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XCAD COMPATIBILITY XCAD Designer is compatible - really compatible! We've gone lo strenuous lengths to ensure that the version of XCAD Designer on our cover works on all 1 Mb Amigas - in particular the A1200 and A4000. So if you experience any problems with your coverdisk it's very likely that it's not the CU AMIGA coverdisk that you have in your hand. Over the last few months CU AMIGA has delivered some stunning coverdisks. What with an exclusive demo of DPAINT 5. ProCalc - the Amiga's best spreadsheet mew -eu This needs Workbench 2.04 or greater and 1 Mb of RAM. There is. However, a problem with some Amigas, even 2.04 models. If the program loads, however, you'll be OK. We are still looking into the problem - we’ll keep you informed. Worth £159 - and now XCAD Designer. The exclusives just keep on coming. We go to a lot of trouble to ensure they work on as many different Amiga systems as possible, and we hope your disk is working perfectly. However if you are having a few problems Ihe tips below may be of some help. Mciocu Hmmrn, there was a slight problem here. The program worked fine, whal didn't work was the disk compression system we used, on some Amigas (notably A600s) the AMFC file wouldn't uncompress. To PREVIOUS CU AMIGA COVERDISK PROBLEMS get round this problem either run the cover disk on another Amiga - an A1200orA500for instance, or return your disk to DiskXpress (CU AMIGA DISK Returns, DiskXpress, Units, Old Coalyard Farm. Noithleach. Gloucestershire, GL54 3EP) who will be able to send you an uncompressed version. GBROUTE - CU DISK 86 Contrary to the numerous enquiries that we have been receiving - this powerfu route planner will print. To get the program printing all you have to do is so start up your Amiga with your normal Workbench disk, then load GBRoute You should now be able to pnnt text routes See, I told you it was simple!

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XL DRIVE 1.76MB £59.95 XL DRIVE INTERNAL £55.95 XL DRIVE A 4 0 0 0 INT. £55.95 SUPER XL DRIVE The Super XL Drive is the only kmd of floppy dnve of its kmo on the Amiga market! The innovative dnve can store a massive 3.5MB on one high density floppy disk, (without compressing the file!). This drive is available 'rcm late Novemben'ea'-ty December SUPER XL DRIVE 3.5MB £99.95 SUPER XL DRIVE INT. £95.95 INTERNAL DRIVES We use the same drive mechanisms as Commodore to ensure complete corrpatbitty PC88I A500 INTERNAL £30.95 PC882 A2000 INTERNAL £30.95 PC883 A600 I200 INT. £35.95 ECONOMY DRIVE The
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PC880E ECONOMY £39.95 POWER DRIVES The Power Drive is most impressive dnve of its kind on the market and now includes B tz Amiga ard Floppy Expander Floppy Expander allows you to compress files only on Poppy disks by up to 50% Other features include: Anti-dick. Anti-Virus. Isolation Switch. 2 Year Guarantee. Thru port. Cyclone Compatible Chip. Built-in Backup Hardware and Blitz Compatible.
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MEGACHIP POWERSCAN 4 CARDCAM VIDEOIN Dsk Expander includes the
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Floppy expander allows you to fit about
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All this happens automatica*y FLOPPY EXPANDER £9.95 AC E E X MODEM External Fax and Data modem Receive and send faxes in the background Fid Haynes AT command set supported Supports class 1.2 and 3 fax commands Fax send and receive Auto dal and auto answer Supports error correction and detection Leased line support All cables and manuals supplied ACCEX MODEM v32bis £169 ACCEX v 3 2 TRAPFAX £199 MISCELLANEOUS MIDI INTERFACE £19.95 VGA ADAPTOR PSU FOR HARD DRIVES £39 Increase yocr Amiga 500 2000 chp RAM to a total of 2MB. MegaChip does this by using its own I MB of RAM and drawing extra memory
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We show iow you how IT RIGHT DO FDITOR Al.m Illicitly mussels Dykes DEPUTY EDITOR lis.i I gienl. Woorly wonderful Colins ItCHNICAl EDITOR Amly 'strategy game' te.miuu ASSISTANT TECH EDITOR Tony nubbly wobbly Hmgan GROUP ARI EDITOR Jell they |iisl give me abuse* Zie DESIGNER Helen 'now I want a bike" D.mhy TECHNICAL CONSULTANT John ‘coHeemachine Kennedy CONTRIBUTORS: Peter lee. Andy Mdcliell. Vanipyra. Aiulie Diqard. Nik Lines. Peter Fit |Mtrick. David Cassidy. Matt Bioiiglilon. Any Altrill. And speci.il guest star Tony Dillon RFALLY BIG SALES EXEC: Chiis Percra Ad PRODUCTION Tina Gyim b Lovely
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READERS LETTERS b TECHNICAL PROBLEMS 101 i|encia| iiDii-leclMiic.il em|imies send yrnu lellers lu Backchal. Loi luclimc.il iiiulileius vend iIm'iii lo ObA Bolh are at CU AMIGA. Priory Cmirl. JO 3 F.Mnnqdon lane IihiiIoii LCIR JAU ADVERTISING AND ADVERTISING PROBLEMS II you wish lo advertise. 01 have a inoldeiii willi a com|i.Miy ailveiliviuq in CU AMIGA our ailveilisinq le.» 0M-M3S7S9. Or wolc In I hem a 'IHerhal Hill InniliMi I Cl R M J ADS N- OTHERS EDITORIAL CONTACTS Everyone’s at it! Word pro- vr m cessing is the most popular
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so choosing the right one lor you can be tricky. That's where
our buyers' guide comes in. We've also got heaps ol tips on how
to get the most Irom which ever word processing system you use.
Is it time for Dpaint and Brilliance to step down (torn their pedestals, now that Almathera's stunning Photogenics is on the way? We also take a look at a top new genlock, the wibbly wobbly BassStation, and possibly the best landscape generator yet, World Construction Set.
Productivity reviews GOOD WORD PROCESSING serious WP EVERYBODY PD SUBMISSIONS Wc i|cl (limited* ol new PI) |Hoi|i.mis every week, but noli- still humpy I in more II you've written PD piuqimn tli.it you re pi mid ol send it lo tin- PO ZONE. CU AMIGA. Pinny Court. 30-3? Lmiin«donUne. London ICIR3AU COMPETITIONS CU AMIGA rimis m.iswu coai|ielilMiin .ilniusl every issuu. Lu unler une ol those smi|dy scidilihi yum n.mie and address on die iMck nl puslcaril.
Alunii ndh llie .mswers ami send I hem Id us al Ihe usual address Cai»|ielitiou entries are nnly accepted liy post One entry per person please and Ihe editor s decision is Imal Olliei ndes may lie pimleil liom SUBSCRIPTIONS and BACK ISSUES II yiMili: lei up with htmtmy .iimmd hn CU AMIGA cveiy month there's mi e.isrni w.iy ol ipillimi yum l.ivounte monthly - sialiscrdie1 UK vnlncnp lion is jusl 139 99 lor I? (sue* and youII ijiH a Iree liouk The subsciiptioii liolhii .ltd hack issues number is 0898 408888 COMMS It mil « II hwi yw BBS amMmwU m II. CU AMIGA Cimm..Il.f Inm* Anil, U.iitmi Mm
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THE AMIGA GURU Read up on the internal workings of Ike Amiga
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85 EYE MASSAGER Give your eyes a massage with this cari- ms head-mounted peripheral 85 FOOT REST Give yMt leet a massage with this curi- ms rader-desk peripheral.
85 HYPERCACHE Revitalise yew hard drive with this impressive atility.
88 WORLD CONSTRUCTION SET Competer-geoeiated sceoery never looks realistic, dees it? Take a look at World Coostrecloo Set aod think again 92 PHOTOGENICS This anuring graphics package coold Mow the cempetitieo out el the water. The combined power ol Dpaint and the Hoe s Photoshop in one pregrem? Find oat • 96 3D SPECTACULAR Who is kkg ol the 3D readeriag world? The latest versions ol Imagine.
Real 30 aad Ligbtwaie 3D go hud to head in Mr eiclnive test 102 RENDALE 9402 GENLOCK Marcams aew S-video genlock caa do wMders lor yMr home ¦ 104 BASSSTATION It's every technohead's dream - a MIDI-fitted aealogee bass syeth that does all those sqnidgey steads. And plMty more bosides.
106 HOME OFFICE COMPILATION Running year office m a tight bndget? Digits's new compdotiM oilers a home accounts progiam. A spreadsheet a calender and an addrass labelling system in Me.
AMIGA* December 1994 CONTENTS CU AMIGA regulars 8 COVERDISKS See panel at the bottom of this page.
16 NEWS David Plaasaocc aad Colin Prondlont interviewed, pies there's a new G4- bit graphics card oa the way. Aad the good news that the CD32 is oact again on the shelves ol high street chains.
110 PD SCENE What a gnodie hag we’ve got lor yoo this mooth! Heaps ol demos, oovolty games, mask disks aod a disk-based World Cap encyclopedia!
117 PD UTILITIES Stock up your serious software collection with a bundle ol cheap utilities and applications.
125 ART GALLERY Muru roaders’ urt makes its way into print.
162 POINTS OF VIEW screen scene Do we really need an Amiga 1811. Or wonld it snfler the late ol the COTV?
David Cassidy el Cyuestk PB gives his opiniea.
6 POWERDRIVE I iff Back racial fane with real' cars! A crass between Skid Marks 36 KICK OFF 3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS The bast §ot worse, bet has it get better again?
37 VALHALLA-BEFORE THE WAR The classic talking adveutnre gets an add-en. In which yon get to play
* a lard ft Infinity 37 PRIMAL RAGE fmm Warner Interactive s new
beat 'em np with a cunning twist 40 MORTAL KOMBAT 2 ¦a knag yen
the first preview with screeashets of the bloody Christmas
blockbuster.
42 MASTER AXE Another addition to the kung-fu beat 'em up lold gets the CU AMIGA preview treatment.
44 LEGENDS Zelda makes it to the Amiga - well almost. Legends is a pretty snarry APG anyway.
47 SIM CITY 2000 Sm City grows np on the Amiga, cemplete with natarai disasters and isometric citys capes. Fab!
52 ZEEWOLF Drawing un in clastic Virus lor nspiralion. This 3D shoot cm up is ,eallk somE,hin9 sptih 54 FIELDS OF GLORY Take part in numeroas historical battles, then put on your
• hat and get to work on that placer movement 59 THEME PARK Theme
Park comes to the A50B and A600! Can BnlHrog s rollercoaster
hit stay an the rails?
I t 60 UFO Action and strategy are combined in the latest alien-splattering alfair from Microprese 64 FIFA SOCCER Finally it arrives on the Amiga. Is this pseudo-3D footy game a Gary Uneker. Or a Graham Taylor?
67 CRYSTAL DRAGON Spooky 30 tunnels and all kinds of other adventure stuff feature in this new RP6.
70 BUBBLE AND SQUEAK How cote, it’s that kid with the big head and that stupid blue monster again!
73 UNIVERSE CD32 The adventure game of the moment slips across to the CD32.
74 ARCADE POOL CD32 Pot the rods then, screw back, for the yellow green brown blue pink and Mack, snooker loopy nets are we... this is a pool game actually.
76VFM Blob. Wonderdog. Blastar and Cyherpooks are all rounded up for the Corkers compilation. Formula 1 Grand Prii also gets a re-release.
78 VALHALLA SOLUTION PART 4 The final part of our step-by-step gaide to Valhalla.
82 VAMPYRA Your adveotnre and RPG questions answered by the tart with the heart 95 COMPETITION ¦¦i.jtr Turn to page f I If I || I 95 to find I out how yon Novation BassStation synth.
DISK 96 PAGE 8 XCAD Design comes free this month, complete with a lull manual. Nestled alongside it on Disk 9G is an eiclasive XMAS version of Theme Parfc for all Amigas with 1Mb.
DISK 97 PAGE 10 A1200 and A4000 owners are in lor a treat with this playable tunnel level of Super Stardust possibly the best shoot 'em up the Amiga has ever seen.
Fancy redesigning your bathroom, or maybe planning that extension you've been thinking about lor so long? Or perhaps your Amiga setup will become to cramped with all the luscious hardware you're going to get this Christmas (if only!) And you want to plan out a new arrangement.
If you want to do any of the above, or create any other blueprint then XCAD Designer suit you down to the ground I And it gets better. You've got the hardware, and now the software, but how do you use it to create pixel perfect plans, and how can you get the best out of it? Look no further than our cover - not only is there an amazing cover disk, but also a 100-page guide to XCAD Designer packed with helpful tips, illustrations, tutorials and instructions.
We've even thrown in the kitchen sink - check out page 17 of the book for the start of an indepth tutorial of how to draw a household sink unit.
Hurrah! The sink was chosen as it neatly illustrates the mam features of using this program, using as it does circles, lines, rounded corners, rotated lines and more.
POWER PACKED Amongst the many powerful features that the CU AMIGA coverdisk includes is the ability to draw to scale. The program is specifically designed lo allow the planning of objects in the real work), and as such you can set the sizes of obiects very precisely in metres. XCAD Designer is all about drawing and here the program really excels.
For creating 2D illustrations the program has a simply bewildering array of drawing facilities. Not only can you draw with lines, circles, rectangles. Polygons and spline curves but these can all be broken down into individual parts - the four sides of square become four straight lines for example - giving you tremendous power. These shapes can all be further manipulated, rotated, moved, copied, reseized and angled And even better this is all done in a way natural to planning, position lines and shapes parallel to existing lines, rotate lines around a fixed circle (adding spokes to a
wheel tor example), measure comers in angles and more.
TOILETS The program will also make creating future designs easier, allowing you to build up libraries of commonly used symbols and objects If you had a toilet fetish for instance you could create whole libraries of your favourite toilets and use them again, and again!
And there you have it, of course there masses more exciting features waiting inside XCAD Designer lor you to explore, but I won't spoil the fun of finding them and working your way through our tutorial and manual.
Next month we'll have something even more fun - can it be possible - with over £100s of software on our coverdisk, as the saying goes watch this space.
XCAD COMPATIBILITY XCAD Designer is compatible - really compatible! We've gone lo strenuous lengths to ensure that the version of XCAD Designer on our cover works on all 1 Mb Amigas - in particular the A1200 and A4000. So if you experience any problems with your coverdisk it's very likely that it's not the CU AMIGA coverdisk that you have in your hand.
Over the last few months CU AMIGA has delivered some stunning coverdisks. What with an exclusive demo of DPAINT 5.
ProCalc - the Amiga's best spreadsheet mew -eu This needs Workbench 2.04 or greater and 1 Mb of RAM. There is.
However, a problem with some Amigas, even 2.04 models. If the program loads, however, you'll be OK. We are still looking into the problem - we’ll keep you informed.
Worth £159 - and now XCAD Designer. The exclusives just keep on coming. We go to a lot of trouble to ensure they work on as many different Amiga systems as possible, and we hope your disk is working perfectly.
However if you are having a few problems Ihe tips below may be of some help.
Mciocu Hmmrn, there was a slight problem here.
The program worked fine, whal didn't work was the disk compression system we used, on some Amigas (notably A600s) the AMFC file wouldn't uncompress. To PREVIOUS CU AMIGA COVERDISK PROBLEMS get round this problem either run the cover disk on another Amiga - an A1200orA500for instance, or return your disk to DiskXpress (CU AMIGA DISK Returns, DiskXpress, Units, Old Coalyard Farm. Noithleach.
Gloucestershire, GL54 3EP) who will be able to send you an uncompressed version.
GBROUTE - CU DISK 86 Contrary to the numerous enquiries that we have been receiving - this powerfu route planner will print.
To get the program printing all you have to do is so start up your Amiga with your normal Workbench disk, then load GBRoute You should now be able to pnnt text routes See, I told you it was simple!
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Tony Horgan spends his days and nights looking at tunnel eltects. So much so that his eyes have turned into advertisements for Vortex all surface, multi-purpose cleaner Because ol this his tavounte part of Super Stardust is the tunnel sequence where, in your spacecraft, you have to charge down an oval opening which, in the full game, represents the warp between worlds. Your ship is viewed from behind you can blast away at everything in sight, especially the enemy ships, while avoiding mines shaped like gigantic conkers and asteroids ready to knock you for six.
For A1200 A4000 AG A only JOYSTICK CONTROL And that’s the demo. Load It up and blast away till your heart’s content, watching that beautiful Microcosm beating tunnel spread out In front of you.
CONTROL It's not difficult to grasp. Once you load the Super Stardust demo you will be presented with a menu where you can toggle the control method, sound, graphics and the like on I and off. The keyboard control toggle reverses directions on your joystick so that you can play tricks on your friends and there is really no discernable difference between high and low resolution graphics so go for low and the demo will be a tad faster.
Anyone who has ever played a game with a joystick before won't be surprised by the controls: Right, Left. Up.
Down and Fire move you in those general directions and fire your cannon at oncoming ships and obstacles.
STOP CHEAT!
You might be interested to know that P pauses the game and allows slow motion stop-start progress, handy for those difficult to judge moments that just keep killing you.
Start up again by simply pressing fire. If you have your auto fire button on or you are pressing fire at the time P will not work.
Vou will only really rwM the flrwl eeven ol Uioh Icon* whlcti art. Irom Ian to right; pallia; quanta; rlflaa; shops; Iroaa; atall; n (which gives you an ovarvlaw ol tha park); question mark. Once you'va finished the Intro lulorlal clicking on tha queetlon mark and than moving the curaor over an Icon win prompt the little man lo loll you wtiet h la.
THEME PARK - CHRISTMAS DEMO COVERDISK 96 All Amigas with 1Mb Bullfrog are in festive mood this month which is why we've got a completely onginal version of Theme Park for your Amiga.
You've never seen Theme Park like this before! There's snow instead of grass. Santas instead of Chicken men and the little people arrive on a ski bus. The game operates as normal apart from this and you two years to create as big a park as possible in this demo.
Once you load the game (see disk loading page 12) click with the right mouse button on the first three sample screens (the bullfrog title screen with its infamous advertising sponsorship, a commodity purchase screen and a levels screen, none of which are really relevant to this demo) to enter the main playing area. Here you are presented with a tutorial on how to set up rides, lay paths, open and close the gates etc. Just follow the instructions given by your friendly Christmas adviser in the bottom left hand comer ol the screen and all will become dear.
First of all, to prevent your demo running out too last, move your mouse cursor to the too ol the I I I I i the bouncy castle, a Santa's Grotto (unique to this version), and a haunted house. It also allows you to place various shops and other attractions, including little Christmas trees, all over the place. In terms of staff you start off with handymen, mechanics and Santas and as you progress snowmen will be made available.
The tutorial mentioned above will start off by showing you how and where to lay down paths and a ride, the Bouncy Castle, then how to connect up the ride's entrance and exit via queueing and exit paths, how and where to locate a tucker stall and the staff you need to get the Park up and running initially. Then its up to you and soon you'll have a thriving business.
Once the little people come in they will immediately start telling you what they want by using thought bubbles.
Burgers, happy faces, sad faces, toys all appear in their minds and it you want a full run-down of what all of the thought bubbles mean then click on the happy face icon on the tool bar at the bottom ol the playing screen.
From time to time your Santa- helper will dispense sound advice, but it's up to you to decide whether to heed him or not. Good luck.1® LoAiJ Y A COVERD COVERDISi?96 LOADING XCAD Insert the XCAD disk in the internal drive and reset the Amiga. Double click either the MedRes icon (for a medium resolution display) or the HiRes icon (for a high resolution display). Consult your free XCAD Designer manual for operating instructions. Further information can be found on page eight of this magazine.
2. Double dick on the CU disk icon.
3. Double dick on the Theme Park icon.
4. Wait for the computer to ask you to insert a disk in DFO:.
Then replace the coverdisk with the first of your blank disks.
The blank disk must be write enabled (with the tab in the
closed position).
5. Press Return.
6. Replace the coverdisk when asked to do so.
7. Double click on the XCAD Designer icon.
8. Replace the coverdisk with your WRITE PROTECT YOUR COVERDISK!
EXPANDING THE DISKS In order to fit both Theme Park Christmas Edition and XCAD Designer onto one disk, both programs have been compressed. Before you can use either, you'll need to decompress them onto two separate disks. These do not need to be formatted beforehand, but any data they contain will be over-written. Follow these steps to expand both disks.
1. Insert Disk 96 into the internal floppy drive and reset the
Amiga.
The disk will boot up to a Workbench screen.
Second blank disk and press Return.
9. Replace the coverdisk when asked to do so.
THEMMWTRK Insert the Theme Park disk into the internal drive and reset the Amiga.
The game boots up automatically.
Press the left mouse button to advance from the title screens. Refer to page 10 for instructions on playing the game, imr- DISK VIRUSES We try to ensure that all our coverdisks are completely tree ol viruses. We always have the most advanced virus checkers available when the disk is compiled and every program goes through rigorous testing on all relevant Amigas.
However, we cannot accept any responsibility lor possible damage incurred by viruses or faulty disks whicb have escaped our attention.
IF YOUR DISK WON'T LOAD II your coverdisk doesn't seem to wort as it should, then follow this simple guide. Firstly, remove all unnecessary peripherals, such as primers, modems elc. Follow the instructions on these pages to Ihe letter, and if, alter lhal. You find that Ihe disk still doesn't work, call Ihe DiskXpress helpline on: 0451 810 788 between the houre of 10am and 5pm Irom Monday lo Friday.
II they advise you that the disk is faulty, fill in your details in the lorm below, and send this form, along with Ihe disk and a 28p stamped self addressed envelope to the following address: CU AMIGA DISK RETURNS, DISKXPRESS. UNIT 7. WILLOW COURT, B0URT0N INDUSTRIAL PARK, B0URT0N-0N-THE-WATER, GLOUCESTERSHIRE GL54 2HQ.
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J. G.A Last month we discussed what was happening to Commodore
and where it is likely to go. Now we go one step further and
get the vision of the two men that matter most.
David Pleasance and Colin Proudfoot are current Joint Managing Directors of Commodore UK. They are responsible for the management buyout bid and their future fortunes are distinctly entwined with that of the Amiga. We visited them with a camera and a tape recorder to get some candid views, cutting through the gossip and the hearsay and getting some straight information.
CII: If the management buyout goes ahead when do you see the Amiga back in production?
Colin Proudfoot: The buyout process that we're going through has been described to us as the most complex legal untangling of a corporation since Maxwell because there are so many jurisdictions and so many dif- ferent receivers around the world - there are now ten creditors committees involved. The process is a step By step one. What we're trying to do ' is commence manufacturing as early as possible in that process, which is when we are confident that our bid has been accepted, that we are winning the business and are going through the legal formalities. This could take some months. What
we hope to do is get some product in manufacturing, perhaps this year, most likely January-February time, but really starting volume production is going to be over the next year, February onwards. If we can do anything faster we will, but I think it's unrealistic to expect that.
Cl): You have said before that you will concentrate on the A4000 abroad and the CD32 and A1200 at home. Is that still the case, or do you have anything else which you are going to start producing from scratch at this stage?
David Pleasance: Our responsibility is to fulfil the very high level of demand for all of our products, which are, in the majority of cases 1200s and 4000s. They are in demand world-wide. We made the decision to concentrate on 4000s on the premise that there was likely to be very long lead times for component parts and we need less component parts to achieve a turnover figure which is acceptable to the investors if we do it on 4000s rather than 32s, for example, because of the sheer cost of the goods.
That still holds. But on the basis that we now know we’ve missed Christmas we will be putting the 1200 into full production as quickly as we possibly can. [Both] will be at maximum production level at the eariiest possible opportunity.
CU: You have also said that you might look at upgrading the A1200 and A4000 and put out packs with hard drives and extra RAM. Is that still the case?
“ The CD64 is a figment of somebody’s imagination... ” David Pleasance DP: Part of our overall plan in the first twelve months of operation will be to strengthen the brand in terms of product availability... model availability, so we do intend to bring in some new models. 8ut I stress that nothing we bring in will put current models at risk in terms of pricing. People will not be disadvantaged if they buy something today and we bring out something in six months time to replace it. It's very important to stress that. It is strengthening the range rather than replacing old products with
new. We also definitely will be putting into production, not immediately because it has to be second priority, a CD [-ROM drive) for the 1200 and the expansion box for the CD32.
CU: That is very important. Most of the software houses have said that they will port software across from PC if there is a fully compatible A1200 CD-ROM drive, but not just for the CD32 at the moment.
DP: No, we understand that. And obviously at the same time we're looking for a CD32 compatible drive for the A4000.
CU: What about the CD64?
DP: The CD64 is a figment of somebody's imagination in terms of its code name, if you like, but we've been at great pains to explain to everybody that we believe very strongly in RISC technology and we have developed our own system which incorporates a RISC core.
When we develop that system - we're talking about 18 months or so - it is our intention to bring out RISC based products both in the high end workstation market and the low end consumer market, which is where our strength is.
CU: At ECTS you announced that AAA was being dropped in favour of RISC development. At the moment the Amiga’s in-built graphics capabilities. Ie AGA, are quite unique which distinguishes it from the PC and Mac.
When a RISC based Amiga comes out against RISC competitors what will its unique selling points be?
DP: Ours is a complete chipset, in the tradition of Amiga. It has a real-time 3D rendering engine with full texture mapping, compatibility with full motion video, MPEG, and also ... I'll need to double check on this [it's not been finally confirmed yetj... 22 voice, 16- bit stereo [sound]. It is a very comprehensive and effective system which we're going to be making available in a modular form, one [where] the low end products will have one or two modules, but with the capability to be upgraded. Obviously the high end workstations will have a lot of modules. We'll be giving the end user
the opportunity to buy at a low entry point and then expand as their needs require: that in itself is pretty special.
NEWS FEATURE CU AMIGA T: 3_r rings r perspective our esti- skt s Tet a CO games console aasec y ms technology will give a p parlmmnrr something like Ultra 64, which »lo re best spec product 3 lo come out in the vc feu -e talking about a graph- i •cr-i-r: - rat is something like I- :-S :nas more powerful than the nga 4000 for no more money - rless.
C*: Men this machine comes out in 9960997 is it going to be backward compatible with the current
- a-ge of Amigas?
99: Ho definitely not. This is a departure for Amiga because, as you
• row Motorola's 68060 is the last croouct in that line of chips,
therefore me have nowhere else to go now. So me have to take
the next technological step forward, and that is a completely
new architecture.
CU: Will the Amiga RISC system be cross compatible in some way with Pcs and Macs using RISC based processors?
DP: My understanding is that this par ticular system will be the most transparent that’s on the market and will be able to run, with emulation certainly, Macintosh products. But without emulation our understanding is that this processor will run DOS software through Windows NT and we have been told that it will run DOS software something in the region of 4-5 times faster than the Pentium, CU: What would the structure of the new company look like? Would Maidenhead be the base? Where would manufacturing take place?
CP: We envisage that Maidenhead will be the core of the company, that's where the management will be.
We don’t want to create a monolith overnight and we will expand as fast as the market demand and sensible expansion plans permit. So we see ourselves initially as going through distribution. The key markets for the Amiga have traditionally been UK, Germany, France, Italy, Scandinavia, in European terms and then the USA for the top end products. What we're looking at is the UK organisation staying in place, also keeping Commodore Canada. In manufacturing terms, what we said was we want to manufacture in Europe if we can find the right people to do that on the right terms and we are currently
in negotiation with various parties in the UK. We would continue to source other products, say monitors, from the Far East.
We will continue to source products rather than taking on all the manufacturing ourselves and will concentrate on our core strengths which are product development and marketing.
DP: We will be taking our engineering workforce which is currently 18 people, in Norristown [USA] and turning it into 60 people as quickly as we can recruit, so that's likely to be a two to three month process. These will be split into two, possibly three areas.
One is an area of engineers who will be maintaining and supporting our current technology and from that developing new derivative products, so that current technology is made to work harder for us and provide different models to fill some gaps. The balance of Ihe people will be working on new technology. We are also going to form a completely new [software and peripheral] development support team here [in Maidenhead]. We will be bringing one person over from the US and he'll head up a team of around about 22 people whose sole job will be to support development: “ We don’t want to create a
monolith overnight... ” Colin Proudloot PROFILES: DAVID PLEASANCE: Current job title: Joint MD Nationality: British Length of time at Commodore: Eleven Years Was there life before Commodore?
Began career in retail finance. Pad of the marketing team that launched Australia's first commercial credit card, Bank Card, before VISA and MASTERCARD came on the scene.
Worked for 3M in their consumer product division - the people ‘who invented post-it notes’ and who have over 87,000 products in production including floppy disks. Headed up Pioneer's car stereo division in Australia. Came home to UK and joined Commodore in 1983.
What has he done at Commodore?
Joined as business development manager to sell Commodore Pcs.
Moved on to become national accounts manager handling the big retailers like Dixons and Comet etc. and distributors. Eventually became National Sales Manager and Sales Director. 1990 saw David moving to Switzerland to head up Commodore Electronics limited as General Manager. In 1992 he was promoted to Vice-President of sales in the USA and in April 1993 took over as Joint Managing Director of Commodore UK right back in Maidenhead.
What does David see as the three most significant events or changes that have happened since he joined Commodore? "Being given the opportunity to market products the way I wanted to: selling bundles, selling dreams really". "The losses [sustained by Commodore International] were significant for the wrong reasons, everybody here took that very badly because it was a bad reflection on everything that had gone so well here [in the UK]". "The third thing is this opportunity [the MBO] as a result of all that, to become a part owner of this worldwide business and to control its activities."
What has the most difficult thing over the last few months? "At this moment in time our inability to definitively say 'on this day we can tell you. Yes or no [regarding the management buyout and the Amiga's future]', I think that's been the hardest thing. We’re aware of the need to tell the community - your readers in particular - that the Amiga is a long term product, that it has a future, that it’s going to be looked after by people who really care about it."
What interests does David have outside Amiga? Music. He has a recording studio, the heart of which is, naturally enough, the Amiga. His big passion is the guitar though.
Despite being heavily involved in an international takeover David still rates himself as one of the best flamenco players in the country.
And what if the MBO fails?
David will be looking for another job.
COLIN PROUDFOOT: Current job title: Joint MD Nationality: British Length of time at Commodore: Four years Was there life before Commodore? Most of Colin’s work before Commodore was in the financial world, though he trained as a production engineer at University. All of his work has been in high tech industry, starting off with Tube Investments where he helped implement their computer system, then moved to Rank Xerox as a financial analyst.
Following this he spent some time at Wang when they were first penetrating the UK. Transforming in three years from a £50m company to a £175m company. He then set up a management consultancy and advised businesses of all sizes, including Barclays Bank.
Joined Commodore in 1990.
What has he done at Commodore? Joined initially as Commercial Controller, then four months later, in 1991, became finance director and finally joined David as Joint MD in 1993.
What does Colin see as the three most significant events or changes that have happened since he joined Commodore? "Coming out of the PC MS-DOS market place and focusing the UK business on Amiga, is a key change; building from our strengths rather than trying to compete in a difficult marketplace.
The second key change was moving from our own UK distribution to subcontracted distribution which enabled us to reduce our cost base and be more flexible. The third major change has to be the parent company going into liquidation, because from a financial point of view all the rules change."
What has been the most difficult thing over the last few months?
“I have already answered that question" [The parent company going into liquidation]. "That was both difficult and challenging, but also very positive because you find out when the parent company goes into liquidation and you're trying to keep the business in the UK afloat who your friends are. One of the things that has kept me going is the volume of support we've had from third parties, suppliers and customers."
What interests does Colin have outside Amiga? Sport: He enjoys golf and skiing.
OK, so what is his favourite Amiga golf game? No comment.
David is seen as the figurehead by magazine readers, does Colin mind this? "Not at all. I'm quite happy to let David get on with it".
And what If the MBO fails? He doesn't envisage a future with Amiga outside the rules laid down in the MBO. RJJ) Despite the problems plaguing Commodore there will be CD32s on sale this Christmas. Leading peripheral developer Amitek believes there is still considerable demand for the 32-bit games console, and has released a new CD32 based pack featuring seven games to carry on where Commodore left off.
The pack called Critical Zone will be sold by independent dealers and Diggers.
Ken Browning, retail sales controller for dealer Silica said "Amitek have produced just what many of our customers want for Christmas."
Silica are on 081-309 1111.
B News jjj afei BILINGUAL An on-line language translation service has been setup on CompuServe (so tar limited to MacCIM torum) which allows users to send messages in German, French or English and have them translated into one of the same languages for reading by users in other countries.
Need to contact a foreign software house? Just send them the message and it's converted for you. It's good to talk!
CompuServe’s list of services continues with the introduction of an arts guide. A weekly updated guide covers films, plays, concerts, operas, and other arty things along with events like antique fairs. CompuServe are on 0734 391064 PROTEXT DROPPED Arnor have cut the price of Protext to just £74.95, previously it was sold for £149.95. Protext is an Amiga word processor where the authors have concentrated on providing raw power text editing speed at the expense of graphical beauty.
Arnor are on 01733 68909.
A MOVMG EXPBHBKE Golden Image are on the move.
Their new address is 65 Hallmark Trading Estate, Fourth Way, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 OLB. The telephone number is 081-900 9291 NEW DRIVE Power Computing have announced a new disk drive.
Called the Super XL Drive it can apparently save up to 3.5Mb per disk! We hope to have a full review of it next month. In the mean time you could do a lot worse than call Power on 0234 273000.
In this issue of CU AMIGA, on our readers offers’ page, is a photograph of a Golden Image mouse. This picture is a mistake and should not have shown a mouse with the Golden Image logo - which is the copyright of Golden Image.
I littersoft have unveiled a 24- . Bit (16-million colours) ' graphics card that uses a 64- bit graphics chip for big box Amigas. Called the Piccolo SD64 it will, according to Blittersoft, be some 35 times faster than the existing Piccolo card!
It will be available in two versions, one with 2Mb of RAM the other with 4Mb RAM. Blittersoft have also reported that the card will have a multimedia extension bus with '’special" genlock support, although no further details we available.
The 2Mb version will retail for £349, whilst the 4Mb version sells for £399. We hope to have a full review of this card in the next few months and will bring you further details as they are announced.
Blittersoft are on 01908 220196.
Across the UK and ensures that the Amiga name will continue to have a low price high street presence.
Critical Zone has a price of £249 and includes Cannon Fodder. Projecl-X, Liberation, Ultimate Body Blows, Microcosm, Oscar 64-BIT C-Cube. Specialists in compression technology, have released an MPEG decoder chip which will cost manufacturers approximately $ 50. MPEG is the compression technology behind VideoCD, allowing developers to fit up to 74 minutes of sound and vision on a single CD.
The new low priced chip will mean VideoCD playing hardware should fall in price next year, and also see many new companies releasing VideoCD players. For the Amiga this means that there could be several replacement Surely, this means lewer priced VideoCD VideoCD Cards for the CD32 soon, and possibly a VideoCD expansion card for the A1200 and A4000. And, because of the increasing number of VideoCD players in the world the number of VideoCD titles should also increase. More info as we have it.
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Helping Hand Gr WORLD OF AMIGA As the world of Amiga show draws ever nearer we've lined up a fantastic competition just lo get you in gear lor this fabulous event For the top prize we've got one Amitek Critical Zone CD32 pack to give away (this brand new pack retails at £249 and includes Cannon Fodder. Proiecl-X. Liberation. Ultimate Body Blows.
Microcosm, Oscar and Diggers); one pair of free tickets to any Wembley rock concert of your choice during 1995 (subject to availability) and one pair of free tickets to the World of Amiga show. There will also be ten pairs of free tickets to the World of Amiga show as runners up prizes. To win all you have to do is answer the following questions and send them to Give Me The World. CU AMIGA, Priory Court, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU. Closing date: 2 12 94. "hint: some of the answers are on pages154-155.
