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This Christmas has been both worrying and encouraging for the Amiga. There are still lot of worthwhile games and products coming out for it. But you have to really start worrying what will happen next year in the light of no more news from Commodore. People have been writing to us and phoning, wanting to know where to get an Amiga this Christmas, and whether it is worth buying one at all. In fact some unscrupulous dealers have been telling potential Amiga purchasers that they should buy a PC. I can understand this from the dealers' point of view. They have a business to run and if Commodore, or Amiga International or whoever can't supply them with Amigas then they're bound to try and sell you something else. But do you really want to spend a grand for a machine that will be obsolete in two years? That’s the way the PC market has been going. Some readers complain that the A500 they bought four years ago is not being catered for enough at the moment - talk to a PC 286 owner and you'll find out just how lucky you actually are. If you can find an A1200 for around the £300- £350 mark and can get a dealer warranty of at least a year, it still makes sense to buy. Productivity Among "the delights in tlie issue we liave the first review of" HiSoft's Aura 12 bit sampler, and a no-nonsense look at the latest PageStream 3.0c. Then there's Final Data from the makers of Final Copy, VideoStage Pro, a smart new AMOS extension, and heaps more. EDITORIAL Get Serious Hypercache 2.0 88 The latest update ol this math's cover-mounted hard drive atility. Internet UK 88 A guide to getting most from the Internet lor UK cybotserlers 17 Bit Phase Four 89 Aura 99 12-hit sound sampling lor under £180 comes to all ABOOs and A1200s. CU AMIGA brings you the first review of HiSoft’s new noise box. IntOS 102 At last AMOS programmers can use ill the requesters end gadgets ottered hy Intuition. Easy Ledgers 106 Beep your accounts in order otter the Christmas splash oot with this comprehensive spreadsheet. Stocking Fillers 110 Santa Claus is comiug to towu, but does he koow what he's bringing you? We suggest some techie leys lor that special day. The 1994 additions to 17 Bit’s PD library on a single CD-ROM Video Backup System 89 Tun your VCR iuto a high capacity storage system for you Amiga.

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XL DRIVE 1.74MB £59.95 XL DRIVE INTERNAL £55.95 XL DRIVE A 4 0 0 0 INT. £55.95 SUPER XL DRIVE The Super XL Drr.e is the only kind of floppy dnve of its k nd on the Amiga market1 The mnovatwe drive can store a masswe 35MB on one high density floppy disk, (without compressing the file1). This dnve is available from late Ncwemben'ea-V December.
SUPER XL DRIVE 3.5MB £99.95 SUPER XL DRIVE INT. £95.95 I NTERNAL DRIVES We use the same drive mechanisms as Commodore to ensure corrode compaWxtty.
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Never change for change sake, always do so for a reason. Thus our score boxes have been simplified so that the information is more accessible to you and we've adopted one award for all products and software; the CU AMIGA MAGAZINE SUPERSTAR. But I would like to know what you think.
This Christmas has been both worrying and encouraging for the Amiga. There are still lot of worthwhile games and products coming out for it. But you have to really start worrying what will happen next year in the light of no more news from Commodore. People have been writing to us and phoning, wanting to know where to get an Amiga this Christmas, and whether it is worth buying one at all. In fact some unscrupulous dealers have been telling potential Amiga purchasers that they should buy a PC.
I can understand this from the dealers' point of view. They have a business to run and if Commodore, or Amiga International or whoever can't supply them with Amigas then they're bound to try and sell you something else. But do you really want to spend a grand for a machine that will be obsolete in two years? That’s the way the PC market has been going. Some readers complain that the A500 they bought four years ago is not being catered for enough at the moment - talk to a PC 286 owner and you'll find out just how lucky you actually are.
If you can find an A1200 for around the £300- £350 mark and can get a dealer warranty of at least a year, it still makes sense to buy.
Productivity Among "the delights in tlie issue we liave the first review of" HiSoft's Aura 12 bit sampler, and a no-nonsense look at the latest PageStream 3.0c. Then there's Final Data from the makers of Final Copy, VideoStage Pro, a smart new AMOS extension, and heaps more.
EDITORIAL Get Serious Hypercache 2.0 88 The latest update ol this math's cover-mounted hard drive atility.
Internet UK 88 A guide to getting most from the Internet lor UK cybotserlers 17 Bit Phase Four 89 Aura 99 12-hit sound sampling lor under £180 comes to all ABOOs and A1200s. CU AMIGA brings you the first review of HiSoft’s new noise box.
IntOS 102 At last AMOS programmers can use ill the requesters end gadgets ottered hy Intuition.
Easy Ledgers 106 Beep your accounts in order otter the Christmas splash oot with this comprehensive spreadsheet.
Stocking Fillers 110 Santa Claus is comiug to towu, but does he koow what he's bringing you? We suggest some techie leys lor that special day.
The 1994 additions to 17 Bit’s PD library on a single CD-ROM Video Backup System 89 Tun your VCR iuto a high capacity storage system for you Amiga.
PageStream 3.0c 91 Softfogik’s latest bngfix lor their powerful DTP package, have they ironed oat the problems, or is still as wrin- kled as aa elephant s trunk?
VideoStage Pro 94 Red kot video presentation.
Final Data 97 Final Copy gave Amiga word processing a kick ap the bnra.
Can Final Data do the same for the database?
Cover feature: MAKE YOUR OWN COMICS!
W e’ve covermounted the fantastic ComicSettcr and a full manual. Now we start you off putting this excellent package to use, showing you how to create your own superheroes' comic plus Christmas and birthday cards and and also how to create original clipart in Dpaint. All in this month's cover feature starting on page 23.
CU AMIGA • JANUARY 1995 CONTENTS Git m e s Previews High SeasTrader35 Pussies Galore 35 PD Scene 116 It s all |non swirly ia the laid ol pahlic daman aaleruia- aern. Ha va got same aactiail damn to Kuo the lucres al all cedars aid spacehaads. Pies a lew |amas lor the rest of yea.
Ik. It's aet eae of these Mighty adelt games It's Team irs new cat ridden pktknnei Death Masque 36 ¦m n tin anion! CnlJ to... Lemmings III 36 hmbm Ann in On dome unit it an a rot at On Pamela. Tm.
Dawn Patrol 39 Ttnu ¦afniPcan, ana in pan aactiaoi Reviews Jungle Strike 42 Ont aftha desert and Me the Jengle with Alien Breed Tower Assault 44 Splat the akees yet agaia ie Team 17’s latest editiee ol Alien Breed Lords of the Realm 47 The Old* Eaglaade strategy game that's had as dal Math.
Sensi World of Soccer 51 Pich yem teams hem jest ateet • Rise of the Robots 55 Fwget hkad aad pm. Gat ynwsal a fistkl al Premier Manager 3 58 These leethall manager games jest get better end hotter Aladdin 62 Hwi An bl.ha M the bappv pagimai’ It ant bt klaitm Cannon Fodder 2 65 Coverdisks Disk 98 Page 8 Comic Setter in ill its Mty-leatirei glory is this month's stir attraction Also 01 Dish M is Hypetcacbe to speed up your hard brim Disk 99 Page 10 Flight of the Amaron Queen comes to ton ia a tevolutionary interactive interview format.
Also, tons of clipart on both disks.
Th the season k svgnvls hy the tanks el things Annthnr Soosi classic gets the 94 treatment Bubble and Squeak A500 A600 68 The coeMle-gMlrty A12II plattenaer makes it way to the A5N and A60I Marvin's Marvellous Adventure 68 Everyone's releasing games with tiny sprites this month. Here's another!
RoadKill CD32 71 As ilhorn nowhere, this ifamg tap dew speedy mar bo the 032.
Beneath a Steel Sky CD32 73 Wakey! The talkie version of the ievohiag adreatare makes it te the C032.
Bump and Burn CD32 74 The closest the CII? Has com to Seper Mane Cart VFM 78 Bedget and cempiUt.ee reviews indadiag FI 17a. Dogfight Shettie Meeker Island 2. PGA Tow Gal and Thaw Finest Hanr.
Competitions Premier Manager 3 59 Get yew bands an £111 aad a adty trophy by maaagiag yew way te Q TOP GEAR 2 76 Ilia a day ga-kartiag with yeer mate cawtasy el Gremlin!
PD Utilities 122 What a Itchy hag we've get m PO Utilities' There's a drew machine another top edacatioaal disk, animation tools, the 0J Simpson Murder saga on a disk, and more!
Art Gallery 129 The best selection nf renders art we've had ia ages Points of View 162 Cyhetses is the bee ie the beeeet el Use Cehies this ameth Amiga Workshop PC Conversions 134 VideoTracker 2 AGA 136 ProCalc 140 X-CAD 42 Questions and Answers 50 Common Questions 153 AmigaGuide Masterclass 154 Tony Horgan's Sound Lab 156 Backchat158 Points of View 62 ADVERTISERS' INDEX ACCLAIM HI SOFT
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POW! ZZZAAAPPP! CRASH! Yes the latest issue of CU AMIGA has arrived, and with it comes not just a great games disk, but a stunning technical coverdisk and a complete 130-page manual to help you use it. So what can you do with it?
ILLER COMIC POMT For the uninitiated. Comic Setter is a remarkable program that lets you create magazines, posters, books and even Christmas cards in classic pop-art Comic book style. Fancy creating a unique Christmas card for Auntie Ethel - no problemo! Want a poster to brighten up the cold winter nights, no sooner said than done! Or maybe you're fed up with losing the lottery and want to make some money to buy more tickets. Simple, create a new Viz comic and sell the rights to it for millions. And Comic Setter lets you do all of this amazingly easily.
Tutorials To help you get the most out of this amazing program, we've given away a complete 130 page manual. Even if you get stuck with the manual you can still follow our comprehensive tutorial later on showing how to create comics, make your own clipart, and go professional. And all courtesy of CU AMIGA Magazine.
For full details on how to use the technical cover disk first turn to page 12, then follow the manual on the front cover and our feature on page 23.
BOFFO aerwpAv ,CARP? , On the technical cover disk you'll find the absolutely brill ComicSetter program worth £50. Alongside this you'll also find a great program called HyperCache also originally worth £50 - this speeds up your floppy disk and hard drives - see the box out on page 10 for more details.
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Also on the technical coverdisk is a collection of ComicSetter clipart tutorial files, and some seasonal Christmas clipart, which, with the tutorials later in this issue, will allow you to create your own Christmas cards. And, on the games disk you'll find some more explosive clipart to keep you going until next month when we'll be supplying even more Comic Setter clipart!
What more could you want!
HyperCache Do you find yourself waiting for files and programs to load? If so you'll love the other program on this months cover disk
- HyperCache. This program originally sold for £50, but now it's
yours courtesy of CU AMIGA. Once installed this program will
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disk, hard drive or even CD-ROM drives.
It works by using clever software to store parts of the files and programs you'll next load into memory, then when you go to load them they are already in RAM and don't have to be loaded from the slow disk drivel This area of memory is called a cache and HyperCache uses very sophisticated software coding to anticipate what you will next load and then stores it in the cache.
You won't notice any difference, apart from faster loading times, as HyperCache works in the background.
To use this program you'll need to install it. This is very simple, just follow these easy steps.
Icopy the HyperCache program to the 'C' directory on your Workbench disk. To do this boot with your normal Workbench disk, double click on the 'SHELL* icon and then insert CoverDisk xx.
2 Type in the following:- copy dfO:HyperCache sys:C HyperCache copy dfO:Summary sys:c Summary If you have a 68030 or 68040 Amiga - an A4000 for instance - you should use the specially supplied 68030 version of the software. Install this by changing 'HyperCache' in the above commands to 'HyperCache030' To use HyperCache run the 'SHELL' program and then type in the command line telling HyperCache which volume you want to cache. Alternatively you can change the Startup- Sequence file (in the 'S' drawer) to start the program for you everytime the Amiga is started up.
To turn on HyperCache so that it speeds up the floppy drive type in 'HyperCache -v DH0'. For the hard drive change DH0 to HD0, or whatever your hard drive is called. The '-v' tells the program to cache the volume of the following name.
Having done this the program is now installed and running, and any loading from that volume will now be much faster - in some cases up to 2200 percent faster.
Remember that if you didn't put the above line in your Startup-Sequence you will have to type the above in each time you reset or turn-on the Amiga.
If for any reason you want to turn off the cache for a volume type in 'HyperCache -v DHO -q'. Note: you will need to change DHO to the volume you wish to stop the cache of.
Next month we'll look at other parameters of HyperCache to set the amount of memory reserved for volumes.
Flight Of The Amazon Queen Game demo and interview All Amigas with 1Mb We've tried something different this month. Instead of any ordinary old game demo CU AMIGA has teamed up with Interactive Binary Illusions, Australian creators of Flight Of The Amazon Queen to do one that includes an interactive interview.
This gives you the chance to not only see what the game looks and plays like, but also meet the programmers and artists and find out how they've put the game together.
Before you start playing make sure to write protect your disk. If you have any problems consult the coverdisk loading instructions on page 12, but you shouldn't: just insert the disk and click on the Queen icon. It will automatically decompress and the game will start running immediately.
You will enter the game via a Zeppelin which transports you to the Amazon basin where a beautiful young lady is waiting to trade small talk with the main character. In the full game the main character is Jack T. Ladd, but in this demo he is known as Alan Dykes - you've got it, our dear editor is doing an investigative journalist bit. Lucky devil, he pats to go to all the best holiday destinations.
Having talked to the babe your next task is to get into the Binary Illusions Headquarters, which is secured by a coded keypad. Thus the first puzzle task is to find out how to get in.
Use the icon bar at the bottom of the screen to talk to people, use the keypad and move about.
Once you get into the cavern that the programmers work in then you can _ explore it a little and trade witty banter with them in a strange cross-cultural Irish-Australian manner. The graphics are excellent, the words are funny and the control is easy. You'll love it.
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NAME _________________________________________ HOW TO LOAD COVERDISK 98 WRITE PROTECT YOUR LOADING COMICSETTER Once you've finished decompressing the Comic Setter and Clipart disk, insert the Comic Setter disk and restart your Amiga. The to get the full benefits of the program and instructions on how to use it refer to our cover- mounted Comic Setter guide.. USING HYPERCACHE For instructions on using HyperCache. Turn to page ten for details of how to install and use this stunning package.
HOW TO LOAD COVERDISK 99 LOADING FLIGHT OF THE AMAZON QUEEN COVERDISK!
This month we went a bit over the top and packed loads onto the disk, and in order to do this we've had to compress each part. This means you’ll have to decompress them before you can use them. The end result will be a full working version Comic Setter, a clipart disk and of course the complete version of HyperCache to speed up your hard drive and floppy access times.
Before you decompress the files, make sure you have two blank disks and your Workbench boot disk handy.
The blank disks do not need to be formatted because they will be over-written - so check that they don't contain anything you need. Follow these instructions to expand disk 98 and then use the disks.
1. Insert disk 98 into the internal floppy disk drive of your
Amiga and restart the Amiga. The disk will boot up to a
Workbench screen.
2. Double click the mouse on the CU 98 disk icon.
3. Double click on the Comic Setter icon.
4. After a short while the Amiga will ask you to insert a disk in
DFO:. Now replace the coverdisk with your first blank disk.
This disk must be write enabled (the small tab in the corner
will be closed).
To use this playable, interactive interview and game demo of Flight of (he Amazon Queen simply put the disk in your internal disk drive and reset your Amiga. The game will autoboot and you start playing straight away. Refer to page ten for playing instructions.
TYPE OF AMIGA OWNED ... DISK NUMBER DESCRIBE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU TRY TO LOAD THE DISK______________________ EXTRA CUPART In a fit of generosity (hey it's Christmas!) We've also placed more clipart on disk 99. In gm addition to the tutorial clipart on disk 98. These need no further DISK VIRUS We go to considerable length ensure our coverdisks are comple free of viruses. Each disk comp goes through stringent disk check procedures and the latest anti- software. However, we cannot acc any responsibility for possible dam incurred by viruses or faulty di which have
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GORDON HARWOOD COMPUTERS LIMITED (Department 1HK7 Y2) NEW STREET ALFRETON DERBYSHIRE DE55 7BP Telephone: 01-773-836781 Facsimile: 01-773-831040 O sequel to the excellent Frontier Elite II will be beaming on to an Amiga near you soon. First Encounters promises tons of new features all in glorious 3D Features include new cityscapes and rural landscapes, better ships, improved combat techniques and new in-game journals which will keep you up to date on all the goings on in the Universe around you.
And what sort of evil mutants are up against you on this outing? Its time for the Thargoids’ return.
Remember them from Elite? We hope to have a preview of what should be a stunning game soon. ¦ ? Jist look at tfcaic icrammv fiaphiis - |imme. |irao, gimme Christmas Hamper HiSofts HiSoft are set brand new products. The new com- assembler programmers. GameSmith is a collection of powerful libraries and routines to make development of games in C and assembler quicker and easier. It also comes with an integrated shell environment to further aid development.
The final product from HiSoft will probably go down as one of the best products of the year if it’s as good as initial reports suggest. Building on the sudden wave of PCMCIA expansions for the A1200 of recent months, and following the CU AMIGA campaign for more PCMCIA products, HiSoft are to launch a SCSI PCMCIA interface. The product will allow A1200 owners to connect SCSI products (Syquest drives, tape back up systems, and CD-ROM drives) to to release a trio munication software package allows of Amiga prod- the Amiga to work with modems, ucts: a new Until now Amiga Comms programs Comms
pack- have been only been available from age. An expan- PO libraries, there were no full com- sion for C pro- mercial packages on the market, this grammers. And is mainly due to the high quality of a PCMCIA SCSI titles already available from public interface for domain libraries. HiSoft’s the At 200 and program,7ermrre, is reportedly far A600. Better than the PD programs and HiSoft have HiSoft are confident that it will set burst into new standards for Amiga comms activity, and software. Amongst its features are just in time for Arexx support, fully configurable the World of setup, and an icon
tool bar for com- Amiga Show mon actions, and Christmas. Their second product is a new releasing three games creation expansion for C and NEWS Coldcut's Pipe Directory Opus Upgraded New Video Cds The first budget Video Cds are to appear thanks to CD Vision. Seven Cds will be available at a price of £9.99 each, three of them being adaptations from the TV pro- I gram Eyewitness, covering the habits of sharks, horses and cats whilst the remaining three will be collections of cartoons where Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck, Popeye and Superman all make an appearance.
CD Vision are also offering a range of higher priced VideoCD films, including Return of the Dragon: Bruce Lee Fights Back from the Grave, Rock Legends, and Sharon Stone's Victimised. And before you rush out.
Remember that Victimised was made when Ms Stone was 15 and contains no sex or violence. Basic Instinct it isn't!
CU AMIGA should be reviewing these and other recent Video Cds next month. In the meantime you can contact CD Vision on 0171 240 7764. ¦ 20 Inches!
Eizo have unveiled a new 20” Trinitron monitor. The Eizo FlexiScan T662 has a resolution of 1280 x 1024 with a refresh rate of 80Hz. It also features energy saving technology which automatically shuts the monitor off when not is use. Reducing energy consumption by up to 95% according to Eizo. Eizo are on 0483 757188. ¦ Oong-time Amiga supporters. The Coldcut-Hex collective have released 'Tone Tales From Tomorrow’ a CD compilation of gorgeous ambient chill-out tracks, featuring the talents of the silver-suited Mix Master Morris among many others. Although the Amiga didn't play a
major role in the production of the audio, it was used extensively in the creation of the CD cover and its mini booklet inlay. The CD has been released to calibrate the birth of Pipe, which sees the group's audio and Amiga-generated visual works available from an Internet World Wide Web site. The CD is available for "under £10 in the shops”).
You can contact Hex by email at pipe@hexhq.demon.co.uk. ¦ their system and take advantage of the high speed transfer rates that SCSI peripherals offer. Internal testing at HiSoft has already showed transfer rates of 1.3Mb per second on even slow SCSI devices.
As it’s a SCSI interface. A1200 owners will also be able to use SCSI CD-ROM drives to play CD32 games, and HiSoft are working hard to make it as compatible as possible. At the time of writing it could already play CDXL animations and the James Pond CD32 game. Best of all is that the SCSI interface, complete with manual, and a comprehensive collection of software will sell for a remarkable £69. At this price point for such a specification interface HiSoft have a winning product on their hands. HiSoft can be telephoned on 01525 718181 ¦ A Om ol the man* Amiga-created images Irom the Teee
Tales fram Tomorrow CD inlay, released to celebrate Pift. The new lateraet project horn CoWcnt.
A new version of the Amiga's best file manager Directory Opus is to be shown at the World of Amiga (December 9th-11 th). Version 5 is a major upgrade over the previous award winning incarnation and is packed with new capabilities and features.
Amongst its more salient points is full internal multi-tasking. Every requester will run as a separate program. Meaning that you can set a process going and perform other operations in Directory Opus before it's finished The program will also be far more configurable than previous versions and supports icons as well as text buttons. It will also be possible to use it as a replacement for Workbench
- the Amiga using it as its default envi ronment. There’s more
too.
CU AMIGA will have an exclusive preview of Directory Opus VS next month. The new version will be available from Wizard Developments on 0322 272908, priced at £59.95 in early December ¦ This time last year we were all raving about the possibility of TFX arriving out on Amiga. There were voices of dissent though, mainly because of the question of graphics and speed, but everyone was excited nonetheless. Six months later the excitement had. Quite rightly, died down because it was never released. But jaded hacks like us always live in hope and cheery Nick Clarkson. Ocean's PR man reckons
that it will be released "early next year”. The reason for its long delay is basically a question of speed (as we thought), but the code has already been converted and worked on and runs smoothly on machines with plenty of RAM. What will it be like on basic A1200s we wonder? ¦ Super StreetFighter 2 Does the name sound familiar?
Have your console pals been going on about it? Have you thought that, like Mortal Kombat II, it probably wouldn’t be available on Amiga?
Well fear not. US Gold have promised a conversion in the spring. With faster gameplay. New moves and updated graphics is could even rival Mortal Kombat II in terms of publicity. But will it play well? We’ll see. ¦ There's a lion on the loose... More good news from Virgin, converters of the frankly superb Aladdin. Their relationship with Disney seems to know no bounds, nor does their enthusiasm for our fave machine. Featuring the same sort of quality cartoon graphics seen in Aladdin this is yet another plat- former where you play Simba, the Lion of the title, at different stages in his life
and jump around gorgeous platforms, roll, climb things and generally kill off enemies in a rather lion like manner. More next month. ¦ l lo TFX Yet Interplay Price Drop interplay has been reduced in price It falls from £996 to £750. For further details call Optonica on 0455 558282. ¦ Costly Loss If you think Commodore have got problems you'll feel doubly sorry for Sony. The consumer electronics giant has written off £1.6 billion from the value of its movie studios in the US. Sony is reported to have already poured a further $ 8 billion into the movie studios! With writeoffs of this scale,
the Commodore situation looks almost positive! ¦ A Longer Wait for Dragonstone You might have been wondering what happened to Dragonstone.
October's fantastic coverdisk demo.
Well, those cunning folks at Core Design have been adding some finishing touches to the product and it should be released just before Christmas. It looks good, has got a tad more difficult and should be a hit with theZelda brigade. Watch out for our full review of the finished product next month. ¦ Football Glory s the Charts Top cu A CU AMIGA’S November review and coverdisk exclusive Football Glory topped the Amiga games charts last month and fans of the title have got even more good news coming Black Legend have signed Croteam to do an indoor football version which will be even faster and
zanier than the original. ¦ Fighting Talk From Gremlin Gremlin Interactive are releasing a new and unpublicised fight game in time for Christmas. Called Shadow Fighter it's a Streetfighter 2 style beat 'em up but that's all we know about it at the moment - a blanket of secrecy has been drawn over it.
There's going to be tough competition for it though with Mortal Kombat II and Rise Of The Robots around. ¦ Christmas Cards Visual Promotions are selling a range of four Christmas cards, with images based around a combination of Christmas and computer technology. The cards are priced at £1.65 each or £6 00 per set of four Visual Promotions can be reached on 01303 230844 ¦ Earthworm Sim?
Oeam 17 are on the rampage after Christmas with two animal-related games, due out in February and April respectively. They are Pussies Galore, featuring feline felons and a moggy mega-hero (given the First Impressions treatment on page 35) and what could be the biggest game of next year, currently titled Worms. Worms is shaping up to be the Lemmings of 1995.
With a deadly combination of tactics and combat action. The best way to describe it is that it looks like a cross between Cannon Fodder and the aforementioned Psygnosis super hit. In Worms you and what could be a large amount of friends will control armies of annelids, dead set on destroying each other.
It promises to have cute and expressive worm graphics allied to high tech and high explosive weaponry. We’re all very excited about it here on the mag! More details, hopefully, next month. ¦ ?4 .- ------- BAZMIKA ? Worn Calf aad well araietf A Ely** Absalalely lakaloai tfakliay Empire Building Oooking (ora compilation that combines strategy, tactics and close quarter combat in one box? Well Empire s Combat Classics 3 could be just what you're looking for. In fact the name is a bit misleading, it might have been better more aptly-named Simulation or Strategy Classics, but this doesn’t
sound half as exciting.
However, for strategy and sim fans it could be an essential Christmas purchase with three big name titles (and a truckload of disks I'll warrant'): Gunship 2000, Campaign and Historyline 1914-1918. Ah yes.
Those memories of sleepless nights Combat Classics 3 retails for £34.99. ¦ New Modem
U. S. Robotics has launched a V.34 version of its budget priced
Sportster fax modem.
Offering speeds of up to 28.800bps uncompressed, at just £299 the modem is certain to be popular this Christmas.
The Sportster 28.800. which includes the ability to send and receive faxes at 14.400bps is aimed at serious Internet users, and corporations who want high speed communication for field workers
U. S. Robotics is. According to market research company
Dataquest. The UK market leader in high speed modems. They
recently announced For further details contact U.S. Robotics
on 0753 811180. ¦ Amiga Prolog Grange technology, S|3ecial-
ists in computer programming languages, are to released an
Amiga version of Prolog - a high level programming language,
which is often used in artificial intelligence software.
GT-Prolog is written to meet masses of standards, being a full implementation of the Edinburgh dialect of ProLog which has been adopted as the basis of the British Standards Institute (BSI) and International Standards Organisation (ISO) in efforts to standardise the language.
This version of the software features a full range of data types (32-bit integers, double precision reels, strings etc) and provides several optimisation techniques including Tail Recursion optimisation. In-line arithmetic Evaluation and Argument indexing hashing Graham Thwaites of Grange Technology said "Prolog has gained widespread and justified acknowledgement of its power and simplicity both in the fields of symbolic processing and Artificial Intelligence", continuing "We are very pleased to bring this capability to the Amiga community".
GT-Prolog requires 1Mb of RAM.
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You can get right to work with it too, producing Christmas cards and amusing comics for your family using the clip art supplied on this month's coverdisks.
Video The possibilities are endless.
Read on.
OK. You’ve got this month’s free ComicSetter program and its manual from our cover, but how can you start creating real cartoon comics and cards and where do you go from there? Over the next few pages Andy Leaning. Alan Dykes and Peter Lee will take you simply and clearly through the basics of card creation and an easy cartoon - some of it using this month’s clip art. Also. Our Dpaint expert Peter Lee shows you how to create your own Christmas clip art. And then we round it off with a look at ‘going professional' and a comprehensive buyers' guide to show you what you need if you decide you
want to get more out of ComicSetter.
CitlU « * first load ComicSetter and select Add Page' from the Layout menu. We re creating a Christmas card so we ll need to define a custom page size, we used a page size of 6 x 3.88 inches and used the Auto Panel' facility to create a single panel. Having created a page we can chose the main illustration that will be the focus of the card. In this tutorial we just use the snowman image. You can find this picture on the Clipart Disk When you first load it in you’ll find it's the wrong size and looks completely different to the one on this page. To correct this simply resize the picture
using the Alter Current menu.
© I Now to add some text. In
* this instance there are three groups of text on the card The
top and bottom text use regular speech bubbles, but a square
shape has been chosen. To select the shape of the speech bub
bles just double click on the speech bubble icon and chose
whichever one you like We also deleted the outer frame of the
top and bottom bubbles - this is done by ungrouping the
objects, clicking the outside square and then deleting it with
the delete key. The middle text is a normal bubble with one of
the corners pulled out - as described on page 29 onwards in the
manual We've also used a heavy type face and turned bold and
italic effects on. A point to watch out for when using speech
bubbles is that if the text size chosen makes the overall text
to large to fit into the speech bubble the text will not
appear. If this occurs simply change the text to a smaller
size.
Having added the three speech bubbles the card is complete - there you have it.
A comic strip Christmas card in a few minutes! This will probably give you some funny ideas of your own for using ComicSetter. Now all you need do is print your work on to a larger piece of paper, cut it to size, fold it and send it to your relatives!
Now. Like the previous card we add some text. In this case there are no 'real' speech bubbles, so here we iust use square speech boxes rather than traditional comic book style bubbles Also the text is set to white ink on a black background in order to actually make it readable on the dark backdrop.
To set the colour, first ungroup the text objects, select the text box and then click on the white colour from the pallet (in the bottom left hand corner of the screen).
Now all you need do is print out the card, and you're away!
I Using the clip art supplied on this month's disks you can | create many different Christmas and New Year cards in exactly the same way - the choice is yours Over the coming months we'll also supply artwork for other occasions when we have the disk space.
