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The same is true for NewTek. Way back in j our May issue, Amiga Computing scooped an exetusive preview of LightWave 4 and i promised a fut) review would appear soon affer. That was eight months ago and!'m stitt none the wiser as to when the promised j review witt appear. Come on guys, is it reaüy that difficutt to, put the odd reatistic press retease together. That's titeratty at) it takes magazines like this one witt happify do the rest. Amiga users aren't going to sett-up at the first sign of adversity, that's already been proven. What's; tikety to kitt the Amiga off faster than anything else is a tack of communication and confidence in the men and women who make it, and the products that hetp to make it specia). IlM iimm fefte it) ttte miml uœ te tic a CMing edim mdtit dfettiedt tisMttie emdtitütitifefam! he almost farctcat fat) and rise of the Amiga has to be one of the strangest épisodes in computing history. Ctaims. counter daims, rumours aid an even-fua! buy-ouf. spread over a whole year with not a single machine made or sold And yet the fanatica! user base remained toyat to the cause. At taft, the basic A1200 is back in business, as indeed are the majority of the UK management team whe headed-up Commodore UK which incidentaüy was one of the few profit making outposts in the empire prior to the cottapse. At taft some good news for the users and even better news for the Commodore oid boys. But what's happened to Escom's pians for an Amiga renaissance, as revealed to the world at their Frankfurt press munch of fhe aii new Amiga Technotogies division. Like many others. i sat back and listened as the Escom hierarchy detailed their glorious vision designed to put their iates) acquisition back in its proper piace. The driving force in the reviva) was to be a pricing poticy which effectively halved the price of the entire range. Atthough the men at the top were careful not to quote a solid price per unit, they did revea) the number of units to be produced. projected overatt costs, and the profit margin buitt into the business plan. Given ai! of the above. it doesn'! require a genius to figure out a fairly accurate retai! price. Do you* sums and contrast that with the rea!-worid asking price and you soon figure out someone a! Escom needs a new catcuiator. Since that glorious day. Amiga Technotogies have been keen to forget these initis) forecasts, while third parties are even denying what was ever said which ts quite ironic considering those who are te-îetting the story didn't actuaüy attend. But tot's be realistic. The press conférence was exaetty that a PR stunt designed to divert some much needed attention to their latest investment.

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- Hi »o EDITORIAL to say. A vague promise is as far as it got.
The same is true for NewTek. Way back in our May issue, Amiga Computing scooped an exclusive preview of Lightwave 4 and promised a full review would appear soon after. That was eight months ago and I'm still none the wiser as to when the promised I review will appear.
Come on guys, is it really that difficult to put the odd realistic press release together.
That's literally all it takes - magazines like this one will happily do the rest. Amiga users aren't going to sell-up at the first sign of adversity, that’s already been proven. What’s likely to kill the Amiga off faster than anything else is a lack of communication and confidence in the men and women who make it, and the products that help to make it special.
Hie driuing Force in tiie reuiual mas to tie a pricing policg lidi elfeitiuelii halued the price of the entire range Paul Austin Editor he almost farcical fall and rise of the Amiga has to be one of the strangest episodes in computing history.
Claims, counter claims, rumours aid an eventual buy-out, spread over a whole year with not a single machine made or sold.
And yet the fanatical user base remained loyal to the cause. At last, the basic A1200 is back in business, as indeed are the majority of the UK management team whc headed-up Commodore UK - which incidentally was one of the few profit making outposts in the empire prior to the collapse.
At last some good news for the users and even better news for the Commodore old boys. But what’s happened to Escom’s plans for an Amiga renaissance, as revealed to the world at their Frankfurt press launch of the all new Amiga Technologies division.
Like many others, I sat back and listened as the Escom hierarchy detailed their glorious vision designed to put their latest acquisition back in its proper place. The driving force in the revival was to be a pncing policy which effectively halved the price of the entire range.
Although the men at the top were careful not to quote a solid price per unit, they did reveal the number of units to be produced, projected overall costs, and the profit margin built into the business plan.
Given all of the above, it doesn't require a genius to figure out a fairly accurate retail price. Do you- sums and contrast that with the real-world asking price and you soon figure out someone at Escom needs a new calculator.
Since that glorious day. Amiga Technologies have been keen to forget these initial forecasts, while third parties are even denying what was ever said - which is quite ironic considering those who are re-telling the story didn't actually attend.
But let's be realistic. The press conference was exactly that - a PR stunt designed to divert some much needed attention to their latest investment. Fine. However, the renaissance is now well under way, so isn't it time would-be investors and long time enthusiasts alike were given a little more than vague promises.
Given that the planned pricing policy was no more than a temporary rush of blood to the head, what’s happened to the olher keys to success in the Escom vision. Where’s the promised redesign, come to that, where's the all new A4000 it was to be emblazoned across.
The world did not stop revolving with the premature demise of the Amiga. Pcs and Macs continued to get cheaper, quicker and prettier. Admittedly, the Amiga still blows both platforms away when it comes to a straight price and performance combo, but what are Escom Amiga Technologies doing to promote the virtues of their machines.
The men at the top may well point to Amiga Computing and others to wave the flag on their behalf. No problem, we've done exactly that for the duration. However, Joe Schmoe needs to be convinced the Amiga is back for good - and that’s something that can only be achieved with real-world promotion and an obvious investment in the cause.
The latest rumours involve a £850,000 Escom Christmas TV advertising campaign. It remains to be seen if any of the alleged cash is to be spent on the Amiga, or is it simply promoting the existing multimedia PC range.
It has to be said that Amiga Technologies certainly aren’t alone in taking the Amiga community for granted. NewTek are a prime example of a company who've made millions courtesy of the machine and have now seemingly forgotten the platform completely.
Obviously, launching Lightwave on the PC and just about every other computing platform known to man is going to put pressure on any company. Having said that, an occasional thought for their bread and butter business surely can’t be too much to expect.
Nobody is asking for a handout here. To get the Amiga back on a firm footing, potential buyers and investors need reassurance.
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Order Hotline _ _ e _ @ 0500 223660 HlS®rt SYSTEMS The Old School, Greenfield Bedford MK45 5DE UK Tel: +44 (0) 1525 718181 Fax: +44 (0)1525 713716 Coming Soon... riEius 04 Gareth lofthouse and Tina Hachett I SDL. The largest distributor of hardware to the traditional computer retailer, is battling for survival having been forced by cash flow problems to apply for an Administration Order. Contrary to a report in VNU's PC Dealer, however, the company has not gone into receivership.
Sdl fight through million debts have been frozen. During this period the Administrator, David Nisbet, will attempt to keep the company trading and making profit for the creditors. As SDL were keen to point out. The firm's situation differs from ZCL in that it has not been put into administrative receivership, which usually leads to liquidation. At present, the major creditors are still supporting SDL.
The crisis also puts the future of SDL's Silica retail stores into question. David Nisbet has already said that the chain is not very profitable and that it will need close monitoring.
Asked how SDL's fortunes would affect the Amiga. John Smith. General Manager of Amiga Technologies UK said: “Obviously [SDL's] survival is very important.
They've been good ambassadors for Commodore products over the years and we The fortunes of the company over the next few months are of particular significance to Amiga enthusiasts, since SDL was recently chosen by Amiga Technologies to cfistribute the new A1200s and 4000Ts to retail.
As was the case with ZCL earlier in the year. SDL's financial troubles arise from cash flow problems caused by the collapse of Commodore International. Attempts to make up for the 18 month absence of the Amiga by moving into other markets have also been hampered by the erratic supply of Pcs from companies like IBM and Compaq, according to Marketing Controller John Arundel.
Following the grant of an Administrative Order by the High Court on 13 October 1995, SDL is now protected for a minimum of three months against any action by creditors to bring the company down. This means that for the time being, the company’s £8 crisis hope they’ll continue." Along with Leisuresoft. SDL are the only distributor for new Amiga products, and of the two it has far more experience in the Amiga market. If the worst comes to the worst and SDL disappears. Amiga Technologies would be forced to look to alternatives. “Don’t forget.” John Smith added, “we have Leisuresoft, so while I
want SDL to survive we do already have an alternative distributor.” It appears that SDL have yet to receive the Amiga bundles that could help revive fortunes because of supply problems Amiga Technology have been experiencing. However. John Smith expects the Solectron factory in Bordeaux to be up to full capacity by the second week of November at the latest.
“We have been having discussrons with the administrator and you will start to see products at the beginning of next week coming back into SDL" he told Amiga Computing.
UK gets Pawed Ragin’ Caijin Although Gaijin press are better known for their Manga creations on paper than video, founder Josh Clark has embarked upon an ambitious new project in which he intends to make full use of Amiga hardware and software. The plan is to make a motion picture of his comic book title. Ariel: High School Devil-Girt. Enlisting help from companies such as Alternative Image and Magic Camera Company, it is hoped the project will be yet another animatior coup for the Amiga.
Clark explained why he has chosen the Amiga to work on: ‘The Amiga is the best machine for the job. It's cheap and easy to use.’ He intends to use packages such as Imagine. Real 3D and Cinema 4D and hopes this will allow him to create cartoon- style graphics as close to the Japanese standards as possible.
He went on to explain: 'We're trying to make a pipe dream into a reality and show that if your heart's in it then anyone can do it. It’s a case of The Amateur Strikes Back if you like!"
The film is currently only in the planning stages, although it is hoped development will commence in February.
After months of speculation, the world’s first portable Amiga is ready to go on sale.
Blittersoft have recently agreed exclusive distribution rights for Silent Paw Production’s products, and the Portable Amiga Work Station will be on sale in the UK this November.
Developed by US company Silent Paw Productions, the first versions to go on sale will be the PAWS 600 and 1200. Versions based on the A3000 and A4000 will follow, although they will differ in that they do not have the ability to use battery power.
Blittersoft are convinced there will be a market for laptop Amigas. Although it will obviously be a niche. “A lot of people are using portable PC notebooks for things like CIX and e-mail." Blittersoft's Paul Lesurf said. UBu* they say they’d rather be using Amigas."
As far as the PAWS 3000 and 4000s are concerned, the company expects high demand for the products from people who want portable Video Toasters. “It’s a niche market.” Lesurf admitted. “It's too expensive for everyone, but certainly there is a market.” Amiga go-gos The Amiga is going to be sold in the Escom shops. John Smith told us at the time of going to print. We realise by now that we re beginning to look stupid saying in one issue it isn’t, then in the next that it is. But it's not our fault. Amiga Technologies just keep changing their minds.
The latest report from John Smith says that the Amiga will be on sale in 200 Escom shops by mid-November. Here at Amiga Computing, we ll believe it when we see it.
Amiga Computing NEWS I Dgujs briefs Ih Tlicrouitec raise European standard Oeuelopment push from Digits Digita, far from resting on their laurels after placing four products into the Amiga Magic Pack, have announced a busy release schedule for the rest of the year and early 1996.
First off, there's Datastore 2, Organiser 2, and Money Matters 4 which should be ready for November, each of which will retail at £49.99. Wordprocessor Wordworth 5 is then due for release in January 1996 at
279. 99. Digita's commitment to Amiga development in the long
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Hmiga Star journalist jumps ship In what will be the most shocking blow to the Amiga industry yet, IDG Media announced it was taking top Amiga journalist Gareth Lofthouse off Amiga Computing magazine. He will now be working for the newly launched Internet culture magazine, The Web.
A day after hearing the news, colleagues were still clearly distraught.
Deputy Editor Ben Vost said: “It is a great loss... another nail in the coffin" when he heard about the death of Red Rum. While others were too hysterical to comment.
Tina Hackett will be taking over the job of News Editor. She wished Mr Lighthouse the best of luck, but stated: “It will be hard to reach the heights of professionalism Gerald attained. I’ll obviously be doing my best, but not everyone can drag stuff out like that."
Tina can be contacted at the Amiga Computing News Desk: Tel 01625 878888. Fax: 01625 850652. E-mail tina@acomp.demon.co.uk Daps auBrdo A bit of a misprint in our review of Tunebuilder in the November issue made the price of the broadcast version look extortionate. It should have read $ 1,899 rather than a horrific $ 18,999. So apologies are due to Airworks Media.
The city of Bradford in Yorkshire is hardly renowned as a place synonymous with new technology, but all that could be set to change. Bradford is the home of Microvitec Displays, a company respected for their high quality monitors, and following a recent deal with Amiga Technologies worth £20 million, they are about to put their name well and truly on the European map.
Amiga Technologies have made a partnership with the firm which allows Microvitec to produce the official line of monitors for the Amiga, it marks the beginning of a long-term deal which means the largest order ever for Microvitec from any customer. To celebrate. The company held a high profie champagne reception to mark the first Amiga monitor coming off the production lines. Among the local dignitaries, key figures of Amiga Technologies also attended The monitor, called the M1438S, includes amplified stereo speakers and a special Amiga-compatible video plug.
The emphasis was on generating a European union with all parts being developed in Europe. Microvitec Display's Managing Director, Tony Sampson stressed this: “This agreement is proof that European electronics manufacturers can mount a successful challenge to Far Eastern competitors and Amiga’s choice of Solectron, a French company, to manufacture the Amiga 1200 computer is further vindication that European companies are capable of producing quality products for worldwide markets."
Petro Tyschtschenko, president of Amiga Technologies GmbH was invited to speak, and he revealed the partnership’s plans for new products next year, "For the first quarter, we will continue with the 14 inch model." He said. “But for the CEBIT fair in Hannover, we have a 15 and *7 inch model on schedule. Our goal is also to replace the 14 inch by the 15 inch model as soon as possible, during the second quarter, and this without increasing the price."
He cites the 17 inch as a breakthrough in the Amiga market because the monitor is able to adapt automatically to horizontal frequencies from 15 up to 64 Khz. It can also be used on high-end Amigas fitted I with 64-bit graphic boards and will display video as well as high resolution VGA screens.
The general mood of the conference was positive, with Amiga Technologies president looking confidently into the future. “For the coming year. I will not make any commitments but if everything keeps going as well as this year, we expect to ship 500,000 Amiga 1200 and
50. 000 Amiga 4000T, There will be new models available in the
entry-level as well as in the mid-range." Plans are also in
the pipeline to present their new A1200 CD- ROM drive at the
Amiga fair in Cologne.
Other members of Amiga Technologies were on hand to answer questions and I they revealed that the choice of RISC chip for the next generation Amigas will be announced at the Video Toaster Expo Show. At their Cologne show, also in November, they will announce in-depth development plans for the future of the Amiga range.
John Smith. General Manager UK. Told Amiga Computing that he was pleased with the reaction from retail, although Managing Director, Jonathan Anderson, expressed unhappiness with supply difficulties. Gilles Bourdin confirmed an Internet package is in development and mentioned that they are currently seeking a modem to go in the deal, More details on the latest Amiga shows and developments will follow.
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It differs from other versions available for the Amiga in that its contoured lines and carefully moulded shape have been developed for both short and extended periods of use.
The mouse cost £14.99 and will be available from most leading Computer stores.
David Pleasance, formerly Managing Director of Commodore UK before the Escom takeover, is set to make a comeback with a new company called Tangent and an album created with and dedicated to the Amiga.
Pleasance pays tribute Named 'Everybody's Girlfriend,’ the 14 track CD is due for release in early December and will feature songs written by Pleasance himself. The CD takes its name from the word Amiga which in Spanish means girlfriend.
"The music is very diverse," he told Amiga Computing. In addition to blues, ballads, fusion and pop. Pleasance himself will be playing a flamenco guitar track. “All the tracks are inspired by the Amiga in one way or the other," he explained. “A song called 'I dcn’t want to lose you' says it all. I think." The Amiga has been used for all the midi, composing and sequencing on the album.
Asked if he thought there'd be much demand for the album, he replied: “It's not just Amiga created music, it’s a celebration of ten years of the Amiga. We re banking on the fact that the Amiga has a cult following.” Pleasance already has a successful background in music, one of the high points of which was coming second in the Australian Opportunity Knocks. Tangent Music Design is now based in a 'state of the art’ 32 channel. 24 track recording studio.
It looks like Pleasance's long time business involvement with the Amiga might be coming to an end. However, after the album is completed. Tangent will continue to make music for games companies, but so far their are no further Amiga plans. “That’s not where the growth is at the moment.” he commented.
Until the buyout in May earlier this year, David Pleasance and Colin Proudfoot had been heading Commodore UK in a bid to take over the Commodore legacy. Escom did not buy the UK operation after Pleasance's team pulled out of the running at the last minute. We asked David Pleasance what he thought of Escom's performance so far.
“It’s obvious that Jonathan and the other guys are working under very, very difficult circumstances at the moment."
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Which is why they didn't buy the UK business and they wouldn’t meet Colin [Proudfoot] and I on our terms.” “I think their plan is to capitalise on the demand for the product until Christmas, then have a review of the situation and then decide whether they want to invest any further.” he continued. “Frankly if they don't invest then I think they’re heading for a fall.” Davin Pleasance - releasing a CD paying tribute to the Amiga CD price slides The price of CD-ROM drives contin* ues to fall with the announcement of a £119 quad-speed unit due for release from Samsung. The drive uses the
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Eqe candtj Digital Candy BBS are releasing a demo-science CD-ROM for January 1996 which they claim will include the best productions from 1995. Including all releases from The Party 5 that will be held this Christmas.
The disk will use an intelligent inter face, and buyers of the CD will be able to register and receive 3 months of unlimited downloads. Call Digital Candy on 0191-232 5527 for more details.
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((£ Access A Hieeeo Hmiga bath in the US of H r i NEWS Maple U Release 3 tionality that exists for Maple V Release 3 on other platforms - including typeset maths output, 2D and 3D plotting, animations, export to LaTeX. And all help facilities. Maple V provides symbolic and numeric solutions to problems in algebra, calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, geometry, statistics and more.
Visualisation features include 2D plots, 3D plots, and animaIllorld of Hmiga reborn miga 4000T units were slated to hit the shelves of the remaining American Amiga dealers during the second week of November.
Amiga Technologies and Escom chose the Service Management Group (SMG) of Columbia. MD to distribute the Amiga product line in North America, and this distribution agreement covers the United States and Canada.
SMG may be familiar to Amencan Amiga owners as the company responsible for providing warranty service for Amigas in recent years. The company have been involved with the Amiga market since 1990. And Escom apparently chose them because they not only had the connections to provide good distribution for the machines, but also experience providing service and The World of Amiga show in Toronto. Canada - an annual tradition for years - ceased operations as Commodore were gasping their last breaths. Now that Escom and SMG are resurrecting the Amiga platform, this end-user Amiga show has risen
Phoenix-like from the grave as well. The World of Amiga show will be held again at the Toronto International Centre on 8 to 10 December. SMG will be there, showing the new A4000T, as well as Waterloo Maple is now shipping a new version of the professional mathematics program. Maple V Release 3. For the Amiga. Maple V Release 3 is an interactive problem-solving environment featuring an advanced graphical user interface, software that maths majors, as well as students and researchers who need to do advanced statistical analysis on their Amigas, will find invaluable. It shares all the func
support for the platform. The announcement was slated to be officially made at the Video Toaster Expo in Los Angeles. California in early November, where Amiga Technologies were expected to announce the processor planned for use in next-gen- eration Amigas. AT and SMG were also slated to exhibit at the Las Vegas COMDEX show in mid- November - look for a report on that in this column next month.
However, all indications are that AT and SMG still don't plan to distribute the A1200 in the US market.
The Service Management Group can be contacted at 10400 Little Patuxent Parkway. Suite 440, Columbia.
MD 21044, USA; phone (410) 715-6850; fax (410) 715-6859.
A number of other third-party Amiga distributors.
If you read this before the show and you're interested in attending, send e-mail to woa@wonder.ca to join the show’s Internet mailing list, or point your web browser to http: www.wonder.ca. You can also write Wci InfoTech Div., c o Wonder Computers. 371 Old Kingston Rd., Scarborough, ON, M1C 1B7 Canada; phone or fax at (416) 201-
2333.
Tions. Maple V also features a complete programming language you can use to develop custom mathematical applications.
The Amiga version of Maple V Release 3 was developed by Dr Tomas Rokicki, best known as the creator of AmigaTeX from Radical Eye Software, and Dr Willy Langeveld, author of the VLT terminal emulator. For upgrade or pricing information, e-mail info@maplesoft.com. ImageF K updated Nova Design have announced the ImageF X 2.1a upgrade. This new version now allows real-time painting and image processing on the NewTek Video Toaster's output display. As well as framegrabbing and rendering to the Toaster. But that’s not all! Other new features include CineMatte. A blue green-screen compositing
system; CyberGrafx support; ability to use the SCSI versions of the HP ScanJet II and Epson scanners; Fargo Primera Pro printer support; and support for the new PNG graphics format. There are numerous other tweaks and improvements.
ImageF X 2.la's suggested list price remains at S349.95. Upgrades to 2.1a will be available online at the AmiNet FTP sites in the biz patch directory. If you don't have FTP access. Nova will mail the patch to registered users for a nominal shipping and handling fee. To check to see if you are registered, or order the upgrade, call; 1-800-IMAGE-69 in the US or Canada. European users call 001 804 282-1157.
By Denny Hthin IHHl get mou online If you’re ready to live the cliche and surf the Internet, but you can't figure out what software you need and where to find it all, Intangible Assets Manufacturing (1AM) of Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania have the kit you need.
'Eight Freely Redistributable Disks to Connect Your Amiga!' Is a disk set of PD and shareware programs with everything you need to get online.
IAM offer to save you the inconvenience of having to download all the files you'll need to 'cruise the information highways.' The set includes terminal programs, a full suite of Internet programs (TCP IP. SLIP. PPP. Web browser. FTP. Etc.), virus checkers, compression utilities, and more.
The $ 27 price simply covers the cost of duplication and the trouble lAM's Dale Larson went through to put together this collection; IAM don't actually offer support for the products. To get the most out of them, you should take advantage of lAM's $ 49.95 offer for a package including the disk set and Dale's excellent, if overmanned, book 'Connect Your Amiga! A Guide to the Internet.
LANs, BBSs and Online Services.'
IAM recently signed an agreement with UK company Fourth Level Development to distribute their products in the US, while Fourth Level will distribute lAM's products in Europe - AmiFileSafe, an improved Amiga filesystem, is available now.
For more information write to info@iam.com via the net. Or if you're stuck with snail-mail. 828 Ormord Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026-2604, USA. Phone (610) 853 4406 (orders only), or fax
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enable the disks, don't do it To extract the programs off the second disk you must make sure you have booted your computer Kith the first cover disk, otherwise your Amiga will not be able to find the c:lnstaller program, and frustration will soon set in.
To extract any single archive, simply double-click its icon and follow the on-screen instructions. If you want to quickly extract the program to RAM. Select the NOVICE level on the welcome screen and press proceed once on the current screen, and then again on the next. The program can then be found in your RAM disk.
You also have the option of using a floppy disk. If you pick this option, make sure you have a blank formatted disk at the ready, and if you only have one drive get ready for lots of disk swapping and a long wait.
J|j| Readers lacking a hard Hard drive users do not have to boot with the first disk, but you must make sure you have Commodore's Installer program in your C drawer. This can be found on the first cover disk s C drawer by choosing Show All Files from the Workbench menu in the cover disk’s window, and then opening the C drawer. You should then drag this over to you' hard drive's C drawer.
All your hard drive owners will find MultlExtract very useful. It is a separate method of extracting our CoverOisk files and allows you to extract a number of files in one go to your hard disk or RAM.
When you run MultiExtract you will be presented with a number of check boxes, each representing one of the programs on that cover disk. Just de-select all the programs you do not want extracting, and then press proceed.
All the selected programs can now miraculously be found in the selected destination.
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Drive will have to stick with extracting single programs !nt*rn*t Dri*) J_ When I first tried this program I was completely bowled over by the quality of programming. And also the range of features it has. The first thing that will hit you is how fast Image Engineer is - even on a plain A1200 full colour previews are done in seconds. If you think all processes are done in 24-bits, this is pretty astounding.
Before you can use Image Engineer you must install the SuperView libraries, also found on the this first cover disk. Please refer to the separate box for more details on the SuperView libraries.
Once you have installed SuperView on your hard drive, you can extract Image Engineer into RAM or onto your hard drive.
It is possible to run IE from where it is. But you should use the installer script because it sets up an assign which is used by IE's Arexx commands - otherwise it will not run correctly Once you have Image Engineer installed, when you first run it you can pick exactly what screen mode it should run in.
If you pick a colour preview mode you will have to wait a short time while it sets up the correct screen colours. Once this is done you will be confronted by a rather boring screen. Now. Before you try to do Image Engineer anything you need to set up IE’s preferences correctly which can be found in the Project menu. You will need to set a number of directories to tell IE where to find your own picture directory and its own Arexx and convolve file directories.
I would recommend you read the documentation that comes with Image Engineer as it has a huge number of options, and the documentation has a number of tutorials that will let you get to gnps will all aspects of the program with the least amount of hassle.
However, I will try to explain some of the more used parts of the program. Loading a file is a doddle. Due to the SuperView libraries you can access a good number of file types including any supported Datatype. Therefore any GIFs. Jpegs or PCX files you have will be handled by Image Engineer with no problem at all.
Once you have a picture loaded you will see it in its own window. One of the best effects to show off Image Engineer’s abilities is if you pick the twirl effect from the Edit menu. This pops up a requester which will allow you to select where and how it will effect the current image. The requester Amiga Computing SuperlliGui libraries Author: Andreas Kleinert Workbench: 2.04 The SuperView libraries are a collection of Amiga run time libraries that allow other programs that support SuperView to easily load, save, convert and process images with the minimum of ease. This allows programmers to
concentrate on perfecting their program without having to worry about supporting every different type of picture format out there.
We have been given special permission from the author. Andreas Kleinert, to distribute a cjt-down version of the onginal SuperView library. Please note: the archive found on this month's cover disk is a special version solely for Amiga Computing users and cannot be redistributed by any other means - public domain or not. A full version of the SuperView library can be found on Aminet.
Installation of SuperView is very straightforward using the standard Amiga installer program. However, you must make sure you have the Installer program in your C: directory. If you do not boot up with your hard drive, insert the first cover disk in DFO:. Open a shell and type copy dfO:c installer c: - this will have oopied Installer into your C: directory.
Which any loaded picture is dithered to.
This means that potentially, you might not be getting the best colour representation from your pictures.
If. However, you choose the Re-calc Colours from the Project menu, this works out the best selection of colours for the loaded images which can greatly improve the display quality. If you do this, you should make sure you re-calculate the colours each time a new picture is loaded because the colours can go a little strange
- especially a picture consist of a single colour range.
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The alpha channel function of Image Engineer is a completely invaluable function. The idea of them does, however, take a little getting used to.
Basically, you normally have a primary and secondary image, which you select from the Alpha menu option. What the alpha channel then does is to blend the primary image on top of the secondary image, depending on the brightness of the alpha channel being used. The way this works is that the black part of the alpha represents the secondary image, while the white part will only show the primary image. Any shade of grey in between will show a mixture of the primary and secondary.
If you look at the circular alpha example, the darker part of the alpha shows the secondary image through it. While in the white part of the alpha, only the primary image can be seen.
Is very straightforward and fairly self explanatory, and as usual with these things, experimentation is the best way to learn.
If you've had a good play with all of Image Engineer's functions, you should have come across its convolve and Arexx options If you've set up the preferences properly you should have a selection of around 20 example Arexx scripts, and when you choose Load from the Convolve window, there is a selection of 15 convolves which you can add to yourself at a later date. These two options can provide some of Image Engineer's most powerful functions The Arexx functions provided by Inage Engineer are potentially infinitely powerful.
However, due to the very nature of Arexx you will need a little programming knowledge to be able to use this feature cf IE.
Luckily, there a good number of example functx ns ready for you to use and examine.
It is possible to add and remove these from the Arexx menu through the preferences. One function that is initially not in the Arexx menu is a batch convert script which allows you to convert a number of pictures to another picture format. Other good Arexx functions to try are the antique and motion blur ones which show what is possible with the Arexx functions.
A little tip for people using colour previews is that when you initially run Image Engineer it uses a standard colour selection Hlf Alpha Image processing is pretty demanding when it comes to memory and processor isage.
Therefore, when it comes to what amount of memor and processor you have, the term the more the merrier springs to mind.
All. However, is not lost. As Image Engineer is a very flexible program, there are a few tricks you can use to save on memory and to gain a good speed increase. A1200 users with extra memory will be able to use Image Engineer on a Hi-res 64 colour screen with comparative ease. The only time you will be really twiddling your fingers is when the program is initially setting itself up.
Even so, you can stil very easily run out of memory, and if you have a few windows open you may want a little speed boost. The simplest way to get both is to switch Image Engineer to a grey scale preview screen. You do this from the project window by selecting the Screenmode option.
A dithered 16 colour grey scale preview will still give you a good idea of what the final picture will look like, and you have the advantage of saving memory along with a major speed increase in the window redrawing. When you do want an idea of what the final picture will look like, just select a render by pressing the right- Amiga R keys.
Amiga Computing SoundFH What Image Engineer is for graphics. SoundFX is to samples. Sporting the ability to load nine different sample types and do 49 different processes.
SoundFX will keep you pretty busy trying out all of its functions. However, as SoundFX is shareware the save function 6 disabled.
SoundFX is a fairly large program, so you will need a hard drive to run it. When you first extract SFX off the second cover disk you will only see two install icons. The installation is very straightforward, copying all the files and documentation into a single drectory.