MANIC MODEMS GET SUM BODIES AND LOW PRICES Wizard Developments have released two new modems, called the X-Link modems.
The modems feature sleek design and can either lie horizontally on a desk or stand vertically.
The modems offer Class 1 and 2 tax capability. Group 3 fax up to
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The slower version is priced at £139.99. whilst the 28,000
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Writing a letter to aunty Ethel is a simple task, she'll love it no matter what you say. But what should you do if you’re applying for a job.
Making a college submission or putting forward a disk for consideration at a software house or magazine? In this instance presentation is all important. You have to create a good impression immediately or else all your hard work may be wasted.
The key to good presentation is simplicity and conciseness. Overcomplicated page structures or long winded explanations will tum your audience off. It is also essential to make use of spell checkers and a thesaurus - misspellings and the repetition of words are just as disastrous.
One of the worst myths of good writing is that a covering letter for a CV or other submission should be hand-written. Unless you have a superb vocabulary and impeccable handwriting you can do yourself more damage than you think. OK. Maybe a job application states specifically that you must apply in your own writing, but the physical act of putting pen to paper should be the last thing you do! Use your Amiga to get it right first, then copy it neatly and correctly.
This is also the way to do things if you haven’t got a printer - it may sound a little long winded, but if you get the structure of the letter and its spelling right on-screen it makes it so much easier to put on to paper - and avoids a full waste paper basket.
Over the next seven pages we’ll take you through some ideas on letter and CV structure and the do’s and don’ts of document construction using an Amiga Word LEAD FEATURE CU AMIGA 3D Processing Following this there's a round up of WP and and a guide to prices and specifications.
He more constructive time you spend on a reason), the more the reader is going to CHOW YOUR READER I l t » get first things first though. Different people I different approaches in terms of what they find I ¦xcpubte on a page. Take the following into considcra- I an every time: I I Rad the nght person to send your letter to and make I «»e you spell their name correctly on the envelope and I covering page. CU Editor Alan Dykes has been called I Mkn Dykes, Alan Dyer, Alan Dyctt. Alan Yikcs and I mmy other strange concoctions. He doesn't like it and ? R addressed with anything other than his
correct I aane get very, very short reading before heading in the I general direction of the waste paper basket.
I 2. Get their job description right. ‘Bob Smith. Junior Accounts Manager' won’t get you anywhere if he’s the I Marketing Manager. On the other hand if you refer to I taa as The Managing Director he’s twice as likely to I take heed of your letter! This is not really advisable I tfwugh - it's still incorrect I 3. Arc they young or dd. Mamcd or single? If old try to I be more formal and use their correct titles as opposed to their first name,. Mr. Smith mightn’t like being called Bob! If they ate young then fornial titles may seem loo auffy. So use their first name - but sparingly. The diffcr- I
cnce between Miss and Ms may not seem much to you I but you’d be surprised how much difference it makes to the person in question. Make sure you copy titles from the advertisement, correspondence or magazine.
I 4. How busy are they? If you’re writing to a manager or someone who is very busy remember to keep your text I short and snappy and get to the point straight away.
I Don’t try to be too polite, just courteous. Remember.
I if someone receives 50 letters a day which say ‘I'm I writing in response to your advertisement’, the one I which gets to the point and says *1 w ant your job' will stick out.
I 5. Humour can be a killer - don't try to be funny, even if I you think the person you are writing to is. This is essential in demo presentations and job applications. In I normal letters to a magazine, newspaper or company 'ome sarcasm or short anecdotal material may go down well, but this is only because the audience is reading through a long passage and it’s nice to break it up occasionally. Still use sparingly though.
TYPEMANIA Despite attempts by softw are houses to capture interest I with something new. Word processing is still the most common business use of a computer.
In the beginning was the word. Microsoft would love I you to believe this but there were many word processors before their seminal product. Microsoft Word. In fact there were many word processors before Microsoft. In the halcyon days of building your own computer, when Centronics printers were dc facto, as often as not a word processor was a simple line editor with a print option.
Many of the first word processors were just that - once you had typed a line, pressing return sent it to the printer. The computers running them were lucky if they had a memory expansion to take them up to the glorious heights of Ik.
On the Amiga the whole scene was kicked off by TextCraft which was produced by Commodore themselves. It was launched at the same time as the Amiga.
Commodore recognising the importance of having it available from the w ord go. By today's standards it was positively primitive. And would be eclipsed by most PD programs, in 1986 it garnered comparisons with the best word processors of the time. It was amongst a new breed of programs which made use of a mouse.
Things have moved at an incredible pace since then.
Word processors arc by far the most popular type of business program available, in fact they were the main force behind the acceptance of computers into businesses. These days we think nothing of a book being written using one. Spell checking or even looking things up in an on line thesaurus. The latest batch of ‘document processors' can produce results startlingly close to that of a professional publishing system - nowadays you don’t really need a DTP package, your WP will do most of its job.
One of the greatest things about using a word processor on the Amiga is how easy they arc to master.
Ever since Apple started the hall rolling (literally), using a mouse and pandering to the needs of users rather than programmers, things have been getting easier. Apple still hold the lead, but only just. The Amiga has been snapping at the Macintosh's heels for a good while now.
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The golden age for word proces- of the most powerful programs, have closed the gap «*d processors and the heavy weight h's an outstanding feat on the pail of pa that these programs, produced by some ways better than their expensive by huge corporations. Praise them.
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lacking. They i professionalism to them. Perhaps t getting to
grips with Workbench; m** i - rr-modore's style guidelines; or
better pro- mbm* «do*s Whatever it is. It’s working. The latest
jruti * *2 processors have a solid feeling to them oci e**es
Windows standing and a price which 11men's jaws dropping.
TV mm ama ing thing about buying one of the lal- l Vbfa ’document processors' is just how close they r i nr odustry yardstick. Microsoft Word. The extras ¦ • has over them are few and far between, the mt M tang* you might only use a couple of times, like t r« to create your own calendars; the grammar ¦our which often gives highly spurious suggestions; r m_tip*e Undo which nobody seems lo use.
”he only really useful things which are missing from pk Amiga programs arc decent style sheets and proper rt.*f » stems. Those of you who found bugs in the ini- . -ersion of Wordworth J would be horrified at the e-* of Microsoft Word ft on the Macintosh, a program j by the largest software house in the world and if £295 plus VAT. We should be thankful that a released an update so quickly. Microsoft took y longer The amazing thing is that we all have this neat little mt computer which didn’t cost very much and is now owng into something we always knew it could he.
Ore may not be as many professional applications on e miga as there arc on the PC or Mac. But we can it the quality of them. The Amiga can do almost g its expensive cousins can but perhaps a little ¦ore coherently and ccnainly a whole lot cheaper. The programs featured here prove it.
» TYPOGRAPHY JARGON Bullets or Bullet Points These are symbols (otten solid circles, squares or asterisks) which are used to bring attention to key points m a passage Font: A designed typelace The Amiga uses standard lonts named after gems Diamond. Ruby etc. Topaz is the standard Workbench lont.
Kerning: Reducing the standard spacing between characters.
Leading: The spacing between lines of text. This can be Incroased or reduced and this will considerably eftect the look ot your text As a font size is increased the leading must not be forgotten or else you will end up with words on top of each other Pt or Point Size The size of the letters on a page Tracking Increasing the standard spacing between characters Sent tont: One like I in**' which has a small line or point at the extremities of each character. The opposite, used in CU AMIGA is a Sans Sent font Perfect CV I SMALL IS IH- AI TIFl I. Most pi-oim i you si nl (’Vs Hi Wil l RECEIVE I
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THE EDITOR’S CV TIPS Writing a CV can bo tough, it s very difficult to gauge how well you are doing it until you actually get an interview. There are many theones on what is the best way to present one. And because everyone you are sending them to is different there are no golden rules, just guidelines.
1. Use an Amiga written and generated cover letter and CV. I
personally hate written ones; although they're supposed to
give some indication ot one’s character and ability. A well
presented, nicely laid out printed letter with correct
spelling and punctuation is. In my opinion, more effective.
2. Don't try to go over the top with your letterhead or
presentation method. Neat, well designed logos, names or
addresses are much belter than a nightmare collage of odd
sized words
3. The covering letter should be very brief. One page only, with
details of your current position and what skills you think you
could tying to the job - ie. Why you are right for it. Don't
be shy, but don't be cocky either. The CV itself should be no
more than two pages long. If you need to indude more
information because ot the nature of the job then make your CV
a one page resume and use appendices for a synopsis of your
thesis!
4. Cleany mark, down the left-hand side ol the page, the main CV
headings so that they are easy to locate. If you have access
to a laser prnler try printing these as white text out of a
black border, this makes them very clear. Otherwise, use
capitals, bold or Italic text.
5. Don’t try to crowd everything onto the page. II you have loads
of A and O levels, pick out which ones are most relevant to
the job in question, or your highest marks and then just say
how many you have in total. In terms ot both education and
work experience most employers will only really be interested
in the latest intormation. If you have to cut some lines to
make everything lit start with your oldest results and work
experience first.
6 Use short lines and bullet points Long paragraph' listings of intormation are very difficult to digest, especially if you've got 50 Cvs to go through.
7. Binding Cvs can work, but do it property it you do it at all A
cheap plastic binder looks just that - cheap, you're better
off without it. On the other hand, don't go putting expensive
binders on your CV it you're just wntmg on spec, it'll cost
you a torture and you may never get a reply.
8 Paper is important! Good quality paper makes your CV stand out. Because ink soaks in better when you use heavy paper this will vastly Improve the look of a printed document. Experiment with different paper to check out the results.
» TONY'S DEMO TIPS Hhis Tony Horgan receives more than twenty demos and PD disks a DAY AND KNOWS HOW HE LIKES THEM TO BE PRESENTED. FOLLOW THIS GUIDE AND YOU WILL STAND A BETTER CHANCE OR NOT JUST GETTING THEM BY HIM BUT ALSO GETTING THEM BY ANY MAGAZINE OR SOFTWARE HOUSE.
We re always on the lookoul lor quality utilities and games lo include on our coverdisks and in the PD pages. Programs should be as small as possible, and easy enough lo use that they’re accessible lo novices and experts alike.
Compatibility with all Amigas is preferred. Here are a lew points lo bear in mind for your covering letter.
1. Slate that you are offering the enclosed program for
inclusion on a coverdisk if you are doing so.
2. State whether you would require payment, should it be included
on a coverdisk, or if you are offering it for free.
3. Stale the nature of Ihe program ... in other words, what does
il do?
4. State which machines it’s compatible with.
5. Include a daytime telephone number and postal address on the
letter AND on ihe disk ¦tself (they may gel separated)
6. Include operating instructions on paper and a briel resume of
these, and Ihe loading procedure on the disk label whenever
possible.
7. Don’t fill out the accompanying letter with Ihe history of its
development, the price of bacon, a list of your favourite TV
programmes, or anything like that. This distracts from what
you are actually trying to present - the software Be
confident that what you have produced will speak for itself.
PD SOFTWARE It you’ve released a program into the public domain, and you want it reviewed in our PD section, the first thing we need lo know is where it’s available from, and for how much; if we can’t tell Ihe readers where to gel hold of il, there’s nol much point in us covering il in Ihe magazine. If you don’t warn to distnbute the program yourself, send it to a PD library. Phone the library a few days later lo check that they received il, and that Ihey are including il in their collection Include a contact address and telephone number on the disk (preferably written on the label, not just
as a document file). Only a brief covering letter is needed, which should contain the following information,
1. The name and nature of the program.
2. Whether it’s PD or licenceware.
3. An address from which its available, with a price.
GENERAL HINTS
1. Keep your correspondence short. Reams of paper is confusing
and off-putting.
2. If possible make sure your letter is printed rather than hand
written. If it has to be written then do it tidily and. As we
said in the intro, compose it on a word processor before
copying it to paper.
3. Include the post code and telephone area code (if you are
giving a phone number).
4. Do not enclose a stamped self addressed envelope for
comments. You may not get any.
Getting your Demo the Attention it Deserves This demo submission is short.
SHARP AND STRAIGHT TO THE POINT.
It IS ALSO NEAT. WITH THE SENDER’S ADDRESS RANGED TO THE RIGHT, ESSENTIAL INFORMATION IN BOLD TEXT AND NO LENGTHY DEVELOPMENT info. Your software should SAY MORE THAN YOUR LETTER.
E-Zie Typography When it comes to TYPOGRAPHY. CU Amiga’s Group Art Editor. Jeff Zie. Is as EXPERIENCED AS THEY COME. He HAS DESIGNED MORF. PAGES, LOGOS AND BROCHURES AND USED MORE FONTS IN HIS TEN YEAR CAREER THAN MOST PEOPLE HAVE HAD HOT DINNERS. LET HIM TAKE YOU THROUGH SOME HINTS AND TIPS:
1. Keep it simple. Don’t use more than two fonts; one for
headlines, one for the text.
2. Stay away from font distortion (stretching them in any
direction); they are designed to be read as you sec them. If
you buy fonts, you’ll probably notice that some come with
extended, condensed, italic and bold versions. If you’ve got
them, use these instead of using the software to distort them.
It all helps to make your documents look more professional.
3. Some software allows you to modify your line spacing, or
leading. Tty to avoid solid line spacing, as this can make
text tricky to read. Instead, use +2 leading, eg.
Your body text is 9pt; your leading should be I Ipt. This is only a rule of thumb, as all typefaces work differently.
4. If you can. Use SMART QUOTES. Most commercial fonts have them.
They look like this: rather than this: You may have to find a
particular key combination to get them, or your software may
be able to automatically convert ordinary quotation marks
and apostrophes.
5. Some software allows you to play around with the
lettcrspacing. Generally, if you buy fonts, they arc already
designed for optimum character spacing, so you don’t need to
mess around with it. Some PD fonts, however, have not been
so thoughtfully designed. If you want to sec how the font is
autospaccd. You can use a sentence which used every letter of
the alphabet. Type this in: The quick brow n fox jumps over
the lazy dog.
6. Remember that type is designed to be read; it is generally
considered easier lo read upper and lower case serif type,
than it is to read sans serif type. Have a look at the type on
a go Kl broadsheet newspaper, or a good glossy magazine and
you’ll see what I mean.
There are tens of thousands of fonts out there. Don’t go mad: most people only need a handful.
Besides, w hy wuste valuable disk spuce on fonts which you’ll probably never use?
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LTD. * ' TEXT ENGINE 4.1 Right at the bottom end of the heap
lies Text Engine. But that’s just the price heap - quality wise
it's a real winner.
Text Engine proves itself to be more than capable of giving the commercial offerings of a few years ago a good run for their money.
The Prodi The following is a guide to what sort of Word Processors are available and at what price.
From tiny tots to heavyweights they’re all here.
In use Text Engine comes close to living up to its name. Typing in reasonably small files is a joy. There’s no fuss or bother. Larger files are a bit more of a pain though, as there's no slider bar at the side of the screen.
Print-outs are considerably better than most other PD word processors due to its ability to produce things like double sized text from a standard dot-matrix.. Available from: 17 bit Software, 1st Hour Offices, 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 IDH.
Tel: 0924 366982. Price: £1.50 plus 50p P&P per order.
POWER TEXT 2 A little further up the scale from Text Engine comes this offering from CLR Licenseware. Written using Amos, it boasts many useful features and an impressive array of menus. It also has the interesting ability to edit AmigaGuide documents, a feature unique in this roundup.
There is an English spelling checker which seems a little small but that's only to be expected at this price.
The most striking thing about Power Text is just how professional it all seems. It's a far cry from the top end of the market, but the usability is very good indeed. It even has an extremely useful mail merge facility. Despite some Amos related problems it’s a reasonable little package at a really good price and certainly gives the mini office word processor a thing or two to think about.
Available from: 17 bit Software, 1st Floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF11I)H.
Tel: 0924 366982. Price: £3.50 plus 50p P&P per order.
PEN PAL Also, horror of horrors, the spelling checker is American which is just not acceptable these days when in the final analysis, the recommended option is to save up a bit extra instead.
Available from: Softwood, New Street, Alfreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BP. Tel: 0773 521606. Price: £34.95. MINI OFFICE Mini Office has been around on various formats for a long time now. It is an integrated package including a word processor, spreadsheet, database and graphing program.
When it was first released everyone oohed and ahhed about Pen Pal's amazing capabilities. Things like its built in database, the ability to flow text around graphics and its ’new' tool bar. By comparison, the only outstanding feature it has these days is its database.
Pen Pal is certainly showing its age and misses out on several features now almost standard, most notably outline fonts. Print quality suffers because of this and the only real option is to use the printer's font, leaving the output only a little better than Text Engine's.
The Amiga incarnation appeared a few years ago. But was not particularly modem even back then. That’s part of the original Mini Office ethic though, a bundle of simple business software at a good price. Unfortunately this version has turned into a bundle of simple software at a high price.
The w ord processor included is a very far cry from even the simplest of commercial offerings, it could almost be a souped up Power Text. It can at least incorporate graphics in the text, but this really is another program which is limited to the printer's font and doesn't even have Text Engine's print handling. It is easy to use though and integrates perfectly with the included database for mail merging. It’s a crying shame really, as the overall package is quite good.
Available from: Europress Software, Europa House.
Adlington Park, Macclesfield SK10 4NP.
Tel: 0625 859333. Price: £59.95. WORDWORTH 2 Although now out of production, WordWorth 2 can still be found lurking in various adverts. It has aged very well j considering the competition which it faces and can still I produce some excellent prints. It has some neat features and all the necessary capabilities to put together anything.
From a letter to a brochure.
However, the thing I noticed immediately on using I WordWorth 2 was lag. Whenever I typed a sentence it I took a while to catch up, rendering it unusable for even I moderate typists. It wasn’t the only place it was slow either, when scrolling through text or eve n just replacing a few words, the whole program seems to crawl like an eighteen wheeler going up a hill.
That said, WordWorth 2 is certainly useful for beginners. There arc all the right tools and a relatively painless, if somewhat verbose, manual. Provided you can’t type, this may be the program for you. Especially as it can be picked up for a good price from many suppliers.
A1200 A4000 version available from: First Computer Centre, Unit 3. Armley Park Court, Stanningley Road.
Leeds LS12 2AE. Tel: 0532 319 444. Price: £34.99 plus £1.95 P&P.
FINAL COPY 2 Now we slip into something more comfortable. Final I Copy 2 has been around for a little while now and it still I feels good. The standard screen is a little Spartan if you | are used to Wordworth or Pen Pa! But its functionality LEAD FEATURE CU AMIGA quickly makes up for it. The program is well d has plenty of features and a good manual. I really can't find anything to complain about with this one.
PRINTERS The ability to create, edit and change documents is invaluable - but you won't far without a printer.
The program quite happily keeps up with a high typing speed, even on an A500; the print quality is superb; it can use Nimbus -Q. Adobe type I and Agfa Wordworth fonts; the dictionary is big and. Most importantly. English; this list could go on for ages, there are so many good features.
Another big plus in iLs favour is that it will work on just about any Amiga. Workbench 13+, I mb of memory and two drives are all it needs.
Available from: Softwood, New Street. A If ret on.
Derbyshire DESS 7BP. Tel: 0773 521606.Price: £49.95. FINAL WRITER 2 rev. 2 If Final Copy is comfortable. Final Writer is that and stylish. From the moment you load it you know that everything is going to be good. Final Writer gives that initial impression and keeps giving it to you every lime you load it up. The program shows a clean, professional face and feels just right. The on screen tool bars look absolutely spot on and the menus speak volumes about the program's depth.
At the heights which Final Writer has achieved, the air is so ratified that the program only really has two competitors. Wordworth 3 and Microsoft Word. That in itself should give you an idea that this is a word processor to be reckoned with. It has a truly functional front-end which is almost completely reconfigurable, a good range of tools and options.
A wonderful feature for presentations is the inclusion of 120 outline fonts, which will improve your documents no end. Every thing you need is here.
Available from: Softwood, New Street. Alfreton.
Derbyshire DE55 7BP. Tel: 0773 521606. Price: £74.95. WORDWORTH 3 Enter the most hyped Amiga word processor ever.
Wordworth 3 was undoubtedly the most eagerly awaited utility for ages and dashed an awful lot of hopes. The first release was bugged beyond usability, a fact which I suspect Digita will never live dowii. Though a far more stable version was very quick to appear. The bugs weren't the only problem though, and unfortunately the most serious of them is still there; like its predecessor. Word 'orth 3 is excruciatingly slow- when inputting text.
On a word processor of this price, even with discounts. That just isn't on. In terms of features it is the closest thing to Word on the Amiga, but no amount of features can make up for a tardy text engine. Again though, like its predecessor, for a non-typist, the program has a good deal to offer. It provides excellent help; the program can be almost entirely configured to the user's needs and the user interface is extremely friendly. It is certainly the easiest heavy-weight word processor to use.
Available from: Digita International. Black Horse House. Kxmouth. England EX8 IJL. Tel: 01 395 270273. Price: £149.99 or £59 when trading up.
There are many different types of printer, each suitable lor different types of word ! Processing. Below we list the main types, and CU AMIGAs preferred models.
DOT MATRIX TECHNOLOGY The cheapest of all printers, but comparatively, providing the poorest print quality. These printers work using a square block made up of tiny pins. To print a character several of these pins are pushed forward making its shape against an ink ribbon and thus on to the paper. Dot matrix models are commonly described by the number of pins present: the more the better Models with 9 pns are now available tor under £100. Whilst the better quality 24-pin variant* can be found for under £200. For colour versions add roughly £30 to £50 to these prices The one dear advantage dot
matnx printers have over the other types listed here is that they can print on multpart stationary - ie invoices etc. INK JET PRINTERS Ink jet technology is the newest of all printer technolo gies. And also the one that has the most potential These machines work by squirting little blobs of ink at the paper, the more blobs that can be crammed into an area the better the definition of the characters and graphics. Ink|et printers have come a long way in very little time, and now almost rival laser printers for quality They are ideal for all forms of word processing and the better models are
certainly good enough lor business correspondence and serious bank manager' letters. Ink jet models start from just under £300, colour and black and white models are available.
LASER PRINTERS The absolute best in pnnter technology. Laser printers produce the very best quahty printouts - but only m black and wtvte. Colour models cost a fortune! For those jobs where only Sunday best wtf do it has to be a laser printer Pnces have fallen significantly m the last year or so and now start from as little as £399, but be careful to test them first - lower cost models don’t offer that much better quality than middle to high end ink jets.
DYE SUBLIMATION A new technology and one raising a few eyebrows, as well as wallets Prints in glonous 24-bit colour, often with results that put photographs to same. S * *iite expensive. £600 plus, but produce the cokx r print outs the Mies of which Kodak would be prot 1.
However they are intended tor pictures and imai «s are not really good for text, for word processing xi'd be better to look at a colour ink jet pnnter.
CU RECOMMENDS For typical word processing on the Amiga we re m- mend the Seikosha SL96 dot matrix printer for s ole letters and simple colour documents and the R i LP1200 laser printer for high quahty demand" .g print outs. Both of these are available from most hardware advertisers m CU AMIGA correct, it is tar tram readable and tilled with jargon. II you are willing to spend time with it, the program can improve your text considerably.
Available trom: Softwood, New Street, Altreton, Derbyshire DE55 7BP.
Tel: 0773 521606. Price: £39.95. TYPESMITH 2.5 » ACCESSORIES TO THE DEED To help you get the most from your word processor we have put together a round-up of some useful additional utilities.
TOUCH TYPING TUTOR Available on the cheap, this neat little utility will help you get on the road to professional typing speeds. The program is based a round an on-screen picture of the keyboard which lights up the key to press and the finger to press it with. It's hardly the most sophisticated of programs and fhe lessons are far from interesling.
It could be a whole lot better, but at this price there are no real complaints. It does the job well enough. Touch Typing Tutor could potentially make you into a really fast typist, but for fhat I would really recommend thal you gel Mavis Beacon. If your budge! Is fighf though, this is the program to get. A good investment in yourself.
Available from: 17 bit Software, 1st Floor Offices, 218 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire Wff 1DH. Tel: 0924 366982. Price: £3.50 plus 50p P8iP per order MAVIS BEACON 2 This is Touch Typing Tutor with all the bells, whistles and fireworks added.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing has been developed over fhe years in con- junclion with several experts in fhe field of education. The central program is artificially intelligent and adjusts the lessons to suit you.
When you buy Mavis Beacon 2. Expect to be able to type properly after a month of light training exercises, doing half an hour a day (doing more can be counter-productive). Keep it up for another month and you'll be a fast typist. No two ways around it, this program is good But, and there had to be one. It will only really work well on a hard disk. The solution? Get a hard disk first!
Available from: Silica, 1-4 The Mews, Hatherly Road, Sidcup, Kent DA14 4DX. Tel: 081 309 1111. Price: 14.99 plus £2.94 P&P.
PROPER GRAMMAR 2 An apparent boon to an aspiring author, Proper Grammar is designed to check your writing style. It will go through your text and look for a multitude of sms: wordy expressions, redundancy, cliches, jargon, pretension etc. It does the job exiremely well, spotting embarrassing mistakes as it goes.
There is a major downside to Proper Grammar though, they didn t use the program on its own built-in help. Although the help is grammatically B:55555SS55|5353555i53555555SS: document processor :333333333ri3S33333S3333333n3i': can be used to great :S555335i333£355g55!SS35S55 eiieci .n m.s less sm, This is one lor you it you are ultra serious about your output. It's only of any use if you are using one of the top end word processors, Wordworth ; 3. Final Copy or Final Writer. Typesmith was designed for use in DTP. But with the advent I ot the aforementioned ¦: document processors' it ¦53533
iMiinaa-riamn: effect in this less Strict discipline. Typesmith is ideal for creating miniature company logos, lonts which match your letterhead. Tidying up public domain fonts o r even just converting fonts from a different format. At the asking price, you need to be absolutely certain that you will use it but it's still cheaper than getting a font designed for your company or letterhead.
Available from: Emerald Creative Technology. Rapid House, 54 Wandle Bank, London SW19 1DW. Tel: 081 715 8866. Price: £118.95 SOFTFACES VOLUMES 1 TO 4 Although they can’t be used in anything other than Final Copy or Final Writer.
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Soon co be released, Wordworth 3.1 is the latest attempt at giant killing from Digita. We've had an alpha version on test for some time now and it's a major improvement on 3.0a. Amongst the new features are drag and drop editing, landscape printing and faster operation.
In tiie tests we have done on the pre-release version, the text entry speed is still well below par unless it is used on a very fast machine.
The search and replace is certainly much faster though, no matter which machine you are using. There have also been considerable efforts made to increase the range of files Wordworth is capable of handling, ranging from new text import filters to almost any common graphics format.
WORDWORTH 3.1SE A cut down, budget version of Wordworth 3.1, this is the official replacement for Wordworth 2 and fills a very big product gap. It loses out on a good many of its expensive sister's features, but still compares well with other mid-price word processors. Wordworth 3.ISE will cost £49.99. Digita have done a good job on reducing the number of disk swops needed for floppy drive only users in this and Wordworth 3.1. The number of swops needed for the spelling checker, for instance, has improved dramatically making it all the more user-friendly.
FINAL WRITER 2 rev.3 Not a major upgrade, but certainly a welcome one. Rei sion 3 adds some extra functionality and some feature which were notably absent. The beta version has been on test for a few weeks at the lime of writing and is a wonderful improvement.
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36 POWERDRIVE 36 KICK OFF 3 EUROPEAN EDITION 37 VALHALLA 37 PRIMAL RAGE 40 MORTAL KOMBAT II 42 MASTER AXE 44 LEGENDS 47 SIM CITY 52 ZEEWOLF 54 FIELDS OF GLORY 59 THEME PARK 60 UFO 64 FIFA SOCCER 67 CRYSTAL DRAGON 70 BUBBLE’N’ SQUEAK CD32 73 UNIVERSE CD32 74 ARCADE POOL CD32 76 VFM 78 VALHALLA SOLUTION y| wAL fvir e ii'i'h JL w2a;4 C f j wmmm 35 LLI coifcsc Rzcokv £Ui,3r!03-** POWERDRIVE US GOLD The Gameplay: Powerdrive is a rally game, a sort of cross between Skidmarks and Codemasters’ old Micro Machines but one which looks new, fresh and different. It is intended to be cute, yes, but it
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Behind the Scenes: Denton Designs are the people behind the coding and graphics and they have been working on the realism aspect in a big way. They have been using 30 Studio to render each car with minute polygon detail to get them as accurate as possible.
What's New: Just about everything and at the same time nothing. It's still a race around the circuit rally game - it just looks better and (possibly) plays better. Not only do the cars look like their real cousins in a way no other game has managed to do before, their front wheels are totally separate sprites which enables them to turn in the right direction as you move your joystick!
First Impressions: Mery good. They have succeeded in making the cars so realistic that the manufacturers. Fiat, Ford. Rover et al. Are worried about negative publicity when their cars crash in the game. To them CU AMIGA says this: As long as the game doesn't crash your reputations are safe. Powerdrive is impressive on console format and if the Denton boys can pull off the same sort of detail on our machine then this could be a spectacular game.
KICK OFF 3 EUROPEAN EDITION Anco The Gameplay: It's a soccer game, the original ot which was a donkey to play. Lots ot neat animations and a decent practice mode were destroyed by two-button joystick only configuration, slow play and difficult control. Anco have gone back to the drawing board to solve these problems but retain the original idea of a side view, realism inspired game.
Behind The Scenes: The in-house programming team have been working hard since the summer to inject new features as well as improving the old engine. The project has been developed alongside Player Manager 2 and has incorporated some of the ideas originally generated tor this game.
What's New: Control and management. The new game will support one and two button joysticks and CD32 controllers. The latter will make control easier than ever by taking advantage of all of its buttons. Player stats and management will be a very important part of the new game, positioning fast strikers opposite slow defenders and so on.
First Impressions: Negative - surely this is just an update of the original. Second impressions though, after a visit to Anco to see development, are much better. A lot of effort is going into speeding up and smoothing out the animation and it has already been noticeably improved. One button control promises to be difficult but its inclusion is welcome and the whole game has been broadened sufficiently to warrant a new release once they get it right. Watch these pages in the next month or so for more news.
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?X r* The gameplay: Arcade. All you have » do is walk into an arcade these rays to be surrounded by grunts and groans, Japanese phrases, vicious rip- &ng sounds and sweaty smells. Yes, Te beat ’em up has taken over again and the kids have gone fight crazy.
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PRIMAL RAGE Time Warner FIRST IMPRESSIONS CU AMIGA Behind The Scenes: Primal Rage is due to be published by Time Warner Interactive around the middle of next year. You are going to hear a lot about this media giant in the future - some of it Amiga related I hope - because not only have they got the rights to ROTR and this game, they've also taken over Renegade Software: UK based Sensr stalwarts and publishers of this years’ Rut1N Tumble and Ellmania among others.
Behind the Scenes: It’s Paul and Lisa Tunnah again, taking on the giants of the industry from sunny Southampton with boundless energy a strange sense of humour and suspense and a microphone. The latter to record a 1,000 word vocabulary.
What's New: Yes! Your eyes weren't deceiving you. This adventure is actually played from the point of view of the bad guy, the evil Lord Of Infinity whom the young prince was trying to defeat in the original.
What's New: You might well ask. What can be done with a fighting game that hasn’t already been done? Well, for those who haven't been in an arcade recently Primal Rage uses gigantic reptilian creatures instead of humans (or some derivative thereof| and, in the same way as ROTR has revolutionary looking graphics. Primal Rage promises to have revolutionary sound. Soon the day may come that someone combines both.
First Impressions: Hope. I hope it comes out on Amiga. We've been waiting for ROTR for long enough and it will be disappointing if this one drags on too.
Still, don’t expect to hear anything else about it until the spring, Amiga conversion is unfortunately pretty low on multimedia conglomerates' agendas at the moment. It might not be Mortal Kombat II but it will undoubtedly be a big name next year so we'll keep you updated.
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VALHALLA - BEFORE THE WAR VULCAN SOFTWARE First Impressions Some of us love it and some of us hate it. The game format, quality of graphics and sound and overall look remains the same. This offers more of the same, but with a twist and should appeal to those who loved the first game. Time will tell though, full review coming soon.
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_POSTAGE_ _ TOTAL_ BUSINESS EaeyAmoe GAME PREVIEW In an unusual move, console giants Acclaim are set to unleash a conversion of one of their games on to the Amiga.
With the first Amiga screenshots available to any magazine Steven Tirem gets ready for Mortal Kombat II... MORTAL KOR In a market dominated by overhyped games, it takes something particularly special to get the console-owning fraternity chomping at the bit these days. Chun-Li, Ken and the rest of the Street Fighter gang are now dated and consigned to the beat 'em up OAP home, and in the attempt to unleash more bankable heroes, companies have resorted to animals, clay figures and large robots to fight their battles. However, from this wave of mediocrity, one game rose above the rest to
rekindle the beat 'em up craze and add a much needed breath of fresh air to the genre: Mortal Kombat II.
Whilst the original Mortal Kombat was dismissed as a dull fighting game using gore as a novelty, the sequel was far better received. With five characters from the original returning to the fray, seven new heroes were added and developers, Midway, beefed up the game in every department. Needless to say, console versions were always going to happen and only this month Acclaim's Super NES, Mega Drive and Game Gear conversions of Mortal Kombat II have become the largest-selling cartridge game ever.
Bridling with enthusiasm for their new wunderkind, Acclaim have now taken MKII one step further with the shock announcement of a forthcoming Amiga conversion - something unknown for such a predominantly console-led company.
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For those ot you who have had your heads in buckets for the past six months, Mortal Kombat It is a one- on-one beat 'em up with an oddball cast set to rival anything the Australian soaps can throw at us. It follows on directly trom the original, with the wizened warrior, Shang Tsung, returning through a handy dimensional gate to his Outworld home to face the wrath of the leader, Shao Kahn. As the plot unfolds, it is revealed that Tsung had been sent to organise the first Mortal tournament so the Earth’s strongest combatants would kill each other off, leaving Kahn's path through the dimension
gate and to power of our planet nice and clear. Needless to say, Kahn is less than happy with this and orders Tsung to organise a new tournament, dragging six Earth fighters through the dimension gate to fight six mutants from Kahn's army - one of whom will be Tsung.
The basic one-against-one battle format is set against a series of Outworld’s nastiest areas, with the scraps taking place in forests, armouries, and fragile-looking bridges. Each player is given an energy bar which is sapped with every hit conceded, and the winner is the one left standing. But, hey, you knew that already. However, one of the neater ideas of the original - the Fatality moves - has been expanded beyond all recognition, earning MKII a place in the annals of infamy. For the uninitiated. Fatalities are performed whenever the 'Finish Him’ sample is heard. By effecting a series of
joystick combinations in conjunction with complex button presses, players can tear off their opponent's arms, suck out their soul, or simply split them down the middle with a razor-edged hat! However, before the moral majority run to their phones to urge Mrs Whitehouse out ot retirement, fair play is seen through with the newly-added bonuses of Friendship moves and Babalities which, via different manipulations of the stick, offer a token of appeasement or revert the loser to a toddler respectively!
The unenviable task of converting Kahn's Outworld domain and its bizarre inhabitants fell to Croydon- based Probe. Veterans of the coding SCORPION: the Amiga uses.
However, because of the similarities between the Mega drive’s graphical facilities and the Amiga's, the impressive Sega sprites are being reused for the disk-based game with no visible loss of animation. Similarly, all the 32-colour backdrops of the Mega Drive version are being ported to, ensuring the conversion will look as close to the coin-op as feasibly possible.
If this sounds a little effortless and disappointing, though, don’t think for a moment that Amiga MKII is a quick cash-in. Because of the Amiga's plentiful memory and disk space, Probe are also taking time to add a few features omitted from the Sega version. The first major addition is an extra backdrop - Goro's Lair - which appears as a backdrop to one of the game’s three 'hidden' fighters, whilst the latter will be better sound effects lifted directly from the arcade board, meaning speech and suitably crunching effects galore.
