefully beforehand. If you're in a lucky enough position to have a sound mixer, I lien tracks can be mixed together and life becomes a whole lot easier.
Punter, get interviews with local magazines and newspapers, start a showreel and l x)k for a break in the industry - tlte choices are many and varied.
Above all. Enjoy the success created through your hard work, learn from mistakes made and keeping shooting videos. Good luck!
Once the final cut is done, show it to the cast and crew first and then to everyone you know, enter it into national and international competitions, get it certified by the BBFC and ask your local video store to stock it as a free rental vid for the interested or break time few videos, this may well be the system for you
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Coming in a smartly designed casing with full tape manipulation facilities, it also boasts a highly useful shuttle facility which enables the user to flick through the frames on at a time for optimum accuracy.
Up to four VCRs can be attached to the unit and once hooked up, can be operated solely via the Amiga and Videop'iot, The software that comes with the package is simple to use and of a high standard and includes a basic titling system as the icing on the cake.
Videopilot is also compatible with the different timecode systems found on VCRs. When taping, many video recorders lay down a running time on the tape as they record. These come in various formats - VITC (Panasonic), RCTC (Sony) and LTC (used by many home videos and camcorders).
While having many features to tempt the potential buyer, there are downsides. The Videopilot cannot perform cross fading between two images and can't even achieve a fade to black. To lay your hands on these extra capabilities will require another handout for the appropriate hardware.
The other problem is that some recorders don’t lay time codes and therefore editing with tapes used by them are useless because the editing machine has nothing to read and align with.
In this doublepage special, Adam Phillips winds up with the final reel of the video making story There are two solutions to this problem - either copy the tape on another machine that does lay down a time code which leads to a loss in generation (the quality of the picture suffers) or have your video recorders modified so that it becomes LTC-compatible. This will cost you £100 for the conversion and make any warranty that you have redundant.
If this all sounds like technical jargon then make sure that you contact the dealers to get solid advice about your particular requirements.
Overall, the financial sacrifice is worth the end results - with editing accuracy being between one and three frames, this is the best system that money can buy within the price range.
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With simple systems you take one Midi lead from the Midi Out terminal of the synthesizer (or whatever it is that you are using) and connect it to the Midi In terminal on the interface.
MUSIC Assuming you also w'ant to play back your recording, you then need to take a second lead from the Midi Out terminal of the interface and connect it to the Midi In terminal on the synthesizer.
Recording is simple. You just load your sequencer program, set it into record mode (every sequencer has a different w'ay of doing this) and play. Whenever you touch the keyboard, or alter a control, your synthesizer will transmit digital messages (Midi messages) - and it is these messages which the sequencer will store.
Songs can be created piece by piece using multiple sequencer tracks and by selecting the sequencer’s play option (again all sequencers have different ways of doing this) copies of all of the recorded messages can lie sent back to the synthesizer. The result?
The synthesizer will use that Midi data to recreate everything you've played.
It is also possible to Ixiild Midi systems that contain many more instruments (extra synthesizers, drum machines and so on) and up to 16 different units can be linked together on a conventional system.
SELECTIVE This is because Midi recognises the existence of 16 separate channels and certain messages, called channel messages, contain a cliannel number embedded within them. Each piece of equipment can therefore be selective about the messages the)' respond to.
It’s a bit like someone writing a letter to you, sticking it in an addressed envelope and posting it. The letter, along with a great many others, gets moved around the postal system but the contents arc essentially ignored until the letter arrives at your door.
You know the letter Is for you because it lias got your name and address on it - a Midi unit will know when a suitable channel message arrives because it will have a channel number identical to the channel number the unit has been set up to respond to.
This selectivity means that, in theory at least, it Is possible to have say your Amiga sequencer, a dozen synthesizers, plus a few dnim machines and sound effect units, all linked together (via their Midi In and Midi Thru ports) using what is effectively a giant Midi cable loop. I say in theory because there’s a snag in that every lime a message passes through a piece of Midi equipment a slight deterioration in the signal quality (and a small time delay) occurs.
Some Midi interfaces provide multiple Midi Out terminals specifically to solve this problem but another solution is to use a device known as a Midi Thru Box. These allow you to turn a single Midi Out connection into any number of outpuLs so that each instrument can then get its own copy of the Midi messages coming from the interface. The result? Signal quality Is better and time delays are eliminated so there’s less chance of any communications problems arising.
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“At Salford University all the students are given the use of Internet and FTP like most Janet Sites. Mainly I am striving to get useful ftp and exciting Internet numbers or addresses. Useful, being for my Amiga obviously.
