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Rules: The editor's decision is final, only one entry per person, no correspondence will be entered into, answers will only be accepted by post, no employees of EMAP or Digita may enter and postcards from other magazines will be destroyed. Comp closes end ot November '94. Been overhauled making them more efficient and cutting down on the amount of disk swopping needed Leading Amiga software house Digita have told CU AMIGA that a new version of their popular word processor. WordWorth. Will be available later this month. Digita said that the new version would offer dramatic performance increases and better use of resources over the existing versions, it will also have a few new features. The Find and Replace function is apparently some 40 times faster, whilst the floppy disk handling routines have The new program will also feature drag and drop editing. A process that allows sections of text to be moved around quickly with ease, landscape printing, and better text filters for importing text files. Upgrade pricing was still being sorted out as as we went to press. CU AMIGA will have a preview of this new version next month. Digita are on 0395 270273. SIREN DRIVE A HARD BARGAIN I Siren Software are giving away a free video (normally retailing at £14.99) with every A1200 A600 hard drive. The video contains a slep-by -step guide on how to fit hard drives into the Amiga. Hard drives from Siren range from 30MB to 540Mb. With prices from £109 lo £449 including VAT. Siren pre-install Workbench on their drives, and supply everything needed to fit them. For more information, Siren Software can be reached on freephone 0500 340548.

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Document sans nom INCLUDED WIH TO NOVEMBER 94 ISSUE Of i CU AMMOA - BRITAIN'S BEST AMIGA MAGAZINE AMIGA!
PRO CALC SOCCER r GAME EVER?
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A1200 600 version available.
£119 POWERSCAN 4 OCR £139 SCAN INTERFACE £50 POWERSCAN 4 S W £20 OCR SOFTWARE £49 EPSON SCANNER The GT-6500 and GT-8000 24-bt colour flatbed scanners from Epson scan up to A4 m size, with output resolutions of up to I2O0OPI on the GT-6500 and I600DPI on the GT-8COO in 16.7 million colours, greyscale or line art. New Epson GT-9000 scanner available now, price on application.
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Warp engine The high speed 040 board which installs directly into the CPU slot not a Zorro III slot1 WARP ENGINE 28MHz £799 WARP ENGINE 40MHz £1 199 WORKBENCH 2.1 3.1 GT-6500 POWERSCAN £599 GT-6500 IMAGE FX £689 GT-8000 POWERSCAN £849 GT-8000 IMAGE FX £929 DOCUMENT FEEDER £399 TANDEM CD-DE COLOURSCAN The new 18-bit colour handscanner produces stunning colours with clarity and verve, brightening up those presentations With over 250,000 colours and award winning PbwerScan software, anything is possible!
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pubtehing director or his representative PRINTED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM ABC: 112,780 JULY-DECEMBER 1993 CU AMIGA CONTENTS SERIOUS 26 101 TOP TIPS You'd be amazed al wtia! You can do wilh your Amiga! We quizzed our panel ol experts tor their selection ol top tips, gleaned trom years ot experience with the Amiga. It's all here: memory savers, shortcuts, care ol your Amiga, trouble-shooting, hidden teatures, and some wacked-out ideas tor alternative uses tor your Amiga. Brilliant) 88 IN THE HOT SEAT: DPAINT AUTHORS INTERVIEW We gave you a sneak look at the new Dpainl release on last month’s
coverdisk. This month we bring you another insight into the latest update of the Amiga’s favourite software package, in an interview with the authors ol Deluxe PainI V. PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS PRODUCTIVITY REVIEWS We’ve the first lull review ol Pro Grab 24 RT, the most affordable realtime video grabber ever lor the Amiga Then there’s Turbo Calc. X-Cad, Typesmllh and some ingenious code encryption software, plus loads more besides.
86 WORD PLUS PROFESSIONAL Do you like cheating at crosswords? Word Plus Professional does!
86 VERO BACK-UPS PRO Power cuts and mains spikes are no longer a problem with this uninterruptible power supply 87 AMIGA OS 3.1 The latest versions ot Kickstart and Workbench are finally available to all Amiga users.
92 TURBO CALC It’s a spreadsheet, it’s a database, it’s a programming language, it’s a presentation designer, it's Turbo Ca d 94 TYPESMITH The outline font designer makes it to version 2.5 96 ENCRYPTION SOFTWARE Code your messages, you never know who might be watching.
99 X-CAD Computer aided Design is where it's at. X-CAD is on the cutting edge ol Amiga CAD.
101 READERS'MUSIC We listen to some demo tapes and commercial releases sent in by CU AMIGA readers. Is yours in there?
102 SAMSUNG SP 2417 Need a colour printer, but don’t want to splash out too much? This could be the solution.
104 SUPER PRODUCTIVITY COMPETITION Win a Blizzard 1220 4 board, an Epson Stylus printer and a copy ot Final Wriler 106 PRO GRAB 24 RT The cheapest real time grabber ever has arrived, and it's pretty good too!
CONTENTS CU AMIGA 38 AMAZON QUEEN SCREEN SCENE GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS GAME REVIEWS ccc»a -ears horn of plenty' apparently Once again, we've got another plentiful horn ot games for you this i rcxxSrg me likes ol the stunning Super Stardust, a possible Sensi Soccer-beater in Football Gfory (see 'or a playable demo), the engrossing Dreamweb, and CD32 versions ol Cannon Fodder and Super Frog.
»preview what could be the next big thing in talking : adventure games on CD32.
40 GUARDIAN Nothing to do with the newspaper, this is a blinder ot a 3D shoot 'em up lor the CD32.
42 CANNON FODDER Sensible Software's classic wartime shoot 'em up jumps over to the CD32.
47 SOCCER KID Another modern day classic makes the short hop across trom Amiga to CD32.
48 FIRST IMPRESSONS The real jaw-dropper here is the Amiga version ol Aladdin - simply mind blowing. We also take a sneak look at Crystal Legend and Tactical Manager.
52 TEAM 17 PREVIEWS The golden boys ol Amiga gaming have a quartet ol tasty releases on the production line. We preview Alien Breed Tower Assault. All Terrain Racing. King Pin and King ot Thieves, 54 LORDS OF THE REALM The hugely popular PC strategy game is coming to the Amiga. We check it out.
56 PREMIER MANAGER 3 Reckon you could do better than the men at the top ol England's Premier League? Find out on page 56.
58 DREAMWEB Sex. Drugs and violence all in one 18-rated adventure game. Can you resist it?
61 EMBRYO A flight simulation or a shoot ’em up? It’s a bit hard to tell with Embryo.
62 SUPER STARDUST Fan-bloody-tastic! This shoot 'em up from Bloodhouse is destined to become an all-time dassic 64 ON THE BALL The prequel to the sequel that was On the Ball World Cup Edition. Work It out!
66 FOOTBALL GLORY Could this really be the one that takes Sensi Soccer s crown? Looks like it.
70 ROBINSON'S REQUIEM Survival is what it s all about. How would you fare in a lonely 3D vector world?
75 VFM Save your pennies with these cheap, and often cheerlul bargains: Epic. Titus the Fox. Blues Brothers and The Executioner 78 VALHALLA SOLUTION PART 3 What do you know. It’s the complete solution to level three ol Valhalla.
82 VAMPYRA Our very own sauce-pot dives into another bag of your adventure game proWems.
REGULARS 8 COVERDISKS See panel opposite 16 NEWS All the latest on the Commodore management buyout saga, plus anything that’s new in the world of Amiga technology.
33 CD32 NEWS FMV games. The Clue, movies on CD32, and yet another picture ol the grinning Tony Dillon. Also, we give a teary wave to the boys from Wales as they write the final instalment In the Diary CM A Game series.
UMUIBOUIM. MI IS MM UK MUIIUK 0TO-4JSI7A «M »SSVC 110 PD SCENE It's massive, it comes on live disks, and it's a demo to make 3D graphics Ians slobber all over the floor. It shares the limelight in PD scene this month with another batch ol games demos and oddities.
¦ SWIMS I I-SI IS SI MsmOftKS MI-MAVV I 117 PD UTILITIES You'd be surprised what you can get lor a lew quid down at your local PD purveyor. Free serious software abounds this month.
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124 ART GALLERY Those pictures and animations are just getting better and better Check out the gallery to see if yours has made it into print.
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UWTEDPO 162 POINTS OF VIEW The violence debate continues, as Robert Whelan (BSC Honsj takes an opposing view to that ol our own Andrb Digard.
COVERDISKS DISK 94 PAGE 8 Pro Calc is here, in all it s lully functioning glory. Yes we've go the complete package lor you.
And we've managed to squeeze on the brilliant new VideoTracker 2 AGA too. Take your Amiga to its limits and beyond!
DISK 95 PAGE 12 COVERDISK 94 PROFESSIONAL CALC GoldDisk Professional Calc was the best spreadsheet available for the Amiga, and now you have free it on this month’s coverdisk.
There was a lime when spreadsheets did nothing more than perform simple calculations on rows and rows ot numbers. Nowdays. However, they are powerful computing tools, spanning several different types ot applications Prolessional Calc for instance can not only perform hugely complex, and otherwise time-consuming calculations in the Blink ot an eye, but can also create stunning three dimensional graphs, and act as a mathematical data base!
The program itself Is very simple to use, you'll be able to learn most of it simply by playing about with the various facilities, But to make things even simpler we've included two tutorials on the disk to help! Over the next three months we'll be looking at its features in further detail, but in the meantime check out the diagram below which details the major parts of the program and should get you started up.
Professional Calc 1 210, by tlichal Todoroutc. Ill CELL CONTENTS BOX Move the mouse pointer to cell D6. Then type in 300 and press return As you type, the numbers appear here and if. For example, you now move the mouse pointer to cell A5 you'll see what you originally typed in '.sum(A! :A4)' appear here. This shows you what you are currently typing or the contents of a cell.
I MAIN CELLS In here you can enter the numbers and formulas (a term meaning the mathematical calculation to be performed I that actually make up the spreadsheet Cells are referred to by the letters running across the top of the page and the numbers running down the left-hand side, so the cell in the top left hand corner is called A1. Move the mouse pointer over cell At and type in '100' then press return. Each time you press return the cursor will move down to the cell below it. Now enter 200. 300 and 400 in the same way. In cell A5 type in the following '-sum(at :a4)' and press return.
This will calculate the total resultant in adding 100.
200. 300 and 400 together and then show the result.
You can enter text into cells in just the same way.
VERTICAL SIZERS The opposite of Column Sizers, dragging the lines between the numbers allows you to increase the height of rows COVERDISKS CU AMIGA TOOLBAR These icons a*om you 10 carry out common operations quickly by simply clicking on the required con. From left these are: italics, bold, underline and plain text, font setocaon and lustrfication (left, centre, and right). Moving the cursor over text on tie spreadsheet and clicking on one of these will change the text attributes accorc -igly- For example, move the cursor to cell D1 and type in ‘PRO CALC IS GREAT, press return, then move the
cursor back to cell D1 and then try dcking on these buttons to see the effects. The other buttons are. C order Change Pen: changes the colour of the current cell contents.
Cut Tool: cuts currently highlighted cell(s) and temporarily saves their contents.
Copy Tool: tie same as cut, but this leaves the cell contents on the spreadsheet.
Paste Tod: pastes back text that was cut or copied earlier.
Fast Function: will be covered in more detail next month.
Chan Icon: move the mouse pointer over cell A1 and holding the mouse button down, move it down to cell A5 (as you do so a red border should appear) then click on this button. You'll then be presented with a selection of small graph types, Click on one of them and select continue on the next requester and a graph will be created. The last two buttons allow you to play back previously recorded sequences of instructions and to communicate with other programs via Amiga Arexx. Both of these will be covered in a future issue.
FORMULAS As already mentioned, most cells will contain numbers while some will contain descriptive text or formulas. But what can you do with these numbers?
Well ProCalc has a wealth of financial, statistical, and trigonometric functions that can process these numbers, in fact there are over 130 functions just waiting to be used. Below are many of the more common ones.
For the following items below 'List' means a range of cells specified by separating the start and end cells with a colon - ie A1 :A5. 'Value' is a single cell (ie A1) or numeric value).
TIME: DATE(month,day,year) Returns the number of days between January 1 st 1978 and the date indicated.
DATEVALUEC'Date") Returns the number of days since January 1st 1978 and the date given between the quotes, the format of this can be either ¦June-08-94" or "08- June-94".
HOUR!)
Returns the number of hours since midnight to the time when this was last calculated.
MATHS SUM(list) Returns the total of all values in the List.
MOD(Value,Divisor) Returns the remainder of Value divided by Divisor.
INTEGER(Value) Truncates the fractional part of Value, returning just the integer.
FINANCIAL CTERM(lnterest,Future Value,Present Value) Calculates the number of periods required for the value given by Present Value to grow into Future Value at a fixed interest rate of Interest and compounding each period.
BOOLEAN These can be combined with the IF function to provide a decision making capability in your spreadsheets.
AND(List) Returns TRUE (1) if all items in the List are True (greater than 0) or FALSE
(0) if otherwise.
FALSEO Returns zero (0).
NOT(Value) Returns TRUE if Value is FALSE, and returns FALSE if the Value is true.
OR(Llst) Returns TRUE if any item in the List is TRUE, or FALSE if otherwise.
TRUEO Returns one (1).
XOR(List) Returns TRUE or FALSE depending on the cells in List. In the List is all Zeros or Ones return FALSE, if a mixture of zeros and ones return TRUE.
That's it for this month's quickstart guide, above you'll find a panel listing various formulas you can try out. If you want to save your spreadsheets move the mouse pointer up to the top of the screen and press the right mouse button. A menu will now appear under which you'll find options to save and load spreadsheets.
Next month we'll take a look at some of the menu functions that allow you to tailor the look of the spreadsheet and how it acts.
Waytiey! Tunnels and strobes, animations and plasma and loads of other yummy stuff!
It's all on this issue's Coverdisk 94.
ViOeotracker 2 AGA is the missing link between your imagination and reality. It's also the most powerful and flexible demo and video creator ever devised, allowing you to make free standing state ot the art demos, without all the mind-bendingly tedious programming associated with some other packages.
COVERDISK 94 VideoTtacker 2.0 AGA is the best demo creator available for A1200 and A4000 users. And we’ve got the fully functioning, complete program on this issue’s disk. For anyone who has used version 1 this is going to be a treat.
VIUturKAUKEK Zaua LOAD A DEMO NOW!
Load up one of the demos on the disk to get an idea of what can be done. Hold down the right mouse button and select LOAD VIDEO from the project menu. Double click on any of the four names that appear in the window. Once the video has loaded, dick the Play button. Press the right mouse button to exit back to the editor section. Here’s a brief guide to the demos on the disk.
TONE'S VIDEO: a small demo created by Tony Horgan to show oft Videolrackei’s speed The soundtrack is an OctaMED Module.
COPPER MAGNIFY 3 AGA: a simple demonstration of the excellent tunnel and zoom effect.
JOYSTICK: A demonstration of the sound-to-light feature of Videotracker.
Which responds to joystick movements. See the on-dlsk Instructions for more information. We'll cover this in detail in a future issue.
SIMPLE VIDEO: Shows a few more of the effects available in Videotracker 2.
GENERAL USE VideoTracker uses an OctaMED ot Protracker module as the backbone of all its demos and videos.
Various visual effects, pictures and animations are triggered by the samples in the music module. For example, the bass drum could trigger one effect, while the snare drum ON-DISK INSTRUCTIONS VidiotnckerZAGA has an eicellent instruction document on the disk - but the method tor displaying It Is a little more complicated than normal. Double click the Vtdisk icon, then double click the M90Tncker drawer too*. Now make sore that the VideoTncktr window is active (N should have a blue border), and select Show All Files trom the Window menu. Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the window to find
the icon marked VideoTrackar Doc.
Double click this icon, and change the test in the boi that appears so that it reads PPMORE VideoTrackar Doc and press return. You can now read the instructions.
Triggered something completely different. The effect for each sample can be different for each song position. You can even assign a series of effects to sample, or combine a few effects simultaneously.
Every sample has a priority value for each song position.
If this is set to zero, then it does nothing. Otherwise, it tnggers the effects or routines specified by the First Effect and Last Effect sliders.
These are different for each sample.
Samples with higher priorities will override lower priorities. Many effects need data files in order to work.
These need to be loaded into the slots preceding the effect. For example, in order for the Wave effect to work, there must be a picture or a brush already on the screen. Most of them also have variations that can be set by changing the Routine Mode value. Some may only have one or two variations - others, such as the plasma, can have up to 65532 varieties!
FABBY FEATURES VideoTracker 2 AGA supports all of the following wonderfully fabby features: Rotational zooms, tunnels, plasma, starfields, equalisers, strobes, palette fades, picture wipes, multiple effects, text scrolling, vectors. IFF pictures. IFF brushes, IFF animations, genlocks, and loads more!
New features in Version 2.0 include the picture wipe routine, the Copper Magnify 3 AGA routine, bug- fixes for A4000 compatibility, improved used of Fast RAM, a brilliant new sound-to-vrdeo feature that reacts to music in realtime via the joystick port, and general improvements all-round.
We don't have room in this issue of the magazine to give a full tutorial.
M so for now. Take a look at the demos and instruction file on the disk. Next issue will see the first part of a full, in- depth VtdeoTracket tutorial. 'Vfj ton fun do lots ol other things apart liom tunnels slurs oquMNAMH.MiMin.ilmim PROBLEM PAGE II you have a problem galling Vide, lodowhal you want, and you re su D-DAY, The Allies' daring push against the Nazi invasion, the largest manned landing in history, a day for liberty, a day for freedom. Yet D-Day would never have happened had Germany’s air, land and sea-powcr not been diminished.
It is your job to succeed in destroying the German forces occupying Northern France, in Operation OVERLORD the air campaign leading up to D-Day. Overlord gives you the opportunity to fly the Typhoon lb. The Mustang III or the Spitfire IX. The game features the revolutionary INSIDE COMBAT LOCK system, the cinematic VIEW MATRIX and most realistic graphical portrayal of aircraft and gameworld, in any historical flight simulation to date.
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All rights reserved COVERDISK 95 Could this be the greatest football game ever. We certainly think so, and doubtless so will you when you try this fully playable demo.
Croteam have been bashing away on this one lot quite a while, and now at last they are ready to show the world what they are made ot. Not only that, but they have also decided to give CU AMIGA readers a sneak preview of this fantastic football game by furnishing us with a completely playable demo ol the game. You can play one or two player, with no time limit at all. The only cut off point is when a goal is scored, at which point the game goes back to the main menu.
F i BAU GLORY THE MENU?
The main menu also lets you watch one ot the ten complete demonstration games on the disk These are recorded matches, as played by the Croatians themselves, that show ott every aspect ot the game.
It you want to see everything tram extremely violent fouls, bicycle kicks, dancing goalscorers. Stretchers and arguments with the ref, then it's well worth watching these games. To see them, highlight the demo option on the main screen, and then push up or down on the joystick to highlight the game you want to watch (the number in the middle ot the icon will change) and then press the fire button to load the demo.
PLAYER MODES To enter into either one or two player mode, just select the appropriate mode, press tire and you're away. If playing in one player mode, you will be kicking off. In two player mode, the player in port 2 kicks ott.
NOTE: There are two versions ot the game on our coverdisk - AGA and Non-AGA. In the non-AGA version, you won’t get to see the replay video window that appears whenever something of interest happens.
This is not included simply because it wasn't ready in time tor our demo and will be available when the game is released this month.
For the first few games, you won’t be able to beat the computer, but once you've spent a little time in two player mode practicing all the game moves (seepanel), you'll really see what makes this such a great game. For more, read this month’s exclusive review, 'gt, THE GLORY MOVES Football G oryfeatures a hell ot a lot of moves for one lootball game, and it will take a little while lo learn all ol them For those ot you who really want to take advantage ot the amazing control system, here is a list ol all the game moves: PLAYER IN POSSESSION OF BALL Passing ball or low kick Long Kick Altertouch
High ball Heel pass Dribbling pass Double pass Power attack Jump sliding tackles Short tire: Long lire: Fire and delayed direction: Fire and delayed backward: Fire and quick backward Fire and quick forward and delayed direction: Short lire and delayed lire: Quick double direction Quick double direction PLAYER WITHOUT BALL Sliding tackle Header Bicycle Kick Volley Kick Fire and quick direction: (While ball is on the ground) Fire and quick direction: (While ball is in the air) Fire and forward and delayed direction (While ball is in the air) Fire and forward and delayed direction: (While ball is
on the pitch) GOALKEEPER Short fire: Throw to nearest player Long fire Long throw Pressed lire and forward and delayed lire Long Kick is not a matter of life & death.. Premier Manager 3 is the definitive football management game, and the climax to the most successful management simulation series in football history.
A whole range of exciting new features have been added to the immensely popular Premier Manager interface, which now includes: I .j.
• The European transfer market. • New match display feature and
user definable tactics.
• All the latest up-to-date squad listings. • All the key
European ind English competitions.
• Three modes of in-match animation to help in game decision
making. • New ‘Player Loan’ facility. • Assistant manager
appointment • Direct instructions to squad members.
• Up to four independent scouts. • Squad strengthening loans. •
Full graphic ground improvements. • Comprehensive match reports
• Detailed results and player manager information sen ice. •
Manager of the month award, e Mid-Season dismissal.
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2. Double click on the CU 94 disk icon.
3. Double click on the ProCalc icon,
4. Wait for the computer to ask you to insert a disk into dtO.
Then replace the coverdisk with one ot your spare disks. The
spare disk must be write enabled (with the tab in the closed
position).
WRITE PROTECT YOUR COVERDISK!
EXPANDING THE DISKS ProCalc and VideoTracker 2 AGA have been compressed in order to fit them both on the disk. You will need two spare disks, onto which the programs will be expanded. These need not be formatted. However, any data they contain will be lost. Follow these steps to expand both disks.
1. Insert Disk 94 into the internal floppy drive and reset the
Amiga.The disk will boot up to a Workbench screen.
5. Press Return.
6. Ignore any comments about the bootblock.
7. Replace the CU 94 coverdisk when asked to do so.
8. Double click the VideoTracker2_AGA icon.
9. Replace the coverdisk with your second spare disk when asked
to do so.
10. Press Return.
11. Replace the CU 94 coverdisk at the prompt.
LOADING PROCALC ProCalc does not autoboot. To use it.
You must first boot from your Workbench disk or hard dnve. Hard disk installation instructions are IF YOUR DISK WON'T LOAD If your coverdisk doesn't seem to work es it should, then follow this simple guide. Firstly, remove all unnecessary peripherals, such as printers, modems etc. Follow the Instructions on these pages to the letter, and it. After that, you find that the disk still doesn't work, call the DiskXpress helpline on: 0451 810 788 between the hours of 10am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.
II they advise you that the disk is laulty, fill in your details in the form below, and send this form, along with the disk and a 28p stamped sell addressed envelope to the following address: CU AMIGA DISK RETURNS. DISKXPRESS. UNIT 7, WILLOW COURT. BOURTON INDUSTRIAL PARK, BOURTON-ON-THE-WATER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE GL54 2H0.
NAME .. TYPE OF AMIGA OWNED . DISK NUMBER ...... DESCRIBE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY TO LOAD THE DISK.
ADDRESS NEWS CU NEW WORDWORTH DIGITA COMPO Digita are offering the first five available copies of WordWorth 3. T, with manuals signed by its programmers, as prizes in a celebratory competition exclusive to CU AMIGA. To enter, all you have to do is write the answers to the following questions on a postcard and send them to: WordWorth Upgrade. CU AMIGA, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London, EC1R3AU.
1. How many Commodore hardware packs has WordWorth been in?
A: 3 B: 4: C: 5 D: 10
2. How many times faster is the search and replace in the new
version of WordWorth?
Rules: The editor's decision is final, only one entry per person, no correspondence will be entered into, answers will only be accepted by post, no employees of EMAP or Digita may enter and postcards from other magazines will be destroyed.
Comp closes end ot November '94.
Been overhauled making them more efficient and cutting down on the amount of disk swopping needed Leading Amiga software house Digita have told CU AMIGA that a new version of their popular word processor. WordWorth. Will be available later this month.
Digita said that the new version would offer dramatic performance increases and better use of resources over the existing versions, it will also have a few new features.
The Find and Replace function is apparently some 40 times faster, whilst the floppy disk handling routines have The new program will also feature drag and drop editing. A process that allows sections of text to be moved around quickly with ease, landscape printing, and better text filters for importing text files.
Upgrade pricing was still being sorted out as as we went to press. CU AMIGA will have a preview of this new version next month. Digita are on 0395 270273.
SIREN DRIVE A HARD BARGAIN I Siren Software are giving away a free video (normally retailing at £14.99) with every A1200 A600 hard drive. The video contains a slep-by -step guide on how to fit hard drives into the Amiga. Hard drives from Siren range from 30MB to 540Mb. With prices from £109 lo £449 including VAT. Siren pre-install Workbench on their drives, and supply everything needed to fit them. For more information, Siren Software can be reached on freephone 0500 340548.
I stew CMOU Serf" fflsa m n a surprise move thal quite literally rocked the computer industry, Daze Marketing have announced that they are to take over all the sales and marketing tor strategic superheroes Impressions. Impressions, who have just had their Biggest hit with Detroit, have never really managed to, pardon the pun, make a huge impression on the mass market - something Daze have never had a problem with. The agreement is effective immediately, and Clift Guy at Daze is confident: "We'll have a good year with them" he claimed, yesterday. The first product to be released under the new
arrangement is the Detender Ot The Crown-like Lords Ot The Realm - see screenshots below or turn to page 54 for an in-depth preview. For more information, call Daze on 071 372 7435.
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,t *0*JTIVJ 0* Available lor MS-DOS CD-ROM MS-DOS VGA Amiga CD-32 Amiga 1200 4000 a iiurin ‘I! Raall .ijbiiyr • ! Jual yai: ! Is iiiara anyujia Wi Sound & Music •W* Project game MEO Software LANDSCAPES new 3D landscape generating program has been announced. World II Construction Set follows on closely trom similar programs such as V sfaProand Scenery Animator allowing 3D worlds to be modelled and rendered producing stunningly realistic images and animations.
The new program, from American company Ouestar Productions, brings a whole host of powerful creation, manipulation, rendering and animation features to the Amiga. Amongst its more interesting capabilities are low RAM overheads (ie it can create hi-resolution images without requiring the masses of memory demanded by similar programs), numerous landscape creation tools that include multiple ecosystem types such as: water, rock, grass, conifer and deciduous trees, the ability to add man made objects to terrain (boundaries, buildings, roads etc), graduated colour and animated bitmaps for
backgrounds. There are also an impressive (on paper at least) array of animation tools such as: automatic turn banking, spline control ot motion paths, batch rendering, and compatibility with Lightwave motion files.
UK distribution was still being sorted out as we went to press. In the meantime Word Constmction Set is available for a limited pedod direct from the manufacturers for $ 195, the normal price being $ 250. We hope to have a review next month. Questar Productions are on 0101 303 659 4028 (USA).
NEW GENLOCK Amitek have launched a new genlock. The ‘professional’ genlock supports composite input and output, and the ability to switch between Video, Computer and mixed outputs. It also has hardware fade and RGB thru facilities.
The genlock is available from Silica on 081 -309 111, price: £99 and has a two-year warranty.
GAMES CHART The Amiga Top 10 Games Charts compiled by HMV.
- » 1 Theme Park;
- 2 On the Ball * .3 Kick Off 3 •*
- 4 Club Foothill Manager
- 5UFO,.j|
- » 6 Skidmark *.
- » 7 Beneath a Steel.Sky
- *. 8 Tactical Manager
- 9 World Cup Year 9 |j*
- » 10 Sensible Soccer (Int. Edition) VIDEO PIZAZ!
I Digita Keep ’em Coming ot just content with upgrading their hugely popular word processor Digita have also announced plans to introduce a new database and relaunch several of their older products under a single name. No details of the database were available at press time, however it is known that the new package will be competitively priced, and have a complete and comprehensive selection of features.
In the meantime Digita have launched a new pack called Home Office’ which includes four programs - Home Accounting, a Diary, a simple label database and a spreadsheet - for just £49.99. t. Digitia are taking orders for the Home Office package now on 0395 270273.
CHARGEUR CARD Ocean Software, not content with lining up a huge number of Electronic Arts games for this Christmas, have recently signed a deal with one of France’s largest media conglomerates in a multi-million dollar minority stake sale. Ocean are intending to use the new injection of funds to launch some of the biggest CD-ROM titles ever.
Chargeurs, the French company whose interests lie heavily in film production, distribution, cinema, television and the development of interactive educational products have acquired approximately 24% of Ocean’s equity.
Ocean Group Chairman David Ward said to CU AMIGA: “It is an ideal fit for both companies. The French are backing state of the art British technology and in return we are getting strategic assistance through their strong links with the entertainment industry as well as the extra financial muscle to grab a bigger bit of the world wide computer games software market.’ f there's one thing that the Amiga does better than any other computer it has to be be video work.
Video FX is a new company set up to publish video production utilities and has chosen to release them solely on the Amiga for this reason.
Their first release 'Pizaz' is a video titling system which provides extensive scrolling and animation facilities, such as character rotation, expansion and folding. Text can be scrolled up. Down, left or hght by character, word, line or page at a variety of defined speeds.
The Pizaz is priced around £59.99, but as an introductory price the program is available for just £49.99 for three months - or you can buy a demo version for £10 which is refundable upon the purchase of the full program. Call Video FX on 0443 674385.
Alternatively you can win one of five Pizaz systems by writing the following questions on The back of a postcard and send it to: Zazip Compo, CU AMIGA, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R3AU.
1: How many directions can Pizaz scroll text in?
2: What is the introductory price of Pizaz?
3: What is the UK's best Amiga magazine?
The editor’s deasion is final, no correspondence will be entered into, no employees of Video FX or EMAP may enter, entries must be in by December 20th and only one entry per person is allowed. The winners will be printed in the January issue.
Power Computing VIPER 68030 SERIES RAM Upgradable to 128MB' Ful K*ckstart remapptng** Optional SCSI-11 adaptor 68882 Maths Co-processor On-board battery backed dock Instruction & Data burst modes Much faster than an Amiga 4000040*“ «r Upw WO-O* «r »-0 O*«». Vwr J « FJ 030 vrth MMU a 28f*t FPU opto SOPHz BARE BOARD 1141 4MB HMHi FPU JIM 4MB DMHl FPU £15* 4MB 4 0 M H I FPU (17* 4MB SOMHi FPU £1*5 VIPER 33 FJ 030 we. PWU at 33MHt FPU i*to 50I-W2 4MB llNHi FPU £11* 4MB 11MHz FPU £11* 4MB 40MHz FPU £41* 4MB IIMHl FPU £445 FJ 0» MMU a! 4CM4i FPU SOPHz BARE BOARD £14* 4MB HHHz FPU £1** 4MB 15MHz FPU
£41* 4MB 40MHz FPU £45* 4MB 50MHz FPU £47* CO- PROCESSORS 50MHz FPU SCSI ¦ II ADAPTOR 0HI SIMM HIGH SPEC, LOW COST XL DRIVE 1.76MB The new XL Drive 1,76MB now comes in a brand new metal casing which is half the height of a standard external floppy dnve.
The XL Owe aflcws you to store a massive
1. 76MB on a htfi density ksk. The A4000 otemal drive fits
perfectly underneath the ongoal drive, no case cutting
required.
XL DRIVE INTERNAL £55.95 XL DRIVE A4000 INT. £55.95 SUPER XL DRIVE The Super XL Drive is the only kind of floppy drive of its kind on the Amiga market! The nnovative drive can store a massive 3iMB on one high density floppy disk, (without compressxig the ttef). The dwe e avaJabie from late Novemberiearty December SUPER XL DRIVE 3.SMB £99.95 SUPER XL DRIVE INT. £95.95 INTERNAL DRIVES We use the same drive mechanisms as Commodore to ensure complete ccmpatbitty.
PCII3 A600ZI 200 INT.
ECONOMY DRIVE The Economy drive comes with antklidc POWER DRIVES The Rower Dnve is most impressive drive of its kind on the market and now indudes Blitz Amiga and Floppy Expander. Floppy Expander allows you to compress files only on floppy daks by up to 50%. Other features nckide AntKkk. Anti-Virus. Isolation Switch 2 Year Guarantee. Thru'port, Cydone Compatible Chip. Built-in Backup Hardware and Blitz Compatible._ POWER DRIVE DAVID PLEASANCE WRITES K will have been charting the Y a 1 1 progress of our management _ buyout bid over the past few months.
And I know I said last month that I " j was hoping to give you the news that it was all signed and sealed Inevitably I suppose things are taking a bit longer than we’d hoped. However we re now pretty sure that our bid is the best and we've got the money on the table. At this stage it's just a case of our lawyers and the liquidators' lawyers arguing over the small print.
It's a very frustrating time: all we can do is sit tight and wait. We expect bids to be put before the courts in the next few days (mid October] for formal ratification which is the last major hurdle.
After that we hope we'll be able to tell the world about our plans for the Amiga over the next few months - rest assured, you'll be the first to hear In the meantime Colin and I are on the receiving end of huge quantities of goodwill faxes and calls. In some cases there are practical offers of support and business partners for the new business. In some cases they are straightforward things like ‘Best of luck, we know if anyone can do it you can1'' It's immensely heartening to get so much encouragement whole Amiga worldwide community and makes me even more confident about the future.
