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As for a CD-based, low-end Amiga, we know that Commodore UK managing director. Kelly Sumner is a strong advocate of CD technology (see Amiga Formats passim) so we see no reason to doubt that such a machine could exist - just read the Future Amiga feature in A FA} and you can see our artist's impression of the beast. But as yet no launch plans for this, or the eagerly awaited A1500 2000 replacement have been announced. MARCH 1993 880 into 120C How many pages of Amiga Format information will there be for you in March? 368. That's how many. That's because the fourth Amiga Format Special i. clue out in the first week of March and it will be a mammoth 164 pages on its own - try binding all of that inside another magazine! The Encyclopaedia of the Amiga contains more than 2.0(10 Amiga-related facts and figures. And is packed to the gills with exciting colour illustrations. According to Special.» editor. Tim Smith: "We've been badgering people who have worked with the Amiga since the beginning in order to bring the complete picture to Amiga Formal readers. I hope this is just the first edition of The Encyclopaedia and that we w ill continue to update it year-by-year. There's so much information out there regarding the Amiga, that my biggest problem is what to leave out!" The Encyclopaedia of the Amiga costs £3.95 and will be on news-stands from early March. Don't miss it. Down! Arexx You may not know it. But your Amiga probably comes with one of the most versatile programming languages on any home computer. Arexx is part of Workbench 2 and 3 and is being touted as a replacement for AmigaBASIC. And now there's a sub-industry starting up in order to help you with this wonder language. One pan of this industry comes from Bruce Smith Books (yet another BSB!) With their Mastering Amiga Arexx.

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19 Marcus Dyson Neil Jackson Pat McDonald Gary Lord Andrew Nuttall Stephen Bradley EDITOR REVIEWS EDITOR TECHNICAL EDITOR PRODUCTION EDITOR STAFF WRITER PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Screenplay_ Adrenalynn ....108 Bubble Dizzy ..110 Dark Seed ...68 Dragon's Lair 3 .98 European Soccer ......87 Exodus ....65
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Registered Circulation 161,256 Jan - July 1992 ABC ON THIS MONTH'S COVERDISIC Guns Our best demo ever!
Spectacular sci-fi roleplaying from Psygnosis and DMA Design. Don't miss it!
Voltage Controller DIY hardware project.
AMOS example program included.
Bootfix Now Workbench 1.3 users can store their bootblocks against the virus threat.
Source code to read a four-button joystick Devpac continued Hard Driving You can get a lot more pleasure from your computing by doing something as simple as adding a hard drive to your machine. Programs load faster, and you don't have to keep flipping out those floppies. OK, so hard drives aren't cheap, but they aren't as expensive as you might think either. Our indispensable guide to adding storage-power to your Amiga is on... PAGE 48 Welcome to Amiga Format!
There are a few changes in Amiga Format this month, we'll not bore you with the details, but the upshot is that the photo on the right is of a different person. Me.
Hi! I'm Marcus Dyson and I'm the new editor of the mag. If the name sounds familiar it's because I've been art editor of Amiga Format for the last three years. But the slightly uglier picture on the Contents page is about the biggest change you should be able to notice in the mag. Everything else will remain the same, still the same reliable reviews, still the same helpful tips and advice. We'll still be featuring the same opinion-packed Letters pages, and still doing our best to bring you all the news and views from around the Amiga world.
So on to the important stuff, like this month's issue of everyone's favourite Amiga magazine. We've got a big feature on some of the most incredible Amiga software we've ever seen, not your run-of-the-mill stuff, but the really astounding programs that excited us so much we think everyone should have them. These packages really will let you unlock the power of your Amiga.
Further into the mag there s a feature Morcus Dvson' edi,or on hard drives. We take a look at what's so good about them, and why you could hope to benefit from getting one. Then we explain how to get the best buy for your machine, and review a few of the latest hard drive releases.
We also take a look at a couple of exciting new paint packages, both of which can make use of the new screen modes offered by the A1200 and 4000, and work in 256 colours. The first is an update of Electronic Arts' ever - popular Deluxe Paint IV package, the second is a newcomer from the States called Personal Paint. Read on, and enjoy!
Hired Guns Possibly our best- ever game demo - take control of a group of futuristic mercenaries in a battle against time (and hordes of nasties of course). Map makers and RPG fans will love it - and it's the easiest game in the world to control! Full instructions on Page 6 Voltage Controller So, you want to drive some external electronics gear, huh? Maybe you've got an information technology qualification to get - this small hardware project could be just what you're after. Example AMOS code on the Disk, and a parts price list on Page 190 BootXFix Hey, you remember that BootX didn't
want to work on Kickstart 1.3 machines? This little fix, when run from Workbench, fixes Coverdisk 41b so that the program works fine. More instructions can be found on Page 8 Devpac Continued Carrying on the Devpac machine code tutorials, here's some example code for reading four-button Sega joypads on any Amiga. Requires some extra hardware (you'll laugh when you see how easy it is to make). One fire-button games not enough?
Guidelines for using the code on Page 8 Full Coverdisk instructions on next page... This month we bring you Psygnosis' Hired Guns demo on the Coverdisk. Some say it's the best demo we've ever had, but you can make your own minds up about that, with a little help from these instructions... brought to you by Pat McDonald.
Guns Our best demo evert Spectacular sci-fi roleplayng from Psygnosis and DMA Design Don I miss itl Voltage Controller DIY hardware project AMOS example program included Hired Guns Oevpac continued DMA Design Psygnosis ¦ All Amigas MOVE & SHOOT - YOU'RE HIT, YOU'RE DEAD!
The contents of the Coverdisk, as you should see them. Quite a balanced mix really - have fun!
If you’ve never used a Coverdisk before, don’t worry. This is one of the easiest to use Coverdisks that we've ever had. Simply insert it into any model of Amiga, and eventually a cut- down version of Workbench will load. Move the mouse around - the pointer follows it.
TAKE CARE OF YOUR EQUIPMENT MARCH 1993 Move it to the icon marked ‘Coverdisk 44’ and double click twice in succession with the left mouse button (do it fast).
A window will open, showing the contents of the disk. Move the mouse pointer again, to one of the icons in the window, and double click with the left mouse button (getting the hang of it yet?). Whatever you just clicked on will start running. The one player, two player and Attract mode icons will all start a version of Hired Guns.
To get at the Serious Stuff, you have to double click on the Serious Stuff drawer.
Double clicking on any of the icons shown will not run a program - instead, a document or picture will be displayed (as will the Instructions icon you might have noticed). After you’ve had a browse, either click in the top left hand corner of the screen, or hit the Esc key (in the case of text files).
KNOW YOUR ENVIRONMENT AND YOURSELF DISK 1 LOADNG DATA Please wait.... The Hind Guns demo often puts up this message - don't worry, it just takes time to load. Click the left mouse button to continue and be patient.
FTi ADVANCED TIPS FOR WHEN YOU GET STUCK.
Once you've played a few games of Hired Guns.
You'll soon realise that, although simple to play, it's a very deep game. Personally, I reckon that it’s the best game I've ever seen on the Amiga - but of course we'll have to see the full finished game for an official Amiga Format rating.
To go through the doors, move into them - move the mouse pointer to the top of a view and click. The door will open - you have to click again to actually move through, otherwise it will close after a few seconds.
Sometimes, you need a security wafer in order to open certain doors. These can be picked up in the same manner as other items. Don't waste these 'keys'. Sometimes you don't want to use them straight away. When you do use them.
Map out the area beyond, and see if you get a real benefit (like getting further into the demo).
Using the lifts is a real puzzle. You have to place one character on the lift and then use another one to press the activating button - there is usually one within a few squares of each lift. If you've only got one character left alive (all others are MIA - Missing In Action) then I'm afraid you can't use the lifts.
The biggest obstacle in the game is finding your way around. It's really easy to fall down a pit injuring and isolating one character. Always have a good idea of what's behind you before you move backwards. In the heat of combat though, it's easy to make mistakes! The big grey blocks you encounter can usually be pushed back to reveal an entrance. Just move the mouse pointer to the middle of a block (it will change to a cross hair) and click. You are best off using your bare hands - don't have an object ready for use or you might waste it. Objects, especially ammunition, are very scarce indeed.
Whatever you do. Don't phone me up on a Tuesday to ask me how to complete it. I've played this demo for about five hours solid, and I can still only get to level eight on the one-player version.
If you can't get that far, you aren't really trying.
I'm sorry, but it's a big demo to be enjoyed, not a five-minute platform waggle. Please, bear in mind all the readers with genuine Amiga problems who really deserve my attention!
Pat McDonald O MARCH 1993 If you click on the I icon, a short description of what it is will be displayed. Note that many objects do not have an information screen - but check each one. As you need all the clues you can get.
THE ORIGINAL AMIGA dales from the Golden Age of home computing. Back then. Spectrums and C64s were in. The ST had just been released and you couldn't get an IBM PC flight sim for love nor money.
The Atari VCS games console had been out for about five years, and lots of people still bought cartridges for (hem. In the USA. A bunch of hippies were busy cooking up the Amiga hardware and in the UK Tim King was laying the foundations of AmigaDOS.
Times change. Spectrums and C64s arc out. The ST's just been replaced and you can't move for IBM PC flight sims. The VCS is dead - or is it? Actually, most of the joysticks from that era were cloned from the Atari VCS games console design - which means the Amiga's one-button joystick design is a wee bit out of date by today's games console standards.
All is not lost. By fitting an adaptor to an Amiga joystick port, you can read Sega joypads with an Amiga. That means you can have three firc-bultons and one start button - effectively a four button joystick. This is especially useful in platform games, beloved of Sega and many Amiga owners alike.
Gel one thing straight - unless you're a hacker, you can't do this with an existing game. However, if you are a machine code programmer, then you should find some source code, called Sega.S. in the Scrious_Sluff drawer on this month's Coverdisk. If you use it. Please credit the authors in some way on the loading screen, title screen or on the box.
Here's a description of how it works. As well as reading standard one-button digital joysticks, the Amiga can also read analogue (proportional) joysticks. A little know fact is that, as well as reading them, it can also output different resistances. The two hardware registers used for this are called Potgo (a timer that takes on vertical blank to update) and Potlnp (which is used to control the input output of the joystick port).
The idea behind the code is that you call it every vertical blank - the value relumed in the DO register is what the joystick is reading as for that blank. The top four bits are used for the direction, and the bottom four bits arc used for the buttons. Try loading the Sega.S file into Devpac - it's explained a little better there.
Devpac Continued ANTHONY BALL AND ED BAMBER SOURCE ONLY Now. Things aren't perfect, because you do have to build a little adaptor for the joystick port. This takes all the wires from your joystick, and plonks them straight into the computer - with the exception of pins 5 and 7.
These have to swapped around. The cost of the adaptor is minimal - I would expect to see them on sale in shops for £5 tops, as they cost less than £2 to make.
Ideally, it would be bundled with commercial games as a standard item (possibly with a built-in dongle).
Amiga - Sega Joypad Adaptor Finally, a word on ethics. It's very silly and a bit cruel to write a game that will only use a Sega joypad.
Every single Amiga has got a keyboard with lots and lots of keys on it - so if your game uses lots of controls. Leave a keyboard control option in for the people that don't have a Sega joypad.
AMIGA FORMAT M MARCH 1993 Ideally, all games should be usable with a standard one-button joystick. But soon, we may not have a lot of choice in the matter. The days of the Atari VCS are long gone. The Amiga (which uses the same joystick system) has to adapt or face the same fate as a mainstream games machine.
O 0? O O o O® O O' Oy VOLTAGE CONTROLLER?
Here's * rough idea o* how to make a Sega-Amiga joypad adaptor. Pins 5 and 7 need to be swapped. You need two 9- way D-type connectors - one male to plug the joypad into, and the other female to go into the joystick port of your Amiga. Check the pin numbers written on the connectors - they will be there somewhere, usually In very small type.
If you're looking for some information on the Voltage Controller circuit, then you're looking on the wrong page. You didn't want to do it like this. Oh no you don’t!
Turn to Page 198 for a full low down on what Stuart Taverner is on about and how to build a voltage controller. Oh yes you do!
BootXFix BEN MATTHEW WORKBENCH 1.3 You remember BootX 4.5, from Coverdisk 41b?
That particular version wouldn't work on 1.3 machines. This handy fix (which takes about ten minutes) will change a copy of that disk, so that the program works with Kickstart 1.3 machines.
As it's a very useful program, for backing up your games' bootblocks. This guy thought a fix would be a good idea. And we had to agree.
First make a copy of Coverdisk41b. Make sure the copy is write enabled - you can't see through the hole in the comer of the disk. If you can see through the hole, move the tab so that you can't.
Unless you do this, the disk cannot be written on
o - and the fix alters the disk.
Right next boot up with a copy of Workbench
1. 3. Once that has loaded, take out the Workbench disk and put
in the Coverdisk from this month's issue. Double click with
the left mouse button on the Coverdisk icon, again on the
Serious Stuff drawer, and again on the BootXFix icon.
You will now be asked to swap between Workbench and this month's Coverdisk. This can drive you crazy, so take a deep breath. Be patient and cool. Always wait the for the floppy drive light on the front of your Amiga to go out before swapping disks. The Amiga will ask you for each disk - don't try to pre-empt it Eventually, the machine will ask for Coverdisk41b, the disk with BootX on it. Put in your copy of that disk, and after a few more disk swaps, the disk will be ready to use.
COVERDISK fTj Using Your Coverdisk
1. Always write-protect your Coverdisk. Move the tab so 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
simple instructions for copying the disk which are 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.
1 Load your Workbench disk. Open the disk, find the icon that says Shell or CLI and double-click on it.
Just follow these simple steps... Ir ml Ititw Wuarlu HMItKl rfTTTnS CSTS C ¦iLgg : NrOmU « Ml Ml. MC m. BH j r jUBa?V' MrUwU.t Ml Ml, IB lr« 11 Ml 1’F- SQ Jul sin rrns •KiiWI? U cwtux*
3. The Amiga will now osk you to insert the 'source' disk.
It means the disk you want to copy, so put the Coverdisk in the drive ond press the Return key.
4. Woit for a while and it will read all the information off the
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The graphics are drawn in a similar style to the original, but the gameplay has subtle differences. Chuck Junior is armed with a club which is twice the size of his body, and he uses it in different ways to get him through the game - including setting fire to it to get him through the darker levels. But hey. Kids, remember not to try this at home. Full review next issue.
A1200 TV shocker THE DARLING OF the Amiga community, the recently released 32-bit A1200. Was looking distinctly tarnished for a short while earlier on this month.
It appears that some A1200s have been experiencing problems with their TV modulators which has resulted in either mono or just plain corrupt signals being shown on standard TV screens.
Users with specialist Amiga monitors need not worn , but on TV screens, not only do images freakishly distort, but the audio output is also affected by what can only be described as sub-standard modulators.
To our knowledge, many A1200s either produce no sound or volume control, or massively over-thc-top output that distorts, thus ruining any usage from the machine.
To add insult to injury, it appeared that Commodore UK's appointed maintenance company. Wang (whose parent company in the US was experiencing financial problems last year), either could not. Or would not answer the telephone in response to calls from the public regarding the A1200 difficulties.
Amiga Format called 20 times in one day. And one call rang for more than 100 rings to no reply.
The phones, who is going to deal w ith those A1200s that did get through the quality-control system?
Sumner told us: "Wang recently moved offices from West London to Birmingham. When they did this, they pul in a sw itching device to transfer calls. Unfortunately. Wang realised after a week or so that this switching device was filling up and dropping calls off the end. Wang obviously could not answer calls because they had been lost on the system. I apologise for the inconvenience".
Kelly informs us that by the time you read this, all service calls will have been honoured.
With the A12(H) w idely perceived as being the last bastion of true computing in the face of the console-toy onslaught, and w ith 1,000s of people having invested in the A1200. This news w as hugely disappointing.
MARCH 1993 We contacted the managing director of Commodore l’K. Kelly Sumner, who assured us that everything was under control. He told us that w hile there were some faulty A1200s. The majority of them had been caught in Commodore's quality-control net.
But the question remains: with Wang not answering Classic bargain THE A500 PLUS, one of the all- time classic Amigas is being given a new lease of life by Sidcup-based Silica Systems (081-309 1111).
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH “JJC are a new company based In High Wycombe with In excess of 12 years experience In the Commodore market.” First of all, how ‘new’ can a company be with 12 years of experience? Secondly, how many Commodores are In this market? And can you get a few Admirals too?
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With more than I 50 exhibitors expected to attend, the show looks as though it will hold plenty of interest for expert and budding musicians alike One interesting element for Amiga users will surely be Garry Mason s demonstration of the use of ROM cards |such as the PCMCIA cards used in the A600 and AI200) for synth programming For more information on the show and to order tickets |£8 on the door. E4 in advance) call 081-547 1183.
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FOLLOWING OUR REPORT last month of Dlno Dini's signing to Virgin Games, we can inform you that the sequel to Kick Off 2 is likely to be called Dlno Dini's Goal!.
This Is because an existing game Is also called Goal!, and the name will be changed to avoid confusion.
You could slot in the sequel to Kith Off 2. See the competition below... Andy Nuttall. Your friendly staff writer, has had an in-depth look at the game, and he can confidently report that it is going to be a massive improvement over Kick Off 2. Will the lads at Sensible take this opportunity to develop Sensible Soccer 27 We shall see... COMPETITION TIME!
Virgin Games are offering one lucky Amiga Format reader the chance to be a referee In the sequel to Kick Off 2. This is means that you will have your name in what could possibly be the biggest Amiga game ever - just imagine it. Millions of computer football games, all played with you as referee! So what do you need to do for this fantastic special prize? Simply answer the following question: Who refereed In the 1966 World Cup Fine I?
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of a single-format show'.
Commodore's national marketing manager.
Dawn Levack told AMIGA Formal: "We feel that our interests couldn't be in better hands."
Nice to hear, but obviously it's not Commodore's interests that are at the front of our minds. While we arc pleased to hear that the company behind the Amiga will be fully represented, at what should be one of the UK's biggest and most impressive single-format computer shows ever, it is Amiga users (and potential Amiga users) that will really make the Amiga Formal Lise show happen. So don't forget to write to new editor Marcus with ideas for what you want to sec and be involved in at the May 7-9 show . Write to My Amiga Formal Lise. Amiga Formal. 30 Monmouth St. Bath. BAI 2BW. You never know,
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ProData update Live now, live later IF YOU WERE lucky enough to get the last edition of Amiga Format then you will already be in possession of the excellent ProData database that we featured on the Covcrdisk (if not. Turn to 168 for back issues).
Although sve put a fulls functioning version of Amor's incredibly useful program on the Cos erdisk. There is still more to come.
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PRODATA UPGRADE ORDER FORM Detach and send to Arnor Ltd, 611 Lincoln fid, Peterborough PEI 3HA.
Please send me my upgrade to Prodata 1.2 Offer ends 30 April Name_ I use an Amiga with al least 1Mb memory Address_ Payment £30 C £32.50 ] _ Method of pay ment: Access _ Visa _ Cheque PO _Postcode_ Card No _ Expiry Date Phone Delphine back in a Flash Special Consideration IH TNI HARIRI Of TNI WORI » AM 10 A M AO A IN AMIGA FORMATSPECIAL DELPHINE, THE FRENCH software house famous for their smash arcade adventure Another World (the game featured in the Commodore Christmas advertising campaign). Are set to release their next game in the genre.
Although not strictly a sequel. Flashback has a similar look and feel to Another World, but Delphine claim that it's six-times larger and features a main character animated at a rate of 24 frames per second - w hich is the same as most animated movies. To create this effect the animators used a process known as rotoscoping. Where they film a real actor going through all the necessary movements, and they then transfer those movements to the Amiga.
Ur Although the game is on the shelves in France. US Gold have not supplied finished versions to any UK magazines as yet. But you can bet as soon as they do. We'll be bringing you the definitive review.
Stuff and YOU HEARD IT here first... various rumours have been circulating in the international Amiga community concerning Commodore and Panasonic combining on a CD-console project (does anyone remember the ACDC7).
Another element to this rumour is the speculation that not only are Panasonic (who are part of the mammoth Matsushita Electronics empire I working in conjunction with Commodore, but that the Japanese company actually might be thinking of buying out Commodore wholesale.
This is unlikely in the extreme.
What we do know , though, is that Panasonic are very interested in the CD-ROM side of computer technology and that they have been working very closely w ith a number of hardware and software manufacturers worldw ide. But then again so have Sony. As far as we have been able to ascertain from sources close to and inside both companies, a take-over bid is highly unlikely, and that the rumours are totally unfounded.
As for a CD-based, low-end Amiga, we know that Commodore UK managing director. Kelly Sumner is a strong advocate of CD technology (see Amiga Formats passim) so we see no reason to doubt that such a machine could exist - just read the Future Amiga feature in A FA} and you can see our artist's impression of the beast. But as yet no launch plans for this, or the eagerly awaited A1500 2000 replacement have been announced.
MARCH 1993 880 into 120C How many pages of Amiga Format information will there be for you in March? 368.
That's how many. That's because the fourth Amiga Format Special i. clue out in the first week of March and it will be a mammoth 164 pages on its own - try binding all of that inside another magazine!
The Encyclopaedia of the Amiga contains more than 2.0(10 Amiga-related facts and figures. And is packed to the gills with exciting colour illustrations. According to Special.» editor. Tim Smith: "We've been badgering people who have worked with the Amiga since the beginning in order to bring the complete picture to Amiga Formal readers. I hope this is just the first edition of The Encyclopaedia and that we w ill continue to update it year-by-year.
There's so much information out there regarding the Amiga, that my biggest problem is what to leave out!"
The Encyclopaedia of the Amiga costs £3.95 and will be on news-stands from early March. Don't miss it.
Down! Arexx You may not know it. But your Amiga probably comes with one of the most versatile programming languages on any home computer. Arexx is part of Workbench 2 and 3 and is being touted as a replacement for AmigaBASIC. And now there's a sub-industry starting up in order to help you with this wonder language.
One pan of this industry comes from Bruce Smith Books (yet another BSB!) With their Mastering Amiga Arexx. The 336-page bcxik features tutorials, details of built-in Arexx functions, as well as programming tips and tricks. There is also a disk with various Arexx listings included.
It is written by Arexx expert Paul Overaa and costs £21.95. Contact Bruce Smith Books on 0923 894355.
APPLAUSE FOR ADPRO We said it was good (85 per cent in AF36), and now ASDGs Art Department Professional (or ADPro) has proved it by rating third in MicroPace’s list of the Top 50 best-selling Amiga products of
1992. This is an impressive achievement for what many people
thought of as just specialist video software. It also
proves that this area of Amiga usage is still as popular as
ever.
) will go We reported In WorkBench last month that Power Computing's PC880B (loppy drive was experiencing some compatibility problems with the At200.
Power have identified the problem, and new drives are now A1200 (riendly.
Any owners of drives that are experiencing a problem can get it fixed for the very reasonable price of £15. Including return postage. Just send your drive to Power Computing at Unit 8, Railton Road, Woburn Road Industrial Estate.
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Digital Integration s It's all go from Digital Illusions. They are branching out into the arcade platform genre with two projects due for completion in September this year. Pictured here is the first. HardCore. Which looks like a rip-roaring arcade shoot-em-up.
A duck called Dong The second, Ben E Factor, is a cutesy platformer, which Fredrik says will be similar in style to Lemmings. As always, Amiga Formal will keep you up to date on these games in future issues.
Also from Digital Illusions, the team that created the fantastic Pinball Dreams and Pinball Fantasies, comes a third pinball game entitled Pinball Illusions. According to Digital Illusion's software manager Fredrik Llllegren, the game will be "...the last in the trilogy of smash-hit pinball simulations."
And will include loads of new features including multlball.
Team 17's blow to the senses Team 17's next release is a furious beat-em-up.
Is it a Streetfighler 2 rival.
Challenge or no challenge (see A duck called Dong ) Team 17 are still beavering away with Amiga games production.
From what we've seen. Body Blows. Is a very fast, furious beat-em-up inspired by the (incredibly pricey) Neo Geo game Fatal Fury and It's the next offering from Yorkshire- based coders Team 17.
From the demo we have seen, the game looks and plays faster than Streetllghter 2.
So it looks like It's going to be a biggy!
If it s finished in time we will bring you a full review In the next Amiga Format, but for the moment look out for It on the coverdisk of our dedlcated-to-games sister magazine Amiga Power.
Dong is a new game from a new team of games programmers and Amiga demo coders. The Hidden. They claim that they are aiming to compete with established programmers such as Team 17.
Although it has dubious name. The Hidden assure us that the sexual references stop at the title.
With some stonking new releases from Team 17 on the cards. The Hidden have quite a job on their hands to achieve their aim, but it's certainly looking good so far.
Amiga Formal readers can decide for themselves next month when we include a playable demo of the game on our cover for you to load at your leisure.
Swedish Hardcore Hardcore, now there's a gome name to conjure with. Arcade action from pinball roots.
UK software house 21st Century Entertainment have again got the licence to publish the game.
Rn o X u The King of Ragnarok 'n' roll!
Coming soon from Mirage, creators of The Humans, is The Legend ot Ragnarok. A game based on an ancient European board-game The King's Table. The game sees two teams trying to outwit each other.
The good team is positioned all around the edges of the board, while the evil team Is In the centre. The evil side must try to get its king to one of the corners of the board, while the good side tries to capture all the enemy pieces. Similar to Battle Chess, the game contains some gory scenes where pieces take one another using various sharp implements, and music plays to add to the atmosphere. Look out for a full review in next month's Amiga Format.
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Curse of Enchantla Core Design 62% SOI-) New Lemmings Psygnosis 92% fruits IF YOU’VE GOT the fabulous OpalVision. And you want to upgrade it. But can't be doing with all the bother of contacting Centaur in the States, you'll be pleased to hear that EM Computergraphic of Clacton- on-Sea have secured the rights to distribute the two upgrade disks in the UK, These disks include OpalPaint 1.4, OpalPresents 1.2. OpalHotkey 1.4, OpalAmmUtils 1.4, OpalLibrary 3.1 and the ADPro display module The disks cost £5 99 Opal For more information call EMC on 0255 431389 Now you can upgrade the fabulous
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Attic Attack MARCH 1993 Also in the role-playing-game genre. International Computer Entertainment are soon to release Abandoned Plates 2. The aptly named sequel to the best-selling Abandoned Plat es.
GERMAN CODERS ATTIC software arc to produce their best-selling PC role-playing game Blutle of Destiny for the Amiga.
The first game of the promising Realms of Arkania series. Blutle of Destiny boasts over 400 hours of gameplav and a wide variety of sub-games which will 'add colour and excitement to the adventure.' Hmmm?
Well we've been reliably informed that the game has already sold 15.000 copies in Germany alone, and it's due for release in March April this year. Of course, we will bring you a full review in the next issue.
In a similar style to the classic SSI dungeon exploration game Eye of the Beholder 2. Abandoned Places 2 features customised spells. 64-colour graphics. 32 large and varied levels, and over 25 different characters.
It certainly sounds impressive enough to be going on with, and we are all eagerly awaiting a half-decent new adventure game!
Futureworld and Dynamite Computers cease trading Hale the pace LIFE FOR A1200 owners just seems to get better and better this month.
The latest good news is that Micropace are offering you the chance to jet away from RAM and speed problems - thus making even more use of the A1200's 32-bit technology - with the MBX1200 RAM upgrade accelerator board. The MBX 1200 comes with up to 8Mb of 32-blt SIMM (single In-line memory module) RAM on-board In unison with a Motorola 68881 8882 FPU (floating point unit) math co-processor.
Prices for the speedy unit start at £149.95 and rise to £389.90 depending on the amount of RAM and the type of copper you require. For more information call MlcroPace on 0753 551888.
AS FAR AS we are aware, two computer retail outlets, Futureworld and Dynamite Computers have ceased trading as of late January.
The good news for people who have ordered goods from these two companies is that, to our knowledge, orders made will be honoured by both companies With the knowledge that the recession is still claiming victims, firmly at the front of our minds, the April issue of Amiga Format will include an in-depth article with tips and hints to wise and sensible buying Don't miss it The games real men play ARE WE MORE war-literate because of computer games? At Amiga Format we reckon given the recent re-emergence of the Gulf War, that sales of war-games must be rising. So we asked two top software houses
their opinions regarding the link between military simulations and real- life war. And whether the Gulf war will affect the release of their games.
YVETTE WEIR OF MICROPROSF.
GUNSHIP 2000. B-17... "MlcroProse have been producing games for over 10 years. In the past five years we have Included Persian Gulf scenarios, and so we can not be accused of cashing in on the hype of a war.
"Our games are simulations of aircrafts. Not wars. However, we anticipate a slight increase in sales due to the recent activities In the Gulf."
SIMON JEFFERY OF ELECTRONIC ARTS DESERT STRIKE... "The Amiga version (of Desert Strike) is not ready yet. We will have to sit down and assess the current situation In the Gulf as and when it is ready. We certainly haven't seen any increase In sales of the Mega Drive version of the game recently."
Revolutionary Gibbons Revolution, the team who created Lure of the Temptress, have teamed up with comic book artist Dave Gibbons to create Beneath a Steel Sky. A cyberpunk-style futuristic adventure. Gibbons' previous credits including the Hugo award for his work on the cult graphic novel Watchmen.
Written using a similar engine to Lure of the Temptress, the so-called 'Virtual Theatre' system. Beneath the Steel Sky tells the story of a man seeking to discover the secrets of a world controlled by computers (it sounds very much like there could be an Arnold Schwarzenegger film tie-in somewhere here).
From what we understand, the game is likely to take advantage of the AI200's 32-bit capabilities, and will be rcadv for release in the summer through Virgin Games.
STOP PRESS Also under development from Team 17 is Alien Breed 2. And all you lucky A1200 owners out there can rest easy - the A1200 specific version will be released two months before the A500 600 version.
This is the kind of trend we think you gamers will have to get used to in the future, as games are more likely to be developed for the A1200 and then ported down to the A600. The future is grand!
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43081 ...Trek Trivia 43083 ...Wooden Ban (1 meg).
43084 ...Wet Beaver Tennis ... 43086.. Wraithed One .
* M006...8atdance remix
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4A057 Powerpack3(l meg) . 41059 Powerpack5(1 Mb)..
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4) 001...A-Gene (1 meg)_________________________________Trace
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41) 035 ...Education
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* U036 ...Education 4 Evolution
* U052 ...Business Card Maker
Simple, but useful
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4) 092. Cartoon Brushes Lots o! Famous characters
4) 098 .. .Database Master Comprehensive AMOS database U104 Golf
Recorder (1 meg) Eicefcnt disk, with pictures
4) 118 Amiga tox___________________________________________J.T.P.
Package U122 Perm Checker ._ .. Checks pools
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* 1)124 ...Chess Tutor ....The quest to
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Art .....Roger
Mony in 0 Paint 41130 ...Label Designer ...... Various
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4) 140. Amibase Prof
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...QED ...Beginners
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41194 ...Total concepts ....
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Bush meets Saddam! Bang!
* 0099 ...Jesus loves AcUd ..Mlndblowmg
music and graphics +D114 Mike Tyson
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* G001 Autobahn 3000 Control bal through tunnel Hard
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?G019 Dungeon Defver 12 disks) _____________-.Difficult
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Flaschbire ...Old favourite
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SOFTWARE LIBRARY Unlock the power of your Amiga with the Amiga
Format Instant Software Library Having a super-dooper expanded
Amiga, with 8Mb of RAM, an accelerator and a 24-bit card is all
very nice, but until you get some decent software to run on it,
it's completely useless. Choosing the correct software for the
job can be a difficult task, so on the next seven
information-packed pages, we take a look at the main areas of
Amiga usage and tell you what software rules the roost in each
discipline.
You have an Amiga, or you're thinking of gening one.
Either lhat or you're Mood in Smiihs waiting for your girl- I friend and ihis looked like as good a magazine as any to a have a browse through. But for simplicity's sake we'll | assume you have an Amiga. You may have bought it to play games on. Or you may have Kiught it for some other, more serious, purpose. Bui w hatever reason you got it for. You need software to get anything useful oul of it at all. Whether that software be Sireeifiylncr 2 or Professional Calc.
The Amiga is so good at so many things though, that to just use it for one or tw o tasks is a hit of a waste, no matter how well it handles those tasks. Mans of us know that our machines are capable of far greater things, hut we're not quite sure aKiut how to go aK ut doing those things.
Well it all K-gins with software. For a home computer, the Amiga has a dazzling anay of software packages to do all sons of things, from predicting the form of racehorses to creating professional-quaiitv DTP documents, and every thing and any thing in-between.
But if you decide you want a go at word processing how do you decide which hit of software to use? You could go down to your local Dixons, but the staff there have been known to think RAM siands for RoKu Astounding Memory. You could try y our local specialist computer shop, and this is quite a good idea, hut some shops will try and sell you what they have, rather than what you need. So it's a good staning point lo go into the shop with some idea of what you're after. Enter Amina Formal, every month we review and rate all the latest software, and we frequently produce round-ups of software
and hardware in order to help you make your buy ing decision.
In the next few pages, we're going lo take a look at some of the most popular areas of Amiga usage, and tell you what we've found to he the absolute K-st in software. And because the K-st sometimes costs the most, we'll K- looking at three price points: the expensive, cost is no problem, a more sensibly priced piece of software and the absolute bargain software lhat you can pick up in the Public Domain or on a Coverdisk on a back issue of this v ery magazine.
This guide is intended for someone wanting to try out something new on their Amiga.
White the programs in the follow ing pages are by common consensus the K-st of the best, if you have very special or precise requirements of a piece of software, try before you buy. Or K-t- ter still refer to the original full rex iew s in Amnia Formal.
Music THE ATARI ST has always been the most popular music computer, due to its built-in MIDI facility. The Amiga, though, has made big gains and there's now a good selection of Amiga packages for all levels of virtuosity. From the novice to the professional.
DR T'S KCS 3.5 LEVEL II £279 ZONE ¦ 071 -738 5444 KCS was one of the Amiga's first MIDI packages, but it wasn't very accessible. So Dr T's sharpened it up and rc-rcleased ii with an extensive suite of ancillary programs. The package features the KCS sequencer: Tiger: a graphical sequence editor, that lets you set up a note sequence: Aulomix: a computer based mixing desk which allows you to control the stereo panning and volume of tracks during mixdown: Quirksrore: allows you to get hard copy of your track from a printer: and Phantom: allows you to sync the sequencer to several popular
multitrack tape recorders. Flexible, powerful and reasonably priced.
STEREO MASTER £39.95 MICRODEAL ¦ 0726 68020 As with any sampler. Stereo Master requires some hardware. Basically just a sampler, it has a simple sequencer feature, but this function is limited. The program has reasonably good sample-editing features and some useful effects that can be applied to sampled sounds. It can be bought from our mail order pages (172-1741 and is bundled with Quartet. This helps make up for the poor sequencing features by offering a free, fullfcaturcd MIDI sampler.
AafUGANUTS UTO There Is no shortage ol good PD and shareware.
II you are looking for an Amiga sequencer, take a look at MED Irom Amlganuts Utd, this shareware program features MIDI compatibility, inbuilt sampling and sound synthesis facilities, all for a mere £10. Now on version 4, and constantly being updated, MED gives full-price programs a run lor their money. This package Is the choice of many serious tunesmiths and it has the added advantage that AMOS Professional can play MED tunes, so they can be easily assimilated into games and have other programs written In it.
MARCH 1993 THE AMIGA HAS a long DTP history, and at one time there was a Canadian magazine lhat was designed and laid out totally on an Amiga. There is no shortage of DTP software for the Amiga. But DTP programs arc very complex and take a lot of machine power and memory, so be sure and check that your machine meets the program's specification before buying. And remember a DTP package is no good without a printer.
£199.95 ¦ SIUCA *081-309 1111 The most professional DTP program the Amiga can boast. PageStream is an immensely powerful tool, yet it can be run on a relatively modest Amiga setup. Just 1 meg and 2 floppy drives are all it takes to start PUBLIC DOMAIN It wouldn't really be very fair to expect too much of a PD DTP program, especially one which only occupies a mere 42K of RAM. But the thing is Amiga FOX Is surprisingly good.
Sadly offers no colour support, but what do you expect at the price. The features are about equal to the original PageSetter (given away on the AF34 Coverdlsk, but now sold out). If you think you want to try DTP, but aren't sure, give this a go.
Professional DTP on the Amiga reached new heights with the release of PageStream 2.2. Desktop publishing producing excellent looking lay-outs in PageStream. If you have a more powerful system. PageStream will exploit it to the full. Although it is very simple to use the program boasts some very interesting features.
Structured graphics can be edited on the page, and text can be skewed, perspectivised and rotated.
It offers full-colour PostScript support, which means it can output printer's film from a very high resolution printer called an imagesetter. Agfa Compugraphic.
Soft Logik and Adobe Type I fonts arc all useable by this incredibly powerful program. The choice of Professionals.
PAGESETTER3 £49.95 ¦ SILICA ¦ 081-309 1111 At an unbelievably cheap price. Gold Disk's new version of PageSetter offers a more complete package than any other DTP program. Not only do you get a capable layout program, but a paint program and word processor as well.
Full AGA support means that on the new A12(K) 4(KK)s the screen displays in 256 colours, giving this package the honour of being the first Amiga DTP program to be able to display graphics in colour. This is by far the cheapest Amiga DTP program ever to offer colour support, but sadly the PostScript printer support doesn't give colour separations. Despite one or two minor niggles, this program represents an incredible bargain at the price. See the full review on Page 146 of this issue.
THE BEAUTY OF computer painting is that you can change your image as many times as you wish. Not to mention all the excellent tools that computer art packages have, which enable you to draw perfect squares and circles and let you do lots of other things.
You never have to wash out your paint brushes, and there's no chance of ruining your favourite clothes, or worse still the lounge carpet by getting paint all over them. All this is before we even mention animation.
Most computer art packages are capable of animating your creations in one w ay or another.
Paint packages Paint packages for the Amiga are common, after all the machine is renown for its graphical capabilities but the best are... DELUXE PAINT IV £89.95 ¦ ELECTRONIC ARTS ¦ 0753 549442 The long-time champion of the Amiga paint program battle - Dpainl. As it is often known - has been around for almost as long as the Amiga itself. Its basic layout and tools have been imitated by hundreds of pretenders. Yet none have managed to combine Dpainl's power and ease of use.
Electronic Arts, the producers of Dpainl. Co-operated with Commodore on the creation of the IFF (or Interchange File Format), which has become the Amiga's standard file format, particularly for pictures. Now in its fourth incarnation. Dpainl will be very familiar to many Amiga users, since earlier versions of the program have been given away in various Amiga bundles.
But version 4 really is that bit special, it was the first Amiga paint package lo enable users to use both THE USEFULNESS OF a good database cannot be overestimated. Here in the Amiga Formal offices we are just compiling a database of everything we have ever reviewed, complete w ith which issue we reviewed it in. On what page and w hat score it got. Imagine how useful that will be. But there are many other uses for a database, what is your address book if not just a database of the people you know and what their address and phone number is. Imagine having all that data to hand instantly,
sorted as you need it. That's what a database is for.
Databases SUPERBASE PROFESSIONAL 4 £41 1.19 BOXXI AEGIS OlOl 310427 1277 The mother and father of all things dalabasual.
Superbase Pro 4 has more features than anyone could ever possibly use. But if you do need a particular feature you can bet it's in there. Apart from the usual stuff like user-definable records and multiple sort fields.
OK I _H.-.»I m I teW. I ¦ I IW I Cuol I II I « | l I «| « | ? I ?» I 11 ? I = I Hey, it's o database, what do you expert. It may look boring, but Superbase Professional 4 is superb.
Superbase Professional has an object-oricmalcd forms designer. This fcalure lets you design screen versions of forms, so that the person entering the data doesn't have to deal with the database program beneath.
One truly amazing feature is sound and picture file support, so pan of your record can be an actual IFF picture or sound sample, meaning you can create a multimedia database. The only problem with Superbase Professional is the price, it comes in at over £4(X). Although the price is expected to fall drastically in the near future.
SUPERBASE PERSONAL 2 £99.95 OXXI AEGIS ¦ Ol Ol 310 427 1277 For a more reasonable price, it is possible to pick up Superbase Professional's little brother. And though the price is a lot lower, the specification isn't. This is still a well-featured database. Like its big brother, sound and picture files can be played or displayed as part of a record. You can sort data via 999 separate indexes, have up to 16 million records in any database and an unlimited number of fields per record.
The maximum file size it can handle is 17 gigabytes. Which is large enough for all but the tax departments of medium-sized countries. Databases arc sortable on any field and all these records are accessible through an easy-to-use. VCR-stylc control panel.
Until Superbase Pro is available for under i'200 this is the best value database on the Amiga.
HAM and normal screen modes. The same tools as always are there, but the addition of 4.096 colours and an ingenious mixing palette to help you get the most from them, elevate Dpainl above the competition. A range of image-processing effects also add to the power of Dpainl IV. Although it can be slow in HAM mode, this is still the paint program to have. A1200 users should check out the AGA version of this program, reviewed on Page 132.
SPICTRACOLOR JR AMIGA FORMAT 35 If you want a paint program on the cheap, Spectracolor Jr. On Amiga Formal 35 Coverdisk is difficult to beat. This HAM-only paint package has all the usual tools you would expect, but on top it has a nitty feature that allows you to wrap a brush onto a geometric shape. It you can cast your mind back to Amiga Formal 30 (if not check out the back issues on Page 168 of this issue), this is the program that we used to make the Christmas baubles on the cover of that issue.
MARCH 1993 AMOS DATABASE DEJA VU ¦ 0942 495261 Without a shadow of a doubt the best database on the PD circuit has to be the AMOS database As the name suggests, It Is written In AMOS. Its very Impressive frontend allows access to a powerful database with masses of text and picture manipulation facilities.
Pop-up menus for virtually everything make file access a simple matter. If you want a database for next to nothing, then you need look no further than this excellent piece of software, and it'll cost you virtually nowt.
DRAWING PROGRAMS CREATE a piclure by defining a scries of points, and the lines that connect these points. The resulting draw ings can be rescaled to any size without becoming jaggie. Or bitmapped.
Drawing programs arc useful when used with DTP programs, for the creation of diagrams and logos.
PROFESSIONAL Drawing packages DRAW 3 C99.95 SILICA SYSTEMS ¦ 081-309 1111 Originally created as a partner for the ProPage DTP software. ProDraw was for a long time the only strue- tured-drawing package for the Amiga. In fact the file formal used by ProDraw has become the standard for Amiga drawing packages. ProDraw has all the features you could want from a drawing package, like geometric. Freehand and bezier drawing tools and more. One useful feature is the autotrace facility, this allows you a. As long as you've got a hard drive, Professional Draw 3 is the answer to all your structured
drawing worries.
EXPERT DRAW E79.95 HB MARKETING ¦ 0753 686000 Has many of the features of Professional Draw, but at a lower price. The only sensible option for Amiga owners w ithout a hard drive. It handles Pro Draw clip format drawings, and can use Agfa Compugraphic outline fonts with the optional converter program. Aside from the usual drawing features, it has a neat morph- stylc utility. This allows you to select two objects and create a number of in-between objects that slowly change in shape and colour from one to the other.
To take an IFF image created in a bitmap draw ing package and convert it into a structured drawing, which can then be edited in ProDraw. It supports full colour and even offers graduated fills. One feature to ProDraw is the support of Arcxx by means of macros called Genies. These enable you to group a complex series of operations under one name, and access them via the Genie button. This can make certain repetitive tasks a lot easier and less boring to perform. The downside to ProDraw is that it is only useable by hard drive owners.
