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An official statement on the matter hasn't been made yet. But Amiga Technologies arc- considering the problem. The A1200 Magic pack may contain some stunningly good serious software, but it seems that Silica are not content, because they are going to be supplying even more software with it. IA 3 tc III III V III Q As printed in the news pages of Amiga Format last issue, the Amiga Magic pack contains Digita Organiser. DataSture 1.1. Wtmiworth 4SK TurbaCalt V3.5, Personal Paint 6.4. Photogmirs I. IA as well as the two games. Pinball Mania and Whizz. In an attempt to give this pack a much-needed games boost Silica will, in addition, Ik- supplying the Chaos pack which includes the following games; Cjuios Engine. Syndicate, Pinball Fantasies and ick Faldo (Jiampionshifi (Mf. The pack will still cost £399 and it can be obtained from Silica on 0181 309 1111 or from most local Debenhams stores. The company will also Ik- among the first to stock the Virtual Reality i-glasses at a price of £599 and they will also have an upgrade offer that will include options such as headtrackiug. Amiga games outshine PC Silica A1200 bumper bundle The all-formats computer game chart this month has 14 titles out of the top 20 listed for the Amiga. The others consist of PC. And PC CD-ROM titles. No Mac titles actually sell in large enough numbers to merit an entry into the top 20. Food for thought when Spec Communications pilot their new Wircplay On-Line gaming system. (Tn Tandy will stock the new Amiga Magic pack in stores throughout the UK pi 2 Will Wireplay revolutionise Amiga gaming? . Pi3 Win a Digita Family software pack pi5 NEWS DECEMBER 1995 Aitiijga games on-line Jjy June? K PINKS Wireplay. The new on-line gaming system backed by British Telecom and implemented by Spec Communications will be piloted in January 1996 and become accessible to the public in June of the same year. The service can cater for up to 512 players playing in the same game at the same time. BT have created software, which they plan to distribute freely, which will work with any game with a network, null-modern, or modem option. This could lead to the rejuvenation of old titles as gamers become aware of the extra dimension that multi-player games open up.

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Document sans nom Fjgf Snap Maps rjm Enhance your 3D rendering software with some professional texture maps. PLUS, many mopre utilities for all Amigas Just who are the new suits at Amiga Technologies? How can they resurrect the Amiga? Full report pl9 B Blitz Bombers Blow up your friends in a frenzy of bombs, bombs and more bombs. Fast frenetic fun for all the family Alien Breed Ej Best Doom-clone yet In-deoth review d41 Imagine 3.3 Beating Lightwave 4 to the shops, have Impulse got it right this time? P94 HEWLETT PACKARD 1 GIGABYTE 3.5 SCSI ..£459 MICROPOLIS 2 GIGA8YTE 3.5 SCSI ..£659 4
GIGABYTE 3.5 SCSI .£1099 9 GIGABYTE 3.5 SCSI .£2199 HITACHI 340MB 2.5 IDE ......£189 510MB 2.5 IDE ......£299 810MB 2.5 IDE ......f599 1 GIGABYTE 2.5 IDE ..£719 OTHERS 80MB 2.5 IDE ..£70 120MB 2.5 IDE .£95 External IDE hard disk for the A500 comes complete with an internal ROM switcher, and upgradable to 4MB RAM M-TEC AT500 BARE ....£99 M-TECAT500 420MB ..£259 MEMORY REQUIRES J0-EIN SIMMS Save 1.5MB on a standard floppy drive and 3MB when used in conjunction with the XL Drive 1.76. £10 FLOPPY EXPANDER External
PCMCIA 3.5" IDE hard disk OVERDRIVE BARE .....£99 OVERDRIVE 420MB ...£259 2 TO 4 GIGABYTE ....£659 4 TO 8 GIGABYTE ....£899 2 TO 4 CARTRIDGE DL90 £12 4 TO 8 CARTRIDGE DL120 . . .£19.95 128 OPTICAL .£479 230MB OPTICAL .....£719
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£349 A4000 TOWER power scanner ie award winning Power Scanner dudes the following features: Scan 24-bit at upto 200DPI (all Amigas not |ust AGA)*. Scan in 256 greyscales at up to 400DPI (all Amigas), Thru'port r printer connection, Fully supports AGA chipset. Display HAM8 24-bit Images on a non-AGA Amiga (via image conversion), full editing facilities included. Works with 2.04 ROM or above, min 1MB (recommend 2MB).
POWER SCAN 4 B W £89.95 POWER SCAN 4 COLOUR £169.95 OCR I80UGHT WITH SCANNER) . . £20 OCR SOFTWARE £49.95 POWER SCAN 4 S W ONLY . £20 PC INTERFACE + COL SAW .£49.95 PC INTERFACE + B W S W £39.95 m 24-bit A4 flatbed scanners, complete with software, cables and manual.* EPSON GT-8500 £579.95 24-BIT. INC “OWEKSCAN SOFTWARE EPSON GT-9000 £729.95 24-8IT, INC. IMAGE FX REV. I.S SOFTWARE ADPRO SOFTWARE . . . £149.95 IMAGE FX 2.0 S W.....£149.95 ScanDoubler II Is a full 24-bit AGA flicker fixer which automatically de-interlaces all AGA screen modes and scan doubles non-interlaced
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SCAN DOUBLER I £399 Disk Expander can add upto to 50% to your hard drive capacity and works with all drives including SCSI, IDE, Floppies and even the RAM disk. Disk Expander works on any Amiga with any Kickstart.
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and allowing upto .18 of user installable memory and a I hard disk controller. The board can be configured with either 4MB, 8MB, 16MB or 32MB industry standard SIMMs I 68040 (0MB RAM) . £699 I 68060 (0MB RAM) £829 4MB STANDARD ADD......£139 4MB GVP ADD .....£159 A 68020 EC processor accelerator card for the A500 and A500+, with an option to fit a 68881 or 68882 co-processor (PLCC or PGA). This card can fit upto 4MB FAST RAM and is fully auto-configuring.
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Increase your Amiga 500 2000 chip RAM to a total of 2MB. MegaChip does this by using its own 2MB RAM and also now includes a 2MB Fat Agnus. No soldering is required £159.95 Official GVP RAM SIMMs.
4MB GVP RAM ....£159 16MB GVP RAM ....£549 gvp products All prices listed are for the month of publication only, call to confirm prices before ordering.
MEGACHIP RAM A 2MB RAM board for the A500 which fits in the trap door slot.
A500 2MB RAM £90 MEMORY CARDS 512K RAM WITH CLOCK ____£24.95 512K RAM WITHOUT CLOCK £19.95 A600 1MB RAM ....£39.95 A500. 1MB RAM ...£29.95 HC-8 SCSI CARD......£99 Asvard winning Amiga Genlock.
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Compatible with ALL Amigas I nui u ONLY £19.99 (plus £1.00 postage and packing) A1200 trapdoor fining memory expansions feature a battery backed clock and a socket for an accelerator FPU. - A600 MEMORY EXPANSIONS lmb WITHOUT CLOCK £34.99 lmb WITH CLOCK £39.99 2mb £114.99 4mb £174.99 8mb £284.99 These hard drives simply push onto the side of the A500 or A500+ and will give your computer all the benefits that hard drives offer. The drives are supplied formatted, partitioned and have Workbench installed for immediate use.
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PLEASE PHONE FOR A FULL INFORMATION SHEET ANTIVIRUS PROFESSIONAL £39.99 (Plus £1.50 for postage and packing) Discology is the ultimate in disk copying power for the Amiga. The package comprises the Discology Disk, manual and Discology cartridge for making copies of heavily protected programs with an external disk drive. Discology will also format disks, check disks for errors etc. DISCOLOGY £39.99 (plus £1.50 postage and packing) 72 pin simms suitable for Apollo accelerators, A4000.
A1200 memory expansions etc. The Dataflyer is a 16 bit SCSI II controller card that converts the signals on the internal IDE interface to also run SCSI devices at the same time as the IDE hard drive.
The Dataflyer SCSI+ will operate up to 5 SCSI devices such as CD-ROMS, hard drives. SyQuest removable drives, tape back up drives etc. Unlike other SCSI interfaces, the Dataflyer SCSI+ is compatible with all known accelerators etc and It does not stop you from utilising any of the important expansion ports on your A1200.
The Dataflyer SCSI+ easily installs into the A1200 (simply pushes in, no need to remove the metal shield) and provides a 25 way D connector through the blanking plate at the back of the A1200. Full instructions and software supplied.
DATAFLYER SCSI+ ONLY £69.99 SQUIRREL SCSI INTERFACE ALSO AVAILABLE £59.99 PCMCIA fitting SCSI interface High speed 3.5' Quantum SCSI hard drives with or without a high quality enclosure with its own power supply.
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CHINON CDS435 INTERNAL £79.99 EXTERNAL £109.99 EXTERNAL WITH SQUIRREL £154.99 Our high speed 2.5" IDE hard drives for the Amiga A1200 & A600 computers come complete with fitting cable, screws, partitioning software, full instructions and 12 months guarantee. All drives supplied by us are formatted, partitioned and have Workbench (WB2 for the A600 and WB3 for A1200) Installed for immediate use. Fitting is incredibly simple; if you can pi the mouse into the mouse socket, you will be able to plug the hard drive Into the hard drive socket.
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APOLLO 1220 ONLY £99.99 APOLLO 1220 +lmb £139.99 APOLLO 1220 +4mb £229.99 Simple trapdoor fitting.
An incredibly powerful trapdoor fitting accelerator based around a 68030 complete with MMU. 2 SIMM sockets (72 PIN SIMMS), socket for a floating point unit and battery backed clock. Runs at just under 9.5 MIPS (million instructions per second)!
APOLLO 1232 50 £199.99 4mb SIMM £129.99 8mb SIMM £239.99 68882 FPU £69.99 IN MANCHESTER Order NOW for immediate despatch FREEPHONE 0500 340548 (credit switch card sales only) tel: 0161 7% 5279 for enquiries or fax: 0161 796 3208 Send cheques or postal orders (made payable to Siren Software) or credit card details to:- SIREN SOFTWARE, 178 BURY NEW RD, WHITEFIELD, MANCHESTER M45 6QF, ENGLAND Access, Visa. Switch. Delta.
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Amazing value quad speed external SCSI CD ROM drive in a top quality enclosure.
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QUAD SPEED INTERNAL £184.99 EXTERNAL £214.99 EXTERNAL WITH SQUIRREL £259.99 APOLLO 1200SCSI ONLY £99.99 APOLLO 1200SCSI + 2mb £169.99 APOLLO 1200SCSI + 4mb £209 .99 IN THE WORLD’S BEST-SELLING AMIGA MAGAZINE THIS MONTH (T- DECEMBER 1995 CONTENTS 87 89 TANDY reft SALEI p12 MATURE New Order Who's who, what's what and where does it all take place? We give you an 'Amiga Technologies Around the World' map, marked with everything you need to know. P19
* » sZTfoJcf 130 Tandy retail randyc id outlets will stock help
Amiga Technologies the new Amiga sa'“ bundles. Find out AMIGA
MEWS ISSUE 78 ¦ DECEMBER 1995 more on... predictions come true.
A Harmony modem The trouble with modems is that they usually come with PC software. The Harmony comes with everything you need.
Final Calc 90 Can it be true, a spreadsheet with enough features to challenge the might of the PC programs?
Imagine 3.3 94 Imagine may not be the best 3D program on the Amiga, but it is still the most popular. We find out what's in the latest version.
Media Vision portable CD-drive 97 This CD-ROM drive is completely portable and comes with speakers and snazzy carrying case... and it is fasti CD-ROMs 99 Find out what's new in the exciting world of CD-ROMs.
Final Writer 102 Wordworth's chief competitor has now got even more powerful and unique features.
Final Data 2 105 Is it a spreadsheet, or is a database? We find out with version 2.
Snap Maps 108 These image-based modelling tools make creating objects a snap.
10 10 Science 111 Set your child on a path that may lead him or her to scientific discovery with this new educational package.
Introduction SERIOUSLY AMIGA A 6 Coverdisk B: Blitz Bombers p138 Explosive fun to be engaged in and discovered in this our exclusive sneak preview of what promises to be the best Bomberman- clone on any platform ever.
Don't worry if you don't have an AGA machine, Master Blaster's here too.
Coverdisk A: Snap Maps p140 Sample the delights of creating complicated, or hard-to-model 3D objects in your favourite rendering package, by simply applying image files to simple objects. Plus, these great PD programs: Text Engine 5, MiniMorph and the Absolute Beginners' Guide to Workbench 3.
THE NEED FOR SPEED P33 An accelerator can make the difference between enjoying a game and finding it irritating. We continue our series on game enhancement.
Media Vision CD-drive p97 it's flash, is it any good?
We give this new, portable CD-drive a run for its money.
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Changing Balls ADVERTISER INDEX 17 Bit Software .. ......78 .
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.... 01227 766788 Power Computing Ltd . . . 2, 3, 143, 147 .
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.... 01268 271172 Silica Systems ... . 83, 84, 85 .
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- --- 01322 272908 AMIGA FORMAT 78 DECEMBER 1995 EDITORIAL This
Month In View Nick Veitch is amazed at the quality of Team 17's
new game and astounded at all the excellent new Amiga stuff in
this issue.
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I am astounded. Shocked, flabbergasted and quite surprised by just I him good Team 17's Mini tlirril 1) is. Mole than the other I Ilium clones, this is a terrific all- encompassing gaming experience - you sinipli must Inn it.
Why is ii then that we have to wait until now to give ion the lull review?
Well, as in the best rice operas, the answer you seek lies in the question. II ion read the review you will see some screenshots are quite unlike those that have featured in other "reviews" of this game. The reason is. Of course, that we waited until the game was complete before we reviewed it. Makes vou wonder how some people come up with their sc*ii cs doesn’t it?
Ilrnil is good, very good, and it shows jusi what can lie clone with a simple A12(10. Wouldn’t games he much Better if tliei were written spccil'icalli to use a base standard of an 030 card though?
This is just the premise that our own Steve McGill lakes down a dark allei and rigorously investigates on page 33 of this veil issue.
As well as .Mini Bitrtl (p4i ) we also have the rather intriguing Virtual Kilning.
The technical competence ol this title is ama iitg. It ably demonstrates the abilities of the AG A machine, luit the gameplai is a hit suspect. Make up your own mind after reading the review on page ." 8. We are almost swamped by Softwood products this issue too. With new versions of Final 1 Yriln and Final Data, and the ama ing Filial Calc given the once over.
As those who have been reading .1 Tor some time will know, we exclusivclv previewed Final Calc just before last Christmas and were very excited to see it’s release. If anything the final version is 111 times better than we had hoped - catch the lull details on page SMI.
There is also a rather astounding CD-ROM drive in tin- serious section this month. Not only is it stilish and eminently portable, it’s damn last too.
Although it is just a dual-speed drive, it gives a sustained transfer speed better than that found on many triple-speeds and even some quads. Astounding. And it comes iv it It a cute little carrying case, as you can sec for y ourself on page 97.
I can't stai here blathering all (lav - I have to sort out next month's issue, and what a tremendous one it will be - competitions, buyer's guides, a review of the year, a look ai things to come - and ion luckv devils don’t have to do ant of the hard work Sales: 01279 600204 Membership Card ELITE CLASSIC COLL • LUCAS GLOOM ULT SOCCER MGR CHAMP MGR 2 COLONIZATION
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Secretary Chris Smith demonstrated the Net in action to Labour
Party delegates at their recent conference and concluded that
properly used, the Net was as significant as the printing
press.
Rumour has it that they came to this conclusion after accessing Amiga Formats home page on FutureNet.
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- Aujdy take plunge with Amiga the run up to Christmas. That this
will be in the interest of potential purchasers is beyond
doubt.
Complementing the Tandy deal. SDL were pleased to reveal the commitment of over 200 of their retailers to carry Amiga Magic stock.
The first shipment of Amigas from the Solectron factory in France has already sold out. And dealers are clamouring for more. The continuing and strong interest in the machine has amazed everyone in the industry.
Prove promising. Store managers recievcd Tandy lues 341 High Street outlets in total and a sales force with a higher computer literacy than average High Street stores arc- capable of offering. Coupled with its own dealer network, the Tandy deal could provide Amiga Technologies with a much-needed boost for their 60,000 Christmas sales target.
Margins on the units sold to Tandy have been closely guarded, fuelling speculation that significant discounting could go on in A retailing coup for Amiga Technologies will see the placement of the new Amiga Magic packs in 130 Tandy stores placed strategically throughout the UK. Store managers warmly recievcd the news at their recent convention.
In a direct supply deal independent of officially appointed distributors. SOI. And leisure-soft, Tandy have hinted that they are prepared to expand on the number ol stores committed to carrying the bundle if initial sales There may Ik- some problems with the III) version of the bundle though, as this includes a version of Scala which requires more than the standard 2Mb of RAM to run - something not stated on the pack.
An official statement on the matter hasn't been made yet. But Amiga Technologies arc- considering the problem.
The A1200 Magic pack may contain some stunningly good serious software, but it seems that Silica are not content, because they are going to be supplying even more software with it.
IA 3 tc III III V III Q As printed in the news pages of Amiga Format last issue, the Amiga Magic pack contains Digita Organiser. DataSture 1.1. Wtmiworth 4SK TurbaCalt V3.5, Personal Paint 6.4. Photogmirs I. IA as well as the two games. Pinball Mania and Whizz.
In an attempt to give this pack a much-needed games boost Silica will, in addition, Ik- supplying the Chaos pack which includes the following games; Cjuios Engine. Syndicate, Pinball Fantasies and ick Faldo (Jiampionshifi (Mf.
The pack will still cost £399 and it can be obtained from Silica on 0181 309 1111 or from most local Debenhams stores.
The company will also Ik- among the first to stock the Virtual Reality i-glasses at a price of £599 and they will also have an upgrade offer that will include options such as headtrackiug.
Amiga games outshine PC Silica A1200 bumper bundle The all-formats computer game chart this month has 14 titles out of the top 20 listed for the Amiga. The others consist of PC. And PC CD-ROM titles. No Mac titles actually sell in large enough numbers to merit an entry into the top 20.
Food for thought when Spec Communications pilot their new Wircplay On-Line gaming system.
(Tn Tandy will stock the new Amiga Magic pack in stores throughout the UK pi 2 Will Wireplay revolutionise Amiga gaming? . Pi3 Win a Digita Family software pack pi5 NEWS DECEMBER 1995 Aitiijga games on-line Jjy June?
K PINKS Wireplay. The new on-line gaming system backed by British Telecom and implemented by Spec Communications will be piloted in January 1996 and become accessible to the public in June of the same year.
The service can cater for up to 512 players playing in the same game at the same time. BT have created software, which they plan to distribute freely, which will work with any game with a network, null-modern, or modem option. This could lead to the rejuvenation of old titles as gamers become aware of the extra dimension that multi-player games open up.
The software works by creating a Matchmaker and Client relationship between BT's server and the user’s computer. The Matchmaker acts as an intelligent noticeboard, searching through all other log-ons to match up potential opponents and team mates.
Empire Interactive, potentially planning to open negotiations with Spec Communications, have shown interest in the system concerning new helicopter-based battlefield sim Qmla (full review on page 44).
That this could revolutionise Amiga gaming, as we know it. Is beyond doubt.
The question still remaining to be answered by BT and Spec is, do they have the will to carry it out?
At the time of going to press, the conception of creating Amiga game- compatible Client software was still to be made. Andrew Deurkin of Spec Communications admitted that the PC Client software was already in the process of conversion to allow Apple Mac gainers to join in with the system.
He further added that there was no reason why it couldn't be done for the Amiga too.
When it was pointed out that the Amiga had a larger percentage of active gamers than the Mac; gamers who were willing to play on-line games Andrew became more receptive, “We'll discuss this", he said.
With Amiga Technologies keen to promote on-line services through the set top box. Next year may be the most exciting yet seen for the Amiga.
“PC software is crap” The curious headline above appeared in GTW, the indispensible weekly for the computer industry.
The story concerned a recent report by the Consumers Association berating software suppliers and retailers for selling bug-riddled packages advertising features that weren't there or didn't work, and failing to provide satisfactory recompense for genuine consumer distress.
The report was reinforced by the comments of Richard Wentke author of the Which? Guide To Gomputers, "If washing machines, cats, and video recorders went on to the market with the same problems, the public outcry would be deafening," he said.
The most damning aspect of the report however, was that technically non-literate sales staff in shops were giving consumers poor advice, or information which was often just plain wrong.
The Consumers Association is actively encouraging consumers to take legal action when the service they receive falls below the minimum standards required by law. If this isn't being done they are concerned that the situation may lead to the rapid discredit of the industry as a whole.
NEWTEK GO ON-LINE AS LIGHTWAVE 4 IS RELEASED Newtek, the makers of the renowned Lightwave 30 rendering system, have just finished work on Lightwave 4. Although this release has been postponed by several months, the program should be available by the time you read this and we hope to have a review in our next issue.
Amongst other things. Lightwave 4 will address one of version 3.5's main failings - a lack of inverse kinematics support. This feature enables you to create objects that are linked to each in such a way that they move as if connected. Objects that are linked through inverse kinematics react to each others movements and are ideal for creating realistic moving humanoids or machinery.
NewTek’s Website contains details of their products, including Lightwave of course, as well as downloadable files including software updates and a gallery of example pictures rendered by LightWave-users. The address is: http: www.webmaster.com newtek, or you can use the link on Amiga Formats ».
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AMIGA TECH. PAGE 20 So. The PlayStation has had all the hype, but in Its own quiet little way the Amiga has sold out In Its first re-foray into the shops. This seems to have missed the media's attention. Now why should that be?
Is It because, unlike the undoubtedly brilliant (yeah, flame me. I can take it!) PlayStation, the Amiga Is actually a computer? It seems, according to the mass media, that the only computers that exist any more are the kind that run Mac89. Sorry Windows 95. Complete with Rolling Stone tunes and pseudo 32-bit code.
So, In a flt of bad luck we find ourselves as Amiga AMIGAs confronted on the one side by the cash of Microsoft and. On the other, by the awesome product placement of Sony. This confluence of events could lead the more X-FHt aware of us to start twitching. Maybe there’s a conspiracy afoot to ensure that independent manufacturers of things computeresque are kept In abeyance, thus ensuring a kind of drold-llke conformity. But. Then again, people like to believe that Spooky Mulder really did have a sister who was abducted by aliens.
No, sadly, the reality Is far less glamourous. Much In the same way as Spooky's sister actually fell down a hole dug for a well, the Amiga's recent history Is one of Incompetence and avarice, rather than the mega corps ganging up to force a dominating force.
The news that It has sold so well in Its packs is the first chink of light that we’ve seen. And what it means in a real Snap them up!
Whan was the last time you heard a bunch of Ferrari declaiming that their choice Is "better than your Allegro”? You haven't, that's when.
Sense is that the retailers (the people who really matter to Escom at the moment) have a chance of getting behind H. The PlayStation Is not offering the margins that most retailers - specifically Dixons - are looking for in brown goods. The high price of the Amiga means that the retailers can look forward to a good marginal Christmas. And If you can keep retail happy, you can expect to do well with the consumers and this Is never more important than In the run-up to Christmas.
...our last and best hope... leauing retail aside for a moment, the big point here Is word of mouth. At the moment there is a large amount of winging or defensive aggression being bandied about. This takes the shape of "my Amiga Is better than your PC" arguments. Now this is all well and good, but when was the last time you heard a bunch of Ferrari owners declaiming that their motor of choice Is 'better than your Allegro"? You haven't that's when. I think it’s about time Amiga users started to become a little bit smug about what they’ve got.
All this defensive bickering smacks of a major Inferiority complex and this just Isn't true of someone who owns an Amiga. It’s time for Amiga users to start talking to people who don’t own computers at all and saying: "Look, It’s easy. I don’t use that Windows 95 stuff, because I don’t need to. I’m not going to go on for hours about how all of a II V Contact Tim Smith on gashead@cix.compullnk.co.uk and gashead@teaml7.com The opuuons expressed here are only soroeamss ihoee of Amlf t Fmau To compensate for the inadequate serial port standard on the .Amiga, the next generation of Squirrel
interfaces will include a new high speed serial device. HiSoft claim that this will be able to work at speeds of up to
300. 000 bits per second, more than adequate for the new
generation of high speed modems being launched.
- As well as faster connection speeds, the unit could also
provide a viable local networking solution. Previous serial
network solutions for the .Amiga have I wen unsuccessful mainly
because of the data transfer rate, something that the new
Squirrel should be able to remedy, and die reason it has been
given the name "Surf Squirrel".
Tjre Sqalrrtl Page The SCSI interface of the Squirrel also takes advantage of more advanced interface circuitry, which should give If you’ve used die six Snap Maps on this month's serious Coverdisk, you'll no doubt be pleased with the results you got and be eager for more. As a reader of Amiga Format it is vour privilege to be parts to a special offer.
Everyone who has this month's C-overdisk can obtain the full versions of the Fields & Foliage and Building Materials & Fabrics collections for either S100 (£65) each or $ 185 (£120) for both. To get your copy, call .Anti Gravity Products on 001 310 393 6650.
It mav not be as popular as Star Trek, but it's catching up fast - 1 am talking about Babylon 5. Now comes the Utimate (.unit To Babylon 5. A monthly, disk-based guide to this popular TV series. The disk will contain the Guide in AmigaGuidc format. Pictures. 31) objects, video and book reviews and special features.
Errata Last month in the information panel of our Super Street Fighter II CD52 review, we stated that the publisher of the game was Gametek. This was a mistake. The publisher is in fact US Gold. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
A totally unconnected picture of the WWW Squirrel page. About the furry ones.
Squirrel hits the Net D 1 The Smith Column [EZ]|E * 3Mb s sustained transfer rales for SCSI drives. This will allow A1200 owners to make more use of faster SCSI devices.
An upgrade path for existing Squirrel owners is planned, and this should include owners of OF.Med Squirrel interfaces, such as the ones supplied with Power C-omputing Cds.
For further details contact HiSoft on 01525718181 Each issues costs £2.50 and there is currently a special offer of £25 for a 12- month subscription or £14 on a 6-month basis. The first issue is available at the end of October and you can get a copy by sending a cheque payable to A Markwell to; 83 Canterbury Ave, Hadrian Park. Tyne & Wear NE28 9QQ.