Our financiers are very excited about the future for Amiga, both in the UK and worldwide. They believe as we do that the dual combination of the CD platform at an affordable price and the world's best entry level home computer is the right mix for the market.
We re starting to think about Christmas now and are putting the finishing touches to the Christmas bundle for the A1200. We've been spending a great deal of time with the software producers to make sure that the contents reflect what s best amongst the breaking titles, combining play with productivity as ever. And of course we'll be pricing the bundle competitively too We'll keep you posted with release dates.
Meanwhile arrangements for the World Of Amiga show are advancing apace. We're really pleased to be putting on our own show again after a couple of years away from it. And judging by the response we've had from both potential exhibitors and the ticket hotline, everyone else welcomes our return.
The interest has been incredible. Although the show is still two months away we've sold two thirds of the space already. That's as good or better j than in past years. And the attractions are really hotting up as well.
For those of you who don't know, the show is taking place at the Wembley Exhibition Centre on the 9th. 10th and 11th of December. Just in time to get that all important Christmas present It will be open from 10am | until 5.30pm on Friday and Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. It will cost £6.00 for adults and £4.00 for anyone under 14. There will also be a family ticket for two adults plus two children for £15.00. As well as a dedicated area for Amiga user groups which I told you about last month, there will also be a software arcade and Software City where you can come and see some of
the biggest and best games this Christmas All the big players will be there, so you can make sure you've got the latest ups and cheats as well as sussing out all the latest titles.
We'll also have a publishers plaza where you can meet and greet the editors of your favourite magazine - and one or two others.
And for those of you interested in the productivity side of the Amiga, you can stroll around the A.C.E. village where you can have a look at all the latest animation, video, music and so on and talk to some of the companies at the forefront of Amiga development.
Perhaps closest to my heart, there will be a big retail park where you will be able to use your hard earned cash to buy just about anything Amiga that you can think of. I'm convinced that this aspect of past Amiga shows was what really made them buzz, and I'm sure that this will be no exception. It goes without saying that products will be at show prices, and for the first time, if you buy products at many of the stands you'll receive vouchers which will enable you to get your entrance money back. Not bad!
We're expecting to have Kiss FM broadcasting live from the show over the weekend and they'll be running all sorts of competitions, allowing you to get involved.
It goes without saying that we'll be there and I'm looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible. See you at Wembley!
PADDY DOWNLOAD Internet continues to grow - in surprising directions. This month both the Liberal Democrats and the Samaritans have decided to iog on. From October it will be possible to contact Britain's third largest political party via Cix. All Lib Dem Mps are being kitted out with Pcs and modems in preparation tor setting up their own mailboxes and you'll also be able to access all the party's policy papers and published documents. As ot the beginning ot October you can mail party leader and county set tashion king Paddy Ashdown on: paddy ashdown@cix.compulink.co.uk). Also now on Cix
are the Samaritans (address samaritans@cix.com- pulink.co.uk), or anonymously at 111848@anon.penet.fi. The Samaritans on-line service has already received several messages from users needing emotional support. We don't know it they include members ol the Lib Dems.
Meanwhile, the BBC is to otter 'easy public connection' to Internet. The BBC Networking Club will charge a tlat subscription of £12 a month (with no further charges - apart tram the telephone call charges) which gets you a 'plain English handbook' explaining communications. The service will provide full Internet access, with electronic mail, tile transfer. UseNet news groups, World Wide Web etc all available. For further details call 081-576 7799 or Email them at info@bbcnc.org.uk. TONY DILLON RIP Tears rolled down the cheeks of the CU AMIGA crew last Friday as Games Editor Tony Dillon sadly
departed from our midst.
Before you get any silly ideas we must tell you that RIP actually stands for Really Improved Pay - Tony has scaled the lofty heights of management, begged on bended knees before them and come back down with a completely different job. We always told him that he was a bit seedy, but now he's taken our criticism to heart in his usual dyslexic way and shoved off to become EMAP's CD ROM Editor.
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This means he'll spend most of his time messing about with Pcs! The rotter. Still, he loves the Amiga and has promised to write to us (and for us) in the future. Bye Bye.
DON'T INTERRUPT ME!
VERO. Suppliers of the Back-UPS Pro series of uninterruptible power supplies (reviewed in Get Serious, page 86) are doing a special otter lor CU AMIGA readers. The Back-UPS Pro weighs an incredible 11.3 kilos and is only the size of a toaster, but it can provide the professional or serious user with the peace of mind that should lightning hit the local power station, or a drill, washing machine or hoover seem likely to ruin your renders. All will be saved by this little white box's ability to provide continuous, uninterrupted power back-up. Normally priced £189, VERO will supply one direct
to you for £166, including VAT S Carriage it you quote this reference: PFF 40932. VERO are on 0703 266 211. Otter closes end of November '94.
If you have a new product, news or gossip that you think we’d be interested in why not let us know. Write to CU AMIGA at Priory Court, 30-32 Famngdon Lane. London EC1R 3AU or fax us on 071 -972 6703.
(UP© ENEMY UNKNOWN COMMAND EARTH’S FORCES AGAINST THE ALIEN TERROR ‘This is the best game I’ve ever seen” 97% COMPUTER GAME REVIEW 199V. You are In control of Xcnm; charged by the world’* leaders to strike at Iiip alien mtMC* that’* terrorising the Earth.
At first, you'll *can, track anti shoot down the slnwpr UFO*, but that will (list be the beginning Whpnever a UFO crashes, or lantl*.
You mint be there; leading a *i|iiad of armed iriltllpr* from building to building, from street to street, using all your tactical skills to H capture or destroy the aliens.
If you succeed In your first missions, your ¦fe. Scientists and engineers will copy the alien technology to create more powerful weapons anil craft for your fortes to use. Gradually, you'll build up a af'l terrifying picture of this Unknown Enemy, and their real aims and desires, then you’ll have to work out a strategy to stop them.
One thing is certain - It won't be easy!
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As we go to press no final decision has been made on whethe jw.
David Pleasance and Co will win the rights to the Amiga. But U* what’s likely to happen if they do? Alan Dykes investigates. A World Of Amiga show, open to Ihe public, has been planned lor Wembley in December ot this year, a press re-launch event has been planned even sooner - mid October to be precise All ot Ibis is neccessary for a company that intends to take the home computer market by storm all over again; but to dale there's nothing to celebrate. The legacy of debt and quagmire ol international companies lell behind by Commodore International has meant that the decision-making
process involved in a takeover, spread out between Ihe official liquidators in the USA, the courts in the Bahamas, investors all over the world and those bidding for the company, is slow and tiresome. Yet another month has passed by without any real indication ol what's going to happen. There are jobs on the line and a lot ol worried retailers and users.
But what happens once a takeover has been approved and the cheque has been cashed by the liquidators? If Samsung get the go-ahead nothing is certain. They are rumoured to be interested only in the technology involved in research and development which has already been earned out, and still Is underway, on the Amiga's behalf. For them re-starting actual production of a machine which they are unfamiliar with and which has been out ol the mainstream limelight for some months now. Cannot be a very enticing prospect.
The other interested parties, both in the USA and both former distributors of the Amiga, have more to gain by continuing production, especially of the high end machines. But where would that leave us? In the US big box Amigas, with their internal expansion capability, have always been Ihe mosl popular. Users have been spurred on by Ihe success ol Amiga- based machines like the Video Toaster and supported by much high end software From this stance they cannot hope to understand the UK and European market. Yes. This side of the Atlantic we do understand and appreciate the A4000. Yes we have
some of them. But the overriding need here is for a competent, machine that is easy to expand but is still affordable and capable at its the entry level price: the At 200.
Of course many Amiga fans would argue that high end machines are where the future lies: in direct competition with Ihe Mac and PC. But where does the money come from to tund the new generation of high end products? From low end sales. From you and I. the average reader and user ot A1200S. Not spanner-wielding fanatics like Andy Leaning with their low turnover, high profit bits and bobs.
And this is where Messrs.
Pleasance and Proudfoot. UK Amiga connoiseurs come into the picture.
David Pleasance is committed to the Amiga's future, in whatever guise, and Colin Proudloot is damn sure he's got the financial backing to make a UK based Amiga International organisation a major player in the work) home and professional computer market.
But sound financial backing i doesn't fly In the lop window and J land on one's lap. A decent plan R has to be formulated before the city decides to invest and this is going to be the interesting bit.
Full details will not be released until the re-launch is conlirmed but he has given CU Amiga some hints about what direction the company needs to go in to succeed in a changing work).
WHICH PRODUCTS?
As revealed last month a UK-based Amiga International would concentrate on selling the A1200 and C032 here in the UK and Europe while heavily mar keting the A4000 in the US and elsewhere. But the current range will not last forever and the Amiga people know this. The At 200 will need a CD ROM drive which will enable it to run CD32 software if it is to remain viable in the next year. Most games software publishers I spoke to at Ihe European Computer Trade Show in London al the beginning ol Sepfember were adamant about this. The current base of CD32s in the UK and Europe and the likelihood of
only very few being available this Christmas has meant that most are nervous about lining up too many releases on CD.
The biggest problem this creates is where PC conversions are concerned Most titles being developed tor PC are under way on CD ROM.
The cost of converting them to Amiga CD would be minimal In most cases, indeed many developers have come from Amiga backgrounds anyway, but without a mass market - which an A1200 CD drive would provide - publishers are unwilling to undertake this conversion. Yes, Overdrive and Zappo CD drives will run some CD32 9 lllh DECEMBER 1994 software but the lead and assurances ot compatability need lo come from the former Commodore before confidence returns.
And what about FMV? Before the current upheaval this was the star of the show, the saviour of CD32 and the bane ot Coi. The main reason Commodore UK were not so keen on the A1200 CD ROM drive which we revealed to you earlier on this year was because of FMV incompatibilty.
But this isn't important at the moment. Why hold back something as essential as a CD drive which would potentially allow hundreds of games to run on the At 200 simply because il might not be compatible with a couple ol FMV based games, which we probably won t see lor some time yet?
Where CD32 is concerned, any new marketing scheme needs to Include the FMV card though, and at a reasonable price. As Cdi and 3DO slog it out in 1995 the CD32 is going to need all the help it can get - and compatibility with a wagonload ol hollywood movies will not do it any harm. And what about the CD64?
This has not been officially acknowledged but must be on the cards.
Rumours ot its development have abounded and it would certainly give Ihe company a new edge.
There is also talk in the medium term of a possible mid-priced machine, offering something in NEWS FEATURE CU AMIGA between the capabilities ot the At 200 and the A4000 040 and at a reasonable pnee (£700 - £800?). This would bring the Amiga into lower end PC and Mac territory in terms ot pricing and would marketed as a machine with specialist capabilities, much the same way as the Mac has been marketed in the past.
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Attacking the Mac and PC is a nec- cessary strategy but this is becoming even more dangerous with the development ot common components between the two biggies. The Pbwer PC chip which has been developed jointly by Motorola. IBM and Apple and has replaced the Motorola 68000 series chips in the latest Apple Macintosh models (if this sounds lamiliar it's because the Motorola 68000 series is also used in the Amiga) is paving a powerful way towards the future of processing and the Amiga will need to keep up with these developments.
Towards this end, as we reponed last month, resources are being utilised to develop a RISC based CPU to be used in the next generation of Amigas. All current Motorola chips are CISC processors, which basically means that they use a relatively complex instruction set which limits the speed of their operation A RISC chip has a very simple and short instruction set which allows information to be processed much taster - but needs more complex programming. These new machines should be seen in the next 12 to 18 months and will be a just reward tor continuing Amiga fanatics.
New machines and updated specs for current ones are essential tor the Amiga's survival and that ot the proposed Amiga International. They need to move quickly, but that is what their corporate plan is all about All they need is the go-ahead from Commodore International's liquidators. Hurry up. The world will not wait and the Amiga won't hold on to its loyalty forever.
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It’s the little things in life that count. You’d be amazed how many letters and faxes we get with problems, general mishaps and ideas which we can’t possibly reply to in person. Here are just some of the tips generated from this contact. Some are brilliant, others will seem obvious and mundane but believe this: some of them could save your health and sanity!
Iget yourself comfy for the following revolutionary, lite-changing tips.
2 When using Workbench with no hard drive, use the Resident command to cut down on disk swops. Entenng the following lines in Shell will help enormously: resident c: copy resident c: list resident c: dir resident c: makedir resident c: delete 3 Don't put your disk drive's health at risk from damaged disks. If the sliding metal cover of a disk is bent or disfigured in any way, carefully but firmly remove it from Ihe disk. This will leave the internal tloppy section ot the disk exposed. You should now make a copy ot the disk, and work trom that instead. Damaged disks can get stuck in the drive,
and cause pling through mixers and amps.
6 Tone down strong colours before recording graphics onto video.
Unless you want a highly saturated effect, it s best to reduce the amounts ot red. Green and blue in your images 7 Transform your Amiga into a realtime sound-to-light video effects machine. Combined with an altered version ot the Light Organ available from Maplin (tel: 01702 556001.2-4pm), Video Tractor 2 trom this month's coverrksk can be made to respond to bass, mid range and treble frequencies of incoming sound and music - perfect tor visuals accompanying live music or a DJ. Details in the next issue of CU AMIGA.
8 Cut and paste trom the shell into other programs which use the Amiga Clipboard by using RIGHT AMIGA X to cut, RIGHT AMIGA C to copy and RIGHT AMIGA V to paste.
9 When buying from mail order outlets, ALWAYS phone first to check availability.of the product.
W Right Amiga key and O quits out ot most Amiga programs.
101 AMAZING TIPS CU AMIGA P’ess ihe up arrow key when in SKLL to retrieve the last line 11 ja t 12 Keep disks that you don't need ¦o save write protected to any virus inlection.
N Don't reset the Amiga with the power switch - hold down the
• wo Amiga keys and the CTRL key.
II you use an amplifier make sure it is oil when you turn the on or oil, to avoid damage power spikes.
14 To avoid any damage don't take a disk out ol the drive the disk access light is on.
15
• t II the access light stays on, lis- IO ten carefully to the
drive and leel 0 vibrations to see il the disk is actu- My
going round or il the light is just
• luck on, before removing the disk.
V When connecting up the 1 Amiga, always connect the power cable last.
W Channel both stereo channels ol the A1200 into mono by connecting |ust one ol the audio outputs to your amplifier.
Normally, the Amiga outputs two s lour sound channels through the lelt phono socket, and the other two through the right phono socket This can sometimes make lor uncomfortable listening, as the positioning is hard left lor hall sounds, and hard right lor the You might preler to have all the sounds coming from one speaker This is possible with the A1200 and A4000. Simply by connecting just one ol the audio outputs 10 your amplifier or hi-fi. The computer realises that there is nothing connected to the other output, and all lour channels through the that’s connected. However, try with an
older Amiga, and you'll only hear two ol the channels Mkeep drinks away from the computer. They might spill and cause terminal damage to your Amiga - especially il your name is Michael Banks from Kent.
A| Hold down CTRL and the D A I key to interrupt the startup- sequence. Or any Workbench script.
Mto avoid jerky mouse movements clean your mouse by removing the ball and scraping grime from the rollers.
Mjump between different screens by pressing Right Amiga in conjunction with M and N, instead ol pulling the scroll bars up and down.
Mamigas with Kickstart 2.04 and above have boot options available Access these by holding down both mouse buttons when you reset or turn your Amiga on.
These options can be very useful when running old programs on the AI200 or AdOOO Compatibility problems can often be overcome by selecting Disable CPU Caches the Boot Options section, and to Original Chipset, from the Display Options.
Switch between the European PAL (50Hz) and American NTSC (60Hz) modes with the spacebar.
OK Workbench mouse
* 9 pointer can be controlled by the keyboard Hold down the left
Amiga key and move the pointer with the arrow keys. Hold down
shift as well to move in bigger steps. The right and lelt Alt
keys correspond to the right and left mouse buttons.
Also see tip no. 46.
Ajt Avoid having to open the AO same set of windows to load an often-used program from your hard drive. Select Leave Out from the icons menu, then drag its icon onto the main Workbench screen.
Finally select Snapshot from the Icons menu.
Get a screen-saver to keep At your TV or monitor from developing screen bum from frequently used programs. Get one from any good PD library.
Mshow your grandchildren what it was like in the old days, by loading up a Spectrum emulator and playing something like Jet Pac Msave memory by closing down windows on the Workbench screen.
QA Turn your Amiga into an echo wU chamber with Iasi month’s Realtime Effects Generator coverdisk program and a sampler cartridge.
M | Replace your mouse with a J I trackball if you are short on desktop space.
Mwhen recording graphics to video tape, view the visuals on a separate TV or monitor, taking a signal from one of the remaining video outputs.
MM Turn your Amiga into a strobe J J light by setting up a blank two-colour screen in Deluxe Paint and colour cycling between black and white at high speed.
M Spread the word. The Amiga is the world's best kepi computer secret.
M JP Use a backslash ( ) to return JJ to the parent directory from within Shell.
Choosing Quick Format when JO erasing a disk is indeed quicker, but will often lead to problems. As errors are not checked for at the time of formatting. Use the normal Format if you want to be safe.
M Use a VCR as a TV tuner.
J which you can view through a monitor. The picture quality will be far higher than you'd get from a normal TV setup.
Muse OctaMED. Protracker or a MIDI sequencer to write a hit record.
¦JO Do you own video to go with J T it, using Video Tracker from this issue's coverdisk.
MM Create your own three screen
* §U video wall with your A1200.
Connect the RF output to a TV set, the RGB output to a monitor, and Ihe Composite Video output to another monitor. Arrange the screens in an attractive pattern and load up some trippy graphics, a good 3D game or a PD demo.
M V If your Amiga appears to have ¦§ I died, borrow another power supply and try it with that. Faulty power supplies account for the majority of Amiga failures.
« Deter burglars by sampling various household noises such as a dog barking, people talking, a loop from a record, and write a simple program to play the samples at random, thus suggesting that there are people in the house. You can set this up, and leave your house content in the knowledge that no-one will try to break in.
« Write the next Christmas number one arcade game and make lots of money.
Start now. And you should be able to have it all ready for December 1995 Here's the plan.
Find one of the following: a favourite old game style that went out of fashion about three or four years ago: a top com-op arcade game that you think you can convert to the Amiga: a really flashy new graphic effect (something three dimensional would go down well): or an original game slyle lat's at least as good looking as I!
Fun to play. Now you can take pick from the programming languages available: C. Assembler, AMOS. Blitz Basic and so on Once you've written enough to make people say 'Gosh1' when they look at it, you can offer it around the software houses. With any luck, one of them will finance the rest of the game's development, and give you lots of royalties when the game shoots to the number one chart position. Easy. Notl JIJI Buy a few marker pens (metal- lie ones are best), and colour- code the lops of all your disks. For example, games could be gold, demos could be silver, applications could be red.
You then only have to flick through a fraction ol the amount of disks to find the one you want, as you can instantly tefl which disks are which.
«The left mouse button can be emulated with the firebutton of a joystick in port one.
A A11 you 981 conlinual mad'whte errors on your disks, it’s probably the disk drive that is faulty.
Check It with your local dealer.
M Add a bizarre twist to your ¦§ animations. Connect a video camera to the Amiga via a genlock Ray your animation, and point the camera at the screen, wobbling it around a bit. Mad feedback effects will fill in all of the transparent "background" parts of fhe animation.
«Save memory by tweaking the boot options. If your Amiga has Kickstart 2.04 or above, you can save memory disabling unnecessary drives. If you have any external drives attached, or an internal hard drive that you’re not using, turning them off will win back a small amount ol RAM that would otherwise be used as a cache to increase the drive’s access times.
Hard dnve startup-sequences often include background tasks and other memory allocations. If you had a demo on your hard drive that needed all of your available RAM, you could bypass the startup- sequence and go straight to the Workbench screen. Select Boot With No Startup Sequence, then type LOADWB return) ENDCU (return) You may have to dick in the window after the LOADWB bit to get the cursor back again.
Mkeep your disk dnve heads free from grime by regularly using a cleaning disk, available from any good computer supplies shop.
Mget your name and address printed on lots of finy gold coloured sticky labels, which you can put on the top of all your correspondence B1 Do you always get a sign 3 I when you actually want a £ sign? You have the wrong keymap setup. To solve the problem insert the following line near to the end of your startup-sequence: setmap gb.
M Perform batch processing functions in Workbench by holding down the left Shift key, and clicking once on all the icons to be processed. Now select your function from the menus. This will be carried out on all the selected files. With Workbench 2 and above, you can select your files by holding the left mouse button and dragging a box around them.
Mtidy up your Workbench 3.0 windows the easy way. Open a window that contains some mess- ily placed icons. Hold down the right Amiga key. And then press each of the following keys in turn (ignore the quotation marks): V "A" "S'.
Mdoes your Workbench clock still think it's 1978? You can set the date and time from the Prefs section of Workbench. Double click the Time icon to bring up the clock setting panel. Click the Save button to permanently store the settings Create your own techno videos by recording random segments of demos, games, animations and live footage from a camcorder if available onto a VHS video tape. If your video recorder has an ’audio overdub' facility, you can then add your own soundtrack to the whole video, by simply recording your choice of music onto the tape. This will leave the pictures
intact.
55 ff Use old corrupt floppy disks 30 as drinks coasters - they're great for breaking the ice at techie- head spanner parties.
FVUse a car stereo type graphic 3 equaliser as a mini amplifier for your Amiga's sound. You can then channel this through any small speakers.
Msome TV sets cut off the top or bottom of the Amiga’s screen. Rectify this by allenng the Amiga screen's position from the Workbench preferences with Workbench 1.3. Use the Overscan preferences from Workbench 3.
JE O Make your own ‘mouse 3 W tracer' add-on. Attach a short strip of clear plastic to the bottom of your mouse (part of an old cassette case will do for the plastic). Draw a crosshair on the end of the plastic. By guiding the crosshair around key areas of a printed picture, you can accurately translate it to Dpainloi any similar art package.
IA Speed up rendering times OV with 3D ray tracing and fractal programs by adding an FPU to your Amiga.
M Create a list of your most often-used programs, and add them to your Workbench 3 Tools menu. You can now start any ot these programs by simply selecting their name from the Tools menu. To do this, you'll need a PD utility called Tools Daemon, which is available from most PD libraries advertising in this magazine.
Mbe very cautious when advised to use Diskdoctor by the Workbench. Many game disks, if inserted when Workbench is running. Will appear as bad You may be told to correct them with Diskdoctor, when the disk could be in perfect working order. If you do so, you'll definitely damage the disk. This is because Workbench can't understand the anti-piracy formats of many game disks - Diskdoctor attempts to re-write the data in a form it can understand. If this happens with a non-game disk, try running it through a virus checker first.
Mgive two-player games added novelty factor by connecting two screens to the Amiga, one for each player Choose from the composite video, RBG and RF outputs.
Non-AGA Amigas only have the RBG and black and white composite video options. See also Tip no. 42 on creating a video wall.
Msave memory on Amigas with low RAM by altering disk startup-sequences: If you find you are always short of memory when using your lavourrte graphics or music program, you can probably get some back by altering the startup-sequence on the disk. For example, instead ot loading the main program straight away, many disks open up a Workbench screen first. On a 1 Mb Amiga, the RAM this uses can be significant. Follow these steps to edit your program startup-sequence.
. Load your Workbench disk.
Make a copy ot the disk you to alter Put the original away work on the copy Replace the Workbench disk and a CLI or SHELL window.
Type the following, disregarding quotation marks resident c: ed'
5. Press Return
6. Swop the Workbench disk for the copy of your program disk.
7. Type the following, disregarding the quotation marks ‘ed dfO:
s startup-sequence' and note that dfO: is the letters d. f.
and the number zero, not the letter o.
8. A window will appear containing the disk s startup-sequence
Use the cursor keys and the delete key to remove all the
original lines.
9. Go back to the top of the window. And type the name of fhe
program file that you want to run automatically when you boot
from that disk.
10. Press the Escape key followed by X and then Return.
This may not always work, but it s worth a try.
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BigAnim is a public domain utility designed to do this. The length of the animations is only limited by your hard drive space. Frame rates tend to fluctuate a little with more complex animations, although a faster hard drive will minimise this. BigAnim is available from most PD libraries in this issue.
Plah your car journeys with DO your Amiga. Use GB Route, given away with the July 1994 issue of CU AMIGA.
Jr A Keep your spirits up during O long computing sessions. Write a program that pops up every so often with a cute little man who waves at you and blows a raspberry. Run this program trom the hard drive startup- sequence, so that you little friend is always there when you need him.
JL0 Keep your Amiga away from OO direct sunlight and any other direct heat sources. Damp and cold conditions can also adversely affect your machine.
M Don’t risk breaking your A1200 RAM expansion when you plug it in. Line it up with the trapdoor port, and use two small screw drivers to lever it into place.
7ft when buying a new Amiga.
M W seriously consider holding onto your old machine. You may not get much for a basic A500, but a second Amiga can be very handy to have. You can hook it up to OctaMED and have twice as many sample tracks, use it as a second video source for presentations or ’live’ recordings, or have it as a back-up machine, whenever your main Amiga is busy with other tasks.
W% Check out the PC public I domain libraries and bulletin boards for an alternative source of sound samples, graphics and fonts.
PC sound sample files (WAV and VOC formats) can be converted to IFF format with an Amiga utility called Sample Machine, available from Valley PD (tel: 091 587 1195).
CrossDos or a similar utility will allow your Amiga to read double density PC formatted disks. A1200s and A4000s have this ability built-in to Workbench.
If you submit any designs, M, artwork, ideas or demos to companies, post a copy to yourself via recorded delivery and leave it sealed up in a safe place. This will act as protection against copyright infringement.
WW Avoid pirated games, they are t w the most likely source of a disk virus.
¦y yi Safe-guard essential system m "§ files on your hard drive by using the protect command. See you Workbench manual for details.
Otherwise, installation scripts can sometimes replace existing files with different versions.
C Read up on real-life flying 3 techniques, and try out the manoeuvres in flight simulations.
C When you’re stuck in an 3 arcade game, try recording your progress onto a video tape to see where the attack waves are coming from.
7A Keep your ,eel wa,m durin9 O those late night sessions by taking off your shoes and resting your tootsies on the Amiga's PSU (Powers Supply Unit).
WW A1200 owners, free extra mem- ory during critical operations by using the prefs screenmode option to change your screen to NTSC.
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M Encourage PC users to realise that the Amiga is more fun than their machine by taking printed notices and leaflets into work.
DTP users, do a print out of all of your fonts to save time when looking for a suitable one for your latest creation.
81 MDTP users (again), limit your pages to as few fonts as possible (preferably only two) to get a really professional look.
AS Hook your Amiga up to your OO stereo for some completely amazing sound.
M Printer users, be ecologically sound by saving scrap paper to print draft copies.
K Improve your social status by taking out a subscription to CU AMIGA.
Ft A DTP users’ 'ncrease Amiga OO awareness by printing 'This page was created on an Amiga’ at the bottom of every page.
A Guitar players, use the O Realtime Effects Generator (on last month's coverdisk) with a sampler to create some really neat sounds.
M Modem users, save yourself time when logging on by creating a script for your Comms program.
W Create a lemporary' directory on your hard drive, reserved for files that can be deleted when you need some extra space.
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0 1 Use olive oil to lubricate your M I joystick (ooer missus), and extend its life a great deal.
Aft Workbench 2 (or above) M M* users, brighten up your display by using Magic Workbench, available from any good PD supplier (check this issue’s).
A A Always remember, there is no r O such thing as too much memory, too fast a processor or too much hard drive space.
Mwhen buying peripherals, always make sure you are buying from a reputable dealer. See Andy Leaning’s buyers' guides.
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Q jr Back up your hard disk regu- W O larly, you will certainly appreciate the effort if ever you get hard disk problems or decide to upgrade your machine.
Q lf possible, keep back-ups w with a friend or in a fire-proof metal safe or box. That way, if you should be unfortunate enough to have a fire, you will still have your most recent work available to you.
A Q Avoid a sprawling sound sam- 7 O pies directory by separating them into groups. For example, a directory for drums, basses, loops, vocals etc. QQ Paint program users, improve MM your technique by reading books on normal painting, such as those in your local library.
100 When sending correspondence done on a word processor always use good quality paper. Photocopier paper will often negate any good impressions you have created so far.
IA1 Make sure you buy the next Ivl issue of CU AMIGA, on the shelves from 19 November. Because the best tip of all is to keep reading this magazine, 'ajr JJ}|o lieviil ([£upland 1208 A.I), 3n iliis lime rtf castles and conquests Hu- throne sils empty. Serfs are restless; rebellion i» in Ihe air. The l ords rtf Hie Realm invite you to join their ranks; I LlU 1 wa rM-I =.
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O for the (£rown Impressions lm| re«»iors 9oflw.ut , Unit ? l2, Chaldea Qarriait Matkd. Chelsea Hat bout I ole Hoad I .mtlon HWIO OXI CD32ZONE CU AMIGA as it really been a year since I staned editing the CD32 section ol this fine magazine? You know, it's quite funny to look back and see just how far the CD32 has come In the last 12 months, from humble
- 1 beginnings as a games console carrying A1 200 conversions
to something almost mirroring the PC CD-ROM world, with
everything from dip art and similar resource libraries to
talking adventures and movies on
CD. A lot of it comes from the simple fact that the PC has
defined what does and doesn't sell on CD. And therefore the
CD32 market has had a trend to emulate, resulting in faster
growth than anyone expected. Sadly this is my last month
heading up this section, as I'm off to explore the joys of CD
myself, but I promise you that twelve months from now. You'll
have _I seen even faster progress than there
• y-ioai has been so far Tony Dillon Games Editor THE CLUE ¦ CD32
We had it on a coverdisk a couple of months ago. We had the
review in the same issue We thought it was brilliant. Neo
Software’s The Clue is one of the most original adventure games
to appear in recent years, giving you the chance to play a
small time thief in post war London. Austrian's Neo are also
about to go into the studio to record all the speech for the
game for a CD32 version, which should feature the same glorious
256 colour screens (the PC version, plus other enhanced sound.
For more information, call Black Legend on 0438 840003.
FMV GAMES FIRST In previous Issues of CU AMIGA we've frequently covered VideoCD (FMV) “ feature films, now however, games companies are starting to use VideoCD technology as well Cannon Fodder CD32 has a complete intro sequence recorded in this format and is, to our knowledge, the first CD32 game to mix FMV film with games To see this intro sequence you’ll need a CD32 with the FMV cartridge.
When plugged in this allows the Commodore game console to play the increasing number ot VideoCDs The time taken for games developers to adopt VideoCD has come as a surprise to many, with most people not expecting software authors to adopt the format before early next year at the soonest On another FMV note, at the recent Live '94 show Sony showed a dedicated live disc VideoCD player, whilst Panasonic announced that they will shortly be releasing a Mini HiFi (called the VC10, priced at £800) that can play VideoCDs. So, VideoCD, whilst still new. Is slowly taking off! But the CD32 is currently
the lowest priced system on which you can watch VideoCDs.
EVEN MORE CD MOVIES As the collection of CD movies available for the CD32 grows. Philips have announced a whole host of new titles you can add to your collection. The first is the Tom Cruise sensation The Firm. Based on the book of the same name by John Gosham. The film tells the story of a young law graduate drawn into a very mysterious, yet very successful law firm, who not only decide what hours you work, but also just how you live your life. Other films include the classic Apocalypse Now, Coming to America and Sliver These are available with a vanety of age certificates, priced between
£15-20. Available from HMV and other leading stockists.
CROTEAM CDS!
Croleam. The new Croatian based wing of Black Legend are about to launch into the CD32 market in the same spectacular way they have the floppy side ol Amiga computing. The first CD titles to appear will be Football Glory and Embryo, with Spherical Worlds, a shoot ’em up along the lines of the classic Gauntlet, and all three should be available before this Christmas, not confirmed yet what enhancements will be made to the titles in the transition, but if the first two floppy i i games are anything to go by. It should be something special. For more information, call Black Legend on 0438
840003.
CU AIKA03V*»*W At the end ol last month's artide Dave was hammering away at getting all the rooms finished, having completed all the sprites required tor the game. So I set about going through all 336 rooms of Building One and building the masks tor the graphics clipping, along with the masks for the collision detection.
Now, tor the first time we could walk our hero around the complete building. However, as we walked him around we discovered a few areas we thought could be reached but actually had no means ot access A few quick flicks with the mouse from Dave and that problem was solved.
IMPROVEMENTS Well, here we are at the final instalment of the diary of Space Academy. John-Jones Steele is back and has been busy adding the final touches to the programming.
The weeks ot preparation tor this are now game beginning to show fruit.
While Dave ploughed on with the 240 rooms required lor Building Two. I went through the detailed design lists, adding all the switches, doors and puzzles needed to turn Space Academy into the mega game we re all waiting for. There were a tew places where the door switches could not be reached, but a bit of tweaking again solved all the problems. For the most part the puzzles also went in without any major changes.
We now had the first building complete except for the movements of the SAS men, so it was time to get some outside testing done. We roped in a tew gaming friends to give us an idea of the difficulty level the game was at.
Based on their reactions, we decided how many and how intelligent the SAS men should be. It had been decided at the beginning, that the first level would only have a small number of SAS men, to allow the player to get into the game. So. After the initial testing, it was decided that instead of a whole level with very little blasting action, we would only have a small section of level one that was relatively peaceful.
These SAS men have proven to be the biggest problem, trying to get it so that their aggression level is just right has taken more time than was expected. The main problem was that if the SAS trooper was hidden when you entered a room, by the time you had seen him, he had already blown your head off. This has been fixed!
