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CHEAP HELP National Amiga user group ICPUG is offering part-year subscriptions for the first time, presumably so users can try membership out and see it they like It. The six-month subscription, covering three issues of the group's weighty journal, costs £10 while a four-month sub is £7. Details from ICPUG chairman John Bickerstatf on 081 651 5436. AMIGA MUSIC ON CD If you want to find out what you can do with an Amiga 1500, some sequencing software and a keyboard, try the latest CD from Worldbeat Music. It's Intended as production music lor film and video and Is available for £65 with a complete licence, but musician Paul Blyth is offering it to Amiga fans who d like a listen for £10.50, including P&P Worldbeat Music. Bridgend House, Lasswade, Edinburgh EH18 1NA. Quavers cartoon character Colin Curly in its intro sequence. Commodore arc also involved in this crosspromotion. Which involves the game and the Amiga 600 featuring in Smiths Crisps' latest TV ads for Quavers, and a competition to win an A600 on Quavers packets. Janet Allen-Rodgers. For Smiths Crisps, explains "our research showed that kids' number one interest is computers and playing games." Further investigation revealed that the most popular computer among schoolchildren was the Amiga: hence the tie-in. Smiths are taking advantage of what they call 'pester power': if kids know they want something, their parents are probably going to give in and buy it for them. Who paid who for what is a little vague, but £2 million in total has changed hands in the three-way promotion deal. As gamc-players arc increasingly being targeted by mainstream advertisers, one thing is for certain: we're going to sec a lot more of this kind of tie-in. Don't be surprised if you find that Level 40 of Lemmings 2 is composed entirely of Tunnock'sCaramel Wafers... 20 SEPTEMBER 1992 ASDG seek AdPro developers The American publishers of the Art Department Protesslonal image processing software are offering Amiga programmers a development kit at a price of $ 200 which will enable them to make full use of the AdPro libraries and use the AdPro loader operator system. If you're a developer who is interested, contact ASDG on Of 01 608 273 6585.

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AMIGA FORMAT 38 SEPTEMBER 1992 EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT News 19 IN NEWS Exciting new developments for the CDTV os a new pack is released that includes mouse, keyboard and disk drive to match... The A570 CD-ROM drive is on sale 19 Plus news of a big new Show and full-motion video Philips' CDI system arrives 28 How does the other CD entertainment system compare?
SPECIAL: Commodore interview 30 Kelly Sumner, new MD of Commodore, speaks openly Damien Noonan Karl Foster Neil Jackson Pat McDonald Gary Lord Andrew Nuttall Tim Howell Asam Ahmad Clare Hodgson EDITOR DEPUTY EDITOR REVIEWS EDITOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PRODUCTION EDITOR STAFF WRITER STAFF WRITER STAFF WRITER EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Earls Court November 5
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Coming Contraptions 115 See what goodies are on the way in the non-games scene A-Max II Plus 128 The amazing new Mac emulator: just look, it's stunning!
Datel Real-time Colour Digitiser 144 Is this the low-cost video grabber you've been waiting for?
ADI 012 Studio 16 146 Introducing 16-bit sampling and direct-to-disk recording Avideo 24 148 The first real 24-bit graphics card that even you can afford!
Action Replay III 152 Don't just play games: take 'em apart, see how they work!
Epson flatbed A4 colour scanner 154 A great new tool for anyone who's serious about images 24-bit Textures 155 Tested: two excellent resources for video and 3D graphics The Reverser 155 If you're into animation, this utility could be what you need HpiiUU!
REVIEWED ADI 012 Studio 16 OK, it looks dull: but this amazing hardware and software combo gives you 16- bit sampling and direct-to-hard-disk music recording... FT 01 1:211 AblIml.
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Regulars IN PUBLIC DOMAIN Tim Howell explores the world of free games and utilities software, and makes a few recommendations.
PD Update 165 Which new free software is worth getting hold of?
Workbench 191 Readers ask for advice and offer some useful tips Workbench Answerfile 198 Your problems solved, your questions answered Letters 203 Find out what's making waves with Amiga owners Mail Order 180 Some very special offers: good stuff at bargain prices Subscriptions 186 Make it easy on yourself: get your mag delivered!
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Out-of-date joke of the month: What's the unluckiest animal in the world?
The hedgehog that crossed six lanes of the M1 then got hit by an aeroplane... Member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations Registered Circulation 130,143 July-Dec 1991 IN PUBLIC DOMAIN The world of the PD Demo comes under close scrutiny once more. Graphics, animations, music, it's all here.
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in the Amiga world. And we're kicking off with a biggie:
Kelly Sumner, the new MD of Commodore UK, spoke to us at
length and has told us some pretty interesting stuff: give it
a read!
Elsewhere in the magazine, you might notice a quite remarkable concentration of complete buyers' guides and review roundups. These also came out as very popular in the survey, so we re packing them in.
There's monitors, mice and modems this month, and more to follow next time.
Always remember, if you have ideas for what you'd like in the mag, please write!
Damien Noonan, Editor FULL COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN PROGRAM!
Intelligent design, you might call it. Create shapes, lines and objects then change and edit them at will to produce complete drawings: it s magic!
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The A500 might not be made any more - but you're a fool if you think it's anything but alive and kicking.
And here's the proof. A500 expansions are coming out that can make your Amiga unbelievably powerful. Find out where to start in our special feature on PAGE 35 Which monitor?
If you're still using a television to show your Amiga screen display, you're missing out. If you want to upgrade to a new screen, all the info you need starts today on PAGE 118 Which mouse? Which modem?
If you're buying a new one, first read Discover the world of comms and pick our review round-up on PAGE 157 the best hardware now on PAGE 135 Welcome to Amiga Format!
Hello there and welcome to another issue of the world's best-selling magazine for all Amiga owners.
As ever, we've got a cocktail of the best in reviews and interesting reading lined up for you here, so if you're a new reader we hope you enjoy it.
If you're a regular reader, you may notice a few changes this month. In response to the results of the reader survey we carried out in April, we've decided to tweak the content of the mag to try to make it how you'd like it.
As a result, the game previews have been chopped (well, they were a little bit dull, weren't they?) Although there is plenty of news about the upcoming games releases in a more compact form in the News pages.
And there's another point. Far and away the top of the list, when we asked you what you'd like to see more of, was news. So we've expanded the news section to a massive eight pages.
Air Bucks 81 Links - Firestone Course .. 85 BSS Jane Seymour 97 Megafortress ...74 California Games 2 .. 76 MegaTraveller 2 68 Civilization 51 Omar Sharif's Bridge 93 Crazy Cars 3 ... 64 Push-Over 84 Crazy Seasons 78 Seymour Goes to Hollywood 96 Emlyn Hughes International Soccer 96 Sim City Architecture 1 97 European Champions 65 Sim City Architecture 2 97 G-LOC . 92 Sim City Terrain Editor 97
Gobliiins .... 60 Sleeping Gods Lie 97 Guy Spy ..... 92 Super Tetris 89 Hoi .. 92 Tennis Cup 2 . 93 Hook .. 56 Vikings 78 International 3D Tennis 96 Warriors of Releyne 78 Links - Bountiful Course 85 Winter Sports 92 65 Game reviews in Screenplay The Degrader Downgrade your system to run more software Disk logger 1.3 Catalogue what's on each of your
floppies EOTB2 Char Ed Stuck on Eye of the Beholder 2? Try this!
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See how Microdeal's home accounts package can help you by trying this useable demo TheDegrader Reesyu fcm these aarpElfciyvvaned k Auto Dbk Logger m Kbgptra dyxrsdbAaea actn V BCE adwentue game cheats Get rrae cl£ cf E e cfthe Bd'dda' 2-ts, aa%d The AMIGA Collection If you want to keep track of your spending, this could be the answer. Try out the latest accounts system from Microdeal and see if it suits... Get involved in the weird and wonderful world of game creation with I ncen t i ve Doma r k's amazing three- dimensional game-making demo 3D Construction Kit Personal Finance A 500 Plus
Compatible • 1 Mb Recommended t 3D Construction Kit 2 Try your hand at creating 3D games in Domark's astonishing and fascinating demo 7!F| TIP] 3F| W| TF| af| 1P| W| 01 2 0_ Manager Plus demo Coverdisk Pat McDonald brings you all the information to get the most out of your Coverdisk possible.So glance through these pages and you'll soon be wandering in Freescape, cheating at EOTB2 and making all your software more compatible.
KH2 This game demo has quite a significant pedigree. It all started a lew years ago, when a guy called Andrew Smith designed a 3D game system. Today, people happily stick the label Virtual Reality' on that type ot game, but in the pre-Gibson years that cllch* hadn’t even been invented. So Andrew called It Freescape' instead.
Freescape games were very popular, and were DOMARK INCENT1VE PAL NTSC MOVE RIGHT SEPTEMBER 1992 candles that you collect, the further you'll go down it. Beware though - there is a time limit, because candles don't burn lor ever... Playing this type of game is definitely a 'hands on’ experience. True, from the screen shots it doesn't look awesome - but 3D worlds ready to explore can be mightily addictive when you pick up a mouse. Don't start playing unless you have an hour or three to spare.
As I mentioned, the demo is played entirely with a mouse. You can see a mouse pointer whizzing around on the screen. Both of the mouse buttons are used in the game - try clicking the left one when the mouse pointer is in the 3D view screen. Laser beams appear going towards where you were pointing. That’s how you shoot things in this game.
Pressing the right button will activate objects (like candles and switches). You need to be close to the object you are trying to activate - but before you can get closer I suppose it would be helplul to know how you move around.
When you click with the left button on any of the direction arrows you will get various different effects. Most of them will just move you in a line, but the two diagonal arrows and the ones next to the eye icon are a bit different. The diagonals rotate you to the left and right, and the eye icons move your view up or down.
Clicking on these with the left button is the fine form ot control. Alternatively, use the right mouse button - your movement will be swifter but jerkler.
Do enjoy exploring this 3D world of Freescape. And look out for the finished product in September.
Converted to the Amiga when it became popular.
Then the designer thought it would be a good idea to write a program that would let people create the own Freescape worlds and games. 3D Construction Kit was born!
This demo otters none ot the editing facilities - you can only play it as a game, not design your own worlds. However. It you look closely, you will see some of the new features in action.
To return to the game. You are cut ott trom the outside world. The idea ot the game is to collect 10 candles, which will light the way down a tunnel and so let you escape. Simple enough.
You don't have to actually pick up the candles and plonk them down somewhere else. Instead, every time you get a candle, a short video sequence will play ot the escape tunnel. The more - GETTING STARTED It's very easy to get a Coverdisk going, once you follow these simple instructions. Just place it into any Amiga computer, and either turn it on or (if it is on) reset the machine by pressing Ctrl and the two keys either side of the spacebar. A cut down version of Workbench will load.
You should now see an icon called Coverdisk38b'. Move the mouse pointer to it and double click with the left mouse button. A window showing the contents of the disk will appear - again, move to and double click on the item you want to see in order to set it going. This applies to both programs and documentation files.
There is a drawer marked 'EobCharED'. Double clicking on this will bring up another window, showing the contents of the drawer. I guess I could have put these on the main window, but that might have been crowding it a little.
To get rid of any window, click on the box In the top left-hand corner - one click Is enough. If you want to get back to Workbench while In the middle of a document then just press Esc. Finally, if you have a printer connected up to your machine, then you should be able to print the documentation files, just click on 'F rint files' when the docs are displayed, that Is while you are looking at them.
This is only a demo, but lets you do more than might appear the case at first glance. The original Personal Finance Manager was simple enough to understand - it was a database to keep track of your income and expenses. Have Microdeal overiy souped-up a simple and effective product?
Not at all. The full program can have up to 10 different accounts set up - one for your bank account, one for your credit card, and so on.
Money can be transferred between the accounts - for instance, paying off a credit using a cheque from your bank. Best of all though, PFM Plus takes notice of a real-time clock, and will use it to automatically carry out regular transactions like standing orders.
MRSONAL FINANCI MANAGIR PLUS MfOfTRON MICRODEAL PAL ONLY This means you have a better idea of how much money you've got at any one time. Some transactions take time to transfer, but no transaction will be accounted until you confirm it. For instance, you know that a given cheque has cleared.
So far, to be honest, these features are no big deal. However, one thing that PFM Plus can do Is categorise all your expenses, so that you know where most of your money Is disappearing to. Add on the very simple graphical interface where you do most of the work with just a mouse, and it's really very good.
But there's even more Icing on the cake. PFM Plus lets you budget for a given period of time, and matches your budget to actual spending. The comparison makes for very interesting viewing - especially when you are trying to trace your ever decreasing funds.
Without a doubt, the best way to learn about the program is to actually sit down and use it. Next to the PFM Plus icon Is another icon called Readme.
Double click on this to get much, much more information than I could possibly supply here. It's more of a hands-on tutorial than an Introduction like this.
Once you've loaded the program, PfM Plus will wait for yoa to select an accoant. Jest double dkk an the boxes at the bottom of the screen, and o list of transactions wfl appear. Clicking on any of them will let yoa view and edit them. Notice the Budget Code - this is a short hand form for organising your occouat into Consumables, Transport and so on.
All right, the Amiga has been around for quite a long time now, and some of that there older software does not work on later systems with more chip RAM, Kickstart 2, ECS or accelerator cards.
Simply because when this software was written, the programmer had insufficient knowledge or foresight to see where the machine was going.
The Degrader isn't a full solution to this problem, but can make some older software work with newer machines - it's a partial solution. The theory behind it Is that it turns off some extras, reducing the machine to an older, unexpanded specification.
It can't actually change the hardware in your system, for example It can't replace the Agnus, Denise or Kickstart ROM chips with the older versions. But it can take you back to the days when 512K of chip RAM and one disk drive was the only game in town. It can turn oft caching and neutralise machine code instructions that work differently on accelerator cards.
Using it Is simple enough. All you have to do is double click on the Icon and a screen comes up with all the options that Degrader can perform.
Select the ones you want and decide how permanent you want to make the degradation. Usually rebooting once Is fine.
If the program is working at this point, then the machine will reset with the selections you made active. The screen should go blue, and then reboot
- It's a good idea to take the Coverdlsk out while this is
happening so the machine doesn't start running it again.
Instead, try the software that doesn't normally work on your
machine - some of It at least should start working!
However, it would be wrong for me to suggest that the program works successfully with all Amiga setups - It doesn't seem to work with my very old GVP hard drive in a new B2000. Also, the NTSC PAL switch does not seem to work on Workbench 2 machines.
H you're not entirely sure what an NTSC PAL switch is, I'll explain. The TV systems used In North America and Japan are different to the one used In Europe and Australasia - the former is called NTSC, the latter PAL. So Amlgas come in two general flavours, Ignoring different models like A500, B2000 and so on.
The point Is that a lot of more modem Amlgas can switch between the two systems. Both systems have their advantages; NTSC has less resolution, but works at 60 frames per second. Which Is faster than PAL at 50 frames per second, but then PAL gives you a higher screen resolution.
That's why a lot of programs don't use all the screen - on PAL Amlgas, program written for NTSC always has a big blank area at the bottom. NTSC Amlgas running PAL programs usually results In This is the rather uninspiring Degrader screen. Just select the options you want with a mouse, and either select reboot once (the machine wil revert to normal after two resets) or reset until you press the left mouse button.
SEPTEMBER 1992 the bottom of the screen being below the physical bottom of the TV area.
By changing your Amiga to the system that the software expects, then the screen will always just about ftt within the borders of the display.
However, there is one flaw - your TV or monitor must have a vertical hold control. If it does, try running Degrader and choosing the system that you don't have, then alter the vertical hold very slightly to get a stable picture.
It s beneficial to PAL users because the machine runs slightly faster and those NTSC games occupy the whole screen. It’s beneficial to NTSC users because they can see the whole screen area that PAL uses. Useful feature eh? Lots of shareware does this - if Degrader does not, track down something that does!
After you've had an Amiga for a lew months, you lend to find the number of floppy disks you have lying around gets beyond a Joke. What's on this?
What's that? How can you possibly remember all the disks' contents?
Of course, you can slap on a disk label and list the contents on there. Unfortunately, when you're right In the middle of a game and need a disk to save the game on. Chances are that you haven't got a real blank to hand. So you save your games on an old disk - and the label's out of date straightaway. Peeling them off neatly Is difficult.
By no means everyone is so disorganised, but many people are. The reason why I know is because I'm one of them. If you've never been Involved with Public Domain disks at ail, you would be amazed at how many thousands of unlabelled disks you can obtain over a few months.
1 _ 1 • 1 00009 r i i 000 1 0 DISK LOGGER 1.3 This program is designed to bring some order to a chaotic disk collection. You don't have to type lots to use it. It relies mostly on the mouse, to select different labels and ratings for the program to remember about a given disk.
You don't even have to remember what a disk is called - DiskLogger will read this information automatically when you insert a disk. However, this will not work with non-Amiga DOS disks, in other words ones with protection.
Although It takes some time to put your disk collection through Disk Logger, you'll find it a great help after you've been through that chore. It really does make life easier - it did for me anyway. If you have a printer too, so much the better.
C» make about a particular disk. Just dick hi any of the xes, use the Del and backspace keys to delete what's there and type in your awn comment Instead.
Eye of the Beholder 2 Is one of my favourite games.
It's got atmosphere, action and requires a bit of strategy to get further. It's a shame, though, that you can start a game well, get so far - and then get stopped by a puzzle because the character party just isn't up to the challenge.
SEPTEMBER 1992 It's a very easy program to use loo. Just double dick on the Coverdisk icon, and the front end of the program will load. From here you can load a game save file (off the disk you normally save games to - you'll have to take the Coverdisk out) and edit certain parts to help you out on your quest. Then you save the edited version back to the game save disk. Simple eh?
At first glance, this program appears to have no 'Quit' option. However, if you press the key to EOBCHARED GERT DC ROOST PAL ONLY the left of the spacebar and Q simultaneously, you’ll get back to the Coverdisk. The About option |ust tells you when the program was written, by whom and with what. The Help option just tells you to look at the Readme file.
Here's how it works. All of the statistics of one party member will be displayed. Most of them have an arrow to either side. Click on the left arrow to make a statistic go down, and on the right to make It increase. Gaining experience points and gold has never been easier! If you dick with the right mouse button rather than the left the values will change much faster than using the left.
When you dick on the left and right buttons under character the particular character you are editing will change. The character ' ' often means number'. To change the name of a character, click In the Name box. Use Del and backspace to erase what's there, then type In the new name.
Beware of making changes that are loo large.
While playing the game proper you get more experience points, strength boosts and so on. If a value gets too big. It will wrap around and become negative. More caveats to beware when using the program can be found In the Readme document - do at least browse this before using the program.
LitlEEk cEESHEHMi.
r±l Li n„ , t-Ek Cek -Ek .lEEk Using Your Coverdisk
1. Always write-protect your disk. Move the tab so that a hole is
showing.
2. Copy the Coverdisk and use the copy, not the original. This
may sound like a complicated task, suitable only for techno
buffs, but it's surprisingly simple to do.
Just follow the copying instructions given below.
3. Read the instructions when using the programs.
Backing up your Disk There are two ways of making a copy of your disk, and this is the easy one. Don't be daunted by the fact that you need to use the Shell or CU: it's actually a lot easier than you might think.
Just follow these simple steps... nmmM.i m i.n, m in., itsi .¦ a «.
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4. Woit for a while and it will reod oil the information off the
Coverdisk, telling you how for it has got. Then it will ask
you to insert the 'Destination' disk. Put the disk you wont to
copy your Coverdisk on to in the drive and press Return. Note
that the disk does not actually need to be formatted oil
reody.
DISK PROBLEMS?
If you have a problem with the disk - and you're sure the disk is in full working order - then you may need a little help. If you ring us on any Tuesday and ask to speak to Pat McDonald, he will do his best to help you. Please understand, giving this sort of advice is time-consuming and we are very busy people, so only call if you really have to and do be considerate if we can't talk to you just then. If the problem is particularly complex it is better to send it to us in written detail. It will then be dealt with in the Workbench pages of the magazine.
BE CAREFUL!
We do our best to check that the programs on the Amiga Format Coverdisk are simple to use and have no known viruses. We cannot usually answer complex telephone queries on the software (see the Disk Problems? Box) and we do not accept liability for any consequences of using the numerous programs that are on the disk.
COPYRIGHT Unless it is specifically stated, the programs on the Coverdisk are not in the Public Domain and the copyright remains with the author of the program Because some of the programs on the Coverdisk are not PD. Selling or distnbuting them without the author's specific permission is an infringement of copyright.
Disk not working?
We duplicate nearly half a million disks every month. Out of all of these, obviously a few will be faulty. If the disk or any of the programs will not load or run properly, there may be a problem. Don’t panic!
First try using the DiskDoctor utility on your Workbench disk to rescue it before sending it off for a replacement. Full details of DiskDoctor can be found in the user manual that came with your machine.
However, if your Coverdisk is faulty, you should send it back INCLUDING AN SAE for a free replacement within a month of the cover date to: Amiga Format September Disk DisCopy Labs Unit A, Westmarch London Road Daventry Northants NN11 4SA Remember to include that stamped, addressed envelope!
MANGA ¦ ¦ VIDEO VL Dedicated to Japanimation!
More amazing adult animation to seize your imagination !
Earth - The not-too distant future..... A city is miraculously reborn just sixteen years after being completely destroyed by a giant meteor. Our story begins in the prestigious Graviton High School for Girls as the teacher.
Miss Ayumi, introduces two new students A-ko and her dizzy sidekick C-ko.
A-ko is a lively seventeen-year-old, no different from any other.... except that within her diminutive frame lies superhuman strength. The trouble begins when B-ko. The spoiled, brilliant daughter of a business tycoon, decides she wants C-ko for herself. And what B-ko wants, B-ko gets. Unless A-ko is standing in the way.
Meanwhile, a monstrous alien spaceship plies its way towards Earth.
What is the connection between the girls and the alien ship?
Who is the mysterious "D"? What is the secret behind A-ko’s power? What dark past fuels B-ko's rage? Why is C-ko such a space-case?
Project A-ko is a witty fast-paced parody that will keep you in stitches.
Details of the club are contained in all Manga video releases - read all about special offers exclusive to Manga club members.
OTHER MANGA TITLES AVAILABLE FROM HMV, VIRGIN, W H SMITH, FORBIDDEN PLANET, AND ALL GOOD VIDEO STOCKISTS i N x b RANI VIDEO -A A Division of Island Worid Con'munications Ltd.. Fists fly, blood spurts, bones shatter, heads explode, and buildings crumble, in an action adventure to compare with the legendary Mad Max The sexy and ruthless cat-sisters, Annapuna and Unipuma have to be seen to be believed "A towering neon nightmare to rival Blade Runner" This is IntroCAD!
Welcome to the world of computer-aided design. If you've never come across a CAD program before, then you might think it's not really the program for you. However Pat McDonald will explain why you will soon find it an invaluable piece of software.
JheAMIGA Collection A 500 Plus Compatible •1Mb Recommended • n-Q==o-fl cm SD Q 0 CAD Is a powerful tool in forms of design illustration - it’s a lot easier to appredate 3D models if you have a view of them. This sort of design is not usually used commercially.
Mpiu imi.Amman SEPTEMBER 1992 GETTING STARTED fThe most important thing to do with IntroCAD - as with all Coverdisks - is to back it up. Make a copy of it on a blank disk, and use the copy. It you're not sure how to do this, Page 9 has the details.
2 Format two blank disks. Call one Parts', and the other 'Drawings'. This is tor your future work. It's not vital, but it will save griet it you've just finished some work and cannot tind a blank disk to save it on to.
3Switch on your Amiga, Insert the IntroCAD disk and wait for the Workbench on it to load. Double click with the left mouse button on the disk icon, and again on the IntroCAD icon.
4Work through the tutorial on Page 14, ‘Your first design'. This will give you some confidence in using the commonly used tools and gadgets of IntroCAD.
5 Play around with the features detailed overleaf, and get a feel for what they do. Most of them will be self evident - but the reference is there for completeness, so feel free to return to it when you don't understand something.
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, that's what CAD is all about. In the mid Seventies, a lot of people started thinking about how computers could help in design work. The obvious area was new technology. Evermore complicated electronic-circuit diagrams were needed to make ever-more complex computers!
But that was the beginning - today many people in different areas of design use computers to put their ideas on to paper. From shoes to shuttle cocks, everyday items are now bom on computer screens rather than a draughting board. Not because it's trendy or fashionable, but because it's actually easier, once you have learned how to use CAD programs.
The real advantage of CAD systems is that you can save commonly used parts of a design (nuts and bolts in engineering; belts and buckles in fashionware; components and links for electronic work) on to disk.
Rather than having boxes stuffed with Lctrasct. You can have commonly used components ready to slot into a design at the point and click of a mouse. And they take up much less space on a floppy disk too!
Why can’t you just use a paint program like Deluxe Painf for this? Paint programs work at the resolutions of the Amiga - when you magnify the screen, all you gel is a lot of fuzzy pixels. Printers and plotters can work at much higher resolutions than video displays can - you are lucky to get 50 dots per inch (dpi) on a Electronic schemotic diagrams ore theoretical they show how circuits should be connected. They don't represent how a piece of gadgetry looks - only how It works.
Video screen, but laser printers can print at 300 dpi without any problem. Which means that you can print Deluxe Paint images at the size of a postage stamp without losing detail! What's the point of having a really good printer if you can't create images with lots of printed detail, as big as the printer can manage?
That's where CAD programs come in. You can zoom right into a picture, add some detail, and zoom out again. Now you won't be able to see the detail on the computer monitor - but it will appear when you print or plot the drawing.
But before you get carried away with the idea of CAD. A few notes on what IntroCAD can't do. Some very expensive CAD programs help with costing out designs - you can type in how much the parts cost, and the program will tot these up for an error-free grand total. IntroCAD can't do this, nor does it let you work on one part of a grand design without viewing all the others - the so called 'layer' feature.
IntroCAD is just about drawing and creating, rather than the professional needs of the working designer.
But if you've never come across a CAD program before, then this is a fine introduction to the subject - and once you've found your way around one. The pro systems will be a lot easier to master.
Because CAD images are printed at the full resolution of the printer, you can design printed illustration for technical manuals too.
Finally, and most annoying, is that you can't unzoom from a picture. Instead you have to go back to the full view of the whole picture. This is not too bad (IntroCAD is pretty fast at redrawing even complex images) but it is a pain at times.
Don't take this program too seriously then. If you have a printer, you will probably be very impressed with the quality of the print out compared to that produced with a paint program. If you have a plotter, then drawings will take longer to produce - but the quality is even better.
IntroCAD is a usable program. You can create illustrations with it. For many different areas of design.
It's regrettable that it runs in interlace (see 'Flickcry or what?' On the following page for more information).
If you find it indispensable, do let us know. We are especially interested in submissions of clip art for use with the program, which may find themselves on to future Coverdisks if enough interest is show.
I hope you find the following documentation is comprehensive enough for you. The best way to get to grips with the program is not to pore over the magazine for hours on end - the best way is to load the program and experiment as much as you can. Well, what are you waiting for?
CROSS SECTION (mb sr) Traditional engineering design relies on very occurate scale drawings of a final design. CAD's ability to present 'zoom' images helps with fine detail.
• o© IYER BASIC VISE) IntroCAD at a glance These pages are
intended for reference purposes, especially looking up the menu
items and what they do. In addition, the quirks of how IntroCAD
uses the mouse are explained.
DRAW Linv Il'neoM and Box SEPTEMBER 1992 PRINTING AND PLOTTING The whole idea behind CAD is that the design doesn't stay on the computer - you print it out or plot It. A plotter, for those unfamiliar with the term, is a mechanised drawing board fitted with at least one pen. By linking it to your Amiga and running IntroCAD. It will draw (plot) your design out just like a blueprint.
The first step is to select Print' or Plot' from the File menu. After that, you will be asked to select a driver. There are many dozens of printer drivers on IntroCAD-they only work with this program.
TV pioter prefs screen: plotters Unless you know which printer type your particular printer can work always work ot their best. To. Finding the right one is a matter of trial and error. IntroCAD only supports three plotter types - of these HPGL (Hewlett Packard Graphics Language) is by far the most common.
After that, an options window is displayed. From here you can select the quality of print (better qualities take longer), where IntroCAD should send the print information to (SER: means serial port. PAR: means parallel port) and the scale and orientation of the drawing. In addition. Plotting supports either manual pen changes - the program will ask you to change pens - or automatic. Finally, don't try to run the program with any different printer or plotter drivers - they just won't work. The only drivers which TV printer prefs window: not do work with it are what you get on the disk, di
printers hove all qualities.
PROJECT New: clears the current drawing. A warning requester appears to prevent any accidental erasure.
Open: loads a previously saved tile from disk. The program will expect the drawing to be in the Drawings' directory on the IntroCAD disk - but you can load and save to wherever you want.
Save: does a save of the whole drawing, using the most recently used tile name. Don't use this unless you have already done a Save as].
Save As: saves the whole drawing, but asks you to put in a tile name first.
ADraw: Save in Aegis Draw lormat. Many programs can load drawings saved in this form, for example Professional Page. IntroCAD cannot load Aegis Draw images.
Plot: output drawing to a plotter. IntroCAD will ask you If you want to plot just what is on screen, or the whole drawing. The program will then display a list ot the three plotting systems it supports. If you are not sure what your plotter expects, select HPGL (Hewlett Packard Graphics Language) as most plotters use this.
Then the plot options appear - see the Printing and Plotting box.
Print: output drawings to a printer.
About: displays a little message about the program's author and publishers.
Titlebar: hide or reveal the titlebar at the top of the screen.
Quit: stops IntroCAD. If you have made a change since the last time you saved, the program will ask if you want to save your work first.
PART Open: loads a part from disk.
IntroCAD defaults to looking in the Parts directory on the IntroCAD disk, but you can load or save them anywhere.
Save: saves the currently selected Part to disk, using the last Part name used. If no Part was selected, the program saves the one that was drawn last.
Save As: first asks for a file name, then saves the currently selected Part. If no Part has been selected, the last Part drawn will be saved (a very common mistake).
Group: very powerful function this. After this has been selected, the program will prompt you to select individual primitives (lines, boxes, circles - the building blocks) and they will then be joined together into a Part.
Ungroup: used to split a Part up into its separate components. Use with some caution, as it takes a long time to Group them back together again. However, this isn't that important - it's ]ust tedious to keep making Groups.
FreeHand: this lets you draw any shape you like, while you hold down the left mouse button.
Box: click on the screen - that's the corner of the box. Move the mouse and click again - that's the opposite corner of the box.
Circle: these are no problem. Your first click is the centre of the circle - move the mouse to fix the radius, and click again to finally draw it.
Arc: this works in a similar way to the Circle tool, but only draws part of a circle (an Arc). Click once to fix the centre of the arc, and move the mouse COLORS Modify Colors: this lets you change any of the 16 colours that the IntroCAD program can display, into any ot the 4,096 colours of the Amiga's pallette.
Save Colors: this saves the current selection of 16 colours on to the IntroCAD disk to alter the colours again.
Line: draw a line from A to B. Your first click is the start point of the line. You can then stretch it to where you want it to end. And click again with the left mouse button.
To fix the centre - then click again. Now move the mouse to draw the arc - nothing will actually be fixed until you click the button for the third time.
Measure: this doesn't actually draw anything! It feels like you are drawing a Line, but instead the length and angle of the line.
Clone: this will prompt you to select something that you have already drawn. Once you have done this, you can move around the Clone, and click the left mouse button to draw It somewhere else.
TextSize: prompts you to draw a box, which then disappears. The size of the box will be used for the size of all future text - until you select TextSize again.
Cursor: used to position the cursor for typing in text. Always select Cursor before you start typing at the keyboard!
LINETYPE Very simply, this menu option sets the type of line that IntroCAD uses for drawing objects. You can have thin lines, dotted lines, dashed lines, and thick lines.
Unfortunately you cannot set the thickness of the line as a measurement, for Instance a quarter of an inch. Instead you only have the preset sizes on this menu.
Redraw: this has two sub options.
Now' and ‘Auto’. Now will just redraw the screen then and there
- often when you have deleted primitives, the display will be
corrupted, and a Redraw Is necessary. Auto will make the
program redraw every time something Is added or taken away -
this slows it down horribly, so don’t select It unless you have
an accelerator.
Zoom: used to dive into a picture. The program will ask you to mark out a box, and the screen will be redrawn at the dimensions of the box.
OPTIONS Slide: a bit difficult to describe, but easy to use.
The program will prompt you to draw a line (which will then disappear). The first point ot the line Is like an arrow head - the screen will slide over in that direction. The length of the line Is the amount to slide the screen. Useful when moving around a zoomed-in drawing.
FullPid: redraws the whole design, just fitting it into the display.
Rulers: this is a switch. Selecting it the first time will remove the rulers with the measurements from the left and bottom of the screen. Selecting it again will bring them back. There Is a bug In the program which prevents them returning If you have changed the Grid (change the Grid to Plain, and they will return).
Grid: there are six sub-options on this. 'Off does just that - it turns off the grid. 'Plain' Is for a square grid. ‘Projection 1' Is a pseudo Isometric 30 grid - you can Snap to it without distortion.
EDIT Size: this has two sub options, 'Free' and 'No Distort'. Either will prompt you to select a primitive or group, and you can then grab a corner and shrink or expand the object. Free lets you distort the shape of objects (for instance, turning circles into elipses) while 'No Distort' keeps the shape of the object intact.
Move: prompts you to select a primitive or group, and then lets you reposition it anywhere you like.
Rotate: has two options. 'Variable' or '90 degrees'.
It asks you to select a primitive or group, and then lets you rotate it. The centre of rotation is the centre of an imaginary box which will enclose It.
FLICKERY OR WHAT?
Unless you are running IntroCAD on an A3000, you have probably noticed that the screen flickers like mad. This is because It runs in interlace graphics mode. There are tour ways solutions;
1) Rapidly wave your hand in front of your face.
2) Wear polaroid sunglasses. This doesn't cut the flicker much,
but it does cut down on glare.
'Projection 2' has similar properties, but puts on an Isometric 60 gird. Isometric 30 puts up a grid ol 30 degrees - there are problems with snapping to this accurately, as with Isometric 60 (60 degrees to the horizontal).
Crosshair: simply changes the mouse pointer Into a crosshair.
Snap To: this selects what destination will be used to snap to. You can either Snap to Grid (which means that future drawing will always intersect with the Grid pattern) or Snap to Drawing, which, if part of an object is close enough, will snap future objects to the nearest point on the object.
GrldMesh: this alters the size of the grid in relation to the page. You can’t have a grid that is below a certain size.
ShowXY: this brings up a display at the bottom of the screen, showing the mouse pointer's present position, its position relative to the last point drawn. Selecting it again removes the display.
ShowMem: brings up a display of the amount ol unused memory left to your system. Selecting it again removes the display.
ShowTool: this is set to a default. It displays the currently selected tool at the top left of the screen.
Selecting ShowTool once actually removes It!
Selecting it again brings It back.
MouseSpeed: this is used to take the mouse up in resolution (make it slower but smoother). Notice that pressing Alt-Full Stop or Alt Comma has the same effect - you can press these with one hand while your other is drawing with the mouse.
‘Variable’ alters the angle of rotation, while '90 Degrees' will flip it through a right angle.
Point: all objects are made up of points joined by lines. ‘Point’ will prompt you to select a primitive or group, and then a point belonging to it. After that you can reposition the point, to distort the object - cutting a slice out of a circle, for instance.
Color: prompts you to select a primitive or object, and colours It with the selected colour.
SetLType: prompts you to select a primitive or group, and changes it to use the presently selected line type.
Snap: has two sub options, 'Naievely' and 'No Distort’. Naively will snap all points of objects you draw from now on are to the destination. No Distort is more useful - for instance, if you wanted to Intersect lines on to the edges of a circle.
3) II you have Workbench 2, 2Mb of chip RAM and a multisync
monitor, set Workbench running in interlaced hi-res with 16
colours before running this particular CAD program.
4) Buy a Flicker Free Video card or flicker fixer and multisync
monitor. Connect them to your Amiga and IntroCAD will be
steady as a rock.
Your bank balance might not be though.
MOUSE TECHNIQUES If you've never used a serious' program before, you may well get stuck working out how to use the mouse to control the different options. Read on and learn!
MENU SELECT Press the right mouse button and hold it down.
A list ol words will appear at the top of the screen - these are the names of different menus. Now move the mouse over the top left- hand side of the screen. Menus of different options will flash past.
Move it back slowly, keeping the right mouse button pressed. As you move over some menu items, they highlight. If you let go, they will be chosen. Others will not highlight straightaway, but will display two or more suboptions - these will highlight, and will be chosen if you let go ol the right mouse button.
Menu selection is the only time you use the right button like this.
POINT AND CLICK Select Cursor' from the 'Draw' menu. Now move the mouse pointer to somewhere on screen. Click with the left mouse button. Now press a letter or number on the keyboard - it will be put on to the screen at that location.
Press the Del key to delete them.
LINE MARK Select 'Line' from the Draw menu, and move the mouse on the screen. Click the left mouse button and move the mouse - a line should appear from where you clicked to where the pointer is.
Click with the left button to draw a line.
EXTREMITY SIZE Select 'Box’ from the 'Draw' menu. Move the mouse close to where you drew the line and click with the left button - move and click again to draw the box. It uses the points that are opposite to each other - drawing circles and making groups use this too.
SEPTEMBER 1992 MULTIPLE CHOICE Select Rotate' from the 'Edit' menu, and ‘Variable’ Irom the submenu. Now click near the box you just drew - the mouse pointer will change to the letters 'Y N' and the box will highlight. Click the left button to select the box.
The right button will highlight the line, and again the pointer will have 'Y N' on it. Click the left button to select the line. Pressing the right button will abort the whole operation. That's multiple choice - selecting the right object.
Now move the mouse around, and the line or box will rotate around with it. It's a bit like rolling an aircraft while piloting a flight simulator. The 'Arc' function on the Draw menu also uses this type of control.
SELECT AND MOVE Click near the objects you've been drawing, and select either one. It will disappear and you will have a ghosted outline attached to the mouse pointer. Move the mouse pointer and click with the left button to put it down somewhere else.
The Clone' option on the 'Draw' menu works in a very similar manner. Often a 'Move' or Clone' will leave the screen in a slightly corrupted state - just select Redraw' from the Options’ menu to restore the screen properly.
The Point' option allows you to point and click on any of the points of an object - vertices where lines join together - and edit them.
Part 1: find the components On most drawings Ihere arc some repealed elements.
On a house you would expect to find more than one window. The best place to start is with some of the elements that arc repeated - start small and build up.
Your first design If you've never used a CAD program before, then knowing where to start or what to do is very tricky to work out at first. But fear not, here's a step-by-step guide to using the more common drawing tools to design a simple window on the front of a house.
On this house, we'll put some Georgian sash windows. These consist of lots of rectangles intersecting to form one big rectangle, with a border surrounding them and a foundation stone at the bottom. Just a lot of boxes really, so the first thing to do is select 'Box' from the 'Draw' menu.
Don't draw anything yet though. These rectangles are going to line next to each other, so it would be wise to put them on top of the grid. So select 'Snap To' from the Options menu, and select 'Grid'. Then select 'GridMcsh' from the same menu, and 'Finer' from the submenu. Do this last step twice to gel a moderately fine grid.
Now it's time to draw the first box. Click down on the page, and draw out a tall box - do not let go of the left mouse button until you have a tall, thin box. Make it one box wide and six boxes high, to get the proportions right like so: zn You could draw three boxes like this, but instead. I’ll show you another useful tool. Select 'Clone' from the 'Draw' menu instead. Now click with the left mouse button near the box you have already drawn - IntroCAD will ask if this is the correct object to clone.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Press the left mouse button again, and move the copy to the left or right of the present box. Then stamp it down with a third click. Repeat this process until you have three tall boxes.
Now it's time to do the cross pieces. Select 'Box' again from the 'Draw' menu, and click on the top-left comer of the little group you have. Then drag out a box that's three grid squares wide and two high.
You've got a choice here. Either draw two more boxes or Clone the one you've just drawn? When faced with the dilemma, the resolution demands how many Clone drawings you have to make, and how easy it is to draw them. In this case, it is quicker to just draw two more boxes - but if you're cloning a complex object like a screw thread, then it makes sense to use Clone instead.
Draw two more boxes like the last one - one beginning two thirds up the left-hand side of the starting group, and the other about a third of the way up. You should have a group which form the panes of glass in a window: before we go on. It's probably a good idea to put them together into one object. Select 'Group' from the 'Parts' menu, and click and drag a box around what you have drawn like this: OK. We have panes of glass but they look pretty silly without a window frame! To draw one in the right proportion though, we'll have to make the grid less attractive. Select 'Snap To' again from
the 'Options' menu, and highlight 'Drawing'. Whatever we draw from now on (unless we select 'Snap To' again) will go straight on to the page.
It's time to leam how to tidy up mistakes, so select 'Box' from the draw' menu, and draw two more boxes: one around the group you already have, but whose bottom edge is close to it: and another that is w ider than the box. But whose top edge is close to the bottom of the window panes: Doesn't look quite right, does it? It's actually very difficult to perfectly align things at this scale - so first, you'll have to zoom in. Select 'Zoom' from the 'Options' menu, and mark out a box at the bottom left or right of the window (where the boxes overlap). You should be able to sec quite a margin of
error at this distance. How do you correct it? Simple, just choose the 'Move' option from the 'Edit' menu.
You've now got a choice - 'Free' or 'No Distort'.
Normally 'Free' is the preferred option, because you don't have to keep the object the same shape - select 'Free' now.
Only part of the box's outline will appear (because you can sec only part of the whole shape. At the corners points will be outlined. Click on one of the ones at the top. Move the mouse up (away from you) until the top bar of the box aligns with the bottom of the window panes. The line will go purple where the two intersect.
If you cannot see an outlined point ready to click on. Select 'Slide' from the ‘Options' menu. Click and drag a line, starting away from where you want to move, and the distance you want to go. The line isn't permanent! If you are really lost at this point, select 'Fullpict' from 'Options', and try running over the above step again.
When you have adjusted that particular comer just keep running through the above two paragraphs until you have a window that you are happy with.
Then select 'Group' from the 'Parts' menu, and mark a temporary box around the window. If you want to use your window on future works, select 'Save' from the 'Parts' menu, and enter a name for it. It will then be saved on to the IntroCAD disk.
Part 2: Cheat like crazy!
Right, now for the easy bit. Select 'Clone' from the 'Draw' menu, choose the window, and stamp down an even number of copies going off to the right.
You'll probably have to select 'Slide' from 'Options' to move the page so you can then 'Clone' where you want. Select 'Fullpict' from 'Options' after a couple of new windows have appeared, so you can roughly line up further ones using the grid.
After that, do the bottom row of windows. There's absolutely nothing to stop you doing a multistory mansion if that's what you want.
Do remember to leave a space in the middle for a door! By now. You should have a good idea of what to do next. So draw a 'Box' for the outline of a house, and another one for the door.
Part 3: finishing off I'll leave doing the door to your own artistic temperament. Instead leam about one of the most powerful features of IntroCAD.
Draw a box on top of the house - this will serve as the roof, but the edges don't slant! Select 'Point' from the 'Edit' menu. Choose the box you have just drawn, and then move the points on the top comers so that the roof slants inwards. I'll leave the smoke and chimney for you to work out (a hint for the smoke - draw a few circles and distort them into elipscs. You now have a set of smoke rings).
Before you attempt to print or plot your drawing, select it as a 'Group' and then 'Size' it so that it fits on the set of rulers on the screen. Remember, the rulers are measured in inches (2.5cm to the metric).
Before you run away to try and draw lots of different objects, a word of advice. Don't attempt things with lots of curves, unless they're circular. And don't try anything too complicated like a face or a plant - organic things are harder to draw.
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can turn vour A500 into a CDTV is here A570 CD-ROM drive goes
on sale at £349 NEWS ROUND Hot on the trail ot all the new
Amiga releases... Commodore new boss opens up Kelly Sumner,
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SEPTEMBER 1992 The World of Commodore show is replaced this November by an exciting new computer leisure show with much more on offer for Amiga owners... Amiga Format backs big new show Last year Amiga Format spon- . | --‘ ’pt* l -yi sored and organised the World y. m i.. i J of Commodore Show, the ¦'M ' jT TT1* biggest show Amiga owners II T have ever enjoyed in this coun- try. This year, we are linking up 3 with our sister magazines from fef .. 4b. ¦¦Ml.
Future Publishing to present an even bigger and better event.
The Future Entertainment Show takes place at Earls Court in London from Thursday November 5 to Sunday November 8. Major exhibitors will include Commodore themselves, software houses such as Lott yeor's World of Commodore Show: this yeor, FESI Gremlin, EA and Psygnosls and the most significant makers of Amiga hardware and software from around the world.
There will also be lots of special events going on at the Show, which is expected to be the biggest computer show for five years. Gameplayers will take part in the finals of a EASY DTP UPGRADE Summer's always a quiet time for new software releases, but there's at least two biggies just out from Stateside DTP experts Gold Disk. Development work that was put on the back burner while all hands worked on their DTP heavyweight Professional Page 3 has now been completed, resulting in a new version of their structured drawing program. Professional Draw 3, and a vastly-improved update of their
entry-level DTP system in the form of PageSetter 3.
Details of the new PageSetter are still a little vague, but we hear that it will include a complete paint package as well as the word processing and layout features of the DTP system, which should once again make it the obvious choice for anyone starling to explore DTP.
UPDATE FOR ARTISTS By contrast. Gold Disk have released full details of Professional Draw 3.
Which makes full use of the Automated Genies' macro system introduced in Pro Page 3. It now also lets you type text straight onto the page and has greatly improved colour- handling features.
Both programs are available from distributors HB Marketing (0753 686000) and Silica (081-309 1111).
While the new distributor Meridian 1081-543 3500) are offering 10 free Type One scalable fonts when you purchase either package, or Soft Logik's superb PageSlream 3.
HIGH-END CAD Life has been kicked into the dead CAD market this month with the arrival ot the two new versions of X-CAD. This powerful 3D design and modelling package comes in a home user's version, X-CAD 2000. And a professional version called X-CAD 3000.
Meridian (081-543 3500) are offering upgrades to owners of the earlier X- CAD Designer and X-CAD 3D at the reduced prices of £99.95 for X-CAD 2000 and £299 for X-CAD 3000.
BIG MAC AND CHIPS The excellent A-MAX II Plus Macintosh emulator (reviewed this issue. Page
128) is also available from Meridian (081-543 3500) at £499
including those vital Mac ROM chips: although the official
distributor are Entertainment International (0268 541126).
EMULATION SENSATION Another remarkable emulator is on the way in the form of Emplant, a hardware Continued overleaf The A570 CD-ROM drive goes on sale this month around the country for £349. Production stocks of the so- called ‘CDTV interface' are now residing in Commodore's warehouse, all set to shift.
Asked how many Commodore expect to sell. Commodore UK MD Kelly Sumner said. "You could say anything from 10.000 to 50,000 in the first six months, up to Christmas. I would say that we would confidently expect to sell in the 20.000 to 30.000 region.
"It isn't just a CD machine, it’s an expansion for hard disk and memory too. This is really designed for the 1.3 owners and there's something like 500-
600. 000 of them, so if only 10 per cent upgrade that's 60.000.
It's not the product for 1.2 owners. It's 1.3 minimum and
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The CDTV trade-in announced last month means that A500 owners can get 1200 off £599 Home Multimedia Pack'
- a CDTV with keyboard and disk drive. As for when the A670
CD-ROM drive for the Amiga 600 will appear.
Kelly Sumner says. "I would be disappointed if we didn't see it pre-Christmas. The hard work is done: all we have to do now is change the edge connector for a PC bus connector."
Massive competition with a £10,000 first prize, with t heats across the country m October leading up to the big day. Details ot how to enter tot- low next month. The Show wfB also be televised in the new computer-games programme from Yorkshire TV that turn this autumn.
While it will retain a strong Amiga core, the Future Entertainment Show will cover all formats of computer and games console, so it should be an event for ail the family.
We’ll bring you more details of the Amiga companies who will be attending in our next i system that the manufacturers claim can be adapted to emulate any kind of machine with the addition of the right ROM chips and software. It works on any kind of Amiga, too. The first emulation available Is a Mac system, which costs between £165 and £205 depending on what options you wish to include. Mega ST and IBM AT versions are planned to follow. Full details from distributor Blitsoft on 0908 666265.
A600 SHOCKER!
It actually comes as a bit of a shock that Commodore are the first to get out an expansion for the A600, In the form of the A601 1Mb RAM expansion. By next month we re certain there will be a host of rivals for it from the many third party developers, so expect a range of A600 expansions to be reviewed in these pages in October's issue.
FIRE DELAY DISASTER Bad news, on the other hand, from US hardware supremos Progressive Peripherals and Software, who make the extraordinary 68040 accelerator card for the A500. It was due to be reviewed in our Super A500s' feature this month, but PP&S's HQ was burnt to the ground in a fire that took most of a city block with it. All stock and much development work has been lost.
SUPPORT YOUR ANIMATOR Amiga animation enthusiasts should take a look at the Amlgator newsletter produced by American anlmfan Gerry Paquette. It's full of ideas and explorations of techniques and costs $ 15 for a year's subscription (six Issues) from Amlgator. PO Box 26026. Nepean.
Ontario, Canada K2H 9RO.
STAR TREKKING Anyone who has seen the fabulous animations on the theme of Star Trek by Tobias Richter cannot fail to be Interested in the video Space Wars' that Tobias has just recorded, with music by Norwegian Amiga fan Bjorn A Lynne. If you’d like a copy, rush a cheque for £12 (UK money) payable to Bjorn A Lynne at Schleppergrellsgt. 10.
0556 Oslo, Norway.
CHEAP HELP National Amiga user group ICPUG is offering part-year subscriptions for the first time, presumably so users can try membership out and see it they like It.