Word processing WORDWORTH 2 DIGIT A ¦ 0395 270273 El 29.99 are usually menu driven are available at the press of a button in Wordworth 2. An indexing facility makes creating tables of contents easy, and opens up the world of reference-work writing to Wordworth users.
You need a 1.5Mb machine to gel the best from it.
And a hard drive would be a big advantage too. But when you get the best from Wordworth, you really are getting the best.
A document processor rather than a word processor.
Wordworth has the added advantage of being able to include IFF pictures in its page. Of course if all you desire is a tool to bash out as many words in as short a time as possible, such frippery may not be for you. But if. Like many people, you are trying to produce good- looking documents with a variety of fonts, formatted into more than simple paragraphs and chapters.
Wordworth hits the spot like a laser-guided missile.
Digita's Human Interface Protocol (HIP) gives Wordworth a very useable frontend. Many features that means that output quality is not as good as some. But aside from this, it has all the features you're likely to want from a word publisher. If a word processing package could ever be fun to use. This is the one. And it scores heavily on accessibility and ease of use.
But Pen Pal is not without a trick or two, it's the only word publisher that allows you to import, display and print a HAM picture. It has an in built flat file database, making it great for mailing lists. All in all it's a popular package, in fact most of this feature was written using it. Expect to see it come down in price, since publishers Softwood have recently released Pinal Copy 2 and will be wanting to keep the products out of one another's territory.
SCRIBBLES AMIGA FORMAT 41 A full word processor for only five pounds, with a complete Issue of Amiga Format stuck on the back tor free. What a bargain. And the manual, thesaurus and spelling checker are available from HB Marketing for a mere £9.95. Scribble! Is no PD effort either, it's a respected commercial package, which was available for a long time as a full-price product. In fact It is probably the most famous Amiga word processor ever. If you need a no frills text engine tor banging out your reports, theses, essays, or even your autobiography, Scribble! Is hard to beat.
Existing owners, please phone for upgrade details.
X-BACKUP P X-BACKUP PROFESSIONAL NEW VERSION £39.99 PLUS £1.00 POSTAGE X-BACKUP For Amiga A500, A500+, A600, A1200, A1500, A2000, A3000 & A4000 | Unlike other copiersj X-Backup is fully automatic and NO technical knowledge is needed. Even a beginner can use X-Backup!
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PHILIPS 8833Mk II £37 £224.99 Colour Stereo Monitor now including 'Lotus Turbo Challenge', and 1 years on-site warranty COMMODORE 1084 STL. £199.99 Brand new high quality Monitor with built in Tilt 'n' Swivel monitor stand MONITOR ACCESSORIES- 14" Dust covers .£4.99 14" Till 81 Swivel stand £13.99 Anti-Glare filter screen. .. £19.99 A4 Copy Holder .£12.99 MEMORY EXPANSION 500 500+ SUPRA 50QRX the ultimate in Fast Ram expansion units.r( sos256x4Zipsl 8 Mb pop to 1 Mb* ......£99.99 8 Mb pop to 2 Mb* .£124.99 8 Mb pop to 2
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1 ..£44.99 This famous super slim drive has now been upgraded to include Anti-click and virus checker - We have reluctantly had to raise the price of this product due to the variance of the dollar rate. However to soHen the blow we will include a FREE disk head cleaner worth £3.99 Phoenix price ... FINAL COPY 2-UK VERSION This printer boasts an ultra compact design and generates 300 dpi resolution output giving you near laser quality. With draft quality print at up to 240 CPS 13 pages per minute), high quality print at 170 CPS and a built in 80 sheet auto sheet feeder this is the
ultimate BJ!
Phoenix price .. This powerful, unique WYSIWYG word processing package is the best value choice lor your Amiga, sharing many of the features of full-blown DTP packages Phoenix price .. Be safe in the knowledge that you are buying the official UK version of the product from Phoenix BEWARE ol dealers ottering ‘Latest version' ot Final Copy This may be American product and should not be sold in (fan IIIFI me ui '
- ..AMOS PROFESSIONAL The most eagerly awaited software package
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Phoenix price .... POWER SCANNER v3.0 Powerful image processing tools for the office or the home environment.
Power Features include: 100 400 dpi • 64-Greyscales Thruport to printer • FREE VERSION 3.0 SOFTWARE Phoenix price..... 'W DISK DRIVES Ail drives feature super slim design, enable- disable switch, thru port and come with a 1 year replacement guarantee!
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PC £14.99 ATARI SI £12.99 CBM AMIGA £12.99 RONU H & INCHES gives you all the hard-hilling action ol real loolball: the bombs, the blitting, the goal line stands. You will experience graphics and animation that are as riveting as a blind side hit. This is the big time, hotshot, this is 4th & Inches.
PC £12.99 CBM AMIGA £9.99 c Accokjde '.Inc ‘ Eipenencethe. i ' the heal ol modem naval combal. Send oul Hi-Tech helicopters lor remote targeting or Anti-Submarine warlare.
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2 CASTLE STREET CASTLEFIELD MANCHESTER. M3 412 PC £12.99 ATARI SI £12.99 CBM AMIGA £12.99 TM ft © 1987.1988 lucasA ts Enlerlainment Componv All rights reserved RAY TRACING PROGRAMS define the world as a series of points to make up a wireframe model. Then Ihey clad Ihis wireframe with surfaces. The surfaces have properties of colour, reflectiveness and opacity.
The user ihcn places one or more light sources in ihis wireframe environment, and positions a camera to take the picture. The program calculates what the picture should look like by tracing the path the light would lake from the lightsourcc. Reflecting off all the surfaces and entering the imaginary camera. The program effectively creates a 3D image by tracing the ray of light!
IMAGINE 2 IMPULSE 3D Ray Tracing C223.25 ¦ ALTERNATIVE IMAGE 0533 440041 This is the most acclaimed ray-tracing program. It can create images in full 24-bit that are so life-like it is difficult to tell them from a photograph. The program can texture map images, which means it can take an IFF image of something, like a wood-grain pattern, and wrap this on to a 3D object, giving the appearance it is made of wood. Different objects can have different textures, so a realistic scene can be created.
Image processing The maths required to render an image is complex, but the render engine of Imagine is quick and gives superb results. An accelerator is recommended however. Imagine can create a scries of frames with cither the camera, the objects or both moving from frame to frame. This makes it possible to create some stunning animations. Because all 3D objects are made up of polygons, it is important that a program can shade the edges of these with respect to the surrounding ones, thus making the rendered image appear very smooth.
REAL 3D ENEW PRICE TBA ALT IMAGE ¦ 0533 440041 Real 3D takes a slightly different approach to Imagine.
In that most of the objects are created from primitives.
Primitives are triangles, circles, cubes, prisms etc. which arc combined to produce more complex objects, or used as cutting tools to remove parts from an object.
This approach simulates the way we make things in the real world, by glueing things together and cutting pieces out. Red 3D has just become available at a new lower price, and it really is an excellent place to start for anyone thinking of giving 3D ray tracing a go.
C-UGHT 2 PUBLIC DOMAIN The only PD ray tracer worth touching with a bargepole Is Clight2. Using a system similar to that ot Real 3D, shapes are built ot primitives, which can be distorted to give the desired shape. Images are then rendered to HAM mode pictures. A basic but worthwhile introduction.
MARCH 1993 ART DEPARTMENT PROFESSIONAL can.so DMI ¦ 0753 686000 ESKsSa ’ifiUuiitff NhTfflEHi It's ironic that a program that performs wondrous image manipulation should look so drab, but Art Department Professionals interface is a bit dull.
ASDG have built a formidable reputation on the back of this program. The file conversion facilities alone make it a product worth possessing, but when you consider the number of other operations that can be performed on an image, it really becomes a necessity for anyone with image-processing requirements. The interface is simple enough, but a bit clunky for being in low res mode. The true beauty of the program, though, is the modular nature of its loaders and savers. Any format of file can be loaded, if you have the correct loader module. An excellent range of loaders come with the program,
and more arc available as expansion packs from ASDG. A scries of ancillary programs are available, such as Morph Plus and various scanner drivers. All these work in the same way as AdPro itself, and make use of the same interface.
AdPro can apply a vast array of operators to any Amiga bitmap image, right up to 24-bit resolution. You can scale, flip, convolve, invert, make grey. Roll, pixel- late or perform one of many more image-processing tasks. When it comes to serious image processing on the Amiga. AdPro has no competition.
PERSONAL PAINT £59.95 MICROPACE UK ¦ 0753 551 888 Essentially a 256-colour paint package. Personal Paint has burst on to the Amiga scene hot on the heels of the new AGA chip set machines. But underneath the mere paint package exterior, it has some quite impressive image-processing facilities. It is only with the advent of the new Amigas that image processing has really come into its own. Most image processing tasks simply cannot work in 32 colours, or if they do they cause so much degradation in image quality that it simply isn't worth the time trying them. Resizing and rotating pixel images
requires anti aliasing to make the resultant image appear smooth, but if you don't have enough colours in your palette to allow the correct range, anti aliasing cannot work. Now the Amiga can display in 256 colours, Personal Paint hasn't hesitated to exploit its new abilities. Full review Page 136.
Dospite its painterly name, the area Personal PainI really excels in is that of image processing.
Programming languages 38 MARCH 1993 Accounts 5Pj,BKCi IBT SINCE COMPUTERS ARE notoriously good at doing sums very quickly, even quite difficult ones, you might think that your Amiga would be a good tool for keeping the books. And you'd be right. From small business accounts right down to balancing your check book the Amiga has a lot to offer.
PROFESSIONAL CALC El 59.80 ¦ SILICA ¦ 071-309 1111 OK so spreadsheets aren't things to get excited about, but if they were this would be the one to do it over. As well as doing all the important things, like being able to accept lots and lots of rows, columns of numbers and how they should relate to one another, then calculate in a jiffy what all the totals are. Professional Calc can also display the information in a variety of ways.
Or more simply, you can give different columns or rows of your spreadsheet different type styles to emphasise the important ones. More impressively you can present your results in a variety of colour on screen graph and pie-chart formats. You can then of course print any of these presentation methods out to your printer. ProCalc reads, and indeed writes in Lotus 123 format, which is without a doubt the industry standard for spreadsheets.
IF VOL' FIND you can't get the exact software you want, or if you fancy seeking fame ami fortune as a household name in the world of computer gamcsplay- ers. There's only one thing to do: learn to program.
There are a plethora of programming languages for the Amiga, some though, stand out as extra special, we'll take a look at those ones here on this page. But beware, programming is never simple, and w hile programs like AMOS make it easy to gel started, you'll still need to do a lot of hard work.
LATTICE C VERSION 5 £229 ¦ HISOFT ¦ 0525 718181 The best Amiga C development system you can get.
Most documentation on programming the Amiga in C assumes you own this. It is expensive for one reason.
When you buy a copy of Lattice C. you gel all the include files for AmigaDOS. That means that you can legally program using the built-in routines of every Amiga (in the Kickstart ROM chip) - and the programs will work across the entire range!
These include files that are not hacked versions - they are the official licensed ones from Commodore. If you get the Addison-Wesley books on programming then you will be able to write fully multitasking applications. Lattice C is not easy on the beginner, it assumes you are fairly fluent, and can read C programs. However, if you are not. Then there is a set of PD disks called the C manual by Anders Bjerin. This intrepid Swede runs the Worldwide Amiga C Club, designed to help budding programmers avoid being bugging programmers. Miss this at your peril.
AMOS PROFESSIONAL E69.95 ¦ EUROPRESS SOFTWARE 0625 859333 ¦ The most powerful version of AMOS to dale, and many features that were previously only available through AMOS gadgets system are now accessible by an extensive range of pull-down menus. Several source code files can be opened at once, allowing the user to cut.
Copy and paste between them. You can incorporate ANIM format animations into your programs, and play soundtracker modules and MED tunes. A new interface command set enables you to build up screen displays of gadgets, slide bars and requesters, for inclusion in your programs. So whereas AMOS was seen as a games-writing language. AMOS Pro is more of an all rounder. The inbuilt Arexx support makes the program ideal for constructing multi program environments.
This means that any Amiga users wishing to transfer spreadsheet files between their PC at work and their Amiga at home should have no problem at all.
HOME ACCOUNTS 2 E 54.95 ¦ DK3TTA ¦ 0395 270273 Not really a spreadsheet program, but Home Accounts manages to balance the books all the same. It is basically aimed at the non-professional user, but the emphasis is on user friendliness, and it certainly succeeds. The program aims to help the user balance the domestic budget on household or cheque accounts, but it is powerful enough to handle the accounts of a small business.
It can take account of standing orders, automatically number cheques and tell you when a particular account should have funds added or removed to maximise interest. Everything can be summed up in graph form, and several different formats of graphs can be viewed at once, each one being automatically scaled to fit in its window. A handy interest forecast function can even tell you exactly how much your HP is going to cost. At the price Home Accounts 2 won't place too much of a strain on your budget if you should decide to buy it.
AMOS AMIGA FORMAT 42 The original AMOS program is no slouch, and even if It can't compete with the professional version, it's still a capable programming language. When you consider we gave the program away on AF42, and are selling the full manual for £13.95 through our mail order pages (174), this has to be the cheapest way to get programming on your Amiga. We'll be giving tutorials throughout the year to help you get the most from the program as well.
ESSEX COMPUTER SYSTEMS HOME BUSINESS PACK 1 More of a home-repayment planner than a full accounts package. BizCalc is still quite useful for balancing your personal finances, it can accept details of your mortgage, loan repayments and general bills and then calculate a repayment schedule for you. As sold by Essex Computer Systems (0268 553963), it comes in a disk pack with another program designed to help small businesses.
Managing the household budget is a task that Digita's Home Artounts 2 eats for breakfast. You should let it at your cheque account.
AMOS Professional is the package that will give any Amiga ownei the pawer to write serious programs.
¦we Tw** fTp SOFTWARE LIBRARY IT'S ALL WELL and good trying to divide the Amiga's software up into separate areas, but the computer is so flexible that there are always programs that fall through the net. Excellent pieces of software that don't really fall into a category , but which are incredibly useful or interesting in their own right. Mere we lake a look at some of the best of them... Other goodies As I write, a new improved version of Opus, ver- JB ROUTE PLUS 2 sion 4. Has just been released, but the price has not yet £79.95 ¦ COMPLEX COMPUTERS been confirmed. 0706 22-4531 DIRECTORY
OPUS £39.95 CHECKMATE *071 923 0658 If you want to get all you can from your Amiga, you absolutely have to abandon the Workbench and dip into the Shell (or CLIl every now and again. Unless you have Directory Opus that is. This program enables you to get at all those useful file handling tasks from the safely of a nice point and click interface. You can format disks, copy and delete files all with a few swift moves of the mouse. Opus also allows you to view pictures or play samples from within the program, so sorting out what to trash and what to keep on a full disk becomes a doddle.
Another feature is that you can launch programs directly from within Opus, and return to the program once you have finished in the other application. All the features arc editable, so you can make the program look and work in the way that suits you best, you really shouldn't be without it.
VISTA PRO 2 £69.95 HB MARKETING ¦ 0753 686000 Vista is a fractal landscape generator, which means it uses weird maths to reproduce the features of a typical landscape.
Scenes are created by typing in a seed number, which the program uses as the basis of its calculation. Each seed number will produce a unique landscape. Once a basic landscape has been created the user can adjust the water level to create seas and lakes, add rivers and control the heights of the grass, tree and snow lines. The picture is then rendered at a resolution chosen by the user, who also has control of the position of the camera' which takes the picture, and the position of the sun' relative to the scene.
There are quite a few programs of this type for the Amiga, but Vista takes the crown by having more features, more easily controlled than any of the others. Because Vista can read files in the DEM format, used by geologists in the USA to record information for use in map creation, it can access the library of landscapes filed by the US Geological Survey. This means you can buy and render real scenes like the Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone National Park. Vista is not only interesting and educational. It is a whole load of fun too.
MORPH PLUS £199.99 DMI ¦ 0753 686000 You've seen Terminator 2. The Michael Jackson video and the shampoo advert, so you know what morphing looks like. It's all the rage in cinema and advertising, but did you know you can do full-colour, broadcast- quality morphing on your Amiga? Well you can if you've got a copy of this. Morph Plus from ASDG.
The program shares the same interface as Art Department Professional, and can be operated from within that program, but it is also available as a standalone package. As well as doing the obvious owl into a baby and back again tricks. Morph Plus can also sherise and ripple images, and apply a good range of image-processing operations. Although the control mechanism is a little unwieldy at times. Morph Plus can deliver results that are simply breathtaking.
If you're planning lo lake a journey by road, bul aren't sure which roule will cover the least distance, use the least fuel, or offer the shortest journey time, (ill Route is the program for you. An extensive database of UK locations is accessible in such a way that all you have to do is type in where you are travelling lo. And where from and (ill Route does the rest.
The program takes account of the miles per gallon you get from your jalopy at certain speeds, plus the rate of progress you can be expected to make on different varieties of road, lo calculate the fastest and most economic routes to take. The resulting route plan can be printed out either as a map. Or as a list of directions, and taken w ith you on your journey. Unlike the earlier versions, the latest version of (it Route includes B roads, which means you w ill be able lo lake the scenic route, rather than haring along motorways and A roads.
All in all. An informative and very useful product.
39 MARCH 1993 Games SHOOT-EM-UP SWTV This vertically scrolling, helicopter and jeep, two player blast is the viewed-from-above descendant of SilkWorm. There's so much going on that it's hard to believe that the screen doesn't slow down. But it doesn't, it just keeps blasting away, with a frighteningly large amount of baddies and bullets filling the air at all times. Although it's effectively one huge level, using Storm's patent dynamic loading system, there are some huge and fearsome end-of-lcvel guardians. Alas, the ultimate shoot-em-up isn't Kickslart 2 3 friendly.
40 ARCADE PLATFORM ZOOL So fast it'll make you feel sick, hut smooth and playable at the same time. Zool is the platform game to end all platform games. Bright, colourful graphics and well-developed gameplay combine with breakneck speed in Gremlin's, dare we say it. Sonic beater. In terms of gameplay. There's nothing new here, it's a run.
Shoot, punch, collect, beat the clock and the end-of level-guardian affair. But while it breaks no new ground it does what it does w ith so much panache it is impossible to ignore. While the consoles threatened to take over the games market, this sold more copies than any other piece of games software in the run up to Christmas I' 12.
MARCH 1993 GOD GAME CIVILIZATION From Sid Meier, author of the excellent Railroad Tycoon, comes a game that puts you in control of the entire world. Packed with information, entertainment and gameplay Civilization gives you control of the history of the world, and the major civilisations thereof.
You have to nurture society, avoid or fight wars, encourage scientific progress and eventually establish a dynasty that not only controls the Earth, but escapes successfully into space as well. It's a complex game of course, but you'll leam more from playing it than you ever did in history al school, probably. And you'll enjoy yourself to boot.
ADVENTURE RPG MONKEY ISLAND 2: LE CHUCK'S REVENGE Following hot on the very successful heels of The Secret Of Monkey Island. Monkey Island 2 is more of the same. But when few thought it could improve on the gorgeous look and humorous gameplay of its predecessor. That's exactly what it did. Taking graphic adventures to new heights, this game will have you sal over your Amiga cursing the ingeniousness of Lucas Arts' programmers. And when you finally solve all the puzzles, collect all the items and complete the game, you'll be waiting eagerly for the sequel. Though the game spans 11 floppies,
even non hard -rive owners will find there isn't too much disk swapping.
FLIGHT SIMULATION F-19 STEALTH FIGHTER Based on America's super-secret, ultra-low radar signature stealth technology. F-19 manages to get an action-packed flight sim into the box along with all the hype. But what else would you expect from MicroProsc? For excitement value alone it is untouched in the flight sim stakes. Charged with a wide range of missions, it's your task, true lo the stealth ethic, to get in. Deliver your armoury w ith pinpoint accuracy and get out again - all completely undetected by the enemy. Though you may suspect that they will get a clue about your existence when
the bombs go bang.
SPORT SIMULATION PGA TOUR GOLF Now getting a bit long in the tooth. PGA is still unrivalled for sheer playability. Sure the competition have put up some very worthy contenders, MicroProse Golf and Links both had what it takes to cut the mustard, but PGA just soldiers on as a completely addictive old favc. Whereas Virgin's Snooker excited all who'd ever been near the green baize. PGA makes total mouse wielding addicts of people who've got a sworn abhorrence for the club swinging activities of Faldo and co.
A simple, but demanding control mechanism and a good range of courses keep you coming back time after time. And once you think you're good enough, there's always the tournament option to test your mettle.
DRIVING GAME FORMULA ONE GRAND PR1X The Amiga has driving games aplenty . Some arc great, and some arc crap. Most are third-person perspective, sprite-based screamers like the perfectly respectable Lotus 2. But one game stands head and shoulders clear of the rest. Formula One Grand Prix is what few games have had the guts to be. A driving simulator. Not only do you have to he able to find the line round some of the world's lop racing circuits, but you need to know what tyres to use. When to change them and what suspension set up is right for the day if you hope to keep Nigel Mansell away from
the champers.
PUZZLE GAME LEMMINGS All right, so cverbody's got it! But if there's anybody out there who by some cruel twist of fate has managed to avoid getting a copy of Lemmings, go out and gel it now . We know that it has become a bit of cliche to recommend it. But it really is very, very good indeed. It's the kind of game that you sit down to 'have a quick go on- just before bedtime on the evening before the most important intcrvicw exam wcdding day of your life, and find yourself still playing as the sun comes up the next morning. If you miss this game, you are missing one of the most important
cultural events of our age.
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THE DEFINITIVE RUGBY SIMULATION Artwork, Packaging and Instructions © 1993 Domark Group Ltd. Ferry House, 51-57 Lacy Road, Putney, London SW15 1PR.
Programming by Oxford Mobious. Produced by Kris Hall and Nathaniel Wilson.
EflGLflnD Bewildered? Confused? Constrained?
Girl: Oh dear Daddy, how can I move all my IFF files from the root directory of my IDE HD to a floppy using the CLI?
Dad: Ermm??!
Well, think that it's about time you did know your 'serious' software, your games and your hardware... Please insert Uorkbench2.0 in any drive ...and within the pages of The Amiga Format Encyclopaadia we'll explain what Workbench is... Ran Disk ...what exactly a RAM disk or tor that matter any kind of disk (floppy or hard) call us over zealous but... ...we'll even explain the entire Amiga range to you, who invented it and why it's called an Amiga... Oh and we'll also bung in lots of amusing stories about men called Jeff, chips called Denise... ...and lots of information about software
companies. It's going to be a blast, thank you for listening.
The Amiga Format Encyclopaedia is on-sale I Nobody knows everything, but you could get close, if you read... You won't be for very much longer... The Illustrated!
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PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. E&OE. ALL TRADEMARKS ACKNOWLEDGED Od hard drives You will be amazed at the convenience hard disks offer over floppies. No more disk-swapping hassle with big games, no more waiting for Workbench to load so that you can get at your serious programs. But what sort of hard drive do you need? Well that's where Pat McDonald comes in, to tell you what best suits your requirements, and review five new models... Saving-time machines!
A HAKI) DRIVE may seem like an expensive luxury, and sure. Ihey're no! Cheap, bul once you've used one.
You'll slop thinking of it as a luxury , and start to sec it as a necessity. Hard drives make it so much easier to use your machine as a serious creative tool. They can store Workbench - so you don't have to wait five minutes to get at your serious programs - it's more like 15 seconds. Hard drives load and save far quicker than floppies - typically 30 or 40 times quicker If you're a DTP fan. You can store many more fonts, and get easier access to all of them if you have them installed on a hard drive. In fact some DTP packages, most notably Gold Disk's excellent Professional Page 3. Won't
work at all without being installed on to a hard disk. And we don't have to tell you how much space you need for storing bitmap graphics, especially if you are starting to get into the exciting field of 24-bit imagery.
M O' O' X u O' If you've ever had to go through an extensive floppy based software collection and install a printer driver on all the applications disks, you'll know what a chore it is. If not let me tell you: "It's one hell of a chore." Of course, hard-drive owners only have to do it once, so don't keep wondering why they look so smug.
If you're more into games than serious packages, you'll still get big advantages from a hard disk. Many multi-floppy games, like the wonderful, but let's face it a bit disk swappy. Monkey Island 2. Will now install on to hard disk - removing disk swaps and letting you get on with some serious gameplaying. And a quick look at the latest adventure games will tell you. They are getting bigger, not smaller. But consider this, if you get a 13-disk game, and you have a hard drive, you only ever have to do 13 disk swaps.
If the Amiga is ever to be taken seriously as a computer. More users arc going to have to get hard drives.
You don't see PC or Macintosh users struggling to run their systems on one floppy drive, so why do people accept it in the Amiga world? OK they aren't cheap, but believe us. They are worth it. Read on... GREAT VALLEY PRODUCTS!
The best make ot hard drive for the Amiga is still GVP Series II. For the A500, the HD8-1- A500 Is absolutely brilliant - the fastest, best made, most durable and most convenient. Having the game drive switch (for disabling the hard drive) at the front makes it easy to keep the hard drive out of the way when you don't want it. The matched casing is exactly the same as the A500. A2000 A1500 owners should check out the HD8+ card - the same guts on a different board but without a case.
However, GVPs are Imported and so are rather expensive. Also, the occasional duffer finds Its way Into the market place (over-loud cooling fans are the chief complaint). The manual, while miles better than that of any other drive reviewed here. Is confusing for beginners.
If you want the best drive in an Imperfect world, stick with GVP. They are expensive (the AS30 accelerator version Incredibly so) but worth It Oh yes. Don't worry too much If you get one with a Maxtor rather than a Quantum drive - the designs of the two different makes are much closer than the physical appearance suggests.
Since GVP got serious about the Amiga, they have grown to be the biggest third-party manufacturer for the machine. I could be wrong about this, but I was informed that sales of Commodore's own A590 hard drive took a severe dent when the HD8* was released. Since then, GVP have made accelerator cards, genlocks, sound samplers and 24-bit true colour graphics cards. The Amiga market Is lucky to have them around.
H you want more Information on GVP products, or some hardware, phone Silica on 081-309 1111.
The A500 HD+ isn't just a pretty fore. It uses state-of- the-art components for unrivalled speed and reliability.
ONE THING YOU can'i appreciate by just looking at this hard drive is how tough it is.
The casing gives the impression it's built like a tank. It certainly is heavy, but sadly not scratch resistant. A powerpack is supplied as standard - it's the Zydcc A500 replacement.
So you could use your present power supply unit on the hard drive, and use the pokey PSU on your Amiga.
As standard, the Reference can lake SIMMs (Single Inline Memory Modules) to give far faster RAM to an A500 (the A500 Plus has no fast RAM at all as standard). With a hard disk, it's a very good idea to have some fast RAM. Because the hard disk takes memory awav from the system - about 90K per partition. Which means, a I Mb Amiga with a hard disk would not be able to ntn a lot of 1Mb software - because the hard disk takes just that little bit of memory that the I Mb program needs to work.
Reference 40 100 MARCH 1993 You can plug either 512K or I Mb SIMMs into the Reference. There are four SIMM sockets, which means a total of either 2 or 4Mb - not as much as a GVP controller, but SCSI - THE BEST!
Small Computer System Interface, mate. You know you can plug one external floppy drive Into another, forming a chain? SCSI is much the same, but can transfer Information much, much quicker. It's Ideal tor connecting extra hard drives to your system, and a hard drive with a SCSI is much more expandable than one without such an interlace.
The story doesn’t end with hard drives though. A whole plethora of extra devices, from magneto optical drives, through scanners, to tape streamers, can be connected to your system. Admittedly, a lot of this equipment does not have any Amiga driver software yet - but the range will continue to grow, not shrink.
SCSI is relatively expensive. It allows for up to seven devices to be connected at once - that means more than an A590. If you need the full 8Mb of fast RAM capable on an A500 A500 Plus, the Reference is not for you (I certainly don't need that much). The memory autoconfigurcs. Which means that your Amiga recognises and uses it as soon as you switch on. A game switch is filled. This drive is available in two versions - the 40 Mb for £229. And the 100 Mb for £299.
Getting started with the drive is tricky compared to other units - the drive is unformatted and has no Workbench on it. Evesham are sticking strictly to the letter of the law (Workbench is copyrighted to Commodore) but the manual makes it fairly clear how to get up and running - although the layout is naff, all the information is there. If you want to be able to use Workbench 1.3 and 2 (you have the chips and a ROM sharer) then the manual deals w ith how to do it very simply indeed.
Which brings us to the setup software. At first glance, this looks and feels very amateurish (it was written with CanDo 1.6). However, w hen you move the mouse pointer to the different on-screen buttons, a little help screen at the bottom informs you what each one does.
Because it was written in CanDo. The setup software is pretty slow - but I think that's it bonus, because you have time lo make decisions. And you don't want to rush setting up a drive (you don't want to do it like that!).
Although the Reference is a SCSI drive, with a 25-pin SCSI on the back, it docs not the electronics have to be a bit sophisticated to work out who Is talking at one time. On the other hand, hardware prices are always coming down.
A SCSI drive is an Investment. Although you may never need it, if you ever do come across some cheap SCSI gear, wouldn't you like the option of using It?
And if you ever need lots of storage space for writing CDTV titles, SCSI is the only game In town.
But the story doesn't end there. A replacement for SCSI, called SCSI2, is finding high favour with the people able to afford it. Essentially. It's the same thing, only much faster (five to eight times faster) and with more potential (many more external devices). If you are a really serious user, wait for the SCSI2 boards for the A3000. A4000 and - if it comes out - the A5000.
Support SCSI units from other computer systems - it cannot perform low level formatting.
This is not such a problem since Evesham do a reasonable selection of external SCSI hard drives. Aiso. Low-level formatting "will be included later on", according to Evesham techie Mr Vignoureux.
That's one good thing about the drive - the technical support. Evesham have actually won awards for this. Does this mark a gradual change of crap UK technical support towards the excellent technical support provided by US companies'? I certainly hope so.
Evesham Micros ¦ 0386 765500 ¦ £229 Apparently , there are two reasons why the Reference drive will not low-level format.
Firstly, the software was written by a PC programmer. Now. In the IBM PC world, everybody buys hard drives that are already low-level formatted. So putting the feature in seemed pointless. The other reason is thal Evesham do sell external SCSI drives, and naturally they low-level format them for the Amiga at the shop. So it seemed unnecessary to put in a routine to do low -level formatting.
All would be w ell if you could take a PC low-level formatted hard drive and plug it into an Amiga. You can t. Amiga hard driv es have to have an RDB t Rigid Disk Block) written on the hard disk - if they don't, then the Amiga can't make head nor tail of them It makes you wonder what planet programmers live on.
Part of the reason for this incompatibility is thal on the IBM PC. You can only have file names that are eight or less characters long.
Amiga file names can be longer than this, so in this case IBM compatibility would have been a giant leap backwards.
The good news is that the problem with the hard drive is software based - with a different piece of set-up software on a floppy disk, it could do low-level formatting. Upgrades for existing owners will be av ailable.
To finish, the Reference is a bit slow at booting up (getting started) but reads and writes information at a respectable rate. It compares favourably with GVP products on price and ease of use of the setup software, although until it can low-level format it will not be in the same league. Relatively easy on beginners, decent memory - it's a w inner.
Reference 40 1OO SPEED • • • Bit slow on booting, but all right once it's started up - maybe it needs winding up?
DOCUMENTATION • • • Good content, done in the right order, but very poorly layed out.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Excellent setup software - you get a free backup utility too!
FEATURES • • • No low-level format yet. But it's In the pipeline for the next few months.
VALUE • • • • • Very attractive Indeed - you get a good deal for a decent drive.
Mtf 84% DESPITE SEVEN YEARS ol multitasking operating systems, digitisers and sound samplers. Despite five years of 24-bit graphics boards, despite even three years of CD technology. Most people who work on large computer systems still think of the Amiga as a games machine. How. They argue, can you store really big applications, like artificial intelligence databases, or local authority records, or whole feature films on an Amiga?
Sure, you can store it on CD. But you can't read to a CD. Can you?
Enter the Magneto Optical drive. The best way to think of this box is as a floppy disk drive that you plug into a hard drive SCSI controller. The difference is that you can store 120 Mb of information on each disk. Although the unit costs serious cash - each disk costs £35 - it works out cheaper, in terms of price per K stored, than using floppy disks!
Magneto Optical Power Computing ¦ 0234 843386 ¦ r.999.95 This unit looks pretty ordinary, but under the bonnet it's seriously high tech. The internal version for £799.95 is a much better buy.
This drive is a cross between a hard drive and a CD drive. The data is stored magnetically on a disk, just like a floppy disk.
However, rather than using a magnetic head to write the information, it uses a laser beam to heat up the surface of the disk. This means tw o things - you must still keep the disks away from magnetic fields (loudspeakers. Tvs, power supplies): and also you have to use the drive in a clean environment. Smoke and dust can seriously screw it up.
The only bugbear with this unit is that you hove to format the disks first - which means looking at this screen for about 35 minutes. Never mind!
(letting it going is time consuming but not too difficult, if your SCSI hard drive can low-lev el format (put a Rigid Disk Block, or RDB. On to) a disk. It must also have a 25-pin SCSI port
- the vast majority of SCSI hard drives have this feature. It’s
easiest with GVP's FaastPrep.
But can be done with most other systems, including Commodore's A590 and the A3000.
FLOPTICAL ALTERNATIVE!
When you boot up your system, it's wise to have a disk in the drive, otherwise it can get a bit confused. The drive has a powered eject, which looks very' swish and hi-tech. When you take out the disk, some controllers will not change the icon, so it will get very confused when you put a different disk in.
There are two solutions to this: you can use the AmigaDOS DiskChange DHXXX: command to tell the Amiga that the disk has been changed: or (if you have Workbench 2) then you can use the supplied shareware SCSI- Mounl utility. Later GVP controllers do not exhibit the problem - to be honest, neither does my rather old prototype GVP controller.
If you have an A1500. A2000 or A3000T.
Then you can fit the cheaper internal version in the 5.25-inch drive bay - assuming you don’t already have something there. The difference in price is significant - £799 as opposed to £999. I never knew metal boxes, power supplies and connectors were so expensive.
The supplied documentation is rather good.
There’s not that much to explain about the drive, but it does tell you. Step-by-step, how to get the drive recognised and formatted using Commodore's own HDToolbox. It also gives a fairly minimal trouble-shooting guide. Not brilliant, but there are so many different Amiga SCSI controllers that it would be a task and a half to do this for all of them.
MARCH 1993 All things considered, this is an expensive but viable solution to the needs of people who need lots and lots of storage space. 1 just w ish I had the cash to afford one.
Magneto Optical SPEED • • • • 35ms access time - average for a hard drive, very good for a Magneto Optical unit.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • • To the point, fairly simple, with just enough techie bits for the enthusiast.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Should work with just about all SCSI controllers that can low-level format.
FEATURES • • • • • Want infinite storage? This Is the unit if you have megs and megs of data.
VALUE • •• • Good for the internal version - external is £100 too much, in my opinion.
(ferdic) 80% Wsuki.. «• (ferdic) 95% It you haven't got £999 to splash on a magneto optical drive, there is a cheaper alternative. The Floptical drive from DMI (recased and rebadged by Power Computing) weighs in at £389 for the external version, and £289 for the internal version. You need a special slimline Internal version for the A3000. But you can put this drive Into any drive bay.
Setting it up Is just the same as its big brother - you need a SCSI controller that can low-level format.
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WORD PROCESSING (FILE) DATABASE MANAGEMENT (GRAPH) BUSINESS GRAPHICS (CALC) SPREADSHEET CALCULATIONS (PAGE) DESK TOP PUBLISHING £ 95 £54.50 IMAGE FX £179 IF LOOKS COULD kill, the AddHard would be a mass murderer. From its tacky soluble plastic case, to the lack of a SCSI expansion port or a capability to take an extra power supply. The drive looks like an exercise in extreme cost cutting. Forget the misquote in the advert: "Best buy - high quality - low price", because 1 was talking about Ashcom's 5I2K RAM expansion, not this piece of tat.
Maybe I'm being a bit harsh. Under the cover, it's the bare bones of a system - a SCSI controller chip, a ROM chip and a few more chips to talk to the A500 or A500 Plus. This lack of sexy technology means that the drive boots up and runs like lightning - its one and only selling point.
AddHard Ashcom Computers ¦ 0530 41 1485 ¦ £279 MARCH 1993 But don't think you're getting a good deal.
For a start, you get no manual - just a single side of A4. Detailing the steps to get the drive up and running. Oh yes. And three colour flyers advertising other Ashcom products.
One of these products is the AddAx external RAM expansion. This can be fitted in-between the AddHard and the Amiga. Which is just as well because the AddHard has no facility for taking memory on its own. If you cost it up. An AddHard AddAx with 2Mb of RAM costs £400 - which is more than a 2Mb GVP drive!
And of course, the Ashcom system is about six inches wide - which is quite an addition to v our desk space.
Assuming you want to reformat the hard drive, you've got a problem. The supplied Setup software, while looking very pretty, seems to do absolutely nothing except crash.
It's bugged to hell. It doesn't tell you what make and model of hard drive is fitted.
Presumably it can find this information out through the SCSI.
However, it's nut all bad. You do get a disk packed with shareware disk utilities. Two back-up programs, the Sectorama track and sector editor, and a few disk fixers and performance testers. Shame that the package doesn't contain any printed instructions on them.
AddHard I guess this indicates the market that the AddHard's aimed at. If you have had an A500 for a few years, and have an oversize trapdoor RAM expansion (bigger than 5I2K) then the AddHard would be a very good choice of hard drive. Such a buyer would have a greater understanding of the supplied utilities, and let’s face it. You probably won't need any external SCSI equipment.
1 simply cannot understand why Ashcom are charging so much for this unit. They’re literally cutting their own throats - the only sort of person who would actually want one can't afford it. With decent setup software, a decent manual, a game switch and a bit more in the way of user friendliness and £75 off the price, it would be a really good buy.
As things stand, you'd have to be either a total speed freak with no thought for the future, or one of those weirdos who needs every single peripheral to be of the same make, to buy this unit. Sorry Ashcom - there's just no way I'd recommend to anyone that they buy this hard drive. It's the worst I've ev er seen for the Amiga.
Setoroma, one of the bundled shareware utilities, is the only low level binory track editor that I've seen for the Amiga. Most people would never need or understand it.
You must be feeling cheesed off. No SCSI Interface, no removable media, no tape streamers. Well, don't worry about It. Because one great benefit of the IDE (Intelligent Integrated Drive Electronics) hard drives Is that they're cheap. And they can be fitted Internally without an interface - which makes them cheaper again!
So why don't they seem cheap now? The main reason is that there is a great shortage of them in the UK at present - If you were to travel to the Far East, you can pick them up for peanuts. This scarcity la pushing the price of the units up. Plus there is the autoboot problem, which means that companies have to test the drives to make sure they are compatible.
All right, so you can't build up a hard drive chain like you can with SCSI - if you want 40 Mb of storage, you have to tit one drive of that capacity. But In terms of everyday convenience, IDE is a better system for the average user.
The IDE standard does provide for one extra hard drive plugged Into the first. However, I have never seen this done on any Amiga with an IDE drive. I guess It's possible, but people don't bother for some reason.
PCMCIA hard disks are still not sround. These devices are similar to A500 A500 Plus external hard drives, but they are much, much smaller.
Don't think that SCSI will never be available on the A600 and A1200. You can get PCMCIA card interfaces for SCSI already - the problem is that nobody has yet written a set of Amiga driver tools for the things. When that happens, you'll have the best of both worlds, if you really do need a big SCSI chain.
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It is very, very test. Fragmentation problems can reduce this, as with all hard drives.
DOCUMENTATION What documentation? One side ot A4? Surely they must be joking?
ACCESSIBILITY • Lousy setup software which just seems to crash, and there's no game switch.
FEATURES • • No SCSI port, through port doesn't work and the case would probably melt easily.
VALUE • • Well over the odds - a 2Mb GVP is cheaper than a 2Mb AddHard!
External CDTV ZCL7Calcuiu ¦ 0543 4 1481. ¦ £299 95 low-level formal, and so should work happily with every single SCSI drive in existence.
Is it any good? Well, a 65 Mb of hard drive is not bad at all. Especially if you want to play games like Eye of the Beholder or Monkey Island 2. But. As with all hard drives, some memory is consumed. The good news is. As all CDTVs have I Mb of chip RAM. Games are more likely not to run. Because of a lack of chip RAM. On an old A500 w ith a hard drive than on this beast.
The difference between this external hard drive and the internal one is convenience. This one is easier to disconnect if you have memory problems - just undo the two screws securing the SCSI interface (the manual recommends you just leave them out) and pull the card back about an inch. With the internal version, you cannot undo the interface without disconnecting the internal ribbon cable - which means undoing about 30 screws!
The manual is actually pretty good, if a bit thin. Dave Cheetham of ZCL has assured us lhat it s only a first draft, and there's a lot more to go in - the only omission is it doesn’t tell you how to copy your Workbench disk to the hard drive. As Workbench is already there when you buy it. And the manual will lie added to extensively, so I don't see it as a problem.
This hard drive is seriously good news for CDTV owners - what's even better news is that it mentions that last-RAM cards should soon be available for CDTV. Good heavens, can this be true .’ Can you run really big applications on the black magic box?
To be perfectly honest. I just don't know .
As I write this, at a quarter to midnight. I'm trying to ring Jim Mackonochie (Mr C'DTVi at an Amiga Developers Conference in Florida to confirm or deny it. The phone is ringing... ringing... ringing.. I guess we're going to have to wait till next month. Sorry . 'li MARCH 1993 The official CBM HDToolBox still looks as ugly as ever
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you when you least expect it. It's been refined over the years,
and this version is fine for 99 per cent of hard drive tasks.
External CDTV .CI.'S PREVIOUS EFFORT at pulling a hard drive into a CDTV met with some harsh comments in our Super Amigas feature (AF38
- 75 per cent). Does this external deal make a better package, or
is it more of the same warc- house-clearance tactics to shift
old stock?
Before I get to that, the company have recently made a decision to market the SCSI interface for CDTV separately. For the princely sum of £99.95. you get the interface.
Workbench 1.3 and Extras 1.3. the hard drive manual, an A500 manual (useful for learning AmigaDOS commands, but with lots of irrelevant information too) and erm. That's it.
Compared to the price of SCSI controllers for the A2CXX) and larger Amigas. This is actually quite a good deal. So if you know where you can get SCSI hard drives cheap, that's a much better option.
Still, the deal being reviewed here is not bad at all. As well as the above, you get a nice designer, matt black SCSI hard drive unit, the power lead (with a plug) and matching black SCSI connecting lead. The hard drive has two SCSI connectors (the proper 50-pin Centronics types), so adding more SCSI units to the system is no problem. Just plug them into the back of the existing hard drive.
As with most hard drives, it's preconfigured with Workbench already on it ( .Cl. arc.
After all. Commodore's official distributors).
In case it ever goes down, there's the standard CBM HDToolbox. Suitably tweaked to make the best use of the CDTV SCSI If you've never used this program before, it can be a somewhat traumatic experience - but with experience comes competence.
Eventually, you wonder what all the fuss is about. HDToolbox has always been able to When you first get your hard drive, It's a very good idea to set It up two or three times, to get a teel for how things work. It's also a good Idea to split It Into two or more partitions. These show up as different disk Icons on Workbench, but are really different areas of the same hard disk. Each partition takes some memory away from your Amiga, but It's still a good Idea.