CHRISTMAS CARD NUMBER 2 Here again we create a page with a single panel. But this time once it's created we create a picture box and then with the fill' tool and black ink we fill it.
Now load and drop m the third Christmas clip art picture supplied on the coverdisk. Once again you'll probably have to resize it.
You'll notice that when using this the screen colours change, this is because the program uses 16 colours (so A500s users can use it) which means that ComicSetter changes its pallet to match that of the loaded picture. To change the colour of the menus double click on the first and second colours in the colour pallet (bottom left hand side). You’ll now be presented with some sliders which allow you to change the colour used, move the sliders until you are comfortable with the display You should remember that changing colours in this way will also change the colour of images.
HOLY HISTORY!
H you think cartoons are just for kids, Q think again!
This is a simple cartoon put together using some of the clip art supplied on this months coverdisk and some which we’ll be putting on next month. It uses the techniques described in the manual and the Christmas cards’ production opposite. But has more frames and detail.
Comic strip cartoons have been around longer than TV and films and are now worth big money.
Satirical illustration, from which cartoons can be traced back to, date back almost 500 years, while cartoons as we now know them can be traced back to 18th and 19th centuries when illustrated children's books first appeared. In England in 1885 the first illustrated weekly for boys and girls appeared, called 'Jack b Jill'.
The first time the word 'Comic Strip' was actually used dates from 1920 in the USA. After this things moved quickly, with paper based Cartoons advancing both in technology and style
- whilst a certain Walt Disney took them even further creating
moving picture, animated cartoons. Disney's first
'laugh-o-gram' appeared in 1921, followed by Mickey Mouse in
'Steamboat Willie' in 1928 (the first sound cartoon) and then
the acclaimed full-length cartoon 'Snow White' in 1937. Bugs
Bunny from Chuck Jones didn't turn up 'till 1938.
It's only in the last few years that the true impact of cartoons upon 20th century culture has really become apparent. With film versions of SuperMan, Batman and soon SpiderMan, big business has woken up to the true potential of cartoons.
Marvel Comics, DC comics and others guard their characters and trade marks with almost religious zeal, and not surprisingly given the earning potential they have from cross licensing and merchandising. Make no mistake, Cartoons are big business and have an ancestry longer than most other forms of mass entertainment!
Those early comics and cartoons were: Using cut outs from pieces of clip art can be fun.
1884 First British Comic - Ally Sloper's Half Holiday.
1885 First British children's weekly - Jack b Jill 1892 First US comic strip.
1920 “Comic Strip” first used - in the US.
1921 Disney's first 'laugh- o-gram' POSTERS ARE EASY TOO - JUST MORE DIFFICULT TO PRINT!
Let's face it. Posters are just big pages. In order to turn any of your creations into posters, you need to magnify them - which doesn't mean just magnifying them on screen! In order to get them on to A3 paper or larger you will need a bigger printer, capable of this sort of output. This means that you will have to get outside help. Like it or not. Your local printing or typesetting bureau can help.
1928 Mickey Mouse appears.
1937 Snow White 1938 Bugs Bunny from Chuck Jones.
Your To let loose the full potential of ComicSetter, you'll need to create some of your own sprites, brushes and backgrounds. Peter Lee has some tips for your festive DIY greetings cards and party invitations.
Ven with all the clipart in the world to choose from, there are going to be times when you still can’t find exactly Snowman what you're after. This is when it’s handy to be able to create your own. If you learn a few tricks, it's possible to produce professional looking clipart without too much conventional drawing talent. Clever use of the tools offered by programs such as Deluxe Paint can lead to surprisingly good results, and you don’t need to be Picasso to have a go at it.
Almost every Amiga owner will have an art package like Deluxe Paint, Brilliance or Personal Paint All three of those work in very much the same way as each other. If you haven't already, by the time this article is through, you'll also have the few skills needed to knock up the very object you can never find, whatever that may be. You can use the power of Dpamt's built-in drawing functions and a little imiuw-i low iu uiv,«.iy Alcaic it 111 ii-masici pieces in time for the festive season (well, OK. The next festive season if you're a slow mover...). By working through our examples you'll
not only be creating useful clips for future use. But you'll be laying the groundwork to help you expand your ideas still further. And then with a few simple lines and colours, you’ll be able to create anything you could ever need. These are the building block techniques - the on-site development is up to you ... In keeping with ComicSetter clip art defaults, we ll be working in Dpaint's High Res mode (640 x
256) . Using 16 colours. We're using the same default palette as
ComicSetter. But you can tailor this to suit your needs.
Just loading a ComicSetter image into Dpaint. Then clearing
the screen, will set the colours; as you can see from the
examples, this is not a bad choice really. And remember,
clip art can be any size you like. For the purposes of this
tutorial, images havei edp aeated quite large, but maybe
you'd like to £ale J Kvn your own work Here's an easy one
for starters As you can see.
This snowman is mainly made up from circles The larger circle is his body, and another, smaller one.
Creates his head You'll notice that he’s composed of very simple shapes, the only ones you have to draw yourself are the scarf, gloves and twiglet hair Once you have drawn your circles, add the face. The eyes and mouth are created simply by painting down with the mid-sized round draw ing brush. The carrot nose is a filled red polygon, and the stick hair is a series of one-pixel lines. Draw the scarf with the freehand filled shape brush, and likewise the gloves Baubles This seasonal clip introduces us to a clever way of maximising colours Remember, we've only got 16.
So you’d think subtle shading would be out. Well, subtlety is out (we can’t create miracles!) But rough i d ready shading is most definitely in.
, | , Because Christmas tree baubles usually come in two shapes - round and bro- I ken from last year (!) We can create a master’ and clone it to make several differently coloured ones. The bauble is a sim- j pie circle, with a small rectangle on the top to act as; the silver hanging point A straight line serves for the string. Once you have created and coloured one j bauble, cut it out as a brush, and either save it to i disk, or place it on the spare screen for safe keeping. To create a realistic shadow, we first of all need i to make a small brush as the basis for a fill pattern.
If you look at the illustration you’ll see it is just a che-i quer-board pattern of alternate black and coloured pixels. Draw the pattern on a spare area of screen, I To add subtlety. I used a medium-sized brush and a light grey colour to add shadowing to the snowman The neat trick, as you can see from the illustration, is that you can build up a bank of expressions to add to your snowman. Cut out the grin, press key y to flip it vertically and you have a miserable look Move the eyes closer together and he looks dim. Or erase the grin altogether and replace it with one dot so make him look
surprised This is the beauty of clip art you can edit it and store it away until needed, so that the very image you want isn’t too far away.
Using a high magnification so you can see what you’re doing. Call up the fill requester (nght click on the Fill tool) and click on From Brush. Using the curve tool, draw a black curve as shown in the illustration, then fill in the smaller segment with our newly-defined fill.
Ill You will see that the I TZT co,our darkens in just the S 552* way we want - not sur- Dnsm9- because in effect iiiil i you have made everv £ HAVE A a*ternate colour of that ¦ WKE DATT | side of the bauble black.
BALL 1 the underlying colour shows through the gaps’ m the checked pattern Using a copy of your master bauble (remember, we saved it earlier) you can alter the colours to build up any number you like. The ribbon effect is another quick and easy touch; all you need do is use the 1-pixel brush to draw a 2cm wide red line on top of an orange line, with black ends to each. Cut this out as a brush, and using Freehand mode, just draw on screen.
You will find the brush creates its own highlight and shadows, and the black edging gives it definition - a real time-saving trick!
Clipirt Own Fewer Road Once one glass is completed, you can cut it out as a brush and paint it down repeatedly to simulate a really popular party (who needs friends eh?); I added sparkling bubbles by drawing small blue circles and adding them above the lips of the glasses The text was picked up as a brush, outlined (key o) and rotated slightly before being painted down. There's nothing to stop you drawing simple rectangular tumblers, or even pint pots if that's more in keeping with your view of a good time.
Deaths iWig AoukJ the festive season be «*t*x5ut a dnnk of some kind ? A lot.
For a start, with fewer road deaths, still, an inviting glass is a nice
• errvnder of party time, and this elegant cocktail number adds
sophistication You can see from the illustration t t the
glass has a simple structure.
The best way to create the V shape of the container is to turn on gridlock before you draw. The ovals and rectangles are easy enough. And like the baubles, the contents of the glass can be coloured to suit your tastes, and held on file until the need arises.
Snow Flakes No artistic skills required - apply within! This lovety item is created entirely by Dpamf s Symmetry command On a blank screen, select the single-pixel brush and call up the symmetry requester (nght click on the symmetry tool), enter 6 in the Order box. And ensure Point is the active button Now. When you draw on screen, your lines will be mirrored; by drawing in a small area • curves and straight lines - you will see a symmetrical shape created. And this makes a wonderful ice crystal. The illustration shows different colours, and the effect of slightly different movements of the
pointer You can quickly build up a library of shapes, and use them as decoration or background for any winter work.
Season's Greetings The Christmas dichd to beat 'em all
- snow resting on an obtect. You can use this technique to add
snow to anything - buildings, people etc. - but I've chosen
text as an uncomplicated example 1 Write your text Your choice
of size and shape will be governed by what you want the message
to say, and in what context you're going to use it. Party
invitations need to use a relaxed, casual font, while messages
of goodwill can be good and bold, as we've used here. Once you
are happy with the wording, save your work (or copy it to a
Spare screen) 3 a 'spare colour' (in my case, green) draw
around the top of the letters using the filled freehand tool
Tty to follow the contours of the letters, both on the
underside as well as the top. Erase the text now (fill with the
background colour) and pick up the green snow as a brush.
3. With black selected as your foreground colour, outline the
brush (key
o) ; ftiste IS back down, and change the green colour to light
grey.
4 Load in your original text (or flip to where you stored it) and place the snow precisely on the letters for a per* feet fit. Touch up the image by adding snowy highlights and shadows to simulate a fresh fall of snow. This effect makes a very good pnnt-out for invitations, by the way One symetrical shape.... A Id) vmatht an iu • mi so will you ha with this simpk tat «ff«c- trr* userf B Put's tymttry tool to citato a kag-la»t»| aianoato al Completely Crackers How can you have Christmas without crackers? Especially the £3.99 for a dozen variety with mottoes in Malaysian and plastic beetle
novelties which fly out and fall in the gravy! Our cracker doesn't come with a bang, but it's still an explosive design. Rather than draw a straight cracker and rotate it. I decided to draw it originally at an angle; this is because, even in high res. The jagglies still become apparent when rotating images, and the fact that the resolution is twice as wide as it’s high doesn’t help.
As you can see from the illustration the cracker is composed of a filled polygon and two freehand filled shapes for the handles. I’ve added a little finesse with the dark chequer- shading (as discussed earlier with the baubles).
Showing an exploding cracker is simply a matter of cutting out one half using the polygon brush tool (right click on the scissors icon) and creating a ’tear' in the middle of the cracker, as if it's come apart. In the finished example you can see I've added a starburst behind the cracker, drawn with the filled polygon tool, and some outlined text. Putting the entire image on a dark background emphasises the impact and gives it a 3D effect.
As a little extra. I've included on this clip art illustration something which takes only a minute or so to create - a silhouette (you really do spoil us Peter - Ed). Blue background, filled freehand shapes in black and a few dots of white and yellow and presto - a really neat looking Biblical scene which requires the minimum of effort and drawing skills.
This quickie is an offshoot of the ice crystal dodge. Create a small symmetrical green crystal as explained earlier, and pick it up as a brush. With the Symmetry tool still active, draw out a circle about 4cm diameter, and paint down. You will have created a smashing holly-type wreath. Turn off symmetry, and pick up the wreath as Wreath ...iwltiplH sjmetrinlly a brush, and by changing its colour to the other green in the palette (Press F2 with the colour selected) you can print multiple copies of the wreath slightly offset from each other to build up the foliage. Add a line or so of text,
outlined in black for clarity, and you have an instantly appealing object.
Li*t I d** rm coriiH_ Let Them Eat Cake This may look daunting, but if you look at the example you'll see that the cake itself is made entirely of shapes built into Dpamt The top and bottom are the same oval, joined by two straight lines You can colour the cake any way you like, but I chose light blue icing and a red ribbon around the middle (appetising eh? - not!).
To ‘cut out' the slice, use the filled polygon tool with black as the drawing colour.
Imagine the top as a clock face, and starting from the centre make the angles of the slice look like the hands on the clock when the time is 6.20 (teatime coincidentally); the lines down the side of the cake are perfectly straight Using a dark grey colour and the one- pixel brush, draw the bottom edge of the slice from the outer edge to the inside at the same angle as the lop of the slice. You can tidy up the drawing by erasing the unwanted black from the bottom of the cake, making it look as if there's actually a piece missing The inside of the cake is created by filling the slice with mid
brown, and adding various fruits using coloured dots - red for cherries, black for currants and dark brown for sultanas. What you do with your topping is a matter of taste - I’ve shown two ideas on my example, the candles are simply white rectangles and a yellow flame, outlined in black for emphasis and painted down repeatedly on top My alternative topping is a sprig of holly, which you can draw in freehand mode, adding the red berries as a finishing touch. The beauty of this object is that you can save the basic cake shape, and use it for almost any celebration; just by altering the
top. Or adding text, it can serve for birthday cards. Christening invitations or a simple meal invitation A cake for all seasons in fact!
Santa The beauty of this clip art image is that it can form the basis for any number of faces you might want to create It's relatively simple, too. Santa's face begins ife as a flesh-coloured circle about the size of a 10p; the cheeks are similar circles around a 5p size, and pasted on either side of the face.
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But what's involved in a professional comic strip and how do you go about creating one?
Once you've had a go at creating cartoons. And perhaps made a few Christmas cards, posters or small comic strips for your friends, you might want to try going professional.
How about creating a new 2000AD or Batman?
But how do you go about doing this? Producing a professionally printed comic is far more involved than you may at first think, but still very possible.
Perhaps the hardest part of creating any material is coming up with the idea and concept behind it.
Batman and Superman have lasted so long because they are far more than simple flat cartoon images, the characters and personalities behind such long-surviving cartoon figures are wrapped up in conflicting psychological messages Batman on the surface is the good guy of Gotham City, yet the imagery of Batman (dark, mysterious and foreboding) suggests something entirely more sinister and dangerous. Whilst Superman plays out the role of the classic American male figure - strong, independent, unbeatable, yet his alter-ego Clark Kent is weak, feeble and clumsy. Superman himself is also about as
‘un-American’ as you can get - coming from Krypton, an entirely different planet.
Recognisable Whilst it’s unlikely and indeed unnecessary to come up with a character with a personality this deep, you'll need to think about the image your cartoon characters have. Even Beano characters have clear, easily recognisable traits.
So. If your cartoon is to last you'll first need to create a world in which the figures emerged and now live, and give them personality and character. Having done this you can then concentrate on the artistic side: how they look For the most part this will be down to your own artistic talent - although the clip art supplied on this month's coverdisk and future disks will help. It's not just shape and looks that matter, but also colour. The dark colours of Batman considerably add to the sinister look and atmosphere of the cartoon.
Once you’ve got a cartoon and character, the storyline is up to you.
But it should follow the style created for the character - for instance.
Superman would look rather strange if he was plonked into an Andy Capp comic strip (although come to think of it. There’s an idea in there somewhere ...). The hard part The above, thankfully is the hard part. Having created the cartoon and artwork. ComicSetter will make it relatively easy to output your creations to any of the high quality printers that can be attached to the Amiga And if you want to get professional you can take the files and output them via a highstreet printer or typesetting house for maximum quality. If you’re really serious, you can output them to film for commercial
printing.
For either of the later two options we strongly recommend you get hold of a program like Imaged (Wizard Developments 0322 272908) or An Department Professional (Emerald Creative 081-715 8866).
These programs will allow you to take the IFF file format that ComicSetter saves, and convert it to a format that commercial printers can accept. These programs aren’t essential as most Mac-based printers will use a program called Photoshop.
And this program can load Amiga IFFs. You will however need to save your files lo PC formal disks if you wish to do this - the At 200 can do this automatically (save to PCO: rather than DFO:). A500 owners will need Dos-2-Dos. Try Emerald Creative on 081-715 8866 ? CU AMIGA lie The Fai Me cartaaat Mm raa pal this sect af peaMn hiMaa witiM?
Once you’ve got a professionally printed comic book you could try getting your local newsagent to stock it and see what the response is. If you create a particularly good cartoon or comic strip send it to us.
We'll publish the best we get. So get cartooning now! Send your work to Readers Comics. CU AMIGA Magazine. Priory Court. 30-32 Famngdon Lane. London. EC1R 3AU.
COMIC STRIPS As an alterna- tive to produc- if ' n comics. You might producing one- off strip cartoons which you can sail to newspapers and magazines.
If you're good at creating them you can earn yourself quite a lot of money. Nearly all of the national newspapers run comic strips and most magazines have a cartoon content of some sort.
Imagine creating your own cartoon series and then selling it to several newspapers - it's an easy way to make some money.
If you want to use ComicSetter or any other DTP package seriously to make money you will need more than a basic Amiga. Here are some products we recommend to get you going ... printers in this price range - but don’t expect too high a quality print. Of those available we recommend the Seikosha SL-96.
This is available from Silica on 081-309 1111.
If quality is important, check out ink jet printers. These offer far superior printing quality to dot matrix models and don't Buyers' Guide Ifor creating new artwork or editing existing clipart, a good pamt program is vital. Dpaint or Brilliance are our recommended choices. Dpaint is available from any Amiga dealer, whilst Brilliance is available from Emerald Creative on 081-715 8866.
2 Use ImageFX or Art Department Professional for converting pictures to other formats (such as Mac and PC file formats for professional printing) and other handy image processing effects. ImageFX is available from Wizard Developments (0322 272908). Art Department from Silica (081-309 1111) or Emerald Creative (081-309 1111).
3 Messing around with clipart, copying files, formatting disks and the like will be much easier, quicker and more enjoyable if you have a directory utility like the amazing Directory Opus. This absolutely brill program will normally cost you a whopping £50! Of course you could buy the next issue of CU AMIGA Magazine for just £3 95. And get the full program on the cover disk!
Hardware OK. You’ve got the software, now you need the hardware. Hardware available falls into one of three classes.
The first class, input devices, allow you to take artwork you have previously drawn or painted, or possibly existing comic book artwork, scan it and convert it into IFF graphic files that can be loaded in ComicSetter or Dpaint. Power Computing offer a hand-held scanner which is ideal for this. The PowerScan 4 priced £129.
Comes with all the vital software and interfaces. Power are on 0234 273000. They also offer a much bigger. Full A4 colour scanner for £599 The GT-6500 PowerScan can scan in full 24-bit colour, which is overkill for use with ComicSetter but you may find a use for it with other programs An alternative is to use a CD-ROM drive to access one of the many vast collections of public domain clipart that are available. For this you’ll need a CD-ROM drive, for which we recommend the Overdrive CD for A1200s, and if you can get it.
The A570 for the A500. Try Indi on 0542 419 999 for these CD drives. Alternatively you can also get floppy disks containing clipart. For clipart try 17-Bit software on 0924 366982 or PD Soft who do a CD containing clipart on 0702 466933 Print it!
Once you’ve created a comic book or Christmas card you'll need to print it out. For this a colour printer is needed. Low cost colour dot matrix models start from around £150. And some surprisingly effective . , results can be obtained with cost that much more. They can be found for under £300 Upgrades The final class of products to help in the creation of comics are upgrades to your Amiga that improve the performance of software. Such products make the computer faster, and enable it to hold more in memory (allowing bigger cartoons or posters to be made).
The cheapest, and most basic form of upgrade, but also one of easiest ways to improve performance, is a RAM upgrade. RAM upgrades are available for every model of Amiga and simply allow you to edit more information at once. On the A1200 and A4000 they also dramatically increase the speed of the computer.
For RAM upgrades try First Computer (0532 319444). A500 upgrades start at £20. Whilst A1200 versions start at just under £100. For A500 users, a Chip RAM upgrade is especially useful when working with graphics (or sound for that matter). Power Computing's MegaChip expands your A500’s Chip RAM up to 2Mb. And costs £159. Power Computing can be reached on 0234 273000 Another type of upgrade worth considering is an accelerator. These replace the internal brain of the Amiga, the CPU, with a faster version thus speeding up overall performance. Most accelerators also come with a built-in RAM
upgrade. It’s getting hard to find A500 accelerators now days, and no one has yet released an A600 version For the A1200 however there are plenty. We strongly recommend you try out the Blizzard 1230 11 accelerator from Gordon Harwood. This is the fastest accelerator we've yet seen for the A1200 and pnces start at a very reasonable £229.
The last type of upgrade allows you to store more information for access later on Where as a RAM upgrade will allow you to edit and work on bigger projects, an extra disk drive or hard drive will allow you to keep lots of projects and clip art at hand, and with a hard dnve. Loading and saving these projects and files will be much quicker. Most advertisers in CU AMIGA have a wide selection of disk drives starting from around £50. When buying a hard drive, try to buy from a reliable source such as Silica. Gordon Harwood.
Power, or First Computer. If you already have a hard drive check out HyperCache. Also supplied on this month's cover disk, as this will dramatically improve the performance of the drive.
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REAL DEPTH - REAL GAMEPLAY YES INDEED this Christmas has turned out to be a real boom time for games. Despite all the oohing and aahhing about Commodore's predicament and falling sales of Amiga software, publishers and developers have still rushed to supply you with more games than you could reasonably be expected to buy - about £700 worth are reviewed this issue alone. And most of them are actually worth while purchasing too! Some games will be out for Christmas which didn't manage to reach us in time for review, most notably Mortal Kombat II which wasn't quite ready for a full review,
but we'll carry one next issue with a player's guide. I can confidently tell you that it's worth waiting for - It's shaping up to be even better than anyone ever thought (or conjectured in advance). If you're an RPG fan then Lords Of The Realm will really give you a kick, for long term enjoyment it's difficult to beat. Tower Assault and Jungle Strike will spice up your Christmas with action while if it's Football excitement you're after then Premier Manager 3 and Sensi World will do the business.
Talking quite literally of business. Beneath A Steel Sky on CD32 with full speech is THE business, while Roadkill, a surprise late entry from Vision Software, is just brilliant. Check 'em out ... Merry Christmas Alan Dykes PREVIEWS S High Seas Trader 35 Pussies Galore 35 Death Mask 36 Lemmings III 36 S Dawn Patrol 39 AMIGA REVIEWS
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Of Impressions’ last two outings have been fun. But surely spending hours on end behind the ship's wheel of a sailing merchantman will get a bit wearisome after a while? We'll see.
Pussies Galore Team 17 The gameplay: If we told you that High Seas Trader, being developed by Impressions, was a platformer or shoot 'em up you’d just die of laughter at what is obviously a famous porker. It’s not, surprise, surprise ... it's a strategy role playing game. You take on the persona of a wandering sea dog, roaming from port to port picking up cargo, selling it, raiding other ships and building up vast armadas, spanning out over the high seas, capable of calling at over 120 ports and making lots of money.
Behind the scenes: Impressions, not resting on their car and king making laurels are tackling yet another era and style of game.
They've opted for a ’realistic economic model' combined with the regular Impressions strategy lark, which means lots of detail and relatively slow but very involved movement.
What's new: Aha!
You always ask us this question. In this case Impressions have decided to do a flight sim thang and give us a first person perspective. The graphics are very impressive; so much so that Helen D. exclaimed 'I want to design this page', it’s got lovely pictures. And she's right. The game was designed to be used with CD compatible SVGA Pcs and the conversion promises to make good use of the AGA palette.
First impressions: We loved Lords Of The Realm (well Alan and Andy did anyway) so this game is going to get a warm reception. It looks fantastic, and since it’s only going to be available for AGA machines it should stay that way. However, we're a little bit concerned about the style of gameplay.
Planning car production and taking over counties, the subjects The gameplay: Ho. Ho.
Ho. Ho! Ha. Ha! Fnarr, fnarr. Team 17 have the audacity to release a game called Pussies Galore. It’s not named after James Bond’s female lead in Gold Finger (snigger, snigger), or anything else of that ilk however, it is in fact a literal translation. It’s a game about cats. A platform game about cats actually, where the player controls a moggie called Boris and tries to get through levels populated by poor kittens who have been caught under the spell of death metal music.
Behind the scenes: It's being coded by Amber Developments, a team consisting of Andy Coates who is in charge of programming and Matt Bell in charge of graphics. It's their first game as a team and they're proud of it.
What’s new: The idea is to combine cute platform action and puzzles. Rescuing kittens from the clutches of the Evil Eric and using some of them to get around the various levels by turning them into walking bombs etc. It’s more than your average platformer Team 17 reckon: 'With Pussies Galore we hope to inject a huge amount of humour and masses of fun-filled platform action’.
First impressions: The game looks different alright. Although it has all the regular platform game devices, ie platforms, the sprites are larger than usual and apart from the bad cats and Boris himself all the little kittens are cute as pie. There are end of level guardians that will need cunning as well as joystick expertise to polish off and it promises to have parallax scrolling and 50 frames per second scrolling on the A1200 version.
Due out in February we’ll have a review soon.
Death Masque Alternative Software Lemmings III - a whole new world of Lemmings Psygnosis What’s new: The sprites are bigger, and there are more levels. The number of basic skill icons along the bottom of the screen has been decreased to simplify things, but now you can pick up and use extra objects as you progress through the levels.
First impressions It looks great from the screenshots, and you can’t help loving those cute little Lemmings. If you were a fan of the earlier games then this one could be a lark. Let s hope Psygnosis isn’t overdoing it though.
The gameplay: Have Psygnosis decided to go for something different with this game? The answer is. No. Not really. But as the saying goes 'if it aint broke don’t fix it", or something like that.
As with all Lemmings so far games, the gameplay is bound to be excellent and the format remains the same.
Behind the scenes: Psygnosis are once again increasing the Lemmings stable. Earlier versions include Lemmings, Oh-no more Lemmings and Lemmings 2 - the tribes There is also a Christmas Lemmings in the offing. Will this superb winning formula work again? Only time will tell and we'll have a full review very soon to see for ourselves The gameplay: Similar to Doom, or Crystal Dragon even, you spend your time walking around corridors and exploring rooms in a huge maze-like setting trying to stay alive and killing anything that gets in your way. There are aliens by the truckload for you to battle
against. And they don't look very friendly: just look at the screenshots and you'll see what I mean.
Behind the scenes: Alternative Software have been around for a long time but don't have a reputation for big name titles. Could this mark a change in fortunes? We’ll have to wait and see What's new: The game concept itself is not entirely new. But the introduction of a two-player option is a weL come addition Apart from moving around huge corridors in one player mode trying to avoid the monsters you can invite a friend around and either get him to be your partner in the game or compete against him in it.
First impressions: There’s been a lot of hype surrounding this game, it’s said to be a mixture of WoHenstein and Doom for the Amiga. So far it all looks and plays relatively smoothly.
Its all rather exciting eh? Doom on the Amiga. Can it really be true?
Maybe. At the moment the graphics look really good and the rooms and corridors are very detailed. The only thing we'll have to wait and see about is how fast the game will be.
Those who said Doom would never make it to the Amiga were basing their claims on the speed factor. Nice graphics are all very well but this is what will make or break the game.
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If you succeed in your first missions, your scientists and engineers will copy the alien technology to create more powerful weapons and craft for your forces to use. Gradually, you'll build up a terrifying picture of this Unknown Enemy, and their real aims and desires, then you’ll have to work out a strategy to stop them.
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Until now that is. Rowan have been busily beavering away on two historical sims. For two different software houses and dealing with two different wars: Overlord and Dawn Patrol.
I Release: Dec Jan ¦ Publisher: Empire £ 081 343 7337 I say, tally ho old readers. Fancy a spot of aerial activity with a piece of stretched canvas, a half ton of wood, an engine and a jolly pair of Lewis machine guns? Rather! Climb into the cockpit with Ernest Lee ... Dawn Patrol. Empire's baby, is intended to be the ultimate historical trip to the wings above the trenches of the great war, and will provide you with the low-down on the most famous allied and German aces and the planes they flew There are 13 planes to choose from, some of which are well known, others more obscure: names like
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History lessons Dawn Patrol is a historical database as well as a flight sim and the presentation looks very good. The backdrops for the various menu pages consist of faded out pictures of the actual aircraft and aces, and the interface has been designed rather like a book. The main menu is divided into pages and the interactive element of actually playing the game takes place within these pages For example, if you click on the menu entitled The First Aces you will be presented with a list of fifteen men.
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Germany and the USA.
Selecting one of these will move you to another page of the book’ where you can read up on his history in the top half of the page’, while in the bottom half contains a mission which the pilot carried out at some stage in his career The mission panel will usually have at least two red sections in the midst of the normal black text. These are parameters which can be changed for your particular mission. This allows you to select which aircraft you fly. How many opponents you have and even the positioning of your aircraft. You can also play the mission from the perspective of the Germans
or the Allies by clicking on the Iron Cross or the Tommy target.
This is all very well, but surely you could get this info from a real book.
Doesn't this all sound too much like CD multimedia, and not a real flight simulation game? Well yes it does.
Dawn Patrol was developed specifically with CD technology in mind, thus the PC CD version has all sorts of additional period music trickery and vocal recounting of stories. It also needs a fairly high specification PC to run properly and this can’t bode well for the Amiga 1200 can it?
Doubts were cast aside for the moment once Empire loaded up the work-in-progress version. As you can see from the screenshots it s a polygon creation, and a very good one at that. There were some minor problems with animation and some of the extra detail still hasn't been added to the planes - insignia and that sort of thing - but it seemed to be running mighty fast off floppy disk, and considering that Empire will recommend a Hard Drive (though it will still run off floppy) it shouldn't lose too much speed once they're added.