Due to its modular design, each of SFX's functions, such as load and process, are actually list views. This makes it much easier to handle any new modules that may be added at a later date.
When you first start the program you will see five different list views which are load, save, player, buffer and operators.
The load and save lists show what different Author: Stefan Kost Workbench: 2.04 sample formats can be handled. Currently, SFX can load IFF 8 and 16-bits, raw sample data, PC RIFF-WAV, VOC. SUN NEXT and the AIFF format. Luckily, you do not have to know what the sample you are loading is as SFX can automatically detect this.
As you might expect, SFX has a few extras when it comes to sample playing. Along with the normal Amiga's 8-bit replay, it will also manage 14-bit quality and can even play 16-bit sample direct out of fast RAM.
To Find out about all of SoundFX's operators, you really need to read the AmigaGuide that comes with it, as many of them are very sophisticated. It would probably help to have a sound engineer at hand for some of them. There are many strange and wonderful effects such as sample morphing. 3D cube parameter modulation, AM CS synthesis, 64 band equaliser, composite additive subtractive sound synthesis along with 2D and 3D spectrum analysis. See what I mean about that sound engineer!
You should be warned, however, that some of these functions c n take a long time to complete, as SFX does its processing with 32-bit floating point operations for the highest sample quality.
HenagortiB Iconian Author: Chad Randall Workbench: 3.0 Iconian has been around now for a good while and this latest incarnation adds some major new changes to its interface. You may have come across its new multi-window format before, and initially this may seem a little cumbersome, but once you have sized and snapshotted the window in place it works very nicely indeed.
The major change comes in the form of a new gadget class.
Called pop-up it allows a large number of graphical options to be hidden behind a single button. Click on the gadget and you can then choose from a selection of options.
The main use for this is to allow you to choose from any one of its 15 drawing tools. Along with the normal draw and fill functions, you can also create various bevel toxes and different dithers. The type of bevel box or dither is again chosen using this new pop-up gadget
- a great improvement over the old unwieldy menu options.
Other handy features that Iconian has are the unlimited undo and redo functions, full on line help, a full Arexx port, and you can have multiple projects open.
For people who use them, conian has full Newlcons support, allowing you to create and change both the normal and Newlcon parts Of the icon, in up to 256 colours. Please remember that Iconian is shareware. The registration fee is only $ 15 dollars. Well worth it for probably the best icon editor on the Amiga.
Author: Frank Bernard Workbench: 2.04 It is always nice to have a little relief now and again, and this Workbench- style Tetris game is just the job.
Obviously, you are going to draw comparisons to Tetris, as you have various shapes falling down the screen and each time you get a line it disappears and you score points.
However, this version was written by the author because he was getting bored with the original game being too easy. To make the game tougher he recreated the Tetris game using hexagons. This allows you to have more shapes, ten in fact, and it now takes six turns to fully rotate an object.
As it runs on the Workbench the game is very system friendly and will happily multitask alongside any other programs you have running. It supports AGA and will adjust its window colours to get the best look. Also, check out the great statistic screen so you can tell if the game is cheating by holding back those long blocks that you need.
Datatype Prefs Author: Swen Stullich Workbench: 3.0 When Workbench 3 came in and introduced Datatypes, the number of Datatypes being released into the public domain literally exploded, with even Commodo'e releasing a good few of them. One side effect of this is that varying Datatypes started to allow the user to adjust certan parts of how the datatype worked. The Jpeg Datatype is a good example, and also the C++ Datatype is another one.
The Jpeg Datatype is quite good because you get a nice GUI through which you can adjust the various aspects of the Datatype, but the C++ Datatype can only be changed by adjusting its environmental vanables. Via a text editor.
Well DTPrefs gives you a single interface through which you can change a large number of your Amiga's Datatypes. Currently supported are the binary, executable, font, postscript, icon, Jpeg and photoCD Datatypes. All but the Jpeg Datatype can be adjusted within DTPrefs. While all DTPrefs does for the Jpeg Datatype is to run its own preference program.
Faultq [oimrDishs HutaPEG Author: John Corigliano To use the following program you need to have the Magic User Interface installed on your system. Without it you will not be able to run any MU I program.
Workbench: 2.04 If you need to save space, your only option when it comes to pictures is to Jpeg them - the space saving over more conventional formats can be phenomenal. A file can be anywhere from 5 to 50 times smaller than conventional picture formats.
What do you do if you then want to load a Jpeg into Dpaint, or another program that does not accept the Jpeg format. Well, to save you from having to manually convert a file each time you want to edit a Jpeg file, AutoPEG is here to save the day. AutoPEG will fool any program that tries to load a Jpeg into thinking it is actually loading a 24-bit IFF file.
Once you have extracted the archive you should install AutoPEG using the supplied install script. Before you can actually see AutoPEG in action you need to set up its preferences beforehand. Instead of just patching every program that tries to load a Jpeg, you can specify exactly which program should be patched. This allows programs that can handle Jpegs to use their own routines.
To add a program you should first run that program, then start up the AutoPEG preferences. You then need to locate [PUIoadS Hpplrashcan Author: Thomas Radtke Author: Ben Rogers Workbench: 2.04 Workbench: 2.04 Ever wondered just how hard your Amiga is - working with all those little programs beaverishly multi-tasking away in the background? Well even if you do not, CPUIoad2 will display a continuously growing graph representing the percentage of CPU time that is being used by your poor old Amiga. So even if you think your Amiga is not up to anything, now you can actually tell.
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Please allow 28 days for delivery IcanCapg Author: Tino Wildenhain Workbench: 2.04 When it comes to manipulating icons they can be a little bit of a pain. What do you do if you want to copy an icon image to another icon, there is no supported way of using Workbench. So you either have to mess about loading up an icon editor such as Iconian and then do all your chopping and changing, or revert to using the shell to copy the info files across, Well IconCopy gives a really simple way of doing just that. By having an Appwindow if you want to copy an icon’s image to another icon. You just drop
the new image on the left side of the IconCopy window, and then drop the other old icon into the right side - couldn't be simpler.
You may have noticed that the standard Amiga trashcan is pretty garbage. That is probably why there are a lot of replacement ones knocking around such as Blackhole.
AppTrashcan works slightly differently from these others as usually they only allow you to immediately delete any file you drop into them. The difference with AppTrashcan is that it works in :he same way as the Mac's Wastebasket, without having the limitations of the old Amiga’s trashcan.
When you run it you should see an Applcon appear on your Workbench. If you drop any programs into this, they will be moved to a temporary directory on your hard drive. If you then want to gel nd of these files you select ‘Empty Trash' from the tools menu and everything will then be deleted. If you want you can change the trash icon and its name in both the icon and menu entry (TlagicFrame5 Author: Luke Elliott Workbench: 3.0 Only of use to people who use high resolution screens with a 1:1 pixel ratio, Magicframes improves the look of the standard Amiga gadgets by adjusting how they appear.
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MainActor Broadcast is worth so much more, then?
The answer according to the designers is that MainActor Broadcast is virtually a new program, with a more powerful interface and greater versatility than any of its rivals. Thankfully a closer look a: the new features included in the program show this claim at least has some grounding.
To give anyone unfamiliar with MainActor an idea of what the program is about, it’s important to realise it's more of a modular animation processing package rather than an animation maker n its own right. It's a program where sound, animation and transitions can be added together to make an overall project, which in turn can be converted to a formal of your choice.
Having installed the program using the standard installer method, the user will find Main Actor Broadcast has a simple interface that can run purely off menus or. As will be more commonly preferred, by using the various windows that open up on Workbench. It all has a clean, accessible appearance in contrast to the function crowded front-end that accompanies Animworks2.
CONVENIENT Essentially the program is controlled by three main windows, though each of these provide access to other windows within.
The most commonly used one will be the newly designed project manager, since it shows the animation currently activated and allows users to edit it in a variety of ways. It can also handle up to a hundred projects, which should keep even the busiest animator catered for.
One of the first small but handy additions is that it’s possible to choose where MainActor Broadcast will access data from using the radio buttons in the project window. This gives you a convenient choosing between playing animations back from RAM - the smoothest arid fastest option - or from a storage device that will be slower but won't limit your an mation by the amount of physical memory available.
The project menu allows users lo access the sound editor, a window in which its possible to overlay your project with music of sound effects. Incidentally.
MainActor Broadcast's sound support is module independent, which means use's can use the same sound informaticn on every animation or picture format the Performing Professional animation on the Pmiga is about to get another boost thanks to Biittersoft's fllainflrtar Broadcast. Oareth Lofthouse giues it an audition.
Strutting platforms Since MainActor Broadcast is in part aimed at professionals working across different computer platforms, its worth considering how it shapes up against rival programs on PC or Mac.
Adobe Premiere is probably the most powerful animation rival, boasting a pretty and fool-proof interface that makes MainActor Broadcast look dull, difficult and outdated. As is often the case, however, this costs the user dear in terms of speed, and full-screen playback of animations is impossible without an MPEG card.
The range of effects available, on the other hand, is wider, more impressive and easier to implement than is the case with MainActor Broadcast. Combining animation with sound, transitions and effects proves more of an instinctive process than is possible with the Amiga rival.
Turning to the issue of money, however, Adobe software is always prohibitively expensive, and Amiga users don’t mind losing gloss on the interface to get faster programs at a much more affordable price. Add to that the fact that MainActor Broadcast is unrivalled in its ability to convert files between PC, Mac and Amiga platforms, and it does seem to hold its own. It's just a shame it’s not as affordable as some may have hoped.
While we're on the subject of affordability, users I without a RTG board are not going to be able to', take full advantage of MainActor Broadcast anyway. And many of the effects can be achieved , when creating the animation, so you should take a i look at MainActor Pro before you pay for this much I more expensive version.
MainActor Pro lacks support for some of the I important formats available in MainActor I Broadcast, it has an inferior interface and it lacks I the ability to overlay effects on your projects. That I said, it will make more sense for most people who I just want to work with Amiga animation formats.
Amiga Computing 28 CHRISTMAS 1995 GRAPHICS the manual, both for it’s shoddy construction and, more seriously, its jnhelpful layout. It takes a lot of knowledge for granted, there are no tutorials and what there is could have been a lot clearer than it is in places. Digita and Softwood knock out well-written manuals with software selling at a third of the price, so there's no excuse for not supplying more helpful documentation with MainActor Broadcast.
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Implementation Value for money_ Overall to begin. Just as
important as far as the program s audio capabilities go.
However, is the fact that MainActor Broadcast has 19 sound
modules for all the major types of sound files.
One of the biggest additions to the program is found on the effects side of ‘.he project window. This allows users to overlay a range of instant effects on top of the animation they’ve imported, ranging from various wipes to sequencing, rotation and star bursts. In fairness some could be achieved in Dpaint just as easily, but others are a real bonus.
It’s particularly useful to be able to scale animations down within MainActor Broadcast, allowing users to downsize their animations until they can run smoothly enough for their system.
The demonstration disk gives some idea of how these effects can be used, abed that it’s not the most impressive use of the program's potential I can imagine.
What is for sure is that the effect descrip- bons and adjustability made available in this particular window make it an especially accessible and attractive area of he program 3D Stars: Creates a moving starfield Background: Makes one project a background for the main project Fade To Colour: Fades selected project to desired colour Fade To Image: Fades one project into another Four in One: Combine four projects into one animation Rotate: Rotate your project on the
x. y orz axis Scale: Rescale project to a new size Scroll In:
Scrolls project in from any side of the screen Scroll Out:
Opposite of Scroll In Sequencer: Puts up to five projects
together to make one new project Text: Overlays project with
text lines in various colours Wipe Squares: Fades in another
project using squares I Here's the full list of Main Actor
Broadcast's new effect modules ycu can overlay on the
animation: theatrical effect Perhaps most important of the
main gadgets, however, is the control window.
It’s here that you begin to gain a sense of MainActor Broadcast's unnvalled versatility. Thanks to the inclusion of over 20 load and save modules for animations and pictures.
Animators working to capitalise on the strengths of different computer platforms will find the program’s support for Mac and PC formats like Quicktime and AVI an absolute must. The same window also allows playback of the active project and viewing of individual frames. A third button opens an information box with all the details on the current animation you’re likely to need, including size in bytes, number of colour palettes, loop flags and flags for any special attributes.
PROFESSIONAL MainActor Broadcast's suitability for the professional is further increased by its support for any graphics card with up to
16. 7 million colours. This means, for example, you’ll be able to
make animations from Lightwave using 24-bit frames.
On the other hand, the program's flexibility means you’ll be able to convert 24-bit animations for viewing on a low res monitor.
An Arexx port has been added to the program which will allow users to control the whole package from within, say. AD Pro - a feature that can only help to maximise the speed and convenience of the program as a whole.
Criticism has to be aimed, however, at Despite being billed as the multi-media and animation player for Amiga users.
MainActor Broadcast doesn’t immediately induce a frenzy of excitement in the first time user. In fact, those who haven’t experienced the value of the program's previous incarnations might be left wondering what all the fuss is about.
None of which changes the fact that MainActor Broadcast is an important and useful advancement in Amiga animation.
Basically, there's no alternative for many of the professional animators who need flexibility and processing power.
Increasingly, professional animators are producing work on more than one hardware platform, and MainActor Broadcast will give such users more flexibility than ever before. Using Blittersoft's package will allow them, for example, to produce an animation in Dpaint on the Amiga, then save it as an AVI file to incorporate it into a PC-based project.
With the addition of built-in effect modules and a more versatile interface, MainActor has been given a complete overhaul.
The only problem is that comprehensive support for file formats and a limited range of effects won't justify the radical hike in price, and unless you've got a RTG board you’re probably best opting for its older and cheaper sibling.
MainActor Pro. As it stands. I suspect only very serious animators will pay out for this flexible but pricey program.
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As you select a new block its counterparts in the Assembler window light up. So it’s easy to construct repeats or verse chorus sections.
In addition, complete drag and drop control. Even volume adjustment, is available, enabling you to add space for voice-overs or fade outs.
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Overall_ _10 _ 9 .10 _9 f you're one of the few who mssed fg Hour preview and subsequent review of the AirWorks masterpiece, the next page will be music to your ears. This is because the uninitiated Tune BuMer Arpeggio Now! Provides an mterac- twe method of tailonng pre-recorded music 10 your requirements. If you need a change of mood or want to add a dramatic crescendo. The ideal slice of music can simply be slotted in the correct spot.
The whole process hinges on mu tiple edit points which have already been inserted Wo the 16-bit data on the accompanying CO. As a consequence, it's possible to take only what is required from the target tune and cut. Copy and paste it to build a new tune of your own design. Tune Builder actually works by importing the original 16-bit data from the accompanying CD.
From this it creates a more manageable B-bit dummy. And it's this 8-bit cone which is used for previewing edits during assembly Once your designer tune is complete, the software reverts to the imported 16-bit data on your hard dnve and compiles your master tune in the format and quality of your choice.
R From a rather bland main screen the first port of call is the Library section where you're free to ] filter and audition the tunes on offer.
Obviously, with the single CO taster its usefulness isn't particularly apparent, however as your collection grows its abttty to filter the available tunes soon becomes invaluable.
I Assuming you've isolated a particular tune, the next step is to audition it, and to do 10 you'll need to fire up your CD-ROM dnve by selecting the CD Player preview from the pdklowns At this point a tape deck control pops-up ready to preview your chosen :une or audition others. Once the Player Preview is active, simpfy double-clicking on any fack Jfi automatically locate it and start playback [ (frect from the CD in 16 bit stereo. As you All the major sampling formats, options and rates are supported across Amiga, PC. Mac and others.
And as you'd expect. There's direct support for the Amiga family of dirccf-to-disk sampling systems.
Not surprisingly, output quality is superb, ranging from 8-bit mono to full CD quality stereo. The tracks themselves are generally excellent, offering a mix of styles with vocals and guitars blended with brass, strings, keyboards and percussion.
Ihe ba55 line select each track, the software provides a brief overview in the form of an editable note, the ID of the track and the CD on which it's stored. Assuming you've found one or more tracks you want they can be tagged and then it’s time to head off for the project builder to import your selection.
That done, the software sets about spooling the 16-bit data from the CD from which an 8-bit preview sample is created.
Assuming you've imported all the tunes you require, simply select one and it's off to the Tune Builder editing screen.
Once safely entrenched in the editor, you're presented with a waveform of the entire tune segmented into numerous individual snippets - it's these seamless cuts that are the key to the whole process.
To audition the tune simply click on the Play Original. If you're happy with things as they are you can export the tune in the rate and file format of your choice. If things aren’t ideal you can adjust it by specifying a user-defined length. If you then click on generate. Tune Builder automatically interpolates the existing track to produce a customised version.
If you don't like this initial mix, clicking on generate again will produce a completely new version. If this still doesn't produce perfection, the next option is to use a combination of shift and mouse clicks to select individual sections. The selection is then played in sequence to generate a new custom-built tune. If you like it. Again a simple dick on the Export will generate a new master.
The final and most flexible method is to opt for a full edit session by employing the Assembler Bar to build a tune block by block. To use it you simply click on the block you like, drag it across and drop it on Sounds Basically, Arpeggio Now! Is a classic example of power marketing.
You get Tune Builder in its entirety plus an eight track taste of its potential via the single CD.
If you like what's on offer, expanding the system is simply a matter of investing in more Cds. Essentially a no lose situation that provides a window on a development in Amiga music. Need I say more. Don’t be cheap, give it a go, you won't regret it.
Amiga Computing 31 was a balmy day the day I went down to Bedfordshire to visit the premises of HiSoft, the company behind such well-known products as the Squirrel SCSI interface and the Aura sound sampler.
[ompute This month, as the start of an occasional series of in-depth looks at long-standing Hmiga companies, me look at HiSoft HiSoft’s history started way back in
1980. Even before the Amiga was a twinkle in Jay Miner’s eye. The
first product off the HiSoft development line was a Pascal
compiler, appropriately enough named HiSoft Pascal, and an
assembler package for the Nascom ‘home’ computer. Like most
computers of that era. It was really a hobbyist market with
very rruch do-it- yourself products.
It was in 1982 when the first real home computer boom hit the UK with the release of the Spectrum, and HiSoft were in there fast, converting their Pascal and assembler to suit the Spectrum’s non-CP M environment. It was at this point that ‘.he assembler got the name it was to keep through all its incarnations to the present day; DevPac.
By 1985, Z80 machines were starting to become old hat, so HiSoft's head honcho, David Link, was lookhg for a new direction. He looked very seriously at the PC marke;, but as he comments: “We looked at who we would be competing with [in the computer language publishing field], of course the answer was Microsoft and Borland. So we said ‘Forget it’, at that point." The obvious conclusion that HiSoft came to was to develop for the new 68000- based machines that were emerging, like the Atari ST. DevPac was swiftly ported, helped by the prior development of a version for the Sinclair QL, and a
Pascal was worked on. Although not to fruition. At this point, the obvious language to work on had to be BASIC. David Link recalls; “At the time it [working on a BASIC compiler as opposed to an interpreter] was innovative" It was, in fact, an interactive, incremental compiler; one which behaved like an interpreter but was actually a compiler, a fact that most magazines seemed to ignore and as a result HiSoft BASIC suffered in comparison with GFA Basic and the others that were around. Over the years, HiSoft. In search of other complementary products for their line, took over Kuma,
creators of K-Spread. A welF spreadsheet at the time, and loo expand further.
Until about 1990. HiSoft resolut remained an Atari-based company, with the advent of Workbench 2-' machines, the Amiga became a lot attractive to HiSoft.
ASSOCIATIONS Along the way, HiSoft had be casually involved with a company p: ing music products for the ST called A and David Link decided it was time HiSoft to develop its consumer pr range rather than solely concentrating programming tools. So HiSoft eve lleuj product tinema ID ot a new product, this one, but certainly new to the UK.
Cinema 4D is one of the two most popular German rendering packages, with many thousands of users. It feels like a mix between Lightwave and Imagine in use and looks similar to Real3D3. Cinema 4D is a program with a wide range of unique facilities not readily found in either Lightwave or Imagne.
Features like accurate sunlight, where the direction, angle and intensity of your scene's ’sun’ are governed by latitude, longitude and time settings.
Cinema 4D also provides easy inverse kinematics. Without the need to set up tiresome bones or states. Like Imagine, Cinema 4D makes use of a timeline function to set up the actors within a scene, their motions, the animation of their textures and effects to apply to them. But Cinema 4D also has the same ease of use as Lightwave when it comes to actually setting up a scene, with freely positionable objects shown in a variety of 3D views.
When it comes to texturing an object in Cinema 4D. All the guesswork is taken out of the process by using a mesh which you can see wrapped around the shape you are texturing, and which can be adjusted to suit your needs.
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HiSoft has always been an international company, so nobody in the industry was particularly surprised when they brought out Maxon Magic; an Amiga oddity, it was a commercial screen blanker program.
Maxon is one of Germany's largest Amiga software producing companies and an alance had been forged between the two companies on their many meetings at German Atari and Amiga shows. This aiance will also bear fruit with DiskMagic and Cinema4D. Both products which are
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Ueterans With Aura, the company's 12- bit sound sampler, HiSoft invaded the burgeoning improved quality sound sampler market, and then came the Squirrel. The Squirrel is arguably HiSoft’s most popular product to date, with sales numbering in me thousands since its launch in Oecember 94.
F HiSoft themselves have sold David CO-ROM drives to approximately 90 per cent of the people they have sold a Sqtwrel to. But as you'll see looking around these pages, the Squirrel itself is about to be accompanied by a bigger brother, and.
Uncommonly for hardware products. HiSoft are offering their existing customers an upgrade path to the new model. This is not the only new product coming from HiSoft over the next few months as a quick glance at the rest of this article will tell you.
The future according to HiSoft O asked David Link what he would like to see happening with the Amiga over the next year or so. “I think that the A1200 as a base machine is very important because it's competitive when compared to a PC. To be honest, although you can build your own PC.
And it can be cheap, any like for like PC system is going to be more expensive, not cheaper, because the entry level system specification has gone up and memory is always going to be expensive.
"Therefore. I think we are going to find that the entry level PC is not going to become any cheaper and might, in fact, become slightly more expensive. Consequently, the A1200 is going to be perfectly poised to succeed in the entry level market, with a higher spec than an entry level PC and much better performance, even with the current A1200.
“I believe that what the man on the street wants is a machine that can run all his word processing, general home stuff, comms. CD. Plus the odd graphics program. He could probably comfortably do that on a 6Mb A1200. He won't be able to get away with less than a 16Mb PC. He'll have to buy Windows I belieue that mhat the mar on the street wants is a machine that tan run all his word processing, general homo stuff, cpmms, (D. Plus the odd graphics program
95. Whereas Workbench comes with the Amiga, and he won't be able
to use a TV to display it. Which, admittedly, is a bit of a
moot point, because at the end of the day, when you start
getting serious the first thing you need is a monitor,
although there are actually some very good Tvs out there now
with SCART input, etc. "So. I would want to see the A1200
continue as the base machine. As to what Escom do with it,
I'm not sure I care that much because there are so many
excellent third-party add-ons for it that I still think it's
a worthwhile machine that will last for at least the next two
years. Obviously, it would be good to see Escom putting more
memory, preferably 4Mb and a faster processor in it. An
040. Whatever, but it would need a fairly major bus change.
"I would rather see an 040 in there than an 030 because of the 040’s performance and increasing price competitiveness. Although it’s still fairly difficult to get your hands on at the moment, but with advance buying, it shouldn’t be a problem. It would make sense for there to be SCSI on board at some point, but obviously I’m not particularly bothered about that!
[I ask whether the machine would come with a hard drive as standard] "Definitely. I can’t see people wanting to use floppies any more, no. I think the machine would have to come with a hard drive, floppies are dying. That as a base level Amiga, if brought in at the same price as now, £399. Would be a killer machine and I don’t see any reason why it couldn't be done.
[I ask whether David feels that the current pricing is too high] “No. I think the current pricing for the whole package is about right. I appreciate Escom's reasons for doing it; they needed to come into what was obviously an insecure market. Commodore having been out of ?
It for 18 months. In a market which wasn't clearly defined, coming in with a cheap machine to try and take on the console market would have been the wrong way to approach the marketing of the machine in my view. The Amiga 1200 is not a console, it’s not a games machine and it has never been put forward as such a machine; it’s a home computer.
“People have only just started talking about home computers as more serious toys, if you like. People are actually talking about the reality of using a home computer for various subjects. Cds. For instance, have done a lot to firm up peoples' views of a home computer, and the A1200 is perfectly poised to fulfil all those requirements.
“No. I think the bundle is well-priced.
I'm sure there are many people who would liked to have seen it cheaper and I think that companies in vertical markets would have liked to have se standalone machine but. At the endf the day. Escom have got to do whatt think is right for the Amiga. They're I people who are enabling this con and in my view we've got to sup£ them and work with them and that's 1 I intend to do. I would want to sq PowerPC-based Amiga and HiS would be glad to make that move. In I end. We'll certainly stick with the An for many years to come."
Link, everyone! One of the disadvantages that everyone agreed on was the lack of autobooting on the original Squirrel. HiSoft have gone some way to eradicating this problem, although it can never be overcome entirely owing to the limitations of the PCMCIA port.
They have added a program that sits in memory, even when the machine has been soft rebooted and allows the Squirrel to autoboot.
Obviously, the program has to be run before this can happen, so when the machine is switched on the first time, a boot floppy has to be used. Thereafter, when the machine is reset using the Ctri- Amiga-Amiga combination the Squirrel will autoboot.
Q ETA: November Price: £99.95 ETA: Now shipping Price: £39.95 H TJ o’ • c_ a n 3 c o to 0 to -* U1 to $ Ohis little box might we I be HiSoft’s biggest seller to date, when it finally hits the streets. The Squirrel Mpeg is an external case, much like the one your CD-ROM drive sits in. And it is designed to sit in your SCSI chain. What it does is take an Mpeg stream from CD. Or any other suitable source, and play it back.
HiSoft are busy working on all the tools necessary to fast forward, rewind and so on. But even in its raw state, the Squirrel Mpeg provides a far superior picture to the best that the Cdi’s FMV cartridge can offer. Where the Cdi’s output has odd vertical lines down the screen as though it were on laid paper and definite artifacting on areas of almost-single colour, the Squirrel Mpeg is as silky smooth as a silky smooth thing.
The other great benefit to this box is the fact that it is not limited in which machine it can be used with. Because it sits externally in your SCSI chain, it means that any machine from the humble A600 to the mighty Draco can use it. HiSoft even showed me the Squirrel Mpeg unplugged from an Amiga and taken with a CD-ROM drive downstairs to the telly and plugged straight into it.
This means you will have a fairly portable, standalone VideoCD player for the same money as you paid to have a computer dependant Mpeg playback device. What's more, the Squirrel Mpeg will be supplied with a remote control device, so you won’t even have to get up from your chair to fiddle with controls.
, | follow-up to the phenomenally successful SCSI controller for the A1200, the Surf Squirrel gets it appellation from the fact that it also includes a high-speed serial port. The SCSI controller chip in the Surf Squirrel itself has been changed for a faste' version, so you can now expect transfer rates of up to 3.2Mb sec on an accelerated machine with at least 2Mb sec on a standard A1200.
The design of the Squirrel remains similar, but the size of the casing has had to be enlarged to accommodate the extra circuitry required for the 9-pin serial port.
The serial port will happily operate at speeds up to 115,200 baud (the standard Amiga port is only rated up to 38,400) and HiSoft have managed to push it to double that. Stand by for a serial network new product Squirrel (T1PEC Squirrel iffMPEG flouj product Surf Thr SCSI MI’EG Itayn lor your Amiftj. Atari, Mtttntwh & IBM-PC Compatible Oe've already previewed DiskMagic in these hallowed pages (issue 90), but| case you missed it, here’s the low down. DiskMagic is HiSoft’s entry into I Amiga file manager market. It uses the same two window approach made fan by Diskmaster, but is a lot more
configurable than its distant ancestor.
One of DiskMagic's unique features is the fact that it treats archives as th they were directories. That is to say. Should you have an Lha file on your hard you can, in DiskMagic, double-click on it as though to extract it or enter a sub-din tory and. After a mo. DiskMagic will display the contents of the archive just as if I was a sub-directory, with a list ol the files which can then be copied into a desti tion directory. This comes in particularly handy when dealing with large arc from which you only need a file or two. DiskMagic is a powerful successor to t current crop of file managers
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As usual, all the files are in the DMS format, so if you want to extract a large number of disks it is going to take a long time. One plus point is that you can choose the destination device, so if you have two or more drives, or use the FMS device, at least you can take advantage of this fact.
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ParNet and SerNet are a so available and ready to run on the CD.
Ease of use- Implementation Value for money Overall Laser guidance fleil Ulohr tahes a looH at same [Os that might be filling a fern stochings this Christmas Fresh Fish H locating a specific type of program a doddle. However, if you have any problems finding a program, Akwick is available, or an AmigaGuide index for you to peruse.
As I mentioned, this CD is really aimed at the serious user because along with the normal utilities there is the full, ready-to-run distribution of all the Amiga Ports of the various GNU programs. You can also find the full Commodore developer include files for version 37,39 and 40 of AmigaDOS. Another excellent CD aimed for the more serious Amiga user.
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The bottom line Product: Fresh Fish X Supplier: PD Soft Price: £19.99 Phone: 01702 466933 Ease of use 8 8 8 8 8 9 9 9 Implementation.