The reason for this Is that, with a hard drive, you are literally putting all your eggs In one basket. A computer virus can easily copy itself to the hard drive and destroy the contents within minutes. Also, a sloppy installation program can put a read write error on a partition, which means that nothing else can be copied to the partition until It's been formatted again or the bad file has been deleted.
If your work Is financially valuable, then some method of backing up the hard drive is a sound investment. SCSI tape streamers are one method - simply drag a partition to the tape streamer Icon, which is safe to be referred to If you have a problem later. Power Computing's Video Tape Backup system is still being evaluated, but looks promising and is much cheaper than a tape streamer.
Everybody else, get a copy of Quarterback and Quarterback Tools. These are both very easy to use - the first enables you to make back-ups of your hard disk to lots of floppies, compressing as it goes.
Quarterback Tools Is good for wiping bad files and defragmenting your hard disk - In a nutshell, making it work as fast as when It was new. Without formatting and recopylng everything by hand. If you don't do this, eventually your hard disk runs as fast as a tortoise.
SPEED • • • • Pretty good, considering no last RAM was available on the lest CDTV.
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ACCESSIBILITY • • • • It's there when you want It, and you can unplug It when you don't.
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we'll never review an unfinished game just so we can shout
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OK, so that means that we're sometimes last to review games, but If we manage to stop one of you buying a rubbish game, then our job is made worthwhile.
We've all been in your situation before, and we've all had our fingers burned buying poor- quality games. This is why we at Amiga Format pride ourselves on three golden rules: If it's not finished, it doesn't get reviewed.
If it's crap, we say it's crap - and it doesn't matter what the softies think of us.
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(3) Screenplay The time of Valentine is upon us once again, and
people all over the country are posting cards to ones they
love. If you don't get one, never mind - cheer yourself up by
treating yourself to a new Amiga game. Which one? Read on...
WAKE UP! TIME TO PLAY... THE REVIEW CREW TRENTON WEBB
"History Line 1914-1918. Without a doubt. Any game that
teaches you the wonders of heavy artillery can't be all
bad..." JAMES LEACH "Playing Trenton at History Line
1914-1918. I like it because the assassination of Archduke
Ferdinand at the hands of my Great Uncle precipitated the
start of WW1. I'm so proud of him."
ANDY NUTTALL "Oh blimey, erm, well... it's got to be Sensible Soccer 92193. That way I can pretend that it’s real life and Liverpool are going to win the League."
PAT MCDONALD "I've spent a lot of time playing Exodus lately, and to be honest I wish I hadn't bothered! I do like the jokes, though. Who says the Germans don't have a sense of humour!"
ANDY HUTCHINSON "Indiana Jones and The Fate of Atlantis - the graphic adventure. I've got a thing about whips and leather chaps, you see." Erm, yes Andy.
ED RICKETTS "Hmmm. I'll have to say Tearaway Thomas, I'm afraid - even though it's unimaginative and derivative." Wise words, mate.
SARAH TANSER "I've recently revived the great belly-wobbling platformer Chuck Rock., because it reminds me of an old friend."
HUW LLEWELYN "I've been playing loads of games on my Amiga lately. Oh, erm, hi Mum. Didn't see you there.
Yeah, like I was saying - I've been studying madly for my exams. Honest."
DEREK DAVIS "Knights of the Sky, I reckon. It's great at first but it gets a bit too difficult for its own good on the later levels."
ANDY LOWE “Streetfighter 2, because it improves your hand- eye co-ordination, and gives you a great feeling of power as you punch someone's head in."
NEIL JACKSON "I've been busy scaring myself to death by playing Dark Seed. It's giving me nightmares - but I've just got to finish it."
Legends of Valour Once upon a time in the fairy-tale village of Mittledorf there were lots of robbers, gamblers, werewolves, vampires, trolls, goblins and some heavy-handed police, all of whom were in a bad mood all of the time. Into this lovely town came a naive adventurer with leather trousers, a rucksack and a bad case of spots. How will the adventurer get by? Find out on... Page 90 Dragon's Lair III Good grief! Sullivan Bluth's bizarre and wacky arcade game makes it to part three on the Amiga.
Who'd have thought it. Especially as the previous two incarnations were as about as playable as ice hockey in the Sahara. Still, we have to give them a chance - they might have got it right this time, third time lucky and all that! Find out for sure by reading our daring expose on... Page 98 Sleepwalker What do you get if you cross Comic Relief, Ocean Software, a brilliantly original idea from CTA Developments and a small dog called Ralph?
That's easy - you get our game of the month, Sleepwalker. But why is it so good? Well, you'll just have to turn to our review on... Page 60 MARCH 1993 Wing Commander With its texture-mapped graphics and incredible speed. Wing Commander caused a storm when it was unveiled to the PC market a year ago. The PC version required a fast machine with loads of add-ons to run, so there were many sceptics when it was announced that an Amiga conversion was on the way. Can Origin prove them wrong? Turn to... Page 94 Dark Seed With graphics drawn by Swiss surrealist HR Giger, famous (or infamous?) For his
monstrous creations in the film Alien, this offering from newcomers Cyberdreams looks set to sell in vast quantities. But as readers of Amiga Format know, sexy graphics don't always make a sexy game.
Can the story match the visuals? We spill the beans on... Page 68 Ocean have had a bad run recently, with the ’release of Cool World and the appalling WWF 2. But their latest game heralds a return to form, with the help of a dog called Ralph... If somebody said to you that they had come up with an idea for a game which is incredibly simple, and yet maddeningly addictive, il would be difficult to believe them with today's style of games. With the range of platform games, shooi-cm-ups and adventures which flood the games market, it takes a clever mind to think up an original idea.
NEEDS 1 MEC MARCH 1993 Sleepwalker, the latest game from Ocean, is exactly that sort of game. It has the kind of storyline that makes you kick yourself and shout "why didn't I think of that'" The storyline goes: a boy sleepwalks his way through the major hazards of a city, w hile you control his dog in an attempt to stop him waking up. If the boy hits an obstacle, he loses some sleep.
That's il. The complete story . So why the hell hasn't someone thought of that before?
Anyway, someone has now. So it's too late. It would be a real bummer, though, if the game turned out to be a dog. After all. £4.32 from each sale of the game goes to Comic Relief, so hopefully it w ill be good enough for you to want to go out and buy it. Fortunately for Ocean. Comic Relief, and you. The prospective buyer. Sleepwalker is actually s cry good.
Sleeping dogs lie... The sleepwalker in question here is called Lee.
His mum carelessly leaves Lee's w indow wide open at bedtime, and so (of course) he somnabulates his way out of it. On his way he manages to tread on his dog. Ralph, and the faithful hound takes it upon himself to keep Lee from harm.
Lee continues walking and walking until he reaches some kind of danger, and if this danger happens to be. For instance, the edge of a rooftop, a nightclub bouncer or even an open sewer, he will just merrily w ade in and take the damage as it comes. As he gets more and more hassle, he loses more and more sleep - and if the little chap awakes from his slumbers you lose a life. Got that so far?
OK. So how does Ralph protect him'.’ Fortunately, he's a big. Strong dog who's able lo push and kick Lee around without too much effort, and he's also armed with a truncheon (which helps against the had guys). Generally, though. Ralph's job is to run around and find the places w here Lee is likely to gel hurt, and make them safe. The screen's scrolling always follows Ralph around, so it's quite possible to lose track of Lee's position - and this is w here the strategic pan of the game comes in.
When you run away to disarm the danger, you must always keep an eye on Lee. The way he manages to get himself into trouble is quite amazing - but kind old Ocean have provided an on-screen map to help you along. When you view the map. Time stops, so you can have that cuppa or go to the loo.
RED NOSE!
Is life really that simple? 'Course not. Silly - the map only displays the places where you've already been, so you're constantly running blind. You have lo check all directions - deadends. Tunnels, sewers - in the hope that you're going the right way. If you really need the map to plan your strategy, you'll have to find a dunce's cap and pick it up - this tills out all the missing pieces of the map.
While we're on the subject of pick-ups.
There are several other bits and bobs lying around which will help you on your travels.
These include a red nose - extra life: a whoopee cushion - invulnerability: and a custard pie - builds a bridge over water. Also scattered around each level arc five bonus noses. As you collect them, the word COMIC is spelled out on the top right-hand side of the screen - collect them all. And you can enter the bonus level - see follow ing page "Give the dog a bonc-us'.
Control of Ralph is v ia a joystick - and preferably one which can cope with diagonals easily . If you walk into Lee face on. You will stop him: carry on. And you'll push him in the other direction. If you're pushing Lee. Or any other object for that matter, you can swap positions by pulling down on the slick. Stand behind Lee and press the fire-button. And you'll kick him upwards on to a higher platform. The control method is very simple, but difficult to master - in fact, that statement could easily apply to the whole game, and it's one of the trademarks of a classic.
61 MARCH 1993 After playing Sleepwalker for a w hile, you begin to realise the scale of the game, and also the amount of fun that the creators must have had in putting it together, and playtcsting it all.
They have obviously got a good sense of humour - w hen Ralph runs off the edge of a building he hangs there for a while, then looks down, grimaces, yelps and only then does he Continued overleaf LET ME TAKE YOU BY THE HAND, AND LEAD YOU THROUGH THE STREETS OF KIPSVILLE... 5: Factory. Lee seems to have a passion for fur-
- use all your might to stop him... nr - i= - ¦ ¦ ¦ i * ¦ ' f*
"51 GIVE THE DOG A BONE-US If you manage to collect five red
noses from each of the first five levels, you will be
transported to one of five bonus levels.
Here, you must collect three items which spell out a phrase - which Ralph then uses as a form of revenge on Lee... drop. Further on in ihe game you’re likely lo find him being burned, steamed, electrocuted, squashed, sauteed - you name it. Il happens. In case there are any children reading, you needn't worry - Ralph is never hurt, only delayed by these horrible accidents. Other neat touches that endear you to Ralph include the way in which he leans against a wall for a breather when you leave him alone, and his teetering motion w hen he stands right on the edge of a huge drop.
Yes. Comedy abounds everywhere - but then so does cruel humour. The options screen at the start of the game gives you the chance to select either easy or hard gameplay. But selecting easy simply lures you into a false sense of security. The game could never, under any circumstances. Be called easy. Don't get the w rong impression, it's not too difficult either - it's a good balance between the two. Anyway, to introduce you to the game a small training level is provided, with arrows and messages on screen to point you in the right directions.
MARCH 1993 Phew!
Sleepwalker is one of those games that is addictive, testing and madly infuriating when you go wrong. You need to have a quick- thinking mind to keep track of Lee while you rush about discovering the danger points. It's not really a case of Ov Lee. Stay there while I go ahead and sort that trouble out.' Because Lee is constantly on the move. He walks quickly, but Ralph is able lo jump ahead of him and rush around much faster - so it's all down to your dexterity and concentration.
Sleepwalker is a brilliant mix of arcade, puzzle, strategy and platform styles: but what sets this apart from the rest is that all these elements arc mixed together so well that you can't see the join. The graphics are so good- looking and varied, with excellent use of parallax scrolling, that sometimes it's almost possible to believe that you're taking part in an interactive cartoon.
Games like this don't come round very often: Sleepwalker is original, playable and good-looking, with superb sound effects and music, and large enough to keep you playing for ages - I'm gobsmacked. Buy it. But don't borrow it or steal it - that's cheating.
Remember, it s for charity, mate Andy Nuttall O Sleepwalker Ocean ¦ £25.99 RALPH, THE KAMIKAZE STUNT DOG While chasing after his master, Ralph gets into some extraordinary situations - and each of them are represented by some stunningly cute animations. Falling and leaping are two of the most common, along with being burnt, squashed and electrocuted... r »* mm j
• Wow'. Mow manv different genres can you lit into one game?
• Cute cartoonv graphics using parallax scrolling, and six
completel) different levels.
• f ive brain-taxing bonus levels, where the ahilit) to think
laterallv is a huge bonus.
• Weird, almost random music - along with excellent sampled
effects and speech.
• Not just a charitv licence - a completel) pla)ahle. Exciting,
pu zling game. A winner!
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Exodus 3010 solation if you have splashed out on a second drive. If you have 1.5Mb of extra memory, then disk swapping should be eliminated, but it wasn't on the A500 or A2000 that I tried it on. That's the trouble with Demonware games
- they don't always work consistently on different Amigas.
The very worst thing about this game is the manual. For this son of point and click game, you do need a decent manual.
Supremacy, which was a similar game, had a brilliant manual, full of useful tutorials. What you get w ith Exodus is an incredibly thin, wib- bly volume, which gives you a rough idea of what you have to do. But leaves incredible gaps as to how you actually do it. A couple of illustrations would be helpful.
I wouldn't pay £29.99 for such a poorly - packaged (four sheets of A4. And a naff colour poster) and badly put together game, when there arc better point-and-click strategy games, and even better 3D space games.
Pat McDonald MARCH 1993 You can send the unarmed fighter asteroid mining, and w hen it comes back, you can build more. There's a fine line between getting what you need and trying to achieve the impossible
- crossing that line means you've lost.
But what makes the game more than a management simulation are the encounters.
Every so often, you come across an alien ship, planet or depot. You don't have to attack on sight - talking first is a good idea, but combat is inevitable w ith some of them.
The 3D space combat is truly terrible. The fighters go left and right easily enough, but pitching up and down is particularly slow and jerky. This element of the game doesn't work too well, but even if it did it wouldn't add a great deal to the gameplay.
Thumbs down Well, that's it as far as the game goes, now on to ihe real gripes. The game comes on two disks, and insists on swapping between the flying sections and the main control menus. OK.
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Mtt 62% This game requires a fair amount of imagination to play. You are the controller of a giant spaceship - the Starlight (or the Starflighl. As it is called in the manual I. which contains the last remnants of mankind - three million frozen colonists. 46 pilots who can be popped in the microwave for instant readiness, a few raw materials and a huge, great engine to power the whole lot.Your mission is to find a new home for mankind to start again. With this motley collection. You have lo build fighters and weapons to protect the Starlight, select who (lies which fighter, and maintain
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It's a much better idea to fight the bad guys at a distance rather than at close quarters and risk them damaging the mothership, because repairs consume lots of raw material and energy. If you run too low on cither of these, the game automatically self-destructs and you have to starl at the beginning again.
Collecting raw materials is a good idea, but it can be a better plan to create them in the Starlight laboratory, where you can discover new compounds. Mixing these is simple in theory, but beware that you can blow up your lab if you create a particularly explosive cocktail of components - uranium and plutonium should be left in the test lubes.
Industrial war Producing new machines creates less obvious problems You start off w ith three designs of fighter, blue, black and red. But actually getting them involves more than clicking on the relevant icon because you must have all the correct components first, which means you have to make the components before you can even think about working on your fighters.
At the start of the game, you can only build one unarmed fighter, and it lakes time before you can upgrade to one that's armed.
5 I IlliiiU Thawing out pilots is not just a case of setting the time and then hitting defrost - you have to balance the abilities of each pilot until you end up with a fully-rounded individual.
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0753 686-000 081 909-2092 iTRONICS % Inovatronics, Inc. Suite 209B. 8499 Greenville Ave, Dallas. TX USA 75231-2499 Phone 214-340-4991 FAX 214-340-8514 Inovatronics, GmbH Im Heidkamp 11 W-5000 Cologne 91 GERMANY Phone +49-221-875126 FAX +49-221-8704747 What an apt name for a game which is both dark and seedy. This tale of time bandits, nether-world nasties and twilight terrors could only have come from the creator of Alien, HR Giger... This one's really going lo gel ihc moaning minnics and the Irash-lastic tabloids talking about how 'Nintendo turned my son into a homicidal loony'. Why?
Because it's the nearest thing you could have to a software nightmare, a truly weird and disturbing adventure through a crazy, vaguely nauseating world of creatures from another time. For once, the criticisms that are hurled at computer games, about them 'corrupting my Five-year-old' or ‘giving my nipper sleepless nights', could well turn out lo be true, with CyberDream's new DarkSeed.
But don't be misled into thinking that this means DarkSeed is no good. As it happens, it is good - very good - but it's certainly not for little kids. Even a few young adults may find il all a little bit too spooky, but forewarned is forearmed, as they say.
Underneath the grisly animations of babies turning into corpses and dangly bits of viscera turning into household items, there's a rather intriguing plot to get to grips with. And it's no worse than your average IS-rated horror Film, so it's really not that bad.
The plot is centred round a chap called Mike Dawson, who's just moved into an old house on a hill. He's gone there for a bit of peace and quiet, so there are no prizes for guessing what happens next. Pretty soon, strange things start happening around the MARCH 1993 DarkSeed house and before you know it you (in the form of Mike) are dragged into a twisted tale of creatures from a parallel time. Needless to say, these creatures are not here to party, and the penally for misguided adventuring on your part is death. And a grisly one at that.
It would be difficult to deny HR Giger a place in the great hall of computer fame that already contains such luminaries as Douglas Adams, William Gibson and Philip K Dick.
The difference is that Giger's work, unlike that of the other 'cyberpunks', doesn't use words.
Even if you don't know exactly who Giger is, you are bound to have seen at least one of his grim and quite terrifying creations.
The alien (from the now-legendary film of the same name) was of course, Giger's most famous creation, and it brought him real ‘household name’ status for a while. But most of Giger's work would look quite out of place in all but the most eccentric of households, thanks to his uncanny obsession with the gruesome, half-biological, ha If-mechanical style that has now become his eerie trademark.
Like most art beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and with Giger's work, you either love it or hate it Either way, it's guaranteed to provoke a GIGER MEMORIES response, and DarkSeed is no exception. The idea for the game came from three devoted Giger fans who had the dedication needed to get in touch with the elusive Swiss artist. They approached Giger with the concept and he agreed to allow them to use his artwork. The only stipulation was that all Giger's graphics had to be digitised in high resolution (interlaced mode) to prevent jagged lines from ruining the effect.
The resulting game is undoubtedly a vehicle for Giger's incredible style, in the same way as many Hollywood films are just platforms for their biggest star. But that doesn't mean DarkSeed isn't successful, or that it's totally 'hollow'.
In a way, it's a classic a real Blade Runner of a computer game, if such a thing exists. Ifs creepy, crawly, and yet it's difficult to leave alone. And it serves to blur even further, that boundary between films, science-fiction. Computers and art.
Welcome to the twilight zone. (When's the programmer's cut? - Ed.)
CURSORY GLANCES DarkSeed uses a quick and easy control method that takes mere seconds for you to master. Your current action is indicated by the shape that the cursor takes, and you can cycle through the different actions just by clicking the right mouse button.
Here's what you can do: Wherever you dick on the screen.
Mike (the central character) will try to walk, in digitised, smoothly animated style. The cursor changes to four inwardly point- ¦ 1 ¦ ¦ ¦ ing arrows (and looks much like the picture here, spookily so in fact) if the object under it is a doorway. Clicking on doorways makes the program load a new location, and while this is happening, the cursor changes to an egg timer.
THE INVENTORY Moving the mouse up to the very top of the screen makes your inventory appear. To begin with there's nothing there, but once you've done a bit of searching, you can begin to fill it up. The items in your inventory can be moved and used with the hand icon, but sometimes their correct uses aren't immediately obvious.
QUESTION MARK By clicking on the right button once you are taken to the 'look' mode. As you move the question mark around the screen, you will find that it occasionally turns into an exclamation mark. This simply means that you've found an item which may be of use to you. Clicking on the left button gets a description of it.
HAND Once you've discovered an item, you'll probably want to use it.
Clicking on the right button a third time changes the cursor to the manipulate mode. This mode ' lets you pick up objects and automatically places them in your inventory at the top of the screen. Later on, you can use this mode to reuse the objects you picked up earlier.
THE DISK In the comer of the inventory is the game options icon. Clicking on this takes you to a different screen that enables you to save, load and restart games.
DarkSeed is a very big game and it can also be a very confusing and very odd game, so the chances are that you'll be using this icon a fair bit.
DarkSeed will be considered by many 'normal' people as Ihe work of a deranged mind. With HR Giger lending a large hand in the graphics department, you'd find il difficult lo argue ihe case against ihis deduction. He's nol exactly known for his scenic landscapes and beautiful portraits, and CyberDreams have taken the best (or worst, depending on your point of view ) of Giger's work and used it to incredible effect here.
The game is filled from top to bottom with Gigerisms. As well as more normal graphics depicting the human world. The whole game has a dark, unsettling atmosphere about it.
The controls arc very similar to other adventure games, like Sierra's Leisure Still Larry and to some extent Lucasfilm's Indiana Jones. You guide your character around using a mouse-controlled pointer, and instruct him to pick up and use objects as you sec fit. In this respect. DarkSeed is fine - intuitive, easy to control and mastered in seconds. But where DarkSeed falls down most is in the nature of its story telling.
The plot itself is fine - and I've already given enough of that away - the problem lies in how you discover il. Too many things in the game need to be done within a specific time, or in a certain order, and you don't necessarily know when you've passed that 'critical point' after which you're fighting a lost cause. As a result, you often have to play the game several times over, going through scenes you've seen countless times before.
But that's DarkSeed's only real problem.
The adventure system is fine, the controls arc perfect and the graphics superb. There's even an attempt to make it more like an interactive movie: the characters you meet
* * The adventure talk in sampled speech.
As well as in displayed system is fine, the text, a technique which, although not perfect.
Controls perfect and still works pretty well.
If you're one of the graphics superb ** the older. Ridley Scott generation (and if you don't know who he is, you aren't one), then you'll want to rush out and buy DarkSeed. My advice is 'do il’. But if you're a young undcr- fifteencr, then you might do well to (a) keep DarkSeed away from your impressionable parents and (b) make sure you can handle a few sleepless nights, because it's a bit of a night- mare-maker. And don't let The Sun find out about this one. Or we'll have a government inquiry on games before you know it.
Neil Jackson MARCH 1993 DarkSeed CyberDreams ¦ £34.95
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Ed Ricketts 2 There's a twist to the Iceland level. Instead of collecting gems, you enter a 3D- scrolling. Shoot-em-up sub-game with Gouraud shading. No sorry. I'm lying, actually you jump around and collect gems, just for a change.
Tearaway Thomas MARCH 1993 Thomas distracts the bear-shaped nasty with his hovering gag. White his cohorts bring the Bedford van round the back and surreptitiously clean out the level of gems.
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All Amiga programmers want lo write a Sonic beater at the moment.
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I wanna be a youth icon But let's be optimistic. Let's approach the game with an open mind. First, the plot: hmmm... ho ho ho. Very slightly amusing, full of anagrams of Mario. Sonic and other Sega- related icons. Unfortunately it never points out just what Thomas is. Aside from a tearaway.
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Which leads us neatly to the game.
Somewhere in the dark, universally misunderstood realms of the programmer's mind, there must have been a point to all of this. He must, at some time, have been visited by a kind of inspirational angel, who informed him that he was destined to write a computer game based upon the exploits of a struggling artist.
Foolishly, he bowed to the angel's will... and Falal Strokes was bom.
Fatal Strokes Manic depression "For weeks", informs the manual. "I had suffered an overwhelming sense of depression that was like a dark, enveloping cloud of despair." Yeah, right. A dark cloud of despair not dissimilar to the one which will soon envelope those Amiga owners who stupidly waste i 25.99 on this deeply tedious game.
Edwin Saxx. Struggling artist, wanders into an art materials shop and is given a set of 'special' paints by a mystical and strangely familiar, wisened old man. He paints three masterpieces in just a few hours and collapses from exhaustion. Then he wakes to find that he's been curiously iransponed into the domain of the paintings, and an evil sorcerer rules over all three of the picture worlds. He must collect the magic orbs, because they will restore the light to the universe, and banish the darkness into the eternal... oh. God. No. I'm sorry . I can't go on.
Our hero is a desperately skint artist who flies from place to place in a ludicrously expensive helicopter.
It's not exactly Dostoevsky this, is it?
SUBNORMAL SUBDIVISIONS Another downright awful aspect to Fatal Strokes is the stupefyingly unimaginative subgames - the concepts behind which are nothing short of, well, familiar.
It really is rather naff. A fairly promising story rapidly descends into the old 'collect the sacred orbs and vanquish the evil one' wibblc.
Didn't this sort of thing go out with the Spectrum? Oh well, maybe the slartlingly original and compelling gameplay will make up for the lack of plot interest. Here goes... Nope. I'm afraid this really is garbage.
The gameplay - using the term loosely - takes the form of a mindbcndingly tiresome platform game. The concept of which appears to have been publicly humiliated, tortured, mutilated and force-fed some bizarre, angular, badly drawn, tragically flickering graphics - before being convinced, in a moment of particularly hysterical drunken insincerity, that it is OK. It is loveable, playable even This is. Quite honestly, the kind of game that Spectrum owners would have gladly paid
119. 99 for in 1985. Just. None of the ill-conceived sub-games,
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looks like Ceefax on an off-day. Plays like a dead puppy and
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hearty swigs of Domestos. Screaming the word 'noodles’ every
time Jeremy Beadle grins.
It's a fatality 81 MARCH 1993 Lixik - I tried. I really did try. Honest. I played it solidly for a whole evening - with the benefit of an energy -bar cheat and all the sub-game codes. I picked up all the power-ups. Tried the turps gun. Attempted to make sense of the map screens and defeated end-of-level guardians. I came up with the conclusion, though, that should you have actually paid for this piece of junk, you'd surely expect lo be entertained to some degree - without having to grit your teeth and hope it gets good soon.
It's a shame though, because ICE seem to be a reasonably capable software house, with their previous release Fireforce, and their up- and-coming RPG game Abandoned Places 2.
Despite the occasional Hashes of mild interest, however. Fatal Strokes is unplayable, unexciting and very, very ugly. State-of-the-art. Such a shame the art is actually basket weaving.
Andy Lowe Yep. If* a trip down to memory arcade, with a game not dissimilar to Space Invaders. Of a sort. Move left and right. Press the fire-button at appropriate intervals. Become interminably bored.
To jump and keep the balls in the air. Oh. You also have to avoid the two floating guardian thingies.
Not particularly exciting, really.
Nothing different there then.
Skull left and right and bounce the ball on to the bricks. When you've bashed away at all the bricks, you've completed it. The snag is you have to stay awake.
Fatal Strokes ICE ¦ £25.99 Dull and painfully derivative.
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Remember when no exam hall was complete withoul the sight of desks full of ugly - masquerading as cute - little creatures, with button eyes and a vibrant tuft of hair, who went by the name of trolls?
Well, they're currently enjoying a revival, along with Abba and Thunderhirds.
In this game of the name, the idea is to dodge enemies in various guises while collecting a required number of baby trolls. Once you've found them, you must then find the pig stop where Pigasus. The mythical flying pig.
Will take you to the start of the next level. It's derivative of other platform games - but hell, if it's good, who cares?
Seven wonderful worlds There arc seven worlds, each w ith several levels. Each one must be completed to finish the game, but you can choose which order you play them in.
As you travel around there are various collectables - bonus points which can be picked up to increase your score, and balloons which burst on contact showering stars and prizes everywhere. You must collect these prizes before they fade. Some are merely bonus points, others are life-restoring hearts, and some have special properties which will enhance or degrade the pow er of your troll.
Some balloons contain letters, which can be collected to spell cither ‘bogus’ or 'bonus', giving you access to one of two extra levels at the end of each world. Both of these levels contain loads of bonuses which may In- picked up to boost your score, but failure to complete the bogus level will cause you to lose a life. If you see a white rabbit, grab it for a bonus continue.
Another important prize is a yo-yo. Which will enable you to reach otherwise inaccessible platforms by swinging Tarzan-like about the screen. Firstly, though, you have to attach the yo-yo to a bit of the scenery. Problem is. There isn't really an area to aim for when firing it. So whether the yo-yo sticks or not seems to be totally random. You'll need a lot of patience otherwise you'll end up throwing your real-life trolls at the screen en masse.
While we're having a bit of a gripe, the protection sequence is another bugbear. It's one of the usual 'enter the nth word, on the nth line, on the nth page' types, but what's particularly infuriating is sometimes you are asked for a word which doesn't exist. After you've shelled out over 20 quid for the game, you should be able to get in first time.
Absolutely fabulous The gameplay is excellent, with outstanding graphics to make you want to come back for more. A lot of time has been spent on the w ide range of enemies for each level, all of which attack in different ways. The graphics arc so good, in fact, they can sometimes be distracting. So there is a tendency to be killed while you're marvelling at the sheer variety of enemies. It's an absolutely fabulous game, which considering Flair's other offering on Page 87 (Euro Soccer) is remarkable.
OK. It's very similar to Zool and James Pond, bul everyone should have the chance to be a hero, even if you're an ugly with day-glo 'can't do anything with it' hair. Play on.
Sarah Tanser Zj MARCH 1993 Trolls Flair ¦ £25.99 A FEW POINTERS FOR CHERRYSODA LAND
• There are loads of games in Ibis genre, bul Ihe imagination
used in Ihe worlds and for Ihe different enemies is
outstanding.
• Sound effects are great, especially the sound Ihe elephant
makes when he jumps.
• Very playable, although using the yo-yo is a real pain.
• Has none of the annoying disk swaps that plague certain other
platform games.
Surprise the elephant so that he will remember your position.
Oxyg«n level - if thi* gets low. Collect more red balloons to refill.
Shows the number of babies rescued on the current level.
80% MANAGER: OK team, I want you to go out on to the pitch today, and give it your best shot. This time, I want you to run like realistic footballers, instead of flickering and wobbling around like you did against Spartak Rotterdam in the last game.
PLAYER 1: But guv. We have to run like that it's the way we've been programmed.
PLAYER 2: Yeah, and seeing as you're only paying us £25.99, I think you've got a nerve asking for realism.
MANAGER: I’ll have you know that £2S.99’s the going rate nowadays. Those Sensible players are paid the same amount and look at the way they play.
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a trip to the weird and wonderful world of Mittledorf; a town
full of villains, dodgy landladies, pigmen and the lovely
Dunghead and Lionel - and these are just your friends! Read on,
oh valiant one... Whal we have here isn't so much a game as a
visit. The town of Mittledorf is a thriving little metropolis
with a weird and wonderful bunch of citizens. In order to
survive for longer than an evening, you need lo become familiar
with the workings of the society and its people.
On the face of it the game looks like a cross between a Dungeons & Dragons game and a graphic adventure. There are set tasks which you need to complete in order to rise up through society; how far you go is up to you.
Similarly, you can ignore some of the quests and spend time getting to know the people and places. It's one hell of a flexible environment.
Anyway, come with me now to a valiant land... Satyr's Day, 14 Juine Dear Diary.
I'm finally here! I arrived in Mittledorf this bright and breezy Satyr's Day. Upon being dropped off by Stinky Ihe Pigman. I bade farewell lo his two lovely sows (Juniper and Penelope) and wandered in through the huge- city gate. I was bewildered by the hustle and bustle around me. But once I got my bearings I decided to find somewhere lo stay.
After asking a wizzencd old hag who was selling potatoes near the gatehouse. I found my way to the Custom House. I wandered up to the main desk and was greeted by a custom's officer (failed Norris, who offered lo buy any used goods from me. Then he pulled his arm out of its sling, got out of his wheelchair, lifted his eye patch and winked at me.
Once we'd sorted out that I didn't want to part with any of my major organs, he directed me towards the notice board. Apart from lots of curious cards saying things like 'Lusty
l. oma will peddle your bike (come to the Old Frog Inn)’, and
'Mammary Annie will dangle your blues away (visit Ihe Scroti
'n' Stew Pub)'. I spotted a message from Sven. My cousin, who
I'd come all this way to find.
Moon Day, 16 Juine So much has happened since I arrived that I haven't had much chance to sleep, let alone write down my experiences. The town is enormous. And packed to bursting with every kind of enterprise. There are taverns, hostels, shops, guilds, temples and prisons along with very weird places such as The Hag's Pit and Chamal House.
MARCH 1993 Legends of Valour Having found my bearings, the first thing I did was find somewhere lo sleep. The Travellers Inn hostel seemed a suitable place to rest my bones. The management (a lovely landlady called Loopy 1 .indy l.ooi arranged to have a basket placed in my room, into which I could place all my valuables for sale-keeping.
You see. The streets are full of bandits and robbers. And the last thing you want is some villain stealing your last pot of beetroot pigment. Anyway, after having a bit of a kip I decided to go and look for .Svcn. My journey was slow because I didn’t have a clue where I was going. The map I brought with me only had a few places of interest marked, and the citizens looked at me in the oddest way when I asked them for directions lo the Hanged Man pub. One chap called me a "festering lump of cockroach excrement" and hit me. Thankfully those boxing lessons Magnus the Poacher arranged w ith
Sad Ernest came in handy, and I gave the sack-clothed mueeer a right royal kicking. And then I robbed him. Well he started it. Didn't he!
Don't look at me like that. Diary.
THE ROUGH GUIDE TO MITTLEDORFIAN WARFARE Woden's Day, 12 Julye You’ll he pleased to know that the stain came out. Diary, so there was no need for the ’fish lips and fried loejam’ balm which Morgana got off Dumpdoodlc. Today is the brotherhood’s AGM at the Guild of Thieves and I'm up for promotion from gravcrobhcr lo thief.
My swag bag needs patching up because the Godfather and all the other beggars, pickpockets. Graverobbcrs and thieves will he there.
What's more, the money’s better, which is just as well as Lindy Loo wants her rent.
Once I'm invested as a thief, I have to nip across town to the Brotherhood of Loki.
Apparently, some other guild has been on our patch and we’ve got lo work out a battle plan to teach them a lesson. Thrushbrealh reckons that we should steal their divine statue to leach them a lesson, but the Worshipful High Priest reckoned that would only tempt them to nick all our prize petunias again.
Day of the Sun, 28 Octover Blimey, what a night. The boys and myself went out on a tavern crawl last night and ended up in The Snakes. Dunghcad and Lionel started betting on the cockroaches and before they knew it they were 5(1 groats up. What “ Legends of Valour is a cross between a Dungeons & Dragons game and a graphic adventure ** luck eh? Of course. I’d had a few meads by Ihcn and so I had a go myself. Unfortunately I picked the only three-legged cockroach in the race and he limped home in last place.
On the way back from the tavern, nothing much happened: Lionel got jumped by a wcre- wolf. Dunghcad got mugged and I ended up in the slammer for vagrancy. All in all it was an ordinary Satyr’s Day night out. Anyway. I’ve got to nip down to the Temple of Set for a spot of worshipping today, besides which, there’s this gorgeous hand-maiden of Set who works in the kitchens. Oh, and guess what. I bumped into Sven in the Witches Meadow, apparently he’s been w orking w ith... ad infinitum.
INSTALLABLE Resolution Graphically Legends of Valour looks sumptu- ous. Ii uses a technique called texture mapping which enables you to walk right up to people or buildings and examine them in detail; you can even look in through windows to see if there’s anything interesting inside, or stand inside a building, looking out of the window and watching people strolling about. The actual interface is intuitive and well designed, so that moving around the town and interacting w ith it is painless.
There are plenty of nice touches, particularly the vein of Pythonesque humour which runs throughout. For instance, in order to attract someone’s attention you literally shout ’Hey’ at them. If you’ve met the person before then they'll remember you. Which is bad news if you mugged them the last time you met.
DCD have got around the lasling-interest problem by leaving Miltledorf as an open environment which you can dip into as and when you please - the game isn’t over once you've found Svcn and risen to the top of each of the guilds.
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After the original Dragon's Lair game died a death in the arcades and on disk, who'd have thought that Readysoft would ever get the third incarnation on to the Amiga? Believe it or not... are excellent throughout. No qualms there then. The animation is some of the best you will find in a game - bright colours, sharp outlines and very smooth movement. You really couldn't ask for more.
The sound is equally impressive, using samples throughout, and there are ample amounts of speech. But this quality of sound is repeatedly broken up every time thal you have to access one of the seven disks! With a single floppy drive gameplay is at its best dull, and at its worst downright irritating.
But I'll just install it on to my hard disk, so it won’t be a problem after the first initial loading. I hear you say. Wrong there I'm afraid. Just lo make you suffer thal little bit more. Dragon's Lair III isn't hard disk installable! On top of that, the graphics screens only load one by one when required, although this doesn't utilise any extra memory. Anyway, on with the story- impressive or what?
In Dragon's Lair II. Dirk the Daring - supreme warrior and all-round nice guy - rescues his girl Daphne from an evil wizard called Mordroc. In doing so he has to drop the nice-guy image and throw a few blinding punches at the old wiz.
Well, in Lair III you play Dirk again and the storyline follows in a similar vein, but this time Dirk's darling Daphne has been abducted by Mordroc's witch sister. Mordrcad. Dirk, being the kind of man he is. Goes to the rescue again, chasing the evil kidnapper through Alice in Wonderland world. To survive. Dirk must face up to fights and terrible tricks being played by all the members of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, the Queen of Hearts and Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum.
Sit back, relax, and imagine a perfect gaming world. One where graphics, sound and gameplay all come together seamlessly to form the ultimate game.
Moreover, the ultimate game is also available for the same price as a compact disc.
Was that as good for you as it was for me?
Well I'm sorry, but we were both dreaming.
Back in the real world, games can cost upwards of £20. And gotxl gameplay is an exception, rather than the rule.
MARCH 1993 Dragon Lair III Makers of Dragon's Lair III - ReadySoft - have the knack of creating games which stretch the average Amiga's graphics and sound lo its limits. Graphics that make a Disney blockbuster look fairly passe, and a soundtrack which wouldn't look out of place on CD and cassette. But - and it's one hell of a big but - their games lack any decent remnants of gameplay.
So. Docs Dragon's Lair III break the mould? As expected, the graphics and sound Play then continues through several different time .ones in which various famous people of the era arc featured. Beethoven plays his Ninth Symphony while his vicious pet cat attacks you. Amusing scenes like this arc accentuated by the expressions on the characters' faces.
Playable? Nah!
There is really only one thing that makes or breaks a computer game - and that's playability. Graphics and sound can't get you completely and utterly hooked. If a game doesn't make you want to forget about the rest of your life, then it just doesn't work in my btxtk. All that Dragon's Lair III makes you do is long for the refuge of day-time TV - though it is more aesthetically pleasing than Richard and Judy.
The gamcplay has the same old problem that dogged the previous versions: you have no direct control over Dirk. That's right - a few seconds of animation, you place Dirk in a potentially lethal situation, and you twitch the joystick in the vague hope that you choose the right direction to move Dirk out of danger. But which way? Left, right, up. Down, or even a diagonal, who knows? The whole thing boils down to trial and error.
Charging through the scenes soon loses its appeal, and eventually you're stuck in a scene that seems to ignore all logical joystick movements. So you press fire, which doesn't work either. 'Timing is important', says the manual, which couldn't be more true. If you don't move at the correct lime you can shove the joystick in the right direction until you are blue in the face without any effect whatsoever.
All that playing the game seems to be at the end of the day is a test of memory . Trying to remember 27 joystick moves in a row can be quite difficult. Thankfully. Lair III comes with a save-game option, which, although it's not the best of systems, docs stop all the trudging through early levels again and again.
Third-time lucky?
Even with all these serious faults Dragon's Lair III docs improve on versions I and II.
Even if it's only because it seems a tad longer.
It's a bit crinkly, and generally quite sad.
Good graphics and sound no more make a good game than appearances make a good cake. All the icing in the world couldn't save this release from the realms of mediocrity.
Hum* Llewellyn MARCH 1993 Dragon's Lair Readysoft ¦ £34.99
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JOYSTICKS FreeWheel MARCH 1993 FREEWHEEL is available from RC Simulations 0272 S50900 FREEWHEEL DIGITAL ¦ £29.95 the playing of games where the Digital really lets itself down.
This wheel too, works by being tipped sideways, forwards and back. Unlike its Analogue counterpart though, the motion lacks subtlety. One flip of the wheel, and you're either gunning full out stamping on the brakes, or on full-lock in a comer. This is not realistic or easy to control, and can prove dangerous to your high-score potential.
With the Analogue stick, the software usually enables you to calibrate the wheel to suit your own driving style. This effectively causes the car to over or understeer depending on how much of The FreeWheel Digital looks and feels like its proportional sibling; in fact there are only two ways to tell them apart - the badge on the centre of the wheel, or by using the thing. Overlooking obvious titular differences, it is in No joystick can accurately replicate the feel of a real steering wheel. But that’s what Logic 3 have tried to do with their new FreeWheel joystick.
The FreeWheel Analogue, like its digital cousin (see box below), is a small, solid plastic wheel that wouldn't look out of place on a boy-racer’s Mini Cooper. It has two small firc- buttons that run flush to the inside at the ten and two o'clock positions on the wheel. To use it. All you have to do is plug the lead in the second joystick port on your Amiga.
The weird thing is that unlike previous joystick steering devices, the FreeWheel isn't bolted down to your desk - it's completely hand-held. This feels odd. Because even in your car, the wheel doesn't just hang there - it's bolted to the steering mechanics - and there are only two directions you can move it.
That’s the point; it steers, leaving the sloppy- starty bits to the accelerator and brake pedals.
Maybe this is how it is for Ferrari and Ford, but Logic 3 have built these self-same, stoppy-starty functions into the steering wheel.
The tilt switches not only sense the tipping to the left and right, but they also look out for motion forwards and backwards. It's these forward backward motions that control acceleration and breaking when driving.
It's the combination of the tilting, and the lack of a solid axis on which lo pivot, that makes your first few miles so disconcerting .
To accelerate in a comer, you not only have lo tip the joystick strongly left or right (a natural driving instinct), but you also have to push the FreeWheel forward (an unnatural driving instinct), which takes a while to gel used to.
Basic instincts The FreeWheel Analogue is a proportional control device. So the steering really does make sense, and it's possible to slowly nudge a car left or right by a few degrees, exactly as you would with a 'real' car. It's not totally convincing as there's no lock - half a rotation of the wheel is about all it will understand - but it's easier to translate your normal driving instincts lo a more sensitive steering wheel than it is to a small stick.
Is it a must-have joystick though, or merely a fancy widget? This depends on which software you use il with. Formula One Grand Prix. The game al which (lie FreeWheel is primarily aimed, has an excellen! Aulo-braking mode. This slows (he car down lo 'safe' speed for every comer and was included for rookie racers with a need for speed. This option comes into its own with the FreeWheel.
Suddenly, the need to crank the hands back as you try to slow down is removed, and then you can concentrate on maintaining the racing line.
Racing with FIGP shows off the true potential of the FreeWheel. Finding the right line is suddenly easier, and precise course correction becomes possible. It's great to be able to control a car as nature intended, rather than have to relate odd control skills to an unrealistic joystick system.
Even in FIGP however, fundamental problems plague the FreeWheel. The unfixed nature of the pivot is fine when you're doing well, but if you break concentration, ail hell a hard time you give the wheel.
But the Digital stick is only set up in one way and that’s it So. If that set up doesn't suit you, then that's tough.
The FreeWheel Digital does enable you to race reasonably well, but it doesn't really do anything to promote playability. It is simply another feature to contend with in your bid for the fastest lap. It doesn't make the driving any better, just different.
And for the money, different just isn't good enough.
Ferdic: 52% breaks loose, and valuable time is lost as you have to re-orienlatc yourself and the wheel.
Then there's the desire FIGP fans have to develop their skills, and strip away the driver aids. But if you lake the auto-brake out of the equation - one of the six help modes - then the FreeWheel becomes a hindrance, because you have lo twist it this way and that, while trying to keep it within the calibration limits.
Speed thrills As an extra for FIGP. It's ideal for those hardcned-disk drivers who've fought their way through a full season, and who still want more.
Whole new sets of skills have to be mastered, forcing you to rc-lcam a game you may think you already know inside out.