The six-month subscription, covering three issues of the group's weighty journal, costs £10 while a four-month sub is £7. Details from ICPUG chairman John Bickerstatf on 081 651 5436.
AMIGA MUSIC ON CD If you want to find out what you can do with an Amiga 1500, some sequencing software and a keyboard, try the latest CD from Worldbeat Music. It's Intended as production music lor film and video and Is available for £65 with a complete licence, but musician Paul Blyth is offering it to Amiga fans who d like a listen for £10.50, including P&P Worldbeat Music. Bridgend House, Lasswade, Edinburgh EH18 1NA.
Quavers cartoon character Colin Curly in its intro sequence. Commodore arc also involved in this crosspromotion. Which involves the game and the Amiga 600 featuring in Smiths Crisps' latest TV ads for Quavers, and a competition to win an A600 on Quavers packets.
Janet Allen-Rodgers. For Smiths Crisps, explains "our research showed that kids' number one interest is computers and playing games."
Further investigation revealed that the most popular computer among schoolchildren was the Amiga: hence the tie-in. Smiths are taking advantage of what they call 'pester power': if kids know they want something, their parents are probably going to give in and buy it for them.
Who paid who for what is a little vague, but £2 million in total has changed hands in the three-way promotion deal.
As gamc-players arc increasingly being targeted by mainstream advertisers, one thing is for certain: we're going to sec a lot more of this kind of tie-in. Don't be surprised if you find that Level 40 of Lemmings 2 is composed entirely of Tunnock'sCaramel Wafers... 20 SEPTEMBER 1992 ASDG seek AdPro developers The American publishers of the Art Department Protesslonal image processing software are offering Amiga programmers a development kit at a price of $ 200 which will enable them to make full use of the AdPro libraries and use the AdPro loader operator system. If you're a developer who is
interested, contact ASDG on Of 01 608 273 6585.
Amiga design courses from the experts The London College of Printing is one of the top places In the country to learn about design, and over the summer they are offering courses to learn about all aspects of computer graphics, working on Amiga systems. The courses run on various dates from August 17th to September 18th, cost between C165 and £295 and cover subjects including interactive multimedia, image processing and presentation graphics. If you're interested, get in touch immediately with the Short Courses Secretary on 071 793 0077.
As games start to be taken seriously, game producers are using money-raising techniques previously only seen in the movies. Clare Hodgson investigates... Product placement: the ad cash rolls in M-PEG makes CD video a reality At long last, the Motion Picture Expert Group has set the standard tor full-motion video (FMV). This not only opens the way tor full-screen video in CDTV titles, but also means we will be able to buy videos on compact disc in the near future.
It's probably the most Important thing to happen to the electronics industry since the arrival of Compact Discs. MPEG is a joint expert group' of electronics scientists set up and funded by the electronics industry to establish a viable standard for digital video. The fruit of their labours Is a standard chip set for compressing and then decompressing digital video data, so that it can be loaded sufficiently quickly from compact disc.
This chip set is now available to all manufacturers to include in their designs.
Philips have already announced that they will be providing an MPEG chip add-on for their CDI multimedia system, and that it will be able to play digital videos.
Commodore are expected to announce that CDTV will also gain MPEG power very soon.
As the curtain falls on the latest blockbuster movie and the hero walks inlo the sunsel.
Chances are in the background there's a huge neon sign advertising Coca-Cola. Don't imagine for one minute that this is just realistic scenery, or mere coincidence: it's called product placement, it's a form of advertising that brings in absolutely millions of dollars for the movie companies, and it is supported by companies specifically employed to sell 'space' in the films we watch.
An example: in Terminator, our hero Kyle Rees steals a pair of trainers from a store. For minutes afterw ards, we keep getting shots of his feet as he creeps around, and clearly visible full-on. Centre screen, is the Nike logo on the stolen trainers.
Product placement is now creeping into video games. It first cropped up in Millennium's James Pond 2: Robocod.
Where Penguin bars formed a part of the scenery. McVities.
Makers of Penguin, arc keen to be identified with the com- puter-gantes scene and now sponsor the official ELSPA charts.
The latest game-to-product tie-in is a complicated affair.
Ocean's puzzle game Push-Over (sec Page 84) features It's not often we get record labels asking us to request readers' demo tapes, but Delirious Records make their own music on the Amiga and arc looking for other emerging talent to sign to their new label.
Their latest EP 'Thrill Seekers - The Blitz' was produced on a I Mb A500 using ProTracker. The sort of stuff they are looking for is the ubiquitous hardcore dance: if you've got something you think is good enough to make the playlists then send it to the A&R Department. Delirious Records. 8 Harvey Road. Dunstable. BEDS LU6 2AL.
The boyz promise to listen to every tape sent, but they can't return any... So you wanna be a rock-and-roll star?
PLASTIC i- shooliug rn.iu h I l»iv i the end ol September tut ! Toryil I lie phiMii A MIGA CDTV Damien Noonan gives his own highly biased views about the state or the Amiga: this month, are computers taking the place of pop music in ‘yoof culture*?
Long live rock-n-roll The Philips CM8833 II is the best-selling monitor for the Amiga, so it tends to be first and most obvious choice anyway when people are looking at buying a monitor. Last year, though. Philips discovered the benefits of a closer and more specific tie-in with Amiga game-players when they gave away a copy of the MicroProse flight simulator F-I9 Stealth Fighter with every monitor purchased.
This year they arc repeating the offer.
Starling in September, special packs (identified by an enormous blue sticker on the box I w ill contain a free copy of the Gremlin game Lotus Turbo Challenge 2. It seems sure to be a successful choice, because it's a more accessible and easily enjoyable type of game than the more techie flight sim.
And it's a damed good game. Too.
IT'S A SIGN ol the times. Next month, we will announce that Amiga Format's officially audited average circulation has reached around 160.000 copies a month: more or less the same as the best-selling music magazine. Q. The national newspapers and the music press are full ot speculation that pop music may be dead, that computer games have taken over as the cult medium of the Nineties. Roll over Prince and Madonna: Mario. Sonic and the Lemmings are here.
Andy Smith, once games editor of Amiga Format and now Editor of console magazine Sega Power, has been invited to speak to a conference of music-industry bigwigs later this year.
The subject? Have computer games taken over from pop music as the main youth culture of the decade?
An article by Barry Hugill in the Observer of July 19 assesses the scale of the crisis. As Channel 4's GamesmasterTV series plans an autumn return, Top of the Pops laces the axe. And the Top 40 chart is to go.
"Radio One confirmed it is to compile a chart based on what listeners request,'' reports the Observer.
"In the Sixties and Seventies the charts mattered. Discs had to sell a quarter of a million to stand any chance of a place, but today a mere 10.000 sale can guarantee a top spot." Whereas a hit computer game can sell 20 to 50.000 copies on the Amiga alone. "Young people are more Into computer games and television than listening to records." Suggests David Gedge.
Singer with the Wedding Present.
Walk into one of the big retail stores in the high street, and you'll see the physical evidence. Record sections are shrinking while computer games and software sections are getting evermore prominent.
So pop music is dead. People are more interested in watching the telly and playing computer games. Is this good news for us. Or not?
We've been promised that when computer games start to sell in major quantities, when they are seen as a major leisure occupation, that prices will fall as sales rise. It's a free market.
What worries me is that they won't.
Games are selling in quantities large enough for the software companies to make fat. Healthy, bouncing profits.
The games consoles are keeping sales high, and the cartridge is cutting the piracy drain. But we re still paying, and the excuse now is piracy.
Yet there's one sign of hope: the attitude of Commodore to CD. They could just be right this time... that switches to emulations according to the data sent by the computer, and a 'quarter printing' facility that produces reduced, tiled pages suitable for use in a personal organiser.
Citizen have also introduced a new kind of clear film, suitable for printing in a dot-matrix machine to produce OHP transparencies, which could be widely used in presentations as well as for fun.
Features on the new Swift range are. As ever, too numerous to list in this space but we will be taking a closer look at the month's printer buyer's guide.
Citizen Europe Ltd 0753 584111 SEPTEMBER 1992 machines in next addition of animation and graphics, but remains essentially the same otherwise. It's the sort of big name association from which CDTV will benefit greatly.
Many people don't realise that Commodore US. Under the name CDTV Publishing, publish the vast majority of CDTV titles.
This means they get to check them all before release, so If the quality Isn't up to scratch then Commodore are very much to blame.
Currently awaiting the Commodore stamp of approval is Virgin's North Polar Expedition, an interactive record of Sir Ranulph Fiennes' trip to the pole of a couple of years ago. It's widely said to be the most Impressive multimedia experience yet to emerge, so we look forward to seeing It soon. Also being given the once-over is Musicolor, Virgin's Innovative music teaching disc.
One thing CDI can't compete with CDTV on is simple arcade games, and there's two new ones out this month.
Empire have CDTVed their action tank slm Team Yankee as a straight port of the Amiga version, while the first CDTV title ever to be developed in Holland is a collection of three gambling game sims under the title Casino Games, offering poker, one-armed bandits and roulette.
«y Buyers of the monitor will also be able to enter a competition, in which they could win a VIP visit to next year's British Grand Prix. Arriving in style by helicopter. Runner-up prizes of radio- controlled Ferraris are also on offer.
The promotion works in Philips' favour not only because it attracts Amiga gamers to their monitor but also because it ensures that people buy the official UK monitor pack. So-called 'grey imports' - stock intended for sale in another country, re-imported to the UK and sold at a lower price - do not include the free game and Philips will not provide technical support for grey-import models.
The recommended retail price of the CM8833 II is £229, but it is more com- A free Lotui gome with Philips monitors. Nlon lo scc j, on sa|e for £ 18q.£ 199 Citizen have launched a new range of Swift 24-pin printers with the avowed intent of making it the top-selling machine of its type, rather than the third place the manufacturer currently holds.
"We believe this range includes all the features offered by every one of our competitors. And more" said a Citizen spokesman at the launch.
The new Swift range consists of three machines: the basic 200. The 240 with more fonts and the 240C which comes as The new Qfizen range of Swift 24-pin dot matrix printers majors on quiet speed.
CDTV titles update "Where Philips got H right and Commodore went wrong," one CD pundit suggested to Amiga Format the other day. "was pouring money Into the early titles." We hear that Philips have 100 Diaet'i Triv Pirnff: two diets of per cent funded early lW most import out CDTV title yet. CDI projects and spent masses more money than has the average CDTV developer. To ensure high quality. Public reaction has shown that the investment in quality has paid off.
The first generation' of CDTV titles, on the other hand, has generally been disappointing. Less money has been spent on development and the last 10 per cent' of quality has been missing. However, some of the ‘second generation' titles, ot which much more is expected, are on the way soon.
CDTV Trivial Pursuit, put together by games developers Domark, could be one of the most important. The game that started the triv quiz craze is jazzed up by the Philips continue to push best-selling games monitor with offer for Amiga owners Free Lotus with monitor Citizen release new 24-pin dot matrix range that they think will be best-seller standard with colour included. All the models arc robust and compact and have been designed for minimum noise. They all have two extras: an 'auto-set' mode Printer aims for top spot 04 LO - O c O 04 O C D 7T CL C-4 3 1 CL O 0 Q4_ s 1 QJ r-f s in 3-
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3" ¦¦ ¦ O » 0 I-+ GAME NEWS VIRTUAL REALITY UPDATE US Gold They're getting ready for the big push on Delphine's new Flashback. This scxy-looking follow-up to Another World is due out in November. Meanwhile the Goldies are tying up the loose ends on their Mega Sports compilation (£25.99) which features some of the best games from the old Epyx range.
26 SEPTEMBER 1992 Ocean Like those chaps at US Gold, the chaps at Ocean are currently tinkering with their Olympic-sized sports tie-in, Esparto: The Games (£25.99). It features a wealth of Olympic-related stuff, like training, doctors, medals and presumably drug-screening too. As we go to press we've just received our review copy, so we'll bring you the complete review in next month's Amiga Format Falcon Mission Disks: Operation Counterstrike Operation Firelight (£9.99) Action 16 Premier (Digital Integration) Operation Combat (£9.99) Alternative Software Sooty & Sweep (£7.99) Popeye to the
Rescue (£7.99) Kixx (US Gold) Panza Kick Boxing (£7.99) Codemasters Captain Dynamo (£7.99) GrellS Fella (£7.99) Budget News Here's the latest news on what's lined up for release this September In the Cheap 'n‘ Cheerful department. We’ll bring you full reviews as soon as we've managed to save up the dosh to go down the market and buy them.
Action 16 Supreme (Digital Integration) Spectrum Holobyte's Falcon (Z14 99) POOL - IS IT WORTH MAKING A DIVE FOR?
Archer MacLean is back In programming mode once again, having enjoyed a long rest after his mammoth two- year stretch working on Jimmy White's Whirlwind Snooker.
He's been taking a fresh look at the JWWS program code and Is busily changing and tweaking it for his latest game. Pool.
Pool is the next release coming from Virgin Games, and it's due in September (if Archer has finished it in time). It features the full eight and nine ball rules, (just like the Americans use) plus the normal pub-game rules which we re probably a bit more familiar with.
Archer’s also been toying with a few more crazy-ball effects, for those moments when you're spending too much time planning your shots. He's currently dreaming them In his sleep and programming them In when he wakes upl He’s also created 20 different computer players, each with a different skill and playing style, so that even the toughest and wlmpiest players can play against someone of similar stature. For groups of players, there's a new tournament mode where everyone can compete together.
Due to be finished at the end of August, Pool should be on the shelves during the later part of September. We'll bring you the full review In next month's Amiga Format.
Incentive will soon be releasing 3D Construction Kit 2 through Domark. Originally titled Creation, that monicker has been dropped to avoid causing contusion over what the product is.
3D Construction Kit 2 Is a game-design system. It helps you to create 3D adventures, that were pioneered by Incentive some years ago under the title Free scape. Freescape lets you wander around a landscape, changing your view as you go to create a real world to explore, rather than the more standard 'flat' views of arcade games.
Additions to the original Kit are mostly geared towards hiding the fact that gamea were written with an editor, rather than using machine code. So now you can use your own fonts within a game, your own soundtrack, and change the mouse pointer and border which surrounds the 3D view.
Other new features are; a built-in sound editor, to tweak samples to their prime; transparent and translucent ob|ects, which can fade at the blast of a laser; a vldeo-recorder mode, to include little animated strips within a game; print any screen or save it to an IFF file; and new object shapes Including spheres and 'flexicubes,. The latter start life as ordinary cubes, but can be squashed and distorted into different shapes, so removing some of the original's square and blocky' look.
A much-improved scripting language has also been Included to help with the game logic and control. As a bonus, hundreds of predesigned objects have been Included to help get you started on your own games. 3D Construction Kit 2 will sell for £49.95, and has been scheduled tor release in mid September.
Domark 081-780-2222.
Games News What's going down in the Amiga games-world while you're playing around with the latest offerings? We take a quick peek into the future, as Neil Jackson does a knock-and-run on all the software house doors... If Monsell doesn't win. It'll be due to gremlins.
Gremlin These guys arc real busy beavers, with a whole host of stuff in the pipeline. The first thing we'll see is the add-on disk for Utopia, called The New Worlds (£14.99). In late September, it'll be time for Lotus 3 - The Final Challenge (£25.99), touted as the definitive racing game.
It's got a special track editor system which works with codc-words, so you'll never need another race-game again (or so Gremlin say).
Zoo! (£25.99) is currently being held over until October, because Gremlin don't reckon it will sell too well during the summer months - they think everyone will be out playing frisbee, rather than playing on their Amigas!
In November there are three Gremlin games planned .Nigel Mansell's World Championship Challenge (£25.99) which, not surprisingly, is another racing game (Hang on!
I thought they said...) featuring potential champeeeen of the world, our Nige. Next is Hero Quest 2 (£25.99) and. Last but not least, Daemonsgate (£34.99) their new role-player.
Electronic Arts They're pulling the pressure on those poor Bullfrog chaps, to gel them to finish the addon we've all been wailing for: Populous II The Challenge Games (£14.99). Due very soon, it features Populous II scenarios set in ancient Japan, as races-against-the-clock.
DJ Pub s Volcanic Caper (£TBA) Seymour's Wild Wesf (£TBA) Soccer PinballiZ7.99) GBH Gold (Gremlin) Shoot-em-up Construction Kit (£9.99) GBH (Gremlin) Krisalis' Boxing Manager (£7.99) Jahangir Khans World Championship Squash (£7.99) Team 17 Alien Breed Re-mix (£TBA) Digital Integration Still busy with their new flight-sim,7orn r ».
Due for release in October. They're also handling the UK distnbution of Coktel Vision's Fascination (£29.99) and Linel's The Game of Life and Traders due for (he autumn.
Psygnosis Working on Beast III: Out of the Shadow (£25.99) for September, as well as Armour- Geddon II (£25.99) and Cytron (£25.99) for October and Tomatoes (£25.99) in November.
Mirage They've just picked up the unfinished Electronic Zoo title. Prophecy (£29.99) and arc getting ready to release it any day now.
Still no sign of llumans. Yet. But we’re told it's almost ready... Mindscape Hidden away at Mindscape. You'll find three exciting-looking titles getting their final tweaks and polishes. BatlleToads, a kind of Turr ej-inspired beat-em-up (with loadsa-mer- chandising tie-ins to conic) is due in September or October, while (most promisingly) we may see Wing Commander - the mega space adventure which wowed PC-own- crs a while ago - coming to Amiga screens in October. Best of the bunch looks to be Ourlander. A crazy Mad Afar-style road racing game - with plenty of car-crunching action.
What Geneva Convention? Rookies don't care.
Virgin Two hot-looking titles soon to reach us from the Branson empire are Rookies: a crazy action w ar-game where you make the rules and i slightly behind the times) a Soviet-inspired game of intrigue. KGB. Both of these games should he with us for the October issue.
SEPTEMBER 1992 System 3 Remember Silly Putty, the stuff you could bend, snap and peel off news-print with? Well.
System 3 have brought this gook to life in their latest project of the same name. Due in September, they reckon their arcade-style platform game will do for the A600 what Sonic the Hedgehog and the Mario Bros did for the console. We'll see... Vivid Image Those First Samurai lads are just getting ready to stan the real work on the sequel, unsurprisingly named The Second Samurai. It’s due to hit the shelves in time for Christmas, but Vivid Image are still searching for a publisher.
Blue Byte They're busy drawing up their History Line IVI4-IS, a reworking of the Format Gold- rated Battle Isles game in WWI fashion. Due out in September. History Line I9I4-I8 features the kind of ammunition and armaments which made the Somme such a horrible place to be. We'll bring you the low-down on the game just as soon as the artillery's slopped.
The way to stop trench-fool is to go over the top.
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• 2% Philips have finally launched CDI. Iheir CDTV competitor.
In this country. It's been on sale in the US for over a year
now. Though Philips say no sales figures arc available from
which to judge how well it's doing.
Philips arc similarly reluctant to speculate on how well CDI will do in the UK.
Like CDTV it's a new idea, so buyers have to be shown what it can do before they even know they might scant one. Philips are attracting customers to demonstrations of CDI by offering them entry to a £1 .(XXI competition.
As Philips' CDTV-beating CDI system goes on sale, it seems the biggest fight Philips face is against ignorance, not against Commodore... Game on lor Philips CDI Philips are encouraged by research figures that show 10 per cent of adult males already know what CDI is, Gina Jones of Philips' PR company says that they expect the first CDI buyers to be "classic early adopters, in their thirties with a high disposable income." She points out that 50 per cent of people who have bought CDI didn't ask for a demonstration first.
CDI is a dedicated hardware system based around the same 68000 chip as the Amiga, with software loaded from compact disc - it has better resolution and more colours for the graphic display than CDTV. It costs £599 and buyers gel a voucher for £50 worth of software - titles cost between £ 14.95 and £39.95. A lot of effort and money has gone inlo ensuring the first discs for CDI ooze quality. Favourite cxain- War against piracy gets serious FAST, the Federation against Software Theft, has Just appointed its first full-time expert to help its battle against piracy.
An Ipswich pirate has just been sentenced to 180 hours' community service and fined £200 after being found guilty of distributing cracked software on bulletin boards. "Be assured," declare FAST, "stories such as this will appear with increasing regularity as the big guns hit their targets." FAST phone 0628 660377 pics arc Sesame Srreel, an explorative educational storybook for kids that's packed with good ideas, and a photography tutor that lets you set up a pretend camera and shows you what sort of results you would get.
Journalists who have compared the two systems come down in favour of CDI. Philips, however, are giving the impression that the two are not in direct competition and that the marketplace is big enough for both. "We don't like to think they are competing because they are not the same system," says Gina Jones for Philips, who can sec the way in which CDTV is being 'repositioned' as an Amiga accessory.
Indeed, the major fight is shared by both: to get the idea of home multimedia across to the Great British public. The method most likely to succeed is the take control of your telly' angle that both Philips and Commodore's advertising has reflected. The key to this making sense to punters could be the full-niotion video standard just announced (see Page 20). Which finally makes interactive video a reality.
Videostream Is to be followed by Interplay, which Is essentially a suite of programs containing all the applications a learn would need to produce a multimedia presentation on the Amiga.
"It replaces lots of little learning curves with one slightly larger one," says Lee, pointing out that all the programs share a common Interface.
Programs Include a supremely good file manager system that lets you display or execute any kind of file - animations, pictures, sound samples, runnable programs - as well as doing lots more besides. There's a multimedia database which Is ideal for storing the masses of information that a multimedia production requires.
"We've tried to include everything you would need while leaving out all the frills that no-one will touch." Lee points out. "and we use the programs ourselves. Our production people aren't told what they can and can't use. But they choose to use our own."
Interplay will cost around £2.000 but it really is the all-in-one answer: we'll take a closer look at It soon.
There's more on the way from Optonica, too: we re particularly looking forward to their Pandora s Box CDTV demo, which will cost only a fiver yet as well as examples of their multimedia productions and a sample of their Insight: Technology title also contains hundreds of examples of clipart. Businesses can get it free If they Just send a business card. Full details follow next month.
Optonica 0455 558282 SEPTEMBER 1992 Insight: Technology on CDTV in ottion.
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Videostream controls a professional video deck. It lets you construct sequences of video frames as a rough, editing as you go along. The Amiga can then be left to grab the sequence frame by frame, interleaving samples of audio so that the soundtrack never goes out of sync. It's a clever, polished and simple system that would be invaluable to a CDTV producer and it Is due to go on sale soon.
Optonica are also still selling their Simpatica system, which Is in some ways the mirror image of Videostream.
It also controls a SMPTE video deck, which lets you batch record animations and Amiga-produced graphics frame by frame straight on to videotape. It's not cheap at £1,000, but the quality is unrivalled.
AMIGAs run Optonko's authoring system.
But also to a lot of thought about how multimedia should work. But perhaps of even more significance is the solid programming background.
Optonlca's groundwork has been thorough. They have developed a complete suite of libraries that has allowed them to develop a collection of programming tools customised to suit the needs of CDTV developers. And the good news Is that they are to make them commercially available.
"Eventually we hope to make it a multi-platform development system, to cover CDI and PC CD-ROM too," says Lee. "But for now we're consolidating what we've got and we're keeping an eye on the other systems."
Probably the most exciting tools is Videostream. This Is a new automated way of producing CDXL quarter-screen video sequences. In fact, the end How it works: CDTV multimedia Optonica are about to launch what could be the best CDTV title yet to appear.
And that's just the start. Damien Noonan went along to see how they do it.
"Our advantage is that we have programmers as well as production people." Says Lee Gibson, founder of Optonica. Developing for CD is a meeting of two worlds, the coding skills of programmers and the production skills of video and film makers, but all too often the two mix like oil and water.
Optonica are about to release what could be the best CDTV disc to date. Insight: Technology has been seven man-years In production and Is the first in a planned series of 'how it works' illustrated books. "We've tried to remember that people will want to read it the same way they would a book,” says Lee, explaining their approach.
What sets Insight: Technology apart is the use of graphics. Three artists at Optonica slaved over Deluxe Paint to produce high-quality Illustrations. Each of the 200-plus 'topics’ on the disc has photographic as well as Amiga-generated pictures and some also have CDXL video clips. All are accompanied by a narrative explanation as well as text.
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At the tender age of 31. Kelly is the head honcho at Commodore UK.
"I joined Commodore on June II 1979 because they were then offering training as an electronics engineer." Reflects Kelly. “1 was a bench engineer on a line. Most of our business, though, was calculators, watches and chess games, things like that.
"When the Vic 20 came along. I was sole engineer on that. When the 64 came along, the same. But don't give me one to repair now!"
After four years on the service and repair end. A switch into sales and marketing followed, then a new machine called the Amiga 1000 came along and.
By sheer chance. Kelly found a place on the Amiga sales team. "It was tough, very tough. 1 can't say it was the most successful product ever. Selling for about £ 1.500 as a single drive and £1.700 with two floppies. But. Hey. It was a heck of a machine. We probably sold about 14.000 in a year.” Straight from the horseS Kelly Sumner is the brand-new boss of Commodore UK, the company behind the Amiga. Damien Noonan went to Commodore HQ and found a new atmosphere of open discussion, which means he came back with some important issues and some exciting news... The following year the A500 was
launched and Kelly moved up through the new retail division, finally becoming sales manager about a year before he was appointed managing director.
SEPTEMBER 1992 "Three years ago I was just a sales person in the company and either I've been very lucky or I've stabbed a lot of people in the back along the way!" He jests.
"Basically I've got where 1 am through two things: hard work and common sense. I'm certainly not the best educated person academically. In fact, if truth be told. I've only got CSEs."
Is it significant that the new boss comes from the leisure side of the company. The side where the Amiga dominates? "Commodore have always been in mass-merchant consumer electronics. We will never, ever be an IBM.
What we're very good at is producing cost-effective kit and selling it in large volumes, and that basically means consumer products. The core of the company is retail."
WHY CD IS SO IMPORTANT TO COMMODORE But w hat of the Amiga? It's been a time of change lately, with the demise of the A500 and the introduction of its controversial replacement, the A600.
But how docs Kelly feel the Amiga 'got where it is today?'
"As my predecessor would say. It had the 'Wow !' Factor. Graphically and soundw ise it w as years ahead of its time. Then the quality and depth of support. Whether it be software or hardware, made it a hit w ith the techno people, and then they started saying The big issue ol the moment is piracy. The software houses who make the games lose a lot of money to piracy, so they want to move out of disk-based software. It's been suggested that this move could kill the Amiga. How are Commodore reacting? Is the future in cartridges for the PC bus?
"If these guys don't make money, they aren't going to produce software, so our Amiga base isn’t going to have all these weird and wonderful games to play. But I'm not sure that cartridge is the way to go. We've been speaking to nearly all the major software houses over the last month or two, and I think CD has to be the way to go." But why?
"If you look at the price of a Sega or Nintendo cartridge, it’s very expensive. Any cartridge is always going to be more expensive, and also t has a longer lead time.
You can press a CD in 48 hours, but a ROM cartridge takes three months. And there are lots of implications as far as cashflow in companies is concerned.
"I'm not saying people won’t bring out games on cartridges, but CD is the way we'd like to steer it. We would like to have Inexpensive software, and the only way you are going to do that is by having a relatively inexpensive format and to be able to sell mass, so that means CD with no piracy. Disk software could sell cheaper, but they're not willing to do that because of piracy. Cartridges can't be sold any cheaper.
"Our ambition Is to make it viable for software houses to sell quality software at £20 or below. We would like to get nearer the music CD price. A CD, to press, with a case, with an inlay, is a couple of pounds. Put that against a cartridge which costs maybe ten pounds. And quite frankly, you're limited in what you can do with a cartridge. Some of the stuff we've got coming out for CDTV at Christmas, you'd have to have a £300-£400 cartridge."
But If CD is to succeed, we ll need to see new games released on It. Is that going to happen? There's not a lot of people producing games at the moment anyway, because it's summer, but I think that over the next six months you will see that happening from most of the major software houses. I can't say all ot them, but most ot them.
"And I think probably after Christmas you will see product coming out on CD and not coming out on floppy disk. Because there will be enough Cds there to make it worth their while. And if you asked me to prophesy, I'd say the floppy disk market will be dead inside three years."
FTp NEWS: COMMODORE mouth The times they are a changin' and the A600 is the biggest change to date. Was il designed for the European market?
"There are two types of development.
You have a chip development, which is led by the Americans. They're the guys who suss out the base of the machine.
Then they come along to European meetings, and they say. 'We've got this wonderful chip set: what do we need to build around il? What memory, what interfaces, what kind of casework’, and so on. Then it gels put together.
Something like 85 per cent of Commodore's business is done in Europe, so il would be wrong not to listen to what Europe has to say.” How's the A600 been greeted by the public? "There's always turbulent waters when you have a change, especially something like the A500 which was loved by literally millions, but the sales certainly show that the 600 is picking up and accelerating through the summer, which is something you don't often sec." Since launch. 65.000 A600s have been sold.
"In real terms, the 600 offers people everything, and in time w ill offer them more than the 500 ever did. Look at things like surfacc-mount technology, and people say ‘That doesn't mean a lot to me.' But it docs if the machine goes faulty on them. I got the reports of the first three months of failures. Now. At a conservative figure the 500 range w as probably 8.5 per cent failure rate. The 600 at the moment is running at less than one per cent. Not only that, but even if it goes wrong you don't have the hassle of sending it back.
That has got to be a leap forward."
Then there's the removal of the edge- connector (the DMA bus) and its replacement by the PCMCIA bus. The ‘credit card slot'. "Obviously times change. The PC bus is now the standard, and increasingly w ill be the standard, for expansion on a number of different machines, not just the Amiga."
"Our ide-a is. If you buy the 600 and you want a hard disk, you gel it on a PC slot, the si .c of a credit card. 20 megabyte. 40 megabyte. 60 megabyte, whatever you like, plug it in. There's your hard drive. You don't have to open up the machine, you don't have to bolt on this big. Expensive device. And if you want to go down to your mate's and play games off the hard disk, or use utilities off the hard disk, that's all you need, the card. You can just put it in your top pocket and away you go."
"Prices at the moment aren't particularly competitive - like anything on introduction people think they can gel more for it than it's actually worth - but you are going to see prices fall quite dramatically over the next three or four months' time."
How wonderful this machine was and il started being bought by the masses.
"It's on such a roll now. It will be very hard to slop. We're selling in excess of 300.000 Amigas every year now . To dedicated people w ho are spending three or four limes as much as people buying a Sega or Nintendo, and they've got a very good rationale for doing that. The Amiga effectively grows with them. The machine is so open, you can do what you like with it."
How long can the Amiga last? "Over the last year or two we've been getting the range right by bringing in new chip sets, new machines, new technologies, and that's just the start. There's no reason why the Amiga should ever stop.
You may not see il in the base format, as the 5(H) or 600. But who know s what we re going to have in 10 years' time?"
But w ill A500 owners be left behind"The w hole idea of the Amiga is to have a product that is graphically and soundw isc belter than its competition. But is compatible backwards. If we bring out an Amiga 9000 tomorrow , a guy with A500 software should be able to run it. You don't want to throw away every thing y ou've collected."
"Anything that can be done on the DMA bus I am told can be done on the PC bus. So if you take any of the third- party peripherals, they can be done on the PC bus. There is no doubt about that.
When we launch the A670. That will be proved. Amiga users w ill have a much wider range, in lime, and a much more cost-effective range."
Commodore are heavily committed to CD as the medium of the future (see panel, left). But the growth of the CD format will be reliant on Amiga owners buying A570s. Which have finally gone it We will keep with tradition and have an ottering for Christmas. Previously we've been very licence-orientated.
The way we're looking at it at the moment is on the quality of the software, not necessarily licences. 99 into full production and on sale in this country at £349. "Il isn't just a CD machine, it's an expansion for hard disk and memory too." But how will it sell.
"You could say anything from 10,000 to
50. 000 in the first six months, up to Christmas, I would say
that we would confidently expect to sell in the 20.000 to
30.000 region.
"This is really designed for the 1.3 owners and there's something like 500-
600. (XK) of them, so if only 10 per cent upgrade that's 60.000.
It's not the product for 1.2 owners. It's 1.3 minimum and
I meg of fast RAM. So the 1.2 owner is best to trade in for
the CDTV."
Will Kelly guess when the A670 for the Amiga 600 will appear? "I would be disappointed if we didn't see it just before Christmas."
Aren't CDTV titles off-puttingly expensive, though? "Yes. We will introduce a range in the not too distant future. I would suggest starting at about £9.99. We will also have a budget range. But the big ones are still going to be 35 quid or whatever, because the developer has to make money back.
CDTV titles are expensive to develop.
Some of the older titles w ill find thetr way to £9.99 very quickly."
The Amiga 600 is cheaper to make and more reliable, so does this mean there is room for a price cut? "We've got to look at it in a number of ways. Without being silly, there is no competitor in this market Which suggests that we should keep the price as it is. But if we altered the price we may gain more sales.
Knocking some out of the consoles, some out of the PC area.
"It's something that we're considering all the time, on any product, whether it's priced effectively or not. But you've got to release a product and realise what the actual cost is before you make any dramatic changes. It isn't just about selling product: it's maintaining it in the field that is a huge expense and all that kind of stuff."
"I'm not about to say that the A600 will always remain at £399. But the question is w hether tomorrow is the lime to move. But certainly, one of the reasons behind the A600 and its surface mount was to be able to move with the market if we had to."
"If we were going to make any moves, to make any difference in sales it would be pre-October. If someone's sitting there saying 'I'm going to buy an Amiga this Christmas' and it doesn't really matter if it's October or even later, then I would wait till October."
Will there be a new A600 pack this year, like the A500 Cartoon Classics of last year? "We will keep with tradition and have an offering for Christmas.
Previously we've been very licence-oriented. The way we're looking at it at the moment is on the quality of the software. Not necessarily licences."
Have Commodore considered a Sonic or Mario character for the Amiga? “Yes. There are a number of options we're looking at that lend themselves to that kind of exposure. But it won't necessarily be at Christmas, it may be a little bit after. We have looked at product that we can hang our hat on and say 'that is a quality product' and not just today, but as the development of the Amiga progresses we can upgrade the software to show the new qualities of what we're trying to bring to the market very, very easily. So if we were to launch an Amiga 5000. Something could come out on the 5000 at
launch and they could say. Wow !
SEPTEMBER 1992 Yeah. I can understand that'"' So. W hat of new machines? ".An .Amiga chip set lakes much longer to develop than any other chip set We have a group of people, and all they do all day long is refine and develop the chip sets, until it gets to a stage where we need one W e re continually doing that.
"I think it's best to talk about a new machine when it's factual. We’re certainly going to release new machines in time. But I can tell you one thing. There will be a new high-rangc Amiga in the September-October timeframe, there's no question about that. Higher than the A3000. We've just repositioned the A3000, because we think il was specced up too high. We've effectively halved the price. And there w ill be a number of new machines in the next year to 18 months or so." O The New super fast Supra-Fax Modem
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lollows... CPU SPEED The Central Processing Unit is the main chip that does all the processing work, and the speed at which your Amiga can do things Is governed by what's called the 'clock speed', measured in MegaHertz (MHz), or millions ol cycles per second. The higher it is, the laster your Amiga works.
The normal Motorola 68000 CPU In your Amiga runs at 7.14MHz, but this can be replaced with new chips Irom the same Motorola Tamily' - the 68020, Is it a bird?
Is it a plane?
No! It* a Super Amiga!
68030 and 68040 in particular - to run at varying higher clock speeds.
DISK STORAGE The normal way to get a massive amount ol storage space on which to keep all ol your programs and liles is to get yoursell a hard disk. Storage space is measured in megabytes (Mb), which is to say millions ol characters. An average floppy disk holds only 880K, but there are 1024K In a Mb.
Really massive hard drives which go up to 250 Mb are now available, and II you need even more space there are removable cartridge drives and read write optical drives to consider.
Another massive storage medium is the CDTV disc, which can contain well over 600 Mb ol data: but you can only read data Irom It, not actually use It to store things on yoursell.
SEPTEMBER 1992 The A500 is not being made any more, but with well over a million of them in this country alone still alive and kicking, it's far from dead. In fact, there are now more powerful expansions available for it than ever before.
Pat McDonald shows how your A500 can be turned into a spectacular super machine. Up, up and away... RAM (Random Access Memory) This Is the working area ol memory, Into which the Amiga loads programs and Hies when It Is running them. RAM Is made up ol chips, but it is measured In Mb, |ust the same as storage space is.
The Amiga 500 can be expanded right up to a lull 9Mb ol RAM, but the most that a program will probably ever need to run Is about 4-5Mb, and then that's only lor the most powerful ol snazzy graphics programs.
INPUT OUTPUT This Is shortened to I O, and It covers all the methods by which you communicate with a computer (either the keyboard or mouse) and by which it talks to you (the screen display and the sound). What It also covers is communications with such gadgets as printers and other computers, via the 'interlaces' or ‘ports' (sockets, to you and me) on the back ol the Amiga.
Most I O upgrades are a matter ol convenience or ease ot use rather than the actual power you have, but II you are using your Amiga lor something intense like desktop publishing work, the advantages ol an improved screen display or a better mouse could become relevant.
THE AMIGA IS NOW in a position which olher computers envy. There’s more software available for it than any other, more new titles appearing than on any other formal, and every month in Amiga Formal there arc yet more widgets, gadgets and contraptions to make it do ever more outrageous things.
Commodore's announcement earlier this year that the A500 will no longer be made (it's been replaced by the smaller A600) has left many people with the thought that it's all downhill from here' But the doom-and- gloom brigade are a tiny minority. And they are totally wrong.
Back in 1985. Commodore had to find a way of making the original Amiga, the A1000, fit the marketplace. They produced two new machines. One was the A2000. With a huge case and a big power supply to house and feed future wonder boards. It was a machine designed for those for whom money was no object, and its expansion potential was intended to be limitless.
The A500 w as designed for the home market and its design was dictated by the need to sell it below the magic £500 barrier, which the computer industry uses to distinguish between the business professional and the home enthusiast. It was never meant to be a wonder machine But in terms of what specialists call 'architecture' ihow a machine is built) it was practically the same as the A2000.
Which meant that you could add more and more and more to your basic A500. Today there arc more expansions for the A500 than there are for any other other Amiga, which is down to the ingenuity and improvisation of hardware engineers who have worked out how to squeeze more and more power into one small machine. And. Even as we speak, they’re refining something even bigger and better which will be out soon... This A500 has a 68030 accelerator running at 40MHz, 9Mb of RAM and a 120Mb hard drive - and ib a PC-compatible, too!
THIS AMIGA SET-l'P is an unusual one.
Because all those extra goodies come in just one single expansion, in an easy-to-fit box.
The A530 is made by GVP (Great Valley Products) in America, the largest manufacturer of Commodore peripherals in the world. Their philosophy is a simple enough one: build the best possible quality, whatever the cost. And.
Believe me it shows.
GVP hard drives arc designed to look as though they are Amiga extras. Although a couple of other hard drive manufacturers have aped this, none look as good as GVP's - the grooves, notches and slope of the A500 are faithfully mimicked. The fact that GVP pul a sw itch on the front, rather than the back, is yet another little bonus.
Under the casing, from an engineer's point of view, the build quality is excellent. GVP were among the first Amiga third parties to start taking all the little logic chips that do odd jobs, and put them into one big chip. This approach is known as VLSI (very large scale integration), and although it started well before the late Eighties. GVP were the pioneers as far as the Amiga scene goes.
WHAT'S INSIDE... GVP PC286 PC emulator Not spotted unless you look closely in the photograph. Because this is an operating system friendly’ emulator, it's really rather slow on a standard Amiga. In conjunction with an A530, the PC286PC becomes quite a viable option.
£249 GVP via Sllca 081-309 1111 GVP A530 combined hard drive, accelerator and RAM expansion The main box attached to the edge connector is the A530. This is the best you can buy
- it’s also available with a 240 Mb hard drive, but we settled
for 120 Mb.
It's also got 8Mb of 32-bit RAM (though the normal model comes with as much or as little memory as you request) and the optional 68882 maths coprocessor (good at doing sums involving fractions). And it has the 40Mhz 68030 CPU which is standard for the A530. List price? A cool £1,516 inclusive!
However, you don't have to spend that much at one go. The base model is 1 Mb of RAM. 52 Mb hard drive and no 68882 - I recommend at least 2Mb of 32-blt RAM. So that you can ROM shadow. This copies Kickstart to accelerated RAM, speeding up Workbench and many other programs before the accelerated CPU even comes Into play!
£749 base price GVP via Silica 081-309 1111 SEPTEMBER 1992 In terms of performance, their gear is definitely the best. Speed for speed, you can load and save much faster on a GVP hard drive than any other make. Their Series 2 HD500+ hard drive has consistently been rated the best on the market. The A530 is the continuation of that technology.
The A530 also has what GVP call a 'mini- slot' to lake further expansions: at present only a PC emulator, the PC286 (reviewed last issue on Page 148). Is available for this. When it comes down to it. GVP are expensive. But their equipment is worth every last penny.
A530 HARD DRIVE WITH ACCELERATOR £749 GVP via Sitka 081-309 1111 Installing the A530 is an easy enough job that anyone can undertake. Just take it out of the box. Plug in the power and slide it on to the expansion port on the left- hand side of any A500 or Plus.
When it first turns on, it autoconfigures to either Kickstart 1.3 or 2.04. recognising what type of Amiga you have. Very clever - most hard drives are set up for Kickstart 1.3. so getting them to work with an A300 Plus is not that easy unless you know what you are doing.
You get a 40MHz 68030 CPU. 1Mb of 32-bit RAM. And space for a 68882 maths coprocessor. The latter is useful only for programs which actually look out for it - and this is in fact the vast majority of maths-intensive ray tracers. A few game simulations look for one of these two (look for flight simulations released in the last 18 months). The more people that have a 68882, the more software houses will support them. As for RAM. The A530 uses SIMMs for expanding memory. Single in-line memory modules are fairly small, about the size of a stick of chewing gum. However, there is one evcr-so slight
snag with this design. Only two sockets are provided for RAM expansion, and one of them is already filled with a I Mb SIMM as supplied.
So your choice when it comes to expanding the 32-bit RAM is a bit tricky - you can either settle for 2Mb by plugging in another 1Mb SIMM, or part exchange the SIMM you've got for a 4Mb version. Two 4Mb SIMMs give, of course. 8Mb of RAM - that's the limit of the A530.
The manual is excellent, well illustrated and clearly written. The supplied software doesn't just get you started - it’s useful throughout the lifetime of the drive.
Want to plug an extra SCSI drive into the back?
W 94% No problem - the tools arc there to let you do it. GVP have done it again!
This A500 has a 68000 accelerator running at 14MHz, a 60 Mb hard drive, 7Mb of RAM and a roclc-steady screen display THIS AMAZING AMIGA set-up reflects ICD of America's own way of doing things. A quirk of ICD gear is that it's invisible, tucked out of sight inside the Amiga's casing. The theory is that, with the A500 being so spread out. There's really no call to make it any bigger. Just a few square centimetres on the inside is enough to cram in their latest bit of kit.
WHAT'S INSIDE... Flicker Free Video 2 The only way of bringing rock-solid Interlace Images to an A500. ICD are currently upgrading their range, exact prices are not easy.
The original Flicker Free Video, tor example, costs £199, so this should be about £230.
C229.95 ICD via Power 0234 843388 AdlDE AdSpeed internal hard drive and accelerator combo The new AdlDE AdSpeed combination ('combo' board) is even harder to appraise.
One AdSpeed will set you back £149, while a 20 Mb AdlDE costs £199. The new combo with a spec like the one we've got (60 Mb) would set you back £650 or more. A 20 Mb version would cost perhaps £300 or so.
£650 approx ICD via Power 0234 843388 AdRAM memory expansion The AdRAM 540 plus 560D daughter board RAM expansion costs £429, giving 6Mb ol RAM. You can buy the 540 tor £229, and upgrade It with a 5600 later tor £199, should the need arise. It remains the only oversize trapdoor RAM expansion that I recommend, simply because it's very well built, well supported and well documented.
C250 approx ICD via Power 0234 843388 By avoiding casing and power supplies.
ICD can concentrate on build quality and ironing out the bugs in their systems - which translates as better value for money. They never, ever skimp on engineering quality.
That's the reason why the ICD AdRAM 540 560 system is the only oversize trapdoor RAM expansion 1 advocate - because it has a large capacity, and yet never falls over due to taking too much power.
Where can you get hold of a hard drive that fits inside of an A500? Again. ICD are the only company in town that can fit the bill.
Using small IDE type hard drives, you can get a 20 Mb. 40 Mb or even 52 Mb hard drive squeezed into the inside of your computer.
Although the latter product (the Prima) means having to use external floppy drives.
This approach of 'everything in one box' doesn't just mean more desk space. If you've ever had a porked up Amiga system that needed to be moved, how many power supplies were there to shift? How many boxes and manuals and leads?
SEPTEMBER 1992 Finally comes the bone of contention, the AdSpeed accelerator. It only adds a fractional computing power to the Amiga, nevertheless it is the smallest, cheapest design. A shame it's not very good - but remember, expansions from these guys are always, due to necessity, small. ICD? They're in a class of their own!
ADSPEED ADIDE From £300 approx ICD via Silica 081-309 1111 Before, if you wanted to plug in an ICD accelerator (AdSpeed) and an internal hard drive (AdlDE Novia) you couldn't do it. There wasn't space for both to fit on the board. So ICD have combined the two in one. Super-duper mini expansion.
This has two snags. AdSpeed isn't an amazing accelerator - it's just a 68000 running at twice the speed. ICD have put extra circuitry on to boost things a little, but you only get a performance increase of 90-100 per cent. The Novia unit does not support extra SCSI units (hard drives, scanners, tape streamers). But it does w ork satisfactorily - you get a tiny small hard drive in the heart of your Amiga.
Documentation is not special, but is clear and up to dale. This is not in the same league as a 68020 or 68030 accelerator - but it docs give a certain amount of boost.
Wamka, _ Iferdict 78% FUCKER FREE VIDEO 2 £229.95 ICD vlo Silica 081-309 1111 When the Amiga is switched to high resolution in the vertical plane - Interlace mode - the screen blurs. This is the only solution for A500 owners. The new version has a major plus: when you return to non-interlaced video displays, version 1 doesn't display it properly - it didn't have an off switch. FFV 2 doesn't have a switch . But it has a couple of pins to solder a sw itch to - the manual tells you how.
Fitting the board is easy - it plugs into the Denise socket. The quality of construction is very high, the manual is good and you also get a choice of connector in the box. However, unless you are very lucky you still need to have a cable made up to fit it to a Multisync monitor.
However Power Computing will supply FFV2. Cable and multisync monitor all in one deal, which costs a lot but is worthwhile.
Iferdict 84% This A500 has a 68030 processor running at 25MHz, 7Mb of RAM, a 160Mb hard drive and a 'true colour' display THE DIFFERENCE WITH this set-up is it s not the sole work of one company. It combines a hard drive from Germany, a British accelerator and an American display gadget that gives pseudo 'true colour graphics.
Of course, there is a plethora of companies making equipment of a similar specification, and this page is designed to help you avoid some of the pitfalls.
Solid State Leisure is the only company who make accelerator cards here. SSL gear is cheap because it's not built very well. But it works, has a suite of utilities, and is cheap.
Then there's Protar. Who specialise in A500 hard drives. Based in Germany, the quality is very good. Then there’s Supra whose equipment is well made, usually reliable, and comes with lots of utility software and documentation. It doesn't look pretty, but it works well.
I could go on and on. Dropping names, but instead, here arc those pitfalls I mentioned.
When ordering peripherals, always state exactly what sort of Amiga you have. The difference between the A500 and A500 Plus is not that great - but it can be the difference between an expansion working or failing.
WHAT'S INSIDE... Protar A500 HD hard drive and RAM Quoth Protar: “We are dropping our prices, but we’re not sure by how much. For a bare 52Mb hard drive, we expect to ship for around £279. And for the optional power supply about £30".
Given that you also need RAM, a usable, expandable Protar will cost about £320. Our test drive has a capacity of 160Mb and 4Mb RAM - for that sort of kit a price of £700 would be more realistic.
Base £279 approx Protar 0923 254133 SSL BSOOO 68030 accelerator Solid State Leisure are more definite. "We are now only supplying accelerator cards with math coprocessors built In." SSL gear comes with 1Mb RAM, an A5000 model running at 16Mhz costs £249, while a B5000 at 25MHz will set you back £499. The review version (2Mb on board) clocks In at a cool £558.
Base £249 SSL0933 650677 DCTV graphics adapter The sharp-eyed readers will have spotted a DCTV In the photograph. This Is a ’budget’ graphics card that allows the viewing of 24- blt IFFs and painting on them. It also includes a digitiser for grabbing Images. 5Mb RAM is recommended.
SEPTEMBER 1992 £500 Silica 081-309 1111 For instance, accelerator cards always plug into the processor socket. All well and good, except that some machines have a stray capacitor rising up just below that point - which means the card cannot plug in properly.
There are other pitfalls too. The trapdoor expansion connector on a Plus is different from that on a 500. So expansions like the KCS Bitcon PC emulator have two different versions, and they are not interchangeable.
Building up your system using kit from different parties will cost you more - but you can buy one piece at a time.
PROTAR A500 HD HARD DRIVE WITH MEMORY EXPANSION £300-700 approx Prolar 0923 254133 This looks very similar to a GVP. Surely it’s a lower priced clone? Inside though it’s a different story - Protar don’t use VLSI but all the little chips are surface mounted, giving reliability and longer life. The Protar manual is impeccable.
In use the drive behaves well, reading and writing data at a respectable speed.
Unlike a GVP. The disable switch is on the back of the unit and it’s secured to the circuit board so is less likely to wear out quickly and easier to replace if it does.
Unfortunately you do not gel extra RAM as standard with this model, but it can take up to four 1Mb SIMM modules, or two 4Mb units in a similar way to the GVP. All in all. An excellent drive at a good price.