Value for money Overall ? Red Fish is one of those Amiga institutions you just do not seem to find anywhere else. Lord knows how long he has been putting compilation disks together, but the huge amounts of programs he was dealing with made the inevitable move to CD a necessity.
The Fresh Fish Cds provide you with a large selection of ‘serious’ ready-to-run Amiga software, as opposed to the Frozen Fish Cds which are designed for BBS use.
And have everything archived.
The bulk of the software is organised into the same directory hierarchy as Aminet, making All you Amiga owners out there, stop uploadhg stuff to Aminet - I cannot review these things quick enough. I review one and before I have had time to take a breath, another 600Mb of programs have appeared on a new Aminet disc. This latest incarnation boasts well over 3400 files, with only 35Mb of old files and programmes remaining over from the last Aminet disc - and I bet a large chunk of that is contained in the old AnigaGuide index files.
As with each Aminet CD there is a specialist topic. This CD happens to concentrate on modules, with 2000 ( the things inhabiting the CD, the new features of the disc is th special version of DeliTracker is i to play all the different module I This provides a good standard i face for listening to all those tasty r ules, because DeliTracker is one of I best players out there. If you 1 something different from the us hard-core. Acid, rave modules, chi out the excellent jazz funk section.
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N(«t J The bottom line Product: AGA Experience Vol. 1 Supplier SadENESS Price :£ 19.99 Phone: 01263 722169 Ease off use Implementation Value ffor money Overall 9 8 8 8 3' This is a good idea for a CD.
Instead of the usual picture or f utility collections, the Global Amiga Experience is a compilation of the best commercial and shareware [programs available, ready for you to try I out. When I say try out. What I mean is [there are demos of commercial programs. Well, this is not quite true as ; there are full versions of Imagine 2, Scala 1.13, VistaPro 1, Distant Suns 4, Ciarissa 1.1, Edge 1.72 and X-Copy, This is quite a lot of stuff for you to use, and included are upgrade discounts lor these programs.
All the programs are grouped into what sort of type they are - databases, comms. Programming. DTP, raytracirg, video, painting, imagepro. Cad. Anims and music. Just a small selection of the programs you can try out are HeliOS.
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This is not to mention the huge number of available graphics programs This is a great CD. Straightforward Workbench organisation makes it easy to find whatever program you are looking for, and icons are available that set up any necessary fonts or assigns for a program to run. Therefore, there is no hassle in getting to use programs. If you want to try out some of the best commercial Amiga programs then this CD will defiantly be of great interest to you.
Product: The Global Amiga Experience Supplier: PD Soft Price: £24.99 Phone: 01702 466933 Ease of use_9 Implementation 9 Value for money 9 Overall_9 The bottom line inally, a CD dedicated to AGA users. When you first open this CD's icon you are presented with a very nice selection of MagicWB icons, each directory category having a very nice MagicWB image corresponding to whatever is in there.
Pretty much every area of Amiga PD is covered here, from Eric Schwartz’s Morphy the Magician to a large collection of AGA demos. If you have collected any of the PD AGA slide shows that have been dished out by the boat load, you couldn’t have missed one of the NFA produced ones - the notorious BodyShop series springs to mind for some reason. Well, as NFA put this CD together there are, of course, a few slide shows, and other exclusive NFA productions.
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs. Big Girls Special and a raytracing slide show all make an appearance. As you may have guessed. Big Girl Special has a few bare breasted ladies in there, but it does seem strange that they bothered at all because there are only about ten pictures.
A reasonable selection of games and demos are ready to run, even though many will not run straight off an A4000. One unusual feature is that demos or tne full versions of every Amiga Doom clone are in the games section, all ready to run. There is also a good selection of utilities, al of which are also ready to run.
Other things include various programming examples and programmer-type stuff. The last year’s worth of Amiga reports are also included which are always good reading, along with other electronic Amiga magazines.
Along with the ready-to-run programs, you can find a lot of extra archived material in most of the directories, with demos included, as many of these need to be run off their own floppy. Luckily, all these files have icons with them, that are set up to unDMS the files onto disk for you.
Overall, this a reasonable disc. It is completely full, so has plenty on it for you to play around with.
Any problems with running these demos .or games is not the fault of the person who put the CD together as the use of the MagicWB icons and the good layout makes the CD very nice and easy to use.
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Like Rexi-Link the Parnet system empbys a custom parallel cable which delivers roughly 40k per second in ideal conditions, Irith somewhere between 20 30k more often the norm on most systems.
On the plus side, Parnet is Freeware and completely gratis. All you need is the ire, a soldering iron, and the neces- odds and ends courtesy of Maplins to irnct the cable. On the downside, fid- with cabling and soldering irons is iver as straightforward as it looks on baper. In addition, the actual software is relatively basic and fairly slow in comparison with the Flexi-link alternative.
Hence ( sary c [ Once a Parnet link is established between the two machines, a network folder Is created containing the various Items that have been mounted from the te machine. Remote volumes such as appear as drawers, and although it sn t automatically support items which been left out on the remote machine.
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Floppies have t Now you're aware of the ultra cheap tive, it's time to put the slightly more nsive Flexi-Link option to the test.
Needless to say. Speed is at the heart of network and in this area, Flexi-Link res well with an average transfer ing between 50 60k per second.
Any In real terms this means a 1 Mb file will traverse the net - using the standard Workbench drag and drop technique - in [approximately 20 seconds. Quite ble considering the asking price. If fs still not fast enough you can opt for Whistles and bells CwfflfM 1.
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Improved basic transfer of between 20 30k per second may not be enough to tempt too many people away from its PD alternative. Fortunately for Flexi-Link, there's a lot more lo effective networking that raw speed. Unlike its counterpart.
Flexi-Link does support icons that have been left out on the desktop including both floppies and hard drives - which appear in their original form on the remote machine.
Better still, volumes from the remote machine are treated as if they're actually hard wired to the host. As a result, you can even format a remote floppy or hard drive when the need arises.
A nice touch is the auto assigning of directories between the linked machines.
Any commands not found on the host machine will automatically be searched for bn the remote. End result - seamless file sharing and assignment requiring in minimal duplication of system resources. Why have two copies of a program or directory you only need once in a blue moon?
The Turbo mode. As the name suggests, this dramatically increases transfer to between 80 90k per second.
Needless to say. There is a downside which takes the form of screen blanking on both machines. However, if you have a large amount of data to transfer and can live with the inconvenience of the conquer Bringing two machines together has neuer been easg. Paul Bustin tries the Flem-link approach to the problem svsnm EssmiiHis RID = Essential BLACK = Recommended Do competition Two Amigas The big question is, should you stick with Parnet or opt for Flexi-Link?
In my opinion there's no contest. When you've bought the necessary cabling and gone through the hassle of soldering it all together to construct a Parnet cable. £30 for Fiexi-Link is too good to miss.
R Ts Apart from the ease of use, Flexi- Link offers a whole host of fairly advanced features which Parnet simply can't match - fully implemented file and hardware sharing being the most notable.
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Presented with a five tool button bar takes up very little monitor real esfii Time to open some windows. I think.
The odd thing about World Con Set is the fact that you could renderJ whole scene without ever looking at a r or camera view of what you will be re ractal landscape generation was one of the 3D tools that made the Amiga great before any of the other popular platforms were really powerful enough to do it. Vista Pro and Scenery Animator were responsible for making people know what the acronyms USGS and DEM actually stood for, a feat only previously available to cartographers and geologists. Vista Pro and Scenery Animator seem to have faded somewhat into obscurity, but there's no excuse not to
keep up with your erraform- ing tasks now that World Construction Set is here.
WCS is not that new to the Amiga, but we haven’t reviewed it before and with a new version coming out after Christmas, it looked like a good time to be reviewing the current version. As it stands, World Construction Set arrives in a hefty box containing five disks and a very meaty manual indeed. Weighing in at over 650 pages, this is one tome that really couldn't be ring bound. The manual is very well written with a light tone that conceals some of the more complex topics that it covers. You never feel like you are trawling through some turgid textual treatise.
FORMAT As for its organisation, it isn't too bad at all. There's a well-specified ndex and the tutorials are near the front, with reference material at the back. All the eco-, geo- and cartological terms (yes, alright.
I know ‘cartological’ isn't a real word, but it did make a nice piece of text. How about Photo-, Geo- and Cartographical instead) are very well explained in layman's terms.
The software itself is easy enough to install using the standard installer process. Once you have installed World Construction Set and double-clicked for tuhoeij?
World Construction Set’s motion paths can be slightly awkward to manipulate, but if you have LightWave handy you can always use Layout motion paths from that program in World Construction Set. The same is true the other way, which means you can match up your camera's paths in both programs and arrange your animation for easy composition.
World Construction Set also supports proper Z buffering, LightWave doesn't yet. Which can be used to ensure that things that ought to be behind hills stay behind hills. A Z buffer is a bit like an alpha channel in that it is a greyscale pseudo-representation of your colour artwork, but instead of each shade of grey representing a different level of transparency, each grey in a Z buffer indicates a different distance from the camera, with darker shades moving progressively further the first time on its icon, you will be presented with a window asking for a screen mode. World Construction
Set works in any screen mode including those offered by graphics cards and opens a 16 colour screen. Once World Construction Set has opened its screen, you'll only be second that motion The Orand Canyon am mean from WCS'a camera J World Construction Set uses MUI, otherwise known as Magic User Interface, as the basis for its GUI. MUI is provided with the package, but if you are a regular reader of Amiga Computing, you'll remember that we put a full copy of MUI on our CoverDisk back in July 1995. Without it, although you'll still be able to make full use of World Construction Set, you won't be
able to change the way World Construction Set looks, or, at least, save those changes.
More and more shareware programs use MUI as their basis, but World Construction Set is the first commercial application (that I know of anyway) to make use of this handy interface tool. Stefan Stuntz, the author of MUI, has promised a new version will be ready by the time you read this with even more features and hopefully more speed- Amiga Computing mg. This definitely feels contrary to the GUI principle, but comes in very hardy if you are only running World Construction Set on a low resolution screen. In fact, even on a screen measuring 1024 x 768 there isn't enough room to have all the E
Windows World Construction Set produces open at the same time.
[ So. Anyway, we've now opened the most important two windows in World ¦ Construction Set; the map view and the camera view. These two are where you'll spend most of your time, tweaking the way your landscape looks, but you can't open them on their own. As soon as you open ihe map view, the necessary Map View Control window also appears And to get the camera view up and running.
I you’ll need to open the Parameter Module r window, open the Motion Editor window from that and then open the Camera view [ window from there!
WINDOW VIEW It doesn't stop here though folks.
I- Once you’ve clicked on the camera view button at the bottom of the Motion Editor window, two further windows will appear Kin addition to the camera view. These are a fairly redundant compass (redundant unless you don't have the map view [ open, that is) and a further list of settings »: pertaining to the camera view. Phew!
All these windows don't stop World ¦Construction Set from being a joy to use I - just make sure you are running a com- I modity that allows you to click on any part of a window to bring it to the front like the one supplied with Workbench or I MultiCX. Then you won't have to worry about anything other than the aesthetics Kef windows overlapping one another, i World Construction Set is definitely a rcomplex package, and one that can get j a bit complicated and unfriendly at times, but in the same way as Imagine, this is j only because of the vast array of options Rnd the word mas World
Construction Set is a fine program. It can be a little complicated and unintuitive to get into at first, but the learning curve isn't too steep. Once you have grasped the basics, you'll soon find yourself thinking of all the possibilities it offers and that you could achieve given enough time and patience.
Example DEMs with the product in future, perhaps distribution on CD or at least with a CD would be a possibility.
Finally, if you have even the slightest interest in geology, geography, ecology or even political history and you teach these subjects, then World Construction Set will be an invaluable tool if you are willing to put in the hours. If you don’t have the slightest educational bent, other fractal landscape packages are cheaper, but World Construction Set beats them all hands down for features.
The renderer isn't as fast (in my subjective opinion) as VistaPro's and it doesn’t yet offer reflective water or clouds. However, given its superb compatibility with Lightwave, the clouds shouldn’t pose too much of a problem. I would like to see more open to the user. Unlike Imagine, however. World Construction Set is presented with a logical interface that has a bit of panache. It's also friendly towards graphics cards, unlike the aforementioned program.
Particular example I am thinking of is the Arc view setting in World Construction Set. This is equivalent to the Camera Lens setting in LightWave, yet the two share little similarity. You’ll need to experiment before you will be able to match the two to your tastes.
A simple change to World Construction Set. Or even a table in the manual indicating the conversion between the two would be enough to cheer me up no end. TW Some of its features do need a little reworking to make them top notch though. For instance, if your program is going to work with LightWave. It’s probably a good idea to try to conform to some of the ways LightWave works. The SVSIEfTl ESSEnilHlS RED - Essential BLACK = Recommended 68040 4 Mb RAM Hard drive 8 Mb I U RAM or above Si RTG card The bottom line Product: World Construction Set Supplier: Blittersoft Price: £119.95 Tel: 01908
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Value for money.
Overall_ Product: Fun School Spelling. Europress Age Range: 7 to 16 Supplier: Special Reserve Price: £25.99 Phone: 01279 600204 Overall: 7 10 Ouropress's spelling package provides six exercises themed around a fairground. It is designed for children to practice around 4,000 commonly misspelt words in a variety of different exercises.
Games include Mechanical Grab, where a child must recognise words such as choosing the correct ending, or Haunted House, where the player has to deal with homophones, and it also allows the parent or teacher to add their own words. Furthermore, a special databank has been provided for children with dyslexia and mild learning difficulties.
One exercise sets the child a crossword to complete, which can be quite challenging due to the nature of the clues. However, it’s a great way in letting them get to grips with words and their mean ngs, and disguises learning as a fun game.
This is true of the other exercises too. And for the younger player, there is always some incentive for their persistence - a good ploy with educational packages.
It's all very nicely presented with colourful graphics and cheery music, though I doubt it would really stretch its appeal to the 16-year old.
However, for the 7 to 12-year old it will work very well, with a user-friendly interface ard useful activities to try.
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The exercises teach the common problems ot spelling well Product: Esscnti.nl E « I Qnnnrn 1 O out of 1P Science 10 out of 10 Age range: 5 to 12 Supplier: 10 out of 10 Price: £25.95 Phone: 0113 239 4627 Overall: 6 10 Ohe 10 out of 10 educational series have earned a reputation for quality with their many titles. Essential Science, aimed at the five to twelve-year old continues the series, with six games designed to teach the rudiments of Science.
Despite the very basic graphics and presentation, there are some quite challenging exercises for the younger player. One is Steamer, a game which introduces the child to measuring activities. Another is Spectrum which provides scientific facts in an interesting way. Such as the identification of parts of the body or a flower.
Isrj The parents can keep a check on the child’s progress with a colour coding system and the player can also print out a certificate for each section correctly completed. This will keep them motivated and give them an incentive to play.
It's fortunate that something like this has been included because the This exercise gets the player to Identity certain objects oi urns 0 m graphics and sound effects will do little to amuse them.
Overall, the majority of activities serve their purpose well, it's just a shame that more attention hasn't been paid into making the package more attractive.
Amiga Computing F E A T U R r Products0 out of 10 Spelling (Structured) Age range: Under 9s + learning difficulties I Supplier: 10 out of 10 Price: £25.95 Phone: 0113 239 4627 Overall: 8 10 Product: Micro jjy German LCL Age Range: N A (GCSE) Supplier: LCL Price: £24.99 Phone: 01491 579345 Overall: 5 10 Has fiir eine Farbe hat es ?
Tti* interlace isn't easy to use and looks dated The exercises work well but graphically it won't astound o
* .l Product: 10 out of 10 German Age Range: 8-16 Duerall. The
German package contains some important subjerts that are most
common foe GISf. School. Family and Sport. 35 well as all tlie
other sentence and grammatical sides Supplier: 10 out of 10
Price: £25.95 Phone: 0113 239 4627 Overall: 8 10 mm Mg « J£ In
Sn I In, der Toschenrechner The achievement sheet will show all
the relevant assessment details Irom your child's performance
his German package includes six games which children aged 8 to
16 studying attainment targets 3 + 4 can enjoy. The whole
point of the package is to enable you to improve on your German
speaking, reading, and writing.
10 out of 10 covers all these features in various forms, although all the information from the National Curriculum is there and can be printed out. For example, you can keep permanent records of your success, achievements and.
More unfortunately, what you need to improve on.
With all these excellent ways to display the data in a record-like form, it helps teachers and parents get an idea of how heir pupils and children are getting on and where, exactly, they require help.
The games are fairly basic ones - there are six in all. The first is The Cat. Which is basically a quick multiple choice game with a novelty addition. The faster you are the more points you get. You can learn quite quickly because you can instantly recognise the correct answer by a simple process of elimination.
[ Overall, the German package contains some important subjects that are most fcommon for GCSE. School. Family and Sport, as well as all the other sentence and I grammatical sides.
The menu system is nice and friendly with a huge big pointer, and this enables very ; young children to see what they are doing and help their understanding of the package.
OCL’s Micro German aims to take the novice language learner right through to GCSE. It has 24 programs which cover written and spoken German and prepares the user for the oral and written exam, As well as suiting the school learner, it is also tailored for the businessman as it generates business letters, and it also covers verbs and grammar.
LCL used to include a tape with their language package but now they have incorporated speech into the actual program. Although this does sound rather robotic, it does work quite well in giving the user an idea of the correct pronunciation.
Overall, the content of the package is quite commendable with all I necessary aspects covered. However, it's the actual presentation which lets the package down. The interface looks unpleasant and is not intuitive to use, and this is likely to frustrate, especially in a title like this where the user should be able to concentrate solely on the learning and not how to make the thing actually work. It also i! Looks extremely dated and is hardly likely to make ‘street-cred’ conscious teenagers want to use it.
O0 out of 10's Spelling tutor from most of the other paejjanfl because it is aimed at nine-yea olds and younger, not to mention caterjhg for children with special needs sJch as dyslexia.
As with the entire series of 10 out of 10 educational packages, it contalis six games which all differ from earl other.
Most of the games must be conjpleraj to a reasonably strict time limit so not only must you know the ins and Outs of the subject you are studying, you must also be quick on the mouse What the 10 out of 10 series so consistently are the bright. Coiouif ;; chunky graphics which really mikes it appealing to the child. It's mouse driven. Making it the easiest way for children to get to grips with the games. If the child cannot use the mouse ly. It may be an idea to practicei occasionally until they are fully confident and comfortable.
The package covers phorjefj|ffl rhymes, word matching and syttraB not to mention all the basic grammatical rules.
Not only is the package spptfHN developed for the under nines, it also caters for children who have iqaming difficulties. Not many packages can boast all these features as well ae serving the underdeveloped. If yoiir child does have difficulty with spelling this is the simplest and most effective package available.
Amiga Computing , | Product: Micro English Age range: Ages 8 and upwards GCSE Key stages 2 and upwards. Attainment targets 3-6 Supplier: LCL Price: £24.99 Phone: 01491 579345 Overall: 8 10 [ tomes up trumps These days, all the educational packages for the Amiga are sold in shops all over the country - all of them boasting good value for money. After noticing how technology has advanced educationally, you can't go far wrong by introducing fun games for children to play while they unexpectedly learn far more than they realise.
The Amiga is one of the most user-friendly, easiest, cheapest and effective computers to date, and very young children can only learn faster and far more efficiently, whereas Microsoft's Windows 95 poses many problems for adults not to mention young infants.
What makes the Amiga educational market far superior than many other for mats is the wide range of topics and age groups covered and it only remains to be seen whether schools will now introduce Amigas into part of their learning process.
Ohe Micro English package from
LCI. Has to be the most simplistic and effective available,
mainly because of the extensive features the Micro package
contains.
When you purchase Micro English, not only do you get the two disks containing programs that will undoubtedly improve your grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary, you will also receive a book, entitled ‘Countdown to GCSE English.' This happens to be one of the most informative books around. It’ll give you tips on managing time, how to answer the questions, sample exams and the oral exam. It truly is the most useful book you could read in preparation for your exams.
The disks contain many p'ograms to help you revise all the topics concerned in the National Curriculum - English grammar, figures of speech, words commonly confused, punctuation, irregular plurals, and if none if these turn up in the GCSE exam I will be extremely Product: Fun School Maths Age range: 7-11 surprised.
What makes Micro English enjoyable and easy to use is the fact that the computer actually speaks. A series of speech samples are included on the disk and they regularly appear.
Basically, the idea is to improve your spelling, with the computer mentioning the word and you spelling it. Obviously, this could possibly ignite some major flaws, the quality of the speech being an example. With so many samples you can't really expect them to cram in as many high frequency ones on disk as possible, so although the cronuncia- tion is a little muffled they are still understandable.
Supplier: Special Reserve Price: £25.99 Phone: 01279 600204 Overall: 9 10 Tho prouider's uieuj Overall. LCL's Micro English is fairly reasonable. It may not have the graphics and presentation other packages have but it is still, none-the-less. Good value for money.
It is important to pith the leusl of difficulty torrettlq and to bring in, idditionallg. Such appropriate challenges that befits tbe age group 1 Fivouiftfl neither side 2 »]* object to njJtt i profit 3 Renedy for ill diseases 4 to destroy canyletolv Tho vocalt toot If almoat certainly the best way of looming words. Don’t bo put off by tho word ‘tost’ either Ohat kind of effect does electronic teaching have on parents, teachers and more importantly the children? For instance, how could you stir children away from playing the latest games to using education packages for extra-curricular
learning.
I spoke to David Hirst, the Commercial Director from Europress Software, the company responsible for the excellent Fun School packages. I wanted to find out more about their products and how and why they are used to improve children’s learning capabilities. I began by interrogating him about the software.
Firstly, when children are studying the National Curriculum up to eight hours a day at school, how can companies such as Europress Software make their packages appealing enough for the children to come home and pursue the subjects electronically?
Hirst believes it's all about talking to the right people: "... it's just getting to grips with what the NC actually wants, by discussion with those professionals who are doing it every day and then by taking traditional game techniques and putting the two together."
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It just involvos counting the blocks and staling tho answer On my mind, the Fun School educafl I tional series have always bewr graphically superior over all other oackj ages. They are chunky, colourful, wel animated and most of all. Fun to watchJ The Fun School series is alli9 always related to a character ori theme of some description, with d maths based around a character caMflj There are many different arguments as to how cfil dren concentrate and achieve more. Being left tol work out the games for themselves and learning from] self-tuition and experimentation could be the most] effective.
Hirst outlines the computers benefits: the most important thing is to mix teaching, expert mentation, and remforcemeni Computers are better at thftj last two."
With this in mind, i asked] David what he thought the eas* iest ways of teaching childral were, and the best ways of maintaining their concentrate] and interest, especially with the different age groups to cater for. “... it is important tol pitch the level of difficulty correctly and to bnng in.] additionally, such appropriate challenges that I the age group. A child of 4-7 will require large andj colouriul graphics, presenting simple and repetitive problems to solve, whereas at 8-11 some fast action] dexterity, and logic are required, plus the introdu of traditional gaming techniques. At
15-16-years, tfi emphasis must be on results, so the gameplay j toned down and clever teaching methods are] employed." If a child was left alone with fhe gams] Amiga Computing Product: 10 out of 10 Maths (Statistics) Age range: 6 to 16 Supplier: 10 out of 10 Price: £25.95 Phone: 0113 239 4627 Overall: 7 10 p PPP 1L-S_ Here comes a slightly harder number puxxle - working out outputs always used to pose a problem tor me The game here Is called 'Survey' and the Idea is to survey everything that comes on the screen Merlin. Merlin will lead you through all the features of the package, so he will
always be there when you are stuck or need some more information. King Arthur also makes an appearance because of the medieval setting that the maths application is set in. Not only do you get to improve on your arithmetic, you also get to travel around Merlin's castle. Camelot, exploring all different details and rooms.
Magic Machine and Weighty Weapons.
All these imaginatively named puzzles are basically jazzed up versions of old mathematical exercises such as outputs. Number recognition and simple adding, subtracting, multiplying and division games.
The Fun School series has achieved the status as the UK's top-selling range of educational software and it's quite easy to see why. The graphics are excellent and imaginative along with polished presentation and a superb range of sound effects. If your child is struggling with maths, then the Fun School package should be top of your list.
Inside the locations youil find different puzzles and secret rooms. There are six games in total to play - The Crystal Conference, Decisive Data, Perfect Potions. Broken Battlements.
And happened to be troubled without parental supervision. Don’t you think the child may get flustered or | even bored. Hirst refers to the main aims of the pack- [ age: “... if this is the case, the software has failed. It Lild be intuitive."
One of the problems that may occur if students go home | every night and learn an extra rtion of a subject using »he omputer is that they would [• lose the benefit of teaching it is 3 lufll-known fait that one of the prime reasons iutm [ompirters enter the home io in tie belief that their presence mill benefit the children ¦ because they would quite I clearly not be a case that K requires help. The pupil would ¦ also gain advantages over E other students.
I "That’s life" he said. ‘This is not a communist society. Thankfully, we don’t work to the lowest common [denominator. The kids with the benefit of interested [parents will bring on those without, so everyone pins.” A problem that can also arrive from these quences is that when the child advances in a rticular topic, they will return to school and learn [exactly the same things. That surely would [become repetitive for the child - losing the benefit of education itself. Hirst believes it could be a problem: "... it could be. But we maintain that teachers teach, computers reinforce, so
teachers can teach the next level with a better foundation on knowledge in the children."
If parents should happen to buy themselves a computer for business work or personal use. The majority of children would obviously see it as a games machine rather than a working computer. Hirst disagrees with the fact that the computer is looked upon as a form of entertainment: "... it is a well- known fact that one of the prime reasons why computers enter the home is in the belief that their presence will benefit the children."
With the Amiga being relatively cheap, compared to anything like Pcs and Apple Macintoshes, would it be the perfect computer for children to learn with at school, especially with its ease of use. Hirst disagrees: “although the Amiga scores for its graphics, particularly when price is taken into account, in my opinion the new Windows 95 interface is much better and the Apple Mac has been better for a nearly a decade."
O0 out of 10 maths follows exactly the same principles of all the other packages, the only difference being the content. Although consistency is one of their strong points, their presentation and user-friendliness are even stronger.
Once again, the series contains huge colourful graphics and a nice big menu screen which makes the information stand out by far. The package contains all the topics covered in the latest National Curriculum syllabus like probability. Graphs, observations, interpretation, average and all basic statistics.
There are three sets of age correlated graphics you can alter, so the package will appeal to a six-year old as well as a 16-year old. The latter will want more emphasis on information and assessment details rather than fun graphics to keep them amused.
Overall, the package contains all the information you need, along with nice colourful graphics - and it is very simple to use. Although statistics is one of the easier topics, many people will still need pointers on how to display their courseware and use correct values and so on.
If your child is studying maths, this may not be an essential purchase but it’ll certainly come in handy for revision.
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T I have read many letters concerning the future of the Amiga and comparisons between the different computer platforms. It is true that now the price of a standard Amiga, when fully-equipped, will buy a far superior PC system, but Ihere are other things to consider. The PC is an ongoing concern, that is. The user has to continually invest money to get the best out of the machine and its software.
Then there is the initial investment and the cost of the software; you can buy a basic Amiga and add to it over the years, similarly you can buy a basic PC (a 386 with 4Mb RAM) and discover that nothing will work on it.
The Amiga is also unique in its software pricing; the closest competitor to Organiser, for example, is In Control on the Macintosh which costs double the price of Organiser. You can buy a new Amiga with Photogenics for the retail pnce of Photoshop. Word for Windows, as another example, still costs more lhan a second-hand A1200 with a copy of Wordworth 2. Wordworth and Final Writer may presently lack the advanced features of Word and WordPerfect, but how many people actually push these Amiga packages to their limits - I know I do. But I am doing a degree in graphic arts management. This leads
onto another area of discussion. Many Amiga users have complained that they want Word for Workbench, but how many people would actually buy it? The requirements that this package would place on the hardware coupled with the price would limit its appeal dramatically.
Amiga users tend to complain if they have to invest in their machine - Sim City 2000. TFX and PageStream 3 are just three examples. Because of these factors, companies such as Microsoft would never be able to compete effectively in the Amiga market. The Amiga can be a highly cost- effective and productive system for small businesses. Home users and graphic applications if it receives the correct channels of distribution and marketing. At the moment, Escom seem to have bought Commodore's marketing policy along with their technology.
One last point I would like to raise is the future of Amiga technology. I have read that the next generation of Amigas will have a RISC processor, retargetable graphics and no custom chip set.
Does this mean that the Amiga will lose its hidden power and individuality? Will it also mean that the Amiga will have the power to display!
Graphics without the dreaded ham fringing?
What about software? News on this fa been non-existent. The nulti-threaded i Opus 5 puts Workbench to shame serves to display its weaknesses. 24-bit support, on the other hand, would give i applications professional results and the I support every conceivable file format., Safe boasts idiot-proof hard drive security } this become the standard? What about Cn and CrossMac?
The news of the next generation Wo has been virtually non-existent and this I area that will greatly appeal to the industiy| current Amiga users. I hope that future re of Workbench are not going to become I tar between, with a high cost.
Ryan Morse. Milton K& Let's get this straight. It doesn't matter i machine you buy, whether it be a PowerMac or even an Amiga, you will sti need to spend money on it. Whether ; spend that money when you first buy I Plain English campaign Due to thE luck of positiue information coming from Dmiga iBchnologips, ujb haua had an awful lot of lottors about thE future of ths Dmiga. Dathsr than print thorn all. I'll just sag thanks for all gour suggEstions (psrhaps uje'II bs abls to run a Future IdorkbEnch’ feature I and horn's a sample: This letter is a plea to the people who make the
utilities for your CoverOisks and would also apply to everyone who makes any kind of software that does not incorporate a good manual. I don't expect you or a PD operator to supply manuas to all and sundry, but why do they make their instructions so damn hard to understand.