CONTROL The main problem Probe had in cramming MKII into the Amiga is the control method. As regular arcade- goers will know, MKIts many punches, throws and kicks are pulled off using six buttons, whilst Amiga users and their trusty Competition Pros are limited to a mere one.
To combat this. Probe have updated an existing routine from the first game which allows die-hard fans to link a multi-button console pad to their machine, whilst the aforementioned Pro and Quickshot owners will get to grips with a game school, Probe have been responsible for such Amiga classics as US Gold’s aging OutRun, and were the team who so successfully converted MKII to the Sega formats.
Surprisingly, though, converting such a complex game to the Amiga has been a shorter task than you’d imagine, with Probe’s conversion now virtually complete following a meagre three months of development. The reason for this short period is that, as with any arcade conversion, most of the development time is spent converting the graphics from the arcade game's giant sprites down to the relatively humble figures Mortal Kombat II otters twelve lighters tor your delectation, each ot whom comes armed with tour or more special moves, two Fatalities, a Babalily and Friendship. However, also hidden
in the game are three more lighters Smoke, Jade, and Noob Saibot but the path to these mysterious combatants is hard to find. Still, let’s go meet the dirty dozen: reliant on one button. According to Probe, the latter does allow the player to pull of the full range of kicks and punches, but how we'll just have to wait and see. Every aspect of the coin-op seems to have survived the transition, and Probe's conversion is looking very nice indeed. Arcade fans will love the fatalities, Friendships and Babaiities, and beat 'em up fans will find that each character has at least four combo moves
to gel to grips with. In fact, of the literally dozens of moves within the coin-op, only one hasn't made it to the Amiga and as that's a humble sliding attack I reckon that's forgivable.
Mortal Kombat II is set to incur the wrath of ELSPA’s new guidance system. And will be unveiled, just before Christmas, with a 15 Rating warning those of the gore inside. You have been warned... Kahn's right-hand man was a wizened old ! First game. He has rejuvenated Into a younger ghter lor this sequel, though. The only character with hree fatalities.
Survivor from the first game. Dressed in ing a man in his tracks.
Double, but dressed in yellow! His to drag an opponent towards his le mutant leader of Kahn's army, and armed with tor slicing his opponents to shreds.
Rve guessed it, looks just like the first two Started life as a cameo character in the original utltul female warrior armed with throwing Fatality is the kiss ot death to end all kisses.
Ex-monk with a hat like Oddjob out of that film. When he throws his headgear, make sure returns for the second game, one of the easiest moves to pull oft.
Ot the first game, and more dangerous bicycle kick really has to be seen to dratted from Earth because of his the earth move with one good punch.
MEET THE GANG actor with an ego larger Steven Seagal look like Zsa as deadly. Armed with a her way to the top.
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OU duck: CHto play as you work your way around the United States in search of the ultimate challenge. Neil Axe is a kick- boxer, but Gangsta is more of a grappling man, whereas Reaper and El Capo can handle weapons and freestyle fighting respec- [ I tively. These different Millennium reckon they’ve found the hardest man on earth. Tony Dillon wonders why they didn’t pick him.
V S fighting styles should add a fresh challenge to the game, giving you the chance ,0 master multi- Hf pie combat techniques and strategies.
.Oe thing Millennium r keen ,0 stress is that this is a far more serious If you loo* back at the recent tjj release list for Millennium j* Interactive, you'll find that almost ng ** • put Out n two years has been eitlie- tactica or cute, completely avoiding any oifen- sive areas of the market. The console market is still rife with beat ’em ups.
However, and the Amiga has been title than such frivolities as noticeably starved of such titles. So it Streetfighter or Body Blows, even was with a smile on his cheeky face going as far as to name the game a that PR Guru Keith Smith announced light sim’. There are no daft ‘triple that his employing company had spin punch combo moves' as our signed the physical talents of Neil Axe friends on NMS seem so keen to
- one of the world's most renowned use. Instead all of the moves
in the martial arts experts, to create the ulti- game are based
on real Kung Fu, mate Amiga beat 'em up. With attacks that are
both effective and realistic.
STREETFIGHTER The secret behind this realism lies In true Streetfighter style, you can in the nature of the graphics them- choose from four different characters selves. Rather than draw the sprites for combat, Millennium have filmed Neil Ax8 'n mo,ion' P®rtormin9 each of the moves and then digitised them, cutting them out and treating e*011® locations abound a°y normal sprite In this game. Now boys graphic. The end impressive looking game, as the screenshots here show, and a game that shows the effects of a martial art in action.
Neil himself is a martial arts tutor in Aylesbury, and here he teaches a discipline based art, where he claims that “Never in Anger will you find honour". The four focuses of his course are Work, Discipline, Control and Dedication, and this is something that is reflected quite well in the game itself. Rather than play a full on attack, the game will be best enjoyed when played with skill. As Keith Smith says, the message is not one of aggression, but of dedication.
There is no excessive violence in the game, and unlike Mortal Kombat no- one removes anyone else's limbs, but like the PR man says: “If there is anyone who has the ability to remove someone's head, then it’s Neil Axe".
Scantlly-clad man attacks warrior In a sheet - could make for an Interesting tight.
Instead the aim is to bring the player closer to the Martial Arts experience, giving them an insight into the psychology behind it.
MARTIAL ART It might seem from all I've just said that Millennium are trying to glorify martial arts in combat, but that really isn't the thoughtful, I don't know what is.
Case. Neil Axe is a dedicated tutor. The game will be released in the teaching martial arts as a form of first quarter of next year, so for now body and mind discipline, and this is you'll just have to dribble over these something that the entire package screenshots and will follow. The game will carry a 15 wait until we rating, in accordance with ELSPA rul- have more mg. And the manual to the game will mlormation. JHwyOM carry a full advisory note from Neil Walch this -gj&S ' • y, _ Axe himself. Now il that isn't being space. 3 Yee-nau -Ilia hlckoul at ttie OK saloon. Taka your partner by 41
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I ore ZekJa-like antics are just I around the comer that is 1 New Year s day 1995 Legends is a Krisalis offering that's been in the making for nearly two years now. During that time it s changed shape many times, been mothballed, cancelled, re-initiated, talked about, canned again, mulled over, left in people's trousers while they've been through the washing machine and generally pushed aside.
No-one lost any sleep over it until a new graphic artist came along earlier this year and made it his own. Now it's WORK IN PROGRESS many games have had the word ‘Legend’ in title? Krisalis are obviously concerned that there aren’t enough. Alan Dykes thinks about it.
M a fully fledged project that should come to fruition by Easter 1995. Let me explain... RED INDIANS Naughty aliens have landed in different time zones on a cartoon planet Earth, and they're causing mayhem.
They've magically enslaved the inhabitants of four worlds, including a Red Indian (ooops! Native American!
World, an ancient Egyptian world and a medieval Arthruian mythology world. And boy have they made a mess of things. Mummies have come back from the dead, knights in shining armour have taken up parachuting, everything is confused Enter a little boy and his uncle (what a popular theme this is). Using a magic time machine uncle transfers the boy's spirit and soul to the different worlds and time zones where, with the aid of relevant weapons and the odd friendly person, he must save the world. I'm sure the Church of England wouldn't agree with this sort of thing but I don't believe Krisalis are
too worried about this.
So the scene is set for a massive scrolling map adventure with cute characters, dangerous weapons and absolutely tons of wild boar. Starting off as a little Red Indian, equipped with a bow and arrow, an axe and a curious medallion that induces earthquakes the first level, in the initial version I saw, is the largest by far.
BOW P.IWV BBRQW& It has been designed to be more adventuresome and less an arcade shoot 'em up than later levels. Though as the game gets nearer to completion this concept may change. Later levels have a smaller map but more frantic action and weapons include knives, objects that look like tennis balls, a spring loaded mace and the intrlguingly and painfully named 'ring of fire'.
At this stage the puzzles involve finding objects at one end ot the map which open doors or solve problems at others And some of the solutions are bizarre. At the end of each work) is a room with a tough- as-nails guardian.
SUB LEVELS There are various sub-levels which hark back to games of old. These include Tank Attack and a Space Invaders done, all in a contemporary setting jj of course ¦ The Space Invaders game takes place against a backdrop of the pyramids and the night sky where the main character shoots upwards from a rail trolley while a couple of friends winch him over and back on the screen.
The final and most difficult level will take place on board the alien's spaceship, though what sort of character the lad’s spirit will take over on board is still a mystery.
Due out on the A1200 and CD32 only a lot still has to be decided about the style of gameplay and difficulty level.
The graphics are cute and quite detailed and the amount of variety should mean minimum boredom There’s still some way to go so we’ll update this information in the new year as soon as a definite release date is announced.
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The award winning Video Backup System now has new backup modes for Amigas with a 68020 or a higher CPU. A new user interface that also runs on the Workbench screen, a two times speed improvement over Version 1.5, data compression over three times faster than Version 15 and you can also watch television on your 1084s monrtod VIDEO BACKUP SCART VBS SCART VERSION £65 VBS PHONO VERSION £60 VBS V 3 . 0 UPGRADE £20 CD-ROM DRIVE TURBO CALC OVERDRIVE CD external CD-ROM dnve comes with the wing features: PCMCIA interface.
Cc»jt lespeed drive, Emulates CD32 CD- IOM device. Multi session and PhotoCD compatible._ OVERDIVE CD-ROM £199 AMINET 3 SHARE £10 MEETING PEARLS £10 GOLDFISH £25 FRESH FISH 6 £25 AUDIO RESOURCE £23 This external PCMCIA Hard Drive allows you to fit a 3.5" IDE hard disk and included n the pack is the installation software which allows you to configure the drive to your own needs.
OVERDRIVE HD BARE £99 OVERDRIVE HD 360MB £259 TURBO CALC 2 Turbo Calc v2.0 is the unique software solution that defines a new standard to spread sheets applications on the Commodore Amiga. Expenence its unlimited capabilities in all relevant categories: Design Extensive formatting options All supported font formats No colour restrictions Various cell frames, including 3D option Freely adjust row width column height Functions More than 100 functions covering arithmetical and financial needs Intuitive input via mouse Diagrams All common chart types bar, line etc. Various filling patterns and
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MM CITY HO 00 SUPER STAR Wow, we’ve been waiting for this one for a long time. But now that it’s here, in all its Amiga bust* ing glory, was it really worth the effort? Alan Dykes becomes mayor.
If I told you that this was the game of the year I wouldn't be lying. But I would be accused of favouritism and elitism. Favouritism because not everyone in the office is into it as much as I am - let's face it S m C fyis hardly brimming with nail biting, edge of the seat excitement. And elitism because not everyone has 4Mb RAM and a hard drive on their Amiga A1200.
Yes. You have read the closing words of the last paragraph correctly. Maxis have gone out on a limb and made S m City 2000 a high spec machine game and to hell with the begrudgers. The reason for this is simple enough: the powers that be insisted that the Amiga conversion reached the same high quality graphics and interface standard as its Mac and PC cousins, and since it only runs properly on high end, all singing and dancing versions of these machines the same was inevitable on the Amiga.
A500 and A600 users can forget about it. Sadly there will never be a version for them. At 200 owners have two options; forget about it too or upgrade.
If I were you I'd choose the latter option. If you've been waiting for an excuse to do so I can't think of a better one, and imagine what a difference it will make when using other applications if you've got 2Mb extra RAM and an accelerator in your trapdoor and an Overdrive in the sideslot.
TWILIGHT ZONES Those familiar with the old top-down viewed S m City, one of the best selling Sim Games of all time, will find the interface and idea similar but vastly improved. You now have an angled side view, where you can see buildings actually being constructed, planes flying around, trains chugging up and down the tracks and little ant-like entities known as cars jamming up the highways.
Getting down to the nitty gritty it's all about planning: zoning land, providing power, water and a transport infrastructure, city services such as police, hospitals, firemen and education and, at a later stage keeping people happy by building beautiful parks and sports stadiums. All of this attracts people, good and bad, rich and poor to your city, who in turn pay taxes and float bonds and allow your metropolitan sprawl to get bigger and bigger.
At the beginning of the game you start out with a landscape which is either automatically created or done so with some help from you. The landscape editor allows you to speofy how much dry land, atorrestation and water you want and the amount of hils or plains, then, having generated a thing of beauty, you are given the option to mould it further. This allows you to do large scale landscape gardening and dream up some magnificent cities built high on mountains or on islands. Magnificent maybe, but hardly practical. Still everything’s a challenge.
Once you've settled on a landscape it's time to get things going so you zone some of that land for building high or low density industry, residential or commercial buildings. The other two things you need to do immediately is set up a generating station for electricity and put in some roads so that people can get about.
POWER AND ENVIRONMENT At the beginning of the game you start off with access to water, oil or coal power generation. If you have set up the landscape with plenty of flowing water then the choice is obvious, the only problem being that although they’re clean, hydroelectric plants don't provide an awful lot of power and can thus limit expansion. Most cities start off with the more expensive and pollution contributing coal generator, but it gets the job done and will allow a lot of city expansion before it needs to be supplemented. One point to remember though is that a generator has a life of
50 years before it needs to be replaced so this cost should be built into long term fiscal plans.
Plenty of roads, a good bus service and a train, possibly connected up with a neighbouring town will keep business flowing and at a later stage you can add a subway to your plan. Commercial transport is also very important and if you're right by a large stretch of water then a dock development would be a strikingly good idea. Once again, later on in the game an airport will also become available.
NEW TECHNOLOGY Where would we be without new technology? The answer in Sim City 2000 is nowhere. As the game progresses the marvels of the future become the day to day realities of the present as nuclear power and self contained » » village towers, Arcologys' rear their ugly heads Of course you could spend your city's whole existence with a nuclear ban in place and with leafy suburbs as the order of the day but you're never going to get rich, and the surrounding Sim Nation towns will outstrip your population many times over The level of detail is impressive and apart from sewage and dustbin
collecting I don’t think Maxis have missed a trick. There is even a military presence, in the form of navy, air force or army bases. If you have a port then the navy will bring extra funds to your city but il you have a nuclear ban In place you’ll never get the air force because they like their nuclear weapons, they do.
IMPRESSIVE EH?
Yes. Sim City 2000 is devastatingly impressive. When you start out raw at the beginning it's quite a good idea to have more than a cursory glance at the manual. It’s not that you won't pick up the idea by yourself, It's just that there is so much to do that unless you are forewarned the only indications you will (,have ,hal things are going wrong are
- jJT ’ **1 stow growlh and messages in the town newspaper that
all is not well and the citizens are unhappy The City Chronicle
is one of the most important aspects ol the game and you should
ignore its often ridiculous ram- blings at your peril. It is a
gauge of public opinion and. In general, if you fly in the face
of this people will migrate elsewhere.
You can start off at the simplest level back at the beginning of this century with a lot of money or, once you're ready for a real challenge, you can enter at the end of the century when technology exists and you have to move quick to remain competitive.
One way of raising more cash is to issue bonds to the populace This is expensive but you can't be prudish about borrowing if you're the mayor of a modem city, remember though that ultimately, in order to succeed you have to pay these bonds back, so you can't squander them. Well, maybe Actually it's great fun squandering bonds and building massive metropolitan nightmares, your ego swelling along with the city limits.
TOTAL CONTROL Sim City 2000s tool bar Halt} is well slructured and easy lo use. The lop 15 icons are used to mould Ihe shape ol your city, Irom moulnp earth, planting Irees, crealing lakes, slreams and de roning land (lop led. Digger and Iree Icons) lo proiiding police and lire stalions and enlerlainmenl in Ihe torm ol marinas and stadiums (bottom right, badge and balloon icons) The sign icon allows you to place signs and name buildings and areas while the direction arrows below il rotate the view The magnify and centering tool are nest down Below ihese are the charts, statistics, maps and
balance sheets relating to your city. The three coloured bars lo the right ol Ihe chart icons stand lor Residential. Commercial and Industrial and represent the level ol demand, expressed as plus or minus amounts, lor each ol these types of land in Ihe cily.
Right ol Ihe chart icons stand lor Residei and Industrial and represent the level ol as plus or minus amounts, lor each ol tf Ihe cily.
Windows relating to all aspects ol n be opened, and left open (below). Howt down screen updaling considerably, so Windows relating to all aspects ol running your cily can be opened, and left open (below). However this will slow down screen updating considerably, so avoid loo many DISASTER Then disaster strikes. How about an earthquake? Or an Alien invasion? There is a pop down menu entitled Disasters, any of which can happen to your city unless they are turned off. If you leave the disaster option on you had better make sure that there’s a reasonable fire department in your city and you have a
rebuilding fund built in to your long term budget And. Once you’ve mastered the game you can relieve the hard work of having to build another city and test out your skills on a number of existing scenarios, cities supplied by Maxis with more trouble on their collective plates than any normal mayor could possibly handle. If you’re confident of your skills you can take one ot them on and see how well they recover under your nurturing influence.
Vou loo can build a goldan pata bridge across the river. Grow your populace a hair long and make them sing hippy songs Wo«. Not quite.
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game and its long term testability. The menus and toolbar can
all be opened as individual windows and the amount of
information available means that there is never any problem in
finding a course of action to take - lor right or wrong. Your
cities can be as big or small, imaginative or plain, dirty or
clean as you please. When you get to a certain size you are
rewarded with a mayor's residence and the satisfaction of
achieving this is great - but you’re still only starling out.
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Eumpe. Sew Sum Alfmon Imibphirt DBS 78P GAME REVIEW n CM AMIGA Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, kill... Alan Dykes blows up some oddly named army vehicles in the name of, er, fun really.
It's odd what names the military come up with for their equipment isn't it? You've got the Fighting Falcon, the Challenger, the Buccaneer, the Comanche, the Sidewinder; I mean, the list could go on lorever and probably will. But I II wager no-one has ever thought ot calling a Helicopter a Zeewoll before.
Never. Only copious quantities ol bonce frying west country sun could do this to one and the lads at Binary Asylum have seen plenty ol that.
But that's not all! Liberally splattered all over this game (and I mean this literally, after you've been at em with your cannon) are Wasps, Sharks, Hippos, Rhinos, Pelcans and more. One day at the 200 and you've practically invented a whole new military vocabulary.
There is a story though, and a very eco-triendly one too. It's all about an evil corporation and a crusading good one. Nuclear fission, pollution and public relations; but in Tine shoot 'em up tradition it doesn't mean a thing once you've started playing.
It could be said that Zeewoll is like Deserl Strike with polygons, bul I'd rather not. While the idea is similar.
Zeewoll manages to be sufficiently original, and not just presentation- wise. For a start, flying a Zeewoll is much more realistic than than its cartoon EA counterpart With the use of detailed polygons it swings and sways in all the right places and at all the right times so it looks the part. I am also lead to believe that it genuinely does perform like a real helicopter and without first hand experience of flying one, I'm prepared to believe this.
While the use of polygons for the helicopter has resulted in realism the opposite has to be true of the landscape which suffers from a lack of detail in stark contrast to the whirty- bird. The same goes lor some ol the vehicles which appear nicely 3D in form but not so hot in terms of shape.
Indeed, like the Zeewolf it's the smaller objects, like missiles and missile launchers that look best.
It may seem as though I'm unfairly criticising the polygon effect but I'm not doing so maliciously In fact it's a damn sight better than some polygon games of old, while avoiding the colourful excesses newer games like Guardian. It's just that it lacks a certain polish, a certain excitement.
ACTION! MAN!
Once the action begins you tend to forget the scenery though. Equipped with cannon, rockets and AAMs all concentration has to be on defending yourself and destroying the enemy.
On Ihe main flight screen the tactical window is flanked by an armour bar and a fuel bar. These being pretty self explanatory. In the top left-hand corner is a tactical map which shows your position in relation to objects and land masses that are reasonably near. In the centre is a current status box which indicates what weapon is being used and how much ammo you have. And finally, in the top right-hand corner, is a target window which is linked to a forward looking camera and acts as an approximate target viewfinder.
The controls are simple and easy to remember, becoming natural very quickly. The space bar toggles between weapons, of which you have three types: Cannon. Air-To-Ground Missile and Air-To-Air missile. The first two have to be aimed accurately, while the latter is a fire and forget device. As the game progresses you can collect more ammunition for the gun and carry increased missile loads. The other major controls are landing gear up-down and H' which lowers a winch.
The missions are carried out for money, which acts as a scoring mechanism and a way of increasing your combat capability in later levels - and believe me you need this. The first few levels ol Ihe game are merely for practice, as you soon discover when you try to tackle the other 27.
You start off shooting up light armoured vehicles and the odd missile battery, but as you go on you encounter much tougher opposition in the shape of gunboats, known as Sharks, air interceptors that look like a cross between a Stealth Fighter and a Harrier and radar directed AA missiles. Among others The concentration of enemy also increases lo ridiculous proportions, until you find yourself being hammered from all directions.
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This is using joystick control. If, however, you want to be a complete head-case: a genuine, certified, shoot-up-those paddy fields-and- smell-that-napalm-every-morning type of pilot you've got to try mouse control. You need a good mouse, a good mouse mat and a sense of humour, but once you've mastered it you'll enjoy the game even more. I must admit that I'm still cutting grass whenever I try this but when I do get it right it seems much more natural, more intuitive than joystick control.
Overall Zeewolt is a fast (see boxout though), reasonably tough and involving heli-based shoot 'em up. Because of its polygons it's infinitely more realistic than the Strike games, but also a tad more boring - if that's the right word.
Zeewolt comes on one disk, and even though it takes a couple of minutes to load it works like a dream after that.
Passwords are supplied after every four missions so once you master the controls and get to killin' some enemies you need not go through the mundane stuff again. In the final analysis I was always hungry for more, and that's what everyone expects from a game.
Zeewolt is first game from Binary Asylum, if they can match or better it next time around they've got a bright future ahead.
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GAME REVIEW GA FIELDS OF GLORYM When you deploy a unit, the commander Informs you or the Prussians ever so poin,!, „hen the oblectlve Is reached.
(Blucher). Then you select a skill level, (ranging from the lowly 'Conscript', which forgives basic military blunders, to 'Guard', which pitches you against a computer opponent with the tactical brilliance of a Clausewitz). You can also choose from a number of opening deployment options: Historical - which disposes the armies with historical accuracy; Non-historic - which is a suggested deployment but allows you to move some units and Free Deployment - which allows you to move everything within the bounds of a predetermined level of realism.
Fighting the battles is easy as pie.
Select a unit and a window appears which gives you the low-down on its strength, formation, attitude (i.e.. MOUSE 2 1 YES 2Mb Microprose's new strategy game. Fields of Glory, reenacts the battles which decided the future ot Europe following Napoleon's dramatic escape from the island of Elba in 1815. The campaign, which climaxes at Waterloo, includes five other battles, Nivelles, Wagnee, Quatre Bras, Ligny and Wavre. Two of these. Nivelles and Wagnee are of course, war fans, entirely fictional.
FOG is a hybrid, half strategy, half combat and features MicroProse's COCS (Close-Quarters Combat System) which lets the player see things happening close to (well about as close as you’d get to a troop of Britain’s' finest). It's very like the combat system in Dune 2.
You use the mouse to direct your army and watch as your orders are obeyed. This system is a sweetie and manages the action smoothly and quickly. FOG also features a zoom-in, zoom-out facility which enables you to view the carnage at a range of one, four or eight miles.
DIORAMA The game looks like an animated diorama. As action is joined, units move stiffly but smartly into position and because the graphics try to create the illusion of a kind of cyber-table top - rather than the reality of say, an episode of Sharpe, they leave most of the work to the imagination - which is a neat trick. It's easy to pretend that you are controlling events from a nearby hill-top and viewing the action at close quarters through your telescope. During engagements opposing forces sort of meld into each other, but zoom-in and you'll see sabres waved about, vollies fired and
smoke mushrooming from artillery pieces. To complete the picture, the sound boys have added the appropriate, crackles, screams, whinnies and booms.
FOG'S programmers have taken great pains to be as historically accurate as possible. They’ve included as much detail in the game’s database as might be required by the avid wargamer, or digested piecemeal by the curious. The manual packed with information and reads, appropriately enough, like a history lesson in miniature. The producers obviously hope that you will study it at length, because Harry Attrill, a man with a passion for history but about as much wargam- ing experience as Charlie Mouse, plays Microprose’s latest and advises: ‘Steady the Buffs’.
As I quickly discovered, its not hard to win a battle without knowing what's going on. You are probably getting away with playing only half the game and can therefore expect only half the enjoyment. But, if you can win comfortably knowing zippo about the Napoleonic War, where is the incentive to read the manual? And won't the buffs know it all anyway?
But let's cast any doubts aside for the moment and play the game. To begin, the first though, if you triumph at the first attempt (as I did) and at a respectable level of difficulty to boot, whether there is sufficient incentive to fight a battle again merely to improve your score?
Only, I suspect, if you want to fight the perfect campaign.
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After a few days playing Fields ot Glory I was beginning to doubt whether it was any good. I, a strategic Norman Wisdom, had on at least six occasions, thrashed the pants off the much vaunted armies of Imperial France, by the the simple tactic of attacking everything under the Tricolour. They obviously don't like it up 'em sir, those Frogs. I did assaulting, deploying, holding etc). So, issue some orders, sit back (though not for long because the game is played in real time and bags of other stuff is happening all around you) and watch your boys giving it to the enemy hot and strong.
Messages pop up throughout the engagement when an objective is reached, when a prominent general or commander is killed and if, as in the case of the Prussians at Waterloo, a new unit arrives eventually loose at Waterloo playing without anything remotely resembling a strategy and at the hardest level but not without a titanic-sized struggle.
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Ii i It seemed as though Bullfrog could do no wrong with the top-selling Populous, Powermonger and Syndicate behind it and Theme Park on the way with great expectations.
Most of which were fully met when it finally made it out in September of this year. Unfortunately it could be Ihe last Amiga game to emerge Irom Peter Molyneaux's Berkshire development house and the big problem for fans of Theme Park was that it was AGA compatible only.
Why, if overall Amiga software sales are decreasing, does someone bring out a game which works on less than half of the used Amigas in the country? The answer is that because Bullfrog are developing mainly for PC nowadays an AGA version was easier lo convert immediately from thal format. They had always planned an all Amiga version, but weren't quite sure if and how they could do OVERALL 92% to convert immedia mat.
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This could be the biggest selling A1200 only game ever - and now it’s available for non AGA machines too. Ernest Lee takes it for a ride.
It properly. But they have. And it's good.
LESS DISKS Giving this game yet another page ol editorial in yet another magazine may seem like overkill. I could have saved mysell both time and energy simply by telling you to buy the blasted thing and stop reading about it because it's brill, but then you wouldn't be getting value (or money wilh one sentence on Ihe page, would you? However if you've read our previous review of the A1200 version (Sept '94) and like the sound of it then stop reading right now, there are no changes in gameplay and minimal changes in graphic content, in fact the biggest difference is that there are less
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However, for those as yet uninitialed in Theme Parks ways and who haven't bothered trying out this month’s exclusive Christmas cover demo here's how it goes.
You inherit a lorry load of money, how much depends on the level you select, and build a Theme Park for the hell of it. You start off in dear old England by default, because it's cheaper than anywhere else in the world (now aren't you glad the government blocked the EC Social Charter, making us more competitive) and make paths, set up shops and attractions and charge 'little people' money for partaking in the merriment.
The first difficulty level is called the Sandbox game, where you are given access to rides and staff and only have to plan things properly to keep the punters happy; which may seem difficult at first because they are a demanding bunch, but soon gets easy and turns into more fun than challenge.
Difficulty level two is known as the Sim Game, which not only provides you with less money but less initial resources too. In this game you have to deal with labour unions, research and invent new rides and improve park facilities and amenities.
The highest level of difficulty is the Business Game where you have to juggle more figures than ever, keeping shop stock levels high enough without tying too much money up in stuff that's not selling fast and buying and selling stakes in other, rival Theme Parks. This level is by far the most involving, won't put it down until the early hours of the morning, part. It is complicated and major profits will be lost if your money is put in the wrong place.
There is also competition from the other (computer) theme park owners.
GRAPHICS Graphically this game is as cute as can be. There is a slighf loss of detail and animation qualify in the transition from AGA, but the characters were never that accurate anyway and the whole cartoon look is admirably retained. Theme Park is easy to pick up and play and the tutorial introduction is brilliant, allowing beginners the chance to get an idea of how a park is constructed and functions without being too long or laborious.
Theme Park is more accessible but also more quirky than a game like Select your rides from this little bunch.
Sim City 2000 which, I suppose, is its nearest rival (though not on your A500 A600). It appeals more to the business and fun-minded and to something in our childhood past rather than the egotistical world builder in all of us. It is a brave and original title and although I’m afraid I wouldn’t play it for ever, unlike our original A1200 reviewer Cal Jones, I can heartily recommend it to all sim fans. A500 9 A500. 9 MOO 9 A1200 9 A150D Bt A2000 9 A3000 9 AAOOO 9 ELECTRONIC ARTS, 90 HERON DRIVE LANGLEY. BERKSHIRE SL3 8XP.
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a) Walk very slowly towards it looking all sleepy and wearing
only your stripey pyjamas.
B) Dress in your finest clothes and stride proudly towards these
travellers from another world', only too aware that you
represent the entire human race.
C) Pap your pants, grab the biggest, nastiest gun you could find,
and run screaming at the ugly silver gits, trying to
rearrange their stomachs using high explosives Yes. Me too.
Strange isn't it, because that's exactly what MicroProse
thought. Rather than write a game based around meeting nice
little aliens with messages of love and a cure for hiccups
(i.e. drinking a pint of chip fat while holding your ankles)
they've taken the angle that says, "you haven't got the same
number of arms as me, so I'm going to kill you".
And to be brutally frank, I'm glad!
To get to the point, UFO is most definitely not a game about putting on nice white jump suits and offering home-made fruit cakes to small green fish-people. It’s about kicking serious alien butt, using some ot the most satisfying weaponry you'll find this side of Jabba The Hutt's bedroom.
U F WHO?
UFO: Enemy Unknown, places you as the leader of a united Earth force known as Xcom. Basically, following a number of UFO sightings - not to mention human abductions and cattle mutilation - the combined nations' leaders have decided that enough is enough, and it's time to get together and show those nasty aliens exactly who’s several hundred
C. icn youiMtt. DMd .lt.ii and you con open turn up and tncfc
your hand, inatda. Brnaaml years behind in everything!
It's now down to you to make best use of the funding put your way to build a global network of bases, not to mention hiring the best scientists to research recovered alien artifacts, and to manufacture more potent weapons.
You start with a few decent interceptor aircrafl, plus a healthy supply of ground troops just gagging for a chance to kick some serious ET bottom (or whatever this particular race are equipped with in the 'pants' department), along with money to invest in new facilities, more equipment. Or better staff.
You can accelerate time, and as the days pass, sighting reports will start to flood in. It's at this point you can test your military might, sending in your interceptors to shoot down the aforementioned cigar-shaped blighters. Should you successfully knock any alien craft from the sky without either destroying it completely or dumping it into the sea, it s time to send in those troops to do their stuff.
This is where the game changes radically from a strategy game to a turn-based action affair in the Sabre Team Laser Squad mould (which is not surprising since UFO is written by the original LS authors!)
Isometric strategy is the name of the game here, with your individual soldiers having to make the best use of their given time units. To walk costs so much, as does shooting, climbing, opening doors etc. Kill any surviving aliens and you'll walk away with toys galore, not to mention improved funding from the country Involved.
YOU F O!
UFO deserves a big pat on the back, as it manages to combine some excellent strategy ideas with some top action (complete with big guns and bigger explosions) to create a satisfying overall package. The strategy bits on their own are rewarding enough, with your scientists making more and more discoveries as time passes by, but coupled with the action sections. UFO really has something to otter.
It's hard to do the game any justice in a single page review because there are just so many things to look at. But UFO really is an enormous can OVERALL 89% of worms just waiting to be emptied onto your bed (I think I'm going to be sick - Ed.) The only major criticism that holds UFO back from the 90% plus scores, is the fact that the enemy turns during the isometric battles, can sometimes take up to ten minutes (a problem the onginal Sabre Team suffered from).
Still. I admit to have loved Sabre Team and the original Laser Squad, so call me biased and call me easily pleased, but whatever you do, don't miss out on the many many hours of gaming that UFO has to offer. 'S) MICROPROSE £34.99 USOOH ISM. Q ASM(3 A1210 V aism)3 amai 13 Aiooo f3 a.oso rA MICROPROSE . THE RIDGE. CHIPPING SUDBURY. AVON BS17 6AY.
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So far football has only succeeded in being absorbing from an overhead view scenario or In management form. It's ironic that despite the tact that the World Cup took place this summer not a single truly great football game came out during those months. There were one or two mild surprises and one bitter disappointment but all the rest were rubbish. Now however, with Christmas approaching, the floodgates are open and the Amiga is showing its footie prowess one more time.
No-one was looking torward to FIFA Soccer more than me because, if truth be told, I'm pretty useless at ELECTRONIC ARTS the old top-down games It's a horrible admission, but when you keep getting whipped at Sensi by blind, one-armed octegenanans and members ot stall from other EMAP magazines you tend to feel like giving up. But then, one bright day in sunny south London, on a Mega Drive ... I beat somebody playing FIFA! Problem being, I wouldn’t normally touch a Mega Drive with a barge pole. But now EA, in a final burst ot passion for the Amiga, have saved me the social embarrassment
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VIVA FIFA FIFA was a bit of a revelation for our console chums. Not used to the sort ot football tare we take tor granted on the Amiga it was leapt upon and awarded all sorts of accolades. But how does it measure up to 'computer1 translation?
It the truth be told. FIFA is tremendous tun in two-player mode.
There’s none ol this piddling around with pea-sized characters, watching scanners'; it's good, clean, healthy isometric action with a gigantic hoola hoop stuck to the feet ol the player you're in control of. Just in case you can’t figure out which one it is.
The viewing perspective and the quality of the animation are the two key ingredients that make FIFA stand out over other soccer games. You play diagonally (at a 30 degree anglej up or down the pitch and a control panel allows you to toggle between normal joystick up, down, left, right control or the slightly more bizarre but game triendly angled control where the upright joystick position makes your player run up the tield while the down-left position makes him run down etc At first playing downfield seems to be a disadvantage: the 30 degree angle would appear to make things more
difficult, but once you get used to it there's no problem - It s just like playing down tield in any other football Sim.
Sprite animation is where it’s really at though. This is easily the nearest thing to real' football in terms of presentation. The players' running animations are gorgeous and when they do a shoulder charge, head the ball, do a diving tackle, or a keeper saves a goal it just gets better. In the past animations like this have tended to look out ot place or have been maddeningly slow, but in FIFA everything happens with pace - especially on an At 200.
PACE UNITED On a 500 600 FIFA is good, on a 1200 it's great. It's so last it outpaces the console original. Control is easy too, and supports one or two button joysticks and the original's three-button joypad. However, for lootball game purists this is where FIFA tails down Regardless of how many buttons you have available it just doesn't have as many moves, and isn't as intuitive or skill intensive as Sensi or the tirst two Klck-ofts.
I mentioned the two-player mode eadier on and this is really where the game comes into its own. It's pure tun to play and you don't have to be a twitching maniac with 20-20 vision to learn it. The moves and their execution may be simple but you still need skill and quick responses to win and what FIFA lacks in computer game joystick bashing credibility it makes up tor in look and realism.
OPTION CITY It there's one thing EA are keen on it's their options and statistics. They love 'em, but manage to make them extremely palatable tor the rest of us too. Options include five weather conditions, which change the state of the pitch, grass or astrotud tields, three loul settings, manual or computer goalies, halves of between two and 45 minutes and Action' or 'Simulation' modes, the latter results in your players getting tired as the game drags on.