Now, on the lower levels, they are more of a nuisance than a threat but as you reach later levels they become more aggressive.
However, hopefully by this stage you'll have enough experience to deal with them.
Another area that we finally addressed was the subject of nourishment. Dotted all over the building are vending machines that hold various items of food for our hero to eat. These need to be available whenever food is required, but not so often that there is little need for planning your actions to find them. (A big hint to CU AMIGA readers, each level has a certain room where the SAS men never go, this room, which Dave and I call the stash room, can be used to place things you find that you might need later, not only food but weapons and ammunition.)
That's enough of the hints Even more important than lood, though, is drink - only the soft variety for our hero though. This can be found at water fountains, coffee machines and, of course, soft drinks machines.
REALISTIC SOUND Next the sound elfects were added.
Sound should be a major part of every game, but is often only added as an afterthought. Dave and I had decided the type of effect we required tor each action that needed one. And we made sure that they were appropriate to the action. Many of the effects I could find in the library of sounds I’ve built up over the years, but for some of them it required going out with the tape deck and wandering round the countryside, banging on steel wires, drums, water barrels and assorted animal feeding troughs until we had the exact sound we required. The music in the game has been written and produced by
Mindscape in consultation with us and complements the game perfectly.
Space Academy is nearing completion now and as I type this, the testing department of Mindscape have their hands on the first building so we re await with baited breath their results.
In the meantime, we have finished the second building and all that is needed to complete the game is the final space stvp level and the ray traced intro section.
Dave is now putting the final touches to the gags that are dotted throughout the game. These gags are throwaway items that make the game more enjoyable. They don't actually take part in the action, but they are great tun to think up and put in. This is one more thing that CD allows us to do. On floppy, we were always conscious ot the space limitations, now we can add all sorts of interesting asides to a game.
Also, now that Dave has completed all the game graphics, he is concentrating on the box artwork and the in-box material. This will give a brief lead-in to the game in the form of a full colour comic and will. I'm sure, become a game playing collectors item, so look out tor it.
(Whataptugt - Ed) This is the final excerpt from the Stellar Genesis Agency Diary ol the Space Academy. I hopie you have enjoyed reading about the creation ol our first game. Watch this space for news of the game's release. Until then feast your eyes on the screenshots.
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able to offer sound too. Then things went steadily downhill.
Now games moguls' are falling head over heels offering sound,
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above average, il a bit monotonous, verbal meanderings and a
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exclaims its a key.
Now we are about to have our airdrums assailed by a variety of American and European accents in what Interactive Binary Illusions, the Australian team behind Flight like to call 'a humourous adventure’. John Passfield its programmer and Steve Stamatiadis. The man responsible for graphics and animation are wildly enthusiastic about a game that’s been in the making for nearly two years.
"We re part of a new generation, brought up on Star Wars and the Indiana Jones films... we owe a lot to George Lucas and his generation lor inspiration", said John. This has inevitably resulted in Flight becoming a large-scale production which started off on the Amiga, moved to PC and will make it back to Amiga and then CD32 in the next few months ¦ PENELOPE KEITH I Flight is set in South America, where the hero’. Joe King (funny eh?) Has to.
|f K er, solve a big Another talking adventure?
Alan Dykes investigates the CD32 version of Renegade’s long awaited South American saga.
Anow Itfl (and lop Ian and rtgN In cartoon tocm): Proqrantmai Jonn PasstlMd and graphic artlal Slave Stamatiadit Above right: Tho production craw and a top actor having fm Cad daa norkt mystery, chat with loads of dames, Indiana Jones. Other voices were hustle evil professors (well, just one supplied by Barry Jones, a classic actually) and converse, fight even. English bad guy' actor, whose cred- with various oddballs The really its include Batman Returns and special thing about Flight though is various other voiceover artists the amount ol vocal character inter- including a Spitting Image
regular, action, there are over forty Add to this a soundtrack and spe- characters to speak to. With 14 cial effects composed by Bitmap actors used to portray them and - Brothers regular Richard Joseph who cue twilight zone music - some of has aurally enhanced The Chaos them sound very familiar. Engine and Ruff W Tumble among Penelope Keith is the last person others and you get the idea: Flight Ot you'd associate with an interactive The Amazon Queen sounds really game but although you're going to good But what does it look like?
Have to wait a while to hear her. Right from the outset Flight has she’s in the game. There's also an been designed on the Amiga.
American accent that may vaguely Illusions started out as a 'bedroom' recognise, though unless someone development team, using A500S for told you who it was you'd never both animation and programming catch on. It's by a character actor According to Steve Stamatiadis his called Bill Hootkins who had minor setup was simple in the extreme - credits in Star Wars (he played Red but very effective. "I used Dpaint' Six in the attack on the death star said Steve. What else though? ‘Not and didn't last very long) and much really", he elaborated, "I ISPACE CAPTAIN STEVE started on Dpaint 3. Then when
Dpaint 4 was launched I used it". Go on, what else? 'VideoScape 3D and a digitiser, a Digiview digitiser". And that’s all? That's about it, yes" Having started on the A500 the game was designed from the outset to use 32 colours, even though it really does look as though there are more. Actually I tell a lie: there are more in the CD32 and A1200 versions, 64 to be precise. This, while not utilising the full capabilities of either machine, brings it up to PC VGA standards and looks just dandy if you ask me. By the later stages of development technology and funding had improved sufficiently for
Illusions to employ a couple of accelerated, hard drive equipped A1200S. But throughout they have remained faithful to their origins.
SANTA CLAUS?
Where to now? Well Flight should be out just before Chnstmas provided it doesn't catch the dreaded software disease known as 'Slippage' (even the mention of this word sends publishers into exaggerated truama). In which case it will hit the shelves in January or February.
And what of Interactive Binary Illusions? Is there anything else on the horizon? John: ¦Return Ot The Amazon Queen is a long way off, in fact we haven’t even started it. We have another pro|ect in the pipeline though, but we can't say what it is at the moment". In the meantime they're putting the finishing touches to Flight and are settling down to write another instalment of 'Stereo Jack', a futuristic occasional comic strip they write for an Australian publication - could | this hold the key to their next game? Keep an eye out for a review of " Flight in the next couple j T of months. LSJl
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55 Asfibourne Road Derby DE22 3FS Telephone (0332) 297797 Facsimile (0332) 381511 BANDITS AT ... There are basically two different types ot enemy craft attacking your planets. The first, and most deadly to you are all the tighter ships that materialise in random positions on the planet after being beamed down trom the mothership which is loitering above the globe. These are only interested in taking you out, and will home in on your ship the moment they appear, with all guns blazing. There are dozens ot different types that will appear, but all follow more or less the same pattern to begin
with.
Appear, fty around at high speed and then home in. The Acid Software have been very quiet since Skidmarks, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy, as Tony Dillon discovers.
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Super Nintendo, a game that many magazines were raving about
at the time, and realised that it wasn't doing anything that
the Amiga wasn't capable ot equalling, it not actually
bettering hands down.
The end result was a single level shoot em up called Sibwing. Then it all went quiet.
Suddenly one day. Completely out ot the blue, a silver disk appeared on my desk with a single word on it - Guardian. Loading it up, game concept and translated it into a 3D extravaganza You are a lone pilot, patrolling a group ot unnamed planets somewhere out in space One day on a routine run the planet is invaded by alien craft, hell bent on destroying all the buildings and vegetation on the surface. What more is a lone Mark Sibly is the man who is responsible for Blitz Basic and one of the most arcade perfect Amiga versions ot Delender ever (well, several ot them anyway).
Almost a year ago, Mark Sibly came to London on a flying visit, and brought us a playable demo ot his latest 3D shoot 'em up engine.
Ger and belter than ever.
In a nutshell.
Guardian is Delender.
Mark has written over a hundred different versions of Defender in his time, so that's no surprise. What is nice is the ease in which he has taken such a simple _ CD32ZONE CU AMIGA nice thing is that none of them are particularly intelligent, and they will fly into buildings and other obstacles while making a bee line for you.
BOMBER JACKETS The second type ol craft is almost completely harmless, but are the most important to destroy. The bombers, as they are called, are there to destroy all the buildings and installations on the planet, and systematically travel across the landscape raining destruction upon everything in sight. Your mission objective is clear. Stay alive long enough to take out the waves of bombers that appear, and then clean up all the fighters still alive. Once a certain number has been destroyed, it's off to a different part of the globe to save yet another civilisation.
After you've done this part a couple of times, you'll be told that a tractor beam is now operating. This is coming from the mothership. This scenario takes the place of the end of level guardian, pitting you against a whole host of smaller enemies instead of one large one. You are pulled from the planet surface inside the mothership, from which vantage point you can see all the exit ports where the fighters are coming from.
Your job here is to take out every single port before the aliens start emerging, because once they do, you're in serious trouble.
Over the snowy mountains and beyond - the shooting never stops.
BOUNCING JACKS Some aliens drop special bonuses when shot, which look like enormous bouncing jacks. A bit of skillful flying is all it takes to scoop these things up, and they can be anything from a laser boost to a shield boost to even a tracking missile, which will lock on to the nearest bomber and blow it out of sky.
The only other weapons in your armoury are a double laser, which can fire two shots forward instead of one, and a limited supply of smart bombs.
There isn't really a lot to choose from, sure, but then there wasn't much to choose from in Defender.
STARWING?
You can probably fell from the various screenshols doited around this page lhal the game is based upon Starving. The bright colours used on all the objects, plus the style of the other craft show pretty much where the game is coming from.
What this leads into, though, is a very strange viewing perspective.
The game is viewed in the third person, ie behind your own ship, but you don't actually look directly along the craft. The height of your ship is variable, but the height of the camera isn't, so if you are skimming along the ground or flying as high as the game will allow, you are left looking down or up at yourself rather than forward, which limits your view somewhat. Oddly enough, this doesn't actually detract from the playability of the game once you get used to it. If you don't like the angle you are being viewed from, you can always move the camera position to suit you.
TARGET TROUBLE One gripe with this system that some people had initially was that you had no real way of targeting your shots. Although you always fire forward, the height of your craft coupled with the yaw means that you can fire in all directions along the Y axis and judging where your bullets are going to go is an acquired skill rather than an intuitive one.
The controls are worked out extremely well, with the top two buttons on the controller moving your craft forward or back, the large red button is your cannon, the blue and yellow buttons handling missiles and smart bombs respectively while the green button lets you pull off quite a nifty 180 degree flip, enabling you to turn and fire at whatever happens to be chasing you.
Guardian is an unusual game, but wildly addictive and great fun to play.
Extremely challenging, both mentally and physically, this is a game where you'll really work up a sweat. It might not be the smoothest or most original game in the world, but it’s well worth having nonetheless. Is Guardian a fitting follow up to the great Skidmarks? Yes I definitely think so.
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TEAM 17 £1 4-99 OUT NOW IIS not an easy life being a handsome prince. One day you have the love of a beautiful princess and quite a distinctive jawline, the neat you are attacked by a crony witch, who despises the fact that you shame- lessly snog your lovely in public She steals your girlfriend from you, and faster than you can say Gilotle - The Best A Man Can Get', you are magically tianslormed into a Irog. Somehow, though, you have become a particularly J energetic frog, capable ot pulling super jumps, higli speed runs and a semi- (lying capacity. With your new tound powers, you decide to
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What ensues is one holt ot a good platform game. Released at a time when the rest of the Amiga world was cloning Super Mario Brothers, Supcrlrog borrows more trom Sortie The Hedgehog than anything else. Your objective is simple: run around tho giant maze like levels collecting a set number ol gold coins, avoiding dangerous objects and trying to llnd the exit as quickly as possible. As you movo through the levels, they get bigger and more complicated, and there are more and more nasties out for your froggy blood.
It's a very well presented game, with intro and ouHo screens drawn by Eric Schwartz. Very smoothly animated, the game was an impressive feat on the A500, but I have to admit I did expect better on the CD32. There have been no enhancements made at all to the game, so what you have is essentially the A500 version - 32 colour graphics and Protracker music.
OK. So its still a very playable gome, and the price is perfect, but I can't help wishing there was something more to it.
Tony Dillon 8 1 % Each world has IIS own unique graphics.
Tennis Elbow. Athlete's Foot. Tiddly-winker's Thumb. Er, Couch Potato's Bottom. All afflictions caused by repeated actions during play.
And all pretty bad.
Played almost constantly over a number of days, certain types of computer game can cause similar injuries to the player. Two of the most popular examples are the Sensr-Joystick-Button Thumb (which I’m sure we've all experienced at some point or other), or the unique Cannon-Fodder-Mouse Hand.
Stupidly long names I know, but it's what I like to call them (in the last five minutes since I made them up), and hardened players of either game will suffer cramp and other symptoms at some point. Probably.
Alongside Syndicate. Cannon Fodder is the game which best makes use of the mouse for control. The pointer chases around the screen, and a swift left-button fires your weapons, while the right sends your crack troop squad into action, running strategically towards the bally Hun. In fact, it relies on the mouse to the point that you wonder how Sensible could ever have created it for joypad-lovers; and the general feeling, simply, is that they couldn't. Now that they have, that theory is proved right; because the joypad control is sluggish at best, and impossibly frustrating at worst.
So, now comes the time to slag it off. Right? Well... no. What I'm going to do instead is recommend that you buy a mouse - yes, Sensible has left the mouse control routine in. Thankfully. A mouse will only cost you £10 or so. And the sheer volume of enjoyment (if, indeed, you measure it in that way) you'll get from the two together will be huge. It's a war game, but it s also one of the finest arcade games ever - packed with people to shoot, inventive mantraps, and a nice line in interesting automobiles, which you can get in and drive.
The CD32 version's been slow in coming, and although it doesn't offer any real improvements over the floppy game, it continues to hold its tin hat-topped head high above the competition. Buy it and find out just how much fun war is, X PC ACTION PC ZONE CLASSIC 90% "It's more than a straight flight sim:,
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CD32 version ot the game but finally they have.
And bat me over the head wiffi an Ad las tramer it s just as Sjr* much a stormer on the old shmy disk as it was on floppy. But » lor those ot you who haven t seen it. Here's a little recap You play a small boy with a quest The quest is to recover the world cup which has been stolen by invading ahens. This boy is a keen tootbali fanatic, indeed he needs to be to go up against the m»ght of an entire alien race with only a football Yes. You read correctly, right (it you don t believe me. Go back and try ____, again}, tins kid has only a tootbali fO In.-'p I i i n etniy * yOU !«• kiinw. VOW lu
u‘.*r • -VO 11 thankfully all it rakes is one hit with 1 ¦II I a ball to destroy most aliens so K Kid can run from left to right in the 1j , standard platform way and punt the bai a.any,hi,,g,,e,.kes SVSgtt One of tfie nicest things about u B Aw M milo _ the Amiga • ,m-° " * - _ 1 III 5i K 1 J- W,vch out lor If 1 m* bike, he s h«ll »l lo»on on whMl* 1£- a. versi was the control system. Although there are a hundred and one things that Kid can do with the ball (head it, juggle it and so on), you didn t have to go through a series of Streottighter 2 movements to get him to do it The CD32
version is just as playable, and contains the same fantastic graphics as the A1200 version 90 what more could you ask tor? Some decent CD music'' You ve got it.
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1,1 ¦" men this is definitely one to get It's a good play and great fun.
Liga nd are Dillon 91% It's hard enough trying to review this game on a whole page, let alone hall a page. After all, with a name Ihe size ol Manchester United Premier League Champions, how can you find room to actually say anything about the game? So Irom now on I won't actually mention the name. I’ll just gel on with telling you about it.
Take your basic, run-of-the-mill lop view arcade soccer game, somewhere between Football Glory and Sensible Soccer Now add a touch of managenal Hair to II. Throw in every type ol league, cup and fixture group you can think ol. And finally a large dollop ot usable, logical lactics lor good measure, and you've pretty much got this game in one.
Essentially there are two parts to this game. The lirsl is Ihe tactical section, which I have to say is brilliant. You are presented with a little gizmo called a Tadl-Grid. Which shows you Ihe layout ol your team. With this you can reposition players around the pilch as well as show them basically how to play (attacking. Defensive, winger etc).
Then you go into the second halt ol the game, which is a very playable arcade soccer setup, a la Sensi. And you can see how your ladies have worked. II they're tailing, you can jump back out to Ihe Tadi-Grld and try again The nice thing about il all is lhal ladies really do make a difference. If you notice that your opponent always passes into Ihe box. Then you can pull Ihe delenders back and he or she will always be toiled. Similarly, you can look lor weaknesses in their defence and exploit them, and that's what makes this such a superb game Forget the great presentation, or the dozens ol
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It's the ladies and the gameplay that will make this one a clear winner.
Tony Dillon m Shape up for Xmas by jiggling (ooer) about with this lot.
48 ALADDIN 49 CRYSTAL DRAGON 49 TACTICAL MANAGER ITALIA 52 ALIEN BREED TOWER ASSAULT 52 KING OF THIEVES 53 KINGPIN 54 LORDS OF THE REALM ALADDIN VIRGIN 56 PREMIER MANAGER 3 DREAMWEB EMBYRO SUPER STARDUST ON THE BALL FOOTBALL GLORY 70 ROBINSON’S REQUIEM 75 VFM EPIC BLUES BROTHERS TITUS THE FOX THE EXECUTIONER 78 VALHALLA SOLUTION PART THREE 82 VAMPYRA 58 61 62 64 66 A CU Screen Star is for games scoring 85% - 92%.
If a game gets one of these, It'll be one of lasting quality and you can rest assured that, If you decide to purchase It, you won't be wasting your money.
93% and a game's worth a Superstar.
We hardly throw them around, but If a game gets one It'll be completely outstanding “First impressions make lasting impressions”, so with that age-old proverb (no really) in mind cast your eye over this rather sumptuous feast of forthcoming releases.
THEGAMEPLAY: You are Aladdin, the star of last year’s Disney extravaganza, and have to travel through Arabia doing all the things that Aladdin does in a cartoon explosion of a platform game. When this was released on the Super Nintendo it was described as one of the slickest platform titles in history, with the best character animation ever seen. Disney cells were used in the construction of all the main sprites and backdrops, so the game looks just like a Disney animation!
BEHIND THE SCENES: The Amiga version of the game is being coded in- house at Virgin Interactive Entertainment, who have recently snapped up a whole host of Disney titles, including the recent smash hit The Lion King.
WHAT'S NEW: The most incredible character animation we've ever seen.
Forget Flashback, and put Prince Of Persia back on the shelf. The movement on Aladdin is every bit as good as you would expect from a Disney character, as he leaps, swings, hacks, slashes and generally runs about.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Extremely good. We’ve played a couple of finished levels, and it looks every bit as exciting as the Super Nintendo version. The animation is so good you could spend a couple of hours just marvelling at the character moving around. It may not offer a lot of new things as far as platform games go. But the the amazing graphics should make it one to really watch out for.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS CU AMIGA IMPRESSIONS BEHIND THE SCENES: The game is being coded in house by Magnetic Fields, that lovely bunch of people responsible for turning out such gems as Lotus t,2 and 3 and Supercars t and 2 for Gremlin Graphics, now Gremlin Interactive. It's a bit of a departure for the once racing-mad gang, but hopefully they'll be able to bring their expertise with sprite scaling to the graphic adventure WHAT'S NEW: The on screen interaction. In some locations there are buttons and panels on the walls and tloor that can be activated by clicking on them, which makes tor some very
interesting puzzles. For example, the first door you come to has a series ot buttons which must be pressed in the right order to make the door open. All you need to do is figure which buttons need to be pressed!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Not bad at all. This kind ol game has always been popular, and with Magnetic Fields' tine reputation tor taking a standard game idea and making something spectacular out of it, there's no reason at all why this won't be one of the best yet. Look out for a lull review next issue!
THE GAMEPLA Y: Take Dungeon Master, and then multiply it by a hundred.
Crystal Dragon is a warrior's tale ot death, darkness and destruction in a series ol caverns and labyrinths underneath a mountain. Like Ishar3. You have to guide your party through the mazes lighting ott bad guys, collecting items and using them with other items and generally behaving as you would in an adventure game. The playing window is quite small on the world, as you can tell from these screenshots, to make room for the dozens ot icons that allow you to do just about anything you want.
CRYSTAL DRAGON BLACK LEGEND TACTICAL MANAGER ITALIA FDRMRTION 4-4-2 iirtch Rurniin I MFD FIMRMC X Rl_ BLACK LEGEND THE GAMEPLAY: Tactical Manager Italia, just like the original Tactical Manager, is a football management title where your aim is to take a team from the bottom of the lowest division, and create the ultimate line up, getting them from nothing at all to the top of the castle. You can buy and sell members of your team, of course. You can train them all, of course. You have a variety of tactics to play with, of course, and there are all the usual cups, competitions and challenges.
BEHIND THE SCENES: The whole thing has been coded and designed by Camy Maertens, the man behind the original Tactical Manager. This version is just one of a series of improved regional variants that he has been working on WHAT'S NEW: A fair bit. Obviously all the leagues and cups have been changed to the Italian versions. The game has been made more difficult as well, as some people found the original too easy. In the Italian league, however, you are only allowed to transfer players before the season.
Camy has changed that to allow you to transfer throughout the game, as it makes for a more exciting game!
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: The English version of Tactical Manager was superb, as anyone who played our coverdisk demo will testify, and any improvements to that can only push it further up the ladder. We'll review Tactical Manager Italia soon, but until then it’s a certified thing that if you enjoyed the first one, you’ll enjoy this one.
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Team 17. Often referred to by our very own Lisa Collins as East
17. Are anything but a crowd ol spotty East Londoners wearing
baggy Irousers and directing low Hying aircralt to their
death with ridiculous homeboy hand movements. They're a
bunch ol line northern lads who only wear baggy trousers on
Sundays and direct most ot their hand movements towards Amiga
keyboards to produce rather good software. And then there's
Marcus Dyson.
Erstwhile editor ol another' Amiga magazine and Italian car fancier, Marcus is excited. Very excited.
Team 17 has afforded him the opportunity to play a wagonload ol games betore anyone else and he's not at all smug about it.
Marcus' day goes something like this: Early morning exercise consists ol diving into the pod. Arcade Pool on CD32 to be precise. Two hours ol this is usually enough before tackling Tower Assault... spending some time ironing out their most important Christmas product. Early attemoon sees him pootling around a suspiciously familiar looking game - it's Ze da, ('no! Don't say that, it's not Ze da' - claims Alan Bunker, PR man) or rather Team 17s interpretation ol the game entitled Witchwood.
Not much later the strain ol a tough day is beginning to tell; Marcus is taking out all his pent up frustration on the environmentally Iriendly tracks ol A TO, All Terrain Racing the Team's latest, and il all goes according to plan, greatest racing title. By mid afternoon he’s staring wide eyed down an alley attempting not to strike CONVEX AiiAULt out again with an early version ol the 10-pin bowling game King Pin.
Finally, by the time the bells ol Wakefield cathedral announce that it's 5 O'clock he's prowling the streets ot a strange and foreign land calling himsell Ihe King Ot Thieves and trying not to think ol how another super day in the ottice is going to end soon
- but not yet While the rest ot us are going home to hot dinners
and Brookside the lads at Team 17 lock up the doors, close the
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magazines to work lor them?
A DIFFERENT BREED Team 17s release line-up is pretty hectic during this winter and next spring. They've just launched Super Stardust (reviewed this issue) and are planning a spectacular multimedia launch ol Tower Assault tor October November. For those in the know this is not actually Alien Breed 2 part 2 or Alien Breed 2 Tower Assault or anything with a 2 in it as most other magazines have reported It s simply Alien Breed (for that is the name ol the series) Tower Assault (that being the name ol this particular instalment). But what's so special about it? Isn't this just a cynical re-hash
ol Ihe old games, purely lor prolit?
Marcus Dyson: "The lirst Alien Breed had a lot ol atmosphere, the second one was an all out blast and.
I think, lost some ol that atmospheric leel’. What was initially just going to be a re-mix [ol the first two games] has taken on a lile of its own. Becoming a totally new game.'
But what makes this one so special? "The new features, Ihe dark levels and particularly the multiple exits." The previous games were good, but they were very predictable, very straightforward. When you finished one level you knew which level would come up next."
These leatures are distinctly new to Tower Assault The dark levels involve your players moving around, unsurprisingly, in the dark, using torches to seek out objects where the only other lights visible are the cold luminous blue eyes ol the Breed The retreat feature allows you to move backwards while firing and the multiple exits, as opposed to the linear design ol the lirst two games in the series, allow you to finish Tower Assault in over 270 ways The whole game has been overhauled graphically to add even more atmosphere than Ihe lirst two. Apart from the dark levels minor touches like
dead bodies lying around in pools ol blood make the game more gruesome lhan ever and this has resulted in Tower Assault getting a 15 certificate under the new ELSPA software rating guidelines According to Alan Bunker, although this rating is purely at software houses’ discretion in the UK, it is a legal requirement in Germany where they are much more sensitive about violent images.
The other spectacular feature ol the game is going to be an incredible animated mini movie. On the CD32 version this will include over ten minutes ol Lightwave rendered footage including an intro, some inter-scene cuts and, lor those who eventually tffifi'S Sa&f&i f fij succeed in destroying the tower a three to lour minute end sequence which will make it all worth while.
The CD32 version will also include Alien Breed 2. Which has not been previously released on this lor- mat. Amiga versions will cost £19.99 and CD32 disks £29.99. Both should be out between the end ol October and mid November so we hope to have a review next month.
NEW YEAR Between Christmas and Easier ol next year Team 17 intend to launch three more lull price products and the next in their range ol ‘Arcade’ software. Late January should see Ihe release ol All Terrain Racing, a product that's been a while in the making, but looks like being well worth it.
ATR is a one or two player overland racing game with an oblique overhead view. The cars (ol which there are a choice ol three) are big, there are 36 circuits and the terrain includes forests, islands and an 'industrial' scenario. Power ups can be collected, cars bumped oil the road and sneaky shortcuts taken.
The work in progress version I played was impressively Iasi loo.
They are also very excited about King Ol Thieves which has evolved Irom being very arcade-ish to incorporating a high strategy element.
Essentially It's intended to be like Risk on Amiga, the main task being lo conquer all ol Britain using deceit, skulduggery and hand to hand combat. The graphics are quite detailed and adventure orientated as opposed to cartoon arcade orientated, see the screenshots lor examples I was very naughty mentioning Zeldaealieron. Witchwood is clearly not Zelda. Alter all it has a dilterent name and, er, dilterent graphics.
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For many years Impressions has laboured to come up with the perfect strategy game. The brief is clear; it has to be detailed and complex enough to appeal to the armies of wargamers out there.
Those who want to control everything from the movement of a group of tanks to the number of times Private Winchester picks his nose on nightwatch. Yet it has to be logical and accessible enough to appeal to the wider audience, avoiding large screens of text as much as possible.
NOW SEE THIS Detroit bore the fruit of many years experimentation and its simple graphic interface worked perfectly - the amount of control you were given was just right. Impressions had got the formula right at last.
Turning towards traditional adventure fare once again, designers David Lester and Chris Foster have been working day and night on their next release, which looks like it could be a bit of a stonker.
It's already been a huge success on the PC. So I can describe the game in present tense quite easily Take a map of England and divide it up into a dozen territories, just like Defender Ot The Crown. Now set a number of computer and human players onto the map, and give them a territory each The aim is to pillage and conquer until the entire map is under your control This you do by raising armies, sieging castles, going to war and engaging in more mundane tasks like crop rotation. So it’s fairly similar lo the age old Defender Of The Crown, but the plot is where the similarity ends.
For a start, the game is considerably more complicated than that. For example, let's take a look at farming: You have lo do everything that farming entails, from simple things like paying the workforce to more complex things like crop rotation and stock control.
You also need to be very careful about which crops you grow, as the only real way to generate wealth In the game is by trading in crops.
Your workforce and populace need to be looked after carefully and paid well or when the time comes for war and you need to raise an army, they won't come to you with open arms.
Themselves. One of the nicest things about the game is that it includes the world's first siege simulation, where you can siege another castle for months at a time, trying to smoke out the current residents.
The Amiga version of the game should be more or less identical to the PC version it programmer Tony Hosier has his way.
No stranger to Amiga conversions, Tony is the man responsible tor Tornado and Detroit, to name but two. And is confident that the A1200 version will be virtually the same as the 256 colour PC version, bar some of the larger animations. These won’t be included simply because of the number of disks they will take up. The intro animation on the PC version is over a 1 Mb. And somehow it just doesn't seem worth putting another two disks in the box so that you have something to dick through.
The game is almost complete at the moment, and I have to say that it looks like a hell of a lot of fun to play. This could be the perfect follow “Putty Squad... is Bloody Brilliant n . 90% The One August'94 irrL.. hi m w c OUT I NOW!.
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Tony Dillon wonders whether this game will outshine the rest.
Gremlin's programmers almost got it right with the original Premier Manager- but to dear any outstanding business up they ashed the public what else they wanted. The result was a management title with more options and which allowed you to do much more than any other management game ever had: Premier Manager 2.
Not one to rest on these laurels Gremlin Interactive's (as they are now known) top football geezers have gone back to the drawing board and asked Joe public once again to come up with even more ideas to add to the formula The result, Premier Manager 3. Is almost ready FANCY FOOTWORK At the time ol writing, the game is about a month trom completion, and inny mu nn BTH: nnnFFRFnr.F I FrnilF UEEK 1 :n inii'i is already quite playable. Sitting down with Gremlin PR man Steve McKevitt tor an afternoon, we took a good look at the new features added to the system, and I have to admit that the game
looks superb Most of the original Premier Manager 2 system is still in there, but they've added a hell of a lot to the game, particularly in the tactics section, which has now been rewritten beyond recognition All the players now have extended statistics, giving you a far more informed choice over who to place in your team, even down to the loot they kick best with so that you know which side ot the pitch to place them. Keeping with current trends, though, you can also decide where the players will actually play on the pitch at any given point in the game, giving you complete control over how
the game progresses.
To do this, the pitch is broken up into 12 zones, and you can define the layout of your players when the ball is in each zone. This way, if you want all the players to rush up the left wing in single file when the ball is in the opponent's goalmouth (you never know, you might want tol), you can.
All this extra tactical palaver means a lot more work tor the player however, and not everyone wants to perform all the options before a match After all. It's hard enough figuring out where your striker should run from without worrying about negotiating player salaries or booking advertising. With that in mind, Gremlin have come up with a football management first - you can hire a deputy manager.
Traditionally soccer management titles let you hire scouts and trainers, but for the first time ever you can take someone on, and then let them do part of your job.
Obviously there are dozens of applicants, and the characteristics of each decide who is going to be able to do what. A particularly stupid deputy should only be allowed to book the stand advertising. Whereas a bright one can handle just about anything.
SHOCK TACTICS The only other major graphic difference is the way the match is displayed. The pitch is viewed iso- metrically. And as the minutes tick by the positions of the players on the field are displayed This should give you some idea of where the weak spots in your game are, and allow you to tailor your team to the point where you are more or less invincible, apparently However, lile never works out that easily, so be prepared for some shocks Premier Manager 3 will be released at the end of next month, and we'll have a full review next issue.
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AMIGA SCREEN STAR going insane He starts to keep a diary, noting down all the strange things that are beginning to happen to him while he sleeps.
Sex with strangers, murder dodgy dealings and evil forces abound, his rantings become more and more erratic as he is sucked further into the Dreamweb This disturbing tome is the key to getting into Dreamweb - Empire's first adult adventure The Dreamweb a sort of collective consciousness made up of good and evil, controls a city that s set in a sort of future world Unforlunately.
Has taken control of seven people The keepers of the Dreamweb have decided to fight back and have cho sen you - Ryan - to kill these seven baddies and hence restore the natu ral equilibrium.
And so the scene is set for a network monitor wfieie you eon gather loK ol vitol information in the game LOCrTIOWt OUTSIDL f rather good adventure You conirol Ryan and must guide him through this top view game, picking off the seven evil ones and executing them in (and this is essential) the right order - going back to the keeper after each execution to find out who to track down next. Sounds simple enough, but it isn't. You have to logi cally work your way through the game, by hunting around and visiting various locations, to gather all the information and items that you need Just to
complicate things even further there rs a network which you can log into once you've found the password and the right cartridge, to glean various bits of extra information that will help you through the game GOOD GAMEPLAY A lot of time has been spent on the gameplay and it shows Dreamweb is very easy to get into. The point and click interface means that all you have to do is drag the pointer over to the item you wish to examine and you can then decide to either use it now or stash it away in your inventory for a later stage All of the various locations in the game host a plethora of items
which have been lovingly crafted with intricate detail right down to a fridge which is stocked up with orange juice, milk and butter Not all the items are necessary. But then again that's the fun of the game - finding out exactly what you need.
Dreamweb is linear which means it will not let you progress unless you have all the information or items you need A message like: Maybe I’ve forgotten something will flash up and send you scurrying back to where you came from to make sure you have everything.
There is also a lot of humour dotted throughout the game For example there is some interesting interaction with dodgy looking types in bars who tell you to shove off (or words a bit less polite than thatl if you are bothering them.
TINY SPRITES The graphics in Dreamweb are good and contribute to the dark moody and atmospheric feel of the game.
However the actual window 7™" that the game is played in only takes up a minute portion of the screen so the sprites and items themselves are unnecessarily tiny.