‘What 1 am looking for is a gcxxl site to get GIFs BMPs PCX, New Utilities. New Music Modules and also one with a simple file structure so that I don't have to spend half my time roaming around.
“I have got several hundred addresses from an Ftp site but I don’t liave the time to go through them finding the best as I go. (A lot of essays to do you know!)
“A good site which I do know is grind.isca.uiowa.edu . Do you know of this one? Is it possible for a PC here at the University to call up art Amiga-Specific lie email boxes have been fair buzzing themselves off the wall this month, and so 1 thought I'd take another opportunity to check out the mail I’ve been getting electronically.
If you want to send me some email then feel free, but do try not to clog up the airwaves with "hello, I just tliought 1 say hello as I’ve got nothing better to do. Blah blah waffle".
Think about email as if it were a letter or a phone call.
Introduce yourself briefly, are you a reader, what computer you use mainly, and then for goodness sake get to the point.
I’m getting tired of huge messages about all the computers that you've ever owned, what you mate said alxxit me the other day and who you’re going out with at the moment.
This is a waste of bandwidth, not to mention my time. If your email is bigger than a screen's-worth of text, then most people’s eyes start to glaze over unless it’s really very interesting.
Don't also cross-post huge documents from other sources.
Send them on disk if you must. Right, that's the comms style guide over with, let’s dive into some post.
Richard Borrett R,BorreU$ herts,ae.uk says: ¦| have just started to use the computer systems at the University of Hertfordshire and currently I am just playing around with the system, albeit carefully. 1 just happen to write to you because you happen to work for my favourite computer magazine, Arnica Computing and you are the only address I have (Xitside Hatfield.
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Well, replying costs virtually nothing most of the time, so I'm happy to talk to you about BBS. You can't dial up any external BBS. Unless of course you have your ow n Amiga, phoneline and modem.
Unless a BBS is part of a network, like Fidonet, you generally have no wray in from the outside, and even if you did it wouldn't be the same as logging on.
Some BBSs like CIX allow you to log on from external systems by TFL.NFT, but most systems wrhich allow this charge you for bulletin board, ie one nin on an Amiga* I think the answer is obviously no but you've got to try.
“What is the average weekly cost of your phone bill? All the magazines I read only tell you about the price of the modem, the best ones to buy etc. but none answer the most important question that of phone hill costs. What if you're on the modem and someone is trying to call your house?” As far as good sites, there are literally thousands. I use the US sites wuarchive.wustI.edu and wcarchive.cdrom.com a lot.
And also ftp.funet.fi which is in Finland.
Most of these I picked up the addresses for from recommen- datioas from other Net users. A little bit of detective work, you see, ;t good skill to develop if you want to be a really useful Net user.
.All these sites have F.XTENSIVE files from Aminet and other Amiga related stuff, as well as lots of other cool stuff. You might also like to try Imperial College, on ftp.doc.ic.ac.uk as they also carry a lot of useful stuff.
Second question, yes you can dial up the Amiga BBS with your PC. You can even download programs but of course you have to transfer them to the Amiga before you can run them.
Weekly costs for my phone bill are greatly reduced since I got a 14,400 baud modem, and besides I work from home and so my phone hills are alxxit £100 a month anyway, whether I use the modem or not.
Off-line readers are a boon if you can get one for systems that you use. They reduce on-line time to the minimum. If you are using the modem and someone calls your house it will give an engaged tone the same as if you were talking on the phone, The phone doesn't distinguish between speech and data, as they are both sounds being sent down the line Unless you’ve got multiple lines you will lie holding up the phone whenever you use the modem.
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CARE ELECTRONICS Dept AMC, 15 Holland Gardens, Garston, Watford, Herts, WD2 6JN. Fax: 0923 672102 Amiga Computing April 1994 140 rogramming in Amos isn't so much a bit of coding, more a way of life. Once you first start meddling alxxit with graphics and sound, and crack your first bit of maths for collision detection, you're off. Nothing can stand in your way.
I recently look delivery of a mail sack from the AC office.
Wow. All those bits of paper and disks, all of them either saying what do I do from here with this buggy bit of code that I'm currently banging my head on, or look at what I've done, isn’t it brilliant? The two groups really ought to get together, I think.
MOS Someone who belongs to the latter category' is most definitely one Steve Bennett, who sent me a number of excellent routines for you to see, some of which I’ve included in this issue.