Nine times out of ten I have to print these documents out, but even then, sitting down with a drink, I still cannot comprehend them.
I am not alone in this because I have friends who think the same, and I am sure there must be hundreds if not thousands of your readers who think likewise. In tie end I get so fed up with loading and unloading the software, trying to do this and that with it. That I must have dozens of CoverDisks that never get used. If something has to go in the C; drawer or if I have to amend my user-startup, why not just say so? Why write lines and lines of useless text I have to fight through to get to the information I need. All I want to know is how to get the thing to work, not how tie structure of
the software is put together (who the hell gives a damn?).
If people complain because no-one is sending them their shareware fees, it’s because most people have become fed up trying to understand how to get the thing on their hard drive or floppy and have thrown the disk back into the shoe box in contempt.
Ken Walsh. London I understand your frustration.
However, there are some things you can do about the problem. The first is to be aware that most good PD and shareware is written in Europe these days. This will mean that English is not the author's first language Secondly, because there are no statutes for shareware and most shareware authors work on their own, they write documentation to suit themselves. This is quite often, as you say, not good enough for a wider audience. Thirdly, most shareware authors are only too pleased to be [ contacted by a user of their applica- I tion and you can confront them withm your problem that way. E-mail is
usu-l ally the quickest way. But rnostl authors also include a phone number and address.
Staccato snag This letter is reprinted as sent to us.. I just thought I would drop you a line, or two, and compensate for the hour or two wasted installing, reinstalling, your CoverDisk freebies.
I have noticed that quality programmes, Wordworth, Brilliance, Etc. Can be installed. Deleted. Reinstalled. All Amiga Compnting 52 1LUUUI machine or do it over a period of years, you will still end up spending a fortune on your machine if you are at all serious.
What you said about Amiga users complaining if they have to upgrade their machine is perfectly correct, and I think it is really sad to hear people asking if they can run LlghtWave on their A600, or whether their base A1200 is powerful enough to run Doom under PCTask. We have to face facts. Unless you are willing to spend a wad of cash on your Amiga, you won't get anywhere near the performance you can get from a £1000 PC.
There is no easy way out. Escom themselves are in no easy position. Where do they position the machine they have bought? Is it a games machine. No, if all you want to do is play games, then a PlayStation can do things that the Amiga will in ail likelihood never be able to do. Is it a productivity machine? Not unless your users are willing to get a hard drive, monitor, extra memory and preferably an accelerator ( bang! There goes your grand).
The solution lies in a new, slightly more expensive, hard drive-only machine. If the A1200 had only ever been available as a hard drive-based machine, a lot of the problems facing serious and games publishers would be eased. There would be no question of having to trim down the software to make it fit on disks, and users would be much happier running from a hard drive. The next step would be to ensure that every Amiga came equipped with a CPU that had an MMU. This would open the way for a system for virtual memory and ail that that would entail. With only a few minor changes the Amiga
could be a powerful machine.
With reference to your last point about a new generation of Amigas. You ask whether the Amiga will lose all its advantages. To be frank, what once was revolutionary is behind the times now thanks mainly to the lack of R&D carried out by Commodore because they were happy to sell A500s. Other things are happening in the larger world of computing that Escom are almost certainly taking notice of. One such is CHRP (Common Hardware Reference Platform), a cooperative effort to create one single platform conceived by Apple and IBM. Perhaps Escom should take the Amiga in this direction by porting
AmigaDOS to the PowerPC processor. After all, it will probably be the only RISC chip of any power that is made in sufficient numbers to become a commodity item. Amiga Technologies would then also have some of the weight taken off their shoulders in terms of having to design all the hardware that goes into an Amiga - third-party peripherals would take care of that- Almost everybody in the know agrees that Workbench is one of the most fluid operating systems on any platform, but it is woefully specified when compared with the Macintosh or Windows offerings. No support for networking, security,
memory protection, virtual memory, no multimedia support (and no. I don't just mean being able to play animations). And software publishers aren’t consistent or open-minded enough either - programs thst don't offer screen mode selection are particularly old-fashioned - as on-line help, localisation and optimisation for particular processor types (where necessary) are all bugbears.
As it stands, the future is only average for the Amiga. What we need are concrete facts from Amiga Technologies before any hopes or fears can be confirmed. But Amiga Technologies is a small company that has only just started up and in my opinion we won't hear anything until Easter '96 at the earliest.
Without problem. But, when I come to much of the Material you give out on your CoverDisks.
There are problems.
I If the programme is Deleted, and I Reinstalled, then it seems that not all of ! The libraries are overwritten, or deleted.
Leading to a consequent failure to I Reinstall, or more commonly, a failure to [ load, once installed.
I do not know enough about the writing | of programmes, but obviously, when I I select a programme icon, and select f Delete Not all of the programme is then I actually deleted. Some parts remain, and problems occur.
[ I have just spent two hours attempting to [ trace all of the files to Virus Checker
VC. 34. Deleting them, one by one. So that I can then Install the
latest version.
October 1995.
[ In the end I gave up. And will some day try to Reinstall the old version!
Not a good way to proceed. Badly written programmes like this have caused me more computer headaches than any- [ thing else. And it is not good enough.
It is a major problem which in the year I have been buying your excellent [ Magazine, has not been addressed once' r j I sometimes wonder if you actually load.
I delete, reload, the programmes you | give. Testing. And I wonder what Crap I you are left with on your HD. Afterwa'ds.
One final question which I am sure many I readers would like the answer to: [ When I run any Interlaced screen on my Commodore MultiSync 1950b all I get is severe flicker. Split Screens.
Yet when I run the programme Fractal Worlds. AC. Freebie.
I can choose and run successfully any of the screen modes. SuperHighRes.
Interlaced. Etc. All suggesting that this failure to run similarly in Wordworth. Brilliance.
Workbench.
Is a WB Software failure. Is this so What do you think.
Andrew Brown I think this letter is best read aloud in a declamatory tone of voice, so that it sounds like the poem it is. As for your problems Mr Brown, I can assure you that we do indeed check out every piece of software to see a) whether we like it or not and b) to check that it does work properly.
Some of the software we put on the CoverDisk might be a little buggy, after all most of it is shareware written not by a large software company, but probably some guy in his bedroom, but all of it works to a satisfactory extent. We have also found that, most of the time, there is no need to remove old versions before installing a newer one as a sensible installer script will take care of that for you.
Yours is the first letter we have received about Virus Checker, so obviously there haven’t been too many problems with it.
The problems you are having with your monitor definitely sound odd. But we really need more details to be able to firm up a response (exactly what screenmodes you are using, what other software you have running and so on).
[HperigncQ at uihat cost?
Having just purchased a second-hand Amiga 1200 for the kids to learn on, one of the first things I did was to purchase a copy of September’s Amiga Computing for the tools disks, I put in the disks, did as I was told, but still no joy. The disks aren't faulty, it's my fault for being dense when it comes to computers. So I carried on reading the magazine and came across the ‘Newbie Nightmare’ letter in ESP.
Ah. I thought, good letter. I read it, then read the reply. Agh! Utter amazement and disgust in what was written. Your reply about wasting space on beginners must be in very bad taste. If you think about it. Not only have you got to hold onto your more experienced and no doubt die hard Amiga users, but the beginners who will be buying secondhand Amigas. If you're mag can't help newcomers, then God help the kids and me.
Hope that hurt, M Sheldon. Leek Ouch! OK, I know there are new Amiga owners out there every day, but even so, we certainly wouldn't want to turn the whole magazine into a tutorial and lose our more experienced readers. Owing to the finalisa- tion of the new Amiga pack, yes, we will be having a beginners section back in Amiga Computing, starting next month. In the meantime, keep persevering with your CoverDisks and I'm sure you'll see the light.,, sector Oaue fusirh once mure sifts eagerly through the PO and shareware mailbag
- w-0 hareware authors have, over the last few years, filled in
many gaps in the software world. In recent times we've seen
stunning paint packages, image processors, games and utilities
costing only a few pounds, while programs have been released
with far mo'e specialised uses than commercial producers would
consider addressing.
Continuing that trend, this month Public Sector looks at Admail.
A top quality e-mail package costing just a tenner. Given that the joys (and delays) of the Internet are a relatively recent discovery for many Amiga users, myself included. I wonder whether In the months to come we might see the ultimate shareware Web browser? As things stand currently. I know of Amiga owners who run Mac emulators when surfing because Mac Internet software is so much superior to Amiga Web software. Amosaic is alright, but it’s certainly not the fastest or most stable of programs, is it?
In a future issue I’ll be taking a look at some of the better Amiga Internet software. For now. However, feast your eyes on these affordable delights... Diant 2000 Produced by: Dave Freeman Available from: Centurion PD Diary 2000 is an example cf an imaginative approach to the challenge of creating a fully functional desktop diary. It’s not a program as such, being instead a highly configurable modular system of AmigaGuide files.
In use. Diary 2000 is beautifully simple.
For instance, it’s possible to select any day before the end of the year 2000, whereupon a text editor will be launched allowing you to edit details for that day.
You can also launch your favourite word Amiga Computing Produced by: Various Available from: SadENESS PD This intriguing 20-disk package covers a broad range of subjects including alleged abductions by aliens, crop circles, and mind control to name but a few.
The first three disks contain bulletins from a group called the Bay Area Sceptics, dating back to June 1982, and a newsletter called Echoes Of Conspiracy from the mid eighties. There are also issues of Inside UFOIogy and Saucer Smear, which contain material of interest to those who believe the Earth has for a long time been the destination of all manner of alien explorers.
The next nine disks contain the processor, accounts program and address book from Diary 2000. Which coordinates the proceedings and ties everything together quite nicely.
Amongst the more interesting inclusions is the Mail Log. Which simultaneously opens windows in which details of letters sent and received can be recorded; ideal if your memory is as bad as mine.
Whilst this may appear rather simplistic and pointless on paper, in action the system is swift and effective, and the lent Engine 5.0 Programmed by. Nicholas Harvey Available from; Seasoft Whilst all-singing, all-dancing WYSIWYG word and document processors are undoubtedly very useful, there are times when a fast and basic text editor is infinitely more appropriate. There’s no point fiddling around with the Startup Sequence in Wordworth. Or compasing your e-mail in Final Writer, when something like Memacs would su'fice.
However Memacs is scarcely perfect, and the lack of some near-essential features like word wrap makes it sightly unfriendly and irritating at times.
Text Engine, on the other hand, offers fascinating Aliens Confidentia Multimedia. This is essentially i multi-disk Amigaguide extravaruad text documents, with the occasion image thrown in to enliven the pro ceedings slightly. Cattle mutilation an alleged encounter Apollo r astronauts Neil Armstrong and Bur Aldrin had with alien spacecrai whilst walking on the moon, and a sorts of other mysterious incider' are chronicled here. There are als: plenty of accusations of a conspir cy by the US government to kec secret hundreds of papers and pho tographs. Which it is claimed wot!
Prove that UFOs have been visitin our planet regularly for decades Also included is issue two Aliens Confidential, a disk magan featuring more of the same The there’s the X-Files Guide, an infc mative collection of text documer :;ssr ; ml I M illHM J v* : 1 i mi ; JH ** i lllll « IW .... 1 Mflilll *1
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Diary 2000 launches the WB calculator program lor measurement conversion degree of customisation possible i Diary 2000 just as versatile as a File or similar personal organiser. Of t there isn’t the same portability here, the whole system is much easier to ke updated and tidy.
Usage and customisation is expil thoroughly and clearty in the accon ing text files, and all in all I must ( to being pretty impressed by this | offering. It’s shareware, so if you I regular use of it you really ought to!
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1 II PD and SHAREWARE nh related to the cult sci-fi series, which was originally reviewed in issue 86.
There are also three issues of Out Of Space, an inexplicably AGA- only disk magazine from NFA, which offer still more evidence to support UFO theories from behind an attractive and highly configurable interface. Finally, there's the three-disk UFO: Finding The Truth, which consists of yet more text documents written by people who claim to have conclusive proof of the existence of alien species beyond our comprehension.
There is a degree of overlapping in lerms of subject matter covered, and some more imaginative presentation and greater use of pictures might have been a good idea in some cases. However, considering this twenty disk package costs a Electrics Digital Designer Programmed by: Chris Sterne Available from: Chris Sterne Written to allow the design and testing of dgital circuits. Electrics is a suite of friree connected programs. The first is for actually designing the circuit, the second for testing it and the third for reviewing the test results. The three can be run pretty reasonable twelve
quid, I'd have to recommend it to anybody who's open-minded about the possibility that humankind is not alone in the universe.
Raj i i Mrara IlmnuM 10 iiiu Fascinating and sometimes worrying testimonies from individuals who elaim to have seen UFOs Glorq boH I want to hear from you if you have any program, whatever its purpose, which you consider worthy of review. Whether it will be freely distributable public domain, shareware or licenceware, if you feel it's of sufficient 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 - even if it's yet another Lottery program or Klondike cardset. It does make my job a lot easier
though if disks are clearly labelled. Please also include a cover letter detailing the disk contents and price and giving some basic instructions. The magic address is: Dave Cusick PD submissions Amiga Computing Media House Adlington Park Macclesfield SK10 4NP only limited appeal because of its specialised function, for those in search of such a program the (Canadian) S12 shareware fee seems quite reasonable.
Admail 1.5 Programmed by: Simon Brown Available from: Aminet ; formatting Since the printouts use your K printers standard in-built fonts, these [ formatting commands simply consist of bold, italic, underline, sub- and superscripts, and so on. However, since producing lengthy, flashy documents is not Text Engine’s primary function, the commands on offer are perfectly adequate Actually producing a document using | Text Engine is a breeze thanks to the togh speed of operation and the general user-friendliness of the design. It’s ideal for editing ASCII files of one sort or [another and
seems quite stable.
I unsurprising given its lengthy history as a popular shareware text editor.
Sthis latest version of the program Includes a fully font-sensitive GadTools E-GUI, and the Workbench AppWindow 7 simultaneously on the Workbench screen.
Whilst I don't really know enough about the subject matter to be a good judge of the program’s power, it certainly appears to boast a wide range of features. The example files included suggest that some complex designs can be created using this software.
The attractive WB2 interface makes program operation pleasant, and the inclusion of keyboard shortcuts is very welcome. The whole package looks to have had a great deal of time and effort lavished upon it. And whilst if might have facility is supported allowing files to be dropped onto the program window to load them up.
If there is one criticism I would make, it is that whilst cursor movement can be achieved using the mouse, pressing shift and an arrow key does not move the cursor to the end of the current word or line - it merely inserts some bizarre character. This can be a little frustrating when you’re used to other word processors. But it's forgivable in the light of Text Engine's many redeeming features.
' ¦ ¦ . ___ If you make regular use of the program. You ought to show your appreciation by sending Mr Harvey the £5 shareware fee. That's a small price to pay for such an excellent product.
Amiga Computing CHRISTMAS 1995 There really don’t seem to be many top- quality e-mailing programs knocking around on the Amiga: most are let down by bugs and generally poor design.
Fortunately Admail does not seem to have fallen into this trap.
Installation is relatively straightforward PD and SHAREWARE laaqbench I Find the answer with Centurion PD 24 Wastwater Drive Woodcrest Bradford West Yorkshire BD6 2TN Tel: 01274 677673 Programmed by: Werther Pirani Available from: Aminet In the mould of Toolmanager and Toolsdaemon, this is one of those programs that could revolutionise the way in which hard drive owners use the Workbench.
It creates a scrolling 1st of programs on the Workbench screen which can be clicked on to load them instantly, without saving to wade through endless drawers.
?III tin IriimitiM Ca*?ia jffjjT., I'w art mtmr %rti‘ h»«u 1 lawn «t initial fra i .iitfla the Ideal solution for sw J •attfrtKi I HfcfiHrfc* I those IlMjU s B 0 fctta Imm nested¦ folder blues OnLine PD 1 The Cloisters Halsall Lane Form by Liverpool L37 3PX Tel: 01704 834335 It runs as a commodity, meaning that it is accessible at any time from Exchange or using its own hotkey combination. Once you’ve selected a program from the list. Lazybench vanishes until the next time you call upon its services, leaving the Workbench screen uncluttered in case the program you have launched requires the
screen space.
Lazybench features a nice font-adaptive GUI. And supports virtual and public screens meaning that you can have it pop up practically anywhere you desire.
It’s only 16472 bytes in size as well, making it a great deal more friendly to low-memory users than some applications of this kind. If you don’t have Aminet access, by the way. Don't worry; it won’t take PD libraries long to appreciate the potential of Lazybench. Highly recommended.
SadENESS PD 13 Russell Terrace Mundesley Norfolk NR11 8LJ Tel: 01263 722169 Seasoft Unit 3 Martello Enterprise Centre Courtwick Lane Littlehampton West Sussex BN17 7PA Tel: 01903 850378 Configuration is achieved by simply creating a text file containing the path names of the programs you’d like to appear in the listvew, with Lazybench then displaying just the name of the program file itself.
The editor, and then once you've finished composing a message selecting “Save and Exit" from the Memacs file menu will return you to Admail flawlessly.
If you have any experience of mailing packages, although an installation script might have been helpful for newcomers.
However, the accompanying Amigaguide document does explain the installation process quite well and with patience Net newbies should be able to get things up and running relatively smoothly.
Admail does not include its own text editor, relying instead on programs like Memacs (or even Text Engne. Reviewed in these very pages). Selecting "Send New Mail" or “Reply" within Adnail launches Admail's more impressive featjres include the option to create a list of aliases, so, for instance, instead of seeing simes@amdev.demon.co.uk as the sender of a message you would see Simon Brown. The list of aliases pops up whenever you want to send or forward mail, although of course you could always select “Someone else’ if you don't want to communicate with any of these people.
Chris Sterne 1111 West 7th Avenue Vancouver British Columbia Canada V6H 1B5 Philip C Swales 28 Campbell Road Hartlepool Cleveland TS253BB In summary this is something of an internet essential, and whilst there are no features disabled in this version, the ten pounds the author is requesting as a registration fee is definitely worthwhile. Te?
Haunted Bn You After a decent enough debut issue (reviewed in AC86), disk magazine MovieZone is back with basically more of the same. The numerous short and snappy articles include reviews of recent and classic films, features, and general rants about things which the authors feel strongly about. There are also now plenty of digitised pictures from some of the films covered, most beng of a reasonable quality. I’ll forgive the fact that the writers couldn't remember my name when discussing the writeups the first issue received, and again recommend MovieZone to cinema buffs everywhere.
It’s available from Philip C Swales and costs £2.20. A mouse-driven adventure game. Emotional Conflict boasts some attractive graphics with a cartoony flavour, and some interesting puzzles to solve, not all of them immediately obvious.
The scene is set with some atmospheric music, and the fairly wacky story so far is explained in text and pictures at the start of the game. Then it’s straight into pointy-clicky mode for what turns out to be a fairly enjoyable little offering.
There do appear to be plenty of limitations imposed on your actions - for example, conversation with your mother is limited to a sort of “Who are you?". “I'm your mother", “Oh" affair, and you can't leave your house until you've found a map.
However, this approach does ensure that you've always got a definite target and you won't be wandering around wondering what on earth is going on.
Whilst it won’t win any awards for design or originality. Emotional Conflict is a competent graphic adventure all the more impressive considering it was written in that most maligned of programming languages, AMQS Basic. A couple of Spelling and grammar mistakes aside, the presentation is excellent and there's plenty of depth to keep you engaged during those long winter evenings.
|E3 Amiga Computing CHRISTMAS 1995 T AMIGA 1200 The UK's favourite home computer is back! Amiga Technologies, f. a brand new UK company have launched the Amiga 1200 with a stunning array of software n the AMIGA MAGIC pack. And. To make a great pack even better, every Amiga 1200 Magic Pack from Silica (at the advertised price), comes with a FREE Chaos software pack - see oelow.
MAGIC PACK INCLUDES: Amiga 1200 Computer - 2m RAM
3. 5" Floppy Disk Drive Built-in
2. 5" 170mb HD Option see Beiow Wordsworth v4se ¦ Woid Processor
Digita Datastore v1.1 -Database Digita Organiser v1.1 ¦
Personal Organiser Turbo Calc v3.5 Spreadsheet Photogenics
v1.2se COLOUR MONITOR UPGRADE SEE PAGE 2 Painl lmage
Processing S Composing Personal Pa ini v6.4 Paint Package
Workbench v3.1 Whizz - 30 Platlorm Came A1200 SPECIFICATIONS
• 32-Bit 68020EC Processor
• AGA Chipset 16.7 Million Colours
• 2Mt) RAM - Built-In Modulator
• 96 Key Keyb'rd With Numeric Key Pad
• PCMCIA Smart Card Slot FREE Chaos Pack Pinball Mania ¦ Pinball
Arcade Game INCLUDES ALL DISKS & MANUALS INCLUDES SCALA MM300*
2Mb RAM-NO HD ¦ 2m RAM + 170Mb HD £399 £499 Inc VAT-AMC 3199
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top quality reproductions and ! Been told by others that they have m an advert in an Amiga magazine iat does this kind of work, but I do not etn to be able to find one. I hope you t able to help as a top-end printer is |ut of my budget. Also, any advice on Ipyright of computer generated art mid be greatly received.
Simon. Bracknell mm I do seem to recall seeing an advert for t-shirt and picture printing, but could not find it am. You could try contacting E.M. omputergraphic on 01255 431389, ) deal with DTP products and might table to sort something out for you.
Bizarre borders Can anyone help me witn a printer problem I have been j! Having? I recently purchased an on Stylus colour printer for use with my 13000. And also bought Wolf Faust's Pro II software for the drivers.
[After following the instructions carefully, hing was set up when I noticed that uld not get proper borders for my US ter size paper. When printing a full acas Screwed screens Please help. I have an A1200 with a Commodore 1925 MultiScan monitor.
, The problem is that when I use any of the Hi-res no-flicker modes, i.e. MultiScan Productivity, with the Workbench screen and Final Writer, the tible screen is offset from the left by 1 to 2 half inches, depending on the setting of I the width and horizontal controls.
Having this wasted space all the time is really bugging me. I have tried to follow the .tructions in the Workbench and AGA user guides, but to no avail. I have no sms with the modes I do not want to use. So where am I going wrong?
B Edge. Sheffield r Monitor settings vary slightly from monitor to monitor, and as the monitor drivers supplied by Commodore are set on a different monitor 1 . From yours, you are going to get variance on both the screen's position I Mid size.
The only proper and safe way of adjusting the screen's visible size and posi- I tion is to use the overscan preference program. Unfortunately, it is only until I Workbench 3.1 that you can actually adjust the global screen position. The 3.1 j overscan preference lets you move the screen around using the cursor keys.
Now. It’s not too cost effective running out and buying OS 3.1 just so you can I change the screen's positioning. This leaves two options open for you. Firstly, | there have been a number of extra monitor drivers released by people into the blic domain that are set-up for specific monitors. Unfortunately, these are nally just for the 1942 monitor, so probably would not help.
The only other option is to get hold of a program called MonEd. This allows I you to adjust various aspects of the monitor driver while the screen is being displayed - one of the options is the screen's horizontal and vertical positioning. You do, however, have to be careful when using this program, because if you adjust some of the values wildly you could damage your monitor. So only do small value changes if you do use MonEd.
AMIGA COMPUTING ADVICE SERVICE It time for another bug bashing banquet, courtesg of the all poiuerful HfH5 of your Amiga's printer. The problem you have with your printer cutting off the last half inch is an old one.
Generally, it is not a problem with the software but with the dip switches on the printer itself. You should check page graphic file, the Studio software showed about an inch border all round the page, yet the printout chopped about half an inch off the bottom and printed it on a second page.
MM E3HPI I Also, the pages from Wordworth 3 do not obey the border or ruler settings and shift to about a tenth of an inch left margin and a wide right margin. The same is true of Final Writer. In my Workbench printer prefs I have set the margins to left 5 and right 75, with pica 10 and 66 lines a page.
The word processors just seem to ignore this, can you help?
FGSamiga @aol. Com Studio Pro is very good piece of software that greatly improves the printing quality Final Writer lets you specify exactly where you want the pago bounderles and margins.
HD horrors like. Has any made a software or hardware patch for this?
Dirk. Belgium This is something I haven't come across before. One possible solution to your problem is that it is necessary to change a jumper on your A4000 mother board The one in question is labelled J531. And is located just in front of the parallel port.
If it is left open, with no connection, then the second floppy drive will be set for a high density drive However, if it is closed then it is configured for a double density drive. Hopefully this will solve your problem.
¦= i I have a very annoying problem with my * A4000. And this only occurs with people
* who have two high density drives. I have two genuine Chinon 3.5
HD disk drives in my A4000 040. And the problem is as follows:
If two HD Amiga disks are inserted at the same time, one in DF0
and the other in DF1. Then only one drive will be recognised as
a HD disk and the other will then be recognised as a standard
880k disk, making it unreadable.
The only way to cure this is to insert the two disks separately, waiting for one to be recognised before inserting the other. Is this a bug in the OS?
It is very frustrating for making back-ups and the Amiga Computing r- Do you have a problem? Do you some- j L times find yourself poised over your
• . % Amiga with axe in hand, spouting profanity at the
stubborn refusal of your software or hardware to behave
properly?
Ca,m down anc* swaP axe *or
- pen and paper, jot down your problems.
Along with a description of your Amiga setup, and send it off to Amiga Computing Advice Service.
IDG Media, Media House, Adlington Park. Macclesfield SK10 4NP. Alternatively, e-mail us at ACAS@acomp.demor.co.uk Double driues I currently have an A1200 tower with a Blizzard 030 board. 2 DD I drives, a HD drive and a 5.25" floppy drive. What I would like to I is possible to add more than one drive off the internal floppy controilc this is not possible, is there any hardware that would let me?
I have tried a floppy lead with a 2 x 34 way I DC connector, but it did not seem* work, as I kept getting DFO: ????. Is there any way I can get this to work? I help?
Kris&brize.demon.o in your manual that the dip switches are set up properly for the standard US letter size.
The problem with word processors is that they use their own margin settings, and do ignore the Workbench settings - which are only worked out as characters anyway. Final Writer and the like use inches or centimetres to determine the page and paper size.
It is worthwhile taking half an hour out and working precisely what the paper size and page size should be for each program. You should adjust the margin size to your own tastes, the easiest way being to use two large boxes, one outlining the entire page and the other marking where the margins should be. You can then adjust the paper size to take up as much of the paper as possible, and also find out the correct margin positions.
Software failure I have an A500 with a 1Mb upgrade and have an irritating problem. Frequently, when I am using my Amiga I get an error message. Software Failure - Task held finish all activity select cancel to reset debug'.
Him Unfortunately, there is no way you can connect more than one fl of the internal floppy connector. It is simply a fact that it was designed to take a single floppy drive, and any extra have to come ( the external connector.
R. Questions?
This is very annoying since I have to reset my Amiga, thus losing all my work. What does this the message mean and is there a way to prevent t?
0 Gosling, Hull What you are getting is the dreaded Guru Meditation,
* well, that is what it used to be called - now we just have the
much more boring software failure. Normally, this means that
some program you have been running has done something naughty
and crashed your system.
Depending on how bad the crash was, you will either get the requester on the screen - which means that if the program you are using has not crashed you can normally save off your work - or you have a catastrophic crash which takes your whole system down and you just get the blank screen with a flashing red alert message smirking at you, The worrying thing is that you say you are continually getting the Guru message. This usually points to a more serious problem than a software error, particularly if yo cannot reproduce the same crati situations. By that I mean if softwa has a bug in it that
crashes th system, you should be able to dot same things over and over again thi cause the machine to crash. Lik choosing a certain menu selection a certain situation.
If this crashing is occurring at ran dom times, I would suspect you hi a more serious problem than just software bug or incompatibility. It more likely that something has gone wrong with the hardware in yoi machine. Normally, the problem with memory, because even a sligl problem with your memory will caus program errors and so crashes.
Having said that, the Amiga is fair!
Complex on the old chip front, relyin heavily on its custom chips to pei form vital operations, so problei with them will also cause proble crashes. The old CIA chips are prim suspects here. It may be the cat that you will have to get you machine checked out by a prop* technician.
I own an A500 with a 1Mb memory extension, would like to fit a hard drive for speed and was wondering if you could help me? I mainly use my machine for games, house accounts, college assignments, teaching programmes and document layout for school purposes. I am a teacher and use my Amiga for weekly and termly planning, Also, our black and white monitor really needs replacing. I hope to get a colour monitor - can you recommend any? Finally, could you comment on any advantages of these TV Monitors as opposed to a monitor? Is it a case of it only being worthwhile buying a TV monitor if you want
another TV?
Andrews, BrOrYiham CA good old straightforward upgrade problem, again. Firstly, with regard to buying a hard drive, the only options for you nowadays with an A500 is to Upgrading buy one of the external expansion port IDE hard drives, which normally cost around £200, and Siren seem to be one of the few places that actually sell these anymore.
If you do purchase a hard drive, you really should think about getting extra memory along with it, because every hard drive partition you have will eat a little extra memory, and you really should have two partitions - one around 15Mb for your Workbench files and the other for all your work files. The other inevitable thing is that because of the speed of a hard drive, you will end up adding lots of extra programs to your system, each of which will eat up a little more of your precious memory.
