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The Hardware nEius After the rumours, speculation and hot air floating around over the last several months, it would appear that a conclusion to the Commodore crisis is about to be reached. Fanklyn Wilson, the liquidator in the Bahamas and the management buyout group headed by David Pleasance have at last come to an agreement.
[an I haue ijour bids please The final papers were all set to have been signed on October 15th but due to last minute legal details, the official signing has been delayed until November 4th.
One of the thorns in the side of this whole affair has been the reluctance of some creditors such as Prudential Insurance in the States to allow a Bahamian court to decide how much money they receive through the buyout. They have threatened to have the sale of Commodore assets owned by American companies determined by an American court.
Unfortunately, one of these American-owned assets happens to be the Amiga computer technology. The very hub of Commodore. If a compromise had not been reached, people feared that the American judicial system would have caused massive delays to the already lengthy proceedings. To Pleasance uiords for the Yuletide season. Any doubts that the Amiga can survive such delays are firmly refuted by Pleasance: "We have huge back orders from round the world.
As long as the Amiga is known as an ongoing product, it will be okay.” If successful with their bid. The CD1200.
FMV cartridge and CD32 expansion kit will all be making an appearance at some point during the spring. As for the CD64.
Pleasance firmly denied the rumour, calling it “complete and utter nonsense."
The celebration party planned for October 13th to launch Amiga International was postponed. David Pleasance is confident though that it will happen at some point in the near future. As for the future plans of the company if the bid does go through, Pleasance is sure that with the continual delayed buyout, there won’t be much stock available for Christmas.
CD32 units on the other hand have been pulled in from subsidiaries throughout the world and will be in ample supply sort this problem out. It has been decided that an auction will be held to maximise the amount of money the creditors are owed.
The procedure is simple. Now that the trustee and the Pleasance group have nearly signed an agreement. It will be presented to the Bahamian Supreme Court on or before November 4th. Hopefully, within the following week, the Bahamian Supreme Court will open the auction and make the value of Pleasance's bid known to the other potential buyers.
That means CEI and Escom at this point - others may well appear.
These interested parties will then have the option to make their bids higher than Commodore Uks.
This procedure should be finished within two days and, if Pleasance’s bid has been exceeded, then C=UK have a final chance for one more bid Once the auction has ended and. If Pleasance’s offer still remains the highest, the Bahamian court will accept the agreement made with the trustee. If not, the court will throw out the agreement and award the assets to the winning bid.
In theory at least, we should know the result of this auction next month.
T ELSPA-; V * % * v Telephone fraud crushed bt| ELSPH and US Feds With the aid of the US Secret Service. ELSPA (European Leisure Software Publishers Association) has cracked an international telephone fraud ring. Following a raid linked to the Northumbrian "Living Chaos" Bulletin Board in June. ELSPA found a large number of 14 digit AT&T calling card numbers.
These let pirates make as many transatlantic calls to US software bases as they liked without being charged. Down and uploading pirated material can take hours of modem time, producing bills that the States leading phone company. AT&T, have to foot.
After making their own joint enquiries with AT&T, the US Secret Service was brought in to aid ELSPA and made six arrests in both the US and UK. John Loader, chief investigator of ELSPA s Crime Unit, believes that they have taken a vital step forward in telephone fraud.
"It is hoped that by cutting off [pirates] free call capability, the BBSs will die from within.” commented Loader to the industry's newspaper.
Computer Trade Weekly, ‘since without the ability to call the USA for hours at a time the UK pirates will have no access to the latest stolen software."
Another success story for ELSPA was the raid carried out by the Crime Unit and West Yorkshire police on 14 stalls at Cross Green car boot sale in Leeds. They seized over 7.000 disks with a quantity of computer hardware that had an overall estimated value of £100.000. If you have any information that you feel should reach the attention of the Crime Unit, phone in confidence on 0386 833810.
Amiga Computing Ill NEWS IIEUIS BRIEFS Imagine upgraded The highly popular and critically acclaimed package. Imagine has recently been updated to 3.1. The 3D rendering software features a host of new and improved features - new textures and global F X, state morphing, full DXF saving. Smart bones, backdrop image loading and more.
For more details, phone Impulse Graphics on 0101 612 425 0557.
(mating a role As a supplement for Amos, the popular programming system, Kuma Books is releasing "Writing Role Playing Games In AMOS". The book gives ideas, tips and inside information on the ever-growing genre. Also provided in the pack are two disks that include a sample game called “The Black Tarot". A program to generate large maps and screens of graphics to cut out and use in your own software.
Contact Kuma Books on 0734 844335 for ordering information.
Shopping Any doubts that confidence in computer technology sales was beginning to affect the stocking decisions of major retailers have been quelled for the time being with the announcement of two new stores from Virgin and Dixons.
Virgin opened the first stage of the world's largest entertainment store called the Videodrome in London on the 15th November. As well as a vast stock of films, music and comics, there will be a floor dedicated to games software by the end of November. The full completion date of the Oxford Street-based £10 million project is set for Easter "95.
Dixons plans are aimed at providing a new shopping format branded “The Link’, They are promising that the new approach will be ua radical and innovative approach" to retailing.
‘The Link" will sell mobile telephone services, satellite, on-line computer services such as CompuServe and a host of other goods. The company hopes to have eight "Link" stores open by February 1995 based mainly round the London area.
0OP5 In our review of Image Master last month, we forgot to include a product box for eager purchasers. The package costs £69.95 and is available from Ramiga International on 0690 770 304.
D touch of Stylus With inkjet printers coming in to the affordable reach of most computer users, Epson has upped the stakes with the release of the Stylus 400, a mono inkjet retailing for £225. The printer features the Piezo print-head technology that Epson says is normally associated with high-end products.
The head enables more precisely formed ink droplets which can be fired accurately at high speed to produce sharper printed pixels at 360 dpi claim the company.
"We expect to shake up the market with this announcement," said product manager, Robert Clark.
"By introducing Piezo quality to a low-end product we anticipate gaining significant market share from our rivals. We promise high reliability and low running costs."
Also making its debut on the Amiga is the EPL-3000. A laser printer retailing for £399. The printer offers 300 dpi.
LJ4, a base memory of 1Mb and various upgrade options such as additional language emulations and interfacing to allow the printer to be used as a shared resource.
For further information, call Epson on 0442 303681.
Stylus 400: Hoping to lahe the wind off Hewlett Packard DeskJet sales Rilling the lightlUaue Any serious user of the premier 3D animation package.
LightWave, should be interested in the US magazine, Lightwave Pro, a monthly publication that deals solely with how to get the best from the rendering package.
Now available from Phospor Productions, users can subscribe to the mag on 0843 292150. For those wanting to purchase the actual package, there are five official UK dealers at present - Premier Vision 071 721 7050. Alternative Image 0533 440041. Ramiga 0690 770304, Zen Computer 061-793 1931 and the 24 Bit Club 041-946 2191.
Peace of mind After the introduction of the rating system for games. ELSPA has launched the Games Player’s Charter in a bid to help parents make informed buying choices suitable for their children.
The Charter has been incorporated into a leaflet which is split into three sections - commitments to parents and gamesplayers from the members of ELSPA; advice to parents, and a checklist of guidelines for games players themselves.
“Sadly, unlike previous generation’s toys such as model trains or dolls, parents tend to find computer and video games complex and inaccessible."
Said Mark Strachan, chairman of E LSPA. “As a consequence they have tended to view them with a certain amount of unwarranted suspicion. This is why we are introducing the Charter and the Parent's Guide - as further reassurances to parents."
For all parents wishing to obtain a leaflet, pop in to your local computer retail store to pick up a copy.
Parent's Quid*: Allaying parental lean about tho uta of computer games Sounds are us After the successful launch of its budget- priced sound disks, Mediacraft has been inundated with callers asking for specific samples.
While not being able to afford the necessary hardware to produce the in- demand sounds, the company has set up the Independent Association Of Sound Developers.
The group s aim is to produce a catalogue of affordable sounds where sy nth owners or programmers can m arket their efforts through Mediacraft on a royalty basis. Registration costs £5 and any amount of patches can be sent in.
For more details, contact Roy Ward- Baker on 0242 227379.
Idordworth 11 With the arrival of Final Writer release 3 t his month, the other giant of the Am iga word processor scene. Wordworth is set for an upgrade in the shape of release 3.1. Released at the recent Future Entertainment Show, the latest version is faster, features a set of new commands, better text filters and enhanced PostScript support.
For A1200 owners with one disk drive and 2MB of memory, the 3.1 SE edition has also been unveiled to bring the powerful word processor in to the grasp of low-end users and retails at £49.99. The full 3.1 version costs £149.99 and Digita can be contacted on 01395 270 273.
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There are four available that can be bought individually for £1.65 or £6 for the entire set.
The cards can be ordered on 01303 245378.
Computer Xmas cards: An alternative to the usual Yulotido offerings ¦ ¦¦ ¦¦ f fi ¦ keeps on turning Everything would appear to be in place tor a successful World of Amiga show come the 9th December. Apparently, according to the organisers, there have been numerous enquiries in both ticket sales and space booking.
"The interest has been incredible', commented David Pleasance, joint-managing director of Commodore.’Although the show is still two months away, we've sold two thirds of the space already. That's as good or better than in past years."
For ticket orders, phone the show hotline on 01369 7711.
N ii*" li A To headline the recent announcement of FMV films and TV programmes for the CD32. CD Vision has released three episodes Of the award-winning Eyewitness series. Each costing £9.99, the viewer has access to 30 minutes worth of material on each CD.
Cartoon fans can also snap up a selection of animated classics with 60 minute Cds featuring Bugs Bunny, Popeye and Superman among others. These are also retailing for £9.99. Keeping track For those who need to keep a track on time while using their Amiga, an external dock cartridge has been released by Siren Software costing £19.99. Working across the whole Amiga range, the clock comes with full installation software and the device itself fits onto the disk drive socket.
For more details, phone Siren Software on 0161-796 5279.
Painting bg computer To coincide with the World of Amiga exhibition in December, Almathera is releasing Photogenics, a package aimed at both graphic designers and painters alike.
Offering image manipulation (Jpeg. GIF. IFF and so on) to change formats, the title also allows the user to paint the images with a variety of different brushes.
The makers daim that the package offers many facilities not available to Mac an d PC owners and costs £54.95. For more information, contact J Bruno on 081 687
0040.
Indi drills Indi Direct Mail has reduced the price of its Smart Stor plus Amiga 600 1200 external hard drives and increased the capacity. The 214 Mb Smart Stor plus, previously selling for £249.99. has been replaced by a new model selling for £199.99. The 428 Mb version has been replaced by a 528Mb model while remaining at the same price, £314.99. For more details, phone Indi Direct Mail on 0543 419999.
Minimum moneg for mice For those in search of a new mouse for their Amigas. Wizard Developments has released two new mice for the machine. Priced at £9.99 for a 400 dpi mouse and £19.99 for the optical rodent, they come with microswitched buttons and the optical version also includes a free mouse mat.
The company is also releasing the Saturn Amiga floppy drive for just under £50. Featuring a Sony drive, enable disable switch and anticlick as standard, this and the mice can be ordered on 0322 272908.
Animated effects For video users who need to expand their DTV software, Chroma are on the verge of releasing the DTV Toolkit Volume One. Featuring various television-style effects such as low-res and interlace wipe anims, the package costs £29.99 and comes in a video case with a fully illustrated user guide to aid operation.
The pack works in conjunction with any Amiga-based paint animation program and can be ordered from Chroma on 01328 862693.
Hew [DBS Hmas path Even with the buyout in the Bahamas dragging its heels at an embarrassingly slow rate. SDL has brought together what looks to be one of the most tempting bundle packs for potential buyers of the Commodore console.
Featuring the system itself and one joypad. Purchasers are also provided with seven games to play into the early hours. Cannon Fodder. Liberation. Microcosm and Ultimate Body Blows are some of the titles that make up the new bundle called Critical Zone.
Priced at £249, SDL can be contacted on 081-309
1111.
Fl[ joins IDE Amiga Computing has been part of the Europress magazine empire for the last six years. Along with 10 other magazines published by the group, it has been sold to IDG. The US-controlled multinational that forms the world's largest computer magazine publisher.
“IDG is pre-eminent all round the world, with more than 220 publications in 64 countries,” commented the founder of the Europress Group. Derek Meakin. “One significant gap in this global network has been the UK.
With the acquisition of the Europress titles, IDG now has a core business with which it can expand to become the major player here as it already is in so many other countries. “ To our readers, the deal means the continued success of Britain’s most informed and concise magazine for the Amiga - Amiga Computing, Heard the latest?
Have you heard any interesting Amiga news recently? If you’ve picked up some hot gossip that you think we could be interested in give Adam Phillips a call now on 0625 878888.
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It's a pretty slow news this month on this side of the Pond. As the US watches the long, over- drawn-out bidding process for the remains of Commodore, US companies seem to be taking a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to new releases for our favourite computer.
There's still work going on, for sure, but many companies have reported that their major development projects have been put on hold until the Amiga's future is a little more clearly spelled-out.
Utilities Unlimited is nearing completion on its MS-DOS PC emulator module for Emplant, All work on other projects, such as the company's video board and 68060 accelerator, has been put on hold to concentrate resources on getting the long-delayed PC emulation out the door.
One of the reasons it has taken longer than expected is that it's no longer a 486 emulation. The ‘module now emulates a Pentium processor instead. That doesn't mean it will be any faster, but if a program utilizes any of the enhanced instructions of Intel’s newest processor, the Emplant PC emulation will be able to take advantage of them.
Another update in the works comes from Intangible Assets Manufacturing - Dave Haynie’s DiskSaiv 3.0. Previous versions of this amazing data-recovery program have been shareware, and utilized a command-line interface. This life-saving program has been updated to include a full graphical interface, as well as even better data-recovery abilities. Watch out for a hands-on look in next month's USA News.
Dunning out of patience A couple of months ago we premiered the fact that a new version of the venerable Deluxe Paint - version V, to be exact - was in the works. It's nearing release, and promises to give Brilliance a run for its money.
Among the new features are Arexx macro capability (including the ability to record any painting or effect actions), support for 24-bit loading and saving, palette changes during animation frames, variable animation rates (you can speed or slow an animation during different sections), camera moves for scrolling backgrounds and zooms, textures, animation storyboarding, and a much- improved Move requester. Look out for it any day now from your local Electronic Arts retailer.
With [ommodore's future still undecided, Oenng - Utkins reports an uihat - progression there has - been in the hampered - Umiga market - Termite attach Oregon Research has released a new program that, despite the name, is not ridden with bugs. Termite is a new Amiga terminal program designed to make telecommunications easier on the Information Superhighway, but that's got enough power-user features to satisfy even old-time comms road-warriors. It's a welcome addition to the Amiga's software stable, because all the other commercial terminal programs were off the market.
Termite requires 1MB and AmigaDOS 2.04 or higher, and is fully style- guide compliant. Among the program's features are support for communications at speeds up to 115.200 bits per second, a phone book that lets you set up unique configurations for every BBS you call, text macros, a button bar. Font- and screen-sensitive displays, full Arexx support, and AmigaGuido online help.
II you tend to regret the amount of time you've spent online when you get your phone or credit-card bill at the end of the month, you'll appreciate Termite's call-logging feature, which will let you know just how much time you've spent online. You can even have it calculate how much currency you have spent.
Termite's handiest feature is its button bar. You can assign any program function or any Arexx macro to the bar, making common operations a mouse click away. Set up one icon to log you on. Another to view a list of new files, and another to download. You can even create your own icon images with any paint program that supports IFF format.
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You can chain objects, so animating one will animate the entire chain. If you don't want a hacker reverse-engineering your game or scamming your valuable graphics and sounds. GameSmith features custom encryption to protect those files, Hardware-level smooth scrolling, independently scrolling dual playfields, parallax scrolling, and full AGA support round out the package. Of course, you'll find plenty of other basic game tools, such as joystick polling routines and an ILBM picture loader. GameSmith also features CITAS, an interactive character animator that lets you customise all aspects of
your game objects, including sequence, placement, speed, display method and priority, and collision detection parameters.
Over 350 pages of documentation explain the system and utilities in detail, and the over 130 library functions are explained in a detailed tutorial that’s packed with examples.
Beginning and advanced programmers alike should find that GameSmith allows them to concentrate on gameplay instead of the technical details, saving them headaches and providing a better end product for the gaming customer.
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capture reefctt nugtn wtnout v*mnq a toiune mis s me cod tor mejotr He "hoOrah hardware is top naich'and "for sheer wUe for money, rtoGrabcamxtxheawv ir 1» EDITORIAL rom day one in the history of home computing, people talked enthusiastically about the educational possibilities. Certainly, those pushing the new technology were forecasting nothing short of a revolution in teaching; it was as if buying a Bee micro would have kids running home to supplement their education.
Lessons to Well we all know what really happened.
Whatever Mum and Dad thought was being accomplished in the bedroom. 99 per cent of the time we were striving for level 10 of the latest arcade hit rather than any academic achievement To be fair, computers are useful in school where children are supervised. However, what parents - and to a certain extent teachers - hoped and prayed for was a tutor that would keep children absorbed in the learning process without a beady-eyed adult watching over them.
Turn teacher will tell you that if you make a subject enjoyable it's easier to learn. Iiareth lofthouse asks why it's so hard to find software that makes homework fun That’s why it’s so important that these packages provide pleasure as well as exercises so that there is an incentive to pass the milestones of learning set up by a program.
There are plenty of Amiga teaching tools out there that are admirable in many respects.
The software available today has certainly come on, with many packages offering a step- by-step series of valuable lessons.
The problem is getting kids to come back to their exercises time and again Of their own free will. There's still a long way to go as far as making learning fun is concerned, and computers are not being used to their full potential on this count.
Though good quality educational software has been well researched from the teacher’s point of view, they rarely show an understanding of what appeals to children. The graphics and sound, for example, are just not acceptable in comparison to the sort of games that children really want to play.
Educational software houses could leam a lot from the efforts made by game programmers. The likes of Sonic the Hedgehog were successful because they combined cartoon characteristics with appealing animation and quirky sound effects, not to mention entertaining game-play.
Admittedly, there are problems in combining, say, a maths exercise with the popular style of arcade action. On the other hand, there's no reason why catchy tunes, sampled sound effects and more lively characters can't be incorporated. Given that the young are more demanding about quality in these respects than many adults, the educators should stop acting as if second best will do. Disney films are so phenomally successful because old Walt knew children's standards are at least as high as anyone else's.
SUPERKID With the growth of the vaguely named medium, Multimedia', we are now on the threshold of a new technology that again promises a lot in the field of education. Once again we’re dreaming about bright-eyed superchildren absorbing tomes of information while Ma and Pa are left in peace.
Unfortunately, while multimedia has great potential, too many of the current offerings offer only token advantages over encyclopaedias. It is to be hoped that these are the inevitable shortcomings of a communication medium that is still in its infancy.
It would be wrong to be overcritical because I don't envy the teacher's job.
Making exercises fun for the young has always been a very difficult challenge, and there's probably nothing on earth that can make sums and grammar as much fun as zapping aliens.
Even so, it cannot be doubted that if developers put as much effort into the entertainment side of things as they do into the actual lessons, their software would hold a child’s interest for longer.
While we're waiting for these improvements, the better quality products in this field are still going to be more fun than standard homework assignments. My advice is to choose carefully and don't necessarily trust the packaging as far as its claims for age suitability are concerned.
As for the future, let's hope the developers take advantage of the technology's capabilities. Small independent game makers have shown that you don't need the resources of Sega to make software exciting; it’s time for the educators to do the same thing.
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while the Welcome Screen will appear. Press the mouse button and a new screen will appear with these words:
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Easy AMOS toaturot an inbuilt tutor tft«t will help you to bacomo proticiont in tho AMOS language After you have entered the nationality you are required to enter your name in the two box es Type your first name in the first box and your surname m the second, This data will be saved to your disk.
You will now be asked to write protect your Master disks, so make sure that the plastic tab on the disk is pushed up so that you can see clearly through the hole, blank disk and click the left mouse button. The disk will be formatted and given the name Easy AMOS From now on simply follow the instructions as they appear on your screen.
If you feel that something is not right in the installation process simply press Esc to abort, alter which you will be allowed to try again. Once you havo finished installing the first disk you will be required to install tne AMOS Examples disk.
Follow this procedure exactly as the first disk, following the AMOS messages as they appear W hen that disk is completed all that is loft for you to do is install the AMOS Tutorials on the third and final disk.
It is advisable for you fo now create an extra disk so that you can save your own programs to It. It is not advised that you save over your AMOS disks.
To do this, click on Format and enter a suitable name before pressing Return Click on the left mouse button to actually format it.
When you are satisfied that the disks are write protected. Click on the OK panel. Your own unique registration number will appear on the screen Ignore this by simply clicking on OK again which will take you to a screen with three control panels entitled: (Install on (loppy) (Install on hard drive) (EXIT) | You now have the choice of installing Easy AMOS onto floppy disks, which you should have in your possession. Or onto a hard dnve if you have one.
If you are installing onto floppy drive, move the pointer Over Install on Floppy and click. When you've read the following introduction click on OK to proceed.
At the Let Me Install your Software prompt, insert a
o create a program with Easy AMOS you are given a working area
called the Edit Screen. Press a mouse button or any key on your
keyboard to reveal it now or simply do nothing.
It will appear automatically.
KO Instead of explaining what everything does, just identify the bits that you need for making contact with Easy AMOS immediately. At the top of the screen is an assortment of control panels that are triggered using the mouse- Below that is an Information Line where Easy AMOS keeps you up to date with exactly what's going on in your programming efforts. The main part of the Edit Screen is the working area. This is the Edit Window where you actually write your programs. And there is a little flashing bar waiting to act as your Edit Cursor.
Press the A' key on your keyboard and a little 'a' will appear in the Edit Window. Now hold down one of the Shift keys and press
• A' again. There should be a capital 'A' alongside the little
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Likewise, all the other keys on your keyboard respond to Easy AMOS as a typewriter would.
So, if you’re ready to begin, copy the following lines of program exactly as they appear into the Edit Window. Don't worry if you make a mistake because Easy AMOS i SAVE am AMOS ppogrjH
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This is where Easy AMOS starts getting friendly, by displaying a little help message in the information line as well as moving the flashing Edit cursor to the nearest point in your lines of program where it knows the mistake is lurking.
Is ready and able to help. Start typing now.
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So you can put any mistakes right until your Test selection delivers the No errors message. You should then insert your Easy AMOS Examples disk into the internal drive.
Now get ready to see and hear the results of your first effort. Move the mouse pointer to the box that says Run and click the left mouse button. When your Amiga asks you for your name, type it in and press the Return key.
You’ve already realised that writing programs with Easy AMOS is not only simple, it’s fun. If some of those lines in your program seemed to make sense as you were typing them in, you are well on the way to being a programmer.
Easy AMOS is a very sensible and direct language that allows your Amiga to understand anything and everything you want to make it do.
If you copied the example above you will already have wntten your first program. This next one should be easy in comparison.
Type in the following line exactly as it is insifliunc easy Rmos PRO It couldn't be simpler. Just put disk 1 into your drive and reset your machine. The installation program will then load.After the initial animation of the strange little chap with the unlikely moustache, and if you are not interested in the message scroller, click anybutton to continue.You will then be presented with a choice of nationalities for yourkeyboard. This is most likely English, so simply click on the English box.Next, you will be requested to enter your name so that the copy of your installaton disk can be
registered in your name. Be sure to have disk Iwrite enabled (the hole at the top of the disk is closed) because theinformation you enter will be written to the disk.Clicking on OK once you have entered your name will take you to a displayshowing your unique registration number. It may be a good idea to write this down.Finally. you should now be at the main installation menu. Here you have a choice of either installing Easy Amos to floppy disks or to a hard disk.Just click on the appropriate button and the installation program will takeover.Keep an eye on the bottom text line which should
tell you when to swapdisks.Have fun.
Printed and leave it at the top-left comer of the Edit Window. Don't press Return yet.
Print’Helto* Easy AMOS programs use all sorts of instructions to tell the Amiga what to do.
Many of these instructions take the form of special keywords and Easy AMOS recognises them instantly.
Now press the Return key and look at the line you typed in. Easy AMOS has already examined it and spotted a keyword. The keyword has automatically been given a capital letter and separated from what follows it by a space, so your line now looks like this: Print "lallo* Wherever possible, Easy AMOS will look at what you type in and try to make sense of it, even if it's not typed in perfectly. But if you use the wrong keyword or make an error in the spelling, you will be informed that there Once you get this program running you can stop it operating by pressing the Control and C keys. If you
think every character in that program is now faithfully reproduced in the Edit Window, move the mouse pointer up to the centre of the top line of little panels and click on the one that reads Test with the left mouse button.
Easy AMOS reads through your work instantly and can spot any mistakes. If all is well, the magic words No errors have just appeared in the information line, although To install the program to your hard drive, simply boot your Amiga with the hard drive and then insert the Easy AMOS Master Disc 1 into DF0: and double-click on the Easy AMOS disk icon.
Locate the Easylnstail icon and double-click on this also Select the nationality of your keyboard, follow the prompts to enter your name and then write protect the Master Disc and click on OK.
Move the mouse pointer to the Install on Hard Drive option and click the left mouse bulton. You are presented with 12 option panels, each one representing a different device name. Select the device you want to install Easy AMOS to and simply follow the on-screen instructions Once (he installation procedure has finished, add the assign by clicking OK and then on Exit.
You will now have a complete working version of Easy AMOS on your hard drive. To load the program from either floppy or hard drive, simply click on the EasyAMOS icon You can alternatively boot straight into Easy AMOS by booting from your new disks.
Amiga Computing is a mistake. Now add another two lines to your program and press the Return key after each line so that it looks like this: Print "Hello" Wait $ 0 Print “1 ti.your projran."
There are two keywords used here, and they have the same sort of meaning as in normal English.
• Print - This is an instruction that tells the computer to print
some information on the screen . In this case the information
is a list of characters that make up words. You have put the
words inside speech marks to tell the computer what to print on
screen.
• Wait - This keyword is a command that tells the computer to
stop the program and wait for as long as you want before moving
onto the next instruction. The number that follows it is the
number of 50ths of a second to wait. So, in your example the
program will wait for one second.
Now move your mouse pointer up to the Run option at the top of the screen and click on the left mouse button to see the results of your work. As soon as you Run your program the blue Edit Screen disappears and a new screen takes its place ready to display the current program.
Sauing a program Deletin9 In the case of your example, the word Hello should appear on screen in the top-left corner and after a one second wait ‘I am your program" appears below it. When the program has been completed. Easy AMOS gives you a report which is automatically displayed outside the working area, at the bottom of the screen.
Saving an Easy AMOS program is very simple. Press the Amiga key and the S key together and a file requester automatically pops up on the screen. The little flashing There should be a flashing message telling you at which line your program ended, and below that you are told how to get back to the editing process. If all is well, the following report is now sitting centrally at the bottom of your screen: End oi progria it lint 3 [ESCAPED to direct .ode, [Spice] to editor Editing To adapt or change your work, return to the Edit Screen by pressing the Spacebar.
Change the characters to be printed and the value that controls the waiting time and then Run your edited program. You can alter your program to something like this: Print “Hello agein!"
Wait 130 Print "1 ii your edited progria."
That little program will now stay in your computer's memory all the time you leave it switched on, but as soon as the power is turned off the machine will forget all about it and your work will disappear down the electronic wastepipe. The best way to avoid such catastrophes is to save your work regularly.
Take the blank disk that you were asked to format earlier and get ready to use it.
Reboot Easy AMOS, go to the Edit Screen and type in and Run this program: Print "I it t«t timber one* After checking that your example works, return to the Edit Screen, remove your Easy AMOS Programs disk and insert the new disk that you’ve actually prepared for storing your programs.
Cursor at the bottom of the file requester panel is waiting for you to give a name to the program you want to save.
Type in the name below and then press Return: Testl.AHOS That's it! Your test program has been saved onto the disk and you will have been relumed back to the Edit Screen.
Joard short-cuts Make sure that the edit cursor is in your line of program and press Shift and Del together.
Your program has just been wiped off the screen. This is a good illustration of how Easy AMOS uses certain keys acting together to produce short-cuts in your editing.
For example, pressing Del on its own will delete the character at the current location of the edit cursor. But if you press Shift and Del together the whole line in which the cursor is sitting will be erased. We will be providing you with a full list of keyboard short-cuts at a later date.
At the moment, there should be nothing in your Edit Window except the edit cursor.
Let’s prove that your program has gone by trying to Run it. Nothing? Good. Now press the Spacebar to return to the Edit Screen and look at the information line below the panel of options. At the right-hand side the following report is given: Edit: Testl.AHOS This means that Easy AMOS is still expecting you to edit the program you have just saved, named TesM .AMOS. But let's forget about this program for a while and write another one.
Hold down the Shift key and look for a new option that has appeared called New. This option vaporises your current program from the computer's memory altogether. Trigger it by moving the mouse pointer to New and Faulty [ouer Dish If you subscnbe to Amiga Computing and your disk does not work, please return it to: w There are plenty ot tutorials to keep you going.
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It can be easier and faster to operate in this way. Get rid of your current program with New followed by Y to confirm your action.
The Edit window You have already used the main Edit window for short home-grown programs that only use a few lines, but most program listings will take up several screens or pages.
If you remember how you scrolled through the File Selector window you will recognise exactly the same facility here.
The right-hand side of the Edit window features a vertical scroll bar with a pair of Up Down options, and at the bottom of the screen is a horizontal scroll bar with Left Right icons in the corner. Use your mouse to scroll through program listings.
Easy AMOS is designed to allow you to test out ideas without interfering with your program listings in the main Edit window. While editing you can press Esc at any time and jump to Direct Mode. This provides you with a special screen that appears at the bottom of your display and you can move it vertical- Print ki a* In Direct Bode!'
When you enter Direct Mode a list of special pre-set functions is displayed in the blue panel. These functions can be called up by various key-presses to perform special tasks.
At the bottom of the blue panel there is a prompt where your typed commands will be displayed one after the other. Every time you press the Return key to test out one line of direct commands a new prompt will appear and the list of functions moves one line in the panel's display.
Dent month In next month's Easy AMOS tutorial we will be explaining the interface In more detail and providing you with more examples that show off the power of Easy AMOS.
23 CHRISTMAS 1994 This time don't run your new program by Selecting the Run Option with your mouse but press the F1 key instead. This function key has been pre-programmed to run the current program and you have just been introduced to another range of Easy AMOS short-cuts which use the function keys at the top of your keyboard to perform special tasks. We’ll take a look at what all these keys can do later on.
If you are satisfied that your Test Number Two program is all in order, get ready to save it, but do not press Amiga and S. Instead, hold down the Shift key and look at the top of the Edit Screen.
A Save option has appeared where the Test option normally sits, Use your left mouse button to click on the Save option and the file selector pops up again. Now name this program: and press Return The is your final introduction to the way Easy AMOS allows you to carry out your wishes. Wherever possible, you can choose between using the mouse to trigger options from the screen menus, or type in instructions via the keyboard. You can also use Press Y. The Information Line will ask you if you want to save your program. Press N and it should now report that your last program has gone and that
your next program has yet to be given a name.
Type in the following: The upgrade coupon for TechnoSound Turbo and TechnoSound Turbo 2 did not feature New Dimensions' phone number: The number is 0291 690933. Apologies to New Dimensions.
Press the left mouse button. A message appears In the Information Line which reads: lethnoSound Turbo HlrwT«HV Vik & rV fMl'VH* £i V 'A Vi » V • » ¦ ¦» Vi Print 'and I as test nimbtr tuo'" Pleise confira res or No ) T*»t2.AB0S Default Menu - At the top of the screen, the Menu window displays all the commands that are currently available. This is your entry to the Easy AMOS editing features and it’s the menu that always appears when you first enter the Edit Screen. We call it the Default Menu. You have already used some of the items on offer.
Blocks Menu - Hold down the Ctrl key and you will see that the Default Menu has been replaced by a new set of options. This is the Blocks Menu and it provides everything you need for manipulating blocks of computer program.
System Menu - This is called up from the Default Menu by holding down one of the Shift keys, and It contains a selection of important commands for handling complete programs.
Search Menu - When you hold down the Alt key the Search Menu is called up. Its various options are used to handle text.
Information Line - This line, below the Menu options panel, is where Easy AMOS gives a running report on the editing process. The report on the left-hand side of the Information Line is a single letter that tells you what editing mode you are using. Below is a list of all editing modes and their corresponding letter: ! - Means that new characters will be Inserted wherever the edit cursor is on the screen. That’s the normal state of affairs. An 0 can also appear here.
0 - Means that new characters will Overwrite characters that are already displayed in the Edit window.
L - Tells you which Line you are currently editing.
C - Shows the number of the Column the edit cursor is in.
Text: Chip: Fast: - These report how much memory is available for various tasks.
Edit - Displays the name of the program that you are editing.