Thankfully there is a zoom option but the game would ~-- have been much more enjoy- j able (but no doubt slower) had this window been bigger. JI c AnlS MURDER L In all Dreamweb is a very enjoyable graphic adventure. It has been rated 18 due to its adult nature though.
However, the infamous sex scene involving the rock star David Crane (one ot the evil ones) having it off with a groupie is merely laughable because the sprites are so tiny you can hardfy tell what sex they are. Let alone see any action. Another reason for the 18 rating is due to the graphic nature of the killings. One of the victims is seen dragging her entrails along the ground pleading tor her life.
Perhaps this is the most chilling aspect of Dreamweb - it all seems so very realistic. Some might argue that there is a slight difference between blasting away mindlessly at cartoon mutants in a shoot 'em up and actually premeditating and carry ing out serial executions' However, whatever your moral stance if all you are interested in is a good involving _ graphic adven- ' ture. And you are over 18 - Dreamweb is the game for you CU Oh my God. They v* nicked my Deal trainer*.
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alongside the review on page 66).
Embryo is a strange game to place. It's perhaps best to look at it as a very simple, mouse-controlled flight simulator. You are dropped in a warzone in an unusual craft that can fly at very high speeds, is amazingly manoeuvrable, can fly backwards and hover, and just about anything else you could want a combat aircraft to do. On board this mystery hi-tech vehicle are all the weapons you could ever use, ranging from central and side-mounted cannons, guided aJ interesting one tha t goes by _B the name of energy balls and The world’s simplest flight sim? Or the world’s most convincing shoot ’em
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Tony Dillon can’t decide, but then that’s nothing new.
DISKS £25 ffi tires what I can only describe GAME REVIEt gj 1 as 'blobs' at the enemy. They might look silly, but believe 9 you me they can do a lot S-, i ot damage.
S I The reason tor all this n ‘ | hardware is very simple. Your 9 , j green and pleasant land has ¦ been taken over by an invad- Ba ing lorce and you are the only Al one with the skills to go in A alone and take out every last HI unit ot enemy inlantry. To aid you in your quest is a map.
Which shows you the main enemy base in the current mission area, and a radar which alerts you it you're having the stuffing shot out of you by an airborne assailant or one on terra lirma. And whereabouts in the surrounding area you'll find them.
PLAYABLE?
Each mission is more or less the same. At the start you are shown a very attractive photograph of the area you're going into, and a text description of Ihe kind of thing to look out for as you're out there wreaking havoc Click past that, and you go into the main game itself, already airborne (for some reason, the ground s are all done behind the s from this point on. You have to find as much as possible to kill, and kill itl The game is very playable indeed Although you have the choice of playing with mouse, keys or joystick, the game adually works best using the mouse, with a similar control
method to Core's Thunderhawk. Moving the mouse left ot nght banks the plane, while forward and back yaw' the craft - moving its nose up and down. Clicking the nght mouse button selects a weapon, and clicking the left fires it.
If you hold down the right mouse button, then slide the mouse forward or back the motion sets Ihe throttle.
Such an intuitive control method means that you can concentrate on playing whal gets to be a very hectic and tricky game, without worrying about dodgy joysticks.
GRAPHICS The game graphics are fairly basic as tar as polygons go. But this is only because Croteam have concentrated on getting the game speed nght, rather than making the mountains look pretty And believe me it does run fast. With a full 50 Hertz update on an Al 200 and pretty dose to that on an A500. Ihe game is very smooth indeed, and to my mind this makes the game look a lot better than a more complicated polygon arrangement would.
Embyro is quite a hard game to classify, as you could draw comparisons with everything from Guardian 'to Combat Air Patrol If you want a fast 3D shoot 'em up. A little dogfighting or just the thrill ot strafing an airfield at low altitude while dodging tons of incoming fire, then this is the game for you. Playmates. ® BLACK LEGEND £25.99 Ull 9 A500. 9 MOO 9 A1200 9 A1SD0 n A2000 9 A3000 9 A 000 9 BLACK LEGEND. FULLING MILL LANE.
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so did the public: Bloodhouse found themselves with a major hit on their hands. So, changing publishers from Daze Marketing to Team 17. Work began on Super Stardust, an AGA expanded version of the original game, and we've been waiting hungrily ever since.
The graphics are perhaps ihe biggest selii.yg pom* ol Super Stardust Juel look al those beautiful lightwave-rendered images. THE ORIGINAL By way of explanation here’s a quick recap: the original game had you flying a solo spaceship, armed with a rudimentary shield and laser cannon, flying through an asteroid belt chock-a-block with huge rocks, which you then have to blast into smaller and smaller fragments until they disappear.
Bloodhouse have been promising this for quite some time, and Tony Dillon never lets anyone break a promise.
This is done against the clock, and bearing in mind that every time you shoot a rock it splits into two, you end up with a hell of a lot of small rocks floating around, all of which need to be avoided if you want to stay in one piece.
Gala»V * So far it sounds like rroth- _ ing more than Asteroids, but then that’s because I haven't told you about any of the bonus parts of the game For a start, there are barrel loads of enemy craft that visit you on various levels, such as the flame thrower - a round disclike craft that follows you around the screen blowing streams of fire in your direction, or the Predator, an unusual cloaked ship, that causes a ripple in the backdrop as it moves around before it appears and starts firing homing missiles at you. Hardest of all though, are the end of world enemy ships that appear when you
have completed all six levels of the current world.
These are larger than any other ships in the game and as you might expect, are far harder to kill.
Another new addition to the Asteroids format are the bonus objects that appear when you destroy certain rocks. These can be anything from an extra life or a shield bonus up to smart bombs and a strange spiralling explosion that takes out everything within a quarter ot a screen radius.
THE BUSINESS The best part of all. However, and the one thing that most Al 200 owners (including Tony Horgan) have been waiting for is the tunnel section. This takes the part ot a warp gate between worlds, and CU AMIGA there's rolling around. It all looks fabulous, to say the least.
Thankfully, the gameplay matches up Somewhat faster and smoother than the original Stardust, this is the kind ot game you can pick up in a moment and then get hooked in the next. A solid game from start to finish, Super Stardust has the kind of sheen that not many games ever get close to, and if you're an AGA machine owner, you'd be insane to miss it's!)
«oks like a large bitmap tunnel with your cratt viewed (ram behind (third person) flying torward at an incredi- ae speed while trying to avoid other asteroids and attacking ships.
In the original Stardust this ettect was incredible, on the AGA update I s one of the most impressive pieces of game programming ever.
You can see from the screenshots on this page just how impressive it looks when it’s still, and you really can t imagine how amazing it looks when it's moving at a speed ol knots.
The biggest setting point ot the whole game has to be the graphics. The original Stardust impressed everyone from the point of view that all the asteroids had been rendered with full light sourcing, but that can't prepare anyone tor the sight ot Lightwave-rendered aster oids the size ot halt Ihe screen GAME REVIEW |ust ono example ol the superb i that wo ve all been waiting tor.
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their superb management title. Tony Dillon says, “Danke”.
Some of you may have noticed that the World Cup edition of this mighty football management game made it onto the shelves long before the original was ready. The same people might also notice that this version of the game isn't as advanced, user friendly or attractive as the previously-released edition The lew of you who take the time to think about this will probably find it all a little strange that the original was released after the sequel.
There is a reason for all of this, and it isn't just because the programming team are German. Well, actually it is. Anstoss. As it was ortgi- nally titled, has been available in Germany for quite some time, and the German football league is set up quite differently to the UK league.
When it came to converting the German product tor the UK. It was tar easier and quicker to convert the World Cup edition, where all that was needed was a language change, than it was to completely restructure the game. There you have it.
BACKGROUND On The Ball is a football management simulation, where you have to take a Premier Division team and help them rtse through the ranks, hopefully beyond National football and out into the European cups and the Cup Winner's Cup. You start at the beginning of the season, and have to select the right team, give them the right training and tactics and hopefully all will work out well.
You have limited control over the finances of the club, improving the stadium to increase capacity, negotiating with advertisers and team members and generally keeping an eye on everything you can. If you've played football management titles before, then you'll know what to expect.
The presentation on On The Ball is slick. All the screens In the game were originally water- I-] colour illustrations, j scanned in and retouched I B on the Amiga, giving a wonderful overall feel to the game. Character has been used liberally, but not quite as liberally as the World Cup edition. A lot of the humour that appeared In the WC version is missing from this one - possibly the most amusing thing in the game is the little illustration of the ball on the GRAPHICS HhmmllX SOUND M«MMM*MX LASTABILITY M«7I% PLAYABILITY •• M47SX Good management title, but lacking the J gloss ol the
sequel.
OVERALL 78% 1 iAU MATCHING UP The match is possibly the best part of the whole presentation however. You are shown a clock ticking away the time, as always, but whenever something of interest happens, the screen cuts to a watercolour animation of the happening, which can be anything from a foul to a dose shave at the goalmouth.
There are about forty minutes worth of these animation on the three disks, and they do work well when it comes to creating a little tension in the dosing minutes.
On The Ball is a competent enough management title, with more than enough in the way of statistics and options to keep the most ardent playing for weeks, but I can't help but feel a little let down by it all. This is a perfect frame for a management title, bul all of the gloss and shine of the World Cup edition just isn't there. You have very limited training and tactical abilities, you do end up seeing the same few screens over and over as you work through the league, and even the events that can pop up after matches (little news items that bring either good or bad luck to the team) fail to
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F OTB L GLORYM What’s this? A group of Croatians have come up with a football game better than Sensi Soccer? Dillon thinks so.
It's an inevitable tact ot writing lor a computer magazine that all the same old comparisons and benchmarks keep coming up. Take tootbali games tor example. Every single arcade soccer game that comes into the office has to be scrutinized and carefully checked to see how it compares to Sensible Software's ettort.
Simply because It's guaranteed that the tlrst question you'll be asked on the game is how it stands up.
Sensible Soccer has been an unbeaten benchmark tor tar too long however and Black Legend's new Croatian arm Croteam seem to agree.
Football Glory may not have the greatest title ever, but believe you me that’s the only bad point in the game.
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" jV It you've already played our exclusive coverdemo, then there's really no need for me to try and tell you how good this game actually is. In the same way that Sensible took as many good elements Irom Kick Off 2 as they could, and then built their own ideas on top, Croteam have picked Sensi Soccer to bits and then added just about every new feature it's possible to add, from a whole host ot new animations and moves to an incredibly comprehensive control system.
THE BARE BONES On a very basic level, it's your standard top view soccer game, where two people take control ol 22 players in a 90-minute competition where the aim is to get the small round thing at your feet into the large net thing at the other end ot the playing area, or pitch.
There are all the usual cups and competitions to play in. As well as a variety ot practice modes, dif- terent pitches to play on, different weather conditions to play in, differently skilled players and all the other usual options found in these games.
Playing the game is as easy as it could be for the beginner. That isn't to say you stand the slightest chance of winning against the computer if you just pick up the joystick and start running.
Croteam have taken a long, hard look at all the things players actually do when playing football, and have included just about everything possible. Naturally it goes without saying that all the usual sliding tackles, bicycle kicks and diving headers are in there, but the amount of new moves put in is quite incredible. For example, it a player slides you, a simple twitch of the joystick will roll the ball around the tackle, and then get the player under your control to jump over the player sliding toward them Of course, this isn't a very easy move to pull off, as you really don't have a
lot of time to do quite a complicated joystick manoeuvre, but then how much time would you have in real life.
There are a lot of flash moves added to the game as well, such as ball juggling. If you want to see this in action, boot the coverdisk. Select a one-player game, and leave the joystick alone when the whistle goes After about ten seconds the player with the ball will get bored and start juggling. This is of no use at all In the game, except when antagonising a human opponent. Imagine how you would feel if a player had just run rings around your keeper, and then proceeded to stand in your goalmouth and head the ball for a while before belting it info the back of the net!
One of the places where the game really excels is in the graphics department There are dozens of little animations for the tiny characters on screen, to cover every single type of incident that can happen during a football match. On top of the moves mentioned above there are all sorts of little quirks: players perform little Roger Milla dances alter goals, there's a doctor who comes on after a particularly nasty foul (he examines the player and either patches them up. Or if they are beyond help will signal for the stretcher. Two stretcher bearers run on, lift the player, throw them on a
plank, and then mn back off the pitch again, j. streakers, players collecting cups and police who chase fans off the pitch It's just as much fun to watch the game as it is to play it.
Similarly, a lot of attention has been paid to the sound in the game.
Obviously there is a full complement of crowd cheers and chants, played in stereo and worked dynAMIGAlly to respond to whatever happens on the field.
A reverb effect has been added to the ref’s whistle to give il a far more realistic sound, and it's touches like that that make the game stand out. Best of all, is the commentary speech lhal comes in whenever something particularly spectacular happens. I’m not going to tell you what it says, but when it happens, you can’t help but sit back and grin proudly.
GAME REVIEW CU AMIGA The real selling point of Football Glory, however, has to be the fact that it is so tremendously playable. If you aren’t used to Sensible Soccer style controls, you can play it quite simply and still stand a chance of winning. With some practice, though, and a little time and effort mastering moves like jumping a sliding tackle, or dummying the ball before running around a player, it all becomes a true test of skill, and two talented players playing against each other is a sight to behold. What can I say? The mighty Sensi beaten at last? Yep. The best arcade soccer game
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Robinsons Requiem has been a long time coming. Over a year
ago. Silmarils announced that they were going to create what
could be the adventure to end all others. A game where you
are left in a wilderness to lend for yourself, where the
puzzles are mostly made up of just trying to stay alive, and
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games, maybe, and even create a completely new genre!
WAS IT WORTH IT?
Thai was over a year ago, and after seemingly endless delays, lalse starts and a myriad of tempting screenshots, the game is finally ready lor all you lucky Amiga owners Sadly, however, it doesn't look quite as amazing as the first screenshots implied. Instead ol the glorious tex- ture mapped Voxel landscaping used in the PC version, we have far simpler polygons that, to be honest, just don't do the job they should.
However, the graphics are not unbelievably bad and the first person 3D perspective really works. And if there is one thing that really will make people sit up and beg when they see Robinson's, is the fact that it is a good game You play a young cadel working for the AWE. Alien World Exploration, a group of people whose job it is to seek out new worlds and search every inch of them. You have five years to explore the hazardous planet you’ve been assigned, and are about to land fully equipped and prepared, when suddenly everything goes wrong on board, and you are forced to eject onto the
planet's surface. From that point you're on your own. And have to fend for yourself in one of the most hostile terrains you are ever going to encounter.
RARE BONES The main option acreen lota you completely customiao tho gam*, from a witching illnesses and weather on and off. To aottlng tho scroon sire and lovol of detail to tho game.
You start the game with nothing more than basic clothing and a medical computer, which gives you all the information you need to see how healthy you are. It shows you how much food and water you require, your heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature plus surrounding information such as temperature and local time II that isn'i enough lor you, then dick on the first aid icon. This shows you a computer image of your body, with all its external marks, bruises and cuts.
Clicking on the body scan icon gives you a brief internal examination. Where you can discover if you have any fractures, food poisoning or any other internal damage I told you this game was all about staying alive, didn't I? Bet you didn't think you would end up playing doctor.
So the first and most important thing to get your hands on has to be some medical supplies. Scouring the area you find your crashed ship, and in the wreckage you’ll find your medical kit, containing all the drugs and equipment you could need. Now you're on your way.
Wandering around some more.
You come across other Robinsons, who have gone a little mad. These will attack you. And you must fight back the only way you can - with your fist. Punching them to the ground, you strip them of their knife, matches and water bottle.
Now the game starts to get a little tricky, moving away from Ihe standard adventure lormat. For example, walking to a nearby pond you can fill the bottle with water. However, instead of just drinking it you have to think of a way to make it pure. So, lighting a fire with the matches, you place the water bottle in the flames to boil Ihe water, thereby purifying it and making it sate to drink. Heading towards the nearby trees, you cut down some fruit for food, and some leaves which you can stitch together using the needle and thread in your medical pack to form a rudimentary hat. Which will
protect your head from the sun. BRAIN POWER From the examples above you can probably tell already that this isn't your ordinary 'pick up one object and drop II in anolher location' type ol adventure. Playing lor an hour makes il quite obvious why Robinson 's Requiem has taken so long lo appear A lot ol work as gone into the game. II contains a complete working world environment, along with the most intelligent object manipulation I've ever come across.
In the bank ol icons on the right ot the screen is a tool icon, which lets you combine any objects to create new. More uselul ones - the leaves and the needle lo make a hat. Lor example, or a piece ol wire and a branch to create a rudimentary trap.
The possibilities seem endless, which actually makes playing the game a little daunting. After all, adventure game preconceptions suggest that every item you pick up just needs to be used in the right location to solve the puzzle - Robinson's Requiem is a game that you're really going to have to think about.
Visually, the game is a bit ot a let down Rather than go with the sumptuous Voxel landscaping ol the PC version, Silmanls have used the rather nasty polygon terrain tor the Amiga version, and to be honest it doesn't really do the job. Although it's convincing enough on the plain, when you're walking around at ground level and there isn’t much to look out lor, it loses It when you go anywhere where you have to walk carefully, like the top ol a hill for example. It's quite difficult to make out where it's sale to walk and where It Isn't.
Add to that the speed ol the update, which Is fairly awful at the best ol times, even when running on the lowest detail with a reduced screen, and you can find yourself tailing when you don't expect it.
INVOLVING GAME To be honest, though. I lound the game so involving that I completely lorgot about the disappointing graphics. How much attention can you pay to the look ol a game when your brain is constantly figuring out how you can use a bottle ol aspirin with an eagle's egg to create an interesting trap?
At the end ol the day, Robinson s Requiem s gameplay is every bit as fresh and original as it was intended to be. Even though it is let down by the graphics. As a result it s quite difficult to mark. It's a very hard game to get your head around, although survival experts will doubtlessly have no problem at all In walking through the game first time.
CU AMIGA GAME REVIEW A mighty challenge from start to finish, marred only by the graphics and the relative speed ol the game If you want something new that will completely blow your brain, then this could well be the game for you.
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game play isn't too bad. And il played on an A1200 moves at a lair speed, it's just not all that exciting or challenging, ultimately ending up as the sort ol thing you play once a year and complete on your lirst or second go.
An interesting game, but try to have a play before you pay y just to be on the sale side.
BLUES BROTHERS TITUS OUT NOW £7.99 I think it's lair to say that the Blues Brothers lilm is a das* sic. I also think it's (air to say that the Blues Brothers game isn't. It s not all thal bad, and in fact il you like simple plat- formers, you won’t be too disappointed, but we've come to expect more Irom our games these days, and to be honest, this Titus budget release just leaves me a bit cold now.
I do remember when it originally came out, and do remember enjoying it quite a bit, It just seems that we've seen about a million games ol this genre since, making a second appearance nothing more than a reminder ol how 'not really that good' it was lirst time round.
The basic idea is that the player controls either Jake or Elwood Blues, and must make his way around a number ot plat- formed levels, collecting spinning disks and performing general platlorm activities. Not the worst game ever, but not the best. Ho hum.
I’d never actually heard of this game when it arrived as a budget release, so I was both pleased and surprised to find that it's actually quite interesting. For the most pari The Executioner is an arcade game based upon the old classic Thrust, with you controlling your craft in a rotate right left and thrust' fashion, while gravity, media and gravity have their wicked way with you.
The authors have tried to cover up the obvious Thrust cloniness by adding an overall mission element to the game; sending the player off to a number of planets to capture prisoners and bring them back for questioning. This is where the executioner' pad of the game appears, as you.
To put it simply todure your prisoners until they either tell you what you want, or ... er.
Die Not padicularly sound on a moral level I know, but then again, nor are the death moves in Mortal Kombat The Executioner is ultimately nothing more than an attractive clone but you could do a lot worse for
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VALHALLA AND tAe LORD Of’lNFINltY T in? Ru On the opening screen of level three you'll find yourself trapped between two floor tiles, pick up the cement from the tomb beside you and drop it on one of the tiles, walk over it and pick up the monocle, the door key and the kirby grib, then operate the large drain to the right of your relafive and take the arrow Operate the tap and take the granny smith which is on the tree stump. Put the arrow on the crossbow, operate the lever and then take the toffee that was inside the apple Insert the toffee into the toffee lover and take the potion of seeing
and the green fingers potion from the chests that open. Operate the drain near the tree stump and take the seeds Walk down to the wall near the drain where you found the arrow. Drink the potion of seeing Is mis s asgosi I sss belors ms?
And a door will appear. Quickly unlock it before the potion runs out or it will disappear forever. Pick up the book of relatives, the bag of sand, the book about river keepers and a bottle of stamina which are beneath one of the drains.
Put the seeds in the tub of earth, operate the tap and take the flower, travel back to the first room and put the flower in the vase, take the poetry and the ring of goodwill from the chests that open.
Put the ring of goodwill on the altar of dispute and take the white dove Go back to the first room and face the river keeper, then select the white dove and look at while it is in your rucksack, the river keeper will grumpily allow you to cross to the other side of the river.
HAIR SLIDES Pick up the French drama and pull the lever, then cross over to the left- hand side where the spiked door has changed to a door with locks. Insert the kirby grib and walk into the room where the door locks behind you.
Operate the drain to the river keeper in this room and read the books about the sweet that's sensitive to sound. Put the sand on the floor tile in front of the sweet then walk on the sand and take the sweet that would otherwise disappear. Pick up the kettle and match from in front of the tap, then put the kettle on the floor an fill it with water Put the match on the grill, remove It when it's lit then put the kettle on the grill. The kettle whistles ana the glass beside it breaks revealing the key to your escape. Before you eventually leave the room pull the lever then go and search for
the door that Is open.
After exploring the new room and picking up a song sheet go back into the room where the cannon is and insert the toffee into the toffee lover. Take the lyrical potion then go and find the poet's tomb. Put the poetry on the poet's tomb, drink the lyrical potion and look at the poetry which will change into a pair ol slippers, the perfect gift for grandad who you can identify using the book of relatives. He's so delighted he gives you a toffee which you insert in the toffee lover to the right of the room - the other one is trapped. Take the cannon ball and a bottle of stamina.
Insert the cannon ball in front of the cannon then drop the lit match on the back of the cannon to blow up the rock that is blocking your way.
AdMdpoWW* DRAMA QUEEN In this next room operate the drain and take the quill, then return the monocle to Uncle George, after taking the cross, who thanks you for your trouble. Put the French drama P°*r or so msy say.
On his coffin and he kindly translates it into an English play. Drop the quill into the inkwell in the room you have just come from and take the globe of wisdom and the Hercules drink from the chests.
Travel back to the room where you found the disappearing sweet and face the river keeper, look at the globe of wisdom in your rucksack then cross to the other side of the river where you will find Shakespeare's drink.
MUSICIAN'S TOMB Put the English drama on Lord Monty's coffin, drink Shakespeare’s drink then look at the play which disappears. This wakes Lord Monty up and if you took at his face he will tell you that he is aching all over Go into the room where grandad is lying, drink the Hercules drink then pick up the piano. Go and find the musicians tomb, drop the piano then operate the keys, a short tune informs you that you've got it right and a lever appears on the wall behind you, this opens the door into the next room.
In here are four plants that all remove your stamina when you try to remove a leaf, and a Nanny who asks you for Fluffy. Drink the green fingers then take the leaf from the bottom left plant, go and find the herbalist bowl where the leaf is exchanged for a healing potion which Lord Monty will truly appreciate, in return he gives you the first of the four official plates.
SWEET TOOTH Back in the room where you found the plants, take the toffee from the corner which you give to the nearest toffee lover, take Fluffy the teddy bear from the chest and the choral drink. Give Fluffy to Nanny who rewards you with a door key. Put the songsheet on the singer's tomb in the canon room, drink the choral drink then look at the songsheet, after a burst of song from the prince the songsheet disappears and somewhere a door opens to the room which contains Lord Charles, he won't speak to you as he was buried without a funeral but you can operate a drain and take the royal seal.
This seal goes on the royal note and opens two chests, take the lucky heather and the wizard's wand.
LUCKY HEATHER Put the lucky heather on the gypsy’s tomb and take the bad luck horseshoe, put this on the mirror in the room where you found the disappearing toffee, the mirror changes the bad luck to a good luck horseshoe. Go and find the river keeper that lives in the same room as the musicians’ tomb, face him and look at the lucky horseshoe, on the other side of the river pull the lever that opens a door and take the gem.
COMPLETE SOLUTION Now you can enter the room you have yet to explore, in here find a recipe which changes into dough when placed on the cook's tomb, a stone tablet with ‘two’ written on it and a plank.
HOCUS POCUS Take the candle from the artist tomb and drop it into the candle holder you should have come across by now. Take a door key which tells of the brave boy who confronted the faces of evil, this informs you of the correct face in which to insert the red gem to avoid suffering pain and despair. Insert the gem into the third evil face from the left to be rewarded with a gift to enable you to be a wizard for a short time, rush back to the wizard's tomb before your power vanishes, put the wizard's wand on his tomb then look at it, the wand changes into a blank canvas. Put the blank
canvas on the artist's tomb and a portrait of Lord Terry miraculously draws itself onto the canvas. Lord Terry by this time has probably already told you one half of a joke which he continues to do each time you look at his face. Put his portrait on his coffin, look at his face and he will tell you the whole joke which isn’t at all funny but the portrait is changed into the second official plate.
Isn't the little prince so cute?
Exchanged for a saw which you can’t take at this stage. Go and find the river keeper that responds when you look at the bread of plenty in your rucksack. On the other side of the river pull a lever which opens a chest in another room and then take the blade resist potion. In the open chest you will find a potion of sermons and a bee.
CU AMIGA Put the funeral wreath on Lord Charles' coffin, drink the potion of sermons then look at the wreath.
Lord Charles is released from his torment and his ghost has disappeared leaving behind the staff of honour. In the same room drink the blade resist potion and take the saw. Drop it onto Lord Diabolis’ coffin then wait till the blade resist potion has run out. Touch the saw and the Prince will scream in pain which wakes up Lord Diabolis, look at his face and he will ask what your ambition is.
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POLICE QUEST I desperately need your help. I've been stuck at the Hotel Delphoria in Police Quest 1 for ages Woody the bartender has told me to dump the broad (Sweet Cheeks) and then come back. However, I can't get rid of her.
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OIVI3 THE OFFICIAL AMOS PD LIBRARY ON COMPACT DISC The Official Amos PD Library is tlie largest source of Amos related source code and programs in the w orld I today. The library is mn by Lcn & Anne Tucker and I is endorsed by Europrca Software, the publishers of I .Amos and Amos Pro. This compact disc contains the I entire library from disk I to 620. Cadi one arranged in I it's own directory and catalogued. The dec contains I in excess of 33X100 files with over 1600 Amos source I code files. 1(10 spntc hunkv 260 Qext banks. 800 I samples, numerous music bonks and several 1 extensions to Amos
& Amos Pro. Workbench is also included as arc Pamct and Semct to allow transfer of £ the contents across a network from both the CDTV [ and the CD*2. This CD is truly a testament to the immense following that Amos and Amos Pro has j achieved in the past few years and represents I thousands of man hours of writing Amos code which I will prove to be an invaluable source of help and | tuition to the Amos user. Weird Science is proud to bring you this remarkable resource for only' Compatible with all Amigas 195 BITMAP FONTS 120 COLOURED FONTS 107 ADOBE FONTS 80 POSTSCRIPT FONTS 79 CG FONTS 214
ICONS OVER 10.000 FILES 500 24 BIT IMAGES ALSO IN HAM8 & HAM 1308 COLOUR CLIP ART 2139 MONO CLIP ART 93 SCALEABLE CLIPS 750 MUSIC MODULES 2300 SAMPLES i Network CD SIMPLE NETWORKING TOOLS FOR AMIGA CD |t-$ a link between a CDTV or CD32 and any other j The CD32 or CDTV acts as a remote drive for your Amiga, allowing
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This month... WORD PLUS PRO VERO BACK-UPS AMIGA OS 3.1 DPAINT INTERVIEW TURBOCALC TYPESMITH ENCRYPTION X-CAD READERS’ MUSIC SAMSUNG PRINTER WIN, WIN, WIN PRO GRAB 24RT PD SCENE PD UTILS ART GALLERY WORD PLUS PROFESSIONAL osiword aid I you're into crosswords in a serious way, you might find this new utility ol some interest You know how it is, it's more than an hour since you started and you know that anagram is lurking within the clue but can you solve it?
Word Plus Professional comes to the rescue. Well, at least theoretically ; it certainly got all the answers right in the Sunday Times edition. It also managed to lind several words when I only had one or two letters, e.g. C?R????? Became CURLICUE, but only with considerable searching through options. It has the option ot searching its dictionary lor words containing a certain sequence ot letters, e.g. ADD becomes LADDER. WADDLE etc., which is certainly useful tor the Times crossword You can also get it to tell you what words can be made from a particular word, e g NEPOTISM indudes MINE.
STONE etc. Lastly you can add words to the dictionary All these options can help make short work of just about any crossword and might also be useful it you enioy entering competitions. This program is not going to change your ability to do a good crossword overnight though. You need to be well versed in your favourite puzzle's ways before Words Plus Pro will be ol any use (for instance, you must know that a statement like 'One main dump’ is an anagram). The program becomes near useless if the due has more than one word in the answer though, this goes for both the anagram and Make Words’
options.
So, when it comes to the crunch Word Plus Pro might well be useful to you it you are a crossword buff and already know your stuff but will be of only limited use if you are a beginner. The program itself is very well designed and easy fo use. Most importantly it Is quick.
There aren't piles of options because you don't need them which makes the program ideal for the computer shy. When the program can handle multiple words from a single due it will be a killer. As it stands Word Plus Pro has the biggest dictionary. The fastest sorting and is definitely the best Amiga program of this type Available from: Richard Butler, Reconley Software, 649 London Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 1EZ. FTETfr Price: £14.96 including P.P. VERO BACK-UPS PRO uninterruptible power supply Power cuts can be a real pain I hope that one never happens to you in the middle of
a mator piece of work - especially if you're not in the habit of saving regularly Power cuts are not |USt caused by an electridty board strike, the possibilities are endless For example: someone switches on a high powered drill causing all kinds of mains spikes' resulting in a crash, or someone accidentally unplugs your machine, the list goes on.
VERO UPS could be the solution to a good percentage of your nightmares. The VERO UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) is a chunky little block which goes between your computer and your mains socket. Basically it's a fairly hefty battery with a few little gizmos built in. What happens is this: the mains goes off and within five milliseconds the battery kicks in to power your computer, letting out an alarm to warn you of the problem.
If you use an Amiga professionally then you’ll definitely need one of these. Especially If you leave your machine rendering over night or engage In similar lengthy tasks. It only takes one idiot trying out a badly wired plug to blow your trip switch and bang - a whole working day is lost because you'll have to render it all again. The same goes for systems which are linked via modem to other sites.
The unit is very well made and encased mostly in metal. It's also damned heavy, weighing in at an impressive 11 3Kg for something not much bigger than a shoe box. It has a two stage alarm which is useful. A simple repetitive bleep at first then a real howl as time moves on. The most important thing has to be performance and here the Vero does well Before it even had a chance to be fully charged it managed to keep my A1200 and 1084s monitor going for over 17 minutes, this while the hard disk was being constantly accessed. With a full charge it should do more, but that will depend on your set
up.
If you are using your computer seriously then I go further than ]ust recommending a UPS. This unit is not the cheapest available, but is the best low price UPS I have seen for a long time. The question is not can you afford one bul can you afford a powercut if you don’t have one.
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GET SERIOUS CU AMIGA m AMIGA OS and Kickstart For more years than I care to remember Amiga users have struggled with version one point something ot Kickstart and workbench. The people who did, and often still do, use the older OS (operating system) are a hardy breed.
Now the time has come to wave a definite goodbye to that old, familiar, blue screen, OS 3.1 has arrived with a splash that has left ripples throughout the Amiga community.
If you are a serious Amiga user, this is a must. I say serious because to use it without a hard drive is a chore, it will work but expect to get disk shuffler's wrist within a few days. If you are using a OS version less than
3. 0 then you'll have days of fun exploring the new features in
here, things like the ability to read and write PC disks
(really useful lor 'borrowing' PC graphics and fonts), the
outrageously large amount of preferences programs and,
perhaps most importantly, support for CD-ROM. There are all
kinds of little extras to discover and several hundred pages
of manual explaining how to discover them.
There are two versions available at the moment, one for A500 A1500 A2000 owners and one for A3000 A4000 owners. A600 and A1200 owners have no apparent way of upgrading. In the case of the A1200 there's no need to worry, the OS 3.1 disks automatically patch the OS 3.0 ROM into 3.1, you jusl loose a little memory. Unfortunately in the A600 the ROM is surface mounted so owners will have to upgrade to the A1200 or A4000 if they want OS 3.1. The price is perhaps Ihe main reason for all those ripples in the Amiga community. It certainly isn't cheap, but perhaps it is a lot cheaper than it might
first appear. An Arexx manual is included, which would cost you £20 bought separately.
Then there's the most important thing, if you have an OS version 2 or higher, you can sell it on to someone with OS 1, which will benefit the Amiga community as a whole. So in real terms OS 3.1 only costs £40 - £50. I would still rather il were cheaper, but at least breaking it down makes it easier to swallow.
All in all, for professional and serious users this is a must. It's not cheap, but it kicks the A500 and A2000 into the nineties and adds a real sparkle to them. The only question left lingering is would it be a better alternative to upgrade your machine to an A1200 A4000 instead?