P AIIGL. _ iferdict 87% Lvatfcur SSL BSOOO 25MHZ 08030 ACCELERATOR PLUS 08883 £499 SSL 0933 650677 Made to the usual UK standard: there are a couple of hastily fixed bodges on the board. The manual is a sheet of paper, but most of the documentation is on disk.
What you gel varies with price - B5000s have a 68030 CPU chip whereas A5000s have a 68020. But from now on SSL will always supply their products with 68881 or 68882 math coprocessor chips. And SSL have just cut their prices yet again.
The B5000 on test performed well. Although a 25Mhz CPU should let an A500 run just as fast as an A3000. In tests it never came quite up to the level. It was close in many cases, but it never went quite as fast.
(ferdic) 80% This is down to the A3000 being designed around the 68030 from the beginning.
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DIVING IMPIRi SOFTWARt, 4 Thi STANNtTTS, LAINDON NORTH TRADt CINTRl, BASILDON, iSSiX SSI 3 6DJ. Til: 0268 341212 This Amiga has 2Mb of chip RAM, a built-in CD-ROM drive, infra-red remote control interface - and it can play music!
WHAT'S INSIDE... CDTV plus keyboard and disk drive with 1Mb chip RAM expansion fitted This is only being stocked by Calculus, who do the conversion themselves. Although it offers little in the way ot speed or storage increases, it does at least give you more memory available tor when you are using the machine as a true Amiga. It also has the undeniable good looks of a CDTV, without any unbecoming great gadgets that some Amiga's have protruding.
Although maybe not a 'Super Amiga' by the standards that we've previously talked about in this feature, this version of the CDTV does have one undeniable, it temporary advantage. It can play CDTV titles as well as audio music Cds - which is something that no A500 or Plus can do at present, although that will change when the A570 starts to go on sale.
So is It worth going out and investing In one or not? Well at £699, maybe not - but if you are going to buy a CDTV anyway, this is the only one that is really worth considering.
It's going to work with tar more software, it's going to give you more frames in Deluxe Palnl and it will give you longer sound samples and bigger databases. Maybe not exactly a 'Super Amiga' - but certainly a 'Super CDTV’ until Commodore start making new ones that is.
SEPTEMBER 1992 £699 Calculus 0543 251275 With the A500 no longer on sale, how arc the expansion possibilities of a machine that was designed to be even less expandable?
Pretty good. The CDTV I'm talking about here is only available from one source i Calculus) and has the unusual addition of an extra megabyte of chip RAM. That means that, in theory, it's more compatible with the huge range of software than the standard A5(X) Plus because CDTVs have the earlier Kickstart 1.3 rather than 2.04. (Though it's really called Kickstart 3.1. because half of the ROM is given over to being a CDTV.)
So how good an Amiga is it? Well, there is still the problem of having no fast RAM - although there are utilities which remap chip RAM as fast RAM. You can't do this the other way around, by the way.
OK. So the processor and custom hardware is much the same as the Amiga. How about a keyboard? CDTV keyboards arc identical to A1500 A2000 A3000 keyboards, but black, with a different connector. No worries there.
How about the floppy disk drive, necessary to use the CDTV as an Amiga? Urn... any old Amiga external drive will do actually - and you can buy black ones too. What about hard drives? Surely you can't fit those into a CDTV? Well, actually the Novia units from ICD do fit inside and work. In addition. SCSI interfaces are on the way which plug into the expansion connector in the CDTV.
Accelerators? Again, the answer is yes.
Although a qualified one. The processor on a CDTV is the same as an A500 - a 68000 chip.
The problem is fitting them in: you can't get the lid back on the CDTV! However, accelerators do work with the CDTV. If you can live without a case.
CDTV 2MB RAMI CONVERSION £699 Calculus 0543 251275 So. What do you get? Not much actually - just a standard CDTV with it's Agnus chip removed and a board with a different Agnus chip stuck into the socket. But it comes with keyboard, disk drive and some sample CDTV software, too. It all adds up to a CDTV with 2Mb of chip RAM rather than 1 Mb.
"Big deal!" 1 hear you mutter. But the difference is important. I have yet to find a way to turn off the drive in a CDTV. And that drive takes away memory from the system. Which means that there's less memory for programs - especially games.
In quite a few cases, as A500 Plus owners know only too well, having lots of chip RAM does not help. The number of software failures you get depends largely on the age of the software that you are trying to run - usually, the older the software. The less likely it is to work. There is one exception to this, and that is when a major game is re-released as budget software. Usually it is tweaked to work with an A500 Plus - which will make it compatible with this system too.
On the serious side, having a lot of chip RAM and no fast RAM is not usually a bad thing. Although older programs insist on having some fast RAM (especially animation programs) later versions of Deluxe Point III and all versions of Dpaint IV will happily use chip or fast RAM.
Other types of serious program, word processors, databases, and spreadsheets, don't care a fig what type of memory they are using, just so long as at least 1 Mb is available and free. There are very, very few exceptions to this. Some programs enjoy having lots of chip RAM. Video titling software loves it, using it to store many pages of titles and images. Sound sampling software likes chip RAM too.
It would be wrong for me to say “this is a great Amiga, really fast and very powerful". But it does have the advantage of the CD capability and it would be just as wrong for A500 users who haven't even got 1Mb of chip RAM to laugh at it
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compare to the film? See our in-depth review, V and make up your own mind.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Page 54 THE BEST OF THE REST Push Over You've seen the adverts, you've eaten the crisps, and if the tactics have worked, you've pestered your parents for an A600. But is the game any good? Page 84 "Kkk Off 2.1 got into it while I was researching for background material on Sensible Soccer.'
CLARE HQDQSQN "I've been having a bash at Volfied because if s still great fun and I like it.'
MARCUS DYSON ¦|'m still playing Fin and fee a lot and also James Pond Robocod Sad. Isn't It?'
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JAMES LEACH 'You'd think I'd be bored with it but I'm not. I'm going to get married to Formula 1 Grand PrixI' TIM SMITH 'I've been up to my ears in Lun of the Temptress this month. If s good to see a real challenge to all the Lucasfilm adventures.'
PAUL TYRRELL ‘Crazy Cars 3 is where if s at for me I If s smooth and fast and I can't put it down.’ ED RICKETTS ‘I'm having a ball with Sensible Soccer, but Civilization is my fave, if s just so big.'
JON PILLAR 'Virgin's Lun of the Temptress is really good - there are lots of little touches of humour.” WHO CARES - WINS What's different about Amiga Format reviews? Neil Jackson, Screenplay's Editor, tells you... "It's another month, and at always there are plenty of games shouting at you from their shelves. That’s where we come in - to help you make the right decision. We give you the real truth about the games we test - there are no incentives, no back handers and no threats that can change an Amiga Format reviewer's opinion.
If a game's bad. If s bad - whoever made Itl "We're different to other magazines because we don't see any point In reviewing games before they're finished. Instead, we wait until we have the finished goods in our hands.
That way we can look it it from the most important point-of-view there is: YOURSI "We're committed to bringing you the most complete picture, based on the full facts. We've all been burned from time to time, and we know how It feels, so we're determined to make sure that Amiga Format lives up to its reputation as the games-players’ champion. If we can stop just one person from wasting their money on a duff game, we're happy . So trust us - we're the software doctors..." THE REVIEWERS So what are we playing in our spare time this month? Here's what keeps us going... Screenplay Greetings.
You've reached the section of the mag where the fur flies, the critics crush and the games go ga-ga. In the name of science, please don't turn the page without first washing your hands and kissing the blarney stone.
Crazy Cars 3 Does the French flyer hold the pole position of Amiga racing games? We take it for a few highspeed laps around the track before the cops can catch us. Page 64 MegaTraveller 2 The space-cadets role-playing game makes It to its second incarnation on the Amiga. Is it any better this time? Loin with us as we enlist in the Imperial Armed Forces. Page 68 Maybe you've seen his name on a Railroad Tycoon box, and wondered just who the hell he is. But now you need wonder no more. Sid Meier, games-designer and programmer extraordinaire from MicroProse's USA headquarters, talks to Neil
Jackson about how a classic game is made.
'If What gave you the idea for your latest game. Civilization?
'25 What was the most difficult part of the concept to implement?
Sid Meier: "I was basically trying to do another constructive game, or god game as they're called sometimes. You know the type of thing: you start with an empty world, you create something of your own construction, and develop it. We I that's Sid and his colleague. Bruce Shelley - more information on him later... were looking for ideas, and Civilization seemed natural - it fit the mould and gave you plenty of room for growth and long-lasting playability.
SEPTEMBER 1992 It has several threads, or role-playing 'hats' as I call them - like in Railroad Tycoon which put you in charge of operating, financing and constructing a railway. Civilization has you playing in the role of military commander, economic planner, scientific researcher, politician and city mayor - that's enough to give you plenty of scope and possibilities. It’s also a subject that everybody knows, or thinks they know, something about before they play, and that helps people get started more easily."
* 25 God-gamcs arc always more complicated to play than your
basic arcade or racing type of games, but this doesn't
necessarily mean that they're any more difficult to make. How
long did it actually take, from conception to completion. To
design and create Civilization'!
Sid Meier: "We spent two-and-a-half years on the entire project, which does seem like a pretty long time. But the first year was used up just thinking about the idea and developing it.
The actual work, the programming and testing, took around a year and a half after that."
Sim City: more automatic, where you do broad brush-stroke kinds of things that have a global effect. The trouble was that in practice, you end up feeling as if you're only watching, and not really getting to grips with something that's supposed to be your own.
"So we changed our Civilization idea, simplifying the game so you felt like you owned and understood what was going on and knew how it all fitted together. After that, the game's many causes and effects were easier to cope with. But it meant we had to make the jump from the big global model, like Sim City.
To a far more explicit and involved situation, like Civilization. That's a lot more difficult to get working."
® Were there any ideas which you would have liked to include in Civilization, but didn't, or couldn't for whatever reason?
Sid Meier: "I wanted you to be able to form alliances and non-aggression pacts with the other civilisations. This would have enriched the political aspects of the game. But it was far too difficult to manage - if the allies wanted to break the treaties and you didn't, then you'd end up blaming the designer - not the other civilisations - so in the end we just had to simplify the whole political situation so that it was easier, but less rich.
"Also, the thing everybody was asking for was multi-player capability. The trouble was that Civilization wasn't designed with this in mind and it would have been a major redesign to get it operating. The whole thing just becomes too big - but it's still an idea we're thinking about for a game in the future, maybe.
"We also wanted to get more modem technology units in the game - things like nuclear submarines and stealth planes and so on. The trouble was. The further we brought forward the technology, the longer you had to be able to play the game, or the new things you'd just bought would only have a short life before the game ended. When we started putting in modem units, people started asking for futuristic units, like spacc-fighters and so on. And then we just simply had to call it a day
- we had to end the game somewhere, and we'd already reached 2020
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'25 What's your next design likely to be about? We've heard rumours about dinosaurs, human-bodv defence systems, and North Pole or Everest explorations. Are you working on any of these now?
Sid Meier: "We're still working on ideas and we haven't settled on anything certain just yet.
GOD GAMES The Amiga Format UNOFFICIAL top ten god-games ? Railroad Tycoon by Sid Meier for MicroProse iltdlval It's been surpassed by Civilization, and it's a year or so out of date now, but 1 don't care - there's something about Railroad Tycoon which none of the other games can 49 SEPTEMBER 1992 We're still working on language translations of Civilization for Germany and other countries, so we haven't got to the stage where we're fully clear of the last game yeti "We play around with ideas until one starts to get momentum. Often, ideas sound good at the start, but after a couple of weeks
bashing them around, it's obvious that they're not going to work, so we go back to square one. I guess you could say that we're still in our exploration phase I" 'Zi Of the MicroProse designs, which one was your favourite in terms of design success and pride in the finished result?
Sid Meier: "Often it's simply the last one I did. Civilization I'm very happy with at the moment. I learned a lot from Railroad Tycoon and so that's still got a lot of good memories for me. It has a few rough edges (which I think I've improved upon since), but I still enjoyed it a great deal.
"F-19 Stealth Fighter (going back a bit) still pleases me. As do Pirates and Silent Service. They're all old games now, but I still have a special place for them. I guess they're all my favourites. Some get almost all the way there, some get part of the way there, but Civilization seems to have topped them all. At least for me it has. Anyway.” O Can you still bring yourself to play any MicroProse games, or are you fed up with them all now ?
Sid Meier: "I seldom go back and play my old games, because I play them to death while I'm Continued on page 51 match: a total lack of violence. Sure, you get a chance to be really horrible to your opponents, but you can only bit them where they hurt the most - the wallets.
But it's still the best test of your brain's ability.
92% Amiga Format 2 2 0 Civilization by Sid Meier for MicroProse Perhaps this one's only second because I haven't had time to play more than a few games yet. The acid test is whether or not it's still fun six weeks later - so far it shows all the right signs With a complete game weighing in at around a week's worth of misspent evenings, you’re going to have plenty to get on with here.
94% Amiga Format 38 Sim City by Maxis via Infogrames Digital Integration This is generally regarded as 'the one that started it all' - the first god-game.
It's got a lot of good i leaS which have ffira since been pinched
* •"¦ - 1 ¦' 1 and borrowed a hundred times over, so it
deserves some recognition for that But it tends to lose its
shine after a few plays - and the bug-ridden traffic will drive
you nuts.
92% Amiga Format 6 ? Populous 2 by Bullfrog for Electronic Arts A cross between Sim City anti Civilization with three dimensional graphics thrown in for free. It's not quite got the size ol either of those titles, but it’s got just as much depth and variation. There are hundreds of strategies to try out against a variable-difficulty computer player - providing a guaranteed long-term interest. There's even a null-modern link so two humans can play on different Amigas - an excellent way to find out who your friends are!
95% Amiga Format 30 B Deuteros by Ian Bird for The Disc Company A space-age god- game in a class of its own. Hours of strategy and decisionmaking. And a story which unfolds as you progress. It's not as involved as the rest, but the feeling of all-powerfulness and empathy for your subjects make it justifiably a god-game nonetheless. Drags you in and doesn't let go.
95% Amiga Format 21 Utopia by Celestial Software for Gremlin Graphics A cross between almost all the other games! It’s got Populous 3D displays, with Sim Citys building, Civilization s military and domestic units, and Railroad Tycoon s financial management. To top it all, it's set on a remote planet where you have to create and support a colony, rather like Deuteros But you can't actually see your rival's city, which makes him seem a bit disembodied and reduces the appeal.
84% Amiga Format 28 ? Sim Ant by Maxis via Ocean They may not be worshippers, but they're still your flock. Sim Ant is a strange god- game, but it qualifies because your main aims are the same: go forth and multiply, hang on to what you've got, and spread the word. A little confrontational, and a wee bit creepy-crawly for some, but it still requires you to think, plan and act with accuracy. Its downfall is its predictable nature.
73% Amiga Format 35 Q Millennium 2.2 by Ian Bird for Electric Dreams The predecessor to Deuteros, Millennium
2. 2 is another sci-fi god-game. Concerned with building an
empire through our solar system, you begin to feel you're
all-powerful. But you're not quite (or there'd be no
challenge). You find you're not alone in space, and you have a
battle for survival on your hands.
86% STIAmiga Format 12 ? Populous By Bullfrog for Electronic Arts Not as well- polished as the sequel, but then it's slightly less difficult to master. It has an option for playing via a null- modern link, and is at its best when played this way - humans are much easier to get worked up about, although the computer is a real meanie. It’s got a place in any god-game collection.
85% Amiga Format 30 Just scrapes in by virtue of its playability and the time needed to complete it. It's got many elements from Sim City the ability to build a base from blocks, links and connections that need to be routed properly to get it working, and a population to increase and control.
It's not gold dust, but moon dust is pretty valuable.
Not reviewed.
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you wanna know what a real epic is | like? Well then forget the game of that name, and instead check out Ben Hur's big brother. The new way of life is Civilization.
Civilization 51 SEPTEMBER 1992 HARD DISK INSTALLABLE Each city has its own production facility.
CapaOle of building a vast range of military and domestic hardware But everything costs resources and takes time - inefficient cities soon become a liability writing them. If I couldn't program and play games at that time. I would play a few games, once in a while. I occasionally go back and play Covert Action which I still like to play for its own sake. I prefer to write and develop at the same time, because I gel the most fun doing that. This is probably because when you're playing an old game, or someone else's game, you can’t change something if you don't like the way it works. That
can be a bit frustrating, so I tend to avoid it."
Zj In all the recent MicroProse manuals, wherever you’re mentioned, there's usually a reference to a guy called Bruce Shelley. What part did he play in the Civilization project?
Sid Meier: "Bruce docs the things that 1 don't like or want to do: things like spelling, checking facts, digging up the research material and so on. He's heavily involved in the brainstorming of the original ideas and chips in a wealth of new material, some of which gets implemented, some of which doesn't. He's good at taking incomplete ideas and seeing past them - not getting caught up in the fact that 'that bit isn't working, or this bit's missing'. He can visualise the end result that we re working towards, and criticise the project in that context. He also writes the manual and does
huge amounts of playtesting. I do all of the piecing together and the programming - Bruce does all the research and fact-gathering, the real work!"
Zj In your opinion, what makes a good strategy game?
Sid Meier: "I like to give people decisions to make - the kind of decisions that you might change your response to the next time around, just to see what happens. For example, you might make an alliance in one game, and then try an attack, just to find out what it's like.
"Another factor I like to find in a game is accessibility - it's got to be centred on something that people might already know something about. If you have some know ledge about it. You'll think you know as much (if not more) than the manual.
"We're very much games-players here at MicroProse. So I write the kind of games that I want to play which aren't already out there.
While I'm developing my games, around half the time is spent just playing them. This is. For me. The most interesting and important part of the w hole process."
Zj Finally, what are your all-time favourite .omputer strategy games?
Hid Meier: I Sim City
- Empire (PC only. I'm afraid) : Any of the SSG strategy
war-games - They're all a bit old. But I still like them.
- Wing Commander - It's not strictly a strategy game, but it's
an accomplishment.
5 Civilization " Railroad Tycoon ' Sim Earth - but there's too much watching and not enough involvement for me. Really , v st.and 10? No way - that's all folks..." Zj Everyone should have heard of Civilization by now - if you haven’t, then the dark thing above your head is a stone, and you really should crawl out from under it. The Civilization we're talking about here isn't your 'speak BBC newsreader English, and use the correct spoon for the soup-type civilisation. Oh no.
W e re talking the ultimate transcendental experience here, but spelt with that awful all- American 'zee'. Civilization.
Sid Meier's latest strategy lifestyle-ruiner. Is here.
You. As guide and father- figure to a tribe of settlers, hold the destiny of the entire world in your trembling hands Man. You're bigger than the gods
- if only because, in Civilization's terms, you predate them all.
Well, almost all - Sid Meier was there first, apparently.
On first glance, you could easily be fooled into thinking it's only a game, but then, it's only when you've played Civilization for a while that it starts to play you. Rather than the other wav round. Unlike Meier's Railroad Tycoon which let you play trains for a mere hundred years. Civilization goes on for around
6. 000 years, and you can become very attached to your offspring
in that space of time City of tiny lights Your objectives arc
simple enough: start with one icon (a unit of settlers) and
create a city.
Then use that city to create military units to explore and conquer the world. The further they roam, the more of the world is uncovered.
You'll find new places to put down roots, seas to be crossed, trade routes to open and occasionally new civilisations to be fought or bargained with. You're constantly expanding, consolidating and learning ideas. You take on the role of colonial leader, resource manager, military general, taxman, scientist, priest, entertainer and diplomat, to name just the most frequent tasks.
So much strategy is daunting at first, just like it was in Railroad Tycoot.. but therein lies the secret of Civilization's success: the more time you spend getting your head round the subtleties of Civilization, the more it hooks you in. It’s easy enough to pick up and play, learning as you go - you'll last a long lime, unless you're incredibly reckless or extremely unlucky Soon your humble tribal beginnings start to look like they could rule the world, and then there's no putting it down. You become Continued overleaf obsessed with ‘doing it to them better faster more than they're doing it
to you’ and before long, you’re squeezing those crucial extra advantages out of Civilization's surprisingly understandable rules. But mastery of the an of Civilization takes more than just a few games.
Much like the style of Railroad Tycoon.
Civilization has four levels of skill with numerous options to increase the overall difficulty. You’re going to be at it for years before you really ’wear out the game’.
Let's get civilized SEPTEMBER 1992 Civilization's sheer mass poses a few problems: greedy, but gotta-have graphics make a heavy demand on the Amiga's chip RAM.
Causing it to skip some of the interesting graphics which depict your progress. Amigas with only half a meg of chip RAM suffer a bit, even when running from hard drive. (As we go to press, the UK side of MicroProse is busy sending its top-ranking Amiga-programmers over to the US in an effort to cure this problem. Some early versions of the program will doubtless suffer this chip RAM headache, but MicroProse will be replacing them on request.
New versions should be OK - check with your dealer when you buy). The Auto-save function prevents all this being too heart-rending, thank heavens - and even in the worst situation, all
* You become obsessed with doing it to them better faster more
than they're doing it to you " you’ll miss is a few graphics -
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no means makes the game unplayable.
It's rather strange that something so seri- ous-looking can in fact be so appealing; there are plenty of spreadsheet-like screens, and tough, almost corporate-level decisions to take.
But it's still pure, addictive fun. Civilization is the kind of game that'll make your friends think you’ve become a recluse, or give your spouse ideas about divorce. People on the 'outside' just won't be able to see the attraction; people who'vc been 'Civilized' will emerge at the end of the game, bleary eyed and proud, with a knowledge of history and creation that applies as much to the real world as it does to their private one.
Meier and his team have done it again, making the war-games and god-gamcs that have gone before look like hollow, not-quite- there experiences. Until now there's been nothing in the dccp-strategy market that's ideal for beginners to play. Civilization is child's play to pick up. And has the kind of Instability that's so, so rare these days. But. Having created the almost-perfect strategy masterpiece, there’s just one problem: what on earth does Meier have to come up with next? For now. I don't care - I've got eight million people and 20 declining cities to look after!
Nell Jackson O TOURIST INFORMATION The visitors' guide to the Civilization city info screen.
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The amount of cash injected into a tie-in is often a bone of contention, but in most cases the development budgets for a game depend more on the details of the licence rather than the cost of acquiring a title. Gary explains: “ If we mess up a conversion the film companies are entitled to go elsewhere for the sequel * "The amount of money used in development of a licensed title depends on how many formats we can produce. If we buy a big title and get the rights to produce it across disk, console and 8-bit machines, we'll obviously spend more money developing for all the titles, simply
because it's worth our while to capture all the markets. We'd spend less on development if. Say. We only had the disk rights and not consoles, even if the licence itself was relatively inexpensive."
Having a recognisable name on a game is a major step towards getting through to your market. But what happens along the way? What is it that makes a good licensed game? Maff Evans surveys the field of the tie -in.
What's i a name?
The movers and the shakers A good review in Empire or Premiere magazine does not necessarily ensure the same in Amiga Format No mailer what you think of the latest film. TV or comic tie-in in the field of computer games might be. It's a safe bet that it will be snapped up by the game-buying public. Just the name will sell it.
Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger are going to be tempted by a game simply because it's entitled The Terminator. That's life.
But what of the game itself? Surely the producers always ensure that a game will stand up on its own merits? Well, it's not really that simple. There's a heck of a lot going on behind the scenes when a licence becomes a game... Snapping up the titles The first hurdle that has to be overcome is actually managing to acquire the licence for a tie-in. We spoke to Ocean I who arc pretty much the biggest name in film tie-ins these days) to find out how it happens Ocean's head. Gary Braces, outlines the basic plan of action on the licence front.
"Basically, we monitor the trade magazines for TV. Films and computers, following the big film releases to sec what's available If there is a desirable title up for grabs, then we approach the companies involved to see what deal can be arranged."
Things aren't always as simple as this however, owing to the complex legal wrangles that are involved with some titles. "Hook was rather complicated." Says Gary, "since the game tie-in was licensed to Sony, who also own the film company. So we had to sublicence the title from them for a number of formats in Europe."
What about the cost involved? Is it all big- dollar deals with the film companies? Does it affect the amount of development money being ploughed into the actual game?
"Well, it depends on the title being licensed. We can't really disclose the actual figures, but we'd obviously pay more for something like Batman rather than Nightbreed.
Just because of the strength of the original title.
As far as development costs, we tend to do things in-house, which means that we can SEPTEMBER 1992 Some licences and tie-ins come about via a more indirect route. One licensed title that Ocean have recently released is Push-Over.
Which features the Quavers cartoon character.
Curly Colin. This was more an exercise in marketing, as Ocean's PR person. Ken Lockley. Explains.
"We were actually doing Push-Over anyway and we'd already seen Smiths have a lot of success with a licence on the Gameboy. So when we saw that they wanted to produce an Amiga game featuring Curly Colin, we decided to approach them, since we thought Push-Over could be easily convened to incorporate the character."
The film of the game Another game which was produced in a rather strange fashion was Robocop S. mainly because the film hasn't yet appeared! Gary Braccy explains: "The game is actually based on the script of the third film, but Orion pictures were in trouble so the film has taken longer to produce than expected, hence the game coming out FILMS AS GAMES i 5 1 m 55 SEPTEMBER 1992 movie, then we get first refusal on a licence for the sequels, but the film companies are entitled to go el-ew here if we mess up a conversion, so it's not a foregone conclusion that we'll produce a game."
So software houses do have something to try to urge them into making the most of a licence, since the film companies will hold it against them!
This has been the case with some titles, even some of the bigger licences. One of the most notable cases where a sequel was released by another company was Predator.
Activision's game wasn l really up to scratch, so the sequel licence was picked up by Mirrorsoft. Just think, next time you see a film tie-in that doesn't impress you - you may be annoyed, but console yourself by remembering that the software house responsible will almost certainly not be releasing any sequels! 1) first." It looks as though this problem may reoccur, since Ocean have managed to snap up the rights for another big future film release in the form of Steven Spielberg's next epic Jurassic Park. The film has been delayed quite considerably and may be threatened by the release of
Roger Corman's Camosaur. Which apparently has a similar premise to Jurassic Park'. However, the major film money is still ¦•ehind Spielberg's movie Walt Disney arc reportedly Software, one of the biggest
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Ocean have also produced two games ¦axtd on the first Robocop films, but does this mean that they can then automatically produce
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"Not necessarily." Says Gary , "ethically, if
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Combining driving, flying, puzzle and shoot-em-up elements with their impressive polygon graphic system. DID manage to come up with a film tie-in which actually captures the feel of the movie - something which is usually missed in titles converted to the computer game screen.
91 “V Amiga Format 32 0 Batman - The Movie Ocean I £24.99 Ocean have already produced one Amiga game based on the caped crusader, with a considerable amount of success. Could a game based on the Tim Burton movie come up to the same high standards? Well, yes as it happens, it did! Based on a combination of 3D driving and platform-and-ladders sections, the Gothic atmosphere of the film was transferred perfectly to the computer screen.
90* Amiga Format 5 Monty Python Virgin I £19.99 How the hell do you produce a game that is based on something as totally mad and surreal as Monty Python? You produce a mad game, that's how.
Virgin's conversion of Monty Python is about as mad as they come, with Gumby flitting about (both as himself and as a fish) collecting tins of Spam to reclaim his missing four brain pieces. Superbly playable and wonderfully stupid!
88 % Amiga Format 1 5 Flight of the Intruder Mirrorsoft I £34.99 Based on the book that became the film, Flight of the Intruder is basically a Fafcon-style flight simulator based on the Vietnam scenarios found in the original _ story. The game is very techni- cal, offering loads of options r (including a head-to-head competition on two linked machines) and some very nice flying animation. The only thing that holds the game off the Format Gold slot is the fact that it is limited by the storyline. However, it's still a worthy flight sim.
88% Amiga Format 28 Blues Brothers Titus I £25.99 Although more people are familiar with the Belushi and Ayckroyd B ues Brothers film, this game is actually a licence of the Saturday Night Live characters rather than a conversion of the movie itself. The game is a platform affair, which has some clever animation and wonderfully inventive scenery with the Brothers leaping around four levels in an attempt to collect together the items they need to put on a blues concert. Cute cartoon action which works rather well.
86% Amiga Format 29 tKOlEPlj ¦ini*1!
SEPTEMBER 1992 Box-office smashes... ra Knightmare LU Mindscape ¦ £25.99 Fans of the original Knightmare TV show could be a little disappointed by this game, since it doesn't really bear any relation to the programme at all! Still, it's still a very impressive Dungeon Master-style adventure game, put together by Tony Crowther (the author of the superb Captive). Despite being slickly presented, the game lacks that certain something, but should still prove fun for adventure freaks.
85% Amiga Format 31 | The Simpsons Ocean ¦ £25.99 Although The Simpsons cartoons are only on Sky TV in Britain, the Bart phenomenon has taken oft massively. Almost every kid you see knows the phrases 'Aye Carumba!' And ‘Eat my shorts,' so it's was a certainty that a video game would be released. Due to complex licensing agreements, the Amiga game is a conversion of the Nintendo cartridge. Still, It's a pretty good game (if a little simplistic at times) and should keep fans of the yellow family happy for some time.
82% Amiga Format 26 _C1 Hill Street Blues U Krisalis ¦ £24.99 Rather than simply producing a multi-stage arcade game based on the TV Show, Krisalis decided to produce a more technical game to capture that cops-and-robbers feel. The game puts you at the head of the police force and you control the crime stoppers via a set of icons. With all the stuff you have to remember (not least the 48 different icons), things can get a little hectic but the game still manages to draw you into its atmosphere, making it a fun adventure in law and order.
82% Amiga Format 23 Neuromancer Electronic Arts ¦ £24.99 The Cyberpunk sub-culture all started with one book - Neuromancer. Taking on the task of producing a computer game of such a historic novel is quite an undertaking, but Interplay have managed to come up with a rather challenging adventure role-player which translates the story well. The graphics don't really capture the atmosphere of the technologically overrun Chiba City, but the gameplay is challenging enough to ignore this foible.
81% Amiga Format 14 Predator 2 ImageWorks ¦ £25.99 Taking on a more Operation Wolf-style view, ImageWorks' conversion of the second Predator film was a darned sight more successful than Activision's bumbling of the first film! You play Harrigan as he tries to battle the drug gangs and the nasty alien in a heat-stricken future Los Angeles.
Marvellous graphics and sound effects combined with frantic action make this a worthy conversion.
81% Amiga Format 23 FILMS AS GAMES B-Movie Turkeys FI Predator U Activision ¦ £24.99 A film of suspense. Violence and gripping action. Predator
- a game with no action, bad gameplay and an Amie with Paddington
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22% Amiga Format 5 Bhare Raising Havoc Infogrames ¦ £25.99 Now H there’s one recent film which gives the perfect opportunity for fun cartoon action, it's Roger Rabbit. Instead, Han Raising Havoc is a slow. Dragon's Lair-type game which requires loads of memory, a hard drive and the patience of a saint Keep your sanity and avoid it 25% Amiga Format 33 Hook Have Ocean managed to retain that Spielberg magic with their latest conversion, or will JM Barrie be turning in his grave?
One idea that is pushed forward in the Peter Pan story is to 'keep thinking happy thoughts.’ Unfortunately, this is easier said than done while playing Hook. The graphics have been very nicely done in places (there were, after all. Five artists working on the presentation) but they lack the style found in Monkey Island 2's wonderful artwork.
MEEDS 1 MEC Some kind of wonderful?
It's a shame die graphics aren't wonderful, since the presentation is all that Hook has in its favour. The plot hardly captures the innocent charm and fun of the original film, and the gameplay is just too boring to keep any adventurer interested for long. At times it appears that complete lunacy has taken over - especially in the way that some of the clues arc given. Tinkerbell gives 'clues' to do things that have been done about 10 minutes ago!
The control system is one of the most limited to appear on an adventure for quite some time. Five commands? Come on! The unwieldy control system is also very difficult to use. For example, after attempting to use an object, you have to click the icon to stop using it before you can do anything else!
This is very frustrating when you're trying to carry out a series of actions.
Due to the style of game and the obvious pirate connotations, some comparisons may be levelled between Hook and Monkey Island 2. However, comparing Peter Pan's digital adventures with Guybrush Threepwood's mighty escapades is like like comparing a Gameboy to an Amiga. Hook lacks the scope, atmosphere, humour, style and enjoyment of Monkey Island 2. Ending up a rather dull adventure with no real staying power.
Maff Evans Another cartoon licence which fails to have any fun cartoon action is The Jetsons. Based on the futuristic cartoon family, the game puts you in control of George as he tries to collect objects and solve puzzles. Boring gameplay, bad controls and frustrating glitches make even the sub- 13 quid price tag too much.
29% Amiga Format 34 SEPTEMBER 1992 Everyone must have heard of the Hero (nee Ninja) Turtles.
The craze that swept the nation a couple of years ago was latched on to by computer-game companies, ending with a Turtles coin-op and computer game. The coin-op was great but the ugly looking, poorly playing and downright horrible borne-game was tedious.
No wonder the craze wore off.
35% Amiga Format 19 Hook Ocean ¦ £25.99 » Occasionally nice graphics, but a bit too cartoon-like for this sty le of game.
I The presentation is rather swish, particularly the atmospheric intro sequence.
I The control system is far too limited and unwieldy to get you involved in the plot.
I The story and characters don't seem to evolve at all.
Leaving everything seeming rather flat.
I A tedious graphic adventure which shrinks into insignificance next to Monkey Island 2.
STWitln on the Moon Infogrames ¦ £19.99 All together in big booming voice... It's... ‘Herge's adventures of Tintiiiiiinl' All together in slightly less booming voice... 'What an awful platform gaaaaamel’ A few levels of tedious action based on a single Tintin adventure. The tame graphics. Boring gameplay and the plot stripped down to say the least 38% Amiga Format 5 erdic: 48% It’s quite often the case that big film releases are snapped up ready for licensing for a computer game without a shred of an idea as to what the game is going to be.
This usually results in the game being a rather weak action game that is only loosely based on the characters within a film. Lucasfilm have a very different opinion. They think that the only way to do justice to a film in a computer game is to produce a graphic adventure. And Ocean have taken a leaf out of their book with the licence of the hit movie Hook.
You take the role of Peter Banning (who is. In fact really Peter Pan - he just doesn’t know it just yet), who is taken to Neverland to try and rescue his children, who have been captured by the evil Captain James Hook. Unfortunately. * The plot hardly Peter has completely forgotten all about his times in Neverland as the captures the inno- ctcmally youthful leader of the Lost Boys (not the blood-sucking. Kiefer cent charm and fun Sutherland variety, but the friendly orphans). You must guide Peter of the film ” around (with help from Tinkerbell), solving puzzles, finding useful objects and
talking to characters before you can retrieve your children from the dutches of Hook.
Well I never!
The plot of the game is only loosely based on the film (after all. It would be a bit easy to complete if it was exactly the same), using characters and situations as clues to how you should continue, rather than enhancing the plot. Most of the situations and people you meet on the way aren’t in the film at all.
The game is controlled via the usual sort of ’point and click’ interface. You simply point at the command that you want to use (look at. Talk to. Pick up. Use or give) then the person or object you want to manipulate.
Walking around is even simpler. Just click on the point you wish to get to and Peter will walk there. A particularly sharp eye is needed when playing'thc game, since unlike most other adventures, you aren't given any hint as to the usefulness of an object. You have to 'Look At' EVERYTHING on a screen to find out whether it can be used or not - you're given no clues whatsoever! If you want a piece of advice, you can try talking to Tinkerbell to get an extra clue or two, but she doesn't often give much information away.
Interaction with the other characters is done by using the 'Talk To' icon. This gives you a set of questions you can ask (which arc cycled through using the right mouse button). This is one of the main problem areas. Whereas in something like Monkey Island the conversations evolve as you go on. Allowing the characters to develop their own part in the story. Hook simply chums out the same messages time after time, making everyone in the game seem a complete dullard.
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The King is MADI Long live the King !
Honestly, some of the things these regal types have to pul up with are just plain ridiculous. When you're King, you expect to be able to sit down to a nice Sunday lunch without any interruptions from nasty people - you know the type - peasants, serfs, journalists and the like.
King Angoulafre is just about to tuck into his roast hog with his family, when he is attacked by an evil one armed with a voodoo doll and some pins. As the pins are stuck in.
The King starts jumping up and down in his seat, and laughing like a loon. Naturally his family start thinking he's gone raving starkers.
And they lock him up in one of those nice rubbery type rooms. But who can help?
60 SEPTEMBER 1992 Enter Oups, Ignatius and Asgard, a trio of goblins each of whom possesses a unique talent. They must set off into unknown lands, and search out the only things which can help their King. Using the mouse, your job is to control the goblins in their quest. The area outside the Kingdom consists of a series of 22 different landscapes, each containing various puzzles which must be solved. As various objects and nasties obstruct the solution to each level, the three must operate as a team in order to move on.
Treehouse Once the game starts, you are effectively thrown in at the deep end. The first screen depicts a house with a back yard, a tree, and a large gate. The screen is dotted with small cartoon-type animals, which don't add to the plot but help make the game look pretty. At the base of the screen is a counter bar. Which gives you information such as how much energy you have left, and which goblin is being controlled.
Moving around the screen manipulating objects in an attempt to solve the puzzle will initially end in disaster. Reading the instruction manual reveals a clue, but this doesn't really help and the game may now appear daunting to the average player. As with most puzzle-type games though, perseverance pays its rewards, and the knack of solving the puzzles soon becomes second nature. At the end of each screen a code is displayed which will enable entry to that level (with the same energy) should you be killed off at a later stage.
Scream again The game comes on three disks, and the loading time is fairly rapid. The graphics are very cute from the introduction onwards, with lots of nice touches which add to the feel of the game, and a good element of humour is apparent throughout - for example attempting to use violence or cast spells on various objects during the game sometimes brings hilarious results. The sound isn't too impressive, with only two spot effects and there is no music cither, but as the tunes which normally accompany this sort of game are incredibly annoying, some may find this a blessing.
Gobliiins The generally polished presentation is marred by a few niggles - for instance if the energy runs out. And the player chooses to restart from the current position, the entire level is reloaded from disk. This doesn't take a horrendously long time, bul it is unnecessary and can be extremely frustrating.
Also there arc inherent problems with the control system, since the mouse pointer is used to select and control all three characters, and this can be a bil fiddly when you are positioning a goblin in a particular spot. This latter point isn't really a criticism, but something to lake into account when playing the game. The game might have been better if all characters could be moved around simultaneously.
Challenge Anneka Gohliiins is a cute game with some excellent features, and will certainly appeal to fans of the now legendary Lemmings genre. Some players of the game will no doubt get very frustrated with one or iwo levels as the solution is not always immediately apparent, but hardened puzzlers will love it.
Andy Muttall O Cobliiins Coktel Digital Integration I Nicely presented, with cute graphics and some neat touches.
I Difficult to get into initially, but solving the problems can be rewarding.
I No time limit, so plenty of time to ponder on the puzzles.
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©Access Software. Inc. 1991 All rights reserved Play a round All year round It's raining cats and dogs outside, but it's a beautiful crisp Spring day on the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
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We all know what to expect from a game of this genre, don't we? Push forward to accelerate. Steer left and right to avoid other cars and pull back when you want to stop, right?
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Crazy Curs II tested your map-reading skills as well as your driving, and now Crazy Curs III goes into even more depth.
Take several desperate and reckless drivers with powerful cars, a perfectly innocent public-road system and some transport police, and you'll have some idea of what a typical Crazy race involves.
SEPTEMBER 1992 The first thing you notice when you begin driving in Crazy Curs III is that the game generates a good feeling of distance between you and the cars ahead. Far along the road in front of you. Dwindling tail-lights of the leading cars appear and disappear quite realistically on the hori .on; an effect which was not earned off as effectively in hnus Turbo Challenge II.
Get it loose Different weather conditions also have a greater bearing upon the game than in Lotus, with each climate producing its own car-handling characteristics as well as a change of scenery. Weather conditions are sometimes generated randomly, so it is possible to have snow falling upon the cacti as you drive along desert roads.
GO-FASTER GADGETS IN THE HARDWARE STORE Different towns also have different scenery and w ho is to say w hether or not you will race at night or in the daylight hours? A large range of scenic views is to be found w ithin this game, each one of them well-drawn and moving past very swiftly... now I want a real Lamborghini!
Cash, as well as climate, is important.
Prize money for finishing in pole position is double the race entry fee. But for finishing third you make a 50 per cent loss. So w inning the race outright is practically the only way to make a profit. The only alternative is to wager other competitors in your race that you will finish before them. Unfortunately your opponents are very good - you have been warned!
Money won at a race can be used to improve your car through the purchase of various add-ons. Which is a welcome feature. The hardware store sells new and faster gearboxes, wet-weather tyres and super brakes, w hich are all ludicrously priced but improve your car’s performance greatly. The most expensive item is. Surprisingly enough, the good old nilro fuel, costing an incredible S50.000. For your hard- earned money you get 10 seconds of rocket-powered mayhem, which increases the car's speed by about a third. This has the effect of practically turning it into a low-flying Well, here I am at
the Crazy Cars equivalent of Halfords, and there are lots of juicy things on offer. The devices are as follows, starting from the top row and working from left to right: radar detector, this useful gadget tells you police are ahead, so that you can slow down to avoid their radar turbo boosts, that's ridiculously priced nitro fuel to you and me; snow tyres, the grip these provide is crucial for icy stages; new automatic gearbox, a self-shifter that will take you up to 336kph; superbrakes, these babies give unsurpassed stopping power new manual gearbox, this will take you up to 336kph as
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Aircraft, so I suppose we must grudgingly accept that the race is more interesting when mtro is only used rarely.
Babylon business It s a fair cop - even in America. Police arc to re found patrolling the highways, giving you even more hassle. Apart from the patrol cars which chase you when you accidentally (or otherwise) hit someone, there arc also radar- pcrated camera speed traps along the road.
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. AaflCt- w 93% European Champions iDEaB £25.99 The year is 1992, and there are already far too many football games out there. So what has this one got over others? Well. It doesn't actually come with an instruction manual. Nope. Instead you get a rather tasteless poster.
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I got a headache. Yup. It was a bad iDEa releasing this one... Asam Top Ufe' Ahmad © SEPTEMBER 1992 Winter Supersports 92 Flair Software ¦ £25.99 As the Summer Olympics in Barcelona end. Flair bring out a game based on winter games. This is either a bit out of date, considering the Winter Olympics were held earlier in the year, or a tad premature - the next event will be In 1996.
Aside from a poor sense of timing, as a game it's on the ball.
It's based on a multiple-sports format, along the lines of Epyx's Games series of a few years back. There are eight events, which can be played individually or in a series, by one or two players.
The problem is, some of the events are so similar K seems there's not much to the game. Bobsled and Luge are variations of the same event, while Downhill Skiing and Giant Slalom are both based on the familiar downward-scrolling ski course. Also, Bale Jumping and Speed Skating are based on an identical 3D course with polygon graphics, the only difference being a polygon bale which has been thrown in for good measure.
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A John S Waddington B Jean-Luc Pickard C Marc W Miller Imagine living 5.000 years in the future.
Try to get your head around the concepts of travelling from star to star, planet to planet. Think of all this as commonplace and a huge Imperial government overseeing the situation. That's the setting for MegaTraveller.
These ideas are not particularly novel - the Traveller role playing game was bom in the late sixties and early seventies. It has influenced many parts of the science fiction world.
The mind behind it was Marc W Miller. After the lukewarm reception of the first computer version of his system (The Zhodoni Conspiracy) the inventor was called in to help w ith the design of this follow up.
The Quest for the Ancients takes a lot of its background details and plots from very early Traveller books. These have been enjoyed many times by pen and paper Travellers, and so were thoroughly play-tested for the computer version.
Hundreds of thousands of years ago. An exotic race called the Ancients flourished for a very short time. They did lots of ama ing things: like build starships, transport aliens (including humans ) around the galaxy, move planets and suns around, and had a technology so advanced that even 5.IKX) years from now.
People cannot fully fathom it.
Then, for reasons unknown, they left. Did a runner, blew town - they vanished. They left a lot of artifacts and ruins for archaeologists to ponder over. It's at one such site that the game begins. For no apparent reason, one of the Ancient machines begins to work, producing a corrosive slime. And it doesn't stop.
The planet where it all begins (Rhylanor) is doomed within seven years unless your party can find a means of turning off the machine. Of course, a reward commensurate with saving a planet is offered - but you aren't in it for the money, are you?
Play the role RPGs arc about assuming the identity and viewpoint of an individual, and making decisions from their viewpoint. They usually have little to do with rocket-propelled grenades.
Step one is to invent a group or 'party' of such individuals. MT2 lets you play with a party of up to five characters. There are some readymade. But it's more fun to make your own.
The first decision is the race of your character. As well as humans, evolved canines can also be selected - Vargr characters. Human Imperials refer to Vargr as "doggies" for obvious reasons, but Vargr have certain advantages. Gender is determined next.
After that comes the important question of statistics - how strong, dextrous, enduring.
INDIVIDUAL PLAYER CHARACTERS: HOW MEGATRAVELLER 2 MEASURES PEOPLE This game uses a simple screen to show the skills and life story of the individuals you play with. So easy!
Thl* shows the former career of a character (Vargr can have more than one) and name of the character.
The race and sex of the character appear here.
Hits is a measure of how tough they are. Financial status matters; retired characters get an annual pension to boost this.
The vital statistics! These vary from zero to 15 - the higher they are the better. Physical statistics go down with age.
Female human st hits V5 Hp «,IID,5DD en Qge h£ UPP TOBC5 Bank, account i,3U133 1 EXHIMNE I DROP- |-OBJibT Liar- j biologg chemistrq computer electronics grao vehicle medical persuasion phgsics streetiuise srng Bub hlachine Gun Confiscated Lolu Passage Skills are used to measure success or failure at tasks in the game. As a retired doctor, she has impressive skills at Medical - but her combat skills are very limited. Streetwise is used to communicate with persons of low social status (criminals). Or Shannon Amore has been around!
This character has very little in the way of goods and chattels. Her sub-machine gun has been confiscated at the star port (Stealth skill helps to conceal weapons) but at least she has a low passage space ticket in case she needs to get off the planet quickly.
T intelligent, knowledgeable and affluent a character starts out. It is very easy to keep 'rolling the dice' until a decent set of statistics shows up. A character has to start at age 18. And progress through a pre-game career before being able to adventure.
MegaTraveller 2 These pre-game careers vary from being an ex-member of the armed services, a profcs- sional (bureaucrat, diplomat, doctor and so on), a criminal (common rogue or space-going pirate), a law enforcer, or for those who like fantasy role playing - a barbarian, ignorant of high technology. Each class has its uses, and a good mixture is important to success.
* * Even when you have completed the game, there*s a lot a detail
that you will have missed ** Daunting at first glance, the
character generation is quite simple to work through with a
mouse - and it will produce as good a variation in characters
as the real RPG. You also get a good, atmospheric piece of
music too.
All of the MegaTraveller rules arc in there, including the Advanced Character generation loverly detailed - definitely not recommended except on wet Sunday afternoons).
Save the planet You can play nearly the whole game with a mouse. To move, point at where you want to go - and the characters walk there. A nice touch is that they don't stay in a rigid group, but tag along in a random, realistic fashion.
Some of the common functions are mapped onto keys. This saves time when you get used to the game.
The main v iewpoint is sited directly above the characters. Most of the action takes place in settlements, although the occasional excursion to an Ancient stte is necessary too. This view can be zoomed out. Which is handy when trying to spot people you have to meet - 'Non Player Characters' or NPCs for short.
Success is achieved by meeting the nght people with the nght objects in your possession. Included in the box is a clue book, which details the full plot, all minor plots, all objects and all NPCs. This son of thing costs a few quid more in the average role-playing game - but not with this one!
Space travel is handled entirely through menus. Reference to the star charts in the manual is heavily recommended - but once you know where you are going, getting from A to B is a doddle. If your characters didn't have a ship to start w ith, no problem - there are space tickets available in most cities What makes this game so much better lhan ihe original is the scale - the original coped with around a dozen star systems. A 72 has 117. This means that it's no longer a hop.
Skip and jump to get to where you want - your route to save Rhylanor has to be carefully planned in advance.
Seven years to save a planet may sound like a long time, but every jump from one planet to another takes a week. Even when you have completed the game, there's still a lot of detail that you will have missed - which makes playing it more than once much more fun than it was with the original.
SEPTEMBER 1992 My complaints are minor - some of the text messages don't get erased (which means that further messages are corrupted) and the point and click system can leave you jammed in a corner sometimes. Neither of these are major problems, and did not stop me from enjoying the game.
The sound effects are sparse, as are the opportunities for combat - but role-playing is about solving problems with brains, not with brawn. There is some fighting to be done (and some of the futuristic technology is awesome), but violence plays second fiddle in MegaTraveller 2. Recommended!
Pat McDonald MegaTraveller 2 Empire ¦ £29.99
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• Plot is enjoyable and different - no dungeons to wander in this
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Take one outdated, massive American eight-engined bomber. Add a pinch of trendy stealth technology and stir in the melting pot of modern combat.
Everybody must have heard of the B-52 bomber. I mean, they were used in Vietnam, they were used in the Gulf, they’ve even had a band named after them.
Not bad going for a big. Ugly, out-of-date strategic bomber.
The B-52 Stratofortrcss (as it’s properly known) has had a hard time of late. What with all these new-fangled supersonic stealth aircraft. Nobody seems to want a lumbering eight-engined bomber w ith the radar signature double that of an Italian opera-singer.
Scrapheap here we come.
But perhaps not. A chap called Dale Brown, who apparently used to navigate with the USAF on these babies, wrote a book in 1987 about a B-52 which was modified at Dreamland, the secret aeronautical w orks deep within Nellis Airforce Base. The plane was given all the stealth characteristics so in vogue at the moment. He called it the Megafortrcss.