Steve has grasped a fundamental truth alxxit Amos. It's the computer programming language for people with imagination, in the same way that C is the language for people with calculators hard wired to their foreheads, and assembly is the language for people who if you look closely you can see little Os and Is in the pupils of their eyes... Steve has some very useful routines that he uses and he's given me permission to reprint some of them here. The first is a way of doing something in Amos Classic that you formerly could only do using Amos Pro.
As Steve said in his letter: “One of the few things that I like about Pro is the way in which y xi can create outline text, which I think adds a lot to die look of buttons, etc. ‘I was thinking if it would be easy to create die same effect using Classic. As it turned out, it is very easy to do...": Rea Aaos Outline Teat Routine Rea By Steve Bennett 'I ‘Ink Colour 1 9 * Bickground Colour ' 0 - Outline Colour 'I - X Pos ' i - y Pos 1 TitS - Message (Is 4 ; Flash Off Ink 0 Box 100,100 To 200,115 Ink 2 Polyline 100,115 To 100,100 To 200,100 _OUT_TEXT[2,4,0,106,111,* Button It"]
_OUMEXT[2,4,0,20,40,"$ iapte Outline Text Routine"] IoUT_TEXTC3,5,0,20,60,“Thit*s Eitier To Oo Than I Thought"] OUT TEXTC2,5,6,20,80,“It would be using Aaos Classic!’] Procedure _00TJHTtI,B,0,l,T,TITI] Sr Mriting 0 Ink 0,9 Text X-1,I,TXT* Text I,M,TXT* Text lei,T,TXT!
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Ink 1,0 Text X,Y,TITS Sr Mriting 1 End Proc Next a couple of really cool utility programs which check the state of your two most valuable peripherals, your printer: Rea Check Printer Status lei By Steve Bennett P$ =Hei»(Petk(»fOOOQ If P$ =*$ FC* Then Print 'Printer Is Online’ If PJ='SFD*) or(P$ s’SF8*) or(PS=“SF9“1 Then Print "Printer Is 91 = Offline* If(PI=*Wf) or(PS=*SFB") Then Print "Piper Is Out" and your disk drives: lea Check Bisk Irive Status lea By Steve 8ennett I Jonathan Parish If l*ngth(4)=0 Reserve As Work 1,36 : Rea * bank for disk status check * End If .CHEKJRMC"df(};"J P=Pina If
P=80 Then Print "Disk Is Write Protected" If P=81 Then Print "Validating Bisk’ If P=82 Then Print "Disk Is Ready To Save Bata Onto" Procedure JIECKJIIVEIDRS] And lastly, a routine which gives you multiple bobs whizzing left right and centre all over the screen: Rea Screen Switching Multi Bob Effect Ren By Steve Bennett Oegree For T=0 To 4 Screen Open T,320,2S6,16,lowres Flash Off : Hide On Set Sprite Palette Cls 0 next T MUMBEt=1 : Ret •* This is the Bob laage which is used first •* Tlr-IBO : OfFSET=180 Repeat Add A,1,0 To 4 If OFFSETS Then 0ffSETs-M If 0FfSET=-180 Repeat For R=1 To 50 : For
T=4 To 0 Step -1 : Mait Vbl : Screen To Front T : Next T : Neat R Until House Key Default End If Mait Vbl Screen To Front A : Screen A Paste Bob TWO,(Cos T1*2Q)*0fF$ EM20 ,RUBBER Add T1,2 : If T1= 340 : T1*-M : OFFSET=0FF- SET-30 : Add RUBBER,1,1 To 5 : End If Until Rouse Click Default Routine stuff Phil South exploits his connections to bring you some of the very best Amos routines I particularly like die sine wave motion of the bobs as they mov e across the screen. Can you diink of a way of making the bobs move further apart and have their own sine wave motion as they move along the sine wave
jxuh? A son of wiggle within a wiggle! Try it and see, and why not send in your best ideas?
Keep in touch If you have an Amos question or even a routine or two you've written which might be of interest to other Amos coders, then why not send It in to: Phil South, Amos Almanac, Amiga Computing, Europa House. Adlington Park. Macclesfield SK104NP.
Too big to print!
Now as you can see from the above, Steven is a very good Amos coder, which is why - I'll come clean
- he's a constant contributor to Totally Amos, and why he’s
produced Understanding Amos 2, his own book-on-a-disk.
This program shows you how to do certain basic things like using joysticks, bobs, the mouse, and it’s available from all your usual Amos disk dealers, Get it now and complete your Amos disk tutorial collection. It answers all the most frequently asked questions about Amos.