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package - Easg HIT10S tram Europress So ft mare - and nouj gou can bug the manual for just £1*199 Easq RfTlOS manual order form Please send me the Easy AMOS manual at £14.99 Deliver to: Name (Mr Mrs Ms Miss) .Daytime phone I wish to pay by: Q Cheque postal cxder payable to IDG Ltd ? Credit card ca.d no. Rrmrrrn rrm n Expiry Date Allow 28 days for delivery [] Tick this box it you do not wish to receive promotional matenal from other companies AMOS has become the premiere Amiga Basic programming language and Easy AMOS has been developed especially with the beginner In mind, in fact it can help
you become a programmer within a few weeks. It's more than a learning tool, it's a full language with 350 commands, full help features, examples, programs, music, graphics and data.
The Easy AMOS manual is vital to get past the basics of the program and really progress with your free software. This detailed 424-page ring-bound manual explains everything in a helpful friendly manner.
It comprises well organised chapters, so it's easy to find the information you're looking for. Each chapter is full of clearly laid out and separated sections. Beginning with a very helpful introduction to the basics, individual chapters take you through the first steps - such as saving and deleting programs, getting up and running, the logic of programming, working with the keyboard, sound, maths, creating a game and handling data. It also comprises a really useful glossary looking at key words and jargon to main menu options.
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like that when I were a young-un. I thought in a supposedly
Yorkshire accent. “By ‘eck, when we did spelling the teacher
would beat the living daylights out of us to make sure we
remembered. And that was if we were lucky!"
Well, nowadays, people are trying to use computers to make learning a fun experience, and the Amiga i$ better catered for than most, Rated by Amiga Computing as one of the best software developers for education. 10 out of 10 now brings us Structured Spelling.
The package follows the same formula that can be found in the rest of the 10 10 range.
There are six games to choose from, giving the learning process variety.
From the teacher's point of view there's a lot to recommend it. Structured Spelling is designed to cover the basic rules, helping children to discover, for example, that most words that rhyme are spelt in a similar way.
There am six grades to cover in the game, with the first three being suitable for the majority of infants and the last three being aimed mainly for juniors.
As there are lots of options for altering the difficulty of the games in terms of both word difficulty and coordination challenge, it should also be possible to cater for the needs of many children with special learning difficulties.
SUCCESSES The achievement record is particularly good because it acts both as a progress record for the parent teacher and as an incentive for the child. Depending on their level of success, a student is rewarded with a varying number of stars for each exercise.
To gain three stars they must get 100 percent. To encourage them to reinforce the lesson. They can then go on to get a gold medal by completing the exercise properly twice more.
Achievement records can be kept for up to 64 children, while there is a four-player option for each game allowing group involvement: hence the program can justifiably claim to be a powerful classroom aid as well as a home user’s tool.
Also to be admired are the separate instruction guides that 10 10 has supplied.
One is for the game players, kept clear and simple so that a child should be able to get started with little or no supervision.
The teacher parent guide on the other hand gives advice on how to use the product to suit the individual’s needs. Most importantly. There is information on customising the program in a variety of ways so that, for 10 nut of 10 adds another title to its well rereiued educational range. Oareth tollhouse goes bach to school to set a test example, older children can start off on a higher grade.
Snorkel. Well, maybe 10 10 are trying to increase the child’s imaginative powers as well as their spelling skills, but the diving connection seems a bit spurious to me.
Despite these faults, there can be little doubt that students will find their spelling homework infinitely more interesting with this software than with the traditional learn-by- rote list.
As far as the actual games are concerned, they will probably provide adequate entertainment for younger children while being of less interest to the older juniors, Typically for the genre, the graphics are colourful but very basic. Simplicity is to be respected but poor quality is not excusable - children are probably more fussy on this point than anyone else.
The activities are based on different themes such as diving, football or painting. A problem is that the game context often fails to disguise the fact that the child is actually performing an exercise.
SVSIEfTl ESSEflllHLS RED - Essentia BLACK = Recommended The object in Diver, for example, is to dick on the correct letters as they roll down the screen on conveyer belts. In the middle is a motionless picture of an aquatic bear with a Hard drive RAM 10 10's system remains an admirable teaching tool that is flexible enough to be tailored to a wide range of needs. At the same time, the interface is simple enough so that most children can be left to learn on their own.
The bottom line Product; Structured Spelling Price: £25.95 Software House: 10 out of 10.
Tel: 0742 780370 Ease of use 9 Implementation 7 Value for money 8 Overall 8 Though it is a good program for use at home, the way the achievement record has been Implemented makes it a worthy and economical choice for the classroom as well.
My criticisms of the games may seem incongruous, with the overall mark given to the product. However, though educational software has a long way to go. 10 10 deserves credit for attempting to combine appealing gameplay with the process of learning.
Amiga Computing EMPLANT The World's First Multi-Platform Emulation System!
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a generic' Macintosh with the speed of the emulation depending
on the processor your Amiga is using. An A3000 is equivalent
to a MAC llci. An A4000 is equivalent to a Quadra 900. Support
for up to 16 colours is provided for non-AGA machines. A4000
owners can use a full 256 colours! Up to 24 bit (16 milliont)
colours is supported using third party video boards such as:
Picasso II. EGS-Spectrum, Vivid-24. Rainbow II. Rainbow III,
Visiona Paint. Merlin. Retina. Retina Z3, Piccolo. EGS110 24,
and OpaiVision! Built in multiple file transfer allows for
quick, easy transfers between the Amiga and MAC emulation.
Support for AmigaDOS devices, Scanners. CD ROM. MIDI, SyQuest
removable dnves. Printers. Modems etc. Full stereo sound is
supported too! Requires Macintosh ROMs (not supplied).
E586DXsm Emulation Module We are now in the final testing stage! We have added the next generation CPU instruction set! The b586DX emulation module offers a high speed 586DX (FPU, MMU. And new instruction set) emulation with complete low-level architecture support, giving you the ability to run DOS. OS 2, NT. Windows 3.x, and even Chicago! Support for MDA. CGA. EGA. VGA. SVGA video modes, sound, joysticks, floppy drives, hard drives, extended memory, and more!
The possibilities with a multi-platform machine are endless. Now you can take advantage of a whole host of great software previously unavailable, and use them to compliment each other. By upgrading your Amiga (extra memory, faster processor, etc) you instantly upgrade your emulation too!
Blittersofi are the exclusive European distributors lor Utilities Unlimited. We provide a full technical support service, as well as software upgrades.
BUTTERSOFT. Four different versions of EMPLANT are available _____ EMPLANT BASIC EMPLANT OPTION A EMPLANT OPTION B EMPLANT DELUXE e586DX«m MODULE 40 Colley Hill. Bradwell, Milton Keynes, Bucks. MK13 9DB U.K. 0908 220196 24hr Order line 0908 220196 24hr Fax line 0908 310208 24hr BBS (2400-28.8K) Also plesurf@cix.compulink.co.uk Fidonet 2:252 328.0 All emulation modules require an Amiga with Zorro II slots, and a 68020 (or better) CPU.
Post Packing £5.00 3 day or £8.00 next day Visa Mastercard accepted (2.5% Surcharge). E&OE UK EURO DEALER ENQUIRIES WELCOME hat do you get for the man who has everything ? Well the likes of X-Pro Backup might not strike you as the most romantic of gifts, but you know what these Amiga enthusiasts are like.
Trading them in is probably your best bet, but if you do want to stay in their affections then read on.
Because we know Christmas is an expensive enough affair as It is, everything in the top twenty can be bought for under 50 quid, Thankfully, we found the Amiga is blessed when it comes to quality hardware and software at bargain prices.
Amiga Computing CHRISTMAS 1994 Remember, an Rmiga's not just for fhristmas. It's for life. Oareth lofthouse suggests SO mags to shorn gou tare parade The stars of software Mini Office Price: £38.99 Supplier: First Computer Centre Tel: 0532 319444 Lots of home-users would find a word- processor, a spreadsheet and a database utility useful, but at the same time they may feel that their needs aren’t serious enough to justify spending lots of cash on separate packages.
Surprisingly, it's possible to get packages combining all these utilities and more at less than half the price of. Say, well known Amiga word processors. One of the best of these all-in packages is Furopress's Mini Office.
The package includes a spreadsheet allowing you to prepare tables, alter column width, cut and paste data, lock blocks and choose from over 50 functions.
There's also a database with which a card index can be created with up to 50 fields.
A graphics utility allows you to enhance documents with various types of chart, A good introduction to the fascinating world of Amiga music, this versatile composer and editor is both extremely capable but also very simple in use.
Octamed v5.0 Price: £19.95 Supplier: Seasoft Tel: 0903 850378 Featunng full midi support, real time editing with synthetic sounds and sample editor, this package puts music creation into the hands of the beginner and amateur.
To guide the user through this host of features there's a ring-bound manual broken down into step-by-step tutorials, and although version 5 is printed in dot-matrix it is easy to follow.
For many, the cheaper version 5.0 will be fine as it is exactly the same as the latest version except that it won't support Microdeal’s 16-bit sampler. If you want this facility you can get the latest version for £42.
Incorporating colours and 3D views and it’s also possible to import IFF pictures to make backgrounds.
Word processing functions are also well catered for as far as the average home user is concerned. It's possible to mailmerge details from a database file, add graphics and perform the basic functions you'd expect from such a package.
The addition of a Disk Utility should help you keep all your files from the various packages in good order, with options for creating directories, copying files and so on.
What makes it an ideal item for beginners and the not-too-serious user is the fact that each utility uses the same basic interface. This means that once the user has used one of the modules, they'll have a good idea of how to operate all the others.
Considering how cheap this package is, people should consider it carefully before buying expensive separates.
True, it doesn’t have some of the advanced features that more expensive software boasts, but in practice lots of people just don't need the frills.
31 If you’re running out space on your hard drive, there are two main options open to you. Buying a second HD would be nice but it’s too expensive for most people, so the best thing unless money is no object is to buy a Disk Expander.
Ill FEATURE This rather useful little package can double the capacity of your hard disk or floppy disks and has been designed to do so at a high compression speed without messing your data up in the process.
With its graphical user interface it can be installed within a few seconds with full control over the functions supplied. Since most Amiga users face problems with memory space sooner or later, this package is well worth the asking price.
Classic spreadsheet program, now available at a very reasonable price.
In fact, Maxiplan also indudes a database program capable of undertaking simultaneous ascending and descending sorts on any number of fields.
The spreadsheet utility itself has 512 columns by 32,760 rows, more than enough for the average user. It features the ability to import and export Lotus 1-2*3 data, password protection for confidential data and over 70 functions.
Documents can be enhanced using a choice of 12 chart styles. Up to 16 colours can be used and there is the option to include text using any standard Amiga fonts.
With Macro features such as automatic record mode and 95 in-built macro commands, this is a remarkably powerful system. You won’t find a more powerful utility of this type at this price.
Aminet Feb 94 Edition Price: £19.991 75p&p Supplier 17th Bit Software Tel: 0924 366982 As we discovered in our CD-ROM Roundup in the last issue, CD utility software is often hard to beat when it comes to good value, and one of the best all-rounders available has just got to be the Aminet collection.
A top seller, this archive from the Internet contains over 3200 programs covering a vast range of Amiga applications - it'll take longer than the Christmas holiday to glance over half the stuff on offer. Choose from demos, utilities, technical documents. 3D objects, games and more - in fact there's so much it can be mind-boggling.
Hot hardware Multimedia Speakers A poorly made mouse can defeat its own object - that being to make moving round your 400 dpi Mouse Price £29.95 electronic desktop a quick and instinctive affair.
Price: £14.95 Supplier: Golden Image Unfortunately, some designs are troublesome Supplier: Gasteiner Tel: 081-365 1102 enough to leave you dreaming of pre-mouse times as if they were the good old days.
Tel: 081-345 6000 Your monitor’s speakers are OK for most jobs, but occasionally you must have wished for a better source of sound for your Amiga.
Our Technosound Coverdisk is just one piece of software that could benefit from quality stereo sound.
GoldenlMAGE's speakers _ make a good impression as soon 5 as you open the box, with a sim- J pie styling that shows up the ¦ tackiness of some of its rivals. I There are only a few basic con- 1 trols but then this is how it should I be.
More importantly, the quality of sound they produce is much bet- | ter than you might expect for the K price. The sound from most cheap speakers becomes distorted at high volumes, but there was no such problem in this case even at high volumes.
Of course, there’s only so much you can expect at this price. Speakers of this size, for example, are almost always going to be rather weak with the bass.
It should be that connecting them to the Amiga is done via a stereo mini-jack which means you'll probably have to buy an additional cable to get them working. Still, they’re worth a little extra expense.
A1200 Beginner Pack Price: £39.95 Supplier Bruce Smith Books Tel: 0923 894355 This one's a life-saver for the A1200 beginner who. Facing the dirgeful grey of the workbench screen, feels inclined to abandon computing before they've even started.
Not only are Bruce Smith books bestsellers in the Amiga tutorial field, they have also earned the respect of reviewers thanks to the clarity and helpfulness of their advice. The A1200 Insider Guide and its sequel, Next Steps, are both included in the pack which also contains an instructional video. This 60 minute visual guide may at times seem amateurishly produced, but it is undoubtably useful nevertheless.
The first book gives practical advice about the Workbench. 1 AmigaDOS. The shell, utilities, icons and printers. Informative screenshots are interspersed with the text, giving the reader a visual guide as to what should be happening. The second book leads the beginner into more advanced computing territory with, for example, tutorials on using the supplied Multiview program to write your own adventure game.
On top of the educational material they've also thrown a selection of1 software into the bargain. Four 800k disks include a wordprocessor, database, recording studio, virus checker - in fact, all the things a beginner ought to get their Amiga equipped with.
This Gasteiner mouse has a good dots per inch speed, which in practice pays off with pin-point accuracy and soothing control. Ergonomically, it's hard to beat and the micro-switches are consistently responsive and reliable.
Not too long ago this sort of mouse would have cost a fair bit of cash, but fortunately Gasteiner’s rodent has a price to suit its Size.
Amiga Computing CHRISTMAS 1994 can now spend Xmas on Mars.
Or at least they can pretend with VistaLite, the landscape designer. A scaled-down version of VistaPro 3.0, this product is designed to work with 2Mb of Ram and can create topographical views using either real world data or fractals for fantasy worlds.
A user friendly point and click interface, a wire frame preview option, the ability to alter camera positioning and a choice of natural phenomena to add to the picture makes VistaLite a highly desirable piece of software.
It should be noted that the makers strongly recommend using Vistalite on an accelerated Amiga. Even with faster machines a complicated ten million Dreaming of a white Christmas? Well forget it, because you know all too well that as we're shovelling our turkey dinners into our stodge-laden stomachs. Outside there will be the usual muggy drizzle we get all the rest of the year.
Excuse the particularly bitter moan about the British weather, but it's actually in preparation for some good news. Even if our climate does let us down again, it doesn't matter because Amiga users or more documents, and the number of windows that are open is limited only by computer memory.
Cut. Copy and paste functions can be used on vertical blocks and there are advanced features like Correct Case and Correct Word. There's also an extenswe Arexx macro interface including recorded macros.
Other facilities include a powerful hexadecimal editing window, complete outlining capabilities, and full text template support. What's more, despite a very reasonable price there’s a large good quality manual, so this one is a good bet for the more technically minded Amiga user.
Turbotext Price: £39 Supplier: Digital Direct Tel: 0525 718271 For those brave enough to attempt such daunting feats as creating AmigaDOS scripts, here's a package that should help to increase their productivity.
Allowing for wide-ranging customisation. TurboText lets the user emulate any other text editor or create their own environment. Flexibility is aided by the complete window support providing multiple views of one you can't be bothered editing the text manually. It's also possible to let the software automatically scan the data and correct any obvious mistakes.
Of course it doesn't always work perfectly.
Failure to spot capitals or mistakes with punctuation are common errors, but if you use particular fonts regularly even these problems can be resolved.
An impressive piece of work. MiGraph OCR is very useful for anyone with a lot of text to convert and is lacking when it comes to fast typing speed.
Before anyone rushes out to buy. However, they should realise that it's a good idea to have at least 3-4Mb of RAM. Though the software doesn't require much memory itself, unless you can process a large area of text at once the object of using OCR is defeated.
Optical Character Recognition software is designed to teach your computer to read - no mean feat for under £50. Using a scanner, hard-copy text is scanned into your Amiga, and OCR will interpret it and transform it into ASCII text that can be used in wordprocess- ing and DTP.
Admittedly, this product can't be used without a scanner, with higher quality ones giving better results, but considering this software used to cost hundreds of pounds it clearly represents good value if you do have the required equipment.
MiGraph's product is particularly useful because it can process text with pictures and layouts with columns. Using the supplied selection of drawing tools, sections, legs and box outs can be isolated to be processed and compiled in the correct sequence.
Other OCR software used to require huge databases to identify letters, a method which had obvtius disadvantages as far as memory space was concerned. Fortunately, MiGraph has used Omnifont mathematical definitions which dispense with the need for a database while making improvements in accuracy and flexibility.
The interactive learning facility allows you to train the software to spot any irregular words and append them to its dictionary. If Migraph OCR software Price: £49.95 Supplier: GokJenlmage Tel: 081-900 9291 Few things can be worse than losing information on a disk when you've not backed it up. If your hard drive breaks down, for example, without a backup, months and months of hard work can disappear down the toilet.
Siren's product is an economical and speedy way of protecting yourself against such a disaster. The Autoswitch Cyclone Cartridge (boy, does that sound exciting) plugs into the disk drive port and does the job both for floppy and hard drive backup.
As a bonus, the software supplied as part of the package includes a file management program, a text editor and a utility allowing you to copy protected programs.
Amiga Computing 33 CHRISTMAS 1994 1- Megalosound Price: £25 Supplier Digital Direct Tel: 0525 718271 An 8-bit stereo sampler. Megalosound is an affordable package allowing the user to copy sound effects and music directly onto disk.
Combining the required hardware and software. Everything is there to get you started on ripping bits and pieces of other people's musical work.
Megalosound allows for sampling at a rate of up to 70KHz mono and 39KHz on an A500 and 56KHz on an A1200, which makes for pretty good sound quality for your money.
There are a number of special effects available to give your samples more individuality, such as variable low-pass and high-pass filters, echo, reverb, flange, phaser and distortion. These can all be applied in real, time.
Extras include comprehensive print fadl-i ities allowing for waveform print-outs, a real time frequency analyser and, copy cut paste options. A nice touch isj that Megaiasound is fully configurable and all preferences can be saved.
V With a 144 page manual include ing tutorials for the beginner.
Megaiasound should be a bundle of fun for anyone slightly interested in the audio side of the Amiga.
Tools oF the trade Wrist Rest Price: SRP £2.4 Contact below1 Holding your hands in the right position when working on a keyboard is more than a matter of typing school dogma. Tapping away on your computer hardly sounds like dangerous work, but evidence suggests that it can be a health risk.
Repetetive Strain Injury (RSI) has been in the news a lot over the past few years, and typing is one of the most common causes of the condition. However, using a wrist support will help to prevent any such problem.
The Omega wrist pad does the job perfectly well, keeping your hands at the same level as the keyboard and thus reducing the strain on the tendons in your wrist.
A dusty environment can cause havoc with computers and disks, so it may be worth your while investing in a cleaning kit to keep them looking shiny and new.
If you just want to keep your floppy drive in good order, your best bet is a cleaning disk. These are cheap and widely available from any computer shop.
If. However, dust and grime is a more serious problem, then Omega’s cleaning kit would come in very handy. The package includes a cleaning disk, head cleaning fluid, five swabs, a computer cleaning solution and a lint free cloth.
The best thing, however, is the mini vacuum cleaner gizmo supplied with the package. It's actually just a battery operated blower, but it comes with lots of different attachments just like a real hoover. It's ideal for cleaning your keyboard out.
Computer Toolkit Price: SRP £17.99 Contact below' Despite the fact that we at Amiga Computing are constantly having to open our Amigas up and connect various bits of hardware, we've only had one screwdriver to go between us.
As soon as the toolkit arrived, therefore, it was being eagerly eyed by the technical guys. With thirteen tools designed for a wide range of jobs, all contained within a smart vinyl pouch, this product will be invaluable for all sorts of computer DIY.
As well as the various screwdrivers (including Allen nutdrivers), there are some items that left me mystified but which, those in the know assured me. Are very useful. The chip extractor is unusual because it features spring-loaded securers. The normal extractors sometimes allow chips to skip out of your grip, a problem which this new design V V0 s V Monitor Arm If your table is even half as cluttered as mine, it might be worth investing In a monitor arm. With such an item you can free some valuable Price: SRP £39.99 Contact below* desk space - and fill it up again with yet more junk.
A Omega's screen arm. Suitable for 12in to 14in monitors, is a sturdily made product that can either be wall mounted or secured to your desk by a clamp. It's highly flexible, allowing diferent users to position the monitor at a level giving them the most comfort, and with a safety brake and an anti- slip monitor pad, it's made to support your valuable equipment securely.
‘Details of your nearest local dealer for Omega products are available from ABS on 0925 234300.
Retailers actual prices are often considerably lower than the S.R.P. should help to overcome. There's also a chip inserter, and both of these pads can be used on DIP chips of eight to 28 pins.
The three-prong part retriever may look like an elaborate nose picker, but its V-slotted edge gives its steel wires a greater grasping capability than conventional versions of this tool.
All the tools are demagnetized, antistatic and are made of durable materials. As far as gifts for the handy-man are concerned, they’ll make a nice change from Black and Decker.
Amiga Computing 34 CHRISTMAS 1994 Stocking Fillers and nouelties Mouse Mats Could haue been a contender Below are some products that are of good quality at a reasonable price, but didn't quite manage crawl under the £50 barrier. So what's a few extra quid among friends ?
Disk Opus 4 Price: £51.50 Supplier: First Computing Tel: 0532 319444 Available from large distributors at just over £50, some would say this is worth twice the price. An invaluable tool for organising and utilising files on your Amiga, it is one of the most acclaimed pieces of software around.
Tabby Price: £59.95 Supplier: First Computing Tel: 0532 319444 Price: £6.99 Supplier: Data Business Tel: 0865 842224 Convince colleagues you're not the boring old git they think you are by buying one of 24 wacky designs from Data Business’ mat collection.
Designed to put the FUN back into FUNctional.
At least they'll add a touch of colour to your desktop.
There’s something for everyone, with cartoon animals and classic cars, saucy close-ups (both sexes) and sporty snapshots. Strangely, there's even a mat for Oscar Wilde fans - perhaps aimed at those trying to pull office hunks and babes via the sensitive soul approach.
They’re all well made and include such features as wipe-clean surfaces, which will help keep your mouse unclogged, and matrex 90' backs - ie. Grippy bottoms.
They also prove that mats don't have to be square, with lots of novelty shapes to choose from. And when you put your order in, make sure you get more than one because apparently they're suitable for lots of other uses like...well, you know, just hundreds of things I can't think of right now.
With the likes of After Dark and Bliss.
For those of you that are artistically inclined, a tabby allows for much more natural control than can be attained using a mouse, and they don’t come better than this.
Video Back-up Price £60 Supplier Power Computing Tel: 0234 273000 An alternative method of backing up your hard drive, video is a reliable storage medium equivalent to 200 floppies.
TurboCalc Price: £59 Supplier: Power Computing Tel: 0234 273000 An outstanding spreadsheet utility that Stops the myth of the Amiga being just a games machine. Not only does it offer exceptional number-juggling power, but it also has facilities for presentation that are unparalleled by its rivals.
PC and Mac owners have had quality commercial screensavers while Amiga users have had to resort to hit and miss PD options. But thanks to this offering from HiSoft, now you can be the proud owner of the ultimate yuppie accessory for the computer.
Maxon Magic Price: £22 Supplier: Digital Direct Tel: 0525 718271 Screensavers are little animations designed to protect your monitor from bum-in while providing a bit of amusement at the same time. Maxon provides a choice of 18 including eyeballs blinking in the dark, firework displays and flying food, Sound samples can also be added to the animations which, apart from being a bit of fun. Can be used as audible reminders. You could leave your computer to deal with time- consuming tasks until it calls “I've finished" for example.
Mainly, though, it’s a light-hearted product that improves on its PD counterparts, a piece of silliness that’s ideal for a Christmas present.
Amiga Computing 35 CHRISTMAS 1994 At SoftWood we have jg j don’t just rest on them!
When your software repeatedly wins the highest accolades in reviews worldwide, what do you do?
Work even harder to stay ahead of course! Final Writer Release 2 is Ibe latest result of our intensive devel0 opment - it 's even easier to ttse, and even more powerful. It's the best there is, and it’s designed for those who expect the most from their Amigas. But, if you don l have a bard drive system, don t despair, we can still help.
At Softwood we offer you a choice of tuo Word Processor Page Publishing packages.
But why TWO?
Well, this means thal whateterspecification * Amiga you hate. SoftWood have the perfect solution for your requirements - and always the most powerful possible for your system. Final Copy II is at the peak of what can be achieved when running uitb twin floppies, it’s not possible to offer more without losing performance. Final Writer is the first and only hard drive compulsory Amiga word processor, ibe only package that doesn7 make compromises to be floppy' compatible!
Final Copy II Release 2 The Highest Accolades.
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the Personal A j Animation Recorder - alias the PAR card - the
Amiga finally bndged the void between the digital world and the
formally analog-only environment of video.
Now. Thanks to the power of DV systems, single frame recording of animation and broadcast quality special effects is now within the reach of us all. However, even with PAR the process of recording and playing back 24-bit video and 16-bit CD quality audio is still an expensive business, costing around £3500 for the complete AV system.
With the amval of Vlab Motion the price performance barrier has been shattered.
Courtesy of this amazing release from Macro Systems, you can have a PAR equivalent for roughly a third of the price - with little if any sacrifice of image quality.
Aside from the obvious appeal of price, Vlab Motion also offers some very appealing extras, not least of which is a combination of real-time frame grabbing and playback on a single card. In the case of the PAR system, realtime frame grabbing requires an additional capture card which connects to the PAR via a nbbon connector and unfortunately eats yet another all important Zorro slot in the process.
Disk with sufficient speed will do the job.
Whether internal or external. As a result, the system also sidesteps another shortfall of the PAR system. At best a PAR card will store around nine minutes of video on a 1.7 Gb drive - with a maximum of two drives on a single system.
However, when it comes to VlabM the potential recording time is quite literally enormous. Thanks to a combination of incredible compression ratios and the aforementioned option to employ either a SCSI or IDE drive in the size of your choice.
During testing I found a compression ratio of 50 per cent allowed a second of video storage per Megabyte. Therefore a single If you then decide to go the whole hog and add audio to the PAR Yia the AD516 8 track digital record, yet another Zorro is taken, Elassg chroma heging As if the price and performance weren’t enough. MacroSystems has also added an excellent chroma keying option which, as you can see from the example, offers some wonderful opportunities as a special effects tool.
Basically, you either record or import the background footage you require, pop your subject in front of a blue screen, set up the colouring keying to produce the desired effect and there you have it - a near instant weather man effect.
Leaving only one Zorro on most machines.
It's true that adding 16-bit sound to Vlab Motion via the Toccata direct-to-disk recorder also scoffs a Zorro. But even so. Using only two slots for 24-bit video capture, playback and CD quality audio is still a remarkable achievement.
FOOTAGE OK, you now know what it does, but how does it do it? Again this is another area riddled with plus points for the board. Just like the PAR card, VlabM records and plays its footage directly to and from hard disk.
However, unlike the PAR. VlabM does not require a dedicated drive. In fact, any hard The wait A sequence exported from the PAH card and re-imporled into Vlab Motion, Aa you oan boo even with a certain amount Ol ro-scaling Image quality remains excellent
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of digital video. If the quality was pushed up to 65 per cent,
storage only went up by between 1QQ 2Q0k per second.
I chose this as my final default as it provided very little perceivable loss in quality, while retaining glitch-free record and playback on both audio and video.
Cut and scale the incoming data to suit your existing image dimensions.
As for output, you’re provided with a choice between IFF Deep, IFF, PPM and Sunraster formats, as either frames or fields - aH in full 24-bit of course. And just to tidy things up. The software will even de-interlace the images for you if you wish.
As far as import speed is concerned, there's little to complain about, with the average frame import taking between 10 and 30 seconds, depending on the scaling and conversion the file may require. My only complaint is that there appears to be no way to render direct as you can with the PAR system, but putting that aside, the process appears faultless and. Better still, flexible.
Having said that, any setting above or around 50 per cent invariably produced impressive results. Of course you can go much lower, with 40 per cent providing image quality roughly equivalent to composite VHS video.
Alternatively go to around 80 - 85 per cent, at which point imported images and live footage appears indistinguishable when viewed against the original data video footage.
However, to maintain reliability at such settings, especially when capturing audio simultaneously. A SCSI II drive is essential.
As you may have guessed. VlabM shares another trait of the PAR system in that it offers both Composite and S-VHS YC input and output, Unlike the PAR. The card does not provide a component option, a factor which may limit its appeal in the pro market - as a component signal is usually the preferred medium for those working on BetaCam SP and above.
Assuming you've actually installed the board and connected the appropriate cabling to your chosen source and output - whether it be a monitor or VCR - the next logical step is to configure the software.
For anyone who's spent any time at the controls of the original Vlab or VlabY C, the VlabM interface will be home from home. Just like its predecessors, the control software entitled MovieShop follows the Impart EHport Recording live video direct to disk is a major feature, however for many Amiga videographers the ability to frame accurately record rendered and general Amiga art is just as important.
Fortunately, this aspect of the system has been as well designed as the rest of the system. Support has been added for both frame and field imports of 24-bit IFF’s, plus there’s also direct import of Jpeg images. The only limitation is that the Jpegs to be imported directly must share the same resolution and compression settings as your existing presets, The aforementioned IFF import also offers the added bonus Of automatic size handling. As a result, if the files to be imported are of the wrong size you can specify that the software should either auto-scale, centre, repeat or same tried and
tested MacroSystems' formula of independent pop-up requesters for all the boards primary functions.
However, before you start fine tuning, the first task is to define the target hard drive or hard drive partition for storage. Once selected, the partition becomes a dedicated MovieShop volume which cannot be accessed via AmigaDos.
This is perhaps the only limitation of the VlabM approach to DV. As a result, even though you may only be using 50Mb on the drive the remainder is rendered out of bounds as far as the Amiga is concerned.
On the plus side, reclaiming the drive after you’ve finished your production is simply a matter of selecting its icon and performing a quick format via the Workbench - at which point the drive will reappear in a matter of seconds. As you've probably guessed, selecting a relatively fast hard drive is vital. If the selected drive is fairly slow, VlabM will still work but you'll be limited when it comes to image quality, simply due to the read write time of the drive.
The actual card can process an astonishing 25Mb a second through it's I O and Paul Hustin eHplores the amaeing Ulab motion. Ht last, an affordable solution to the problem of broadcast quality digital audio & uideo on the dmiga is ouer
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from the board. This is even more impressive when you remember
that the card uses Jpeg compression to do it.
Next time you boot-up an image processor and import a video res Jpeg file, make a note of how long the process takes and you'll have an idea just how impressive VlabM really is
- especially when you remember that the card is pumping out 25
frames 50 fields of this kind of data per second.
Although I've stressed the importance of speed, it’s perhaps worth mentioning that our review unit was using a 600Mb partition on a standard 1.2Gb external SCSI drive.
Admittedly, SCSI II would be ideal, but even with the limitations of a standard SCSI interface the system worked admirably with the 1.7Mb transfer time offered by the aforementioned drive.
To smooth bottlenecks often encountered during sudden and large scale transitions in the image data, user definable Ram buffering is provided with a variety of settings with which to fine tune the system to get the very best image quality and drive performance.
I must admit, given the lack of a SCSI II drive I was fully expecting to use a massive buffer to make up for the shortfall in speed.
However, after much tinkering I discovered that a 2Mb buffer was more than adequate for most productions. Aside from configunng On a PHR The big question is. IsVLabM better than the PAR card? Well, when it comes to pure image quality the answer has to be no. However, if it was given a suitably fast SCSI II drive and a high compression Of around °o80 or above. I'd say it could match but not surpass the PAR system.
As far as off-line editing goes, it's well ahead of anything else on the market.
The simplicity and speed of the editing process is quite simply excellent. If you want more from your DV system than just an alternative to single frame recording, it's easily the best buy on offer.
Late neiU5 Just as this particular feature was being put to bed I received news that an update to the software on-test is already shipping and boasts both digital effects and timeline control.
Better still. MacroSystems is presently putting the finishing touches to yet another update which will provide an audio cut facility which will link and automate audio video editing.
When this version ships, VlabM will be the only system on the market to provide a fully integrated digital audio video editing environment. And just to top things off, by the time you read this article The Amiga Centre Scotland should be shipping a YUV component module which will then allow VlabM to match available I O options available on the PAR system.
The buffer, defining your preferred compression ratio and selecting the drive, the only other essential l$ to define the source - assuming your planning to record live action, If that's the plan the video options requester enables selection between a Composite or Y C source in either PAL or NTSC. In addition, video correction is also on offer with software control of brightness, contrast and chrominance.
In fact, due to what is in affect a built-in TBC, colour correction and signal stability is excellent - yet another all important Zorro saved as a stand-alone TBC isn't required.
Another well though out addition is the ability to crop the incoming video image. As a result you can reduce the frame to fit perfectly within the screen, therefore your not wasting valuable storage space on the elements within the image that will never appear on-screen.
During testing I used a variety of dip settings and centering offsets, but of course if you or your dient want to use maximum overscan the clip size can be set accordingly.