Fearsome mistake In our review of Fears in issue 76, we gave it a stonkingly good overall verdict of 92 per cent, but the sub-scores were all wrong. They were meant to be 9 10 for graphics, 9 10 for sound. 9 10 for addiction and 8 10 for playability.
FTn The AGA Experience NEWS DECEMBER 1995
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The AGA Experience is a CD full of goodies for owners of AGA
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A1200 and A4000’s abilities.
To make using this CD-ROM easier, most of the programs are ready to run. To make things more attractive, the CD uses the popular Magic Workbench system. It will also have an easy-to- follow guide to help you find what you’re looking for. The disc will contain a range of PD including Workbench 3 utilities. AGA games, slideshows, demos, diskmags, music modules, text files, 3D objects, fonts and some exclusive NFA products.
To find out more call Sadeness PD on 01263 722169 or E-mail them at: richard_brown@metnet.demon.co.uk doubles the speed of your A4000 from the standard 25MHz to 50MHz. So if you want to give your rendering added oomph, call Blittersoft on 01908 261466 to find out more about these two products.
SHUTTLE ILIGHTS 1st prize I °nc '"l flers'uP "°nh £5o- o ,he new h; The Digita Family Compo
• DIGITA iaa-., .. Lei mere be iirfht The amazingly popular 3D
CD-ROM LighlROM is nearing completion and should be available
in Europe from this November. It will be available from
Blittersoft and sounds like quite a bargain because it will
include three CD-ROMs for only £39.95. LighlROM 3 will contain
both the first and second volumes, plus a brand new disc called
DEM ROM. This disc contains over l.000 DEMs (Digital Elevation
Maps) which can be used with most 3D landscape generators, or
even converted for use with most 3D rendering programs. This
means you get all the great objects from the first discs and
loads of landscapes to render them against or over.
Blittersoft are also dropping thp price of their A4000 40 accelerator, the Doubler, by £100 from £399,95 to only £299.95. This board Digita is celebrating the launch of a completely new family of products: Dnlnslnrr 2. Organiser 2. Money Mailers 4, InrlmGalr 3.5 and Prrxonal Paint 6.4. We have £500 worth of this brand new software which could lw yours! Just answer these simple family questions and send your answers in. On a postcard, to Amiga I'nmial at our usual address.
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Hisoft with standalone MPEG ? The Bradford Column ?IB Since the takeover, we In the community have been laked around fires In for the last few It's alright. Baby's back. And this time by a massive (and successful) who threw shitloads (is there anyone n’ brochure!
MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group) which allows all the data for a complete film to be stored on one or two Cds. The main disadvantage to this system is that you will need some expensive equipment to view the films.
Player technology is. At the moment, based around host computers with MPEG hardware added on. The Philips CD-i and the CD** both require a separate module, costing from £180+, and even MPEG cards for computers are around the £100 mark.
HiSoft's device, which has been given the working name of Squirrel MPEG, is a standalone system that will cost in the region of £200. Because all you need is a SCSI CD-ROM drive, this could be a much cheaper solution. The unit will come with a remote control unit, so you won't even need a computer.
For more details contact HiSoft on 01525 718181.
R t I a s t, we chanted through mouthfuls of mead, 'they' will see. They' will hear. They' will know. They' being, of course, the computer illiterates who actually buy most home computers - mums and dads. No longer will they be fed a relentless stream of misinformation based around the false premise that a computer Is an IBM compatible, with appaling manners and a tendency to lock the user out at the slightest configuration change. This time everything will be sweeter.
Or will It? How are they’ going to discover not only that the Amiga is back, but that H even exists? Television lanket leaflet drops? I don't think so.
G out of their Sunday colour not. Specialist press off the-page Amiga developers HiSoft, best known for their programming languages and the excellent Squirrel SCSI interface, are working on a device which will allow anyone with a CD ROM drive to watch their favourite movies from CD.
Current Video CD technology relies on a system of compression known as Oh dear. I r some of us are starting to get Power unleash CD miracle!
Well known Amiga developers Power Computing are pretty proud of their latest CD-prodttct. As well as being just about the first ever portable CD-ROM system for the Amiga, the new Media Vision drive is downright stylish and speedy too.
Although only technically a double speed mechanism, it gives very impressive sustained transfer rates, meaning that for most regular CD use it is actually faster than many triple or quad speed drives. Read the full review of this exciting product on page 97.
'TWy' being, off cooroo, tfco m » m 11111 ¦ a m ¦ I, - , 11, , computer IlllvOrdsrs wno actually ct up our Kinks albums In a rather OK. There may well be perfectly why Escom are reluctant to push the
- after all. Buying Commodore was not a cheap date and restarting
production so soon (In manufacturing terms)couldn t have been
easy - but If not this Christmas, when?
For obuious reasons, the Autumn period has always been when Amigas sold In volume, with steady figures throughout the year supporting It. So are we to assume that the big push will not be until this time next year? It would make little financial sense to do It 'out of season’,
I. e. during the early part of the year. Worse still, what If the
big push doesn't appear at all?
Of course, the management may simply be keeping their hands in their pockets until they launch a new.
Enhanced, all-singlng. All-dancing, all-spinning plates Amiga sometime next year. It would be nice to think so.
It would be even nicer to think that, even now. There are programmers slaving over hot code In darkened rooms, writing the equivalents of Robot Juggler 96 to take advantage of the enhancements and make 'them' do a double-take when they see It running In shop windows.
Then we really will have a party...
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On April 21st of (his war, the miga was finally rescued Irom a slow death in a dramatic courtroom showdown. The new owners, German computer manufacturer Escom, hail paid over US$ 10 million lor Commodore International, including the rights to the Amiga and all the associated patents.
Escom quickly established a daughter company, Amiga Technologies, to overlook the re-establish men t of the Amiga brand. But six months down the road, what have Amiga logit bin t K Where to find... Here is a brief index to all the important parts of this month's special feature.
What have they done? . . . .page 20 What have they done? . . . .page ZU Industry comment page 21 Amiga around the world . .page 22 The future starts here page 24 What Have ' they done Amiga Technologies was formed shortly after Escoms success in New York. Under the direction of Petro Tyschtschenko, himself an cx- Commodorc man. The new company began cxploringthc possibilities for the Amiga brand.
At the time, there was a great sense of relief from the Amiga market. At last a saviour had been found, surely it couldn't be long before the Amiga was back in it's rightful position of dominance in the home market. Amiga Technologies seemed full of new ideas and fresh approaches. Unlike the old Commodore, the new company would entertain license deals with third party manufacturers to encourage the production of things like Amiga portables, set-top boxes, and anything else which could make use of the Amiga chipset.
There was talk of new machines, RISC based platforms, millions of units being sold in the Far Fast, the sun would shine again and everything would be wonderful.
It was shortly afterwards that they must have realised everything wasn't going to be easy. For one reason or another, the manufacturing deal with the Chinese floundered - a major blow.
As well as losing a nice arrangement for servicing a huge market, Amiga Tech.
Would have to find alternative manufacturers, and worse, this meant dealing with a whole load of people who Commodore had pulled the old 'cheque in post' routine on.
But in order to succesfully revitalise the machine, or at least to get back some of the vast outlay, machines had to be properly promoted and on sale for the vital Christmas season. This meant paying over the odds to jump the production queue.
Then there was the thorny problem of the Escom stores. Would they stock the Amiga or not5 To do so may be a disincentive for the independent retailers, who the Amiga badly needs.
Not to do so would be a bad move PR wise. In the end, sense prevails. The Amiga will be sold in Escom shops, but not just yet.
A major surprise was the bundle.
Although the price point was initially a litde disappointing, nobody could possibly fault the collection of first rate productivity software included. If you compare it to a similar set up on the Mac or PC, it is really a bargain. The bundle pleased almost everyone, and it certainly gives plenty of ammunition to the dealers who actually have to sell them. The best bundle ever.
These are no mean feats, and if it had been any other computer, it would have surely meant the demise of that platform. That the Amiga lives on is, at least partly, down to the abilities of Amiga Technologies.
What do you think of it so far?
Amiga Formal asked the industry four simple questions about the progress of Amiga Tec hnologies.
1. WHAT HAS IMPRESSED YOU MOST ABOUT AMIGA TECHNOLOGIES SO FAR?
Most were impressed that the Amiga bundle was actually on sale. Ramping up production and "putting together an excellent bundle in just a few months was challenging" as a couple of anonymous respondants said.
Team 17's Martyn Brown reckoned “They created a reasonably effective hype splash when they announced all the plans for the Amiga - whether or not they'll come to fruition is another matter. They managed to instill a good surge of confidence in a market that was desperate for good news".
John Arundel of Silica expressed the opinions of many when he said he was impressed by “the speed with which they have brought the Amiga back to the market, and the high level of commitment of their staff".
Jolyon Ralph of Ahtiathera reckoned that their willingness to listen to developers is “immeasurably better than the old Commodore way of doing things".
On a more peple orienated basis, our own Dale Bradford reckoned John Smith, Amiga Technologies UK's Sales manager, was a particularly impressive Many people seem to be unaware of just what Amiga Technologies have achieved since they were formed less than six months ago. Find out just what has been going on... .we aood old days. Writing onth. The 1995 qU,,modo"eBusinessBigC"• technologies cannot be east. Few P tch ' * * confusing tojsay better personality because of his "great enthusiasm and belief.
2. AND THEIR BIGGEST MISTAKE?
All for one, one for all Even though much of the fuss has been about when the Amiga would be on sale again, where it would be in sale and indeed, how much it would be on sale for, Amiga Technologies have been planning for the future, and what could be any more important than the Amiga's custom chips, the very heart of the machine?
The next redesign of the chipset could be quite dramatic. Whether or not the specifications of the AAA chipset are implemented, it seems to be the intention to incorporate the functions of the Paula, Agnus and Denise chips into one.
It would be costly in terms of research, but if successful, the result would basically be an Amiga on a chip - a device which could be much more easily licensed, and would be more attractive to other technology manufacturers. Additionally, it should be quite a bit faster in operation and, eventually, cheaper to manufacture - circuit boards using the chip would be smaller and cheaper too.
The next step would be to produce a VLSI component which included the processor too - very useful for console and point of information applications.
Some concern was raised about the lateness of any advertising plans, although Amiga Technologies have previously stated, somewhat reasonably, that they wouldn't Ire doing much in the way of advertising until they had machines to sell.
They haven't made any mistakes according to Silica's John Arundel, although “the shortage of products has caused problems. We know that they are stepping up production to meet demands and we expect free Mow of stock in early November.
Th*r* will be an Amiga show in the UK. Although all the details are unconfirmed at the moment. For the most up to date information, see the "show news" section of the Amiga Format web pages: WWW.futurenet.co.uk comp uting am igaformat.html "Like us at Silica, many dealers were overwhelmed by demand when the A1200 was relaunched."
Others felt a little excluded from proceedings, Team 17's Martyn Brown reckoned “from the off they should have ensured the machine had a future by working closely with a number of software developers who were are capable of ensuring that the machine docs have a positive future.
“My feelings are that the English management are somewhat frustrated in that they know what they have to do but their hands are tied to a large extent".
3. DO YOU THINK THE AMIGA IS IN SAFE HANDS?
Discounting the fence-dwellers and the smart alccs who promised to let us know in a few years lime, the answer was a resounding "yes”.
One anonymous respondant went so far as to sav: “I can’t think of any hunch of people more commited to the platform than the people at Amiga Technologies UK".
STATEMENT OF ACCOUNT FOR AMIGA TECHNOLOGIES CREDITS DEBITS
* Created enthusiasm for the Amiga V amongst the industry.
J Started up production of the Amiga very rapidly Put together a pretty good bundle J Employed some ex-Commodorc engineers Sorted out a decent distribution network JC Failed to organise a big Amiga show for the UK (there will he one in January though) Failed to even vaguely improve the A 120(1 before relaunch Advertising? What advertising?
BALANCE = REASONABLY POSITIVE John Arundel amplified on this "The main staff at Amiga Tech. Are ex- Conimodore and all have a real passion lot the Amiga. They understand the product and the market better than anyone".
4. WHAT SINGLE THING SHOULD AMIGA TECH. BE CONCENTRATING ON IN
THE RUN UP TO CHRISTMAS?
Apart from Silica remphasising the need to increase production, most industry gurus that the time was right for some advertising. Martyn Brown was keen that Amiga Tech should be regaining the confidence of retailers.
And added that marketing should concetrate on the fact that "the Amiga is an excellent family introduction to family home computing that can offer good all-round performance for sound, art. Home office, education and entertainment use."
Almathera'sJolyon Ralph reckoned that it wasn't just a case of dealing with the short term, and even before Christmas there should be great efforts spent on planning lot new products, its “development of future machines can't wait".
Being numerically challenged. Dale Bradford came up with a number of single things Amiga Tech should do.
Including: "Getting the machines into retailers and providing them with Point- Of-Sale support, demo disks and ¦produc- placement' - if they can't afford to advertise, get as much free publicity as possible” We’ll forgive him though, as he did round off with the sage words: "Goods are sold as well as bought".
But what about Amiga Technologies? I low tlo they assess their own achievements so far? On page 24.
Jonathan Anderson. General Manager of Amiga Technologies describes their achievements in his own words Overleaf we have an essential Amiga resource for you, with points of contact for each of the current Amiga Technologies offices, and their corresponding area of concern.
NEW WORLD MAP 22-23 The World according GERMANY Area: Germany and Poland Led by: Rolf Wiehe Address: Amiga Marketing Vertriebs Service, Gunzostrasse 3, D-61352 Bad Homburg Fax: ?49 6172 45 95 77 UNITED KINGDOM Area: UK, South Africa, India, Israel, Malta New Zealand and India Led by: Jonathan Anderson Address: Amiga Technologies 6 Bridge Avenue, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 1RR, UK +44 1628 7700 22 SWITZERLAND Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria.
Turkey. Hungary, Croatia, Mazedonia and Russia Led by: Willy Scheiwiller Address: ESCOM Handels AG, Ziirichstrasse 48, CH - 8134 ADUSWIL Fax: +41 1 710 9800 BELGIUM Area: Belgium and Luxembourg Led by: Dirk de Waegeneire Address: Vermeeschlaan. 29 B-25040 HOVE ?32 3 454 0973 DENMARK Area: Denmark, Finland, Iceland. Norway and Sweden Atm: USA end Caned Lad by: J. Edward Goff Address: Attomay of Ur
1705. 1528 Wall Led by: Address: Jesper Christensen ESCOM BV
Scandinavia Overgaden Oven Vandet 56. 1415 Kobenhavn,
Denmark ?45 32 968 222 to Amiga Technologies SERVICE &
SPARES Address: Amiga Technologies GmbH. Cari-Giesecke
Strasse 5. 38112 Braunschweig, Germany Fax: +49 531 3108 97
Area: Portugal. Spain and Africa (except South Africa) Lad
by: Joaquim Ramos Costa Address: Apartado (PO Box)
1735. 1017 Lisboa Codex, Portugal Fax: +351 1 41 42 732 In their
own words... In order to better understand the pressure on
Amiga Technologies and their ambitions for the future, we
spoke to Jonathan Anderson.
Q. What have Amiga Technologies been doing since April?
Since our press launch in Berlin, we have been extremely busy. We launched the Amiga A1200HD on time and have launched our new software pack - Amiga Magic [for further details see AF 77, the November issue]
Q. How would you asses the performance of the company so far?
Our performance can only be measured by what we achieve. When you consider the problems we encountered from Commodore owing money to most of the electronic consumer vendors, who incidentally have supported us at very short notice by ensuring that our products are produced on time, this gives an indication of what has been achieved.
Q. What are the major obstacles you have had to overcome?
Assembly Production schedules are a major headache to most manufacturers - Let me ask you a question: How many other computer manufacturers could have achieved so much in so little time?
Q. Are you happy with the current distribution deals? Do you
think the Amiga will get the High St. penetration it needs?
We would be happy if all the High Street chains were to take the Amiga. However, the independent dealer has always been our bread and butter, and as Amiga's will be in short supply until Christmas it is only fair we support these outlets, who have supported us. [see the news pages for further High Street details]
Q. Are partners still being sought for distribution abroad?
Yes. We are always happy to speak to new partners who have the same goals - to make the Amiga successful.
Q. Amiga Technologies obviously don't have the marketing spend of
Sony Sega.
Where will all your efforts be concentrated?
We do not consider there to be competition from the companies you mention. "Games only" consoles are not productive - Do parents really want their children to be pushing red and blue buttons? Our belief is parents would welcome their children having the option of learning via educational software and being creative by the paint and word processing software we include in each A1200 Amiga Magic pack.
Q. By what means can you persuade software developers to continue
to support the Amiga?
The first hurdle is to show the publishers that all the talking about the Amiga "coming back" is over. The Amiga A1200 and an Amiga dedicated monitor (M1438S) are shipping as you read this, and when we sell 60,000 Amigas in the UK alone between now and Christmas, publishers will, I believe, port software over to the Amiga. The reason for this is very simple - publishers will make more money by porting across onto as many platforms as possible.
For example, if it costs a publisher say £150,000 to write a leisure title for the PC and an incremental £20-30,000 to port this onto the Amiga then you don't need to be a mathematician to work out that their bottom line. I.e. their net profit will increase significantly. So, it is in the publishers best interests to write software for as many active platforms as possible.
Q. Is R&D still being done on a RISC based Amiga? What market do
you see this being aimed at?
RISC is certainly under development - unfortunately, the cost is high and has to come down, making the product affordable for the consumer and we are working very hard to make this happen.
Q. Is there any intention to release an Amiga whose performance
fits somewhere between the current A1200 and the A4000?
We have looked into this and to be honest we would very much like to introduce an Amiga that sits between the A1200 and A4000T.
However, we have to concentrate our efforts on RISC and bring this product to the market ASAP.
Our resources must be utilised to the full and by investing in the future. Amiga users will certainly benefit.
Q. Are there any plans to release an Internet bundle A1200? Will
Amiga Technologies support development of internet software
for the Amiga?
I recently saw in Germany a beta version of the .net software which is simple to use. Our intention is to include support for the Internet next year. This will be included on Workbench.
Q. Why do you think the Amiga has survived for so long?
The Amiga has always been special. Our customers, your readers, are second to none and never cease to amaze us. Amiga users have always taken great delight in convincing PC and Mac owners of the benefits of having a multitasking machine. Non-Amiga owners do not understand the benefits of true multi-tasking - you only have to ask any Win95 or OS 2 user.
"Plug and Play" is another buzzword that PC owners take great delight in telling one another about. Amiga users have had "Auto Config" from day one, or as I prefer to call it "Fit & Forget". We do not believe that there are any other computer manufacturers that have the loyalty of the Amiga - we are, in my opinion, very lucky to have such dedicated users.
"On behalf of Amiga Technologies we would like to say 'Thank You' to all of you who have 'hung in there', we really do appreciate your loyalty and support and we look forward to sharing with you the next generation of the Amiga family."
Instead of just sitting around moaning about the state of the Amiga market, why not do something to help?
JU£; © The Amiga needs to sell very well this Christmas, in order to ensure the continuing development of software for the platform, and also to fund the research behind even better versions of the Workbench, and more powerful machines. YOU can help.
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Strike back using words. David Crookes chats about diskzines and gives some pointers about starting up your very own mag.
Your own diskmag Staring al a television screen that's linked to a computer running a diskmagazine isn't easy. It's not as comfortable as sprawling on a sofa and you could find your eyes in need of some soothing eye lotion alter a hard session. But for ' computer fanzines, diskmags seem the best option by far.
Paper fanzines originated when people felt they had to hit hark against the establishment. The written word seemed more powerful and cheap home-produced magazines were easily distributed to anybody who wanted to read them.
Fan un-' became popular in the '80s with football fanzines where fans, agitated by certain board decisions, grouped together for their say. Now every football club has their own.
But on computers, where paper fanzines were and still are available, it became obvious that computer users would be better served with a diskmag.
It seemed more fitting with the computer genre and since fanzines don't need to be a profit conscious organisation (a diskmag would find it very difficult indeed to sell in the shops, for example), the path was made easier for disk-based | fanzines to emerge.
And. Of course, diskmags get I around the problem of expensive duplication - one whiz through a disk copier is quick, cheap and easy.
THE MORE, THE MERRIER Diskmags are created by many different kinds of people. "Scene" diskmagazine, Craprumr. Is run by a group of people who are active in the more underground nature of computers. Orapevine communicates with other “sceners" and has strong opinions - in fact, seeming to Ire very anti-establishment.
Programming diskmags are set up by programmers with an affection for a certain programming language. The beauty of diskmags is that they allow for an exchange of ideas which benefit the Editor and ni )n n 131 magazine H Gallery BdoChart oDil readers alike, lending support to various products.
On* of tho first things you need for a diskmag is a colourful interface like this one Other diskmagazines are set up by fame seekers (people who want to make a name for themselves and so become an Editor to achieve it ). Letter lovers ON THE GRAPEVINE Possible the best disk ine available is Grapevine. Edited be a guy who goes be the pseudonym of Pazza.
Q 117t v did you scl up a diskmag?
The real reason was that I thought most paper magazines that were around at the time I started Grapevine evere very poor. But they seem to be a lot better note.
Q Do you find being an editor difficult at all?
Without a doubt, yes!
Qbut surely you find it worth doing )1 Of course, but 1 don't make a bean. The whole point of the 'zine is for fun and not profit.
(Z There must be some things you hate, though?
Something I hater Deadlines! But I love the day after an issue is released - then I get to rest al long last.
Q Hjiat are the most common problems you have with the magazine and how do you solve them ?
Crap articles! How do I solve the problem? I simply delete them mercilessly. I believe in qualitv.
Not quantity.
Q You still liaiv a lot of articles in the 'zine. How does the 'zine rate with readers? Do you get a lot of feedback?
I think I’m doing something right because I get a lot of feedback and 90 per cent of it is positive.
Q So what uould you say is the most important part of a diskzine - the articles, the music, graphics, or user-friendliness ?
All of that of course, but a magazine is only as good as its articles. A magazine with a pool set ot articles is a poor magazine, that’s the way it is.
QI low would you desiribe the process you go through for each issue, starting from scratch ?
A m n m 3 oa m 30 mk VO VO VI A bloodv headache! I end up copying over 300 disks to semi to readers, which isn’t fun at all (Z Do you have any tips for anybody wishing to set up their own dislizine?
Yes, don’t do it! Try something easier - like ‘20 rounds with Mike Tyson, or climbing Mount Everest.
5DISKMAGS YOU SHOULD SEE
2. RAW Another 'scene' magazine in a similar Grafm'inr style, RMY
tends, like other 'scene' mags, to be a little excluding to
outsiders, but is still an enlightening read worth checking
out. The process of selecting articles is a bit cumbersome,
though.
, vmtgascem (people who like a bit of post and having lots of people writing to them) and wannabe journalists who set up a diskmag to hone their writing skills to perfection.
Setting up any publication, never mind a diskmag. Can be a difficult process. But the major advantage of a disk-based ’zine over the paper equivalent is the minimising of costs (you don’t need a photocopier) and this gives you the flexibility to concentrate on the content.
Stolen Cuts has plenty of images from their readers and editors.
To be honest, a diskmag won't make you as big as Future Publishing is today, but you will find a way of making yourself heard and have fun.
So if you fancy being an Editor and you don't want to spend £30.000 setting up a computer magazine (which, incidentally, is how Future Publishing began 10 years ago), then what follows should be of particular interest to you.
GET GOING Diskzincs such as Deadlock and Grapevine are evidence of sub-genre Amiga diskmags. Some cover programming, some are about games and some diverse into altogether new dimensions, such as Star Irek diskmags.
This on its own gives you an idea of what diskmags are all about. They give an alternative perspective of the Amiga and dwell in-depth on matters that interest the Editor.
Follow their lead. Tackle a subject that interests you. After all. Merely covering a subject that has been tackled very competently in another publication is not going to gain you as many readers than if you created a different one and showed enthusiasm for the subject.
Once you have decided on the topic or even topics that you will cover, it's time to write. Before you do, though, organise things by drawing up a fiatplan (a plan of what will appear in the 'zine; how many words it will have. Etc.). MAY 1994 K DOMAIN erx *.»*»• « SPONSORED BY F1 LICENCEWARE Diskzincs. Such as Amosrinc. Are evidence of specialised, sub-genre Amiga diskmags.
Doing this will enable you to see what you have to do and what you have done: it'll show you what work has been commissioned and possibly act as a reminder to back up your work regularly. I'm sure there arc many stories of entire issues falling prey to the disk error syndrome.
You will find that readers will send you contributions, which are difficult to plan beforehand in a fiatplan. If you create spaces in your fiatplan when you draw it up. Making sure you have material to cover any gaps that aren't filled by readers, or carry reader articles to the next issue, you can easily solve that problem.
Ta H m £ 30 m Magnum v1.8 is a shareware release that does everything you need a diskmag to do.
Combining text graphics and sound.
Ffowever, diskzines, by their very nature, (smaller and more personal readership) are in a better position to offer readers support than a commercial magazine. If you offer support, then you mayjust find they'll offer it back. Just answering reader queries by return post is mighty impressive, even if it does slightly increase an already hefty workload.
And that brings us to another point. If you were thinking of doing everything all by yourself, then, unless you have a massive amount of time on your hands, don't.
Diskzines tend to have hundreds of quite lengthy articles, so I would advise you to pester your friends into contributing. Or make a plea for writers, artists and musicians by placing adverts in computer stores, in classified ads, or, even better, approach talented people direct. In return give them a free copy of your diskzine and maybe a free advert.
Once you have got some "staff" together you can then delegate jobs- giving music work to the musicians, programming work to the programmers, art work to the artists, and so on and so forth. If you play to people's strengths, everything should run smoothly.
When articles begin to pour in, you have to select the best ones and edit them into shape. You need to make sure everything is easy to read, spelt correctly and not libellous. Although fanzines usually get away with most libellous ranting (because not many people can be bothered suing them), they are in effect as 'suable' as a commercial magazine.
YOU'RE THE BOSS Bear in mind that you are the Editor and it is your job to ensure that what you print is right for the magazine. If you don't want to print somebody's short story, for instance, then politely • I tell them so.
Just keep an open mind. The story may have been well written, but just not ssspfe* -555:35:.
5. TOTAL IRRELEVANCE Some people may In- a little surprised ai
this inclusion because Total Inrlrviiiice is nothing loo
special. It's not graphically inspiring, but for any (ktaMED
users, there’s more than enough to keep you happy and it makes
a change from 'scene' news, which is why it's included.