Steve has also written a utility program to create Zones, as I asked in a previous edition of AC. Even though this is too big to print in the magazine, I'll endeavour to put it on a forthcoming CoverDisk, along with the source code of that and some of Steve's larger and more impressive code. Well done.
Steve, and thanks again for letting us see this great work.
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Like anyone who uses their hard-earned money to buy software, when I discover this software isn't all it should lx; I get just a mite upset. And ropy outline fonts are no exception.
I suppose I shouldn't complain, as you do get what you pay for, and these fonts don't cost much at all, but more than once I've bovtghr a shareware font, got it home, installed it. And when I've gone to use it I've found the spacing between the characters is all up the creek. Or it's missing some characters.
Or it's just plain knackered. Mot the sort of font you want for producing professional looking documents!
But I have a secret weapon to sort out these wretched critters, an outline font editor called TypeSmith. Armed with TypeSmiih I can quickly make corrections to the font and then get back to what 1 was doing. I have found thus to lx* more productive than hurling abuse at my monitor, which hasn't done anything wrong. Yet.
You, too. Will no doulx have taken advantage of the wide variety of PI) and shareware fonts. Ah, hut there's nothing like rolling your own. Or. When a font doesn't look right, having the tools on hand to dean it up.
If you're working with outline fonts, you need TypeSmith.
After having it at my beck and call for more than a year now, I've grown to depend on it lx*ing there.
CONVERTING TypeSmith's uses are manifold. The obvious use is for converting I between font formats. If you own PageStream you will have probably lx Right a load of PostScript fonts for it. But what about all those programs that use Compugraphic fonts?
Buy a load more in that format? Mali, TypeSmith will convert them.
You can also convert Compugraphic to Compugraphic.
Confused? Well, say you have both ProPage and Wordworth and you've bought a volume or two of Digita's Compugraphic fonts to use in Wordworth.
When you install them and see how useful they are in Wordworth. You decide you want to use them in ProPage, but you can't Ixrcause ProPage uses a slightly different format.
TypeSmith to the rescue.
TypeSmith will also enable you to create bitmap fonts from PostScript or Compugraphic ones - useful for creating fonts for use in programs that don't support outlines, like older versions of DeluxePaint lor example.
.Something I use TypeSmiih for quite often is to create bitmap fonts for PageStream. If you'v e used PageStream with PostScript fonts you will know how long it takes to display them, hut PageStream can also make use of the ABF. The bitmap equivalent of a PostScript font, which it can display much, much faster. TypeSmith does it again.
But enough of converting fonts. How about we get a little bit more ambitious and create some fonts of our own? Come back PUBLISHING here you chickens! I'm not talking about sitting down at a drawing board and painstakingly designing a whole new typeface. I'm talking about special purpose fonts, For example I recently need some fancy dropped capitals for a document. I found the best way forward was to create the capitals in An Expression, save each letter as a DR2D drawing and then import these into TypeSmith, where I was able to add some finishing touches.
There’s more. Reading through magazines you may notice selective use of symbols things like arrowheads, end of article markers, question and answer symbols, and many others. OK, there are a plenty of these types of fonts available, but it's so easy, why not draw your own?
They can then be used in all your publishing work and will lx* like hidden Typecast signatures. Why use what everyone else Is using? Be original!
Just be sure to keep the symbols very simple and no-one need ever know you can't draw for toffees.
Whether it’s dot-to- dot or point-to- point, Ben Pointer puts you in the font editing picture Logos are another example of a special purpose font. You might for instance have 15 different clients who will all have different logos. Using TypeSmith these can lx* placed together in a single font. No having to go looking for them all over the place, all there in the one font, just a single keypress away.
If you find drawing on the screen a little difficult you can take the easier route of drawing something on paper, scanning it at a high resolution to get a large bitmap of it. And then use TypeSmith to auto-trace the bitmap.
Now, I don't generally recommend auto-tracing as it can make a right cock-up of things at times, and I'm not just referring to TypeSmith’s auto-trace feature but any auto-trace program. However I have been known in moments of desperation to use auto-trace to get things like signatures from paper to font.
No doulx there are a whole host of other uses for TypeSmith.
Like any drawing or painting program, after you become experienced at operating it, the only limit is your imagination. I wonder sometimes how I ever did without Ty|X*Smith.
