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Now the Operating System has got even better, and to give just one trivial example of the magic of the Amiga, look at the fun we can have customising our "user environments". I run one small program at boot-up and I get 3D menus that pop-up under the mouse pointer. I run another small program and my cycle gadgets are turned into drop-down menus. Another program automatically puts all my most-used programs into a single window on the Workbench, and when I click their icons they animate and play a sound at me. The Amiga's Operating System takes all this "mucking about" and much, much more in its stride. It really doesn't care, so provided programmers stick to certain rules they can invent their own additions to our graphical user interfaces. What does this cost us? At the most the price of a few PD disks. You can't muck about like this on other platforms, and even if you could, a dozen of these small programs would probably set you back a few hundred quid. So, I don't really know why nearly all Amiga journalists, and nearly all hard core Amiga enthusiasts, have at one time or another berated Commodore for not taking advantage of the Amiga's potential. What is it that we want? Don't ask me. But whatever it is, I'm sure that if we got it we would only want something else. Because that's the beauty of the Amiga, that's what we are all forgetting - this machine can do anything. In the early days one of the most impressive things the Amiga could do was rescue data from a corrupted floppy disk. The salvaged disk always got renamed as Lazarus, the guy JC raised from the dead. Today the Amiga has a similar miracle to perform, it has to raise Commodore from the dead. It can do it.

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REGULARS Month In View 6 Jeff Walker Column 21 Subscriptions 34 Public Domain 117 Back Issues 123 Mail Order 126 Workbench 129 Comms 149 Letters 151 Gallery 154 Next Month 161 Advertisers' Index 162 Paint Tutorial Expert advice on Ppaint, Dpaint, AdPro and Brilliance.
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More people read Amiga Format than any other Amiga FORMAT magazine on the planet!
Welcome to Amiga Format. By choosing this magazine you have just made a very wise decision: this is the world's most popular Amiga magazine. And that means more Amiga users know us, trust us and choose to read us than anyone else.
Why? Because Amiga Formats readers know they can trust our judgment and buying recommendations. Because we thoroughly test products, for one thing, and because we're not afraid to tell the truth.
No matter how harsh it may be.
The proof? Commodore itself regularly chooses Amiga Format to prepare special editions of the magazine to be bundled with its machines. And surveys have consistently shown that retailers trust Amiga Formats reviews above any other magazine. ¦ I So you know you can read Amiga Format ™ with confidence. Welcome to the world's w I w I biggest community of Amiga users! Publishing Steve Jarratt, Editor _ SEPTEMBER 1 994 MONTH IN VIEW This Month ¦view Another month, another Amiga Format. Steve Jarratt takes a few moments to reflect on the things that helped shape the last 30 days... e A I long Iasi,
il looks like tin- Amiga's heart can start beating again. A few weeks ago I spoke to Dave Plcasance, and was pretty happy with what I heard.
So far the story goes thus: it appears that the companies all lining up to take over Commodore were more interested in the technology than the name. If any of them actually bought the company , chances were that the Amiga brand would he as good as dead, although Commodore's technology would live on in some other form.
So, during this time, the management of Commodore have been looking to other companies as investors. I gather the extension to the period of protection under the Bahamian liquidators was for the Commodore crew to actually secure some investment and put in a bid themselves. By the time you read this.
Commodore will have chosen their investment partner who will be in the process of due diligence, where they check the books and examine the company's business plans.
Plcasance is confident that, so far, their bid is the one with the best chance of success; and even if it isn't their current partners have enough clout to up the offer.
The UK operation of Commodore has always been the most profitable arm of the organisation, and their plans arc based solely on projected sales for the UK. Any extra sales in the Europe, US, and Australia will he an added bonus.
The new company (which will lose the Commodore name in favour of something like Amiga International I.td) will be headed up from the UK premises in Maidenhead, and there are plans to bring all production tu the UK, where they can keep tighter This month the AT team were to be found at odd moments huddled round Sue White's art Mac.
A strange thing for a group of Amiga fanutics you might think, hut we had good reason. Sue has a PowerMac which uses the new RISC PowerPC chip, the one that was been developed jointly between Motorola, Apple and IBM.
Running on this PowerMac in ‘native’ (ie RISC) mode was a Mandelbrot explorer program, which enabled the group to descend into the whirling strialions of the Mandelbrot set - and do il with blinding speed (a full screen, full colour redraw averaging around seven seconds). OK, it wasn't exactly like watching a Cray in action, hut this was the fastest I've seen any 'affordable' computer compute the Mandelbrot set.
"So what: how docs that affect Amiga owners, dummy?’' Comes the reasonable response. Well, given, that most Ami gas can out-pacc similarly- spccccd Macs, just think what a RISC-based Amiga will be capable of?
In previous conversations with David Pleasance, he has said that the potential buyers of control over what they produce and when, increasing their efficiency and productivity.
The cut-off point for the take-over is August 31 September I. If the wheeler-dealing continues beyond this point the all-new Commodore wouldn't be able to ramp up production in time for the Christmas push - and it needs this Christmas to be a good one. More than ever.
Pleasanec remains optimistic, though. They have plans for new A1200 and CD ” bundles and it looks very much like the CI) 1200 will make its long-awaited appearance before the Yuletidc season. But - contrary to popular belief - there won't be any new machines produced until the Spring of next year.
However, their plans for future hardware remain intact: late next year should see the introduction of the AAA chipset, with 64-bit RISC coming some time in '96.
This Month In View is supposed to be about the month just gone, I know, but I've just got room to tell you about next month's disk package. We’ve just signed a deal to put TV*Text Profeuional vl.O on AffrTs Covcrdisk, a video titling program worth no less than 1130!
Old 'Black Belt’ Holbom has been fiddling with TV'Texi I'm for a while and reckons it’s "stonkingly good". But then you can find out exactly how good it is for yourself next month.
And it also tics in nicely with the theme of next month's AT, in which resident video guru Steve McGill will he showing you how to get into video with the minimum of fuss and expense.
With IV’Irxl Frofe sional on the Covcrdisk, you’ve already got a head start.
But how does Amiga Formal keep coming up with this splendid software? Well, previously Nick Veitch was our top program-procurcmcnt operative; but now it’s all thanks to the newest member of the team - Dale Bradford. Welshman Dale has come on board to make sure that AT’s Covcrdisks maintain the quality set by the likes of Imagine, Music-X and FageSeller 2.
So a cheery welcome for Dale and a rousing cheer for all the lovely stuff we’ve got lined up for you. See you next ish, with your Ami gas and VCRs at the ready! © Commodore were only really interested in its future technology, and people dose to Commodore have stated that even the - let's call them Orientals - were impressed with what they saw. Imagine running Imagine, where images arc rendered eight times faster! Or playing 3D games that shift hundreds of thousands of texture- mapped polygons every second... The mind boggles. Roll on the A6400?
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Outwit rogue robots in G2, an impressive 3D shoot-em-up set within the confines of a maze of corridors!
Start your own publishing empire with nothing more than your Amiga, a couple of good ideas and a copy of this month's Coverdisk star, PageSetter 2.
You don't have to be a publishing baron to benefit from the joys of desktop publishing with PageSetter 2 - you can use it to create anything from posters or advertisements to newsletters.
PageSetter 2 can be used to create complex layouts complete with outline fonts (two such fonts are included with the program), structured clip art and illustrations, text and IFF' pictures. In short, all the ingredients that are vital for serious desktop publishing.
Even when compared to state-of-the-art page layout programs, such as Ptvfessional Page * and PageStream 3. PageSetter 2 is no slouch in the features department. Although you can onlv work on a single page at any one time. PageSetter 2 enables you to create documents consisting of many different pages. The si e of your pages is down to you too - if the four default page size settings aren't right for your needs, you can enter the measurements of your own custom page size.
You could, for example, set up a page to the exact dimensions of a compliment slip or a business card. In short, PageSetter is just the thing for all your stationery requirements. ’ PageSetter 2 provides an extensive list of page layout tools including extensive typographical controls (more on this later) and impressive magnification functions. You can zoom right in to your layout and view it at ‘21)0 per cent, its real size or, for a more overall view, zoom out and view the document in miniature at just 33 per cent.
To aid the process of accuratelv laving out complex pages. PageSetter enables you to set up a BEFORE YOU START The complete PageSetter 2 package consists of two disks - the PageSetter 2 program disk and a second Utilities Fonts disk. Both these disks have been packed on to our autoboot mg Coverdisk using the PD cruncher program DIMS.
In order to run PageSetter. You'll need two blank disks to hold the PageSetter package.
Insert your Coverdisk into the internal drive of your Amiga, switch on and then follow the on-screen prompts. Once the two PageSetter disks have been prepared, you can then reboot your Amiga using the first PageSetter 2 disk.
BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK Another issue and another brace of brilliant Coverdisks for you to get your teeth into. You can trust Amiga Format to guarantee you maximum value for your money.
For DTP, you'll definitely need a big, shiny desk. Like this one... PageSetter fully supports Preferences printers and so just about any printer can be used to print PageSetter pages. If you've got a laser printer, the quality of results obtainable from PageSetter have to be seen to be believed - because PageSetter 2 uses outline fonts, all the text is printed at the maximum resolution of your printer. So even with a nine-pin dot matrix. PageSetter 2 produces phenomenallv good results.
Temporary grid 1 a specified si t- which can then l e used tn align anv boxes that you place tut to the page. To make this even more accurate, you can set PngrSetter 2 to 'snap' text and illustrations to the grid so that everything on the page is automatically aligned correctly.
Pages are built up in PageSetter 2 using boxes.
Kverv box you place on to a page can contain one of three different page elements text, bitmapped pictures or structured clip art. If you want to alter the size or shape of a box at a later date, all von have to dtt is to click on it and then use one ol the eight handles on the outline of the Ik ix to resize it.
When von first create a page. PageSetter 2 automatically places a box on the page for you.
But other boxes will be required if you wish to create a more complex layout.
For a more detailed breakdown of the PageSetter 2 tools and how to utilise them, just turn the page.
Continued overleaf * Copying your Coverdisk is very simple. Just follow the stages below... Boot up 1 with your Workbench disk, and find the icon called Shell, which should be in your system drawer.
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on this to go into the Shell itself.
A I Mcrkbmch a II process 4 ! diskcopv Iron dll: to dfl: 2 Type in the following line exactly as it appears here, taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: Oj HorkOtnch «*T 3 When asked for the source disk, insert the Coverdisk and press Return. All of the information on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
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• kort: TtS'Uart" ,vU* 8,1 4 Once your Amiga has read the info,
it will ask for the destination disk. Insert the disk you want
to copy to and press Return. All information on this disk will
be destroyed.
HI 5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, as it copies in chunks. Finally, type Endcli to close down the Shell. Your copy is complete.
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PUT IT IN PRINT START WITH A BLANK PAGE The first step in any DTP work with PageSetter 2 is to create a blank page which pictures. Select the New option from the Page pull-down menu. You will see the holds your text and following requester:
1. First you need to create a range of pages with exactly the
same dimensions and format en masse. The From Page box sets
the starting page number and To Page sets the page number of
the last page in the range.
7. By default. PageSetter 2 automatically handles the job of
linking the boxes together so that whenever a column is filled
with text the text overflows into the next column. If you turn
this option off. The columns are not linked together.
4. Once the page size is fixed. PageSetter automatically creates
a text box (or a series of text boxes if you have more than
one column) on the page. These four margin settings allow you
to define not only how far away from the edges of the page the
box is placed, but also the size of the box (or boxes).
6. The Columns box allows you to split the single default text
box that PageSetter automatically places on to each new page
into two or more linked boxes aligned together to form
columns.
2. The two size number gadgets allow you to define the horizontal
and vertical size of a page in inches. This facility comes in
particularly handy when creating custom stationery - such as
business cards and pamphlets - not covered by the four default
sizes.
3. These four gadgets give you a choice of four commonly-used
default page sizes - A4. BS.
Standard Letter and Legal Letter. Click on the one you want and the Size gadget is automatically adjusted.
NOW PUT IN THE WORDS An important ingredient of any page layout is the text and this is an area in which PageSetter 2 provides extensive control. Not only can you edit text by marking blocks, cutting, copying and pasting, but you're also given a considerable amount of control over the appearance of text - you can change the typeface, size, style and so on.
Entering text into a box is easy. Create a new box. Click on the Text mode gadget on the toolbar and then click on the box into which you wish to enter text. A little flashing line then appears inside the box. You can now type some text.
To change the typeface, select the text you've just entered by clicking on the first character and then - while holding down the left mouse button
- move the mouse pointer to the last character and the colour of
each character is reversed to indicate that they have been
marked.
Once the text you wish to alter has been marked, select the Typeface option from the Type pull-down menu. A font requester then pops up on to the screen containing a list of all available fonts. If you booted from our Coverdisk, this contains eight different fonts.
Two of these fonts are preceded by (CG), which stands for CompuGraphic. These fonts are outline fonts and they are different from normal Amiga bitmapped fonts because they can be scaled to any size with no loss in quality whatsoever. What's more, they are printed at the maximum resolution of your printer.
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I wetica Synboi T mes ZapfChancery zapfdingbats PageSetter 2
provides extensive control over the typeface, size and style
of the text within your layouts.
You'll notice that alongside this list of fonts is a list of sizes ranging from 6 to 127 point. These provide a quick and easy method of defining the ?
O & - Size: point size of your text. You can, if you wish, enter the point size directly into the gadget immediately below the Size label.
1. Although you can only edit one page at a time with PageSetter
your documents can consist of as many single pages as you
want.
This gadget enables you to flip back and forth between pages within a document containing two or more pages.
15. The Null Pointer gadget is used to move and size boxes on the
screen. Clicking on this gadget turns off any other tools
that may currently be active.
THE PAGESETTER TOOLBAR (A CLOSER LOOK)
2. If you own a printer, a quick click on this icon displays
PageSetter 2's printer options requester, which provides
extensive control over the printing process. You can, for
example, print the current page or the entire document, alter
the dithering or the print density (the greater the density,
the higher the print quality) and so on. Once you're happy
with the settings, click on the OK gadget to send your pages
to the currently-selected Preferences printer.
By default, the PageSetter 2 program disk is set up to use the EpsonX printer driver (suitable for nine-pin Epson-compatible dot matrix printers), and so you'll need to change this using the Preferences program on the PageSetter 2 disk in order to use a different printer driver with the program. Included on the disk are drivers for 24-pin dot matrix (EpsonQ). HP LaserJet printers and a whole host of other makes and models.
14. By default. PageSetter creates one or more boxes for you but
you will almost certainly require more if you wish to add
pictures, headlines and boxouts to your layout. Clicking on
this gadget turns on PageSetter's Box Create tool. Once
selected, move the mouse pointer over the page, click and
hold the left mouse button and then drag out the box to the
desired size and shape. Once you're happy with the new box.
Let go of the left mouse button and the box is accepted.
13. Clicking on this gadget turns on PageSetter1 s Text Edit
mode. Once selected, the mouse pointer changes shape. If you
then click on the box into which you would like to enter text
a small cursor appears inside the box. When you type
characters on your Amiga's keyboard, the text appears on your
page.
12. This gadget enables you to cut a marked section of text from
within a text box. The deleted text is stored in PageSetter'i
temporary buffer.
3. This strange-looking gadget is the box selector.
This tool allows you to select a box (or several boxes) simply by dragging a rectangle around them. Any boxes inside the rectangle are then automatically selected.
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4. The Copy gadget is used when the text tool is selected. By
marking a piece of text within a box. It can be copied into a
temporary buffer for later use.
5. If you have a section of text stored in PageSetter'i temporary
buffer (say. For example, you've copied a block of text from
elsewhere on the page or you've loaded some raw text from
disk), clicking on this gadget pastes the text into the
currently-selected text box. Note that the Text gadget must be
selected and a text box must be activated for this to work.
11. Clicking on this gadget brings the currently- selected box to
the front of all the other overlapping boxes.
7. If several boxes are overlapping, clicking on this gadget
sends the current box behind all of the overlapping boxes.
10. Two text boxes can be linked together so that when text is
flowed into one, the text is automatically reflowed into the
second when the first is full. To link two boxes, select the
first box, click on this gadget and then click on the second
box.
9. PageSetter 2 provides a selection of tools for drawing
structured graphics directly on to your pages.
These tools come in handy when you need to add simple illustrations to your layouts. Four tools are provided - box. Polygon, circle and straight line.
8. PageSetter 2 enables you to link two or more boxes together so
that when text is flowed into the first box, it automatically
reflows into the second box when the first one is full. If you
want to break the link between two boxes, click on this gadget
and then click on the box which you wish to unlink. If there
are any further boxes linked to this box, the box which you
have unlinked becomes the first box in a new chain of linked
boxes.
OPERATIC N Gl Are you ready to battle with rogue robots on a radio-active spaceship in our fab Coverdisk demo?
BEFORE YOU START This is a self-booting disk which requires 1Mb.
Control is via a mouse The left mouse is used for travelling forward and picking things up.
Use the right button for reversing.
The scene: some time in the future in a Galaxy near the Milky Way, not too far from Mars - and things are far from sweet. For space is littered with the wrecks of radioactive spacecraft ami as a member of the De-Con Division (which sounds better than it is), your job is to nip on board and explode the old crates. Then your boss hands you Operation G2. A ship full of contraband medical supplies worth a fortune. Unfortunately, it’s protected by a band of corps known as the Simskin Revenue Protection droids, who don't bother to ask questions, they simply waste you.
Viewed in first person perspective, our exclusive demo, published by Liverpool softies Psygnosis. Combines strategy with arcade action.
There is a time limit of approximately seven minutes to complete the mission - that's if you don’t run out of energy first. The idea is to explore the corridors while collecting extra pickups such as key cards which enable you to unlock doors to explore the ship further while simultaneously blowing away the enemy droids.
The first thing you need to do is pick up the pistol (you may find a shotgun later on), but be careful, you only have a limited amount of ammo.
You ran operate the gun with either the left or right mouse button - we've found the right hand works best because you use the left to direct yourself around the ship.
Many of the doors on board are locked; you can open them either by travelling over pressure plates or collecting key cards which you can pick up olT the floor and store for later use.
The pressure plates are circular and sometimes open or close doors elsewhere in the complex - they can also spin you 180 degrees without you realising. You may have to spend some time experimenting. Other pick-ups include extra ammo, food and shields.
We haven't given you a step-by-step guide through the demo because it’s best that you discover the intricacies for yourself. So can you rid the ship of aliens in the allotted lime? 'I) WIN OPERATION G2!
We've got 25 copies of Psygnosis’ Operation G2 to give away.
Simply answer the following questions and jot the answers on a postcard to arrive no later than Thursday September 29.
1. Name five Psygnosis games.
2. In which city in the North West of England are Psygnosis
based?
3. Who are the most famous pop group to come out of that city?
(And it's not Frankie Goes To Hollywood.)
4. Name G2's enemy droids.
5. Which small species of animal have a propensity for throwing
themselves off cliffs?
Send your entries to: G2 Competition.
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GOT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR COVERDISK?
CALL 091-385 2627 It's inevitable that some readers will have a few problems using their Coverdisks. Here we answer some of the questions which crop up most.
M PROVECTOR AF58 There is nothing wrong with this one. It uses the ARP.library, as do main other Amiga programs.
This library, like all other libraries, has to be located in the I.IBS drawer of the start-up disk. II you are booling up from Workbench, this is the LIBS drawer on that disk.
The ARP.Iibrarv is provided with the disk, in the I.IBS drawer, so you can just copy it to your boot-up disk. For example, put the ProVerlor program disk in the drive and type: copy dfO:libs arp.library Libs: Also, for those of you who have been in touch with printing queries - imported bitmaps are not supposed to print out. 1‘rnVeclor uses standard Workbench drivers.
MUSIC-X AF58 We've had a few people write in who have been having problems with Musie-X, particularly A600 owners. All AtiOO owners, and anyone else who has got only Chip RAM, should follow the instructions for installing Music-X on the A1200. Otherwise you'll Find that you haven 't got much room for samples.
• Also, many people seem to be getting a message regarding
missing fonts. The fonts are definitely on the disk. OK! If you
boot up from the Music-X program disk, like it says to do in
the instructions, there's no problem.
If sou want to boot oIT any other disk, copy the font into the FONTS: drawer of your boot-up disk.
This is not complicated - it is how the Amiga works (and the If! And the Mac).
INDEXER AF59 There are several stages to gelling this up and running.
After decompressing the disk, copy the fonts to the FONTS: drawer of your start-up disk, the libraries to the LIBS drawer and make the .Assign command.
If any one of these things isn't done, the program crashes or won’t be able to find the data: Assign Indexer: DF0:xxxxx (Where x is the pathname where you installed indexer.). Copy Indexer:fonts ? Fonts: ALL Copy Indexer:libs ? Libs: DEMO MANIAC AF60 Unfortunately there are quite a few problems with this Coverdisk. Because Black Legend gave us a very bug- ridden product. If you are getting unexplained gurus, the most likely cause is a software bug.
NEXT MONTH!
Next month we will be having a special Desktop Video issue, and to go with it. Our Coverdisk will contain the Amazing TV’Text Professional, worth f 130! TV’Text Professional is a brilliant character generator for providing top quality captions and titles for video work.
With powerful special effects and impressive drawing tools as well as superb anti-aliased font control. TV’Text enables you to create professional video titles and presentations - and it can be all yours if you buy the next issue of Amiga format which goes on sale on Thursday September 22. Don't miss it LIBS, FONTS AND ALL THAT There are lots of files and commands associated with the normal running of computer software. In everyday use. You may not come across them, but you will when you try to install software.
LIBRARIES - These are compact routines which are compiled as a separate library. Libraries should always be located in the LIBS drawer of your start-up disk.
FONTS - Amiga fonts come in many varieties, but the most common ones are bitmap fonts. Most programs use the system fonts, but some may use their own. In this case, the font must be present in the FONTS: drawer of your start-up disk before you can use it.
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the next issue of Amiga Formal. Commodore will be no more - or
at least the Commodore logo will be no more.
With the deadline for the buy-out set at August 31 COMIV September 1. The most likely result is that the Commodore management team - with the backing of an as-yet unknown investor - will be successful in their take-over bid.
Joint Mds of the UK branch
- Dave Pleasanre and Colin Proudfoot and two top execs of
Commodore International Ltd are bidding for the rights to
manufacture. Sell and market Commodore products worldwide.
The new company "ill ditch the ill- fated Commodore logo in favour of Amiga branding - Amiga International is one suggestion - and shift control of the company to Commodore's l'K headquarters in Maidenhead.
.After 36 years, the only vestiges of the American Corporation and its European subsidiaries will be the UK headquarters plus its Research and Development centre at Westchester.
North Carolina in the US.
Involved in a bitter dispute for several months before the plant was finally closed down on October I I last vear.
Having a plant 450 miles up the road, rather than 9.000 miles awav. Does make a lot of sense.
With the closure of Commodore's Philippines plant back in April, obviously a new production facility is also needed. Tin- decision has alreadv been made to bring manufacturing to the UK. And news has reached Amiga Formal that one candidate is the defunct Timex Plant in Dundee, Scotland.
The workforce and l'S parent company were COMMUNICATION STATIONS If you read Richard Baguley's piece on superfast modems last month, you'll have been wondering where you can lay your hands on this sexy hardware.
Well, Siren Software now have supplies of the Speedcom range of modems. These next generation modems come in three flavours: the Speedcom*B (V.32bis: 14.400 bits per second); Speedcom+Et (V.32 terbo: 19,200bps); and, best of all, the Speedcom.Bf (V.fast: 28,800bps).
All three devices sport extensive user-friendly features such as fax group III compatibility, auto-detection of speed and dialling conditions and all come with a 12 month warranty. And they come in lovely sleek boxes, too.
Prices range from £140 for the +B up to £230 for the V.fast. So get on the blower and call Simon Cobb at Siren Software on 061-724 4893.
MAG.NET And while we're on the subject Net surfers should look out for a new magazine from Future Publishing, the makers of Amiga Format.
.net - The Internet Magazine aims to be the AA Route map of the Internet the Traffic Cones Hotline of the InfoBahn, so to speak. Launch editor Matt Bielby (Super Play. PC Gamer) and his crew will be signposting the best locations, helping lost souls to get back on line, and Net surfers should be on the look out for this generally making sense of the .net logo In a newsagents near you soon. Communications revolution.
It finally looks like Commodore's blue 'C' is all washed up, but the Amiga name will live on.
Steve Jarratt reports on the end of an era.
Potential Amiga sales of up to 2(1.1)00 A-IOOOs and 80.000 A12000s a year.
Dave Pleasance states that as soon as the new company is up and running they will be looking for distributors in those territories where Amiga sales were traditionally strong. There will be plenty ol product, he said, but it will just be distributed by companies other than ('.ommodore-owned subsidiaries.
The future of the Amiga - for die foreseeable future looks promising. The A1200 still has no real competition, since Pcs and Macs are more expensive and are reliant on using specialised monitors, rather than TV's.
New A1200 and CD1 bundles will lie in stores in time for the Christmas crush, and developers have been told that the
(1) 1200 CD-ROM drive will also be gracing the tinsel-draped
shelves. Of course, the coupe de grace would he if the
company could manage to bundle an attractively- priced A1200
plus CD-ROM unit in time lor the Yttledde cashfest.
Oddly. Commodore also used to operate an A4000 manufacturing plant in Scotland a few years ago.
Along with the Commodore name and logo, the other sections of Commodore to gel the chop include the offices in Germany. Denmark and Italy. The sales and distribution offices in Australia.
France. Belgium. Switzerland and Austria have not been operational for some lime.
However, the European market will still have an important role to play in the Amiga's future: as reported in trade paper
f. TVV Europe, sales of die Amiga in Germany are still very
strong, with No new machines (a CD-based 1200, lor instance)
will appear before Spring ol
1995. But R&D on new systems continues and if the next generation
of Amiga technology is as good as rumour suggests, the
Amiga could once again cane a sizeable niche for itself ill
the market. O The Jeff Walker Column With all the doom and
gloom around at the moment and I've certainly done my fair
share of the mongering, it's about time I reminded
everyone, and myself, of what a great computer we are all
privileged to be using. When you bought your Amiga I doubt
if you did so because you appreciated the intricacies of
the Operating System and understood the benefits of
multitasking. You bought it because it was the right price
and because it looked like a pretty neat computer.
I never experienced the pleasure of buying my first Amiga.
An A2000 was dumped on my desk - no manuals apart from the (ho! Ho!) User handbook, 1Mb of memory, a 20Mb hard disk that could not be booted from - and I was told to get on with it.
Within 30 minutes I was messing with the startup-sequence.
Within 60 minutes my A2000 couldn't be booted from floppy either. By midnight I knew more about the Amiga's startup- sequence than I knew about my girlfriend.
Anyway, what I learnt in those first few hours of Amiga ownership was that I had a very special computer. Because I had no proper manuals, and because I was supposed to be the techie expert I had to put the pieces back together by working out what everything in the startup-sequence was doing. I quickly leamt that, although you wouldn't think it to look at it this beige box was juggling a dozen or more balls and keeping them going at breakneck speed with one hand tied behind its back.
That A2000 was running Kickstart and Workbench 1.2, and even the most vigorous Amiga defenders look back now and say how awful that version of the Operating System was. But at the time they (and I) thought it was brilliant. Most of us have forgotten how much we liked it. Sure, we could see that there was room for improvement, but what it did was already more than enough to waggle at Atari ST owners and say betcha can't do that. And the only serious criticism they could come up with was that the Amiga didn't have a MIDI port. Some of us had to find out what the hell a MIDI port was before
discovering that we needed one about as much as we needed the serial port that you plugged a strange and expensive box called a modem into.
Now the Operating System has got even better, and to give just one trivial example of the magic of the Amiga, look at the fun we can have customising our "user environments". I run one small program at boot-up and I get 3D menus that pop-up under the mouse pointer. I run another small program and my cycle gadgets are turned into drop-down menus. Another program automatically puts all my most-used programs into a single window on the Workbench, and when I click their icons they animate and play a sound at me.
The Amiga's Operating System takes all this "mucking about" and much, much more in its stride. It really doesn't care, so provided programmers stick to certain rules they can invent their own additions to our graphical user interfaces.
What does this cost us? At the most the price of a few PD disks. You can't muck about like this on other platforms, and even if you could, a dozen of these small programs would probably set you back a few hundred quid.
So, I don't really know why nearly all Amiga journalists, and nearly all hard core Amiga enthusiasts, have at one time or another berated Commodore for not taking advantage of the Amiga's potential. What is it that we want? Don't ask me. But whatever it is, I'm sure that if we got it we would only want something else. Because that's the beauty of the Amiga, that's what we are all forgetting - this machine can do anything.
In the early days one of the most impressive things the Amiga could do was rescue data from a corrupted floppy disk.
The salvaged disk always got renamed as Lazarus, the guy JC raised from the dead. Today the Amiga has a similar miracle to perform, it has to raise Commodore from the dead. It can do it.
Really it can. It's that good. This time next year we'll be looking back and wondering what all the fuss was about.
THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF AMIGA FORMAT FES UPDATE SEPTEMBER 1994 NEWS SOFT-LOGIK PLEDGE PAGESTREAM SUPPORT I - After a few months on the Internet I have realised that postings to Usenet and especially on comp.sys.amiga.misc or comp.sys.amiga.advocacy should be taken with a Lot's wife-sized pinch of salt. However, recent rumours - primarily those in the last issue of Amiga Format! - have suggested that an Amiga-on-a-card might be forthcoming for the PC.
It's worth thinking about when you consider that the Amiga can emulate the PC (and the Mac for that matter), but that the poor old MS-DOSers can't play away themselves. If such a card did bounce into existence then all the PC-heads out there with their 80MHz Pentium monsters clipping along with more MIPs than the Road Runner on speed could finally discover the joys of a real multitasking Operating System.