Diversity, you see?
What you were looking for. In this case, you could commission the writer to pen the article you want.
However, commissioning people can often cause a few extra problems.
Your writers may decide not to send you anything until a week after you intended the magazine to go out. So you must set some sort of deadline. One area you should be particularly careful about is accepting a series of tutorials from somebody.
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The last thing to consider is whether or not to cany ads. Diskzines are alternative in both medium and manner, and. As such, most disk ines carry ads that you wouldn’t find elsewhere. For example, Grapevine lets people advertise for pen pals.
Most ’zines also offer free advertising because they are happily free from commercial constraints.
If you do cam advertisements.
I perhaps just to fill up space or. If you charge for it. Just to make a little hit ol I a profit, then try to attract advertisers ' that are relevant to your type of mag and don’t charge loo much.
2 Don’t get discouraged if your magazine doesn't sell a million with ils first issue. Be- determined and never give in. If vou still hit a brick wall every month, just adopt a different angle and give it another try.
The final step is to pot everything together - the words, pictures, music and a user-friendly method of control.
If you follow your previously drawn fiatplan. You'll find the final process a lot easier.
But the only thing you should worry about is having fun doing it - that is the whole point. When it starts to become a nightmare burden, then it's time to pack it in. Have fun! 1 4 When including software, tie absolutely sure you are not committing piracy. It’ll catch up with you cm quickly.
5 Work out a routine. The diskmag will probable be done in your spare time after work, college, or school. The quicker you gel into a routine with the mag. The more time you’ll have to do other things without compromising lire mag’s quality.
ESSENTIAL SOFTWARE Word processor - A wol d processor is the most vital component of the wholc enterprise. You need some method of being able to put your words to screen, then spellcheck them and have the flexibility to easily change things.
Don't yvorry too much about Wl’s with graphic capabilities since a decent diskmag creator yvould sort out that problem.
Art package - Most Amiga users have DeluxePainl or Personal Paint. If you do, then don’t bother upgrading unless you feel you really need to.
All you need an art package for is knocking up the odd graphic or two.
Disk copier - Absolutely essential if you are distributing the package yourself. Every Amiga owner has access to Workbench's copying facility, but you'll find that there are quicker and easier PI) alternatives.
Music package - Music is definitely essential on a diskmag.
A dance track is usually the preferred musical taste, but if you can't create music (like too many of us), then check out the PD libraries and see if they have copyright-free material for you to use (maybe an Oasis- esque track?).
Programming Package or Diskzine Creator - If you want to individualise your 'zine and you have programming talent, then programming your own method of putting the magazine's elements together and making it easy to use is the only way.
However, there are alternatives for people who can't program, or can’t l e bothered to. There are three main packages which vou mav find useful and they are all either PD or shareware.
One of these is Magnetic Pages, a shareware release that consists of three programs - an
F. ditor (to create articles), an Organiser (for assembling
articles into a 'zine) and a Displayer (to display the mag).
It does everything you need a diskmag to do. Combining text,
graphics and sound, and comes very highly recommended.
Magnum v 1.8 is the latest incarnation of this particular package. It can produce excellent results, comparable to 'zines like Grafta'inr and Deadlock, and is also easy to gel to grips with. You just need to load an ASCII file into it.
Which any word processor can produce. The package comes with complete instructions, although the options open to anylxidy reading your mag are quite limited - it only oilers options to access the index, exit and move around the screen.
Disk Mag Creator is a bit more flexible, reviewed as recently as Al~d. It's shareware, but the demo version still allows you a lot of room to test it to the full - it lets you input 200 articles. And it has every option you can think of.
Including a print option in case |H-ople want to print your articles.
And. Sounding like a scratched record, it's easy to use (and why shouldn't it be?).
Because you can pick all of these discs up for around £3,1 advise you to get the lot and pick the one you think is best for you.
As for hardware, a second disk drive is pretty much essential in order to save tedious disk swapping. A printer could also come in handy for printing disk labels and writing letters.
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Ever felt you were being dealt a bum deal in the Amiga games department? Ever felt that the Amiga should still be at the forefront of video games technology like it used to be? Ever felt that liie energy some PC game developers are expending on the exploitation of PC hardware should have gone into the Amiga when the A1200 first appeared? Me too.
Think of how many times the Amiga’s games have led the field, been copied and the cloned offspring has gone on to major success on dedicated games platforms; lemmings, SensiSoccer and Super Skidmarks stand out as shining examples.
Increasingly, though, the Amiga is losing out. Not through the loss of developers - a good few of them will be back after enormous Christmas losses on their balance sheet - but through the restraint of processor power.
Think about the following three games, released when the A500 was still at its zenith: Slum Far Racer, Formula One (Wand Iwix and Knights of the Sky.
Each one pushed the 68000 processor to its limit. That’s why if you upgrade from an A500 or A600 to an A1200, the above games lake on a new lease of life.
They play perceptibly faster so that the molion not only feels more realistic, but enhances the immersive atmosphere of the environments the game plays in.
For more realistic AGA games, the 68020 found in the standard 1200 just doesn't cut the mustard these days.
Especially in the realm of 3D, which just happens to be the area where the most exciting games are evolving; Guardian, Fears, ('doom, (.unship 2000, 7.'eewol]2, (ioala and Alien Breed 31) to name the most important.
To be fully effective, these games need grant. But they also need to be made friendly and customisable enough to enable owners of underpowered Amigas to play them too.
In this instance and to illustrate what we mean, we'll use the example of two games reccndy covered in Amiga Format. Fears and Coala (see page 44 for a full review of Coala).
Fears requires a 68020 anti the AGA chipset. In other words, a bare A1200. It Fed up with being stuck in the slow lane when it comes to Amiga games? Join Steve McGill as he takes a speculative look at current Amiga games and delves into the world of expansions, upgrades and accelerators.
Will run faster if extra memory is installed - even one megabyte of Fast RAM increases the frame rate. It will ran faster still if an accelerator of some kind is fitted.
Combine the two and we’re talking about a game which, although lower in resolution, can run every bit as fast as Doom on the PC - subjectively speaking, of course, it depends on the spec of both computers.
The beauty of Fears, though, is that it’ll trade-off graphic enhancements in order to keep a decent running speed no matter what’s powering the game.
Therefore, if you’ve just bought a Falcon, a Blizzard, or Apollo accelerator card, you can afford to have the texture maps switched on the largest screen size and still expect the game to ran at a silky smooth frame rate.
Close on the same speed could be achieved on a standard A1200 if you switched off the textures and reduced the screen size.
Admittedly, playing this way isn’t as atmospheric, but if you take the smart option and choose to upgrade, the game will upgrade with you; inbuilt longevity if you like.
On the same vein, but a different capillary, there’s the helicopter batde sim Coala, reviewed this month on page
44. Coala is exciting for several reasons.
& The main one being ihe potential and example it offers to games taking place in a 3D accelerated environment.
It's not perfect by any means. But it has its own internal dynamics and offers a subliminal 'virtual' cockpit which helps immensely in the credibility stakes. It also offers many features that anyone in possession of a 68020 processor and above can benefit from and take advantage of.
This time the 68020 doesn't necessarily mean that you have to own an A1200 either. Owners of A500+S and A600's can play (loalii too; just add a 68020 accelerator card.
IDEAL TRADE-OFF The real beauty of Coala, though, is the number of options it presents to the player to customise the environment and find the ideal trade-olf point of processor power versus graphic detail.
There arc nine in all: vision, world detail, object detail, shadows, surface detail, time compression, sound, shaded horizon and copper horizon.
Five of these are mere toggles: shadows, surface detail, sound, and Ivth horizons. The other four are scaled and are worth more discussion.
Vision - probably effects the running speed of the game the most.
The maximum distance of your sight is a setting of I (KM). On an unexpanded 1200 the frame rate drops drastically, but the game looks better. Can be optimised in units of 50.
World Detail - on a scale of 1-10.
Affects the number of trees, buildings, and roads. Again, dow-n to user preference and processor installed. The more detail, the better the world looks.
Object Detail - another 1-10 scale.
This time it's the detail on the vehicles in the game, including the player’s chopper that are added or subtracted.
Obviously, the more real a vehicle l x ks, the more satisfaction gained from blowing it up or shooting it down.
Ihe last ol the options is Time Compression. Here, the player can choose to enable slow motion, real time, or fast motion.
If the player isn't sure which of these options is the best trade-olf. They can always change between them while the chopper is firing and feel the difference in handling as it happens.
What’s more, a suitably powered Amiga could drive a virtual reality helmet or glasses and make Coala a truly immersive experience. Amiga Technologies have their own overpriced version of the type of glasses needed. With proper driver support, Coala would be a virtual reality winner.
In all. Coala offers a tremendous amount of scope for customisation and optimisation. Something that games developers have mostly ignored with the Amiga, yet pay very dose attention to on the Mac and PC platforms.
If you own an accelerated Amiga, let software houses like Team 17, Manyx, Arid, Grafigold. Vision, Black Magic and any others whose games have captured your imagination, know the spec of your Amiga. L.el them know that you'd lather playgames that exploit the Amiga's hardware potential to the full than put up with games that limit themselves to the minimum spec. Around half of A1200 owners own expansions of some kind or other.
Convincing the other half to upgrade would he easier if more games like Breed
V) and (dxda were released. The more people who upgrade, the more
viable and attractive the market appears to developers. O WHAT
AN FPU COULD DO FOR GAMES One of the the elements missing in
Coala which could make a lot of difference to the presentation
and atmosphere of a game is the use of texture maps; look at
Fears and Breed 3D.
If you've taken a look at our accelerator box, you'll have noticed that we've mentioned whether the card has a Floating Point Unit (FPU) or not.
The FPU relieves the processor from maths intensive functions and frees it up to do other less boring things instead - like take care of the game.
Texture maps are maths intensive. They could be taken care of by the FPU while a decent running speed for the game was maintained. It would probably require two versions of the game to be written; a normal version and an FPU 'optimised' version. It would open up a previously unexploited avenue of Amiga gaming and provide a better return on investment for developers than the PC market is currently yielding.
PC and Mac games are written in a similar manner I ' V,' to the above. So V why not for the W Jwfwt-', Amiga? Having to | make allowance VI and write games Ilk for base machines IB yP doesn't wash any ¦¦W more. If PC games flBK.
Were limited to the | I base be written for a ¦Hy x.. yAB 640K dinosaur. J A. Demand your right ' to better Amiga I * v' games IB ¦ i A more comprehensive set of customisable options ensures longevity for Fears. More games should offer this.
If coded with a faster processor in mind. Breed 3D could easily be a Marathon beater. Go to it Team 17.
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b) 3
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3. What type of processor is used in the Apollo 1232?
4. What do the initials FPU stand for?
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Changing AMIGA FORMAT'S FACE REVIEW POLICY IN PREVIEWS THIS MONTH ARE... FORMAT The games industry needs the Amiga more than the Amiga needs the games industry.
A contentious statement perhaps, but there's no doubt that this Christmas is going to sort out the men from the boys in the games development arena.
The PC market, in the UK at least, isn't paying the dividends many developers expected. Amiga titles are still steadily outselling PC titles. Several well-known developers' purse strings are reaching breaking point. Many are quietly ruing the day they quit the Amiga.
The PC market is inhabited by a completely different kind of consumer than the Amiga. To most it’s an unfriendly box they need for work. Only a very small percentage are interested in games.
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Steve McGill Every month we scour the world's software houses for the latest and greatest Amiga games. We try to ensure we keep you as up-to- date as possible and we'll stop at nothing to bring you the best, definitive, no-nonsense reviews of the games that matter.
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BLITZ BOMBERS AGA Amigas ¦ Leading Edge 01302 890000 Dyna-Blaster, Bomberman, Super- bomberman. They all have one thing in common. They promote rampant individualism and outrageous aggression, while at the same time encouraging people to blow up and kill their friends. Wahey.
Everyone who's anyone should know by now just what's involved. You control a little geezer who has to rid a maze of the blocks standing between him and his opponents. He does this by blowing them up with a bomb.
Sometimes, blown-up blocks reveal a power-up underneath which can offer the player anything from a time-delay, to extra power in the bomb's blast area. Part of the secret of winning and killing the others lies in using the power-ups to best advantage.
So, considering Dyna-Blaster's been around for an age and a day, what does Blitz Bombers offer that hasn't already been taken care of by the aforementioned classic.
The first thing you'll notice, especially if you’ve already tried out our Coverdisk demo, is the sheer number of power-ups and bonuses employed by the game.
Most importantly, for top, multiplayer fun at least, is the inclusion of a serial link option, which means that up to eight players can play against each other at the same time. You'll need two screens and two Amigas, but that's as good a reason as any to make new friends.
Leading Edge and Guildhall still haven't set a definite release date, but when they do, rest assured we'll let you know.
LEADING LAP 1Mb Amigas ¦ Black Legend 01438 840004 If half the promises made of Leading Lap from Black Legend are true, then this is certainly going to be a 3D driving game to look forward to.
Hailed as an F1GP beater, the races take place not only on the race track, but also on normal roads both city- and country-based. Therefore, expect to meet: cars travelling in the opposite direction, tractors chugging along slowly, level crossings packed with car damaging trains, stupid sheep and hazardous junctions that present, er, a hazard.
BLITZ BOMBERS: Following the lead of Super Skidmarks, Leading Edge have promised that there’ll be serial-linkable, eight-player-at-one-time bombing fest. Format can hardly wait.
According to Black Legend, the design of the race tracks will also enable astute drivers to cash in on the vulnerability of the computer- controlled opponents. By driving in front of them, the player can force the cars to spin out and crash.
It can be assumed that Leading Lap isn't an out-and-out serious racer.
It does, however, offer a serial link option, which always counts highly in favour of a game with AF. Owners of accelerated Amigas will find that they can turn on extra graphical detail.
Another plus in our book. The full game will be ready for review next issue - until then, take a look at the grabs and wait in anticipation. O BLITZ BOMBERS: There are going to bo ovor 80 screens worth of bombing action. One to look forward to.
LEADING LAP: Hailed as an F1GP beater, we'll wait until we see the whole game.
Imagine being given the freedom to fight for the forces of democracy against tyranny or the forces of tyranny against democracy. Imagine being given one of the most sophisticated battle helicopters known to military science to achieve this (ig)noble aim. Imagine no longer, Coala is here.
Coala is a helicopter flight sim with a difference. Traditional flight sims rely on all manner of technical frippery and detail to maintain their authenticity and sense of realism.
Coala ignores all that.
Steve McGill makes himself comfortable in the virtual cockpit, ready for take-off in this sophisticated helicopter flight sim.
Aao-| 101 i -as K1 cot L J CH-47 CminOOK §• T RHTISPORT HELICOPTER IHEST Instead, Coala relies on the credibility and realism of the battlefield. Taking place within the confines of a three dimensional, finite, wraparound world, each combat mission and scenario witnesses the forces of the East pitched against the forces of the West.
Dispensing with tradition, in Coala you are totally neutral and can choose which side to fight for. The choice is even open to fight against both sides. Although not recommended for obvious reasons, taking everyone on is the ultimate test of the player's combat ability.
As is to be expected of a pseudo flight sim, Coala takes place within a three dimensional world. The player starts the game at a Western base within the cockpit of a battle copter; there are four different types to be flown in all.
Controls are simple and easily picked up. All that needs to be done to take to the air is to give the engine enough collective to overcome gravity. The chopper will take off and the player can start moving about.
The easiest method of controlling the chopper requires use of the mouse.
Mouse control quickly becomes intuitive and offers the unrestrictive freedom of analogue responsiveness.
Even more emancipating is the virtual' cockpit. By pressing the right mouse button and holding it down, an unrestricted three dimensional view can be taken. That is, the chopper continues on its path and the view simulates the pilot looking around him.
This is particularly useful when lining up targets. Rather than having to keep the whole chopper in line, the pilot only really needs to get close to the target. From there, it's just a matter of moving the cross hairs of the currently selected weapon system to line up with the unfortunate victim's vehicle.
Tricky to use at first, it soon becomes a cake walk. At times, depending on the enemy you're taking out, it almost feels like an unfair advantage. But not quite. For there is no such thing as an unfair advantage in war. And that's what Coala is - total war.
Each of the missions and scenarios has a life of its own. If the player chooses to take no part, the battle will still be decided by the computer participants fighting each other. Part of the strength and believability of Coala belongs to the internal dynamics of the battlefield and the artificial intelligence of the battlefield's protagonists.
If desired, this artificial intelligence can be observed by choosing to view any of the planes, choppers, tanks, trucks, etc. in action.
It's just a simple manner of selecting the requisite view from the keyboard and cycling through all of the participants until you reach the one you want to follow. It's possible, therefore, to fly with an enemy plane that's just about to take you out with a heat-seeking missile.
The beauty of the views is the ability to look all around the chosen vehicle in a full 360 degree, three dimensional pan. This flexibility can also give the discerning player an insight into the tactics adopted by adversaries, so that more effective counter measures can be taken when going head-to-head.
Of course, there's a pay-off for all of this artificial intelligence and 3D power - that of processor speed. After all, what's on offer here is more than previously offered by traditional sims.
Other than Dawn Patrol and Overlord, no other sim has provided a 'virtual' & SCREEN PLAY DECEMBER 1995 hfhe cxrsTan scetrrp FHEV rJEXT FEE OH COALA Publisher Empire Interactive Price £29.99 Versions One ECS AGA version System requirements A500 600 with 68020 2Mb RAM Release date November Graphics 7 out of 10 Old-fashioned. Even for a flight sim.
Sound 8 out of 10 Surprisingly good. Gives clues to enemy's location.
Addiction 8 out of 10 Surprisingly addictive.
May flag after a couple of weeks, though.
Playability 9 out of 10 3D graphics and virtual cockpits are made for each other Overall verdict If you don't like flight sims but still want to fly, Coala is the game you've been looking for.
85% There is no such thing as an unfair advantage in war. That's what Coala is
- total war.
45 cockpit. That Coala's is the best and easiest to use is beyond doubt.
But there's a trade-off to be made between graphical detail, processor speed and frame rate. Power- challenged Amigas like the 500 and 600 need a 68020 with 2Mb minimum to run Coala. A1200 owners will find that some Fast memory is desirable to avoid a jerky effect.
Luckily, the programmers have included an option screen whereby features such as ground and object detail can be set high to low on a scale of 1 to 10. Other processor- hungry cosmetics, such as horizon detail and viewing distance, are also customisable - so a standard vanilla A1200 runs Coala satisfactorily, though not brilliantly.
If you have the requisite hardware (and even if you don't, you can still win it - check out our Coala compo on page 36) the question needing to be asked is: "Is Coala worth buying"?
The answer has to be yes, but with some reservations. The game, despite some excellent features, looks old-fashioned - no texture maps and a limited palette. The terrain is flat - no mountains or hills to hide behind.
The mission structure is a series of self-contained one-offs, giving the feeling that there is no cohesive sense of progress and that there's no 'bigger' picture within the game. This gives the whole thing the feeling of a glorified, although thoroughly enjoyable, shoot-'em-up.
Despite that, I would still buy Coala. You can create your own fully customisable "What if?"
Missions. It makes intelligent use of the Amiga hardware and it enables you to pit your wits against the artificial intelligence routines of the programmers.
Not yet good enough to be considered a classic, it hints at the sort of 'Next Generation' games a properly powered Amiga is capable of and, as such, deserves to be bought in numbers. Hopefully, the commercial success that the game deserves will encourage the programmers to inject more cohesion and believability into the package for Coala 2. Cj C£*Ut The combat scenarios in Coala take place whether the player engages the enemy or not Tabs can be kept on the progress of all vehicles by cycling through the view button. This lets the player visualise the ‘bigger picture'.
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UFO: Enemy Unknown FG90% Microprose 10 Morph 78% Millenium The Top Games THIS MONTH'S FULL-PRICE TOP-20 1 (1) Player Manager 2 (Anco Virgin) ...81% 2 (3) Sensible World of Soccer (Renegade) .....FG95% 3 (2) Premier Manager 3 (Gremlin) .85% 4 (6) Ultimate Soccer Manager (Impressions) 84% 5 (7) Colonization (Microprose) .FG95% 6 (4) Sensible Golf (Virgin) 81% 7 (9) Super Skidmarks (Acid
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Alien Breed There's no doubt about it.
This Christmas is going to witness the biggest fight the Amiga, Amiga owners, and Amiga developers have ever seen since the Amiga concept became reality.
That this fight could alter the course of home computing history is beyond question. If the Amiga does the unimaginable, and loses, it'll herald a sad sad era of darkness and techno slavery for Amiga owners, Toe Public, and the rest of the World.
A grave scenario indeed.
And one that must never be allowed to happen.
The Amiga succeeded despite Commodore's inept marketing strategy. It succeeded because it captured the imagination of the imaginative, the creative, and the visionary. It succeeded because it was the computer of the people. And most of all, it succeeded because the people loved it.
That it can fight back and again win its rightful position of prominence is going to be more difficult than ever before.
External forces with more money and bigger marketing budgets than you could throw a Third World country at will be out in full Stormtrooping jackbooted media imperialistic force.
Fight back But the Amiga can resist. It's in possession of the most powerful marketing force known in the world.
A force that can't be bought or silenced or bullied or ignored. And that force relies on people talking, for it's nothing more nor nothing less than word of mouth.
Amiga owners talk to each other more than any other gaming fraternity. It's word of mouth that keeps the Amiga alive. It's word of mouth that keeps the Amiga vibrant. It's word of mouth that keeps the Amiga exciting.
So, I've kept you waiting this long and still haven't mentioned Alien Breed 3D from Team 17.
Hopefully I've made a point of sorts about the Amiga's strength and the inherent power of word of mouth.
I say hopefully, because I'm going to ask you a big favour; Continued overleaf 4 something that I've never done Blowing up barrels can be fruitful.
Creatures can be killed In the blast and sometimes they hide ammo.
Captured as the game immerses you in a dangerously harsh world. Graphics 9 out of 10 Fast, smooth and vary convincing.
Sound 9 out of 10 Convincing, eerie, scary, and frightening.
Addiction 9 out of 10 The world pulls you in and invades your imagination.
Playability 9 out of 10 Balanced, poised, atmospheric, intuitive, fantastic.
Overall verdict They said people bought Pcs to play Doom. People should buy A1200s in droves to play Alien Breed 3D.
One of the finest Amiga games ever.
I KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON'T KNOW before since joining Amiga Formal. The favour's simple - get in touch with Team 17 by whatever means are available: e-mail, net access, phone, write, parachute... anything.
Tell them how good Alien Breed 3D is. Tell them what you like about it.
Tell them what works and what doesn't. Tell them what you'd like to see improved.
Team 17 Price Versions System requirements 2Mb Release date But most of all, ask, plead, beg, grovel, implore and petition them not to leave the Amiga market. The market needs them to produce more games like Breed 3D. The market needs more games like Breed 3D.
Simply the best... For Breed 3D is quite simply one of the best games ever to appear on the Amiga. It exploits the AGA hardware, injects it with euphoric gameplay and, at the same time, radiantly displays the potential that lies in the heart of a well-coded A1200.
Be prepared to have your imagination captured as the game immerses you in the dangerously harsh world of the Breed and their foul brethren. Feel the adrenaline invigorate your senses as you frantically switch between out-and-out fearless aggression and cringingly fearful, trembling paranoia.
Yes, Breed 3D does all that, plus some more, to the player as they play.
Put it down to the perfect balance of design, aesthetics, gameplay, intuitive control, involvement, consistency, internal dynamics and fun.
The layout of the sixteen levels is believable enough in an Alien kind of a way. There are no pointless dead ends. There are extremely atmospheric, submerged areas. And, Doom-beatingly, the levels have different floor layers requiring the traversing of stairs, ramps, lifts and other obstacles to access them.
Frustratingly, though, there is no map to access. But, by way of compensation, changes in wall and floor textures in the various sections helps compartmentalise the levels and keep everything at a manageable, memorable level.
Alleviating, to a limited degree anyway, the need for a map.
The choice is yours Married to the design of the levels is an intuitive control system, offering maximum flexibility and degree of choice: Keyboard control can be completely reconfigured to the player's choice, although it's unlikely to be changed from the pre-set keys.
Mouse control is possible also, but it wasn't my control system of choice.
The joystick is okay, but wilts slightly in front of the might of the keyboard. The best system is probably that of CD52 controller use - you can run, duck, fire weapons, operate lifts and doors, select weapons and, most importantly, use One of the strategies that can make all the difference in the survival stakes is that of secret rooms and alcoves. They often conceal caches of ammo, medi-kits. Weapons, or all three, h can be difficult to spot them, but not impossible.
Mindful that there ere secret doors waiting to tie found, you deckle to press space... ...when suddenly, hey presto, a door appears. Aren't you glad you’re alive.
What's that strange rippling c there on the left? H you're not sure, it's always... ...worth investigating. Because H might just lead to a precious little find like this one.
He hasn't been using OxylO, so it's time to Oxy-cute him.
At last a quality independent roleplaying magazine Trading as carefully and as quietly as possible, you aim to take a quick peak round the corner.
But what’s this. A quick glance over the shoulder reveals skullduggerous plans afoot. Turn round quickly and blast him.
Splish-splash of wet footsteps, the occasional howl of distant breed, the reflections from the graphics, the squeal of monsters that have been shot all meld together and pull you into a disturbingly violent, unfriendly world.
It's you, your wits and your weapons. And that's tops.
To finish off, the way the game makes use of accelerator cards deserves a special mention (see our enhanced gaming feature starting on page 33). With an accelerator fitted, everything becomes silky smooth and can easily live with the Dooms and Marathons of the world. Their use further enhances the credibility and immersion factor of the game's scenario.
So, if you own an A1200, or are about to through the Amiga Magic pack, buy Alien Breed 3D. Convince Team 17 that their plans to leave the Amiga market would be a tragedy for them and Amiga owners throughout the world.
Convince them that there's still a lot of respect for their Amiga- wares out there. Buy Breed 3D and convince them. Make Breed 3D the smash it thoroughly deserves to be.
The sidestep easily in a devastatingly effective manner. In all. A tremendous selection that should see everyone but DC Thomson of Dundee happy.
The monsters inhabiting the levels are various and present their own little problems in choosing the most efficient method of dispatching them. Unlike the monsters in Fears, Breed's denizens exhibit a limited believable intelligence. They run about a bit, dodge, weave, and attack you at every opportunity.