I think you should give good consideration to upgrading to an A1200. Second-hand ones with hard drives and extra memory can be picked up quite cheaply, and you should remember you will have OS 3 which makes quite a difference over 2.04, and a huge difference over 1.3. If you want to get a monitor, the A1200 will also allow you to take full advantage of all its high resolution screens, which you would not be able to do with an A500.
With regards to TV Monitors, I have been using a Philips Cube TV Monitor for a good few years now because I never really needed high resolution modes, even though they would be nice. The picture quality you get through the SCART connection is very good, even though not quite up to monitor quality.
If you want to get a monitor for use with an A500, a TV Monitor is more than enough, and you can always sneak a look at the TV when you get a bit board. If, however, you do get an A1200, then the new Amiga Technology monitor is as good as any other.
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No. Not a U-boat, what about a subscription to the most excellent Amiga Computing magazine. With 13 packed issues every year, Amiga Computing is the most up-to-date Amiga mag on the shelf and you can have it delivered to your door before it becomes available in the shops. We are obviously biased towards our own magazine. But it really is good value because you can choose from one of four free gifts with the subscription.
S Christmas looms in our collective highlights, its time I B once again to look for presents for our nearest and dearest. This year, why not consider bolstering the Amiga market and doubling jp on your present buying? After all. A present for an Amiga owner of something to do with the Amiga is a present for the Amiga too (ahh!). So to help you, here is a selection of not-so-costly items for you to choose from for your favourite Amiga owner.
The astronomer in your life probably already has a copy of Distant Suns or The Digital Universe installed on his machine, but here’s something a little different to accompany it. The Star Theater Planetarium projector is just like the big one in London, only a little less clever. Powered by a couple of AA batteries, the planetarium * uses a halogen bulb to project the stars and planets onto the walls and ceiling of a darkened room to great effect. The outside of the planetarium’s globe has phosphorescent dots painted onto the stars so that you can take the globe outside into the dark and
have a the night sky. The | tarium comes' audio tape wit guided tour of 1 skies. WT the ta; not r suitable tasting the Rminet wide... means to an end While we’re on the topic of subscriptions, here's another subscription idea for you. The Aminet is the world’s largest archive of freely distributable Amiga software and is usually only accessible via the Internet.
However, owing to popular demand, the best of the Aminet is now available in a more convenient form, on CD-ROM. The Aminet is far too big to go onto one disc and is constantly updated, so there’s usually a new Aminet CD every two months or so.
To make sure you can get your hands on it every ..To catch some fresh Fish The other subscription offer from PDSoft is for the Fred Fish CD-ROM output called Fresh Fish. Fred Fish is the founder of the oldest and most famous Amiga PD and Shareware library which went to CD-ROM about two years ago.
Even now, having your software available through the Fresh Fish series is a mark of excellence because each title is checked by Fred and his stafl.
Unlike the Aminet Cds, Fresh Fish is released every three months and all the software on it is ready to run. The subscription offer takes much the same form for Fresh Fish as it does for the Aminet Cds, with you giving a credit card number to PDSoft who will only debit your card when they send out each
CD.
Time it comes out, you can either camp outside your local software emporium every other month, or you can subscribe to PDSoft’s excellent service and have each new one sent to you on the day of release.
The Aminet Cds also have a superb interface with a search facility and a picture browser to help you locate the files you want.
Next up is the Maplin catalogue, fty able from most good newsagents,!
Directly from Maplin themselves.; catalogue is included in this list, not £ present (unless you're feeling part ly tight), but as a guide to some of other bits and bobs your Amiga ufl might want for Christmas. There’S whole range of things in here, from drive locks to CD storage units. Tq are leads and disks, power supplies £ even non-computery stuff!
Are mdu sitting camfartablM?
If you are still using the kitchen table for your computer, or a stack of books to prop up your monitor. What about getting a computer desk instead? Argos has a wide range of desks and office- type chairs to suit every pocket. All the ones shown here are self-assembly, so you can have even more fun working out how to put them together.
|:txperienced astronomers, it would J prove ideal for anyone interested in get- bng tarted in stargazing and contains a f lot of historical information, for instance, [ what other cultures called the Pole Star, I Big Dipper, etc. crackers fe is traditional at this time of the year in magaeine land, we proudly present a selection of goodies to buy Instead of a boring plain mousemat. Or one of those ones with a picture from StarTrek or a semi-naked woman, what about these two from the Science Museum. Stretch your brainpower with the crossword mat.
Or improve your London navigation skills with a full underground map which even includes telephone numbers for London Underground, just in case you need them.
I By the way. The crossword mouse mat doesn't have the brewers pnnted on it anywhere, but the surface should be Kdeanabie as long as you use a water soluble felt-tip pen
- Ill If you really want to get pumpirg bass blasting out of your
Amiga, then best not rely on your monitor's speakers. A groovy
alternative is this set of active speakers by Goodman's. With
80 watts of music muscle powered from the mains, these speakers
represent better value for money than most of the so-called
multimedia speakers made by computer-oriented companies. The
only thing to watch out for is the fact that they are not
shielded, so don’t put them too close to your monitor.
Safe 35 houses Ami File Safe is one of those techy things best bought for the most technical Amiga user. It replaces the standard Amiga Fast File System (FFS) with a new, flexible, faster and safer file system. Never more will your Amiga sit there vali hard drive. You’ll have faster file transfers and more CPU time available, and the of mind that comes with having a secure hard drive.
There are two versions of Ami File Safe, the User version and the Pro version. The only differences between the two versions is a size limit of 650Mb, only one hard drive and no Multi User Files System support, otherwise the User version is identical to the Pro. AFS will now also automatically translate between FFS and AFS so there is no more hard drive reformatting neected.
Contact: Fourth Level Develi 0117985 4455. Ami File Safe Userifi only £29.75 and the Pro version is £69.75 Ham much is that Fidppm in the mindotu?
Floppy drives have long been a staple item in the Amiga Christmas market. The only difference this year is that Gasteiner are selling them for the previously unheard of price of only £39.95. All are equipped with the standard features of any external unit of any note; pass through to connect further drives, on off switch and slimline design.
In addition. Gasteiner’s drive is also equipped with an anti click and anti virus mechanism, usually only found on more expensive drives.
Fill 'er up. Lad black, one black high capacity, and 4 three colour kit, and two cleaning I designed specifically for making sure I printers are running at optimal rates. I kit will fill the respective cartridge at I twice so that the high capacity black v a Hewlett Packard high capacity twice over. The prices for each kit are v competitive with typical savings of art £3-5.
Contact: Gasteiner - 0181-345 6000.
External floppy drive £39.95 So uerq photogenic If your favourite Amiga user owns an inkjet or bubblejet printer, then you will doubtless have heard them complaining about the cost of replacing the cartndges of ink once they have been used up. Fret not, a solution is at hand. Abcon Computer Services provide a service to users of such printers whereby you can buy refill kits for your cartridges.There are three ink kits, one Photogenics is probably our favourite piece of software this year. It has won awards in all the magazines andi deservedly so. In case you haven't!
Heard of it before, Photogenics is a true colour image processing and $ paint package designed mainly to run v on AGA machines. It offers facilities * often found on programs costing two or three times as much, and the list of features grows all the time.
Lucky people who are getting a new A1200 this Christmas will actually get a cut-down version in the bundle that comes with the computer, but upgrading to the full version is still worthwhile. You should be aware that Photogenics is best used on a machine that has at least 4Mb of RAM and a hard drive, but that notwithstanding.
Photogenics represents superb value for money and should be in every budding artist's software collection.
PhotogejB showing your route through the com GBRoute Plus might not help you t road rage but it will give an estimate] how long your journey will take and I much petrol you will use.
Contact: Almathera - 0181-687 0040.
Photogenics is only £59.95 Special Reserve is apparently the world’s largest games club and offers discounts on software and hardware to its members. It costs £6 a year to join and Special Reserve have a special offer on membership at the moment where you can get a laminated mouse mat with a picture of Kelly on it or a copy of the hit manga video ‘The Guyver - volume 1' when you buy any one item from Special Reserve’s wide range of goodies.
Contact: Special Reserve - 01279 600204. Membership costs £6 a year for the UK Flo reseruations FEATURE Your Amiga can even help plan road trips to your aunty Nell’s with the aid of Dur next Christmas selection. GB Route Plus is a program that has been around a while now, but is still splendid and ver useful for those taking long car journeys .
GB Route Plus also comes with a map editor so that you can update the data it uses in order to keep up with new bypasses, bridges and B roads. GBRoute Plu- s will print you out both a route map giving turn offs and junctions or a graphical map Pump up the uolume Hoad to noiuhere Amiga Computing 66 CHRISTMAS 1995 One of the worst things about being a conscientious Amiga owner is backing up your hard drive onto hundreds of floppy disks every so often.
Even if you have the maximum four floppy drives allowable, you still spend half a day inserting and removing squares of blue plastic when you do it. It’s no wonder people don't bother and then complain when their hard drive crashes.
There are solutions to this perennial problem.
You can buy an expensive tape streamer or DAT drive, or you could go for Lyppens' Video Backup System. It’s a combination of software and hardware that allows you to hook up your Amiga to any video recorder and send the contents of your hard drive onto video tape.
You can fit up to 520Mb onto a four hour tape, and Video Backup System will also record a header showing a title, date and the location of the backed up files on the video for about five seconds before the backup data to make it easy for you to find the right tape when you want to restore. There are two versions of the Video Backup System available, one for Demonic possession I If you think your phone bill can stand the strain, and your favourite Amiga owner owns a modem, why not consider getting connected to the information superhighway that everyone is going on about? Demon Internet
Services are one of the biggest ISPs (Internet Service Providers, you’ll have to get into the jargon, man.
There’s loads of it on the net), offering local call access to most places in Britain. They are also pretty much the only provider to offer Amiga support, which is a must if you've never delved into that side of comms before.
The Internet is actually relatively cheap to access, costing only about £12 a month, but if you only have a slow modem (anything less than a modem capable of 14.4k baud is considered prehistoric) then it'll be the phone bills that kill you.
Contact: Power Computing - 01234) 273000. Video DAC only costs £25 Contact: Demon Internet Services - 0181-371 1234. If you choose to get a Demon subscription, why not accompany it with a subscription to IDG's latest magazine launch. The Web. Different to traditional Internet magazines. The Web is more like a Time Out for the net.
Contact: IDG Media - 01625 878888. A 12 issue subscription costs £30. But there are other special offers.
%:D|0- I Pr°fessional I n. m* L Contact: JAM - 01895 274449. Studio II costs £49.95. Contact: Gasteiner- 0181-345 6000.
Three button mouse £9.95 ¦¦ O Hm w seeing another computer?
You could always just buy another computer and some games for the Amiga U5er in your life. The Emulators Unlimited Cdoontains emulations for the Spectrum, 064 and various other platforms like the Mac PC. VIC20, Atari ST and MSX. If that Isn't enough, there are plenty of demos and games for all these computers on the CD as well, so as long as you can remember to hit 'J' to load a spectrum game and type 'load' to run that Kjommodore 64 game, you should be able to while away many hours in a fit of nostalgic reverie.
Comments will resound around the house to the tune of; “Games were so much better back then.." and “You see.
It's not just the graphics, game play is important too." What joyf Very well as a matter of fact. This is another lem from those nice people at Gasteiner and is one of the cheapest pressies on this 1st. The mouse comes with an eight foot lead so even the most inappropriate po$ i- ning of the computer shouldn't affect | This mouse has one button more than al and this new middle mouse button can be used with a variety of software [Including Directory Opus, but is probably rest used in conjunction with a commodity Ike MultiCX or MCP to provide added system functionality. The mouse is also really
I for anyone with a graphics card who ' tired of having to drag the mouse miles to get anywhere on the screen as it works at 400dpi.
Three button mire, see hoiu theif run Contact: Epic - 01793 490988 and ask for details. The Emulators Unlimited CD-ROM costs £19.99 If your Amiga user pines about the fact that he or she cannot afford an AGA Amiga, there is now a solution at a remarkably low price. The Video DAC from Power Computing plugs into the monitor output of any Amiga and provides 18-bit output in resolutions up to 768 x 576 for a PAL display and 668 x 482 for NTSC.
There are limitations and the Video DAC is not a replacement for true AGA performance, but for still pictures and some animations, the Video DAC is a very low cost solution.
The software that comes with it is designed to be as user-transparent as possible and can convert pictures and animations to the DAC format. In short, near 24-bit quality at a very low price.
If your favourite Amiga owner is likely to benefit from the ink refills elsewhere ' on these pages, then he or she is even more likely to benefit from "V Wolf Faust’s Studio II printer software. Studio II will drive any DeskJet, LaserJet or BubbleJet printer together with the Epson Stylus and most 24-pin dot matrix printers to give the most incredible printed output.
Part of the reason for this is that Studio II is the only printing software on the Amiga to offer a proper colour matching system to ensure your printed output matches what you can see on the screen, some of the rest is due to the fact that Studio It bypasses the 12-bit limit imposed on normal printer drivers by Workbench and gives true 24-bit colour output.
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CALL (0115) 964-2828 OR (0115) 964-2898 TO PLACE YOUR ORDER ig Ron Thornton is far and away the most famous and prolific name in Amiga 3D. Thanks to his talents combined with the power of Wave, the Amiga has been placed I and truly at the forefront of computer ation.
Courtesy of Babylon 5 and various loits on the small screen, Ron has built a reputation for realism which sets onian Productions apart from the ing crowd in 3D TV and film production. Combine an obvious gift for King with his unrivalled talent for ring and dirtying down models and you arrive at the Ron Thornton look, which effectively has become a style in Isetf.
Given Ron’s success, the really amazing thing is Ron’s willingness to share his ts, but that's what the latest duo of eo’s from Desktop Images are all Ibout. Over the two tapes, running ximately 90 minutes a piece, Ron fs all the tips you’re every likely lo need to produce the perfect space craft.
To illustrate the process. Ron takes us gh the complete production run for one of his first Lightwave creations, a el which originally took him almost [three months to put together. Now, finks to lots of practise, Ron can churn cut the same ship in a tale under four hours.
Although the two pes are sold as arate entities, the iity is that they're pretty much inseparable if you really want to know what made this man the best in the business. The first entitled Spacecraft Model Design, doesn't leave much to the imagination, with the vast majority of the instruction taking place in the Modeller. It takes you from the basic storyboard stage, right gh to the final design complete with rface names and all the other essentials that any model needs prior to making its appearance in Layout.
In essence, the process is a simple one. Basically, you're offered a window into years of expertise as Ron reveals not just how to do various modelling takes but more importantly, why they're being done in the first place.
For the experienced user, many of the slling methods being used will offer no real surprises. However, as with most art forms, the real skill isn't in the nplexity of individual elements but rather the combination of simple building [blocks into a bigger, better and. Most prtantiy, believable end result.
In short, it’s the little wrinkles, hints and jtips that make both tapes not only rtional but also insightful. You're sitting back and picking big Ron's brains as he drags, drops, points and clicks hs ay through the process, narrating ihe how and why’ as it happens. The Space My HONtHORMUM Spacecraft pv Surfacing Techniques
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Ron’s award-winning texturing skills is the combination of
separate texture maps for the colour, specularity and defusion.
By producing variations on a basic theme all mapped onto the same axis, Ron achieves stunning realism, and it’s this basic technique which i$ the key to high quality texturing and dirtying down.
Han has built a reputation tor realism uihicti sets Babylonian Productions apart from the madding crouid in 3D IU and him production The bottom lino 1 Products: Spacecraft Model Design Spacecraft Surfacing Techniques Supplier: Premier Vision Price: £39.95 each Tel: 0171-721 7050 On the whole particularly enlightening, and in my opinion is essential viewing for anyone who wants to inject realism into extra terrestrial animation.
The only possible downside of Ron's guide to graphical excellence is his rather devil may care approach to system requirements. It's obvious that it's quite some time since Ron has suffered the not enough RAM available horrors that most of us have simply learned to live with. Having said that, there's no reason that the basic skills relayed by big Ron couldn't be employed in a less grandiose manner.
The basic message for anyone who wants to transform the 3D cliche of sci-fi and space ships into a real jaw dropper is get both of the above ASAP - you won’t regret it.
His master's uoice Han Ihornton reueals all as Paul Hustin looHs on in awe Craft Surfacing tape is perhaps the slightly stronger of the two. Although the design tape does offer lots of ideas and tricks of the trade, it’s Ron’s ability to texture and dirty down models that has really made him the main man in 3D modelling. Unfortunately, there’s one aspect of tutorial that does make it a little unpalatable for hard core Amiga fans. Like many others, Ron has made the move to the PC in the endless search for speed. As a consequence, the tex- turing tutorial revolves around Adobe Pho
toshop. A program which is widely regarded as the best paint program on any platform - unfortunately Photoshop on the Amiga isn't an option - unless you're running the Mac version on your Amiga via ShapeShifter.
Although this may sound disastrous, it isn't really such a mortal blow. Although It’s hardly surprising given Ron’s experience that both tutorials couldn't honestly be described as the perfect introduction to Lightwave or indeed Modeller. Quite rightly, Ron assumes a reasonable degree of basic knowledge for both programs.
If you're new to Lightwave and Modeller, it’s worth bearing this in mind before you sign the cheque. Desktop Images do a whole range of videos which go through the basics and if you're an outright beginner, it might be worth considering an additional investment.
To be honest. I was quite surprised that Ron is so frank concerning the finer points of his personal production process. After all. Most 3D fans tend to guard their secrets jealously. Ron’s step by step description of his texturing techniques is Amiga Computing 0 the Amiga is back, and in a more serious guise than ever before. Once sold as the ultimate gameplayer's machine, Amiga Technologies know it can’t compete against the super consoles this Christmas, so Jonathan Anderson’s team are gunning for a much more matjre market.
The trouble is it's going to be tough persuading companies to think of the Amiga as the ideal multimedia solution after the huge advertising campaigns staged on behalf of the PC in its various forms. The enthusiasts may know how Dowerful the Amiga is, but you can hardly expect large organisations and public services to choose it over systems more common in the commercial sector, can you ?
Future caps Well, maybe this story will change your mind, because on 23 October 1995, Cleveland police force went online with an IT network that pushes multimedia technology to a new level. And yes, you guessed it. The Amiga is behind the whole operation.
FORCED NETWORK Every police station in Cleveland has now had Amiga-based information kiosks installed, all of which are networked together and controlled from the force's multimedia department. Like Amiga employee information systems used by other major companies, the system will provide a wide range of services to the policemen and women who use it.
Nothing we know of. However, is anywhere near as far-reaching or advanced as the Cleveland project.
The system allows Pcs (as in police constables 'ather than personal computers) to access on-line training, advice on procedure and crime So much new information is downloaded every day It’a a full time fob for the Cleveland team central receiue point tulikti is capable of receiuing liue real-time uideo from air support in the form of a helicopter or piano mith an onboard mirroioauc transmitter With the Amiga leading the way toward a more modern, technologically friendly police force for the 21st century, what other developments will affect the way they work ?
“Information technology in general is becoming one of the most vital tools the police have at their disposal,” Keagan comments. Once again it seems Cleveland is leading the way.
With a new microwave communication system due to come on-line by the time this issue hits the streets. Not remotely connected with convenience food cookers, this system will take police operations into realms updates, along with a whole range of social and entertainment services. The depth of content is astounding, which is probably why it took three years of full time development to complete.
Each of the information kiosks contains an Amiga 4000, all of which are networked together so they can receive regular uploads of new information from the multi- media centre. Not surprisingly, the software used is Scala's top-of-the-range previously reserved for sci-fi enforcers. Keagan explained purpose: “We had a large fire on Tynesl the beginning of the week at a petrochemical factory. The potei a major disaster there was huge - was a large fire that could have cai a major incident.
‘What we've done," he contii to create a central receive point wtij is capable of receiving live real-l video from air support in the form' helicopter or plane with an on-) microwave transmitter. They send tures back to headquarters whtl authonng software, IC 500.
Tom Keagan, head of the multi and AV department, explained the role I new network performs. “The ethos of ( system is that we've wanted to get ( the barriers of technofear," he said. * believe the last thing an officer waitl do, having been on a case, is to start!
Facing with a computer. So we've I this technology on touchscreens so I can easily access information wl Going public It's not just the police workforce to benefit from the Amiga's preserfce in the police stations. Two weeks after the phase one launch, more touchscreens will be installed in reception areas, and each of these will feature new packages tailored for the public.
People will be able to go into stations and instead of talking to the clerk on the front desk, they can get information from the kiosks. There will be information on documents they have to produce if they've committed a particular offence, careers advice, and public relations material, all of which will make it faster and easier for the public to make general enquiries.
Amiga Computing resources." The Amiga will even have a role to play in this field, however.
Using the kiosk network, it will be possible to take that video footage.
Mpeg encode it, and send it over the Amiga network down to the troops, so all the force will be able to see what’s happening with a major incident. "It’s all real time," Keagan emphasises. “The potential is phenomenal."
Tnere’s a huge large screen projection unit On top of that we overlay mapping systems with dis- plays of all the resources available to the force.
[ “So real time pictures are *** [ led back to the comman- der who’s in charge, and he can see with his own eyes what’s going on and coordinate his Tom Keagan taking Scala further than ever before [ using a keyboard or a mouse.” I So it's obviously user-friendly, but then ilouchscreen information systems are fnothing new for the Amiga. The fact that His technology is modernising the way the tpofece force works, however, hints at its Ipotential “We wanted to deliver full-screen mormation and real time video right down to the front end of the organisation," says Keagan. "Previously, a lot of
information [ went around the force based on paoer feeds and videos, without any guarantees as to whether anyone is watching or reading it."
“What the Scala package has allowed us to do is put an electronic flag on every individual electronic page that's accessed," he continued. “It means we can evaluate or monitor who's watching which services, when they’re watching, and where they’re watching them."
¦ & OovtHcmd Constabulary Manual of Guidance In police work there are set procedures for everything, but this electronic book means advice can be quickly accessed El In his second piece in the secies obout the Hmiga's success at the heart of some of the biggest organisations in the world. Careth lofthouse reports on how the polire force is about to be reuolutionised bg the UH's fauourite home computer QUESTION No.l
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is quick to point out it's not a case of ‘big brother is
watching you' however. Because they can evaluate whether a
service is being used, they can tailor packages for users at
each individual kiosk, and if a package isn'1 being used they
can change it to suit Ihem better.
“That's what we've sold the package as."
He argues. “It’s not a management tool, it's about giving the workforce what they want to see on the system."
So luhq the Amiga?
Photos and text. Etc.. on a simple A1200 which then be given to a police officer for presentation u youlh clubs and in the community. All they had 1 was connect it up to a telly. From there on I kepi developing and developing."
But had he considered other platforms, we i “Obviously we looked at the whole range, from I MACs." Keagan replied. “While everyone was different things, the Amiga's graphic capabilities absolutely phenomenal compared to the otl systems’ What’s most impressed the team, however, i fact that they've got the whole kit, including i A4C00s. The touch screens, the Mpeg encoder i control system installed at the cost of £150.000.1 may sound like a lot of money, but Keagan insists | good value. “Compared to the cost of most IT sy that's peanuts," he says. “We think we’ll have re ated that investment
by selling our software in r time."
There's no denying that the technology will increase the efficiency of the Cleveland police force, however. Using Mpeg encoded video, they can now display intelligence information instantaneously in all the police stations. This means they can download colour photos of suspects, videos from security cameras. And other briefing material.
“Traditionally, intelligence would be photocopied and faxed around the force," Keagan explains. “You'd ba relying on black and white photocopies where you couldn't point out details like a scar on a suspect's face. Now we can do that in full colour."
WORK-TIME TRAINING The system also boasts a huge amount of training including sections on everything from logistical updates to incoming legislation, all of which can oe accessed whenever a PC has the time. This, incidentally. Avoids the need for the Pcs to be off duty for training courses so often.
The advantages of being able to deliver training directly into the workplace are matched by their ability to more closely monitor individual Pcs' progress.
Touchscreen quizzes have been designed to test users' understanding of the training, and their results can be uploaded back to HQ so thei- training can be re-evaluated.
Policy information will be one of the most important packages the Amiga kiosks are making available. Everything in the police force is done according to standing orders, and procedures must be followed in the event of each crime or incident. In Cleveland, however, all the policy information has been incorporated into the system in the form of a fully I Scala Infochannel I Scala 1C 500 is the software that makes the Cleveland kiosk scheme possible. Better known as Info channel. 1C 500 is Scala's multimedia authoring system for networks, and it's already been used to great effect as an
employee information system by Ford.
The package includes specially designed backgrounds, drawing tools, over 200 wipes for professional transitions and intuitive image control. It s appeal is that despite its power, no programming is required to create and control interactive scripts.
Keating is an electronic technician by trade, and has had many years experience working with video, audio, multimedia and information technology. What made him choose the Amiga as the basis for the kiosk scheme ?
‘Traditional IT systems rely on a client-server network, and the more people you have on that network the slower it gets." Keating told Amiga Computing.
“Now all of our kiosks have their own A4000 which are networked for updating information and keeping it current. So we can have one person or everyone on the kiosks and the speed is not affected."
The AV team had been using Amigas long before the inception of the kiosk scheme, however. An A4000 with an onboard PAR card was being used for video briefings and they used Scala for slide-based presentations. In fact, it was this latter application that convinced the team of the Amiga’s potential and economy.
“We found that rather than producing 35 mil slides."
He said, “we could do a complete Scala package with Impressiue though it is at this stage, the (leueland Chpnent could be just the beginning, lueni police force in the countni uias inuited to the launch, and some haue already Bhpressed interest in setting up a similar Amiga-based 5i|5tem I'M K Ormnn *-j»
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pubiiciaed on TV ia juat another aervice that's been brought
online indexed electronic book. The benefit of this is that if
an officer is on duty at 2am and needs advice on the procedure
for a domestic burglary, he can access this information
immediately from the touchscreens.
The developers have gone to great efforts to ensure it's an interesting service as well as a useful one. However, and most employees who have to make do with a boring weekly news sheet can feel justifiably jealous. In Cleveland's police force, the in-house printed magazine has now been put on to the network with electronic clips, and there's an electronic bulletin board which announces all types of social events. Officers can even get involved by sending in messages or news about events, all of which can easiy be put on-line.
The national crimestoppers campaign that you may have seen on TV has also been incorporated with all the teletext reports and video bulletins. There are even competitions, an on-line telephone directory, news on staff discounts and information on training courses available.
Even when they’re not in use. The kiosks play a hot-loop of key news and messages, and everything gets updated so regularly, it’s a full time job for one of the development team's operators. While Keagan rightly sings the praise of I Amiga and Scala, without which the J tern could not have been made, he make the point that they've pushed I hardware and software further than i one has taken it before. “When Sc themselves came to visit they said 1 never seen a script that was so i plete, or seem so much done IC500," he claims.
“Some of the things like the uplo of information from the kiosks, ek cally flagging all of the pages, things I that. IC500 doesn't let you do it. We I to write software bridges, design all I artwork, all the content for the pac the lot."
Impressive though it is at this sti the Cleveland experiment could be j the beginning. Every police force in I country was invited to the launch, ai some have already expressed interest | setting up a similar Amiga-based syste Because of the years of work it takes t develop the software, many of the hope to save time and labour by bu the completed product from To Keagan's team.
In fact, it could be that they've onl)| begun to mine the Amiga's potential I this field. There's every chance th| Amiga kiosk scheme will be adopte nationally by the police, but other larj organisations could find such a systa equally useful. “The council and oth organisations have already approac us - like the fire service, for examp Keagan enthused. “At the moment I having to hold people off until this one'sj gone live."
Today Cleveland, tomorrow the wort might be exaggerating things to a ridic lous degree, but there can be no do that the Amiga’s credibility as a multin dia workstation will benefit enormous from its success in Tyneside. Thanks to] people like Tom Keagan. Maybe son thing will come of Amiga Technologie multimedia ambitions after all.
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F you’re a power user and you think the 68040 is looking a little on the slow side these days, then you'll have an eye on the 68060 Chip with its mouth-watering 90 mips ~;ential. On the other hand, there are
0) awful lot of A2000s in use as workhorses for everything from
presentation to video and 3D work, and many of them get by on
the 68030 or even the original 69000.
Upgraders have seldom had the dtoice to take a gradual speed upgrade from one chip to another because boards ire usually built around a specific type of jCPU, which can often leave users stuck with what they've got. With the new Power Computing A2000-040 060 the :;;crtunity is there to go for the 040 then bump up your power to 68060 stancards at a later date.
Originally a GVP project and now “ufactured by TekMagic. This particular card is a flexible and sensible design which can be configured in a number of different ways. CPU choice extends to the 33MHz and 40MHz versions of the 68040 as well as the 50MHz 68060, and there are no less than eight SIMM slots n two banks of four.
| Why eight slots? Well, as any 3VP owner will tell you. The American Amiga | giant's memory modules are non-standard in size. To retain compatibility with any existing GVP cards, the A2000- [040 060 has four GVP slots and four [industry-standard 72-pin slots. This 1 means that if you already have a GVP accelerator such as the old 68030 mod- I els. You can use your old SIMMs and mix I them with cheaper and more readily I available standard modules.
[ Mounted in pairs, the SIMMs can be configured for anything between 2Mb and 128Mb of 32-bit RAM. And as the pairs are mounted across the two types of slots, the pick ‘n’ mix principle applies.