The fact that Windows is a massively globally perpetrated plot by RAM manufacturers and not a GUI at all would be revealed. Millions of PC users would slap themselves around the faces, scream 'Mea culpa! Mea culpa! Mea maxima culpa!', the sun would shine, the lion would lay down with the Attenborough, joy would abound. This would be the ideal way to proclaim the Amiga's technological advantages.
It is probably also the only way in which the notoriously conservative PC-using community will ever realise the delights of the Amiga. But how to go about marketing it? Well, the basic principle seems to be if it's on a card and you've got to muck around for a few hours re-configuring autoexec.bats, config.syss, RAM. EMM. And so on before you get any spark of life out of it then it's OK by me buddy!
So. I suggest that the only way to produce an Amiga-on-a- card that would sell to its target market would be as follows:
1) Charge £749.99* for it (make sure there's also VAT hidden
somewhere on the advert).
2) Put it in £150 worth of packaging with at least 12 different
registration cards all of which must be sent to Bullsville.
Squeal- Piggy County. CA. USA.
3) Ensure that it will only run under Windows but that you have
to configure it from DOS (preferably a new version).
4) Ensure that it will only run under 12Mb of RAM.
5) Call it AmigaBlaster Pro*.
6) Include a manual in Italian, German, American and Uzbecky.
7) Include a pretty picture of a planet on a starry background on
the packaging.
8) Ensure that at least 10 screw-holes are included, but only
nine screws.
10) Make the bubble-wrap pink with no visible way in. Oh, lob in
Deluxe Paint II, Kick Off I and Workbench 1.1 to give them
some idea of what they can achieve (we wouldn't want to shock
anyone out of MicroSerfdom too soon) and I think we're on to
a winner here. But then again maybe it's still too cheap.
On a final and personal note. I have an admission to make - I anthropomorphise. Yes, I know that as a professional computer- type person I shouldn't think of my Amiga as if it were a living, breathing creature but I can't help myself. Even worse. I need some advice on my habit. My Amiga's dfO: is crocked. I've managed to get the hard disk working by fiddling a little and then saying: Come on Henry-Hard-Disk, work or I'll defragment you, honest. Bingo! But Derek-the-dfO: stubbornly refuses to function. Am I calling it the wrong thing? Is a promise of the latest Amiga Format Coverdisk not
enough? What does anybody else do? Please help.
Tim Smith is Technology Editor of Computer Trade Weekly. Contact him at 'lamithbecix.ccopulinx.co.u-: and .imboVgashead.daron.co.uk. THE OPINIONS EXPRESSED HERE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THOSE OF AMIGA FORMAT Tim Smith Column The Soft-Logik's long-awaited PageStream 3.0 promises to be the best DTP package ever!
With the announcement of new upgrades for PageStream and TypeSmrth. Missouri-based software house Soft-Logtk have also pledged continued support for the Amiga well into the next century. Their next project will probably be an upgrade of Art Expression, although after labouring on PageStream 3.0 for almost two years, it's possible the 13-strong company will take it easy for a while!
The long-awaited PageStream upgrade is an all-new written-from- scratch program, containing over 1,000 new features. Among the most notable additions are custom isable floating palettes, auto-scroll and auto-drag, extensive typographic control, object- oriented drawing tools and full colour AGA screen rendering.
The authors consider this to be the best DTP package available on any machine, and at just S399 (£266) it's a considerable saving over the similarly- specced Quark Xpress for the Mac which costs around £600!
Its less ilien 10 weeks to the Future Entertainment Show and tilings are reallv starting to roll. As we so lucidly pointed out in the last issue, the FES is the ideal opportunity to have a dav out. Surround yourself with high technology, meet the Amiga Format team, garner some vital hints and tips from our informative Amiga seminars, play the verv latest games and pick up a few bargains.
T hen, weary hut happv. Vou can wend you wav back home t hitching a pristine copv of .1 65. which arrives, hot off the presses, that verv same dav.
JUST THE FACTS... The FES '94 will take place at Earls Court 2 in London from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 October. Tickets cost £6 (£7 on the day) and are available from the FES hotline: 0369 423S.
Heats of the National Games Championships start from August 1, and run from 10am to 12 noon, and 2pm to 4pm. Entry fee Sop. Call 0891 332288 for the location of your nearest Future Zone store.
Designed with the AGA chipset in mind, PageStream has full colour screen rendering.
Soft-Logik already have 2.000 upgrade orders and plan on shipping around 1,000 full copies.
The PageStream 3.0 package comes with the PageLiner 2.0 text editor. BME
2. 0 picture editor and autotracer, over 60 fonts and a
collection of clip art. And.
After what seems like an eternity of waiting. PageStream 3.0 begins shipping on August 15, so you can expect a full review in AF64.
Soft-Logik's font editor TypeSmith also gains a host of new features such as support for TrueType fonts and improved Arexx commands.
When so many developers are looking to other machines for their income. Soft-Logik are continuing to support the Amiga. Company president.
Deron Kazmaier. States that "With Commodore's recent troubles, some people have wondered if we'll continue to develop PageStream. Rest assured, we intend to continue developing PageStream and other exciting desktop publishing tools into the next century."
Bui seriously. IIk- Amiga Formal crew are dedicated lo making the Amina area ol the FES well worth vour attention. Alreadv the .Amiga Theatre has some star attractions where von can learn about art and music on the Amiga. We're hoping to present tutorials on Imagine anil Lightwave, and hold seminars on electronic music, both MIDI and Amiga-based. We'll also have some top .Amiga experts on hand to answer your questions on all things Amiga, from DTI* to games.
The FES also provides an ideal opportunity to cast a dubious eve over the non-Amiga world, with all the latest consoles and multimedia kit from the I S and Japan on display.
But whatever vou see and whatever you do. You'll be certain of a thrilling day out.
See vou there!
Tfll I U I I I I U 11 I I I vvun t il DE Id VjjOxJ LI z»- yj~ Oil.*.- :**I Entertainment z III tfl FUTURE ENTERTAINMENT SHOW FACTS AND FIGURES Everything you ever wanted to know about FES '94 ««.*»« yo««.i». COMPUTER GRAPHICS SHOW From November 8-10, the Wembley Conference Centre plays host to Computer Graphics Expo '94 - the I'K's premiere event for digital artwork, animation, VR and special effects, and is the biggest show of its kind outside of Siggraph in the U.S. Supported by major computer graphics companies such Silicon Graphics. Division. Abekas Video Systems and Mitsubishi Electric,
and in association with Siggraph, the aim of the show is to highlight the potential of todav's low-cost graphics systems and to generally lx- a celebration of the art of the computer.
Possible of more importance to Amiga Format readers and Amiga users is the Interactive Entertainment Developer's Forum, which aims to bring developers, programmers artists and musicians together from across Europe. If you have a game design, soundtrack, demo or animations why not come along and peddle your wares?
Computer Graphics Expo ‘94 is a trade event.
Amiga Format has secured complimentary tickets for .4F readers.
Look out for special cut- out-and-keep tickets in a future issue.
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• How much does it cost to gat in?
£6 in advance (by lending off one of the coupons you'll find in the ad on page 127 of this issue) or £7 on the door.
• Is there a discount if I bring loads of people?
Yes. If you book in advance for a party of 10 or more people, then each ticket is only £5!
• Can I book with a credit card?
Yes. The credit-card hotline number is 0369 4235 (yes tt looks like there's a number missing, but there isn't).
• When and where is the show?
Earls Court Exhibition Centre Hall 2. Warwick Road.
London SW5. The show will be open from Wednesday 26 to Sunday 30 October 0930-1730 (Sun 0930-1700).
O How do I get there?
8y train: The nearest Underground station is West Brompton - Wimbledon branch only (this station is closed on Sundays) or Earls Court Station - District and Piccadilly lines.
British Rail - Kensington Olympia station is serviced by a daily high-speed Intercity schedule linked with North West and South East England.
Buses: Earls Court is served by bus routes 74. 31, 249. 349 and C3.
Taxis: A convenient set-down and pick-up facility is available for taxis.
• Will I be able to try new software and hardware as well as
watching demos?
• Will I be able to buy stuff there?
Of course! There's a huge dealer-area where you'll be able to get an excellent price on virtually any piece of hardware or software you could be after.
9 What's happening in these theatres?
Future Publishing's magazines will be organising special events in the three theatre areas at the show. There will be discussions, demos and debates featuring some of the interactive entertainment industry's leading figures.
There'll be items like expert panels joystick juries reviewing products live, discussions about the future of interactive entertainment and exclusive premieres of many of the biggest products of 199S.
• How can I make sure I don't miss anything when I'm at the show?
There'll be a showguide on sale on the door (for £2) containing a full list of all exhibitors, a map of where everything is and (this is the best bit) a set of vouchers offering discounts off gear that you can buy at the show.
• Can I order a showguide in advance then?
There's a box on the coupon on the FES ads offering the chance to have a showguide reserved for you. All you have to do is tick the box and when you receive your tickets, you'll get a voucher which you can use at the show to get your showguide. For ordering one in advance early, you get Sop (25 per cent!) Off the £2.00 showguide price. You can also order one through the hotline.
• Are there facilities for disabled visitors?
There are full facilities for wheelchairs.
CIRCUIT BREAKER With the advent of surface mount technology in A600 and 1200s, DIY repairs are history. However, if your machine is poorly, Hawkwell Electronics now have the specialist equipment needed to carry out circuit repairs.
So. If you've got a busted 'puter call Hawkwell Electronics on 0702 207593; fax 0702 207274.
GET A LIFE LIVE '94 will be held at Earls Court from September 20-25. If you're into video games, large screen Tvs, Surround Sound systems, synthesisers, AV amps, computers, hi-fi, cameras, CD players, camcorders or VCRs, make a bee-line for the Court next month. The show kicks off at 9,30am and tickets are available from the LIVE '94 hotline: 0891 500103.
CHROMA KEY Firstly, Chroma are driving a fundraising initiative aimed at people involved with a registered charity, school or similar organisation. Secondly, if you have a PD program that's getting too big to be PD, or have a program that you'd like to sell commercially, talk to Chroma. And thirdly, Smarty Paints will be on sale in software shops for £29.99 - that's a whole penny off the usual price!
Contact Steve Hall at Chroma on 0328 862693.
NEXUS DISC There's a new CD-ROM disc that video and multimedia fans might find interesting. The Nexus Pro Multimedia reference Library contains 750 24-bit JPEG and 256-colour images, 300 CompuGraphic scalable fonts, 100 16-bit sound samples and a host of PD utilities.
The Nexus Pro CD-ROM disc costs £49.99 and can be ordered from Videoworld on 041-641 1142.
MICRO PROSE Arrival Press are compiling a book of computer poetry. Editor Trudi Ramm (!) Is looking for contributions. So if you think you have a bit of the Bard in you. Send your silicon chip-related sonnets to Arrival Press, Computer Bards, 1-2 Wainman Rd, Woodston, Peterborough PE2 7BU, to arrive no later than Sept 16.
NEW OUTLET Magnetic Fields have opened a shop.
Called FX Multimedia, it stocks CD-ROM discs for the CD32 and the PC. Plus the full range of Magnetic Fields disks. Pop along to FX Multimedia, 60 Eldon St. Preston.
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MAKE vthe • headlines An Amiga, a printer and your PageSetter 2 Coverdisk are all you need to get started in DTP. Asam Ahmad shows you how to get the most out of your DTP software.
Over iht- Iasi 10 years there has been a revolution in thq printing and publishing industry which has meant that more people have the power to create their own posters, leaflets and literature] Now you have the PageSrltrr 2 Coverdisk, you are one of those people.
But in the early dat's of desktop publishing the computer's role was usually limited to the typesetting stage, where) items of text were formulated imp columns on a page which were then1 manually pasted up by hand to form a finished page. This page, complete with pictures and text, was used as camera-ready artwork from which a film and then a metal plate were made. This was then used on the press to print the page.
“ The leading DTP packages have features that make it easy to create stunning results. ” The whole process used to take several hours for each stage, until the computer's role became more prominent and Dll’ programs took over the burden of most ofj this time-consuming exercise.
The Amiga has its own share of good DTP packages. Including PagrSrllrrj; PageStream and PtoPage and the latest!
Versions of all these packages have features that make it easy to produce stunning productions with the minimum of fuss.
But there's a lot more to DTP than just putting words 011 a piece of paper. The way that your text is presented can have a beneficial impact 011 the reader if it is done correctly. Even word'processors give
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These screen grabs from Soft-Logik show some preview screens from the latest version of PageStream - PageStream 3 could be the best DTP package on any computer.
PageStream 3 is due for release very soon. To find out whether it lives up to its high expectations, look out for the definitive Amiga Format review in the next issue.
"you an element of control over the layout of a page, allowing yon to import graphics, change typeface and choose printing methods, hut if vou want to get serious you need a dedicated DTP program.
Simplicity typesetting PagrScttrr 3. PagrStream 2.22 and IboPagr -t are all capable of producing output to any preferences primer, including inkjet*. Dot matrix and lasers, and all three can output pages to PostScript compatible printers.
DTP COOKBOOK When' they Hitler is in the of ease use and features. PageSrllrr ? And ProPage 4.1 have been re-written to utilise the AGA chipset in Workbench 3 machines and PageStream
2. 22 (the latest version at the time of going to press) has been
patched to use up to 256 colours it s| rrified from the CLI or
the Workbench ToolTypes setting.
Although lacking in graphics import filters. PageSetter accepts a variety of text formats.
It is possible to produce documents of the same qualitv with all three programs, hut lor serious heavyweight work involving lots of text anti graphics, ProPage and PageStream probably have the eiige.
A point to note when choosing a DTP package however, is that Gold Disk, who produce ProPage and PageSetter. Are not professional knowledge principles is e microcomputers maue computing available to a mass audience, desktop publishing provides access to publishing tools to a larger base of users through personal computers and printers. As the tenn suggests, it is possible to fit all the necessary equipment for desktop publishing on a desk and with it produce high quality documents.
Developing for the Amiga any more. They still provide technical support to registered owners of their packages but have no intention to release any more Amiga programs. Soft-Logik. On the other hand, are committed to developing for the Amiga and are working on PageStream ?: and economy, and page desktop is still a To create its, some Ad design le way that look out for an Ah' review verv soon.
The licst way to generate text for use in a DTP program is to use one of the many Amiga word processor or text editor programs - it's far easier and faster to create text on a dedicated WP rather than Continued overleaf e STRUCTURED VS BITMAP GRAPHICS Like fonts, graphics can come in either structured or bitmap formats. Essentially, structured drawings are better than bitmapped graphics for simple drawings and because they output to the highest resolution of your printer, their quality can be very high.
Bitmaps on the other hand are limited to resolution constraints, mainly due to memory restrictions. However, colouring and shading on bitmaps, especially 24-bit full colour graphics, is better than in structured graphics unless the structured graphic is very complex.
Pictures and photographs are in bitmap format when scanned in to your Amiga.
Structured graphics such as those produced on programs such as Professional Draw or Art Expression can be very complex, but are generally best suited for logos and the like. Most publications like Amiga Format use a combination of both types of graphics. Be warned however, that using lots of images on a page increases the output time and can take up loads of memory space. If you intend to use lots of graphics, you would be well advised to invest in some extra memory for your machine.
4" typing directly on to the page on the DTP package. ProPage 4.I and PageSetler 3 both come with article editors designed to make life easier for you by using a hot-link system where text entered into the article editor is automatically updated on your page should you change any of it.
It is very important for a DTP package to be able to import text from a variety of word processors, some native to the Amiga and some from other platforms such as the Macintosh or the PC- PageStream ran import text from IFF FTXT, ProWrite, Excellence!, WordPerfect, hi Word, Final Cops and Redigeras well as ASCII text in Mac, PC or Amiga format. PageSetler and 1‘roPage can import these and the TextCraJl format.
Professional Pa«e V4.8 @1993 Gold Disk Inc. : Untitled ¦i i *i , *1 , *i .i ,*i , *i .i ,1 *°i ,“i ,*i a *i Outline fonts are far more suitable for DTP work because they can be scaled to virtually any size with no loss of quality.
Outline Bitmap FONTS OF KNOWLEDGE These filters enable all your formatting codes to be utilised by the DTP package, but if your word processor is not supported, you can save your text as ASCII and import it into the DTP program.
Once voti've got the text on the page, it's time to think about what kind of font you want to display it in. All D I P packages use outline fonts for output, which are fonts that are defined mathematically.
Each character is individually defined by a series of lines and curves which builds up the letterform. The advantage of this system over the original Amiga bitmap font Fonts like these can be picked up from several Public Domain libraries or off good Bulletin Boards, such as 01 For Amiga (071-377 1358).
Times, it, bd, bi Palatino, it, bd, bi Helvetica, it, bd, bi Futura, it, bd, bi , Courier, it, bd, bi (system is that outline fonts are primed out jto the highest resolution of your printer, giving a smooth, jaggv-lree result.
All three programs come with a Selection of outline fonts, and ProPage and PageSetter also have some bitmap fonts.
Bitmap fonts, due to their low resolution, are only suitable for small sizes, or low resolution printers. Generallv you are best advised to stick with outline fonts, and indeed with PageStream, you cannot use anything hut outline fonts.
YOUR TYPE OF FACE if you are only using non-PostScript printers, your besl bet is to gel CompuGraphic fonts which give exceptional quality. If you think you might need PostScript output, your best bet is to get PostScript Type l fonts. Read the section on PostScript for further information on font formats.
The typeface you choose conveys different images to the reader. It should be clear and readable, without being boring.
Take a look at these examples: Times, Palatino, Helvetica, Futura, Courier.
E]0 Times is a solid and very readable serif font which is effective for long pieces of text.
Palatino is similar to Times in that it is good for body text, but has slightly more characteristic letterforms making it a bit more stylish.
Helvetica is a good sans-serif font that complements Times very well, especially for sub-headings. All three DTP packages mentioned come with versions of Times and Helvetica (Triumvirate).
Futura is a modern-looking display font, good for large headings, but not really suitable for long pieces of text.
Courier is like the fonts builti into most printers. It is not anj attractive font, not good for] long text due to its monotony.)
But it’s useful for highlighting!
Text that indicates computer] output.
Generally, ii is a better idea to stick t a limited number of fonts in your work and instead apply styles to them such as italic, bold and bold italic. I bis way you maintain a consistent look but still have Continued on page 30 P«. VS.8 5)1993 Gold Pl.k Inc ,'H, i rl. I .1. rri. R.-l ¦ rrl. Nl, r.-l, SC I jg-l re.Hand 3.x CPS .r.oHand EPS GIT 87.. EPSF i OH I THE FULL DEAL If money was no object the ideal Amiga OTP setup would probably consist of An Amiga 4000 040 with 16Mb of RAM. An Epson GT6000 24-bit flatbed scanner, a high-resolution colour PostScript laser printer, with one of the
three leading Amiga DTP packages - PageStream or ProPage are better if you intend to use a lot of big graphics in your work - a big hard drive with at least 200Mb capacity, a fast HST modem for sending files to a bureau, a dual-sync or multi-sync monitor for a crystal clear steady display and an extremely large desk to put it all on.
Unfortunately for most of us, money is a major object. But on a small budget you can easily set up a good system capable of producing excellent results - especially now you've got the PageSetter 2 Coverdisk With DTP. Having plenty of memory makes things easier, especially if you start using lots of fonts and graphics.
Generally you can get by without a scanner, but if you felt you really needed one they can be picked up for around £100-£150.
Check out AF61 for a scanner round-up. A good starting level would be an Amiga with 2Mb of RAM. A 40Mb hard drive (beware though, because fonts and graphics can eat up hard drive space) and a good 24-pin or inkjet printer.
VVANTED!- jf : Both ProPage and PageStream allow you to import a wide variety of bitmap and structured graphics into your documents, such as this rather mean character.
PRODUCING THE AMIGA FORMAT COVER ON THE AMIGA
1. First the logo is typed into a text box on the page. It is set
in Helvetica 8lackOblique. In order to get the shadow effect
the box is duplicated and slightly offset to the top and left
and the text coloured magenta.
After entering the blurb at the top and the issue number, it is time for a simple background, for this example, that is positioned behind all the other elements of the page.
2. The ellipses were created in Art Expression and exported as an
IFF-DR2D object. There are actually around 30 different
ellipses here, but the screen only represents a handful for
speed and due to palette restrictions.
3. OK, We need some Coverdisks. I found this disk in an
Illustrator clip-art collection. I used PageStream's built-in
drawing tools to colour it in and to add a label to it.
4. I've used the ellipses again for part of the label, and then I
created the word SHINDIG! In Art Expression. It was originally
used for a flyer for a nightclub. The feet are some more
clip-art. This time supplied with the Art Expression program.
Structured drawing programs such as Art Expression are great
for creating small logos and pictures like these feet and the
tiger on the previous page.
5. Finally the rest of the text is added. I have used several
different sizes and weights of the Helvetica (Triumvirate)
family for all the text. The last addition is the Future
Publishing logo which was created on an Apple Macintosh and
imported as an EPS file. Voila! We have our own version of an
Amiga Format cover.
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Small logos that use just a few colours can also be traced with packages such as 1‘rofessional Draw, This converts them into structured drawings meaning they can be resized without any loss of quality. The other advantage is that structured graphics normally take up less memory space. This process works best with simple graphics.
PageStieam ¥2.22 ? * News2.1 Desktop publishing programs are powerful tools that can transform simple text into beautifully-presented prose. They give you the ability to create your work using as many fonts as you have in as manv different point sizes as there are stars.
What this means is that sou can have fine control over the lavout of sour text. It can be positioned anywhere in any colour tit shade or even with patterns, shadosvs and other effects. The only problem svith basing the ability to fine tune sour work to sour liking is that vou also base the ability to create sisual monstrosities.
The flexibility to highlight words by applying a different style to them.
Graphics come in an even bigger variety of formats than text. I he standard Amiga graphics format is IKK II.BM. but it is not enough for a DTP package to onlv support this format because there is a wide variety of clip-art from other sources sou can use in your documents.
Because it is an entry level package.
J’agrSeller only supports IKK bitmap files and Professional Draw structured clips.
ProPage supports these as ssell as the alien formats TIFT. IKK. GIK. PCX. BMP bitmap formats, plus Adobe Illustrator. Aldus Freehand, Aegis Draw (IKK DR2D), Art Expression EPS files and standard EPSK structured graphics files. I'ageSlremn supports all the above as well as the MacPaint, DEM Metafile, Degas and Seoehromebitmap formats.
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Son | rpi ! Include Down I nadibI * AutotII* Ink Na-*: j [j! Process Black [gjPracott Vo I low | Process M«n«nta i Cyan UCR GCR Cane*I Dens I ty: Annie-: Process: n:m:n i*i ;win• Qiiack • mm«* rritn 1*1 nnn - Q] color ririrn i.i rwin - i|t color QutUJlpI irmrn - Qcolor PotlScrlpt This simple two-page newsletter shows how your layout can be eye-catching and yet remain neat and uncluttered, even with lots of information.
This is the PostScript output requester from ProPage. All the PostScript output specifications are controlled from here.
~r fe£2=a=i »• - *• *r* Getting graphics on to vour Amiga can be done by using a hand-held scanner for small images or a flatbed scanner for sizes up to A4 and larger. A flatbed scanner is probably out of the price range of most people, but there is a solution. Most DTP bureaus have scanners and for a small fee they can scan pictures on to disk for you.
It is unlikely that they will have Amigas, so the scans they provide will be output on to an MS-DOS formatted disk which vou need to read through CrossDOS.
The best format in which to save your scan is TIFF, because this provides the best compression for most images, unless, of course, you are using PageSelter which requires IFEs. Be warned that bitmaps can be huge, especially if they are done in full colour. Remember as well that there is absolutely no point scanning in a picture at 1200dpi if it is onlv going to be printed There are an abundance of printers, all giving you differing quality and speed.
Nine-pin dot matrix printers give a maximum resolution of 240dpix216dpi.
So the output can sometimes be a little coarse, but nine-pin printers are cheap and can be picked up for around £150.
They are great for low volume work where you don't need exceptional quality. A good nine-pin printer is the Citizen Swift 90 which has a top printing speed of 240cps. You can get a good colour version for around another £20.
The next step up from nine-pin printers is a 24-pin dot matrix. These give a top resolution of 360dpix180dpi (although some make two passes for each line to take up the resolution to THE ART OF DESIGN It is far too easy to fall into the trap of using features just because they are there.
Imagine a magazine that used 10 different font families on one page in lots of different colours and was littered with typographic effects such as drop caps and bulleted paragraphs. It might be impressive and show off what the desktop publishing package can do. But as far as the poor reader is concerned it would a psychedelic nightmare.
When producing your documents it] makes good sense to adopt a specific stvle and then stick to it. This gives your work a more consistent nature which ultimately results in a more professional look. When using fonts in your document it is generally I tetter to stick to one serif family for body copy and perhaps a sans-serif font for headlines and sub-headings.
Serif fonts are generally more readable than sans-serif fonts due to their little spurs providing the eye with hook-points which help with character recognition. A good wav of saving time when setting different font attributes is to use stvle tags which enable vou to quicklv define different elements in the text. This means that if vou are unhappy- about the wav vour copy 360dpix360dpi). The output from 24-pins can be very good, especially on suitable paper. Most 24-pin printers cost around £175-£200, and a little more for colour.
After dot matrix printers we come to ink jets such as the HP Desk jet and the Canon Bubblejet series. These give high- quality results at resolutions of 300dpi for the Deskjet and 360dpi for the Bubblejet There are also colour inkjets such as the HP Deskjet 560C (about £475), which has exceptional colour output Laser printers have come down remarkably in price however, and can be picked up from around £500. Most laser printers have a top resolution of 300dpi, but due to the way they print the quality is generally that bit better than inkjets.
Looks, you can change everything set with the same tag simply by adjusting the tag settings, rather than having to select all of the items individually.
DTP TIPS ll-aying out pages on a DTP packages is a bit like cooking. All your ingredients must be balanced out in the correct proportions in order to make a page look good. Apart from the body copy and graphics, other elements on your page (including whitespace) can be used to good effect with a little forethought about page design.
Sometimes it can be useful to have a rough sketch on paper giving you an indication of how you want a page to look before you start designing on screen. Headlines should Ik- large enough to attract the readers' attention and give them some kind of indication about the subject of the article. All pictures used 011 the page should also have captions explaining the content of the picture. Drop caps should only he used on the first letter of the article, if at all. Always include page numbers for long documents and make sure that columns that flow over pages start in logical places.
‘ Laying out pages is a bit like cooking. All of the ingredients must be balanced in just the right proportions. " It can be incredibly annoying when columns are broken up into segments and it is unclear where the text continues, especiallv if there are separate articles 011 the same page. Sometimes it is a good idea
• to take breaks from your work and come back to it. Even after
you think you have finished, because it is all to easy to leave
small mistakes lying around when you have been working on the
same document for a long time. You might even think that the
work you did yesterday looks awful today and redesign it
totally' Another good tip is to analyse how other publications
apart from your own are put together and to try to understand
why elements are placed where they are and what purpose they
serve. Practice makes perfect.
As you publish more and more, your style will mature and if you were given the same task as von had to do a while back you'd most likely produce something radically different to the last lime!
POSTSCRIPT ON THE AMIGA POSTSCRIPT I'ostSmpt is a page description language developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated.
Normal preferences output involves a large bitmap image being sent to your printer which forms the printed page. PostScript is a different beast. The PostScript output from DTP packages is actually a PostScript program written in simple ASCII text.
The reason the program is written in ASCII is so that PostScript programs can easily be interchanged across computer platforms. Instead of a bitmap being sent to the printer, the PostScript program contains instructions on how to make up the page using commands such as Times-Roman Findfont which would use the Times font for your text.
So what's tlte advantage of PostScript- Perhaps the Ix-sl tiling about it is that it is resolution-independent, which means that the same PostScript program can be sent to a 300dpi laser or to a 2540dpi l.inotronic imagesetter and the output, apart from the finer resolution of the imagesetter of course, will In- the same. So, if you have a PostScript laser printer you can output work at home and if you ever need to output at a higher resolution, you can pop along to Continued overleaf • The excellent Post Public Domain program enables you to see a preview of a PostScript file.
Don't worry if you haven't got a PostScript printer, because you don't actually need one. You can get PostScript output on any kind of printer by using an excellent Public Domain package called Post.
The latest version of Post is v1.86enh (a graphically enhanced version of the v1.7 original archive written by Adrian Aylward) and it's available from any good Public Domain library or Bulletin Board.
Post can take any kind of PostScript output and render it for whatever printer you have. This means that if you intend to do work that will eventually be output on film, you can first proof the pages on your Amiga to make sure there are no costly mistakes in your output. It also means you can use EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) graphics in your documents and print them out where in normal circumstances you would need a PostScript printer to do so.
If you have limited knowledge of PostScript this tool is a godsend to help you set up a full PostScript system the way you want. If you do have some knowledge of the PostScript system.
Post can provide you with an interactive PostScript environment to test out effects and help you make your own PostScript programs.
Post runs on just about any Amiga, provided you have at least 1Mb of memory. In order to get the maximum benefit from the program and to render pages to a dot matrix printer at a decent rate, 2Mb and a hard drive is recommended.
FULL-COLOUR PRINTING If you want to print your documents in colour you need to choose the four colour separation option on your DTP program for full-colour CMYK printing. This option outputs the page four times, one for each of the primary colours of DTP: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and the Black, which is represented by the letter K so that it doesn't get confused with B for Blue. The K actually stands for Key colour.