As expected, different weapons do different types of damage and it's in this area that players should familiarise themselves well. It means the difference between success and death. The weapons sound wonderful when fired. Although the double barrelled shotgun acts as a pump action - quirky.
A sounding success While on the subject of sound, it deserves a special mention. It enhances and expands an already bristling atmosphere.
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And that’s just one of the less fanciful theories surrounding the November 1963 assassination of President John F Kennedy in Dealey Plaza, Dallas. This month, we pay homage to the man (briefly) and sift through the facts, mumbled half-lies and contentious Mafia-related conspiracy theories to bring you our deeply personal account on what we think happened, according the subject the reverential degree of sombreness and respect that it deserves.
So take time out from the previews (Ubi Soft returning to the Amiga shocker!), the reviews (21st Centuries’ Pinball Mania bundled with the new A1200s and not very good at all shocker!) And our hefty hints and tips section to digest THE TRUTH.
V Could Lee Harvey Oswald have hit Kennedy from the Book Depository window? Why * aren’t the British any good at political assassination? And who else could have possibly done it? We reveal all. Sort of.
Like some sort of alien fly-on-the-wall documentary crew filming only the juiciest bits of world history.
On sale Thursday 19th October SCREEN PLAY DECEMBER 1995 Being aimed at three-year olds upwards, we decided to get Richard Jones to take a look at this game; he's the biggest kid we know.
Rhomas The Tank I've got a problem with computer pinball games. Football, golf, cricket and darts, I have played and enjoyed on the Amiga - but pinball? Nah.
To play all the other games involves some measure of organisation and effort (both physical and financial - yes even darts), but pinball? If you've got a pound in your pocket and are in the centre of a large town, you will be surrounded by all manner of real silver ball opportunities in arcades and pubs.
And I'm afraid no Amiga games can come close to the thrill of the real thing - not Pinball Dreams, Pinball Illusions, Pinball Mania and, no, not even the cute Thomas The Tank Engine's Pinball.
Now, I will readily admit that if you are three years old (Thomas is aimed at age three upwards), you are unlikely to find yourself with a pound in your pocket in the centre of a large town with time to kill. If you do, you are lost, or your parents have abandoned you. Find a policeman immediately.
So, in that sense, I suppose comparisons with the real thing are a tad inappropriate. Anyway, what's it like then, this steam-driven pinball affair? Well, it's OK, but not much more than that.
There are four tables (Thomas, Percy, Dames and Toby), multi-player options and it all works reasonably well - the ball rolls towards the flippers, you hit it and it bounces around the table until it goes out.
Some of the shots are very difficult, and some are virtually impossible, but that's no different to other 'adult' tables. It all scrolls reasonably well, it's bright and colourful (kids are bound to like it) and, well, it's a perfectly functional kids' pinball game. Buy it if you want a reasonable kids’ pinball game for your Amiga.
Flowever, there is an alternative.
Have you thought about investing in a sturdy box, or crate? If you do, you can visit your local, child-friendly pub, put £! In the pinball machine, place the child on the sturdy box or crate facing the table, repair to the bar and leave your offspring playing the real thing and annoying everyone within a 10-yard radius. '2?
THOMAS THE TANK ENGINE'S PINBALL Publisher Alternative Price_ FI 6.99 _ At 200 S-, stem requirements 2Mb RAM, AGA chipset I-oAmso date_ Out now Graphics 8 out of 10 Cute engines and flashy things in all the right places. Choo and, indeed, choo.
Sour'd 7 Out of 10 Jaunty and lively. Should please most kids.
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Dropping in these two simple fellows would have improved the shebang considerably. They could still not, however, mask the fact that Virtual Karting is a game that the Amiga does not need.
Conveniently forgetting for the moment that there is a dearth of karting games on the market, I would suggest that any supporter of the racing genre will already have a game in their collection which is considerably better than this.
The Lotus games, bless 'em.
Good ol' F1GP. We won't mention Micro Machines, or Super Skidmarks.
There's many more... Before we continue, don't go thinking that some of the screen shots that dot around the pages are representative of the game.
Our picture grabber had all kinds of trouble with this game. No, Virtual Karting is prettier, much smoother- looking and doesn't have all the dodgy lines across it. Our apologies.
Virtual Karting is fully texture mapped and this, it seems, is its USP (that will be Unique Selling Point
- and who left that damn marketing bible around).
"Oh my giddy Aunt," you exclaim upon discovering that the game runs between 25 and 50 frames per second, depending on whether your machine accelerates faster than one of these here karts.
Virtual Karting seems to set great store by its technological 'innovations'. Sadly, it really is not a wildly impressive visual experience.
Hang it, I don’t care a jot whether it’s texture mapped or novamura-d (that bumpy wallpaper, you know), I want to get in a little buggy - one which I can safely negotiate around bends - and drive very quickly over a variety of courses.
But this game offers no real feeling of speed. You can watch a speedo in the bottom, left-hand corner of the screen and see the old KPH steadily rising, but back in the hotseat you still feel like a pedestrian.
There are two ways you can view the races: in 2D or 3D. The 2D option is a straight overhead perspective, while the 3D view has four slightly different angles.
Overhead, the race seems slower, while the lower the 3D angle, the quicker the car seems to move - although when you're the lowest of the low, it’s incredibly difficult to anticipate the bends.
So Virtual Karting is best played in the highest of the 3D views, where you can get a reasonable sensation of speed while at the same time traverse the bends with as much confidence as the rather difficult to get the hang of control method allows.
In the 2D mode, you can play half screen and the actions are hot pace-wise, though a magnifying glass would be a bonus.
Back to the control method.
Holding the joystick pad forward and controlling the kart to any degree of accuracy is an awful task.
You sway this way and that, oversteering and bumping off course on to the (texture mapped) grass which slows you to snails pace.
It's not such a problem on the beginners course, but once you hop to the next two it's terribly frustrating, particularly on the really tight horseshoe bends.
Yes, I know practice makes perfect, but anyone who's played any racing game will know that using the fire button to accelerate is much more satisfying and a darn sight more concise. So actually the mouse control is probably best.
If I was of London extraction I would suggest: "OTM, SORT IT OOOOUUUUUT", It's a shame really. The programmer, Fabio Bizzetti (possibly an Italian fellow) is obviously dedicated to the Amiga, and the work on the graphics and pre-race fly-bys is tremendous, but Virtual Karting is a triumph of design over content. Three courses and two cars (100cc and 125cc) - with no championships or leagues to compete in.
But, hey, the texture mapping, the frames per second. I almost feel apologetic - certainly the technical feats of the game are quite tremendous - if the Amiga had an '030 as standard this could have been developed into a much smarter, faster, more enjoyable game.
But when the car is the very devil to control, when the sound-effects are tinny and you feel like you're trundling along in a milk float, something has obviously gone wrong.
As an attempt at producing a 'realistic' karting simulation, this may well be visually excellent, but, as exciting driving games go, it's certainly left in the lower rankings. 'Is VIRTUAL KARTING fT SCREEN PLAY DECEMBER 1995 Publisher OTM Price_ £24.95 Versions_ AGA System requirements A1200 A4000 Release date_ Out Now Graphics 7 out of 10 They're texture mapped, don't you know. Anyway, not bad.
Sound_4 out of 10 Tinny, but then that's how karts sound, right?
Addiction 4 out of 10 Erm. No.
Playability 5 out of 10 Dreadful method of control - easily remedied.
Overall verdict_ Virtual Karting should be virtually carted off for a quick gameplay fit.
62% ¦ You sway this way and that, oversteering and bumping off course on to the grass.
The Fall & Rise in Amiga Frame Grabbing... ProGrab™ has caused a Real Fall in the Price of Quality Frame Grabbing - the Rise in Standards speak for themselves!
The revolutionary NEW S-VHS ProGrab™ 24RT Plus, with Teletext, is not only the best way to get crisp colour video images into your Amiga, it also costs less than any of its rivals. This real time, PAL-SECAM-NTSC*. 24-Bit colour frame grabber digitiser has slashed the price of image grabbing on the Amiga, and at the same time has received rave reviews for its ease of use and excellent quality results. ProGrab Plus™ is now S-VHS compatible too!
ProGrab™ has received honours from just about every Amiga magazine!
And... with ProGrab™ you needn’t be an expert in Amiga Video Technology either... A simple 3 stage operation ensures the right results - Real Time, after time.
STAGE 1... Select any video source with S-VHS or composite output. This could be your camcorder, TV with SCART output satellite receiver, domestic VCR player or standard TV signal passing through your VCR player... the choice is yours.
Grab images with your camcorder including S-VHS Take a signal from a TV with SCART output STAGE 2... With ProGrab's software, select an image you wish to capture using the on screen preview window - and Grab (because the hardware grabs frames in real time, theres no need for a freeze frame facility on the source device]. ProGrab™ even includes a Teletext viewing capturing facility from either TV or satellite sources. Once grabbed, simply download and view the full image on your Amiga screen.
ProGrab”... supports all recent AMIGAs ond is also fully AGA Chipset compatible. You can even work in the new graphics modes up to 1472 x 512 pixels in HAM 8 (Amiga RAM permitting!.
Images can be saved in 24-Bit
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Limited... Cheque Bank Draft Postal Order for 1 FEARS AF76; 92%) Manyx Truly inspirational use of the AGA chipset merges with a Doom-clone so tough that it probably offers the best value for money of any game on the market at the moment.
Steve McGill certainly knows his winners from his losers. Check out our regular page for which games to go for and which to avoid at all cost.
Games Check Also included is an editor and advanced editor to create your own dungeon scenarios, as well as that all-important link-option, enabling you to hunt down and kill your best friends.
ODYSSEY (AF76; 85%) Audiogenic Beautiful little platform-based arcade adventure that plays at a pace set by the gamer himself. It can be fast; it can be slow; it can be in between.
Requires a bit of thought on the best way of overcoming seemingly insurmountable problems, but the ability to change into any one of ten creatures certainly helps. Great!
SUPER STREET FIGHTER 2 (AF7S; 88%) US Gold Despite the smallness of the sprites, the excessive number of disks and disk swaps. Super Streetfighter 2 manages to capture the gameplay, combos and special moves of the arcade original in a way that excited our resident Streetfighter champion, Graeme Sandiford to sum it up as: "Surprisingly good, except for the graphics".
VIROCOP (AF73; 83%) Renegade Top Amiga writers, Graftgold, returned to the fray with this slick, polished shoot-'em-up, packed with neat, graphical touches and.
Shock, some good music. A game within a game, you battle through various game genres, blasting all and sundry.
The writers have payed obvious 'homage1 to games such as Chaos Engine and Cannon Fodder, and the graphical references are not very difficult to spot. Almost too cunning.
COLONIZATION (AF74; 95%) MicroProse The biggest score in AF since Sensible World of Soccer scored the same last Christmas, Sid Meier's follow-up to Civilization is a fabulous, strategic journey to the Americas in which you attempt to wrest control of as much land as possible, through means foul or fair. Trading is the best way to succeed - importing and exporting.
Oh, it sounds dull, but very few games attain the same high standards as those of Colonization.
ROADKILL A1200 (AF74, 80%) Guildhall Leisure Rumbling rock music, heaven-sent explosions and graphics to kill for, this one-player racing game includes rockets, homing missiles and handy on-screen hints.
Normally, we at AF slash scores with abandon if the programmers fail to offer a two-player or link option, but this is so tidy, all is forgiven. Worthy.
SENSIBLE GOLF (AF74; 81%) Virgin An ambitious project for Sensible to take their Amiga-bow, but they just about pull it off in this quirky, overhead golf-sim. Sure, some of the holes are ridiculous, and it takes time to learn the ins and outs.
But Steve Bradley liked it and he must be right, right?
GLOOM A1200 (4F75; 91%) Guildhall One of the main contenders for the accolade of top Doom-clone on the Amiga, Gloom was created, developed and programmed using Amiga-only software: Devpac2, Blitz Basic2, Art Department Professional and Deluxe Paint.
It puts the proverbial finger up to developers with pretensions of global grandeur and proves that you don't need a marketing-budget the size of a lottery-win to create successful, exciting games.
DISASTER AREA SCREEN PLAY DECEMBER 1995 Cover thine eyes, sweet child, from these ABOMINATIONS BRAVO ROMEO DELTA (AF76, 30%) Guildhall Up to the minute political topicality is merged with a backward, awkward control system from the heady world of IBM PC compatibles in the '80s.
Anyone in their right mind should avoid at all costs. It looks and plays absolutely horribly and should be made to suffer from mutually assured destruction.
SUBVERSION AF76-, 10%) Guildhall Any feature of a game can be twisted round and made into a benefit. So, from an advertising point of view. Subversion boasts hundreds of thousand of different combinations of play and ten levels of difficulty. In reality, it presents you with one sub-standard ZX Spectrum screen which is so poor it doesn't even make it on to the glossily packaged box. Avoid.
HOLLYWOOD HUSTLER (AF77; 15%) Desert Star An anomaly of a release, especially when the price of £24.95 is considered.
Poker games abound in the Public Domain and many of them are far superior to this, both in presentation and the style of Poker played. No redeeming features. Not even the crudely digititised graphics and speech can save it.
United Public Disks 4* Look for From OUU Special only (Normal price »9p) Offers IMPORTANT... None of these new disks will w ork on a 1 3 Amiga Wolfenstcin demo needs a fast processor to play Great little Jet set willy type platform, with editor Another Doom type game, this needs a hardrive Nice graphical adventure, shareware Tabletop wargaming! Shareware Monster crushing the city game A new Pacman with many levels An excellent platform game, get it Another great platform game, similar to Space Panic Cra v hut colourful platform game Another Dynublaster clone, good. 2mb A 2 player commando
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PB 076 DDBASE 3 6.76 A fully featured database. Stores test, pictures, modules, samples, etc TEXTPLLS v5 Latest version but needs harddrivc. Archived PHONE L )C ATOR Exeellent.Find the area of any phone number, includes new codes EASYSTAT Statistics program LITTLE OFFICE 2 Database. Spreadsheet & Word processor PP 220 PP 221 PP 222 PB 074 Pli 075 PB 078 PB 079 PB OHO PB 087 LATEST DEMOS Note: All are AGA and rather good. Fill yer boots!
MjJMC_ UTILITIES 177 LOOM (Demo) 4mb min New method to compose music on the Amiga A1200.
178 OC'TAMEI) 6 DEMO Great preview of new version 182 3 DX7 BANKS 12) Two disks of sound banks & single voicesfor the Yamaha DX7 synth 188 9(1 PD SOUND FX VOLI-3 Threedisks full of useful IFF sound effects 192 PH KAREOKE A Karcoke machine for your Amiga?
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inc. colourpad. Dot-dot. Music maker etc, CCKE EXAM PAPERS Revision program produced in Cundo CHESMAYNE Comprehensive history and info on Chess. Interesting to plavers BEGINNERS GUIDE TO WORKBENCH 3 Very useful for new users DPAINT GUIDE Now learn how to use Deluxe Paint 4 properly PE 137 8 DPAINT 4 BUDDY SYSTEM 121 Learn all about D Paint 4 PE 139 40 BELLES PAINT (2) A great new paint package, ideal for kids GAMES PG 618 SOUND THE SPACE C ADET & ACE THE SPACE CASE Two good platformers PG 619 RASH PANIC Just like the old arcade game, Space Panic. Dig hole, trap alien, fill hole PG620 DERR1NG
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Internet relay chat connector.necds AMI-TCP Update of this useful video titler program Controller software for remote cameras etc. Programs to help with awkw ard assigns Updated version of this fine scrcenblankcr Very useful if you have a drive for your Amiga 1500-4000 895 INFOCOM INTERPERETER Port Infocoin adventures to the Amiga & run them directly 897 MAGN1FICAD Nice cad package 899 SUPER LOTTERY Yet another good Lottery predictor 901 2 MAGIC TREK t2) Lois of Startrek backdrops 905 In 916 PAGESTREAM UPGRADE DISKS From v3.0x up to G. Ring for details 918 FI GP-ED V3.ll 832 860 867 871 874
879 PE 047 9 BACK TO SKOOL 1. 2. & 3 PE 054 ARTISTIX PE 058 WORD FACTORY PE 077 GCSE MATHS PE 109 SPELLTRIS (nl.3) PE 110 1 STAR TREK GUIDE PE 112 3 TC SPACETRAVEL PE 116 7 PHOTO TECHNIQUES PB 015 TEXT PLUS V3 PB 019 BUSINESS LETTERS PB 020 TEXT ENGINE 4.0 PB 023 FORMS UNLIMITED PB 038 BUDDBASE PB 042 EASYCALC PLUS PB 046 PERSONAL DIARY PB 065 ONFORM vl.3 PG 489 SUPERMEGA FRUITS PG 508 ULTIMATE QUIZ PG 510 PUCMAN WORLDS PG 514 DELUXE GALAGA v2.4 PG 530 1 CHANEQUES PG 537 8 CHEATLISTER v3.06 PG 576 POKERMANIA PG 580 PSYCHEVAL (Not 1.3) PG 581 2 LORDS & EMPIRES (Not 1.3) PG 594 5 MADHOUSE
(AGA+HD) PG 600 1 SKIDMARKS II CARS (AGA) PG 596 JET SET WILLY 3 (AGA) PG 604 6 CARD GAMES DELUXE(AGA) PD 268 SOME JUSTICE Compilation of education progs(3) Superb art package for kids. Recommended!
Brilliant spelling program Several lessons and questions Educational Tetris Game Hypcrbook Trek info(2) Demo of Space Travel info program(2) Great photo manual. Good tips(2) Great shareware word pro. With spellchecker Examples of tricky letters. Useful Possibly the best PD Wordprocessor Nice program to create Forms Comprehensive database Great docs for beginner Dos 2.0 or higher Spreadsheet Simple electronic- diai}1 for the Amiga Computerised order form for businesses A brill frull machine demo Quiz. More questions available Novel Pacman variant Mega and classic game Super lemmings clone. GET
IT, its great(2) 100s of cheats & solutkms(2) Superb poker machine with loadsa extras Just like Allen breed! One level demo Super strategy adventure(2) Monkey Island like graphic adv(2) Extra cars plus install scripts(2) Super typical Spectrum game A SELECTION FROM OUR CATALOGUE IMPORTANT Some of the following programs maybe shareware, and yon may have to send a fee to the author to get a full working copy.
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PU 421. 427. 623. And 724 ASI DISK HELPERS 1 to 4 (4 disks) Includes: Dlsksalv2. Deopy 3.1. Diskmale, Install Master. Assign Manager. SuperDuper 3.1. Bad Formal 4.0. CuckNot v 37.3. Guiarc 1.22. Mformal. DiskMaster v3.99 DB v2.0...n and more!
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appears to be well set ouT 25 disks for only £15.00 Latest update Latest version Now works on Ihc Amiga 1.3 (HD) Latest version of this PC emulator Useful extras for directory Opus Latest version I esktop guide to electronic music(3) A simple lo follow tutor Great music package, latest PD version Word & number games for ages 5-10 yrs(2) Help and info on the Amiga Alphabet & Colours. Great for pre-school 3 disks Video Poker and Blackjack from Reko y URBAN SHAKEDOWN A must for AGA Freaky gfx + sounds PD 287 ANDROMEDA: NEXUS 7 (AGA) PD 297 IN A WORLD OF ASCII (Not 1.3) Very clever indeed. All
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Sensl World of Soccer, Skeleton Krcw. Skidmarks 2. And more.
PU 898 HD GAMES INSTALLER 4 A bumper package! Allen Breed 2. Aparhe. Apocalypse. Arcade Pool. Assassin. Body Blows (AGA) Crash Dummies.
Cvberpunks. Dlzzv. K03 (AGA) Lotus 3. Man Uld. Naughty Ones. Power Drive. Trolls. Ultimate Pinball. Zool (AGA) PU 917 LEMMINGS. ARCADE POOL & SETTLERS HD INSTALLERS HD Installers HARD DRIVE UTILITIES Backup, fixdtsk arid more REORG V3.11 Good disk organlser hlgh speed optimizer wllh many oplions Make a back-up before use!
DISK SALVAGE v211.3 Will recover deleted files and if you are lucky, will recover corrupted ones HD CLICK v2.7 A new menu system for your HD. No clicking on icons. Just click on an Hem in the menu EPU STACKER vl.70 Clever program that Increases HD storage capacity SECURITY v3.71 Good program to protccl your HD from TtiF.M!
MAGIC WORKBENCH PU 536 M W EXTRAS PU 704 M W EXPANSION VERY nice and popular re designed w b. (for w b 2.0 or higher. HD only) plus extras disks ROGER McVEY ICONS A superb sel of alternative 16 colour icons fur MagieWorkbench. Beautiful!!
PU 825 6 NEW ICONS & BACKDROPS 2 support and extras disks for the above PU 835 6 MAGIC WORKBENCH EXTRAS Vol 1 (2 disks) Lots of great Icons, backdrops & more for Ihe unsloppable Magic Workbenc h! Also contains demo of M WV2.0 (N1.3) PU 837 8 M W EXTRAS Vol 2 (2) PU 839 40 M W EXTRAS Vol 3 (2) PU 841 2 M W EXTRAS Vol 4(2) PU 843 4 M W EXTRAS Vol 5 (2) PU 845 6 M W EXTRAS Vol 6 (2) PU 847 8 M W EXTRAS Vol 7 2) PU 851 2 M W EXTRAS Vol 9 (2) PU 853 4 M W EXTRAS Vol 10(2) PU 857 8 M W EXTRAS Vol 12 (21 Change your Magic Workbench backgrounds A: settings at every bootup Excellent Hard Drive backup
software You need at least an extra meg of memory to use this.
PU 064 PU 548 PU 574 PU 576 PU 721 PU 668 PU 425 PU 824 CRM CR 03 GRIM GR (15 GR Oft GR 07 All New Co o r Clipart High quality 16 nr 33 colour. Huge bitmaps, bigger than Amiga Hi-rcs screen. For use in IE Painl 4 of DTP packages. All disk self bool into slideshow.
Snrrj. These are just too big for 1.3 Amigas.
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GameBustsrs GLOOM Reviewed in AF75*91% Guildhall 01302 890000 There's a bit in the brilliant Evil Dead II where hero Ash takes advantage of heroine Sarah querulously whistling ‘Hush Little Baby' and so distracting a monster the size of a duck on top of a bear by chopping it to bits.
Zwinggg! He goes and off comes its left arm. Zwanggg! He goes and off comes its right arm. Z-z-z-woppp! He concludes and its head spirals off in slowmotion, leaving its fearsomely delimbed torso to whoopee-cushion itself to death.
This, then, is what playing Gloom is like. It is vitally important to switch the violence model' to messy', thus strewing the disparate parts of your enemies about the place upon body death, since by this method you can mark the corridors you have explored.
(It also looks really neat.)
Oh, and be sure to play with a CDJ2 pad, switching to autofire at tricky moments. Like all of them. You'll obviously have mastered the sidestep manoeuvre, so we won't embarrass each other by going over it again.
General rules Don't go through a teleport until you've explored an area fully. (Level
1. 4, for example, has a teleport that throws you into a
monster-filled room.
Those with good sense will have prevailed from using it until they had picked up the invisibility bonus from the previous rooms.)
Don't worry about getting lost - Gloom's maps aren't mazes, but lead you in a fairly straightforward manner from the start to the exit.
Use the scenery - all monsters will happily shoot at covering posts, without it occurring to them to move around to get you.
Never ever leave a level without finding the secret room. There's at least one every time.
Remember that you don't need to face a switch to trip it, but can back into it as effectively. (In Hell this is a life-saving trick.)
And don't forget the game will save your position when you complete a ‘chapter’ of seven levels.
There are three such 'chapters’ - Space Hulk, Gothic Tombs and Hell. Curiously, Gothic Tombs is definitely the hardest.
Monsters The monsters in Gloom are of two types - those that bite and those that use guns. Here's a breakdown of how to deal with them.
• Space Marines. Space Marines potter left and right, turn and
fire, and potter on. They head for you in a general manner and
are quite pathetic, being easily avoided if you really can't be
bothered shooting them.
• Aggro Skinheads. These are fast, but can't hurt you from afar.
Exploit this in the obvious fashion.
Gloom is fond of putting these fellows in exit rooms; a caddish ploy.
¦ The monsters in Gloom are of two types - those that bite and those that use guns.
Continued overleaf 4 • Whacking Great Robots. The robots stand there and pour fire into you. Merely sidestep across their line of fire and shoot back. Don't be tempted to draw them out of their cubbyholes, as they start walking around and your timing goes.
• Raptors. These are extraordinarily unpleasant, travelling in
packs, homing in at top speed and raking off chunks of energy
bigger than the duck in the earlier duck bear analogy.
Don't stand and fight - back away, shooting all the time. If they get in close, instantly sidestep. In their blood-frenzy, they will continue attacking the spot you have just vacated for a vital picosecond.
Whenever you throw a switch in the Gothic Tombs, you can be assured that new Raptors have been created. Retrace your steps with care.
• Ghosts. Ghosts have the dangerous ability to zoom through walls
after you - a fantastically beautiful effect - but can't
actually shoot until they're in the open. Back away from a
Ghost room, therefore, and wait in the corridor for them to
emerge before you.
• Cloakblokes. A sort of supermarine, faster and more accurate
than the vanilla variety. It is highly inefficient, but
immensely rewarding, to sprint into a room of them and then
run, turn and sidestep continuously in a type of "Last Waltz of
the Apocalypse". Try it.
• Minions. A sort of Super- Raptor, if that's possible. They are,
however, largely confined to corridors, where they're easy
targets.
If ambushed, flee backwards to draw them into single file.
• Soul-Suckers. A floating, gnashing thing that sucks you in and
holds you while it and its cohorts bite off your head. Dam down
the back key to hold your position and propel the gunfire of
justice into it until it sees the error of its ways. Replaces
the Raptors as the exit-ambushing monster of choice in the Hell
levels.
• Demon Lords. Big, trigger- happy and startlingly purple. Demon
Lords are, strangely, easy to beat. Get behind a post (plenty
are provided) and peek out to take the occasional potshot. If
they outflank you, merely move around the post.
Bet you wondered what happened to all of those Raptors in Jurassic Park.
They had to get work from somewhere.
Wait for the Ghosts to emerge from walls before shooting them.
• Dennis the dark denizen of Hell himself. Hey, we have to leave
something of the game for you to play.