By using a drawing program like Art Expression you can create a series of fancy symbols and then import them into TypeSmith to create a fontful of them TypeSmith is what you need to patch up those ropy fonts, like this one where the spacing has gone to pot
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don’t know about you. But I can’t really be bothered to upgrade them all the time to the ultimate spec. Most of the machines I have are WB2 machines, although one is still 1.2! I do have a 1.3 chip lying about but you know I just can't seem to find the time to change it and besides I'm kind of nostalgic for the old beast Now it happens that I already know a little bit about Workbench 2.1. and that is because I have a book on WB 3.0. the OS which you find in your common or garden A1200 or A4Q00. You see the simple fact is that 2.1 is 3.0 without all the frilly little AGA btts, which as a
non-AGA man I find a tantalising concept Commodore's official Workbench 2.1 upgrade, promising WB3.0 facilities to 2.04 users, is finally available ? | Devs ED I IQ 1 r A A DOSDr ivers Shell NoFastMen Fountain r Keynaps ilkt Aaa Aaa L Fornat F ixFonts RexxMast Mon itors n Printers _±_ 3 11 I Inside the huge box you get a lot of packing, five floppies and four books. The floppies are Install. Workbench. Fonts. Locale, and Extras, and these are all spooled onto your hard drive (which is a requirement for this version) using the Workbench Installer program.
Simply run the Install program from the icon on the Install disk and the rest is automatic. If you have Workbench 2.04 installed on your machine the system will overwrite it and install the new OS over the top of it Sadly this OS will only work if you have a WB 2.04 ROM in your Amiga. If your machine is a 3000.500 Plus or 600 then you have this already (if you buy an A600 now it should have 2.1 In it so ask before you buy).
If your machine is an old A500 or A2000 then chances are you are running the old 1.3 ROMs and you’ll have to buy a kit which has the ROM in it as well. The books are top notch, and for Commodore they are really quite well produced and readable. There is a book on Workbench 2.1, one on AmigaDOS. One on using Arexx, and one on Amiga hard drives, don’t ask me why.
A change worth noting is that Arexx is now completely part of the system, and rightly so as a lot of programs now assume that you have it installed.
Also free with this revision is CrossDOS. Which is now bolted onto the system. All you have to do to fit PC format disk readability is drag the PC disk icons from the Storage drawer into the Devs DOSdrivers drawer.
Each time you insert a disk you will get the choice to look at it as either a PC or Amiga disk through both Workbench and Shell.
The Locale system is also included, which sets the language and time zones for your system. Printer support now also includes PostScript, which will be a welcome bonus to those people who already use laser printers for DTP.
Is it the bee’s knees? Well yes. If a little late for most people. The extra features are certainly worth the money, although you might not notice a lot of functional difference if you are already used to 2.04. apart from those few little widgets to which 3.0 users are accustomed.
You can’t have II if you don’t have the Kickstart 2 ROMs, but this is also the first WB not to work on anything less than a hard drive It’s too big. Sign of the times I guess.
Some of us like to have the latest thing, that's a fact, and if you do then this is it Operating system as fashion statement?
Whatever next?
PHIL SOUTH Workbench Kickstart version 37.175 Workbench version 38.36 Copyright S 1985-1991 Connodore-Rniga, Inc. (HI Rights Reserved OK Dinosaurs and Junior Essentials education programs Supplier: 10 out of 10 Educational Systems Phone. 0742 780370 Price: £25.95 Though producing a range of educational packages which lag behind others in terms of graphics and sound quality. 10 out of 10 have always released software which is well targeted and educationally focused. The two latest releases go along with this general trend.
Junior Essentials is the better of the two and covers a wide range of subjects through the use of simple games. Spelling, grammar, arithmetic, and science are covered, as are history, geography, French, and telling time.
Aimed at the 5 to 11 years age group, the two-disk set comprises of six games dealing with 36 National Curriculum attainment targets, progress in which is automatically recorded on the usual 10 out of 10 progress chart Children arc awarded one or two stars depending on their success, and up to 64 can be monitored at once.
The games themselves are well thought out. A mixture of arcade-type and more sedate point-and-click exercises. Probably the best is Break Up. An Arkanoid clone in which the pupil shoots away the bricks around a variety of answers to a question before hitting the correct answer and claiming the points. In most games.
A timer can be selected to add a bit of spice, and as any one of the curriculum subjects can be the object of each game there should be enough variety to keep young kids happy for some time. High score tables and an element of customisation provide incentive if a clip round the ear won't keep them at the screen.