As much accuracy as possible has been added to the way the planes fly and respond to control too. As with the originals, if you try to do a high G- Force recovery from a dive .you’ll simply rip your wings off. With resultant ground breaking hilarity.
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Dawn Patrol has already been released on PC. And is only a few weeks away on Amiga at the time of writing. We should have a full review of it next month though, so hang on in there and we'll give you our opinion on the final version. ¦ Amiga Action - Accolade.. Playability oozes from every pore ol the game, the others had better watch out.
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Rik Skews doesn't like the sound of the Jungle, it frightens him. But Jungle Strike, now that's a different matter ... Jungle Strike ¦ Price: £25.99 ¦ Publisher: Ocean © 061 832 6633 Ot all started three years ago with Desen Strike on the Sega Mega Drive.
Since then. Electronic Arts' Strike series has since spawned two sequels in the shape of Jungle Strike and Urban Strike. Like EA's excellent Spons series, the three Strike titles are great excuses for owning a Mega Drive. All the titles follow a similar style with levels divided up into separate missions, some of which have to be completed in order. In others it's possible to complete later missions first, but this is made much harder because earlier mission defences tend to be operational. This intriguing blend of lateral thinking and blasting action works well, and Desen Strike has
since been converted successfully to a number of other systems including the Amiga.
And now. At last, what is regarded as the pick of the trilogy has been converted too.
Thankfully the Amiga conversion of Jungle Strike features much shorter loading times than its predecessor, and also improves on the Mega Drive original by way of sharper graphics in some levels and smoother scrolling routines throughout.
The actual plot and gameplay remain much the same though. After defeating General Kilbaba in Desen Strike, this time round it's his evil son and major drug baron partner who must be stopped before they wipe out the land of 64oz steaks The first thing you need to do is to pick a co-pilot to take care of winch operation and weapon firing. Flying is a full time job in itself you know. A number of co-pilots are on offer and each has variable skills. The best co-pilots are missing in action at the start of the game, but they're definitely worth the danger of finding and rescuing as their skills
are like having a third crew member on-board Thankfully the helicopter airborne from the start, while the controls are simple to grasp for such a complex machine to fly in reality. There's an option to have inertia and momentum switched off but this takes a lot of fun out of flying the bird and isn't realty recommended. It's like controlling an ice hockey player with glue boots.
Itchy fingers Levels cover a wide area so a tap of the F10 button brings up a very handy and highly necessary computer which contains, amongst other things, a map of the current level. By moving the joystick left and right the map highlights where the missions are based, as well as the locations of some of the ammo crates, fuel canisters and friendly landing zones. The status of each mission is also available for perusal, as well as a detailed description of what each mission entails. Not all the spare munitions and fuel are detailed on the map though. These are only discovered by
destroying certain buildings or vehicles. Either enemy or friendly. Hidden amour which can be found in the same manner, but is harder to come by. These supplies are winched on board automatically by hovering over the spot and letting the winchman do the work. Three types of weapon are available and all are replenished upon picking up a resupply crate. The chain gun is the most commonly used and comes with 1000 rounds of ammunition. It's possible to exhaust the supply of bullets but you'd need a seriously itchy trigger finger!
A It's always warlh daabla checking with the map ta sea where yea are.
A Tit aot It shool fiunily soldiers as m»y el them t*»e eselnl inlamalica The cannon is able to destroy all targets but is relatively impotent, so it's best used on weaker targets.
Otherwise you could find yourself tak- ing more hits than you're dishing out!
More powerful Hydra and Hellfire missiles are available for heavily armoured opposition but the compromise is their limited supply, especially in the case of the awesome Hellfire.
Apart from the vague hope of finding hidden armour supplies, the only other way of replenishing defences is to find a landing zone and drop off either rescued friendlies or captured enemy soldiers. Each person carried represents 100 points of armour repair, so it's worth dropping off anyone winched aboard.
LVSi-1 rprc- ~ Fuei ' As well as a more advanced helicopter than the one used in the Desert Strike missions, the player can use a whole host of other vehicles including a motorbike and a Stealth Fighter, which comes complete with an unlimited supply of weapons!
These other craft tend to crop up half way through a mission rather than being in their own separate level. For instance in one of the missions the player will come across a bridge which blocks the flightpath of the helicopter. Rather conveniently there's a hovercraft floating about nearby and this has to be used if the player is to progress any further. These other craft Introducing Jungle Strike Jungle Strike features an intro much more sumptuous than that seen in Desert Strike. It shows General Kilbaba’s equally mad son Ibn and a notorious drug baron testing one of the nuclear warheads,
with which they hope to destroy Washington D.C. The scene then cuts to a newsroom where the nuclear strike is reported, and then onto the player sitting in a darkened room watching the same news channel on TV.
The phone rings and his new mission orders are about to come through. He must stop these madmen and their horrendous scheme immediately!
? The OB-ho*rd computer has lots ol useful informatioo Including mission objectives aid a map ol the level.
SOMEWHERE IN THE EACH 1IC...(f) naturally have different handling characteristics too, so the player is more vulnerable on the motorbike while the Stealth Fighter can operate at different heights. Again these different characteristics have to be learnt and to complete some of the missions.
Sadly there's no option to get out of the chopper and progress on foot, although that's since been rectified in some of the missions in Urban Strike.
Jungle mania Things don't go all the player's way however, and with the new and improved firepower on offer, Kilbaba and his cronies have come up with some equally fearsome armaments.
For a start, standard tanks now have independent turrets, so like the gunner on the player's helicopter they can fire in one direction while the vehicle is moving in another.
A good example of the enemies’ firepower is discovered if the helicopter hovers too long around the submarines in one of the water-based missions. Watch that armour disappear! Apart from anything else the sheer speed of some of the enemy vehicles also makes the going tough at times. There's a mission early on in the game where a number of suicide car bombers have to be taken out before they smash into and destroy the American Embassies dotted around the map. The speed and manoeuvrability of the tiny cars makes them a job for crackshots only.
Apart from the enemy vehicles there are also plenty of top shot enemy snipers and other assorted cannon fodder troops ready to make life difficult. Although these soldiers have little in the way of defence they tend to have very rapid fire and can cause plenty of problems if not disposed of quickly.
Despite the praise heaped on the Amiga conversion of Desert Strike. I disliked it because of its hideous loading times and garish graphics which did the Amiga no justice. Thankfully both of these problems have been rectified with Jungle Strike and the result is a much more polished title that retains the excellent playability of the console original. This is certainly a difficult game, far more so than Desert Strike, but there are certain 'tricks' that can be learned from repeated playing.
For instance it's possible to hide behind scenery objects and let them take the flak while you dodge round and destroy the enemy. It doesn't take a genius to work out how to approach each mission, but it's a refreshing change to have to think in a format as familiar as the shoot 'em up. This blend of shooting and thinking action blends together seamlessly and in the process creates a classic blaster well worth a ride. ¦ Of Team 17's Super Stardust is the Asteroids of the Nineties then Alien Breed must be Gauntlet. Released just over three years ago the classic space based blast 'em up put a
then fledgling company on the games software map.
Set around a human colony desecrated by aliens the game cast the player and an optional chum as galactic marines sent in to find out what had happened to a space colony and then to clear the place of the aliens discovered within.
ASSailtt I Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Team 17 © 0924 201846 A la die preview Alien Breed games utilising the maps was important. With the multiple exit points in Tawer Assault using them becomes a necessity.
The plot was corny and uninspired but the execution was superb. Alien Breed was put together by a team of seasoned PD coders who included renowned graphic artist Tobias Richter and the then largely unknown computer musician Allister Brimble.
Everything about the game reeked of polish, from the silky smooth scrolling, atmospheric music and FX down to the arty black box which has since become a Team 17 hallmark.
Such was the success of the game that a ‘remixed* budget version was released (another successful formula that Team 17 have since re-used on other top titles) which went on to become one of the best selling Amiga budget titles of all time and a sequel, last year's Alien Breed 2.
Tower of power Now Alien Breed Tower Assault is upon us the most obvious question is whether this is more of the same or something a little more original.
Judging by the game's plot it looks like the former. Picture the scene. It's far into the future and the place is Azarin 2E, a planet rich in Tellurinium, a vital element used in military spaceship hulls.
A military research unit is based here but unfortunately so is something far more unfriendly.
That's right, another horde of aliens who just love humans (especially between two slices of buttered bread) are also living there and. Breeding like bunnies, they start munching their way through the populacfc alfefciore. Now the universe might be 1 large place but after three previous colonist wipeouts at the hands (claws?) Of aliens which fit the description of those here, you'd have thought the inhabitants of Azarin 2E would have clicked something was afoot when they kept tripping over assorted limbs and entrails of their companions. But no. Clearly these colonies are staffed by
the sort of people who have the life expectancy of a red jumpered extra from Star Trek and consequently it was goodnight Azarin 2E for anything human.
This time round though, a few of .the colonists managed to survive long enough to get off an SOS. The dreadnought Herona was the interceptor and after jotting up on previous breed encounters ten dropships of trained and prepared crews were launched. As the saying goes though, military intelligence is a contradiction in terms and the dropships neglected to take into account the base's defences. With nine dropships destroyed things weren't looking good for the crew of the tenth but they got a whole lot worse when only the player's character survives the crash. Oh dear. So once more
it's down to just one man to sort these aliens out for good.
Thankfully the game itself is far more satisfying than the plot.
Although the scenario and much of the gameplay is similar to previous Breed titles (why change a winning formula after all?) The implementation is better. For a start the 50 new levels are a lot less linear than before with multiple exit points. This adds considerably to the lastability rating because as it's now possible to come back to a level once completed and play it again through a different route. And it tends to stops the frustration of being stuck for ages and performing the same tasks over and over as the different routes throughout the game tend to have an easy or difficult
rating If one particular zone Lrtterbugs In order to avoid becoming the aliens' main course the colony inhabitants dropped everything upon encountering their not very friendly visitors. This has resulted in the grounds of each level being strewn with pick-ups, the most useful of which are detailed below.
AMMO PACKS: You can never have too many of these.
PERSONAL DATA CARDS: Scour these for any useful information.
KEYS. A far quicker way to open a door than filling it with lead!
MEDICINE: A quick dose of this will heal wounds a treat.
CREDITS: Buys better upgrades.
Lower value green credits also available.
Is causing trouble then next time round other, hopefully easier paths open to the player can be tried. Team 17 claim there are over 250 ways to complete Tower Assault.
Pulp puzzles A puzzle element has been introduced on some of the levels but don't fear shoot 'em up fans, this accounts for only a small percentage of the total game. For instance, one of the earlier routes requires all the auxiliary generators in a zone to be found and activated before a door later in the level will open. The other main new gameplay feature is the retreat mode which lets the player fire behind while running away.
Although only a small point it helps avoid the frustration of, say, trying to open a door while an alien sneaks up behind and attacks.
As well multiple exit points the levels themselves are much more variety packed than has often been the case. For instance some levels are set in the dark with only the aliens' eyes and a torch providing limited vision. The effect is similar to the night driving sequence in the old arcade game Spy Hunter, if anyone can remember that far back. There's new varieties of alien too, including ones which burst from cocoons and others that are invisible.
Upon playing Tower Assault though, its improvements in the audiovisuals which are first apparent.
There's far more graphic detail here than had been the case previously.
Player sprites and backgrounds in particular deserve special praise, being both highly detailed and fluidly animated. There is a definite downside in the detail though, some of the floor debris can look like collectible items. The yellow credits are particularly prone to this, which I found frustrating, especially after expending several keys trying to reach them. Sound too. Has been suitably beefed up. Even more so if playing on an A1200. If you don't have access to a stereo monitor this game is a suitable reason to consider a purchase.
Squeal like a pig!
Some of the squeals the aliens make after being hit are quite disgusting and feature a fine reverb effect. The best use of the sound though, is where the aliens are seen feeding off the humans. This is graphically depicted and the reason the game carries an 11 + rating. I'm not a great fan of ratings in games but the above scenes are some of the most gruesome I've seen in a 16-bit product and rank up there with Dreamweb so it's probably a good thing if it keeps parents happy. Out of interest the mutilated bodies were supposed to appear in the original Alien Breed but Team 17 decided against
it. After the furore surrounding the supposed violence in Mortal Kombat last year it would have been interesting to see whether Alien Breed would have sold better if it had been released with all that 'adverse' publicity. Still the Breed senes has done very comfortably so far and Tower Assault should do the same. In my opinion it’s the best of the titles and would have scored much more it wasn't a sequel.
The multiple exit points and puzzle elements and of course far more levels will keep blasting fans involved for far longer than the original title did. As well as breaking up the frantic blasting action that became a chore in Breed 2 The difficulty curve has also been well judged, unlike Alien _ Breed which was too easy anc proved ridiculously tough.
As it stands if you own the M original Alien Breed this 15 still a worthy purchase It contains much more variety and will no H doubt prove to be a longer lasting gaming experience, as well as removing minor gripes like not being able to fire backwards If you haven't previously bought one of the series the same recommendation applies but if you've got Breed 2 have a good look first as Tower Assault has a lot of similarities. It’s definitely the best of the Breed bunch though and a very fitting finale to a classic Amiga games series. ¦ a Whereas He aliens hare been the prime enemy ia
previous Breed games, this time roand the maa made dangers sach as secarity tracking gaas. Minefields and radioactive rooms caase jast as many problems.
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Definitely no stick-in-the-mud!” MEGA DRIVE GAME GEAR PC ZONE YUU'LLj Lords of I Price: £34.99 ¦ Publisher:lmpressions Daze Marketing © 071 372 7435 Impressions are releasing new software by the horse and cart load these days - or is it these Daze? Ho, ho! Alan Dykes gets mediaeval ... about simulations. In the same way as Arnold Schwarzenegger devoted his youth to developing the most insanely exaggerated body in the world, the staff at Impressions have devoted their collective youth to getting the simulation engine right. Be it in mediaeval world domination or car production, they are
determined to feed us with the right mixture of statistics. Realism and playability to develop our minds and raise our body temperatures on all those cold winter nights spent indoors running mice into the ground playing their games. But Impressions has had its flaws. Its games have been criticised for speaking in a strange, difficult to understand manner and being over complex but under animated. Too much faffing around and not enough excitement.
According to Tony Dillon Detroit solved most of these criticisms, but I found the game rather too bonng to agree with him. It s the nature of this sort of beast though, he will probably disagree with me on Lords 01 The Realm which I think is the most addictive game of its type on Amiga.
Lords Of The Realm is based in England from the mid 13th century onwards. There are six Lords and consequently you can have up to six players Starting off at the set-up stage you can choose one of four difficulty levels, viewing options and what to name your very own character. From here the game places you in control of a county - which one is a random choice but does actually affect the game. I broke the back of Gwynedd in North Wales and made Gloucestershire the most powerful county in England on two separate
• occasions, while Andy Leaning's political machinations
completely ruined and depopulated Suffolk (an event from which
it still hasn't recovered). He's now trying to get out of
Devon. The only county neither of us liked was Somerset where
the people were continuously diseased.
Peasant stew The object of the game is to succeed to the throne, dominating the land with your powerful armies and brilliant strategies But it all starts off at home, where you have to look after your local peasants in order to tax them, make them build castles, keep your fields in good order, grow grain, look after cattle and sheep and breed the cannon fodder of the future.
Depending on which county you win in this lottery you’ll start off with a small amount of cash (gold crowns), cattle, sheep, grain and. Of course, people Each turn the player takes represents a season of the year and the distribution of your peasants will thus be different for every one. In the spring you'll need plenty of peasants to sow grain, but in summer you don’t need as many. In autumn though you'll need more than ever to reap the harvest. And don't forget about sheep and cattle. During lambing and calving you'll need more people to increase the herd Oh yes. And peasants eat too
you know.
Owas sad. I played Castles and Cast es II into the night. I got abuse from my colleagues for being a train spotter - but I still enjoyed myself. Like other simulations there is a great sense of satisfaction when things go your way.
When you have the most land, the most awesome army and the biggest castles. It's a power thing and my shrink tells me it's OK as long as I don’t confuse gaming with reality.
Impressions have a power thing Pound a dozen luv It’s all about money in the end and there are two ways of making this.
Way number one is to raise the tithes (taxes) and way number two is to sell produce at market The first way is useful but will lead to unpopularity, the second is easy if you haye the gear to sell and a trader is in your territory during the season.
You will need to build up a thriving economy in the first year or two before you advance across someone's border and increase your land ownership. Once there are enough sheckles in the coffer you can hire a mercenary army and knock the stuffing out of most neighbouring villages. With one or two exceptions.
The bad news is that people can CATTLE A useful livestock investment.
SHEEP Best try to hold onto these for the wool.
Igrain Keep your grain stores high.
WOOL The best item to sell.
Loads of dosh.
BEER Peasants dissatisfied?
Fill em with Boddies.
STONE Expensive to buy, but castles need it.
WOOD Won't burn a hole in your pocket.
WEAPONS Expensive but essential. Get some now!
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Get unhappy if you ask too much and don't look after them. Clicking on one of your counties in the main map of Britain (minus Scotland) will bring up a status report in the top right hand corner of which is a heart symbol. The happiest you can get your people is 40 hearts the most disgusted is 0. Once you drop below five hearts you have five seasons to recover their confidence or get booted out of the county - and if this happens you'll lose your castle too.
Threats come from other lords and ladies, either human or computer controlled, who want your wealth and land, so you'll find that it's a good idea to make peace with some of them. They may double cross you at a later date (so can you), but it's better than having everyone openly aligned against your forces. Of course, if you particularly don't like one you can taunt or insult them and deal with the consequences later.
In single player mode information on how you are doing is accessed via a court stewart who tells you how much your power, wealth and population has increased or decreased over the year. If you want you can have him give you even more help, popping up every now and then to tell you what needs to be done once you have three territories or more. You also get a status panel consisting of flags which tell you who is the wealthiest lord, who's got the largest army and the most land etc. and. For the vain, who is considered to be the greatest leader Conclusion If you were a Defender of The Crown or
Castles fan then Lords Of The Realm is for you. Any game which has me playing till 1 o'clock in the morning, three nights in a row has to be worth while There are some flaws though.
In two-player mode the stewart function is switched off so there is much less interaction. The game does suffer from this. The manual battle mode is rather droll too. Even though the strategy you use may be better and save more lives than computer control, and as such is useful. The game also tends to slow down from time to time, even on our 4000 and messages sometimes corrupt - but this should be fixed in the final version In the final analysis the AGA graphics are superb, sound is moderate and the interaction and addic- tivity level is impressive. If you want a quick fix this won't
provide it.
Lords of The Realm will take weeks, if not months, to master and you'll lose a lot of sleep in the process.
Not everybody's cup of tea but one of my favourite pastimes for the last few weeks. Now. If only I could stop the peasants eating those damn cows! ¦ CASTLE BUILDING Castle building is very much a matter of personal preference. There are six different types of castle supplied in the castle menu but, if you're like our Andy, you'll want to design your own. Lords allows you to do this and even to add to your castle at a later date. Remember though, the bigger the castle, the more peasants tied up in its building and the more expensive the materials needed for it. Start small and I build on
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Rik Skews is the lucky man with the answer... Sensible World of ©isappoiniment. Not a word you'd expect to find in a review of one of the finest games ever created, but that was my initial impression on playing the original Sensible Soccer way back in
1992. The sound, and in particular the graphics, were basic even
for over two years ago. However once seated and playing I
was instantly hooked and barely a day has gone by since
when I haven’t had a quick kickabout.
And that’s obviously been the case for thousands of other computer owners since, as Sensible Soccer remains one of the best selling Amiga titles of all time and has been converted to just about every other format available I Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Renegade © 071 481 9214 Like all of Sensible Software’s titles. Sensible Soccer s success lies in its gripping gameplay. But also in its highly responsive control system which is unmatched in any other sports game. Tapping the fire button results in a small pass while yanking the stick back at an angle pulls off a spectacular banana kick. The
control is very, very intuitive and moves are carried out in a split second without having to worry about awkward joystick combinations. Critics though, have pointed out how unlike a real footy match Sensi Soccer is and this is fair comment. But while Electronic Arts’ FIFA International Soccer captures the look of the sport much more faithfully, its cumbersome control method where the computer tnes to take over at every opportunity, makes playing frustrating at times and goalscoring a matter of luck. And while I might share the same birthday as Tony Dillon I’d have to disagree with his
rating of Cro Team’s Football Glory. There's no denying that it plays a fine game of football, probably the best after Sensi in fact, but it too is let down by its difficult to master control system and a number of frustrating bugs.
Sensible Soccer seems pretty much perfect then, especially in two- player mode, but there were a few minor niggles. Firstly the game became too easy, even against classy Series A opposition, while the players themselves tended to play much the same, no matter what position they were supposed to be representing There was also no need for substitutions as until Version 1.1 appeared, players were never injured or booked And there were a couple of spots on the pitch from which the expert player could be assured of scoring, even from 50 yards.
Sensible ironing Thankfully all of these problems have been ironed out in Sensi World, with A Who needs digitised graphics and sound when the gameplay is so captivating?
The difficulty level pitched much higher and more realistically. Come up against Giggs and the rest of the Manchester United dream team and the player's defence will know it, no matter how good a team they are SELF CONTROL Sensible World of Soccer comes with ten the popular forma- tmus used in modern football, from the traditional 4-4-2 to the more experimental 4-2-3 and Sweeper formations. As well as this there's an opportunity to create up to six individual formations which can be saved for later use. Upon deciding to edit a team a grid comes up with 240 positions representing where
each player can be at any one time. Another 35 squares represent everywhere the ball can lie. Each player in the team can be moved wherever desired to correspond with the lie of the ball.
Confusing at first but worth persevering with as it's possible to define a formation where all the players end up in the opposition six yard box every time the ball doesl MONEY TALK As the saying goes: 'You get what Pf PS for' the case Sensible World of Soccer.
Giggs might cost £8 million but his control and pace will reap dividends and soon pay back the investment. Be careful though, just because a player costs £2 million or more it doesn't necessarily mean that he'll be right for your team. I spent over £2 million on Andy Townsend whose slow pace didn't fit in with the rest of my racy midfield and consequently ended up part exchanging him for half his value. Make sure you only buy a player when strictly necessary as their value can plummet if left in the reserves for any length of time. If you've transfer listed an expensive player don't
necessarily take the first offer. When playing Aberdeen I refused three separate deals for the £2.25 million rated Eion Jess and ended up getting £3.5 million. Equally don't get greedy. No team will offer more than two improved offers so it's usually a gamble to ask for more once an improved offer has been put up. If the player's not that important to you, take the improved money offer and run I themselves. Scorelines too. Are far more faithful. Nil-nil is the norm now, rather than five-three. Indeed it's worth pointing out that it took me three games to find the back of the net. So I
imagine those new to Sensi will have some hard grafting ahead of them before they hit the top of the league.
Injuries are now a worrying reality, although serious injuries are rare; a four match resting period is common. This can still be very, very annoying if a key player is lost at cup ties though.
The different types of injuries that can occur can be kept track of on the squad details screen. A bandaged head means that the player has simply taken a slight knock while a red cross with a number inside represents the number of days that player will be out injured.
Fear the black cross because this means the player has been seriously injured and will be layed out for the rest of the season.
Apart from replacing the injured, substitutes now have a much more important role. As in real life, only two are available so choosing them with care is a priority.
For instance, if Blackburn are the opposition it might be an idea to have spare defenders to combat Sutton and Shearer, while a couple more strikers would be fitting against a lowly FA Cup first round team.
These management options have a far greater impact on the game- play than the first game. Indeed there's an option to play as just a manager. But you'd miss out on such good gameplay and all the brilliant matches themselves which can either be played as a one match friendly, or as part of an in-depth one season or 20 season career.
Do I not like stats?
All the players from 1,400 world clubs and 131 national sides have been included and they're up to date for the 94 95 season. The data on each player is astonishing: and as well as including the right hair and skin colour, it also includes their particular skills. This is a Godsend for the footy statistics fan. As the transfer market has an option to select not only what type of player is required but also what type of skill, from passing to finishing. This means that the knowledgeable can stay away from the famous and high priced names and instead scour the lower leagues for talent, not
just in England but from every major league in the world. Most teams are happy to flog players languishing in the numbers 13 to 16 shirts and often at a lower than stated price.
A Skia and hair coloni «alne. Skills and positions, rrery one of the 76.MI included players tiactfy replicates their real hfe counterpart The transfer market allows the player to put up to five of his own team on the market, although quite often offers will come in for other players. The value of players varies on how they are performing. A goalie with holes in his hands would soon plummet in value while a striker that bags a hat-trick every match becomes top of the wanted list.
Similarly a player that's rotting in the reserves loses value slowly but surely. If you're a competent enough player it's possible to put a defender in a striker's position, score plenty of goals, increase his value and then flog him for a tidy sum.
The tactics section of the game has also been vastly overhauled. As well as more than double the number of preset formations it's possible to create and edit up to six from scratch.
The wealth of new features available adds considerably to the experience of playing Sensi World, creating a game that remarkably is better than the first.
The increased difficulty level is a major boost, especially for Sensi pros, but the it's the management options that give the game a razor sharp cutting edge.
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GAME REVIEW game I’ve ever played. Sensible World of Soccer is a landmark software title that once again shows the pedigree of Sensible Software and of course the Amiga ¦ YEP, HE'S THERE AS WELL!
I'd hate to have uVm had to enter the details for the 26,000 or so players featured in Sensible World of Soccer, all of which are based on their real life counterparts. An example of Sensible World of Soccer's incredible attention to detail is shown below. For our non New Zealand readers Burnside are a team from their Southern division. I would like to point out though, that my home team the trusty Littlehampton Marigolds are nowhere to be seen (still perhaps that mirrors real life too). And Alan hasn't been able to find his cousin, captain of Sligo Rovers (OK. So you mightn't have heard of
them before) for the last few years. Yet.
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There are two ways of playing Rise Of The Robots To complete it. Or to ga*i points While both of these are not mutuaty exclusive, you tend to go through a phase at the beginning of every game where all you want to do is show off and finish it. With Rise Of The Robots the party doesn't end until you enter the second round of bouts on medium level and. Then the hard level Up until then a simple combination of moves will suffice to despatch all comers - including The Supervisor The second way of playing is the fair way: maximum points mode Here you try to maximise your own score and beat ydur
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YoJfll notice an awful lot of junk being typed onto your screen at Th| success of films like Terminator. T2 and Rohocop it seemed reasonable that people would welcome a decent opportunity to test their mettle against metal, so to speak, in a game The basic premise behind Rise Of The Robots, if you hadn’t guessed from the title, is that they are trying to take over the world Well, one robot is anyway a super 'she' robot known as The Supervisor, who’s in charge of production at one of Earths major corporations Electrocorp’ An Ego virus has got loose in The Supervisor's binary system and
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Speaking of difficulty there are four lovels: beginnor, easy, medium and hard. And options on whether to play to the best of three, five or seven rounds with 30.60 or 90 second or infinite bout times The idea being that a ®ou are now witness to a true multimedia event Rise Of The Robots was originally instigated by Mirage for the PC in 1993.
Then Time Warner Interactive stepped in with wads of multinational cash, waved its giant marketing wand, roped in some other software houses and. Lo and behold. Rise Of The Robots became a 21 format game, all destined for a simultaneous launch before Christmas 1994 With beat em ups all the rage, and the undisputed king and pretender roles bemg swopped between the Strcctfiyhter II and Mortal Kombat, series it was going to need something sufficiently different, original even, to stand a fighting chance. Enter the robots. With the runaway juggernaut beginning of every bout but there are
Robots, and the thing you'll hear most only four things that really matter, apart about, is its graphics It arrived in three from the robots that is. The life bar, the forms, for CD32. A1200 4000 and all power bar. The timer and some little red other Amigas with 1 Mb Chip RAM (so squares which signify how many bouts A500 owners are out of luck). Of these vou or your opponent has won the one which stood out most was the The life bar starts off green. 1200 version. This is because, using becomes yellow once you've had a the RGB output and a decent monitor, whopping great thump off Droid 2. Pro-
the colours were gorgeous, the anima- gresses to rusty red and further. Soon. Tion smooth and detail excellent. This in a manner of speaking, your nuts are game has been beautifully rendered numbered The power bar is blue but The CD32 version, using its TV out- only lights up once you press the fire put rs nowhere near as sharp through a button If you let it reach its furthest. Monitor and only half way there on telly bluest point and let go it'll create a - granted the Al 200 version isn't as much bigger hit than simply stabbing good on telly either And unbelievable the button. However,
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In terms of moves and playability, if you go for a high score and if you play at the most difficult setting then you will find Rise Of The Robots challenging and quite difficult At this level opponents do not succumb to constant battering with tho same old move - they will fight with different combinations and readily take power points off you The only chance you have of winning is to use special moves and hit them with full power in their vulnerable parts. But experienced players will still sort it pretty quickly After a couple of two player bouts with reluctant opposition. I had to go it
alone I was determined to give Rise Of The Robots a chance. And you know, I began to like it. The challenge outlined above was enough to keep me playing for quite a while It s too easy to dis miss this game because your attitude to playing is what makes the game enjoyable But this is a bad thing - you shouldn’t have to really try to like a game to get something out of it What makes il worth buying should be immediately apparent and in this case, graphics aside, it isn’t.