And here’s the game of the book. What you’ve got is a completely black plane that flics almost exclusively at night, w ith no lights on. And tries to avoid everything it picks up on radar. So you can forget your G-LOC dog- fighting skills - it’s time to get defensive.
Rock lobster First you must leam to fly the beast. This means sussing out not one but five vital onboard stations, one for each crew-member. If it sounds complicated, that’s because it is. For each if you’re going to get anything done.
There are three theatres you can operate the Megafortress in. Red Flag in Nevada is a training area, which gives you some mock-up baddies for you to avoid, as well as bombing ranges, air-to-air refuelling points and missile bases to hide from.
Then there’s the Gulf. Yes. It’s time to go up against Iraq once more, as you fly much the same sort of missions. This time, though, the enemy is real. They're angry, they're numerous and they don't like huge black planes flying over their territory.
If that doesn't pucker you enough, then there's always ’The Flight of the Old Dog’.
Taken directly from Dale Brown’s book, this sees you belting across Kamchatka in an SEPTEMBER 1992 HARD DISK INSTALLABLE Megafortress example, if you want to get the thing off the ground (and it is desirable for most of the missions). You must flick loads of sw itches in the commander’s position, then swap to the copilot’s scat to flip some more, then swap back.
To operate the switches and levers, you must use the mouse. Click on each button and the computer switches il to whatever it wasn’t switched to before. Once you get used to this, you can actually fly round most of the panels, clicking away and getting the (light systems running with surprising rapidity. But il docs take a while to get used to it.
As well as the two actual pilots, there’s a navigation station, an offensivc-w capons console, and an electronic warfare operator (sec panel I. You’ll need to be familiar w ith THE DREAM TEAM It's tough enough playing the part of one modern jet pilot, but in Mega- fortress you have to become five highly skilled airmen at once. Although this means concentrating on the manual, it does make the game more varied. But the question is, do you get their combined salaries (plus danger money) at the end of every combat mission?
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Officer's view. Search radar, guidance cameras, missiles,
bombs, the lot. You name it. This guy can destroy it- They're
all here: free-fall bombs, guided air-to-surface missiles and
air-to-air.
Effort to knock out a special laser developed by the USSR for use against good, honest Americans everywhere.
You have to beat the best Soviet equipment both on the ground and in the air during this mission, and. Seeing as you're the only idiot that is stupid enough to actually try this sort of a caper, you've got no support from any of the other US forces. It's a big mission, and it's packed with nerve-shredding tension almost from start to finish.
* The game has a nice tactical edge, and when you fend off an
attack it's very satisfying ” How this game differs from many
flight sims is its timc-scale is more realistic. This means
each mission takes a while (about half- an-hour or more) and
for much of the time you're sitting waiting for the action to
start as you drone across the night-time landscape on autopilot
at about 200 feel. But if you're having a go at the Old Dog
mission, the tension really gets to you as the minutes tick
past.
Megafortress is reminiscent of Hirds Of Prey in that it's not a climb-in-and-fly sim.
You do have to know the manual, and there are those five stations to master (see The Dream Team box). But the conlrol-panel.
Switch-clicking business works better than you'd think, and it's fairly forgiving when you're in a hurry.
The game is let down by the long disk- accessing pauses as you switch from station to station. The actual update rate isn't quite fast enough, cither. Also, you only get to fly the Megafortress at night. This makes sense plot- wise. But it limits the gorgcousncss of the outside views somewhat. It's a pity because there would otherwise be some great external views. What you actually end up with is a black angular shape whizzing over a load of dark grey shapes on the ground.
Love shack Because it's a hulking great bomber, the combat action in Megafortrcss is far removed from the usual manic panic. Instead of climbing, diving, weaving and generally chucking the plane around, you have to concentrate more on electronic warfare at the Offensive Weapons Officer's station. This gives it a nice tactical edge, and when you finally manage to fend off an attack on your ship, it's very satisfying.
But on the whole. Megafortress lacks the edge which would place it up there with the FI9s and AH73s. There's just too much techie clicking and disk accessing and just not enough fast, furious action. The novelty of flying a one-off B-S2 soon pales and you'll need to be dedicated if you're going to stick with the game through all of the available missions.
The supplied documentation is good, though, especially when you bear in mind the 'special price', and the level of detail is impressive if you're impressed by that son of thing. Like Space Shuttle. Megafortrcss borders on the educational, and again like Shuttle, this is to the detriment of the scat-of- thc-panls playability.
James Leach 'I) Megafortress Mindscape ¦ £19.99
• Loads of missions and plent) of atmosphere for a flight sim.
• Slow and cumbersome to play, and each mission takes ages to
complete.
• Paradise for technical switch, button and dial freaks.
• Attractive!) Priced, especially as it comes with some very
clear, comprehensive and readable documentation.
• The outside siews are dark and rather dreary, and the external
views of the plane aren’t too hot either.
• Gives you five demanding on-board jobs to do rather than just
one.
SIMULATION SOFTWARE Welcome to the sunny beaches of California, where kids spend all day lazing round on the sand, talking their own language and playing their own sports. Yep. They're an unusual bunch of people and you can become one of them when you choose a game from this selection screen.,. California Ga Yo dudes! Come on down lo the Californian coast where sun. sea and surf arc there for ihe laking; where ihere's aclion all day and all night: and. As il happens, where this game is based.
The earlier California Games failed lo create much of an impacl on ihe Amiga. This latest version is in ihe Epyx style and consists of several differeni events all related to the sun. sea. Surf and snow (!). And they all involve simplistic controls and methodical joystick movements.
As for the events themselves, what's on offer? There are five sports of the Californian variety: hang-gliding, jet surfing, snowboarding. Bodyboarding and of course that StUssey favourite: skateboarding. They're a mixture of some known, and not so well-known, pastimes of the wacky residents of California, but they're also mixed in terms of enjoyment.
Bogus Graphically, the games don't use the Amiga's abilities very well. The events arc displayed in only 16 colours and while they look quite detailed and bright, they could have been much belter. Some colourful title screens introduce many of the sections. Sound-wise there are some appropriate tunes, such as the rather ominous Wipeout on the bodyboarding event.
SEPTEMBER 1992 CALIFORNIA GAMES 2 - WHAT THE EVENTS ARE ALL ABOUT... California Games 2 is based on five separate sub-games, each one different from the other, but all of them based on supposedly common Californian recreational activities. Pick your sporting vehicle, whether it be a hang glider, skateboard or surfboard, and be prepared to risk life and limb as you compete in these parochial pastimes.
- r Q Q Q Hang-gliding involves you flying (surprise, surprise) a
hang glider off a cliff and over the sea. You have to drop five
water bombs on three targets in the water.
Fun. Eh? There's a bit more to It you can loop the loop In your glider if you time things right but not much, and generally the whole thing is tedious.
M. You get the chance to go bodyboarding next. This is like
surfing, only you lie on the board. Anyway, after diving off
the pier you manoeuvre the board on a wave, 'cutting', 'barrel
rolling', and 'reversing off the lip', earning points as you
do so. There’s absolutely no excitement In this section.
The rocky tunes don't make up for the rocky and rough gameplay. Though.
While California Gaines 2 tries hard, and up to eight people can compete against each other, there are not enough events or enough variety in those events to keep you playing for very long. The simple joystick controls make it initially accessible but don't help the gameplay in the long term, although some may like reminiscing about similar games of the past, back when the C64 ruled the roost and California Games was the game to have.
Here we have a game that lives up to the fast-paced lifestyle of the place it's based on.
Where trends change quickly and the past is soon forgotten - if you get the game you'll soon forget about it and. Like the hula-hoop, it will be destined for the back of your closet.
Tim Howell © I A variety of Californian events make the game initially interesting... ...but w hen you start playing you find the gameplay tedious.
? Graphics only use 16 colours making the game look like a port.
I Simple controls help to make the game accessible but not very satisfying.
I In the end it's just like California - pretty but not a lot of substance... ferdic! 64% California Games 2 Epyx US Gold ¦ £25.99 It’s a flying experience you’ll never forget In the Spring of 1942 the United States 8th Air Force landed in Britain. Its task to mount the aerial offensive in German occupied Europe.
Striking in the daylight, from high altitude, at precise, strategic targets. The heavy bomber chosen to perform this task was the B-17. The Flying Fortress.
Now MicroProse brings you the simulation of the legendary aircraft. Bristling with defensive armaments and a crew of ten, your B-17 will penetrate deep into Europe, flying in Group formation escorted by P-47 Thunderbolt single-seater fighters. Ploughing through lethal flak, taking on the might of the Luftwaffe, staying in bomb run formation to deliver ten 5001b bombs on target.
Fly 25 combat missions to historically accurate locations. Perform take offs and landings using highly detailed, fully functioning cockpit controls. As commander you must take responsibility for your crew. Assess their strengths and skills, and be ready to take over as bombardier, navigator, radio operator, engineer, co-pilot or gunner.
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Crazy Seasons Idea Software The Software Business ¦ £25.99 Have you ever watched Quantum Leap? You know, where Sam Beckett's time-machine has gone bonkers, and he whizzes around in the fourth dimension putting things right where they have previously gone wrong. Well Crazy Seasons is nothing like that Your time-machine has cacked up and sent boxes of 'time fluid' all over the simply drawn world. Your job, as a strange blue blob, is to bounce around the platforms putting the boxes back into alignment while avoiding an abundance of nasties that will kill you with the slightest touch. Compared
with recent platform- ers this is way behind the times, but fortunately very playable.
Three years ago this would have been a great game, now it's an enjoyable diversion.
Clare Hodgson O SEPTEMBER 1992 Warriors off Releyne Impressions ¦ £29.99 Well, the Dharaks are rampaging and on the war path again. And it looks like it's another job for the Wind Riders of Releyne, and yet another average war-game to join the ever-increasing Amiga fraternity. Warriors of Releyne is packed to bursting with those dreaded hexes, and it also features a combat system based on rolling dice, which has some extremely silly effects; such as both the attacker and defender getting killed or the defender being turned into a hobbit.
In fact it's stunningly uninspired in virtually every department - although, with a lovely touch of irony, the graphics are actually rather nice. The game suffers from a clumsy control system, whereby you have to manually scour the huge playing area for your own people by clicking on a compass, instead of scrolling around the map itself.
However on the plus side, Warriors comes with a free construction kit allowing you to knock up scenarios that urn, look exactly like the three that come with the game anyway. An eminently forgettable affair.
John Pillar O What is this huge floating thing blocking out the sun? Is It a plane, is it a bird, is it superman? No it's an incredibly large piece of parchment with some incredibly large writing on it.
Big blond blokes singing about Spam? Well not really. It's actually a historical strategy game... Fur coats, homed helmets, longships with shields down the side - that"' what the word 'vikings' conjures up for most of us. But in this pseudo-historical strategy game you're on the side of the goodies. It's the baddies w ho have all the fun.
Country can be occupied or switched off and there are five difficulty levels which range from easy to very tough. Most important, perhaps. You can set the target for the number of territories you have to occupy before you win.
The game display, in a full 64 colours, is just a map w ith icons on it and a few other bits on the left-hand side. It benefits from nicely drawn sprites and terrain, but don't hold your breath for the sound effects.
Nigel Bonecracker The game is played in turns, and the first job is to make sure your people are fed. A scroll appears at the bottom of the screen w ith Food and Harvest written on it. You can then move the pointer around the map and over your territories to see how much food your country needs (or has if it has produced a surplus).
Next step is to look to your armies. You can create and add to them by buying more soldiers and equipment, then allocate them to individual task forces to go about the business of beating up your peace-loving neighbours.
Battle is a simple affair. The manual says you should have twice as many people as your opponents, so bully-boy tactics win the day.
As battle wears on. You are updated on how This American-produced game evades a lew historical realities to place sou as the leader of a warlike community in England around the I Ith century. Up to six players can lake part, which gives a choice of two scenarios. When playing against humans, each one of you is leader of a different kingdom. Each one must build his realm into a workable society; building castles and managing resources plus invading neighbouring lands to slaughter the population and plunder the wealth.
Thordar Skullsplitter On your own. However, you can face up to ftse computer-controlled siking chiefs. These guys play differently though. Which means you have to be more constructive and less s iolent if you are to outwit them.
After a pretty HAM loading screen you set the type of game and number of players, then choose where your home castle is to be placed.
Among the many options, all the regions of the Vikings many men each side arc losing, so if your guys are being whipped, you can always pull out.
Territory increases the taxes coming from that area. And. Of course, as well as money from the taxes, all of these things need raw materials. So someone has to go and look for them.
There is hardly any way of getting raw materials except for going into a territory with mountains, trees or other things. To get money you have to get miners to look for gold, silver and iron mines and this costs money as well.
Vikings is a reasonably intelligent strategy game, but a few more active additions, like the ability to control the action in battles and new weapons every few years, would improve its accessibility. There's simply not enough variation in the pattern of events and in the factors that govern success or failure. You can't help feel it would have benefited from a more detailed, historical feel or from a more fun.
Arcadey. Defender of the Crown-like approach.
As it is. It's mediocre.
Van Holland O Once your invasion attempt has succeeded or failed, it's on to the next king's turn to try to take over some land. As the game progresses. Other factors come into play: you may need to create a port with a small convoy of ships to take your armies abroad, for example, and you'll need to look for and mine ore lo keep up your weapon supply.
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It's all incredibly Informative, but it won't knock your monitor into tomorrow with its graphical wonders.
HZZ WT I Air Bucks a mp from Tuscaloosa lo Tuscon. You have lo oversee the fitting and re-fming of your aircraft, make the decision as to when to sell the DC-3 in order to buy a newer, bigger and more profitable aircraft damn, you have to do everything. There is no delegation in 1940s business or so it seems.
All this calls for a level head and a total lack of emotion. The biggest, and potentially most profitable or harmful decisions are whether or not to approach the bank for a loan, or to flog off some shares. The latter also means keeping the shareholders happy. But sooner or later you're going to have to approach someone for some money. This really is the critical stage.
Basically. Air Bucks is a game that will have plenty of appeal to those people who enjoy fiddling with profit and loss ledgers, who adore stomping on other people's chances of success, who go all wet and squidgy over the idea of flying as a way to buy a Beverly Hills mansion, who ooze over good gamc- play, but don't really give a monkey's oxygen mask for great sound or graphics. A good addition to Amiga's armoury of game genres.
Tim Smith O SEPTEMBER 1992 A bit of th* world it your money-making oyster, now all you have to do is work out exactly which bit.
Th* info boxes at th* bottom just sit there uninterestingly.
Wow! It's great, you play the role of Gringile the Gnome as he spends a few hours taking oul alien hordes with his magical, mithral razor and V- 11 WolfBat cruiser... Well, not quite. In fact not at all. Air Bucks is a game that requires more ihoughl lhan your average role-payer and more stralcgic planning than a war-game.
Yes, you get lo play Sir Freddie Laker for those of you loo young to recall the heady days of this heroic, bald entrepreneur, jusl think of him as a hip version of Richard Branson while you attempt to set up a successful airline business.
You start the game with a knackered old Dakota DC-3 plane and a measly S 100.000 (I'm not sure what that is in real money) and the situation is complicated by the fact that the year is 1946. The year, you would assume, would work in your favour, what with (here being thousands of unemployed USAF pilots looking for things to do. Oh yes. By the way.
You start the game in the United States.
Waiting to do the business You can play with up to four players and there are different levels of difficulty set for each one. I can only imagine what it would be like lo play against real-life human beings no- one else wanted lo play, so I was stuck with three computer opponents all of whom seemed to have a much better idea of world domination via commercial airlines than I did.
Air Bucks has a great deal of processing to do. So there is also a great deal of waiting around while the statistics resulting from each player's decisions arc calculated. This could have been done with style (and the occasional animated graphic of a hideous nose-dived crash into the Appalachias where the survivors arc forced to cat each other before moving on to the airline dinners) but nope. What you get is a screen w ith the standard map of the world in front of you. And the incredibly dull background music blaring out in tiny synthesiser style. Once all the calculations are made, the
date changes and it's time for you to move on to another endeavour. Could do better.
But the point of this game is definitely not the graphics, which are average, or the music, which is a bunch of notes slung together so they don't sound too nasty. The meat of Air Bucks lies in the planning, the thought and the sheer commercial instinct that you arc prepared to expend on it.
Traveller's checks You are in charge of every aspect of the business. From the routes you decide to bid for.
Down to the level of luxury the passengers will pul up with, while still paying the exorbitant fees that you will inevitably want to charge for
• Great idea, well-executed.
• Attention to business detail is admirable.
• Plenty of scope, the world changes each time you play.
• The boring sound and graphics don't help the game at all.
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Push-Ofe Colin's little soldier ant friend, who has volunteered to brave the depths of the hill to find his mate's crisps (smacks a bit of product placement doesn't it?).
GI Ant. Without even a tiny glimmer of fear, dives straight into the opening, ready to risk life and limb for his pal. Little did either of them know of the parallel universe that existed right beneath their feet. Domino Domain. And what does he find down there?
Dominoes, that's what, hundreds upon hundreds of the little yellow blocks.
%777 »" MEEDS 1 MEG So any time you're getting low As anyone who's seen the Guinness Book of Records will remember, the Japanese have a fetish for setting up dominoes in wild and wacky ways. Teams spend months designing SEPTEMBER 1992 Once there was a little old ant, Thought he'd move a rubber tree plant.
Anyone knows an ant can't, Move a rubber tree plant.
But he had high hopes.
Yes he had high hopes.
High in the sky, apple pie hopes... High hopes and a lot of determination are what you're going to need, especially if you want to crack Ocean's latest. Push-Over. Colin Curly of Quavers fame and GI Ant team up to bring you cheesy flavour crisps, high-profdc television adverts and now a cutsey platform game for your Amiga. Now that you've been taken in by the hype and have parted with your hard-earned cash, was it worth it? You will be pleasantly surprised to find out that this particular combination of marketing strategics docs work as a game. It's nice to know that big sponsorship deals
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Colin has done his usual trick and totally freaked out over the total cheesiness of his favourite crisp. In the mayhem that ensued he lost his quavers down the one and only anthill that's around (hands-up who out there hasn't done exactly the same with their car keys down a gutter). Help is at hand in the form of YOUR GUIDE TO 'BREAKING THE WORLD DOMINOES RECORD, WHILE DRINKING A PINT OF GUINNESS' Still not got the picture? Well here's a run through of one of the levels with bridgers, tumblers and ascenders to boot.
Dominoes abound in Ocean's latest platform puzzler. But does it live up to the hype? Follow Gl Ant on the trail of Colin Curly's fave cheesy snacks.
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And setting up their thousands of coloured dominoes, so that when one gels pushed over, all Ihe others fall and make prclty patterns on the floor. Well worth it... not! However this sparked off a passion for such things that culminated in the creation of the most obscure toy in history. Domino Rally (ask your dad if you can't remember it).
The basic aim in Push-Over is to set up your blocks in a certain way. So that when you make your onc-and-only push, all the dominoes will topple. The trigger block, distinctively patterned with three red stripes, should fall last. If all dominoes were alike, it would be a dull world to live in and. Guess what, they're not. The yellow blocks are differentiated by red stripes and diagonals, each pattern representing different attributes, including tumblers, which seem to have mastered the art of perpetual motion, ascenders, which appear lo have never heard of the law of gravity, and
exploders that, well... explode.
Instead of letting go Those who like their games to do more than make pretty noises when you kill big blue aliens will love Push-Over. It introduces you gradually to the ideas behind the gameplay.
Then slowly builds up to levels that could push the self-destruct button in your brain. The whole aim is to collect the ten packets of cheesy-flavoured snacks that Colin lost, which you get every 10 screens or so. But, to tell the truth, when you get further into the game, merely completing a level (Quavers or no Quavers) is reward enough.
Push-Over comes on two disks, not that ihe game is so complex it needs the space, but because an amusing intro sequence takes up most of the space on the first floppy.
Admittedly, the animation and bluesy sound track would take pride of place in the demo section of Amiga Format, but when you've seen it. You've seen it. And it's pretty unlikely that you'll want to sit through it again.
Unfortunately, you can't skip the intro. That's understandable when you consider the sponsorship deal but it's still a little frustrating when all you want to do is solve the puzzles.
Just remember that ant It is tempting to put Push-Over in the same bracket as the classic Lemmings. Both need careful planning ahead and split-second timing to master. One of the more noticeable differences is. Of course, that dominoes don't move along with cute bouncing blue hair. Push-Over is a puzzle game unlike any we've ever seen before, original ideas and a lot of elbow grease have gone into making an addictive product.
We thoroughly enjoyed putting Push-Over through its paces and won't be shoving it to the back burners until we've eaten our way through thousands of packets of those very curly Quavers Although we may turn the sound down after a w hile.
Whoops there goes another rubber tree plant... Clare Hodgson with a little help from Sammy Cahn and Jimmy van Heusen rZ A beautiful day for a round of golf at the Firestone county club in Ohio - it's easier but just as Interesting as the Bountiful links.
Links Firestone US Gold ¦ £17.99 Hard drive only ¦ Requires original Links program The Firestone add-on course is set at the Firestone Country Club, in Akron. Ohio. Filmed on a beautiful clear day in the autumn.
Firestone looks as gorgeous as it plays. The trees are all resplendent in their golden brown autumn colours, providing a wealth of stunning displays.
Firestone is slightly easier to play than Bountiful - most of the greens are visible from the tees but that doesn't make it any the less interesting - it'll take a while to master, just like the real thing. The third hole is a tight right-hand dog-leg (and the pin is totally obscured by trees), and there's a nasty stream running right across the fairway just short of the hole. If you haven't heard Links' 'wet plop' sound effects yet this is where you'll most likely catch it.
As with Bountiful. Firestone includes an upgrade to the original Links program. Also included is a scoresheet from the Firestone course - with all the holes displayed very clearly. If you already own Links, Firestone is an excellent choice if you're looking for impressive visuals.
Links Bountiful US Gold ¦ £17.99 Hard drive only ¦ Requires original Links program This is the first in a series of planned Links add-on disks, and it's an excellent starter if you're thinking of building a collection.
There are many good views, right from the first hole which shows the rolling fairways, bordered by a road with a white picket fence. The backgrounds depict the Wasatch mountains (part of the Rockies) on a slightly overcast day.
A neat feature of all the Links add-ons is the upgrade included for the original Links game system: now it does its screen redraws secretly, saving time. On-screen messages in the corner tell you the redraw is occurring. There's also an improved wind indicator which is easier to read. The whole lot is dead easy to install and upgrade: it’s all automated and virtually idiot-proof.
The Bountiful course is fairly difficult but supplied in the packaging is an original Bountiful scorecard, showing the layouts of each hole in detail. This comes in useful when you’re dealing with Bountiful's trickier holes. LaJB Neil Jackson Nell Jackson O fTp GET TO GRIPS WITH GAMES!
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Now Spectrum Holobyle have fiddled about with it, tarted it up somewhat and MicroProse have released a new version under the grand name of Super Tetris. But the question is. Is it super? Well... A nice cup of Tetris Everyone knows how the game works. (If you don't, have a look at 'Tetris through the ages' at the bottom of this page, but hurry up. I litis super clone is. As you might expect, quite similar. This time, though, the pit has two halves.
The bottom half is filled w ith rubble and treasures. While the top half is normal. Pieces fall as usual and you do your damnedest to fit them in. When you do. The line disappears and instead of a piece falling next, a number of bombs appear - the number depends on how many lines you've just cleared. These can be moved and rotated as normal. When they hit part of a slacked piece, they explode (as bombs do) and destroy it. Thus they can be used to clear away your mistakes and reopen gaps you may have covered.
Now , say you've just cleared a line in the bottom half oflfie pit. (Go on. Say it.) Instead of the pieces moving down to fill up the gap.
They scroll upwards from the bottom, revealing part of a pic ture. To w in the level, you need to clear all the boltom-half lines to completely expose tbc picture.
That's not all Buried in the bottom half are treasures, which, when they are hit with Super The point where it all starts going horribly wrong. The hole on the left has just been blocked up by a pan- icky move, meaning another line will have to be cleared to get some bombs to open up the gap again.
Hrrumph, as they say.
Two packets of Tetris please You're still going (o gel bored after prolonged play, though, unless this sort of intensive and intuitive mind-work is your bag. It's unlikely that even the best player could survive for more than 20 seconds on levels eight and upwards, so the game effectively loses a couple of difficulty levels.
Generally it's a thumbs up to Spectrum Holobyte for turning what was really an average puzzle game into something with a little more longevity. Is it Super? Nah It is Quite Good. That's more like it Ed Ricketts O Let's be totally honest here, just for one moment. The original Tetris game got (whispers) just a little bit boring after a few intensive plays, didn't it? This however goes some way towards rectifying that. Just dividing the pit up into two makes the game almost twice as hard - every line that you complete in the top half does nothing at all towards finishing the level. The
bombs are an absolute godsend for clearing up all of your unforced errors and when they're used in conjunction with the treasures the game is turned into something completely different.
Tetris the bombs, do wonderful things, such as clear entire lines, or turn the next piece into a bomb, or add more pieces to your total remaining.
You only have a set number of pieces to complete each level with - use them all up and it's sadly back to the options screen with the attractive picture of the tiger and of course the wibbly music.
There are other complications if you want them. You can impose a time limit on yourself if you're stupid, or play with someone else in cooperative mode (the pit gets wider and two pieces fall at the same time) or in competitive mode (lose your friends the easy way). There's also a rather ambitious, but pointless, head-to- head mode, whereby two Amigas are linked and the players compete against each other for the best score.
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On later levels the pieces fall more quickly.
Dull, huh? Apparently not. When the game first appeared from Russia three or four years ago, many people collectively threw up their hands, exclaimed “Good grief, that really does look good and no mistake," and remortgaged their houses to rush off and buy as many copies as they could. Since then it's become a cult in the computer game world. Heck, even the Macintosh has a version.
Super Tetris MicroProse ¦ £24.99 t Some purists might gag at what's been done, but the additions are definitely for the best.
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DEALER PLUS Guy Spy and the Crystals of Armageddon Dragon's
Lair and Space Ace both had stunning graphics, but lacked the
game- play that ReadySoft's awe-inspiring animation promised.
Can their latest graphical extravaganza break the jinx?
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¦¦¦1 2* A w J 1SCORE 000720 LIUES OO DIAMONDS O | Smooth scrolling, bright backgrounds, a cute character and a fun intro , Hoi has got everything except playability.
G-LOC R360 US Gold ¦ £25.99 Trying to convert Saga's all-spinning, all-dancing into-the-screen shoot-em-up for the Amiga is not a task for the faint-hearted. But that's what US Gold have attempted here. You are at the controls of an experimental super-plane, the A8M5 Mkll.
Laid before you are 36 difficult missions. So difficult, even the manual describes them as suicidal. They would be easier if the designers of your plane (or the game) had spent less time on the weapon systems and more on making it flyable. If you must play this game, use a mouse rather than a joystick because it allows much more aerial manoeuvrability, and means you will be able to complete missions. The game is transformed under mouse control, and instead of binning it. You'll find yourself wanting to play It two or three times before you put it on the shelf.
G-LOC means loss of consciousness due to G force. If you do actually lose consciousness then it will probably be down to boredom. Avoid like the plague.
Marcus Dyson ® Hoi Hollyware ¦ £25.99 This was written by three young Belgians (the ones who wrote the music package Mugidon reviewed in Amiga Format 19) and it has taken them a lot of effort to get it in to the marketplace. And their time hasn't been wasted, because as platform games go Hoi has all the right ingredients: an undeniably cute hero, bright copper backgrounds and very smooth scrolling. But somehow it just fails to produce the addictively playable game it should.
There is a bit of the 'play till you get killed and then start again and remember what to avoid' syndrome to the game.
Sometimes you are forced to take a jump into the unknown because the screen doesn't extend far enough for you to see where you're going. The design of the levels is simply not intelligent enough for this to be a truly enjoyable game. The first level is the worst if you can make it to subsequent levels, then you may find yourself enjoying Hoi.
Dragon’s Lair, bul with gamcplay. Of course it seems such an obvious concept after those clever Canadians have gone out and put a game behind the stunning graphics and conic up with Guv Spy.
Guy's a cunning lad. No-one would ever think he was a secret agent with a name like that.
He's been given the job of saving the world from Von Max. a failed Nazi, who has in his possession a clutch of mysterious crystals. But don't worry because Guy's armed with very sharp reflexes and also a really quite astonishing pair of boots.
Guy Spy is a character that really is under your control. He walks! He skis!
He attacks the walking dead with scimitars! And what's more, his size-15 boots flap around comically at the same lime.
The game is divided into 13 stages, tracing Guy's journey around the world as he pursues the portly Von Max. The presentation is. As you'd expect, excellent. The graphics and animation arc great, and although the pipcy music quickly becomes irritating, there are some top- notch sampled effects. As for the game itself - well, sadly it seems that Guy Spy is destined to be remembered with slight affection as a Brave Attempt. Rather than make sweeping statements about the game as a whole. I'll take you through the various stages and point out once again why a game like this has failed to come
up with the goods.
This is the game Stage one finds Guy pinned down at a train station by a squad of Von Max's goons. The joystick controls Guy's gunsight as it wobbles around the screen, with diagonal movement causing the super agent to leg it to avoid the opposition's bullets. But oh no! By keeping the gunsight in the comers of the screen, you can blast every goon as he runs on to the platform. Scene two is. Erm. Actually rather good.
Guy rides a cable- car across the mountains while Von Max's men fire at him from the car ahead. It's very fast and great fun as you dodge from window to window, occasionally stopping to reload before beavering over to the opposite side of the car and then blazing away because one of the villains is about to toss a stick of dynamite at you. Not too much of a challenge but highly enjoyable.
Scene Three takes place in a Swiss mountain cabin, where Von Max releases the unsurprisingly huge Olga to finish off our hero. Guy has to dodge Olga's blows and try to wrongfoot her so he can slip past. But oh no! By running up to the cabin door while Olga is making her entrance, Guy can escape straight away.
Scene Pour finds Guy skiing down the mountain. Various obstacles loom up out of the mists, and Guy has to swerve to avoid them. But oh no! The obstacles appear at random. So Guy has to hope luck is riding with him. After this scene, the action switches to Egypt, where Guy is cunningly trapped inside a giant pyramid. Scene Five finds him wandering the corridors, ever alert for fiendish traps.
But oh no! By merely keeping Guy on the move at all times, you avoid every single one of the blessed things.
Halfway through the game, and scene six finds Guy battling the sinister god Ramah-Kul.
Everyone's favourite secret agent has to pick up swords and throw them at the god while avoiding the blasts of energy that lie calls down from above. But oh no! The blasts arc directed at Guy's last position in the room, so all you have to do is. Again, keep him moving. Seven, eight and nine arc more fight scenes.
But oh no! By keeping the fire button pressed you defeat your opponents with case. Scene nine is another fight, this time on a log high above a raging river, with - yes! - more easy pappy opponents. To beat the level you have to cross the log.
Cunningly, the instructions omit this slightly important piece of information.
It's enough to make a roach retch So. After about an hour's play we're on scene eleven. To make up for the embarrassing simplicity of the previous levels, this one's stupendously difficult. Guy has to run through a forest, jumping over tiger traps while loosing arrows at the unfriendly natives. Unfortunately it takes far too long to fire an arrow, so you have to forget that and make your way along by continuously edging forwards and ducking, then jumping over the pits when there's a clear spot. Even more unfortunate is that some of the villains fire impossiblc-to-sec darts rather than hefty
spears, so you have to hope that Guy's luck is holding up again. But worst of all is that the scene seems to go on forever. It simply refuses to end.
After several agonising attempts, I gave it up and had a nice relaxing game of The Perfect General instead, so I'm afraid I don't know what the final two scenes are like. They could be extremely good, but somehow I doubt it.
Well, that's about the size of it. I could harp on about the interminable animated intro sequences that you can't skip, or the save- game option which stores a grand total of one position on a disk but 1 think it best to let the whole thing slip quietly by.
Never mind Readysoft - it was a Brave Attempt (he said with slight affection).
John Pillar Guy Spy Readysoft ¦ £29.99
• It looks and sounds great. The samples are particularly snazzy,
and while Guy is a suspiciously Dirk the Daring-like
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• The cable-car bil is excellent. It's a bit like taking all the
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compact and bijou package.
• Krm, Guv's boots are highly amusing.
A But the rest of it is a complete non-starter.
(ferdic! 48% Omar Sharif's Bridge Oxford Softworks ¦ £34.99 The high-society card game on the Amiga, with the ultimate licence-deal: Omar Sharif. But this bridge game is not aimed at beginners - there's not enough detail in the manual to learn from scratch. If you're a bridge player, you may find it useful if you can't get three other players together. It could also improve your bridge because you can drop out of the hands where you aren't the declarer. Consequently you can play a lot of hands in one sitting and learn from them all.
The Amiga plays any number of the other hands. The ingame options are good, but there's not enough variety in the bidding to make it superb. Plus the computer is slow to think and it sometimes plays like a real fool.
Chris Anderson O SEPTEMBER 1992 Tennis Cup 2 Loriciel ¦ 25.99 Ohmigosh! Quick, hide! It's another tennis game!!!
This offering is a reworking of their 1990 release (surprisingly titled Tennis Cup). All the best features are retained - sampled spot effects, digitised speech for scoring, and split-screen mode for two players, but some new ones have been added such as better character animation and more user-friendly options.
The game comes on two disks which must be constantly swapped even if you have two disk drives. This process is tedious, and spoils the otherwise excellent presentation. I thought programmers would have learned by now that Amiga users HATE UNNECESSARY DISK SWAPPING! There. I've said it.
There are a number of tennis games available on the Amiga and most of them are good; Tennis Cup 2 is an excellent addition to the list. It's great fun to play, especially in two-player mode with a split screen, and it has a large variety of options. However, if you already own any self-respecting tennis game, then this one will probably not be enough of an improvement to make you part with the necessaries.
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Cheap 'n' Cheerful International 3D Tennis GBH ¦ £7.99 Wimbledon finished ages ago. The dishy bloke won. And now it's all forgotten. If s probably raining outside right now. Too (go and look). So who wants a tennis game? Well for £7.99 you might. This one has a certain realism that points to the fact that the programmers concentrated very hard on how tennis players actually move before writing the code. So the little wire-frame fellows actually behave very accurately as they rush around.
But this accuracy can get slightly annoying. The players have such momentum that if s tough to whack them around the court with anything like the speed you're after. You're supposed to play tactically, and be aware that you've got to get into position early, but I wanted the men to move like lightning. This is my 'fauif though (oh - a tennis gag). The only real criticism is that the court (and everything on it) is a little small.
But International 3D Tennis is smooth and playable, once you've mastered the controls and weight. Two-player mode is best, and by the end of a tough rally, you really have to work because Here we demonstrate the self-service tennis ball. It throws itself in the air. Bounces automatically there’s no way you're going to let off the racket and flies into any unprotected part of your opponent's anatomy. Your chum from over the road win.
Emlyn Hughes International Soccer SEPTEMBER 1992 Touchdown ¦ £9.99 On dark, moonless nighis. They say lhal the ghost of Emlyn Hughes still treads the pitch at Elland Road. Dead weird, that, because he used to play at Anfield. Anyway, this game isn't at all like his stupid triv' quiz game. No. In fact it's rather good. It's a sideways-looker. With all the moves and most of the speed that you and I have come to expect of footie games (experts that w e are).
There are loads of international teams, all with different skill levels, and the control is easier than Kick Off. This makes it more fun initially, but might lessen its long-term playability. Graphics are OK and the players make reasonable attempts to behave like simulations of proper human beings (ie they do get into pass-receiving positions when they've got the chance). It's not quite as good as Kick Off. But fans of the genre (I love saying that) might Ire glad to have it because it is another playable football game.
Seymour goes to Hollywood CodeMasters ¦ £7.99 Remember that beautifully written review of The Camion Collection in C "n‘ C last month? Yes. One of the games featured on that compilation has cropped up once more. Seymour is the name, and being goofy and 'amusing' is the game.
You move the albino mutant lardball around what purports to be Hollywood, trying to solve various puzzles in turn. They aren't that difficult, and. As you'll note from the bright, cheerful graphics (in which everything has thin black lines around it), the game is a bit of fun aimed at the pretty-damn young with a few sovs burning holes in their pockets. There's a large playing area, and even young players won't remain stumped by the puzzles for long (well, total babies might), so there's a fair bit of entertainment value here.
But hold fast for a mo. The Cartoon Collection is £24.99. with five games included (all pretty good quality) and this is £7.99 on its own. If you want it. Scrounge the extra dosh and buy the compilation. It's an economy of scale, you tn 1 sec. JM Keynes was absolutely right.
In (5 BUDGET GAMES SEPTEMBER 1992 S 75% Sleeping Gods Lie Touchdown ¦ £9.99 Aha! Two pounds more than is the norm. Whal kind of fiendish marketing ploy is this? Anyway. Sleeping Cods Lie is a dreadful name for a game, or anything else (apart from a combined church and discount bed centre). It's pure fantasy lime once more, as you move your mouse around the screen and watch the view scroll (rather smoothly) around to follow the cursor. You wander in this curious manner along tracks, across deserts and through the lingerie departments of cities.
Various characters crop up. Providing you with a little interest, and there are a multitude of doors lo open, cupboards to examine and pantries lo explore. It's like a speeded-up trip around a SD Construction Kit world. The movement system docs allow you a fair degree of flexibility, though, and there aren’t many rules about w here you can and can't go. So if you do buy it. Bung away the manual unread and try and work out what's going on without it by wandering everywhere. On eT I second thoughts, don't he so sad.
GBH ¦ £7.99 Move around a sci-fi world using the tricd-and-trustcd Eye of llie Beholder method.
Shoot things, pick up other things and try to mend various spaceships. But before you do gel stuck into Ms Seymour (stop sniggering - it's the spaceship's name), you've got to ask yourself whelher you're enough of a fan to slay with it. There arc 4,(XK) rooms, umpteen intcrgalactic vessels to tinker with and millions of microscopic mouse movements in order to do what you want to do.
It's pretty, though it's lacking in atmosphere, and your brain won't have to work too hard once you've sorted out what's going on. Bui il doesn'l have the edge which would make il unpuldownablc (if you pick up your Amiga when playing games). Remember that , -"*3 for £8 you're getting a large sci-fi game, with baddies. Weapons and more.
BSS Jane Seymour Sim City Module Architecture 1 - Future Cities Action Sixteen ¦ £7.99 OK, so you've got a thriving metropolis. Bridges, fire stations and an abundance of parkland nestles cosily with rapid transport systems and expensive waterfront developments and leaky nuclear power plants.
All in ail. You've got the hang of Sim City. And it's only just possible that you're getting slightly bored with it. After all, you've seen one airport and sports stadium and you've seen them all. But that's where these new architecture modules come in. Just load 'em up and instantly you’ve got a whole new city to look at. Every unit in it is ultimately the same, so there are police stations, power stations and all the other gubbins. But the names have been changed, and of course it all looks vastly different.
The Future Cities include all sorts of excellent weirdness for you to explore. There's Gotham City (which does indeed look a bit like the new sets in the Batman Returns film), there's a Moonbase (which looks like a sort of base on the moon) and there's a cyberpunk Manhattan.
All in all, the future cities are well thought out and look like they could take the style of the game well into the next century, as they say in advertising land.
Sim City Module Architecture 2 - Ancient Cities Action Sixteen ¦ £7.99 No, no. You don't want any of that futuristic rubbish. Get your head round some historical settlements with the Ancient Cities module. You can develop the Wild West with its tumbleweeds, earthquakes and, er, tumbling weeds. Or what about medieval Europe? Build houses of wood, pack them together, and chuck a Swan Vesta in the middle of it Minutes of fun are guaranteed.
The thing is. None of the architecture modules actually affect the game- play at all. A power station in the original game becomes a water wheel in the medieval module and an electro-gravity system in the moonbase. But the power unit performs exactly the same in each, so once you can beat Sim City, you can beat it with any of the modules loaded as well.
Sim City Terrain Editor Action Sixteen ¦ £7.99 Ever wondered how those wacky riverside landscapes are produced in Sim City? Ever lain awake at night puzzling over the creation of those thin little islands that almost reach the mainland, but not quite?
No, neither have I. But there have been occasions when I've wanted to design my own maps.
I'd go into fits of swearing because a terrain editor wasn't available. That is until now. The Sim City Terrain Editor is a simple program which gives you a blank desert and the option to bung trees, rivers and channels on to it. Once you've created your Utopic paradisiacal Eden, you can save It load it into the game proper and cover it with smog-belching factories and mass-transport systems. Of course, it's possible to load in the different architecture modules as well.
Overall, this is a minor program which won't change your life. But if you're a big Sim City fan. You could have some fun.
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We'll bring you the final bit when you've had time to mess around with that lot. OK? Thr-e th:igs take time, you know Project X Not a lot of people know this, but there's a secret stage at the end of the first level of Team 17's excellent blaster. Well, if everybody knew it wouldn't be a secret. Just to blow the whole mystery wide open, here's where to find it: when you get to the first level guardian, fly between its jaws and into its middle. Once you're through, you'll find some more baddies (life's not all roses), but if you kill them all. You get three e»tra lives.
Fire and Ice What an awesome platformer this is - one of Andy Braybrook's best, we reckon. If you're having trouble just staying alive, try pressing the left mouse button on the title screen. This simple act can give you infinite lives, a quality which can make a huge dif ference to your everyday, hum drum platfor-i-leaping existence Jaguar XJ220 To get a bit of extra speed on the racetrack, you need to do a bit of work on the music selection screen Press the mode button on the CD player, and then click on the right side of the scan button. Finally click on the eject button. You should find
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JAMES POND Ibis is vpiy simitai U Ihe RolMK.od • heat ami M's equally easy in use and M's |ir.l as devastating Type in JUNKYARD on the title screen and it will flash. Start the game and press (RFTURNl to activate the cheat.
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multivac 23 boasting 24 laxative 25 language TMH Ellis Solihull. West Midlands Monkey Island 2 - LeChuck's Revenge What an uproariously amusing adventure. But it's not much fun if you can't get off Scabb Island, is it? If the game's making an ape of you, or the whole monkey business is driving you nuts, here's half of the solution for the hard version to stop you going completely bananas.
The lite version is generally considered to be far too easy, so you'll have to do it the hard way.
104 SEPTEMBER 1992 Walk to the window , pick up the knife from the table and go back outside. Walk to the door on the left and pick up the pile of paper. When the cartographer rubs 1 Largo's embargo must be lifted by making a voodoo doll to scare him off the island. Go to the swamp and talk to the old voodoo lady who will tell you w hich ingredients are required.
2Captain Dread's 'lucky eye' necklace must be replaced.
OK. Here we are on Scabb Island. Pick up the shovel by the sign and walk over the bridge, where you'll be mugged my Largo. Never mind, easy come, easy go.
3 Guybrush must earn enough money to pay for his passage off the island.
Walk to the hatch and talk to the bar keeper about his business. Wait for Largo to leave and then use the piece of paper on the glob of spit that's dripping down the wall. Tasty stuff I'm sure, but why do salivatory excretions feature so heavily in Monkey Island 21 Walk to the upper deck and go to the ship at the back.
Pick up the bucket, but you'll have to persuade the men of low moral fibre to let you lake it away. Do this by making them admit that it's not theirs. Walk to the path at the far right of the screen and go to the swamp.
Use the bucket on the swamp and it will be filled with oodles of sloppy mud.
Go back to the path, up to the cemetery and then to the graves on the hill, right at the back of the screen. When the screen changes to the one above, you know you're in the right place. Now for a Hammer Horror-style spot of exhumation. Use the shov el on the grave, pick up the bone (and live the experience), and then go back to Woodtick thoroughly shocked at your devilish behaviour. Some people have no respect for the dead.
The stick on it. Use the string on the stick and use the cheese squiggles on the box. Walk to the other end of the string and w ail for the rat to scurry under the box to munch on the tasty squiggles. Pull the string, open the box and pick up the rat. Squeamish and animal-loving readers should skip the next paragraph, but if you do.
You won't be able to complete the game.
"This is Kate, and she’s handy for a ride. Er.'around the horn that is. I mean, no, er, treasure hunting on a ship."
Go out of the door, walk to the right, talk to the woman in the big hat and ask her for a leaflet. Walk to Stan's door, tell him you have to go and he'll give you a handkerchief. Then it's back to the boat and tell Dread to sail over to Phatt Island.
105 SEPTEMBER 1992 Go back to the swamp and use the coffin Row to the right until you come to a shack. Paddle over to the shack, pick up the string on the table and walk to the right. Ask the voodoo lady about business and continue the conversation about Largo. When she asks for the voodoo ingredients, give her the four objects - the spit, the toupee, the bones and the bra.
W hen you've got the voodoo doll, go back to Largo's room, quickly use the pins in the voodoo doll, and it's bye bye Largo. Thai's got rid of one rat. But now we've got lo catch one. After talking to the voodoo !adv again, go to the beach and pick up the stick.
W ander back to Marty's laundry , open the box and use Walk lo Ihe ship on Ihe far left and use the knife on the rope that tethers the alligator. When the innkeeper leaves, pick up the alligator's bowl lo get the cheese squiggles (his favourite). Walk to the door at the back and go into Largo's room. Pick up the toupee, and use the bucket of mud on the door. Walk to the dressing screen and Largo will walk into the room, trigger the old bucket-of-mud-on-lop-of-thc-door trap, and he will dash off to the laundry to get his clothes cleaned.
Walk to the ship where you got the bucket (Mad Many's) and wait for Largo to leave. Go back to his room and close the door. On the back of the door you'll find a laundry ticket, which you must take to Mad Many's ship. Give the ticket to the laundry guy and you'll collect a fetching piece of Largo's attire.
Walk to the w indow and use the rat in the vichyssoise.
(We interrupt these Monkey Island 2 tips for an interesting fact: Marks and Spencers, well known lingerie and food retailer, found that sales of a certain kind of soup increased dramatically when it was renamed from 'Vichyssoise' to 'Potato and Leek'. Vive la difference, as they say in England.) Go back round to the hatch and ask the bar keeper about the stew, and take the job when the chef gets the sack. You'll get a month's wages, but you don't have to do a stroke of work for your money - a bit like working for Amiga Formal really. (Not!) Walk to the window and go to the peninsula at the
bottom-left-hand side of the island. Skank over to the houseboat, give the monocle to Captain Dread and charter a ship. You're now ready for the second stage of the adventure. Hurrah.
A single solitary objective in Part 2 - collect the four map pieces. No sooner said than you've got an incredibly convoluted set of puzzles on your hands - with a lot of island hopping to boot.
Part 2 The Four Map Pieces Now you're on pan 2. Things start to get a bit tougher.
Pick up the bag of parrot chow and walk to the door.
Ask what your choices of destination are and set sail for Booty Island. Open the door to the left and walk through it. You're now in the Booty Boutique. Buy the 'Beware of parrot' sign, the saw and the ship's horn.
Put the parrot chow on the hook to distract the bird's attention and then buy the mirror. Talk to the shopkeeper. Who says he'll only pan with the map piece in exchange for the figurehead from the Mad Monkey.
Pretty soon you'll find yourself incarcerated, but as Papillon knows, escaping is easy if you pul your mind to it. Pick up the rock-hard mattress and the stick. Use the stick on the bone and then pick up the bone. Use the bone on Walt, pick up the small key and use it on the cell door. It's hardly Escape from Alcatraz, but it's still good for a laugh. Open the two envelopes and walk to the door.
Use Captain Kate's leaflet on the wanted poster and walk lo the library. (Why doesn't Guybrush ever run anywhere?) Open the model lighthouse and take out the lens. Look at the card catalogue, open the draw Continued overleaf lahcllr.l ( VI) and find a caul called Dixtixli'i x I i» l mi the I’ y R draw and pull mu die re* ipec caul ( in l the librarian and ack lot Tltc luv "I Hex', (iical Shipuieckc ol Oin Ccnliiiv . And a third honk id ymt choice Don't worn ahoin elm Linje up a mtixxivc ovci due fine, vou won I xtii k aioiind lour: enough lo pa ii (io In (inventor Phall's mansion and talk
lo die giiatd When vou get a chance, led him diere's a fine hi die kitchen and walk lo die stairs Swap die third book you picked up ai die library with die one on the lied and return lo Dread's ship. Set sail loi Si abb Island l eave die library and walk lo the from alley When die mail leaves, follow him. Open die slot on die dooi and ask I'm die next uumbci I he answei is die nnnibci ol fingers die man holds up first Cm hack to die alles and ask die man for a game Itel on Ihe number son weie lold and then ask lor die pails initiation SEPTEMBER 1992 When you gel there, walk In Ihe hatch and
talk lo die bar keeper Ask lot some grog and gise him sour library card Hus all diice drinks and use the sellow dunk on die blue drink I've the cia s straw on the green drink, use Ihe banana on the metronome and pick up Juju (It wasn't ipiile like llus in ( m kinil was il 'i (io lo die men of loss moral filue and saw ofl Ihe guy's wooden leg Walk io the dooi by die loll bridge ami pick up Ihe hammer and nails die svoodcnllri is lend ing ihe poor chap ssho's leg you amptiiaied Back 10 Bools Island for more fun and Indies (lo 10 die cosiinne shop, give die invitation to die shop keepei and pick
up die dress (io lo Sian's and ask about a used coffin When he gels m one. Close il and use die nails on il Pick up die cry pi key. Svliiih is on die boaid -n die back ol die shop, and then lease and walk lo the paili on die nglii Join the spilling conic**! ;nul use ihe ship's horn Wher ihe spilmaslci walks off. Pick lip ihe Hag* I've ihe cra y Miaw on ihe green drink ;ind walk io the fault line N oil'll need lo have two g«»cs al spilling Ihe fust doesn't tcally nr.iilci. Ktn ihe second lime. A winning spil should go something along ihe lines ol 'Swish Swish Hoooooook ( hwwwwwwk Piooic* (io
buck lo I he nnliqiic shop, give the dcnlci yom plaque and | crsiiadc him lo buy il You'll piobablv have io work yom way through a load of old hog wash io make him warn ihe junk you're offering If your pallet is good enough, lie’ll pay you 6.IKX) pieces o' eight I cave ihe shop and look al ihe (irroi Shipwrn k honk winch oii Nun»wcd form die library Rememhei ihe coordinates ol the sunken galleon and then go and ask Captain Kale il you can charter a ship *ci hci lo sail lo ihe coouhnaios given m Ihe hook anil when you gel there, dive ovei ihe side foi flic galleon Pick up die monkey head
and then pick up die anchor m ihe io|»e lo gel hack up io die surface Mead foi Booty Island, and when you gel there, give the aniiquc dealer the moukev head and claim the first piece of die map fwisted. Yon reckon? You ain’t seen nothing yet’ Walk lo die path on lire Icl't and go lo die governor's mansion iive yom invitation lo die guard and pul on your costume (io into the mansion, pick up die map piece from the picture frame and In lo leave I'rv yom hardest lo persuade Maine to come hack lo vou. Hut you'll always fail, she'll throw the map piece out of die window and (iuyhmsh will he
kicked out It's about lime he was given a good seeing to (io back upstairs and lake the oai down from the wall (io back outside and In lo pick up die map piece, but it will only lly away How sail Walk ovei io die woods on ihe right anil change clothes Walk hack to the mansion, pick up die dog and walk lo the side of die house Knock over the garbage can hv picking if up. And quickly walk to ihe front.