There are also booby-traps aplenty, including the gorgeously over-the-top spinning wall (just follow it around - it can only hurt you by squashing you against the sides of the room) and the sliding panther blocks. (These injure on contact and are evilly placed. On Level 3.2, for example, the last switch in the block-filled room springs one straight into you from the right.)
Secret rooms Gloom plays largely fairly with its secret rooms. Look out for unique wall patterns, or very suspicious dead ends.
Secret doors can usually be spotted through differences in wall texture.
There's a secret room on each level, not counting the Underkill coinops. These are entertaining games of mini-Defender that award an extra life when you complete a wave.
The Space Hulk machine is hidden in level 1.4, in the room with the invisibility bonus. (Circle the bonus and open the far wall.) You're led to the other two as if the designers realised what a task awaited you.
Power-ups A disappointing aspect of Gloom is that its appallingly powerful weapons Stuart Barnes Editor are represented solely by blobs of light. Still, eh?
You'll likely know about the 'mega-weapon' bonus (a temporary double-barrelled blaster if you pick up another power-up when fully charged), but there is a further level of madness.
Grab three mega-weapons' on the trot and you'll go into 'maximum overkill', spewing bullets disgracefully effectively in a three- way cone.
It is exceptionally difficult to pull this off, however (Hell is certainly the best place to try), and on the whole it's best to pass up a ’mega-weapon' bonus in case you get killed and need to recharge your (now severely depleted) gun.
The wave motion cannon For those who have sensibly invested in a CD32 pad with autofire, here is a repulsively unbeatable firing technique. Position yourself at the head of the corridor, or in the mouth of the room, and switch on the autofire. Now, by tapping the shoulder buttons you will jink left and right, sending an inverted sinewave of death into your enemies. The carnage is almost unbearable.
These, then, are suitable tips to aid you in making the world safe for democracy and Alien Breed 3D.
Should you find them unnecessary, perhaps you would be interested in a few challenges?
Completing the whole of Gothic Tombs without losing a life, for example (if you can just do the Raptor Pit without being killed, you are becoming attuned to your inner self, or something...), or seeing how far you can get solely by dodging.
Or, just possibly, by playing the Deathmatch game. But that's a bit poor, so you're probably better off not bothering. Cheerio! O FIRSTXV “FIRST XV, the new magazine to tackle the real issues in rugby We’re 10 .. years old... and still growing!
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1994 vaiaoa Trane. AS now mwrwo Footie management games are the flavour of the month. Steve McGill looks at a couple of re-released offerings. Here we go, here we go... Re-releases FANTASY MANAGER Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ AF69; 48% An opportunistic attempt at cashing in on the success and popularity of BBC2's highly popular Fantasy Football League, starring the inimitable Frank Skinner and an annoying, bourgeois person, would have been welcomed by us first time around if it had been any good.
Unfortunately, Anco's effort fluffed it in front of the goal posts and provided potential players with one of the most unfriendly and unresponsive front-ends of any style of footballing management game. Ideally played with at least three players, participants start the game by either bidding against each other, or taking turns at buying players.
As soon as each participant has fulfiled the minimum squad requirements, the game begins in earnest Players are positioned in the squad and then sent out to play. The only visual representation of the game's progress is through an animated scoreboard which, in a limited way, conveys some of the tension of a game in progress.
As it stands, there may be more than a few fanatics willing to buy this.
It's about football, it's out at a new, low price and it's associated with an 'in vogue' television programme.
Amiga Format readers should know better than to buy this, though.
Even at this lower price.
TACTICAL MANAGER 2 Hit Squad ¦ £9.99 ¦ AF74; 55% I've never been a fan of the Tactical Manager and football tactician games. At times, it's made me feel totally out of kilter with Amiga gamers.
For there is a huge swell of ground support for Tactical Manager and its sequel. Kompart play host to a huge-ish play by mail version of the game. Fans swear by its attention to detail, its believable results, and its reams and reams of statistics.
But I still can't get my head round some of the most infuriating design flaws ever to congregate within the coding of a management game.
To jump from one section of the game, such as team selection to the finance section, can take anything from three to five clicks of the mouse.
This may not sound much, but it quickly becomes wearisome in an extensive session of play. Especially when you consider it in terms of the look of the game. It looks horrible, cluttered and spreadsheet-like.
Offputting in extreme.
On the plus side. Tactical Manager 2 offers some of the most extensive options and tweaks that you could imagine in a footie management game.
I still can't recommend it. Even at the lower price. But I can just about understand why it has such popular appeal. Dust about. *! In Fantasy Manager you can choose your home strip, but not th© away. Which is a bit slack, if you ask us.
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TYPING DEMON UTILITY By _Digitfreaks Ware_Shareware PD Library_Kew II No of Disks _One Price _£1.50 inc pisfp With tin- placement of Wordworth 4SE in the new Amiga Magic bundle, manv users will find this little touch-typing utility from Digitfreaks a tad useful. 1 say a tad, because it’s far from comprehensive in scope and doesn’t teach good keyboarding practice.
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PUSH AND PULL GAM I Ware Licenceware By Amomi Philipps PD House FI Licenceware No of Disks One Price £3.99 plus 50p pisfp As cutesy, one-screen-at-a-time arcade runabouts go. Push And Pull is a winner. The basic premise is simple - run around a variable sized maze with a rabbit, avoid monsters, push blocks over said monsters until all the MRKE CHECUE5 PHY HR M. CRRTEH GET THE GRHE HERE: BUOOR NFR CROHBOROUSH RORD norBMir p-fbtiipfc; H GH0E FROh C0DER 0F "PHUK THE UomjD" 1 OP e PLRYER RET I ON UR ITTEH FOR THE HMIGR LOUD SOUND EFFECTS FORMRT COMPETITION MTTLEULEGO BLOKES WU OIM BET IT HOU EUIL
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WORD 7 There are adverts in the Word magazine, but you can opt to ignore them if you want. Most of them, however, are useful pointers towards organisations that can help you out.
WORD 7 The circuit diagram needed to help blow up the world of commerce.
DIGIPIX 8: Titled Generotica.
This image would look good in any old hippy's bedroom.
monsters are dead. To avoid complacency. There's a clock tit king.
The maze itself consists of the blocks used to kill the monsters. I’art ttl the skill lies in being in the right place al the right time. Unused time units translate into points and give the rabbit a longer lime to pick up bonus icons in the form ol bananas, bars of chocolate, sweets, etc. And. As if that wasn’t enough, some of the blocks offer power-ups to assist the hunnv in his monster thwarting exploits. In all, an amusing romp that can be enhanced with the inclusion ol a friend - another cnlesv woodland creature who’d probably look better partnering some mashed potato and carrots.
WORD 7 DISKMAG By_NFA Ware_Freeware I'D House Saddletramps t‘D _Two No of Disks Price 95p per disk In ancient Rome the Forum provided a space for citizens to come together and share their views on life, politics, and love.
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Nobodv talks about the Amiga there.
Step up the disk mags with their cyber-Forum philosophy and techno literate execution. The Wont is one ol the more readable mags currently active on the scene.
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We. After all. Have to labour under the shackles of journalistic responsibility and cultural morality.
Disk mags don’t.
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PD Selection of the month PRO-FOOTBALL UTILITY Ali Prior _Shareware 17Bit Two By- Ware _ PD Library No of Disks Price _ _Depends on Library OK. I'll admit it. Betting is bad. It breaks up families. It exacerbates poverty. It encourages crime. It disrupts education. It takes money away from charities. And it causes an untold amount of suffering and misery all round the country.
But. On the positive side, it's fun. It's exciting. Lots of horses, dogs and numerous other creatures, including humans, get to run around fields and tracks due to the revenues generated. And, hey, anyone who’s ever been to a race track should have realised by now just how beautiful horses in full flight racing against each other can be.
So, tenuous justification for a dubious practice aside, on to this month's gambling program from Ali Prior.
Called Pro-Football, it helps punters with Pools predictions. That is, the user inputs all of the upcoming football fixtures and the program predicts which matches it thinks are most likely to be drawn.
Get seven or eight of these predictions right and you can win pots of money. Therefore, the more useful help you receive, the better.
Pro-Football provides a multitude of assistance.
More importantly, the predictions are believable and consistent.
And that's not all the program does. It’ll also predict the results of fixtures from a fixed odds coupon. This bit is the most fun. There's no harm I can see in putting a 50p stake on four or five teams each Saturday. If you lose, what’s 50p? If you win, that's your arcade pharmaceutical beer money for the weekend taken care of. So, hurrah.
In practical tests using the fixed odds option about three quarters of the predictions turned up trumps. The real skill comes from the user's judgement of fhe program’s forecasts.
Ali claims that by updating all results, either midweek or Saturday fixtures, the program becomes even more accurate. I'll report on that at a later date.
As for the program - recommended to everyone who's interested in following footballing trends and form, even if you don't want to bet on the predictions.
A B C D e|f] Ig H I J KIL M N 0 P QR IS T u V wx Iy Z SP 4 CL ? HD i ootball Pro-Football helps the discerning punter in their choice of football results. Fixed odds or Pools.
Three button presses enter just about any team, but it can usually be done in two.
The likelihood and strength of the result prediction is displayed by the number of balls on the display.
DIGIPIX 8 SLIDESHOW By _Pixel Digital Ware_Freeware PD Library _Pixel Digital No of Disks_Two Price _£1 per disk plus 50p p&p One of the best things about laying out the PD Select pages in AF is that when a selection of useful, but dull- looking programs come along, you can just about guarantee that there wall be a demo or a slideshow to help spruce the pages up.
Digipix 8 isn't quite a demo or a slideshow. It's more of a compiled collection of images trawled from the Net, BBSs, and CD-ROMs. As such, the charge for the disks and postage seems a bit severe for 13 images.
You could get a copy of Select or Empire for that. And they're full of pretty, less expensive images.
Nevertheless, the picture-quality is of a high standard - they're in a GIF formal and you can use them and abuse them as you see fit. Hurrah!
GALLEONS GAME By _Stephen Greener _(Sublime Software) Continued overleaf 4 Ware_Freeware PD House_Amicom PD No of Disks_One Price _80p plus 80p pisfp In issue 73 1 looked at a neat-ish little top-down racing game called I.as I iMp. The control system let it down by being too responsive and too fast. In other words, it felt as if you were driving on ice in a car with a galleons: You can blow up floored accelerator. The fortresses if so wished.
GALLEONS: Running, hiding, firing and forgetting are all part of the fun of Galleons.
WHERE TO GET THE DISKS IN PD SELECT THIS MONTH KEW II Software PO Box 672 South Croydon Surrey CR2 9YS Tel: 0181 657 1617 FI Licence ware 31 Wellington Road Exeter Devon EX2 9DU Tel: 01392 493580 Pixel Digital Unit 6 Laurel Business Centre 15 Laurel Road Liverpool 7 Tel: 0151 259 4017 Saddletramps PD 1 Lower Mill Close Goldthorpe Rotherdam South Yorkshire S63 9BY Tel: 01709 888127 Roberta Smith DTP 190 Falloden Way Hampstead Garden Suburb London NW11 6JE Tel: 0181 455 1626 «¦ Thi' same criticism applies to Galleons' control system. Which is a shame. For it has the potential of becoming a PD
Select classic if a bit more work was put into it.
But first, the game itself. It's two- plaver only. It puts the players in control of a ship in the middle of a one-screen play area from where they're expected to shoot each other to bits. The land mass inside the play area is randomly generated and. Er.
That's it.
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The number of hits it lakes to destroy a ship is custoniisahle as is the option to have shots fired by the ships wrapped round the play area.
The ships themselves can also be enabled or prevented from wrapping round the play area. So. Hurrah for limited flexibility.
Tno control svstcm could have been made a lot I tetter if. Like Microprose's Pirate.s. the galleons had to rely on catching the wind: the present system of 'up' on the stick to move forward and 'back' to stop is too limiting. Many of the games end up turning into chasev, pot shot affairs, relying on luck rather than skill.
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The more letters written to Sublime Software, the more likely they are to listen and change the game play.
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Of course, if you wanted lo extend metaphors and stretch credibility, you could look upon PD Houses as the Nodes and Servers of a slower, less efficient, temporally based Internet. Vs if to add authority to this hastily cobbled together theory. Roberta Smith have come up with a compilation of useful utilities called Selsurjer Vol I. Much of what’s on offer is handv in a quirky kind of way. For example, there’s a program called AmigaTemp which will read a thermometer plugged into the joystick 2 port. The docs with the software provide the diagrams to construct the thermometer with. Might not
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Kootl'te2 is much more practical and useful. It's a degrader and it'll let you run any executable file, save boolblocks, limit fast ad chip memory, 'fake' Fast memory, clear all free memory, disable floppies. CD drives and or the PCMCIA slot.
A_ ia 25 i i -iviiiKiiiianu Incredibly handy and relatively easy to use. This utility is a must for those who like to delve into their
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NaeGrey. We suspect, has been programmed by a rogue Scot. It lets you get rid of the annoying grey border round the screen and turns it black. Not wonderful, not exciting, but useful to someone somewhere.
SrreenlnWindmo is probably of most use to someone who's into comms. It displays part of a pubscreen in a window on another pubscrcen, meaning that an eye can be kept on another task without having to switch screens all the time.
Shrub is a tree directory utility based on the "Tree” command from MS-DOS. It displays every file within a directory, including other directories and the files contained within them. Probably of most use to programmers.
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1428VQE Harmon Getting started on the sliproad that leads to the Information Superhighway can be a tricky business. John Kennedy introduces a package to get you going.
At last a Public Domain library has done the sensible tiling, and is selling a modem complete with a pack of all the software you are likely to need.
The modem itself is a standard external modem: small, black and looking suspiciously like a SpcedCom modem. In lad, it is exactly the same as the SpcedCom. Including the recent uprated specifications.
Earlv versions support "V. FastClass" which wasn't a true standard - this version ticks along at V34. V34 is the tme 28.800 bits per second protocol and you shouldn't leave home without it.
At this speed you can feel safe that difficult to disguise. Secondly, the design of the space-age. Smoked, plastic front panel means that unless you're watching square on it's difficult to see which LED is referring to which function.
I lowevrr. Both these points arc minor and. Generally. 1 was impressed with this little black box. As with all new modems, there are fax facilities present, although I was unable to determine if the modem was Class 1 or 2, so check this out before buying fax software.
(Yes. PC fax software is bundled in the box - Amiga software such as GPFax will need to be bought separately).
It's the software pack which makes this tillering stand out from the crowd.
Though no printed documentation is prosided (even a few A4 sheets with basic facts and example numbers for total newbies would l e a good idea), there are many guide program on disk.
The choice of software includes terminal software. Fido mailing software (hopefully Spot or another mail manager will be included too) and some Imcrnei-related items. The Internet side of tilings includes AmiTCP, .Wlosair (and Magic User Interface) and Crapn'int; though, if you are a newcomer, don't expect to be able to get all this running in one evening.
The Internet software is Demon orientated, so expect extra work if you are using a different Service Provider.
Remember too that this software is freely available and once you get the modem working you can download as much of it as you want.
As a bonus, with every purchase you are entitled to 10Mb of downloads from the OnLine PD’s Bulletin Board: handy for any software you may have missed.
It's gootl to see a little thought being put into modem bundles. All too often Amiga owners are left to struggle with a copy of the PC program Delrina
I. ilt and a confused feeling about what to do next. At least
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It's good to see a little thought being put into modem bundles.
All too often Amiga owners are left to struggle in confusion.
HARMONY 28,800 your investment isn't going to be superseded by lunchtime tomorrow.
Although rarely exciting, as modems go this one is quite good. The speeds I got in tests were very respectable indeed and I certainly got true V34 connects with all the modems I called. 1 was also pleased to notice that the Bl NY (engaged) signal was correctly recognised, which is sometimes a problem with modems lacking the little Green "BABT Approved" sticker.
Comparing it to the Courier (which is almost twice the si e) only a few points stood out. First of all. There is no external volume control which makes late at night bleeps and connects DISTRIBUTOR OnLine PD Tel: 01704 834335 PRICE £169.99 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Any Amiga, although some software needs extra memory and WB2 or better.
SPEED • • • • • The V34 implementation seems good and data zips around at more than 3,000 bps on a good line.
MANUAL • • • No paper instructions, but useful guides are supplied on disk.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • Better than most modem packages which only come with PC software.
FEATURES • • • • From Bulletin Boards to the World Wide Web. The choice of software is good. Pity there's no fax support.
VALUE • • • • A modem at this speed with a different badge or a different box could cost you a lot more.
"Good way to break the 'need modem to download software for modem' cycle."
89% The Amiga has always been well catered for in most areas of serious software, with the exception of one - spreadsheets. The Amiga has never really had a spreadsheet that could even begin to hold its own against the killer applications available on the Mac and.
Especially, the PC.. Not so long ago, .Amiga developers put die machine within striking diswnce of the PC market with the release of Turbo ( ale. However, it was still not a complete match for programs like Excel and Lotus 1-2-3.
Now, with the release of Final Calc from Softwood, it looks as if the Amiga developers are ready to have another crack at the invincibility of the PC spreadsheets. Born out of necessity.
Final Calc has features that were undreamt of by most serious .Amiga- users. This is thanks to the continual honing, over three years, of the program by its programmer, who created it because there was simply no program in existence on any pladorm that could meet his needs.
.Although Final Calc has many features in common with several other spreadsheets, as well as a great many unique ones, its interface conforms closely with that of Softwood's excellent word processor Final Writer. It has the clean and accessible Workbench 2+ look that, while appearing pleasant, is not cluttered or confusing.
This simplistic appearance is quite deceptive as it is oik- of the most powerful and configurable interfaces around. Graphics card owners will rejoice over the fact that the program can use any available screen so you can make full use of the extra resolutions made available by most graphics cards.
You are also given control over the fonts that are used .
Some of the more powerful features include the ability to open several views of a project which, in turn, can contain up to a maximum of 254 sheets. You can cut and paste between single or multiple sheets making it easy to create links between just a couple or all of them.
DECEMBER 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA A welcome feature of the interface is that pretty much every command or function is available as a menu item or keyboard short-cut, so experienced users and beginners can work at their own paces.
Another nice touch is that most of the windows don't lock out the main screen. This means that if you open a window or requester, all of the other windows and the main screen remain active for editing. Perhaps one of the most powerful features of the interface is its unlimited undos and redos.
A small box on the corner of the screen displays the number of changes that have been made to a document.
Fiinal Calc Born out of pure necessity. Final Calc has features that were previously undreamt of by most serious Amiga-users.
Graeme Sandiford gets calculating.
You can be given access to all of the changes in the form of a list so that you don't have to remove changes that you don't want to, what's more these changes are saved with the sheet.
When it comes to entering your data in cells Final Calc has an abundance of powerful and novel tools to make doing so easier and more flexible. Cells can contain numeric, string, time, date, currency, percentage, Boolean and scientific daw types.
You are also given a great deal of control over how the cells' contents will appear since you can specify the font used, the colour, the style, add borders and lines and even hide or protect certain cells. These features can make a real difference in creating a spreadsheet, or a printout of one, that can be quickly understood by someone else.
CELLECTION Selecting cells is also made easy by the program because you can select a row, column, or range of cells by simply double- or triple-clicking on a cell.
Final Calc has a rcspecuble array of formula types which form the backbone of any complex spreadsheet, or group of spreadsheets. The program has the usual mathematical operators such as +,
- , , *, percentages and exponentiation.
Comparative and logical operators are also available including =, , , =, =, o, AND, OR and NOT.
There is also support for string concatenation which enables o[K-rations involving cells with text strings. Along with these operators you are also given access to a mighty arsenal (178) of built-in formulas that include just about & FinalCalc Friday, 6 October 1995 11:12 SERIOUSLY AMIGA DECEMBER 1995 ?I FinalCaic:Projects Fonts Test.sheet: Sheet R ISIS -A R36: 'AvGuard_ Amili llilil illlililjiliil JmiJjteitol frbjsiisl 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 RBCDEFGHIJKLM NOPQRSTUVUJHVZ abcdefghijklm nopqrstuvwxyz A'BCPEfgMJJXtM afofcfflfajWm tfOPQXSruvvyxyz nojKjrstttvwxtjz Garnet H'Gaant ABCDEFGHIJKLM
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However, by far the coolest graph- related feature is that they can be animated making them ideal for use in corporate presentations.
Equal attention has been paid to the use of fonts and printing. There is support for Type-1, Type-3 and NimbusQ fonts, as well as the Amiga's bitmap fonts. It's even possible to create bitmap fonts for on-screen display from outline fonts by using the font-builder utility.
When it comes to printing, there is extensive control over the way that your spreadsheet will appear thanks to options like Scaling. Autofit and an incredible printer preview. The printing projects can be spooled and controlled from one of the most comprehensive print spoolers I have ever seen.
There is also direct support for Postscript printers and the generation of EPSs.
I’m sure, from the list of features that we’ve already covered, you'll agree that Final Cak is quite an incredible product, but there’s still plenty of other features that we don’t have time to cover in detail.
For example, there’s an incredibly powerful built-in macro system, full Arexx support and a host of word processor-like tools such as Search and Replace, Field and Record separators - not to mention Lotus 1-2-3 compatibility, a maximum of 18,277 columns, 65,000 rows and an intelligent paste option.
At long last, serious Amiga-users can hold their heads aloft, confident that the Amiga has one of the most powerful, configurable and flexible spreadsheets around.
A nice feature that is often neglected by most spreadsheet programmers is how the text in cells looks. Final Calc has a variety of fonts and styles for you to choose from.
Every mathematical function I've heard of, and economic and accounting ones to help in the calculation of things like profits and the interest on loans. There's even a formula to calculate windchill!
The program also supports infinite values without returning an error.
Armed with these formulas you should be able to build virtually any kind of spreadsheet application, from a database to a 'Profit and 1-oss' sheet.
THE BEGINNER'S FORMULA However, even these built-in formulas are not enough to get spreadsheet novices using the more powerful features of a spreadsheet.
To help encourage such ones to dabble in the creation of more complicated spreadsheets, Final Cak has a system that guides beginners through using a formula. .Ml they need to do is select a formula from a list and then press Amiga h and diey'll get a complete synopsis explaining how to use the current formula.
As well as the creation of cells, the handling of them has also been given a great deal of thought. Final Cak’s recalculation system works as a background task that can be given a level of priority so that you don't have to wait for the program to recalculate cells as you are trying to make entries.
Circular references are also handled without generating an error and any recalculation errors can be analysed by referring to a report of the errors and their cause. Another related feature is the Solve Problem function which can be used to generate a desired value for a cell by altering the values of a specified formula-related cell or range.
As mentioned earlier, Final Cak gives you a great deal of control over how your spreadsheet appears. However, this is taken to new levels when it comes to creating graphs - 1 don't think I’ve seen any graph programs with as many graph-drawing tools. It is possible to create both 2D and 3D graphs in a variety of different ways, such as bar, line, area, stacked bar, stacked area, pie, B-spline, X-Y. X-Y-Z and scatter graphs.
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In fact. Imagine remains the most popular 31) package on the Amiga: a brief look on the Aminet would confirm this, since at least HO per cent of the rendered pictures contained in the Pix directory were produced in one version ol Imagine in another.
DECEMBER 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA However, time has moved on and, although still respected. Imagine is no longer regarded as the best raytracing package on the Amiga. Programs like Real 3D and. Especially. UghtWave have stolen the high-end of the 3D market with the net result of Imagine selling at a substantially lower price than these two.
While this might mean that it is no longer the "bees knees", it is good news for beginners and keen amateurs, since for under 100 quid thev can get hold of a fully-featured 3D rendering system.
Version 3.3 is actually quite a sizeable step up from Imagine TO and approximately 50 new additions and refinements have been made since we last reviewed version 3.0 in issue 61.
However, the overall interface has not been redesigned drastically, which would have been a bit much to ask from
3. 0 to 3.3. The program still wears its dated front-end and
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Pretty much all of the changes that have been made to the interface have filled holes in the way Imagine operates.
For example, it is now possible to perform a quickrender from an attributes requester, rather than having to close down the attributes window, performing a quickrender and then opening the window again to make a change.
Another example of fixing the deficiencies of earlier versions is being able to change an object's attributes front the Stage editor. There are now two rows of user buttons available and Imagine has finally embraced AGA by supporting 256-colour screens.
While these changes may seem rather small, it shows that Impulse are listening to the demands and wishes of their customers and bodes well for version 4.0. As well as these minor tweaks, there have been some quite substantial additions. A fine example of this can be found, once again, in the attributes requester where it is now possible to have a preview of a surface rendered on either a plane, or sphere, if you have a 256-colour screen.
This is particularly handy in giving you an idea of what the surfaces will look like, because it's now possible to morph between different surfaces by adding a morph value which determines a texture's, or brush's intensity.
Remaining with object attributes, there have been several new mapping types added which include: specular, hardness, shininess, brightness, fog length, index of refraction, ambient light and roughness. From this list of mapping-typcs, it should be possible to create an almost limitless number of different types of surfaces.
As a further aid to creating surfaces 24 quick attributes have been supplied to get you started. You can also select colour values for textures using 256- colour pickers that enable you to know what sort of effect changing a value will have before you do it.
It is now also possible to view brushes before they are applied to objects. To make handling textures and brushes easier, you can now move between them using next and previous buttons; give them labels that make them readily identifiable to the user and duplicate, drop, or disable them with a single click.
Being able to disable textures and brushes gives you the chance to see how removing one or several of them will change an object's appearance without the hassle of having to reload and reset them if you need to later on.
There is now a new backdrop feature that enables you to display a background image in editors to help facilitate rotoscoping - combining rendered with live action.
While we're on the subject of images, it's possible to display both pictures and animations from within the program. You ran now use anim files as global brushes and backdrops, which is ideal for scenes involving flickering images or moving backgrounds, since you no longer have to load them in as sequences of single files.
SERIOUSLY AMIGA DECEMBER 1995 IMAGINE 3.3 * Imagine 3.3 has a selection of new effects that can change the way that your images render. This image was rendered using the Cepia global effect, but there's also a cartoon effect that's quite good too.
Anim files can also be used as bnishmaps which is great for animating surfaces. If you are able to use the hi-res, 256-colour mode, you will be treated to a 256-greyscale, real-time preview of a render. This is very useful since it may be able to spot an error without having to waste time doing a complete render.