Once you've decided on the Because of Itw odd playing anglo you also eat to choose an odd (oystlck angle 4 III At w a Cant mil* v GAME REVIEW CU AMIGA 1 50 100 £33.00 100 250 £75.00 250 500 £135.00 500 1000 £270.00 1000 £30.00 100 £40.00 £70.00 250 £90.00 £135.00 500 £170.00 £255.00 1000 £320.00 aoove you get to cboose the team and Diayers’ skill ratings.
Tte formation, the players' coverage how much ground the defenders, mid- elders and strikers cover) and the style of play - all out attack, all out defence, long pall etc. Finally, dur- play you can make substitutions, change strategy and all sorts of other groovy things.
And once it's all over EA's statistics men tell you how many shots at goal you've had and how many saves etc. DISK WANDERER So what are its downsides then? Well, not a lot really. As I've mentioned before the controls are too simple for some, which means that there’s not enough scope for arcade skill development (this doesn't really concern me). And while the At 200 version is faster than the Mega Drive, it’s a bit slower than the Mega Drive on other machines but by no means unaccept- ably so. No. FIFA's worst crime is the length of time it takes to load and its disk swopping shenanigans.
Patience is the order of the day here: not only does it take several minutes to initially load the game and get started but every time you finish a match it takes almost as long to get another one going. Hard drive owners will be delighted to know that it is installable though, and this saves considerable time.
I really like FIFA, it’s a bit American in concept but this is a product of being an EA Sports game (Madden’s Yank Footie, NBA etc.) and has to be expected. It is very slickly put together and presented and quite easy to pick up and play without making a fool of yourself. This is not to say that though. With all its options, speed and realism FIFA is great fun to play and watch and has real long term staying power. However it will never wean the true football fanatic off Sensi. Also, unless you have a hard drive, it can be hard to live with - it just doesn't have the plug in and play facility
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IT'S THIS BIG Needless to say it is an enormous game, spanning over 63 levels. Well, actually there are 23 levels but these are subdivided into a myriad of smaller levels, which make it all the more difficult to get through.
There are a vanload of characters for you fo choose from, all of which have been divided up into six categories: Warriors who are the best fighters; Paladins who are also good fighters but have magical skills too; Thieves, who are best at nicking things (obviously); Assassins who are excellent at using ranged weapons (ie bow and arrow); Clerics, brill spellcasters, and Magicians with brill magic abilities.
Each character has their own unique inventory so its best to play around with different combinations.
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Crystal Dragon is puzzle-intensive.
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The on-screen interaction is good.
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Platform games'. The graphics, sound, and most of all playability had people raving up and down the country. But how has it carried over to CD32? Is it just another tired old port, not taking advantage of the capabilities of the CD32? Or is it a real true blue stormer?
First the plot. You control a boy named Bubble. Bubble is an everyday lad who, one night finds a small gentle creature called Squeak in his cupboard, who explains that he is the Hereeeeeee s Bubble and his trusted trlend Squeak. Aaah don’t they look sweet.
Only one of his race who has escaped the evil Kat Of Nine Tails.
So, the basic idea is that you have to save Squeaks’ friends who have been forced by the evil Kat Of Nine Tails to work in the porridge mines on the planet Grool. Along the way you will have to kill the Kats' evil henchman (ranging from robots to snakes to pink, flying elephants), and negotiate some puzzles. The idea behind each level in the main game is to get Bubble and Squeak to the end of each section, a goal post where they are ported to the next level. The player only gets to control Bubble and.
On your command, Squeak will remain still or follow you. Af first I thought this would be a hindrance, but it turns out that you couldn’t complete the game without each other, and is no hindrance at all.
You can move about in different ways. First of all there is the bubble gum mode, which allows you to jump onto Squeak's back, and then you can either blow bubble gum to kill aliens, run super fast or even fly.
Squeak has even more to him than that though. When he is standing still, he can fling you into the air so you can reach those hard-to-get places. Also, when Squeak is standing still you can kick him, This sends Squeak flying across the screen, so he doesn't have to walk everywhere.
MORE THAN MOST It is in essence a platform game, but there are other distractions too. If you pick up a submarine token you get to play the end of level shoot 'em-up.
This is great fun, and is a welcome break from the main game. There is also a sub plot where you can collect diamonds and with every fifty diamonds you collect you can free one of Squeak's friends from a dome. To do this you stand beside the dome and the diamonds are automatically thrown in. The dome explodes and the creature escapes.
All of these distractions are nice, but not essential.
GOOD GAMEPLAY?
This game is great to play. The scrolling is smooth, and the controls are fairly instinctive. However, in the heat of the moment it is easy to press the wrong button, especially when you have a choice of four.
This can result in you having to start the level, perhaps the game again.
The levels are very well designed, and there is always an urge to go one level further.
Unfortunately, some of the jumps can be a bit too tight, which can be frustrating if you constantly fail to make it. The puzzles aren’t real brain teasers, and usually involve combinations of the different moves with Squeak, and stacking springs and flowerpots to get to places that are usually beyond your reach. This is essential and it is possible to get stuck if you make a mistake.
If you do get stuck there is a code system which enables you to go to the level you reached. Unfortunately this code system can be a bit annoying though: Because there is no keyboard available you have to choose each letter at a time. This doesn’t take long but if you are trying to get back into a game quickly it can be frustrating. And if you press the wrong button you go straight to level one, so it takes even longer.
However, this type of frustration only illustrates how much you want to get back into the game.
The sound and graphics are impeccable, and the animation is fast and smooth. Some might say the lack of an animated introduction takes away from the presentation, but it can't take away from the game.
The characters really give the game a lot of atmosphere too. And small touches like when Bubble kicks Squeak around a maze of corners, and Squeak ends up flying around the screen at a hundred miles an hour are nice touches.
This is a highly polished, well presented game with cuteness and ultra playability. I love it, but why don’t you see for yourself.
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Universe was one of the best adventures of 1994 on Amiga so I was glad to see it appearing on shiny disk. One of the original’s (admittedly rather minor) problems was the amount of disk swopping and the thought of avoiding this filled me with glee.
The basic premise behind Universe is that a young lad, Adam, from Houghton-Le-Spring gets caught up in a space-time adventure after experimenting with a device in his mad uncle’s living room. This lands him on an asteroid in another universe and he has to find a way back home before his mum c hauled over the coals by social services for abandoning her son several million light years away from home.
Hmmm... seeing as the intro text clearly makes him out to be a computer games player you’d think he would know by now not to do this sort of thing. Plots eh? You can't live with ’em, you can’t live without 'em.
BEAUTIFUL Universe is brimming with beautiful scenery and involving puzzles and il doesn't take long to tigure out the menu system. This consists of a number of primary and secondary icons which allow you to pick things up, pull things, examine, talk, attack, use objects, wear, jump, join objects in the inventory and so on. The menu is easy to understand and becomes automatic after a while.
So I plugged my mouse in and started off. But wait! The mouse doesn’t work! Rather than the user friendly point and click interface of the computer version you've got to scroll through the icons with the CD32 joypad using the blue button to bring up the menu and the red one to select. This really is tedious. Surely a mouse option would have been possible?
Time added on for menu manipulation will be more than made up for by virtue of the fact that the game loads immediately from CD though, right?
Well yes and no.
Getting lost is something Alan Dykes is very good at so we sent him into Universe again.
It still takes some time to load the game, though not as much as the swoppy floppy version.
Unfortunately it's not as smooth as it might have been and there are some noticeably jarring problems with screen updating on, for example, an asteroid at the very beginning.
Make Universe too difficult for beginners and annoying for experienced adventurers while the joypad menu system is much more ungainly than a mouse-operated one. Pity, rjT Another feature that misses the mark in the CD conversion is the save game feature: there’s only one. Adventures are should be equipped with several, and the original was.
These allow you to go back to find something you’ve missed or avoid something which kills you off too soon after you load your latest saved game. This is an unfortunate omission and one which, I’m afraid, shows up the limitations of the CD32. The save interface remains exactly the same as the disk version, which looks odd too. Perhaps re-programming this section of fhe game rather than porting it directly would have solved these problems.
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RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW GENRE: ADVENTURE TEAM: IN HOUSE CONTROLS: JOYPAD NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 1 Does Universe have any saving graces? Of course. Despite these porting problems it remains a solid adventure. The graphic backdrops are stunningly put together, character interaction is great, the puzzles aren’t too difficult and quite intelligent and the plot develops as you go along - rather than starting out with some idea of where you're going to finish, you only find out as the game progresses. This latter feature fills Universe with surprises and makes you want to play and play.
SOUND ???????*??85% LASTABILITY ???•??????68% PLAYABILITY ??????????75% A great Amiga game, let down badly by m porting problems. J I could and did recommend the original for all adventurers but I am much more hesitant about this version. The single save feature will OVERALL 68% CU AMIGA CD32ZONE Run for cover, Lisa Collins has got a pool cue and she’s not afraid to use it.
Ft Arcade Pool on the Amiga was a good tun game tor any pool tan So I was interested to see how well tne game transterred over to the CD32 As an interesting distraction Team 17 have also managed to cram on a playable demo ot the brill plattorm game Superfrog and a rolling demo ot the much-awaited Superstardust to boot.
Anyway back to the job in hand. I was well prepared tor Arcade Pool.
Having spent most ot my teenage years hanging around pool halls. I'd seen the Colour ot Money'. I knew how to pot a ball without making embarrassing scratchmarks on the baize - no computer pool whizzkid was gonna beat me. Or so I thought.
However alter several humiliating defeats by my CD321 decided to lick my wounds and go back and practice my shots In the custom game.
SO MANY CHOICES Alter a couple ot practice rounds I was ready tor battle. But which game was I going to show oft my newly honed skills? The choice in Arcade Pool is endless. You can play UK 8 ball pool, US 8 ball pool, US 9 ball
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Tournament or challenge Survivor is probably the best game to play it you happen to have a tew friends handy as up to eight people can participate and take turns to pot a ball. It you miss you lose and lite and the last person left In the game is the winner.
US 9 Ball is another good diversion if you want a break away trom getting involved In lengthy tournaments. Here you must hit the lowest numbered ball otherwise you lose points and eventually the game Though it you are a die-hard pool tan perhaps the tournaments are the most involving. In each tournament you can choose to watch the other matches belore you play your own or skip slraighl through lo yours.
Alter your match a screen comes up detailing your skill level and your opponents and even it you are knocked out you can still go on to find out who won the overall tournament.
POOL SHARK You don't need to be a shark to play Arcade Pool For a start there's an online manual that explains all the rules ol each game. Also, the control method is simple. A cue pops up before each shot and to help you along there's an option to preview in which direction the cue ball will end up after you've taken a particular shot. This option is extremely handy it you are a newcomer to pool as you learn to judge where your shot will leave the cue ball and so go on to set up more shots for yourself It's also a great way tor learning the best way to ricochet the cue ball ott cushions and
what way a cue ball will end up it hit a certain angle. All you have to do is drag the targetshaped cursor over towards the ball you wanl to hit and when you're happy with the position press fire and you're away. You can also vary how hard or soft you want to hit the ball using the power bars at the bottom of the screen.
BAIZING-STOKE Apart trom being able to alter the colour ol the maize, the table foction.
Skill levels, number ol players and so on you can choose what background music or atmosphere you want. The music varies trom bluesy tunes to a poppy-jazzy type tune oddly named 'thang' or something similar. But the background noises which gnpped me most were the pub atmospheres which consisted ot people chatting drunkenly in various pubs.
I must admit that when I had the pub atmosphere on I couldn't quite concentrate on playing pool, I kept trying to listen in on the conversations and started to get annoyed because I couldn't quite hear what was going on. So, in the end I had to opt tor the pool-hall track just to get myself back on the job in hand which was trying desper ately not to lose the match against my ace computer opponent In all. Arcade Pool was a good game on the Amiga and It is still a good game on CD32. Any pool fan will enjoy and novice rookies will learn a thing or iwo about judging a shot which can't be a bad
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BUDGET CORKERS COMPILATION BLOB The lirsl game up lor a prod in this new compilation from Core Design is Ihe puzzle-like patience and frustration tester, Blob As Blob, a globular chap with big leet, you are presented with a number ol levels lo complete, each constructed from layer upon layer ol tiled platforms. You view Ihe action from above as Blob, using his single skill - namely bouncing
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I ¦ ¦ I personally find Blob far loo frustrating, not to mention harsh in the way it penalises Ihe player lor every slight jumping inaccuracy Although Blob is a lab 'n' groovy little fella', I just got sick ol watching him tumbling otf the screen, screaming death. Still. Blob is most definitely a game lo be reckoned with (providing you've got Ihe patience that is).
OVERALL There’s no real bad apple in Corkers, because depending on whal genre you enjoy, you'll probably pick a different favourite and a different, er... not-lavourite once you’ve gone through the lot. I personally lound something decent within all of these games as separates, and at a fiver a piece, I find it hard to fault the overall package. Definitely worth purchasing, especially if you've never seen any ol Ihese lilies. Bloody good VFMI .
Overall( WONDERDOG Wonderdog was received with a mixture ot marks on its lull-price release, but remains a well-above average platformer. There's nothing ground breaking lo report as lar as game play goes, wilh the normal assortment ol platform sweeties - secret rooms, moving platforms, bonus icons etc. - along with a halt-decent character to get acquainted with. The plot is also ol the normal fodder, wilh you against a world tilled with terntying seagulls and manic hedgehogs.
Wonderdog, the game, is certainly cute enough, and with an excellent spattenng ot levels, features and baddies, should keep you going and that's it really.
Though unlikely lo really blow your socks oil. It's lair lo say lhal WD does Ihe job without any luss.
BLASTAR Blaslar adds a shoot em-up element to the compilation, utilising the age-old 'R left, rotate right, tire’ control method. Presenting you with a number ol 'wrap-ari planets to conquer, each complete with specific targets to destroy, Blaster is a s pie tella to get to grips with.
A scanner at the bottom ol Ihe screen gives an indication ol Ihe main targets I positions, while an endless supply ol insect-like baddies hassle you. Ship improvements can be collected along Ihe way. Increasing firepower and overall I ship performance but other than that, you jusl have to fly around and kill every- I thing you see Blaslar is nothing stunning, but with an interesting graphic style and some decent I end-of-level guardians, it's I certainly one ol Ihe strongel lilies within Ihe package. I FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX Digital Integration £ 1 A.99 Coming trom those clever people,
MicroProse. Formula One Grand Prix is, nol surprisingly, almost a llight simulation Wilh detailed, complex game play, not to mention the MicroProse trade mark huge manual and one tnl- lion camera views, FOGP is by no means an easy game to get into. That said, however, it you do have the time and patience to learn, there's a excellent game wailing to be lound.
Though the on-screen graphical ettects are sometimes a bit sparse. Ihe action is smooth and last, while the car emits a whole selection ol.
Er car-like noises In a very car-ish way (Thanks. I think we get the message. Ed).
Formula One Grand Prix shouldn't be mistaken tor a simple 'bash round the track’ allair.
Il is, to give credit where credit's due, more of a racing simulation.
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Operate the floor tile next to the square where you begin the level and read the book about the level story. Pick up the match trom the bottom ot the room and light it on the grill. Operate the tap so the fire goes out and take the chicken leg, insert this into the carnivore to open two chests, and take the record and the necklace. Pick up the paper with 'hello' written on it, pick up the warming pan, the phrase book and the paper and the paper with 'go to sleep' written on it, then operate the floor tile it was sat on, take the small coin.
Put the record on the record player and pull the lever, a tap appears, put the warming pan beneath the spout and operate the tap, put the lit match on the coals to re light the fire then put the full warming pan on the grill, this changes to a hot warming pan which you put on the bed to receive a sleep spell. Put the sleep spell on the table in front ot the counsellor, he goes to sleep and you are rewarded with a potion of voices so you can imitate the counsellor.
(VUTBE4STIE Stand in front of the beastie by the door, drink the potion then look at the paper which says 'go to sleep’, the beastie thinks you’re his master and obediently disappears.
Put the small coin on the black paint and take the penny black, put this in the stamp album and take the key to unlock the door.
If you try to unlock the door while the beastie is still there, you will die Warm bed pans, sleepy councillors and chicken on a stick are just some of the main contenders in level four of Lisa Tiinnah’s complete solution to Valhalla and the Lord of Infinity.
Mimm 4 AND THI ittfLD OF INFINITY for your trouble. Travel up the passageway and avoid the open door, instead pull the lever which allows you into the room on your left. In here notice the slave who apologises for stealing something. Take the pieces of paper with 'yes' and 'no' written on them, read the book about the counsellors, walk to the far left of the room where one of the bishops hands is situated and operate the floor tile in the corner to find the dentures.
Room where the guilty slave lives and insert the coin in the telephone, a voice says 'hello', look at your piece of paper that also says hello to answer the voice and the two chests open to reveal the Bishop's staff and a piece of paper that says: 'I want a summons’.
Go to the door at the top of the passageway, picking up the flower on the way, pull the lever to open the door and then go inside, this is the counsellor's chamber. Pick up the piece of paper that says, 'you are forgiven' and put the Bishop's staff Go back to the first room and put the dentures in the glass by the bed, a lever appears which you pull to gain access to the room on the left.
In here you find the Bishops' shrine, the Queen's shrine and the Psychic’s shrine, you can leave the picture of the Prince and his father as it is a red herring for a conversation you can have with one of the counsellors which will lead nowhere.
On the Bishop's other hand to get th- candle, the third object for the Bishop’s shrine. You should now have the Bishop’s ring which you place on the bishop’s hand in the room where you found the dentures it disappears and in its place appears a potion of voices to allow you to imitate the Bishop.
Stand opposite the slave, drink the potion and look at the piece of paper that says, you are forgiven’ ir your rucksack, the slave produces the shredding machine which he stole and you can put the phrase book on here to shred it into several pieces of paper with phrases writter on them.
Put the candle on the Bishop's shrine and put the book you found in the first room with the candle at the front. Operate the floor file by the fj Ti 1 SHRINE OF THE 1 1 1 IJA IT'S ME - MUMMY Walk up to the counsellor’s chambe and look at the counsellor who is awake. He asks you who you are sc reply using the piece of paper in yoi rucksack that says the gardener’ When he asks you to prove it put th, flower on the table in front of him ar it will change into a blob of glue, the counsellor goes to sleep and anothi counsellor wakes up. Look at him and he asks you what you want, answer him using
the piece of pape that says to see the lord’, he then asks you to show him a summons.
You can now venture through the open door which locks behind you.
The key which jumps between two COMPLETE SOLUTION CU AMIGA beds each time you try to take it can oe salvaged by dropping the glue onto the table in between the beds.
This will allow you to get out of the room, operate the floor tile and take the potion of lightfeet. Put the neck- ace in the jewellery box, take the queen’s crown and the pawn. Put the pawn on the chess board in the counsellor s chamber where It's exchanged for the queen's chess piece, put this on the bed to glean the second phrase book. Drop this on the shredding machine taking care to remove all the pieces of paper from the first phrase book first, and take several more pieces of paper, one of which says, ‘it’s me your son’.
STAMINA QUEEN Put the Queen’s crown on her shrine and she will ask you who you are, pul the piece of paper which says, ’it’s me your son’ on her shrine then look at it, this will change into another potion of voices which will allow you to imitate then Queen.
Making sure you have the piece of paper which says ’the gardener’ and the paper that says, ’I want a summons’ go into the Queen’s room and face her secretary. Drink the potion of voices that says, ‘I want a summons', the Queen's secretary asks who it's for so tell him it's for the gardener. He miraculously produces a summons which you drop in front of the counsellor to be replaced by a large scary looking door key.
Before you brave the passageway filled with smoke-breathing dragons make sure your stamina is at its fullest level. At the top of the passageway pull the lever and enter the Lord of Infinity’s chamber, the door locks behind you. Pick up the caterpillar then stand on the plinth in front ot him then look at his face. He asks you who you are so tell him you are a humble slave, when he asks you what you want tell him you want to swear allegiance. Then he asks you to bring him food and put the caterpillar on the Lettuce leaf to reveal a floor tile, operate this and take the bone.
In his bedroom find a tarot card and another piece of paper that says, it’s me your son’.
G. VE THE DOG Give the bone to one of Infinity's dogs and take
the door key to get back out. Make sure your stamina is topped
up. Put the tarot cards on the Psychic s shrine and take the
crystal ball, put this on the black silk to get into the two
chests, inside these you’ll find a thimble and a spell potion,
put the thimble on Ihe tapestry in the Queen’s bedroom which
is exchanged for a needle.
Travel back up the passageway to Infinity’s bedroom, drink the spell potion and look at the spell book.
The chest opens revealing Infinity's diary and a loaf of bread. Give the bread to the Lord of Infinity who then asks you if you are loyal, say yes.
Then he asks you if you have heard of the Prince of Valhalla so say yes once more. When he asks you if you have seen him say no and when he tells you he’s heard rumours tell him you've heard nothing. At this point he will ask for his night-cap and will hand you his VOODOO DOLLS Before you go and concoct his favourite drink insert the needle into the voodoo doll, walk through he door, turn right and stand in front of the lever.
You are now inside a maze where the King's crown is hidden, each time you pull a lever you will fall through the floor so save the game, drink the potion of lightfeet and don’t waste any time, one false move and you will run out of potion before you reach the crown.
When you have retrieved the crown retrace your steps back to the Queen's bedroom where the King’s shrine is situated, put the crown on the shrine and when the King asks you who you are, put the piece of paper that says, 'it's me your son’ on the shrine and look at it. The paper disappears and in its place you'll see the light of Valhalla, enclosed in its glass case. Now you have your deadly weapon fill Infinity's chalice from the tap in the Counsellor’s chamber and top it up using the tap in Infinity's bedroom, then stand back on the plinth and give it to Infinity.
After he has taken his favourite brew he places a staff on his table and says.’l know you don’t I?' Say yes but when he demands to know who you are don't answer him or you will die.
Instead take the staff and return to his bedroom where you may have noticed a chasm, use the staff to get to the other side then pick up the tape recorder, and when you operate this a voice says Prince of Valhalla.
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She’ll kiss your lips and bite your ear, And love you through the night.
But when the morning comes my friend, She’ll leave you, as she must.
And return to lie in satin shroud, Beneath the graveyard dust.
Be careful lads.
Some women will take you for better or for worse, but Vampyra will take you for all you’ve got.
I am in the Ice Maze, but I can't get past the room in the castle that has a big green troll and a fire extinguisher in It. I have a paper clip, a bag of money, a match, and a gold bar.
Kevin Thornberry, Lancaster.
TWTi’II you could try telling the troll W a bedtime story about the three billy goals gruff and hope that he falls asleep. In fact I think it would be a very good idea to wait until he falls asleep, so why not hide behind the pillar in the centre of the room until he starts snoring. Once he is asleep, pop out and use the match with his foot. If he wakes up, hide until he sleeps again. Walk towards the monster and fight it using the box of matches. Finally, pick-up the fire- extinguisher and you will then be magically transported back to the village.
KINGS QUEST IV I have just got back from the desert island where the pelican was. And now I think I have to get the axe from the Ogre's House, but every time I go there I get killed David Badcock. Tasmania.
know just how you feel - If I had just got back from I desert island I would be looking for a chopper as well. However, lets finish this silly game first. You are supposed to get the unicorn and you should have used the spade to dig up the bridle on the island. The bridle is under the sand, right in the middle of the wrecked boat. Move Rosella to that location (and you must be pixel-perfect) and type Look at Ground'. If you've picked the right spot you ’U get the bridle.
Before you go inside the Ogre’s house you must turn yourself into a frog, swim behind the waterfall and find the bone which is lying there.
While we are talking about this game I'll help a young lady from Norway who signed herself as ‘Sarah the Snow Vampire’.
This ice maiden can't escape from the whale's stomach although she has the peacock's feather that's needed.
It's an awkward puzzle, but the idea is simple enough. You simply climb up the tongue and tickle that dangling thing with the feather. There is one tiny spot on the tongue which is a different colour to the rest and it’s here where you must stand. Try climbing from the right-hand side towards the middle.
POLICE QUEST 2 I am in the airport near the car rental lot. I have shown the photo to the agent, looked at the list, and found Luis Pate. At this point a business man appears on the screen and I don't know what to do. Can you help?
Alan Davies. Bristol.
RTThcre are lots of things to do at the
1. Airport, not all of them are essential, but you will get
points for doing them. Did you check the front plate of the
black carl Look at the rearview mirror and dust it for
prints.
Radio for a tow truck to take it away. Buy a rose for Marie from the flower girl. If you sneak into the Gents’ Ibilets (not something usually do) you can find a gun hidden inside the cistern - extra points if you dry it with the electric wall dryer.
Go to the lady selling tickets and after you've shown her your badge and mug shot you can ask for the passenger list.
Walk to the man selling tickets and get a ticket to Houston. After you've been to the car rental and seen the list exit screen left and show your badge to the guard. You are now free to head for the plane.
FOR A n I have been playing and enjoying this game lor the last lew months. Now that I have almosl completed Ihe game I have come to a standstill. It appears that in order to progress I must lay my hands on some tools.
However, no matter how hard I try I am unable to tind them anywhere.
John Byrne. Gibraltar.
T Tbu are correct that at one point
A. you do need to find some tools, but you can only do certain
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be 16:30 when you head for the kitchen and here you 'U find
the can-opener. Now you can open the hatch and find a crowbar.
The crowbar can be used on a certain plank which will get you another useful object.
The final tool which can be obtained is a screwdriver from the engine room.
M*9sVkW I need to know what to do with the Death-Head Moth Pupa. I also want to know what to do with the pilot’s
I. D. which I found in the hotel room in Rio.
P. S. In James Dean's grave there is a telephone, should I be
able to take this as I can't seem to be able too.
A Nonny Mouse!
Tylon 9 From Outer Space has con- A sistently been voted the worst movie ever made. However it took some genius of a programmer to think of turning it into what is possibly one of the worst computer adventure ever written .
You can use the pilot’s I.D. with your passport photo to make a new I.D. As for the pupa you won't need that until later in the game where you will find yourself inside a museum, at that time you can hand over the object to the curator. Don’t bother trying to take the telephone for it’s no good to you. I have had to go ex-directory on the phone but it does have its compensations - now when I get an obscene phone call at least I know that it's from a friend.
‘Anybody who says this is a man's world can't be too bright about other things either."
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know about programming the Amiga, that Commodore haven’t told
you yet’. Perhaps that was just wishtul thinking, because this
certainly isn't that book - Mr Babel is a strictly
by-the-rules guy, so there is nothing about the Amiga hardware
in here at all. Instead we are treated to a brief and extremely
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Obviously my programming preferences can’t be a criticism of the book but the concepts which are present are not explained in enough details.
Examples are thin on the ground. Worse still, for a new book, is it incredible that there is no reference to anything more advanced than an A3000. Kickstart
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is unfortunate that no attempt has been made to update it. In
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re-wording the official documentation. In the Guru Guide he
seems to have taken this to extremely, and has left out almost
anything which has been covered before, anywhere - which
leaves a very large book which doesn't say anything of great
interest.
If there was ever a course held on the Amiga’s Operating System in a university, this book would be the large, expensive and boring one on the book list that many bought but no-one actually used. Even the large number of extremely amusing quotations can’t bring me to recommend this to anyone other than those who plan on re-writing the OS to their own satisfaction, and need all the information they can get.
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Silicon Prairie Software have now released HyperCache a similar sophisticated utility for the Amiga. Cache programs work on a simple basis: they read part of the disk in advance, keeps this in memory and when you next load data it is already in memory saving loading time. This is, in essence, what HyperCache does. The key to the whole process is how much RAM you want to allocate to holding the data in advance, the bigger this cache area the less times the software will need to refer to the disk drive and thus the better the performance. But one of the key reasons we have disks is so that
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Take morphing for example, late in 1992 morphing programs appeared on the Amiga, from GVP and ASDG, only afterwards did similar programs appear on the Mac and PC!
Fancy playing God for a few hours? Join Andy Leaning as he builds worlds, creates new lands and recreates Americ, Construction Set.
The same was true tor 3D landscape creation tools. Back in 1991 Amiga developers were busily burning the midnight oil. Creating what was to be a new type ol software - 3D landscape generators. Impulse released the Imagine Terrain module, Natural Graphics unveiled Scenery Animator whilst the eventual champion Virtual Reality Labs unleashed Vista. Mac and PC tans once again had to sit back and watch with envy as Amiga owners created stunningly detailed and lifelike 3D landscapes and put them to imaginative use in animations, games, films and demos.
Several years later the Mac and PC have finally started to catch up with the Amiga lead in 3D landscape creation, with the likes of Vista now also available for the Mac.
But worry not, a new program is about to appear that will once again push the Amiga to the WHERE CAN I GET IT?
World Construction Set will be available from Questar Productions, tel: 0101-303 659 4028 .
Price around $ 195. UK availability was being sorted out as we finished this preview.
KILLER The World Construction Set.
WCS, is a huge jump forward in terrain creation and will once again push the Amiga ahead in terms of 3D graphics.
The version I looked at was a beta copy, the program is still in development, but even so it's still obvious that this is going to be killer program when it's released. The program not only adds many facets that Amiga users have been asking for in Vista (adding IFF backdrops to landscapes etc) but also a whole wodge of professional landscape modelling facilities that builders and architects will find invaluable.
WCS creates similar images to Vista but achieves its results in a different manner. Vista works by loading a DEM (Digital Elevation Model
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direction and then rendering it. To these base parameters you
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FIVE OPTIONS WCS has considerably more parameters and as such has a far more complex interface - but because of this it is less intuitive. On loading the program you are presented with a simple tool bar showing you the five options.
The five options are actually five modules that control the different parts of the program, clicking on an option takes you into the module and brings up further option screens allowing you to tailor just about every aspect of both the world you are creating and the camera moving around it.
The sheer number of options available make it impossible to describe them all here, instead I'll quickly run through the five options which will give a good idea of the overall capabilities of the program.
The first is the Database menu. From here you can load predefined terrain maps - WCS doesn’t use the same file format as Vista although the authors hope to implement this in future, but rather its own standard or create and edit your own. The editor allows you to create terrain and then add different ecosystems to the surfaces.
Following the database module is the Data Operations Module. This allows "the introduction of data produced elsewhere" in other words to load 3D landscape data from other programs.
The program lists support for DEM files. United look so normal. By changing a faw parameters widely different DUCT PREVIE States Geological Survey formal Digital Land Grid files, AutoCAD DXF files, • and Relative Elevation DEM files. In essence if you want to create images | of the United States you won't have a problem - every bit of the US is avail- • able in a file format supported, to an accuracy of 90 metres! Apparently they : are also looking at supporting data for oiher parts of the world - such as the • UK. The DXE file supports allows the addition of man made objects to land- j
scapes, boundaries and roads are obvious possibilities.
HOUSING ESTATES The third module is called MAP View. This allows you to view the landscape ' doking down on it, in a 2D manner, allowing you to plan out animation motion • paths. It can also determine what points are visible from a location - so you : could show what view is possible from a new housing complex you are plan- I ning to build. If data is available for the UK this capability could earn quite a : few bob for users with the right connections in the building trade.
The fourth module allows you to edit the parameters of the program. This • leads to a subsequent menu allowing you to change camera settings, ground : element colour, edit the ecosystem types and set rendering variables.
For camera setting there are a simply bewildering number of possibilities, • ranging from camera altitude, latitude and longitude, and position of fhe sun : to distances at which haze becomes visible, fog and shade effects. The colour menu allows you to define fhe colours used for fhe different types of j surface and light - so you could define the sun light to be purple, the water to : be red. And the tundra to be pink - if you wanted. • Ecosystem editing ensures that you can completely configure the ground : coverage used in your world. Want to change the height of the trees? Or is : the sea
level to low? How about the altitude at which the snow settles? It's all • possible with WCS. : IFF BACKDROPS The final menu in this group is the Settings menu, from here you can set the '.
Output resolution, background type (one colour, gradient fill, 24-bit IFF or • Sculpt images), scaling, polygon generation (the more polygons the more ; detail, but requires more rendering time) etc. This menu essentially effects I global parameters which could be applied to any landscape - rather than ; elements specific to a particular landscape.
The final option is the rendering module and clicking on here sends the I program off to render your desired image or animation. Although we were • testing a beta version several things were obvious from using it and the : images created, even at this stage.
Firstly that the program produces very realistic images, disconcertingly ; so. Vista creates landscapes that look good but are obviously computer j generated, WCS created landscapes that looked more like real life land- • scapes that had been digitised - a subtle but distinct difference.
Next this program is going to be very popular amongst serious animators • and the 3D rendering community. Taking a landscape created with WCS • and compositing it together with rendered images produced a stunning : results - it's ability to use 24-bit IFFs as backgrounds, to output 24-bit IFF • renders and supporting Lightwave motion paths make ideal as a compan- • ion to Lightwave in particular.
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The original Amiga paint program, Graphic Craft, was primitive by any standards, and it wasn’t long before better programs started to appear. So, in November 1985, just a couple of months after the Amiga was launched, Unlike paint packages which allow you to paint and change pictures, image processing programs do nothing but change existing pictures, applying a range of different affects and processes to your images, ie merging two pictures together, resizing pictures and converting the file formats. On the Amiga the two best image processing packages are ImageFX and Art Department Pro.
Now a new package is under development which Almathera, its developers, claim is far more Electronics Arts released a program written by Dan Silva - Dpainl 1. Although this early version wouldn’t compare to modern Amiga graphics packages it set the early standard and was undoubtedly responsible for attracting many thousands to the Amiga faith.
Since then Dpaint has grown up, and other similar programs have been launched, and Dpaint along with other programs have established the Amiga as one of the leading computers for 2D painting.
Dpaint 5 and release 2 of its main rival, Brilliance, include simply masses ot features to help in the creation and editing of 2D pictures.
These facilities include different media types (pencil, crayon etc), flexible brush handling, numerous paint modes, support for 24-bit (16mil- lion colour pictures) and plenty of different drawing tools.
But 2D picture creation isn't the only thing the Amiga does. Alongside these paint packages another new type of graphics package also sprung up - image processing applications.
Advanced than Dpaint and the like as it includes many of the image processing capabilities of AdPro and ImageFX and borrows more than a few features from some of the best image editing programs available on the Mac, ie Photoshop.
The new program is called Photogenics and I spent the best part of an afternoon at Almathera watching the programmers: Paul Nolan and Jolyon Ralph, putting it through its paces. Then, gleefully, I got to play with it for the better part of a week before giving this test version back.
Let’s get the basics out of the way first, Photogenics will only work on Workbench 3 systems. This decision, although bound to upset many people, means that the programmers can take full advantage of the capabilities of Workbench 3 and aren’t held back by the restrictions of previous Workbench incarnations. The program works internally on 24-bit data, but renders the viewing image down to whatever screen mode you have chosen and it supports HAM, ECS and HAM-8 Photogenics makes maximum use of windows.
All options are displayed in movable windows and each picture is displayed in its own window, with the window contents resizing as you resize it.
The more astute of you will have noticed the key words 'each picture’ in the previous sentence, yes Photogenics can open multiple pictures at once, all in separate windows - making chopping and changing between them very easy. On a small TV or monitor you probably won't have enough screen real-estate for many more than two windows open at once but on large monitors this can be a real bonus.
A BIT OF BOTH Earlier on I mentioned that Photogenics was a combination of paint program and image processing application. In its most basic form this means that you can paint as you would in Dpaint but you can also apply numerous special functions to your pictures - like ImageFX or AdPro.
But it doesn't stop there - the program can do a lot more. Not only can you apply any of its image processing functions to the picture as a whole, but you can also paint with these operators and the effects are applied according to the type of brush being used. So, for example, you could paint with a PRODUCT PREVIEW CU AMIGA i!7TW- Copyrnht e 1994 Paul Nolan & Alnathi ¦ III Rights RtserviP 3| StarBaso.iff24 : 641x481 (1.1Nb Notice the thumb nail display ot the pictures loaded at the bottom. Moving the mouse over a picture here displays the actual size etc ol the Image Hodes IaddOust flddNoise
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Although I only had a brief time to experiment with these facilities it looks certain that they will provide artists with an ability to experiment and create visual effects simply not possible, or as fast, with any other Amiga applications.