Walk lo die side of ihe house on the oilier side, prefer ably before the chef catches you. And walk to die door Pick up die fish and sail off lo Phnil Island Walk lo die piei and talk lo die fisherman it's his pole you're after Accept his bei and give him die fish.
When you've gol die pole, go hack lo Rooty Island, walk lo die path on ihe left and go to die cliff iValk io ihe edge of ihe cliff and use ihe fishing pole on ihe map And that's it Two map pieces collected, you're half way through Pori 2. And you're roughly half way through ihe whole adventure Can you wait until next month to sec die rest of the solution ’ Solution by Simon Tindall of Gwent and J Stewart of Huddersfield You deserve the best!
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EOTB2 or not EOTB2 Wc arc writing to ask for some much needed help on EOTB2. The problem is that we have gone through a tclcportation system and have ended up in a 3 x 3 room, completely sealed with walls. We can t get out.
Jonny, Pete and Craig Colwyn Bay, Ctwyd Ln.il month, R Saxbyfrom Bristol w as having great difficulty with the same perplexing plate puzzle. Luckily for all of them, though, fellow adventurer Daniel Stow from Tunbridge Wells in Kent has come to the rescue Solving the puzzle on the Margoyle level of EOTB2 is very simple. Lay your equipment on the plates in the following pattern: Shadow play Please, please, please could you help me. A number of workmates and 1 are stuck on level 12 of Prince of Persia The problem is the that the reflection is impossible to kill. A solution would bring
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Graham Aspinall It's a tnckx problem, but the solution 's simple. All you have to do is put your sword away and then walk into your reflection. It w ill disappear and if you continue walking over the edge of the platform, a bridge w ill appear beneath your feel.
The name's Bond Oin response to Spencer Gamble in June's issue of Amiga Format, here is a skip-level cheat for The Spy Who Loved Me Type in MISS MONEYPENNY' and you can now skip levels by pressing |F10J.
Claire Martin Edinburgh Thanks Claire. Another one in the eye for SMERSH lor is t SPECTRE in The Spy Who Loved Me?} Skip-em-up ©In Issue. 35 I noticed that Darren Surrant needed a cheat for Xenon II.
Well, here it is. Just pause the game and type 'RUSSIAN AIR' (with spaces). Unpause the game and to skip levels all y ou have to do is press [N).
Ian Hatcher Camberley, Surrey Come out fighting I hav e just bought a game called Pilfighler. Would you please give me a cheat?
Neil Jenkins (aged 7) Stafford Okey dokey. Just type LOBSTERS w hile you 're fighting and you'll be able to skip all of the levels by pressing . to go to the elimination round, and IC'I to go the championship.
My head is spinning I wondered if you had any tips or cheats for Magic Land Dizzy. I'm completely stuck on it. I can't get anywhere! Any help would be appreciated.
Steve Russell Shepton Mallet, Somerset Oh dear. Can t get anywhere on Magic Land Dizzy.
Iiey? Then it’s lucky a Dizzy fan sent in the solution.
Here are a few hints to gel you started: Flick the switch for the draw bridge before going to rescue anybody. To get into the castle, use the key at the bottom of the monolith. To get rid of the troll, use the big stick on the goat. Pick up the diamonds as you go along, and start to rescue Dizzy 's friends in the following order.
109 Dora - pick up the power pill and go to the ghosts. Eat them both, pick Dora and drop the power pill. Drop Dora in front of Prince Charming.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Denzil - pick up the handle and use it on the well. Pick up the bucket, go lo the hot-water geyser on the far right and till Ihe bucket with water. Then drop the bucket in front of Denzil.
Daisy - go to the far right and pick up the drink-mc potion. Then go towards the gold castle and pick up the gold cross. Next up you have to go into the crypt in Zak's castle and drop the gold cross. Go below the crypt and right, where you will find Daisy Drop the potion in front of her.
Michael Low Marlow Bottom, Bucks And finally, a post-European Championship plea to all you football supporters out there who have completed Graham Taylor's Soccer Challenge. You could save a life or two if you w rite in w ith your tips for taking a team to stardom Here's why: 1 have almost been driven to a rather unfortunate suicide. Help’ All my players arc flippin' donkeys.
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SEPTEMBER 1992 COLORADO SPECTRUM MOUSE YOKE £24.95 RC SIMULATIONS 0272 550900 This is without a doubt the barmiest- looking peripheral we've ever seen here at Amiga Format It's made up of a g-clamp, a piece of cast aluminium, a plastic tube and a pair of handlebar-type thingies. The aluminium block fixes to the edge of a table and the tube and handlebars slot into the block. The crazy ingredient is your mouse, which sits backwards on top of the block, held down by a length of elastic.
Daft as it sounds, you have to admit it doesn't look all that bad. And (even stranger) it actually works! It's not the most robust of add-ons, and you get the feeling that it wouldn’t last up to a full game of Formula 1 GP if the going got tough. But surprise of surprises, it did - and it was actually quite fun. It s meant for flight Sims, though it works on any game that's mouse-controlled.
El4.95 RC SIMULATIONS 0272 550900 Another rather kooky gizmo trom RC Simulations is this thing - the TCS joystick stand. It comes in flatpack form, and it's made up of three bits of pre-formed plastic, a bunch of nuts and bolts and a couple ot strips of Velcro. It's assembled in seconds and. Once built, it's a perfect resting-place to plonk your joystick when you've only got a small worktop.
Your joystick is held in place by the Velcro, and the whole stand fits neatly under your legs (well, It depends on the shape of your legs really). Although it looks a tad uncomfortable, it s actually unnoticeable after a few seconds. Once again, it s intended for flight-sims really (where it really pays dividends because it puts the joystick in the correct position) but you can use it for any number of applications.
STIK-GRIRPER TOTAL CONTROL STAND XCAD 2000 3000 Cl 29 C359 DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA 0702 206165 Xctnl. The potential new rival to the DynaCADD computer-aided designer, now appears in two new incarnations: Xcatl 21X10 and Xcatl 3000. XcaJ 2IXX) is a low-priced, entry-level system which can he returned for a full refund when you upgrade to the high-end Xcatl 3IXM). Xcatl 21X1(1 comes with extensive 2D and 3D tutorials. 2D construction and detailing commands, a true 3D database, and automatic perspective views.
Xcatl 3(XX) uses the same command structures and databases as Xcatl 2(XX). With ihe addition of support for industry -standard graphics tablets and powerful reporting facilities.
Look out for a detailed review in a future issue of Amiga Format ALFA DATA PEN MOUSE C29.95 GOLDEN IMAGE (UK) 081-365 1102 So you don't like using your common-or-garden mouse? Have you had enough of trackballs and you want to try something different?
Whether you're just bored or looking for a belter way to draw on Deluxe Paint, the new Alfa Data Pen Mouse could be what you've been looking for. In a nutshell, it's an optical sensor mounted in a pen-style casing, with a special optically encoded mouse-mat. It's light, easy to handle and it feels pretty much like a pen once you've adjusted to it.
Coming Contraptions Here it is, your hot-off-the-press guide to what's in store for the more 'serious' side of your Amiga. Software, hardware, bits of firmware with knobs on - we've got it all, earmarked for a full review in a forthcoming issue. For now, feast your eyes on these... BOOSTING UP YOUR A600 We all knew ii wouldn't be lone before the add-on manufacturers started making new bits for the A600 - but we didn't realise they'd be quite so quick. If you're looking for a way to add a megabyte or a half-megabyte of RAM to your A600 - then there's already a way... AJWIITEK A600 1 NIB RAM
BOARD E59.95 (E29.95 UNPOPULATED) SILICA 081 -309 1111 Open the trapdoor on the underside of your A600, plug in this 5 by 10cms circuit board and bingo!
You've got a full 2Mb of RAM in your new A600. What's more, it's even got a battery-backed-up clock, so the date and time on your Workbench are always accurate. The clock battery is actually a capacitor which takes its power from the trapdoor connection, so you never need to change it. As long as you top it up occasionally by switching your computer on, it'll last for ages. Available with half a meg, or one full megabyte of RAM.
EXPANSION SYSTEMS 601 C A600 RAM BOARD .. £46.86 ZCL 0543 251 275 .. Like the Amitek board, the .. Expansion Systems Baseboard 601 is available in half and one- , * meg versions. It fits neatly into f the trapdoor slot under your %•’ A600. The board size is virtually
- j ¦ identical, and most of the com- P00*015 are 'he same, with
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J* This is a more traditional lithium battery, so it will need changing once every couple of years or so. But this is easy because Expansion Systems have put it on the exposed side of the circuit board so you don t need to remove the whole thing from the trapdoor.
THERE'S ROM IN HERE FOR TWO!
If you're a Workbench 1.3 user, you're probably bemoaning Ihe fact that you haven't got the new features available on Workbench 2. And if you've recently upgraded to a new machine, you're probably upset that you can't run some of your old software anymore. A dilemma? Not anymore, thanks to a new breed of add-on boards which enable you to have the best of both worlds. ROM sharers (as they're known) have sockets for two Amiga ROMs (generally you'd use a 1.3 and a 2.01 ROM. But in theory you could use any Amiga ROM. Old or new). Here are two that are just about to hit the streets... ICD ROM
SHARER ETBA SILICA 081-309 1111 f: , The ICD ROM Sharer is a small circuit board about 10 by 6cms big. With a ribbon cable which connects to your old ROM socket.
Fitting it requires you to open your Amiga's casing, so don't expect your guarantee seals to be Intact afterwards. You have to lever out your old ROM and fit It Into the socket on the Sharer board and you'll also need to buy a new ROM for the other slot.
Switching between Workbench versions is really easy - it automatically boots up using the ROM in slot 1. But to change over, you just have to hold the Ctrl-Amiga-Amiga keys until you hear a beep. Couldn't really be a lot easier, could it?
C27.99 (1.3 ROM E29.99, 2.01 ROM C39.99) ¦: J ¦ I.. ;¦),:• ,J. . TRILOGIC 0274 691 115
• S " ’. ’’, j.y., This ROM sharer is made by UK-based hardware
manufacturer Trilogic and it performs exactly the same tasks
as the ICD equivalent. Similarly. It fits inside your Amiga's
casing (voiding the guarantee), and uses the same switching
method.
Switching between ROMs is performed in the same way, using the standard Ctrl- Amiga-Amiga reset combination. The only real difference Is the type of ribbon connector used and the size and layout of the board, which is a bit larger than the ICD version.
SEPTEMBER 1992 SAMPLE COLLECTION E49.95 WALKABOUT MUSIC 0726 81 3807
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India and the Far East.
Now they are heading into different territory again by marketing their collection in the form of disk-based sound samples for the Amiga. Each different sound has been sampled at twice the normal rate of most Public Domain Amiga samples which gives a far greater clarity, while retaining compatibility with most sequencers.
Each disk is filled with samples, and you can pick up one for £2.50. 10 for £19.95. or the whole 24 for 50 quid.
EXPANSION SYSTEMS BASEBOARD PLUS A A500P RAM BOARD E79.99 (UNPOPULATED) TRILOGIC 027A 691 115 This system is designed to be used on the newer A500 Plus machines to provide up lo 4Mb of RAM. It's different to old A500 RAM expansions in that it uses all the new signals provided on the A500 Plus trapdoor connector. There is one drawback however: there's a second board which fits under the Gary chip requiring you to open your machine's case. The chances are that your A500 Plus is pretty new, so this means kissing goodbye to the guarantee. It's available in four configurations: 1Mb (£99.00). 2Mb
(£129.99). 4Mb (£169.99) and Unpopulated (£79.99). 'Serious' reviews This is the section of the magazine dedicated to bringing you honest and intelligent reviews of the latest 'serious' releases in hardware and software.
From expansions such as extra memory and hard drives through to usetul, practical utilities to the latest In productivity' (DTP, databases) and creativity' (paint, animation, 3D.
Digitisers and music) software, it's all in here.
Two years running, Amiga Format has been voted by computer retailers as the magazine that they most trust when they're deciding what to stock, so you can see that we're the people best placed to advise you on what to buy. With our expert knowledge, we know what's the best program to date for any particular kind of job, and we'll see how anything new stacks up against the best in the business.
Contents There's an astonishing mix of reviews on the menu this month, so prepare your tastebuds for a real delight.
MONITORS ROUNDUP______________________1 1 8 We take a thorough look at the screens available for the Amiga, from the humble single scan to professional multisyncs.
AMAX II PLUS____________________________________1 28 If you fancy running Apple Macintosh software without shelling out Mac prices. Amax II could well be for you.
MODEM ROUNDUP------------------------------135 If you want to defraud large corporations out of many millions of pounds, you II need a modem. Get hacking.
DATEL COLOUR DIGITISER____________________144 A real-time colour digitiser at a mono price STUDIO 16 AD 1012___________________________146 Straight to disk recording makes its Amiga debut AVI DEO-------------------------------------------------148 Have we got Avideo? Yes. We ve got a video ACTION REPLAY----------------------------------152 Handy hacking cartridge or pathetic plastic lump?
EPSON GT-6000 SCANNER_________________1 5A Flatbed colour scanning at a previously unheard of price.
MANIC MOUSE-DAY____________________________1 57 Say cheese, as we take a look at pointer movers How the Ratings System works SPEED (marked out of 5) • • • • • Tremendously Important lor both hardware and software: there's nothing more annoying than waiting. A purely Intuitive |udgement.
DOCUMENTATION (out of 5) • • • • • Although there are some packages that are so simple no manual Is needed, complex Items benefit hugely trom a good explanation.
ACCESSIBILITY (out of 5) • • • • • The target lor all good software should be powerful but simple: this rating assesses how easy It Is to get to grips with the Item.
FEATURES (out of 5) • • • • • Does it do what you want it to do? How well does it do it? And does It also do lots ol other things that you'd never have thought ot?
VALUE (out of 5) • • • • • A pretty Important rating, this one: it a package does everything you could wish tor, it's no use to you unless you can afford to buy It.
V 4MIGF fordid The Verdict, our at-a-glance overall rating.
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Why go for a computer with great graphics. Then settle for blurred images and muddy colours? Why buy a word processor when you can barely read what you are writing on the screen and your letters give you a headache?
When using the Amiga's video signal squeezing it through a TV 'mud’ulator and squirting it al the telly you're inevitably settling for second best.
You've got a computer that creates gorgeous graphics, so why look at them in a blurred and distorted way? You need a monitor!
Jason Holborn and Tvevor Ablott test all the options and pick the best.
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CO m CD m zj 0 NJ It's obvious from the results of our recent reader survey that a large proportion of our readers plan to improve the quality of their Amigas' displays. If you're not one of the 48% of readers who already own a monitor, you'll soon come to realise that it could be your best buy since the Amiga itself.
Choosing the right monitor is by no means a simple task. With such TV techie jargon as multiscan, dot pitch and SCART living around, it's no wonder that many users get confused. To help you make the right buy ing decision, let's take a look at the three main options that you face. If some of the special monitor jargon is initially battling, don't worry on the next page you'll find possibly the most comprehensive guide to monitor jargon ever published.
There are three types of monitor available: SCART Tvs: single-scan monitors; and multisync monitors. To be able to make the right buying decision, it's important that you understand what the differences are between them.
WHY OUR TESTS ARE THE BEST... To most of us. A monitor Is a monitor so we thought we'd get the complete picture by talking to a qualified TV engineer. Trevor Ablott has been tearing Tvs and computer monitors to pieces tor more years than he dares to mention and can certainly spot a good monitor trom a dodo. Equipped with his trusty tool box and degausser. Trevor was let loose on a selection ot monitors In the hope ol sorting the wheat trom the chafl.
Thanks to his considerable knowledge, we have drawn up a set ot review guidelines by which to test even the most well-endowed monitor. To ensure fairness, Trevor did not test any ot the monitors until they had been left on for at least quarter of an hour. As Trevor is keen to point out. This is very important because it gives the monitor time to settle down.
To avoid purity problems, all the screens were degaussed using an external degausser beforehand. A degausser is a piece of equipment used to correct purity problems caused by magnetic fields generated by such things as hi-fi speakers.
Finally, all the monitors were tested using Vtools. A PD program that produces a variety ot video test images.
After degaussing, all the monitors were checked for purity, pin cushioning, convergence and striations these terms are explained In the jargon-busting section on the right. Also, the design of the case Itself, ease of use and quality of construction are taken into account.
SHOPPING ADVICE If you're looking for a monitor, keep these all-important points in mind.
SUITABILITY very important when choosing a monitor. If you’re the kind ol person that uses an Amiga tor nothing more than playing games, then a SCART-equlpped TV will probably be more than adequate.
Although it won t provide the best quality pictures, it's still on a par with the kind ot video screens used in arcade machines.
Multisyncs are really only of benefit to professional users or those of you who spend a lot of time running applications that work in interlaced screen modes DTP, CAD, solid modelling and so on.
For the rest of us. A standard single-scan monitor is the best bet because it provides the best price-versus-performance ratio of the three types of monitor available.
SCREEN MODES although virtually all multisyncs support the new ECS screen modes (hi-res, super hi-res, productivity and the like), some cannot handle standard Amiga screen modes. If the software you want to use does not support productivity mode, then you will need a flicker fixer Like all things in life, each has its advantages and disadvantages.
Most people, as soon as they buy an Amiga, plug it into the telly via the TV modulator included with the Amiga.
The modulator translates the Amiga's RGB video display signal into an RF (radio frequency) signal, which the TV then has to translate back to RGB again before it can dis- to enable the multisync to display them. II the multisync can support a horizontal frequency of approximately 15KHz and a vertical frequency of 50Hz. Then a flicker fixer will not be required for standard screen modes.
CONNECTORS - Most multlsynes use a 15- pin 'D' connector that can only be connected to the Amiga using an adaptor cable. Commodore include a suitable adaptor with their multisyncs, but virtually no other manufacturers followed their lead.
Even MicroWay's flicker fixer does not support the standard 15-pln D' connector, so an adaptor cable will be needed.
MONITOR JARGON UTTERLY BUSTED CONVERGENCE - all colour displays contain throe 'guns' that fire electrons at the screen to form the picture on a TV or monitor. One gun fires red light, one green, and one blue. If the guns are not lined up correctly, you will get coloured edges appearing when two vertical blocks of colour are placed side*by-side.
This can best be viewed with a series of grey scales.
If the convergence is bad, you will see a coloured hue appearing between the two blocks.
PURITY - when looking at a screen that contains just a single colour, the intensity of the colour should be equal throughout. Purity problems can be caused by the screen being magnetised by the monitor's own loudspeakers, which produces dark blotches. As a general rule, always keep Tvs and monitors away from strong magnetic fields (speakers, for example).
DEGAUSSER - a magnetic coil with which a screen can be de-magnetised (de-gaussed) to sort out purity problems caused by strong magnetic fields.
PIN CUSHION - ideally, the visible area of the screen should be a perfect rectangle, even when the screen display is stretched to full width. If the monitor is said to have a pin cushioning fault, howover, the sides of the screen will be warped inwards.
SHADOWMASK - the shadowmask is a technical term for the screen that the image is drawn on to by the electron guns within the tube. The screen is made up of a mesh that allows the electrons to come through and hit the screen in a fixed pattern.
RESOLUTION DOT PITCH - the dot pitch of a monitor doscribes the shape and the sixe of the holes in the shadowmask mesh. The smaller the dot pitch, the higher the definition of the image. Dot pitch can range from 0.5mm to as little as 0.21mm. LINE TIME BASE - the line time base is the time it takes for the dot produced by the electron gun to scan across the entire width of the screen producing a single scan line.
STRIATIONS LINE RINGING - striations are vertical lines (normally on the left-hand side of tho scroen) that are caused by inadequacies in the line time base.
SCART EUROCONNECTOR - a Standard Connector for Audio Radio and Television (SCART) is a standardised connector for feeding RGB composite and audio signals to a TV or monitor.
FREQUENCY SYNC - all video signals contain two synchronisation signals for the horixontal and vertical time bases which tell the monitor how fast it should horizontally and vertically redraw the screen.
RGB - an RGB video signal is a signal that has been and blue.
COMPOSITE - unlike RGB, a composite signal contains all colour, sync and audio signals combined into a single signal.
RF - used by televisions, RF (radio frequency) is a type of composite signal that was devised specifically for transmission through the airwaves.
Play il. All ihis messing aboul with Ihe signal degrades ihe piclure.
The first way lo improve your picture, therefore, is lo cut out the TV modulator. Once that's out of the way. There is no good reason why you shouldn't use your telly as a monitor.
Your secret weapon is a thing called the SCART connector (an acronym for the less than wieldy monicker 'Standard Connector for Audio. Radio and Television'), often referred to in TV instruction books as a Euroconnector.
Most modem Tvs have one or two of these attached. All you have to do is get a cable from your computer dealer to connect your Amiga's RGB socket lo the telly's SCART socket, and you're away.
Many portable Tvs are now' being fitted with SCART sockets, so these make a viable alternative to a computer monitor. And. Of course, they mean you can switch to Neighbours if you wish. We’re review ing several SCART-equipped portable Tvs here.
Next up we have single-scan monitors, which are currently the most commonly available.
Such monitors are often designed specifically for Ihe Amiga and are also capable of taking a direct RGB signal. They are far and away the most popular monitors for the Amiga.
Despite the fact that they work in basically the same way as a SCART TV. Single-scan monitors give a slightly belter quality of picture because they use better quality lubes the tube is the glass bit on w hich the picture is displayed. Not only that, but a monitor is designed specifically for handling RGB signals and therefore is optimised for this task.
119 SEPTEMBER 1992 For the ultimate in picture quality, you need a multisync monitor a device capable of displaying RGB signals that have different sync speeds. Most multisyncs w ill be able to detect the sync speed of the display signal that the computer is putting out and switch lo that speed automatically.
Single-scan monitors are more popular simply because most of us have no need for a monitor that runs at different speeds. A TV picture runs at 50Hz (50 cycles per second), which means the picture changes 50 times each second. All the normal Amiga screen modes do the same.
If. On the other hand, you want to use the new super high-res and productivity modes of the Amiga's enhanced chip set lo do detailed professional work, or you want to use a flicker fixer to remove the irritating flickering of interlace mode, you need a multisync.
Multisyncs generally produce better quality images because the tubes are better again.
VGA and S-VGA monitors are very similar to mullisyncs. But are often limited in their frequency range although they too can often be used with the Amiga.
Mullisyncs and VGA monitors have one big disadvantage though they arc designed primarily for Macintoshes and Pcs. So they don't generally have built-in speakers. You would need a separate amplifier and a set of speakers, to listen to the sound track of your favourite games, although you'll get good results by connecting your Amiga to your hi fi.
Boole TV Philips ¦ £249.99 Stylish and unusual to the point of being weird, the Book is the second in Philips' designer 'Your TV' range which oims to appeal to fashion- conscious youngsters by looking very different.
II you're buying for a style-conscious child, this could well tit the bill. Gone is the trad bo* design that we've come to expect trom TV manufacturers and in its place is a very stylish case that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning fashion freak.
Cased in moulded jet-black plastic, the Book TV resembles a halt-open book with the pages tanned out to torm the rear ot the TV. Moulded into the front face of the Book’s cover’ is a 14-inch grey tube covered by a piece of glass that is actually a polarised screen filter which helps the Book to cut down on glare while maximising the contrast. This can be particularly useful when using the Book to display interlaced images - the filter reduces flicker to an almost acceptable level.
Below the screen are a number ot push-button controls divided into two separate groups. On the left-hand side are the usual volume and channel controls; on the right is a menu button which brings up a series of on-screen controls enabling you to alter the brightness, contrast and colour ol the image. Also included is a built-in headphone socket, which is ideal tor keeping all those thumping game soundtracks to yourself.
R«r At the back is that all-important SCART connector, by which the monitor can take an RGB signal direct from the Amiga.
Under normal circumstances, the Book behaves exactly like a conventional TV, but as soon as an RGB signal is ted to the TV, the RGB signal overrides the TV picture and the Book turns into a monitor.
Considering that the Book uses a conventional tube, the overall picture quality is very good indeed. Colours are crisp and bright and the screen purity is surprisingly good. Unlike most SCART Tvs, the picture geometry shows virtually no sign of pin cushioning whatsoever and striations are kept to a minimum.
There were signs ot slight convergence problems, but this is to be expected trom a low-cost tube. Surprisingly, the Book handles very high resolutions well, although lines ot text do become somewhat unreadable on a SuperHiRes interlaced screen.
The quality of sound trom the Book's pair of stereo speakers is very good, with plenty of bass and high-frequency response (even at higher volumes). Sound capabilities are some of the best that I’ve heard trom a monitor they’re certainly a lot better than the Commodore 1084S monitor.
If you're after a TV that can produce a decent display for your Amiga and you want something unusual, then look no further.
Sound and picture quality are excellent.
Book TV CONSTRUCTION • • • • A very solid and well-designed case, although It could prove to be difficult to clean.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • • Not on par with a decent monitor, but definitely one of the better TV Monitor combinations.
SOUND QUALITY • • • • Plenty of bass and loads ot high-end response even at high volume.
VALUE • •• You are paying extra lor the trendy design.
85% TV If you need a TV and a monitor but can't afford both, then a TV monitor could be for you.
Jason Holborn tests the market leaders.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Small and block, and really quite good. The Cube from Philips.
The Cube £279 99 (! 5").
£329.99 (17") ¦ Philips From the same stable that brought us the Book TV comes the Cube TV, another classic from Philips that is as odd-looking as it is impressive. Sporting a case design that would look more at home on the back of a train carrying nuclear waste, the Cube TV continues Philips' recent attempts to make the average TV monitor look a little bit more exciting.
As a TV. The Cube is certainly a mean performer. Unlike all the other TV Monitors reviewed here, the Cube is the only one to support Teletext, something that is more of a necessity these days than a luxury.
Teletext and indeed TV channels cannot be accessed while the Amiga is feeding the Cube an RGB signal, simply because the RGB signal trom the Amiga bypasses the TV tuner. Like all TV monitors, the Cube is fed its RGB signal via a SCART connector.
One very nice aspect ot the Cube TV that it shares with NEC's MultiSync 4FG is the use ot an FST (tlatter, squarer tube), which helps to cut down on the amount ot reflections that the screen produces. Flat tubes also produce an image with much better geometry, especially when the tube is of the quality that we've come to expect from Philips. Thankfully the Cube certainly doesn't disappoint although our review sample showed slight ghosting (the taint repetition of an image), purity was exceptional, image geometry was as near as dammit and convergence virtually A1.
Philips have certainly gone to town with the Cube's sound capabilities too.
Mounted into the top of the Cube's casing is a subwoofer (no, that's not a miner's dog). This Is a high performance speaker that gives the Cube what is possibly the best bass response of any monitor. Though the sound is still a little plasticky'. It's still miles better than any of the other monitors.
Philips have done it again. Not content with producing the best Amiga single scan monitor and a very capable TV monitor in the shape of the Book TV. The Cube is the best TV monitor money can buy.
Although the image quality is not perfect, the Cube pushes the TV monitor ilk to its very limits. If you want a TV that can also handle your Amiga's output, then look no further than the Philips Cube.
CONSTRUCTION • • • • Solid and extremely well designed, the Cube Is a )oy to behold.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • • Apart from the slight ghosting problems, the Cube s picture quality was very good indeed.
SOUND QUALITY • • • • • Thanks to that built-in subwooter. The Cube is bassier than MC Hammer.
VALUE • • • • The Cube may seem expensive, but It otters all the features you could expect.
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Commodore's original and best monitor has undergone major
design changes over its seven year life. The latest model has
the same styling as its predecessor, the 1084.
The plastic colour has changed to suit the A800's lighter cream, although it still looks just as good with anything from an A500 to an A3000.
The 1084S's connectors are all eaxctly the same as those on Its forbear - it takes an RGB signal through the now standard nine-pin 'D' connector (Commodore supply an appropriate lead), but it can also display a composite signal through a conventional phono plug.
Like all Commodore monitors, the 1084S's internal components are not made by the company - It's actually a re-badged Philips monitor. As a result, It shares virtually all of the facilities offered by Philips' CM8833 Mk2. Unfortunately, It often seems as if Philips are simply using Commodore as a dumping ground for sub-standard tubes every single 1084 I've ever seen (and I've seen a few in my time) was not as good in terms of picture quality as its Philips equivalent.
Our review model Is definitely one of the better examples, but It too shows signs of slight purity and convergence problems and remains slightly out of focus, even after playing around with the contrast controls to get the best image.
One thing that is very nice about the 1084S are the controls. Now Commodore has got its corporate act together, the 1084S is very well designed, with all the controls located In a very sensible and easily-accesslble front panel. Unlike the controls on the 1950, they are also very precise.
If you are loyal to Commodore and would never consider buying anything other than a Commodore monitor, then the 1084S is still a good buy. Although getting a decent one is still a rather hit-and-miss affair, the 1084S is a stylish and well-built monitor.
CBM1084S CONSTRUCTION • • • • Not quite as solid as It some ol the other monitors. But still a well-built box.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • Slightly out ot locus, but acceptable.
SOUND QUALITY • • • Bass sounds are a little weak, but high frequencies are handled well.
VALUE • •• All in all this is rather an expensive buy. Especially when you compare it to the Philips.
Iferdict 80% Single-scan monitors For most people, a standard monitor is the best bet. Jason Holborn picks the choicest.. SEPTEMBER 1992 quote a 10% difference in tube quality either way so you could either end up with a monitor that is some way better than average or one that is totally naff. In this particular case, we were definitely sent a monitor that had slipped to the wrong side of that 10% margin.
To be fair, though, everything I've said about the 1084S should normally apply to the 1085S. Taking these occasional naff example as a fact of life, the 1085S is usually a very good single-scan monitor and if you end up with one that has the same sort of problems as our review model, send It back and ask for a replacement.
Although the 1085S Is actually a relatively new arrival on the scene. I must admit that I'm slightly disappointed to find that it Is actually exactly the same monitor as the CBM 1084S.
Even after checking through the specifications of both monitors. I can find no difference between the 1085S and the older 1084S, apart from the badges on the front of each and their slightly differing shades of cream-coloured plastic.
I can t quite understand Commodore's reasoning behind the 1085S perhaps they feel that existing users who own Amigas with a slightly darker shade ot cream won't appreciate the lighter colour of the 1084S. If you can come up with a better reason, then answers on a postcard to the usual address please.
One thing that the 1085S does demonstrate. However, is how two monitors that seem exactly the same can end up so different in picture quality. Although it has good colour purity, the review model suffers badly from pin cushioning, is slightly out of focus and the image is warped terribly in the bottom right-hand corner ot the screen. All of these problems could easily be corrected by an experienced TV engineer, but then you don't expect to have to send your brand new monitor oft for repair in the first place.
The faults of the 1085S demonstrate how monitors that are exactly the same can be so different. TV manufacturers CBM1085S CONSTRUCTION • • • • Like the 1084S above, the 1085S Is solid and well-constructed.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • Our review sample Is frankly lousy, but otters good colour purity.
SOUND QUALITY • • • Bass Is still a problem, but the high treble frequencies sre handled well.
VALUE • •• Like the 1084S. The 1085S is rather expensive.
Igk__ Yerdic) 75% Lvmwm - 123 SEPTEMBER 1992 GAME ADVICE From September, the Philips CM8833 II will be bundled with a free ropy of the Gremlin racing game Lotus Tuibo Challenge 2. If you're thinking of buying a monitor, it might be worth waiting a few days to gt one of these pocks. See News for more details.
MONITOR AS A TV If you desperately need the quality of a singlescan monitor, but you'd also like to use it as a TV. Then there are ways of getting the terribly realistic antics of the Neighbours cast showing on a monitor near you. Philips (who already produce a single-scan monitor in the shape of the CM8833 Mk2) produce a TV adaptor that will literally convert your Amiga to a standalone TV. The adaptor takes the form of a flat black box that sits underneath the monitor. By plugging in an ariel and tuning the various channels on the adaptor, a TV picture can be fed to any monitor that will
accept a standard composite signal. The adaptor can be used on all the single-scan monitors here.
If you've got a spare video recorder hanging around, you can already turn your monitor into a TV. Virtually all video recorders have some form of 'video out' connector, although most modem recorders combine the audio and video connectors into one via our old friend the SCART connector. Pop along to your local electrical store though and you'll be able to pick up a lead that breaks the SCART signal into separate video and audio phono connectors. Next, plug the 'video out' lead into the 'CVBS in' connector on the back of your monitor, connect the video to an ariel and switch the monitor to
'CVBS in' and. Hcv presto one Monitor TV.
CM8833 Ml 2 £229.99 ¦ Philips From the people that make the Commodore 1084S and the 1085S comes the CM8833 Mk2, the new improved release ot the classic CM8833. Philips used to make two monitors tor the Amiga (the CM8855 being the other), but they’ve now decided to concentrate their collective marketing efforts on a single model. Featuring some very swish styling, the CM8833 is undoubtedly still the market leader both In terms of design and picture quality.
Like the Commodore single-scan monitors. The CM8833 is fed its RGB signal through a nine-pin D' connector. Once again. Philips kindly supply an Amiga-compatible lead so you can start using your new monitor as soon as you get it home from the shops. If you buy a Philips TV Tuner, you can also run it on the CM8833 by feeding its output to the monitor's composite input at Its rear. The CM8833 provides all the usual image controls, including brightness, contrast and colour, all of which are accessed from a series of controls at the front of the monitor.
In terms of picture quality, the CM8833 is miles better than the competition.
Although our review sample has slight convergence problems (which is unusual), the focus is very good indeed giving a crisp and highly-detailed display. Colour purity is also very good thanks to the CM8833's superior grey tube.
Unlike the Commodore monitors, there's no pin cushioning to speak of.
Virtually all the Philips monitors that I've seen have been of equal quality, so it makes you wonder why Commodore's monitors (all of which are produced by Philips) are so bad.
The sound quality of the CM8833 monitor is also very good, but bass is still a little lacking. Sound definition is better than that of the Commodore monitors, although low- frequency noises do still sound a little weak.
If you really want to hear what your Amiga is capable of. You do need to plug the Amiga into a hi-fi system I haven't yet seen a monitor that can produce the same kind of frequency response that even the cheapest of hi-fi speakers can handle.
Philips' monitors have always been known for their high quality and the CM8833 Mk2 is just another in a long line. If you re after a single-scan screen, you'd be a tool to buy anything other than a CM8833. The picture quality is considerably better than any of the competition. The CM8833 monitor earns its Amiga Formal Gold award with flying colours.
CONSTRUCTION • • • • Very sota) end well-designed, the CM8633 Is a lime cracker PICTURE QUALITY • • • • • Apart trom the slight convergence problem, the CM8833 s picture quality is top notch.
SOUND QUALITY • • • • Bass is perhaps a little weak, but it still beats the competition hands down.
VALUE • • • • For a monitor ot this quality, the CM8833 Is worth every penny.
? 9 CM 8833 Mk2 MultiSyncs For that ultimate picture quality, you need a multisync monitor Jason Holborn visits video heaven.
CBM 21FST Multisyi £2,197 ¦ Commodore Like all Commodore's monitors, the CM21 Isn't actually a Commodore monitor at all. Instead, Commodore have simply re-badged the Ranger 21MP trom a company called Aydln Controls.
The 21 in the 21FST's name refers to the 21-Inch screen, an absolutely colossal affair that has been designed specifically for CAD and DTP applications.
Like both the 1950 and the 1960, Commodore have modified the monitor to handle all Amiga screen modes, not just those designed for multisync use. As a result you can use it without a flicker fixer, although a separate adaptor is still required to mate the 23-pin output from the Amiga with the 21MP's 15-pin 'D' connector. The 7CM3209 124 £429.99 ¦ Philips SEPTEMBER 1992 Philips certainly likes to have its corporate fingers in every pie not only do they market a TV monitor and a market-leading single-scan screen, but they also have something to offer the more demanding user, in the shape
of their 7CM3209 Multisync monitor.
Sporting a design that is very similar to the original single-scan CM8833, the Philips 7CM is certainly no great looker, but it does the job well enough.
Our review sample monitor exhibits a couple of problems in the image department, including striations (vertical lines) and a slight shadowmask error, but on the whole the quality of its pictures is very good indeed.
This image-producing ability is good thanks to the 7CM's excellent 0.28 dot pitch.
(The smaller the dot pitch, the better for the picture quality. The dot pitch can range from
0. 5mm to 0.21mm In size) Image contrast, purity and convergence
is superb and the only fly in the ointment Is its inability to
handle standard Amiga screen modes, although running Workbench
in productivity mode produces a very stable image.
To be able to use the standard screen modes, you would therefore need to invest in a flicker fixer to use this monitor.
7CM3209 Philips have always had a very good reputation among buyers and the trade for always producing monitors that are among the best quality on the market and the 7CM tested here certainly isn't going to tarnish that.
CONSTRUCTION • • • The design looks somowhal dated, but build quality Is very good.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • • Apart Irom the slight shadowmask problem, the Image Is as steady as a rock.
FEATURES •• • Can't handle standard Amiga screen modes, but then very tew multlsynes can.
VALUE • •• • It pays to shop around.
It is a shame, however, that this unit isn't able to handle the standard Amiga screen modes, but then few of the multisync monitors are able to do that.
The quoted retail price from Philips of £429.99 for the 7CM3209 does not have a great deal of relevance.
76% Realistically you should be able find the 7CM discounted down to £329.99 at some outlets, so it definitely pays to shop around.
CBM1960 £563 ¦ Calculus Commodore's multisync offering comes in the shape of the 1960. A monitor designed specifically for the Amiga 3000 and any Amiga fitted with either Commodore's own Display Enhancer or a suitable third-party flicker fixer, like those marketed by MicroWay Europe and ICD. Like the 21 MP reviewed above, the 1960 can handle all Amiga screen modes, including both ECS and standard modes.
The styling of the 1960 certainly isn't anything worth shouting about. Considering the monitor was designed for the A3000 a machine with very modern styling the 1960 is a step backwards.
Its rather boxy design looks more like the sort of thing we've come to expect from IBM. A company certainly not renowned tor its design finesse. Worse still, the contrast, colour and brightness controls are so cheap and erratic that even tapping them sends the quality ot design and construction is very good, although you pay the price for such a solid design to call the 21MP heavy would be an understatement.
Picture quality isn't bad considering the size of its tube, but it s still far from perfect. For starters, the 21 MP doesn't handle hlgh- intensity colours particularly well because of a rather low emission level. Even at its maximum brightness level, whites look rather washed out.
Our review model hadn't been set up properly either grey scales exhibit a noticeable blue tint. Convergence is also not particularly good in some places and colour purity is far from perfect.
Considering the price. I would expect a far superior picture and.
Although the quality of construction can't be faulted, picture quality certainly doesn't justify the monitor's price. If it had been under £1,500, I'd recommend it wholeheartedly, but it’s just another case of delivering too little for too much cash.
CONSTRUCTION • • • • The 21 MP is very solid and well-designed.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • Not bad, but hardly acceptable for such an expensive monitor.
FEATURES •• • • • The 21 MP can handle productivity and standard Amiga screen modes.
VALUE • • For a price this substantial you'd be right to expect a much better picture.
AMK*.__ (fertile! 75% MultiSync 4FG NEC ¦ £599 screen image haywire. Considering the price, this isn't acceptable.
Picture quality is also pretty lousy. Our review model shows convergence problems, focus is a little blurry and colour purity could be better. On the plus side though, the image shows plenty of contrast and brightness. Handling standard screen modes is a plus point and removes the need to purchase a flicker fixer.
Also available from Commodore for multisync freaks is the 1950, a monitor with almost the same features as the 1960 but in a slightly smarter case. Once again, the 1950 handles all Amiga screen modes, but has a better design and build quality. Sadly the 1950 is being phased out, but if you have a choice between the two, then go for this one. The 1950 has a better tube too although there are pin cushion and convergence errors, purity is a lot better.
Both certainly aren't bad, but they're not in the same league as the Philips or NEC units. If you feel you have to stay loyal to Commodore, then either will do the job. For my money. I d rather spend a little extra and buy a NEC.
CBM 1960 CONSTRUCTION • • Styling Is a little old fashioned. Shame about Ihe erratic controls.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • The convergence, purity and focus are not particularly good.
FEATURES •• • • The 1960 can handle all Amiga screen modes.
VALUE • • • If the picture quality was better, Ihe 1960 would be a good buy.
YAM&K _ (ferdic! 72% At the opposite end of the monitor scale comes the MultiSync 4FG, the latest in a long line of market-leading monitors from NEC. Having used the 4FG for a couple of weeks now, I am not surprised that NEC have such a good reputation in the multisync market - the 4FG is quite simply the best multisync I've ever seen.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Picture quality isn't the end of the story - its styling (which bears more than a passing resemblance to Apple Macintosh monitors) is bang up to date and the overall quality of workmanship is first-rate. All the 4FG's controls are hidden behind a flip-down panel, enabling you to access them without having to fiddle around the back (or side) of the case to try to get your fingers in the right place.
Although the 4FG doesn't like standard screen modes, the picture quality of a productivity-mode display is second to none. Purity is virtually 100%. Image contrast is excellent and the image geometry stays true even when the image is stretched to full width (no pin cushioning). One nice feature is 4FG's built-in degausser - something that every monitor should have.
As it stands, though, the 4FG only handles a single Amiga screen mode (Productivity) and even then you'll need the enhanced chip set installed inside your machine to access even this. If you attempt to connect the 4FG to an Amiga that is producing anything other than a productivity display, all you'll get is a very pretty garbled mess. To display standard screen modes, A1500 owners will need a MicroWay FlickerFlxer and A500 owners will need something like the ICD Display Enhancer. Both of these cost over £100. So non-A3000 owners should consider this extra cost when purchasing the 4FG.
CONSTRUCTION • • • • • Both the Build quality and design are first rate.
PICTURE QUALITY • • • • • Even under our rigorous tests, Ihe quality ot the 4FG*s picture is almost perfect.
FEATURES • •• • It s just a shame that II can t handle Amiga screen modes without a dicker fixer.
VALUE • • • • A lot to pay for a monitor, and you'll need a flicker fixer, but Ihe It's the best you can buy.
Gripes aside though. It's no wonder NEC have such a good reputation for multisyncs - the 4FG is an absolutely smashing monitor that beats every competitor. It's a shame it doesn't handle standard screen modes - if it did. The 4FG could have been the first piece of hardware ever to achieve a 100% rating!
93% IF YOU'VE EVER tried to run a program that opens a high-resolution screen, then you'll no doubt have already fallen foul of the perils of interlacing. To most of us. Interlaced screens are very annoying and can cause considerable eye strain (unless you're wearing a decent pair of shades).
You may be wondering what possessed Commodore to build interlacing into the Amiga's display hardware in the first place, but. Believe it or not, they had their reasons.
Interlacing is very important within the video industry and therefore the Amiga's ability to generate an interlaced signal has helped it to capture the market with ease.
Fixing The Flicker Flickering interlaced screens can be a headache, quite literally.
Jason Holborn shows you how to put an end to the flickering misery.
That's good for videophiles. But what about the rest of us? Thankfully, there are ways of reducing and even removing flicker. If you can afford a multisync monitor like those reviewed on pages 124 5 of this issue, then the first thing you can do is upgrade your machine to the new enhanced chip set and Workbench 2.0. The ECS upgrade includes a new non-interlaced screen mode called 'productivity' that can display a 640 by 480 pixel image w ithout a flicker in sight. Unfortunately, you need a multisync to use it.
Recent £200 price drop has finally brought it w ithin reach of the average user. The Flicker Fixer comes in the form of a plug-in card for the Amiga 1500 and 2000 that connects to the Amiga via the video slot. Sticking out of the Fixing Flicker on the Cheap To remove the flicker from standard screen modes, a number of third party manufacturers produce flicker fixer cards that remove interlacing by re-synchronising the video signal.
Again, you need a multisync to use these new non-interlaced screen modes. The A3000 already has a flicker fixer as standard, in the shape of the CBM Display Enhancer, but this is not available to those of us with lower spec Amigas. Coming to the rescue though are MicroWay Europe and ICD. Both of which market flicker fixers.
CO m co m 50 3 vO NJ MicroWay "s Flicker Fixer (£125 from MicroWay Europe 081-541 5466) has been available for a number of years now. But a If your budget doesn't stretch to the price of a multisync and flicker fixer, then don't despair there are still a couple of things that you can do to reduce flicker to a more acceptable level. Although It Is Impossible to remove flicker completely if you're running interlaced screens on a standard single-scan monitor or SCART TV, follow these simple guidelines and you'll find Interlacing to be less of a problem.
SCREEN FILTERS a screen filter provides a very low-cost method of reducing screen flicker without having to change your monitor or TV. They come in two forms: mesh filters and the more expensive polarised filters, both of which fit on the front of any standard TV or monitor to reduce glare.
Mesh filters use a very fine mesh that reduces glare by reducing the amount of light that reaches the eye. Unfortunately, mesh filters can often reduce the back is a standard nine-pin 'D' socket that is used to channel the output from the card to a standard multisync monitor. As it stands though, the connector that the Flicker Fixer uses is non-standard, so an adaptor cable will have to be made up to enable your multisync to address the Flicker Fixer. Thankfully.
MicroWay do include comprehensive information on the pin-outs of both the Flicker Fixer and a range of commonly-available multisyncs (although more recent models aren't included), so getting a cable made up shouldn't prove to be too much of a problem.
The Flicker Fixer converts all standard (non-ECS) screen modes, even those that aren't interlaced, to a higher sync RGB signal with a horizontal sync speed of 31.5KHz (double the standard speed). Flicker Fixer also removes visible scan lines, giving you an image that's as steady as a rock. It can also handle the Amiga's full 4.096-colour palette, giving access to some of the most beautiful Amiga displays that you're likely to encounter.
MicroWay planned to produce an A500 version. But to date nothing has turned up.
A500 owners can put an end to Flicker problems with ICD's Flicker Card (£250 from Silica Systems - 081-309 1111 . This intcr- nallv-fitting card works in a very similar fashion to the MicroWay unit and provides much the same features. Once again, for serious ,4500 users, the ICD card is a must. Rr} the picture clarity too. Which makes them less useful. If you've got £30 to spare, then a much better bet Is the more effective polarised filter - a piece of polarised perspex between you and the glare of your monitor. As any photographer will tell you, passing a bright image through a polarised
filter reduces the glare of the image without affecting its contrast.
COLOURS Interlace flicker can be reduced without having to spend any money, simply by keeping a watchful eye on the colours that an application uses.
Generally, flicker can be avoided by using colours that have a low contrast, so avoid hlgh-contrast colour combinations. In particular, try to avoid black on white.
Instead, reduce the intensity of the white to a medium grey (RGB 888). By playing around with different palettes, you'll notice a considerable reduction in interlace flicker.
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Othe Amiga can pretend to be almost any other computer, but probably the most desirable is Apple's designer machine', the Macintosh. Asam Ahmad rubs his hands in glee as a touch of emulator magic turns his Amiga into a Mac... AIMax-ll Plu ReadySofi Incorporated ¦ £374 99 It's been on the way for a year now and we've been salivating constantly while waiting for it. Why? Because it promises features that could make it the best emulator ever created.
Let's see how it fulfils that promise... The first release of Amax. Reviewed way back in Amiga Formal Issue One. We described as "one of the best emulators available on any machine." Since then Amax has been through numerous upgrades. The improvements have mainly been in the software department, to improve the way in which it runs Mac software and to add extra features, such as direct hard drive support.
The exciting new version involves both new hardware and a software upgrade (version 2.51 which can be used by existing Amax owners.
The software makes full use of all available facilities in the Amiga, such as PC'S and extra chip last memory, and compatibility is improv ed to allow the use of the new System 7 software for the Macintosh. The most exciting part, though, is the hardware upgrade.
The board comes with two RS-422 comms ports, which enable the connection of Apple printers, modems and MIDI equipment. Apple network software also works, so you can connect to other Maes and network devices.
Another new feature is the ability to use Macintosh SCSI devices by connecting them to your SCSI hard-drive controller. This isn't restricted to the Plus board, and increases the usability of Amax-ll no end. Enabling the The new hardware comes in the shape ol a Zorro-11 card, for plugging into any Amiga I5(X) 2(XX or .VKXI system, though, you still need to gel hold of a set of 128K Macintosh ROMs to gel it working.
One new feature is that you can now use Macintosh-formal floppy disks in your Amiga drives. T his was a major failing of the old system. Because your software had to be transferred mainly by serial port access the 'mini-disk' that you were supposed to set up and use for transferring software only held 272K so it was pretty useless.
SET-UP SCREENS: TAKING CONTROL OF AMAX-II Technically, reading Mac disks in an Amiga drive is a complex and very clever achievement it uses a custom drive controller on the Plus board - and this is the reason Amax-ll Plus took a year to perfect.