Imagines modelling tools, mostly the ones found in the Detail editor, have also been revamped. For example, the bones feature has been made a little less time-consuming with a new Smartbones option which doesn't require you to create a subgroup since it does it more or less automatically.
You can also stitch objects together seamlessly with a tool called Set Fill Edge Line and make smoother objects with the Smooth Edge Line tool.
Selecting object faces has been made easier with the addition of the Pick More and Hide Unpicked tools.
As well as all these basic changes, there are a few more subtle additions, such as some new textures, depth of field rendering and new global effects, like Cepia, Contrast, FadBlack, Melt, Negative, Toon and Solarize, which give you more control over how your renderings will appear.
The arming of Imagine with so many major and subtle new features is quite surprising since this is only meant to be a small upgrade. Many of the holes that have plagued the program have been plugged and it has been made marginally more usable, but it is still far from perfect. There are several glitches that can be a real pain in the neck - but, hey, wagw wouldn't be Imagine without some glitches.
While it still lacks the brute power of Real 3D or the ease-of-use of LightWave. Imagine 3.3 shows that it is still a force to be reckoned with. If this pace of changes keeps up, then Imagine 4 should be an interesting prospect.
Mind you, Imagine may need all the help it can get with new challengers, like the feisty Cinema 4D, on their way.
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SPEED • • • • Thanks to a few tweaks the program's rendering time has been reduced.
MANUAL • • About as clear as a politician's conscience.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • Things have improved quite a bit and there's not as much needed to open and close windows.
FEATURES • • • • Imagine has had a surprising number of both large and small new features.
VALUE • •• Just under £100 is quite a lot for a minor upgrade, but it does take you through to version 4.
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The same as any other double-speed (II).
Although a bit inure stylish.
Amazingly, even without a caddy, the imil is perfectly happy to work in virtually any orientation and in tests the claim of 306K sec seems to lie perfectly justified - the unit certainly gives better sustained transfer rales than many other (ID-drives. Even using the Squirrel interface which has a PCMCIA Ixittleneck lo contend with.
This is certainly the most viable portable CD solution we have seen so far. The clever design and stylish looks echo the exemplary performance, and I have little hesitation in awarding this product the finest accolade an Amiga magazine has the power to bestow. O MEDIA VISION CD-DRIVE DISTRIBUTOR Power Computing 01234 273000 PRICE £199.95 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS SCSI interface. Works with A4091, A3000. Squirrel and others.
Which way round the carrying case fits. Supplied with software for Squirrel and CD tools.
FEATURES • • • • • It's hard to see what more could be added to this mechanism.
VALUE • • • • • Outstanding value-added price makes it competitive with many other ¦multimedia” solutions with the added advantage of portability.
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As well as the CD-ROM drive and the mains transformer, the Media Vision pack includes a rather excellent padded carrying case, a Squirrel interface and a set of "multimedia" speakers, which connect either into the CD-ROM drive (with an extra lead), or into the back of your Amiga. With all this included at f 199, the package seems to represent excellent value.
SPEED • • • f A standard double speed drive, but sustained transfer rates are impressive.
MANUAL • • « Adequate instructions are included, so you should have no real problems.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • The hardest thing to work out is Seemingly, in a rather ct£ja mi situation most a reminiscent of the home A VCR market in the late M Eighties, there are more and more "gimmick” CD-ROM drives M appearing on the market. A few 1 months ago we had the Aiwa, with its huge LCD display and audio transport billions. It looked gorgeous, hill is there am point, apart from impressing vour mates' The new portable (’.D-drive from Media Vision is slight!)
Easier to justify. What is the point of having a portable CD-player, in this technological age. If it doesn't have a SCSI port to connect it to your home machine? Unfortunately, looked at from this angle, this device weighs in al around twice the price of a similarly featured portable CD from the High Street.
Looking at things from another angle, though, if you need a CD-ROM drive, you may as well have one that can Ik- used as a personal CD player. The drive costs only £2(1-30 more than similarly featured CD-ROM drives, but with the advantage that you can slip it into the stylish carrying case and listen to audio Cds on the move. The case is designed lo lit snugly around either the separate CD player, or the complete unit with velcro-covered access holes - a perfect CD companion for a laptop.
Features-wise, the drive is a mullisession-capable, double-speed mechanism. By plugging the stylishly curved, caddyless CD unit into the SCSI base, you can attach it to any SCSI system via a SCSI2 connector. There are two SCSI ports on the back, just in case you need a through connection for other drives.
The standard SCSI2 connector is not widely supported by Amiga SCSI interfaces, but. Fortunately. Power Computing are supplying the drives with a convertor from the rather more popular 50-way SCSI connector (as used bv interfaces such as the Squirrel).
The Base module also includes a further space for batteries. You are going to need an additional eight pcnlight batteries to provide the correct voltages for SCSI transfer. Fortunately, there is a mains adaptor |M rt. Which can Ik- used with either the standalone player, or the SCSI block.
The units lit together very- well, and there should be no problems with bent or damaged connectors, because two solid rods guide the units together - the outer casing is more likely to break before the connector.
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CD-ROM ROUND UP FRESH FISH X PDSOFT ¦ 01702 466933 ¦ £18.99 Since we last saw a Flesh Fish disc, its format has undergone a few changes.
The contents are still organised in the same way. With a drayver for each tvpe of softrvare or file, but the disc sports a new front-end and search engine. They are a clever implementation of the AmigaCuide format and enable the user to search out and de-archive what they are looking for or are interested in.
However, the search system is very slow.
The contents are solid, though they do have a heavy bias towards Comms and (.NIC programming utilities. This is a strong collection and has all the nerv Fred Fish disks from I00I-II00.
Alt. I remember my first home computer, like most people's it was a Sinclair Z Spectrum. In fact, it was only the ItiK model which made how much Inn that could actually he had with it all the more amazing.
Back then, games only cost about £5: now, however, most computer games are in excess of £25. Bearing this in mind the S wccy Snis ilion 2 CD-ROM brings back those I lalcyon davs in more ways than simply gameplav. Since you gel hundreds of games lor just £19.99. Of course, you also gel a Spectrum emulator to play the games on. As it happens, the disc contains emulators for the Atari ST. Acorn Archimedes. Mac and PC. As well as for the Amiga.
There are also instructions on how This two-disc bundle is just what every sci-fi buff has been waiting for
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Admittedly, the second disc is just full of animations, some ol which you'll already be familiar with, but they are. On the whole, quite good. The images are perhaps the highlight of the discs with still images from almost every popular sci-fi film and IA series.
In short, these two discs should keep even the most rapacious of sci-fi fanatics occupied for a long time.
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ST4 2RS. ENGLAND 01782 744707 krfT INSTANT DOWNLOAD NUMBER 0891 516353 No subscription- Just pay for the call' Final li riter 4 DECEMBER 1995 SERIOUSLY AMIGA Ftnoi Wrtfei - Release 1 ¦ ?i i git mol Wider - Release i isa i i i i ~i r* - Bsur 10 - nnms HFJlB EH FINAL WRITER VERSUS WORDWORTH One of the most important questions anyone buying a word processor will ask themselves is: Do I need Final Writer if I already have Wordworth? The answer is a definite yes if you need the features not yet part of Wordworth. Here are a few pointers for you to consider mm® J Oik JmpwTna
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Larry Hickmott picks up the latest version of Final Writer to see what's changed in this popular Amiga word processor.
Word processing on the Amiga is dominated by (wo programs, Wordworlh and Final Writer. It would seem from the letters I get and the number of messages on the Internet, that Final Writer is blossoming into being many people's favourite word processor.
It's easy to see why when vou look at the feature list which continues to grow ever longer as each upgrade hits the shelves. The latest version to be released is Until Writer4and with il come a number of new features.
Final Writer is a word processor for the serious Amiga user. You will need a hard drive and at least 4 lb of memory in your Amiga to make good use of it.
Even more memory if you like to have lots of pictures on your page. The reason why final Writer needs such a fair whack ol hardware, is because of the large number of tools it contains.
Most of these are text formatting functions. No other graphics-based word processor on the Amiga comes close when it comes to the formatting of text, although the upcoming version of Wordworth promises to give Final Writer,t run for its money.
Just two of Until Writer's most prolific features are style tags and "chapters" within a single document.
Features Style tags Asymmetrically stretch text Multiple sections in one document Grammar checker Tables Mail merge* Text effects PostScript Arexx Master pages Spelling checker & Thesaurus Text frames for multiple lines of text Facing pages view If that isn’t enough. Softwood have now followed the lead of the major packages like Word on the PC, by introducing a grammar checker. This type of program has received bad press in the past and. On the face if. Justifiably so. Grammar checkers do not. For example, know in what context a passage is written by the author and therefore can be n ipped up
easily.
Grammar checkers do. However, serve a purpose, just like spelling checkers, in that unlike the human eye.
They don't miss the little things - something that is easily done when checking large amounts of text.
The grammar checker, by the way. Is not just 1‘mjier Grammar bolted on to Final Writer, but a different system altogether.
PUTTING A NEW FACE ON THINGS Version 4 of Final IVW cr also sees the introduction of something called Clik Tabs. These are tab style buttons that help you navigate your way around a document. Whether it’s going to a now page or a new section. Clik Tabs art- designed to make it easier, a task they succeed very well at.
Many, though, have raised questions about how much space these labs take up on screen, so I'd better Wordworth 3.1 r2 Final Writer 4 No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes* Yes No*
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The interface has also seen the menus in Final Writer change quite dramatically, with many items having been taken out and placed in preferences panels, of which there are quite a number in final Writer 4.
You can also now zoom in and out in five degree increments, making it easier to get a page to fill a screen. An information bar has also been introduced, giving you another method of navigating your way around a document, as well as functions for inserting items like the date into a document at the click of mouse button.
TURNING THE TABLES Despite all these new features, there are many more that have not yet been implemented. Tables and text frames are two major ones still missing, but are being considered by Softwood. Final Wrilrr is also still very slow when you have bitmapped images showing on the page. The way it allocates screen colours to an image can slow it down dramatically. Although the display of images can be turned oft, it would be useful if Softwood could sort this out so we can have pictures showing on our pages while designing it. Without being stopped in our tracks every time we Hick between
screens.
This. I’m sure, will be looked at since Amiga publishers are now going to great lengths to produce user- friendly word processors that can compete with other similar products on the PC and Macintosh. That said, though, the Amiga ones do have quite a way to go to catch up, but with competition between Final Writer and Wordworth hotting up. You, the customers, are the ones that benefit.
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WANT TO KNOW MORE?
If this review has whetted your appetite for more information on word processors, then there are a number of other articles you should look for. In April's Amiga Format there was a really cracking look at three of the major word processors in the form of Wordworth, Final Writer and Protext You will also find in December's Amiga Shopper, Amiga Format's sister magazine, a word processor Supertest of all the word processors currently available.
Softwood Europe 01773 836781 PRICE £74.95 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS WB 2.1 or higher, hard drive and a minimum of 2.5Mb of free memory.
SPEED • • • Text handling is very fast, but add pics to your page and it slows down, unless images are hidden from view.
MANUAL • • • • • A thick brick, this manual covers everything in a user-friendly way.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • The learning curve with a program so powerful is bound to be steep, so give yourself time to get acquainted.
More text formatting features than you could ever need. Missing, though, are tables and text frames, as well as the ability to import pictures into a frame.
VALUE • • • • • With 100 EPS clip art images and 120 outline fonts bundled with this powerful word cruncher, the value of Final Writer is second to none.
“A truly superb word processor for all you budding authors.” The write decision "Why is there a picture of Shakespeare on this page?," you may well be thinking.
Well, he's here because we think he would be reading our massive word processing and DTP packages Supertest - if he were alive today, that isl If the bard were writing his Complete Works now, he would probably choose to use an Amiga (of course) and he would obviously turn to Amiga Shopper for advice on which word processing program or DTP package was best for him. In fact, we could have told him which program had the best spell checker!
If Mr. Shakespeare chose to use a DTP package, he would then turn to our DTP tutorial to find out how to use it to its full potential. Probably.
Connect yourself!
If you want to connect your Amiga to another computer, be it another Amiga, a Mac, or even a PC, you need to read our guide to networking first. John Kennedy has been experimenting with networking for ages, and now he shares his findings with you.
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Disks We have another excellent couple of Coverdisks on the December issue. First, there's the full and complete Aural Illusion 1.17. This sample processor can edit samples and create new ones in its built-in synthesizer. Then we have another complete package from F1 Licenceware - Blackboard 3, an image processing program. Plus, there are loads of other programs - 5.5Mb in total!
Final Daln is a program with an identity crisis. It doesn't seem to be able to decide what it is - a database or a spreadsheet. The result is a program that mixes the two and ends up as something that isn’t ideal as either. But that might not be as bad as it seems. If used correctly. Final Data can be surprisingly powerful.
In essence, the program is a database that comes with a fixed design. It is separated into rows and columns, where the columns can be varied in width but the rows are set lo one character deep. Hence the visual similarity to a spreadsheet. Into each cell (a box one row by one column,
i. e. a single area for information) you can enter a variety of
data. It can be text, numbers, date, or a calculation based on
other cells. Since the first version, there has also been a
Rcalc option, which allows running totals to be calculated,
and also a memo function.
The memo is to allow you to enter a mass of text and assign it to a small cell. Because the size of the cells is restricted to one line long (although the line can continue to scroll and isn’t restricted to the Width of the column), the memo overcomes the problem of being able to see a decent amount of text in one go.
This is a compromise to solve the restrictions that the row depth throws up and it works to a certain extent, but of course, you can't really compare two fields from different rows that contain this sort of information in the same way that you can with more configurable databases.
By now it’s probably also apparent that there is no way of including any other media, such as pictures or sounds, into the database. That can be a useful function that some other databases allow.
PURE SIMPLICITY However. Final Data does have a couple of areas that make it very strong. It's easy to use. Making it ideal for the beginner who doesn't want a complex database that requires you to design its interface and tell it what sort of data will be stored and where it can find external viewers and images. Final Data is a simple point-and-click program.
Although the data is restricted to keyboard input, each field has several definable options. So numbers or calculations can be made in currency (anything from sterling to yen) and dates can be entered in different orders- for example. 25 12 95. 12 25 95.
Because the options allow you lo operate on data and to display results of calculations based on constantly updated data. Final Data is also a pretty useful spreadsheet for low-level users. Again, it stands out as easy to use and you can have a fully-featured Finance Manager, getting your bank account up and running within ten minutes.
In addition to the functions mentioned above, version 2 has had a few more additions. It can now perform tasks like cutting pasting and printing on selected rows and these rows, unlike in many other programs, don't have to be sequential, i.e. you can select rows I. 3. 5. 6, 7. Etc. The database query is more powerful than just a find command, allowing you to make specific parameters - such as on a database of your finances you could ask it to find a withdrawal of more than £200 made by a cheque last year, or a cheque paid in by a certain person. In fact, anything at all you can think of.
There have also been "views” included, which allow you to divide a database into subsections. A database of cars could have views of saloon, sports, etc. and selecting a view would allow you to look at the cars in that section. The Arexx support has also been improved, which allows you to do things like fitting the columns into the screen.
Final Data 2 olfers some of the functions that should have been in the first version. It isn't a big update. It performs as a database with some of the advantages of a spreadsheet and. As such, makes it an ideal double-program for low-level use and beginners. But power-users will soon find that they want more than it can offer.
Final Data 2 SERIOUSLY AMIGA DECEMBER 1995 Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a database spreadsheet doppelganger.
David Taylor explains.
Deposit Uit hdroul Balance | £1,001.820.00 C 730.00 Final Data is also a pretty useful spreadsheet for low-level users. You can have a fully-featured Finance Manager, getting your bank account up and running within ten minutes.
DISTRIBUTOR Softwood 01773 521606 ACCESSIBILITY ••••• Ease-of-use is the program’s strongest point.
PRICE £39.95 (£10 upgrade from v.1) SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS WB 1.3+, 1Mb RAM. Impressively low system required.
FEATURES • • • Restricted to text and numbers, but with useful spreadsheet options. I had some trouble redefining columns, though.
VALUE • • • The upgrade shouldn't cost more than a fiver.
SPEED • • • • • This program works fine and at a respectable rate, even on a standard A500+.
“TWo programs for the price off one for low-end users.” MANUAL • • ••• Very comprehensive, with an addendum for version 2. Details of what the Arexx scripts included do would have been nice.
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Snap Maps After being involved in 3D computer graphics a while most people pick up a number of the tricks of the trade, but it is always nice when someone else discovers them for you. Snap Maps might be considered just such a thing - a gem from an expert that should make life easier for you and help improve the quality of your renderings at the same lime. Snap Maps act as templates for creating complicated or organic objects. There are two volumes currently available: Fields & Foliage and Building Materials & Fabrics.
The principal behind them is surprisingly simple and one that most experienced animators should be familiar with. Snap Maps are a cunning combination of several different mapping types: clip, bump and colour. However, where these collections differ from the other texture collections is that, because of the inclusion of bump and clip maps, they not only colour your objects, they can also add surface detail and actually change the shape of your objects.
These features make them ideally suited to help in the creation of objects that are difficult, or just plain fiddly, to make using more traditional methods.
Since the clip maps are simply images they can be used with any Amiga 31) package, such as ljghtWave. Real 3D.
Imagine, or Cinema II).
Their image-based nature also means that their application need not be restricted to 31) graphics, because with a little creativity it’s possible to make good use of Snap Maps in video work, or as a useful compliment to an image processor.
So how do they work? All you need to do is add your colour map to an object, then its matching bump map and finally a clipping map. If it is needed. The majority of the time, when creating buildings or other simple objects, you’ll probably only need to combine colour and bump maps. But. When you do combine all three types, incredible results can Ik- gained in surprisingly little time.
As an aid to finding the maps drat vou want, there are plenty of example DISTRIBUTOR Anti Gravity Products 001 310 393 66S0 PRICE $ 100 (£65) each volume, or $ 185 (£120) for both.
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Hard disk and a 3D program.
SPEED ••••• Snap Maps can save you a lot of time modelling and are quick to render.
MANUAL • • • •• The manual is extremely helpful and has plenty of examples.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • If you have been using your chosen 3D images provided, even though most of the maps are sensibly named and it's therefore easy to identify their contents.
This is just as well since there are quite a few files, especially in the Building Materials & Fabrics volume, that include such materials as brick, burlap, cement, chainlink. Concrete, crossweave, fabric, gravel, lace, lattice, mesh, net. Plush, ribknit. Slats, stripecloih, tile weave, wicker and wood.
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David Taylor goes back to school.
This title is aimed al leaching children between the ages of 5 and 12 about the basics of science. There are six games and each game has three levels of difficulty and several levels of play, each level dealing with a different aspect.
So. One game might start off with the relatively easy task of reading digital clocks (with different difficulty levels dictating how easy it is to select the answer, i.e. relating to gaming skills, not knowledge). Then, the next level will deal with a completely separate area, such as placing animals within their groups, like mammals or insects.
The program allows the child to progress up levels only after gaining a level of competence 011 the first level. There's a high score table lot them to keep track of their achievements and the program awards medals for success, as well as a chance for bonus points if they excel. There is even the chance lo print out certificates to encourage them.
Some ol the games are genuinely helpful and educational, whilst others leave a lot to be desired. Microscope, for instance, asks you questions to which the answer can be found in the shape of a poorly drawn graphic under one of the holes 011 screen. Let us not dwell 011 the worst game, though.
The games differ in the way they are played. One is a Space Invader clone, where you must shoot the correct answer, whilst another requires you to guide a man through a minefield 10 the answer. Most of the questions are fine, but some are bizarre. For example: "Some people own a pet...? Answer: duck”.
It just seems that some of the questions aren't particularly science-based. I'm not talking about reading thermometers which seems nitmbinglv easy to adults, because these are skills needed and taught in school science lessons. The ones that worry me are the ones to which the answers are either odd. Or the questions seemingly pointless. "Which of the options is a solid at room temperature?.
Answer: soap flake”. That. I'm sorry, is not a great deal of use in science. It might be true, but it isn't likelv to crop up in a school test.
There are a few other points that should be considered. The specified age range is 5-12.
Whilst the blocky graphics might appeal to 5-year olds. 12-year olds will be shouting "Lame" and returning to their Sony Playstation for another bout of I'ekken before the loading screen has disappeared.
Add that to the fact that some 12-vear olds are starting to know more about computers than their parents and that they can probably program a more impressive game than these, and I think you can see we're talking about a maximum age of It) really. The only problem is some 10-year olds might have trouble with the answers. The result is a set of games that is not going to retain the older child, but has a top level beyond that of the younger.
II) out of 10 have produced some very useful products. This isn't
the best. It has limited appeal, hut could help children,
although they won't be playing it for a full seven years (did
you expect them to?).
I think that the developers need to look at the structure of their games and make the questions lighter. They also need to be aware that we no longer live in a world where even children will be impressed by C.64 graphics.
Your children can learn from this title, but they won't be rushing home to load it, which rather defeats the object. O MANUAL • • • Printed information on each level would have been helpful for parents.
ACCESSIBILITY • • • • • Kids can't go wrong.
SPEED • • • Loading each game separately is a bind and not fast.
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Some games are great others not so and some of the questions are suspect.
VALUE • • • • Your child can easily get £25 worth of learning from it Have you seen the price of private tutors?
“10 out off to must look at giving the games a more up- to-date interface.” There's a high score table for the kids to keep track and the program awards medals for success, as well as a chance for bonus points if they excel.
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IF YOU HAVE A QUERY... At Amiga Format we aim to answer as many questions as possible Unlike some magazines, we don't just concentrate on our areas of expertise - we take on ell your problems (as long as an Amiga is involved).
Here are a few tips on sending in questions: (j'demv Sdndiford Aside from being a decidedly good digitiser and teletext decoder in one, the Pro-Grab 24RT Plus... PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS I have got an A1200 and a Scikosha SL-95 printer and I am thinking of getting a hard drive. I have had this set up for around two years now and now that I am more experienced I want to upgrade, but before I do I have a couple of questions.
1) I was looking around in the PD section when I saw a program
that (urns hard drive space into memory without an MMU - is
this true?
2) Can the PC emulator in the PD library run programs that are
meant for a 486 and is there a hardware PC emulator that will
fit into the expansion port of the PCMCIA slot of an A1200 and
run 486 programs? If there is, please can you tell me where I
can buy it from?
3) I have an Scikosha SU95 colour printer - should I sell this
printer and get a Panasonic KX-P2135 or any other printer you
could recommend, or should I stick with it.
4) On page 86 of issue 72, there is an advert of a CD-ROM program
that reckons it can write on Cds using a normal CD drive like
the Zappa or overdrive - is this true and. If so. Why don't
people buy a CD drive and one of those Cds that you can record
on and use it as a hard drive? It would be much cheaper and
every time one CD is full you can go and buy another one.
5) I have a copy of Worduorth 3.1SE and I want to use some PC
graphics on it so I copied the PCO icon from Workbench on to
Wordworth, double-clicked and double-clicked again, and got a
requester that said "PCO already mounted,” so I clicked on OK,
put in my PC disk and, to my horror, there was no PC icon
...also incorporates virtual memory without an MMU, so the
size of your grabs are not limited by memory.
Only a DFO???? Icon. I panicked, but then remembered there was something about this in one of your earlier issues so 1 started searching and luckily found it. It said to go into a Shell, put in your PC disk and type "diskchange PCO” followed by Enter.
I did this, but then a requester appeared and asked if I could put in the Wordworth disk - I did this as well and it loaded for a while and then a window appeared saying "Object not found disk change failed returncode 20”.
Please can you help me to solve this problem?
6) I have also got another problem with Wordworth to do with text
effects. Every time I try to print a text effect with a colour
shadow the screen flashes a couple of times and the paper
comes out blank.
7) My last question is to do with PSUs. I've been wondering which
PSU is best for me - I have no add-ons except my printer and I
use my Amiga for long periods of time. I would like to get
Goliath from Datel, but is it too powerful?
If so, should I get the replacement PSU from AmiTek - if not. Which PSU should 1 get?
Talha Leicester
1. Although I'm not entirely familiar with this particular PD
program, whatever it may be called, it certainly is possible
to use virtual memory on a machine without an MMU. The latest
version of ProGrab does this quite well.
However, it isn't going to be quick by any means since even virtual memory with an MMU is a slow business.
2. No, it’s most unlikely that software designed Continued
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• Describe the events that caused the problem.
• Give full details of your equipment
• Make sure your question is relevant and wouldn't be more easily
solved by contacting the dealer from whom you bought the goods.
Bear these points in mind and fill in. Photocopy, or copy the form below as best you can.
Send your letters to Workbench, Amiga Format, 30 Monmouth Street Bath, Avon BA1 2BW Your Amiga: O A500 O A500 Plus O A600 O A1000 O A1200 O A1500 O A2000 O A3000 O A4000 Kick start version: O 1.2 O 1.3 O 2.x O 3.x Workbench revision: O 1.2 O 1.3 O 1.3.2 O 2.04 2.05 0 2.1 O 3.0 Total memory fittad Chip memory available Extra drive »1 ( 3.SilVS.2Sln) as DF: manufacturer: Extra drive *2 ( 3.5irV5.25in) as DF: manufacturer: Hard disk:_ Mb as DH Manufacturer Extra RAM fitted - type, size (Mb) and manufacturer Details of other hardware: The Communicator is great tor transferring files, but can also
be used to control a CD32 remotely.
Bool disk's (levs DOSDi ivcrs director)' and the lilcdisk.device and ndin.device in yourdcvs: drawer. You will also need lo place the file CrossDOSFilesvstem in your I.: direciory and the drawer FilcSysiem_Trans, and its contents in the I.: direcion too. I bis should be enough to get CrossDOS up and running on vour W'orilwortli disk - of course, things will be a lot simpler when you gel your hard drive.
The main difference between the CD32 Network package and the Communicator is that the Communicator can control the CD32 from the remote machine. This is primarily of use for displaying animations, images and multimedia uses.
If you simply want access to the CD drive, then the Network package should be more than enough to meet your needs.
4. I believe t D-Write is the program you're referring to? We've
just reviewed this product in issue 77. The wording of the
advert actually says virtually virile to CD-Rf M and. In
fact, the information is stored in a directory on your hard
disk.
5. Unfortunately, there is more to the CrossDOS disk Operating
System than simply the icons.
The icons simply issue the command to mount the device according to its ToolTvpes. To get CrossDOS to work after you've booted your machine with your Wontumlh lloppvyou need to copy several files to it.