Also of interest is Photogenics1 Alpha channel which works in pretty much the same way as in other graphics applications: take one picture, mask out the area to be affected and then apply the effects to this area, a common effect is to mix PAINT TOOLS Fancy finger paint perhaps the odd No will cater for your tastes (no matter how strange they may be).
The final list hadn't been set. But our version supported AirBrushes.
Biro, ChalkPastel. Cloth, Crayon. DryBrush.
FeltTipPen, Finger, MarkerPen, Neon, PaintBrush, Pencil, Sponge and WaterColour.
The screen below shows many of the effects possible with these pens.
The pens used here are, from left to right, top to bottom, Watercolour. Finger, Cloth, Neon, Airbrush, Pencil, Marker Pen, ChalkPastel, Sponge, and FeltTipPen.
As the masked out area with another picture. Combine all the aforementioned features with comprehensive Alpha channel and picture composition and Photogenics is sure to be a hit in the artistic community.
CHANGES!
Another innovation, they keep on coming, is the program's way of making changes. As practically every Amiga owner will know, when painting you normally create your object, then when you want to change the effect you undo the operation and redo it. Almathera has thrown this concept out the window. Their view is that when painting you often want to try something out, frequently changing what you’ve just done. The same applies to image processing. It's rare that you know exactly what effect you want to apply and what settings that effect will have. As a result you frequently end up painting,
undoing and painting again and again ad infinitum.
Photogenics takes the reverse approach.
When you paint or do something it isn't set or permanent - to change it simply click on a different colour or type of operator and whatever you've just done changes correspondingly. It only becomes permanent when the ‘FIX' button is clicked on.
You can experiment to your heart's content using this approach, and although it takes a little while to get used to it's actually a very natural way of workingl I found this feature very useful when I was experimenting with the space station shown on this page. I wanted to alter the colours by shifting the Hue. But I didn't know by how much, so I experimented with various values, and only fixed them when I was happy - not having to undo each operation saved valuable timel Almathera has also taken the view that if their program is to be taken seriously and used in professional environments it
must support a wide variety of file formats, to this end Photogenics can load and save in most major graphics formats. This includes the obligatory TIFF, IFF, and JPEG plus Photoshop, PCX, and Giff to name just a few.
The program will also recognise foreign formats automatically when loading - no selecting the format first then loading.
HARDWARE Joining this support for foreign file formats is support for scanning and digitising hardware, Almathera intend Photogenics to support as many different hardware devices as possible.
Photogenics already allows grabs from the Vidi digitizer, and there are further plans to incorporate drivers for other scanners and digitizers.
Also, as the program works on pure 24-bit data it is ideal for working with 24-bit cards (OpalVision, Picasso etc). And in this respect, Almathera are aiming to make their application support as many 24-bit graphics boards as possible.
In all, Photogenics is shaping up to be a mighty powerful program, and I certainly look forward to reviewing the final program when it's released later in the year. It’s certain to ruffle a few feathers as just the few features I had time to play with here showl The screen shots above shows the wealth of image processing operators in the version I looked at. This list will probably grow and change in the final release version, but it’s a good indicator of the power that Photogenics will have.
Photogenics will be available, for around £60, from Almathera who can be contacted on 0181-687 0040. A full review is on its way. & hotogenics through the barriers of your imagination.
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Looking for a 3D modelling and rendering package? Confused by the different programs? Look no further, Nik Lines brings you the ultimate round up of the top three 3D programs on the Amiga.
A rJ rlTJ Casi your mind back to late 1986. In computer shops around the country, an incredible plague was appearing in any available window space.
The plague was known as the Juggler demo and is quite possibly the only disease to be contracted visually. Once Juggler had been seen, an irresistible urge to buy an Amiga followed. For those who didn't contract the Amiga virus trom Juggler, let me explain: one ot the first animated demos on the Amiga was ot a robot juggling three metal balls and I still remember closely scrutinising the animation and eagerly pronouncing that "You can see reflections ot the other balls on the balls'.
This was new. This was animation. This was ray- tracing. This was on the Amiga. Eric Graham, author of the masterpiece, beavered away to produce Sculpt 3D. One of the first commercial ray tracers for the Amiga. At the time, this caused a storm: $ 99.95 bought you a software package capable of modelling complex objects and rendering them in all their glory using phong shading, different colours and some limited texture ettects. This rendered image could be saved as an IFF or even to 24-bit hardware frame buffers. Remember this was 1987 now. And 24 bit was still very high end. The Amiga
crowbarred its way into the 30 market... The original bouncing ball demo - Ihe 3D graphic lhal started it all otl. This was the first time a home computer had been seen running an animation with reflections and such like.
Soon, the raytracing bandwagon was well and truly rolling. The Silver appeared trom Impulse offering power along with a new definition ot the words "user unfriendly". Then Sculpt came along and added the dimension of time and animation. Turbo Silver appeared, offering more power yet no real interface improvement. When Newtek, a small company at this stage, was primarily making video digitisers Activa ottered Real 3D which gained many A QUESTION OF SPEED By now, most people have heard ot a device called the Raptor which otters incredible rendering power for around £15000 plus VAT. With this
little beauty. Lightwave renders can be achieved at around 40 times the speed ot that of a | 4000 40: guile nippy really.
For Real power though. RealSolt can provide Andre I (Automated Network Distributed Rendering Engine). With this, you can render on as many machines as you have on a network including more Amigas. Pentium Pcs, Dec Alpha | workstations (nippy) and Silicon Graphics stations.
Contrary to popular belief. Lightwave hasn't got the I monopoly on snappy rendering: check with Activa UK lor more information as they've got two Dec Alpha workstations linked up at the moment.
Followers with its unique hierarchical system. Turbo Silver grew into Imagine, offering yet more flexibility and a new interface. Many more packages became available, all with strengths and weaknesses.
Imagine 2 arrived and gained many followers because of its flexibility. Then Newtek got bigger and created a video revolution with their Toaster editing system, which came free with a rendering package called Lightwave 3D.
Fast forward to 1993. Activa announces Real 302 with an incredible list of features such as skeletons, b-splines. Soft shadows, depth ot field and much more. Imagine 2 program disks can be had for a pittance and raytracing is undergoing an explosion on the Amiga. Imagine 3 is announced claiming to do everything you could ever require from a ray tracer. The Toaster is heavily used in TV. With names such as Babylon 5 and SeaQuesl DSV under its belt. Lighlrave. An intriguing system allowing Lightwave to be run on PAL systems without the Toaster, is released yet it is prohibitively expensive
and technically illegal.
Newtek are not happy with this situation and announce that Lightwave will be available legally for PAL systems. Which, by a fairly direct route, brings us up to the present. The Amiga is still ruling the 30 roost. Real 3D is at revision 2.49, Imagine 3 has arrived (only just) and Lightwave 3D 3.5 is still recovering from jet lag.
As each of these three packages have a price tag which will stretch mere mortals' wallets you'll want to know where you stand when you're buying one - or at least dreaming of it. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin BUST THAT JARGON POLYGONS Two dimensional structures with any number of sides. These are linked together in three dimensions to make objects SPLINES Mathematical models capable of simulating almost any smooth curve.
B-SPLINES Splines in three dimensions, allowing for incredibly smooth, non-faceted surfaces.
IMAGINE 3 After a long wait and the release of Imagine 2.9 to whet registered users' appetites, Imagine 3 has arrived. The box is excitingly plastered with suitably cool renderings and the standard blurb telling you this is all you'll ever want as a raytracer. Imagine's way of working has been to provide a different editor for different elements in the creation of your masterpiece, Consequently, six editors present themselves upon loading and each must be mastered to get the best from this system. Objects can be quickly constructed in the forms editor. The detail editor can add to these or
create further objects from primitives, points and faces. Splines can be edited in the spline editor and fonts can be loaded here to be turned into objects. Movement is defined in the Cycles editor. The scene editor lays out part of your animations and fhe action editor fine tunes this.
Imagine also provides a bones system with kinematics. Complex skins can be tacked over simple bones and can then be made to move when the bone moves. This allows for natural-looking movements which work well, but all is not what it should be: the manual explanation of how Imagine’s bones work is bad. Animation is achieved either with the cycles editor, action editor and scene editor.
Practically everyone I have spoken to regarding Imagine thinks that the addition of stales (for animation) is the best feature, making animation much easier and I agree.
Imagine provides a wealth of procedural textures: more than Lightwave. These are superb, if somewhat memory consuming. There's no limit on the amount ot texture maps you can apply to an object, either. Textures are worth the upgrade charge alone to registered users of version 2.
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the stage editor.
Ability to save and load AutoCad DXF tiles, which are the closest thing 3D has got to a standard format. However, this version seems buggy when loading and saving. Imagine crashes with alarming regularity on a 10Mb machine - push it to anywhere near full memory usage and stand well back - it’ll take the whole machine out, not just it’s own task.
Another nice thing with Imagine is the Boolean operations. However, these can cause 'strange' error messages and the only help the manual provides is: "Try moving one of fhe objects". Global and local effects have also been added such as lens flare, depth of field and more. These are all set up in the action editor's window and are well featured if a bit complex to use. All is not rosy with Imagine though. The fwo major things determining the usefulness of a program are, in my opinion, the interface and the manual. Imagine's user interlace isn't bad. But needs a complete rethink. I was
most at home With The familiar four views ol a 3D Imagine 2s interface and not much has changed since that but after using fhe other two packages, Imagine has fhe silliest interface: why take six editors to do fhe work of one? The infuriating refreshes, which cannot be interrupled, drive you up the wall: press fhe cursor key twice in rapid succession and it redraws your wireframes twice. You've got to wait for the first update to finish, then the second one.
The manual is nol bad, proving you can switch your brain off to some of fhe grammatical errors, and typos (nobody's perfect). It's a major step forward from the Imagine 2 manual though.
It’s worth mentioning that Imagine offers the Even when there were no problems with lack of memory, Quick Render locked my machine (and others I tested this on) completely for around 30 seconds.
LIGHTWAVE Lightwave has two sections to it: Layout and Modeler. Objects are built in Modeler and are then coloured, textured, surfaced, positioned and animated in Layout. Modeler appeared fiddly but then grew on me. The tools it provides are simple yet effective and are all in one place (unlike Imagine).
Freeform modelling is a bit tricky, but the Magnet tools (which displaces points in a defined box depending on how close they are to the centre of the box) amongst others make this possible.
Subdivide, used to create more polygons and hence a smoother object, has a very useful option of metaform. This tries to smooth objects: start with a box and perform metaform subdivide a few limes to get a sphere!
One problem that should be mentioned is that the boolean functions are not quite perfect, they don’t produce the expected results all the time.
Modeler provides a tri-view of your objecl and an either static or moving preview of your object.
This preview can be grabbed and rotated with the mouse and is again a very good feature.
Polygons that are created in Modeler are given a surface name - to Modeler this is nothing more than the name. Ten layers (or worktops) are provided. These can be either in the foreground (active), in the background (inactive) or simply off.
Another point worth mentioning is that a grid snap is automatically on. I like the grid as it automatically resizes when the zoom changes, but it can be disabled if needs be.
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IF YOU CANT SCI WHAT YOU WANT PLEASE PHONE AND ASK!**** ing. Animation is simply achieved with keyfram- ing but this leads to very quick development ot complex scenes.
Lights are either point sources or spot sources and their intensity throughout an animation can be controlled using an envelope.
Envelopes are a graphical representation of an attribute of a particular thing and exist for most things, such as light intensity, lens flare effect, zoom factor, fog controls and more.
Lightwave is now famous for supporting lens flares and the effect is simple to produce: the lights menu has a toggle switch to turn a light into one. Lens flares are nice, but overused in my humble opinion (but it didn’t stop me from using them - oops!)
Textures cannot be mixed: you are limited to one at a time. However, every attribute (specularity, colour and all) can have a map controlling it.
From here you can load Individual object* Into Lightwave.
A good feature is the displacement map (just like Imagine's strangely named Appliqu£ map) which moves polygons according to the grey value of the pixels closest to the polygon on the map.
Another nice one is the diffusion map, which changes the intensity of the objects colour but not the base colour.
For example, you can create a pink object and use a green marble map as a diffusion map to get pink marble - excellent.
Motion blur and depth of field (both controllable with envelopes) are available along with field rendering.
Layout will also import a wide variety of different formats; many more than the other two.
REAL 3D Real 3D approaches the 3D world from a totally different perspective. True CSG is employed along with b-spline freeform modelling. What this equates to is Boolean operations that work and smooth surfaces without any faceting. The package still offers polygon capabilities, but not in the same way as any other package I have used.
There are many different ways of making and manipulating polygons in Real, and it's beyond the scope of the review to go into them here. It's slightly immaterial as Reals true power lies in b-splines.
Imagine any surface and with time, patience, skill and Real you can create it.
For freeform modelling, no other package is quite as powerful.The way objects are linked together in Real is unique, too. Forget grouping or parenting, a true hierarchical system lies at the heart of Real. Objects can be put into levels in much the same way as files can be put into directories. Anything above the current level in the hierarchy is a parent, so actions taken on the parent affect the children.
Levels play a vital part every part of Real, including boolean operations and animation features.
There is no limit on the amount of texture maps placed on an object. These maps can be parallel to a user defined plane, spherical, cylindrical, non- directional, circular or can be made to follow any b-spline surface. Different 'handlers’ for different aspects of the texture can be controlled using mathematical formulae. Reals FORTH-like RPL language and more.
Animation in Real is also completely different too. Think of a way of moving an object and Real will probably have it. Briefly, Real allows ‘methods' to be defined, and there are currently 26 on its list.
Of course, things can follow a path (and be made to rotate to follow the path too), but so much more can be done. 'Sweep' will gain many friends as it allows a pivot point to be defined for an object (or objects) and then the motion of the other end of the object to be defined. To model a leg walking is simple with this: the hip is the pivot point, and the knee moves in an ellipsoid path.
The hierarchical level system provides extra assistance: for example, in the leg model, create a level inside the hip level with the shin moving (pivoting at the knee and sweeping at the foot) and you're there.
Another feature of it worth mentioning is Reals true particle system with collision detection.
Collisions are still only around 80% accurate but at least it offers the facility which the others don't.
Real, like the other two, supports bones. The joints of the skeleton allow the friction to be changed.
Controlling how accurately the object follows the bone at the joint. Bones are a very well implemented part of Real and are refreshingly simple and powerful. Rendering controls are all there too. If b-spline objects are taking too long to render, the option exists to convert them into as many polygons as you want for rendering.
Renders of any size can be put out to a file, window or directly to 24-bit boards. Depth of field is available, as is antialiasing (to different levels!
And motion blur. It's worth mentioning that Real's soft shadows (or penumbra) are true shadows and are correctly formed, unlike Lightwave.
Finally, Reals user interface is completely configurable. It can be made to run on any available screenmode with whatever configuration of windows you require. This, contrary to what some people think, is not a bad thing.
Your workplace can be exactly how you want it: triview or single view, single or multiple select windows (for picking objects out of levels), as many tools as you want on screen and much more. Along with being able to make objects wireframe invisible, you can make Real a very nice place to work.
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1st 2nd 3rd Productivity Lightwave Real3D 2 Imagine Learnabillty Lightwave Imagine Real30 2 Output Quality Real3D 2 Lightwave Imagine Features Real3D2 Imagine Lightwave Overall The top Hot lor 30 rendering it e tie between Lightwave and Real30 lightwave flunks to its simplicity. Real 10 Because ol Its sophistication and output quality Imagine comet in a poor last because its interface and manual are not as good as they could be.
CONCLUSION All three are excellent packages. All three have their strengths and weaknesses. Real is superb tor freelorm modelling, complex animation and its sheer flexibility Imagine has a wealth ot excellent procedural textures. And Lightwave is incredibly easy to pick up and use.
However, with something as complex as a rendering package, the manual is essential Lightwave has a good one. But the manuals for both Real and Imagine tall tar short ol expectations The big problem with programs like these is that they are inherently complicated. Their features need clear explanation hence why the manual is important.
BUST THAT JARGON PHONG SHADING A method of making polygons look rounded. The shading of the polygon depends upon surrounding polygons' orientation.
CSS (Constructive Solid Geometry) - Instead ot polygons, structures are made Irom solid structures. This allows true Boolean operations without having to have a mass ol polygons.
PARTICLE SYSTEM Each object is treated as a particle and can be given a velocity, acceleration and other attributes. Set the system going and watch the collisions happen as they would do in real life (in theory, at least!).
MOTION (LUR To compensate lor an animation with not many frames per second, motion blur literally blurs the Individual frames giving the effect ol a smoother animation.
LENS ELARE When a camera lens looks at a light source, artefacts sometimes Invade the picture such as reflections trom internal lenses and more. It’s something people have been trying to avoid lor years ... DEPTH OE FIELD Next time a photograph you take is out of focus, tell people it’s a depth ol field effect and tell them otf lor being so stupid. Depth ol field makes things In the distance blurred and out ol sharp locus lor more realistic images.
BOOLEAN OPERATIONS A system of joining two or more objects together. Using these operations, windows can be cut in things, apple cores created and much more. Rear s boolean operations are superb. Lightwave s are satisfactory. Imagine s almost work.
However, Real compensates tor its manual with so many features. Real 3D is: "Perhaps the most feature packed and open ended 3D software I've ever seen or used' says David Ingebretsen ol Binary Illusions (a US company who produce 3D Anims lor broadcast and courtroom demos and use all three packages and the Video Toaster).
Rears power is awesome: consequently harnessing this power may be seen as being difficult.
It's a completely new way ol thinking lor a 30 package too. Fortunately, technical support in the UK is excellent. Andy Irom Actrva UK knows Real inside out and is on the end ol a phone whenever you need him. This is worth bucketloads He'll quite happily spend time to make sure you get your money's worth out ol this. One thing is missing though, and that's the now overly used cliche ol lens flares. In real life, people carefully set scenes up so as to minimise the fault (which is what lens (lares are) but every 3D animator seems to use them to death. Still, they are a necessary evil and it's
the only thing that Real is missing.
Imagine should look carefully al this. Its lens flare is fully featured it unnecessarily complex, as is the Depth ol Field function The six editor system (five ol which I was used to Irom Imagine 2) seems unnecessary alter using only one in Real and two in Lightwave. I'm disappointed with Imagine3-it should have been so much more.
I've heard reports Irom Stateside users saying that
3. 1 fixes much ol this, but I haven't seen it so cannot
comment.
01 the interlaces. Imagine also irked me the most. Non-interruptible relreshes are mind numb- ingly bad and make tor slow going, even on a 50MHz 030 882 machine.
Lightwave is the least powerful ol all three with the weakest-featured modeller The idea ol a bone not being linked to an ob)ect but having a radius ol influence needs a complete re-think. However, with these limited bones it is possible to create nice effects il you are careful nol to let things overlap.
In the end though, Lightwave is, possibly, the most productive ol the three - it takes seconds to set out a convincing scene using the keytramer.
The interlace is very well designed: someone thought about it a lot to the extent that when you press the 'Help' key you get a list ol keyboard shortcuts that apply to what you are doing at the moment. Modeler may be a bit strange to get used to, but once you are it's pretty good to use and will do most things. Lightwave s manual is a good idea.
Page one is part one ol the tutorial The tutorials are a good idea too as they lead you gently in.
There is also a very well-written reference section.
Perhaps Lightwave mightn't have as many features as the others but it comes out on top because ol its sheer productivity lor easy animations. Its quality ol renders is also better than Imagine. I'm not alone in the view that it's the best phong shader on the Amiga. The features that it does have allow for excellent effects in animations SPEED TESTS To generate the test image shown each program took: IMAGINE 1 hour 46 mins LIGHTWAVE 2 hours 52 mins REAL 3D 3 hours 2 mins REAL took longer due to the use ol splines to improve quality. IMAGINE was the fastest at rendering but took longer to
set up.
Packages were asked to produce an 800x600 24-bit image with anti-aliasing, shadows etc. Programs were running on an A3000 with a 50 Mhz 030 882 with 10Mb RAM.
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Or with stills. Real is up there too. As I reckon it can be just as productive as Lightwave when you're lully used to it. Both need slight improvements and I’ve no doubt they will get them.
Finally, I'll re-iterate that Imagine could and should have been so much more. As well as better manuals, third-party support tor Lightwave and Real also seems to be better, with Essence being released for both and a plethora ot add-ons lor Lightwave such as WaveMaker and Sparks. But they are another feature ... In just a tew years, the concept ol desktop video has elevated itself from the bedroom of the hobbyist, to the studios of Steven Spielberg. Not bad, especially when you consider It was the Amiga that got the ball rolling. The latest addition to the world of Amiga DTV is Marcam's
Rendale Super 9402 Genlock.
The first thing I should mention is that the Super 9402 is built for use with S- Video systems. If your video equipment is not S-Video compatible, then you'd be better off taking a look at the composite video compatible Rendale 8802 FMC genlock, which is also available from Marcam.
However, to ensure maximum compatibility, Marcam are currently developing an add-on which will give the 9402 composite video capabilities.
At the rear of the tough metal casing you’ll find two S-Video mini din sockets. One is an input for your video source, while fhe other is an output for Ihe combined video image and Amiga graphics.
Your Amiga connects to the genlock through a 23-pin D plug The Amiga's output can be monitored on a second screen, by taking a teed from the 23-pin D socket on the rear panel of the genlock. An external power supply hooks up to the remaining socket. Round to the front panel, and we re faced with five red mode selector buttons, and a rotary fader.
MODES OF BUTTONS The first button selects external video mode This shows just the picture that’s coming through the S- Video input, without any Amiga graphics.
Next is foreground mode. In this mode, the Amiga graphics and the incoming video signal are shown together. The Amiga graphics appear in front of the video, which shows through any parts ot the Amiga screen that was drawn in colour register zero (the background colour). This is the mode you would normally use when overlaying graphics or titles onto a video picture. Amiga only mode obviously displays just the Amiga graphics.
Finally there are two 'keyhole' modes. These allow you to combine Amiga graphics and video in situations where colour register zero is not that part that you want to be transparent. Instead, any part ol the Amiga graphics which the genlock recognises as black, become transparent.
One of the most useful features ol the 9402 is the fader knob. This is used to control the strength of the Amiga graphics in relation to the incoming video image. For example, you could very easily create the effect of someone being beamed down onto a planet, by digitising them, and then rocking the fader back and forth, gradually bringing in the character, while the video input shows the background scene of the planet Alternatively, you can cross-lade from Amiga to video, or create a fade to black effect.
CONCLUSION The lack of composite video input and output as standard might seem strange, but then the 9402 has been designed as an S-Video genlock, for S- Video set-ups. Composite video degrades picture quality too obviously for most serious work anyway It's good to see a strong case on the genlock instead of bnttle plastic, even if the buttons are a little wobbly Picture quality is fine, and fader opens up plenty of opportunity tor professional- looking wipes and modest special effects, and that's fine by me.
Tli® ledor knob I® perhaps one ol tho genlock ® most usotul features, ml® Is used 10 control Ihe strength ol the Amiga grepmcs In relation lo Ihe incoming video Image.
WHAT IS A GENLOCK?
A genlock Is a piece of hardware that combines computer graphics with a video signal. It does this in a special way. Instead of merely lading the two pictures together, a genlock overlays the 'foreground' part of the computer image over the video picture.
The video image shows through the background' parts of the computer graphics.
The background parts are usually those that use colour register zero (the tlrst colour in the palette).
Genlocks are used in the production of many TV programs, to overlay subtitles, and to add graphics and logos (such as the little Inset pictures used in news broadcasts).
Genlocks should not be contused with chromakeys. A chromakey strips out part of a video signal (usually the blue part) and replaces It with another video image, which can be computer graphics or any other video source. This is the technique used to place weather forecasters in front of computer- generated maps.
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Tony Horgan tweaks the knobs of their new bass synthesiser.
Do you ever get a craving to make some really mad sounds? I mean the kind ot completely insane howling, screeching, sliding, booming, buzzing, squirming, earth-shaking noises that start at the tips of your toes, creep up your inside leg, scurry up your spine, and then wring out your brain like a wet sponge. Oh, maybe it's just me then! If you do, get one of these 8assStations on your Christmas list pronto!
Unlike most synths made in the last decade, the BassStation uses analogue circuitry, rather than digital. Musicians have been singing the praises of analogue synths for years now, especially Roland’s legendary TB 303, which now sells for anything up to £450 on the second hand market. Novation has recognised the need for a brand new, affordable, MIDI compatible analogue bass synth. The BassStation is their solution.
The BassStation is almost exactly the same size as an A1200. There's a two octave keyboard (which can be transposed up or down to emulate 8 octaves), a pitch bender and a modulation wheel.
Along the top of the keyboard is a row of 19 knobs and 13 switches. There’s no LCD editing screen. All the editing is carried out directly from the knobs and switches. It comes with MIDI In and Out connections, which allow you to sequence it and control the filters from a computer or hardware sequencer.
The BassStation is monophonic: it can only play one note at a time, and outputs a mono signal (as opposed to stereo). There are eight patch (instrument) memories. It runs from 6 AA batteries, or a 9 volt mains adaptor, neither of which are supplied as standard.
Have been nice. Apart from that, I've got no complaints at all. The BassStation is destined to become i a classic that'll add to your music potential.
TB 303 EMULATION The BassStation does a very good job of emulating the most popular TB 303 sounds, although it won't quite do them all. Certain 303 sounds can be recreated exactly, while you'll have to settle for close approximations of other noises. One of the TB 303's trademark effects is the sliding between notes. This is easily mimicked on the BassStation with the use of the portamento and autoglide controls. There’s even a chapter in the manual that tells you how to set the controls for the best 303 imitations.
ORIGINAL SOUNDS Before we get carried away with the 303 issue, I should mention that the BassStation is a very powerful synth in its own right.
The combination of analogue circuits and instant access to the control knobs makes it a treat to play with. Like all good analogue synths, the BassStation has a resonant filter, which has two main controls: frequency and resonance. You can think of the resonance part as a kind of 'exciter', that raises the amount of activity around the cut-off point, which is set with the frequency control. The frequency control takes out all frequencies above the cut-off point. By tweaking just these two controls alone, you can create all of those lovely sweeping techno sounds.
It doesn’t stop there either, as the rest of the controls throw up hundreds of other possibilities for beefy basses and leads. The two oscillators can be subtlety de-tuned from each other to fatten up the sound. They can also be transposed up to 12 semitones apart, so you can create harmonies, or double up a sound so that it plays the same note on two octaves.
If you like to experiment with weird noises, you'll love this. All the controls are there in front of you, so you can’t help twiddling the knobs. Extreme settings lead to some extreme sounds that you'd never get from a digital workstation synth. It kicks out some wild frequencies, from sub-sub-bass, right up to strangled squealing sirens. Whenever you want a new sound, all you do is start messing about with the controls. This is sheer luxury for anyone frustrated by the convoluted editing systems of digital synths.
CONCLUSION I’m convinced. Novation have had the balls to go out on a limb, and make the synth that everyone’s been crying out for. It's got knobs, it’s got the punch that only analogue can deliver, it’s got the sounds, it’s fully MIDI compatible, and it’s got the reliability of a new product, not the bruises of a discontinued box that’s seen ten year’s hard labour. If I could change one thing about the BassStation, it would be the casing, which is a bit on the flimsy side. A bit of polyphony would also AMIGA-PC UTILITIES : TASK , £29.95 a
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haUty product wit be GLADLY replaced or repaired withn 30 days ol purchase Phono us ana wo wif tall you wtvil lo do Wi« reAind « cant recar your faulty product.Keep your Invoice. E&OE Digita. Best known for their hugely popular word processor WordWorth, have taken several of their early programs and bundled them out as a single pack under a home-office guide. The guide is made up of four programs: a calendar (Day by Datf, address label program (Mail Shot) accounts package (Home Accounts) and spreadsheet (DG Ca e|. They may not provide you everything that you need to set up your own home
office, ie there isn’t a coffee machine thrown in, but they do supply a good few toots to get you started.
CU AMIGA BUDGET PRODUCT TEST Day by Day is an electronic calendar with planning and alarm facilities. Amongst its many features are the ability to store up to 1.000 messages and appointments, the capability to warn you ot impending events, the ability to break down your lime to events across days, weeks and months, searching facilities and intelligent grouping of event types.
Malt Shot is a mailing list organiser and maintenance program, allowing you to create and keep a list ot contacts and addresses from which you can output labels.
Operators (allowing you to search for a surname and an address for example). Although the pack does not contain a database, and most modem databases could do just as good a job, it's still an effective program and does its job pretty well.
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produces pie and bar charts for vanous reports and sorts
transactions into groups to allow you to watch your spending -
ie your other half scoffing too many cream cakes?
The last program here is a spreadsheet called DGCatc. This is probably the second biggest program in the group, following on from Home Accounts, and offers a very simple spreadsheet. If you've used ProCatc from our November coverdisk last month you're be in for a shock with this, but as a introduction to the work) of spreadsheets its OK.
It contains 15 functions: ABS. AVERAGE, COSINE, COUNT. EXPONENTIAL. LOGARITHM MAXIMUM, MINIMUM. ROUND, SINE, SQUARE ROOT, SUM, TANGENT and TRUNCATE. These can be applied to a spreadsheet with a maximum size of 512 rows by 52 cells, with formatting possible on individual cells and the ability to Insert and delete rows as needed.
As a spreadsheet it's fair, but just a bit limited by modern standards, take this into account however and you won't be disappointed.
ANY LIMITATIONS?
Digita is best known for WordWorth, one of the most popular word processing programs on the Amiga, but it also supplies a range of other business products.
Andy Leaning checks out a home office compilation.
All the programs in this pack are reasonable and do a fair job. Where they all fall down however, and this should be offset against their low price, is their user friendliness and design.
They're all fairly old now, and none will win any prizes for elegant user interfaces or intuitive design. Forget tool bars, icons, and the other 'gimmicks' of modem Workbench 3 programs, these applications all work on a basis of giving you a text display and asking you to either select the option required with the mouse or press a key on the keyboard. In some ways this simple design is refreshing trom the icon laden Final Writers and Wordworths of the work), allowing you to get on with the job in hand at the expense ol pretty user interfaces, but they aren't pleasing to look atl They also
lack the power of big applications, the spreadsheet in particular is woefully lacking compared to ProCatc (on our November cover disk) or TurboCalc (recently launched by Power Computing
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Make no mistake, if you spent more money you could get a considerably more power for your money However for a home user looking for a set of basic programs with which to organise their life and put their Amiga to serious use this pack is respectable and pretty good value for money. £5 DIGITA £49.95 A1200 WA A4000 rA A500 Q A500* 1 A1500 d A2000 1 A600 1 A3000 1 DIGITA INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, BLACK HORSE HOUSE, EXMOUTH EX6 1JL. TEL: 0395 270273 VALUE FOR MONEY Not at an ban EFFECTIVENESS It provides a reasonable range of functions for maintaining the database of addresses and producing
labels such as: automatic detection of duplicated addresses, consecutive label numbering, sorting on individuals lines and surnames, and reasonably powerful search capabilities with Boolean Reasonable price, fair software.
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CLE07 T C FRESMWATERFISHPfO 2 disk 4 96 .
CLE08 NIGHT SKY l dak 3 86 .
CLE09 WORDS A LADDERS I disk 309 .
CLE10 BASICALLY AMIGA 3 disks 5 85 .
CLElt LETS LEARN 1 disk 3 86 * CLE12 ALPHABET TEACH 1 dak 3 85.
CLEI3 HOME BREW 1 desk 3 86 .
CLE 14 T C ECOLOGY 3 disks 5 85 .
CLE 15 FAST FRET I disk 3 85 .
CLEI6 KINGS A QUEENS 2 daks 4 85 .
CLEt 7 THING AM AJ IQ I disk 3 85 .
CLE 16 WORK A PLAY I disk 3 96 .
CLE18 PLAY IT SAFE 1 disk 3 86 .
CLE20 BIG TOP FUN I dak 3 86 • CLE21 JkiMANlA 1 dak 3 861 • AHAiomy CLE22 CHESS TEACHER 1 dak 3 86 .
CCE23 MIND YOUR LANGUAGE I d)Sk 3 86 • CLE24 SPEED READING 2 daks 4 86 • CLE2S CHORO COACH l dsk 3 85 • CLE27 CJLT.T- 2 daks 4 88.
CLE28 PREHISTORIC FUN PACK I dak 186.
CLE30 PEG A PICTURE 1 dak 3 96 .
CLE3IUN0CRSTAN0M0AM06 2 HU 4 86 .
CLE32 SpfTFHE' 2 daks 4 86 .
CLE 33 MESSERSCHMITTBF108 2daka4 86 CLE34 YOUR F«ST PONY 2 eteks 4 85 ¦ CLE3S T C SOLAR SYSTEM ¦ 3 dsksS 85.
CLE36 THE TIME MACHWE 2 daks 4 85 .
CLE37 DISCOVERY AMERICA I disk 3 86 .
CLE38 HOME INVENTIONS 2 daks 4 85 .
CLE39 MY LITTLE ARTIST I mg 2 disks 4 95.
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CLE47 SEA SENSE 1 disk 3 85 • CLE48 ROCKET MATHS 1 disk 3 85.
CLE49 T C DINOSAURS III 3 daks 5 86 • CIE50 DRATV2 4 needs 1 Smg 2dak»4 95.
CLE51 PAINT PASTE 6 DRAW 1 dak 3 85 .
CLE52TELL THE TIME 1 dak 385.
CLE53 LETS LEARN 2 1 dek J 85.
C4ES4 TITANIC 2 daks 4 85.
CIE55 BASICALLY BASIC 1 dak 185 CLE56 BASICALLY CHEMISTRY I dak 3 96* CLE57 PAM’ ME A STORY 2dsks496.
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CLU06 SUPERSOUND V4.7 t disk 3.85 CLU10 POWER ACCOUNTS 1 dak 3 95 .
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CLUI4 STOCK CONTROLLER 1 dak 3 96. * CLU15 EPOCH VI 1 disk 3 95.
CLUI7 LC10 FONTS 1 disk 3 95 .
CLU18 LC200 FONTS 1 disk 3 85 .
CiUte LC24 FONTS 1 dsk 3 85 .
CIU20 CANON BJ10 Idak 3 86.
CLU21 INVOICE MASTER 1 dak 3 86 • Cl 1122 HARD DRIVE MENU 1 dak 3 86 • CLU27 IMAGE BASE I dak 385.
CLU29GFX I dak 396.
CLUJO DRAW SELECTOR V2 Idak 3 85.
CLU31 FLOWCHARTER 1 dek 3 85.
Cl 102 POWER TEXT 2 1 dak 3 95.
CLU33 AM TUITKDN Idak 3 85- CLU34 MAGE DOCTOR VI I dak 396.
CLU35 CRITERION 1 dakl 86.
CLU36 ILINOtS PROFESSK3NAL 2dak*4 9S.
CLU37 FINO IT 1 dak 3 96.
CLU36 SMALL ACC MANAGER Idak 185.
CLU38 HARD DRIVE MENU 2 1 dak 196.
CLU40 ARCO t dak 3 85.
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WORLD CUP HISTORY diskbook World Cup memories seem to develop some kind of golde- (~ ) 9loss over lhe yea's. The I Boy Lineker in Mexico in _J ,i l 1986, the Cameroons of f -. V r J 1990, Bobby Moore's win- ning England team of 1966 Bryan Robson's 30 second goal I :mW against France in 1982 ... Most of .. y these, and more, are documented in this ] three-disk presentation.