Aside from the price and image quality of the board, there's a third factor which makes VlabM unique. Unlike the PAR system, the MacroSystems card is the first Amiga DV product to offer usable off-line non-linear editing.
Although the PAR offers a variety of special effects and unsurpassed image quality, it's very difficult to use as an editing environment. If you simply want to import 24-bit animation of compiled pre-edited material, it’s excellent. However, when you start to cut copy and paste a variety of scenes together, life becomes much more difficult.
Due to the PAR approach to DV it’s forced to actually move data around the drive during editing, which invariably causes long delays as files are transferred and the drive recalibrated.
VlabM on the other hand uses a nondestructive editing process which means edits happen instantaneously. In fact, the data isn’t touched. Instead, the drive simply hops around the sequence of images as if it was playing samples from a sequence.
Obviously you can delete scenes entirely when the need arises but due to the approach taken, large scale editing, whether it be entire scenes or just single frame strobe An axampla ot Vlab Motion‘a raal tima irama grabbing in action. Am you can aoo thara'a a cartain amount ot imaga blur which could hava baan ramovad automatically by tha aottwara.
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The actual approach to editing is also wonderfully simple and efficient, in fact it’s more akin to word processing than video editing.
Basically the process works on a directory structure basis.
Playback problems half way through a project it can be.
As a result, thorough testing is essential to ensure you get the best possible image quality, audio reproduction and reliability.
The reference to having one project at a time may scare some into thinking the system will limit them to just one job at a time - in fact you can be in production on a number of movies at any one time. It's simply that all will share the present resolution and compression settings in their particular project. However, even with the odd inconvenience, Vlab Motion still stands head and shoulders above the opposition when it comes to a combination of price and performance. In short, by far the most impressive hardware release of the year.
Perhaps the best analogy is provided in the manual, where it describes individual shots or scenes as words which can then be strung together in a chosen sequence to form paragraphs or groups- These groups can then be combined within parent groups to form chapters. And in time an entire movie or book is compiled.
Although this may sound confusing in the video sense, after a few minutes of experimentation it becomes second nature.
However, editing can be even more subtle.
For example, you can record a scene, cut a section out - using the jog shuttle in combination with the mark, cut, copy and paste commands - then select an existing scene, move to the desired frame and insert the block of video from its counterpart.
Using this approach, it's possible to generate an entire movie using a single giant scene file which is appended to as each element is imported or grabbed - flexible stuff... Like its counterpart, VlabM also boasts the support of 16-bit audio via MacroSystems very own Toccata direct to disk sampler.
However, it must be stressed that as it stands, the link between the two is slightly As you’ve probably gather I’m pretty impressed. What the system lacks in comparison to the PAR in certain areas - such as sound - it makes up in others, so I can't really complain.
In fact, the only aspect of the system which may cause some confusion is the set-up procedure, which in my experience is worth taking some time over.
!‘d suggest a new user should spend at least two to three days experimenting with the various compression settings and general config. The reason for this is that once you've started a project with a particular set-up it cannot be changed until you start a new one - thereby clearing all the data from the drive.
This sounds dramatic, and if you run into record or Uerdict accompanying video. However, if the sequence is split, or perhaps a section is incorporated into another sequence, the naming link i§ lost and with it any semblance of lip sync disappears.
You could manually reconstruct the audio track separately and reconstruct the link, however this is far from ideal.
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He list of things you can't do with Lightwave 3D wouldn’t take a long time to write down, and in terms of paper usage it would be very ecologically friendly. However, with the absence of such cutting edge techniques as dynamics and particle animation, there are one or two glaring omissions.
Packages such as Dynamic Motion Module and the soon to be released Newton's Law take care of most shortfalls found in the current version of Lightwave PAL, but particle animation is one thing we've not been able to do until the release of Sparks.
Particle animation refers to the use of preset rules to make a large number of identical objects perform in a more or less similar fashion without the user having to move and reposition every object by hand, and is ideal for everything from a shower of sparks (hence the program's name) to a flock of sparrows flying overhead.
Individual “particles’’ don’t have to be single point polygons such as those used in modeller to create pseudo-fireworks effects - they cah be any kind of object you like. The name merely applies to the fact that each object acts individually but within a framework the user sets up for the group as a whole.
In use. Sparks operates as an Arexx control for Lightwave. The rather basic front-end hides a powerful system which offers control over just about every aspect of particle movement. The number of particles used, how many are added per frame, initial velocity, whether they will follow a pre-designed Lightwave motion path, gravity, wind, and many other factors can be altered to achieve a myriad of different effects.
For example, setting the angle and spread for the “nozzle" from which particles are emitted is easy, and with gravity turned on it is a doddle to simulate the stream of sparks from an arc welding torch. What’s more, particles can bo set to react to gusts of wind, bounce on the ground object (though they won’t bounce off any other object in the scene), and recycle themselves.
Once a particle has reached the end of its lifespan, it will be emitted from the nozzle again so that continuously running fountains and so on can be created without having to use hundreds of objects. Making them follow the track of a motion path which corresponds HII in goad time Most things are possible, but the downside is that experimentation can take time, and as each particle is an object, you can run out of memory very quickly, Not for the low-end user, Sparks is nevertheless an invaluable add-on for the serious animator who has seen these kind of effects and never been able to recreate
them on the Amiga.
As Sparks does a very good job of a task which no other Amiga package covers, it fails neatly into the 3D fan's must have' category.
Y ran a.unsia!» A Sparks scene when loaded into Lightwave these bate will now move in a huge flock Herd instinct to the end of a snaking garden hose can also give the effect of a convincing stream of water in Lightwave.
Individual particles will move in more or less the same way as each other for the most part, but a variable percentile effect can be added to alter the speed of each particle.
When this is combined with wind effects such as gusting and the use of flakes, a nice little snowstorm can be created in minutes.
EXPLOSION Even better, it is possible to specify a source object from Lightwave and have the object's surface explode as a shower of particles. The control one has over the behav* iour of the particles means that it is possible to create an object, save it out. Cut away the faces you don't want to turn into particle merge this with the saved version, and complete the animation by rendering the particles.
By working with objects which are substituted for the particles, a simple motion path and the Sparks treatment, setting up complex scenes is made much easier. A flight of Stuka dive-bombers peeling off into an attack can be simulated with a single model and a motion path, as can the sort of effect you see on corporate logos where a line of stars rushes into the screen and forms up in a circle around a central image.
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L26 iFors cJ'trset, ’LJpp&r Eilmom'iMi* 'Lunxlusi l liu 2AZ i'bh I&81-345 I'iizi Uul-’J-Jo CuCu r n I *H»M Ju Major credit cards accepted Ithough Amiga Computing brought you a breakdown of the senous CD- ROM on offer during the last issue, a couple of CD-ROM essentials just missed the deadline. As a result, what follows is dedicated to a brand new CD duet from Micro R&D Inc. Atthough the two are emitted volume 1 and 2 - in what I can only assume will be an ongoing series - the twosome take a very different approach when it comes to content. As a result we'll look at each in turn.
Logicalty enough we'll open with volume 1, which in my opinion is the stronger of the two and could well challenge for the best general purpose compilation CD I've come across.
In addition to the general interest stuff - which we'll look at later - one of the real highlights has to be the inclusion of Transition, which as the name suggests is an impressive graphic conversion and processing program which also offers the added bonus of batch processing.
Although not in the same league as ADPro or ImageFX, it’s nevertheless an impressive addition to the CD and is ideal accompaniment for the assorted graphics, which in many cases require conversion from their native formats.
Yet another excellent addition to the CD is a collection of 79 Lightwave objects which come complete with their associated surfaces and reflection maps.
Unlike the vast majority of CD model collections, the R&D range is not just another download from the Internet or wherever else. In fact, all 79 are Professionally generated and supplied exclusively by Gateway Productions.
If DTP is more to your fancy you're also provided with no less than 500 fonts in both PostScript and Compugraphic formats, the latter being directly compatible with both Workbench Amiga Computing continues its search for the ultimate in serious Umiga (0 2 3. A particularly interesting and. Dare I say it, fairty unique addition is a library of books encompassing the works of no less than 18 authors, such as Wilde, Stoker. Kipling. Longfellow and soon.
Quite what the legal implications are of publishing such well-known authors work as ASCII files on a CD is something I'm not entirely sure about, but whatever the legal position their inclusion does add a little intellectual depth amidst a sea of utilities, sounds and assorted scanned images.
On a slightly more obscure note, the creators have also added a comprehensive collection of A email melee tion of eomo of the Impremmh e backdropa In volume *2 of the RAD CD aeriem both diesel and steam trains - ideal for hours of fun at the AGM of the fury collar dub.
In addition to the locomotives, there's also a huge collection of assorted IFFs as both 24-bit and colour mapped images, Add to that an equally varied collection of GIFs and Jpegs and there's no shortage Of general imagery focusing on a vast array of subject matter.
Quite how useful the vast will be is another matter, but there are no complaints about overall quality. However, it must be stressed that the images are in a variety of sizes, with little if any being in PAL video resolutions. Which leads us nicely on to volume 2 of the R&D Inc duet, The pro uideo uolume?
In comparison to its predecessor, it must be said volume 2 is a much more conservative offering. It's true that all the files share the same overall quality you'd expect from a CD dedicated towards the serious video market, but it must be said there are one or two things that could impair its progress into the list of essential Cds.
Firstly, the authors have taken an all too familiar approach to the often tricky problem of filling the 640Mb of storage the CD provides. Like many others, the solution has been to replicate the assorted 24-bit backdrops as FramestQres, Jpegs, GIFs, TIFFs and IFFs.
To be fair, this is a space-filling technique employed by countless Cds. But given the fact that R&D has already given away Transition on its first release there seems little excuse - why not add a wider variety of images and include Transition to do the conversion.
Leaving the question of duplication aside, their is another slightly curious aspect to what claims to be a “must have" video product. Although perhaps true in the US, it isn't quite the case on this side of the pond.
As you've probably guessed, all the images are in the NTSC video resolution of 752 x 480, which of course will require rescaling if they’re to be used as full screen backdrops in PAL productions.
To be fair, rescaling does very little damage to the vast majority as most consist of assorted stones, marbles, paper and brickwork. In total you receive 72.24- bit textures split into six individual subdirectories.
In addition, you also receive a massive collection of space and NASA images, the vast majority of which are in GIF format - which of course will require some kind of conversion.
As a final giveaway, a demo of Broadcast Titler 2 has also been included alongside some example images from Montage. Basically a pretty good CD, but not really in the same league as volume 1.
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SG11 1TX II EDUCATION The speranto was going to be the
- m jS panacea ol all our communica- tlon problems. A mish-mash
ol several tongues, all brought together to provide some sense
of ownership, yet ottering a common language that everyone
could learn, without totally sacrificing their native tongue
Sadly, apart Irom a tew stalwarts, this dream has not been the
case, and we are still faced with the problem that foreign
travel can present awful probloms. Surmountable only by
learning to speak as they do It has to be said that the English
are the worst European nation when it comes to learning other
languages. Every European country features English in their
school curriculae. And as most of us know from experience, the
English are the most embarrassing of nations when abroad,
usually presuming that shouting is the best means of making
some foreigner understand what really is the simplest of
commands.
Fortunately, this situation is slowly changing. Most students in this country study at least one foreign language, and very often two. During their school life The advent of the open European market in 1992 meant that any European citizen could travel, live and work anywhere within the Community, and this tact alone makes the requirement for speaking other tongues even more important it we are to ensure our future economic and social development CONTRIBUTION What has changed even more dramatically is the extent to which technology is playing a part in contributing to this learn-1 mg
process, both at school and in the home.
CALL, or Computer Assisted Language Learning, is the buzz-word «n educational circles, and the Amiga has enjoyed the benefit of this revolution as much as any platform With its inbuilt sound proficiency and excellent graphical capabilities, the Amiga has a head start It took no time to identify 22 different titles, all aimed at introducing or improving language skills, and from these I have selected a few to introduce as possible choices for your use By enlarge I have stuck to European languages, but some of the software houses offer alternatives from further afield. However, these are
invariably of the same structure as their European counterparts, but with different databases of language content.
I 4 48 CHRISTMAS 1994 learning little title, big change.
Fantg starting from scratch, or polishing up on a foreign language? Lliilf Fees louhs at the offerings, and giues aduice on how to go about it. Test 1 Score 0V. 32 secs.
LCL has produced its Micro French, German and Spanish for some time now, and until recently these all came with an audio cassette to play alongside the software. All this has changed now. As LCL has brought the titles up to date by adding digitised speech to the suite of programs.
All of LCL’s range of language software share the same format, addressing learning from a fairly conventional approach.
Emphasis is placed on a collection of 24 structured lessons, which are undeniably geared towards GCSE. Yet offer an additional broad spectrum of other topics. All of the range will work on any Amiga, and the lessons are divided between two disks, a choice required at boot up.
Looking at Micro Spanish as a sample, the box contains two disks, a manual and a 6000 word Spanish English dictionary. On loading, we are presented with a menu- screen, displaying the contents of the first disk.
Pronunciation is the first program on the list, and this is a combination of written and digitised words which are presented and require repeating. A gadget in the top right- hand corner translates each word on request. Colours is a short routine for teaching appropriate words for coloured boxes displayed. All nouns in Spanish have gender, and Article attempts to give dues which might help in guessing the gender of a noun. Conversation presents a questionnaire which asks about your name, age, family and weather. The program then goes on to ask questions in both spoken and written form,
regarding your reply. Three choices are offered as replies on each.
Big Picture Vocabulary presents a large illustration of a lounge in a typical house.
Twenty six objeds are identified with letters and lines, and the objective is to type in the correct Spanish name for each object.
In Listening, a word or phrase is pronounced, then a sentence is displayed with a dash indicating the location of the spoken word or phrase. All you are required to do is type in the Spanish element which is missing.
PROCESSES $ er and Estar handles the complexities of the Spanish verb “to be." Differentiating between the temporary and permanent attributes of the verb, using the same process as earlier; typing in the correct response to a written question.
Wordsearch is a typical example of what the title says, in that words are first given with their meaning in English. All are four letter words, and no wisecracks - I'm being serious - then pressing 'C' displays the puzzle. The Translate feature works as a Thit is the living room ol a typical Spanith household, or to wo are told, by LCL.
Micro Spanith hat an attortment of exercitet, and thit one It intended to aid with vocabulary development. Several articles In the room are Identified by a line and a letter, and the object of the exercise Is to type In the Spanish name, corresponding to said letter ' P* f7~ ! ' P" P" P* P" I c I Trans a I e I e e i o I u i u !' I late 4' Qu'est-ce que c'est ?
Un avion help facility. Sixteen other topics go to make the Micro Spanish program, along with all of the Micro series - a comprehensive and thorough introduction to a language at a remarkably good value for money price.
This time it's Micro drench from LCL, and this shot demonstrates the mein working environment common to all of the LCL Micro range. In this particular example the objective is to Identify the name of the article displayed and typa It In. The are savaral facilities to help with the written French language, such as aecsnts and cir- cumflexes. And the translate button will always operata as a help facility I would particularly like to pick out a feature which is common to the German and Spanish courses, but strangely not present in Micro French, and this is the business letter generator. I
think this is one of the most admirable features of the whole suite of packages, and a very useful facility.
Multiple phrases can be chained together to compile a letter, and in each of the phrases there exists multiple options to correct gender, date, location, or any relevant factor.
So, have the additions to the Micro series made a lot of difference? Well, the quality of the speech is reasonable, if sometimes rather muddy, and the samples are occasionally clipped a little too tightly, but the changes do add to the programs and I like the balance between entertainment and content.
Micro German has this endearing character who speaks to you, and offars ample opportunity tor your repeated answer to be compered with Me accent. Agein, there le the facility to type In the word, reinforcing the written form, end the tranelete feature will always give aealatance Amiga Computing E CHRISTMAS 1994 EDUCATION The Cop Tower Word Search Link Up Rescue Slones 1 Lofl 1 Lofl 1 Lofl 1 Lofl 1 Lofl 1 lofl 1 r 2
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Is one ot the out* standing features of all of 10 out of 10
software.
The Achievement Record charts the progress of a user all of the way through the software, recording scores, and displaying the results visually.
Many of the stages can- not be accessed until certain target scores are reached on the current exercise. Completion of mark boundaries are demonstrated with a range ot colours, from red demonstrating lama than 50% correct, to Black demonstrating a French genius Pull marks 10 out of 10 software is a relative newcomer to the education market, and in among its range is 10 out of 10 French.
Compared to Micro French from LCL, the whole presentation is much crisper and more in keeping with what we expect to see on our Amigas.
No digitised speech to help with pronunciation. But a whole lot more fun, making the learning process less of a task. Six games are offered to challenge the user, intended to prepare students for Key Stage 3 and 4 of the National Curriculum.
Before commencing the whole ensemble. However, there is the important issue of registration to complete, and this is very important. Inbuilt into every one of 10 out of 10's educational offerings is an achievement record, which charts the progress of each of the registered users.
This is a superb addition, both as a parental check on how well the software is being used, or even by a teacher in class to keep an accurate and up-to-date record of pupil progress. The achievement record starts as a well presented chart descnbing all of the six games along the top, and down one side are the six progressively difficult grades of each game.
As a game is attempted, the results are recorded by a colour-coding system which menu. The Cop is a question and answer, and visual guessing game. Objects initially, then later on phrases, travel up and down either side of the screen, and they represent either the answer to the question in the centre, or the name of an object.
All you have to do is click on the small travelling gadget to respond. You need to be quick, because you are constantly timed, and this affects your score on the league table.
Tower features six insects climbing up the Eiffel Tower, and unless you answer gives an instant visual representation of attainment. The three categories of colour are: Red - less than 50%, Yellow - more than 50%(giving access to the next grade) and Green - 100%. Finally get each level Of each game correct and the square turns blue, the ultimate accolade!
There is also, for the serious gamer, a separate regular high score table. This adds to the competitive element of the learning, and makes a welcome addition.
French Connection I The six games feature a combination of arcade action and intellectual challenge, and each can be selected from the main collection of assorted objects. In the centre of the room is an image of a TV. With four click buttons allowing access to some of the environment activities and applications.
Europress has a title to enhance its extensive range of packages for education. That friendly and helpful alien by the name of Adi returns to earth again with a program targeted at GCSE French.
As is often the case with Europress’ software, an "Environment" front-end, filled with an assortment of activities to occupy time, is used, as in the previous Adi Junior titles.
With this new "Environment" release we are invited into Adi’s living room, which contains a This route also provides access to the specific French applications. These are divided into two cat* egories: 14 to 15 and 15 to 16. Along the bottom of the screen are a collection of gadgets which provide additional provision for support, Accrued points in the applications section persuades the program to offer a range of games to play, growing in complexity as the points increase.
Two additional facilities provide means of text recording. A Diary, which is password protected, and a simple letter-writing program, also password protected, allow save and read options.
EXCELLENT The French application offers a range of well presented and appropriate tasks for the subject. On line help, increasing complexity, recording achievement and amusement run throughout all of the applications, and the content is excellent.
Of the exercise.
An example of this is the "Spending and Saving your Money" routine, which features a picture of the foyer of a bank. All exercises after this flashy introduction seem a little tame, as we are faced with what are basically multiple choice questions, or “fill in the missing letter exercises.** Nevertheless, AdiGCSE is a very well presented package, with superb graphics and sounds.
The two French applications are entered through the centre of the television, and each is commenced by a main menu screen, depicting a picture. From each of these pictures, moving the mouse pointer across the image causes a dialogue pox to open and describe the content of the particular exercise. Once the dialogue box is opened, a further picture is presented to describe the contents Amiga Computing EDUCATION "i- With All of the Kosmos Tutor range, the facility to construct one's own lessons as aide memoirs is an excellent and very central element to the suite of programs.
This example demonstrates my outstanding command of the Italian language, and the subject specific capabilities of the software the translations correctly, causing the insects to be sent back down, they eventually reach the top. Sounds pretty dull, and I suppose it's not the best of offerings.
Wordsearch is exactly what it says It is.
Link-up is a matching game, where pictures to words, or anagrams to phrases have to be matched. An open or closed door feature gives restricted vision time, adding a memory element to the ongoing challenge, along with the inevitable timer.
SEQUENCING Stones is probably my favourite application. Possibly because of the Gaul influence (Sorry edl). Several pictures of famous French people appear on the screen, the first couple of whom have a word ascribed to them.
These words represent the beginning of a sequence, such as months of the year or days of the week. At the base of the screen are four boxes, each with a choice, and you must select the correct word to continue the sequence.
Finally, Rescue is an out and out arcade game with assorted answers floating in space. Your rocket ship flies around collecting the correct ones to answer the question. Simple at first on level one, but the boosters become available on higher levels, and things get a bit hairy! This is really addictive. I love it.
Work your way through the exercises, and at different levels, and 10 out of 10 French will print a certificate of. Achievement, demonstrating your success. This package is a superb blend of educational value and arcade amusement - great value for money.
Into French Irom 10 out of 10, and thli cop ask * you to select tho correct answer to a a question from the phrases which are travelling up and down on either side, Not as simple as H looks, tor two reasons. Firstly It Is necessary to click on the tiny box adjacent to the phrase to achieve success, and secondly you are being timed, and the faster you select correctly, the better your high score Kosmos has a long tradition of produce ing Educational software, and its foreign language programs cover several European titles. Like LCL, Kosmos adopts a fairly traditional approach to the learning
process, offering 32 lessons on each package which provides a very comprehensive and formal structure.
Inbuilt, and central to the Kosmos range, is the tuition control program.
This allows the user to construct personalised lessons, appropriate to a revision programme for an examination or a homework list, or possibly a database of technical words.
The main menu screen offers 10 options, listed A to J. and these allow movement around the contents of the package, such as Basic Principles and Definitions, Vocabulary learning.
Creating a lesson, or Listing available lessons, Entering 'Listing available lessons" opons up a menu of the 32 options, and these cover topics such as, Family.
Foods, Countryside. Parts of the body, and Weather, As we move towards the end of the list, more complex Issues are handled, such as Conjunctions and Prepositions. Conditional Tense and Verbs-Future Tense.
Essentially, the lessons are lists of either words or phrases with their English translation, and by either direct input or multiple choice the user works through them. Although the Kosmos range is not particularly flashy when it comes to graphics, it does have a very professional feel about it, and it certainly was one of my favourites.
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EDUCATION Dll gnu need to know (lisual learning Supplier
Content Ed. Value Docs Ease of use Overall Price Micro French
** LCL 5 4 6 4 5 £24.99 Micro Spanish LCL 5 4 6 4 5 » Micro
German LCL 5 4 6 4 5 M French 10 out of 10 5 5 6 5 5 £34.99
AdiGCSE French Europress 4 4 3 5 4 £25.95 The French Mistress
Kosmos 5 5 0* 4 5 £20.39 The Italian Tutor Kosmos 5 5 0* 4 5
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Software.
This is a visual language aid which uses pictures of locations, such as a living room or a supermarket, and numerous articles are ascribed numbers. Pointing and clicking at the object causes the word or relevant phrase to be sounded in whatever tongue you have bought.
There are over 400 key subject words, triggering digitised speech, quizzes to test knowledge, and a comprehensive manual translation aid accompanying the program.
Audio gallery is not a foreign language tutor, more of a vocabulary and phrase extender, and doesn't handle the grammatical or structural sophistication of some of the packages discussed.
What it does offer, however, is such exotic titles as Chinese, Japanese.. Russian. Korean. Dutch and Portuguese, as well as the conventional European offerings. There is also a “Signing" edition l Marts LCL 0491 579345 10 out of 10 01142780370 0625 859333 0525 873942 on the way, to aid the hearing impaired.
It’s good fun. And not too heavy - though more appropriate to a holiday preparation routine. I£?T CHRISTMAS 1994 i flu fin de la jour!
Lets face it. Learning a language is not Simply a case of going out and buying the software. Acquiring the necessary ability to communicate effectively in any foreign language is a combination of two factors: knowledge and skills.
The knowledge component is the learning process involving grammar and words
- the most tedious part, but necessary if communication is going
to be effective.
There really isn’t any short-cut to achieving this element, it boils down to contact time, learning capabilities and memory retention.
The second component, and probably the most enjoyable and important, is the skills factor. This is where pronunciation, accent and nuance are developed, and this can only be achieved through speaking.
Using software intended to develop language skills is best value if its use is reinforced with some additional input. This could be in conjunction with an evening class, a local group or a friend or colleague who is either a native of the country or fluent in the tongue. It's very important that confidence is built up by regular use, particularly with someone who can give guidance or correction in a supportive way.
If you are learning a language for an examination, try to get on one of the exchanges which many school or local authorities organise, and if you do. Ensure you never speak English while you are there. You will find that Europeans will invariably try to speak to you in English, and this is an easy option, especially when you are stuck, but resist.
Try to think laterally if you encounter a communication problem. For example, if you go to a shop to buy washing-up liquid, and you don’t know the words for washing- up liquid, ask for something to go in water to help get plates, or cups - or any other article you do know the word for - clean, after eating But make sure you don't buy bleach!
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The package is made up of the digitiser box. Cable and a single disk for the software.
Once the appropriate composite sender has been set-up (in the shape of a video recorder, camcorder, or satellite), simply slap the disk into the floppy drive and boot up the program.
There are two versions to select - the normal program that will work on machines without FPUs, plus an FPU specific version for those running a maths co-processor. For hard drive users. Pro-Grab is easily installable with no need to make any additional assigns.
Loading in the digitiser presents the user with a Scala-like front-end and. Like the multi- media classic, it's very straightforward to use.
There are two basic functions to the Pro- Grab. The first is grabbing a single frame and the second, the ability to grab an ’animation" of whatever is being fed into the Amiga.
Single frame grabbing is operated by a control panel that gives the user the option to preview the composite signal via a small window, the action being shown in black and white.
With a click of a button, the frame is frozen in memory as a 24-bit image.
By using the extensive screen modes on offer, a healthy amount of different formats for the grabs including HAM 8, HAM 6. In both high and low res with or without overscan can be selected. The user is therefore able to adjust accordingly to suit their particular machine.
IMAGES The picture can then be loaded in as a fullscreen image which is then decoded for colour. The main problem with this method is that, H you're looking for absolute accuracy in the exact frame you want to grab, ifs going to be a long slog.
The image shown in the preview update is by no means 25 frames a second and judders along instead of providing a smooth update.
This unfortunately means that the Pro-Grab is not particularly valid for professionals who require exact frame capture.
In addition, decoding of the picture can take considerable time in higher resolutions. Even though 4Mb of fast Ram was on hand, the l9lEt9Ht-ta5ti(... r Ti nearlq J. Digitised delights SnftlUnod enter the digitiser arena to hopefully bring us the same high Quality as seen in its mrd processors Sdam reuiews... amount of memory you have. On a normal
1200. You’re restricted to a quarter screen greyscale of the
captured frames and can't access the colour options.
In all though, while the Pro-Grab 24RT has its shortcomings, this is relatively cheap at £129.99 and the picture quality in the higher resolutions is of a good standard but not up to broadcast level. Recommended for beginners and not-too-serious users. 7*f svsum tssmiiflis RED BLACK - Recommended process still took between 40-60 seconds to decode a high res Ham8.
Once the image has been decoded, there are 19 different effects that can be added.
Woodcut, laplacian, gaussian, sharpness and a host of others can be applied to the picture.
Saturation, contrast and brightness are also fully adjustable and experimenting can yield relatively effective results.
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1. 5 Mb 2 Mb j Hard drive RAM or above | On completion, the
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The bottom line Product: Pro-Grab 24RT digitiser Distributor: Gordon Harwoods, New Street. Altreton DE55 7BP Tel: 0773 521606 Ease of use_ Implementation Value for money Overall_ The other section, animation, is not as successfully implemented. The ideal is to capture a string of frames to form a moving image to be used in presentations and what-have-you.
In practice though, even on a high-end Amiga, the grab rate simply isn't high enough or clever enough to create an effective anim unless you're looking specifically for a “strobed” or almost storyboard look. Another potential trouble spot to look out for is the Amiga Computing
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For the £1200 I got a machine with 4Mb of Fast RAM, 120Mb hard drive and a 33MHz 68882.
I know that £1200 was a lot to pay for an It makes me so angru 030-based computer with no monitor, but I thought that it would be worth it for the new AGA chip set. But to my dismay, when I looked at the screenmode preferences I saw that the productivity resolution had mysteriously dropped from 640x480 to 636x480 - so Workbench has to scroll two pixels in either direction which I found intensely irritating.
Also I found that the 800x600 resolution described in the Commodore brochure turned out to be 800x300 interlaced - which is pretty useless for Workbench because of the flicker.
Bog standard PC video cards costing only £50 or £60 can do this, so why can't AGA?
Another problem I found later on was that there is sometimes a one pixel wide line down the left-hand side of the screen that I cannot reach with the mouse.
It seems to me that Commodore came across these AGA bugs, couldn't fix them, but decided to produce it anyway - perhaps they thought Amiga users didn't expect the same quality as PC or Mac users.
A low-end Power Mac can be bought for around £1300-£1400, which is around the same price as my A4000. Plus the multisync monitor that I already had. A low-end Power Mac would have a 60MHz PowerPC processor, a 14in screen and a CD-ROM drive.
You could get a 486DX2 66 instead if you wanted.
I can’t help feeling that the Amiga is no longer very good value for money when you compare what else you could get for the same price. It’s almost as if there is one price standard for the Commodore, and one for everybody else.
D Goodall. Salisbury Semite without a smile To be honest 1 can only sympathise about the idiosyncrasies of the AGA chipset. Although a fine idea in principle, it never quite achieved its potential in practise.
In fact the huge profusion of screen modes and associated monitor complications have probably done the Amiga more harm than good when it comes to the overall appeal.
However, if you've been keeping an eye on the Amiga news section of late you may have already noticed that Commodore has now dropped the plans for the AAA chipset. As a result, any new machines requiring hi-res screen modes will almost certainly ship with some kind of hardware flickering as standard.
It's unfortunate that Commodore didn't stick with the flicker fixer included approach as used in the A3000, in addition to the assorted AGA options.
As for your comments regarding both the Mac and PC, of course you're absolutely correct about both the pricing and display options. However, it might be worth considering just how long it would take to eat up any initial saving on software and hardware.
For example, would you be willing to spend between £300 and £600 a time for programs like Word, Photoshop, Quark Xpress and all the other power packages which have counterparts on the Amiga at a fraction of the price.
If so, would you then be happy to spend even more cash on upgrading your so-called bargain system with the necessary RAM and hard disk space essential to run and store such software?
I'm certainly not trying to say the Amiga is perfect. But It’s often worth looking a little closer than the list price of an alternative system before leaping on the Amiga bashing bandwagon.
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T Hartley (Editor) Job done... First of all l would like to say that I enjoy your magazine and greatly appreciate you coverdisks.
Unfortunately, the point of this letter is to carry a complaint about one of your advertisers, and the poor service I have received.
I sent an order, accompanied by payment, for five disks to Software Expressions on 12 September '94. This was followed by a letter on 25 September requesting either the disks or a refund. I also requested that if the original order had gone astray, could they let me know so that I could reorder.
I have received neither disks, refund or letter. I think this is very shoddy and as I found their advertisement in your magazine, decided to wnte to you so that if this is their normal mode of business, then I think people should be made aware of it.
Please understand that I do not blame yourselves in any way for this, and I am quite prepared to put my loss down to experience.
However, although I do not consider my loss very great, I am not sure that this would be the same for a younger person who had parted with savings.
Also, with any luck, seeing this letter in print may spur them to get in contact with me.
R L Baskerville-Mansell, Ruislip Well firstly, can I apologise on the behalf of the aforementioned advertiser. As you suggested, I can only hope that printing your letter will indeed spur them Into some form of positive action.
Alas, dubious advertising seems to be becoming a real problem over recent months, and as a result I’d like to make one perfectly clear that any advertiser who doesn’t supply the goods, or refuses to give refunds will get the coverage they deserve... Amiga Computing LETTERS flduice bureau Although I consider myself fairly well verse when it comes to the Amiga. I must admit a little advice would not go amiss at the moment. Like many Amiga users out there.
I'm a member of the old guard running a none AGA machine.
In fact, the machine in question is a tried and trusted A3000 which I love dearly.
However, the one that could do with improvement is the range and variety of available colours and resolutions.
I've already considered upgrading to an A4000 but after investigating a possible pur chase with a number of retailers it appears I've got more chance of winning the pools than finding anyone with one for sale.
The second option is to invest in a retargetable graphics card, but to be perfectly honest I’m unsure about the whole subject - hence the plea for some much needed advice. Which in your opinion is the best buy and why?
Dave Jones. Liverpool Well firstly you've already got one of the best machines Commodore has ever put out. The A3000 was and still is an excellent machine and I'd advise anyone to add too it rather than exchange it - at least until the mythical A5000 hits on the market; we live in hope.... As you mentioned, the only thing that Wanted. Pro help Hi. I don't usually write in to magazines but under the circumstances there seems little alternative. Being a semi-pro Amiga videographer, I occasionally require 3D elements in my productions.
In most cases this isn't a problem as I'm reasonably well versed when it comes to general modelling.
However, I've recently been offered a commission from a client who wants the style of their printed material carrying through into an accompanying video.