This is the main control panel that allows you to select which parts ol Amox-ll you wont to configure.
Macintoshes use variable speed drives so depending on where the heads of the drive are. The disk will spin at a different speed to read the data al that point. Apart from that, the Macintosh uses a type of data encoding know n as OCR. Whereas the Amiga uses MFM encoding. The drive controller on the board allows the drives to overcome this difference.
Memory control is very important for running large applications and must be set up correctly from here.
Addition of scanners and other devices to improve your Mae system.
Setting up is fairly simple. The card just plugs into any vacant slot. The only delicate part is re-routing the internal drive cable to go through the Amax-ll hoard, and then back to the Amiga motherboard.
The Amax-ll Plus software allows you to configure how the emulator will work and MAC EMULATOR SEPTEMBER 1992 what facilities it will use. Such as extra memory and hard-drive partitions you have set aside for Amax. It also allows you to mount a Macintosh RamDisk for saving files to and to use Kickstart memory if you have an AIOOO.
The first thing to do, once Ihe emulator is running, is to get hold of a system disk. Amax should work with all systems up to 7.0.1 for the Mac. And it works fine on System 6 and 7.
Once you have booted up your Mac. You can set up your hard drive etc. to your configuration. So it will boot up from it next time.
Amax-ll comes with various hard-drive controllers to enable you to use most of the popular drives and controllers around.
Software compatibility is excellent, with Amax happily running QuarkXPress 3.1. GreatWorks 2.0. Microsoft Wortl 4. In fact just about anything you throw at it. It won't complain, except when memory is running low.
Ideally you need at least 4Mb of memory for any serious use (AMax supports up to ten) although you can just about scrape through w ith one meg. But only if it is all chip RAM so that it is in one contiguous chunk (memory that's in one big free block). Theoretically, the only things that would not work arc pieces of software that hit the hardware directly, such as some games that use custom chips. (Tetris works fine, though.)
Here Amax is connected to the Amiga Format section of AppleShare. The board is able to transfer data to and from AppleShare perfectly, and at an admirable rate. Using AppleTalk on a local area network you can connect to any other Macintosh, printer, fax device or other output input devices with ease.
Running MisroSaft Word 4 on Amax makes you wonder why Amiga software isn't wriHen this way.
The program runs quickly and is far more user friendly than most Amiga word processors, and after all, it is running on an Amiga. What are Amiga programmers doing wrong that Macintosh programmers are doing right?
SEE HOW SHE RUNS: MAC SOFTWARE COMPATIBILITY This screen was originally laid out on a Macintosh and used for the cover of Amiga Format issue 35. Here, QuarkXprass 3.1 is running happily on the Amiga, and has all the capabilities to odit and print any document as a Mac would.
Funnily enough, QuarkXpress on Amax-ll Plus actually runs faster than PageStream or PraPage on the Amiga. The question is, why?
During the writing of Amiga Format, files are wriHen on various Macs around the building. In order to make life easy, we use a system whereby files can be passed around the office without the need for disks. By using Public Folders (a system extension that operates within the AppleTalk protocol) files can be copied from one Mac to another.
The emulation for connecting to AppleTalk or other devices directly, such as LaserWriters, is excellent because of the hardware that is incorporated on the board. Here Amax is connecting to one of our AppleShare servers that houses files for common use by the magazine's editorial and printing departments.
This really is the best emulator we've seen for the Amiga. It is just so compatible with the real thing, and behaves just as if you really were using a Mac. In fact the only things that remind you that you arc not. Is the Amiga keyboard and mouse. Every piece of software we put on test works beautifully on it.
There arc restrictions to the board: the only display that you will ever have is a mono screen, but you can set up this screen to be larger than your visible screen size, and create a virtual scrolling screen up to 2.048 by 2.048 pixels in size. This can be useful for editing large pictures or pages in a DTP program.
The documentation is small and to the point, but doesn't explain everything as well it could: and there is no index, only a contents list, which can be a little frustrating.
It has taken lime, but ReadySoft have created something very special to open the world of the Mac to Amiga users. Amax is a joy to use and it brings you the power of choice. The Amiga shouldn't have to emulate another machine to be considered 'professional', but it does. Very well.
AppleTalk emulation is superb. The Amax system connects to the network we have here at Future Publishing as if it is a real Mac. It happily accesses any of our LaserWriters and connects to our AppleShare network without any problems whatsoever. This feature of the board alone opens up a wealth of possibilities, and can make Amiga-Mac transfers so simple.
Amax can also use 1.76Mb high-density drives connected to your system, so that it can read high-density Mac-formal disks. The drive controller is very comprehensive and so good it can even access MS-DOS disks through Apple Tile Exchange.
There is one problem, though, with the File Transfer software supplied with Amax.
This is supposed to allow you to read AmigaDOS hard drive partitions or 880K AmigaDOS disks in the drives while still in Mac mode (similar to Apple File Exchange with MS-DOS 72()k disks). The software seems to run OK. But crashes whenever it gets to the transfer control panel. ReadySoft are aware of this and say it will be corrected with the full-rclease version.
SPEED • • • • Runs as last as your processor does, with very little system overhead. 68020 030 compatible.
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ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • It you’ve had previous Mac experience, you'll teel right at home here. The emulation is superb.
FEATURES • • • • • Full support for all SCSI Mac peripherals and the ability to read Mac disks in your drives .
VALUE • • • • For £324.99 plus the price of ROM chips, you’ve got a tully Hedged Mac. On top ot your Amiga.
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we call modems have opened up a whole new world for Amiga
owners.
Modems galore! Of course you don’t need seven modems connected to your Miggy to reach out in to the world of comms, but here ot Amiga Format we do like to go totally overboard... A modem is more than just a piece of hardware you bolt on to your machine. Modems enable you to connect to other computers over the phone line and. In combination with comms software, means you can talk to other Amiga owners and even get hold of PD software in a matter of minutes, rather than days.
The modem translates the digital information that you transmit from your Amiga and turns it into audio noises which can be sent down a phone line. The modem at the other end receives these noises and then converts them back into digital data, so the computer running at that end can make use of them.
Okay, so now we know what a modem is.
But w hy is comms becoming so popular? What does comms have to offer the average Amiga user that can't be found elsewhere?
One of the main reasons comms is so popular is that it puts Amiga owners directly in touch with other Amiga owners. By logging on to bulletin boards (BBSs) they can leave messages. Obtain the latest PD and shareware software soon after it's released and get to know other Amiga owners - yes. Even stuck at home you don't have to be anti-social... Keep in touch with a modem Comms can be lots of fun. But can also be a daunting field to get into.
Asam Ahmad and Tim Howell offer an overview of what you need.
Bulletin boards are computers that are set up to act as storage areas for messages and files, enabling other users equipped with modems to call them over the phoncline and access these resources. BBSs, as they're commonly called, get their name from the bulletin boards found in US schools, pieces of wood that anyone can stick a piece of paper to in order to convey information to other people.
135 SEPTEMBER 1992 While BBSs can store messages, enabling you to contact other Amiga owners locally or even around the world, they can also store the latest files and information on the Amiga, putting you at the forefront of technology and keeping you up lo date on the Amiga scene.
JARGON BUSTING There’s a complete guide to modem jargon (and there’s a lot of it aboutl) on Page 138, but for the time being there is one vitol comms term you have to know. BAUD.
It basically measures how fast o modem is.
Baud is the actual rate ot which two serial devices are linked, eg 2400 baud which roughly translates Into 240 characters per second. Do not confuse this with throughput which is measured in bits per second and is the actual amount of data being transferred, accounting for compression. Therefore 2400 baud is 2400 bps with no compression, but 9600 bps with 4:1 compression turned on.
Being in touch w ith other Amiga owners can go even a step further when you play multiuser games. Multi-user games arc games that are run on large computers that enable many players to take part in a giant game all at once, playing with or against each other. For once y our opposition in a game is intelligent!
These games started to appear several years ago. Starting with MUD. The Multi User Dungeon, which pitted players in a medieval fantasy scenario, much like a real-life Dungeons and Dragons game but with participants playing from all around the country.
More recently we've had Air Warrior, the multi-user flight simulator w hich uses detailed graphics to portray the action on-screen. In the game you fly around the large polygon- graphic world, battling and avoiding other users w ho play the game at the same time.
You sec the action as you create it. And because of the detailed graphics and the human element, it seems more real than most other games - while a game like F-15 Strike Eagle may simulate a plane more accurately.
Ihe knowledge that you're playing against other, real people gives the gamcplay that extra edge. All you need to play the game is a modem and a copy of Air Warrior which we gave away with Issue 32 (sec Back Issues on page 186. To get your own copy), although you do have to pay a subscription fee for the amount of time you play Ihe game, as well as your phone bill.
To get out and about in the comms world you need to have three important pieces of equipment: a modem, a phone line and some terminal software.
As you will see over the pages there are a number of good quality modems available which can be used on your Amiga. Depending on what you want to use the modem for determines which modem you should go for.
Features such as speed and compression play an important part in this decision.
For a modem to be any use at all (except as a door stop) it needs to be connected to a phone line. Most modems arc simply plugged into standard wall-sockets like a phone. What you need lo watch out for when you’re on-line is how quickly your phone bill can rise.
Time, as they say. Is money, and unless you're keen on increasing British Telecom's earnings to £100 a second then you'll have to be aw are of how much time you spend on-line.
Buying a faster modem, and one that is capable of MNP compression, can save money in the long-term even if you shell out more initially. It really comes down to how seriously you want to get into comms... The final element is getting hold of some comms software. This is software that enables your Amiga to act as a terminal and to send the data you type on the key board through Ihe serial port to Ihe modem, and then to interpret the data that comes back to you from the computer at the other end of the phoneline.
There are a number of commercially-avail- able comms programs available for the Amiga, but the best programs are found in the public domain. Ncomm 2 (on disk PU17I from Vallv PD. PO Box 15. Peterlee. Co Durham SR8 1NZ 091-587 1195) is the best comms program available for the Amiga and is regularly updated to ensure it's state of the art.
Once you're got your modem, your phone line and the software you need to make all the bits work with each other, a whole new world awaits you. But before you can become part of this world, you do need a modem, so read on and let Amiga Format help show you which one to choose... DATAPLEX DESIGN POCKET BISCOM E249 + VAT DAYTONA COMMUNICATIONS LTD 0494 474799 HYUNDAI HMD2401 E99 INC VAT PERSON ICS 0252 31 1332 RACE ULTRALINK QUAD E399 + VAT PACE MICRO TECHNOLOGY 0274 532000 a Great! A portable modem! Now all I need is a portable Amiga to connect it to... The Pocket Biscom can plug directly into
the RS232C port on your machine without the need for a connecting cable, and it’s approved by mother BT.
The casing is featureless, except for the sockets and a battery warning LED on the underside. This is difficult to see - generally the first sign you get that the battery is a bit clapped out is a display full of garbled characters. The lack of indicator lights of course means that unless you have intelligent comms software you can't precisely work out exactly what's going inside the little beast, unless you are clairvoyant.
The Biscom comes w ith a 9v power supply which plugs into a tiny socket. The power unit is a single block incorporating the mains plug. Sadly, it's a 2-pin plug which requires an adaptor (not supplied) to fit into UK mains sockets safely. Considering the fact that this modem is BT approved and made for use in the UK by a l'K company. This is a bit strange.
136 SEPTEMBER 1992 The Biscom is supplied w ith a lead to connect it to the telephone network, but there is no second socket to enable you to keep your phone connected while you're using the modem. Then again, considering that this is meant as a portable modem, this is not too surprising.
PC comms software is provided, but that's no use to us Amiga people. A ring-bound manual and a Hayes command reference card is also supplied. It comes in a red carrying case which can accommodate the power supply , modem and all the leads and paperwork.
If you need portability and can afford it. This is the modem for you. Otherwise your best bet would be to stick to a normal deskbound modem.
Despite being unapproved, this is o derent modem that works well. Now, where's that spore tyre?
The HMD240I has a reasonable manual which manages to describe what you need to do to get up and running despite a few Japlish problems. There's a quick reference card included. The PC software included is again is no use to us.
Like many Japanese and American modems the HMD240I is not BT-approvcd and. Although it seems to operate perfectly well, it is not strictly legal to use it on BT's telephone network. It also comes w ith a two- pin European style power adaptor, but thankfully it is supplied w ith a three-pin socket adaptor for UK use.
However, in terms of operation the HMD240I conforms to most of BT's rules governing bell-ringing circuitry and data transmission speeds, so you w ill be unlucky to encounter any problems due to the lack of approval. This modem doesn't support advanced features like flow control, so you will have to either manually change your speed once connected, or if your softw are is intelligent enough it might be able to detect the speed from the transmitted CONNECT message.
It's a basic no-frills piece of hardware that'll gel the job done.
The price is very low for a modem of this standard, giving you a throughput of up to 2400 baud, but unfortunately there is no error correction or compression built into it so it can be prone to line noise if your line connection is not at its best. Nevertheless, if you are an infrequent comms user and only log on occasionally lor picking up news or mail on a board and don't need the ability to transfer large files often, this is a good choice for a cheap but functional modem.
Great modem, shame about the price - it really is quite extortionate. The modem is unnecessarily big too.
At over £41 HI. You'd expect something pretty good and the Ultralink Quad is certainly very competent. It's in a class of its own for presentation and performs well.
The casing is a grey plastic box with a sloping front panel. Instead of LEDs, the Ultralink Quad has a large LCD display which shows all the information you need as text. The CC'ITT connection standard and MNP level arc immediately obvious: even the telephone number you dialled is displayed. The only problem with the LCD panel is the fact that the information is only visible w hen looked at directly and of course it is not illuminated, so you can t see it in the dark.
But the Ullralink Quad doesn't just look good: it works well enough to carry all the necessary BT- approval stickers. Even the UK-style 3-pin mains adaptor has BT approval and the phone cable is built in with a socket for your phone, so you won't endanger your line-rental contract w ith BT.
The Ultralink Quad can handle all levels of MNP standards up to level 5 as well as the newer (and better!
CCITT V42 LAPM system. This can increase the speed of data-transfer by 400 per cent when connected to an LAPM-compatiblc modem at the other end. It also supports flow control.
It's a lot of money. £400, but this modem is good.
However considering your maximum throughput is only 9600 as opposed to 3X400 or 57600 bps a la Supra, you may be tempted to go for the faster modems without thinking twice. Indeed why pay more for less? It may have BT approval but given the fact that other, faster modems start at half the price... Hyundai HMD2401 Pocket Biscom Pace Ultralink Quad DOCUMENTATION • • • • Pretty good, with clear Instructions and a good command summary available to boot.
ACCESSIBILITY • • Very basic. No Information LEDs mean that you have to almost guess what the thing Is doing.
FEATURES • • Only Ihree speeds, V21. V22 and V22bls, make this a poor performer In this category.
VALUE • • Expensive tor what it is. The only attraction here Is the tact it is portable.
- W1K.L H y tMIGk 63% Iferdio 74% |W 66% DOCUMENTATION • • All
the basic Information is there, if a little unclearly writ- |
ten, with a reference card.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Has a good set of LEDs to show what Is going on and works woll.
FEATURES • •• It has everything a modem ot this spec and this price could be expected to have. Cheap no-frills stuff.
VALUE • • • • • Bearing all ol this In mind, it is good value for money. A good Inexpensive modem.
A DOCUMENTATION • • • • Great manuals, telling you everything you need to know in a clear manner.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • The LCD display shows you a lot ol Information and Is good In this respect.
FEATURES • • • • V21. V22, V23 and V22bis as well as MNP 4 and 5 and LAPM compression.
VALUE •• • Although the spec Is quite impressive, the price is a little too high.
A AMSTRAD SM24000 Cl 25 CENTRESOFT 021 625 3388 PACE UNMET QUAD £349 + VAT PACE MICRO TECHNOLOGY 0274 532000 SUPRA 9600 C249 INC VAT SUPRA CORPORATION VIA WTS 0582 491949 This is the one of the first modems I started messing around in the world of comms with, many eons ago.
But even by today's standards it's not a bad little performer. Il has all speeds up to 24(H) baud, but unfortunately no error correction or compression.
It comes in a typically computery style cream colour scheme and has an array of nine LEDs to indicate exactly what its up to. Including two LEDs indicating if hardw are handshaking is in progress.
It has a good manual, if a little thin, and all the essential information is there. It could do with a little more technical detail about the modem, however.
In operation the Amstrad conforms to all of BT's rules circuitry with full approval, so you will be unlucky to encounter any problems in that respect.
This modem doesn't support flow control, so again you will have to either manually change your speed once connected, unless your software is intelligent enough detect the speed from the CONNECT message and change the terminal speed accordingly.
Again, like the Hyundai, the lack of error correction can make this modem prone to line noise. Apart from this, the modem performs well, and the bank of LEDs can prove informative, helping you to determine the cause of problems when connecting. It's also got a loudspeaker, so you can easily hear calls in progress.
As with the Hyundai, if you are an infrequent comms user and only log on occasionally, this is a good bet to gamble with, and of course it has BT approval, so can legitimately be used on the public switched telephone network.
This is little brother to The Ultralink and like it can handle all speeds up to 24(H). Including V23. So you can log on to Prestel-slylc viewdata boards.
One of the advantages that this modem has over all the other modems w hich don't have error correction (the cheaper ones) is what's called flow control'. This means you can set up your terminal speed at 2400 and let the modem buffer the data to the actual connect speed. This in itself is a feature that all modems should come with nowadays.
The casing is made up of some very rigid dark grey material, giving the impression of durability, and instead of the LCD panel on the Ultralink, it has a set of six LEDs telling you its current status and other basic information.
Again this modem has full BT approval so it can cheerfully be connected to the telephone network and as a result it costs more than the unapproved modems in the same price band.
There is not much to fault this modem: il is good in use. And the flow control facility means that you can connect to 1200 75 modems by using your normal software. Even if it doesn't support v23.
Despite all these features, the fact remains that it is only a slowish 24(H) modem and it doesn't support error correction or compression.
This makes it seem still rather expensive, especially considering the price of the Amstrad. Which actually comes with BT approval. And you could, of course, buy the excellent Supra FAX modem or Supra 96(H) for a lot less money... This modem will probably make you scream for joy Ihe first time you use it. It features just about everything you would want in a modem, save BT approval.
The modem is well constructed, with a metal case and no less than nine LEDs to tell exactly what mode it's in and call progress. It's even got a multicolour LED to show you what speed it's currently operating at. Apart from all that, it's heavy, giving the impression of something mealy, solid and reliable It boasts all protocols up to 9600 baud, apart front the dated viewdata 1200 75 V23 standard, it has MNP error correction and compression mode 5 and. The cherry on the cake, LAPM correction to give a maximum throughput of up to 384(H) bps!
In use. The modem is great, with hardware flow control, meaning you can leave your terminal program set at one speed and the modem buffers the data, and an auto fallback renegotiating system. This feature makes it possible to dial all BBSs at 9600 baud. When it connects, il negotiates with the other modem the highest speed and protocol they can both use and connects at the highest possible setting falling back to lower speeds if necessary.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Setting up the modem is a little tricky, with numerous extra command codes for setting up the error correction and so on. Hut once you have got the right settings and saved them lo the modem's non-volatile memory, life is incredibly easy.
If you don't mind the lack of BT approval, given its low price and its high spec, buy il this is just about one of the best modems you can get.
Amstrad SIM 24000 Pace Linnet Quad Supra 9600 DOCUMENTATION • • • • Only a small manual, but It tells ou most things, albeit brellly.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Good set ot LEDs, and It also comes with a serial cable.
FEATURES • • •• Nothing special here, just a bog standard V22bls modem that works well.
VALUE • •• Considering the tact that this modem Is approved and Inexpensive, It Is a good option.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Very good end well-written docs, conforming to Ihe usual high standards that you can expect Irom Pace.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Only basic LEDs tor Information, but the essential ones are included.
FEATURES • • • • Not many, just the usual tor a 2400 modem with only the extra benefit ot the flow control facility.
VALUE • • • Far too expensive for what it Is. It is BT-approvod, but then again so Is the Amstrad... DOCUMENTATION • • • • Excellent manual, very well written with lots ot useful technical Information as well.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • The array ol variously-coloured LEDs tells you exactly what's happening and when.
FEATURES • •• • V21, V22. V22bis. V32 and MNP upto level 5 or LAPM correction and compression.
VALUE • • • • Great value tor money. It you can attord it. Buy It. It's a dream. The only problem Is, It’s now not to common.
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JSB 90% SURRA FAXMODEM V32BIS £259 FIRST CHOICE COMPUTERS 0532 319057 Amfc kl w USEFUL BBS NUMBERS This is by no means a comprehensive list of bulletin boards around, but just a selection of the most interesting ones. If these aren't enough, it Is very easy to get hold of more numbers as most BBSs have some sort of list lying around in one of their file sections with literally hundreds for numbers. Watch your phone bill though... Happy communicating.
As its name suggests, this modem is capable of transmitting and receiving faxes. As well as this, il can provide you with V32bis modem speeds, that's 144(H) baud to us. At up lo four times correction and compression giving a theoretical maximum throughput of an astonishing 576(H) bps!
138 Compared with its older counterpart the Supra
9600. This modem is about half the size and a lot lighter for
what is: an even faster, sexier and all-round better piece
of kit. Instead of an array of numerous LEDs, this modem
has just four, indicating terminal ready, on hook and
transmit or recieve. The rest of the information is
displayed via a dot matrix two character panel which
constantly cycles through the connect speed, compression
mode and whether or not there is a carrier present by means
of two letter abbreviations.
SEPTEMBER 1992 This modem also supports full flow control, allowing your terminal lo be set at its maximum speed, and due to its fallback system can connect to just about any other modem around except HSTs and V23 modems.
HST is a different 144(H) standard and incompatible with V32bis 144(H). But they can connect at a lower speed so all is not lost.
You can't really go wrong with this modem, it is fast and compatible with everything at some speed. Its fax facilities arc an added plus, but you will need some fax software for this purpose such as the excellent GPFax software. Look out for a review of this Australian-originated program next month.
If you can stretch your budget to go this far. Buy this modem. It is unapproved, but it is not every' day you find a modem with the features it has at this price you could pay over tw ice the price for just a modem this speed alone, without the fax facilities.
Supra FAXmodem DOCUMENTATION • • • • Again, excellent. Great manual (though no tax details) and a reference card.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • The character panel tells you prcclsoly Its curront mode and what Its doing.
FEATURES • • • • • This modem has just about every slnglo speed and comproslon method around!
VALUE • • • • • For tho price, and considering Its FAX capabilities, It's a bargain.
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Communication Protocols: V21 300 baud communications V22 1200 baud communications V23 1200 75 baud spilt rate communications V22bis 2400 baud communications V32 9600 baud communications V32bis 14400 baud communications HST Another 14400 protocol, incompatible with V32bis however.
Connection Protocols: MNP 2-4,10 Microcom Networking Protocols that provides error correctlon.The higher the number, the better the error correction.
MNP 5 MNP compression protocol up to 2:1 LAPM An error correction protocol similar to MNP level 10.
BTLZ BT Lempel Zev compression up to 4:1 V42 MNP or LAPM error correction with the addition ot MNP 5 compression V42bis LAPM error correction and BTLZ compression. The best connection you can get.
Hard techie type words: Modem Modulator DEModulator. Converts digital signals to audio and back.
Local Your computer or modem.
Remote Computer modem you're connected to.
Throughput This is not the baud rate, but the actual transfer rate: so you can be connected at 9600 baud, but your throughput may be 38400 bps with V42bis.
Flow control A buflerring system that allows your computer rate to be taster than the modem's baud rate to take advantage ol compression.
Command set Commands that tell the modem what to do. Based on the original Hayes command set and now expanded.
Telephone Bill The bloke that comes around to your house to cut your line off if you are not careful. Solution: use someone else's line...tee hee!
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Mow Only £14.99 TELEPHONE [24Hrs] CREDIT CARD ORDERS ORDERS NORMALLY DISPATCHED WITHIN 48 Hra. ALL CHEQUES POSTAL ORDERS MADE PAYABLE TO.... LZ. l-lSL. IS, GOV AN ROAD, FENTON INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, FENTON, STOKE-ON-TRENT, ST4 2RS, ENGLAND. FAX 0782 744292 TECHNICAL CUSTOMER SERVICE 0782 744324 LIMITED TRADITIONALLY, DIGITISING IN colour is a hardware-orientated task, and a tricky one at that. Usually it involves three 'takes', one each for the red. Green and blue colour components of the image, involving lots of messing about with coloured filters and taking up lots of time and trouble. Sure,
things are easier with a 'real-time' colour digitiser system, but until now these have been outrageously expensive.
Colour digitising can be a nightmare, what with plastic filters, spinning wheels and all the confusing software. But Neil Jackson thinks he might have found a cheap way of avoiding all the hassle.
Realtime Colour Digitiser ' 6eo grabber ¦ £ 199.99 ¦ Datel Electronics 144 Datel's original digitiser was real-time and very good quality indeed, but it only worked in black and white. In this new package you find two plastic casings each roughly the si e of a cigar box. One of these is the original mono digitiser: the other is an RGB splitter, which is designed to split a video signal into the red.
Green and blue the digitiser needs.
REALTIME DIGITISER is available from Datel Electronics 0782 744707 The RGB Splitter has knobs on the top of it which enable you to control the overall colour level (saturation! And also the individual colour levels. The video signal plugs into the back of the unit through a standard RCA Phono connector, the type used on most household hi-fi systems.
The maul hardware turns the analogue video signals into digital bits to make up your pictures. On the back of the box arethe brightness and contrast controls. The two boxes connect with a short flying lead (supplied) as well as through the expansion connectors.
The digitiser alternatives If you're thinking of buying a digitiser and you don't think the Datel Colour system is the right one for you, here's what your options are.
D*GfVJEW GOLD £149.95 NEWTEK VIA HB MARKETING 0753 686000 The original and best' colour system involves three-pass colour and the use ot filters. Results are great if you take some care, and this system was the originator of high-res 'Dynamic HAM’ mode.
Also with the DigiView you get the DigiPaint HAM paint program tree.
Amiga Format rating 90% MONO ONLY DATEL VIDEO DtGTTlSER 2 £89.99 DATEL 0782 744707 Works in real time. Is very easy to use and gives absolutely excellent results to boot: sharp, still frames with absolutely no noise. We just plugged It into the telly and got brilliant results straightaway.
Good fun indeed.
Amiga Format rating 90% VI Df-AMIGA £129.95 ROMBO 0506 414631 Real-time mono system that doesn't give the sharpest quality but has particularly useful animation features: It saves and plays back a sequence ot 16 frames, which you can loop and colour. Also highly recommended.
Amiga Format rating 77% THRU-PASS_ COLOUR SYST1MS VI DI-CHROME £19.95 ROMBO 0506 414631 Colour software upgrade for the mono Vidi-Amiga system, complete with colour filters, gives excellent results as Amiga HAM images: but remember, it's not real-time any more.
Amiga Format rating 86% COMPLETE COLOUR SOLUTION £ 179 ROMBO 0506 414631 High-value combination of original Vidi-Amiga digitiser, Vldi-Chrome and also an RGB splitter which saves the hassle of colour grabbing by breaking the signal Into constituent colours and makes the process quicker. Still not real-time.
Amiga Format rating 92% MEDtASTATJON £159.95 NEWTEK VIA HB MARKETING 0753 686000 More recent combined pack of the market-leading DigiView digitiser with two equally well-endowed software packages: DigiPaint 3 and the animation utility Elan Perlormer. In actual fact it doesn't represent as good value, really.
Amiga Format rating 86% SNAPSHOT PRO £585 HB MARKETING 0753 686000 This is a good digitiser - in fact it's a very good digitiser. It's a composite system, which means it can use a colour signal and doesn't need filters or a splitter. But it's very pricey considering it doesn't do colour in real time.
Amiga Format rating 78% VI DCOM £99 HB MARKETING 0733 686000 Another system that works from a colour input signal and can do grabs in one pass, but doesn’t do real time. This is old and creaky now, and the results Just aren't good enough.
Amiga Format rating 78% REAL-TIME _ COLOUR SYSTEMS £399 JCL 0892 73791 Real-time colour Irame-grabbing system (which means it grabs at 1 25th of a second or quicker, so It can grab images from a running videotape). Gives decent results, saves 16-blt Images, and has just been upgraded so a new version should be reviewed here soon.
Amiga Format rating 82% £499 XX 0892 73791 Same as Colourplc but with genlock also included.
Amiga Format rating 82% FRAMEGRABBER 236 £399 PP8S VIA MARCAM 0604 790466 Easily the most expensive digitiser currently on the market, but also the best. It works In lull real time, has plenty of clever features and adjustment options, and very easy to set up and use. But it costs so darned much.
Amiga Format rating 82% Set-up is tricky. The two boxes fit together using an Amiga expansion slot, but there's still a gap of about 5mm between them. This means they can flex, running the risk of cracking the connectors or boards, or momentarily disconnecting the signals passing through.
The adjustment knobs are tubes fitted on side-mounted potentiometers and they are a centimetre or so long- this means that as you apply pressure lo twist them (and they're very stiff) you run the risk of bending the mountings or cracking the solder joints on Ihe board. Not very robust and so they need to be handled carefully.
Another minor irritation is that there are no adjustment scales marked - not even a coloured mark on the knob - so it's impossible to see what the current settings are. Better quality knobs with more solid mountings and position markers would have been a simple and easy improvement - the budget approach doesn't inspire confidence.
Although the Datcl system has a through port to enable a hard drive lo plug in at the same time, it's not perfect. The size of the hole where the slot is located prevents you from fitting a GVP Impact II hard drive - the steel under-plate hasn't got anywhere to go. With the GVP Impact II being one of the most popular hard drives available, it's a gross oversight not to have allowed for it.
The system does all of its main digitising on a 32-colour, 256 pixel by 256 pixel screen. In repeat mode, it displays the incoming video signal roughly five times a second which is just about usable for moving images. In monitor mode, this frame-specd increases to 15 frames a second, but the display shrinks to a small window tn the centre.
While the video signal is being displayed, the mouse action is interrupted, which is a bit of a pain. The pointer shoots around w ith time-lag and jerkiness while you attempt to operate the icons - and the icons themselves seem to get stuck momentarily, triggering off and on in a scry annoying manner, until you let go at just the right moment.
To grab a frame, you must first switch lo stop mode and then you can change the colour mode if you wish. There are four basic modes to choose from: 8-colour. 16-colour, 32-colour and HAM. With extra half-bright modes available on
8. 16 and 32 colour modes.
There are four less useful modes to show your incoming video signals in shades of pure red. Green or blue, or plain old black and while.
You can switch between all these modes to your heart's content, once the screen has stopped displaying the live video signal.
The actual digitising process is invisibly fast - as soon as you hit the stop button, you've captured an image in the digitiser's frante-store.
Once it's there, you can work on it using the software's in-built menu features. These include the usual cut and paste, and a useful brush mode (which is exactly the same as the brush mode contained in Deluxe Paint).
There are also a few special effects which you can use to flip positive and negative images, turn the screen upside-dow n or shrink it by half horizontally or vertically. All very nice, but to be honest they're probably not all that much use. You're much more likely to do your image-manipulation in a proper art package which has a full screen display.
The manual is passable, but not really that helpful. It requires a bit of patience and jiggery-pokery to get things looking halfway decent, and a setting-up tutorial would have helped. Which knobs should you adjust first: brightness, contrast or colour saturation? More often than not. You end up juggling them around until you're fed up.
For the amount of work you need to put in to set it all up. The Datel system doesn't pay good enough dividends. The 32-colour mode is reasonable enough, but there's a good degree of signal noise which causes broken-up colour and an overall dotty effect. This is actually slightly worse when viewed in extra half-bright mode, occasionally giving a tartan feel to the w hole image Normal HAM mode is passable, but not good. There’s a distinct jagginess appearance to the images, and sequential raster lines look as if they're made of slightly different shades.
The Datel system digitises in 16 bits and the screen image is calculated from this data, even though it's actually displayed in six bitplanes because that's all the Amiga screen can actually manage.
The conversion process makes images look as if they're covered in differently coloured horizontal lines and these also appear on saved IFFs, so it's not just the screen display. You can save images as 24-bit or 16-bit IFF files, which is fine if you have a 16 or 24-bit art package to work on. But it's pretty pointless if all you have is Dpainl.
145 SEPTEMBER 1992 I can't help thinking that you really do get what you pay for - the Datel system is cheap, and it shows. It's close to being a very good buy. But it's just a bit too ragged to be impressive or worthwhile. OK. So if there were a few belier-quality components would have put the price up. But what good are cheap parts if they're in danger of falling off? If you can afford to buy a digitiser, save your pennies for something that will really gel Ihe job done well, rather than just done. O Datel Digitiser speed • • • Grabbing couldn't be taster, but the trade-otf Is slow mouse
control. Very jerky.
DOCUMENTATION • • A tacky manual lists the basic functions but doesn't really help It you're having problems.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Simple to connect to Amigas with a meg ot RAM or more. Has problems with some hard drives.
FEATURES • • • There are a tew gimmicks and a lew handy tools, overall functional with no real trills.
VALUE • • • At this price, there's nothing else, but the quality Is a way short ot professional gear 4Mluk (ferdic) 66% Although direct-to-disk digital recording systems have been around for a while in film and recording studios, the Studio 16 package is a first for the Amiga. But is it any good? Andy Nuttall investigates.
Direct-to-disk technology conies to you in the (orm of the ADI012, o plug in Zorro II cord for your A1500 or obove.
AD 101 Studio Direct-to-disk Recording System ¦ SunRize Industries ¦ £468 16 Itrfq t|| Hti.mi Mne Itfnttm H r W HM-rl ¦ ¦ ¦ „.l r,» HP i -marrams itiiu rti* no: iniM mau The editing window operotes in a similar way lo most ordinary sample editors, and includes some really powerful features.
% « ini.mi Mitt* i SEPTEMBER 1992 The cleverly designed display shows each module as a separate window so that you can turn them on or off as you desire.
Idl' j I If*'1 I l-TT-'C PR STUDIO 16 is available from HB Marketing 0753 686000 a lag] THINGS THAT GO BOOM!, BANG!
AND SNAP! IN THE NIGHT Once the filming ol the latest blockbusting Hollywood movie Is complete, and all the lllm has been edited, then the whote caboodle Is taken to a dubbing studio'. This Is where the sound effects, music and dialogue are added to the pictures. Until a lew years ago the sound would first be recorded on to multi- track analogue tape, and then mixed on to the lllm. A big problem with this method, ot course, was synchronising each part ol the sound with the required piece ol tllm.
In most dubbing studios nowadays, especially the big Hollywood types, a system known as Synclavler Is used to record each bit ol sound effect, music and dialogue directly to hard disk. The dubbing mixer will go through the Him and mark each place where a piece ol audio track Is required, while the Synclavler tracks the position ot the Him using a special code known as SMPTE. Alter completion the Him Is ployed back, and the Synclavler system will track the SMPTE code and play each recorded sound in the stored position. Any mistakes are corrected, and then all ol the sound is dubbed on to the
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Synclavler systems are both incredibly powerful and Incredibly expensive. Costing over £100,000 lor a basic set up. But now for under 500 quid you can dub your home movies using your Amiga!
THE PROBLEM WITH traditional methods of sampling is that they arc extremely hungry in terms of memory . Sampling systems generally require large amounts of RAM to store sounds, hence it is not possible to record anything longer than a couple of minutes without sacrificing quality.
The advent of low-cost, large-capacity hard disk drives has provided the answer to this problem. Professional audio equipment manufacturers have developed systems which can sample lengthy sounds and music and store the data directly on to hard disk. It is. Of course, already possible to record digitally using Digital Audio Tape (DAT), but a direct-to-disk system has many advantages over this, including very fast access time and the ability to manipulate stored data quickly and easily. This makes it ideal for use in many industries such as television and film, where sound effects, music and
dialogue could be stored on disk and easily synchronised with the pictures.
The XliiOlVSludio 16 package is the first of its kind to be released for the Amiga. It comprises a plug-in card called the ADI0I2 which is used for sampling, and Studio 16, a software program which controls the card.
The AD 1012 is manufactured lo a high standard, and includes some quality features such as 12 bits of sample resolution and a separate digital signal processor (DSP) chip.
This handles the sampling and storage on disk, and allows the system lo be used as a simple effects unit.
Only one audio track may be recorded at any particular time, and it may then be edited as required. Although there is only actually one output channel, the card allows up to four different sampled sounds to be played simultaneously. Creating four 'virtual' channels. A SMPTE time code input is provided allowing the sounds from the ADI0I2 to be synchronised with external equipment such as a professional video recorder or a multitrack tape recorder.
The ADI0!2's sound quality is really excellent. The clarity of the samples which may be achieved is outstanding, and the realtime effects are as good as most dedicated reverb units.
The Studio 16 software consists of several modules, each controlling a different aspect of the AD 1012. Which link together to form a fairly powerful sample editing, monitoring and playback system. Each module may be displayed independently on screen in the form of a window, so you don't have to display anything you're not using. Generally the software is clear, effective and reasonably easy to use.
But it does have a couple of faults.
The samples are not compressed before they are stored to disk, and so storage space is eaten up extremely quickly. With a 52 Mb hard disk for example, and a sampling rate of
44. IKH (similar to a CD player), you can expect around 10
minutes of sampling time - assuming you have nothing else
stored on the disk, of course - and so the system would have
very little practical use in a recording studio.
In addition to this, should the current sample fill up all the available space, the system responds w ith an error message and sometimes crashes your machine! This is especially bad considering Studio 16 is such a hard disk intensive program.
Haring said all that, if you arc a video editor who wants a direct-to-disk recorder which will allow you to synchronise sound effects and short dialogue pieces w ith your films, then (his package could be an excellent buy. And as long as you are careful, you should have enough room on your hard drive. 'Zj SPEED • • • Runs on a standard A1500 or above, but works more efficiently using an accelerator card.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • The manual contains all the necessary information, although it's a bit over-technical In places.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Fairly easy to get into and record sounds, but playing them back is a bit more difficult.
FEATURES • • • No data compression facility, otherwise packed with top-quality features.
VALUE • • • Excellent, top-quality hardware, marginally let down by user-friendly but quirky software.
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Address 1 Tel (Homo): ...... | Company Name (il applicate) [ Which computor(s). Il any, do you own? ... Tol (Work) SILICA SYSTEMS MAIL ORDER HOTLINE 081-309 1111 __ IF YOU'RE A graphics enthusiast bul you don't own your own airline, you must have found it pretty frustrating looking at all the expensive 24-bit software adorning the pages of Amiga Format for the last 18 months. True Colour', with its 16 million colours and photorealism. Is not only the future of computer graphics but is also pretty fun stuff. But it costs son much... Fear not
though, because your days of jealousy are over. Here's a 12-bit and 24-bit display board which costs only £600 and comes packaged with TVPaint. The now famous 24-bit paint program. The bad news is that it needs an 030 accelerator and 4Mb of RAM to ran TVPaint. Still, even those come pretty cheap these days. It should be possible to give a normal A500 complete True Colour capability for less than £1.500. Wow!
If you're Into Amiga graphics, you just have to be keen on getting a true colour' card so that you can use 16 million colours. Now, for the first time, you can afford it. Brian Larkman tries out the true colour' bargain of the year... Avideo 24 24-bit Display Board ¦ £600 ¦ ARCHOS Avideo 24 is available from Checkmate Digital 071-923 0658 Fitting Avideo involves a warranty-eating delve into the bowels of your machine.
Graphics chip Denise must be gently removed from her socket and inserted into the tiny Avideo board, then the board is placed into Denise's socket on the motherboard.
On m m TO m 3 o NJ Overall, not too difficult a job. Unless you have Zap-fingcrs and there is only one way to find out. Surface-mounted chips in the A600 mean that le board won't Fit in one: Checkmate promise an A600 adaptor, but they w ill probably need to fit it.
Avideo is also available in a much cheoper 12-bit version. To show the difference in quality, the imoge on the left is in 12-bit colour and the imoge on the right is 24-bit colour. The difference is extremely subtle, but the 24-bit version has smoother and subtler tones.
Connected to the board is a standard Amiga Video Out socket attached to an AI500 A3000 Zorro II backplatc. If you want to fit Avideo in an A500. You'll have to make a hole in the Amiga's case for the leads and the Zorro backplate gets left just hanging out of the back. The ads don't mention this.
Software installation is easy, unless you are nervous about tampering with the private parts of your hard drive. Just double-click the InstallAV icon and it sprays the necessary bits about all over your system. You gotta have a lotta faith in the w riters of these install scripts.
The video output from the Avideo board can be viewed in several ways. First off. Your normal Amiga monitor can display the 12 most significant bits of Avideo memory - which means you get a 12-bit (4096-colour) approximation of your 24-bit image.
This can also lie combined with the Amiga's foreground image and if your Workbench has a background of ColourO. The Avideo output will show through, much like a genlock. If an actual genlock is connected w ith a special cable supplied by Archos. Live video can also be displayed, showing through the ColourO areas of the Avideo image. In other w ords, three levels of signal can be overlaid.
Output from the A3000 VDE port or an A1500 video slot 'flicker fixer' can be used via a MultiSync or VGA monitor. The Avideo signal is 'flicker-fixed' just like any normal Amiga signal would be.
Alternatively, if you prefer simply to connect a standard monitor to the Avideo board's own port you get full 24-bit output, also combined with the Amiga's normal output.
Full double buffering is also provided from either of these sources, the 24-bit buffer being split into two 12-bit buffers, which means you can get fast animation. Speed is also greatly improved on the latest version of Avideo by hardware compression.
If set-up is easy, using the board is another matter. Avideo is. Of course, a 'young idea' and needs lots more third-party software to make full use of it. It is fully Arcxx-equipped so Art Department Pro. ImageMaster. Vlutb and many other systems can use it. If Imagine or RealJD had Arexx ports, so could they.
Avideo comes with 'display software' called Opera that can be used to control all of the board's facilities including animation. In effect it is an Arexx interpreter, so unless you understand Arexx or have the Avideo manual (not yet translated from the original French), it is fairly difficult to use for more than displaying a picture sequence.
This is becoming a common problem for artists and designers who want to use the Amiga. Packages like ADPro. ImageMaster and Avideo assume knowledge of Arexx that many of the most likely users artists and designers are unwilling to gain. The growth of Arexx support provides great opportunities to combine features from paint, image processing and 3D programs, but the task is beyond any non-programmer.
149 SEPTEMBER 1992 Whal wc need is a control program with a straightforward, attractive, graphical interface allowing users to select a range of features front any program that supports Arcxx and make them available together. This approach is called Object Oriented Programming, but for Amiga users it is only a dream. Still, it would be an immense step forward if the power of Arcxx could be more accessible.
Arexx and AmigaDOS commands provided with Avideo allow sequences of images generated in 31) programs or elsewhere, in anything from 24-bit colour dow n, to be made into animations that use A Video's own 12-bit
• AVN.M' format.
These can be replay ed in overscan high- resolution. Full screen, at up to 25 frames per second on Avideo using double buffering and hardware animation. The conversion to AVNM formal is quick and easy.
It would be relatively easy for ImageMaster. And maybe even Imagine or Real 3D. To direct 24-bit output to Avideo.
Making full 12-bit animations on the fly as an alternative to HAM Archos are also working on a more powerful animating version of Avideo that w ill be external to the Amiga, and will include a 24-hit frame grabber.
Currently the only software that can easily use Avideo24 is TVPainl but then for some of us that will he enough. Check the full review in Amiga Format 35. But here we will just review the changes made to accommodate the Avideo hardware.
IV24 (around £1600, GVP, not yet reviewed) is a full 24-bit card including flicker-fixer, 24-bit RGB frame grabber, picture-in- picture display, analogue and RGB genlock, plus a 1 2-bit double buffer. Bundled software is Macro Paint, Callgarl and Scala but in cut downversions.
ACS Harlequin (from £1000, Amiga Cantre Scotland, not reviewed) a full broadcast-quality 24 32-bit card with double buffering and eight-bit alpha channel.
Harlequin Is perhaps the best-supported card for 24-bit software with an excellent paint package TVPalnt three image processing systems, a YUV frame grabber, broadcast quality genlocks and much more.
Recently-developed software allows full 24-bit animation of a 320x256 area of screen.
HAM-E (£299 Black Bell, 90% Issue 27 page 44) uses a display trick to produce an 1 8-bit, lo-res display, but it is cheap, and produces small files.
It animates with normal animplayers, uses the ordinary Amiga Workbench, and all software behaves normally at normal resolutions, though the hardware excludes the use of a flicker fixer.
A rather poor paint package and excellent image processing software come free. At present HAM-E seems to be unavailable all Black Belt will say is they have signed a non-disclosure agreement.
WHAT'S ON DISPLAY FOR THE AMIGA?
Avideo is just the latest in a series of 24-bit display devices produced for the Amiga by third party developers. They are trying to fill the gap in the Amiga's display capabilities compared to the latest Pcs and Macs.
Avideo has several advantages it is cheap, can display in I 2 as well as 24-bits, allows several layers of display under the Workbench, like a genlock, and, most importantly, it can be used to animate sequences of 1 2-bit images at reasonably high frame rates.
Several other display devices are available with some or all of these capabilities... DCTV (£299 Digital Creations 90% Issue 31 page 127) has a rather soft composite output.
This is not true 24-blt but gives a true colour eHect. It includes digitiser hardware and very good paint package and image processing software. Needs 5Mb to run though. Small files are created. It animates, but you need an accelerator.
YV version on Its way, with better quality.
It is perhaps a little unfair to compare T 'Paint running on the Avideo board (7V '-.-tl'l with the same program run on the ACS Harlequin 24-bit framebuffer, because the latter costs up to four times as much. But we will.
The Harlequin version of TV Paint costs £800, so what extra do you gel for your money? The short answer is usability.
On the Harlequin. TVPainl is supremely smooth and fast-acting, allowing large 24-bit brushes to paint as fast as they would with 32 colours in Deluxe Paint III. On the Avidco24 board. T Paint is much more jerky and 'sticky', which means it is simply unacceptable for professional work.
But. That said, most of the features work well enough for domestic and 'enthusiast' applications. In time you get used to the slow response and it becomes less annoying it is certainly better than the Paint' section of ImageMaster reviewed in our last issue.
The other main difference between the two is that on the Harlequin all work is carried out on a 24-bit screen. In norma! Use the Avideo version works on a 12-bit screen equivalent to HAM in high resolution without the fringing, but also without dithering, Most of the time the obvious colour 'ramping' bands, that dithenng might prevent, are reasonably acceptable, and if you wish to see the full 24-bit image displayed, that only requires a menu selection.
The biggest problem of working in 12 bits, though, is that when you are working in the special modes Shift. Smear and so on the effects cannot be seen properly and spontaneity is limited. You have to keep viewing in 24-hils and then using Undo.
Overall. TV Paint for Avideo is acceptable for serious painting and fun for play ing w ith, but I wouldn't want to do any major work with it. Nevertheless. Avideo is a real bargain for Amiga 24-bit graphics.
To put things in perspective, you can get a Mac llsi with a 24-bit card. VGA monitor and a good 24-bit paint package all for about the same price as a basic Amiga capable of running Avideo. Neverhtless. Once Avideo is supported by more packages like ADPro and Rea!3D it w ill be invaluable.
SPEED • • • Animation In 12-bits is amazing but TVPalnt is pretty sticky.
DOCUMENTATION • Lots of ReadMe s. ACCESSIBILITY • • • It’s easy to set-up. But best features only from Arexx.
FEATURES • • • • Fast True Colour animation and 24-bit colour on the WorkBench.
VALUE • • • • TVPalnt at 25% off with a 24-bit display board thrown In free.
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When we asked Paul Tyrrell to look at the Action Replay Mk III, he liked it so much that he didn't want to give it back.
But why should an Amiga user find this peripheral so essential? Now that's one question only he can answer... Action Replay inlity cartridge ¦ £59 99 ¦ Datel THOSE OF VOL' who have been reading Amina Formal since the day it began may remember, way back in issue nine, the release by Datel Electronics of a 'freezer cartridge' called Action Replay. Now in its third form, the Replay Cartridge has undoubtedly become one of the most useful and well-loved peripherals available for the Amiga. But just w hy is it so incredibly good?
First of all let me explain w hat a freezer or snapshot' cartridge actually does. Primarily, it allows the user to freeze' software while it is running and then look at. Search through and manipulate the code which goes up to make the program in memory IFF flies can be extracted from memory and saved onto other disks iboth pictures and samples 1. Sprites can be altered and viruses can be removed. A functional CLI becomes av ailable to the user once the Freeze' button has been pressed. Clearly the cartridge cannot be specifically categorised because it has so many different applications,
although the first Action Replays (produced for the C64i. Were meant to be more of an aid to games play ers.
The Action Replay Mk III offers all the facilities Amiga users adored from earlier models (for example, the slow motion switch SEPTEMBER 1992 which decelerates the computer's operations is Action Replay is still attachedi. And a whole lot more. Makers available from Datel maintain an excellent standard of hard- Datel Electronics, ware construction. Govan Road, Fenton, Stoke-on- l pan 'freezing' a program with the Replay Trent ST4 2RS.
III. You are presented with a pscudo-CLI Tel: 0782 744707 called
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Facilities likely lo be of interest to the average user are going to be the sample IFF ripping commands and trainer options.
However, that CLI is probably the most powerful tool to have available at the touch of a button because it enables DOS access without interrupting programs in memory.
Professional and aspiring coders should also check out the memory and code search facilities, since these are ideal for debugging their own programs and picking up tips from others. There is a simple M68000 assembler within the cartridge which is an incredible asset for those who have the know-how to unlock iis potential.