The largest ever attendance at a World Cup match was 199,854 in the 1950 Brazil finals. The youngest player ever to take part in the tournament was Northern Ireland's Norman Whiteside, at 17 years old. As well as a mass of other facts, you also get cleanly digitised pictures from 15 World Cup finals. It's all tied together with a neat point-and-click front end. Hours of fun for all footy fans.
Available from: Gerard Fitzpatrick, 19 Glenhill Road, Finglas, Dublin 11, Republic of Ireland. Price: £5.00 including P*P. Requires Workbench 2 or higher.
IMAGINE 100% Hammond organ tans take note! The soundtrack on this one is full of tinkly trills and chords from your favourite instrument. It's business as usual, as far as the graphics go.
Moist and tasty bitmap warps are the main tilling in this particular sandwich, seasoned with a dash of sauce, in the shape of a semi-naked woman.
Brief but very pleasant.
Available from: Freestyle PD, 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV12 5NH.
Tel: 0922 404023. Price: .Wax £2.50 including P+P.
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over-familiar whining synth noise in the soundtrack, this
would be a quality slice of Jarre-style electronic trance.
Can we take a vote on this please?
Does anyone actually like that sound, seriously? You know the one, you only ever hear it in Amiga demos. Just as the track’s building into something rather good, in it comes, worming its way into your earhole like an angry wasp.
Apart trom that, Dirt is a nice enough demo. It's good to see a few more original effects, even if they aren't that impressive. As if out of obligation, there's a bitmap zoom section among the still pictures and dot patterns.
Available from: OnLlne PD, 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool L37 3PX. Price: £1.50 including P*P.
SAMUARI SHOWDOWN CLASSIEK AG A game You know how something can be so bad, that it's actually good? Well this is one of those things. Samuari Showdown Classiek is a highly tacky beat 'em up for two players (there’s no computer opponent). It just about gets away with being completely crap because of its sense of humour. Among the available moves are things like the tickle kick, the fart, mighty morphing power (in which the fighter splits into three little men), electrodes of hell, and the splits.
The sprites have been borrowed from Way of the Exploding Fist 2, and the sampled sound effects are horribly scratchy.
However, if in your book, a few good jokes make a decent game, then you'll be able to forgive its rough edges. This isn't actually PD, but it is pretty cheap.
Available from: Richard Toolaram, Avante Software, 22 Lawson Crescent, Great Billing, Northampton NN3 9NS.
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1) 065 SLIDESHOW GENERATOR GREATEST AND VERY LATEST UTILITIES
Create your own slideshows wtlh this program
1) 076 WB1 HD INSTALL DISK (WB3) Prep, format and Instal WB to
your Hard Dree.
U106 PC o AMIGA V2.3 A set o* tools lo* Amina and PC owners. Ccpy.
Trarefer. E-J" and back-up PC files.
U132 C64 EMULATOR v3 (2D) The latest verson ol the C64 ohjuio U1B4A600HD INSTALL DISK Is tools lo you W 19 RE-ORO V3.1 Re-organise your disks hard disk.
U251 PC-TASK *2.03 (W2-) A derm c11 he excellent PC emulator. Load PC programs directly from the emUator U289 AGA SCREEN BLANKER vl.01 A screen banker created lor AGA machines U302 VIEWTEK v2.01 (WB2*) Viewtek can show many p*ckre formal* inckxtng JPEG and me AGA screen modes U309 HO GAMES INSTALLER Inslat games to your Hard Dnve Installers lor Goal. Siperlrog. Body Bows and more.
U317 ACTION REPLAY PRO (AGA) Action Replay lor the AI200A4000 Rip songs, grab pictures, Coed m cheal codes' U319 SID PRO v2.01A (WB2.)
The greatest PO File Manager Copy. Move, delete, rename, uncnmch and crunch litos.
U326 TEXT PLUS V5.01 (2MB) (WB2*) Another PD Word Processor. This rivals Pro Text.
U336 EPOCH MASTER V (WB2.)
Address telephone manager and kxto cmaneor.
U352 MAGIC WB vl 2P (WB2.)
The latest version ot the 8-cotour icon reptaesr U353 X-PASSWORO (WB2*) Prevent t vatfhcezed use ct ycxr Amo* axl dthee.
U354 RADBENCH vl.7 (t.5MB| Run Worttwrch liom RAD So last" U355 STEREOSCOPE V2.4A (WB2*) Stereoscope a an RDS ganorasar. Creole the 3D htttan pctuos. As seen n acres as Alhenn Make the games on magazine Cds work on COTV A570 and other Amga CD devices.
U359 TELETEXT v120 (V&.)
Create a teletext receiver wllh your Amiga.
Inclining diagrams lor hardware construction U363 XPK PACKAGE v2.5 (WB2.)
Expand Hart Drwe capacity w«i ¦« program.
U370 ASSIGNS MANAGER (WB2.)
No need to usa CU any rmre. There are two programs cn the disk that make assignng programs and utiles* easy U371 PC RESTORE V2.SO (W82.)
Restore PC back-up tiles cnto your Arrtga. An addeonai loot for all PC and Arnga owners.
U376 POWERCACHE V37.115 (WB2.)
Speed iv your Hard Orwe access wllh tils cache program Version* 1C* 00.020.030 and 040 CPU*.
U379 DESKTOP MAGIC v2.0 (WB2.)
Tl»s program allows you to assign sounds lo Workbench turctons like mouse clicking etc II« also an excellent screen danker U397 SECURITY v3.71e (WB2.)
Prevent unauthorised access to your Amiga and its drrvos. Ideal lor modem users!
U40I SPECTRUM EMULATOR v2 Play Spectrum games on your Amga. There are versons lor the 00 and 020 processors U402 HD CLICK v2.7 (WB2.)
Access programs with an easy lo use menu Ideal tor all hard ask users.
U4C3 DISK MAG CREATOR vl.21 Create your own dak magazine' Creates an interface smiiar to mags such as Grapevne'
1) 405 M.U.I. v2.2 (WB2.)
Mage User interlace; Create GUIs Improve your Workbench even further.
U408 DISK SALV v2J1 This is the best dak tne repairer n the Public Domain. UnaetolWutvage tiles and repair daks U411 SUPERDARK v2.1A (WB2-I Superdark is a poworlul screen Blanker.
U414 DISK MANAGER v4 (WB2-) Catalogue the oontents c4 your disks U415 GAME WARPER vl (020 Processor.)
Gane Warper contak* many ready-togo game cheah as »Mt as a Actoi Reptay O*o» inpu atttty.
U416 AMIGA DOS GUIDE v1 leam how to use your Amga and DOS.
U417 REIOKICK vl.41 (WB2*) latost version ot the dograder Essential.
U418 VIRUS CHECKER *6.43 Latest version oI the popular virus checker.
U419 CHEAT LISTER *3.05 (2 OiSka) Loads oI old and rww cheats cn these two daks U420 ACCOUNTS MASTER v3C (WB2.)
Keep track and corona ot your tin*roco* U421 PAINT m Verson 2 (WB2.)
Another great kxf s paint program.
U422 SPECTRUM EMULATOR (AGA) An AGA Spocirum emtAMOT. Very last' dnvo Similar to HO Click n i U425 VARKS CLI TOOLS v6 Another superb colection ot CLI uNltie*.
Loads ol useful loots packed on one disk.
U426 EPU DISK STAKKER vl.70 (WB2.)
Compress your hand dsk and double your space* Very easy lo use w«h onlne t»© and GUI inslnOer U432 VIRTUAL WORLDS |YfB2») WOW. Tha * a 30 isomernc alimsphore wtwrh allows you to move around 30 objects Oat th U435 MOVIEGUIOE 2.04 (WB2.) (2 Disks) This contains bads of catalogued movies U436 TERM *4.1 (WB2.) (3 Disks) Very latest versxn of the most powedU Modan program avalafcfe. It youVega a modem-get U437 TERM *4.1 030 (WB2.) (3 Daks) The 030 processor version of TERM v4.1 U439 AUTO STEREOGRAM v20 (WB.)
Laleet version ol the hidden picture producer U440 SNOOPDOS v3 (WB2.)
Use Snoopdo* to montor program activity. Very usefli lor all Amga users. Background uMity U442 IMAGE STUDIO Vl.01 (WB2.)
Edit and convert Amga IFF images.
U444TEE TO GREEN vl.1 Tee to Green a an excetent g t statona program U445 VMM v2.1 (WB2.) (030040WMU) Use your hard drive as virtual memory.
U446 TERM V4.1A PATCH Update your TERM v4.1 to v4.1a w«h the patch.
U447 KIDS DISK 6 Latest disk in the Kids Disk range U448 DMS PRO 2 04 (WB2.)
Laleo version ot the disk cruncher. Crunch whc*e dsks into tiles Save storage space.
U450 VIRUS WORKSHOP v4.2 (WB2.)
Virus Workshop is the best arxd most poworlul virus klerithecker around. Essential purchase U451 MENT MENU SYSTEM Written j ifcco Fran s is s wn.tar lo Menu U452 EAGLEPLAYER 153 0VB2.) (2D) Play a myriad ot dUlereni modjfes wllh the ptayor.
U4S3 MAIN ACTOR vl.53 (WB2.)
An exceOenl module animation prayer Buy it.
11454 VIDEOTRACKER 2 AGA The AGA in tsgutorad version cf Vie oemomaker U455 VIDEOTRACKER 2 OS VERSION The version CU Imra fc*go6 Fcr norvAGA Amoas U456 GBLANKER 3 5 020 VERSION Excellent modulated screen blanker U457 GBLANKER *3.5 |WB2.)
Version lo* al Amigas with 00 processors U456 CROSS MAC vl (WB2.)
A deno ot the program that alkrws you lo read high dsnoty Appb Mac disks cn HO Arriga drives.
U459 AF COPY *4 (WB2.)
One of *ie besl Sbmaiagcrs around. Latest version.
U460 PAGESTREAM V3C PATCH (20) PagMaam 3.0 was very urhrashed Ttw o the very West ipdata pesrh. Buy this ngts nowtt VIDEOTRACKER DATA DISKS Four data disks tor your Videolracker covcrdisk. Loads ol uwtM accessories.
Anim*. Anim brushes. Backgrounds Brashes. Colours and Colour Factors. Fonts Landscapes. Modules, Obtocts. Pictures.
Routines. Text. Vectors. Vidules.
|4 Disks] only £3.
FINAL WRAPPER * MACROS Final Wrapper is an oxcoflent AREXX modulo that allows you lo ass n text to circles, ihapes etc to* strange effects.
This disk also contains a number ol extra macros wntten by Upper Design to allow you to place text on a sine wavo etc. . Onl»9»p: EDWORDPROvS Edw«d Professional must be the most com- mslve and easy to use Pub*c Do* ASCII text editor on the markot.
With so many capabilities rt rivals its c mercial counterparts. Buy this now!
Shareware version nly 9Bp!
YB2+L MAGIC WB EXTRAS These packs contain tons and tons ol extra
• cons, drawers and backdrops for the excellent Magic Workbench
(U352).
Magic WB Extras Volume 1 (2 Disks) Magic WB Extias Volume 2 (2 Disks) Magic WB Extras Volume 3 (2 Disks) am 8 per dhks
• Stale ol the ArT An aDsohte etotsre demo. Superb stotn D067
A1200 -POnt Ot Sale* Demo AGA D0B8 Madoma SEX DtO-Pics (3 ddka)
Madonna m ek her Ned ana while gbry* D095 Spaceballs *9
Fingers* (2 Daks) Anofher ctas&c. RrpM ‘SUM cf Ore AtT 0399
Complex -Orgin* AGA 2 Disks)
E. cctont AGA demo from Complex Dt CO Virtual Dreams Tut Moon’
AGA D102 Xanadu *Explcit 2* AGA D104 Red-iex -Empty Hoad* AGA
Dt 12 Axis *Big Tima Sensuality' AGA (2D) Musf bo tn fhe aV
Wne wanted Asff D113 Kelrens -Interchange- AGA DllSMystc-Vitar
AGA D1I7 Perspex *Hypnoso* AGA (2 Disks) D122 Complex -Roar
AGA The best AGA demo from Complex D125 Ram Jam Taslo the DA.
* AGA (20) Dt 27 Oxygene "Cuzco* A vary good non AGA demo. Kx
oncef D120 kina OmoUn AGA A 'video'typo demo. Worth seeing
D130 Virtual Dreams 'love* AGA (2 Daks) Another popular demo
By Virtual Owns 0132 Absolute -Cream* AGA D133 Steler
Tandflow' AGA Number one at Ihe Atsemb y 941 DI36 Polka Bros.
*A tel Ullra* AGA DI36 Pofca Bros -Gevalp- A superb non AGA
demo Gel ffus* D1» NGC -Anfcial Paradoo* AGA (2 Disks) D140
Recall 'Rave Musk* 12 Disks) 0142 Rage *Maxmtm Overdrive II*
AGA (30) Wow' 77* M oval and lass for apes.
0144 Facusy TethB Dose 2* AGA (2 Disks) Another gocd. Out a tew months old. Demo D145 CCCP "Rave* Poor start but gets going - a rave type demo D147 Virtual Oreams ‘Breath Taker1 (5 0) (4kto) 7h« IS an kmgvw ob&atype demo D148 Urban -Some Justice 94-AGA (2 0) ThM has a superb soundtrack Muslbeseent D149 MysbcXEX* AGA Dt5i Oigtal Dreams -Seventh Heaven* AGA D152 Movemerr ’Mind Dmstan- AGA One of tie Dest AGA derrvs this month 0159 242 The Trackers* 0160 Ozone ‘Swamp Thrig- You know the sorg try The Ghd.'
D161 Haurot* ‘Jammn" Gml) MegaDall AGA Bat and ban game ukoArkanoid GM22 Missies Over Xeran (2 Daks) ExreVanT defender type game GM24 Dekixe Galaga vl .5 Shoot 'em up wrth great graphics GM27 Mr Men oympca (2 Disks) GM28 18 Hole Go* (2 Daks) GM41 Teins Dual (AGA) GM42 Super Owfleralon GM43 Moose Drwe Very pcputar one WvoT racing gome GM45 Road K He* (1.5MB) Su car-acuiggame GU52 Ovedander GM55 Bacman (AGA) GM57F1 Manager GM5B Hyperdnve GM60 Bazza and Runt AGA Wow' ms pktitorm garnets a mush GM62 Incnerator Another good defender game GM63 U-Chess *2 89 (AGA) (4MB) An eicedent AGA chess game
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ORDERING DETAILS WB2+ The program works on Workbench 2 or 3 Only AGA The program is for AGA Machines 11 MB] Minimum Memory Needed [2D] Number of Disks Europe add 10% to Total - Rest of the World add 20% to Total Make all Cheques or Postal Orders payable to: ACTIVE SOFTWARE ASSASSINS 208 game compilation Does anyone remember Feargal Sharkey's number one hit A Good Heart Is Hard To Find?' I'm afraid I do, and so do the people behind the Assassins game compilations. They've seen fit to put a _ painfully nasal rendition of the song on all their latest disks, including this one. Oh dear.
The games on the disk are Knights, Puzzle, and Psycho Squares. Knights s a simple two-player RPG. Puzzle and Psycho Squares are both square- rased puzzle games, both of which sent me to sleep. Games with squares in rem tend to do that to me.
Available from: OnLine PD, 1 The Cloisters, Halsall Lane, Formby, Liverpool, L37 3PX. Tel: 0704 834355. Disk no. 208. Price: £1.50 ncluding P.P. ADN A1 200 demo This one could be likened to a box of Quality Street. The first things out of the box are those chocolate triangles in the green foil wrappers, swiftly fol- owed by the strawberry creams and the fudge fingers, which take the form in this demo of texture-mapped vectors, speedy tunnels, shaded vectors and some still pictures.
All that's left after that is the hard toffee sweets in the gold wrappers.
Their equivalents here are pictures of the coders pulling laces.
Pleasant enough, but not up to total chocaholic standard.
Available from: Freestyle PD, 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath, Willenhall, West Midlands WV12 5NH. Tel: 0922 404023. Price: £1.50 including P+P.
& • BLUE LAGOON A1 200 d«mo This one doesn't feature loads of flashy graphics. The first half is a simple music demo, with some gloriously distorted TB 303 sounds and some hard drums. Unfortunately the two TB 303 parts are out of tune.
After some very minimal colour cycled graphics, a bluesey loop from the 60s track Green Onions plays into infinity, while an assortment of adverts flash up for McDonalds, Coke, Nike and Levis.
Available from: Freestyle PD, 108 Woodside Way, Short Heath, Willenhall, West Midlands WV12 5NH.
Tel: 0922 404023. Price: ,, £2.50 including P+P.
CYBERPUNK ROCK VOL.2 JAP CAT JAPES animation music demo That's right: rock, not rave! There are five tracks here, spread over two disks.
Distorted guitars, thrashing drums and big vocal samples are all present. Not feeling particularly well qualified to pass judgment on this one, I drafted in our own Mr Rock, Tony Dillon, whose response was "That's quite cool! The music's not that good but it's a nice idea". He hasn’t got a clue has he?
Available from: Scribble PD, 2 Hillside Cottages, Burstall, Suffolk 1P8 3DY. Price: £2.75 including P.P. Disk nos: D186A and D186B.
Anthony Whitaker has established himself as the Amiga’s leading cartoon animator over the last couple of years, and he's back again this month with another Charley Cat cartoon. Although you need
4. 5Mbs of RAM to watch the whole cartoon in one go, there’s an
option to view it in two parts, which only needs 2.5Mbs of
RAM.
Jap Cat Japes features all the classic cartoon poses, like the goggle eyes, smashed out teeth, thistle-up-the-bum, and all that stuff. This one seems to have more in the way of sampled speech and sound effects than usual, which is a welcome advance, but more work needs to be done cleaning up the samples, and matching the volume levels. The cartoon isn't actually very funny, but it's saved by the animation.
Recommended to cartoon fans and budding animators.
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, NW11 6JE. Tel: 081 455 1626. Disk nos. AW111 a+b+c+d.e. Price: £5.00 including P+P.
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Guitar chore! Tutor UTILITIES All budding guitarists welcome herel Ever wanted to strum along to your favourite tune? Well A Chord is here to teach you how. A Chord is similar in vein to The Guitar Chord Directory which I reviewed in the August PD Utilities. Both A Chord and The Guitar Chord Directory are designed to provide you with a reference ol just about every normal chord you are likely to use. However, whereas A Chord shows the fingering positions for all of the chords, it only shows one chord at a time as opposed to Guitar Chord Directory's three.
Unfortunately, A Chord also loses out to Guitar Chord Directory on a few counts. It is much slower and the layout is not as clear as Guitar Chord Directory. Finally, A Chord is license- ware, that means your friends must buy their own copy.
Available from: 17 bit Software, 1st Floor Offices, 2 8 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1DH. Tel: 0924 366982.
Price: £3.50 plus 50p P&P. Myfcfr guitar tutor Two utilities for guitar players this month. Alan Dykes will be pleased.
Fast Fret is a simple program that’s big on usability. It's straightforward enough; it teaches guitar scales. The program presents a screen showing the neck of the guitar and you can select which scales you wish to learn.
It may be simple and crude but the scales work. Novice guitarists will find the ability to slow the speed to a crawl useful whilst experts can try to keep up with scales which are faster than Alan Holdsworth’s.
The built-in sound on Fast Fret is dreadful, the graphics pretty bad, the neck is shown upside down rather than the more useful vertical and the general Amos feel of the program is duff. Who cares though? It teaches you tons of different scales from simple to blues and rock. The system used would make a fantastic way to learn whole tunes. The only real drawback is that it doesn't show which fingers to use. Dust off your Strat and get playing, it's well worth the money.
Available from: 17 bit Software, 1st Floor Offices, 28 Market Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire (IT t WF1 1 DH. Tel: 0924 366982.
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KIDS DISK 6 educational Another month, another Kid's Disk It seems as though I can't escape the little blighters, A Iresh extravaganza from Duncan Moran, this time they are aimed more towards the 7-10 year old age bracket Regular readers of PD Utilities will know that I've taken a shine to Mr Moran s software, recently his has been the only educational software of note to be released on the Amiga.
Sadly, this disk was a bit of a disappointment realty which is most unfortunate. The graphics are better than ever the sound is good but the gameplay? Where is the fun? In this program you leam to run a shop, the idea being that it teaches good maths by making you give correct change and keeping a healthy stock. Unfortunately it s all a bit dull and repetitive.
It should still keep the kids quiet for a few hours, but don't expect it to hold their interest for too long. It's a good attempt but doesn t quite hit the mark and is a long way short of what the author has proved himself capable of.
Available from: Duncan Moran, 24 First Avenue, Colwyn Bay, Clwyd LL28 4DQ. Price: £5.00 including P+P for the next five Kid s Disks. C- w£ image processing system P""1 w im mr im gj For years the only good image proces- sors nave been very expensive. Now, Hie second month m a row, there is a
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filtering to some extent. Then it comes bouncing back with a simply dazzling array of colour reduction algorithms.
It is impossible to choose between ImageStudio and BlackBoard, the latter has better effects but the former has better over all handling. As with Art Department Protessional and Image FX, there is only one real choice, buy them both I Available from: Andy Dean, 14 Fielding Avenue, Poynton, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 1YX. Price: £2 for PD version or £10 tor full version. 4 + workbench tracer
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“--S7SjS,., Essentially, it keeps track of all Inft'i. e~ attempts by other programs to access :l -i DOS functions and files. The idea ¦ auuj ini |l III behind it is this: assuming you have a just installed some new piece of soft- I m.p££irr u».j ware on your system and it fails to I - Ujj-J run, you can check to see what tiles it ‘ irr "*-yri is trying to access and hence hope- : TZTWl kWSfTSnn fully be able to get it working.
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Compressing, or archiving as if is also known, is done mostly to save disk space. Anyone who has used a CU AMIGA coverdisk should be familiar with archived programs. The most common archivers are LHA and Disk Masher, both of which we use frequently. They're both included on the Packers and Archivers disk, there are also four others including PKAzip and Zoo which use compression systems more normally found on PC disks, however, they're certainly handy if you are following Andy Leaning's conversions series.
Then there's Imploder. Which is probably the least used compression method of the six on this disk.
Finally there is PowerPacker, which must be responsible for more compressed files on the Amiga than any other system.
PowerPacker is Amiga specific, you won’t find it on any other machine, but it is probably the most flexible compression system available. The main reasons for its flexibility are the many utilities which work in conjunction with it, such as PPMore which lets you read PowerPacked text files, and its ability to create packed programs which will still run.
In all, this unprepossessing disk is well worth getting hold of. It's hardly Earth shattering but it is highly useful.
Available from: Amlganuts PD, 3 Spring Road, Bitterne, Southampton, S019 2BH. Price: £1.25 per disk plus 60p P&P.
Student Aid 2 breaks the mould and really does what its title suggests. The program is designed to educate students. It is set up to create tests on any subject and to show the users progress. It's a long way from being the most exciting educational program available, but it does its job well enough.
Student Aid is extremely slick in its design, Ihe screens are easy to read and clearly laid out, there are also plenty ol options available to optimise the program to your preferences.
Perhaps best of all, there is a large range of example lests. They are far from being of great use as tests, being very American and not particularly well worded, but they serve as good inspiration for what could be achieved with a little imagination.
The program would definitely be at its best when used as a student's revision aid. With a small group of students inputting Ihe tests It could become extremely useful, though its 'multiple guess’ formal does limit it somewhat. Just creating the tests themselves should be good revision.
Well worth a look for those who have regular examinations to take.
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6JE.
Tel: 081 455 1626.
Disk No. BU170. Price: 90p plus 50p P.P per order.
STUtilities is a collection of vast utilities. Some utilities include: Assign 1. F(a small program which does multiple assigns), Free (a CLI program which tells you the amount of free space on a device, Directree (a program to list all the files on a disk), Eurostars (a small starfiekf generator), Noisome (a program which makes a sound when keys are presses),Check Guide tests the integrity of Amigaguide files), VAT Check checks VAT registration numbers are genuine) and a calender.
The best utility, however, is undoubtedly Degrader, a program designed to help newer machines run incompatible or just plain awkward software.
An absolute boon on machines with no fast memory fitted to them, it can fake various amounts using just chip memory. It can also make your machine pretend to be an NTSC machine, switch caches on or off and many other functions beside. Some of it is a little on the technical side, but those parts are mostly fine tuning.
Also, there's Droptool, a reasonable little program designed for people who don't like to leave their mouse alone. The idea behind it is that it can be configured to manipulate files in interesting ways such as playing sounds or editing text files. To perform the function you simply drop the file into Droptool s window. The last worthy mention Is Move, a CLI utility which moves files about. It is used just like Copy but moves the file instead . Easy huh? Only question is why this isn't a standard CLI utility.
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Price: 95p plus .50 P.P. COMMS GUIDE 1.1 ST UTILITIES 2 educational It's not often that an educational program appears which is about Comms. And Comms Guide
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To start with there are no AmigaGuide links, completely negating the whole point ot using the Guide format. The text, while well written and unassuming in places, is often patchy, there are even apparently random words missing in tracts of it. Also, although there is some useful information on how to keep the costs of calls down there is a complete lack of information on how to use a modem.
A very good idea, unfortunately there are too many glitches in the program to make it of real value to any would-be Comms users.
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London NW11 6JE. Tel: 081 455 1626. Disk No.
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THE EMPEROR OF ANSALON another ghoulishly good entry by Joseph McVeigh. Glasgow. Scotland.
UFO ENEMY UNKNOWN by Joesph McVeigh, Scotland.
MR BEEF by Paul Love, Pontypool.
WAR CRIMES by Clive John, Blaenavon.
KATHERINE by Steve Hazelwood, Gloucestershire.
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?3D (James Series (CAT849 I DISK) Include* a bnlluutt 3D adventure gome, which i* abuJui.lv huge.
J Adv anced llero Quest (CAT 1920 - I DISK) challenge You need die board game lo play.
J Black Dawn (CAT559 I DISK) Hu* it a locally c.cel ton RFC we gam dioukfa'ibcw j Black Dawn 2 (CAT7.30 I DISK) The ama mg shareware follow u lo Ihe above una»h adventure j Deluxe (tiiluga arcade nmulgia now j Dithell In Space (CAT 1103- I DISK) Brill iwo player shareware cutsic platform gome (hai is well won die money for mm.
? Golden Oldies (CAT l*» I DISK) A wonderful .oliceuoo of arcade classics from (he early days.
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And piemy of weapon pwk up- ? Klaw The Cat (CAT 1735- I DISK) Urn is a lovely cute platform game, with classic gi j Knights (CAT 1098 - I DISK) A very very good playaMc two player over head adventure gome.
J. Vlad Fighters (CAT 251 - I DISK 1200 ONLY) A Bone cracking
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J Pop Quiz (CAT 2250- I DISK) let. Yow knowledge .4 pop hoioty j Red Dw arf Quiz (CAT 88? - I DISK NOT 500) Tr*l your knowledge of ihe TV series with this Dwarf-Italic quiz.
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J Rocket (CAT 1987 I DISK - 1200 (Inly I yaw 1200* mmuJ quality vuff j Santa And Rudolf (CAT 897 - I DISK ) Christmas jua wouldn't he (he same without a lovely cute festive game for you lo play would I?
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- i Task Force (CAT 2122- I DISK) JuM happen* lo be a Uunkingly
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It Icalutev a good selection ol new oddlttcv, and two player option j Total War (CAT 1013 - I DISK) A hnllianl vrruon of the game Risk. Si* player* computer or human compete. And buttle ? Wacko Jr In Wondcrhmd (CAT273-I DISK) A delightfully cute plaifamt game which should easily pleavc any kid*.
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jAssasins 198 (CAT 1617- I DISK) Includes one of the best
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jAssasins 199 (CAT 1653 - I DISKl Includes the whacky Popcorn
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? Arte (CAT562- I DISKl with funky ironic music j Attraction (CAT 1243 - I DISK) A great mime disk with some lovely thoughtful music .
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J Gospel Karaoke (CAT 10- I DISK) karaoke Amiga’ j Jesus On Cheese ICAT 1251 - I DISK) A Mushy fast paced rave den* which will have you seeing t) ? Kaos Theory (CAT 1114 - I DISKl j Piece Of Mind (CAT9*0- I DISKl A great 31) extravaganza demo with some very classy music.
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? For Your Mind (CAT 2462- I DISK) Fast video, fast music. A really moving experience far sure uStale Of The Art (CAT 19- I DISKl An all rime classic demo. Brilliant visuals and a cracking dance tune jStar Trek Rave (CAT 2390- I DISK) Is nothing sacred? Apparently ran A silly story with pictures which pros idea good laugh ? Techno Tracks 2 (CAT 1664- I DISK) Awesome music and some great visuals make this a must.
Al l. THE DISKS LISTED ON THIS PAGE ARE COMPATIBLE WITH ALI. AMIGA COMI’t TERS I M.I.SS OTHERS* ISE STATED j600 Business letters (CAT291 - I DISK) Lots of letters lor lots of things.
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? Create Adventures (CAT 1027 • I DISK) A very vice authoring program.
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? Dynamic Skies (CAT 1512- I DISK.
An amazing iwghl sky viewer whac a feature packed.
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J Magnum (CAT 2666- I DISK) A good dak magazine creator.
UOpti Comms 2 (CAT2357- I DISK) An excellent collection of tools for use with you modem ? PC Task 2 (CAT 1281 • I DISK) A workmg demo of this very good ? Pools Fools 2 (CAT 442 - I DISK) A great rwh quick program ?
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? Start Of The Art ? Star view (CAT 1610- I DISK) A night sky viewer which even marks out Ihe contellolions.
? Text Fngine 4 (CAT 1464 - I DISK) The beat word processor there is Very well xuucd to the Amga ? The Monev Program (CAT 1811 - I DISK) An excellent home money monitor program. Very useful.
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JBoal (CAT933 • I DISK) A very Meet cnglish garden scene, with a boat.
? Bonds Last Stand (CAT 835 - I DISK) Bond cops it al last, and not before ? Human Cannonball (CAT 1599- I DISK) An amusing Mary of how not to he ? Linus (CAT I0IH I DISK) A very original anim with a very I DISK) Poor old hormone tt»e* lo pull a bird lie should know better DISK) know when to stop. Very funny ? Raging Hormone 3 (CAT 2130 • I DISK) Hormone puses on w hat he has leans to his son. What a shame ? Savings (CAT 112 - I DISKl The puu office caving* advert qmlr a novel end. Funny.
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? Communicate (CAT279 - I DISK) ? Octamed Tutor (CAT 2456- I DISK) An excellent guide to gelling the most from Octamed ot MED.
? Spectrum Kmulator (CAT 1446- I DISK) Turn year Amiga mu a 48k ZX ? Speccv Classics (CAT 498- I DISK) A collection of classic old Spectrum gome* for use with the above emulator program j Speccv Classics 2 (CAT 1*59 - I DISK) More great gomes lor emulator.
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? The Invisible World (CAT 1786- I DISK) A visual utughi lato the tiny world ? Ultimate ( heat Disk (CAT 2583 - I DISK) Another disk packed lo the gills with gome tips and cheats.
? Vk 20 Kmulator (CAT 1087 - I DISK I Turn your Amiga into a VIC 20.
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2 Sensuality j Big l ime S (CAT 2215 - 2 D 2 DISKS) xi treat of j demo gnpftka and jn almost CD quality soundtrack ? Friday At Fight (CAT2033- I DISK) A very fast paced demo with a really brilliant music track.
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Regulars 150 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Those questions just keep on flooding in.
Fortunately John Kennedy and Andy Leaning are on hand to mop them all up, and give some answers in the process.
158 BACKCHAT Some would call it a letters page, some would think of an awfully clever alternative name for it. We settle for something in between, and call it Backchat. This is your chance to get your views into print.
162 POINTS OF VIEW Everyone seems to think they could handle the Amiga better than the old Commodore did, including David Cassidy (no. It's not the singer, it's the bloke from Cynostic PD).
BUYERS' GUIDE y°p We are now entering the silly season. Getting caught up in the Christmas rush is all too easy, so you should be sure of exactly what you want before you commit your festive folding stuff. Andy Leaning has some tips in his final Buyers Guide.
Part one of our tutorial begins this month, with a quickstart guide to creating your own demo. We also have the first instalment of a comprehensive guide to using all the effects. Tony Horgan shows you how.
For all those who are just starting out in the world of Comms, bulletin boards and the Internet, here's part 2 of our beginner's guide. This month Peter Fitzpatrick has some sound advice on buying modems.
j By Row I By Colunn Hut onatIc Iterat i°ns h I Cursor | Fornulas Small businesses and home accounts are a breeze with last month's cover-mounted ProCatc. Our series of in- depth tutorials begins this month with an overview of the basic functions.
Whether you're a Dpaint fan or you’ve got a soft spot for Brilliance, you're catered for either way in Peter Lee's Animation Masterclass. This month he’s trying to frighten poor old Silas Marner.
Discover new and amazing sounds with your Amiga. This month Tony Horgan focuses on The Realtime Effects Generator, what it can do for you, and has some advice on using effects with mixers.
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Leaning sums up instalment with the series.
Over the past few months I’ve tried to cover and provide helpful hints for all possible buying environments (such as mail order.
Shows, advertisements). However, no matter where you may be buying from there are several things you can do to provide some level of seco- rity and peace ol mind.
Many of these pointers are |ust plajn common sense, but in the excitement and heat of buying a new computer it's very easy to let caution slip and hand over hard-earned money without thinking.
STOP AND THINK!
Perhaps the best tip I can give you is to step back for a minule, take a deep breath and think. Take yourself away from the excitement and pressure of the sales environment a~* yourself is this really what I want’ Is it a price? This tip should be followed not " you buy something for your Amiga you make any large investment. There are laws forcing financial services companies to give you a seven-day period of grace in which you can cancel a transaction, to give you a chance to think before committing to something you possibly may later regret!
Having made a decision to buy, try to check that what you Intend to buy works. This is not so necessary when buying brand new off-the-shelf goods, but equally its absolutely vital if buying secondhand. Would you buy a secondhand car without taking it for a test drive? No. Of course you wouldn't so why buy a printer without checking that it actually printsl If buying from a company, ask if you can pay by credit card. This won't be possible when picking up goods Irom individuals, but it's a service increasingly offered by many organisations - for example some market traders, auctioneers
are now accepting payment by credit card - so it's worth asking. Credit cards will give you a level of security that cash and other payment methods don’t, as they give you the chance to cancel the transaction if you change your mind or if the goods are faulty.
If you're buying from sources you are not sure about, find out if any warranty is offered, and if buying from a commercial source such as a manufacturer, you can use warranty periods as a negotiation tool. If two companies are offering what seem like similar products, yet the one you want is more expensive, find out if they will extend the normal warranty in return for you paying a higher price. If not, will they reduce the price?
DETAILS, DETAILS Remember that companies deal with thousands of people and often stock hundreds of similar products, so the possibility of mistakes being made are endless. You can help avoid this by supplying the retailers as many exact details as possible describing precisely what you want.
Some requests companies receive can consist of nothing more than 'I want a RAM upgrade for an Amiga'. The lack of a return telephone number in this example leaves the company with no choice but to write back asking for more details. In this case if more information had been provided the customer could have had his upgrade the next day. Instead he have to wait a week and half for correspondence to go back and forth whilst the company sorts out what exactly he wanted - a 1 Mb upgrade for an A500 Plus.
If you are buying from a mail order company check the availability of stock before you order - particularly in the current Amiga market. It the gjgglM company doesc. I have M- ., slock when will they next flH if have it and it they don’t ¦' have products is there a company that has got stock i6**® that could get it to you sooner. Why should you wait)
* And when the goods finally wi& arrive make sure that you
receive exactly what you ordered and that the goods are ir
working order. If not pick telephone the sup- p er immediately
and ideally follow the call up In writing.