Unfortunately, all styling features and logotypes are only available as ESP files produced with Quark Xpress and Photoshop. I've had no problem porting the files over to the Amiga on PC disks and loading them into PageStream. The question is how can I turn these files into 3D objects. I've tried outputting bitmapped versions and then importing these via the import bitmapped option in Imagine3, Unfortunately, my machine doesn't have enough memory to do the job and if I scale the images first the quality suffers quite dramatically.
Ideally, I then planned to export the new objects as DXF files and reimport them into Lightwave for use within the planned animation.
Paul Kettle, Leeds Well lucky for you there is a painless solution in the form of Pixel Pro verslon2. Unlike its predecessor, this new version supports Import and the A3000 lacks is colour and resolution - however that's where RTG’s come into their own. Although there's a wide range on the market, my advice would be to stick with the most widely supported boards, namely the EGS Spectrum from GVP or the Picasso II from Village Tronic.
Personally I'd opt for the Picasso II as it's well supported, fast, friendly, and rock solid when it comes to reliability.
However, regardless of the board you invest in, it would be a very wise move to also upgrade to Workbench 3.1. Although this may seem a curious move on a none-AGA machine, the upgrade does offer massive benefits for anyone running an RTG board. In the case of the Picasso, running Workbench 3.1 means you can have all the benefits of an AGA machine without investing in new machines.
All the major RTG boards can run Workbench on their own screens - which in the case of Picasso means up to a 256 colour Workbench as well 256 for any software that uses Public screens.
Therefore, just about any productivity package you can think of will run in 256 exactly as it would on an AGA machine.
But even better, screen update and scrolling will be much faster on your rejuvenated machine than it would on a standard A4000. In addition, you'll also have the huge advantage of a true 24-bit display when it comes to image processing, rendering, and all the other jobs that demand 24-bit to be done at their best... If you’re convinced, get in touch with BliterSoft on 0908 220196. They should be able to supply both the Picasso II and a
3. 1 upgrade. If you'd prefer an EGS Spectrum try giving Silica a
call on 081- 309 1111.
Extrusion of EPS files. As luck would have it, I've already tested the process with both Photoshop and Illustrator in an attempt to make a 3D representation of the AC masthead. As you can see the process works perfectly. The only problem I discovered was gradients or vinaigrettes which invariably caused a software failure.
If your planned imports do contain elements which use gradients within the ESP file, I'd suggest you ask the client to replace them with solid colours. Then once you have the model in Lightwave or whatever else, you could replicate the affect of a gradient via a texture map.
Admittedly, you may still encounter memory problems if the EPS files in question are particularly complex. If so, it’s worth asking it the client could break the logotype into its component parts which could then be processed individually and re-assembled in the 3D environment.
Home help With reference to the article “Home Video” by Gary Whiteley, September 94 issue, can you or Gary supply me with a phone number or address of a supplier of Lola Electronics genlocks.
R Roache After a brief chat with Gary, it transpires the chap you need to contact is Tony Banham on: 0858 880 182 Words of warning I am writing to you with a cautionary tale about an order I placed with the now defunct company. Hobbyte Computer Centre, which was once a major advertiser in your magazine.
On Tuesday 23 August I placed an order for an FPU and a virtual memory package. I was told that the items were not in stock but could be obtained by the next day and delivered by the end of the week.
After two weeks of being fobbed off on the telephone I cancelled my order. After a third week I wrote to the manager demanding my money back. A week later a relative who was passing the shop went in to assess the situation. After being forced to make a scene to get any response from the staff it turned out that the home computer side of the business had gone into receivership.
Needless to say they had debited my card immediately knowing that the order would not bo filled, I am now pursuing the matter with little hope of success with the receivers.
M Teebon. Northampton As I mentioned in the last letter, the problem of unscrupulous advertising is something we're all going to have to keep a much closer eye on.
Basically, the only advice I can give anyone is to exercise caution when dealing over the phone. If you get the all too common “we're getting some in tomorrow’’ speech I’d seriously consider trying elsewhere.
If a retailer doesn't have the resources or organisation to manage basic stock control they've not worth doing business with.
All too often smaller companies use the 28 days for delivery clause as a buffer between ordering and delivery.
You place the order with them, they place the same order with a distributor.
Obviously, this is great for their cash flow but hardly ideal for you. What if there’s a problem? Your money is already spent and if the situation ends in liquidation the retailer has no perceivable assets.
The only safeguard is to deal with larger well-established companies but as your case illustrates, even this can sometimes end in disaster.
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PkimR PAPER. IRISIS. TEE SRIpt rURffll PAPER Rllioas INKJET RXPZLLS, STANDS PUMPER ERARXtS MB CXIIKS n general, A1200 owners must feel rather disappointed. There have been very few A1200 specific titles which maximise the machine's potential and the few that have appeared have, in general, been severely crippled by the powerless 020 processor.
The Vyper 1240 is intended to give your A1200 the boost it needs to push those 256 graphics around with ease. To do this the board features an 030 processor running at 40MHz and an optional maths co-processor or FPU with a clock speed up to 50MHz, although the board in this test was only a 28MHz.
As well as power, the Vyper also provides a battery-backed clock and calendar and the ability to add a maximum 128Mb of 32- bit Fast RAM which will make your A1200 run even faster.
There is also an expansion connector to which you can connect an optional SCSI controller which will offer you access to the world of SCSI hard drives and CD-ROM drives.
As with all A1200 accelerators, they are a real pain to insert. Commodore, as usual, really didn't have a clue when it designed the expansion port and if you are not careful there is a chance you can actually damage the board before you've even got to use it.
With the 1240 installed, and the bleeding fingers taped up, you will instantly notice a difference when you boot your A1200.
The first noticeable difference is the speed in which Workbench loads and draws itself. The 1240 actually provides software that will allow you to move your Kickstart ROM into the Fast Ram which will improve Workbench performance even further.
With an FPU installed you can access the ever-growing range of FPU software. The FPU basically performs mathematical functions in complex graphics programs many times faster than that of the in-built processor.
If you decide to purchase the 1240 it is imperative that you also include extra Fast RAM - 4Mb minimum. Fast RAM makes a major impact on the speed of the A1200 and an 030 is really redundant without it, The reason Fast RAM is so important is that Chip RAM is needed by the machine to perform calculations and store graphics.
Snake bute When a program is loaded it looks for available memory in which to dump itself and if there is no Fast RAM on board it will try and squeeze itself into Chip. The obvious affect of this is that there is less room to perform calculations and store graphics, thus slowing the machine down.
Fuen more power for your H1SBB. But with so maim other accelerators out there can the Uuper lBtO offer anything new? Steue White finds out... The Vyper, unlike other boards I could mention, actually uses industry-standard SIMMs (Single In-Line Memory Module) which means you aren't restricted to a certain manufacturer's design.
28MHz FPU do make a difference to the general speed of most software, it is still not enough.
The minimum requirement for an A1200 is really a 50MHz 030 and a 50MHz FPU. It is amazing how much power is really needed in order to control and manipulate 256 colour graphics, although prices for such boards come around the 2650 mark, putting them out of most user's price range.
However, at £429 for the 030 40MHz and 40MHz FPU. The Vyper is still somewhat expensive - almost twice the price of a new A1200. Although this has been the pricing strategy of all A1200 accelerator distributors to date. F7$ This allows you to increase the Vyper's Fast memory to 128Mb easily, and without having to go directly to specific SIMM manufacturers.
BENEFITIAL As far as performance increase in software is concerned, the Vyper is a major ally Ideally, the A1200 needs a 50MHz 030 but the 40MHz will just be enough for most users.
Rendering graphics via VistaPro or Imagine is slightly enhanced. Not only have you the added advantage of a reasonably fast processor but also the inclusion of an FPU which speeds up graphic creation although, once again, it is a 50MHz FPU that is required to make a dramatic difference.
However, it is not only serious software that can benefit. I know I have used Tornado AGA as an example before, but it is the only AGA game that really pushes the A1200 beyond its basic limits. With the Vyper installed Tornado is slightly smoother, but not enough to make a real difference.
So what is the bottom line here7 Well, as far as design is concerned the Vyper 1240 is neat, compact and very sturdy. The real problems arise with the actual performance of the board. Although the 030 40MHz and Amiga Computing AMIGA COMPUTING ADVICE SERVICE Vet another mitred bag of rompoter worries comes under the surgeon's knife in time for a speedy recouery Which henmap?
...I have an A600 2Mb with Workbench
• J' 2.1. The problem is installing the ' Y- keymap. I have
all the files correct but as soon as I load up Input I get a
request for volume Keymaps.
This does not exist and when I cancel it simply loads up the American one. What can I do?
J Green. Norfolk I’ve never come across this . One before. There should be a " directory in your Devs drawers called Keymaps which in turn holds all your keymap files.
The keymaps themselves should be on the Extras disk and you are required to install one when you boot your Workbench, which I presume you have already done. The only thing I can suggest you try is to load up Ed with the startup- sequence. Open the Shell and type in the following: (d »:»t»rtup*seqj«nct When the startup-sequence has loaded make a blank line below Iprefs and type in: Assign Keraaps; sys;dcvs kernps Save this down by pressing Esc then x and then the Return key. When you have done this get your Extras disk and copy the GB keymap from it into your Devs.Keymaps drawer on your
Workbench disk.
If Input is looking for Keymaps it will be directed to sys:devs keymaps by the assign you made and should find the keymap file GB.
If this doesn't work it would be useful if you could send me a duplicate copy of your Workbench disk so that I can take a closer look at it.
Wired for sound?
ProteHt solution Faulty supply My sel up is an A12QQ, with 4Mb T Fast Ram and an 030 accelera- I tor. Although performance-wise I am extremely pleased, it does seem to corrupt my sound chips.
Ever since I installed the accelerator two of my sound channels, namely the right channels sound, distorted. When I remove the board the sound is fine.
How can it be that the addition of an accelerator can affect the Amiga's sound chips? Any ideas would be helpful.
S Reece, Bournemouth
• ... Several people have reported
* this problem to me and
* v indeed I also seem to have a problem with my accelerator
with regards to the sound.
I really can't understand why this happens. It could possibly be a fault with the A1200 but then it could just as easily be a problem with accelerators. My only advice at this point would be to contact the manufacturer of your board and ask their advice.
If anyone out there has a solution to this problem, myself and several others would be grateful if you could let us know.
In response to V. Storey, Norfolk, November 94, you do not say what set-up is being used, but when I upgraded from my Amiga 1500 to the 4000 30 I had a similar problem with Protext - it would run from its own disk but not from Workbench 3 (and therefore would not run from my hard drive).
The machine would crash leaving a message on the screen saying Failed to open window 1265 x 256.
The way I finally got Protext to work was to copy my original program disk, boot from the copy and then alter the configuration file.
1. Run from copy
2. Go to Edit Config
3. Go to Main Configuration Menu
4. Go to Display Options
5. Change Screen Mode to NEW SCREEN STANDARD DISPLAY
6. Save New Configuration to Floppy
7. Quit Protext should now load from your own Workbench. If this
is the case re-install it to your hard drive.
S N Semley. S. Yorks Thanks very much for your help - I hope it works.
Rln response to P. Mense’s hard . Drive problem (Dec issue) I too Vjr ' had exactly the same problem you described and suspected the power supply as the cause of this extremely annoying fault, I borrowed a power supply from a friend which confirmed my suspicions that it was my supply that was causing the problems.
One quick phone call to Wang and two days later it was replaced with a new unit which has worked perfectly ever since.
Hope this helps.
P Kerrison. Lincoln I feel rather redundant here. Thanks ever so much for your help - this is what ACAS is really all about.
Bo uerq afraid I have owned an A1200 for approximately six months and am very pleased with it. I recently decided it was time to upgrade to a hard drive, so I purchased a 120Mb IDE hard drive.
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Ulatilesfield 5K10 W and well moue heauen and earth to help in these columns. But sorrq. Uje cannot replg per- 5onallg. So saue those SAEs my hard drive I purchased DiskExpander and installed it without any problems. In fact, it did exactly what it promised and literally doubled the capacity of my hard drive.
Flmi questions?
The problem now is that the hard drive won’t boot and comes up with a message in a window saying cha unknown command.
Have you any suggestions before I reformat my hard drive?
0 Gooden. Brighton Yes. Do not format your hard drive yet, there may be a solution.
* * DiskExpander places its commands right at the beginning of
the startup-sequence located in the S directory. They have to
be there so that the system can be set up to understand all
the crunched data.
If another program installs a command before DiskExpander's commands the whole process will fail. What you need to do is to copy your original startup- sequence on your Workbench disk over the previous one. You will then need to run DiskExpander from disk and re-install it to your partitions.
If this works I would advise you create a salvage disk that will copy a duplicate of your startup-sequence with DiskExpander commands, so that if this problem happens again all you need to do is copy that start- up-sequence on the salvage disk across.
Mias mqsterq Icon borders j|. I am trying to Create my own Workbench icons so that I can write a package similar to MagicWB. Similar that is in function, not in design.
..' However, iconEdit very often leaves my icons with a huge border around them, the same size it would appear as the IconEdit window.
It doesn't happen all the time but often enough to prove annoying. Is there any particular reason why IconEdit is doing to this to my icons? I have read the Workbench manuals but they don't seem to mention this problem at all.
J Torves. Cambridge rThe first thing you have to realise is that IconEdit is pretty naff. With Workbench 3 this ageing program should have been seriously upgraded but Commodore cocked it up - again.
I was once told that selecting the auto-topleft feature in the Extras menu would stop the large border from appearing, but this didn't eradicate the problem completely.
My only advice is to get yourself a new Icon editor. Iconian is one we featured on a previous CoverDisk and for a small registration fee the author will send a complete, registered version. Check out back issues for more details.
When I first bought my A1200 I steered W well away from the Shell, concentrating
• my efforts more on the workings of Workbench.
Since that time I have become proficient with Workbench and have now turned my attention to the Shell, realising that it is vitally Important for certain functions.
I read somewhere about Aliases but have little idea how they work. As I understand it, they allow you to assign keyboard shortcuts to certain DOS commands.
I have scoured my C directory but cannot find any Alias command and when I try and run Alias from the Shell I get a message saying Clear and Xcopy. With some strange symbols to the right.
How do I get these Aliases to work?
R Quinn, Belfast It’s good to see that you are paying ser'ous attention to the Shell as it can
* *¦ prove a life saver at times. I think you have misunderstood
the Alias command. You won't find it in the C directory as it
is not a command as such. Also. Aliases cannot assign keyboard
short-cuts but rather command shortcuts. I’ll give you an
example that will allow you to assign q to endcli, Type in the
following in the Shell: ed irskell-ltirtup This will load up
the Shell-startup file that is run every time Shell is run.
This file also contains all Alias commands. Create a new line
below the Xcopy Alias and then type in the following: aliis q
endcli Press Esq, then x and finally return. This will save
down your new alias and return control to the Shell.
Close down the Shell and then run it again.
You need to do this so that Shell can load in your Shell-startup file. Now type q and then SEES slfklbtvti m shfii-stirtv rf.i] iu; Aliaaaa can ha Ip taka tha awaat out of typing in long DOS commanda in tha Shall press return. The Shell should close down.
This is because it checks its Shell-startup file for q and when it finds it it looks at the linked DOS command endcli. It then runs this command and appropriately closes down the Shell as endcli would.
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Word Construction Set teaches word recognition and vocabulary skills. Aimed at five to 13 year olds, Lascelle also claims it's, an ideal aid for remedial reading and ESL work, The method of learning allows children to recognise the building bricks of words, with each phoneme being individually sounded by one of the five narrators. This combination of visual and aural aids should provide an effective support to classroom work.
Subjects covered include Creek and Latin bases, compounds, vowels, prefixes and consanants. There’s also homophones and 90 word endings using plural, verbal and other stems.
The main control screen represents each topic area as a building on a picturesque map. Similar to those found in SuperMario games. To choose a subject, simply move the pointer to the relevant place and click.
Pretty though the castles and futuristic towers are, the titles that accompany them may be off putting. The “homophone" placard is unlikely to fill the average seven year old with much enthusiasm.
Despite the range of subjects available, all the exercises follow a standard pattern.
The student aims to construct a building around the bare scaffolding with which they begin the game.
During the exercise, they must construct words from the sound building blocks. A correct answer is rewarded by a piece of the building being lowered by crane into the structure.
Gareth lofthouse assesses lascelle's Ujord [onstruction Set to see if it's mil made enough to do the job.
The lack of visual variety reflects the main problem with Word Construction Set - the fact is, there's only one game to play.
Whether yogr child is learning about prefixes or vowels, the aim is always to keep adding pieces to the building until it is completed.
Unlike some education packages, there is virtually no animation or actual game- play. Nor are there cartoon characters to add appeal. To have your efforts rewarded with a block of concrete is about as exciting as getting a tick - it’s not much of an incentive.
INTEREST If the child gets an exercise wrong a little girl's voice will say something like “nearly" or “try again" and they can continue experimenting until they are successful.
Overall, the CD could be a very useful teaching tool for younger children. The question that now remains is whether it is entertaining enough to maintain interest.
A more important element is the quality of the speech sounds. Half expecting the American synthetic talk you used to get with a Texas Instrument’s Speak and Spell, it was a relief to hear normal human speech, Glossary ESLEnglish as a Second Language.
Diphthong A mono-syllabic speech sound in which the vowel sound changes,
e. g. Coin, loud and side.
Phoneme: A unit of sound that distinguishes one from another, e.g. ‘p’ in pad and ‘b’ in bad.
Homophone: A word having the same sound as another but diferent meaning.
Digraph: A group of two letters representing one sound, e g “Ph".
SYSIEm ESSERTIHLS RED Essential BLACK = Recommended The bottom line The importance of heanng and experimenting with language cannot be overrated in education. And if a student perseveres with this CD, it can only benefit language skills.
Unfortunately, the hardest battle is making kids think they’re having fun rather than just doing extra homework.
Though this CD will initially hold some attraction, not enough attention has been paid to making assignments varied and enjoyable, leaving me with the suspicion that it would be quickly neglected.
Bearing in mind that many ESL and Remedial Reading students are adults. Lascelle's claim to cater for this area is rather cheeky. Word Construction Set is obviously designed for children. Since there's not a lot of choice available as far as education is concerned on the CD32, concerned parents may find this worthy of consideration, But then if you're that concerned, it s best to buy a normal Amiga rather than a games console.
Product: Word Construction Set Price: £29.95 Developers: Lascelle? Production?
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As technology has become more sophisticated. The requirements for high quality visual displays have far outstripped the capabilities of a normal TV. And if. For example, you have an AGA machine, without a decent monitor you're not doing your Amiga any justice at all.
The monitors included in the round up have been tested in a variety of resolution modes to assess their suitability for a range of tasks. All products were checked with Double Pal HiRes No Flicker and Productivity modes.
They have also been tested in low resolution modes, an important requirement if you want to use the monitor with most games.
So houi do then work?
The RGB colour monitor works very similarly to a television. Three electron guns fire red, green and blue beams at a phosphorescent screen which then emits a visible light. By combining the three primary colours of these beams, any colour can be achieved.
Your picture is formed in the following way. A dot swiftly scans across the screen developing the picture line after line, varying in intensity and colour as it goes. The phospher screen continues to glow for a short time after the dot has moved on. Giving the illusion of a complete screen as opposed to a moving dot.
Having reached the bottom the dot starts again at the top, scanning the screen at a rate of approximately 60 times a second.
Poor monitors ruin well-drawn graphics with flichery. Poorly-roloured displays Car9th loft house reports on where to turn if you want to improue your uiew.
Mi.nuji| Jargon Buster RGB: Simply an abbreviation for red.
Green and blue, the primary colours which can be mixed to make any other colour in the monitors picture.
AGA: Advanced Graphics Architecture.
These are the most advanced Commodore chips which handle graphics and modes.
Multiscan multisync Such a monitor is able to work with many diferent vertical and horizontal refresh rates, as it will scan within their frequency limits until they are able to lock on to a signal.
Duai tri quadsyncs: Monitors similar to multisyncs but with preset frequencies with which they can work Composite Video A signal for picture transfer often used by video players and cameras.
Refresh Rate: The time it takes for the picture to be completely updated.
PAL1 The television standard for the UK and Amiga computers.
NTSC: This stands for North American Television Standards Council, and as the name suggests it Is the American television standard.
CRT: The Cathode Ray Tube consists of a sealed glass chamber containing a vacuum. It creates the cathode ray. An accelerated stream of electrons which strike a phospher screen to create your picture.
With some doubts as to their durability.
The Hyundai has the standard 14in screen and would require external speakers for sound. It includes a Power Management facility and meets MPRII standards, but on the other hand it doesn't have the ports which are available on the classic Philips.
Picture quality seemed exceptionally high, deceiving us into thinking that the monitor had a lower dot pitch than .28. Its range of uses may not be as wide as is possible with the Microvitec monitors, but if you’re not interested in games and your budget is limited, this one could well be your best bet.
Electron boams Price: £209 Supplier: Ladbroke Computing Toll 0772 203166 The electron beam petiN Another one for DTP purposes rather than games, this is a multiscan monitor with a range of 30-60 Hz. This makes it ideal for using modes such as Hi-res No Flicker.
It has a good range of controls with which to make adjustments, although the front-mounted facia is rather fiddly. The controls seemed insubstantial and left me picture on tha kina Faceplate Amiga Computing Ideh Uision IllastBf HIP B617R Philips m Price: £229 Supplier First Computers Tel: 0532 319444.
Price: £667 RRP Supplier: Liyama Tel: 0438 745482.
Fls teilinologii lias become more sophisticated, the requirements for high quality uisual display haue far outstripped the capabilities of a normal IU An old classic, this monitor has been a favourite with Amiga enthusiasts for many years. This isn’t surprising, because despite its age it might still be the best bet for some users.
Certainly it has everything the game- player could ask for. Its 14in screen is perfectly adequate, it produces a high quality picture, and it has excellent stereo sound built in for a change.
Its rugged build quality has been proven by years of use in the Amiga Computing office, a tough test by any standards. The controls are basic but fine for most purposes, and they're front mounted for ease of use.
STRANGENESS The Philips rests on its base rather than a stand and has an odd curve- Cious and tilted appearance. Despite its strangeness, however, the upwards tilt of the screen is easy on the neck and goes some way to making up for the lack of a swivel stand.
It's pretty well provided for with ports as well, especially since it includes a composite connection for use with video output. The back is also the site of less commonly needed adjustors such as V-hold.
Having said this, its age limits it as it can’t use the new AGA screen modes.
It will work with an A1200 but it can’t manage Hi-res No Flicker or Productivity.
Nevertheless, its horses for courses and this remains a good all in product for the less serious user. There's one more quibble though: Considering the VDUs age. Isn't it about time the price began to fall ?
Idek are not a particularly well known name In the Britain, but if you're a serious user that needs better than usual display capabilities, it’s one of the best firms you can turn to.
This 17 incher is a big, hefty hunk of monitor, so it's going to take up a large chunk of desk space. In fact, it's too large to be aesthetically pleasing in my opinion, although it is otherwise perfectly smart.
It boasts an FST screen, plus an anti-static and reflection coating that improves the overall clarity of the picture. There are no internal speakers but then it obviously wasn't designed with games and sound samples in mind.
Idek has avoided using banks of fiddly control buttons in favour of a menu system that shows up on the little LCD screen mounted on the front. In fact, there are only three buttons to mess with, a blessing in comparison to some other expensive VDUs.
This innovation by no means reduces the number ot controls available, since there is an impressive range of adjustments available. In addition to the usual options, the user can alter Trapezoid (picture slant), Pin-cushioning and Raster Rotation (tilt), a function which centres automatically.
A Power Management System is incorporated to save electricity and minimize heat generation. After a certain time of non-usage, the monitor will automatically reduce power consumption, a feature which is fully adjustable.
The Vision Master has a scan range of 23.5 to 86Hz, a band which is impressively wide. Game-playing is out since it won't sync down to 15Hz, but Hi-res No Flicker and Productivity look good enough to meet high professional standards.
With a higher than average dot pitch (.26) and Hitachi’s best quality tube, the picture quality boasts extreme clarity and fullness of colour. As far as ports are concerned, with 15 pin D-Sub and five BNC connectors it is well-endowed.
It's price tag is bound to be daunting to many users, although it's average street price is £585, considerably lower than the RRP. However, quality costs, and for any serious uses such as DTP, this is highly recommended.
Interlaced refresh.
Modes on the Amiga like Hi-res Interlaced create a picture of very high definition. The chief advantage of such a mode is the increase in working space on the screen, because your workbench icons are more compact while they retain full pixel detail.
In fact the Amiga icons were designed to look like they do in this mode, which is Ironic since many users are unable to use it.
The term interlace is concerned with the way the monitor picture is refreshed.
In this screen mode the cycle is broken into two fields, each lasting 1 60 of a second; thus a full refresh lasts 1 30 of a second.
The monitor displays odd-numbered scan lines in the first field and then even numbered lines in the second field. The purpose of the interlaced scan is to place some new information in all areas of the screen, refreshing the picture at a quicker rate than scanning across the lines one by one.
Unfortunately, though Interlace would be a good mode to work In, Amiga owners can only use it in conjunction with some flicker-fixing hardware.
The Amiga 3000 actually has a flicker fixer built in. And they can also be bought for A1500S and A2000s. Some monitors also include de-interlacing hardware.
To make things more complicated, a (ticker fixer can't be added to the A4000 or the A1200. On the other hand, they possess new screen modes like Hi-Res No Flicker which creates a similar picture to an Interlace mode without the flickering.
Amiga Computing HARDWARE (nicrouitec (ubstan mo Price: £489 Supplier Microvitec Tel: 0244 377566.
An older and more expensive alternative to the 1438, this has one major advantage. A multi-sync monitor covering the same frequencies as the cheaper model, this VDU has a DMS system.
DMS stands for Digital Memory Sizing, a function which should automatically fit the picture to the size of the screen, thus avoiding the unsightly margins that undermined the appeal of the 1438. Once you could Philips Pro E Price: £239 Supplier: Harwoods Tel: 01773 836781.
Lit a glance I Product Microvitec 1438 Microvitec 1440 Hyundai 4860 Idek MF 8617A Phillips Pro 2000 Phillips 8833 Dot Pitch .28 .28 .28 .28 .39 N A.
Display 7 8 8 9 7 7 Features 6 8 9 9 9 8 Value 8 7 8 8 9 8 Price £299 £399 £209 £585 Av.
£234.95 £229,99 pick one of these up for £400. And in our view it merited the extra expense.
Unfortunately, its new price will make it less affordable.
Dlicrouitec 111 Phce: £299 Supplier: ZCL Tel: 01543 419999.
The problem with some Hi-res monitors is that they are not flexible enough to suit everybody’s needs. A user may want to use their monitor with games, for example, but they will be barred from doing so if their monitor won’t support a low resolution.
The best solution to this dilemma is a Multiscan monitor. These support a range of screen modes and will automatically sync to the signal put out by your Amiga, providing the screen mode is within the monitor's kHz range.
Designed with simple but attractive styling, it has a sturdy build quality that you would hope for at £300. The control cogs are thick enough so that adjusting the picture isn’t too fiddly a process, and the fact that they are front mounted makes for convenience.
The unit swivels on its base vertically as well as horizontally. This allows the user to find a comfortable angle for viewing, but the base at the same time seems secure enough to avoid any fear of the monitor toppling off your desk station.
With the .28 dot pitch that has become fairly standard for monitors these days, the Microvitec produces a well-defined picture on its 14in screen.
The monitor meets MRPII standards, which set a limit on low frequency emissions of radiation. Such radiation has been blamed as a factor causing miscarriages for pregnant women, and though no link between VDU usage and such dangers has ever been proven, it’s good to see manufacturers taking precautionary measures.
The multiscan's frequency range of 15-40 kHz means that the monitor can work with the most popularly used modes like Hi-Res No Flicker and Productivity, but it can sync down to 15kHz allowing those lo-res games to be played as well.
Laced modes are unusable unless your machine has a flicker fixer. This means that Hi-res Interlaced is unusable on A4000 or A1200, but this is not a fault that Microvitec can be blamed for.
What does create a big problem is that there is no of adjusting the overscan so that the picture fits your screen size. This means that you are left with a messy looking alignment, with black margins taking up part of your screen space.
The omission of a control for adjusting the overscan has obviously been made with price considerations in mind, but when tested with our A4000 it really did undermine an otherwise good display.
This basic approach has also led to a lack of ports such as a composite video connection, a feature that is useful for any home video work. Still, there's not much competition if you want a multiscan that will play games and manage the new AGA screen modes at this price.
A hybrid product for those who want to have their cake and eat it, the Philips 2000 is a TV and a Monitor in one with a highly competitive price tag for good The danger with this sort of package is that the combination of the two functions within one unit will compromise quality. It's a pleasant surprise therefore to find that this unit works well for both purposes.
People seemed to be divided as far as its appearance is concerned, but if your'e bothered about your monitor!
Colour matching the Amiga then you won't like the fact that it's black.
The 17in screen is a very respectable size for a bedroom TV and its extra large size makes games that bit more engaging. As a monitor it has good picture quality and boasts a 2000 character resolution - by no means bad.
£eing a TV, it obviously includes internal speakers, saving extra expense in the audio department. It also boasts a flat screen, an uncommon feature on dedicated monitors of a similar price.
Remote control. FastText Teletext and 60 channels are features making it capable as a telly too. If your looking for this type of hybrid, the 2000 represents excellent value without compromising too much on quality.
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Yes Christmas is nearly upon us and although we already have all we want in Blitz, we still wait with baited breath for the day when we can unwrap all those knitted jumpers from Granny and new shoes from our parents.
But seriously, in last month’s article I took you through the motions of setting up a basic interface for entenng records of names. This month we will put in the load and save routines.
Secrets of the cabinet I'll start with saving first because dictating the way in which you save a file is, in its self, dictating the way you load it up again. With me so far? It's a simple rule to grasp.
Let's say, for example, you save a set of coordinates to a file in the order X. Y, Z. It would seem sidy to load them back again in the order Y. X, Z. There are two basic rules I try to stick to when saving info to a file The first rule affects the way we save numbers to a file which is described in the box labelled MkiS and Cvi'. The other rule affects the way we save strings to a file and is more relevant now as we are only dealing with strings in our program.
The main problem with strings is that in their most basic form they are a very loose subject. This is because their lengths can change from one minute to the next and can sometimes be difficult to keep track of.
Haro is our now looking intoriaco with load and aava Normally this wouldn’t matter when writing programs in Blitz as all we have to do is call them by their variable names. But. When When saving numbers to a file we want to make sure that what we write to the file is of equal length for each record, otherwise we will have some serious problems when we try to load them up again.
There are two useful commands that allow us to ensure that any numbers we write to a file are of equal length. They are MkiS and Cvi. MkiS is used to create a two byte character string out of an integer value upto a word long, and Cvi is used to convert the two byte string back again into an integer.
For example, the hex value S4141. When passed to MkiS. Returns the two byte character string AA . This result can then be written to a file using the FileOutput and Print commands.
To read the value in again we set the Filelnput and then use the Edits command to get the two characters, which we then pass to Cvi which will return our value of $ 4141 (16705 in decimal). The documentation for these and other related commands can be found in the big Reference Manual Ch.6-4 and 6-5.
Following on from last month. fUichael fllilne opens up the wo rid of file accessing in Blit a doing file access we need to make sure we are clear about how many characters each record should have so that our loading and saving can be efficient.
Once we have decided on this there are two paths we can take to achieve an efficient load and save program. We can use a “Sequential" file type or a “Random Access" file type, Sequential files are files whose contents are written in order from start to end.
Random access files are also written in order but, because of the method in which these files are set up, you can access any file at any given point in the file.
Random Access is ideal for databases and the like; Sequential files are ideal for storing unique information which is not repeated hundreds of times from file to file.
Consequently, we will use Random Access filing as it is ideally suited for our needs.
Before we can use a Random Access file routine we need to know what our information is going to consist of and how long each record is likely to be. Strings need special attention - they cannot just be stored in a file | | «OD »| | | «XT | r- . I «FRCVIOUS»| f---------------:: i 10I»0»J i "¦ i «SRVC d straight from our array, because our array has no limit on the amount of text each record holds, As mentioned above this is very important, especially for Random Access files, so we need to have a few extra stnngs which are limited in size.
This is done via the MaxLen command, and when used with Random Access files it sets the length of each record in the file, thus allowing us to jump to any record in the file.
In our example program from last month, you will see that we have six strings (0-5) for each record in our array. Thus we need six limited strings to use as temporary storage space for our Random Access filing, These are defined as follows; NaiLen UpOl-JQ Ha Hen tipH*30 Hatlen tip2S-!0 Hiilen tap3f=30 Hailtn t«p4S=30 Hailtn tapSS-9 As you might have noticed, the lengths correspond with the maximum characters allowed in each GTString. After this, all we need to do is set up our fields for the file whenever we access it. This is done via the Fields command. For our example, the syntax to do
this would be as follows: If MriteFile(0 fileniiei)*Trut Notice we use an extra field to hold the total records to use when loading back in again: Helds Q,tapQf,tRp1Mip2M*p3Mip4MipSf, nuibtr_of_records Then our saving bit: for tfop.b=1 to no«ber_of_record» Store the details in temp strings ready for transfer: t»p0l=recordjf(tt«p,01 : t*p1f=records$ (tnp,1) tap2S recordjS(tt«p,2) : tap3! re*orihS(trap,3) tapiStrtcords! ttap,4) : tapSi=recordsl(ttap,5) Amiga Computing TUTORIAL Ok Volumes Parent Hi ASL Filo Requester.