Dinosaurs is a slightly weaker package, though its theme should ensure that the tyrannosaurus-obsessed youngsters in the post-Jurassic Park period are at least interested in the subject matter.
Consisting of six games and constructed in the same style as Junior Essentials. Dinosaurs benefits from the high score tables, progress chart, and customisation of its stablemate, but the approach it takes can sometimes be a little overambitious.
If a magazine reviewer can be confused by a question which asks "Which dinosaur's name means „r then a six-year-old certainly can (though we shouldn't make too many assumptions about reviewer intelligence).
In other ways, though. Dinosaurs makes up for this and completing the six games should result in a child who knows enough to bore the rest of the family silly when they watch Jurassic Park on video.
The combination of direct multiple choice questions and games which offer a series of clues about a particular dinosaur species means that the child can bring knowledge gained from one game to bear on the next. Despite the narow subject matter, this sort of fact finding keeps the interest level reasonably high, Over the course of this program, a child should learn which dinosaurs were carnivorous and which were herbivores, the relative sizes of the different species, attack methods, and so on.
The games used are less arcade-oriented than those in Junior Essentials, but the Spare Ribs. T-Rex. And Lost Island sections should provide monster fun for your Own little monsters. With the current craze for dinosaurs still rampant, this package could be a gentle child-friendly introduction to the notion of education through the Amiga, and as such it is recommended.
Dinosaurs fits well with the sort of general knowledge projects carried out in Junior Schools all over the country and can either stand on its own or as a package to return to when little Tarquin starts to tire of the three Rs.
STEVIE KENNEDY Hi Workbench through the years
1. 0 Only used in early Amiga 1000s. Used a Kickstart on a disk
and was really a very 2.04 The ROMs were cast in stone. A
proper working A3000. And the A500 Rus. Then hard-to-gse piece
of software It fought back, like a good OS should. Sod this
easy-to- use lark, that's for wussies.
1. 2 Early A500 and A2000 machines All the bugs were ironed out.
But people still wanted more for their dosh. Windows was
making us feel a bit peeved too. So more oomph! Was wanted
1. 3 Late model A500s and A2000s Now we had command history in
AmigaDOS, and Workbench was a little bit smarter, although it
still looked pretty much the same as before. Deep blue
background and white borders. Looked kmda tacky, like a Silly
PC Of something.
2. 0 The Amiga 3000 broke the mould. We had seen the future, and
it was light grey and blue. But again is was Kickstart on disk
and bugs galore. And yeah, where was the WB 2 upgrade kit for
us real Amiga users, eh?
By way of a taste of things to come the A600, which was halt the man the A1200 was going to be.
3. 0 The A1200 and A4000. You can now also have pictures in up to
256-colours on your Workbench, It eats memory like a hungry
pig with a stomach extension. But it has Locale. So what?
2. 1 Hang on shouldn't this come before 3.0? This is WB 3 for the
masses. The masses of people who already have Amigas. All the
tricky technical stuff of WB 3 without all the AGA stuff, like
pictures in your windows and backdrop. Bastards.
4. 0 Soon to be launched onto a fully suspecting public, the
ultimate OS for the 90s.
Something which makes Windows look like a PC operating system. How far can you go with cosmetic enhancements?
Data switch boxes Parallel, serial, and monitor switch boxes for all Amigas Supplier: Lightwave Ltd Phone: OS I-650 5003 Price: Call Switch boxes are ungiamorous, unexciting, and go almost unnoticed by most users, but they are as essential as a mouse to many productivity setups.
As the peripherals start to pile up, the situation will soon arise where more than one commonly used piece of kit demand to use the same port Scanners which use the parallel port are the usual culprits, competing as they do with printers, and anything which tries to hog the serial port, such as a dongle for an expensive piece of software, will clash with a modem.
Data switch boxes come in all sizes for all sorts of ports, and the range distributed by Lightwave covers just about everything. The units we looked at included the serial, parallel, and monitor boxes, and straight away the monitor switcher came in handy as a switch between the normal Amiga display and the Retina 24-bit card's output Normally, one would have to either use two monitors (one attached to the Amiga, the other to the Retina's RGB port), or the monitor swapped over every time an image was displayed on the Retina. With the switcher box. You just connect the monitor to the box and
use a couple of RGB leads to connect the box to the two video pom.
Hey presto, all you have to do is flick a switch to view any Retina image, Lovely, The switch boxes are very sturdily constructed in steel and use quality rotary switches which give the impression that they would last a lifetime. Other touches include full shielding and gold plated contacts, plus littie rubber feet to stop the boxes sliding across the desk.