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ISeCCER EGPERT Football forecast Generator The New Version This outstanding football result predictor program gives you the intelligent way to win - predictions are generated from user entered values.
The stored information of the software can be combined with additional team and fixture information from your own sources (e.g. newspapers, tips, latest results etc..) to give you maximum flexibility.
You decide how the predictions are calculated by applying your own choice of 'weights' (e.g. Home advantage. Current form etc..). pS SOPHISTICATED, COMPREHENSIVE FEATURES THE INTELUGENT PREDICTION SYSTEM 0 FOR FIXED ODDS & POOLS ,0*«, LEAGUE TABLES & STATISTICS .
Ii£fa jo CLEAR MENU OPTIONS Awl $ POINT AND CLICK USER INTERFACE 0 FIXTURES AND RESULTS EASILY ENTERED Kl PRINTING OPTION INCLUDED 5 "I used Ihe program lor Ihe first time on Saturday. I put four lines on a fixed-odds coupon, all predictions taken directly from the program. The success rate was as follows; 9 correct out of 15 (60%) 7 correct out of 10 (70%) 3 correct out of 4 (75%) 7 correct out of 7 (100%) You have one very satisfied customer-looking forward to next season!"
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£3 “Simply the most comprehensive and easiest to use.
Delighted to receive It within days of sending my order!"
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"Seven out of ten results predicted correctly. One of the most accurate prediction programs around. Using a complicated system of weights and measures, it takes the current performances of all the teams in all the leagues to predict the likely outcome of a match. A Class Product."
CU Amiga Accuracy Test - March 1994 A NOTE FROM voithia Please note lhal no preaction program is guaranteed to make you money. The Soccer Expert is designed lo interact with and enhanco your own knowledge of the sport- Have fun.
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Please make cheques postal orders payable to VOITHIA Orders despatched promptly Send correspondence lo: VOITHIA SOFTWARE (CUA Dept.), 32 HIGH STREET, WELSHPOOL, POWYS, SY21 7JP U.K. ny Horgan talks to the men behind the Amiga’s most popular graphics package.
Ever wondered just who is responsible for the Amiga's best loved graphics package? The full credits list would be as long as your arm, but we’ve tracked down three of the main players in the production of Deluxe Paint 5.
Lee Ozer - Deluxe Paint Engineer Like many ot the creative talents who have worked with Electronic Arts, Lee’s entry into the big time began with the Amiga. Lee attended Stanford and designed her own major in Artificial Intelligence. She came to work on some of Dan Silva's original Deluxe Paint code, which was called Prism Graphics Primitives at that time. Six months later she returned to finish her degree at Stanford, and stayed on to do an MS degree in Computer Science.
Dallas Hodgson - Deluxe Paint Engineer Dallas J Hodgson got hooked on programming in
1978. He worked his way through college and high school,
searching for ways to integrate his interests in art and
music with the use of technology.
When the Amiga was released In 1985, Dallas embraced the exciting new platform, writing the popular PD utility NewZap.
Dallas moved to Silicon Valley to get closer to where it all began. He'd worked on embedded operating systems, paint software, data analysis tools, disk utilities and game software before landing his job with Electronic Arts.
Orlando Guzman - Associate Producer Orlando had a fascination with art and technology for as long as he can remember. In 1986 he bought his first Amiga on the strength of its graphics alone. After college in 1989, he went through jobs as an assistant teacher and a video graphics artist. Orlando was hired at Electronic Arts to do customer support, mainly because he was well versed in the use of the Amiga and Deluxe Paint.
He never through that he would end up as part of the design team, doing production work on Dpaint AGA and Dpaint 5.
INTERROGATION TIME Exactly what goes into the development of a program as big as Deluxe Paint 5? We probed the developers to uncover some trade secrets ... What research was carried out prior to the development of Deluxe Paint 5?
Animators to ask them what they wanted in Version
5. For every new feature in Dpaint 5, there’s another one that
didn't make it, either because it was impractical, or we just
didn't have time.
What system do you use tor development?
Dpaint 4.5 was written on a few A3000s networked via Ethernet and TCP IP to a NeXT file server. We upgraded our main development machines to A4000S this year, with about 10Mb of RAM each, and larger hard drives. Two of the machines have tape back-up units, and the NeXT has a CD-ROM drive, so we can grab stuff from disks over the network.
What language is Dpaint written In?
90% of Dpaint and the Player is written using SAS C 6.5, the rest is in assembly.
How many people are working on Version 5?
The development team consists of three engineers, six production people, four testers, one writer, and a team of translators to create the foreign language versions.
When do you expect to finish the program?
It's expected to ship this Fall (Autumn). So when you see it on the shelves, you can count back two months, and that’s when we finished it.
The program engineers were coding demos to test the practicality of some major issues, like third-party graphics card support and multimedia things like the new Player.
We also looked at other paint and animation products on other computer platforms. The production team has user focus groups, and is in constant contact with beta testers, artists and How many beta tests are involved with the program?
It's an ongoing process that begins once the major feature set is done. There's an alpha, beta and final phase, each of which has its own criteria which must be met and approved.
Between our outside beta testers and our inside staff, EA products get thoroughly pounded on a wide variety of systems before they see the light of day.
With Deluxe Paint 5. We've had up to six internal testers and 15 outside beta testers or consultants, including professional animators and video artists, television producers, Amiga developers and teachers.
DPAINT INTERVIEW CU AMIGA What do you think ot Brilliance as a rival to Dpainf!
Digital Creations did a credible job of trying to compete with Deluxe Paint 4, given that they had to match the leature set ot a product refined by years ot suggestions in their first release. They're still playing catch-up though; where was the Light Table? Why two separate programs? Aiming at Dpaints functionality is like hitting a moving target, and we’re welt beyond anything that's available now.
Finally, which of the new features are you most proud of?
Arexx Macros 24 Bit RGB Backing Store Variable frame rate control Camera (background) moves Textured backgrounds and media types Soft edge airbrush Multiple palette animation control What do you think the future holds for Amiga graphics programs?
The Amiga has to continue the trend of providing solutions for professional users, an area thM~ NewTek has done a marvellous job of cultivating.
This holds true not just for the Amiga, but lor all non-PC platforms that wish to continue. It's important to attract and hold users with functionality that can’t be duplicated anywhere else, and we're trying to do this with Deluxe Painl 5. Professional ieatures require fast hardware to run and big development costs to create, so we see a definite trend towards the high-end.
Did the idea of natural media tools from?
It has proven to be a popular feature on other platforms. And when we researched the idea, it was less difficult than we thought. The combination of media types and simulations ol different surfaces, will allow digital artists and animators a way to recreate real world art. I can hardly wait to see what the users do with these features.
Which natural media tools will be implemented, and how did you arrive at the choice of this selection?
Natural media tools are just an effect - a different way of mixing bits together on screen. Lee Ozer researched all the information she could find, talking to professors, reading SIGGraph articles, and drawing on her own art background. Right now, we’ve got some of the most popular ones like oil, watercolour, and chalk. It's an open system, so third parties can write their own plug-in media types too.
The textured backgrounds were all created internally by our production and testing teams. The manual will teach users how to create their own textures simply and effectively. The chosen media types came about by asking ourselves whal were the most popular surfaces used in conventional art.
We included the most basic ones, but when combined with the different colour modes and processes, they become very flexible.
What changes have been made to the internals of the program?
I’d guess that about two thirds of the code has been completely changed, added to or re-written for Deluxe Painl 5. The basic structure of Dan Silva's original concept was sound, so there’s no need lo change that. Much effort was spent turning the software into an open architecture, and to make fewer assumptions about the system it was running on. This open ended design will allow people and third party developers lo creafe utilities, scripts and libraries thal will allow Deluxe Painl to do just about anything.
Above: the new section that allows scrolling backgrounds.
What was the thinking behind the macro facility?
Part of the open ended design changes involved the addition of Arexx macro support. We wanted to give users a way to extend Dpaints functionality in ways we can't yet foresee, and at the same time make it a feature that non-programmers will still find useful.
Above: choose between two types ot airbrush In Dpalnl 5.
This type of control is an Amiga strength, something unique to the platform that's just not available anywhere else.
How about the sluggish brush handling of previous DpaintsI We've added a new feature that will increase the speed of moving around large brushes, such lhal the user will think they’re only moving a single pixel brush. Wait till you see it.
We're concerned about speed.and there are many areas in the program that we're optimising. We will try to keep improving the speed wherever it Is practical to do so.
At last, the new Super-VHS genlock from Rendale is available. The Super-9402 is a true S-VHS genlock, offering high quality output, together with other features.
It offers the ability to fade Amiga graphics in and out, and also to cross fade between Amiga graphics and your video input. Various extra modes are offered, including two keyhole modes.
Buy this new genlock directly from the manufacturers, at a price of only £299 including VAT and delivery.
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With ProGrab™ you needn't be an expert in Amiga Video technology either. Simple 3 stage operation ensures you get the right result - real time, after time... STAGE 2... Using ProGrabS software, select the image you wish to capture in c on screen preview window |because the hardware grabs a frame in real time, there is no need for a still frame facility on the source device| and, ProGrab even includes a Teletext viewing cap- simply download the image to your Amiga for lull screen viewing.
STAGE 3... Use the saved image in your favourite Amiga Word Processing, Desk Top Publishing or Graphics software packages.
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Turbo&dlC DATABASE The program includes a reasonable, but simple, database with record search, copy, and delete.
Not outstanding but capable nonetheless.
USER INTERFACE Full Intuition support with standard Amiga menus and windows, plus Toolbar, backed up with comprehensive keyboard shortcuts. The Toolbar can not be customised in this version, although this is planned for the future.
The original idea ol the spreadsheet was simple. Its job was to carry out, quickly and efficiently mathematical, calculations which would otherwise take aeons to work out. For example, if you fed in the daily sales of a product a spreadsheet could compute how much weekly, monthly and yearly profit and turnover has been made over a certain time span and make accurate predictions on future sales accordingly. Sure a human could carry out the same calculations but a spreadsheet would complete the task much faster.
And besides, why bother with long time-consuming calculations when you could set a program to do it for you and go oft. Have a cup ot coffee and read your favourite magazine instead.
Spreadsheets are more than just number crunching machines though, you can now create pretty and informative graphs to provide pictorial representation ol data, while basic programming (macros) have also been seen in Amiga spreadsheets. TurboCalc can do all this and more and it claims to have set new standards for Amiga spreadsheet programs.
The illustration shows just what TurboCalc offers, but how fast is it and is it any good? Well, Turbo Calc was written in Assembler and as a result is very fast, the cursor moved around the large spread sheets at a very last and responsive rate. Also, apart from being fast, it is reliable. Data entry is, perhaps, a vital consideration when performing calculations - if entering data is a long laborious task, it can make the program irritating to use. Turbo Calc, however, is extremely fast and had no problem keeping up with my rather rapid typing.
TurboCalc is a new spreadsheet for the Amiga that claims to set a new standard. Not one for figures Andy Leaning takes the bull by the horns.
CONCLUSION TurboCalc is a last, reliable and professional appli cation and is likely to sell well over the coming months. All in all this is a great product, well worth the money and highly recommended.
There are a couple ot minor niggles though, lor example, it should be able to import Lotus 1-2-3 (until very recently the PC industry-standard spreadsheet, with huge numbers in use around the world). It definitely needs some form ot Undo oper ation too. It can be incredibly irritating if you have just spent hours keying in a long list ot figures only to have to retype them all if you accidentally hit the wrong key on the keyboard. I'd also really like to see the ability to customise the toolbar - a facility all modern programs should have.
These niggles aside, however, TurboCalc is a very powerful business program that along with FmalWrrter shows that the Amiga can still do more than just create pretty pictures.
PROGRAMMING TurboCalc has a comprehensive programming language built-in. With this, complete mini-programs can be written within the spreadsheet These programs can control the windows and menus, display messages and ask tor input as well as controlling the actual mathematical calculations of the spreadsheet. The programming language syntax includes loops and if then structures, and variable declaration. Macros can also be created and run using these programs. An Arexx port allows other Amiga sottware titles to access TurboCalc. And vice versa.
PRODUCT TEST CU AMIGA NORMAL SPREADSHEET TurboCalc, although not as big as ProCalc, has a huge range ot mathematical functions. These are used to perform calculations on data in other cells to produce results which can then in turn be acted upon. Functions are supplied for trigonometrical, mathematical and linancial calculation, date time and spreadsheet interrogation, database facilities and text processing abilities. There are 100 functions in all.
FORMATTING Not only can TurboCalc handle all the normal spreadsheet number and currency formals, but the contents of cells can be set to any font, size, and colour. A basic selection of attributes (bold, italic and underline) can also be applied. In addition to this, individual cells and groups of cells can be framed (ie a border added) to highlight them or create forms.
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EFFECTIVENESS ??????????90% Fast, capable and powerful.
FLEXIBILITY ??????????92% A lull programming language, Arexx. Macros what more could you wanl INNOVATION updated with the trappings £ The best new spreadsheet available for the Amiga. ¦ OVERALL 94% PESMITH 2J5 Andre Digard gets to grips with the finer points of the latest version of the popular outline font editor.
A500+ ’ A2000 I A500 l Al500 I The essential sidekick for any DTP program. J 93% OVERALL Trying lo find Ihe ideal lonl lor your lalesl creative eltorls can often be a chore. You know how it is. You can spend hours going through all ol Ihe various tonts in your collection. Then, horror ol all horrors, the only suitable lont turns out to be a PD one with a lew dull characters in it. Now you can all breathe a collective sigh ol reliel as TypeSmith comes to the rescue.
With TypeSmith you can edit those nasty characters into beautifully-crafted letters which hold their own with the best commercial efforts It provides all ol the tools you need to manipulate a lont into shape, letting you do anything from minor adjustments to starting again Irom scratch.
TypeSmith holds a unique position on the Amiga in that it is the only outline lont editor available, though it is easily good enough to see oil any competitors on other machines.
When you first load the program you are presented with a quite disappointingly simple screen There is a large toolbox on one side but it only has a few tools and the menus seem rather limited. However, don't be looled TypeSmith has a lot ol tricks up its sleeve. The toolbox may be spartan but lonts are extremely simple creatures, they don't need many tools to manipulate them.
The menus hide a wealth ol requesters and features which should really bash your tonts into shape.
NEW FONT FEATURES Just about every aspect ol lont creation is covered, whether you just want to put together a simple bitmap lont or create a Postscript extravaganza Amongst the best features is the program's ability to automatically trace a bitmap lont into an outline lont. The results nearly always have to be tidied up by hand but it still saves an incredible amount ol time. You should be warned though that any lont below about 30 point is almost certain not to trace in properly and will have to be done by hand One new feature in this version ol TypeSmith is ‘Reduce Points' which is a
godsend it you use the autotrace feature. Reduce points removes all ol the font's extraneous points, giving you a neater outline and speeding up the time taken to tidy the font up.
TypeSmith covers all the bases when it comes to bitmap lont creation and editing, you can create a lont ot almost any size. Bitmaps can be loaded and saved in one ol lour formats; Amiga bitmap lonts. Postscript screen lonts: Sottlogik screen lonts. And. Perhaps most uselul ol all, IFF screen format. The ability to import and export lonts as IFF files is wonderful, ft means you can turn a company logo, cartoon picture, or whatever into an outline lont character.
Another new feature in 2.5 is the ability to print a preview ol a font. This should have been here long ago but at least it's here now. Print preview sends the whole character set to any preferences printer, essentially giving you a whole page showing the entire font. II you have lots ol lonts this will save you hours when you are trying to find a suitable one lor the task at hand.
The major part ol this upgrade is the ability to import and export TrueType lonts. This is on top ol TypeSmith's ability to handle Postscript, Compugraphic and Sottlogik outline fonts.
TrueType is the standard lont system lor Windows on the PC and is also used by Wordmjrth 3. A surprising omission Irom this upgrade is Nimbus Q. the lont system used in Final Writer and Final Copy.
Whilst Nimbus Q may not be Ihe most commonly used lont system, there are certainly enough Final Wnter Copy users to warrant its support This isn't too worrying though as both word processors can use Compugraphic and Postscnpt fonts.
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TypeSmith is priced well into the professional software bracket.
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ENCRYPTION Ssshhh ... John Kennedy will say this only once ... I eard of the clipper chip? It's the US government backed cryptography system which they I want everyone to use. It’s extremely secure, but not to the US government who designed a back door into it and are therefore able to crack it Not everyone is happy with this arrangement, and there are several programs which use the so- called public key' methods lot encoding messages In fact, government agencies don't lire this (they like to know what's going on but only for our own good, ol course) and tend to get shirty when someone
writes a program that they can't crack.
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: The most lamous ol these programs is PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), which is available on a wide vanety ol computer platforms. There are commercial programs which will achieve the same aim (with better and worse results) and now there is one lor the Amiga. The program doesn't actually have a name (it's known as RSRSA20 to its Mends), and it requires an Amiga with a 68020 or better and a printer in order to operate. Once loaded, there is a short delay whilst internal tables are calculated, and you are then presented with a menu. From here you can choose Irom the options to encode or decode a
tile and change various settings, For example, a text file or typed message can be encoded using your own personal ‘key’, and the resulting lile can then be saved to floppy disk. From here it can be posted or transmitted electronically to the receiving site, where another copy of the program is running.
Here, using another ‘key’, the decoded output is sent directly to the printer. Unfortunately you may have to change the default pnnter settings, as the software (rather stupidly) doesn't deal with carnage returns in the normal way.
Whilst the message is en route, no-one who intercepts it will be able to discover the contents without access to the secret key The program is therefore ideal lor sending sensitive information either by post or through public electronic networks.
PAPER WORK As lar as the documentation goes... oh dear The spiral bound tome bears an uncanny resemblance to a university thesis, even going so lar as to have some photocopied peitotmance graphs included at the back. The text is a shambles ol cryptic anecdotes, general notes ol security, sometimes contradictory rambllngs and an extremely poor tutorial section. There Is no denying that some sections make good reading, but as an instruction book lor a software package it sucks. For a product which Is designed to make encryption a tool for business and personal use, it falls Hat on Its lace.
Students ol cryptology will find it both fascinating and frustrating, there are no reference or bibliography sections.
The software is tediously written to ignore all the niceties ol the Amiga operating system, and instead ol a Windows, menus and requesters- based system opens a single un-movable window, driven solely by function key presses In use it is un-necessarily complicated.
However, this isn’t an arcade game which requires Itashy graphics - it’s a tool lor taking a text file and ensuring no-one else can read it It is (apparently) an implementation ol the Rivest- Shamir-Adleman algorithm, which means it oilers a I ear ti m* »ilaii* peraeuri Th* •ncfyption software uses key press driven screens to navigate between the different sections. Some are as unfathomable as the text It encrypts.
Class B security system; -uncrackable by any large multi-national company, but might be broken by a national intelligence agency prepared to commit several months and 250,000* to the task". The author can provide a Class A system il required lor additional cost The software costs £200 for the Class B system, and £500 for a Class A system.
CONCLUSION There is simply no way that I can test if the claims ol this program are correct. Like the author. I have a masters degree (I wonder il he got his in cryptology with this as his thesis?), but unfortunately mine is not in mathematics. To sit down and work through the appendix on number theory would take me a while, and at the end ol It I still have no guarantee that the program is actually based on the maths.
On the other hand, to the best ol my knowledge at least, the author seems 10 know what he is talking about. He daims that the program is one ol the most powerful software based systems available to the public, and also hints that dark forces (that is, Scotland Yardl may be interested in his plans - so obviously you should buy now before you need to arrange visiting rights. The public domain program PGP is probably adequate for anything that I will need to send, but il you do need to move sensitive material around, contact the author. '© ENCRYPTION SOFTWARE £200 1500
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??????? *92% f stones regarding Ihe lengths to which spies will go to in order to uncover data - Including parting special s outside olllces and remotely reading the ten as it appears on Ihe VOUs Inside with special eguipment.
E amount ol information being transmitted via the Internet, some reliable way ol sending data (such as credit ial.
N is public key cryptography, which worts tike th.s Agent x lets everyone know a special 'key' - a randoe M and numbers, this is the public key. Which has been calculated by his encryption software. You may has s el the bottom ol Email messages.
G lo send X' a message, lakes the ten ol Iheii message and processes it using the encryption program c key. Now the message Is in a coded form, and the only one who will be able to read It Is User 'X', because rt key associated with the public key. Both keys are needed to decode the lile.
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programs are every budding architect's dream. They produce
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And, therefore, are extremely useful as plans for builders to follow. X-CAD Designer is one such program. It is a tremendously powerful and flexible application. Originally, the program sold for £139 but it's now available for considerably less. So just what does this lower-price version offer?
UNIQUE STYLE X«nl X-CAD is one of the Amiga’s most powerful applications and now the entry level version of this powerful program is available as a budget program well below its original price. Andy Leaning takes a second look at it.
Perhaps the first thing Amiga users will notice about the program is that it has its own unique presentation and method of operating. This is because X-CAD can be used alongside other X- CAD programs across a range of computers so a standard look and feel is vital.
Also, as the program is designed to produce plans and illustrations that are completely accurate to real life dimensions, the user interface is designed to allow the easy and rapid entry of numbers at practically every point in the program. This naturally means the program is not as easy as a normal drawing or painting program but it also ensures that the program is very good for its intended function.
SOPHISTICATED X-CAD offers a variety of basic drawing functions (line, rectangle, circle) with which you can make up X-CAD Designer In action.
Sophisticated plans and diagrams. These functions can be on multiple layers, and once added can only be manipulated if you specify the layer being worked on. There are then a number ol further tools which allow further manipulation of the baste forms (copy, rotate, angle, trim). For instance you could draw a square, then remove one edge, and add two diagonal lines making a roof. Into th*s you can draw a square forming the window and then duplicate this around adding three additional windows. This is all done to precise measurements, and there are a wealth of features to add information to
the diagram providing all the details needed for someone working from the illustration, an example being adding dimensions (lengths or lines, angles in degrees etc).
The commands are accessed via a menu stnp down the right-hand side of the screen, cfcckjng on these then brings up a series of further options which modify the basic function (specifying for example the line thickness and length) alternatively you can click on the tool bar and then draw directly onto the page. Otherwise you can type in commands directly, giving the parameters as you type, although more long winded at first, once mastered this is a very rapid and precise method of creating images.
This style of operation takes a little getting used to and I’d much rather have a simple dick and draw style interface with the option to enter numeric parameters as needed. It could certainly do with having more real-time visual feed back when manipulating previously drawn graphics, you don't get the opportunity to move lines around and see them move, it's more a case of select the operation. Tell it which objects to affect and then it positions them instantly. Not a major disadvantage but less intuitive.
CONCLUSION X-CAD Designer is a powerful, and flexible program and the price it's now available at makes it a definite bargain. For real CAD applications it's a good, solid program. For normal 2D illustrations although unusual in operation, and fairly difficult to master. X-CAD Designer can create illustrations that would otherwise be difficult to generate with equal quality and does so for a lot less cash than any other Amiga 2D package. © SMALL WORLDS Whilst using X-CAO Designer I was also working on a project In Lightwave [X-CAO with my left hand. Llgh!Wa«e with my right hand!) And it
struck me how simitar In core function these two programs are, although their user interfaces differ considerably.
But Ihe relationship between CAD programs and 3D rendering programs goes much further. CAD. As I said the stall ol this article, is about designing and visualising objects.
It's not surprisingly therefore to lind that CAD programs are working their bottoms off to add ways ot letting users see their designs In 3D, a la some torn ol 3D rendering ability.
Mot surprisingly the bigger versions ot X-CAD now support 3D creation and rendering, allowing buildings etc to be designed in and then viewed in glorious 3D. Meanwhile the PC equivalent ol UghlWave 30 Studio, only £3,5001) is developed and sold by an company called AuloOesk - who just happen lo be the developers ol AutoCAD - a market leading CAD package and X-CADh big rival. In tact the next version of AutoCAD will use 3D Studio as its rendering software. It's a small worldl This relationship between CAO and 3D is also filtering through to other 30 programs, the new 3D terrain creation
program (World Construction Set - see news pages) can load AutoCAD objects letting you add man-made objects (roads etc) to your landscapes!
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Production quality on this one is excellent. It wasn’t actually written with the Amiga though, but it is so good we thought it deserved a mention. It's a 'Science fantasy musical', that tells a story with the use ol music and spoken interludes. According the to composer, Alan Jetterson, It took several years to produce, with limited equipment and no sequencer Alter an excellent start, the synth-dominated music gets a bit cheesy, and slips into mid-80s style new wave pop in places. It s at its besl when It s dark and gloomy. Copies ol the 98 minute tape are available Irom the following
address lor £6.95. This price includes a Iree storyfile and a colour poster.
Contact: Alan Jetterson, 11 Cedarwood Drive, Springhead Grange, Hull HU5 5HZ Tel: 0482 563440.
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LOOK BACK IN ANGER Sean O' Farrell's Look Back In Anger is now a one man band alter slimming down from a conventional band set-up Ths tape ITS the Ghosts. Was created with an Amiga 1500. An Audio Imager sampler, an Alesa Ojadraverb (outboard multi-effects unit), and OctaUED 5 lor the sequencing. The 17 tracks on the tape cover a wide range ol styles. Irom jangly indie guitar pop, through to technoid dance music. The rock guitar rhythms sit surprisingly comfortably with the analogue synth loops. Added interest is injected with various vocal samples
- both sung and spoken.
Unfortunately, all of the tracks have been put through the Quadraverb. The tracks have been led through the reverb and phaser effects, which ruins them. Reverbs and phasers are very useful, and can vastly improve a track s sound, but only when used appropriately. It nothing is left 'dry (with no effects), then the result is a cluttered, muddy sound. Background noise also creeps up to intrusive levels.
Reverb aside, there are some good ideas, and good tracks on the tape Some lack direction, and the hooks are in short supply, but other than that, these are good, poppy tunes that could be worth expanding on. Just hold back on the eflects!
Contact: Sean O' Farrell, 18a St John's Way, Archway, London N19 3RR.
I Mtl'H Fantalysl has just got a 12 inch Condor Records. The Far EP with three others Irom your average dance record by influences Irom all over the world to patchwork ol percussion and tinkl Irom Indian-style twangs Fantalyst also supplied a tape tracks. Strange tracks they are toi sound a bit like Jean Michel Jarre beats and tinkly bouncy tunes, experimental (that's putting it p are those that sound like the music gaps between the school's prograi Sound quality on the tape isn't too on the EP. Fantalysl has got Itself release with nothing more than an Protracker 1.1 and a Megalosound only
lor that alone, should be o Copies ol the EP are available Contact: Fantal Tel: 0622 718164.
Encourage others to keep LOBOTOMANIA Hailing Irom Italy, Lobotomania supplied lour mixes ol a track called Technocop. In its original form, it's a bass heavy techno stomper, although to be honest there's not that much stomp in it. Most of the sounds are familiar Irom Amiga demos and old style hardcore techno records None ol this is particularly memorable or exciting, but there's plenty ol Terminator-styte speech, gunlire and explosions to prick up your ears. There doesn't seem to be much variation Irom one mix to another. A bit bland in general, but not bad.
NEW DREAM NATION DJ mixing Is the style here. Current dance records have been used as source material.!
In large chunks, and mixed together The slant is towards house and garage As the producer admits, these are probably not commercially viable, due to the large number ot copyrighted samples. Even so, It's worthwhile as a demonstration ot what can be done Sound quality ranges from good to bad, settling down somewhere in the middle. When the mixes work, they're pretty good, but too often they're spoilt by loops running out ol time with each other, and bad clashes ol pitch and tuning. Good lun though.
Contact: DJ Ballistic. Future Groove Records. 2b Oval Road, Erdington. Birmingham B24 8PC One point I should mention is the order ol the tracks on the tape The last mix is considered by Lobotomania lo be the best. II you're releasing a demo tape, always put your best track at the start ol side one. People are lazy, and won’t bother to listen through to the end il they don't like the start.
Contact: Alessandro Melazzlnl, via Valeriana 28,23100 Sondrio, Italy.
SAMSUNG SP-2417 DOT MATRIX PRINTER One of the biggest computer peripheral and consumer electronics Samsung have figured quite a lot in the recent Amiga press concerning their Involvement as a possible buyer for Commodore. Not much has happened in this regard but all this palaver hasn't held up their R&D teams. The Korean-based electronics giant (they're the world's largest manufacturer of monitors and DRAM memory) has now launched an aggressively-priced dot matrix printer.
Companies in the world has launched a low cost, and very quiet colour dot matrix printer. Andy Leaning takes a peek.
The new printer - the SP-2417- is a fairly standard looking affair. Very similar to the rest ol its class in design It has a low. Oblong-shaped profile, a dark plastic cover over the recess and a paper feed knob on the right-hand side. Inside this fairly typical design Is a fairly typical 24-pin dot matrix printer, pumping out 160 characters per second In draft (53 in letter quality mode), with a 14K buffer.
There are a series of rubber push buttons on the front to control various aspects of its operations. Whilst the Centronics interiace is on the right-hand side, and the onfoff switch is found on the front. Paper can be either tractor or friction fed.
With a pull-out front paper tray to making loading paper lar simpler than most.
Setting up itself is pretty straightforward.
However, unlike other printers where the colour kit is either prefitted or installing it is a very simple procedure, fitting the colour kit into this one is a bit of a bind. The Samsung model involves a complicated procedure where a nbbon cable needs to be fed through a small gap. Screws need to be undone and then redone; need I go on?
However, once the printer is finally set up. Complete with clour kit It's easy enough to use. The buttons on the front provide all the usual functions, paper loading, font selection (Gothic. Roman. Elite Sans Serif, Script, and Courier) etc and a quick self test mode.
But most of the time you'll control the printer from the Amiga and won't need to use these, apart from loading paper and turning it on line.
EL SAYS In July CU AMIGA introduced a new set of printer bench tests. These were designed to give an accurate and impartial test of the speed and quality that a dot matrix printer could achieve. There were two tests, the first was to run a custom written Amiga bench test program that sent a set series of instructions to the printer By timing how long the printer took to print these characters we have an accurate figure of how last it is. These can then be compared to results from other printers to give an accurate assessment of how fast the printer is.
The second test was to show a set panel of judges a sample printout and ask them to rate it, these scores were averaged, again giving an overall figure.
SPEED RESULTS Samsung's printer turned in a respectable 41 seconds in The CU AMIGA bench test program, compared to 40 seconds for the Citizen ABC and 43 for the Seikohsa SL-96.
PRINT QUALITY For print quality our panel thought that its graphics output was a little faint, and suffered from excessive banding, whilst text fared a little better, although a little rough around the edges. The panel awarded it 5 out of 10 lor graphics, and 4.5 for text.
N ABC 24 Reviewed In July 1994, thought out and well built printer, 86% Price: £139 ind VAT.
SEIKOSHA SL-96 Reviewed in July 1994, good all round home or small office printer. 89% Price: £175 ind VAT.
AMIGA AGA CD32 PRINTER DRIVERS Unlike the existing champions of Amiga printers. Citizen, Star and Seikosha, Samsung don’t include any dedicated Amiga printer drivers with their model.
Although you can print from the Amiga using a standard Epson LQ driver, this doesn't deliver particularly outstanding prints. If Samsung released a dedicated Amiga printer driver I’m sure much better quality printouts could be achieved.
Wst Amiga - available now.
CD32- June 1994.
Amiga AGA - July 1994.
About £20 each Pictures produced with the printer were notably faint, and much darker than they should have been. They also suffered from serious banding, particularly over blacks and deep purple colour areas. Text prints were again faint, although they Samsung * printer doesn’t quite beet the Seikosha SL-96 - except on price, were clean with little interference from surrounding colours. We felt, however, that they were too faint for serious use.
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generated as it prints, or rather the lack of it. The SP-2417
has got to be one of the quietest printers I've ever heard. In
fact during the testing I had to check several times that it
was still working - admittedly I was across the room, but you
don't expect a dot matrix to be this quietl CONCLUSION The
Samsung SP-2417 is a reasonable little printer and would be
very suitable tor a home environment, especially given its
family friendly noise levels.
However there are several problems that prevent me from recommending it over the competition.
Firstly, and most importantly, is the fact that its print quality is not as good as the Seikosha SL-96, although it’s close to the Citizen ABC. Secondly, the fitting of the colour kit needs a radical overhaul, it’s far to difficult compared to the plug in and go approach of competing models. And finally, our speed tests showed it to be reasonably quick, whilst quality was average.
One redeeming feature, however, is the noise level. It's very quiet - impressively sol When used in the CU AMIGA offices it couldn't be heard across the room, the same certainly couldn’t be said for the Citizen ABC.
Overall, the Samsung SP-2417 is a good but not an outstanding printer - unless you have a bad hangover, then you'll really appreciate its quiet operation. © DYNAMIC DIST £ 1 29 Amiga Computing - 90% GAMER GOLD, The One Amiga - 84%, Amiga World - Grade "A" CLOCKWISER,,., time is running out.
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To enter the competition all you need do is write the answers to the following simple questions on a postcard and send them to CU AMIGA. Priory Court, 30-32 Farnngdon Lane, London Ect R 3AU.
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Epson Stylus: When Epson develop a printer they really go overboard An inkjet printer with resolutions ol up to 720dpi the Stylus gives some ol the best quality print outs the CU AMIGA team have ever seen, even at over £700 it s worth every penny and the 98% score we gave it September 94.