The FreeWheel Analog, like any proportional device, suffers from a scarcity of suitable games. With the software that suits the system, it enables you lo wreak high-speed havoc in a most excellent style. But unless you've a huge collection of analogue-compatible sims that hanker for that extra smidgen of realism, then the FreeWheel is more likely to become a dust-trap than a spced-trap.
Trenton Webb 5
• Needs the right kind of software to he good.
• Offers a convincing *on the road' feel.
• Allows precise, accurate driving.
• Best with FIGP's ‘auto-brake* facilitv.
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Um, oh great - here comes James Leach... Cheap 'n' Cheerful Adrenalynn Global ¦ £7.99 MARCH 1993 63% Two little balls are in love, and must be together for all time.
Unfortunately, the more masculine of these two spheres (although how on Earth you can tell is anyone's guess) must pop a load of hearts before he can be with his loved one.
If this sounds all rather familiar, then either you've got the game already, or you should seek immediate psychiatric attention, because it's one of the flimsiest ideas to try and base a puzzle game on yet. But then, when has a plot been particularly important to a puzzler's gameplay.
Puzzle game. Yes, that's given it away. But in this one, you can only move around the zones you find yourself in, by travelling in straight lines from one edge to the other. So by using logic, determination, speed and the little blocks you can also push around, it's possible to collect all the awkwardly placed hearts and wend your way back to the other blob in the middle somewhere; namely your loved one.
The Power is a weird puzzle game. It has a PD feel about it but doesn't look shabby at all. It might just be that the idea upon which it is based, namely that of moving in straight lines until stopped by something, isn't strong enough.
Still, it's about love, so it must be all right in a misty-eyed sort of way.
You, of course, have control over one of these teams (if you've managed to cajole a friend into joining you, he can control the other team).
You move the balls around using the joystick, and the idea is to use the magnetic fields which all the things on the playing area seem to possess.
These fields enable the ball to stick to the players, but they also cause a bit of repelling now and again, for some reason best sorted by playing the game a lot.
There are about 16 power-ups which also affect the plays. Overall, each bout is like a cross between pool, pinball and Speedball (Bitmap Bros future-sport). It's limited fun, the graphics are OK and you'll either I _ 11 j be brilliant at it or you'll give up. In the dim, and one would hope distant future, it seems that all sport will be played by giant metal spheres, all rolling around inside the world's biggest cake tin. Fine.
At least fat and lazy folk like us won't have to participate in it any longer.
There are two teams in this game, and each one has a load of ball-bearings, oh, and there is also a pair of goals.
Well, that's the rules sorted out. From here on in it's just a massive, clanging, disorderly free-for-all.
The Power Global Demonware ¦ £7.99 It's kind of a Kafka-esque nightmare, this game. You must lay down a succession of pipes in a connected order around a grid as quickly as possible, while some sort of goo of indeterminate consistency flows through them, trying (and inevitably succeeding) to catch up with you.
It's a very neat game, and one which could almost replace the different shaped objects as an educational toy. But there’s one small problem. It's impossible to win. You know that all you can do is survive for longer than you did last time.
The screen is a finite size and the goo never stops flowing, so you physically can't beat it. This might be a major flaw with Pipemania, depending on how you look at it.
Other than that the game is, like most of the ones reviewed here, pretty good puzzly fun for a while. It's both nicely programmed and executed, but ultimately it's something you put away after a while because your brain and fingers hurt (and possibly also your oesophagus, if you've been getting into the vocal swing of things too much. I certainly did).
Reach hitherto inaccessible zones, and generally progress in a satisfactory manner through the game.
The whole thing is pretty reminiscent of Rick Dangerous. It's got nice graphics, plenty of platforms to leap up and down on. And a horde of points for you to try and amass. There are the obligatory traps and puzzles to overcome, and you won’t be at all surprised to find out that you can do each level in several different ways, simply by choosing alternative paths.
Overall, PP Hammer is a competent game. It's not as good as the best of the genre, nor is it the way by any means. It just simply is, and if you're a fan of the name, you might want it anyway.
This caused not a few sniggers when its amusing title first appeared on the shelves I can tell you. And rightly so, because pneumatic weapon does sound rather a lot like engorged pen... (Stop it right now - Ed.)
Anyway, the nub of the crux is that PP Hammer is a platform with such a minor difference that it's almost no different at all.
The guy you control must use his pneumatic drill to tunnel through some of the floors he passes in order to collect lives, PP Hammer and his Pneumatic Weapon Pipemania Touchdown ¦ £9.99 Global ¦ £7.99 Gem'X Global Demonware ¦ £7.99 Tetris really does have a lot to answer for. This game for example, Gem'X, is much like those Krypton Factor tests they have. You must manipulate a load of coloured, er.
Things, on the left of the screen until they look exactly like those on the right.
This is achieved by either clicking on the gems (as they're probably called) so that they change colour in rotation. You must do this a lot until you get something approximating the colours you see on the right. Alternatively, just prop a book against the right- hand side of the screen and ignore the gameplay aspect. You'll soon lose, but there won't be any of the angst of knowing just how close you came.
It's like Klax, it's like Tetris (in a small, puzzly way) and it's a little like the other game with coloured balls (whose name escapes me). It's fun though, but might be a bit too infuriating to be a long-term prospect. Still, this is a gameplay thing (and seems to be personal to me), and nothing to do with the quality of the program, which is of the very highest.
If you're a real puzzle, brainpower fan. Gem'X is great and well worth buying now it's on a budget label. Be prepared to spend a long time getting good.
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Chuck him in tome boiling water for four mint, then smash his
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Dizzy the infamous Egg has been pitched into the ocean by, presumably, someone who fervently believes that the world might have seen the last of him. Don't worry though , luckily he has with him his trusty snorkel.
So, thankfully Dizzy doesn't drown (well, not immediately in any case). Instead, he decides to make his way back up to the surface once more. (Handy hint: a good way to find out if an egg is rotten is to drop it in water, if it floats then it's a real rotter.)
This is where our Easterphobic friend needs your help. You must control Dizzy, bouncing him off the bubbles which rise up from the depths of the sea bed. These bubbles are effectively moving platforms, and Dizzy must try to leap between them, cadging a lift ever upwards until they finally burst.
Interesting technical point here - how does a bubble burst when it's underwater, exactly? But never mind. You get Dizzy to the top as fast as you possibly can, trying to avoid all the nasties, like whales, jellyfish and other crustaceans.
It's another simple, infuriating concept and you'll be swearing in fluent Russian at the screen before long. Never mind, there's every chance that your two-year-old nephew will pick it up and complete the game at the first sitting... It's cute, cheerful, not amazing, and basically a bit of mildly addictive fun.
This picture says it all.
Really. Talking footwear requires no further response.
This one, from the rather violent- sounding GBH, is not in fact a puzzle game, but an educational piece of interactive software which enables your kid (or anyone else's, presumably) „ , to learn simple
* I*s. Words.
The hosts for this slice of what has horrifically been described as 'edutainment' are the Shoe People. They're a cheerful bunch who, staying true to their name, resemble items of quality footwear. Each, of course, has a name and a personality (much like your favourite clogs in real life) and the child has to guide them through a whole series of adventures. The wee 'uns can only progress, though, if simple spelling and recognition tests are completed successfully.
The whole thing is very bright colourful and attractively presented.
It's been child-proofed as much as possible, and it comes with a small, but comprehensive manual explaining what the interacting child should be getting out of each stage, and what he or she will be learning.
Without extensive testing on children, it's difficult to gauge the effectiveness of games software such as this, but it's certainly of the highest quality, and clearly takes the child through basic spelling and then on to slightly more advanced levels in word construction. Your kids will love it.
First Class GBH ¦ £7.99 This, we are forced to presume, is the American spelling of ore. You know, those disgusting creatures out of The Lord of the Rings. But the game itself pretty much has nothing to do with these, so we might well be presuming incorrectly.
Never mind. It's a very pretty game in which you platform yourself around the levels, blasting things with a weedy gun and trying to avoid getting caught by all manner of Giger-esque creatures. Come to think of it you're pretty Giger- esque yourself, with nicely dappled colours and a vaguely metallic look.
The game, as you might have surmised from ail this, is very nice to look at. Parallax scrolling and tons of tricky platforms make it seem like the ultimate challenge. But it doesn't play anything like it looks. It just doesn't feel right. The jumping isn't very controllable and the moving around is lethargic and, after a fashion, annoying.
What a pity this all is, because there's a lot to Ork and it all looks beautiful. If you get used to the weird playing characteristics, you might find it the game of your dreams, but to be honest this is a long shot.
Leander You play a sort of Roman centurion fellow, who has got to negotiate yet more platforms in order to er. Kill things, recover lost things and generally set the world to rights. Does anyone really care about the plot in platform games? Does anyone actually imagine that if the software houses actually manage to think up a decent plot down the pub of an evening, it'll sell more copies?
Perhaps.
But enough idle speculation.
Leander is better than Ork. It doesn't look as good, but the character is controllable, playable and has a lovely sword-swipc with which he dispatches baddies left right and sometimes in the middle too.
There are tons of places to explore over the three large worlds, and during your titanic battle with evil, you must supplement your armour, energy and sword-swiping abilities. This is all par for the course.
Leander is fun. It's more fun than Ork, and it's something you can easily get into (at first). Be warned though, it does get tricky. If you're not a dab hand with the joystick, you might run into problems of the dying-a-lot kind.
They’re asking for trouble, naming a game Agony. But much as the urge to make jokes about it is there, you won’t find them in this review. This is primarily because there isn’t enough space.
Agony is a scrolling shoot-em-up pretty similar to Apidya, in which you. As an owl, must encounter all sorts of natural foe, and blast them to bits. What you're firing is a bit of an enigma, because owls don't come equipped with offensive weaponry as a rule (except of course, the tawny owl, as everyone knows).
It's slow but taxing, and the graphics are gorgeous. The sedate pace means that instead of firing you up with adrenaline, you'll be lulled by its prettiness until you die. Not a good sign.
Agony isn't racy enough to make it worth playing for very long. It's not easy, and it suffers from not being engrossing either.
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Crash replays, dangerous overtaking, stupidly lethal manoeuvres and the other things that you associate with Indy 500 are all here, and there's a damn fine game here too. You should own this game as well as Now I want you to stop as if a child has run KA Tour JO jt.s |oye| ,Q $ ee Head to Head (Mig29 vs F19) Humans Jaguar XJ220 Jimmy Whites Snooker the Temptress mama First Samurai Advantage Tennis Nigel Mansell GP PGA Golt Pinball Fantasies Pool Premiere RailRoad Tycoon Space Shuttle Special Forces Street Fighter 2 ibove represents only a very small selection of that we stock. If you do not see
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European Championship 1992 Oh dear. The dog. There had to be one, didn't there? Anyway, forget this game. If you've seen Sensible Soccer, you'll chuckle at the sideways-viewed non-playa- bility of it all. It’s slow, inept and the opponents are crap.
The only positive thing is you don't have to muck around choosing your team members and setting up playing positions before going on pitch. If you want to just play, you can. It's a pity that nobody will want to.
This is definitely a golf game to which other golf games are sometimes compared. You can do all the right golfy things, including play on half-a-dozen courses, fiddle around with all the clubs and even slice and hook to avoid those awful bunkers (Amiga Format refuses to call them sand-traps).
It's fast it's accurate, it's got great 3D effects and views, and it's as playable as the devil (which is quite a bit). PGA Tour is worth having in your collection, that's for sure.
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Getting the most from your AMOS Coverdisk Last month's tutorial was AF Solo Pong, and although it's a deeply wonderful game it doesn't really explore the full potential of AMOS. So, this month we'll show you how much more you can do with AMOS. Are you ready for the truly remarkable Son Of Pong: The Sequel?
Get AMOS for cheap The tutorial on this page is designed to help you get the most from the programming language AMOS. If you don’t have AMOS but would like to have a go at programming your Amiga, you’re in luck. Because Amiga Formal featured the complete AMOS program on our January 1993 coverdisk. Now you should have bought that issue, but if you didn’t, we’ll give you one more chance to get your hands on the truly spectacular AMOS language. Turn now to Page 168 and buy It from back issues.
114 MARCH 1993 THE PONG GAME we covered last monlh was elementary, bul il gave you a grasp of how a game fits together in AMOS. This time around we'll be adding some bells and whistles to the basic Solo Pong to give you a much more attractive and playable result. For the moment we're sticking with programs which generate their own graphics, and although this is not usually the way it's done, this makes il nice and simple to do something which you can just type in.
All the sprites are still created on screen and grabbed before the game begins, and there are no sound samples or anything like that. The sound effects are supplied by the built-in sounds with which AMOS comes equipped, namely BOOM and SHOOT. We will go on to programs with external graphics and sounds that arc created by Dpuint and sound samplers, but for now. To keep it nice and easy, we'll stick with simple graphics creation.
Pong is an old game, and one which every human being on the planet must have played at some time. But writing your own Pong game has always been a major feat on almost any computer and any BASIC you care lo mention. AMOS makes it very simple, with special keywords which take out all the hard work and leave you to concentrate on how to put the program together.
AFPong2.AMOS was created using last month's AFSoloPong.AMOS as a basis, and adding things which would make the game better looking, and much more interesting to play. The basic routines for sprites and their movement are exactly the same. The vectors are still silting there vectoring away, sending the ball bouncing around in various random directions which are roughly related to the one il was going in anyway.
But whereas Solo Pong had but one control method, and one player, this new version has two players on joysticks, a rainbow-coloured backdrop for the title and main game screens, scoring, and about a dozen other little refinements and Iweakings.
Let's take the program step-by-step.
Thinking ahead in a program is all very well, but by and large most of the things you add to a program after the basic construction are afterthoughts. There are various types of variables in AMOS, which represent figures and numbers in the program. The reason you use variables is because in computer programs you sometimes don't know exactly what value something will be. And it's up to the calculations and structure of ihe program to figure out these values. For example, this little program: For X=0 To 100 Print X Next X The variable is X. and this represents the numbers 0 to I(X). Run the
program and you get a stream of numbers from 0 to UK) down the side of the screen. This is why people use computers to run repetitive tasks, as it's easier to type this program than it is to type the numbers 0 to 100. The variable types are as follows.
Numbers are represented by numeric variables. These can be anything like X. X2. EXXONVALDEZ. Etc. Any combination of letters you like.
Words are represented by alpha-numeric variables.
These arc the same as numeric variables but they have a $ symbol on the end. So they look like this: ZS.
ZDRS. LOONYS. Etc. Those arc your basic types, but there arc other styles called floating-point number variables. These arc variables which can accept a floating-point number like 1.34. 3.5 or 23.3456423. To denote these you append them with a symbol, like so: NUMBER . PROBBY . XI . Etc. All variables are 'local' unless otherwise specified. This means that a variable will be unique to the part of Ihe program it was defined in. A variable defined in the main program isn't available inside a procedure, and a variable defined in a procedure isn't available outside, UNLESS you make the
variable 'Shared' or 'Global', which is what we've done to the variables at the start of this new program: Global SCOREl,SCORE2,WON The variables SCORE 1 and SCORE2 are the score for players I and 2. Defined in PROCS called LOSEP2 and LOSEPI. WON is also a variable declared in a procedure called WIN. Adding these variables was a bit of an afterthought, but it's always a good idea lo stick any '•‘Amiga Format Pong 11“ ** That listing in full Global SC0RE1,SC0RE2,WON Screen Open 0,320,200,16,Lowres Curs Off : Hide Set Rainbow 0,0,202,",*'," For C=0 To 201 Rain(0,C)=C Next C Rainbow
0,0,49,202 Double Buffer Paper 0 : Ink 4 : Bar 0,0 To 5,30 Ink 2 : Polyline 0,30 To 0,0 To 5,0 Get Sprite 1,0,0 To 6,31 Cls 0 : Ink 2 : Circle 5,5,2 : Paint 5,5 : Get Sprite 2,0,0 To 10,10 TITLE: Bob Off 1 : Bob Off 2 : Bob Off 3 Cls 0 : Pen 2 Locate ,7 : Centre 'Amiga Format' Locate ,9 : Centre 'Presents' Pen 3 : Locate ,11 : Centre 'A F P 0 N G II' Pen 2 : Locate ,13 : Centre 'The Sequel' Locate ,24 : Pen 2 : Centre ' press a key ' : WON=0 : SCORE1=0 : SCORE2=0 : Wave 0 To 15 : NOISE : Wait Key RESTART: If W0N=1 Then Goto TITLE CIS 0 Ink 11 : Bar 0,0 To 319,5 : Bar 0,194 To 319,199 Ink 2 :
Bar 160,0 To 165,193 Pen 5 : Locate 0,0 : Centre ' AF Pong II ' variable definitions and declarations of their Global or Local nature close to the front of the program. To ensure the program works on a NTSC machine as well as PAL. We've made the program limit itself to 200 lines, opening a screen which is 320 pixels wide and 200 deep using Ihe line: Screen Open 0,320,200,16,Lowres A low-resolution screen with 16 colours is easy on memory and simple to set up. You don't have to have this line, because a 16-colour screen in low-rcs is actually the default. After the customary removal of the
Cursor and Pointer with CURS OFF and HIDE, we come across a much more complex piece of code: Set Rainbow 0.0.202."".'"'.'"' This creates a rainbow' effect using the graphics coprocessor or copper chip, using the Set Rainbow'. Rain and ihe Rainbow commands. The colour of each line of the display is set to a slightly different colour of 200 shades from the full Amiga palette of 4.096 colours.
The Rainbow is initially set up with the first line as Rainbow 0. Which will appear instead of colour 0 (the black background colour), and will be 202-lines long. The empty quotes can also have colour information in them, but we've decided to load the colours in using Rain, as this makes everything that little easier.
We also opted to set up a loop to feed the colour inforPen 2 : Locate 0,0 : Print 'PI '; SC0RE1 : Locate 34,0 : Print 'P2 ';SCORE2;' ' X=150 : Y=100 Yl=50 : Y2=50 DX=Rnd(4)*2 : DY=Rnd(2)+l Rl=Rnd(10) : If Rl 5 Then DX=-DX R2=Rnd(10) : If R2 5 Then DY=-DY MAIN: Add X, DX : Add Y,DY : If Y =5 or Y =190 Then DY=-DY Zl=Bob Cold) : Z2=Bob Col(2) : If Bob Col(4) Then DX=-DX If X =-20 Then LOSEP1 : Goto RESTART If X =320 Then LOSEP2 : Goto RESTART If ZloO Then DX=-DX : DX=Rnd(5)+3 : Shoot If Z2o0 Then DX=Rnd(5)+3 : DX=-DX : Shoot If Joy(l) and 2 Then Yl=Yl+6 : If Yl 165 Then Yl=165 If Joy(l) and 1
Then Yl=Yl-6 : If Yl 5 Then Yl=5 If Joy(0) and 2 Then Y2=Y2»6 : If Y2 165 Then Y2=165 If Joy(0) and 1 Then Y2=Y2-6 : If Y2 5 Then Y2=5 Bob 1,5,Yl, 1 : Bob 2,310,Y2,1 : Bob 3,X,Y,2 : Wait 1 Goto MAIN Procedure LOSEP1 Boom Pen 3 Locate 0,0 Centre ' Good Shot, P2 ' mation to Rain. Because we want 202 lines in this case, we'll make the loop run from 0 to 201: For C=0 To 201 Rain(0,C)=C Next C The Rain command accepts the colours 0 to 201. And feeds them to Rainbow 0. On line C and using colour
C. So line 0 gets colour 0. Line 2 gets colour 2 and line 25 gets
colour 25.
These colours are not the same as the palette colours. These are drawn from the entire colour palette of 4.096 colours, explaining w hy the first 200 are blues and greens. A few stray purples come in at the bottom, but gel cut off before they get too interesting. Finally we turn on the Rainbow with the Rainbow command: Rainbow 0,0,49,202 which means turn on Rainbow 0. From the base colour
0. Display the thing from line 49 on the screen (remember the
AMOS screen is much bigger than the monitor screen), and make
the visible bit of the Rainbow 202 lines long (by an odd
coincidence the same amount of colours that we have in the
Rainbow).
The next bit of code is pretty much as it was in the previous program, except that it has been squeezed together by having more than one command on a single line, like so: Locate ,24 Centre ' press a key * Inc SCORE2 If SCORE2= 10 Then WIN Wait Key End Proc Procedure LOSEP2 Bocm Pen 3 Locate 0,0 Centre ' Good Shot, PI ' Locate ,24 Centre ¦ press a key ¦ Inc SCORE1 If SCORE1= 10 Then WIN Wait Key End Proc Procedure WIN Pen 3 : Locate 0,0 : Centre ' Game Over ' : Boom : Wait 30 : Boom : Wait 30 : Boom Pen 2 : Locate 0,0 : Print 'PI ';SC0RE1 : Locate 34,0 : Print 'P2 ';SCORE2;' ' Locate ,24
Centre ' press a key ' WON=l End Proc Procedure NOISE For L=79 To 0 Step -1 Play 96-(20+(L 2)),0 Wait 1 Next L End Proc MARCH 1993 Double Buffer Paper 0 : Ink 4 : Bar 0,0 To 5,30 Ink 2 : Polyline 0,30 To 0,0 To 5,0 Get Sprite 1,0,0 To 6.31 Cls 0 : Ink 2 : Circle 5,5,2 : Paint 5,5 Get Sprite 2,0,0 To 10,10 You could string them all together to make one big line, but that makes the line that much harder to read.
Those lines basically draw the sprites on screen and grab them as detailed in last month's tutorial, except this time with different colours. Next we have a label: TITLE: which we will be using later on in the program to send the game back to the title screen. This is the w hy in Ihe next line we say: Bob Off 1 : Bob Off 2 : Bob Off 3 when there aren’t any Bobs turned on yet! When the program returns to this point from the end of the game, the Bobs 1. 2 and 3 are all turned on and just clearing the screen doesn't get rid of them. You have to turn them off by hand. Again the rest of this part
of the program is largely the same, apart from using the colon to put lines together and changing the colours and text.
Continued overleaf CIS 0 : Pen 2 Locate ,7 : Centre "Amiga Format" Locate ,9 : Centre "Presents" Pen 3 : Locate ,11 : Centre "A F P 0 N G II* Pen 2 : Locate ,13 : Centre "The Sequel" Locate ,24 : Pen 2 : Centre " press a key " But the next bil is where we zero the variables. Why here? Well that's because we want to set the scores back to 0 after the game rather Ilian later or in the previous routines which set up the basic bits of the game.
WON=0 : SCORE1=0 : SCORE2=0 After that we make a noise and off we go into the main guts of the program.
Wave 0 To 15 : NOISE : Wait Key First thing we do when we restart the game is to check to see if anyone won after that Iasi round. We do this by checking to sec if the variable WON is equal to I. If il is: MARCH 1993 RESTART: If W0N=1 Then Goto TITLE Then we go to the label title and start afresh. If not then we plough into resetting the game and starling the next round: CIS 0 Ink 11 : Bar 0,0 To 319,5 : Bar 0,194 To 319,199 Ink 2 : Bar 160,0 To 165,193 Pen 5 : Locate 0,0 : Centre " AF Pong II " which is largely the same as it was in the last program, until the bit where we go: Pen 2 : Locate
0,0 : Print "PI ",-SCOREl : Locate 34,0 : Print "P2 ";SCORE2;" " which prints the new scores on the screen using the Locate command to ensure that the player 1 score goes TAKE CONTROL If you arc planning to use AMOS to control some external hardware devices, check out the listing on the Coverdisk (in the Serious.Stuff drawer) and also the explanation on Page 190.
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- but it's well worth that extra effort.
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On the left, and the player 2 score goes on the right.
There is a space after the player 2 score lo make sure that there arc no bits left on the screen from a previous score or any bits of the Bar showing through. Next the vectors which control the initial ball speed and direction are set up: X=150 : Y=100 Yl=50 : Y2=50 DX=Rnd(4)*2 : DY=Rnd(2)*l Rl=Rnd(10) : If Rl 5 Then DX=-DX R2=Rnd110) : If R2 5 Then DY=-DY and then we are into the main program loop.
MAIN: Add X,DX : Add Y,DY : If Y =5 or Y =190 Then DY=-DY Zl=Bob Col(l) : Z2=Bob Cold) : If Bob Col(4) Then DX=-DX If X =-20 Then LOSEP1 : Goto RESTART If X =320 Then LOSEP2 : Goto RESTART If ZloO Then DX=-DX : DX=Rnd(5 *3 : Shoot If Z2 0 Then DX=Rnd(5)*3 : DX=-DX : Shoot The main difference here is that there are two different losing procedures, one of which scores a point for player I. and the other of which scores a point for player 2. Obviously if the ball hits player I's end zone this sets off LOSEPI. Which gives a point to player 2.
The other difference is that when the collision detection routine causes the ball to bounce off the bats, the shot sound is heard.
One of the major differences comes next. This is the joystick-detection routine, and this reads the sticks in ports one and two and sends the info to the bats.
If Joy(l) and 2 Then Y1=Y1*6 : If Yl 165 Then Yl=165 If Joyd) and 1 Then Yl=Yl-6 : If Yl 5 Then Yl=5 If Joy(0) and 2 Then Y2=Y2*6 : If Y2 165 Then Y2=165 If Joy 10) and 1 Then Y2=Y2-6 : If Y2 5 Then Y2=5 Bob 1,5,Y1,1 : Bob 2.310.Y2.1 : Bob 3,X,Y,2 : Wait 1 Goto MAIN The variables Yl and Y2 are the vertical position of the two bat sprites, bob 1 and bob 2. The bit on the end of each line limits the bats to line 5 at the top and line FURTHER READING If you want to raad more about AMOS and how to get the most out of it obviously we’d strongly recommend that you get the manual and examples disk
from our mail order pages (try looking on Page 174). It's a snip at £13.95. There are also a wealth of helpful books on the topic out at the moment We'd suggest that you try reading Phil South's Mastering Amiga AMOS (Bruce Smith Books 0923 894366), which is a fine beginner's guide.
Other books which come highly recommended are the very excellent Amiga Game Maker's Manual by Stephen Hill (published by Sigma Press 0625 S31035) and AMOS In Action by Len and Anne Tucker, (published by Kuma Computers 0734 844335) which covers just about every conceivable aspect of AMOS.
165 at the bottom, meaning that the bats don't overlap the edges of the court.
Finally we have the procedures which we call during the program. The LOSE Procs set off a BOOM sound and print "Good Shot Player whatever ", and prompt you to press a key.
Procedure LOSEPI Boom Pen 3 Locate 0,0' Centre * Good Shot, P2 * Locate ,24 Centre * press a key * Inc SCORE2 If SCORE2= 10 Then WIN Wait Key End Proc If the score is equal to or greater than 10. Then the player who got that score wins the game, and we are sent off lo the procedure called WIN: Procedure WIN Pen 3 : Locate 0,0 : Centre • Game Over * : Boom : Wait 30 : Boom : Wait 30 : Boom Pen 2 : Locate 0,0 : Print *P1
* ;SCORE1 : Locate 34,0 : Print "P2 ";SC0RE2;* * Locate ,24
Centre " press a key " W0N=1 End Proc This prints GAME OVER
and booms three times to emphasise the fact that the game is
over. It will print the final scores and give the winning
player time to gloat before you restart the game and begin
anew.
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Visa Q B20 STREETFIGHTER 2 Aha, those of you who are really jealous of your SNES owning friends because they can play the cheat Stnetfighter 2 Championship Edition, sulk no more! All you have to do is simply pause the game then type in 7KIDS. The screen will flash yellow, then you can fight two of the same players against each other, such as Ken vs Ken or Blanka vs Blanka, or any other combination of players you like!
JOHN MADDEN'S AMERICAN FOOTBALL Here are some level codes for this fabulous game: 121 MARCH 1993 IN BANGOR, NO-ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM... The new release of Team 17's classic shoot-em-up Alien Breed, the '92 version, has caused a stir with GameBuster followers. Loads of you have sent the five level codes in, but one reader offered some more thorough information... 15 RED DWARF 50 RANGERS 20 SMART 55 CONSOLIDATED 25 JIMS TIES 60 PROMISED LAND 30 MALCY MALC 65 A34732473 35 MAD FREDDY 70 NIN 40 BANANNA MOON 75 LORDS OF CHAOS 45 VISION 80 BYE BYE BYE BYE ChartLTA busters Game Busters And Lo, once
more Andy Nuttall, the Buster of Games comes unto your lives, bringing you joy and peace and everlasting love for all men. Oh, and giving you a hand with a few games as well... PLAY ON YOUR FANTASIES... AGAIN Although we printed six cheats for 21st Century's stun- ning Pinball Fantasies last month, here are some other interesting words for you to type in before you select the number of players... ANDREAS FREDRIK ULF OLOF MARKUS BARRY TECH STUFF CREW THE SILENTS And the first lucky winner of a £25 gift voucher this month is... Magnus Lundberg Taby, Sweden LEVEL CODES: Level 2 - XXDFA Level 4 -
RTHAA Level 6 - LAEEA Level 8 - UYTTA Level 10 - PPEAB According to the lads at Team 17, the following cheats "Do something or other"... WON THE POOLS BANK RAID KEY TO THE CITY MR YALE OR WHAT JUST CALL ME MOGGY WHY NOT CALL ME MOGGY AS WELL STEVIE WONDER KNACKERED JOYSTICK ALIENS LIKE MICHAEL BOLTON JANUARY SALE NOW ON ALIENS ARE BENDERS ST EMULATOR PC EMULATOR I JUST LOVE THAT TEAM 17 SOFTWARE SALMAN RUSHDIE PLAYS ALIEN BREED THE IRAQIS MADE THE WEAPONS ELVIS MODE ST USERS GAME TIPS:
• Using codes to help finish the game doesn't always work - some
things are required from earlier levels. Collect everything
(especially money).
• You don't need to go through any doors that lead to the
first-deck lift.
• Conserve your keys. Use them for accessing the landing bays
first then go for bonuses behind other locked doors. Blast open
the doors near the lower bay. And shoot as few aliens as
possible.
• Once you've run out of keys, you should have almost all the
money available on the first level.
Go to the computer and buy the following items:
1. A portable map
2. Two key packs, or three if your aim is good - on level 10
you'll need all the ammo you can get.
3. If you have more than 2,000 credits spare, buy some more
magazines.
Remember to buy any object twice, you need to leave the computer network, then reconnect.
Always buy what you need before you enter a level code.
LEVEL 10: The third-to-last level is rather difficult because you need to carefully plot your route back to where you started from. Here, you'll need all the key packs you bought earlier.
LEVEL 11: Very easy, as long as you have loads of ammo. Use your map often, and don't bump into any walls - otherwise the ship-destruct countdown will begin and you'll have to reach the deck lift very quickly... LEVEL 12: The final level. You can't use your map here, and there are no computers, so this is a real test of skill. The queen may be reached by going up through the long corridor with the meshed floor, then by going down and right. When you have killed her, the deck-lift will be to your right.
The massively fortunate Robin Jones of sunny Bangor wins a £50 voucher for sending in these tips.
CHARTER ONE - AT HOME MARCH 1993 Uh oh. Malcolm's back... nol even ihc magic of Kyrandia could lock him away for ever, il seems; and now he's lumcd your grandad. Kallak. Into a lump of rock. There's nothing you can do about il. Except defeat Malcolm himself (well, there's your ultimate aim - let's do something about it!).
When the Tree Messenger has finished speaking, get the note and the gamet from the workbench, the apple from the pot. And the saw from underneath the bed. You will find uses for these later, as you w ill with any gems that you may come across on your travels.
From the tree house, you must find Brynn at the temple. If you give the note to her. She will make an enchanted message appear on it. From this message you will discover about Malcolm, and Brynn will then ask you to bring her a purple rose. You can find the rose at the Forest Altar, but on the way there it's a good idea to grab a teardrop from the Pool of Sorrow.
Strangely enough, the teardrop is exactly the same shape as the dent in the Willow's trunk, so use it to heal the sick tree.
Mcrith will appear at some point - if you follow him and catch up with him. He will give you a purple marble. The marble may be used lo repair the Forest Altar by putting it in the empty slot near the two other marbles.
Find Herman al the Ruined Bridge, and give him the saw. He will begin repairing the bridge, but he won't finish until you get an amulet. This you can get by first taking the rose to Brynn. Who will change it into a silver. Placing the silver rose on the Forest Altar will cause the amulet to appear. Now Herman will have repaired the bridge, and you can cross the river to the Timbcrmisl Woods.
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- INSIDE DARM'S CHAPTER TWO - TIMBERMIST WOODS Legend of Kyrandia
After a successful stint as RPG creators with their Eye of the
Beholder series, Westwood Studios attempted to topple LucasArts
from their position as adventure makers extraordinaire. Did you
manage to defeat the evil Malcolm? No? Then read on... Just
past Herman's cave is Darm's house, where you will find Darm
and Brandywine the dragon. After a bizarre conversation. Darm
will ask you lo find him a quill. Find the walnut at the
songbird's tree, an acom at the Grove of Oaks and the pine cone
in the forest.
Then plant all three in the hole in the Dcadwood Glade. Nolby. Who can be found under the Ancient Oak. Will give you a clue - although you'll have to try and decipher it.
Following your attempt at gardening, the resulting plant will activate the yellow healing gem on your amulet. Use this to heal the sick songbird who. In a fit of gratitude, will give you the quill you need to give to Darm. Hand it to him, and he will write you a magic scroll which you will need to get to the castle.
The next quest is the Birthstone. To complete this you will need to find various gems and stones lying around Kyrandia. Darm will summon the stones so that you can see them all. And the first one is the Sunstone, which is in the lower pan of the Bubbling Spring.
There are nine different stones and gems in the woods, and all these should be collected. They must be placed correctly in the gold dish al the Marble Altar.
The second and third stones vary w ith each new game. Trial and error, and liberal use of the save option will help here. The founh stone is the ruby (which can be found at the Ruby Tree), but you will be fatally bitten by the snake if you don't activate the healing gem on your amulet before you leave the Grove of Oaks.
When you've placed the last Birthstone in the golden bow I. the bowl w ill turn into a flute. If you then return to Darm and Brandywine, they will tell you how to get to Shadowrealm. During your travels you will come across the Serpent's Grotto, where Malcolm will introduce himself by throw ing a knife at you. Nice. It will miss, but you will he killed if you don't throw the knife back. Like many bullies. Malcolm will retreat if you stand up to him, but he will first seal up the entrance to the cave with ice. To shatter the ice. Play the flute and you will be able to enter the labyrinth of
Shadowrealm.
Shadowrealm is a huge labyrinth made up of caverns connected w ith a variety of entrances and exits. Some of the caverns contain fircberry bushes which may be picked up and used to light your way. If you enter a cave without any fireberries. You will be attacked by the shadow wraiths and die.
Fireberries only last for three caverns when carried, but you can leave them on the ground to light caves as markers. You must work your way through the labyrinth from one bush to another. The map shows the most direct route to lake.
Once you cross the cavern with the iron gate, the gate will imprison you in the labyrinth. To open it, you need to collect rocks strewn throughout the caverns.
There are five rocks, and you must find them all and throw them into the counterbalance. The locations of the rocks are shown on the map.
To cross the Chasm of Everfall and enter Faeriewood, you need lo complete the Pantheon of Moonlight by picking up the coin in the Cavern of Twilight, and dropping it into the wishing well near Dann's house. When you throw the coin into the well, a moonstone will appear. To complete the Pantheon of The serene beauty of the twilight, the soft sound of the sea, the brutal grating of Brandon's moaning... Moonlight, place the moonstone in the pedestal base, and the purple gem of the amulet will be activated.
Using this gem will enable you to float about in the labyrinth without the aid of fireberries.
Before crossing the Chasm of Everfall. Find the key which is in a cavern across the Volcanic River.
This may Ire found lo the right of the Chasm of Everfall. But can only he crossed when you're in will- o-wisp form. Free .c the Volcanic River by reading Darm's scroll.
Also, it is useful to pick up an emerald from the Emerald Cave as you will need one later on. Using the will-o-wisp. Float across the Chasm of Everfall. And enter Faeriewood - lo meet Zambia the Alchemist.
Will Brandon survive Faeriewood? Will Malcolm push him a little loo far? Who is the mysterious Zanthia? And is Kallak all that he seems? (Well, yes he is actually - but you have to try to make him sound windswept and interesting, don't you?) O OH NO!
IT'S THE PATHETIC TIPS!
Taken from the thousands of GameBusters letters we receive each month in Amiga Format, we choose the funniest or most bizarre and give them a special box of their own.
Read on at your peril... John Gennett of Glasgow was among several readers who offered level codes for Psygnosis' popular Bill's Tomato Game. Thanks, lads, but you haven't realised that each copy of the game has its own personalised set of codes - so they won't work on anyone else's version.
Nice try, though.
MARCH 1993 Megalomaniac of the month award goes to Mick Walsh of Leicester, who's a fan of MicroProse’s strategy game Civilization. He writes: "Having just won my fourth King level in a row against seven enemies, and seeing the message: 'Your civilization has conquered the entire planet' I feel qualified to offer this hint: NEVER FEAR TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS WHOLESALE. LET THE FEAR BE YOUR ENEMIES."
Er, yes Mick. Trained in the Saddam Hussein school of diplomacy, were we?
That's enough crap tips for one issue, I think... join us again next month.
MONKEYING AROUND ONCE MORE... Oh, incidentally, remember Jonny Reed's crap tip last month concerning Monkey Island 21 You know, the one where you hold down both Alt keys and both Amiga keys, and you are asked if you wish to win?
Well, since then Matt and Annie Bowman from Liverpool have pointed out that if you hold down Alt and hit W. you are in fact asked 'Do you want to win?'. This is still extremely bizarre, but it does actually work. Those crazy people at LucasArts, eh?
Congratulations to the lucky pair, who win a couple of extra-special Amiga Format enamel badges for pointing this out.
That's definitely it for now - byeeeee!
MAKE AN APE OF YOURSELF I recently read your solution to Monkey Island 2.
Unfortunately, though, I am stuck at Captain Rian's place, and I can’t seem to switch the n *
* s r -*~ Oo r( It seems that Rum's baan getting soma of you
down... grog. Can you give me a more detailed description of
how to do it please?
Chris McArthur Scarborough I'm stuck in Captain Rum's cottage! I have all the necessary items, and I've followed your instructions, but I still end up with one hell of a hangover on the beach... can you help?
Mike Keyworth Redd Itch 124 Yeah, of course we can. When you're setting Kate free, get the near-grog from the shelves behind the jail cell. Later on, when you're in Captain Rum's house, talk to him for a while and challenge him to a fight. He'll challenge you to a grog-drinking contest and he'll then go out to get some mugs. When he returns with a mug of grog, and then leaves again, empty the grog into the bush at the back of the room. Replace it with the near-grog, then let the contest begin!
MARCH 1993 Taidgh the high road Please can you help me with Lure of the Temptress. I cannot find Taidgh - do you know w here he is?
R Burnley Stamford f * •* * * L ~ * I** .
' * tslflr tr A 'AL’V' " Ha. Ha. Just joking, sir. Didn't mean it your largeness. Oh dear, ground swallow me up.
I seem to have run into a few problems with Lure of the Temptress. I can get into the Weregate. And get through Ihe first cave room. I arrive at a green room, but I can't open the door to the third room. I've tried twisting the skulls in the second room, but to no avail. If I win. Can you send me Loom by LucasArts?
Peter Donaldson Hartlepool Taidgh isn't actiuilly in the game, you just need to know who he is and where he lives.
In the green cave beyond Weregate. Tell Goewin to pull the right-hand skull then go through the door on the left when it opens. Ta-daaaa.
By the way. Peter, we don't give prizes for t ues- tions in Helping Hand, only answers. Nice try. Though!
For God's sake Help! I'm having difficulty finding a solution for Gods.
Could you give me a cheat for infinite lives or energy?
Peter Donnelly Perth, Australia Here's a tip from Alex Barley: I) On level two. Buy a shield and magic potion, then get three fireballs and three stars. Spend the rest of your money on food and health, then colled all of the gems in the usual manner Get a key. Then make for the exit - make sure that you don’t have enough energy to sunive the first contact.
Before descending the ladder, release your magic potion, climb down and open the door. Stand in front of the door, but don't push up. Wait until the thieves jump down al you. Then push the joystick up. You will probably lose that life, but your bonus will start to increase. The game will then start on world two with 2B extra men and around five million points. Rich enough for ya?
Stop that, it's silly I have just bought Sensible Soccer 1993 edition. As I let my scven-vear-old son play it. I thought I had belter back-up the disks, but when I try I get the message 'not a DOS disk'. Is it not possible to back-up these disks?
Also, in Curse of Enchantia I am stuck in the underground caves. I've done most of the tasks, bul I can't get out. I think it's something to do with the well.
Alan Mickletwright Oxford Most commercial software developers build some kind of protection into their disks so that people can'I copy them - Sensible Software are no different.
Unfortunately, it means you can't back-up your disks even for personal use. So you'll just have to trust your original disks.
You're stuck remarkably near the start of Curse of Enchantia No. Sorry, this purl can be rather confusing.
In the cave corridors, you must get all the boulders, then give them to Ihe rock basher. Take the coin, tic the wire to the loops, then lake the ntud. Wear the helmet, then go into the well room. Throw the coin into the well, then lake the helmet and you'll be free.
Helping Hand Blimey heck! The months fly by, don't they? It only seems like a month since the last page full of game tips and queries. (That's because it has only been a month since the last Helping Hand - Ed.) Andy Nuttall is this month's Master of Ceremonies... Electronic jammmmmming Please would you print a cheat for Batman and Skidoo.
Even some hints would do. Anything. Help.
Thomas Stocks Parbold In Batman, type JAMMMMMM (and any other Ms which may be necessary) on the title screen until the screen flips over. Now1 press FIO to skip levels, and other function keys give messages. Type the cheat in again lo turn the cheat mode off.
I know of no cheat for Skidoo. Though. In fact. I've never heard of the game! Can anybody out there help?
Crap Inc I am a wrestling fan who has recently purchased WWF European Rampage. Despite all my efforts. I can t get past Money Inc on the second stage. Can you help?
Darren Bailes Bishop Auckland You sad. Sad man.
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How the Rating System works Let's get serious!
Here's the bit of the mag where we put the joysticks down for a while and join Marcus Dyson as he takes a look at some of the month's big 'serious' releases... DTP ART EXPRESSION If you're trying to create exciting logos, and smooth graphics for your desktop publishing documents, Soft Logik think they may have the answer to your problems.
Art Expression is their newly released structured-draw- ing package, can it hope to be as good as their DTP program PageStream? More importantly can it hope to challenge Gold Disk's Protessional Draw? Page 138 MARCH 1993 (ferdic!
D processing LLENCEl Education ADI We take a look at three new education programs for 13 14-year-olds from Europress Software.
Learn French. Maths and English the Adi way on... Page 165 Graphics PERSONAL PAINT This is another package designed to get the most from the new AGA chip set screen modes.
While it can’t manage the 262,000 colours of new HAM8 mode, it shines in 256 colours. There are also some surprising new and tasty image-processing modes hidden in there too. Read all about it on... Page 136 PAINT A AGA Electronic Arts' DeluxePalnt series of programs have always ruled the roost as far as paint packages for the basic Amiga machines are concerned. But since the A4000 and A1200 were launched, there have been no programs that take advantage of their new screen modes, until now that is. Check out if EA have managed to do it again on... Page 132 SPEED (marked out of 5) • • • • •
Tremendously important tor both hardware and software: there's nothing more annoying than waiting. A purely intuitive judgement.
DOCUMENTATION (out off 5) • • • • • Although there are some packages that are so simple that no manual is needed, complex items benefit hugely from a good explanation.