Only four of the eight slots can be occupied at any one time, but this can include two 72-pin SIMMs and two GVP SIMMs.
[ or any other combination - as long as the banks aren't split across the two r Internals on the 060 X types. If the first bank of the 72-pin slots is used for a 4Mb SIMM, then the V ScS first bank of the GVP slots cannot be wBH used, the GVP SIMM being placed in bank 2 instead.
This sounds a little confusing, but it’s a simple enough rule to follow and the manual, though brief, has plenty of detail on configuration and jumper settings to get you through. Further expansion comes in the shape of the built in SCSI-2 interface which has both an internal and an external pass-through connection.
Driven directly from the on-card CPU. This is a blisteringly fast interface with a theoretical maximum of 10Mb per second transfer speeds.
Our test model - due to the manic demand for and short supply of 68060s - was supplied with a 68040. So we can’t bring you the board’s fastest timings.
Previous Amiga Computing tests of 50MHz 68060 chips have confirmed the new CPU’s 90 Mips top speed, though, and the chip will perform just as fast on Software supplied with the card is simple. Including a Kickstart remapping program and the useful Amiga Real Time Monitor utility. A far cry from early 66040 cards which often needed extensive software crutches this board as on any other.
With its flexible upgrade options and SCSI-2 interface, simple jumper settings, and solid design pedigree, the latest card from Power Computing is one slot-in rejuvenation we can recommend to any A2000 power user. Just wish they’d let us keep it... 7W SVSIEm ESSEnilflLS RED Essenti.il BLACK = Recommended A2000 • • - wmwwmmmmmmwk i . _] The bottom lino Product: A2000-060 040 Supplier: Power Computing Price: £tba Phone: 01234 273000 Ease of use_9 Implementation 9 Overall- ___9 Pipelining and 'superscalar' are two jargon terms you'll see being applied to the 68060 and other
modern chips, but though they cover very complex and advanced techniques in microprocessor design, they are simple concepts at heart. Just don’t ask a chip designer to explain them to you.
In a traditional CPU. The stream of instructions arriving to be processed are taken ore at a time and processed completely before the next one is dealt with. As this entails many smaller steps within the CPU itself, each part of the microarchitecture sits around waiting for the next instruction once it has done its bit and passed the instruction on. Think of it as a dumb 'pass the parcel’ game where only one parcel circulates at a time. In a pipelined CPU. There can be as many parcels as you have people passing them on. When an instruction has gone past the first stage in the pipeline the
second instruction can be started on. Which means that the various parts of the CPU are working much more of the time and efficiency increases Superscalar is a term applied to chip architecture and goes beyond simple scaling down of the size of a circuit. In effect, a superscalar chip makes use of parallel processing to give incoming code two or more execution paths so that more than one instruction can be processed at a time. When combined with pipelining, this approach has been responsible for much of the incredible speed increases we've seen since 1990.
The 68060 has separate paths for data fetch and operations, with four-stage pipelining on each backed up by two 8k caches which use the advanced (maximum speed with minimum cache misses) four-way self associative method. All this breaking things down and juggling two or more instructions at once demands that the CPU has a great deal of internal intelligence, but the beauty of this system is that the software doesn’t have to worry too much about traffic control, As long as the hardware keeps a careful eye on timing and pipeline organisation, everything moves along smoothly.
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Well, there's a new sheriff in town, one i’ll put down that dirty CED dog and no take.
Some of Turbotext’s main advantages over CED have always seemed cosmetic - the fact that the menus are standa'd DOS menus, the more logical menu , the keyboard shortcuts - while others, the Arexx support particularly, have more obvious advantages.
But some of Turbotext’s real power lies r things like the standard menus. The ition for the menus is kept in a simple [text file which can be edited as you like, So, you want to add in a menu that lets you the scripts you most often have to '. Like the startup-sequence and user- Tjp? Go ahead, add the text file. You nt to change a keyboard shortcut to tch another program? Go ahead. You want Turbotext to automatically perform a when it starts up? No problem.
This flexibility also means that if you are a die hard CED fan trying to wean yourself jpto a superior editor, you can always set up the menus to emulate CED's oddly laid out ones (of course it would have to be : iout the silly fonts and the menu that has two starling points on the menu bar), “urbotext actually comes supplied with a poe range of menu definitions to help you pyour task, including emulators for CED.
Vcrdstar and a special layout for users of fie Northgate Amiga keyboard (which is ually a PC keyboard especia ly :,-ned for Amigas, if you know what I )• These definition files don’t just include e menu definitions, which could, of se, be in any language, they also another information such as dictionaries templates for Turbotext’s word correc* n and template completion functions which are absolutely vital to programmers in a hurry.
Another nice feature of Turbotext's definition file is that not everything has to be bunched in the same file. You can have links inside your definition file that tell it to look elsewhere for further definitions. This means that you won’t need to keep editing a dictionary file for each definition you set up, you can simply link to one main file from each of your defined definitions.
Turbotext’s manual is something of a disappointment. Oh, the manual is fine. It's clearly laid out, well-written and logically organised. It's also extremely out of date.
The manual supplied with every copy of Turbotext v2 actually applies to Turbotext v1.0. This isn't a complete balls up however, as Turbotext 2 now comes with a complete online, context sensitive amigaguide the real pouist lie; under things lihe the standard menus, the definition for the menus is hept in a simpie teirt hie luhirh ran be edited as gou liHe manual which is as up to date as possible.
And because of the fact that Turbotext 2 is only really improved and not actually radically changed, you could still read the manual provided on the train and make sense of it. I do think, however, that for the money you are paying for Turbotext, you ought to get an up-to-date, printed manual.
(¦ ¦ mm m ¦ The only problem with Turbotext, or indeed CED. Is getting people to pay for its superb features. I think there is a perception in the Amiga community that paying money for such an everyday tool is a bit odd (file managers seem to fall in the same category). Nobody has a problem with paying out fifty quid for a word processor, but no-one seems to want to lash out the same kind of cash for a high- powered text editor. Turbotext’s added speed and increased compatibility with V B2 and 3 mean that it is the best choice for a modem text editor. Buy it.
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Turbotext includes a superb feature for typists who accidentally leave the caps lock key on, for programmers working in a language which is case dependant, and for people who regularly spell the word the teh. What it does is compare each word with a list of words in its definition file (suitable definitions are set up for Arexx. C, Modula 2. COBOL, BASIC and Assembler) and change its case or spelling if necessary.
The beauty of this is that a huge dictionary of words that are never going to be used when you are programming doesn't have to be loaded. If you have words which you regularly misspell (for me it's always chnage instead of change), then this feature is a godsend and much faster than having to spellcheck the document.
Turbotext also offers a more manual method of dealing with character transposition and case correction in the two macros assigned, by default, to the F3 and F4 keys. Hitting F3 toggles the case of the letter under the cursor, and hitting F4 swaps the letter under the cursor with the preceding one. Much faster than having to backspace and retype.
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To be honest, using the interface can be confusing until you get used to it.
There are lots of fiddly buttons in odd places, making what should be simple tasks more complicated, and though the manual makes sense of it all it still seems unnecessarily k awkward Another moan arises from the fact that it’s not fully font sensitive.
A final point to note is that there’s not much point buying this if you don’t have a battery for a clock to keep the program up to date. These often come on accelerator boards or you can buy a Turbotech clock for about £20 from Siren Software.
Flu, not another football - management game, but rather a rommerrial organiser to take on Digita's Organiser. theaper it mag be. But is it ang good? Dareth lofthuuse found out - Jerdict SYSIEm E5SEMIR15 RED = Essential BLACK = Rocommended As I’ve said in previous reviews, the whole concept of computerised organisers is slightly dubious. None of these programs is quicker, easier to use. Or more helpful than using a real filofax, and people aren’t going to boot up their Amigas every time they want to check the time of an appointment.
If, on the other hand, you spend a lot of time in front of your Amiga, it does make sense to have such a program on hand.
On the Ball’s strength is that it sits unobtrusively in the corner until you need to use one of its facilities.
Of course, it lacks the polish and simplicity of Organiser, and if they were the same price then it's the Digita program I'd be buying. On the Ball is still a decent package, however, and being much cheaper it will justifiably appeal to Amiga users who balk at the thought of shelling out £50 for an electronic filofax.
Product: On the Ball Price: £29.951 £3 p&p Supplier: Hi-Soft Tel: 01525 718181 Ease of use_ Implementation_ Value for money- Overall_ .7 .7 8 -7 ppointments, time schedules, reminders of tasks to be done - these are things most of us don't want to think about as Christmas nears, but nevertheless that's what On the Ball is all about. Still, instead of the standard stocking filler of the 1996 diary, it's worth considering buying Hi-Soft’s new organiser for your best loved Amigaphile.
Uke Digita's Organiser, On the Bali is a calendar, address book, to do list, appointment reminder and notepad all in one. Unlike the Digita rival, however, it bears no visual resemblance to a physical filofax, so you can forget all about a glossy GUI.
On the Ball does, on the other hand, have a competitive range of features, and the interface has some advantages despite its lack of glamour. The program is all accessed from a tiny calendar window you can constantly have in the corner of Workbench, making it convenient to access in the middle of working on [ another task.
Clicking on a date opens the multi- j application window from which all the dif- 1 ferent sections of the organiser are accessed. It’s at this point that the pro- I gram can seem most unattractive thanks ! To the rather old fashioned appearance of the interface. However, moving between I Ihe sections or backwards and forwards through dates is very simple, although it’s I not so instinctive a process as it is in Organiser.
The Appointment utility is one of the ! Most useful features in the program. As you'd expect, it allows you to plan your I week out. But the at-a-glance schedule gives users a visual breakdown of :heir appointments that is more detailed and I helpful than Organiser’s approach - even ! If it is less pretty.
TIMESAVERS There are timesaving features such as the option to automatically repeat regular appointment entries, and the reminder function works better than on other packages. With On the Ball, messages will appear on Workbench accompanied by sound samples to jog your memory, and you can set the time of reminders very precisely. There is also a snooze option so the reminder will come up again, and you can set it to launch programs automatically at a particular time.
The to do list includes its own text edi- ! Tor for cut and paste jobs, and again, reminders can be attached to each item.
The address book features a convenient Rolodex layout and has mail merge plus search and sort capabilities that will make it a handy area of the overall package. Finally, there's the notepad wiere you can jot down other forms of info'ma- tion, though in appearance this is On the Ball’s most scrappy element.
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Please write phone for prices Catalogue disks 75p each Deufe of o»o WOO disks h our llbrwy updiirt rtguUrty Credit Card orders only (Sent Tel: 01179 425987 (9am-6pm Mon to veryone knows that file managers and databases are indis- pensible components in the Amiga's software set-up, but they're not the sort of things to stir the blood. Most of | us would rather spend serious money on creative packages, so it's not surprising if we refuse to pay the asking prices for some of the Amiga's more mundane commercial utilities.
Fortunately, we may now have access [ lo a decent file manager and a database at the surprisingly low price of £30.
Optonica's Info Nexus 2 Data Nexus package is undoubtedly cheap, but the question remains: does it have the power to do the job? To start with Info Nexus, a major challenge for the designers has been to persuade Amiga owners to aban* don the long-time acknowledged leading file manager, Directory Opus. Versicn 5 E they want which will remain highlighted for mistake-free batch processing. The interface incorporates 'pop and roll' menus that will come up anywhere in the screen on pressing the right mouse button - a feature that works reasonably well once you're used to it. Another new addition,
however, is a feature called Dynamic Typing.
This new option displays each file with an icon, giving users an instant idea of what their contents are. Thus, picture files are indicated by an artists palette, info files with a question mark, and sound files with a waveform, making searching and sorting more of an instinctive exercise.
Like Opus, users can configure Nexus so that it will perform preset actions when a particular file type is doubleclicked on, a feature that makes using the program seem easier and more natural. Add to that powerful networking support in the form of Envoy, and a point-and-click help function, and Info Nexus begins to look like a decent little performer. ef Power management of that powerful program, with its multiple windows and quirky innovations, was not to everybody's liking, however, and Optonica seem set to capitalise on this.
In contrast to Opus. Nexus 2 has the same dull-looking interface as its predecessor and is divided into the traditional left right windows we've come to expect from the standard file manager. It looks more basic, and indeed is more basic, than its rival - but to be honest it’s also a great deal easier to use, a fact that will no doubt prove to be a key selling point.
It's also only fair to say it has all the essential facilities you'd expect, plus some powerful new additions that make it attractive regardless of the bargain price.
It seems, for example, to have faster directory access times than its rivals, and it will play soundfiles, display pictures and launch programs with a double-clic of the mouse.
New for this version is the Image Browser function, a facility that will search out all the picture files in any given directory and automatically display them as thumbnail sized previews. Users can then click on any of the thumbnails to get a full size viewing, and they can select tiles Freebase Directory Opus 5 uias so different it mas hardly recognisable as a file manager, but the big changes didn't suit eueryone. Oom Oareth lofthouse reports on Info Obhus 0. A program mith more of a traditional appeal Final count The price on this package is remarkably low considering the features each
of the programs offers. Ironically, this could prejudice people against the quality of the software, despite the fact it’s really quite impressive. True, Info Nexus is hardly good looking and it lacks the power or configurability of Directory Opus. Similarly Data Nexus can't quite match up to databases like Twist 2.
If you’re looking for a reasonable amount of worthwhile features in packages that will do the job perfectly adequately, you’ll be hard pushed to beat this winning team from Optonica.
SYSIEm ESSEnilflLS RED h Essentia BLACK = Recommended 1 Mb RAM Ihe bottom line Despite the fact it's been thrown into the pack for free, the file manager’s database companion. Data Nexus, is another surprisingly powerful program. Using the same kind of bland but usable interface, it can handle all the usual types of fields includi gnumber, time, text and data. More advanced calculations can be performed allowing, for example, serial numbers to be automatically generated for club memberships or summary fields for totals.Data can be imported and exported and there’s the same type of networking
support as found in the file manager. Searching power isn't bad either, thanks to a tool that allows users to add things like search criteria with a click of the mouse.
Product: Info Nexus Price: £29.99 Supplier: Optonica Tel: 01455 558282 Ease off use Implementation Value ffor money Overall 9 7
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You are always gong to end up drumming your fingers on the desk staring at a slowly growing percentage bar. Or tire- somely spinning watch pointer. What is the answer? Buy an accelerator.
Now. No-one is saying an accelerate' is going to banish all that waiting about, even Captain Picard has to wait a short while for the Enterprise computer to reply, but it sure does help.
This latest incarnation of the Blizzard sports a full 50Mhz 030 including the MMU - no messing around there. If you do your sums, this will make your tired old A1200 up to seven times as fast - just under half the speed of an A4000.
Having the MMU is also a bit of a boon as it allows you to use virtual memory, or Enforcer if you are a programmer.
M another accelerator joins the fcaq in the H1E00 speed battle, fleil iliohr checks out the mind j i When you first see the Blizzard it looks like someone has cut a big chunk out of the side, due to an edge connector which is used to fit a SCSI 2 interlace, I have not fed the chance to test this yet, but would assume the end result would be a new SCSI connector out of the back of your computer similar to the DataFlyer and Falcon. This extra space does make the Blizzard easy to fit because you have plenty of finger room to angle it into place The Blizzard does have a number of extras built into
the board that are a little unusual. The first is a MAPROM function.
If you have extra memory installed, by placing a jumper on the board the Amiga's Kickstart ROM will be automatically copied into this extra FastRAM. This allows allof Kickstart’s operations to be executed from RAM which is usually faster than when run out of ROM. This Speedophiles For all you speed junkies out there, this Blizzard might not be fast enough for you. As 50Mhz is as fast as 030s go, there is currently only one other option available in the form of Power's Falcon 040 060. Which comes with the SCSI 3 interface as standard.
It is also worth considering that if you do add a Co-processor and the SCSI 2 option, the total price is only C70 short of the base Falcon, which is twice as fast.
There is an 060 Blizzard on the hori- :on but, as yet, there is no sign of it ind the SCSI 2 module is still extra.
Should speed up OS operations such as Window redraws and gadget operations. I can never tell the difference between the two, and it also means you lose 1 2Mb, so I have never bothered with such functions.
When it comes to actually choosing what type of expansion memory you want, you really should get at least 2Mb when you purchase any accelerator. Otherwise, any speed advantage is all but lost due to programs being run out of the much slower chip RAM.
Firstly, any size of SIMM is catered for, from 1Mb all the way up to 128Mb - when they become available and if you could actually afford one! Nothing unusual there, but the Blizzard also supports the use of PC 36-bit SIMMs. Now.
Normal computers only need 32-bit SIMMs - these are the ones normally used on Amiga accelerators - but the PC needs extra bits for parity checking its memory. Hence the extra 4-bits.
The advantage of 36-bit SIMMs is that they are normally a little cheaper due to the higher demand for them, so you might want to use one of these instead of the usual 32-bit SIMMs. Now don’t go thinking you will end up with any extra memory as the Blizzard just ignores these extra bits.
One final memory-related feature the Blizzard has depends on the speed of memory SIMM you are using. The minimum SIMM speed the Blizzard can take is 70ns. Due to the high clock rate of the processor. If, however, you gel hold of a 60ns SIMM you will be able to get up to a further 10 per cent speed increase by fitting a jumper on the board.
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is finally making its debut on the Amiga, and it's absolutely
packed to the rafters too!
It will either come on a standard CD for the CD32 or 15-20 floppy disks depending on your own set-up.
Thankfully the disks are hard disk installable, The CD will boast real-time speech and atmospheric effects along with special cinematic sequences enhancing the original game graphics.
Umbo of the Lost is a point and click adventure in which you'll meet a series of people and places. It's all to do with the famous mystery ship, the Mary Celeste. Obviously the game is half fiction, although all the dates, names and map co-ordinates are completely true.
From what I have seen of the Welcome levels, the animation and the sound effects in particular are looking and sounding superb. There is a range of sampled dialogs which accompanies the game and It adds that little bit extra i terms of playability.
Unfortunately. Tri-Logik Studios, the developers, are still lookir for a publisher after Rasputin's unexpected departure from th Amiga world. However, when the actual quality of Limbo of th Lost is revealed, I can't see Tri-Logik having any problen finding a publisher.
The presentation In Limbo Is superb, It should set you on the road for a journey of a lifetime Virtually gone already!
Dungeon doom Before you even think it, this game is not Doom of any description. It’s merely a Dungeon Master clone by Black Legend called Evil’s Doom. Basically, it will be Dungeon Master with better graphics and more depth. It'll run at Hi-Res- allowing spectacular ray-traced enemies, objects, screens and animations. Also, there'll be many different scenarios to battle through accompanied by an atmospheric novel. Evil’s Doom is due out quite soon and could offer something new to the market - alongside all the tiresome Doom clones.
Sign on, here No sooner had Virtual Karting made an appearance on the Amiga, than author Fabio Bizzetti and fellow publishers OTM are already penning In some details for their future release - Starfighter.
It's an epic shoot-'em-up which will take advantage of the Al 200's chipset by using a true 3D perspective, not to mention asteroids, space stations and planets. There are two game modes to follow. The arcade option allows you to play single mission and travel freely around the game, and the other is an adventure whereby the action takes place as if in a storyboard - following a plot.
It will recognise a joypad. Digital and analogue joysticks, and also any accelerator boards or FastRAM. This will be another game published by OTM, which exploits the Amiga's hardware to the maximum. Finally, although it will come on five disks, they will all be installable, keeping the disk access down to a bare minimum.
Starfighter is set for release at the start of January '96, with a CD32 version to follow. The developer. Fabio Bizetti, has turned down offers to program for the PC and the Playstation because he believes the Amiga Is the best machine - with commitment like that, Starfighter can't possibly go wrong.
OTM have signed two new development teams, who are currently working on two brand new games.
Weathermine Software are the first team and their game is called XP8. It's a vertical scrolling 2D shoot-'em-up with 256 colours and runs at 50 frames per second - taking advantage of all the Amiga's internal and external hardware.
The other product is called QP-Tennis and is currently being worked on by an Italian development team. Not only does it contain an arcode mode for up to four players, but also a full career option tor up to 32! All the major competitions are involved, namely the ATP tour and Davis Cup. There's also a Crazy Tournament where you can play against seven of the world's best players and execute some impossible shots, and also play on some ludicrous surfaces.
QP-Tennis will include 300 frames of animation for each player. 128 colours for each television* I style view, different referees, linesmen, ball-boys, speech, and the players will even argue with the decisions. If it plays as good as it sounds, tennis fans will be in for a real treat next Spring.
XP8 wiH be released early next year, with QP- Tennis following suit later. We'll keep you informed of their progress.
Penguins was planned to be released by Alternative Software, although, the programmer.
Scott Hayne has decided to go solo and publish it himself. Apparently, he’d rather keep the copyright for the game so he can add bits to it and release data disks as he wishes.
The idea behind the game is fairly Lemmings- esque. You must guide two small Penguins to the exit which is located somewhere on the level - as well as collecting some eggs against the I dock.
I You take control of a Wolf who can drop bombs, flick switches and open doors. Although ' ¦ *u ' • siip*v '¦ * . -r * g i, , ,i* f ¦ 1 1 r~ rw - rf r n 'rrr rrs-r vurr - r- r- r~ _r-r-rr-r- i» r- r- r- r-.v
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a simple game that just requires an ounce of logic, the
Penguins both have special attributes that can only be used in
certain situations. Therefore, the Penguins are assigned tasks
to complete, and with 60 levels, you can bet there are some in
there that look damn near impossible.
The first Penguin can collect all the keys for the opening of doors, while the second is used to dispose of beasties. Therefore, forward planning and an extreme sense of problem solving is required.
We'll be able to see how Penguins is shaping up when we give it a full review next month.
Player Manager 2 has already become one of the successful games since its release. It's rated very highly In the charts and adding to their success, Anco are releasing the first in a long line of data disks.
Player Manager 2 Extra - Chase for Glory is basically an enhanced version for the A1200. There are now real players and teams, not to mention new graphics, sound effects and many more thrilling features. It should be coming your way very soon, look out for it.
I Big coconuts 1 Since the success of Timekeepers, Portsmouth - based Vulcan Software have been working on A 11 Jfr * J aI * their new Theme Park-like release, Hillsea Lido.
I Jj* j ft jjj | jrJj | jri Have you ever been to the seaside - seen all I I I m H|i| ’ the attractions? Have you ever wondered who f V V V I V W W W IV i actually is in charge of it all? Well, I don't know.
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The characters themselves are programmed |P V ' to be as intelligent as possible so they will act accordingly to what you do and how you do it. Consequently, you certainly won t get away with cheap, sugary ice-cream and warm soft drinks for £1.50 a throw - like in real life.
The graphics are looking excellent, especially with a vast array of sprites and animations of the British public trying to get to grips with the attractions.
We ll see how many coconuts Hillsea Lido will manage to knock off the stand when we give rt a full review next month.
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WITH ORDER review We first reported on this game way back in
December 1994. Many months ago. It looked great, and we _1 all
looked forward to it coming in. We waited and waited. And we
waited.
Finally though, we have the final version and it was worth the wait. In fact, it's a miracle you're actually getting this review this month because I've only just been dragged away from the game out of fear of the wrath of our sub-editor getting irate for not having any copy in this month. This does actually benefit you because we're nearly at the end of the game and if all goes to plan you should be getting the cheat mode very soon - well, that's our excuse.
So as you've probably gleaned already, this is a highly addictive game that's likely to keep you glued to the monitor until you finish it. It's an adventure game that follows the exploits of Joe King. He's a pilot with a mission to take the glamorous film star. Faye Russell, off to an exotic location for a film shoot Disaster strikes even before take off and Faye is whisked away by one of Joe's rivals. Joe eventually rescues her and they continue their jinxed journey. A storm brews, lightening strikes, and the crew end up stranded in the Amazonian jungle. They then stumble across an evil
plot involving a kidnapped princess, a mad scientist, and ladenhosen. Well, it gets more involved than this but I won't spoil it for you because the game has a great way of revealing the plot as you go along.
PUBLISHER Warner Interactive DEVELOPER Binary Illusions £29.99 DISKS HD INSTALL Yes SUPPORTS A1200 There are many more good points and what is particularly successful is how well the puzzles run together. This is probably why I've not left my computer for so long because unlike some Comparison Cruise for a Corpse Delphine's point 'n' click adventure is anotheB title among the top contenders. Reminiscent fl an Agatha Christie-style plot, you played the!
Character of Inspector Dussentier, trying to finl the murderer on a cruise ship. Some of the duel however, were a little strange and FOAQ work!
Far better with more logical puzzles.
The Secret of Monkey Island As mentioned countless times before. Monkefl Island surpasses all other games in this genre!
Due to the style of humour and the excellent puzzles, it became a classic. FOAQ is nearlj there - it certainly plays as well. However, it just!
Doesn't have quite that many gags as Ml.
You could also compare this title to Indianc!
Jones because of the film-style plot. But at I you'd expect, graphics have come on leaps!
And bounds since then and FOAQ certalntj looks the part.
Adventures, you're never left stuck in one plac!
- you can go around, collect other clues an!
Then come back, which all works exceptional!
Well. Another aspect which makes you keep or!
Playing is the fact you don't die for stupid real sons. For instance, if you're in a situation where!
A fight breaks out. Some games leave you fori dead and onto the restart level. Here though!
Each part just leads on to the next and if yoi!
Get a kicking then it's only to form the next clue* The glamorous film star looses Dialogue is usually relevant and adds patience with the hero, Joe King to the theme of the movie-style plot ciratnsilis IjjJ Reviewed by Tina Hackett 6 Thanks to an imaginative setting, enjoyable puzzles and intriguing plot, it has all the ingredients to become a timeless classic 5 he Amazon The clues are very logiccl too, without coming overly simple, so they still remain allenging. For example, you have to find ne milk to get a magic potion from the Witch ctor. You have a coconut and a knife, et ila - coconut
milk. Firstly though, you will need i actually get the coconut from a monkey by vapping a banana with him. It's all a matter of aping your eyes peeled and using the logical i of your brain. Another safety catch against oing wrong is that it won't let you give away Vour carefully collected possessions to the rrong people at the wrong time. The only prob- i this might have is that hardened adventur- i might find it a little on the easy side. Saying hat though, it does get particularly taxing owards the end.
The presentation is also top notch, with a ar-friendly icon system and well set out ireens. Graphics keep to a cartoon style with ne nice animations, and they all manage to njure the atmosphere of the plot brilliantly.
The character can wander freely between ireground and background and it works well in providing realism. Another innovative touch is the way in which you can use the pinnacle to move to each location. This gives you a bird's eye view of your surroundings and you can then click on the place you want to go to next. The music, though, can start to grate, although it does change according to location. Sound effects are a little sparse but they are at least relevant.
Each of the game's many characters has been imaginatively created. Joe is the stereotypical cocky hero and Faye, the haughty actress, which is perfect for the 1940's adventure theme. This provides for some entertaining dialogue.
Speech aims for witty repartee and despite some obvious double entendres, it works well.
However, whether it would suit the younger player. I couldn't say.
Final word Adventure games have been done countless times before and I was doubtful that this would meet the mark. However, it comes pretty damn close and is one of the most enjoyable titles I've played for ages.
Thanks to an imaginative setting, enjoyable puzzles, and intriguing plot, it has all the ingredients to become a timeless classic.
The developers have done a fine job in providing a quality Amiga title in this period of sub-standard releases and poor cash-ins.
Let's hope this sells well enough to persuade Warner Interactive and Binary Illusions to continue releasing such excellent titles on the Amiga.
CtrlitMS IIIS 99 review The 2D view is shown in all its glory.
You can toggle this with various other angles and zoom controls This is the 3D view which is zoomed out as far as it possibly can Virtual Kartin Reviewed by Andy Maddock PUBLISHER OTM Fabio Bizzetti £24.95 El 2 H Yes A1200 DEVELOPER other karters all competing for first plo Firstly, you have to race in a qualifier, when your finishing time comes through yo will be given a starting place on the grid, i from there you have to advance through j beg nners. Advanced and expert tracks, the first beginner track you can see that) obviously karting around France, specificc DISKS HD INSTALL SUPPORTS
fter 0 promising preview two or three months ago. Virtual Karting is now ready to fill up the rather Plank looking Amiga shelves in games retailer's stores everywhere.
Fabio Bizetti, the author of Virtual Karting, has some very strong views on the Amiga and issues that surround It, I con quite readily agree with a number of the points he makes about the much debated issue of piracy, among other topics. What he does mention is that as certain people abuse the Amiga industry, such as pirates, he himself would much rather develop and produce games that only he and his friends could enjoy personally, When you think about It, he's actually making a reasonable and perfectly valid point. Why should developers produce games for pirates to abuse and ruin? But
anyway, OTM. The publishers. Have managed to squeeze Virtual Karting into the market for the Christmas crowds, and with Leading Lap just finished it looks like it's going to be a festive fight.
In the preview, as said before. Virtual Karting looked very promising. I've been trying to think back to the early days, attempting to recollect another karting game, but I'm afraid I keep failing miserably. As this is the only one in Its particular genre, any karting fans out there will only be too happy to receive this cleverly wrapped present nestled snugly under the Christmas tree. The idea is to take on a series of Life’s a beach if you arc a Virtual Karter, man The fly-by view shows the special fealu awkward bends, and possibly shortcuts cirtjtus im V 100 The graphics do look reasonable,
it's only after a while that you begin to notice the odd graphical glitch here and there There It Is! The tower. Anyone who’s been to Paris to see the famous piece ot history will realise it doesn't really look like this Go karting Karting is becoming more and more popular across the globe. Only recently I have noticed the world championships broadcast on satellite television. It's looks quite ridiculous because there are all these countries fighting it out just as seriously as in Formula One.