Blizzard 1220 4: This little beast will accelerate your A1200 to three and hall times (with a speed ol over 4MIPS) its normal speed thanks to a nippy 28MHz 68020 processor. We rated this as the best budget RAM and accelerator in September, scoring a very impressive 89%.
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1. 5 Mbs RAM, from Workbench 2 upwards, and 5 pence change.
Cheap and nasty? Not a bit of it.
LOW END TO The result* you get from Pro Grab depend on the type of Amiga you're using.
If you want grab* that look just like the source image, then you'll need an Amiga with plenty of RAM and AGA graphics, or even better. A 24-bit graphics board. These two pictures were taken from the same source grab. The one on the right was rendered oe a
1. 5 Mb A500 Plus - 32 colours in low resolution.
The one on the right was rendered in HAM-8 Super hi res interlace on an eipanded A1200. And looks very close lo the original.
THE HARDWARE A PCMCIA interface is also planned for the near future, which should give higher grabbing rates.
Video input comes via the composite video phono socket. An external power supply is included. The only other features are the red power LED. And the green LED that indicates the presence of an incoming video signal.
Pro Grab 24 is a hardware and software combination. The hardware is contained in a small, sturdy, Amiga-coloured plastic box. This connects to the parallel port with a very generous length ot cable, so you don't need to have your video source and Amiga squeezed up together on the desktop.
TEST CARDS To talt Pro Grab's fidelity, we tel up a lesl card on one A1200. And grabbed II via Ibe composite output with another A1200. The first Image Is the original teslcard Image, which has been loaded directly into the DTP program used lo create this page ot the maguine. The second image Is Ihe lest card at digitised by Pro Drab. This highlights Pro Grab's only notable reproduction fault, which gives vertical linn a slightly staggered edge THE SOFTWARE Pro Grab's software interlace is nice and easy to use. It looks like a Scala presentation, with big buttons and a bold, clear typeface.
Menus are kept to a minimum. As far as the user is concerned, the process of grabbing an image is quite simple. A small window is used to monitor your video input, while you hold down the left mouse button.
Release the button, and the current frame is stored in the Pro Grab hardware The next step is to load the image from Ihe grabber into the Amiga, through the parallel cable connection. All grabs are loaded into the Amiga as 24-bit images, whatever machine you're working on. Once you have the 24- bit data in the computer, you can render it in your chosen resolution and colour range, which can be anything up to super hi-res interface in HAM 8 on AGA machines. Rendenng takes only a lew seconds on an A1200 with Fast RAM, but can take up to 4 or 5 minutes on an A500 Plus.
You can then save out the rendered image, or the complete 24-bit data, for rendering in other applications, graphics boards or even other computer systems. These can be saved as IFFs, JPEGs, Clipboards or Pro Grab's own raw 24-bit formal FG24 The rendering section includes 19 image processing filters including sharpen, blur, woodcut and bas-relief. Most will be of use at some time or another, but none are particularly revolutionary. Brightness, colour and contrast controls are available from a panel of sliders These affect the rendering of the 24-bit data, rather than the sensitivity of the
grabber.
ANIMATION It's possible to capture animated sequences from a video source with Pro Grab, but frame rates are severely limited. For example, the best we got out of our A4000 040 was about three frames per second When used on an A500 Plus, pedormance drops to one frame every two seconds. Depending on the speed of your Amiga, and the amount ol available RAM. You may be able to record animations in full screen high resolution HAMM, or you could be limited to a smaller letterbox-shaped grey scale display. With slower Amigas, when grabbing trom a video tape, better results are otten possible by
taking single trame grabs, advancing the tape a little each time. You can specify a delay between each frame grab, which could be useful for time- lapse photography. Animations are saved out in ANIM 5 format, with different palette for each frame PICTURE QUALITY The main limitation here is not so much the Pro Grab hardware, as the quality of the composite video signal. Composite video is sufficient for recording home videos, but it’s not ideal. With an RGB video signal, the red, green and blue components of the picture are all sent as separate waves.
Composite video mixes everything into one at the source, so by the time the signal gets to its destination (the grabber in this case), it tends to be a little muddled. SVHS is somewhere between the these two systems, sending separate chrominance and luminance signals.
The advantage of grabbing from a composite signal, is that the system can digitise a whole frame in one go. RGB realtime grabbers actually take three successive frames (red from one, green from the next, and blue from the final frame), and combine them to get their image. With a good video source, you can get some pretty impressive results from Pro Grab. The only quibble on this score concerns the horizontal scan lines of the grabs, which are often very slightly out of sync. This can make vertical lines look a little jagged - not so noticeable in higher resolutions, but this can be quite
prominent in low-res pictures. HAM fringing has a habit of exaggerating this. Other than that, the results are very satisfying, especially considering the low price.
CONCLUSION This is an ideal entry-level video digitiser. If you need broadcast quality grabbing, you'll need to go for something a bit posher, but for just about any other application. Pro Grab is very hard to beat. For the money, nothing can touch it. © HARDWOODS £129.95 A50ofS A5D0.H A150D.O A2000.O A600 .O Af 200 YA A300C fA A4000 YA GORDON HARWOODS, NEW STREET, ALFRETON, DERBYSHIRE DE55 7BP.
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CDPO 2 This CD contains Fred Fishdlsks 661 -760. Scope library from 1-220 A more! £19.98 plus Sop pAp COPO 3 This CO contains Fred Fish 761-990. Classical literature etc £19.95 plua Sop pAp This is e superb CD Rom. Tilled to the brim with over 10,000 tlles.500 2«bit |peg Images A 500 HamB A Hem interlace versions.Hundreds ol megabytes of clipart. (Iff Mack A white.colour and scaleeble). Hundreds ot Iff fonts. Compugraphlc fonts A coloured fonts. Icons, music modules, music samples and lots more! Works on COTV. C032, Amiga CD Rom A Is also PC compatible on a aultaMo PC CO Rom only £19.95 "CO'I
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Compugraphlc fonts Adobe type, bitmapped, colour fonts, cut A pas» in tact more than you wil ever need for Pro page.Pagestream.Wordwonh Final Writer Dpaint etc. Best vaiue font CO erer at an amaong £9.99. CLIPART CO Yes. Hundreds ol megabytes of clpart for all occasions.
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However there are so many ditterent setups now In use it i becoming Impossible to test lor every possible variation. * please use some caution especially with At 500 2000 with various dos systems. CDTV and ot course the new Amiga & 4000 systems. Disks marked with a "V" should be okay ; A1200 4000 though obviously not yet extensively tested Please take care' mi per I* PD disks!
Am Distributors i h I K I. I A X QUEST FOR EXCAUBUR I haven't seen one ot these in years. It’s a good old illustrated text adventure You play the pari ot Arthur, would-be King ot England. The game begins with you as a boy. At the start ol a quest tor your right to the throne. Merlin magically appears before you, gives you all the spiel about the sword in the stone, and then leaves the rest tor you to figure out From then on, It's 'Go North ... Examine sword Take potion Open gate ...' and all of that stuff. If you haven't played an adventure game from the pre-point-and-dick era. This
could seem like a hell of a lot ot work. Alternatively, if you like a good story, and miss the style of old text adventures, you'll definitely go for this. Both the programming, and the writing of the text is neat and well thought out Give it a go if you fancy a bit of typing practice.
Available from: Cynostlc PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687. Disk no. G0255. Price: £2.75 Including P.P. BREATH TAKER Al 200 demo This is a large demo. So large, that you need 3.5Mbs of hard drive space and 4Mbs of Fast RAM to run It. In a break away from normal demo traditions.
Breath Taker is mostly made up of pre-rendered 3D visuals, rather than realtime generated effects, hence the massive memory requirements.
It's a collection of abstract 3D animations, pinned together with brief captions and comments. The Virtual Dreams team have created a dark world of throbbing tunnels, mountains, organic chambers and extra-terrestrial constructions. These are viewed in wonderful fty-around-o-vision', in a chunky window that fills the middle third of the screen It's all set to a burbling acid soundtrack Very nice.
Available from: Cynostlc PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687. Disk nos. D0305a*b+c.d*e (five disks).
Price: £7.25 Including P.P. .f K THE MAD PREACHER music demo Just the job! After wading through stacks of mediocre music demos and modules, this has restored my faith in Amiga musicians. You don’t get any flashy graphics or scrolly messages, but you do get four top- notch dance tracks with some great samples. The title track has a ranting evangelist-type spouting on about the evils of television, over a stomping technoid track. Dream, the second track, is more ot a head-nodder than a floor-liller. With some nice analogue sounds and an insistent piano loop. The third track plods along
nicely, in a housey style. Finally there's a remix of the first track, this time leaning towards hardcore techno.
Good tunes and very good sound quality. Lots of fun and lots of noise.
Available from: Cynostic PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB. Tel: 0203 681687. Disk no. S0242. Price: £2.75 including P.P. *•*' GIGERPHOBIA How on Earth they managed to stretch this licenceware Breakout game across two disks, I don't know.
If you can stick with it long enough to get into the game itself (you'll need to sit through the painfully slow intro sequence!, you'll be presented with a vertically scrolling bat and ball game.
Here's the twist: instead of knocking out bricks with the ball, you knock the stuffing out of an alien! When you've disintegrated enough aliens, you can move onto the next level, which comes with its own revolutionary new colour scheme! Recommended to Breakout fans who always thought the game should have an alien in it and scroll up and down.
Available from: Essex Computer Systems, 15 St Nicholas Road, Tllllngham. Essex CMO 7SQ. Tel: 0621 778778.
Price: £5.50. NANOFLY game It's a moody little chappie, this one from Insane. The ominous techno soundtrack gives the speedy, slick visuals an extra hint ol scariness There's not that much to see really, but even so. You get all the flavour of the month effects, like the rotating and zooming bitmap graphics, chaotic vector patterns, and an old style vertical copper bar sequence From then on. It's back to normality, with a slow tinkly tune and the credits Available from: Freestyle PD, 106 Woodside Way, Short Heath, Wlllenhall, West Midlands WV12 5NH. Tel: 0922 404023. , Bk Price: £2-50
including P.P. 4HtP RUMBLE RUBBLE AI 200 demo It’s got energy, even if the graphics and sound aren't up to much. This is one of those non-stop 200mph demos that chucks up loads ol strobes and wibbly bits to the backing of a pootling techno soundtrack. Among the effects Is a realtime ray-traced ball that updates at about two frames per second. Impressive? Not from where I'm standing! Although most of the effects are on the tame side, there's a nice tunnel of rotating stars, a ray traced animation loop and a strangely colour-cycled fractal pattern. Rough, but mildly entertaining.
Available from: Cynostic PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB.
Tel: 0203 681687. Disk no.
D0301. Price: £2.75 Includ-i-PAt, Ing P.P. MR MONKEY AI 200 demo A cheeky little monkey skips across the screen to open this one-disker from The Rebels If you can sit through the tedious patterns with dots and sine waves, there are some good effects to follow. The plasma is particularly nice, although it's confined to a large box, rather than filling the whole screen. An over-long section of blurred bob patterns give way to some clever real time bitmap contortions, before a pleasant firework fountain display gives the credits a bit of zest. Quite slick, but demo fans will have seen it all
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Available from: Freestyle PD, 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath, Wlllenhall, West Midlands WV12 5NH.
Tel: 0922 404023. C2 50 including P.P JJ-L? -' Crikey! It s a simple collect 'em up game, set in a series of scrolling mazes. Exciting stuff eh? Well it is if you like going around mazes collecting things Maybe this should have been written with a built-in editor - at least then, you could customise it to suit your own hobby. For instance, philatelists could change the sprites to stamps, and pottery collectors could change them to teapots and vases.
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Issue 2 Suddenly all ol this cyberpunk slult is in vogue. Everyone wants to hook up to the Internet and go charging oft down that digital highway to virtual heaven. Cyberpunk Wow.'has three sections to satisfy all of this techno-lust.
First is the Cyberpics part, which has seven good images, covering science fiction and abstract spacey patterns. Then you've got the Cybertext, which includes 20 documents on subjects such as cybersex, space art, antigravity. Internet, and some short stories. Finally there's the CyberAnim section, taken up in this issue by a nice looping Tobias Richter movie of Ihe Starship Enterprise sweeping in from the distance. The presentation is pretty basic, but that's no problem. This is real PD by the way: just a quid for the disk, and that includes post and packing! Check it out.
Available from: Asgard PD, 20 Langdale Drive, Wakefield, West Yorks. Tel: 0924 363059. Price: £1.00 including P.P. AM FM issue 19 As ever, the latest issue of AM FM delivers another generous package of articles, tunes and utilities for all Amiga musicians. There’s a good variety of features, including reviews of tutorial video tapes, a look at Music X2 and NotatorX(including stacks of screenshots), an excellent article on creating original sounds through distortion and ‘misuse’ of equipment, demo tape reviews and loads more. The standard of the writing is awful in places, but fine in others.
Bjorn Lynne does an excellent job of compiling the magazine, but the text could do with some heavier editing.
Available from: Cynostic PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB.
Tel: 0203 681687. Disk no. AM043. Price: £3.25 including P.P. Fancy a nice game of snap, gin rummy or bridge? No, well you'll definitely feel like practising your fancy shuffles when you cop a load of this card game. A while ago, a PD card game called Klondike AGA was released.
Somehow it slipped through our PD review net, but since then, there have been many support disks released. The format of Klondike AGA is such that third parties can release their own files of card graphics (such as this), which can be loaded into the main program. High definition grabs from Star Trek have been used for this one. And very nice they look too. The original Klondike AGA game is also available from Cynostic PD.
Available from: Cynostlc PD, Office 01, New Enterprise Centre, Little Heath Industrial Estate, Old Church Road, Coventry CV6 7NB.
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BLACKBOARD V3.0 Image processor Anyone interested in graphics will have undoubtedly heard about the Amiga's leading image processors. Image FX and An Department Professional (AD Pro). If you haven't used an image processor before, you may be wondering what all the luss is about. Well, here’s you're chance to find out!
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: KEW=II Software, PO Box 672, South Croydon 12 9YS. Tel: 081 657 1617, Price: £1.50 XPKGuidePre s ft RppTrash TERM 4.0 communication.
Term is a big program, coming on two compressed disks - definitely a hard disk only system.
Everything about the program is very neatly presented, though if you are not running it on a multisync monitor, some of the screens scroll around, which I found immensely annoying. However, it does support the Workbench A menu. And tnoro s lots ol them. . , , ‘Monitor Types preferences.
When you hit the right mouse button you'll be in lor a big surprise: the number of menus is outrageous. Everything is configurable. There are some wonderful features such as the ability to define different upload and download directories for different BBSs; password protection for the program itself, which will prevent unauthorised use; the ability to make batches ol files to upload; Arexx support and more.
There were a few things that I missed from Ncomm (my day-to-day Comms software), most notably the phone list menu. But perhaps the thing I missed most of all was my memory. Yes, Term chews through memory like modems chew through your phone bill. You'll need at least 2Mb of memory if you want to run anything more than a shell in the background. Despite the extra features over and above Ncomm2, the latter is still my preferred Comms program. That may change as I get used to Term, but I doubt it. However, if you have lots ol memory, a good monitor and a bit of patience, Term is worth worth
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PatchfltlocHen Dot Header Id MenuStav IntuiDnsProV2,2 AREXX GUIDE 2.0 education programming These days it's almost impossible to find a serious application that doesn't have something called an 'ARexx port.' Arexx is a scripting or macro language that can control other programs. If you regularly use a program for processing files of any nature, and find yourself pressing the same buttons and selecting the same menu options time and time again, you can probably write an Arexx script that will do it all for you.
This disk is not for beginners, which is bordering on shameful, as Arexx was designed to be used by novices and non-programmers. If you are a novice, then I would recommend that you read one of the books available, such as Mastering Amiga Arexx. If you're an old hand at programming then Arexx Guide will be of more use, but not as much as you might hope. It's not that Arexx Guide is badly laid out; it's the best laid out guide file I have ever seen. It's not that it lacks information and it’s not that the writer doesn't know his subject; the author is one ol the world authorities on the Rexx
language (ARexx is the Amiga version of Rexx). Unfortunately, it is written in a very unaccessible style which makes reading this guide very hard work even for seasoned programmers.
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• a product is selling at an unbelievably reduced pnce. Say more
than 25% off retail, you should try checking a few facts. Is it
lor instance the current verson? If not can you upgrade easily
for a reason- able price? Is it the complete package (and not a
demo or upgrade version), are manuals included, and will it
work on your particular Amiga (ie only compatible with
Workbench 1.3 when you have 3.0 ale) It's very easy to buy a
package without checking all the facts because the price is so
good only »find out when you get it home it won't work with
system II you buy something as the complete product and ifs
not. You have rights under consumer law.
However, watch out for the words sold as seen' or olher statements to that effect. This means that you are paying for what you see, and you nave little protection should the package prove 10 be incomplete. You normally see these signs al auctions WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR!
Fna*y when buying products at greatly reduced pnees it's easy to be swayed by the price and not tw+ before buying it If you see something that looks Ike fantastic value don't rush in and buy. But wa( and then consider the following : 11 Do you really want it anyway? It may be reduced by £300 but do you actually need it?
2) Will it work on your Amiga? Check for Workbench compatibility
limitations, memory requirements, etc.
3) Is everything needed included? Make sure you get Ihe ful
program, manuals, and dongles (•any) 4 ; Is it the current
version, it not can you upgrade for a reasonable pnce?
5) And lastly, what's the guarantee, what happens if il goes
wrong etc The final instalment of our guide to OctaMED’s
commands is about to kick off. Continuing on from last month’s
look at commands, Tony Horgan is your commentator for the next
two pages.
C-3 C-3 Dtt 3 Dff 3 m 01R0 01RO2 01R02 0TR02 01RO2 O1R02 In this example, a value ol 04 is used lo play Ihe note at a penod ot 210 instead ot 214.214 minus the value ot 04 equals 210 Remember, lower period values give higher playback pitches.
SLIDE DOWN (ONCE) 12 Works just the same as the previous command, but the value is added to the period, rather than taken away.
VIBRATO 14 Protracker compatible This is almost the same as the 04 vibrato command (explained last month), but the depth value is halved, to give finer control. The first digit of the value sets Ihe speed of Ihe vibrato, while the second sets the depth. To sustain the eltect, insert more vibrato commands (with appropriate values) in the lines alter the sample is triggered SET FINETUNE 1 5 This can be used to override the tinetune setting in the INST window. It the instrument has no tinetune setting, then you can define a one-olf retune with For an explanation of how Ihe command system
works in OctaMED. Consult the October 94 issue ol CU Amiga, or take a look at the Commands document on the OctaMED 4 coverdisk from the May 94 issue ot CU AMIGA.
Right then, on with the commands ... SLIDE PITCH UP (ONCE) 11 Equivalent to Protracker command Elx Slides the pitch up. This only works when you put the command on the same line that the sample is cued from. The value tor this command is the dit- terence in the 'penod’ value. For example, the note C-3 Is equivalent to the period value ot 214. To play a slightly pitched up version ot C-3. You could enter the command as below.
PART this. To set a tinetune level between one and seven, enter 00 to 07 as the value Negative numbers need to be expressed as below:
- 1 .FF
- 2 s FE
- 3 s FD
- 4 s FC
• 5 s FB
- 6 = FA
- 7 s F9
- 8 = F8 LOOP 16 This allows you to set up loops within blocks.
The first instance of the 16 command (entered as 16001 sets the
start point tor the loop The second instance sets the number ot
loops, and is the end point for the loop. It's the same as the
E6x command In Protracker For example, at line 004 in the
above example, the start of the loop is set.
Line 006 sets the end ot the loop, and tells the block to loop from lines 004 to 006 three limes.
Once it has done that, it continues on through the block as normal. You cannot nest loops (no loops within loops).
STOP NOTE 18 This cuts the note by turning the volume of the instrument to zero, at the timing pulse specified by the value. Lower values give a sharper cut-off. It’s the same as the Protracker command Ecx and similar to the command 08. Which achieves much the same thing by actually turning the note off. This also works with MIDI.
30000 3O000 300O0 30000 31600 SAMPLE OFFSET 19 My favourite command I This lets you play a sample, starting Irom any point along Ihe sample wave, instead ol playing the sample from the beginning. This has many uses - the more you experiment, the more you'll discover. For example. You could have a vocal that says Give me a beat'. You might just want to use Ihe beat' part sometimes, so you could use the 19 command to trigger the sample starling from that point. It's also excellent for creating filter sweep effects with long samples. This command was covered in more detail in the Sound Lab
section of the November 93 issue ol CU AMIGA The value sets the sample offset in steps of 256 bytes ($ 100 hex). It you want to start the sample at a precise point, go into Ihe sample editor, find the part you need, and dick on it with the right mouse button This sets a range at the point you dicked on. The start point of the range will appear in the RNGSTART box. Divide this number by 256, and you have the number to insert after the 19 command. Simple eh?
SLIDE VOLUME UP ONCE 1A This slides the volume up to the full volume (if sustained long enough) from the default volume of the instrument, or the volume previously set with the OC command. To continue the slide, subsequent 1A commands must be placed on the lines following Ihe note. The value defines the speed of the slide, with lower figures giving a faster slide. Handy lor fading in sounds. It's the same as Protracker's Eax command.
SLIDE VOLUME DOWN ONCE ID As above, but slide the volume down to zero.
JUMP TO NEXT BLOCK ID This causes a jump to a specified line in the next block in the play sequence list. The value is Ihe line in the next block lo which it will jump (this must be specified in hex). It's the same as Protrackef s D command.
OCTAMED 4 TUTORIAL NOTE DELAY & RETRIGGER IF COMMON QUESTIONS because the names of the files do not have lo be displayed as they are read from the hard drive.
The first digit of the value specifies the delay in timing pulses, the second specifies the retrigger timing.
MIDI COMMANDS Some of the main commands work with MIDI, but the following commands are specific to MIDI instruments.
CONTROLLER VALUE 00 See command 05 for a description of this command.
PITCH BENDER UP 01 Turns the pitch bender up eight times the value on each timing pulse. Ranges of pitch bend wheels vary from one MIDI instrument to another, so you'll need to experiment with the settings.
When a new note is played, the pitch bender is not automatically reset, so you need to do this with an 0100 command once you want the pitch bending to stop. In the following example, the pitch is bent up very quickly, and then reset.
001 0000S 002 00000 003 --- 00100 004 --- 00000 PITCHBENDER DOWN 02 As above, but bends the pitch down.
SET PITCH BENDER 03 Instead of sliding the pitch bender like the two previous commands, this sets the pitch bend value to an absolute figure.
This has to be expressed as a signed hex number. 80 (-7F) is the smallest value, 00 is the centre position, and 7F is the largest possible value available.
MODUUTION WHEEL 04 Sets the amcunt cf modulaticn cn the current channel. The value can be from 00 to 7F, where 00 gives no modulation, and 7F gives maximum modulation. Values from 80 to FF are not used.
CONTROLLER NUMBER 05 This is used with Command 0 to change any controller (MIDI command B x cc w. where cc = controller number, w = value).
Set the controller number you want to change with command 05. Then select the value with command 00. Subsequent uses of command 00 will affect the controller previously defined with the 05 command.
HOLD 08 ; This command must be on the same line as the note. You only need to use the second digit of the value for this one, which defines the hold value for the note.
This overrides and hold settings you may have defined in the INST window. Decay settings are then ignored.
SEND MIDI MESSAGE 10 This is used to send MIDI messages previously Here are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding OctaMED 4.
Ql've been trying to use OctaMED 4 for MIDI sequencing, but whenever I connect my synth to it, set up a MIDI instrument, and press one of the keys on the synth keyboard. I get one noise repeating very quickly, until the whole thing locks up. Do I have a faulty copy?
A No. The problem is due to a loop occurring between your synth and your Amiga. In this case, when you press a key on your synth keyboard, the note data is sent into the Amiga, sent back out again by OctaMED. And then sent back to the computer once more in a perpetual cycle, until it becomes too much for the system to handle. This is because you have the SEND OUT button activated on the MIDI panel. The solution is simple: turn off the SEND OUT button.
Qwhen I use eight tracks, the text for the columns gets smaller, but I can just about read it on my TV.
However, when I choose more than eight tracks, it gets ludicrously tiny, and just turns into one big blur. This is annoying, as it’s stopping me from using my MIDI gear to its full potential.
What can I do?
A Click the N016 button from the MISC panel.
This stands for 'no 16 tracks', and will limit the maximum number of visible tracks to eight.
You can still have your 12 or 16 tracks in a block.
Ql have a 1.3 Amiga 500 with a hard drive connected, which holds my extensive sample collection. When ever I enter a new directory such as drumloops for example), it can take rather a long time to read the directory listing.
This isn’t a major hassle, but is nonetheless annoying when you just want to dip and take a look. Can I speed this up in any way?
A There’s a simple solution to this. Click on the directory you want to enter, and they click on the tracker editor button in the very top- right corner ol the screen. This gets rid of the directory window, and speeds up the process entered in the MIDI message editor. The value is the number of the MIDI message you want to send, except that a value of zero send message 1, and a value of 1 sends message 2 and so on.
MIDI message data has priority over the MIDI note data. MIDI timing pulses are sent immediately, even if a message dump is going on.
POLYPHONIC AFTERTOUCH OA Changes the polyphonic aftertouch for the most recent note. The value should be from 00 to 7F.
NOTE VELOCITY OC Overrides the default volume (velocity of the instrument. This command must be on the same line as the note.
Use decimal volumes (unless, volume is set to hex) from 0 to 64 (these are converted to velocity settings from 0 to 127) CHANNEL PRESSURE OD Sends a channel pressure (channel aftertouch) message on fhe most recently used channel. The value can range from 00 to 7F.
Ql have an A1200. When I enable the Chord mode in OctaMED, and try to enter a three or tour note chord, I only ever get one of the notes appearing. What’s going on?
A Unfortunately, I don’t have a neat solution for this one. The A1200 has trouble reading more than one key from the same row at the same time.
If you try entering a chord using notes from different rows on the keyboard, you'll find it works fine. You'll find this is the case with most, if not all programs running on the A1200.
Ql've seen OctaMED songs that display a message when they load, either in the OctaMED program or through the OctaMED Player on Workbench. How is this done?
A Click on the TRANS button, and you’ll see a long horizontal box marked TEXT. Click in the box, and then enter the message you want to appear when the song loads. Your message can be a bit longer than the size of the box.
I’ve written a track that starts with a big bassline, before leading into the main part with drums, synths and stuff.
The trouble is that the bass sound has a bit of hiss on it, which is only noticeable when there are no other sounds. I’ve filtered the sound quite a lot in the sample editor, but it loses its character if I filter it too much. Helpl A Try using the Amiga’s built-in low-pass filter.
This takes off some of the treble from alt lour channels, and can be turned on and otf with the FF8 (off) and FF9 (on) commands.
Turn the filter on at the start of the track, and turn it off again when the higher sounds come in, Q Which insect makes up the staple diet of the rare Peruvian Tree Skunk?
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PAN CONTROL OE Sets the stereo position of the sound. The value can range from 00 to 7F. 00 is the far left position, 3F is bang in the middle, and 7F is the far right position.
MISCELLANEOUS OF FFA sends a ‘hold pedal on" command.
FFB sends a ‘hold pedal off" command.
CHANGE MIDI PRESET 1C Changes the MIDI preset number of the current instrument. Use with caution in multi-modules, (gt) THAT'S YOUR LOT!
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The idea for this month's Masterclass came trom a letter trom Duncan Strand from Leicester who ran into problems whilst trying to organise his sound sample disks which are packed lull of samples without any icons. Duncan had been experimenting with AmigaDOS, trying to create multiple icons by performing variations with COPY and the pattern matching, however, this didn't work.
So what to do? Now it would be possible to wnte an AmigaDOS script to create all the tiles, but to be honest I'm not a big tan ol writing cumbersome programs in AmigaDOS. I know there are big Ians out there, but I'm not one ol them. When I want to write a program. I want to use a programming language: not a series ol DOS commands.
Therefore. I recommend Duncan tries using Aren instead Arexx is the Amiga implementation ot Rexx. A language which has been around tor a bit.
It's a little like AmigaDOS in that its programs are stored in plain text tiles, and there is no need to compile them lirst. Also. Arexx is an interpreted language, which makes it one ol the simpler ones to use and it comes with all Amigas that have Workbench 2.04 and above.
STARTING AREXX Before you can use any Arexx programs, you need to make sure the main Arexx interpreter program is present and running. The name of this program is Rexxmast, and you'll find it in the System drawer of the Workbench drawer. You can start it by clicking on it, or run it from the SHELL by entering Rexxmast and pressing return. If you want to make it run automatically every time you boot your computer (which is especially handy if you have a hard drive, when the overheads will be negligible) you should add it to the file called user- startup' in the s: directory. If this file
doesn't already exist, you can create it by entenng: ed s:user-startup at the Shell. If the file does already exist it will be loaded, and you'll be able to add more text. In either case, add the following: run nil: nil: rexxmast The ‘ ni:’ and ' nil' parts will ensure that a new window isn't opened by Rexxmast when it starts, but you can leave them out if you so desire If using the standard Commodore ED, remember to press ESC and then X to quit.
USING AREXX To start an Arexx program, you use the RX command which has been lurking on your Workbench all this time. So lo run an Arexx program called Test rexx' (it is convention name it ending in rexx ) you simply open a Shell and type: rx test.rexx or rx test as it will assume the .rexx extension it it is left out.
Now that's how we run a program, but how do we write one? In the same way we used ED to alter (or create) the user-startup file, we also create a tile containing Arexx commands. At this point it is worth pointing out that ED is by all accounts an extremely primitive text editor, and one which you don't have to put up with. If your finances can’t stretch to buying Cygnus Ed (CED), you can atways get GoidED- a superb text editor which is available from many public domain libraries.
Writing Arexx programs isn't particularly dilti- cult but you do need to know the relevant Arexx commands. Unfortunately, unless you have an A4000 you probably won't have the necessary documentation. However, there are several books on the subject, and I recommend the Abacus guide Using Arexx on Ihe Amiga by Zamara and Sullivan, wholeheartedly.
I've listed a tew of the most important Arexx commands in table 1 page 134, and I hope the construction of our example program serves to illustrate the grammar required by Arexx.
Another important point to realise is that Arexx can have many more commands than those in table 1. In tact, any program with an Arexx Port' will add its own commands. What do I mean by Port? Well, the Port is a special piece ot programming included in the original program which makes available various features Many commercial and public domain utilities will otter this facility and in this way Arexx can be used to link several programs together. For example, it both an image processing program and the software which controls a video digitiser have Arexx ports, it is possible lo wnte a
script that will get the digitiser to grab a trame and then pass it automatically to the image processor lor turther work Arexx thus gives any program with a suitable port an extensive Macro facility and also allows it to truly make use of the Amiga's multitasking capabilities. Even now, the Mac and IBM-PC are only starting to wake up to the possibilities ottered by such a system. The facility to create macros (in other words, the ability to pre program a sequence of events) is terrific when a large number of similar operations need to be carried out.
Here then is a summary of what Arexx is good at:
1. Writing small stand-alone programs.
2. Using the Arexx port present in many programs to create macros
and automate tedious processes.
3. Linking together several separate programs, making use of
various features from each.
WRITING PROGRAMS The first line of an Arexx program must start with a comment. This isn't just a good idea suggested by the designers of Rexx, but something which has to be done or the program won't work Like C, comments are contained within r and 7 symbols.
Sometimes you'll see the Arexx word ADDRESS used. This specifies which other programs the Arexx system will look too for executing words. II, for example, you were wnting a scnpt that made use of ASDG's The Art Department, you would need to specify address adpro' in the Arexx program (the case of the port name is important). The only exception to this is when the Arexx program is executed not with the RX command, but from with the calling program (for example. Art Department! Itself. It doesn't do any harm to keep the address line in.
Using the word COMMAND after address is another exception, and this time instructs Arexx to use AmigaDOS functions.
In any case, here is a small program to make sure that the Arexx system is working. Enter the following into a text file (typing it directly into the Shell will not work): • Test ptogcam one * say "Hello, World* do 10 say **¦ • end Now we come to creating the icons. The easiest way to do this is to create a dummy icon (I've called it dummy.inlo). A loop in the program then creates a host of new filenames using the loop counter to create the names, which will be soundl Into, sound2.inlo, sound3.info and so on. You will need to experiment with pathnames to suit your system.
* Copy program one * address command do i-1 to 10 name='sound' || i || ".info” coms'copy dummy, info' name com end The script is short and sweet, but it makes the assumption that Duncan s sound samples are already named sound!. Sound2. Sounds to start with, which probably isn't the case.
What we need is an Arexx program that will create an icon for a tile ot any name, and here is how to do it. First ot all we need to rewrite the script to make use ot the ARG and WORD command.
ARG accepts a word or a list ol words typed alter the program name when it Is started at the Shell WORDS returns the number ot separate words in a string ot text, and WORD returns a particular word. See how simple Arexx programming is compared to the likes ot C or BASIC?
Once we have a script that wiU create an icon Irom a given list ot tiles, all we need is a way to easily get the list. Here's the Arexx script: * Copy program two • address command arg list_of_names do i«l to words(lisC.of.names) name * word(list_of_names.i) ||
• .info* com-'copy dummy.info* name com Now to get the names ot
all the sound samples Into a text file, enter this at the
Shell: list lformat %n ram:filelist COMMON AREXX COMMANDS
DOXEND IF THEN ELSE II Displays text or the contents ol a
variable 1 on screen.
Packets up several lines.