ACCESSIBILITY (out off 5) • • • • • The target for all good software should be powerful but simple: this rating assesses how easy It is to get to grips with the Item.
FEATURES (out off 5) • • • • • Does it do what you want it to do? How well does It do It? And does it also do lots of other things that you'd never have thought of?
VALUE (out of 5} • • • • • A pretty important rating, this one: if a package does everything you could wish tor, it's no use to you unless you can afford to buy it.
The Verdict, our at-a-glance overall rating, is a percentage: it's based on sheer quality, but with price taken Into account ,ao that you know what kind of a deal you get Graphics DELUXE DREAM GMX- 1 If you're making music with your Amiga, you'll want to use more than the internal sound chip for your sounds. You can of course use a sampler, or the costlier option of a Tone Module - more expensive that is. Until now. Zone Distribution have a new sound module for about the same money you would expect to pay for a quality sampler. Page 142 DTP PAGESETTER 3 One thing that has always disappointed
us about DTP programs on the Amiga, has been the poor screen display of coloured graphics. But now you can say goodbye to mono screen previews with the latest release of Gold Disk's PageSetter. Which features a full 256-colour screen display on AGA chip set machines. PageSetter 3 still represents the best-value Amiga DTP package to date, but is the new version any good? Page 146 Music CLARITY 16 Microdeal, king of the 8-bit Amiga samplers, aim to prove that 16-bit sampling isn't only the domain of the elite Fairlight and Synclavier bunch. But is this possible for under £150 on the Amiga? Are
they talking hogwash? Read on... Page 149 Colour scanning POWER AND EPSON COLOUR SCANNERS Whilst mono scanners for the Amiga are available in abundance, colour ones are less common. We take a look at a couple of new entries into the field. One is a handy hand-held and the other's a full-blown professional flatbed, both of them offer features previously unseen at their price point. Page 154 Word EXCE When the programmers of Scribble! (AF41 Coverdisk) wrote their excellent word processor, I doubt they imagined it would evolve into a full-blown word publisher, in the form of Excellence!. If
you need to put pictures to your words, and print it all out in quality fashion, is this the program for you? Page 158 Music Electronic Arts' fourth incarnation of Dpaint really comes of age.
Brian Larkman goes gaga for the AGA while trying out.. AGA Art Package ¦ £99.99 ¦ [Electronic Arts Over the yeors, Electronic Arts have used Pictures of King Tut to symbolise the power of Deluxe Paint.
From Avril Harrison's first 32 colour version (still a classic), to the latest HAM8 'turning head' by Don Woo - the best features of the program are illustrated in the best possible way; by artwork produced with them!
132 SO AT LAST it's here: the Amiga we've not been holding our breath for. The Amiga that puts the best graphical system back up there with the Macs and Pcs. The Amiga with 256 standard, and 260.000 HAM colours and all this in up to I472 x 566 overscan pixels. With all this power you've just got to have a decent paint program, and where better to look for it than Electronic Arts, the producers of the best standard paint program - DeluxePaint. True lo form. F.A have rushed out an upgrade that provides all of the new modes and resolutions and a few other tricks besides. Bul docs it really USE
the potential of this great system?
The major overhaul of Dpaint took place last year with version IV supporting HAM - a development that Dan Silva, the 'inventor' of Dpaint. Resisted. That upheaval produced a sort of hybrid program that I have always found unsatisfying, and somehow incomplete.
Now we know why - it needed the AGA!
Using Dpaint AGA for the first time is a curious experience that everyone using newly AGAiscd software will feel, especially if it was a really well-loved package. It seems both familiar and foreign at the same time. All of the usual tools and palettes, requesters and gadgets arc there but they seem smoother and more sophisticated. The reason? More colours at a higher resolution (due to the new chip-set rather than the program) plus a few subtle ideas from EA. For example, all named gadgets on requesters now have a letter underlined RUB THROUGH The letters 'EA' here are a good example of
the Rub Thru facility - the interior pictures were on a spare page and revealed by pasting the letter with Translucency and Lightbox both enabled. The 'atmosphere' is a gradient sphere with about 50 per cent translucency.
Notice the subtle range of colours - almost 24-bit quality! (A 640 x 512 screen only has 327,680 pixels in total. If 266,000 can be different and chosen from a 24-bit palette, there should be no difference from a true 24-bit display.
The only drawback for the majority of AMIGA owners is that to create masterpieces like this with DeluxePaint IV AGA, you hove lo be in possession of an A1200 or 4000.
As a keyboard equivalent a trick betraying EA's Windows involvement. Neat though.
But painting, not gadgets and requesters, are what you w ill buy this set-up for. And it's here that the real transformation has taken place. More colours means that you are no longer stuck with only two or three decent smooth gradients, or re-arranging palettes in the middle of a drawing. Transparent objects really look transparent and tints really give you the colours that you expect. Mind you.
Human nature being what it is. You will soon start expecting exactly the right shades, and even 256 colours will not be enough.
Never mind, a trip to the new Screen Format requester and you can acquire 250.000 extra colours with HAMS. Now every shade is perfect, (hough animation is - not surprisingly
- just as slow as it was with standard HAM.
Trouble is. Now those low resolution pixels look huge and chunky. Time for another change of format, this time to 640 x 256 or event 12X0 x 512 - every mode works w ith all those 256 or 260.000 colours. Amazing.
Of course, all of this is a product of the AGA chipset, not just BA's programming, so let's have a look at their contribution. Most of the new features are related to the AGA support or other new Amiga system functions. 24-bit IFF files can now be loaded, but not saved as the system only works in 8-bit internally. S-bit and HAMX anims and anitnbrushes are supported: at last, cut and paste to the Clipboard (and hence other programs) is provided: there is a new Player that supports the AGA: Appltcms (Applcons and AppMenus) can be used - drop SO WHAT'S NEW?
The complete range ol available screen format* can be selected from this requester. The order can be confusing; pity it cannot be rearranged by sixe, mode, or bit depth.
All the extra info is very useful though.
Only 256 colours were used here at Productivity (VGA-640 x 480) resolution. For most drawings executed from scratch, standard mode - even with its more limited range of colours - can outweigh the slowness of HAMS modes. Most artists are used to limited palettes, but want a fast, fluid drawing style.
133 MARCH 1993 Using the Dragons picture, this vase was drawn in about 20 minutes using a variety ol gradients. With a good rango ol colours and a high resolution, the results are excellent. The huge palette now available shows off the power ol the various gradient lill types to much greater advantage than the old HAM palette.
Translucency, gradient-fill and Rub Thru have been used here to produce an abstract composition with some subtle colour gradients that will probably not transfer to the printed page. Although the Translucency and Rub Through features are very welcome, transparency in general does not have enough control. An Alpha channel, or feathered edges to brushes, or both, would be a great improvement.
HR a picture icon on to tlie Applcon on the Workbench and il is loaded into the program and displayed; morphing can now be full screen (if memory allows) and in either direction. The best two features, however, are Rub Thru and support for pressure sensitive devices.
You've probably seen Rub Thru in PhotonPainl, DigiPainl or even TVPainl. The spare screen is used either blank or with an image and as you draw into it. Instead of the chosen colour, the image on the main screen is revealed like the winning numbers on a newspaper's Bingo card. This can be an effective device, though PhotonPainl and DigiPainl do a better job because they have variable transparency tools and so the revealed image has soft edges. Used carefully, it can smoothly blend an object into a scene, but only with this softening. This is where Dpainl sucks!
Even more exciting, though the cause of much future expense, is pressure-sensitive support. This is a real first for Electronics Arts. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first mainstream Amiga product that supports these miracles. The Calcomp Drawing Pad.
Like the Wacom Tablets used by OpalVision, is a straightforward cordless digitising tablet.
But ihc lip of Ihc stylus is pressure sensitive.
As you draw, il senses Ihc pressure you use and varies Ihe weight of the mark - either the thickness of the line, the thickness of the paint or both - reproducing the variations of natural line drawing and painting almost perfectly.
The sensitivity achieved has to be experienced to be believed. How well il works with Dpainl is uncertain because no driver software was available from Calcomp. As soon as we have tried it we will let you know how it feels.
So all in all. Deluxe PainI AGA is a pretty stunning package. But it must be realised that ihe AGA has only been out a few months. In time a lot more features should become available - either from Electronic Arts or from some other developer. Take the new system from Digital Creations - the makers of DCTV; it's called Brilliance and the features list of that really makes you sit up straight. Deluxe Paint has been the best for a long time, but it is beginning to show its age. And a number of quirks still haven't been fixed. (When are they going to let us paint under the toolbox menu?)
With the new power of AGA comes a new responsibility to provide tools that really use it. A few things that come to mind are a 'true' airbrush, more image processing (negative, emboss, blur, convolution, etc), fill and selection tolerance, representative icons with image size (like Deluxe PhotoLab), JPEG file compression. Variable power Blend. Smear.
Smooth, etc. Most of all though. Dpainl needs controllable transparency. This could be an alpha channel, variable width edge-featuring, or at least variable transparency like PhotnnPaint - preferably all of them. Without this facility, 'true-colour' work is difficult; and Dpainl will be left behind by new generation packages.
But then I can't believe EA don't know this!
But for the price Dpainl is still an amazing package. It allows true colour animation of astonishing power and flexibility, and a superb range of image manipulation tools, including some of the best perspective tools on any machine. Apart from Personal Paint, which has many weaknesses (sec Page 136). Dpainl is the only paint package to use the AGA and I couldn't do without it. It's a blast! 'Z?
Speed • • • About the same as DPIV the 020 balances the extra colours. An accelerator would help!
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DON’T BE DECEIVED by first impressions.
To begin wilh Personal Paint looks like a mediocre DeluxcPainl clone (and closer to version II than IV). No perspective, no animation and no HAM (8 or otherwise). Bui once you delve into the program, you realise litis is more of an image-processing program with paint tools lhan a paint program with image processing. And thankfully, someone has al Iasi come up with a program where you can look al the image, not a screen full of boring 3D buttons and 'fuel gauges'.
The developers of first-generation image processing systems are easy meal lo criticise though. They had a limited set of standard modes lo work with, and a very slow processor as a base machine. As a result you have three choices, working blind wilh 24-bit images that you cannot display properly in Art Department Professional or ImageMaster, fighting the fringes by using Photon Paint’s colour modes; or juggling palettes trying to get the limited Smear, Blend and Smooth tools of Dpainl lo work as you want.
Stop shooting in the dark. At last there’s an image-processing program with a proper visual interface. Brian Larkman Paint AGA Paint & Image Processing Package ¦ £59.99 ¦ Cloanto 136 Now. Though, one of the joys of the new second generation AGA Amiga graphics is that 256 shades can display very close to 'true' colour - which means proper imagc-manipula- tion tools. You can now process realistic images quickly on-scrccn. Using standard Amiga display modes. Personal Paint is hopefully just the first of many that do just that. So what arc the tricks on offer?
Let's start al the weak end of the spectrum IMAGE PROCESSING Butcher and Ptxmate brought Image processing to the Amiga earty on in Its Ihe. Though they experienced their 15 minutes ot tame at the time, they soon faded from sight, mainly because 16 or 32 colours Is |ust not enough to do much with.
The real excitement started when 24-bit frame butlers began to become available. First The Art Department, then Art Department Professional from ASDG and ImageMaster from Black Belt brought quality processing to the average user. Meanwhile, Photoshop on the Apple Macintosh walked away with all the honours for Its easy visual Interlace, virtual memory, zoomed-out editing and 'plug-in' modules. Personal Paint, with Its visual style, has the potential to emulate some ol PhotoShop's ease of use, and If It could use ADPro's modules, it could emulate most of Its power too. We live In hope!
- the paint tools. All of the usual ones arc there: free hand,
curved and straight lines, circle. Rectangle, ellipse and
irregular polygons, filled and outline - airbrush, fill. Text.
Grid, magnify - gradients, stencil, all operating more or less
like Dpainl. The trouble is they arc missing the user-definable
parameters and painting tricks that make Dpainl so unique.
True. Personal Paini has some interesting tricks of its own. Like four-point curves and proper contour fill, but the lack of fine tuning marks it down as a full paint program.
Image-processing, though, is where Personal Paint shines. It's features here prove what its real role is - to break the mould of Amiga paint programs.
Processing can be applied in one of three ways: to the whole screen, lo a brush or to a selected area of the screen (via a special toolbox icon). A Processing Filter requester enables a wide range of pre-defincd filters to be selected from a list. Many of these are illustrated opposite. Each one of the named filters can be edited to fine-tune it or to make a completely new process, which can be added to the list. The methods provided include Convolution wilh Division Factor and Bias.
Popularity. Random. Dispersed. Clustered and Floyd-Steinberg filters. When you think of the combinations that these can provide, then you have an almost infinite variety.
As well as the convolution tools it is possible to adjust the overall palette for R.G and B brightness, saturation and contrast, though not Gamma. Statistics, reduce colours, and various remapping and palette manipulation features complete the line-up.
Two other sets of features mark out Personal Paim as a processing, rather than painting system - PostScript priming support NEGATIVE Especially useful if you want fo scan a colour negative rather than a positive slide.
WATERCOLOUR Not quite a proper watercolour effect, but it does look hand painted. Even better with 'Rised' effect shown in the box at bottom left.
DARK GRADIENT, TINT, LIGHTEN Obvious really, but all these functions are controllable by percentage and as a gradient in eight directions.
137 MARCH 1993 DEEP EMBOSS This bas relief-type effect is produced by the Emboss function. The effect is nice. If a little limited in its applications.
1-BIT DITHERING For use in printing, (half-tone and patterned dithering) these are of use on large pictures that will be printed at 300dpl or greater.
Two colour bitmaps like these can also be used as stencils.
And the range of file formats handled. There is loo little room here to go inlo detail, bul both are pretty good. Finally a pel love of mine: it is possible now to save representative icons so you can see on the Workbench what the picture is. Brilliant.
So, ov erall Personal Paint makes a givxl stab at being an image processor - nowhere near as powerful as ADPro or ImageMaster but much easier to use. And this is only version 11 What can we expect hope lo sec in version 2?
One of the most important functions of a processing system is merging images together
- inserting Woody Allen into Hitler's photoopportunity with no
sign of a join. Al the very least you need to blend and smear
the edge pixels of the pasted brush, something Dpainl does
quite well.
In Personal Paint there is no way lo get brushes to interact with the main painting surface at all. Other than just pasting them down.
Here some form of variable transparency is sorely needed, at least at the edges. Dpainl is also a little weak in this area, but seems like a Quantel Paintbox in comparison. Ideally variable translueency. An Alpha channel and feathered edges are what's needed.
GIF. PCX. C and CRYPT are all very well as file formats for PC use. But for the Amiga. HAM-E. DCTV and several other formats are required, plus PICT. TIFF. TGA.
Rendition and others for full compatibility - and JPEG is now essential. An easy way round this would be to make Personal Paint compatible with ASDG’s Loaders. Savers and perhaps even Operators. This happens widely in the Apple Macintosh world where many programs support PhotoShop (which is a Macintosh image-processing program) 'plugins’. To operate effectively though. Personal Paint would have to operate in 24-bits internally and support 8-bil HAM. Is this asking too much?
Unlike conventional painting, which provides an almost infinite range of textures, shades of colour and effects, the computer artist is limited by the imagination and ingenuity of the program's tools. It's exciting, then, for a computer artist to come across a new pro- gram, and a new set of tricks.
Personal Paint is not DeluxePaint by any means; instead it has its own set of surprises, greatly enhanced by use of the AGA. The challenge of the second generation machines is to the established developers. Will they just upgrade their software to display the 'near- true' colours, or will they provide effective new tools to really use these new modes?
Although limited as a paint program. Persona!
Paint shows the way to the producers of the current favourites in both paint and image-processing software. 'Zi speed • • • • Image procesalng Is very processor intensive, but generally It moves well.
DOCUMENTATION • • • The manual has a reasonable reference section and some tutorial help.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Has a standard DaluxePalnt Interlace, and processing while you wait.
FEATURES • • • • Good Image processing and printing - but weak painting.
VALUE • • • • Expensive tor a paint program, but cheap considering the Image processing functions.
!4MKskYb _ (ferdic) 79% Personal Paint STRUCTURED DRAWING (T- Could Professional Draw's dominance of the structured-drawing market be coming to an end? Jason Holborn looks at the latest contender from Soft-Logic... x=4.959 v=7.281 (inches) tied 4 .... .. i_i i ¦ i i 5 I__l_i FOR MANY YEARS. Gold Disk have dominated the desktop publishing structured- drawing market. Now. Though, their monopoly is under threat from Soft-Logic - the developers of Professional Page's rival. PageSlream.
Their new An Expression program is for DTP users who need to include high-resolution. Jag- gie-frec illustrations in their documents.
Like Gold Disk s ProDraw [Ah 39. 92 per cent) this is a structured-drawing program designed specifically for Ihe production of illustrations and artwork for DTP. Unlike a bitmap-based paint program like Dpainl. An Expression images are not held as a scries of coloured pixels. Instead, its illustrations could better be compared to a CAD system, where each line, curve and point is held as a series of coordinates, with complex illustrations being made up from these three basic primitives.
138 Structured-drawing programs enable Amiga DTPers to produce illustrations that can be printed at the highest resolution of your printer. If you have access to a professional imagesetter, then this means over 2.4()0dpi images - that's like having almost six million pixels for every square inch of print out!
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The quality of these basic editing tools is very good, and it's surprisingly simple to get very respectable results. ProDrase's editing tools are sometimes a little irresponsive, but An Expression's are more precise. That said, problems do occasionally crop up - when constructing a line from a series of bezier curves ihe program sometimes forgets the position of ihe last mouse click, even though the line that the point just completed is displayed. This can be initially confusing, resulting in further mistakes that have to be corrected manually. Once you are able lo spot when this 'bug'
occurs, you'll just ignore it and mark the point again.
Also included in the Art Expression package is an enhanced version of the excellent BitMap Editor (BME). Although similar to a conventional paint program, BME has been optimised for handling bitmapped images within DTP applications.
FROM BITMAP TO OUTLINE Although BME can handle images with up to 32 colours, all images shown on screen in 16 grey scales are at a reduced size. This enables images larger than the standard Amiga screen modes can handle (scans, tor example) to be viewed. BME also enables you to tidy up images, cut out areas of graphics and crop images to any size.
What makes BME such a useful companion product to Art Expression Is the inclusion of a new Trace function that looks, and in fact is very similar to the Trace utility bundled with Gold Disk's Professional Draw. The Trace function will take any image loaded into BME and then literally trace around it to produce a structured version of your bitmap. BME gives you extensive control over the tracing process, although it has to be said that BME’s Trace is nowhere near as good as the Trace utility bundled with ProDraw. Traced illustrations often exhibit signs of mismatching of colour areas which have
to be tidied up by hand.
One nice aspect of the Trace function, though, is the way it actually shows you the bitmap being traced. Although this is not much use. It's a cosmetic feature that does come in handy because it quickly shows you how the trace is progressing. It can also help you adjust the trace parameters to ensure the best possible results.
(5 STRUCTURED DRAWING LslJ 139 MARCH 1993 You'll find within the program a plethora of editing tools that can be used to modify existing objects. The main toolbox window includes a selection of these, but further options are available from pull-down menus.
All the usual editing features are here, including the ability to pull out individual points, add points, delete points, scale and rotate. These can be applied to more complex objects by grouping several of them into one.
Some VoDran-like features make an appearance loo. Including a 'Blend' function that transforms one object into another using a sort of morphing technique. This proves useful when you want to add shading to your illustration - all you do is create the start and end sections of the shading, and then the program will smoothly blend the two objects together by creating shaded objects in-between.
If you need to create artwork in full colour, then Art Expression can do this too. Although it only runs in a 16-colour screen, it uses the same dithering techniques used by its rival to display an apparently larger number of colours.
Unlike ProDraw, Art Expression doesn’t support Pantone colour selection, although their nearest equivalents can be defined using either mechanical or RGB values. To be per- CREATINC A CURVY CONTENDER II the task ol creating Illustrations Iront scratch is a bit beyond you, then you can use BME's powerful Trace lunction to generate a structured image Iront any IFF image, produced by paint programs like Dpaint pictured here. For the best results, the image should be drawn at the highest possible resolution with a minimal number ol colours. It's important to consider both the complexity and
colour content ol your drawings.
Once you've drawn your illustration in Dpaint as a bitmap, the next step is to load it into BME and then run It through BME's Trace lunction.
This can take a considerable amount ol time
- certainly a lot longer than Cold Disk's Trace utility. One nice
leature is that the Trace utility shows you the trace in
progress, giving you a much better idea ol what's going on.
Touching up the illustration is simply a process of pulling out curves and points so that all the areas that make up the object fit together perfectly.
This is best done in wireframe mode, though you'll need to swap back to colour mode to view the results. On an unaccelerated Amiga, swapping between modes can take an eternity, so try to do as much as you can in wireframe mode before swapping back to colour.
Here's the lemming in all his glory. He can now be saved to disk and imported into your favourite page- layout program or printed directly out on to paper. If you want to take your drawing further, there are a host of tools enabling you to rotate, scale and skew to your heart's content.
With tho trace complete, the resulting IFF DR2D file can be pulled directly into Art expression. As you can see, the traced image will almost certainly need a considerable amount of touching up before it is useable.
Fectly honest, though. Pantonc isn't much use lo most people, but many professionals insist on it. Extended screen support would be nice too - w ith the A1200 and A4000 now a couple of months old, surely Soft-Logic could have built-in support for the new AA chip set. You can bet that Gold Disk will when ProDraw 4 finally hits the shelves.
One big advantage of Art Expression over its main rival is that it has full support for EPS files, which can be displayed in full colour and edited in the program. This is one area where ProDraw is really lacking - if you load an EPS file into ProDraw. It simply displays a grey box to indicate the image's boundaries.
Rumour has it that Gold Disk will address this in the new release of ProDraw. So this won't be an asset for long.
An Expression can also load in IFF DR2D files, a very rare format that is hardly used these days. Surprisingly, though, you are only provided with very limited support for Gold Disk's proprietary ’CLIP' format. Maybe this is a snub aimed at Gold Disk, but the fact remains that 'CLIP' is still the most popular format for structured images on the Amiga. If this is the case, then Soft-Logic arc cutting off their nose to spite their face - after all. If 'CLIP' support had been built in. They could have extended their potential userbasc by selling An Expression to ProPage users too. As it is. All
that An Expression offers in terms of 'CLIP' file support is a small utility that converts 'CLIP' files to DR2D format.
Unfortunately, the conversion process only works in one direction!
From first impressions, it looks like a real giant killer of a program, but continued use reveals its limitations. The lack of 'CLIP' file support, a rather flaky trace function (sec separate box I and some rather temperamental editing tools proves frustrating. Soft-Logic's PageStream may have stolen the thunder from ProPage. But An Expression certainly isn't going to leave ProDraw for dead. That's not to say thal it is bad - it's just not qualified enough to justify its high price tag. Not only that, but ProDraw is still the most logical and easy to use of the two programs. I know which one
I'm sticking with.
SPEED • • • • Art Expression redraws faster than ProDraw, but the user interlace can be slow.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • • Soft Logic are well known for their well-written manuals and this one is no exception.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • You won t have any problems getting to grips with this program.
FEATURES • • • • Art Expression is absolutely packed to the gills with useful features.
VALUE • • Almost £170 is a lot ot money, especially when you consider that ProDraw 3 Is £70 cheaper!
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For your money, you get a comprehensive sound source and a solution to your MIDI problems. The GMX-1 uses the standard RS- 232-C port on the back of your computer as the pipeline for all the MIDI information. All you need is an RS-232 lead (which should cost less than a fiver) and some software capable of sending and receiving MIDI data via the RS- 232 or serial port. Music X will do this for the Amiga, but there arc plenty of alternatives MARCH 1993 DREAM GMX-1 is available from Zone Distribution 071-738 5444 AROUND THE BACK... Despite this, the unit represents good value for money, and it is
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The Dream GMX-1 comes complete with a Walkinan-style headphone socket (so you don't have to annoy the neighbours), line-level stereo audio outputs (which you can plug into a household amplifier or even a mixing desk) and MIDI In. Out and Thru connectors (for connecting to other MIDI units). It gets its power from a 9V AC adaptor which is also supplied as part of the package. This is a strange choice, because if you lose it. A replacement adaptor isn't very easy to come by. It would probably have been easier and cheaper if Zone had used a DC adaptor, since this would have involved less
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For the first-time buyer, the GMX-1 is an ideal purchase. It's simple to set up. Easy to use and incredibly versatile for the price.
You may well outgrow it in about a year, but it's far better value than anything else like it on the market. It's a good deal cheaper than the 'name' brands like Roland and Yamaha, and it performs the same tasks in exactly the same way. And produces similar results. And there's no point in spending cash for the sake of it, is there?
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(14. 44 MASTER IN: AMIGA C ....(14.45
(21. 44 MASTERIIC AMIGA PRINTERS (14.45
(17. 45 NASTERINC AMIGA ASSIMILER ... (24.45’
(27. 95* MASTERIIC AMIGA &YSTTW (29.95*
(22. 95* MASTERING AMIGA AMIS .(19.95
(23. 95* MASTER I m AMIGA AREXX (7POA
(31. 95 MASTER I IK AMIGA - BEC!W«RS . (19.95
(24. 95* A500 INSIDER GUIDE ... (14.95
(14. 95 BfXilNNKRSAMIGAV1DKO anly £14.44 Covers: Workbench 2J
Icons, Screens,
(26. 99 workbench eenusj disk!oreattinq k
(19. 95 duplicating] Uiing Preferonaeaj Adding £ 4.95* eeory]
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(18. 99 genlocks; thing CLI] Changing the Starts £?1-9 aerpjence
etc etc - Soeins long. Exoellentl 1(28.95 Ail- MAIN AMIGA
MACiA INKS IN STOCK i4 n PLUS SOMK BACK ISSUKS. ?
HI-ANK DS DI) X5‘ DISKS (TDK OR DYSAN) IN BOXES OF 10 WITH I.AilPJuS H.49 2 bair* far 11500, 5 far £39; 10 br 155
J. 5“ DISK BOX POR 40 50 DISKS (6.99
J. 5- DISK BCR nm 80 DISKS . (7.99
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(J9.99 SUPER DENISE . (J9.99 GARY
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AS40 lei AMIGA INTERNAL DRIVE ...... HAIMS SUPPRESSOR BLOCK
4MAY UPRATED A500 PCMP.R PACT ---- AS90 REPLACEMENT PSU
UPORADC YOUR AMIGA.
OFHCIAL 2.1 UPGRADE KJT INC 104 ROM. WORKBP74CH DISKS A FDLL R1NO BOUND MANUALS f79.49 KICKSTART 1.1 WM ....09.99 KICKSTART 2.04 PCM ...04.99 AMIGA SERVICE DEPtH AMIGA 500 REPAIR (49.99 Includas parts i labour, excludes psu diak drive i keyboard faults.
A520 MXXILATCR REPAIR (19.99 REPLACE INTERNAL DRIVE (69.99 A500 PSU REPAIR ......(29.99 Add HO tor tamrday turnaround (by prior arranqrmenl only) Call in or eend by registered post V enclosing ($ .50 for return enrr. KEYBOARD SKIN.
Don't risk apt 1 '.ages - they're guaianlead to write off' your Aniga.
Waterproof t mouldrd to fit anugly over eacfi key, but tlexibla enough 11 type thru.
AH IDA 500, 500*, 600, 1200, 1500 State which when ordering .. (10.99 ANTISTATIC DUST COVERS AMIGA 500 k 500 Plus IJ.99 AMIGA 600 600HD 1200 0.99 AMIGA 1500 2000 2PIBCE ..... (12.99 AMIGA 1500 2000 KEYBOARD ... (J.99
J. 5“ EXTERNAL DRIVE ..(2.99 88JJ 1084 MWITC* ...
(6.99 SWIFT 9, LC200 PRINTER .....(6.99 L SWIFT 24 LC24-200
.... (6.99 X COPY P«0 NEW C3490 Istsat version -
ooeplet* with l*W Mk 2 AutcsMtic Cyclone external kive
adaptor. Highly suooeasful.
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m. Making backups without the peiaiaiion of the acpyright holder
is Illegal.
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100 Instruaent aounda k effects. 'Artificial intelligenca’
software for the Aeiga which cuataniaee the leeeone to eech
individuel.
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3. 3" DX8K DRIVE ALL BOO* HAVE FREE 12 MONTHS ON-SfTE WARRANTY
ASTOUNDING SPEC: 68020 32BIT Cpu
14. 19MHz CLOCK SPEED 2 MEG RAM
3. 5" rLOPPY DRIVE 16MILLI0N COLOUR CAPABILITY BUILT-IN TV
MODULATOR WORKBENCH 3, MOUSE t PSU 32 BIT EXPANSION PORT PHONE
FOR LATEST LOW PRICE NOW ALSO AVAILABLE WITH HARD DRIVES
INSTALLED &OAMIGA REPAIR BIIJ*S FOR 2 or 3 YEARS WHEN YOU TAM
OUT AN rm««D WARRANTY KITH US.
Underwritten by a leading Uk Insurance Co.
Envm mnovsi * xccrxmaraj. Uumum ACCI0EWTS can happen to anyone 4 they aren't oovared by the manufecturera warranty. Al© once this haa e g irad, you can bat things will start to go wrong. Bith the average ainiaum Amiga rapair ace ting (49.99 it DCES make aenae for a one-off payment, to knew you will never have AMY r«pair bills to pay for 2 or 1 YEARS. This Ext anted Warranty Insurance policy must bs taken out within lOdays of purchasa. Full detaila on request, ccsvums UFTO (600 IB VALUE - 2yis (27.99 Jyns (42.99 IS UTTO (999 IB VALUE - Tyrm (12.99 lyts (87.99 Also avails We for printers &
monitors etc POA BUILT-IR TV NOOULATOR FLUB DELUXE FAIWT 3 ORARD FRIX PUBBOVER FVTTT Add £42.99 for 2 meg versions HTTH RO« STOP PRESS HURRY - BEAT THE PRICE RISES MOUSE 1MEO RAH
3. 3" DISK DRIVE WORKBENCH 2 BUILT- IB TV MOOULATOR IT'S BACK!
AMIGA 500 PLUS CARTOON CLASSICS ZOOL PACK.ONLY £19.99 with any Amiga.
COMMODORE ANNOUNCE PRICE INCREASES ON ALL AMIGAS FROM 1-1-93 C25.99 C23.99
123. 99
149. 99
1127. 96
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• FIBEALL DREAMS
• STRIKER
• TRABSVRJTE (Wordproc•••or) TOTAL VALUE rrp rrp rrp rrp BUILT-IB
3.3" DISK DRIVE l NCO RAH M3USE TV KDOULATOR WORKBENCH 2 . 04
NEW LOW PRICK FLUB LEM4XBOS CAFTAXH FLABTT TKE S IMFBOBS DELUXE
FAINT 3 2Meg version
• dd just (42.99 FAST HARD DRIVES FOR YOUR AMIGA 600 & 1200.
20MEG: PRICES BOOTS UP 40MEG: FROM IN LESS 60MEG UNDER THAN 10 S0MEG £120 SECONDS UPGRADE YOUR 600.
2. 1 UFORADE IRC ROM 179.99 Similsr to Workbench 3 - many now
features t utilitiaa.
2 6 4 KEO FAST MDORT CARDS IB STOCK 1 «0 XRTERKAL RAH CARDS IB STOCK IVTERRAL BARD DRIVES TROM UWDER 1120 AKXOA 600 DELUXE HORITOR STATION CONTROL CENTRE 149.99 AKXOA 1200 DELUXE MONITOR STATION CONTROL CENTRE 149.99 Comprises colour matched steel stand for monitor tv; ohelf under for Pau I external drive etc; Mouae i Joystick port extension cables; mouse holder; mouse mat I Large dust cover
s. covers monitor I computer._ J f FREE STAUTER PACK HITB ALL
CXTIMKK PR IKTERS.
IKCLUDKS PRIWTKR CABLE} AM10A DRIVER DISK S 250 approx)
1. 3 AMIGAs WITH 1MEG RAM.
PLEASE PHOHE FOR DETAILS EXTERNAL QXSH ROCLITE RF382av 3.5" EXTERNAL DRIVE £67.99 WITH ANTIVIRUS & ANTI CUCK FEATURES RRP C7» M OR WITH NBW XCOPY PRO £99.99 CUMANA CAX354 £56.99 MEMORY UPGRADES . AMI CIA 300 4 300 PLUS A500 500* 1 2mng upqtada without clock (24.99 A500 500* l 2mnq with clock 4 battery (29.99 Just plugs in- No soldering.Warranty unaffected.
A500* INC UPGRADE ... (44.99
1. 5 WC A* 00 UPGRADE fully pi* uleted (69.99 Requires gary chip
removal 4 invalidate* warranty} 500 500. EXTERNAL 2-BM-C
UPGRADE inc 2meg (149.99
• Price* include drive cable.
(Cable alao available separately for 19.99)
• Formatted read)' to uee.
• Easy to fit - inatalla in second - attach to intsmal drive bay
bracket (screws included) 4 plug-in the cable
- that‘a all there is to it. Pitting charge (15.00. Send your
1200 by registered post, enclosing (5.50 extra for return
carriage - rton't forget the Extended warranty if retired -
(42.99 extra- highly rnwinded.
CITIZEN SWIFT 9COLOUR ONLY £184.99 9plm 192c*m draft, Misprinting npond. 4 built-in fonts. Friction 1 tractor fnmte. Paper park, low coat ribbons.
2 year warranty. Epaun k IHM Pi opr inter nI at Inna. Low noiaa
il. If* HAM UPGRADE 11 J.99 SPEED UF TOUR 1200 Aaiing one of our
J2bit PAST RAM cards will give I ram 2 to 10 times upend
increase over a standard 1200 (frxm 5 to 70 time* faster than
a A500 - largest increases are for matha intensive
applications, making use of the 68881 68882 co-proceaaom on
the Ham card*.
CITIZEN SWIFT 240C COLOUR £284.99 CITIZEN SWIFT 240 MONO £249.99 ?4 pin} ?40«pa draft 1 BO qw letter quality print spaed. 9 fonta, 2 scalable fonts. Paper parking, puah 4 pull tractor feed, friction feed. Epson LQ570, WC P20 1 IBM emulations.
Ultra low noise level, ? Qiint for even lower noise. 2 year warranty. IMS PAM EXPANSION (12.99 MI PAPKK or SB, B TV MONITORS PHILIPS CM8833B»k2 £224 .99 14- SCREEN . STEREO SOUND RGB & COMPOSITE INPUTS » ON SITE WARRANTY LOTUS TURBO CHALLENGE OFFICIAL UK MODEL DUST COVER C6 99 CONNECTING LEAD C3 99 OR BOTH FOR CS 99 HI-RES 14" COLOUR MONITOR £229 .99 14* ANTIGLARE SCREEN 0 28mm DOT PITCH 1024x 768 PIXELS ANALOGUE RGB INPUT TILT SWfVEL BASE UnsurtaWs for to* res (156KHz) modes COMMODORE 1084S £199.99 . 14* SCREEN
- STEREO SOUND
- RGB & CVBS INPUTS
- SUPERB PICTURE DUST COVER C6 99
- CONNECTING lEADs free CXTXSEN SWIFT 200 SUFERB HD DEL 6 ONLT
CITIXEN SWIFT 200 COLOUR
1209. 99
1244. 99 24 pin; 240 pa draft 4 10 *» lettar quality print
speed. Bine letter quality fonts, 2 scalable letter quality
fonta. Paper parking, puah 4 pull tractor feed, friction
feed. Epenn 10570, PNC P20 4 IBM Prcpi inter24m emulation*.
2 year warranty.
128* PAM EXPANS KM 02.99 AMXOA 600 AMIGA 600 Imog upqrado • clock (urpipul) (27.99 AMIGA 600 Imaq upgrade • clock - now only (44.99 Just plugs in. Mo eolderirtg.Warranty unaffected.
A600 PCMCIA 2 NC 16B1T EAST RAM (149.99 A600 PCMCIA C 4MIC 16B1T EAST RAM (221.99 AKXOA 1200 FAST RAM CARDS A600 PCMCIA 2 MIC 16B1T FAST RAM (149.99 A600 PCMCIA C 4MTC 16BIT PAST RAM (221.99 HICRCNOTICS 25MIZ inc 0 eng 12bit faat ram (129.99 MlCKCeoriCS 14H1z inc 1 mng 12bit faat ram (199.99 MICRCBOTICS 14M1z inc 2 meg 12bit faat ram (225.99 Mldtceorics 14M«z inc I mq 12bit faat re (159.99 Theae include 68881 co-processor on board 4 fit in the undersids trspdoor. Warranty is unaffected.
Add f50 tor veraion with 68882 co-proceaaor.
CrflZEN PROOOT 34 PROFESSIONAL PRINTER 24Pln SO Column; 5 fonts: Ep*"n, Ibe 4 Mac .
* i graphics printing} 168 buffer. Colour ei CITIZEN PROJET INKJET LASER OUALrTY PRP1T CJOO 99 100 % i Laaer quality SO nozzle IMP jet printer. Paat 4 very qjiet. »60*pe d*aft 4 240 cpa latter quality print speed.Three letter quality fonta • cptional font carite. HP DeskJet Plua
• mulation. Cptional 128k 4 256k rim card*. 100 sheet automatic
(eecter. Ink cartndww - (11.99 COMMODORE 1960 HI RES 14"
MULTISYNC COLOUR MONITOR.
MOWS IB ALL Al200 HXES inc low re*. (15.68Hz modi £439.99 inc leads.
Productivity mod* Adaptor 114.99 extra if required.
Compatible with ALL AMIGA* 4 BUOOET 4PPM LASER PRINTER • SEKOSMA OP 104 C&M 99 Pour paqe per minute} HP lAMijtt IIP illation) IOOkIOO DPI; Jyr on aite warranty. Poatacript ••man with 2mmg ram (849.99 AMIGA 1300 A 2000 ORB MCACHIP BOARD PC* A1500 2000 inc 2meg (184.99 CVP AMIGA 1500 2000 8 ICC CARD ur*xp) (99.99 I ICC x9 SUMS . EACH (12.99 V 4MG x9 SIM4S ......EACH (129.99 .
CVP 4MtC x 12BIT SIMtS EACH (169.91 4 m HARD DRIVES SUPERB GVP HARD DRIVES PC CARDS & EMULATORS 80S PcteER PC CARD v4.5 PC* AH1CA 500 4 500 PLUS required .
(149. 99
(14. 99
149. 99
(44. 99
(219. 99
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(129. 99
(419. 99
1499. 99
(669. 99 CVP KD4 PC* A500 4 500* - » DRIVE CVP SERIES II MD8* 42
Mng for A500 CVP SERIES II MD8. SO Mng for A500 CVP SERIES
II HD4• 120mng for A500 - mm only CVP SERIES I! HD4- 210mng
for A500 - now only The HD4 aeriom II can accept either 1
or 2 or 4, 1 OR two, 4 mng eimmm.
CVP SERIES II Ml (or Al500 7000 - Y© DRIVE CVP SERIES II Hct • 42mng for A1500 2000 CVP SERIES II Hct • Scteng for Al500 7000 CVP SERIES II Hct • l?0meg for A1500 7000 - now CVP SERIES II Hct • 2lOmeg for Al500 2000 - now The f»C 8 Seriea 11 can accept upto 8, 1 meg *9 S. atepa.
A510 4?Meg Hard A ive 4 48010 Accelerator for A500 (719.99 A510 SOMng Hard drive 4 68010 Accelerator for A500 (819.99 A510 120tteg Hard drive 4 68010 Accelerator for A500 (899.99 AS 10 2)0Mng Hard drive 4 68010 Accelerator for A500 11049.99 The A530 Combo* feature a 680.10 Hwi cpu, i mng ram expandable to Omega. 68887 matha co-proceaaor aocket, paver supply, cooling fan, mini- ejrpeneion slot, SCSI hard diak controller t hard diak aa apecitied above. The A5.10 run at 12MIPS compared to atandard Amiga'a 0.9TM1PS. CVP 68882 NATHS C» PROC*SSCR 8IT for A510 CWStO 1MEC SIMMS FCR CVP DRIVES .. 4MPC
x9 SIM4S POR GVP DRIVES 4MEC 12HIT SIM4S rCR A510 .. CVP IMPACT EXTERNAL 7*IN 51 4” HARD DRIVE CASE MS Do*4 ICS PONP PC IMUJATCR CARD PC* AMIGA 600 AMIGA 1500 2000 ECS ADAPTCR VORTEX AT OCE PLUS 286 PC IMJIATCR PC* A500 CVP PC786 PC EMULATOR CARD PC* SERIES II HARD DRIVES (189.99 GOWKS GATE 116SX PC CARD POR A1500 2000 (199.99 X U*N CATE 486SX PC CARD PC* Al500 2000 ( 749.99 OFTICttAL DRIVE COKIRC4XER CHIP PC* OCCDEB CATE (14.99 ACCELERATORS BLII1ARD IURB0 NHH BOARD PC* A500 500‘ (209.99 Ciock doubled 6BOOOcpu Bmeg ram cspsaTy ¦ upgradable torn imeg
(2. 3.4.S.6.8meg steps) FuBy evtcxcnfigixmg With only 1 meg on
board ¦ g»s% 200% speed ncrssss over stsndsrd Arrtga. 2y
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LEAD AMP1 5m PARALLEL PRINTER LEAD 2 PIECE UNIVERSAL PLASTIC
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ACROSS s aitieeive LABELS afgwox 1.5'xl .5* 1000 fo
CONTINUOUS 40 *i PAPER ll”x9A” box of 2000for R1B6CM RE-1
Mil© SFRAY - Jet black - eaves (((a teXRD RIBBCMS for most
Citizen, Panasonic, Star COLOUR RIBBCMS - LC200 24-200 4
SMIPT9 224 24 240 Cl THEN PRQJET IMC CARTRIDGE (BLACK)
TAILORED PVC PRINTER DUST CWERS Por pc jular Citizen 4 Star
printers - please state printer when order inq.
TV HOBITOR LEADS
(119. 99
(109. 99
(174. 99 nly (449.99 nly (609.99 a* in 2 meg HOB I TOR AL1 PC*
Tvs WITH SCART SOCKET (Not for VCRs) (11.99 inci Sony.
Philips, Ferguson, Hitachi, Toshiba, Mitsubishi AL2 for
Pergueon Ite01 Mc01 Ito05wlth 8 pin Din socht (12.99 AL4
for Hitachi Granada seta with 7pin Din RCB input (12.99
AL6 (or Amstrad CFC464 6128 monitor (with no sound) (12.99
AL6B for new Arne trad CPC atareo monitor (11.99 AL7 for
1084a monitor with 8 pin Din socket (14.99 AL7P for
1081 1084e 8811 with 9pin D socket (14.99 ALII with 9 pin D
plug for multisync monitors (12.99 All2 with 15 pin Irow
socket for multisyna monitors (11.99 ALU with 15pin 1 row
plug foe multisync eon it ore (11.99 FLICKER PIXER LEAD - 9
plug to 15wey 1 row plug 12.99 teDOULATOR EXTENSION LEAD
eliminates overhang (10.99 DELUXE MCNITCR STATION fits over
Amiga 500 4 500» (49.99 includes monitor ormputer 1 piece
PVC dust cover, mouee mat Hae cut out for hard drive.