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Transfer info from temp strings to file: Put 0,teap Next • Closefile 0 Endlf The Fields command sets up the order for the saving of each record. The only thing that we haven’t done is to find out what the user wishes to call our save file. We do this by using a file requester. I choose to use the ASLFileRequester which requires the path and filename to be two strings of 192 characters in length.
I Again we use the MaxLen function to do this. (If you are using an A500 then use the standard FileRequest which requires the path to be 64 characters and the filename to be 128 characters).
On top of this you will need a string to hold the full path name for the file, so I normally set up another string with a MaxLen equal to the path and file MaxLens added together. Here is what it all looks like: Bexlen p»S=142 BnLtn flS*192 BaxLen llenaaei*192*192 and the file requester is used as follows: filiniiilsASlfiliRiquistlCCl'OOse SAVE fill*,pit,ft$ ) If you look at the full listing in the box you will see that putting in extra code after the dlq mistake!
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Berkshire RG6 1EG. All questions will be answered personally.
Basic program is done is quite simple. All the new strings are defined at the beginning as well as the new gadgets. Then we put in our Gosufr for saving and then our sub-routine itself.
Loading is pretty much the same as saving except that now we are loading in a file. Therefore we check first to make sure the file exists before trying to load it in.
Then we set up our fields as before, read in the first record to find out the total records held, then go from record two to the last records, reading each record from the file to the temp strings and then putting them in the records array.
Painless isn’t it?
Sorry, sorry and sorry. I failed to make my program coherant in the last issue and most of you probably realised that I failed to keep my array name consistant throughout the program. If you have had problems compiling the last program then here is the whole program (complete) with all of this issues updates as well!
VBStirtUp NbToScreen 0 NbenchToFront_ Use Screen 0 f_aax*2Q0 Die recordsS(l_nai,5) current_record.v*0 nunber_of_records.u*0 Bailen tapOS=30 Biilen :»p1S=30 Bailer tap2S«30 Bailer, :npJS=50 Bailen tap4S=30 Baxlen tap$ $ :9 Bixlen paS«l92 Bailen fl$ =192 Baxlen fHen»aei=l92*192 GTStrlng 1,1,80,5,248,12 11*1?",1,30 GTString 1,2,80,19,248,12 ADiAEJS,,1,30 GTString 1,3,80,34,2i!,12,",1,30 GTString 1,4,10,50,241,12,",1,30 GTString 1,5,80,66,248,12 M,30 GTString 1,6,80,81,80,12 P9STC0BE",1,9 STButton 1,7,340,5,64,12 «ADB»M6 STB jt ton 1,9,340,19,72,12 «IIEn»M6 STButton 1,10,340,J4,104,12 «PREV10US»M6
GTButton 1,11,340,49,72,12 «IOAD»',16 GTBultdft 1,12,340,64,72,12 «SAVE»M6 Siiiliiiti 350,15,530,114 Hindu 0,46,44,5J0,114,t10O0|8|8|1 BUt! Bin’, 1,2,1 AttichGTlist 1,0 Repeat If Viitfvent«S20O Tien nd.b*1 Else FlushEvents Select GidgetHit Case 7 If current_record 1 Then Gosub jrevious Else BttpScreen 0 Case 11 Gosub _loid Case 12 Gosub jive End Select Until nd=1 End ..add: nuiber_of_records*1 current_fecerd:nuiber_of_records Gosub eleir.gids AetiviteString 0,1 Gosub uiitjid AetiviteString 0,2 Gosub viit_gad AetiviteString 0,3 6osub viitjid AetiviteString 0,4 Gosub uiitjid AetiviteString
0,5 Gosub Mlitjld AetiviteString 0,6 Gosub uiitjid for teip.bO To 6 records8(current_record,teip*
1) s6TGetString(1,teip) Next Return nut: evrrgnt_record*1 Gosub
drevjeds Return previous: current.record-1 Gosub driujads
Return .wait_gad: Nhile EventoSiO : Wait : Hend Return
.clear_gads: For teap.b*1 To 6 GTSetString 1,teap, Next Return
.draujads: Gosub clear.gads For teap.b=1 fo 6 GTSetString
1,teop,recordsf(current_record,t»ap- Neit Return ._sive:
1ileraieSiASlfileteqjestS( "Ctoose SAVE ftir,pis,fi$ If
Eiists(filenaieS) Then KillFilt filenutS If
HrittFili(0,fil(niieS):Trui Fields
0,tip0S,tipIS,tip2*,tip3S,tip4S,tip5S,nu»ber_of_records For
trap.bB1 to nu«ber_of_rtcord» tip0l=retords»(ttnp,0) ;
t«pl*=records* teap,1) tip2S*resordsSlteip,2) ;
t«p5*srecords$ (teap,3) tlp4S3reoord}S(tenp,4) :
tap5S*records*lteap,5) Put 0,t««p-1 Rt*t ClOSffile 0 Wait 20
Endlf FlushEvents leturn ._load:
1iLenaaieS-ASlFiIelequestS("Choose a file to LOAD",pal,fit) If
ReadFile(0,filenaaeS)*True Fields
0,tap0S,tnpIS,tnp2S,tap3S,tapSS,tapSS,nuaber_of_records Get
0,0 recordsSd,0)=tap0J : recordsSd,1)«t»p1S recordsSd,2) tap2S
: recordsSd,3)*tup3S recordsSd,4)*tap*S : recordsSd,5)*tnp5i
For teap.b=2 to nunber_of.records Get 0,teap-1
recordsS(teap,0) = tipflS : recordsS(teap,1l=tap1S
recordsS(teap,25»tep2S : recordsS(teap,JI*tap3S
recordsS teap,4 =tap4l : recordsSIteap,S) tapSS Next Closefile
0 Wait 20 current_record*1 Gosub drau_gads Endlf FlushEvents
leturn In case you are wondering why their are several
FlushEvents commands lying around, it's because otherwise the
program gets stuck into a continuous loop with the gadget that
was last hit.
Try removing one and you will see what I mean.
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DELUXE FEATURES The Amitek drive has many deluxe features not included r other drives • check out the competiton!
ANTI-CLICK This feature stops your drive making whirs and c*cks when the dnve is empty and searching ior a disk.
ANTI-VIRUS Thai switchable mode slops track 0 viruses inlocting the disk whae in the drive Unfcke many other dnvos wfveh have virus killers, this mode can be ADD MORE DRIVES The Amitek drive Is also datsy- chaiMNe so yew can add further dnves to your system, using very Mae power from your Amiga.
QUALITY SONY MECHANISM Amitek took the lime to source a mechanism that has all the features, quality and reliability lhal Amiga owners demand.
RAM UPGRADES such as Lightwave 30) and a battery backed up dock Bo* to e high st hoard can be easily nstalled and comes with a 2 year warranty The Hawk RAM board « available in 4 versons, each with the cpbon ot either a 33«*« or Afau PlCC 68862 co-process tma FOR A500 A500eius A6M • AfiflAWTY COOE DESCRIPTION INC VAT RAM 0505 A500 - 512K (No Clock) £20 RAM 0510 A500-512K (With Clock) £25 RAM 0520 A5QQPLUS - 1Mb RAM £30 RAM 0605 A6QQ - 1Mb (No C*X*) £30 RAM 0610 A600 - 1Mb (With Clock) £40 INSTALLATION OF A HAWK RAM BOARD INCREASES A1200 SPEED BY UP TO 3l Fpt) SPFFO COMPARISON MKAIB OPERATION
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VERSION_________________________ A600
VERSION-------------------------------- 9 VIDI 12 Real Time
£139.99 Real time colour digitizing trom any video source. Full
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£214.99 24 bit quality real time colour digitizing trom any
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VIDI 12 AGA £59.99 Full support tor AGA chipset. Colour Images
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Multitasking s w, cut & paste.
TAKE 2 £35.99 Features Include load and save from D. Paint animations and IFF files. Supports HAM graphics Megemlx Master ..£26,99 8 bit, high spec, sampler, special sffscta include echo that can be added In real time, fully multitasking & easy to use.
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Ohe setting up and use of the console device fills the bulk of the techy discussions this month. This entity acts like a traditional “control-string onented VDU terminal." It all sounds very involved, but the basic idea is that by linking the console device to our program's window we'll not only be able to get text pnnted in the window but will be able to send strings of control characters to specify text positioning and so on.
Before looking at how the console device is controlled there are a few general ideas that need to be aired concerning Exec devices.
One of the many purposes of the Exec device arrangements is to provide a standardised form of device I O (input output) which makes the operations as uniform and as device independent as possible, given the drffenng physical and electronic characteristics of the various bits of hardware involved, * Device commands fall into two categories.
Firstly, there are the standard commands, i.e. those which are designated as being common to all devices. Secondly come the commands which are device-specific.
All device I O requests are handled by setting up a data block which contains information relative to the request. A number of devices, including the console device, use an expanded request structure called a “standard" request or. More properly, an lOStdReq structure.
Most of the fields in this structure are of limited interest for our purposes, so I'll just mention the points which are relevant to the program we're developing.
FUNCTIONS Firstly the io_Command field must be set to one of the allowable device commands.
Neither this, nor the ReplyPort which the device uses to communicate with your program. Are changed by the servicing of an I O request, so this means that in our case, since only write operations will be done, we can set up the command field immediately the I O request block has been allocated.
There are. Incidentally, a number of Exec functions responsible for interfacing I O requests and these operate independentty of the particular device in question. Essentially, they deal with the request block as a whole and ignore the contents of the block.
Exec devices do. In fact, respond to a variety of commands for reading, writing, resetting the device and so on. The only one I'll be using is the CMD_WRITE command which tries to write a number of bytes (specified in the request block’s io_ Length field) from a specified data buffer The number of bytes actually written will be returned In the io_Actual field.
As mentioned, Exec I O is always performed using I O request blocks. Before I O can be successfully achieved however, the blocks must be properly initialised (by both the system and the user).
U- Providing this has been done, the device can be opened and this is done in much the same way as one would open a library. You’ll find details of the OpenDevieef) system function and the corresponding CloseOevice() among this month's function boxouts During the time that the device is open, commands may be executed. Using the synchronous DolO() function to perform a write operation, for instance, would involve setting the io_Command field to CMD_WRITE, specifying the amount of data to be written by loading an appropriate value in the request block’s io_Length field, and then using
DolO().
The usual approach is to load an address register with the base of the I O request structure and then use indirect addressing with displacement to set up the various fields like this: ¦ovea.t ie_requestj,»1 i o nouist address ¦ove.u IC!IDJIIIlTE,io_CoiiafMl(a1) actually set up during initialisation ¦one.I d7,io_0iti(i1) ¦ove.l d1,ioJ.*ngtl i1) CALLSTS OoIO,_Abs m8ase perfori tie I O function The basic ideas of opening a device, using it via a combined set of standard and non-standard commands, and closing it when you've finished using it. Is simple enough. In practice, the issues are
complicated by the fact that a fair amount of initialisation has to be done, and that includes setting up a reply pon so that the device has somewhere to deliver its messages.
For a long time, four functions have been provided in the emiga.lib library to simplify these tasks - CreatePortO and DeletePort() This month Paul Oueraa gets to grips with the job of displaging tent files in Intuition windows create and delete message ports, while CreateExtlO() and DeleteExtlOO create and delete extended lORequest structures.
Nowadays equivalent functions are available from within the Exec library and it is these alternative functions, called CreateMsgPort(), DeleteMsgPort().
CreatelQRequestQ and DeletelORequest(), that I've chosen to use. Here are a couple of fragments from this month's code: CreateftsgPort ,_AbsExec8ase dO,io_port_psive returned pointer m$ TD_SUE,dO size of std i o CAUSTS ¦ove.l lovrq structure ¦ovea.t CALLSTS iovt.1 pointer io_port_p,il)reply port for aessagts CreateI0Request,_AbsExec8ase dO,io_reques»_p save returned Of course the difficult thing is tying up all the fragments into a general scheme for device usage. The operations we’ve got to perform fall into this sort of general pattern:
1. Create a reply port for the device to send its messages to.
2. Allocate and initialise a suitable device I O request
structure.
3. Open the device using the OpenDevice() function.
4. Use the device for as long as required
5. If necessary, remove any outstanding requests (Will not
concern us).
6. Close the device using the CloseDevice() function.
7. Delete the I O request structure.
8. Delete the reply port.
This is yet another of those Amiga areas Amiga Computing II ?
Where it is important to make sure that things are done in the right order during program startup and closedown, so - as you should now know without hesitation - this means that the above list of operations are going to be coded as pairs of allocation deallocation routines and incorporated into the error closedown handling scheme mentioned earlier in the series.
Listing 1 shows one pair of routines - you’ll find the others in the source code on the Cover Disk.
ClearConsole
dc. l 1
dc. b SOC GoToTop
dc. l 5
dc. b S9B,,0V;V0,,MI By doing this I've been able to create a
generally useful control string sub-routine that, given the
address of the control string in aO.
Writes the appropriate string to the console device: Con&olcCoaaand eevei.l lO-il cKHI (»7) preserve regs I0VRI.I io_request_p,i1 request address ¦OVf.l (iO)f,io_Length(i1)
• ove.l a0,iojiti(«1) MUSTS loiO, AbsExecBate iovea.1
(eflMO-il dO-dl restore regs rts You'll see references to this
routine, using some other control strings that I’ve defined, in
the code given in Listing 1.
Detecting heiress euents Our main IntuiMessage event collection loop to-date has been called MenuHandler() simply because menu events were the only ones being deah with.
By adding an additional IDCMP RAWKEY flag to the program's window tag list, we tell Intuition to start sending both menu events and raw key press information back to the program. In this situation the name Menuhandlerf) is inappropriate, so this month the routine has been renamed EventHandterO to reflect its new status!
Changing the name of the routine, however, is obviously not enough - the code has to be extended so that the incoming raw keypress information actually gets used.
The way I’ve done this is to extend the message class testing to include IDCMP_RAWKEY events and call a KeyHandlerf) routine whenever such events are found. Here’s the corresponding decision test fragment from the code you'll find on the cover disk: capi.l |]ICIIP_tMET,d3 check aessage class bne.s (etRessige ignore anything else j*r KeyHindler use rev keypress dete bra. S SetRessige The key handling routine itself has only two types of jobs to do. It must detect cursor up keypresses and take the appropriate actions, and do likewise with cursor down keybecause there is one last piece of the
story that needs to be mentioned.
Presses. The scheme I’ve used has been kept deliberately simple: If a cursor up key is sensed I check to see if we are displaying the top line of the file. If not. We go to the bottom of the display, delete a line, move to the top of the display, send an insert line control sequence, adjust the line counters, and then write the new top line.
Cursor down keypresses do a similar sort of jiggery-pokery at the bottom of the display. Again you'll find the full code on disk, and within the routine you’ll see further calls from within GetMessageQ and KeyHandlerf) code that prints lines of text from the loaded file.
Now you are probably wondering how.
Since the file was originally loaded as a single block directly into memory with a‘DOS Readf) command, I’m able to identify the positions of individual text lines within the file. If you aren't, then you should be - With the way that I am writing data using the console device. I have to specify the number of bytes to write in the io. Length field of the I O request structure.
Obviously it is impractical to keep continually scanning the file from start to finish looking for particular lines. A better solution is needed and the approach I've adopted is to scan the file as soon as it has been loaded so that a list of line pointers can be built up.
To do this I actually scan the file twice, the first time counting linefeeds so that I know how many lines are in the file. After allocating memory for a suitably sized set of “line pointers" the file is scanned again - onty this time the addresses of the starts of all the text lines are stored into the line pointer list. ... h'ef Utting 1; Rwtime for bringing the eeneete Function daae; OpenDtvictO device to life and closing It after me description; Opens the specified device Cell form; error=OpinOevice(niie_p, unit, lojeqvtilj, Ueg» ; fegisttrs; DO OpenOevisetAQ, 00, At, 11) Arguments; met_p
- pointer to device n»« unit - unit nuaber of the device to open io.regvestj * pointer to i request block flags - additional info (device specific) teturn Value: error - success figure indicator Function Due: CloseDeviceO Description: This function closes i specified device unit.
Cell form: CloseDevice(io_request_p); Registers: Close)evice(AI) Arguments: io_request_p - pointer to i request block Return Value: lone Notes: All outstanding I O requests uust have been coapleted (or aborted) BEFORE closing the device.
Unction Nane: RoIOO Description: This initiates an I O request and uaits for it to conplete.
Call Fornat: errori»oIO(io_request_p); Registers: 10 DoIO(Al) Arguments: io_request_p - pointer to an initialised I O request block Return Value: error - Nllll if operation uas successful otberuise the returned value is a (device specific) error nuaber.
Openlev aovea.l a0-a1 d0-d1,-(*7) preserve regs
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CALLSTS OpenDevice,_AbsExecBase tst.l dO test for success bne.s .error ¦ove.l RcloseDeV 'laS) pusb deallocation routine address lea AuteUrapOffra0 jsr ConsoleCoaaand lea TurnCursorOff,aO jsr ConsoleCoaaand lea tet(olo«rs,a0 jsr ConsoleCoaaand lea Clear(onsole,aO jsr ConsoleCoaaand acveq 11,dO clear zero flag aovea.l (e7)»,a0-a1 d0-d1 restore regs rts ,error aoveq 10,40 set zero flag aovea.l (•?)?, aO-i1 (KI-dl restore regs rts Closelev loveiil l0-|1 d0-d1,-(l7) prestrve regs IOVtl.1 io_requtst_p,i1 I O request address MUSTS ClostDtvict,.AbsfmB Sf ¦ovea.l (•?)?,i0-i1 d0-d( restore regs rts ’
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• nd others' WPZt AMIGA CD'S AMINET IV - November NEWI E17.99 The
very latest Aminet compilation. Loads of stutt on this CD.'
FRED FISH GOLD II NEWI £27.99 The second gold CD from Fred Fish. DOUBLE CD.
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Clipart CD Baruinl £8.99 Over 600MB of Amiga clipart. This is our most useful CDI Assassins Games CD £17.99 All the Assassins parries packs from 1 ¦ 200 on this CDI ORDERING DETAILS WB2-4 The program works on Workbench 2 or 3 Only AGA The program is for AGA Machines f 1 MB] Minimum Memory Needed [2D] Number of Disks Europe add 10% to Total - Rest of the World add 20% to Total Make all Cheques or Postal Orders payable to: ACTIVE SOFTWARE PD and SHAREWARE Penny-pinching Daue fusick mumbles "Bah, humbug" a bit, befnre bringing gnu the pick of this month's Public Domain, licenceioare and Shareware
releases OA rummage through the healthily large PD mailbag this month produced a typically diverse selection of games, utilities and demos. What better way to fill your loved one’s stocking than with a few top notch, low price lovelies?
Think of the look on their face when they eagerly tear off the wrapping paper to uncover the latest three-quid wonder.
With the aid ot Tm To Groan, you can rocord all thoao embarrassingly high scores lor posterity... H you've got a masochistic straak, that la Perhaps its not the most extravagant of seasonal gifts, but there are plenty of excellent pieces of PD knocking about and after all, it's the thought that counts, eh?
I'm sure they'll understand that in these financially difficult times the latest all- singing, all-dancing, 45-bit wonder machine is a little beyond your resources.
With that thought at the forefront of our minds, it's now time to take a festive walk through the snow-sprinkled streets of Pdsville... Tee To Green Programmed by; Garry Knott Available from; Roberta Smith DTP Disk No. OS094 Seemingly, everywhere I looked this month was the golf enthusiast's godsend, Tee To Green, which must have been sent by at least five different PD libraries.
It would have wormed its way into the Public Sector even if it were not of an exceptionally high calibre, simply to stop the seemingly endless torrent of Tee To Green disks. Thankfully though, it is a fine product, providing an excellent way of keeping track of all your golf scores for a selection of courses, and even offering some basic analytical functions.
Despite shelling out a hefty sum on golf clubs and membership fees. I didn't find golf to be my cup of tea. This was, perhaps, unusual given the enormous popularity of the sport these days and the practically boundless devotion my father has for it.
Keen golfers - and he could certainly be classed as one - seem prepared to brave any weather (“it's not fair, the course is closed and it’s only a small hurricane”) to tow a half-hundredweight of clubs around some hilly fields, vainly hacking at a ball which frequently seems determined to bury itself in the nearest clump of long grass. This is even more baffling, since many of golf's greatest admirers actually seem to spend a good proportion of their time cursing the game, Although the game may at times prove too frustrating for words (at least of the non-expletive kind). Tee To Green will
bring you no such annoyance.
Since telling the program the details about any given course is a simple matter of keying in the hole pars, distances and stroke index numbers from your real scorecard, it’s possible to have things up and running in a surprisingly short time.
It is possible to view statistics such as best and worst ever rounds, best and worst scores put together hole by hole, number of birdies, eagles and so on for all time, average scores on each hole, and so on.
Normal and Stableford scoring are available and each round is stored with your handicap at that time. A couple of features are disabled in the unregistered shareware version, but if you register it is possible to store loads of courses and rounds, the number being limited only by disk space. For the true golf devotee, there is no similar program which can offer so many features.
Super Obliteration Programmed by: David Papworth Available from; PD Soft Disk No. 3979 Originality may not have been a consideration when this fine Pong clone was created, but playability definitely was.
Featuring a main sprite which looks suspiciously like that in Turrican 2, complete with multi-directional gun, Super Obliteration pits you against bouncing asteroids. Blast them a couple of times and they split into two smaller asteroids; only after four or five splits will they finally be destroyed.
Once all the asteroids have been cleared from the screen, a new screen will appear with more asteroids, various platforms to leap upon or shelter underneath. And so on.
As was Pong before it, Super Obliteration is one of those games that hooks you from the moment you start lutanhhamun Programmed by: Paul Thompson Available from: Central Licenceware Register I have to admit that in my experience, a good proportion of educational software is of disappointingly low quality. Sloppily designed interfaces or poor programming often marr otherwise potentially useful software.
Fortunately, that’s not the case with Tutankhamun, which combines an attractive and intuitive interface with an informative and interesting collection of information. As well as details on the discovery of the infamous Egyptian king's tomb in 1922, there is a selection of fascinating material relating to many aspects of life in Egypt when it was at its height.
From an attractively designed main menu screen, it is possible to access all manner of facts and figures. While you are discovering this information through the well-written scrolling text, effective diagrams and colourful high-quality digitised pictures, you’ll even be treated to an appropriately Discovery Channel-type PD and SHAREWARE playing. Admittedly, there's very little variation in the gameplay but to be honest, this goes largely unnoticed in the thick of the action, and when it’s this enjoyable who needs variety anyway?
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addictive arcade blast The whole package is topped off nicely
musical accompaniment.
Despite the fact that when I first loaded this up I wasn't particularly eager to learn mor© about Tutankhamun. After a few minutes of playing around with it I was thoroughly engrossed. Admittedly. It's not the sort of program that will appeal to children of primary school age, but for the older reader it communicates the information effectively and interestingly.
Pengo 2 Another less than original, but nevertheless very enjoyable game, Pengo brought back memories of Acom Electron cheapy Pengi.
The unfortunate situation is (hat Pengo, who is perhaps unsurprisingly a penguin, has managed to get lost at the north pole.
He has to negotiate 50 levels, all inhabited by nasties. On each level, Pengo has to arrange diamonds in lines by pushing them around the screen. He can also push blocks of ice, and by pushing them into nasties he can knock them off. Making his by some very appealing visuals, with simple but attractive backdrops and stylish sprites. The blasting sound effects are also suitably meaty and the end result is one of the best PD games I have played in some while.
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Fairly hectic arcade excitement is the order of the day here, something that is sadly often lacking in today's commercial software. The graphics may be functional rather than spectacular, and some of the sound effects are a little irritating, but overall Pengo 2 is a decent piece of software which demands a little logical thought as well as a reasonable amount of joystick prowess.
The plentitude of levels it possesses ought to guarantee long-term interest and it can be quite an addictive game.
Programmed by: Eddy Carroll Available from: Scribble PD Disk No. U406 When a program mysteriously refuses to work, there's no better utility to have knocking about on your hard drive than Snoopdos. It lets you know exactly what your machine is up to and it's possible to Snoopdos, one ol those indispensable programs that will in no time at all fill up your entire hard drive [ailing all PD libraries... GAME of thei MONTH ...and individuals with absolutely any program, whatever its purpose, which you consider worthy of review. Whether it will be freely distributable public domain, shareware
or licenceware, if it’s of suffi* cient quality to merit coverage then stick it in a jiffy bag or padded envelope and send it in with all haste. I promise I'll at least look at your work. Please clearly label the disk, and include a cover letter supplying a description of the disk contents and some basic instructions. The address to send the disks to is: Dave Cusick PD submissions Amiga Computing Europa House Adlington Park Macclesfield SK10 4NP trace, for example, which missing libraries are preventing the program’s normal operation.
Snoopdos 3 is an interesting little chestnut really. Since Snoopdos tends to be running in the background, the small size of the original program was a real asset, With this rewrite the author has attempted to make the program far more powerful and user-friendly - but in doing so he might just have defeated the objective to some extent.
The extra features include a spanking new Graphical User Interface, a scrollable main window so that you can see more than simply the last few operations, the facility to run Snoopdos as a commodity accessible via its own hotkey or the Exchange commodity, on-line AmigaGuide help, and the facility to export the Snoopdos output to a word processor.
The trade-off is in memory usage, with an expanded Amiga probably being necessary for Snoopdos 3 to be running while other programs are being used. Let’s face it, since this is what Snoopdos is used for, there will be those who feel that Snoopdos
1. 7 (with snoop enable and disable as pretty much the only
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Backdoor uB.Bl Compiled by: Stephen Birmingham Available from: OnLine PD Public domain cheat disks are common enough beasts, but Backdoor stands out because it features many more recent games than most of its rivals. Tips and cheats for nearly 300 games are included, which are accessed via the Multiview interface as you would access a normal PD and SHAREWARE II PffEtfp.riF 'I IM3N i lick TO 1M Fiwre n lick To 1* more m lirkirim (fswosis vtiiiii) Batnan (The Iftvie) little bte little Swim Beach voile i leavers Blistir Hies Brothers - Tte Ill's Bad Dav B0d i BlOUS v Brainball Brat Brutal
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Magpies' Kid's llipart Available from: F1 Licenceware This two-disk assortment of IFF clipart contains a reasonable selection of car- toon-style pictures covering subject matter from animals to cars and buses, through to birds and people, and then back via birds to cartoon animals.
The black and white interlaced pictures are of sufficient quality to prove pretty useful to home DTP fans, and I must confess that I have already found uses for some of them.
Actually using them involves importing a screenful of them into your DTP package and then cutting out the portion of the picture you wish to use, which is hardly a demanding task.
Of course, because of the subject matter it's best to be prepared for lots of cute, fluffy little beasties and not to expect anything too realistic. That said, there are some pretty nice images in amongst the seemingly endless stream of cuddly teddy bears in boats and cheerfully dancing mice that make this a reasonably attractive alternative to some commercial clipart offerings. If you have need of scores of twee animals doing lovely flowery things, all in the standard Amiga IFF picture format, then these disks will certainly suit the task. lag gour hands on me (ompugraphit
[ollettion *15 Compiled by: Clive Gardner Available from: 17 Bit The Compugraphic Collection series now seems to incorporate scores of fonts in EM Compugraphic format and since commercially available fonts are incredibly expensive, these high quality PD and shareware alternatives are excellent value.
Compugraphic fonts can be used with DTP programs such as Pagestream 2 3. Pro Page 2.1 and Pagesetter 3. As well as word-processors Wordworth 2 and Final Writer, and of course Workbench 2.0 and above. The official Commodore installer is included on the disk, so getting them up and running couldn’t be simpler.
The disk includes a good mix of display fonts, from the stylised Iglesia and the crisp clarity of Copperplate and Steel Plate Gothic, to the script-style Felt Mark and Flash X-Bold.
Mortbats adds a selection of creepy symbols such as skulls, snakes, spiders and suchlike, while Erica Bold and Erica Italics are attractive sans-serif fonts ideal when clarity is as important as visual impact. A lii Ait mil Copper Plate Erica Bold Erica Italic fdt Mark Mak Fits* trtrs tM Frozen 111 IA1* Jgtnia lig| Lucida ©©•¥«'¥*?¥ (Memo) steel Plate Gothic Bold 4 selection of the fonts included on Compugraphic Collection volume 15 complete index, listing where to find all the fonts which have ever been included in the series is included. With new volumes due out in the near, future, this
series looks set to be very popular with Amiga owners everywhere.
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Postage is 75p UK !plus Eop per disk in Europel Please make all payments in Starting through a British brunch ex has been with us since the beginning. Celebrated, repressed, enjoyed, frowned upon, analysed, suppressed and loved - the subject matter has always had a wide ranging effect on all people throughout the ages.
With each new medium created in society, the sexual act has always found a platform to help express itself - the printing press introduced erotic literature to the masses, photography gave birth to erotic pictures, film moved these images and now. With the coming of the computer age and more specifically, virtual reality, the normally hands-off, voyeuristic experience is going interactive with full blown 32-bit colour, photo-realistic graphics, digital sound... and teledildonics.
Over the last few years, the availability of sex-related material for computers has increased in leaps and bounds all over the world. Explicit images and video footage can be pulled off bulletin boards at the touch of a button now, causing an upheaval of moral panic in Britain.
Erototronics With new technology beginning to enable the user to involve their bodies as well as their minds, the scoffing hilarity of making love to a computer is becoming a reality.
Teledildonics, erototronics. Cybersex, or whatever name you want to give it, is simply a means whereby the user can involve themselves fully in an computerised, interactive worfd and. Ideally, act out any sexual fantasy they wish.
The main components required to produce the experience are a head-mounted display unit for the visuals and a full-sensory body data suit.
With Aids and other sex-related diseases scanng people away from promiscuity, cybersex is seen as the ultimate in safe sex.
Others see the benefits as more than that
- people with disabilities who have little opportunity of sexual
contact, could enjoy some semblance of a normal sex life.
Teledildonics could also be used in sex therapy to aid patients to overcome their fears Us UU continues its steady rise through all auenues of society, it ujas only a matter of time before seH became part of the uirtual agenda. Udam Phillips reports - CubersBH and psychoses towards the sexual act.
Amencan magazine Future Sex believes like many others that teledildonics will eventually end up as a full blown reality and better than the real thing.
Indeed, the virtual reality industry is taking teledildonics senously - Sadie Plant, a cyberfeminist, wrote a report on teledildonics for a VR conference held at Warwick University. In an interview with Loaded Magazine, she says: “The wonderful thing about cybersex is that everybody who has been marginalised or oppressed will have the chance to realise their desires.
“I think women will become far more confident once they've been able to experiment in cyberspace and. As a consequence, they'll be far more demanding of real life sexual partners. Mr 15-pints-a-night doesn't stand a chance." With all this conceptual discussion, the only thing holding humankind back from disappearing from reality all together is the technology.
While graphic capabilities are advancing at lightning speed, the suit is a harder problem to resolve altogether - the basic principle is to use tiny sensors to let off heat and vibrations and air bladders that apply pressure to the skin as a form of tactile response.
The pictures shown here are of a basic kit that cover the main erogenous zones of both female and male. Although these are merely speculative works produced on a computer, this kind of equipment is well on the way to completion. Meanwhile back on earth, one has to wonder where all this will lead. Future Sex predicts that over the next 200 years, the system will develop into either a multiuser or a solo environment with a seamless physical interface and full visual and audio capabilities.
They believe that way off in the future, these systems will be surgically implanted to include brain-enhancing chemicals and ultimately, the virtual expenence will be better than the real thing.
Isolated All this excitement and debate just leaves one burning question - is this really going to improve people's lives or simply isolate people from each other even more?
According to Mike Saenz, publisher of the infamous erotic software package Virtual Valerie for the Apple Mac. We want to become more cut off from each other.
In Future Sex. He says: “ People want to remove excess human contact. Especially as the planet becomes overpopulated. They want that distance, and I think that VR sex could actually give them that."
Heanng a statement like that may sound depressing but with the one-on-one relationship between solo participant and technology becoming more and more popular, it may well be a valid, if sad. Point of view.
What we do know for certain is that if you think the press and public outcry concerning sex issues is loud now, wait till cybersex blooms into a full blown industry, then the talking will turn to shouting and, as usual, the enticement of ever more exciting technology will probably win the day.
• We would like to hear your opinions on the issues raised in
this feature. Send any thoughts and comments to the usual
address for the attention of Adam Phillips
• Special thanks to Future Sex. A magazine specialising in all
things cyder and erotic, and Reactor Inc, creators of the best
selling Virtual Valerie and Donna Matrix titles, for the use of
their concept pictures A mock-up ot tha graphica that would bo
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Help iiaurself If you understood the script then you have mastered practically 90% of the language.
What I will attempt to do in this instalment is to explain how you can create your own help text, manipulate variables and an assortment of other various tasks that can be performed by Installer, including creating text files.