Black is usually separated as well as the colour produced from the CMY to give sharper gray scales. Colour separations involve output to PostScript devices so you should ensure that the files you produce contain all the correct fonts that you need.
Once you have got the PostScript file on disk you can take It to a bureau to output it to film at 1270dpi or 2540dpi, depending on complexity of the document and the detail required. This film should then be taken to an offset printer, who makes metal plates from the film which are put on to the presses. The page goes through four times, once for each colour to build up the final page.
When outputting for full colour separations you should select crop and registration marks to be printed as well. These special marks help the printers align all the plates correctly and indicate to the printer where the pages should be cut.
When you see the output from your Amiga in full colour at magazine quality it can be quite impressively sharp and clear.
Some of the work I have output myself can easily rival anything produced on a Macintosh.
This picture is Cyan In the top left. C and M top right CMY. Bottom left and full-colour CMYK on the bottom right___ your nearest DTP bureau with the file on a 720K MS-DOS disk (using a utility such as Crossltos) to get the file printed at high resolution. Where the PostScript files use lots oi lotus and graphics and are too big to lit on to a 7'JIIK disk (or 1.44Mb lor owners of high-dcnsity drives), most good DTP bureaus allow you to transfer the PostScript files using a modem.
DO THE WRITE THING The main problem Amiga users might have with the PostScript system is with fonts.
The Amiga uses Agfa CompuGraphic Intellifonls as its native outline font system, but it’s incompatible with PostScript. In order to use Intellifonls with PostScript devices, they must be converted into PostScript format before thev can be downloaded to the printer. Most DIP packages gel around this to some extent In using equivalence tables for fonts that are built into tin- PostScript printer.
For example GSTimes is automatirallv replaced by the PostScript version when the document is printed. Other fonts however, such as those not built in to the printer, require separate downloadable font files for PitsiSrri it or they are replaced by a default font such as Coutici.
YOUR AT-A-GLANCE DTP PERFORMANCE TABLE PAGESTREAM 3 PROPAGE 4 PAGESETTER 3 QUARK XPRESS 3.3 Price £269.95 (Amiga) £117.49 (Amiga) £49.95 (Amiga) £650 (Apple Macintosh) Max no. Of open documents Unlimited 1 1 25 Max pages Unlimited 9,999 9,999
2. 000 Max view magnification 3,000% 400% 400% 400% Max page size
2. 000"x2.000" 48-X48" 17-X17" 48-X48- Precision
0. 001 pts
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0. 001"
0. 001 units Anchor objects to text Yes No No Yes Font types 3 1
1 2 Fonts included 50+ 7 2 0 Max font size 50,000pt 720pt
720pt 720pt Font size increments
O. OOIpts
0. 125pts
0. 125pts
O. OOIpts Max horizontal scale 655% - .
400% Postscript printing Yes Yes Yes Yes Import EPS drawings Yes Yes Yes Yes Show EPS preview Yes No No Yes Pantone colour Yes Yes No Yes Undo levels Unlimited 1 1 1 ft Ol ft ¦ a I UI E ui W PageStream eliminates the need to have separate CompuGraphic and PostScript versions of fonts bv allowing vou to output PostScript fonts to am kind of printer. II you buv PostScript Type 1 fonts, it is simple to output them, but the Gold Disk system is a little- more complex. In order to use PostScript fonts, thev must lie converted into Iniellifont format using the supplied FontManager program so that
ProPage and PageSetter can display them on screen.
HOT OFF THE PRESS If you buy Intellifonls. In order to use them with PostScript devices, thev must lie converted using the supplied (.reatcFonl utility so that there is a downloadable PostScript version for such devices.
PageStream doesn’t have such a utility, so in order to use IntellilonLs on PostScript devices a program such as the superb TspeSmith font creator must be used to export fonts in PostScript format which PageStream can then use.
Whichever desktop publishing package you use. TypeSmith is an invaluable utility lor manipulating tour fonts.
PostScript is the industry standard page description language and virtually all publications that are set on an imagesetter use a desktop publishing package of some description outputting PostScript files.
The Amiga is capable o! Producing such PostScript output and therefore the quality of Amiga-produced documents can easily be as good as anything generated on a Macintosh or a I’C Compatible. PostScript is to dot matrix as outline fonts are to bitmap fonts.
SHOW US YOUR PAGES If you create something special with your PageSetter 2 Coverdisk. Tell us about it. We'll publish some of the best examples, and there may even be a smattering of prizes. Oh. And if it's something really special we may just invite you in to lay out a page or two of Amiga Format.
Send your disks to: Design Of The Times, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street. Bath BA1 2BW.
JARGON BUSTING 24-BIT: A true' colour bitmap type using up to 16,777,216 colours.
CMYK: A printing process where all colours are made up from varying combinations of Cyan. Magenta, Yellow and BlacK.
CAMERA-READY: A term used when a page is ready for the film stage.
E PS E PS F: Encapsulated PostScript files that contain drawings defined in the PostScript language.
FONT: A collection of letters and numerals of one type style.
GIF: Graphics Interchange Format. A bitmap format which was developed by CompuServe.
IFF DR2D: Interchange File Format Drawing 2-Dimensional. A structured drawing format._ IFF ILBM: Interchange File Format Interleaved BitMap LEADING. The vertical space between lines of text.
PCX: A PC bitmap format.
PICA: A DTP measuring system (approximately 1 6th of an inch).
POINT: 1 12th of a pica or 1 72th of an inch approximately. Font size is generally referred to in points.
POSTSCRIPT: The industry-standard page description language.
RESOLUTION: The dot-density of an output device.
SANS-SERIF: A font without serifs.
SERIF: A font with little spurs (serifs) on the stems of characters.
STYLE TAG: A defined set of formatting commands that indicate how your text should appear.
TIFF: Tagged Image File Format. A bitmap graphics format used extensively in the DTP world.
TRACKING: The horizontal space between individual characters.
TYPOGRAPHY: The design of the text in printed matter.
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Busy and we've been to the wilds of Saffron 80-89% Walden this month to check the progress of Workl These ganw, a~ comittemd tobevwy good, bat duelo Of Sotter, Sensible Golf and Cannon Fodder 2-flick „_ ... , . ... .
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Empire's impressive World War One flight sim Dawn Patrol. These are good games which are worth buying, espedafly if It's here. At last. We take the first look at the you hove a special interest in a certain game type.
Amiga version of Bullfrog's fairground attraction, 60-69% Theme Park. To find out whether it's a rollercoaster Average releases wMi Embed gameplay and appeal. Games or just a bumpy ride, turn to page 46. And still the in this category tend to have significant flaws, footie games keep appearing - this time it's On The jo-39% Boll and the eagerly-awaited World Cup USA 94. Telow average games Bee Ibis are unfikety to impress your One of them is nice, the other a stinker - check out .. . . .. - pages 64-66 to find which is which. Motetoryoo, wafct.Try teawnd it ycoam.
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PREVIEWS Theme Park 46 Putty Squad 50 Bubble And Squeak 54 Ishar 3 58 Kid Chaos 60 D-Day 62 On The Ball 64 World Cup USA '94 66 Universe 69 CDS? Games 71 flonihee 8 Out To Lunch 8 Emerald Mines • Util Divii Re-releases 73 SEPTEMBER 1994 e Supremacy • KGS • Railroad Tycoon Compilation Gamebusters 79 Helping Hand 81 Work to progrt With only 100 shopping days left before Christmas (or something), there are already three potential stocking fillers coming your way from Sensible Software.
Sensible Software are based in sleepy Saffron Walden, about 15 miles south of Cambridge, and according to former top Amiga Power journo Stuart Campbell, so little happens there that it's not even a one-horse town.
This is the guy who has landed a job most folk can but dream of - Stuart checks the quality of Sensible's game conversions on other formats, designs levels for Cannon Fodder 2 and generally tries to keep the programmers grafting and out of the pub - no easy task - while keeping track of the various coverdisks that magazines constantly pester him for. Oh, and he plays a lot of pool and pinball in their gamesroom downstairs. But Saffron Walden is just a bit too quiet for our Stuart.
Not that the Sensible offices are so peaceful.
Sensible Golf putter-togetherer Jools Jameson shares an office with Cannon Fodder 2 programmer John Lilly (or JL, as he's more commonly known) and their stereo's speakers are louder than the none-horse town's only nightclub.
Three of a kind But suggesting that very little happens in Saffron Walden may be a tad premature. It's more than likely that before the year is out three of the best Amiga games ever will be coming out of the almost-comatose Essex hollow Yes, prepare for another invasion of the little people Sensible Software's tiny sprites are the most loved in the Amiga world, and come November they're going to be appearing in Sensible World OF Soccer, Cannon Fodder 2 and Sensible Golf And don't let it be said that the guys at Sensible want much for Christmas. "One, two and three in the charts will do us,"
offers supremo Jon Hare. Any particular order? "Number one will hopefully be the one that brings us the most royalties." Fair enough then.
Sensible World OF Soccer is the fourth incarnation in the series and it's likely to be the most comprehensive football game ever - on any format. Virtually every team from every country is included - if you want to play a friendly, pitting a popular team from the third division in El Salvador Anything but NSIBLE CANNON FODDER: Fancy taking on Ai Capone and his gang of cronies? Or how about a visit to medieval England?
You can in Cannon Fodder 2.
Transfer system operating around the world - Jon and I signed Andy Cole for five million at PSV Eindhoven and we romped to the Dutch league title and European Cup Winners Cup. Cole couldn't score to save his life, mind. When this game appears, it could seriously effect absences from both school and work Fortunately, we'll be able to play it at work. All day Hurrah!
Bruce Forsyth is kicking his heels. His Amiga has lain barren for months as he patiently waits for against someone as obscure as Kilmarnock from Scotland then you can. And all the players have real names - something that US Gold's official World Cup USA '94 failed to manage.
Not only is SWOS an arcade game, it's also a management simulation. You can play, manage or do both, and Jon Hare reckons that SWOS will effectively make all other serious footie games, both management and arcade, redundant.
The players are all valued and there is a huge FORTHCOMING GAMES SEPTEMBER 1 994 SENSIBLE GOLF: Small men in check trousers remind one of Ronnie Corbett. This may not be the most sensible of golf games but it should be one of the most playable.
Hopefully, the chaps will include some humorous features within the game. Maybe a tiny Ronnie Corbett?
SENSIBLE WORLD OF SOCCER: Every team in every division in every country has been included in this.
Perhaps the ultimate football game, though how Kilmarnock got In we’ll never know.
Rupert Bear trousers There are four skill levels - the best players get to potter around in golf buggies while the worst have to lug the bag around. All the four characters sport choice checks and V-necks. Control itself is very much in the traditional swing and wristsnap bar vein, though you won't have to worry about your stance. And who wants to?
Hopefully (though perhaps not likely), programmer Jools will have the time to stick in a few quirky bits, though it remains to be seen whether the players will refer to each other in unpleasant terms when they play fine shots.
Many of us spent Christmas '93 merrily blowing away folk with our mice. Cannon Fodder the arrival of Sensible Golf, the game that promises to be a tiny-sprited, top-down viewed, check-trousered extravaganza.
There are 72 holes and they are mixed and matched to make up 20 courses around the world
- if you wish, you can travel the world and compete for an entire
season. The players themselves are of similar size to their
soccer counterparts but when putting on the greens, the screen
zooms in. Of course, Sensible are not producing a golf game in
the traditional sense - there should be a few gags along the
way, although what form they'll take, they're not quite sure.
It's the sort of stuff you bung in at the last minute,
apparently.
Was gloriously gory fun and its sequel should prove to be even better. The theme that level designer Stuart Campbell is working on is that of the 'universal soldier', where the little fellows get to travel through lime to places such as Chicago in the 1930s and medieval England.
The idea is to destroy a particular world then head for a special pad where you get picked up by a spaceship and taken to the next A-team-esque task. Not that Jon Hare is taking this idea lying down - he doesn't feel that you need any SENSIBLE WORLD OF SOCCER, SENSIBLE GOLF AND CANNON FODDER 2 FROM: Reo«9ade, Cl Metropolitan Wharf, Wapping Wall, London il 9SS.
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TELEPHONE: 081-960 2255 (Sensible Golf, Cannon Fodder 7) RELEASE DATE: November '94 DEVELOPERS: Sensible Software PRICE: All £25.99 spaceships, but il would seem rather choppy to jump from Beirut straight in to Chicago 60 years ago. And perhaps a tiny bit confusing. But we shall see.
The gameplay will be much the same as the first Cannon Fodder and it's likely that the difficulty level will be similar, although it's mooted that publishers Virgin would prefer the sequel to be a little easier. With baled breath, we look forward to what should be a tremendous trio.
Work 0m piu-glB&s DAWN PATROL THE FIRST AIR WAR DAWN PATROL: World War One lighter pilots had It tough and Dawn Patrol captures the excitement of aerial combat.
H'l'Hl ¦4411 OBI MARVIN'S MARVELLOUS ADVENTURES: 21st Century's platform romp could be a big hit on CD33.
There is a veritable feast of air combat stories to be told from World War One and Rowan Softwore have tapped this rich vein of anecdotes for their latest flight sim, Dawn Patrol.
The game is written as an interactive multimedia history book combining real characters and detailing historically factual encounters. The pages of the book appear on screen and detail both the history and the mission ahead together with a small animation. Rowan feel that many players prefer realism because it makes for a better, more exciting game.
Back in the Great War (1914-1918) fighter planes were much slower than the hi-tech jets of today ('oh, really, I would never have thought'); you couldn't lock a missile on to your opponent in those days, it was pure head-to-head dogfighting and in flight simulator terms, this ensures that the combat sequences last a lot longer and involve more aeroplanes, and the action is pure close-up machine gun blasting which requires a tremendous amount of skill. Not courage though, because you're sitting at home in your bedroom.
Rowan's managing director Rod Hyde eventually picked out 20 planes that he felt deserved attention and the project was erm, off the ground, as they say. The pilots are French, German, English and American and on most missions it's possible to fly for either side.
Unfortunately, I only got to see the PC version but admittedly, it looks absolutely fantastic - the visuals are truly excellent. The Amiga version will automatically recognise the AGA chip, and in 32 colours, it should look pretty good.
The missions are not just restricted to air-to-air DAWN PATROL: THE FIRST AIR WAR FROM: Empire, The Spires, 677 High Road, North Finchley, London N12 0DA.
TELEPHONE: 081-343 7337 VERSIONS: A500 600, Al 200 RELEASE DATE: October DEVELOPERS: Rowan Software PRICE: Not set combat. Tasks include demolishing balloons and blasting ground vehicles while trying to escape the attentions of the bloke firing on your tail.
They've also included something called balloon logic' whereby men in balloons con spot enemy aircraft and fighters, but if the enemy craft get too close the balloon can be winched down Unfortunately, no serial link option is being planned but Down Patrol promises to be one of the best Amiga flight sims to date April IV18 wav a lurnlnw point The German i nh on «he itroml wax attempted tu bring the war to a cone hat ton before the entry of the American* Altlnwh. Initially ouccetiaf ul. The mutative waa thwarted Ilia death of the ' uwlnclble' ftariui Richthofen al the end of the Burnth waa a
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• I.B And there’s more! Here’s a brief rundown of other games on
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multiball feature. We at Afcan hardly wait.
Marvin's Marvellous Adventure is the title of 21st Century's forthcoming CD” plotformer. Morvin is a pizza delivery boy and to present this particular American dish, he must battle through a massive 90 levels and 10 different worlds. There are six layers of scrolling, and from what we've seen it all looks rather slick, though whether Marvin has the personality to capture the hearts of CD33 owners, only time will tell. Due in September.
The eagerly-awaited Pinball Illusions with a multi-ball feature is due for release on both floppy and CD formats in November and we at AF are looking forward to it. Hurry up!
Swallow Hastily is not a good title for a game and those renowned visionaries ICE recognised this, opting instead for Gulpl (a fishular platform spectacle). Apparently the Earth is underwater, life as we know it is about to end and only Captain Gulp and the Aquarons can save the day
- it should be packed to the gills with action.
It's with some trepidation that AF announces the official Mr Blobby game. It seems that Noel Edmonds' spotty pink pal is ripe for the full platform treatment and with bated breath we wait for Millenium to deliver the goods.
Thirteenth-century England was a time of Norman rule and the country was split into counties, each with it's own ruler. Impressions' Lords Of The Realm is a strategy game where you can indulge in sieges, build castles or engage in some fascinating crop-rotation sequences.
There are posh digitised video sequences to add atmosphere and it should be out in October.
High Seas Trader is a strategy game which uses the first person perspective and with 256 colours, it should look tasty. There are some 120 ports to visit and the gameplay is affected by shifting political alliances in all of the countries.
Available from Impressions, December-time.
CHARTS THIS MONTH’S TOP 30 A500 A600 Welcome to Amiga Format's monthly round-up of the hottest Amiga games around.
TOP 10 BUDGET GAMES 1 Arcode Pool (Team 17} FG94% 2 Battle 01 Britain (KixxJ Not re reviewed 3 Sim City Clossic (Hit Squod) 83%
4. Corkers Compilation (Corkers} 74% 5 Monkey Island (KixxJ FG90%
6. Jimmy White's Snooker (Hit Squad} FG90%
7. Eye Ol The Beholder 2 |Kixx)Nol re reviewed ARCADE POOL;
Reckon you 8 Road Rosh (Hit Squad) 84% could clear the table
from
9. Dune (Hit Squodl 85% this situation?
I 0 Striker |GBH) FG93% CORKERS COMP: Blastai. Blob.
Wonderdog and Cyberpunk.
SIM CITY. Can you build a city single-handed?
IN THE MAKING.
Completely revompec Alien Breed Knockobout racing fore from the Teamsters Get tanked up ogam Helicopters work-to-rule in leafy environment looks great, but will it have the drive?
Monstrously playable con gets Amiga conversion Fantasies -ollow-up with multiball Latest incarnation of classic golf sim CANNON FODDER: Take four small men and go off and shoot people.
PREMIER MANAGER 2: Still riding high in the charts after all this time.
K240: Empire building in space should MUPLC: Surely they can't win the title start when the Chunnel Is finished. For three seasons running. Oh. No.
Big Seo (Krisolis) FIFA Soccer (Electronic Arts] Kevin Keegan Player Manager (Anco) King-Pin (Team I 7} Kingdoms Of Germany (KrisalisJ KTM Motocross (Renegade) Lemmings 3 (Psygnosis) Marvm's Marvellous Adv CD32 (21st Century} Scavenger 4 CD3*' (Psygnosis} Sim City 2000 AGA (Max.sJ Theme Pork (Electronic Arts) Troll Islands (Millenium] UFO: Enemy Unknown (Microprose) World Class Cricket CD32 (Audiogenic) OCTOBER Top 10 A1200
1. Kick Off 3 (Anco) 79% 2 Ryder Cup Golf (Oceon| fG91% 3 Alien
Breed 2 |Teom 17) 80% 4 Heimdall 2 |Core Design) 81% 5
Civilization (Kompan) FG95%
6. Jomes Pond 3 (Millenium) 75%
7. Jurossic Park |Oceon| 70% 8 Soccer Kid (Krisolis) FG93% 9 Body
Blows Gal (Team 17) 88% lO.Sobre Teom (Krisolis) 80% Alien
Breed - Tower Assault (Team 17) All Terrom Racing (Team 17}
Bottle Isle 2 AGA (Komport Blue Byte] Jungle Strike CD3*'
(Oceon) MegaRace CD3*' (Mmdscope) NHL Hockey (Oceon} Pinboll
Illusions (2 1 $ t Century) PGA Euro Tour (Ocean) NOVEMBER
Aladdin AGA (Virgin) Cannon Fodder (Virgin} Jungle Book AGA
(Virgin) Overlord (Virgin) Shoq Fu (Oceon) Sensible Golf
(Virgin) Sensible World Of Soccer (Renegade) World Cup Golf
(US Gold) SEPTEMBER Top 10 CD32 i Gunship 2000 (Mprose) FG92%
2 Heimdall 2 (Core Design) 81% 3 Wembley Soccer (Audioger c|
79% 4 Uli Body Blows (Team 17) FG90% 5 liberation (Mindscope)
FG91% 6 Jomes Pond 3 (Millenium) 75% 7 Frontier: Elite 2
(Gometek) FG9I% 8 Imp Mission (Microprose) 88% 9 Global Effect
(Millenium) 74% 10 Disp Hero (Gremlin) Not rev Maritime
trading game in Patrician vein Record-breaking cart gets Amiga
outing Kick Off 3 gets management add-on Beat the bowling
alley blues Much improved sequel to Vikings Motorbike, mud.
Thrills and spills Can DMA improve or Lemmings 2?
Huge plotformer fro~ Pinball Publishers Should moke Microcosm look like Pong The ultimote God gome, now in 3D Bullfrog show Disney how it's done Fuzzy green-hoired kids' toys in plotformer One day, this will be finished End-of-season willow on leather Adventures on corpets More mouse-controlled mayhem Eagerly-anticipated corf conversion Fly the skies in World War Two Basketballer beots-em-up Top down, check-trousered extrovagonzo The be all and end all?
Multi-format walk in the country SENSIBLE SOCCER: OK. So this screenshot Is from Sensible World Of Soccer.
It'll be at number one anyway in a couple of months. Sad day for Killy though.
1. (9) Up Sensible Soccer International (Renegade) FG93%
2. (2) Some Cannon Fodder (Virgin) FG95%
3. (5) Up Premier Monager 2 (Gremlin Graphics) 80%
4. (16) Up K240 (Gremlin Graphics) 84%
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IIVK? LvllM USE mn nm w ¦ There are so many platform games on the market that, in order to stand head and shoulders above the crowd, a new game has to offer something special, if not unique, to interest the potential buyer.
Putty Squad contains several of the best platform game elements. The most important of these - in Putty Squad's case, at least - are characterisation and attention to detail. Putty Squad oozes both of these features from each and every one of its pixellated, and beautifully- crafted pores.
Flexible friend Putty is the eponymous central protagonist of the piece and he's a loveable little amorphous blue blob - take a look at the boxout at the top of the opposite page to see just how malleable and flexible he is.
He can wriggle, stretch, punch, bounce, run, melt, absorb, mould and inflate himself - whatever the situation demands. The layout of the various platforms and the demeanour of the many denizens loan themselves perfectly to these types of manoeuvres. As usual with platform games Putty has been laden down with a quite ridiculously dumb plot. So we'll not go into it in any great detail here, other than to soy that Putty's task is to rescue severol captured putties, collect stars to increase his offensive powers and make hilarious use of his ex-enemy
- Dweezil The Ginger Cot.
The captured putties ore strewn across each level in locations that vary from easy to find to just about, but not quite, impossible to fathom. Access to some of the areas requires ingenuity on the port of Putty's controller. And that's one of the main hooks of addictive gameplay.
If Putty Squads gameplay merely rested on the troversing and negotiation of tricky platforms, il would quickly falter and bore the gamer to tears. But no, all of the levels are dripping with effective, well-animated and humorously cute, cartoon-style guardians. Some of them even exude the same charm and strength of character as Putty or Dweezil themselves.
Malleable mate Take a look at these: Firework Imps, Frogs, Security Chickens, Hoodlum Chicks, Terminator Carrots, Cockrooch Clusters, Floating Fakirs and, well you get the gist. And there ore loads more would-be protectors.
The platform world inhabitants try to hinder Putty ot every Even If political correctness seems like the tool of the devil intent on breaking free speech, you’ve got to question the ethnic ethics of this level - Palace of Baghdad.
It seems just a teensy weensy little bit derogatory. If not racist, toward Arabs.
Gg ggggg GAME REVIEW SEPTEMBE STRETCH AND SQUASH WORKOUT ROUTINE Melting like this helps Putty absorb various pick-ups.
And here's the standard Putty run.
Putty can jump as well as stretch.
The Putty balloon is very handy for scouting around large levels and locating captured Putties.
The upward stretch helps when climbing stairs.
Objects lying around that Putty can use to help him in his quest.
Once he has absorbed the necessary pick-up, Putty can drop time delay bombs at will.
This is an incredibly handy ability for available opportunity. Some are easy to despatch, merely requiring a Putty punch. Others can be jumped on and then punched. Others require more fire power to dispose of adequately, luckily enough, there are quite a few options open to Putty to do this. Firstly, he can absorb some Nitro - one of several useful The funniest bit of the whole game is when Uncle Ted starts scratching and everyone else starts boogying.
Disposing of assorted enemies and other bad things.
Another method of killing the harder loonies is to call upon the services of Dweezil You do this by absorbing a tin of cat food and then making use of it to summon Dweezil to your present location.
Pliable pal If you let Dweezil kick Putty, he snaps his fingers, speeds off on his skateboard and leaves a countdown bomb. This is very useful, especially if you need to rescue a Putty that is protected by a ring of barbed wire.
Putty Squad is the best platformer that I've played for a while. The graphics are absolutely lush. The animation is top notch. The gameplay and difficulty levels are just about perfect and the attention to detail is staggering. All in all, a well- earned Format Gold. Buy it today.
Steve McGill 1) One of the more satisfying aspects about taking out the trogs Is that they can be blown up.
Pyromanlac alert.
* * Platform games are ten a penny nowadays, but Putty Squad is
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And that's worth lots and lots off pennies. 99 Stretching to the side helps Putty cover ground faster than he would by wriggling.
PUTTY’S PUNCH, Punches make a good meaty impact sound.
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Bubble And Squeak also recognises joypads, which eliminates the problem of making Squeak stop and start by accident. So gripes aside, let us celebrate what is essentially a jolly platform romp. The 30 levels divide between five worlds and at the end of each one there's a shoot-em-up section to add flavour - the craft in which our pals travel is a Stingrayesque delight. And 10 bonus levels are also crammed in.
As is the tradition, the levels are by no means bereft of pick-ups.
Collect the coins and you can buy Squeak gumboils which gives him a superpower - he becomes a tad more useful after consuming his favourite confectionery.
The worlds are reasonably varied, the puzzles are solvable and the levels organised - you never find yourself jumping on a wing and a prayer. Bubble And Squeak can frustrate but its endearing qualities pull you round and you end up grinning, albeit with one lip slightly curled.
Steve Bradley -5 Everyone needs a pal don't they? Subbuleo was always a much better game with two - crawling across the carpet on your hands and knees trying to perform for both teams of mini-men became a bind after a while, particularly when attempting to avoid the floodlights.
However, I digress.
Bubble (the one who squeaks) has a pal - a very stupid one, but a pal nonetheless, and for that he must be grateful, though perhaps not eternally.
Bubble and sidekick Squeak (the one who is too stupid to squeak) never get to play Subbuleo.
No sir, for their task is to (oh no, it's daft plot time) rid the formerly joyous planet of Grool of the heinous villain, Kat Of Nine Tails and his accompanying bond of cronies.
The title screen warms the very cockles of your heart, delightfully portraying Squeak providing a comforting, protectively pally arm across the shoulders of Bubble, yet this glowing image couldn't be further from the truth.
Let me explain further. You don the cloak of Bubble, a short, balding young fellow while Squeak is the sidekick. You have to do all the work while Squeak, your be- masked, red-nosed chum follows automatically, a short distance behind.
And now the dilemma. In order to complete a level, you must usher Squeak to the top of the platform giving him a firm handshake upon realisation of the task - there are two ways that this can be accomplished.
You either let the blue chap come along for the whole ride, in which case extreme care must be taken when dealing with the nasties, or you can leave him on his own (risking baleful glances from your plump pal) while you clear the level of any obstacles before returning to escort him to the summit. Every time you pull down on the joystick, Bubble Ana Squeak has a shoot-em up level at the end of each world. And the' little chaps get to ride in a fine craft.
«» *V Blow away the nasties and spinning coins appear for a few seconds. Collect a few to buy the candy to make Squeak a superpal.
Bubble makes one of two squeaky remarks; "come on", or "wait here".
Now as you can imagine, playing a platform game involves waggling the stick in all directions and at times you find yourself wondering across ledges, shooting fowl and the like, with the squeaky remarks ringing in your ears - poor Squeak doesn't know whether he's coming or going and you often have to backtrack and check he's OK.
Even with Squeak at heel, there's no guarantee that he can perform the manoeuvre you've just finished, which leads to moments of hair- tearing frustration. Imagine you're close to the summit, one more ledge to scale, Squeak but inches behind.
You hop triumphantly skyward with consummate ease while your rednosed pal misses the ledge completely and drops half-way down the level. He can be very stupid.
But we shall let it lie. We shall also let the fact that the levels gradually fill with water lie. It's not a problem early on but in the trickier, later levels it can be a mite There’s nothing like a mess of fried potato and cabbage for breakfast.
Except... bacon, eggs, sausage, tomato and chips (with beans).
Our pal In blue looks on In horror as his balding chum, Bubble, gradually sinks to the depths. And drowns horribly.
PROGRAMMER Alex Slater PUBLISHER Audiogenic 081-424 2244 PRICE £29.99 RELEASED Early September GRAPHICS BBBBBBBBKfll Peanuts on ocid. The parallax scrolling is fluid and the protagonists have character.
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ADDICTION BBBflflBBBHin Tricky one this. If you can see the comedy in Squeak's idiocy then you'll play for hours.
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It doesn't matter whether you're a paragon of saintly goodness or the personification of demonically malignant evil. If you crave security, you need some form of insurance policy. Especially if you happen to be in the business of malicious wizardry and have set your twisted mind on getting the fair people of the mightiest kingdom in Ishar under your ghostly thrall. You never know, pesky adventurers might pop up at the most inopportune moment and spoil your best-planned strategy for oppression.
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All of the major features - race, class, appearance, strength, constitution, agility, intelligence and wisdom are under ihe RPG’ers control and the abilities can be It has an even more convoluted plot than the first two Ishar games. But does it improve upon them?