The AGA •vision is |»fgceus with beautifully rendered graphics There me options e.arlable to switch the lohot’s shadows on 01 oil and lemnve scieen shake - technically cansed by the weight ol the lobots lading And Cyboig headbutts buildei the buildei is slow and not «oiy intelligent but stmng and tongb RISE OF THE ROBOTS graphics... sound Instability playability Gorgeous but a bit dull RISE OF THE ROBOTS graphics.
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it got. It was a tad repetitive though. The scenery didn't change much but the appearance of vehicles in later levels did make for some extra murderous hilarity.
Cannon Fodder addicts have had to wait a year to get this fix. And I suppose the good news that it's more of the same. In many ways its just an extra 24 missions, but the variety has improved and in the process the game has been made more acceptable to war veterans who. Along with certain sections of the press were a bit miffed at the poppies. British Legion references and some of the level names in the first one.
But Sensi have gone completely round the bend this time and the little yompers end up in Space, Mediaeval Englande and Al Capone's Chicago (though there are no fat, balding Robert DiNiro's in sight). In fact it's the alien presence that allows all of this to happen; Having 'taken out' the sour cream of middle east terrorist troops in the first couple of missions they are picked up by a spaceship which, after the best part of its interior has been destroyed, drops the lads off off in completely the wrong time zone.
Wizards OK. I can readily accept that khaki soldiers with red scarves on their heads are likely to be equipped with machine guns and bazookas.
Similarly Chicago gangsters are definitely going to be packing hot metal.
Even aliens have the right to bear arms ... but mediaeval knights? One minute they're walking around with swords and shields, the next they're blasting away at you with what I'd swear were Uzis, except they're too small to positively identify. The saving grace here are the Wizards who replace bazookas with staffs of fire, no doubt based on the mad Scots sorcerer from Monty Fvthon's holy grail. Ye holy hand grenade turns up quite often too.
All of this variety waters down the game in some ways and brightens it up in others. For me the original Cannon Fodder had just a tad more purpose to it. The relative lack of graphical variety was a blessing of sorts because it allowed you to progress, get to know what’s happening and recognise your enemies.
The tiny sprites were distinctive and fun and while this doesn’t change in Fodder 2. The Sensi boys have had to be rather more clever devising different sprites for the various worlds, and in the process have made them no less cute but at times more difficult to recognise in time to avoid being shot or blown up In real terms though the graphics are still tops for fun and originality Sensi’s work will probably be studied by twenty second century art students for managing to put personality into sprites smaller than a grain of rice. The levels themselves are well designed and each new time
zone and mission brings new hazards like floor traps and exploding pigs. The bazooka wielders are still as destructive as ever and with a bit of cunning you can get them to destroy their own buildings for you.
Brew Cannon Fodder 2 has no really new features. In fact, on the face of it. It's the same game tarted up with new graphics; an extra 24 missions for the faithful. In terms of playability it tends to put you in at the deep end right from the beginning. The original had a gradual build up of awkwardness and dificulty which means that newcomers could quickly get used to it. This one gets tricky very quickly with the arrival of ‘friendly fire' and vehicles, and it really can get frustrating trying to figure out the least punishing route through the fields of fire. Also, grenades and bazooka
rockets seem to be in much shorter supply and easier to destroy too soon.
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However the AGA version was one of the best platformers ever because of all of the above reasons and the extra graphics were part of this analysis. As a replacement this is nearly as much fun - just not as beautiful. Anyone who wants a nice combination of platform and puzzle need look no further Ernest Lee Marvin's Marvellous Adventure ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: 21st Century © 0235 851852 Qoor old Marvin. One day he’s a happy pizza delivery boy trying to earn a few extra bob for his student grant, and the next he walks in on a row between a nice friendly professor inventor
type and an professor. This quest takes Marvin leaping from platform to platform over 60 cutesy colourful levels in six cutesy and colourful worlds.
And there are plenty of sub games thrown in as well.
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between them and the non AGA version, right?
Wrong! The graphics may be less detailed and colourful but the quality of the sprites and gameplay hasn’t been effected at all. In fact, not having played the AGA version for some time now I was hard pushed to remember what was different. Glancing at the CD32 version it became apparent - the parallax scrolling has gone In its place is a plain black or blue background. The AGA version was like a fairground attraction, all lit up and loony, while this one is rather plain.
Bubble stood out mainly because of the standard of its platform action combined with fun arcade bonus levels and puzzles galore. Audiogenic has kept this aspect of the game completely. The interaction between the two main characters of the title is still as cute as ever and their spntes. Like those of the enemy flora and fauna.
Haven't changed one bit. You can still kick Bubble with hilarious results, ride on top of him. Use him as a you can pick up some extra points in the shape of stars and some of those handy moons for firing at anything that gets in your way - those annoying clowns that rocket towards would be a good place to start.
Just in case things get too tough, there are little help icons dotted around the game which dole out handy hints, on how to get up to those really high platforms ie jump twice really quickly.
Totally cute and totally playable is the best way to describe Marvin's Marvellous Adventures. Everything in the game is just so sweet. All things sugar and spice are in this game from the primary coloured backgrounds to the little moons with wings who become your friend. Even your enemies look too nice to do any damage. I mean, could you really believe that tomatoes with little legs, and furry kangeroos could do you any real harm. No. I thought not.
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LrtO€)dl IjJI ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Acid Software© 0302 890000 ©ne dreary winter day I opened a padded envelope and out dropped a CD box. It hit the floor, cracked and the disk fell out along with the sleeve. Picking it up and putting it back together I saw that it was apparently by Vision software (who?) And published by Acid - those loony New Zealand creators of Blitz Basic. Skidmarks and Guardian. But only published by Acid - not programmed by them. The CD cover didn’t look up to much with a couple of fresh cracks in the casing and the sleeve didn’t really tell me much about the
game so I forgot about it.
Two days later I found it again, under a pile of empty crisp bags and coffee stained press releases, and.
Not Skidmarks Those who notice the Acid badge will automatically think of Skidmarks, but this is nothing remotely like it. The cars and tracks are viewed from a top- down perspective and are quite large in scale. There is a choice of six cars and drivers, though it's not immediately obvious what the difference between them is. Apart from vehicle colour and the degree of ugliness of the driver. Presentation is very simple but effective - this game lacks the frills and gilded logos of product from larger software houses, but doesn't suffer much because of it.
There are four races to participate in: Turbo Death Challenge. Maximum Overkill Grand Prix. Badlands Mega Smash and Roadkill Eliminator. Each of these has four tracks and there are four difficulty levels. As the name of the game might indicate it's not all about about track skill though, it's also about how accurate you are with a rocket sensing a chance to get out of tidying up my desk again, I told Alan that I: "just wanted to have a look at this new me. You'd never know night be good". And it is. Roadkill may sound her sadistic, bringing mind images of coun- A roads littered with rely
recognisable uashed animals and oiood stained white lines, but it's got nothing to do with murdered furry things. It's got a lot to do with murdering your fellow human beings; more like Mad Max on a race track than Mr. Bean in his Mini, a strange mix of Micro Machines with rockets, machine guns and pinball.
Cannon and ball Beginning on easy level the competition is a bit slack; they'll knock you off the road but won't shoot at you The only things you need to watch out for are indiscriminate roadside cannons and mines, and, of course, treacherous corners. On later levels and increased difficulty the opposing drivers won’t give shooting you a second thought so you've got to get them first. According to the manual 'It’s not the money but the adrenaline of murdering your opponents in cold blood that will see you through to become Roadkill champion’. Er. Quite You begin with a certain armour
level and can repair or increase this by picking up armour icons on the track. You can also pick up homing and non-homing missile icons, first aid, traction icons, missile deflection and bonus icons situated on ramps. The tracks get progressively more difficult with tight bends and sections which cross other parts of the track, resulting in multiple crash mayhem. You can go around the track the wrong way. J ** 0 but take your finger off the accelerator button the car will default to the right direction The tracks don’t look as exciting as they might be, but the scrolling is ultra
smooth and the cars’ tyres jook as though they're really in motion. The most lively bit is the sound which is very pinballish with daunting antipodean voices shouting out 'Roadkill’ whenever you murder a competitor and other similarly cold touches. On the surface it would seem that Commodore have brainwashed the entire programming population of New Zealand into publishing all of their new games on CD32 so.
Like Guardian. I really hope that Roadkill becomes available for all Amigas.
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If ever there was a game that could reach out. Grab you and pull you into the screen then it would have to be Beneath A Steel Sky. A mega hit on the Amiga, it's certain to be just as big a hit on CD32.
For those of you who might not have seen BASK on the Amiga, here's a brief guide to the story behind the game. You are Foster, an orphaned outcast from the GAP - a sort of urban jungle outside the omnipotent megat- ropolis. The Powers That Be want you back in the centre, so they kidnap you.
The helicopter they were carrying you in crashes and you escape somewhere inside the city. From here you've got to work your way out of this huge labyrinth of a city, piecing together bits of information about where you are. Who you really are and how you can get out.
It's rude to point Played at its simplest level, the game- play behind flASAf is a matter of logically working your way through the all the locations and characters (steam room, the factory, travel agents, Reich's flat. Lamb's flat, security station, club, Mrs Piermont's flat - the list is endless) picking up objects and talking to as many people as possible to find out as much as you can in order to get through the game It may sound straightforward but it’s not. BASK is not a linear game - you'll find yourself visiting all the various locations again and again to find out more
information about what you should do next next.
Picking up items is a simple point and click affair with your inventory at the top if the screen. Click on the item you want to use, then click on the object you want to use it with. For example, to get out of the first screen, use the iron bar on the door to lever it open, or you can use two items together (hint: to get to the security centre you'll have to use some rope and an anchor to make a swing to get yourself across). But before you can work this out you'll have to go back and find some rope and an anchor.
And that is the tricky bit.
Have a natter The key to BASK is conversation. All of the characters have their own voices, so instead of having to read speech bubbles, you get to hear them all talking in various accents, which enhances the realism. Talk to everyone that graphics .93% sound .....90% lastability ......85% playability .....93% you can to find out all the information that you need. If you want to talk to somebody, click on talk then a number of suggestions will pop up for you to ask. If you click on talk and nothing comes up,
then it normally means that at that point you will not be able to glean any information that that would be any use to you.
Although conversation is one of the key elements to the game, these chats can be quite entertaining too.
From the Essex-style over officious doctor's receptionist to the northern drone of jobsworth Hobbins there is a wealth of characters to engage in conversation with. Some of what they say is useful, but most of the time it's just plain funny to listen to what they say and the accents are brilliant.
Joey your sidekick robot, who provides you with a mine of information is also a bit of a comedian as well.
Some of his humour can cut a bit to the bone occasionally. For example there is one scene where Joey kick- starts a transporter robot using an electrical probe extending from his shell, in a rather overtly sexual manner - the dialogue which then ensues between him and Foster is highly amusing.
However, behind all this lighthearted banter a sinister plot lurks as you discover that a huge computer network. Line, is behind all of the shenanigans. Getting into Line throws you into a surreal Lawnmower Man type world where you must solve various puzzles in order to find out more about what you should do.
Conclusion BASK is a beautifully crafted vocal and animated adventure. The graphics are totally superb. The minor niggle I had with the game was that there was a slight delay in loading between each location and the music occasionally tends to be a bit boppy - perhaps some moody atmospheric stuff might have been better. However, couple the superb scenery with an involving gameplay and add a rather large helping of humour in the shape of some excellent characters, and you've got a superb game. ¦ racing classic.
©acky Races meets Mariocarr in Grandslam's CD32 conversion of Bump N Bum The boys and girls from the land of Toonia are back, ready to pit their racing skills against the evil Count Chaos in a bid for the cup. And the chance to dethrone the Count from his reign of terror on the tracks.
Bump'n' Bum ¦ Price: £29.99 ¦ Publisher: Grandslam Z 081 680 7044 Vroom! Was that Penelope Pitstop shooting past? No, it was Lisa Collins testing out the CD conversion of this The format of the CD version is much the same as it was on the Amiga. The characters are the same and you can pick from a whole host of them such as Mr Fabulous. Dodgy Dinos, Eskimos, and the like Once you’ve picked your wagon and your drivers, you’re off on a gruelling racing epic across a plethora of tracks in a variety of different worlds. The choice of worlds is also similar to the Amiga version. The haunted world,
ice world, a prehistoric world, to name a few are still there, with the addition of a dream world and a new space level on the CD version.
Each world still has its own unique scenery and obstacles to watch out for. This makes the game more interesting than just endlessly racing around the same track. For example, when you get bored avoiding the overgrown magpies (pre-historic birds) who keep trying to swoop down and whisk you away, you can switch to the haunted world and spend your time trying to avoid scary ghostly figures who leap out and scream at you.
When you're not spending your time trying to avoid the indigenous baddies of each level you can try to bump the other cars off the track, or get them with homing bones, smoke SHOP TILL YOU DROP screens.
Drawing pins, oil slicks, boxing gloves and whatever else takes your fancy.
Or invite a friend around spend your time in two- player split screen mode trying to bump them off the track. They won’t thank you for it but what heck, it’s a laugh init!
But don’t be fooled into thinking that Bump N Bum is just mindless racing around different tracks in different worlds. There is a trace of strategy involved if you want to last the course and win the championship.
It’s best to start off on the easier worlds first lyou'll soon gather which ones they are) so you can collect as many coins and stars as possible.
Once you have enough dosh you can go into the shop and buy yourself some better tyres, a new engine, or booster and bumper power. The more points and money you collect the better the type of engine you can buy. Or you can save it all up and splash out on some flashy Carlos Fandango tyres. It’s up to you. Also, to get yourself some extra time, make sure you run over as many bunnies as possible - not very humane I know, but there’s no place for wimps in this game.
Same but different Yes. Yes that’s all very well but is there any difference between the Amiga version and the CD32 version?
Happily, there is. Unlike a lot of other companies. Grandslam haven’t just bunged an identical version of the game onto CD32 without using the extra power of CD. OK they may not have totally revamped the game, but they have improved on some minor parts. They've also gone to town in the soundtrack and music department. The bits that have been improved upon are mostly to help the player even more For example, you can now quite easily see what position you're in by glancing at the figure (ie 1st. 2nd etc) in the box bottom left of the screen The mapping option is a welcome addition as you can
now see exactly where the others are on the track. As well as these additions there are roughly ten new cheat modes on the CD32. Apparently, these can be found if player two holds down the top right control button while player one fiddles about with various combinations.
But where BNB CD32 really comes into its own has to be in the sound department. The new Wacky Races style commentary before each race adds humour and personality to the game. The new soundtracks for each level also add bags of atmosphere to the overall playability. The tunes range from jazzy numbers for the snow world to the Munsters meet techno for the haunted world.
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VFM BUDGET F117A MICROPROSE Ol T NOW £14.93 combat simulation rears its head. A sort ol sequel to FI9 Stealth Bomber.
This sim is based upon the infamous F117A Stealth Fighter - the big black triangle that the US Government managed to keep so secret for so long Following more or less the same pattern as most of Microprose's combat air simulations, this places you in one of five war zones around the globe, and then gives you an almost infinite series of missions to carry out, from simple recon missions to full attacks on enemy bases. The only link between each mission is the fact that that all have to be carrying out with as much stealth as possible, using the natural cloaking qualities of the craft to get
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Not the most sophisticated flight sim ever, but a hell H I , of a lot of fun ¦ I :: 1 I SHUTTLE HIT SQUAD OUT NOW £12.99 If an award was to be given for the most adventurous and incomprehensible simulation ever. Virgin’s Shuttle would be in the running and an easy odds-on favourite.
Only a select few will ever fly the Shuttle, which given the number of controls made available to the chosen hands, probably isn’t a bad thing. I went into this review thinking it would be 'just another flight sim’. And the A2 poster in the box outlining the cockpit instrumentation soon knocked me back a peg or two. This is one game that you'll need to sit down and study for a few days before you can even consider playing it. And you'll still need to have the manual by your side all the way through.
That said, this is a fantastic simulation. I can't vouch for the realism aspect, but it sure is challenging. It took me the best part of a morning just to get to a position where I could take off. But once reaching that point I got a rush of satisfaction that most simulations just don’t give If you've got a fast machine |A1200 or higher), and a bit of time to fill, then this could be just the thing you're B ® | looking for. B I ] DOGFIGHT MICROPROSE OUT NOW £14.99 This could have been such a great game The premise is just so good it's hard to believe that the once king of flight simulators
could have fumbled the ball so badly. The idea is to take 12 well-known fighting aircraft from all periods of air history, and allow you to take one against any other, seeing |ust how possible it is to pit your wit and intelligence against modern technology. If that isn’t enough for you.
There’s also half a dozen historical scenarios to play out. What could be better for the flight sim buff?
Well, quite a lot actually. For a start, none of the planes seem to handle all that differently. I know that flight dynamics must remain basically the same to keep the craft in the air, but if the only real difference between a Spitfire and a MiG is the fact that one can bank faster than the other, then we haven't come as far as I thought. The graphics are simple, yet staggeringly slow, and the action is tough and frustrating to the point of being completely unplayable. I can’t recommend this at all. To be honest.
PGA TOUR GOLF PLUS HIT SQUAD OUT NOW £14.99 Sports simulations never seem to their popularity, and after soccer can there be any sport as well on computer as Golf. From the early days of Leaderboard. This game has popped up in many guises on our machines, but no game has d such a stir as PGA Tour tased on just about every it you care to name, this game volutionised computer golf in.
Its time, and while many of its contemporaries are far more sophisticat- and even more playable, none been as original.
Is new plus pack features the original game, along with three new courses and three new tournaments. I have to say after playing the game for just a couple of hours, it really hasn't aged well.
The course. PC EGA graphics leave a lot to be desired, particularly when laid alongside games like Nick Faldo’s Golf and Microprose Golf, and the control method is clumsy and uncomfortable. It’s a nice piece of computer history, and a game I honestly believe all game collectors should own, but there are a lot better games around See the newer full price PGA Euro Tour if you really want one THEIR FINEST HOUR KIXX XL OUT NOW £14.99 While LucasArts were turning out fantastic graphic adventures, they were falling behind when it came to flight simulators. Everything about their flying games games
looked perfect; the packaging was superb, the manual was inspiring and the screenshots were phenomenal.
However the games just didn't live up to their promise. Rather than use the simplicity of polygons to generate a 3D world, all other craft in the game were drawn as sprites, scaled and shifted to create a semi-convincing world view.
Sadly, this system is far too slow to work on the Amiga, and what you have is a historically accurate shoot 'em up, that's just far too slow and jerky to be playable. After spending frustrating hours trying to bring my cannons to bear on enemy fighters that moving unconvincingly across my bow. I jettisoned the disk and vowed to never load it again. There is an optional mission disk available from Kixx XL, but to be honest I don't really see the point.
MONKEY ISLAND 2 KIXX XL OUT NOW £14.99 This month's VFM is turning into a bit of a history lesson. I have to say. Not only do we have the golf game that started them all. But also the graphic adventure. LucasArt's Monkey Island 2 is regarded by most as the best graphic adventure ever, with the best animation, storyline, sound effects, music and general feel of them all. And it has inspired a thousand imitators.
Featuring a young lad called Guybrush, who has just returned from banishing the ghost of an evil pirate by the name of LeChuck. This game is packed with humour While not actually carrying many belly laughs, there are more than enough scenes to bring a smile to your face, making the game all the more enjoyable to play. The puzzles are just as challenging now as they were when the game was released, and to be honest you would have to be a real fool to miss picking this up at the new budget price.
A word of warning though, this game is best played off hard disk, coming as it does on a mammoth 11 disks! So if you want to avoid disk swop- per's wrist install it to your hard disk.
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KGB I desperately need help with Virgin's KGB. I can get up to Viktor Malsner's boat, but then I can't do anything. I can find a magazine, book, socks, diving shoes and a belt Every time I try to hide. Savenko always finds me.I have also found a metal trapdoor in the rest room but I can’t open it.
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LEISURE SUIT LARRY III I know I have to find a knife to carve the Granadilla Wood, but I can’t find it anywhere
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I'm not sure I should help a sexist, balding little worm like Larry, so I'll make this short, and not very sweet. If you return to your house you'll find that your new credit card is to be found in your mailbox. Give your credit card to the topless beauty on the beach ami she will give you a lot metre than you deserve, plus a knife.
LEISURE SUIT LARRY II I don't know where to go once I get onboard the cruise ship. I had my hair cut then went through the door in my cabin and found the mother of my date - but she kills me!
John Howson. Motherwell.
First take the bowl of fruit in your cabin then go next door and chat with the Himho's mother. Return to your cabin as sium as she finishes talking, wait for a moment then go back next door. Hopefully she will have gone and you can steal the sewing kit in the nightstand.
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busier activity on the part of developers.
Thinking back a couple of months we've seen PhotoGenics, World Construction Set, A1200 CD- ROM drives, new hard drives and more. One of the reasons for this sudden burst of activity from Amiga developers has been that until recently they'd been holding back, waiting for Commodore to announce definite plans. But obviously they can only hang on so long, and many of them have given up waiting and pushed out their products in time for Christmas.
With Christmas upon us this burst of activity has continued unabated this month, with no less than six new products making an appearance. These range from HiSoft's 12 16-bit sound sampler Aura reviewed on page 99, to powerful business applications like Final Data and EasyLedger (pages 97 and 106 respectively) and, of course, the stunning DTP package - PageStream 3.0c, page 91.
All in all it's been a hectic month testing and reviewing so many top notch programs, but a rewarding one seeing Amiga software continually get better. If Amiga software developers keep releasing these kind of quality programs the future of the Amiga is very bright.
Talking of the future, turning over these pages you'll probably notice that we've made a few subtle changes to the style and layout of this section. The reasons for this are many, but a primary one is to keep your favourite Amiga magazine up to date with the changing face of the Amiga market.
The Amiga has grown from being a sophisticated toy to a very powerful computer used in Hollywood studios, small and large businesses alike, whilst still being the UK's most popular home computer.
To reflect this change we've changed the face of CU AMIGA. Let us know what you think! Have a Happy Christmas and great New Year.
Jj Super Star logo Compatibilty is shown by the Amigas * that are highlighted in white. This example is not compatible with A500 or A500+.
AMIGA SUPERSTAR The scoring system has now changed. Any product scoring 90% or over will now receive the highly acclaimed CU AMIGA MAGAZINE Super Star.
Get Serious Yet again the CU AMIGA team have scoured the country to find all the latest hot products. Then we ignored them and came up with this crop of old geriatrics. No ... wait, seriously, they're all new ... PD Scene .....116 Tony Horgan finds some great new demos: AnimaTunes’ and ’SwitchBack' how good can they get. Meanwhile Andre Digard gets topical with an OJ Simpson Murder Mystery Tour PD program.
EasyLedger .106 If you liked our ProCalc coverdisk and want to do more serious business work with the Amiga check out this review of Easy Ledger - a new stock invoice handling program.
Stocking Fillers ...110 It's Christmas, so treat yourself to a present. We've highlighted some of the best Amiga products around to help you chose.
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This lets you know what requirements you'll need such as how much RAM, which workbench and whether it is hard disk installable.
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VideoStage Pro ....94 If video titling or presentation is your thing, then scroll your way through this review of a potential Scale beater.
Serious HYPERCACHE V2 Utility anticipate which files and directo- js are likely to be needed next, and ads them in advance. Thereforo it .-x-.., .educes loading times from both floppy disks and hard drives.
The new version now cache saves as well. The installation has also been improved (which now uses the standard Commodore installer - rather than requiring you to dabble around copying files) and several additional programs have been supplied. These additional programs-allow you to check the status and size of the cache and change the parameters. Previously you needed to do this via command linos on the CLI. And there were hardly any statistics reports to speak of.
Write Hits 1774 Write Hisses 1971 Rat version 1 is nice. It's staying on my hard drive to the news pages in this issue for upgrade details Available from To put it to the test we loaded various files and applications and saved documents. Across the board it turned in impressive results, compared to both the previous version and uncached systems.
Loading times haven't improved much over the previous version, typically knocking 1 or 2 seconds off the loading times of version 1. Saving files on Write Hits Write Hisses Rat the other hand turned up some dramatic res The saving time for one file graphic file dropped from 30 odd seconds (uncachedl down to 15 with Hypercache. The addition of the cache for the main feature in the new version, and its worth upgrading just for this!
HyperCache version 1 is great and version even better. My hard drive now responds with the kind of speed I’ve always hoped for when saving.
And the slight improvement in loading times over listing of UK Internet providers, lists of various Internet sites and resources, and a listing of commercial sites - ie companies running.their own Internet services. Examples being Financial Times. Eagle Star Insurance, the British Standards Institute. Barclays Bank, Pioneer. Psygnosis, and the National Library of Scotland.
Alk into any bookshop these days and you'll be faced with a mass of books about the Internet, and the much hyped Information Superhighway. Most of these books however are orientated towards the American Internet user, with little detail on connecting for UK based users.
Now however, there are several books appearing which address exactly this problem. Internet UK by Ivan Pope from Prentice Hall claims to offer 'everything you need to know about the Internet in the UK'.
In reality however, whilst it does offer a UK perspective, it tells you little about the Internet from a beginners view point or how to get connected.
What it does offer is an explanation of the different types of Internet connection methods, a comprehensive There's even a small section on the Amiga, listing an FTP site for Amiga Mosaic (a source where you can get a graphical front end to the Internet) and a large number of newsgroups on most Amiga topics.
This is book is OK if you are already on the Internet or have used it via someone else and are looking to get connected, in which case the list of providers and their services will be of use. And if you want to dabble with the Internet then the list of UK commercial companies and the Amiga newsgroups will also be interesting.
Unfortunately however, the book can be little heavy on jargon for new users, and as such I can't recommend it for first time use. It also suffers from the problem that all Internet books face - with Internet growing so quickly the books quickly go out of date, Available from a bookshop near you Price: £19.95. 17 BIT PHASE FOUR cd rom CD-ROM has yet to live up to the hype as lar as games go. But it's already proven itself as an ideal medium for mass-storage of public domain software Take this latest compilation from 17 Bit for example. It contains the latest additions to the 17 Bit collection,
from disk no.
2801 to 3351. Buy this CD, and you get around 500 disks for just a few pence over £201 Buying PD on floppy disks usually costs around £1 per disk, and another 50p to £1 for post and packing Downloading software via a modem can also be an expensive business when the phone bill arrives, so buying this way represents a massive saving.
It’s compatible with any Amiga with a CD- ROM drive attached. This doesn't include the CD-
32. You can use it with a CDTV. So long as you have a floppy
drive connected Most of the disks in the 17 Bit library are
designed to be run from floppy. Because of this, each disk is
stored as an archive, which has to be decompressed onto a
blank disk before use. In some cases, such as clipart and
sound sample disks, it would have been handy to be able to
access the files direct from the CD. But this could have lead
to a lot of complications. So this is an acceptable
compromise.
There are far too many disks on the CD to list here in full. The software is a complete cross section of Amiga PD. Including demos, games, utilities. Clip art. Animations, music demos, sound samples. Slideshows and applications. Basically anything that’s made its way into the 17 Bit library during 1994. This includes top demos like Nine Fingers from Spaceballs. And a trio of Polka Bros demos, and a brilliant technovisual demo called CCCP that has so far eluded us at CU Amiga Magazine (we’ll feature it in next issue's PD Scene). There's also all the latest Assassins game compilations,
with their typical range of PD games that encompasses both turkeys and classics alike Phase Four is an autobooting CD. Which uses a point-and-click front end to select and decompress each disk. 17 Bit have also supplied a description of each disk, which you can call up as you scroll through the list. These are fairly honest comments that give you some idea of what the disk is about, with a opinion on how good the disk is. For example, enquire about a disk entitled 'Wrestling', and you are told that it's ‘reasonably good’, and warned that 'the graphics and sound are a bit ropey’.
Even so, 17 Bit do have a quality control policy, so you're unlikely to find any completely useless disks here. On the contrary in fact. Most of these are either very useful in the case of the serious stuff, or very entertaining when it comes to games and demos.
There's something very appealing about having all of these disks at your fingertips. It's just like looking through a PD library catalogue, but instead of having to carefully pick your disks, send of your VIDEO BACKUP SYSTEM 3.0 videotape data storage . With a f tating effects If your hard drive suddenly Let's say you want to erase all the files from a floppy disk Typing "delete would do the job. But if you forgot to first type "cd dfO". That could be enough to wipe your hard drive in the blink of an eye! Then there's the danger of viruses, power failures, and good old mechanical failure.
All of these tragedies can be avoided if you get into the habit of backing up your hard drive every now and then, and that's what Video Backup System is here for.
The best thing VBS has going for it, is that it uses a normal domestic video cassette recorder to store all of your backed-up data Presuming you have a VCR. This is a much cheaper way of backing up data than splashing out on another hard drive or a tape streamer, and it's certainly a lot less hassle than copying everything onto a truckload of 880K floppies!
Apart from uses as a security backup system, VBS could also be used at those times when you desperately need a big block of hard drive space, but you don't want to delete anything that you might need in future Loads of enormous animations and sound samples could easily be stored on a single videotapo If you then need them in future, you could put them back on your hard drive (or any other Amiga hard drive come to that) whenever you want.
How does it do this? It converts the data on your hard drive (or floppy drive, or any other mounted device) into a stream of black and white graphics. These graphics are displayed recorded onto the videotape as a visual representation of the data. When it comes to re-loading the backed-up data from the videotape, the software decodes the graphics, and turns them back into their original data files.