Take a look at the script marked Figure 1a. This is taken from last month’s demonstration script - lines 17 to 28. You will notice that it contains a Copyfiles routine and an appropriate Help file - @copyfiles-help.
However, what if you didn't want to use Installer’s built-in Help files or if a dedicated Help file wasn’t available? You can easily create your own just by typing the text you want to appear alongside* the Help command.
If you take a look at Figure 1b you will see that I have changed the Help file and added my own help text. When the Help button is pressed at that point, the following text will be displayed: This is if owr Help file You cm easily write your own Kelp text in installer hut you awst aiki ire that the foriat is correct.
Hoe! Creating Help text is really siaple.
Let’s take a closer look at how Help text works. The first thing to remember, as with all functions in Installer, is to surround the routine with parenthesis. The open bracket starts at the beginning of the Help command.
The close bracket ends the routine after simple... You will also notice the n text. This tells installer to insert a carriage return at the specified location in the text. This is made clearer by comparing the actual script and results shown above.
There are various other text formatting commands that can be used and these are described below: n newline character V return character t tab character Q a NUL character V a double quote a backslash And that’s it. That's all there is to creating your own Help text - just remember the parenthesis.
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@default-dest is one such special symbol and stores the default directory that was selected by Installer, or you if you have the option to change the installation directory.
Assigning variables or symbols couldn't be simpler. Imagine you wanted to assign the value 10 to the variable y. You would type; (ill 1 10) This is read as set y to 10. You can Variables, or symbols as they are commonly known in the Installer language allow you to test for certain parameters and also to store and manipulate information. The following are all valid symbols: X total this-is-a-syabol at si Installer implements three different types of symbol which can be used for a variety of purposes: User-defined syebolsBuilt-in function naaes these syabols ire aide up of thiftjS like 4 and *
as well as textual naaes sucb as telete or lenaae.
Installer Part 3 combine statements easily enough and perform all the normal arithmetic functions associated with professional programming languages: (set var (4 3 5)) The above statement would evaluate the + 3 5 argument first, the result being 8, and then assign it to the variable var.
One important factor regarding variables is that they do not need any type of identifier such as S which would normally be used for a string variable.
Installer automatically checks the contents of the variable and converts the variable to the proper type automatically.
Making tent The Installer program is capable of many things, most of which you will now be aware. But it also has the ability to create text files and add instructions, usually assigns, to the User-Startup file located in the S directory.
Figure 1c shows a simple example of a routine to create a script file. The numbers have been added by myself so that I can explain each line individually.
01 This line opens a routine called Textfile which, as its name implies, uses the following commands to create an ASCII text file.
02 A simple message just to tell the user what’s going on.
03 The Help text. There is no pre-defined Help text for the Textfile routine so I have had to add my own, Amiga Computing TUTORIAL Hi Fig la (coaplcte 30) ( (narking ‘Instilling HyProg progm...') (topyfilet (pronpt '") (help icopyfiles-help) (source "HiarlyProj") (dest 3defiult-dest) (infos) (nogaugt) ) ) Fig lc 01 (tntfil* 02 tprcopt *Criiting i text file...") 03 (kelp •Hello") 0* (dest *S;HyT»itFile") 03 (append 'Won! I have just becoae i line of teit 06 (include "SrStirtup-Sequince") 07 (eonfira) 08 ) the User-Startup file in the S directory. The text after the Startup command will be added
before and after the actual command in the User-Startup file. It will be ignored because Installer will automatically precede it with ; which tells DOS to ignore that line.
If you need Installer also to add an has the abiliassign or ty to append command to text to an the User- ASCII file.
Startup file This proves Installer has extremely specialised useful lor commands adding Inforwhich can do mation to this Mountlists . Ik l.H
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will be demonstrating how you can check for a registration
number • 04 This is the ASCII file we want to create - the
destination.
05 The Append command inserts the text after it into the file specified by line 04. You can type in as much text as you like and are free to use the text formatting symbols described above.
06 The Include command allows you to add Other ASCII files to the one you have created - in this case the Startup-Sequence in the S directory. This is great for adding commands to the Startup-Sequence or Mountlist found in DEVS.
07 This command simply asks the user to confirm the entire routine to create the text file.
08 The close bracket ends the routine opened in line 01.
You now know how to create text files from within Installer. Simple, isn't it?
As well as adding text you can also add commands to the User-Startup file in the S directory. This is useful if the program you are installing needs to have assigns made every time you re-boot your Amiga.
If you look at Figure 1d you will see an example of a script that will add commands to the User-Startup file. Like before, each line has been numbered so that I can explain them one at a time.
_a WZ_ Phonflt Pro Instil lit ion Help This progrm will allow you to instill Phorielt Pro and its Associated files ta a floppy disk or hard drivi. It is rttoNwidtd that you read the Phonelt Pro ninual before you try and install the progrw.
Lake sore you have booted with your hard drive or floppy disk that you want to install to.
.ater, when asked to install a particular library click on Skip This Part if your present library junta is groatar than th« m Mill installed. | fall fn« Help | Bore | Proceed I lii? Nil Pirt I Help... I hrt Instill | 01 This line starts the routine Startup - a routine that will allow you to add commands to tV M Moat routines have dedicated Help files but if not you can create your own easily enough Fig lb (coaplete 30) ( (working "Installing HyProg prograi...") (copyfiles (proipt (help 'This is ay own Help fIle n" " n* ’You can easily write your own Kelp text in In&tallerVn** "but you oust
aake sure that tha foraat Is correct. n“ " n* ‘Wow! Creating Help text is really siiple...') (source •Rai:HyPrcg’) (dest idtfeglt-dest) (infos) (nogauge) ) Fig Id 01 (startup “Still' 02 (proapt *1 Mill now add an Assign for Scala in your User-Startup file so that the prograi Mill run correctly.*) 03 (help “No help unfortunately. Why not Add your own?") 04 (coaaand ’Assign Scala: DHO:Rultiiedil $ cill*) 03 (eonfira) 06 ) 03 The Help text. Startup does not have an associated Help file.
04 Command allows you to specify the text that will be added to the User-Startup.
05 This command simply asks the user to confirm the entire routine of adding the command in line 04 to the User-Startup file.
06 The close bracket ends the routine started in line 01. ryy Unfortunately, that's all I've got room for this month. In the fourth and last Installer tutorial I will be discussing variables and adding assigns in more depth, explaining how you can check for a registration number and giving away the complete Installer language syntax. Until then... 02 A message to tell the user what is going on.
Llext month in an ASCII text file.ln') Amiga Computing DOT MATRIX
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Smash hit MegaRace, which reached top spot in the Gallup CD chart when it was released on PC CD- ROM, is set to take the CD32 by storm. Set in the 21st century, the idea of entertainment takes the form of a virtual reality game show where contestants attempt to obliterate each other and use their skills to get around the 16 taxing racetracks Employing 3D graphics and digitised animations, Mindscape promises it will be "a one-of-a-kind gaming experience."
Mindscape over matter Set for release at the beginning of next year is an Arcade Strategy game called Baldy. The idea is to A book at playtime Bruce Smith Books, publishers of some of the best selling Amiga books, offers salvation for Elite fans everywhere! They are bringing out "Secrets of Frontier Elite", a hints and tips guide for Gametek’s popular space game.
The book forms part of the collection of the Gamer's Guide series and can be bought directly from BSB or found in bookshops such as WH Smiths priced £9.95. Football legend Football Glory, the new footy sim from Black Legend, is to have a sequel. At the moment details are quite sketchy as it is only in the planning stages, but it is likely to take the form of an indoor game because as Black Legend boast, its game uses real-time calculation on ball bounces.
This means a realistic deflection off the post etc., and it claims that it is logical now to add walls to the game as it is the only one to have worked out the complexity of the routines. It will also have different rule versions such as five-a-side, and will employ different pitch shapes. Don't expect anything until the first quarter of next year though.
Football Glory will also be appearing on CD32 and Black Legend intends to bring out other CD titles including Embryo and Spherical Worlds.
It's good to talk Vulcan Software, the team behind the loved and loathed speech adventure Valhalla and the Lord of Infinity, is set for another dose of verbal action in the very near future. With the sequel not due until sometime in Easter, it is bringing out another offering in the meantime.
Again the setting is Valhalla but the action centres on the Lord of Infinity's evil doings before the war. This time you will play from Infinity's point of view over four levels. * Also from Vulcan is Timeslip, a puzzler game set for release around March next year. You take control of 112 humans from the future who have been thrown back in history. They must learn to use resources and adapt to suit the different environments in a race against time. Digital speech is included and a fully spoken experiment co-ordinator encourages the expedition. The game takes place over such time zones as
Vietnam, Jurassic and Roman.
MegaRace on the CD32 this Winter take the community of Baldies and the aim is to make them prosper through inventing, fighting and the like.
Other news from Mindscape this month is that it has acquired Strategic Simulations, Inc. the California-based developers renowned for its wargames, fantasy RPGs and (together with TSR.
Inc.) Advanced Dungeons & Dragons game system.
Joel Billings, president of SSI comments: "As entertainment software has evolved, development efforts have become more and more complex. We believe Mindscape is a strong partner who can help us realise our product plans."
Armed and dangerous Crystal clear Magnetic Fields, the team behind the plat- former Kid Chaos and the classic Lotus Trilogy, has gone for a complete change in direction by bringing out an RPG. Publishers Kompart will bring out its new game entitled Crystal Dragon, which is intended to go right back to basics, ditching fancy graphics in favour of top playability.
Fans of the film the Lawnmower Man can look forward to Cyberwar, which is set for the CD32 at the beginning of next year, Cyberwar is the follow-up to the Lawnmower Man game (which incidentally didn't appear on the Amiga) and is based on the original film.
Empire get 'spaced out'!
Licensed from Iron Crown Enterprises, Empire is to bring out Cyberspace - a sci-fi RPG. Set in 2090AD, on the verge of a future dark age, the game is based around the scenario of street rebellion against Megacorporation repression - (cor, heavy!)
You will be able to create characters, get involved in espionage, try your hand at combat and travel the CyberSpace. A combination of vector and 3D bitmapped graphics will create the environment.
Sci-fi fanatics can look forward to CyberSpace soon, priced at £34.99. Glory, glory, Man Utd A 1994 data disk will be available any time for Krisalis' spectacular Manchester United Premier League Champions game. The disk will have all the bang-up-to-date info included.
Also from Krisalis is another licence, PFA Player of the Year, a footy sim which will use the same engine as Man Utd but will be viewed from a FIFA angle and from higher up in the stands.
On your marques Terramarque, the developer behind the chirpy beat -'em-up, Elfmania, is working on an overhead race-'em-up called P.I.D. which stands for Private Investigator Dollarally, Alow there's whales for you Neo are bringing out Whale's Voyage 2, the sequel to its popular space RPG it promises a more involving plot and improved graphics.
Characters generated from the previous game can be carried through to the sequel.
Pond life Millennium are putting its James Pond platform frolics together in a bargain bundle. The compilation will house James Pond 2 and 3 and will be available for both the CD32 and A1200, priced £19.99. Wandering wtiich games to put on your list to Santa?
We give you the lawdown on some of the best releases nlnr + inni we’ve seen over the past tew months... SvsiEin 5 Universe Without doubt, Universe is one of the games of the year so far. It has class in copious amounts and is presented outstandingly well. The combined icon and text control system is intuitive and friendly, making this a simple game to get to grips with.
Universe is the type of adventure game that will be enjoyed by even those normally disinterested in the genre, and must be highly recommended.
Theme Park The graphics are simply exquisite, the sound is excellent, it is as playable as hell and more addictive than any drug. It oozes sheer class and everyone that has seen it has had nothing but praise for Bullfrog's business simulator.
I could enthuse about Theme Park all day, but I don't want to because right now I want to get back to my A1200 to continue constructing my park.
Putty Squad The graphics are beautiful and the animation is excellent, especially on the main character.
The control method, considering just what Putty can do, is very easy to use and becomes second nature to you after only a couple of goes. It is extremely addictive and I put hand on heart and recommend it to everyone. Die-hard platform freaks and Putty fans are going to love it to death.
The 5torB5 ?n the doors Come or regular readers, you must know how it works by now. New readers, welcome to the most exciting part of the magazine, hold on tu your hats... I'm sure many of you are now familiar with our new scoring system, but for those reading Amiga Computing for the first time and those who might have forgotten exactly how it works, here is our guide to the System scoring, err system.
In our opinion, review scores have lost their context as a percentage; some products receiving scores which were only a few percentage short of being the "perfect*' game, when in truth they were only marginally above average.
OK, so the scores might seem unnaturally low at first but that's only because other scoring systems tend to be on the high side and perhaps not as comprehensive or honest as they could be In the long run you’ll receive a more concise and reader-orientated review that's geared towards the 0-20 This is given to the lowest of the low 21-30 An all-round poor game that may have a single saving grace 31-40 Just below the average, perhaps let down by a few indiscretions.
41-55 Games of this score are roughly average with 50 being a perfectly average score.
56-06 This is an above average game and is worth buying. For this reason it would be awarded the BRONZE award.
V. x This game is a rarity in that it actually looks and sounds
like 32-bit technology. What's more, the attraction is more
than skin deep thanks to playability that must have taken a
Dreamweb Imagine an interactive version of Blade Runner
directed by Quentin Tarrantino and you might just come close
to what it's like to sit, watch and play Dreamweb.
This title oozes class out of every digital pore and it almost seems to good to be true. Dreamweb literally roars across your monitor screen and growls at you like a vicious beast from the pits of hell.
90-100 The best in its genre. This benchmark title receives the PLATINUM title.
Guardian CD32 lot of care and attention on the developer's part. If you're out for plain old-fashioned action, buy Guardian and invigorate your spare time. This one shouldn't be missed.
67-77 A game of high quality that you as a reviewer would have no reservation in recommending.
Anything of this ilk would be awarded the 5ILVER award.
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MSG J 0QQ00 beat the«« World 1 If you follow these steps carefully then clearing the first world shouldn't be too much of a problem. Begin at level one, in the top left-hand corner of the war plan.
Tackle one meteor at a time and don't shoot at all the big boulders at once as the screen will become filled with hundreds of smaller ones, which are a lot harder to shoot or avoid.
In level one, try to pick up a gun power-up (represented by a "G"), then go to the bottom centre level and collect another. Your three-way shooter will now be at full power. Destroy the small ship that enters from the left and get the bouncer. Clear the other levels, finishing with the level in the bottom-left of the plan, with the bouncer powered up.
The first end-oMevel guardian is best tackled by flying your ship ff5m left to right, so you can shoot the boss as well as the shots that fly towards you. Try to stay at the same vertical position as the guardian.
As it doses its doors, rotate 90 degrees and fly slowly away, so that you enter on the other side of the screen. Repeat the same manoeuvre until you have defeated the guardian. If something goes wrong, hide behind the open doors of the ship because the shots can't penetrate them.
You'll now enter the first warp tunnel. The mines are indestructible and a lot smaller than the rocks. Because of this, the rocks will sometimes block your vision, it's best to move around instead of staying in one place. Focus your eyes on the centre of the tunnel and this will give you more time to react.
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World 2 You'll encounter a wave of Stellar Blades. When they
appear, they will home in on you and attack.
Your best defence here is to keep moving around, so they don’t get a chance to locate you.
In the top-centre level, a couple of bombers await you. Beware of the exploding mines they leave behind, they can be destroyed with a couple of well placed shots. In the bottom right level you must tackle four huge Space Balls. Destroy one to break their formation and this will make it easier to take out the rest.
In the bottom-left level you will find a squadron of Trilons. You'll need shields to deal with these- Put your shields up and fly straight towards them as soon as they appear.
When you face the end-of-level guardian, shoot its appendages while evading the tailed eye. When all the appendages are destroyed your shots can penetrate the main body. To defeat the eye, fly backwards and forwards at the edge of the screen and this way it won't be able to home in on you.
The special mission, should you accept it is a tough one. Firstly, your ship is constantly being pulled to the ground. Secondly, you must keep an eye on your fuel gauge. Remember, when you fly through tight spots use your break by pressing fire.
For the warp tunnel, use the same tactics as you did in the first.
+lYir6 While the city beneath you bums away, you must concentrate on destroying those rampant
* v asteroids y World 3 The bombers you face in the top- centre
levels leave spinning morph heads behind instead of mines. The
heads rotate and breath fire. When they start to morph from the
ball shape, do a runner or you'll wind up dead.
In the bottom-right level you'll have to deal with the Thorn Balls.
They spin around, bouncing from the edges of the screen. Stay in the centre of the screen and fire where you want by rotating your ship.
In the bottom-left level an Orbit Plate awaits you and you'll definitely need your shields to face it. The Space Worm is best taken out with missiles. Fly your ship around it and try to hit its body parts. If all else fails, put your shields up and make a Kamikaze attack.
The guardian is quite easy to defeat. Fly behind it (not too close) and shoot. When it stops, keep your distance and hit it with everything you've got.
The third tunnel sequence features a lot of Thorn Balls on a collision course with your ship. They bounce off the tunnel walls, are much bigger than the mines and are indestructible, so avoid them like the plague.
The very first warp tunnel is relatively easy to complete. Look at the centre of the tunnel to give yourself more time fp react fe the asteroids *¦
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The Beetles attack in groups and the best time to shoot at them is when they begin to rotate.
The end-of-level guardian has three phases. To deal with it, you must wait until it spins around, then you must accelerate, fly away and turn around to shoot at it. When it stops it either morphs into a plate or a ball.
If it takes the form of a plate you can expect a burst of shots. If it turns itself into a ball, look out for the homing missiles. The best weapon you can use against this guardian is the flamer.
Enter the fourth tunnel and make sure you get every energy power-up that you can see because you're going to need your strength for the final world.
This world is what your shoot-'em- up nightmares are made of. This is where you will face everything the professor throws at you, before he finally has a go.
In the top-centre level you will encounter waves of Orbit Plates flying from the bottom of the screen to the top.
Shooting them won't help, so concentrate on avoiding them and use your shields when you get yourself into a tight spot.
The guardian of this level is the professor himself. He will attack you with an egg-shaped machine which is armed to the teeth. The egg will try to crush you, so keep moving and shooting.
When the egg stops, a hatch will open revealing a flame-thrower or, maybe, a cannon. The flame* thrower has a limited range and it only comes out of the top of the egg.
The other weapons include a missile launcher and a rapid fire plasma rifle. When the egg is destroyed Professor Schaumund himself will appear, shooting at the sides of the screen at an incredible rate.
He is immune to your weapons so concentrate on avoiding his shots and attacks by moving up and down in the top and bottom edges of the screen.
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All for £5 Blavik disks 5 for £2.75 or 10 for £4.99 Send cheque postal order made payable to: SOIIWAitt EXPRESSIONS Unit 4,117 Kennington Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol B§7 9EX (9am-5pm Mon to Fri) CATALOGUE DISKS 75p each Details of over 2000 disks In our library updated regularly KICK 1 .4 DOWNGRADE YOUR A1200 AND OR A600 TO WORKBENCH 1.4 YOU CAN NOW RUN ALL OUR SOFTWARE Credit Card orders only Tel: 0272 425987 (10am-4pm Mon to Fri) uring the run up to Christmas 1993* a game created by Bloodhouse, a then unknown software developer from Finland, arrived on the Amiga games scene. It was a
shoot'em-up of epic proportions and its name was Stardust.
Bloodhouse had taken the good old classic theme of asteroids and tweaked it beyond belief in the graphic and sound departments. Stardust although hard, soon became a firm favourite with Amiga games-players everywhere and slowly climbed to the top of the software charts.
When System previewed Stardust back in late 1993, we mentioned that Bloodhouse was the only, potential, contender to beat Team 17 for sheer quality. Now in 1994, Bloodhouse has returned with an enhanced version of its classic shoot-'em up for A1200 and CD32 owners. The odd thing now is the fact that Bloodhouse has switched publishers. The latest incarnation of Stardust is being handled by Team 17, which when you look at it is one of the licence deals of the year.
Bloodhouse really tested the A500 to the limits with Stardust and gamers were genuinely shocked at just how good it was. Some people wouldn't or couldn't believe that the infamous "warp tunnel" sequence was created on the Amiga.
The A1200, launched after Stardust, is ten times better than its A5Q0 counterpart, so no-one was more interested in how Super Stardust was going to turn out than myself.
I do whinge rather a lot about everything and anything, but when it comes to games nothing gets my goat more than the low standards of music contained within them.
Super Stardust is a fast frenetic blaster, so it needed an apt soundtrack to accompany the action. Cue the most outrageous rave dance tunes ever to appear on the Amiga.
A plethora of hardcore breakbeats and some of the hardest and nastiest noises pound at your ear-drums while you maniacally bash away at your fire-button, The tunes are diverse and range from the soft (played between levels) to Super The return of the deadly, drop-dead gorgeous shoot-’enHip from hell! Jonathan Maddock primes his trigger-finger and prepares to take on the might of Professor Schamund once more.
One year has passed since Stardusters defeated the evil Professor Schamund. Little did anyone know that the mad Professor had only departed on a temporary basis and was busy patching up his wounds.
As expected. Professor Schamund has returned, but this time he's being backed up by an even more evil army of destruction. He is making another attempt to re-capture Princess Voi Levi, but with one major difference this time around. The evil one is intent on getting revenge and getting even with you, as you spoiled his plans for galaxy domination last time. Thus, it is time for you to jump into your space-craft and get back to business. The business of some serious shoot-'em-up action.
The seriously harsh (belted out while you fight the end-of-level guardian). It's hard to put into words what the actual tunes sound like, but imagine a dangerous concoction of the Prodigy, Underworld and Orbital and you're getting close.
A handy tip for the sound is to put your Amiga through a Hi-Fi and then pump up the volume as loud as you like. If you haven't got a decent stereo, then plug a pair of headphones into your monitor and once more whack the volume up. The various tunes and effects are simply not done any justice if you let them play through ordinary TV or monitor speakers.
Clf-Kira 1814 Do I really even need to write anything in this box?
Sit back in a comfy chair and admire all those magic graphics.
Beautiful just doesn't seem an adequate enough word to describe them.
Show me a shoot-’em-up game that looks better than this one and I'll laugh in your face because nothing looks as good as Super Stardust. Utilising the new AGA technology, Bloodhouse has rendered all the ray-traced sprites to perfection.
The backdrops are also a sight to behold and although they're immensely detailed, they don't interfere with the game, meaning all the asteroids and enemies are easy to pick out.
While the main graphics are amazing, you will go seriously nuts when you see the new and improved warp tunnel sequence. It’s hard to put into words just how good this looks when it's moving along at a rapid pace, but you can't fail to be impressed by it.
The warp tunnel sequence could be made into a game on its own rather than just a sub-section that links the five levels together. Super Stardust is the best looking shoot-'em-up ever created on the Amiga, what more do you need to know than that?
When a game has got graphics, sound and playability as good as this, shouldn't Super Stardust get 100%. Yes it should, but there is a fatal flaw in Team 17's plan.
Firstly, the game is virtually identical to the original.
Admittedly, the presentation is far far better, but that’s because the game is utilising the power of the AGA chipset.
Secondly, the game costs £30. This means that if you've got an A1200 and haven't got Stardust, then Bloodhouse’s shoot-'em-up is an essential purchase.
For those people who have already got Stardust, then I suspect you might only splash out £30 if you're a Stardust fan.
Apart from that minor indiscretion, Super Stardust is, in my book, the shoot- 'em-up of 1994. Some people complained that Stardust's difficulty level was far too high. Super Stardust isn't any easier than the original, but if you spend lots of time playing the actual game then I guarantee that you will get a lot of longterm satisfaction and enjoyment out of it. Me? I'm off for another serious bout of blasting with the volume turned full up.
If you were to go back through time to about 1979, you'd find Stardust in an arcade somewhere. This was, roughly, when a game called asteroids was released and it literally left gamers gob-smacked.
Now almost 16 years later and you can still find its influence in the majority of shoot- 'em-ups. Technology having progressed immensely, you now get 256 colour graphics, stereophonic sound, but the gameplay still remains the same.
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DEMO CD 1 Also Available £19.99 + 75p Postage 0t's been mentioned that football is the greatest game ever invented. Judging by the amount of people who go to matches, watch it on TV and actually play the game, I tend to be in agreement with whoever uttered those words.
It's not surprising that the computer football game is far more popular than any other genre.
The arcade games sell well, but it is the management simulation that has been top of the league for the last few years.
You can thank Gremlin for this because when it released the original Premier Manager a few years ago it created a game that was as close to football INTRODUCTION management as you could possible get.
The Sheffield-based software house then created a sequel which surpassed the original and now Gremlin Interactive is hoping that the third game in the series will do just as well.
Looking back at Gremlin's track record, I can't see anything but success for the latest Premier Manager offering.
A bit of a bold thing to say in the introduction, but I've already played it you see and it's rather good.
Obviously you only have to look back at the previous Premier Manager games to find a game of the football management simulation variety. Ignoring these though, there are a whole wealth of management games out in the shops and most of them are pretty damn good.
A firm favourite and Premier Manager's closet competitor is Championship Manager which has sold incredibly well over the last couple of years plus it's been faithfully supported by a whole range of data disks.
On the Ball: World Cup and League Editions have been the latest additions to the football management fold and with their fancy TV style graphics they're sure to put up a lot of competition.
Even Sensible World of Soccer has got a new management aspect to it and no doubt this will be a big seller, but in my opinion nothing compares to Gremlin's Premier Manager series The new tactics options give a whole new slant to the game because now your decisions directly affect the game you're watching There really isn't a need for superb sound effects and music in a game of this type. That said, Premier Manager 3 does contain a fair smattering of sound.
The match sequence comes complete with crowd effects and you're even treated to a selection of sampled speech when something happens within the game.
The introduction tune is quite good, but I'm sure dedicated gamers will skip past it to simply get to playing the game. However, if it didn't have a piece of introduction music I’m sure you'd get people whinging and complaining.
What sound is in the simulation is good, but you don't really need any sound .whatsoever to make this type of game a success.
Although graphics and sound are quite important in a piece of software, I'm sure fans of the game would much rather know about all the new features that have been included.
One of the major new features is the introduction of an Assistant Manager. This person can help with the day-to-day running of the club, leaving you to sort out the running of the team. He she can do the training schedules, treat injured players, check sponsor boards, hire and fire employees and negotiate player contracts.
All these tedious jobs which were a pain in the previous games are now a thing of the past, although it depends on how good your Assistant is as to how much he she does- A new transfer system has been incorporated which lets you see other club's bids, allowing you to raise yours accordingly at the right moment. This time around you haven't got as much money to start with and you must try and get the money off your tight-fisted directors to buy players.
The most interesting feature of all is the new tactics editor. You can now change what each player does and where he plays on the pitch. For example, you can decide how far out from goal each player shoots from or you can tell each of your defenders to clear the ball whenever they receive it, and so it goes on.
What you get is a far more in- depth game and your decisions really do affect how your team performs. A feature which you should be very wary of is the fact that you can now be sacked immediately in mid-season if your management performance isn't up to scratch.
This latest version has been given a good lick of paint in several areas. First is the actual backdrop to the main menu which can now be user-defined.
All the colours of the rainbow are in there and it's all down to you how good the game looks.
The ground improvements screen now features a full stadium and although it’s a superficial change, it does look rather nice. The biggest change appears when you finally get around to playing a match.
Gremlin interactive has scrapped the animations from Premier Manager 2 and introduced a full stadium that comes complete with players in correct strips into the management fray.
This means you get to know exactly where the baii is at all times and it's a lot clearer to know exactly where you're going wrong.
The players can even be changed into shirts' numbers so that the screen isn’t so cluttered, and if you don’t fancy any of these new graphics then they can be simply turned off.
The rest of the menus and screens are very similar to the ones found in the first sequel, but on the whole Premier Manager 3 looks a lot more polished and better presented than it’s predecessors.
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Jonathan Maddock cheers from the terraces... With the introduction of loads of new and innovative features, there wasn't any question that this third game in the series wouldn't be good. Even though it's about a year since I played around on the last one, I picked up the Premier Manager swing of things almost immediately.
The hew graphical inclusions really do set Gremlin Interactive's management simulation apart from the rest. The game is now just about perfect and Realms of Fantasy has included everything that you could possible vtfant in a football management game.
I suppose if you bought the first and second games then you might want to. For financial reasons, steer clear of the product, but then again, by buying both those games you must be a bit of a fan and I expect that this third game is already on your shopping list.
As far as gameplay goes, Premier Manager 3 is in a class of its own, but where it really scores is in the addiction stakes. I raise my hand now and admit that I did play Premier Manager 2 into the early hours when I should have gone out and had a life. I fear that Premier Manager 3 will have the same effect on me, so I'm locking it away, such is its addictive power.
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Six months ago. Team 17 took another game genre under their wing and once again created a classic piece of Amiga software. Its name was Arcade Pool and it was and still is a fully fledged, fast and frenetic pool game of epic proportions.
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Jonathan Maddock has a look at Team 17’s excellent Arcade Pool, this time making an appearance on the CD32 AMIOA GOLD AWARD When developing the original, Team 17 thought about sampling a pub atmosphere which would play while you were clacking your balls around the table (although this was probably just a very good excuse to drink copious amounts of alcohol in work time). The idea couldn't be implemented into the floppy disk version, but it wasn't forgotten about and has been included in this CD32 version.
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I Disney is the perfect excuse, r Millions of adults flock to the Cinema the moment a new Disney film is released, with the question* able motive of "just taking the children."
The Disney name though is synonymous with quality and has a long history of great products. From its earliest cartoons, such as the start of Mickey Mouse way back in 1928, its human feature films, for instance Mary Poppins, to its theme parks in America and now in France.
But what has won the hearts of many Tina Hackett shouts “Alakazam”, “Open Sesame” and all that as she enters the magical world of Aladdin.
Hmm. Clever bit of marketing this, using a film licence thing because it comes complete with sound track. And in this case, a Disney sound track at that! All those who have seen the film will be instantly whisked back in to the plot and for those who haven't - well, the tune isn't one of those horrible grating ones - you will soon be humming along in no time!
The intro tune "A whole new world" sets the mood brilliantly and is from one of the more sentimental parts of the film with its melodic tone - creating that magical atmosphere that Disney does so well.
The rest of the in-game tunes are taken from the film and change with each new level. This gives variety and means if you don't like one of the tunes then all is not lost! They all fit in nicely with the speed of the game and the setting.
It's also crammed full of sound effects, from sword blows and yelps to a goading baddy urging you to take him on! In fact, most actions have their appropriate sounds, with a good range of realistic and some almost mystical effects.
Are the animated films such as Dumbo, Snow White and the like. More recently though, a popular route for the films and Disney characters has been as a license for computer games, and Virgin certainly has its eye on the main chance this Winter with two Disney releases imminent The first is Aladdin followed soon after by The Lion King. We take a look at Aladdin, its initial offering, and see whether it matches up to its cinematic counterpart.
Okay, who honestly doesn’t know this tale? Well, me for starters! So after a brief storytelling from those here in the office, this is a quick recap.
The sultan's advisor Jafar is plotting to take over the kingdom. He wants to steal the magic lamp from the perilous Cave of Wonders. Aladdin is a street rat who must steal to survive. Jafar sees Aladdin and realises a plan to get Aladdin to steal the lamp for him. And in true “scene-setting" style, that's where you come in!
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I Many know the tale of Aladdin but it's origins are not quite so familiar. The story is part of the Arabian Nights, tales from the 10th century, originally coming from India. Also known as The Thousand and One Knights, the other stories include Ali Baba, Sinbad the Sailor and The Old Man of the Sea.
Legend has it that they were were told to the Sultan by his bride Scheherazade who told the stories to avoid execution.
The previous brides were executed after the wedding night to prevent them being unfaithful so she began a different tale each night, promising to finish it the next evening.
The stories were first translated into European in 1704 by the French writer Antoine Galland.
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Hmm, Amiga platformers - well, we're not exactly short of comparisons there. But good ones - that's a different story. As far as animation goes, Aladdin is in a class of its own. Consoles have somewhat ruled the roost as far as good looking platformers go, but with this being converted over to the Amiga in such a fine fashion it should keep even the most disgruntled Amiga platform fan more than happy.
We're normally a pretty cynical bunch in the Amiga Computing office, but Aladdin really did impress with its superb graphics and attention to detail.
The animation is smooth and flowing, with each character having personality packed into every pixel. The main character of Aladdin has many different expressions and movements. Every action really works like a cartoon. For example, when he leaps across something his baggy pants move with the air, or If you leave him standing he leans on his sword or juggles apples.
Other characters have just as much detail. For instance, the knife throwers, whose jaws drop in horror when you throw something at them resulting in their trousers falling down, or the comical snakes who slither towards you.
The backdrops create the many settings, brilliantly using different levels to make it all the more interesting as you pit your skills against fhe terrain.
Foreground detail makes the whole thing more realistic, making for some interesting gameplay - for example, the rocks are built up in stages.
Each level creates a different atmosphere, from the dusty market streets to the mysterious caves with its deadly spiked roofs. J | opinion Twn miGA GOLD AWARD I dread to use the phrase “Interactive cartoon" but this is pretty damn close. All the elements are top notch and could quite easily pass for cartoon quality.
However one thing does worry me - it is rather too easy. I imagine this game wouldn't last some of the more V *.
Advanced games players all that long. As the title is geared at the younger end of the market this is understandable, and with the addition of a difficult setting it will prolong the game to some extent.