Misbegotten inhabitants, Shandar took out an insurance policy in the shape of a third party planetary fire and conjunction clause Yes, as soon as two of the moons, the sun and the planet Ishar align, Shandar can cash in his policy and transfer his spirit to the body of a Black Dragon with a name that sounds like Weetabix (Wohratax). If “IJjAJi THE SEVEN GATES OF INFINITY this happens, the land of Ishor w be blighted.
Of course, this horrible scenario can be thwarted if you turn up at the right place and time - time travel features heavily throughout the game. Seven different eros and key plot points await visitation.
The engine driving the game is the same as the previous two Ishars - lots of mouse clicks and traipsing around to gain money, arms, armour, spells, character interaction, combat and stuff Several changes have been made to the chassis however The most noteworthy of these is at the start of the gome.
Aside from the ability to load in your favourite party of characters from adjusted in order to capitalise on the class chosen (or that character.
Creating a party from scratch helps to speed up the game.
Other changes include location flogging on the main map - if you visit a tavern, from that point onward it's pinpointed with a flag on the mop. Each location, be it tavern, shop or armourers has a colour code. This is pretty handy even though the map inevitably ends up looking cluttered and messy.
ISHAR 3 Silmarils Daze Marketing 071-328 2762 PRICK £32.99 The last of the changes worth noting is the inclusion of photorealistic townspeople and assorted characters. The addition of these background characters means fewer U-turns, wrong turns and less general directional disorientation.
Oh, and the other reason for the characters being there is to enhance the atmosphere. But it doesn't quite work, leather-clad fetishists rub shoulders with cider-swilling country bumpkins - the effect is ludicrously laughable rather than atmospheric.
Worse still, these characters can't be interacted with, conversed with or fought with. It's a flaw and it spoils the role playing flavour.
Gripes aside, Ishar 3 is still recommended. Especially if you're a fan of either of the previous incarnations. The same criticism still applies to the actual mechanics of the gameplay - most of your lime is spent traipsing around looking for lights to gain money before you can access the meat of the game in the form of puzzle solving and evil monster beating.
But, if that's the sort of thing you like, then Ishar 3 delivers brilliantly.
Steve McGill If Familiarity makes the heart grow fonder. The graphics are still lush and lovely to look at.
SOUND Functional. Nothing to wax lyrical about. Combat could be a bit more bashy and dangy.
RPGers and Ithar fans will find Ishar- 3 addictive. Others may find the travelling time irksome.
ITY Trudging around continually becomes tedious. Combat needs overhauling in this instance.
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Original - but then you could say that about most platform fare. They range from Toy and Techno lands to Ruined Cities and Toxic Wastelands. No, what you get is speed - if you feel the need. Kid Chaos is one of the • quickest fellows around - you bound along taking out the nasties and the power pods a toute vitesse, as they say somewhere abroad.
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Hanging around underwater saps your energy levels, so head for the surface.
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It's even a difficult task the tutorial is so unhelpful. It may be that the game's user interface is just so unhelpful. There are loads of little buttons to press, but unfortunately, there's no visual or aural feedback informing you that you've actually pressed the button, or that the button press has registered with the Amiga.
Buttons like this should indent when they're clicked on - in gaming terms and user terms, it's good manners. Something that most gamers expect nowadays.
Consequently, I'i 7 3 f J every li me you a'«es prepareddanSer, the play D-Day, it feels as if the ance programmers are being rude to you which is unsettling and ever so slightly distressing.
But no, the main reason for the tutorial's unhelpfulness is the way it's written and presented - no pictures, illustrations or diagrams. Learning curve times could have been drastically cut with the inclusion of at least a few cursory pictographs.
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- j- The game doesn't play that well either. It starts just as
the landings are about to proceed. Control of the armies is by
individual unit (divisions) and there is no opportunity to move
divisions en masse, which is a shame.
Much of your time is spent tediously shuffling individual ground units around. Sure, productive use of all this movement can give the gamer a strategic edge, but so much time is spent doing this that you end up not caring whot becomes of the units - just so long as you get them on to the beaches and marching eastward.
Some sort of macro command would have been appreciated.
Individual battles ore taken core of by the familior (to some anyway) Micro Miniatures combat sequences Take a look at some of the screenshots on the page to obtain o better idea of what they look like.
The Micro Miniatures help the gamer fight battles at on almost individual level. Like the rest of the game, the user interface is clumsy.
But this part of the game is the most enjoyable, if only because you can split up units and try out manoeuvres.
If you're a die-hard, committed wargamer you may like D-Day - there's hours and hours worth of play tucked away in here. Anyone else should give it a miss.
Steve McGill O “ There's no doubt that D-Day was one of the most heroic struggles ever.
Sadly, getting to grips with the game happens to be one of the most ignoble struggles ever. 99 Spot tunes between battles and semi-realistic vehicle and combat sounds during Micro Miniatures.
Very simplistk. With a poor choice of colour to represent the allied units.
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Football’s football. If that weren’t the case, it wouldn’t be the game that it is.
ON TH1 WORLD CUP EDITION Take football management as the basic premise of a game. Stylise and refine the inevitable number-crunching textual element. Finally, wrap it up and lovingly encase it in lavish retina massaging aesthetics. Well done, Attempting to keep everyone happy can result in a headache.
You've just about grasped the impact and concept of On The Ball.
Ascon are a German outfit and they're the people responsible for The Patrician (AF51 89%). Aside from being a very playable trading game, The Patrician's main impact lay firmly at the door of its opulent, attention-grabbing graphics.
On The Ball adopts a similarly effective mechanism. Rather than being a traditional text-based grid system, each of the information and control screens is a scanned-in picture of a watercolour painting.
The operation is implemented by sweeping the mouse over the screen in the same manner used in adventure games. At first, this is a bit confusing. Football management game preconceptions are hard to break. Take a look at the control screen on the top right of this page.
All of the functions are logical and are related to their graphical representation. For example, if you want to see the latest headlines in the press, click on the newspaper on your desk.
This system of information presentation could easily have slipped into graphic overkill.
Fortunately, the game engine and control system is slick, unobtrusive and reeks with playability.
Chop and change horn this screen.
The game viewed as a whole looks and feels like Beneath A Steel Sky or Innocent Until Caught. As such, you tend to end up concentrating on playing the game rather than remembering abstract rules, results and fixtures.
The most important feature of On The Ball is the players. Their form is affected by all sorts of events, both physical and psychological.
Remembering the performance of each one can make all the difference with team selection and overall rating. Thankfully, the players' abilities only depend on two traits, strength and form.
Your team at will Form is the most volatile of the two. It can wildly fluctuate depending on external events such as training, domestic life, injuries, not being selected, personal talks with the coach (you) and response to Training can improve the form and strength of your team. The following is the training regime that you can choose to inflict on FREE KICKS SOLO RUN PENALTY HEADER HARD FITNESS EASY FITNESS PUNISHMENT TRAINING SPRINT the medio - an important part of the game is the performance of the coach at press conferences. Saying the wrong thing in public can affect the morale and
consequently the form of the whole team.
Of course, these elements wouldn't be important if the mechanism and graphic representation of the game in play wasn't up to scratch. The game performance is the most fun. It uses o combination of textual commentary and animated highlights.
The highlights are the best I've ever seen in a football management sim. They use a combination of long, medium and close-up views of the action which cut and flow much like watching a water coloured Match Of The Day.
A genuine feeling of tension builds up when your team make a break or are under pressure from the opposition's attack. Despite the number of games I played in the process of this review, fatigue or boredom with the highlights never entered the equation. They still managed to induce mild excitement and that's got to be a good thing.
Good thing or not, there are a few gripes regarding On The Ball that afflict all football management games. And that's the sections where you're left to screen watch. The worst culprit is the training section. The p® rwit - if ;i l 4 , . * tS-AT %*OC S' I the penalty area I but the ball goes behind I Penalty for a hand ban for I Scotland 1:1 ve seen them given before) | PENALTY _ Penalties are the one form of interaction In the match that the coach can take part in.
Intention behind the training is player improvement - a good idea.
Unfortunately, you have to watch the whole thing as a passive spectator.
You can't click out of it or abort or speed it up, you just have to sit there like a lumpen mass and observe.
Gripes aside, On The Ball is the best management game you'll play.
It's atmospheric, addictive and incredibly playful. Recommended.
Steve McGill Admittedly, there is a running textual commentary which informs you of who's improving and who's not. But the achievements of individual players is summarised on a post training screen anyway, so why are you forced to wait? It's a dark grey, verging on black, mark against an otherwise very impressive gaming performance from Ascon.
ON THE BALL WORLD CUP EDITION “ This is Beneath A Steel Sky for fans. On The Ball will grip you and won't let you go until you've won the World Cup. 99 WORLD CUP USA '94 'P USA 94 This pooch-based game , has gone to the dogs. AEJK WORLD £25.99 CUP USA Out now Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. The official foolie game for the World Cup goes on sale well after Brazil have lifted the cup - and what on earth could have held it up?
Anyway, the box arrives on my desk and I bung the disks into my trusty Al 200. Guess how long it took before I got two teams out on to the field for a kickabout?
Go on. Six minutes and 13 seconds. So I play this really average footie game and decide I want to replay the game, as you do when reviewing stuff.
How long does it lake lo gel the same two teams back out on the park? Well over four minutes, and no mistake, guvnor.
Poor saps Sensible Soccer takes o matter of seconds; World Cup USA '94 a matter of minutes. When will these people learn? As luck would have it for US Gold (think irony here), the game was out on the shelves before we received a copy so the poor saps who rushed out and bought it weren't to know these trifling details.
And Lord knows how long it takes to The pitch to divided Into nine sectors enabling you to tailor formations acconlngly. Apparently.
Load on an A500 (i 's your job lo know - Ed). Sorry Ed. However, it is hard drive installable which dramatically cuts the loading times, but this is one of the few points in the game's favour, and not everyone has the said desirable piece of hard drive equipment.
Anyway, what the hell's going on inside there to have to swap the disks twice to replay a damn game of football. And I swear, if I ever see the loading screen picturing that daft World Cup dog clutching a disk and sliding the shutter back and forth I'll, I'll... well I just will, right.
So I install it on lo my hard drive and calm down a little. Upon loading, you're treated to a barrowload of pooch-based icons - and they're baffling. What's wrong with words such as Friendly and Tactics? Why do you need lots of little dogs doing stupid things?
This game has more options than Sainsbury's have trolleys but what's the point when the basic standard of gameplay is below par, the major fault being that often you are not controlling the player closest to the ball. Yes, I was going to get around to the game itself. And I have.
Nearest toilet World Cup USA '94 uses the now traditional top-down view but the sprites are horrible and run like people desperately heading for the nearest toilet. This is the official game of World Cup '94 - why are none of players' real names used?
Answers on a postcard to US Gold This is by no means the worst football game ever, it's just that I can't think of any reason why you should buy it if you've already got Sensible Soccer, which is both smoother and far more playable.
And easier to load. World Cup USA ‘94 is desperately average and I'm disappointed because I had hoped this was going to be a real contender. Oh, by the way, the music is quite tremendous.
Stephen Bradley O World Cup USA 94 Is riddled with the Incredibly daft Icon' syndrome.
* * Although it was eagerly-awaited, World Cup USA '94 is
extremely disappointing, and is not going to find favour with
many Amiga footie game aficionados.** 48% Ho hum. Not the worst
ever but World Cup USA '94 is hardly a visual feast.
The referee has a wonderful whistle whkh he pheeps now and again. Good theme music.
I don't want to write about it nor do I want to play it. Mind numbingly disappointing.
Yes, you can have the odd game in between the horrendous disk accessing.
PLAYABILITY Games : Yearly fixture previous Sst, Week fixtures results. Results horn previous meeting with opponent (goes back up to 6 seasons).
Players: Real life statistics reflecting the stort of 93 94 season with real positions, height, oge. Live transfer maket, Contract & woge negotiations. Preferred oat (left right l»th), loons. Injuries, Training, Special talents, Trainees, Goofceepen (separate ski categories). Defenders, Midfielders, Attackers & Utility, Retirements, Foreign transfers. Unhappy players, Top 10 Hot shots.
PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL MASTERS Quite simply the best Football management game lot your computet.
We have served thousonds ol satisfied cuslomeis during our 4 yean of taring.
Over 10,000 man hours (during 5 years) has been dedicated to the production of Team . I[arang Iofta ('istffaen, styles). Aggression, formation allows this constantly improving game. It is one of the most reafclic and occurate representations of a professional footbal manogers otmuol cholenge to tocncolly out wit rmd conquer every opponent.
Specific player field settings (left winger. Sweeper etc.). Club : Sponsorship, Ground improvements. View opponent. Prances The Match: Real time scorebood reporting goals t injuries yebw red cords, Sound Managers : 1 to 4 Human players, Ratings, Performance sWstics, sock intoventions permitted at any time to change ladks, formations ond moke ond offers. 3 Difficulty levels, Monoget of the month and season Pkk any team in ony division to begin with.
Subs. Physkd graphical penalty participation (optional). Over 80 different referees.
Other : Fast lood save, Printer access, 20 Options to set various league & Cup : Premier 22 teems. Division 1,2 & 3 hove 24 leans, instIU(tjon EoSy ,0 ploy, Tethnkd support.
Ployoffs, Tobies. 7 Cup competitions with precise rules (2 legs, extra time, owoy goal rule, seeded draws, European Cup tables, 5 subs, nondomestic ptoyer restrictions etc.). Finalist route to glory.
Plus : Over 100 other meticulous refinements impossible to list here.
Editor: Allows you to amend various items in saved gomes. £12 Extra Scottish : Dedicated version fd detoils upon request.
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Open National Tipping Competition : Otgcwai try Rc «c I. This game has been designed to be as close to teal racing as possible " Fher), leol lite chomctenshcs Five years of development by o clever tacmg expert has led to die *******ot second revision of this Flat Horse Racing Simulahon ,n ld«wprions provided) lip to 4 players con participate as Owner Trainers with the pnmory *fonnttookand Win Sunmuy obpective ol becoming the top rated ttaner, m respect ol prize money Cards covw the previous 200 rates won, at the end of eoch racing season (March to November ) There • Arumaied race display or
pst me ore up to 35 other mtefcgentfy connoted computer tanners to '«¦* Dedoration list lor compete agoinst and compote your personal performance.To achieve this aim you must ikscovei a potential champion and tram them so * 20 lockeys who vary m obtlity that they become capable ol competing well and winning ony of the booking fees. Orders & Feedbc 47 big prize money races (Handkop and Group) eg. The Derby • Very informative report by Heod To give you an idea ol the took prowled m this game to assist you • Racecards similar to toang press, teaching your objective we have feted the mom
features below: • IngresS Vets Lood Save gom result. View Declaration list lor races.
• 20 lockeys who vary in obtlity ond booking fees. Orders &
Feedback.
• Very informative report by Heod stable lad. Tipsters.
Bookmakers.
• Racecards sunila to racing press. Real life. Handicaps & Roce
Types.
• Intunes & Vets Load Save game. Many other items included This
is a purely managerial cricket manager game that concentrates
on strategy and includes plenty ol relevant statistics. The
gome has been designed ond developed by a true Ion of the
sport. It replicates everything that o real manager has lo
contend with and it’s a totally unique production that all
Cricket Ions should experience.
A summary of the main features is shown below:-
• AXA EQUITY & LAW 18 league county teams. 50 overs pei gome »4
Cup competitions including Benson & Hedges, Nat West.
• 20 different match umpires with accurate names and stiictness.
»Accurote ployer detoils Surname, height ond oge
• 27 different ployei attributes. Most skills have a direct
impact on the effectiveness of eoch individuals actions during
o simulated match.
• Easy player selection All gome text is clearly presented.
Batting ond bowling overages. Top batting ond bowling tables.
• 3 Different training intensities to boost batting, bowling or
fielding.
¦ Weather, pilch ond light often moke on import on ground condition.
• Full motch highlights let you watch the action boll by boll
with lull graphics and oi realistic sampled sound effects foi
significant | events (fours, Umpire decisions, etc.).
Interventions ore permitted ot ony time to change batting
tactics or|j fielding piacmgs.
• 3 Botting Bowling classifications.
• 15 different field placings.
• Full scorecard results with best hotting and bowling figures.
• Other staff (Physio, Graundkeeper, Scout) con be hired ond
lired.
• Annual league fixtures listing. Current week and lost league
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• View current cup competition drosvs end historic recoids.
• Real rime transfei maiket Player contract ond wage
negotiations.
• Sponsors, finances. Pooi ground lines, Monogei rating
• 15 Options to alter gome prets., Load & Sove game, Pnntei
occess.
• Full instruction book with plenty ol examples. Plus Many More.
Betting Formula : this progrcm tells you exoctty wtiot to do You ore NOT permittee lo nmend oui system uniike so many oltiei similar programs How confidenr con you be in something thot mm amendments1 User Friendly : No rccing knowledge required, easy lo use, lull tutorial hook Reseorch & Development: 3 yews lull time roce onoiysis (ongoing) to Inside Knowledge : Unique tips horn lontocts m the know eg. Includes a Monthly Updates : Recommended optional eilio ond d ii foils lo break Program Price : £99.95 8uy now before success forces increase.
Computers : 3( Compatible, Alan SI ond AMIGA Latest Press Comment: CU AMIGA MARCH 1994 "Oracle is, without a doubt, the most impressive one I have ever come across. ~ "Oracle is stunningly accurate" "if you re really serious about your gee gees, there's no better package to lay your hands on."
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• Rated on 8 adjustable factors.
• left ond right handed playets.
• Range of batting types.
• Editor to amend gome stats.
• Bowler types include seam, swing, change ond both types of spin
with 8 speed levels.
GAME OPTIONS
• 1 Day limited overs or test.
• White or coloured clothing.
• Three Cricket grounds.
• Load Save gome. Skill levels.
• Computer Human players.
FRIENDLY CONTROLS
• Icon driven with point i dick.
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• Mouse controls bowler's line, length, direction field settings.
• Joystick control of batsman's attack level, strokes and tunning
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STATISTICS
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• Wagon Wheel
• Manhattan Chart.
VARIABLE CONDITIONS
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ANIMATED ACTION
• Sound Commentary.
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• Bouncers, wides and no balls.
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Fnanamlaaal What’s shiny, smooth, spins round and round and provides hours of fun? It could be AF designer Frank Bartucca’s head, but Steve Bradley reviewed the new CD32 releases instead... There are a few things in life more satisfying than the vertically-scrolling top-down shoot-em-up, but I can't think of any at the moment. So Banshee (Core Design, 0332 297797, £29.99) it is then. This game's hero has one of the finest names around - Sven Svardensvart, and it is he who must save the world from the equally exceptionally- monikered Blordax Maldrear, using only a bi-plane which emits a most
pleasant drone.
But these details are trifling.
Banshee is simply about blowing things away over four massive levels and tackling the odd horrible boss.
The graphics are as pretty as a picture - there are some very sweet rotating ray-traced enemies - but you're so busy shooting folk you don't get a great deal of time to admire the surroundings, although the excellent two-player mode offers a little more respite. Banshee is one of the loveliest and most playable shoot-em-ups around.
I'm going out on a limb here but I reckon there's a fair chance that Pierre Le Chef (who happens to be Out To Lunch, Mindscape, 0444 246333, £25.99) is meant to be French. Sigh, you can't beat a bit of cultural stereotyping to set the scene for a game. Jumping across platforms and collecting things over 48 levels is the order of the day (on the menu, blah, blah, poor cookery jokes etc) and more than competent fare it is too. Pierre chases ingredients across six countries while avoiding the attentions of arch-rival Le Chef Noir (the Cook In Black, or the Cook Of The Night, or something like
that).
Graphically, it's a full fried breakfast; the parallax scrolling is a fondant fancy (stop making a meal of ihis review - Ed] yet in parts, Out To Lunch is tougher going than undercooked sprouts - lose a couple of lives here and there and you find yourself back at the start. But overall, it's pretty, and it's fun. And that's what counts.
Emerald Mines (Almathera, 081-687 0040, £14.95) is a huge collection of ageing Pacman-esque puzzle games and you either like this sort of thing or you don't. It's certainly exhausting though hardly inspiring stuff for a 32-bit machine.
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You guide him round a series of dungeon corridors and check out all of the rooms. Most rooms set either dextrous or intellectual puzzles for Util Divil to solve. Several of them look like Dragon's lair, but they are more interactive. Our grabbing system doesn't really do justice to the game's beautifully-crafted background graphics - they have to be seen to be believed. Util Divil should be ready for your delectation in November.
OUT TO LUNCH: This tasty platformer is a teast of French fun and frolics. And It’s responsible for more crap puns than any other game in this issue. Hurrah!
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repackaged and compiled, six games of a time, within
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Prism Leisure logo.
The first of these boxes - Special Forces (Prism Leisure 081 - 804 8100, £24 99) includes the following titles: Special Forces, 3D World Boxing, Windsurf Willy, Millemiglia, Nebulus and Blade Warrior Blade Warrior (AF27 78%) is a hack-and-slash RPG-style arcade game. It's basically a collect-em-up with lots of mindless sword-play thrown in to maintain some semblance of interest. Silhouetted graphics add some stylised atmosphere, but not enough to save the gameplayer from linear hell.
3D World Boxing (pre Amiga Formal) scores a masochistic knock-out from the word go. Before you can play Steve McGill takes a look at the latest crop of re-releases and decides whether they are old classics or just plain clapped out.
It you've got to flick through a tedious copy protection screen - in terms of gameplay though, the copy protection is the best part of this feeble offering. The graphics are lush, but the animation leaves a lot to be desired and the playability dies the death of a thousand frustrated joystick waggles. Moves and punches, such os uppercuts and jabs, are completely unresponsive to the joystick. Consequently, if you're playing against the Amiga you're almost guaranteed to be beaten to a pulp. Extremely poor fare.
Next up is Millemiglia (AF37 51%). We can't actually tell you anything about this game - frustratingly. For some reason the copy protection sheet that the gome refers to doesn't make an appearance at all. Apparently, this has been corrected and you race pre-war cars which handle like whales and break apart like dry twigs. It all gets boring very quickly.
A strange affair Nebulus (pre-Amiga Formal) is a strange platform affair set around a tower. You are a queer-looking frog- thing and your aim is to reach the top of the tower in order to get to the next level. For hardened arcade freaks only - ex-editor Marcus Dyson reckons this is a classic.
Windsurf Willy (also pre-Amiga Formal) is one of the first forays into the world of game writing for Silmarils. Unfortunately, it's not very entertaining. The aim of the gome is to become the fastest windsurfer around. You'll find yourself getting bored of it very quickly.
The eponymous game of the piece is Special Forces (AF35 79%).
Imagine a more complicated and in- depth Connor Fodder - only not as good - and you've just about sussed the gameplay. It failed to become a classic game due to several inexcusable foibles, such as the ease with which you can get totally lost.
Still, il stands head and shoulders above any of the other offerings in this poor man's compilation.
Another box set is called Corkers Compilation (Core Design 0332 297797). Four titles grace this collection on Core's Corkers budget label. They are, in no particular order: Wonder Dog (AF54 74%). A cutesy console-style platformer. The gameplay is the standard fare of collect whatever's worth collecting while avoiding or killing the baddies. Reach the end of each level safely and you'll finally complete the game. It's solid, rather than outstanding, gameplay.
Blastar (AF53 44%) Beautiful graphics complement outstandingly Continued overleaf e T3 SEPTEMBER 1 994 BUDGETS AND UPDATES wrong either way and there's plenty of similar dictators out there who'll do to you what you’re trying to do to them. Highly recommended.
«¦ poor gameplay in this below average shoot-em-up. Core and everyone else on the planet expected more than a sub-standard version of Xenon 2. But that's exactly what the gameplaying public got. Shame that.
Cyberpunks (AF54 74%) is a search-em-out, blast-em-up spaceship romp. Three cute little cartoon men have to search out useful objects, such as door posses and weapon power-ups, while exploring a humungously large ship full of deadly aliens. Control is easy enough to pick up straight away, but there's not enough here lo keep your interest engaged for very long.
Last, but not least The last and best game of this compilation is Blob (AF5I 83%).
You control a blob who is so cute he should be made illegal The gameplay takes you in, out, up, down, left, right, and anywhere else that's available on the screen os you bounce between platforms. This is classic platform fare with just about the perfect blend of playability and addiction lo make it insomnia inducing - it features all the other symptoms that usually accompany winning games.
Next up is Supremacy (AFI5 90%). Power trip egomaniacs and would-be autonomous autocrats will jump at the chance to purchase this ageless classic for the now meagre budgetary sum of £12.99. Supremacy is an imperial management game set in the vastness of planetary space Your aim is to bring peace to variable-sized solar systems through your superior fire-power. In order to obtain that fire-power, you're going to have to tax the natives of your planets and ensure their overall well being.
It all boils down lo an economic balancing act to get domestic commercial infrastructure coinciding harmoniously with militaristic expansionism Get the equation Russian roulette KGB (AF42 91 %) is yet another Amiga FormalGold. Be warned though, this is an adventure set in post-Gorbachev Moscow. As such, some of the content and dialogue between characters is harrowing, graphic and explicit.
The graphics are pretty standard fare nowadays, but at the time they were exceptional. The plot is engaging without being overbearing and there's a novel rewind function that lets you restart from a key point in the game.
At £ 14.99 it's slightly more expensive than Supremacy, but adventure fans in search of a meaty, gritty game shouldn't let that put them off.
It's back to the compilations, with another Prism leisure Hits For Six title - Railroad Tycoon The lead title, Railroad Tycoon [AF22 92%) steams ahead of the other games in the pack. Start the game with a modest investment and set up a railroad empire in any of the five continents spanning the globe. It's not all plain locomoting however. If you don't have a head for business or a bit of lateral thinking then you'll be derailed ignominiously and have to start all over again. Have your ticket ready.
Football Manager World Cup Edition 1990 (not reviewed in AF) on the other hand is an embarrassment. Football Manager attracted people when it was a new program on the ZX Spectrum, because nothing had been seen like it before. Unfortunately, it never seems to have evolved into anything other than a simplistic pile of crap that evokes sentimentality from the gamer It's worth no more than five minutes and an unsympathetic sigh.
International Tennis AF45 82%) is a saveable, if not overly simplistic, tennis sim. There's a reasonable amount of fun to be had here if you're playing against a friend. A surprising amount of skill is required to master this, although you'll probably beat the Amiga on your first game.
Netherworld (not reviewed in AF) is a four-way shoot-em-up from the king of the 8-bits - Hewson. It shows its age badly in the graphics department but it still plays reasonably well. You have to collect diamonds against a time limit and er, that's it.
Rough and tumble Targhan 2 (not reviewed in AF) is
o not quite run of the mill hack-ond- slash-em-up in the style of
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This may interest younger gamers.
Everyone else will laugh at it. You have been warned.
And finally, there's Big Game Fishing (not reviewed in AF). As for as we know this is the only big game fishing game on the market. If you buy this and find that you don't hove the copy protection sheet, phone Prism leisure. But judging by this effort, it's probably just as well.
Exceptionally poor. '2 MAKING THE MARKS ADD UP Atony of the games here have two marks - one in the text and one on the picture. The first is the mark the game received when it was originally reviewed in Amiga Format. The score on the picture is what we now think the game is worth, taking into account the re-release price, how it's aged and whether it's been superseded by a new generation of better or faster games.
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& GAME HINTS, TIPS AND HELP SEPTEMBER 1 994 GAMEBUSTERS If you’re stuck, confused and quickly approaching your wits’ end, then write to Stephen Bradley for help, hints and tips for those tricky gaming moments.
CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER 93-94 Division Premier Premier Premier Div. 1 Div. 1 Div. 2 Div. 2 Div. 2 Div. 3 Div. 3 Div. 3 DIVISION PLAYER TEAM BEST SEASON 1 2 Dele Adebola Crewe 4, 5, 6, 7 Prem 1 Tommy Johnson Derby 3,4 1 2 3 Claus Christiansen Denmark 4, 5, 6 Prem Nii Lampety Belgium 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 2 3 Russell Bearsmore Bournemouth 2,3 1 2 Jon Goodman Millwall 2, 3,4 Prem 1 Paul Williams Derby 3,4 Prem Paul Warhurst Blackburn 1,2,3 2 3 Kevin Francis Stockport 1 2 Prem 1 Steve Redmond Oldham 1,2, 3,4 Prem 1 Jon Newsome Leeds 3, 4, 5, 6 2 3 Darren Rowbotham Crewe 1,2,3 1 Bradley Sandeman Port Vale 2,
3, 4, 5, 6 1 2 Ian Taylor Port Vale 2, 3, 4, 5 Prem 1 Paul Musselwhite Port Vale 3, 4, 5 Prem 1 Andy Awford Portsmouth 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Prem 1 2 Keith Rowland West Ham 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 3 Ray Walker Port Vale 1 £25 pinner inner One of the most important parts of the game is the protection code. The result that you are asked to key in seems to determine all the major factors of the game, such os the stats of the players, the teams that want to buy them and their injuries. It also determines the names and promise of the reserve players.
The best protection code results usually contain a bagful of goals but if you get a result that you are fed up with, don't think that purposely typing it in wrongly and getting the next result right does any good because you get the same set-up.
Instead just reload the program.
NICE ONE On one of the results, Claus Christiansen, the Danish right back on the foreign players list has the best stats ever. They are: 15 Passing; 1 8 Tackling; 20 Pace; 20 Heading; 16 Flair; 20 Creativity; 20 Stamina; 20 Influence Here are a whole terrace-full of codes and tips for the footie management sim, Championship Manager 93-94.