STEVIE KENNEDY DataFlyer XDS External 3.5in IDE hard drive kit for A600 AI200 Supplier: First Computer Centre Phone: 0532 319444 Price: £54.99 (hard drives optional) The advantages of a hard drive are numerous but it seems that the larger the hard drive the quicker it fills up and eventually you find yourself constantly shifting programs and data in order to maximise the space.
What many A600 and A1200 owners might not know is that the IDE interface in their machines can control two drive units if only a second one could be fitted inside the Amiga's tight plastic casing. First Computer Centre think they have the answer in the shape of the DataFlyer XDS, an external box which uses the internal IDE interface.
The DataFlyer features a lightweight metal case complete with ribbons and software but although the manual is fairly clear, actually fitting the kit into the machine is a nightmare.
It is not a simple task and certainly not recommended for Amiga novices as it requires a great deal of fiddling inside the machine. The actual ribbon plugs into the IDE port on the motherboard and exits through the PCMCIA slot.
There is an additional IDE connector on the ribbon so that you can attach your own drive. This may sound simple in concept but when it comes down to the practical, things rapidly get very difficult.
In order to feed the ribbon through the PCMCIA slot you need to remove the motherboard protective plate which i$ a real chore. The manual warns that the plate is fairly sharp and care should be taken when removing it Fairly sharp? The plate is so sharp it would put the teeth of a Great White shark to shame.
However, once the pain of fitting was over the drive performed exceedingly well and looked at home sat alongside the A1200. There wasn't a noticeable speed increase over the built-in IDE but the major advantage of this kind of hardware is increasing the storage capacity and avoiding the use of the slow PCMCIA slot The DataFlyer powers from the Amiga supply but there is an optional PSU port if the load proves too great Jumpers are also included if you want to change the power input and set up how the drive should be interpreted - either as a single, master or slave drive. This depends very
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Provided you can put up with the installation, the DataFlyer XDS is a very useful piece of equipment that allows you to upgrade the storage capacity of your present system without having to replace your old hard drive (good news for 40Mb owners).
I would have to question its durability due to the very suspect wire connections which weren't very well secured and did tend to come away from the port connectors, but hopefully the First Computer Centre will rectify this as soon as possible.
The drive case and cables costs £54.99 and 3.5in drives can be purchased at an additional cost, the largest drive size being 420Mb.
SmartyPaints Children's paint package for ages 5 to 14 ycari Supplier: Chroma Computer Images Phone: 0328 862693 Price; £28.50 Paint packages for younger children are a more commor. .pt these days than in years gone by. But there are still only a Kid Pix being the most notable recent release. SmartyParrs • a simple package with a new twist in that it is designed with parent in mind and can be configured for each child m household.
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Chroma allow each household to copy the disk for each child and each configuration, so there's no need to spend £28.50 more than once.
A PIN number feature is available so that only by typing it in an the user access the configuration screen, so parents have access and control and an leave little Jane and Johnnie to paint away in peace.
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h. how we wept when three million Amiga owners suddenly realised
that the machine which had made it all happen - the A500 - was
being discontinued in favour of the A1200.
A500 owners might have been left behind by AGA technology, but the result is that they can now pick up some real hardware bargains Despite the apparent obsolescence of the old sea dog of the range, however, it is still the most numerous model by a long stretch and will still run the majority of modern software.
Of SIMM modules. It is blessed with good prepping and formatting software, an excellent manual, and a reputation for reliability which would make most other drive manufacturers green with envy.
Inside the unit a quiet cooling fan and tidy layout speak well of the drive's general design, and the game switch mounted on top of the casing is a handy aid for Thousands of owners have decided to hang on to their machines for one reason or another, usually through a shortage of cash, and though they may feel left out of things at times, the price of A500 add-ons has plummeted and some real bargains are there for the taking.
A quick whizz through Acs advertisements should be enough to confirm the harvest of hardware goodies at silly prices.
GVP HD8+ Currently being knocked out at £199 for the 42Mb version, CVP's HD8+ has to be the A500 hard drive bargain of the moment.
Distributor Silica Systems (081-309 1111) have progressively cut the price of the drive from its near-£400 original price tag as a response to the A500 going on the back burner, and as a result the A500's fastest hard drive is now one of the cheapest.
The HD8+ has an access time of about 11ms, will transfer data at 1 Mb per second (twice as fast as many A500 drives) and can accept up to 8Mb RAM in the form Commodore A590 capability and a through-port which fits in the A500 s DMA slot for warranty-free installation.