Action is varied and the many requirements of the levels will demand different skills. One minute you'll need your best swashbuckling talents to keep the enemies at bay, the next, timing your jumps across trees to reach bonuses.
There is a temptation with licensed games to release a sub-standard product thinking that it will sell anyway. Thankfully, Virgin Disney have done the decent thing and released a title of exceptional quality that is a more-than-fitting successor to the original film.
For platformer fans everywhere I'd definitely recommend this. For those who prefer a more cerebral type of game, then Aladdin won't really fit the bill, but what the game does have is an abundance of gorgeous graphics, superb sound tracks and stacks of playability. A wonderful addition to the platform genre.
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A quick glance at Binary Asylum's debut and my mind wandered back to the good old days when the only piece of software that ever mattered to any* one was a beautiful little 3D game entitled Virus. A classic game of original and epic proportions that will forever be remembered by gamers old enough Zeewolf is set in the future and due to the Polar ice caps melting, the world is now a sorry and very damp place.
Ediptico, a huge corporation, contributed to the disaster by cutting corners simply to make a fast buck.
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Zenith Research, a rival but smaller corporation, has cracked the secret of fusion power and created a reactor that produces plentiful, cheap energy with no harmful byproducts. With this power, the world could be put back to rights once more, but Ediptico has stolen the plans and is intent on monopolising fusion power for itself.
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War-zone later on in the mission and you can admire your destructive handiwork.
There are other nice touches such as the map and mission objective screen. When selected, you find that a quarter of the screen has a scaled down version of the main screen inside it Overall, the graphics are of a very high- standard, but aren't too fantastic as they might distract you from the job in hand. If Zeewolf did have 256 colour graphics and ray-traced objects everywhere, then I get the feeling that the game just wouldn't perform as well as it does now.
Won't notice this in the screenshots, obviously. But it really is a sight to behold.
The surrounding graphics are just as good and things like the huge aircraft carrier are worth a special mention. The backgrounds don't consist of much more than a few trees, but that's just fine with me as you can concentrate on the action instead.. The game is viewed from the one angle, placed just in front of the helicopter. This enables you to see the whole of your gunship, plus you get a good picture of what’s going on around you.
Zeewolf is a 3D polygon game and, more often than not these types of game suffer in the graphics department, but Binary Asylum's Amiga debut is more than a notch above your average kind of game.
The helicopter is beautifully done and moves almost like the real thing. You One thing that will impress you is the explosions. They look fantastic and really add to the game because after a vehicle or building has been destroyed, a wave of black smoke bellows into the sky. This looks brilliant when you fly over the Grab that helmet, jump in your chupper, start thuse rotor blades and be a co-pilot to Jonathan Maddnck as he admires Binary Asylum’s Amiga debut.
Vlatinum Let's not beat around the bush, Binary Asylum has created one of the best Amiga debut games I have ever seen. OK, so it may be very similar in looks and style to Virus, but that isn’t such a bad thing, in fact it's a very good thing.
Do you remember Airwolf? I do because, more than anything in the world, when I was a kid I wanted to sit next to Ernest Borgnine and fly that super-powered helicopter. Zeewolf is the nearest I'm ever going to get to achieving that childhood fantasy and that could be Hntyr. Ilnq Asjtii any.
Bad points to Zeewolf.
Binary Asylum can slap themselves on the back because Zeewolf is, in my eyes at least, a tremendous success. It's a game that doesn't rely on heavy advertising or publicity to sell it, but simply lets the gameplay do the talking. I have nothing but high praise for Binary Asylum's debut and it is, quite simply, one of the gaming highlights of 1994.
;w«m ahi aiii wii Zeewolf isn't spectacular in the sound department, but all the various beeps, bangs and crashes do their job to perfection. The chugging of your rotor blades as you fly over the landscape is basically the only noise you need.
Zeewolf is one of those games which must be played with the volume turned full up at levels loud enough to make your neighbours think you've got a full scale war- zone in your house.
The tune in the game isn't brilliant, but you only hear it at the beginning of the game and after you've completed one of the missions anyway.
I'm sure games would be improved ten-fold if software companies would spend more time on the music side of things, because it tends to get forgotten about and that is a real shame. Films have really good themes and soundtracks and the same should really apply to games, but that's enough of my soap-box ranting.
Zeewolf has some nice sound effects that do the job they’re supposed to and a rather bog-standard tune.
Overall you’d have to say that the sound is good, but it's not great.
One reason why I like it so much.
Another, far better reason could be that the game plays like a dream. Once you've mastered the controls, which to someone with a bit of intelligence is fairly easy, you're away in a shoot-'em-up world packed full of action and excitement.
Control via the mouse is a lot harder to master and I have to admit I haven't tried playing the game with it a lot. But that’s because I've been quite happy using the joystick and have had no problems at all.
It is a highly addictive piece of software and there are so many good things about it that I couldn't possibly list them all, but even better is that there aren't many, if to know better.
Zeewolf looks a lot like Virus, but Binary Asylum has made the genius introduction of a state-of-the-art prototype helicopter gunship. Cue plenty of hot-blooded shoot-'em-up action, coupled with a healthy amount of tactics and strategy.
If Zeewolf has got half of what Virus had, then this could be what the Amiga games-playing world has been waiting for.
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is so special about the plat- IV VI form game? What can be so
¦ Till exciting about hopping from l'l'V platform to platform
while t | f killing various evil hordes? Why when each
platformer is virtually identical to the next one do gamers
continue to buy the genre in their thousands?
To be perfectly honest with you, I don't know or have any answers. All I can do is present the next Amiga platform offering to you.
Renegade is one of the best software houses at producing high-quality games.
Have a peek through their back catalogue and you'll find classic titles such as Speedball 2, Magic Pockets, Uridium 2.
Fire & Ice and Sensible Soccer.
There is a reason why the games are so good. It's simply because Renegade has had the foresight to sign up some of the best Amiga developers in the country.
The Bitmap Brothers, Graftgold and Sensible Software are just a few examples.
Renegade together with developers, Wunderkind have created Ruff 'n' Tumble and it's a game that might make you think twice before dismissing the platform genre.
Ruff y Do you fancy a bit of rough, perhaps with a side-order of tumble.
Jonathan Maddock leaps, bounces, shoots, flicks back his quiff and admires Renegade’s latest addition to the platform genre.
The hero of the game is a blonde-haired, gun-toting, cutesy kid called Ruff. While playing marbles near a mysterious rabbit warren, Ruff loses one of his precious collection when it rolls down a tunnel.
Ruff decides to get his marble back, but little does he know that down the tunnel is a teleport to another world. Ruff, dazed and confused, finds himself on an alien planet. He later discovers that the world is run by the evil Dr Destiny. The mad doctor controls a fearsome army made up of robots called the Tinheads.
Our hero, to his surprise, also spots his marble collection lying strewn throughout the planet.
Armed with a variety of weapons, including flame-throwers and laser-guns, Ruff must battle through four worlds and 16 levels to recover his marbles, and while he’s at it he must also save the planet from the evil clutches of Dr Destiny and his Tinhead Army.
Hey. I spot a puzzle element to the game. Pick up that key and you'll get past the fatal laser beams Clrtttaif till s a:*: nun sun top-notch throughout, but the main "Ruff" sprite is totally brilliant and although he looks * quite nice in the screenshots, The words "exquisite", "superb" and "gorgeous" do not even come close to describing the graphics in Ruff 'n' Tumble. I haven't seen a platformer look as good as this in quite a while, only Magic Pockets and Gods could challenge it for graphics supremacy.
There isn't an introduction sequence for the game, surprising as they come fitted as standard for most games of this genre, but that's a good thing rather than bad as your Whole attention goes on the in-game graphics.
The attention to detail in Wunderkind's platformer is very impressive. Things like the background graphics and the various explosions have had a lot of time and effort spent of them and it's paid off. The animation is Ruff comes to life when you're playing the game.
Details such as Ruff's quiff which flicks about when he runs around the screen are nice inclusions. Although these small factors alone won't make you want to buy the game outright, they do go a long way to making the game, as a whole, a more impressive product.
Put it this way. If the graphics in Ruff 'n' Tumble could be represented by a meal they would be a Sunday Roast dinner complete with all the trimmings, plus you'd also have apple pie and cream for afters.
Tumble There are four worlds in Ruff 'n' Tumble, all with their own distinct theme. The first is Fantasy Forest and Ruff must race around the woods and tunnels to rescue his marbles. There are plenty of underground sections to the game and the graphics darken accordingly.
World two is the Underground Mine. This has lots of slippery crystal surfaces and pools of molten lava dotted around the place.
Keep a careful eye out for the Miner and the Drillbot.
The third world is entitled Tinhead Factory. The metallic levels feature lots of flickering lights and fatal electric fields. It's best to steer clear of the masked Docker and watch out for the rockets which will launch themselves at you, if you get too close.
The fourth and final world is Dr Destiny's Castle. The floors are littered with concealed traps and various metallic beasties. There are Knights armed with swords and shields, plus it's worth keeping tabs on the Wizard. Defeat the end of game baddie and you'll have completed Ruff 'n' Tumble, Most games of this ilk do make the unfortunate mistake of ruining the whole package by adding a cutesy, plinky-plonky soundtrack - the kind of tune a six year old might appreciate.
Luckily, Ruff 'n1 Tumble hasn't made this mistake and although it's by no means a classic, the music is adequate enough to keep you leaping and shooting at a rampant frenetic pace.
The sound effects also do their job with plenty of bleeps and bloops when you collect one of the pick-ups.
Explosions are abundant and they make enough noise to keep your attention.
In this case, the sound and effects are quite good, but during the fast- paced action you don't tend to take any notice of them. If they were missing though, I'm sure the game would suffer.
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ages. Not since the days of the Bitmap Brother's Magic Pockets
have I seen a more graphically fantastic and enormously
playable platform game.
What really appeals, despite the success in the graphics department, AW A R D is the difficulty level. This level is set high so that even the most experienced gamesplayer will have to spend plenty of time mastering the various levels.
Even though you're surrounded by cuteness, don't think for one minute that Ruff 'n' Tumble is for kids only. Older gamesplayers will revel in the tough platform challenge.
Wunderkind has done an amazing.job and seems to have got every single element of the game just right. The graphics are superb, the sound is good, the gameplay is amazing and it has an uncanny level of addiction that'll keep you playing it again and again.
Ruff 'n' Tumble is, quite simply, the cutesy platformer of the year.
Nitro, an overhead racing game from the dark and distant past, was, as far as I am concerned, the only game of its genre that ever mattered, but all this could be about to change courtesy of Arcane Entertainment and its latest Amiga offering entitled Turbo Trax.
Turbo Trax is an overhead racing game, but it features five different types of car, 25 tracks, realistic collision detection, a shop where you can purchase spare parts and graphically it looks completely brilliant.
Turbo Trax * Arcane Entertainment There will be five scenarios in which you race, including a forest, racetrack and even the ubiquitous icy track. The cars will include a sports car, a jeep, a 4x4 off-road vehicle, a dune buggy and an Indy car. Each will handle differently and will have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Arcane has been working on the game for about a year and although its not a name familiar to many, its been responsible for the graphics in games such as Syndicate and Populous 2.
Turbo Trax might receive some serious competition from Team 17's ATR, but from what we've seen and heard, Arcane may have created a racer that’s already prepared to take the chequered flag this Christmas.
Valhalla: Before The War • Vulcan Software When Valhalla was released in the middle of this year it received a whole band of mixed reviews from the computer press. The percentages ranged from the high 90's to the lowest of the low, but thankfully.
Amiga gamers didn't take a blind bit of notice and went out and bought it anyway, Due to immense public demand for another speech adventure after the release of Valhalla: The Lord of Infinity, Vulcan Software decided to start work on a special edition budget version of the game entitled Valhalla: Before The War.
This prequel uses the same game engine as the original game and it is based on the Lord of infinity's exploits before the war. It’s spread over two levels of manic puzzle solving and features more speech than your ears can handle.
The game boasts a 500 word vocabulary, loads of interactive characters, plenty of atmospheric soundtracks and you get to play it all from the Lord of Infinity's point of view.
At the highly reasonable price of £14,99, this is a perfect game to ease your Valhalla hunger, at least until the proper sequel is ready which is due around Easter time next year. Another Vulcan Software title you might want to keep an eye on is Timeslip, which will be available in March 1995, and hopefully we should have a preview of it sometime in the very near future.
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P forgotten lands as you play the hero in this fantasj role-playing adventure, set in a top-down, multi-dire' perspective across seven extensive levels. || Available on: Amiga (compatible with 500,600 and 1200), Amiga C082, PC and PC CD ROM Dragpnstone © Core Design Limited. All Rights Reserved.
55 Asfboume Road Derby DE22 3FS Telephone (0332) 297797 Facsimile (0332) 381511 LCL announce an incredible new release1 CD MICRO FRENCH (Beginners - GCSE) Ml CD Micro French is a complete course of 30 programs taking beginners up to GCSE in French, following the National Curriculum, for the Amiga CD or CD32. (See the screen shot).
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SOME GAMES MAY NOT BE RELEASED AT TIME OF GOING TO PRESS Super Stardust Slick graphics are in abundance in this Team 17 shoot-'em-up.
The ever-popular gameplay of Asteroids E:v31 is employed here, combined with a mixture of superb graphics and some spectacular technical effects like speeding through tunnels, Sim City 2000 This excellent "god" game from Maxis will be converted to the Amiga for megalomaniacs everywhere. This in-depth strategy game is based on building your own city and should go down well this Christmas, especially as Maxis has already built a strong reputation for its other titles with 'SIM' offerings, for example, Sim Earth and Sim Life to name but two.
Its appeal may be limited to an older gamesplayer though as it is quite a complex game, and to get the most out of it you may need 3Mb of RAM and a hard drive which could also make a big difference.
It could be one of the best shoot-'em-ups of the year but it's up against a sports game (SWOS) and it might be at a disadvantage not having the same amount of publicity as maybe Rise of the Robots or Cannon Fodder 2. When all said and done it is A1200 and CD32 only - plus many will already have the original and wonder if it is worth upgrading to.
System Rise of the Robots Jungle Strike Sequel-time again. This follow-up to the '£: immensely popular Desert Strike will follow .
The exploits of the madman's son, Kilbaba Jr. (.. The setting changes to a jungle terrain but | 7 II the terror continues with Kilbaba assisted by | r f | a South American Drug Lord. But it does have some hefty competition to live up to, with ... Zeewolf just being released and already looking pretty spectacu- N lar. And with another war-based y game. Cannon Fodder 2, on » v ' release, will it match up to the competition?
Jungle Strike, the sequel to Desert Strike, will be a must for action fans everywhere A game backed up by a huge advertising campaign is bound to have raised the interest of many gamers and as a beat-'em-up - a genre that enjoys widespread appeal - it is bound to sell by the truck load. Rise of the Robots has the advantage of being a multi-format launch and 'word of mouth' is a powerful selling tool. So it's unlikely that there is anyone in the games world that won't have heard of this title.
And such futuristic graphics will prove popular. Mirage boasts that Rise is the "first game with a fully rendered, morphing character" and the 'first game with film quality controllable 3D graphics."
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Cimtnn 1IM The Virgin Disney collaboration i$ bringing out two Amiga releases this Winter.
One is Aladdin, the other is The Lion King - Disney's latest animation based around a Lion Cub who is forced into the wilderness and finds refuge with Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the Meerkat.
The Lion King Already raking it in at the Box Office, Disney's The Lion King will have won an a receptive audience for Virgin's game license. If we were talking consoles here then quite possibly we'd bill it as a huge hit, but the discerning Amiga owner demands more than just pretty graphics. It is likely to be a favourite with many younger players though, but as a platformer its popularity may just be limited to the younger end of the market.
Cannon Fodder 2 It's a strong favourite this one. It's a sequel, and like it or not they sell - whether justifiably or not. I mean, look at Jaws and Police Academy! But in this case, after seeing the game, I breathed a sigh of relief to see that it is more than worthy to be a successor of the much loved Cannon Fodder.
It is different enough to warrant a sequel, with new locations, new vehicles and missions. Along with the usual tanks, we have Battering Rams. Witches in bubbles, and airships - all of which can be found in their appropriate themed levels such as Medieval, Beirut Chicago and Alien Ships.
The Sensible Software bunch have built up a good reputation for quality software so with their name stamped on the box and with the original Cannon Fodder selling by the bucket load, we could well see this sequel jumping off the shelves and in to the number one slot.
Bookies Dreamweb Like it or not, sex and violence sell. You 0n*y neec talce a loolc a*the mciustrv
• to see this. And now it hits the home computer via Empire's
new adventure game, Oh yes, and by slapping an 18 warning
sticker on it saying: "contains scenes of sex and graphic
violence," what better selling point could you get than that?
Empire's risque adventure received a storming 90 per cent last issue when System hailed it as "oozing class out of every digital pore." However, we're talking Christmas number ones here, so it's unlikely that any doting parent will go out and buy this for their precious offspring. It’s going to be a good game but it’s unlikely to make the number one spot because, admittedly, it's not everyone's cup of tea.
FIFA Soccer- Appearing on many major formats, FIFA Soccer was met with great critical acclaim. Now set for the Amiga for the run up to Christmas, will it really be spot on goal this season?
It has been well received on its console counterparts but can it kick it on the Amiga. Let's hope so. Because how much more disappointment can Amiga owners take on the football sim front?
I mean, look at all the build up we had to the World Cup.
Plagued by press release after press release, we were told of these new and fantastic games that were soon to hit our Shelves... and what happened? They turned out to be emptier than a politician's promise.
Kick Off 3 was a reasonable enough effort but nowhere near as good as console versions, World Cup USA '94 was abysmal, Wembley Soccer was bordering heavily on average, and Sierra Soccer was impressive until you compared it to greats like Goal! And Sensi, so let's hope FIFA will be a faithful conversion.
FIFA is a strong title but it's up against the son of Sensi, so can it really see off the competition?
Plenty of hype and publicity is bound to make Rise of the Robots popular this Christmas Sensible World of Soccer To say Sensible Soccer was immensely popular would be an understatement. For many, this was the definitive footy sim and now it’s spawning a sequel. Sensible World of Soccer is widening its appeal by adding a whole new chunk of management action.
Rea! Players add an authentic touch to the game with accurate names, stats and even hair colour. With over 1,400 teams and 22,000 real players, it's every footy fans dream come true!
And yes. It has the advantage of everyone knowing what to expect from the playability. No nasty surprises there! Just tonnes more gameplay and realism. It also has the advantage of being a sports game - always an immensely popular choice! Some would say a .sequel is long over due and there are many Sensi Soccer veterans out there anxious to get their hands on the successor to this classic.
Tend to harp on about this next subject rather a lot, but I feel that it needs to be instilled in people's brains as often as possible. Everyone likes superb ray-traced 3D graphics combined with stereophonic sound, but there is no point in having them if the product doesn't have reasonable amounts of playability, gameplay and, most importantly, originality.
Most software houses tend to forget about the latter features and simply concentrate on presentation, but there is, at least, one company out there which always seems,to get the combination just right.
Legends?
Krisalis, a software house based in Rotherham, has built itself up over the years from small beginnings to compete with the big boys of the software industry.
You only have to look through its back catalogue of games to see how many times the aforementioned combination pops up.
Where do good games come from? From the minds of the developers, that's where! The geezers responsible for Krisalis' forthcoming RP6, despite being certifiably insane, have all got good backgrounds in the world of computer game creation.
Programmer Richard leather has previously done work on James Pond and played a major hand in the development of Krisalis' Sabre Team. One of Legends most outstanding features is the quality of the graphics. A three-man team consisting of Phil Hackney, Mark Edwards and Mark Potente are responsible for the pixels and sprites you see in Legends.
Phil takes care of all the character animation, Mark Edwards creates all the level backdrops and has designed the introduction sequence, while Mark Potente handles everything else.
Judging by the answers they gave me (none of them printable) when I asked for a bit of back ground. Krisalis has got its hands full with a team that belongs in an loony asylum never mind a soft ware house.
Legends? I think it's more than likely.
Shadow Worlds, Sabre Team, Arabian Knights, Manchester United Premier League Champions and the hugely popular Soccer Kid are just a handful of examples of Krisalis' astute eye for spotting and producing top quality games.
Not surprisingly, Krisalis havs got another Amiga product on the way and by the looks of things it could well be its best release to date. The latest offering, entitled Legends, is unbelievably huge. It contains four quests, loads of characters to interact with and plenty of other fascinating features dotted all over the place. From what System has seen in an early version of the game, it looks like Legends could well be one to watch out for in 1995 The adventure is played from a forced 3D first-person perspective and yes, it does look very similar in many respects to the enormously
popular Zelda, which delighted Nintendo owners everywhere with its superb gameplay and dangerous addiction levels.
The comparison is just, but if you look at it properly it isn't such a bad thing.
There has never been a game of this genre on the Amiga as far as I can tell, and I don't know why someone didn't think of the idea sooner. The project has been designed and created by the same developers who were responsible for the truly excellent Sabre Team.
The team has worked on it solidly for two years and that means a lot of time has been spent on fine details and the quest to get the playability and gameplay spot- on.
OQQQQ and Soccer Aid, the wortd’s best Rotherham-based checks out what Amiga gainers have keen waiting tar.
To give you a better grasp of what Legends is about, all you have to do is sit back and listen to the story behind the game.
Set in the future, you find out that Earth has been an alien experiment all along and now the aliens have decided that our planet is too peaceful. They want to alter the course of time and thus disrupt the future.
The best way to do this is to provide inhabitants from key periods of time with sophisticated weaponry Now tooled up to the teeth, humans from the past are tempted to wreak havoc, death and destruction upon everybody on the planet. This will, hopefully, lead to a more violent society in the future.
The aliens zapped back the hi-tech equipment and weapons to the Ancient Egyptians, the Wild West* the people of Medieval England and the settlers that inhabited China around the time of Confusious.
You play the hero in Legends and it just so happens that you have mistakenly stumbled upon the alien's plot and have decided that you should save the human race. Being a clever kind of geezer, you quickly con- Iinakur 1114 struct a time-machine which doesn't physically send you back through time, but instead sends your spirit and mind into one of the natives of the time period.
To get anywhere in the game you must first undertake various smaller quests, You must help out the other natives to gain favours in return. These quests can be anything from clearing up weeds to becoming a part-time odd-job man. For every task you complete you will be awarded with a useful object that will be required later on to complete either the level or the game, X-HEAD Each of the levels is well-thought out and the various sub-games and quests are looking good, although a lot of them are still to be added. Legends has got cartoon-like graphics, but don't think for one minute that
it's aimed at kids because the various puzzles will tax even the most experienced gamers, but not so much that you'll slam the game down in disgust.
Graphically, Legends is really rather good and looking at them, these screenshots don't seem to do the game much justice. Considering the size of the product, it almost seems that Krisalis has achieved the impossible by cramming four different distinctive graphical styles into one game. Most people would be happy with a game set in just one scenario, but once more it seems that Krisalis is one step ahead of the rest.
Even at this early stage, Krisalis' RPG looks like being a winner when it arrives sometime early next year. I have whinged and whined over the years that there isn't an Amiga game on the market with the right combination of playability, originality and presentation.
Now, thanks to Krisalis, it looks like I might, at long last, be able to achieve that dream, but I'll find out for sure when the game arrives early next year.
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117 Paul Overaa gives us the low-down on how to use function
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®ell. It's that time of year again when Santa drops down your
chimney and there is peace and goodwill to all men jwith the
possible exception of Medhi All). And unless Santa has bought
heaps of A1200s very early on, not many people will be
receiving one of those this Christmas.
But that doesn't stop the flood of Amiga-based peripherals from filling the shelves of computer shops up and down the land. However, even if you don't wake up on Christmas morning to find your Stocking filled with a PAR card. 68040 accelerator or 1GB hard disk, you might want to check out the little pressies your Amiga has for you all year round.
Pressie number one consists of a double- act called Applcons and AppWindows.
These little beauties are there to make life much easier for the busy Amiga user about town. And actually quite a lot of Workbench programs make use of them.
For those of you who are reading this and scratching your heads, Applcons and AppWindows are special Icons and windows onto which you can drag and drop other icons. For instance, you can load an icon you want to edit into IconEdit by going to the Project menu, pulling it down, selecting ‘Open...", choosing the file you want from the file requester and then editing it. Or you can simply grab the Icon you wish to edit by clicking on it once with the left mouse button, holding the mouse button down and then dragging the icon into iconEdit s mam window - voildl Doctor.
LUIflDDUJS What's even better is that IconEdit has actually got three AppWindows - the main one as well as the "normal image view" and 'selected image view" - so that if you just want to change your selected icon image simply drag the icon into that window.
However. IconEdit isn't the only program to offer AppWindow support. The ASL file requester, which comes as standard with all Amigas with Workbench 2 or higher, also has an AppWindow If you drag a drive or drawer icon into the file requester it will automatically use that path.
There are also other bits of PD software that will improve your drag and drop capabilities such as KingCon vi. I. KingCon replaces the CON device which the Shell uses With its own far superior version.
KingCon offers drag and drop directory and file manipulation and a command line history that can be scrolled and even saved as a text file and file name completion Simply type the first letters of your command or directory name and KingCon will either complete the name or give you a requester with a list of files that start with the same characters.
Another useful piece of AppWindow supporting software for Workbench 3 users is Swazlnfo which replaces the Workbench Information command.
One of Swazlnfo s improvements over the standard Information window is the AppWindow representing the icon which IS having information given about it. If you want to change the appearance of this icon you can simply drag a different icon into this window and Swazlnfo will save it.
This is very useful if you have old 1.3- style drawers on your system that you want to replace. Swazlnfo's tooltypes area is also an AppWindow and when you drag another icon into this window its tooltypes will be appended to those of the icon that information is being given about.
If you use ToolManager or ToolsDaemon you will find it much easier to add new tools if you use their AppWindow facilities to drag new programs into their windows rather than laboriously typing the programs names into the window.
LDHDinG Some programs such as ADPro or Dpaint 4,5 use Applcons. These icons sit on your Workbench screen and when you drag an icon onto them, will load that file into the package. For instance, load Dpaint. If you switch back to the Workbench to look for a file that would take you too long to locate using the file requester (because you know what the drawer looks like), you can then drag that file’s icon onto the Applcon that Dpaint leaves on Workbench.
When you do this two things happen.
Firstly, the file will be loaded into Dpaint and secondly, you will automatically be put back on Dpaints screen. There are Dropping an icon In this window will only replace the normal image.
Amiga Computing doctor flrmone far a game of doctors and nurses?
Frank Fiord takes up the offer and with stethoscope in hand, checks out the health and wellbeing of the Amiga TUTORIAL Those who prepare, dare One precaution I have taken up lately is to use my trusty copy of Dopus to select all the files on a drive with today's date. Even if I have been using my machine that day, it is quite likely I will be able to tell the difference between files newly installed and ones i have been working on.
Once Dopus has selected these files, I use It’s comment tool to add a comment to the file such as ‘This file belongs to TurboProDoOdadV This helps me if ever I run out of disk space and want to free some because it means I won t be deleting files I know are used by TurboProDoodad.
Obviously it is unnecessary to tag files in the TurboProDoodad directory itself, but LIBS', DEVS; L and FONlTS. Are graveyards for files that have no discernible function, but which you are too scared to delete in case they are really important.
If you don't have Dopus you can do the same thing by searching through the various directories using a different file manager (what do you mean you don't have a file manager, get one immediately!) Or even the Shell (using List).
If, once you have installed the software, it isn't working properly (or at all), the first thing to try is renaming your WBStartup drawer (remove the W at the start) and reboot. This will ensure you are not running any Commodities that might interfere witn the running of your program.
If it works then it quite probably doesn't like one of yOuf Commodities. So introduce them one at a time, constantly checking to see whether your program is still running. If it isn't the Commodities causing you trouble and the program still doesn't want to run properly, then your first port of call will be SnoopDOS. This will tell you exactly what is being loaded when you run your program, and where the program is looking for it.
If all else fails, it might be worth either asking your dealer for advice or an exchange, but hopefully it won't come to that Good luck and have a great Christmas!
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of Applcon technology plenty of other PD. Shareware and
commercial programs that use AppWindows and Applcons these
days. If in doubt, just try dragging icons into windows and
seeing what happens. You might get a message saying: This icon
cannot be dropped here' but then again you might find a new and
much easier way of working, Pressie number two: Not quite such
a big pressie this one. But in case you didn't know it, if you
take a floppy disk icon and drag it onto your hard disk icon
you get a message saying it can't be done. However, if you open
your hard disk's drawer and then drag your floppy disk s icon
Into it.
AmigaDOS will happily copy the floppy into a drawer on your hard disk with the same name as the floppy disk itself.
It doesn't have to be a floppy disk onto a hard disk either. You can copy RAM disks, floppy disks and hard disks onto each other
- size permitting. If you had a large enough hard disk you could
even copy a CD-ROM onto it with this method, although it might
take a while! |Of course you couldn't go the other way as a
CD-ROM is always write protected, so can’t have anything
written to it.)
Pressie number three: Save money on buying software to optimise your hard If your present turns out to be a lump of hardware, whether it be a humble mouse or a huge hard drive, don't rush to fit it to your machine, Unfortunately, people who buy technical presents aren't afways as au fait with what they are buying as they need to be. And shops don't tend to be happy about exchanging a grubby mouse with no box and a plug that has been hit with a hammer to try and force it to fit onto your Amiga's mouse port.
So. Check the box. Check the instructions. Check everything before you rip the parcel open and chuck its contents at your Amiga. Once you have checked that all is well and this mysterious chunk of metal and plastic is ready intended for your mode! Amiga, open your parcel somewhere well lit and preferably uncarpetted - on a kitchen table perhaps (making sure the turkey's out of the way first).
Next, if it’s something that needs to go inside your machine, a RAM board or hard drive controller perhaps, then earth yourself by touching a radiator pipe or one of the screws on your computer itself. When handling expansion cards, try to hold them by the edges, not touching the chips on the board, and don't touch the pins of the chips sticking through the board. That's not to say that an expansion cards are really fragile and prone to failure, but it is better to be safe rather than sorry.
If its software you've got the same rules apply initially. Check that the software is for your machine and that it meets your Workbench variation, RAM and disk space requirements before you open it up.
Once you've got all the disks out and the instruction manual propped up against your dozing Unde Albert. AU that remains is to install the software (obviously some software isn't going to need installing so just ignore me. See if I care).
Drive or floppies (if you have the space) by moving all the files on the device you wish to optimise onto an empty hard drive partition. Then simply move the files back onto the disk you wanted to optimise. This process reorders all the files on the disk so that they are fully optimised and defragments the remaining space.
So that's some of the nifty little gizmos that your Amiga has in store for you for the coming year, but if you should be lucky enough to hit the jackpot and get something for your Amiga this Crimbo, there are a few pointers for hours of happy, trouble-free use.
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Zebras and lot* more' EMC Volume 105-6 Disks • £16.50 • 256 Animals 2 Elephants. Gonilas, Chimps, Monkeys. Seals, Koaki? And morel EMC Volume 106 • 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Animals 3 Wolves. Moose. Cougar, Kangaroo, Fox Pups and lots morel CMC Volume 107-6 D.sks • £16.50 -256 Animals 4 Lizard, Squrrei* Walrus Kittens and lots of Ofner Animals.
EMC Volume 106 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Panorama 1 Forests. Mountain Hiverstakos Waterfalls. Rainbows and more E lfCVolume 109-6 Disks • £16.50 - 256 Panorama 2 SrtOW Topped Mountan*. MountanLakes. Waterfalls. Streams etc rama 3 01* more’ EMC Volume 110-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Panot Rolling HiBs, Snow scenes. Farms. Small Harbouf and I EafC Volunie 111-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Tha Sun Sunn6©s and Sunsets from Gitas lo Lakes to Deserts’ EafC Volume 112-5 D.sks • £14.00 - 256 World People AmoricanAmazon Indians, Haws nans, Africans and more' EafC Volume 113-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 America Grand
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| EMC Volume 117-5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Birds 2 Ducks. Eagles. Hawks. Owls. Wnter Birds and more Birds' EafC Vplume 118-5 Disks - £14.00 ¦ 256 Birds 3 Swans. Faicons and lots of txrds that we can’t identify1 I EafC Volume 119-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Fantasy 1 Warriors, Dragons, Female Wamors and lots more' EMC Volume 120 - 6 Disks • £16.50 256 Fantasy 2 i Dragon Lance pics. Dracula Skull Wamors and lots morer EMC Volume 121-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 The Movies Batman. Starwars Top Gun. Terminator, Indy. Karate Kd etc EMC Volume 122-5 Disks • £14.00 256 Renders i Rendered Oragons. Giassnouse
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EafC Volume 125-5 Disks • £14.00 - 256 Girls 1 Beautiful Women dressed in very wtie Siood boiling: EMC Volume 126-5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Girls 2 Beauliful Womon dressed In very little Blood ceding' EMC Volume 127-5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Girls 3 Beautiful Women dressed n very little Blood boiling EMC Volume 128-6 Disks - £16.50 • 256 Water Girls Beautiful Women under Waterfall*, at the Pool and very wert EMC Volume 129-5 Disks - £14,00 - 256 Swim Suits BeeuMulWomen, of all shapes and sizes in Swimsuits.