Rev.ewed MiB 82”. ¦ Domork 081-780 2222 The best of these by far is Port Vale where I have managed to goin promotion to the Premier Division in only two seasons. Also, I have had a top average rating in the Second Division by Martin Foyle of Port Vale of 8.36. Set your formation as follows 1,3,3, 1,2 Goalkeeper, Right Back (normal), Left Back (normal), Sweeper, Centre Back (normal), Centre Mid (back), 2 Centre Mid (normal), Support, Centre Alt (normal). Centre Att (forward).
The Sweeper needs to be fast with good ball- winning skills The Centre Mid (going back) needs good passing, tackling and stamina. The Support man needs to be someone who can play Centre Mid or Att, needs good passing, flair and creativity. The Normal Att needs to be unselfish or responsible and needs passing, flair and creativity. The Att going forward needs to have pace, flair and stamina. Another important section The next important thing is to pick a winning team, they need quite a few empty spaces to fill with new players, a healthy bank account with a good weekly turnover, budding youth
players and experienced players who are not wilting as much os those oround them. Here are a few of the better teams in each of the divisions: Team Newcastle United Leeds United Chelsea Portsmouth Derby County Port Vale Brentford Luton Town Cambridge United Crewe Leyton Orient MARSEILLE NIL Here's a useful cheat. Before the end of each season, insure the players in your squad who are 30 years old or over, then transfer list them for as much as you can and make sure they don’t have a shirt number - even a substitute's one.
Come the new season you’ll find your account nicely increased and one extra space in your squad because the player has retired into nonleague soccer. Don't do this if the player features in your next season's plans and be careful - they may retire when you don't expect ill Once I even managed to increase my money by £9,000,000 when retiring Gary McAllister at Leeds United If players are unhappy, list them As soon as anyone is after them, take them from the list, then list them again. This mokes the teams not wont to buy them. If you do this for a while, the player decides no-one wants him
and stays at the club.
Michael Stubbs, Staffordshire is the buying of players. I have again come up with a hotlist of the best players to buy and in what division lo buy them (see the table below).
Getting the player a good contract is also important. Occasionally the best players in the Premier League get snatched up by foreign clubs.
To stop this happening, make sure their contracts don't expire between the age of 25 and 28.
If they don't accept a contract that expires during that time, don't worry, if you leave them without a contract for a week they tend to change their mind about how long they want a contract for. Buy British players if you can because, if they reach their nalionol squads, their value goes up and they become more confident. Never keep a player whose personality is withdrawn and has influence below 5, he won't benefit the team. A good captain has influence of 15+ and a responsible, confident or thoughtful personality.
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SEPTEMBER I 994 GAME HINTS, TIPS AND HELP logo space. You con now go to the Manager's menu and JOIN any club. Your rating automatically jumps to that of the new team, unless you are joining a lesser club.
Finally, if you want to alter teams because of transfers among Premiership and Division 1 teams, to maintain more accurate club records, instead of creating a whole new player in the editor, it is best to make yourself the manager of the club who bought the player, enable FREE transfers, and transfer the player that way. This means the player keeps his original ID number.
For example, Paul Furlong was bought by Chelsea from Watford, so to enable this change, simply become Chelsea manager, enable FREE transfers, and approach Watford.
Andrew Mintram, Southampton Reviewed AF61 88% ¦ MicroProse 0454 326532 I hove recently completed Impossible Mission 3033, and Have decided to share the level codes with AMIGA format readers. They ore: LEVEL 2 SUB 1: FBOBRXYH SUB 2: FFQBYXRL SUB 3: FJQHMXPH LEVEL 3 SUB I: FNQERXAO SUB 2: FRQDRXWH SUB 3: FUQZNXFL LEVEL 4 SUB 1: FZOAXXUA SUB 3: GQQBJXOF SUB 4: (END GAME NO LEVEL CODE) SUB 2: GDQLWXU SUB 3: GHQLVXVJ LEVEL 5 SUB 1: GIQCOXRG SUB 2: GLQZGXCJ Stephan Cliff, Liverpool If the boys don’t perform on the day, it could mean a long walk from the dug-out to the Job Centre. Unless, of course,
you’ve got these handy Tactical Manager cheats... Reviewed AF60 78% ¦ Block Legend 0438 840034 Here are the extra codes that the manual to Tactical Manager doesn't give, and also a few other cheats.The first ones are activated by typing CODE on the main screen (it makes it easier if you pause the game), and then typing: CONT - Randomises all contract lengths.
BIDS - Erases all bids from memory.
LIMI - Disables the limit of 110 applied to the overall team rating, allowing you to acquire and play all the best players by typing ... FREE - Enables managers to buy all your players free of charge.
POOL - Saves the European pool to disk.
VIEW - Shows something to do with the memory, no use to mere mortals like us, only those clever programmer types.
PROM - Shows all of last season's promotions and relegations.
MEMO - Displays the amount of free memory.
These last couple are activated by typing them in on the main screen WITHOUT first typing CODE.
Simply type: EDIT - Gains access to the full editor.
W - Enables you to manage any team, but make sure you have already typed EDIT to get the full editor because W doesn't work on its own.
Once you have typed in W, a small green and yellow strip should appear just along from the LOGO and AUTO icon things, under the second TACTICAL MANAGER MAN WITH AN IMPOSSIBLE MISSION TIP & GAME HINTS, TIPS AND HELP SEPTEMBER 1 994 SHORTS HELPING HAND ACTION REPLAY CORNER Here are some Action Replay cheats for Arcade Pool and Speedball II.
ARCADE POOL Reviewed AF59 94% ¦ Team 17 0924 291867 SPEEDBALL Reviewed AF20 92% ¦ Kixx 021-606 1800 ARCADE POOL LIVES PI 2AB1B (SURVIVOR P2 2AB4F AND P3 2AB83 CHALLENGE) P4 2ABB7 P5 2ABEB P6 2AC1F P7 2AC53 P8 2AC87 Better the devil you know.
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FRANKLY, CANNON FODDER I am stuck on Mission 19 of Cannon Fodder.
Whenever I try to put my men on the circle pads to get the chopper they all get horribly killed and make a foul, red mess.
Paul Roberts, Brighton Three men are required lo complete this mission - if any gel killed, press the Escape key and have another go. Head up to the building at the top and position the troops to the right side. Split two men off and head to the pile of junk at the right. You'll come under fire from a jeep so you must run towards the junk, chuck a grenade over the other side and run like Linford Christie. And his mates.
Head the two chaps to the wall on the right while avoiding the chopper fire - it will get bored after a while and land. Hug the right of the screen and avoid the turret, rocket the chopper then go back to the wall and stand on the white pad in front of the door.
Switch to the rest of the blokes, split one off and leave him on the other while pad, then go lo the other pad near the wall at the bottom left of the screen via the building in the middle. Again, you have to avoid fire from the turrets, but when you stand on the final pad it glows red and the helicopter flies over to you. Jump in and blow the gaff to smithereens.
Thanks to AMIGA Power's Cam Winstanley for the pugnacious pointers.For details of Cam's complete Cannon Fodder book, turn to page 78.
HOOKED OFF I've recently bought Hook and I cannot get the pants or the clock, only three gold pieces.
Fintan Maher, Dublin At the pub, if you give the barmen the three mugs and three gold pieces, he gives you three mugs of cocoa. Give them to the pirate in the blue cap and when he falls asleep, pick up his trousers and leave. Walk behind Pirate Square and use the roller blind - Pan then changes into a pirate outfit.
Head for Good Form Pier and board Hook's ship and lake nine pieces of gold from the three pots against the wall. Leave the ship and head for the tailor's and ask for a metal detector before departing for Good Form Beach. If you use the detector on the cross in the sand. A clock appears.
CON-CRETE SOLUTION I have had Indiana Jones And The Fate Of Atlantis for a while now and I'm stuck in Crete. I've found the bull's head and tail and the tall horns but I can't work out what to do next.
Jack Woods, Ipswich OK, here goes. Near the bull's horns statue there are two piles of stones, push each one to reveal two statues. Use the surveyor's instrument on the bull's head statue, use transit-on-statue and line up the crosshair with the left horn. Indy should then say: “I see the left horn." If you put the surveyor's instrument on the bull's tail statue and line up with the right horn, Indy says: "I see the right horn" and an 'X-marks-the-spot' appears. Use the ship rib on the X. Now leave the dig site and walk to the right and use the sunstone on the stone pedestal and... oh, I won't
spoil the rest for you. ® SPEEDBALL II OPPONENT'S SCORE 52A3 PLAYER'S SCORE 52AI TIME 176 To turn your team into superhumans you must do the following. It takes a bit of time but it is worth it. Go to S8S3 and a line similar to this should show: 5853 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 64 01 80 04 64 The eight 64s are one player's stats (in hexadecimal). Changing the 64s to Ffs gives the player 255 for every stat. The addresses for the 12 players are: 5853 585E 5869 5874 587F 588A 5895 58AO 58AB 5886 58CI 58CC Mark Trueman, Worcestershire ¦ •, r i
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Complete with scanning software £339.00 The G reat graphics never made a game great.
It takes great gameplay to do that.
But crap graphics SEPTEMBER 1 994 GAME GRAPHICS sure did spoil the chances of one or two otherwise respectable efforts.
Surely it's a doddle to get great graphics? Just take a talented artist, lock them in a room for two months with an Amiga 4000 040, on Epson GT-8000 scanner, a pressure- sensitive digitising tablet, a Harlequin 24-bit card, copies of TV Paint and Art Department Professional and stick trays of cola and chocolate under the door at regular intervals. Et voilal Great art.
Although famous artist Rico Holmes works in a way similar to the one described above for his title screens, the technical requirements of how a game is programmed mean that in-game graphics demand a very different approach. In fact it's possible to make top-qualily game graphics on a basic Amiga 600 with a copy of Dpaint 4 AGA or Dpaint 3, (or even 2).
Art GAME Sprites and bobs If an element of a game's graphics moves, it has to be programmed to do so. This includes either movement in terms of motion, like the aeroplane in Banshee, or movement in terms of frames of animation in a fixed position on screen, like a collapsing wall in Tower Assault (the soon-to-be- released follow-up to Alien Breed 2).
Programmers have two options for creating these motions - they can use either sprites or bobs. Although game reviewers often talk about the main sprite or the end-of-level sprite, these objects ore often not sprites at all, but bobs.
Sprites are made by setting aside an area of Chip memory, and creating a sprite register in that bit of Bobs are Blitter Objects, and they are created by placing data in the registers of the Blitter (Block Image TransfER) Chip. Bobs are not limited in terms of colour or size. But because a bigger bob, or one with more colours, requires more data to be transferred to the Blitter, there is an overhead in terms of processor time. Since the screen has to wait for the Blitter before it con redraw, using too many bobs slows down the frame rate of the game.
It is important for artists to be aware of these technical limitations before they begin to create the graphics for a game.
Few colours os possible. To do this the artist has to be very skilled in the choice of palette colours. Too many colours and the gameplay suffers, too few and the graphics suffer.
Although the Amiga 1200 can display up to 256 colours at a time without resorting to trick techniques like HAM mode, the 68020 processor is not sufficiently fast to allow most games to use all of these colours. It can, however, handle 64 colours with ease, and this is the size of the palette of most A1200 games.
Picking which 64 colours to use is one of the great skills of computer graphic art. Stefan explains: "On the ECS (Enhanced Chip Set), the sprite colours start at colour 16. If you double the sprite, you must use the second 16 colours in the palette."
Tony Turunen, artist on Tower Assault continues: "You are also Palette control More colours means more work for the computer to do, and that, in turn, means slower games. So it is advisable to produce a game in as GRAPHICS memory. To animate the sprite, move the pointer ins memory which tells the computer where to find the data.
This process only lakes up a little processor time and no shunting about of data, so sprites can be moved quickly, and updated frequently giving an illusion of smooth-scrolling and animation.
The number of sprites that can be displayed is limited, as are the size and number of colours of each sprite, by the way sprite data is stored and retrieved. An Amiga 1200 can display up to eight sprites.
Programmer Stefan Boberg explains why: "Each scan line contains data for the sprites at the start of the line, but there are only eight cycles where the machine can go and get the sprite data, so you can have eight sprites on any one scan line. But this is reduced if you wish to expand the screen using overscan. If you widen the screen by 32 pixels on the left side, you can only have six sprites."
Each sprite can be up to 64 pixels wide and as many pixels tall as you wish, but is only displayed in four colours. Programmers can place two sprites at the same point on screen, which doubles the amount of bitplanes available and results in a 16-colour sprite Drawing pictures for Amiga games is not as easy as you might think!
This is an area where artistic ambition has to compromise itself to technical capability.
Marcus Dyson gives all aspiring Amiga game artists a few tips.
GAME GRAPHICS SEPTEMBER 1 994 ANIMATION MATTERS As if drawing recognisable imoges at such ® small scale is not difficult enough, a ••••£••• ¦ successful graphic artist is also called upon to animate them. This is another skill that is »•-*“ )v»v vital to a games artist.
Just using Dpamfs rotate function is - - ‘ ‘ sometimes enough - for instance when a top-down view of a spaceship or vehicle is required - but more often than not, animating a sprite means drawing it over and over again in various positions.
With just a few pixels to define your character, you have to maintain its scale and ¦*' •-L1 ¦ 7-- proportions while you draw it in a host of different positions, orientations ond fe * •. * * I I I i • (occasionally) sixes. There ore no short cuts ‘ ¦ to becoming a good graphic artist, the secret Background animation and of success is hard work and practice. *Prt,e movement can make a Good animation is vital to the look of an eam® ,ook ,,r mon attractive game. Even * *» coding is fast S JKSZLd
• •• attractive game. Even if the coding is fast, and the
scrolling smooth, if a sprite has too (n Tower ntsaun few
frames of animation the result will look poor. If there are too
many frames, the machine cannot display them all fast enough.
Again it is important that programmer and artist communicate
effectively to assure the best results.
Going fo need a grey scale, you can use lhaf to create tones of other colours by dithering. Look at the work of Dan Malone who did Chaos Engine. He is the king by the way!"
Pixel level Once our artist has selected their very limited palette, they face the other limitation of computer games graphics, resolution. The best way to moke an image look sharp and realistic is to render it at the highest resolution the machine will allow.
Amiga games are usually done at a 320 by 256 screen size, and as we've already explained, the size of sprites ond bobs are constrained by the technical limits of the machine.
Games artists must quickly become adept at making every pixel count, and if one watches Tony in action, you will virtually always find his copy of Dpainl set in magnify mode.
This way of working may be unfamiliar to many computer artists, but when you are trying to convey the appearance of an object in a space 16 or 32 pixels wide it soon becomes second nature.
Often what is visible on the main window of Tony's screen appears like random dots, but the left hand side of the screen shows the image at normal size, so it's possible to edit at pixel level while retaining an idea of what the result will look like.
Mapping the levels The levels of some gomes, most notably shoot-em-ups and platform games, can be huge. Levels of 20, 30, even 50 screens are quite common, and to make up the backgrounds for all that game area requires what seems like a huge Game Ievel9 are constructed in custom-written programs called Map Editors. These programs are basically highly-specialised paint packages. Beneath the level that is being built up. Another level Is created which tells the game program about the properties of each Individual square of screen.
Amount of graphics. But this is not how things are done. Programs don't actually store the backgrounds as huge bitmaps. If a game has 81,920 pixels on screen (320 by 256) and each pixel requires six bits of data (64-colour graphics), then each screen would require 61K of memory. A level of 14 screen's size would take up a whole floppy disk.
Instead a table of codes is used which tells the program to go to a clip file and select a block of that image to draw on the screen - a bit like a mosaic. The data for a whole level of a game background can be stored on a bitmap image of between two and four screens in size. So all the graphics of one world of a platform game take up around 200K.
In order to create this mosaic the people who design the game levels use a program colled a Map Editor.
Most games developers write their own Map Editors, but they usually work in a fairly similar fashion. The artists arrange their data in blocks of pixels. These blocks are usually 16x16 pixels in size, but some Map Editors use 8x8 blocks.
The advantage of smaller blocks is that level designers can use more combinations of blocks, and the resultant scene is therefore less repetitive. The disodvantage of smaller blocks is that four times as many blocks hove to be placed to create the same sized level.
The Map Editor program doesn't just offer a nice way of making big levels from a small amount of graphics, the code matrices that are created also convey important data to the program. The codes which tell the program which bit of the clip file to use for the graphics can also control what happens when sprites move to that part of the screen.
Hidden trap The codes control whether the sprite can pass through that area of the screen, or whether colliding with it results in an explosion, loss of a life, or whether the player just bounces off. The Map Editor codes tell the program if that square contains a pick-up or a hidden trap.
The skill of being a good background artist, and these are not always the same people who make the best sprite artists, is being able to create blocks that can be used again and again in a scene without it being obvious that they have been.
The blocks have to be like the pieces of a jigsaw in that the picture on them has to fit seamlessly next to the picture on the adjacent block. But unlike a jigsaw piece, every graphics block has to be able to be used in conjunction with any other one to create a picture. Levels are usually designed by someone other than the graphic artist, so all an aspiring artist really needs to know is what size blocks to create.
Now you know how three screens of 16-pixel-square graphics can become the awesome games you see on your Amiga. To find out how this information could really change your life, turn the page. O WIN AT TEAM 171 Enter our competition and you could end up working as a game designer for one of the UK’s top software houses.
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Readers are a talented bunch, but some of the pictures we were sent were so good that software houses used to ring us up and ask to be pul in touch with the artists who created them.
Now I am working for Team 17, and we are constantly on the lookout for talented artists. Then it occurred to us, why not draw on the biggest assembly of Amiga talent in the world, the readers of Amiga Formal So what we're offering is the chance of a job - on opportunity to sit ot your AMIGA all day using your favourite paint package, and get paid for it too.
OK, so we're not about to reveal how much we pay our graphic artists in the pages of Amiga Formal, because it would only make the employees of other software developers feel hard-done-by. But you'll earn enough to keep you in a steady supply of beer and pizzas.
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What you need to do And all you have to do to enter our competition is draw some fabulous games graphics. Remember what you've learnt from the games graphics feature on the previous two pages - we don't want any sprites that are 65 pixels wide, and no level designs with 6,000,000 bobs on every screen.
The pictures scattered about this page are some of the graphics from Team! 7's forthcoming games. Think you can do better? If so, you could win a life sentence at Britain's most AMIGA-friendly software house, and lots of money too.” When I was the editor of AMIGA Formal, I was constantly amazed at the sheer quality of the graphics that we received as entries for The Gallery. I know that Amiga Formal Send your entries to: I Want To Work With Marcus Compo, Team 17 Software, 6 St John's Square, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 2QX.
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Hurrah I The unbundled version of Lightwave has finally arrived, and as you can see from the picture on this page. I've been shirking my editorial responsibilities in order to play with it. We will have a full review of it and the PM system it will be bundled with next month, but for now there's a tantalising preview.
Before you turn the page though, take a look at some of the other goodies we've got for you. The Warp Engine, from Macro System, is the perfect companion to Lightwave. It allows huge memory expansion, and super fast rendering times, but It is useful for any processor-heavy tasks.
A1200 owners can get in on the act too, with a useful round up of A1200 accelerator cards. As if this wasn't enough, we also have an exclusive review of the latest version of Workbench 3.1, which will be available for all Amigas. Have fun! Nkk Veitth Lightwave $ The most exciting software in the world will now be available without the Toaster. Nick Veitch serves up an appetiser for the delights to come.
Warp Engine ] John Kennedy boldly manages to get through a review of this fantastic accelerator without once mentioning Scotty or dilithium crystals.
A1200 Expansion Round-up 9 Jason Holbom sorts through the vast array of accelerator, FPU and RAM cards currently available for the thrill-seeking A1200 owner.
Workbench 3.1 IQ At last an operating system upgrade for users of all Amigas. Whatever model you own, you should read this exclusive review.
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SEPTEMBER 1 994 3D RENDERING PACKAGE software. The wireframe layout screen draws in cameras and lights as they would appear in a real Hollywood backlot, and the camera settings range from a 110 instamatic to a 65mm motion picture camera.
In many ways, the Video Toaster, excellent as it is, just became a system requirement to use the Lightwave softw-are, making it the most complicated dongle ever. The Toaster is a very useful system, but there are an awful lot of people who use the Toaster just to run Lightwave, people who have no need of Toasterpaint, digital video effects and tiding software, people like AmblimaUon, and the award- winning creators of Baby Ion 5's graphics.
Foundation Imaging.
The gap was bridged by a morally and legally rather dubious hardware software combination known as LightRave. This product essentially allowed the owner to run Lightwave without the cumbersome Toaster filling two slots of their Amigas.
Understandably, Newtek were angered by this encroachment on their intellectual property. Although they won't admit it. It seems likely that this was the proverbial straw that had the coders up all night producing their own, standalone version.
Lightwave 5.5 no longer needs the Toaster, but it still needs 8Mb of RAM, a hard drive and Workbench 2, so don't take a hammer to your piggybank in haste.
Lightwave consists of two separate modules: the Modeller, which is used to generate objects, and the Layout module, which is used to set up die scenes to render.
The Modeller is reasonably similar to Sculpt 4D, if you remember that classic The philosophy of rendering in Lightwave is a simple one. Its creators were a group of wannabee filmmakers. Realising that the chances of Paramount giving them a $ 200 million budget to create a cinematic masterpiece were rather slim, they created a virtual world of their own.
Lightwave is probably the best known piece of Amiga software ever. In fact, in some circles it is known better than the Amiga itself. This success is not undeserved. From Babylon5 lo Jurassic Park, SeaQuat and RoboCof 3, Lightwave has been used all over Hollywood for feasibility projects, storyboarding or actual motion picture-quality effects. The movie-like touches can he seen throughout the Read a copy of Lightwave Pro and steal a good Generate a sphere and map the image you Generate a smaller sphere and place it inside.
A generated as a diffusion, luminosity and 9 Give it some luminosity and a fractal noise LIGHTWAVE In the beginning there was darkness. Then some bright chaps in Texas came up with the idea of Lightwave. Mick Veitch takes a sneak preview of the unbundled version.
NEW THINGS There are quite a few new things about Lightwave 3.5. Firstly, now you can render in more than just the standard resolutions. Older versions based their five pre-determined resolutions on video frame sizes. These are still available and they range from 160x128 pixels up to a colossal 3008x1920 pixels, but they do not allow the configurability required for some applications.
OK, for animated sequences, which are to be dumped to video, there is no point in exceeding a standard Overscan PAL resolution, but there are plenty of times when you might want a resolution somewhere in between. So, the latest version also allows a customisable image size. Support has also been added for 24-bit Raw and Targa image formats.
In the modeller, there is a new subdivide option called Metaform, which creates more organic (ie blobby) subdivisions of an object.
I idea from there. Model a box with a marble mt generated as a diffusion, luminosity and 9 Give it some luminosity and a fractal noise texture, to use as a texture map. Transparency map. Texture map.
FROM THE MIND TO THE SCREEN - THE BACK COVER PLASMA SPHERE FROM 3D RENDERING PACKAGE SEPTEMBER 1994 THE VOICE OF THE MYSTERONS IMAGINATION TO REALITY.
6 Set your render screen and go away for a long time. You should end up with something like the picture on the back cover of this mag. Hurrah!
Original ray-tracing program. All objects are constructed from a series of polygons.
Polygons may have three or four sides, and each point on the polygon may form other polygons with other points in the object.
In this way a lattice-like surface is built up.
Purists who are used to the mathematical precision of Kent 3D may baulk at this, but given the rather excellent phong smoothing modes available when rendering, you'll never see a faceted surface - unless you want to.
Lightwave enables you m construct objects by deforming primitives. Either a graphic (dragging out shapes on the three view screens) or numeric construction method is possible. Primitives can then be subjected to any amount of bevelling, twisting, shearing, magnetism, drilling, lathing and any amount of Boolean addition, subtraction and XORing that you. Or they, can stand.
There is no Quickrender option, so Imagine users may be slightly disappointed, but to aid the production of objects, they ran be constructed using different layers.
There are eight layers available, each of 4 Make one final sphere and give it glass-type attributes. Scale it up to be slightly bigger than the first sphere.
Which may be selected as the foreground or the hackground. This means that you can view two objects simultaneously, and use this view to plot your combinations or multi-object manipulations.
The layout screen has only one view window, which may Ire a little weird for all but hardened Cnhgan users, but it is a system that works well. For a start, the view can be set from any of the X-Y-Z plane combinations, or from the camera, or any of the lights or objects. This is very useful, especially when setting up spotlights, because you can make sure that they shine in the right places.
The surface attributes are also controlled in the layout module. This is probably the most powerful part of Lightwave. You can control things such as specularity, reflection, transparency and luminosity by percentage values, or by supplying an IFF “map". In this way- complicated and impressive surface textures can be produced.
The entire interface is controlled by clicking on buttons with the mouse, no menu options are used at all. This is A few weeks ago we caught up with Lee Stranahan, who was on a worldwide tour, teaching people how to use Lightwave. After 55,000 miles travelling around America in a year, he was preaching to the European Market.
"NewTek has a commitment to make Lightwave the industry standard 3D modelling software. We want it to become the 3D equivalent of Photoshop (on the Macintosh),* he said.
This would obviously not be possible if Lightwave were to remain Toaster-only um ununaran ona una u lu ¦¦•xnm InaHESUI --- 5 Position the light and camera where you like.
The light will provide a specular reflection on the glass.
Because the Toaster wasn’t designed for Amiga users, bul for video professionals, whose previous experience of computers would have been limited run-ins with Apple Macs. This is not a bad thing at all, because everything is laid out logically and is easy to find. For software that produces such stunning results. Lightwave is surprisingly easy to use.
In these days of worry and trouble over the future of Commodore, it is good to see that the .Amiga still leads the way in some things. Ray-tracing is certainly one of them, for as long as Lightwave continues to be used.
Software, so unbundling it from the Toaster is the first step in bringing Lightwave to a far bigger audience.
'Obviously we are planning versions of the software for other platforms to achieve this goal, in fact these versions are already underway,* acids Lee.
So. Lightwave will not remain an exclusively Amiga product but it will at least be fully-compatible with versions on other platforms. This could be a good thing, as rt will certainly generate more PD objects and plug-in modules.
NEXT MONTH See next month's AF for a full review of Lightwave 3.5 (the version that is actually going to be released, not 3.2) and the PAR system from DPS. With software of this complexity and expense, we think it only fair to spend the time required to review it properly.
We will also have more of Lightwave expert Lee Stranahan's informed comments and a full table of features.
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which is available in several guises, depending 011 how much you want to spend (see verdict box). You can even buy the card without a 68040 - specifically for A4000 040 owners to transplant their existing CPU.
Interestingly, the A4000 was actually designed with the older 68030 in mind, especially with regard to memory access.
The 25MI 1 Motorola 68040 present in the high-end Amiga 4000 is unable to access memory well below the theoretical maximum, which means there is plenty of scope for improvement.
MacroSvstem have solved this design flaw by coupling the memorv directly to the 68040 bus. The Warp board actually features four sockets which accept standard SIMMs of all shapes and sizes (and combinations), and integrates them into the normal system memory.
The standard Fast Memory SIMMs fitted to the Amiga motherboard can therefore be moved to the Warp, which means you won't need to buy more memory to get started.
That said, the new processors are so fast that the speed of the memory becomes very important: the 33MHz Warp requires 70ns SIMMs and the 40MHz Warp needs 60ns for best results. Although we tested the 040 card, we only had standard 80ns memory which cramped the Warp's style very slighdy as extra wait states had to be inserted by setting a jumper 011 the card.
The price to pay for the tremendous flexibility in terms of different SIMMs means that certain configurations of memory refuse to form contiguous blocks
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This might be a problem for Art Department users operating with very large objects, and it's worth getting some advice from Premier Vision regarding your own requirements. The maximum memory allowed on the Warp is four 32Mb SIMMs which is almost too large to contemplate.
Of course, the important feature of the Warp is the speed increase: and even a 28MHz Warp card (which consists of a slightly over-clocked 25Mhz chip) runs much faster than a standard A4000 040.
The MIPS rating (a measure of the number of million instructions per second) stays roughly the same, but in Faster than a very fast thing indeed, John Kennedy tries to keep up with the hottest piece of silicon he's ever stuck in an A4000.
General programs run faster memory access improves. With the 40MHz Warp card, memory speeds leap from about 14Mb sccond 10 about 64Mb second.
Combined with tile very quirk CPU. An Amiga fitted with a 4( MHz Warp card runs about three limes fasier than a traditional A4000 040 - which is about 50 times fasier than an A600.
In ordinary, everyday Workbench use this kind of power is mostly hidden, but sheer rippling muscle isn't all this card provides. Included on every Warp Engine card is a full SCSI-II interface. Again, this interface is coupled lightly to ihe memory and CPU and so works al terrific speeds.
The efficient DMA (Direct Memory Access) design means the CPU doesn't have to constantly deal with die data transfers, so it's ideal for sittiaiions which need both processing power and Iasi data DISTRIBUTOR Premier Vision 071-721 7050 PRICE 28MHz without 68040 (for existing A4000 040s) - £599 28MHz with 68040 - £799 33MHz with 68040 - £999 40MHz with 68040 - £1,199 (Ask before ordering, prices may fluctuate) SPEED ••••• With the 40MHz Warp Engine, image rendering is so fast it's fun.
MANUAL • • • • Good manual, although perhaps a little too techie in places.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Stick it in and forget about it. It's fast and no special software is needed.
Throughput, such as animation. In tests, we achieved 2.5.Mb second. although with topof-the-range drives, rates should approach (or exceed) 5Mb second.
Software supplied with the Warp is limited 10 a ROM remapper (which uses 5I2K to shadow the system ROM and so speeds up Intuition slighdy), and some tools to prepare SCSI hard drives. The lack of other software isn't a problem - it just indicates how transparent the new processor system is for the Amiga.