Is a good buy. Evesham Micros (0386 765180) are one company which in the past have revitalised old A590s with new drives, and New Horizons (0227 773177) supply the original unit for £175, cheaper than any other alternative.
For your money, you got an official Commodore product with good manuals and decent installation software - something which can’t always be said for the low price A1200 HD kits wo ve seen over the past year, Though for long a bit of a whipping boy for those with faster hard drives, the A590 has seen an upturn in its fortunes of late as its price has dropped and various retailers have souped up the basic specifications.
Originally a slowish 20Mb IDE drive, the A590 soon adopted SCSI and was then treated to a variety of third-party drive units, usually in the shape of a spritely Quantum 40Mb or better.
The result is a tidy little unit with 2Mb fast RAM expansion It might seem a bit like advising a car fanatic to buy a Hillman Imp. But if all you need is something to get you from A to B cheaply and effectively, then any old British banger is better than a push bike.
A5QQ owners who need a hard drive but don't fancy spending £300 or more on a faster drive tor a machine which is performing its swan song, the A590 those who use a lot of auto-booting game disks. Ally this to the SCSI through-port and you have a hard drive with all the features you'll need.
You can even slot a PC286 emulator into the drive's internal mini-slot expansion port, though whether in this day and age a 286 emulator is of any use to you is another matter entirely.
CBM A570 Commodore's long-delayed CD-ROM drive for the A500 and A500 Plus was never the success it would have had to have been to breath new life into CDTV, a task which was almost Lazarus-like in proportions, but the failure of the initial launch means that stocks of the drive can still be found selling at prices so silly they'd make the Three Stooges look like a straight act.
Silica Systems (081-390 1111) were until recently selling the unit for £150, a price which is low enough to make A570 almost a throw away freebie.
Bundled software, with nominal value almost in excess of the A570 itself, includes Sim City, Lemmings, an encyclopaedia, and the CDPD disc with hundreds of PD utilities, so new owners have a good start to their CD-ROM collection.
Hutchinsons Encyclopaedia isn't the best piece of software you'll ever encounter, being slow to use and cursed with an awful interface, but if you fancy a cheap family CD-ROM library the A570 is a good bet.
All CDTV titles will work with the drive, titles which themselves are being sold at bargain bucket prices, so for a limited outlay the user with specific education or reference needs can pick up a system with lots of life left in it.
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One of the key factors in its success has been the machine’s ability to output a video-compatible sync signal which makes it perfect when used in combination with a genlock.
Thanks to the aforementioned sync, overlaying Amiga graphics over live video is quite literally simplicity itself.
Because of this, titling and combining animation with live action are almost second nature. To achieve such effects in the home environment prior to the arrival of the Amiga was to say the least a tricky business.
Formerly this type of production required a PC with lots of additional hardware, including dedicated add-ons to provide a Yideo-compatible signal containing the appropriate sync, plus a suitable sound card to supply the audio. And of course in order to actually genlock a signal you'd still need to add a genlock.
Fortunately the Amiga has all of these elements built-in - with the exception of a genlock - which means animation and Amiga-based audio can be sent straight to tape without any additional investment Even the genlock isn't an essential when recording graphics courtesy of the Amiga’s built-in external modulator.
However for most video productions a genlock is often an essential, which even on the Amiga demands a little extra investment Assuming this is the case and you can’t resist the opportunity to combine video with Amiga graphics, the most important element is to understand exactly how a genlock operates.
Essentially all it does is replace the first colour in the Amiga's register with the incoming video signal. In reality this means that anything painted using this register will appear transparent and allow the live video to show through.
However before going any further it’s worth clearing up a common misconception. Although the first colour in the Amiga register is normally black, this doesn't mean you can't use black Paul Austin reveals all those videographic essentials that any would-be Scorcese should know before embarking on a career in the movies - ¦¦ as part of your Amiga graphics.
In order to use an identical colour you simply have to alter the colour of another colour pot elsewhere in the palette. The actual colour plays no part in the genlocking procedure; its position in the register merely determines which colours appear transparent Although the basic replacement of colour zero is the key to genlocking, it's only the beginning. In most cases a genlock will offer much more than a simple off on combination of the two signals.
For example, the majority will also employ faders to allow dissolves between the two signals. As a result, it's possible to start with the video signal and then fade up the Amiga graphics
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And of course with the assistance of a genlock, this enables logos or animations to fade-up while leaving the colour zero areas of the image