Depending on whether your VCR uses a Euro SCART connector for its input, or if it has a composite video phono socket, you'll need to make sure you get the right version of the VBS.
Which comes in configurations for both sot-ups Even so. You may need to buy an extra cable, or make a few amendments to get everything connected up properly, depending on the inputs and outputs available on your VCR. It's pretty simple to use. You select your partition or directory that tape both as a visual screer knows when to start loadin Floppy disks can be »ut 1 minute. When working 3 whole disk can be sucked n compress single files or batches from floppies.
Working from an internal IDE hard drive on an A1200. VBS backed up an 8Mb partition in about five minutes Using your video to archive your hard dnve data might seem a strange idea, but it works, and its relatively cheap compared to other sys- toms. If you're organised enough to keep regular back-ups of your data, then congratulations!
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Andy Leaning checks out the third revision of version 3.
Ohe Amiga has long tried to cramp the style of the Mac. Snapping at its heals in most markets, but in DTP (unlike the video market) the Amiga has never had the power software needed to compete with Mac programs like Quark Express. Slowly the Amiga DTP application developers pulled out, leaving just one - SoftLogik.
PageStream 3c ¦ Price: £300 ¦ Developer: Softlogik ¦ Supplier: Emerald Creative ® 081 715 8866 SoftLogik's PageStream was orig- A QUESTION OF SIZE PageStream 3 yC] i* big. Really big. It comes If six disks, MM but doesn’t prepare you for the amount of hard drive real-estate needed for a complete installation.
Over 12, yes 12 Mb are needed for an all-singing all dancing install - for a minimum setup this drops to a three and half megabytes.
Obviously there's bucket loads of clipart, tutorials and other files in there, but it's still a massive chunk of hard drive.
I remember the days when hard drives were only 10Mb in size - things have moved on bitl inally released on the Amiga several years ago. As a port of the Atari ST version - called Publishing Partner.
Now SoftLogik have released their long awaited upgrade to PageStream. Version 3. Which they claim to be better than any other DTP program. The problem is that its development has taken longer than expected, and they had to release it in an unfinished state The first versions were littered with bugs, unimplemented features and was very slow. And this is the last DTP package on the Amiga! Even an optimist wouldn't give you favourable odds on the future of the Amiga as a DTP system However. Softlogik have since released three upgrades to correct this situation. We re now on version
3. 0c. the first version which SoftLogik have sent out for review
is it any good? Can Amiga DTP survive this fiasco? Will
England ever win the World Cup again* As the last remaining
DTP program on the Amiga. PageStream 3 certainly has the
features to wave the flag for our favourite computer. It
provides simply awesome power as a page layout package, and at
the same time has borrowed many features from the Champion
Mac DTP program Quark Express to make it fast, efficient and
easy to use.
A bold statement In terms of features, about 80% of what you'd want in a DTP program is here - no matter what your requirements. This is a bold statement but I honestly believe PageStream delivers this. There are simply too many features to list them all here, but as a taster here are some of the more interesting elements.
For long documents (ie more than 10 pages) there are numerous tools to help with the organisation and content. These include table of contents generation and indexing, multiple master pages, chapters, and very powerful tags (ie grouping together text attributes under a name).
For layout text can be wrapped around irregular and regular shaped graphics and shapes - so you can have text running around the inside of a circle, around the detail of graphic bitmap or any other shape for instance. For simple single page documents the number of layout tools, drawing tools and object handling facilities is simply amazing Amongst its capabilities are cropping graphics using irregular shapes (rather than simply cropping a rectangle). Anchoring objects to specific text (so an icon always appears next to the text describing it), numerous different arrow heads, and no
less than six different shaped dots for screening.
Added to these features are a wealth of new control facilities - ways of telling the program what you want to do. There are both new commands and new ways of doing PICTURES One of the annoying fea- tures of earli- O H er versions was that despite the power of the AGA chipset PageStream wouldn't display imported pictures in anything but rudimentary colours. This has been corrected in version 3c. Bitmap images are displayed in 256 colours on screen.
Things. Perhaps the most noticeable are the tool pallets which provide a way of rapidly changing object parameters by simply clicking on buttons with the mouse. These are very similar to the pallets found in Quark Express on the Mac and really make the program a joy to use - dramatically improving operator efficiency.
Other neat touches include masses of prewritten Arexx macros to automatically create effects and change the documents (although some documentation explaining them would be useful), a powerful duplicate move rotate function.
Being able to call up a list of all pictures used in a document and the ability to name objects, on-screen post-it-notes. And the ability to change the point of rotation for an object and give it a description.
CU coverdisks For those using our fabulous ProCalc cover disk from November, you can also import ProCalc tables! The program also supports Pantone colours, although changing text colours didn't work correctly so I can't comment on its accuracy, but being official Pantone colours they should be perfect.
PageStream 3.0c has come on a long way since the first release.
Many of the problems which plagued it have been cleared up, text display and editing speeds have .
Improved dramatically (although they are still slow) and printing has been massively enhanced with many of the original problems corrected.
But there still are faults, many of them and a great number of features still to be implemented. Amongst the more annoying problems are that spell checking text in a document isn't possible (although you can do it via PageLiner), landscape printing to non-Postscript printers doesn't work, there's no way to find AND THERE'S MORE PageStream 3 includes two other programs: a text editor and a bit map graphics editor. These programs allow you to enter and amend text far M 7| quicker than doing so directly inside PageStream and to perform image processing functions on pictures.
Since the initial release, both of these programs have been enhanced, text can now be transferred from a document in PageStream to the text editor, the spelling checker ignores control codes whilst BME has emboss and sharpen effects.
Both programs are very good at doing what they do. BME being reasonably speedy even in 256 colour mode and PageLiner being a fast, if somewhat basic editor.
Amiga I’d say lhat for the time being at least page layout is still viable on it and will be so for some time to come.
Sadly it’s unlikely to ever seriously threaten the dominance of the Mac in this market, but your investment will not be wasted.
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And replace text. Undo doesn’t work all the time, greeking text (which would help redraws) isn't done at all and text fills are yet to be supported.
The program does still crash, but nowhere near as much as it did. It's also getting faster. The text editor still isn’t acceptable for lots of text entry, but is now passable for heading and titles, screen redraws are ideal for tea breaks, and PageLiner can be used for major amendments Having said all of this.
PageStream 3 is worth having Users of previous versions should now upgrade - its not a full program and yes still crashes, but it's a massive improvement over version 2 and is workable. Likewise owners of ProPage should also consider it.
Although its much hyped ability to import ProPage documents is not fully implemented it will successfully import many documents. And SoftLogik are issuing free updates on a regular basis, with the program getting better each time.
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Ocala is the undisputed champion when it comes to creating video titles, interactive presentations and information display points. However, a new challenger is in town. VideoStage Pro from Oxxi supports a massive array of features that should make it a strong challenger to the reigning king. The question is will Scala be Oxxicuted?
The program starts with a story board, a series of empty boxes representing events (pictures, sound or Aroxx macros) to be created and controlled. Fill the boxes up with images, text and sounds and you have a series of video titles or a SOME PROBLEMS VideoStage Pro is an American pro- mf gram designed H for NTSC sys- tems, but it will support PAL (UK) screen sizes.
However the sample backdrops supplied with the program are in NTSC, meaning the bottom third of the display is blank.
It's also annoying that even if you tell it to use a 256 colour screen the pallet available for text is still limited to eight colours. I could only get bigger pallets to appear by loading a backdrop image with 256 colours.
Bonso ilGa iridenl In addition I experienced problems with icons and buttons being below the screen area available to the mouse.
This presented itself with the icons for creating structured graphics, with the tools out of reach of the mouse.
Presentation. But what makes VideoStage Pro flexible is the control over the content of these boxes.
For starters the text can be filled with any colour from the current pallet. Alternatively it can be filled with graduated tints running from left to right, top to bottom or centre outwards (vertically and horizontally).
The outline colour of text can be set.
As can the thickness, along with the size, colour and direction of Shadow - Animated heaven This text lies on top of a backdrop which can be a standard IFF graphic file (256 colour maximum), a tiled graphic (the same image repeated over the screen area), a single colour or graduated colour backdrop To liven things up a bit the text can also be animated. So instead of just appearing straight on screen, each text object, or individual character, can be scrolled, bounced, faded or dropped into its desired position There are some 60 different text animations that can all be used providing a wide
and diverse range of possible effects.
In addition to text. IFF brushes and buttons can also be placed on the screen IFF brushes can be any illustration you like, to jazz up the look of your presentation.
Buttons provide a simple means of structuring the presentation. These can be defined to jump to other screens when a user clicks on them, and along with some basic loop and index facilities provide a simple way of creating continuously running but interactive displays.
The last type of objects that can be placed on screen are structured graphics, such as squares, circles, stars etc. These can be created, coloured, distorted and changed as you would do with any other structured graphics creator.
Having added text, graphics and buttons to a backdrop, you have the basics of a screen.
MkfMt W' Transition effects are now added These determine how each screen will appear, and a there’s a whole bunch of possible effects to use here.
Screens can be rolled, scrolled, faded, and bounced onto the display. The time that each screen stays on view can also be set Professional Building up a series of screens in this manner allows the creation of reasonably professional-looking presentations and video titles, but the program has still more on offer. Amiga sound files can be played (the program supports the MOD file format as saved out by ProTracker and OctaMED). G-Lock and SuperGen genlock support is built in for Amigas with the ECS chipset, whilst Arexx macros can be called up.
All these elements combine to raise VideoStage Pro well above the capabilities of a plain video titler. But sadly there aren’t enough facilities to enable me to recommend it for use in a professional presentation and information point environment.
Conclusion VideoStage Pro is a very powerful package and certainly very capable and very sophisticated Its range of wipes and scrolls. Arexx support and text handling will make it very popular. However the animated text movement is jerky and its graduated tints tend to be grainy, which wouldn't be welcomed in a professional environment.
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However, as indicated with the Find option, selective pnnting isn’t possible. It's all or nothing, unless you pnnt the labels or report to a disk file and edit yourself.
The only way around this limitation is delve into the fully-functional Arexx port, in which case you could customise your database to your hearts conteni. Arexx is also used to provide a link between Final Data and Final Writer, as until Final Writer 3 appears there is are direct data-swapping features. It is understandable that Softwood want to find a balance keep you busy once all the data has been entered. The sorting is comprehensive (allowing for sorts on categories. And also sorts within the categories). But the searching option lacks a few features basically it’s a 'find and
replace’ requester which would be more at home in a Word Processor It's not possible to include Boolean operators ("Find records with the name 'John' AND a bank balance in the red" is totally out for example), which is quite a limit, especially if you want to generate a print-out of specific records.
Getting general hardcopy is easy: you can have a report printed (the contents entire database in cell format) or a set of labels printed with many between an easy-to-use program, and a powerful system with it’s own macro-language, but more Arexx examples would have been useful.
Conclusion Final Data has several important features in it's favour. For a start it's very easy to use. Thanks to the Final Writer interface which is clean and efficient, allowing multiple windows to be open at once There are no floating toolbars, because there aren't that many options.
It also looks great and it's certainly not expensive. If you want to do something sad like cataloguing your CD collection, it’s ideal. If you want to do something more useful, such as creating a list of members for your local club, again it’s perfect.
You'll be able to print out envelopes and form letters, although until Final Writer 3 comes along, mail merging is tricky (but not impossible). I certainly plan on using Final Data to help with my tax returns, and to keep my general accounts up- to-date For larger projects, then I'm afraid this isn't quite the program for you.
The spreadsheet approach and lack of advanced searching facilities will mean that unless you want to roll up your sleeves and get to know Arexx inside out. Don't expect a fourth-generation relational database That said, the majority of Amiga users sitting at home wondering what practical use they can put their computers to. Should rush out and get Final Data immediately ¦ SIX STEPS TO CREATING A DATABASE U5i‘Q onu, ©What do you do when you’ve spent a lot of time and money developing an excellent new user interface? All those windows, menus and pop-up requesters take some programming, so it
kind of seems a shame to only use them on one program, doesn't it?
Softwood Inc certainly thought so.
They spent a lot of time getting Final Writer to look just right, and they weren’t going to sit and watch a lot of code go to waste on only word processing programs. So enter Final Data
- the latest in Database management Softwood, however, must have
got their definitions mixed up. Because Final Data certainly
looks a lot more like a spreadsheet program than a database
Most database systems use a card file analogy, and every record
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individual card which can then be sorted, listed, saved, edited
or printed Bucking the trend. Final Data creates a gnd of
rows and columns.
Where they intersect is a ’cell'. And into this cell you enter your data: be it a name and address, date or sum of money. In fact, it's all quaintly reminiscent of a Sinclair Z88 portable computer, with its Pipedream combination word processor database spreadsheet program, but don't hold that against it as it's actually quite good You create your database by choosing labels for the columns, as these will define the categories of the information you'll be entering. You can ’type’ each cell to be made up of text, a time, a date or a number and there are further sub-divisions to each. The
advantage to setting the type so accurately is that it ensures any data enter or loaded from file will be checked as it arrives Keeping with the spreadsheet way of doing things, its also possible to enter a simple calculation into a cell, or provide an updated total for a particular column containing numeric values.
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Aura ¦ Price: £99.99 ¦ Developer: HiSoft ¦ Supplier: HiSoft ® 01525 718181 n August 1994, we exclu- sively announced details I H| an exciting new 16-bit sampler that was in development at Microdeal (now HiSoft). Six months later, subject to a few alterations from its original design, and downgraded from 16 bit to 12 bit, here it is: Aura.
Aura is a hardware and software combination. The hardware connects OCTAMED COMPATIBILITY The original plan was for a simultaneous release of Aura and a new version OctaMED that would support the Aura hardware.
Unfortunately, at the time of writing (1 12 94), this has not been possible. The idea is that this new OctaMED will offer the basic 4 channels of Amiga 8 bit samples, along with an extra Aura channel of 12 bit samples. So far the developers haven't managed to get the two working together with satisfactory sound quality, but progress is being made.
Until this problem is solved, the Aura hardware is tied to its own supplied software. Hopefully, the problems will have been sorted out by the time you read this. Otherwise, we may have to wait for OctaMED
6. 0 due in the spring, which will also feature support the
Toccata sampler.
To any A600 or A1200 via the PCMCIA slot. This rules out use with any other type of Amiga Along the back of the box are three sets of stereo phono sockets. The first pair is the input used for sampling The second pair is the output through which Aura 12 bit samples are played. The third pair is an input designed to be connected to the Amiga's audio outputs. The Amiga's audio is mixed with the Aura sound within the cartridge, and both are channelled through the Aura outputs.
12-bft 16-bvt Aura records and plays back at 12- bit resolution. However, all internal processing is carried out in 16-bits, before the results are converted back down to 12-bits. This might seem pointless, but in fact this leads to cleaner results than would be possible with 12-bit processing.
Contrary to early reports, there will not be a 16 bit record and playback version of Aura.
The software half of the package has been programmed by Ferry Rawasi and Paul Barratt, the people responsible for the AMAS software, and retains much of the layout and working methods of that popular system. You can have up to eight samples in memory at once (memory permitting), and each of these can be 8 bit or 16 bit, either mono or stereo.
Editing options The number of editing options is impressive. These are available from both menus and buttons, and include such handy tools as treble and bass boost, smooth and volume fade.
Then there are the effects, which can be used to alter any sounds you've sampled. The available effects are the same as those listed in the Multiple Realtime Effects panel, page 100. All that's missing is a time- stretch feature, something that should really come as standard with any new sample editor.
If you want to impress your mates, the filter section should do the job. This uses a very useful and attractive 3D display of the sample, which clearly shows the various amounts of different frequencies in your sample on a simple frequency time graph (see panel on opposite page). This is a big help when it comes to filtering out certain frequencies. As you can actually see which parts you want to keep, and which parts you want to lose.
THE BIG QUESTION Will Aura give you an extra 12-bit sample g channel to go with your OctaMED, ProTracker, or MIDI songs? As this issue of the magazine goes to the printers, there's no definite answer. Although HiSoft and RBF Software had hoped a compatible version of OctaMED would be released at the same time as Aura, so far this has not been possible (see OctaMED Compatibility panel). As things stand, you cannot effectively play 12-bit samples through the Aura hardware, whilst simultaneously playing 8-bit Amiga samples or MIDI music from your usual sequencer running on the same Amiga.
The OctaMED compatibility looks like a realistic hope, although no links with other existing sequencers (such as Bars and Pipes, Protracker or Music X) have been announced.
Sound quality The highest sample rates available to you will depend on the speed of your A600 A1200. On an A1200 you can record at 60KHz in 12 bit stereo, and up to around 30 Khz in 12-bit stereo when recording to a hard drive. This hard drive figure is rather approximate, and will vary a great deal depending on the speed of your drive, and whether you have any Fast RAM or accelerators fitted. These high rates and 12-bit bandwidth lead .-to excellent sound quality, which is most noticeable in the top end of the sound, a lot cleaner than you'd normally get from standard 8-bit samples.
This is assuming you don't have problems with interference from an internal hard drive.
Recording Yes. You can record direct to a hard drive. The cartridge uses the PCMCIA connector, so you can't use this feature with an Overdrive or SmartStor.
Both of which also connect via the The FFT display gives you a 3D representation of your sample.
Peaks in the Y axis represent high levels of amplitude or volume.
The X axis of the graph represents the frequency spectrum, ranging from low frequencies on the left, to high frequencies on the right. The Z axis (the one that fades into the background) represents time. Here are three example samples displayed in the FFT section.
MULTIPLE REALTIME EFFECTS One of the most useful aspects of the Aura software is the real time effects section. Real time effects are used to process sound coming through the sampler inputs. The processed version of the sound is immediately sent out through the outputs - hence the term "real time". The most common use of real time effects is for adding echoes and reverberation to instruments and voices, and for grunging up guitar sounds. The list of available effects is as follows: pitchbend. Modulate, metallic, reverse, multi-pitch, X-phaser. Phaser, bounce, ramp, pitch shift, echo,
multi-echo, reverb and tube.
They're all quite clean sounding, with less background hiss than you'd get from an 8-bit system. The reverb is more convincing than those offered by most other Amiga samplers. The reverse effect is fun, as it flips small segments of a sound as they pass through, and the X-phaser is an interesting variation on the standard phaser sound. What's extra special about these effects is that you can use two of them together. For example, you could combine the phaser with bounce, and put your cymbals through the sampler. You'd then get the swirling overtones of the phaser, combined with the left to
right stereo panning of the bounce effect.
16 or 12-bit samples in realtime, in conjunction with established Amiga sequencers and trackers. I could be wrong, but I think this is what the majority of Amiga musicians want in an add-on sampler.
The uses suggested above could be very handy in certain situations, but surely these are bonus features that should complement the main function of the sampler If future updates of OctaMED. Or any other Amiga sequencer for that matter, manage to integrate proper support the Aura hardware, its potential will be expanded enormously. Until that happens. Aura will never have its full potential tapped by most Amiga musicians.
It may seem unfair to criticise a product for lack of third-party support. But I think it's time that hardware and software manufacturers started communicating more. It can only be beneficial to all involved. ¦ PCMCIA slot However, you can sample to an internal IDE hard drive, or a SCSI hard drive. This worked fine in our tests, apart from one problem.
The Seagate IDE hard drive in our A1200 caused notable interference.
The only way around this was to physically disconnect the drive from the computer. Obviously you can't sample to a hard drive if it's not connected. Interference from the hard drive will also affect sampling into RAM. HiSoft say they have had no such problems. There's also a simple cue-list sequencer built into the Aura software, which allows you to string together a series of samples Possible uses At the moment, you can't use Aura samples and run a MIDI sequencer, tracker or OctaMED simultaneously Even so, there are quite a few possible uses for the system. Controlled from a separate MIDI
sequencer, you could use it to turn your Amiga into a sampler module, as thq Aura software can assign a number of samples to different MIDI notes. Only one sample can be played at a time.
Alternatively you could use it to grab samples for loading into any other sample player that accepts 16-bit AIFF or RAW files.
Another option would be to use Aura to grab 12-bit samples, which could then be converted to 8-bit for later use with OctaMED or a tracker The basic hard disk recording functions allow you to make digital copies of any music, which can then be edited as one big sample, with all the previously mentioned effects and filters.
Maybe it's just not possible.
Maybe we'll never see an add-on sampler that can play back multi-pitched Flight of fantasy?
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OMOS caused a revolution in its time. It allowed inexperienced users to create complex programs that took advantage of the power hardware inside the Amiga, without requiring them to know much about programming. Sadly, however. AMOS has two big failings.
First it isn't exactly fast. AMOS programs were sluggish even in their day. Since then however other programming languages have been released, Blitz, for instance, that offer similar power plus massive speed improvements.
Secondly AMOS doesn’t support the Intuition front end of the Amiga, so AMOS programs can't feature Workbench style Windows and requesters. Instead a programmer writing in AMOS has to create a front end, and this invariably means serious AMOS programs typically have simple, basic front ends, and all look the same. This far more so than the speed limitation was the principal reason AMOS has never been taken seriously by the majority of professional Amiga programmers. AMOS Pro went some way to change this, having Intuiton support, but it was too complex for most users to grasp.
Buttons Now however that could change.
OTM Marketing have released an expansion for AMOS that lets AMOS programs move screens around, open and manipulate Workbench Windows, requesters, file requesters, menus, and buttons.
IntOS works with either AMOS or AMOS Professional, but sadly not with AMOS Junior, although a version for AMOS Junior is being looked into.
The expansion itself comes on one disk, and is supplied with a manual fully detailing the available commands. It would have been nice to have some tutorial programs taking you through the new features, but only a very basic program to open a window, display some text and wait until a mouse button is supplied.
Along with these commands for creating Workbench based user interfaces there are also a number of commands to work with Windows.
These allow you to draw, print text, and get input from a Window. IntOS also provides commands to resize windows, close them and of course move them. The best part is that the complex background work to take care of window movement etc is done by IntOS, you need only worry about setting it up. And very basic interaction. Wonderful!
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You can however force your program to wait for an AmigaDos event (ie until the user clicks on a menu, window gadget, or presses a mouse button). Control only returns to the program when such an event has happened, and having done so a range of event-reporting commands are available to help you to find out exactly what happened. In this way you can write a program where you keep control of the user interface rather than passing control to IntOS.
Inexperienced programmers may not see why this would be needed, but when bugs crop up it will be a lot easier to find them if you have control over every stage of the program.
There are also commands to integrate the display (get screen height, whether it's an NTSC screen, find the front screen etc).
With these commands programmers will be able to add pretty professional looking Workbench front ends to their programs, which will surely help increase the quality of PD utilities. Even programmers with little experience should be able to create sophisticated looking programs with IntOS _ I wish I'd had this a few years ago.
Perhaps the biggest problem with IntOS is not in the expansion itself but the manual.
Whilst there is nothing directly wrong with the manual - it documents the various commands reasonably, it doesn't make any attempt at explaining how Intuition works. In fairness the expansion commands are easy enough not to need this, but some understanding of how Intuition operates would certainly help programmers create better programs, and make their software more efficient.
In short IntOS achieves what it sets out to be, an expansion for Amos that allows the creation of programs with Workbench style user interfaces and does so easily.
Commercial software The obvious use of IntOS is for writing business and serious applications in AMOS, and this is certainly possible with AMOS and IntOS. In fact one European software house is about to launch such a program shortly.
In a fit of generosity OTM haye said that anyone wishing to write AMOS programs that use the IntOS library can include this library without having to pay royalties. This is bound to result in a sudden flood of AMOS Workbench style programs. ¦ A300D A4000 programs with.
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Cue vorce over... Accounts. The bane of every small business There don't seem to be too many people who actually enjoy doing their accounts, but accounts are the make or break of every company So. With that in mind, the best option seems to be keeping a tight control on the ledgers. That's where Easy Ledgers 2 comes in.
It is quite easily the best accounts system to have appeared on the Amiga. That's not too much of a boast, mind you. The Amiga is hardly crawling with them. Even so. It manages to compare very well with the lower end PC accounts packages, such as the Sage Moneywise range.
Starting Up The program is both impressive and disappointing in equal parts on startup. Initially Easy Ledger 2 presents a series of big friendly icons for you to choose from, making the program very welcoming. These are soon replaced by some very serious looking buttons. These buttons are certainly comprehensive and useful, but they are a far cry from the friendly introduction. It's not a real problem though, the buttons become familiar after a little while and are all labelled clearly and concisely Once into the program, it immediately becomes obvious that there is a lot to learn.
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Only £4.00 A collection of great fun educational games for children under 7. Maths, spelling, speed, etc are all included in this excellent compilation.
Only £9.00 EDU9-4. EDUCATIONAL Stop other people from accessing your floppy or hard disks, by putting a customised password on your disk. Also contains file encryption tools.
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tel: 0322 272908 Price: £19.95 Final Writer The best word processor on the niga. Does everything you could possibly want from a word processor, plus many features HyperCache If you've got a hard drive this is jhe essential utility, with this single utility you can revitalise your hard drive - making your Amiga faster and more pleasant to use.
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could treat yourself to.
Normally only found in desktop publishing programs and a few other things as well. For wnting those after Christmas thank you letters it has to be FinalWriter.
Available from: SoftWood Direct, tel: 01773 521606 Price: £74.95 Brilliance pSFor painting and basic animation %QBrilliance is shear brilliance.
Faster than Dpaint. More features than Personal Paint and at a price that’s hard to beat Brilliance gets the CU AMIGA team vote as the best paint package on the Amiga Available from: Emerald Creative, tel: 081-715 8866. Price:£45.95. ProGrab 24RT |CT||Ever fancied using TV pictures lEfl|or clips from your own video in animations or pictures? Then check out ProGrab from Gordon Harwood, at £129 it will allow you to incorporate either a sequence or individual frames from any composite video source.
You'll need Workbench 2.04 and at least 2Mb of RAM but if you’ve got these then this £129 product is for you.
Available from Gordon Harwood, tel; 01773 836781 Price £129 Vista Lite j»7«A wondrous program for all llj Amigas with 2Mb or more that allows you to spend hours creating glorious pictures of landscapes or stunning animations of ground hugging flight sequences!
Al 200 CD-ROM Drive greal product: plays loads of CD32 games and also lets you load masses of clipart, sound files and PD programs now on CD.
Keep up with your PC owning mates and show them just what real games are about. The OverDrive is available from most hardware advertisers in CU AMIGA Magazine for around £200.
It’s Here at last... HAPPY 3ick up next nonths CU AMIGA MAGAZINE. £3.95 gets you everything you could want for your Amiga - masses of tutorials, reviews, previews, news, one of the best cover disks ever! It's the essential Amiga magazine and will be on sale 19th of January 1995.
See you there and hope have a very, very A Photogenic* - set to be a stunning painting and image manipulation happy Christmas, package. Jnst the job lof Christinas cards.
Enquiries: (0827) 312302 A hard drive Bor getting the best out of your miga a hard drive is an absolute must. Loading and saving is much quicker and the general operation of your favourite computer will seem much quicker to. And best yet. FlashTech are selling them at some really good prices.
Available from sources like Silica, Power. Gordon Harwood. Prices range from £240 for 210 Mb.
Disk drive Bhe Amitek floppy disk drive is feature packed model for a very reasonable price. Adding an extra drive to your Amiga will make life much easier, reducing the number of disk exchanges needed. It's a low cost way to dramatically improve the enjoyment you get from your Amiga.
Available from Silica on 0181-309
1111. Price: £59.
Genlock [PpjjGet back some of the money [BlJyou've spent this Christmas. Buy a genlock and make some money adding captions and effects to your friends' home videos.
This is remarkably easy to do with an Amiga and suitable genlock, we recommend the GVP G-Lock which can handle not just video but also sound.
Available from Emerald Creative.
0181 715 8866. Price: £28.
PhotoGenics Although not finished at the Jime of writing this is looking like being a really great painting and image manipulation package and worth having even if you're only remotely interested in graphics.
Check out our exclusive preview last month for more details.
Available from Almathera.tel: 0181 687 0040. Price: TBA.
A PC [PfjSHow to cheer yourself up.
[WM imple. Wake up on Christmas morning and try setting up a PC with a sound card and CD-ROM drive - mess around with DMA conflicts.
IRQ settings, config.sys files and memory problems (even though you've got 6Mb) also remember all the money you spent on it.
When you've gone through all the manuals, and are banging your head against the wall go and play with your £300 Amiga - happiness is an Amiga! Whilst your friends are struggling to get their Pcs working you'll be creating animations, sampling sound and playing Mortal Kombat !
FiViircM Available from: Silica, tel: 0181 309
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HOW TO STAY The intuition extension for AMOS
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back onto the demo scene with some amazing disks this month. Tony Horgan is your guide to all things free and entertaining.
ANIIV1ATUNES Al 200 demo If you like those strange cartoons you get on BBC2 and Channel 4.
This should bring a smile to your face. The first part of this two- disker is a weird animation that morphs from one scene into the next, using a sketchy hand drawn style that wobbles around like Roobarb and Custard. Next we've got some spinny-round vector patterns that flit from stars to spirals, and lots of other rotating geometric shapes. Then comes a top tunnel sequence - possibly the best yet! This is all bounced along to an organ-driven jazzy soundtrack. Finally the demo emulates a Commodore 64, and loads the last part - unfortunately my copy went a bit loopy at this point. Still,
the cartoon is enough to get this one the accolade of Demo of the Month, which it shares with the equally stunning Switchback.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 1 Woodside Way. Short Heath. Willenahall, West Midlands WV12 5NH.