The only competition for the Waip Engine is the GVP G-Force 040 card, which is priced almost identically. When comparing them, remember that the Warp includes a 'free' SCSI-II interface and unlike the G-Force doesn't require special SIMM modules. The difference in speed between the cards is so close to be almost negligible: they are both incredibly fast.
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ACCELERATOR CARDS SEPTEMBER 1 994 Tired of getting dirt kicked in your A1200's face by every A4000 that happens to wander by? Tire no more - Jason Holborn is here to show you how to get even.
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On sale Tuesday 6th September. £2.50. AMIGA SHOPPER • ISSUE 42 • OCTOBER 1994 With the launch of Workbench 3.1, A500 and A2000 owners no longer have to sit back and watch as the new 32-bit Amigas steal the limelight. Jason Holborn injects new life into his old A500.
Although the advancements in Amiga technolog)' have certainly been good news for those with enough money to upgrade, the release of the AGA chip set and Workbench 3.0 back in October 1992 seemed to mark the end of the road for the 16-bit Amigas, Commodore attempted to appease A500 and A2000 owners with Workbench
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Amiga or you were left behind.
Two years on from that decision.
Commodore's latest upgrade to the Amiga's operating system, OS 3.1, has been designed to run on all (well, most) Amigas ranging from the mighty A4000 040 to the humble A500.
Surprisingly, however, the new operating system isn't sold bv Commodore, but the German software distributor VillageTronic.
According to one developer we spoke to.
Commodore were forced to license OS 3.1 simpiv because thev couldn’t all'ord to distribute the product themselves! As it is.
VillageTronic sell OS 3.1 and Commodore get a licence fee from each copy sold.
The upgrade consists of a rather hefty box containing three manuals covering Workbench. .1 iniguDOSand Alirxx, six disks and a Kickstart ROM. Although the disks are the same whichever version you bin , it is important to make sure that you buy the upgrade pack designed Idrvour machine.
At the last count, there were three different versions of the upgrade - one for the A.aOO and the A2000, another for A3000 and A3000T owners and one for the A KMX). Surprisingly, there isn't an upgrade for either the A600 or the A1200.
CD-ROM SUPPORT AT LAST!
This new version of the Amiga's operating system finally | |'t provides direct support for CD-ROM drives. A feature jnf I j which has held the machine back in the face of stiff fJTv gt, I | competition from the PC and Mac. Although OS 3.1 JfiL I enables you to read data from any standard ISO9660 I Dl Jkl fl* I | CD-ROM, it's not quite as well implemented as we had ji been led to believe. W MjkJtfA jHR. | Commodore claimed that the CD-ROM filing system IB d they were developing would be built into ROM but this is not the case. Instead, CD-ROM drives are handled via a %¦*.«. w file system
handler called CDFileSystem which can be found in the L: directory. * f Like the PD and commercial CD file systems that we've been forced to use prior to the launch of Kick start
3. 1. a CD-ROM drive connected to your Amiga is not _ I A t I I I
I i ____1 a A recognised until it is mounted either manually
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which allows CD-ROM owners to run CD" games such possible to
boot an Amiga from CD-ROM. Come on guys, as Microcosm that
make use of the Akiko chip, this is unacceptable!
One nke addition to the Amiga operating system that isn’t even mentioned in the three manuals that come with OS 3.1 is the new chunky planar functions built in to the graphics library. These functions provide the Amiga with something that will make CD-ROM developers lump with joy - Akiko emulation.
This means that any Amiga equipped with Kkkstart 3.1 can run CD,J games that make use of the Akiko chip (Microcosm, for example). Obviously, you still need the AGA chip set and so this feature is probably only of any use to A4000 owners who wish to run CD11 games.
Have Commodore deserted I200 owners? Well, not quite. According to fobs Simpson, lead programmer at Millenium, there's verv little difference between Kickstart 3.1 and the Kickstart 3.0 ROM used bv the A1200 and A 1000.
FITTING 3.1 TO AN A500 2000 Even if you don't own a revision 6A 82000 or an A500 Plus, it's still possible to upgrade your 16-bit Amiga.
Kickstart 3.1 can be fitted to just about any A500 or A2000 regardless of the board revision, although simple modifications need to be carried out on older machines.
In the case of the A500, for example, the chip can be slotted straight into a revision 6A machine (the A500 Plus) although it is necessary to fit a jumper between pins 1 and 31 on revision 3 or 5 A500s. The same modification is also necessary on A2000s with revision 3 or less boards.
WORKBENCH 3.1 SEPTEMBER 1994 UNDER THE BONNET One of the most enjoyable aspects of upgrading to a new version of the operating system is to hunt for all those additional hidden files that Commodore don't like to talk about. Here's a quick guide to what delights you can expect to find.
LIBS:realtime.library - This new library is designed to give programmers an easy method of generating extremely accurate timings for programs such as MIDI sequencers, and multimedia authoring systems.
UBS Iowlevel.library - It's common knowledge that programming the Amiga's hardware directly is bad news and so Commodore have provided games programmers with a quick and easy method of accessing certain aspects of the hardware quickly and (more importantly) legally.
LIBS:nonvolatile.library - Like the lowlevel library, this library is aimed fairly and squarely at games programmers and provides a method of saving game positions within their games software without having to know what devices are available.
OS 3.1 LAID BARE If you already own a Workbench 3.0-based Amiga then OS 3.1 won't offer anything particularly new. For those fresh to the joys of the latest Amiga operating system, however, here's a run-down of what's on offer.
Iftfa .c.% S-JI I P LOCALISATION Localisation is a brand new feature added to the Amiga which enables programmers to develop applications that can be run in a number of different languages. All the user has to do is to choose which language they want to use from a Preference editor. Any applications that support localisation then automatically display text in that chosen language.
IMPROVED PREFERENCES Virtually all the Preference editors have been revamped to make them easier to use and more capable. The Palette requester, for example, now provides precise control over the rendering colours of a whole range of Workbench elements - window title bars, menu text and so on. Picking colours is also a lot easier thanks to a new colour wheel gadget which is similar to that used on the Macintosh.
You can now place an IFF picture in the background bitmap of your windows or even the Workbench screen itself, assign a sound sample to the system beep and so on.
POSTSCRIPT PRINTING One of the most eagerly-awaited features of
3. 0 3.1 is support for direct PostScript printing. Up until now
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Now. Any application can print to a PostScript printer.
DATATYPES MULTIVIEW Datatypes provide a common method of extending the file handling capabilities of a utility so that it can handle additional file formats. A graphics package, for example, could be made to load JPEG or PCX images simply by adding JPEG and PCX datatype files. To demonstrate these capabilities. OS
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AMIGAGUIDE AmigaGuide provides programmers with a common method of adding on-line help facilities to their applications. The great thing about AmigaGuide files are that they are hypertext-based.
You can therefore access the information that you want to read simply by clicking on key words which are displayed by AmigaGuide as bevelled buttons.
Hypertext-based documents are much friendlier than normal ASCII documents because you don't have to search through the entire document to find the information you want.
What differences do cxisl are very, very itiiiiiiual. Even ihen. The OS :i.l version of Srll’nlch automatically patches the 3.0 ROM so there's little- io lie named by fitting Ki ksiart 3.1 to either an A1200 (if it were possible) or an A4000. |ust to make sure. I tried the OS 3.1 system disks on an A1200 and - surprise, surprise -ihey worketl fine.
Booting up the Amiga with the Workbench 3.1 disks is a bit of an anticlimax if you're already running Workbench 3.0. bul owners of the original I ti-liil Amigas will probably find ihe new Workbench more interesting.
A considerable amount ol work has obviously been put into recoding the Amiga layers and graphics libraries because Workbench gadgets and windows are redrawn considerably faster than before. Even on a non-AGA system.
Workbench redraws seem much smoother.
One thing that must be stressed is that lilting Kickstart 3.1 to your lb-bit Amiga won't automatically give you the graphic c apabilities of an AGA machine - you'll get all the advantages ol the latest version of Workbench, but OS 3.1 has no effect on the graphic capabilities of your Amiga.
To be fair, the programmers of OS 3.1 have attempted to redress the balance by SPEED •••• Rendering of Intuition windows and gadgets is considerably improved over previous Workbench releases.
MANUAL •••• Commodore manuals are usually lousy but the three manuals bundled with OS 3.1 are actually quite readable.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Installing the ROM is straightforward and an installation disk is included for the systems software.
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Workbench 3.1 has taken a very long time to arrive - registered developers have had it installed on their Amigas for over a year now. I could understand the delay if it offered anything particularly new bttl as it is, OS 3.1 isn't really that much different from OS 3.0. CD-ROM and the improved graphics modes are a welcome addition but that's about all you gel for your money if you're upgrading from Workbench 3.0. For A1200 and A4000 owners at least. OS 3.1 is something of a disappointment.
Owners of older migas. On the other hand, should welcome OS 3.1. Although the differences between 3.1 and 3.0 arc minimal. 3.1 is more capable than 2.04 or
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Jason Holborn investigates Eureka's new Communicator.
Connecting a CDTV to an Amiga is nothing new - thanks to the PD program Panel, many Amiga users have been able to enjoy the wonders of CD-ROM technology long before Commodore announced the launch oftheC.DI200. Life isn't as easy if you own a CD**. In an attempt to keep down the cost of the CD**, a parallel port wasn't included, so Pamet can't Ik- used with it.
Realising that there's a buck or two to Ik- made from people wishing to connect their CD32s to an Amiga, Holland-based Eureka launched Communicator. A hardware add-on for the CD32.
G«t your CD11 talking to the outside world with Eureka's Communicator.
Communicator connects to the CD32 via its AUX (serial) port. The three status
I. EDs are probably a very good idea because the link between
Communicator and the CD3'-' is so weak that even a tiny nudge
can disconnect it. Eureka claim that this problem is being
addressed and so the units that appear in the shops should
oiler a more stable connection.
Bundled with Communicator is a lloppy disk and a CD-ROM containing all the necessary driver software to gel the CD3'-1 talking to your Amiga. Both are important and must be loaded into the CD32 and the Amiga simultaneously for communication to take place.
As for the Amiga, the communications link is established using a program called CommBook which provides access to Communicator's full range of features via an icon-driven menu system.
COMMUNICATOR At its most basic level. Communicator can be used to pull data from CD-ROM into an Amiga. Unlike a Pamet set-up.
Communicator is serial-based and so the speed of data transfer can be painfully slow. Although you can knock the transfer rate up to 115,200bps (bytes per second), transferring data at this sort of speed is just too unreliable. A far better transfer rate is
64. 000bps which provides the best balance between speed and
reliability.
Communicator treats the ('.D32 as a standard AmigaIX)S device (CD0: to be precise), so you can move back and forth through the directory structure of any CD- ROM disc in much the same way as you would a hard disk or lloppy.
Communicator doesn't just stop at simple file transfers, however. I.inking elsewhere on the CD-ROM bundled with the unit is a program called Phatol.ite that provides the CD3'- with full Kodak PhotoCD compatibility. Photol.ile isn't as DISTRIBUTOR Meridian 081-543 3500 PRICE £169.95 SPEED •• Transferring files from CD-ROM is laboriously slow even when running at higher baud rates.
FLEXIBILITY • • • • Communicator doesn't just transfer files. You can use it to view PhotoCDs and AGA pics, and lots more besides.
MANUAL • • • Although somewhat brief.
Communicator's manual gets all the necessary information across in clear, lucid English.
Interactive as a program like PhotoWorx - all it really does is to provide a simple way of Mewing the contents of a PhotoCD as a high-resolution HAMS slideshow.
Communicator is essentially a very- good product hut it's let down by its price.
Expecting CD3'-' owners to pay £169.95 for a device that is no better than the PD Pamet package (which costs about £10) just doesn't make sense.
If you consider that Almathera Systems (081-687 0040) sell a Turbo Sernct serial adaptor kit for the CD3'-’ that does the same job as Communicator for £39.95, it doesn't take much brain power to realise why Communicator isn't so great after all.
OK. So it's more fiexible but I wouldn't pay an extra £130 for a couple of MIDI ports and a keyboard connector. 'If ACCESSIBILITY • • • Rather confusing to start with but you soon get the hang of it.
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Please contort our Eveshom Branch for these products 1414 How much you spend on a modem is usually directly proportional to how much you save on your phone bill, so if you buy a cheap 2,400 baud modem for £50 you can expect an unwelcome and large phone bill. But if you spend a few more pounds on a fast modem you’ll be struck oil British Telecom's Christmas card list faster than the boss of Mercury Communications. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.
Jason Holborn gets on line with a little help from Power Computing's new Aceex V.32bis fax modem.
And now is a very good time to spend those extra few pounds, because with the arrival of the latest batch of V.32Terbo and V-Fast (V.34) modems, the prices of 14.400 baud V.32bis modems are dropping faster than a lead weight.
Ushering in a new age of sub-£200 high-speed communications is Power Computing's new £170 Aceex 1414 modem, a V.32bis modem complete with full fax capabilities. In specification terms at least, the Aceex modem is almost identical to Supra's V.32bis fax modem, which is not necessarily a bad thing when you consider that Supra's modem still costs more than £200.
Not onlv that, but it's common knowledge that the Rockwell chip set used on early versions of the Supra wasn't quite as stable as it could be. Although, to be fait to Supra, that problem was remedied 111 later releases of the modem.
But back to the Aceex - first impressions aren't good. The unit is almost twice the si e of its two main rivals.
The Supra's V.32bis and US Robotics'
14. 4(H) Sportster. Thankfully, the build quality is much better
and the Aceex has a sturdy aluminium casing.
The front display is a little disappointing, however - apart from a couple of flashing LKIls, status information is kept to a minimum.
Perhaps I'm just spoilt by the Supra's rather fancy matrix display.
For normal communications work, the modem works very well indeed. Although it has a maximum data transfer rate of just
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Ihe Aceex offers MNP class 2-1 error correction. MNP class 5 data compression as well as the CCITT V.42 equivalents. In all. An impressive line up of features.
(letting your hands on a fast modem used to be an expensive business bul the arrival of Power's Aceex has changed all that. Although it may not Ik- the prettiest piece of hardware around, looks aren't everything. If you're still running on a slower modem and you take your communications seriously then the Aceex is well worth further investigation. 'I) FAX OF LIFE Power Computing sell the Aceex modem in two different packs - for £169.95 you get just the modem and a copy of the Public Domain communications program Mcomm 2.0. For an extra £30 Power also supply the modem with a copy of you want to
send and receive taxes VillageTronks' brilliant “,th Po«*' »“PP*y fax software. TrapFAX. If * copy °* TrapfAX ,or “ "»• 430 you want to take advantage of the Aceex 1414 modem's fax capabilities, then this is a definite must.
During continued tests, the combination of TrapFAX and the Aceex modem proved very reliable indeed. There were slight ‘warping' problems with some of the faxes we received but this was too rare an occurrence to be a real problem.
Having used the fax capabilities of the Supra V.32bis for a number of years, the temperament of the Aceex came as a breath of fresh air - Supras can be a bit hit and miss.
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Jason Holborn digs deep into the latest stack of PD disks to crash on to his desk. Will it continue to take the strain? Will he?
And what gems has Jason brought to the surface?
If I have one regret in life, it must be the fact that the Atari arcade game Super Sprint never made it on to the Amiga. Sii m Sprint may have lacked the realism of driving games such as Lulus Esprit (diallenge, or the break-neck speeds of Acid's Skill Minks, but it had that one vital ingredient - playability - in abundance.
Nostalgic ramblings aside. I am sure you can appreciate just how pleased 1 was to receive a copy of Moose Drive (Choice Software disk G242). A I’D version of my childhood gaming love. Quite win it is called Moose Drive has vet to be revealed, but its quality gamcplav is apparent from your very first outing on to the course. I.ike Super Sprint. Moose Drive displays a bird's-eye view of the track which scrolls smoothly as you drive your car around the course. The race is far from one-sided, however, as von're competing against two other computer-controlled cars. These computer opponents tire
easy to beat on the earlier tracks but they start to get very lough indeed on the later levels.
The Super Sprint similarities don’t stop here.
Each lime you win a race you are awarded prize nioncv which can be used to buv enhancements to vour car - new motors, new batteries and new tyres. All these enhance your car in different wavs
- a new motor, for example, increases your car's acceleration and
top end performance, and a new- set ol lyres improves your
car's traction.
Badged as the most powerful calendar program ever to be developed for the Amiga, Epoch ( (Essex (Computer Systems License-ware) makes some brave claims. Hut how powerful can a calendar program Ik-'- Surprisingly, however. Epoch seems to live up to these claims - after all. What other calendar utility allows you to add a scheduled event and even shows you a map of where the event is to take place?
Epoch is a 1,299 year diary-come-calendar program that enables you to keep track of all those important events and appointments that von simply can't allord to forget. When vou first run the program you're presented with a calendar for the ciirrent month. All you then have to do is to click on the day that you would like to assign an event to and Eparli's schcdulci window pops into view.
I-torn here you can eutei all the necessary information tbat you need to lemembei - wltal time the event is to take place, its category (such as an appointment or job interview), how important you rate it and so on. Just in case you need to tall someone at a given time, you can even link the event to Epochs built in address book. Great stuff!
Anyone remember the blood V guts sit .
Em-tip Aniline Apocalypse we featured on . ?2 s Coverdisk!- Not only was it a fine example ol the capabilities ot Acid Software's llhlz Huso 2 pto- gramming language, but it was also the first and onlv game featured in AMIGA Eormat to gel a 15 rating! Now, a year later, the Acid bo vs are back with the I’D release of a follow-up - enter Zombie Apocalypse 2 (Cynostic disk GU225).
Although the Operation IV» like gamcplav has remained virtually unchanged, this latest release sees you up against a whole new horde ol brain- thirsty zombies hell bent on vour destruction.
Your job is to blast and shoot vour wav through the marauding corpses. And Annhie Apnmlypse 2 is gorier than the original (if that’s possible).
Whenever vou shttot a zombie his remains are splattered aioitud the scieen and blood even appears to sprav ovei the plavcr's viewpoint - giving everything a gorv red tint as plav progresses.
This is not a game for the faint-ltearled!
Why is it that technical books are so expensive!- lake the official ROM Kernel Manuals, lor ex.unple - t.'ka per volume? Gimme a break! With the launch ot Cundex (Jorvik I’Dt swatting upon your favourite computer needn't be expensive.
CJJudex is jam-packed with text files detailing virtually all aspects of the Amiga's Shell environment. Not onlv is there a run-down ol co-tv Continued overleaf • «¦ AmigaDOS command on offer, but there's also essential information on such tilings as command redirection, script files and other equally jolly subjects. Cundex may not be a substitute for a real book (reading its text files in bed over breakfast on the loo is difficult!), but who cares when it's so cheap!
Super Sprint isn't the only arcade game to receive the PD treatment in this month's PD Update. Super Obliteration (Cynostic disk G0223) is a PD conversion of the arcade game Pang.'. Although not quite as popular as Super Sprint among the arcade-going public. Pang! Had a loyal band of followers who pumped a steady supply of coins into its slot.
Upon first inspection you probably won't be that excited by Super Obliteration s gameplay. But once you get into the game you'll be more impressed - the idea is to control a little astronaut who runs back and forth along the bottom of the screen. With cannon in hand, you must break up the asteroids that bounce around everywhere by shooting them as many times as possible.
Whenever an asteroid is hit. It splits into two - and you may even be awarded a bonus for your troubles. Some bonuses simply add to your score while others aid you in your quest.
It never fails to surprise me just how popular screen blankers have become recently. On the WHERE TO GET THE DISKS IM THIS ISSUE CYNOSTIC PD, Office 01. Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry.
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Tel: 0621 778778 Macintosh and the PC. For example, it is possible to buy a screen blanker that covers just about every subject - Star Trek. Jurassic Park and so 011.
One of the most popular Macintosh screen blankers around is AfterOark. A swish little utility that gives you the choice of a bewildering range of blanking effects. Not surprisingly, SuperDarh (Kew II disk Ul 106) is based heavily on that Mac classic.
Once SuperDark is installed on your hard disk (it's a big package so it's impractical on a floppy-based system), it can be placed into your WBStartUp drawer and forgotten. Whenever you reboot, SuperDark automatically loads and runs. If you're not happy with the default blanking pattern, a hot key brings the SuperDark window into view. From here you can adjust the blanking period (how soon the screen should Ire blanked once you stop using your .Amiga), and even choose one of a huge selection of blanking effects.
Like Maxon Magic reviewed last issue. Su ierDaik has all of the usual effects including starfields.
Cycling plasma, flying toasters, bouncing lines, and many more unique effects.
Su ierDark isn't up to the same standards as either AfterDark on the Mac or even Maxon Magic on the Amiga but it's getting there. With a little more development, SuperDark should rival even its PC. And Mac counterparts. Highly recommended.
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To-date in Bomber 2000 (Choice Software disk G304), a highly playable space romp boasting very impressive graphics and some stunning audio effects. Possibly the most impressive aspect of the game, however, is its gorgeous 12-plane parallax scrolling which creates a gob-smacking illusion of depth.
SEPTEMBER I 994 PD GAMES AND UTILITIES Despite the visuals, the gameplay is almost identical to Defenderalthough it has to be said that Bomber 2000 doesn't quite manage to achieve the same feverish atmosphere as the original. The idea is to fly a well-armed spacecraft through levels of arcade action, blasting hordes of alien spacecraft that are trying to abduct the human inhabitants of the planet you've been assigned to protect.
Gripping stuff. If you destroy an alien that is carrying an unfortunate human, the victim is dropped.
You then have to zoom in, pick up the human and return them to the ground. Fail to do so and your hapless inhabitant will become a scarlet splodge on the surface below. © TOP lO GAMES AND UTILITIES Every month we peruse the bestseller lists of a prominent PD company. This month.
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KEY: • Not A500 compatible. - Noi A500* Ah00 compatible • Nol AI2CXI compatible Disk magazine I k an Trekkie fans Loads o news, reviews and interviews. Plus music and graphics Moga AH five disks for only £6.99 t P&P ISSUE.6 THIS IS NOT PUBLIC DOMAIN GAMiS ALL TfTLfS ARC COMPATfBLC WITH ALL AMIGA S t A LCSS STATCO OTHCRW SC.
Join Steve McGill as he takes another extended trip through the kaleidoscopically exalted masterjam of creativity that is the Amiga Format PD Demo Zone.
LOVE: A top techy coder type demo this one. It doesn't get in yer face too much though. The individual sequences don't last long either.
Lei’s face it. Slide-shows probably represent the translucent fossilised plant resin of the demo scene, but some of them are capable of raising a little more than a stilled yawn.
One such slide show is: Never Liked Uno (Cynostics). Slickly presented and professionally executed gigantic thumbnails of the main pics run along (from left to right) within a side-scrolling lilm strip. It gives you the option of having it automatically run through all 24 pics in a linear.
Armitage Shanks-standard, slide-show fashion.
Some of the images used have been seen in fantasy art books for what seems like aeons. Others exhibit a sucrose encrusted imagery with the carbohydrate energy-packing will-power to suck the sugar from a fruit pastille without chewing.
Another favourite among the super- information highway Internet cyber surfing techno-warriors is Love (Freestyle I’D). There are a few effects on this one. Such as the zooming rotating fractalised imagery, which are very, very didicult to code.
Forgive me for remaining indifferent to the whole spectacle. While there's no denying that the maths involved are complex, sophisticated and incredibly awkward to implement, it looks like what it is - a spinning Mandelbrot fractal - an image seen so often elsewhere that it no longer carries any special significance, even if it is moving in real time.
The music, again, is technically proficient.
Listening through headphones lacks the usual aural pain inflicted by non-panned stereo. But its strength is undermined because it isn't married to the imagery in any significant manner - reducing it to the subservient role of sonic wallpaper. Which is a shame really as the music is pretty funky.
The winner's accolades this month go to two separate animations by the same individual - lain B Met allies. The heart-warming aspect of all of these anims is that they were created using Moviesettei and Imuxe Paint IV. So there's hope for us all. I he first of the anims is: The llit;h Spot hunky Dancer (Telescan Computer Services). The intro screen informs us that some people like maths, art and music. Others, however, prefer to run very last and dance about on high places.
Funky Dancer follows the exploits of one of the latter, more athletic people. The music is minimal, as are the spot sound elferts. But these are only picky points. The timing, the action, the narrative and the use of technical cuts and events, such as close ups and zooms, are accomplished.
They carry the story and endear the central protagonist to the viewer.
The plot even has a clever twist at the end. But we don't want to spoil your fun so we'll leave that for you to discover. Inspiration for everyone.
More impressive, sonically at least, is the other anim of the review duo: Please Release Me TOP 10 DEMOS The kind supplier of this month's top 10 demo chart is: 17 BIT SOFTWARE 0924 366982
1. Artificial Paradise 3194 (AB)
2. Fairlight Love' (AGA) x3210 (AB)
3. Ram Jam 'Can't Be Done' 3193 (AB)
4. Morphy Magician (AGA) (4Mb ? HD) x3181
5. Quackbuster Demo 3211
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10. Polka Brothers 'Gevalia' (AGA) x3208 (Telescan). A perfect
parody of the Englebcrt Humperdink ballad Please Release Me.
It features the best lip sync that you're ever likely to find
in the Demo Zone - and the twist at the end raised a hearty
chuckle. Take this one home and study it.
Then earn yourself prestige points through the pages of the Demo Zone by bettering it. See you next month. © WHERE TO GET THE DISKS IIU THIS ISSUE TELESCAN COMPUTER SERVICES. PO Box 1, Thornton - Cleveleys, Lancashire FY5 1SH.
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This amazing fractal landscape program from Meridian enables you to build your own scenery on your Amiga. Then you can animate it to create stunning fly-bys, or use it as backgrounds in your own games, pictures or 3D renders. And it even works on standard A1200s. Reviewed in AFS8. Vista Pro Lite scored 86 per cent.
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NOT CENNED UP I recently bought an A1200 only to find that it’s not compatible with my Rocgen Plus. Is there any kind of add-on or special chip to make it compatible or will I have to sell it and buy another Rocgen?
Does the Rocgen Rockey plug into the A1200 and the Rocgen Plus plug into the Rockey? If so would that work with the Rocgen I've got? If not.
Are there any companies which will part exchange my Rocgen for a new one?
I’ve tried phoning Rocgen in Hong Kong but the number I was given by Silick (who were most helpful) is discontinued.
IKS' Callaghan, Britannia Inn, Uangollen GET YOURSELF COMI Please could you send me any info you have on decent but cheap modems compatible with the A500». And please could you give me the phone numbers of any Bulletin Boards for the Amiga.
Now a few questions:
1) How much do modems cost to run?
2) Do you have to pay subscription fees for Bulletin Boards and
the Internet?
3) Is there much use for a modem on the Amiga?
GJ Hamilton, Ottery St Mary, Devon When you are running a modem, the thing that costs you money is the connection time. The phone bill is your main expense, and if you are a member of a subscription service (such as CiX or CompuServe) you may have to pay another £2 per hour for on-line charges.
Buying the cheapest modem is often a false economy, because the slower speeds mean you are on-line longer. You shouldn't consider anything less than a 2400 baud modem. A 9600 baud one would be good, and these can be found for reasonable amounts of cash. Even 14400 baud modems (11.32 bis) such as the US Robotics Sportster 14400 are only about £1 SO (First Computer Centre 0532 319444).
Internet is a service that costs you money. To set up an account contact Demon (081-343 3881); The problem is an incompaiibilitv with the way the clock is synchronised. This will probably still cause a problem when used with a Rockey. There are newer versions of the Rocgen which arc not plagued by ibis problem. Try ringing First Computer Centre, on 0532 319444, to see if they will do a swap for you.
THE HEAT IS ON I recently bought a 120Mb hard drive for my Amiga 1200. And to prevent my brother playing on my computer. I got hold of a copy of X-Passuord from the Public Domain.
Unfortunately, when I am using my Amiga it resets itself every so often. Sometimes after just booting up or after an hour. I have checked all the cables and the power supply, but to no avail. I have reset the start-up sequence and deleted X-Password but I am still faced with this annoying problem.
The hard drive I purchased from Trilogic seems incredibly large and is a tight fit in its rasing. Could this problem be a lack of power because of the size of the hard drive? If not, what could be causing this irritating problem?
Paul Corbishley. Macclesfield, Cheshire It is most likely an overheating problem. It could be the power supply that is overheating, but a lot of chips have heat problems and if the drive takes up a lot of space then there won't be much airflow.
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Connecting your Amiga to a modem can be very rewarding. Not only can you get hold of the latest PD, but you can also swap ideas and programs with thousands of other Amiga users all over the world.
IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible, and hopefully to sort out all your problems. Of course there are always more questions than answers, so we have to prioritise queries according to the following factors:
• Frequency. If a lot of people seem to be having problems with
their Supersonic KY3000 printers, then we will print one letter
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• Difficulty. If the problem is actually something which only
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solve, it Is more likely to be answered in these pages than a
problem which arises simply because you haven't read the
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• Impact. Quite simply, a question which involves you not being
able to use your machine or some peripheral or software will be
given priority over a difficulty which is little more than a
slight inconvenience.
Unlike some magazines we won't just concentrate on the areas of expertise we are most familiar with, we will take on any problem (as long as there is an Amiga involved). As you will appreciate, we do get a lot of Workbench questions every month. If you want to get yours noticed, here are a few tips: DO
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Please bear these points in mind and remember that we are trying our best to help you.
I don't think that the problem with your Amiga lies with X-Password at all. It may be best to try to mount the drive* exlemallv.
NOT ALONE ClariSSA | Make your animations smoother, faster and more efficient with this excellent utility!