Conditional testing Concatenates two strings, without spaces.
To see what difference quotes make, try the 1 following: You can also create loops, like this: Try This: egein=10 say Hello World say Hello. World say Hello, World again say Hello. World again" do 10 say "Hello'' end do i=1 to 10 by 2 say i end 111=1 then say "Phew, that was close" H x=19 then do say "Well I never" say “Good old X, eh?"
End else say "too bad" string 1 = Hello World string2 = Hello || World say stringl say strlng2 This performs a normal directory listing, but only with the file names, and then redirects the list into a file in the ram disk. Unfortunately we can’t simply run the Arexx script using this list, like this: rx copy.rexx ram:filelist as the indirection doesn’t seem to work Instead we have to adjust the script to open up the text of the Mefist itself. This time the script also include the necessary list command built-in.
• Copy program three • address command
• list lformat %s t:filelist* call
open(filepointer.*t:filelist*.*r*) do while -eof(filepointer)
name*readlnffilepointer) || •.info* com*'copy dummy.info* name
com end call close (filepointer) And that’s it! This script
will create a temporary list of all the files in the T:
directory, and then go through them one by one. Copying the
dummy.info icon with a new name. This should give all the files
in the directory an icon - problem solved.
AREXX WITH ADPRO Although Arexx is a powerful pogramming language in its own right, it really comes Into its own when you start to use with other programs Art Department is one program that really benefits Irom its Arexx port. For example, here's a short program that will use AdProS selector to list a group ol tiles tor converting into GIF format. This is especially uselul when you need to process a batch ot pictures but don't want to have to sit around doing each by hand.
Arexx script to automate turning IFFs into GIFs.
Getfiles '-Please Choose all the files that need processing:" if RC=0 then FileList=ADPro_Result FileCount-Words (FileList) Counter-l Do While (Counter =FileCount) Filename-WordIFileList.Counter) Sfilename=Insert('-gif',Filename.Leng th(Filename)-l) Lformat 'IFF1 Load Fil Execute Sformat ’GFP* Save Sfilename -IMAGE' Counter.Counter.1 exit This scnpt can easily be expanded to load or save different lormats and add some processing in between. Remember that Arexx Itself doesn't know how to load or save images - it just knows how to tell The Art Department how to do it.
Using Arexx it's possible to adapt many programs to behave more Intelligently For example.
Comms users can write Arexx scripts to automate logging into Bulletin Boards if their terminal emulator program has an Arexx Port. Music-X v2 users can write their own tools for editing notes and adding effects, and users ot GVP s Genlock can automate fading and other effects in time to other programs (such as Bars and Pipes) Arexx is one the Amiga s operating systems best features, learn how to use it. And you can save yourself a lot ol time. For more information, check out the book recommended in the text, or access a BBS which takes the Arexx echomail. There are several help files in
AmigaGuide format around, as well as some excellent Arexx programs and utilities
- so ask your favourite Public Domain library 'til Which computer
is better - the PC or the Amiga? I started this argument with
Mends ten years ago and I'm still having it today. And now.
Like ten years ago. It is invart- ably an argument with PC
owners who are too shortsighted to recognise that, yes, believe
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PART 1 In the first of a new series of articles Andy Leaning looks at ways in which you can adapt PC products for use on the Amiga. To start off he reveals how you can use the thousands of graphics and text files available for the PC.
One area, however, where PC owners can justifiably gloat about their superiority is the widespread availability of PC dipan. Fonts and reference text files Call up any PC PD library and youll get a list of disks running into the thousands - containing high quality textures, clipart files. TrueType fonts, text files containing massive dictionaries or the classic works of the world's best loved authors (Charles Dickens. Jules Verne. Bram Stoker, Mary SheSey) and much more However, Amiga owners need no longer fret about lack of access to these vast libraries - there is a way of gaining access
to all these PC files. Doing so can be surprisingly easy too. It's just a matter of knowing how - so settle down and take stock of what I have to say.
AND WE'RE OFF The first obstacle to get over when using PC files on your Amiga is to actually get your machine to HoiT read 'alien' PC formatted disks. PC disks have a different structure to Amiga disks and unless you have a program which can interprel this PC structure you won't be able to access their coveted contents Luckily there are a number of programs available that do just this.
Workbench 3 systems have an inbuilt routine which provides direct access to PC files. All you have to do is insert a PC disk in the DRIVE and you'll be able to read the files automatically.
Amigas with eartier Workbench versions will need a program such as Cross Dos which enables your Amiga to read and copy from and to PC disks.
For CD-ROM owners it's even simpler to read PC discs. PC CD-ROMs will read In an Amiga CD-ROM DRIVE without any problems, you don't even need conversion tools.
The Archos CD-ROM DRIVE from Indi. For example, will allow you to read these discs on an At 200.
And we're offl Having set up the Amiga to read PC disks you can then start using the files. For texl based files this is merely a matter of copying them to an Amiga disk and loading them into your word processor - simplicity itself Load up Final Writer, chuck in the disk and you could have the complete text of Dracula at your linger tips - as if by magic.
SI For fonts it's slightly more involved. Most current fonts found on Pcs are in a format called TrueType - the format Microsoft Windows uses.
Some Amiga programs can load these fonts directly, but most require fonts to be in a standard Amiga format.
To convert them you'll need a program such as SoftLogiks’ TypeSmith (£118 from Emerald Creative and reviewed on page 94 of this very issue of CU AMIGA).
GRAPHICS Images, clipart and textures can be trouble. There are numerous graphic file formats on the PC, such as TIFF, Giff. And PCX. Amiga programs, however, can generally only handle the IFF format To convert from the various PC formats you'll need a program such as Art Department or imageFX. These Iwo packages can handle a vast vartety of different file formats and are vital if you are serious aboul converting PC files.
Other programs worth having for converting files are LHA (available from most PD librartes) which is a compression and decompression tool, and a Directory Utility such as the Dir Works sample given away with the September issue of CU AMIGA to help manage lots ot files at once With this collection of programs you should be able to convert most graphics and font files from PC disks and be able to read and use them on your Amiga.
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More marvels of animation magic are revealed in this month’s tutorial, as Peter Lee conjures up detailed professional tricks of the trade to help get things moving on your Amiga.
As we've progressed from humble beginnings, our techniques have become ever more sophisticated There finally comes a watershed moment when you need to combine the animation skills we've been discussing with drawing techniques. I've included some drawing techniques as and when needed, but this month sees a marked increase in graphic intensity.
It's nothing you can t handle though. And while each tutorial continues to outline in easy stages how to achieve an effect, you get the added benefit of picking up drawing expertise. So, it you really want to grow as an Amiga artist and animator, stick with me; the road may seem long, but it is paved with gold... PART TUTORIAL I the tact that only a small percentage of the screen changes from frame to frame; this means that you can get quite a lengthy animation, showing several pages ot information being printed'. And like most other tutorials, once you have the skeleton of the effect, you
can save it and just add new text as the need arises.
D Although we are using the default palette which opens each time you start Dpaint. We need to edit one colour because there isn't one creamy enough to represent the standard printer colour. So call up the Colour editor (right click on the foreground background colour display). Choose the first green, and using the sliders on the RGB scale create the following values; R 255. G 193. B 97. Click on the RGB button on the far left to toggle the settings to Hue, Saturation and Value (HSV) and ensure the settings are; S 61, V 100 and H 35 You should now have a fawny colour in place ol the
green.
? In the interests of keeping drawings simple and functional, we shall create the printer from filled rectangles. The body of the printer Is a filled oblong using the lawn colour we just defined. The smoked plastic lid is a thin rectangle of dark grey, with a single line highlight running across the top in mid grey. The handle is a vertical rectangle using a yellowy fawn.
II To add a little finesse to this plain object, you can suggest curved edges by simply erasing a single pixel from each of the four comers. Add darker brown horizontal lines to the manual knob to give it a curled effect. Draw a light-blue horizontal line 3cm above the halfway point on the screen, and fill the top hall with light blue, and the lower half with mid blue.
? Using the filled polygon tool (the one which uses straight lines), draw out the shape of the printer's shadow in dark blue. Notice how the perspective is suggested with the lines of the shadow receding from the viewer. Once you are happy with the printer - maybe you'd like to put a brand name on there for added realism - call up the AmnVFrames Set requester, and enter 20. To duplicate your image over 19 more frames.
D It's time to create the fanfold paper now. So switch to the spare screen (key j); select as the background colour the light blue you used for the top half fill on the main screen, and clear the screen. Using white, draw out a rectangular sheet of paper.
D The perforation effect is achieved using the line tool and the medium round brush. Right click on the line tool, and enter '8' in the Every Nlh dot slot; dick on the Every Nth dot button, and return to your drawing. With the line tool selected, and your drawing colour the same light blue you used to clear the screen with, draw out a vertical line up each edge ol the sheet. You will see the holes being created automatically.
D Cut out the page as a brush, and with black as your drawing colour, outline the sheet by pressing the key 'o' before pasting back down on screen This dark edge will make the paper stand out better during a playback of the sequence.
N You can add your text to the paper now. I used the Workbench font Opal at t2pt, which just about looks like a dot-matrix font. Notice the shadow on the left of the paper? That adds a nice touch to the animation, and is simply a mid-blue thin rectangle drawn after the outlining procedure. Cut out the paper and its shadow, and switch back to frame one ot the printer animation.
C3 The effect calls tor the paper to gradually appear out of the top of the printer, and this is easily achieved by using Dpainls Stencil function and the Move requester together We need to protect the picture from being over written by the paper as it moves up screen, so call up the Stencil requester (Etfect Stencil Make). Click on the light blue we used to fill the top half of the screen, then dick on Invert, to protect every colour except that one. Click on Make.
M Place your paper brush in the correct position just below the top of the printer, so none of it is visible (thanks to the stencil we just made). Right ckck the mouse, then press the key u This registers the start position for the brush, then undoes the painting which is a necessary part of It. Call up the Move requester (keyboard M). And in the Y distance box. Enter a figure between 140 and 150.
Click on Preview, and see your page ghosted up screen. Using thal and error to tweak this Y value, work out the right distance to move your brush so it does not fly out of the pnnter - we want the last frames to show it still in there.
TIP: A really accurate way to find out the distance you need for the Move requester is to set Co-ord On' from Preferences, then paint your brush from start to finish. The coordinates zero as you start to paint, so you can see how many pixels you've e When you have gotten the distance right, make sure that the figure 20 Is In the Number of frames box, and dick on Draw to tell Dpainllo draw the paper throughout the sequence.
E Ptay back the animation now - the slower the better, to simulate a real pnnter at work. It's OK. But you can add just one more tweak to add to the realism - a curving shadow at the base of the paper Turn off the stendl. Call up the Range requester (CotouARange menu), and place dark grey at the nght-hand end of the range bar. And white at the opposite end. This is range 1. Click on OK.
E Call up the Fill requester (right dick on the Fill tool), and click on the vertical fill icon (arrows pointing up and down), and on the Random box.
With the dither slider set all the way to the left Swop to me Spare screen and dear it Click on the solid rectangle tool, and draw out a rectangle across the screen and around 6cm deep E Cut out the top two thirds of the resulting gradient fill as a brush (the lower reaches are too dark), and switch back to frame one of me animation Call up the Stencil requester, and protect every colour except the white used on the paper Position the bottom of your shadow brush at me base of the page where It pops out of the pnnter.
And register the position.
E Call up me move requester, and Clear all settings: dick on Draw, and the shadow brush will remain stationary and paint over the page as it appears from the pnnter. Leaving the text visible but giving a curving etfed well worth having.
IDEAS: Any object appearing from out of nowhere can be created by using Stencilling - cars or people appearing from behind buildings or scenery, or planes emerging from clouds.
TUTORIAL 2 DR HI SOLD: A 3!»J- I *1 H T: Ob ect: A tranquil, looping sequence showing a dreamy pink sunset with a taste ol luxury.
Mode: Dpainl. 32 colour, low res: 10 frames While mis animation is pleasant and effective, the real bonus in following this tutorial is the chance to pick up plenty ot drawing tips The main thing you may be interested in is the representation of ice. Which is notoriously difficult to capture using traditional artists' materials, let alone computer art The animation technique itself takes very little time, and should be a good weapon in your armoury in any number of reflective sequences.
THE ICE Opaque, semi-transparent, reflective ... if ever a substance was guaranteed to stretch your capabilities. Then ice is it. But the first thing to fix in your mind is mat we re in me business of 'suggesting' things rather than trying lo take a photograph So we can distil something like ice into shape and colour. Well, what are we waiting for ?
Q If you look at the illustration, youH see how the ice cube progresses from a simple roughly-drawn polygon to something not un-conneded with an ice cube. Draw out the shape of the Ice using a mid grey tone and the freehand fill tool. Add a light blue filled shape to the left, and light grey shapes at me top and hght, as in stage two.
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¦U IjlLI Ttiara'a a lot or Mtormanon haro but a pat eia moat out or a atunrang vtauai. Noaa h cotour bacomo laattattc lea eubaa, and Itia • ractangla Into a honor* TumMor glvna tbo n ? From me Mode menu, select Smooth, and using a medium-sized round brush, trace around me edges of the ice cube, and also where colours border inside it. The light blue was just there to give an icy-blue tint lo the highlight, so using the Fill tool, fill the blue area with a light grey, and using black, fill the heart of the ice chunk (Stage four). The final stage is now achieved by again using the Smoothing
option on the remaining colour edges, lo blur them into one another (Stage five) D That's it - an ice cube. Surpnsingly. The ho»ow looking centre works very well, giving the impression mat the outside edges of the ice are melting, and the centre is transparent For our purposes we need three chunks, so cut out the ice as a brush, and create a three-cube stack Note how cubes two and three have been rotated 90 degrees using me z key, to make it look Nke three random pieces of ice (Stage six).
THE TUM8LER Again, drawing glass is about fudging reality rather than captuhng it. And to do that, all we need is an outline to the tumbler, and maybe a reflective highlight or two ® other way to show the tar edge ol the rim. And the other side ot the base. Fill the oval that was created on the base with the same blue as used lor the glass drawing to suggest thickness.
P Once the glass is complete, cut out the ice cubes as a brush, and place them 'inside' the tumbler You will have to do a little manual touching up ol the blue on the rim where the ice brush has overpainted it.
N The next stage is to add some liquid; the colour used can represent iced tea, cola or whatever takes your lancy. It's achieved by activating Dpaints Tint tunction trom the Eltect Process menu. With mid-brown chosen as the drawing colour and using the tilled rectangle tool, draw out a box trom just above hall way on the glass lo the base. You will see the ice taking on the colour ol the 'liquid' you just poured! Again, you will need a little manual painting to the edges of the base area to colour in the rounded corners missed by the rectangle Turn off the Tint option.
II Using shades ot pink and red. And the freehand filled tool, draw long, thin clouds streaking across the sky and sun. Not too many though - check the illustration Select your sky pink as the background colour (right dick on it) and cut out a brush ol the sun and surrounding sky, taking care not to indude any of the blue .
D Similarly, you will have to hand-pairrt the surface ol the liquid, using the arc tool, giving it a lighter brown colour to that used lor the tint. It all adds to the realism.
D On the illustrations, you should be able to see the white reflective streak running down the lelt- hand edge ol the glass. This is created using white as the drawing colour, and setting Translucency to 50% from the Eflect translucency menu. Use a broad round brush and the straight line tool; as you can see. The ice is still visible through the streak.
Add a curved highlight around the base, near the bottom ol the glass using the same brush and setup to emulate the tumbler's roundness.
THE LEMON The finishing touch to the glass is the slice ol lemon - a two-minute job which adds a nice touch to the scene.
O Using a large round brush and mid-brown, draw out a 4cm circle. Fill with bright yellow, and divide carelessly into segments using the mid- brown and single-pixel brush. Add a lew streaks ol freehand highlights to the segments using white, and a pip or two using the mid brown and filled freehand tool Black out a segment at the bottom, so it can slip onto the tumbler's edge.
Q To simulate the lemon as it would look through glass, use mid blue as your till colour, and turn Translucency on again. Using the tilled polygon tool, draw out the quarter shape as illustrated; Ihe yellow wiH now turn grey O Cut out the lemon, and place it on the rim ol the glass in such a way that the greyed section looks like it is 'inside' the glass. Save the glass, ice and lemon as a brush (to be loaded in later) and let's move on to the next stage THE SUNSET ? Draw out a pink rectangle at the top of the screen, across the lull widlh and coming a third ol the way down screen. Draw out a
large red tilled circle to the right ol centre, and erase the portion of the circle which falls below where the pink sky ends.
THE ANIMATION The only moving part ol the ptdure is the sea and reflection but it adds a new and exciting dimension to the whole scene. The techniques outlined can be used lor any liquid redactions too.
Don the spare screen, create a series ol O using Ihe tilled freehand tool and dark blue as the drawing colour, draw out a rough-edged shape to represent a portion ol the sea.
Select Smear trom the Mode menu, and with a large rounded brush, smear the edges ol the sea horizontally.
Sea. Now paint the brush down on the sea for a perfect reflection. Turn off the Stencil.
Dilferenl-length horizontal lines below each other - a kind ol step-ladder effect, but with rungs ol different widths. The combined width should be around that ol the area used lor the sea on the main screen, and around 6cm deep Ocut out the multi-line brush, and go to frame one ol Ihe animation sequence. Call up the spacing requester by right clicking on the straight line tool, and enter 10 in the N .value box.
Dead up the stencil, dear it, and protect every colour except the blue used lor the sea and the reds and pinks of the reflected clouds and sun. Select Smear from the Mode menu, and with your finger on the Alt key. Position your lines brush at the bottom ot the sea, and with your finger held on Uaing !h multlpto-NnM bniah we created, here'* how Ihe eee le being mede to shimmer throughout the sequence. As eech trams will be slightly different, ihe effect really does mimic a calm eaa with small waves.
The mouse button, draw the brush up screen until you reach the top of the sea Let go of the button, and a smear effect will work its way through your animation.
D Repeat this as many times as you like, once in a while moving the brush a lew cms left and right to mix up the reflected colours. The fact that the brush moves in between each frame gives a random shimmer and ripple to the sequence. Load in the glass brush, outline it in black and paste it down manually in the same spot on each ol Ihe 10 frames.
D Press key six to see the axmation loop beautifuly IDEAS: The animation is a pat way of adding realism to reflections in liquids; rivers, oceans all have reflective properties which can be enhanced by movement over their surface. You can also simulate heat-haze tor desen scenes in this way too.
AMIGA WORKSH ANIMATION TUTORIALS WORKSHOP START ¦ And the beauty is that although short. I O The cigarette is a simple two-rectangle structure. One is tan, the other mid-grey. The tilter-tip etfect is achieved by peppering yellow and brown on the solid rectangle. The glowing tip is composed ot a freehand filled shape of red, with yellow and white peppering, and a brown edge to simulate burning paper.
H Switch to the alternate screen (j key). As usual, we're using a simple background to help focus attention on the message; a red screen with a brown rectangle in the centre, edged with yellow. That's all you need. Next job is to place the cigarette.
0 From the alternate screen, cut out the cigarette, and go back to the background screen. From the painting modes requester (accessed by dicking the draw mode tool), select Hatfbrite. Paint the cigarette-shaped brush on the right-hand edge of the background screen, and see how it creates a transparent shadow over what's below - this is the magic ot halfbrite.
Object: To re-create the whispy, transparent nature ot smoke.
Mode; Brilliance. 64 colour halt-brite. Low res (320 x 256 EHB mode); 10 frames.
The first thing to note is that we’re using the Halt-brite mode that is on all Amigas (except the very tew early 1000s). This gives you a main palette ot 32 colours, as in standard low res, but doubles them with 32 daughter celours which are halt as bright as the originals. A very nice in- between mode which is not as memory-intensive as other multi-coloured ones.
TUTORIAL 3 B Rll HAN C E: Cigarette O Re-access the Modes menu, and set the mode to Brush. Place your brush a little above and to the left ot the shadow we've just placed. It's time for the text now; as usual, this technique isn't spedtic to this one animation - it's a skill which you will find useful tor lots ot halfbrite work. Switch to the spare screen, and seled a large sized font, then enter your text using white as the painting colour.
0 Cut out the text as a brush, and switch back to the main screen; following the same procedure as we did for the cigarette shadow, create a shadow ot the text in halfbrite mode, then restore the brush and paint it down a little offset to the top and left ot the shadow image.
0 Call up the Animation control panel (right dick on the movie projedor icon or press keypad 3) and create 10 frames based on the current image. You should save the sequence now for safety SMOKE O Go to the Spare screen, Clear it, and set painting mode to Colour; using four greys, from medium to light, draw out freehand-tilled curts and wisps of smoke, which should have a single starting point (in this case, it will be the end ot the dgarette).
O Cut out the brush, and call up the Brush menu SMOKE KILL!* So that when you switch back to normal brush mod*, the Q Call up the Brush Menu again and store this in slot two for safekeeping. Activate the Anim Brush menu now (keypad 2), and in the Morph section, ensure Frames is set to 10. Click on button 1 in the From section, and wait several minutes whilst brush 1 (the original smoke) is morphed into brush 2 over 10 cells.
N Once the process is complete, go to frame one of the animation: Turn on Transparency (the icon to the left of the drawing dot), and manually place the first cell of the animbrush correctly, with the smoke coming out of the lit end. Click the mouse button to paint the brush, and advance to the next frame by pressing key 2. Your Animbrush cell has advanced too, so continue the process until the scene is complete. I found that Transparency worked so well, I was able to repeat the process once more, laying down more whispy smoke to emphasis it.
(keypad 2, or right click the Scissors tool. Place the brush in slot one ot the storage grid. Call up the Brush Distort Menu (its menu tool looks like three sheets ot paper in descending order and is left ot the Undo button) and dick on the X button in the Shear section. Now by moving the mouse, you will be able to shear, or bend your smoke brush several degrees to the right. So what you have when you finish shearing is a shape similar to the original brush, but looking as if it has been blown sideways.
At OKE KILLS OKE Kk LS Here's how one plume of smoke can be given life, by duplicating, shearing and then morphing the original Into the sheared one. There's not much of a change, but enough to give realism to the plume during the animation.
IDEAS: For Jet engines, guns, motorcars, smoke and fumes are clever touches to static scenes which bring them to life. Using translucency or tints, you preserve your main drawing whilst conveying a realistic mode to pictures.
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1. Is It possible to receive TV pictures on my Microvitec monitor
as I would get a much better display due to its
0. 28mm dot pitch? However, unless I have my numbers wrong,
televisions receive signals at 50kHz. Whereas Ihe 1438 monitor
syncs at 15 - 38 kHz.
So. Am I right in thinking lhal it's not possible to receive TV pictures?
2. Assuming I can receive pictures, can I use Power Computing's
Video Backup system, as the advert says you can use it on a
1084 monitor?
1. John, where did you get the Judge Dredd pics you used in the
Masterclass section?
Dean Carl Peller. Alpha House.
Kllbum, London.
I Hmm, some number confusion here. A television updates its picture at 50kHz (which is another way ot saying titty times a second), but this has nothing to do with those other numbers, which are measures of the horizontal scan rata.
Normal TV video signals have a scan rate ot 15kHz. So the Microvitec will be able to display video perfectly, and as you say, the good dot pitch should give an excellent picture. The only problem TV ON THE CHEAP _ I own a bog standard Amiga 1200,and a 14 inch Microvitec 1438 multisync monitor, and I would be grateful if you could answer the following questions v I I I I I I I I I I 320 IS 10 14 12 10 a 0 4 2 II I I I I I I I I I I 19 17 15 19 II 1 7 5 3 1 pect you don't actually have a video recorder and you only want some way of getting a cheap TV in your college digs. II this Is true, I
have three things to say:
I. Remember that it you succeed, you will need to buy a TV
license.
Unless your TV is battery powered, students living sway Irom home need their own license. The detector vans are vary good these days, and with student grants the pittance they are a large fine could be disastrous.
D. Keep a look out In electronics magazines for stand-alone TV
tuners (they cost about £50, and some will have suitable video
out signal - especially old Amstrad ones, originally designed
for the CPC colour monitor.)
Bl Don't waste your time watching TV, and go to the library and do some work instead. Or you'll end up like John.
J I don't know which pictures you are talking about. It I had scanned them directly from the comic with my zar|az JX100 colour scanner, I’d be a totally grexnix copyright infringer - wouldn't I? The last 1- The Video Backup system has a composite video output, end the 1084 has a composite video Input - hence you can watch TV. The video back-up unit just provides an easy way of linking the TV tuner from the video recorder (which is required to back up the herd disk) with the monitor. You don't actually need the Video Backup unit at all to watch TV
- |ust a suitable cable which any TV repair shop will be able to
knock up for you.
Alternatively, most vkfeo-to- vldeo repair kits will Include enough adaptors to gel the tobdone.
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- , „ Iknowthe A1200 » ¦ * - was only sup- posed lo have the 1
2.5 inch IDE hard drive fitted inter- naly, but is it possWe lo
lit a
3. 5 inch drive?
The larger drivers are cheaper and I've heard that they are more reliable.
Adnan Hussain, London.
Yss, it Is possible to fit 3.5 Inch drives to the A1200, although you have to understand that this model ot Amiga wasn't designed with them In mind and so you perform any operations at the cost ol your warranty and your own risk You will need some cables to take the different drive cable sizes into account, and a power cable that borrows a 12 volt supply trom the Internal floppy drive power (the floppy drive will continue to work as normal). Trlloglc (tsl: 0274691115) sell these cables quite cheaply.
Fitting the drive inside the Amiga is a fine art, and depending on Ihe exact size of the hard drive (which varies from model to model) It Is possible to squeeze it Into the case with only minor alterations.
PIRACY PLAGUE I own an Amiga 500+ with 2Mb.
Which I've had kx about tour months. In the first lew weeks I didn't have much software John Kennedy: * “Can we have some more reader letters about printer drivers please?” Leaning: “Oh yes, and some more from A600 owners too!” ISO O & A so I started swopping software with my Iriends, but when I swopped Sensible Software with one ot them my Amiga caught a virus, Joshua, which has since started writing read errors to my disks. I have tried using brand new games but it does it to them as well.
Kelran, Brentwood.
Sorry, Kelran but my first reaction Is that as a software pirate you deserve all you get. Swopping software Is a torm ot piracy, and It is partly a result of piracy that has the Amiga and parent Commodore In the state they are In today.
Never use programs you can't trace directly back to their source, always switch oft your Amiga for a few minutes between games and get a disk drive cleaner, because that Is what's wrong with your computer. And one more thing - buy your own copy of Sensible Software immediately.
A600 PERFECTION
- I have an A600
* ** £ with 1Mb However, why is seems to a CD- ROM drive for
every Amiga except the A600?
Is there a chip I could buy to turn my 16-bit Amiga into a 32-bit Amiga? I have seen the A1200 in action and I’m not impressed. I will eventually upgrade to an A4000T but at the moment I am happy with my A600:1 just need to upgrade.
L. Pattison, Bradley, Bilston.
Like the A1200, the A600 has a PCMCIA slot, and I am convinced that it is only a matter of time before it is possible to attach a CD-ROM drive to the A600. In the meantime, you can still keep a look-out for a second-hand CDTV and use ParNETto connect it to your A600.
Here at CU AMIGA we have yet to see any form of accelerator for the A600 (you need a 68020 or better for 32-bit performance), but try contacting WAW Elektronik in Germany (tel: 030-404-3331, fax: 030-404-7039) who are rumoured to be producing all sorts of hardware for the A600 and CDTV: we just haven’t seen any yet, that’s all.
What do you mean you aren’t impressed with the A1200? Which features weren’t good enough for you then? The 2Mb Chip RAM?
The processor which goes four times faster? The new Workbench? The Advanced Graphics Architecture chipset, which can produce more than 256,000 colours from a 16 million colour palette and drive a multisync monitor for flicker free displays of 640 by 512? The ability to have a 50MHz 68030 in the trapdoor (and a 68040 is rumoured)?
Come on Mr. Pattison, get hold of one of the latest AGA demos and pop it into an A1200 in your local computer shop. Then try to stop yourself from buying one.
Uimm well I have a three- year-old A500+ with 2Mb of RAM.
A 100Mb hard disk and exiemal floppy drive and a Canon BJ10ex printer.
1. What printer drivers will work with my printer? I was told to
use EpsonQ but just about any one seems to work.
I. I am not sure whether my RAM is working properly. I have tried
the AVAIL command, but I am unable to understand it. How many
bytes should I have free with just Workbench and a Shell
running?
3. Could I connect two Amigas together through their hard drives
via the SCSI ports? I would like to transfer the entire
contents of my hard drive to my Dad's without having to go to
the bother ot backing up the disk and then restoring.
4. Is it worth buying an At 200 considering its age and
Commodore's present state?
C. Robertson, Dumbarton.
1. Most printer drivers will work but not all will take advantage
of the Canon's advanced graphics printing features. For
example, a simple word processor will output raw text which
the printer will happily print. But try an italic, bold or
underlined font and you'll start to have problems.
A program Ilka the excellent Final Writer uses Its own fonts, and If you try these you will simply get gibberish. The same thing will happen If you try and print something from within Deluxe Paint. For more control, take the time to buy the Canon Print Studio software, available from JAM (tel: 01895 274449). Mind you this has to be a world's first a letter complaining that a printer driver works too well. I'll have to lie down for a bit.
2 What makes you think that your RAM Isn't working in the first place? The AVAIL commend won't test it anyway. It simply lists the amounts of different sorts available (Chip, Fast and the total) under different situations (current amount available, current amount in use. Maximum amount and the largest continuous block tree).
You will have about 2 millions bytes of Chip, but how much depends on screen modes, drives fitted and a hundred ofhai you really need lo leaf II i various programs in the Public Domain (try 17 Bit's PO Engineer s Toolkit, tel: 0924 3SG9982).
3. You could theoroticafty connect two Amigas like this, although
I for one wouldn't like to have to write the driver software.
The quickest way to transfer the data would be to connect the
drives to the same SCSI bus (there can be up to six drives on
the same SCSI bus), which will require one hard drive to be
disassembled, the SCSI ID jumper to the changed and a spe
cial cable used.
An easier (but slower way) would be to get hold of ParNET.
And link the two Amigas via their parallel ports. ParNETcan do more than link CDTVs but why not simply use the regular backup you have made of your hard drive? What do you mean you don’t want to bother?
4. The A1200 is great home computer, with many benefits over
the A500+. Get one.
WHY OH WHY?
I have been an avid reader of CU AMIGA since 1989.
Since then I have written to CU AMIGA twice about three years ago and to this day I have had no reply.
However, I would be grateful if you would answer this letter in your O&A section. Is it possible to get a motor mechanics course on disk?
For example designing or putting together car engines with a point, dick and place basis on engine components. If not could you put this idea to the software houses?
Anthony Bradley, Ballyfermot, Dublin.
Sorry, Anthony but loyal reader or not we can't possibly reply to every letter sent to us. If we did, we wouldn’t have time to create the magazine In the first place.
The good news Is that yes, a mechanics course as you describe does exist (or one very close to It) and It's on CD-ROM.
The Bad News that It Is for the PC, and there are no plans, as yet, for an Amiga version.
TEN QUESTIONS I am one of the original Amiga owners. I have an A500t that didn't come in a pack or anything. I have some questions:
1. How do you create those readme files which I find on a lot of
disks?
2. What is the different between NDOS and normal disks?
3. Why are Atari Sts so rubbish compared with the Amiga, when
they nearly have the same power?
4. Is there a 1 Mb 3D rendering package available?
5. What makes hard drives twice as expensive as floppy drives?
4. Are there any decent hard drives for under £100?
7. What is the Disk Doctor and where can I get one from?
I How much does it cost EMAP to Q & A » produce every edition ot your wonderful CU AMIGA?
9. Can the Canon 10sx produce multi-coloured printouts?
10. Finally. CD-ROM tor the A500: where, how much and what will
it run?
John Addicott, Moorland, Somerset.
I'm sorry, but to quality as an original Amiga owner you need to have had an A1000, or at the very least, a 512K Workbench 1.2 A500.
Everything else Is wimpy modern- day stuff.
1 Use ED from a Shell to create a readme text file. If you need an Icon, the easiest way is to copy one from an existing text file.
Make sure there Is a suitable text file reader on your disk (for example, the program More).
2. NDOS disks have been formatted In a different way from normal
AmigaDOS disks and therefore the Workbench can’t understand
them.
Special programs on the bootblock of the NDOS disks contain a specially written file handing system especially for dealing with them.
The idea is to reduce piracy by making the disks Impossible to read with standard software.
I. Time warp time! This issue was concluded a long time ago, when
it became apparent that the Amiga's superior custom chips and
more advanced operating system gave it the edge over the ST,
even though they both use Motorola 68000 processors.
4. You can’t render anything in 3D with only 1Mb, it’s simply not
on.
Real 3D classic might get close but you will still need more memory to make it a worthwhile purchase.
5. Hard drives are considerably more advanced than floppy drives.
They are much, much faster, and need to work reliably for years.
6. Hmmm ... probably not. You might get a second-hand drive of
about 20Mb, but this would be a waste of money. Don’t get a
hard drive smaller than 80Mb, get one preferably much larger.
7 DiskDoctor Is a program that came with Workbench 1.3. It tries to read data from damaged floppy disks, and it occasionally succeeded (whereupon It renamed the disk Lazarus and caused a spate of virus scare stories in the letters pages ot various magazines). Instead, get the latest version of the program DlskSalve from your local Public Domain library.