Price: £2.50 including P + P. SWITCHBACK Al 200 demo Wow! Yummy video feedback gets this one off to a slippery start. Then it's the turn of a variety of blurred kaleidoscopic patterns to trance you out, which they do along to the sound of a better than average Euro demo tune, beefed up with a nice drum loop and atmospheric chords and breakdowns. Some good static artwork precedes the next bout of visual head-mashing effects, which include some good variations on the plasma theme and some fractal zooms.
Slip in disk two, and it’s time for the climax: a stomach-churning ride around a rollercoaster that’s frighteningly convincing.
The adrenaline is pumped up further by the fierce guitar-lead techno-rock soundtrack. A bit of all right and no mistake!
Available from Freestyle PD. 1 Woodside Way. Short Heath.
Willenahall. West Midlands WV12 5NH. Price: £2.50 including P+P JAMMIN AGA Al 200 demo A bit up and down this one, but when it's good, it's rather nice indeed Highlights are the cute snail at the beginning.
And the ultra mellow chill out part at the end. With its silky smooth blurred background and well laid- back soundtrack, which would get this month's soundtrack of | the month award if one existed, purely for | its thick warm fluffy duvet chords. It’s a great one to switch on I if you want some peace and quiet and send the kids off to noddy land.
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Disk two brings on a slightly different kind of tunnel, more bitmap contortions, and some phong shaded vectors. By this time the acid music has switched to a Jarre-influenced piece. That’ll do nicely.
Available from Choice Software.
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Sheffield. Tel: 0742 555894. Price: £2.50| including P+P CYBERPUNK NOW!
Diskmag - issue 3 Keeping the format of previous issues, the latest Cyberpunk Nowl is split into three sections: pictures, text and animations. The pictures directory includes some clichbd but attractive fantasy sci-fi images.
In the text directory you'll 5nd all manner of technology and cyber- space related articles, and a special NASA section, which includes a full job description for a Space Shuttle astronaut! There's only room for one animation on the disk. It's a simple two-colour vector thing that might be quite nice as a screen saver. It could do with a proper front end. But everything is easily accessible nonetheless.
Recommended to cybersurfers and propeller heads everywhere.
Available from: Asgard Software. 20 Langdale Drive. Flanshaw.
Wakefield. Tel 0924 363059 Price £2.00 including P-P The latest version of this classic coin-op conversion is even better than before. It's basically an extension of the Space Invaders Galaxians theme, but what makes this new version a bit special, is all the little subgames and bonus that crop up along the way. Top sound and graphics round it off in style. The best blast you’ll get for under two quid Available from. Freestyle PD. 1 Woodside Way. Short Heath. Willenahall. West Midlands WV12 5NH.
Price: £1.50 including P+P.
DELUXE diskbook should be done, edia encyclopaedia all lamen and the ancient ihough it only takes up two of illustrated text, dia- reen digitised photos, acks of info covering just ing there is to know about verything is accessed from ontrolled panels, s that plenty of work has creation of this, and it's such a way that you want the whole thing, even if tad any interest in King Tut.
Ne a chance to wheel-out How do you enter a it and come ini Hey PD. PO Box 15. Peterlee, Co Durham 587 1195 Disk no CLE 63.
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More Super Utils From Rob!
3380 (AB) GRAPEVINE 20 Big Cheers! It’s Here!
3379 THE FAR SIDE SLIDESHOW Alternative Humour Slides 3378 SEKA 32 PROFESSIONAL Seka Compiler Demo 3377 SPELLTRIS Spell the words as the fall 3376 WORDPLAY 5 word puzzle games 3375 MAGIC USER INTERFACE version 2.2 3374 ROBS HOT STASH NO. 13 more up to date hot utils 3372 MAGIC EXPANSION expansrons for magic WB* MU I 3371 (ABCD) IMAGINE FONTS Adobe fonts for Imagine 3 3370 EVILS DOOM (PREVIEW) Good Dungeon Master Clone X3369 COMPLEX PEE WEE' Nice AGA Demo 3368 CASSINI V3.2 ASTRONOMY Detailed sun. moon, planets 3367 ZYRAD II Puzzle Arcade game 3366 ROCKETS Ray Traced Asteroids Game 3365 AREXX
GUIDE Good Arexx tutorial 3364 KIDS DISK 6 More stash for the kids 3363 TEE TO GREEN V1.1 Golf scoring util 3362 PRO BOARD V2.2 PCB designer 3361 SANTA AND RUDOLF Superb platform game!
3360 IMAGE STUDIO Image processing and conversion 3359 CG FONTS NO. 16 3358 CG FONTS NO. 15 3357 CG FONTS NO. 14 3356 CG FONTS NO. 13 3355 CG FONTS NO. 12 Collections of CG Fonts 3354 FOP 6 imed music disk X3353 STAR WARS CARD SET X3352 SOME JUSTICE 1994 i ROBS HOT STASH 12 I Hot utils compilation I 3347 ROBS HOT STASH 11 Another load of hot utils X3346 SPECTRUM EM VT3- AGA Spectrum emulation 3345 AWARD MAKER 2 Design and print merit awards 3344 PANASONIC STUDIO Utils for Panasonic printers 3343 EPU DISK STACK V1.63 Double your HD space 3342 (AB) MAGIC WB EXTRAS More icons for magic WB 3341
FINAL WRAPPER Text wrap util for final writer 3340 (ABC) TERM V4.0 Superior comms package 3339 LOST PRINTS DEMO Demo of the CLR title 3338 PICTURE MATHS Answer questions and build pics 3337 (ABCDE) CHARLY CAT 10 Jap Cap Japes' 2MB anim 3336 (AB) TIME ZONE Point and click adventure 3335 LOCK OUTV2.1C Prevents access to HD's X3334 BETTY PAGE CARD SET Klondike AGA card set X3333 STAR TREK CARD SET Another klondike card set X3332 GIF BEAUTIES 18 X3331 GIF BEAUTIES 17 X3330GIF BEAUTIES 16 X3329GIF BEAUTIES 15 X3328 GIF BEAUTIES 14 X3327 GIF BEAUTIES 13 X3326 GIF BEAUTIES 12 X3325 GIF BEAUTIES 11
Loads more lush lovelies) 3324 RELOKICK 1.41 Improved degrader 3323 COLONIAL CONQUEST 2 Strategy conquest game 3322 JAPANESE TUTOR Hirgana. Vocab and wordaday 3321 (AB) JAPAN DICTIONARY 2 Drives required 3320 PRODRAW GENIES Load of useful genies 3319 AMICOM V2.1 Pocket radio terminal prog.
3318 PGP V2.3 Controversial encryption prog.
3317 (AB) BLUES SYMPHONIE X3316 STELLAR DEMO 2MB fast RAM required 3315 DESKTOP MAGIC Modular screen blanker 3314 FRUIT MANIA DEMO Shareware fruit machine 3313 SUPER LEAGUE V3.51 Football Rugby league edition 3312 KIDS DISK 5 3 education programs 3311 MARTIAL SPIRIT DEMO Classic 3308 SCOTTISH Manage your 3307 ACT OF Requires registered vei 3306 SOLO ASSAULT Shades of wing 3305 MARBLES Good puzzle game 3304 SEED OF DARKNESS 1 MB Adventure game 3303 REVENGE ANIMATION 2MB hedgehogs revenge X3302 NLP RENDERSHOW Superb AGA rendered pics 3301 PAINT IT Kiddies art package 3300 CG FONTS NO. 11 Even
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3296 NANO FLY Nice shoot-em-up 3295 ASI AUDIO MAGIC 7 Another load of Aiidio utils 3294 ASI MULTIPRINT 4 More assassins pnnt utils 3293 EDUCATIONAL COMP Morse. French and Kids edu.
3292 LOAN AND ACCOUNTS Compilation of finance progs.
3291 DFA Great address book! HD required.
3290 RECIPEBOX VIDEBASE Recipe and video databases 3289 VIDEOMAXE V4.33 Best ever video database X3288 BACMAN AGA Pacman superb 3287 (AB) WRESTLING 2 drives required. Good 3286 CRLMLOCPSANDSAMRES 3285 ANALOG BASS SAMPLES 3284 GUITAR SAMPLES 3283 121 DRUM SAMPLES 3281 LEAGUE SOCCER CARDS Different soccer cards game 3280 (AB) AMIGADEUS Mozart by Rob Baxter X3279 (AB) MECHANETIX 2 Aliens sci-fi slideshow AGA 3278 XENOMORPHS Playable game demo 17 BIT CONTINUATION CD The 17 Bit Range From 2301 To 2800.
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£19.99 * 75p Postage 8 Packing AMINET III JULY 94 EDITION , Utils. Demos. Mods 8 GFX Plus CD32 NETWORK CD Connect Your CD32 To I Complete CD Access.
CD £14.99 Cable £19.99 ? 75p PSP PROFESSIONAL FONTS CD Contains 162 MB Of PCX, GIF. EPS 8 TIFF Clipart * 320 MB Adobe, CG 8 TT Fonts £19.99 . 75p PSP ASTRONOMY CD Images a Our Solar Over 5000 NASA 5p Postage 8 Packing WIT PREMIUM Al 200 demo THE SHAKESPEARE COLLECTION VOL 1 diskbook Someone though it might be a good idea to take five Shakespeare plays (Titus Andronicus. Troilus and Cressida, Twelfth Night, Venus and Adonis, and The Winters Tale), translate them into document files, and put them on a disk. I think they were mistaken. Then again, I could be wrong (a strange concept I know, but
I. What you get here is a disk that boots up to a Workbench screen, and presents you with five icons, one for each play. Click on your chosen icon, and you can then read through the whole thing using the popular text reader PPMore. You decide. If that sounds like your cup of tea. Then fair enough. Of course, you could always go down to the library and get one of those old fashioned 'books' things. Blimey, that's a bit square of me isn't it, whatever happened to 'Viva la techno revolution!' And all that jazz. Oops did I just say jazz?
Available from: Roberta Smith DTP, 190 Falloden Way.
Hampstead Garden Suburb. London, NW11 6JE.
Tel: 081 455 1626. Price: £1.40 including P.P. Here’s one for the vector fans. Some of the fastest vector graphics ever seen are on display here, ranging from speedy trips around cityscapes. To 3D logos, single frame texture maps, and a decent tunnel-zoom combo effect. You also get a few top-notch still pictures, and a gory bit at the end.
It's all put to a stomping breakbeat techno soundtrack. Check, as they say.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 1 Woodside Way, Short Heath. Willenahall, West Midlands WV12 5NH. Price: £1.50 including P+P RED DWARF slideshow It's a Red Dwarl slideshow, so if you like Red Dwarf, and you like slideshows, then I hardly need to recommend this two disk set. If you don’t feel the need to display a string of stills from the TV show, then you can give it a miss. The pics are hi-res interiaced, and there's a passable rendition of the theme tune.
Available from: Freestyle PD. 1 Woodside Way.
Short Heath. Willenahall. West Midlands WV12 5NH Price: £2 50 including P-P.
Used to be like when the Amiga scene kicked off. This disk brought it all flooding back. I'm told it took only two and half hours to put together - it shows. It was created using Red Sector's Demomaker utility which is immediately obvious to anyone else who's seen a Demomaker demo.
On the menu we have: a vector- ball helicopter, plasma, scrolling text, a few starfields. Part of the title screen from Shadow Warriors, a F cman sprite, some naff spaceship pictures, and a tune that makes your Amiga sound exactly like a Commodore 64 Give it a go if you want a taste of Amiga entertainment from the late 80s. It gets most of its 30% for having the front to release something like this today.
Available from: David Thomas, 4 Cefn Rhos. Tredegar.
Pncc !' 50 includ BT I rmji If you've been longing to play a decent version of Wing Commander, this could be what you’ve been waiting for. It's a simple little game, but neatly put together for a PD effort.
You’ve basically got two levels.
One has you speeding through space, either negotiating asteroid belts, or shooting up alien spaceships These parts are viewed in 3D from the cockpit of your own spaceship, and the graphics are pretty smooth, even if there’s nothing much to the gameplay.
The other part is a nifty little beat 'em up. With Star Wars light sabres.
Available from: Pathfinder PD.
41 Marion Street. Bingley.
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nothing? Andre Digard is your guide to this month's batch of
goodies.
_ There are many off- shoots the gWn *A PD idea Some programs we review in PD Utilities and PD Scene are not actually public domain, but close relatives. Here's a brief guide to some of the more common variants.
PUBLIC DOMAIN - PD software, be it games, utilities, graphics or whatever is free from conditions. You can rewrite it, nick bits of it for use in your own work, give it away etc. Most importantly, you can copy It and give it to friends completely free of charge. However, most of the programs reviewed here are actually ... FREEWARE - Software which can be copied and given to as many people as you like provided no profit is made. Unlike PD though.
Freeware must not be interfered with unless the author gives specific permission.
That means all the original documentation must be kept with it. And you cannot include the program in any commercial releases.
SHAREWARE - The next step up the ladder. Shareware is essentially Freeware with one major difference. If you use a shareware program frequently, the author asks that you 'buy' the program.
Normally they will ask for about a tenner. In return you are likely to receive the latest version, any new programs the author produces and all sorts of other nice things (read the program documentation for details).
Go on, prove that you're a nice person by making a shareware author happy this Christmas.
LICENCEWARE - The last rung on the ladder.
Licenceware is like shareware but with two important differences. Firstly, your shareware fee is already paid. Secondly. If anyone else wants it they must buy their own copy. The profits made by selling licenceware go to the author.
OJ SIMPSON MURDER MYSTERY diskbook Here's one for lovers of the macabre, famous and famously macabre. This disk is a complete run down on the O.J. Simpson murder trial, presented in the form of an AmigaGuide hypertext file. Not the most obvious of subjects for an AmigaGuide you might think, and I would be inclined to agree However, this disk is a little special. Not because of the subject matter, which is admittedly fascinating, but because of the way the guide is put together.
This is the way all Amiga guides should be. There are no loose ends, there are plenty of useful links without going overboard, and there are links to external files. In this case the external files are all sound samples, some of them quite creepy, but it's the presentation that’s most noteworthy.
Short, succinct and informative. If you have even a mild interest in the O.J. Simpson murder case, get this disk and have a play.
Programmers would do well to take a look also, just to see how well a guide can be done.
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Okay, so the instruments used aren't the best, but the music itself is wonderful. It's well composed and ideally suited for games.
Even if you don't program, this disk is well worth a listen. For anyone, like myself, who is frustrated with the typical dance stuff.l refuse to call it music (are you picking a fight or what? Tony H) this disk is a breath of fresh air Programmers, musicians, jaded hacks and armchair wannabes should all get this disk. It won't set your ears alight so much as give them a much needed massage, but who could ask for more?
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Devon EX2 9DU Tel: 0392 493580. Price: £3.99 including P-P OFF YOU GO children's games Off You Co IS an incredible leap forward from Gina's Mear’s last program 12 Can Play - reviewed in the October issue of CU AMIGA). There are still a few niggles, but this disk is a huge improvement. The main program on the disk. Off You Go. Is a variation on the classic Ludo board game It features some simple but cute animations and suitable sounds. The whole thing is great fun to play, with the option for one to four players, but be prepared for screaming fights over whose turn it is next. Even if
the computer is telling you at the time.
Also on the disk are three other games a spelling game involving a wonderfully silly frog and insect; a game revolving around finding anagrams. And lastly, a game based around the old Mastermind board game. All in all. This disk comes highly recommended Gina Mears has pushed herself well into the big league of education software authors and is now definitely one to watch. If you have kids between the ages of three and 10. Get this disk.
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VIDEOTRACKER 2 AGA PART 2 136 Last month we covered the basics of making your own slippery twirly audio visual demo. This month we investigate the menu system, and more of those stunning routines.
PROCALC 140 Widely regarded by many top users and critics as the Amiga s best spreadsheet. ProCalc was given away with the November 1994 issue of CU AMIGA Magazine. Andy Leaning is here with the latest instalment of the tutorial series.
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Continuing his conversion series Andy Leaning looks at how to connect up with PC modems.
©U AMIGA is a computer magazine, so you wouldn’t be totally shocked and amazed to find some Comms coverage in here, but with the recent hype about Internet it seems that even magazines who otherwise would normally have nothing to do with computers are jumping on the proverbial Comms bandwagon.
Internet hype is everywhere, from debates about on-line porn, to the latest techno group offering free downloads of their new records.
Great fun, but you need more than just your computer to get a piece of it yourself.
The first thing you’ll need to get into Comms, aside from an Amiga, is a modem.
Looking through the pages of this illustrious organ you’ll find more than a few companies advertising such products, no problem there is you have some spare cash handy.
But hold on a second - what if you already have a modem connected to a PC at work, or have a generous friend with one, can you use it to get up and running on the global network and try out this Comms thang?
YES, YES, YES!!!
Yes you can!. The great thing about modems is that they are universally compatible - practically all modems will work with all computers. All you need is the cable to connect the modem to the Amiga and the software to drive it. Luckily these two components are both freely available and cost very little.
The cable required is commonly known as an ‘RS232’ lead, and should be available from many advertisers in CU AMIGA. This cable plugs into the the serial port on the rear of your Amiga and then into the modem. The cable can be ordered.
COURII R M8T like the Centronics cable last month, from most hardware advertisers in CU AMIGA for roughly £15.
And that is all that needs doing from a hardware viewpoint - it really is that simple! OK so what about the other component that you need- the software?
WHAT NEXT?
Well, the next step is to get the Amiga talking to the modem, and for this you’ll need software. On Macs and Pcs. Comms software is a costly affair, but on the Amiga the best communications programs are PD, in other words they are available for a couple of quid. And just because they are PD doesn’t mean they aren’t any good, quite the opposite in fact.
It is precisely because the PD variants are so good that commercial developers can't match them and have given up.
The top two packages are Term and Ncomm. Term is for Amigas with Workbench 2.04 or greater, so it won't work on A500s. Ncomm on the other hand works on 1.3 Workbench and above Amigas and will work on the A500. Both these programs are available from the many PD libraries that advertise in CU AMIGA.
Both of these programs are relatively easy to use. Although Term is probably harder because every aspect of it can be configured to your liking - which makes it more confusing at first.
Having got the software, you can then try out the modem. Follow our Comms tutorial elsewhere in this issue. Comms is not the easiest of computing past-times to learn, and the best way is to play and AVAILABILITY To get a PC modem working on your Amiga you'll need just two things.
1. A cable.
Called an RS232 cable this can be had for about £15 from most hardware advertisers in CU AMIGA.
2. Software.
The best Comms software on the Amiga is all PD. The two recommended packages are Term and Ncomm. These are available from most PD libraries.
Experiment - dial a few bulletin boards (you can try any of the numbers listed in previous issues of CU AMIGA) and try it out.
After a little experimenting you should be up and running with your PC modem on the Amiga. It’s really very simple and easy to do. And will lead to hours of enjoyment. Just keep an eye on your phone bill!
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VideoTracker supports various vector data Tile types, as output from Imagine (maximum size 50K). Rot.
Videoscape 3D. Pixel 3D. And IFF brushes See the otvdisk instructions for more details.
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2. 0 AGA Tutorial demo video creator are revealed by Tony
Horgan in part two of our VideoTracker 2 AGA tutorial. Let
there be light... Oast issue we went over the functions of the
VideoTracker control panel, and some of the most immediately
accessible effects and routines By now you should have a
basic understanding of how the VideoTracker system works. If
not. Consult last month's guide to getting started. This month
we'll start with an explanation of the menus and
VideoTracker's filing fa _ document on the disk but the
method for displaying it is a little more complicated than
normal.
Double click the VT disk icon, then double click the VidaoTrackar drawer icon.
Now make sure that the VidaoTrackar window is active (it should have a blue border), and select Show All Files from the Window menu.
Use the scroll bar at the bottom of the window to find the icon marked VideoTrecker Doc. Double click this icon, and change the text in the box that appears so that it reads PPMORE VideoTracker Doc and press return. You can now read the instructions.
System. We ll also be looking at more of those flashy routines, and how to make your own autobooting demos for the whole world to enjoy.
There are five pull down menus available from the control panel All loading and saving is carried out through these menus, which are also used to select a couple of miscellaneous options. Here’s a breakdown of each menu, starting with the Protect menu Project Load Video: select this to load a video file Save Video select this to save out a video file.
Load Module loads in a ProTracker or OctaMED module (music file). Save Vidule: saves out a free-standing executable vidule’ file of your demo (see panel on auto-booting demos) Save Effect: saves the effect shown in the First Effect slot as a raw file (see on-disk documentation for details) About: gives information on the version number, contact address for the programmer etc Quit clears the program and exits back to Workbench Load Command-Effect Animation: use this to load in an Anim5 format animation.
Ammbrush this is for loading amnv brushes, as created with Dpaint.
Brilliance or a similar package Brush: loads in an IFF brush.
Palette, loads in an IFF palette, as saved out from Dpaint tor example Picture: loads an IFF picture Routine: loads in a routine such as plasma, stars etc Load Datasheet Background: loads an IFF picture or brush from the Background directory, used with routines such as object and tunnel.
Coloutsel: loads a coiourset (as saved from Dpaint) Font: loads a font for use with scrolling text.
Landscape: loads a landscape file for use with the Landscape routine (we hope to explain the landscape features more fully in a future issue).
Object: loads an IFF brush or IFF ani- mbrush from the Object directory - the brush is then used as a blitter object' or bob' with the various object routines.
Tools Clean up Video: when you’ve been working on a large video, the list of effects can get quite messy This sorts the list into one continuous block.
Prefs Vidule loop this can be on or off.
When it's turned on. The demo loops back to the start when it's reached the end Otherwise, it exits at the end of the demo Genlock: only turn this on when you have a genlock connected, otherwise you'll crash the computer This allows you to mix a video picture with your demo EVERYTHHMG IN ITS PLACE Remember to place all of the files for your demo video into the nght directories. Pictures should be in VideoTracker's Picture directory.
Coloursets should be in Video Tracker's Colourset directory, and so on. Although you can load a picture from a different directory during the creation of your demo, you should stil save that picture in the VideoTracker Picture directory, otherwise the Save Vidule option will not work.
MORE EFFECTS Continuing last month’s guide to the effects, here’s another batch. Consult the December 1994 issue of CU AMIGA for details on pictures, brushes. Animations, animbrushes. Plasma. Colourgrid. Copper magnify, cop- perpic, wave, picture wipe equaliser and tunnel. The explanations of the following effects have been broken down into six parts: the name of the effect, a brief description, the files needed for it to work, the order in which the files need to be placed in the effect list, the affect of the routine mode, and any other comments.
SCROLL Scrolling text is handy for many demos and videos. You can easily make professional looking titles for your home videos, or add any text you like to your demos. There are 10 versions of the scroll routine (scroll_L16.rot. scroll_L2.rot etc), which allow you to use fonts of various sizes and colours. Check with the on-disk documentation for details on specific routines and their allowed font sizes.
What you’ll need: the Scroll routines in the RoutineAGA directory, a text file in the text directory, and a font from the Fonts directory.
Order of effects: Font, text file, scroll routine.
Routine mode: the routine mode has no effect on the scroll routines.
Instead, all the parameters are set by embedding control codes in the text file. These control codes must be preceded by a _ symbol (hold down shift and press the minus key). The codes themselves take the form of a letter followed by a number, with no space in between.
For example. _S3 would select a scroll speed of 3. As S is the control code for a speed change. Below is an example text file, complete with control codes.
Sh*ila_F0 _D50 _F0 _S1 A _FlVideoTrackar _F0Vidul« wich demonstrates several scroll-types with _FlKaraFonts... Low resolution, 2 colors.
The control codes are as follows: F changes the font. You could have a number of fonts in memory. _F3 would select font number 3.
C changes the colour of the font.
S changes the scroll speed.
M changes the view mode. There are five view modes. Mode 1 scrolls left.
2 scrolls right. 3 scrolls up. 4 scrolls down, and five displays the text directly on screen.
X sets the horizontal position of a character.
Y sets the vertical position of a character.
R sets the right hand border of a row.
For use with "ranged right" text.
D delays the routine.
E empties the screen.
SCROLLBIG This works just the same as the other Scroll routines, but it’s designed for scrolling bigger fonts. It doesn’t work so well as the other routines when using dual playfields. But it does allow the use of fonts up to 80 pixels by 80 pixels in eight colours.
VECTOR There are 10 variations on the Vector routine. These allow you to include moving vector graphics in your demos. You need to create your vector graphics in a separate program.
VdeoTracker can load vector objects from Imagine. ROT. And Pixel 3D (when saved out as ROT objects). B* AUTOBOOT1NG DEMOS Once you’ve firv ished your demo.
You can whack it domain, so everyone gets to see and hear it. First you'll need to save your demo as a Vidule file.
Saving a vidule
1. Select Save Vidule from the project menu. You'll now be
asked to select a video file to load. This is a bit confusing,
as you’ve just selected save, but VideoTracker likes to load
the demo up one last time before it saves it out as a vidule.
2. Select your video file. It will then be re-loaded.
3. Next you'll be asked to select a filename for the Vidule. Use
the file requester to select the disk or partition on which
you want the vidule saved, and enter a name in the filename
box.
Compression If your vidule file comes out at anything much more than 800K.
You won’t be able to fit it onto one disk. In this case, you'll need to compress the vidule file.
Powerpacker will do the job. But it will need a fair bit of RAM in order for the vidule to unpack once it has loaded.
The best option is to use Titanics Cruncher. Normally a compressed program will have to be loaded into memory, and then de-compressed into a different part. If your original file was
1. 7Mb. and it compressed down to 650K, you would need 650K of
free RAM to load the compressed file, and then a further 1.7Mb
of of free RAM into which the file would be de-compressed.
That would make a total of 650K + 1 7Mb = 2.35Mb of free RAM
for it to load and de-compress.
Titanics Cruncher on the other hand, de-compresses the file while it loads, trashing the compressed data once it has been de-compressed. Thus making room for new data to be loaded in. This is how the Some Justice 94 demo manages to fit a 1 8Mb file onto a disk, which still loads, de-compresses and runs on a 2Mb A1200 (and you thought I was going to get through this month's tutorial without a plug for my demo! Ha ha!).
You can get hold of Titanics Cruncher from most good PD libraries. By the way. If you're still using VideoTracker 1.4. you’ll need to pass your vidule file through Powerpacker before you can compress it with Titanics Cruncher.
Select Process File from Powerpacker’s menus. Save it out.
And then you can load it into Titanics Cruncher.
Creating a series of slightly different vector obiect frames, you can play animations What you’ll need a vector object creation program (ROT. Imagine or Pixel 3D). A vector obiect in the Vector directory, and the Vector routines in the Routine AGA directory Order of effects: Vector.rot, vector object file, optional subsequent vector object frames for animations.
Routine mode: The vectors can be viewed in a number of different ways, such as filled, outlined, vector balls, pixels and glass filled. The routine modes are a little complicated Refer to the instructions on the Video Tracker disk for a full explanation VECTORSHADE This works just the same as the Vector routine, but it leaves a trail behind the vectors. It uses the copper to do this, so dual playfield effects aren't possible.
PICTUREMOVE Picturemove allows you to display pictures that are bigger than the size of the screen. It does this by scrolling the picture around in a variety of ways. Using dual playfield modes, you can even move different bit- planes of the same picture in different directions!
What you’ll need: a large IFF picture (something like 640x256 pixels), the picturemove routine in the RoutineAGA directory.
Order of effects: picture file, picturemove. Rot Routine mode: different routine modes make the picture scroll around in different ways. Try modes of 1 to 15. Or use 102 for a more normal view of your picture.
There is a way of working out the exact effect of the routine modes, but it’s it bit tricky. See the on-disk instructions if you really want to know GIVE US YOUR DEMOS Have you created a demo, or even a full blown video, with VideoTracker?
Do you want to get it to a wider audience than just your mates? Then why not send it in to us!
We re running a competition to find the best, and most original.
VideoTracker production. We ll accept entries on disk or videotape, but either way. You must clearly state the system requirements. If it’s on a tape, is it VHS. Is it PAL or NTSC etc If you supply a disk (or a demo across a number of disks) please let us know which machines it runs on.
And how much RAM it requires Try to use your own sound samples and music modules wherever possible, and the same goes for the graphics. Submissions must not . Infringe anyone’s copyright, and we don’t want to receive a sackful of tweaked demos from the original coverdisk. OK.
Originality and effectiveness are the two main traits we ll be looking for. The winner will receive a goodie box of kit from around the CU AMIGA offices. Entries should reach us by February 28th 1995. The editor’s decision is final, and the competition is not open to employees of EMAP Send your entries to: VideoTracker Competition. CU Amiga Magazine. 30-32 Farrmgdon Lane. London. EC1R 3AU. England.
Good luck! ¦ w M COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS Just liks any program, VideoTracker has its There are a few questions that keep cropping up from readers, such as these: Q: I want to create a demo that automatically loads in separate parts, possibly from more than one disk. Is this possible?
A: Yes. When you save out your vidule files, make sure that you have the Vidule Loop option turned off. You can then put as many of these as will fit onto a disk, and call them from a simple startup- sequence. Once each is finished, the nest will load.
Q: Sometime when I try to use plasma or colourgrid effects with big pictures, the screen fills with garbage.
A: VideoTracker doesn't like using these effects with certain picture types, such as interlaced images for example. Future updates should clear this up. For now stick to non-lace in these situations.