WORTH £79 Wo kt wiffc ol 1Mb mgoi 1 The runtime player is missing from the ClariSSA Coverdisk. But we'll bring it to you soon.
Yes!! This is the program that I've needed for ages. What is it? ClariSSA of course! I've done an animation using Imagine consisting of four separate animations, but I needed a utility to get these together into one big animation. I know such a utility must exist, and I tried out MainActor bul found the high Shareware fee prohibitive. Thanks then, for an ama ing Coverdisk.
However, it appears that the stand-alone player is missing, or at least despite my efforts, I can't Find the thing on the disk. What's happened?
Also, do ProDAD have a program that plays large SSA animations from hard disk, enabling people with less RAM than animation size to view the animation, much like the PD program BigAnim?
Jonathan McBrien. Fnniskillen. Fermanagh You are right. The runtime player was mil included, because ProDAD forgot to put it on die wmm The problem I am having concerns genlocktng with my equipment.
The equipment I have is: A1200 with GVP series II accelerator with 8Mb Fast RAM. GVP series Glock. Sony SLV 81S Nicam VCR. Sony H18 EVCSOO VCR.
While recording normally or overlaying graphics everything works all right. However, if I put the input VCR into Pause Frame, my picture through the G-Lock is distorted in the top quarter of the picture.
With the G-Lock disconnected and the two VCRs coupled together directly, the picture and pause frame recording is fine. Is there anything that I can do or buy to improve the pause frame through the G-Lock. Because I need to record still frames while still genlocktng?
If you're having genlock problems it could be your video recorder theft at fault not your genlock D South. Selby. N Yorks disk! We will include the runtime player when there is enough spate available on a future ('.overdisk. I his will also pla animations from disk.
IVIAV»I»iniG IT OUT I have a problem installing the GB keymap on my Amiga. I have eopied it on to the Workbench and placed it in DEVS Keymap. I also have CrossDOS on Drive DfO: so I can read 720K IBM PC disks.
I have followed all the instructions in the Workbench manual Chapter Five, but with no joy at all. I am using a PD program Textpius version 2.2 to check out the keyboard, plus a keyboard test which keeps showing me an American keyboard.
Any ideas? At the moment I am pulling my hair out and wishing I bought an IBM 186 PC.
Si gel Rathbone, Quinton. Birmingham ll isn't enough just to put the keyboard in the right place, vou have to select il loo. The American kcvtnap is ihc default one. So vou actually have io nil die software which one you want lo use.
Under Workbench 3. You should set your country to United Kingdom in Locale, anti select die British kevinap from die input preferences. On older machines, vou should add die command setmijp gb to vour startup-seqiicnce.
A FONT Off= KNOWLEDGE
1) Why does the font requester on Deluxe PainI IF AGA only show a
select few of my C.ompugraphic fonts? I have 85 fonts in total
(on my hard drive).
55 of which arc CG fonts.
2) I keep on reading that Wordworth 2.0 AGA comes with 17 fonts,
but my copy (the one included in the Desktop Dynamite pack)
only had eight (and lour of (hern are Roman). Why is this?
3) I know using scalable fonts is "ERY memory intensive, would a
2Mb Fast RAM expansion help (I only have the standard 2Mb Chip
RAM)?
Hayden Scoll-Baron, Fymm. Cheshire 11 It is possible that vou havcni installed the fonts properly. In order for Dpaint to access them you should install them with the Workbench liilcllifonl utility and create at least one bitmap version ol the font. You can choose the si e vou want from the requester, hut you must install at least one bitmap si e for Dpaint to register that the font exists.
2) It may he that there aren't as mam fonts supplied with the
bundled version lot reasons of space. Try calling Digila on
11395 27027.3.
3) Yes. Although Chip RAM is used to image the fonts. Fast RAM
can he used as a data cache and dramatically speeds up nearh
all operations on vour A1200.
HISTORIC PROBLEM In the July issue of AT Tim Billyard wrote that he couldn't get History Fine to work from his hard disk. What he needs lo do is select Original Chip Set from the display options boot-up menu. Hie game then nuts properlv.
I think I have found a bug in Wordworth 1.0a. I was attempting to do double-sided printing on my Canon BS250 by selecting Print Odd Pages Only, turning the paper over selecting and Print F en Pages Only. However, I cannot persuade it to print even pages only, it just reprints the odd pages on the back. Help!
Do Digita have a contact number or E-mail address.- I don't see why I should pav 36 pence a minute tn tell them that they have fouled up.
Richard Pickwick, Gideon Park. Romford Thanks for the History l.inr tip. I sent vour problem oil lo Digit.t. and they are having a look at it. If vou want to check on how they are getting on. Their number is 0395 270273.
Please, please help me. I have owned an AI200 for six months and can't fault it. The problem is when I try to video record my animations - it just doesn't record anything.
I've tuned the Amiga so I have a picture running through the video to the TV monitor, then I tuned the video but still nothing. I have tried the RE socket, comp socket and the video port, but still nothing. I've been told that I might need an RE modulator hut it's got one built in hasn't it? Is there any hardware I need? Or is it just me? Please help me I haven't much hair left.
John. X'arthallerton. X Yorks There is nothing wrong with the 0-Lock, or the way you have hooked everything up. The sad truth is that the pause frame on all but the very best land I'm talking broadcast quality here) video recorders do not give a regular, stable synching signal. This is all right if you are lust recording to another tape, because a frame slipping slightly probably won't be noticed, but the genlock tries to synchronise the signal with the graphics signal from the Amiga and it can't do that without a reasonable synching signal.
If you want to record still frames and overlay graphics, why not get a digitiser such as Rombo's Vidi or MacroSystem's V-LabPar? Then you could grab the still frames you want and overlay graphics in Opaint or Adpco and record direct from the Amiga - you would also get better quality results.
There seems to be quite a lot of hair loss going on at the moment. I'm not sure exactly what your problem is. Hut:
• II you have a video recorder with a composite input, you should
connect it to the yellow phono socket on the back of the AI200.
You may need to select the external video source using a
special switch on your V R.
• You can attach the RF lead to the aerial socket of vour VCR and
tune in the Amiga, in the same wav that you nine in a TV
channel. The Amiga is usually at about channel 36 on the UHF
band, which may be near where your video is located. It this is
the case, you can adjust the Amiga signal's frequency by
twiddling with the little screw next to the RK output.
CLEAR DISKS I read with interest a letter from one of your readers in Workbench (AF60) concerning clear disks. You said that you didn't know of anyone selling them separately. Well, we now sell them and they are priced as follows: Yellow. Green. Blue or Red: 40p each.
Unbranded - DS-DD all colours: 35p DS-HD - all colours: 35p There are reductions on the above prices if you buy the disks in bulk.
Byte Computer Supplies. Dorchester Tel: (03051 HS92S0 WORD ROWER I own an Amiga 500+ and I am starting an A Level English course in which much of the coursework is word processed. I read the reply to J Blair of London's letter in the July issue, concerning the state of the A500 and the AGA graphics now available. I want to make use of these and upgrade from Workbench 2.04 to 3. Is it worth upgrading mv present machine to an A1200?
As a footnote. I would like to thank departing editor Marcus Dyson for his great contribution to AF over the past year and a half. Steve Jarratt, keep up very high standards please - even though it is difficult.
1‘aul Hutchinson, Rudgeuay, Bristol It is always a good idea lo upgrade. In the future, you mav not be able to run newer versions of your present software, and you will certainly not be able to run them to the same degree of efficiency or performance. Even it you use your Amiga mostlv for word processing vou are bound to notice the difference between the A500 and the A1200.
ITALIAN JOB I ask help for an Italian subscriber! I have got an A1200 170Mb hard disk and no expansion. I used Commodore Install and now I have two partitions.
Workbench and Work. I installed many games in Work - all my new and old games with an HD install option, but now I have a few problems.
All the games install properly, and some work well and it is possible to open and play them front hard disk (Settlers, Hired duns, C.S2000, FI 17. Links, Battle Isle, AllI TanhKiller). Other games don’t work. The install procedure seems OK but when I double click on the Populous II icon, it shows a window with the Bullfrog Popoulous II icon, but when I double click on it. A requester appears saying Unable To Open your tool Populous. The same thing happens with Harpoon, wtiile Knights Of The Sky and Dpaint III, which have a different way of installing, don't work.
What is the trouble? Are some games not playable from hard disk? (they all work from floppy ). I read in your July issue of Max Transfer Rate, but I don't know HD Toolbox, is it a PD program, otherwise where can I buy it? 1 hope in your help, apologise for my English, and wish you a good Summer from Italy.
Renato Marrese, Rome Arrivadcrci Roma, noi no coniprendiamo L'haliano. Er. Thank vou for that Mr Bartucca.
A409I MISFORTUNE I currently have an A2000 using AmigaDOS 1.3 and Kkkstart 1.3,1 also have an A2091 SCSI HD controller with a 40Mb Quantum hard disk with 2Mb DRAM on board in my A2000 and an A4000 using AmigaDOS 3.
I would like to use my A2091 with the hard disk on board In my A4000. My A4000 does have revision 11 butter chip. However, I have been unable to get the drive up and running on the A4000. It recognises the controller board and also the 2Mb DRAM but I have been unable to access the hard disk.
Both devkes are seen in HDToolbox as SCSI, but the IDE is at address 0 while the A2091 Is at address 6. On initialisation it calls the first one SCSI and the A2091 Second. SCSI. DEVICE when It checks for devices on start-up.
The only way I have been able to mount this disk is by putting Mountlist in devs dos drivers and using HDDISK, DEVICE as the device driver but no icon appears on the Workbench screen.
When I try to format it through the Shell it says ‘Format failure object is not of required types'.
When I try to format it using the A2091hd install floppy disk It says 'Format failed: cannot find handler*. I do not need to boot from this disk because I already have a hard disk. I read in an AF special that ‘It can be used with a bit of knowledge'. Could you tell me the following:
1) How on earth can I get the hard disk to work with my A4000?
2) Do I need a Mountlist entry?
3) H so, what device driver do I use?
4) Would this controller provide acceptable performance for a CD
(should Commodore ever Basicallv vour problem is lhal some ol
I he games vou mention won’t run on an AI200. So although vou
can install them to your hard drive you can't play them. The
other problem is Irecausc the Assigns for the programs haven't
been set up properly. Check out the box on Assigns in the
Covet disk Extra pages of this issue (page 14).
I have seen many people write into AF asking how to display pictures in Workbench 3. I am able to do this but when they are displayed two copies appear across the screen and a small section re-appears at the bottom. I know it's something to do with resolution but which is the correct one. And is it controlled via Workbench or an art programme?
Nick Donnelly. Ely. Cambs It's quite simple. What happens is that Workbench takes the picture and places it in the background.
If you’ve got an A4000 you should consider gettting a SCSI2 controller such as the A4091.
Bring one out for the A4000), or would I be better off using my IDE controller? I thank you for your help and co-operation in advance.
Wilton Sinclair, Manor Parti, London It was the A4091, not the A2091, we reviewed.
They are different things - the 2091 Is a standard SCSI controller for the A20O0 and the A4091 Is a SCSI2 controller for the A4000. The A2091 may still work on the A4000, but It won't support SCSI2 disks. I suggest that you make a Mountlist entry, but specify Ind.SCSI.devke as the driver.
The controller may not work with a CD at all.
CD-ROM drives require full SCSI protocol support and many cards do not support It (even cards like the Oktagon and Trifecta do not support the full protocol).
Unfortunately, we do not have a working A2091 in the office any more, so I can’t test this, but I would suggest anyway that you upgrade the card to a faster, newer one, such as the Fastlane or the A4091.
II it runs out of image before it has filled the screen, it simplv repeats the image again.
There are two things vou can do. You can either resize the image to be the same si c as vour Workbench screen, or resize the screen to be the same size as the image. I recommend the former, so find out the pixel width ol the screen (use the Screenmode Prefs program) and scale the image up to that size using Dpaml.
Mixed ivionirroRS I own an A500 wilh a CD-ROM drive and an A1200 with a 120Mb hard drive and 6Mb of memory.
All (hat I want to do is run both machines off the same 1084S 6-pin DIN plug monitor. At the moment I constantly have to swap the leads in the hack of mv monitor and it's starling to get a hit of a pain. Do you know of anywhere I could get a monitor splitter with a switch to change between the A500 and the A1200?
I have tried even computer supplier I can think of and nobody can seem to help me. I would be very grateful if any of your readers know of anybody who produces such a device.
JV H Staff. Withcnisea, .V Humberside I'm afraid that vou won’t find anyone doing monitor switchers, at least not cheaply. That's because in order to switch the signals, you would have to switch at least six different wires. The switches would have to be ol very high quality too, to slop the signal suffering terribly.
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Get to the art of the matter Although our paint tutorials arc based on Cloanto's Personal Paint, which is now bundled with the A1200, most paint packages arc fairly similar, so the following principles apply to Dpaint and Brilliance.
All three packages have tool sets such as Line Draw, Flood Fill and Magnify, and this month we'll look at some of these drawing and painting tools and use them to start drawing a basic picture.
These tools provide you with all that you need to create just about any artwork - from simple logos to full-blown works of art. As is the case with conventional artwork, a picture is built up from a basic framework with its detail built up in layers.
The best way to start any picture is to begin by building up an outline of the image using a combination of lines and primitives - the very basic objects that come with the package. This helps give an itlea of layout and perspective. For example, to build up an outline of a human being or an animal, you can use circles and ellipses to construct the general shape of the subject. In the case of something like a tree, however, you'd begin with a mix of squares and lines.
Personal Paint offers a bewildering range of Brush operations. Brushes can be flipped, scaled, rotated, skewed and even image processed with ease to create a wide variety of effects.
Once you have constructed the outline, make sure you save it! If you make a mistake later on (or you don't like the way that the picture is progressing), you can always go back and reload the outline and start again.
The Curve tool is very useful when constructing the outline of an image. Curves are created in exactly the same way as a straight line, but once you've marked the start and end point of the curve, four control points appear down the length of the line.
These points geometrically define the shape of the curve, starting at the first point, and following through the second and third points to the end of the line. By dragging these points away from their default position you can create some Brush manipulation is an essential feature of any paint package and it's a function that Personal Paint performs admirably. In order to start moving areas of the screen around, flipping and rotating as you go. You must first pick up an area of the screen as a Brush.
Personal Paint can hold up to nine separate user-defined Brushes in memory, each accessed by clicking on the Custom Brush number on the tool bar. Or by pressing one to nine on the numeric keyboard.
A Brush is created by clicking on the Define Brush tool. To grab the Brush, move the mouse pointer to the top-left part of the area you want then dick and hold down the left mouse button.
Drag the box down to the bottom right of the required area and let go. The Brush appears, and can be either moved to another point on the screen or distorted using one of the many options available from the Brush Menu.
Drawing with your new brush can be done in one of four ways - Matte, Colour, Replace or Hbrite. Matte keeps the brush in the same colour and format as when it was created, whereas Colour alters the brush in its entirety to one user- selected colour. Replace works like Matte, except where Matte keeps the background colour transparent Replace ignores the transparency information, making the Brush solid. When working in Extra Half Brite. The Hbrite option turns all colours under the brush to the darker 32 colours of the palette. If the right-hand button is pressed, the lighter half of the palette
is used.
The Resize menu allows the Brush to be shrunk or enlarged in several ways - Halve reduces the total surface of the Brush to a quarter of the original size, whereas Double doubles both the horizontal and vertical dimensions of the Brush. You can also change the horizontal or vertical planes by altering the width and height of the Brush. The Brush can also be rotated to any angle, flipped through 90 degrees, flipped horizontally (creating a mirror image) and vertically (effectively turning the Brush upside down).
Other Personal Paint options can be used to outline Brushes in several ways: SIMPLE: outlines the Brush, using the selected foreground colour.
SQUARE- does the same, but with sharper edges.
SHADOWED: applies a border twice as thick as normal to the bottom and right edges.
3-D: creates an outline in the current background colour around the top and left of the Brush, and uses the foreground colour around the bottom and right edges.
When a combination of light and dark colours is selected, the Brush looks like a raised object - if the background is dark and the foreground light the brush appears recessed.
Once you've picked up a Brush, you can apply one or more image processing effects to it.
& PAINT TUTORIAL SCPTEM Ithe first step when creating any artwork is to construct a basic outline of the image using a combination of Personal Paint's Circle and Ellipse tools.
I the image using a combination of Personal Paints Circle and Ellipse tools.
Don't worry if some lines overlap - at this point the only thing that is important is that you can see the basic shape of the subject matter.
3 Our image looks a bit bland at the moment so let's add some colour using the Personal Paint Fill tool. Don't worry too much about the precise 4 Finally, shading is added to give the image a more rounded appearance.
OK, so it's nothing special but as an example of how to construct an J the Personal Paint Fill tool. Don't worry too much about the precise settings of your colour palette - if you find that you need more colours later, you can expand your palette.
Personal Paint provides extensive control over the various Fill operations from this requester.
Fantastically complex bezier curves. Once you've drawn the basic outline of your image (and saved it to disk), remove the lines that aren't needed using a combination of the Freehand Draw Tool and a larger than average brush.
To remove lines that you no longer need, select the background colour from Personal Paint's tool bar and then draw over the lines in question.
After a little bit of time and effort you should be left with a more solid looking outline. Once again, you may want to save this to disk in case you make a mistake later on.
The next step is to fill in the oudine with areas of colour. When filling areas. Personal PainI has more than one trick up its sleeve. Solid Fill simply floods an enclosed area with a selected colour, depending upon which mouse button is pressed (pressing the right mouse button will foree the fill function to use the selected background colour).
Gradient Fill utilises a user-defined range, and can be used in two ways: Manual or Automatic. Manual uses all colours in the palette, whereas Automatic calculates the smoothest transition from background to foreground colours.
Another option, Pattern, produces a constant pattern which is repeated over the entire fill area.
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Workbench, if there’s an icon in there named RexxMasi, then you have Afoxx.
II you move the RexxMast icon into your Wb Startup folder. Albxx is enabled when you re-boot your machine making IsoYfrfor a whole lot more powerful. A lot ol features which !*roYectorseems to lack, are acmallv executed as Aliexx scripts. Just go up to the user menu (below).
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2 You will be presented with a flie requester like the one below. Request it to liud the bitmap that you wish to import, then select OK.
CORRECTING MISTAKES OR SAVING MEMORY We till make mistakes in 1‘roVeclor, Inn fortunately ii has a very handy undo feature, lint did you know that the undo feature will undo more than just the last thing you did to your drawing?
If you go to the Hdit Frefs selection on the 1‘roVWlor Misc menu, you will Ik- presented with the window below.
What you can see here are functions which can be accessed either from the menu, or from the Rexxecule gadget in the ProVeclor control panel.
These functions cover a wide range of ProVeclor features. Trv some out by drawing a shape, like this rectangle: 3Voila. Your bitmap is imported into the ProVeclor document as an object. Soil can move, re-si e or delete it as you wish, but more importantly, you can trace over the top ol it to create a structured (hawing.
* 0 0 4 When tracing a bitmap, resist the natural urge lo do
the large areas of colour (such as skies and backgrounds)
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If you have an Amiga running Workbench 2 or above, the chances are that you have Akexx. II you aren't sure, look in vour System drawer on vottr IMPORTING A BITMAP PICTURE TO TRACE The next release ol hoYntoi will be accompanied l» a new piece of software called Stylus irure. Which can convert bitmap images into ProYrrtm drawings, bin until then, il vou want to create a structured version of a bitmap image, you’ll have to draw it vottrself in ProVfctor.
But don't worry, it isn't as difficult as it sounds, because ProVeclor enables you to import a bitmap image as a background.
If you've been following our 1‘roVeclor tutorials over the last five months, you should be capable of producing some pretty- good drawings and logos by now. But there are still a few features of 1‘roVeclor that we haven't revealed. So here are some tips lor producing better structured drawings.
Make sure the rectangle is selected and go to the user menu, and choose the Shear function (or you could press Clrl-S). You are presented with a small requester box where you can specify the amount by which you want to shear the rectangle: Type in the angle you want to shear your picture bv. I've chosen 25 degrees to create the effect shown in the picture at the lop of the next column. Press OK and your image is sheared by the desired angle.
It is possible to use Aliexx lo write macros like ill is for any complex functions you require ProVeclor to perform. Unfortunately, there are too main commands to detail here, but users who would like to know more should strongly consider upgrading to 1‘roVeclor 5.
This package will Ik- released soon, and the manual contains detailed information on how to write A few scripts to get more from hoVeclor.
Now dick on the text string after the words Undo Depth. T his controls the number of undos that ProVeclor t an perform, if you change it lo live, then selecting Right .VI' repeatedh will undo the last live changes that you made to youi thawing.
The only down side is that all this requires memory, because 1‘roVeclor has to bullet the last live actions that you made.
II you have sullicient memory, then make the undo depth as high as you think necessary, but if you are having dillicultv running ProVeclor on your system, reduce the undo depth to none, and save your picture frequentlv. So that if you make a mistake you can re-load an earlier version.
If you've enjoyed these tutorials, or found ProVeclor a useful program - and judging from the response from readers many of you have enjoyed using ProVeclor - then you'll Ik- pleased to know that Stvlus have nearly completed work on the the new version of 1‘rcA'eclor.
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_21K J SEPTEMBER 1 994 BLITZ TUTORIAL Writing games with Blitz Basic 2 is remarkably easy, so join Roy Ferguson as he embarks on a new project.
4 | 1 oui the images and save them all in one go as Shapes (see listing I). With the shapes safely saved to disk, I could move on to programming the game itself knowing that the graphics were safely stored away. Also, because all the graphics are on one 32-colour page. I know that the palette has been organised properly.
After sorting out the graphics, programming can begin in earnest. As always. I've tried to split the code into different procedures, or Statements how much memory to set aside for us. DIM dy(16) The DIMcnsion Statement creates a variable, dy. Which actually contains up to 16 different values. We can refer to each one In turn like this: dy(ll=-2 dy(2)=-2 dy(3)=-l The number in the brackets, the index, can be replaced with a variable - for example. Fall, which then replaces our entire If Then collection with one line: by=by*dy(fal1) This assumes we have set all the values in the array, and this
was done just after the array had been declared. Using a loop and the Blitz commands Read and Data makes it easier to make a list of values rather than having to set each one in a line of their own.
NEWTYPES A feature seen for the first time in this listing is Newtype - an idea borrowed from the programming language C Using Newtype. A new sort of variable can be defined - one you can design to hold information on a particular item in your program.
In this case, we'll create a Newtype called .blobtype which contains five separate variables which store its position, direction and so on. This Newtype command doesn't create an actual variable, only a special template which can be used later. The subsequent line: DM blobs. Blobtype (6) creates an array of six variables (b!obs(1), blobs(2),blobs(3) and so on), each of which contains those five other variables.
Without the new data type, we would need five separate arrays which all gets a bit untidy. You can get at the values in the blobs(?) Variable by using a slash, like this: bx=blobs(l) x This sets bx to be the value stored in x, which is part of blob variable number 1. Likewise, blobs(1) x=48 sets this same variable to be 48.
You might wonder why we need to take all the values from the blob super-variables, print and move the blob, and then put all the values back. Why not use the blob variable as a parameter in the statement - after all, bx and by are passed in this way? Unfortunately, we can't pass complicated variables in this way - only simple ones. There is a way around it but it's a bit tricky so we'll leave it for now.
This month we'll start work on a new game, and make use of some different Blib Hnsir 2 features which can make our lives easier. The new game is called BlitiBlob- a rather naff title I'm sure you'll agree.
In BlitzBlob, the player controls a character which jumps around a large pyramid, changing the colours of the blocks underneath.
Out to get him are some green blobs, which tumble down the steps in an unpredictable fashion. Sound familiar? Well it shouldn't or we'd he in trouble for copyright infringement. With the game design set (player, pyramid, blob nothing if not comprehensive!) The next stage is to start designing the graphics.
I decided straight away to go for a 32-colour low-resolulion (256 by 320) screen because most games look best in this mode. The graphics for the 3D-style blocks were drawn in Deluxe PainI - using the grid lock feature it took about 10 seconds.
Their si e was chosen to be as large as possible while still allowing a reasonable portion of the display to Ire lilted on to the screen. A possible future enhancement for BlitzBlob could feature vertical scrolling to show a larger display area, but I’m not going to show you how to do it because I want to copyright that idea myself... With the blocks designed, the si e of the player's character and the green blob can be estimated. I decided to chicken out from drawing and created the graphics using Imagine. After rendering them, they were loaded into Deluxe Paint and resized and recoloured to
fit.
I also knocked up a huge Game Over message and the game title and put all these graphics on one Deluxe Paint image. This meant I could write a small Blitz Ba ie program using GetAShape to cut HIP, HIP ARRAY The BlitzBlob listing includes our first sight of an array - a variable which can hold more than one value. We need the array because in the 16 steps it takes the blob to fall a level, different values need to be added to its Y co-ordinate.
Remembering that the variable Fall counts from 1 to 16, we could use lots of If and Thens like this: IF £all=l THEN by=by-2 IF fall=2 THEN by=by-2 IF fall=3 then by=by-l ...and so on.
This would be rather tedious, and it would also slow down the program because it would have to make 16 different checks each time the blob is moved. Instead we can use an array to store all the different values.
At the start of the program, we first declare the array. We need to do this so that Blitz knows BLITZ TUTORIAL WYW Statement PrintBloblbx.by) Bblit O.O.bx.by ; Y changes End Statement Data -2.-2,-1.0.1.2,2,3.3.4.4,4,5.5.6.6 underneath (see last month's tutorial for more details about this).
MoveBlobf) Move the blob down the screen, and if it reaches the bottom reset it to the top. Flic blob falls in 16 steps, and the direction it moves in (left or right) is determined randomly al the start of each step when the variable Kail is zero. The x co-ordinate is then incremented (or decremented) in steps of 2 (or -2) except at the start and end when we need to add (or subtract) an extra 1.
Dim dy(161 For y= 1 To 16:Read dy(y):Next NEOTYPE .blobtype state.w dir.w
x. w
y. w fall.w End NEOTYPE Dim blobs.blobtype(6) Statement Display!(
Screen 0.5 ScreensBitMap 0,0 LoadShapes
0,*blitz2:progs blobshapes* LoadPalette
0.*blitz2:progs blitzbiob.iff Use Palette 0 Cls 0 For a=l To
100 Plot Rnd(320),Rnd(256 ,Rnd(10) Next a yy=40 For y-1 To 5
xx=160-ly*31) For x=l To y Blit l,xx,yy xx - xx . 6 2 Next x
yy=yy*40 Next y End Statement LISTING ONE ; Cut out and Keep
the Shapes Screen 0,5 ScreensBitMap 0,0 Use Palette 0
LoadBitMap 0.*df0:blitzblob.iff*,0 Use Palette 0 GetaShape
0,0.0,32,32 GetaShape 1,0,153.64.48 GetaShape 2,0,208,64,48
GetaShape 3,0,35,32,60 GetaShape 4,40,35.32,62 CopyShape 3,5
Xflip 5 ; 5 is 3 facing other direction CopyShape 4.6 Xflip 6
; 6 is 4 facing other direction GetaShape 7,66,160,248,32
GetaShape 8,66,208,248,32 SaveShapes
0,8,*blitz2:progs blobshapes¦ as ttlilz refers to them. At the
current state of the program. I have only needed three. These
are: Display!} Set up the 32-colour screen, load in the shapes
(and the palette from the original image to get the colours
right). Then clear the screen and plot some background stars
to look nice, and, using a loop inside a loop and some sums to
gel the co-ordinates right, draw the blocks on lo the screen
to get the pyramid effect.
PrinCBlob!) Bblit the enemy blob on to the screen. Bblit is used to protect the background LISTING TWO BlitzBlob blobs(11 state=l Buffer 0,16384 For q=l To 500 Vwait UnBuffer 0 For b=l To 6 state-blobs(bl state bx blobs(b) x by blobstb) y bd=blobs(b) dir fal1-blobs(b) fal1 If state=l Pr intBlob(bx,by 1 MoveBlob(bd,bx.fcy. fall) Endlf If falle-1 by=20 :bx=142:fal1-0 blobs(b) x*bx blobs(b) y=by blobs(b) dir=bd blobs(b) fall=fall Next b Next q The y co-ordinate (how high) could have simply been increased to make the blob move down the screen, but this doesn't look very good.
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H Click on the channel where you want particular types of MIDI data received on the current channel to be sent.
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Enable in white means they are allowed through, brown means they are stopped.
Continuous data has a percentage slider.
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CHANNEL: Click on the channel number to call up its filter settings.
FILTERS L'T EVENT TYPE: The type of MIDI event to be filtered.
F PORTAMENTO OH ) PORTAMENTO OFF 1 V1BMTB BH II VIBRATO OFF | [ BLL NOTES OFF ] (RESET CONTROL ] Keyboard Nap: Gammrr Data Echo; I INTERNAL : CONTROL MAP: This remaps certain controller information to other events.
For the moment make sure this is OFF.
KEYBOARD MAP: You can have up to four keymaps in memory, for triggering alternative notes, transposing, sending alternative data when notes are played and so on.
For the moment leave this OFF.
Note 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 ENABLE Channel Hftertouch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 I" H Poly Aftertouch 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 18 11 12 13 14 15 16 EST-V _ Progran Change 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 18 11 12 13 14 15 16 ENABLE Control Change 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 IB 11 12 13 14 15 16 ENABLE Pitch Bend 1 2 3 4 3 6 7 8 9 IB 11 12 13 14 15 16 IZZZZEUZZ!
SET ALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 18 11 12 13 14 15 16 In our previous tutorials we covered many of the basics of recording, creating and editing sequences and sounds with the Music-X.