8. A little more than tuppence ha’penny, I bet.
9. No, it's a monochrome printer.
10. Commodore’s A590. About £99 from various advertisers. It will
read all CDTV disks and all the current PD disks.
BUTZ FIX I felt you somehow threw an unjustly dark shadow over Blitz Basic in your reply to N. Ferguson's letter in your G&A pages in the August issue. Mr. Ferguson wanted to hide his graphics data from prying eyes whilst writing programs in Blitz Basic.
I believe there exists a far more elegant and easier method. Here is a pseudo algorithm for achieving it:
1. INCBIN any external data files, taking care to assign START:
and END: labels, before and after the INCBIN statement.
2. Write a procedure to READ the INCBINned data, using the START:
and END: labels to calculate the address and length values
needed by the READ command.
3. Write a procedure to WRITE (remembering to ALLOCMEM enough
bytes before) the READ data temporarily to RAM:, once again
using the START: and END: labels to calculate the length and
address values.
4. Once the data file in in RAM:, use LoadBitMap, LoadMED,
LoadFONT, LoadSHAPE or whatever you require to load the data
file.
5. DELETEFILE the temporarily created file In RAM: as it won't
be needed any more.
I believe that this method is by far more versatile than AMOS' own memory banks, as you can include any kind of data be it an IFF picture, MED or Soundtracker module, shape or font. In AMOS you can only merge IFF and bob files, but Blitz does it with style.
Kenneth Summut, Marsa, Malta.
MODEM WORRY I own an A1200 and am interested in buying a modem. I have read your articles on Comms and modems, and would be pleased if you could answer my questions:
I. Could you recommend a good modem between £100 and £200?
2. Which is the better modem: the Supra Fax Modem 144LZ or the
Pace Linnet Plus?
3. What exactly is a fax modem?
4. What is the best program for controlling the modem, and
where can I get it?
5. Which is the best OLR program to use?
4. Please could you tell me the number of any boards in the
Coventry and Birmingham area.
A. P Malin, Cllffard Park, Coventry,
1. The US Robotics Sportster 14400 Fax modem falls Into your
price bracket and is very reliable (available from First, tel:
0532 319 444, Price: £151.99).
2. The Supra operates at 14,400 bits per second whilst the Pace
doesn’t. Need I say more?
3. A fax modem contains circuitry that enables It to communicate
with fax machines (or other fax modems). With suitable
software you can send pictures and drawings. This software
is usually not included with the modem.
4. Term is an excellent Terminal Emulator for the Amiga. Ncomm
can misbehave In ways which various Sysops have told me
causes problems with some Bulletin Boards. For sending faxes,
GPFax is the tops.
5. OLR (Off-Line Reading) software is used to make sending
Email easier and cheaper. If at all possible, try to register
as a FidoNet Point' with a Bulletin Board, and then use Spot
1.3 Otherwise, a OLR program such as Bluewave is as good as
any.
T. It's a funny thing, but I can't find any. There must be some
somewhere nearby, so log onto any board and leave a message
asking for suggestions.
Ram MAKE ®lam 14 and am thinking of making some animations to put on the PD market.
Whether I will be successful or not I don’t know but I am willing to have a go. The trouble is that I don't know how to get started or how to put a disk together once I do.
I have an A500 with 1 Mb of memory, Deluxe Paint 4 for animation and OctaMED 4 for sound. I also have no programming experience whatsoever. Could you please tell me of a good simple to use program that could help me?
Could you also me whether you think I should get a memory upgrade and if so, how big?
P. S. Could you please tell me how to use Animbrushes, because
I've lost my manual.
Jon Doe, Little Stoke, Bristol.
The average demo disk works in a very special way: rather than simply replaying an animation created with Deluxe Paint, the animations are written into the program itself.
This Is necessary to create the lengthy and complicated miniature music videos which are par for the course these days.
Now that's not to say you should be even attempt to start, you will able to create a lot of Impressive effects with what you have got. Deluxe Paint comes with a program which will replay animations, and there are plenty of others in the Public Domain which will also do the |ob. You should be able to find a program which Is capable of replaying sounds in the background too.
As you guessed, your lack of memory might be a problem, so stick to animations with as few colours as possible and use short sound samples. The Video Tracker program given away with the June issue will help you as well.
When shopping for memory, keep a look out for second-hand bargains as many owners upgrade to A1200s or A4000s. You can't have too much RAM, and the more you have, the longer the animations you can replay in one go.
P. S. Always put your manuals In a safe place, without them you
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SOUTHEND THURROCK Dtarlwm- - MiaCmn 07M MBOM HELP IS M HAND your 1 What is the AGA chipset?
A Older Amigas (A500, A600, A2000, A3000, CDTV) didn't have the AGA (Advanced Graphics Architecture) chipset, and therefore could only display Images In a maximum of f6 colours in high-resolution (640 pixels across).
However, more recent Amigas have AGA chips and can display up lo 256 different colours, or in HAM8 mode.
Qls it possible to fit the AGA chipset to the older Amigas?
A No, If Isn't possible. If you have an A1500, A2000 or A3000 you can buy a third-party graphics card and emulate or Improve upon the AGA modes, especially if you upgrade to Workbench 3.1. A What is Akiko?
Aakiko is a special chip built Into the CD32 to help programmers produce certain forms of graphics effects (such as those used in Doom). The chip performs a 'chunky to planar' conversion which maps graphics stored In a byte-per-pixel form Into bttplane patterns.
Qhow do CD32 games work on the At 200 with a CD-ROM drive then?
Alt Is possible to emulate the Akiko chip In software, and this Is done in the extra software supplied with the CD-ROM drives.
Workbench 3.1 also attempts to make this process Invisible.
A What is HAM8 mode?
A HAM mode uses a trick to allow up to 4096 different colours on screen at once, by remembering the previous colour used and making small differences to It. HAM8 (only available with the AGA chipset) takes this one step further to allow up to 262,000 colours.
When used in high resolution mode, a good HAM8 image Is almost Indistinguishable from a 24-bit image.
| What are 24-bit graphics?
A When three bytes of memory (3 x 8 = 24- blts) are set-aside to store the colour Information of every pixel In a display, over 16mlllion different colours are possible.
Programs such as the Art Department store images in this format to ensure optimum qualify when processing the images.
A rt Department will 'cut down’ the number of colours fo display the image In a normal Amiga graphics mode, but if a third party graphics card Is used the image can be seen In true 24-bit colour.
This month, donn Kennedy eases all graphic worries.
A What graphics cards are available?
A Several graphics card are available on Zorro format, which means they only work In A2000, A3000 or A4000S. The Retina, the GVP Spectrum, the Picasso, the Plcollo and the Rainbow are some of the most popular. At the moment there are no graphics cards for the A1200.
A What software do I need for animation?
A For cartoon style animation, you can't beat Deluxe Paint or Brilliance. Both allow mlnature films to be made and provide easy methods of cutting out 'brushes' on-screen and moving them. If you want to make cartoons with lots of colour, detail or frames you will need to invest in some extra memory.
Qhow can I create 3D images like those used in Babylon 5?
A You will need suitable image rendering software, such as Imagine 3, Real 3Dv2 or Lightwave. Then you'll need a very fast Amiga (one with a 68040 processor is best), and about 16Mb of RAM. You'll also need a huge hard disk and a month or two to create and render the models.
A How do I record my graphics onto video tape?
A An Amiga 1200 and Amiga 600 has a direct composite video output, which contains colour graphics Information and sound. This signal Is suitable for connecting directly to a video recorder, although you will need a suitable lead. An A500 uses an external modulator to achieve the same result.
Qhow can I overlay graphics over any of my video footage?
A To record graphics over real live’ video from a camcorder, you'll need a device called a genlock. Most good-quality genlocks have fader and sound mixing controls.
A What is IFF?
, IFF Is the Interchangeable File Format - a i standard used by the Amiga to save data to disk. Pictures are also usually saved in IFF format, which means pictures saved from one paint program will load into another.
A What is the Copper?
A The Copper is the graphics co-processor which looks after the graphic effects. The Copper runs a program called a 'copper list', which will look after video modes, the colours used and is especially good at scrolling and graduated colour backdrops.
A How do I get graphics into the Amiga?
A You can either draw them yourself using the mouse, or acquire some extra hardware and use that. The simplest hardware is a graphics tablet, which works like a normal pen and is therefore easier to use. Other hardware includes scanners (either flatbed or handheld) and digitisers.
A scanner will take flat pictures and reproduce them on-screen where they can be saved as IFFs. It's good for DTP work, which deals with a lot of photographs.
A video digitiser will take any incoming video signal (for example, from a digitiser) and convert it into IFF format. You can then load the image Into a paint program and play around with it.
Qwhy is there no version of Doom for the Amiga?
A Well, I would have answered this question along the lines of: 'The main reason is that the IBM-PC uses a completely different method of storing graphics, one which is good at texture mapping (the technique of protecting patters onto walls to give an impression of depth) but not very good at scrolling. Doom was written to make the most of the PC's graphics and also the extra speed
- a 486PC runs a lot faster than an unexpanded A1200."
However, It now looks like a Doom clone will be on the Amiga and we have the exclusive - check out the news pages in this issue for more Information on this breakthrough.
A Do I need a monitor?
A If you use your Amiga a lot for word processing or programming, then a monitor will produce a picture which is a lot clearer and sharper than the TV.
Q I have an A1200 - which monitor st KI get?
A If you really only play games but still want a better picture than a domestic Television set, a low resolution monitor or SCART fitted TV Monitor will suffice.
On the other hand, If you are a more serious user a multisync monitor (such as the Commodore 1942 or 1940) will allow screen displays of up to 640 by 512 without any flicker on an Amiga with the AGA chipset.
Comms has been around for some time but recently it seems to be enjoying new found popularity. I mean, all you have to do is open a newspaper and you will no doubt see stories, both positive and negative about the Internet. Even television isn't immune to the current Comms craze - Email numbers are beginning to pop up on TV credits inviting you send in comments on shows, while both the Samaritans and Paddy Ashdown (the Liberal Democrat leader) have gone on line.. So what's it all about? Well, the Comms network links thousands ot modem users worldwide. Armed with just an Amiga and a modem
you can either interlace with other individual modem users or log on to numerous Bulletin Boards (BBs) where you can chat with other users or download shareware goodies and other computer related flotsam and jetsam.
So how do you go about joining this global network. Well, first of all you need an Amiga and a modem. The modem connects your Amiga lo a standard telephone line with which you can pass messages and files to another modem or modems which are linked to a computer. The really great thing is that nearly all computers can use it, so you can chat with PC and MAC users too.
BULLETIN BOARDS Although, interfacing with individual modems is good, connecting up to a bulletin board is a lot more fun. A bulletin board is a commercially-run service where one or more computers are permanently available at the other end of the telephone line.
Usually equipped with huge hard disks they can store vast amounts of information and programs etc, which are all readily available. Their main use is to act as an intermediary point for passing information to other users. For example, rather than having to organise with your friend a mutual time when you both have to be seated at your computers to modem each other, you can leave messages and information for one another on the BBS. When you connect up with this type of system it will inform you if there are any messages waiting for you. This is the main principle behind Email or electronic
mail.
Once you have your own Email address you can receive electronic messages from people the wortd over. All they need to know is your Email address - a universally recognised code which refers to your own personal space on one of these bulletin boards.
Some bulletin boards are not open to public access, others have areas on them where only certain people can gain access but most can be used to pass messages lo other similar setups around the world.
This transglobal connection forms the basis of Internet. The Net, as it is often called, is a huge digital database made up of thousands of computers all around the world linked together. Net users can gain access to a wealth of information, much of it useful. Not all bulletin boards provide access to the Internet yet, but that day is not far off.
A HELPING HAND Maybe the current wave of interest in Comms is just a passing fad. But then again maybe it's a genuine technological revolution. If the latter is true then we should all take our seats at the ringside For the newcomer to Comms, the benefits are all too readily apparent - easy access to a worldwide network of other Comms users. However, the BBS UPDATE A new AMIGA dedicated BBS called Quantum Leap has started. Contact: 0181 292 8877 between I Opm and 8am only.
Pitfalls soon become equally evident. Try getting to grips with the whole issue and you will encounter such delightful terms as V.32bis, baud rates. X- Modem, no carrier, stop bits and the like. All areas of computing have their jargon but with Comms it gets ridiculous. Over the coming months I'll be explaining how to get up and running with your modem. I'm going to try and make it all as simple as possible because I don't see why it has to be difficult.
Inevitably this will mean some jargon but only if I can't find a way of avoiding it. However, if you are a more experienced Comms user, I'd love to hear your comments and suggestions on just about anything you care to mention. CU AMIGA has an open conference on cuamiga@ dx.compulink.co.uk. Or, if you want to contact me personally try email pfitz- patricka@dx. Compulink. Co.uk. Left behind by the communications revolution? Don’t know your baud rate from your file transfer protocol? Peter Fitzpatrick re-starts the Comms tutorials for those who have just started and feel stranded.
BULLETIN BOARD: Computerfs) at ihe end of ihe telephone line providing a commercial service. Some bulelin boards spedalise in spedfk topks or ae for a particular business use, others ore more general.
• COMMS; Abbreviation (or communkotions. General term for the
whole business o( using a modem and Inking up loo computer
elsewhere.
• EMAIL ADDRESS: Electronic equivalent o( o pigeonhole
- remember them? Eoch user con have one or more Email addresses.
• EMM: electronic mol. Messages or Hes sent via a bufan board fee
the personal attention of another user or users.
• INTERNET; Global network of interlinked bulletin boards. Home
to unimaginably huge omounls of electronic information.
• MODEM: Stands for the rather bofSno MODulator- Demodutcittr.
Its the box of tricks which lets your computer send and receive
messages along o telephone tne.
: : ed i a Z Nzoni* BBS Me Icone to the Ned ia Zone I*!IS * ! I Toaster Universe This is the Media Zone BBS systen. This system is dedicated to the D users in the fhiga world. Ihis BBS contains sone of the finest PD.
Shareware, and Comercial software available anywhere for the fkiiga : platf om. Me hope you enjoy your stay here.
Node 1 M (3*b)821-IM55 USB Dual Standard 16.8 v32 42 bis Reiomendation:------ 9688* v32 42bis Node 1 Node 2 N (38 )821-8249 USR Courier HSI 14.4 v42 bis Reiorwiendat ions :----- 2400 to 14.4v42bis Node 2 SYSop: Jin Nixon CoSYSop: Joel Tessler More? Y,n,c : ¦ Why lake two samples into the shower, when you can can just chop and go? The most effective way of saving memory is to trim off all excess noise from your samples. Most sample editors (including those in OctaMED and Protracker) will show you which part of the sample is playing, with a scan line that runs through the on-screen
waveform. You can use this to check whether the whole sample is needed, or if you can take off a bit at the end, or even at the start.
Let's say you have a song in OctaMED or Protracker, which includes a long sample that t lead melody. It's quite likely that the latter that sample will not be heard anywhere In (due to one note being interrupted by the in the sequence, before the whole sam- played through). Play the song, and enter sample editor. Bring up the lead sample, and ,he lor keeping your songs as small os possible.
Sample roles wben a high rale would not increase qualify, sudi as recordings ol telephone speech, gromo- records, distant radio broadcasts etc loops an long sustained sounds, and recreate fade-outs vobjme commands or OdoMHJ's Hold and Decoy settings, echoes by playing the same sample across a number tracks, rather than putting an echo on tl» sample itself.
Save disk space vyilfi the use of compression options from your tracker, or vyith separate cruncher programs, can get a disk of crunchers from any good PD library.
Look to see if the scan line passes all the way along the waveform. If, for example, the line only ever gets halfway along the sample, you can cut off the second half of it - simple.
DISSECTED RHYTHMS Rhythm loops are stacks of fun, but just a single four beat bar can use around 40K. Expand that to two or four bars, and I'm sure you can do the sums tor yourself. However, most rhythm loops will have similar or identical sounds that repeat a number of times, maybe at different pitches. This means that you can often break down the loop into a number of smaller parts, and then reconstruct it in the song block.
There's an example drum loop on this month's coverdisk 95. See the coverdisk instructions on page 12. Before you go chopping it up, you should make sure you know what bass and treble sounds look like. Pure bass sounds can be recognised by their long smooth arches, while treble sounds look like steep pointed mountain ranges.
Where bass and treble sounds occur simultaneously, you'll see the pointed mountain ranges (treble) riding over the sweeping arches of the bass. The height of the Samples eat memory like something with tfTnuMM:i a very big appetite. Tony Horgan has some ideas to slim down those bulging music modules.
Arches or mountains defines the volume of the sound. High peaks and low troughs are typical of a loud sample. A quiet sample looks like a wobbly line running through the middle of the graph.
Armed with this knowledge, you should now be able to tell a bass drum from a high hat. Just by looking at the sample wave. This is a big help when it comes to cutting up the beat. After a while you'll be able to dissect a whole loop without even listening to It.
Once you've cut up the beat, you'll normally able to recreate it using just a few of the cut-out pieces. As well as saving memory, this gives yi the opportunity to add your own variations and fills. It also means that you can change the tempo of your song, without having to retune a long sample to fit the new timing. As you’re now using one-shot drum sounds, they'll stay in time with any tempo changes.
Use different volume levels for certain samples to give your reconstituted beats more life. Similar techniques can be used with tuned rhythms, such as basslines.
SYNTH SOUNDS OctaMEDs synthetic sounds can be very useful.
Although they often sound awful, some can sound pretty good. For example, the sub-bass used in the Some Justice 94 demo (Cynostic PD tel: 0203 681687) is just a simple OctaMED synth sound - nothing more than a sine wave, but it's very effective, and uses less than 1K of RAM. Other synth ' sounds can be used for lead lines, chords, and even percussion parts.
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“It’s good to talk,” says Bob Hoskins. What would he know? As far as we’re concerned, it’s better to write, which is why we bring you the Backchat pages. To air your worries and opinions write to: Backchat, CU AMIGA, The Penthouse Suite, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC! R 3AU.
I have been reading your magazine since I bought my first Amiga in April 1992.1 used to buy two Amiga magazines then, yours and Amiga Formal.
But at £3.95 each I was spending too much on them. I then dropped one and kept buying the best: CU AMIGA.
The trouble is that you don't seem to be going anywhere. The coverdisks are not up to much.
Take GB Route on disk 86, this is much the same as the GB Route on disk 34. But it says on the disk “New Version”. The M40 wasn’t on the former because I assumed it had only just opened.
However, the M40 isn't even on Disk 86. And it has been open for two years! Why give a free program away when it isn’t up-to-date? I know that it is supposed to entice you to purchase the special offer' version, but why put it on as a free disk when Complex Computers have paid you for it? It seems to me that you're getting paid twice for the same job. Most users probably won’t even use this, instead wishing, like myself, that you would put something useful on the covers, like fonts or pictures in IFF for use on word processors or paint programs or nothing at all and bring the price down.
Even small PD games are better than some of the programs on the cover disks. How about getting Dpaint 1 or 2 on the cover. I know it's old, but it'll be more useful that some of the other programs you have given away. I don’t like paying for useless programs.
I am glad that you have restarted the Helpline.
You always have reviews of games, but stopped giving any hints as how to solve or cheat them, with the exception of the Adventure Helpline, but that only caters lor adventure games. How about some help for those who prefer platforms (and I don't mean the shoesl?
I also like the hardware reviews, but I think that they could be done a little better. For example, printers should be shown with their own kind, ie: dot matrix colour 9 and 24 pin one month, mono the next, bubble jet after that and so on. Then when all types have been done, a review of the top two in every category in one feature 1716 best of ..." On the plus side, the ever increasing Public Domain is excellent. Keep this up. Your news feature are also impressive as are most of the lead features, although they could use more room.. Gavin Heap, Cheshire.
Constructive criticism is always welcomed in this camp, Gavin, and we re pleased that you like the PD section of the mag and the lead features. Product round ups, as we call them, always have, and always wilt be a part of the magazine, but we only carry them out when there have been enough new products since the last round up to justify them - It we did a round up every time a new printer came out we’d end up repeating ourselves every month!
As far as coverdisks are concerned, we try to bring you as varied and useful a selection ot lull price technical products as we can.
Naturally there are going to be months where we won't be able to please everyone, but with packages like OctaMED, VtdeoTracker, SCALA HVT and Dir Works under our belts, we're positive we can please most users. We've got some pretty top-flight programs lined up for this winter too. On the subject ot GBRoute, this update is very valid. After we mounted the first version many users came back to us asking for one that allowed routes to be printed.
By the way, if your version of this August’s GBRoute doesn't print, the solution is to 'boot' from your Workbench disk, then load up GBRoute and try printing. Simple really.
LABEL PERSON Please, please put the picture of the coverdisks back on the front of your great magazine. I find the worst part of building up a collection of disks is making a label for the first copy and then any working disks alter that.
I buy three magazines a month and receive seven disks and as you can imagine my collection is growing very fast -1 have 167 masters at the moment, most of which are coverdisks.
Now to the reason for this letter. If you think this is not right to use the cover picture in this way, please do not publish this letter.
What I do is:
1. Make a back-up copy of the coverdisks as instructed then put
them away safely in my master disk box.
2. Cut out the pictures of the coverdisk labels on the front
cover allowing about 1 8" all around the label.
3. Cover the back of the labels with 3 4" wide double sided
sellotape then trim them down to size, peel off the backing
tape and stick it to the disk.
4. 1 always mark the back of the disk “first copy of master" with
a black felt marker and "Archived" if it is an archived copy.
This saves me making labels and they look great in my disk drawer. I hope I have not upset anyone with my little tip, but I cannot be the only one to have thought of it (I've been doing it about six monthsj.Thank you for a good read every month. Please keep it up.
David Stewart, Poole.
The coverdisk illustrations were removed from the front of the issue because CU AMIGA'S designers didn't like people like you cutting up all their hard work. But you'll be glad to know that they are back on this month's cover. I must say, this has to be the most Interesting use of the cover we've come across recently, TEAM TALK As those chilly winter nights start to draw in, the CU AMIGA team wave a teary bye-bye to the lazy hazy days of summer and wonder what they are going to do with themselves in the run up to Christmas.
ALAN DYKES USA COUJNS With Hie summer scooter rallies oil over ond done with, Lisa's Vespa fetish still needs satisfying somehow, so she's storied up her own ivision of the Hell's Angels-on scooters. "It's great!" She enthuses, 'you get to ride around in a big Parka, scoring oil Hie old people, and then go bock lo someone's house ond listen to Blur topes. Brilliant!".
L a Deprived of his beloved summer I evening surfing sessions, Alan nas I devised a lop new indoor version of his 3 r y favourite watery dos- tme. Al you need is u rniyt uuni Uiru un ironing board. Place the ironing board in the bath run the taps, chuck in a bit of sudso, ond ney presto: instant surf in the comfort and warmth af vour own home!
And naturally we’re happy to show your instructions to everyone. Does anyone else use their copy of CU AMIGA in an unusual’ way?
Please write and let us know all about it!
WHERE ARE THE GAMES?
I find that through the months your magazine has been getting worse because ot the lack of games reviews. I dislike the 'Get Serious' section, but unfortunately that's most ot the magazine. Also, the disks are good apart from the adventure demos, which are so small you finish them in 10 minutes, not like the Settlers demo which I still play because it doesn’t have a real ending. Maybe you should ditch the utility disk and replace it with PD games or utilities. I think a lot ot readers would agree. The game reviews are really great and I agree with most ot the ratings you give them, but the
hints and tips are far too small.
Marcel Dekok, No Address Supplied.
Marcel, I can tell you this much: CU AMIGA reviews every major game release available each month (by major, we mean published games, rather than mall order ones from Aberdeen Angus' Bedroom Inc.). Remember, we are an Amiga specific magazine rather than a games specific mag, and therefore have to reflect everything that the Amiga is used for.
A BIT OF DEFENCE I am writing to you to air my views regarding the "useless coverdisk" and "price of the mag" letters you receive - in particular to contest Rob Stone's letter in your August issue. I realise that this is my opinion and not the views of other readers.
I feel the price of your mag is very reasonable considering the vast amount of information and tutorials, reviews and competitions it contains. As for coverdisks, I feel that the demos are usually good and serve to give a potential customer the chance to "try before they buy".
The humble town in which I reside has very little if any real retailers who have a real working knowledge of Amigas and Amiga related software.
I speak from a position of experience since I used to work for a large electrical retailers. The general views are "Buy the game or get lost". So your coverdisks are great for real hands on experience.
Although I must point out that sometimes the PD games and demos are also released on some of the more inferior mags, but then again the old saying goes "You can please some of the people some of the time but..." Thank you for your time.
Daryl Booth, Ramsgate.
Aha! Someone gets the point!
BACK OFF BUDDY l have an old A500 and am still finding the odd game with a bad sector here and there. One way to save the disks being damaged is to make a back-up using X-Copy. This means you can use the back-up and if any problems occur you can simply make another back-up from the originals.
The thing is, there are very few games which allow you to do this. Out of my collection only Lotus 3 actually worked from the back-up. And you obviously still had to use the manual protection. This sort of thing would be great and you’d only use the originals a few times. Software companies should think more in this area, even if it means more manual protection.
Also, why don't the softies make more games HD installable. Although, this would mean no pirate resistant boot blocks and maybe a manual protection it would still be a good thing. They have been making more A1200 software HD installable why can't they do it with A500 games as well.
Or, if they don’t like that the idea they should put more games out on CD which are non AGA. All the big adventures like Indy can be put on a single CD with more animations and music etc. This would mean all Amigas could access the games, even an old A500.1 have seen auto detect AGA games which look at the chipset and change to AGA mode.
This would be ideal for CD games and would maybe help more people decide to buy a CD ROM drive in the future.
A VERY NICE MAN I know you are usually pleased to get reports of good service so how about this? I am the satisfied owner of both the Gravis Switchstick and the control pad. Recently during a rather frantic game of Sensible Soccer I managed to break the pad. On investigation I discovered that I had sheared the two locating pins on the direction button by using excessive force allowing the button to rotate off the contacts.
I wrote to Gravis in Canada thanking them for their products and explained the problem by way of constructive criticism and not asking for anything. Two weeks later I received from Canada a very nice letter and two new direction buttons plus two sets of contacts for under the direction button and two sets of contacts for under the fire buttons. I've had to wait longer for PD disks ordered and paid for in this country!
I know that the parts probably cost them next to nothing but for myself I consider it excellent after sales service which many other companies would do well to emulate.
Ian Mcleod. West Yorkshire It's nice to see the personal touch in this day and age, and there's a prize of a large bucket of kudos to anyone who can beat this heartwarming story.
Finally, why can't hardware companies produce a PCMCIA 'big box' upgrade like the Bodega Bay for the A500. This would enable A1200 owners to use Zorro cards without buying another macfkne. I have a Bodega for my A500 and I'm very happy with it.
Daniel Waddington, Clayton-le-Moors.
The reason most game disks won't copy Is because they are made that way. You aren't actually supposed to copy the disks, not even for personal use unless fhe author grants you that right (you will find this licence in the front of the manual. If you can't see It, you're not allowed to copy It).
As for HD installable games, the same argument stands. When the pirates stop copying and selling every game they can. Then the software Industry will be able to trust the Amiga market. Thousands of pounds worth ot trade Is lost every year, and no software house is going to put out a game that can be duped by the casual observer.
As for manual protection, a photocopy Isn't a hard thing to do! Sensible thoughts on CD games, though. What about it Lucasarts?
JOHN KENNEDY Bi I !
TONY DILLON Now that Tony's grown out of the phase in which he would only speak in quotes from TV comedy programs, he's swotting up on 70s British TV cop shows.
Over the next few months his vocabulary will be entirely made up of the words 'Guv' 'Shooter', 'Oil' and the phrases 'You're nicked mate!' And 'You'll never take me alive, copper!'
TONY HORGAN Would somebody please tell Tony that the summer is over.
Finished. Gone. You see, he can't understand why nobodv wants to come to his all-night techno barbecues anymore.
“What do you mean, it's cold? Put on another bobble hat and try some of that garlic dip," he shouted over a disturbing techno jungle beat.
I "Cold? You want p cold? You should ¦, have been round my , bouse the day I accidentally left the freezer door open,' said our John. "Once I'd finally got through the front door with an ice pick. I had to de-frost the whole house - it took a week. Sadly our poor old goldfish was never quite the same after that."
Expanded with Ihe comment: 'Warm feet means wtm shoes." Ahmys a bit of a philosopher, he's lost us on this one. Why can't be have radiators or gcxid old fashioned gas fires See everyone eke?
ANDY LEANING wmu A CAN THIS MAN SECURE THE FUTURE?
We profile David Pleasance and the team that will make or break the Amiga.
PLUS GAMES: THE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING LIST STARTS HERE!
INCLUDING: JUNGLE STRIKE, PGA EURO TOUR, SIM CITY 2000, TOWER ASSAULT, UFO, FIELDS OF GLORY, SENSI WORLD OF SOCCER, ZEEWOLF AND MORE!
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Naturally we think the Amiga is better but just to make sure we’ve sent an unbiased judge into a dark room with three sub £1,000 systems to find out.
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In reply to the article 'Let's get violent' by Andre Digard. (October Points ol View) I would like to question his psychological analysis ot the effects which video game violence has on children. As a student of the social sciences, and having written my dissertation on the etlects ol video games, f have to query the significance which is placed on the effects of video games and the sub)ect ol 'therapeutic psychology' when determining its importance to violent behaviour and significant influences in life experiences.
VIOLENCE IS A PROBLEM REP IY Andre Digard’s article on violence in computer caused quite a stir. In an open forum Robert Whelan Bsc (Hons) gives his point of view.
It would appear from the article that the conclusions reached by the writer are not supported by existing research on the subject. A study by Steuer, Applefield and Smith (1971) demonstrated that children shown violent cartoons were more aggressive than those shown non-violent cartoons Studies by Singer and Singer (1981) indicate that there is a correlation between exposure to television violence, and the use ol violence to solve interpersonal conflict.
These studies are just a lew examples of how children are effected by dissociated' violence on the television. However, as Wenick (1993) affirms, there is no clear evidence that children become more aggressive from the influence of video games. But some people assume that video games have a similar effect to television violence, because they are familiar with research conducted on children and television violence Wenick even suggests that the violence on television is far more graphic".
However, because of the nature of research, for every study that suggests violence on television is bad. Another study wilt produce evidence which suggests otherwise. Violence in our society is a CONTRADICTIONS The notion of associated and dissociated violence, sound distinctly like a contradiction ot terms, on the one hand Andre suggests that 'Tom And Jerry' cartoons are OK. Because they are what he terms dissociated violence', with unrealistic characters, unreal situations which have no link to the real world, while a game like Mortal Kombat is not unreal I would argue as Condry (1983)
does; and point out that in many cases violent video game plots do not involve aggression towards humans, but typically against alien robots, malevolent spaceships, techno-monsters etc. The same principle applies to games like Mortal Kombat When was the last time you saw someone like Shao Khan in the local pub? Or was able to vapourise someone with a kiss?
VAUD EXPERIENCE?
The author suggests that: "When a child gets words, pictures and sound all together, that's called experience " This is not the case These factors contribute to only a portion of an individual's experience Words, pictures and sounds are only represented as stimulus to the brain through the central nervous system. However, the child’s mother will usually be the significant and influential experience in a young person's life, and as that individual explores the world, he or she uses what they have learnt from their mother, and other significant people ie his or hers friends and other family
members It is from this experience that a child learns about the rules which govern an individuals behaviour in society.
Andre has ignored the importance of these factors when analysing the development of a child's personality through experiences Can he honestly believe that a parent, teacher or friend who has more contact with a child than a computer game, has less influence than a game to shape that chfld's morals and personality?
I would also like to question the notion that video games: "will change your attitudes over the years rather than the moment you put your joystick down". Where's the evidence? There has been no longitudinal studies (studies over a period of time) on the effects of video games. In fact very little research has been conducted on the sutyect. And the majority originated in America which has a much more violent culture. It sounds suspiciously like Andrb is basing his assumptions on research generated from study into television violence, which is a dangerous mistake to make as they are not compa
rable mediums; one being interactive the other not.
TAKE OUT THE GORE?
• What needs stopping, though, is gore. When we get rid of it we
can rest easy ." This is a very naive statement to make, how
can anyone think that the removal of gore from video games will
really make a difference to the levels of violence in the world
We only have to switch on the television to see images of gore,
for example the situation in Rwanda or the OJ Simpson murder
case. Taking Andrb's argument to its furthest conclusion we
must also remove half the images from the news, or censor films
like Dances With Wolves because ot their violent and gory
content Although I personally deplore gore' and extreme
violence I would not censor images without evidence to support
my case. As adults with our own free will we should be allowed
to decide whether we wish to play Doom or Mortal Kombat 2. In
the case of children, parents have a responsibility to ensure
that video games are suitable for their child, instead of using
video games and the television as a one-eyed baby sit- . Ter'.
This will ensure that censorship does not encroach on another
aspect of our civil liberty, as this country is already one of
the most censored countries is Europe.
The factor which concerned me the most is the fact that although Andrb s opinions would on face value appear to be valid, they tend to be il coo structed arguments without any evidence to back up his statements. I would like to be proven wrong.
However. I suspect that the article is psycho-babble'. Unsupported by any obiective research and not helpful to those of us concerned with the real cause and effect ot violence related to this particular form ot entertainment, rjji Ihey are anyway) an oaportunriv lo lefl you who* they think outside the normal tontines ol the mogazine.
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