Having said that though, karting is becoming even more popular than FI. Most people will never live to race around SlVERSIONe In a Williams Honda, but you can quite readily race around a karting track somewhere in the world for a nominal fee.
If you've never tried it, I suggest you find the nearest track and get racing. It's one of the most action packed and exhilarating sport ever - in my opinion.
[Paris. The Eiffel Tower is clearly lurking around in the background detail. From tnis you can see [what great lengths the develooers have gone to to produce the detail. Before you begin each race, you are shown a fly-by view of the entire track. Here you can plan out which corners are the best for overtaking, and check out any chicanes that may prove a problem. Also, identifying the pits is a must because stopping to rejuvenate your kart is essential if you want to be in with a chance of winning.
One of the finest touches included In VK is that when you press down on the accelerator you see your foot actually act - it's the same with the braking too. Instead of just a still picture of a kart on a moving track, these touches actually make that small difference in the realism. There are two karts to choose from The lOOcc is the less powerful of the two.
Although because of this the actual handling is far better. The 125cc kart is by far the faster of the two. So use of the brakes in all of the tracks is a necessity.
SPEED AND PLAYABILITY There are two main angles from which you can view the action. The first is 3D which looks as if you are actually sitting in the kart. The 2D view is from above, much like a bird's eye view, and although it is far easier to handle the karts in 2D. It's difficult to see which corners ore coming next.
If you would like to know what kind of technical specifications have been made to accommodate the speed of detail of VK. On an accelerated machine. Virtual karting runs at 50 frames per second which, to be honest, is quite spectacular. If you're running it on a standard
1200. It is slightly less impressive - running at a steady speed
of 25 frames per second.
Fabio Bizetti pointed out that speed and playability was his main concentration during the development, and although this seems like a fair point. I can't help feeling that Amiga games- players will be wanting more in terms of graphics.
Final word Overall, this product moves very swiftly, plays extremely well and certainly doesn't lack presentation. The only gripe is the manner In which It moves. Although technically it sounds far more superior to that of other racing games, the graphics become so annoyingly irritating, a headache is the only inevitable outcome, especially after a good half hour staring into the screen.
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* ; Fears, So 'eviewed 1995 was the year for Doom clones on the
Amiga. We are still awaiting a finished copy of Alien Breed 3D
and a Polish offering called Citadel, but in the meantime we
have been gobsmacked by two games from publishers.
Guildhall. The first was Gloom - and we thought it couldn't get any better... ,„but it d»d, Fears from Monyk software arrived only a few months later and resident reviewer Andy Maddock was so impressed by it's smooth scrolling and graphical superiority t was.
There have been some classic games released for the Amiga this year, System give you the round-up of the best games (and the worst) we've seen in 1995 ! * i • T% I Ell
* 'V- September, A An immensely realistic football management
sim. Player Manager 2 from Anco was awarded an impressive 94
per cent. Cited as "better than Ultimate Soccer Manager and On
the Ball" it's got to be on every football fan's Christmas
list.
Probably Sensible Software's last ever Amiga game, they once again stamped their mark on a genre with a top quality gotf game. It concentrated on giving the players a fun arcade challenge which was ideal for a multi-player match.
Title: Jungle Strike, Scared: 65% Reviewed: April. AC83_ J Following on the success of his hit game Civilization. Sid Meier went on to develop Colonization. Okay, it wasn't a Civ beater but it was pretty damn close. This game was set in the historical period in which the America's were discovered, and puts you in the lote of Viceroy of the New World.
The sequel to Desert Strike got converted to the Amiga to much critical acclaim. A good mixture of strategy and arcade action, it challenged the player to control the helicopter and at the same time complete missions in a shoot-'em-up style.
Title: Pinball Illusions . Scored: 85% Reviewed: January. AC62 Sequels can sometimes be a poor comparison to their predecessors. Fortunately. Super Skidmarks was a great improvement on the original with new cars including cows on wheels, and many screen modes which support up to four players. Very playable and very addictive.
Digital Illusions' best pinball gcme to date is H Pinball Illusions. It was made AGA only to incorporate a new Hi-res mode for mutiball, boasted excellent graphics and realistic gameplay. If I you've not already got Pinball Illusions then stick 11 " is ::r, O '* r J ’ P 'it :i fv*.
Title: Roadkill. Scored: 87% Reviewed: January, AC82 This is the one that won me over this year - probably because it was the only game I couid actually beat my colleagues at. It was a big improvement on the original and the graphics were by far the finest of any game in this genre. Special moves were quite difficult to pill off but when you could they were impressive, to say the least.
This CD32 roce-'em-up had reviewer Gareth Lofthouse sneaking back to the control pad.
Developed by revered New Zealand company, I Acid Software, it was described as “another triump for a software house that can take a simple idea and make it shine.'
Title: Sensible World of Soccer Scored: 93% Reviewed: January, AC92 Sensible Soccer. It's major difference was that it incorporated a management angle as well as the actual match. This went down a storm despite a few bugs which they later rectified by bringing out a bug fixer.
Reviewed way back at the very beginning of the year was SWOS, the sequel to the hit football sim, Title: Ruffian Scored: 40% Reviewed: May. AC86 May had its fair share of abysmal games, in fact it was probably the worst month of the year for them. Ruffian. Whizz and Angst all raised their ugly heads and fell head long Into the pit of bad review scores. Ruffian was a platformer and although there’s nothing wrong with that if they're well done, it quite frankly wasn't with tired graphics and unoriginal gameplay.
Title: Whizz Scored: 40% Reviewed: May. AC86 "How did such a turkey end up in the new Amiga Magic Pack?'
We oil wondered, faces blank as we remembered possibly one of the worst platformers of the year.
Over-colourful graphics, and an annoyingly cute bunny character only made the frustration of the whole thing worse.
Title: Sbaq-Fu Scored: 30% Reviewed: March, AC84 Awful storyline, dreadful graphics and nil playability, this beat-'em- up license had them all - including cringeworthy sayings from the Fighters such as *1 may be small but you just lost big' and "I am 'too smart for your foolish style." It’s worrying what some people consider frightening... Title: Angst Scored: 26% Reviewed: May. AC86 Oh dear, this one was certainly not well received when it landed in the office. In fact it was described as 'about as exciting as a walk in a multi-storey car park', and our reviewer could only stick playing it
for a couple of hours before he collapsed from boredom.
There have been some good games this year bat there have also been the bad.
System take a look at the ttttes that are definitely nominations for prize Turkey of the Year.
In progress Street Racer includes all the characters, the 24 textured tracks, and wait for it - three soccer pitches! 5 his particular racing game was released on the SNES about a year ago and with _______ the Megadrive version 9 recently following suit, it was highly likely that an Amiga version would follow. Street Racer on the Amiga is set to be released just in time for some festive fun courtesy of UBI Soft.
Vivid Image, the developers, are previously known for their past products, namely First and Second Samurai - both of which have proved to be very successful during the last year or two, On the console formats. Street Racer gained respectable scores in most magazines. It featured fully textured tracks and a whole host of characters to choose from. It is said that Street Racer will push the A1200 to its absolute limit by including all You can see from these MegaDrivc screenshots that Street Racer Is a very professionally designed product the characters, the 24 textured tracks, and for it - the
three soccer pitchesl Yes. That's right, not only is Street Rocer a St; dard racing game like Gremlin's Lotus trilogy, f you can actually play football as well as baHr the hell out of each other in the Rumble Ar There will be eight characters in all - Sur Hodja. Raphael. Surf, Biff, Helmut, Frank Suzulu. Not only do all these differ from eoch a by coming from different sides of the globe, t!
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There's the split screen option to f head-to-head if you're pa popular, or the standard cur championship trophies if your ising abilities aren't what |_ should be.
If you can cast your minds [ to when you used to be at school you remember playing footbal Inf playground? I'm sure at some point1 have taken part In what we called, ‘Or Wembley.' Well. Street Racer gives the 0 unity to take part in this world-beating Invenf a game.
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Because of it. I'm telling you this because S| Racer includes this game, only here it's ‘Twc Wembley' where two players play as a ream. ] Final word We've only actually seen the Megc version, hence the screenshots. Howevec if the] Amigc version can match the graphics and playability of the Megadrive version. UBI will be on to a sure winner.
Street Racer will hopefully be in the shops Christmas, and as a present it will cert inject more excitement than slippers.
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His is probably the most invaluable tip tti will undoubtedly solve many of your pic lems. Before teeing off, the most imp tant thing is to check the yardage, but this rarely correct. The yardage that appears is si posed to be how far it is from the tee to the f without any actual wind assistance. This certai isn't the case. It would probably be correct If were using a cannonball and a tank, but you' not. So if you understood the sarcasm you need a n* club. It willprofc bly be just abc accurate if yi use one d above the compute] selects. This I be altered tot or even three] you are stuck] the
rough.
HI fter your first four or five ! Holes, if you're playing 1 a tournament, keep switching to and from the leaderboard to get an Idea of the positions of all the other competitors. If you are leading. The best idea is to take things slowly and concentrate on each shot. If you have aspirations of hole-in-ones, you won't get very far. Even if playing safe involves playing the ball in a different direction to where the pin is situated, it will almost certainly help you in the long run.
If you are on the ecge of your seat and you really don't want to mess up. Especially if you are in a position like in a bunker or behind a tree - you will have the tiniest slice of red to press fire in. If this is the case, just reduce your club until it goes wider, until you know you can definitely react quick enough. You will lose out in yardage because it won't go as far, but it will give you an edge by setting you up perfectly for your next shot - this is j a far more effective strate than hitting and hoping.
If you happen to have hod ] a bad game on the first few holes, the best escape route i»J to see who is ahead of you!
And see what score he’s on.
That way you will know whatl particular target you are aim-1 ing for and how many shots!
You can get away with - with-1 out dropping below the rest of f the pack.
Before you begin any hole, always hold down the fire button to see the overhead map view. This is probably the best way of guiding your ball through the hazards.
What you must not do is just look for the hole and aim for It * unless It's a par 3.
What you must do is look at the yardage for the entire hole. If it's say, 324 yards. That means it's 324 yards to the pin. If you are using a 1 wood then the ball will travel 240 yards - only if you hit it at full power without any wind assistance. Now you can work out, using the overhead screen, where roughly 200 yards would be. You can then select a particular position to place it. Obviously if you want to know where the ball will end up. It will probably finish around just under half-way between the tee and the pin.
This might not be much use. But if you want to know where roughly the ball finishes, helping you avoid bunkers and trees then this is undoubtedly the best method.
Sliced bread nf you are attempting a hole that is either surrounded by trees, bunkers or other water hazards then these must be negotiated most carefully. For instance, if there’s a huge fairway with a bunker on each side, aim your shot straight down the middle, don’t try any fancy hooks or slices to gcin better angles unless you are perfectly sure you won't end up in the sand or water The best idea is always to play it simple - don’t take any risks whatsoever, the chances are they probably won't come off.
Aim for that flag thing There aren't really any hard and fast rules about putting in Sensible Golf, but many people find the directional arrows on the green extremely deceiving. Don't look at the arrows as if the are representing uphill and downhill. The arrows mean the ball will travel in that particular direction.
One of the most awkward putts are the ones which have arrows pointing in one direction and then are reversed in the opposite direction - like a zig zag. All you can do here is just hit the ball straight and reasonably slowly, this way the arrows will have an equal effect on the ball.
Having trouble with your swing? Not to sure where to putt it? Going round in circles? Then let Andy Maddock iron out the problems Ball bag Here we have a typical par 3. It is 219 yards to the pin. And the computer selects a 2 wood, which at full power will reach 220.
This sounds quite reasonable, again however, always knock the club up one. In this case, to a one wood.
Although you have knocked the distance up to 20 yards, still make sure you are aiming for full power. With luck, it will drop just past the hole. If you can get the direction correct, a hole-in-one will almost certainly be yours.
This is a fairly easy hole.
Although it says par 4, you can probably make tho green in 2 hat's about all the possible advice I can give, although, if you're still having trouble then I suggest you select ’Practice Holes' and try and improve your timing, reactions and accuracy.
Hopefully your confidence will grow and you'll be able to take on the cream of the crop... good luck.
Practice makes money IDS Mote the arrows on the green, you must allow for the extra direction it you manage to hit the flag t s some of the bigger developers move over to other platforms, smaller companies start to come to the sur- ¦¦ face. This is no bad thing. It gives rise to undiscovered talent and new teams take up the challenge to keep the Amiga games market alive. This has a positive effect on the industry as fresh plans and innovative ideas come to the surface. With this in mind, we believe that these companies should get the coverage they deserve and each month we find out how they
attempt to lead the revival for the Amiga.
This month we talk to Intersect Development, the team behind new AGA shooter. Atrophy.
A Trevor Mensah and Frank Tout are the partnership behind the as yet unheard of company. Intersect Development. Started back in 1992, the two created the label to develop new games for the Amiga with the mission to program the ultimate in Amiga game engines, something that would be technically superior to anything else that had gone before it. Mensah explains, “Our ethos is firstly to produce the best Amiga games and secondly to encourage and recruit talented Amiga enthusiasts into the business. We feel using new talent in this way will inject much needed life blood into the trade and help
to revitalise the market with fresh ideas.'
So what's all the fuss about? Why are a team that have been around for three years now seeking a spot in the limelight? Well, it has something to do with their forthcoming game ¦ a ground breaking shoot-'em-up that promises to push the Amiga to its limits and make proper use of the AGA chipset. Mensah claims that the Amiga is the only computer capable of their game.
Atrophy. “It simply could not be done on o PC No. Not even a lOOMhz Pentium! In fact if own an AGA machine your looking at hard1 that Ihe top of the range PC owners would their ight arm to have. We are using 35 and 10| nanosecond full-screen hardware scr which for the mentally sane among us eqi to quarter and half a pixel scrolling which is ul smooth." He continues. “We feel both the M and PC have restrictive fixed address sen hardware architecture. They cannot scroll screen without it shearing and generally la like a dogs dinner."
Feature But the fact remains, the Amiga gai market is suffering a decline and the bigger o panies are running in the opposite direction towads the sure fire money makers, so why
• We want the Amiga to survive and we hope we can help rebuild it
back to its former glory days with some good solid games J The
story so far.
Atrophy is only a few weeks away from review, but in the meantime here's the games storyline. Involving a mad psychotic, "Saxon Priest", medical experimentation and doctors it has all the ingredients for a rather nasty Hammer Horror style plot. The doctors enter the patients mind and attempt to control his madness. Intersect describe it as ’pretty surreal' and Incorporate the theme of fear Into each level, for example, fear of underwater and even fear of fear itself. Mensah explains. “There's an aca lation of all his fears which makes Saxon Priest what he is.
There is after all a very finite line between sanity and insanity.
That was how the plot developed and the game was designed with the plot in mind.'
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* J * * ? '. 2* 4ci ,-, ;. » j| humble beginnings Trev's story;
His original interest In Amiga games came from when he used to
chat and visit friends, such as programmer Jules Burt and
graphics artist Jon Law at DMS - they released such games as
Trained Assassin, Shockwave. Drivin'-Force and Colditz. “Our
friends In the industry suggested we should stop coding for fun
and get down to writing some decent Amiga games. We did just
that and are using all the knowledge and tricks discovered in
our time spent coding on the Amiga scene and on the old S-bit
micros. “ Frank's story: He started programming games on the
C64 and once wrote a game for Destiny Software but before he
was paid any royalties the company went bankrupt! He wasn't
very happy to say the least - but this didn't stop him learning
to code games on the Amiga.
Tunnel Intersect still have so much foith in the Amiga market? Mensah is keen to point out. “Yes, the Amiga market is in a transitory period and currently at the weakest level it has ever been.... but we feel that the direction the Amiga will take now will be that of smaller more independent developers such as ourselves. Once companies like us firmly establish ourselves, the Amiga will once again see high quality commercial games flowing at a healthy level.'
They are undeterred by the prominence of other platforms and cite the price of the PC as a reason. "The PC still looks pale to the Amiga in its price to performance ratios. You're looking at £1.499 to get you a decent specification Pentium PC. Even then it still cannot adequately handle arcade games and many of the things Amiga's have been breezing through for years.' They feel that even the super consoles don't pose a threct, “Sure, the Sega Saturn and PlayStation do look impressive graphically but they are not real computers. Perhaps things would have been different if the PlayStation had
been upgradable to a 'real' machine - then things may have looked a little different.’ However, it's piracy they see as the real threat and believe that this has played a large part in the machine's downfall. They believe that considering the size of the userbase. The Amiga games sales should be a lot healthier. Mensah again, “The Amiga no longer has a 'fat cat' status so the argument that one little copy wor't hurt is shallow. Every copy really does make a real difference. If you play a game you should buy it.'
So far the company are quite impressed by what Escom have achieved with the Amiga. They point to the fact that Amigas are going to be back in the shops before Christmas as one reason. "People have been giving Escom a bit of an unrealistic time scale for things to happen.' "Sure, Following on from last month's interview with new cjevelopers, Binary Emotions we now take a look at Intersect Developments, another team showing the way for the Amiga.
Atrophy has taken only four months to devolop 111 Clmins tltS they are selling A4000's at an unusually high price but for the market it's aimed at. Multimedia and broadcasting, this is quite normal."
When we get on to the subject of the actual game Mensah describes it with all the fervour of a double glazing salesman, eager to point out all the benefits over its rivals. “Due to our technically superior AGA specific game engine we are able to offer much improved smoother scrolling, silky 50 frames per second movements of both screen display and bobs, faster gameplay pace, higher resolution graphics and inevitably from all this better gameplay!' He goes on to explain that the game engine was originally formulated using MC68000 assembly and standard OCS programming techniques for use on
A500 A600 games. "When the AGA chipset was released we began to move the game engine towards the faster MC68020 and AGA architecture capabilities." He complains, “Many A1200 games fail to deliver because the code has not been significantly updated since its original inception on the A500's. Usually the cheap trick of a few nice AGA copperbars and 256 colour static pictures. Occasionally the extra odd bit- plane of colour is added, but the games bob movement and scrolling generally looks no better for the AGA treatment."
Feature It comes as no surprise to learn that Guildhall Leisure will be publishing the game - they have shown themselves to be firm supporters of the Amiga over the past few months with a great number of releases including no less than two Doom-type games and Super Skidmarks. All titles that were well received by the Amiga press and public alike. As Mensah points out. ‘Guildhall have a sensible down to earth approach to publishing so we chose to use them. Their lopes for the Amiga Intersect hope to see Escom get the AMIGA j back on its feet and have many a word • advice for them. They believe
that if Escc decice to push the Amiga away from Its roots of well rounded design and custom accessible hardware, it could prove fatd] They also have ideas for their dream Aml( "An idealistic Amiga from our point of view would be one with some more hardware sprites, perhaps a nice DSP 16 bit. 24 channel sound along with Hardware rotation vectoj polygon chip and upgraded 32-bit blitter. 1 would completely transform the Amiga to dizzy heights way beyond the PlayStation cj Saturn toys of this world - and it would be Q real computer too! All this without even mu teringthe word ‘RISC'."
Business strategy is formed from past experie and judging by their publishing successes of thej past, its been well founded. Their Mar Director, Giles Hunter, has obviously seen the] gaps in the market forming and is eagerly awa ing the chances to plug them with good : releases."
Intersect are already very pleased with new game and describe the process as 11 fun, "In the end we are quite different to oth developers who don't enjoy what they are] doing. We love programming... and because of ] this we are not just going to slap together gan of low quality for quick easy money.' ‘ We wc the Amiga to survive and we hope we rebuild it back to its former glory games with] some good solid games."
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1 -34 5-6868 E-Mail: gastein@dircon.co.uk feature i A great future for the Amiga philosophy is still possible - Commodore had engineers that were ingenious in their job Absolutely ow did you come up with the Idea for Virtual Karting?
Am extremely passionate about karts so it was a must to do an extremely realistic and playable karting game.
How long has It taken to develop Virtual Karting?
Well, more than a year, but I also made my HLA programming language which is like an expert system. Because of this and my knowledge from Virtual Karting, the next one should take less time, the next one even less, and so on - every time with considerably improved quality. My next project. StarFighter. Is a massive jump ahead from Virtual Karting already.
How did you first start programming on the Amiga?
Like every hobbyist I think. I bought an obsolete Vic20 when I was 13-years old and learnt the Assembly language. A year later I bought my Amiga 500 and continued my hobby from there. This would have been impossible if I had bought a console and believe it would have been inconceivable to learn Assembly programming on a PC. I would have needed thousands of books just to learn about every sound board that comes out.
What do you hope to do next?
Simply to use my knowhow in programming to make the Amiga great.
It's not a hope, it's definitely possible. My next project is StarFighter. A game with features I haven't seen on the PC or consoles yet - and it's only for the Amiga. StarFighter is still a game idea for an unexpanded A1200 and I will continue to respect the hardware standards of the Amiga but an upgrade of the machine would be a very wise move. I believe the only thing the Amiga lacks to compete with Pentiums is some FastRAM and a faster CPU. The Amiga architecture has no rivals - it needs less resources to do a better job.
What advice would you give to people trying to break into the Industry?
If they are hobbyist programmers, the advice I can give them is to aim at the best quality possible and then approach some reliable Fabi ?
System talk to the games programmer Fabio Bizzetti ij gets his views on the Amigj the market and his game.
Publishers. I think the Amiga games markfi still promising. If you want to make a hobby ajj a good job at the same time, it can be yd future Do you think Amiga Technologies will leadU revival for the Amiga?
Really hope so but the moment I am 6 tious about giving j reply. Surely they need to upgrade future machines: in next era of PowerPC d puters, the Amiga c get a respectable markei only if it is a high perfor-j mance computer at a price. It would be a idea to sell only 'J Operating System of Amiga to PowerPC users.
Amiga philosophy could have a great futurdl Commodore had engii that were ingenious in H job. It's all in the hands Escom - if they give the and the money to invest in next generation of RISC Ami (I hope using an evolution of Hombre project, but ti expandable), then we d begin to smile.
Do you think enough has been done to piracy in the Industry?
Nothing will ever change the mind of the cr» ers.. Ir Poland the price for programs I games are really unfair. The best crackers are ] Polish people, so you can imagine they 'justified' for their actions, and I won't at) about this. But the same cracked progr* come over to the rest of Europe, where m people that could easily buy the originals prel to buy the pirated one.
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After the prequels, namely Alien Breed. Alien Breed ‘92 and Alien Breed... something, it was quite a shock to hear that the one of the most popular overhead shoot- 'em-ups was going to be relegated to the division of the Doom clones. However, after looking at Team 17's past successes, it would be naive of me to knock it after they have been so consistent with their extremely healthy contributions to the Amiga world.
To be honest, I've yet to see a Doom clone with a plot. Well, a decent one at least. What the programmers do is spend all their man hours tweaking graphics and gameplay and about a week before the game is due to be released, the whole team of developers spend 15 minutes thinking up a suitable plot. You can put money on the fact they'll all If I have to point out a major flaw in all these games, then it has to be the system requirements. Although you can quite happily play any Doom game on a standard A1200. Don't expect it to run at a realistic rate. If you really do insist on playing Doom
on the Amiga, there is no doubt that you need an accelerator. Without one, its frustration factor increases tenfold, especially as you will find it difficult to control.
These games can only be played properly on an expanded Amiga, trust me.
The only downside come up with ‘Right, you're stuck in a big dui and this evil man is coming after you. Okay, now? That's it. You've to get out - blasting your) way though hoards of ugly monsters!'
What really gets me is the fact that If you wantl to get out, why did you go in there in the first] place? Doh! Why don't developers make a gamq which is called ‘The Realms of Darkness - Im not going in. I'm frightened.'
I apologise. I had to get that off mq chest - I'm only just getting over a] lethal overdose of Doom games. ¦ The first thing I noticed as 1 began walking around is the] screen - it's smaller than Gtoorij and Fears, although bigger tharJ Citadel. It does look more ke Doom than any other efforts and if ] the speed could be matched then it I would be unstoppable.
The main thing that really affects till game immensely is the specification of you!
Amiga. If you've got an accelerator then the] games are absolutely brilliant. If you haven't, the] Cirutais 1185 116 I games are slow and uncontrollable and can I often cause more frustration than you can I humanly imagine.
One good thing about Alien Breed is that there is a plot. And although it only really makes I on appearance in the manual, it still gives an I atmospheric introduction into the game itself.
All the features that were included in Fears and I Gloom have been incorporated into Alien Breed I 3D - the sound effects, texturec floors, gouraud I shading, and other game features such as I weapons, beasts and health bonuses. What I makes the second games lack variety, though, This screen may confuse most of you, although actuall it's just a close-up!
Reviewed by Andy Maddock are the really badly drawn, almost cartoon-like beasts which really da let the game down enormously. Although this is the same sort of problem Fears suffered from, they didn't look quite as unrealistic as in AB3D.
The mazes are huge with plenty of rooms to explore. On your way through you can collect keys, open doors, gather med-packs to replenish your energy, and ammo to top up your curren* weapon.
The major problem with Fears was the fact i* was too easy and you could continue quite easily get to level five or six without losing a life Alien Breed will frustrate you enough to make you lose a life on the first level, never mind five or six.
As for the war of the Doomers. Top of your lis* should be Fears because of its wonderful look and control, closely followed by Alien Breed 3D because it's absolutely brilliant to play. In third place Is Gloom - a good solid shoot-'em-up, although missing the depth and challenge Fears and AB3D feature.
Alien Breed 3D is. And always will be, one of the finest Doom clones on the Amiga. Most people, including me said it couldn't be done -1 have just been proven wrong... twice.
T Alien Breed 3D is, and always will be, one of the finest Doom clones on the Amiga Final word As it turns out my prediction was correct. Although Alien Breed 3D isn't quite as action packed as the first series was. Especially where lastability is concerned, it still adds up to be an extremely worthy purchase.
This is one game that you would never be forgiven for missing.
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Omin'. Of evenin', whichever Here we are again with useful tncks and tips for getting the most from your Workbench, that we are being joined by readers new to the Amiga, having just bought one of the new Magic Packs. I thought we might well look at some hints for first- timers Let's begin with the anatomy of a disk.
Disks basically come in two varieties.
(loppy or hard. While floppy disks these days might not seem so floppy, they are thus named because the recording material itself is a disc of magnetic material, which if quite floppy, encased in hard plastic A hard drive consists of similar, but itely stiffer disks, stacked one above Ihe other with reading heads between, a bit like a stack of record turntables. These are all then encased in metal to prevent any shifting of the disks, known as platters The reason for this is that each platter is only separated from its neighbour by a matter of millimetres, and the reading :ad is only microns
above each planer.
So much for the physical aspects of the do*, what about the mechanics as regards computers?
FDRfUflllED I Well now you're talking. Ail disks, whether floppy or hard, have to be formatted. This is like (I hope I'm not being too patronising here| teaching the disk how to speak Amiga-ese (or should that be Amigan?). The formatting operation sets up the 80 tracks on an Amiga floppy (numbered 0 to 79) in about a minute and a half, although if you have already used the disk as an Amiga floppy and merely want to clear all the information off it you can do a quick format which on(y takes about ten seconds.
The reason for this is that all a quick format does is tell the disk it is empty. It doesn t reformat all the tracks, so whatever information is on the disk is still on there (you just need special software to see it|.
Its just that it can be overwritten with new information. Of course, if you have had read write errors on a floppy, you shouldn't simply quick format it as this will not usually resolve the problem. A hard drive is a bit different and can take a lot longer to format, although a quick format will still take about the same time as a floppy disk.
If you could only afford to buy a floppy- based A1200. Then I would save your pennies for a hard drive as soon as possible. If you have struggled with swapping Workbench floppy disks continuously (I hope you are using back-up copies of your Workbench diskslj. Then booting from a hard dm e will be like going from crawling on your belly to being able to fly. The reasons for this are not only the increased capacity of a hard drive, but also a massive increase in the speed at which the data can be read. A floppy disk will give you about 20k per second - compare that to about I Mb a second for a
slow hard drive, a speed increase of 5000%, and you'll see why hard drives are a necessity on other platform*.
But let s go back for a mo Earlier on I said that you need to format a disk before it is usable, but what of the attendant options in the format requester? Let's cover them one by one. The first option is what to call the disk. This defaults to ‘Empty. But can be changed to anything you like. Try not to put spaces into the disk name if you can help it as this will only cause you problems later.
Onto the next option - the trashcan.
The trashcan is a bit of a holdover from Workbench 1.3 and was stolen from the Mac. In my humble opinion, the trashcan is hardly ever used by anyone and takes up space on your floppy. The way it works is that instead of files being deleted directly from the dnve, you move them into the trashcan. Then, if you are realty iiiiimim ¦¦ ' Cd fut Ifiui th. Nt fo» njmtwr of »1«.I| Uorttmmeti at» don'i r*t mui t« tt» .
Iwf *m6m in «*» nmm rvh :*S "Son » r*.« ifKM i» »*• t M D.ffc * What's in a name?
Naming a disk is a thorny topic for Amiga users because of the problems inherent in using a name with spaces in it. You could capitalise the initial letter of each word you use; ThislsMyDisk', which is perfectly readable and transparent to AmigaDOS. Or you could use the underscore character; this is also my_disk', which is also fine, but I think looks a bit niminy- piminy.