Once you've owned an Action Replay cartridge. You just can't live without one. It has so many different applications that there is something within iis ROM for everyone, and I have, of course, only had enough space lo describe what is ihe really just the lip of an iceberg. I could also have mentioned the deep training facility, in-built burst-nibbler. Switchable PAL NTSC screen mode, crunch decrunch memory save. Etc. etc. For the moment. I would hazard a guess that there is no better freezer cartridge available, but maybe there will be a Replay IV out before long. O SPEED • • • •
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GETTING HIGH-QUALITY colour images into the Amiga is not as easy as one might hope. Sure you can use a digitiser, hut even the best digitiser is restrained by the limits of quality you get from a video signal. For high- quality DTP a better image is required, and colour scanners become a necessity. The fact is that there are simply not enough colour scanners accessible to Ihe Amiga user. The problem lies not with the hardware, because much like printers, most computers could theoretically control most scanners. But the driver software has to exist.
Until now the only colour scanners under Amiga control were the excellent, but pricey Sharp JX-100 300 450 600 series. But ASDG.
Authors of ihe software that drove those scanners, have released a driver for the cheaper Epson GT-6000 A4 flatbed scanner.
Amiga-compatible flatbed scanners are not common, but to the DTP user, or Amiga artist they are a boon. Marcus Dyson checks out a new package from Epson and ASDG.
Epson and AdPro Flatbed Scanner and Software No-one will ever accuse the Epson GT-6000 of being the prettiest piece of Amiga hardware.
Its design is functional rather than oltroctive.
It is, however, outrageously good.
Anyone considering buying a scanner should give it a look.
154 EPSON GT-6000 and ADPRO DRIVER is available from HB Marketing 0753 680000 The software comes packaged in what is immediately recognisable as Art Department Pro clothing, and it is indeed a plug in for that program. If you don't have AdPro. However, don't fret - because a stand-alone version is included too. Remember, though, great images are not created with a scanner alone. Image processing software is a necessity once you start doing your own colour scanning. Since AdPro 2 scored XT in Amiga Format 36. It would make the perfect ancillary purchase to this scanner driver package.
Getting started is about as simple as it could bo: just plug the GT-60IX) into the parallel port of your Amiga using the supplied lead. Put the disk into your drive, double-click on the install icon and a friendly arrangement of prompts takes you through the process of mounting the software to your hard drive. A hard drive is absolutely vital when you've just spent a grand on getting true colour images on to your Ever wanted ready-made 24-bit textures at an affordable price?
Brian Larkman finds two packages that can be used for creating real-life images in his virtual world.
Real Textures Texture City series 24-bit Textures ¦ Price varies ¦ Activa 100 images on CD-ROM for £ 140 60-tmage 'professional' set £280 40 DCTV or HAM-E images £ 100 Two 15-image sets for £ 100 each Available from: Alfernative Imoge 0533 440041 _ Ml) 75% Take a close look at even the slickest man-made objects and you will see the real world Is none too smooth. So computer artists need some sort of texture mapping to add real-life imperfection to the perfect, virtual world of computer graphics.
The trouble is. Decent texture maps are difficult to acquire. If you have a digitiser you can grab almost any texture, but probably only in blurry low resolution, with uneven lighting. For best results you need 24-bit, high-resolution scans, and not many of us have the resources to produce these.
To the rescue come two sets of 24-blt scanned textures, Texture City and Alternative 3D Textures.
Both are just libraries of scans on disk, but they have chosen slightly different ways of storing the textures. Alternative 3D Textures has one texture on each of ten disks, each texture being supplied in four different formats - interaced HAM. Eight-colour hi-res (for video titling), hi-res grey scale (for bump mapping), and 400 x 400 24-bit. Texture City has gone for larger. 24-bit images but has them JPEG- compressed. Which means they have to include a decompressor and viewer program.
Using JPEG means that Texture City can fit four 640 x 512 24-bit images on each disk, but each one needs unpacking before It can be used. The decompressor should do this but won't, so Art Department Pro can be used instead. Supplying only 24-bit files means that other formats have to be produced In an Image-processing program - ADPro or ImageMaster.
The scan mode (full colour, grey scale or mono) Brightness. Gamma (a kind of contrast setting) and colour correction. All these options are described at length in the scanner's handbook, and arc controlled in an easy-to-use push-button manner. Once the final settings are made, it's time to go.
Pressing the accept button will start your true scan. If you're working in AdPro mode you will be limited by the amount of available RAM. And the image will be loaded from the scanner, just as a picture is normally loaded from a disk.
The scan speed is very quick for a scanner of this type and the high quality of the images obtained is shown on these pages.
If you need an A4 flatbed scanner, then this is the one. The image quality matches that of other scanners, but its ease of use. Speed and. Most notably, price are without match in the Amiga market. 'Zi The scanner software is a simple-to-control push-button affair, as you would expect from an Art Department Pro plug in. The standalone version looks identical.
LEFT: The image seen on the preview screen above, after it has been scanned.
BELOW: Another test image. The quality speaks for itself, but remember this was output on a printer costing £35,000.
Epson GT-6000 SPUD • • • • • Even faster than the Sharp JX-300 scanner we use here In the Amiga Format ottices.
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FEATURES • • • • A little more colour correction control would be nice, but we re really nlt-plcklng here.
VALUE • • • • • The nearest competition costs around a quarter as much again. The word Is bargain.
Machine, a floppy would only accommodate a 5 x Sent scan at 200 dots per inch.
Using either the AdPro loader or the stand alone software brings you to the same ’preview screen’. From here you can set the dimension and position of your scan area, adjust the resolution I all the way up to the limit of 600 dpi), or adjust the scan brightness.
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IF YOU’VE JUST bought an Amiga, you may be reading this and thinking lo yourself "Why on Barth would I want lo buy a new mouse'.'". Well, in our experience (and I'm sure most regular users will recognise this) the mouse supplied with the computer is not very good. Not only is it generally unreliable, ie the ball has a tendency to slip jusi when you're about to massacre the enemy in your favourite shoot-cm-up simulation, but also the buttons are extremely unresponsive and have a tendency to break very quickly.
Much longer. Some, though, have thought it best to ignore all the problems of the Commodore mouse and come up with something which is interior even to that!
In addition to mice, we have also looked at several trackballs which are commonly available. A trackball is basically an upside-down mouse with a larger ball, which is operated directly by hand. It became popular years ago as an alternative method ol control to the old- fashioned joystick- and keyboards, although in the past few years it has been overshadowed by its whiskered counterpart. It has a distinct advantage over the mouse in that the unit remains stationarx at all times, and so it eats Because of this problem many manufacturers have gone out of their way to design new controllers
which are more responsive and last SWITCHEROONEY How many times have you had to go rooting around the back of your Amiga to try and swap the plug of your mouse with a joystick? Hundreds?
Thousands? Let s face It. It's a pain in the neck.
Well, we may have just the thing you're looking for.
These neat little devices allow you to plug both a mouse and a joystick into the right hand port of the Amiga simultaneously, and switch between them at will.
The two gadgets available are very similar both in looks and operation. Each has two 'D'-type (joystick) sockets on the side, and a short cable leading to the computer. LEDs are positioned near each socket to tell you which controller device is operative at any one time.
Switching between the the mouse and the joystick is easy - all you have to do is click a button on one of them and control Is automatically changed over to that one. This Is an excellent system which thankfully overcomes the problem of having to manually switch between the two.
The first of the two devices available is the Autoswitch from Alfa Data. This is a fairly robust Item, made from a similarly coloured plastic to the Amiga itself, which works very effectively when using the joystick for most games and the mouse for Workbench. There Is, however, one major drawback. The Initial press of a button on either input device not only transfers control to that device, but also registers the click with the computer (which can have disastrous results in some games and art packages). This is a slight oversight on the part of the designers, one which could prove to be
extremely annoying in practice.
Enter the Roboshift autoswitch from Meedmore. The designers in this case have considered the problem of this initial button clicking, and solved it using a very simple method.
The device has built-in circuitry which masks the first click of either controller from the com- up far less desk space. Even so. The mouse has become more and more popular as people discover its relative case of use We tried and tested fourteen of the most widely available methods of controlling that cursor-typc-thing so that you will have some idea of which one to buy when your trusty Commodore chccse-eater finally croaks (or squeaks, as the ease may bet.
SEPTEMBER 1992 As well as the mice and trackballs we have also looked at two extremely useful devices which allow you to plug your mouse and a joy stick into a single port 011 your Amiga, so you should never have to unplug that mouse again! Right. 10 the hatcave. Robin.. puter, and so no matter which software package you are using the selection procedure will not interrupt the current program in any way. Full marks to Meedmore for this, then.
The device does not seem as sturdy as the Alfa Data model, but this should not cause any undue problems unless you happen to be dancing on your desk and accidentally stamp on it. Amazingly it's also cheaper, retailing at £15.95 against the Alfa Data's £17.95 price tag.
The verdict, then, has to be with the Roboshift.
It works extremely well and costs two quid less than its competitor. What more can you ask for!
The 290 dpi resolution of the Contriver mouse makes it very responsive for simulation type games, and it also works well in art packages even when working In a high resolution screen mode.
The feel of the device is not unpleasant. It's reasonably heavy compared to some mice, which gives the impression that it's an expensive model, but not so heavy that It's difficult to move around rapidly for games purposes.
If you were to imagine what your most Ideal mouse style would be, such as one which fits ergonomically into your hand, or one which glides gracefully about the mat. Then the chances are you wouldn't come up with this turkey.
The buttons are slightly too tar forward for comfortable use. The movement is unresponsive, and the case is made from a material which quickly becomes very sticky and clings to your palm.
Without beating around the proverbial, this Golden Image mouse Is an absolute gem.
With a resolution of 290 dpi. It handles as well, it not better, than any other mouse I've used - even some at more than twice the price!
It is superb in all aspects of operation. The buttons and the ball are extremely responsive. Working well for simulations and all types of detailed applications such as art packages and DTP.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Log i tec Mduse % The Kidz mouse from Logitech Is. As its name suggests, aimed at the younger Amiga users.
Well, what do children want from a computer?
Educational software, basic art packages and games?
This mouse works very well In all of these applications.
Anybody requiring a mouse for a type of application requiring high detail should steer clear, though, as it's not too accurate.
This is a no-gimmicks type mouse, with minimalist packaging and no mouse holder or mat included in the price. This extends further to the unit itself which is made from bright white plastic with no markings whatsoever, not even a manufacturer's logo!
Although the case of the mouse is reasonably strong, the buttons do seem flimsy - as though one strong press could snap the plastic. However, they activate microswitches so if you have a light touch you should be all right.
The shape of this mouse is just about perfect - similar to some others but with subtle differences which make it a joy to use.
This Is not all! The unit looks very good. Is made from a strong material, and has microswitched buttons which should last a good long time.
The package also contains a mouse mat which doubles as a useful cutting pad. It used to be supplied with a mouse holder, but unfortunately this has been dropped to keep the price down.
This mouse comes with Its own neat little holder which may be tlxed to the side of your monitor (or anywhere else you may fancy) but you'll have to supply your own mouse mat to skate it around on.
The unit itself looks fairly plain, made from white plastic with a 6ft cable. It's all very good and wholesome. Except for the specification on the box which claims it to be "self-cleaning", but nobody here could find anything Inside which could back up this statement. Don't let this put you off - it's a good un.
This has been specifically designed for the smallest hands, so all you adult-types may have difficulty grasping It comfortably.
It's got a great cutesy look about it that will appeal to young and old alike, and it is reasonably well built and pleasant to use.
However this does not warrant Its high price tag. And I would challenge anyone (Including Logitech) to argue otherwise.
This Is another example of a relatively basic product aimed at children sold at an inflated price.
Kids! If your Mum has a phobia about small rodents, then this is the one to buy! Don't leave It lying around on the floor, though - even though it's robust. I don't think it could stand the weight of a parent jumping up and down on Its head!
No. Seriously, it's a competent mouse, very suitable for young children, but supplied sans holder or mat and vastly overpriced.
Although this is the cheapest mouse you're likely to find anywhere. I'm afraid I still can't recommend it. It's unpleasant and uncomfortable to use. And nothing special to look at. Under a tenner, yes. But there are far better mice available for just a little more dosh (see Golden Image and Contriver).
Still, it’s got a 6ft long cord, so you could always hang yourself.
Some of you may be thinking that one mouse is very similar to another, but how wrong you are.
This model stands out from the crowd in terms of quality of build, looks and responsiveness.
Very, very.very good value for money. It's impossible to choose between this and the Mega Mouse for an overall winner, so you must decide yourself.
At £15 this mouse is good value. It looks unremarkable, but then it's not what It looks like It’s what it leels like that counts, and It feels pretty good.
Its two buttons are microswitched, the action is responsive, and on the whole the unit seems to be fairly robust so It should give you years of trouble- free mousing.
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Mid 77% Me) 72% 90% Genius Happy Mouse Well styled and comfortable to hold, the Happy Mouse is, like the Golden Image, a good example of what marketing people and designers can do if they put their minds to It.
As well as being very responsive both button-wise and movement-wise (It has a very high resolution of 350
d. p.l.), It's pretty good for a sound arcade-bashing, and not
bad for any detailed arty- type applications such as Dpalnt IV
or Spectracolor.
This unit is made from a sturdy plastic with a style which is both pleasing to the eye and comfortable to hold. The buttons are moulded with subtle ridges which make quite a difference to the overall feel of the unit, and they are very responsive, as is the movement of the mouse Itself. The complete unit has a quality which belies Its price.
Like the Golden Image, the Genius comes with a rubber mouse mat which doubles as a cutting mat on the flat underside, which is an unusual but valuable addition.
At around £15 Including a mouse mat, the Genius Happy Mouse gives the Golden Image and Mega Mouse models a run for their money, but doesn t quite make the grade In my opinion.
It has excellent features more commonly found In expensive mice, so try it if you get the chance because it s just possible that you'll love it.
Me) 82% The unit is fairly strongly built, and not bad looking, although it Is a little bright and tends to discolour after a short while.
The design includes a third button positioned at the rear of the mouse. Although Intuition (the Amiga GUI controller) supports a third fire button we don't know of any software that has made use of It so far, so it is effectively redundant (as with all other trl-buttoned devices). It's quite difficult to press in this case however, so it should not get in the way for general use.
For simulations and arcade- type games the Roctec mouse handles quite well. It is nice to hold, and comfortable to use. The buttons are microswitched and fairly responsive, but nothing amazingly special.
The fairly low 200 dpi resolution means that high precision work in Dpainl IV and other art packages is slightly limited, but not terribly bad.
Better than some ... Roctec Mouse At around 17 spondoolicks the Roctec is reasonable value for money, and worth a test drive. It’s nice to hold, looks fairly smart and handles most applications fairly comfortably.
It doesn't come with a mat or a mouse holder, though, so you may have a little more shelling out to do if you have already plumped for this choice.
Iferdic) 74% This mouse is an identical shape to the Golden Image, and made of the same sturdy material, and hence It looks good and feels excellent.
The Squik mouse is very responsive for simulation and arcade-type games, and it also works well in art or DTP- type packages even when working in a high resolution screen mode.
The device feels pretty good to hold, settling nicely into the palm of your hand.
The buttons are within nice easy reach and they are microswitched, making a very professional and an extremely useable unit.
Squik Mouse The buttons give a good sounding click' when pressed, but seem a little less stout than they should be. Especially when compared to Its nearest competitors.
There is a mouse holder included in the E17 price, but no mat, so depending on your point of view this may be more suitable than the Golden image - give it a go if possible.
This is easily compared with the Golden Image model, because the casing is obviously made by the same company.
For general applications the movement response is very good, but the lack of strength in the buttons lets it down ever so slightly.
A good value mouse which stands up well on its own and should be tried out if possible.
Fordid 80% Naksha Mouse Alfa Data Optical Mouse For all types of application, from DTP and art packages to arcade and simulation games, the Naksha mouse performs Incredibly well. The resolution is high at 280 d.p.l., which means it is good for highly detailed work too.
It feels very nice to use.
Being rather heavy which gives it an air of quality when moving it about the mat.
This product has proven itself in the past, and will continue to do so I'm sure.
Don't be fooled by the packaging of this mouse, it may have a resolution of 300 d.p.i. but it isn t a patch on any of its mechanical equivalents.
While playing simulations I like to have a lot of space for my frenzied mousing, but this particular model requires its mat in order to work and this is just a tad too small.
Still, it’s pretty good for use in Dpaint IV (even in high resolution mode) and other similar packages.
The device is extremely well-built, made from a robust beige-coloured material, and designed to fit neatly into the palm of your hand. The buttons are within easy reach and feel very strong. The whole unit gives you the feeling that it’s going to last for years to come.
O. K.. It's 30 quid, which is a lot more expensive than the Gl
and the Mega Mouse, but then it is supplied with a mat and a
mouse holder and a free copy of Operation Stealth.
Which may be old but it is still an extremely good adventure game.
The unit looks and feels a bit cheapy plasticky, which isn’t a good thing considering its price, but the insides should last a while as there are no moving parts. The buttons are microswitched, but why is there three of them?
Every mouse here has a cord of at least 6ft In length, except this one which is 5ft. Yet which one advertises a 6ft length? Yep, you guessed it... (Nit-picking? Me??)
On the plus side, it will work in zero gravity, so anybody working in deep space should buy this.
The Naksha has been around for a long time, and one or two can be spotted around the Amiga Format office e'en now.
At the time of its release it was acclaimed as the best mouse, and It still holds its own against the competition with its incredible response and robust nature.
SEPTEMBER 1992 At around £30. It is still cheap for such a good mouse package.
M 89% I could never see the attraction of optical mice. Yes, they require less cleaning and no, they have no moving parts, but apart from that what have you got? A cheap looking mouse with an expensive price tag. That doesn't perform as well as some of Its mechanical equivalents. It does have a two year guarantee, though, so if you don't lose the mat you should be OK.
Iferdic) 64% The mouse has got a nice feel to it, it's not too light, with a decently heavy ball to give you some tactile feedback when in use, and I like a bit of tactile feedback. The buttons are pretty well weighted and not too sensitive so it s not easy to activate them accidentally.
The Mega Mouse conjures up images of some fantastic rodent with all the mod cons such as go-faster stripes.
Thankfully the little beast is a smart-looking, low profile mouse that is actually very good in use.
It's well geared, so it doesn't fly from one end of the screen to the other in the space of a millimetre but it's definitely not sluggish.
Overall, it performs very well indeed.
Mega Mouse Included in the package Is, er... well, not much really, not so much as a mouse mat. Other than that there's nothing to choose between this and the Golden Image.
It comes in typical mouse colours, and is very well made.
The megatastlc thing about this mouse, however, Is the price. At £12.95, you simply can't go wrong.
It s such a bargain, I think you should buy one even if your old mouse is fine.
Despite the fact that it doesn't come with its own mat, it performs as well as most of the other mice, but at a low, low price. The man from Amiga Format, he say yeah.
M 90% SEPTEMBER 1992 Genl Ttac Trackball % We described a trackball as an upside-down mouse. OK.
They aren't quite the same, but the principle is there.
Generally, trackballs lend themselves admirably to paint and art type applications, and this model Is no exception.
It feels quite good to use.
Being very similar in size, shape and movement to the trackballs found on arcade games such as World Cup but has a tendency to slip when moving the ball at speed.
The only real gripe I have with the Victory is that both buttons are on the right hand side of the unit, which seems suitable for left-handers only.
Apparently the theory is that you operate the unit single- handedly. Working the ball with your thumb and the buttons with your fingers. Unless you only possess one hand, however, this seems like a silly idea. After ail. What would two-handed people do with the spare one?
The Geni Trac is really the only trackball of this little lot which appears to have been designed with the user in mind. Each of the others have small design faults which spoil the overall feel of the particular unit.
Not so the GT, though.
The controls are incredibly responsive, as are the microswitched fire buttons, and the unit performs well for both detailed applications and action games.
Compared with the other trackballs featured here, the TKB is competent, with good response and a nice feel.
However. I do have one slight niggle. The key which locks the left fire button is positioned on the front of the unit, in exactly the place where you rest your wrist when operating the ball. This is useful for DTP, but can be disastrous for arcade games, and could easily have been positioned elsewhere.
The TKB trackball has a very solid air about it. With a good sturdy case and microswitched fire buttons.
At 35 quid for the basic model it is quite expensive, but It is probably worth it If you only want it for DTP or art applications.
The unit is also available in a sort of disco' version with a clear plexl-glass ball and a set of red and green neons underneath which light up when you press a button.
What an absolutely ridiculous idea, especially when you consider it sticks an extra fiver on the price.
This unit Is far and away the best looking of the bunch - the designers have gone to town and created a discreet, stylish and extremely ergonomic trackball.
The casing has a large area on which you can comfortably rest your wrist, and buttons which are nicely positioned for operation using your thumb.
The ball is also well placed, but does tend to rattle a bit when used for arcade games. If rattly balls don't bother you. Though, this may be the device for you!
For about £22. The Victory has to be considered a good buy if you like the idea of owning a trackball, but are a bit short on dosh.
The case is constructed from a very robust material, which is excellent especially for such a low- budget device. The controls are also excellent - a very solid ball which leels excellent (if a little small), and very responsive microswitched control buttons. All in all. This is not just a good budget choice, but a device which rivals the other more expensive options.
The unit is of a generally sturdy construction, in a similar way to its substantial elder brother the breeze block, but without any of the aesthetic characteristics.
Although the ball is responsive enough, it does tend to rattle quite a lot which seems to be a standard feature on all expensive trackballs.
The buttons are of the pressure variety, not microswitch, so don't expect them to last forever.
At flvepence less than £50. This is unbelievably overpriced, and not likely to set your trolleys alight.
At around £50. This unit (along with the RB2) represents the top- of-the-range of trackballs. Unlike the RB2. Though, this one almost warrants the high price tag because it looks and feels so damned good!
So, is it the best? Well yes. If you can afford it, but you must consider that you can buy a hell of a lot for 50 quid, so think carefully.
I remember using a trackball which was very similar to this way back In the days of the BBC micro.
Since then. It doesn't appear to have been redesigned in any way.
And the price is almost the same.
Sorry, Marconi, but the clumsy construction and lack of response from this unit make it an option strictly for the more- money-than-sense brigade.
A nice-looking unit, quite compact and pretty robust. Far from an unpleasant trackball to operate, although some people may consider the ball a little too small for easy use.
The main problem is in the position of the buttons - If you are left-handed, single-handed, or if you think you can live with them anyway, you could do a lot worse.
A good all-purpose trackball, if you can get to grips with the silly position of the autofire button.
If you re thinking of shelling out the extra £5 for the flashy version - DON'T! The gimmick value will last until just before you take It out of the shop, so when you actually get It home you can expect to be shouting "Oh. No!
What have I bought!" Quite a lot.
Me) 48% 82% Mice: Contriver £15 00 Power Computing 0234 843388 Jin £9 99 Ladbroke Computing 0772 203166 Golden Image £14.99 Ladbroke Computing 0772 203166 Logitech Kidz £32 00 Logi (UK) Ltd 0344 891313 Genius Happy £14 95 ZCL 0543 414817 Roc tec £16 99 Silica 081 309 5000 Squik £16 98 Silica 081 309 5000 Naksha £29 24 Silica 081 309 5000 Alfa Data Optical £35 95 Golden Image U K 081 365 1102 Alfa Data Mega £12 95 Golden Image U K 081 365 1 102 Marconi RB2 Victory TKB TKB Crystal Geni Trac £49 95 Silica 081 309 5000 £22 00 Computer Mates 0753 553 535 £34 95 Golden Image U K 081 365 1 102 £39 95
Golden Image U K 081 365 1102 £49 95 ZCL 0543 414 817 Trackballs: Please note As you can see from the box above. Golden Image products are no longer available from Golden Image UK. Who now mostly distribute AjfaData products Golden Image equipment is distributed in this country by Ladbroke Computing |0772 2031661 who are also known as Golden Image Distribution GB Phew!
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MULTIPLOT DELTRAX PD U203A.B Of all the titles available in the Public Domain, this is one of the most professionally put-together ones I have seen. And it not only looks good - but its documentation is extremely detailed. So far so good, but what does the program actually do?
Well. Mtiltii’li’i enables you to enter data and see it displayed on-screen in the form of a dotted or line graph plotted using traditional 'x' and 'y' coordinates.
You can plot an unlimited number of data points using different colours or point symbols to differentiate betw een different sets of data.
You can load the data from either a text file, which you can create with any word processor or text editor, or saved spreadsheet data. This file does have to be of a certain file format, but this is all clearly explained in the documentation.
Once you've got the data in the right formal for your graph, you can save it in a format which can be used by a number of other programs, including commercial ones such as IntroCAD (coincidentally on one of this month's Covcrdisks). The graphs can also be output as PostScript files, for use in serious DTP applications. Or as IFF files. It is also possible to print graphs directly from the program.
In terms of presentation. Muhiplot is near-perfect.
On-screen the program looks very professional, while the program's documentation file is very extensive. If you have the need for a plotting program, or produce a lot of graphs, then Mulliplol is capable and flexible enough to handle most tasks.
If you thought programs with fast-moving 3D vector graphics are confined to commercial games or PD demos you'd be wrong. Buttleears 2 is one of the first PD games to us,' this technique and it uses it to great ear-crunching effect.
In the game, you control a futuristic armour-plated car which has to chase and destroy another car around a huge 800-by-800 metre arena within a set time limit.
The car you're up against is controlled either by the computer or - only with the help of a null-modern cable - another play er.
You have to chase the other car around the huge arena, guided only by your reactions and the help of an arrow which comes up on-screen to point you in the right direction. Once you've caught up with your foe.
You have to shoot at it to wear down its armour-plating, preferably before it does the same to you.
You've also got a supply of three radar-controlled missiles which can be used to create more damage more accurately. And if you're playing in two player mode, you deliberately ram into each other's cars.
While Battlecars 2 is initially enjoyable, especially with another person, it can get a bit repetitive. The computer opponent is also too difficult to beat. This gets frustrating, especially as you get a 'Game Over" message at the end of the game regardless of how much you've damaged the computer's car. While it's technically impressive, the gameplav's only good for a two-player game, otherwise it's a bit limited.
MODULE 1 7 BIT SOFTWARE 1980 Soundtraeker utilities are the major tools used to create music on the Amiga. As a result there are dozens of them available in the Public Domain, but to gel lo hear any of them you usually have to load the program they were created with. Now. Though, you could instead use JARGON BUSTING - Software in the Public Domain, or PD software, is marked out by the fact that it can be freely distributed. You are allowed to copy PD software from anyone and to give copies to anyone. It is widely available from small firms called PD libraries and also-from bulletin boards that
you can connect to if you have a modem.
It's programmed by enthusiasts who want to share their work and It comes In various flavours.
The basic kind is 'freeware', which is completely free. Another common kind Is 'shareware' - the programmer asks you to send a small fee If you like the program, In return for which he or she will often help you with any problems you may have or Module Muster to load and plav modules created by the two popular music programs for the Amiga.
Soundtraeker and Noisetracker.
Not only can you plav the modules, though, the program multi-tasks so you can play them while you're, say. Working on a word processor or spread- sheeting your company's accounts. This is what multi-tasking was made for!
SEPTEMBER 1992 It is also possible to display a spectrum analyser of the music on-screen as it is being played, while a set of equaliser bars can also be shown. There's also a kaleidoscope' option which arranges pretty coloured lines on Ihe screen while the music's playing. Like, hey wow man!
If you've collected a number of sound modules, or you simply want to play them w ithout using the original program, then Module Muster is really worth looking at. There arc even some modules for you to play around w ith.
Continued on Page 168 WHAT IS PD?
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If you copy a PD disk, you are under a moral obligation to leave the disk exactly as it Is, especially the read me' files which explain how the program is used and give the programmer credit for all the hard work.
The price of a PD disk from a library is usually around £2, so it's a great way to buy games, utilities and applications on a limited budget. You can also get some superb demos showing off the Amiga's ability to produce graphics and music.
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The Vagans are battling with the Zardons for the supremacy of the universe. You. As commander of the Vagan fleet, have to take over the Zardons' base and destroy their ships in order to win.
War is a combined strategy and action game which can be played by either one or two players.
The strategy element plays a major part in the game. The War universe that you are trying to take over consists of a number of zones: the more zones you take over, the more resources you have to build more and more new ships and also to improve your weaponry.
Some of the zones are controlled by Zardon forces, though, so to take control you have to go into battle. There are two forms of battle: one In space in which you have a mothership and four fighter ships up on each side, and another one on a planet's surface which is a one-on-one fight between the two sides.
As you destroy the other side's ships and take over the universe, you can get increasingly powerful, with more ships giving you more chances to gain control. Once you've destroyed all the opposition's ships and taken over Its base - you have to fly down a scrolling overhead trench to do so - you win the battle.
War is an Interesting mix of strategy and action elements that combine well to make a playable game. There are several different difficulty levels which make the game accessible to all types of players, and it's enjoyable as both a one and two- player game. And all this is accompanied by some atmospheric graphics and sound effects. If you fancy some action which involves a bit of thinking, this is well worth a look.
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Is the printed word becoming out moded.’ It docs seem to he the case w ith the massive growth of computer- orientated publications. And if you're thinking about creating your own computer fan inc. Why not really impress fellow Amiga users by producing your own disk-based magazine'.'
Magnetic Pages enables y ou to create your ow n disk magazines. Well, the full version does - this is a cut-down shareware version which doesn't let you save the script files for your disk mag but still lets you create them. Magnetic Pages consists of three separate programs which are used together to get the final diskmag. Editor enables you to create articles.
Organiser assembles these articles into the magazine, while Displayer displays the completed mag.
The programs are capable of creating some very good results. Text, as well as graphics, can be incorporated on a single page. And while this is happening you can have a digitised sample. MED or Soundtraeker tune playing in the background as well. Once you've Yes, it's that gome again... But while the game's principle remains the same, it's played in a much larger arena.
There are dozens of clones av ailable in Public Domain software, but this one from the demo group Pendlc Europa could be the grand-daddy of them all.
Super Pacman really lives up to its name - the game takes place on a huge scrolling maze w hich is at least four screens square in size.
The action moves very smoothly, including the scrolling and the sprites, and all the while a lively little tune is being played in the background. Apart from Super Pacman's technical achievements, when it created the magazine (and there's a demo one on the disk to show you w hat ihe end result can look like), it's easy to switch between pages and articles.
Magnetic Pages gives you the opportunity lo create your own disk magazines. While you can create a diskmag using the program, if you want lo save it and run it independently you need to register and get the full version. At US$ 30. Or about £18. This doesn't cost too much to do. Budding publishers should take a look at Magnetic Pages.
Comes to play ing Super Pacman. You'll all be familiar with the old (even ancient) 'eat the dots and avoid the ghosts' formula.
While this obviously doesn't exactly constitute an advance in the gameplay concepts laid down by Pacman all those years ago. Having the much larger maze means some new strategies have to be used if you are going to succeed.
Instead of being a direct copy of the Pacman arcade game - of which there are already far too many - Super Pacman is a valiant attempt at bringing a classic game idea up to date.
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SL6 8BR 0628 773212 l*i »: sr in) not phoxf utfr 9p i B _ _ Pdn TRASH 1 7 BIT, DISK 1 898 If you want to see just how far your Amiga can be stretched, demos are the ideal way to find out. Whether its cartoon animations or glenz vectors (You what? - Ed), the Demo Zone offers it all.
Let Tim Howell tell you about a selection of the latest and most interesting PD demo disks.
Thankfully Trash doesn't live up to its name. This is a megademo of above-average proportions from Digital.
It consists of six varied and well-programmed parts. It doesn't start off very originally, because it begins w ith a ripped intro from Shadow of Ihe Beast combined w ith a vector shape. This is the sort.of thing that was being done two years ago.
Thankfully, things improve after that. One of the most impressive techniques I've seen for a long time - even though it's rather simplistic - is a series of pixels that fly in and slowly make up a line vector, which then transforms into a filled vector and moves around the screen. It happens smoothly and it's a great effect.
Another attractive effect is a fractal-drawn landscape which has a vector balloon and boat moving across it. Again it's a simplistic technique, but the combination of the two types of graphics is effective.
The rest of the demo is relatively unoriginal, although it is well-programmed, but seems to end very suddenly
- after the credits appear, all you see is a blank screen.
OPTIMUS PRIME 1 7 BIT, DISKS 2003A,B (TWO DISKS) For two disks, there doesn't seem to be a lot of substance. At least in terms of quantity. As for quality, it's technically impressive, although many pans are reminiscent ofCrionics' excellent Hardwired megadcmo.
The techniques used range from a huge glen vector which has 48 faces, to an animated ray-traced image, consisting of 620 balls and 22 frames of animation. The w riters of the demo. Paradise, also have a dig at Anarchy's Space Cut section in their Hardcore demo (reviewed elsewhere on these pages) with their
• follow up' Cube Cut. The effect isn't noticeably different to
Anarchy's attempt but it indicates we'll be seeing this
technique in a lot of demos in the future.
Optimus Prime is a caned collection which doesn’t consist of many parts, but they work well For a change, this is entertaining and technically impressive.
HARDCORE START COMPUTTR SYSTEAAS, MOT PLUS COMPATIBLE Another megadcmo from prolific demo makers Anarchy. Hardcore isn't very innovative but there are a few variations of well-known techniques.
Things stan off with an animated sun rotating around a planet. As the sun moves, it shines on the planet and a shadow appears which follows the path of the two spheres. One of the more interesting techniques is in the Space Cut section, which has two vector objects cutting into each other, w ith pan of one vector disappearing as it cuts into the other. There's a WHAT ARE PD DEMOS ALL ABOUT?
There are thousands ot demos avail- able for the Amiga, some good, some bad. Virtually all ot them are freely distributable, meaning you can copy and distribute them without paying more than the cost of a disk.
Apart from looking and sounding great, demos play an Important part in Amiga computing.
They give Amiga coders an opportunity to stretch the machine in the areas of graphics and sound, utilising and discovering techniques In these areas that have never been used before. Many of similar section later on w ith a candle circling the vectors shining light on to the objects, creating a shadow .
Matrix Dots is also interesting, having hundreds of dots which swirl around the screen, being attracted to and passing through what effectively is a black hole, before being scattered again. There are several other bits, including a large vector graphics section, featuring some animated objects, and a last-drawing fractal section which creates an uninteresting fractal in the shape of a gingerbread man.
Hardcore features some interesting variations of tried and trusted techniques, adding up to a moderately entertaining production.
RAVE VISION 17 err, disk 2004 SEPTEMBER 1992 This disk consists of five long dance tracks w hich feature some clear samples taken from well-known songs, including Altcm-8 and Snap. The tracks themselves arc Continued on page 176 these techniques end up appearing in games, either to improve presentation or as a part of the game Itself. Also, the people who put together the demos the coders, graphic artists and musicians can get noticed by software companies who may then employ them for commercial work.
As for the average Amiga user, demos are an ideal way of seeing what your computer Is capable of doing. You can see the computer s abilities stretched without paying a lot of money, and often you'll be entertained at the same time.
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PU089 PASCAL COMPILER needs a good CL I knowledge.
PU091 PEN OLE 200 MEGAUTILS An essential collection.
PU095 PRINTER DRIVER GENERATOR new dnvers* PU096 PRINTER DRIVER UTILITIES Vanous uWs etc PU097 PRINT STUDIO V1 25 Prints pcs A text etc • PU101 OutCKBENCH Instarn WB uses RAD very clever* PU102 RAZOR 1911 Excelled collection o' uHkbes PU108 ROT A simple 3D drawing package Very popular .
PU109H0 2 disk) Structured clipart lor Ppage • PU112 3 SOMETHING FOR NOTHING Video UtilsAFonts.
PU114 SOZOBAN C similar to North C compiler .
PU115 ST EMULATOR Run Atari ST software » 2 Dnves PU116 SUPER C DISK Collection o' C commands PU117 SUPERKILLERS Virus Kilters' You need ids'.
PU121 2 TV GRAPHICS Dpa d backdropsAFonts- PU124 ULTIMATE ICONS konmastoOconlab.. PU128 VECTOR DESIGNER Comprehensive program PU12900 VIDEO APPLICATIONS Video utilities- PU WINDOWSBENCH A Widows 3WB2 lookakke PU134 WORKBENCH HACKS amuvng stuff ' PU136 ZX SPECTRUM EMULATOR Now with sound - PU138 LAST HOPE Recover tost tees PU139 GRAPHICS CONVERTERS PC AMga gt. Convener PU140 LITTLEBENCH Frfe cop-x A ubts Dos2 only PU141 2 TAROT il Leam about your stars PUI43 OPTIUTILS 1 Crammed to« ' Get «• PU144 OPTIUTILS 2 Get tnn dsk too ' .
PU145 OPTtCOMMS 1 Ncomm 1 921 Lharca. Zoo Arc- PU149 ELECTRONIC PROTOTYPER Vemboard desgner PU150 FOOTBALL LEAGUE Update league positions PU151 BROTHERHOOO UTILS 1 Dcopy.Scenery Oed • PU152 66 CLIPART SET 15 Disks of the BEST.
PU167 MULTI PLOT data plotting program ' Pul68ab RAY DANCE Demo VERSION Ray Tracer PU169 GELIGNITE FONTS CutNPaste tods- PU170 P SUITE D»sk magazine make*.
PU171 OPTtCOMMS 2 Nconvn 2 A more • Animations PAOOl AEGIS ANIMATIONS 3 dasscs ' PA032 BONGO ANIMATION Ray Traced Arvn.
PA033 BUSY BEE Cute animation of a beaky bee PA036 CX1 SPACESHIP E.ceHed RT anm .
PA038 DRAGONS LAIR TIME WARP CarfOOn .
PA039 ERIC S AMY VS WALKER Cute A sexy' 1 5M PA040 ERIC S BATMAN vs JOKER Very funny'".
PA04I ERIC SCOTOTE 2 A coder" 2M PA043 ERIC S MORE AEROTOONS Very wily PA044 ERIC S SHUTTLECOCK plays wth satellite PA045 ERIC S STEALTHY II Mg 29 vs Stoanhy '.
PA049 HAPPY ANIMATIONS HappyMan 4 more PA053'4 LIGHT CYCLES (2) Tron anrmatton.
PA056 MAGICIAN II Good RT an. Mat on.
PA060 NEWTONS CRADLE RT arvmatton .
PA05S68 REAL 3D (4) Superb of the program.
PA072 THE JUGGLER A dassc amga demo'.
PA074 THE WALKER vs The HebcopHw Mega PA075 THE WALKER vs A2030 A cteSSto I • PA080 LEMMINGS ANIMATION Very funny indeed - PA083 MORE CLASSY AnlMS The Bone B*r©o '• PA084 JAMES POND v LEMMINGS I Ike rt PA065 JET ANIMATION Fractal Ftght but better’ - PA066 FRACTAL ANIMATION M screen tow ftyvg arwn' .
PA067 TEA POT ANIMATION Very good RT arvrr PA0889 MR POTATO HEAD The orcus ad'" (2) Tobias Richter's Agatron We stock the h* agatron range here s the best AGA21 ENTERPRISE Ooctong wth Space staon.
AGA22 ENTERPRISE APPROCHING Very good mdeed • AGA23 FLEET MANOEVRE Stunnmg ' 1m .
AGA26 SHIP ROCKING 6 ontorpnse loaves dock 1m .
AGA28 SHUTTLE & ENTERPRISE Fabutous 1M .
AGA36 BIRD OF PREY an eiceltent animation !m .
AGATRON SLIDESHOWS 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. 9 . 10. 11 12 . 13. 15 Aro now available. PtoAso order by numbor profiled by AGS' PowerAnims PP001 2 ANTI LEMMINGS 12) This is BnBianf 2M PP0047 AUTOMATED LIGHT (4) BatHostar gated-ca’ 3M PP011 12 DATING GAME (2) Vory wtty'. Get it 3 5M' PP016 GULF WAR Another ES producJton' Good 2M' PP01&20 LOST IN SPACE (3) From the TV sen©* 2M PP02527 STATION AT KHARN (3) Incredtote 2M demo PP04O43 AT THE MOVIES M (4) HoanouS ' tmg 3mg PP044 45 AMY V WALKER N (2l Another wtty ES demo 3M Demos PD016 BUDBRAIN II Haanous megademo ' PD020 CRONCS MEGADEMO maddona demo 6 more
PD021 CRONCS NEVERWHERE Real world demo PD033 DEVILS NO REALITY muH art demo '• PD046 IRAQ DEMO Amusing demo wth Saddam PD068 PHENOMENA ENIGMA Absolutely bn&ant' PD069 PHENOMENA JOYRIDE Very good demo ' POO76 PLASMUTEX Good plasma 6 great mus .
PD077 PMC ALPHA OMEGA Superb vector demo.
PD078 PUGGS IN SPACE Wrfty cartoon demo PD094 SCOOPEX MENTAL HANGOVER A cteSK.
PD097 SILENTS GLOBAL TRASH Incredtote".
PD098 SILENTS ICE BnUiant F. 4 mu*c' PD108 TOM SOFT TRIP TO MARS 3D tr© to mars' PDI09 TOM SOFT VIRTUAL WORLDS An absolute Epc ' PD119 REBELS OUTLAND Good demo Iron them I PD123 IBB MANGA Nee Japan.*© styte cartoons PD125 RAY OF HOPE 2 Groat ' good mus 4 graphcs' PD129 RAZOR 1911 VOYAGE Vory good f« and musto Pdi30-34 ALCATRAZ ODDESSY Awesome •" Get Ihd "' PD1356 CRIONICS HARDWIRED Vory impfossivo demo'" PD138 SEEING IS BELIEVING Exceltent demo 4 muse Music Disks PM010 AMEGA PARTY WINNERS Four WICKED songs.
PM012 AmiGADEuS CLASSICAL E«e Kte er etc • PMOl 4 BANGING RAVES tockxi r mu of house PM016 BEATLES SONIX N e musto .
PU02O21 BRUNOS MUSIC BOX III Jazztor* Get 1' .
PMD2223 CLASSICAL MUSIC Bach Handel etc • PM03O34 DIGITAL CONCERTS 26 E ce«ent house dance PU347 48 CEREBRAL DELIGHTS (2) Exce*ent'.
PMD59 MANIACS OF NOISE Th* -s bnkant'.
PM065 PHENOMENA MUSIC DREAMS I Get th* '.
PM066 PHENOMENA MUSIC DREAMS " And tho '.
PM069 RAZOR FACE ANOTHER DAY very good " PM070 RMAPSOOY IN BLUE tracked by Rob Baxter' 1M PM071 72 SILENTS BLUES HOUSE (2) Mus 4 game.
PM074 SOUND OF SILENTS Jul get th* ts mega’ PU079 TECHNOTRONIX REMIX Good rem..es etc PM082a82b VIVALDI FOUR SEASONS (2) V Good PMC87 88 His MASTERS NOISE by Mahoney 4 Kaktus PM090S1 MOZART HORN CONCERTO S 4 by H Gannon • PM092 PIANO TUNES Nn© p no songs good .
PM093 UTAH SAINTS REMIX by Tony Hrfton' .
PM096 STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Retobon ol the song.
PM098 ERASURE MIX Rem., o' erasures top songs PM10O103 MANIC RAVES il Fantastic rave stutt'.
PM 104 500 THINGS COMEBACK 4 great rave type tracks.
PM 1056 KEFRENS MEGAMIX Fabulous dance muse PM112 TECHOMANIA II 8 essential hardcore tunes.
PM113 PROTON GATES OF TIME 6 Qood peces of muse PM114 UPROAR SPLIT BEAVER MIX rave mogam.. .
PM 115ab CHROME Brilliant muse disks '.
Slideshows PS002 ADVANCE HAM Really stunning 1.
PS009 ASTRONOMY SLIDE very impressive ' PS013 BORN TO BE FREE wld animals .
PS014.15 BUTTERFLIES (2) Hghquatey '.
PS019 COLOURCYCLES Neat f. I .
PS023 DEMONS III very good amga gt, PS02S26 DIVINE VISIONS (2) Mylhotogcal.
PSO30 F RAX ION FUTURE VlSON fantasy pcs.
PS033 GERMAN RAY TRACE Superb See these '.
PS052 NAGEL Hres (*cs ol gxis Nee '.
PS06970 SHENTSCH 42 (2) Th* n supert '.
PS072 SUPER HAM CARS Th* d a must Mega'.
PS086 SONIC 5 Superb D HAM 4096 colour pcs.
PS067 ALTERED DECEPTIONS Chr* «s super work.
PS068 EVOLUTION SLIDE E«c*4ent educational p«s.
PS090 FRACTALGEN IncxeObte fractals etc .
PS0912 FRACTAL MOUNTAINS Exceient stuff.
PS093 VANISH 30 Awesome 3d ray traced .
Music Making & MIDI Utilities PT001 ALGORYTHMS Create weird mip tunes PT002 ART OF MED Excellent '.
PT004 ASI AUDIO MAGIC 2 good completion PT005 CASIO CZ EDITOR 250 patch©* I .
PT006 DELUXE MUSIC DATA Midi music PT009 K1 IFF SAMPLES Fabutous samples .
PT013 MED 3 2 Exceltent musto soq .
PT0I4 MED MUSIC DISK As rt says 1.
PT01S MIDI DISK Various rmp stuff .
PT016 NOISETRACKER 4 channol soquencor PT018 PERFECTSOUND SAMPLER Nee samplo od-lor PT019 ROLAND D110 . S220 Convertor pogram PT020 ST-01 ST 10 Samples Rmg Ip details PT021 SOUNDTRACKER 2 6 E.ceBent .
PT024 ST 80 BEAST SAMPLES very n e .
PT02S678 ST-90 93 SAMPLES DISKS StudO Quality.
PT030 YAMAHA DX7 VOICE SORTER PT03I 2 3 ST-87 89 3 dsk Ml '.
PT03A5 ST-97 4 98 More samples '.
PT036 SAMPLE MAKER create synthetic samples PT037 PROTRACKER 2 0 The bees Knees '» PT038 YAMAHA DX100 TX81Z. 0X27 OX11 4 FB01 edlors Amos Games & Utils APOC36 • AMOS UPATER Latest updater APD062 • ARCADIA Popular Peakoul game APD085 REVERSl . SNAKES & LADDERS AP0096 * PAIR IT Mal n me cards to make a pair APD1054 . PICK UP A PUZZLE Solve jgsaw puzzles APDi 10 • CROSSFIRE Nice game ip the tods I APD115 • BALLOONACY Bomb the bu.idngs ' APDi30 THE WOODEN BALL Weird game APDi37 TILE TRIAL Sltoe puzzle game APD148 • DEMOLITION MISSION bomber gamo APDi76 • DATABASE MASTER V2 0 Good databaso APDl80't
. DUNGEON DELVER mazo gam© Good' APD229 • AMOS MULT I PAIN I Amos pamt pogrom' APD230 . AMOS ASTEROIDS 4 typos of asfPPds" APD237 . SHAPES Excellent tods game ' APD257 . CASSETTE LABELLER . MIXED SOURCE APD271 . WIZARDS DOMAIN grapNcal adventure APD284 • AMOSAGRAM anagram sofvirg pogram APD292 . WAR Of THE FOUR graphic advonture game APD293 GRAND PRIX SIMUIATON Very popular APD314 . BLACKJACK TRAINER Good blackjack game' APD318 • BOING Get Herbert back home ' APD325 HANGMAN V2 Hangman game wth edlor' APD326 • HYPERBALL New 'ast VERSION p woodenbaB APD329 • FRUIT MACHINE Good tor the gembters •
APD333 • AMERICAN FOOTBALL FoofbaR coach game' APD334 . SNAKE IN THE GRASS N e bttte platform APO340 KARATE WORM Jump over worms etc ' AP0343 . SAVE THE TREES Good game *P tods APD347 . NOTEBOOK 4 SHOPPING UST Easy to use ' APD362 • SQUATS REVENGE Operabon wo* game' APD363 • FAMILY HISTORY DATABASE Latest VERSION' APD367 . WEIRD IN EDGEWAYS Oa* board puzzle- APD373 . COMPILER 1 34 UPDATE Amos corr -ter ’ Remember These dsks are the BEST you can get 1"" ORDERING MADE EASY VALLY PD U F8 PO BOX 15. PETERLEE CO. DURHAM SR8 1 NZ 0 9 1 5 8 7 1 1 9 5 BY POST: send youi Nome. Address & Order details
with a Cheque PO IMO to any ot the 4 companies listed BY PHONE: Call any ol the 4 Distributors listed &. We'll have your order sent out lo you faster than you think I PD PRICES: 1 - 5 disks £2.00 per disk -6-25 disks £1.25 per disk • 26 or more disk are still only 99p per disk I POST Bi PACKING: UK - 50p ¦ UK Recorded Delivery' £1.00 • Europe +25p per disk • Rest of World +50p per disk nain Distributors or the i m i t a t o r s !
New .. New .. Amiga PD & Shareware Titles .. New PO STILL FROM ONLY The latest and the Best! Games. Utilities & Demos!
Below s a listing of the latest PD 1 afl programs m this advert carry the UPD seel of approval so you can buy with confidence krowmg you will get a quafcty product I Utilities PU172 WORDPOWER Sofve AnagramsCrosswords.
PU173 LSD UTILITIES 23 new utils' PU174 ASTRO 22 professional astrology PU175 GELIGNITE FONTS II Excellent IFF fonts.
PU176 GELIGNITE FONTS III More ol above!!.
PU177 8 BENCHMASTER Wmdowsbonch & Messyiud" PU180 RICHARD SMEDLEY COMP VAT checker A more PU181 RENDER VI 3D Raytrace shading program PU182 STOCK ANALYST Techrwcai analysts program.
PU183 AMYGEN Excellent geneotogy program.
PU184 PROCALC V1 0 professional calculator' PU18S8 COSMOPOLITAN FONTS (4) Packed with fonts- PU189 TRONIK VIRUS KILLERS 21 virus Mters A docs.
PU190 BENCHWORK 1 0 workbench alternative PU191 IANDBUILDER fractal land generator.