('.overdisk. Now we'll take a look at MIDI control and give you some hints and lips about how to use the Kilter Page - one of the more complex areas of the program.
The Filter is used to alter the routing of certain MIDI messages. You can use it to send events to a different channel, limit the amount of data to be processed or even to control completely different MIDI events. For example, if your synlh sends unusually large amounts of pitch bend info, you can set Music-X to only process changes over a certain threshold, thereby stopping the program from receiving a glut of information and making the process of creating music a lot easier. After all.
If you just pitch bend a fraction of a semitone, you don't really need to record such subtle changes to create the same overall effect. *5 In the final part of his series of Music-X tutorials, Maff Evans explains how you can cut corners by getting to grips with the Filter Page.
DATA ECHO: This determines where MIDI data that Music-X receives is sent.
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The yellow option is the one selected. If none is selected, the data is not rechannelled. This is useful if your keyboard has no Local Off function.
1 OMN I ON 31 OHHI OFF 1 POLY MODE MONO NODE [ LOCAL ON __LOCAL OFF_____| Event Type Renap Filter MIDI MOOE PANEL: Some synths and modules have strange button configurations for accessing MIDI modes. By clicking on these you can assign modes from your Amiga. Check your synth’s manual to see which mode does what.
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Data Echo: ¦HOllf INTERNAL 2 Make sure that the RE-OUT button is lit under Data Echo: so that the MIDI data is sent back out via MIDI, and turn Local Control of your controller keyboard to OFF. Also, make sure that the Keyboard and Control Maps are set to OFF.
IT'S MUSIC TO OUR EARS Icall up your drum sound on your module and assign it to MIDI channel 10 and set your keyboard to send on channel 1. Go to the Mode menu and select Set Filters to call up the filter page.
Every month we carry hints and tips for Amiga Format Coverdisk programs - this month's section is on page 14. If you have discovered something about Music-X that you think will help other readers get the most out of the program, write to: 4 Make sure that you have these settings in the Filter section: set Notes to ENABLE (white) so that notes are sent through, Channel and Poly Aftertouch set to 000 (so that no keyboard aftertouch is received). Now you can play and record drum sounds on channel 10 from your controller keyboard and not have streams of aftertouch data messing things up.
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II A1000 ? A500 A500+ ? A600 ? A1200 A1500 2000 : A3000 A1000'30 A4000 40 CDTV CD« ALL ABOUT YOUR AMIGA £ 15.000 to £19.999 £20.000 to £2-1.999 Over £25.000 ALL ABOUT YOU BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING WHAT YOU SAY Do you know who is reading your E-mail? Richard Baguley looks at how the secret service deal with Comms and how they are trying to clip your wings.
Cyberspace can be a dangerous place.
Ask Steve Jackson. On March I. 1990, US Government agents raided the offices of bis publishing company and seized all of his computers and the Bulletin Board system that his customers used.
No charges were brought against him, his equipment was not returned, he received 110 explanation of why his possessions had been seized, and he had no compensation for it.
So why did the US Government agents seize Steve Jackson's computers? It later emerged that an employee had a copy of a document detailing how the Telephone Emergency System (911) worked, which had been obtained illegally from a telephone company's computer. Although this document only contained information that was freely available elsewhere, the company called in Government agents to track down the culprit.
Meanwhile, the person responsible had pul a copy of the document into a electronic magazine (called Phrack), and an employee of Steve Jackson Games was sent a copy.
When the US secret service could not get 011 to the BBS. They decided that Jackson's company BBS was being used lo distribute this document, and raided the company, seizing three computers, live hard disks and several hundred floppy disks.
This is a point worth remembering when you are sending E-mail. Unlike letters. E-mail can be copied and stored any number of times before it reaches its destination, and you have 110 way of telling if it hits been intercepted.
The US Government certainly want to know what people at e saying and they proposed a system which would mean that information being sent over a telephone line was encrypted (so a casual phone tapper couldn't listen in), but which meant that the State could still listen in if they wanted to.
This system is based around a piece of hardware called the Clipper chip which uses a complex cryptography system which is supposedly unbreakable. At the start of a call, the two chips in both telephones decide 011 a kcv which is different for every call. However, there is a backdoor built legislation) are available by anonymous FTP from this address.
INFOOEFF.ORG - General information on the work and purpose of the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
COMP.ORG.EFF.NEWS. COMPORG.EFF.TALK and ALT.POUTICS.DATAHIGHWAY - Three Usenet newsgroups where members of the EFF and others discuss aspects of the law and Comms.
In fact, there was no copy of Phrtuk on the Steve Jackson BBS (called Illuminati). When the equipment was relumed after three months, several files had been deleted, and Jackson had to delay the publication of one of his books, not to mention having to lay off several members of staff.
Jackson eventually received compensation for the loss of business, although it took a court case to get the US Government to acknowledge they had been in error.
Does this sound like a fantasy? Sadly, it's true.
Although there have been changes in the way that the secret service (and other law enforcement or intelligence services) approach E-mail and Comms. They still try to keep tabs on what people are saying over the networks.
FURTHER INFORMATION There are a variety of organisations looking at the issues of State censorship and interference in Comms - one of the most vociferous and respected is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). Information about their work is available from the following Internet sites.
FTP.EFF.ORG - A large number of files (including details of EFF legal actions and proposed into every chip. A third party would have a ropy of the methods used to generate the encryption key.
And would hand this information over to a Government agent when they produced a valid writ allowing the tapping of telephone calls.
It sounds like a good idea, but there are problems with it. It is proposed that the system will be voluntary, so what is to stop a terrorist buying a telephone without this device fitted, or using their own system, which would be harder to break? Plus, if the ke x to the Clipper encryption are held by a third party, ativbodv could get hold of them illegally and use them to tap your calls.
Although the UK Govern men i has not (sc (ar) decided to adopt the Clipper or any similar standard, organisations such as MI5 are fullv aware of the potential of E-mail for terrorists, pornographers or other criminals.
Comms is still a relatively new method of communication, and the rules on what is acceptable and what is not are still being written.
The debate is akin to the situation at the birth of the printing press, when many people found the idea of teaching people to read and allowing them access to cheap printed books unacceptable.
There are lots of people who want to legislate until Comms is so restricted that it would be almost impossible to start up your own Bulletin Board or use E-mail. Are we going to let them? O Order hotline. 0793 490988 E Selected Amiga Software for the selective Amiga user.
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DIM SUNG I am one of those dim' people who doesn't subscribe to Amiga Format.
The only reason being I can't afford to fork out the full price of tile subscription in one go, so i resort lo buying it every month from my local newspaper shop.
May I make a suggestion? Why don’t AF provide for the dim people and make it possible to pay for the cost of a subscription in instalments, maybe by direct debit?
Mas I also suggest that you choose vour words more carefully and not refer to people as dim without first taking their circumstances into consideration. If it wasn't for the excellent quality of your magazine I’d stop buying it. So there!
F Logan, Manchester We already offer a direct debit option Isee page 55). But this lakes the cost of the subsaiplion out in one lump sum. possible, well ley and set up a system which automatically lakes out monthly payments from your account, which is less of a burden on your cashflow.
Howei'er. Il still makes more sense to subscribe, whichever was you do it!
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY I have committed the ultimate sin and purchased two pieces of software before waiting for Afs definitive reviews. As a result I am £55.98 worse off for my misdemeanour, which would have bought the next 14 issues of my favourite mag.
I recently went into my local games store and to my surprise saw Kirk Off J and Empire Soccer staring at me invitingly. Normally you review games before they are released and 1 was surprised to see these games out before vour reviewers had got their NO SCORE DRAWS Thrr* are many mags on the news stands, but if you want tht best, get AF.
Something seems to be very wrong with the Amiga game reviews that appear in Amiga Format and GamesMaster (both of which are published by Future Publishing): Traps Y Treasure AF82% GM39% Arcade Pool AF94% GM61% Puggsy AFA 7% GM68% Brian The Lion AF49% GM90% I read your magazines for buying advice but I'm left totally confused.
Surely a game should be reviewed objectively? Unless you can both agree on a game's merits, my hard-earned cash will stay in my pocket!
R Swann. Ctwyd The problem with any game review is that it's a very personal thing. Some people think that Lemmings is the dog's lower parts; personally. I'm not that bothered. So review scores vary from reviewer to reviewer and magazine to magazine. However, in this instance, you have to remember that GamesMaster is a multi-format consoleoriented mag, and their reviews are influenced heavily by the sorts of games and scores that other formats receive. If In doubt go with Af's scores.
Mitts on them. Kick Off Is box claimed international action at its best. (Her 2,090 frames of animation for fast-flowing action'.
Empire Soccer claimed: 'a totally new soccer sensation' with 'atmospheric crowd effects' and 'superb graphics'.
I bought both games and when I got home I really felt devastated at the crapness of them. With Kick Off
J. which is an AGA game, the playability is disgraceful, the
graphics are terrible. God knows where the
2. 000 frames of animation are and when you score, instead of
superb sound effects, it all goes quiet!
Worse still, some perfectly good goals just go through the goal net for a goal kirk. You need a joystick with two independent lire buttons, and the instant replay facility is a waste of time. Dreadful. Empire Soccers not quite so bad. But the graphics are hardly 'superb' and the sprites are so big that you only see the opponent's goal when you reach their area.
Perhaps these games weren’t sent to you for review because the companies knew they were crap and it could harm stiles. Gome on software companies, get your act together!
Mr Drew. Cleveland True. Kick Off 5 is disapfMiinting, but :ie think you're being hard on Empire Soccer - stick with il. It's good fun.
Howei'er. It just goes to show that it’s worth waiting for Amiga Format's reviews, even if you eventually disagree with them twe ran 7 please everyone).
Also, if the shops you go to won't let you play the game first, find a shofi that will: 56 ifiiid is a large wad of cash to blow on games you Haven 7 even tried!
GRAVE SITUATION Well, yet another month has passed and it would appear that there still isn't a buyer for Commodore. Oh dear, oh dear... I can't say that this has been a surprise; after all the Amiga is still, after all this time, a virtual unknown in this big world of computers. I.et’s face it. The Pee See and Mac are the big names while out beloved Amiga remains in near obscurity.
It's time to wake up and smell the coffee, my dear fellow Amiga users.
There will he no more Antigas manufactured after this year. What there is in existence now is all that there will ever be.
Friends, the Amiga had the ability to conquer the desktop computer world. It's a crying shame that the powers that he at Commodore hadn't the competence to do what their thousands of loyal customers wanted. All they had to do was market the damn machine properly!
So Commodore have killed their adopted baby before its tenth birthday. Well, the Amiga will survive for a good few years yet in spite of Commodore, and it will continue to do so as long as there is hardware and software support.
But what we don't want at this stage is all these lame software pirates out there thinking Well, the Amiga is virtually dead now. So it doesn't matter if we pirate every game and utility that comes out'. All this will do is to make the software developers think that the Amiga isn't worth programming for, and then the machine's coffin will he well and truly nailed shut.
Jonathan McBricn. Fermanagh Admittedly. Commodore have failed to make the most of their excellent technology, but I think you’re a little premature in your obituary of the Amiga.
As write this (some weeks before the news pages. I'll point out), it looks as though Commodore's management have succeeded m their bid lo buy the business.
If this is the rase, then there will certainly be more Amigas made - and very soon.
The machine isn 7 dead yet and a negative attitude won 7 help things one bit: the Amiga and the Amiga market needs its loyal users mine than ever.
And if there are any pirates reading - lay off the Amiga!
TAKING THE PS Here are some Pss I have saved up. I just couldn't think of a letter to go with them.
PS: What the hell ever happened to Q &- A anyway?
PP-S: When will the next AF Special be out? (The last one I got was The Beginners’ Guide - God knows why because I'm not a beginner at all).
PPPS: Stop writing the PI) and Re-releases as one long text. It has to he read all at once this way or it appears disjointed. I don't always want to read it all at once. Just bloody stop it, it's irritating me.
Continued overleaf 4 Please could you tell me if the Zappo CD-ROM drive for the A1200 is compatible with a 2Mb A600 without hard drive. I saw it in Amiga Format and noticed that it fitted into the PCMCIA slot. I am enquiring about this because I have seen PCMCIA cards for both the A600 and A1200.
David Wilkes. Lancashire It will work as a standard CD-ROM drive, for reading things like CDTV discs and PD discs, but as far as CD31 games go, forget it - your machine ain't AGA I have found that a flatfish such as plaice or skate makes a great novelty mouse mat!
Paul Harrison. Gwent Thanks - do any other readers have useful tips?
There are three things that I wish to ask you. They are:
1) Are Bullfrog definitely bringing out Theme Park for the Amiga
500 600? The reason I ask is that when I saw the game
previewed in AFS9, I immediately wanted it and could not wait
for it to come out in July (which is when you said it would
come out in AF60). You then stated that it was due to be
released in August and I thought I would reserve a copy. So I
phoned European Computer (on page 47 of AF61), but they said
that Theme «¦ 1'1‘ITS: Tim Smith's and Jeff Walker's
respective columns are great! Are there any more freelancers
willing to lend their hand to AT wo-ider? If so grab 'em.
PPPI’PS: Why not have a special PS colti’.nn in letters? (Rename Bits On T'h.- Side' to PS.)
PPPPPPS: Im, let me think. Ah ves. Have a free subscription for the best letter of the month. People who already have one get another year's on top. Or a T-shirt or something.
PPPPPPPS: Put I’D Demos on the Coverdisks (maybe when you have three of them). This would waken the un-initiated and please the vets.
PPPPPPPPS: Why not run a high profile Compo like Houses lluusry on the Big Breakfast. You could call it Harris Harris. You would give a hard disk away as the prize even month to Park would probably not be coming out for the Amiga 500 600.
2) I bought Arcade Pool a week ago and played Speed Pool and got
a lighting-fast 20 seconds. I was wondering if this was a
record?
3) Can I have an AF mug please, please, please?
Ewan Duncan. Ayrshire
1) Yes indeedy The A500 600 version of Theme Park is definitely
in development (it better be: we've got an exclusive demo on
Amiga Format's Coverdiskl), although the A1200 version will be
on sale first.
2) I doubt it... Any takers?
3) No you can't. There are no mugs round here, mate I would like
to express my thanks to Canon (UK) for all the help that they
gave me in deciding which printer to buy. I had read the Amiga
Format review of the Canon BJC600 (AF53 90%), and considering
the high score that you gave it I tried to obtain some print
samples for colour bubblejet printers.
Canon were the only company that actually answered all of my questions and sent me a vast range of print samples. They offer extremely helpful advice and. More importantly than that, they fully support the Amiga!
Mr Edwards, South Glamorgan lob done whoever spotted the hidden blue objects or whatever.
PPPPPPPPPS: I've been getting this mag since Issue 2(i you know!
Ahll. Those were the davs - when you could go out with a tenner and come hack with some ST rehash.
PPPPPPPPPPS: I thought the art tutorial was for Dpainl. Not just I’I'aiul which hardlv anyone's got.
PPPPPPI’PPPPS: AAAAAAAAAN N D CUT! I'll be hack!
Nick Donnelly. Cambridgeshire In numerical order (Irs amount of Ps):
1) Between letters and Workbench, ue think ue already have enough
(Jv and ,4s.
2) There will he another edition of Amiga (!!) '-’ on sale in
October. Further specials have yet lo he finalised.
3) No. I lowever. We will iiohahly 'box-off one or two of the
liiggei items.
41 lie are in discussions al the moment.
5) Aali, I rather think not.
THE BITS ON THE SIDE...
6) Whs should ue give profile prizes for writing about Ihrir
favourite s uliject ?
7) The Coverdisks are alrrads too full of expensive software -
hut sou do gel lop PI) stuff on the Subscribers ’ Siifirrih.sk
I see page 32 to find out how In subscribe).
S) What about Iasi issue's compo. Where ue gave away four grand s
worth of Cl) kit? Not had!
9) I worked on Issue I. sou know.
Ill) Point taken: ue're Invoking Ike tutorial so llial it's more useful fat all ,4 iniga artists.
11) Oh... goody.
FLIPPIN' FLOPPIES I recently switched computers, from the Atari ST K lNlb to the A1200. I am impressed by the graphics and sound capabilities of* the machine and intensely annoyed by some other factors. Disk access - the Amiga's drive might hold more hut it’s slow!
And when you are on a floppy-only system vou rcallv notice it.
The format seems unreliable: I have had several disks corrupt on mein the last three months when lor four vears of owning various Sts none ever did this.
And this business with a disk- based OS - with onlv one drive, formatting is a disk-swap nightmare!
I got a hard drive and a second drive recently and the extra money I paid for these make the computer useable - (in fact better than any ST). But since having a hard drive I have noticed a surprising lack ol HD installable commercial software.
Some of the few that arc installable don't even use the AGA chipset. This includes some of the more recent games, such as Spare llulk, which spends most of the time loading.
Ml lank Platoon, contrary to its manual, is actually installable. |ust put it in a folder and it runs OK.
Andrew Torture, Derbyshire Well, no-one said Ike Amiga was infallible. Slill. I'm sure the extra disk accessing time is more than worth the wail for all those Itnels graphics.
'The main reason software houses are loath to make games hard disk-installable is that it makes the game a doddle to pirate. So who can blame them for sticking lo floppies ?
VIRTUALLY USELESS Being the generous type who enjoys sharing good ideas with other people I thought I'd write and tell everyone how to make a cheap, yet effective virtual reality system.
Firstly take an old glove (or even a mitten) and tie hits of string (or yarn) to the lingers with the loose ends glued to the moving part of your joystick. This will activate the joystick when you wave your hand about in llu- air.
Now for tlie headset. Take two poles, lying one horizontally on each shoulder. On one end of them sturdily attach your monitor TV in front ol vour face and on the other end (behind you) use an object of similar weight to counter-balance it.
Using some careful balancing your screen should be suspended just before your eyes.
And there you go. All set up so you'd hardlv know the difference, except lor the thousands of pounds you saved!
Louise Harrison. Cwent . la he if more people look I onise s advice, llnlain might not he in the economic mess il is nine. Ilnl then again... MISSING THE POINT Why is computer software different front any other consumer product?
Why should it. And the people who produce it. Ik- regarded as a special case? Yes. This is vet another letter about piracy! Take a trip to a car hoot sale and vou'll sec pirated music tapes, video tapes, perfumes, and you can even get pirated satellite telly cards. So why isn't there a Federation Against T-Shirt Theft, or a Federation Against Perfume Theft?
How have the software houses managed to get such clout that thev have police and trading standards departments rushing around grabbing dodgy floppies while other pirates are left in relative peace?
Why should I feel more sorrv for "The Softies' (your rather apt description) than for Benetton or EMI? I know that all theft is wicked - it's a wicked world - it's just that you obviously feel that some thell is more wicked than other theft. How else can you explain the constant, lairing, moralising about software theft that spoils your otherwise enjoyable mag?
No name provided If we were a T-shirt magazine or a record magazine or a video magazine, then we'd hammer oil about piracy in l inl market.
Call me old fashioned. Inil il seems the right thing lo do to hring the nuls of software theft to the attention of our software-using readers.
Dreadfully sorry about the constant, holing, moralising about something that's tearing the crap nut of this market. I guess we'll just have lo stop and pretend it dorsn V happen.
MANUAL LABOUR I would like to complain about the appalling quality of the manuals for nearly every game I have ever bought. Manuals such as hrmier Manager 2 skim over half the features but do not explain the function of some vital options, such as high, normal or low passing, and the various playing styles, and the budget release of Turman 2 misses out the " D .
Thank you for your review of Bars&Pipes Professional 2.5 (AF61 78%). There are a few discrepancies that need to be noted.
MOANS&GRIPES fiultar Pltvar ' » 5 1994 Bln, Ribbon SoundUorbl. Lid.
First the Guitar Tool is not "a weird tool...” as you state in your review. Although it can be used tor many things, its concrete use is to change keyboard chord voicings into guitar chord voicings. Of course, it also does everything else you mention, in addition to providing an on-screen fretboard for note and chord entering and visualisation. Another item of interest to guitarists is 2.S’s ability to print tablature in addition to standard notation.
You spend almost two paragraphs complaining that pattern-based editing and playback is not adequately supported.
However, you neglected to mention that the Pattern Tool and Loop Tool provide powerful pattern-based editing and playback, in addition to
2. S's new Track looping feature.
That's a lot of flexibility.
Also. Bars&Pipes Pro 2.5 provides several potential methods of triggering samples:
1) The SamplePhone Tool plays back IFF samples and can be
triggered via MIDI or the Media Madness window.
2) The Command Performance Tool can trigger an external sound
utility via Arexx.
3) SuperJAM! Owners can use the TurboSound Tool to play several
sound samples simultaneously.
Music lest screen and many others.
Also, manuals on a ( I) sound wonderful. They are not. It is not possible to sit and read the manual when vou get stuck into the game, unless vou reset the machine and read the instructions. Not good.
I think you should include a comment on the quality ol the manual in vottr reviews. Who wants lo lnt ' a complicated strategy game then spend a month working out what to do In-cause the manual explains it wrongly?
It can’t be too difficult lor the software publishers to produce decent manuals - I have never found fault with any of Virgin's manuals ((ion and Mortal Kombat), and Intelek produced a superb manual for (Championship Manager Italia (although it does miss out one of the Is Bars&Pipes Professional 2.5 an invaluable piece of software for Amiga musicians, or is it overpriced at f70?
4) Internal Sounds Kit owners can use the AmigaPhone Tool to play
back looping instrument samples.
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2. 5 that you won't find in 2.0 include the ability to merge a
group of tracks, or split a track into component pitches with
one command. The Step Entry feature in
2. 5 has also been improved greatly.
As with any program, personal preference makes all the difference.
If you are already a Bars&Pipes Professional user, you'll find that after using 2.5 for a while you won't want to go back to 2.0. If you have never used Bars&Pipes before, you'll find that version 2.5 provides all the features you could ever want.
The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks also provides Rules For Tools, which allows you to create your own Bars&Pipes Tools and Accessories in the C programming language. The Rules For Tools package guarantees that Bars&Pipes Professional will continue to expand and grow for as long as there are Amiga owners with C compilers. Can you say the same for other music software?
Mark Burton, The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks Ltd Over to Maff Evans... ‘Idon'tdoubt that Bars&Pipes Pro 2.5 is a powerful program, but £70 for some new tools and a few streamlined elements is still a rather expensive update. Despite your criticisms, I find no reason to change my opinion of the new version."
Player statistics), and except for I'ltimate BimI Blows, I have found Team IT’s manuals comprehensive and entertaining.
So software publishers, take note!
The people who buy your games can't play them unless the instructions are adequate. If you must produce short instructions please make sure that they are correct. Maybe even spell check them (Gremlin seem to have forgotten to do this on the Premier Manager 2 instructions).
Mike Richmond. North Humberside Well, half the challenge is working out how to play the game without reading the manual. But it is infuriating when the instructions... er... don't. Stive Bradley says he'll hear your comments in mind when he's doing the game reviews. 'Ze THE MAN AT THE TOP Write to Commodore UK managing director David Pleasance c o Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street, Bath, Avon BA1 2BW.
C= GET IN THE FAST LANE After reading the M-Tec accelerator card review in Issue 59 of Amiga Format. I have realised just how important Fast RAM is. The speed of an A1200 was increased by 42 per cent for rendering by adding Fast RAM alone. The increase in speed for games should be even greater, because the CPU has the sound chip to contend with as well.
So. Why not swap a quarter of a megabyte of the A1200's and CD3,,s Chip RAM for Fast RAM? That's all a game should need for its main screen updating routines, and programs would have a field day with the extra power generated.
G Sherlock, Wirral, Merseyside Adding Fast RAM to the AT200 and CD32 would increase performance for a lot of software. However, it is not technically feasible to split 256K from Chip RAM for use as Fast RAM. The minimum chunk that could be split is 512K. However, this would create problems for RAM expanders and accelerators recognising the different configurations.
I guess the solution is to provide a motherboard which allows for the addition of Fast RAM SIMMs when the users require it. Our Research And Development engineers will give this serious consideration, and I will ensure that Amiga Format is informed of any outcome.
WHY NO MASCOT?
I have always noticed something missing from the Amiga compared to Nintendos and Segas. What I’m talking about is a mascot such as Mario or Sonic - something to identify with. 3DO has not been very successful, the same is true of the Jaguar, and the Amiga (CD32 in particular) will go the same way unless something is done.
I know Commodore don’t program games, but why not pay, or buy out. A company such as Gremlin to make a character and game for you, which Commodore would hold the copyright to.
Commodore need to be purchased soon, surely a character such as this would make it a much more attractive proposition to buy out?
The character wouldn't have to be a lovable cute one - it could be a well hard dinosaur or a swamp monster. You may think this approach of a mascot-type character is out-dated, but it sells machines and that is what Commodore desperately need to do.
Nick Donnelly, Ely, Cambs This is a topic that has often been raised in the past, but it is worth airing again. Firstly can I assure you that we have been offered on an exclusive basis, wonderful characters such as Zool from Gremlin.
However, there are a number of reasons why we haven't, thus far, chosen to follow this route.
Commodore pioneered the initiative of bundles, creating packs which include the latest and best in gaming software, thereby ensuring that purchasers always gets free what they would certainly buy anyway. This precludes us from tying ourselves to a character over a long period of time, which would undoubtedly become out of fashion. Also, it is important to remember that Commodore is not a software publisher, and therefore does not make the same massive profits as the Japanese console manufacturers do with their Sonics and Marios. The 8 and 16-bit console market is in a terrible state of affairs
with business forecast to drop over 50 per cent this year - so where is the help from Sonic and Mario now7 Jason Holborn is your guide through this month's selectio of the cream of reader art. What a talented lot you are!
By Dennis Tsagam mulos, Vrnizw. Italy This absolutely stunning Imagine picture has to be one of the best-rendered images we've ever received in the AF offices. Most rendered images are quite obviously artificial but the use of subtle lighting and reflective surfaces give this image a gloomy yet very natural feel.
There’s a £25 mail order voucher for the best Gallery pic every month. Send your entries to: Amiga Format Gallery. 30 Monmouth St Bath. Avon BA1 2BW winner AMIGA B Austin Taylor. Swansea This image gets its name from the Spanish word Amiga which means girlfriend. Worth noting is the clever use of shading on the woman's face which raises the focal point out of the blue.
PIN HEAD n Angelo Pliatsikas. I.lasgnw This image was created on an AGA-based Amiga, but the colour palette is surprisingly limited. This is intentional, and makes the Pin Head character (star of the Hell Raiser films) more menacing.
WORKING LATE By Angelo Pliatsikas. (ilasgtr.o Trying my best not to be sexist but the focal point of this image is the legs. The picture was drawn on an AGA machine and note the clever use of the Dpaint Perspective tool to create a patterned floor.
A1200 lIs lianas ('.hra.stina. Scunlhorlie One of the most impressive aspects of this picture is how the image on the monitor creates an illusion of infinite progression. This effect must have taken many hours to create because it needs to be rendered many times to achieve the progression.
VIPER By J Austin Taylor, Swansea Based on the spacecraft from the sci-fi flick BattleStar Galactica, this is a fine example of how to combine traditional painting techniques with rendering programs. The image was rendered in Imagine and then pasted on to a Dpaint starfield.
TREES By Ku hard Morrdy. 1'unbndgr Wells Not the most technically stunning of the images on show, but Richard's image caught my eye because of its clever use of dappling effects. Quite how Richard achieved this is unknown but I suspect that an image-processing program may have been involved.
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' This co*ect«on of disks shows how 1 should be done the convenoonai meeument samples are the oest i ve heard on the Amga* CU Amiga 7,-92. *0° want some high quaWy and wide rangng sounds to use m your compositions’ Well then the is the ptace to look * Rating 87*. Amiga Format Speoat AuV92 N B no of samples in brackets 001 AFRICA* 002 INOtANlKST 003 IN0ANPERC 004 ARABIC 005 FAR EAST 006 EUROPEAN 00 OCEANIA 008 AMERICAS 009 FX PERC 010 DRUM KIT 011 ANA10GPERC 012 LATIN PERC 013 GUITARS 014 BASS GUITARS 015 ANAcCGBASS 016 DIGITAL BASS 017 BRASS 018 SYNTH BRASS 019 PIANOS 020 STRINGS 021 SYNTH
STRINGS 022 CHOIRS 023 ORGANS 024 BEILS 025 S0UN0 EX Octave Spirts, with Strings FX (16) Otto. Orcn Hits Secbcns etc (21J Analog 4 Dig.tal (19) Mixed Cnoirs with Bells 6 Svntn (16) Church 4 Electric (17) Rea) 4 Synth with Choir 4 Strings (20) Action E«p(os»ons. Gunshots etc (30) Up-tempo effected rhythms (14) Talking Drums Marmots Chants etc (S3) Sitars Bansun Chants etc (19) TaWas. Bayas Rfrythm Loops etc (35)
IM. S&‘ Bend-r Rhythm Loops etc (37) Tibetan Be«s Yangqin Koto
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ROCKRmvtmMS Various rock rtiythms with effects 119) 032
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Uiure PUBLISHING 1 A CHS slideshow video entitled Digital Gallery is being compiled and the authors are currently looking for entries. Designed to show oil the very latest in digital artwork across all formats. Digital Gallery will give Amiga artists and animators the chance to exhibit their work to a wide audience.
All entries are welcome, but there is a catch in that there's a £20 charge for having your work included. II you feel this is a small price for fame, send a 3.5 inch disk containing your artwork, and include your name, the name of your piece and a postal order or cheque payable to Puttieco. Oh.
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The four-hour, two-video pack will go on sale around Christmas. To make sure there's still room for your masterpiece, call L Bannister at Pumeco on 0482 500597.
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