So that's the name sorted out. If you're wondering why having a space in your disk (or directory, or file) name can cause problems, the reason is that the shell doesn t understand spaces. If you were to type CD this is my disk: the shell would pop up a requester saying Please insert volume this' in any drive.' If you really want to use spaces then it means you have to type CD "this is my disk:"' instead. Much more hassle, I think you'll agree.
Sure you want to get rid of them, you can simply use the Empty Trash' menu item from the icons menu - a two-step process only really useful for the really indecisive.
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I UIOH I R I ©etng the sort of chap who likes to keep his promises. I ll be delivering the final chapter in tie Amiga 3D guide to flying logos. Last month left off with the basic camera and object motion already in place.
This time we'll be looking at fine tuning the motion paths plus the odd tip on object design, When it comes to motion paths, attention to detail is all important. Even though the object in question may merely be gliding along a straight line, there's soil plenty of scope for some much needed styling. If you neglect the way an object moves, all the effort invested in modelling and surfacing can be wasted Perception of movement is something which we humans are particularly sensitive to. In short if something looks even the Onniest bit peculiar or unprofessional it will be spotted and zoomed-in
on. While all R corporate classic Paul flustin continues his easu guide to funhg loohin' flgin' things natural and styfcsh transition. The cardinal sn of logo design is to let elements simply slam into posioon. Obviously, a little additional effort is required, especially within scenes that contain a lot of objects, but believe me it’s time well spent Another trick employed to great effect in our example was the addition of object dissolves when required. During the outro section the camera angle meant that certain objects had much further to travel in order :o Clear the frame The simplest
solution would be to just move them further away.
Unfortunately, this results in a lack of the hard graft in the rest of the scene gets overlooked.
One of the simplest rules is to make copious use of spline paths to add ease-m easeout to motion paths. This helps to make a simple linear motion into a much more Amiga 3D Part 8 continuity as the individual elements become exactly that individuals, all doing their own thing rather than being an integral part of the overall production.
The solution is to employ object dissolve on the wayward elements, the result being a transition which still retains continuity, transition speed, and the overall fluidrty of the anim. Whde delivering the essential black screen end frame essential for looping.
Modelling options One of the keys to any successful anima:ion is variety of movement Simply flying one or two objects on screen simply doesn't cut the mustard when it comes to effective corporate productions. The key is variety, and to achieve it you need to start implementing your ideas nght from the off. In our example, copious use of layers was essential to achieve proper scale and placement, while retaining the independence for the individual elements that eventually bring the animation to life.
The first step is to define the basic design of the logo, a process which is often done for you by the actual subject matter - in this case the IDG logo.
Having said that, the logo itself may rot always have enough impact in itself to really make for an exciting image The basic IDG masthead falls into this category, therefore the bevel bars were added to breath a little extra into the design.
The actual logo was originally imported via Pixel Pro II from an ESP file, extruded and then segmented into the individual objects required for the animation. The assorted bits were cut and pasted into new layers and then saved under separate file names.
Remember: it's important to keep renaming the surfaces in order to get the appropriate texture and surfacing in Layout. Once the IDG logo and emblem were in place, the word Media was added, scaled and placed in a separate layer.
Next the bevel bars were added using the logo in a background layer to define the appropriate scale and placement. The bars themselves, consisting of a simple box. Was mirrored accordingly. The front faces were then selected and the bevel option applied Again, it's important to remember to re-select these faces and cut and paste them back into position, otherwise smoothing in will round them off in layout.
In most productions involving text, bevels are almost a prerequisite for adding that final touch of class to a production. Although simple tools of the trade, their addition often adds that touch of class which elevates the whole production. Aside from giving the text a more scLlptured look, bevels actually generate highlights and can therefore provide some much needed sparkle to the production.
Ironicaly enough, bevelling hasn't been applied to the text in our example, the reason being that the anim was designed to run as a 160 x 120 Ouicktime AVi movie wi:hin a computer-based marketing ad sales presentation. In such a small resolution, finite detail would probably have detracted from the overall look, appearing as a rather odd pixelated artefact or error rather than a specular highlight design point.
Assuming your design is complete and the various elements are already neatly stacked in the various layers, simply saving them out in situ would mean perfect positioning when the complete logo appears in layout The final task is the manual re-positioning of pivot points fof the objects that require complex motion paths. Basically, that's all you'll need for perfectly respectabe funky flyin' things. Have fun.
Amiga Computing 129 TUTORIAL Identity parade Assembler Part n some machines. RunnaWe _ programs are always loaded Paul Oueraa outlines the basics of writing code that is trulg relocatable Basic type languages).
A less important use is in speeding up the time it takes to load a program. With large programs you may have noticed that it takes much longer to load a program prior to execution than it takes to simply copy the same program file to memory (try it and seel). This is the relocation overhead showing itself and. If you wnte code that is truly relocatable, you II find that not only does this time overhead disappear but the executable file on disk will also be smaller!
In order to be truly relocatable, all absolute address references within a program need to be removed and the way to do this Is to use pc-relative addressing.
This is very similar to the 680x0 s register indirect addressing except that the address of the operand is specified with respect to the program counter rather than with respect to an address register.
There are no real difficulties involved in creating relocatable code as such, but there are a couple of things to bear in rrtnd concerning the differences between loading data via pc-relative instrudons.
And the reverse process of storing data via pc-relative instructions. Basically, the 680x0 series doesn't allow pc-relauve insrucoons to be used for specifying destination addresses, and this means that while instructions containing absolute source addresses such as.
L«a dos_naae,at are easily translated to pc-relative form in this fashion: In other words we have to use a pc-n form of the lea (load effective address) instruction to load an address r the required destination address, i use that address as a pointer for sio data.
Tea dos.iaietpcl il An example translate genera s errors!
130 LINKLIB MACRO 1F6T MARS-2 FAIL too amy arguments EN&C aovt.l 16,-tap)
• ove.l 2,i6 jsr (l6) ¦OVt.l (sp)+,a6 im CALLSYS MACRO LINKLIB
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• ovea.l (ip)»,d1-c3 restore registers d1-dJ END* Listing 1: The
original macros used in the Novembor issue example.
LINKLIBR MACRO IFGT MRS-2 FAIL too aany arguments ENDC
• ove.l a6,-(sp) aovt.l 2(pc),a6 i*f ta6) aove.l (sp)+,ai ENDM
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ENDM Listing 2s Modified macros that produce
position-independent, ie relocatable, code.
Amiga Computing Q- from the same starting ocaoon in memory. On the Amiga, as you'll probabfy know, the situation is different and programs can be loaded into any area of free memory that is available at the time. Because the AmigaDOS scatter loader takes care of the job of modifying any absolute addresses used within a program, the Amiga coder is therefore able to write positiorKlependent code. I.e. code containing absolute address references, knowing that AmigaDQi will take care of all the relocation issues when the program is executed There are. However, a few occasions where it is necessary
to write truly relocatable code, I.e. code that (without any address modification! Can be placed anywhere in memory and yet still remain runnable. Boot sector code is one such example. Another is when say you are writing an assembler routine to be used in conjunction with Amos (and some other CHRISTMAS 1995 To give an illustration of position- independent code. I've translated the assembler example that was provided In the November issue (if you missed it - shame on you. But you can find a copy of the original source on this month's CoverDisk) The program opened the dos library, obtained an
_stdOUt handle tor writing data back to the Shell, and then displayed some text using a macro called WRITEDOS which made use of the dos library's Write() function This macro, along with the CALLSYS and UNKUB macros used within the November program, is shown in listing . And the thing to notice is that both WRITEDOS and LINKUB include statements which lead to absolute addresses being produced. For example UNKUB includes this line:
• ove.l 2,a6 which in a call such as: CALLSYS Hnte,J OSBase
results m this instruction being produced: aove.l _DDS6ase,a6
In other words the macro generates an absolute address
reference needless to say, this must be n we want to produce
relocatable i Usting 2. Which comes from the named reloc.s
which you'll also the CoverDisk, contains the macros in
relocatable form. JtVe an R' to each of the naitfii emphasise
that these changes been made). You'll see that I've the
offending UNKUB macro line pc-relative form:
• ova.I 2(pc),a6 and you'll find similar changes | been made to
the WRITEDOS (now named WRITEDOSR) in ofi ensure that it too
then position independent code.
Despite the fact that converti existing code to relocatable form task that should be straightforward, it's still easy to silly slips (namely forgetting to the odd absolute address refi Nowadays, many assembler protect you from such mistai Devpac. For instance, includes an to check that program code is independent, and with this activated any instructions relocatable will be flagged as tanding nut Amiga 2D Part 2 Sometimes, anti-aliasing doesn’t always create the effect you want If this is the case you can simply emulate the effect yourself by adding colour spreads between the two objects you
are aliasing together. You can see this effect in action in the screenshots shown.
The white strip along the road bridge is drawn using the line tool and then filled. To smooth its appearance with the road, two transition colours have been added to the edges of each step that make up the stnp Whether added by hand or by your pamt package, the end result is extremely effective.
Steue White enplains how qou can mahe Mdur 80 pictures reallM stand out with depth ordering and 3D emulation techniques some way to visualising the finished image. Laying down the colours in depth order Is also very important if you are to use anti-aliasing (explained last issue). If you anti-alias an image onto another that hasn't been coloured yet you'll have to erase aH the aliasing effects, and redo the Anti-aliasing in action Amiga Computing ast month I outlined the A difficulties associated with V backdrops and suggested hints and tips to make the easier. In this issue I will be
itrating a futuristic city scene hould allow you to pinpoint design tasks that cause the most ns for graphic designers entioned before, the first stage in ign is to draw a rough on paper, ymg the rough you will be able the image down into layers - scene demonstrated here has ers made up of the foreground
3. Two backdrop buildings, the ouette and special effects actual
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accurate perspective to all the 3s in relationship with one
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than irecious time trying to create an 1 a single package.
The skeleton completed it’s time work on the actual image itself, han adding detail immediately, lay down the base colours first Drdermg) - this will take you this example a dark grey. To add texture, use slightly darker shades of the base colour. Don't make the colour change between the base colour and texture to apparent otherwise the effect will be lost and may overshadow the more important elements of the image.
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The first thing youl notice is that the program s display layout has been re-styled to make it easier to use. The software itself is as comprehensive as ever and as well as the mam range of digitizing, sample editing and manipulation functions, there's a ramscan option for grabbing samples directy from memory, and edit list' arrangements for maintaining sets of samples m memory for immediate use. Of course, the integral sequencer and tracker facilities are soil there too. As is the useful Midi module wtvch enables samples to be triggered using a Midi keyboard or external sequencer TechnoSound
Turbo S Pro One improvement is the move to 12-bit sample processing on many internal routines. Although this reduces potential quality loss when manipulating 8- bit samples, the main reason for the higher accuracy routines is to allow the software to be used with New Dimension s own 12-brt sampler Hardwarewtse. The new sampler unit looks pretty much like the 8-bit version except for an extra lead and connector - needed because the unit attaches to both the parallel and senal ports the Digital filtering The Pro version now boasts some very powerful digital filtering routines and a facility for
editing individual channels. Digital filtenng essentially means applying certain mathematical transformations to the digitized waveform - you can. For example, use a low pass filter effect to remove unwanted hiss from a sample TechnoSound Turbc can apply low pass, high pass, and band pass filtering using either the Butterworth or Chebyshev filter equations. You can view frequency response graphs that show predicted amplitude attenuation and even get a display called a Z-Transfer plot.
Now all this, unless you are actively involved in the world of digital signal processing techniques, is likely to sound a little high powered (the theory behind it certainly isj. I found that the best thing to do in practice was to just experiment wth the various settings, and in this respect the digital filter arrangements do seem quite impressive. In the mam. However. I still believe that it's far better to concentrate on getting a good quality sample m the first place than to rely on digital filtering to improve things!
¦ New Dimension's latent 12-bit sampling cartridge serial port connector has a built in thru-port to allow other serial devices to be connected while the device is in use) The 12-bit sampler does provide a noticeable improvement m sample quality but its performance in terms of sampling rates will, of course, be affected by the processing speed of the Amiga being used. The maximum mono sampling rate for a standard 68000 machine, for example, is 30576 Hz - on a 68020 machine it is 49000 Hz (with stereo rates being approximately half of these figures).
It ought to be pointed out ac this stage that not all processing carried out by the new software is beng performed using 12-bit calculations. You've still got 8-bft direct to hard disk recording, and real time effects like phasing, echo, delay and the special Funtime novelty' effects (eg Pinky & Perky, Dalefc and so on) are also performed in 8-bit mode. So too are the trader, sequencer and Midi module functions.
Putting it on the line The TechnoSound Turbo Pro 2 software alone, with its new higher-resolution internal routines, makes an excellent basis for 8-bit sampling and, in fact, the new software is being bundled with 8-bit hardware for usert who just want an up-to-date 8-bit Amiga sampling package. Better still - existing TechnoSound Turbo users are, for a modest fee. Able to upgrade just their software and this is clearly a worthwhile pathway for existing users to follow. Those who want to go the whole hog will, of course, need to also buy the additional hardware in order to get 12-bit sample
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Although the new TechnoSound Turbo Pro 2 can't sample directly to disk in 12-bit mode, it does have advantages in other areas, namely that you do not need a PCMCIA port and this of course makes the package accessible to a wider range of people (A500 users for example) than, say, HiSoft's 12-bit Aura package.
IhE bottom line Ml I .1 ¦ ¦TechnoSound Turbo's new display layout arrangements ere en improvement on earlier software 8 9 8 8 ¦TechnoSound Turbo - now with digital filtering!
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Flauiga tion luau The first port of call should always be Aminet because not only has it got a large collection of Amos programs for you to download, it also has a huge range of other Amiga utils for you to snag. Primanly though, there are at least three sites on the Web which specialise in Amos, and if you have a Web account then this would be a good time to navigate to them and check them out.
Run by Michael Cox. If you are not a member and have an e-mail account you can joining by mailing a message with the text: This is a very nicely laid out site, and unlike the Playfield site which has a few Droken links, all the buttons on this site go somewhere SUBSCRIBE The Amos Web Site + A to: http: mmni.mbhs.edu -achurch ainos itoj-requejtiicctsi.digti.net Finally a little site. This first one is a good Amos Playfield http: www.gate. net amoi play Although this site is run by enthusiasts, these are no ordinary enthusiasts. They produce the PLAYFIELD newsletter, one of the few remaining
paper-based Amos life forms The site is maintained by Ryan Scott (rscott@gate.net|, Paul Hickman (ph@doc.ic.ac.uk), and Andy Church (achurch@goober.mbhs.edu). As well as information about Amos and PLAYFIELD!
Magazine, there is a "What's new in the scene?- page for news and views. (At the time of goirg to press this was under construction, so I have no idea what it looks like*) There is also the People page, which gives you e*mail ard page links to Amos folks like Andy Church the other Amos site). Gareth Edwards.
Harding. Christer Johansson. Seumas Nally, Ben Marty. Hugo Ramses. Moreno, linic Ramsey and Paul Reece site also contains programming ion. And commercial & PD software for ling. There are also links to other 'Amos pages like: uctions Home Page - Commodore Information Resource, maintained by hael Witbrock.
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Source for Amos information and products, Although it is basically a home page with some Amos stuff on it. It is actually very good. Andy Church turns up on the Amos mailing list quite a lot. And is also featured on the other two sites on this page If you'd like your own web site so that you can feature your own Amos programs, why not contact Web Wizards at ifanet@cityscape.co.uk for a quae?
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Email address:- CompuServe 100432,711 L» Fax 01525 211328 Tel 01525 211327 Reuecse communications Uorlibmi h Sir»»n J3L M OJ.fc •• »u_M. Etc *r... A 35 i pi.hir* Lmi otsk: This is the sort of output you’ll smo when you run this month's examples of the message packet and a parameter number which, when dealing with simple commands, will always be zero. Once the text has been extracted from the message, the program which sent the message needs to be told that the block of memory associated it is no longer required. This is done by executing the support library's Reply]) function.
The basic scenario then goes like this: We set up an Arexx communications port and * Mssagc.send.rexx *1 address 'ayport' 'Just soit cxtiplt text!'
• QUIT' ¦ Listing 2: A simple script used to transmit some
example messages most Amiga users are aware that Arexx scripts
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commands sent by other programs? Best of all. It's surprisingly
easy to do because the rexxsupport library provides a whole
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thing that is needed is an appreciation of the basic message
handling framework and. Needless to say, this is what this
month's instalment is all about.
For a script to act as a receiving station for messages, it must have an Arexx port available. This can be created by making a call to the rexxsupport library's OpenPortf) function and, providing this call is successful (indicated by a non-NULL return value), the main communications scenario can then begin. Message collection starts with a call to a WaitPktf) |wait for message packet] function which puts the scnpt to sleep until something of interest happens, namely the Arrival of a message from another program As soon as a message packet appears at the message port. WaitPktf) returns and the
address of this message can then be obtained via a call to a GetPkt]] function, in most cases this will indeed provide the address of a real message but. Because there are occasions where the function can fail, it is safest to chetk that the returned address is not zero.
Providing all is well the text associated with the message |which will be the real data sent by the external program] can be extracted. The function which does this is called GetArglJ and just requires the address do xhUt aextt.fi«9 call HaitPkt(PORT) asg=SetPkt(POIT) If ¦sg’*MJLl then do ¦essigeS=GetArg(tjg,0) call Reply(asg,0) say itssigtS if acssageS ‘QUIT' then e*itJlag=TRUE end end ¦ Listing 1: A typical event handling loop tor receiving Arexx messages then wait for a message to arrive. When this happens we collect the message, extract the data, and then indicate that we no longer need
access to the message by replying it.
Normally programs use a loop, often called an event handling' loop, to carry out these sort of operations, and a typical piece of event handling code is shown in listing one In this fragment, which com?s from one of the examples you'll find on disk. I'm just printing the contents of each message as it arrives and quitting the loop as soon as a QUIT' string is detected. Notice, incidentally, how I use the Arexx - operator to invert the state of the exit_flag variable, plus creating a loop which is only performed as long as the exit flag is not setl ¦ Some runnable code The easiest way to come
to terms with all these ideas is to look at the two examples on disk and run them. To do this copy both the message.receive.rexx and the message.send.rexx scripts to ram: and open two Shell windows setting the current directories of both windows to ram: Now ype rx atssige.rtccivt at one of the Shell windows, you'll find that nothing appears to happen, but in reality :he scnpt is just sitting there waiting for some other program to send it a message. If you now switch to the other Shell window and type: rt »es$ ag*_s*«d you'll see this text appear at the first Shell window: Just sob* exaapl*
text!
SUIT Additionally, the message.receive.rexx script will then terminate and the normal Shell prompt will reappear. You'll see why this happens by looking at listing 2 which is the complete message.send.rexx script.
This program starts by using the Address command to set the current host to myport, which is the Arexx port that was opened by the message.receive.rexx script. The other two lines in listing 2 are just text strings which, because they mean nothing to Arexx itself, get classified as being commands intended for an external program and are transmitted to the current host - namely the message.receive.rexx script!
There's not a lot of point in going into a lot of detail about how the various rexxsupport library functions work beneath the surface |the explanations are in fact quite complicated).
You'll appreciate the overall ideas far more easily by just examining the code and seeing it in acbon.
The thing to do with this month's examples then is to play around with them, modify the text messages that are sent, and generally get a feel for what's going on. Once you've understood the overall framework of the example event handling loop, you should be able to create similar loops in your own scripts relatively easily!
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What happens if the Information Superhighway is developed by the US and Europe without our input? Does this mean we'll have a repeat performance of the Internet CompuServe, eWorld and Delphi, where most of the content is so US-centric as to be of low interest to a UK user? The answer is that we must not lag behind again.
I say again because there was a time when the UK led the world in computer technology and communications AH the leading developments in computers up until the '80s were made in the UK. And we were one of the first countnes in the world to have a thriving communications community, what with the rise of BBSs in the 80s on platforms such as the Spectrum and late lamented Commodore 64.
What happened? We still have a high level of take-up of the Internet and its services. We have a large Internet community and a large number of businesses taking notice of the Internet. But we seem to have little interest in the UK being a place where innovations are mace.
It's ome this group of old school ties we have in power at the present tim? Got wind of the fact that we need an information policy and we need it now. Not next week Perhaps they could take time off from giving huge pay rises to their chums in industry and put a little thought and money into making the UK a place where people from all over the world come to buy information resources, web space and.
More importantly, services from skilled computer people. We used to be the best at this, and now we are struggling to keep up.
The message is simple, time for change of policy or time for a change of government That was a party political broadcast on the behalf of the Sick and Tired of Waiting for the Information Superhighway Party.
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Was intrigued last month when, at the Labour Party's annual conference, leader Tony Blair uncovered the plans for Bts new fibre optic-based branch of the Information Superhighway, and it's plans to send entertainment broadcasts down the pipe as well as phone calls. This opened a veritable tin of worms at the time, and the argument still rages today, albeit at a slightly lower level. In other words people are still muttering about it.
It was a good plan though, and I thought it had promise. Firstly, it means that when Latour get in at the next election (no other outcome seems more likely at this time, despite the Conservative posturing at their own conference) we will be charging ahead into the information age with the rest of Europe, anc not lagging behind. Secondly, all the restncborts. Or at least some of the more important ones, will be lifted from BT and give us the kind of communications system in this country which I've been banging on about for months. No. It's years, because the phrase Information Superhighway was
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And why not An Al 200 has most of the things that you would need to access a multimedia network, has it not? Sound, and graphics or a par with Pcs. And a keyboard and a serial port The Labour Party http: www.poptel.ofg.uk Labour-Party For more info on enlightened information policy, check out Labour’s on-line office.
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• • • up for them by Bertie s marketing men. It can't be used by
Sainsburys.
The milk bottles have always really had a genenc name, a bit like baked beans, so the recognition factor is high already. Both designs are simple and uncluttered, using as few colours as possible
- three for the spogs and only two for the milk bottles. Notice,
also, the window in both packets allowing the possible
purchaser to have a closer look at the merchandise on offer
This is a very important factor with food products in today’s
highly processed, highly packaged society.
Even packages that are completely opaque will quite often be openable to allow for a peer inside at the contents.
As a last resort, the supermarket will always put a picture of the produce quite often in combination with other, more expensive items, on the packaging in a serving suggestion.
I know this article must seem like a waste of time to the amateur DTP enthusiast, the issues pat de5i; feu ideas I f you are ever lucky enough to get a I job doing DTP full time, you might be unlucky enough to get pushed into packaging design. I say unlucky because unless you are working for a small company with a continuous stream of new products to package, you will probably be working for an established firm with concrete ideas on how they want their products to look and a corporate identity to maintain.
Packaging design is one of the most ubiquitous forms of design work, and the one taken most for granted. Supermarket cha'ns work long and hard making sure that packaging is just right, often spending many thousands of pounds to get the effect they want on a product that might only cost 29p.
As such, packaging design should be a constant source of inspiration to budding DTPers out there. When you next go into your local supermarket, notice how all the supermarket s own brand products have a consistent look to them. The logo is always in an important but discrete location on the packaging - the supermarket want you to buy tesco MILK, not TESCO milk - and the packaging is also usually slightly less grand than a brand name product.
The reasons for this are manyfold, but wo of the most important are the fact that a) the supermarket don't want to grandstand the brand and bj if you pick up the supermarket's own brand, you might think it a cheaper product (which it often isj and buy it. This pleases the supermarkets no end because they make more profit on their own branded goods than on a brand name item. The design is a subtle form of reverse psychology in this instance So here's an example of real-life packaging.
While not overly impressive in the origmalty stakes, the design does show up some of 'fie necessities of a supermarket-branded procuct.
The first thing to note is the generic product name. When I was a kid, Jelly Buttons were always called spogs.' While you might not know them by that name. I'm sure that Bertram Bassett Esq. Has a more edifying name for them than merely Jelly Buttons.
However. Samsburys are definitely not Bertie Bassett so whatever name has been dreamed mnnvFDLD It's all in the presentation (asual effects The reason I used two such seemingly boring package designs is to accentuate the actual work that goes into making attractive and effective products. Note the vertical strioes at the top and bottom of each packet drawing the eye to the middle where the window is. The typography used on each is actually fairy irrelevant to the design and even a bit puzzling for the spogs. The milk bottles text would have worked just as well if it was in a
chalk-on-a-Wackboard typeface or something like AdLib.
The typeface for the spogs seems to be suggesting something a bit classier than just sweets. You might imagine Sainsburys using this particular font for after-dinner mints or something similar. The duller packaging also suggests that perhaps the target audience for the sweets is somewhat older than for the milk bottles - perhaps spogs don t appeal to six-year olds (they did to me when I was that age).
Turning to the back of the packets, notice how, although similar, the elements are not identical. Part of this has to do with one aspect of the scanned packets that you won't be able to appreciate - the different materials. The milk bottle packet is made of a glossier, slightly thicker plastic than the spog bag. And I would think that the printing method is different too. The thicker lines, simpler design, and bolder fonts on the spog bag lead me to believe that it has probably been printed using a process akin to screen printing, while the milk bottle packet looks more like a traditional
offset litho process - I'm not sure, because I have never dealt with commercial pnnting onto plastics.
Anyway, make sure you have a good hard look at the products you buy the next time you are in a supermarket - it might surprise you how much you miss. Next month. I'm going to continue with tfe commercial side of things and take a look at copyright law.
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IlilS I ast month I mentioned the various I font types available on the Amiga and how t0 convert them into formats suitable for use with video and graphics programs, if necessary. This month I want to look at the various styles of forr available and give you some pointers as to how best to use them in your graphics and video applications, and also some indications of areas to avoid when using fonts for video output.
Broadly speaking, fonts can be divided into two main groupings - Senf and Sanserif Serif fonts have extensions on the end of the main strokes and hair lines of their letters, whereas Sanserif fonts are simply plain letters with no serif embellishments. Whether you use Serif or Sanserif fonts in your video productions is obviously a matter of personal taste. I tend to use Sanserif fonts in circumstances where information needs to be quickly and simaly presented, such as scrolling video titles, lists and captions, and Serif fonts when I want my data to have a little more class' and to be more in
keeping with the subject matter it is being used for.
Naturally, there are other forms within these two broad categories, such as scnpt-style fonts and those which emulate typewriter lettering, for example, although the former might still be Sanserif and the latter Serif Script fonts give a more natural, personalised handwriting ;‘eel.
Whereas a typewriter style might imply fast- breaking news being teletyped onto the screen, or give the impression of a secret document.
Fonts and uideo Sanse PART 2 Serif y italic FUTURISIlt I also mentioned Colorfonts last month.
Their advantage is. That while they still remain within the Serif Sanserif groupings, they can use more than one colour to evoke extra meaning - for instance, by having a futuristic chrome look, or mimic naturally occurring materials such as gold, granite or marble which can be useful if you need a particular feel to your graphics or video text.
¦ Most typeface* fall Into two main heading* - Serif and Sanserif. Watch out for thin llnea and edge* though, at typeface* much as those enclosed In the box may not always genlock well over video Obviously, the context of your images is important when you are choosing fonts. If you’re titling a penod drama then you shDuld try to choose a font which is sympathetic to the date in which the drama is set. A Victorian epic is unlikely to benefit from the use of hi- tech digital lettering, nor is a flowing gotnic script likely to complement a nature documentary. These things should really be common
sense, but I have seen people make some weird font choices at times and wondered if they had really considered just why they were using them, apart from the fact that they had them handy and they liked them.
So it's always important to weigh the pros and cons of taking the easy way out and making a compromise just because you're feeling lazy, or running through a short-list selection of fonts and making your choice after due consideration for the style and setting of the graphic or video you arc working on.
Next month Yet more on the use of fonts for video and graphics.
You can e-mail Gary ifhiteley as drgaz cix compuii-ik.co.uk Legibility Another important consideration is the sze of the lettering you use. Since not only does size impart a degree of importance to the text but it can also make the difference between vsibihty and invisibility. There’s no need to go size-crazy and make all your text as larce as possible (unless a particular project calls for it of course) but there’s equally no point in making it so small as to be illegible. Watch out for thn lines in fonts too, as they may either jitter or simply disappear if you are genlocking your graphics
over video. As a quick test to see if your text is going to hit the spot step back from your monitor perhaps ten or twelve feet and see if you can read it from this more normal TV viewing distance. If you can't choose a larger size.
This is where CGFonts come into their 3wn. Smce they are not limited to particular fixed sizes, like bitmap fonts are. Unfortunately, there aren't many Amiga video otlers which can use CGFonts directly (though more advanced versions of Scala can) but most current giaphics packages are quite happy with CGFonts. So if you need to preview sizes you can afvays use a suitable paint program and then make bitmap versions of particular CGFonts to use with your titling software (so long as your titler permits ytju to use external fonts, that isj.
In fact, once you’ve established your favourite CGFonts and experimented with a range of useful sizes, it can be very useful to make a library of bitmap fonts and use these instead, because th s is basically what is happening when you change the size of a CGFont on trie fly and have to wait while a new screen font is produced before you sec : on the screen.
If you don’t have a particularly fast Amiga then making bitmap equivalents of CGFonts can be crucial, because your A ga might not be able to keep up if it is having to do lots of rescaling during a tide sequence, for instance. Bitmap fonts will simply load and display as *ou require them (unless they are very large) and your presentations will run much more smoothly as a result.
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