PU192 SID 2 Get this ' directory util I!' MEGAU PU193 PLUS 8 Mondotvroom show* arq addmonu PU194 PLUS 9 MouseWanker Nuke BackAfront PU195 PLUS 10 Popup Filesearch Dcopy2 Fblank PU196 PLUS 11 lablemaker Calckey MullxnsUH PU197 MOBED 2 Dpaint for Sprites A bobs.
PU196 VIDEO WIPES Masks A fades Dpaint 3 4 .
PU199 TDM SLIDESHOW GENERATOR wpelade pcs PU200 LITTLEBENCH 1 3 Now for 1 3 owners " PU201 MALICE FONTS E.ceNrt tmy fonts for Dpa**.
PU202 CYCLOPS Weird Plasma fractal creator'.
PU203 SCOPE 184 Utils A dps for Ppage PU204 GATOR GRAPHICS Dpaint Tutorial disk.
PU205 PC TASK Wickod PC Emulator Gel It'» • PU206 MSDOS PROGS PC Shareware Progs for PCTask .
PowerAnims PP046 SWEET REVENGE Coyote vs Roadrunnor I 1 5mg.
PP047 GOTTA GO Crazy dog walks h* master'’ 1 5mg .
PP04&9 A DAY AT THE BEACH Stunning ' 2 Mg PP05C UNSPORTING Wicked aerotoon from Schwartz. 2M Demos & Music PD141 WILDFIRE MEGADEMO great House A dance mus PD143 CAT S4 rts A Cnonc* demo for cat ctob • PD145 NECRONOM1A E.ce*en» Oemo. 4 b4 freaky ' .
PD146 DOS Exceaen* vectors A mus demo .
PD147 HARDCORE Ana'Chy s cod new demo PD148 CHAMELEON A new vector world demo.
PD149 MAGNETIC DREAMS Excellent new demo PD150 TSL PARTY WINNERS Mus A gtx Superb PD151 TERMINATOR 3 Interesting rpofl d the movie PD152 HUMAN TARGET Wicked Rave vector demo Get ill PD153 DEFORMATION with the men from the MTV demo PD154 GET FROGGED You* «ve just get 4 it PD1S5 MULTICA Wicked oemo fnyr andromeda Gel 4 !!» PD1567 REAL EMPATHY Good Demo A Fab game rc ' PD158 DfGlTAL PUNISHER Very yx C BwerZoom Fx Pmt 16 LIONS GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH Very good' PM 117 MUZAK OF THE WORLD org-J Anxga mu**C' • PM118 TSP RIPPED MUSC 1 Some good tracks- PM119 TSP RIPPED MUSIC 2 Mor* d above- PM120
IDEAL MODE AEROSOL EP Go raving mad .
PM121 NIGHTBREED MUSIC DEMO 8 Rave mus* demo • PM 122 4 PLAYSID 2 (3) You must gel tfw '"» .
PM 125 PLAYSID me RobHubbard MarkacaCYNo.se • PM12C9 LSD MUSIC PACK |4|A Exceed ru* collection.
PM 1302 BACH BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS 1 fo 6 • PM133 DANCE TRANCE Rave tracks p**y«C arxga style PM13A-5 SOUNDS OF SCIENCE 2 AbsoMefr Bnfcant'.
PM 136 WICKED HOUSE Scperb tw muse by erg" PM137 KEFRENS MEGAMIX II Very good " Ora mjvc .
PM 138 EROTICA 6 Mega mu$ ' me crocked mernt .
PM139 40 SPRING MELOOlES (2) 9 tracks Von anarchy PM141 HARDLINE MUSIC 7 groovy synch style tracks .
PM 142 FRACTAL MUSIC Very we» presented " gel 4' PM 143 FALCONS MUSICBOX 2 Average mupc *s*.
Slideshows PS094 INVISIBLE WORLD II YiA Bedbug And more '.
PS095 TOTAL CONCEPTS SLIDE Pa d forVojnvng CLR- PS096'97 GALL OWE EN Just m. very * Making Music PT039 SUPER SOUND 2 Add reverb A F. to tarpn* PT040 OC TAMED VI 8 channel MED sequencer'.
PT041 NOISE PLAYER 4 0 Multitasking module player.
PT042 START IFF SAMPLES Superb ' Get tho dsk"" Games PG150 E -TYPE exe»ent asteroids done PG151 FLAG CATCHER Avofo the bombs II PG152 TETREN A very nice Tetns done PG153 WAR very good strategy arcade game* PG154 NUMPTY A ALIEN INVADERS Mamc mmer game' PG155 AS I GAMES 21 Zeus Tettnx A more • PG156 ASI GAMES 22 lemmmgoids Mouthman A more PG157 ASI GAMES 23 SmashARo BIP.InterforonfDrMano). PG158 PORK A PORK Pop the baffoons A stop the foxe*.
PG159 MR BRICK Greaf mano brothers game PG160 ENTERTAINMENT. 1 Kfondyke ffoal A more* PG161 ENTERTAINMENT. 2 Zerg BounceNbob Frogger .
PG162 ENTERTAINMENT. 3 spacewars. Squambto A more PG163 ENTERTAINMENT. 4 Zon Hanoi Yelp A more .
PG164 GAME TAMER 2 3 joystick tester A 268 cheats.
PG16S SOLID SQUAD Nk» imle snvmg game PG166 RAID III Wicked new shootemup '"! .
PG167 SERENE III From the author ol Raid ' •* Education PE016 COLOUR THE ALPHABET leam letters A cofourst .
PE018 TYPING TUTOR Superspea Budget A Mscafonder' - Business PB025 E DWORD Brand new wordpro - V good - PB026 AGRAPH Superb Program graphmg data • NEW Late Additions NEW CYBERTEK GAMES DISKS M3 Now m stock CaH 4 details G911-G915 FINAL WHISTLE DATA (5 DISKS £2.00 EACH) BOUNCER Remix ol the rave song by Kicks l*e a mule ' MUITIDOS New ' Combines SID2 A Messydos(PC AMIGA) ASI HANDYTOOLS 3 A mega compdabon d essential ut*s FRED FISH CATALOGUE Now contams FISH 1 - 670 '" .
WHATSITSNAME Great new puzzle game just m ASI GAMES 24 Jusi wa« and see tf« its labufous *" .
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We have compUed a selection of the BEST PP tides ' POWOCl FOOTBALL MANAGEB FoofDQl Jim POW0C2 MOUSITBAF Cuttwey platform fun POWOC3 OOANIOX. Fan ihootemup POWOC4 BATTIIVAUY Strategy shoofemuo POW0Q5 JUMPJIT. Srroe F«ghf Sim POW006 Slay It SoocJ mrnai« aatr POWD07 snil ExOoreABiosf Gooa Gft POW008 ABGIPE UGOS Oatac Puale game POW009 BAD COMPANY Great tooc©homer Cfonn POWOl 0 IYI OF HO PUS Perform gyre POWOl 1 PPOSPICTOB ThCky Maze gome POW012 staph azi. Sfar wan type oome POWOl 3 STABGOOSI* FiceBenf ShootEmUp POWOl 4 STAP PAY Defender clone • Get It I POWOl 5 CHIC AOO 90 oome me 30 car chase
POWOl6 DEMOLITION Average Breakout gyre POWOl 7 DOGS OF wap« fcarfWamon type • good' POWOl8 HATE* Somemc 3D &ioo,fmUp - Great' POWOl9 BATTLESHIPS 1-2 Plcw COBC POWO20 MANHAnAN Deaieps* Great Beafmuo game THIS! GAWf J APE Will WO*fH CHICKING OUT llll New .. The Central Licenseware Register.. New Commercial Quality programs at a PD price !
CLU02 FISH INDEXER If you have ever wanted a program bui have never been able to find 4 ANYWHERE Chances are 4 s probabfy m the fish
• fora-y but rather than having to rake through thousands of
lines of text, why not use the Fish
• ndeier a superb database of the entire Fred Fish tforary with
full search, print and more Pnce £3 50.
CLE01 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS Have yOuf children ever wanted to know about the ancient world of me dmasau' ? » so. Men tfus is for you an interactive encyclopedia covering (urassc tnassc & croataceous periods complete with prtures and text This program is plus compatible and comes on 2 Disks £4 SO .
CLU03 TYPING TUTOR A program here now for all you budomg office clerks. Learning to type can be a
• eai pam lessons cost a fortune, but not when you nave a" amiga
' This program will take you step by step through a tuO typing
course showing where to dace your fingers and fott more Before
long yOu l be abe 10 type as fast as I can ' Pnce £3 SO * ClGO’
NORRIS A machine code programmed platform adventure starring
Norris, help him (Oumey his way through level after lovoi
battling beastly beasts and montstrous medieval men ' This game
has a great atmosphere, and is immensley playable.
4 win have you addicted m mmules ' Pnce C3 SO CLE02 TOTAL CONCEPTS GEOLOGY Thlt title is the second m the series ol Quality programs by Chris hill, using the GoldDisk Hyperbook system, and will you and your children an interactive guided tour through the incredible world volcanos, rocks and minerals the program s very nmpie to use just pomt and chcfc Geology is on 2 D*ks £4 50 .
CLE03 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM The latesi title m this series mv4es you to learn all about the solar system. W4h information on all of the planets and with so mo ol Iho pictures supplied and authorised by Naso, this makes and excellent educational package tor children This title is so big 4 is supplied on Three disks and is priced at £4 99 • CLE04 KIDDIES COLOURING PAD Th* * a colouring book tor young chddren and they wont get m a mess using 4 1 II is very Simple to use with fu« instructions with Ihe program Simply pick a picture and colour 4 m I Includes a save option, so once you have
coloured you picture you can save it out to a disk to print out using Dpaint etc Price £3 50 .
ClEOS A CHORD So you want become tho next Eric Clapton then this is just what you noed ' This program Will teach you nearly every single guitar chord including lingering techiniques. It will even play the chords using the am gas built m sound chip A must lor every smgle guitar player beginner and expens ahke Pnce £3 50 .
SCROLLING TITLES crcatod with VIDEO TITLES Ciuoi VIDEO TITIER « a program that w»u aMow you to create smooth scrolling video titles w4h the greatest ot ease, programmed by Darren Mccaui.
Whose Starbase is duo oul soon, the program lets you us© any am»ga bitmap font, of which several are supplied, and scroll In any colour vertically up the screen Essential tor all video enthusiasts. £3 50 • CLG03 PHASE 2 Superb stdoways scrolling shool em up. Afong similar Imes to the all time classic delender, anyway you control a photon powered XZ IB fighter and you must battle with the forces of evil ' The gameplay n bnikant and the scroHmg and animation siBiy smooth. 4 you want my advice buy 4 Pnce £3 50.
CLG04 X SYSTEM This is a corker a superb multilevel shootemup. You know the type, batst your way through hoard after hoard of aliens and end of level guardians. 4 even has a built m platform game thrown into he bargain, programmed by tho BadBoyz this is one of the best shootemups about get 4 and prepare to be impressed price £3 50 .
CLG05 TRUCK IN ON Ttos * a new verson of a PO game that was ongoaBy bugged to heP. The programmer ha* taken al the mam element* of the game and re programmed 4 m C. so it* now futty playable truck driving simulation and management program TO is a must for an you truckers Out there and is supplied on 2 disks Priced at only £4 SO • CLG06 OBLITERATION This game has had many a rave review, programmed m machine coed its fast A funous arcade action as you work your way thru thi* asterod infested game Wasting wave after wave of rocks, tfws gam is utterly addotive and ocfodes a bonus game MAD BOMBER
wtioh is as add t ve as the mao game A must for al gamers ' Pnce £3 50 CLG07 WillYS WATER WORKS if its pux.-te games you kke then we've got just what you want you control willy, a pfomber. Wtosa job 4 is to built a
p. peiino usoq me types he has before me water starts to how. And
ttu$ certaoty isnt as easy as 4 sounds ' A superb whe gam mat
w*« nave you and you kid*’I entertained for hours £3 50 CL GOB
DRAGON Tp.ES T»*s is an e ce«ent pu rw.
Game you have a Njge stack of offerem con* when usog me mouse you must match up to make a level Osaooea' sound* txymg but as actuaPy very addctrve I was playing 4 for hours • A Vast improvement on the PD version. Dragon Wes is well worm anyone* couple ol quid • Pnce £3 50 • CLG09 MOTOR DUEL Now this S just labufous • Martm woufo not leave this game atone lor days 4s a 30 car racmg chasing shooting game, with gufoed missies and lasers, as by the same programmer as me P0 game Bathecars but its a lot better, ckay the computer (Mega drfhcult) or bnk up to anom imga for 1 on t action ' Pnce £3 50
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Written o good gome, utility or educotionol program ? Why not send it in toi evaludtion ? It it's redlly good, you could soon be NBS earning BIG money ¦ u F8 ] CHA|N NEWpORT BUT YOU DONT HAVE I Yes we do ! We stock Fred Fish disks I - 670 (plus more as they arrive), Amos P0, AMIGAs, I Bag. 101 c r~)F A IPHT PO?D SOA Scope and other popular libraries • so It you dont see the program you want hero PIEASE Call US ! We can almost guarantee vviv n wuu we will hove it! 0983529594 SWEET REVENGE NBS, DISK PCXS4, REQUIRES 1 .SMB Demo group Decay return alter last month’s brilliant Get Frogged, with
yet another quality animation. This one's based on the famous Road Runner cartoons and is a longer sequence than the animation we looked at last time.
After the familiar Loony Toons Intro, the animation moves on to the main act which features the Road Runner and his arch enemy. Wile E Coyote. In contrast to the cartoons though, this time Wile E actually manages to catch the normally evasive Road Runner.
After stalking the bird as he zooms down the road, Wile E shoots him to pieces with his trusty machine gun (in typically unrealistic cartoon-style fashion. I hasten to add). After Road Runner has been blasted to bits, his remains are put into a sack which Wile E drops from the top of a cliff. Then, just to make sure the bird is well and truly finished, the coyote drops a one ton weight on top of where Road Runner landed.
Technically, the animation is very good. Sweet Revenge moves smoothly and there are cartoon- style sound effects played simultaneously with the action. It's very professionally done, and if Decay used some imagination to create their own cartoon characters they could soon, perhaps, even rival Eric Schwartz.
Uninspiring, hul if you're inio Ihis type of music (and I'm not I then you could gel something out of it.
What makes this disk different from many other music disks around is its presentation. A CD player and amplifier have been drawn on-screen, which isn't new. But the number of options open to you is. By moving a cursor around the screen, you can not only- select different tracks but you can do heaps of other things as well, including switching the balance so you can only hear music out of either the left or right speaker, adjusting the speed at which the music is played and so on.
SEPTEMBER 1992 While the music is dance-orientated and not brilliant. The interesting presentation adds to the disk.
MAGNETIC DREAMS START COMPUTER SYSTEMS While this port ol Magnetic Dreams looks suspiciously like
o football, it is actuolly a series of circular vectors.
Digital make another appearance in this section, this time with Magnetic Dreams. It's another collection of familiar techniques which have been adapted to try and make them more interesting.
One of these sections features a large round object, comprising several vector circles, which end up looking a lot like a glen vector soccer ball. It all moves smoothly and looks impressive, although the colours are a bit bland.
Another section has a number of multi-coloured filled vector objects, ranging from simple ones such as cones and cylinders (which make use of circle vectors) to more complicated objects such as Grand I’nx cars and lighter planes which consist of several vectors.
Some of them are also animated. Not original, but still well done. The only other section worthy of note is called Shade Bobs, which has dozens of different coloured and colour-cycling bobs rapidly appearing on-screen. The overall effect is much like a plasma fractal, but these are drawn much more quickly.
All-in-all. It's a mixed collection of innovative and not-so-innovalivc techniques which add up to a techni- cally-adept but uninspiring production.
TWO TOMS - TAKE A CHANCE ON ME 1 7 BTT, DISK 2049 (TWO DISKS) REQUIRES TWO DISK DRIVES Fresh from a run of several weeks at number one.
Erasure's Abba-esque EP makes it on to floppy disk iwell the main track. Take A Chance On Me does) courtesy of those superior samplers. Tw o Toms.
Considering the single was so popular, it could go down well with Amiga owners who want to listen to Erasure w ith the help of their Amigas. As seems to be the norm w ith the Two Tom's releases, the track comes on two disks and the sample is loaded in as it is played.
You also need two disk drives if you want to listen to the second disk of the song. As for sound quality , it's as good as ever, with the samples sounding clear and distinct, with no distortion. While the music is playing, there's an 'interesting' screen displayed, featuring a large lizard. Why a lizard. I don't know. Mind you. A lot of the Two Tom's graphics don't have anything lo do with the music which is playing.
Unfortunately, while the sound quality is very- good. The rather boring screen display makes this production of limited long-term interest unless you really like Erasure's Abba tribute I wonder if the other three tracks on the EP w ill be converted?
TOP TEN DEMOS OF THE MONTH One good way ol sussing out what demos are worth buying is to see what the top-selling demos ol the moment are, so here's a look ... 17 BTT SOFTWARE 1.
Hardwired 1562 A+B
2. _ Oddysey 1574 A.B.C.D.E 3.
CAT Computer Club 1781 4.
Andromeda DOS 1883 5.
Punisher Demo 1599 6.
Voyager(Razor 911) 1604 7.
Anarchy Demo 1693 8.
Virtual Worlds 1178 9.
Phenomena Enigma 913
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Sunderland SR1 3JE. Tel: 091-565 2506 KCS Power PC Board PC Emulation on your Amiga Imagine The 24 bit image above was completely originated on an Amiga computer. The drawings were designed with Xcad, the 3D model was created from the 2D drawings and the 24 bit image (1280 x 1024 resolution) was rendered with Imagine - in fact this whole article was put together using Professional Page. Xcad and Imagine. These Amiga products would amount to £777 (RRP). Compared to AutoCAD, 3D Studio and Ventura on a PC which comes in at £5100 - and that's just for the software! Imagine 2.0 has a
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Never before has the Amiga been so well complemented. Never before has the Designer been given so much power, speed and flexibility at such an affordable price.
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enquiries welcome UK and Overseas (PAL only) About... TM KCS Power PC a a complete 11MHz tMD PC sub-system that can be fitted to any Amiga In minutes Based atound NEC's highly successtul V30 CPU.
The Power PC Board otters a very high degree ot compatibility at machine language level, yet runs taster than an equivalent Intel 8086.
Ihe 1Mb ol Autocontlg™ memory can be accessed by all current Amiga models Including the A500 Plus Even the original A500 can access 512K as a standard expansion with dock: plus a 512K RAM disk Adored by critics and users alike, the KCS Power PC Board is a real alternative to buying a complete PC clone.
Installation Ihe KCS Power PC board tits to any Amiga In minutes:
• On A500 and A500 Plus machines it simply slides into the
trapdoor expansion: and doesn't invalidate your warranty!
• On bigger Amigat, such as the 1500 2000 2500 3000, it drops
into a vacant Amiga slot using Ihe custom designed adaptor
board
• Once tilted, your Amiga can be switched into PC mode simply by
clicking an Icon. Just reset and it's an Amiga again No luss.
No hassle Just two machines in the space ot one.
Video
• Supports the ma|onty ot EGA and VGA modes in 16 glorious
colours and monochrome - graphics up to 640x480 and text too
Interlace is required tor some modes but a software dicker
tixer is built In.
• Other video modes Include MOA and CGA text and graphics Also
supports Tandy colour graphics adaptor and Hercules monochrome.
• EGA and VGA graphics can be displayed on a domestic IV or
monitor Unllkerea PCs. No extra hardware is required.
Disk
• Up to lour Amiga drives can be connected to your system and
accessed In PC modes as 3.5' 720K or 5.25' 360K Typical disk
access is at least twice as last as most real PC clones!
• DOS can be started trom any mounted drive
5. 25' or 3.5' and most Amiga hard drives.
• Supports most popular hard disks including GVP Impact. Supra
and A590 (Omil and SCSI)
• A massive 200K ramdrive (up lo 8Mbwith expansion) is available
In PC mode and it's PC- reset proot too.
Memory
• Even wdh a base Amiga 704K Is tree lor DOS programs (640K in
EGA and VGA modes)
• EMS (expanded memory) is supported allowing you to run
Microsoft Windows without problems and store massive fries m
Lotus 1-2-3. So. It you have 8Mb on board, the PC can use il.
• KMS (extended memory) Is supported - even though this is not
usually possible on NEC V30 machines.
Speed Its landmark speed puts d way ahead ol many true PC systems - It even compares lavourably with many AT clones However, Ihe crux ot the matter lies with the video speed, and Bus. As many crtxs have noted Is where the KCS Power PC Board scores over all others It's no use having a wtn-bang processor It the screen takes several seconds to redraw used
• Tests in text modes have shown n is several times taster than
evenAT clones with dedicated video hardware Even in graphics
modes, it's no slouch although the emulation Is limited by
Amiga hardware
• Add a processor accelerator card, andthe 32-M dean KCS cache
software writ use I to its fun advantage Mouse
• Automatic serial mouse emulation is supplied as standard -
using your existlngAm a rodent
• Mouse can be conhgured as COM1 or COM2 Joystick
• Up to two sticks can be employed at any tne You decide how they
are arranged Printer
• Your Amiga's parallel port is accessed as IPT1 In PC mode.
Serial
• DOS usually supports two serial ports, but one is taken by the
Amiga mouse The Amiga's serai can be set as COM1 or COM2 as
desired. « lor MODEM etc. up to 19200 baud lull-duplex Sound
• PC sound is supported, but there s an adObonal volume control
available m software Works on...
• All Amigas (except the a1000) titled with Kickstart 1.2 and
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• Extra memory is not required, but lull use wKt be made ot extra
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The above building was designed by Architect David Bishop,
modelled by Xcad and rendered with Imagine.
Xcad SPEED - An Amiga 600 is 6 times faster on zoom and redraw than AutoCAD running on a fast '386.
PRACTICALITY - Ideal for design in architecture, electronic and or mechanical engineering.
COMPATIBILITY - AutoCAD DXF import export comes complete across the Xcad range. Print to plotters. Laser or dot-matrix printers.
MODULAR - Simple upgrade from Xcad 2000 to Xcad 3000.
Xcad harnessesthe incredible power of the Amiga to deliver a draughting tool to beat all others.
Processing times are cut to a fraction of most PC based systems.
Plans, designs and blueprints can easily be produced using simple, flexible menus or commands.
The Xcad range starts from as little as £129 for Xcad 2000 (1 Mb RAM minimum) which includes both 2D Detailingand 3D Modelling plus automatic perspective views.
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• Computer-controlled dynamic microphone select from
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• Draws power from computer works with any power standard
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AudioMaster IV brings new features to the best-selling sampling software for the Amiga computer. With the new Oversampling fea ture. Play sound files of outstanding audio quality even if originally sampled at low rates New features with AudioMaster IV: » o* I-' aiim a»Kt « •»
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Specially designed for Ihe beginner. Easy AMOS is more than Just a computer language. Based on the highly successful AMOS, it has many more examples and detailed explanations to help you learn.
Description Easy AMOS A fantastic package with Imageworks' First Samurai arcade adventure doubling up with another Format- Gold winning game: Mega-io-Mania, the strategy game from Sensible Software.
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512K Expansion Admittedly this memory expansion from WTS in
the UK, probably Isn't the most glamourous memory expansion
that you're ever likely to see for your Amiga. But don’t
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It also comes with a battery-backed-up clock, so you need never have to set the time again. More and more software is being produced now that will only work properly if ybu have a one megabyte machine: and If you don't have an expansion, then you're also missing out on the complete full-price programs that are part of the Amiga Format Collection, like Vista, brought to you on Coverdlsk 33, PageSetter (Coverdisk 34), Spectracolor (35), Can Do (36) or this month's excellent IntroCAD. So now you can expand your mind and your Amiga. Get upgraded!
Order No AM237 SEPTEMBER 1992 Are you sick of your kids Just blasting sway at swarms of mutant aliens? Do you want them to be eager to learn something uselul from their Amiga, other than what the level codes are for the latest game to hit the top of the Penguin charts?
Well fret no longer, because the latest versions ot the top-selling home educational programs are now available through Amiga Format Mall Order! The Fun School series from Europress Software aims to teach some of the basic educational skills to children, but to do it via enjoyable games. The new series comes in three different flavours, and It is aimed at three different age groups: Teddy looks after the under fives. Freddie the Frog caters for the flve-to-seven year olds, while Sammy the Spy Is there for elght-to-elevens. Each age level has six different games, which teaches and tests various
facts and concepts.
Description Price Order No Teddy Disk £17.99 AM231 Frog Disk £17.99 AM232 Spy Disk £17.99 AM233 Fun School 4 Price £25.99 JheAMLlSlA Collection FORMAT Superb, complete full-price programs for practically nothing isn't the whole story of the Amiga Format Collection. You also have the chance to upgrade to new versions of the Collection programs at special prices. Here are the offers.
182 SEPTEMBER 1992 Sequencer One Plus Upgrade Kit Also mi ihc Special Chrislmas Issue was ihe powerful Sequencer One music package. RRP £K9. (If you missed oul on this amazing offer - which included Graphics Workshop us well - you can slill gel copies through Back Issues on Page IS6.)
Through Amina Formal Mail Order you can upgrade to Sequencer One Plus. By doing so you can lake advantage of a whole host of extra features that are not available on version one. These include the unique Juke Box screen and Gajits" new 'Diamond Drag' note-editing system.
Also included in this latest update is tempo maps, auto count in. MIDI sys ex handling, track solo, extra quanlis options and much more!
All of this should really sell for a massive RRP of £129.95. For a short time though. Sequencer One Plus is available as an upgrade kit for Sequencer One owners (and that of course includes everyone who has the program from the Amiga Format Coverdisk 30) for £49.95 (RRP).
But we're offering it to you at a mere £39.95, which works out al an amazing total saving of £90.
Description Pore Order Code Sequencer One Plus £39.95 AIW235 On our Christmas Special Issue we gave you.
Tor practically nothing, the powerful paint and animation program, The Graphics Workshop. What makes this drawing program so special, though, Is along with all the normal tools that you would expect from a top paint program are some powerful additional utilities.
You're not just limited to using just one custom brush, instead you can pick up and store up to 10 brushes and use them at any time.
It also features not only ANIM and Animbrush forms of animation, but also a Cell system which Is probably the most powerful animation system there Is for the Amiga. Why not get the most out this top program by buying this expertly Illustrated instruction book and tutorial guide (which Includes a special tutorial disk as well) which has been specially rewritten by Amiga FormM writer Matf Evans.
Description Price Order Code GPHWK Graphics Workshop £16.40 PageSetter 2 If you want to produce a news letter for your local rugby club, or start up a footle fanzine then you all you need Is some DTP software. And there's no better program to start off with than PageSetter. We gave away version 1.2 of this very first Amiga DTP program on the Coverdisk of Issue 34. However if you want the current version here it Is.
Gold Disk's update of the beginner's layout program takes a different approach from the original. It has been completely rewritten In machine code for extra speed. Also rather than having separate text editing and picture editing modules. It now lets you edit text on the page. It also uses Compugraphic scalable fonts throughout, so extra quality on printout is guaranteed. All In all, this Is the next best thing to professlonal-quallty DTP on the Amiga. A full and detailed manual included.
Description Price Or Per Code PageSetter 2 £50 PAGE UP CanDo - latest version If you want to start learning about programming a computer then you can't go far wrong with Innovatronlcs ‘applications generator' CanDo. With this package you'll be able to create a variety of applications, from accounts packages to complete multimedia information systems that encapsulate all the elements that have made this subject the talking point that it has become in recent years.
Other programs can also draw upon CanDo's ability to use sampled sounds, IFF Images and even animations, and if you have Workbench 2 you can even use CanDo to control other applications on even hardware devices using Arexx scripts.
Innovatronlcs have been listening to requests from the people who used the original version of this powerful multimedia package, and the latest version 1.6 of the full professional CanDo program has a number of updates In accordance with their requests. Among these is full support for the gameport device, which means you can even write games with It! The program comes with a full and detailed manual, which could make all the difference for aspiring CanDo programmers.
Description Price Order Code CANDO C89.9S CAN UP Spectracolor Oxxi-Aegis actually produced Spectracolor before they made the Junior version featured on the Coverdisk of Amiga Format
35. It was the first HAM paint program to use full brush anima
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But this upgrade specially arranged through Amiga Format Mail Order doesn't stop there. You'll also receive a program disk, plus a sample tutorial disk and an in-depth 300-page manual that will take you through countless examples and techniques showing you precisely why Spectracolor is such an excellent paint-and-anlmation package.
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Bards Tale Trilogy 23 95
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Workbench Handy hints, technical tips, contentious issues and a whole bundle of information, finely sauteed by Pat McDonald.
IRTHLINGBOROUGH I plan lo use my Amiga lo write a book. To do this I'm going lo need a word processor of some kind.
Can you tell me w hich w ould be the best for Ihe job.
And. If as I suspect Ihe best is expensive, what is a good cheap alternative?
I assume that you are planning lo just write the words, and have no intention of designing ihe actual pages on your Amiga. If I were to write a book, my first choice would be Protext from Amor, simply because it's very fast. All of the other word processors have functions to control layout and include pictures, but Protext is the best for pure input of words. At £150 for the very latest version, it is expensive. Protext 4.3 is nearly as good, but costs more like £70. Both come with a British spelling checker.
[t It It ttflfe Mpt 1 fct tif kiurvtou* i rf tkm V»eel*4r*U « riwHi ‘Iriwn ntfc i .My second question Is about faulty Coverdisks.
Now. I realise that if I send them back within a month of the cover date, all is well. But I started buying the magazine six months before I got an Amiga, and I am only now finding some of them don't work. Do you make allowances for circumstances like these? What about the people who order back issues and find that the Coverdisks then don't work?
If you send them direct to the Monmouth Sheet office, addressed to Clare Hodgson, she w ill endeavour to sort out the situation. Please understand that this is not her main task on the magazine, and so no guarantee of when a replacement is sent back can be given. Also, the replacements lack labels because these are produced by a duplicating company and only a set number of them arc printed.
Finally. I ended up buying one of the last A500s (1_3 type) as it was £100 cheaper than an A500 Plus or A600. The funny thing is that it has the same keyboard as a Plus - two extra keys. Is it just cosmetic, to allow for easier upgrading to the Plus standard?
Or is it really a Plus in disguise? My guess is that PAINTED KEYBOARDS FROM: BARRY K HAMMOND. NORTHOLT Last week my ESC key, all the function keys plus some others stopped working. When I stripped down the keyboard I found that the keyboard membrane (the bit that bounces up and down) had a break on one track.
While phoning round the shops I found that AMIGA keyboards oroo't infallible, bat Barry Hammond has a top rip far repairing thoir i W* f» Jifflw W IitrtAM, * tc. MKI 4m • i 4 M • TV mrn tiUkd mi itd.2 t«t trmlm Wtwt* t ijfiTojof ***** I u»- rrarM 4m* TiTriUWlC u *W Urn rmtMf twtnit, ir II* for tut TV pn** uai.2.iit 4m IV rmru trmlatiM. T« tkli TbS umzaxmt nrranwc This is rtw eU style V4.3 of Protext, but nonetheless it is st* op to the tosk of book authorship. Version 5 olso hos a Thesaurus when you need just the right word.
Ihe former is true, but it would be nice to be proved wrong in this instance.
No. It's purely cosmetic, and inside the machine you'll find a Kicksun 1.3 ROM. An 8372A Agnus and an old style Denise. A far cry from a Plus. Still, you've got a natty key board.
RAINBOW POINTERS FROM: MARK SMIDDY. CLEVELAND If you've got Workbench 2 and you want your mouse pointer to have 16 colours then here's what you have to do. This is a bit wild, and terse, but believe me it does work!
Ll Use any old paint package that can do 16-colour IFF' brushes, and start ofT with a low-resolution screen with that many colours.
21 Draw your pointer design. It should be at most 16 pixels wide, and 125 pixels high.
Nobody sold Just a membrane. I could buy a complete keyboard though - the average price was around £75.1 also discovered that there are a lot of Amiga owners who have this trouble.
I didn't want to pay that kind of money, so I tried to fix it myself. I went to my local Halfords and purchased a bottle of electrical conducing paint. It's used in the car trade to repair heated rear windows, and the brand I used was called 'Electrocure' by Comma.
I bent the membrane very, very slightly and put a drip at the crack to make a contact. 25 minutes later I put on a second coat. I touched up all the cracks and waited for a couple of hours before putting the keyboard back together.
The keyboard now works perfectly well again.
This trick should also work If any membrane tracks are rusty or corroded - just scrape the track very gently until you can see the conductor, then paint along It. The bottle ot paint cost me £7.99 so I saved myself around 68 quid! And there's enough left to do maybe 25-30 repairs.
This trick is as old as electro-conductive paint, but I still reckon it's worth a £50 mail order voucher
3) Cut out the design as a brush.
4) Place the handle in the top-left corner.
5) Save the brush as RAM:ENV SYS POINT ER.II.BM. Iprefs will
complain a bit. Don’t worry.
The new pointer will appear at this stage.
6) To make the change permanent, save the brush to
SYS:PREFS ENV-ARCHI VE S YS POINTER.ILBM This doesn’t work
with anim brushes, hut it should work with all paint programs,
provided they support 16-colour IF'F brush protocols.
Thanks very much for thai one Mark. Nol a lot of use.
But I guess some people have the time lo spend whole days redesigning their Workbench to be as pretty as possible. Next please!
KICKSTART 2, PLEASE FROM: FS CR WILKINSON, RAF HONINGTON I don't know if anyone else has an A2000HD or not.
Am I alone? I doubt it. But it would seem so. I can't tlnd anything about upgrading the A2000 to Workbench 2, Kickstart 2 and all the other Flnhanced Chip Set that make the Amiga an even better machine.
Your adv ice on page 212 of Am go Format Issue 31 was of some help, with its info on the chips and Syslnfo prog which let me know what I've got to start with. But how to upgrade is a mystery to me.
Will a ROM sharer work, and if so how do I go about upgrading?
SEPTEMBER 1992 Yes. A ROM sharer will work on an A2000. In fact, the only Amigas that they don't work with arc the original A1000 or the A3000. Which stores different Kickstarts on its hard disk. You can do this on any Amiga w ith a hard disk by using a PD program called Zkick, although 1 wouldn't advocate this except to real hard- case specialists. Especially because it takes up RAM.
Your best bet is to get hold of the official Commodore upgrade. Fitting the new Kickstart ROM is not too difficult a job. And all A2000s can have it without modification. Just take out the old and put in the new , or lake out the old. Plug it into a ROM sharer alongside the new and put the sharer into the socket.
Also, if 1 do can upgrade, will this be compatible with a PC bridgeboard? Do 1 have to reformat my hard disks and lose all the programs that are Workbench 1.3 compatible? Could I have both versions of W orkbench set up on the same hard disk?
Hmm, this is a good deal trickier. You will need a new version of the Janus Bridgeboard software - I've seen it so it should be available from dealers as we go to press. What I would do is to get a ROM sharer, and start off by using Workbench 2 from floppy only, keeping 1.3 on your hard drive. You don't have to lose anything from your hard drive - that's what back-up programs like Quarterback are for.
Continued overleaf Having both versions of Workbench on your hard disk is possible, bul ii would require a fairly good knowledge of Ihe Shell and startup-sequencc editing, plus the PD program MultiSlartup available on Dr Yes Utils I from 17 Bit PD Library. Personally. 1 wouldn't bother
- I'd reserve my hard drive for Workbench 2 (when you're happy
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TYRO QUESTIONS FROM: PAUL CARVILL, BUXTON I have recently sold my ST and bought a secondhand 1Mb A500. The Atari served me well but everyone has to eventually improve their system. I have to admit that the graphics are a lot better than I expected, and the sound chip gives excellent noise.
However. I also noticed that the Desktop Workbench had to be loaded from disk, which is a pain on a single disk-drive machine.
1) If I bought an external disk drive would I need a bigger power
supply?
No. All A500 power supplies allow at least one extra drive and 1Mb of memory.
2) Is a hard disk a good investment because I enjoy the odd game
but mainly use my Amiga for word processing, desktop
publishing and graphics?
A hard drive is always a good investment if you want to save the time normally spent whistling while a (loppy loads or saves. It depends on how much you value your time.
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3) On my ST I had a high-resolution SM124 monitor. It gave
excellent results when I used it for word processing and DTP.
But how do I go about getting a similar quality display on my
Amiga?
What you need to get if you want a stable, high-resolu- tion display is a flicker fixer. The only one available for the A500 is the ICD Ricker Free Video. This provides both horizontal and vertical synchronisation signals used by more expensive, 'multisync' monitors, as well as the analogue red. Green and blue signals (hence the term RGB monitor). Check out the monitor roundup on pages 118-126 - you do at least have a choice of a viewing system.
4) Could you tell me if there’s a hard drive with built-in memory
expansion available?
GVP. Supra. Rochard. Protar. Ashcom. CBM A590 - most of them actually. The official A590 is the best budget buy, but it's comparatively slow, it only gives 2Mb of RAM and 20 Mb of storage space. The GVP is at the other end of the scale - it's faster, has more expansion potential (8Mb and a PC emulator) and better software, but it costs a lot more too.
5) Could you explain what the difference is between chip memory
and fast RAM?
Chip memory is accessible to all of the chips that are in the Amiga - not just the processor, but the custom chips loo. These are: Agnus chip (graphics, blitter and copper): the Paula chip (sounds and disk drives); and Denise chip (video display, sprites and mouse movement).
All graphics and sounds have to be in chip memory, otherwise they cannot be displayed or played.
Programs can also be stored in chip memory, but if so they arc subject to being frozen from time to time while Ihe custom chips strut their funky stuff.
Fast memory is only accessible by the processor, and so is never interrupted by the custom chips. It is the best place to run programs from. Some programs (typically older animation programs) insist on some fast RAM in order to work at all. However, because the A500 Plus and now the A600 have no fast RAM. This practise looks like dying out.
6) What happened to Kajagoogoo?
I presume they got filthy rich.
7) Are there any books for the absolute beginner? If so how much
and how do you rate them?
Gel the Most Out of Your Amiga 1992, by Phil South (see page 196), is good for understanding the potential of the machine. It's not perfect (Ihe type in tutorial listings have aged somewhat) but it will illuminate you as to what you can do with your machine.
FROM: MARK TIMMS. FREELAND Recently I started playing around with Vista from Coverdisk 33. I'm really in to it now, I’ve got the manual and I am even thinking about buying VistaPro 2 and possibly an accelerator board.
The trouble is that I’m OK at using the program, but the technical side of it totally misses me.
I’ve just created an amazing landscape with rivers, lakes, waves, stars, the works. After waiting 45 minutes for it to render and spending another 15 admiring it, I tried to save it using the ’Save IFF’ menu option, but all I got was a message telling me that Vista is full!
So could you tell me what files I can delete without butchering the program! It's so frustrating to do all that work, only to be stumped by a little thing like that.
No I won't. Instead, i'll show you how to save a picture onto a separate, blank disk. Get a large stack of new floppies, the more the merrier. Sit down for a couple of hours and format the lot of them, ready for use on your Amiga. It’s a tedious activity, but someone's got to do it.
In the long run you will save sweat, blood, tears and all the bad vibes that go with needing a blank disk but not having one handy. If you've ever been forced to abandon a document, picture, animation or game-savc position, you'll know what I mean.
Don't know how to format a blank disk? OK. I'll show you how. First, load up Workbench. Got that stack of disks handy? Good.
Ok* Workbench has loadod put a blank disk in thu drive.
It will whirr and an koa will show up saying 'DFOtBAD'.
Click once on It with the left button. It will then be highlighted. Press and hold down the right mouse button. A set of menus will appear ocross the top of the saeen.
SEPTEMBER 1992 Keep that right button down! Move the pointer up and to the left. For Workbench IJ, you want to move to the Special menu, highlight 'InttiaRie' and then let go. For Workbench 2, move the pointer to the Icons menu, highlight 'Fermat Disk' and let go.
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on Workbench, not inside the machine. Check the write protect
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isk, It Is safe and protected.
Laid Systen Request: Please insert disk 1 to be initialized in drive -DF0: |continue| Cancelj | f ¦b After the format program has been read ia, the computer will ask you to pat the blank back la. Do so, making sure that you cannot see through the hole in the corner - otherwise it is safe and cannot be written on. Which means It can’t be formatted. Which Is not what you wantl A more in-depth (and more expensive) book is Mastering Amiga Beginners by Phil South. It costs £19.95 and has an ISBN of 1-87338-03-5 and is available from Bruce Smith Books (0923 894355).
Although not as easy lo get to grips with, it's much more of a hands on tutorial to master some of the fundamental Amiga skills NO FUTURE?
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FROM: DAVID LAWRENSON, CIRENCESTER Six months ago I bought an A500 Plus and I have had a lot of enjoyment from it. Now I hear that Commodore have released the A600. I do have the money to get one. But is it worth it? I have over 30 games now, and I would like to know whether they will load on the A600? What I'm really worried about though, is that if I keep hold of my Plus will I still be able to get software for it in the future?
Well, if you have a Plus then there's no point in getting an A600. As they are basically the same machine in two different shapes. The advantage of the Plus (and earlier A500s) is that you can get monster expansions for them. The only advantage of an A600 is that it's very cheap to fit a hard drive to them.
Will you be able to get software for it?
Programmers aren't stupid. Most Amigas out there in the UK and across Europe are A500s or Pluses. You don't seriously think they're going to write programs exclusively for the A600 do you? Sure, there will be smart card releases, but there will always be floppy based software from somebody, because it's so cheap to manufacture. At least for this decade.
I am also thinking about getting a freezer cartridge.
What is the cheapest, best buy?
Continued overleaf l»|C Systen Request: Ok to Initialize disk in drive DF0: (all data will be erased) ?
Th machine will dwelt with yoa that yoa really do want to format the disk. Clkk on 'Continue' to proceed, and the disk will be formatted. Once it has finished, bo ready with the next blank ontH your whole stack is formatted.
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Then enter a file name as normal, and yoar picture will be saved to the blank, safe until you want it again.
Accelerator: hardware expansion that gives your Amiga a faster CPU Often used with maths-intensive software where a standard processor is too slow, for programs called ray tracers' which literally trace the rays of light which bounce around a scene to produce a picture Also used to considerably speed up flight and other kinds of simulations.
Anlm Brush: a brush is a small section of a graphic screen, cut out with a paint program like Deluxe Paint.
Anim brushes are different small images with the same dimensions - for instance, a bird flapping its wings or an eye blinking.
Bllitor: Block Image Transfer device. Used for copying large areas of computer memory from A to B, or to combine different areas into one single image.
Widely used to generate large graphic shapes in computer games BrMgaboard: Commodore's own IBM emulating device, featunng a complete PC computer on a single card Only fits A1500 and above machines - allows use of standard PC cards Chip RAM: memory accessible by the custom chips (Paula. Agnus. Denise) as well as the processor. Used to store all graphics and sounds. Can be used by programs too - with speed slow downs.
CLI: Command Line Interface. The program which lets you type commands into AmigaDOS for standard operations like copying files or getting a directory.
Shell is more commonly used now.
Copper: Co-processor. Used to generate subtly coloured backgrounds - this device built into the Agnus chip can alter colours while the screen is being generated Executes instructions at the same time as the processor CPU: Central Processing Unit. The decision-making chip, the one that tells everything else what to do. It can be interrupted by custom hardware if its programs are in chip RAM Faxt RAM: memory that's only accessible by the processor Programs stored here run faster than those in chip RAM - hence the name.
Pram grabber: device for capturing live video data and converting it into computer picture data. Doesn't require a still video signal. Usually gives much better results than a video digitiser, which does the same job.
Except that the video must be paused.
Praaxar cartridge: quasi legal device for examining programs while they are running. Usually with many useful built-in utilities which help overshadow the devices' dubious origins.
Hard drlva: basically a big disk for keeping Workbench and all the serious software that you use.
Works much faster than a floppy disk. More and more games are becoming installable on to a hard drive.
IPPi Interchange File Format. A standard way of storing pictures and sounds, invented by Electronic Ans and adopted by Commodore. A single standard - practically all art programs can load and save pictures in this form.
Klckxiart: the name of the set of programs which are run when the Amiga is turned on. Also contains many library functions for use by programmers. Latest release is Kickstart 2.04. Other releases; 1.3, 1.2.1.1. PD: Public Domain. Literally, software that is the property of everybody. PD disks can be freely copied by anyone and you can also distribute them to whoever you want The correct term is Freeware'. Shareware' (try before you buy) and Licenseware' (commercial and non-distributable) also come under the same rough heading.
ROM: Read Only Memory Memory that cannot be altered. Widely used as the starting programs for computer systems that have just been turned on - they remember things permanently.
RAM: Random Access Memory Memory that can be altered and realtered many times. Typically, it does not remember what it contains when the computer's power is switched off.
Scanner: hardware device for reading flat pictures from posters, newspapers and so on. And converting them into computer graphics. Often used in desktop publishing, to read in previously published images Script file: a set of commands which you would otherwise have to type into the CLI or Shell by hand.
Saved as a text file. Learning how to use Shell or the CLI involves learning how to write script files.
193 Shall: more up-to-date version of CLI. Works in exactly the same way. But allows some flexibility in what commands are called via the alias' function. Also gives some hot key combinations to allow some editing of previously entered commands SEPTEMBER 1992 Sound Sampler: hardware device that converts electrical music signals (typically from a tape or CD player) into computer sound. Can also be used with a microphone to capture live sounds.
Sprite: a graphic object that is independent of the screen. On the Amiga, sprites are limited in size and colours. Typically used for mouse pointers, alien missiles. And so on.
Startup-sequence: the name of the script file, contained in the S directory, which is executed after a disk has booted Typically contains |USt the name of a program to auto run, but can be very complicated.
Whatever the nature of the file, it must always be called Startup-sequence and live in the S directory.
Workbench: the set of programs which sets up a graphical point-and-dick' interface on the Amiga.
Much more friendly than the CLI or Shell, but not as flexible Always has to be loaded from disk, which is slow but does allow much customisation Workbench 2 requires a Kickstart 2 ROM. Workbench 1.3 requires a
1. 3 ROM, 1.2 needs a 1.2 ROM and so on.
Zorro: this the generic name for the Amiga’s expansion connector. The A500. A500 Plus and At 000 had the original Zorro 1; the A1500s and the 2000s have Zorro II; and the A3000 has Zorro III. They are not compatible, hence the different expansions for different machines. The new A600 has a PC MCIA connector instead.
Turn lo page 152 for the latest review of Ihe Datel Action Replay III Cartridge, plus we should have the Power Computing cartridge up for review next month.
DISKS NOT DUFF FROM: MARK PETTIT. BOLTON Why is it that there are such great variations in the prices of blank disks? If you look through all the adverts in a typical edition of Amiga Format, you come across adverts for branded and unbranded disks. For example, in Issue 36. Adverts state things like ‘these disks are based on a 559f clipping level'. What does it all mean? Do companies expect people to buy their products when they don't even explain what they're selling?
Clip level is a rough approximation of how well a disk remembers data - how long it stays magnetic. The lower ihe value, the better the disk. The reason why disk prices vary so much is due to how many the advertiser buys at any one time from their supplier.
The more they buy. The lower the price, which is then passed on to you.
Don't let it faze you. The process by which branded and unbranded disks are made is exactly the same. The difference is in how well the disks arc sorted - what sort of quality control the brandee uses. Personally I prefer TDK. Maxell or 3M disks, because I have never had one that has developed a read write error.
But it does happen to the best of them, eventually.
Magnetic floppy disks are just as susceptible to the effects of time, if not more so. As magnetic tape used for music. Hence the importance of backing up disks.
TEACH QUESTIONS 194 FROM: RICHARD BINGHAM. LEICESTER Our school has invested quite a fair amount of money into Amiga technology, based around both the A500 and A500 Plus. The initiative arose because so many of the children had Amigas at home but only really used them for games, and so were unaware of its graphics and word processing capabilities. Once we installed Amigas at school and set some classes up. The children started to use the Amiga far more productively (to the delight of many parents). However there are still a few questions I would like to ask: Since the arrival of the A600
should we be advising our children to continue buying the A500 Plus al a possibly reduced price or should we be advising them lo go straight for Ihe A600 at a higher price?
This will apply to any new machines we purchase for the school. Will there be any compatibility problems between the two machines?
Well, the A500 Plus is going to get rather scarce soon, so it really doesn't look like your pupils or yourself will have much choice. You are wrong to think of the A600 as more expensive - the RRP is identical. OK. So dealers are hard pressed in these economically dire times, and price cuts abound.
In terms of software, there really isn't a lot of difference. To a disk, the A600 appears to be almost identical to an A500 Plus. The bad point about the A600 is that you can't add that much memory to it or upgrade the processor chip with an accelerator - yet.
We are looking for a relatively simple database program which will store information about Ihe progress of children over a four-year technology course. The program must be user-friendly and reasonably fast in recording and retrieving information. Print outs are essential. Any suggestions?
The AMOS Database program itself should serve you very well. It costs £3.50 and is available from Deja Vu on 0942 495261.
Could you recommend any PD font disks that would appeal to children of 10-14 years?
I regret not, although if you contact any of the PD libraries advertising in the magazine they can sometimes forward example print outs of the contents of font disks, so that you can see what you arc getting.
NO CHANCE MATEY FROM: STEPHEN CREEK. AYLESBURY In Ihe letters section of Amiga Format Issue 36. You mentioned that a third-party manufacturer was working on an adaptor that plugs into the A500 edge connector. This expansion then permits the use of A600 smart-card software.
Does this mean that the reverse is also possible, and an adaptor for the A600 could be made so that all A500 peripherals (hard drives, memory expansions. Action Replay and so on) could be plugged into an A600?
No I'm afraid this is not possible. To put matters simply. Ihe PC MCIA connector of the A600 lacks a lot of the signals present on the edge connector of an A500 or A500 Plus. You cannot rewire what isn't there!
Also while on the subject. I wouldn't hold your breath for a sman-card adaptor for the A500. I doubt if it will appear before smart cards do. And sman-card software could in fact be years away. Rem