That's it for this series I'm afraid, but fear not r similar but new, improved, buyers' guide will kick TOP TIPS FOR BUYING
1. Always check what you are buying and make sure it works before
you part with any money.
2. When buying always try to use a credit card, and never ever
send cash through the post.
3. Ask about warranty and always get a receipt.
4. Clearly state what you want and check availability of stock
if you are not there in person.
5. Check any goods that are being sent direct to you and in case
of any problems contact the supplier immediately.
CONVERSIONS CONVERSIONS In the second instalment of our PC conversions series, we show you how PC printers can be connected to your Amiga.
PART 2l printer the connecting leads can be purchased from most hardware advertisers in here. You should also be able to get an appropriate cable from the company you purchased the printer Irom. All you have to do is tell that you have a Centronics, or Serial printer and want a lead to connect it to the Amiga.
Typical prices range from £10 to £20.
Having connected the printer using this cable you’ll then need to tell the Amiga which type of printer you are using. It's unlikely that the Amiga will directly support the printer you have purchased, but if you followed our earlier advice you'll have a printer that is compatible with either Epson, HP, or Cannon and standard drivers for these types are supplied as standard with your Amiga.
YOUR PREFERENCE For example, to use the Samsung printer that I reviewed a while back, I called up Preferences (Prefs on your Workbench disks), selected the Printer Port: Print Pitch: Pr int Spac ing: Print Quality: Paper Type: Paper Fornat: Paper Length Left Margin Right Margin CanonBJI0 CBM_MPS1000 EpsonQ The next specification to check for is firmware compatibility. Firmware is the software that the printer uses to convert instructions from the computer into physical commands such as what and whereabouts on the page to print. For dot matrix printers there is, luckily, a major industry
standard - Epson - which, again, the Amiga can support. If you intend to buy a dot matrix printer ensure it's Epson compatible.
Likewise, for ink jet printers, there is a similar standard - Cannon bubble jet - so look out for this when buying. Finally, laser-based models should have HP laserjet compatibility or emulation.
Once you've got the printer that you want and are sure that it has the correct swnsung sp-24i7, on. Oi ttw many pc printers tisat win work with the Amiga, standard what next? Assuming you went for either a Centronics or Serial interface If you look through any PC magazine you'll probably find it packed full of cheap peripherals for the PC. This can be very annoying. After all, why should your PC owning friends have all those wonderful products. The Amiga is easier to use, costs less and in many cases does more, so why can t we get our hands on all those extra goodies too? Well actually, for
the most part, you can. So you can have your cake and eat it.
IT'S VITAL Last month we explored how to use PC files, this month we get things moving on the hardware front and show you how you can connect PC-based printers. However, before I launch into exploring the mechanics of connecting a printer you need to buy one, and it s vital that you get the right type.
Whilst most types of PC printers can be used on the Amiga, there are some that can't. Therefore there are certain criteria you should look for when you buy.
First, what type of interface is there for connecting the printer to the computer? It might just happen that the printer will not physically connect to the Amiga.
Forget jiggling about with compatibility problems. If you can’t get the thing to actually connect you’re stuffed. However, in most cases there are two common types of printer interfaces - Centronics (Parallel), and Serial (RS232), and luckily the Amiga supports both of them. Warning: if you see a printer using any other form of interface stay well clear of it. ¦ -i«Vi Printer option and chose the EpsonX driver.
Practically all Amiga software will print via these Preferences drivers, and once you've selected the right driver you shouldn't have much of a problem. For ink jet printers try the HP Deskjet or Canon BJ10 drivers. Star dot matrix printers in particular will work without problem using the Epson drivers, as will models Nec, Citizen, Seikosha, and Panasonic.
Having done this you can now try printing from your favourite program. One of our recent cover disks would be a good one, like the Dpainl 5 preview, ProCalc or even XCAD which is on this month's disk.rj?)
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PART hat you can’t do with VideoTracker 2, frankly, isn’t worth doing. VideoTracker 2 gives you access to state-of-the-art audiovisual effects from a simple point and click interface. No programming is involved. You don’t even need any video equipment, although there’s built-in genlock support. This series of tutorials is centred around the AGA version of release 2.0, although most of it will also be relevant to previous releases and non-AGA versions.
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BRIErLY THE BASICS VideoTracker creates demos by playing animations, pictures and other graphic effects in time with the samples ot a Protracker or OctaMED music module. Demos can be saved out during production as a ’Video’ file.
Once the production is finished, the whole thing can be saved as a single executable Vidule’ file, allowing for free-standing, auto-booting demos.
THE CONTROL PANEL VideoTracker is operated from this control panel, and the pull down menus. This is what all the buttons and sliders do.
Q The filename of your music module should appear here, although often it doesn't. This isn’t important.
FI Protracker and OctaMED modules are made up of a string of blocks. The first block in the list is song position 0, the second block is position 1, and soon.
Q This is the currently selected sample, specified by number and name.
O Effects with a higher priority will override lower prioritised effects.
0 Each sample can cue just one effect, or a sequence of effects. This is the first effect in the sequence. In this case it's a two-colour IFF picture called SOMEJUSTICE.
Q This is the last effect in the sequence. Here it's the plasma routine. There are only two effects in this case.
Q The effect speed control can be used to add a specific delay between fhe cuing of each effect in the sequence. When set to 0, the next effect is cued each lime the sample is played. When set to 1, the whole sequence is played through at full speed.
Q When the Anim Speed is set to 0, animations are played as last as possible (50 frames per second In many cases). Frame rates can be decreased by increasing this value.
? The routine mode setting dictates the way in which the effects are displayed. This setting covers the whole of the current effect sequence for the selected sample. The routine mode can be anything from 0 to 65532, although only the lower values are relevant to many of the effects The routine mode allows you to have many variations Irom a single effect. The function of the routine mode varies from one effect to another.
03 The effect loop button can be on or off, and is switched by clicking it with the left mouse button.
When it's off, the sequence of effects will run through to the end, and stop there. When the loop is on, the sequence starts again from the beginning, once it has played through.
M Animations will play to the end, then stop, when this is turned off. They'll loop back to the start when it’s on.
E Use this to copy all of the settings for the current song position, for pasting into another song position.
E Use this to paste your copied data.
E Use this to copy the settings for selected sample in the current song position, lor pasting into another song position E This pastes your previously copied sellings.
[Q Click this to play the video from the current song position, e This plays a loop ol just the current song position.
E Use this lo delele the effect or file currently selected in the First Effect box. If that effect is still used in other parts ol the video, it will stay in memory. If not, it will be deleted from memory.
E Leave this set to PAL lor European systems.
To make a USA compatible video, switch it to NTSC.
Ea This is the size the current project would be it saved out as an executable Vidule file. The size is given in bytes. Move the decimal point three places to the left to find out how much that is in K, and six places to convert that to megabytes.
QUICKSTART GUIDE The hardest thing about getting to grips with VideoTracker is just getting started. Once you've gotten the hang of a lew simple steps, it's easy Here's a simple set ol points to lollow that should get you up and running.
1. Load VideoTracker.
2. Load a music module.
3. Click Play Songposition. When you've identilied one of the
samples in the first block, dick the right mouse button to get
back to the control panel.
4. Move the sample slider until the name of the sample you heard
appears in the sample box.
5. Click the priority slider so that it's set to 1.
I. Load a routine, animation or picture using the pull down
menus.
7. Click Play Songposition or Play. You should now see the
picture or effect that you just loaded.
3. To add another effect to a different sound, select a new
sample with the sample slider, give it a priority value, move
the first effect slider to a blank slot, and load a new
effect.
9. To add some effects in the next song position, move the song
position slider along, and repeat the process from step three.
Files are always loaded into the currently selected First Effect slot. So in order to load a series of effects, you need to move the First Effect slider along one place for each file in the series. When you've loaded them all in, set the First Effect slider back to where you want the series to start, and the Last Effect to the end point of the sequence.
THE EFFECTS The explanations of the following effects have been broken down into a number of parts: a description of the effects, the files they need in order to operate, the order in which the files must be placed in the effect list, and the relevance of the Routine Mode setting.
DISPLAY A PICTURE What you'll need: an IFF picture in VideoTrackei's Picture directory.
There is no actual routine that needs lo be loaded in order to show the picture, you just load the picture straight into the effect slot. Any ranges in the palette will be cycled automatically. If you don't want colour cycling, clear all your ranges from within Dpainl before you save the picture. The Routine Mode has no effect. Pictures should be stored in VideoTrackei's Picture directory.
DISPLAY A BRUSH What you'll need: an IFF brush in VideoTrackei's Brush directory.
This works just the same as displaying a picture.
PLAY AN ANIMATION What you'll need: a standard IFF Anim-5 format animation in VideoTrackei's Anim directory.
Anim 5 is the format used by most Amiga animation programs, such as Dpainl, Brilliance and Cinemorph. Animations with multiple palettes are supported. Load the animation lile into the effect slot. No other routines are needed in order to play animations, although further routines can be added. For example, the animation slot could be followed by a plasma or a wave routine. In this case, the routine mode would control the effect following the animation. Animations are unpacked in realtime as they play in order to save memory.
PLAY AN ANIMBRUSH What you'll need: an IFF Anim-5 format animbrush in Video Tracker's Animbrush directory.
This is just the same as displaying an animation, but animbrushes can be smaller than the screen size. They're generally faster too, as they are unpacked from their compressed IFF format before they are played.
PLASMA Plasma is a trippy effect that uses the Amiga's copper chip to change the colour ol Ihe background very quickly, in such a way that the screen is filled with smooth mutating waves of colour.
Pictures, text and animations can be displayed over the top of the plasma.
What you'll need: the plasma routine that's in the RoutineAGA directory.
Order of effects: Plasma.rot, followed by an optional IFF brush, image or animation.
Routine mode: See the documentation on the VdeoTracker disk for a technical breakdown.
Alternatively, just experiment with different settings to see which you like best.
COLOURGRID This tills the screen with 16x16 pixel squares ol different colours. These colours cycle around varying on the routine mode setting. There are actually three grids, which can all be seen if you overlay a picture that uses colours 0.1 and 9.
What you'll need: the colourgrid.rot file in the RoutineAGA directory.
Order of effects: an optional IFF brush, image or animation, followed by colourgrid.rot. Routine mode: any value from 0 to 65532 can be used. See the documentation on the VideoTracker disk for a full breakdown. Try a setting of 4964 with a two-colour picture.
COPPERMAGNIFY VideoTracket's most impressive routine, copper- magnify, comes in four varieties: 3AGA, 4,4AGA and 8. They work in a similar fashion, zooming and rotating a HAM IFF brush. The 3AGA and 4AGA versions also have extra special tunnel modesl can overlay an animation, IFF brush or a picture.
The anim speed and anim loop functions work the same as with normal animations. Use an effect speed of one to begin with. Subsequent palette changes can be controlled by adding a sequence of different coloursets, with the effect speed set to
0. This will cause a colour change each time the sample is
played. Coloursets (palettes) can be created and saved from
Dpaint.
WAVE This sends a wave through the currently displayed image or animation. Each horizontal line is shifted left and right at various speeds depending on the routine mode settings. Certain routine mode settings allow the separation of different bitplanes in a picture, giving a see-through two-way scroll effect.
Oscilloscopes, or combined as one big one.
What you'll need: just the equalizer.rot file in the RoutineAGA directory.
Routine mode: 0=4 separate equalizers. I = 1 large equalizer.
TUNNEL This uses a two-colour low-resolution picture to create a nice tunnel effect. The picture is scanned line by line, and each line is wrapped around the centre of the screen. This is then scrolled outwards to make way for the next line. The IFF image must be loaded in as a background rather than a picture.
What you'll need: a 2 colour low resolution IFF picture in the background directory, and the tunnel.rot file in the Routine AGA directory.
Order of effects: background IFF, tunnel.rot. Routine mode: experiment with the routine mode settings for variations in direction, speed and rotation.
What you’ll need: a HAM IFF brush (maximum size 256x256) in the Brush directory, and the coppermagnifyXX.rot files in the Routine AGA directory.
Order of effects: Ham brush, coppermagnifyXX.rot. Routine mode: the AGA versions can be used to generate tunnels. Use routine modes of 16 and above for various speeds, rotation and direction.
Once the HAM brush has been copied into the coppermagnify buffer, you can call the coppermagnify effect without first displaying the brush.
Consult the on-disk documentation for further details.
COPPERPICTURE This is another very clever routine. It takes a 48x36 pixel brush or animbrush, and scales it up to fill the screen. The animbrush can have 2,16,32, or 4096 (HAM) colours.Thls means you can have full-screen animations, using less memory than you would otherwise. The chunky side-eftect of the pixel expansion is quite nice.
What you’ll need: a colourset in the Colourset directory, a brush or animbrush in the brush or animbrush directory, and the copperpicture.rot routine in the RoutineAGA directory.
Order of effects: colourset, animbrush, copperpicture.rot. Routine mode: A routine mode of 1 can be used to prevent dual playfield effects. Otherwise, you What you'll need: a brush, picture or animation, and the wave.rot file in the routine directory.
Order of effects: image or animation, wave.rot. Routine mode: anything up to 65532 for loads of different wave types. Try 1,16,18,19,25,120, 153 and 162.
PICTUREWIPE Takes an IFF picture, and peels it onto the screen in a number of silky smooth ways.
This can be a little unstable, and has caused the occasional crash. This tends to be when using routine modes higher than 12.
What you'll need: an IFF image in the picture directory, and the wave.rot file in the Routine AGA directory.
Order of effects: IFF picture, wave.rot. Routine mode: settings from 0 to 12 give various slippery results, although higher settings can crash the system.
STARS Here’s a very simple routine. It displays a starfield in one of three ways. You can have the stars coming straight out, or rotating clockwise or anticlockwise.
R S3 WIRED WORLD Understand the lingo a little bit better after last month’s first instalment?
Yes, well let Peter Fitzpatrick show you how to get started.
Traditionally, a modem’s speed has been desorbed in terms of its baud rate Ignore this and reter instead to its speed in bits per second or bps Baud rate and bps are sometimes used as if interchangeable although it isn't accurate to do so. A
2. 400 bps modem will take approximately 72 minutes to send or
receive a t Mb file. A 9.600 bps modem will do the job in just
18 minutes and a
14. 400 bps modem will do it in only 12 minutes. If these times
seem to be very long then do remember that few tiles
available on bulletin boards are anything like 1 Mb.
Another consideration Is the speed of the modem you will be transmitting to. It's one thing having a super last modem yourself but if you're communicating with a friend who only has a slow one then your speed will be limited. You can only transmit and receive at a speed that both modems can achieve.
Luckily you don't need to worry about playing around with any settings as the modems will do this tor you. When you connect with another modem the two modems automatically exchange information about their various capabilities until they agree on the fastest rate of transmission that both can use The process is called handshaking My advice would be to buy the lastest modem you can afford and to avoid buying anything slower than 2400 bps because not only will its lack ol speed Increase your bills but you'll get frustrated by lorever waiting tor something to happen. Many modems now on sale offer
transmission speeds ol
14. 400 bps and these modems have fallen dramatically in price
over the last year or so Having chosen your modem it is a
relatively straightforward operation to install it. The
modem needs to be connected to your phone line, your computer
and a power source. Connection to the phone line is simply a
matter ot unplugging the phone jack and slotting in the
modem's connector. The modem is joined to your Amiga via the
computer s senal port This is a 25-pin slot that accepts a
temale jack
- make sure you have the right cable.
With the modem hooked up all you need now is the software to make it tick.
So you've decided that you want to take your first steps into the world ot Comms What do you need? Well, essential number one is a modem, that small box ol electronics that makes the whole thing possible. You will need to be connected to the telephone service and will also need some software to operate your modem modem to get hold of any software without using that software in the first place Rather than tie yourself up with logic the easy way out is to send oft to one ol the PD libraries advertised in CU AMIGA. The good ones will have your programs with you by return ot post. Term and Ncomm
are among the better known shareware comms programs and full registration for either program is a matter ot a lew dollars. Also worth looking at is Comms Guide This isn't a program as such but a disk-based introduction to the whole subject of communications on the Amiga.
Finally, you can access some ot the above shareware utilities from the BBS Dark Solution's CU AMIGA intormation vault (0246 277317).
THE HARDWARE Choosing which modem to buy is always tricky.
The most important consideration is how last a modem can transmit and receive data The more expensive the modem the taster it can work Most bulletin boards charge you tor every minute you are connected to them (every minute you are online) and on top of this you have your telephone bills to pay. Clearly the taster your modem the quicker you can do whatever you want to do and the lower your bills. Thus a more expensive modem may work out cheaper in the long run.
The major variable in this equation is the amount of time you are going to spend using your modem Use it tor an hour every day and nothing but the lastest will be suitable, use it once a month for a quick mess around and pretty well any old modem will do. The trouble is that it s very hard to gauge how much use you are going to get out ol your modem until you have become adept at using It and discovered whether or not H is something you enjoy doing. Thus, it is difficult to judge which is the right modem to buy until after you've bought one. Catch 22 or what?
NEED FOR SPEED Modem speeds ore usually referred lo in bits per second or bps, bol you will also encounter such terms os V32 or V42bis.
If o modem is described os being V22bis compliant, it means that it is capable of communication with 2,400 bps modems. V32 is the stondord for 9,600 bps communicolions and V32bis is the stondord for 14,400 bps communications.
However, the terms V42 and V42bis do not refer to a modem's speed. V42 is on error-correction standard; modems using this system outomatkolly check for errors such as those caused by a bod telephone line and re-tronsmit any data that has been garbled V42bis is a data compression stondord Modems using this system automatically compress and decompress files that are being sent. It makes them smaller ond therefore qukket and cheaper to transmit. Modems ore not restricted lo doto transmission at one speed but con communkote at arty number of slower speeds. In theory 14,400 bps modems using
V42bis doto compres sion con operote ot up to 57,600 bps if the telephone line is of sufficient quality. These sorts of speeds are hordly ever achieved in practice.
THE SOFTWARE All the software you will ever need to use your modem is available as shareware. It is to be tound on many bulletin boards although that's not ot much use to you yet as you can’t use your PRO CALC TUTORIAL Andy Leaning continues his indepth look at last month’s excellent spreadsheet coverdisk.
BEFORE YOU START Before starting this tutorial there are a couple of things we need to do first.
Complex mathematical calculations are the order ol the day with Pro Calc. But before you start to panic and break out in a mathematic-phobia frenzy, don't worry. Pro Calc is set up to ensure that data entry is as painless as possible.
For a start the display is simple. There are rows, cells or compartments, running left to right (named A,B,C, etc) and top to bottom (named 1,2,3,4, etc).
So, for example, if you wanted to enter the monthly amounts you were spending on your CD collection you would type the first month in cell A1, the next in B1. Then C1, D1 and all the way to F1.
To enter the data all you have to do is move the mouse pointer over the cell in the top left-hand corner of the window, press the left mouse button, type in a number representing your first month’s expenditure on Cds and finally press return. A red box around the cell will now move from Al to B1, showing you that anything you type will now appear in that cell. Continue like this until you've entered the contents for F1. If you go to cell G1 and enter '=sum(A1:F1)' this will calculate the total amount you’ve spent over the six months. It does this by adding up the numbers in cells A1 to Ft.
This is just like entering '=A1*B1+C1»D1*E1tF1.'
The display in the window will only show the result, not the cell contents.
Pro Calc also features a whole host of functions to make things even easier. The '=sum' feature is just one example of Pro Calds many time saving functions which we will be covering over the coming months. Incidentally, you may need to use the scroll bars on the window to see all six months plus the total if you are using a low resolution display.
SPREADSHEET POWER OK, now to demonstrate the true power of Pro Calc as a spreadsheet. We’ve already shown you how to calculate the monthly amount; now to build the spreadsheet up even further and start to calculate yearly totals. For example, move the cursor to cell A2 and enter another six numbers. Do the same for rows starting at A3 and A4. These four rows represent the monthly amounts - over a period of four years - you spend on Cds (i.e. four rows of six entries representing six months for four years). Now enter the ’sum’ functions in cells G2, G3, and G4.
You’ll have to change the cell references between the brackets to the current row. So instead of reading A1 :F1, it will become A2:F2, A3:F3 and A4:F4.
Now we’ve done that, how do we find out how much you've spent in total over the last four years?
Simple, in cell G5 enter ‘sum(G1 :G4)’. This takes the totals previously calculated and then adds them up - notice it was instantaneous, how long would it have taken you add that lot up?
And it gets better, if you now change one of Ihe monthly amounts, the totals in cells G1 to 5 will all instantly recalculate and show the new figures!
Unless you're very good at maths, it's unlikely you'll be able to match it for speed or convenience! At this point you should see something resembling figure 1.
GOODS ON DISPLAY So far we’ve shown how the spreadsheet can make calculations easier, but the overall look of your spreadsheet is very important, and Pro Calc scores full points there. There are numerous typographic facilities available - bold, italics, colours etc- that you can use to make your spreadsheet as pretty as possible. For example, for the figure 2 illustration - use the mouse to drag a box from cell A1 to G5, and select 'cut' from the 'edit' menu at the top of the screen. If you don't know how to use Amiga menus please refer to your owner's manual. The numbers will now disappear.
Move the mouse pointer down to cell B4 and select 'paste' from the 'edit' menu and then select the 'relative' sub menu. This will now paste in the numbers you'd previously cut out, and being relative it will update all references in the cells to the new positions - you won't need to change the references in the 'sum' functions to the new cell locations - it will do it for you. Now move the mouse pointer to G8 and type in
• Total:’, then move the mouse point to cell C1 and type in
'Monthly CD expenditure'.
Once again select cell Cl and with the mouse point click on the little red square above the main display window and then click on the small 'B' just to its left. The colour square sets the ink colour of the text to Red, whilst the B' will make the text Bold - try clicking on other squares around these to see their action.
You'll find buttons to change the font, font size, formatting and attributes along here. You could also enter the year numbers down the side (in cells A3 to A7) and the month names across the top (cells B3 to G3) etc and end up with a display like that in figure 2. Much better I’m sure you’ll agree.
Next month we'll take a look at some of the programs maths functions, and explore the program's excellent graphing capabilities that can turn your accounts into multi-coloured presentations, rjji
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_231A J ANIMATION TUTORIALS WORKSHOP It’s the final reel of our six- part animation series, and we’re going out on a bang. Taking full advantage of extra memory and 256-colour modes, Peter Lee shows how to use both to their best advantage.
Many Amiga users invest a lot ot money, as well as time, in their computer. Extra RAM is one ol the most popular upgrades, and once you have expanded, the horizons of Dpainl and Brilliance broaden tremendously.
And with this in mind, animation expert Peter Lee this month introduces two sequences which owners of expanded A1200s will be able to revel in. If you've yet to add extra RAM, don't worry too much; the techniques, if not the multitude of colours, work on all Amigas, and there's a really fine text effect for low resolution.
PART TUTORIAL I swinmn' mi im Mode: Dpainl, 256 colour mode; 20 frames Object: to create a sign swinging back and forth towards the viewer.
Many animators have trouble with rotation in Dpaint. While the software will spin a brush around any angle in three dimensions, it's difficult to achieve an affect which is a little out of the ordinary.
This example shows how to place a rotation point, and force Dpainl to pivot an object exactly where you want. It shows a dramatically-lit weather-beaten wooden sign swinging back and forth from chains, as lightning crackles behind from time to time.
Again, before we can start the animation, we need to cover the groundwork and look at the items which make up the drawing:- WOOD As wood is used for both the hanging sign and the spar itself, we can save a lot of time by using the same wooden effect for both. All we need to do is create one plank, then manipulate It in different ways.
D Draw out a plank-shaped rectangle in mid brown. Using the single pixel brush, draw freehand lines in light brown to simulate wood grain; add a few whiris to suggest knot-holes too, as in the illustration. Using a lighter brown, add a very few strands of wood grain highlight to the drawing.
0 Select Smooth from the Mode menu, and with the large round built-in brush, smooth over your plank to blur the lines into one another. If you smooth off the plank onto the background, don’t worry - when you’ve done that, just cut out a rectangular brush from the original, leaving the waste areas behind.
O Save this plank as a brush, as we'll be needing it later. Clear the screen, and place your plank brush centrally. Using the straight line tool with the pixel brush and mid-brown as the drawing colour, draw out a three-dimensional shape to represent the top and side of the beam we’re creating.
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tor Dpaint once you've defined a range, and used highlight
fill. Note the rings added to this drawing - a nice feature If
you want to create as much realism as possible.
For a simpler route, follow the basic guidelines In our tutorial.
N With your plank brush active, call up the fill requester, and highlight the word Brush. This tells Dpaint that our current brush will be used as the basis for an area fill. Using the fill tool, fill in the open top and side of the beam, and you'll see the grain flood in really nicely.
B Call up the fill requester again, and change the setting to Solid. Now from the Effect menu, select THE HAUNTING OF SILAS MARNER AtWing text to the sign Is straightforward. But ramambar, wbsn you animate, turn on Anti Allas tor the best possible results, even H It floes give you loads ot tree time tor all those Important |oba.
Translucency, and with black as your drawing colour and using the filled polygon tool, draw a black shape over the beam top and side, and see Dpaint darken the wood to give a terrific shadow effect, and a true 3D feel to the object.
CHAIN ? The silver-coloured links holding up the sign are created using the simplest of drawing tools - the rectangle.
O Before you start, call up the Ranges requester, and create a six-colour range from mid-grey to white; this will be our fill gradient.
? The links are created using small rectangles with the grey gradient fill we defined eadier. The edge-on links are simple lines, two pixels wide - in mid and light grey.
Once you have drawn two links, you can cut and paste them as many times as you like to create any length ol chain. Duplicate the chain image, and paste the two supporting chains on top of the sign.
THE SIGN B The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed how the sign is made; you remember the plank of This picture end the following tour ehow the eequence ol xnl- matfon: The sign, now highlighted by raye of moonlight, awinga back and forth, giving the viewer a feeling of realism. The lightning shards are there just to give them the willies.
Wood? Well Ihe sign is just a repeated painting ot the plank down the screen, with a horizontal flip ot the brush (using the * keyl on every other position.
? The only real artistic difference is that the plank has been stained’ a darker colour. To do this, activate Translucency trom the Effects menu, and with Colour active in the Fill menu draw out a filled rectangle over the planks in dark brown.
ANIMATION TUTORIALS WORKSHOP Cl Adding the text is simply a matter of choosing a medium-sized chunky font and typing in your words. To get a nice relief effect, as in my example, cut out your text and outline it (key o) with white selected as the foreground colour.
THE ANIMATION 0] If you can visualise the animation from the sequence extracts printed here, you will realise that the sign swings back and forth, pivoting where the chain fixes to the beam. The way to do this Is very simple, but isn't too well flagged in the manual.
B In order to tell Dpaint where you want your point of rotation to be on the sign, you have to cut it out as a brush, then place the brush handle midway between the tops of the chains, on a level with the very top ot the ring.
? To do this, pick up the sign and links as a brush, and from the Brush handle menu, select Place. Large crosshairs appear on screen, and can be moved as long as you have the left mouse button pressed. Place the centre of the crosshairs on the top of the links, exactly midway between the two chains. When you let go of the button, you will now be ‘carrying’ the brush from this point, and it's this which tells Dpaint where to rotate the object.
B If you haven’t saved your current work, do it now; dear the screen, and paint your sign brush in the centre of the screen. Press U to undo the process, and from the Anim Frames menu, set the number of frames to 20.
E Call up the Move requester (Shift M) and follow this formula: The figure 5 should always be the number in the Count box.
R Frames 1 - 5; All figures set to zero, except X angle, which is 30 (swings brush backwards) Frames 6 -10; X angle is -30 (Swings forward, returning to upright position) Frames 11-15; X angle is -30 (Swings forward towards viewer) Frames 16-20; X angle is 30 (Swings back to starting position).
If you really want the best results, set AntiAlias to High: this will take much longer to draw each frame, but the quality improves tremendously Adding the supporting beam we drew earlier is now just a matter of painting it down in the same spot on each of the 20 frames h To create a little atmosphere, you may notice I added rays of light and shade to the animation; to do this, draw thin rays on the spare screen, the full width and depth of the screen using the filled polygon tool. Use any colour you like, because once you've clipped it out as a brush, press F2 with black as the foreground
colour to turn it black.
E Set Translucency On, then paint this rayshaped brush in the same position on each frame to achieve a brooding half-lit effect on the swinging sign.
? I added a few flashes of lightning to the background on frames 5 and 12 to give some sense of foreboding to the sequence; these are simple 1 - pixel forked lines outlined in light blue and white, and painted down on the relevant frames with a Stencil protecting every colour but black.
Ideas: Once you know the brush-handle trick for point of rotation, you can make a brush animate in any way you want. A pendulum swinging from its top point is good next stage. Or how about creating a Newton’s Cradle - chrome balls knocking into each other to provide a soothing, seamless looping animation.
TUTORIAL 2 Mode: Brilliance, 256 colour mode 24 frames Object: To simulate a rotating radar beam picking up a message on the scope.
This sequence is a follow-on from the Dpaint sign; the problem being how to make a brush rotate around a user-defined point. This time I’m using a two dimensional technique, to simulate a radar scan revolving to uncover a message as it f D The first stage is to draw a perfect cirde. The diameter of your radar screen. To do this, choose mid-grey as your drawing colour and the single pixel brush. Select the open circle drawing tool, and with a finger on the Ctrl key, draw your circle (the key press ensures it really is a circle, and not an oval). Draw a second circle inside, with a diameter of
around 1.5mm less than the first. Save this image safely.
B For the effect to work, our radar ‘beam’ must be symmetrical; to achieve this, draw red guide lines which bisect the circle. You can have the beam as wide as you like, but it must be symmetrical. Use the guides to create the beam, as shown in the illustration. If you like, you can just do one half of How tn« radar Inmonla are created. Ualng Brl Wenca’e Ha rifle fill with aeverel mld-greya end white you can almulate ehlny metal.
The cortr-took background la another range, apeckled wtth yellow and browna.
N Ol the beam, then copy it as a brush. Hip it horizontally (x key) and paste it down for a perfect match.
Once you've drawn the beam, erase everything else to leave the beam-shaped object on screen.
Home in on qudtty CU Amiga ANIMATION TUTORIALS WORKSHOP ? Colour it mid-green, then cut it out as a brush.
Call up the Brush menu (right click on the scissors tool) and select Adjust from the handle setting.
Place the junction of the crosshairs precisely at the narrowest end of the brush. You can do this in magnify mode for pixel-perfect precision; the crosshairs must meet on the very end pixel of the pointed end of the brush.
ANIMATION O Clear the screen, and create 24 blank frames from the Animation menu. Stamp your beam brush on screen in the place it belongs, top centre, then click on Undo. Don't position it too high, because we'll be adding the metal housing around it later, Lad ? Call up the Tweening menu, and click on Reset to clear any settings. Click on Start, then on brush; this registers the position where you stamped the beam brush earlier.
Click on End, and alter the Z rotation to -360.
This will rotate our brush one complete revolution in a clockwise direction.
Have Brilliance draw this now, and save the animation.
? Move to the spare screen now, and load in the twin-circles we saved initially. Activate the Grid function, and using a light green and single-pixel brush, draw a grid in the inner circle.
You will have to manually complete this as the grid won’t exactly match the inner ring.
The metallic look to the circle is achieved with a gradient fill using a range of greys, white and black. The background is another gradient fill, this time A UONt WWW Mode: Dpaint, 32 colour low-res; default palette.
Object: To make text appear from nowhere, with a mixture of browns and yellows placed on the range definition bar, and a high level of dither.
? The fancy fastenings use the same grey-white gradient as the metallic ring, but with Radial Fill selected from the Modes menu.
TIP: I created the metallic finish first, and cut out the fitment as a brush, then filled the background with Ihe yellow brown mixture. Before placing the metal portion back, I gave it a dark brown drop shadow to give the impression of a raised surface.
This is just a case of painting down the image once in Colour mode (F2) before off-setting the real brush slightly in Matte mode (F1).
O Cut out the whole screen as a brush, with black as the background; then switch to the alternate screen, which should still be frame 1 of your animation, showing the beam in its starting position.
Place your screen brush in the right place so the inner circle just encompasses the beam at its centre and arced top, and paint it down. Call up the Tweening menu, and clear all settings on both Start and End positions, and have Brilliance paint the big brush on all of the remainder of the frames, in exactly the same spot.
? Save your animation, then switch to the alternate screen. Clear it, and enter your text - and bear in mind it must all fit in the radius of the inner of your two original circles, so you may want to load in that saved image for reference.
Once you're happy with your words, cut them out as a brush, and switch to the first frame of the animation.
? As we want the words to appear as if picked up by the radar beam, we have to call on Brilliance’s Stencil function, to protect every colour except the green used for the beam. To do this, access the Stencil requester (right dick on the S tool). Click on the green used for the beam on the palette bar, and click on Invert. Click on Anim Remake, and click on Colour. Close the requester, and stamp down your text brush in its correct position on frame 1. Undo this, and call up the Tweening requester. Reset all settings, and click on Start and Brush; Click on End, and brush. Now have Brilliance
draw the text on all 24 frames. You will see that the text is only drawn where the beam Is, so on successive frames different portions of the text brush will be visible.
? And when you play back the completed animation, the beam will pick out the text as it rotates, allowing viewers to read it after a number of rotations, which should be played at a fast rate.
Ideas: The best way to improve this would be to have a graduated green gradient fill for the beam, with the brightest colour at the leading edge trailing to near-black to mimic the actual visual decay of a radar sweep.
TUTORIAL I OK. You have now set up an invisible grid on the screen to which all your drawing tools will now snap.
Expanding across the width of the screen - and leaving a shadow, in case you thought that was too easyl Animate forfun The spare screen, used lor storing and cutting the various pieces ol the animation: The text Is positioned and grid-based guidelines drawn underneath lor relerence. The grid is 22 by 22.
And acts as a signpost when it comes to accurately cutting portions ol the brush lor pasting onto the main animation screen.
For this effect to have impact, you need a sizable font. I chose a chunky one at a size of 80pt.
D Type the lines of text as normal on a blank screen, and position them as you want them to look on the animation screen by using the cut and paste facilities in Dpaint ? Activate the Grid feature by right clicking on the Grid icon (which looks like a window pane); enter 22 in both the x and y spacing boxes and click on ANIMATION TUTORIALS WORKSHOP AMIGA WORKSH E That's the shadow completed for the first word, so switch off Translucency, and press key F1 to return the brush to it's natural state. As far as cutting out brushes goes now. It's a duplicate of what you've just done - inching your
way along the text, brush by brush. Only this time the actual brush itself will be pasted down on the animation. Remember, do not over-pant the shadow, but position the new brush at an offset lo allow part of the shadow to be seen. You may feel Ike turning the Grid off on the animation sequence tor better positioning but keep it on for cutting out the brushes on the spare screen.
? From the spare screen, with Grid on, cut out a brush corresponding to the width of the start of our guideline to position I; it is only a narrow sliver.
Switch to frame one to paint the letters' shadow.
? Once your background is in place, create 20 frames based on it; (Accessed from the Anim Frames Set pull-down menu). Remember, when you create frames, Dpaint always uses the current picture as the basis tor any additional frames. So if your screen were blank, you would simply be adding blank screens.
? Time to call on the Grid now. So switch it back on, and return to the spare screen (remember, j).
Select the brush cutting tool (looks like a pair of scissors) and move the crosshairs about the screen.
Can you see how they 'snap' onto the invisible grid?
You will find they line up exactly with the gridlines you drew in step 3, and in this way we can keep track of where we are along the text as we cut out several brushes.