You'll need to put the PC0 icon in your
6. F.r, sorry - no idea on that one. You can call Digita on 01395
270273 instead.
7. As you have only got a printer attached to your machine it is
not really worth your while investing in a Goliath power
supply. The Goliath is really only of interest to people who
have so many peripherals attached to their machine that they
put a strain on the standard power supply.
The Goliath power supply won't make a great deal of dilfercnce when it comes to leaving your machine on for long periods of time - even though it has a fan - since the computer will probablv overheat first. I often Once you followed the steps in this example, you should understand States well enough to apply to other circumstances. For example, you may want to animate an animal or other organic form that needs to bend or twist sections. Normally, the part of the object that bends or twists would "swim'' through its texture, meaning that the texture will stay as it was when first applied and
not follow the changes made to the object.
With States you can make textures move and deform with their objects. States' flexibility can also be used to create animations from one state to another quickly and simply.
Welcome to a new series of tutorials on getting to grips with Imagine 2 and 3‘s more powerful features. While Imagine may have its fair share of neat features, the manuals of both versions do little to explain how you can use them fully. We'll be taking you step-by-step through the trickier aspects of using Imagine 2 and 3.
First up, we'll be examining Imagine 3‘S exceedingly useful States function. This feature can be used to create morphing objects - make sure that objects don't "swim" through their textures_and physically adjust the shape of texture and brush maps. We'll be taking a look at the last two involving texture mapping since the morphing applications of States is handled relatively well in the manual.
The idea behind States is quite simple, once you’ve created an object and set up its attributes, you can save its current State and revert back to it after you've made any further changes. The best thing about this is that you can choose which elements of an object's State you wish to retain, such as its attributes, shape and grouping information.
Since several States can be saved with an object this can be used as an animation tool by tweening between different States. We're going to use this function to alter a brushmap road surface so that the lines on the road follow the curve of the road. This would be extremely tricky to achieve by drawing curved lines in a paint package to match the shape of the road.
POWER-USER'S GUIDE TO IMAGINE COMMUNICATION I have an A1200 with a 85Mb internal hard drive and a Blizzard 1230-111 accelerator board with 4Mb of RAM installed. I have recently bought a Cdi2 and I want to link the two to access Cds containing clipart, fonts, utilities and PD games for use on my A1200.
My question is, do I need a Communicator- Ill adaptor from Silica, which costs £79.95, or will the CD19KCD” Network Package from PD Soft give the same level of compatibility for only £34.99? Do either of these leads allow the A1200 to access the CD32 s 2Mb of Fast RAM?
Also, I am considering buying a monitor to use with both systems - could you recommend one which has both S-video and Scart input for not much more than £200. And, finally, could you tell me if the S-video output on the CD12 is compatible with the S-video input on the Vidi Amiga 24RT to take some in-game and film CD grabs. I would be very grateful if you could answer these questions for me.
Graham Spratt Beccles, Suffolk «• lor a 486 will work through a software emulator and. Even if it did, it would be all but useless.
Unfortunately, although there were early plans for an A 120(1 cm plant, they were scrapped. Currently, the only way to emulate the PC on your A1200 is through a software emulator and even If. I'tisk can only emulate a 286.
3. Since I don't know whai you'll lie using the printer for, or
how much you are willing to spend, it's hard for me to
recommend a printer.
Iiowever, you might like lo take a look at Hewlett Packard's range ofdeskjets.
STEP 1 First off we need to create the road - I'll leave that to you. Apply your texture or brush maps as you would normally and then go to the States menu and select Create. Give the State an appropriate name, like straight or default.
STEP 2 In the next requester, the data types, you need only select shape and properties - unless you have any special grouping of objects.
This will lock the currently selected object's physical shape and its attributes, including the textures.
STEP 3 Bring up the Attributes and select your texture or brush maps and use the info button to set its options. Enter the current State in the lockstate field (straight or default).
Return to the main screen and select update from the States menu and update the current State.
STEP 4 Finally, bend or otherwise transform your object and then create a new State. However, this time don't select properties and this is the key to making the texture conform to the object's new shape. When you save the object both States will be included, so you can switch back and forth.
Leave my A1200 rendering for days al a lime with no ill-effect You should be just fine with your current power supply.
IS IT WORTH IT?
Could you please give me some information about PC Task V.T: I have an A1200 with a 120Mb hard-drive and a 4Mb upgrade.
Is it worth buying?
Will it run all PC software (except Windows)?
How do I get MS-DOS to run from high density disks on my computer?
Are the emulator and MS-DOS disks all installable?
Will I need to install all the MS-DOS disks?
MatthewJ Rigby Tottington. Bury This is an interesting question Matthew, since deciding whether or not any software emulator is worth getting is a tricky business and depends largely on what sort of software you would like to use.
An obvious overhead that software emulators have is their lack of speed. PC Task.
As well as programs like Shapeshifter. Really have their work cut out trying to emulate another computing platform’s Operating System and additional software simultaneously.
In the case of PC. Task, this limits the program to emulating only a 286 PC. Although it is recommended to run Windows on at least a 386, you can, if you are particularly sadistic, just about run Windows on a 286. W'hetlier or not you’ll be able to run any programs as well is highly debatable.
Before you can do anything on the PC, you have to install MS-DOS, which you'll have to buy. MS-DOS 6.22 is only available on HD disks, but if you’re lucky you might find a copy of version 5 on DD disks.
Alternatively you can get a male who has a PC (if you can call any PC-owner a mate, that is), to create a boot disk from DOS which copy a few essential files to a bootable floppy. With regard to using HD PC disks, (he only way you can do this is by buying a HD drive.
Whether or not it is worth buying comes down to whether or not you can run software on it at a sufficient speed.
The answer to this question is yes - PC. Task can run a good number of DOS applications at a respectable speed.
MAKE YOUR MIND UP TIME I have an A1200 with an extra disk drive and that’s it. I have £150 to spend on hardware and, not knowing much about my computer, I was wondering if you could give me some help.
Do I get a hard drive or a RAM expansion? If so. What hard drive and what expansion can you recommend?
If you think neither of these are any good, please can you point me in the right direction?
Scott Baverstock Redboum. Herts Without knowing what uses you intend to put your machine to makes answering (his question a real toughy.
Adding a hard disk can really make life a lot simpler and gives you (lie freedom of storing large amounts of data on a single device, which is quicker than a lloppv too. Hard disks generally make computing more convenient and is a must for anybody involved in graphics, or any other activity that involves the generation of large files.
However, adding extra memory not only Continued overleaf * I have an Amiga 1200 with Workbench 3.0 and 2Mb of memory, Zappo CD-ROM drive, Vidi Amiga 12RT and a Canon BJIOsx printer.
I am thinking of buying a Blizzard 1220 4 memory expansion from Gordon Harwood.
Will this interfere with the PCMCIA port?
Is it compatible with standard Amiga games «¦ gives you more memory, it also speeds up your machine. 2Mb of RAM is the bare minimum of memory needed if you are going to use any serious programs, especially AGA ones.
Personally, I would go for some more RAM first, since this will give you more access to programs, but you will soon find dial the more you get into using your Amiga seriously, the more apparent the need for a hard drive will be. For an idea of which RAM expansion to go for. Take a look al the adverts in this issue.
CAN I KEEP IT?
1 have had an A1200 for nine months and the problem I have is that I wish to accelerate my A1200 to an 030 040 instead of my 020. You may not see any problem with this, but I already have a 4Mb RAM board with 33MHz FPU installed.
The only way I can see to accelerate my machine is to abandon the memory I have and buy an accelerator SIMM board. Is this the only way, or can I keep my present memory and accelerate my Amiga some other way?
Benjamin Whenlock Norwich, Bolton I'm afraid not - you'll have to ditch your memory expansion.
NEED FOR SPEED
1. I have an Al 200 and an 80Mb 2.5 inch hard drive. I have
recently purchased an Apollo 50MHz 030 Plus MMU with 4Mb Fast
RAM accelerator, which boosted the speed of my Amiga to 9.62
MIPS (Syslnfo 3.15). I was just wondering what equivalent Mac
and PC models had about the same MIPS? Also, why does AIBB
return different Figures for MIPS and Dhrystones to Syslnfo?
2. For producing AF, do you use a Mac or an Amiga with Emplant,
or whatever? It would be really cool if you did a feature on
how AF is produced, from getting the Coverdisks to
distributing the mags... (non-system legal)? When I print
pictures out of Deluxe Paint IV, colours (mainly red, green
and blue) print out almost black.
I have tried changing the settings from greyl to grey2 and the density (Prefs Printergfx), but it still does it. I don't think Dpaint is to blame because it does it with Wordworth 3.1 SE as well.
Mark Patterson Bradford. Manchester You shouldn't have any problems with the PCMCIA port and few with most well-programmed applications and games. However, there may be some shabbily programmed games that may cause a few problems, but, on the whole, most should work OK.
Sounds like the reason you're having problems printing colours relatively accurately lies in the driver. This can be set from prefs printer. You can also obtain the Cannon studio suite from most PD libraries, or Cannon themselves If you have already selected the correct driver, then the one thing you should bear in mind is that your printer is black and white greyscale and if you select greyscale settings from a program like Wordworth, you can get some "interesting" printouts. Yes, the SVHS connection should work.
3. I've got Imagine 2 at the moment. Is my A1200 good enough to
use Imagine 3, considering that I only have 6Mb RAM? Should I
get an FPU?
4. Are there any software patches which allow a flicker-free
640x400 or above screen on any monitor TV? In Wordworth 3,1
either choose a 640x256 screen which is out of proportion, or
a 640x512 screen and get a migraine! At present I am using a
SCART TV (Philips PR02000).
Jonathan Lines Oxfordshire
1. In raw computing terms, your Amiga speed is somewhere between
a Mac SI and a 1.CI11. A comparable PC. Would be a 386 model.
However, you should bear in mind that these machines don't get the benefits of the Amiga's excellent Operating System and custom chipset.
AIBB can sometimes produce different speed results, but that's because its benchmarks are more specific and usually more accurate.
2. If by producing you mean laying out pages and working with
text, then the answer is Macs.
While it would be possible to produce the mag on an Amiga with an Emplant board, we'd have a hard job convincing Future Publishing's Mac Services department to replace the existing machines with Amigas. However, there are plans afoot to link up my A4000 to the office network through my Emplant, so that I can access the Internet through FutureNet.
However, when it comes to certain illustrations, especially SD-rendered ones, we use our Amigas and then transfer the resultant files via floppy or SyQuest removable cartridges.
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3. 6Mb of RAM should be enough for most projects, but if you are
using a 3D program you will soon discover that it is
impossible to have too much memory. An FPU is really a must as
it speeds up rendering times considerably.
4. I'm afraid not, the only solution is to buy a monitor that
supports these modes. Don't worry too much about the
migraines; you'll soon get used to the flickering - 1 did!
GAME WORRIES I am having a few problems with my recently purchased 250Mb hard drive for my otherwise unexpanded A1200. The problem arises when trying to run some games I have installed. Each has its own installing program which appears to install the game with no errors, but once I try to run the game it refuses to work.
The games are: Cwilization AGA, Monkey Island 2 and Syndicate. Monkey Island 2 needs the display options changed to enhanced on bootup to work, but, when it is run, a black screen pops up and doesn't go away until the mouse button is pressed, returning me to Workbench.
Syndicate works until the white Bullfrog logo is displayed, then coloured lines appear on the screen and I have lo reset. Civilization AGA brings up a menu after run, saying suspend or reboot, program failed, with a Guru number of 87000004. Which Alert tells me is a “Dead End Alert, Subsystem DOS-library, An Unexpected Packed Was Received," whatever that means!
Syndicate works fine on my friend’s hard drive, so I was wondering if the problems had anything to do with max transfer rate, which is currently set at Oxffffff?
I don’t want to have to re-format my drive to change this if it isn't the problem.
Francis McGlade Belfast, N. Ireland I’m afraid, Francis, that the most likely source of your gaming problems is the max transfer rate of hard drive. It needs to be set to a slower speed and the slowest you can get away with is OxlFFF. You will not have to re-format your hard drive to make this change. ® Hit MW (MnttirUtUi_IB UN 8 ltu«r HU Inf I tut rib into; yj litmitiml Mi: _| limtVT (Kb: J btoMt nil nrtitln: yj HU into klMk iln: 8 HI I Ibttlfhr • WHIT1 burn! IlKki it kill • lltHHIHil bilolii: II I llalruifir • f llll I ml: II I m into bit ub: J Ibbr It into bit IikU Wj (out With certain
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- |£| t s?5fl Jll ’ ?1 S« J Real 3D Tutorial Every object you
create with Heal 3D has its own special properties associated
with it. The most obvious property is the shape, but. As we saw
last month, it's also possible to adjust the colour.
Iu this tutorial we'll see how we can go way beyond colour and actually start to control the virtual material from which our objects are made.
Kvcry type of material interacts with light differently: which is why we can have a good guess as to what an object is made of without even picking it up.
Metals are slightly reflective and paper isn't.
Glass is almost totally transparent, whilst a PROJECT 1 mirror is almost totally reflective. Kog is sort of transparent and. Well, foggy, whilst wood is general dull and. Well, woody... You ran see that describing how a material appears is actually quite tricky.
The overall appearance depends on a special set of attributes which define the reflectivity, the refractive properties and other surface textures.
Alter any of the attributes and you change the appearance of the object in the final render. It is only by experimenting with these settings that you will lx- able to create realistic images.
Making objects and rendering them in the solid modeller without altering their material from the default will result in a collection of dull grey. Matt, plastic objects which look pretty awful.
This month, we'll see how to control and create your objects by altering the virtual materials from which they are constructed.
Remember, Heal 3D works in a hierarchical way and so if you alter a root object, you alter all the objects within it as well.
This can be a very fast way to adjust a large number of objects, but it can also lie a quick way to lose previous settings. Always save your work as you go along in case you accidentally make a change you didn't mean to do.
An introduction to materials Step 2. Look through the materials Step 1:Load the material file Step 3. Create an object Step 4.
Assigning a material Make sure the object is selected (its name will appear in the middle of the screen) and then select the menu option hierarchy material or press "b" for a shortcut. The current list of materials will appear on screen and you can now pick the one which you want to apply to your object. For now.
Select 'marble*. You will see a message stating that your object is now made of marble at the top of the screen.
Adding a virtual material to your 3D objects makes all the difference, so John Kennedy continues his series with a few 'material' pointers.
Part 2 BUMP MAPS One type of material stands out more than any other - which is a dreadful pun, of course, as I'm talking about bump maps.
Bump maps differ from other materials because they actually alter the shape of an object.
Like other materials, the bump map has an associated map image which could be created in Deluxe Paint for example.
Unlike the other materials, the map is not treated like a pattern to display; instead only the Red component of the map is important.
The brighter the Red, the more the object "sticks out" at that point.
Using bump maps allows objects to acquire a very organic feel to them. Most natural objects are far from being completely smooth and using bump maps on an object removes the artificial appearance which appears so often with rendered images.
Here's how to make a bump map image: Although nothing obvious appears on the Editor display, you can confirm your object's construction at any time using the info option from the Extras menu (or press "i"). The info screen will let you know the material from which the selected object is made and also one or two extra, special attributes which we'll cover later on.
Step 7. Use other materials It might be a good idea to create several objects and assign a different material to each. You can then render the image and keep it as a reference. Some materials might look a little strange depending on which mode you use for rendering. This image was created in NORMAL mode and a lamp was added to provide shadows and illumination.
Step 6. Render the image You will be able to see the results of your material science experiment only when you render the image in Solid mode. It is important to select the correct render mode; if you stick to FAST, the object will remain in grey. The other modes are required before materials are rendered. As we have not added any extra light sources, select LAMPLESS and render the image. You should quickly see the difference which the addition of the material has made.
1. Create a Map in your favourite paint program.
Use shades of red (15 are allowed) in a bold design. Try writing your name, or drawing a cartoon face.
Continued overleaf PROJECT 2 Creating your own Materials Each material defined has a scries »l sallies which can Ik- adjust using the sliding bar.
' r 11 "lii'n r Ii is ihe combination of these sellings which gives ihe overall appearance of a particular material.
Transparency Speed of light Turbidity Specularity Spec, brightn.
Bump height The sellings which can he adjusted are: Brilliancy A measure of ihe amouni ol light reflected. A perfect mirror would he 100% brilliant, since il reflects hack all ihe light which falls on it. A totally man object is 0% brilliant.
Transparency A measure of the amouni of light which is allowed lo pass through an object. Pure glass is transparent and would Ik- close lo 100%. A brick is totally opaque and is 0% transparent.
Haptype Horizontal Vertical COLOR miEHt GRADIENT
li. ixh »;3.M Speed of light A measure of the refractive index of
a material.
Eight is actually slowed down when passing though a transparent material; the values art- very sensitive and you will need lo experiment lo find die right settings for glass or water - check die example materials for starting points.
Brightness oil its surface - the si e ol this circular area gives us a clue as to the material.
The smaller the circle, the more smooth, hard and shiny the object appears. A larger circle makes the object look dull.
Specular brightness The colour of Ihe specular pattern on an object provides ii with other clues as to whal the object is made from. Balancing the specularity and specular brightness is the key lo obtaining accurate representations of metals.
Turbidity Think ol ;i frosted glass window which is "dimpled” so that although light passes through, a cleat image cannot he seen. The turbidity index is a measure of how disturbed the light passing through the material will Ik*. L«»ok at the log object as an example of a turbulent object.
I strongly recommend that you create and render your own simple models like this, because- il will help you visualise how altering each property will affect die finished material.
As well as these optical properties, you can map ail image other than the sphere and see how this changes ihe appearance. For example, a polished marble sphere will have a marble image mapped around it. But will also have a high brilliance factor and high specularity, dj ¦ | SPECIAL [ CLIP rFLIP Angle |” [ FLIP Angle | 180 When a bump map is being used, ibis setting controls (he apparent height of die humps.
Il can Ik- scl to negative values for recesses instead of humps.
Tin- olhcr material controls are used to control the use of "maps". The material's "picture" is ihe image map (for example, a drawing created from Deluxe l‘ainl or I'mimeil I’ninl) which will appear on die object's surface. The marble- material lias a picture of coloured swirls which liKik like marble. You are free to draw or scan in your own pictures and apply diem to objects.
You can select how ihe image is lo appear (is it a simple rectangle, like the image on a TV screen, or is it to he wrapped around a sphere?)
And whether ii is to be tiled (dial is, repeated several limes around the object). If you want the image map lo act as a bump map. Make sure the Bl’MP button is active.
Notice the button marked "infinite" - it is an easy way to create a floor or ground in vour scene.
COMBINING MATERIAL OBJECTS Remember that if you create a root object which contains other objects, then altering the material of the root object will affect all those objects underneath. The golden rule is to always plan your objects carefully.
Special effects are possible when using the special Boolean Logic functions. We used the Boolean operators last month to cut a slice of one object out of another. If the Tool object has a material, then the hole it leaves will also be coated with the tool's material.
EXAMPLE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES FOR CERTAIN MATERIALS Fog Glass Mirror Matt Glass Plastic 100 100 100 0 0 sparency: 100 100 0 100 0 sd of light: 100 64 98 98 100 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 80 50 0 0 0 20 Making the Most of the Web Darren Irvine takes a look at what you can actually use the World Wide Web for - other than as a pretty tool to impress your non-Internet mates.
One of ihe firs! Applications that most people seem to install after getting an Internet connection is a browser for the World Wide Web such as Amosaic. Sure enough, the Web is currently the most hyped aspect of the Internet in general and Amosaic is certainly one of the nicest .Amiga Internet applications to look at.
However, many people never seem to get beyond the "playing about with it a bit" stage with die Web and seem unaware that as well as being an extremely intuitive system to use for merely looking at pictures and reading "humorous" home pages, a Web browser can in fact be one of the best ways of accessing the Internet in general.
This month we take a look at some of the applications that are available via the Web.
TAKE A STEP BACKWARD As mentioned in last month's Amiga.Net (what do you mean you haven't read it? Shame, shame, shame on you), accessing other more primitive Internet tools using Amosaic is trivially simple.
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us to our own glorious Web pages.
In this case. I’ve searched Yahoo for the words Amiga Format and the results have been returned as a standard Web page.
¦TT-. ‘ RUMOUR MILL Fidonet currently seems the place to be for half-truths, scurrilous underhanded dealing and outright lies. Even fellow AF contributor John Kennedy has come under attack recently despite the fact that he has been out of the country. John asked readers of the COMMS MAGS echo if they had any information that they would like to contribute to an article regarding new Fido echos.
Some information was duly offered to John, who then proceeded to use said information as promised in the aforementioned article. This then incurred the wrath of the information donator, who accused John of "stealing" his ideas.
Rumour Mill can only offer John the advice that next time he may as well go ahead and pinch the information, rather than doing the decent thing and asking for it... Self-proclaimed "Aussie- nuisance* Matt T. T. T. Betti son has also been rearing his ugly head in Fidonet's fair climes recently.
Having secured a post at a rival Amiga magazine. Matt has been making sure that no one in the AMIGA MAGS echo is in any doubt as to his exalted ‘professional journalist" status. He is also of the opinion that it is his publication, rather than AF. That is the "biggest selling Amiga magazine in the world at this time". What time was that exactly Matt? Perhaps 3:30 in the morning when sensible Format readers are sound asleep.
& e&l Yahoo Starch WAIS SITES ON THE WEB Here is a short list of a few interesting WAIS servers that are available via the Web.
The range of subject matter covered by these sites is huge and many of them have cross-links to other WAIS resources.
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wais: www.italy.eu.net wais: wais.eunet.es wais: www.eunet.ch wais9Zwww.intac.com wais9 nysernet.org wais9 ftp.oar.net gopher: gophcr.somewhere.com In a similar way, you can directly access Archie servers and FTP sites using Amosaic with URLS in the following formats: archie: archie, address.wherever and f tp: somesite.onthe.intemet FINDING WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR Aalosaic also provides some extremely intuitive systems for performing searches across the Web itself and further out into other areas of the Net. One of the best known search systems is called Yahoo and its URL is:
http: www.yahoo.com Note that you will need to have the latest version of Amosaic (2.0beta, otherwise bi arrelv known as 1.4) to Ik- able to use any of the systems mentioned here, because this is the first version of Amosaic that makes any attempt at supporting Web forms.
Yahoo is basically a massive hierarchical index of just about every page on the Web. With a forms based search-engine tacked on. Using Yahoo couldn't really be any simpler - you just enter one or more search keywords into the box provided and click on the "Start Search" button.
The search engine running 011 Yahoo's server then has a look at every item in the Index and compiles a list of any containing the word or words that you have specified as your search criteria. If any matching entries are found, these are returned to you in the form of a standard Web page, allowing you to jump to the relevant pages bv clicking on their links in the normal way.
Although VYAIS is one of the most popular Web search tools, there are others that may be able to locate things not covered by Yahoo. Try either of these as an alternative: WebCrawler http: www.vvebcrawler.com SawySearch http: www.cs.colostate.edu ~dreiling smartfo rm.html This is one of the more interesting recently- developed search systems. Instead of having its own database, SawySearch instead relays any search words to about 15 other search Play Mastermind in th« reassuring comfort of your own Browser.
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WAIS databases cover a huge range of subject matter, from South American Rain Forest data to Premier League Football teams, and using the Web to access WAIS makes navigating one or more (or even all of them at the same time) WAIS databases extremely simple. One of the best starting points for using WAIS on the Web is to visit the main site at: http: www.wais.com If you're trying to find out any sort of information using the Internet as your tool, then using WAIS in conjunction with a Web search system, such as Yahoo, will almost certainly help you find what you are looking for.
GAMES ON THE WEB If you feel like running up your phone bill for no good reason, then you'll also be able to find lots of ways of amusing yourself using the Web.
There are a wide range of Web-based games available and here are just a few: MastcrWeb http: imagiware.com masterweb.cgi This is a version of the old favourite More phone-bill charged fun in the fine form of Web Battleships.
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Battleships http: manor.york.ac.uk htdocs bships.html On a similar 1970s-plastic-board-game tip 10 MasterWeb, you can now play that old favourite Battleships on the Web against a computer opponent. Note that, as with many Web games, you’ll really need a 28K8 modem connection here since there are a lot of graphics involved.
Drool http: www.mit.edu:8001 afs athcna.mit.edu aser j b jbreiden game entry.html There are also a great many MUDs. MUCKs, MOOs and MUSHES available via the Web.
One of the most bizarre is Drool - if you have 110 respect for your sanity check it out.
The URL alone is pretty staggering.
Web Rally http: inls.ucsd.edu y OhBoy Rally If you fancy a bit of a challenge and something to really run up your phone bill, why not try one of the Web Rallies. Bear in mind that y ou’ll have to like trivia quizzes to enjoy this.
So. As you can see. Using Amosaic can be more than just linking from one boring page to another and can actually provide some sort of justification for having an Internet account in the first place.
New additions are being made to the Web continuously and. No matter what your particular field of interest, you'll almost certainly be able to find something on the Web to suit your tastes.
Of course, when using the Web a lot. The next thing y ou're going to have to justify is a whopping phone bill.
The Web Rally - really only for those with several weeks to kill.
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What we want to know is what Amiga buffs really want - then we'll do our best to produce it.
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Ian Jenkins Lines Well, we wish you luck and look forward lo seeing the results of your labour Pm sure the loyal Amiga following will give you all the advice you could ask for.
POCKETFUL OF KRYPTONITE SPOILSPORT I'm writing to inquire as to when you intend to publisti the next edition of Amiga Games Guide.
Presently. 1 make regular use of the tips and cheats made accessible in the First Edition.
But over the past few months 1 have purchased a number of games for my grandchildren to make use of and, unfortunately, the required information on (tips cheats) is not enclosed, so 1 would be appreciative if you could give this letter your attention.
William fJustin
N. Ireland Well, you could at least try to play the games for a
bit before you resort to cheating, couldn'(you ? There will
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(have you tried the recent Corish book, recently published and
in the current AE mail order section ?). To make it worthwhile
there have lo be sufficient new cheats to make a book out of
for a start.
In the meantime, if you are stuck on specific games, why don’t you write to Helping Hand at the usual Amiga Formal address. If you have Internet access, you can also contact the huge database of tips on-line at the Amiga Format home page: Just a few words from me to show users of those bizarre machines, Pcs, that the Amiga is a superior machine. If this was not true, would the producers of the TV show The Krypton Factor have selected the Amiga for use in the linal round of the show (I’m sure 1 was not the only one to spot this).One other thing, how did they get hold of four A1200s?