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EafC Volume 135 • 5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Reptiles Snakes, Frog*, Lizards Crocs and some amazmg p S of Dirxa EMC Volume 136-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Classic Cars 6 disks packed with Classic cars of all shape* and sizes EafC Volume 137-6 Disks - C16.50 - 256 Cars 3 Vettes, Porches. Aston. Couniachs. E*Tyoe. M.ni RR Esprit etc EafC Volume 138-6 Disks ¦ £16.50 • 256 Fast Cars Testas. F-40'8. Couniachs. Porches. Lotu* and lots more!
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EMC Volume 142-5 Disks - £14.00 • 256 Trains 2 2nd ol our 256 Train vols. Containing Steam and Elect* locos' EMC volume 143-5 Disks - £14.00 - 256 Trains 3 3rd Of Ou' 256 Train vots containing Steam ana Elect* locos' EafC Volume 144 5 Disks • £14.00 • 256 Trains 4 4th of 256 Train vot* containing Steam and E WCtiC lOCOS1 EMC Volume 145-6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Military Desert Storm Tanks. Bombs, Jots. Cannons. Navel and more' EafC Volume 146-6 Disks - £16.50 • 256 Flight Planes, H'eoptors. LightPlanes and stunning p*cs of Hot A: MOM 256 IFF COLOUIt 6MPHIC5 FOP aca ant) 2n qit aMioav EMC Volume
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EafC Volume 219 -6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 TNG 3 Quality pictures and artwork from Star Trek ¦ The Next Gener I EafC Volume 220 - 6 Disks • £16.50 - 256 Star Trek 2 Great pictures and artwork from Star Trek - Ong.nai sene* a Mov** EMC Volume 221 - 6 Disks • £16.50 - 256 Star Trek 3 Groat pictures and artwork from Star Trek • Original *er»s & Movies.
EMC Volume 222 • 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Conan Excellent 256 artwork featuring Conan the Barbanan EafC Volume 223 - 6 Disks • £16.50 256 Dr Who Great picture and excellent artwork from the euH senes Dr Who.
, EMC Volume 224 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 TV'SdFI This vohjm* comprises of piciures and artwork from Blake 7 and *V EMC Volume 225 - 6 Disks • £16.50 - 256 D.Lance 1 Stunning, high quality artwork from Dragon Lance EMC Volume 226 - 6 Disks - £16-50 - 256 D.Lance 2 Slunnmg, high quality artwork from Dragon Lance EafC Volume 227 - 6 Disks - £16.50 256 BorisV 1 Exceptional artwork by the renowned lantflsy artist Boris Vallejo EMC Volume 228 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 BorisV 2 Exceptional artwork by the renowned fantasy artist Boos Valie|o EafC Volume 229 • 6 Disks • £16.50 - 256 BorisV 3
Exceptional artwork by the renowned fantasy artist Boris VaBejo.
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EMC Volume 238 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 SclFI Art 2 Mixed bag of greal artwork and pictures with a general SciFi theme EMC Volume 239 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Woodroffe Really good We rd tantasy ptc.s from the world of Patrick Woodroffe EMC Volume 240 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 Movies 2 Excellent pics artwork from film* - DS9, Siar War*, Terminaior, "V , EafC Volume 241 - 6 Disks - £16.50 • 256 D & D Stunnmg artwork with a Dungeon* and Dragons theme EafC Volume 242 ¦ 6 Disks - £16.50 256 Fantasy 3 Loads (7 good quality general fantasy artwork EMC Volume 243 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 White 1
Spectacular artwork by the renowned fantasy artist Tim Wh te EMC Volume 244 - 6 Disks - £16.50 - 256 White 2 Spectacular artwork by the renowned fantasy artist Tim White, MC Volume 245 - 6 Disks - £16.50 • 256 White 3 acuiar artwork by the renowned fantasy artist Tim White .... Volume 218-6 Disks-£16.50-256 TNG2 uatoy pictures and artwork from Star Trek - The Next Generation.
EMC Sped; VIDEOGRAPHERSemc arc teaming up w ith a leading film production team with the aim of conducting weekend seminars co cnng all aspects of Amiga related video production and post production for the beginner, semi-pro and full Pro. If you are interested, send an SAE along with a brief letter detailing your interest* and we will forward you lull information & course prospectus when details have been finalised SPECIALISING IN THE PROMOTION OF DTP ON THE AMIGA 111 - H AND El WINNERS OF THE 1992 AMIGA SHOPPER TOP TYPEFACE A WARD «'wsasaar" ENOOMSeo av coMMOOone uk rm i fonts For use with
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EMC Volume 200- 6 Disks - £16.50 - ECS World 2 Am Indan*. A'taila. Cbrxa. Britain, India. Japan • more tHokSay Vdeos?i Desktop Publishing Typefaces E M C are the exclusive UK and European distributors lor the HIGHLY ACCLAIMED commercial Computer Satan range of DTP Typefaces. Safari fonts are ot exceptional quality, contain FULL character sets and have been highly praised in the UK Amiga press For those of you that have already purchased, or have information on the Safari fonts, we would like to inform you that Salan comptialion packs are now available Full details are included in the EMC
information pack ECS 16 COLOUR IMAGES FOR ALL AMIGAS Irtese VERY HIGH QUALIFY 1 COMPUTER SAFARI THE EMC INFORMATION PACK The HARD COPY EMC information pack includes full details of ALL the fonts EMC has on offer, inc. Computer Safari Fonts, along with full font printouts, details of our PNM and scanning services, details of our ECS 16 colour and AGA 256 colour image collections, details of our PCX, GEM. Monochrome.
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fancy required At for the video hardware, the minimum
requirements can be as simple as two video recorders and two
TV sets, though to obtain clean edits from such a setup
requires patience, timing and * capability to accept that you
won't be able to produce entirely accurate cuts - unless
you're very lucky!
A better setup would include the two VCRs and monitors along with an Amiga-driven edit controller, such as Gold Disk s Video Director or Scalaf Echo EtOO system (which requires Scaia MM300}. Both of which are quite similar in operation.
Of course, it S possible to keep adding to the list and include a third video machine, vision mixer, audio mixer etc. etc. but let s keep this within the realms of reality as far as domestic video production is concerned.
Regardless of the video setup, much of the process of video editing remains the same. The first essential step is to log your raw footage to pinpoint those sections which will be included and those which will be discarded.
Terminology) Tape logging involves sitting down with a pen and paper and running through all the shot footage, bearing in mind the plot or desired content of the finished programme and the order in which it will finally be edited. If. Like most film and video makers, you've shot scenes out of order for the sake Amiga Computing a his is the final instalment of our mini 'Home Video' senes. The one in which we hopefully oe all the loose ends together, get you started on the road to completing your own video projects and distilling the essence of your raw video footage into a viewable, coherent
piece of television.
But be warned - even though this is the ultimate chapter in the series it is just another starting point on the long and winding road of video production, in video you never stop learning, even when you're earning. So without more ado, lets get on with the rest of the show Now that you've completed the shoot and started prepanng the graphics rd better explain what comes next (if you hadn't already guessedl| Yes. That's right, it’s time to do the editing Before you recod in horror at the thought of having to cough up megabucks to buy a video edit suite, edit controller, broadcast- quality
genlock, h*gh-specification video monitors and so on. Take a deep breath and repeat "Home video can be done on the cheap" five times.
Mind you. I’m talking about a fairly slapdash approach with two video decks (VCRs) and one which will hardly approach the quality that you see on TV. But then we re talking home movies here, not TV blockbusters If you want to overlay graphics onto video the one essential piece of kit you'll need is a genlock, though a cheap one will do so long as you're not overly precious about the final results.
If you simply want to intercut graphics with your video images then you could get away with using the RF output from an Amiga 1200 (or from a modulator if you don't have an A1200). Though you'd be better using the Al 20Q's (or modulator's) composite video output if you can If you use higher-class equipment like VideoO or S-VHS then you'll obtain better picture quality if you use an S-video compatible genlock or RGB- Video encoder The whole point of editing is to tighten up the finished programme, to remove all the rubbish - the fluffed and badly taken shots, substandard footage and so on.
There s no shame in this, as even seasoned professionals usually need several attempts to get their takes in the can (to borrow some film-making of convenience and to make the most efficient use of your time at each location, you'll need to prepare a rough running order by consulting your scrip! (if you have one) and then noting down the start and finish points of the best shots by using the VCR's tape counter or timer to indicate the beginning and end times of each good shot.
Make Short desenpbons to accompany the timings so that you can get an idea of the content and camera angle, therefore helping visualise each shot For example, you might This choap solution wont givo vory By adding a genlock you'll bo accurst* rpoutts, but with two domestic able to overlay captions and vidao decks you’ll at Itaft bo able to graphics on video to apico up got a taste of what editing is all about your productions i u t ? N i h i curtain call Home video Part 6 II you want to wipe and mix between video image* and include graphic• and adit control, you'll need a three-mac hine setup
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Start: 1358 |if you're using the tape counter) End 1369 Descripoon: MS [which means Medium Shot) Bride and Groom kissing Good When you've logged all the tapes you'll not only have a list of shots but you'll also have become more familiar with the material you've shot which can be very beneficial, especially if there's been a time gap between the shoot and the edit Don't forget to fully rewind the tape s and zero the counter before you start logging each tape and be aware that the tape counter of a particular VCR will probably not tally with the counter on another VCR (unless you're using
professional equipment), so you should always log your tapes on the VCR you will be using as the playback machine (or Source VCR) when you edit.
Tape logging might seem like a chore unrelated to editing video tape, but it will save time when it comes to editing as it will prevent you needlessly searching through miles of tape just to find the shot you need at a particular time Once you've done the log it might be a good idea to jiggle it around to fit the running order of the programme, especially if you can't get it dear in your head - in other words go through the list and collect the shots into the order they'll finally be edited in.
One good method of doing this is to use 'Post-It* notes and write shot information on each one You could even log your tapes directly onto ‘Post-tf notes and sock them TV SOURCE VCR RGB VDEO AMKjA MOHTOR With two Ireme-accurate VCRs and an Amiga-driven edit controller you'll be able to make tighter cuts In your video edit together into a "paper edit", along with notes about sound and graphics.
Once the tapes are logged it s time to start the editing process. No matter what editing setup yOu have it is always best to start by blacking a tape This is rather like formatting a disk as it prepares the tape for editing onto, particularly if you will be Insert Editing. If yOu rejust going to be using a simple two VCR edit setup with no edit controller this isn't strictly necessary as you H only be able to Assemble Edit (where each successive shot is recorded straight after the previous one), but It's still good practice to black up the first minute or jo of the tape - as this is the most
susceptible part to damage - with a signal straight from a video camera with its lens cap on. From a colour bar or video ident programme (such as Zen Computing's VTCiock) or with a black Dpamt screen.
If you re just using two VCRs and no Literary learning Video editing can be a long, exhausting process which demands attention to detail and a keen eye for continuity. Different kinds of shot can be cut together to evoke various moods, and I'd recommend that you read as many books on video and video editing as possible to get a good grounding in the technical and artistic aspects of shooong and editing I've only been able to provide the briefest details here, but a trip to your local library or bookshop should soon reap its own rewards.
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With an edit controller youll need a couple of compatible VCRs which are capable of being externally controlled - using IANC or infra red control ports with the cheaper editors or serial controls with more expensive editors Serial control does not come cheap, so I'd advise you to investigate one of the simpler edit controllers if you fancy this method of control. Note that the accuracy of the editing will depend as much on the VCR's frame accuracy as the edit controller, and most ordinary domestic decks won't be able to get better than five frame accuracy with any reliability (that's a fifth
of a second in case you're wondering) Amiga edit controllers usually allow a list of dips to be entered and the edits performed automatically, as long as you bear in mind that source tapes need changing from time to time Video editing is basically an electronic copying process (for technical reasons video tape cannot be cut and spliced like film) which transfers information from the source tape to the edit tape.
Unlike film editing though, copying video material from one machine to another inevitably leads to some quality loss, which is why you Should use the best quality tape for both shooting and editing and also use good quality connecting leads between the two edit machines.
If you don't have an edit controller then you'll have to perform the cuts manually.
Usually by lining up both tapes at the points you wish to start editing from, putting the record VCR in Pause Record Play, the source VCR in Pause Play and then releasing the pause buttons simultaneously When the desired video dip has been transferred (or edited) the VCRs are stopped manually It will be difficult to achieve any degree of consistent accuracy this way but it is definitely the cheapest solution, and with a little practice you should be able to obtain reasonably pleasing results.
By referring to your logging sheets and putting the shots together in order, you'll eventually end up with a finished program Any required graphics can ether be transferred as part of the edit process or genlocked over video as needed.
Wen. That's It for now. My last advice to you is that planning is everything - planning the shoot the edit and the graphics. Get organised, work hard, use some intelligence and you’ll probably produce something good. Watch TV and learn from the professionals and above all.
Keep your eyes and ears open and hope that lady luck is on your side. Happy shootingi The shooting's been dong and the Ehtras hauQ been added. (Iouj all m need to do is mahe it picture perfect.' .
Shows qou how Contact me Gary Whiteley can be e-mailed as drgaz9cix.compurink.C9.uk. If you want to learn more about Amiga video why not buy his "Amiga Desktop Video book, published by Future Publishing.
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The language also provides a variety of “built- in" Arexx functions but perhaps the most useful facility for extending the power of the language is the well-defined gateway it provides for the use of custom function libraries written in other languages.
One such library, called the rexxsupport library, has always been supplied as part of the Arexx standard environment (nowadays, two others, rexxmathlib and rexxarplib. Are also provided).
Before a function library can be used. Arexx must be told that it exists and this is done by adding the name of the library to Arexx s internal library list. One way to get a library name onto the library list is to use the rxlib utility program from a Shell window. This method, however, is not flexible enough for most scnpt use and instead it is normal practice to use Arexx s built-in Addbbl) function.
The parameters expected by AddUb|) are the library name, a priority value (usually 0|. An offset value that specifies the library's entry point, and a version number - so a bare-bones AddLib(| function call takes this form.
Till MdlWrtmupport.l1briry',0,-J0,0) It is normally a good idea to use the built-in Show() function to find out if the specified library is already in the Arexx library list or not before using AddUbf). Typical code therefore tends to look more like this: if ‘ShoutV rtusupport.library') then call: AddLibt1 rexxsupport. Libriry,0,-30,0) After the above library adding code has been executed we would be able to use any of the funcoons available in the specified library.
The offset value defines the library's entry point relative to the base of the library and a lot of people seem to be curious about the magic number -30 that frequently appears. To cut a long story short, this stems from the fact that when loaded into memory these Arexx libraries, like the conventional Exec libraries upon which they are built, are set up with a table of addresses called LVO (library vector offset) jump tables.
A simple rxjntui library function test if ~tkou('L','ri_intui.library*) then cell Addlib('rx_int«i.library1,0,-30,0) Mindov:GettiiftdoM ,I* open i default uindou on Workbench screen * ii*(uindou==") then do x:2Q; HO call Teit('JUST SORE ElARPLE TEST', uindov,x,r) * force entry into loop * do wbilc clm 0 aessag«=llii tAsp(uUddu) parse vir lessage class 11 12 i3 end call EndUindou(uindou) end The entries are all six bytes long and because the table extends downwards from the base of the library in RAM the offsets are always negative displacements relative to the library base.
The vectors -6, • 12, • 18, and -24 are always set aside for special purposes i won't bore you with the exact details of what functions are associated with these LVO values, but the upshot is that the first vector available for real library function use is the next slot above -24.
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Written by Jeff Glatt of Dissidents Software This provides callable routines which allow an Arexx program to open screens and windows, attach gadgets and menus, print text and graphics and do a vanety of other tasks. The library does incidentally also provide functions which allow you to set up IDCMP event loops.
In order to use the rxjntui library it has to be copied to your UBS: directory. The library also requires the use of Dissident’s requester library (which therefore also needs to be copied to UBS:). A few of the rxjntui functions, e g. the IFF file load and save functions, need access to other Dissident libraries, but all this is well explained in the documentation Jeff Glatt'S rxjntui library can be obtained from most PD libraries (Fred Fish disk No.463) and it is an extremely useful library for any aspmng Arexx coder to have With the rxjntui library you’ll find the functions are both well
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Low-Band cameras using VHS or Video-8 usually begin at 270 lines where as Hi-band equipment achieves over 400 lines, giving a sharper and more detailed picture (more so with the use of S- connectors).
Flying erase head Not a David Lynch film (ouch) but an erase head that is mounted alongside the read write heads on the spinning head drum. Giving clean cuts, there is no chance of electronic disturbance.
With ail the technobabble present in uideo equipment spec lists, fldam Phillips cuts through to the bottom line and ashs - urhat does it all mean?
Synchronisation Internal Only: An internal dock governs the scan timing of most camcorders While this is not a problem when the camera is used by itself, if more outputs are to be mixed together as in a multi-camera set-up. The second and subsequent cameras need a genlock facility, indicated via an external sync-in socket.
LP: One of the most useful features to appear on camcorders and video recorders alike is Long Play
- this effectively doubles the recording time of standard tapes.
For best results though, try to always shoot in Standard Play
because there is a quality loss in LP.
It ain't over... Next month, the spec breakdown continues with a closer look at sound, tape stock, lenses and more. Until then, keep shooting... COLOUR SPECTRUM CHART ¦ Colour temperature Is the temperature to which a material muat be heated to produce the light of a particular colour. The chart, measured in Kelvin IK), shows the range ol differing light sources affecting video and the subseguent colours they produce. This is important whon mixing daylight with any sourcm of artificial light.
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Please slate tvpe when ordering 6 BLACK REFILLS ONLY £24.95 GOT A BLOCKED NOZZLE? DOST THROW AWAY YOUR CARTRIDGE - NEW "INK MAGIC PRINT HEAD RECOVERY FLUID 18ml BOTTLE £5,95 Taking the easy iuau nut HftHE 1ST |PUH|Tlt| HftHE 1ST IPUH REGGAE1.HID REGGAE2.HID EGGAE3.HID REGGAE4.MID REGGAE5.MID File EEEESET Drawer Keep on Drumun1 IREG5RI Parent I Change Uolunel CUE IT5 Hi SOLO I OK Cancel If you find creating song arrangements hard work then gnu might be better off cheating, as Paul Oueraa enplains Hint Sec rtTRO neas; Bt istto i! 1:081 Roady-made drum tracks can ba loaded Into a soquoncor and
embellished by recording extra drums over them Jamming the SuperJAM SuperJAM ii of immense value as an arrangement tool but there are also an Infinite number of related uses as well. If, for instance, the program was heard to be playing some particularly interesting drum parts, it is possible to mute the other instruments and then write out a few bars of the isolated drum data as a Midi file.
That would give you ready-made drum patterns to use with any other program that can read in Midi file data (e.g. most sequencer programs). Similarly, with SuperJAM generated bass lines or piano riffs, if you like certain riffs then just isolate and export them for revise.
If you consider this as cheating in the extreme then another possibility is just to cheat a little bit - use ready-made or SuperJAM generated sequences but add your own 'creative embellishments to them as and when you see fit.
It may surprise you but the results of this type of computer-assisted song arranging can be so good that many perfectly competent, but busy, musicians use the same approaches just in order to save time!
Idi sequencers, by offering multi-track recording and sophisticated editing, make it possible for the would-be musician to build reasonable song arrangements fairly easily. Trouble is. You still need to be able to work out and play melodies, Chords, bass line and drum parts and. As many of you have doubtless found out. This is not always plain sailing.
Although working out single finger melodies on a keyboard is usually easy enough, finding suitable chords or creating drum patterns are just two of the areas where things can get tncky.
Ufe does admittedly get easier as you move down the Midi sequencing road because you build up collections of drum patterns and so on that can often be re-used. One option, however, that is available right from the start is to make deliberate use of ready-made song material.
Many companies, for example, provide libraries of drum tracks in Midi file form. Alternatively, drum tracks can be recorded using the built-in pre-set patterns of a drum machine An even more powerful option became reality for Amiga users when Blue Ribbon Souncfwork s SuperJAM program appeared on the scene Given a small amount of guidance, this excellent program can create complete musical arrangements for up to six different instruments, including those usually all-important bass, drum and keyboard tracks.
SuperJAM s music styles are composed of a series of stored patterns which define the riffs, fills, variations and breaks for each of the SuperJAM band players.
A large number of different styles ranging from country and pop rock to classical and jazz compositions are provided and it is also possible to create new styles, although this is a more advanced area that few Amiga musicians seem to have IHZaBQJEEHD P ve Ribbon Sound work a SuperJAM program really can produca excellent song arrangements experimented with The mechanics of creating a SuperJAM song arrangement are essentially the same whether you are using Midi or not although the Midi user does initially have a bit more setting up to do.
Each SuperJAM instalment can be set individually for other internal sound or Midi use and once Midi output for a particular instrument has been selected, the basic assignments for channel number and patch number (program change command) need to be made SeiEcimn This simply involves clicking on the appropriate channel or patch gadget and selecting a suitable value. Most Midi users will also need to edit the default drum map because SuperJAM comes set up for a Roland MT-32 dnjnrnote assignment scheme.
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Musician would in that songs can be created by linking named sections of music together The first step in creating an arrangement then is to decide on how you wish to split up the song. For popular music, that usually means identifying the verses and choruses that are present and perhaps deciding roughly on an appropriate overall pattern You might, for instance, decide on this type of format: Intro. Verse. Chorus, Verse. Chorus. Verse.
Chorus, Chorus. End In this case we d be looking to create at least four different types of SuperJAM sections - an intro, a verse, a chorus and an end unit (we might in fact create more than one verse or chorus m order to provide some extra variation) Sketching out and editing sections of chords could not be easier If you make a mistake and enter a wrong chord, just click on the section window s erase gadget and then touch the chord you want to remove. If you put a chord or a fin directive in the wrong place SuperJAM has a special 'hand gadget which allows you to pick up the objects and move
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You can also change the key of all the work you ve put into a section by using the up down key transposition gadgets. Once sections have been created, SuperJAM's song window allows you to link the individual fragments together to create the finished song.
It is as well to be aware of the two primary Options available for transferring SuperJAM compositions to other software packages; Firstly, if you have an Amiga-based sequencer and another Amiga machine then SuperJAM's Midi output can be recorded in real-time. Secondly. SuperJAM provides an opbon for saving its output data as a Standard Midi File, J j±j Ul HftHE 1ST Amiga Computing FOUR GREAT GAMES and all this Maths revision Times Tables Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division Fractions Decimals Using calculators Shape & Space Money problems Measurements Number patterns Jmaths adventure
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¦ Get caught up in tho domainaet tha Web awake and stealing Net bandwidtn from the UK and Europe Pictures and text take a long time to download into your machine, and even when it's fast, it's still not a patch on a text-only interface.
The Net is a slow beast, mainly because of the mind-bending amount of data it has to crunch every minute of every day Sometimes it can be almost fast, but no way is it up to routine transfer of formatted pictures and text pages, as yet.
I a know I recently told you about World ; Wide Web and Mosaic, and waxed ¦J| lyrical about how it was the future of Internet access. Well, it takes a big man to admit he made a mistake, but I did.
A lot of people are babbling on about World Wide Web these days, and you know what? I m getting heartily sick and tired of it all. What are they going on about? I’ve been talking about WWW for ages and nobody paid a blind bit of notice, and then just when I'm losing interest everyone's talking about it.
Of course now it's trendy, that's why. And WWW client software like Mosaic has made it attractive to use as well as fashionable.
Companies are falling over themselves to get WWW pages on Net servers, and other companies are falling over themselves to sell these other companies space on their machines.
Something smells fishy, but I can't put my finger on it.
Wait, the reasons this is all out of whack are historical. The basic thing is that the Net wasn't designed to be used by normal people like you and I. It was designed originally in the paranoid '70s by the US military to be an atomic bombproof computer network.
Later it became a system used by academics Line of horror When communication standards improve, towards the end of this century (the way BY and friends do business) it will be possible to do such things with on line Services. But urttil then I'm telling anyone who is listening that WWW If not the answer for mere mortals.
Anyone with full Net access, leased lines and a UNIX box the size of a fridge next to their desk, sure go ahead. Till your beotj with WWW- But If you're thinking that Mosaic and WWW will be the answer to all your dreams, forget it. WWW is a nightmare. A nightmare with graphics and text.
And computer hackers at big Universities to distribute software and discuss issues arising from their work. Then Other hackers became interested in gaining access, and the concept of dial-up connections, the system you and I use to access the Net. Became prevalent.
But what separates us from the hackers is that hackers working at a University, professors of archaeology, and scientists working at CERN don't pay for either their Net access or their phone bill. The fact that WWW is slow and expensive for very little benefit doesn't mean anything in that context, it could take all day if the information was worth it. It's even worth it for a bit of fun. But not if you're paying the bill, as we do.
A lot of ill-informed companies have gained ’access" to the Net by taking out WWW pages on various machines, the idea being that you can access goods and services on the Net What these companies don t yet realise is that people will soon tire of WWW and head off for better ways of accessing the Net.
Gopher, for example, is something which is excellent in this respect, and it is a much underused system, now that WWW has got its claws into the public imagination. Mosaic and WWW is a slow system, even when the USA isn't World wubbish So what happens now?
If you want to know what you should all be using, ifs Gopher. As far as getting to resources which contain text this is the best interface I can think of. You can access the same sort of servers which offer mind-blowing quantities of text all for the price of a phone call to your local connection pomt.
It s ail a bit silly really I wish there was a sexy windowing client software for gopher, but there doesn t seem to be one for Amiga. I can use the software on my PC. Sure, but I d prefer to use the Amiga, what with its nice multitasking OS and all that. It would mean, of course, that I could chase URLs all over the world and still use my word processor Have any of you seen any such software for Amiga? I hope so.
If you run a really good 386 emulaoon on your Amiga, then the ways you can access the Net obviously double as you can use Windows client software, which by defmioon is much more widespread. Whether we like it or not Amiga PD software for certain niche tasks like comms can be fairly limited in scope, appeal and quality, and often so full of bugs it feels like a biker's beard.
PC stuff, due to the larger market for such niche software, is usually more stable (I did say usually) and easier to come by. I hate this, but its true I just spent a week working in an office with Pcs installed, working on a network with a UNIX server, and some of the comms software you can get for UNIX and PC is amazing. It makes some of the Net software we have look pretty sick. Are there any coders out there who want to make some really cod Net software, something that works like Mosaic but has an interface like Lightwave? How about Net software which not only looks like Lightwave but uses
the Picasso II |or other RTG card) to show Jpeg files, and plays back AU and AIFF sound files. Now that I would like to see (and hear).
If you have any hints and tips, any URLs you d recommend, any software you've found particularly beneficial, then why not drop me a line: Phil South Comms Section, Amiga Computing. Europa House. Adlmgton Park.
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loves warping and morphing.
Rmas mind I or at least that's what people who make ads think. If I turn the TV on again and see one more morph on an ad I think I’ll lose my lunch, it's a cheap and flashy effect, and it means you don't have to have any ideas, so sock that in your pipe and smoke it, Mr Ad Man What I'd really like to do is to be able to do warps and morphs in the real world, now that would be impressive.
Well now you can thanks to this skilfully crafted prank, which due to a nice little bug in the human bram-toeye interface allows you to warp real life using this simple Amos Basic program. Simply stare at the rotating spiral image for about 20 seconds or longer, and then quickly look up at a patterned surface or a wall with some upright lines on it.
The enjoyable effect only lasts for a short while, but obviously you can recharge your eyes with another glance at the screen. (Also obviously, don't do this for too long at a sitting or you will start to strain the muscles in your eyes.)
The program itself is very simple, but most attractive, and the effect well, you can judge for yourself how good that is. Right, let's get coding.
The quicker we do that the quicker you can get on with Warping your brain.
(Warning; do not attempt this tnck if you are an epilepsy sufferer, as the strobing effect may cause an attack.)
Okay, so what are we looking at? Firstly, round up the usual suspects with the screen open command.
Any other business Amaze me. There are some really cool things you can do with Amos, and it’s only down to you thinking up the ideas really. Either come up with a really cool piece of code to demonstrate what you mean, or just send in your idea and we II open it out to the entire Amos community, and see what they make of it.
Either way, think up something I would never have thought of in a thousand years. An electric toaster simulator, a fish on a bicycle animation, anything. Let's see how creative you are.
Mdrp S«r**n Open 0,320,256,32,Loures So we ve got a low res screen with 32 colours.
Next we set the palette.
Palette SO,SFFF,SFFFF,SffFF,SFFFF,SFffF,SfffF,SFffF,SFFfF ,JFFFF,$ fFFF,$ f,JF,!F,IF,$ F,IF,$ F,SF,JF,IF,SF,SF, SF which as you will no doubt notice is pretty sharply divided between colours SFFFF and $ F. Next we do the usual clear screen and flash off stuff: Cls 0 Flash Off Ink 1 Okay. Fine. As this is the start of a program we need to define some vanaDfes; CO=Wfl$ sl$ OTPK=125AKLE1=2C-OlKl?2=2IK) Once that is done we can start the program proper. The mam bit is a loop What this does is print a polygon on the screen, rotates it. Resizes it and pnnts it again, and this provides us with the basic
spiral effect; Fit tOT*0 To 2000 LTMIMKLEWIMS LSMMAKIE2«YP0S $ *=Sin(IOT) TI*Cos MT) ) Then we set the ink colour, Ink co draw the polygon as it is now: Polygon IP0S,YP0S To Tf*AN6lEMPOS,SI*AII6lE?«TPOS TO IT*,L$ P increment the colour, check if it goes over 3. And if it does we start again at 1: Phil South looks ot houj to turn ijour brain inside out. Using only o rleon spatula, a [opij of the Independent, and a note from ijour doctor Add C0,1 If C0 3 CM End If Do the same for the TIM vanabie. Adding to the angle as we go to create the spiral.
If TIH-10 Add AIIGLE1,-1 Add AN6LE2,*1 TIM End If Add 1111,1 if TM 10 TIM End If Next ROT Then we close the loop and start the cycle: Shift up 1,1,3,1 Do Loop and then DO-LOOP off into infinity. Once that is done we can stare at the screen and start charging our eyes up for the effect.
Many thanks to Malcolm Lavery for his excellent spiral routine which makes all this brain warping wonderment possible. It wasn't actually what Malcolm had in mind for this program, but I happened to know this was possible from a program I once saw on a University computer -1 think it was called AcidWarp.
It’s entirely possible that this is exactly what Malcolm had in mind. I can't say. Because I've lost his address. (Send it in again if you read this. Mai!)
Write a program We've had some really good Amos programs sent in to the Amos Column, but we re, getting a bit thin on the ground now, so it's rime for another plea. Below are some Amos ideas for you to be working on. Send in your best shots to the address below, and we'll see about printing them.
Comms program Not as hard as it sounds, although not for the squeamish. Using Liberator might be a bonus.
Picture File Converter Take a picture from one format and change it to another. Tricky bur not impossible.
Arcade Conversions An Amos version of a classic arcade game. You can take your inspiration from any number of generations of the computer game, and this includes classics like Tempest. Defender. Robotron. Gauntlet, and any number of others. This is the category I'm most interested in, Try to make a variation on the theme, and if you can cram the idea into as few lines as possible (like Aaron Fothergill s Ten Liner series) then so much the better. Make your graphics simple and your listings printable in a magazine, rather than involving a lot of sound samples and pre-drawn graphics. It sounds a
lot harder than it is.
Write stuff If you have an Amos question, or a routine you'd like to share with the worid, then please write to Phil South.
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Graphics Programs How about a graphics program. Not just a simple paint program, that would be too easy. How about something which takes graphics drawn with other programs and turns them into something completely different?
How about something like an image processing program? Or a 3D program? Not the Amos 3D, but a modeller, which can output files in Imagine. Lightwave and Real 3D formats? That would really be something It's a really tricky thing to make file converters. Out it is possible in Amos, even without the excellent Liberator extension. (If you haven't got your Liberator extension yet then check back to issue 79 (November) for full details.)
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might help to promote an image of the producers of i m flying out pages is what most casual KF users think desktop publishing is all ¦L J about Actually, it is just the tip of the iceberg, the visible part. Under the surface there is much more, the foundations upon which the visible part sits. But. As with icebergs, it is the visible part which gets judged and the submerged section is all but forgotten Out of sight, out of mind.
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I give you this example so you can see that the symmetry question is not always as simple as it first appears, so you should always think hard about all the faces your document shows to the world, i Most young designers don't like the symmetrical layout approach because it limits their options. A picture at top left has to be balanced with a picture at top right for vertical symmetry, bottom left for horizontal symmetry, or bottom right for diagonal symmetry Three options, no argument, it has to be one of them However, Some whites and wrongs One of the great things about the asymmetrical
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Not every column has to be filled with text. So what if it runs short? For heaven’s sake don’t do the amateurish thing and space the lines out so they fill to the end of that column - all this does is change the ’colour'1 of the text and will confuse and madden the reader. White space is a tool, just like rules and boxes and pictures and type styles; think about white space in the same way and you will become a better page designer.
Never, ever, ever (on pain of being ridiculed) mix symmetry and asymmetry If one page of your document is symmetrical, then the whole document should be the same Don't, for example, produce an asymmetrical document and then slap a symmetric cover or title page on it.
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