? Try to visualise the effect we're aiming for, as this will help you understand why certain things are done; take a look at the illustrations and you will see that the text appears to slide into position from a central point. And to do this, each frame must show a little more of the word being exposed than the one ? Switch to the Spare screen now by pressing key j, and turn off the Grid by again left-clicking on the Grid icon. As our animation will cast shadows, we need to paint a background to show off the effect. In my case I drew a small multicoloured rectangle with a tew odd shapes, then
cut it out as a brush and pasted it down on screen. TIP- if you do this, flip the brush from time to time using the y, x and z keys so your final pattern has some randomness about it.
If you don't like such a busy background, simply choose a middle blue colour.
? The next stage is simply a repetition of what you've just done, with the exception that each time you cut a new brush, increase its width by one grid position until you come to the centre of the word. So for example brush two would be from start to 2.
Brush three from start to 3. And so on until in this example our final brush for the left hand side of the word is from start to six. And as you move back to the animation screens, remember to advance a frame before pasting down (key 2).
B To create the effect of the second half of the word emerging simultaneously with the first half, you need to think in reverse. Go back to the first frame of the animation, and switch to the spare screen. Instead of working from the start of the guideline, you need to work from the end, cutting backwards. So the first brush of the second half of the word, destined for frame one, would be from end (slot 12) to 11; the next brush would be from end to 10, and the next from end to 9, ? Press key F2 (which turns the brush a solid colour) and select black as the foreground colour. If you were to
paste down the brush now, you would have a solid black shadow, which is OK in some cases, but you can improve the realism by making the shadow semi-transparent. So from the pulldown Effects menu select Translucency, and set the value to 50%. With the Grid on. Paint down your shadow brush in the top centre of the screen.
Mi If sparkling dust M you don't want tho word to materialise from no wrier try creating a four-cell bluo-aplattered Anim brush and paint over the 'join' where the letter brushes emerge from.
E OK. It's repetitious but once you play back the sequence you! See how professional lookfjing it is.
You need to complete the sequence by following the same steps to get the second word animated too. But remember - start the exposure ot the second work AFTER the first word has been displayed, so that they folow on.
? If you're feeling more adventurous, how about a sizzling sparkle where the words appear from - a sort oI mapc gate. This is simply done by creating a four-frame Animbrush composed of spray-painted blues which is overlaid where the letters join. You will have to create the Animbrush independently of your main animation, save it and load it in when you've re-loaded the animation.
? The sparkle is simply one sweep of the spray brush using four blues. The Animbrush is the same small image rotated and flipped three times to create a randomness when the cells are played back QUICK RECAP We've covered Animbrushes before, but here’s a 60-second crib. Create an animation containing the number of frames you want your Animbrush to consist of. Draw each stage of the Animbrush on consecutive frames (Use the 1 and 2 keys to move back and forth in the sequence to check on positioning). Using the Anim AnimbrustVPickup pull-down menu option, draw a rectangle around the area you
want to convert to an Animbrush. Finally, save it.
IDEAS: For something really special, you could use an image instead of text as your display. And you could divide the screen into quarters so the picture gradually builds up from the centre. (3J That's it Irom this in-deplh anin you've been able lo expand yoi techniques I've been shoring with you over the post six monlhs. Don't miss o brand new series coming soon - Mastering Dpaint 5 - the new stunning upgrade.
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M LOGOS, MEANINGS AND MYSTERIES: CD32 queries, I have just got myself a 4" Conner k* CFS420A 420Mb IDE hard drive. It Is actually meant tor an IBM PC But since it is an IDE standard drive, I assume there shouldn't be any major problems getting it to work with my Amiga A1200.
However, I need a cable to connect it to my Amiga as the I0E interface on the A1200 and the drive are ol difference sizes, as you are probably aware.
Please show me how to make such a cable where I can get one from (in the UK). I know that the four pins on the right are for the power supply. I have no problem getting an external power supply for the unit but I am not sure how to connect the other 39 pins to the 44 pins on the A1200 motherboard. Please please please help me. I shall be forever grateful il you could solve my cable problem Incidentally. I have also just acquired a modem. Is there any way I could E mail you guys over there?
Eric Hoi, Malaysia.
As It Is an IDE drlva you should be able to gat It working with your At 200, which has a built-in IDE Interface. However there are several considerations, firstly the amount of power supplied via the internal IDE Interlace is enough tor a 2£" drlva, but you may run Into problems when trying to connect bigger drives. Assuming this isn't the case. Videk will be able to supply a suitable cable to connect the two. Videk are on 061 204 6690.
CD COMMXABIUTY CD * I own an Amiga A500 and an At 200. Two months ago I bought a Zappo CD ROM drive for my Amiga A1200.1 have already found this to be a great investment.
Parallel port. Is there a way in which I could connect the two computers and still leave the printer connected and if possible be able to control the printer from both computers’ II so how much would this cost? Thank you tor all the hard work you put into producing the magazine every month.
Richard Jones (Aged 14), West Midlands.
We've had several letters asking about CD32 game compatibility with the Archos CD-ROM drive, and just as soon as Indl, bless 'em, let us have one for a little longer than a couple of days we'll be happy to test out more games and report our findings.
Connecting two Amigas without using the Parallel port isn't a problem, ParNET has a sister called SerNet which, not eurpris- ingly, uses the Serial port Try However, I have two questions regarding CD32 emulation and connecting my two Amigas:
1. 1 know some CD32 games will work on my CD ROM drive but I
don't know which ones. Cyberwar, previewed October 1994,
looks worth buying just for the graphics. But I don't know If
it will work on my system. Pleasel Pleasel Peasel When
reviewing CD32 games could you state whether they are
compatible with CD ROM-equipped Amigas
2. 1 am thinking ol connecting my two Amigas using ParNET. But I
have already have a printer occupying my Got a problem with
your Amiga? No, well stop reading this page then.
Can you please advise me. I am studying Autocad Release 12 part time at college and would like to know if I could run it on the Amiga, and if so where I can purchase the above program. I have asked some of the big suppliers who advertise in your mag but they cannot help me. Also what are the system requirements I would need to run the program and print hardcopy I have an A1200 with 130Mb hard drive. Power 2nd drive.
Commodore 1081 monitor and 120D Andy Leaning: Av21“Heh, listen to him - I’m the tough guy around here. No problem’s too BIG for me.” John Kennedy: W i «|»m ready for anything this month.
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ABIT OF ACAD printer. If this program is not available for the Amiga could you tell me if there is another program which has the same functions and commands.
Roy Beer, Lowestoft.
Your wish is our command but we can do a bit better! Let me tell you what the Amiga equivalent of AutoCAD is - XCAD On the cover of this very issue of CU AMIGA you’ll find a program called XCAD Designer and a 100-page guide to CAD on the Amiga. How’s that for service! XCAD is without doubt one of the best CAD programs available on the Amiga and whilst it isn’t AutoCAD you should find that its many versions will do most of what you need. Test XCAD Designer and decide for yourself whether to get one of Its bigger brothers.
DEVOUT FAN ® Please could you help me on a quest I have?
I phoned Datel Electronics about a month ago and asked them it they were going to bring out an Action Replay tor the A600 and A1200. All they said was.'No because the demand is not there".
So I was wondering if you could ask your staff and readers (be it user groups, friends etc.) to send me their names and addresses so that I could put a petition together. I will collect all the letters I receive and personally go to Datel. The reason for this quest is, I tried the PD version and I found it to be unreliable.
Also I am fed up with the jibes I get from my friends who have the hardware version.
Antony Hinks, Southsea, Portsmouth.
We're In total agreement with you Antony, the sooner ell Amiga developers realise that there are thousands ot active A600 and A1200 owners around the better.
Any readers who want to get in contact with you can write to us and we will send them on. Let us know how you get onl NOT ENOUGH TEX I have been using an Amiga since 1989 and I now have an Amiga A1200 with 4 mb RAM and 68881 FPU. I have some questions, please help:
1. 1 am looking for a TEX program on Amiga for printing some
mathematical formulas on my CBM MPS1230 printer. I found a
program called PasTEXon Fred Fish April CD ROM, but I don't
have a CD ROM. If you know of any other TEX programs, could
you please tell me the name of it and where I could find it?
2. Are there any basketball games planned to be released for the
Amiga?
It’s a shame there are only three.
3. Is it possible to emulate a 486PC with EMPLANT PCMCIA on a 4mb
A1200? I wrote to Blittersott, but they didn't answer me.
Maybe you can get some intormation.
Sinan Gurkan, Turkey.
There was a varient of TEX, a program that allows text documents to be created with precise typographical accuracy and thus ideal for producing mathematical formula, available for the Amiga. Try contacting Valley PD on 091 587 1195 who should be able to help.
Basketball games for the Amiga! Who wants Basketball when you’ve got Mortal KombatT Seriously though, we haven't been told of any planned games on the Amiga although we'd love to see some. If there are any software houses developing them you know who to call.
We spoke to Blittersott about this and they said that whilst not possible at present the A1200 Emplant will be released early next year. Rest assured that we’ll be reviewing It as soon as It's available to try out its 486 compatibility.
MAKING MUSIC I have an Amiga A600 with 2Mb of memory. Is it possible to record music from disk to audiotape without it costing too much? Do you also know of any cheap graphic rippers that work? I have trted a tew and just get fuzzy screens with a taint outline of the image. Help, as I want to import these picture into Deluxe Paint III.
Richard Heath, Alton.
I presume you want to record the sound output from your Amiga onto normal cassette tape. This can easily be done with most hi-fi systems. Connect the audio outputs of your Amiga to the CD or AUX input on your hi-fi. Switch your hl-fl selector to CD or AUX, put a blank tape in the cassette deck, and start recording.
Graphics rippers are utilities that allow you to save out graphics from games and demos onto your own disks. 17 Bit Software will be able to advise you on the best ones to try out. Their telephone number Is 0924 366982.
BOOKWORM I am an ‘ ? _ accountant Lo . E who uses W ¦CV'-y* * double entry Ff j A* book keep- M* in9 My son has an A1200 computer, and I want to know if it’s any use to me in my accountancy work which is basically final accounts and taxation for sole traders and partnerships.
Teddy Daniel, Birkenhead.
Well it could certainly do the work, the problem will be finding software that runs on it that will be good enough for your needs (ie having software that caters for up to the minute changes in tax etc). If you just want a spreadsheet you need look no further than the cover of last months CU AMIGA - this had Pro Calc on the front cover, which is the best spreadsheet on the Amiga. For dedicated accounts programs you could try calling Emerald Creative (081-715 8866) who carry several accounts programs, or Digits on 0395 270273 who have In the past done several accounts applications.
BRAIN TEASER ®l own an A1200, and I have a theoretical question for you to get your brains around. If I had a GVP A1230 II 50MHz 4MB* SCSI module, a Sony CDU-33A-01 and an Emplant (PCMCIA) PC Mac emulalor would I be able to run these machines CD ROM software? For example would Rebel Assault, Day Ol The Tentacle etc. work? And would I be able to use the SCSI Reel Magic card?
Finally, would a Microvitec 1438 be able lo handle the PC and Mac screen modes?
Richard Dunford, Hertfordshire.
Hmmm, difficult one. Answering your questions In reverse, the 1438 should be able to handle many PC screen resolutions, you maybe able to get it to work with the Mac but It will probably take some fiddling.
RealMagic. A PC expansion card that allows Pcs to play MPEG Digital Video titles, will not directly work with Emplant. Emplant only emulates PC hardware rather than being PC hardware compatible, this unfortunately means you can’t just plug in a PC card (like RealMagic).
Neither can you address SCSI peripherals that are accessed via an Amiga SCSI interface - so you won’t be able to read the CD-ROM drive In the manner you wish. However there is a version of Emplant available that has a SCSI Interface built-in and by connecting the CD-ROM drive to this Interface you should be able to use the drive. If you call Bllttersoft they will be able to help with any other enquiries you have, they are on 01908 220196.
WHICH PRINTER?
Please could you give me some advice and information on which printer to buy. I have a A1200 which is to be upgraded with a Blizzard 12204 * 2mb. We will be using it lor leaflets and general use. Would we need a colour, laser or bubblejet? Finally, Would it be possible to run the Epson stylus colour, which you have given rave reviews , on my equipment. We have had so much conflicting advice we need your help.
C. Bunning, Cambridgeshire.
The Epson Stylus would be ideal for this use, and although you can’t print It out at Its maximum resolution (720dpl) you should find Its output still more than good enough. 3J) AND TEAR DOWN TO John Menzies In John Menzies computer departments, H you buy any piece of software on any format - you'll get £5 off. You'll also find £5 off vouchers in all the magazines shown below. The more magazines you buy, the more discounts you can get. So, buy the titles, rip out the vouchers and cash in quick.
HELP IS XT John Kennedy is back, armed to the hilt with all the answers to your questions.
Qwhy does the Amiga have to load Workbench trom disk?
A The Amiga has an incredibly complex operating system, which is capable ot running several programs at once (multitasking). The system software Is so complicated that in an A1200 or A4000 It takes up S12K of memory all by itself - that's 0.5Mb ot ROM. Even then, the Amiga still needs more data and keeps other libraries of routines, tonts and utility programs stored on disk.
Ql have only one disk drive. Why do I need to swop disks so much?
A As some libraries and utility programs are stored on the Workbench disk, you will often need to re-insert this disk to let the Amiga finish what It Is doing.
A How can I reduce the disk swopping?
A The simplest way Is to buy another floppy disk drive. These connect to the back ol the Amiga, no fiddling with option settings or extra software is required, as the Amiga will automatically sense the new drive (and call it df1: or df2:). You can then keep the Workbench disk permanently in the Internal drive, and use your other drive for programs.
AI can’t aftord another drive, help!
Alt you have some extra memory, or don't need a lot of memory to run your applications, you can use a RAM disk. It is usually better to use RAD: as it simulates a floppy disk. To start RAD:, open a Shell and enter MOUNT RAD: - you may have to find the RAD: Icon on Workbench Storage floppy and double-click it instead and then copy the entire Workbench disk into it (enter dlskcopy workbench: to RAD:' at the Shell).
Before you reboot remove out the Workbench floppy and the Amiga will use Ihe copy in RAD: instead.
Qhow come most games don't show up on the Workbench?
A Most games, and demos, use their own private disk format. They contain their own disk-reading program in the boot block' of the disk that is only executed when the disk is used to boot the Amiga (I.e. the computer Is switched on with the disk inserted). These special formats allow games and demos to start almost Immediately and display images and play sounds: they also prevent them from being easily copied.
A What is a hard disk?
A A hard disk is like a floppy disk drive with a single disk permanently installed.
However, the disk's capacity Is much, much larger than a floppy, and the access times are much, much faster. Typically a floppy disk can hold about 1Mb of data - a hard disk can hold 20Mb (very small), 120Mb (OK-lsh), 400Mb (nice!) 1000Mb * (highly desirable). A floppy disk will transfer about 150K of data a second, and a hard drive about 1Mb a second.
A What is IDE?
A The Amiga models 600,1200 and 4000 all feature an IDE Interface. This Is a disk drive standard which is very common as all IBM-PCs use It. IDE drives are fast, reliable and getting cheaper all the time. IDE supports up to two hard drives: a master and slave.
Transfer rates of over 1Mb a second are not uncommon, although this depends a lot on the speed of the Amiga.
Older Amiga computers and many add-on drives for the A500 used a totally different Interface called SCSI. SCSI used to be the bee's knees, as it allows up to seven drives or other SCSI devices to be used. However, these days It's a bit outdated but It Is still useful for connecting CD-ROM drives.
SCSI2 is a new Improved standard: with a suitable SCSI2 Interface and SCSI2 hard drive rates of 3 to 5Mbs a second are possible. SCSI2 Interfaces will work with SCSI hard drives.
A What are the benefits of a hard drive?
A For a start, all your operating system software can be stored on hard disk which means you can boot up your Amiga workbench in about 30 seconds. Also, you won't have to swop disks - with a program like WordWorlh this Is like having a whole new computer. With a fast computer system and a good hard drive, you can even start to play back animations and sound samples directly from hard disk.
Ask anyone who has used an Amiga with a hard drive if they could face going back to a floppy-only system: the answer will be a resounding 'NO!'
A Can 1 Pul games and demos on my hard disk?
Alt depends. Some software houses don’t Include hard disk Install options because they say it makes piracy easier. Some don't Include them because their programs don't use the operating system and therefore don't support the hard drive Interface.
It's probably best to complain the software houses directly.
Qwhy is a hard drive different from a CD-ROM drive?
A A hard drive is a lot faster than a CD-ROM drive (about 1Mb a second compared to about 300K a second).
However, a CD-ROM disk will store about 600Mb of data and costs only a few pence to manufacture. The main difference is that you cannot store your own data on the CD-ROM (without extremely expensive equipment), whereas you can store your own programs on the hard disk.
A Should I back-up my hard disk?
A Yes! Although modern IDE hard drives are very reliable, they still can go wrong. A rogue program or demo may crash and leave a file corrupt, or a virus may wipe some data. It is important you back up all the data that you can't afford to loose.
Specialist programs such as AmiBack and OuarterBack make this process a lot easier and quicker, and a video back-up system can automate almost everything.
Q What's the difference between 2.5 and 3.5 inch drives?
A About an inch! The 2.5 Inch drives were originally designed for IBM notebook computers, but the A1200 and A600 use them as they are small enough to fit Internally.
The A4000 uses larger 3.5 Inch drives, which are a lot cheaper and usually faster too.
It is possible to put 3.5 Inch drives Into the A1200 or A600, but it requires a special cable and may also require some warranty-destroying alterations to the casing or Internal metal shield. It’s not for the faint hearted.
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EFFECTS GENERATOR AMIGA 1 (OCTAMED) The Realtime Effects
Generator was included on the coverdisks of the October 1994
issue of CU AMIGA.
Tony Horgan has some tips on how to get the most from this powerful little program.
AMIGA 2 (RT EFFECTS GENERATOR) If you're using TREG to add effects to your own music, you won't normally need to add effects to the whole piece of music, only parts of it. For example, you might choose to use the phaser effect, because it sounds good on your drums and cymbals. However, if you put the whole mix through the effect, you'll find it starts to sound a bit mushy. The drums might sound better, but the bass and melody parts could be degraded. In this case, you should keep the other sounds ’dry’’, and only pass the drums through the phaser. To do this, you’ll need to separate your
sounds. If you’re affecting sounds from another Amiga, try arranging your song so that the sounds you want affected will always come through the same audio output (either left or right). You can then use a mixer to combine the affected and dry parts into one sound.
CAUSE AND EFFECT Some effects work better on certain types of sound. The best way to find interesting combinations of effects and source sounds is through experimentation and trial and error.
The echoes work well in a range of situations.
The Small Echo, Large echo and Variable echo effects work well with vocals. The Digital Delay is handy for sounds where timing is important (such as drums or melodies), as you can use the sliders in the top left corner of the screen to alter the gaps between the echoes. The Tunnel Echo is brilliant for ambient sounds, with its long-stretching repeats that feedback into each other. Try connecting a microphone and making strange slurping, whoosing noises for maximum weirdness!
The reverbs tend to make things sound computerised, rather than giving them long delicate echoes like conventional reverb ____________ effects. Try putting drum |00ps or speech through them for strange metallic results.
The next four effects. Exterminator, Synthesis, Dalek and Vibrato, are all best used on spoken voices and sound effects, rather than tuned instruments. They mess around with the pitch of the sound, making musical parts slide in and out of tune.
The Pan effect adds stereo movement to a mono sound. Just about anything sounds good put through this one, although in general it's a good idea to keep bass sounds central in the stereo field. The Flange and Phaser effects are recommended for drums and guitars, or anything else with a large high frequency content.
USING MIXERS These effects are best used with a mixer, preferably one with an 'effect send and return’ section.
An effect send and return section allows you to use effects in a more subtle way, by combining the output of the effects processor with the original 'dry' sound. This means you can add more or less of the effect whenever you like, by adjusting the volume of the sound coming from the effects processor, with the original 'dry' sound on a separate fader on the mixer. Consult your mixer's instruction manual for details on using the effects section.
If your mixer doesn’t have an effect section, you can still emulate the feature with a standard mixer (see diagram). You'll need to split the sound you want affected into two, using a two- into-one adaptor (available from most electrical suppliers). This will allow you to channel your sound directly into the mixer, and also into the Amiga running TREG. You can then connect the output from TREG into another channel on the mixer. The mixer will now have two versions of the same sound, up on different channels. The balance between the dry and the affected sounds can be adjusted by taking the
volume of each channel up or down accordingly.
Take a look at the diagram. This illustrates a set-up with two Amigas. The first Amiga is running OctaMED. The second Amiga is running The Realtime Effects Generator. From the first Amiga, the left audio output is fed directly into channel 1 of the mixer. The right output is split into two.
One of these two signals is then fed straight into channel 2 ol the mixer, while the other is fed into the other Amiga. The output from Amiga number 2 is then fed into channel 3 of the mixer. The amount of effect can now be adjusted by altering the positions of the faders on channels 2 and 3.
THE FILTER Don’t forget the high frequency filter option. When you load up the program, the filter is turned on.
This takes out part of the hiss that's generated by some of the effects. It's best to leave this on for many of the effects, but some, like the phaser and flange, are most active in the high frequency range, so you'll get better results by turning the filter off in these cases, r® CONNECTING UP The Realtime [fleets Generator (TREG) takes any sound signal from a standard sound sampler cartridge (Megalosound, Technosound etc.), passes It through one of its effects, and then outputs the results through the Amiga's audio channels. Connect your sampler to the Amiga's parallel port, and connect
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TREG uses all four of the Amiga's sound channels, and most of the computer's processor time, so you can't use it at the same time as ProTradter or OctaMED, unless you use two Amigas, with one running TREG, and the other running your music program.
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SUBS STORY I've been buying your magazine for over two years now and I like if very much. The only problem is when n comes to subscriptions Your offers of discounted Bruce Smith books are good for some people, but I think you should have another offer for people who would much rather have a subscnbers superdisk than a book. My friends have lent me theirs from other magazines and I think they're very useful. It doesn't have to be pretty, just a lew archived files unpacking to RAM will do fine. Who knows, people might turn away from other magazines for yours (no offense to them) Other than
this, keep up the good work!
Tim Andrews. Norwich.
Well, is the saying goes "you can please some of the people some of the time but yoo can't please all the people all of the time". You know we try to give our readers the very beat. That's why the coverdlsks are always packed full of quality software. Our BSB books have been popular but we may change the offer In the future. By the way Tim, you can be as offensive as you like about other magazines.
COLOUR BLUES Can anyone tell me why computer hardware has to be the same boring off-white grey colour?
Some years ago the Spectrum was black, and I remember that some of the Japanese MSX computers had different coloured casings Today, however, it seems that if a machine is to be taken seriously it must be the same old bonng off-white.
Is this due fo customer resistance to other colours? Has someone carried out in depth ergonomics research involving extensive psychological studies that have come to the conclusion that if people try to use any compufer that is not off
- white in colour they may go bonkers?
I look forward to the day that computers may be produced in Lime Green. Canary Yellow or Crimson.
Yours Cokxirfully. Bob Small. Birmingham.
Too true Bob. There * to little colour in the world. Bring on the colours that's what we say.
Although I don't know about your choice of Lime Green! Think about It though, if you detached the top casing of your Amiga, Including the keyboard and painted It, you could have what ever colour you like. You would Invalidate the warranty and run the risk of sticky keys though.
RDS TIPS PART 1 Here are some tips to gel the best results from the RDS 3D program from coverdisk 92:
1. RDS takes its information to calculate the heights in the
picture from the colour numbers. 0 is the farthest away and
16 or 32 is the nearest.
2. Because a lot of detail is lost in the process it is best to
work with lo-res screens and simple shapes.
However, because Ihe RDS picture is in the same resolution it is best to stretch the picture to maximum size in a paint program. Tip: don't use interface unless you have a multi-scan monitor.
Name and address supplied.
There's always someone eager to help! Many thanks for the Information on RDS. We've had a lot of letters from users about this program, It proved very popular. I'm sure other readers will find your tips very helpful.
GB GRIPE I am writing with regard to your coverdisk 86. July CU AMIGA. The main reason I purchased this magazine was for the above coverdisk, in particular GB Route 1.1. On the cover it states that the program is worth £40. On page nine the program instructions clearly state the facility to produce a hard copy of the map or the route This otherwise superb program is ruined by this feature being disabled and I feel that your magazine has an obligation to deliver the goods as descnbed Mr. RC Sparling.
GB Route should print routes out - It certainly works on our systems. To print out a route try the following. Boot from your normal Workbench disk, once loaded run GB Route and now try printing a route. This should then produce the text instructions on how to get to your chosen destination.
PD DELIGHTS I upgraded to an A600 a month ago. After three years spent with a C64.1 am a great fan of music and animation, and I like to scour the adverts for PD and search for cheap animafions lo buy. I think your PD sections do not cover enough music disks. I am also looking for an artificial intelligence disk and. Being an A600 owner, a PD speech disk for the cheapest prices and the best quality.
Also, a suggestion or two. I filled out your survey (CU June -94) although dkt not return if due to my appaling hand writing. Looking through other Amiga mags I saw that their reader surveys were a bit more fun to fill in as they had included various questions like "Do you own any Metallica t-shirtsr These questions make it fun lo till out with friends.
Brian Kelleher, County Cork, Ireland.
Tony Horgan used to get stick lor covering too many music disks in the PD pages! Maybe he swings too far the other way now.
TEAM TALK The CU CREW are all anxiously looking forward to Christmas. Apart from the beer and the Santa chocolate bar assortments, there are tons of pressies to unwrap on Christmas morning. What do the CU Team want to find in their stockings this year?
ALAN DYKES Alan's recSy a bit o(
o bard ot heart This month he's been sit- ling, lonely looking,
in comen lotting down his latest poetic creations on die back
of cardboard software boxes.
However, after this monlh's lead feature he keeps sighing and issuing heavy hints See: 'K ondy I hod my own word processing package, I woukkTl contribute so much to free felng and global wanning' We'd belter give hint one or die moany old gif won't shut up.
USA COLLINS I lisa's taken to hanging out in smokey ond slaking out any pool rookies she con nobble lor a few quid . Why the sudden addiction to pool?
Answer: Arcade Pool (page 75). She s spent so long potting bals Leo dtinlcs she's playing the leodrole in Ihe Colour ol Monn. To tempi her owy from dtese densainiquty die CU team hate promised to buy her a copy of die CD32 game lor Otrefmas Unfortunately, non* ol the PD libraries we spoke lo were able to recommend an artificial intelligence program. Can anyone else help?
Finally, your A600 has speech synthesis built In. Load Workbench, open a shell window and type say hello', then press Return. You can tell it to say anything you Ilka, and even make silly noises by typing In random letters from the keyboard. Have tun.
ARTISTIC QUANDRY Help I'm working with Deluxe Paint III and Imagine V2. And would like to know where to send my disks so my work can be laser printed in lull glory
G. D. Jamieson. Grimsby.
There are various companies around who otter quality colour laser printing. You may even And some in your local hlghstreet - try the large office equipment shops. Alternatively, you can try the many bureaus who otter DTP output.
Most ol these organisations support Mac and PC tiles so you'll need to save your Images onto a PC format disk. Most Mac bureaus will be able lo handle the standard Amiga file format, IFF, as It can be loaded in Photoshop (a Mac program).
Try the following companies: TrebleM (0274 393937) or MacMedla (071-401 8579).
RDS TIPS PART 2 I am writing in response to your plea in the October '94 issue regarding the 30 generation program on Ihe coverdisk. Having worked with this type ol image lor some time now I llnd it very easy to see them, but it took me over two hours to see the lirst one. I suggest you get the book Magic Eye by N.E. Thing Enterprises, which contains many images of this type and explains various methods of seeing them. As lor ones created on the Amiga, I suggest printing them out first as they are easier to see.
Jeaa Lailey, Salisbury.
Thanks for that handy tip Jess. Glad that our 3D generator worked for you. We spent hours staring at the blooming thing and still couldn’t see Jack dlddly.
CENSORSHIP ORDEAL With no other Amiga users that I know out here, magazines such as yours are really important, even though the authorities do censor the odd bare lemale shoulder and leg. Having decided to take the plunge and become involved in Comms, as I have had some pretty good dealings with Power Computing, I was thinking of buying their ACEEX Fax Modem as a low cost introduction to what could be another minefield to manoeuvre through.
So. I was pretty happy to see that you had a review ot it in your October issue on page 104. And in the past I have found your reviews to have some useful comments. But what had you put on page 103? Whatever it was the authorities had ripped it outl It was ripped out of every edition I could check
- and I checked quite a tew, so it wasn’t just one Saudi who also
wanted the same modem.
So. Would it be possible for you to send me a hard copy ot the review with any comments and overall rating? No pictures, just the text. As you will see I have enclosed a SAE with hard to get precious stamps-normally only used for hand-delivered letters back home tor posting I (Just to show how desperate I am).
I do hope you can help me.
Allan Greene, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Although this ia not a service we usually offer, Andy had |ust tied up an amazing coverdisk deal lor the Feb '95 Issue, and being In a particularly good mood he sent a copy of the page to you. The offending picture wasn't actually on that page, but on the other aide, and was part of an advert.
The first person to write In with the name of the advert will win a mystery prize - send your answers to: 'How to increase your pulling power', CU AMIGA, EMAP Images, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
GET IT SORTED I am a loyal Amiga owner bul I leel lhal there are a few things which need sorting out where software houses are concerned. Over these last few years things have progressed very quickly and so have our expectations ot the graphics and sound used in games This side ot things is okay so tar as I'm concerned but the do have their drawbacks. It now takes much longer to produce these elements ot a game and ttks means that there is less time left for programmers to spend on getting the game playnght.
Would it not be better if programming teams were to spend a lot more time altogether on their games in order to make them more fun to play? Valhalla, for example, took only a few weeks to produce and most of that time was spent on the graphics and sound, the end result was not as half good as n potentially could have been Games like Eltmana. Flashback. Frontier.
Stardust and Rutin Tumble an prove that time does pay. Terramarque missed out on an opportunity to release Ettmana at Christmas so that they could spend more time on the computer intelligence and 4 pad off handsomely.
The previews section in your magazine is very good but a small section on what has happened to games witch were previewed months ago but have not yet been released (so that we are not left in the dark) wouldn't go amiss.
Finally, do you know whether anyone has bought the licence to produce Mortal Kombat 2 on the Amiga? I've played it on other formats and thought it was the greatest thing since the Tub of Lard' who appeared on Have I Got News For You.
Paul Slinger. West Yorkshire.
I think you are right about more time being devoted to getting the gameplay right.
However. Valhalla is a great game and I don't think that the gameplay Is lacking in We try to cover all the latest happenings In the software world. Sometimes games that are previewed do seem to disappear down a black hole. This Is usually due to the programmers running into various problems, which can sometimes lead to the termination of the game's development.
There's nothing we can do about that really.
As for Mortal Kombat - you heard It from us first - turn back to page 40 for the first indepth look at what is happening with Mortal Kombat on the Amiga.
(seepageY Christmas present to himself. 'You see Emma (his main squeeze) and I con then make our very own personalised Christmas cards - just Ike Ihe Royals * enthuses Andy.
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POINTS OF VIEW DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES David Cassidy, head honcho of the Cynostic PD library, gives his opinion on the current state of Amiga affairs.
I’m sure we are all more than glad that Commodore UK and its partners look as it they will become the new manufacturers and fathers of the Amiga range. It’s encouraging to know that the people who sell us these wondedul machines have as much faith in them as their customers have. But can we sure that they won’t make the same mistakes as their US counterparts of the past?
Rumours are already rife that the new Amiga will be an A1200 with an inbuilt CD drive; the so-called 1800.
Surely this would rank alongside such errors as the A600 or CDTV? We already have a CD drive for the 1200. In fact, there are two but whether Commodore’s will be released is a constant rumour mill. Both drives serve the A1200 well, providing instant and neartotal support for the CD32 titles as well as CDTV software. In my opinion, there is simply no need to produce a machine with these elements integrated - in fact it would be a terrible idea.
Throughout Commodore's history, there have been machines produced and then abandoned in favour of something new. Look at the A500 Plus, A600 and CDTV and you’ll see a catalogue of systems which had absolutely no point to them whatsoever. It’s not that they were bad machines but. Given the support Commodore gave them (or, more accurately didn’t give them), they may well never have been produced.
Certainly, from these machines we have been given some useful things; Workbench 2 spawned version 3, the CDTV gave rise to the CD32 and Commodore’s fairly extensive support to developers. But all of fhese things could - and should - have been forthcoming without the tragic errors of making machines which were never considered ‘true’ parts of the Commodore range. They were never taken seriously by either the Amiga consumer or the company itself.
DO WE NEED IT REALLY?
Given Commodore’s current system range - the A1200, A400 030 and 040, CD32 - is there really a need for an At 800? Maybe. But look to the future. What the Amiga range needs right now is new technology. It demands it. We are falling behind, in terms of sound, graphics and speed, to PC clones and other competing technologies.
Somehow, somewhere along the line the Amiga lost the seven-year edge it had over these computers in terms of innovation.
What we need is a technology which can capitalise on what we’ve already got and yet expand upon it. We want eight-channel stereo sound, true 24-bit graphics, RISC processing, CD support and everything else that the PC owners can just about get but at a price that will make every Pentium owner want to crawl into a hole and hibernate for another seven years.
What we don't want, and certainly don’t need, is a machine which will be great for one Christmas run and then be put to one side and forgotten about. We don’t need the A1800. We simply don’t.
It wouldn't offer the new computer user anything more than the A1200 can.
Sure, CD would be nice as standard but surely a hard drive would be better. A lovely 80Mb HD as standard with some software pre-installed and ready to run would be a very tempting idea to any consumer itching to buy a new computer, and a doddle to set up for Commodore who could do this far easier than produce a completely new machine.
The Amiga offers something which PC clones are only just beginning to latch onto; a mix of serious and leisure pursuits which can suit everyone Unfortunately, the Amiga is currently losing out to the PC on serious concerns (and the gaming side, to some extent) because it doesn't have a HD as standard With a HD. Serious software can be used seriously without constant disk swops and headaches. Hard drives as standard might also persuade some games producers to make their games HD installable, a feature which makes gaming a far more enjoyable experience.
Whilst we're at it. I think some Fast RAM as standard would be nice, too. Let's not slow down the machines unnecessarily: get some FAST RAM in there to gee things up a bit. Let's get the machines running to their best as standard.
If they're so intent on making CD an issue, offer some special deals on A1200S with CD1200s (if they are ever made generally available) or the Zappo equivalent. There’s no reason why Commodore can't do this.
WHAT WE DO NEED ... One CD product which is a must is the A4000 CD drive (CD4000). This needs to be made as soon as possible in order to capitalise on a part of the Amiga which is more than hungry for such a product.
Many A4000 owners are turning to third party DRIVEs to satisfy their CD lust but what if Commodore were to provide FMV support in the same product or as a option. Imagine that; a workstation computer on which you could play CD32 games, use multimedia software, create words, sounds, pictures and music and then watch a film, should you so desire.
If really would compete strongly with the PC clones who run 'Reel Magic’ or similar with a big blue windows bar at the top of the screen, just so you know for sure that it can't multitask property. It would knock their socks off. And not just theirs. Show it to some unsuspecting new user and they’d be able to compare topline Pcs and Amigas directly and come up with their own conclusions. Bring down the price of the A4000 range as a whole - which let’s face it- is a bit expensive at the moment and give it this new technology. And you've got a winner, Misters Pleasance and Proudfoot.
Until there is a completely new set of chips and technologies ready for the Amiga - until RISC or whatever happens post-AGA - it’s my opinion and many of my peers that the Amiga range would be better off utilising the current circulating systems to their fullest benefit, rather than produce a machine which could possibly be sidelined relatively quickly after its release. A1800 isn’t necessary. However, a new chip set is, and until that arrtves there is far more Commodore (or Amiga International) or whatever they might be called can do with the current range to satisfy out technological
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