Craig Charlton North Yorks I know that Amiga Format gives out prizes for spotting Amigas on the telly programs, so 1 thought I'd write in. 1 saw four Amiga 1200s on The Krypton Factor on 11 9 95. They were using them for the end game where the contestants have to crack the letter code to write the words. If you need an idea for a prize, 1 wouldn't mind Super Skidmarks 2.
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FEELGOOD FACTOR Amiga Technologies makes its first positive move with die new packages for the A1200! This is the sort of thing that Commodore ol old was good at and Amiga Technologies looks set to continue I he trend.
High-quality, user-friendly, efficient productivity software such as this will really help to make the £399 AI 200 much more competitive against the PC deals Continued overleaf to James Constable Scotland One of the joys of being the Editor of the world’s biggest selling Amiga magazine is that you don't get to watch any television. Certainly not any 7A'before 10pm anyway, so I'll have to take your word for it.
I am not entirely sure where they got them from - maybe one of the earlier challenges was that the contestants had to sort out a manufacturing deal for components in the Far East and assemble the machines themselves before the end of the program.
For the last time of saying, we ami V giving out prizes for Amigas on the telly. There are just a few too many of them.
Try spotting some in the movies - that we might be interested in.
SLOSHED «i on offer. Whereas an equivalent software package for the PC would cost hundreds of pounds and run under a vastly inferior interface, the .Amiga does it all in under £400. To just buy the Operating System Windows 95 and the Microsoft Office package would cost £390.
On the games front, including Pinball Mania is pleasing as I believe that this is the fourth instalment of the highly successful Pinball Dreams. But why choose Whizz? If this is the same Whizz that has the isometric playfield and ludicrous short time-limits, then Amiga Technologies should have done better. Colonization, Virocop, Fean, or Alim Breed 31) would have all been much better options.
I read this information from your section on FuturcNet and must say that, as a newcomer to the Internet. I have been very- impressed by the quality of information available. On which page are your latest Gallery pictures and PD software available?
Sam Smith Skipton. N. Yorkshire Thanks for those commmts. Amiga Technologies apparently had strict limitations on what could be included in the pack - they wanted ACA-only games and ones which hadn ’( hem previously released. Obviously this restricted the choice a bit.
The Gallery pictures are in the area cunningly marked "Gallery"on the main page. There is a selection of PD software from our pages in the area marked “PD zone'.
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I have just upgraded from an A500 to an A1200 with an Apollo accelerator with a 33MH . FPU. I would love to hear from any readers who are into Imagine 3D ravtracing package (a most generous giveaway on issue 53 by our friendly A -'team).
Sadly. I cannot Find the whereabouts of an FPU version though. 1 have now become a serious 3D tracer and am dead interested in lively correspondence with any Imagine users (especially Imagine 2.9 & 3.0)
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If you are interested, can advise me of my problem, or would like lo simply swap ideas and projects, then don't hesitate - write today; reply guaranteed. I await in suspense. Oh... yes that means you need to start pushing pen or keys, a reply is needed. Now.
Neil, Flat 4A 239 Selhurst Rd South Norwood Croydon, Condon SE23 We did send out copies of the FPU version of Imagine for as long as we could, up to about IS months after the disk appeared, to anyone who asked for them. If you didn ‘I ask, then you have only yourself to blame. However, there are some f rojects in the pipeline which may be of interest, so watch this space.
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Do you wear women’s clothing? I do. So does my dog. Milky milky.
Lovely.
Did you see Whose Cine Is It Anyway last night? You know that Clive Anderson. That's you, that is.
Should I swap my mother for a PC. Or stay with the Amiga? Can you perform a deadswap operation using a blow- torch, three bananas and a grapefruit? Do you read MAX POWER?
Do you think Jim Blackstock is sexy? We do. Who is Jim Blackstock you may ask? (Aka Auntie Jim). He is my pet jock strap. So there. Bye.
Anon Thank you for that. Please send us your address so we can forward you your much deserved kick in... er, your 'prize'. Next month, you must write letters "in the style of Medhi Ali apologising".
HELP ME IF YOU CAN I need help! My Amiga CD52 is currently kaput. I cannot find anyone to fix it. I know that there is a shortage of spare parts, but surely somebody on this rock can repair it. 1 have even been knocked from the warranty people who no longer do chargeable repairs. If I by Jar TO&S ndreds JP INGENIOUS IDEAS 1 have some ideas for a possible A1200 HD bundle. I think it should certainly include Dirrrtnry Opus 5 (or at least version 4 - if they included version 4 it would lie good publicity lor GP soft to illustrate the advanced features on offer in the new package).
These days having a great file directory' program is more of a necessity, than a luxury.
II a commercial one isn’t available. SID 2 would sulfice. Another program worth considering is Disk Expander.
The compression tiiis program offers (nearly doubling the size of the hard drive), makes il a worthwhile inclusion, although it does run slower with no Fast RAM. Hyper Cache 2 could work hand-in-hand with Disk Expander.
Speeding up the hard drive, while retaining die excellent saving in HD space.
Escom could include the Public Domain ¦; '(1 Hart I Disk Slakkerin place of Disk Expander. In fact, it would be a good advert for Public Domain software. Other PD programs such as: Kedhgv3.ll. Disk Snlvv2.3I. Tools Daemon v2.1. Magic Menu. Magic Workbench.
Su ier Ilu ier v3.13 & East View could be included as well, last View is certainly much I roller than Multi-vine and even supports OIF and (PEG formats.
On the games front, Eears definitely warrants a place in the package. A lot of |ieople lKiiighl a PC lo play Doom- it's amazing how a brilliant game application (coupled with good advertising) can really sell a computer.
Fears, show that the Amiga is capable of producing games which are as good as the ones dial are available on the PC. SIVY S' and die soon-to4ie-rclcased Slar Crusader are also worth including and maybe a quality platform Su ierFmgoT F InraMi (which I think r . the best ever m games cm to A, JJ give some indication ol the , ; v "TT , •» b diverse spectrum of Amiga ' II . V» - aJur ** -* ¦ -IL ’ »*'« • ‘ Xjizco D ni-' games that are available. * 1 ~ --: Why doesn't someone get J | adventures and put them s i logetht I on one CD. Tht Directory Opus 5 had a mixed recaption, but
should Opus 4 have been could include: Hrnrath A steel , contender for tho Amiga Magic bundle?
Sky. Monkey Island Icss2. Indiana Jones isf The Fate Of Atlantis. The hgend Of disk or 1 ID and decompress it later. Since Kyrandia, Eure Of The Temptress. KCB, Simon The decompressing the data directly from the CD Sorcerrr. And maybe even include the soon-to- using "SNET" takes ages, you can decompress be-released Flight Of The Amazon Queen (which the data easily if you have Opus.
Looks like being a brilliant game). If the file is compressed by 'DMS' (as most 1 would just like to say 1 agree with are), select RAM disk on the left side and Gideon Cresswell's point (Amiga Formal issue where the file is stored on die right-hand sitle.
77) , that it is intolerable that the majority of Drag the file
over from right to left and. If you games aren't HD
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installers for .S'WOS and Mortal Komhat 2 decompressed, but
you have to ensure you available from Active Software (see
advert in have 'DMS' in your 'C directory.
Amiga Format). You will, however, need 2Mb One last thing: doesn't the ZIP drive look chip RAM and 4Mb Fast RAM to run MK2 just great?
Front HD. Because it copies all the program Paul Giles data directly to RAM and it is infinitely more West Sussex playable than the floppy disk version.
1 have a tip for those people who have an There are certainly sonic gooil ideas heir. As I said A1200 and CD*2, and connect diem together before, Amiga Technologies had given themselves some in order to use PD (IDs. The quickest way to very strict ivies to wmk within and I don 7 think extract data, is to use "win" (from the Network they would have hem happy including shareware in
CD) . .As most of the data stored on the CD is the bundle, hut il
s perhaps something In think about.
In compressed form, copy it over lo your RAM Thanks for the tips, lime's a sweatshirt on llir way.
Don't get it repaired soon I'll have to dig out the dreaded and very dusty ZX8I.
Mr T Smith Witham, Essex Vvc are not currently aware of anyone who repairs CD,2s. But calling on of our advertisers who repair A1200s might yield some mulls.
BBS PLUG I run a Bulletin Board called Magic Mushrooms which I have advertised in an Amiga magazine.
I was wondering if it would be possible lo put my BBS in your magazine for all your readers lo see.
I can't afford a proper ad. So I thought I'd try via the Mailbag?
My details are: BBS: Magic Mushrooms BBS.
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We have our own Mail Network called MUSHY NET which is connected to other BBSs around the UK and The Isle of Man.
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Simba West Midlands No you can 7 you cheeky devil. Why should you be allowed lo advertise for free? Eve nnier heard anything so shameful in all my life.
WINDFALL I recently received the October issue of Amiga Format, but the strange thing is. I never ordered it or took out a subscription. It is the full subscription copy, complete with Subscribers' Superdisk. I am at a complete loss as to the explanation of this and wondered if you could shed some light on to what is fast becoming a puzzle.
The only thing I can think of is that a few months ago I sent some IFF files for inclusion in the Gallery and perhaps it is your policy to send a copy of Afto all contributors, whether their work is published or not.
I would be grateful if you could solve this mystery for me.
Even if the answer is elementary.
Dear Nick.
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REASONS TO BE FEARFUL .After reading your glowing review of hears in the October issue of Amiga Format, I decided to go out to my local branch of GAME and purchase a copy.
Surprisingly, I found il was nowhere to be seen. Then, having asked the assistant, not only was I told that they did not have a copy.
They also said it had not been released yet and they did not know when it would be released.
Yet in your review it says that it is already out.
Please could you tell me where I might be able to get a copy from and will I be able to run it on my standard A1200?
Adam Sammons Staffordshire The game was due out as we wrote the review. Sometimes there are distribution difficulties and so forth, but if your local store didn 7 even knou it was coming out, I suggest you tell them to get their act together.
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Bomberman is back with a vengeance.
Two to four player mayhem in this brilliant demo from Leading Edge.
Blitz All you've got to do is bomb your way through to an opponent and blow the hell out of them.
Er. Ihere’s not much to say really. Get some mates round. Plug in a couple of joysticks and start the game. You must each press fire when the game gives you the choice of play ers in order to activate your player.
Then you'll find yourself in the middle of a cute-looking garden.
All you've got to do is bomb your way through to an opponent and blow the hell out of them.
To place a bomb, press lire and then run away. The bombs have a timer of a few seconds before they blow. Be careful so that you don't stay in die path of the explosion, because you'll blow yourself up. To avoid this, hide round a corner - the bombs ranh go round corners.
BACKING UP YOUR COVERDISK David Taylor introduces the four demos and games on offer on this month's stunning Coverdisk: Blitz Bombers, Master Blaster, Blob Kombat and Thinkamania.
Copying your Coverdisk is really very simple. Just follow the stages below... Ibootup with your Workbench disk and find the Shell icon, in your system drawer.
Double-click on this to go into the Shell.
2 Type in the following line (with a zero, not the letter 0), taking care to put the spaces in the correct places: DISKCOPY FROM DFO: TO DFO: When some ol the blocks are blown up, you'll find that they reveal power-ups. Needless to say, grab them.
There are other weapons too and the game can be fully configured from the options screen. That's it. Really, you'll pick the rest up as you go along.
Master Blaster We felt sorry for those of you who haven't got an AGA machine and can’t play the Blitz Bombers demo, so we tracked down this I’D Bomberman game. The idea behind it is pretlv similar to Blitz Bombers, although not as colourful, or as complex (il Bomberman can ever be called complex, that isl). This game will play on any 1Mb Amiga. It's a game for two players and is just a case of plugging your joysticks in and bombing away.
Blob Kombat This game is another one for AGA owners. Two players take command of the cute blobs and chase each other around the screen across the platforms, trying to jump on each other's heads.
Obviously, pounce on your opponent and they lose a life. There are doors on each side of the screen to allow you to jump to the other side.
There are also power-ups lying around, which give you different abilities - one of the best being the wings, because you can just fly over your opponent and drop on them. Notice also that the floor is a conveyor belt which makes il harder to navigate.
If you like the game, you can obtain the lull game with more levels from the authors whose address is in the dors.
Thinkamania Ilere's one to test your brain. It's a simple, but addictive game which gets you trying to match pairs ol cards. You can play solo, or against an opponent. All you have to do is remember where identical cards are and pair them up.
The graphics are colourful and the sounds will raise a chuckle or two. When you start the game, you'll be asked about the chosen screenmode - you can simply use the one that’s selected, or change it if you have a suitable monitor. Remember that although this game isn't restricted, it is shareware - if you like it, send off to register to the authors named in the docs. If Snap Maps overleaf k] Ittd k k k k AN k W k ik k M k k k k k ¦t.
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PLAYING THE GAMES If you've got a WB1.3 machine, all you have to do is boot the disk and Master Blaster will load. If you have a Workbench 2 machine, there are more choices. You can play Bliti Bombers (if you have an At 200), Master Blaster. Blob Kombat (A 1200) and Thinkamania (WB2.1*). The first three can be selected by pressing 1, 2. Or 3 at the menu and then retum . Thinkamania (W82.1«) can be loaded from Workbench. Boot Workbench first and then insert the game's disk, doubleclick on the Thinkamania directory and the game icon. Blob Kombat can also be loaded from Workbench if you have
an A1200 and sufficient RAM. The docs for the games can be read from Workbench 3 When asked for the Source disk, insert your write-protected Coverdisk and press Return. All of the info on this disk will then be copied from the disk into memory.
I m feji? ;- fcMvswLwlliiiW'sw? *"“• •" 4 Once your Amiga has read the info, it will ask for the Destination disk. Insert it and press Return. All information on this disk will be destroyed.
5 On an unexpanded machine, the Amiga may ask for the source disk again, because it copies in chunks. Finally, type endcli to close down the Shell.
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We take every care to test the Coverdisk software, but Future Publishing cannot accept any responsibility for any damage occurring during its use. If your disk is faulty, send it back, including an SAE, for a free replacement to: Amiga Format (insert name of disk) Disk, DisCopy Labs Ltd, PO Box 21.
Daventry. NN11 5RT This month's disk contains six of the best from the Snap Maps collection.
These essential additions to any 3D users tools are topped off with a guide to Workbench 3, a morphing program and a text editor. David Taylor introduces the throng.
Snap Maps This month's disk contains six textures and bump maps with clipping paths taken from the Snap Maps collection, which is reviewed on page 108 in this issue. These can make producing convincing 3D images easier than ever before.
Creating fern plants, wire fences, wicker slats and bark-covered trees is now possible.
On the Coverdisk itself, you'll find a directors' named SnapMaps. Inside, there are two subdirectories - foliage and materials.
These arc picture Files, so you should load them from an application - they are not executable items. These textures are for use in 3D programs. The six Snap Maps included are: bark, fern, threeleaves, chainlink, net and wicker. Some of them have different colour maps for different uses.
The colour maps and bump maps have been converted toJPEGs in order to Fit them on to a single disk, so you do need to convert them back to I FI's using am suitable image processor, e.g. miigrJ'X. The colour Files should l e converted to 24-bit IFFs and the bump lile can bo converted to 256 greyscale for most packages.
However, Imagine users should note that the .bump liles need to be 24-bit as well for use with that package.
The .clip liles. Which are left in their original greyscale form on the disk, also need to Ik- converted to '24-bit for use in Imagine.
There is an icon within the SnapMaps directory that will temporarih assign Snap Maps lot you. II you want to install them to hard drive, drag the entire directors' across to vour hard drive. Should you want to make a permanent assign, add one to your user-startup.
Tsing the Snap Maps is easy enough and doesn't requite any real explanation, except for Imagine users. When you want to apply one, load the detail editor and select attributes from tile Snap Maps menus. Load the colour file and adjust it as you want. Then, save the attribute and re-load it.
It's only when you start using these tools that you discover how powerful they are. There has been no other collection like it.
Snap Maps can save vou masses of time and still help you create a picture that you'd have previously thought impossible.
Remember that the original Snap Maps are supplied as 24-bit images, so they arc even better quality than the ones included here. For more information about the other Snap Maps available and how to get them, see page 108.
Absolute Beginners' Guide to Workbench 3 (Workbench 3+) With new Amigas selling, we thought it was an ideal time to help out newcomers and those who have never got to grips with their Workbench. This guide from FI Licenceware is an interactive introduction to the basics of your Amiga and how to use the Workbench. It is designed specifically lot Workbench 3 users and guides you through the menus and features of Workbench through text and pictures.
It is best for you to install the disk to floppy and then simply Im oi the floppy. However, we have left it so that it can be installed directly to a hard drive. If you do this, you need to make sure you have copies ol the libraries that are included in your I-ibs: directory.
You may also find problems displaying the pictures. If you are a beginner wanting this tutorial, install the first disk to a floppy - it will save you all this hassle. There are now further volumes in this series of tutorials available from FI Licenceware.
For more information, call 01392 493580.
Mini morph (Workbench 1.3+) Morphing anti warping pictures can produce some excellent results. This is a small morphing program that can be used on any Workbench.
You must install the libraries that are included with the package. The more RAM you have, the better, but if you've not got much, then stick to a low screen resolution.
Included in this package are three pictures for you to try out. You can use any of your own too, but they must be greyscale. Minimorph can deal with up to 256 greyscale.
When you've loaded a picture, you will see a grid laid over the top. You can adjust the number of squares in the grid if you want to do a more detailed warp. The menus can be brought up using the function keys. F1-F4. To get rid of the menu, press the function key again. Adjust the grid by dragging the points where the lines cross to a different position.
When you render the animation, Minimorph will then move the point that was originally under the cross to the new point and thus generate the warp. The animations are quite impressive and amusing. Morphing friends' heads is a fine pastime.
One word of warning, if you want to save the animations that you render, don't set the destination directory to RAM:, because Minimorph uses so much of this that you will cause the program to crash. Simply direct the saving to a disk. The frames are IFF images that you can view in paini packages, or string together as an anim file in a package like Dpaint.
Text Engine 5 (Workbench 2+) This is a text editor that only this month scored a massive 87 per cent in the word processing round-up in Amiga Shof Jm. They said of it: "Overall, Text Engine is very close to being what I would call the perfect, budget-priced, text-based word processor". High commendation, indeed.
Using this program is easy. Just load it up and start typing. There is a full spelU hecker available. To use this, first load the dictionary and then spell-check the document. If any incorrect words are found, you'll be offered choices and if you didn't make any errors, you’ll be returned direct to typing mode.
You can save your documents to any disk, although you’ll probably need a separate disk, because the one that contains Text Engine 5 is pretty full. Please note that although this program is not crippled in any way, it is still shareware. The author is only asking a registration fee of £5, so please register.
INSTALLING THE DISKS In order to fit so much on. We've archived some of the programs. As you can see from the Snap Maps part, they are stored as JPEGs on the Coverdisk itself, so you can access them directly. The other programs need to be de-archived, but don't fret it's simplicity itself. Simply boot the Coverdisk by putting the disk in your disk drive and turning the computer on.
WB 1.3 users will have the Minimorph disk installed directly to a floppy. WB 2 users can either install to floppy or hard drive. When asked which, type f or h followed by returns.
If you install to floppy, it is automatic. If you install to hard drive, you'll be asked to enter the pathname.
We strongly recommend that you don't install to the root directory, e.g. Work:, but to a particular directory, e.g. Work:test .
GOT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR COVERDISK?
CALL 0191 584 0682 AMIGA FORMAT COVEi Your Coverdisk should be working fine, but if it's not, these hints, tips and corrections should sort out the problem quickly and easily.
EXTRA' BARS&PIPES (AF71) Many readers have had memory problems when trying to run Bars&Pipes, or access the BanfsfPipes tool AmigaPhone.
To increase the memory, disable Workbench utilities that are running in the background, disable external disk drives and use Workbench Preferences to change screen mode to the lowest resolution and least colours possible. BanCsfl’iprs should now load. Once running, use Hill’s Preferences menus to switch on all the memory savers.
When you try to load the song Brandenburg Demo, the Amiga asks you to insert Volume Internal Sounds Kit I. It’s an instruments disk not included on the Coverdisk.
Instead, make a copy of your AF71A Coverdisk. Rename it Internal Sounds Kit I and put it in the drive. Brandenburg will find some of the sounds that it needs in the instruments drawer on this disk, but not all.
Instruments whose sounds can’t be loaded, can be fixed by clicking on the AmigaPhone icon at the end ol their pipe and choosing a sample from the AF7IA instruments drawer.
A sel of manuals is now available to compliment the Bars Ctf Pipes Coverdisk. For further information please contact F.mcrald Creative Technology (0181 715 8866).
SENSIBLE GOLF (AF73) If you are using a 1Mb machine and have an external disk drive, you will have found that the intro and title load fine, but the game itself fails.
Switch off and disconnect the external drive which is taking up memory that Sensible Coyneeds. When playing, if it seems that you have control of the game and can do everything except actually strike the ball, your joystick is in the wrong port.
TECHNOSOUND TURBO 2 (AF73) To use the lun-time effects, as well its some odier Technosound functions, it is necessary to have an external sampling cartridge connected. If you do have a sampler, but find thiit it doesn’t work properly with the software, try gradually reducing the program’s sample rate setting.
REAL 3D (AF77) If you find that the program will load fine from floppv but fails to load from your hard drive it is possible that the MaxTransferRale of your hard disk is set too high. To remedy this you will have to refer to the documentation that came with your particular hard drive.
INFONEXUS DATANEXUS (AF76) Apologies to readers who are still using Kickstart l .2 since the programs will not work with your machine.
Optonica are running a special offer on the full version of the software exclusively for AF readers. To find out more, contact them on 01455 558282.
TRANSITION (AF74) If Transition's main screen llickers. It doesn’t mean that your Coverdisk is faulty. The programmers have chosen to use a high resolution screen for Transition's interface. Owners of a suitable multiscan or VGA monitor can configure Preferences so that the flicker is eliminated.
Please hurry up and send me a copy of InfoNexus 2 at the jolly reasonable price of £24.99.1 have made my cheque payable to Optonica Ltd. And understand that the postal system isn’t perfect so I may have to wait a bit before it arrives Info Nexus update Name . Address ... Post Code ___________________________________________________________ Send your order to: Amiga Format Offer, Optonica. 1 the Terrace, High St.. Lutterwoth. Leics.
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No, it's not a self-help book - it's a time-limited version of Digita's brilliant personal information manager (or Filofax in Eighties' speak) Organiser. You'll be able to enjoy all the benefits of this fine program for more than three I months. But be warned, you'll Eg also have no excuse for being late, or forgetting birthdays and meetings during that time.
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AMIGA FORMAT FORUM Dale Bradford is your host for the page that gets the industry talking.
I won't give anything away about this month's Forum, but you lot seem to have a definite fetish for small, furry creatures. Say no more.
Liz Tucker of Portslade would like to see: “Any of the James Bond films. I could then alter the program set-up so Bond could be played by a woman and all the women he usually ends up in bed with would be men". For maximum pleasure, please purchase the 'virtual underwear' add-on. New from Amiga Technologies - only £699. Hmm, yes... Finally, I must give space to Joe Santos of London who recommended The Italian Job, with the player being the part Michael Caine plays. Joe thinks it could be: “The perfect multi-discipline game. A bit of beat-’em-up for the Welcome to Format Forum, the page where we
give AF readers a question to ponder over, answer and then win a completely excellent AF sweatshirt for their trouble. Last time we mentioned the much-touted ‘interactive movies' and asked what 'real life' movie you would like to see re-made for the computer screen for you to star in. And this is what you said: If only I could get that deer-suit on... “Bambi," according to regular correspondent Nick Donnell of Ely, who will soon have an AF sweatshirt for every day of the week. "That old classic tear jerker could be brought right up-to- date with the latest motion capture techniques. I can see
it now - lots of stay-happy animals frolicking around the jungle, having fun. If only I could get that deer-suit on...” Hmm, I'm not totally convinced that Nick is being serious here. Or healthy.
Smash-and-grab: Monkey Island-style banter for dealing with the mafia; a touch of Stunt Car Racer for the getaway in the Minis; a Doom look-alike for dealing with the Turin traffic computer; some form of stamina management for the hotel gymnastics; but most of all something to avoid that unsatisfactory ending (where the coach is balanced on the edge of a cliff)".
Joe very thoughtfully cast the entire film for us too. Although I can't really see Brian Clough and Oliver Reed as get-away drivers.
If you've never seen the film and it crops up on TV some time, try to catch it - it's completely brilliant in a camp 1960s sort of way. And the excellent Penny Tulla suggested delightfully "a shoot-'em-up version of 101 Dalmatian, which, if successful, could spawn a whole new genre of animal- related anarchy, including a Doom-clone of Watership Down".
What is it with AF readers and small, furry creatures? Penny also mentioned Labrador Apocalypse, Parrot Fodder and Turtle Carnage... Watch out, Penny, the R.SPCA are on your heels.
I'd quite fancy a stint as George Bailey in 'It's a wonderful life".
“High action Sci-Fts, such as Star Wars and Aliens," says Gareth Llewellyn of Borth in Dyfed. “We already have these in the form of Alien Breed 3D and Dark Forces Ion the PC), but I'd like to see versions with more of a story to them, rather than running around a Doom-clone shooting things.
Driving sequences have never been bettered on celluloid.
As for me, given the choice. I’d quite fancy a stint as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life, as long as it wasn't a poxy adventure. Or maybe one of those great WWII action films, like The Battle of Britain. And maybe 21st Century might like to consider licensing that cult classic The Pinball Murders.
I want something that really gives the impression of the tension and excitement that exist in the actual films.
And something that doesn't have such a linear story-line - how about being able to twist the events of the game according to your previous actions. I know this would make for huge games, but, hey, that's what CD-ROMs are there for..." For next month, can I ask AF readers to consider the following; ~If there was to be a special I Oth anniversary TV documentary of the Amiga decade, who would be the best person to present it?"
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Written in Blitz Basic, five full playable levels adorn this improved and updated AGA version of seminal classic, Dynablaster CiALvH U.'OLll d-ULO We talked to Amiga Technologies in the UK and abroad to discuss their plans for the future and assess just what they have done to restore the Amiga’s fortunes pl9 Has the Amiga’s favourite 3D program still got what it takes?
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