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Over the last few months we've shown how to start off using what is probably the best productivity coverdisk for several years - CU AMIGA Pro Calc Continuing this series, we'll now look at some of the advanced editing facilities of the program Readers following this series will immediately notice that this month's tutorial does not cover functions and graphs, as advertised in the last issue. However, after hearing from many readers, it was obvious that more information on editing was needed. So without further delay we'll leap into the more advanced cell movement functions.
QUICK REFERENCE TO EDTTlNGf ACTION KEYS OPTIONS Move around horizontally in steps of one screen Move up and down in steps of one screen Jump to cell A1 Move to last cell Jump to any cell Hold down the Alt key whilst pressing a cursor key PgUp or PgDown with NumLock off Press Home Press End Select Goto Cell under the Commands menu and enter the cell address, ie A5 JUMP TO m Those of you still here after last month will know that you can move around the spreadsheet one cell at a time. But there are also many other ways to do it. If you hold down one of the cursor keys to move the cursor
around, it moves from cell to cell. Now try it holding down the alt key. This time the cursor jumps whole screens at a time!
Using the PgUp and PgDown keys on the keypad will also allow you to jump up and down screens Talking of jumping around, you can move to any cell in the spreadsheet by selecting Goto Cell under the Commands menu - clicking on this will prompt you to enter a cell number. Type in G17 and the cursor will jump to this location To jump back to cell Al there is a quick shortcut: simply press Home Pressing End has the reverse effect and takes you right to the end of the spreadsheet.
HOLD THE TITLE As you move around the spread sheet you'll find that you often lose the headings you've set up. For example, say you had a title in cell Al. And then moved down the screen. As you move down, cell Al would scroll off the screen. The same applies for horizontal movements.
You can get around this by using the Freeze command, found under the Options menu Try it out using the following Move the cursor to cell Al. Enter some text - 'CU AMIGA MAGAZINE is great' will do Now with the cursor still on cell Al, select 'Options', Freeze'. 'Row' and then move the cursor down. Now the spreadsheet will scroll upwards but row one will remain on screen - very handy You can use 'Freeze'.
'Column' for columns to do the same horizontally.
EDIT OPTIONS Suppose you’ve created a spreadsheet. Complete with titles, and then suddenly realise you need to enter another line (a subtitle for instance) Well, don't worry because under the Edit menu you'll find two cunningly titled options called Insert Row' and ‘Insert Column’, to use these all you have to do is simply move the cursor the place where you want a new row or column, click on the desired menu, and hey presto a new row or column will appear Under the Edit menu you'll also find two options called Delete, Column' and ’Delete Row’. These delete the current row and column -
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Also under the edit function is an option called fir with Down" and Right' as secondary options. These will take the currently selected cell and copy it to the highlighted cells below it or across from it (depending upon the menu option selected) and update any reference to other cells accordingly As an example of this try the following move the cursor to cell Al and enter 1 Then in cell A2 type in'=A1 + 1’, follow this by selecting a range from A2 down to the bottom of the screen (drag the mouse from A2 down) and finally click on Edit’.
FT. ‘Down’. The column will now fill with numbers, having copied the contents and updated it for you. This facility is amazingly powerful for quickly knocking up spreadsheets and will save you heaps of time.
GET PASTED Another command under Edit that we should cover is Paste. In most Amiga programs you cut something out of a document and then paste it back in.
In Pro Calc this sensible approach is continued, but expanded upon Enter a formula in a cell. A3, for example - "-sum(at :a2)' and click on 'Copy' from the Edit menu. Now move the cursor to A6 and click on Paste'. ’Results Only' The pasted results will be the exact result of adding cells Al and A2. Ie the results only. Selecting Paste'.
Relative' will paste in the formula and update the references according to the new position.
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Tutorial Last month's coverdisk caused quite a stir. Andre Digard shows you more of what can be done. This month you'll learn how to draw a house in isometric perspective.
X-Cad Designer 1 P A R 11 1 This tutorial assumes that you have basic knowl- edge metric drawing. If you are unsure about using isometric, your local library should have several books on the subject (look under Technical and Engineering Drawing or Craft, Design and Technology). Essentially it works like this: vertical lines remain vertical, horizontal lines are 'rotated' to -30 degrees (30 degrees below the three o'clock position)and depth lines are shown at +30 degrees (30 degrees above the three o'clock position). The best way to understand isometric is to look at it though, all of the
screen shots shown here are fine examples of how it works. In general, an important rule when working with isometric is to draw from the front to the back. This will ensure that you have as few lines to trim as possible, making for a tidier picture.
Conversely, drawing from the back to the front will produce more accurate pictures but will increase your workload phenomenally.
H Ohe tutorial guide which was covermounted on last month’s CU AMIGA was designed to give you a brief rundown of X-CAD Designer's numerous functions. This tutorial is designed to take the experience you are sure to have gleaned from the book and turn it to far grander purposes. The skills you learn here could easily be applied to drawing your own house, car or any other object you would like to create to scale on paper. You could even useX-CAD’s Plot IFF function to provide you with a highly accurate template for paint packages like Dpaint (as in Figure 31).
X-CAD Designer can be used to create diagrams of just about anything you care to think of. From a plug to a power station So it’s no surprise that X CAD Designer is used in many professional situations and has several recognised advantages over AutoCAD) Enough talk!
On with the show!
TUTORIAL 1 USING ISOMETRIC PERSPECTIVE You'll notice that when you are drawing the house in this tutorial there is a complete lack of regard for actual dimensions. There are three reasons for this. Firstly it would have taken a lot longer article than this one to draw an exact replica of a house, even though X-CAD Designer's dimensioning facilities are extremely good, secondly it seems reasonable that you would want to draw your ? (tgaic 3. The bt|iM»gs ol M Mrtliat... own house rather than this one; finally, with modern houses such as the one drawn here, the builders don’t seem to be
bothered with dimensions either' THE OUTLINE B Getting the actual outline correct of the object you intend to draw has to be the most important part of the original drawing. Thankfully, with X-CAD Designer, it is easy to chop and change what you have drawn until you are satisfied with the results.
Let's begin Our house was drawn on the standard XCAD Designer A3 sheet So the first job is to ensure that the entire drawing fits onto the sheet To do this zoom into a fairly large central area as this has two advantages First it will stop you from running over the edge of the paper, which can be extraordinarily frustrating. And it will enable you to add further details, such as a garden, relatively easily. See Figure 1.
B Next up is to create an isometric grid. The grid here was created by first selecting GRID from the toolbar, selecting a size of 5 followed by a click on SPACE then a click on ISO and finally RETURN See Figure 2.
H-gures 3.4 and 5 shew how the outline was constructed There are several things which are worth noting:
i. The roof of the front part of the house is at a different
height from the main roof, which is common amongst many houses
in this style.
However, no attempt has been made to accurately reproduce this effect, instead a 'close miss’ technique has been used to convey the general impression. If you require accuracy, there are workable techniques which are described in almost any book on design.
Ii. The roof is the same length as the front of the house.
Iii. The bay window at the front of the house gives a particularly good example of how lines work in isometric perspective. This outline shows all of the important angles which are used in isometric drawings.
Dlhe main roof was completed by dragging out its edge to the point where it would go if it were entirely visible and then using TRIM to cut it to size. The process is shown in figures 6 and 7. TRIM was used with its AGAINST option selected.
Clicking on the top of the front roof first as that is what was trimmed ’against' and only then on the end of the other line. The result is a neatly drawn roof which works well visually and looks as it should Othe next thing done was to add some detail, filling in the bay window, the front door and the garage door Notice that the roofs of both the lean to' over the garage and the bay window have been completed. This is shown in Figure 8 ? To add proper windows, first of all it was necessary to zoom in closer, then to increase the resolution of the grid to a 2.5 isometric Then some rectangles
were added, as shown in Figure 9. These are to be the outlines of the window frames Mthe GRID size was doubled again, taking it to 1 25 isometric, and the outline of the windows themselves was added Then, to make the detail work easier, the grid sized was doubled again, to 0 625 isometric and the level of zoom increased Taking advantage of the finer grid, the joins between the windows and the frame were drawn in. As shown in Figure 10.
Ofigure 11 is an interesting one. It shows one minor thing and one of the most important functions in isometric. The minor thing is the detail of the design used in the window frame, admittedly half finished.
The major thing is how the design was being completed. If you look closely, you will see several small red crosses. These are positioning points for a SPLINE The reason for all of this ballyhoo about the spline is that it is the only way to draw circles and arcs in isometric. For a detailed description of how accurate circles are drawn m isometric you’ll need to consult a book on the matter. Suffice to say that splines provide a reasonably accurate system of drawing circles and arcs, though to understand why and how to use them is something else (see box entitled. Cutting Corners' page
144). Figure 12 shows the completed design Q 'o save time when drawing the other windows, which is what X-CAD Designer is all about, the design from the one window was copied to another. This was done using the MO-COPY command horn *» toofr Bar. With the WINDOW ocoon selected from the LOCATION pxA down menu. With a little manual dexterity, the window was exactly aa shown in Figure 13. Which is «npo»- tant as otherwise extraneous Unas might be copied.
? The result of the copied design can be seen in Figure 14. Which also shows the start of a design for the central window. Figure 15 shows what the central window looks like after the spline from the first window's design has been used twice and a small line joins the two splines (remember that splines cannot be trimmed).
The design could have been done by drawing some new splines as an alternative Also immediately obvious is that the side window has been done. It was created using a combination of RECT. LINE and DRAW ARC.
Ul Figure 16 shows one of the windows being turned into a symbol, once again the WINDOW option is used carefully. The reason for turning the window into a symbol is so that it can be used to create other windows around the house.
CUTTING CORNERS i in isometric can be a headache. The traditional way of drawing circles is to use a template like the one in Figure 32. Where a normal circle has been drawn then measured at several points. These measurements are then used to draw a freehand curve in isometric. Theoretically, this method should work quite happily in X-CAD Designer but it doesn't.
In fact the best method is to simply draw a cross with the correct measurements as a guide and then to use DRAW SPUNE. To show that it is reasonably accurate, I have left in two of the correct measurements in Figure
33. If you look closely you will see the points selected for the
spline to be drawn to. Note that DRAW SPUNE should be used
with the CLOSED option selected when drawing circles.
The completed circle can be seen in Figure 34, along with the other aspects of circle drawing. As you can see, it is far from perfect but does at least come close to the correct proportions.
Q Now to put the window symbol to good use. An area of the house where it is needed is ZOOMed into, as shown in Figure 17 Figure 18 shows the newly placed window. If you look really closely, you will notice that the grid around the window is corrupted, a sure fire indication that it took several tries to get the placement right. X-CAD Designer s ability to move things around like that is one of the main reasons for using it.
Windows were placed there, as in Figure 19.
Cl The windows don't look quite right sitting flat against the wall, so lines were drawn to give the impres sion of them being sunk a little way into the wall. The close up picture of the single window in Figure 20 shows this.
Again, a closer inspection reveals an other small change. The window symbol has been reduced to its component parts using the EXPLODE SYMBOL option in the SYMBOLS pull down menu Figure
21. Shows the same having been done to the double window Q After
having zoomed out a little, something very strange was done
with the single window, it was moved using the MO-COPY com
mand. Again with the WINDOW option, as seen in Figure 22. The
very strange thing can be seen in Figure 23. It simply does
not look right where it has been placed ... but one of the
beauties of using isometric is its symmetry. By using the
MIRROR command from the toolbar along the axis shown in
Figure 24 ... hey presto! Figure 25 shows the window looking
just right.
Again, this is the kind of thing which CAD programs find a doddle, the kind of thing which takes ages in conventional drafting.
Back to 5 isometric. The reason for this? Cross hatching. Might not seem the most obvious thing to do but watch and see. Using the HATCH option from the toolbar, a distance of
2. 5 and an angle of -30 degrees, the main roof of the house was
outlined.
This is shown, though difficult to see. In Figure 26. Where the last point is about to be placed Every comer of the main roof must be clicked on for this to work property.
E The rest of the roofs were cross hatched in this manner, as shown in Figure 27. And you may wish to take particular notice of the angles used: Main roof -30 degrees Front roof portion +30 degrees. Lean to over garage -30 degrees. Roof over bay window, from left. +90 degrees. 30 degrees. 0 degrees The garage door was cross hatched using a distance of 5 angled at +90 degrees EaJso shown in Figure 27 is the fact that the double window over the garage is about to have M0- COPY used on it The simple reason for this is to place a copy of it over the bay window, the result of which can be seen in
Figure 28 X-TEND Using a little inventiveness there are plenty of things which can be added to this little scene, some of which are shown in Figure 2 9 Other things which could be added include a car. A dog. A cat people etc. There are very few limits to what you can add And extras like PLOT IFF make it al the better because it enables you to use your drawing with paint package such as Dpaml For example, with X CAD Designer in high res mode, increase the size of the sheet to take up the entire screen, room in to the area (8S in figure 30) The plot will be a good sire and it can then be
coloured in using Dpaml or a similar paint package (figure 31) More next month ... ¦ X-TRA XCAD DESIGNER DATA A few errors into the guide free with lest month's Page 59. Unfortunately, ellipses CANNOT be placed using points, they must be Pegs 93. The lest tip, the one about using splines, refers to e picture on page 88. In feet the wrong picture was used on that page, the picture on page 12 shows the toilet seat fairly wad though.
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Databases, organisers, accounts ... TIME PLEASE I own an A600 with a 2Mb upgrade rurv- •rvA* -ling a 2MMli Zappo the pcmcia siot- When I upgraded the RAM I didn't include a clock, as at the time I didn't have the hard drive and so didn't think it worthwhile. So. The questions I would like to ask are:
1. Can I purchase a clock to fit onto the expansion board, or do
I have to buy a new expansion?
2 Can you tell me if anybody makes a larger upgrade than 2Mb for the A600? I've seen plenty for the A1200 but I can't find any for my model.
I hope that you can help me with my problem and in the meantime carry on the good work Tim Then. London.
I'd be glad to help Tim. But you won't like the answers Sadly, you can't just upgrade your existing RAM upgrade to include a clock. I'm afraid you're going to have to buy a new RAM board with a clock. With regard to the expansion of the A600 beyond 2Mb you are unfortunately limited to just 2Mb. Whilst it is technically possible to fit more it would involve modifications to the A600 motherboard, something which has put off developers from releasing a larger upgrade.
PASCAL PROBLEMS I am hoping to start an Open University course in Computing at the beginning of 1996, which means I have to buy a PC However I don't intend buying one until I really need to (very sensible - Ed) Part of the course involves programming using Pascal.
So for some practice I was going to buy Pascal for the Amiga thinking that Pascal on the Amiga is the same as Pascal on the PC. However, after speaking to other computer owners (Amiga b PC) I’m rather confused.
Some say Pascal is exactly the same on both formats, some say it's not.
Also some say that other languages on both formats are different although they have the same time.
Please, please can you help as I want to start as soon as possible Phil Rawson, Manchester Hmmmm. As my own college tutor was fond of saying 'a little knowledge is a dangerous thing' Your friends know a little bit. But are confused. Programs written in high level programming languages and use something approximating English instructions, ie Pascal. Will, in most cases, work on other computers. So.
You can take the source code of a program in written in Pascal on a PC and with a little effort use it to work on the Amiga However most compilers (the software that takes this source code and turns it into programs you can run) often build upon the original programming language and add extra capabilities to the language It s a bit like Americans taking the English language and adding their own words to it - creating a similar but different language in the process Therefore Microsoft Pascal will have commands that Borland Pascal doesn’t, and vice versa. This-means that even Pascal
programs written on the same computer may not always work on that computer, in the same way that you may not understand what an American is saying even though they are technically speaking English. The way around the problem however is to ensure that your programs only use genuine, original.
Pascal, doing so will be easier to transfer across.
MODEM MANIA in, I own an Amiga 600 ' ~ * which I am going to upgrade to 2Mb.
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the ACEEX fax modem. The Speedcom+
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2) Would a fast RAM upgrade (via the PCMCIA slot) increase my
machine's speed when using a modem. Can you also please list
the advantages of a PCMCIA upgrade.
W. Smith. Surrey.
We haven't reviewed the Speedcom modems so we can t comment but both the Robotics Sportster and the ACEEX fax modem are fine modems and worth having. Adding extra memory of any sort to your Amiga will not improve the speed of actual transmission of data via the modem, nothing short of a faster modem will do this.
However adding extra RAM will speed up uploading and downloading as you'll be able to store files in RAM during the transfer, so the modem won't be kept waiting whilst it reads or saves to the slower disk drives.
CD-ROMARAMA I am thinking about buying an CD-ROM A drive for my A1200, but I have a few questions first.
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2) If I get a CD-ROM drive will it play all CD32 games?
3) Can I still add other PCMCIA peripherals if I use the Indi
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4) Is anyone doing any serious applications with loads of data
on CD- ROM. Like I've seen on Pcs?
0. Wonka. London.
These seem to be very popular questions. The CD32 will be a better choice if all you want to do is play TONY HORGAN: "I'm poised ready and waiting for all your tricky Amiga questions."
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I'm the most helpful tech bod here."
CD32 games, but then you'd miss out on the huge number of PD CD discs. There are also a growing number of discs appeanng that hold masses of graphics and sound files for use in programs like OctaMED and Dpaint.
There is some confusion about the exact compatibility of the Indi CD- ROM drive with CD32 games, something which we hope to clear up in the very near future with a massive test of CD32 titles on it.
Unfortunately whilst you've got the CD drive plugged in you can't use any other PCMCIA peripherals, however all you need do is turn off the Amiga, slide out the interface and plug in your other PCMCIA product.
You may have seen PC CD-ROM discs that contain programs and loads of clipart, ie Corral Paint, but have you seen the price - hundreds of pounds! Having said that I know of at least one developer currently considering doing a paint package with clipart on CD - as the saying goes 'watch this space'.
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expandable what with its trap- door bay. Internal IDE and
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Bethold Hornby. Devon.
An answer close to my heart (Andy).
I've long been campaigning for more PCMCIA products on the Amiga - check out my news column in the July '94 issue. Thankfully, people at last seem to be taking notice and in the last few months we've seen new PCMCIA hard drives. CD-ROM drives, and digitizers. But rest assured we won’t stop. As I write this I was also talking to a developer who is now looking into doing a PCMCIA scanner. I'm also trying to persuade another developer to release a modem for this slot.
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A BIG DRIVE ® I am a 12 year veteran of the home computer console scene and currently own an A1200. Up until now I’ve really only used the machines for games, but for the past few months I have been seriously considering buying a hard drive, and this is why I’m writing to you I recently brought a copy of your magazine, to see what the estranged 'HD' world had to offer, but the sheer number and variety,of hard drives has only added to my dilemma. My main (and probably only) reason for needing a HD is that I am currently woricing on a series of animation shorts and I would like to use the Al
200 as a medium. I have played with Dpaint 3 & 4 on and off for the past two years but I believe it is time to get senous.
I have between £200 £300 to spend on a HD and my only criteria is that the desired HD should be capable of handling a large number of detailed med hi res pics at a reasonable speed I also have a budget for new software (I understand Brilliance is superior to Dpaint in many ways).
Could you possibly recommend a suitable external internal hard drive for my needs and even a few software packages that I may find useful Any advice would be welcomed.
Marty Maguire, Antrim.
There are three ways of attaching a hard drive to A1200. Firstly, using an internal expansion slot you can plug in a hard drive - these are called internal IDE hard drives Next, you can plug in a hard drive into the credit card-sized slot on the left-hand side of the Al 200. There are currently two such hard drives of this sort, called the OverDrive and the SmartStore.
The third type uses an extra interface and is attached using the expansion slot underneath the A1200.
For your needs we recommend the OverDrive as it's very fast and easy to fit. The next consideration is how big a hard dnve you need Hard drive size is measured in Megabytes and the bigger the better, as you can store more pictures. Got as big a unit as you can afford, for your money I'd - recommend you get a 360Mb OverDrive from Power Computing (£259. Tel: 0234 273000). This is big enough for your needs and fits nicely into your budget For software we d definitely recommend Brilliance, you should also get Directory Opus which is a must have utility for file handling, and maybe a program for
manipulating images and converting between different file formats - which you'll need if you want to go professional, we prefer ImageFX TAKE MORE RISCS ®l read in the November issue of CU AMIGA that Amiga International - if it happens - will set about developing a RISC based Amiga in the next 12-18 months Could you please tell me if this new chip will be able to run current Amiga software?
I am interested in any new developments that might keep the Amiga afloat, but if these developments will not be able to run any pieces of A1200 A4000 CD32 software, then surely they will not be as popular with current owners wishing to upgrade as I probably will.
I hope very much that the Amiga will continue to thrive but I am sure that it will stand a better chance of doing so with the backing of current owners.
If these machines come out as (and when) promised, and with the current Amigas being used as lower-priced back-up then the future looks like plain sailing for Commodore UK and Amiga International
S. Wilson. Rookley. Isle of Wight.
We exclusively revealed the first details of the Amiga RISC chip in the December issue. As we understand it Amiga International (aka Commodore UK) are not planning to make their new RISC based Amiga compatible with older Amigas. This is simply because you couldn't make a system that uses stateof-the-art RISC chips (giving it frightening power) and at the same time remain compatible with old technology. This is the problem that Pcs have, new Pcs try to be compatible with old ones but in doing so they can’t be too different, as a result PC systems are still based around technology that is 10
years old. Apple have just made such a change and their latest Macs are not fully compatible with older Macs - if you want better computers you have to make compromises. However you can be sure that loyal Amiga software developers will quickly release new versions of your favourite software to work on this new Amiga technology A LITTLE CONFUSED I've had an Amiga (1200) just over a year now and have upgraded with an external disk drive and a Star LC-20 printer. I am also thinking of upgrading with either a CD-ROM drive (Zappo) or a 200Mb (approx.) Hard drive but as I am still at school
I can only ask for one of them. The problem is that the CD-ROM has better quality and can store a lot more than a hard drive and has great games like Megarace but on the other hand there isn't many, if any word processors on CD.
Now as I have a lot of software on floppy it gets very tedious changing disks and waiting for programs to load but soon the floppy disk may become extinct and everything will go to CD. Please help me! Just what is best for someone like me?
PS. In school I program in COMAL and was wondering if there are any programs which allow me to program in this language on the Amiga?
Fraser Thompson. Glasgow.
Hmmm. You seem to be a little confused Just because software is on CD-ROM it doesn't automatically improve (although it can have CD quality sound but this won't effect the software itself) CD-ROM drives also don't store more, you can get hard drives that can do as much or better, but you get more storage space for your pound with a CD-ROM drive You also mention that you have lots of software on flop** will be a long time yet before software developers stop producing »tf ware for the floppy market and secondly you will only be able to use fn software with a hard dnve - you cent move
existing files and programs onto a CD-ROM disc (yet!) Which would be best for you realty depends upon what you want to use it for If you're just playing games a CD-ROM drive is probably better, but if you also do word processing and other serious' things you'd be better off with a hard drive.
HARD DRIVE HELL ®l own an A1200 fitted with a 1220 4 4Mb RAM expansion and 270Mb hard drive fitted by Trilogic but I have a lot of problems in getting things to run from the hard drive, almost everything requires me to turn off the AGA chips and to use the enhanced chipset and games will not work from the hard drive.
Some AGA games sort of work but there is a lot of graphics problems and the sound often goes weird and it also hangs occasionally. Others work at first but when I try them again they have the same problem that non AGA software has in that they appear to run but the screen is like snow on a TV set but in the colours that should be on the screen, on the non AGA software this is usually cured by turning the enhanced chips on but obviously an AGA game requires the AGA chips on.
Some games simply make the 1200 hang and flash up a software error message like 'press the left mouse button to continue’ or something about can't load music .... This seems to be a different problem to the others. Is this just my hard drive or is it a common problem? If it is my hard drive then I assume that Trilogic will fix or replace it but as I have spent the last five months filling it up I wouldn't like to start again. It is not just games that don't work but things like Sysinfo. OctaMED 5. The Advantage Spreadsheet. GB Route etc etc etc! What should I do?
Adam Eccles, Penzance.
It is common problem that many Amiga games will not work with hard drives Thankfully, however this is starting to change and you should see more games released that offer hard drive installation. As for serious products the ones you name do work from hard dnve (we have GB Route and Sysinfo on hard drives here in the office). Whilst I can’t comment about OctaMed 5, as we didn't put this version on a cover, OctaMed 4 - the CU AMIGA version - works on hard dnves Unfortunately you don’t say how you are trying to install these programs or explain what the problems are so I can’t help much, but
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about programming the Amiga (nearly), by John Kennedy.
¦ Q Does the Amiga have a built-in programming language?
¦ A Yes and no. In the good old days, computers came with a programming language as part of the ROM (’operating system' is really too grand a term for the Spectrums and Amstrad CPCs of this world). The programming language was usually a version of BASIC, with some extra commands to deal with the specific features of the computer.
The Amiga does not have a programming language in ROM. But all Amiga's with Workbench 2 or better come with a programming language called Arexx ¦ a My Amiga A1200 doamn't seem to have Man. Where is It?
¦ A It probably does you know - but there are no manuals for it supplied with the Al 200. A slim (but useful) volume on Arexx comes with the A4000. But that’s hardly a reason to buy one.
¦ Q Where can I find out more about Arexx?
M a There are several books available.
One of the best is Using Arexx on the Amiga published by Abacus, although there are others. The Arexx Cookbook for one. There are also many help files in the Public Domain if you look around.
¦ Q What can I do with Arexx?
M a Arexx is an Interprocess Communication Language, which means it is designed to work with other programs. For example, if your paint program is Arexx compatible (or has an Arexx Port) you can use Arexx to create macros - repeat many operations over again.
An Arexx program, or ’Script’, can also be used to link to separate programs. Many pieces of hardware come with driver software which supports Arexx. So for example, you could use your Image Processing program to link directly with a 24-bit graphics card and video digitiser.
• jot?
Help is at hand ¦ A Although Arexx is a fully-featured programming language in its own right, it’s not particularly fast. You could certainly use it to write a non-action game (for example a text adventure) but it would not be possible to write a fast-moving arcade game with Arexx.
It is still a useful tool though, and if you can find documentation, it’s a good way to learn programming.
¦ Q What other programming languages are there?
¦ A Sticking with BASIC-like languages, there is HiSoft BASIC. AMOS and Blitz BASIC II. Then you have HiSoft Pascal. Lattice SAS C and 680x0 Assembler. There are other languages in the public domain, including Fortran. If there is COBOL I have yet to see it - and don't really want to. Thank you very much.
A q Which are bast programming languages for games serious projects?
¦ A For games the easiest programming languages are those which include lots of dedicated commands to handle graphics and sounds. AMOS and Blitz BASIC II are both full of commands to greatly simplify displaying pictures, moving sprites and making noise. Both are extremely fast. Take a look at the CD32 game Guardian - it was written by the team that produced Blitz BASIC.
If you are still a fan of BASIC, the new HiSoft BASIC is an extremely fully-featured implementation. It supports the Amiga's operating system through the official library calls rather than with gee-whiz commands, which makes it hard work to get special effects from the Amiga's custom hardware. However, it’s a good implementation of BASIC.
One of the most popular languages is C. It looks like gobblede- gook, and has been described as a macro-assembler, but it's a great way to write programs which run extremely quickly. It’s also the language which will get you a job in programming.
SAS C now includes C + + as part of it (a more advanced language) and is perfectly fast enough to write arcade games with. Another popular option is the DICE compiler, which has recently turned commercial for a lot less than the SAS C system.
Half-way between BASIC and C comes Pascal. The HiSoft version is compatible with the PC standard Turbo Pascal and is therefore potentially very useful to students who may find that they have to use Pascal as part of their course.
Finally, we have Assembler - the ultimate way to program. Learning Assembler is not easy (one mistake and you tend to crash the computer) although with a good assembler (Devpac is the only sensible choice) it’s not too bad. Programming large projects in Assembler is not recommended. Although fanatics will swear (rather sadly) that real men don't use anything else. If you need your code to go as fast as possible, and you don't need large complicated data structures or algorithms, then Assembler is the only choice.
¦ Q Can I use the Amiga hardware directly?
¦ A Yes you can - you bought it after all.
You can do what you like with it. It is possible to write programs which poke’ (write) values directly into the registers of the custom chips rather than make use of the operating system library calls.
The disadvantage is that you cannot guarantee that your program will run on any other Amiga, or even on your Amiga if you add some extra memory or a new processor. If at all possible you should stick to the Operating System routines, but if you really don't want too. You don't have to get nasty about it. There are plenty of polite ways to make use of the Amiga hardware by requesting resources and always poking in the right places.
¦ Q Where can I get documentation on programming?
¦ A There are a few text files in the Public Domain such as How To Code, but for best results you should buy the official documentation. The big grey Amiga programming books are extremely useful, and the hardware manual is inte ing reading - although extremely out of date now (it’s stuck at ECS level in A500+- rather than the AGA level in the A1200) and there are no plans for an updated version.
However, you can get a great deal of information directly from Commodore UK (tel: 0628 770088) who produce a Native Developer kit For less than £30 you get s eral disks crammed with m tial programming information. Don’t leave home without it ¦ Q What is an authoring package?
¦ A Unlike a programming language, an authoring system tries to allow nonprogrammers to write programs Packages such as CanDo. Help (and to a lesser degree Scala and MediaPoint) provide a point-and-click way of writing programs. You want a picture display? Then load it in and position it.