I«X)SK 4 JOYSTICK EXTENSION BIT PC* PLIffTH 1 4 2.1palr (7.99 HN1TCR TILT SWIVEL BASE for upto 14” monitors or Tvs (10.99 . HEAVY DUTY SWIVEL BASE PC* UPTO 17- Tvs (12.99 FAST INTERNAL HARD DRIVBS FOR YOUR AMIGA 600 & 1200.*
• Prices include drive cable.
• Formatted ready to uae.
• Eaay to fit - inatalla in second - attach to internal drive bay
bracket (screws included) 4 plug-in the cable - that's all
thera ia to it.
• rirriwi charge 115.00 PRICES FROM UNDER £120
(214. 99
(12. 99
(129. 99
(169. 99
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Setter Desktop Publisher ¦ £49.95 ¦ Silica PAGISITTER 3 is available from Gold Disk 0743 350551 If you own an A1200 or an A4000, then PageSelter will display graphics in up to 256 colours!
You can even import 24-bit images, providing you've got enough RAM.
Another new feature is full PostScript compatibility, which is built into the program as standard. Previous versions of PageSelter had to rely on a separate (and rather unfriendly) module called LaserScript which convened PageSelter page files to PostScript format, but version 3 enables you to print to PostScript, without ever having to leave the main program.
PageSelters PostScript suppon isn't w ithout its quirks though - for reasons known only lo Gold Disk. PageSetter supports colour PostScript, but it doesn't support colour separation. If Gold Disk want professionals lo use this latest release, then colour separation is a Jason Holborn finds that Gold Disk's long-awaited, budget DTP package can even give the more expensive ProPage a run for its money.
Page Setter 3 Desktop publisher ¦ £49.95 ¦ Gold Disk IT'S BEEN A long lime coming, bul finally PageSetter 3 is here. Billed as ihe mosi complete desktop publishing system available, it certainly seems to live up to expectations - it features a fully integrated page-layout system consisting of the PageSetter program itself, plus two add-on programs which enable you to write text and draw pictures for your layouts, without switching to another program.
With every new release of PageSelter.
Gold Disk have moved the program nearer to its more costly big brother. Professional Page.
Version 2 boasted Gold Disk's then new Compugraphic outline font technology. This latest release not only shares the same frontend as its big brother (although its gadgets have the look and feel of Workbench 2.01. but also adds full-colour support.
To the untrained eye. You could be forgiven for mistaking it for ProPage'. In some ways. PugeSetter 3 is more advanced than its big brother - if you ow n an AI2(X) or even a muscle-bound A4000. PageSelter 3 will lake full advantage of the new 256-colour VGA- like screen modes offered by the new AA chip set. ProPage users will get this too when ProPage 3 arrives, but PageSelter 3 has still managed to sneak this feature in first.
Existing users will be pleased to know that the time-honoured method of laying out pages using boxes hasn't been sacrificed. If you've used just about any DTP system based on the classic Mac DTP-program PageMaker, then you'll find getting started with PageSelter an absolute breeze. For the uninitiated among ageSetter3 ©1992 Gold Disk Inc. : testpage.ps3 II 2| 3| 4| SI i ¦ I « I * I * 1 A 1 j I A I 1 1 . 1 , l . I . I..1 1 A j A | . | t | . I TTWMJJUH Ml'l-l Jason Holborn gets all excited over Gold Disk's new PageSetter
3. Is It the ultimate low-cost DTP system?
You. Though. PageSelter mirrors the concepts behind the traditional method of ‘pasting up' pages using typesetting boxes.
Possibly the most major addition to the PageSelter layout module is the inclusion of full-colour support. Previous releases were mono-only, with colour images represented in half-tone formal.
Gold Disk, though, have now recognised the popularity of colour printers among Amiga users and have provided colour support.
Although bitmapped images are still displayed as shades of grey, those of you lucky enough to own a machine equipped with the new AA chip set won't have this problem - PageSelter can display up to 256 colours on screen at once. If you've got access to a colour scanner.
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PagoSottor 3 frcm Gold Disk PagoSottor 3 fron Gdd Disk PagoSottor 3 PageSelter 3 has inherited many Features Irom Its big brother, Professional Page. Among these Is Eyo Sama s (who Is the former editor ot the now defunct US Amiga magazine, AMIGATimes) brilliant FontManager utility.
FONT SUPPORT FontManager gives PageSetter the capacity to take advantage of the vast range of IBM Adobe Type f outline fonts that are available both commercially and within the Public Domain libraries.
With many libraries now making these fonts available on Amiga disks. FontManager is the perfect way of building up an impressive selection ot outline tonts.
As it stands at the moment, PageSetter 3 cannot directly load and use Type 1 tonts. Before they can be used, they must first be converted Into Compugraphic format by running them through FontManager. Each Type 1 font must have two tiles
- a printer font binary file (.PFB) and an Adobe Font Metric file
(.AFM). What FontManager then does is take these two files and
generate the three Compugraphic files required by PageSetter.
The tonts that are created by FontManager can also be used In
other programs when running them on a Workbench 2.04 (or
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There are three different modules that make up the PageSetter system. These are all 'hot-linked' together, and they enable you to create pages without you having to use other programs.
If you just want to add some copy or text into your page layout, then all you have to do is open up the box that is to contain the text, and then select the Article Editor from PageSetter"s pull-down menus (as shown here).
The Article Editor looks and works just like a conventional text editor. Elaborate fonts are not used here, so text can just be typed in at full speed, and you don't have to wait for painful screen redraws. You can cut, copy and paste text with ease, and you can even load text files from other word processors. Once the text is complete, selecting 'Send Text Home' will send the text back to PageSetter.
147 MARCH 1993 What makes this version such an advancement over previous incarnations, though, are the two extra modules which help to make it a more integrated, one-stop publishing system.
The first of these is the Article Editor, w hich is basically a mini word processor based around Gold Disk's Transcript. Although text can be edited directly within your layouts, the Article Editor doesn't use fancy Compugraphic fonts, so text editing is considerably faster.
But the Article Editor isn't actually built into the program. Instead, it resides on disk until it's needed. Then, simply by defining a box and selecting 'Article Editor' from the pull-down menus. PageSetter automatically loads and runs it for you. You can then edit your text, load in an existing text file and even insert formatting commands which define type attributes (font name, tracking amount) that PageSetter will use when you return to the layout program. There are some type attributes that can only be defined from the article editor, tracking (the space between individual characters).
For example.
Finally, there is the Graphics Editor, which - as its name suggests - enables you to modify and even create new images from scratch.
Boasting a frontend thal isn't too dissimilar to Dpaint's. The Graphics Editor offers all the Existing pictures can be pulled directly into PageSetter. The Graphics Editor however, can come in handy if you need to create illustrations on the spot. Featuring the same sort of frontend as DeluxePalnt, the Graphics Editor enables you to create illustrations in any resolution with up to 32 colours.
Once the PageSetter screen pops back info view. Hie text you created in the Article Editor is flowed into the document automatically. If you're not entirely happy with the typeface, point size, leading or colour you've selected, then don't worry because this can be changed with ease.
With text and graphics in place, our layout is now complete. It can now be printed to any prefer- ences-supported printer, or even to a PostScript device. DTP has never been so easy, or cheap!
Usual drawing tools you'd expect to find in a bitmap image editor. Support for all the usual Amiga screen resolutions and colour combinations is here, so you're not just restricted to the usual line art.
One annoying aspect of PageSetter (and indeed Profane, for that matter) is that bitmapped images are not automatically scaled to the exact si .e of the box in which they will be contained. When you create an image in the (iraphics Editor or pull in an existing image, you have to manually scale the picture yourself, which can be a rather hit-and-miss affair.
Both modules are hot linked' to the PageSetter layout program, so the files that you create arc automatically pulled into PageSetter as soon as you've finished editing them, litis son of integration requires a lot of RAM - even on a 2Mb A12(H) things get very tight, especially when using lots ol different Compugraphic fonts and high-resolution colour pictures. If you want lo gel the very most from PageSetter . . some extra RAM (and a hard disk if you can afford it) are definitely recommended. That's not to say that PageSetter isn't useable 011 a Imb machine - just don't expect to create
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PageSetter .Vs main rival has to be the Disc Company's The Publisher ( tf'43 - 92 per cent). Both are priced at exactly the same level and each has its own individual strengths and weaknesses. If layout power is paramount, and you're not too worried about colour support, then The Publisher is perhaps still a better bet.
Although it doesn't have its own built-in text and graphic editors, it still offers far more typographical control, which many professionals w ill no doubt prefer.
For the rest of us. PageSetter .1 is undoubtedly the program for the masses - it's cheap, it's powerful and it s very easy to use.
Although it probably wouldn't be able to handle the sort of heavyweight DTP tasks that The Publisher eats for breakfast, the level of power has been perfectly balanced. Add to this PageSetter .Vs blindingly obvious ease of use and you've got a package that cams its Formal-Gold award w ith flying colours. 1) SPEED • • • All those colours, complex graphics and outline tonts can slow PageSetter down considerably.
DOCUMENTATION • • • Although quite readable, the manual is rather sketchy in places.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Like Its parent product ProPage, PageSetter 3 Is a joy to use.
FEATURES • • • • • With Us bullt-ln text and graphics editor, It's the most complete DTP program available.
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TIME a piece of software or hardware is released which looks so
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For £150 16-bit sampling could be within your reach. But is it purely for professional musicians? Andy Nuttall finds out... Clarity 16 is the perfect example. For months we've been promised budget 16-bit sampling for around £150. And that our Amiga will be lifted to musical heights previously reached only by expensive, dedicated hardware.
Now it's here, we find that yes, it is 16- bit. And you can sample at 44.1 Khz. But what about a monitor facility to listen to your source while sampling? What about a user-friendly interface that displays all the information you need? Unfortunately, presumably due to the constraints of the Amiga's hardware, they seem to have been overlooked.
OK, you've got the gist of the review, bul Clarity does have some good points. The software engine uses Intuition. Workbench's operating system, which most owners will be familiar with. Because of this, each utility that Clarity offers is given a different window which may be open or closed at any time. This modular approach enables you to decide what goes where on your screen.
Clarity 16 £ 149.95 ¦ Microdeal ¦ Stereo sampler 149 All the usual editing functions are included such as cut. Paste, zoom and loop; while others such as overlay mix samples, normalise and pan are useful additions to the norm. Effects such as reverb, flange and chorus may be applied to your samples while they arc held in memory, and they may also be applied in real-time to your sampling input.
CLARITY 16 is a veritable from Mkrodeal 0726 680020 A basic MIDI interface is built in. With IN and OUT ports, and some decent MIDI options are provided. These include stereo and mono sample dumps between Clarity and an external sampler. MIDI mapping is possible, supporting keyboards of up to seven octaves.
Unfortunately, it seems even these good points arc not without fault. Due lo hardware constraints, the interface doesn't multi-task.
This means the VU meter and oscilloscopc- stylc monitors will not work while Clarity is sampling or playing back samples, so in effect you have to sample 'blind', and hope that your input doesn't clip or distort. Of course, you can monitor your input first, adjust the level, and then sample, but this is a tedious process which won't appeal to most musicians.
The window-style interface looks user- friendly. But in use it's tedious. If you have several windows open, control reverts back to the main command window after an operation such as filter. Because of this, the sample window must be rcsclectcd every time you want to work on it. This is most annoying, and must be put down to thoughtless programming.
Again due to hardware constraints, it's only possible for Clarity to play up to four sounds simultaneously - and that's when using an accelerated Amiga, like an A1200 or A3000. When using a normal Amiga it is possible to play one 16-bit stereo sample or two 16-bit mono samples. Obviously reducing the sample to 8-bit, or sampling at a lower rate will put less pressure on the Amiga's processor.
So how good is the sound quality? Not had.
But it's not CD-quality. It manages to match other 16-bit samplers and CD players in terms of range and sampling rate, bul high-frequency noise is noticeable on playback. This may be filtered out using the low pass filter provided, but of course this reduces the dynamic range of the sample. Also, when the frequency is set to around ISKHz, the low pass filter has a tendency to destroy the sample altogether. On a good note, the stereo facility works well, and cross-over distortion is kept to a minimum.
Opening up the unit reveals a PCB with some imprcssivc-looking custom chips, but poor soldering and a number of bodges suggests the unit was rushed. Also, more attention could have been given to the interface - the 'D'-conncctors for the parallel and serial interfaces are difficult to remove from the Amiga.
An input level attenuator wouldn't go amiss, either - as it is you need to use an input device with a volume control to avoid distortion.
MARCH 1993 Amiga musicians everywhere have been waiting for this release, and they're going to be let down. Clarity 16 promises the Earth, but ends up being just another flawed genius. ‘5 Clarity 16 SPEED • • • Complex samples are manipulated reasonably quickly, and disk access times are km.
DOCUMENTATION ••• A fairly flimsy manual which manages to describe sampling and MIDI reasonably well.
ACCESSIBILITY • A badly thought out interlace, which is incredibly tedious to use lor any length of time.
FEATURES • • 16-bit samples; MIDI interlace; poor build quality and naff user interlace and noisy samples.
VALUE • Similar sound quality to StereoMaster. But lour times the price and less friendly to use.
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MONITOR NOT INCLUDED IT'S A MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM - Just imagine, stereo sound, images and text all on screen. It asks a question, you respond, it responds truly interactive! Each CD disc holds hundreds of megabytes of data with instant optical access. The whole of Hutchinson's Encydopedia fits onto 1 disc. This interactive system is a unique aid for Education, Business or Leisure.
The future is herel EZE EH33 RACK CONTENTS AS STANDARD • Amiga CDTV Player CDTV keyboard • CDTV 1411 3.5' Disc Drive
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£29.99 All Dogs to Heaven: Electric Crayon £34.99 Global Chaos
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£29.99 Guinness Disc of Records £34.99 North folar Expedition
£49.99 Dinosaurs for Hite £14.99 Cover Girl Poker £24.99
Animals in Motion £29.99 Paper Bog Princess £34.99 Hound of the
Baskervilles £29.99 MUSIC Connoisseur Fine Arts £34.99 Scory
Poems for Rotten Kids £39.99 Psycho Killer £29.99 Music Maker
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of the Demon £29.99 REFERENCE Fun School-Under 5's £24.99
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Japan World (PAL) £49.99 Raffles £34.99 Complete Works of
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Cinderella £39.99 Fractal Universe £34.99 Snoopy (PAL) £34.99
New Basics Electronic Cookbook £39.99 Fun School for 5 to 7
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or software. No switches for mouse or joystick. Special
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INDI EXCLUSIVE £49.99 With two Joysticks £59.99 BLACK 10845 MONITOR Al lost the CDTV Monitor you Kav« b««n waiting for. The original and best selling colour stereo monitor from Commodore is now available in block to complement your CDTV.
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Expiry date Signature ...... Send to Name Address . HOW TO ORDER TEL: 0606 43860 • FAX: 0606 43825 Daytime Tel Postcode..... SCANNERS Graphics users have long desired an affordable method of scanning transparencies into the Amiga. Now ASDG have come to the rescue with a driver for Epson's GT-6500 scanner that supports a transparency adaptor. Can it cut the mustard? Marcus Dyson investigates... ON PAPER, THIS reads like a dream come true: Epson have updated their GT-6000 scanner (AE38 - 98 per cent) and reduced the price. This in itself should be enough to get Amiga artists or
desktop-publishing fans reaching for their cheque books - but that's not the end of the story. The new scanner has a transparency adaptor and ASDG. Being the enterprising company that they arc. Have included support for this desirable piece of kit in their new driver software. And the entire scanner tranny, unit software package can be had for a price that would previously only have bought you the scanner itself. Too good to be true? Let's take a look... The software interface is the now-familiar Art Department Professional one. And the scanner can be driven from within AdPro. For users who
don't have this in their software library, don't worry because a standalone version is included. The simple push-button front end is easy-to-use. And the intuitive layout and labelling of gadgets means that you can just plug in and start scanning, with minimum reference to the perfectly adequate manual.
Yes, it is big and impressive, but it won't cost you on orm and a leg.
The Epson GT-6500 is the cheapest way to get high-quality 24-bit images Into your Amiga. Put the optional transparency unit on top of this and you have the only woy of scanning colour slides into your Amiga.
EPSON GT-6500 is available from HB Marketing on 0753 686000.
GT-6500: £799 Transparency unit: £545 Driver software: £110.60 Epson GT-6500 154 HAND-HELD COLOUR scanners for the Amiga are not common things, though one wonders why not. The technology is nothing new, and the need for them is definitely there.
Imagine being able to get any picture you see in a magazine, book or catalogue and capture it as an IFT file for immediate use in DeluxePaint, or any other paint package. Let's face it. Whether you can draw or not, it would be a god-send.
Power Computing, whose mono hand-held scanner beats off all competition in our opinion (AF36 - 90 per cent), have come to the rescue. The PowerScan3 looks much like any other hand-held, but beneath the stylish plastic exterior lies something unique in the Amiga hardware field: a colour scanning head. But can this piece of kit possibly give results as good as Power's mono hand-held?
Colour scanners have always remained in a price range attainable only by the wealthy bourgeoisie. But Power Computings new hand-held scanner promises to bring colour to the proletariat. Marcus Dyson takes a look to see if this could spark a desktop colour revolution... fW RCH 1993 The unit interfaces to the Amiga via a Zorro slot in the 'large case' machines, or via the edge connector on the left of the A500 500 Plus. A600 1200 owners are left out in the cold though, at least for the time being. A pity really, because if it could be connected to the serial port it could be used with all
Amigas.
The method of actually connecting the scanning hardware to the machine varies depending on which type of Amiga you arc using. Despite this it is still fairly straightfor- P0WER COLOUR HAND SCANNER is available from Power Computing on 0234 843388 Price: £239 ward. A500 owners simply plug a metal box Power colour ban into the left side of their machine, and then plug the scanner into the box. Owners of larger machines have to open them up. Stick a card in fTj SCANNERS The Epson is powered by o professional- looking and easy-to- understand interface, courtesy of A&DG's Art Department.
The resulting scanned images exhibit good contrast range, saturated colours, deep blacks and pure whites. Perfect scans in fact.
Scanner scanner is able to handle such high resolutions that the transparency unit becomes a viable accessory. Imagine, if you will, the typical user for this piece of kit - the professional DTPer. He will need to be outputting bitmap graphics al a resolution of at least 200dpi. A typical flatbed scanner can handle about 300 dpi. So if it were used lo scan a 35mm tranny.
Ihe dimensions of which arc about 1.5" by 1".
The final image would be around 450 by 300 pixels. An image of this si e can only be output at about 2.25" by 1.5" on the printed page.
A scanner w ith a 1.200dpi resolution can scan a 35mm tranny so that the final image can be output at 9" by 6". Which is obviously considerably more useful.
Operation of the scanner is simplicity itself.
Firstly you run the scan-to-disk software, or choose Epson 300 SC from your AdPro loaders menu, and you are then presented with a preview scan screen. From here you can make a low-resolution scan of the w hole scanner bed. And you are then presented with a mono thumbnail (small scale) of Ihc image.
You can now choose the position and size of the actual scan, and choose the resolution that the Tine' scan will have. The 'proof' scan screen gives a running indication of how much memory the final scan will require, and warns you if this exceeds the amount available. The preview ' scan's brightness is adjustable, but this is purely to make it easier to view the preview and doesn't affect the fine scan.
Once you are happy with the preview scan settings, pressing the accept button takes you to the fine-scan window. This is the business end of things, where you can control the quality of your final scanned image. Here is where decisions are made about bit depth, brightness, gamma and colour correction. Users who are scanning into AdPro will be able to further fine tune these factors by using the program’s excellent image-processing facilities.
The GT-6500 is an extremely desirable piece of kit. If you need to scan transparencies for the Amiga there's nothing to touch it (or even come close to) for the price. 'Zf Epson GT-6500 spud • • • • • Possibly the lastest quality colour scanner AMIGA Format have ever seen.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Epson s scanner documentation Is very good.
ASOG's software manual Is every bit Its match.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • No need to even look In the manuals. Just do what the on-screen Information suggests.
FEATURES • •• • • Full 24-bit colour scanning on the desktop lor under £1.000 And a transparency option too.
VALUE • • • • • Outstanding value for money. This piece of hit sets whole new standards.
97% The interface isn't attractive, but it is easy to use. The colour changes with the HAM base colours of your imoge.
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Blacks could be more solid, and colours more soturated, we tried hard, but couldn't improve on this.
O 0 1 u a Zorro slot, then place a flange w ith the scanner socket in the back of the machine. Simplel The software is equally simple to install, but surprisingly powerful considering the budget nature of the package. The system works by a series of toolboxes, all of which are accessible from the main toolbox with the simple click of a mouse button. Pressing the scanner icon brings up the scan menu, which again is a toolbox that enables you to either scan an image to ihe screen or into the clipboard.
By selecting the scan icon, a requester then enables you to enter the w idth and height of the desired scan, and check the scanner for resolution settings. This hand-held is capable of scanning al up to 2(Kklpi. And a switch on the scanning head enables you to select 1. 3 4. 1 2, and 1 4 settings, which equates to 200. 150.
I(X) and 50dpi respectively.
Scans w ider than the 104mm w idth of the scanner's head can be made, but you have to scan the overlapping strip and piece it together w ith the rest of the scan. This is a hit-and-miss affair, but when you consider the software has automatic colour correction, the chance of getting a convincing colour match at the join is quite remote. Once you're happy with the settings click on Okay!' And the scan head will light up. It's then time to draw the scanner over ihe image. It takes a few minutes for the software to interpret the image data and then the picture appears on-screen as a super
bitmap.
The scan we've made here shows little in the w av of colour saturation and contrast, and nothing we did with the scanning settings or the image-processing software could satisfactorily correct the matter. The PowerScan3 software can only perform simple image-processing tasks.
Improvements in future releases of the software may lead to better interpretation of the image data, but for the time being users will have to grin and bear it. Not that the image quality is bad. It's just not as good as one might have hoped. But that doesn’t change the fact that this is the cheapest and easiest ways of getting colour images into the Amiga.
As such, it is worth serious consideration. 'Zf speed • • Colour scanning Is never a fast operation, but PowerScan3 Is slow by any standards.
DOCUMENTATION • • • The documentation is fair, but It would benefit from better Illustration and an Index.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • After a quick referral to the manual, getting started with PowerScan is quick and painless.
FEATURES • • • • A number of image-processing features make the software unexpectedly good.
VALUE • • • • • This Is the cheapest way to scan Images Into the Amiga, and for the money It’s very tasty.
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.. Postcodo Tel (Home) .. Tel (Work) Which compulor(s). If any. Do you own7 ... WAY BACK IN Ihc Amiga's short, but ground-breaking history there was a word processor called Scribble! (it was also given away on the AF 41 Collection Covcrdisk). At the time of its release, this was the premier word processor on the Amiga. What was so good about it was that you could type in a lot of words, spell check them, print them out.
And do the whole job simply and quickly, without any fuss.
Then MSS 'improved' the design by adding graphics, a thesaurus, a grammar checker, and the whole thing slowed down so much it was impossible to use on anything but an accelerated machine. And the output was rubbish, unless you used NLQ (Near Letter Quality) mode. This was fairly typical, how do software houses do it? They improve something. And it’s worse than it was before.
Word publishers are a popular alternative to DTP programs. Phil South finds out if Excellence - an update of Scribble! - can face up to the competition ... Excellence!
Word publisher ¦ £79.95 ¦ MSS » bock mi the beginning ot time, cm tor the AMIGA woo concerned, woo a word processor
* In Ibis I which ot the time woo the premier wordpro on the
Amiga. (Vow got a tree it It on the December ioaue ot At in
toct. Id) Icrlbie woo good because it let you iypm t of words,
epefl check them, and print them out. Ond cftd the whole fob
simply and The first version of [xceUeacel was in tort the
excellent Scribble!, though this was just a standard word
processor, ond it couldn't import graphics, like this nice
pkture of Araie.
84 EXCELLENCE!
Is available from HB Marketing on 0753 686000 The second revision of the program wasn’t much better, although to be fair there were fewer bugs. But due to the huge screen resolutions required, and the amount of graphics crunching needed to add graphics to your programs. It was slow and the output was questionable unless you had an expensive primer - it wasn't even very bright on a colour dot matrix, the very kind of printer the program was written to drive.
One good thing about the overhaul of the program is that it does have the look ond feel of Work bench 2.
Now we have revision 3 in the font) of Excellence!, which although is cosmetically different with a few extra features, it still suffers from many of the pitfalls of the original revision. Fonts loaded into the program look stretched vertically, unless you use flicker mode (OK for flicker fixer or A3000 users) or use specially created fonts, or fonts which look all right in hi-res mode. Output is possible in NLQ mode, which makes use of any fonts your printer has: PostScript mode, which drives a PS printer with special printer fonts; and Graphic mode, which enables you lo use colour graphics
and fonts with your printer.
The Graphics mode relics upon the awful smoothing that Amiga prefs printer drivers apply to graphics and bitmapped text to improve the low quality. This is nowhere near the quality that you could expect from a word processor which produces outline fonts.
There is a utility lo convert metric files from CG fonts into meaningful fonts for Excellence!, but once again this merely involves turning basically OK fonts into jaggy ones, which seems pointless in the extreme.
Although H has 'What You Set Is What You Get', th* print quality will probably mean that you don't.
The manual is a nice thick book, bul not completely accurate. On several occasions I Then they 'improvarf the deaign by addaig graphic! • and ftoMunM and grammar checkers and the vdiale thing slowed down so much it was impossfcle to uoe on anything but a highly accelerated machine. And the output was rubbish, unless you used NLQ mode, which you uid uoe anyway on the aid version of tcnbbieL ft's typical, how do software houses do it?
T H's They b were t graphics The second re dsion of the program wasn't much better, although to be fair there kjw but due to the huge screen resolutions require
o odd graphics to pur programs, the program sms slow and t »
unless v*»u hod a «ry expensive printer and even not too
bright, on a colour dot matrix, the vary kind of printer the
program was wt itten to drive.
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Generate Index Generate TOC Blosssry... a I tse K by P. U. Li t xer• I hope this testimonial helps so you do not run afoul of soma of the problems in choosing a neut word processor. Vou may iwondm what qualifies me to ujrite this? Ujell, besides being a brain surgeon, skydiver and florist, I am also a skilled writer.*' •* Bcfore I learned about excellence! I hod had enough of the other so-called UJVSIUJVG « Ujhat-Vou-See-ls-UJhat-Vou~Get word processor s. R t bes t, mos tot t hese pr oyr ams wet' e a f ar cry from what I needed. I require a word processor versatile enough to check my
spelling on these irritating malpractice suits and do color printing for my flower shop ads.** •* Luhen I received excellence! I hoped in the worst way that it would not let me down. Unbelievably, Micro-System's implement at ion was tar faster and much superior to the competition's in every way. Luhat do I mean by that?« They use the Rmiga interface to the fullest possible extent.
Vou can use the mouse or the keyboard for many operations.
Rll ready I am adept using both. Menu items are prioritized for quick access. Vou can't afford an opportunity to be without excellence!. I find it absolutely essential for my writing. I can not and will not live without it! I'm so overwhelmed I Think I may cry. Ujhere's my kleenexTu
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were a far cry ¦from what I needed. I require a word processor
versatile enough to check my spelling on these irritating
malpractice suits and do color printing for my flower shop
ads.w Luhen I received excellence! I hoped in the worst way
that it would not let me down. Unbelievably, Micro-System's
|5QQ22ZiQlE21 uta' faster and much superior to the roBpeTmoos
in every way. Ujhat do I mean by that?w They use the Rmiga
interface to the fullest possible extent.
Vou can use the mouse or the keyboard for many operations.
Rll ready I am adept using both. Menu items are prioritized for quick access. Vou can't afford an oppor t unity to be without excellence!. I find it absolutely essential for my writing. I can not and will not live without it! I'm so overwhelmed I think I may cry. Ujhere's my kleenex?**
- - IM pq 1 1_ EXCELLENCE! VERSUS WORDWORTH 2 AND FINAL COPY II
Excellence! Is pitching itself against two other word
publishers here in the UK: Final Copy 2 by Softwood in the US
(although it's supported in the UK by Gordon Harwood Computers)
and the Wordworth 2 program from Digita, an English company.
But Its two rivals are better thought out and feature
PostScript output and UK English dictionaries. The main
problem with Excellence! Is that it is an old product which
still has problems adapting to life in the nineties. Its
updates simplu don't bring it into line with the other two
programs.
If I pressed to buy any of these products.
Wordworth 2 would be my first choice. Digita have improved its word-processing utilities, and the onscreen fonts by using the Agfa Intelllfont system, plus the print quality is superior to Excellencef s. Next I'd go for Final Copy 2 and a copy of Softwood’s grammar checker. Final Copy has some nice outline fonts which look good on any printer, and it performs just as well on PostScript or inkjet- type printers.
Third - and last - would be Excellence!, but the print quality would be rather poor in comparison, especially on a dot matrix.
Was directed to lum to page 45, but what I was looking for was 10 pages further on. This is foolish. Don't they check stuff like this?
On a more positive note, the program has the facility to index and create glossaries, so your documents can look like proper technical documents. With footnotes loo. And timed saves which back up your documents after a specified time period are useful. There's also support for the new Amiga resolution modes like Super Ili-res. Plus support for the NEC 4FG monitor (reviewed AF38 - 93 per cent).
There's now a speech mode so your Amiga can read your documents back to you (useful for partially sighted or blind people).
The font menu has been replaced by a requester, so Ihe program can access any fonts on your system (welcome to the nineties).
Arexx support is available, plus the facility to use foreign-language dictionaries. Applcon and AppMenu support on Workbench 2 machines and all manner of cosmetic updates.
However, even with all these new features. The program is still limited and the major flaws have not been addressed. What is needed is a complete rewrite, not just an update.
The main problem is that in order to get good-quality output you have to cither know a lot about ihe way the Amiga works, or have a lot of ancillary gear like PostScript printers IrtMihtr (rid* tml CmtirisM (Fltsck netM) tuft Sckeel life Bdbwj Cellwe_ 3 4 3(71 9 14 11 12 Fr U Jr Sr »! *J *1 M Ft» _lt RTTTTiFTi Jll ms& short slor* mTuT Jfr jmU The grammar checker checks the readability ol your text and grodes it according to the Flesdi method - whatever that is.
And an accelerator to make the program work properly. Although the same could be said of many top-end software these days, a word publisher is fairly mid-range and so should be easy to use. While still deliver quality results.
Sadly Excellence! Docs neither.
If you're going to ruin the basic function of a word processor by adding graphics support and fonts, then the graphics and font handling had better be damn good. The problem with Excellence! Is that they're not.
Printing bitmap fonts on the Amiga has never been a really viable option because the fonts are low resolution (at least as far as a printer is concerned) and so they can't really produce top-quality output.
* If you're going to ruin the basic function of a word processor
by adding graphics support and extra fonts, then these had
better be damn good."
Excellence! Is a good idea which fails to deliver because MSS have not thought it through. Sure, if you've got a PostScript printer then you're laughing, everything will look great. But what if you've got a dot-matrix printer? The poor print quality would not make anyone happy. The only really safe way of using bitmaps is to use fonts twice the size you need. And then you end up with something worth looking at on a 200 or 300dpi printer.
You can do this with Excellence!, but il takes a lot of faffing about, and why should you bother when other programs like Digita's Wordworth and Softwood's Final Copy 2 do it all for you (see above).
159 Excellence! Has now been revamped lo look like Workbench 2. It's been speeded up.
But when all is said and done it's still version I with a few knobs on. PostScript output is perfect, but then again if you're in the PostScript market, you can afford to shop around for a better engine to pul text and graphics on the page, (such as Gold Disk's new Professional Page i and Professional Draw J bundle for £99.) Why make do with a word publisher when for the same price you can have a fullblown DTP program? I can't think of a reason in the world.
MARCH 1993 If you have your heart set on buying Excellence!, then try before you buy, and sec if you like the output. Otherwise avoid it like a frothing, hungry-looking. Rabid pitbull. O Excellence Not fast at all really, although it is an improvement on previous revisions.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Nice fat book, with a supplement for the now version tacked in the front.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Easy to start using, but a lot of faffing Is required to get the best out of It FEATURES • • • • Top marks for the spelling thesaurus grammar checking, but It falls down on output.
VALUE A lot of features, but it's let down by poor output on anything but PostScript printers.
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COMPETITION Did you read the review of the OKI OL400 laser-quality printer in Amiga Format 43? Well if you did, then you'll know that we think it's the best thing since bread that's been sliced and put into a polythene wrapper. If you didn't read the review (and why not?) Then don't worry, because we're giving you the chance to win, courtesy of OKI, two of these rather special pieces of kit worth £2,200! Now, if you've been promising yourself a decent printer, or even just a printer, then get your head round these questions in... MARCH 1993 The Grand Amiga Formal Win an OKI OL4 'The OKI OL400
is a well-designed and good- looking printer that brings you quality results at inexpensive prices. Not only is it cheap to buy, it’s also pretty cheap to run too." This is the verdict given by Jason Holborn in his review of the OL400 which appeared in the February issue of Amiga Format This month, two of our lucky readers have the chance to win an OL400 laser quality LED printer.
The entire OKI page printer range centres around LED (Light Emitting Diode) technology, which offers benefits over laser printers in terms of greater reliability. This is because there are fewer moving parts and the print quality is better. OKI are so confident of the reliability of this system that they give a five-year guarantee on the LED printhead.
Another big advantage of the Oki OL400 is the incredibly low price of the toner cartridge - instead of the usual £70 plus that you find with most laser printers, a toner cartridge for the OL400 LED will only set you back a mere £20. Which will mean you'll save a considerable amount during the lifespan of the printer.
If you fancy one of these excellent machines sat on your desk next to your Amiga, and it would look very nice - as well as being massively useful - all you have to do is answer the 10 questions printed on the page to the right. Then write your answers on a postcard. Along with your name, address and a daytime telephone number, stick a stamp on it and bung it to us by Her Majesty's mail.
We'll be drawing the winners on March 18. Who then will be notified shortly thereafter. So get your entries in. And good luckl d?
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163 MARCH 1993 What does I.EI) stand for?
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 How many years is the LED printhead in an OKI 01.400 printer guaranteed for?
What score did Amiga Formal award the OKI 01.4(H) in Issue 4.1?
The Guttenberg Bible is a famous landmark in the history of printing, how many lines is it famous for having?
W hich company prints Amiga Formal?
What part of the body is covered in Whorls and Loops?
Which diminutive US pop star has a backing group called the New Power Generation?
What type of collectable Japanese goldfish has a name which is an anagram of OKI?
W hat does dpi stand for?
What record was Number One in the British charts on the I January 1990?
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MJC PRICE CCALL (price includes free courier delivery) THE FUN SCHOOL RANGE Probably the best selling educational software for the Amiga. Fun School 3 and 4 also conform to the National Curriculum Fun School 3 for Under 5 £15.95 Fun School 3 for 5-7 years £15.95 Fun School 3 for Over 7 £15.95 Fun School 4 for Under 5 £15.95 Fun School 4 for 5-7 years £15.95 Fun School 4 for Over 7 £15.95 FUN SCHOOL SPECIALS In response to consumer demand a range of FUN SCHOOL SPECIALS have been developed to help children with specific areas of learning.
£17.95 £17.95 £17.95 Merlin's Maths Spelling Fair Paint and Create LAUGH AND LEARN WITH ADI The ADI series is aimed at being fun to use as well as being a serious educational tool. Each package is specifically designed to follow the National Curriculum for a particular school year.
£17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 £17.95 ADI - English 11 12 years ADI - English 12 13 years ADI - English 13 14 years ADI - Maths 11 12 years ADI - Maths 12 13 years ADI - Maths 13 14 years ADI - Maths 14 15 years ADI - French 11 12 years ADI - French 12 13 years ADI - French 13 14 years ADI - French 14 15 years KOSMOS SOFTWARE Kosmos software produce a superb range of educational software including the Answerback Quiz programs and four foreign language aids as well as the hugely popular Maths Adventure.
Answerback Junior Quiz (6-11 years) £14.95 Answerback Senior Quiz (12 to Adult) £14.95 Factfile Spelling (requires Junior Quiz) £7.95 Factfile Arithmetic (requires Junior Quiz) £7.95 French Mistress £14.95 German Master £14.95 Spanish Tutor £14.95 Italian Tutor £14.95 Maths Adventure £17.95 LCL SOFTWARE Primary Maths Course (3-12 years) £18.95 Micro Maths (GCSE Level) £18.95 Micro French (GCSE Level) £18.95 Micro English (GCSE Level) £18.95 Micro German (GCSE Level) £18.95 Reading & Writing Course (3 years+) £18.95 COOMBE VALLEY SOFTWARE This is a range of excellent educational adventure games
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MJC PRICE £12.95 EDUCATION EllROPRESS SEEM TO have the market cornered in the education markel with their excellent Fun School programs. These are divided up into three sub-categories, for children of different ages and abilities, though the oldest age group they go up to is 10.
From the makers of Fun School comes ADI - 'edutainment' for the over 1 Os. Gary Lord finds out whether it's more fun than school... It's about time then, that Europress put their talents into providing some sort of educational instruction for the over 10s, which is precisely what they've done with their new ADI packages. Instead of cute little bear and frog characters to base educational exercises around, this time they've picked an alien as their central character. His name is. Aptly. Adi.
And he is millions of years old and used to live on an asteroid.
ADI Education Software French Maths English ¦ £25.99 each ¦ Europress The Adi character is probably fine for the younger age group (11-13). But for the older age set. Adi and the way the programs are set up is probably a bit too juvenile. The 13 14 age ADI programs certainly seem to be an afterthought as far as the ADI interface is concerned. There is no difference between the two programs in character and format, apart from the fact that the educational content is more advanced. The Fun School scries, though, has different characters to suit the growing child, starting with a Teddy for the
younger ages, and Sammie the Spy for the older ones.
Each ADI program comes on two separate disks. The first is a loading disk in which Adi introduces himself, and you introduce yourself lo him. He then goes on to explain how the menu bar at the bottom of the screen works.
The second disk is the application disk which contains all the exercises. When you load the application you arc presented with a scene-setting picture, and as you point the cursor at different subjects and objects in the picture, various topics appear. You then click on the topic that you wish to study and another picture comes up with various sub-sections.
Adi is there to reward you with various sentences such as "Yo dude you're really on form today", which I imagine most 14-year- olds will tire of sooner or later. Questions are asked and you either type in the answers or click on the right reply with the mouse. If you're somewhat bemused by any particular topic then help is always at hand by just clicking on the 'Help' icon. So if you're not to sure ADI - WHERE THERE'S TIME FOR WORK AND PLAY C would use oe a kofiday to Franco, » * - _ Lt_L - I - -«t---1---»--» refans a api nkoiiowii comem.
About whether 'i' comes before 'c'. Or where your speech marks and commas should go, then 'teacher' is there to help.
Some questions are based on the 'Read Me' document which can be accessed by just clicking on it. If you get the answer correct, a small animation, for example a man walking over a rickety bridge, will be displayed at the bottom of the screen. If you get the answer wrong the same animation will play, but something will go drastically wrong - ic the bridge will collapse as he walks across it.
Accumulation of points is the object of the exercise. The more exercises you complete correctly, then the more points you get. And what do points make? Prizes? Not quite. They make games, of the early arcade variety. In fact the exact same games that arc in the preceding Adi programs. Whether students will ADI 13 14 persevere with the program to gain enough is available from points to win all 10 games, or whether they'll Europress become bored and simply insert the latest 0625 859333 Ocean shoot-em-up is another matter.
Educationally, the programs have plenly of content, although I can't see a great deal here which is going to make French, Maths and English much more interesting than plain old pens, paper and text books. The programs don't push the Amiga to its limits - it's the same-looking screen whatever subject or age range you're dealing with. There is one nice little touch though. If you get the wrong answer repeatedly. Adi tells you to have a break. When you return, you discover him having forty winks, and you wake him up as soon as you touch the keyboard.
165 MARCH 1993 This doesn't mean that this program isn't worth splashing out on. With plenty of exercises, the student can go at their own pace and concentrate on areas that they find difficult without needing a teacher on-hand. O ADI EDUCATION spud • • • • Once you're In an application then It Is quite quick. The usual pain with loading though.
DOCUMENTATION • • • • Comprehensive instruction manual, but nothing to add to the educational content.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Very easy to access the programs, and a very friendly interlace.
FEATURES • • • Nothing particularly new here, and the format probably suits a younger age group.
VALUE • • • • • Polished software, and probably worth It II It keeps your kids oft the games tor a while.
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GAMES PG003 AIR WARRIOR Good flight Sun • PG006 ANTEP 4 SLOT CARS role playmg game. Y PGOOfl ASI 1 Tan*. Ro'lerpede. Avatris AMIGAids etc. PG009 ASI 2 Invaders.Bally 2.Missile command etc'- PG010 ASI 3 MegaOali 4 Onp Superb '• PG011 ASI 4 Frogge* Go Moku Cracker Jumpy etc'.
PG012 ASI 5 Raid Go tody 4 Retaliate*.
PG0I3 ASI 6 Pacman DownhtMchaAenge Weftrt* etc - PG014 ASI 7 Moonpase Trix Nightworks Clauderunoef1 • PG015 ASI 8 A*ace2 HdaH Snakeprt 4 Numbertumbie''.
PG016 ASI 9 Features Batte pong 4 B izzard' - PG0I7 ASI 10 Escape Pipeline P«kout 4 Sys1* PGOtB ASI ti Dad Conne* Reversi Towers 4 Tropm.
PG019 ASI 12 Llamatron. Car. Powerpoog Fab".
PG020 ASI 13 Twintns. Squamble. Block it Ban etc'- PG021 AT 1C AT AC RoaUy playable 1 • Y PG024 BLACKJACK Good card game '• PG026 CASTLE OF DOOM Excellent' Get it • Y PG028 COLOSSUS 4 WORLD Fab adventures 1. Y PG029 CROSSWORD COMPILER As .t says I* V PG032 DRAGONS CAVE D4D style game Mega. Y PG034 ETERNAL ROME Strategy 4 DOMINOES* Y PG046 MACK Great te*t adventure-mfocom style' .Y PG047 HOLLYWOOD TRIVIA Nee Trivia Game1 • PG048 HOLY GRAIL One o' the best Text adventures- Y PG051 KILLER CARS Great Med vectors game1. Y PG0S3 LARN A superb te t adventure game • Y PG059 LORE OF CONQUEST space
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PG210 Asl 35 Pomg Snakeprt. Cybernet* etc1.
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PE011 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS Book on a d«sk.
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Put69 GELIGNITE FONTS CutNPasle fonts- Put70 P-SUITE Disk magaz-no makor-Y Put71 OPTICOMMS 2 Ncomm 2 4 more -Y Put 72 WORD POWER Solve Anograms Crosswords. Y Put 74 ASTRO 22 P’ofess-jnal astrology program' -Y Put 75 GELIGNITE FONTS ll Excellent IFF fonts-Y Put 76 GELIGNITE FONTS ill More of above".
Put 77 8 8ENCHMASTER Wmdowsbench 4 Messy** Put82 STOCK ANALYST Tecf*n**l anafySi* program.Y PU183 AMYGEN Excellent geneoiogy program. Y Put84 PROCALC VI 0 proress*nai caCuW' PU185 8 COSMOPOLITAN FONTS (4) Packed with lonts-Y PU189 TRONIK VIRUS KILLERS 21 virus Men 4 dOC*Y PU191 LANDBUILDER fractal land generalor.Y PU192 SID 2 Gel Ihi* 1 d*eclory util III MEGA'-Y PU197 MOBED 2 DmM for Sprites 4 bobs.Y PU198 VIDEO WIPES Masks 4 tades Dpami 34 -Y PU201 MALICE FONTS Excellent tiny tonts for Dpamt.
PU202 CYCLOPS Weird Piasmafractai creator 1 .Y PU203 SCOPE 184 Utiis 4 clips for Ppage Y PU205 PC TASK Wcked PC Emulator Get it "i .Y PU207 MULTISID Combine SlD2 4 Multidosi PC AMIGA).Y PU208 AS' HANDYTOOLS 3 mega compilation of uWs Y PU209 FRED FISH CATALOGUE contain* FISH 1 • 680 -Y PU210 PCQ PASCAL Latest v r»or of Pascal compiler-Y PU211 AMIGA PUNT A horse race predicting program'.Y PU212 PERM CHECK PLUS a poo» predcbon prog Y PU213 RACE RATER Another horse rac*ng program" -Y PU214 DIR WORK A S 3 type Me copy mg program' .Y PU215 CAPTiONATOR Superb sharewaro video tilling'.Y PU217
BROTHERHOOO UTILS 2 utilities for the plus'- Y PU218 ORDER Excellent demo of commercial Dbase. Y PU219 WBHACKS- collection of hacks for - owner*. Y PU221 225 8 COLOR ICONS Hundreds of new con* .Y PU22S7 C EYES FONTS For use m Dpamt WB etc 2 .Y PU228 PROBABLY RiPPER Create disks easily with th*'.Y PU229 JPEG 24 bt graphics compression ubl disk' - Y PU230 MORE PRINTER DRIVERS new prmter dnvers'-Y PU23V5 PAGESTREAM FONTS 5 bs*s super fonts'- (5)Y PU2367 SCOPE 197 8 Adobe type fonts. 2 tksks M' -Y PU2389 M O R C Mouse ooe'ated rune caster oracle '- PU240 FREE COPY VI 4 powerful bsk copymg
jyogram'-Y PU241 CALORIE BASE Useful for people on a def'-Y PU242 TEXTPLUS PROFESSIONAL 4 needs hard drrve'.Y PU243 ASPICE Circuit analysis program'. Y PU244 BON APPETiT Th«s is a rec«pe database program'.Y PU24S756 C MANUAL Latest versxm on 12 disks' (12) -Y PU257 61 PAGESTREAM FONTS 2nd set of fonts'-Y PU262 RICHARD SMEDLEY COMP II Mortgages etc'-Y PU263 LYAPUNOV Fabulous 4 unusual fractals".Y PU264 8 OUTLINE FONTS For Pro pagev3 ONLY'UY ANIMATIONS PA031 BASKETBALL A basketba'i Payer 1 Meg’ -Y PA039 ERIC S AMY VS WALKER Cute 4 sexy’ 1 SM Y PA040 ERIC S BATMAN vs JOKER Very funny"'.V PA042
ErfC-S COYOTE STRIKES BACK img too1 • PA043 EriC-S MORE AEROTOONS Very ertty Y PA045 ER»C S STEALTHY ll Mg 29 vs Stea»thy f.Y PA046 FRANKLYN THE FLY Day m the He 0* a V • PA048 GYMNAST ANIM Gymnast swing* cm ba'S' -Y PA053 4 LIGHT CYCLES (2) Tron anrntaton.
PA056 MAGICIAN II Good RT ammaton-Y PA060 NEWTONS CRADLE RT ammation .
PA065 68 REAL 3D (4) Superb ol the program. Y PA072 THE JUGGLER A classic amga demo'- Y PA074 THE WALKER vs The Helcopto* Mega '- Y PA075 THE WALKER vs A2000 A dass»c ' • Y PA082 TIN TOY ANIMATION Ray traced tin sold*" -Y PA085 JET ANIMATON Fractal Fight but better' -Y PA086 FRACTAL ANIMATION fufl screen low ftyhg an.m.Y PA090 TOO MUCH 30 Shg fly* out of monrtor" . Y PA091 3 GAS TURBINE. STEAM 4 PETROL ENGINE (3).Y PA094 AMY JOGS WALKS 4 SNEEZES by E Schwartz' -Y PA095 HOW TO RUN INTO A WALL by Enc Schwartz' .Y PA097 SMALL STATON AT KHERNE New tmg verson.Y PA098 EASTER ISLAND ANIM A n e
fractal arwnaton'-Y PA099 ATF AGILITY new ES arwn. Very witty as usual-Y PA100 VTOl CONTEST Check out tN* new ES a«m • -v PA101 DOLPHIN DREAMS Great Dolphm an-n' . Y PA 102 BATTLE OF BRITAIN Amusing short arvm'. Y PA103 4 KINGFISHER 2 Superb pro arvmatons'- V PA105 TOR ANIM Dog jumps out of screen'- Y AGATRON All ok on A1200!
AGA01 RED LOTUS Spmnmg down the road Fantastic '• AGA03 STAR TREK - Shuttle fly past Great Mm - AGA09 STAR WARS Fighter fly by. Impressive 1m .
AGA10 STAR TREK Enterprise m dry dock Incredible- AGA20 Huey 2 A helicopter leaving a landing pad • AGA21 ENTERPRISE DOCKING WtTH SPA(5eSTATON- AGA22 ENTERPRISE APPROCHING stunnmg arvm MM - AGA23 FLEET MANOEVRE Stunnmg arvnahon’ im - AGA24 KULI PEN arvmaton 4 Pmg pong G at’ 1m .
AGA25 THE RUN . A subert) car chase img .
AGA31 PORSCHE arwn nsmg out (* table 1 mg .
AGA33 PROBE B d o' prey ammaton 4 Khngonhrt' Im.
AGA35 SPACE PROBE, great anmi o* probe zoommg off'- AGA36 BIRD OF PREY loop tho loco animation im .
AGA37 TOBIAS GOES KNACKERS Check th* out Mm .
AGA38 TOTALLY WICKED ' Shuttle 4 Enterprise (2 MEG) POWERANIMS PPOOV-2 ANTI LEMMINGS (2) This «s Bfttani' 2M PP003 AT THE MOVIES Cute an.m of Amy squirrel 1 5M.Y PP008 10 BUZZED (3) Groat anun of wasp crashing' 2M PP011 12 DATING GAME (2) Very witty'. Get it 3 5M PP016 GULF WAR Another ES production' Good 2M' Y PP02124 LANDING (4) Tobas Renter poweranim 4M PP02S27 STATION AT KHARN (3) Increbbe 2M demo Y PP040 43 AT THE MOVIES II (4) H4anou$ 1 1mg»3mg PP044 45 AMY V WALKER II (2) Another wrtty ES Oemo 3M PP046 SWEET REVENGE Coyote vs Roadhmner 1 1 5mg.v PP0489 A DAY AT THE BEACH Stunnmg • 2 Mg
PP050 UNSPORTING Wcked aerotocm by Schwartz- 2M Y PP051 2 CHARLY CAT Super Shwartzike cartoon' 2mg Y PP053 4 CHARLY CAT AT THE BEACH 2nd tab an,m Jmg'Y PPOSS-e APC MISSION Superb waker 4 tank battle 3mg' PP057.9 CHARLY CAT CATCHES A CANARY Fab’ 3MG PP0603 CHARLY CAT MOUSTERMIND Groat' 3 5MG PP064 DUNCAN DUNG BEETLE Unusual 2mg animation I Y PP0656 CHARLY CAT SNOW JOKE Latest arum 2mg . Y PP067.9 SPEED LIMIT 3mg motorcycle race' - Y (3) DEMOS PD005 AMOS 30 DEMO Shows some great effects'- y PD018 CHAOS ROCK Fab kght show with fractals’.
PD068 PHENOMENA EniGMA Absbutey bnBont'- Y PD076 PLASMUTEX Good plasma 4 great muse • PD094 SCOOPEX MENTAL HANGOVER A dasse- PD097 SILENTS GLOBAL TRASH Increbbie".
PD13034 ALCATRAZ ODDESSY Awesome" Ok on 500-' PD139 TRACKERS POWER 4 AGONY Dnmuai vector' - PD142 FINAL CONFESSION Muse 4 Plasma effects'- Y PD143 CAT Silent* 4 Cromcs demo for cat dub - PD159 ANARCHY IN THE KITCHEN Somo good FX Fab'- PD162 ALCHEMY MARCHWlTH Very good new demo- PD164 DESIRE MENACE Good Psycho rave demo - Y PD165 DARK DEMON Mega new demo get rt. Y PD170 PIECE OF MIND Good 3D vector effocts • PD171 2 SILENTS EXPOSE(2) incredibe Get 111. Y PD175 REFLECT SOUND VISION Super effects 4 muse' PD176 CHAMELEON DEMO Very nee vector demo'. Y PD1778 TRSI TIME ZONE New. Some good effects'-Y
MUSIC DISKS PM001 100 GREATEST 64 TUNES 100 tab 64 tunes'.
PM010 AMEGA PARTY WINNERS Four WiCKED songs- Y PM012 AMGADEUS CLASSICAL Eme Kiemer etc . Y PM013 ANARCHY CAPTURE0 IMAGINATION Nee music'.
PM016 BEATLES SONIX Neo muse • Y PM018 BEATMASTER I LOVE TECHNOLOGY Rave d«sk. Y PM019 BRUNOs MUSIC BOX II Superb jazz funk muse-Y PM02O21 BRUNOS MUSIC BOX ill Jazzfunk Gel 4 *Y PM02223 CLASSICAL MUSIC Bach Handel etc .Y PM027 D-MOB MUSIC 3 Mouse muse rermx. Good' - PM03034 DIGITAL CONCERT* 2 6 ExceBert house dance DM035 DIGITAL DEBUSSY Fab Rob Baxter corversens'.Y PM036 DIGITAL DEBUSSY ll dasse Debussy muse'- Y PM058 MAG FIELDS CHIP FESTIVAL Fj« of ch* muse'.Y PM059 MANIACS OF NOSE Tns is bnJLant'- PM082a 82b VIVALDI - FOUR SEASONS (2) V Good '. Y PM09C 91 MOZART MORN CONCERTO 4 by H Gammon-
Y PM092 PIANO TUNES Nme piano songs- good - Y PM096 STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN Renditen of the song- Y PM10S6 KEFRENS MEGAMlX Fabulous dance muse* PM114 UPROAR SPLIT BEAVER MIX rave megamix . Y PM 11 Sab CHROME Brilliant muse d-sks I Y PM12I NIGHT8REED MUSIC DEMOB Rave muse demo- Y PM 122 4 PLAYSI0 2 (3) You must get tbs Mill .Y PM 125 PLAYSID me RobHubbard. ManiacsOfNoise * Y PM 134 5 SOUNDS OF SCIENCE (2) Br.ll.ant'. Y PM137 KEFRENS MEGAMIX ll Very good " dance muse'.
PM141 HARDLINE MUSIC 7 groovy synth-style tracks-Y PM 150 DESKTOP HARPSICHORD RECITAL Classes' • Y PM152 PARADISE NO 8RA1N NO PAIN Good for ravers" - PM 153 BiZE KILL DA BABE 6 tracks of rave muse" - PM154 PULSE Yes puJsatmg rave muse agam" . Y PM 155 VINE G RAVE 5 more good rave tracks'" -Y PM 157 8 HEATBEAT UPOATf 9 great songs here'. Y PM159 DECIBEL OVERLOAD 5 different tunes'. V PM160 FUSION MATRIX 5 rave type tracks'. Y PM161 CYBERNETIX 19 songs packed on 1 disk’.
PM162 MORE MED TUNES Fab tunes by Alex Starrex'.Y PM 163 OCTASTUFF Some good 8 track tunes' . Y PM 164 OCTAROCK 30 More 8 track 4 3d graphics'-V PM16S6 NUTCRACKER SUITE Super rendition'. Y SLIDESHOWS PS0G2 ADVANCE HAM Really stunning '. Y PS0G8 AIRCRAFT SLIDE Pes of tenter a.rcraft'-Y PS0C3 ASTRONOMY SLOE very impressive '.Y PS013 BORN TO BE FREE w.kJ arumals .Y PS033 GERMAN RAY TRACE Superb See these '- PS045 KELLY ss Some quai-ty ham petures -Y PS056 NEWTEK DYNAMIC HAM 640x5t2 4096 co*or pcs- PS062 NW DYNAMIC HAM Nk Wawam* Superb OuaHy - PS067 RICK PARK s ART Dpamt h*es pcs* - Y PS072 SUPER
HAM CARS Th* is a must-Mega'- Y PS086 SONIC 5 Superb D HAM 4096 colour pes- PS090 FRACTALGEN IncredOie fractals etc . Y PS091 2 FRACTAL MOUNTAINS Excellent stuff- Y PS093 VANISH 3D Awesome 3d ray traced .Y PS094 INVISIBLE WORLD II Yuk Bedbugs And more'.Y PS101 ANALOGUE SLIDE Ray traced space pcs - Y PS 102 ACCESS DESIGN Ray tracod space pics - PS103 DYNAMIC HIRES 2 4 lantastic quality pictures'* PS104 VGA PICS Some exeilont quality peturos here'.Y PS105 SCAN PICS Exdient quality peluresI.Y PS106 BAHRAIN SLIDES Pcs from the middle east'.
PS 107 ALCATRAZ MUSEUM 18 super quality drawings'.
PS 108 SANITY COMP WINNERS 10 Superb drawings’- Y MUSIC UTILS PT001 ALGORYTHMS Create we«rd mo. Tunes PT002 ART OF MED Excellent U Y PT005 CASIO CZ EDITOR 250 patches I .
PT006 DELUXE MUSIC DATA Midi muse- Y PT009 Kt IFF SAMPLES Fabulous samples - PT011 KAWAI K1 edrtor lor patch changes' PT012 KAWAI K4 editor as abovol PT013 MED 3.2 Excollont muse seq - Y PT014 MED MUSIC DISK As H says I. Y PT015 MIDI DISK Various mO stuff ?
PT020 ST-01 • ST 10 Samples Ring for details PT021 SOUNDTRACKER 2 6 Excellent, ok plus'.Y PT022 SOUNDTRACKER COMPILATION Several versons1 PT02S67 8 ST 90 93 SAMPLES StudO quabty. Y PT029 YAMAHA DX7 VOICE FILER for DX7 synths PT030 YAMAHA DX7 VOICE SORTER for the abo-re 1 PT031-23 ST-87 89 3 asks ful l.Y PT034S ST-97 4 96 More sanies '.Y PT037 PROTRACKER 2 2 THE LATEST VERSON" PT038 YAMAHA DXIOO.TX81Z DX27.DX11 4 FB01 eOtors PT040 OCTAMED Vt 8 Channel MED sequencer’- PT041 NOISEPLAYER 4 0 MulMaskmg module player- PT042 START IFF SAMPiES Superb ' Get tn« d*H'-Y PT043-5 HOUSE SAMPLES 3 d.sks full
of house samples' AMOS PD APD036 AMOS UPATER Latest updater in vf .34 . Y APD11S BALLOONACY Bomb the bu.kJmgs f. Y APD237 SHAPES Excellent kids game '-Y APD257 CASSETTE LABELLER - MIXED SOURCE.Y APD27) WIZARDS DOMAIN graohcal adventure.Y APD292 WAR OF THE FOUR graph* adventure game.Y APD329 FRUIT MACHINE Good for the gammers '.Y APD347 NOTEBOOK 4 SHOPPING LIST Easy to use '• Y APD363 FAMILY HISTORY DATABASE Latest ve-S«n'.v APD373 COMPILER 1 34 UPDATE Amos comber U NEW!
PU269 CONSTELLATION Doto M Ka.-,are pioff-m'.Y PU270 STARCAT2 Easy 10 use cataioge maker'. Y PU271 CLUMPY ICONS A disk crammed with cons. Y PU272 GOLF RECORDER Database lor goi* scores'- Y PU273 PC AMIGA Similar to MessysO. . Docs'. Y PU274 TRONICAD Vt 0 Electronic circuit design'.Y PU275 FLIT Convert Autodesk amms to IFF.
PU276 BBBS A Bulletin board system' . Y PU277 PROTEUS BBS Another comms program' - Y PG218S CLASH OF THE EMPIRES Super strategy'. Y PE025 FRACTIONS 4 SILHOUETTES Good maths tutor. Y PE026 WW II FACTS Good h,sioncal program'. Y PE027 AMIGA BEGINNER Learn to use your machme. Y PD17980 HALF BRAINS SUNSTORM Very good derryj'.
PM 167 8 JESUS ON E S Crazy rave nx« oemo'. (2) PS109 NAM VIETNAM Black 4 whrte sudes1 . Y Pst 10 MIRAGE FORGOTTEN PICS Nee pctures1. Y R I) K R I N (J M A I) F. E A S Y I1INSI Mill.: Ml it.a. im I In jdurl OmuM "tirt I)» miE I 2 IJ du Mitnm iiiiIoa nUMrMtM* stirtrd: ll di»k Milk * ~."
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CLE10 BASICALLY AMIGA The is a 3 dek set tor the new user' An extensive guide through the use of Amigados Covering Hardware. Software Graphics Sound, the Workbench. Vruses and much much more.you writ soon wonder how you d*J without th* useful uMry pack' For young and otd users afcke 3 d*K set pnced at 4 99' • I CLUI2 VIRTUAL WINDOWS VI 0 Co cOvefy a suite of very useful programs, al on one d*k' Features Notepad Address book Desk diary Software VMS inventory 4 an Amigados survival gixde AB can bo accessed from a menu system with ihe mouse A are very easy to use Pnce 3 50 .
CLE01 TOTAL CONCEPTS DINOSAURS Havo your chitdfori war wanted to know about Ihe ancient world of the dinosaur ? It so. Then this is lor you an ft o'active encyclopedia covering jurassic. Th sic A periods completo with pictures and xilormation This program is plus compat* and comes on 2 Disks C4 SO • CLU13 DATOS A powerful easy lo many features auddXe tone keyboard mouse control template feature cut 4 paste with mouse help features rearrange, add VWJs even after creation, warrvng messages can print down or across the page to save paper many more features loo numerous to bsl Pnce 3 50 .
CLU01 VIDEO TITLER s a program that wil allow you to create smooth scro*ng video tides with the SCROLL ING greatest of ease, programmed by Darren Mccau* TITLES whose Starbase is due out soon, the program lets you use any amiga bitmap lent, of wtxch several are supplied. And scroB m any colour vertcaky up the ‘ screen Essential tor an video enthusiasts E3 50 • llllll IS IS II CLE03 TOTAL CONCEPTS SOLAR SYSTEM Now our most popular tide ' Th* one nvrtes you to learn aB about the solar system with information on aB of the planets & systems with pictures suppbod by Nasa th* is a superb educational
package lor children & adults This title is so b j 4 rs suppled on Three d-sks and is pnced at only C4 99 • CLG06 TRUCK IN ON Th* * a new version of a PD game that was onpnaKy bugged to he«. The programmer has taken aB the maxi elements of the game and re programmed 4 xt C. so its now tulfy playable truck driving sxnulation and management program TO * a must tor aB you truckers out there and * suppbed on 2 disks A needs 2 drives' 4 50 CIG06 DRAGON TILES Th* * an excellent puzzle game you have a huge stack of ddferent icons wtuch.
Using the mouse you must match up to make a level disappear sounds borxig but its actually very addictive I was playing it for hoots * A Vast improvement on the PD vorsion. Dragon tiles * wed worth anyone* couple of quid ' Price C3 50 « CLG09 MOTOR DUEL Now th* * just fabulous ' Martin would not leave !h* gamo alone for days, its a 30 car racing chasing shooting game, with guided misslos and lasors. Its by the same programmer as the PD gamo Battlecars, bul its a lot better, play Iho computer (Moga difficult) or link up to anoth amiga for t on t action I Price C3 50 * CLG011 ALL GUNS BLAZING
This * a two player car racing game viowod from ovorhoad You can also blast tho other player's car wilh missiles lay mines, oil slicks and smoke T hero id also a lacility lo design your own tracks to your own sotisfaclion Price 3.501 CLE04 KIDDIES COLOURING PAD Th* * a young children and they wool gel It * very simple lo use with full program Simply pick a picture and colour it m I Includes a save option, so once you have coloured you picture you can save it oul to a disk to print out using Dpax* etc Pnce C3 50 • FISH INDEXER if you have ever wanted a program, but have never been able to find
rt ANYWHERE chances are its probably m the f*h Kxary. But rather than having to rake through thousands of bnes of text, why nol use the Fish indexer, a superb database of the entire Fred F*h Kxary. With tuD search, prml and more Price E3 SO* CLU03 TYPING TUTOR A program here now lor all you budding office clerks learning to type can be a real pain, lessons cost a tortune. Bul nol when you have an amiga i Th* program will take you step by slop through a full typing course, showing where to place your fingers and lots more Before long youD be able lo type as fast as I can ' Pnce E3 50 • th* *
just what you need ' This program single gurlai chord cl wiB oven play the amigas built m sound chip A must player bogmnor and experts CLU04 ALPHA GRAPH Th* * an e.temoty useful program lor the production of pie charts, bar charts.
Block scatter etc. very useful m conjunction with spreadsheets A other business programs, this program comes on one disk and * priced at 3.501* CLE06 THE AMOS MATHS INSTRUCTOR. A superb maths tutorial covering all sort* of mathematical subjects including tng. Ouadrotic.
Simuiumoua. Inoqualilios. Volumes, Area, Val A Intorost and more on excollunt aid lor GCSE nludonln Prlco C3 50 • I CIG012 BULLDOZER BOB Tho object of the game I is lo clear llie screen ol coloured blocks by pushing I them logothor Once they touch Ihey disappear I You I have a limited number of moves to clear the screen.
I and Iho difficulty increase* with each level Th* * J definitely a game for puzzle fans' Price 3.50' ?
CLE07 TOTAL CONCEPTS FRESHWATER FISHING Tho lalosl in Hie semes liom Ctu* Hill, and Iho first m tho hobbyist Mines this super title describes baiting Perch Roach. Rudd. Carp. Bream A many other common freshwater fish Ideal lor tho beginner or the hobbyist with many useful diagrams included' A superb titto. On t disk Price 3 50* CLU06 SUPER SOUND III Th* * a suporb program wtxch can manipulate samples in almost any way you please, special cftocts such as reverb, tremolo, phasing, phlangmg. Echo are |ust a few of the things which are easily accomplished.the oqual of expensive commercial
software' Price 3 50'* CLU10 POWER ACCOUNTS Th* * an accounting package lex keeping check on your bank account, and
* capable of generating account slatomcnts and income A
expenditure reports The program wifl also allow you lo
'password protect" your data Wes' An invaluable program lor aB
of yox finances, comes on 1 d*k . Pnce 3 50 .
CLG013 PARADOX Yes another good puzzle gamo.
Similar lo BulkJo or Bob. But Mr Cool hoad * doxig ail the pushing' Push the coloured balls Ml they touch A | disappear' There is a time Ixnit lor each screen A a variety of objects to collect but beware of traps' Very addictive game 100 levels of gameplay' Price 3 50' • CL EOS NIGHT SKY A suporb introduction lo tho constellations, th* program toaturuos over 1500 stars, and the sun moon stars A planets can bo displayed at seen from any part of the Earth! Largo scrolling screen, mouse or keyboard controlled, click on any displayed object lor information This superb title Comes on I d*k A n
priced at 3 50*.
CLG015 SPLODGE THE ESCAPE Great platform game Splodge was goxig on hobday lo Ganymede when the spacebus on wtuch he was traveKxig was | h. jacked by B hairy monsters' Me was imprisoned n an old house behind a Rongart spaceport bubdxig' You must guide* Splodge solving puzzles A collectxig to buy a t-cket home lo Jupiter Pnce 3 50 .
CLE09 WORDS A LADDERS An o.eMent spelling program lot l or 7 players each player has a lew seconds lo speB a word correctly the player who reaches the lop of the ladder * tho winner The program has 10.000 words so some words can be qmle long however you can select the level1 W4 also provide prmted output lo a connocled prxitet 3 50'* ART27 ART VHVFAl Fl-OWFUS Floral art!.
ART2K BITTERFTJF-N Nicr picture*!.
ART29 F1XHJ 2 dtsk* oo a food V.uheo thrmr’.
ART.* COIAH RIM; BIMIK C olonr in Dpa.nl'. ART3I BORDERS 2 hxkv muu lond »lo DTI*!.
ART32 MAC (UP 2 dek* h.th qnnbli mncnrl!.
ARTA3 HORNBACk Nicr *crwic cbpa*!.
ART.M TFJH1Y BEARS 2 d*k* uf TnSdy b«r»!.
ARU5 VANITY' F ARE 2 dek* fa*hwe ripnl'.
ART.M HAUAIWEEIN CUPART Wknl d.pjn’. ART.(7 SHOWTIME Danone. Wn*m* He!.
ART.W VFXidFS Irpuruii d.pnrt'. ART.W FLORAL 14 »rry dHadrd pwtnrw!.
ART4S MYTHS Mithical ruro . Radw!.
ART4I IKK; WIMIIK ITN Super WlOdpi pic*!.
ART42 CAT WtMHKTTS tircf nildcH pics!.
ART43 AFKIC AN WfKHKTTS African nnunaH!.
ART44 AMFJtK AN WtKHKTTS More animal*!.
ART45 ART1C WOOIKTTS SoHbrtn anmmH!.
ART F ARM WOODCUTS Farm animal*!.
ART47 MIXF.D ANIMAL WOODCITS Nicr pic*!.
AR I4X BIRDS WOOIKTTS Ixlh crolury bird pic*!.
ART49 MORE ANIMALS Morr wiprrb jmSurc*!.
ART50 ANIMAL LINKART Varkd wkHrno oi pic*!.
AR15I BOTANICAL ART Ym drtailrd planl pin!.
ART52 F AMILY SCF1NF1S 2 di*k* of domnlK life!.
AR 153 COI F HLMOI R 2 amuvnK carloun di*k*!.
ARTM SPACE & TRANSPORT On a *pncr Ibrmr!.
ART35 SOFTSCENF.2 29 rural *cmrri pwlurr*!.
AR154 SptlRTS.1 Morr pw* oo a *port* Ihcmr!.
ART37NAVY lad* of na*al Hpr pkturr*!.
ARTSB 1RA VFJ. 2 dkk* on a Iraid thrmr!.
ART59 ALPHABET Kordrrs & alphabH dip*!.
AR IfcO ACCENTS & FLASHES Kunl *ian 4 morr!.
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Kmgv bitmap*. Mmmi prerr Aw mm Amugm hurt urrrm.
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RTt2 MVM SKS 2 dnkv pwtnrr* a manwuw* He!.
RT*3 RH ICIOI S 3**k« full of hull .hpnrl*. NRTB4 HHI AIRCRAFT I dnk af World «» II pUnr*’.
ART MF'-N 2 4t*k. Full of awe .1 wurk1.
ART WOMEN 2 dwk* full uf uumre dip*!.
ART*7 KIDS 2 disk* (witxnnt kid* rtipnrt'.
AR T BUSINESS link full of alTWr ilipart' • RT omtT! A not hr. Office type dwk*.
AR 110 ST1 DF.VTS let* uf Mudrnl liprplc'.
AR T 11 SALFTIMF. Mnni mrf.l tu** He!.
ARTI2 XMAS 3 d.*fc. uf Xmn* rrUlrd pws!.
ARTI3 PI M II 3 di*k. Uf cartoon pkV .
ART 14 ANIMALS F.nt.slK quality pictures'.
ARTI5 CATS (My 12 j-r* bul super quality!.
ARTIk SllJMM ETTT-S IK super wlb.nwtlr«!* ARTI7 SCHOOLS 2 dnk* uf wbu.4 pirtare*!.
ARTIK BABIE.S Clipart ou a tiaby theme!.
ARTI9 SPORT 2 disk* full uf *puc1 picture*!.
ART20 (H.YMPK Amdhrr sport type dek!.
ART2I MEDICAI. 2 disk* full 4 medical clipart!.
ART22 SEALIFT: Picture* from lhcO.cn'. ART23 DECOR All VF. MONTHS IV fix rmy mueth!.
ART24 WACKY Funnv comic Opr clipart!.
ART25 HOLIDAYS Holiday lypr picture*!.
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This update of Microdeal's MasterSound is an ideal entry level sound sampler. Its numerous features and improved easy-to-use graphic interface make it an excellent bargain for all you budding Amiga musicians.
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SPACE WARS The dynamic 24 bit raytraced video lias arrived. The legendary Tobias Richter presents his most stunning piece of work to date. Supplied on high grade VHS videotape, this H minute movie took 5 Amiga A3OO0S working round the dock - a staggering 6 weeks to render* Truly a masterpiece, Ixit don't just take our word for it... "...It’s hard to believe that this is just an animated movie... If you're after state-of-the-art ray-traced animation or just want to sec what the Amiga is capable of you just have to buy this video" Cl" AMIGA Jan 93.
"Wickedly humorous... This video contains far and away the most impressive animation I have ever seen, period."
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way to find out what everybody's doing with their machines than a quick scan through the Public Domain demo scene. Join Andy Nuttall for this month's guided tour around the Amiga's finest... THUNDERBIRDS ARE GONE!
17-BIT, DISKS 2333A&B 177 MARCH 1993 7}? » NEEDS 1.S MEG In ihe PD Demo Zone of Issue 42, we featured two demos by Ihe Wyld Stallions: Ghost and Hit-blander.
Both dctnos comprised several digitised screens from the respective films, loaded one by one from disk, with an accompanying soundtrack. Although ihe images were good quality, the demos lacked substance. It's not worth releasing a disk full of screenshots from a film on to the PD scene.
Despite our criticisms. Wyld Stallions new release.
The Lawnmower Man. Doesn't diverge from the original format. In this case, though, they've chosen a film which is visually stunning, and so the resultant images are very impressive. As you may expect, all the digitised pics are from the computer-generated parts of the feature film, even though this makes up just three minutes of the entire film.
An interesting curio, worth a quick look if you're into computer graphics. If you're a fan of the film, then buy Ihe video.
CYNOST1C PD, DISK D0031 Wow! After seeing Jesus on E's last month, we figured nothing could better it Yet here, we have a demo by Spaceballs that is set to light up Amigas everywhere. The music is quite but It's not up to the standard of ecus.
17-BIT, DISK 2340 Remember the great Christmas anim reviewed last issue? Carl.Inc have been hard at it since then, and have produced another demo in a similar vein entitled Boat. The scene is set in a typical suburban backyard, with a shipshape, sailor-type person putting the finish- ing touches to his little boat. All of his family, including the dog, arc there to lend a hand, and other characters take cameo roles. These include a mole who digs through the turf, then dives back down to the safety of his hole before waving a tiny, white surrender flag, and a window cleaner who gets an eyeful
from a naked couple who are frolicking in their bedroom.
Like the previous anim, the thing that sets this apart from other animations is the fact that it's made up from one five-second loop, which is in continuous rotation.
To achieve continuity in such an animation is incredibly difficult. Well done Carl.Inc - keep 'em coming.
Continued overleaf Stunningly quick vector polygons display a variety of dancers, in a James Bond-style silhouette, who are sequenced to the music. After a dancer has strutted away, it is quickly morphed Into another, and the transition is so smooth it's incredible.
If that weren't enough, beautiful copper backgrounds complement the constantly changing graphics. These demos are becoming an art form.
Hugh Grove's excellent Thunderbirds Are Gone tells an unusual tale based on the antics of Tracy Island, and features Thunderbirds 1. 2 and 3 along with Scott Tracy.
There's been an oil spillage, and the Thunderbirds are called out Unfortunately, Scott’s Dad has suffered some kind of brainstorm and has ordered all the ships to exactly the same destination, causing a three-way collision course. This is made worse because Scott has pressed the button 'which makes the ship go really, really fast'. Oh, no! What will become ot poor Scott? Well you'll just have to get the demo to find out.
Although this is only his third notable demo, Grove's work is recognisable a mile off.
Clear, uncomplicated graphics, excellent storyline and some spot-on sound effects are becoming a trademark of his work. Superb.
PD MUSIC & GFX DEMOS PD OR NOT PD?
Although the following two titles are available from popular PD houses, they are not actually public domain. They are. In fact, two pieces of work from well-known demo authors Tobias Richter and B|om A Lynne, which are distributed through PD companies. Don't go giving copies to your friends, it's illegal and dishonest - so don't do it.
SPACE WARS 17-BIT, VHS VIDEO, £11.99 Hands up all those of you who have heard of Tobias Richter. One, two, three 161255, 161256. That's about right, because just about everyone who reads Amiga Formal must have seen screenshots ot his work from time to time. He's an animator of course, who uses several Amigas to create stupendously complex ray-traced animations. Demos featuring Richter animations have been around for years, but Space Wars is the result of months of work, culminating in a seven-minute long animation.
Although the storyline is pretty strong, what strikes you immediately is the quality of the graphics. There are 8,000 frames of superb, true-colour rendering using DCTV with Rellectlons 2 and Videoscape 2, which took five Amigas around four weeks to complete. Add this on to the six weeks it took to do the original modelling, and you get a feel for the work which has gone into the production.
As mentioned earlier there is a good storyline, which involves ships from Star Wars and Star Trek destroying a moon in deepest space. It's sometimes cute, sometimes witty, bul always technically stunning. If you want to find out just what's possible with an Amiga, this is the video to own. Oh, by the way, the soundtrack for the video was written by Bjorn A Lynne who, coincidentally, wrote the contents of the next review... f The powerful piece of space machinery is foiled by a falling drinks can flipping the 'self-destract' button... ...the Millennium Falcon, the Starship Enterprise and
assorted X-Wing fighters prepare la da battle... ...but the X-Wiogs run into a spot of bother. Negotiating an asteroid belt is not a jab for the faint-hearted.
SPACESHIPS CYNOSIK PD, AUDIO CD, £9.99 When Bjorn A Lynne, aka Dr Awesome, teams up with Seppo Hurme, aka Fleshbrain, what do you get? A CD of music created using Amiga samples and external MIDI Instruments, featuring some professionally recorded music fitting neatly into the ‘progressive rock' genre.
178 From the soft whispering intro of Dimmlnuendo, to the hard, funky rhythm of Graveyard (Pari III), the two musicians cover a range of musical styles, using their instruments to good effect - especially the samples used on Graveyard. The music is distinctly reminiscent of the later work of Bill Nelson (Sca a, BeBop Deluxe) in parts, which can only be a good thing.
OK, so it's not going to be everybody's cup of tea, but it is an interesting collection of music, created using an Amiga and Mustc-X. Worth checking out if you’re remotely interested in progressive rock, or if you want to hear yet another area in which the Amiga is being put to good use.
CULT TV VOLUME 2 CINEMORPH NBS ivlARCH 1993 1 7-BTT, DISKS 2346 A&B Here's one for fans of early cull TV scries. Using HyperBoak. Chris Murphy has drawn from what must be a vast knowledge of such shows as The Prisoner.
Thunderbirds and The Twilight Zone, and created a database packed with TV trivia. The sheer completeness of the information is very impressive. For instance. 151 episodes of the original Twilight Zone series am listed; an incredibly impressive feat. I certainly wouldn't have known thal the creator of the Daleks himself. Terry Nation, wrote seven of the 24 episodes of The Persuaders. A couple of noticeable omissions, however, cast a shadow of doubt over the information. David McCallum's TV history is listed as Coldilz. The Invisible Man and Frankenstein - how could anyone forget Sapphire
and Steel? ® Gerrv AikIci noii TOP 1 O DEMOS OF THE MONTH Just so that you know what's in and what's not we ask a Public Domain library to tell us what there most 10 popular disks are this month... MBICURY PD 0375 845280 1.
Jesus on E's D123.1 & D124.1 2.
Budbrain Megademo 020 & D21.3 3.
Odyssey D99.1 -D103.1 4.
Anti-Lemmin' Demo D130.2&D131.2 5.
Pulling the Trigger D92.3 6.
Alcatraz Megademo D47.3 - D49.3 7.
Cool Cougar D23.5 8.
Boris Valejo's Slideshow 2 D1412 & D142.2 9.
Pink Floyd's The Wall D133.1 -D138.1
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Popeye Meets The Beach Boys D1.2 .'.s far as morphing is concerned, last month it was the turn of Michael Jackson's Black and Whin• video, digi- liscd straight from television. This month we have an original creation. Using CineMorph. GVP's new morphing utility. Amiga animator Vark has digitised the faces of four people, and morphed them together. It's nicely done, and altnough it only uses monochrome interlaced mode it shows what is possible using a standard A500. Given that the graphical power of the new A1200 is so much better, this could give even Michael Jackson videos a run for their
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Do you miss the long sessions on William's Defender and Stargatc machines? Do you yearn for all that onscreen mayhem and manic button stabbing? If so. Or if you're into high-speed shoot-em-ups in general, then check this out. Oblivion is a machine-coded shareware game by Mark Siblv from New Zealand. Admittedly, the graphics look a little crude - but they move in a fashion most zippy.
There have been a couple of changes to the original. For a start, the playing area is taller than the visible screen - the starfield background scrolls to accommodate this. A shield button has been added, and the old hyperspace function taken out - all the controls tup. Down. Fire, thrust, reverse, smart bomb and shield are mapped on to the keyboard, which is the wav this sort of game should be played.
The aliens still kidnap the humanoids. However, when you shoot the kidnappers, the humanoids do not plunge lo their doom - instead a parachute opens and they float back to the ground. You can still pick (hem up for a bigger bonus though.
I like this game loads. The only weakness is that it's a bit too easy when played with a joystick - stick to the keyboard for the proper arcade feel. The shareware contribution you make is left to your discretion. Makes a change from all the 'I demand a fiver' shareware writers.
KICK 1.3 17 BIT SOFTWARE Are you the lucky owner of a new A1200 or A600? Do you want some more compatibility, that is the ability to run older, and some would say better games? Well then look no further than Kick IJ.
Admittedly it's not quite as convenient as a ROM sharer (plugging in an old 1.3 Kickstart chip and Hipping a switch). Instead, you have to boot this disk before you run games from your old and neglected games software collection, it does just the same job as a ROM Sharer and it's a hell of a lot cheaper. Widely available from most PD libraries.
II ALAAATHERA SYSTEMS So. You want to bulk buy some PD? Get it on CD thenl Admittedly, this disk is not brilliant if all you have is a CDTV (no keyboard or floppy disk drive). However, if you have those (or an A500 A500 Plus with a CD- ROM drive) then it's damn good value for money.
This disk takes over from the original CDPD.
Which had the Fred Fish PD collection, from disk I to
660. With this disk, you get Fish Disks 661 to 760. The first 10
JAM disks Just Amiga Monthly) and the MicroScope disks from
1-20. Even though there are less disks than the Fred
Collection, the actual amount of disk space is the same.
Both Workbench 1.3 and 2 have been included too.
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lo do w ith the original CD Fred Fish collection). The
frontend includes the Aquarium utility, for scanning through
the collection and choosing w hat you want.
It s really the best value for Workbench 2 owners, as Workbench 1.3 can't run about 10 per cent of the software on the CD. Oh yes, also included is the Pamct driver software and details of how to build Pamct - a Inside Info, that's basically what II stands for. This Is a short but very well drawn animation, showing the different cycles of (you guessed It) a two stroke petrol engine.
The animation doesn't jerk through the cycles
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Simple network using the Amiga's parallel port. If you want lo invest in a serious amount of PD. Then CD is the w ay to go.
COOK & STITCH GEORGE THOMPSON
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This is one of the Australian Megadisc collection, and very good it is too. There is a program on the disk called The Stiteliery. By Bradley Schenck. Which turns an IFF picture file into an embroidery pattern.
Apart from HAM and the new AA chip set graphics modes, all of the other Amiga graphics are supported.
Also on the disk is Hyper Cook (a simple recipe database created with Gold Disk's Hyper Book program) by Leigh Murray: HomeBrewer. A guide lo making your own alcohol by Beau Rice: and the BonAppelit and Die Aid programs, which have appeared before on Fish disks. So if you're a poor student (or a poor anyone!) Looking for cheap inspiration to improve your quality of life, check out this disk.
Continued on Page 182 PD GAMES & UTILITIES STOLEN DATA lO cymosttc Anarchy Worldwide have been pulling oul this two disk magazine for quite a while, but I must admit I haven't seen it before. Boy. Have I been missing out on something rather good.
The gallery section alone is worth getting the disks for - but if that's all there was to it. This disk would have ended up in the Demos section rather than Update. Not forgetting an equally excellent music content, it has to be said.
Stolen Data is actually put together in the UK. By Judge Drokk and Krcator of Anarchy. Many, many different people contribute to it - a lot of the artwork is gathered together in France and Germany too. But it actually originates from all around the world. LSD VCL Jimi Hendrix, live and unleashed on Stolen Data 10.
Wish I'd come across this disk nog before.
Grapevine tends to be a bit UK heavy - that's fine by me because that's where I live, but not everyone appreciates the fact.
The frontend really goes to town - pages whiz on and off the screen at a high rate of notes, and each one is really easy on the eye. It’s really swish.
Subjects covered are the usual adolescent (no offence intended I subjects - metal Cds. Women, more women, coding, the Amiga in general. Lamers (I hate that word), a rather in-depth piece on the M16 assault rifle (no it doesn't tell you how to make one), the future of Hi Tech, USA viewpoint and so on.
Even if you don't like the content, even if you think these guys are wasting their time (and I don't) you'll have lo admit the layout, presentation and general funkincss is the way that magazines will be tomorrow. Shame you need an Amiga to read it - but this is the future of magazine publishing. The good news is. You can taste it now.
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DEJA VU LI 19 TELL THE TIM DEJA VU LI 22 182 MARCH 1993 MJ Austin must have spent a long time programming this educational feast. It consists of five exercises, which gradually get harder. The graphics aren't special but they do animate. It's almost totally mouse controlled (except where you type in your name and the last level).
The five levels arc - basic tell the time (easy and tricky levels), train times (gets a bit boring), shoot the aliens (quite fast. 3D shoot-em-up. But you have to answer the questions correctly before the game will let you blast) and Clock Catcher, a simple platform game.
You do need a joystick for the last game, unfortunately.
All things considered it’s a very good set which children should find better than traditional lessons.
The in-thing in films and videos al the moment is Terminator 2-stylc visual effects. It's called morphing: a transition, from one image to another, which works out the stage in the middle. This PD program docs just that - and it can warp between images too.
Vmorph (Vidi Morph - using a morphing program without a digitiser is pointless) has been written in AMOS, by Lee Wilkie. This disk version is only a beta test, and can only handle 16-colour grcy-scale low-resolution images, but further improvements are planned.
The author has been forced to circulate the original, uncompiled AMOS code, as it won't (for some reason) compile. He would welcome all feedback on the program - all I've got to say is well done!
Here's another PD education program. Are you having problems getting your children to study a dictionary?
Worried about their spelling? Get them Ihis. Yippee!
Masquerades as a fairly standard platform game, with a rhinoceros as the main character. This guy (plainly a guy - he's wearing shorts) can duck. Leap, run and climb as only a rhino can.
You sec. The animation on this game is so good that it takes a while to suss what the objective is. Doited around the screen are various letters - you have to pick up the right letters to form words. The order doesn't matter, and you can't pick up the wrong ones.
Great concept, good music, excellent graphics - I've only got one complaint with the author. Nik Lever.
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Access VISA FUCKER YE NOT FROM: RICHARD B ARDEN. SHEFFIELD I have an AI200 plugged into a Philips CM8833 monitor. I've been slowly flicking my way through the manual and have noticed that various monitors can be attached, for example 15KHz, VGA. SVGA, multisyncs and multiscans. Can you give me a simple run down on which does what, and which one is best to go for?
The I? Khz monitors are very similar to domestic television sets, except they cannot receive TV pictures.