Need a sample replayed? Click on the loud-speaker icon. Most authoring systems have an underlying scripting language which can achieve some extremely flexible results. Again, don’t expect an arcade game creation system: but it is possible to knock-up graphical adventure games, databases. Spreadsheets, interactive demos, utility programs ... ¦ Amiga Slide Masterclass You've probably seen them, you've probably used them - now John Kennedy explains how to write them: AmigaGuide documents.
0 " 3. Button 3 0ENDNODE Amiga Guide Options (all versions) @WordWrap .....Switch on word-wrapping facility @ b} ...Switch on bold text @ ub .Switch off bold text @ i Switch on bold text @ ul ..Switch off bold text @ u} ...Switch on underlined text @ uu} .Switch off underlined text @jfg flag } ...Switch foreground text to colour specified by flag* @ bg
flag } ..Switch background text to colour specified by flag* @ fg text) .Switch text to normal colour @Node name text ....Start a 'node' or page of text.
@Endnode .Stop a node.
@ text link node Create a link to a node.
@font font size Start use the font with given size @help .The node displayed when the user presses HELP @index ......The node displayed when the user clicks on CONTENTS @title . ......The text displayed at the top of the page.
• Text options include: Shine, Shadow, Fill, FillText,
Background, Highlight link ex-1) link ex-2) 0 * ®(" ©espite
what you might think. Commodore do occasionally have good
ideas, and there are three which really stick out when I use my
system The first brainwave was to make Arexx part of the
Workbench with release 2.04 upwards. As we saw in November's
Masterclass. Arexx helps make the most of the Amiga's operating
system and opens up all sorts of possibilities which other
platforms can only dream about.
The second idea was to create Installer - a user-fnendly and universally supported program for installing software onto hard disks.
Any vendor (shareware, freeware or commercial) can supply Installer and use an easy-to-wrile script that makes setting up applications and games a pleasure.
The third idea was AmigaGuide - the hypertext, on-line help and documentation system. Now this was a really good thing - at last a standard way of displaying documents without all the silly hassles of using text display programs like More and PPMore. It's not new - there are similar systems on the PC and Mac.
But in typical Amiga fashion.
AmigaGuide is the best of the bunch.
AmigaGuide can be used simply as a text display system, but when you start to use the embedded command codes you can do all sorts - from making on-line help files to interactive stories and even adventure games I’ve also seen an Internet Gopher tool written using AmigaGuide.
The ‘hypertext’ system is growing in popularity all the time one American company even tried to patent it. Which would have been interesting. If you have seen or used Mosaic, the World Wide Web browser, you'll have an idea of what is possible WRITE YOUR OWN Writing your own AmigaGuide document is easy, but the first thing to make sure of is that you have the AmigaGuide display program, or you'll be wasting your time Hunt A4000 or an upgrade) hunt around for anything that says AmigaGuide on some of your existing software AmigaGuide looks like figure 1 when it is running. The ‘buttons’ are
added by special codes embedded in the document - an AmigaGuide file is nothing more than a text file with some special codes in it. You can create it with Ed. CygnusEd.
GoldEd ot any other plain ASCII text editor.
The controls at the top are added automatically by the AmigaGuide system. Normally the window will open on the Workbench, and assume the largest size possible but you can're-size it and push it backwards and forwards as necessary Here is the text behind that first example.
database 'example* author "John Kennedy* 0(c) "Copyright _ 1992 Commodore-Amiga. Inc. & 1994 John Kennedy* 05VER: Example 0.1 (14 10 94) wordwrap 0Node Main "Welcome" 0 b}0 fg highlight}The CU Amiga Example Document @ £g text)0 ub) around on your Workbench 3.0 disks for it. And make sure the Amigaguide datatype is installed - this way you can use Multiview to examine your documents.
If you don’t have Workbench 3
(i. e. you don't have an A1200 or
1. Button 1
2. Button 2 As you can see. The special AmigaGuide codes appear
after the signs. There are two types - commands like ’data
base’ and wordwrap', and attributes: which are always
enclosed in curly brackets.
Some codes are pretty obvious, others need a little more explanation.
The file must start with the Database word The database is simply the name of the file, and the author (well that's you). This sort of information is only entered once at the start of the file - think of it as a way of keeping track of your AmigaGuide experiments.
AmigaGuide works by creating different pages' of information.
These pages contain text, but also link to other pages. Whenever you click on the links the relevant page is displayed. It is also possible to move between pages using the buttons at the top of the page, but this is handled automatically.
Each page is called a 'node' in AmigaGuide parlance, and to create one you simply use the command (§ Node followed by the node name and the title of the new page.
In the example, the Node is called 'Mam' because it will be the first page that is display. Always remember to call your first page Main or nothing will be displayed! The title will appear in the title bar of the AmigaGuide window.
Every node must have a matching Endnode. And sure enough, that's the last line in the example In between Node and Endnode. There are a few tricky looking lines.
The first line after Node isn't so bad when you realise that everything in the curly brackets is a special AmigaGuide attribute code (see the box out for details). You should be able to see that this line switches on bold text, and then alters the colour.
The text is then displayed on-screen, and the bold and colour modes switched off. It is important to remember that any text that appears by itself, without codes, will be displayed on-screen.
The next three lines are all links to other (currently non-existent nodes). At this point it becomes obvious that planning your document from the outset is important, and it is worth sketching down a few ideas.
Are you going to have the entire thing menu driven from the start?
This is quite a good way - all you need to do is create a link to every page in the document, and the user will quickly and easily be able to find their way to it.
Alternatively, you might want to create plain text with occasional words acting as links - this approach is called 'hypertext' or ’non sequential reading’ and it is useful when you use a lot of jargon in your work.
If the user wants more information, they can click on the high-lighted word and a page containing more information or a definition will be displayed.
Finally, you may want to create gadgets at the bottom of the page for navigation purposes. For example. In a maze game the words would be North, South. East and West and a click on each would bring the reader to a new page containing a new description of your surroundings.
You might want the use to be able to skip several pages by creating a fast-forward and reverse button at the bottom the page.
The best documents are a collection of all three methods. If you have time, it is especially useful if you include an alphabetical index in your document, highlighting all the important words and phrases - more on this later.
ADDING BUTTONS The first link line in the document looks like this: @ " 1. Button 1 * link ex-1) The text in the quotation marks is the text which will be highlighted onscreen: the text which the user can click on with the mouse. The text after the word 'link' is the name of the node that the AmigaGuide system should move to and display if the text is clicked.
In the following example, if the user clicks on the text '1. Button 1' then the node page called 'ex-1' will be displayed.
Here is our example again, but this time with a new node which can be jumped to: ©database “example" ©author "John Kennedy' 0(c) "Copyright _ 1992 Commodore-Amiga, Inc. & 1994 John Kennedy" @$ VER: Example 0.1 (14 10 94) ©wordwrap ©Node Main ©node ex-1 "This is Page 1' Welcome to page 1 Page 1 has always been my favourite page, as it offers the promise of much better stuff to come.
©endnode You can continue to add more and more pages like this. In fact, you might find it easier to write the text first, and then go back and add all the AmigaGuide codes. There are even some utility programs which attempt to make converting existing documents into AmigaGuide format easier.
Adding links to words which are contained in sentences isn't hard.
Here is how to add another link to the word 'promise1: Welcome to page 1. Page 1 has always been my favourite page, as it offers the © "promise" link promise-page) of much better stuff to come.
Htlp I I Brom.» I K i (o Fm !. Pi» I bu ilnyi bm »y fwswilt p»», ifferi (h* tm'M o such Wtl»r stuff to com.
A E*ee words * seateaces cm be *ade iata haks - eliding oe promise' will You can see that the text 'promise' will become highlighted, and clicking on it will move to the page called 'promise-page1. This is how you can create a list of definitions for words.
Readers who know what the words already mean won't have to re-read tedious explanations, but new users can find out what is going on.
The buttons at the top of the screen include two called CONTENTS and INDEX. The Contents button will light whenever the user moves away from the MAIN page - and if they click on it, the main page will be redisplayed. In this way, no matter where they are in the document. There is always a quick way back home to the start. Likewise, if you create an index page make sure to call it Index. If you do. The Index button will light and the user can move there immediately as well.
NEW AND IMPROVED If you are using a newer version of AmigaGuide (v4Q or better) there are extra codes available for you to use.
To discover which version you have, select ABOUT from the menu Keep a look out for newer versions of the AmigaGuide datatype on existing software.
As well as extra codes, the improved AmigaGuide can handle pictures and Arexx commands as well
- which means it can do just about everything. Here are some
useful new commands: J ©smartwrap is new and replaces
WORDWARP It is better than previous versions, so use it if
you can.
©ONOPEN will execute an Arexx script when the node (page) is first displayed.
©ONCLOSE will execute an Arexx script then the node is closed.
©plain switches off all italic, bold and underlined options quickly and easily.
©NEXT ©PREVIOUS ©RETRACE All are used to provide you with a way of make buttons which emulate the options at the top of the screen.
There are various other options for altering the font, and incorporating graphics but these will have to wait for another time ... in other words. I haven't got them working yet!
UP AND RUNNING If you have found the AmigaGuide tool in your workbench directories, you can use it you display your documents. Find the icon for the document, and double-click on the AmigaGuide tool - hey presto, up it should pop.
Alternatively, find the icon for the document and change the tool type to read AmigaGuide. If this doesn’t work, try using Multiview instead, as Multiview can read AmigaGuide documents (using the datatype) as well as displaying pictures, animations and sound. In fact. Multiview and Datatype are two more of Commodore's good ideas. So until next month ... ¦ Sr-sr.----
r. £*v.*iUrtfT«ftS8r:&n: I The Perfect Mix Creating the per- mix
a lot of time, patience, and expert use of your equipment.
Tony Horgan has some tips for taking your music out of the backroom and into the real world.
Ohis is the situation: you’ve got a piece of music that you're completely happy with, and you want to tout it around friends, clubs. Djs. And record company A+R departments.
In other words, you need a demo tape The trouble is. When you try recording your music to tape (cassette or DAT), it doesn’t sound right.
Maybe the stereo panning is too harsh, or you lose all of the top end tinkle. Maybe you can’t combine all your sounds onto a tape because you don’t have suitable mixer and your drum machine is running through a guitar amp The road to that perfect mix is riddled with pitfalls and potholes.
MIXER OPTIOMS Whether you’re using |ust one Amiga, or a big MIDI set-up. You’ll need a mixer of some kind You can choose from three types of mixer... DJ Mixers aren't really suited to mixing different musical instruments.
They generally work with stereo inputs, giving no opportunity to adjust the stereo positions of each sound Many will allow |ust two stereo signals to be combined at any one time. However, a DJ mixer can be useful as part of the mixing chain, just don't expect it to shoulder the entire mixing burden.
Kam (tel: 0727 840 527) make the cost-effective Made 2 Fade series of DJ mixers (starting with the GM25), which can be trusted for their clean sound quality On the other hand.
Tandy have a wide range of DJ mixers that offer more features for your money, but are more likely to break down. Fyices start from around £99 in the Made 2 Fade range, and around £50 for the Tandy mixers Cassette Portastudios. Otherwise known as four-track cassette recorders, are a better option. These typically have six monophonic inputs (some switchable between line and mic level). These inputs will each have stereo pan controls, so you can place different sounds in various stereo positions. There will also normally be some kind of equalisation (EQ). That lets you adjust bass and treble
levels This could control the whole mix. Or they may be separate for each channel. Separate EQ for each channel is an important aid to fighting background noise. A bassline fed through one channel can have all the top end taken off to avoid hiss, while high frequency parts coming through a different channel, can be made to sound brighter by having their treble EQ turned up.
Cassette Portastudios have a tape deck built in The special thing about these, is that they allow you to record four mono tracks on on standard cassette. They do this by using the stereo left and right tracks of the A-side part of the tape, and the stereo left and right tracks of B-side part of the tape. Hey presto: four tracks! This isn't particularly useful if all of your sounds are running ‘live’ from the sequencer, as you can record them all in one go. However, if you want to add any other parts (vocals, guitar etc.) once you've recorded the sequenced parts, you can record them over the
top. Without erasing your sequonced music.
Fostex (tel: 081 893 5111) is one of the main players in here, with prices starting at around £300 Mixing Desks are the best option, and come in many sizes to suit different tasks and budgets. These will typically offer anything upwards of six mono inputs, while the bigger ones will offer both stereo and mono inputs. In mixer-speak. Each input is fed to channel, and the number of channels is described by two numbers, or even three numbers if there’s a sub-mix section. For example, a 6:2 mixer has six inputs, which are routed to a stereo pair of outputs. If you spend lots of money, it can
get far more complicated than that (24:8:2 for example) However, even on the cheapest mixing desk, each channel should have a volume control, pan control, treble and bass EQ and maybe mid-range EQ. And effect send and return controls. The latter two allow you to be more subtle in your use of effects units, such as reverbs, echoes and so on.
Prices for mixing desks start at around £129 for the Phonic BKX8600 and £199 for the superior BKX 8800 For info on Phonic mixers. Call 081 598 8081 Other good starter mixers include the Makie 1202 which goes for around £300 (tel: 0245 344 001) and the similarly priced Spirit Folio Lite (tel: 0707 665000) ¦ LAZY PROGRAMMERS Programmers are lazy! Everyone is slowly being convinced lhat you need a 68030 AGA Amiga to do what programmers used to do on a 1 Mb A500 On one hand, you've got people like ‘ the Super Staidust programmers who are really pushing back the barriers, and there are some
very neat platform games around Bubba 'N'Stix, Bubble N Squeak etc), but then there's also a big trend towards jerky scrolling and very slow joystick mouse response. I played Sim City 2000 on an A1200.
And it was running like treacle!
Everyone says Oh the Amiga can't handle it' when they can't be bothered to convert a console game to the Amiga properly Look at Aladdin - lovely graphics ported from the consoles, but what happened to the scrolling?
This sort of thing is just another nail in the Amiga's prematurely constructed coffin Tom Wainwnght. Potters Bar Point taken, but we would still like to see more of the top-selling console games coming over to the Amiga. The machine will die for sure if people stop producing anything for it. Rise Of The Robots has converted over to all Amigas quite well with little or no changes to any pans of the game.
OCTAMED TIP I'm an avid reader of your OctaMED tutorials, and would like to pass on a small tip concerning November's OctaMED feature When entering chords with the A1200. Turn the MIDI keyboard mode OFF. All chords will then enter perfectly This works fine on my Technics KN400 Hope this is of some help.
E Ash, London.
Thanks for that tip E. although the point I was making concerns entering chords from the Amiga keyboard. This still doesn’t work properly on an A1200 regardless of the MIDI setting, as the A1200 has trouble reading more than two keys from the same row at the same time.
FOR FLOPPIES ONLY I am an A1200 owner, floppy only.
(you can get something for that from your doctor - Ed) and a regular reader of CU AMIGA. As a newcomer to computing I would like to thank you for making CU AMIGA so informative and helpful in all areas of computing. I really enjoyed your 101 top tips features in November and would like to comment on tip no 2 using Workbench with no hard drive. Workbench
2. 0 and above may find it convenient to enter those resident
commands exactly as they appear on ed s. user- startup. So
that every time you boot.
Workbench is there ready to use
1. Open shell or CLI
2. Enter ‘ED S: USER-STARTUP’ (ignore quotation marks) and press
return. A new window will open If this did not already exist,
a 'Creating New File’ will appear at the bottom of this
window.
3. Enter those Resident commands one after the other, pressing
return on each entry 4 To save this file press 'Esc' 'X*
'Return'. Reboot your computer and that’s it.
Dennis Ballester. Gibraltar Glad you enjoyed the feature and I'm sure there are lots of readers out there very grateful for that handy tip.
CRASH WEIGHT LOSS I am writing to ask firstly about Creative Reality's Dreamweb. Secondly about Rise of the Robots, and thirdly just to comment on your marvellous magazine. After reading several previews and reviews on Dreamweb I drooled a lot and phoned the nearest computer store. They told me that Dreamweb is only out on the PC and that it hasn't been made for the Amiga yet! Why?
I noticed the advert for Rise of the Robots and would like to know if it is worth buying and could you perhaps provide some screen shots?
Backchat Last but not least I would like to say that you have a great magazine and that the only let downs are that there should be more shoot ’em up beat 'em up demo disks and that every time I read CU AMIGA lose about 10lbs in weight from slobbering in envy at Video Toasters and the like.
PS Do you have a release date for Mortal Kombat 2?
What a fruitful postbag we have this month, bursting at the seams with your rants, raves, ridicules and other things beginning with 'r' that are best left unsaid. On with the mail ... Mr. Sam Mullins. Wooler.
Yes Dreamweb is a great game and I'm glad to say that it will be hitting the shops at the end of December, or the beginning of January at the very latest. For more information you could ring Entertainment International on 081 343 7337. As for Rise of the Robots - it sure is looking good. Check out page 60 for a more indepth look Mortal Kombat II should be in the shops on the 29th of November.
Pcs ARE CRAP Help! I'm a loyal Amiga owner, but I go to a school full of PC owners who do not seem to like Amigas very much. All they ever talk about is how much faster the PC is than the Amiga
500. 1 tell them that the Amiga 500 is a very old machine, and to
compare a PC against an A500 is not very fair.
The worst thing is. They don't know about the A4000 030 which can easily out perform most Pcs. I inform them that an unexpanded Amiga A1200 is better than an unexpanded 486. But they find excuses Personally. I think that the recent interest in Pcs is just a phase. I mean who wants to spend £1,000 on a machine that goes beep. OK the graphics are good but only if you buy a special card which there are many different standards and most are expensive Windows look crap when TEAM TALK With lottery fever gripping the nation, the team prepare to devise ingenious methods to make sure that they come up
with the right numbers. Who has the winning strategy?
We'll let you, the readers, decide.
Answers on a postcard to the usual address and the best answer gets a mystery top-selling game.
ALAN DYKES I Alan's decided to use his gaming expertise to come up the winning numbers for the lottery. He's devised a totally fool-proof method (or so he thinks anyway) of discovering those illusive jackpot-winning digits. It involves a copies of Cannon Fodder 2, Lords of the Realm, Rise of the Robots and a photographic memory. Stay tuned for next issue to see if he hit the jackpot and what he's going to do with all that dosh.
USA COUJNS Lisa's bMn experimenting with various ways of hearing 'hidden' numbers in everyday sounds. Inspired by the little dog on the ad who barks out the number seven to his master, Lisa has taken to K~ bing various editorial mem- by the throat to see what numbers their throaty gasps resemble. Apart from trying to i the team she's also been to the different engine sounds In Bump N Bum CD32 for subliminal number-like clues.
Compared to Workbench, which is a lot easier to use and works very well with DOS. What can I do to show that Amigas are not just games machines (which Pcs seem to be turning into lately) but a very user-friendly computer which can do just about anything you want it to.
Philip Heron, Northern Ireland.
Questions to ask your PC owning friends: 1. Why can't they directly address more than 640k memory? 2.
So, what's a DMA IRQ conflict? 3.
How's it feel to pay more for the same game as Amiga owners? 4. Why are they still using 10 year old technology? You can then show them full hardware multi-tasking, (currently being sold to PC owners as a major new development - for lots of extra cash of course) which the Amiga has supported as standard since the A1000.
SOME BACKCHAT I'm not sure about your other 100,000 or so readers but I for one would not like the utility disks to be replaced with PD games as suggested by Marcel Dekok (November CU AMIGA).
Maybe he is rich enough to be able to afford all of the programs you give away but I am not. In fact there have been many occasions when I would have liked to buy a particular program but couldn't afford to and luckily it has appeared on your coverdisk. CU AMIGA has gone from strength to strength, unlike other magazines.
On the subject of HD installable games (reference to Daniel Waddington’s letter, November CU AMIGA), the piracy argument has been going on for years. I find it ridiculous that after buying a computer costing £1300 the only games I have installed on it are Birds of Prey.
Micro Prose Grand Prix. Settlers and Ports of Call. PC owners don't have this problem so why should we?
Finally, does TFX install on hard disk? From now on I refuse to buy any software which doesn’t. Would you recommend Pagestream 2.2 or Pagestream 4 and does the Tandem CD-ROM interface now support Multisession disks (ie photo CD)?
GET IT OFF YOUR CHEST DEAR Send your letters to: Backchat CU AMIGA, 30-32 Farringdon Lane, London EC1R 3AU.
Paul Clark, South Humberside.
You are quite right in supporting our coverdisk policy of giving away good- quality programs and games demos.
There's nothing wrong with PD stuff but we want to give our readers the best value for money. If you have a top notch program which would normally cost a £100 or so and a PD utility costing £1.00 or so - which would you prefer. We rest our case.
You’ll be glad to hear that most new games coming out for AGA machines are going to be hard disk installable. This is largely due to the increasing quality of graphics and sound which take up quite a few disks. Software companies have realised that is unfair to expect game- splayers to have to spend copious amounts of time swopping disks.
Most publishers we have spoken to including Ocean are now concentrating on ensuring that all their new games are hard disk installable. So yes. TFX will be hard disk installable.
The current version of PageStream
(3) has been reported to have quite a few bugs, so for the time
being stick with version 2. We'll be reviewing CD-ROM drives
soon, and we'll look at multisession compatibility as part of
this roundup. ¦ :er ot the Ivlontl HELP FOR THE
FINANCIALLY-CHALLENGED ir With the management buyout looming.
I've been reading the comments made by David Pleasance with
interest. It is true that the Amiga is developing rapidly,
but I must say a word on behalf of my fellow A500 + users. We
have seen the advent of CD- ROM, the AGA chipset and all the
other paraphernalia and the new Workbench. This has passed us
by. But if you phone a shop to find out if you can use these
on your machine, or if there is an equivalent, you're told to
either flog your old Amiga and upgrade to an A1200, or buy a
PC (God forbid). This of course is all very well if you can
afford it. In an ideal situation, we would all be able to buy
new machines as and when, but in the real world, if just
doesn't happen like that. I chose the Amiga for its price,
potential and reputation and I have not been disappointed
until now. If Commodore are really serious about looking
after their existing users then let's have some technology
relevant to us, such as a chipset for A500 A500 + A600 users
which will convert to A1200 standards without the need to buy
a whole new machine.
The one thing that really does annoy me however, is to hear how brilliant the new Workbench 3 is. The only way I can use this is to shell out £99 which, quite frankly, is a rip off. Of course, you can get this as part of the A1200 package. I am currently saving up for a hard drive, so it's either one or the other. Why does this always have to be the case? The solution to this is for Commodore to have a list of registered users who could buy things like this direct from them at a reasonable price. In the coming months. Commodore, in whatever guise it takes will rely on the loyalty of their
users more heavily than before. I understand the need to increase the user base but surely not at the cost of alienating existing users. So come on, lets have a bit more support for those of us who are financially challenged.
Tony Ward, Kent.
The answer to the majority of these questions is progress.
Workbench 3 is so good because it isn't held back by the limitation of having to work with older, slower technology, and can exploit the advanced AGA chipset etc. The same applies to the AGA chipset, it can do what it does because it was designed to work alongside fast processors, and 32-bit architecture. Yes it would be nice if AGA chipset upgrades were available for the A500, but if it was it wouldn't be anywhere near as good! You bought the original Amiga because it was such good value for money, well £299 for a 32-bit computer offering near photographic pictures, multi-tasking, etc is
even better value (check out similar specification PC prices).
Compared to the cost of upgrading a PC, £99 for an Amiga operating system upgrade is cheap, but it depends on how useful thafs going to be to your particular needs. The latest MS-DOS upgrade costs around £60 for this you get just software and manuals - with the Workbench upgrade you also get expensive ROMs. If you want the latest technology you have to spend money to get it. You may not feel that it's cheap, but it is - take it from someone who owns a PC and an Amiga, the Amiga is a cheaper, better value route.
ANDY LEANING i Gripped by lottery fever Andy swiftly disappeared into the nearest cup- | board. Strange HF ,l loud crashing Buri ; and bizarre Yw - j 1 whirring noises V'«v ensued. Two weeks later, a triumphant Andy emerged clutching his 'Lottery Predictor Machine' (LPM). This contraption was made up of two A4000s glued together running Easy Leger and ProCalc simultaneously. "Go on try your luck at that", he boasted flamboyantly.
We did. It crashed. Ho hum.
TONY HORGAN As soon as the lottery was announced Tony quickly put on his mum's golden hooped ear rings and best shawl. Now only answering
• the name of Mystic Horgan he keeps saying: "Grease my palm with
notes stranger and I will tell yee the lucky winning winners."
God that boy would do anything for a few extra quid. All
because he can't wait to buy that new DAT machine. Or maybe he
just likes wearing women's accessories?
HELEN DANBY i Helen struck up I a dramatic pose I when we asked I her method of I choosing lucky 1 numbers. "Well I dahling, luvvie, I for the lottery I I just pick the 1 numbers that I the artistic muse tells me to. "Anyway you lot shouldn't be so materialistic.
Stop worrying about money and look at all the wonderful colours in the world - they make me feel rich enough."
That's a message for us all really. Designer types eh?
Strange is the word.
JOHN KENNEDY Picking numbers for the lottery is a serious business, said the iiruff Irish one.
T involves a clear head, good concentration and no distractions. So how does he come up with his collection of numbers? "Oh me, I just go down the local, purchase copious quantities of the black stuff and take it from there." Lisa would like to point out that not all Irish people are Guinness-swilling maniacs. (Oh yeah? - Ed.)
IUHT nUKvAN HELEN UANDT J URN WEN Bas soon as the Helen struck up lottery was a dramatic pose when we asked Tony quickly her method of on choosing lucky mum’s golden numbers. "Well BkSL £9 hooped ear dahling, luvvie, * rings and best for the lottery I • shawl. Now just pick the jgggf only numbers to the name of the artistic BHBM LOOK fRfH ATS Ul f The One Christmas issue. On sale in all DER OUR itOMMET r THE BITMAP BROTHERS ARE BACK... ...and they're gonna WiP you to within an inch of your life.
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Dep Ed Lisa Collins has a strong point of view ... ©ex - anytime anyplace anywhere, with your ideal partner. Sounds too good to be true doesn't n? Well, now it could become a reality because this is exactly what Cybersex is offering us. Cybersex is the new happening word for interactive sexual experiences in the virtual world.
It's still a long way off before it hits the UK. But in Germany and America tech heads are busily beavering away on all sorts of gadgetry to help you get your kicks in the world of computers. Plans to install a Zyberfantasy ride in new York nightclubs are already underway, so is just a matter of time before companies such as Dateline go out of business as we all walk off into the sunset with our computers?
How do tHey do that?
Naughty computer games have been around as long as computers themselves. Games like Virtual Valerie started the ball rolling, but Cybersex.
However, is far more than watching someone else take their clothes off - it’s taking the whole thing one step further by making it a totally interactive and realistic experience.
So as the TV programme goes: 'How do they do that?' Well, so far there are two types of Cybersex equipment in development. The basic set consists of a head-mounted visor set ex % * and a full body suit. The headset supplies the images and the bodysuit detects and simulates body movement with sensors and small electncal charges, which, by responding to tactile pressure, enable you to feel' as if you are in another place or environment. Another off-shoot which is in development is a more condensed version of the bodysuit which consists of sensor pads only, concentrating on the
erogenous zones.
Just think about it. No more having hold your stomach in or positioning yourself so your partner can't see any stretch marks, cellulite, the boil on your bottom etc. Apart from the obvious AIDS-free benefit, the main arguments for cybersex run along the lines that it will encourage people to become more and more confident and explore their sexual needs and desires.
Men better watch out: women might become even more assertive in bed.
Demanding more from foreplay than the old favourite “brace yourself, l‘m on my way!" Routine.
Another argument in favour of Cybersex suggests that it would be a way of helping anyone with psycho- sexual problems allowing them to overcome their fears in a safe environment. Some theorists have put forward the idea that Cybersex would be ideal for anyone whose enjoyment of sex is marred by severe physical disability.
And who might feel more comfortable engaging in sex in the virtual world.
Virtual Exploitation The aforementioned arguments for Cybersex are fair enough as long as the participants are willing. This would be the case when Cybersex can involve two people wearing body suits simulating sex with one another. I have no problem with this side of Cybersex .
Two consenting adults can do whatever they damn well like with each other as far as I’m concerned.
However, where I do have a problem with Cybersex is in the case of people using disturbing illegal hard core pornography to indulge their sexual fantasies Digusting. Illicit and illegal material has long been floating around on various bulletin boards, slipping through the censor net and easily available for anyone to download virtually undetected. As Cybersex is thought to eventually offer one-on-one interaction with a whole host of computer imagery.
I find the possibility of people being able to use such gross images through Cybersex highly offensive and worrying.
One of the arguments in favour of Cybersex suggests that it would be an outlet for exploitative and illegal sexual behaviour and might prevent it occurring in the real world. I disagree with this and believe that acting out certain types of fantasy through Cybersex would only whet a pervert s appetite to carry it out in reality. It wouldn’t serve as an exhaust valve’ it would merely re-inforce the ’normality’ of the act in their minds and create a desire to perpetrate it.
The best policy has to be to tty and prevent any possible use of Cybersex for exploitation or degradation. How? I don’t know. But we have to start looking at methods now.
However most conjecture about its form and validity are irrelevant until it actually arrives and we can see for sure what shape it is taking and what it is really capable of. Of all the companies I spoke to while researching this report none were specific about exactly what they were developing.
One thing is certain though: as ever in the sex industry, it will cater for men’s needs first and then pay lip service to women's later. The New York Zyberfantasy unit mentioned earlier is said to be for heterosexual men only initially. With plans to develop it for women and the gay community later.
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