Although this means they are limited to about 256 lines on a UK PAL system (less on an American NTSC system) it does mean that they are very gixnl for normal video usage - an important consideration if you want to get into video. However, interlaced graphics (double vertical resolution) will flicker on a !5Khz monitor.
VGA monitors are very closely based on American NTSC TV sets, which means you can miss the bottom or top of your screen w hen used on an Amiga, so avoid them. SVGA sets work on twice the vertical and horizontal resolutions of VGA. So they seem to be ideal.
However, both VGA and SVGA work at 31 Khz. Only - which means they cannot display normal non-interlaced graphics like a ISKhz monitor.
A multisync can usually work at cither scan rate, and most multisyncs will automatically lock on to the incoming signal. So multisyncs are really your best option - needless to say. They are also the most expensive. Multiscan monitors work slightly differently, in that they buffer the video signal and display il al twice the normal rate (100 frames a second rather than 50).
So multiscans can be a cheap alternative, but most of them don't take separate red. Green and blue, or even composite video inputs.
So get a multisync if you need a completely stable display. If you can get one. A second-hand Commodore 1950 is your best buy. The I960 is not up to the same quality. I use a Kaga Taxan 880 (no longer in production. But a damn good monitor).
However, the story doesn't quite end there. The HAM8 display mode of an A1200 provides enough colour resolution so that interlace graphics produce little noticeable flicker anyway. TV pictures are interlaced and they flicker, but because of the colour resolution you don't normally notice.
Therefore, if you want to do video work, stick to your Philips. If you want to do DTP-style. High-resolu- tion. Flicker-free graphics (as well as play games) go for a multisync. If you can't afford a multisync and you don't want to play games too. Go for an SVGA.
Workbench Got a tech spec you can t get your head around, or just not sure what is the best buy? Pat McDonald has all the answers... FOR EFFECTIVE FILMS
4) Wc do all the editing by hand - is there a good and cheap
system for controlling the videos with the computer? We’re not
sure whether our equipment uses the Lane controller standard.
Syntmnix Systems do an Amiga-based video edit controller. And many other bits and pieces of video kit too.
One of their more useful boxes is an S-VHS to RGB converter, for viewing S-VHS movies on a standard ISKIlz. Monitor. You can contact them on 0332 298422. Panasonic equipment generally doesn't use Lane - instead, it has a special five pin connector called, funnily enough, the Panasonic five pin.
If you want to do planned edits, then an edit deck which can store the cuts will probably be much cheaper - the Videonics 'Thumbs Up' TU-I is especially good, and can handle S-VHS and VHS equipment. It costs £200. For about £180. The Panasonic EC-1 EWE is much simpler lo operate, but FROM: EF: FILMCLUB. BELGIUM Wc are a group of creative young people w ho have been into making videos for four years. One of us has an A500 with an A590 hard drive and a k('S PC emulator, which we use for our titles. It's not as easy to choose good colours as people make out!
We want to go a bit further and use the Amiga more. We want to edit tapes, do some special effects, and use it for a bit of music too. So I guess we need a digitiser and a genlock. We need equipment that works with both VHS and Super VHS (S-VHS) and some extra software.
All the video equipment we use is Panasonic.
Maybe an A1200 w ould be a good idea. What do you think? Obviously everything must be compatible with that machine - we have about £2.000 to spend before we start shooting a movie in France.
So on to the questions:
1) Does the Genlock + from Roctec work with S-VHS and the A1200?
Wilh S-VHS. No. With (he A1200. Yes (but gel a scpa- ralc power supply for the genlock). However, the Genlock + isn't very good in lenns of (he signal quality il gives.
2) Does Morph Plus run on the AI200? How ahout the A500?
Morph Plus will run on either machine w ith quite a bit of extra memory (and you will need to upgrade the chip RAM of the A500 to at least I Mb). To get the best results you should have at least 4Mb of memory w hen you are using Morph Plus.
3) Can you suggest some software for creating special ef fects?
You can only do one cut at at time.
5) What is a single frame controller and do we need one?
A single frame controller w ill enable you to make pcr- Continued overleaf DcluxrPainl IV - if you do get an A12(H). Wait for DduxcPaim IV AGA. There is no better program (seethe review of it on Page 132). Oh. And you will also need a good operator - try advertising for good local Dpainl artists. Sorry, ours are booked.
B FOR BART BUG FROM: EDWARD LUI, CLEVELAND In Amiga Formal issue 43. You said that the Bart demo had a bug in the Great Wall of China section
- If you hit too many obstacles then the game stops. I discovered
that if this happens to you and you hit the B key. Then you can
continue with the game. If you want to. You can hold on to the
fire-button to fly through the air and over all the obstacles!
Thanks mate. I wonder if it's B for Bug?
It's a real B when Bart can't leap over the Great Wall ol China, but you needn't get bugged any more.
BASIC ERROR FROM: BRIAN TUCKER, HAILSHAM Having just purchased a GVP 40Mb hard drive with 2Mb of fast RAM for my A500, the problems have started. Hopefully you can help - please?
1) I have a disk named HHINFO with Information on (Basic listings
mostly). I wanted to put It on to my hard drive. I copied a
drawer on to the hard disk partition called Work, renamed it
to HHINFO then opened Shell and typed: Copy HHINFO all to
Work:HHINFO That didn't work, so I tried: Copy DFO: all to
Work:HHINFO In both cases when I try to open either of the two
directories contained on the disk I get AmigaBasic error 205.
I spoke with a local computer outfit who suggested I try to
assign the drawer, so I typed this into Shell: Assign HHINFO:
Work:HHINFO When I tried it, the machine told me that It
couldn't feet edits, every time, if your camcorder and VCR are
single frame capable. No. You don't need one. Many independent
producers use decks which arc only accurate to two or three
frames - although the cuts are not as predictable, you don't
really want to spend most of your money on one VCR, do you?
Having said that, most 8min camcorders and recent domestic VCRs do not produce a glitch when you edit
- they have enough recording heads to handle perfect edits. The
point is that you cannot predict, down to the frame, exactly
when the edit will happen.
188 MARCH 1993 One dodge around this (which you probably already know) is to 'black' your tapes - record a blank signal over them first. The simplest way to do this is to leave the lens cap on your camcorder. If you edit too late, then you get black frames on your films - the trick is to start recording earlier than you need. Which means you lose a little of the pace of professional editing. But you don't pick up the price lag.
A600 FOR ADULTS FROM: KEVIN LEWIS, SALISBURY I own a C64. I'd like to sell it to make way for an A600. But recently I have heard several bad things about the 600 that are beginning to put me ofT. I'd like your opinion on a few points, as I might just find Work:HHINFO. This is happening with all my data disks - what am I doing wrong?
Nothing obvious, but it always pays to make sure that you have an actual directory - just clicking and dragging icons Is not always good enough, and the Assign command couldn’t find the directory. So first, type this: Makedir Work:HHINFO Then if you don't get a message saying that the directory already exists, your former efforts should work. I prefer to use more understandable syntax - it helps if someone is looking over your shoulder, like this: Copy all from DFO: to Work:HHINFO
2) Having successfully installed some games on to my hard drive,
Eye of the Beholder 2 will not run.
The strange thing is that it installs and runs fine on an A1200! Any help would be appreciated.
It's got to be because there isn't enough chip RAM available to load the game - I had exactly the same problem. First, make sure that all your hard disk partitions are mapped into F for Fast RAM. And not C for Chip or E for Either. To conserve even more chip RAM.
Hold down the Ctrl and D keys while the start-up buy an A500 so as to have a decent machine.
1) Is it true that the A600 cannot run games?
Some games which work on an A500 do not work on the AWXI. However, this only applies to games released before the A500 Plus came out (late I '191) - everything since then should work fine.
2) If so is it worth getting an A500 Plus just because it can run
games?
Although it looks different to an A6 X). Inside the A5IXI Plus is much the same design, so no. However, if a game or program uses the numeric keypad (the cluster on the right-hand side of most keyboards) then those functions will be unavailable on an A600.
Because it doesn't have a numeric keypad. For the most part we arc talking flight simulations.
3) Is it true that the A600 can't copy programs?
Yes and no. Standard disks usable through Workbench (like the Covcrdisk) can be backcd-up without a problem. Like other Amigas. If you want to back-up copyprotected games, then you will need some extra bits and pieces. But no back-up system is l(X) per cent effective. If you want such a system, slick with the C64 and a tape-to-tapc player, and then work out why nobody is writing games for the C64 anymore!
4) I have also heard that the A600 is actually worse than the old
A500, and that it is Ihe only reason why Commodore released
the AI200. Is this true?
It depends on whether you want a games machine or a usable computer. Workbench 2 is much, much better than the 1.3 version supplied with the A5(X . True, if all you want lo do is play old pre-1991 games, then the A5(X) is belter. If you ever want to grow up and use a computer properly, the A6(X) is much belter.
JUST KID'S PLAY FROM: C R McCLEAN. CO ANTRIM I am a teacher of children who have special educational needs. 1 have found that, for these chil- sequence is going - it should abort. Then type these two lines, pressing return after each: Loadwb Endcli You will be left with a very plain Workbench, but you should be able to run the game. Remember to close all unnecessary windows, since this saves a little bit more chip RAM. The system you have has 512K of chip RAM. While an A1200 has four times as much - 2Mb.
Dren who have difficulty with reading and writing, the computer and printer are invaluable educational ((Mils.
In school I use a BBC Master computer, and an Epson dot-matrix printer. I have an excellent program called Infant Writer for this machine, which is very simple to use. And it produces a printout which is quite large and very easy to read.
So far, I have not been able lo find a similar program for the Amiga. I use a Seikosha 24-pin dot-matrix with this. The Opal 12 medium font used with Sotepad is not bad. But just not good enough. hat I need is a simple, unfussv program to enable the children to type and print out sentences and short paragraphs. Is there one?
Yes. It s called KtdsType. It costs £24.95 and you can get it from GemSof! (0753 686000). Also, phone Deja Vu (0942 495261) and get a catalogue. These people do a lot of very cheap software which could prove invaluable in your work. The Word Factory from Deja fceuboard or write uour words us ins the Pictures at the top - I i ke Ur* l* itfSs’O rSaisOT''i?B Children will be keen to leorn when they use Kids Type - it's simple and easy to use.
Vu is especially good.
MONEY MATTERS FROM: DARREN A FENN, HUYTON After having received a Star LC20 as a much wanted present (thank you!) I started writing some letters and doing some notes on your Amiga Formal Collection Scribble! Program.
However. I've come up with a small problem.
When I want to type a figure of money on the screen, it's no problem. But when I want to type a pound sterling (£) symbol, this is what actually gets printed out: Techno Babble Do you know how to talk techie speak? Well, if you don't then this little bit of jargon-busting should sort you out!
£¥¥20.00 Could you tell me why Scribble.' Does this, as if I print out a pound sterling symbol with any other piece of software there aren't any Ys with dots over them?
Erm. You did copy the right printer driver from the Extras disk on to your Workbench, didn't you? And then set the driver through Preferences? I would tell you how to do this right now. Bul I seem lo be heading for the end of the page. Here's a deal - if you haven't worked out how to do this by next month. I'll print a full explantion in the next issue. Best I can do for the moment... Oh. Marcus hath decreed another page for Workbench. Lucky for you he keeps moving the goal posts in the grand game.
Here's how it works. On a Workbench disk there's a drawer called Devs. Inside the drawer is another drawer called Printers. You can't sec these on Workbench 1.3. but you can see them on Workbench 2 or higher by selecting Show All files from the Windows menu. Workbench 3 users - there is a slight bug in the Workbench preferences, so you arc going to have to wait until next month.
Anyway, all the printers for Workbench are kept on the extras disk - again in a drawer called printers. You have to copy the driver that you want lEpsonX or Espon X|CBM MPS 1250) work on the majority of printers) from the Extras disk into the devs printers drawer on your Workbench disk. There is a handy utility on Workbench 1.3. called Install_Printcr (it's in the Prefs drawer) and for 1.3 owners. I recommend you use that - just type in the name of the printer driver and swap the disks when requested.
For Workbench 2 owners, it's even easier. All you have to do is load Workbench. Show All files, insert the Extras disk, double click on its icon, and double click again on the Printers drawer.
Scroll through the list of printers - it can take some time to find the one you want. Click on the icon and hold down the mouse button - you can drag the icon around. Move the pointer to the RAM disk icon and let go. The printer driver will be copied to the RAM disk.
Now look at the Devs drawer on Workbench (remember, you have to Show All files to sec it).
Inside the drawer you will find another drawer, called printers. Drag the printer driver icon from the RAM disk to the printers drawer in the Devs drawer. Now 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 'raytracers' 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.
Blitter: Block Image TransfER device Used for copying large areas of memory from A to B, or to combine different areas into one single image Widely used to generate large graphic shapes in computer games.
Bridgcburd: Commodore's own IBM emulating device, featunng a complete PC computer on a single card. Only fits A1500 and above machines - enables 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 Interiace. The program which enables you to type commands into AmigaDOS for standard operations like copying files or getting a directory. Shell is more commonly used now.
Coppar: co-processor. Used to generate subtly coloured backgrounds - this device is built into the Agnus chip and it 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 Fast RAM: memory that's only accessible by the processor Programs stored here run faster than those in chip RAM - hence the name.
Frame 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.
Fraasar cartridge: quasi-legal device for examining programs while they are running. Usually with many useful built-in utilities which help overshadow its dubious origins.
Hard drive: 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.
IFF: Interchange File Format. A standard way of storing pictures and sounds, invented by Electronic Arts and adopted by Commodore A single standard - practically all art programs can load and save pictures in this form.
Kickitert: 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 - ROMs remember things permanently.
RAM: Random Access Memory Memory that can be altered and re-altered many times. Typically, it does not remember what it contains when the computer's power is switched off Scannar: 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 til*: 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.
189 Shall: more up-to-date version of CLI. Works in exactly the same way. But enables some flexibility in what commands are called via the 'alias' function. Also gives some hot-key combinations to enable some editing ol previously entered commands.
MARCH 1993 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.
Sprit*: 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 Stortup-ioquonco: the name of the senpt file, contained in the S directory, which is executed after a disk has booted Typically contains just 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 set up a graphical 'point-and-click' 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 enable 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 A1000 had the original Zorro I; the At500s 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 PCMCIA connector instead WORKBENCH SPECIAL Input Supply Take Control!
Stuart Tavener's voltage controller design is AMOS controlled, fairly easy to build and cheap. Pat McDonald takes you through the instructions... 5v Conputer Supply 8 Bit data outpout Power Tran OP BMP I O Control Chip Select Line) Connon Ground EVERY MONTH. WE receive dozens of requests from information technology students asking how they can go about building equipment to control hardware devices with the Amiga. Well here is one such project. On the Coverdisk. You will find most of what is presented here, together with the illustration for printing out. Assuming of course that you have,
or know someone with a printer.
This is a picture, which together with the words on this poge should give you o rough idea ol how it works. Your Amiga plugs into the left, and what you are trying to control goes into the right. The actuol circuit is the bit in the middle, which translates the computer digital signals into analogue power signals to drive hardwore.
190 MARCH 1993 Building the circuit should present very few problems to a hobbyist, and indeed it's a good first project for those who know the theory. But have never actually built a circuit. You can either design a printed circuit board, or mount all the components on stripboard and connect the pins as described.
This is something we leave up to you - if you're a pupil at school. I’d recommend asking a Physics or Info Tech teacher for some advice on how to fit all the components together. If you're an adult and don't have a clue how to build it. Try asking local TV repairmen (or poor electronics students) if they could build it for vou.
HOW IT WORKS This whole project is designed to plug into your Amiga's parallel port (always connect (hings wilh ihe computer turned off). Different values, between 0 and 255. Are pumped straight into (he DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) chip. The DAC chip translates this into a voltage, between 0 and 2.5 volts.
This value is read by the amplifier chip in two stages - the first just gives out what it takes in. The second gives a value between 0 and 30V. This voltage is used to switch the power transistor to a given voltage.
It may seem unnecessary to have the first amplifier stage and the power transistor in there. The reason for the op-amp (optically isolated amplifier) is lo make sure that no nasty voltages get passed back to the Amiga - it's there to isolate things. For good measure, the DAC also contains an isolator circuit (1C) - but it's wise to build a certain redundancy level into any circuit.
The power transistor is there to sw itch an outside power source (you have lo supply this) between 0 and 30 Volts. The amplifier cannot give a high current output - there's only so much power available to the parallel port of an Amiga, and overloading il will knacker your computer. So stick to the circuit given and don't try to cut comers!
TECHNICAL NOTES The DAC connects straight through to the Amiga's parallel port because it is micro-com- puter compatible and operates at the same voltage levels. The 1C is not static sensitive so no special handling precautions are needed, although you shouldn't heat up the device if you're soldering it straight on to the board. It's a much better idea to solder a chip socket on to the board, and plug the DAC chip into that.
Either of the I O lines 10. II. 12 can be used to select the chip, but the program must be altered for each line, because they are at different addresses in the Amiga's memory map.
Check the AMOS listing in the Serious-Stuff drawer on the Coverdisk. Pins 6 and 7 arc voltage references for the DAC. I have told it to use its own reference level of 2.5 volts, so (he maximum the DAC can output will be 2.5 volts. It can't output high current levels so a buffer stage is needed to stop the amplifying op-amp draining current from (he DAC.
The first op-amp is just a voltage follower or buffer. It follows the input voltage, draining nearly no current because it has a high impedance. It can output the voltage totally separate of the input voltage and current, and so isolates Ihe computer. Miss it out at your peril! The second op-amp amplifies the 0-2.5v from the DAC (via the buffer) and is amplified by the amount set by the preset (the ItKlk Potentiometer). It is much easier to vary Ihe gain if a multi-turn potentiometer is used.
This output voltage can be between 0 lo 30 volts DC. 30 volts is the maximum because it is Ihe op-antp's maximum working voltage.
Check the power transistor used can handle up ihis voltage. The last component is the power transistor. It supplies Ihe same voltage as dictated by your AMOS program, but can supply more current when necessary. The TIP3IC can supply up to 2 Amps. More capable transistors can be used but I find this to be ample.
The transistor can be directly soldered in if done quickly, but it can be mounted in some type of sockct holder.The output is then taken between the Emitter and ground, and can be used to power different applications including motors, solenoids, buzzers, lights and many more output type devices. I hope that this covers most of the workings of the circuit. 'Z) » ?* * i. ...... ¦ t i ILL too*
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• I - » J This is how all the components actually link together.
Take great care when making sure that a wire goes from one
place to another - it's easy to moke a mistake. Check and
double check before you plug in ond turn the power on.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED Description Type Quantity Cost Note 1. Multi-turn Cermet Presets are the best type to go for because they are compact and reliable.
8 Bit Latching DAC ZN428E 1 £5.75 Note 2. Only 11 wires are needed from the computer but ribbon cable is only Dual Op-Amp LM358 1 £0.28 available in 10 end 20 sizes, so some are spare.
1C Socket 16 Pin 1 £0.10 Note S. Depends upon the availability ol different boards. Stuart designed his Power Transistor TIP31C 1 £0.48 own printed circuit board, but stripboard (Veroboard) will work fine. Consult an Variable Resistor 100k MultlTum 1 £0.80 electronics enthusiast if in doubt.
Note 1 Note «. Depending on its usage will depend upon the connector. Remember.
Parallel Pori Plug 25 Way D-type 1 £0.68 you wilt need your own power supply to power the last part of the circuit and Connecting Cable 20 Way Ribbon Cable 1 Metre £0.72 your own output devices.
NoteZ Circuit Board Varies All parts are available from Maplin Electronics - but do check out a catalogue NoteS before you order, as prices can change (both up and down) within days. Maplin Output Connector Various 1 or more can be contacted on 0702 554161.
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* ******************* Ql was rather confused by LGP Farmer’s let
ter in Amiga Formal 43. Which seemed to indicate that the
PC880B second disk drive was not compatible with the A120(1.
I’m confused because I bought such a drive and it works fine
with the AI200 - so what's the full storv?
A Power have found that early examples of their PC880B drive do have compatibility problems with the A1200. The problem is in fact small and intermittent. But annoying all the same. Newer drives, typically less than one-year-old. Are unaffected, and drives suffering from the problem can be made compatible by Power Computing for the sum of 115.
Answerfile Everybody who comes into contact with the Amiga has thousands of questions. Find out some answers with Pat McDonald.
Ql seem to have either a virus or a duff Amiga
- I keep getting Software Failure messages with Kickstart 2. And
Guru Meditations with 1.3. I’ve checked all my disks with the
SuperKillcrs disk from Safe Hex International, hut no virus is
ever found. What do you think the problem is?
192 A There might be a virus on your SuperKillcrs disk. It certainly used to be the case that a virus was put on to teach new users to be paranoid - later versions still have a virus on them, although usually it is neutered (incapable of spreading).
MARCH 1993 Some people think it’s a laugh lo alter virus killers so that they actually create viruses on your disks - neither Safe Hex International or I do this, bui I mention it for those who got their virus killers front small PD libraries who can be a bit sloppy about such things.
What is a Guru Meditation?
A Exactly the same thing as a Software Failure -a program is try ing to get the Amiga to do something that il cannot, like look at non-existent memory, divide a number by zero (the answer is infinity, which takes a long time to calculate), read a word from an odd numbered address or ils simply overloading it with too many tasks.
The reason it’s called a Guru Meditation is because when an Amiga falls over, it generates two numbers.
The first number is the error code, the second number is where the error occurred in memory . The idea is that you send Ihe codes to the programmer, who meditates over them (possibly using the optional Meditation Board - I'm not kidding) to find out why the program failed in the first place.
Commodore thought it was a bit silly, so you don't get Gurus on Workbench 2 or higher. Spoilsports.
Alt is theoretically possible, but as SCSI drives are complex and expensive, why don't you trade it in for an IDE type drive? It's going lo be a few months yet before SCSI interfaces come out for the A1200. So you are probably belter off not waiting.
QW hen I do a screen dump lo my dot-matrix colour printer, the results are terrible - can they be improved?
How can I get Kickstart 1.3 for my Amiga
• 200. To give greater compatibility with •» A Yes they can. But
you must understand lhal a dot-matrix colour printer with only
four colour ribbons has an uphill struggle to reproduce a 4096
colour (or more with the AA chipset) Amiga screen. A company
called Care Electronics (0923 672102) can provide you with
Flexidump 2. Which is capable of producing much better screen
dumps than the standard drivers, for £39.95 - but don't expect
miracles.
Q Where can I get information on creating custom boot blocks?
A Public Domain libraries. Either phone around or collect a few' up-to-date catalogues - there are at least 10 Bootblock construction kits out there, but I wouldn't recommend any of them unless you arc fairly conversant with how the Amiga works.
Ql have an A1200 - is the Faster Vista ofTer still open from Coverdisk 33?
A The offer is still open (I sec no reason lo close
il) but the Faster Vista program doesn't work without an FPU
(Floating Point Unit -a chip that does fractional maths much
quicker than the processor). So unless you’ve got an FPU.
Don't bother!
Vista, the first Coverdisk Collection program, can still be exchonged for on FPU version - but unless you have an FPU fitted, don't bother!
Qliow do I print out drawings from InlroCADl A Load Workbench first. Then put in the IntroCAD disk and click on the icon. There was not enough space on the InlroCAl) disk lo include ihe printer device and its associated files - but you should count your blessings, the commercial disk didn't even autoboot!
1200 older programs A There is now a Public Domain disk called KicklJ. That maps the old 256K Kickstart into chip RAM. So programs which need the old Kickstart ROM will work on an A1200 or A600. It's w idely available from many libraries, but it still doesn’t give full compatibility.
Q Where can I get some driver software for a lightpen? Making the thing was a doddle in comparison to finding some decent software!
R --'75IW- Vis, The Trojan light pen works with most progroms as o mouse - but it's useless without some driver softwore.
A Trojan, who make the Trojan Lightpen. May sell the software separately for about £20. It works best on Workbench 1.3 or 2. And you can contact them on 0554 777993.
Qhow come some programs work on the A600. Hut not the A1200?
A Three reasons. Some programs which work on a I Mb chip RAM system go belly up when they see 2Mb of chip RAM as fitted to an A1200 (this is fairly rare with post '91 software). Some software doesn't like the 68020 chip fitted to the A1200 - games like Super Monaco Grand Pri.x were designed totally around the 68000 chip, with no thought as to the future of the Amiga. Shame!
Finally, there are still minute differences between Ihe Kickstart 3 ROM and Kickstart 2 ROM as fitted in the A600. These are mostly invisible (most games don't use the ROM anyway) but they still cause the occasional hiccup.
Quo the batteries ever wear out on battery backed clocks?
A If the battery isn't rechargeable, then yes it will go flat every couple of years. Rechargeable batteries will automatically charge up when the Amiga is switched on. They are fairly bulky and have three solder connectors. Flat lithium batteries, while having quite a long life span, do go flat. Lithium batteries are usually dipped on to A500 trapdoor RAM expansions, and can easily be replaced (that is if you can buy a compatible type locally).
Qwhy don't some IDE hard drives work on the A1200?
In-depth explanation No 12: CDTV Compatibility A Two reasons. 3.5-inch IDE drives are too big to fit in the supplied mounting plate (some companies fit this type using their own mounting plates).
Also, special cables are needed to connect them, and they lake more power than a 2.5-inch drive.
Secondly, some 2.5-inch drives (especially the larger sizes) do not spin up to speed until they are accessed. This means that, although such hard drives can be fitted and used w ith an A1200 or A600. They will not autoboot. One solution is to fit a secondary reset circuit inside the computer, which makes it take a few seconds longer to reset - just enough time for the hard drive to get up to speed.
Q Where can I get a printer driver for the Hewlett Packard DeskJet 550C colour printer?
AweServc do such a driver for about £10 you can call them on 0705 325354. Also, a guy called PJ Warren, whose address is Watton House Fanil. Bridpon. Dorset. DT6 5JZ. Has recently set up a quite extensive pnnter-driver service. He charges £1 per driver, including postage and packing.
Qwhy is the Commodore power supply so duff? It doesn't just look bad. It's usually got really poor capacity, blows up at the drop of a hat and invariably breaks when dropped.
A Look pal. If you can design a better one. Tell Commodore about it. UK HQ is at The Switchback. Gardner Rd. Maidenhead. SL6 7XA.
Qcan I use any CD-ROMs in an A570 CD- ROM drive or a CDTV? Can I use any ISO 9660 Cds in such units?
A No. Only CD-ROMs designed specially for the Amiga (CDTV is. When all is said and done, an Amiga) will work in these units. However, you can read all ISO 9660 formatted disks in the units - using Shell to copy files on to floppies.
You cannot run programs from foreign CD systems. But you can read any text files or convert pictures into the IFF Amiga standard using a suitable utility like Art Department Professional. ® Ione feature of the CDTV which persuades people to buy one (rather than a Philips CD-I unit) Is the ability to use the rather large amount of Amiga floppy software. However, quite a bit of It will not work, for the following reason - the CD drive takes up 60K of memory, which reduces the amount of memory left for other programs. As a consequence, many of the better 1Mb programs will not work.
2 Disabling the CD drive is nowhere near as straightforward as, say. Unplugging a floppy disk drive (or an A570 CD-ROM unit). Because there have been a few different revisions of the CDTV (which are all externally identical) then one of two different methods has to bo used. Both of them work, but the second is better than the first.
3 The first works on nearly all CDTVs, but it invalidates your warranty, assuming you have one. Unscrew the case (don't forget the screws on the back) and lift the cover forwards.
Locate the chip marked 'Odd' - If it is soldered to the board, then you have a very early unit and you should put it back together. Everybody else, gently lever the chip out of the socket from either end.
Keep it safe In polystyrene or foam packaging.
4 You now have a CDTV which can't run Amiga Cds! However, 99 per cent of 1Mb programs should work on it and you can still play music Cds via the remote control or the front panel. Thanks to SJ Lunn of Spalding for this method - it's not brilliant but it does work on practically all machines.
5 It any companies want to start making sockets with a switch on the Select line, that would make life simpler. All you would have to do Is take out the chip, put it in the socket and plug the socket where the chip came from. By flicking the switch (with the power turned off) you could choose whether you wanted a CDTV or an Amiga.
When people ore deciding between o CDTV ond o CD-I, the deciding factor is often the foct that CDTVs can run a certain amount of AMIGA software (assuming they have a floppy disk drive fitted). However, CDTVs cannot run oil Amiga software - read the following points lo gain insight on making a CDTV run more Amiga programs than has previously been possible!
6 The second method is to check the inside of your CDTV with the illustration above. If you have a JP15 on the board, with a little jumper block on, move the jumper to bridge the middle and the other pin. Your CD drive will be disabled and you can use much more Amiga software.
Thanks to Paul C Willows from Doncaster for that.
193 MARCH 1993 7 If you can get the bits, then wiring a switch to JP15 is an absolute doddle. You can just solder straight on to the pins, but it's a much better idea to solder the leads to a socket capable of fitting on to the three pins, and run three wires to a switch outside the machine. A suitable part would be Maplins FK97F, which costs less than £1.
Maplins can be contacted on 0702 554161.
8 The reason why some software will still not run is because CDTVs have no fast RAM (memory usable only by the processor). Instead, all their memory is chip RAM (memory usable by the graphics, sounds and processor chips). The practice ol writing fast RAM-dependent programs has always been frowned upon, but people still do it nevertheless.
9 One obvious solution Is to fit some fast RAM to the CDTV, but this is not at all easy. There isn't a dedicated expansion bus on the CDTV, as you will find on all computers like the Amiga. The only possible way to do it (as I understand h) is to fit fast RAM directly to the processor socket - which is not easy, because space is very limited around that area.
So, there you have It. Next month I'll show you how to make Philips CD-i compatible with the Amiga. You will need; a large lump hammer; a bucket of blue steam; a sticky Commodore logo; and 14,000 gallons of multicoloured custard.
And if you believe this last point, you'll believe anything (the rest of It's true though).
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DOES SIZE MATTER?
Why did you change ihe size of ihe magazine on Issue 26? Why have you changed Ihe size of ihe word Format on ihe cover and why do other magazines sometimes review games a month before you do?
Jonathan May, Headcorn You have got a long memory. The reason we changed the size of Amiga formal'.v pages a year-and-a-haf ago was because, despite what Dr Ruth may say. We really do believe that bigger is better We thought that we could fit more advice, tips and info in every issue, and that has to be better for you the readers. The reason wr made the word Formal on the cover bigger was that one or two other magazines had changed their logos so that they were more like our own. And some readers were actually buying the wrong magazine by mistake. So we made the Formal bit of our name bigger
to avoid confusion.
The reasons why Mr sometimes review games after other magazines are twofold. Firstly, and most simply, different magazines go lo the printers al different times of the month, so sometimes a game’s release date simply falls at a time that is convenient for one mag. But too late for another More importantly, some magazines review games that aren’t finished, or review games 'on site' This means that they go to the software house, or Ihe software house comes to them for a day. And they play the game for a while, do some screen grabs, then write the review.
Amiga Formal will not do either of these things. Hr know how much games cost, and we will not judge a Got a picture you're proud of? Send It In, see It In print and win an Amiga Formal binder! Since Letters is where you get to contribute your words, we thought it would be the perfect place to see your pics on display too. The best image every month will win a huge (and we’re talking big here) poster print out, courtesy of Max Graphics of Cardiff - worth a massive £80. Send your entries on a floppy disk to The Gallery, Amiga Formal, 30 Monmouth Street. Bath BA1 2BW.
Game without giving the finished version several days of play. Only then do we believe that we can make an advised recommendation to you.
JUST SAY NO!
I am writing lo tell you that I spoiled an Amiga on television.
II was on BBCI's Casualty on Saturday 9 January. There was a black Zipstick joystick plugged into il and Fantasy World Dizzy was on screen. "I didn't buy you lhal for games, you know!" Said Ihe girl's mum. The girl by ihe way. Was taken lo casually because she look a huge overdose of paracetamol and ended up wilh liver damage. My advice lo her is lo slop caling drugs like sweets and practice her gaming a bit more, ihcn she might be able lo gel off Ihe firsl screen of Fantasy World Dizzy.
MARCH 1993 Chris Hamilton, Grangemouth And nr agree with you wholeheartedly, everybody knows that only dweebs take overdoses instead of playing computer games on their Amiga You, Chris are the absolute, total, last and final person to win a prize for spotting an Amiga on TV. OK. Get that folks’ If you see a Commodore home computer on the goggle box. Mr simply don't care, they're far too common now. If on the other hand you manage to spot one on a proper sliown-at-tlie-cinema motion picture. Mr may be persuaded to bung you a prize. The Hollywood Amiga hunt is on.
Continued overleaf PIRATE PD Recently. I heard of a group of icxt files on a disk which wenl under Ihe name of Jolly Roger. I heard lhal il was 'excellent', and so I was naturally curious. I was. However, appalled when I hooted the disk, and even more so when I read some of the files on it. I believe that a document similar to this was published a few years ago. And was immediately banned. The files arc of a truly terrorist and criminal nature, including how to make bombs, how to make LSD and how to commit credit-card fraud. This must break an astounding amount of laws, and I felt it
necessary to take some action. I hope that you can at least be responsible enough lo issue a wanting, especially to parents.
Anonymous We saw this disk a few months ago, and decided that giving it coverage in our Public Domain column was likely lo attract people to it. After all remember the Frankie Goes To Hollywood affair, where their previously unheard of single Relax shot lo number one when Mike Read banned it from breakfast Radio One In this ease however, we do think that we should draw the attention of people and. As you say. Particularly parents lo this disk. You have been warned.
SEUCK ME I have made a SEUCK game. How can I get it sold as Public Domain? What do you think of the Acorn A30I0 in competition w ith the A1200?
Neil Seepujak, Sheffield You can't gel your program sold as PD. The whole idea of PD is thal you give it away But if you want your game distributed for free, simply send il to o few of the PD houses - some addresses are on our PD pages tIRS-190). And if it's any good, within months you'll find it spreading here, there and everywhere. If it's very good, you may even see it reviewed in PD Update.
The Archimedes. . Competition, wlial competition?
MARCH 1993 THIS PARROT IS DEAD How dare you compare Monty Python and Beadle's About in the same sentence. I am referring to the terrible first paragraph of the Lemmings 2 Covcrdisk section in the January issue.
I am sorry, but if this happens again. I shall be forced to send the Spanish Inquisition round w ith the soft cushions and the comfy chair!
Fred, the dead parrot Here at Amiga Fonnat we dare do anything, even compare the absolute best and worst of British TV comedy in one succinct turn of phrase. And if you threaten us again we will be forced to send Jeremy Beadle round lo dig up your garden, and crash your mum’s car.
BRAVE NEW WORLD In the December issue you had an article on virtual reality. This was a very good piece of reporting, and very forward thinking.
One thing that struck a chord with me when I was reading this, though, was an article in Amiga Format on the new chip set that enables full-frame video on
CD. Your idea explored the notion of an interactive TV channel,
so that viewers could select from a library of videos to
watch.
My point is that with fibre optic technology, would it be possible to create a centralised VR system?
Optical fibre opens up the world of interactive home use because data travels at the speed of light. You can now have a lion-delayed conversation with someone in America via this technology. Data travels down these fibres at a rate of 2.5GBytes a second.
Imagine a time in the future where one could go along to a computer store and buy a headset, gloves and a subscription to a Virtual Board, then go back home and plug the set straight into a wall socket. They could then link up with other users on the system and go do battle in some Virtual Fantasyland. Just think, in a few years gaming on a centralised A6000VR machine could well be possible.
Colin Ford, Watford It's a nice idea, isn’t it Colin, hut a few optical fibres and the MPEG chip set are not going to make il an actual reality. Networked VR is still a long way off.
And it isn’t just data transfer that is the problem.
Processing power is also a major hurdle that would have to be tackled. Each player’s position, direction of view, and motion has to be calculated both relative to the virtual environment, then relative to other players.
Today's VR systems have enough trouble calculating just one player in relation to the environment. So rather than a centra! A6000. Even if. As its name suggests. It were powered by a Motorola bSObt) chip, running mutual virtual reality, il would more likely he a Cray MXP We're not rubbishing your idea though, we just think you are looking a long way into the future. But then, when I bought my Vic-20 tJ.SK of RAM and an external tape drivel I never thought thal Id years later I would be buying a J2-bil computer with 2Mb of RAM and a built-in disk drive. So. Who knows? Maybe a VR network is
only a few years away?
SEGA POWER I have just bought a Quick Shot Python joystick, and on Ihe bottom there is a switch that you have to change depending on the system that you use it with. I was playing Project-X with my new joystick and I changed the switch from A for Amiga users lo D for Sega Mega Drive users lo see what would happen. I pressed both Continued overleaf 1 200 WORDS ON I read with Interest your review ot the new A1200 (I read It In Smiths), but would like to point out the deliberate mistake.
You forgot to list most ot the disadvantages - still the crappy old two-channel per speaker sound and a low-density disk drive. The low-density disk drive is obviously to make sure A4000 owners never see software on HD disks, and to ensure the user gets maximum disk swaps per program.
How you can let Commodore get away without even a hint ot disapproval is totally beyond me.
Does Kelly Sumner pay you vast amounts of money not to criticise them or something?
I think I speak tor the majority ot Amiga owners when I say this. I don’t buy Amiga Format tor the sole reason that you arse-lick Commodore. When are your writers going to start writing their real views? Surely you have a large enough circulation to survive without Commodore's approval.
Feel tree to try and defend yourselt - I will understand it you don’t.
Paul Markham, Stone Having read the review in Smiths. Paul, you obviously didn't have time to study it carelully. Rather than defend Commodore's decision to omit the items you have described, we analysed their reasons tor doing so. We concluded that the inclusion ol an improved sound chip and high-density drive would have taken the A1200 above the desirable €399 price point.
Rather than sucking up to Commodore, we did what we always do, and expressed our own opinion, which is that the AI200 is the best home computer lor the price. You assert that you do not buy Amiga Format merely lor our sycophantic attitude to Commodore, II you were reading (what will be) someone else's copy in Smiths, it seems you don ’t buy it at all.
I've bought a new A1200. And so tar I am very happy with It, having found that about 85 per cent of my existing software to be compatible with it.
However one thing that really annoys me is that the A1200 is supplied with less than half the documentation of the A4000. The user guides for AmigaDOS, Arexx and hard drives should also be included. I contacted Commodore and they are unable to supply copies of these manuals.
Surely if Commodore want the A1200 to be treated as more than a souped-up games machine, then the least they could do is supply full documentation for it.
Vince Suttle, Giggleswick Absolutely right there Vince, how can any user be expected to get the most from this amazing machine without the AmigaDOS and Arexx manuals? We suspect, though, that when Commodore say they are unable to supply the appropriate man- uals. They actually mean that they are unwilling lo. Lei's lace It, they publish them In the first place. The hard disk manual Is a necessity with the A4000.
But not for the At200. We would hope that when A1200HDs do become available the said manual will be included.
Maybe Commodore have something to say on the subject.
Having seen numerous pictures ot the new A1200 and A400, I can't help noticing that they both have newly designed mice. I would have thought that you could have at least mentioned it since the old design was extremely unreliable. Even alter cleaning, mine sometimes refuses to move at all. And my left button is almost as bad as the right one, which sticks repeatedly. I've seen letters complaining about the old mouse in your mag.
C Taylor, Hebden Bridge.
It's not surprising that you have seen letters slagging the old Commodore rodent, we always thought it was a dog (I hope you're reading this Mr Markham). The new one Is much better, and it was remiss of us to omit mentioning it In our reviews ot the new machines. Our only defence Is that we were so bazzagrammed by the other incredible features that we overlooked this small but vital feature. While the new mouse is a vast improvement, you still can't beat a good third-party mouse like the Golden Image. Naksha or MegaMouse.
Just what are Commodore doing?
It seems to me that they have no Idea of which direction their products are going.
The 1Mb A600 sells for £299 and the 2Mb A1200 sells for £399. At first the price difference may seem quite big, but pay out for another 1Mb of memory for the A600 and it brings the price dangerously close to the A1200. I can't help feeling that there are a few recent A600 CDTV owners fed up with Commodore. The A1200 is the way ahead, and Commodore should see that all machines are up to this spec. Jason Theobald, Billericay I have bought an A600 thinking that it would be an interesting upgrade to the Plus. But after reading the December issue of your mag, about the A1200, I am left wondering
what Commodore are trying to do. Are they trying to cheat us out of our money, then bring out a much better computer for the same price as the A600 cost just a few months ago? Now the A1200 is out how do Commodore expect me to sell my A600? Are Commodore using the A600 as the C64 of the Nineties?
Paul Hudson. Hednesford We've had a tew letters like this, and they really disappoint me.
Owners ot Ford Escorts don t write in to Autocar and Motor slagging Ford oft every year when they announce an extensive range ot Improvements In the new model range. Hi-fi owners don't howl in annoyance in letters to What Hi- Fi when Nakamichi bring out a new cassette deck with more features than theirs. So why are so many people upset that Commodore have shown a firm commitment to keeping the Amiga up to date? It the Amiga isn't constantly updated and improved it will fall behind, become less attractive to developers. Who will then stop producing software tor it. Unlike a car or stereo
system. Commodore can't just add electric windows or surround sound to the Amiga; when It s updated it has to be a fairly thorough process. Otherwise there would be hundreds ot different configurations ot machine, and the software incompatibility problems would be gargantuan.
By launching the AGA chipset Amlgas, Commodore haven't abandoned A500 Plus A600 owners, instead they have revitalised the market, and ensured that those machines will be supported with software tor years to come.
As tor the A600 being the C64 of the Nineties... The C64 has survived tor over to years, selling strongly lor the entire duration, notching up total sales ot over one million units. The A600 would be doing very well to match, or even get close to this incredible success story. And remember that C64 software was only compatible with the C64 itself (we'll ignore the Cl28). The A600 can make use of software written tor the A500 before It. And the A1200 In the future.
We say... if you own an Amiga, you're lucky. You 're part of a big family.
Next month Issue 45 THE AMIGA 1200 April 1993 Just what is multimedia anyway?
Everybody knows what multimedia is. Right? 1 mean it's... well it's got to do with Cds and high-end workstations doing... erm. OK. So not everybody knows what multimedia is. Or what it can do. But in the next few years it's going to be creeping into your life through the back door. So we're going to find the guys who know all about it and ask them the difficult questions. Like: what is multimedia? How can we do multimedia at home? And w hat can multimedia do for us. The Amiga owners? So join us next month as we blow the lid off the biggest buzzword in modem computing.
The great AF IDE guide If you've got an Amiga 600 or an Amiga 1200. You may have noticed it's got a hole in it.
Oh yes it has. Just take a look al the left-hand side of it. All right, it's more of a slot than a hole, but it s called an IDE port. Next month we'll be looking at what they are, what you can do with them tie expand your Amiga), and how much they cost.
Waiting for you at your local shop from March 111 of the fire-buttons and the top button was still the fire- button. But the other button chose the special weapon, so I didn't have to press the spacebar. This makes the game a lot more playable, and il may work for other games involving magic, power-ups etc. Simon Askham, Leicester He's right you know, we tried il wilh a Sega joypad and it works. Oh no! I can see weeks of frenzied Project-X playing ahead, just like when the game first arrived in the office.
ST USER Please could you give me some insults for Atari ST ow ners because I am sick of hearing 'ST this. ST that'.
Oh yeah and which is better, the A1200 or the Falcon?
I also saw an Amiga in Wayne's World when Garth was sending Cassandra's video to the record executive.
Peter McKearney, Dungannon You mean you know some people who still own an ST!
Then again. I suppose they find them a hit difficult to /p>

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